MLB Rumors: New York Mets

MLB Future Power Ranks rumors 

October, 31, 2014
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With the release of the MLB Future Power Rankings, it's interesting to see which teams our panel of esteemed experts think might be headed toward a five-year run similar to the recent success story of the San Francisco Giants, and which franchises seem doomed to endure a long stretch of rebuilding rosters and empty stadium seats.

Here's a quick look at five teams whose placement in this list jumped out at me, and the latest buzz from the rumor mill that might help to explain why those teams are ranked where they are:


Boston Red Sox at No. 3

Even though they're coming off an awful last-place season in which they lost at least 90 games for the second time in three seasons (after having not been so similarly inept at winning since 1966), the future still seems bright for the Red Sox. This franchise has a plethora of young talent that includes Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Garin Cecchini, Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart that can just as easily be worked into the lineup as they could be packaged in a deal for an ace pitcher such as Cole Hamels.

Rumors of a falling-out between the coaching staff and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes could easily end up in a trade with the New York Mets or Cincinnati Reds that would help replace the pitching lost at this season's trade deadline.

NL East team-by-team Hot Stove preview 

October, 27, 2014
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With the World Series in full swing, there are 28 other teams in the major leagues already looking ahead to 2015 in hopes that they might be playing for a championship next year at this time. Free agency doesn't officially kick in until five days after the champagne has been sprayed, but the rumor mill is already buzzing with potential moves that might help those clubs watching on television this year become the center of attention next October.

Our snapshot of each of the six MLB divisions and what teams might have in the works this offseason continues today with a look at the National League East.


Atlanta Braves

Big decisions: John Hart has decided to accept a newly created position with the team, and as the president of baseball operations for the Braves, he'll be the one calling the shots while he grooms John Coppolella to ultimately take over.

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Long in running for Mets hitting coach? 

October, 11, 2014
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Who will replace Lamar Johnson as the New York Mets hitting coach? One name is already being mentioned as a possibility, and it's a familiar one.

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How bright is Dilson Herrera's future? 

September, 2, 2014
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Dilson Herrera slugged his first major league home run on Monday in just his fourth game since being recalled from Double-A Binghamton, and helped change the complexion of a game the New York Mets went on to win.

The Mets insisted on getting the 20-year-old Columbian in last summer's deal with Pittsburgh that sent Marlon Byrd the Pirates' way, and he's done nothing but hit at each stop this season: .307/.355/.410 in the first half with St. Lucie, and .340 with 10 home runs, 48 RBI and nine steals in 241 at-bats at Binghamton.

How bright is the future for the young infielder?

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Just yesterday, New York Mets general manager told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that the team may way until rosters expand in September before promoting hot-hitting Triple-A outfielder Matt den Dekker, but a new report on Thursday indicates that may not be the case.

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When Dillon Gee (strained lat) returns from the disabled list, someone in the New York Mets rotation will have to move to the bullpen. Who will it be?

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Bay to hang it up? 

January, 12, 2014
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After 11 seasons, five major league teams and 222 home runs, it looks as though the career of outfielder Jason Bay has come to an end. Bay hit .204 in 68 games with the Seattle Mariners in 2013.

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Davis to stay with the Mets? 

January, 10, 2014
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For much of baseball's offseason, the New York Mets have been seeking a solution to their first base logjam. Most of the rumored potential fixes have involved a trade that would send Ike Davis packing, with Lucas Duda remaining in Flushing as the everyday starter.

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Thursday Roundup: L.A. talking extensions 

January, 9, 2014
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Now that manager Don Mattingly has received his long-awaited contract extension, the Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly looking to do the same for shortstop Hanley Ramirez.

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Parnell ready to close 

January, 9, 2014
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After a September surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck, New York Mets reliever Bobby Parnell was optimistic that he'd be able to close for the team in 2014. After a recent follow-up exam, his doctor now shares that optimism.

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Monday Roundup: Mattingly deal near? 

January, 6, 2014
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Don Mattingly has made no secret of his desire to land a contract extension after leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to an NL West title and a trip to the League Championship Series. With spring training about six weeks away, that may soon be happening.

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Mets won't overpay for Drew 

January, 6, 2014
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The New York Mets may be interested in free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but are reluctant to offer more than a one-year deal, reports Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.

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UPDATE: On Friday, another team emerged as an option for free agent 1B/DH Kendrys Morales.

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Down to two for Drew? 

December, 30, 2013
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The free agent market has been unkind to those players who were tendered qualifying offers by their 2013 teams, as many have found few takers thus far this offseason. One such "unlucky" free agent has been shortstop Stephen Drew, who can't seem to generate much interest at his asking price.

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Monday Roundup: Thome's future 

December, 23, 2013
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Calling it quits is rarely an easy thing to do for a professional baseball player, especially one that loves the game as much as Jim Thome. The owner of 612 career owners admitted as much on Monday morning, saying in an interview on MLB Network that he could play again if some team gives him a shot.

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