Showing posts with label Jeurys Familia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jeurys Familia. Show all posts

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Mets Scolded for Leaving Field Early?, Familia not balking, No DL for Lagares, DeGrom impressive, despite no wins yet, Eveland on the way...


Mets News and Notes:

Mets Scolded for Leaving Field Early?
The Mets knew they would prevail in a challenge, but they still were not supposed to leave the field. And they got a tongue-lashing as a result.

In Saturday's 14-inning win over the Phillies, second-base umpire Doug Eddings ruled Domonic Brown safe on a two-out steal attempt in the bottom of the fifth.

Mets manager Terry Collins challenged the ruling. And once the Mets saw the replay on the scoreboard and concluded they were in the right, they left the field, even though the umpiring crew had yet to formally reverse the safe call.

“They scolded me,” Collins said. “I took it like a man, like I always do. It’s not the first. It won’t be the last. [The players] just saw the replay on the board so they came off the field. They’re supposed to stay on the field. They’ve been out there so much they want to get off.”

Familia Not Balking
Mets manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen got into an animated discussion with the umpiring crew after Saturday's 14-inning win over the Phillies. And it's a discussion they have had before.

The Mets repeatedly have been told that an aspect of Jeurys Familia's delivery involving his right leg can be considered a balk. The Mets continue to counter that it's part of Familia's natural delivery and therefore permissible.

“It’s part of his delivery that he does that they said it almost can constitute a balk at times,” Collins said. “I told them, ‘You’re the 10th umpire that’s talked about it.’ Nobody has ever called it. So we’ll let it roll.”

No DL for Lagares
Mets manager Terry Collins does not expect Juan Lagares to be in the lineup Sunday, but also does not expect the standout center fielder to land on the disabled list.

Lagares was scratched from Saturday’s start shortly before the first pitch with a right rib-cage injury, which the Mets are calling a spasm. The injury is toward the back of the rib cage, not in the side area which can be particularly problematic when swinging.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets have to figure if either Franklin, Gregorius, or Drew is worth the price at shortstop


Mets Rumors:


The Mets are looking into several alternatives at shortstop instead of Ruben Tejada. Tejada has looked mediocre at best, only having 3 hits in 25 AB's this spring with lackluster defense.. Yeah, he went to a special clinic in the winter, but it has not translated on the field as the Mets had hoped.

The problem is, at what price do the Mets get another shortstop?

Do the Mets forfeit another draft pick and cave in to the demands of Scott Boras to sign Stephen Drew?
The Mets have been willing only to go 1 year at this point, but Drew and Boras want more. The Mets are only offering $9.5 Million, but Boras has indicated that they could look towards the $14 Million mark.

For this to work, the Mets would have to give Drew a multiyear deal. The problem is the Mets most likely will go shopping for a shortstop via free agency in 2015. The big names will be J.J. Hardy, Hanley Ramirez, Jed Lowrie, and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Second Scenario: The Mets can go out and try to trade for a shortstop. The Mariners and D'Backs have shortstops available, but the Mets have to find out if the price is right.

The Mariners have infielder Nick Franklin available, who has been on the Mets radar for some time. The Mets have sent scouts to see if Franklin can handle the position at short. The Rays and Orioles have reported some interest, but see him as a logical fit at second base. Franklin hit 12 HR's a year ago and definitely give the Mets some much added pop to the lineup. Franklin is batting .235 this spring.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mets News: Mets activate Jeurys Familia from DL


Mets News:

The Mets have activated RHP Jeurys Familia from the disabled list. He underwent surgery on June 5 to clean out his right elbow.

Familia made four minor league appearances during his rehab, including pitching a scoreless inning in Friday night's Savannah championship clincher.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Mets News: Familia will rehab with Brooklyn Cyclones for the time being


Mets News:


According to ESPN NY, Jeurys Familia will join the Brooklyn Cyclones for their final two games of the regular season, then move to a playoff-team elsewhere in the system.

Familia tossed a scoreless inning Sunday for Class A St. Lucie in his first official game action since undergoing June 5 surgery to clean out his right elbow.

The Mets still hope to get Familia to the major league level before the season's completion. "There's a chance," Terry Collins said.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mets News: Jeurys Familia might be returning in September


Mets News:


Jeurys Familia, who underwent surgery on June 5 to clean out his right elbow, is close to game action.

