Showing posts with label Ronny Paulino. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ronny Paulino. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mets move on without Ronny Paulino and Mike Baxter

Last night I posted that the Mets were weighing their last minute options on Ronny Paulino, it seems they came up with the answer...

The Mets non tendered Paulino and Queens Native OF Mike Baxter.

The team did offer arbitration to starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey, outfielder Andres Torres and relievers Ramon Ramirez and Manny Acosta.

In non-tendering Paulino, the Mets shed his $1.3 million salary (plus a small potential raise through arbitration), allowing them perhaps to expand their budget for pitching and bench upgrades. Without Paulino, the team will almost certainly proceed with Josh Thole and defensive expert Mike Nickeas as its Opening Day catchers; given this year's thin catching market, it is unlikely that the Mets would cut Paulino, then turn around and sign another free agent for similar money.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Time is running out on decision to offer Paulino arbitration

The clock is up on Ronny Paulino. The Mets must decide by midnight ET on Monday night whether or not to offer arbitration to Paulino, who disappointed in his first season in New York.

Signing with the Mets for $1.3 million at the Winter Meetings last year, Paulino reported late to Spring Training due to visa issues, sat out the season's first eight games to satisfy an outstanding performance-enhancing substance suspension, then missed another two weeks due to a blood disorder. When he played, Paulino struggled, hitting .193 with one home run from July 4 through season's end.

Should the Mets non-tender Paulino, they would shed his $1.3 million salary (plus a small potential raise through arbitration), allowing them to expand their budget for pitching and bench upgrades. In Paulino's wake, the team would almost certainly proceed with Josh Thole and defensive-minded Mike Nickeas as its Opening Day catchers; it is unlikely that the Mets would cut Paulino, then turn around and sign another free-agent catcher for similar money.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mets unhappy with Catcher Ronny Paulino, look to fill his shoes

The Mets are not happy with backup catcher Ronny Paulino as Andy Martino of the NY Daily News indicated there was a riff between Paulino and Terry Collins at times. There was also a lack of work ethic as team officials put it.

According to Martino, team insiders say Josh Thole would catch about 60% of games, and a veteran acquisition would handle the remaining 40%.

With last year’s so-so rotation set to return largely intact, and with young arms like Bobby Parnell, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee still learning the league, a veteran catcher might be the best way to improve the pitching.

“He was supposed to hit for power, and all he did was hit singles,” said one Mets official of Paulino, who hit two home runs in 2011, and slugged just .351. “(Mike) Nickeas could do that, and he would be much better defensively."

Nickeas, 28, is universally regarded as a superb defender, and as recently as September the team was comfortable with the notion of replacing Paulino with him in 2012. But Nickeas’ .189 average in 53 at-bats in 2011 reminded the Mets of their concerns about his hitting, and prompted some club officials to push for an outside solution.

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, July 01, 2011

Injury Updates: Niese Ok'd to Pitch, Paulino a bit sore

As the Daily News reported Wednesday night, doctors have cleared Jon Niese to start Friday night against the Yankees. Niese left his previous start with a rapid heartbeat, underwent numerous tests at Henry Ford Hospital and was pronounced ready. "I knew it was all just precautionary, but I'm glad it's over," he said.

Niese did reiterate that he deals with the issue regularly, although only when pitching.

"It only happens maybe once or twice a month...ever since I can remember," he said. "It's only when I pitch. It's not like I'm sitting watching TV at home and the heart races."

Niese, 24, said the feeling always passes within "a few seconds," and doctors cleared him to continue with his season.


Collins said that Ronny Paulino had a sore back and knee, but would be able to start one or two games in the Subway Series.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Mets Notes: Duda, Bay, Santana, Paulino

Mets Notes:
  • Lucas Duda is in Pittsburgh. He will start in left tonight, as Jason Bay continues to rest. Duda will also play some first base, so Justin Turner can rest some, as well.
  • Collins has not decided, officially, if Bay will return to action Saturday, but that looks likely. Collins wants Bay to get his rhythm back on this road trip.
  • Collins cannot get a hold of rehabbing starter Johan Santana – likely fishing down in Florida, Collins guessed – but he does want him to come to New York and throw a bullpen session or three. Just as a morale boost for the Santana and his teammates, Collins figured. He cannot yet put a firm date on his return.
  • Ronny Paulino will start on both Saturday and Sunday during this series.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Paulino to see more action behind the plate

Josh Thole's numbers are getting ugly.  After a fine first week of the season, Thole has since fallen into a six-week funk with a .172 average, a .245 on-base percentage and a .204 slugging percentage.

