Mets Rumors: Young, Francis, Perez

Here's the latest on the Mets as their first offseason under new GM Sandy Alderson continues:

  • Alderson guaranteed that the Mets will come back from the Winter Meetings "with some new players," according to Mike Puma of the New York Post (via Twitter). Alderson cautioned, however, that he doesn't have much financial flexibility.
  • The Mets have not offered contracts to free-agent pitchers Chris Young and Jeff Francis, contrary to reports, notes Anthony DiComo of (via Twitter). Young and Francis are thought to be good fits for the Mets as low-cost, potentially high-reward hurlers who have enjoyed success in the past and could benefit from Citi Field's spacious dimensions.
  • Alderson said that he expects Oliver Perez to report to Spring Training, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork (via Twitter). The embattled Perez is currently in the Mexican Winter League after pitching in just 17 games last season due to injury and ineffectiveness. He's entering the final year of a three-year pact he signed prior to the 2009 season.
  • Alderson said that the Mets probably won't be engaged in talks of contract extensions with any of their players prior to Spring Training, according to Rubin (via Twitter). Of note, shortstop Jose Reyes is in the final year of his contract after having his 2011 team option picked up earlier this offseason.

20 Responses to Mets Rumors: Young, Francis, Perez Leave a Reply

  1. MLB_in_the_Know 5 years ago

    I really think the Mets should see what Reyes could bring back in a trade during the meetings, wouldn’t at all surprise me if he was traded during them.

  2. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Sign Jeff Francis, get rid of Beltran, acquire an OF…done. thanks.

    • Joe L 5 years ago

      All depends on the return Beltran brings and what OF you’re talking about at what price, but I like the idea of signing Francis (and even Chris Young) depending on the price they come at. Getting the right players at the right price will be Alderson’s toughest task with the payroll mess he inherited. Thankfully in a couple years we should have some serious payroll flexibility.

  3. Mets are bargain bin shopping and I love it. The have to – we are rebuilding

  4. I wouldn’t mind adding: Jeff Francis, Chris R. Young, Austin Kearns, Willy Aybar, Joel Peralta, George Sherrill, and D.J. Carrasco

  5. I wouldn’t mind adding: Jeff Francis, Chris R. Young, Austin Kearns, Willy Aybar, Joel Peralta, George Sherrill, and D.J. Carrasco

  6. MetsEventually 5 years ago

    Chris Young for Christmas, Please.

  7. $1742854 5 years ago

    Multiple sources confirm that the Mets are pathetic.

  8. – Trade OF Beltran!- If the Red Sox due in fact make that deal for AGonzo.. another potential move for the Sox could be acquiring OF C.Beltran IF J.Lowrie & RHP Dice K.- Sign LHP J.Francis.- Bullpen Help: RHP G.Balfour & hopefully resign LHP P.Feliciano.Lineup:1) Pagan-CF2) Reyes-SS3) Wright-3b4) Bay-LF5) Ike-1b 6) Duda-RF7) Thole-C8) Lowrie-2bRotation:LHP SantanaRHP Dice KRHP PelfreyLHP NieseLHP FrancisRHP Dickey

    * if the red sox did in fact make that deal, along with getting Gonzo.

    C- Salty
    1b- Gonzo
    2b- Pedroia
    SS- Scutaro
    3b- Youk
    LF- Cameron
    CF- beltran
    RF- Drew
    DH- Ortiz


    • Giorgi Almonte 5 years ago

      we have a 2b-Daniel Murphy, dude!

      • adropofvenom 5 years ago

        I like Murphy, the reports from Winter Ball have been reasonably optimistic, but there’s still plenty of reason to be skeptical about if he can handle the transition. To the point where you can’t close the door on other alternatives. I’d take Lowrie, I’d prefer a pitching prospect, but I’d take Lowrie.

        • Giorgi Almonte 5 years ago

          i know he will, i saw him playing here in dominican, so i know what im talking about!!

    • adropofvenom 5 years ago

      Mets wouldn’t want Dice-K, for one, Alderson pretty much said today he’s not giving out any multi-year deals, so the chances of him taking back multiple years of a bad contract are between slim and none. You’d have a better chance suggesting the Mets just write a 10 million dollar check and adding a 2nd prospect to the deal.

      PS: Even with Pagan, Duda and Bay in the same outfield is a nightmare waiting to happen defensively.

    • Can Field 5 years ago

      you are lost

  9. Lets just go with what we have next year because we cant add to much salary anyway.As long as they dont sign Chris Young i will be fine.A pitcher who has averaged 65 innings the last three years is not the way to go

  10. sweetcaroline2011 5 years ago

    The sox should trade them dice k and lowrie or scutaro for reyes.

  11. paulio_male_gigalo 5 years ago

    IMO this year is about taking 1 year gambles, not playing it safe. By all accounts we’re not expected to contend in 2011, so why not take a chance with a Chris Young on a 1 year deal? Selling low on Beltran and Reyes now is just a plain dumb idea. However, I’ll give away Castillo for pretty much anything (or nothing) I’m actually pretty excited about the internal options at 2B among Daniel Murphy, Tejada, Turner.

    1) Castillo, Perez, cash considerations, a “thank you so much”, a hug, and tears of joy for a “You’re welcome, Mets fans” from a GM to be named later.

    2) Sign Brandon Webb or Chris Young to a one year deal.

    3) Acquire a LHP reliever.

    4) Let Justin Turner, Daniel Murphy, and Ruben Tejada battle it out for 2B with the likely outcome of either Turner or Murphy getting the job while the other gets a utility role. Tejada to AAA.

    5) Get excited for 2012 blockbuster trades/acquisitions. I know there’s nothing that good projected in the FA market, but we can always trade to take on payroll.

    Let’s go Mets!

  12. MetsEventually 5 years ago

    Sign Bengie Molina? Another Barajas, are you kidding me?

  13. adropofvenom 5 years ago

    He will be, but someone like Alderson isn’t going to advise cutting the cord on Perez without getting an extensive look at him with his own eyes first. They’ll give him Spring Training, and if he shows nothing (Of which there’s about a 97% chance), they’ll cut the cord before camp is over.

  14. MetsEventually 5 years ago

    I’m done with poor discipline at the plate. The team needs to learn how to watch pitches now.

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