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Friday, December 31, 2010

Video : Ike Davis on 2010 and whats ahead

Video: 2011 Mets Tribute

Enjoy the video and  Happy New Year !!!

Video: Mets 2011 Team Predictions

Happy New Year!!!   Go Mets!!!!

Video: 2010 Mets: "Tomorrow is Now"

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What's all the Brian Fuentes hype about??

Some Mets Fans want Brian Fuentes and yes, he is available. The Red Sox, Rays, Yankees and Twins are among the many teams interested in him, according to sources close to Ken Rosenthal. Even though the Mets was mentioned as one of the 11 teams interested in him originally. The Mets are not going to get him, so why is it even been mentioned.

The Mets are not getting into a bidding war with the powers of AL East and/or the Twins.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:

Problem is he is too pricey.

Fuentes wants more than $5 million per season on a multi year deal, several execs say. Those terms are affordable for a closer, high for a setup man and exorbitant for a specialist.

Luis Castillo Hitting Ninth? It Could Work

Despite the gripes of Mets fans, Luis Castillo will at the very least be in spring training this season vying for the starting second base job that he once possessed.

He no longer has the range of his younger self and has also lost a step or two on the basepaths.

But the one thing about Castillo to keep in mind is that he is owed a ton of money in the final year of his contract. Omar Minaya signed Luis to a four-year deal after the 2007 season.

Part of the reason was to lock up a familiar face for Johan Santana. Santana and Castillo had been teammates, albeit briefly, in Minnesota.

What's done is done, and you can't change the past. In my last article about shaping the Mets 2011 bench, I constructed the bench with the assumption that Castillo would be the starting second baseman.

Now, obviously I nor do many know what will happen during spring training and beyond this season. But since there aren't exactly teams lining up for Castillo's services and he is owed a good chunk of cash, maybe the Mets would best be served letting Luis play out the final year of his contract in a starting role.

Personally, I think Castillo should have been sent packing awhile ago. After he hit .302 two seasons ago, there must have been some team willing to trade for him, assuming the Mets paid some of his contract.

I know I'm bound to be attacked for this proposal, but the following might be a situation in which the Mets can get the most out of Castillo.

If Castillo happens to show enough to win the second base job and if he proves he at least somewhat has his legs back, the Mets should consider hitting him ninth in the order. That's right, hit Castillo after the pitcher.

Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa has had some success with this in the past, more so though because his pitchers could actually hit a little.

The Mets would do it for a different reason. Though Castillo in his prime was best suited as a No. 2 hitter, Angel Pagan has solidified that spot in the order. In my mind, hitting Castillo eighth is useless.

Despite his flaws, the man can still bunt very well and is a decent base-runner. However, the idea of having him in the ninth spot wouldn't be to move runners over. That's the pitcher's job.

Castillo would serve as a second leadoff man. If the pitcher makes the last out of an inning, the Mets would have Castillo, Reyes and Pagan in that order. That combination of speed and bunting ability could set up the Mets with some great scoring chances. It would then be up to Wright, Beltran and Bay to drive them in, which is a completely different can of worms.

Naturally, having the pitcher hit eighth would mean that the pitcher's spot would come to the plate more often. It's definitely a risk and something that doesn't need to be employed every game, unless it's working of course.

And again, this is only a suggestion in trying to make the most out of the parts we have. If Murphy, Emaus or Turner wins the second base job, I would feel more comfortable batting him seventh or eighth and not ninth.

I wonder if Terry Collins has at least pondered this scenario with Castillo. Yes it's risky, but it can also be a way to give some value back to a former All-Star caliber player.

Happy New Year everyone! Let's hope for some Mets success in 2011.

Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Backman, Teufel move up and find new homes

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Wally Backman, a finalist for the Mets' managerial position that went to Terry Collins, is expected to be named manager of Double-A Binghamton, according to organization sources.

Backman, who skippered Class A Brooklyn last season, last managed at the Double-A level with Birmingham in the Chicago White Sox organization in 2002 and '03.

Click here to Wally Backman Managerial Records

Tim Teufel, who managed Binghamton last season, is expected to succeed Ken Oberkfell as Triple-A Buffalo manager.

Mets have also made other staffing changes. The Triple-A staff also is expected to include Ricky Bones returning as pitching coach and Luis Natera serving as hitting coach. Natera was the Bisons' hitting coach during the first half of the 2009 season, before being sent to Binghamton for the remainder of that season.

Jack Voigt, who was Buffalo's hitting coach last season, is expected to assume Mookie Wilson's former role as minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator.

Oberkfell is joining the major league staff as bench coach, with Wilson returning to the Mets as first base coach.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Top 25 Free Agent Bargains

SI.com's Jon Heyman List the Top 25 Free Agent Bargains.

