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Monday, February 25, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets to Lose Money?, Upton/Bourn Notes, Duda, Gee, Niese, Syndergaard, Mets Fishing

Mets News and Notes:

Josh Kosman in the Post reports the Mets again will lose money this season. Writes Kosman:

The team is expecting to lose more than $10 million this year, after bleeding red the past two seasons, while attendance is projected to fall for a fifth straight year, The Post has learned.

The owners can expect to take about $65 million from separately owned SportsNet New York cable network, which airs Mets games. However, Citi Field saps $43 million in debt payments, leaving a net gain of $22 million from those two assets. That means there won’t be much left to sink into the ballclub. …

The team should have more financial freedom next year, when some $50 million in payroll comes off the books, thanks to expiring contracts with Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Frank Francisco, although Bay will continue to receive deferred payments.

However, the Mets have paid only some of the $320 million in principal due lenders in 2014, making next year’s talks potentially tense if the Mets do not hit their own not-so-rosy projections, the source said.

John Harper in the Daily News says the Mets pitched trading Daniel Murphy or Ruben Tejada to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Justin Upton late in the offseason. As for the draft-pick issue with Michael Bourn, Harper reported the Mets received a favorable initial reaction from MLB about getting the No. 11 draft pick protected, but other teams began to complain when the Mets’ desire became public. MLB then changed its stance.

Pedro Feliciano will be held out from baseball activity for two weeks while he wears a monitor that will allow team doctors to gauge the severity of his heart issue.

Lucas Duda, who is adjusting his routine at the plate, struck out in all four plate appearances against the Astros and is now 0-for-7 with six strikeouts in Grapefruit League play. Terry Collins said Duda is getting caught with his front foot still in the air as the ball reaches the plate.

In the other split-squad game, the Mets beat the University of Michigan, 5-2. Wilmer Flores homered. Dillon Gee pitched for the first time since emergency surgery at last year’s All-Star break to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder that was causing numbness in his arm. Jonathon Niese and prospect Rafael Montero also tossed two innings apiece.

Noah Syndergaard, the right-handed pitching prospect acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays along with d’Arnaud in the R.A. Dickey trade, has reported to the complex for the Mets’ camp for top prospects. Syndergaard threw his first bullpen session as a member of the organization and admitted to being nervous with team personnel, his parents and plenty of media watching.

“Just being traded for a Cy Young Award winner has put a little nerves on me,” Syndergaard told reporters. “I’m sure after the first week I’ll be fine.’’

Andrew Keh in the Times goes fishing with the Mets, which plenty of players do to kill time during spring training. “It’s Port St. Lucie. It’s about the only thing there is to do,” Bobby Parnell tells Keh, who also writes:

Once, while playing for the St. Lucie Mets, Ike Davis and Reese Havens were climbing out of their two-man boat when they were confronted on the bank by a water moccasin, a venomous snake. “He wasn’t backing off, and he started coming at us,” Davis said. “We had an oar with us. He tried to get on the boat, and we hit him off. That was pretty freaky.”

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