Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Mets Sign SS Alfredo Reyes


According to the Dominican Prospect League, The Mets have signed SS Alfredo Reyes.

Reyes, 17, played behind former DPL All-Star Christopher Tamarez (NYY signee) for most of DPL Season 1.
 
The New York Mets signed Reyes after watching him develop into an athletic shortstop who can make the difficult plays on defense look routine.  Reyes showed gap power and an ability to control the strike zone at the plate.  His wiry-athletic frame allows him to project well at the SS position.   The Mets signed Reyes for $200,000.

Sandy has his eyes open in the Dominican Republic where he was stationed for awhile..........

2011 Mets Spring Training Schedule


Count down the days to spring.....

February
26 Atlanta Braves at Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
27 University of Michigan at Port St. Lucie, 12:10 p.m. (split squad)
27 Atlanta Braves at Disney, 1:05 p.m. (split squad)
28 Washington Nationals at Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.

March 1 Washington Nationals at Viera, 1:05 p.m.
2 St. Louis Cardinals at Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.
3 St. Louis Cardinals at Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
4 Florida Marlins at Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.
5 Atlanta Braves at Disney, 1:05 p.m.
6 Boston Red Sox at Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
7 Detroit Tigers at Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
8 Washington Nationals at Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m. (split squad)
8 Houston Astros at Kissimmee, 1:05 p.m. (split squad)
9 Houston Astros at Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
10 Florida Marlins at Jupiter, 1:05 p.m. (split squad)
10 Washington Nationals at Viera, 1:05 p.m. (split squad)
11 Florida Marlins at Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
12 Atlanta Braves at Disney, 1:05 p.m.
13 St. Louis Cardinals at Port St. Lucie, 1:10 p.m.
14 OFF

Mets Notes: Feliciano, Murphy, F-Mart, Evans, O'Conner


The New York Mets today announced the results from yesterday’s medical examinations of Daniel Murphy, Fernando Martinez and Nick Evans. All three were seen by Mets Team Physician Dr. Struan Coleman at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

Murphy sustained a mild hamstring strain of the left leg while playing for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League. There was no loss of motion or strength in the leg. He will rehab his hamstring and return to baseball activities as tolerated.

Martinez felt pain in his right knee while running to first base in a game with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League. An MRI showed mild arthritis in the knee, unchanged from his previous MRI. There was no new injury. He will wear a brace and continue to work on strengthening his knee before resuming baseball activities.

Evans has been recovering this offseason from a posterior labral tear of his left non-throwing shoulder sustained September 29 during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He has been swinging a bat back pain-free. A MRI revealed no change and he will progress with baseball activities as tolerated. 


Pedro Feliciano has declined the Mets' arbitration offer and will continue to pursue free agency. Read the full news story here

The Mets today announced the re-signing of LHP Mike O’Connor to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training.

The 30-year-old O’Conner was 5-2 with six saves and a 2.67 ERA while striking out 70 in 70 innings for Triple-A Buffalo last season.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mets are talking to RHP Chris Young, Not Close to signing yet!


The Mets are "deep into talks" with right-handed pitcher Chris Young, according to ESPN.com. The team would not confirm the report.

The Padres recently declined Young's 2011 option after a third consecutive injury-riddled season -- this time a strained right shoulder was the culprit -- limited him to four starts. He is three years removed from his status as one of the game's top young starters, having gone 32-20 with a 3.60 ERA from 2005 to 2007. Now 31, Young is looking to resurrect his career.

If signed, Young would provide the Mets with exactly what they need: a cheap, low-risk starter to fill out their rotation. Uncertain of Johan Santana's status, the Mets have only three proven big league starters on the roster: Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese and R.A. Dickey.

Young made $6.4 million last year in the final season of a four-year, $14.5 million contract. But given his injury history over the past three seasons, he will command far less than that annually on the open market.

Update: 11pm :

According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, Chris Young and the Mets appear to fit one another for several reasons, but a source with knowledge of the situation said tonight that “nothing was close at this time” between the parties.

The 31-year-old righthanded pitcher enjoyed success as a San Diego Padre while Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta worked as executives for that club, and he is now precisely the sort of low-risk, potentially high-reward free agent the Mets need. ESPN.com reported that Young and the Mets were nearing a deal, which sources disputed, without denying that the sides might eventually agree to terms. Alderson did not respond to a request for comment.

Read More Here

F-Mart and Murphy get checked out in New York


Fernando Martinez (right knee) and Daniel Murphy (left hamstring) were in New York on Monday to be examined by team doctor Struan Coleman at the Hospital for Special Surgery. The team expects to announce results on Tuesday.

The team described Martinez's knee trouble as stiffness -- the same term used in August when the outfield prospect landed on the disabled list with Triple-A Buffalo. Of course, that time, Martinez did not play in another meaningful game until starting once last week with Escogido in the Dominican Republic, after which he was again shut down.

Murphy, who is playing second base with Aguilas in the Dominican Republic, has a sore left hamstring, according to the organization.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

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Cubs looking at Brandon Webb, Should the Mets?