Familia threw a 30-pitch bullpen in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Mets officials are eyeing Monday for game-type action. The Gulf Coast League has ended, and Class A St. Lucie's season is over Sunday, but the Mets plan to cobble together a game at their complex with available players.

The Mets believe he will see major league action in September.

One complication right now: Rehab coordinator Jon Debus has a serious artery blockage and is requiring medical attention, a team official said.

Friday, August 23, 2013

2013 Mets Top 20 Prospects (Updated)


Here are the 2013 Mets Top 20 Prospects.

To be eligible to be on the list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.

*Players are graded on a 2-8 scale for both present and future tools. 2-3 is well below average, 4 is below average, 5 is average, 6 is above average and 7-8 is plus.


1) Noah Syndergaard - RHP - Binghamton Mets (AA)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Fastball: 6/7 | Curveball: 4/5 | Changeup: 5/6 | Control: 4/5 | Overall: 5/6

Syndergaard had a very successful full-season debut where he made the All-Star team, held hitters to a .212 average and struck out 10.6 per nine innings. He uses his height well, throwing downhill with some movement. Though his fastball is plus, thrown up to 96 mph consistently, he’s more than just a thrower. His power curve has improved as he’s added velocity to it and it could be an above-average breaking ball in the future. He has a power changeup as well, which is still a work in progress, but could give him a third above-average offering. Despite his size, he has an easy delivery and he throws strikes. His combination of stuff, pitchability and aggressiveness on the mound point to a possible future as a frontline starter.

2) Travis d'Arnaud - C - New York Mets

Scouting Grades (present/future): Hit: 5/6 | Power: 5/6 | Run: 3/3 | Arm: 5/6 | Field: 4/5 | Overall: 5/6

If it hadn’t been for some injuries, talk about d’Arnaud as a prospect would have long been a thing of the past and the buzz would be about him as one of the bright young catching stars in the big leagues. In 2012, he was tearing up the Pacific Coast League when he tore the PCL in his left knee. During the offseason, he was traded for an ace for the second time in his career. Initially a Phillies prospect, he was dealt to Toronto in the Roy Halladay deal. This time, he was the key part of a package sent from the Blue Jays to the Mets for R.A. Dickey. When healthy, he has the tools to be a top-flight all-around backstop. He’s agile and athletic with a good arm and has worked hard to improve his throwing. He has the ability to hit for both average and power and is a natural leader behind the plate, skills he should be able to show off in New York soon.

3) Rafael Montero - RHP - Las Vegas 51's (AAA)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): FB: 6/7 | Curve: 4/5 | Slider: 5/5 | Changeup: 4/5 | Control: 5/6 | Overall: 5/6

Since signing out of the Dominican Republic, a bit older than most international prospects, Montero has been on a bit of a fast track. He made three stops during his debut summer in 2011, then kept on going in 2012, pitching at both full-season A-ball affiliates while finishing fourth in the organization in ERA and batting average against. He's not the biggest guy in the world, but there aren't concerns about durability. Montero has a real feel for pitching, often pitching backwards with his slider and quality fading changeup. That doesn't mean he doesn't have a fastball. He can touch 95 mph with a ton of life. He can throw all of them for strikes, which bodes well for his future as a member of a big league rotation.

4) Wilmer Flores - 2B/INF - New York Mets

Scouting Grades (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 4/5 | Run: 3/3 | Arm: 6/6 | Field: 4/5 | Overall: 4/5

The 2012 season was a big one for the Mets infield prospect. Still very young, Flores made impressive progress at the plate, moving up to Double-A for the first time. He has a knack for making contact and is extremely tough to strike out. His overall approach at the plate improved and that helped him tap into his raw power more consistently. Initially a shortstop, Flores moved around the infield in 2012, spending more time at third than anywhere else, and that's a much better home for him given his lack of quickness. He has good hands and a strong arm, but the lack of range might continue to be an issue. Flores' bat might be ready to contribute soon, regardless of his position.

