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Friday, November 30, 2012

Former Mets Great Mike Piazza Eligible for 2013 Hall of Fame Induction

Former New York Mets’ legend Mike Piazza heads a prestigious class of 24 first-time Baseball Hall of Fame eligible.

Piazza, Craig Biggio, and Curt Schilling are among first-time eligibles. Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines are the top holdover candidates.

Biggio topped the 3,000-hit mark — which always has been considered an automatic credential for Cooperstown — and spent his entire career with the Houston Astros.

Schilling was 216-146 and won three World Series championships, including his “bloody sock” performance for the Boston Red Sox in 2004.

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa are listed on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, setting up an election sure to become a referendum on the Steroids Era.

The 37-player ballot was announced Wednesday.

More than 600 longtime members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will vote through next month. Candidates need 75 percent for induction, and the results will be announced Jan. 9.

Complete List of Eligible Candidates

Rumor Mill: Mets Eyeing Outfielders..... Maybe Pagan Reunion?

Team Reports say the Mets likely will spend for one quality outfielder. One report said don't even rule out a return of Angel Pagan to Flushing, but it's too early to say.... There's no direction yet for how high the market will get for Pagan.

Similarly, Ryan Ludwick and Cody Ross seemingly are two of the more attractive righty-hitting outfielders, but it's unclear where the market will take the bidding.

Other righty hitters on the market include Scott Hairston, Jeff Baker, Austin Kearns, Reed Johnson and Matt Diaz.

As for catcher, the righty-hitting candidates are not overwhelming: ex-Mets Kelly Shoppach, Rod Barajas and Henry Blanco as well as fellow free agents Miguel Olivo, Chris Snyder and Matt Treanor.

Evidence of David Wright's Value


• Wright’s first full season in the majors was 2005. Since that point, he’s clearly been among the elite third basemen in baseball.

David Wright, Since 2005, MLB Rank among 3B
BA .301 2nd
HR 190 4th
RBI 778 2nd
2B 305 1st
XBH 513 1st

• Wright has always had a dynamic blend of power, speed and ability to get on base. In fact, perhaps no third basemen in the Live Ball Era has demonstrated his broad base of skills over such a long period of time.

Most Seasons of 20 HR, 15 SB and .350 OBP
Third Basemen in Live Ball Era (Since 1920)

David Wright 6<<
Alex Rodriguez 5
Mike Schmidt 4
Chipper Jones 3
Toby Harrah 3
>>2005-08, 2010, 2012

• Wright had a renaissance season in many ways in 2012, producing his best season statistically since 2008. As measured by Wins Above Replacement (WAR), Wright was the fourth-most valuable position player in the National League in 2012.

Most Wins Above Replacement
2012 NL Position Players

Buster Posey 7.2
Andrew McCutchen 7.0
Ryan Braun 6.8
David Wright 6.7<<
Yadier Molina 6.7
>>Best season by WAR since 2008 (6.7)

David Wright Reaches Extension Agreement with Mets

According to the US Today,  the club finalized a $138 million contract extension with their third baseman David Wright and all-time hits leader that will keep him in Flushing for the next eight years.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dickey getting shopped not signed? - Upton to Tigers?

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Mets have shown little actual interest in negotiating with Dickey, who is under contract for next season at $5 million.

Instead, they’re discussing him in trades at the GM meetings. If they get the right deal, they will just move on.

Trading Dickey, 38, probably is the right thing for the Mets to do, considering all of their holes.

But the Mets intend to pin this on Dickey, but they first need to make him a substantial offer.

Dickey, the Mets will say, wanted too much in a contract extension, so the team traded him rather than get suckered into a bad deal.

Many have reported that the Mets may have interest in Right Fielder Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade.

But it appears that one executive suggests the Detroit Tigers as a possible darkhorse for Upton.

The Diamondbacks want a shortstop or a third baseman, and the Tigers could offer third-base prospect Nick Castellanos and a combination of other players, including right fielder Avisail Garcia and pitchers Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly.

The Tigers at least have the players to make such a deal happen and Dave Dombrowski according to Fox's Rosenthal is one of the game’s boldest, most aggressive GMs.

