Liam Hendriks Diagnosed with Cancer

Closer of the White Sox, Liam Hendriks has announced via his IG (Instagram) that he unfortunately has Cancer.

Hearing the word ’cancer’ came as a shock to my wife and I, as it does to millions of families each year. However, I am resolved to embrace the fight and overcome this new challenge with the same determination I have used when facing other obstacles in my life

My treatment begins tomorrow, and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and be back on the mound as soon as possible. I know with the support of my wife, my family, my teammates, and the Chicago White Sox organization, along with the treatment and care from my doctors, I will get through this.”

Via Hendriks’ IG

Hendriks is currently listed as the closer for the Chicago White Sox, however, rumors across the internet have the Mets targeting the right-hander for bullpen help. The veteran is two years deep into a three year deal worth $54M, not an impossible contract to relocate.

Unfortunately, all that is currently on hold as Hendriks will receive treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

General Manager of the White Sox, Rick Hanh has released a statement on behalf of the organization.

Our thoughts and reactions at this time are for Liam the person, not Liam the baseball player. I know the entire Chicago White Sox organization, our staff, his teammates, and certainly White Sox fans, will rally in support of Liam and Kristi during the coming months. Knowing everyone involved, especially Liam, we are optimistic he will pitch again for the White Sox as soon as viable. In the meantime, we all will do everything in our power to support our teammate and his family as they face this challenge, while also respecting their privacy. We do not expect to have any updates on Liam’s playing status prior to Opening Day at the very earliest.”

Hendriks has a career 3.81 ERA over the span of 12 seasons. The veteran has collected 115 saves throughout his career, including a career high of 38 with the Sox in 2019.

Prayers go out to Hendriks and his family as they fight this horrible disease.

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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Taijuan Walker signs with Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have come to an agreement with starter Taijuan Walker. It’s now confirmed that the deal is for four-years and is worth $72M.

Two Trades the Mets can pull off with the Blue Jays

Boy, oh boy, do I just absolutely love the off-season. Sure, it sucks that there isn’t baseball on the television but this is the time of year where my imagination is running wild. With the amount of free agents hitting the board and number of trade possibilities about to become available, expect the 2023 Mets to look significantly different.

And speaking of trade possibilities, Jon Morosi of MLB Network is reporting that the Blue Jays are expected trade one of their three catchers.

And while the Mets and Jays are potentially competing for the services of Brandon Nimmo, they can probably come together and work out a trade.

A player that stands out to me is Danny Jensen, simply because he has the most experience of the three Toronto based backstops, with a little bit of pop. Also, no one’s exactly going to cry when his contract runs out and it’s time to leave town.

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By no means is Jensen a slugger and the Mets shouldn’t treat him as such with phenom Francisco Alvarez recovering from ankle surgery. However, he’s a decent sized step up from Tomas Nido that could nicely transition to back-up once Alvarez is ready.

In return, the Blue Jays would get prospect Alex Ramirez, an outfielder that continues to climb the ranks amongst the Mets’ system. With good enough speed to play center and a strong enough arm to warrant him for right, Ramirez’ power and athletic ability, could make him quite the steal as the team’s top prospects are jam packed with talent.

Calvin Ziegler made his professional debut just this year, the 20 year old prospect has a fastball that sits at about 93MPH, however, the 6’0” right-hander can kick it up to 97MPH. He also owns a plus curveball, but does at times struggle to find the zone which in turn may have him destined for the bullpen.

The next trade I would try to pull off would be for some bullpen help, particularly a left-hander the Mets could use late.

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If I had to choose from the bunch in Toronto, Tim Mayza would be that pitcher. He’s a lefty that’s going to get other lefties out, alongside the occasional right-hander.

And of course we all know about Dominic Smith by this point. It just didn’t pan out for first baseman, at least not in Orange & Blue. However, I do believe Smith has plenty of opportunity left to turn his career around into a more productive direction.

Leave a comment and let us know who you want on the Mets!!