Showing posts with label NY Post. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NY Post. Show all posts

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Gary Carter sends message to Mets Fans


Gary Carter is too ill to travel, but the former Mets catcher received a standing ovation when his name was mentioned last night.

Carter, who is fighting an uphill battle against brain cancer, sent a message via his children at an awards dinner.

“I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the city and people of New York,” said Carter, in a message read by his son, D.J. “I’ll never forget my first game in a Mets uniform on Opening Day in 1985 when I had the fortune of leading the team to victory with a walkoff home run.

“The fans were always supportive of me on the baseball field and continue to support me and my family since I was diagnosed with brain cancer in May.”

Carter was honored with the Arthur and Milton Richman “You Gotta Have Heart” Award at the Baseball Writers Association New York chapter’s annual dinner at the Hilton in Midtown.


Source: NY Post

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Rumor Mill: Several Teams have talked to Mets about Jon Niese


According to the NY Post's Joel Sherman, The Red Sox have talked to the Mets and have interest in Jon Niese.

The Padres and Rockies are among the teams interested in Niese, tweets Sherman.  The Padres could get in on Niese but have not engaged yet, adds Andy Martino.

Among young players, the Mets are talking the most about Jonathon Niese rather than Davis, tweets Joel Sherman.  Niese, 25, is under team control through 2015 and could be an alternative for teams that find Oakland's asking price too high for Gio Gonzalez.

It would be interesting to see how creative the Mets will be to upgrade this roster, if they dare to show they have some balls...

Stay tuned!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Phillies wanted Billy Wagner to come out of retirement to close for them


According to the NY Post, The Phillies were interested in having Billy Wagner come out of retirement next season, but the star closer passed on both returning to baseball and rejoining the Mets’ arch rivals.

Wagner, who retired after a sparkling 2010 with the Braves, told The Post yesterday the Phillies called him directly after the 2011 season ended.

“It was after the regular season ... just to see if I was even contemplating coming back or had an itch or anything,” Wagner said. “I just told them, ‘No, I do not have an itch.’”

The Phillies’ interest came prior to their signing of new closer Jonathan Papelbon for four years and $50 million. Wagner, now 40, would have cost far less money. He pitched for the Phillies in 2004-05 before signing with the Mets in 2006.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Marlins roll out the red carpet for Jose Reyes, show him their new ballpark


According to the NY Post, The Marlins gave free agent shortstop Jose Reyes a tour of their new ballpark Wednesday, team president David Samson confirmed on a Miami radio program.

“To be [interested], you have to meet each other and figure out from an investment standpoint where you’re going to go. We’re still working on that," Samson said, according to MLB.com. “We wanted him to see the ballpark. And see the ballpark, he did.”

The Marlins are also courting left-hander Mark Buehrle, who took a ballpark tour Tuesday, the person said. In addition, owner Jeffrey Loria and a contingent of team officials plan to visit the Dominican Republic on Thursday to watch a private workout by highly regarded Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

“I would certainly count [Jose] amongst our priorities,” Samson said. "But we have a priority that includes pitching and includes position players. We have multiple priorities.”

The perennially thrifty Marlins are expected to increase their payroll from $57 million this year to about $80 million in 2012.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Mets Layoff 10% Of Non-Player Staff


The cash-strapped Mets have trimmed nearly 10 percent of non-player staff, including business, clubhouse and scouting personnel, The Post has learned.

“Several weeks ago, we made workforce reductions in both the baseball and business operations departments, which amounted to less than 10 percent of our full-time staff,” the team said in a statement.

The Mets have about 180 non-player employees, of which about 15 have been laid off, said sources.

The Wilpon family (the team’s principal owners) are battling a lawsuit aimed at forcing them to return money they allegedly gained from the Ponzi scheme run by Bernard Madoff.

A plan to raise money by selling part of the team to hedge fund guru David Einhorn for $200 million collapsed. The team is trying to find buyers for ownership shares.

