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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mets Work Out: Matt Harvey Pitches BP to Mets Regulars, Lucas Duda puts on a Home Run Display on Field 7 (Mini Citi Field)

According to Andy McCullough of NJ.com, The Mets spring training highlights of the day occurred on Field 7 (Mini-Citi-Field), where Matt Harvey threw another session of live batting practice.

He faced a group of regulars – David Wright, Jason Bay, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda – but all appeared to be just tracking the baseball. Harvey did plunk Duda in the right leg with an off-speed pitch, but Duda reported no ill will or injured limbs.

Lucas Duda proceeded to detonate baseballs during regular BP. Dozens of baseballs cleared the moved-in fences.

McCullough says that even though it is just batting practice, Duda has been the star of camp thus far. Team officials are almost giddy about his potential for this coming year, especially considering his .957 OPS in the second half of last season.

“Really fun to watch,” catcher Mike Nickeas said Duda finished up his session.

“Unless you’re the opposing pitcher,” Ike Davis cracked.

Lucas Duda's STATS

2011 Regular Season10030138882131050335710.292.370.482.852

Monday, February 27, 2012

Jeff Wilpon buys shirts to motivate Mets Players

The Mets players found another shirt in their lockers after the workout was over.

To motivate the team, Jeff Wilpon ordered orange T-shirts for the entire roster that featured the U-shaped logo from the cartoon series “Underdog,” which aired in the 1960s.

Wright seemed lukewarm on the concept of the shirt. He said: “I don’t really like using the whole Underdog thing. I don’t like playing that card.”

But he said he understood the intent behind them.

“Obviously, the expectations from the outside are low, and understandably so, but we in here kind of have to rally around that and get it going, and I guess at the end of the

Fred Wilpon Speaks Out .....in Port St. Lucie

New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon says he plans on owning the team for a long time despite financial troubles caused by the collapse of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Wilpon said Monday he is optimistic in a favorable outcome in the lawsuit brought by the trustee against the Mets owners to recover money for victims of the scheme.

He expressed optimism that the Mets will host the 2013 All-Star game and said the decision on whether to sign third baseman David Wright to a long-term contract is in the hands of general manager Sandy Alderson.

In regards to the payroll drop the Mets have taken, Wilpon says spending could increase during the season.

For More on what was said go to WFAN.com

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mets Johan Santana takes a big step and throws 72 pitches off mound, feels fine!

Mets left-hander Johan Santana took another big step forward on Sunday afternoon in Mets camp, throwing 72 pitches from a mound without feeling any sort of pain or discomfort in the shoulder that he had surgically repaired back in September of 2010.

According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, Santana is slated to throw long toss on Wednesday of this week before throwing live batting practice to Mets hitters on Friday. If both of those workouts go well, he should be cleared to make his first Grapefruit League appearance March 6 against the Cardinals.

The Mets are hoping that Santana will be able to maintain good health for 20-25 starts this season. The 32-year-old has a sparkling 3.10 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 8.9 K/9 in 339 career major league appearances.

Mets getting a feel for Citi-Field early, pull in the fences at Port St.Lucie

The New York Mets won’t have to wait until opening day to gage how the pulled-in fences at Citi Field will lead to more long balls.

One practice field at their spring training complex replicates those exact dimensions, including before and after markers that illustrate the radical makeover.

At practice Field 7, just outside the main diamond at Digital Domain Park, there’s plenty of room in the power alleys where there’s space to drive a truck between two chain-link fences — a 16-foot high monster that kept balls in play the first three years at Citi Field, and the hitter-friendly 8-foot wall the park will have this season.

The Mets estimate 29 more homers — including both teams — would have been hit last season. So the reconfiguration figures to improve the power profile of a team that was 13th in the NL with 108 homers last year.

It’s no accident the field is adjacent to the main field, there for all to see on a daily basis. All it takes is a bit of imagination.

“I think balls that might have one-hopped the wall last year, I think it’s going to bounce off the wall or maybe even go out,” outfielder Lucas Duda said. “Obviously it’s a chain-link fence vs. a pretty solid wall, but it gives me a chance to kind of get used to the dimensions and get a head start.”

Manager Terry Collins is hopeful that the redone dimensions will do more than lead to home runs. He believes it’ll provide a mental lift for players who might have become pull-happy in the past.

“It’s going to mean a lot because David, right-center is where he made a living,” Collins said. “It’s where he became a star. I think it’s going to be back in his game again.”

Wright hit 14 homers in an injury-shortened 2011, nine of them on the road. Now, he anticipates the splits won’t be so different.

