Monday, January 31, 2011

Angel Pagan avoids arbitration, signs one year deal


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The Mets and Angel Pagan have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

Pagan will be arbitration-eligible one more time next offseason before being eligible for free agency during the 2012-13 winter.

Pagan had requested $4.2 million, with the club countering at $3.0625 million. He made $1,662,500 in 2010.

"For the first time in my career I have a spot on the team," Pagan said in a statement released by the team. "But I'm not taking anything for granted. I can’t wait for spring training to start. I think we’ll be better than people are predicting."
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Martin Luther King III to meet with Wilpons this week


Late Sunday night, Martin Luther King III released a statement to the Atlanta Journal Constitution confirming his interest in buying into the NY Mets organization. "I believe in the merit and American value of creating an example, and if I personally, or as part of a collective, can advance the vision of a more diverse ownership group in professional sports, domestically or internationally, then, like my father, I am prepared to act in that spirit," King said in the statement to the newspaper. "... There has been a lot of discussion and speculation about my participation in the acquisition of the New York Mets. The public release of those discussions was premature." Major League baseball currently does not have any black owners. King reportedly plans to meet with Mets officials later this week. I hope this deal works out. The Mets could use some good PR right about now and some reputable ownership.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

SNY Video: Chris Young with Kevin Burkhardt


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Mets Starting Pitching Splits


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Potential Mets Buyers have Emerged


One person is Mike Repole, who owns Kentucky Derby entrant Uncle Mo and made a fortune with the sale of Vitaminwater to Coca-Cola, according to the Daily News.

The Post countered by identifying Martin Luther King III, son of the late civil rights leader, as a potential buyer.

That group reportedly also would include Ed Kranepool and Donn Clendenon Jr., son of the ex-Met. However, that group wants at least a 50 percent stake, according to the newspaper, which is not what Fred Wilpon said is for sale.

Finally, multiple reports name Martin Silver, owner of Georgi Vodka, who has been outspoken for a while in wanting to purchase the club.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mets News and Notes: Prospects added to camp invitees



Mets invite 2 prospects to camp

Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and catcher Kai Gronauer are the two prospects not currently on the 40-man roster who have been invited to major league spring training camp.

Gronauer, who hails from Germany, and Nieuwenhuis also were in camp last year and represented the Mets in the Arizona Fall League.


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Citi-Field will host 2013 All-Star Game


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The Mets will host the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field, people with knowledge of the situation told SI.com.

While the decision isn't being characterized as "official," plans are already in the works.

The team has not hosted the All-Star Game since 1964, the longest drought of any franchise.

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Rodrigo Lopez is weighing offers from Braves, Mets, Rockies


Rodrigo Lopez "expects to decide to sign" with either the Braves, Mets or Rockies by the end of the weekend, reports ESPN.com's Jayson Stark .

All three contracts are non-roster invitations to Spring Training, with various performances bonuses attached.

Lopez, 35, allowed a league-high 37 homers and 111 earned runs last season, posting a 5.00 ERA and a 2.07 K/BB ratio in 33 starts with Arizona.

Lopez has already played for the Rockies (in 2007) and has also pitched for the Padres, Orioles and Phillies in his nine-year Major League career, missing the 2008 season due to Tommy John surgery.

Lopez 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
2000 SD 6 6 0 0 24.2 40 24 24 5 13 17 0 3 0 0 -- 2.158.76
2002 Bal 33 28 1 0 196.2 172 83 78 23 62 136 15 9 0 0 -- 1.193.57
2003 Bal 26 26 3 1 147.0 188 101 95 24 43 103 7 10 0 0 -- 1.575.82
2004 Bal 37 23 1 1 170.2 164 71 68 21 54 121 14 9 0 4 1 1.283.59
2005 Bal 35 35 0 0 209.1 232 126 114 28 63 118 15 12 0 0 -- 1.414.90
2006 Bal 36 29 0 0 189.0 234 129 124 32 59 136 9 18 0 0 -- 1.555.90
2007 Col 14 14 0 0 79.1 83 43 39 11 21 43 5 4 0 0 -- 1.314.42
2009 Phi 7 5 0 0 30.0 42 24 19 3 11 19 3 1 0 0 -- 1.775.70
2010 Ari 33 33 0 0 200.0 227 126 111 37 56 116 7 16 0 0 -- 1.425.00
Total -- 227 199 5 2 1246.2 1382 727 672 184 382 809 75 82 0 4 -- 1.414.85

Mets have potential buyer?


