Showing posts with label John Buck. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John Buck. Show all posts

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mets News: Mets will get RHP Vic Black (Player to be named later) in Pirates Deal


Mets News:


The Mets will receive Triple-A right-hander Vic Black as the second player in the trade that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Foxsports.com reported.

Black reportedly is on waivers. If he goes unclaimed, the deal can be completed now. If he is claimed, he will need to be pulled back and be sent to the Mets after the season.

Black, 25, was the 49th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Dallas Baptist University.

He appeared in three games at the major league level this season. Black is 5-3 with a 2.51 ERA and had 17 saves in 38 relief appearances with Triple-A Indianapolis this season. He has an upper-90s mph fastball and slider.

The Mets already have acquired second baseman Dilson Herrera, who has been assigned to low-A Savannah.

Scouting Video:




Interview Pirates 5/13:

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets send up three players, More moves on the way?


Mets Rumors:


The Mets have moved catcher Anthony Recker, outfielder Matt den Dekker and left-hander Robert Carson from Triple-A Las Vegas to New York to have players available should a trade or trades be consummated.

Now that the Mets have completed a trade for the Byrd/Buck tandem, I would not be surprised to see Feliciano Traded as well.

At least five Mets players are going through the waiver process and Feliciano's name has been mentioned by ESPN.

So the Mets can have another trade in the works.

The Mets have waived the white flag and they want to see what they got or they don't got... Keeping Byrd and Buck on the bench did not go in favor of the players...and they are on a better path that is in contention right now.

Mets News: John Buck and Marlon Byrd Traded to Pirates for Infield Prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later


Mets News:


The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck in a trade Tuesday with the New York Mets.

The Mets, who announced the deal in a press release, received infield prospect Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later.

Pittsburgh, which is attempting to reach the postseason for the first time since 1992, certainly bolstered its offense with the addition of Byrd, who is batting .285 with a career-high 21 home runs and 71 RBIs this season.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mets News: Travis d'Arnaud to remain will big club, Recker Optioned to Triple-A


Mets News:


Travis d'Arnaud will remain with the major league club, the Mets announced after Monday's 6-1 win against the Minnesota Twins. Anthony Recker has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, presumably until rosters expand Sept. 1.

The Mets needed to make the decision with John Buck set to return from a three-day paternity leave on Tuesday.

"In our opinion -- and this is Sandy [Alderson] and I and the coaches' opinion -- the only way this guy is going to improve is to be here," Terry Collins said. "He'll work with John Buck ... to learn from certainly that quality veteran."

D'Arnaud is 0-for-7 with five walks through three major league games.

"Even though he hasn't got a hit yet, he's been on four or five times because he works the count," Collins said. "So he brings a lot to the table."

While d'Arnaud is due to get the bulk of the playing time, Collins indicated Buck will not get buried on the bench.

"They're going to both play," Collins said. "... John Buck deserves some playing time, and he's going to get playing time. I'll discuss that when I get to see John."

Recker is hitting .193 with five homers and 16 RBIs through 109 at-bats this season.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Mets News: Travis d'Arnaud will play Saturday, Buck will go on paternity leave


Mets News:


John Buck finally received word of his wife going into labor and departed before Friday's game against the San Diego Padres. Anthony Recker has replaced Buck in the No. 7 hole in the lineup for the Mets.

Top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud will be called up and play Saturday.

Paternity leave lasts three days, but Sandy Alderson said d'Arnaud may stay in the big leagues beyond that if he holds his own.

The Mets will not officially placed Buck on paternity leave and call up d'Arnaud until Saturday, since d'Arnaud would not be able to arrive from Salt Lake City until after 11:30 p.m. or midnight PT. That also means the paternity leave extends through Monday's game in Minnesota, so Buck does not need to rejoin the Mets until Tuesday's homestand opener in New York.

Terry Collins has indicated d'Arnaud will play while he is with the major league club. If d'Arnaud's stay lasts only three days, he would then return in September, once rosters expand.

“We’re realistic, and this just could be a three-day stint, although September is just around the corner,” Alderson said. “And I would certainly expect that even if he does go back to Vegas, he will be with us in September.”

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Mets News: Travis d'Arnaud will replace John Buck when he departs for paternity leave


Mets News:


John Buck is in Phoenix with the Mets, as his wife in New York continues to await giving birth to the couple's third child, a boy.

Buck in the not-too-distant future should be departing for paternity leave. If the birth waits until after the weekend, he will have a friend's private plane at his disposal to whisk him back to New York.

Travis d'Arnaud, returning from a broken left foot suffered April 17, has been shifted from Binghamton to Las Vegas. That coincides with the Mets' trip out west, and puts d'Arnaud in position for a cameo with the big league club once Buck departs. 


Terry Collins said he would use d'Arnaud during Buck's three-day paternity leave, D'Arnaud already is on the 40-man roster.

