Friday, September 30, 2011

Mets GM Alderson initiates Jose Reyes contract talks with his agents


According to Mike Puma of the NY Post,  Jose Reyes is potentially preparing himself to test the free-agent waters, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson yesterday said he expects to speak with the All-Star shortstop's agents either today or tomorrow about a new contract.

But Alderson is realistic enough to know there is a strong chance Reyes will want to hear from other clubs following the World Series before making a decision on his future.

"If history is any guide, most players who get to this point don't see any reason to make a decision in the next 30 days -- they are that close to free agency," Alderson said. "You wouldn't want people to expect something is going to happen -- it certainly could -- but we just have to wait and see how it develops."

Alderson confirmed that next season's payroll likely will fall into the $100-$110 million range. This season the Mets' payroll was about $140 million.

By Alderson's math, the Mets could re-sign Reyes and still have money to make other improvements. Alderson said the team might actually be in better shape headed to this offseason than last. He cited the fact the Mets had about $130 million committed to payroll at this time last year, opposed to the $75 million (minus Reyes) locked up already for 2012.

Even if the Mets were to pay Reyes north of $20 million next year, Alderson would have some -- albeit not much -- wiggle room.

Though Alderson wouldn't rule out pursuing another star player should Reyes depart, he said the priority is to re-sign the NL batting champion because of the intrinsic value he brings to the organization, as a fan favorite.

"We could get into a free agency situation beyond Jose if the market is different than what we anticipated or we trade somebody," Alderson said. "There are a variety of things that could happen."

Thursday, September 29, 2011

What the off-season could bring to the 2012 season


Sandy has a lot on his plate
Now that the season is complete, the Mets and Sandy Alderson have a lot to do this off-season. The Mets main priority has to be whether they can sign their shortstop, Jose Reyes or should I say -  The 2011 NL Batting Champion Jose Reyes.

Terry Collins wants him back, I want him back and the rest of the fans want Jose Reyes in a Mets uniform next season.. It's all about the Mula baby.. For those who need interpretation Money!   Now that the Mets lawsuit damage is limited down a bit. It's going to be interesting what they will spend..

The Mets are in position to get first crack at their shortstop and it will cost the Mets. This is really where reality has to set in and you have to wonder if Jose is sincere enough to comeback to the Mets...for a cheaper price. Well at least David Wright thinks he will be back, as he was quoted after yesterday's game..

Once this is settled and this can be settled rather quickly by Jose Reyes saying he wants to test the free agent waters. The Mets will counter with a offering of arbitration to get the 2 draft picks because Reyes is a Type A Free Agent..
When offered arbitration Type B free agents allow their old team to pick up a draft pick between the first and second rounds, but because their new team doesn’t have to give up anything to sign them their market value isn’t impacted by whether or not the arbitration is offered.
However, with Type A free agents who’re offered arbitration their old team is in line to receive a draft pick between the first and second rounds plus their new team’s first-round pick.
In other words, Type A free agents who are offered arbitration cost a first-round draft pick to sign while Type A free agents not offered arbitration require no compensation, in many cases making their market value heavily dependent on the arbitration status.
The backup shortstop plan obviously is going to Ruben Tejada, who has proven himself worthy..

The Mets have to fix the bullpen which has been most of the Mets Achilles Heal this season.  The Mets bullpen went down hill after the K-Rod trade because so many had to step up in different roles and many were not capable.. Josh Stinson looks like he could have a shot next year with all that movement on his pitches. DJ Carrasco who was a disaster pick up is signed for next year, even though many believe he will be released or non-tendered. Tim Byrdak signed a one year deal for next season because the lefty reliever market is going to be so minuet.   Then you have guys who could possible be closers like Bobby Parnell, Pedro Beato, and Manny Acosta. These guys all have potential for setup roles, but have to be long shots for the closer position.. It will interesting to see what Sandy Alderson brings in to be the closer next season...as he was quoted looking outside the organization...

The centerfield position has been one first determined to be Angel Pagan's job to lose and I believe as many in the Mets organization do,  that he has lost it.  I do not see the Mets have valid interest in bringing back Angel Pagan next season. The free agent market for a centerfielder market is very bleak and there has been talk that the Mets might interest themselves in a BJ Upton (Via Trade), who is one of  David Wright's best friends.. This could be a major upgrade not only could Upton play the position with speed, but can also hit for power.. It will also give a clubhouse boost for David Wright, especially if the Mets lose Jose Reyes to Free agency.