Dickey Finalist in NL Cy Young Voting, Nickeas gets Minor League Contract

R.A. Dickey, along with Gio Gonzalez and Clayton Kershaw, are the finalists for the

National League Cy Young Award.

The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Dickey told Newsday extension talks with the Mets had progressed, but a team insider said neither the knuckleballer nor David Wright was close to signing a long-term deal.

• The Mets reportedly have re-signed Mike Nickeas to a minor league contract with spring-training invite.

Mets Assistant Gm Ricco Speaks about decision on Bay, Wright/Dickey Contract Negotiations

Mets Assistant GM John Ricco talked to ESPN's Adam Rubin at the GM Meetings in California.

He talked about a variety of topics including the decision on Jason Bay and the Wright and Dickey Contract talks.

On the talk of Bay,  Ricco said the Mets initiated the Bay buyout talks.

“There were no discussions prior to the season ending. As you guys all lived with him and saw him, he was giving his best right till the end. But it was a difficult time for him and we saw that, and I think at some point decided. But as Sandy said, we really were hopeful to bring him back and see what he could do, but at the end of the day we reached an agreement that really works for both of us.”

"I think it’s safe to say it will help us, but to the extent? I can’t really say," Ricco said. "But what it does do obviously is it clears up a situation, not in a positive way, positive in terms of there’s no lingering doubt as to, ‘Is he going to come back, is he going to be the player he used to be?’ We have some certainty that he’s moved on. Now we know what we need to do and we know who we have, and we’ll have to address that moving forward.”

On Wright talks, Ricco said: “They’re ongoing. We’re still discussing. I’ve been through enough of these that it’s hard to say what’s close, what’s not. We’ve had dialogue, and they kind of have, each of these has a speed to itself. So it’s hard for me to predict. But we’re still in dialogue with him and optimistic we can get something done.”

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Bay, Burke, Nickeas, Mets Baserunning, Duda, Dickey

Mets News and Notes:

Attention Mets Fans: The Mets have bought out Jason Bay, who had been owed $19 million. Terms of the settlement were not immediately available.

The Mets have signed right-handed reliever Greg Burke to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

Burke, 30, split last season between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles organization. He went a combined 3-1 with a 1.53 ERA and 17 saves in 44 appearances.

Burke's lone major league experience came in 2009 with the Padres. He had a 4.14 ERA in 48 relief appearances.

He originally is a product of Gloucester (N.J.) Catholic.

After being outrighted off the 40-man roster, Mike Nickeas has elected free agency, a team official said.

Fred Lewis, who also had been removed from the roster, chose free agency as well.

The Mets currently have catchers Josh Thole and Anthony Recker on the 40-man roster.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Mets off-season plans depend on "The Wright Situation"

The Mets have many holes to fill this off-season..The Mets have needs at catcher, outfield and bullpen, but everything is secondary to completing a deal with Wright, whose agents are continuing discussions with team brass about a long-term contract extension for the All-Star third baseman.

The Mets earlier this week exercised their 2013 option on Wright worth $16 million, but if a long-term deal can’t be struck, there is a real possibility Wright will be traded before next month’s Winter Meetings conclude.

Yesterday a source said negotiations between Wright’s agents, Sam and Seth Levinson, and the Mets were ongoing, but stuck in neutral.

Wright, who will turn 30 next month, is believed to be seeking a seven-year contract in the $125 million range, which, coupled with his picked-up option (at either the current rate or a newly negotiated sum), would give him the largest deal in franchise history.

The Mets also picked up R.A. Dickey’s 2013 option, worth $5 million, earlier this week, but all indications are the team won’t begin serious negotiations with the knuckleballer until Wright’s situation is resolved.

There is the possibility the 38-year-old Dickey would want to know Wright’s status before agreeing to a new contract with the team. Trading Dickey also remains a possibility if a deal can’t be reached with the right-hander.

Former Reds and Nationals GM and ESPN Analysis Jim Bowden described the Mets front office as treating David Wright negotiations in a similar fashion to the way things went with Jose Reyes. Still,  Bowden predicted Wright ultimately would agree to an extension in the neighborhood of seven years, $126 million with the club (presumably on top of the $16 million extension for 2013 that already has been picked up).

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