New York Mets: No Reason To Complain About The Offseason

Criticism broke out after New York Mets fans found out they were out of the running for Tomoyuki Sugano. The misinformed insults claimed owner Steve Cohen is running a Wilpon-esk, cheap offseason we saw in years past. The loud minority of fans have forgotten that no other team has made a major move outside of the San Diego Padres trades.

At the moment, the Mets $20 million more than the second-place club in free agency. This includes James McCann and Trevor May’s deals while all of the other big names sit on the market. If Mets fans feel like the front office has done nothing, imagine how other free agent contenders feel.

This is the slowest free agency of all-time due to the pandemic. The fans who are complaining already are the ones who will not be pleased unless the Mets brought back Tom Seaver, David Wright, and Babe Ruth to join the roster. Other people and writers are searching for things to complain about because the Mets landscape is a complete 180 from the Wilpon era.

If the Mets do not improve the roster by spring training, then the criticism is deserved. For now, sit back and enjoy that Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello are not the two big signings this offseason.

Mets have been in contact with Sugano, but their main focus is reportedly elsewhere

According to multiple reports, Japanese pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano is expected to decide where he will pitch in the 2020 season by Tuesday, which means it could be a matter of hours to know if he decided to pitch for the New York Mets, the San Francisco Giants, the Toronto Blue Jays, or even his old team, the Yomiuri Giants.

Those are the teams that are still in the running for Sugano’s services, and while last-minute suitors could arrive, it appears an unlikely scenario. The Mets have a clear hole in their starting rotation, especially if Noah Syndergaard, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, experiences any setbacks.

However, it would appear that the Mets may lose out on him because they are engaged in other fronts, as well. That’s what MLB Network reporter Jon Heyman explained on Monday.

Heyman says that while the Mets and Sugano’s representatives have been in constant contact over a potential deal with Sugano, “it appears their main focus is elsewhere.”

The Mets could use Sugano, but…

The Mets, with new owner Steve Cohen at the helm, are doing their homework and touching base with virtually every major free agent available in the market. They are said to like Trevor Bauer (team president Sandy Alderson has said his personality would fit in New York) and they are considered the favorites, along with the Blue Jays, to land center fielder George Springer.

Rotoworld speculates that “it sounds like talks never got serious, or at least haven’t yet,” while also saying that “perhaps they feel like Jake Odorizzi and Masahiro Tanaka could be a better fit.”

Sugano has until Thursday, January 7 to sign with a major league team, otherwise, he would return to the Yomiuri Giants, with which he won 14 games and had a sub-2.00s ERA in the 2020 campaign.

New York Mets: Tomoyuki Sugano to decide his future by Tuesday

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The Tomoyuki Sugano sweepstakes are apparently reaching an ending. The right-hander, who is a reliable alternative to the second tier of free agents, needs to agree to terms with an MLB team before January 7, otherwise, he will return to the Yomiuri Giants, his team in the Japanese league. The New York Mets are one of several teams interested in his services.

In addition to the New York Mets, the San Francisco Giants and the Toronto Blue Jays are considered finalists in the race for the talented pitcher. The Mets, in particular, could really use the 31-year-old in their rotation, as there isn’t much certainty after Jacob deGrom.

Noah Syndergaard will eventually return from injury, and it’s sounding like June could be a realistic target. David Peterson and Marcus Stroman will also be in the unit, and Steven Matz or Seth Lugo are penciled next. Sugano can make sure Lugo returns to the bullpen, where he has been lights out in the last few years.

The Mets can really use Sugano

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Sugano is expected to decide by Tuesday where he’ll sign. The hurler is in the United States with his agent, Joel Wolfe, to discuss the final offers from interested MLB teams.

However, if Sugano is unable to reach an agreement in the next couple of days (with the Mets or any other major league team,) it is possible that he returns to the Yomiuri Giants, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The reporter said that the scenario is “not out of question.”

The Yomiuri Giants really want Sugano back in their rotation (who finished 2020 with a 14-2 record and a 1.97 ERA,) and they have offered him a new four-year contract which includes three opt-outs.

Per reports, Sugano isn’t entirely sold on the idea of pitching in America, mainly because of concerns over COVID-19. The Mets are closely monitoring the situation and are ready to pounce.

New York Mets: Is There a Difference Between Sugano and Tanaka?

Tomoyuki Sugano, New York Yankees

The New York Mets have a big decision to make on Japanese pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano by Thursday. If Sugano selects their offer, he will become a new member of their starting rotation. There are plenty of similarities between Sugano and Masahiro Tanaka, but their small difference could make or break any deal.

The career NPB ERAs for Sugano and Tanaka are 2.32 and 2.30, respectively. Sugano spent one more season in Japan and only threw 45 more innings than Tanaka. Both pitchers are six-time NPB All-Stars, and both won the league’s best pitcher award twice. Each has similar repertoires, sharing a 4-seam and 2-seam fastball, a slider, and the trademark splitter as their strikeout pitch. Both are also pitching through elbow ligament issues that they rehabbed in past seasons.

What Makes Them Different?

Age is a big difference between the two Japanese stars. Tanaka garnered all his success and made his major league debut at the ripe age of 25, while Sugano would be 31 on opening day. Sugano still has to prove himself in the major leagues after his NPB success. Tanaka is a proven big-league pitcher and is only one year older. Over seven MLB seasons, Tanaka has a 3.74 ERA and is a two-time All-Star.

Sugano’s elbow issues are more in the past, and Tanaka’s forced the New York Yankees to be extremely cautious in recent years. Sugano also dealt with injuries at the end of 2019 but put any doubts to bed with his stellar 2020 season. In most rotations, Sugano would fit in the 2-3 spot, falling to four in elite rotations.

Sugano will cost a ton of money, but he is the second-best starting pitching option behind Trevor Bauer. Much like a lot of the pitching market this offseason, it is a huge wild card to give him a lucrative contract. Even if they lost the Sugano sweepstakes, Tanaka is a suitable replacement.

Tanaka has thoughts of heading back to Japan but asking Tanaka to change pinstripes to remain in New York is plausible. Either one of these pitchers automatically makes the Mets starting rotation better. If they want a long term addition, Sugano is the move while Tanaka fits best for the short term.

Mets’ target Sugano lands in America and is weighing final offers, per reports

As Tomoyuki Sugano is set to sign with a Major League Baseball team before January 7 (that’s the deadline for him to put pen to paper, according to the rules) the Japanese pitcher, per outlet Hochi News, landed in the United States and is meeting with his agent. The New York Mets are one of several teams looking closely at the whole process.

The objective of the reported meeting is that the talented hurler examines the final offers from MLB teams, as he will make the transition from the Japanese league to the MLB.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Mets are among five teams actively pursuing the right-hander. The other clubs are the Toronto Blue Jays, the San Diego Padres, the San Francisco Giants, and the Boston Red Sox.

As the Padres have already brought Blake Snell and Yu Darvish to a group that already includes Dinelson Lamet, Chris Paddack, and, potentially, Mackenzie Gore, they could be out of the running for Sugano.

The Mets want Sugano

The Mets’ interest in Sugano appears to be real. In December, New York Post’s Joel Sherman said that a non-Mets executive told him the team had “as good a chance as anyone” to sign him. Sherman also said that executives tend to think that big-market teams (such as the Mets and Red Sox) will have a “distinct” advantage to land him.

The 31-year-old has been one of the best pitchers in Japan in the last few years and had an extremely dominant season in 2020, with a 14-2 record with a 1.97 ERA, 131 strikeouts and 25 walks in 137 1/3 innings.

He projects as a mid-rotation starter that makes a lot of sense for the Mets. He has a low-90s fastball that caps his ceiling as an ace, but given that also has elite command and a very good slider, he can be a solid two or three.

