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Recap of Mets’ Clincher Celebration

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The Mets clinched the NL East crown Saturday evening and it was absolutely incredible. Being a young, lifelong Mets fan, I have only seen my favorite team in the postseason twice, once in 2000 and again in 2006. It was genuinely a heartfelt moment for all Mets fans, spanning the spectrum from die-hard to fair-weather. Seeing Familia come into that blowout of a game and get the job done was a reflection of his season as a whole- he has been tremendous and reliable, even in his toughest of stretches.

Yes, it was an incredible moment. It was a heart-warming moment. It was a historic moment. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about… Let’s take a look at the Metsies’ post-game celebration.

Trade Talk Tuesday: Troy Tulowitzki

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As we’ve heard since mid-July, the Mets have been speaking to the Rockies about Troy Tulowitzki for quite some time now. And every time another rumor about these talks pops up, it seems like no more than a mean tease to us Mets fans. But, through the frequency of these talks, it seems likely that it’s more than that…

“Tulo” has been a premier shortstop in the MLB since entering the league in 2006. He has blossomed even further, becoming one of the best hitters in the National League, arguably third behind only Andrew McCutchen and Giancarlo Stanton.

There are only two concerns with Tulowitzki- his proneness to injury and his large contract. He’s guaranteed $129 million over the next 7 years, and he’ll be 37 years old when the contract expires. In terms of injuries, so far in his career, “Tulo” has had: torn quadriceps tendon, cut right palm, fractured wrist, left groin surgery, fractured right rib, injured left hip leading to labral repair surgery.

However, regardless of his downfalls, Tulowitzki is still one of the premier players in the MLB, and his addition would push the Mets over the edge and make them a potential World Series contender.

Here’s my proposal:

Mets get: Troy Tulowitzki, Rex Brothers, cash considerations
Rockies get: Noah Syndergaard, Dillon Gee, Dilson Herrera, Kevin Plawecki

This trade makes sense for both sides…

The Mets are in need of a shortstop and are clearly interested in Tulowitzki, so it goes without saying that he’d be a tremendous addition. Rex Brothers would also be a nice addition, as the Mets have been looking for a lefty bullpen arm to accompany Josh Edgin. Also, the additional cash considerations could cover a portion of Tulo’s contract.

Now, this trade also makes the Rockies more adept for future contention. They get the ace they’ve been longing for in Noah Syndergaard… Dillon Gee, who they showed tremendous interest in at the Winter Meetings, would also serve as their #2 or #3 pitcher. Dilson Herrera, a top second base prospect who has a great bat and is also a great fielder, would assume the role as the team’s starting second baseman. And Kevin Plawecki, a top catching prospect who has a nice bat, would become the team’s catcher of the future, as Wilin Rosario hasn’t been reliable enough to assume this role.

DJ LeMahieu, the team’s current second baseman, would shift to shortstop, a position that he played until midway through his college experience.

To make this deal even more enticing for Colorado, all three of the prospects that they receive are 23 or younger, and they all are expected to be fully MLB-ready by mid-season. Also, Dillon Gee is only 28 years old and won’t hit free agency until 2017.

Check out what the Mets potential lineup would be if this trade went through:

C: Travis d’Arnaud
1B: Lucas Duda
2B: Daniel Murphy
3B: David Wright
SS: Troy Tulowitzki
LF: Curtis Granderson
CF: Juan Lagares
RF: Michael Cuddyer

Now that… That’s a playoff team!

Let me know what you think about this potential trade in the COMMENT section! Would the Rockies do it? Should the Mets do it? Does this make the Mets a playoff team?

Nick Markakis signs with Atlanta Braves

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Outfielder Nick Markakis has signed a contract with the Atlanta Braves. The contract will be for 4-years, $45 million. This deal was first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

The former Baltimore Oriole is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and while he’s never been selected to an All Star Game, he has been a very good hitter throughout his career.

After trading away one of the best outfielders in the MLB just a few weeks ago, they’ve just signed another player in that same category. As of now, Markakis will man right field while the Upton brothers will be placed in left and center field.

That is, unless Justin Upton is traded. He has been on the trading block for virtually all of this offseason, with teams like the Mariners and A’s at the forefront of that conversation. With the addition of another outfielder, this could be the end for Justin Upton in Atlanta.

While Markakis is surely a good fit in Atlanta, this pairing, just like any other, is not without its pitfalls. Virtually all of his power is towards right field, and what with Turner Field having a quite deeper right field than Oriole Park at Camden Yards, a slight dip in his home run numbers can be expected.

In regard to his old team, the Baltimore Orioles, several former teammates of his have been publicly disappointed by the move:

The Orioles are set for a large regression next season. With Nelson Cruz in Seattle, Markakis in Atlanta, and Andrew Miller likely on his way out, the O’s are on the verge of losing their most productive hitter, fielder, and reliever, respectively. As a result, they’ve already seen a major drop off in right field (now David Lough) and at designated hitter (now Steve Pearce). If they do indeed lose out on Miller, their bullpen will be in shambles as well. With the re-emergence of the Red Sox and Blue Jays, don’t be surprised if the O’s go from a 96-win team to an 80-win one…

Josh Donaldson Traded to Toronto Blue Jays

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All-Star Third Baseman Josh Donaldson has been traded by the Oakland A’s to the Toronto Blue Jays. The deal was a 4-1 trade. Toronto gave up Brett Lawrie and three prospects: Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman, and Franklin Barreto.

