Mets Merized Online » 72MetsFan http://metsmerizedonline.com Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:00:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 Colon Stellar Again, But Could Be Traded To Free Up Money http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/colon-stellar-again-but-could-be-traded-to-free-up-money.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/colon-stellar-again-but-could-be-traded-to-free-up-money.html/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 14:52:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=158558 bartolo colon

After allowing a home run with nobody out in the second inning, Bartolo Colon retired the next 18 batters he faced last night, en route to his sixth victory of the season.

Colon was dominant for 7.1 innings, allowing just two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out seven.

It was the fifth straight start that he’s allowed two or fewer runs and he has a 1.83 ERA with 30 strikeouts and eight walks over that stretch. Opponents are hitting .209 (28-134) against him during his run.

Colon has been at his best when the Mets are home and he boasts a 2.34 ERA in five starts at Citi Field this season.

If you throw away that one bad start in April against the Angels, the 41-year old veteran has earned every penny of the two-year, $20 million dollar deal he signed last offseason. But could he be on the way out?

That’s what MLB Network’s Peter Gammons speculated on Thursday, saying that GM Sandy Alderson could trade Colon to either the Orioles, Mariners, Blue Jays or Brewers as a cheaper alternative to David Price who he also believes will be traded before next month’s deadline.

Trading Colon makes sense, says Gammons, because the Mets can use the money they free up elsewhere, plus they have Noah Syndergaard on the horizon.

Sounds like even Gammons believes the Mets have no more money for upgrades and will have to move salary in order to fill other pressing needs.

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Mets Frustration On Full Display Last Night http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mets-frustration-on-full-display-last-night.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mets-frustration-on-full-display-last-night.html/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:37:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=158508 anthony recker ejected

Mets frustration was on full display in the last 24 hours particularly for David Wright, Anthony Recker and even Matt Harvey who isn’t even on the active roster.

This may have been best illustrated during the bottom of the 11th inning in last night’s 5-1 loss to the Brewers. With the bases loaded and one out, the Mets were a hit or even a warning track flyball away from a walk-off victory. But Wilmer Flores grounded into a force at the plate and then Anthony Recker struck out looking.

Recker’s reaction was one of outrage at the the call and within seconds he was quickly ejected by plate umpire Angel Hernandez, never once stopping to consider the team still had a game to play and that Taylor Teagarden was the last player on the bench. Recker continued venting in the dugout smashing his bat into pieces over his knee.

Third baseman David Wright is mired in a 2-for-31 slide that has seen his average slip to .270 and for the first time in his eleven year career his OPS is under .700. He was the the player thrown out at home in the 11th and he was hot. He is getting pitched heavily inside and teams are making sure he gets nothing to hit.

On Wednesday, the Brewers’ Wily Peralta moved Wright off the plate with a fastball up near his head, and that elicited a strong reaction from Matt Harvey on Thursday, telling the Daily News that it’s time someone responds as a way of protecting the Mets’ best player.

“It’s hard for me to watch David keep getting pushed back,” Harvey told the Daily News. “I’m not happy about it. It’s not right how guys are being able to manipulate his entire at-bat by pitching him up and in.

“It’s tough for him. He’s had to adapt to a different style. And it’s frustrating to watch from the sidelines and not be able to do something about it.

“When it would happen once in a while last year, I’d be the first guy to throw one behind somebody’s ear. And I don’t forget. Once I’m back I’ll be excited about getting the chance to help the captain.’’

It’s amazing to hear Harvey talk like this because he’s essentially saying that the rest of our pitchers are doing very little or even nothing to retaliate and he’s probably right.

Wright is clearly frustrated about the dimensions at Citi Field taking a veiled shot after last night’s game. “I have to do a better job, especially when I’m here, getting on top of the ball and hitting line drives.”

Terry Collins, who seemed to get some lip from Jon Niese when he came to take the lefty out, offered little solace saying the same-old, same-old about his team being in every game and not getting blown out.

The Mets have lost eight of the last nine games, are a season-high eight games under .500, and have fallen into a virtual tie with the Philadelphia Phillies for last place in the NL East.