The layoffs are another ominous sign for the Mets, who are seeking to cap their payroll at $100 million to $110 million. They’re now fighting to keep shortstop Jose Reyes on the team after he became a free agent yesterday.

A team source said the layoffs will have no effect on player payroll.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gary Carter receives good news in his battle with cancer


According to the NY Post, Gary Carter's battle with brain cancer took a positive turn yesterday, when doctors determined that new spots recently discovered were benign, according to the former Mets catcher's daughter, Kimmy Bloemers.

"We are praising the heavens for more victories!" Bloemers wrote in her online journal. "Thank you all for the prayers and encouraging cheers for dad! Keep them coming!!!"

Bloemers also said the Hall of Famer was due to finish his second round of chemotherapy last night.

"Dad has been extremely tired during these days of chemo, which has been expected," Bloemers wrote. "After he finishes his last pill tonight, he will start to do more activity for his body. The doctor has emphasized exercise, healthy food intake and rest when needed. Dad will start to do physical therapy to get his joints and muscles moving as he pushes through the exhaustion."

Friday, September 23, 2011

Rumor Mill: Capuano almost a Red Sox?


Looks like Chris Capuano will have to spend the next six days in non play-off contention with the rest of the Mets.

Earlier in the week according to the NY Post,  it almost wasn't such a certainty the veteran left-hander would finish the year in a Mets uniform.

This is after the Red Sox tried to acquire Capuano in a waiver deal, with the idea of using him to start Sunday's game against the Yankees, according to an industry source.

Capuano pitched yesterday's game for the Mets and allowed four earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in their wild 8-6 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. But as recently as Tuesday, the Mets were lining up a Plan B -- Miguel Batista -- for yesterday in the event Capuano was traded.

The deal never materialized because the Mets were not satisfied with Boston's offer of cash for Capuano, who can become a free agent after the season. The pitcher would have been ineligible for Boston's postseason roster, meaning the Red Sox would have been looking to rent Capuano for 1-2 appearances.

Capuano said he wasn't aware of the trade buzz until he had completed his start yesterday.
"I'm glad I didn't know about it," said Capuano, who grew up a Red Sox fan in Springfield, Mass. "It didn't happen, so I don't know if there is much more to talk about."

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson had no comment when asked about the Red Sox interest in Capuano. But Alderson hinted he recently had been approached by a team trying to make a deal for a player. Alderson said there were multiple factors in not trading.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Reyes' contract could range from $70 Million to $160 Million?


According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, executives around the league have very different opinions about what sort of contract Jose Reyes will earn in free agency. Before Reyes was placed on the DL, Sherman had two executives (he respected) diverge by saying  $70 million on a final price. There were also estimates that ranged from "no more than $90MM" to as much as $160MM.

Within the same piece, Sherman looks at some teams besides the Mets that could be in on Reyes this winter, including the Phillies, Brewers, Mariners, Nationals, and Tigers. One GM says the Giants are the "obvious choice," predicting a bid of $120MM or so from San Francisco.

Like I have said in the past, the Mets can get a price break here because of the Reyes injury. Even though he is having a superb season, the risk of injury remains great.   I hope Jose takes into great consideration that the fans love him and want him here.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Rumor Mill: Teams are calling about Carlos Beltran, Maybe Red Sox ???


According to Kevin Kernan of the Ny Post, All indications are that the Mets are moving forward, trying to initiate talks to get Jose Reyes signed to a long-term deal while at the same time they are beginning to accept calls on Carlos Beltran and their group of relievers for hire, highlighted by Francisco Rodriguez.

“People are calling,” a Mets source told The Post last night about Beltran before the Mets won their fourth straight without Reyes, beating the inept Dodgers, 5-3 at Dodger Stadium as they moved three games over .500.

As for Beltran, he is being a complete professional about his situation and realizes he is nearing the end of the road as a Met. He has met with agent Scott Boras to discuss his future and talk about trade possibilities.