5) Brandon Nimmo - OF - Savannah Sand Gnats (A Full)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 4/6 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 4/5 | Overall: 5/6

When evaluating where Nimmo is on the development path, it's important to note that Brooklyn is not a very nice place to hit. Just ask Ike Davis, who hit zero homers in the New York-Penn League at age 21. Nimmo, the Wyoming native who didn't have a high school baseball team, hit six as a raw teenager. There's a lot of raw power to tap into for Nimmo and as he continues to refine his approach, he should have at least above-average pop in games. He does understand the strike zone quite well, so he should hit for average as well. A solid average runner, Nimmo has a good arm and while he has work to do to stay in center field, should be an average defender across the board. The Mets knew it might take Nimmo some time to develop given his experience, but in many ways he's ahead of the curve.

6) Cesar Puello - OF - Binghamton Mets (AA)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 3/6 | Power: 5/6 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 6/6 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 4/6

In terms of pure raw tools, no one stands ahead of Puello in the Mets' organization. The 2013 season looked like the one where he would translate those tools into consistent performance, until he was suspended for 50 games for PED use in the wake of the Biogenesis investigation. Puello still has a good deal of raw power and the bat speed to be a good all-around hitter. He needs to continue to refine his approach at the plate so he can tap into that power, something that started to come in 2013. He has good speed and a very strong arm from the outfield, with the chance to be an above-average defender, either in center or right field. He'll need to prove to everyone that his breakout wasn't drug-enhanced after he returns from his suspension.

7) Dominic Smith - 1B/OF - GCL Mets (RK)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 4/5 | Run: 4/4 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 4/5

For the third year in a row, the Mets took a high school position player with their first pick in the Draft and this time it was Smith, whom many thought to be the best pure prep hitter in the 2013 Draft class. The SoCal first baseman has the chance to be an above-average hitter and should add more power as he develops. While he's a quality defender at first, he is limited to that position, so how much pop he does add will determine just how well he profiles at the corner infield spot. Most are confident, however, that his bat should carry him to the big leagues.

8) Gavin Cecchini - SS - Brooklyn Cyclones (A Short)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 2/4 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 5/6
If Cecchini needs advice about the travails of Minor League life, he can ask his older brother, Garin, who was a fourth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2010. Of course his father, who doubled as his high school coach, well-prepared him for the path ahead. Gavin is a scrappy middle infielder who should be able to play shortstop long-term thanks to good range, a solid arm and plus instincts. Those instincts also helps his solid average speed play up on the basepaths. He projects to be a good all-around hitter with the ability to make consistent contact, even if it’s not with that much power. He plays the game the right way and that plus makeup should help him move up the organizational ladder.

9) Kevin Plawecki - C - St. Lucie Mets (A Adv)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 3/5 | Power: 4/5 | Run: 3/3 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 4/5

The 2012 Draft class wasn't a great one in terms of catching depth, especially from the college ranks, so Plawecki was able to ride a strong junior season at Purdue into the supplemental first round. At Purdue, he was a contact-first, offensive-minded catcher, but he has some obvious strength and should hit for more power in the future (he did hit seven homers, including four at home in Brooklyn -- a tough park for hitters). He may not wow anyone with his skills behind the plate, but he's a solid receiver who works well with pitchers and with an arm that was strong and accurate enough to throw out 32 percent of would-be basestealers during his pro debut. There isn't much catching depth in the Mets' system and Plawecki rises right to the top of that class.

10) Jeurys Familia - RHP - Rehab Assignment

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Fastball: 7/7 | Slider: 5/6 | Changeup: 4/5 | Control: 3/4 | Overall: 5/6

There has never been any question about Familia’s arm strength and his ability to generate swings and misses, with his strikeout rate of nearly a batter per inning throughout his Minor League career. He can maintain his mid-90s velocity throughout his starts with good sink. His slider with short bite gives him a very good breaking ball to complement his fastball, and it has a cutter-type action. He shows some feel for a sinking changeup, though he doesn’t throw it much, especially when he’s coming out of the bullpen. His lack of command and the lack of a consistent third pitch makes most thinking a relief role makes the most sense, with the potential to be a future closer.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Flores DL?, Francisco Throws, Familia going to Throw, Parnell Progressing, Mejia don't have limit, A Scout's Take on Juan Lagares


Mets News and Notes:

Flores DL?:

Wilmer Flores' sprained right ankle felt worse Tuesday, creating the possibility of a DL trip, Terry Collins said.

Flores twisted the ankle running the bases in the second inning Monday night and limped badly after the game. He remained in the series opener and completed the game after getting the ankle taped.

Collins said a DL determination likely would not be made for a couple of days.

