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  1. Mets will send scout to watch Scott Kazmir throw

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:48 AM EDT

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    Scott Kazmir isn’t getting a lot of attention from teams as he attempts to make a comeback, and understandably so. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 3 of last season, when he lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up five runs for the Angels. Before that, he had fallen off badly after…

  2. Mets acquire shortstop Chin-lung Hu from Dodgers

    Dec 27, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

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    Chin-lung Hu never really got another shot in Los Angeles after struggling as a rookie in 2008, and today the Dodgers traded the 27-year-old shortstop to the Mets for left-hander Michael Antonini. Once upon a time Hu was considered a top prospect, but his bat never developed enough to match his strong glove and now…

  3. Mets will give D.J. Carrasco a chance to earn rotation spot

    Dec 24, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    When the Mets signed D.J. Carrasco to a two-year, $2.5 million deal earlier this month the assumption was that they’d use him as a middle reliever, but Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that he’ll likely be given a chance to claim a rotation spot in spring training. Carrasco has experience as…

  4. Carlos Beltran is unaware of trade rumors because he’s not “into the computer searching”

    Dec 15, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Prior the Red Sox signing Carl Crawford last week Peter Gammons reported that they “continue to talk to the Mets” about a potential trade for Carlos Beltran (which is obviously no longer an option). For his part Beltran told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo that he was unaware of the rumors until a family member in Puerto…

  5. Diamondbacks “closing in on a deal” for Henry Blanco

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks “are closing in on a deal to sign” Henry Blanco, with the veteran catcher expected to receive a one-year contract. It makes sense for the Diamondbacks to find a right-handed-hitting backup for the left-handed-hitting Miguel Montero, who’s entrenched as the starter behind the plate. Blanco…

  6. UPDATE: Mets sign D.J. Carrasco to a two-year contract

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    UPDATE: It’s done. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Mets have signed Carrasco to a two-year contract. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that he’ll make $2.5 million in the deal, so it’s hard to get too bent out of shape about this one. Good value signing. 5:17 PM: Free agent reliever D.J.…

  7. Gammons: Red Sox “continue to talk to Mets” about Beltran

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    While appearing on MLB Network moments ago Peter Gammons revealed that the Red Sox “continue to talk to the Mets” about Carlos Beltran. Here’s more from Gammons, courtesy of transcriber-extraordinaire Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.com: The relationship between Beltran and the Mets is not great. He’s not going to play in the outfield for 150 games…

  8. UPDATE: Angels sign Hisanori Takahashi to two-year deal

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Done deal. Two years and “between $5 and $6 million.” ========== Let go by the Mets last month when the two sides couldn’t agree to a new contract before a sign-or-cut deadline, left-hander Hisanori Takahashi is “close to agreeing to a multi-year deal with the Angels,” writes David Waldstein of the New York Times.…

  9. Pedro Feliciano will decline the Mets’ arbitration offer

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    There was some speculation that Pedro Feliciano would accept the Mets’ arbitration offer and ensure himself at least $3 million in 2011, but his agent has informed the team that he’ll decline the offer. Given some of the contracts already handed out to relievers this offseason Feliciano should have little problem securing a multi-year deal,…

  10. Kaz Matsui returns to Japan as teams wait to hear results of Tsuyoshi Nishioka bidding

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    After seven seasons in the majors Kazuo Matsui has returned to Japan by signing with the Rakuten Eagles, which is interesting timing as the baseball world waits to see which team won the bidding for negotiating rights to Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Nishioka is a speedy, switch-hitting middle infielder who won a batting title in…

  11. Mets will offer arbitration to Type B free agent Pedro Feliciano

    Nov 23, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Pedro Feliciano is the only Mets free agent who can bring back draft compensation as a Type A or Type B player and today the team announced that they will offer him the arbitration needed to get a second-round pick back if he signs elsewhere. As one of the best and most durable left-handed relievers…

  12. Dan Warthen to return as Mets pitching coach

    Nov 22, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Third base coach Chip Hale is staying with the Mets following the team’s house-cleaning and apparently pitching coach Dan Warthen will be sticking around too. Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that “Warthen says he’s been asked by Sandy Alderson to return next year as the Mets’ pitching coach.” Warthen replaced Rick Peterson…

  13. Sandy Alderson not sold on Josh Thole as everyday catcher

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Before they were fired Jerry Manuel and Omar Minaya both indicated that 24-year-old Josh Thole would likely be the Mets’ starting catcher in 2011 after playing regularly down the stretch as a rookie, but new general manager Sandy Alderson isn’t quite as sold on the idea. Alderson said yesterday that the Mets are “thin” at…