“You want to be rewarded for having good at-bats, hitting the ball hard,” Wright said. “Sometimes you do everything you can possibly do and hit a ball as good as you can, and obviously you get a little frustrated with that.

Mets players skeptical about Ryan Braun's claims that he did not use perfomance enhancing drugs

According to the NY Daily News, deep skepticism about Ryan Braun's claims  that he did not use performance-enhancing drugs pervaded the Mets clubhouse on Friday.

"Ryan Braun is out there saying this shows he is innocent," one Met said. "Does that mean O.J. Simpson is innocent, too?"

Although disagreement between their union and league about Braun left players feeling awkward discussing the issue publicly, many in the Mets' clubhouse were uncomfortable with the N.L. MVP's successful appeal of a 50-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

"Oh, wow," a Mets player said on Friday, after hearing of Braun's chain-of-custody explanation. "That was his defense? Now every positive test is going to be challenged. That could be a mess."

Added a third player: "What a joke."

Another Met said: "Seems like he's guilty."

When it was mentioned to another player that Braun did not have the muscled look of the prototypical steroid user, the player said, "Yeah, but looks can be deceiving. You never know from looking at guys if they are doing something."

Video: Terry Collins thinks the Mets are better than most people think, Optimistic about Santana

Video: Catcher Josh Thole on Mets Moving Forward

Mets News and Notes: Carter, Tejada, Kazmir, Santana

Here are some News and Notes from numerous sources:

  • The Mets will wear a patch this season honoring Gary Carter. Principal owner Fred Wilpon presented the patch — which features the catcher’s No. 8 and home plate — to Carter’s widow, Sandy, during a memorial service Friday for the Hall of Famer. Carter, who died 10 days ago, played for the Mets from 1985-89.
  • Ruben Tejada was scheduled to land in Miami at 3 p.m. yesterday and arrive in town later in the afternoon, meeting the deadline for position players to report to spring training. Collins, who is unhappy Tejada did not report early, said he plans to meet with his shortstop today and clear the air. “I’m not going to yell and scream at Ruben Tejada,” Collins said. 

Prospect RHP Matt Harvey Impresses during Live Batting Practice

According to the NY Post, Matt Harvey’s presence was hard to miss yesterday during the Mets’ first live batting practice session of the spring.

Though the righty fire-baller wasn’t unleashing his best fastball, he kept the Mets off balance enough to earn a salute from Ike Davis, who was over matched by a Harvey slider.
 “His mechanics are real smooth,” Davis said. “I’d like to see him when he’s in a game, throwing 97 [mph] like he can. With that movement it would be pretty nasty.”
Harvey, the team’s top draft choice in 2010, likely is not competing for a spot on the major league roster, but will be watched closely this spring as the Mets try to assess his growth. Harvey progressed from Single-A to Double-A last season.
“I truly believe in the process,” manager Terry Collins said. “There’s a fine line of making sure you don’t put somebody in a position where they’re going to fail, so we’re going to let him pitch and as we go along we’ll make decisions we believe will be best for him.”

Friday, February 24, 2012

Judge will decide by March 5th if the Madoff-Mets case needs to go further

According to the Associated Press, A judge said Thursday he'll decide by March 5 if a trial is necessary to decide if the owners of the New York Mets were willfully blind to the multibillion-dollar fraud by financier Bernard Madoff.

US District Judge Jed Rakoff heard arguments from lawyers for more than two hours, questioning both sides at length. Afterward, he announced he'll take a few more days to decide whether a March 19 trial is necessary to decide the validity of claims by a trustee recovering money for cheated investors.

The court-appointed trustee, Irving Picard, sued the Mets owners, saying they had to know Madoff was acting illegally. Rakoff has already limited what the team's owners might have to pay to other Madoff investors to $386 million. The trustee had sought $1 billion.

Lenny Dykstra permitted to attend Gary Carter's Funeral

According to the NY Post, Former Mets star Lenny Dykstra will be permitted to attend the funeral of teammate Gary Carter.

Dykstra, who is under house arrest in Los Angeles on allegations of bankruptcy fraud and embezzlement, filed papers with a judge earlier this week in an attempt to attend Carter’s funeral Friday, according to TMZ.com.

The judge signed off on Dykstra’s request, allowing him to attend Carter’s funeral in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Dykstra and Carter were teammates on the Mets from 1985-89 and played pivotal roles on the 1986 World Series-winning team. Carter’s two-out single in the 10th inning of Game 6 in 1986 ignited a Mets rally that forced Game 7 against the Red Sox.

Carter died last week after a battle with brain cancer. He was 57.

