Mets Merized Online Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:13:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Featured Post: Where’s the Boldness and Creativity? Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:13:34 +0000 sandy-alderson-mlb-winter-meetings-850x560

John Harper of the Daily News wonders if Sandy Alderson could learn a few things from San Diego GM A.J. Preller, who took over a franchise with a similar losing history and a weak-hitting roster with depth in young pitching and transformed the team in about five minutes.

“I’m thinking the majority of Mets fans would have been willing to take some risk to add firepower to an offense that has been nothing short of anemic in recent years.”

Alderson, he says, moved quickly to sign Michael Cuddyer, who will be 36 next season, is injury-prone, and cost a first round draft pick.

“In any case, weren’t the trades the Padres made exactly the type of deals Alderson was expected to make at some point, utilizing his surplus of young pitching to obtain a big bat?”

“Instead it seems that Alderson at some point became more cautious about the idea of trading the likes of Noah Syndergaard, the type of high-end arm that other teams want if they’re giving up an impact hitter.”

It looks like the Matt Kemp deal finally became official. In the second half of the season he hit .309 with 17 home runs and a .971 OPS. The deal for Wil Myers is still pending physicals.

Harper says that for most of the last two years, people in the Mets’ front office have admitted that with payroll more of an issue than they expected, they were going to be “creative’’ in upgrading this team’s offense. He wonders where that creativity is and if we’ll ever get to see any of it.

He concludes that for the second offseason in a row Sandy Alderson preferred to hold onto all of his young, power pitchers rather than take the risk of making a trade for a potentially difference-making hitter.

Do you agree or disagree with Harper?


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What Has To Happen For Mets To Get Tulowitzki Mon, 22 Dec 2014 18:27:18 +0000 troy-tulowitzki-colorado-rockies

This morning on MLB Network, Jon Heyman proposed that the Mets should trade righthanders Noah Syndergaard, Dillon Gee and Rafael Montero, plus catching prospect Kevin Plawecki and infielder Wilmer Flores to the Rockies in exchange for $30 million in cash and Troy Tulowitzki. Would you sign off on that?

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Bloggers and sports columnists have been all over the possible Troy Tulowitzki to the New York Mets story. Where it stands is that many say, “it’s definitely not happening” and others say, “it’s unlikely, maybe a 5-10% chance.”

So the odds are pretty slim that something like this will go down. I thought I’d come at the question based on how far apart the two sides probably are for starters and then seeing how far each party would have to move to get within hailing distance of a deal.

First, here’s what’s known. Tulo is owed $114 million to play from now through the 2020 major league season when he’d be 35 years old. To keep things simple let’s ignore the $15 million team option for 2021 and just say that whomever he is playing for will use the $4 million buyout option. So the player is owed $118 million through 2020 and dividing that by six seasons it means he would be averaging $19.7 million per year.

Here’s what Colorado apparently wants:

1. The trading partner to assume ALL of the remaining monies due the player.

2. At least four top quality assets. If the trade is with the Mets they reportedly want Noah Syndergaard, Zach Wheeler or Jacob deGrom, Kevin Plawecki, and more.

Here’s what the Mets probably want (and still may not do):

1. That Colorado pays a LARGE chunk of the monies due Tulo.

2. While willing to part with Syndergaard, they will not part with Wheeler deGrom.

If Colorado insists on both #1 and #2 then surely there won’t be a trade. In fact it is almost certain that if the Rockies insist on either #1 or #2 then it’s still no deal.

So for a deal to happen Colorado will have to pour in some dollars and come off their demand for Wheeler or deGrom.

Let’s do the dollars first.

In the recent Matt Kemp deal the Dodgers are giving the Padres about 29% of Kemp’s contract. Let’s round up and say that the Mets ask/demand the maximum they could reasonably ask for which is 30%. In that case the Mets would owe Tulo a total of $82.6 million which averages $13.8 million per year.

If the player was even close to healthy that would be a bargain of tremendous magnitude. Hell, the Mets are going to pay Bartolo Colon $11 million for the upcoming season. How would it be paying just a bit more for an MVP candidate at their weakest position?

The problem obviously is that the Rocks want to pay zero and in this example are paying about $36 million. Would they go for that even with a nice haul of prospects? I think not.

So let’s kick it down a notch and look at 25 percent rather than 30.