The Mets rotation is almost complete with Johan Santana hopefully coming back to full strength at the top.
If Santana shows any glimpse of the past, the Mets will be better suited to play much meaningful games down the stretch. Also the Mets will not have to rely on the bullpen so soon because Santana can stretch a game in to the 7th or 8th innings... The Mets will have to rely on  Jon Niese,  Dillon Gee,  R.A. Dickey, and probably resign Chris Capuano who is retainable.. The odd man out Mike Pelfrey will have to most likely be shopped and I would include in a deal for Upton.. Pelfrey has shown he can pitch at times, but without consistency.. I do not see him here next season..

The catching squad has been up in the air for sometime.. The last everyday catcher for the Mets was Mike Piazza. The Mets have a talented catcher named Josh Thole, but will have to develop into the defensive catcher they want behind the plate. Mike Nickeas impressed me this summer and I believe the Mets will want him to back up.. Ronny Paulino who had a good campaign with the Mets could be resigned..

The first base position will not be a mystery. I am anxious to see what Ike Davis can bring offensively  in 2012. The man plays a solid first base and can hit the ball into any part of Citi-Field.  Also they will have other possible 1B fillers like Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans back next season..

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gary Carter receives good news in his battle with cancer


According to the NY Post, Gary Carter's battle with brain cancer took a positive turn yesterday, when doctors determined that new spots recently discovered were benign, according to the former Mets catcher's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers.

"We are praising the heavens for more victories!" Bloemers wrote in her online journal. "Thank you all for the prayers and encouraging cheers for dad! Keep them coming!!!"

Bloemers also said the Hall of Famer was due to finish his second round of chemotherapy last night.

"Dad has been extremely tired during these days of chemo, which has been expected," Bloemers wrote. "After he finishes his last pill tonight, he will start to do more activity for his body. The doctor has emphasized exercise, healthy food intake and rest when needed. Dad will start to do physical therapy to get his joints and muscles moving as he pushes through the exhaustion."

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Final Happy Recap: Game 162 - Reds at Mets - Batista shuts-out Reds, Jose Reyes bows out after one hit



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W: M. Batista (5-2) L: E. Volquez (5-7)
HR: CIN - None   NYM - M. Baxter (1)

First off due to prior commitments (Real JOB), It did not post last night's recap, nor the preview/lineup and I apologize ...

On that note, here is the final recap -  Jose Reyes Lead off with a bunt Single, then he walked off  first base and called it a day. Justin Turner Pinch ran for him. Terry Collins and Jose Reyes had worked this decision before the game.. Of course it was all about the batting tittle..

Jose Reyes ended up with a .337 (181/ 537) batting average,  which is leading the NL.


Ryan Braun on the other hand is hitting .335 (187/559) and has to clearly go 3-3 to make it a .338 clip and 3-4 will also push him slightly over Reyes by percentage points. Pressure will build tonight in Milwaukee at 8:10PM to see if he can do it..

Miguel Batista tossed his first shutout since 2006, a two-hitter, and the New York Mets closed out the regular season with a 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.


The 40-year-old Batista (5-2) walked two and struck out five for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak and finished 2011 with a 77-85 record.

Queens Native Mike Baxter hit a 2 run shot which extended the lead to 3-0....It was his first career shot..

Edinson Volquez (5-7) gave up three runs on six hits over seven innings for Cincinnati, which posted a 79-83 mark one year after capturing the NL Central title.

Box Score: Click here

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pic of the day: The Annoying Yankee (Fan) Neighbor


Must Be a Mets Fan!

Courtesy of  Jessica Ann

Mets pick up Terry Collins' option for 2013


The New York Mets announced that Collins’ option for the 2013 season had been picked up.


In making this decision, general manager Sandy Alderson cited Collins’ rapport with his player and his refusal to blame injuries for the team’s late-season slide.
“I’m very pleased with the job that Terry has done,” Alderson said. “Tremendous work ethic. Extremely knowledgeable. Great baseball man, but also knowledgeable about players in our system. Communicates well. Has just done a terrific job in leading our team in sometimes difficult circumstances.”
Alderson indicated that he would meet with Collins on Thursday to decide on the coaching staff for 2012.

