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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mets Work Out: Matt Harvey Pitches BP to Mets Regulars, Lucas Duda puts on a Home Run Display on Field 7 (Mini Citi Field)

According to Andy McCullough of, The Mets spring training highlights of the day occurred on Field 7 (Mini-Citi-Field), where Matt Harvey threw another session of live batting practice.

He faced a group of regulars – David Wright, Jason Bay, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda – but all appeared to be just tracking the baseball. Harvey did plunk Duda in the right leg with an off-speed pitch, but Duda reported no ill will or injured limbs.

Lucas Duda proceeded to detonate baseballs during regular BP. Dozens of baseballs cleared the moved-in fences.

McCullough says that even though it is just batting practice, Duda has been the star of camp thus far. Team officials are almost giddy about his potential for this coming year, especially considering his .957 OPS in the second half of last season.

“Really fun to watch,” catcher Mike Nickeas said Duda finished up his session.

“Unless you’re the opposing pitcher,” Ike Davis cracked.

Lucas Duda's STATS

2011 Regular Season10030138882131050335710.292.370.482.852

Friday, December 09, 2011

Sandy Alderson happy with the moves so far, might make more trades?

Alderson ready to make move moves?
Andy McCullough of talked to Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. He talked to him about the moves the Mets have made so far and what Mets fans can expect the rest of the winter.

Alderson thinks the Mets have improved on their bullpen and defense , especially in center-field.

“We’re pleased with where we are right now,” Alderson said
The Mets garnered few headlines this week. The Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels stole the show, tossing around nine-figure contracts without fear.

Instead the Mets operated in search of lower-profile signings to trim payroll while remaining competitive. They haggled with other clubs in trade discussions. They spent about $10 million. With $5 million allocated for Mike Pelfrey in arbitration, that leaves Alderson another $5 million to build a bench.

With regards to losing Jose Reyes to the Marlins Alderson said,  "Of course, the departure of Reyes still pains much of the fan-base,. but time heals”, he hopes the maneuvers executed here aid that process.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Video: Meet the Mets 1st Round Draft Pick, Brandon Nimmo

New York Mets beat writer Andy McCullough took advantage last week's Major League Baseball All-Star break to spend time in Wyoming with the Mets top 2011 draft pick (and 13th overall), Brandon Nimmo, an 18-year-old outfielder from Cheyenne who never played high school ball and perfected his swing inside a barn built by his father. Star-Ledger video by Andrew Mills

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mets being precautious with Beltran

New York Mets center fielder Carlos Beltrán be...
This morning, as the Mets inch closer to Opening Day, general manager Sandy Alderson, manager Terry Collins and outfielder Carlos Beltran expect to sit down again. So continues a spring spent strategizing ways to protect Beltran’s knees.

For the second day in a row, Beltran spent five innings Sunday in right field during a minor-league game. He went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI.

In the meeting, all parties plan to decide the next step. Beltran likely will rest Monday, then return to action with the rest of the Mets regulars Tuesday. But Collins has another idea: Beltran plays Monday and Wednesday, before starting in right field Friday night in Miami.

“I’d like to have him try to get in [Monday], so he can have a day off in between, playing with the rest of the lineup,” Collins said. “But if he thinks [today] would be the best day to have off, then we’ll go Tuesday, Wednesday.”

Or Beltran could avoid Grapefruit League games to remain eligible to be back-dated on the disabled list. That way, if his knees falter, he can return to action on April 5. Otherwise, he would miss the first 15 games of the season.

“That’s something we’re going to discuss [Monday] morning,” Alderson said.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Brad Emaus has emerged as the frontrunner for 2B

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Brad Emaus ...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
According to Andy McCullough/The Star-Ledger, Brad Emaus is a front runner for the 2B competition.

Now that Castillo is gone. To clear the second-base field, general manager Sandy Alderson leveled a $6 million roadblock. Emaus still stands, granted a chance to show his minor-league prowess can translate to the next level.

Emaus must hit to fit here.

