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

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mets News: 2014 Official Mets Roster

Mets News: 

Here is the 2014 Official Mets Roster:

Starting Rotation
Dillon Gee - RHP
Bartolo Colon - RHP
Zack Wheeler - RHP
Jenrry Mejia - RHP
Jon Niese ( 15 DL) - LHP - Expected back April 6th
Matt Harvey (60 DL)- RHP

Bobby Parnell (closer)- RHP
Jose Valverde (setup) - RHP
Jeurys Familia - RHP
Gonzalez Germen -RHP
Carlos Torres - RHP
Scott Rice - LHP
John Lannan - LHP

Travis d’Arnaud - RH
Anthony Recker - RH

Ike Davis - LH
Lucas Duda - LH
Josh Satin - RH
Daniel Murphy - LH
Ruben Tejada - RH
Omar Quintanilla - LH
David Wright - RH

Curtis Granderson - LH
Chris Young - RH
Eric Young Jr. - SH
Juan Lagares - RH
Andrew Brown - RH

Mets News: Pitching Probables for Opening Series at Citi Field

Mets News: Pitching Probables for Opening Series at Citi Field

Monday 3/31: Dillon Gee vs. Nats

Wednesday 4/2: Bartolo Colon vs. Nats

Thursday 4/3: Zack Wheeler vs. Nats

Friday 4/4: Jenrry Mejia vs. Reds*

Saturday 4/5: Dillon Gee vs. Reds

Sunday 4/6: Jon Niese vs. Reds**

*Mejia Made Team but could have setbacks (forearm) - Daisuke Matsuzaka Could Start here
**Jon Niese scheduled to come off DL that day, barring any setback John Lannan might get spot start.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mets News: Mejia makes the rotation, Dice-K will open in Triple-A - Maybe??

Mets News:

Jenrry Mejia makes the roster and the fifth spot in the rotation, despite reports that Daisuke Matsuzaka was going to make it all along.

Dice-K will open the season with Vegas Triple-A, but there is a chance that he could still be used at the major league level without even going down.

Despite the demotion, four scenarios exist in which Matsuzaka can pitch in the majors very soon:

1) Mejia, who has a forearm bruise after being struck with a line drive Friday, is unable to make the Game 4 start and needs to be placed on the disabled list.

2) Jon Niese, who is slated to return from the disabled list April 6 to face the Cincinnati Reds, is unable to make that start.

3) The Mets navigate the Mejia and Niese injuries OK and Matsuzaka replaces Mejia after one turn through the rotation. (Officially, Alderson says the intention is to keep Mejia in the rotation beyond one start.)

4) A rainout on Opening Day means Dillon Gee’s start is pushed to Tuesday and he cannot come back as planned on Saturday, requiring Matsuzaka to step in since Niese is not eligible to return from the DL until the following day.

Matsuzaka had five scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking none, against the Jays on Saturday. Matsuzaka ended exhibition play with a 3.04 ERA in 23 2/3 innings.

Mejia had a  2.70 ERA in 13.1 innings of work this spring...

Mets News: Mets to Honor Ralph Kiner on Opening Day

Mets News:  Press Release

Mets to Open Season This Monday, March 31 vs. Washington at 1:10 p.m.
FLUSHING, N.Y., March 29, 2014 – The New York Mets today announced the club will celebrate the life and legacy of legendary broadcaster Ralph Kiner during an on-field, pre-game ceremony on Opening Day at Citi Field Monday, March 31 prior to the game versus the National League East rival Washington Nationals at 1:10 p.m. The ceremony will include a video tribute and the unveiling of the Kiner commemorative logo above the leftfield wall. Kiner’s children Michael, K.C., Tracee and Kimberlee, will attend and participate in the ceremony. The Kiner logo will also be painted on the grass behind home plate. 

Other Opening Day Events and Happenings: 
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He will be accompanied by six children from the East Harlem Tutorial Program who were affected by the recent building collapse in that community. Founded in 1958, the program runs public charter schools and after school programs serving children in East Harlem.
  • The National Anthem will be performed by the Whiptones, a doo-wop a cappella group from Hanover Township, New Jersey, who were the Mets Anthem Search winners in the off-season.
  • God Bless America will be sung by Terence Archie, who stars as Apollo Creed in the Broadway production of Rocky, before the seventh inning stretch
  • The annual Mets Welcome Home Dinner will take place after the game. The event is a fundraiser for the Mets Foundation, which donates net proceeds to the the Katz Institute for Women's Health and Katz Women's Hospital of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. General Manager Sandy Alderson, Manager Terry Collins and the entire Mets roster and coaching staff will be attending.
  • The Empire State Building will be lit orange and blue for the night in honor of Opening Day and the Welcome Home Dinner

Standing Room Only tickets are still available for Opening Day and can be purchased at or by calling (718) 507-TIXX. 

