The Mets received the disappointing news that their top free agent target, Ben Zobrist, chose to sign with the Chicago Cubs.
Assistant GM John Ricco spoke with reporters and offered his reaction to the news on Tuesday night.
Here’s what he had to say…
- Zobrist reached out directly to him to let him know about his decision to join the Cubs.
- The decision Zobrist made is not believed to be about money – rather, it was believed to have to do with his connection to Cubs manager Joe Maddon, and Chicago’s proximity to his home in Tennessee.
- The club is disappointed, but always knew Zobrist could choose another team, and they’ve been prepared to go in different directions in the event he did that.
- The Mets will explore all options, including the trade market, in an attempt to fill their holes. They are more than willing to allocate the resources they set for Zobrist in other areas.
- The club has been in contact with the agents for Daniel Murphy, and will continue to have dialogue.
- The Mets are comfortable with Dilson Herrera at second base, but they want to continue their pursuit of augmenting the roster.
“It’s disappointing, I’m going to be honest,” Ricco said. “We’ll move on and we’ll be all right,” Ricco said.
The Mets continue to wait for a resolution in their pursuit of Ben Zobrist. He is reportedly could decide on his new teamas soon as Tuesday night.
Here are some notes and updates regarding the Mets from assistant GM John Ricco’s talk with reporters on Tuesday:
- The Mets met again with Zobrist’s agents from Octagon Baseball, and chatted about both Zobrist and their other clients.
- The club has not made a final offer to Zobrist, but both sides understand the parameters for a potential deal and will negotiate further if needed.
- The Mets are still trying to gauge price points for their relief pitching targets on the free agent market. There have not been any substantial talks for relievers.
- The Mets are not concerned that the relief market has begun to move, and feel confident they will be able to effectively fill their needs in the bullpen.
- The same can be said about their outfield targets – the club has only begun to gauge prices and interest in potential fits.
- Ricco said both of their fronts in the outfield and bullpen could move to the point that they are able to find those solutions by the end of the Winter Meetings.
Bovada Las Vegas has already opened the betting for the winner of the 2016 World Series.
As of now, the Mets are considered 12-to-1 favorites to win the World Series along with the Royals, Dodgers, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Nationals.
The Cubs are considered the favorites a year out.
Odds to win the 2016 World Series
- Chicago Cubs 11/1
- Kansas City Royals 12/1
- Los Angeles Dodgers 12/1
- New York Mets 12/1
- St. Louis Cardinals 12/1
- Toronto Blue Jays 12/1
- Washington Nationals 12/1
- Houston Astros 14/1
- Pittsburgh Pirates 14/1
- Texas Rangers 14/1
- New York Yankees 18/1
- Boston Red Sox 20/1
- Cleveland Indians 20/1
- Detroit Tigers 20/1
- Los Angeles Angels 20/1
- San Francisco Giants 20/1
- Seattle Mariners 25/1
- Tampa Bay Rays 33/1
- Baltimore Orioles 40/1
- Minnesota Twins 40/1
- Arizona Diamondbacks 50/1
- Chicago White Sox 50/1
- Cincinnati Reds 50/1
- Miami Marlins 50/1
- Milwaukee Brewers 50/1
- Oakland Athletics 50/1
- San Diego Padres 50/1
- Atlanta Braves 100/1
- Colorado Rockies 100/1
- Philadelphia Phillies 200/1
Monday is Major League Baseball’s official “Media Day” ahead of the 111th World Series between the Royals and Mets, with Game 1 set to begin on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
Here is Monday’s schedule for both the Mets and Royals:
2:00 p.m. (ET) – Royals Team Media Availability, Royals Hall of Fame (left field area)
2:45 p.m. (ET) – Royals Game 1 Pitcher in Interview Room
3:00 p.m. (ET) – Royals Manager Ned Yost in Interview Room
3:00 p.m. (ET) – Royals Workout
3:15 p.m. (ET) – Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. in Interview Room
3:45 p.m. (ET) – Mets Game 1 Pitcher Matt Harvey in Interview Room
4:00 p.m. (ET) – Mets Manager Terry Collins in Interview Room
4:15 p.m. (ET) – Mets Team Media Availability, Royals Hall of Fame (left field area)
5:00 p.m. (ET) – Mets Workout
The Mets and Royals will begin the 111th World Series on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
It will mark the first World Series in which two post-expansion era teams are playing for a World Championship.
Here are some notes on the Mets ahead of the World Series, provided by Major League Baseball:
- The American League has the overall lead in the World Series, 63-47, although the National League has won four of the last five World Series, six of the last nine, and eight of the last 14.
- The Mets five World Series appearances since 1962 are tied with the Braves, Reds and Phillies for the fourth-most appearances in the National League, behind the Cardinals (10), Dodgers (8) and Giants (6).
- The Mets are 12-12 overall in 24 World Series games since 1969, winning two series and losing two series.
- The Mets are the first expansion team to appear in the World Series five times.
- The Mets have won five consecutive Postseason games, tying the franchise mark for the longest Postseason winning streak in club history. They won five in a row from Game 2 of the 2000 NLDS through Game 2 of the 2000 NLCS. The winning streak is tied for the ninth-longest Postseason winning streak in NL history.
- This is the third time in the Wild Card era a team from the American League Central and the National League East are meeting in the World Series (1997, 1995).
- The winner of the first game of the World Series has won 69 times, 11 of the last 12, 16 of the last 18, 18 of the last 21 and 23 of the last 27.
- The team with home field advantage in the World Series has won 23 of the last 29 World Series.
- Royals right-handed reliever Ryan Madson and left-handed reliever Franklin Morales join Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson as the players in the 2015 Fall Classic to appear on a World Series roster in both leagues, bringing the all-time total to 167 players. Granderson is the only Met with any World Series experience (2006).
- Terry Collins joins Gil Hodges (1969), Yogi Berra (1973), Davey Johnson (1986) and Bobby Valentine (2000) as managers to take the Mets to the Fall Classic.
- Mets designated hitters went just 7-for-40 in ten games in an American League park in 2015.
- The Mets have played 41 consecutive innings since they last trailed, dating back to the fourth inning of Game 5 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Here are a list of players from both the Mets and Royals who were drafted and developed by their respective clubs: