Showing posts with label Jason Bay. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jason Bay. Show all posts

Monday, July 29, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Valdespin PCL Player of the Week, Syndergaard EL Player of the Week, Niese throwing in Miami, Duda Moved to St.Lucie, Jason Bay DFA'd by Seattle

Mets News and Notes:

Jordany Valdespin has been named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week.

Since a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas, Valdespin is hitting .500 (22-for-44) with two homers and 21 RBIs in 11 games.

The last Las Vegas player to win the league's weekly award: Ike Davis.

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard has been named Eastern League Player of the Week.

Syndergaard, obtained with Travis d'Arnaud and Wuilmer Becerra from the Toronto Blue Jays for R.A. Dickey in December, is 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA in seven starts since joining the B-Mets. He has struck out 46 and walked eight in 36 innings since the promotion to Double-A.

Jonathon Niese is visiting the Mets in Miami today and plans to throw a bullpen session for staff. Niese tossed two innings Saturday with the Gulf Coast League Mets in his first game action since returning from a partially torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

Lucas Duda's rehab assignment for an intercostal muscle strain is shifting from the Gulf Coast League to the Class A St. Lucie Mets today. Travis d'Arnaud (foot) remains with the GCL club.

Jason Bay has been designated for assignment by the Seattle Mariners to clear a spot for the return of Michael Morse from the disabled list. Bay was hitting .204 with 11 homers in 206 at-bats.

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.”

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Bay, Burke, Nickeas, Mets Baserunning, Duda, Dickey

Mets News and Notes:

Attention Mets Fans: The Mets have bought out Jason Bay, who had been owed $19 million. Terms of the settlement were not immediately available.

The Mets have signed right-handed reliever Greg Burke to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

Burke, 30, split last season between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles organization. He went a combined 3-1 with a 1.53 ERA and 17 saves in 44 appearances.

Burke's lone major league experience came in 2009 with the Padres. He had a 4.14 ERA in 48 relief appearances.

He originally is a product of Gloucester (N.J.) Catholic.

After being outrighted off the 40-man roster, Mike Nickeas has elected free agency, a team official said.

Fred Lewis, who also had been removed from the roster, chose free agency as well.

The Mets currently have catchers Josh Thole and Anthony Recker on the 40-man roster.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Wright, Carson, Alderson, Free Agent Centerfielders, Francisco, McHugh, Bay, Fundraiser

Mets News and Notes:

David Wright tied Ed Kranepool for the franchise hits record but it came in a losing effort as the Mets fell to the Pirates, 8-6 Tuesday night at Citi Field. Wright now has two more games to try and record his 1,419th hit in front of a home crowd before the Mets finish the season on the road.

Despite tying the franchise record, Wright said once again that it's hard for him to focus too much on his accomplishment when the team has been floundering in the second half and has been knocked from the pennant race.
"I don't think you can sit back and really enjoy this until you're done playing -- or, maybe, enjoy it a little bit in the offseason," Wright said after the 10-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. "I'm not programmed, and it's a little odd and uncomfortable talking about something individual like this, when we've had our struggles in the second half and haven't done what I think all of us feel like we were capable of doing. But I'll enjoy it at some point -- probably not tonight. I have to get ready for tomorrow. But at some point I'm sure I'll enjoy it because it's a nice accomplishment and I'm very proud."

Manager Terry Collins is concerned about Robert Carson's elbow as he has to go for an MRI on Wednesday. Carson had to leave the game with what was preliminary diagnosed as an elbow strain and a X-ray came back negative. Carson likely has pitched his final game as a Met this season as the team awaits further testing.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson talked on television about a variety of topics on Tuesday night, including the upcoming contract situations with Wright and R.A. Dickey. He reiterated once again that the team plans to do all it again to ensure that its top hitter and top pitcher will remain in Flushing for the future.

Said Alderson:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Davis, Mejia, Bay, Familia and Mejia's Roles in 2013, Francisco, Turner, Wright

Mets News and Notes:

Ike Davis belted two long balls to reach the 30-homer plateau and produced a career-high five RBIs as the Mets beat the Pirates, 6-2, Monday night.