The Mets encourage fans to take mass transit to Opening Day at Citi Field. Parking is limited as Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna  is currently in production in the Citi Field parking lots. There will be no performance on Opening Day to accommodate as many fans as possible. 

The 7 Subway is the fast, convenient, and “green” way to travel to the game. The Mets-Willets Point stop is adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. The Long Island Rail Road’s Port Washington Branch from Penn Station or Woodside has half-hourly service, and the ride from Manhattan is 16 minutes. For those coming from the northern suburbs, all Metro-North trains on the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines connect with the 7 Subway. For more details visit and click on “Take the Train to the Game”" or you also can call New York City Transit at (718) 330-1234, Long Island Rail Road at (718) 217-LIRR (NYC), (516) 822-LIRR (Nassau), (631) 231-LIRR (Suffolk) or Metro-North at 800-METRO-INFO. 

Mets News: Jenrry Mejia OK, Results of X-Rays on Forearm Negative

Mets News:

Jenrry Mejia, who was struck by a liner on Friday night on his right forearm, took X-Rays and they came back negative.

According to reports, Pitching coach Dan Warthen also indicated the bunion on Mejia's right big toe was a non-issue Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Mets will announce their 25 man roster after the Spring Training Finale on Saturday..

The Mets should have Mejia and Daisuke Matsuzaka on their roster, but the status of Mejia's forearm will remain unclear to how it will respond. The Mets can option Mejia to the minors, but that would have Mejia come back 10 days later. Of Course, if he went on the DL it would be an additional five games (15 day DL).

Given the facts, Dice-K should get the Game 4 Start and Jon Niese should get the Game 6 start as he comes off the DL (barring any major setback). John Lannan provides backup as he can be the spot starter on that day.

Mets News: Jenrry Mejia gets pulled from game with bruise on forearm, might hurt his chances to start against Reds

Mets News:

Jenrry Mejia’s final bid for a rotation spot might of ended with a liner to his forearm Friday night at Olympic Stadium.

Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins’ liner struck Mejia in the right forearm to open the bottom of the fifth inning. After a visit from Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez, Mejia slowly walked off the mound.

Mejia departed for a local hospital as the game ended to get X-rays. Collins said it swelled up a bit, let's hope it's not more than a bad bruise.. But, it could be more serious.

The forearm issue raises questions about whether Mejia will be available to take a potential start next Friday against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.

Terry Collins said before the game on Friday that Mejia was headed for the Game 4 start against the Reds, with Daisuke Matsuzaka being held back for a potential start two days later as a hedge against Jon Niese not being ready to return from a season-opening DL trip.

Now, if Mejia is unavailable, Matsuzaka likely would start Game 4 and John Lannan would be the hedge against Niese being unavailable.

Mejia produced this spring and looked great. He posted a 2.70 ERA in 13 1/3 innings.

Mets News: Omar Quintanilla makes team, Leaves Seratelli a minor league casualty

Mets News:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Terry Collins said on Friday that Omar Quintanilla would make the team as the backup shortstop over Anthony Seratelli.

Collins said Seratelli could be valuable as a switch-hitter who could man multiple positions. However, the 31-year-old Seratelli struggled at shortstop during Grapefruit League play while batting .213 in 47 at-bats.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Mets News: The Mets will name Tom Signore as Vegas Pitching Coach

Mets News:

The Mets will name Tom Signore as the new pitching coach at Triple-A Las Vegas. Signore will replace Frank Viola who has to have open heart surgery.

Signore, 52, originally had been slated to serve as Brooklyn Cyclones pitching coach. He was hired this winter after previously working for the Toronto Blue Jays, including the past three seasons as pitching coach of Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Mets News: Complete list of Mets Minor League players to get released

Mets News:

The Complete list of spring-training releases from Mets Minor-league camp :

  1. Joe Bonfe
  2. Marco Camarena
  3. Cristian Chivilli
  4. Jonathan Clark
  5. Mark Cohoon
  6. Yucarybert De La Cruz
  7. Chris Garcia
  8. Alonzo Harris
  9. Wanel Mesa
  10. Eris Peguero
  11. James Roche
  12. Chris Schwinden
  13. Shawn Teufel
  14. Jhonathan Torres
  15. David Wynn
  16. Ernesto Yanez

Mets News: John Lannan makes team as a reliever

Mets News:

As talked about, John Lannan will make the team on the Opening Day roster as a reliever.

