Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Trading Ike, Triple A Vegas, No Scoring, Knuckleball Day, World Baseball Classic, Adding Seats at Citi, Hefner, McHugh, Familia, Brewer


Going, Going, Gone?
Mets News and Notes:

The Mets will consider trading Ike Davis this winter, which would open first base for Lucas Duda and potentially address other areas of need, a baseball source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Mike Puma in the Post also weighs in on the Davis vs. Duda debate, writing:
The 25-year-old Davis said he would like to stay in the organization that selected him No. 1 (18th overall) in the 2008 draft. But he said he won’t be bitter if he’s dealt. “If they trade me, they trade me -- I can’t do anything about it,” Davis said. “I have to do my job where I am at.” Does Davis consider himself a cornerstone-type player? “I think I can help teams win baseball games,” Davis said. “That is all I want to do.”

After the Buffalo Bisons showed no interest in renewing their four-year-old affiliation agreement, the Mets signed a two-year deal (the shortest available) with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.

Terry Collins, who managed in that league for five years, acknowledged the altitude and dryness of the West Coast ballparks present challenges to pitchers and inflate batters' statistics. But pitchers can still thrive, the manager added.

Top prospect Zack Wheeler, who likely is ticketed for Triple-A to open next season, tweeted after the news became official that he is familiar with those types of conditions because he played with San Jose in the California League while in Class A with the San Francisco Giants.

R.A. Dickey had no margin for error in Monday's loss. The Mets have now scored three or fewer runs in a franchise-record 14 straight home games. They are 4-22 at Citi Field since the All-Star break.



The mayors of Boston and New York are declaring "Knuckleball Day" this week in their cities to coincide with the official release of the documentary that focuses on Tim Wakefield and Dickey.

Ruben Tejada and Manny Acosta will represent Panama in World Baseball Classic qualifying from Nov. 15-19 in their native country. Afterward, Tejada said, he plans to return to New York to train with Jose Reyes at a Garden City, Long Island, facility.

The Mets have five farmhands participating in WBC qualifying this week -- Josh Satin and Jeff Kaplan with Israel in Jupiter, Fla., and Adam Loewen (Canada), Kai Gronauer (Germany) and Hamilton Bennett (Great Britain) in Regensburg, Germany.

The Mets added seats in foul territory behind home plate at Citi Field to test out the configuration for next year's All-Star Game.

Jeremy Hefner will reenter the rotation Wednesday. Collin McHugh also will get another start, according to Collins. The manager would like to see Jeurys Familia continue in a relief role for now, since that is the rookie's likely 2013 role with the major league club. Still, Familia may get a start the last week of the season.

Triple-A pitching coach Mark Brewer will not be retained by the organization, Sandy Alderson told Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger.

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