Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Catching prospect Kevin Plawecki, who has been out of the starting lineup at Triple-A Las Vegas since Thursday, has been diagnosed with a mild case of vertigo, assistant GM John Ricco said.
Plawecki, 23, is hitting .234 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 15 games since a promotion from Double-A Binghamton. He hit .326 with six homers and 43 RBIs in 224 at-bats to begin the season with the B-Mets.
Plawecki has experienced dizziness. Ricco suggested the issue typically resolves itself and there was no incident that precipitated it.
Tejada's Hand Swollen, No X-Rays:
Ruben Tejada did not require an X-ray on his swollen left hand after being struck with a fifth-inning pitch from Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez on Tuesday, the shortstop said.
Tejada finished the game.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Wright's Cortisone Shot, Niese getting ready for second half, No Call Up for extra infielder, Prospects Showcase themselves at Future's Game
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David Wright insisted he does not deserve to represent the Mets at Tuesday's All-Star Game. More candidly, the captain confessed Sunday morning, even if the National League needed a late replacement, he would be unable to perform.
Dogged by a bruised left rotator cuff and inflammation that recently sidelined him for a week, Wright told ESPNNewYork.com he will receive a cortisone injection in the shoulder after Sunday's first-half finale. He then will spend the All-Star break "out west," allowing the shot to take effect.
Niese getting ready for second half
Jon Niese threw 21 pitches in the home bullpen at Citi Field on Sunday morning, took a break to simulate a half-inning, then threw an additional 17 pitches. It was his first time working off a mound since a 12-pitch appearance on July 4, when he departed after getting struck with a line drive in his lower back.
Niese officially landed on the DL the following day with a left shoulder strain. An MRI last Monday revealed inflammation in the AC joint.
The Mets plan to activate Niese from the DL to face the Seattle Mariners on July 21, to open the second series after the All-Star break. The southpaw will throw another bullpen session when the Mets reconvene Friday in San Diego to affirm his readiness.
Niese is eligible to return from the DL next Sunday, on the final day in San Diego, but Terry Collins prefers having Niese wait until Seattle, where lefty-hitting Robinson Cano poses a big danger.
Sunday, June 08, 2014
Mets News and Notes: Tejada Lead-off?, Boston Tea Party for Wilpons?, Nimmo OK after being struck by pitch, Wright Benched?
Matt den Dekker exclusively has led off for the Mets this past week against right-handed pitching. But things could change soon.
Terry Collins said Saturday that coaches have kicked around the idea of using Ruben Tejada in the leadoff spot.
Tejada is hitting .424 (14-for-33) with two homers and six RBIs over his past 10 games.
Boston Tea Party for Wilpons?
The Boston Red Sox selected Connecticut high school right-hander Bradley Wilpon in the 36th round of the draft on Saturday. Yes, it's the son of Jeff Wilpon and grandson of Fred Wilpon.
Bradley Wilpon has committed to play baseball at Penn and still plans to be a Quaker in 2014-15. He will attend the Wharton School of Business.
Nimmo OK after being struck by pitch
Brandon Nimmo, who was forced to leave Friday's Class A St. Lucie game an inning after getting struck in the right wrist with a pitch, has avoided a fracture.
X-rays taken on the 2011 first-round pick came back negative, Paul DePodesta said.
Nimmo nonetheless is out of the lineup for Saturday's Florida State League game.
Nimmo, 21, is hitting .327 with four homers, 24 RBIs and nine steals in 214 at-bats. He has a league-best .448 on-base percentage.
Top prospect Noah Syndergaard similarly avoided a fracture diagnosis on his left shoulder this week after being involved in a home-plate collision at Las Vegas.
With the Mets on a season-high-matching five-game losing streak, David Wright approached Terry Collins postgame and asked to play in Sunday's series finale against the San Francisco Giants. The manager's response: no.
Wright, who has started every game this season, was told by Collins he will be sitting Sunday.
