Showing posts with label 2012 Season. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Season. Show all posts

Friday, November 04, 2011

2012 Mets Free Agent Focus: Center Field - Pagan Out, New Candidates In

Pagan has dropped the ball
According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, there is a uncertainty of Angel Pagan’s future with the Mets since his attempt to be Carlos Beltran’s replacement last season.

The team is still debating whether to cut ties with its center fielder.

If they decide to proceed without him, the Mets could shop Pagan and, if that fails, nontender him. In that scenario, which has been a solid possibility since midsummer, the Mets will likely seek a strong fielder - and an affordable one.

Team insiders - While noting that Pagan might still return, have not shot down the notion, and point out that Ankiel, the free agent who earned $1.5 million last season with the Washington Nationals, might be precisely the type of short-term replacement for Pagan that the Mets are seeking.

The difference in salary between Pagan, 30, and an alternative such as Ankiel is key. The Mets are trying to cut payroll by about $30 million, a project that requires trimming around many edges. Pagan is talented and enjoyed a breakout year in 2010, but will likely be awarded about $5 million in salary arbitration this winter.

Ankiel, 32, batted .239 last season, with a .296 on-base percentage and a cannon arm in the outfield. The offensive numbers are far from quality, but Pagan’s on-base percentage was just .322, he pursued fly balls in circuitous fashion and lobbed them toward the infield, all while alienating his manager and many teammates with what they perceived as a sour disposition.

Several times last season Terry Collins tried to connect with Pagan, calling him into the office and asking why he was sulking. A positive clubhouse presence the year before, Pagan seem troubled by his dip in performance in 2011. Although he enjoyed a far better season at the plate than Ankiel did, some Mets officials strongly believe that Pagan will not be a good fit next year.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Mets announce the expansion of the Citi Field Fanwalk for 2012

The New York Mets Wednesday announced the expansion of the Citi Field Fanwalk to include a new offering of bricks in honor of the franchise’s 50th anniversary to be installed for the 2012 season along the first and third base sides of the ballpark outside the Hodges VIP and Seaver VIP entrances. Citi Field Fanwalk: Mets 50th Anniversary commemorative bricks will provide fans the opportunity to recognize their families, friends, and favorite Mets memories since the franchise first began play in 1962.

Bricks are on sale now at or by phone at 877-NYM-WALK (696-9255).

The first two editions of Citi Field Fanwalk bricks sold out with fans purchasing more than 24,000 bricks. The first offering of bricks directly outside the Jackie Robinson Rotunda was installed prior to the inaugural season at the new Mets home in 2009. The Fanwalk was extended down the first base and third base lines the following year with Citi Field Fanwalk: Amazin’ Moments bricks commemorating great moments in Mets history.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Davey Johnson to be back with Nationals in 2012

Johnson with Collins
Davey Johnson will be back as manager of the Washington Nationals in 2012.

The Nationals announced Monday that they’re picking up Johnson’s managerial option.

He took over as Washington’s manager in June, after Jim Riggleman abruptly resigned. The Nationals went 40-43 under Johnson and finished 80-81, in third place in the NL East.

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday “it became obvious that the Nationals would be best served” if the 68-year-old Johnson continued in the role.

The Nationals are the fifth major league club managed by Johnson, who won World Series titles as a player and a skipper. Johnson led the Mets to the 1986 World Series and was the 1997 AL Manager of the Year with the Baltimore Orioles.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Terry Collins Impressed with Nick Evans, maybe utility role in future?

Terry Collins seems very impressed in what he has seen out of  Nick Evans play recently, especially at First base.  It won't give Evans a automatic pass on next years roster, but he will definitely be considered for a utility role in 2012.

"I certainly think Nick Evans is showing everybody in baseball that he's a pretty good offensive player and he's also played very, very good at first base," Collins said.

While the Mets haven't given Evans a chance at other positions recently because he's been filling in admirably at first base for Ike Davis, Collins said he's seen Evans in the minor leagues and knows he can do well enough as a utility player. Evans has played first base and the outfield for the Mets, and also has appeared in two games at third base this season.

"I think his bat has shown that he can be a force offensively here. Now, the question is can he do it off the bench or not? That's yet to be seen," Collins said. "I think Nick's play has opened a lot of people's eyes and he's a better player than a lot of people think he was, even mid-summer."
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