Heyman On Mets, Pujols, Chapman, Yankees

Mets owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon are closer to settling on a limited partner who will bring cash and keep the organization running, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Unlike the Dodgers, whose ownership situation “seems to be deteriorating,” the Mets are doing fine, according to Commissioner Bud Selig. Here’s the latest from Heyman:

  • If Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has support, it’s either “minute or nonexistent.”
  • People who know Mets GM Sandy Alderson expect him to trade Jose Reyes and others if he believes it’s best for the organization.
  • There’s no indication yet that the Cubs would be willing to offer Albert Pujols $200MM or more in free agency, Heyman writes. However, the Cubs have money and no long-term answer at first base.
  • Some baseball people believe Aroldis Chapman and Mike Leake could use time in the minors.
  • Though the Yankees aren’t concerned with Derek Jeter’s bat, they are “very concerned” about Jorge Posada. The DH has a .162/.273/.352 line with 6 homers this year.

28 Responses to Heyman On Mets, Pujols, Chapman, Yankees Leave a Reply

  1. “People who know Mets GM Sandy Alderson expect him to trade Jose Reyes and others if he believes it’s best for the organization.”

    So, Alderson will keep or trade his players based on what he believes is best for the organization. Was it necessary for Heyman to get this info from people who know him? Isn’t it kinda his job description?

    •  well said..Heyman is notorious for stuff like this..i’ve learned not to read into a word he says anymore..Regardless Reyes is staying with Mets..trust me

  2. MB923 4 years ago

    Weird monthly splits for Posada

    April – .125/.232/.375
    May – .242/.379/.303

    I mean how many guys have an OBP 76 points higher than their slugging percentage? In April it was all about homers. In May it’s all about singles.

    I respect Jorge and for what he’s done for the franchise, but it’s definitely time to move on. But the Yankees would be foolish to re-sign Posada unless his bat REALLY turns around.

    I don’t think re-signing Jeter was foolish, but the contract he got was foolish.

    • 0bsessions 4 years ago

      Re-signing Posada would be foolish even if he turns his bat around. The guy’s got already up there in age and has a ton of mileage on him as a catcher and his bat, while great for a catcher, doesn’t justify DHing. With the way Montero is embarassing AAA pitching, I’d be working on phantom injuries to diagnose Posada with as soon as Super Two status eludes Montero.

      ETA: I take back the “embarassing” remark. Montero’s doing really well, but not nearly as well as I thought. I thought his OBP and SLG were much higher than they are.

      • MB923 4 years ago

        “Re-signing Posada would be foolish even if he turns his bat around”

        I would actually agree with this too. But when I said REALLY turn it around, I meant more towards a .300/.400/.500 type and I know that won’t happen.

        In all likelihood, this is Posada’s last year with the team. Perhaps the same for Varitek on the Sox.

        • 0bsessions 4 years ago

           To be honest, I’d be even less likely to resign him if he hit that well. At his age, it’d be an obvious aberration, but he’d still probably hold out for multiple years, which the Yanks would be fools to go with. At least if he bombs the season, you may be able to get him for a bench role for short money on a one year deal.

          Unless Montero gets hurt, I’d have him pencilled in as starting DH next year and give Posada a gold watch and a kick out the door.

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        yeah, montero isn’t really dominating AAA pitching at the moment. nice batting average, but a middling OBP and an ISO under .075. weird

        • 0bsessions 4 years ago

           I swear I thought his numbers were a lot better last I looked, but yeah, it seems like a whole bunch of base hits and not much else, so far. Could be just that his current assignment is to work on his plate coverage with his power stroke pretty much already down, but who knows.

    • 0bsessions 4 years ago

      In the interest of fairness and to avoid any potential indications of bias, I wouldn’t offer Ortiz a contract over a year and $6 million either, and he’s actually off to his best start since 2007. And the only reason I’d even offer him that is because we don’t really have anyone who’ll perform any better out of the spot who’ll be ready by next year.

      • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

        because i don’t expect he’ll accept that contract or anything less than it, i’m looking forward to having an open DH spot to work with

        • 0bsessions 4 years ago

           I’d love to get him on just one more year to give time for Iglesias or Middlebrooks to develop a bit further and either throw Youk on rotating DH duty with Lowrie or Middlebrooks at third and Iggy at short.

    • ykw 4 years ago

       Posada’s =going= to turn it around; his other peripherals being just fine, a BABIP in the mid-one-hundreds and a LD% around ten won’t remain anywhere near that low for long.

      Re-signing him? Depends on the figure. If the Yanks can get him down to, say, five mil for one year, the team can afford to play him part-time while either resting other players more often (A-Rod and Teixeira in particular will need more days off from glovework), keeping his bat and theirs fresher and, presumably, more productive, or begin working a younger bat into the lineup in a time-share arrangement. Much higher, though, and the risk of collapse and/or the pressure to justify a bigger salary with commensurate but otherwise unwarranted playing time would make his return prohibitive, even for a team as deep-pocketed as NYY.

      • 0bsessions 4 years ago

        He MAY be worth keeping around on cheap money if they didn’t already have a better option sitting in AAA. Like I said above, unless Montero completely loses it or gets hurt, signing Posada would only block him. A-Rod’s going to need more DH days as he gets older and shuffling the slot between Montero, Posada and A-Rod would be tricky.

      • his BABIP is so low only because he doesn’t have a lot of hard hit balls. He’s hitting .000 from the right side against left handed pitching. His LD% actually might stay there… his swing is soooo slow

    • captainjeter 4 years ago

      Jeter  still has something left in the tank. Doubtful he will ever hit .330 again. More likely around .290. Posada on the hand is finished. Good thing he is gone this year. But, how long can the Yankees  carry a  DH with his awful average. When is it time  to sit Jorge  down and   make him just a pinch hitter? When the time comes , it will not go over well. 

  3. Pretty informative article.

  4. timmytwoshoezzz 4 years ago

    There’s no question Leake and Chapman should be in the minors. Chapman should have started the season there, and Leake should have been sent down once Bailey and Cueto returned

  5. timmytwoshoezzz 4 years ago

    There’s no question Leake and Chapman should be in the minors. Chapman should have started the season there, and Leake should have been sent down once Bailey and Cueto returned

    • 0bsessions 4 years ago

       Once more with feeling!

      • Motor_City_Bombshell 4 years ago

        …see what I did there? I added passion. : )

  6. Is the Pujols talk really rumor?  Seems like everyday there is the same post about Pujols and the Cubs.. not going to happen.

  7. I think you should really mention how Posada has a ZERO BATTING AVERAGE against left handed pitching as a right handed batter. That looks really really important.  Also 5 of those home runs were at home at Yankee stadium and as a left handed batter.

    • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

      it’s an ugly stat, but it’s also only 24 scattered AB. he’s been fine against lefties the last few years

  8. woadude 4 years ago

    The Yankees are not concerned over Jorge Posada at all, he will retire at years end with grace and dignity and he can bat .100 in his swan song year, he isn’t the one breaking their bank account for 3 more years like Mr. D. Jeter, no that is too obvious, lets call him Mr. Derek J.

    • ltdibo020 4 years ago

       yanks are very concerned because he looks done….also hes getting huge money for this year…also he can’t bat .100 for the season, he will not be in there…..Question…what we will call you?…sheesh

      • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

        He’s getting huge money regardless if he hits .400 or wether he ends up getting released.

        I think looking at bringing in Montero this summer to platoon with Posada could be an interesting idea. Play Montero two days on one day off and allow Posada some PT time. And if they prefer to give Montero more time in AAA then maybe bring upVazquez instead.

  9. Yankees put and end to Bernie Wiiliams career when he had far more in the tank than Jeter and Posada together, Changing times 

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