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Matt Harvey Says “Harvey Day” Will Happen Again This Season http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/matt-harvey-says-harvey-day-will-happen-again-this-season.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/matt-harvey-says-harvey-day-will-happen-again-this-season.html/#comments Sat, 08 Mar 2014 18:33:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=149900 MattHarvey1

Matt Harvey continues to insist that he will pitch season for the Mets. He told followers on Twitter that “Harvey Day will happen in 2014.”

Harvey has been making rapid progress since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September on his right elbow. He has already thrown on consecutive days and has told team officials and reporters that he feels great.

However, general manager Sandy Alderson said it’s not the team’s goal to have him back before the season ends although he hasn’t ruled out his return.

Harvey went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA last season and was on a Cy Young pace and one of the top three pitchers in the majors before being shut down for the season. The powerful right-hander started the 2013 All Star Game for the National League.

I’m sure that the team will be absolutely certain he doesn’t get on a mound this season unless they are 110% confident it won’t jeopardize his 2015 season.

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Latest On Stephen Drew and Nick Franklin http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/latest-on-stephen-drew-and-nick-franklin.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/03/latest-on-stephen-drew-and-nick-franklin.html/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:29:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=149487 Joel Sherman of the New York Post says nothing’s changed at the shortstop front for the Mets and updates us on the latest regarding Stephen Drew and Nick Franklin.

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Stephen Drew

Executives I have spoken with say the Mets have indicated they will not add significantly to their 2014 payroll. Thus, while Drew’s asking price has fallen, it will probably never sink to a level these Mets are willing to spend.

Drew remains a free agent and his agent, Scott Boras, has said his client might even wait until June — when a team would no longer lose a draft pick for signing him. Or perhaps a team will have a desperate need and budge before that. Well, the Mets’ situation looks desperate and there seems no budging.

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Nick Franklin

Seattle with Franklin and Brad Miller and the Diamondbacks with Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings have shortstop battles ongoing. Thus, both will have depth to trade, and the Mets talked to both at the Winter Meetings. But there has been no strong talks recently.

Executives say both teams are asking for big returns because shortstops are hard to find and all in the discussion have options so they can be sent to the minors for depth or for trade at a later date when needs become more obvious.

The Mariners are viewed as more likely to deal in spring, since they have must-win pressure in 2014 (after signing Robinson Cano for $240 million), plus they already have incurred pitching injuries to Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker, though their general manager, Jack Zduriencik, told me he expects both starters back in April.

Zduriencik said Miller versus Franklin is a fair fight, but the outside perception is Miller’s defense gives him an edge. In fact, there are questions whether the switch-hitting Franklin, mainly a shortstop in the minors, has the range to continue at the position. Seattle has had a scout at every Mets spring game (former Mets GM Joe McIlvaine) while the Diamondbacks have not. And Zduriencik did say, “We have a surplus at a desired position and that has generated a lot of interest.”

Meanwhile, Ruben Tejada was a late scratch yesterday and the incumbent Mets shortstop felt some tightness in his left hamstring. He alerted trainers immediately rather than risk injury.

“That’s why I said something, because I don’t want to miss two or three weeks if I pulled something,” said Tejada. Though he insisted he could have played, Terry Collins held him out.

“If I ran him out there with the knowledge that he had a tight hamstring and he blew it out, it’s just inexcusable this time of year.”

Tejada will get today off as well and Omar Quintanilla will start at shortstop against the Braves and will be backed up by Wilmer Flores.

Although this is something minor for Tejada, I wonder if it gives the front office pause to reconsider an upgrade at short?

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Baseball Prospectus Releases A Surprising Mets Top Ten Prospect List http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/baseball-prospectus-releases-a-surprising-mets-top-ten-list.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/baseball-prospectus-releases-a-surprising-mets-top-ten-list.html/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 19:36:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=148397 Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus released their Top 10 Mets Prospects this morning, which included a couple of interesting surprises.

  1. RHP Noah Syndergaard
  2. Travis d’Arnaud
  3. 3B Wilmer Flores
  4. RHP Rafael Montero
  5. SS Amed Rosario
  6. 1B Dominic Smith
  7. OF Cesar Puello
  8. Kevin Plawecki
  9. CF Brandon Nimmo
  10. RHP Marcos Molina

Marcos Molina jumps right out as he’s one player I’ve yet to see on any Mets top prospect list, especially in the top ten. Here is what BP writes about him:

We might be a year premature by ranking a relative unknown like Molina this high in a very good system, but the scouting reports were excellent in his stateside debut, and a conversation with one front office source (outside the org) really sealed his placement on this list. When discussing Molina, it was mentioned that if the 18-year-old were available for inclusion in the rule 4 draft, the highly athletic 6-foot-3, 190 lb. righty would be considered a first-round talent.