Over his last 31 games, he has recorded three extra-base hits. Over his last 17 games, he has one.

As a result, Thole is no longer the Mets' unquestioned starting catcher. Manager Terry Collins said on Sunday morning that he plans to give Ronny Paulino a string of consecutive starts at the position, in large part to give Thole time to clear his head and work on his swing.

"I thought about it last night, thought about it this morning," Collins said on Sunday. "Josh is still going to play. He's still going to get a number of at-bats. I just want to make sure we try to keep them both as sharp as possible."

There is reason to believe that Paulino, a career .274 hitter with staggering numbers against left-handed pitchers, can give the Mets some additional pop with sluggers David Wright and Ike Davis both on the disabled list. So far this season, Paulino has been playing only against lefties and, more recently, on days that Mike Pelfrey was the team's starting pitcher, such as on Sunday.

But Paulino will become the first-string catcher for this week's games in Chicago, despite the fact that the Cubs plan to deploy right-handed starters on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"We've talked about it and talked about it, so we're going to play him a couple days and give him some consistent at-bats," Collins said.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Mets Unhappy With Thole

Josh Thole's days of being the Mets number 1 catcher seem to be coming to a close with the recent success of Ronny Paulino behind the plate. Last Night in a Mike Pelfrey win over the San Francisco Giants, Pelf praised Paulino's leadership and game calling stating that he thought Paulino was "very good back there today and he obviously deserves a lot of credit, he called a pretty good game." Pelfrey added that he and Paulino were in sync in pitch selection, "there were times when I would have the slider grip in my glove and he would put it down, and I'd be like O.K. Lets do it!" Thole who has been benched for struggling both offensively and defensively, will be back in the lineup on Friday Against the Dodgers. According to The New York Times,
Manager Terry Collins said that he was confident that Thole would break out of his catching slump and he may start playing like Johnny Bench. In that case, the Mets would go back to the platoon with Thole starting against righties. If Paulino shows success against righties and if he plays more, the Mets have to decide if they want Thole as a part-time player in the major leagues, or to temporarily go to Class AAA Buffalo to catch every day and work on his craft. The idea has been discussed within the last week. If they sent Thole down to the minors, they would likely call up Mike Nickeas, whom the Mets consider an excellent defensive catcher. But Paulino has done well, too, albeit in a brief sample.

In the last three games Paulino has started, Mets starters have allowed just three earned runs in 21 innings for a 1.29 earned run average.

Meanwhile, in addition to the problems Thole, a converted catcher, has had throwing out runners and allowing some passed balls, the Mets have been unhappy at times with some of his pitch calling. On April 6, they were dismayed when Pelfrey admitted to getting away from his two-seam fastball and taking the blame for it. The Mets were concerned at the time that he and Thole were not on the same page, and Collins spoke to both about it.

Then last Friday against the Phillies, with Ryan Howard at the plate, Thole called for a fastball from Dillon Gee, instead of his best pitch, the changeup. Howard hit the fastball for a home run. Afterward the Mets’ hierarchy was upset with both Gee and Thole for the pitch selection.

Bye Bye Josh.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Happy Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 28 - Mets at Phillies (Bin Laden Dead)

Osama Bin Laden DeadImage by secretagent007 via Flickr
Final Score: New York 2, Philadelphia 1 (14 innings)

Ronny Paulino capped off his career-high five-hit night with an RBI double in the 14th inning, as the New York Mets snuck past the Philadelphia Phillies, 2-1, to avoid a three-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park.

Making his first start of the season, Paulino went 5-for-7 for the Mets, who snapped a three-game skid. Carlos Beltran drove in the other run for New York.

Chris Young gave up two hits and struck out seven in a seven-inning start. Taylor Buchholz (1-0) pitched two scoreless frames to pick up the win.

