Showing posts with label bullpen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bullpen. Show all posts

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Let's Play the Waiting Game


With the signing of Willie Harris to take over as the team's fourth outfielder and the high possibility of a Chris Young signing soon, it seems as though the Mets have addressed all of their needs heading into the season.

Granted, there are still position battles to be won (second base, bullpen and bench spots) as well as a ton of question marks.

Unless the Mets plan on adding another bullpen arm (maybe a loogy), Sandy Alderson has assembled the pieces of this complex puzzle.

It will now be up to Terry Collins to arrange those piece into a working entity. While there may not be anymore major additions, there certainly might be some addition by subtraction.

I'm sure you guessed it: Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. I'm curious as to what either of these players will have to do during spring training to make the club. Perez won't magically be able to throw strikes, and Castillo won't be stealing second and third base after laying down a bunt single.

If they show they are competent and might be able to contribute in some capacity, will the Mets take the gamble with them or would it be wise to eat their contracts and start fresh with younger talent?

And more importantly, will our core players be able to stay healthy and produce? The talent is undoubtedly there, but can it click all at once?

These questions and more should hopefully be answered during spring training and in the early part of the season. We have a month until pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie so I'm sure there will be tons of speculation and hype concerning position battles and injury updates.

I will list my projected 25-man roster at this point. Naturally, I am not the one making these decisions, but I tried to put together the most realistic roster that will give this team a shot at winning.

While the team may not look as good on paper as some of the Mets' teams from a few years ago, we should not write them off until we see them play for a few months. Teams can get hot, and hopefully the new management can inspire these players to play to their full potential. I know I'm am optimist, but that's the type of attitude that could lead to success in 2011.

Without further ado, here is my roster. I would love to hear other opinions and analysis. Please feel free to offer alternatives and provide your own explanation.

Note: I did not include Perez or Castillo since I feel this team is better without them.

Lineup

1. Jose Reyes SS

2. Angel Pagan RF (for now)

3. David Wright 3B

4. Carlos Beltran CF (for now)

5. Jason Bay LF (ahead of Davis due to speed)

6. Ike Davis 1B

7. Daniel Murphy 2B

8. Josh Thole C (I'm a little worried about the three straight lefties in the order)

Bench

C: Ronny Paulino (Mike Nickeas or Raul Chavez for first eight games)

INF: Brad Emaus

INF: Chin-lung Hu

OF: Willie Harris

OF: Nick Evans

Starting Rotation

1. Mike Pelfrey

2. R.A. Dickey

3. Jon Niese

4. Chris Young (assuming he signs)

5. Dillon Gee (but what happens when Johan returns?)

Bullpen

CL: Frankie Rodriguez

SU: Bobby Parnell

SU: Taylor Buchholz

LhR: Taylor Tankersley

Mid: D.J. Carrasco

Long: Chris Capuano (might be starting depending on Young)

Final spot: Manny Acosta, Pat Misch, or Pedro Beato (Beato has more upside and is a Rule 5 pick)

Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Chris Capuano's Contract


According to ESPN's Adam Rubin, Chris Capuano will have a base salary of $1.5 million with the potential to earn more than $4.5 in the 2011 season. Here's his financial breakdown: 15 games started =$125,000 20 games started =$150,000 Starts 21 through 31 games =$75,000 each 32 games started =$100,000 Bullpen bonuses: $100,000 for 20 relief appearances $100,000 for 30 relief appearances $100,000 for 40 relief appearances $100,000 for 50 relief appearances $100,000 for 60 relief appearances (A maximum of $1.2 million may be earned for games started and relief appearance bonus combined.) $50,000 for 90 innings pitched $100,000 for 100 innings pitched $100,000 for 110 innings pitched $100,000 for 120 innings pitched $100,000 for 130 innings pitched $125,000 for 140 innings pitched $175,000 for 150 innings pitched $175,000 for 160 innings pitched $200,000 for 170 innings pitched $200,000 for 180 innings pitched $225,000 for 190 innings pitched $250,000 for 200 innings pitched Plus: $50,000 for All Star; $150,000 for Comeback Player of the Year. "Show us what ya got."

Friday, December 10, 2010

Coming Out of the Pen for the Mets, Pedro Beato?


The Mets selected Pedro Beato with their second pick in the Rule 5 Draft. He projects as a middle reliever and might be able to have an immediate impact on the major league roster.

Beato was actually drafted by the Mets in the 17th round in 2005 but did not sign. The following year, the Orioles selected him with the 32nd overall pick and were able to sign him.

The Mets brought in D.J. Carrasco for some bullpen help at the Winter Meetings. They also signed Boof Bonser, but he will provide insurance at AAA. Pat Misch and Manny Acosta are still in house and will be competing for spots.

While some scouts say Beato is not quite ready for the bigs, his 2010 numbers for the AA Bowie Baysox

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Who Will Make Up the Mets Bullpen?


While the Mets starting rotation will likely contain several question marks, the bullpen appears to be a revolving door at this point. Two vital pieces from 2010 are likely out, with Hisanori Takahashi heading out west and Pedro Feliciano testing the FA market.

Following the non-tender deadline, many serviceable bullpen arms will become available. Some of these candidates may come on the cheaper side and on short term deals, both aspects the Mets would be looking for.

So here are some internal and external candidates likely to make up the Mets 2011 bullpen.

Despite his issues, K-Rod will likely remain this team's closer. He is entering the final year of his contract, so he will look to have a big year and put his past behind him. Though he sometimes makes it interesting in the ninth, he still has a little something left in the tank.

Bobby Parnell is another internal candidate who should factor into the bullpen. He has the stuff to be a closer, and this year he could finally develop the confidence to be a consistent late game stopper. He will compete for the eighth inning role this spring.

With Takahashi and Feliciano likely out (though there appears to be a slim chance the Mets can retain Pedro), they are going to need a lefty specialist to deal with the likes of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jason Heyward.

Pat Misch may see some action as a long reliever/swing man. He had some tough luck late last season and actually pitched quite well. Mike O'Connor, who the Mets just re-sign to a minor league contract, could play the role of lefty specialist. He put up great numbers in Buffalo last year, and a strong spring can solidify his roster spot.
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