According to WCBS News,  There is a potential buyer in businessman Martin Silver.

Martin Silver,  a Long Island liquor mogul was offering to buy the Mets from Fred Wilpon. See NYDN Story
“Two years ago when this first came out, I put together some people and the Wilpons publicly told me they were not interested,” Silver said.

Silver’s still interested, but he still has to meet with the Wilpons before any more can be said of the franchise and any deals to be made.

Silver tried to buy the Mets in 2009 when the team was valued at $850 million, but he said the team is not worth that much anymore—a factor that would play a significant role in any deal.

The Long Island native is interested in buying 20 to 25 percent of the team. His interests stem from the desire to bring the Mets back.

“You gotta believe. The Mets are losing a lot of believers now. We want to get people behind the team. We want the stadium full again. We want the stadium rocking,” Silver said.

And the goal? Stop having the Mets play second fiddle to the Yankees.

“We gotta get the fanbase back. We want the New York fans to believe again. We don’t want the Yankees to get all the publicity with all the millions of millions of dollars they’re spending,” Silver said.

The money woes for the Wilpons come from the Madoff victims’ lawsuit that states the Mets owners were longtime and successful investors and they knew or should have known Madoff was operating a fraud.

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Video: Jose Reyes Talks with Kevin Burkhardt


R.A. Dickey and Mets have agreed on a two year deal


R. A. Dickey
According to Andy Martino, the Mets and R.A. Dickey avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract with a club option for 2013, pending a physical.

The new deal covers his final arbitration season and at least his first year of free agency. Exact terms aren’t yet known, but Dickey requested $4.7 million and was offered $3.35 million from the Mets when arbitration figures were exchanged last Tuesday.

The 36-year-old knuckleballer was a revelation for the Mets last season, posting a 2.84 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 104/42 K/BB ratio over 174 1/3 innings.

I’m expecting something in the range of two years and $8-9 million, maybe a little more in the form of a buyout. If Dickey can prove that last season wasn’t a fluke, the Mets will have done very well here.

UPDATE: Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that including the option and potential incentives, Dickey could make $13 million over the length of the contract.
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Official Wilpon Statement from Yesterday


Fred Wilpon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Mets, and Jeff Wilpon, Chief Operating Officer of the New York Mets, issued the following statement:

As Sterling Equities announced in December, we are engaged in discussions to settle a lawsuit brought against us and other Sterling partners and members of our families by the Trustee in the Madoff bankruptcy. We are not permitted to comment on these confidential negotiations while they are ongoing.

However, to address the air of uncertainty created by this lawsuit, and to provide additional assurance that the New York Mets will continue to have the necessary resources to fully compete and win, we are looking at a number of potential options including the addition of one or more strategic partners. To explore this, we have retained Steve Greenberg, a Managing Director at Allen & Company, as our advisor.

Regardless of the outcome of this exploration, Sterling will remain the principal ownership group of the Mets and continue to control and manage the team's operations. The Mets have been a major part of our families for more than 30 years and that is not going to change.

As we have said before, we are totally committed to having the Mets again become a World Series winner. Our fans and all New Yorkers deserve nothing less.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Wilpons are looking to sell 20-25% of team (Mets)


According to Evan Brunell of CBS Sports, the owners of the Mets, Fred (on the right in the photo) and Jeff (left) Wilpon, issued a statement Friday announcing that they are seeking to sell a minority share of the team.

