Showing posts with label Fred Lewis. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fred Lewis. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Official Call-ups, Gee, Strasburg, Final Game in Buffalo, Cyclones, Drama in the Ninth

Mets News and Notes:

With Buffalo's season complete, the Mets have summoned six additional minor leaguers to St. Louis: Jordany Valdespin, right-handers Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Elvin Ramirez, left-hander Justin Hampson and outfielder Fred Lewis.

Buffalo manager Wally Backman is due to join the Mets on Sunday. Zach Lutz, Nickeas and McHugh already had been added -- giving the Mets nine extra players in total.

Dillon Gee joined the Mets in St. Louis. He already has been cleared to begin tossing a baseball following surgery to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder.

Stephen Strasburg's final start of the season will be Sept. 12 against the Mets at Citi Field.

Buffalo was rained out at Lehigh Valley on Monday in what is expected to be its final game affiliated with the Mets. Las Vegas has been widely speculated as the Mets' next Triple-A home, but a minor league source said do not rule out Nashville over Las Vegas if the Mets have a choice between those markets. The Brewers currently are affiliated with Nashville and may re-up, though.

Meanwhile, The Brooklyn Cyclones sliced its magic number to one with two games remaining to clinch the New York-Penn League's wild card. Like Buffalo, Binghamton and Savannah completed their seasons Monday. St. Lucie opens the Florida State League.

Finally, Collin McHugh's second major league start lasted only four innings, with McHugh surrendering four runs.

The drama, though, came late. With the Mets trailing by a run in the ninth, Andres Torres seemingly led off with a double. But at the instruction of injured ex-Met Carlos Beltran, the St. Louis Cardinals successfully appealed to rookie ump Dave Rackley that Torres missed the first-base bag. The Mets, deprived of the baserunner, lost shortly thereafter, 5-4, on Monday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

Rackley and crew chief Dale Scott stood by the call, despite vehement protest from the Mets. The crew noted neither Torres nor first base coach Tom Goodwin initially complained about the call.

Rackley told Terry Collins he would not have made the ruling had he not been positive it was correct.

"He went over the front corner with his toe and it just kicked dirt up onto the base," Rackley said.

Said Scott after reviewing the video with his crew: "It was exactly what [Rackley] described. His foot went over [the bag], the toes hit the ground, the heel never did [hit the bag]. And did you see where [Rackley] was? He was right there to make the call."

Countered Murphy: "We had access to video. I'm sure you guys did, too. So we know the answer to that."

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mets sign INF Brad Emaus and OF Fred Lewis to Minor League Deals

The Mets added a pair of potentially useful pieces signing infielder Brad Emaus and outfielder Fred Lewis to minor league deals.

Lewis plays all three outfield positions, and has a solid .780 OPS career against right-handed pitchers. Put another way: if the Mets were looking to set Scott Hairston up in a platoon in left or right field, Lewis would be a perfectly reasonable guy to join Hairston in it.

As for Emaus, the patience and power at second base should provide depth there. I think the move tells us that they aren’t sold on Bobby Scales, the second baseman at Buffalo, to step in if the Mets need someone at the position.

I thought Emaus was going to stick around last year after the great spring he had , but he fell short of greatness in the Majors..... Good to see Emaus back in a Mets uniform.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mets Seeking $200 Million, Eight to Nine Bidders have been approved by MLB

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According to the NY Times,  the Mets are seeking $200 million for a minority portion of the team — a badly needed cash infusion that the team’s owners would pour directly into the club’s operations and use to pay off some of their debt, according to a person briefed on the sale process.

The owners of the team are also telling potential bidders that they might sell a portion of SNY, their cable network, but that such a negotiation would take place separately from any deal for the team, and would probably not be seriously contemplated for a year or two.

The owners believe that they can get more for a stake in the profitable SNY if it is not packaged with the team, the person said.

Some of the eight or nine bidders approved by Major League Baseball to bid on the Mets have been identified:

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Would Fred Lewis Make a Good Fourth Outfielder?

So the Mets just signed Chris Capuano and Taylor Bucholz to add some more depth to the pitching rotation. Both of these are solid signings and may pay off in big ways.

Capuano is only a few years removed from an 18-win season, and Bucholz has shown he can be a valuable seventh or even eighth inning reliever.

For the most part, barring a rumored Chris Young or Jeff Francis signing for further insurance and maybe looking at some left-handed relievers, the pitching staff appears to be filling out.

It is now time to turn to the bench. The starters besides second base seem set, and even the players in competition for second base are already in house.

The bench depends a lot on who wins the second base job. Most likely, the runner-up in the competition will stick around to be the utility infielder. But as of now, there is a void in the fourth outfielder slot.

Before he established himself as a starter last year, Angel Pagan was the epitome of a fourth outfielder. He could play all three positions and play them well. He brought great energy whenever he started and was a valuable late-inning defensive replacement.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Mets showing interest in Fred Lewis

The Indians, Tigers and Mets are among the seven or eight teams showing interest in Fred Lewis, according to's Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter). The Blue Jays non-tendered Lewis after acquiring Rajai Davis, making him a free agent.

Lewis, 30 this week, hit .262/.332/.414 in 480 plate appearances for the Blue Jays, who acquired him from the Giants early in the season. Though he mostly played left field, Lewis did play some center and right in 2010. He contributed 31 doubles and 17 steals, mostly as Toronto's leadoff hitter.

Lewis by the numbers:
Career: Batting | Fielding
2006 SF 13 11 5 5 1 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 .455 .455 .545 1.000
2007 SF 58 157 34 45 6 2 3 19 19 32 5 1 .287 .374 .408 .782
2008 SF 133 468 81 132 25 11 9 40 51 124 21 7 .282 .351 .440 .791
2009 SF 122 295 49 76 21 3 4 20 36 84 8 4 .258 .348 .390 .738
2010 Tor 110 428 70 112 31 5 8 36 38 104 17 6 .262 .332 .414 .746
Total -- 436 1359 239 370 84 21 24 117 144 347 51 18 .272 .348 .418 .766
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