Another nice surprise was seeing Cesar Puello on someone’s top ten other than MMO. BP said he has the potential to be a first division type player. I think that might be another way of saying an All Star and there’s nothing wrong with that.

As a parting thought they write:

This is a very good farm system that will take a hit with likely major-league promotions for their top four prospects, but the strong depth coming out of short-season ball could keep the Mets in the top-10 farm discussion for the foreseeable future.

Nice job as I particularly like prospect lists that think out of the box and dare to be a little different.

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Could The Mets and Orioles Have Something Brewing? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/could-the-mets-and-orioles-have-something-brewing.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/could-the-mets-and-orioles-have-something-brewing.html/#comments Fri, 03 Jan 2014 00:06:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=138724 ike davis

According to Roch Kubatko of MASN, the Orioles may be closing in on a trade to acquire a hitter.

“I’ve heard rumblings that executive vice president Dan Duquette is working on a trade and may be at the point where he’s checking medical records.”

“Yeah, pretty vague, but that’s another avenue to acquiring a hitter. The Mets keep talking to the Orioles about Ike Davis, but they need to move off left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez.”

Kubatko’s article focused mostly on free agent Kendrys Morales, who the O’s have been linked to, but they are reluctant to sacrifice a draft pick to sign him.

It’s true that the Orioles balked at a proposed Rodriguez for Davis swap last week, but the latest rumors say that the Mets were still talking to them.

Maybe I’m just grasping at straws, or maybe we could soon be hearing that Sandy Alderson has flipped Ike Davis for a young arm or perhaps another piece for the 25 man roster.

Sandy has frequently operated in stealth mode when it comes to trading, which would explain the lack of buzz from Mets beat writers on this.

Anyway, I thought this was worth sharing. You could read the full article here, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comment thread.

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Alderson Says Mets Don’t Intend To Bid On Tanaka http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/alderson-says-mets-dont-intend-to-bid-on-tanaka.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/alderson-says-mets-dont-intend-to-bid-on-tanaka.html/#comments Thu, 26 Dec 2013 16:52:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=137072 masahiro tanaka

The race to add Japanese phenom Masahiro Tanaka is now underway and will continue until 5:00 PM on January 24. Tanaka will have to sign with a team by that date and teams can bid the maximum $20 million posting fee to join in the sweepstakes for the young hurler. However, only the signing team will be on the hook for the posting fee which will not count toward a team’s payroll.

Plenty of teams are expected to pursue Tanaka, but the New York Mets will not be one of them. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he does not intend to bid on Tanaka, according to Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal.

Tanaka, 25, went a record 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for the Rakuten Golden Eagles last season and led his team to the Japan Series title. Overall, the right-hander has a career mark of 99-35 with 18 shutouts and a 2.30 ERA in seven seasons in Japan.

The New York Yankees are considered heavy favorites to land Tanaka, but they’ll get some expected competition from the Dodgers, Cubs, Braves, Rangers and Diamondbacks.

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Pirates and Mets Among Eight Teams Who Contacted Rafael Furcal http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/pirates-and-mets-among-eight-teams-who-contacted-rafael-furcal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/pirates-and-mets-among-eight-teams-who-contacted-rafael-furcal.html/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 03:44:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133790 Rafael+Furcal+New+York+Mets+v+St+Louis+Cardinals+d3Es_UBF9nel

Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the Pirates are one of eight teams to check in on free agent Rafael Furcal, according to his agent.

Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger, reported earlier this month that the Mets had also contacted the veteran shortstop.

Furcal, 36, missed the entire 2013 season with St. Louis after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. The former National League Rookie of the Year in 2000, signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Cardinals before the 2012 season.

The three time All Star played in 121 games with the Cardinals in 2012 and batted .261/.325/.346 with 18 doubles, five home runs and 49 RBI in 531 plate appearances. His defense has been in steady decline and he’s no longer the plus defender he once was.

Additionally, Furcal has missed over 500 games to the disabled list since the 2008 season.