Jenrry Mejia, despite a high pitch count, contributed five scoreless innings to notch his first major league win. After opening the second half 4-24 at Citi Field, the Mets have now won four straight at their home ballpark, albeit against Miami and the plummeting Pirates.

Post beat writer Mike Puma reports the Mets have resolved to have Jason Bay on next year's Opening Day roster should they be unable to trade him.

Jeurys Familia and Mejia both may be in the major league bullpen next season, but Paul DePodesta tells Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger the starter-versus-relief debate continues in the organization.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Francisco, Bay, Wright

Mets News and Notes:

Closer Frank Francisco was unavailable Saturday with a sore elbow and Mets manager Terry Collins doubts that he will have him available on Sunday. Jon Rauch had to close the game instead and was able to work around a three-run homer that sliced the lead to 4-3.

Jason Bay was back in the lineup Saturday and helped out the cause with a two-run homer. He was in the game because of defensive purposes and his previous success against Marlins lefty Mark Buehrle. He's a career .292 hitter vs. the veteran.

David Wright is four hits shy of tying Ed Kranepool for the franchise's all-time hits record.

Kranepool told Newsday's Marc Carig that he's glad that it will be David Wright who breaks his record, and Wright talked about the record. He told Carig:

"I'm sure I'll enjoy it much more when I'm done playing and I can look back," Wright said. "But as of now, it's difficult to sit back and truly enjoy it and truly pat yourself on the back because of the position we put ourselves in the second half."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Swept Again, Retaliation, Bay, Wright's Agents, Murphy, Harvey, Lutz, Duda, Savannah

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets were swept in a six-game homestand for the second time in the second half and are now 4-21 at Citi Field since the All-Star break.

They have a day off before opening a weekend series in Milwaukee. Jon Niese (10-9, 3.47 ERA) opposes right-hander Mike Fiers (9-7, 3.05) in Friday's opener, followed by Jenrry Mejia's first major league start in two years on Saturday opposite right-hander Shaun Marcum (5-4, 3.71). Chris Young (4-7, 4.39) opposes right-hander Wily Peralta (1-0, 3.46) in Sunday's finale.

Terry Collins said he met, along with David Wright, with Ryan Braun at the All-Star Game to try to ensure there would be no retaliation for D.J. Carrasco plunking Braun during a May series at Citi Field. Collins had pulled Wright from that game to ensure Milwaukee could not get a reprisal against him before leaving Queens.

Collins believes Jason Bay's struggles may be related to slowed reaction times caused by a pair of serious concussions suffered during the past three seasons.

David Wright told the Daily News he supported his agents, whom he has employed since he was a teenager, despite a reported MLB/MLBPA investigation into whether they were involved in helping procure performance-enhancing drugs for players.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Bay Day, Mejia, Familia, Expected Call-ups, Backman, McHugh

Mets News and Notes:

Jason Bay had only his fourth two-hit game of the season yesterday. The Mets' bullpen tossed four scoreless innings in relief of Chris Young and has now limited opponents to one earned run in its past 22 1/3 innings.

The Mets swept a series for the first time since June 20, against the Baltimore Orioles at Citi Field.

Jenrry Mejia allowed six runs in six innings in Triple-A Buffalo's 6-0 loss at Lehigh Valley. St. Lucie posted its club-record 83rd victory in its regular-season finale and opens the playoffs Tuesday at Jupiter. Brooklyn lost to Staten Island, 1-0, to fall into a first-place tie in the New York-Penn League wild-card standings with three games remaining.

Mejia last appeared in the majors in September 2010, before Tommy John surgery.

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Streak, Duda, Patterson, Wheeler, Bay, Baxter, Valdespin, 2013 All-Star Logo, Santana, Ramirez, Parnell

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets, who had an 0-6 homestand before embarking on a three-city trip, now have lost eight straight at Citi Field. That is the team's longest home losing streak since also dropping eight straight at Shea Stadium in September 2007.

Lucas Duda appears to be heating up with Buffalo. After going 3-for-25 in his first six games following a demotion, Duda has a five-game hitting streak during which he is hitting .471 (8-for-17) with two homers. Duda has started the past two games in left field, after manning first base for two games.

