Friday, December 28, 2012

Mets sign LHP Laffey to a Minor League Deal



The Mets signed left-hander Aaron Laffey to a Minor League contract and invited him to Spring Training, the team announced Thursday.

Laffey went 4-6 with a 4.56 ERA in 22 games with the Toronto Blue Jays last season, including 16 starts. He also made 11 starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, going 3-5 with a 4.52 ERA. Over a six-year big league career with the Indians, Mariners, Yankees and Blue Jays, Laffey has produced a 4.38 ERA in 148 appearances, including 65 starts.

The 27-year-old could compete for the vacant fifth slot in New York's starting rotation, though general manager Sandy Alderson has said he will take a hard look at more expensive free-agent candidates who would command a guaranteed job. The Mets had a full starting five until they traded R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays earlier this month.

Laffey could also compete with fellow lefties Josh Edgin, Robert Carson and Darin Gorski for a job in the bullpen, or provide rotation depth in the Minors.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Commentary: Are the Mets Scrap-heaping in 2013?


Holiday Greetings to all!  Here is my Holiday Rant!

The New York Mets have done nothing but trade the NL Cy-Young R.A. Dickey, which I thought was a much needed move here. We got back the possible Piazza-ish catcher the Mets have lacked over the years.. The Mets also have a immediate future of   Wheeler, Niese, Harvey, Syndergaard, Gee which looks good.  But now the Mets in 2013 need at least a fifth starter...

The trade of Syndergaard looks good even though made inappropriate comments, his talent much warranted..


Scouting Report:
The towering Syndergaard spent all of 2012 in A-level Lansing, striking out 122 batters in 103 innings while racking up an eye-opening 1.08 WHIP. The move to New York means he's no longer a sleeper candidate, and now that he's an NL talent, he's even more appealing. 

When this imposing righthander arrives, it'll be thanks to the plus command he shows with his decent 94mph fastball and near-plus curve. Of course, as with any young pitcher, it'll be the quality of his developing change that will determine whether he's an ace or a middle-of-the-pack starter a year or two from now. He should see AA action in 2013. 

But when are the Mets going to make a statement move towards 2013 besides locking up David Wright, which was the right (no pun intended) thing to do..

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Rumor Mill: Mets still looking for Starting Pitching


Well, the Mets who were in pursuit of starting pitching after the departure of R.A. Dickey have lost out on Francisco Liriano to the Pittsburgh Pirates for big bucks considering. The Mets were hoping to land the big lefty on a one year contract..

So now the Mets are continuing their ongoing search for a fifth starter. The Mets according to Marc Carig of New York Newsday are in pursuit of RHP Carl Pavano. He also tweets that he hears the Mets also have interest in Shawn Marcum and Chris Young.

Free agent left-hander Joe Saunders is talking to the  Orioles, Mariners, and Padres according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The Mets have expressed interest in him, but again he is looking for a multi year contract.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Rumor Mill: Grady Sizemore, Francisco Liriano, and Carl Pavano on Mets Radar



The Mets don’t have a legitimate everyday outfielder at this point. So far they have Mike Baxter, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda (wrist injury) and newly acquired Collin Cowhill, who are all mostly going to be platoon players.. The Mets are hitting the recycling bin once more by having interest in someone who hasn’t played in the majors since September 22, 2011,  former Indian Grady Sizemore..

SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt hears that the Mets are “very interested” in free agent outfielder Grady Sizemore. The 30-year-old didn’t play at all with the Indians in 2012 and is expected to be out until midseason next year following microfracture surgery on his right knee in September, so patience will be required by any team that signs him.

After having micro-fracture surgery on both of his knees since 2010, his days as a center fielder are likely over. Chances are he’ll have to settle for a one-year deal with a low guarantee or possibly a minor league deal.

Sizemore's Career:
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
2004 21 CLE AL 43 159 138 15 34 6 2 4 24 2 0 14 34 .246
2005 22 CLE AL 158 706 640 111 185 37 11 22 81 22 10 52 132 .289
2006 23 CLE AL 162 751 655 134 190 53 11 28 76 22 6 78 153 .290
2007 24 CLE AL 162 748 628 118 174 34 5 24 78 33 10 101 155 .277
2008 25 CLE AL 157 745 634 101 170 39 5 33 90 38 5 98 130 .268
2009 26 CLE AL 106 503 436 73 108 20 6 18 64 13 8 60 92 .248
2010 27 CLE AL 33 140 128 15 27 6 2 0 13 4 2 9 35 .211
2011 28 CLE AL 71 295 268 34 60 21 1 10 32 0 2 18 85 .224
8 Yrs 892 4047 3527 601 948 216 43 139 458 134 43 430 816 .269
162 Game Avg. 162 735 641 109 172 39 8 25 83 24 8 78 148 .269
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/21/2012.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dodgers have Parnell on the trade radar??