1. Chris Young, SP. - Mets first choice for starter, but at what cost?
2. Chad Durbin, RP.
3. David Eckstein, INF.
4. Marcus Thames, DH/1B/OF.
5. Bruce Chen, SP.
6. Freddy Garcia, SP. - Mets looking into him, but probably remain last resort.
7. Kevin Gregg, RP.
8. Scott Podsednik, OF.
9. Brian Fuentes, RP. - Mets need a lefty in pen, might be too pricey...
10. Jon Rauch, RP. - Good option for Setup for Mets
11. Johnny Damon, OF/DH.
12. Jason Frasor, RP. - Another Good setup option for Mets
13. Orlando Cabrera, SS.
14. Andruw Jones, OF/DH.
15. Russell Branyan, 1B/DH.
16. Jorge Cantu, 1B/3B.
17. Jeff Francis, SP. - Mets interested, might go to a team like Pittsburgh
18. Brad Penny, SP. - Good 5 Starter Option, in the best shape of career (reports).
19. Edgar Renteria, SS.
20. Bengie Molina, C.
21. Jeff Weaver, RP.
22. Kevin Millwood, SP. - Mets might look into him as last resort.
23. Nick Johnson, 1B/DH.
24. Gabe Kapler, OF. - Mets need a fourth outfielder, Maybe?
25. Ben Sheets, SP. - Very Injury Prone, but good pitcher when healthy..

Video: Chin-Lung Hu taking part in World Baseball Classic

Some things from this 5 min video.

For One, he speaks English so communication with coaches and players will be rather easy.

Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith compliments his play at shortstop and in the video says "he is going to be a good one."

Let's see what he can do as all eyes will be on him in Spring Training..

Go Mets

Hypothetical Mets 2011 Bench

With the acquisition of Chin-lung Hu, let's take a look at some bench options this year for the Mets. Strong depth is always an important factor for success. Just look at the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Usually, National League teams carry 12 pitchers so that leaves 13 spots for position players. Eight of those will be starters, so the Mets have to construct a bench made up of five players.

The first of those five will be back-up catcher Ronny Paulino. Paulino will serve as a right-hand hitting complement to Josh Thole. I don't think it will be a platoon, but Paulino will certainly get the bulk of his at-bats against lefties.

If Luis Castillo somehow wins the starting second base job, Daniel Murphy should still have a spot on the roster. He has shown he can play a variety of positions, albeit some better than others. He can spell Ike Davis at first and maybe even do some corner outfield duty. He would serve as the primary left-handed pinch hitter off the bench.

Speaking of which, why did Mets not sign Chris Carter? Yes he had his moments of inconsistency, but who didn't in 2010? He was the perfect power threat off the bench, but kind of like Murphy, he didn't really have a defensive position. He's likely gone so the Mets must make due without him.

The next spot should be an open competition for the utility infielder position, the role that Alex Cora used to play. Candidates are Hu, Luis Hernandez, Justin Turner and Brad Emaus. Basically, if these players fail to win the starting second base job, the runner-up will likely stick with the big club. From what I've heard, Hu plays solid defense and has above average speed so he may be the best of the bunch. Turner and Hernandez are out of options however, and Emaus would have to be returned to the Blue Jays if he's not on the roster.

The Mets seem to still be in the market for a fourth outfielder. Reed Johnson is a free agent as well as Scott Podsednik. Podsednik may look for an opportunity to play everyday, but Johnson would accept his role. With a healthy Bay, Beltran and Pagan, there won't be too many at-bats for the fourth outfielder. That's why it would be wise to let Lucas Duda play everyday in the minors and wait for an injury, which is bound to happen. Come on, it's the Mets. Fred Lewis may also be available via trade. Internal candidate Jason Pridie has some major league experience with the Twins and might be the fall back option.

The final spot could go to Nick Evans. He would be the right-handed bench threat. He's got a little pop and also can play several positions. Unlike Duda, Evans has now had a few cups of coffee in the bigs, and if the Mets see him more as a full-time reserve, this would be a good opportunity for him to show he can stick with the big league roster.

So in review, a bench looking something like the following could be serviceable for the 2011 Mets:

Ronny Paulino, Daniel Murphy, Chin-lung Hu, Reed Johnson and Nick Evans.

Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mets acquire Shortstop Chin-lung Hu in minor trade with Dodgers

The Mets quietly announced a minor trade Monday, acquiring shortstop Chin-lung Hu from the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor league left-handed pitcher Mike Antonini. Hu, 26, split last season between the Dodgers and Triple-A Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League. The 5-foot-11, 188-pounder started the season with the Triple-A Isotopes before being recalled to the majors on June 17. The right-hand-hitting Hu returned to Triple-A on June 23, before he was called back to the Dodgers on September 6. He appeared in 14 games with the Dodgers in 2010 and got 3 hits in 23 at-bats. Hu was considered a defensive gem, however he was unable to build upon a minor-league campaign in 2007 when he had an on-base percentage of .364 and slugging percentage of .507 in Double-A and Triple-A combined. In his major-league career, Hu has a .241 OBP and .283 slugging over 191 plate appearances. The Mets now have seven middle infielders on their 40-man roster, including Hu, Justin Turner and recent Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus, all of whom will presumably battle for a bench role in Spring Training. This should light a fire under Reyes to stay healthy and play better defense.. Hu by the Numbers:
Career: Batting | Fielding
2007 LA 12 29 5 7 0 1 2 5 0 8 0 0 .241 .241 .517 .758
2008 LA 65 116 16 21 2 2 0 9 11 23 2 0 .181 .252 .233 .485
2009 LA 5 5 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 .400 .333 .600 .933
2010 LAD 14 23 2 3 1 0 0 1 0 5 1 0 .130 .160 .174 .334
Total -- 96 173 25 33 4 3 2 17 11 38 3 0 .191 .241 .283 .524

Pic of the Day: Jerry Manuel's new job

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Webb's contract sets the tone for others to sign...

According to Buster Olney of  ESPN, Brandon Webb's deal with the Rangers includes a base salary of $3 million... plus incentives that could bring total package to $8-10MM, Jerry Crasnick says.

That gives teams like the Mets a idea of what many "Low risk / High Reward players" like Jeff Francis and Chris Young can command. The Mets would love to pay anyone of those two pitchers a guaranteed 3 Mil per season since they only have 5 million to spend.

We should hear more rumblings in the next couple of days of where these players will sign.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

With Webb off the board, Mets Market for second and third tier pitchers opens

Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reports that Webb has agreed to terms with the Rangers pending a physical. This may take Texas out of the running for Carl Pavano, although the team likely wouldn't blanch at adding Pavano to the club.

The Mets market for 2nd and 3rd tier starting pitching officially opens. The services of  Chris Young and Jeff Francis are in question for the Mets now that Brandon Webb is off the board.  Depending on how much per year the Webb contract terms are , it will give other agents guidelines on what they can ask for. Especially for guys coming off injuries like Young and Francis.. The Mets have roughly 5 Million to spend and I guess they would like to spend only that. Most of these pitchers on the market are asking for over 5 Million per season . 

Other free agent options for the Mets besides Francis and Young are Jeremy Bonderman, Brian Bannister, Doug Davis, Justin Duchscherer, Freddy Garcia, Brandon Looper, Rodrigo LopezPedro Martinez, Kevin Millwood, Brad PennyNate Robertson, Ian Snell, Jarred Washburn, Todd WellenmeyerBrian Burres, and Jeff Suppan. Pretty slim pickings, I'd say...

Poll: Where Will Jeff Francis Sign?

MLBTR has conducted a poll on where Jeff Francis will sign...Out of about 4,000 votes, 28% of people think he will sign with the Mets..

Wish full thinking people

Click Here to see - Poll: Where Will Jeff Francis Sign?

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

New York Mets Bullpen Uncertainty: Sean Green Out, Mets Eyeing Joe Beimel

After the New York Mets non-tendered Sean Green earlier this month, it was only a matter of time before a team gobbled him up for the potential ‘relief’ he could offer.

The time has come, and that team is the Milwaukee Brewers, who are looking to reload this offseason to have a productive 2011.

This is fine and dandy to us Mets fans because honestly, Sean Green wasn’t all he was hyped up to be. After acquiring Green in the trade that also sent underperforming reliever J.J. Putz to the Mets, Green only appeared in 11 games in 2010, managing eight walks in 9.1 innings of work.

That’s not to say he was a total wash as a Met, striking out 54 batters in 69.2 innings in 2009, but with his strained rib muscles moving north to Milwaukee for $875,000 this year, it’s easy to agree that the Mets made an easy addition by subtraction transaction.

With an already unstable bullpen heading into the 2011 season, the Mets should have used every reliable resource available, but Green was far from reliable, and once again the Mets are on the lookout for bullpen arms.

One name said to top GM Sandy Alderson’s list of relievers is lefty Joe Beimel.

My 2011 Mets Christmas List

1. Core Players Stay Healthy With the nagging injury of Jose Reyes's oblique, hamstring and over active thyroid issues, Mets fans didn’t get to see much of our shortstop on a regular game basis. Beltran’s late season arrival sporting a knee brace killed our team’s chemistry along with disrupting our lineup. Which left Wright and rookie Ike Davis to produce in their absences. If they could ALL just stay healthy… 2. Santana Back in the Rotation Earlier Than Expected Without a doubt we need our ace to take the ball every five games. Santana’s a workhorse and can eat up innings giving a rest to the bullpen. With his warrior-like attitude on the mound, the Mets become a baseball tribe ready to defend their turf (or grass) at any cost. 3. A Tougher 2nd Baseman Our current 2nd baseman, Castillo is a hindrance to this team. The only thing he's good for is slap hits to the opposite field. His rally killing weak ground balls are predictable and irritating to watch. He has no power or base stealing capabilities anymore because of bad knees and fragile feet. 4. Sweep Subways Series…. We can do it! There is something about the subway series that brings out the best in the Mets. After beating the Yankees we feel like we can beat any team on any day. This confidence leads to winning streaks. Not to mention New York bragging rights, a sweep of the subway series makes a great gift. 5. Ike Davis All Star The Wright/Reyes All Star dual needs a third wheel and after a great 2010 rookie season I hope to see Ike as a reserve on the National League team in 2011. 6. Pelfrey Wins Cy Young He has immense potential and when he is on and focused, Pelfrey pitches to perfection. This achievement can happen and is possible more than ever this year. The high expectations placed on Pelfrey in Santana’s absence, will cause Big Pelf to elevate his game and his success in 2010 has given him the confidence to do so. 7. Niese Pitches No Hitter Niese pitched a one hitter in June. A no hitter for Niese early in the season would (be great for my fantasy baseball team) put doubts of Mets pitching on a hiatus for a few weeks. 8. 17 Game Winning Streak in September Such a streak would have the Mets barreling over the Cubs, Cardinals, Phillies, and Braves in the last month of the season. Which brings me to my final Mets Christmas Wish …and the most important 9. A Playoff Series Win at Citifield Signed- Orange and Blue