According to Ed Price of AOL FanHouse is reporting that the Chicago Cubs are seriously considering adding Brandon Webb, and have been in talks with Webb’s agent, Jonathan Maurer.

Webb has not pitched in the Major Leagues since opening day of the 2009 season. Webb has been sidelined due to Shoulder surgery that he had in August of 2009. He has spent the time between then rehabbing, and appears ready to return to the Major Leagues.

When Webb is completely healthy, he is arguably the best pitcher in the game. Webb won the Cy Young Award in 2006 with the Diamondbacks, when he had a record of 16-8 with an ERA of 3.10. He finished second in voting the next two seasons, which included a 22 win campaign in 2008.

Webb has a home run ratio of 0.63, which is a resulting effect from his great sinker that he likes to use. He would be a great addition (if healthy) to the Mets who have a pitcher's ballpark like Citi-Field.

Prior to his Shoulder Surgery, Webb has consistently gone over 225 innings pitched the last 4 seasons he was healthy.  However, it remains to be seen how much the surgery affected Webb’s durability.

Webb’s Agent, Maurer, provided details of Webb’s Rehab status to MLB Trade Rumors earlier this month…

2011 MLB Free Agents by Team


Here are the free agents who remain unsigned as of noon Saturday (The Associated Press):

AMERICAN LEAGUE

BALTIMORE (7) — Mark Hendrickson, LHP; Cesar Izturis, SS; Julio Lugo, 2B; Kevin Millwood, RHP; Corey Pattterson, OF; Koji Uehara; Ty Wigginton, 1B.

BOSTON (5) — Adrian Beltre, 3B; Bill Hall, 2B; Felipe Lopez, 3B; Mike Lowell, 1B; Jason Varitek, C.

CHICAGO (7) — Freddy Garcia, RHP; Andruw Jones, OF; Paul Konerko , 1B ; Mark Kotsay, DH; A.J. Pierzynski, C; J.J. Putz, RHP; Manny Ramirez, OF.

DETROIT (5) — Jeremy Bonderman, RHP; Johnny Damon, OF; Gerald Laird, C; Magglio Ordonez, OF; Bobby Seay, LHP.
The Great Cliff Lee

KANSAS CITY (1) — Bruce Chen, LHP.

LOS ANGELES (2) — Hideki Matsui, DH; Scot Shields, RHP.

MINNESOTA (10) — Jesse Crain, RHP; Randy Flores, LHP; Brian Fuentes, LHP; Matt Guerrier, RHP; Orlando Hudson, 2B; Ron Mahay, LHP; Carl Pavano, RHP; Nick Punto, 3B, Jon Rauch, RHP; Jim Thome, DH.

NEW YORK (10) — Lance Berkman, OF; Derek Jeter, SS; Nick Johnson, DH; Austin Kearns, OF; Chad Moeller, C; Andy Pettitte, LHP; Mariano Rivera, RHP; Marcus Thames, DH; Javier Vazquez, RHP; Kerry Wood, RHP.

OAKLAND (3) — Eric Chavez, 3B; Justin Duchscherer, RHP; Ben Sheets, RHP.

SEATTLE (5) — Josh Bard, C; Erik Bedard, LHP; Russell Branyan, 1B; Chris Woodward, SS; Jamey Wright, RHP.

TAMPA BAY (10) — Rocco Baldelli, DH; Grant Balfour, RHP; Randy Choate, LHP; Carl Crawford, OF; Brad Hawpe, OF; Gabe Kapler, OF; Carlos Pena, 1B; Chad Qualls, RHP; Rafael Soriano, RHP; Dan Wheeler, RHP.

TEXAS (7) — Jorge Cantu, inf; Frank Francisco, RHP; Vladimir Guerrero, DH; Cristian Guzman, inf; Cliff Lee, LHP; Bengie Molina, C; Matt Treanor, C.

TORONTO (5) — Scott Downs, LHP; Jason Frasor, RHP; Kevin Gregg, RHP; Miguel Olivo, C; Lyle Overbay, 1B.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pedro Feliciano is considering accepting arbitration


Recently, we have heard teams such as the Yankees and the Phillies both express an interest in left-handed reliever Pedro FelicianoNewsday’s Ken Davidoff recently spoke with Feliciano’s agent, Melvin Roman who stated his client is “seriously considering” accepting the Mets offer of arbitration.


Feliciano who is a Type-B free agent made $2.9 million last season and could see his salary jump anywhere north of $3.3.million.