New York Mets: Latest Report on Trevor Bauer May Change Their Plans

New York Yankees, Trevor Bauer

According to Jon Heyman, Trevor Bauer is looking for a boatload of money from whichever team signs him. The 2020 Cy Young award winner wants a five to a six-year deal with a $36M to $40M annual average value. The outrageous asking price should make the New York Mets reconsider their plans on rebuilding their starting rotation.

Bauer immediately quoted the tweet to say this was false information. This is more like damage control because the asking price would set a record and is getting clowned on for being way too much. Bauer deserves a large deal but does not deserve any record-setting offers. J.D. Martinez had a similar strategy during his time on the free-agent market

Move Forward Without Him

Steve Cohen has endless money to spend but signing Bauer to those terms is “spending like a drunken sailor.” Bauer is setting the bar high to make sure he gets overpaid by the time he officially signs a deal. This is a risky move because most owners are tight on money and could drastically hurt his deal. If Bauer’s price comes back down to the $25M-$30M range, signing him becomes a little more realistic.

Signing any combination of Jake Odorizzi, Masahiro Tanaka, or Tomoyuki Sugano would be a better way to spend the funds. Their production would equal or better Bauer’s over the course of a full season. All three pitchers would not be a significant downgrade either. Odorizzi and Tanaka are recent All-Stars, while Sugano is a two-time Sawamura Award (Japan’s Cy Young award) winner.

Bauer should remain the top pitching priority for the Mets at the moment. Bauer and Rachel Luba’s conversation are the factors in swaying the Mets vision, not a Jon Heyman tweet. If the conversations justify the tweet, the Mets cannot be afraid to let Bauer know they will look for starting pitching elsewhere.

New York Mets are ‘looking into’ Japanese righty Tomoyuki Sugano

Tomoyuki Sugano, New York Yankees

Despite already welcoming Marcus Stroman back into the fold and signing Jerad Eickhoff to a minor league deal, the New York Mets are not done adding to their rotation. They have interest in Trevor Bauer, the best free agent starter available, and have internal connections with Jake Odorizzi, via pitching coach Jeremy Hefner and signee Trevor May.

The group is in need of one or two additional arms, since there isn’t much certainty behind ace Jacob deGrom. While he’s reportedly ahead of schedule, the Mets don’t know exactly when Noah Syndergaard will return, and Steven Matz’s form is a question mark after a horrid 2020. David Peterson was a revelation as a rookie and should have a spot in the rotation.

As the Mets continue to monitor the market to add another arm, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the team is “looking into” Japanese right-hander Tomoyuki Sugano.

Watch the Mets!

“Watch the Mets on this,” one executive told Sherman. “I think they have as good a chance as anyone.” The Mets haven’t been particularly active in major international signings in recent years, as Rotoworld notes, but Sugano is a very talented arm that could change the equation for them.

Sugano, who is 31 years old, has posted a 2.35 ERA over eight seasons in Japan and was named as the Central League’s best pitcher in 2017 and 2018. Some talent evaluators say that he may be the second-best starter available after Bauer.

According to the posting rules, the Yomiuri Giants made him available and any contract with an MLB team needs to be finalized by 5 p.m. ET on January 7, 2021. As of now, there are no clear favorites to land the right-hander.

With new owner Steve Cohen in charge, the Mets have the financial power to be the highest bidders on Sugano. Will that be the case?

New York Yankees News/Rumors: The Yankees have fewer pitching options with each passing day

New York Yankees, Lance Lynn

The New York Yankees have a priority of re-signing star second baseman DJ LeMahieu. Still, along with that priority, they also have to fix a starting rotation that lacks pitchers, quality or otherwise. after the World Series, the Yankees lost Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton J.A. Happ, leaving only Cole and Jordan Montgomery as experienced pitchers. They do have Deivi Garcia, Clarke Schmidt, and Michael King, but that trio, although they made their MLB debuts are for the most part untried for any large sample.

There is no question that the Yankees need at least one number two type pitcher to add to the rotation. That task becomes more difficult with each passing day. Why?, because available pitchers from free agents and trades are becoming fewer and fever as other teams take action and the Yankees remain silent.