Thursday, December 23, 2010

NYBD: Mets going after Joe Beimel

According to Mike Silva of NYBD:

Spoke to a league source that told me Joe Beimel is the Mets primary target in the lefty reliever market. They also indicated the team may be interested in bringing in multiple lefties due to the presence of strong left handed hitting in the NL East. Right now, its unclear how much Beimel would cost, which is certainly important due to the fact the Mets have been public in their desire to keep the payroll around $140 million dollars.

2010 Season Stats

Read the rest @  NewYorkBaseballDigest.com

MLB - Offseason Spending By Team

  1. Boston Red Sox - $172MM ($142MM contract for Carl Crawford, $12.5MM option for David Ortiz, $12MM contract for Bobby Jenks, $3MM contract for Dan Wheeler, $2MM contract for Jason Varitek, $455K option for Scott Atchison)
  2. Washington Nationals - $128.5MM ($126MM contract for Jayson Werth, $1.5MM contract for Rick Ankiel, $1MM contract for Chien-Ming Wang)
  3. Philadelphia Phillies - $125.5MM ($120MM contract for Cliff Lee, $5.5MM contract for Jose Contreras)
  4. Chicago White Sox - $120.25MM ($56MM contract for Adam Dunn, $37.5MM contract for Paul Konerko, $13MM contract for Jesse Crain, $8MM contract for A.J. Pierzynski, $3MM option for Matt Thornton, $1.75MM extension for Omar Vizquel, $1MM option for Ramon Castro)
  5. Detroit Tigers - $99.25MM ($50MM contract for Victor Martinez, $16.5MM contract for Joaquin Benoit, $11.5MM extension for Brandon Inge, $11.25MM contract for Jhonny Peralta, $10MM contract for Magglio Ordonez)
  6. New York Yankees - $93MM ($51MM contract for Derek Jeter, $30MM contract for Mariano Rivera, $8MM contract for Pedro Feliciano, $4MM contract for Russell Martin)
  7. Los Angeles Dodgers - $90.18MM ($33MM extension for Ted Lilly, $21MM contract for Juan Uribe, $12MM contract for Hiroki Kuroda, $12MM contract for Matt Guerrier, $5MM contract for Jon Garland, $3.5MM contract for Rod Barajas, $2MM contract for Vicente Padilla, $1MM contract for Dioner Navarro, $680K contract for Tony Gwynn)
  8. St. Louis Cardinals - $42.35MM ($16.5MM contract for Jake Westbrook, $16MM option for Albert Pujols, $8MM contract for Lance Berkman, $1.1MM contract for Gerald Laird, $750K contract for Brian Tallet)
  9. Cincinnati Reds - $41.75MM ($35MM extension for Bronson Arroyo, $3MM contract for Ramon Hernandez, $2MM contract for Miguel Cairo, $1.75MM option for Jonny Gomes)
  10. Colorado Rockies - $40MM ($32MM contract for Jorge de la Rosa, $8MM contract for Ty Wigginton)
   20. New York Mets - $14.8MM ($11MM option for Jose Reyes, $2.5MM contract for D.J.    Carrasco,    $1.3MM contract for Ronny Paulino)

Two Words; Simply Pathetic... 

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Ticking Clock Doesn't Appear to Phase Mets

Yesterday, I heard that the Mets would not make any moves until sometime into January. Sandy Alderson and company have decided to wait out the market rather than throwing their money at uncertainty.

Surprisingly, several good starting pitchers are still available, yet teams appear reluctant to pull the trigger.

I figured that once Cliff Lee signed, the other starters would fall like dominoes since teams in need for starting pitchers would not want to be left in the dust.

Carl Pavano and his disgusting mustache won 17 games last year. You would think someone would want to lock him up. True, he has had an interesting last few seasons, but he proved last year that he can stay healthy for an entire season.