Sandy Alderson said Flores has not undergone X-rays or an MRI.

"It's pretty stiff," Collins said. "In this world we live in, there's always the possibility of the DL. We certainly won't know anything for a day or so. I think the fact that he was taped up might have kept it a little bit intact. But after the game he was very, very uncomfortable. And today he was even worse than last night."

Francisco Throws and Familia going to Throw:


Frank Francisco, who has yet to appear this season, threw off a mound in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Tuesday for the first time since receiving anti-inflammatory injections in his right elbow in mid-July.

Francisco threw only fastballs. He tossed 20 pitches.

Francisco underwent what seemed like a benign surgery on Dec. 18 to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

Meanwhile, Jeurys Familia is due to throw off a mound Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery on June 5 to clean out his right elbow.

Parnell Progress:

Closer Bobby Parnell was deemed to be making "good progress" in rebounding from a herniated disk in his neck. Parnell had received an epidural injection on Aug. 5.

Parnell recently was reevaluated by team doctors. He remains idle, though.

LaTroy Hawkins primarily has handled the closing duties in Parnell's absence.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Mets News: Frank Francisco and Jeurys Familia injury updates


Mets might not see him on the mound this season

Mets News:


Frank Francisco underwent what seemed like a benign surgery on Dec. 18 to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. He received a pair of cortisone shots in mid-July after complaining of more discomfort. Francisco has not returned to a mound since those injections. He currently is long-tossing at distances up to 120 feet.

Frank Francisco is getting paid $6.5 million this season in the last year of his contract.

Jeurys Familia, actually, has moved ahead of Francisco in terms of progress. Familia is long-tossing at 150 feet and imminently should be advancing to throwing off a mound for the first time since undergoing June 5 surgery to clean out his right elbow.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Familia surgery, Niese will wait to throw, Strasburg push back, Puello suspension


Mets News and Notes:


Jeurys Familia, who flew to New York on Tuesday morning, will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs and other loose bodies from his pitching elbow, the team announced.

Familia had been placed on the DL on May 12 with biceps tendinitis. The surgery will be performed Wednesday.

Meanwhile,  Jonathon Niese will wait until Wednesday to throw a bullpen session at Nationals Park, which is the standard three days before his next scheduled start.

Niese missed his last turn with shoulder tendinitis. He is due to play catch today.

The Mets intend to have Niese reenter the rotation Saturday against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field, assuming he gets through Wednesday's activity OK.

Stephen Strasburg will be pushed back and not face the Mets on Thursday, the Washington Nationals announced. Gio Gonzalez, pitching on regular rest, instead will oppose Shaun Marcum in the series finale.

Strasburg was forced from his last start after two innings with a strained lat muscle.

Lastly,  Major League Baseball will move to suspend roughly 20 players linked to the Miami-area clinic ensnared in a performance-enhancing drug scandal after gaining cooperation from Biogenesis of America founder Tony Bosch, "Outside the Lines" reports.

While Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun are big names identified in the report, the Mets' Double-A outfielder Cesar Puello also is a suspension candidate, the report states.

Puello, 22, entered today's play hitting .302 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 169 at-bats with the B-Mets.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Mets News: Atchison gets second opinion, Familia heading to NY


Mets News:


Reliever Scott Atchison, who had renewed numbness in his right fingers because of a bone spur in his pitching elbow, received a second opinion from doctor James Andrews. Andrews concurred with Mets doctors that Atchison did not need surgery now to remove the spur, which has irritated a nerve, the team announced.

Atchison will attempt to resume throwing after returning to Port St. Lucie.

Jeurys Familia is headed to New York to be examined by team doctors.

Familia landed on the disabled list May 12 with what has been labeled biceps tendinitis. He made a pair of rehab appearances with Class A St. Lucie before the issue resurfaced. Terry Collins recently had expressed hope Familia would be back on a mound this past weekend after letting the issue calm.

Familia said that he is not in pain -- just that he cannot fully extend his arm during his delivery.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Mets News: Familia and Mejia have setbacks in their rehab, Francisco and Atchison status in limbo


Mets News:


A quartet of Mets pitchers on the disabled list have experienced setbacks that are preventing them from pitching on the mound, Terry Collins said. The newest developments involve right-handers Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia, both of whom have needed to be backed off minor league rehab appearances.