D’Arnaud played for Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday night for the first time since fracturing the first metatarsal in his left foot on April 17. He went 1-for-3 with a walk. 

“I feel like my timing is back,” d’Arnaud told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin before departing Double-A Binghamton on Thursday. “I feel good at the plate. I feel good behind the plate. I just feel good in general.” 

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Mets News: Travis d'Arnaud could get callup when John Buck goes on paternity leave


Mets News:


John Buck's wife is due on Thursday with the couple's child, and Terry Collins indicated there is a possibility the Mets would place Buck on a three-day paternity leave at that point.

Buck noted his wife is in New York, where the Mets return to action Friday. So there is a chance he will not need to be placed on paternity leave, assuming the birth does not conflict with a game.

Collins said top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud would be a consideration to get called up for the three days if Buck takes paternity leave. Collins did caution that there would be concern about d'Arnaud not being ready for major league pitching, so Francisco Pena or Juan Centeno at Triple-A Las Vegas might be more likely options.

No matter what, Collins suggested, the stay would only last three days.

D'Arnaud has played six Gulf Coast League games since returning from a broken first metatarsal in his left foot, which he suffered April 17. D'Arnaud played with Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday and was 0 for 4.

D'Arnaud is on the 40-man roster, whereas Peña and Centeno are not. But that may not be a major issue, since Peña and Centeno both needed to be added to the 40-man roster this winter anyway if the Mets want to protect them from Rule 5 draft eligibility.

Peña is the son of former All-Star catcher Tony Peña.

Travis d'Arnaud's Career Minor League Stats:
YearAgeTmGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBA
200718Phillies4114118343042042423.241
2008192 Teams642393373181630122339.305
200819Williamsport481752154131425121829.309
200819Lakewood16641219502500510.297
200920Lakewood126482711233811371844175.255
201021Dunedin712633668201638312063.259
201122New Hampshire1144247213233121784233100.311
201223Las Vegas6727945932121652111959.333
2013242 Teams1858161680113001310.276
201324Las Vegas1236129501800128.250
201324Mets6224730050012.318
7 Seasons50118862915391416673022112153369.286
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/1/2013.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mets Rumors: Byrd, Collins, Feliciano, Byrdak, Parnell, Murphy, Buck, Young


Mets Rumors:

The Orioles are interested in the Mets' Marlon Byrd. However, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News writes that Byrd is "highly unlikely" to be traded and Bobby Parnell is "highly, highly unlikely" to be moved .

A Mets executive told Mike Puma of the New York Post that he would be surprised if manager Terry Collins were replaced after the season. The Mets are happy with the job that Collins has done, and the executive says the team is doing a good job of "sprinting to the finish line" with Collins at the helm (Twitter). Collins still only under contract through the 2013 season.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post, tweets that left-handed relief is in such high demand, the Mets actually received calls checking in on how Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano were progressing in their rehab.

Tim Byrdak's contract contains a clause that allows him to leave the Mets should another team offer him a Major League roster spot. After being contacted by an interested team, the Mets would have 48 hours to add Byrdak to their own big league roster. If they chose not to do so, Byrdak would be free to join the new team, and the Mets would receive no compensation.

Nothing has changed on the Marlon Byrd and Bobby Parnell front, according to Sherman (on Twitter). The Mets have received nibbles on both, but not nearly enough to make a deal likely.

The Mets are seeking a "Wheeler type" top prospect in exchange for Parnell, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter). Given that exorbitant price tag, it's no surprise that interest hasn't picked up much.

Sherman adds that the Mets had hoped to see interest in Daniel Murphy, John Buck and Eric Young Jr., but to this point they haven't received calls on that group. As such, they're likely to simply try to win as many games as they can with the current group in the season's second half.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Mets News: John Buck sets RBI club record


Mets News:

John Buck homered for the third time in his first week as a Met. This time he opened the scoring Monday with a three-run shot in the second inning against Roy Halladay.

Buck now has 12 RBIs -- the most runs driven in by a Met in the team's first seven games of a season in franchise history.

“If I just keep doing what I’m doing, they can be surprised at the end of the year,” Buck said after Monday's 7-2 win while downplaying his early success. “That’s what I care about. Not right now.”

Monday's long ball came on a 2-0 cut fastball from Halladay.

“I’m sure he was trying to have it run to that down-and-away corner,” Buck said. “It stayed up on him a little bit.”

Said Terry Collins: “As we’re waiting to get Ike [Davis] going, he’s absolutely picked up the slack. You’ve got to have that. You’ve got to have somebody that does it until your big guys get swinging like they can. John Buck has come through with huge RBIs for us every night.”

