Showing posts with label Adam Rubin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Adam Rubin. Show all posts

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Mets News: ESPN Rubin: Andy Masir will get gig with WOR as pregame/postgame host

ESPN NY's Adam Rubin Says:

A broadcasting source tells that the industry scuttlebutt is that Andy Masur will "get the gig with WOR" as pregame and postgame host for Mets radio.

A second source with actual ties to the decision would only confirm that Masur is on WOR's list of candidates.

Masur spent the past seven seasons doing San Diego Padres radio play-by-play on The Mighty 1090.  Masur previously worked for the Chicago Cubs.

WOR originally had serious contract negotiations with SiriusXM's Casey Stern, but he had issues related to his satellite-radio contract.

Howie Rose and Josh Lewin will remain the in-game play-by-play team with the shift from WFAN to WOR.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mets News: Mets and Lucas Duda still talking on new contract, 550K apart

Mets News:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, The Mets and Lucas Duda will continue to keep talking on a new contract, and will not cut off salary negotiations now that they have exchanged figures in advance of an arbitration hearing next month.

Duda is the lone player of the seven who were eligible for arbitration with the Mets not to yet settle.

He requested $1.9 million, with the Mets countering at $1.35 million.

If the case went to an arbitration hearing, the arbitrator would choose either Duda or the Mets' figure -- not a sum in between those two.

Duda, who turns 28 on Feb. 3, hit .223 with 15 homers and 33 RBIs in 318 at-bats with the Mets last season. He also had an extended stay at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mets Rumors: ESPN Rubin: Ike's a goner, 5 Teams Interested

Bye Ike, I'll miss you!

Mets Rumors:

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY says the Mets are laying the groundwork on a Ike Davis Trade ....

Apparently, Jeff Wilpon though something would happen today, but it never happened... DuH!

The ESPN source said the Mets had just started to exchange a first set of names to acquire in such a trade, so there is a ton of groundwork left to do for any trade to materialize. The source also confirmed the list of teams interested include the Astros, Brewers, Orioles, Rays and Rockies.

The Mets according to Rubin, also have had preliminary talks with other teams about Daniel Murphy, although it is not clear he will end up getting traded.

Rubin said, Alderson acknowledged he would like to begin importing players early in the offseason because of the eagerness of Mets fans and the importance of creating excitement. Still, he added, that may not be practical.
"In our situation, we'd like to do something early," Alderson said. "It would be great, if it's the right move, and if that kind of thing is possible. It may be. It may not be. We're working at it, but I can't predict anything."

Asked if he can sense "anxiety" from the fans Alderson was also quoted, which I love:
"Do I sense it? Yeah, to some extent. Do I tune it out? Yes, to the largest extent possible. Because for us this is a day-to-day proposition, and it's not that predictable. So I just sort of have to take it out of the equation to some extent, but be aware of the overall environment as well."

Friday, June 21, 2013

Ike Davis shows off in front of his old college coach Pat Murphy

According to ESPN's Adam Rubin:

Before Thursday's hitting display by Ike Davis,  Tucson manager Pat Murphy - who was the head coach at Arizona State during Ike Davis' college career. He described Davis as someone lacking confidence.

Murphy and Davis had an animated conversation before Thursday's game.

"I see a young man that's lost his confidence," Murphy told 51s broadcaster Russ Langer on the pregame show. "And I see a young man that's kind of searching right now. I'm confident he'll find himself. He always has. This is probably his first struggle ever -- like real struggle, sent down and 'you're not good enough right now, Ike.' That's probably his first time he's ever faced this. So you can't underestimate, as we all know, what you go through, the pain that he feels right now and the fears that he has. I'd like to do anything I could to help him find his best self -- find how he can take this pain on and feel it and then move on from there. I think he will."

Murphy said he is particularly fond of Davis as a person.

