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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Winter Meetings News: Add B.J. Ryan To Available Closers

An article by posted on December 7, 2008
Winter Meetings News: Add B.J. Ryan To Available Closers

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, is reporting that the Blue Jays would have no hesitation in dealing closer B.J. Ryan if they are overwhelmed by an offer. The key word being, “overwhelmed”. Sorry, no thanks. With the glut of closers available in this year’s market, there is no reason for the Mets to overpay for a […]

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Mets Want Orlando Hudson To Replace Luis Castillo

An article by posted on December 7, 2008
Mets Want Orlando Hudson To Replace Luis Castillo

As reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, The Mets are desperate to move second baseman Luis Castillo to create a spot for free agent Orlando Hudson. The only way to do it would be to exchange Castillo’s contract for another of similar value, but lots of luck. When the Mets asked the Rangers about […]

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Kong: A Blast From The Past

An article by posted on December 5, 2008
Kong: A Blast From The Past

Wow… I just finished reading an amazing article about a former New York Met, that I really knew very little about. It was by Joe Posnanski at SI.com, who gave me a whole new perspective on Dave Kingman. I’m sure many of you have heard about the exploits of Dave Kingman at one time or […]

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Mets Set Their Sights On J.J. Putz

An article by posted on December 4, 2008

Back in October, I blogged extensively on several rumors that had the Mets hotly pursuing Seattle Mariners closer, J.J. Putz. Those rumors died down in November when it became apparent that the mariners’ asking price was extraordinarily high. As I’ve mentioned time and time again, I have a strong sense that the Mets would rather […]

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Mets Bring Back Nelson Figueroa And Three Others

An article by posted on December 3, 2008

The Mets decided to bring back a few of their own minor league free agents today and signed  pitchers Nelson Figueroa and Adam Bostick, infielder Andy Green and catcher Rene Rivera. The four of them will be invited to spring training as non-roster players. Nelson Figueroa made six starts for the Mets in 2008 and had […]

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Is Jon Niese Ready For Prime Time?

An article by posted on December 2, 2008

Last week, Joel Sherman of the NY Post spoke to Omar Minaya about his plan for the Mets 2009 rotation. Here is what he wrote on his blog. I have spoken to many Met officials, including GM Omar Minaya, and each has told me essentially the same strategy: That they would like to add a […]

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Kerry Wood and Bobby Abreu May Be Solid Options

An article by posted on December 2, 2008

Here is the full list of free agents compiled by MLBTR that were offered arbitration before the midnight deadline last night. Type A (15 players)A.J. BurnettOrlando CabreraJuan CruzBrian FuentesOrlando HudsonRaul IbanezDerek LoweDarren OliverOliver PerezManny RamirezFrancisco RodriguezC.C. SabathiaBen SheetsMark TeixeiraJason Varitek Type B (9 players)Casey BlakeMilton BradleyPaul ByrdJon GarlandMark GrudzielanekBrandon LyonDennys ReyesBrian ShouseDavid Weathers Surprisingly not offered arbitration:Bobby […]

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Two Closers Are Better Than One

An article by posted on November 25, 2008

Joel Sherman of the New York Post, reports that soon after the Colorado Rockies acquired Huston Street in the Matt Holliday deal, the Mets checked in and made an offer for Street. Sherman explains that the Mets wanted to trade reliever Aaron Heilman, but that the Rockies wanted Pedro Feliciano as well. The Mets said no, and […]

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Forget What You Heard, Luis Castillo Is Staying Put

An article by posted on November 22, 2008

Forget everything you have heard on sports radio… Forget everything you have read in the sports pages… Details of an under the radar conversation between Omar Minaya, Tony Bernazard and Luis Castillo at a meeting in October has leaked out. The Mets have every single intention of giving Luis Castillo the second base job despite what some […]

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J.J. Putz On Top Of The Mets List

An article by posted on November 21, 2008

Jayson Stark of ESPN writes the following, • We keep hearing predictions that the Mets will wind up signing K-Rod for four years and $50-55 million. But don’t bet your copy of “The Life and Times of Jesse Orosco” on a deal that long. One baseball man reports that when he asked a Mets official about […]

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