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler, Mets Rotation, Buck, Wright, Murphy, d'Arnaud


Mets News and Notes:

For the first time since suffering a right oblique strain and being scratched from a Feb. 27 Grapefruit League game, Zack Wheeler pitched in a game Monday. Wheeler was demoted to minor league camp a week ago.

Wheeler Tweeted: "Felt good to get back in a game today. Tossed 3innings and 1 hit. Felt great"

The Mets' rotation order is beginning to become clearer.

While the Mets have yet to commit, it appears Jonathon Niese will be followed in the rotation by Shaun Marcum in Game 2 against the San Diego Padres and Matt Harvey in Game 3.

That will allow the Mets to separate similar-throwing Marcum and Dillon Gee in the rotation.

Gee would likely go in Game 4, the opener of a series against the Miami Marlins. The Mets then can go back to Niese in Game 5 before turning to Jeremy Hefner.

John Buck, who had been scheduled to catch on Sunday and today, instead has been given off by Terry Collins.

Buck has been dealing with the flu, according to the manager.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Mets Catcher John Buck says Johan was tipping his pitches



When pitchers and catchers officially report next week, new Mets Catcher John Buck will have a conversation with Johan Santana in an effort to help the left-hander.

Buck’s Marlins picked up on Santana tipping his pitches last year, and now Buck wants to relay the information to Santana in an effort to correct the problem.

The veteran catcher will be there for his pitchers in many different ways.

“Little things like that can really help,’’ Buck explained yesterday. “I know it’s something that Santana has known about in the past, but being his catcher and having hit against him, if it happens to pop up again, I can help.’’

Monday, December 17, 2012

Press Release: Mets Make it Official, Trade Dickey to Blue Jays


New York Mets Press Release:

The New York Mets today announced that they acquired catchers Travis d'Arnaud and John Buck, righthanded pitcher Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for righthanded pitcher R.A. Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.

TRAVIS D'ARNAUD (pronounced "DAR-no")
The 23-year-old d'Arnaud was ranked by MLB.com as the 11th-best prospect in all of baseball and the best catching prospect this past September. The righthanded hitter batted .333 (93-279) with 45 runs scored, 21 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 52 RBI with a .380 on-base percentage in 67 games with Toronto's Triple-A affiliate, Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League, last season. The Long Beach, Calif. native missed the final two months of the season after suffering a tear to the posterior cruciate ligament of his left knee which did not require surgery.

He was named the Eastern League's Most Valuable Player in 2011 after hitting .311 (132-424) with 72 runs scored, 33 doubles, 21 home runs and 78 RBI with a .371 on-base percentage with New Hampshire (AA). D'Arnaud also led the EL with a .542 slugging percentage and was named the league's best defensive catcher by EL managers.

A former first-round compensation selection by Philadelphia in 2007, d'Arnaud was acquired by the Blue Jays in the trade that sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies in December, 2009. The 6-2, 195-pounder has hit .286 (523-1,828) with 133 doubles, 66 home runs, 289 RBI with a .343 on-base percentage and a .474 slugging percentage in six minor league seasons. D'Arnaud has been named to four minor league All-Star teams during that span and twice played in MLB's Futures Game. His older brother Chase is an infielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Rumor Mill: Dickey Trade Done Deal?


Rumor Mill:

The Mets and Blue Jays have agreed in principle to trade that will send Dickey to the Blue Jays, Ken Rosenthal reports (on Twitter).

The deal is contingent on Toronto being able to work out a contract extension with Dickey and they'll have a negotiating window of 72 hours, expiring Tuesday at 1pm CST (Twitter link).

The deal was said to be a three-for-four swap with Dickey, Josh Thole, and a prospect going to Toronto for Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, John Buck, and a prospect.  Neither prospect is expected to be of exceptionally high quality.

Many other teams had interest in trading for Dickey. Every AL East team checked in on him, and the Royals, Rangers, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Angels were also interested at various points during the off-season.

Rumor Mill: Mets getting close on Dickey Trade


The Mets are closing in on the trade that will send the reining NL Cy-Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays...

It's currently a 3-for-4 trade according to Sherman (all Twitter links). Dickey, Thole, and a prospect will go to Toronto for d'Arnaud, Syndergaard, John Buck, and a prospect. Sherman says the two unnamed prospects would not be elite guys. He adds that the framework could change since the Blue Jays will send the Mets money to help cover Buck's salary.


Evaluators around baseball are beyond shocked that Toronto is talking about trading d'Arnaud for a player with one year on his contract in Dickey, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com (Twitter links).  The broad perception in the industry is that if the Mets pull off the deal, it's an incredible trade for them.

The combination of Syndergaard and d'Arnaud seems like an overpay by the Blue Jays unless they can get Dickey to sign an extension and also land a quality prospect in the deal, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.  Rosenthal adds that he wants to see the full deal before making a judgement on it, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported yesterday that neither prospect in the deal will be an elite one.

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!


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