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  • #16
    Mets have signed a minor league contract with a catcher that had 25 Home Runs at AAA ball last season (stats are per , I have not verified their accuracy since I am working today and am using my tablet while on break)


    • #17
      Rene Rivera was signed to a minor-league deal

      Mets reportedly bring back catcher Rene Rivera on minor-league deal

      Rivera has played parts of three seasons in New York

      The Mets made a move to address their catching depth on Tuesday evening.

      According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Mets are bringing back veteran Rene Rivera on a minor-league deal. Per Nightengale, the contract is worth $1 million, though there are $300,000 worth of incentives if he makes the big-league team.

      Rivera, 36, has played parts of three seasons with the Mets. After beginning his Major League career with stops in Seattle, Minnesota, San Diego and Tampa Bay, Rivera joined the Mets in 2016, when he appeared in 65 games and hit .222 with six home runs and 26 RBI. He had previously had a stop with the Mets organization in 2009, but never played higher than Triple-A that season.

      He then played 54 games with the Mets in 2017 before being claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs.

      After bouncing around for a couple more seasons, Rivera signed with the Mets again in 2019 on a minor-league deal. He appeared in just nine games last season, posting a .235 batting average.

      For his career, Rivera has slashed .221/.272/.354, but he's always been more of a defensive catcher.


      • #18
        Rivera is the back up for the mid-season trade of Ramos.
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        • #19

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          • #20
            Latest on Mets target Starling Marte:
            Reportedly Traded to Diamondbacks for Two Prospects

            The Mets and Pirates had been talking about Marte this offseason

            by Danny Abriano
            27 Jan 2020, 2:41 PM ET

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            The Diamondbacks have acquired Marte from the Pirates in exchange for two prospects, according to multiple reports.

            INF Liover Peguero is one of the prospects, according to Robert Murray. RHP Brennan Malone is the second prospect, according to Jon Heyman.

            Neither prospect headed to the Pirates was on MLB Pipeline's top 100 prospects list that was recently released. The Pirates had five players on the list. Malone is No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's Pirates top 30 list and Peguero is No. 18.

            SNY's Andy Martino reported Monday that the Mets had deemed the Pirates' price for Marte "unreasonable."

            In talks with the Mets, the Pirates had asked for big league and minor league talent, according to Martino. Names that were floated included Brandon Nimmo and Ronny Mauricio.

            Jan. 24, 11:53 AM:

            SNY's Andy Martino reported that while the Mets and Pirates have remained in touch on and off since November -- and that there is interest on the Mets' end -- the two sides remain "far apart" on a potential deal.

            Multiple league sources also told Martino that the Pirates still seem to be in the stage where the ask is big -- major leaguers and prospects. He added that would probably have to come down before Marte is moved anywhere.

            Jon Heyman previously reported earlier on Friday that talks were "intensifying," and listed the Mets and Padres as the two suitors.

            With the Mets near the $208 million luxury tax threshold, it's fair to wonder if they would need to clear salary in order to take on Marte, who is owed $11.5 million in 2020.

            Jan. 24, 8:33 AM:

            Marte-to-the-Mets remains a possibility with just about two weeks to go until spring training, but New York could have competition from the Padres.

            San Diego has engaged in discussions with the Pirates for Marte, though those talks have "cooled, likely over the asking price" Dennis Lin of The Athletic reported on Thursday. Talks cooling off over Pittsburgh's asking price wouldn't be a surprise, since the Pirates have reportedly been seeking an absolute haul for Marte -- a relatively expensive player over 30 years old with just two years left of team control.

            In addition to inquiring about Marte, the Padres have also engaged the Red Sox in talks for Mookie Betts, according to Lin, who cited sources who said a deal between the Sox and Padres for Betts was "unlikely."

            Jan 20, 11:25 PM:

            On Monday, SNY's Baseball Night in New York discussed reports that the Mets and Pirates are once again discussing a trade for the Pirates outfielder.

            Jan 18, 7:44 PM:

            The Mets and Pirates have recently reopened trade talks, sources have told Robert Murray. However, no deal between the two sides appears to be imminent.

            The Mets showed some interest in Marte back in December, but talks died down before New Year's Day.

            Dec. 26, 8:54 PM:

            While rumors have quieted down in recent days, the Mets and Pirates 'exchanged names' on a proposed Starling Marte deal at some point, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

            Heyman reports that Brandon Nimmo's name has come up in these trade talks, but the Pirates may prefer a package of prospects.

            Aside from the Mets, the Padres, Diamondbacks, and Rangers are among the other teams to inquire about Marte's availability.

            Dec. 20, 8:32 AM:

            The Mets are making "minimal progress" toward a trade for Marte, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who adds that team officials are not "especially motivated" to trade for Marte.

            According to Rosenthal, one of the reasons the Mets aren't that motivated to trade for Marte is Carlos Beltran's belief that recently-acquired Jake Marisnick will play very well if he receives more playing time in New York than he did in Houston.