While he could provide an upgrade over Omar Quintanilla or Ruben Tejada, I’m not so sure that it would be much of an upgrade. Honestly, if it came down to Tejada or Furcal, I’d take the 23-year old with the higher upside.

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Pirates Trade For Jaff Decker, DFA Garrett Jones http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/pirates-trade-for-jaff-decker-dfa-garrett-jones.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/pirates-trade-for-jaff-decker-dfa-garrett-jones.html/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 19:25:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133768 garrett jones

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a few roster moves Monday, but one of them popped out at me, Garrett Jones who was designated for assignment.

Jones, 32, was eligible for arbitration for the third time and would have received a raise from his $4.5 million salary in 2013. Incidentally, about $500K more than what the Mets’ Ike Davis was making.

The first baseman hit .233/.289/.419 with 26 doubles, 15 homers and 51 RBI last season, though he was solid the season before when he hit .274/.317/.516 with 27 homers and 86 RBI.

The Pirates made the move as a result of a trade that netted the Bucs outfielder Jaff Decker and right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas from the Padres for minor leaguer Alex Dickerson. The Pirates needed to clear two roster spots from the 40-man, so Jones was one of the casualties.

Jones has hit righthanded pitching pretty good in his six seasons with the Pirates and his power is legit.

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The Pros and Cons of Chris Young http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/the-pros-and-cons-of-chris-young.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/the-pros-and-cons-of-chris-young.html/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:24:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133496 chris young

I just read a solid all-encompassing article on the newest Mets Chris Young by ESPN’s Mark Simon. I’d encourage you all to read the full article here.

Pros

Young does two things as a hitter that would seem to be appealing to Mets management. One is that he hits for power, with four seasons of at least 20 home runs. And the kind of power that should survive Citi Field.

Of his 12 home runs last season, six were termed “no doubters,” by Hittrackeronline.com, meaning the ball cleared the fence by at least 20 vertical feet and landed at least 50 feet past the fence.

The other is that he walks in 11% of his plate appearances over the last three seasons.

Cons

Young is a career .235 hitter. His batting average rates fifth-lowest among the 136 players whom Baseball-Reference.com deems active, who have at least 3,000 at-bats. His .200 batting average in 2013 also ranked fifth-worst among those with at least 300 at-bats (he had 335).

There are a couple of things Young does that will frustrate Mets fans. One is that he strikes out a lot. He had 93 whiffs in 335 at-bats last season and has had five seasons of at least 130 strikeouts.

The other is that he hits a lot of fly balls and pop ups. When Young has hit the ball over the past three seasons, it has been a fly ball or line drive 70 percent of the time, the highest rate in the sport.

Thoughts

Simon says that Young has been inconsistent on defense and is a decent base-stealer with a 76% success rate. He compares him to a former Mets center fielder which I wont divulge as you really should check out his complete article. It’s a good read and very informative.

I don’t know how I feel yet about this signing. I’m going to wait and see what some of the other moves are and then figure out how all the pieces fit together. But on it’s own, I can’t say that I’m excited.

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Syndergaard Untouchable, Montero Slightly Ahead, Both Will Debut In 2014 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/syndergaard-untouchable-montero-slightly-ahead-both-will-debut-in-2014.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/syndergaard-untouchable-montero-slightly-ahead-both-will-debut-in-2014.html/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:11:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133041 syndergaard montero

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was a guest of Mike Francesa on WFAN this afternoon and spent a considerable amount of time discussing two of the team’s best pitching prospects, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero.

Alderson was adamant that Syndergaard would not be traded under any circumstances. “None.”

The plan for these two exciting power arms will be similar to the tracks taken by Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey before them. Sandy said there was pretty much “no chance” that either Montero or Thor will make the team out of Spring Training.

He believes that Montero is ahead of Syndergaard and cited his remarkable performance as a significant achievement.

The bottom line is that he expects to see both Syndergaard and Montero pitching with the big club at some point next season. “I’d be very surprised if that didn’t happen.”

Good stuff, Met fans, good stuff.