Feliciano by the numbers:
Career: Batting | Pitching | Fielding
SEASON TEAM G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L SV HLD BLSV WHIP ERA
2002 NYM 6 0 0 0 6.0 9 5 5 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 -- 1.677.50
2003 NYM 23 0 0 0 48.1 52 21 18 5 21 43 0 0 0 0 -- 1.513.35
2004 NYM 22 0 0 0 18.1 14 12 11 2 12 14 1 1 0 2 -- 1.425.40
2006 NYM 64 0 0 0 60.1 56 15 14 4 20 54 7 2 0 10 3 1.262.09
2007 NYM 78 0 0 0 64.0 47 26 22 3 31 61 2 2 2 18 1 1.223.09
2008 NYM 86 0 0 0 53.1 57 24 24 7 26 50 3 4 2 21 2 1.564.05
2009 NYM 88 0 0 0 59.1 51 25 20 7 18 59 6 4 0 24 2 1.163.03
2010 NYM 92 0 0 0 62.2 66 24 23 1 30 56 3 6 0 23 1 1.533.30
Total -- 459 0 0 0 372.1 352 152 137 29 159 341 22 19 4 98 -- 1.373.31

Back in August, both Feliciano and the Mets expressed a mutual interest in each other.

The Mets were concerned about his workload as he set club records for most appearances in each of the last three seasons.  Though he made a number of appearances, Feliciano has been one of the Mets most reliable relievers over the years.

Feliciano will also be 36 at the conclusion of next season so many teams may be skeptical of giving him a multi-year deal.

Wally thinks he got snubbed


Wally Backman tells John Harper of the New York Daily News that he can’t believe he didn’t get the job.

“I really thought I won them over,” Backman said by phone Friday from his home in Oregon. “I came out of each interview thinking it had gone better than the one with the Diamondbacks when I got the job there (in 2004).
“I knew what was being said (in the media), that the other guys were the favorites, but I kept looking at it, thinking I could make them see that I was the best guy for the job. I guess I didn’t convince them.”
I wouldn’t expect much less from Backman, or any other managerial candidate, for that matter. What is he supposed to say? “Yeah, Terry Collins was obviously a better candidate than me. I was just happy to be considered.”

The interesting part, though, is that Backman downplays all the talk about previous managerial experience.
“I didn’t think experience should have been a factor,” Backman said. “Managing a game is managing a game, and I don’t think it’s different dealing with players whether it’s the majors or the minors.”
Well Collins got the job and it was Sandy Alderson's decision. Whether it was a good one or a bad one remains to be seen. I know it was in most Mets fans opinions (like mine) that Backman should of been the next manager. Hiring Collins was a business deal ,  not only does Sandy get a field general, but he gets a ex-field coordinator that knows the next and coming stars...If you were in Alderson's shoe , you would want to know someone who has seen the minor league from the inside out. You want to figure out who is a keeper, a sleeper, and a stinker.. The only two things Backman did not have were Major League experience and the knowledge of the whole farm system.. Hopefully Backman will get his turn in Orange and Blue...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ellsbury on the block, maybe on the Mets radar?


According to Paul White of the USA Today,  There is a ongoing controversy between Ellsbury and the Red Sox. Mostly the disagreement is about the rib problems that limited him to 18 games last year led to the inevitable assumption he would be on his way out of town.

White list teams like the Padres, who have Adrian Gonzalez dangling still. The Diamondbacks who have Justin Upton lurking in trade talks. He also lists the Braves, Angels, Mets, and Cubs as possible suitors.

In the Mets case, they would have to trade either Beltran or Reyes in a deal to obtain Ellsbury. The Red Sox remain high on Reyes because they can upgrade at shortstop and move Jed Lowrie to 3rd. While Beltran who has had injury plagued seasons in the last two years might be to much money (19 Mil) for the Sox. The Red Sox already have Mike Cameron signed for one more year and it appears they can very well keep Ellsbury for the future.

The Red Sox appear to also have Jason Werth on their Radar as they search for power with the defection of Victor Martinez to the Tigers.

Ellsbury by the numbers:
Career: Batting | Fielding
SEASON TEAM G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 Bos 33 116 20 41 7 1 3 18 8 15 9 0 .353 .394 .509 .903
2008 Bos 145 554 98 155 22 7 9 47 41 80 50 11 .280 .336 .394 .730
2009 Bos 153 624 94 188 27 10 8 60 49 74 70 12 .301 .355 .415 .770
2010 Bos 18 78 10 15 4 0 0 5 4 9 7 1 .192 .241 .244 .485
Total -- 349 1372 222 399 60 18 20 130 102 178 136 24 .291 .344 .405 .749

Starting Pitchers Mets might look at...


With Mets ace Johan Santana out for at least some part of the 2011 season, the Mets should go after an established starting pitcher to reinforce their rotation according to ESPN.com’s Adam Rubin.

