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

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Rumor Mill: Red Sox like Carlos Beltran, but not the price

The Red Sox's position on New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran has not changed, despite reports that Boston is aggressively pursuing him.

The Red Sox have made known their interest to the Mets, but at this stage are unwilling to part with the type of top-tier prospects New York is seeking in return, according to a Red Sox source.

And as much as they would like a right-handed bat, the Red Sox may have more pressing needs to address, especially on the pitching side, with three-fifths of their starting rotation out of action and reliever Bobby Jenks on the disabled list for a third time.

"We're interested in Beltran, but the price would have to be sensible," one Red Sox source said Wednesday, reiterating the position Boston maintained from the outset. "We lost a lot of good prospects for (Adrian) Gonzalez and want to protect our better minor leaguers."

Another major league source with ties to Beltran also expressed doubt that the veteran outfielder will wind up in a Boston uniform.

"I don't think they make a hard play," the source said.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

ESPN: Johan Santana close to throwing to batters

Sandy Alderson believes Johan Santana is very close to throwing to batters in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Santana threw another bullpen session Saturday, so those types of batting practice sessions are next in the progression.

Alderson has described the next stage as spring-training-like, although he acknowledged that needs better definition.

“Some people have been thinking of spring training as say March 1 to March 31 -- actual pitching in games,” Alderson said. “Others have thought of it as the six weeks, pitchers and catchers, etc. We’ll try to get a little more precise over the next week or so. As I said I think a few days ago, we’re not looking for Johan to ride in here and be a major factor in this season.”

Thursday, May 12, 2011

F-Mart Waiting for Call Up

According to ESPN and Mets organizational sources, Fernando Martinez is expected to travel to Denver, Colorado today for the Mets 3:10 PM game against the Rockies.

ESPN's Adam Rubin states:

"There has been no official word whether Ike Davis is being placed on the DL, and sometimes minor leaguers are summoned as a precaution but not activated. Martinez was at Wednesday's Triple-A Buffalo game but was held out. He homered in each of his previous two games with the Bisons.

The arrival of Martinez, an outfielder, presumably would free Willie Harris to play second base with Justin Turner in any Davis absence, with Daniel Murphy then available to play first base."

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ronny Paulino Activated, Nickeas Optioned

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, The New York Mets activated catcher Ronny Paulino from the disabled list and demoted Mike Nickeas to Triple-A Buffalo.

Paulino signed a $1.3 million free-agent contract in early December to serve as a right-hitting complement to Josh Thole behind the plate.

He had difficulty securing a visa because of a 50-game MLB suspension for a performance-enhancing substance and arrived late to spring training.

Team doctors discovered Paulino had issues with anemia, so Paulino was placed on the disabled list after the remaining eight games of his suspension were completed while his blood levels returned to more normal levels.

He was eligible to be activated from the DL on Tuesday, but tweaked a side muscle last weekend with Triple-A Buffalo, further stalling his return.

Paulino hit .190 (8-for-42) with four RBIs and a walk in 12 rehab games between Class A St. Lucie and Buffalo.

Manager Terry Collins indicated he plans to platoon the left-hitting Thole and Paulino, with the exception of Thole catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey regardless of the opposing pitcher.

Nickeas hit .250 with 20 at-bats and belted his first major league homer on April 21, off Houston's J.A. Happ.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wright Leaves Lasting Impression in ATL

The Mets broke a 7 game losing streak on Sunday night in Atlanta despite Wright going 0-4. The highpoint of the game for a few lucky fans occurred a few hours before the game even started- when David Wright started playing catch with children in the first rows of the visitors dugout.