"Ike Davis is very, very special to me," Murphy said. "People know, when he came to college, there was huge expectations on Ike. He was the talked-about guy, and we had a lot of good players around him. But Ike rose to every expectation. He took on every challenge, and he did it well. He was a great pitcher for us. He was a great outfielder for us. And, of course, a great hitter and a force that made other players around him better. It's unbelievable to see him. It was good catching up with him. It gets me choked up to think about being around Ike. He babysat my kid at times. We've got fond memories together. Ike was special. His mom and dad are special. That's something you never lose. It's a connection you'll never lose."

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rumor Mill: Mets Put Out the Word, Will Trade Prospects To Clear Roster Spots on 40 Man Roster

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, In desperate need of clearing several spots, the Mets have put out word to other teams that they are interested in moving non-core prospects on the 40-man roster.

Among those available via trade: Gonzalez Germen, Darin Gorski, Reese Havens, Juan Lagares, Cesar Puello, Elvin Ramirez and Hansel Robles.

Assuming Omar Quintanilla takes the 40-man roster spot vacated by Brandon Hicks, the Mets still would need to clear at least four 40-man spots: for Aaron Laffey, Marlon Byrd, LaTroy Hawkins and Scott Atchison.

If Mets officials are unable to trade prospects on the 40-man roster for other teams' farmhands not on the 40, they will have to start placing them through waivers at the end of the week to clear spots. A handful likely would clear, including Havens.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Video: ESPN's Adam Rubin Talks to David Wright

Adam Rubin of ESPN Ny Talks to David Wright about the offseason

Thursday, November 08, 2012

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.”

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Dickey Goes to Surgery, Valdespin to 2B

Future Double Play Combo?
According to Adam Rubin of  ESPN NY,  R.A. Dickey is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn abdominal muscle.

After making his final 2012 start in Miami, the knuckleballer revealed he tore and possibly detached the stomach muscle during his second start of the season, on a cold April 13 night in Philadelphia. He dealt with "dull pain" in his stomach area throughout the season.

The surgery will take place in Philadelphia -- not with Mets doctors.

"Should be no big deal," Dickey tweeted Wednesday.

One other date to watch with Dickey: The National League Cy Young Award will be announced on Nov. 14.

After two games in right field, Jordany Valdespin started at second base on Wednesday night in the Dominican Winter League.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Ramirez, Rauch, Bay, Hairston, Young, Beato, Satin, Quintanilla, Tejada, Cedeno

Mets News and Notes:

Rookie Elvin Ramirez could not limit the damage after Santana departed. Ramirez, making his third major league appearance, walked four and was charged with three runs in 1 2/3 innings. The Mets' lone run came with two outs in the ninth inning against ex-teammate Ryota Igarashi.

Jon Rauch rejoined the Mets bullpen after skipping the series in D.C. to allow the inflammation in his "debris"-littered right elbow to calm. He entered with the Mets trailing by nine runs in the eighth and tossed a scoreless frame that included one bloop hit. Rauch said he took anti-inflammatory medication while remaining behind in New York. He assigned the root of the issue to bones grating with each other and irritating a nerve. He told reporters surgery will not be necessary.

Jason Bay, scratched from Thursday's lineup because of nausea he blamed on antibiotics being taken for a sinus infection, made his first appearance with the Mets since April 23 in the series opener. Bay started in left field and batted seventh. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Lucas Duda served as the DH.

Scott Hairston, who entered Wednesday's starting lineup after Bay was scratched, started a second straight game against a right-hander over odd-man-out Andres Torres. The current outfield crunch is not as severe as it will be next Friday, when the Mets return to National League play at home against Cincinnati and lose the DH. At that point, Duda could shift to first base and Ike Davis could be vulnerable. Davis went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the opener against the Yankees.

Former hitting coach Howard Johnson (@20Hojo) tweeted about Davis: "Ike's reputation of questioning umpires on every strike is coming back to haunt him...anything close goes against him..."

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Mets are done with their signings for the winter

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  the Mets are done with their signings for the winter, at least with major league contracts, after the signings of Scott Hairston and Ronny Cedeno.

The only remaining additions would be minor league deals, according to Anthony DiComo of

Daniel Herrera clears waivers, will remain with the Mets in 2012

Left-hander Daniel Herrera has cleared waivers and will remain with the Mets according to Adam Rubin of

It turns out that Herrera did not have the right to declare free agency once he passed through waivers.