Eric Campbell instead is expected to start Sunday at third base. Wright committed a critical error in the 5-4 loss.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Mets News and Notes: d'Arnaud Concussion DL?, Tejada Over Flores, EY Over Lagares, Super 2 Decision, Edgin on the way
d'Arnaud Concussion DL?:
Wednesday, the New York Mets began to have concerns that it could be something more serious. And now there's a real chance that d'Arnaud could be heading for baseball's seven-day concussion disabled list.
d'Arnaud passed initial concussion tests Tuesday night, after Soriano inadvertently hit him on the helmet with his backswing in a ninth-inning at-bat. The Mets catcher even remained in the game to catch the final out.
But d'Arnaud was still feeling the effects of the hit Wednesday, and when he felt more symptoms after going through workouts at Citi Field, the Mets decided to administer further concussion tests. Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday night that d'Arnaud will have another test on Thursday.
The Mets have summoned catcher Juan Centeno from Triple-A Las Vegas. While Centeno has not yet been added to the roster, the Mets want him available in case d'Arnaud goes on the DL.
Tejada over Flores:
Collins gave a simple explanation for giving Ruben Tejada a fourth consecutive start at shortstop, after saying Tuesday that he expected Wilmer Flores to play.
"He's too hot to take out," Collins said.
Tejada lost his job a week ago when the Mets called up Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas, then got a reprieve when Flores got sick and had to miss Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Tejada has reached base seven times in three games since then, and has also impressed the Mets with his play at shortstop.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Wilmer Flores will start at shortstop for a third time in spring training on Tuesday. Manager Terry Collins suggested that is unrelated to Ruben Tejada's poor play, which should raise a couple of eyebrows - if the Mets are going to make a move soon.
Tejada went 1-for-3 with two strikeouts Monday in a 10-7 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. He is now hitting .120 (3-for-25) this spring training.
Collins iterated that he wants to see his agility in action at shortstop as Flores participated in a fitness camp this winter which worked on his flexibility and coordination.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Lucas Duda, who started Monday's game against the Atlanta Braves at first base, departed with leg stiffness, Terry Collins said.
Collins indicated the rash of minor maladies is likely because of sun-baked fields and the effort being exerted by the players in camp.
The manager expected Ike Davis (calves), Ruben Tejada (hamstring) and Eric Young Jr. (side muscle) all to enter the lineup Tuesday, however.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Ruben Tejada indicated he felt "a little bit tight" in his left hamstring while taking groundballs before Sunday's Grapefruit League game. He then decided it was better to report it to the Mets rather than try to play through the issue.
Tejada was scratched from the game at Roger Dean Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals.
He noted that missing a couple of days now as a precaution would be better than suffering a strain that could cost him a few weeks of spring training as he tries to convince Mets brass he merits being the regular shortstop.
"It's better to say something before something bad," Tejada said. "... That's why I said something, because I don't want to miss two or three weeks with something."
Tejada will not play in Monday's game against Atlanta, either.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Despite the opportunity, Ruben Tejada hasn't exactly locked up the shortstop spot in Queens. Tejada still isn't working out for the Mets.
Even though Tejada attended an offseason strength/conditioning and nutrition camp in Michigan, Mets management has not been overwhelmed by the shortstop's "new" body. "He looks pretty much the same," one source told The Post on Monday.
Frustrated with Tejada, the Mets still have a strong interest in signing free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, two sources have told The Post.
They also have shown interest in Seattle's Nick Franklin...Who is out of a position because of the signing of Robinson Cano.
The Mets are still waiting for their price on Drew. They also can trade for Franklin who might demand a pitching prospect.. Their choice...
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
The Wilpon family has strong ties to Michigan University as Fred Wilpon and son Jeff Wilpon are both graduates there... Mike Barwis, who is the football team’s strength and conditioning coach became friends with Jeff Wilpon and eventually, the Mets hired Barwis as a consultant.