In this case, the Mets would be paying the player $88.6 million, an average of $14.75 per season. While this is well within bounds for most teams I could see the Mets already balking here given the Wilpons’ sketchy finances.

And if the Rockies said they’d pay – but not a penny over 20%  – then the Mets would be on the hook for $94.4 mill and that averages out as $15.7 per season. This is David Wright territory financially and I’m quite sure the Mets won’t go there.

Then there’s the question of who goes to Colorado. Thor is a given. Wheeler is not going. The second pitcher figures to be Dillon Gee (someone the Rockies are known to like a bit), Jon Niese (someone the Mets like more than Gee, but would be willing to move under the right circumstances), or Bartolo Colon (the Mets could save some money there, but the Rockies don’t figure to want a flyball pitcher in their goofy stadium).

If the finances were right I could see the teams agreeing on a package of Syndergaard, Gee or Niese, Plawecki, and one more from a group of: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Stephen Matz, or Amed Rosario.

For the Mets to even contemplate going through with this the Rockies likely have to agree to pay something between 25 and 30 percent of Tulowitzki’s contract.

I don’t see it happening but, then again, the Rockies do seem to want to move this player and other teams are starting to get tapped out when it comes to finances.

Few other clubs have the kinds of prospects that the Mets can offer. If Colorado sees the Mets as their only possible dance partner who knows how far they may stray from their current negotiating position to get it done.

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Pirates Placed Winning Bid On Korean Shortstop Jung-Ho Kang Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:41:11 +0000 Jung-ho Kang

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Pittsburgh Pirates won the bidding for Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang.

The amount of the winning bid was reportedly around $5 million, and the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization have accepted it.

December 21

I spoke with a former MMO Writer who has since left our merry group to join a newspaper in Philadelphia covering the Phillies. Boo… Bah… Humbug…

During our conversation he went onto telling me not to be shocked if the Phillies are the mystery team who won the bidding for Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang.

“I’m not saying we’re definitely the winning bidder, but we placed a very strong bid and there’s a lot of buzz regarding Kang around here lately.”

Damn… It prompted me to tweet this after I got off the phone:

Then about 10 hours later, this article by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish went live saying:

“Though the winning team is still unknown, one industry source with knowledge of Korea predicted that the Phillies or Nationals could be the frontrunners at this point. Philadelphia has focused some scouting on Kang in the recent past, and has an opening in the middle infield after trading Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers during the Winter Meetings.”

Anyway, we’ll see where this goes. Hopefully we learn the identity of this mystery team in short order. But don’t be surprised if it’s the Phillies. If there’s a ballpark that can better translate those 39 home runs from Korea to the U.S. it’s certainly Citizens Bank Park.

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MMO Fan Shot: Why This Offseason Has Been Incredibly Disappointing Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:16:47 +0000 sandy alderson terry collins

An MMO Fan Shot by Harry S.

Let me state that I have been a Mets fan for over 50 years. I remember going to my first game in 1964, and I still remember my teacher in elementary school allowing us to keep a radio on for the clinching game of the 1969 World Series (all WS games were day games back then).

I have followed this team through thick and thin (mostly thin) and have attended too many games to even count. Even during the last few lean years, I try to watch the games on TV as much as possible. Like most fans, I have suffered through the Sandy Alderson era of cutting payroll and watching a substandard team night after night. At this point, a lot of Mets fans are extremely enthusiastic about our chances for next year. Unfortunately, I am going to put a damper on this.

All along, we kept hearing that the Mets have “payroll flexibility”. All along, we were told, “Don’t worry, we will spend when we need to”. Year after year, I believed it less and less. Now, I know this is nonsense. The team finished 2014 strongly, ending up with 79 wins to tie for second. Yes, we were miles behind Washington, but Harvey is back, TDA should improve and Granderson and Wright will surely bounce back. Things looked bright. And then came the offseason. While teams like Chicago and Miami made substantial moves to improve their team, we have stood pat. Right now, our acquisitions include

  1. A  33 year old reliever with a career negative WAR who just came off surgery.
  2. A fifth outfielder who hit .212 last year (2014’s Chris Young?).
  3. Michael Cuddyer, who has decent stats but will be 36 on opening day and has averaged playing 93 games/year for the past three years.

