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Robert Wolff

Getting to know Rick Porcello

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The Mets signed the free agent right-hander to provide innings at the back end of their rotation.

With New Jersey on his birth certificate and a wins-driven Cy Young Award on his mantel, the Mets’ acquisition of Rick Porcello seemed almost inevitable. Just a day after signing Michael Wacha to seemingly fill in the fifth slot in their rotation, the Mets struck again for another post-peak, back of the rotation starter long on name and reputation but...

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Allison McCague

Mets Morning News for December 15, 2019

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Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

Meet the Mets

According to the deal worked out between Steve Cohen and the Wilpon family, Cohen’s stake in the Mets would increase from 8% to 75% immediately, but he will still not control the team until five years down the line, at which point his stake would increase again to 80%. It is at that juncture that 75% of MLB owners would have to approve the deal.

Tom Verducci of...

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Vasilis Drimalitis

Let’s find the Mets a relief pitcher, Part 3

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There are some risky names out there that could provide a huge reward if the Mets are willing to take a chance.

With the winter meetings coming to a close, the New York Mets still appear comfortable sitting back and watching as their divisional rivals make moves to improve their teams.

Nowhere is this more evident than with the defending National League East champion Atlanta Braves, who have already signed three relievers—including closer Will...

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Maggie Wiggin

Getting to know Michael Wacha

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The new addition to the Mets’ pitching staff brings youth, past success, and a bevy of red flags.

Along with Rick Porcello, Michael Wacha joins the Mets as the latest in a long line of post-peak pitchers the team hopes will recapture past effectiveness. The right-hander diverges from many of his peers in one regard, though, which is that he is only 28 years old. So how did he end up with the Mets on a $3 million deal and what’s a fair expectation for the...

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Kenneth Lavin

Amazin’ Avenue Winter Meetings Special, Day Five: Finale

With the Winter Meetings having ended yesterday, we take a look at the state of the team looking forward, and what is left to be done this offseason.

In the finale of the first (and potentially only?...) ever Amazin Avenue Winter Meetings Special, Kenny and Lukas discuss the Rick Porcello signing, and discuss how the starting rotation might play out.

After, they review the Mets moves during the last few days, and discuss the state of the roster as it stands, and the remaining moves they...

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Michael Drago

Mets Morning News for December 14, 2019

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Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links.

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The Mets’ quest to keep their payroll under the luxury tax took an interesting turn yesterday, as it was revealed that the team and Yoenis Cespedes agreed to amend his contract, resulting in a sizably reduced 2020 salary.

The strange transaction was the result of an injury investigation in regards to the mysterious ranch accident that resulted in multiple...

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Mets, Yoenis Cespedes agree to 2020 salary adjustment

Yoenis Cespedes won’t be making as much as he originally expected to in 2020 after he renegotiated his salary with the New York Mets. According to various reports, Cespedes and the Mets have renegotiated his deal to reduce his salary from the $29.5 million he was originally owed. According to Andy Martino of SNY, the renegotiation stems from the Mets having a credible grievance after Cespedes fractured his ankles in an accident on his ranch last May. 2020 is the final year of the four-year...

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Report: Yoenis Cespedes, Mets Agree to New Contract with Lower Salary

As he continues to rehab from surgery on both heels that cost him the entire 2019 season, Yoenis Cespedes reportedly has agreed to an amended contract with the New York Mets ...

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Chris McShane

Mets, Yoenis Cespedes agree to amend contract for 2020

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Details are still emerging on what exactly that means.

The Mets and Yoenis Cespedes have agreed to an amended contract, as first reported by Andy Martino and Jeff Passan. While details are somewhat sparse, what’s known right now is that Cespedes remains under contract for the 2020 season and, according to Passan, the agreement will significantly lower his salary from its original amount of $29.5 million.

Cespedes missed all of the 2019 season after...

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Yoenis Cespedes to remain with Mets in 2020 after contract amended

The New York Mets and Yoenis Cespedes have reportedly come to an agreement on a contract amendment and restructure that keeps him under contract in 2020, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network. As you may remember, Cespedes’ 2019 campaign was over before it began following an injury-shortened 2018 season in which he appeared in just 38 games. Following surgery on both of his heels, he shockingly fractured his right ankle during an accident at his ranch last May while still recovering from his...

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Chris McShane

Mets designate Chris Mazza for assignment to make room for Michael Wacha

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Wacha’s signing was officially announced by the team.