The Red Sox could wind up a landing place for the slugger, who upped his hitting streak to 11 games with a fourth-inning double. The Red Sox could stick Beltran in right field, and general manager Theo Epstein has told reporters that adding a bat is more important than adding pitching right now.
“If a trade happens, I’m prepared for it,” Beltran told The Post. He said teams have called Boras to check in on the situation. “But,” Beltran added, “it’s still too early because we have a ways to go before the trade deadline.
General manager Sandy Alderson said that “it’s still a little bit early” to make deals. He said the Mets remain “relevant” in the wild-card race and he is right, you can’t back up the truck just yet.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jeff Wilpon says Mets can be buyers if they need to be


Will the Mets be Buyers?
According to Dan Martin of the Ny Post,  Jeff Wilpon made clear that the Mets if suited with the opportunity to be in a race they would spend by saying,
"He'll have all the opportunity in the world to bring anybody he wants in," team COO Jeff Wilpon said yesterday, without giving the GM carte blanche. "The way for him to do that is to bring the ideas to us and we'll talk about it. But he does not have restrictions. We'll deal with everything on a case-by-case basis."

Sandy Alderson clearly has decisions to make , but they will have to come down the road.

Alderson was quoted saying,
"The next three to four weeks will tell a lot," said Alderson, adding he will keep finances in mind when he considers any potential move, but won't make it the overriding factor. "The focus will be on the baseball side."

Friday, June 03, 2011

Audio: WFAN's Steve Somers talks to NY Post's Kevin Kernan about the Mets


Wright finally talked to Fred Wilpon about his comments made


According to the NY Post , David Wright and Fred Wilpon finally talked face to face about Wilpon's comments made in a article that was written in The New Yorker.
"I talked to him," Wright told The Post yesterday, referring to the Mets' principal owner. "All is well."
And last night, at his charity foundation function at Bridgewaters at the South Street Seaport, Wright addressed recent talk his days with the Mets may be numbered.
"I think it's been well documented that I enjoy playing here . . . and I hope I can be doing that for a long time," he said. "Unfortunately, some of that is out of my hands."
"If something happens, obviously I'll be disappointed. At the same time it's something I can't control. My sole concern right now is trying to get my back better and whatever happens, happens."

Friday, May 27, 2011

Video: NY Post's Mets Status Report - About New Minority Owner and Other Mets Issues




The Post's Mark Hale and Dan Martin discuss the Mets' sale, injuries and busy week.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mets Ownership Close to Naming Minority Owner


There were many reports that the Mets were close to landing their sought after minority investor,  Steve Cohen. But according to the NY Post , the deal cooled off.

So the Mets Ownership have been in process for a couple of months and it seems like they are close to getting a legitimate investor/minority owner.

Team ownership has chosen a preferred bidding group led by former commodities trader Ray Bartoszek and investor Anthony Lanza and have been in advanced talks since last week on the proposed deal to sell up to a 49 percent stake in the money-losing team for $200 million, sources told The Post.

The talks are still in process because they have yet to iron out some sticky details, but it could be wrapped up and announced before the end of the month.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Steve Cohen the Front Runner to Buy Portion of the Mets, But he like the Mets has Problems too..


According to the  NY Post ,  billionaire hedge funder Steve Cohen is the front runner to buy the Mets; it seems like the team leaked the info out purposefully to gauge reaction to his status as the "preferred bidder." But seeing as how this is the Mets, you know nothing can go right...because the Wall Street Journal reports that Cohen is also being investigated by federal prosecutors for possible insider trading. Like the Mets need anymore problems.

According to their source, the Post says Cohen really wants in on the team, and see potential in the future: "What he wants he gets. It's a trophy to him but not just a trophy. In time, it can be a real asset."

The Mets refused to say whether he's officially won the bid yet, but other finalists have told the Wilpons in the last week that they believe the Mets are worth less than the $800 million-plus valuation needed to get to a $200 million price for 49 percent of the team.