Mets block Yankees’ minor-league team move to New Jersey


A New Jersey official says Newark nearly got to be home to the Yankees’ top minor-league team for 2012, but the deal was blocked by the Mets.

The team needs a temporary home while its regular one, PNC Field in Scranton, Pa., is repaired.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo says Yankees officials contacted him last month about playing in Eagles & Bears Riverfront Stadium, which is owned by the City of Newark and Essex County.

DiVincenzo says the Mets invoked territorial rights to halt the deal. The drama was first reported by The Star-Ledger.

The top elected official in Essex County says he’s disappointed because a residency by the Triple-A team could have boosted the local economy and given more children a chance to see future Yankees play in person.

Breaking News: Federal Judge throws out part of a $1 Billion Lawsuit against owners of the New York Mets


According to Reuters,  a Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday threw out part of a $1 billion lawsuit against owners of the New York Mets baseball team by the trustee seeking money for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed all but two claims by the trustee Irving Picard against the Mets owners, including Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and others at Sterling Equities.

One of the claims alleges actual fraud. The other would require the defendants' claims against the bankruptcy estate of Madoff's firm to be subordinated to those of others.

A spokeswoman for Picard said the trustee had no comment pending a "thorough evaluation" of the opinion. Lawyers for the Mets owners were not available for comment.

Mario Cuomo, the former New York governor mediating the dispute, also had no immediate comment.

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Reds at Mets - Game 161


Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Reds at Mets - Game 161

  1. Jose Reyes, ss
  2. Ruben Tejada, 2b
  3. Willie Harris, lf
  4. David Wright, 3b
  5. Nick Evans, 1b
  6. Josh Thole, c
  7. Mike Baxter, rf
  8. Jason Pridie, cf
  9. Chris Capuano, lhp

Preview : Game 161 - Reds at Mets - Capuano tries to get to .500 for year


Cincinnati Reds (78-82) at New York Mets (76-84), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Bronson Arroyo (9-12, 5.09) New York - Chris Capuano (11-12, 4.55)

Right-hander Bronson Arroyo gets a final 2011 crack at a seventh double-digit win season tonight when the Cincinnati Reds visit the New York Mets in the middle test of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Arroyo, a 34-year-old native of Key West, Fla., has won 10 or more games in four of five seasons with the Reds since he was acquired from Boston in a trade for Wily Mo Pena.

He was a double-digit winner twice for the Red Sox, including a 10-9 record in 32 appearances for the 2004 World Series champions.

His 17 wins last season were a career high.

Arroyo got within a game of win No. 10 with a gem in his last start, when he tossed a six-hit shutout against the Houston Astros while walking none and striking out two in a 2-0 decision on Sept. 21.

He is 7-3 in 12 career start against the Mets with a 3.49 earned run average across 87 2/3 innings.

On Monday, Chris Heisey's three-run home run powered the Reds to a 6-5 victory.

Logan Ondrusek (5-5) stranded two runners in the sixth inning to earn the win in relief of starter Homer Bailey, who tossed five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Recap: Game 160 - Reds at Mets - Reds squeak by Mets



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W: L. Ondrusek (5-5) L: T. Byrdak (2-1)
S: F. Cordero (36)
HR: CIN - C. Heisey (18)   NYM - None

Chris Heisey's three-run home run powered the Reds to a 6-5 victory over the Mets to kick off a season-ending series at Citi Field.

Logan Ondrusek (5-5) stranded two runners in the sixth inning to earn the win in relief of starter Homer Bailey, who tossed five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Francisco Cordero put two runners on with no outs in the ninth, but worked out of the jam to earn his 36th save of the year.

Tim Byrdak (2-1) allowed two hits before Josh Stinson gave up Heisey's homer.

Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored as the Mets dropped their second straight contest.

"Tomorrow or the next day is going to be tough for me. I'm going to have a lot of stuff going through my head but I'm going to stay focused like always," said Reyes, who will be a free agent at the end of the season and is playing his final home games of the year.