Now, I do not want Pavano anywhere near the Mets nor do I think they even have the money to spend on him. But as of now, he appears to be the best starting pitcher available. So similar to the situation with Lee, once Pavano is off the table, the other pitchers may go fast.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2011 New York Mets Starting Rotation: An Optimistic Review

So we all have read that Johan Santana won’t be with us the first half of the season. This is a tough pill to swallow for New York Mets fans and to be completely blunt about it, I’m tired of the pessimism surrounding the New York Mets for this upcoming 2011 season from media and fans alike.

The world is not over! The season hasn’t even begun yet! It’s only December!

For my own piece of mind, here is what we are looking at for the 2011 starting rotation, and honestly, it’s not as bad as many of us think it is. Actually, it’s not that bad at all…

Mike Pelfrey
He’s got solid stuff, we know it and he knows it. Big Pelf just needs a little push over the edge to have the breakthrough year his 6’7” frame is capable of having.
He was definitely the best pitcher on staff last season, going 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA and that is including his horrible 0-3, 10.02 ERA July. Take that month away, and we would be looking at the 11th best pitcher in the NL going 15-6 with a 2.95 ERA.
Pelfrey has already shown that he can pitch like an ace, which makes 2011 that much more important for him.
Already tabbed the Opening Day starter by manager Terry Collins, Big Pelf has the rare opportunity to carry this pitching staff on his shoulders and lead them to a successful 2011 campaign.
Expect big things from Big Pelf in 2011.

Baseball Prospectus 2011 Top 10 Mets Prospects

Five-Star Prospects
Wilmer Flores
Based on Baseball Prospectus

1. Jenrry Mejia, RHP
Four-Star Prospects
2. Matt Harvey, RHP
Three-Star Prospects
3. Wilmer Flores, SS
4. Cesar Puello, OF
5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF
6. Reese Havens, 2B
7. Fernando Martinez, OF
8. Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B
9. Cory Vaughn, OF
Two-Star Prospects
10. Lucas Duda, 1B/OF
11. Darrell Ceciliani, OF

Nine More:
12. Juan Urbina, LHP: This Venezuelan has impressive projection, but there is still a wide gap between ceiling and reality.
13. Jeurys Familia, RHP: One of the strongest arms in the system, Familia is far more thrower than pitcher.
14. Robert Carson, RHP: Like Familia, Carson impresses with raw stuff, but the results are rarely there.
15. Brad Holt, RHP: Scouts still love his size, athleticism, and arsenal, but his command has regressed heavily.
16. Erik Goeddel, RHP: The over-slot draftee has a big frame to go with a plus fastball and even better slider.
17. Akeel Morris, RHP: A 10th-round pick, Morris could look like a steal with more strikes.
18. Dillon Gee, RHP: This gutsy battler has consistently put up numbers, but scouts doubt it will play in the big leagues.
19. Jefry Marte, 3B: He's an advanced hitter for his young age, but lacks power and a defensive home.
20. Matt Den Dekker, OF: This fifth-rounder is a defensive whiz who shocked with his bat in his pro debut. He could move up this list.

Read the Rest at BP.com

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Rangers, Cubs lead the pack for Brandon Webb

MLB.com's Bill Ladson that the Cubs and Rangers are the front-runners for former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb. The Nationals who appear interested apparently have fallen back in the running for the former Diamondback.

The Rangers have been looking at Webb's medical history. They certainly have a good idea of his health issues since Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers' team physician, performed surgery on Webb in August 2009 to repair his torn rotator cuff.

As I posted, the Cubs were looking into Brandon Webb. How serious they are about him remains to be seen. A recent report on Bleacher Nation says that after the Cubs reviewed Webb’s medical information, they were no longer particularly excited about signing him.

The Nationals have been clear about wanting a top-shelf pitcher, but might be focusing on Carl Pavano. Washington also is looking for a first baseman, and is thought to be in the market for Derrek Lee.
After the Jayson Werth signing, there's going to be only so much the Nats can do financially.

Mets wait for pitchers market to open, Eye Garcia as possible arm

According to Andy Martino of  the NY Daily News, The Mets continue to monitor the market for free agent starting pitchers, waiting for the asking prices for Chris Young and other low-risk, high-reward possibilities to drop.

According to a source close to Martino, they have also expressed preliminary interest in Freddy Garcia, although talks so far have been limited.

Garcia, 34, has intrigued the Mets, Yankees and White Sox, among other teams, and is seeking less than the $5 million guaranteed that the Los Angeles Dodgers gave Jon Garland this winter.

He is, however, believed to be looking for a raise from the $1 million guaranteed he earned last season, when he went 12-6, with a 4.64 ERA with the White Sox. Garcia is not close to signing with any team.

Freddy by the Numbers:

All Appears Quiet on the "Metstern" Front

OK, so this title is a bit corny, but it certainly rings true as the Mets approach the half-way point of the offseason. Spring training is a little over 1.5 months away, and it appears the Mets still have much to do to gear up for the season.

