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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.

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, November 08, 2013

Mets News: Prospects will be added to 40 man roster, four slots open

Mets News:

The Mets, like all teams, need to add prospects eligible for the Rule 5 draft to the 40-man roster by Nov. 20 in order to protect them.

Paul DePodesta tells Thursday that the Mets likely will not add more than a handful of additional prospects. The 40-man roster currently is at 36. DePodesta did note that the Mets already added center fielder Matt den Dekker and catcher Juan Centeno late in the season, who otherwise would have been eligible.

Rubin says Right-handers Jacob deGrom and Jeff Walters would appear no-brainers.

Among the others eligible who would appear to merit consideration for being added to the 40-man roster: pitcher Steven Matz, outfielder Cory Vaughn (currently in the Arizona Fall League), left-hander Chase Huchingson, left-hander Adam Kolarek, right-hander Erik Goeddel, outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez and left-hander Hamilton Bennett.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mets Rumors: Dodgers Scouting Mets, Possible Trade for Andre Ethier??

Mets Rumors:

Less than three weeks before the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a scout watching the Mets, a source told

That does not mean a trade will materialize before the July 31 deadline, but it is worth monitoring.

The Mets' interest in Andre Ethier is not completely clear -- and likely would be highly dependent upon how much money the Dodgers kicked in.

For the record: No one said the scout was looking at the Mets to identify return pieces in an Ethier trade.

Ethier is owed $15.5 million in 2014, $18 million in 2015, $16 million in 2016 and $18 million in 2017.

Andre Ethier's Career Stats:
2006 24 LAD 396 50 122 20 7 11 55 5 5 34 77 .308 .365 .477
2007 25 LAD 447 50 127 32 2 13 64 0 4 46 68 .284 .350 .452
2008 26 LAD 525 90 160 38 5 20 77 6 3 59 88 .305 .375 .510
2009 27 LAD 596 92 162 42 3 31 106 6 4 72 116 .272 .361 .508
2010 28 LAD 517 71 151 33 1 23 82 2 1 59 102 .292 .364 .493
2011 29 LAD 487 67 142 30 0 11 62 0 1 58 103 .292 .368 .421
2012 30 LAD 556 79 158 36 1 20 89 2 2 50 124 .284 .351 .460
2013 31 LAD 304 28 83 18 1 5 28 3 3 34 50 .273 .350 .388
8 Yrs 3828 527 1105 249 20 134 563 24 23 412 728 .289 .361 .469
162 Game Avg. 568 78 164 37 3 20 84 4 3 61 108 .289 .361 .469
Provided by View Original Table
Generated 7/13/2013.

Do I want the Mets to trade for Andre Ethier?  Absolutely not, He reminds me of a lefty version of Jason Bay, but I can be wrong.. Mike Stanton is one player that that I would even trade Syndergaard, and Flores to get. What would make Ethier appealing to the Sabermetric Mets is that even though he makes alot of money and his power numbers are down, he still has a great track record with a good OBP.  He is a lifetime .290 hitter and Averages 84 RBI's in his career... If a trade for Ethier would pan out, it would only mean the Mets would not give up much and take the remainder of his contract in return to make way for Yasiel Puig.. - DD

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.”

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Pic of the Day: David Wright taking some grounders

Photo Courtesy of ESPN NY

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

ESPN: Jose Reyes NOT going to Scott Boras

According to ESPN NY's Adam Rubin, the New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes plans to address a report that he has been in contact with agent Scott Boras, a source close to Reyes said.

Reyes plans to confirm Saturday that he's staying with his current representation, Peter E. Greenberg and Associates, the source said. One of Reyes' current agents, Chris Leible, is the godfather to two of the All-Star's children., citing anonymous sources, reported that Boras -- regarded as baseball's most powerful agent -- has engaged in talks with Reyes about becoming his representative. Reyes, 28, can become a free agent at the end of the 2011 season.
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