The addition of superstar Josh Donaldson, who is just as good a fielder as he is a hitter, is the second huge acquisition that the Blue Jays have made thus far this offseason (see: Russell Martin). Adding Donaldson at third base elevates the Blue Jays tremendously on both sides of the ball. They still have two major weaknesses and one minor one with Kevin Pillar in LF, Dalton Pompey in CF, and Ryan Goins at 2B, respectively. If they can solve as many as two of those weak spots, they’d be in a position to be a playoff contender in the AL East.

Brett Lawrie is the only proven MLB talent that Oakland receives in this deal. He was the 40th best prospect in the MLB in 2010, and as a result, became a fixture in the Jays’ starting lineup upon first being called up in late-2011. He still has tremendous potential, as he is a solid power hitter, has an abundance of speed, and is quite a good fielder, but there has been one thing that has consistently put a damper on his career progress: injuries. He’s only 24, and yet, the most games that he’s played in a season was 125 in 2012. If he can stay healthy, Lawrie has a huge upside for the A’s.

Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman, and particularly Franklin Barreto all seem to be important prospects for the A’s going forward. Nolin, a southpaw, and Graveman, a righty, are both starting pitchers that are expected to be MLB-ready by this coming season. Barreto, a shortstop, slots as the A’s third best prospect. His great speed and above-average fielding ability are enough to make Billy Beane and his cronies salivate with excitement.

Sources are saying that the Oakland A’s aren’t done making blockbuster deals. Jeff Samardzija, who they acquired from the Cubs in a blockbuster deal last summer, looks like he could be on the way out. Some rumors say that he’s on the verge of being traded to the Chicago White Sox, while others are saying that he may be sent to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Justin Upton and Evan Gattis. Whatever the deal is, the A’s are going to make another trade, and in all likelihood, Jeff Samardzija will be the centerpiece.

Yasmany Tomas signs with Arizona Diamondbacks

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Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas has signed a six-year, $68.5 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This deal was first reported by MLB reporter Jesse Sanchez.

Tomas was expected to get a lot more money than what he got, and maybe even break the $100 million mark. However, for whatever reason, his ultimate deal didn’t meet expectations.

The Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, and Philadelphia Phillies all showed major interest as of late, and will now have to look elsewhere for outfield help.

Arizona’s new two-headed monster in the front office- Tony La Russa (Chief Baseball Officer) and Dave Stewart (General Manager)- have been quite active in their first offseason. First, they went out and traded two prospects to the Tampa Bay Rays for former Rookie of the Year, SP Jeremy Hellickson. And now, they’ve given a lucrative contract to the Cuban slugger, Tomas. Expect the D-Backs to be major players in most trade and free agent talks for years to come.

While the Diamondbacks aren’t quite there yet, especially in their ultra-competitive division, adding Tomas is a step in the right direction towards the playoffs.

Red Sox Sign Hanley Ramirez & Pablo Sandoval

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Earlier today, the Red Sox signed two All-Star infielders: Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez.

Hanley Ramirez’s deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal, who also reported the terms of Ramirez’s deal. Ramirez is a former Red Sox prospect who was eventually traded to the Florida Marlins in 2005 for Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell. Ramirez, normally a shortstop who also has limited experience at third base, has been emphatic about his willingness to “play anywhere” on the diamond. With top prospect Xander Bogaerts in line to play shortstop for Boston, it looks as though Hanley may be making a move to the outfield. However, if Han-Ram ends up staying at shortstop, Bogaerts could be on the way out.

Pablo Sandoval, AKA Kung Fu Panda, is coming off a record setting posteason with the San Francisco Giants, which culminated in a World Series victory. After Will Middlebrooks struggled mightily at third base this past season, change was imminent. And with one of the premier third basemen in the league, Pablo Sandoval, available as a free agent, all signs pointed to him moving to Boston.

This deadly duo adds to an already powerful Red Sox lineup that can only get better as the offseason continues.

Ike Davis Traded to the Oakland A’s

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Former Met Ike Davis has been traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Oakland A’s. Davis was traded by the Mets to the Pirates in April for two low-end prospects.

The Pirates designated Davis for assignment earlier this week, in order to clear room for their top prospect, pitcher Jameson Taillon, on their 40-man roster.

SF Chronicle’s Susan Susser first reported this deal. The Pirates received international slot money in exchange for Davis.

With Ike Davis gone, all indications point to Pedro Alvarez, who was an All-Star in 2013 but struggled in 2014, moving to first base.

Adam LaRoche signs with the Chicago White Sox

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First baseman Adam LaRoche has signed a two-year, $25 million contract with the Chicago White Sox, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The move was later confirmed by MLB insiders Chris Cotillo and Ken Rosenthal.

The move comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the White Sox already have reigning AL Rookie of the Year, Jose Abreu, at first base. One of the two will likely move to Designated Hitter, and CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes thinks it’s Abreu who’s more likely to make the move.

LaRoche is 35 years old, and will turn 36 within the first week or two of the 2015 season. He was a Gold Glover and Silver Slugger in 2012, and finished 6th in NL MVP Voting that season.

Mets fans should be happy to get LaRoche, a notorious “Met Killer,” out of the division.