Rangers hire Chris Young as GM

Former New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Young has been hired by the Texas Rangers to be the teams new General Manager.

This come as a surprise, as it’s just days after he withdrew his name from the Mets list of potential GM’s. Jon Daniels will stay on with the Rangers as the President of Baseball Operations.

Source: Ken Rosenthal & Levi Weaver

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Mike Minor is off the board

Left handed pitcher Mike Minor and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a mult-year deal. The transaction is still pending due to the completion of the physical, however this will be Minor’s second go-around with Kansas City.

The deal is throughout the 2022 season while the finances are still undisclosed. Minor is coming off of two straight seasons in which he posted an ERA over the five mark. While those numbers aren’t sexy, Minor could’ve served well for the Mets as a potential fifth starter in the rotation, as well as a bullpen swing-man.

If the Mets decide to tender Steven Matz, he could very well serve that same role. So Sandy Alderson and the Mets must not have been too impressed with the likes of Minor.

Minor hasn’t been in the NL since 2017, however when he was, it was with the NL East Atlanta Braves. In his five seasons with Atlanta, Minor put up a 4.10 ERA in 110 starts. He only made one appearance out of the bullpen with the team, however acclimated well to the role in his first stint with the Royals.

In his career, Minor owns a 71-66 win/loss record with an ERA of 3.98 over the span of 9 years and 1152.1 innings pitched. While he averages 8.2 strikeouts in nine innings in his career, in 2020 he averaged an outstanding 11.4 per every nine frames.

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Source: Ken Rosenthal

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#FlashbackFriday: The Time a Met was traded for himself

So I never knew of this story but once I randomly stumbled upon it, I decided to do some more looking into it. In 1962, Cleveland and the Mets struck up a deal that would send the right handed catcher Harry Chiti over to New York.

At the time of the trade, the Mets sent over cash to cover Chiti’s contract. The catcher would appear in 15 games for the Metropolitans and in 41 at-bats, he would own a .195/.233/.220/.452 slash line. He hit just one double with 0 home runs or RBI’s that year, which would also end up being his final year of Baseball.

While I’m not sure if this was literally just a rental for 15 games or the Mets just said “we’re not doing this anymore”, the Mets would end up sending Chiti back to Cleveland however would never make a Major League appearance with the club.

Try to keep in mind that 1962 was the inaugural season for the New York Mets, so I’m sure the team was trying their hand at a ton of players just to keep their head afloat. Of course they lost like a million games, but you know what I mean.

Chiti never had any kind of claim to fame on the diamond but he will forever be known as the first Major League Baseball player to be traded for himself.

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Is Yadier Molina a fit in Flushing?

The BNNY crew over at SNY came together and spoke about if the Mets should sign catcher Yadier Molina. And while we know that many fans want a player like JT Realmuto, James McCann, or even Salvador Perez, Molina is a clear option for the most obvious of reasons.

Molina is a 9x All-Star as well as a 9x Gold Glove winner and 4x Platinum Glove winner that handles a pitching staff incredibly well. The scrappy Puerto Rican catcher has always been a grinder and is a determined winner, sounds like something the Mets could use as new ownership takes over.

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It’s not like Molina had a terrible 2020 campaign (.262/.303/.359/.662) but he’s definitely on a steady decline at 38 years old. So if the Mets do decide to make an acquisition, it may be on a platoon basis, or even a mentor role as a back-up catcher.

I’d imagine he’d take a mentor/back-up catcher role with the St. Louis Cardinals before anyone else, however Steve Cohen’s fat wallet may have the veteran reconsidering all of his options.

If he does come to the Mets, the future Hall of Famer would be a perfect mentor for the likes of Ali Sanchez, young phenom Francisco Alvarez, and even Tomas Nido.

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Free Agent Reliever options: Will Smith

Left hander Will Smith had an absolutely solid season during the 2019 campaign while pitching by the bay for the San Francisco Giants. As a matter of fact, Smith has been nothing short of great since joining the Giants in the middle of the 2016 season after being dealt from the Milwaukee Brewers for catcher Andrew Susac and Minor Leaguer Phil Bickford.

During just this past season, Smith appeared in 63 games while pitching 65.1 innings to a 2.76 ERA and struck out a whopping 96 batters and owning a 6-0 record. In 2018, he pitched 53.0 innings in 54 games and struck out 71 while maintaining a career best 2.55 ERA during that season.

With Luis Avilan coming off of the books and likely to depart, the Mets will absolutely need a second left hander to pair off with Justin Wilson. While the soft tossing Daniel Zamora has shown flashes of good pitching, the team could use better assurance and more consistency in the bullpen.

Will Smith is going into just his age 30 season and the eighth year of his career. While Smith has a few miles on that left arm, he should prove to be a valuable addition to any team. I assume the Mets aren’t the only team in the hunt for a reliever, especially a left hander with Smith’s credentials.

In his seven years of pitching in the Majors, Will Smith owns a 26-22 record in his 359 games played. He’s pitched 410.2 innings and has an ERA of 3.53 while having struck out 494 batters and has even made 17 starts, 16 of which came in his rookie season while with the Kansas City Royals.

While Smith has been pitching better than his career averages these past few seasons, I believe the Mets would be ecstatic with a second lefty pitching to a 3.50 ERA out of the bullpen. Now let’s see if the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies make a play for the reliever… because I believe they’ll be there.

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