Lannan, originally signed on a minor-league contract, was added to the 40-man roster Thursday as the Mets prepared to break camp and depart for Montreal for a pair of exhibition games against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lannan has never broke camp as a reliever. In 148 games as a professional, he has logged all his games as a starter. He did some limited duty in the minors as a reliever.

Lannan had a ERA of 4.91 this spring in which he started and relieved some games to get him used to it.

The Mets are expected to have a bullpen of Bobby Parnell as closer, setup man Jose Valverde, primary lefty Scott Rice, Jeurys Familia, Gonzalez Germen, Carlos Torres and John Lannan.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mets News: Jon Niese and Bartolo Colon throw in minor league games

Mets News:

Jon Niese threw 4.1 innings against the Cardinals Single-A team Thursday on the backfields in St.Lucie. It was the first time he was in game action in ten days when he was forced to leave a game with elbow discomfort.

He threw 57 pitches in a scoreless effort, surrendering three hits and a walk while striking out three. He comfortably sat at 87-89 mph and topped out at 92 mph with his fastball.

Niese expects to repeat the minor-league activity in five days, upping his workload to 75 to 80 pitches. He then would fly to New York in advance of his expected activation from the disabled list for an April 6 start against the Cincinnati Reds.

Bartolo Colon also worked on a back field Thursday, but that was simply intended to have him avoid the Washington Nationals, whom he faces next week for real. Colon allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk in four innings.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mets News: Bullpen Notes - Valverde, Black, Germen, Farnsworth

Mets News: Bullpen Notes - Valverde, Black, Germen

Once penciled in as the primary set-up man for Bobby Parnell, Vic Black instead was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Wednesday morning. That appears good news for Gonzalez Germen's chances of making the Opening Day roster.

Black, acquired Aug. 29 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the trade for Marlon Byrd and John Buck, allowed 13 hits and 10 walks in 9 1/3 Grapefruit League innings. He had a 5.79 ERA in 10 appearances.

The Mets also made if official, adding Jose Valverde to the 40-man roster Wednesday.

Valverde may serve as Bobby Parnell's primary set-up man. The bullpen also is expected to include Jeurys Familia, Carlos Torres, Gonzalez Germen, Scott Rice and John Lannan.

Valverde, 36, has a 3.00 ERA 0.889 WHIP in nine Grapefruit League innings.

Three days after Kyle Farnsworth was released by the Mets, the veteran reliever officially re-signed Wednesday on a minor-league deal.

Farnsworth's new deal, which saved the Mets a $100,000 retention bonus they were unwilling to pay, is believed to include an out in May if he is not promoted to the big-league club by then.

Mets News: Mets payroll 22nd in MLB

The Associated Press has calculated the MLB payrolls for 2014 and the Mets are 22nd on the list


The Associated Press calculated these Opening Day projected payrolls: 
Red Sox162,817,411
Blue Jays132,628,700
White Sox91,159,254

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mets News: Mets delay rotation decision by paying Matsuzaka $100K

Mets News:

According to multiple sources, The Mets have agreed to pay $100,000 to Daisuke Matsuzaka to preserve the right to have him open the season either in the minors or on the major-league roster.

The payment defers for another turn a decision on whether Matsuzaka or Jenrry Mejia will emerge as the final rotation member.

Mejia is due to pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday in Montreal, with Matsuzaka pitching at Olympic Stadium the following day.  Essentially, the Canadian Competition for the Mets 5th spot.

The $100,000 payment was an opportunity to delay a rotation decision and also to make sure Jon Niese will be fit for his start on April 6th.

If Jonathon Niese is unable to return from the disabled list for Game 6 of the season, the Mets would need both Mejia and Matsuzaka as starters.

But once Mejia is optioned to minor-league camp, he essentially cannot return the first 10 days of the season, so he could not step up and take that Niese start.

Matsuzaka, based on his status, was required to be informed by noon Tuesday if he had made the big-league roster. Otherwise, the Mets had to give him $100,000 for the right to send him to the minors, or cut him loose.

Mets News: Mets finally have made an official rehab agreement with Matt Harvey

Mets News:

Sandy Alderson made an official statement about Matt Harvey's rehab location...