Ryan Howard knocked in the lone run for the Phillies, who were coming off a record-setting April. Philadelphia went 18-8 in April to set a club record for wins in the first full month of a season, surpassing the 1993 squad that won the National League pennant.

Starter Cliff Lee gave up one run on eight hits over seven frames. Kyle Kendrick (1-2) allowed one run on four hits and walked two in three innings to take the loss.

"Try to forget about it, go home and get some sleep," Howard said of the team's offensive showing. "We hit some balls hard. We hit them right at people. Those things happen sometimes."

The game featured 12 pitchers -- six from each side.

After stranding runners on second and third in the 13th, the Mets took the lead in the 14th. David Wright led off with a single and moved to second two batters later on Jason Bay's base hit. Ike Davis' deep fly ball to center allowed Wright to move to third. Paulino then doubled to left to make it a 2-1 game.

The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning, but Davis grounded out.

Philadelphia's best chance to score early on came in the third. Brian Schneider doubled to right with one out. Lee flied out and Shane Victorino grounded out to end the threat.

New York broke the scoreless tie in the fifth. With two outs, Wright singled off the wall in left. Beltran followed with an RBI double to right- center field.

Young retired 10 straight batters before giving up a one-out walk to Howard in the seventh. Ben Francisco was then hit by a pitch. After Raul Ibanez struck out, Pete Orr walked to load the bases. Young got out of the jam by getting Schneider to go down swinging.

The Phillies tied the game in the eighth. Jason Isringhausen walked John Mayberry Jr. and Jimmy Rollins to put two men on with two outs. Tim Byrdak came in from the bullpen to face Howard, who hit an RBI single to left. Francisco Rodriguez came in to get the final out, but not before Philly made it a 1-1 game.

The game went into extras after Philadelphia stranded runners on first and second in the ninth.

Game Notes

The Phillies were without catcher Carlos Ruiz (back)...Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was ejected by third base umpire Lance Barksdale after Schneider struck out to end the seventh...Philadelphia pitcher Roy Oswalt is expected to rejoin the team on Thursday...The Mets improved to 2-6 in games decided by one run...

The fans in attendance erupted with chants of "USA! USA! USA!" when they learned of Osama bin Laden's death in the top of the ninth...The Mets went 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position and left 19 men on base. Philly went 1-for-8 with RISP and stranded 11.

Box Score: Click Here
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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.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Paulino will be activated soon

Ronny Paulino, who was declared day-to-day after hurting a rib-cage muscle during the weekend with Triple-A Buffalo, returned to game action with the Bisons on Monday afternoon behind the plate.

Paulino caught 8 1/3 innings against Lehigh Valley and was 1-for-4 with a run scored and runner caught stealing when the game ended in a rain delay and ultimately was called.

While Paulino's activation from the DL may occur soon, the Mets do not plan to bring him back Tuesday in Washington, as had originally been planned before the weekend hiccup.

GM Sandy Alderson indicated Monday that Paulino will remain with Buffalo and play at least in Tuesday's Triple-A game at Rochester as well before joining the Mets.

After visa issues delayed his arrival into the country, Paulino opened the season serving the final eight games of a 50-game suspension for a performance-enhancing substance.

Paulino then was transferred to the 15-day DL while he was treated for anemia.

Source:ESPN/Adam Rubin

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Mets must decide what to do with Paulino

Ronny Paulino
The clock is up on backup catcher Ronny Paulino, who on Saturday served the eighth and final game on the 50-game drug suspension he received last season.

The Mets must decide whether or not to place Paulino on the 15-day disabled list or add him to the active roster.

Paulino is recovering from anemia, a disorder defined by a decrease in the quantity of hemoglobin in the blood.

Due to the suspension, the Mets would be unable to backdate a potential stay on the DL -- meaning if disabled, Paulino would be ineligible to return until April 25.