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Miguel Cabrera, Andrew McCutchen Win Most Valuable Player Awards http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/miguel-cabrera-andrew-mccutchen-win-most-valuable-player-awards.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/miguel-cabrera-andrew-mccutchen-win-most-valuable-player-awards.html/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 03:11:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133009 Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates were named American and National League Most Valuable Players tonight by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Miguel  Cabrera

Cabrera finished with 385 points, while Mike Trout got five first-place votes and 282 points. Baltimore’s first baseman Chris Davis, who led the majors with 53 homers and 138 RBIs, was third.

Cabrera, 30, is the first American Leaguer to win back-to-back MVPs since Frank Thomas in 1993 and ’94 and just the sixth ever to do so in that league. Last year, Cabrera became the first hitter to win the Triple Crown in either league in 45 years. This season, he was better across the board, falling two RBIs short of his 2012 total of 139 and matching his home run output of 44 in fewer plate appearances while posting career highs in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.636) and OPS+ (187).

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McCutchen, third in MVP balloting last season, got 409 points. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt finished second with 242 points, while Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina received the other two first-place votes and came in third. Pittsburgh has its first NL MVP since Barry Bonds in ’92.

McCutchen, 27, batted .317/.404/.508 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs this season. Over the last two seasons he has hit .322/.402/.531 (160 OPS+) while averaging 102 runs, 190 hits, 26 home runs, 90 RBIs and 24 stolen bases, while playing a strong centerfield.

Congratulations to both Miguel and Andrew.

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Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer Grab Cy Young Awards http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/clayton-kershaw-max-scherzer-grab-cy-young-awards.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/clayton-kershaw-max-scherzer-grab-cy-young-awards.html/#comments Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:31:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=132926 The Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer won his first American League Cy Young Award, while the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw easily grabbed his second NL Cy Young in three years as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced winners this evening.

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Scherzer, the AL starter in the All-Star Game, went 21-3, leading the majors in wins and his league in WHIP while striking out a career high 240 batters and helping Detroit to its third straight AL Central title. He received 28 of the 30 first-place votes. Fellow Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, the AL ERA leader, and White Sox lefty Chris Sale split the other two first place votes. Scherzer finished with 203 points overall, more than double the total of runner-up Yu Darvish of the Rangers, who had 93.

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Kershaw was chosen first on 29 of the 30 ballots cast. The Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright got the other first-place vote and finished second overall. The Marlins’ Jose Fernandez — who won the NL Rookie of the Year award on Monday — was third. Kershaw led the majors in ERA for the third straight season with a 1.83 mark that was the best in the bigs since Pedro Martinez had a 1.74 ERA for Boston in 2000. He also paced the majors in WHIP and the NL in strikeouts while being the ace of the staff for the NL West-winning Dodgers.

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Jose Fernandez and Wil Myers Win Rookie of the Year Awards http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/jose-fernandez-and-wil-myers-named-rookie-of-the-years.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/jose-fernandez-and-wil-myers-named-rookie-of-the-years.html/#comments Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:35:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=132731 Rays outfielder Wil Myers and Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez are this year’s Rookie of the Year winners, as selected by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

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Initially projected to open the season at Double-A Jacksonville, Fernandez instead found himself on the Opening Day roster due to a couple of injuries. The right-hander seized the moment, and at age 20, made his MLB debut on April 7.

Fernandez finished 12-6, and his 2.19 ERA was second in the NL to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw‘s 1.83. In his 28 starts, the Marlins were 18-10. Fernandez paced all NL rookies in ERA (2.19), strikeouts (187), batting average against (.182) and WHIP (0.98). He also averaged 9.75 strikeouts per nine innings. His 5.8 hits allowed per nine innings was the lowest figure in the NL since 1985 and best in the majors since 2000.

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Myers didn’t make his major-league debut until June 18 of this past season, but on a rate basis his numbers were quite strong: .293/.354/.478 with an OPS+ of 132. The 22-year-old Myers, who was acquired from the Royals last offseason in a deal that featured right-hander James Shields, also tallied 13 homers and 23 doubles in 88 games. Myers’ selection makes the Rays the only team with three Rookies of the Year on its active roster – and all were chosen while with Tampa Bay – pitcher Jeremy Hellickson in 2011 and third baseman Evan Longoria in 2008.

Congratulations to both players.

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Braves To Tomahawk Turner Field And Open New Stadium In 2017 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/braves-to-tomahawk-turner-field-and-open-new-stadium-in-2017.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/braves-to-tomahawk-turner-field-and-open-new-stadium-in-2017.html/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:19:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=132678 turner field night

The Atlanta Braves announced Monday they will leave Turner Field and move into a 42,000-seat, $672 million stadium about 10 miles from downtown Atlanta in 2017.