Cohen, who started his hedge fund in 1992, has routinely made more than $1 billion a year, and has generated average annual returns of about 30 percent over its nearly two decades. Investigators are looking into Cohen after they found that two former portfolio managers at his hedge fund have both pleaded guilty to securities-fraud charges for trading on inside information. This is the first time the Cohen Account has been tied in any way to the larger insider-trading probe.

Friday, March 18, 2011

NY Post: MLB approves at least 3 potential bidding groups


Major League Baseball has approved at least three potential bidding groups, according to the NY Post.


The groups include one led by the team of Goldman Sachs' David Heller and Apollo's Marc Spilker, and another including Steve Starker, co-founder of the global-trading firm BTIG and Ken Dichter, the co-founder of Marquis Jet as potential New York Mets owners, sources said.

At least one or two additional bidders have also been passed along to the MLB Commissioner, and could be cleared to bid for the team, sources said.

Each of the groups were first vetted by Mets investment bank Allen & Co.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Mets will get a look at Beltran as DH Today


The Mets will get their first look at Carlos Beltran in a game this spring training when he plays against the Red Sox today in Port St. Lucie.

Perhaps more importantly, so will other teams that might want to trade for the outfielder trying to come back from knee woes.

Beltran is scheduled to DH today, and manager Terry Collins hopes to get him two or three at-bats before removing him.

“I just want him to start seeing live pitching,” Collins said yesterday.

And since Beltran likely is still about 10 days away from playing right field, the Mets want him to take things slow.

“Don’t look for him to steal,” Collins said. “We just want him to get out there and run the bases if he can. As I told him when we decided to do this, don’t be embarrassed if you’re not ready to run full-speed yet. ... He’s gotta get at-bats, that’s most important.”

The manager didn’t rule out Beltran playing back-to-back games.

“He’ll dictate the games,” Collins said. “I hope he’ll want to DH the next day.”

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cool Photo: Terry Collins Embracing Wally Backman


Collins probably saying, " no hard feelings?"

NY Post: Ruben Tejada could play his way into 2b Competition


According to Mike Puma of the NY Post:

Though the 21-year-old infielder technically isn’t part of the Mets’ second base competition, manager Terry Collins hasn’t closed the door completely on the possibility of Tejada claiming the position by the end of camp.


“I have not seen Ruben Tejada very much, but I’m watching his batting practice, and he’s not hitting the ball out of the ballpark, but he is putting as good a swing on the baseball as anybody in this camp,” Collins said Thursday. “We’ve got a guy [in Tejada] we know can play second base. If his bat comes around, he may be that guy, who knows?”

Tejada batted .213 with a homer and 15 RBIs in 78 games for the Mets last season, mostly at second base. Collins would like to have Tejada begin the season at Triple-A Buffalo at shortstop, an insurance policy behind Jose Reyes.

But if Tejada has a sizzling spring training and no candidate emerges from the second-base pack, Collins said he could envision Tejada playing second on Opening Day.

“It all depends on what those other guys look like when we start playing,” Collins said, referring to Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Luis Castillo may be in Collins' Doghouse


According to Mike Puma of the NY Post,  Luis Castillo already might have one foot in manager Terry Collins' doghouse.

Though position players are not required in Mets camp until tomorrow, Collins yesterday admitted he is disappointed Castillo had not arrived already as a sign he's committed to fighting for the starting second-base job.

"I look out there today and see [Scott] Hairston and [Willie] Harris and [Jose] Reyes and [David] Wright, and those guys are all here," Collins said. "In a position of Luis, where he's competing for a job. . . . I know he's working out, I am aware of that, but I wish he would have been here. This way I could have gotten the conversation over."

Castillo, who is owed $6 million in this final year of his contract, needs a strong camp to avoid getting released. Castillo's competition at second base includes Daniel Murphy, Justin Turner and Brad Emaus.

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