In addition to Dykstra, Keith Hernandez, Rusty Staub, Wally Backman, Tim Teufel, Howard Johnson, Roger McDowell, Mookie Wilson, Sid Fernandez, Darryl Strawberry and Bob Ojeda are expected to pay their respects to Carter.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Carlos Beltran agrees to pay for Jon Niese's New Nose

According to the NY Post, Carlos Beltran will pay the $10,000 debt owed on Jon Niese's New Nose.

When Beltran overheard Mets starter Jonathan Niese talking about getting a nose job, the then-Mets outfielder agreed to pay if he went through with it.

So Niese took him up on the offer and sent the bill to his former teammate.

The 25-year old left-hander told reporters, “Carlos and I were joking around about it, and he said he wanted me to get a new nose. Yeah, he’ll pay. I sent him the bill.“

Hearing on Thursday could predict Mets Owners Fate in Madoff Case

According to the NY Times, Lawyers for the Mets’ owners and the trustee for the victims of Bernard L. Madoff’s fraud will meet in Manhattan federal court on Thursday, less than a month before a jury trial is scheduled to start.

Both sides have filed motions for summary judgment and a federal judge could decide from the bench and potentially make significant rulings in the multi-million-dollar case against the Mets’ owners.

The legal fight has lasted more than a year. It started in federal bankruptcy court and moved to district court. In total, it has produced thousands of pages of legal filings.

The stakes are high. Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, brothers-in-law and Mets’ co-owners, could be held liable at trial for $83 million to $386 million — and possibly more depending on future appeals.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mets SS Ruben Tejada expected in camp Friday or Saturday

Even though Ruben Tejada is not in camp, his status on the team is not in doubt. Once he arrives, he will be the club’s starting shortstop. But since he isn’t here, and since Collins is open about his own “selfishness” in wanting his players to be here, Tejada’s absence is notable.

“I take great pride in the game itself, and respecting the game itself,” Collins said. “And I wish everybody had the same respect for it, that they wanted to get started as early as possible.”

Tejada, 22, has yet to obtain his visa to travel to the United States. He will visit the embassy in Panama on Thursday, both the Mets and Tejada’s camp confirmed. He is expected to arrive either on Friday or Saturday. The Mets insist they applied for the visa months ago. Tejada was scheduled to go pick up the forms last week, he found the office closed for a holiday. Thus, the delay.

“I know Ruben will come in great shape,” Collins said. “I know he’ll be ready to go. I just wish he was here.”

Mets have completed the sale of seven minority shares, one investor might be Steve Cohen

According to Steve Marcus of the Ny Newsday, the Mets have completed the sale of seven minority shares of the team for $20 million each, a person familiar with the process said Wednesday.

The source said the seven units are "signed and sealed." Another source identified one of the investors as billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen.

The Mets declined to comment on the status of the sales or Cohen's involvement. A spokesman for Cohen declined to comment.

The club has said it intends to sell 10 units, for a total of $200 million, to pay off existing loans and help with operating expenses during the upcoming season. No timetable was given for an announcement of the agreements. A person with knowledge of the situation has said the investors have been vetted by Major League Baseball.

Santana will miss Pitcher's fundy drills to prepare for next bullpen session

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  Johan Santana will not be with the rest of his pitching peers,  who will be doing fundy drills at 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Terry Collins said Santana will go through a relatively standard spring training, but he will be given ample time to prepare for bullpen sessions and other pitching work without having to be burdened by drills.

Santana is scheduled to toss his third bullpen session of spring training at about 11:30 a.m. Tomorrow.

Ike Davis sent to New York to see doctors, but cleared to play

Ike Davis traveled to New York to have a follow-up related to his spring-training physical. Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday afternoon that Davis already had been cleared there to resume practicing Thursday in Port St. Lucie.

Collins did not specify the nature of the issue. A team spokesman said it is unrelated to last year's ankle issue.

"They wanted to do a double-check on some things," Collins said. "We got a report back that he can resume practice tomorrow and will be OK."

Mets to watch Scott Kazmir Friday

Sandy Alderson said via Twitter that the Mets will watch free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir throw on Friday.

"We have an open mind but a spot on the major league staff right away is not realistic," Alderson said.