Braves executives John Schuerholz, Mike Plant and Derek Schiller said the team decided not to seek another 20-year lease at Turner Field and began talks with the Cobb Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority in July.

The Braves released a statement to the fans on their website.

“The reason for moving is simple,” the team said. “The current location has certain issues that are insurmountable and will only become more problematic over the years. These fundamental issues involve how you, our fans, access Turner Field. There is a lack of consistent mass transportation, a lack of sufficient parking and a lack of direct access to interstates.”

“Furthermore, the Braves do not have control over the development of our immediate surroundings.”

The Mets may be thrilled by the news given their appalling lack of success at Turner Field. Since the ballpark opened in 1997, the Mets are 50-94 at Turner and are 0-3 in post season games.

The new park in Atlanta is scheduled to open in 2017.

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2013 Silver Slugger Award Winners http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/2013-silver-slugger-award-winners.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/2013-silver-slugger-award-winners.html/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 06:20:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=132376 MLB announced the 2013 Silver Slugger Award winners on Wednesday night. Here they are with multiple career winners in parentheses.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

C – Joe Mauer, Twins (5)
1B – Chris Davis, Orioles (1)
2B – Robinson Cano, Yankees (5)
SS – J.J. Hardy, Orioles (1)
3B – Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (5)
OF – Mike Trout, Angels (2)
OF – Adam Jones, Orioles (1)
OF – Torii Hunter, Tigers (2)
DH – David Ortiz, Red Sox (6)

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NATIONAL LEAGUE

C – Yadier Molina, Cardinals (1)
1B – Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks (1)
2B – Matt Carpenter, Carpenter (1)
SS – Ian Desmond, Nationals (2)
3B – Pedro Alvarez, Pirates (1)
OF – Michael Cuddyer, Rockies (1)
OF – Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (2)
OF – Jay Bruce, Reds (2)
P – Zack Greinke, Dodgers (1)

Silver Sluggers, presented by Louisville Slugger, are awarded annually to the best offensive players at each position in each league. Voting was conducted by Major League managers and coaches, using batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage as key statistics. Voters could not include players from their own team on their ballots.

The last time a Mets player won a Silver Slugger was in 2008 when David Wright won.

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Royals Put Billy Butler On Trade Block http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/royals-put-billy-butler-on-trade-block.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/royals-put-billy-butler-on-trade-block.html/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 01:48:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131579 billy butler

Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that the Royals will be listening to offers for designated hitter and first baseman Billy Butler.

Butler, 27, has $8 million owed to him for 2014, with a $12.5 million team option for 2015 with a $1 million buyout.

The right-handed hitting slugger is coming off his worst season batting .289/.374/.412 with 15 home runs, 27 doubles, 82 RBI and 79 walks. He is one of the most durable players in the game appearing in all 162 contests for the Royals this season and averaging 160 games over the last five seasons.

The former 2004 first-rounder (14th overall) had his best season in 2012 when he banged out 29 homers, 32 doubles and 107 RBIs while batting .313/.373/.543.

In Kansas City he’s known as “Country Breakfast” and while their may be some concerns about his defense at first base, even in a down season, Butler posted numbers that surpassed anything Mets first baseman put on the board. And it’s not like Lucas Duda is twinkle toes on defense.

I’m envisioning headlines after a walk-off home run splattered all over the back pages in the New York Post and Daily News saying, “The Butler Did It!”

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Tejada Making Progress In Recovery From Broken Fibula http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/tejada-making-progress-in-recovery-from-broken-fibula.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/tejada-making-progress-in-recovery-from-broken-fibula.html/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 04:30:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131508 tejada

Marc Carig of Newsday is reporting that Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada continues to make progress in his recovery from a broken fibula in his right leg, according to his representative at the Legacy Agency, Chris Leible.

Tejada, who will turn 24 on Sunday, remains on track to stay within his initial six-to-eight-week recovery window. He suffered the injury Sept. 18 when he got tangled up with outfielder Andrew Brown on a shallow fly ball.

