Matt Ehalt MLB writer Published 9:02 AM EST Mar 1, 2019 The NL East should be baseball's toughest division in 2019. Four teams expect to contend, and the Phillies made a huge splash Thursday by agreeing to terms with Bryce Harper. It's possible one of the four could still make another move, but here's where the teams stand now that the calendar has turned to March: Lineup The Mets upgraded their lineup by adding Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos and Jed Lowrie. Those three should aim one of baseball's worst units in 2018. The Phillies now have Harper, and previously added JT Realmuto, Andrew Segura and Andrew McCutchen. A 2-3-4 combination featuring Realmuto, Harper and Rhys Hoskins is quite intimidating. Plenty of runs will be scored by the Phillies. The Nationals lost Harper but added Brian Dozier, Yan Gomes and Kurt Suzuki. Their lineup has taken a step back, and could be the worst of the four. Atlanta added Josh Donaldson, and is hoping the former MVP will return to form. Entering … [Read more...] about Where do NY Mets rank in NL East after Phillies signed Bryce Harper?
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Matt Ehalt MLB writer Published 9:32 AM EST Feb 18, 2019 PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — If the New York Mets want to talk, Noah Syndergaard will listen. Syndergaard, 26, is one of the sport's top young pitchers and under contract through 2021. He is earning $6 million this season in his first year of arbitration. The pitcher says he would be open to discussing the possibility of an extension with the team, though the Mets have yet to approach Syndergaard about a deal. And any decision would have to be made with input from his agent, CAA's Ryan Hamill. “Yeah, I think so," Syndergaard said when asked whether he would consider a possible deal that would buy out his arbitration seasons. "I love being a Met, I love New York City, the fan base is great and has been very kind to me. I see kind of the routes the game is going with (Bryce) Harper and (Manny) Machado have still yet to sign, and it’s kind of scary, honestly. … [Read more...] about NY Mets: Noah Syndergaard would listen to contract extension talks
Matt Ehalt North Jersey Record Published 5:48 PM EST Dec 16, 2018 The Mets have their catcher – and it's not JT Realmuto. With the Mets and Marlins unable to come to agreement on a trade, the Mets pivoted and signed veteran Wilson Ramos, according to a source. The deal is pending a physical, and has a base of two years worth $19.5 million with an option that can push the total to $26 million, according to The Athletic. Finding a catcher has been one of the Mets' main priorities this offseason, and the team tried to pry Realmuto, an All-Star, away from the Marlins. The Marlins were asking for a mixture of major-league ready players and top prospects, and the Mets felt that price was too high, according to sources. The Mets did not want to create another hole by trading a player like Brandon Nimmo plus additional prospects The Mets backing out of the Realmuto sweepstakes could clear the path for the catcher to land with the NL-Champion Dodgers. With the team unwilling … [Read more...] about NY Mets reach agreement with catcher Wilson Ramos
Matt Ehalt MLB writer Published 8:56 AM EST Nov 13, 2018 The offensive woes of the 2018 Mets never broke Jacob deGrom. As the Mets' ace often said in his postgame press conferences, he learned he could only focus on what he could control. When the offense didn't score, he had to hold serve. If one of his fielders booted a ball, he had to strand the runner. And when he came to bat with a runner in scoring position, well, the former shortstop knew he couldn't wait for someone else to deliver. "Obviously (Max) Scherzer and (Aaron) Nola had great seasons, but for Jake to go out there and do what we did without getting run support and have to pitch through bad defense, there were very few pitches that were kind of under no-stress," catcher Devin Mesoraco said in a phone interview with NorthJersey.com and USA Today Network New Jersey. "Every outing, the tying run was at the plate or in the on-deck circle, and it makes what Jacob did … [Read more...] about Jacob deGrom of NY Mets expected to win first Cy Young award
Matt Ehalt MLB writer Published 7:59 PM EST Nov 6, 2018 Even as he settled into his role as a first base coach these past three years, Ruben Amaro Jr. still had the itch to be an executive again one day. When new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen presented that possibility to Amaro, the former Phillies general manager took up Van Wagenen on the offer. Amaro will now serve as one of Van Wagnenen's advisers. "It's just a really good opportunity for me," Amaro said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. "He's someone I've gotten to know over the years. It's a neat opportunity to have some impact on the Mets." Amaro is known more of his time as the Phillies lead executive, spending 17 years in the Phillies front office and helping build the Phillies' 2008 title team. His first three teams each made the playoffs but an older roster struggled the next four seasons. After the Phillies fired him in 2008, he accepted a coaching job with the Red Sox, … [Read more...] about Ruben Amaro Jr. excited to return as executive with NY Mets