Newly acquired right-hander Scott Patterson allowed two runs on three hits in an inning in his Buffalo debut Monday, although he had not thrown off a mound for more than a week. Patterson, 33, had asked for his release from the Mariners organization. He had received a recruiting call during the offseason from Terry Collins, but opted to sign with Seattle over Baltimore and the Mets. Patterson had a 2.89 ERA and four saves in 26 relief appearances at Triple-A Tacoma, but was not being considered for a major league promotion with Seattle.

Zack Wheeler’s second Triple-A start is scheduled for Saturday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) in Buffalo.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Byrdak, Nieuwenhuis, Santana, Bay

Mets News and Notes:

Tim Byrdak is due to get an MRI to help determine the extent of the damage to his left shoulder today. There may be word as well whether Kirk Nieuwenhuis requires surgery for the plantar fascia tear in his right foot, which he suffered with Buffalo.

Johan Santana tossed three scoreless innings in a rehab start for Brooklyn on Sunday night. Terry Collins expects the 33-year-old left-hander will be activated from the DL on Saturday to face the Braves. Santana threw 38 pitches (29 strikes) while surrendering one hit and one walk and striking out three. He upped his pitch count to 90 by throwing in the bullpen at Coney Island afterward. Santana landed on the DL with a right-ankle sprain, although team officials believe that contributed to shoulder fatigue.

"My whole right side feels good," Santana told Stephen Haynes in Newsday. "Even though my ankle was what was bothering me, I was able to rest my whole body. That's something I really needed." 

Jason Bay went 2-for-31 on the road trip. He could start Tuesday when the Mets face Marlins left-hander Wade LeBlanc, but Bay's playing time now may greatly diminish according to a article in Newsday.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Bay to Fish?, Wheeler, Inning Cap, Dickey, Francisco, Valdespin

Bell Back to Mets?
Mets News and Notes:

The Mets discussed sending Jason Bay to the Miami Marlins for closer Heath Bell and catcher John Buck, Ken Rosenthal reports.

Bay is owed $16 million next season, plus a $3 million buyout of a vesting option for 2014. That option only kicks in at $17 million if Bay has 600 plate appearances next season, which will not occur.

The ex-Met Bell is owed a combined $18 million in 2013 and 2014. Buck is owed $6 million next season.

Rosenthal added: "The deal never was close, sources said. But it would have enabled both clubs to purge players who are flopping miserably this season."

Highly regarded pitching prospect Zack Wheeler has been promoted to Triple-A Buffalo. He is scheduled to start Sunday for the Bisons against Syracuse, confirming Monday's report.

Wheeler, 22, went 10-6 with a 3.26 ERA in 19 starts with Double-A Binghamton. He allowed 92 hits, 43 walks and two homers while hitting 11 and striking out 117 in 116 innings.

General manager Sandy Alderson estimated Zack Wheeler likely will be capped at about 150 innings, while Matt Harvey can go 165 or 170 innings this season in the majors.  

Terry Collins said on his weekly radio show that it was likely R.A. Dickey would begin pitching on short rest once the Mets return home next week. That would afford extra rest for Johan Santana and Chris Young between starts. Each is returning from surgery to a repair torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder and has slowed of late.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mets Morning Tidbits: Quintanilla, Duda, Bay, Hojo

Mets Morning Tidbits:

Omar Quintanilla was designated for assignment before the game to clear Bay's roster spot. Quintanilla must clear waivers in order to be sent to the minors. The Mets carried him this long on the major league roster while he went largely unused because they fear losing Quintanilla via the waiver process.

Lucas Duda expects to return to the starting lineup Wednesday for the first time since the second-half opener. Duda received a cortisone shot in his strained left hamstring in New York during Monday's off-day.

With Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda likely starting at two outfield positions now that Duda has received a cortisone shot in his left hamstring, Collins logically could relegate Bay to platoon player and wait until Thursday's matchup with southpaw Gio Gonzalez to start him again. Valdespin or Andres Torres could fill the third outfield spot Wednesday.

Even former hitting coach Howard Johnson, watching elsewhere on TV, tweeted: "With one swing Valdespin might have just saved the Mets season and signaled the end of Jason Bay in NY." 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Harvey, Bay, Liriano

Mets News and Notes:

J.P. Ricciardi was on hand in Buffalo last night to witness the start (audition) by 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey. Harvey stated his case for Saturday's start at Citi Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Harvey did not allow a hit through five innings. He ultimately was charged with two runs on three hits, four walks and a hit batter.

