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 Sign Dice-K To A Minor League Deal

An article by posted on January 24, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Sign Dice-K To A Minor League Deal

The Mets just announced that they have signed righthander Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league deal. Of course that includes a Spring Training invite. I like having the 33-year old Dice-K back, who seemed to rediscover his old self after three bad starts and a fix by pitching coach Dan Warthen. After allowing 15 earned runs […]

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MLB Top 100 Prospects: Syndergaard, D’Arnaud, Montero Make The Grade

An article by posted on January 24, 2014 0 Comments
MLB Top 100 Prospects: Syndergaard, D’Arnaud, Montero Make The Grade

MLBPipeline.com revealed its annual Top 100 Prospects list, and the Mets had three representatives in Noah Syndergaard at No. 11, Travis d’Arnaud: No. 22 , and Rafael Montero: No. 85. Here is what they wrote: Noah Syndergaard: No. 11 overall; No. 3 RHP When the Mets landed Syndergaard last winter in the seven-player deal that made R.A. Dickey a Blue […]

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Yankees Weighing A Run At Drew

An article by posted on January 24, 2014 0 Comments
Yankees Weighing A Run At Drew

If you thought the New York Yankees were done this offseason after signing Japanese righthander Masahiro Tanaka to a seven year, $155 million dollar deal and bringing their 2014 Winter Shopping Spree total to almost a half-billion dollars, think again. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that now that the Yankees have breached the $189 […]

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Harvey Encouraged By Continued Progress From Elbow Surgery

An article by posted on January 24, 2014 0 Comments
Harvey Encouraged By Continued Progress From Elbow Surgery

Just a few short weeks before Spring Training starts, Mets right-hander Matt Harvey continues to be enthused by his progress from Tommy John surgery, writes Ian Browne for MLB.com. “It’s great. I think I’m just over three months out and I can’t believe it’s gone by so fast,” said Harvey, who underwent the surgery in October. “Everything […]

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Parnell Says Neck Is Good, He’s Throwing And On Schedule To Start Season

An article by posted on January 24, 2014 0 Comments
Parnell Says Neck Is Good, He’s Throwing And On Schedule To Start Season

Mets closer Bobby Parnell took to Twitter this afternoon under the alias of @Mets and answered a variety of questions for fans. Here’s what we learned: When asked how his health was, Parnell responded, “The neck is very good. Throwing, running, lifting all on schedule for the start of the season.” His favorite moment as […]

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Balfour Turns Down Mets Offer, Signs For $12 Million With Rays

An article by posted on January 23, 2014 0 Comments
Balfour Turns Down Mets Offer, Signs For $12 Million With Rays

3:45 PM Update: Adam Rubin writes on Twitter, “I’m told point blank from ultra-reliable Mets source: Mets had same offer to Balfour as Rays, but he preferred living in Florida.” 3:00 PM Original Post: Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, reports that the Mets offered RHP  Grant Balfour a larger deal than the two-year, $12 million contract […]

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Matt Garza Agrees To Four-Year Deal With Brewers

An article by posted on January 23, 2014 0 Comments
Matt Garza Agrees To Four-Year Deal With Brewers

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with right-hander Matt Garza. Garza, 30, was one of the top remaining starting pitchers still available on the market after Masahiro Tanaka signed his seven year, $155 million contract with the Yankees. He posted a 10-6 record last […]

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Juan Lagares Named MLB’s Top Dominican Rookie

An article by posted on January 23, 2014 0 Comments
Juan Lagares Named MLB’s Top Dominican Rookie

Mets center fielder Juan Lagares was named Major League Baseball’s top Dominican Rookie by a panel of Dominican sports writers. Lagares, 25, is coming off a solid campaign in Winter Ball that saw him bat .342/.379/.412 with 16 RBIs and five stolen bases in 114 regular-season at-bats. During the 2013 regular season, Lagares finished with a .242/.281/.352 batting […]

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Mets Spring Training Battles: The Infield

An article by posted on January 23, 2014 0 Comments
Mets Spring Training Battles: The Infield

Now that the Mets’ arbitration slate has been wiped clean and all seven players have agreed to deals that they will undoubtedly repay tenfold in Wins Above Replacement (one can always hope), the only thing left to do is wait for those pitchers and catchers to report already. Hurry up, guys… I know the offseason […]

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The Folly In Comparing General Managers

An article by posted on January 22, 2014 0 Comments
The Folly In Comparing General Managers

Earlier today, our friend Matthew Cerrone at MetsBlog responded to a mailbag question from a reader who basically wanted to know why Omar Minaya gets so little credit for a team and farm system that is still essentially comprised of a majority of his players. It actually led to a few emails steered in my […]

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