Rubin provides us a list of potential free agents pitchers that the Mets may go after:


Jeremy Bonderman, 28, Detroit, $12.5 million
Aaron Harang, 32, Cincinnati, $12.5 million
Kevin Millwood, 35, Baltimore, $12 million
Andy Pettitte, 38, NY Yankees, $11.75 million
Javier Vazquez, 34, NY Yankees, $11.5 million
Ben Sheets, 32, Oakland, $10 million
Brandon Webb, 31, Arizona, $8.5 million
Carl Pavano, 34, Minnesota, $7 million
Chris Young, 31, San Diego, $6.25 million
Brad Penny, 32, St. Louis, $6 million
Jeff Francis, 29, Colorado, $5.75 million
Jorge de la Rosa La Rosa, 29, Colorado, $5.6 million
Jon Garland, 31, San Diego, $4.7 million
Doug Davis, 35, Milwaukee, $4.25 million
Dave Bush, 31, Milwaukee, $4.215 million
Vicente Padilla, 33, LA Dodgers, $4.025 million
Kevin Correia, 30, San Diego, $3.6 million
Justin Duchscherer, 33, Oakland, $1.75 million
Erik Bedard, 31, Seattle, $1.5 million
Freddy Garcia, 34, Chicago Sox, $1 million
Kris Benson, 36, Arizona, $650,000
Bruce Chen, 33, Kansas City, $650,000
Rodrigo Lopez, 34, Arizona, $650,000
Mike Hampton, 38, Arizona, $400,000
Jeff Suppan, 35, St. Louis, $400,000

Rubin thinks that the Mets should add at least one of this outside-the-organization pitchers even if Dillon Gee joins the rotation.

F-Mart shut down again!


According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY, Outfield prospect Fernando Martinez, who has struggled with injuries throughout his professional career, may be done with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League after one game with the club.

Martinez feels notable discomfort in his knee, he told ESPN's Enrique Rojas.

"I feel a lot of pain in the knee, but I don't know if I'm done for winter ball," Martinez said.

The 22-year-old Martinez made his season debut with Escogido on Wednesday, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs. He had not been in a game of that caliber since getting shut down with Buffalo in August with knee discomfort.

While Martinez told Rojas he doesn't know if he is done for the winter-ball season, it is reasonable to expect the Mets organization will take the lead and make that decision for him.

Martinez's career has been slowed by assorted injuries since he received a $1.3 million signing bonus in 2005. He has appeared in 385 regular-season games between the majors and minors with the organization over the past five years -- an average of only 77 games a season.

In '07, he required surgery to address a broken hamate bone at the base of his right hand, but the injuries otherwise have been leg-related, primarily to his knee and hamstrings.

In 71 games this past season with Triple-A Buffalo, Martinez hit .253 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs in 257 at-bats.

Thole will be the Starting Catcher next season


Terry Collins, the new skipper of New York, said that Josh Thole will be the team's starting catcher, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin .

Thole, 24, has yet to spend a full season in the majors but did grab 227 plate appearances after being called up in late June. He finished with a .277/.357/.366 line. Thole has no power to speak of, but can hit for average and should improve on the .277 mark. In 59 PA in 2009, Thole had a .321 batting average.

Thole is getting the starting job because of several reasons. The first is that Thole is talented enough and could be the backstop for many years to come. The second is that the Mets don't have much payroll flexibility thanks to the onerous contracts engineered by Omar Minaya.

And lastly, as Collins says, Thole increased drastically as a signal-caller last season.

Jason Bay Poised for Success in 2011


On December 29, 2009, the Mets and free agent outfielder Jason Bay agreed to a four-year $66 million deal with a fifth year vesting option that could bring the deal over the $80 million plateau.

He was coming of an All-Star year in Boston and even won a Silver Slugger award. He finally earned the contract he deserved after some great years being buried in Pittsburgh.

If someone who did not watch Bay all year looked at his 2010 stats compared to the rest of his career, they may think that the Mets wasted a ton of money on a washed up player.

I would have to disagree here, considering Bay was limited to only 95 games due to suffering a concussion in late July.

Bay didn't necessarily get off to a great start in New York. However, from mid May to mid June, he was a productive player, keeping his batting average in the .285 range. Surprisingly, Bay showed he still had good speed by blasting six triples and swiping 10 bases without being caught.

He played an excellent left field defense, which eventually cost him the remainder of the season after making a fantastic grab up against the wall in Los Angeles.

The problem with Bay all year is that he failed to do the things he was brought over here to do: hit home runs and more importantly drive in runs.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Turkey Day from Mets Chronicle....



Here is my favorite Turkey Day Song by Adam Sandler





Wednesday, November 24, 2010

News Source: Mets Rumored Blockbuster?


Here is a translation of a  Puerto Rican News Paper, El Nuevo Dia.

In this is a rumor that has Beltran, Reyes, Mejia for Justin Upton and Steven Drew..

For the moment it is a rumor, but to become a reality could become the megacambio of Major League this offseason, since lead mobilization Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes out of the New York Mets .

It was learned yesterday that the Mets, a team that recently named Terry Collins as their new manager, are considering various alternatives for changes to the two most valuable players on their roster Caribbean.

In one, center fielder and shortstop Reyes Beltran could be sent to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder Justin Upton and shortstop Stephen Drew. The Mets also sent as a supplement to change the pitcher Jenrry Mejía, considering the high pay that has the contract boricua.

Audio: Sandy Alderson with Boomer and Carton


Murphy looking better at 2B , May battle Castillo for Position?