Willie Harris led off the ninth with a double before Cordero hit David Wright with a pitch to put the go-ahead runs on the bases with no outs. But Cordero got the force at third on a Nick Evans bunt back to the mound and Josh Thole grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

Monday, September 26, 2011

First Round Pick Brandon Nimmo Takes BP at Citi Field


In Brandon Nimmo's words, "a little portion of the dream came true" on Monday afternoon, when the 18-year-old took batting practice in front of a gaggle of scouts and front-office personnel at Citi Field.

The 13th overall selection in June's First-Year Player Draft and the organization's top position-player prospect, the outfielder was on a brief hiatus from the instructional league, where he is extending his first professional season into autumn.

Consider it a reward, of sorts, for being a critical piece of the organization's future.

"Jose Reyes, he said 'hi' to me," Nimmo said of his experience at Citi. "I felt pretty cool about that."

Nimmo, who signed with the Mets minutes prior to Major League Baseball's mid-August deadline, hit .241 with two home runs in seven games in the Class A Gulf Coast League before advancing to Class A Kingsport for another three games to close his season. Overall, he hit .211 while adapting to pro baseball and meeting, perhaps, some of his future teammates.

Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup - Reds at Mets - Game 160


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Tonight's Mets Starting Lineup vs Reds - Game 160

  1. Jose Reyes, ss
  2. Ruben Tejada, 2b
  3. Willie Harris, lf
  4. David Wright, 3b
  5. Nick Evans, rf
  6. Josh Thole, c
  7. Josh Satin, 1b
  8. Jason Pridie, cf
  9. Chris Schwinden, rhp

Preview : Game 160 - Reds at Mets - Schwinden goes for his first win in 4 chances


Cincinnati Reds (77-82) at New York Mets (76-83), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Cincinnati - Homer Bailey (9-7, 4.32) New York - Chris Schwinden (0-2, 5.06)

Rookie right-hander Chris Schwinden takes his fourth try at a first win of his initial season tonight when his New York Mets kick off a season-ending series with the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.

Schwinden, who turned 25 last week, made his major-league debut with a 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 8, then was beaten, 10-1, by Washington in his next outing on Sept. 15.

His last outing came Wednesday in St. Louis and ended with a no-decision in the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Cardinals.

In the three outings, the 6-foot-3, 165-pounder has allowed 18 hits and 10 runs in 16 innings while walking five batters and striking out 12.

The Reds counter with Homer Bailey, who can get to 10 wins for the first time in his career.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Recap: Game 159 - Phillies at Mets - Roy Halladay holds off Mets Sweep, Breaks Phillies 8 Game Losing Streak



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W: R. Halladay (19-6) L: M. Pelfrey (7-13)
HR: PHI - H. Pence (21)   NYM - R. Paulino (2)

The Philadelphia Phillies got back to looking like potential National League pennant winners on Sunday, as they pounded out 19 hits and took out some frustration on the New York Mets, beating them 9-4 to avoid being swept in a three-game series.

The victory snaps the Phillies season-high eight-game losing streak,

Hunter Pence belted a two-run homer and a triple among his three hits, Jimmy Rollins had three hits and Carlos Ruiz went 4-for-4 with two RBI for the National League East champions.

NL Cy Young candidate Roy Halladay (19-6) tossed six scoreless innings and gave up only four hits.

Ronny Paulino smacked a home run, Jason Pridie had three hits and Justin Turner chipped in with an RBI double for the Mets, who had their three-game winning streak halted.

Mike Pelfrey (7-13) was hammered in three innings of work, giving up nine runs on five hits.

Box Score: Click Here

Mets News and Notes: Duda, Pagan, Bay, Wright, Parnell




Headaches continue to rack Lucas Duda, and Terry Collins indicated that he has the symptoms of a concussion. That is not the official diagnosis, but it does not sound.

“Lucas is unchanged,” Collins said. “I’ll be surprised if he plays again this year.”

Angel Pagan?

He’s still got symptoms related to whacking himself in the head with a bat last week. So it’s doubtful he’ll be back this year, too.

And Jason Bay is still suffering from a sinus infection.

He will visit a doctor again tomorrow, and hopefully be prescribed a new round of antibiotics.

And David Wright has the day off......... Which means . . . Willie Harris is batting third.

Bobby Parnell will get the chance to close today. Of course, Roy Halladay is pitching for the Phillies. So his chances to close this one out is slim to none..
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