The Mets and Matt Harvey had settled on a split-rehab program between New York and Port St. Lucie for the first two months of the season.

Harvey, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, will rehab with the Mets during their homestands at Citi Field, but will return to Florida when the team is on the road.

Starting June 1, when Harvey ramps up his throwing sessions, Alderson said the pitcher will remain at the spring training complex on more of a full-time basis, with "occasional trips" back to New York.

The location of his rehab had become an issue of late. The Mets usual protocol involves players spending the majority of their time in Port St. Lucie. But Harvey, who lives in Manhattan, was not on board with that, and had the collective-bargaining agreement to back him up.

According to MLB's Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams can only require a player to rehab at their spring training complex for a maximum of 20 days without their written consent. Harvey expressed his desire to be with the Mets in New York, and that prompted team officials to work out a compromise.

Mets News: Mets GM Alderson says no relief role for Jenrry Mejia

Mets News:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Sandy Alderson has stated that Jenrry Mejia will not be used in the bullpen at this point, even if he loses the 5th spot in the rotation to Daisuke Matsuzaka...

Alderson said he will make the decision known later today who will win the spot. The reason why?

The Mets have to tell Matsuzaka by noon Tuesday whether he has made the Opening Day roster. Otherwise, they must pay him $100,000 for the right to send him to the minors, or cut him loose.

I said it all along, Jenrry Mejia will be insurance to Jon Niese in case any sudden setback to his April 6th start..

Mets News: Matt Harvey will rehab in New York, For Now...

Mets News:

Mets Ace Matt Harvey will rehab in New York at Citi Field. According to multiple reports, Harvey met with Mets GM Sandy Alderson about the situatuion and they cleared the air on the topic.

The Mets still want Harvey to go down to Port St. Lucie when he is ready for game action and will do so when the time comes to face minor league hitters.

The Mets could not prevent Harvey from rehabbing in New York. The collective bargaining agreement specifies that the club can only require Harvey to rehab at the team's spring-training complex for a maximum of 20 days without his written consent.

Harvey wants to accompany the Mets on the road during the season as well, but that apparently will not be part of the agreement.

He is currently throwing on flat ground at 75 feet. Harvey could be on a mound for the first time since Tommy John surgery in June.

Harvey has made proclamations that he would return to the big stage in 2014. The Mets GM has been saying that Harvey will miss the entire 2014 season.

Let's see who's right, only time will tell.. LGM!

Mets News: Dillon Gee Officially Named 2014 Opening Day Starter

Mets News:

Dillon Gee has officially been named the 2014 New York Mets Opening Day starter. He will start March 31 opposite Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg at Citi Field.

Manager Terry Collins informed Gee before Monday's Grapefruit League Game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gee, 27, will become the 23rd pitcher to start on Opening Day for the Mets, and the eighth homegrown pitcher, joining Dwight Gooden, Bobby Jones, Jerry Koosman, Jonathon Niese, Mike Pelfrey, Tom Seaver and Craig Swan.

Jon Niese should have been named the opening day starter, but has had some minor setbacks. Instead will be placed on the 15 Day DL and is scheduled (retroactive) to start against the Cincinnati Reds on April 6th at Citi Field.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mets News: Mets hire Luis Natera as assistant hitting coach

Mets News:

The Mets joined a growing trend around Major League Baseball today by creating and filling a new position on the coaching staff. They hired Luis Natera as their assistant hitting coach, becoming the 20th team in the sport to add one.

The Mets chose Natera, who is in his 24th year in the organization and spent the past seven as the hitting coach at Double-A Binghamton for several reasons. He has served as the coordinator of the Mets Dominican Academy and was once a minor league player with the franchise.

Natera will serve a supplemental to hitting coach Dave Hudgens, helping to prepare hitters in the latter stages of a game.

The Mets also considered Triple-A hitting coach George Greer but wanted him to stay in Las Vegas to help with the positional prospects that are a step away from the majors.

The club join a growing number of teams that have added the position to their coaching staff. The Mets become the 20th team to have an assistant hitting coach -- a role popularized by Tony La Russa and the Cardinals, but dates back to the 1980s.

Mets News: Mets release nine players in minor league camp

Mets News:

The Mets have released nine players from minor league camp: Joe Bonfe, Mark Cohoon, Cristian Chivilli, Christopher Garcia, Eris Peguero, James Roche, Chris Schwinden, Jhonathan Torres and Ernesto Yanez.

Schwinden, most notable made seven appearances (six starts) for the Mets in 2011 and 2012, posting a 6.98 ERA.
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