According to Adam Rubin of  ESPNNY.com, Terry Collins openly suggested Tuesday that Daniel Murphy and Luis Castillo could be in a spring-training competition at second base. If that becomes the case , Murphy has a chance to emerge as the Mets' second baseman in 2011.

Murphy is getting consistent exposure to second base this winter with Aguilas. He is hitting a gaudy .320 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 103 at-bats -- although, clearly, improving his fielding competency at second base is the priority.

A scout who watched Murphy recently in the Dominican Republic came away impressed with the strides he has made at the position.

"He was very serviceable," the scout said. "He made all the plays but one. He had a routine groundball go through his legs. But it was no big deal. He turned a couple of double plays. He moved to his left and his right. He moved better to the first base side, which would be to his left. And his throwing was good. It was accurate. His arm action is a little long from second. If he could tighten that up, it might serve him a little better. It's almost like an outfield thrower's arm. A catcher brings it up short and tight to his ear; you want to have a little shorter arm action. But he's working hard."

I hope the Mets do not leave Castillo on this team. I hope if there is a competition at 2B, it better be Tejada and Murphy. Even if they have to platoon, I would be elated.. Castillo clearly is dead wood and I am sure the Mets brass knows he is not a fan favorite...

Murphy can't be as bad as Dan Uggla.....and if Murph hits and hits with power like he has done in the past the Mets would make him a everyday second basemen..

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Jim's Thoughts on Collins


Though the "decision" did not have as much hype as that of LeBron James' over the summer, it's official: Terry Collins is the 20th manager in New York Mets team history.

As a fan, I find myself as cautiously optimistic about this hiring. To be honest, I had no true preference among the four candidates for manager. Each one brought interesting qualifications to the table but also had some drawbacks.

Then again, at least for me, I am cautiously optimistic heading into every season. But for some reason, 2011 seems different.

Unlike years past, it seems that the Mets have some direction. Their front office can be placed in the conversation of one of the best in the game, at least based on reputation. And now they have an experienced manager taking the helm.

Regardless of the decision, it will be nice to see some new faces around the clubhouse. Personally, I liked Jerry Manuel as a baseball mind. But his methods just didn't cut it in New York. Granted, he was dealt a poor hand with the amount of devastating injuries this team suffered during his tenure. But he eventually lost the respect of the team.

So now we have Collins, a man who managed the Houston Astros and Anaheim Angels as well as the China national team during the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The experience is there, but hopefully the results will be different.

According to reports, Collins had his share of mishaps as a manager. One player in Houston almost got into a fist fight with him, and the Angels, led by former Met Mo Vaughn, signed a petition to have him fired.

Now, these instances might be, and probably are, true, but they also could have been blown way out of proportion due to the hotly contested race for Mets manager.

I don't know. But I do know that Collins is now the manager, and I'm excited for his tenure to begin.

He is described as fiery and intense, which is something the Mets could use. Maybe we will see Reyes stay more focused or Beltran show a little more fire. Maybe we'll see Wright be more disciplined and even K-Rod get his act together.

All these and more lie on the plate for Collins. With Thanksgiving approaching, how much more room will there be on Collins' plate for his turkey dinner?

From his press conference today, Collins said all the right things. Fans need to be patient with him as he adjusts to the New York media. Though he was in the organization last season, it by no means compares to his new job.

I wish Terry lots of luck as we embark on (hopefully) a new era of New York Metropolitans baseball.

I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving holiday!

Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Pic : Collins , Alderson and Jeff Wilpon in the dugout answering questions


Link: Podcast - Michael Kay with Terry Collins


Listen to this 15 Minute Michael Kay interview with Terry Collins....

Video: Adam Rubin on Collins



Video courtesy of ESPN NY

Collins takes #10 to Honor Jim Leyland


Terry Collins said he intends to wear No. 10 as a tribute to Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland.

"He gave me my shot to get to the big leagues," Collins said, referring to their days with the Pirates. "And he's a great friend. So I wanted to wear it for him.

New Manager, New Roles for Hojo and Niemann


According to ESPN NY,  Sandy Alderson confirmed that hitting coach Howard Johnson would not remain on the major league staff, but would continue to have a role in the organization. The only major league staff holdovers will be pitching coach Dan Warthen and third base coach Chip Hale.

Terry Collins acknowledged interest in Larry Bowa, but clearly indicated he would not be the bench coach. Collins joked that he needed a Type B bench coach to balance out his personality. That could bode well for even-keeled Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell.

Collins pledged to have diversity on his staff as well as balance promoting staff from the minors and hiring from outside.

"I've got a lot of names," Collins said. "Sandy and I already have talked this morning briefly. No. 1, certainly I'm going to bring in somebody with a different personality than me as the bench coach. We don't need two of us on that bench like this. So we're going to change that."