            While the Mets reportedly aren't hell-bent on trading for Marte, adding his $11.5 million salary for 2020 to the books recently became easier due to Yoenis Cespedes' contract being amended to pay him significantly less this season.

            As things currently stand, the Mets will likely enter the season with J.D. Davis in left field, a combination of Brandon Nimmo and Marisnick in center, and Michael Conforto in right.

            Adding Marte would conceivably push Marisnick to the bench on a regular basis and make things interesting when it comes to playing time for Davis and Nimmo.

            Dec. 13, 12:46 PM:

            In addition to the Mets and Padres, the Reds have also inquired with the Pirates about a trade for Marte, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

            According to Rosenthal, the Phillies could also be a fit for Marte.

            With the Mets having added $13 million in salary commitments since they began inquiring about Marte, it could be hard for them to absorb his $11.5 million salary at the moment. But that could change if they move another player such as Jed Lowrie.

            Dec. 12, 11:22 AM:

            A potential acquisition of Marte from the Pirates is neither "dead nor close," SNY's Andy Martino reported, adding that the Mets are open to being creative.

            When it comes to Brandon Nimmo potentially heading to Pittsburgh, though, it would not be a one-for-one deal.

            "No one would ever do a Nimmo for Marte straight up," Martino said late Wednesday night. "I don't think that either team would do that"

            Dec. 11, 8:16 PM:

            MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported that the Padres have entered the Marte sweepstakes. Meanwhile, the Mets and Pirates continue to be engaged in talks about a potential deal.

            Dec. 10, 10:06 PM:

            Despite trading for Jake Marisnick, the Mets are still interested in the potential of trading for Marte, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

            The Mets would likely need to trade a major league outfielder in any deal for Marte, Martino added.

            Dec. 10, 10:56 AM:

            Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Monday that part of the reason why the Mets swung the deal for Jake Marisnick when they did was because of a fear that they would be unable to land Marte. And Rosenthal suggested that Marte could still be in play.

            Jon Heyman of the MLB Network reported Tuesday that the Mets have not ruled out Marte and that they would meet with the Pirates at the Winter Meetings, adding that the Pirates are seeking a "young, controllable" catcher.

            The 31-year-old Marte is owed $11.5 million this coming season and his contract contains a $12.5 million team option (and $2 million buyout) for the 2021 season.

            For his part, Marte would welcome a trade to the Mets. And the Pirates, who are rebuilding and aren't expected to contend in 2020, should be looking to cash in.

            "They (Pirates) have the power to decide," Marte told Hector Gomez in late-November. "If I had it in me, I left now because the caliber of players we have is not to compete in a World Series. The Mets have it all, it would be a great opportunity to play with them."

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            • #21
              With Yo the Mets would be overcrowded in the outfield if the got Marte. And the Bucs weren't going to help the Mets clear some salary.
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              • #22
                I'm glad this didn't come to fruition. Marte to the Mets made no sense to me. There's no guarantee this is anything but a lateral move at a higher cost.


                • #23
                  I would have been fine if it was Marte for a few chumps like Nimmo and Matz, but not for top prospects, as in plural


                  • #24
                    I feel like this was just another opportunity to take a shot at Nimmo/Matz, but I'll take the bait.

                    Trading away 2 positive WAR guys for someone who has a similar WAR over the past 3 years, yet who costs 5M more than both combined. I'd rather have a #4 starter and a positive bench player on the cheap than a guy who's CF is slipping and a questionable health history making 12M per year.

                    I've been on board the "sell Nimmo" train for a while thinking his value has always been overrated, but this discounts that value and would NOT have been a smart move.


                    • #25
                      When did a .390 OBP and an .840 OPS become overrated? Nimmo suffered from an injury; The 26-year-old is suffering from a bulging cervical disc that’s “pushing” on a nerve in his neck, and he’s also dealing with the aftermath of whiplash, presumably suffered during a collision with the center-field wall in an April 14 game vs. Atlanta.

                      His slash when he returned (SSS)


                      Nimmo, signed for 2.2 M is the 4th OF and the guy who puts Marisnick on the bench in the late innings facing a RHP ....Nimmo with a .841 or Marisnick .635?

                      Other options; McNeil very capable but of more value at 2B and 3B. Smith a 1B playing out of position and add JD Davis as another 1B who isn't a viable OF


                      • #26
                        I like the OBP of near 400, which is driving that OPS way up. But it doesn't factor in a strike out rate usually reserved for guys putting 40 over the wall.... which means he failing to advance runners as often as he's setting the table which makes him very unreliable at the top of a line up. He's also very prone from what I've seen to hot and cold streaks, which again, makes him hard to trust.

                        So to answer directly, his bat translates to a great up the middle player, but not middle of the order enough for a corner position. Unfortunately, he doesn't have the defense to make him an everyday CF, which means despite that OBP/OPS, it's hard to slot him daily in LF, relocating him to 4th OFer, which he's very well adapted for. Mets fans view him much higher than that, which is what makes him, IMO, overrated.