Showing posts with label Mets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets. Show all posts

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mets unlikely to acquire Pitcher Gio Gonzalez

Although the Mets recently discussed the possibility of acquiring Oakland starter Gio Gonzalez (as Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports first reported Thursday), they are unlikely to pursue the pitcher, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.

The thinking went like this: Gonzalez, 26, would still be under team control when Mets prospects Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia and and Zack Wheeler were ready to ascend to the major leagues. If those young arms remained healthy, they could form a formidable rotation, with Gonzalez at the top.

But one official said that discussions never advanced beyond that conceptual, preliminary phase. “Nothing serious,” he said.

The primary roadblock appears to be Oakland’s asking price (when the Yankees called, they were told to surrender

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Mets and Yankees are planning to play two exhibition games against each other in spring training next year

According to the Wall Street Journal , the Mets and Yankees are tentatively planning to play two exhibition games against each other toward the end of spring training next year, according to two baseball officials familiar with the schedule. Under the plan being discussed, the teams would play one game at the Mets' spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and the other game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

They would mark the first spring training games between the New York teams since 1996. The teams used to play each other regularly in the spring, with the Yankees winning 45 of 87 games all-time.

But when the Yankees moved their spring training base from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa in 1996, the travel became inconvenient. And after the start of the Subway Series in 1997, the novelty wore off.

This year, though, the Yankees are already planning to travel to the southeast coast of Florida for a pair of exhibition games at the Miami Marlins' new ballpark April 1 and 2. And the Mets are looking to diversify their schedule, which is limited by the dwindling number of nearby teams located along the I-95 corridor.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Aikman was pursued by the Mets out of High School

Troy Aikman, American football quarterback.Image via Wikipedia

Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Troy Aikman was pursued by the Mets out of high school, before he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma, he said on last week's episode of HBO’s “Real Sports."

“I got a call from the New York Mets and what they said was, ‘We need to know what it’s gonna take to get you to forgo college,'" Aikman recalled, according to a transcript that appears in the New York Post. “... I was a pitcher and a shortstop. And so when they said, ‘What’s it gonna take?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, $200,000.’ They said, ‘$200,000? Darryl Strawberry is not even making that much money.’

“And I said, ‘Well if you want me, that’s what it’s gonna take.’ And they said, ‘You have a nice football career at Oklahoma.’ ”

Being a Cowboy Fan and a Mets Fan I thought it was very interesting. Sure glad he made the right choice. LOL
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Monday, January 17, 2011

Jets Success should inspire Mets

New York’s other football team, The Jets, have moved on to the AFC Championship and we still have yet to see New York’s other baseball team, The Mets, realize a similar success story since 2006. So what do the Jets have that the Mets don’t? 1. A New Stadium-Mets moved into their $900 million home, Citifield in 2009. X 2. Strong Defense-9 gold gloves between Wright (2) Castillo (3) Beltran (3) and Santana (1) It is defense which wins championships in the NFL while baseball teams rely on pitching and defense to dominate the Majors. Most of our gold glovers have gotten old or injured in the past few years and our D has suffered. √√ 3. Die Hard Fans-Mets fans are born not made. While the fair weather fans flock to the Bronx to see a show, the diehards tune into the Mets through good times and bad times. And we aren’t afraid to boo a player/coach/GM/owner/opposing team or umpire. Actually, at some point we probably did boo all of the above. Only out of love or utter disgust. Don't mind us when we say we've had it with the Mets. We aren't going anywhere. √- 4. A Blunt Coach- We had one of the best in Bobby Valentine and we were successful under him, clinching 2 wild card appearances and competing in a NY vs. NY World Series back in 2000. Time will tell if Terry Collins can light a fire under the Mets in 2011. 5. Cool Nicknames-The Amazin’s. When we complete triple plays, behind the back flips to first, dive into the stands for foul balls and win 20 inning marathon games-we are absolutely Amazin’. XX 6. Back Up of Bold Predictions- “We are the team to beat” – Beltran in 2008. We haven’t heard or seen much from our star center fielder since those comments were made and haven’t made the playoffs ever since. While the Mets are in a so called rebuilding year this season as the Jets were two years ago, its not difficult to imagine the possibilities of what may come. All we have to do is look at our New York brothers wearing the green uniforms in the NFL for some inspiration.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Chris Young Close to decision?

Free agent starter Chris Young could be close to choosing a new team, reports ESPN's Buster Olney (Twitter link). 

Olney cites the Mets, who have been connected to Young all winter, and also mentions that the Nationals "may be in play" for the right-hander.

When last we heard of Young, the word was that he was willing to accept a contract worth less than $2MM due to concerns about his health. 

The Mets denied they had made an offer worth more than $1MM to Young, but still reported favored Young over other free agent options as Jeff Francis.

Washington is a new suitor for Young, but like the Mets, the Nats can also offer Young a chance to pitch in a pitcher-friendly ballpark and a shot at rebuilding his value for a long-term offer next winter. 

The Nationals were known to be looking for pitching this winter, but haven't done much in that department other than signing Chien-Ming Wang and Chad Gaudin.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Reds trying to land Jose Reyes?

Homer Bailey
According to Alex Apple of  The Big Red Machine, Several insiders have reported that the Reds have discussed what it would take to land Jose Reyes from the Mets. Apple to this point is unsure how far the talks have progressed and whether the talks are still going on.

However Apple explains, a deal for Reyes would make sense for both teams. The Reds need a leadoff hitter and could look to upgrade over Paul Janish at shortstop. The Mets, on the other hand, are looking for pitching and some depth for their depleted minor league system.

So what would a package for Jose Reyes look like and would Walt Jocketty bite?

Apple says the Reds would almost certainly have to give up either Mike Leake, Travis Wood or Homer Bailey. And in addition, the Mets could be looking for two more prospects, one a top tier prospect and another lower level prospect. There has been much discussion regarding which of the three starting pitchers listed above would be most likely to be traded. Leake, I believe, would probably be Walt Jocketty’s last choice with Wood or Bailey going before him.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Trade Rumors: Dan Uggla is available...., but at what price?

According to Joe Frisaro of, contract talks have stalled, the Marlins are in the process of measuring trade interest for Dan Uggla.

FOX reports that the Marlins have had discussions with the Tigers regarding the power-hitting second baseman.

According to multiple sources, has learned that the Marlins are not confident they will sign Uggla, who recently turned down a four-year, $48 million offer.

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