A lucky five-year-old named Mason, one of the participants, caught Wrights arm band as well after the game. Masons father wrote ESPN this letter about his son's experience:
What a great experience for Mason yesterday!!! As a 5-year-old, who just adores the Braves, he had no clue the All-Star that he was playing catch with at the time. My wife and I were just amazed at what was happening! We didn't think the day could get any better than that until David threw his arm band into the stands after the game, and Mason got it! He hasn't wanted to take it off since. He even tried to sleep in it last night, but we wouldn't let him! He did wear it to his T-ball game tonight, though! If you get a chance, please let David know how much that 15 minutes meant to the kids. His fan base grew a little larger in the South over the weekend. All Mason normally talks about is Chipper Jones, and now if you ask him who his favorite player is, he says David Wright. ... Maybe we'll be lucky enough to have him as a Brave one day :)

Sorry Mason's father, that's not happening, but thanks for trying ;-)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bay Returning Thursday

According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, Jason Bay met with Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson and Mets training coach Ray Ramirez on Monday. It was decided that Bay needs to play 2 more rehab games in Florida before being activated off of the DL. Bay would be in the lineup Thursday against the Houston Astros when they play the series finale at Citifield. Thursday will mark Bay's 2011 season debut and will hopefully help jump start a tired and slumpy Mets offense.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Video: Oliver Perez talks after his release

Update: Castillo signs with the Phillies

Chase Utley rounding the bases after hitting a...
On the day he officially was eligible to sign, Castillo quickly narrowed his focus and appears poised to join the Philadelphia Phillies, according to ESPN NY.

The Phillies’ second base situation is unsettled because of All-Star Chase Utley’s knee woes.

Castillo, 35, hit .235 with no homers and 17 RBIs last season in 247 at-bats. The Mets began the process of releasing Castillo on Friday, despite owing him $6 million in the final season of a four-year, $25 million deal. Castillo’s new employer will only be responsible for the major league minimum.

Update: The Philadelphia Phillies, obviously concerned about Chase Utley’s knee problem, have signed former Mets second baseman Luis Castillo to a minor league contract, according to

Utley is battling patellar tendinitis and told reporters on Sunday he is “moving in the right direction.” But the Phillies, hedging their bets on a quick return by their star, decided to add Castillo. Utley has not played in a spring training game.

According to ESPN, Mets G.M. Sandy Alderson was not shocked by the signing, telling reporters, “It wasn’t a surprise. It wasn’t unanticipated.”

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Oliver Perez Released

Early Monday morning Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson met with Oliver Perez and told him his services were no longer needed by the NY Mets.
The Mets still owe Perez $12 million, who was in the final year of his 3 year $36 million dollar contract negotiated in the Omar Minaya era.
Unlike former 2nd baseman, Luis Castillo who was released on Friday, Perez believed that he got a fair chance of making the team. Upon his release Adam Rubin of ESPN reported Perez' response to the news.
"I think they gave me an opportunity," he said. "They were fair with me when I came here. 'We're going to give you an opportunity to be a starter.' I didn't do anything great. They moved me to the bullpen trying to be a lefty specialist. And the last game, that was a real horrible job."
In his last spring training appearance on Saturday, Perez allowed 2 homers, boosting his spring training era to 8.38.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mets Cut Castillo

The day has finally come, Luis Castillo is cut from the Mets. According to Adam Rubin of, the Mets will release Castillo and eat the remaining $6 million of his contract.
GM Sandy Alderson had this to say about the release.
"After a long evaluation during spring training, after consulting with manager Terry Collins and the coaching staff, I made a recommendation to ownership in the best interest of the organization and Louie that he be released..ownership approved."
Before leaving the spring training camp in Port St. Lucie, Castillo told Newsday that he didn't believe he got a fair shot.
Castillo complained "I said I came here to play and you didn't give me a chance. You didn't use me."He added that he was going to go home and wait and hope to catch on with another team.
Thank You Sandy Alderson. Thank You.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Santana Update

Johan Santana tossed a baseball with rehab coordinator Randy Niemann late Wednesday morning inside the main stadium in Port St. Lucie. It marked the second of back-to-back days for that activity.