  14. Mets haven’t approached Carlos Beltran about position switch

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last week Carlos Beltran admitted that he “would have to listen” if the Mets approached him about switching positions, but Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Beltran and general manager Sandy Alderson spent Saturday together in Puerto Rico and the topic wasn’t broached. “The trip to Puerto Rico was not to accomplish…

  15. Hisanori Takahashi drawing some interest from Phillies after leaving Mets

    Nov 15, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Because of a unique clause in his contract Hisanori Takahashi became a free agent when the Mets failed to sign him to a new contract by November 5 and now Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies are interested in signing him. Philadelphia is already said to be close to a two-year deal to…

  16. Pirates get their man, hire Clint Hurdle as new manager

    Nov 14, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

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    Clint Hurdle has clearly been atop the Pirates’ manager wish list all offseason, but the Mets expressing interest in the former Rockies skipper threatened to ruin Pittsburgh’s plans. However, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com the Pirates have agreed to a contract with Hurdle, who’ll replace John Russell as manager of a team that hasn’t…

  17. Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, and Bob Melvin emerge as top candidates in Mets’ manager search

    Nov 12, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that “Terry Collins, Clint Hurdle, and Bob Melvin have emerged as leading candidates in the Mets’ search for a manager.” However, new general manager Sandy Alderson apparently hasn’t officially trimmed his list to three names, as Rubin adds that “a potential fourth candidate for a callback is current third base…

  18. Carlos Beltran “would have to listen” if Mets approached him about trade or move to right field

    Nov 11, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran held a conference call this afternoon to discuss the opening of a $6.5 million high school and baseball academy in his native Puerto Rico, but also gave some interesting answers to questions about his future with the Mets. Beltran made it very clear that he’d like to remain with the Mets and continue…

  19. Mets to interview DeMarlo Hale, Don Wakamatsu, and Clint Hurdle this week

    Nov 8, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets will begin interviewing external manager candidates this week, starting with Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale tomorrow. General manager Sandy Alderson is then slated to meet with Rangers hitting coach Clint Hurdle and newly hired Blue Jays bench coach Don Wakamatsu on Wednesday. Hale previously interviewed for…

  20. Facing midnight deadline Hisanori Takahashi wants three-year deal from Mets

    Nov 5, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

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    MLB extended the Mets’ deadline to re-sign Hisanori Takahashi until midnight today, but it sounds like the two sides aren’t particularly close to agreeing on a new contract. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Takahashi is asking for a three-year deal worth around $5 million per season and Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com confirmed those demands.…

  21. Mets could get extension on deadline to re-sign Takahashi

    Oct 28, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    I wrote this morning about how the Mets have until Sunday to re-sign Hisanori Takahashi or they’ll be all but guaranteed to lose him as a free agent because of a clause in his contract, but the left-hander switched agents yesterday and is now trying to extend the deadline. Takahashi’s new agent, Arn Tellem, told…

  22. Hisanori Takahashi switches agents before likely leaving Mets

    Oct 28, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Because of a clause in Hisanori Takahashi’s contract the Mets have until Sunday to agree to a new deal with the left-hander or they’re prohibited from signing him until May 15. In other words, he’ll either sign by Sunday or be playing for another team in 2011. Further complicating things is that Takahashi switched agents…

  23. Jon Daniels on report that he asked the Mets to wait for him: “Complete bull”

    Oct 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Last week Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported that Rangers general manager and New York native Jon Daniels had “communicated through back channels that he hoped the Mets would wait until after the World Series” to replace Omar Minaya as GM, leading to speculation that he was interested in hopping from Texas…

  24. Leo Mazzone wants to be Yankees’ or Mets’ pitching coach

    Oct 28, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

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    During a radio interview this morning longtime Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone said that he’d be interested in taking the same position with the Yankees or Mets, calling both openings “a great job.” Mazzone had an incredible amount of success in Atlanta and much of that was obviously due to the three Hall of Famers…

  25. Logan White to stay with Dodgers as Mets’ general manager search hits second phase

    Oct 22, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Logan White presumably didn’t make the cut as the Mets trimmed their list of general manager candidates following the first round of interviews, because Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that he “will not be the Mets’ general manager and will remain with the Dodgers.” Of course, with just about everyone assuming that Sandy Alderson will…

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