On Bowa, Collins said: "I talked to Larry. He's a great friend. And I'm going to call Larry about some things. But I wanted Chip to be back. I know he did a great job. I'm going to bring somebody up from the minor leagues. I want to bring in some other people. I want to have a diverse staff. I think it's important to have that. ... We can't stop teaching. So I've got to have some guys who can work. This is a work-in-progress. I want coaches who have the ability to work and can get this done."

Asked if former bench coach Dave Jauss would assume Collins' role as minor league field coordinator, Alderson said: "That's something we haven't finalized."

Alderson said the next hitting coach could come from inside or outside organization, but "I'd like to spend some time in trying to get the right fit."

My whole evaluation of Terry Collins


Today the Mets announced their 20th Manager in Mets History, Terry Collins. If nobody don't know...

I watched the press conference late and my first reaction to Terry Collins was very surprising. The very short press conference gave me a impression that the Mets hired the right guy.

I wanted Backman like everyone else, but I quote The Rolling Stones, "You can't always get what you want."

I have been bashing Terry Collins way before watching and getting a feel about the person and now I have a different opinion of the man.

I get a sense that he is a intelligent, passionate baseball man that's very full of energy. Lets hope that his players can convey the energy part on the field.

Sandy Alderson reasons for hire were that he did fit the requirements of the Mets brass. Alderson stated that he had intensity, major league experience, and player development skills (able to teach) with the exceptional education of the Mets minor leagues (a big asset). Which would give Sandy a hand up on decision making along the way.

Wally Backman did not have one of those, major league experience.

I think it can be a decent partnership for the New York Mets between Alderson and Collins. Collins made a reference to the Mets minor league system and said the Mets system was better than what people have written and known. Collins hinted that he knew a couple of players that could be on the Major League roster soon or at least get a shot (can you say diamond in the rough?). As a Mets Fan , it's refreshing to hear how our minor leagues can help out our Major League club, not just the free agent market. I am sure that Terry

Audio: Sandy Alderson with Mike Francesa


Sandy lets you know about the manager interview process.

Audio: Terry Collins with Mike Francesa


I can honestly say a good interview by Mike.

Video: Kevin Burkhardt with Terry Collins


Video: Terry Collins Press Conference


Terry Collins Press Conference

Monday, November 22, 2010

Questions About Collins


Tomorrow the Mets will announce Terry Collins as their new Manager. There had been a lot of back and forth speculation with sources over the past few weeks. Reports seemed to waver between having Bob Melvin and Collins as the favorites to land the position. Now that we know it is Collins, this whole process has left me with two big questions that I hope I can learn the answers to in tomorrows introductory press conference and interviews with Collins, and with GM Sandy Alderson. My first question, which leaves me with a guarded sense of optimism, is: Why did the Mets bypass the safe choice and go for someone like Collins? Bob Melvin just seemed so intuitive . From what I can gather, his personality and philosophy make him tailor made to manage for a GM such as Alderson. Collins is supposedly a task master type. He runs a tight ship, and discipline will be front and center. He has a history of wearing out his welcome and losing his club house in tough times. In Anaheim, his players signed a petition to have him removed as manager. Call me a pessimist, but I have never seen a Mets manager who has not had to navigate stormy waters, which is why I'm really nervous about Collins. That all being said, I did mention this makes me optimistic. Basically, the fact that Alderson passed over a safe and obvious choice in Melvin, makes me think he knows something that I don't know about Collins. I have already given Alderson credit for being intelligent, and I have made a vow to myself to give him the benefit of the doubt for a year or two while I learn what he is all about. Hopefully, hiring Collins is part of a greater plan to restore the Mets' dignity. A plan which we can not yet understand the scope of, but will begin to unfold itself (quickly I hope) going forward.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Dave Wallace might be pitching coach ?


According to ESPNNY.com:

Dave Wallace may be the leading candidate to become Terry Collins' pitching coach, a source with organization ties told ESPNNewYork.com.

The source also suggested Triple-A Buffalo manager Ken Oberkfell could become the Mets' bench coach, although that was far less certain.

Wallace spent 17 years affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers, much of it coinciding with Collins' tenure with that organization. He was the Mets' pitching coach in 1999 and 2000.

Wallace, 63, spent this past season as minor league pitching coordinator for the Atlanta Braves.

One source who knows about the relationship said: "He and TC are tight."

That would not be good news for incumbent pitching coach Dan Warthen, who had ownership endorsement with third base coach Chip Hale to remain on the staff. If Wallace is hired as pitching coach, perhaps Warthen could take over the role as minor league pitching coordinator, since Rick Waits has been pushed out of that role.

Breaking News: Mets will hire Terry Collins as Manager



According to Ken Rosenthal of  Fox Sports,  The New York Mets have hired Terry Collins as their manager, a major league source said Sunday.

Collins, who hasn’t managed since 1999, was chosen from a group of finalists believed to have included Bob Melvin, Wally Backman and Chip Hale.

He has a 444-434 record as a manager with the Anaheim Angels (1997-99) and Houston Astros (1994-96). He also was a coach with the Pirates (1992-93).