In the statement, the Wilpons acknowledge they are part of a lawsuit brought against them by the trustee of the Bernie Madoff bankruptcy. The Wilpons had a significant amount of money invested with Madoff, and despite claims that they would be able to run the baseball team with no impact from the Madoff swindling, the evidence over the last few years has mounted that the Wilpons did, in fact, get too much of their savings wiped out. While most of their payroll is taken up by aging and/or broken-down players, the fact remains that New York has added just $7 million in payroll this offseason.

The Wilpons are considering allowing others to buy a minority stake in the Mets "to address the air of uncertainty created by this lawsuit, and to provide additional assurance that the New York Mets will continue to have the necessary resources to fully compete and win."

The Wilpons made it clear that they will remain the majority partners, but that could just as easily mean a 51 percent share. However unlikely, if someone bought in for 49 percent, it would bring in what appears to be a very needed infusion of cash.

And yet, it is going to be very difficult for the Wilpons to convince an investor to fork over millions -- if not hundreds of millions -- of dollars for a share and not get any interest at all. It would be far easier for the Wilpons to sell the Mets outright, or sell the majority of the team. In fact, most compelling offers will likely attempt to buy a majority of the club.

And there will be no shortage of interested investors, given the Mets' presence in New York City.

UPDATE: Tyler Kepner of the New York Times reports that Fred Wilpon plans to sell 20-25 percent of the team.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Video: Former Mets Manager Bobby Valentine helps out in CT



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Video: Daniel Murphy talks to Adam Rubin about 2B




Murphy was learning second base at Triple-A Buffalo to prepare to return to the majors as a utility player when Syracuse Chief Leonard Davis, a Washington Nationals farmhand, rolled into him while trying to break up a double play June 2. Murphy suffered a severe strain of the medial collateral ligament.

Murphy was asked if he thought the slide was dirty and how he felt about the whole play.

"I'm not angry," Murphy said. "I feel like it was a questionable slide. It was a dirty slide. And the game has a way of evening itself out. I was not in the greatest position to defend myself and protect myself, which in the grand scheme of things has helped me working, because I know how to defend myself now."

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Strawberry: " Wally (Backman) will be the manager of the Mets"


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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Wally Backman was passed over for Terry Collins as the next manager of the New York Mets during the off-season, but the fiery Double-A manager still has a firm believer in Darryl Strawberry.

“Wally will be the next manager of the Mets, in my opinion,” Strawberry said before Tuesday night’s Baseball Assistance Team dinner at Midtown’s Marriot Marquis. “I don’t have much to say, but I thought he would’ve been the right choice for them.

“Not taking anything away from Terry. He’s a great man, and I think he’ll probably do a great job turning these guys around. But I think Wally’s in the future, as far as the manager, and I think he’ll be a super manager.”

Backman was among four finalists last fall to replace Jerry Manuel as Mets manager.

Collins was hired over Backman, Chip Hale and Bob Melvin.
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Audio: Alderson, Hu talk to ESPN at Citi-Field


Listen to Sandy Alderson talk to ESPN Radio about Chin-lung Hu and other possible Roster moves.

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Listen to Chin-lung Hu  about his relationship with Terry Collins

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

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New 2011 Mets Player Numbers


The Mets have added Player numbers to their roster. Some notables :  Beato (70), Buchholz (33), Capuano (38), Carrasco (77), Young (55), Paulino (9), Emaus (68), Chin-ling hu (25), Hairston (12) courtesy of MLB.com


Wally Named Binghamton AA Manager


Wally Backman was officially named the manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets yesterday. It was a move that had been expected and comes only a day after Tim Teufel was officially named the manager of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
“It’s exciting to be with the Mets,” Backman said in the Press Release. “It was almost like a homecoming coming back to the Mets last year. Being traded for the first time, takes a piece of you. I would say my heart never left New York.”
The B-Mets also announced Monday that they have promoted former Class A Savannah pitching coach Marc Valdes to the same role with Binghamton, and that they will retain Luis Natera as hitting coach.
Here is how the staffs shape up so far for the top two affiliates in the Mets organization.

I am glad to see the Mets have kept him in the organization and I still hope Wally Backman will get his shot at the MLB level... Go Mets!!