Familia, who had made a pair of relief appearances with Class A St. Lucie, experienced a renewed issue with the biceps tendinitis that landed him on the disabled list May 12. Collins said of all the issues, he is most optimistic Familia can get back on a mound this weekend, and eventually move to Triple-A Las Vegas.

"After the other day, he came in and told them his forearm is pretty sore," Collins said. "So they have slowed him down. ... The next day he came in and felt a lot better. It could have been the old 'overdo it.' You feel good enough that you're going to really let it fly. And then, all of a sudden, you overdo it and then you're pretty sore the next day."

Mejia has spent the entire season on the DL because of a forearm issue. He had made a pair of rehab starts with the Florida State League club, logging five innings in the most recent outing, on March 23. But a flareup of the issue is now keeping him off the mound.

Meanwhile, former closer Frank Francisco continues to deal with elbow inflammation and is not throwing off a mound, Collins said. He is throwing on flat ground.

Scott Atchison has renewed finger numbness and is seeking a second opinion as to whether a bone spur in his right elbow needs to be surgically removed now.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/25: Familia and Atchison pitch scoreless frames in rehab relief


Mets Minor League Roundup 5/25:


BINGHAMTON 3, PORTLAND 2:: The Binghamton Mets scored the game-winning run on a Portland throwing error in the bottom of the 10th to beat the Sea Dogs 3-2 Saturday night. Danny Muno scored the winning run. Portland’s only offense against B-Met starter Logan Verrett came in the third inning and he retired the final 13 batters he faced. His night ended after seven innings, and he struck out nine hitters in a no-decision. Binghamton’s offense was held scoreless for the first seven innings of the game. Muno walked to lead off the eighth inning, and Josh Rodriguez hit an opposite field home run to tie the game. One night after receiving a loss, Jeff Walters returned to the mound and threw two scoreless innings. The B-Met closer picked up the first Double-A win of his career.Box.

SAVANNAH 2, AUGUSTA 1: SS Phillip Evans sent the Augusta GreenJackets packing with an electrifying game-winning gap hit to left field in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Gnats defeated the GreenJackets 2-1.There were fireworks on and off the field Saturday night beginning with four scoreless innings from Savannah RHP Jake Kuebler in his first start on the season. The GreenJackets managed to score a run in the sixth inning off of reliever RHP Marco Camarena in his first appearance of the season with the Gnats. Camarena finished with four innings pitched allowing four hits, while striking out three. Savannah rallied in the ninth. Catcher Jeff Glenn singled to tie the game. Savannah RHP Tyler Vanderheiden earned his third win of the season. Box.

ST. LUCIE 1, BRADENTON 0: Angel Cuan pitched seven scoreless innings and three Mets pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Mets defeated Bradenton 1-0 on Saturday. Cuan pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed just two hits while striking out nine. Jeurys Familia retired the side in order in the eighth with one strikeout and Scott Atchison pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning with one strikeout to close the game. Familia and Atchison were both on major league rehab assignments. Albert Cordero had a two-out, RBI single to right to score Dustin Lawley in the second.Box

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mets News: Familia to start rehab stint, Francisco's status unclear


Mets News:


Reliever Jeurys Familia, who landed on the disabled list May 12 with biceps tendinitis, is due to begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Class A St. Lucie, Terry Collins said.

Collins said Familia is expected to also pitch with Triple-A Las Vegas before begin activated from the disabled list.

Frank Francisco, on the other hand, continues his exceedingly long rehab from December surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Collins described Francisco as status quo -- meaning no one in the organization can venture a guess as to when the ex-closer will declare himself healthy enough to resume pitching.

Francisco last pitched in a Florida State League game on May 8. He was examined five days later by team doctors, who found a mild strain of the flexor pronator. He was advised not to throw for 72 hours, then attempt to resume throwing.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mets News: Greg Burke Demoted, Familia will join the team


After the Mets' bullpen logged 10 1/3 innings in Tuesday's doubleheader, Jeurys Familia is being sent from Triple-A Las Vegas to Denver to be with the Mets.

Submariner Greg Burke officially has been demoted by the Mets to clear a roster spot for the addition of Jeurys Familia.

Burke, 30, had a 7.06 ERA in 7 1/3 innings spanning seven appearances. He allowed 10 hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Burke had worked both games of Tuesday's doubleheader. Familia has not pitched since logging two innings Sunday, so his arm should be fresh.