The Mets GM Sandy Alderson after the 2013 season wanted to offer a more regimented off-season training program for some of their younger players.
The Mets have suggested the Michigan training program to players Ruben Tejada, Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda, Dominic Smith, Patrick Biondi, and Phillip Evans, two recently drafted players, became part of the group, as well.
The program was voluntary, the cost split between the organization and each player.
The players reported for about four weeks in the fall and have returned recently to put in a few more weeks before spring training. Juan Lagares, the Mets center fielder has joined the others this time around.
Barwis evaluates each of the players and comes up with a nutrition and workout regimen. The players have worked on their balance, explosiveness, strength, speed and flexibility.
Read More: NY Times
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Ruben Tejada has avoided arbitration by settling with the Mets for a $1.1 million salary for 2014.
Tejada, who was eligible for arbitration for the first time, currently is projected to be the starting shortstop.
Tejada's settlement leaves six cases still unresolved -- with Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis, Bobby Parnell, Dillon Gee, Lucas Duda and Eric Young Jr. The sides will exchange figures Friday if there is no settlement before then.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Mets have not yet settled with any of their arbitration-eligible players: Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis, Bobby Parnell, Dillon Gee, Eric Young Jr., Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada.
Here are Mets Estimated Salaries Based on MLBtradeRumors.com and Pace Law Projections:
Daniel Murphy $5.1 million
Ike Davis $3.825 million
Bobby Parnell $3.725 million
Dillon Gee $3.55 million
Eric Young $1.9 million
Lucas Duda $1.8 million
Ruben Tejada $1.0 million
Friday, January 10, 2014
The Mets have been rumored to be involved in talks for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but now it seems that will not be an option for the team.
The team has also explored trade options to replace Ruben Tejada, but that also remains a mute point.
"The same three alternatives exist: sign a free agent, make a trade or go with what we have, subject to probably bringing in a backup to Tejada," Alderson said. "I'd say right now, it's probably more likely that we will go with Option C, which is Ruben at shortstop with the addition of a backup."
The team is expected to try and sign a backup shortstop and right now the possibilities are a short list on the open market. They include Ronny Cedeno, a former Met; Cesar Izturis, whom the Mets discussed at the Winter Meetings; and Justin Turner and Omar Quintanilla, whom the Mets non-tendered earlier this winter.
Saturday, December 28, 2013
According to a interview with Mets Special Assistant J.P. Ricciardi on WEEI Thursday Night, the Mets are more likely to stay with SS Ruben Tejada instead of exploring either Stephen Drew or any other shortstop possibility out there.
“I think we are,” said Ricciardi when asked if the Mets were happy with heading into 2014 with the 24-year-old Tejada.
He’s a young player. A lot of young players who get to play at the big league level early in their career, a lot of them don’t realize how hard it is to play every day. A lot of them don’t realize what it takes to play every day. I think in Ruben’s case, he got a lot early in his career and I think he’s starting to realize that he has to work a lot harder than he has in the past, and he has.
To his credit, he really has. But as a young player, they get to the big leagues, some things happen for them and they forget how tough it is to stay there. I think he’s at that stage in his career. I think next year he’s going to be a better player than he was this previous year.”
“Sometimes there’s just supply and demand and I think right now there’s just not a lot of demand for shortstops,” the former Blue Jays general manager said. “It’s funny how it works. Sometimes there’s a lot of opportunities for free agents, but sometimes the market is a little bit of a stonewall. I think in this case there’s a lot of shortstops that are already in place.”
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Sandy Alderson said Tuesday afternoon that two to three teams are potential trade partners for the Mets at shortstop, although the chances of Ruben Tejada starting Opening Day at the position certainly are far greater than at the end of the season.
Alderson suggested a handful of teams might be willing to trade a shortstop to the Mets, but Tejada is becoming more likely as the starter.