Five Players that Can Make or Break the Mets Season


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While basically every player on the 25-man roster will have to play well for the Mets to be competitive, five players in particular will hold major keys to the team's success in 2011.

In no particular order, Jose Reyes, Jon Niese, Jason Bay, Ike Davis and Frankie Rodriguez will need to bring their A-game to the ballpark every night.

Of course, players like David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Mike Pelfrey, Bobby Parnell, R.A. Dickey, Angel Pagan and Josh Thole will also have to contribute for the team to be successful. However, I feel that the five I mentioned will either make or break the Mets' season.

I will lead off the discussion with none other than the Mets leadoff hitter, Jose Reyes. Looking at Reyes' numbers from last year (133 games, .282 BA, 30 SB), you would think that Reyes had a decent year. But looking at some of the important numbers for a leadoff man, Reyes actually had a sub-par year.

He had a .321 OBP, which is way too low for a leadoff man. Good leadoff hitters are usually in the .350-.375 range. Reyes also only drew 31 walks in over 600 plate appearances, which needs to improve.
As Terry Collins has said, Reyes is the most dynamic leadoff man in the game. He has the ability to turn doubles into triples and even has some pop.

If Reyes can come out of the gate hot in 2011, it will set up his teammates with plenty of scoring chances. With many of the question marks of this season focused on the starting pitching, scoring runs early and often could be a perfect cure for that problem.

I'm expecting big things out of Reyes in his contract year. I hope he plays so well that the Mets can't let him sign elsewhere, and they lock him up long-term.

Heading into his second full season, Jon Niese appears ready to take the next step. He started 30 games last year and even threw a complete-game one-hit shutout.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Mets 3 Game Paks Fail with Fans


Mets 3 game Pick-A-Paks are on sale for the 2011 season along with season ticket plans, 40 game plans and 15 game plans. The 3 game Pick-A- Packs offered this season, unlike last year, do not include the (Marquee ) subway series against the Yankees. Last year, thousands of Mets fans specifically purchased the 3 game packs to insure that they would have a ticket to a subway series game at Citifield. Now fans are being forced to wait until 2 weeks before the series for a pre-sale password or they can test their luck on the open market on ebay or Stubhub. It was oddly refreshing when the Mets front office lowered its pricing in November releasing this statement: "The Mets are committed to providing quality and value to our fans," said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations. "We reduced ticket prices for 2011 based on fan feedback and marketplace information." It's true that the Mets did slash the average ticket price by 14%, however I hope the Mets officials do realize that being apart of this fan base means sticking it to the Yankees on our field. But to do so effectively we need a bigger supply of tickets accessible to us.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Aikman was pursued by the Mets out of High School


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From ESPN NY:

Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Troy Aikman was pursued by the Mets out of high school, before he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, he said on last week's episode of HBO’s “Real Sports."

“I got a call from the New York Mets and what they said was, ‘We need to know what it’s gonna take to get you to forgo college,'" Aikman recalled, according to a transcript that appears in the New York Post. “... I was a pitcher and a shortstop. And so when they said, ‘What’s it gonna take?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, $200,000.’ They said, ‘$200,000? Darryl Strawberry is not even making that much money.’

“And I said, ‘Well if you want me, that’s what it’s gonna take.’ And they said, ‘You have a nice football career at Oklahoma.’ ”

Being a Cowboy Fan and a Mets Fan I thought it was very interesting. Sure glad he made the right choice. LOL
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Rich Donnelly will be named Brooklyn Cyclones Manager


Rich Donnelly will be named manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Bergen Record reported.

Donnelly most recently was a minor league instructor for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He served as the third base coach for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2003-05 and the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006-07.

Wally Backman, who managed the New York-Penn League team last season, is expected to be named manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Mets sign Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract


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Right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer has agreed to a minor league deal with the Mets and will receive a spring-training invite.