That is of course unless the organization is content with the pieces they have. No offense to Sandy Alderson, but he should be spending more time exploring ways to help the team than making lame season ticket advertisement videos. No one will be buying season tickets anyway if the team looks like it does now.

As David Wright said at last week’s Holiday party, the Mets still have good players. Barring any major health issues, this is definitely true. Johan Santana is already on the shelf though so the Mets cannot incur anymore injuries.

Part of me likes Alderson’s thinking. Why break the bank for free agent starting pitching that has a history of injury and only sign them for one year? Why not wait until you have some money to work with next year and either bring in someone who can help in the long-term or see if your prospects have developed at the major league level?

We already know Ike Davis and Josh Thole will be given every opportunity to succeed at the highest level. Terry Collins already said that he expects Jenrry Mejia to contribute at some point this season. As of now at least, Lucas Duda and Nick Evans appear to be front-runners for bench spots, but I’d rather see them (especially Duda) play everyday in AAA.

We know Ruben Tejada will start in the minors as well. Dillon Gee is penciled into the fourth spot of the Mets rotation so even he will be asked to elevate his game.

The Rule 5 picks (Brad Emaus and Pedro Beato) may also be thrown into major league duty this year.

So if Alderson is content with allowing these young players to develop on the highest stage in hopes of a better future, I agree with him. That being said, if the Mets somehow find themselves competing for a divisional or wild card berth when Santana returns, I would like to see the team acquire a piece or two near the trade deadline to make that final push.

Mets teams with less talent than this one have done quite well, so there’s no reason for fans to be giving up hope in late December.

Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Rays have no intentions of trading Garza

Andrew Friedman
According to C. Trent Rosecrans of  CBS SportsRays general manager Andrew Friedman said on a conference call Friday that he has no intentions of trading one of his six starters -- Garza, David Price, James Shield, Wade Davis, Jeff Niemann and Jeremy Hellickson.

"I've said before it's not a situation we look at like having two first basemen," Friedman said, via the Tampa Tribune 's Roger Mooney . "We were very fortunate last year until August that all of our guys took the ball every five days. It doesn't always happen that way. Depth on the starting pitching front is more valuable than anywhere else. At this time our focus is on making deals that fit in our short-term and long-term objectives, and without pinning it to any one area, we're always going to be open-minded to something that fits that criteria. But as far as our motivation? No, that remains the same." 

The Rays could be telling the truth and stick to the old saying, you could never have enough pitching or the Rays could be posturing while still looking to make a deal, so they can demand more.  We will see...

Greinke on his way to Brew Town?

According to Jim Breen of Bernie's Crew ( A Brewers Blog), A Source within the organization earlier today insists that the Milwaukee Brewers have come to a preliminary agreement with the Kansas City Royals for a deal that would send pitcher Zack Greinke to Milwaukee.

The rumored agreement would send shortstop Alcides Escobar, center fielder Lorenzo Cain, and right-hander Jeremy Jeffress to Kansas City in return for Greinke, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and approximately $2M.

The extra $2M is to offset a portion of the $31M that would come to Milwaukee in the trade. Coincidentally, Betancourt's buyout for the 2012 season is $2M -- so that number could make a good deal of sense, if the Brewers have no intention of keeping the shortstop.

Breen had been told that the Milwaukee Brewers were originally informed that they had "no chance" of landing Greinke during the Winter Meetings, but that could have changed significantly once Greinke went public with his demands to leave the Royals.

The deal is expected to be announced on Monday.

Yesterday I reported that Greinke wanted out !

Saturday, December 18, 2010

MLB Trade Rumor: Greinke wants to be traded

According to David Andriesen of CBS Sports,  Zack Greinke wants out.

Greinke fired his agent Friday, apparently part of an effort to force a trade. FOXSports.com is hearing from multiple major-league sources that the Cy Young winner has asked to be traded.

Greinke, 27, is unhappy with being on a losing team, something he was very open about in a September interview. "I just want to be on a team that's working towards winning right now. I don't want to just go through years where you're rebuilding. It's not something that gets me excited is all."

After winning the Cy Young in 2009 with a MLB-best 2.16 ERA, Greinke went 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA last season. Baseball people think Greinke wasn't giving his best effort, and he admitted he wasn't motivated, things that might be corrected with a change of scenery.

Greinke has a no-trade provision with 15 teams listed, including the Yankees, Nationals, Blue Jays, Brewers and Red Sox.

Of course, that doesn't mean he can't be traded to any of those 15 teams, just that he'd have to give permission. Now that he's trying to get out, that's probably more likely than it was when he signed the contract. He has two more years on his deal at $13.5 million per season.

The Royals had reportedly been asking for the moon for Greinke, but the pitcher's new stance might pressure them to be more flexible. And Greinke's new agent, Casey Close, was the force behind getting Roy Halladay out of Toronto last winter.