“Everybody has expectations,” said Emaus, who walked twice in five plate appearances Saturday. “But it’s not like I set certain ones where this guy’s got to be out of the race, or I’ve still got to be in it by this time. It’s just I came in to work hard.”

Three challengers remain. Daniel Murphy struggles in the field. Luis Hernandez struggles at the plate. And Justin Turner — like Emaus, an undersized former college star who clobbered Triple-A pitching last season — has minor-league options.

Emaus, who played under assistant general manager J.P. Ricciardi in the Blue Jays organization. Because of his Rule 5 status, the Mets must offer him back to Toronto if he does not make the 25-man roster.

He fits the “Moneyball” caricature: a better hitter than fielder, a player who draws walks and sees a lot of pitches, a player with deceptive power.

One league executive called Emaus a “statistical-analysis kind of player” who fits what “those guys would be looking for.”

I like Emaus, but he is has to prove that he can handle it everday. I still have my thoughts that it will be Murphy and Emaus together on Opening Day

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Young looks determined to make rotation

Chris Young looks determined in his first steps toward securing the spot in the rotation.

Young was signed to an incentive-laden deal as he attempts to return from shoulder problems that have limited him to 18 starts over the last two years.

He threw a bullpen for the Mets’ staff shortly after arriving, showing no signs of the injury and displaying the delivery that he lost during the injury troubles.

"As I told [pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] it’s just been fun this off-season to focus on pitching and mechanics versus rehabbing, which is a change for me compared with the last two years," Young said. "I’m excited about it and hopefully it will translate into a great season. I feel like I put in the work and I have high expectations."

Young worked with Warthen on lengthening his stride, a plus for a 6-foot-10 pitcher. It’s something that he couldn’t do when he protected his shoulder.

"I think it came on subconsciously," Young said of the shortened stride. "I didn’t intend to do that over the last few seasons, but with as inconsistent and broken apart as my seasons have been, starting with getting hit in the face with a line drive and the coming back … I really had no extended period where I could work on my mechanics. So just the culmination of things; coming back and getting healthy versus being able to work on things. Now I’m at a point where I can work on things and I’m really excited."

Other Mets News/Notes: Warthen said (Source) none of the pitching staff has restrictions other than Johan Santana and Tobi Stoner.

GM Sandy Alderson arrived at camp and the Mets announced some final organizational moves, naming Brian Chicklo — the former trainer at Class AAA Buffalo — minor league training coordinator. Joe Golia was promoted from Class AA Binghamton to replace Chicklo in Buffalo.

Steve Popper

Monday, February 14, 2011

Oliver Perez reports to camp, wants to battle for rotation spot

Oliver Perez arrived at Mets spring training two days early and said he is "healthy now and ready to go," reports.

“I’m here to be a starting pitcher,” Perez said Sunday in Port St. Lucie, according to .

Perez has not been ruled out of the rotation, which has openings behind Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese.

Perez was injured, refused to go to the minors, and almost never was used at the end of last season, which he finished 0-5 with a 6.80 ERA. The report says he walked 32 batters in 39 2/3 innings in the Mexican League this winter.

He is entering the final season of a three-year, $36 million contract. Perez has mised time the past two years with knee tendinitis.

"I’m excited to be here and trying to take this like a challenge," the left-hander said. "I know the past two years, I didn’t pitch well, the way everybody [wanted] and the way I want to do it. But I’m healthy now and I’m ready to go.”

Perez would not rule out becoming a relief pitcher.

"If they want to use me in the bullpen or for one inning, I don’t know," he said. "What’s more important for me is trying to be on the team and try to help the team, because I know the past few years we’ve had trouble winning the games."

If you want my god honest opinion about the Perez situation, I doubt very much that he will be on the roster. The Mets are going to give him an every single opportunity to make the club or try and make him trade bait and increase his ill faded value.

Perez's numbers are not good and his numbers in winter ball have been horrible. So unless he has magic crystal in his pocket, it don't look good for Perez.
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