Mets Acquire José Quintana

Left handed starter José Quintana has reached an agreement with the New York Mets and will join the middle of the team’s rotation.

The deal will be for the span of two season and will cost Steven Cohen and the Mets a total of $26M. Not too shabby, considering that Quintana is coming off of year where he pitched to a 2.93 ERA.

It’s hard to believe that Quintana will be entering his 12th season, however, the veteran journeyman sharp season with both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals. As I mentioned earlier, Quintana owned a 2.93 ERA with just a 6-7 win/loss record.

While the record might not be an attention grabber, his consistency hitting the mound absolutely is. The Colombian born pitcher started 32 games in 2022, continuing to display his dependability as a theme to his career.

Overall, Quintana owns an 89-87 win/loss record to go alongside his 3.75 ERA, and 1.28 WHIP in over 1723.2 innings pitched.

Adonis Medina is heading to Korea

Former New York Mets reliever Adonis Medina will sign a contract to join the Kia Tigers or the KBO (Korean Baseball Organization).

Medina, who was acquired for cash from the Pittsburgh Pirates, had an abysmal 2022 season as the reliever pitched to a 6.08 ERA throughout the span of 23.2 innings in 14 games.

A couple of Medina’s most memorable games include his first win versus the Philadelphia Phillies on Cinco de Mayo (5th of May). The versatile pitcher tossed 2.2 innings while giving up a single hit and striking out one. Just one month later on June 5th, while playing the Dodgers in Los Angeles, the Mets’ right-hander would next collect his very first career save against the Powerhouse Dodgers.

The Tigers’ pitcher is probably far from calling it a professional baseball career, however there’s absolutely no telling if Medina can earn his way back to where the elite earn their money.

Mets sign Starling Marte

The New York Mets have made another big addition today as they’ve agreed to terms with outfielder Starling Marte on a four-year pact worth $78M.

The news comes from MLB Insider, Jon Heyman.

In 2021, Marte hit .310 while getting on base at a .383 clip and slugging a respectable .458 with the Miami Marlins and Oakland Athletics. Not to mention his 27 doubles, 12 home runs, and an amazing 47 stolen bases to go along side those numbers.

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Free Agent Target: Starling Marte

Many fans have had their eyes on Marte since the Pittsburgh Pirates had the star centerfielder on the trading block. Eventually, the Pirates would end up sending the right-handed slugger to Arizona. Now a couple of seasons later, Marte is a Free Agent and could find himself in Flushing, Queens before the start of the 2022 season.

There isn’t a ton of top tier talent on the free agent market and it’s no secret that the Mets will be looking to improve defensively in center. With Conforto likely on his way out, this gives the team the opportunity to move Nimmo over to the corner while trying to find a competent enough bat to captain the outfield.

“But Gem, he’s 33 years old, he can’t play center.”

Listen, I get what you’re saying but no. Looking at Marte’s Baseball Savant page, you’ll see that he still ranks around the top of the league when it comes to OAA (Outs Above Average). The same goes for his sprint speed, maximum exit velocity, as well as his xBA.

If all of this is making you want to vomit, I understand, so let’s look at the basics.

In 2021, Marte hit .310 while getting on base at a .383 clip and slugging a respectable .458 with the Miami Marlins and Oakland Athletics. Not to mention his 27 doubles, 12 home runs, and an amazing 47 stolen bases to go along side those numbers.

Throughout the span of his 10-year career, the Dominican born outfielder slashes .289/.346/.451/.797 with 126 home runs and 296 swipes. While the Mets aren’t necessarily a slow footed team, they’re not exactly burners on the paths, either. His addition would bring a huge threat to the top of lineup.

Also read: Could a Smith for Bellinger Trade Work?

MLBTR has Marte getting approximately $80M for 4 years and Tim Dierkes has him signing with the Mets.

However, Jim Bowden of The Athletic thinks that the outfielder is a “great fit” for the Yankees so I believe Marte’s agent will be busy fielding offers this winter. Anything can happen, but if he does see his way on to the Mets, this lineup would have changed drastically.

MetsJunkies Recap: Bucs upset Mets late

Tylor Megill keeps on impressing as he took the mound on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Listen, the Pirates aren’t going to compete for their division this season however, they’ve definitely proven to be quite the scrappy little club.

Megill on the other hand, tossed six shut-out innings while allowing six hits and no walks in the contest. The rookie right-hander has now lowered his ERA 2.63 after making 5th appearance of the season.

The Pirates did make Megill work quite hard right out of the gate as it took 22 pitches to finally end the first inning, stranding Adam Frazier on second. While Megill definitely pitched well enough to earn the win, that wasn’t the case as the rookie didn’t get a decision.

Luis Guillorme is proving that not only is he the best option with the glove when it comes to temporarily replacing Lindor at shortstop, but he’s doing it with the stick, too.

The slick fielding infielder would go 1-3 with a run scored as well as a double in the fourth inning.

The Mets used J.D. Davis as their clean-up batter and it was a great move. Davis ended up hitting two two-run bombs in his 3-4 effort, alongside four RBI’s which at one point (Fourth Inning) were the Mets’ only runs on the board.

Travis Blankenhorn came into the game in the top of the seventh to pinch-hit for Megill and absolutely laced a double off of the right-center field wall. The extra-base hit would plate across Luis Guillorme, giving the Mets the 5-0 lead.

Coming into the game, Blankenhorn was just 1-11 with a .348 OPS while with the Mets.

Brandon Nimmo continues to get on base at an elite level. The Mets centerfielder drew three walks against Pirates pitching and crossed the plate once on his 1-2 game.

It all started to go down hill for the Mets in the 8th inning when Seth Lugo surrendered five runs on three hits and two walks in just 0.2 innings. Lugo now has an inflated ERA of 5.09 after Saturday’s disaster of an outing.

Edwin Diaz failed just as bad as the closer gave up four runs in the ninth, blowing the save as well as picking up the loss. Diaz would give up a grand slam to Pirates catcher Jacob Stallings for the walk off as the Mets suffer from a 9-7 loss.

Taijuan Walker will take the hill for the Mets on Sunday afternoon as the Mets look to at least take one game from these Pirates.