New York Mets
While the baseball landscape changed dramatically at this week’s winter meetings, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson made only a pair of small moves.
The versatile 30-year-old played first base and all three outfield positions in 2014. In 146 at-bats he batted .212 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs, posting a .310 on-base percentage.
If the Mets don’t make one more significant move in the coming months, this offseason will go down as a complete failure. This team can’t go into Opening Day as is. No way.
After four years of failure, Terry Collins says the time is now to produce. If it doesn’t happen right away, if the Mets break slowly out of the gate, he knows he’ll be gone just as fast.
Of New York’s veteran starting pitchers — including Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese — Gee appears to have the least value.
Gil Hodges Jr. says his family is dealing with “another major disappointment” after his famous father was once again denied entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Mets would consider placing ace Matt Harvey on the disabled list this summer if it helps extend his season into October — should New York make the playoffs.
Heyman reports that Kang is regarded as the top shortstop in Korea. He was remarkable at the plate in 2014 for the Nexen Heroes, posting a .364/.457/.733 slash line and belting 39 homers in just 116 games.
Daisuke Matsuzaka has signed a contract with the Softbank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League after eight years in Major League Baseball.
Both teams have much to do. If they have a successful Winter Meetings, or at least lay the groundwork for some post-meetings deals, then perhaps they can talk about the postseason in a serious manner.
The 55-year-old Roessler was director of player development for the New York Yankees for the last 11 years.
Matt Harvey is ready. Ready for the 2015 regular season and the playoffs that follow in October. Now all he and the Mets have to do is figure out how to get there.
Matt Harvey wants to make sure he’s on the mound in late October — if the New York Mets get there for the first time since 2006.
Young, who had been eligible for arbitration, batted .229 with 30 stolen bases in 100 games this year, when his salary was $1.85 million.
A trade doesn’t appear to be close. There are more attractive pitchers rumored to be on the trade market, and A.J. Burnett is the only significant free-agent starter who has been signed.