Buster Olney reports the Mets are one of six finalists for Kazmir's services.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Large contingent of current and former Mets players will be attending Gary Carter's Memorial Friday

A large contingent of current and former Mets players are planning to attend Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter's memorial service Friday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

General manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins will make the short ride down to Palm Beach Gardens with a group of current players, including David Wright, Jon Niese, Josh Thole and Bobby Parnell. Carter's former teammates Wally Backman, Sid Fernandez, Keith Hernandez, Howard Johnson, Roger McDowell, Rusty Staub, Darryl Strawberry, Tim Teufel and Mookie Wilson are also expected to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the Carter family has requested that donations be made to The Gary Carter Foundation, 580 Village Blvd., Suite 315, West Palm Beach, FL, 33409. Donations will go to support the Autism Project of Palm Beach County, Hospice of Palm Beach County and Palm Beach Atlantic University Baseball.

Mets Manager Terry Collins gave his State-of-the-Mets address

Terry Collins gave his state-of-the-Mets address This morning in Port St. Lucie. Here is a complete outline of what was said:
  •  Johan Santana's health is the most important thing this camp will determine. "In my mind, he'll be ready," Collins said about Santana being ready for Opening Day. Collins said he hopes to get 25 to 28 starts from Santana this season, with the southpaw getting skipped or pushed back at times during the season if he's healthy to ease him back to a full major league season after he missed 2011. Collins noted that with several team off-days in April, currently five of Santana's first six starts would be on an extra day of rest without the need to juggle the rotation. 
  • Collins reiterated that new center fielder Andres Torres is very likely his leadoff hitter, with Daniel Murphy and Ruben Tejada really the only alternatives. Murphy is locked in at second base (and probably as the No. 2 hitter), with the only thing that can disrupt Murphy being the Opening Day starter an injury. On days Torres does not play, Scott Hairston will be the backup center fielder. And when Ike Davis is off, Justin Turner will man first base. Turner has not seen any major league action at first base, and has made only one appearance in the minors there -- with Billings in 2006. The bottom line, though, is that with Ronny Cedeno as a backup middle infielder, Turner needs the versatility to maximize his usefulness. And the Mets don't want to shuttle Lucas Duda or Murphy to first base occasionally since they're learning new positions. 
  •  Collins cited the sixth and seventh slots in the bullpen, the bench and catcher as the primary battles in camp. Mike Nickeas is the logical frontrunner for the backup catcher position behind Josh Thole, but needs to prove in camp he can hit at a minimal acceptable level for the majors. Collins said Nickeas has worked to shorten his swing, which should help. "The days he plays we can't be hitting for him in the fifth inning," Collins said. Collins added that Rob Johnson and Lucas May, whom Collins knows from the Dodgers organization, are viable competitors to Nickeas. 

Johan Santana's second bullpen session goes well, Mets Eye Spring Opener for Return

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, the Mets are eyeing the March 5 Grapefruit League opener against the Washington Nationals in Port St. Lucie for Johan Santana's return to game action.

Getting the nod for the first inning of exhibition play isn't any particular honor being bestowed upon Santana. Instead, it merely lines him up for working every fifth day, then pitching Opening Day on April 5 against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (One extra day is worked into the schedule to allow for a rainout along the way.)

Santana threw his second bullpen session of spring training Tuesday. He resumed throwing off a mound after a winter hiatus.

Ex-Mets Equipment Manager Samuels Pleas Guilty to Charges

Kleptomaniac and ex-Mets clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels dodged prison today by admitting he lined his pockets after swiping and selling millions of dollars worth of signed team hats, jerseys and other souvenirs.

Samuels, 52, who was banned for life from CitiField and the Mets’ spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to repay about $50,000 in back taxes and restitution to the team and Queens DA’s office.

The Amazins’ longtime clubhouse boss pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of tax fraud.

He had to cough up a nearly $25,000 partial payment to get out of Queens Criminal Court today, and was also ordered to pay the Queens DA’s office $15,000 to cover the cost of the investigation.

Samuels, who spent almost his entire adult life working for the Mets, was also accused of falsifying business records so he could skim $25,000 off meal money the Mets provide to umpires, and of cheating on his city and state taxes to save $24,000 over two years by not declaring the tips players gave him.

Monday, February 20, 2012

2012 MLB Wins Overs/Unders, Mets 74.5 Wins?

The Philadelphia Phillies have the highest total at 95 ½, with the Detroit Tigers (94), Texas Rangers (94) and New York Yankees (93) not far behind. Bringing up the rear (by a whopping eight games) is the Houston Astros, with a total set at an absurdly low 62 ½ wins.