I know Mets Fans will be clamoring over this subject saying, "Get Greinke, Get Greinke" but the only possible way the Mets land this righthander is if they take some salary back meaning Beltran (not possible because he wants to win), Perez (ahhh, no), Castillo (ahhhhh no, again) and/or Reyes (but who would play SS).

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Friday, December 17, 2010

New York Mets #3 Rated Prospect According to Baseball America: Cesar Puello

If you’re a New York Mets fan, you might want to commit this name to memory for future reference: Cesar Puello.

At the fresh age of 19 years old, Puello has made his way to the top of the Mets farm system, most recently being named the Mets No. 3 top prospect by Baseball America.

Even though Puello wont make an impact on the team in the foreseeable future, he has the potential to become a star at the major league level in the Mets outfield, and here some reasons why:


For a young guy, Puello is bigger than most teens I’ve ever seen, excluding myself though. He’s listed at 6’2”, 195 lbs, but he plays like he much larger.

He has a ripped, muscular physique that will only fill out with age and experience at the professional level, and is said to possess above average speed, with a strong swing, and an above average arm from the right field.

He has shown a surge of power during batting practice, easily driving balls over the left –field wall, but at this stage in his career, he has yet to translate that swing to any games.

In the batter’s box

Since the beginning of the season, Cesar has reworked his swing with the help of the Savannah Sand Gnat coaching staff, and it seems to have been working for him.

Early in the year, Puello’s swing was a raw as it could get; leading the Gnats in broken bats symbolizing the amount of times he was getting jammed inside and hitting the ball off the label and not on the sweet spot.

He held his hands near the center of his chest with his shoulders slumped forward, creating too much time to get ready for the coming pitch. Standing this way, he had to bring his hands back loaded and his shoulders more relaxed before the pitch reached home plate, which is a lot to ask of a A league ball player.

In May, he re-tooled his swing by taking a little step off the plate, relaxing his shoulders and keeping his bat rested near his back shoulder. This created an easier opportunity for Puello to see the pitch and attack it accordingly.

In his first full seasons in the minors, Puello recorded a respectable .292 average, 22 doubles and a .734 OBP all gearing him for greater improvements in the future.

Pedro Feliciano is going to "The Evil Empire"

A person familiar with the negotiations says left-hander Pedro Feliciano is moving across town from the New York Mets to the Yankees, reaching a preliminary agreement on an $8 million, two-year contract.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal is subject to Feliciano passing a physical.

The agreement includes a club option for 2013.

We had  the story here yesterday!

Source: Si.com

Baseball America's - 2011 Top 10 Mets Prospects

Here are your Top 10 Prospects from Baseball America:
Jenrry Mejia, rhp
2. Wilmer Flores, ss
3. Cesar Puello, of
4. Matt Harvey, rhp
5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, of
6. Reese Havens, 2b
7. Lucas Duda, of/1b
8. Fernando Martinez, of
9. Aderlin Rodriguez, 3b
10. Brad Holt, rhp

Scouts say:
Best Hitter for Average Wilmer Flores
Best Power Hitter Aderlin Rodriguez
Best Strike-Zone Discipline Brad Emaus
Fastest Baserunner ZeErika McQueen
Best Athlete Cesar Puello
Best Fastball Jenrry Mejia
Best Curveball Matt Harvey
Best Slider Jeurys Familia
Best Changeup Dillon Gee
Best Control Dillon Gee
Best Defensive Catcher Kai Gronauer
Best Defensive Infielder Wilfredo Tovar
Best Infield Arm Wilmer Flores
Best Defensive Outfielder Matt den Dekker
Best Outfield Arm Cesar Puello

Catcher Josh Thole
First Base Ike Davis
Second Base Reese Havens
Third Base David Wright
Shortstop Jose Reyes
Left Field Wilmer Flores
Center Field Angel Pagan
Right Field Cesar Puello
No. 1 Starter Johan Santana
No. 2 Starter Jenrry Mejia
No. 3 Starter Matt Harvey
No. 4 Starter Mike Pelfrey
No. 5 Starter Jon Niese
Closer Bobby Parnell

Mets Trade Rumors: Mets like Garza, Gorzelanny

Mets GM Sandy Alderson is believed to have inquired on Tom Gorzelanny, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. The Mets like Gorzelanny's ability to strike opponents out and the fact that he would fit into their budget.

Gorzelanny made $800K last year and is set to receive a raise through arbitration. He posted a 4.09 ERA with 7.9 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9 in 136 1/3 innings for the Cubs in 2010. He became more hittable as the season progressed, but pitched respectably in his return to the rotation. The Tigers reportedly contacted the Cubs about Gorzelanny earlier in the month, when the Cubs appeared to be shopping him.

The Mets have also discussed Matt Garza internally, according to Puma. However, he's an unlikely fit, since he's about to earn a substantial raise. Garza earned $3.35MM in 2010 and could earn over $6MM through arbitration in 2011.

I would love for the Mets to steal Matt Garza from the Rays , but what would it cost the Mets?  BJ Upton could be on the block as well due to inappropriate behavior last year. We could dream, right?