The Mets officially announced the signing of Michael Wacha to a one-year contract and have designated right-haned relief pitcher Chris Mazza for assignment to clear a spot on the team’s 40-man roster for him. The roster remains full and will need another spot cleared whenever the Rick Porcello signing becomes official, as well.

The 30-year-old Mazza was a feel-good story this summer as he made his...

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Report: Carlos Correa trade talks ‘fizzled’ between Astros, Mets

The Houston Astros caught everyone’s attention in MLB this week when we learned the team is open to dealing All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa. After reportedly engaging in talks with the New York Mets, those discussions have now fizzled. According to SportsNet New York’s Andy Martino, both sides started discussing a potential blockbuster trade involving the star shortstop in November. The conversations carried over into in-person talks at the winter meetings, but the discussions ended...

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10 things we learned from the MLB winter meetings

The signature event of baseball's offseason has concluded with the winter meetings wrapping up in San Diego, and the annual event was much more action packed than in recent years.  Teams appear much more willing to pursue high value free-agent agreements, and there are several big name players potentially available on the trade market. While many transactions were completed in San Diego, countless others promise to be consummated in the near future, thanks to groundwork laid out west. Here...

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Brian Salvatore

Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), Episode 29: The Wacha and Porcello Hype Train

This week, the show attempts to make sense of the winter meetings.

Welcome to Amazin’ Avenue Audio (The Show), the new/old favorite from Amazin’ Avenue editors Chris McShane and Brian Salvatore.

First up, Chris and Brian discuss the two newest Mets, Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha. While neither is very excited about either, Chris has a stronger reaction against one of the new pitchers.

Next up, we discuss the inane plan to possibly now trade a starter, as well as look at players that...

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Maggie Wiggin

Mets easing off trade pursuit of Starling Marte

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The Mets are expected to keep Brandon Nimmo rather than meet the Pirates’ steep asking price.

Despite several days of rumors that the Mets were in talks with the Pirates in an attempt to acquire Starling Marte, reports are now coming in that a deal is highly unlikely at this point, due to the sense that Marte would not be a significant upgrade over Brandon Nimmo, who would have likely been a trade piece either in exchange for Marte or in another deal to free...

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Michael Drago

The Mets would be foolish to trade their starting pitching depth

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The point of accumulating depth is to have depth—not to get rid of it as soon as you’ve gotten it.

After standing idly by and watching Zack Wheeler walk away to a division rival and the other elite starting pitchers in free agency sign with other teams, the Mets finally made moves to bolster their rotation with the signings of Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello. Both pitchers represent a noticeable downgrade from the level of production that Wheeler...

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Linda Surovich

Mets Morning News for December 13, 2019

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Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links

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In a move that shocked exactly no one, the Mets signed former Cy Young Rick Porcello to a one-year deal. They are perhaps banking on bounceback seasons from their two most recent acquisitions or at least Porcello’s durability (paywall alert).

Now that the team has a surplus in their starting rotation, could another pitcher be on the move?

Despite having two...

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Brian Salvatore

Winter meetings round-up, Day 4: Mets sign Porcello, are inactive in Rule 5 Draft, maybe shopping a starter?

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The Mets get another starter, but may shop one? Huh?

After signing Michael Wacha yesterday, the Mets continued their relative activity and signed Rick Porcello to a one-year, $10 million deal at the final day of the winter meetings. Porcello, coming off a not-great year for Boston, has been a rumored Met target for some time.

Several reporters, starting with Ken Rosenthal, reported that, now that the Mets had a surplus of starting pitching, they may...

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David Capobianco

Mets have had discussions with the Rangers about José Leclerc

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The relief pitcher has been the subject of some trade rumors this offseason.

Before the winter meetings concluded earlier today, the Mets had reportedly been in discussions with the Texas Rangers about relief pitcher José Leclerc. It’s not clear how far along the discussions got, or if they are still ongoing, but the Mets had also been contacting the Rangers about Jed Lowrie and Dominic Smith, so the dialogue may have been centered around...

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John Trupin

Mets make no selections, lose no players in 2019 MLB Rule-5 Draft, add RHP Adam Oller in MiLB phase

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With a whole lot of rumored movement at the big league level, things stay quiet in the Rule-5.

With a full 40-man roster and some free agent signings impending, the Mets opted not to participate in the MLB portion of the Rule-5 Draft. Though there were a few intriguing options to fill out their bullpen, the club made no selections Thursday morning. Fortunately, their inaction was rewarded in kind, with no players from the Mets organization being selected by...

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