Showing posts with label Ny Daily News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ny Daily News. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nick Evans Signs with Pirates


Nick Evans, who had been with the Mets since the team made him him a fifth-round draft selection in 2004, has signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, his agent Marc Agar told the Daily News. Evans agreed to a minor league deal, with an invite to spring training.

In 2735 at-bats across eight minor league seasons, Evans posted an .822 OPS, and hit 107 home runs. In parts of four major league seasons, he had a .712 OPS. Frequently shuffling between the major and minors, Evans --who always impressed the organization and much of the fan base with his character and work ethic -- did not see many sustained opportunities with the Mets.

The Mets had been willing to re-sign Evans, despite removing him from the 40-man roster this month. Agar said that there was "extraordinary interest" in his client, and leaving the Mets was a difficult decision for Evans.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thole turns to Mirabelli for Help


The NY Daily News reports that Josh Thole has been in contact with former catcher Doug Mirabelli for tips on catching R.A. Dickey's knuckleballer pitch. Mirabelli was Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield's personal catcher in Boston. Dickey and Wakefield are close, and it was Dickey who gave Mirabelli's contact information to young Thole hoping that the referral would lead to progress in catching as well as an abundance of defensive tips and tricks. "It will be great to see what he has to say," Thole said. After showing last season that he could handle the knuckleball, Thole has regressed this season- leaving some to speculate that Ronny Paulino would take over the number 1 catching spot on the team. "There is going to be plenty of work for both of those guys," Collins said. "I don't think anybody works any harder than Josh Thole at trying to figure out what you have to do to get a hitter out."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Mets wait for pitchers market to open, Eye Garcia as possible arm


According to Andy Martino of  the NY Daily News, The Mets continue to monitor the market for free agent starting pitchers, waiting for the asking prices for Chris Young and other low-risk, high-reward possibilities to drop.

According to a source close to Martino, they have also expressed preliminary interest in Freddy Garcia, although talks so far have been limited.

Garcia, 34, has intrigued the Mets, Yankees and White Sox, among other teams, and is seeking less than the $5 million guaranteed that the Los Angeles Dodgers gave Jon Garland this winter.

He is, however, believed to be looking for a raise from the $1 million guaranteed he earned last season, when he went 12-6, with a 4.64 ERA with the White Sox. Garcia is not close to signing with any team.

Freddy by the Numbers:

Friday, December 03, 2010

NY Daily News - Alderson vows change with new players at the winter meetings


The new Mets GM met with reporters Friday, and answered several housekeeping questions concerning his plan to fill out the remainder of the 2011 roster.

In the NY Daily News, Alderson stated, "I can guarantee you, we'll come back with some good players," Alderson said. "I can't guarantee how high-profile they will be, or how many. If nothing else, we'll pick in the Rule 5 draft, just to say we brought a player back."

Alderson indicated the team's goals at the meetings will be to discuss adding rotation and bullpen depth, a backup catcher and a fourth outfielder. He also expects to interview candidates for Howard Johnson's replacement as the team's hitting coach and to soon meet with predecessor Omar Minaya about a potential role in the organization.

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