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Mets acquire former All-Star infielder in trade

Steve Cohen looks on

Sep 11, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets majority owner Steve Cohen and his wife Alexandra Cohen at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets have added a big power bat to bolster their lineup for the second half of the season.

The New York Post’s Jon Heyman on Friday was the first to report that the Mets acquired first baseman Daniel Vogelbach from the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Mets are trading pitcher Colin Holderman to Pittsburgh for Vogelbach.

Mets writer Michael Mayer reported on Wednesday that the team had discussed a trade with the Pirates for Vogelbach. The 29-year-old is under control through the 2024 season and making $1 million this year.

In 75 games entering Friday, Vogelbach was hitting .228 with 12 home runs and 34 RBI. He was an All-Star with Seattle in 2019 when he clubbed 30 homers, though he batted just .208.

The Mets were looking to upgrade their designated hitter spot after failing to get production out of that spot this season. New York entered Friday with the 17th-most home runs in MLB (92), and has seen both Dom Smith (hitting .194 with no home runs) and J.D. Davis (hitting .234 with three homers) struggle at the plate.
Smith and Davis have a combined 36 RBI on the season. New York did have reported interest in another veteran slugger earlier this season.

In 15 games with the Mets this season, Holderman was 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA and 18 strikeouts to seven walks.

With billionaire owner Steve Cohen having an apparent willingness to spare no expense to improve the roster, the Mets are likely far from done with making moves ahead of the trade deadline.

Mets looking to trade for ex-All-Star infielder?

Steve Cohen looks on

Sep 11, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets majority owner Steve Cohen and his wife Alexandra Cohen at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets own the second-best record in the National League this season, but they may still be looking to further upgrade their attributes.

Mets writer Michael Mayer reported on Wednesday that the Mets have had trade conversations with the Pittsburgh Pirates about first baseman Daniel Vogelbach. The 29-year-old Vogelbach, an All-Star in 2019, is making just $1 million this season and is under club control through 2024.

Vogelbach has primarily been a designated hitter for the Pirates in 2022 thanks to the universal DH rule. He is batting .228 with 12 home runs and 34 RBIs in 75 total games, doing most of his damage against righty pitching.

The NL East-leading Mets have admittedly gotten little production from the DH spot this season. Their main designated hitter has been JD Davis, who is having an underwhelming year. Other than Vogelbach, the Mets have also been linked to this other notable (but much older) DH option.

Report: Jacob deGrom suffers minor setback

Jacob deGrom ready to throw

Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Jacob deGrom’s timeline to return to the majors may have to be pushed back slightly.

On Tuesday, the New York Post’s Jon Heyman reported that deGrom suffered a slight setback over the weekend. The Mets pitcher had been scheduled to return shortly after the All-Star break.

“On Sunday, [deGrom] presented with mild muscle soreness around his shoulder,” Heyman tweeted. “He played catch on Monday and Tuesday without issue, but out of an abundance of caution, Mets opted to move his simulated game to Thursday.

DeGrom was supposed to pitch a simulated game at the New York Mets’ facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Tuesday in lieu of a fourth rehab start.

The 34-year-old has looked good during his three rehab starts. In his first rehab outing at Port St. Lucie, deGrom topped out at over 100 mph multiple times. His most recent rehab start came on Thursday with the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y. DeGrom struck out four batters and allowed one unearned run in four innings.

DeGrom has not pitched this season after suffering a stress reaction in his right scapula in late March. The Mets will likely need him to return to form in order to make a deep postseason run.

Mets paying Robinson Cano lots of money to play for division rival

Robinson Cano at the batting cage

Apr 23, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) gets ready for a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran second baseman Robinson Cano is joining the Atlanta Braves on Monday for their series against his former team, the New York Mets. Cano will be making a nice salary for those games, and most of it will be paid by the team he’s facing.

