Joe D

I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction and interact with other passionate Met fans like you. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.

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Mets Payroll Near $100 Million But Likely To Drop Before Opening Day

An article by posted on December 10, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Payroll Near $100 Million But Likely To Drop Before Opening Day

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York estimates the Mets payroll is currently at around $99.3 million dollars barring any further changes to the roster. With the new league minimum set at $507,500, Rubin assigned that figure to 14 pre-arbitration players while adding in the $62.5 million in guaranteed contracts to David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon, […]

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Defense Matters, But Apparently Not That Much

An article by posted on December 10, 2014 0 Comments
Defense Matters, But Apparently Not That Much

It was interesting to hear Sandy Alderson downplay the importance of defense on Tuesday which seemed to indicate the Mets are moving closer to the realization that Wilmer Flores could very well be the Mets Opening Day shortstop. “We’re going to have to score more runs than the other team, so that’s a combination of […]

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Jon Lester Agrees To $155 Million Pact With Cubs

An article by posted on December 10, 2014 0 Comments
Jon Lester Agrees To $155 Million Pact With Cubs

Free agent Jon Lester has agreed to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. The deal contains an option for 2021 that, if it becomes guaranteed, would make the deal worth $170 million over seven seasons. The $25.8 million average annual value of the deal is the second-highest for a pitcher behind Clayton […]

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Shortstop Update: Alexei Ramirez, Starlin Castro, Xander Bogaerts Off The Market

An article by posted on December 9, 2014 0 Comments
Shortstop Update: Alexei Ramirez, Starlin Castro, Xander Bogaerts Off The Market

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times confirms what many already suspected that the White Sox are not trading shortstop Alexei Ramirez. White Sox GM Rick Hahn was never very motivated in trading Ramirez unless a team was willing to overpay.  “It’s certainly not something we’re pursuing on our end.” Yesterday, the Cubs informed the […]

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Time For Terry Collins To Put Up Or Shutup

An article by posted on December 9, 2014 0 Comments
Time For Terry Collins To Put Up Or Shutup

So here we are enjoying a somewhat interesting, compelling, and exciting Winter Meetings… We’re all having fun reading and deciphering what seems to be a non-stop stream of Mets news, rumors, and quotes. Then along comes Terry Collins, who decides he’s flying to San Diego to hold a press conference about nothing, who completely douses […]

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When Will Nimmo Make His MLB Debut?

An article by posted on December 9, 2014 0 Comments
When Will Nimmo Make His MLB Debut?

J.J. Cooper of Baseball America had a glowing assessment when a reader asked him the following: When do you think Brandon Nimmo will make his MLB debut? Do you see him as a top of the order hitter? Nimmo was one of the best players in the Florida State League during the first half of […]

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Collins Says Flores Doesn’t Have Shortstop Job Yet, Expects Big Season From Tejada

An article by posted on December 9, 2014 0 Comments
Collins Says Flores Doesn’t Have Shortstop Job Yet, Expects Big Season From Tejada

Talking to reporters at the Winter Meetings in San Diego on Monday, manager Terry Collins said that Ruben Tejada will be a candidate for the starting shortstop job if the team doesn’t get a new one and it’s just a choice between him and Wilmer Flores. “As I sit here today, I’m not going to […]

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Giants Checked In On Daniel Murphy, But Mets Inclined To Keep Him

An article by posted on December 8, 2014 0 Comments
Giants Checked In On Daniel Murphy, But Mets Inclined To Keep Him

December 8 Unless the Mets acquire an offensive minded shortstop this offseason, the Mets do not intend to shop or trade second baseman Daniel Murphy, according to Adam Rubin. Considering that the Mets will have to deal at least one of their top three young pitchers to acquire a shortstop of that caliber, it’s very […]

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Alderson: We Are Not Looking To Trade Bartolo Colon

An article by posted on December 8, 2014 0 Comments
Alderson: We Are Not Looking To Trade Bartolo Colon

Disputing an earlier report that the Mets would take on some salary if it would facilitate a Bartolo Colon trade, GM Sandy Alderson said the team is not anxious to deal the veteran starter. Alderson said the Mets are not considering eating part of Colon’s salary to facilitate a deal. “We like Bartolo and we […]

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Trading Curtis Granderson?

An article by posted on December 8, 2014 0 Comments
Trading Curtis Granderson?

Here’s something different… Andy Martino of the Daily News suggests that the Mets should explore the possibility of trading outfielder Curtis Granderson so that they could free up some payroll and go after a bigger bat like Matt Kemp or Justin Upton. “Try to move Granderson, clearing payroll and an outfield spot for a Kemp […]

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