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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Plan for 2013, Reyes Speaks, Greenberg AB, Dickey Surgery, Valdespin, Familia

Team sources gave insights to ESPNNewYork.com about the Mets' 2013 roster composition.

In the news story, a team executive expresses optimism David Wright will remain a Met long term, then become an ambassador for the organization, akin to the role 68 Year Old Tom Seaver currently holds. An official would not rule out trading Dickey.

It is unlikely Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez are re-signed. Andres Torres and Mike Pelfrey are expected to be non-tendered. The Mets would welcome back free-agent-to-be Scott Hairston, but believe he may get a two-year deal elsewhere and depart.

If Hairston departs, the outfield is barren. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who ended this season on the minor league DL with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot, will get strong consideration as the starting center fielder, a team official said. Lucas Duda would man a corner-outfield spot if the Mets do not trade Ike Davis and move Duda to first base. Mike Baxter would return as a backup outfielder.

A team official said the Mets will work hard during spring training with outfield prospect Matt den Dekker to cut down his strikeouts (154 in 533 at-bats between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo this season) to make him a 2013 option. Unfortunately for the Mets, den Dekker is a lefty hitter like Nieuwenhuis. The duo would be a quality platoon if one hit from the right side.
The Mets would like to upgrade over Kelly Shoppach, but the price may be right for a return when all is said and done. Ronny Cedeno likely will first look for a starting shortstop job elsewhere.

Lefty reliever Tim Byrdak, whose contract is expiring, likely will be unable to contribute in 2013. He underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder last month. While rookies Josh Edgin and Robert Carson have emerged as viable lefty options in the pen, the Mets also would like to bring in an established southpaw reliever, manager Terry Collins has said.

Team officials maintain anyone will be available in a trade for the right price, with Davis, Dickey, Daniel Murphy, Niese and Bobby Parnell among the pieces that might command the most. The organization, however, is conscious of its lack of power. So team officials recognize they cannot trade Davis, who has 31 homers this season, without getting a comparable power bat in return in that deal or otherwise. The Red Sox reportedly had two scouts at Monday’s Mets-Marlins game, with speculation they were watching Davis.

One major complication with the trade route is the Mets likely cannot swap prospects or some of their marketable younger major leaguers in order to acquire an established player. That is because that would require a bump in payroll that is not available, a team official acknowledged.

Mike Puma in the Post catches up with Jose Reyes, who:

- Believes the Mets will re-sign his ex-teammate Wright. “He has been the face of the franchise for a long time," Reyes said.

- Now understands the Mets letting him go. “When I was a free agent, they were in a tough situation money-wise."

Dickey struck out Adam Greenberg on three pitches Tuesday. Greenberg entered a major league batter's box for the first time since 2005, when he was struck in the head with a pitch in his lone previous plate appearance. Dickey said he treated Greenberg like any other batter, as he had pledged to do entering the outing.

“I wanted him to have his moment. For sure, I tried to give him as much time as I felt like I could before I got on the rubber,” the knuckleballer said. “I think the story far transcends the result of the at-bat. Just like I said before, that was important -- for him and me, I think -- for me to treat him like a big leaguer.”

R.A. Dickey will undergo surgery Oct. 18 in Philadelphia to repair a torn abdominal muscle.

Dickey said he originally injured the muscle on a cold night against the Phillies on April 13. The pain was manageable throughout the season, although he recognized the eventual need for surgery a couple of months ago. In his final 2012 start on Tuesday night, the Cy Young candidate felt the tear potentially worsen in the second inning and gutted through the remainder of his outing.

Jordany Valdespin will play second base in winter ball at the Mets' request, suggesting outfield is not in his immediate future with the organization. Does this Mean the Mets will Trade Daniel Murphy?? We will see....

Also in winter ball, Jeurys Familia actually will serve as a starting pitcher for Gigantes, at the winter-league team's request. The Mets seemed more keen on Familia working as a reliever, which more likely would be his 2013 major league role.

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