The Mets are concerned Herrera's effectiveness will decrease as NL East batters become more familiar with his screwball.

They privately cite Herrera's numbers swooning against NL Central teams, who were familiar with him because of his longtime association with the Cincinnati Reds.

 Daniel Herrera's Stats
2011 Regular Season180009.21365135010101.664.66

Monday, December 05, 2011

Sandy Alderson on Payroll, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Johan Santana, Daniel Murphy

Mets General Manager had time to talk to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY.  Here are some excerpts from his interview with Sandy that was posted on ESPN Mets Blog.. 

Sandy Alderson said Monday that the Mets' payroll will be right around $100 million for 2012. He said the Mets have about $20 million to $25 million to spend, but that figure includes arbitration-eligible Mike Pelfrey and Angel Pagan's salaries. Those two should get a combined $10 million, so the Mets really have about $10 million to $15 million to spend on outside acquisitions.

He added about declining payroll: "We'd like to be moving up in the same fashion (as the Marlins), but you know what, at some point we will be. Oh yeah. Absolutely. But, as I said last night, I don't believe the Jose Reyes situation or the reduction in our payroll has anything to do with these external issues like (Bernard) Madoff. I really think it has to do with the fundamentals of the franchise and what it means to be making money, breaking even, losing a little or losing a terrific amount. We need to get back to the point where it's closer to break even.

On remedy with low payroll: "One of things that can often happen -- it doesn't always happen, but it happens from time to time -- and that is you outperform your payroll. And you can see some of the teams in the $50 or $60 (million) range. The Padres a couple of years ago, after I left, they won 90 games. They were right there at the end. The Giants ended up winning the last day. They win the World Series. They outperformed their payroll. And what that does, it almost always generates new revenue. So our job is to outperform our payroll. But, hey, we've got $100 million.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Carlos Beltran says the Giants need Jose Reyes

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY said that Carlos Beltran may not remain with the San Francisco Giants in 2012. Regardless, he thinks the team should make a run at Jose Reyes as a free agent.

In fact, Beltran believes a bat like Reyes is needed for him to want to re-sign with the Giants.

"The first option for this team should be finding a guy who's a leadoff batter," Beltran said in the San Francisco Chronicle. "Then, if you want to add another bat, I could be the second option.

"I think that's what I see from this year, the time that I've been here. We've had great pitching, a great bullpen. At the end of the day, the issue here has been, the team doesn't score runs. The only way you can manufacture runs is to have a guy at the top of the lineup who gets on base, steals bases and makes the job easier for the guys behind."

Monday, September 05, 2011

Video: Ike Davis talks about his progress with his injury

Ike Davis talks about the progress that will allow him to avoid surgery on his left ankle.

Johan Santana to throw bullpen session Tuesday with Mets in Florida

According to ESPN NY's Adam Rubin,  Johan Santana should throw a bullpen session Tuesday in Miami for Mets staff.

He will pitch in a minor league playoff game Friday. If all continues to go well, and the Mets' affiliates are done with the postseason after that,

Santana could find himself in a major league game at least for a couple of innings as soon as the following week.

Friday, August 19, 2011

K-Rod on Bobby Parnell as Mets Closer

With Jason Isringhausen having reached 300 saves as the Mets closer,  Bobby Parnell is getting groomed for the future Mets' closing role.

Francisco Rodriguez (K-Rod), who is back at Citi Field this weekend with the Milwaukee Brewers, offers this analysis of Parnell as a closer candidate:

“That kid has great stuff and I love him to death," K-Rod said. "He's a guy who shows up to the stadium to prove himself, works hard day in and day out. Unfortunately, he's not getting the job done. He's leaving the ball up, not making quality pitches when he needs to. He's getting hit around a little bit.

“The only way you can find out if he is capable to get it done is let him do that job in the ninth inning. Throw him out in a tough situation and let him get experience. That's the only way they are going to find if he is capable or not.

“He has the tools and the mentality. He might have to get a little bit mean and start bossing people and get a little angry out there. ... When he has the ball they're going to hit whatever he wants, not what the hitter wants.”