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Video: SNY - R.A. Dickey talks Kevin Burkhardt

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Should Mets Sign Carl Pavano?

If the 2011 season started today, the Mets would begin the year without much depth in the starting rotation. They wouldn't even have a starting five, unless you consider Dillon Gee and Jenrry Mejia Major League ready.

Therefore, the rotation would include Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, and Jon Niese. Of course the guy who's missing is Johan Santana, who'll be sidelined until perhaps the All-Star break according to general manager Sandy Alderson after undergoing left shoulder surgery in September.

Audio: WFAN Ike Davis with Joe B.

Can Cliff Lee Stay Healthy?

As Mets fan prepare for battle this season against rival Philadelphia, it’s time we take a clinical look at the latest Philly team addition, Cliff Lee.

Those of us who watched the 2010 World Series caught a glimpse of Cliff Lee’s pitching vulnerability. World Series MVP, Edgar Renteria spotted it as he hit the 3-run blast off of Lee that would make the SF Giants world champions.

The 32- year old left-hander is now entering his 10th career season in the majors. Lee has had three strained abdominal muscles since 2003. While he was with Seattle, early in the 2010 season, Lee was sidelined with a strained abdomen that caused him to miss the first weeks of the season while placed on the 15 day disabled list. The two additional injuries happened in spring training when he was with Cleveland and put Lee out for six weeks.

Pedro staying in NY, But with the Yanks???

According to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNY.com, the Yankees are making progress toward landing the free-agent left-hander. Feliciano had set Mets franchise records for relief appearances each of the past three seasons, with 86, 88 and then 92.

Terry Collins suggested Wednesday that GM Sandy Alderson definitely would land a left-handed relief replacement for Feliciano this offseason.

"He's going to get us some left-handed relieving," Collins said. "There's no doubt in my mind."

Notable left-handed relievers available are  Joe Beimel, Randy Flores, Ron Mahay, Will Ohman, Hideki Okajima.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Picture of the Day - Backman finds out about Collins

You can find more of these drawings from Joe Petruccio at  NY Mets Journal Blog

Mets off-season contracts signed so far....

Mets Contracts signed so far... Not Much

Right-hander D.J. Carrasco Service time: 4 years, 141 days
2011: $1.2 million
2012: $1.2 million
Bonuses: $50,000 for 65 relief appearances; $50,000 for 75 relief appearances; $50,000 for 15 games started.

Catcher Ronny Paulino Service time: 4 years, 112 days
2011: $1.35 million
Bonuses: $60,000 for 85 games started at catcher; $60,000 for 95 games started at catcher; $60,000 for 105 games started at catcher; $60,000 for 115 games started at catcher; $60,000 for 125 games started at catcher.

Right-hander Boof Bonser Service time: 4 years, 81 days
Minor league contract for $15,000 per month
Major league value: $700,000
Invitation to spring training.

Video: ESPN - Sandy talks about Cliff Lee

Video: ESPN Ike Davis visits Hospital, Talks about 1B

Audio: WFAN Sandy Alderson with Mike Francesa

This interview was recorded on Monday 12/13/10

Audio: WFAN Terry Collins with Joe and Evan

Jason Bay's Bounce-Back Year: History Proves he will be the Bay of Old

Even a case of short-term memory loss can’t erase the memory of Jason Bay's first season as a New York Met. Granted, it wasn’t a full season due to the concussion he sustained at Dodger Stadium, but it’s just too early to call Bay a free-agent bust.

“Last year, for all intents and purposes for me, was a lost year, as far as production and injury,” Bay said Tuesday at the Mets annual Christmas party.

His season ended on July 25, when concussion-related headaches and pains kept him out the remainder of the year. But as he implied on Tuesday, he is feeling much better and seems to have put his problems behind him to focus on a productive 2011 campaign.

“Since about the last week of the season, I didn’t have anymore issues,” said Bay, who also told reporters that he hasn’t exactly resumed baseball activities, but the workouts he goes through are much more strenuous than anything on the field.

So by all accounts, Bay is back.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Audio: WFAN Beltran with Joe and Evan

Phillies land Cliff Lee, Changes the Mets hopes and dreams

According to many sources by now, Cliff Lee is heading out to Philadelphia looking for his new found home. The Phillies have now a rotation that stacks way higher than anyone in the National East and most of Major League Baseball. Facing Halladay, Hammels, Lee, and don't forget about Oswalt will be tough for anyone,  even the Mets..

Joe Blanton their fifth starter appears be on the next flight somewhere, but he is not that good anyway.. The Red Sox reportedly have interest in him.

So what lies ahead for the Mets Fans?  Not much, but serious taunting by Phillies Fans and some Yankee Fans. The Yankee Fans are in awe over it and they are blaming Cashman for it.

Yankee Fans are so use to getting their way, it's disgusting. Next they will be saying they did not offer enough money. It's all about money with the Yanks Fans.

If you were Lee why would you not play for the Phillies?

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