Cano is still on the 10-year, $240 million contract he signed with the Seattle Mariners prior to the 2014 season. Under that deal, he is making $24 million this season. The bulk of that is being paid by the Mets, meaning Cano will be making over $100,000 per game from the organization while he’s playing against them this week.

The Mets took on almost all of Cano’s $24 million annual salary when trading for him and Edwin Diaz in December 2018, with the Mariners paying a small amount. The Mets released Cano in May, locking them into paying him the rest of his deal. The Braves were subsequently able to pick him up for the league minimum.

No, this is not the worst long-term money the Mets are on the hook for. It is, however, a reminder of how the team’s previous regime made some risky decisions that did not pay off.

Video: Marlins literally throw away the game in loss to Mets

Tanner Scott fields the ball

The Miami Marlins literally threw away the game in their 5-4 loss to the New York Mets in 10 innings on Saturday.

The game was tied 3-3 heading into the 10th. Miami scored a run in the top of the 10th to take a 4-3 lead. Then in the bottom of the 10th, the Mets began with a pair of strikeouts. Tomas Nido doubled in a run to tie the game. The following batter was Brandon Nimmo, who hit a 2-out grounder to pitcher Tanner Scott.

Scott should have been able to field the ball and throw to first for the final out of the inning. But Scott bobbled the ball and then threw it into the dirt, allowing the winning run to score.

What a way to go down.

Scott can throw almost nothing but strikes during his pitching appearance, but he can’t throw a ball accurately to first base for a simple out.

The win made the Mets 53-32 and still holding a 2.5 game lead in the NL East over Atlanta. The loss dropped the Marlins to 40-43.

Report: Mets interested in former All-Star slugger

Nelson Cruz wearing a glove

Aug 5, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) warms up before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The Twins won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets entered Thursday leading the National League East by 2.5 games. Despite their lead, they reportedly are interested in bringing in at least one big bat to bolster their lineup for the second half of the season.

On Thursday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported that Washington Nationals designated hitter/outfielder Nelson Cruz is on the Mets’ radar.

While the Mets entered Thursday fifth in MLB in runs scored (392), seventh in hits (713) and tied for fourth place in RBI (376), they rank 19th in home runs (79). Both Dom Smith and J.D. Davis have struggled to find consistency at the plate and are two potential lineup spots the Mets could address. Entering Thursday, Smith was hitting .221 with no home runs, 17 RBI and a .327 slugging percentage. Davis had been only slightly better, hitting .240 with two homers, 14 RBI and a .338 slugging percentage in 53 games.

Cruz, 42, could certainly add some power to the Mets’ lineup in place of Smith or Davis. Entering Thursday, he had eight homers and 46 RBI, and a .369 slugging percentage. Among active MLB players, Cruz ranks third in career home runs with 457.

The Mets could also call up Francisco Alvarez, the No. 2 prospect in baseball, to add some offense. But the catcher was just promoted to Triple-A last week, and the organization may not want to rush his development.

According to Heyman, the Mets are reluctant to give up any of their top prospects to add a bat, especially for players who will be free agents after the season. But with Cruz unlikely to command a big return, he seems to be one of the more likely options for the Mets to acquire. The only question may be whether the Nationals are willing to deal Cruz to a division rival.

Jacob deGrom reportedly hit triple digits during first rehab start

Jacob deGrom ready to throw

Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets fans had to have liked what they saw from Jacob deGrom during the ace’s rehab start Sunday with the Mets’ Single-A affiliate in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

deGrom, who hasn’t pitched this season after suffering a stress reaction in his right scapula in late March, threw 1.2 scoreless innings with five strikeouts, no hits and no walks.

What was perhaps more impressive than deGrom’s final stat line was that fact that he was consistently throwing in the triple digits. He reportedly threw seven 100-plus mph pitches out of 24 total, including one at 101 mph.

deGrom will likely have to get through a few more rehab starts before he’s cleared to return to the majors, but said after the game that his shoulder “feels 100 percent.”