Boyer 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
2005 Atl 43 0 0 0 37.2 32 13 13 1 17 33 4 2 0 9 2 1.303.11
2006 Atl 2 0 0 0 0.2 4 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 -- 7.5040.50
2007 Atl 5 0 0 0 5.1 10 3 2 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 -- 2.063.38
2008 Atl 76 0 0 0 72.0 73 51 47 10 25 67 2 6 1 14 4 1.365.88
2009 Atl 3 0 0 0 1.1 3 6 6 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 -- 4.5040.50
2009 StL 15 0 0 0 16.1 14 10 8 1 5 9 0 0 0 2 -- 1.164.41
2009 Ari 30 0 0 0 37.0 39 20 11 0 12 18 0 1 0 2 -- 1.382.68
2009 -- 48 0 0 0 54.2 56 36 25 1 20 29 0 2 0 4 -- 1.394.12
2010 Ari 54 0 0 0 57.0 59 32 27 3 29 29 3 2 0 5 4 1.544.26
Total -- 228 0 0 0 227.1 234 138 117 15 93 161 9 12 1 34 -- 1.444.63
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Video: Jeff Wilpon and Mets Train as Firefighters


Mets being frugal or being smart?



The Mets have been rather frugal this off-season as Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY describes it .

The free agent contracts of D.J. Carrasco, Chris Capuano, Ronny Paulino, Taylor Buchholz, Chris Young, and Scott Hairston have a combined guaranteed value of $8.1 million.

This will be the lowest potential payout that the Mets have put forth to free agents in an offseason since committing to only $8.6 million in potential payouts in the 1997-98 offseason.

Since that one, the Mets have made at least one big free agent signing every off-season. From the 1998-99 off-season to the 2009-10 off-season, they signed players to contracts guaranteeing them nearly $800 million, whether it be from the Mets or another team to which they were later dealt (in some cases, for another big contract).

This year will end a streak of 12 straight off-seasons in which the Mets signed at least one free agent to a contract with a total value of at least $10 million.

Mets sign Tim Byrdak to a minor league deal..


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Left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak has signed with the Mets on a minor league deal.

Byrdak, 37, is expected to compete with Taylor Tankersley for a left-handed relief role.

Byrdak went 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA in 64 relief appearances spanning 38 2/3 innings with the Houston Astros last season. Left-handed batters hit .213 against him, as opposed to right-handed batters, who hit .333.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Chris Young's Deal


Phat Wad, Break me off some
Here are the terms from ESPN NY on right-hander Chris Young's deal with the Mets.

The base salary is $1.1 million, with the value going up to $4.5 million with 31 starts and 180 innings.

Young can make an additional $1,525,000 based on starts 10 through 31, and $1,875,000 based on innings from 70 to 180.

That involves $125,000 for his 10th and 15th start, $150,000 for his 20th, $75,000 apiece for Nos. 21 through 25, and $125,000 each from Nos. 26 through 31. Young receives $125,000 for pitching 70 innings, $150,000 for 80 and each additional 10 innings through 150, $175,000 apiece for 160 and 170, and $200,000 for 180.
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Mets Designate Two For Assignment


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The Mets have DFA'ed both Tobi Stoner and Jason Pridie to make room for Chris Young and Scott Hairston on the 40-man roster.

They will be on the waiver wire for the next ten days and the Mets could always look to trade them .It is likely that neither of these players will be claimed since they both have very little major league experience.

Both Stoner and Pridie will likely be brought to Spring Training to try to regain their spots on the 40-man roster if they clear waviers and stay with the Mets.
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Bring in the arms - Tim Byrdak on Radar


The Mets and left-hander Tim Byrdak have "mutual interest" in each other and have been discussing a contract, according to Mets Chronicle's  good friend Mike Silva of the New York Baseball Digest.  Silva thinks a deal could be finalized within "the next couple of days."

The Mets were looking for southpaw relief help, and Byrdak fits that bill, holding left-handed batters to a .202/.296/.380 line in his nine Major League seasons. 

Byrdak, 37, has a 3.46 ERA over the last four seasons but also averaged five walks per nine innings in that stretch; it's actually an upgrade from his career 5.5 BB/9 rate. 

Byrdak spent the last three seasons with the Astros, who released the southpaw in November.