In what was a wasted season that started out bad and got progressively worse, Tejada batted just .202/.259/.260 in 208 at-bats for the Mets. After his first DL stint he was demoted to the minors and frustrated Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson with his poor work ethic. In an interview on WFAN, the Mets GM told Mike Francesa that getting Tejada to do anything extra was like pulling teeth.

Tejada lost his starting job to Omar Quintanilla, but the Mets are expected to seek an upgrade ar shortstop this offseason.

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Scott Boras: “Harvey Will Have Surgery In About A Week” http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/scott-boras-harvey-will-have-surgery-in-about-a-week.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/10/scott-boras-harvey-will-have-surgery-in-about-a-week.html/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 02:24:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131202 matt harvey

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey will have Tommy John surgery in about a week, his agent Scott Boras said, in a report by Marc Carig of Newsday.

“Logic prevailed,” Boras said of Harvey, who began the early stages of rehab before choosing surgery to repair a partially torn UCL in his right elbow.

A team official told ESPN New York. they were not aware when Harvey was going to undergo Tommy John surgery,

He is expected to be ready for 2015.

I’d bet Matt Harvey doesn’t win a Cy Young next season. :-)

Get better, Matt…

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A team official told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the team is not yet aware of when Matt Harvey will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Harvey, 24, opted in favor of surgery to repair his torn UCL after initially attempting to rest the elbow for two weeks and then beginning a strengthening and throwing program.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews. Typically, the average recovery time is about 12 months although there are some cases when pitchers returned in as little as nine months.

I’m surprised that this is still lingering especially after two months have already been wasted.

There was a chance that Harvey could be back as soon as early September, but he needs to get this procedure done so he can begin the healing process first.

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Do Mets Have What It Takes To Pry Carlos Gonzalez or Troy Tulowitzki From Rockies? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/do-mets-have-what-it-takes-to-pry-carlos-gonzalez-or-troy-tulowitzki-from-rockies.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/do-mets-have-what-it-takes-to-pry-carlos-gonzalez-or-troy-tulowitzki-from-rockies.html/#comments Mon, 16 Sep 2013 04:40:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=129302 carlos gonzalez

John Harper of the Daily News reports that it’s no secret the Mets would love to trade for Carlos Gonzalez, and one baseball executive with insight into the Rockies’ thinking says Colorado is likely to seriously consider offers for Gonzalez and even Troy Tulowitzki this winter as it looks to rebuild.

However, the Rockies would be looking for a package built around young position players, as opposed to pitching, making it unlikely the Mets would be a good match.

A source says the Rockies consider it too risky trading for young pitching, given the difficulties they’ve had developing pitching in the high-altitude, hitter-friendly conditions in Colorado.

Especially in a case where they’d be trading star players — with the idea of re-investing, a la what the Red Sox did, some of the money saved on the big contracts — the Rockies’ brass would want to make sure it was getting value it could count on in return.

With that in mind, a source says the Rockies have little interest in any Mets’ position players, other than perhaps catcher Travis d’Arnaud. They’re not high on either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda, and while their scouts see potential in Wilmer Flores’ bat, they don’t see a positional fit — they don’t think he has the range to play second base, or the power for first base, and they believe in Nolan Arenado as their third baseman.

troy tulowitzki

So while the Rockies may well be motivated to trade Gonzalez, who is guaranteed $63.5 million over the next four years, or Tulowitzki, who has $130 million coming over the next five years, it seems the Mets would have to get creative if they want to deal for either player.

It’s possible, with their surplus of pitching prospects, that they could get a third team involved in such a deal, but that possibility may be compromised if Matt Harvey does indeed need Tommy John surgery.

If Harvey is gone for 2014 the Mets will feel less comfortable trading some of that other young pitching. Still, people close to the situation say Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson has made it known privately that he hoped he could trade for Gonzalez at some point, giving the Mets the power-hitting outfielder they desperately need.

Tulowitzki, who’s hitting .313 with 22 home runs, would be just as attractive now that the Mets have soured on Ruben Tejada.

But the Rockies obviously would be looking for huge return, and it doesn’t seem the Mets have what Colorado would want.

I would imagine a deal for either Tulo or CarGo would begin with Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard. Would you go that far? A buddy of mine said to look at it as R.A. Dickey for Tulo or Cargo. When you look it that way, all of a sudden it puts a different twist on it.

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