Odds from BetOnline:

Arizona Diamondbacks 84 ½
Atlanta Braves 85 ½
Baltimore Orioles 71
Boston Red Sox 87 ½
Chicago Cubs 73 ½
Chicago White Sox 77 ½
Cincinnati Reds 87
Cleveland Indians 75 ½
Colorado Rockies 81 ½
Detroit Tigers 94
Houston Astros 62 ½
Kansas City Royals 78 ½ (-119 under)
Los Angeles Angels 89 ½ (-125 over)
Los Angeles Dodgers 81 ½ (-125 under)
Miami Marlins 82 ½ (-130 over)
Milwaukee Brewers 81 ½
Minnesota Twins 74

Pic of the Day: Prospect Zach Wheeler long tossing in the outfield

Jon Niese gets a nose job thanks to Carlos Beltran

Before Carlos Beltran was traded to the San Francisco Giants last July, he playfully told New York Mets left-hander Jon Niese, "Hey, we need to get you a new nose."

Beltran offered to pay. Now he might be finding a bill in the mail soon, according to Niese.

Originally motivated by aesthetics, Niese got a nose job in October.

"He wanted me to have a new nose," Niese said about Beltran. "So he offered to pay for it. I was just like, 'All right.' Then it turned into seeing doctors and to getting it fixed."

An originally unintended byproduct of the rhinoplasty procedure is improved breathing, Niese said Monday, upon reporting to Mets camp.

"It's helped a lot with my running," he said. "It helps with my working out. As far as the mound, I'm not sure."

Niese, 25, ended last season on the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle on his right side. He went 11-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 27 appearances (26 starts).

Niese is entrenched in the 2012 rotation that also is projected to include Johan Santana, R.A. Dickey, Mike Pelfrey and Dillon Gee.

"I wouldn't consider myself a veteran," Niese said. "But it feels good to have a couple of years under my belt. Now it's just taking it easy and going about my business as usual."

Montreal Council votes to honor Gary Carter

The Montreal City Council voted on Monday to name a street or other place in the city after Gary Carter as a memorial tribute, the Montreal Gazette reported.

“Gary Carter was so associated with the Montreal Expos. His death was like the Expos were leaving for a second time,” Richard Bergeron, leader of the Montreal political party Projet MontrĂ©al, told the newspaper. “If Montreal is still a baseball city, it’s largely thanks to Gary Carter."

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Video: Mets give their favorite memories of Gary Carter

David Wright, Josh Thole and Tim Teufel give their favorite memories of Gary Carter.

Empire State Building lit up orange and blue last night in honor of Gary Carter (photo)

Empire State Building was lit up orange and blue last night in memory of Gary Carter. Photo courtesy Tom Kaminski CBS Chopper880..

Mets have "no interest" in pitcher Scott Kazmir at this time

David Lennon of New York Newsday reports that the Mets have no interest in Scott Kazmir "at this time."

Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Kazmir averaged 86-89 mph and topped out at 91 mph while throwing for approximately 10 teams Friday in Houston. The Mets were mentioned as a possible suitor earlier this week, but Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog.com was told that they were not in attendance.

Still, it wouldn't be surprising if the 28-year-old southpaw landed a minor league pact from someone.

Mets Owners ask judge again to dismiss $386 Million lawsuit

The owners of the New York Mets asked a judge again to dismiss a $386 million lawsuit by the liquidator of Bernard Madoff’s brokerage, saying he distorted the law by alleging they were willfully blind to the fraud.

Madoff trustee Irving Picard hasn’t offered evidence that they believed fraud was probable and deliberately avoided looking into it, they said in a filing yesterday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Separately, the trustee asked the judge to let him claim $83 million from the Mets owners.

Mets Johan Santana throws 27 Pitches Friday, feels good

Andy McCullough of the Star Ledger reported that the curtain on this camp’s main attraction raised at eight minutes past noon Friday, when Mets manager Terry Collins noticed a gigantic gray vessel hovering toward Digital Domain Park. He spotted the GOODYEAR logo and began to howl.

Just another set of eyes observing his team’s most prized possession, Johan Santana, as he took the mound for the first time since last fall.

“Sandy, you don’t think this is a big day?” Collins called out to his general manager. Sandy Alderson, sporting an orange Mets cap, ambled onto the grass in left field. “They brought in the blimp for this!”

As he stretched, Santana shook his head at the gathering crowd of reporters and team officials.“You’re acting like I’ve never thrown a baseball before,” he said. Alderson then looked skyward at the blimp and said to his rehabbing ace, “I hope your agent’s paying for that.”

They all could laugh in those cautious moments before Santana toed the rubber, and they all would rave after his 27-pitch bullpen session ended without incident. All optimistic declarations, of course, must be tempered by this knowledge: Santana still has to prove his surgically repaired left shoulder can handle the strain of pitching every five days. There is no guarantee this is possible.