Read ESPN's Adam Rubin's Ten Tidbits on Terry Collins....

Rosenthal: Melvin will not be the next manager


According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has released a statement via twitter:

Melvin will not be Mets' next manager. All signs point toward Collins. Not yet confirmed.

Davey Johnson: Collins is best fit for Mets


In the NY Post,  Mets Hall of Fame Manager  Davey Johnson thinks that Terry Collins should be the front-runner based on his knowledge with the whole organization. He also thinks that Wally Backman would have to be fourth on the list because his lack of experience.  He even had something to say about Bobby Valentine.

"If I was the GM, I would want somebody that best knew the whole system," Johnson said. "I'm sure Sandy agrees with this: People who know where talent is on the minor league level and how long it's going to take to get to the major leagues and how it will affect the major league roster, those are very important people. I would think [Collins] would be the frontrunner."

Johnson says the Mets probably have to rebuild from within, and that makes Collins an asset. Johnson

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Mets Rumors: Does Wally have a chance?




According to Mike Silva's NYBD, Dino Costa of the Mad Dog Show on Sirius Satellite says he has “impeccable sources” that implicate that Wally Backman will be named the next manager of the New York Mets..

Of course many other sources have Bob Melvin the front runner of this 3 horse race with Chip Hale at a far distance.

I would be elated if Wally would get his shot and prove he is worthy.

The Mets will continue the process tomorrow because Sandy Alderson had to be with his family during the memorial services for his late father.

We should hear more rumbling tomorrow ... Stay tuned

Mets fire the Director of Amateur Scouting Rudy Terrasas


According to Si.com,  Rudy Terrasas, the Director of Amateur Scouting  who has run the Mets' drafts since 2006, will not remain in that position, a team source confirmed.

Terrasas has a year remaining on his contract and could be reassigned within the organization.

The Mets' top three draft picks under Terrasas each year:

2006
Kevin Mulvey, RHP, second round
Joe Smith, RHP, third round
John Holdzkom, RHP, fourth round

2007 Eddie Kunz, RHP, first-supplemental
Nathan Vineyard, LHP, first-supplemental
Scott Moviel, RHP, second round

2008 Ike Davis, 1B, first round
Reese Havens, SS, first round
Brad Holt, RHP, first-supplemental

2009 Steven Matz, LHP, second round
Robbie Shields, SS, third round
Darrell Ceciliani, OF, fourth round

2010 Matt Harvey, RHP, first round
Blake Forsythe, C, third round
Cory Vaughn, OF, fourth round

Friday, November 19, 2010

Funny Video: George Costanza (Seinfeld) gets a offer from the Mets he can't refuse


This is a clip from an episode of Seinfeld. George gets an offer from the Mets he can't refuse, but he has to get fired from the Yanks first.



Video: Keith Hernandez falls asleep during broadcast


This video originally aired 5/11/10 in Tampa....

Mets add four to 40 man roster


The day before the midnight deadline to protect players for the Rule 5 draft, the Mets added four players to their 40-man roster: RHP John Stinson, RHP Armando Rodriguez, 3B Zach Lutz, IF Jordany Valdespin. The roster now stands at 37.

Stinson, 22, posted a 4.24 ERA at Class A Port St. Lucie last season. In Double A, he allowed eight runs in four starts. Rodriguez, 22, went 8-9 with a 3.08 ERA in 27 starts with Class-A Savannah.

Lutz, 24, compiled a .967 OPS in Double A, hitting 17 homers in 61 games. Valdespin, a 22-year-old who just returned from a stint in the Arizona Fall League, hit .272 with a .300 OBP in Class A and Double A last season.

Word around town, it's Melvin..................


According to NYBD, Mets Blog, and others.....Bob Melvin is the front runner for the Mets manager job.

Although it is not official, it's pretty much in the bag (as someone has spilled the beans).

So can we stand up cheer if it's Melvin?

Sure, anyone is better than Terry Collins. I think the New York media would had a field day with this guy.

Melvin seems like he has a mild mannered, clean cut - alter boy approach to the game. Right now with all the turmoil in the organization Melvin would have to be a safe choice over Backman. Lets just see if he will challenge some players like Wally would. I really hope Melvin is not a push over.

I feel bad if the news is true and Wally Backman does not get a shot at the Majors. The minor leagues must like purgatory for him.. It must make him feel like, uh when?

Hey lets see how the rest of this plays out. And lets see what the rest of the coaching staff holds..

Video: Collins reactions to second interview


The Great Terry Collins answers questions

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What Happens After the Manager Is Selected?


So it looks like the Mets will have a new manager sometime before Thanksgiving. The four candidates have completed the second round of interviews in an attempt to secure a position that will be heavily scrutinized over the next season.

Once the manager is chosen, the Mets need to switch their focus to importing some talent that could help the ball club next season and beyond.

With Sandy Alderson, J.P. Ricciardi and Paul DePodesta, the Mets have put together a sound front office.

Some time early next week, the Mets will make their managerial selection so they can check that off the list.