"Well, I think it is more likely certainly than it was a couple of months ago, let's say," the GM said. "But we've improved the team at other positions. And so giving Ruben a chance to reestablish himself as an everyday player isn't such a bad thing. But we'll continue to monitor what's there from the trade market and conceivably free agency, although there really isn't much left there. There are two or three teams that are possibilities."
Monday, November 18, 2013
Infielder Ruben Tejada could file a grievance against the Mets over a disagreement about his service time, Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reports. Tejada is represented by the Legacy Agency.
The issue stems from a late promotion from Triple-A Las Vegas in September. Las Vegas was eliminated from the Pacific Coast League playoffs on September 7. The Mets waited to promote Tejada until September 10, and that left him with two years and 171 days of playing time. The Mets had promoted several players the previous day.
Another day of service time would have given Tejada three full years, thus potentially making him eligible for free agency after the 2016 season. As it stands, the earliest he can be eligible for free agency is after the 2017 season. He will, however, be arbitration-eligible this offseason as a Super Two player.
It is not uncommon for teams to time promotions based on service time considerations. Passan suggests, however, that they are not typically quite as obvious about it as the Mets were in Tejada's case.
If Tejada were to receive the extra day of service time, Passan writes, Charlie Furbush of the Mariners would become eligible for arbitration as a Super Two player. Super Two status is determined by a percentage of players with less than three years of service time, and Furbush would take Tejada's place among that group of players in such a scenario.
Tejada hit .202/.259/.260 in 227 plate appearances for the Mets last season. He currently appears to be in line to start at shortstop in 2014, although the Mets could pursue other shortstops in the offseason.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Lucas Duda, Ruben Tejada and Wilmer Flores among them, to attend a 4-week nutrition and conditioning program in Michigan.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) October 17, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
According to ESPN, shortstop Ruben Tejada will join the team on Tuesday.
The club waited to promote Tejada in order to delay his free agency by a year. He will now have accrued 2 years, 171 days of MLB service as of the end of the season -- one day shy of three full years.
That means Tejada will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2017 season, instead of after the 2016 season.
Tejada, 23, hit .288 with two homers and 24 RBIs and had a .337 on-base percentage in 269 plate appearances with Las Vegas.
Monday, September 09, 2013
Outfielder Mike Baxter, right-hander Aaron Harang and catcher Juan Centeno officially were promoted for today’s series opener.
Ruben Tejada’s promotion apparently will wait. If the Mets stall promoting Tejada, they will delay his free-agency eligibility from after the 2016 season until after the 2017 season. A Tuesday call-up would give Tejada two years, 171 days of service time at the end of the season. Credit for a full MLB season comes at 172 days.
Friday, September 06, 2013
To get a better idea of what a Super 2 Player is and how he qualifies I got the definition from Fangraphs, so you can get a better idea:
Normally, players must have accrued at least three years of MLB service time before they can be eligible for salary arbitration — or in other words, until they can negotiate their salary and not have it automatically set by their club. But certain players with less than three years of service time can also become eligible for arbitration, if they meet the following criteria:
● If they have less than three years of service time, but more than two.
● If they rank within the top 22% of all 2-year players in terms of service time.
So if a player finishes a season and is just shy of three years of service time (say, 2 years and 171 days) then MLB will award them Super Two status and they’ll be eligible for arbitration. Since these players are still under team control for another three seasons, that means Super Two players get four year of salary arbitration instead of the typical three.
The Super Two cutoff used to stand at 17%, but got changed to 22% in the new CBA negotiations. This means that if a team wants to keep a player in the minors until after the Super Two cutoff, they will have to keep that player in the minors for even longer than before. Considering that the cutoff used to fall sometime in June — it varied from year to year, as the 17% cutoff isn’t tied to a specific date — it will likely end up being in July going forward.
Ike Davis had 2 years, 168 days of service time after last season, he qualified as a Super 2 and is making $3.125 million this year instead of close to the $490,000 major league minimum.
Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada will be first-time arbitration-eligible this winter, but the Mets have a different situation with Tejada.