When he does ultimately return, he will enter into something of a platoon situation with starting catcher Josh Thole, playing regularly when the Mets face left-handed starters.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Paulino will likely start the season on the DL due to stomach and colon issues

Ronny Paulino, the backup catcher suffering through a difficult spring, has been diagnosed with what Alderson termed “stomach and colon issues that are going to keep him out for a while.” Doctors discovered irregularities in his blood work last week. 
Alderson could not discuss the specifics of Paulino’s condition, because he had not received consent from the player. But he said Paulino could likely begin the season on the disabled list after he completes his eight-game suspension for violating baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy last season.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Video: Ronny Paulino Shows up to camp

Ronny Paulino discusses his delayed arrival at Mets camp upon reporting Saturday as well as how ready he is to begin catching in games. The catcher has eight games remaining on his performance-enhancing drug suspension. His MLB suspension delayed his visa.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mets expect Paulino in camp Saturday

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Ronny Paulino finally made it to the United States today after an extended delay due to visa issues in his native Dominican Republic.

Paulino, who signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Mets over the winter, is expected to report to camp tomorrow.

The 29-year-old backstop encountered difficulties obtaining his work visa as a result of his 50-game suspension for PEDs last August. He’ll have to serve the remaining eight games on the suspension once the regular season begins, but Mets manager Terry Collins plans to keep him busy until then.
“We’re going to push the envelope a little bit here in the next couple of weeks to try to do as much as we can to get him as ready as possible, and then use that extra week to get him playing time,” Collins said. “The hardest part is the minor-league season doesn’t start until the [April] 7. He can still go get a couple of games in before he does report [to the majors]. We’ll make use of the minor league side as best we can.”
Paulino batted .259/.311/.354 with four homers and 37 RBI over 344 plate appearances before his suspension last season. He is expected to serve as the backup catcher to Josh Thole this season.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Ronny Paulino expected in camp later next week

Ronny Paulino may finally arrive in Mets camp in four or five days. GM Sandy Alderson spoke to Paulino as well as the U.S. Consulate in the Dominican Republic on Friday and came away thinking the visa issue related to the catcher's MLB performance-enhancing-drug suspension should be resolved shortly.

"We're looking at late this week," Alderson said.

Paulino has eight games remaining on his suspension. Terry Collins plans for Paulino to catch Mets pitchers in minor league games on back fields the final week of spring training. The manager had planned to hold members of the Mets' rotation out anyway the final week of spring training because the Mets face Florida in three of the final six Grapefruit League games and also open the regular season in Miami against the Marlins.

Source: ESPN NY

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New 2011 Mets Player Numbers

The Mets have added Player numbers to their roster. Some notables :  Beato (70), Buchholz (33), Capuano (38), Carrasco (77), Young (55), Paulino (9), Emaus (68), Chin-ling hu (25), Hairston (12) courtesy of

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Link: Video : on Mets Catchers

Pete McCarthy and senior correspondent Hal Bodley discuss Josh Thole and the Mets' catching situation in 2011

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Mets off-season contracts signed so far....

Mets Contracts signed so far... Not Much

Right-hander D.J. Carrasco Service time: 4 years, 141 days
2011: $1.2 million
2012: $1.2 million
Bonuses: $50,000 for 65 relief appearances; $50,000 for 75 relief appearances; $50,000 for 15 games started.

Catcher Ronny Paulino Service time: 4 years, 112 days
2011: $1.35 million
Bonuses: $60,000 for 85 games started at catcher; $60,000 for 95 games started at catcher; $60,000 for 105 games started at catcher; $60,000 for 115 games started at catcher; $60,000 for 125 games started at catcher.

Right-hander Boof Bonser Service time: 4 years, 81 days
Minor league contract for $15,000 per month
Major league value: $700,000
Invitation to spring training.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Paulino looking to compete for starting job

Ronny Paulino, speaking from New York, where he will complete a physical Thursday, told ESPN's Enrique Rojas he is not resigned to being a backup to Josh Thole who only faces left-handers.

"I'm training to fight for the position," Paulino said. "No one has a regular job yet. I feel like I have a strong commitment to address the confidence and the opportunity offered to me by the Mets."

Paulino also addressed having eight games remaining on a 50-game suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

"It was a difficult time, but I cope because of the great support I received from my family, and my teammates know what happened. This is a second opportunity I have and I'm not missing it," Paulino said.
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