The off-the-field talent is there, but now it's time for them to explore ways of turning the Mets back into a winning team.

Let's take a look at where this team needs improvement and some possible suggestions on how to fix those problems.

With Santana's status up in the air, the Mets could use a quality starting pitcher. I've already made the case for Javier Vazquez, but Matt Cerrone on MetsBlog mentioned Kevin Millwood today. Now I know what you're thinking: Millwood is even more washed up than Vazquez.

But Citi Field can work to his advantage. He's a fly ball pitcher who got no run support in Baltimore. Maybe a change of scenery would do him well.

Jon Garland would be another option, but his price tag may be quite hefty after putting up solid numbers last season.

Alderson may have to roll the dice on this one. Former All-Stars Brandon Webb and Ben Sheets are available, but their recent string of injuries could scare him away.

Pelfrey, Dickey and Niese right now are the only definites to the rotation (barring any trades) so at least one if not two starting pitchers are needed.

Looking at the bullpen, Pedro Feliciano may be heading out the door. He's been our most reliable reliever the last two seasons, and his presence would be missed. Raul Valdes had spurts of greatness last year, but he doesn't appear to be the answer to the bullpen woes.

K-Rod will likely still close if he's eligible. That leaves Parnell, Green, Igarashi, Acosta and possibly Pat Misch. Certainly an improvement or two would not hurt here.

Guys like Scott Downs and Brian Fuentes would be good options, but the Mets must be willing to fork up the cash. Trade candidates include Jonathan Papelbon and Jonathan Broxton, but they too will cost significantly.

Around the horn, second base still seems to be one of the only "holes" in the lineup, assuming everyone else is healthy and producing. Personally, I like the idea of a platoon of Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada, with Tejada also serving as a late-inning defensive replacement.

Orlando Hudson is available and could provide a spark both offensively and defensively. I'm not sure though if the Mets would pull the trigger on this one.

The team appears to have placed its confidence in Josh Thole behind the dish. However, if they could somehow make a play for Victor Martinez, maybe Thole could become expendable in a trade for a starting pitcher. Highly unlikely but interesting to consider.

If the Mets do trade Carlos Beltran, they would have a hole in right field, with Angel Pagan shifting to center. There are some aging sluggers available on the free agent market, but the Mets should stay away there.

For the bench, the team should consider re-signing Henry Blanco, and Chris Carter has earned his spot. Other than that the Mets need a complete overhaul here, and they may just rely on some of their youngsters (Lucas Duda, Nick Evans, etc.) to fill these spots.

So it looks like the Mets still have much work to do. They will have several months to accomplish at least some of these goals. Good luck Sandy!

Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Breaking News?: Wally Backman has become the front runner for Mets manager job


According to Greg Tortoro of the Seven Train to Shea, he claims that he has good source that Wally Backman gave a good push and has overwhelmed Alderson to be the front runner.

Wally Backman blew away Sandy Alderson in his second interview today, and has become the front-runner for the Mets Managerial Job. He advised that Backman showed the kind of passion this team is looking for.

We are trying to confirm this,  Joel Sherman of the NY Post is saying no way via twitter

Video: Backman reaction to Mets interview


Wally is still my choice to be next manager


The New York Mets are still in the hunt for a new manager. Out of the finalist, everyone has Collins the favorite, followed by Melvin , who is regarded highly.

I do not want to see the Mets hire Terry Collins. The Mets points to hire Collins is that he does have Major league experience. Also by being a minor league coordinator last year, he did get to know the minor leagues and might make him a viable part in rebuilding the Mets.

The problem I don't like about Collins is I don't think he is a New York sort of guy. He really seems like a guy who could run a Major League team in the southern part of the country , then New York. No real Mets fan want to see him on the hot seat.

Of course, winning would change my opinion of the man, but that remains to be seen.
He only has a career record of 444-434.

Bob Melvin seems to be laid back, intelligent kind of guy. In 2007, he was the National League Manager of the Year when he led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a division title. He worked for the Mets' organization last season as a pro scout. He is regarded as a calm, analytical thinker ( which seems to fit with the new front office). He would have to be my second choice.

Chip Hale has been compared to other managers like Gardenhire, but it looks like he might not be ready to take the dive to manager because he has no MLB managerial experience. He impressed the organization with work ethic and professionalism last year in his first season. He was a successful minor league manager who was named Class AAA manager of the year in his final season before heading to the majors. The one thing about

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Video: Melvin talks about his interview with Mets


Must Read: Melvin speaks about interview


According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY,   Bob Melvin chatted in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando after a 90-minute interview with Mets brass, which included chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon.

Rubin ask him a series of questions about second round process.. Very interesting stuff


Read the full post here..

Bob Melvin remains one of the top contenders in the manager search.  (5-1 ODDS)
Terry Collins remains the media front runner. (2-1 ODDS)
Wally Backman remains the fans favorite. (50-1 ODDS)
Chip Hale regarded in Mets system.  (75-1 ODDS)
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