Showing posts with label Mike Nickeas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mike Nickeas. Show all posts

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.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Dickey Finalist in NL Cy Young Voting, Nickeas gets Minor League Contract


R.A. Dickey, along with Gio Gonzalez and Clayton Kershaw, are the finalists for the

National League Cy Young Award.

The winner will be announced next Wednesday.

Dickey told Newsday extension talks with the Mets had progressed, but a team insider said neither the knuckleballer nor David Wright was close to signing a long-term deal.

• The Mets reportedly have re-signed Mike Nickeas to a minor league contract with spring-training invite.

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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Baxter, Nickeas, and Herrera are clear cut front-runners for roster spots


Herrera Smells Roster Spot
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  Lefty-hitting backup outfielder Mike Baxter, catcher Mike Nickeas and left-hander Daniel Herrera are clear-cut front-runners for Opening Day roster spots.

Terry Collins offered insight into prospect Josh Edgin not being selected to serve as Tim Byrdak's replacement when the manager indicated Tuesday it would be a stretch to ask Edgin to make the jump from Class A to the majors, especially since Byrdak's absence may only be the first four games of the season.

Left-hander Garrett Olson appeared the primary option in place of Byrdak, but it now appears Herrera is the likely person to claim the spot -- primarily because Byrdak's absence should be so short. Whomever is selected is likely only on the roster for four games and then would need to be exposed to waivers and outrighted, where the organization would risk losing the player. Olson instead is expected to open the season in Triple-A Buffalo's rotation.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Mets will go cheap and settle the backup catcher from within the organization


Nickeas can be Mets backup option
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  rather than pursue a righty-hitting free-agent catcher, the Mets resolved Tuesday to handle that position from within and use the money that might be devoted to that position to add to the pot available for pitching.

Josh Thole would be the lefty-hitting starter, which is straightforward.

Defensive-oriented Mike Nickeas very well could be the righty-hitting complement. Still, a team insider insisted the organization has not resolved to non-tender Ronny Paulino at the Dec. 12 deadline.

There is widespread organization disappointment with Paulino's lack of following of pitching game plans, but team officials nonetheless aren't yet committed to tossing him aside, a team official said, partly out of concern for whether Nickeas can hit at the level to be a full-season major leaguer.

Paulino made $1.35 million last season and is eligible for arbitation.

Free-agent catchers include Josh Bard, Ramon Castro, Ivan Rodriguez, Kelly Shoppach and Jason Varitek.

The Mets presumably would employ catchers with at least limited major league experience at Triple-A Buffalo as a hedge.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Battered Mets : Mike Nickeas on the roster for Niese, Paulino has injured toe..


According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  Mike Nickeas joined the Mets for Wednesday's matinĂ©e series finale against the Phillies. Nickeas, a catcher, officially takes the roster spot of Jon Niese.

Niese officially has a right intercostal strain, and he hopes to return this season. Scott Hairston (oblique) will be active, at least technically, for the game at Citizens Bank Park but should land on the DL before Friday's game.

Ronny Paulino has an injured toe that may be broken, necessitating a third catcher. An initial X-ray was inconclusive, so Paulino will have another X-ray Thursday. The expectation is Paulino would stay active to pinch-hit, but probably he will need a runner. Paulino suffered the injury on a foul ball while catching.

Hairston and Niese traveled to New York before Wednesday's game.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ronny Paulino Activated, Nickeas Optioned


According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, The New York Mets activated catcher Ronny Paulino from the disabled list and demoted Mike Nickeas to Triple-A Buffalo.

Paulino signed a $1.3 million free-agent contract in early December to serve as a right-hitting complement to Josh Thole behind the plate.

He had difficulty securing a visa because of a 50-game MLB suspension for a performance-enhancing substance and arrived late to spring training.

Team doctors discovered Paulino had issues with anemia, so Paulino was placed on the disabled list after the remaining eight games of his suspension were completed while his blood levels returned to more normal levels.

He was eligible to be activated from the DL on Tuesday, but tweaked a side muscle last weekend with Triple-A Buffalo, further stalling his return.

Paulino hit .190 (8-for-42) with four RBIs and a walk in 12 rehab games between Class A St. Lucie and Buffalo.

Manager Terry Collins indicated he plans to platoon the left-hitting Thole and Paulino, with the exception of Thole catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey regardless of the opposing pitcher.

Nickeas hit .250 with 20 at-bats and belted his first major league homer on April 21, off Houston's J.A. Happ.
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