So a lively bullpen session, one which left his manager giddy, means only so much. The biggest tests for Santana occur today, the day after he throws, when he discovers how his arm feels and decides whether he can complete his usual work.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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Audio: Darryl Strawberry talks to Mike Francesa about the passing of Gary Carter

Former Mets Outfielder Darryl Strawberry talks to WFAN's Mike Francesa about the passing of Gary Carter

Audio: Mets GM Talks to Mike Francesa about the 2012 Mets Spring Training

Mets GM Sandy Alderson talks to WFAN's Mike Francesa about 2012 Mets going into Spring Training

2012 New York Mets 40 Man Roster with New Uniform Numbers

2012 New York Mets 40-Man Roster with New Uniform Numbers

New York Mets 40-man Roster
# Pitchers B/T Ht Wt DOB
46 Manny Acosta R-R 6'4" 215 May 1, 1981
27 Pedro Beato R-R 6'4" 220 Oct 27, 1986
40 Tim Byrdak L-L 5'11" 190 Oct 31, 1973
77 D.J. Carrasco R-R 6'4" 215 Apr 12, 1977
73 Robert Carson L-L 6'3" 220 Jan 23, 1989
43 R.A. Dickey R-R 6'2" 220 Oct 29, 1974
75 Jeurys Familia R-R 6'3" 185 Oct 10, 1989
48 Frank Francisco R-R 6'2" 250 Sep 11, 1979
35 Dillon Gee R-R 6'1" 205 Apr 28, 1986
53 Jeremy Hefner R-R 6'4" 215 Mar 11, 1986
32 Jenrry Mejia R-R 6'0" 205 Oct 11, 1989
49 Jon Niese L-L 6'4" 215 Oct 27, 1986
39 Bobby Parnell R-R 6'4" 200 Sep 8, 1984
34 Mike Pelfrey R-R 6'7" 250 Jan 14, 1984
52 Ramon Ramirez R-R 5'11" 200 Aug 31, 1981
60 Jon Rauch R-R 6'10" 290 Sep 27, 1978
66 Armando Rodriguez R-R 6'3" 250 Jan 28, 1988
57 Johan Santana L-L 6'0" 210 Mar 13, 1979
63 Chris Schwinden R-R 6'3" 215 Sep 22, 1986
64 Josh Stinson R-R 6'4" 210 Mar 14, 1988
# Catchers B/T Ht Wt DOB
4 Mike Nickeas R-R 6'0" 215 Feb 13, 1983
30 Josh Thole L-R 6'1" 215 Oct 28, 1986
# Infielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
13 Ronny Cedeno R-R 6'0" 190 Feb 2, 1983
29 Ike Davis L-L 6'4" 230 Mar 22, 1987
71 Wilmer Flores R-R 6'3" 175 Aug 6, 1991
74 Reese Havens L-R 6'1" 195 Oct 20, 1986
65 Zach Lutz R-R 6'1" 222 Jun 3, 1986
28 Daniel Murphy L-R 6'2" 205 Apr 1, 1985
3 Josh Satin R-R 6'2" 200 Dec 23, 1984
11 Ruben Tejada R-R 5'11" 185 Oct 27, 1989
2 Justin Turner R-R 6'0" 210 Nov 23, 1984
61 Jordany Valdespin L-R 6'0" 190 Dec 23, 1987
5 David Wright R-R 6'0" 210 Dec 20, 1982
# Outfielders B/T Ht Wt DOB
44 Jason Bay R-R 6'2" 210 Sep 20, 1978
21 Lucas Duda L-R 6'4" 255 Feb 3, 1986
12 Scott Hairston R-R 6'0" 205 May 25, 1980
76 Juan Lagares R-R 6'1" 175 Mar 17, 1989
72 Kirk Nieuwenhuis L-R 6'3" 215 Aug 7, 1987
67 Cesar Puello R-R 6'2" 195 Apr 1, 1991
56 Andres Torres S-R 5'9" 200 Jan 26, 1978
  • * Not on Active Roster
  • ** Not on 40-Man Roster

Mets starting to put up the outfield fences at Citi Field (Photos)

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson thinks the Mets are better than most people think

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is feeling some heat for the team’s drastic reduction in payroll and a couple of his tongue-in-cheek jabs about the franchise’s frugality on Twitter.

However, he doesn’t believe the 2012 season will be the lost cause many expect it to be for the Mets.

“Look, I think we all once in a while have to chuckle at ourselves and how we’re perceived. By no means am I making light of where we are as a franchise,” Alderson told WFAN radio in New York. “I will say that everything we do currently is kind of interpreted through that financial lens. It is absurd in many instances, but what I’ve tried to do is inject a little humor into the last couple of weeks of the offseason.