Burke's Career Stats:
Year Tm Lg W L ERA G SV IP H R ER BB SO
2009 SDP NL 3 3 4.14 48 0 45.2 48 23 21 23 33
2013 NYM NL 0 1 7.36 7 0 7.1 10 9 6 3 7
2 Yrs 3 4 4.58 55 0 53.0 58 32 27 26 40
162 Game Avg. 4 5 4.58 68 0 66 72 40 33 32 49
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/17/2013.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Mets Minor League Round Up: 4/8 - Jeurys Familia picks up first save


Mets Minor League Roundup: 4/8

Class AAA - LAS VEGAS 4, FRESNO 3: Jamie Hoffmann's single with one out in the top of the ninth against ex-Mets reliever Ramon Ramirez scored Josh Satin with the tiebreaking run. Jeurys Familia, inserted in the closer's role in his first game since a demotion, picked up his first professional save with a scoreless ninth despite surrendering a pair of two-out hits. Darin Gorski allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings in his Triple-A debut. Gorski stepped into Las Vegas' rotation with Aaron Laffey's promotion after originally being assigned to Binghamton. Greg Peavey and Justin Hampson combined for three scoreless relief innings. Satin went 3-for-4 and is now hitting .476. Box

Class AA - BINGHAMTON 7, ERIE 2: Alonzo Harris hit a game-tying solo homer in the sixth as the B-Mets scored seven unanswered runs for the comeback victory. Erie pitcher David Kopp’s throwing error opened the door for the B-Mets’ pivotal four-run seventh. With a runner on first and the score tied at 2, Juan Centeno bounced a potential inning-ending double-play ball back to the mound. Kopp fielded it cleanly, but skipped his throw into center. Wilfredo Tovar followed with a

Friday, March 29, 2013

Mets News: Burke and Familia will be on the Opening Day Roster


Burke
Submariner Greg Burke and right-hander Jeurys Familia both have made the Opening Day roster, sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

Assuming the Mets proceed with carrying two left-handers in the bullpen, that suggests the Mets will have eight relievers to open the season: Bobby Parnell, Brandon Lyon, LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Atchison, Josh Edgin, Burke and Familia as well as Robert Carson or Scott Rice.

Carson is on the 40-man roster and presumably has the advantage.

The Mets would then need to shed a bullpen piece when Shaun Marcum would be activated from the DL to make the Game 6 start.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Rumor Mill: Seven Player deal with Blue Jays??


Rumor Mill:

As of this morning, the deal had four players coming to the Mets and three to the Blue Jays, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post (Twitter links).

Toronto also wants a catcher back in the deal, and that could be Thole.  The Mets have discussed getting pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard in the deal as well, Puma tweets.

The two teams are inching towards the finish line, a source tells Passan (via Twitter).  At least some players' medicals have been reviewed and a deal is imminent.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says the two sides have agreed that d'Arnaud can be the centerpiece of the trade after the Mets rejected a Gose/J.P. Arencibia package (all Twitter links). Once they finalize the rest of the players involved, it's believed Dickey will talk about an extension with Toronto.

It is believed from what I read that the Mets will send Pitcher R.A. Dickey, Catcher Josh Thole, and either RHP Jeurys Familia or IF/OF Wilmer Flores for Catcher Travis d'Arnaud, Catcher John Buck, OF Anthony Gose, and  LHP Noah Syndergaard.... Nothing Confirmed yet!

Stay Tuned!


Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Mets Plan for 2013, Reyes Speaks, Greenberg AB, Dickey Surgery, Valdespin, Familia


Team sources gave insights to ESPNNewYork.com about the Mets' 2013 roster composition.

In the news story, a team executive expresses optimism David Wright will remain a Met long term, then become an ambassador for the organization, akin to the role 68 Year Old Tom Seaver currently holds. An official would not rule out trading Dickey.

It is unlikely Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez are re-signed. Andres Torres and Mike Pelfrey are expected to be non-tendered. The Mets would welcome back free-agent-to-be Scott Hairston, but believe he may get a two-year deal elsewhere and depart.

If Hairston departs, the outfield is barren. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who ended this season on the minor league DL with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot, will get strong consideration as the starting center fielder, a team official said. Lucas Duda would man a corner-outfield spot if the Mets do not trade Ike Davis and move Duda to first base. Mike Baxter would return as a backup outfielder.

