Ottavino Returning to Mets Bullpen

Brooklyn native Adam Ottavino will return to the Bullpen for the Mets, joining Edwin Diaz as the second arm to be back from the 2022 season.

Ottavino will earn $14.5M over the next two seasons, however does have the ability to opt out of the contract after just one season. The deal also includes up to $1M in performance based bonuses and incentives.

Last season, Ottavino held an immaculate 2.06 ERA with 6-3 record after appearing in 66 games and throwing 65.2 innings. The 37 year old is showing no signs of letting up as he K’d batters and only walking 16, that’s a 10.8 K/9 and just 2.2 BB/9.

Hours earlier, rumors were swirling that the Mets could potentially be in talks with the White Sox for Liam Hendriks, however, this may put a halt on anymore speculation.

Mets Have Best Prospect in MLB

Listen, Francisco Alvarez is the real fuckin’ deal (Pardon my language, I’m dealing with a whole heap of depression and must take it out on my writing). The good folks over at MLB.com have updated their Top Prospects List, and yes, our Francisco is topped off at the number one spot.

There’s no telling how great of a career this youngster can have, especially once he’s completely comfortable in handling calling a major league game. That’s probably where the true test lies, knowing your pitchers, knowing your opponents, creating a game plan.

However, it’s so clear that we’re not the only ones aware of this tank sized catcher that’s about to take over a majority of the catcher’s duties going forward (Just my opinion, no official word has been released).

He’s hit at every level, except for his short stint with the actual big league club. However, his MiLB slash line is .274/.384/.526/.910 in 895 at-bats, just about two seasons of MiLB ball.

It’s no surprise to me, it shouldn’t be to any other Mets fans at all. But the cool thing is, now the rest of the league is starting to hear and learn about Alvarez, and I just don’t think they’re ready for this beast.

Nimmo to Remain with Mets

The New York Mets and Brandon Nimmo have agreed to an 8 year deal that’s worth $162M, averaging roughly $20M per season and the deal contains a no-trade clause.

Nimmo, a Wyoming native, was drafted by the Mets in 2011, as their first rounder and 13th overall pick.

While many had doubts about Nimmo early on, he’s proved himself to be more than just an on-base machine. His power has increased dramatically over the last few years and he’s become a defensive presence in center field.

This is huge news for the Mets, as there were rumors swirling around about the Toronto Blue Jays and their interest in Nimmo.

This will allow the team to keep Marte in right field, hopefully protecting him from further injuries for the remainder of his contract.

Of course, Nimmo will continue to man down center field, as the captain amongst the outfielders, as well as lead-off with his “out of this world” on-base percentage.

This is absolutely a “feel-good” signing, keeping Nimmo in Orange and Blue for the rest of his career, just days after deGrom departed for Texas.

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Brandon Nimmo to the Jays?

Someone please let Brandon Nimmo know that Canadian bacon is just a flavored smoked ham and that weed is practically legal everywhere now. I believe this is important for Brandon to know, especially with teams like the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies emerging as just a couple of teams showing interest in the on-base machine.

All jokes aside, with the Blue Jays making a shocking trade today, of Teoscar Hernandez to the Seattle Mariners for late inning reliever Erik Swanson as well as pitching prospect Adam Macko. The Jays could be shifting their interest to Nimmo now, according to Jon Morosi.

During his earlier years in New York, fans debated on whether or not if Nimmo was no more than a fourth outfielder. Now headed into free agency for the first time in his career, Nimmo is clearly the best center fielder available on the open market. It’s impressive.

While the Mets are still interested in the Wyoming born player, the rest of the league will not make it easy for Eppler and Anderson. And of course, while owner Steve Cohen has more than enough money to make it happen 10x’s over, there’s still a financial limit the Mets do not want to cross.

This now makes this the second time in three years in which both the Mets and Blue Jays are showing interest in the same outfielder. The first being when the Toronto Blue Jays ended up winning the George Springer contest of 2021.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Sweep Doubleheader

The Mets swept the Rockies in Thursday’s Doubleheader. The Mets improved to 24-20 and improved the lead in the NL East to 2.5 games.

Game One:

The Mets beat the Rockies in game one behind 6 scoreless frames from Marcus Stroman. Stroman allowed just 3 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 3.

The Mets shined defensively behind Stroman, highlighted by Lindor his terrific diving stop. Stroman himself also showed the gold with some sparkling plays.

Edwin Diaz shuts down the shutout with a perfect ninth for his 9th save. Diaz is perfect in save opportunities this year.

The Mets collected just three hits but one went over the wall for a homerun. Jose Peraza hit his second homer of the year.

Game two:

The Mets scored early in game two after a Villar walk and a Lindor single. With first and third, Billy McKinney hit a double play, which scored a run. McKinney did score two runs in the game after he doubled and scored in the 4th on Peraza RBI hit and walked and scored on Peraza bases loaded walk in the sixth. Brandon Drury also collected a bases loaded walk in the sixth to score the 4th and last run as the Mets beat the Rockies 4-2.

Joey Lucchesi got the start and got around back to back walks in the opening inning. He allowed some hard hits in the game but was able to go 3.2 innings of 1 run ball. Smith came in to let a inherited runner score.

Loup and Familia pitched scoreless innings, before Gsellman came in for the save. Gsellman couldn’t get the job done as Barnes got McMahon to end the game for his second save of the year.

The Mets will open a 3 game series with the Braves on Friday with Taijuan Walker returning to the mound.

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