The bottom line: If the Mets are purely interested in Harvey's development, they would give him a little extra time in Triple-A. He may be one of the best options to start against the Dodgers, but it does not mean it's the right option.

Writes columnist Jeff Bradley in the Star-Ledger:

The time is coming for Matt Harvey to pitch for the Mets. But probably not this Saturday at Citi Field, against the Dodgers, as many had hoped. Harvey made his 19th start for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons last night. He threw 100 pitches in a span of 6T innings, allowing three singles and two runs. He was throwing his fastball consistently around 95 mph, mixing in a sharp breaking ball and a decent change. But four walks, a hit batsman and a wild pitch -- which could be blamed on rust since he had not made a start in 12 days -- will likely be factors that delay his major league debut.

Jason Bay played what sounded like his final rehab game with Buffalo on Monday night. He went 0-for-2 with two walks and lost a ball in the Triple-A lights in left field. With the Mets facing a southpaw in D.C. today, Bay sounded like he expected to be manning left field at Nationals Park for the series opener.'s Jon Heyman lists the Mets along with the Angels, Red Sox, Yankees, Blue Jays and Braves as showing interest in Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Harvey, Wheeler, Bay, Baxter, Duda

Mets News and Notes:

All eyes now turn on Monday's off-day to Buffalo, where Matt Harvey will state his case while pitching for the Bisons against Triple-A Toledo at 7:05 p.m. in an SNY-televised game.

Mets brass will attend to gauge whether the 2010 first-round pick is ready to make his major league debut Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.

Otherwise, the start appears poised to go to Miguel Batista.

A scout who has watched Zack Wheeler pitch twice this season said he is equipped to face major league hitters now. Still, Terry Collins was resolute Sunday in dismissing the Double-A phenom as a consideration for Saturday's start against L.A., saying Harvey is the consideration for a call-up.

Jason Bay also could complete a rehab assignment with Buffalo and be activated for Tuesday's series opener against Washington. Bay went 2-for-4 with a walk and steal and played nine innings in left field for Buffalo on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Mike Baxter had a two-hit, two-RBI performance with Class A St. Lucie in his first rehab game since dislocating his right collarbone on a no-hitter-saving catch June 1 at Citi Field.

Lucas Duda is due to get a strained left hamstring examined in New York today. Collins did not believe Duda was a DL candidate.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Gee's Replacement, Bay, Baxter, Duda, Trade Options

Mets News and Notes:

Matt Harvey will audition Monday with Triple-A Buffalo against Toledo for the rotation spot vacated by Dillon Gee, who underwent potentially season-ending surgery Friday in St. Louis to repair a damaged artery in his pitching shoulder.

Terry Collins said a bevy of front-office executives will watch Harvey's International League start to gauge his readiness to face the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday at Citi Field. Collins said the decision for Gee's replacement essentially is down to Harvey and Miguel Batista. Zack Wheeler undoubtedly will be a consideration for a promotion soon as well, but not now, according to Collins.

Jason Bay's rehab assignment moved to Buffalo on Saturday after two games with Class A St. Lucie. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts as the DH. Collins said it's realistic for Bay to return Tuesday, when the Mets open a series against the Nationals.  

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Relief, Dykstra, Francisco, Bay, Gee, Dickey, Draft

Mets News and Notes:

The Mets will sign 39-year-old left-hander C.J. Nitkowski to a minor league deal and assign him to Double-A Binghamton.

Lenny Dykstra pleaded guilty Friday in Los Angeles to bankruptcy fraud, concealment of assets and money laundering. He faces up 20 years in prison at a Dec. 3 sentencing.

Frank Francisco's return is on hold after the closer was shut down with continued oblique discomfort. Jason Bay, meanwhile, went 0-for-3 with a walk for the second straight day with Class A St. Lucie, this time as the DH. Terry Collins indicated Bay quickly would move to Triple-A Buffalo, paving the way for him to potentially be activated for next week's series in Washington.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Harvey, Santana, Bay

Mets News and Notes:

What about Matt Harvey taking Dillon Gee's spot in rotation?