ESPN: Jeff Wilpon, "payroll is up in the $145 Million or better range"


According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY, Mets pitchers R.A. Dickey, Mike Pelfrey, Bobby Parnell and Dillon Gee were in firefighting training at the FDNY center on Randall's Island, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon noted that the Mets will spend roughly $145 million on 2011 payroll in spite of the conservative winter.

"I don't think they realize the payroll is up in the $145 [million] or better range," Wilpon said about casual observers. "I don't think people realize that. Unfortunately, we were somewhat hamstrung by what had happened before. Sandy [Alderson]'s plan was to go and deal with it this year and make sure we have tremendous flexibility next year."

Wilpon also applauded the front office's performance this off-season.

"I think Sandy and his staff have put together the best team we can to get on the field, and now it's time to get out there and prove that we're better than people think," Wilpon said.

Young Deal Done


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The Mets have completed the signing of Chris Young . He can earn a total of $4.5 million with incentives, like new teammate Chris Capuano, but Young's incentives are easier to achieve.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Video: Jose Reyes talks about his future with the Mets


Audio: Josh Thole talks to Joe and Evan



Audio: Mike Pelfrey talks to Boomer and Carton



Audio: Terry Collins talks to Mike Francesa about Spring Training



Sandy Alderson: Playing With House Money in 2011


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The Mets might lose in 2011, but Sandy Alderson wont. Pretty much everyone is expecting a similar outcome as last season; hover around .500 for most of the season and finally tipping one way or the other towards the end. Well, I'm as optimistic as any Mets fan, so I'm willing to say they'll be better than 2010. But given their issues in the rotation, bullpen and second base, maybe I'll be wrong.

But this is the team that Alderson is taking over. His ace, Johan Santana, is out until the All-Star break, his fans are screaming to release his starting second baseman and find anyone else, and their best option for a lefty reliever, Oliver Perez, would probably be beaten to death should Mets fans catch him out in the open.

So basically, Alderson is inheriting a team that isn't expected to contend in 2011, so if they don't, it's no skin off his back. The Mets have a ton of money coming off the books in 2012, so if Alderson goes out and fails to put together a contender in that off-season, then he'll get the blame. But you can't blame Alderson if the Mets don't win significantly in 2011. The Mets might lose, but Alderson will win.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

With Chris Young In, Who's Out?


Finally, the Mets have signed Chris Young to a one-year deal. Rumors of the Mets' interest had been circulating for much of the offseason, but the deal is done.

So with the addition of Young, that begs the question: What should we expect the pitching rotation to look like?

In my last post, I gave my predictions on how the roster may be shaped, including the pitching rotation. It seems as though, at least for the fifth starter's spot, spring training will determine the final order.

Mike Pelfrey will most likely get the Opening Day nod, followed by R.A. Dickey. The lefty Jon Niese should slot nicely behind those two. Young would then handle the fourth starter's position.

To be honest, slotting in the rotation really doesn't matter except for the first few games. On Opening Day, your ace will take on the other team's ace. By the second week or so, your ace may be taking on the opponent's third or fourth starter.

Anyway, that leaves one spot open in the rotation. When the Mets signed Chris Capuano, some initial reports slated him into the long reliever's role. He only started nine games last season for Milwaukee and was used mostly as a reliever.

ESPN: Pelfrey Mets settle on contract.... Avoid arbitration


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Arbitration-eligible Mike Pelfrey has settled with the Mets according to ESPN NY..

An organization source said the deal will pay Pelfrey $3.925 million during the upcoming season. He can earn $50,000 extra in performance bonuses.

Pelfrey, who turned 27 last Friday, made $3.3 million in 2009 as part of his original deal after signing as a first-round pick in 2005. But he did not yet have enough service time last off-season to be arbitration-eligible, so his salary dipped to $500,000 this past year.

He raced to a 9-1 start last season before a summer swoon, but nonetheless finished with a 15-9 record and 3.66 ERA while logging a career-high 204 innings. Pelfrey is eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.

Angel Pagan and R.A. Dickey also are arbitration-eligible and are due to exchange salary figures today for a February hearing if there's no settlement.
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