Tag: trade

Zack Wheeler Struggles in St. Lucie Debut

Last night’s pitching debut by Zack Wheeler as a minor leauge Met didn’t go as smoothly as the young pitcher might have wanted it to. Wheeler allowed four runs on seven hits in four innings, striking out four and walking none in a rain-shortened 9-1 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Coming off a highly anticipated trade from the San Francisco Giants to New York for outfielder Carlos Beltran, some wondered if Wheeler just was experiencing jitters.

He told the NY Post after the game,

“I felt good. There really wasn’t that much pressure going into it. It hasn’t really been stressful, but I came out a little tight.”

Wheeler hit 99 mph on the radar gun three times and threw 54 out of 82 pitches for strikes.

Prior to the trade, Wheeler made an adjustment to his mechanics.

“I’m back to what I was doing in high school — a high leg kick and high hands in my windup,” he said. “Before, the Giants tried to settle me down a little bit, and I guess settle down my motion.

“But I felt like I was counting . . . I was just thinking way too much. I had too much time, and it wasn’t really flowing. I just feel more comfortable now.”

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Behind the Scenes of K-Rod’s Trade

Prior to being traded, Francisco Rodriguez made it known to Terry Collins that he wanted to eliminate the $17.5 vesting option in his contract. Rodriguez, according to the NY Times, felt it was interfering with how the Mets were using him as a closer. In a non save situation a few weeks prior to the trade, K-Rod began warming up, expecting to be brought into the game, and was upset with the implication that the Mets had not used him to avoid activation the vesting option.

A deal between the Mets and Rodriguez could not be worked out, but Alderson was able to convey to other teams that Rodriguez would be willing to forgo the option, making it much easier for the Mets to trade him.

The Mets completed a deal within 48 hours. In the next few days, Rodriguez agreed to restructure his contract, taking out the vesting clause and making the option a mutual one. Rodriguez was also paid an additional $500,000.

Part of Rodriguez’s motivation for getting rid of the option was that, at 29, he can probably get more total money with a longer contract after this season.

K-Rod also switched agents in the middle of trade talks to Scott Boras.

Since the trade, K-Rod has not finished any games for the Brewers but has been the eighth inning set up man for John Axford.

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Pelfrey Unhappy with Front Office, Deadline Deals

Mike Pelfrey gave his opinion on the front office decision to trade Carlos Beltran yesterday.

“I understand that if you want to get something back for him you have to trade him,” Pelfrey told The NY Post before the Mets beat the Reds 4-2 last night. “But in the same sense I would think if we ended up getting rid of him, the front office’s view is that we don’t have a chance, because he gives us our best chance to win. If he’s not here, then they felt we can’t rebound from where we’re at.”

Pelfrey has been with the Mets his entire career, now playing his 6th season with the club.

“In the past we’ve kind of been close, and moves are kind of made at the deadline where guys are kind of like ‘We could have used this, we could have used that and been right there,’ ” Pelfrey said. “It hasn’t happened a couple of times, and I know it’s kind of gotten to some guys.”

Pelfrey didn’t go as far as to name what guys in particular it has “gotten to,” but his longest tenured teammates are David Wright, Jose Reyes and Beltran.

Pelfrey wishes the best for Beltran. “For his sake, I hope he goes wherever he goes and wins it all,” Pelfrey said.

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Reds Interested in Isringhausen

Fox Sports is reporting that the Cincinnati Reds are looking for middle relief pitching and have considered Mets reliever Jason Isringhausen in trade talks.

Reds have had internal discussions about a number of middle and setup relievers. The list includes Jim Johnson and Koji Uehara of the Orioles; Jason Isringhausen of the Mets; Jason Frasor of the Blue Jays; and Todd Coffey of the Nationals.

Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty is familiar with Isringhausen from their time together in St. Louis, and Isringhausen pitched in the Cincinnati system last year.

Before deciding on joining the Mets this year, the Reds offered Isringhausen  a spot in their spring training camp.

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