“Once we get to spring training, we’ll be almost all business. I think Mets fans have a sense of humor. I think they’re passionate and I certainly don’t want to offend that passion. Three months from now that financial picture could be a lot clearer and a lot brighter. In the meantime, we’re going to spring training and I think we’ll have a far more interesting team to watch than many people have felt.”

Video: Daniel Murphy talks Spring Training, Teufel talks about 2B

Daniel Murphy talks about the Mets chances getting into the play-offs and about playing second this season.

Jose Reyes feels bad for Mets, comes to grip with their decision

Dan Martin of the NY Post caught up with Jose Reyes who said he's come to grips with the way his days with the Mets came to an end, but it's still tough for him to take.

"I understand it's a tough situation for the organization," said Reyes, who signed a six-year free-agent contract with the Marlins in December after the cash-strapped Mets decided they couldn't afford him and opted to not make him a lowball offer. "What they're going through isn't easy and that's why I was hurt at the beginning. But with the problems they have, I get it. I feel bad for them."

And he still doesn't quite get why they didn't come up with any offer at all.

"At least come to me and say, 'This is what we have,'" Reyes said Thursday while at a Marlins charity golf tournament at Miccosukee Golf and Country Club. "Make a push. Even if it's not what I'm looking for, show me you still want me."

But as some of his former Mets teammates worked out a couple of hours to the north, Reyes was ready for his new start with the Marlins.

Mets sending scout to see former prospect Scott Kazmir

Scott Kazmir has not been getting a lot of attention from teams as he attempts to make a comeback, and understandably so.

He hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 3 of last season, when he lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up five runs for the Angels.

Before that, he had fallen off badly after the Tampa Bay Rays traded him to Los Angeles in 2009.  He’s getting a little bit of attention now, however, from his original team the New York Mets, reports the New York Daily News.

The Mets planned to send a scout to a scheduled showcase in Houston for the team’s former top draft pick, Scott Kazmir, a club insider said Wednesday.

Mets Hall of Fame Catcher Gary Carter dies at age 57

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter died Thursday following a lengthy battle with
brain cancer. He was 57.

Best known for his role on the 1986 World Series champion Mets and for his 10-year run with the Expos that preceded it, Carter had been battling cancer since doctors discovered inoperable tumors on his brain in May 2011, diagnosing him with grade 4 glioblastoma. His condition took a turn for the worse when an MRI exam revealed new tumors in January.

Carter passed at 4:10 p.m. ET, according to an entry on his family's online journal.

"He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad," Carter's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers, wrote on the journal. "I believe with all my heart that Dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus."

Carter hit 324 home runs over a 19-year run with the Expos, Mets, Giants and Dodgers, finishing his career back where he started, in Montreal in 1992. He entered the Hall of Fame in 2003 with an Expos cap, on a plaque referring to his "signature smile" and clutch hitting.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Video: Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Dillon Gee from Port St. Lucie

Ike Davis, Dillon Gee, and Daniel Murphy talk about the the upcoming season and spring training.

Selig giving Mets Ownership the wait and see approach about their finances

According to FoxSports.com's  Ken Rosenthal, the Mets ownership is getting the Selig’s wait-and-see approach, while this may be frustrating to many Mets fans, is no different than his approach on most issues. He prefers teams to resolve their own problems, without interference from the commissioner.

Selig is betting that the Mets’ picture will become clearer over the next several months — and he indeed may be proved correct.

The way the Mets see it, they are on the verge of raising $200 million from minority investors. That money will help them pay back a $25 million loan to baseball, a $40 million bridge loan to Bank of America and part of a $375 million loan on the team.

The Mets also believe they will prevail over Irving Picard, the trustee for the victims of Bernard L. Madoff. Picard initially sought $1 billion in claims against Wilpon and his co-owner, Saul Katz, but U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff already has knocked down that figure.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A's sign OF Yoenis Cespedes instead of Marlins

The Athletics continued their off-season stockpiling of young talent with the ultimate free agent addition, signing 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year, $36MM contract that allows him to reach free agency at its conclusion.

Yahoo's Tim Brown first reported the agreement, while Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle added financial details and the yearly breakdown. Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group represents Cespedes.

Mr. Met helps load up the equipment for Spring Training (Photos)

Santana Long Tossing as Terry Collins Watches, expects to make 25 starts

Johan Santana played long toss from a distance of 175 feet on Monday in Mets camp.

