Mets Links: Trades, Flowers, Duda, Davis, Dickey

The latest on the Mets…

  • Mike Puma of The New York Post reports that Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler are the team's only untouchables in trade talks. GM Sandy Alderson is expected to explore trades more than free agents this winter, and they have "some interest" in White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers.
  • Lucas Duda had surgery yesterday after fracturing his wrist moving furniture, and Jon Heyman of says that could take Ike Davis completely off the trade market. Duda was the club's backup plan at first base, though he is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
  • David Lennon of Newsday says (on Twitter) that it would be very tough for the Mets to trade R.A. Dickey from a public relations perspective even if the two sides can't work out a long-term deal.
  • John Harper of The New York Daily News writes that Alderson has plenty to prove following his first two years on the job. Outside of the Wheeler trade, Harper says his moves haven't worked out too well.

27 Responses to Mets Links: Trades, Flowers, Duda, Davis, Dickey Leave a Reply

  1. Im fine with trading Ike if there is another competent 1B option ready to step in. But there are none in house and Lucas Duda is not an every day first baseman.

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      I got a feeling James Loney would LOVE to find a FT job in NY.. Or anywhere for that matter :-)

      • Ugh. Too bad Loney cant play 2B. Ill lose it if the Mets trade Ike and sign Loney on a 1 year contract as a stopgap.

        • johnsilver 3 years ago

          Same feeling if Boston resigns him.. how far ye have

  2. Joe Valenti 3 years ago

    While he has plenty to prove he can’t really be blamed for anything either. The Francisco signing was awful but other than that he really hasn’t had any negatives. His hands are tied

    • He definitely has not had much to work with. I think he’s doing a solid job overall. We will really see what his plan is after this season when the Bay and Santana ball and chains are uncuffed from his ankles.

  3. Rick Garcia 3 years ago

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Flowers in a Mets uni

  4. “Outside of the Wheeler trade, Harper says his moves haven’t worked out too well.”

    It hasn’t all been roses (Reyes, Pagan, various BP moves), but I’d say getting a pick (Michael Fulmer) for Pedro Feliciano, avoiding the $17M K-Rod anvil, the Dickey extension, and the Niese extension also qualify as having worked out pretty well. And operating with some $10M in available funds each offseason to fix the sub-.500 team he inherited, I’d say it’s tough to be too hard on him. He’s still a year away (Bay & Santana) from having the team recalibrated to the $90-100M payroll that has become their reality. The conversion was never going to be smooth, but given the constraints he’s worked with and the flexible position he has them in for the future, I’d say he’s done a fine job so far.

    • Great post. Every GM is going to make some bad moves. But to be fair to Alderson has tried to do his best with barely anything to work with. The Pagan trade looked decent (not great) at the time but Ramon Ramirez and Torres failed to meet expectations while Pagan has a terrific rebound year. Pagan looked poor for the majority of 2011. And Jose Reyes didnt exactly repeat his 2011 either. He had a good year, but his performance was expected for someone paid like he was last winter.

    • BobSmith77 3 years ago

      As a Phils’ fan I agree. Alderson has done more right than wrong as the Mets’ GM. He inherited an absolute mess with a roster that was lacking overall talent and depth and had a couple of bad contracts (Amaro is doing his best to emulate Minaya sadly). Also has had almost no money to work with and a farm system that was below average at best. It was a complete rehab job with minimal resources and materials to do it.

      Understand the Mets’ fans frustration but they are still another year away really.

  5. Guest 3 years ago

    Lucas, even as a pre-arbitration guy, you make enough money to hire professional movers. Hopefully this isn’t a case like Joel Zumaya – after he injured his shoulder helping his parents move due to the wild fires, he was never the same. Although, Zumaya had a very good reason in sustaining the injury.

  6. Tommets 3 years ago

    The mets have to keep Ike. Its hard to come by a 30 HR hitter with a glove like him. I say trade Duda to an AL team he’d be an Adam Dunn type player. A DH with occasionally 1B and outfield. Tyler Flowers would be a good pickup from the White Sox. They need somebody better than Thole behind the plate if they want to stay in contention. Also they need Dickey. Without him they lose the spirit he brings to the team.

    • jacks100 3 years ago

      What? An Adam Dunn type player?

      So all of a sudden Lucas Duda is a 40HR guy?


      • Tommets 3 years ago

        An Adam Dunn type player in a sense of positions. He’ll DH most of the time with postion playing at times. Im not saying he’s gonna hit 40 HRs at all.

        • jacks100 3 years ago

          When people hear the name Adam Dunn they think bombs, walks, Ks, low average, and massive bombs.

          They don’t think about 1B/OF/DH.

        • nictonjr 3 years ago

          So a Kila Ka’ahua type player is what you are saying….

          • Tommets 3 years ago

            no, Duda has the potential to hit 25, even 30 HRs at some point in his carrer. Kila doen’t

      • To be fair to Duda, he has legitimate 30 HR power. He wont get there unless he makes more contact though.

        • Tommets 3 years ago

          Exactly that was Duda’s first or second full season playing he’s still got room to grow and once he learns to make more contact he’ll get better and better

  7. Patrick 3 years ago

    Too bad the Sox have a hole at Catcher and Tyler Flowers is the only one that can fill it unless AJ is resigned

    • durf81 3 years ago

      Harder to fill the hole at 3B, do the Mets have any good 3B prospects?

      I can’t imagine them trading Wright, especially for anything the Sox can offer.

  8. Michael Kenny Jr. 3 years ago

    Simple: Tyler’s going nowhere until AJ re-signs. If AJ doesn’t re-sign, Tyler’s going nowhere.

  9. gr8testsoxfan 3 years ago

    Daniel Murphy for Tyler Flowers might work. Can’t Murphy play third?

    • Let_My_Cameron_Go 3 years ago

      He can, but you are not getting a legitimate everyday .300 hitter for a backup catcher. Murphy would not work at third simply because he has no power. Keeping him at second helps that he has no power, but is an excellent hitter. If you slot him at third, then you need a slugger at second and Beckham doesn’t quite fit that bill…

      • gr8testsoxfan 3 years ago

        Power hitting has never been our problem, getting guys on base has been in the past, slot him in the two hole in front of Dunn/Konerko. Flowers might actually be to much as he always could hit and defense has come along, we should just keep him.

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