Santana, cognizant of media watching him, said aloud: "I feel like a million bucks right now."

Santana actually kept backing up to increase the distance, and Niemann would counter by stepping closer to the ace to shorten the distance slightly.

Santana purposely threw the last toss into the ground "for media purposes."
Source: ESPN

Alderson: Oliver Perez is a "Legitimate Left handed Relief" Candidate

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Sandy Alderson was asked about Oliver Perez and what his role can be on the team.
"In Perez' case, he is no longer competing for a starting job, but I think left-handed relief is a very legitimate possibility for him," Alderson said. "We'll see how it goes." 

Alderson said the public perception -- and distraction -- that the two players bring will be a factor, but it won't be a determining one.

"I think it is human nature," Alderson said. "There is interest in those two players among our fan base. It has received quite a bit of coverage. They are among our most debated players. We were committed in the offseason to bring them in and give them an opportunity to earn a spot on the roster."
"The perception of those two players linger. I would be foolish if I said that weren't a factor."
Perez is scheduled to pitch Friday and Saturday. It is widely expected he ultimately will be released.

Source: Adam Rubin/ ESPN NY
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Video: Ronny Paulino Shows up to camp

Ronny Paulino discusses his delayed arrival at Mets camp upon reporting Saturday as well as how ready he is to begin catching in games. The catcher has eight games remaining on his performance-enhancing drug suspension. His MLB suspension delayed his visa.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lucas Duda improving his game, impressing scouts

From Adam Rubin ESPN NY,
"Lucas Duda has been generating considerable buzz among scouts, who say he is doing a much better job handling and turning on inside fastballs compared with a year or two ago.

When Duda was an A-ball player, he would put on power exhibitions in batting practice, but it did not translate into games, because his "long" swing made it difficult to catch up to pitches without committing early.

One scout who watched Duda as a youngster in the instructional league said he remembers seeing a similar "inside-out" swing from Adrian Gonzalez as a younger player and never imagined he would become a major league slugger. But the scout watched Gonzalez and begin to turn on those inside pitches rather than flick them the other way, like Duda is now starting to do.

Self-confidence is an issue with Duda, but he may have a serious future with the Mets. Before Carlos Beltran's left knee flared up, Duda was scheduled to split duty between first base and left field at Triple-A Buffalo. Now, he's being exposed to right field as well. And it wouldn't be shocking for him to be the Opening Day right fielder in 2012, if not sooner taking over that position if Beltran's knee woes persist."

Ollie is Ok with Bullpen

ESPN's Adam Rubin reports that Oliver Perez has accepted Terry Collins' decision to reassign him from the starting rotation competition to the bullpen.
Perez has stated this morning that Collins was "clear with me." After Ollie was told of the move he said "Thats OK, he's the manager. I think that's the guy who has to make the decision. Sometimes we get mad. Sometimes we understand. I understand. It's all about the team. I think this is the best opportunity to help the team--to be in the bullpen."
Apparently adjusting to the bullpen would not be an issue for him. Perez states that he doesn't have a problem warming up quickly because he only throws about 10 pitches and feels ready.
"I know it's going to be a different job, but I have to get ready and learn and be ready for those situations...I feel more comfortable throwing against lefties."
Perez hopes to be a starter somewhere down the line in his career and is now working on a sidearm changeup to offset the lack of velocity he is currently experiencing. Perez has been throwing under 90 mph so far in Mets spring training camp.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Bobby Valentine Interested in Buying into Mets

ESPN's Adam Rubin reports that Bobby Valentine has an interest in buying the New York Mets. A baseball official stated Sunday that Valentine has "spoken with serious financial backers about lining up a bid to buy at least a portion of the Mets." Valentine says that he has "talked to a number of people interested in purchasing part of the New York Mets, but I'm not formally with any group that is actively pursuing this venture." Valentine has been a fan favorite in New York, leading the Mets to their last World Series appearance in 2000.
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