According to ESPN NY, Terry Collins did not completely rule him out for the first turn in Gee's rotation spot, but painted it as an unlikely scenario. "It's a remote possibility," the manager said. "I'm not ruling out anything."

Make no mistake: The job appears likely to be Harvey's sooner than later.

“We’re in the hunt,” Collins told reporters in Atlanta. “This isn’t a tryout camp. So if the people who see him say he’s ready, bring him up. I’m all for it. ... [Buffalo manager] Wally [Backman] told me, 'Look, he's coming [along]. I'm not sure he's ready yet.' But, you know what? There may be a force-feed."

Santana, despite a balky right ankle, was declared fit to start Sunday's series finale, expected to be against Ben Sheets in the ex-Brewer's return to the majors after a two-year absence. Santana tossed a baseball during Thursday's workout and should throw a bullpen session today to get ready. So the rotation is Young, R.A. Dickey and Santana in Atlanta, then Jon Niese opening the series in D.C. on Tuesday, after a team off-day. It should be Young or Batista on Wednesday.

Jason Bay began a rehab assignment Thursday night with Class A St. Lucie, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout and walk and manning seven innings in left field for Class A St. Lucie. Frank Francisco (oblique) also is ready to begin pitching for the club.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Interleague, All-Stars, Gee, Bay, Francisco, Dickey

Mets News an Notes:

Union chief Michael Weiner confirmed Tuesday that interleague matchups between natural rivals -- including the Mets and Yankees -- will be limited to three or four games a season going forward, not six.

The exception will be in years when, for instance, the AL East and NL East line up to play. In those seasons, a six-game, home-and-home slate will still be played.

Dickey eventually entered the All-Star Game in the sixth and surrendered a hit and plunked a batter, but he coaxed a double-play grounder from Miguel Cabrera and escaped the inning unscathed in what ended as an 8-0 NL victory. Carlos Ruiz, who caught Dickey, got through the knuckleball receiving fine while using Thole's oversized mitt. David Wright, meanwhile, replaced Pablo Sandoval and went 0-for-2. Collins, who was a coach on Tony La Russa's staff, made a ninth-inning pitching change.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Injury Updates: Santana, Bay, Francisco, Torres

Johan Santana, originally announced as the starter for the second-half opener in Atlanta on Friday, will be pushed back to allow his right ankle extra time to heal, Terry Collins said.

Santana twisted the ankle covering first base Friday, then was stepped on by the Cubs' Reed Johnson on the play.

Collins insisted there was nothing alarming with Santana's ankle, and maintained extra rest was simply prudent. A team spokesman said Santana was not available to discuss the change of plans.

Dillon Gee will now take the second-half opener Friday at Turner Field opposite Tim Hudson. R.A. Dickey will remain the Saturday starter.

Terry Collins expects Jason Bay will begin a rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie on Wednesday. The manager added that Bay, who has been on the disabled list since suffering a concussion on June 15, also will appear for Triple-A Buffalo before being activated from the disabled list. That places the likely timetable for Bay's return as the series at Washington that opens next Tuesday.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Injury Updates: Torres, Santana, Bay

Injury Updates:

Andres Torres said he’s dealing with back spams, but the Mets center fielder expects he’ll be back after the All-Star break.

Terry Collins called Torres “day-to-day” before the game, and expected that he wouldn’t play in the team’s three-game weekend series against Chicago.

“A couple more days and I’ll be fine,” Torres said. “It’s not that bad. I just have to wait before we see if something happens and it gets worse. I don’t wanna lose a few weeks, that’s why I’ll just go day by day.”

Johan Santana twisted his ankle in the fifth inning of Friday’s 8-7 loss to the Cubs, but the Mets left-hander isn’t concerned that the injury will cause him to miss any time.

“I still feel it a little bit, but I don’t think it’ll be a big deal,” Santana said. “I’ll be fine.”

The injury occurred as Santana was trying to catch Justin Turner’s flip at first base with his bare hand. Santana dropped the ball, and Reed Johnson -- who had hit a dribbler between the mound and first leading off the frame -- stepped on his ankle, causing him to go down for a moment. At the time, the score was tied at 2.

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