The Mets also got encouraging news regarding their other top starter this week. On Friday, Max Scherzer announced that he’ll return Tuesday from an oblique injury suffered on May 18 to start against the Reds in Cincinnati.

Getting deGrom back would provide a big boost for the Mets, who lead the National League East by 3.5 games. In 15 starts last season, the 34-year-old had a 1.08 ERA with 146 strikeouts and 11 walks. Regardless of how he pitches upon his return, deGrom may be in a different uniform next year if he opts out of his current contract after the season.

Rival team could sign Jacob deGrom next season?

Jacob deGrom ready to throw

Sep 3, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom has the option to terminate his current contract with after this season. If he does so, Mets fans may not like the team that is reportedly an early front-runner to land him.

ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney reported Saturday that “some corners of the industry” believe that the Atlanta Braves could be the favorites to sign deGrom if he does opt out of his current deal.

“There is a perception in some corners of the industry that if Jacob deGrom follows through with what he said in the spring and opts out of his Mets’ contract, the Braves will be the favorites to land him,” Olney wrote on Twitter.

In early April, deGrom told reporters that he intended to opt out of his contract following the 2022 season. By doing so, deGrom would leave the $30.5 million remaining on his deal in search of a bigger payday.

While deGrom hasn’t pitched in the majors in over a year (although he’s scheduled to make a rehab start Sunday for the Mets’ Single-A affiliate), he’s still among the best in the game when healthy. deGrom suffered a stress reaction in his right scapula in late March and hasn’t pitched at all this season. The two-time Cy Young Award winner went 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA in 15 starts last year.

With billionaire owner Steve Cohen and his apparent willingness to spare no expense to help the team, it could be difficult to picture a scenario where the Mets are outbid by their division rival for one of the top pitchers in franchise history.

Max Scherzer return date for Mets revealed

Max Scherzer ready to pitch

May 13, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer (21) pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets are set to add an ace back into their starting rotation in the coming days.

On Friday, Max Scherzer told reporters that he will return to the mound on Tuesday against the Reds in Cincinnati for his first major league start since mid-May.

Scherzer further told reporters that the plan is for him to throw around 90 pitches in six innings, but that could change depending on how he feels. He also credited Mets pitchers Trevor Williams and David Peterson for stepping up during his absence.

Earlier in June, an MLB insider reported that Scherzer was a possibility to start last Sunday’s game against the Marlins in Miami. The 37-year-old didn’t return on that date. Instead, Scherzer on Wednesday pitched in the last of his two rehab starts for the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies. In his 80-pitch effort against the Hartford Yard Goats, Scherzer allowed three runs, including two earned, and four hits in 4.2 innings. He also struck out eight and walked one.

In Scherzer’s first rehab start on June 20 with Binghamton, he gave up two runs and three hits while striking out six batters on 65 pitches in 3.1 innings.

The Mets have been able to maintain their lead in the National League East with a 22-15 record in the 37 games since Scherzer strained his oblique on May 18. But they’ll likely need the right-hander, who has a 2.54 ERA with 59 strikeouts and 11 walks in eight starts this year, to help hold off the hard-charging Atlanta Braves, who entered Friday 3.5 games out of first place.

Mets players had fun with Buck Showalter after latest win

Buck Showalter getting trolled

Things are going well for the New York Mets, as is obvious from their postgame antics on Sunday.

The Mets moved to 47-26 with their 5-3 win over the Miami Marlins Sunday, and things got a bit silly in the postgame handshakes. Several Mets players, seemingly unimpressed with manager Buck Showalter’s insistence on wearing his pullover in Miami in June, tried to get it off him.

No chance, guys. That thing is on there tight.

Obviously, the Mets are in a good mood. They lead the NL East by five games, are certainly on their way to the playoffs, and have to be considered one of the favorites to win the World Series. Plus, they’re not even at full health yet. They will be a scary opponent in the playoffs.