Mike Minor, Charlie Morton, Marcus Stroman, Drew Smyly, Robie Ray, Sam McWilliams, Joe Gato, and Kevin Gausman are now all off the market as they have re-signed or signed onto their new teams. Most are irrelevant, but the New York Yankees were interested in Charlie Morton and Kevin Gausman. The next big name the Yankees were kicking the tires on was the one time Yankee and Texas Ranger Lance Lynn, but the Yankees learned very late last night the Lynn has been traded to the Chicago White Sox, as they assume his bargain $8 million contract.

With every day, the Yankees’ pitching options are becoming fewer and fewer. Today at 8 am, Tomoyuki Sugano  becomes available to the New York Yankees and other major league teams. Teams will have until January 7th to sign him. His Japanese team has posted him. Sugano is the best Japanese pitcher, according to all industry experts. The Yankees have a history of being interested in Japanese pitchers. A good example of that is Masahiro Tanaka, who was never the ace they thought he would be but became a good durable solid pitcher for the Yankees over the last seven years.

There may be some relief for the Yankees as Luis Severino is expected back before the All-Star break, returning from Tommy John surgery. If the Yankees decide to take back their 2019 most winningest pitcher Domingo German who was suspended for the 2020 season, They will have Cole, Montgomery, German, and at some point Luis Severino. But that still leaves a position or two to fill. One of those may be filled by Deivi Garcia.

Should they decide to take Masahiro Tanaka back as some think they will, it will not be for an amount anywhere near the $23 million he made last season. The New York Yankees will want a contract for one or two years closer to $10-12 million. The Yankees may not be successful as SpotTrack has Tanaka’s market value at about $16 million.

This being the Winter Meetings week, which is held virtually this year, the Yankees need to act while there are any pitchers worthwhile available. Owner Hal Steinbrenner has surely told general manager Brian Cashman not to spend big after a year of losses that are said to be the most in all of baseball. Steinbrenner has also said that he wants to stay below the luxury tax threshold. Such a big name like Trevor Bauer is probably out of the question, even though he would nearly assure the Yankees a trip to the postseason. Two, three, three punch of Cole, Bauer, and either Severino or German would be devasting to opposing teams.

If the Yankees cant’ come to a deal with Tanaka, Sugano could be the answer. Now that the Japanese season is complete, his record is 14-2 with an ERA of 1.97. For his career, he is 104-52 with an ERA of 2.34. The 31-year-old righty is 6′ 1″ and weighs 210 pounds. He a three-quarters delivery, Sugano throws two fastballs (four-seam and sinker sitting at 90-93 mph, a solid slider, a curveball, and a forkball. He is known for his excellent command, posting a BB/9 of 1.8 in his Japanese career.

Acquiring Sugano also wouldn’t break the Yankees’ bank. ESPN suggests that he would need a two-year contract at about $24 million. If the Yankees move on him, they would also have to pay a $4.4 million posting fee. The Yankees need to start to take action and sooner than later.

 

 

New York Yankees News/Rumors: Hello Brian Cashman where are you?

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone, Brian Cashman

For the New York Yankees, it’s day two of the MLB Winter Meetings and no news from the Yankees. Multiple reports say Yankees general manager is cautious. Some say docile in his search for a Yankees pitcher. The Yankees are in need of at least one starting pitcher after seeing Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and J.A. Happ walk into free agency.

Last year during the Winter Meetings, the Yankees were diligent but bold in flying to California and wine and dining Gerrit Cole and his wife. They ended up signing the best pitcher in baseball for $324 million over nine years. With the need for great pitching this offseason to back him up, the Yankees have been very quiet. The only thing that rumors say is that they may make a play to return Masahiro Tanaka to pinstripes for another year or two.

The best pitcher in baseball available out there in free agency is Trevor Bauer, the previous Cleveland Indian and Cincinnati Red pitching star. For Cashman and the Yankees, he will likely cost in the nine figures for a reasonable contract, and it’s unlikely that the Yankees will spend that much after signing Cole last year.  They also have to consider their number one priority in this offseason is to re-sign DJ LeMahieu, who is adamant about getting security giving five-year contract.