Source: ESPN/ Adam Rubin

Tuesday return for Jose Reyes remains a long shot, not running at full throttle

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  Jose Reyes has resumed running on his strained left hamstring, but the activity has only been straight ahead and not at full throttle.

So Terry Collins labeled it a “stretch” to expect Reyes to be activated Tuesday from the disabled list when he is eligible. Reyes agreed.

“I don’t know about that,” Reyes said in reference to Tuesday. “I need to run the bases first before I decide when I’m going to play. I’ve been running the last few days, so I feel very good. I’m not running 100 percent, but it’s getting there.”

Reyes also has been taking groundballs, throwing to first base and hitting. Running the bases may wait a few days.

Reyes left an Aug. 2 game against the Braves and then landed on the DL. He said he actually felt the hamstring tightness in a game a day earlier, when he stole two bases.

“That’s kind of the first day coming back that I put a lot of stress on my leg running-wise,” Reyes said.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Moving the walls in at Citi-Field might be a topic of conversation in the off-season

Adam Rubin of ESPN NY said before the four-homer night at Citi-Field, incoming minority partner David Einhorn watched batting practice with Fred Wilpon. And, according to Newsday, there was a lot of gesticulating about the outfield walls, which may be getting modified next season to make Citi Field more power friendly.  David Lennon writes that the 16-foot wall in left could be halved, but cannot be moved in because behind the padding is a cement retaining wall. Sandy Alderson also modified the design of Petco Park after his first season on the job with the San Diego Padres. The GM acknowledged to Andrew Keh in the Times about dimension changes: "It is probably something we need to think about," while adding: "It’s not something we need to decide with regard to the team we have now. It’s something we need to decide with regard to the team we want to have in the future.”

Through the weekend, Citi Field ranked 11th of 16 ballparks in the National League in homers per game at 1.53. How might alterations to Citi Field affect home run totals?

Here’s an analysis from Greg Rybarczyk, founder of He is a former U.S. Navy nuclear engineer and ship navigator as well as a former physics instructor at an ROTC prep school.

To determine the percentage increase in homers that wall adjustments would cause, Rybarczyk took all of the homers hit in the majors in 2010 and plotted them first using the existing Citi Field walls, then with certain modifications to the ballpark.


Says Rybarczyk: “I did this by moving the fence line of the long fence segment 10 feet towards the infield (which actually results in the fence being a bit more than 10 feet closer to home, since the fence angles away from home plate). I also lowered this fence to 10 feet high from the existing 16 feet high. If you do this, you increase homers to that part of the park by 35 percent, and overall homers by 22 percent. Obviously you can tweak the amount of the move inwards and/or the height of the new wall to get a bigger or smaller effect.”

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rumor Mill: Don't Rule Out Rangers Trade For Beltran... Just yet.

According to Adam Rubin of

The Mets and Rangers have ramped up scouting each other, and Texas remains very much in play in the pursuit of Carlos Beltran, according to a major league source.

While the Rangers have a scout watching Beltran in Miami, who is expected to continue on watching the Mets during the next stop in Cincinnati, a source indicated the Mets have ramped up watching Rangers minor leaguers. Mets scout Bryan Lambe is watching Texas low-Class A players at Hickory after being redirected.

Texas has zeroed in on Beltran and Padres closer Heath Bell as its primary targets, according to a source.

The Braves continue to actively scout the Mets, with Atlanta special assistant Jim Fregosi tailing the major league club. The Phillies, Giants and Red Sox also are considered in play for Beltran.

Rumor Mill: Morning Beltran Update

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Plenty of scouts still continue to flock to Mets games. Friday's contingent included Braves special assistant Jim Fregosi.

Insiders see the three National League teams -- the Braves, Giants and Phillies -- as the primary contenders for Beltran.

ESPN's Buster Olney lists the Red Sox and Rangers as the other primary suitors.

As a player with 10 years of service time and five years with the Mets, Beltran must have a full 24 hours before the 4 p.m. trade deadline on July 31 to approve the team to which the Mets intend to send him.
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