A team official said the Mets will work hard during spring training with outfield prospect Matt den Dekker to cut down his strikeouts (154 in 533 at-bats between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo this season) to make him a 2013 option. Unfortunately for the Mets, den Dekker is a lefty hitter like Nieuwenhuis. The duo would be a quality platoon if one hit from the right side.
 
The Mets would like to upgrade over Kelly Shoppach, but the price may be right for a return when all is said and done. Ronny Cedeno likely will first look for a starting shortstop job elsewhere.

Lefty reliever Tim Byrdak, whose contract is expiring, likely will be unable to contribute in 2013. He underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder last month. While rookies Josh Edgin and Robert Carson have emerged as viable lefty options in the pen, the Mets also would like to bring in an established southpaw reliever, manager Terry Collins has said.


Team officials maintain anyone will be available in a trade for the right price, with Davis, Dickey, Daniel Murphy, Niese and Bobby Parnell among the pieces that might command the most. The organization, however, is conscious of its lack of power. So team officials recognize they cannot trade Davis, who has 31 homers this season, without getting a comparable power bat in return in that deal or otherwise. The Red Sox reportedly had two scouts at Monday’s Mets-Marlins game, with speculation they were watching Davis.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Wright's Uncertainty, Thole, Alderson, Mejia, Familia and Ramirez, Murphy, Chipper Jones vs Mets


Mets News and Notes:

In an exclusive interview with ESPNNewYork.com, David Wright expressed uncertainty about his future with the ballclub. He indicated he wants his next contract to take him to retirement. He also noted he would not be inclined to discuss an extension during next season -- so it's an agreement this offseason or he's headed to free agency.
“The optimism is I’m hopeful,” he said. “It’s well-documented: I’ve really enjoyed my time here. We’ve obviously gone through some tough seasons. I’m not lying. I’ve really enjoyed it. I have a lot of really close friends -- not just players or coaches or anything. Front office. Ownership. Stadium security. Clubhouse attendants. I have really a lot, a lot of close friends that I made in this organization. I enjoy it here. I enjoy New York. I feel like the fans and followers of the team really welcomed me with open arms. They’ve seen the ups and downs, obviously. And they’ve stuck right by me. And I’m appreciative.”  

Then again,  Wright said he never has been assured by Fred or Jeff Wilpon that he will remain a Met for life.

Wright recorded his 175th hit of the season on Saturday, the fifth time in his career that he’s reached that total. He’s tied for the most such seasons in Mets history with Jose Reyes, who had five from 2005 to 2011.

Josh Thole was struck in the head with a fourth-inning foul ball off Medlen's bat. Despite initial concerns, Thole appears relatively unscathed. He may have escaped with no more than a cut on the back of his right ear.

Sandy Alderson joined the Mets on Sunday for the final four games of the season. He planned to meet with Terry Collins today or tomorrow in part to discuss the fate of the coaching staff. A team source told Post beat writer Mike Puma it would be surprising for pitching coach Dan Warthen to be dismissed.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Wright's Record, Dickey's Option, Carson, Hernandez's Stache, Familia, CitiField Dimensions


Mets News and Notes:

David Wright passed Ed Kranepool for the franchise career hits record and Jeremy Hefner rebounded from failing to record an out in his previous start by tossing seven scoreless innings as the Mets beat the Pirates, 6-0, Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Wright had a pair of hits and now has 1,420 in his career, moving past Kranepool (1,418). The third baseman also has claimed the franchise records for RBI, runs and walks this season. He previously had claimed the doubles and extra-base hits records.

“I’m proud of the fact that I’ve been able to accomplish what I’ve been able to accomplish so far, but there’s a huge hole in doing what I think I want to accomplish as a team,” Wright told reporters. “Obviously, individually, there’s a lot more I’d like to accomplish. I’m proud of the fact I’ve had the career I’ve had so far, and I’ve worked extremely hard and feel very fortunate to be in this position. So I’m proud of that, but there’s still a big hole that’s inside.”

Dickey has a team-friendly option for next season at $5 million. He won't be as Charitable in his new deal...

"It’s different in that you accept the first contract trying to be compensated for 13 years of playing the game and finally getting a chance to take care of your family,” Dickey told McCullough. “This mentality is different, because I’ve done that now. I have more freedom to really weigh things. ...

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