The New York Post has a pair of reports that say this may be a bleak winter for the New York Yankees. Joel Sherman says:

The Yankees have surprised agents by how docile they have been on the starting pitching front.

The Post’s Dan Martin says:

“They showed last year they’re not going to rush into anything,’’ one agent said. “Even if it means seeing players they may like go somewhere else.”

Nevertheless, even with these reports, the one thing we know about Brain Cashman is that he is secretive at best in the move he may be making or thinking about. We also know he did nothing before the trade deadline. We also know with the Yankees’ dire needs that they must obtain a number two or three starter before spring training.  We also know that there is some water to be added to the oil, Japanese pitcher Tomoyuki Sugano, will be posted today at 8 am.

The New York Yankees since the 1990s have had an interest in players that played well for Japanese teams, and Tomoyuki Sugano is arguably the best pitcher available from the Japanese market. Others the Yankee have acquired are Hideki Irabu, Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kei Igawa, Hiroki Kuroda, Ryota Igarashi Masahiro Tanaka. Now they could be looking at Tomoyuki Sugano to solve their pitching rotation.

For New York Yankee fans, it sits and wait; it wouldn’t be surprising the three weeks to see nothing under the Christmas tree. But then again, as I said, you never know what Brian Cashman is doing; he is one of the most secretive general managers in baseball. He may pounce on Sugano or pull out an unknown that he sees something in that no one else does. We will have to wait it out.

 

New York Yankee News: Tomoyuki Sugano will be posted tomorrow December 8th, could the Yankees pounce?

Tomoyuki Sugano, New York Yankees

Tomoyuki Sugano, arguably the best pitcher in Japan, will be posted tomorrow, December 8th, and become available to the New York Yankees and other major league teams. Teams will have until January 7th to sign him. The New York Yankees have some tough decisions to be made during this offseason. The decisions will be mostly with what to do with their pitching rotation headed by Gerrit Cole, but there are no definites beyond that.

There may be some relief for the Yankees as Luis Severino is expected back before the All-Star break, returning from Tommy John surgery. If the Yankees decide to take back their 2019 most winningest pitcher Domingo German who was suspended for the 2020 season, They will have Cole, Montgomery, German, and at some point Luis Severino. But that still leaves a position or two to fill. One of those may be filled by Deivi Garcia.

The Yankees will most likely need another starting arm. But after a season of no money caused by the coronavirus, it’s hard to tell if the Yankees will penny-pinch or spend a modest amount to bolster the starting lineup.

The New York Yankees since the 1990s have had an interest in players that played well for Japanese teams. Hideki Irabu, Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kei Igawa, Hiroki Kuroda, Ryota Igarashi, and Masahiro Tanaka. Now they could be looking at Tomoyuki Sugano to solve their pitching rotation.

Now that the Japanese season is complete, his record is 14-2 with an ERA of 1.97. For his career, he is 104-52 with an ERA of 2.34. The 31-year-old righty is 6′ 1″ and weighs 210 pounds. He a three-quarters delivery, Sugano throws two fastballs (four-seam and sinker sitting at 90-93 mph, a solid slider, a curveball, and a forkball. He is known for his excellent command, posting a BB/9 of 1.8 in his Japanese career.

Sugano has a solid ability to generate weak contact, holding opposing hitters to a 55% ground ball rate. To top it off, he can help himself out with the glove once the pitch is released. His pitching style makes him a good fit for the Yankee Stadium short porch.

Major League scouts have said that Sugano would make a solid number three starter in the Major Leagues. A posted player has a month-long window to reach an agreement with an MLB team from the date of posting, and his Japanese team receives a fee at a percentage of his contract if he signs with a major league team.

There is a change in the situation, considering that the free-agent season will be penny-pinched by most teams; Sugano could wait until next season to make his move to the Major Leagues; nevertheless, he will be posted tomorrow. It is anyone’s guess if any team will immediately pounce, being that this is the week of the Winter Meetings.