Mets manager Terry Collins said the rehabbing left-hander "looked great." Santana is expected to throw off a mound by the end of this week and should only be a few steps behind the other starters in Mets camp when spring training opens for pitchers and catchers in five days. He's aiming to make around 25 starts in 2012.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Josh Lewin is the leading candidate to replace Wayne Hagin in Mets radio booth

According to NY Newsday, Josh Lewin has emerged as the leading candidate to succeed Wayne Hagin alongside Howie Rose in the Mets' radio booth.

Lewin, 43, has called games locally and nationally in several sports, notably for the baseball Rangers. Hagin, whose contract was not renewed, joined Rose in 2008 after Tom McCarthy left to join the Phillies' television broadcast team.

Mayor Bloomburg not interested in buying the Mets

Mayor Michael Bloomberg could afford to buy the Mets, but that's one job that he's not looking to step into after he leaves City Hall.

The mayor was asked by a reporter on Wednesday if he'd be interested in buying the team.

Bloomberg said he enjoys attending Mets games, but he can't figure out "why anybody wants to own a sports team." He said he already faces tough scrutiny from the press without owning a team.

The Mets have been in financial turmoil following three seasons of losing records at Citi Field and a lawsuit filed by the trustee seeking to recover money for victims of the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. A trial is scheduled for next month; the trustee is seeking $386 million.

Mets Owners will appeal in US Supreme Court

Fred Wilpon and family want the U.S. Supreme Court to change how the trustee is determining winners and losers in the massive Ponzi scheme, Newsday reports.

The Wilpons essentially claim that because they had $500 million on statements with Bernard Madoff when he was arrested and shut down, they lost that amount.

However, lower courts largely have validated trustee Irving Picard's method for determining winners and losers. According to Picard, if you invested more money than you withdrew, you were a net loser. And if you withdrew more money than you invested, you're a winner, even if you thought you had more. If Picard were to rely on Madoff's fictitious statements to investors, pretty much everybody would be a winner, in essence, and there would be nobody who made off relatively OK to collect money from to distribute to people who lost principal.

Updated odds to win 2012 World Series, NL/AL Pennants

Odds to Win 2012 World Series by Vegas Insider

The Phillies lead every team in the MLB with 9/2 odds.. The Yankees are behind them with 6/1 odds, and the Angels with Mr. Pujols are 8/1.. The Mets are a 100/1 Long Shot and Mr. Reyes and Mr. Ramirez in Miami are still 30/1 long shots as well..

Team                  Odds
Philadelphia Phillies-9/2
New York Yankees-6/1
Los Angeles Angels-8/1
Boston Red Sox-8/1
Texas Rangers-8/1
Detroit Tigers-10/1
San Francisco Giants-15/1
Tampa Bay Rays-15/1
Atlanta Braves-15/1
St Louis Cardinals-20/1
Cincinnati Reds-20/1
Arizona Diamondbacks-20/1
Kansas City Royals-30/1
Milwaukee Brewers-30/1
Washington Nationals-30/1
Chicago Cubs-30/1
Los Angeles Dodgers-30/1
Miami Marlins-30/1
Colorado Rockies-40/1
Toronto Blue Jays-40/1
Cleveland Indians-60/1
Minnesota Twins-80/1
Pittsburgh Pirates-100/1
New York Mets-100/1
Chicago White Sox-100/1
Seattle Mariners-100/1
Baltimore Orioles-100/1
San Diego Padres-150/1
Oakland Athletics-200/1
Houston Astros-300/1

The Mets have "pretty much stopped pursuing" left-handed hitting outfielders

The Mets have “pretty much stopped pursuing” left-handed hitting outfielders, Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets.

The Mets had been linked to free agents such as Raul Ibanez, Kosuke Fukudome and Johnny Damon, but it now appears that they’ll take a wait-and-see approach.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

2012 Prospect Watch - Mets Top 20 Prospects

Zach Wheeler heads the List
Here is the Official Mets Top 20 Prospect list from MLB.com
  1. RHP- Zach Wheeler
  2. RHP - Matt Harvey
  3. RHP - Jeurys Familia
  4. OF - Brandon Nimmo
  5. OF - Cesar Puello
  6. SS/3B - Wilmer Flores
  7. 2B/SS - Reese Havens
  8. RHP - Michael Fulmer
  9. 2B/SS - Jordany Valdespin
  10. RHP - Rafael Montero
  11. OF - Kirk Nieuwenhaus
  12. RHP - Domingo Tappa
  13. OF - Juan Lagares
  14. LHP - Juan Urbina
  15. OF - Cory Vaughn
  16. OF - Matt Den Dekker
  17. SS- Danny Muno
  18. OF - Darrell Ceciliani
  19. LHP - Darin Gorski
  20. RHP - Cory Mazzoni
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