According to John Heyman of CBS Sports,  sources suggest the Dodgers are considering a variety of relievers, and could also make a play for either Indians closer Chris Perez or Mets reliever Bobby Parnell instead of  Pirates Closer Hanrahan (Red Sox also have interest).

The Pirates are willing to consider trading Hanrahan, as they have re-signed Jason Grilli, who could close. The bullpen has been a Pirates strength in recent years.


The Dodgers would prefer a left-hander, but many of their best choices appear to be right-handers -- including Hanrahan, Perez and Parnell.

OF Andre Ethier has been mentioned on the block. Can the Mets pull of a deal with the Dodgers??? Is he a right handed hitting power hitter?  No, but it is a power threat and he is in the prime of his career..

Ethier's Stats:
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
2006 24 LAD NL 126 441 396 50 122 20 7 11 55 5 5 34 77 .308
2007 25 LAD NL 153 507 447 50 127 32 2 13 64 0 4 46 68 .284
2008 26 LAD NL 141 596 525 90 160 38 5 20 77 6 3 59 88 .305
2009 27 LAD NL 160 685 596 92 162 42 3 31 106 6 4 72 116 .272
2010 28 LAD NL 139 585 517 71 151 33 1 23 82 2 1 59 102 .292
2011 29 LAD NL 135 551 487 67 142 30 0 11 62 0 1 58 103 .292
2012 30 LAD NL 149 618 556 79 158 36 1 20 89 2 2 50 124 .284
7 Yrs 1003 3983 3524 499 1022 231 19 129 535 21 20 378 678 .290
162 Game Avg. 162 643 569 81 165 37 3 21 86 3 3 61 110 .290
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/20/2012.

Ethier is set to make $10.9 Million and is under contract to 2017.. Click Here for more

Starters RHP Aaron Harang and LHP Chris Cappuano have been also mentioned available... The Mets do need starting pitching help , especially in the 5th spot of the rotation..

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Mets need to get Scott Hairston Back!


The Mets pulled off a small move getting Collin Cowgill from the A's yesterday as they move to build the 2013 Mets Offense.. Cowgill's upside is he plays all three outfield positions and he hits lefties at a .298 clip.. The Mets are going to give Mr. Cowgill the go , but is that enough?


The Mets need to sign Scott Hairston or someone with similar righty pop that the Mets vs lefties lack that can make the difference... The Mets were 21-38 vs lefties and most of those wins were contributed by Hairston's ability to mash lefties..  Hairston hit .286, with 11 HR's and 30 RBI's

There have been reports that Scott Hairston wants to comeback to the Mets , but the Mets do not want to cave in and give a 2yr contract... With Jason Bay out of the picture this can give Hairston a better shot at better numbers..

He is probably the Mets best option out there to fit the Mets budget and needs at this time. Cody Ross would have to rank as the second outfielder that I would consider, but don't think he wants to be here.

Another option as a bench player I would not mind seeing in a Mets uniform and who might not cost much is OF/IF Alfredo Amezaga..Who is a free agent.. He is not a power hitting outfielder, but a fiesty, switch hitting, slap hitting utility player who can almost anywhere..

Hairston's Numbers:
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA
2004 24 ARI NL 101 364 339 39 84 15 6 13 29 3 3 21 88 .248
2005 25 ARI NL 15 20 20 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .100
2006 26 ARI NL 9 16 15 2 6 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 5 .400
2007 27 TOT NL 107 294 263 37 64 18 2 11 36 2 0 26 55 .243
2007 27 ARI NL 76 199 176 21 39 13 1 3 16 2 0 19 37 .222
2007 27 SDP NL 31 95 87 16 25 5 1 8 20 0 0 7 18 .287
2008 28 SDP NL 112 362 326 42 81 18 3 17 31 3 1 28 84 .248
2009 29 TOT MLB 116 464 430 50 114 27 2 17 64 11 3 25 83 .265
2009 29 SDP NL 56 216 197 26 59 14 1 10 29 8 1 17 45 .299
2009 29 OAK AL 60 248 233 24 55 13 1 7 35 3 2 8 38 .236
2010 30 SDP NL 104 336 295 34 62 10 0 10 36 6 1 31 69 .210
2011 31 NYM NL 79 145 132 20 31 8 1 7 24 1 1 11 34 .235
2012 32 NYM NL 134 398 377 52 99 25 3 20 57 8 2 19 83 .263
9 Yrs 777 2399 2197 276 543 124 17 95 279 34 11 162 507 .247
162 Game Avg. 162 500 458 58 113 26 4 20 58 7 2 34 106 .247
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/19/2012.

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