Look at it this way: We finished 19 games behind Washington, so it’s pretty unrealistic that we will make up this difference. Miami finished only 2 games behind us last year, but has added Dee Gordon,  Dan Haren, Mat Latos and Michael Morse. to a team stacked with three young stars in the outfield. Our lineup is, at best, average. Our overall team defense is also probably average. Lagares is a star, but Duda, Murphy, Flores and TDA are all probably below average defensively. But, people say, “Look at our pitching!”

OK, let’s look at it. Right now, I don’t believe our starting rotation from top to bottom is better than Miami’s. Harvey and deGrom are great, but even highly touted Zack Wheeler has not put up anything but average statistics in his 2 MLB seasons. Gee, Colon and Niese are all just average pitchers. Our bullpen is OK, not great. It’s still unclear who our closer will be.

Like every year, our bench is still relatively weak. In order to even get into the playoffs (which in our case, would probably start with a one game do or die scenario), we would have to win 88-90 games. I think while it’s certainly possible for us to improve that many games, it’s also unlikely.

The team just hasn’t improved very much since last year, and you have to realize Miami really has. I don’t even want to talk about Chicago. It’s very disconcerting to see other contenders finally making the moves to win while the Mets basically sit on their hands. Now, could the Mets actually open the purse strings around mid-year if we were close? Sure. However, based on our past history, I wouldn’t bet on it. As a lifelong Met fan, I am hoping for the best but mentally preparing for another disappointing offseason.  I sincerely hope I’m wrong.

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Latest On Tulowitzki: Mets Remain The Best Match Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:01:21 +0000 tulowitzki

According to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the situation, Troy Tulowitzki will not be traded to the Mets. This report comes from Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

Several Rockies beat writers including Tom Harding from say there’s absolutely no truth to Friday’s rumors that the Mets were discussing a deal for Troy Tulowitzki.

“Two sources with knowledge of the situation insisted to that the teams are not in any active discussions as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported this weekend.

Heyman said that the two reams are quietly engaged in a possible deal for the All Star shortstop, but another source told that the teams are not discussing any players.

Harding says Colorado’s top priority is obtaining starting pitching and that during the Winter Meetings the only discussion they had with the Mets was regarding Dillon Gee. Those discussions never went beyond a preliminary stage.

Six different Mets beat writers checked in with their own Mets sources and all of them reported that there have been no discussions between the Mets and Rockies since the Winter Meetings – and that there is no active dialog as some sites were reporting.

However, while huge hurdles keep the Mets and Rockies from completing any deal, Jon Heyman still insists the two teams make for the best match although he too now admits that nothing is active.

Heyman also adds that while the Rockies were at one point asking the Mets for both Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, that may no longer be the case.

The New York Daily News called the possibility of a Tulowitzki trade “highly unlikely,” based on information from two Mets sources who say the contract is far too big of a hurdle.

December 19

“The Mets and Rockies have been quietly discussing a potential Troy Tulowitzki blockbuster for weeks, writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. “Though it isn’t known yet whether New York will have a decent chance to complete such a deal.”

Mets pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is said to be the centerpiece of the discussions that also includes a package of other young prospects.

“There’s said to have been a bit of progress in talks with the Mets over the winter, but people with knowledge of the discussions suggest there’s still a long way to go and that the financial part of such a major transaction isn’t close to being settled, irrespective of whether a player package can be agreed upon.”

Kenny Rosenthal said team source told him the Rockies have no interested in Mets shortstops Ruben Tejada or Wilmer Flores, and puts the chances of any deal at less than 10 percent.

I just can’t believe there’s any legitimacy to any possibility the Mets deal Syndergaard, Dilson Herrera or Michael Conforto, plus Kevin Plawecki and maybe more, essentially wiping out five years of rebuilding the minors.

I’d love to see Tulo at shortstop for the Mets, but I don’t see them overcoming the $118 million remaining on his contract, ignoring any health risks, and tearing down Rome to do it.

Trading for Tulo is not something I see Sandy Alderson doing, as he is one of the most risk-averse general managers in baseball.

To me, this smells like the Wilpons trying to create a diversion on the day that bidding ends for Jung-Ho Kang who I don’t believe the Mets have any intention of bidding on.

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Who Is LHP Sean Gilmartin? Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:17:42 +0000 Sean - Gilmartin

Anticipating the Rule 5 Draft can be like looking ahead to a trip to the dentist for an enthusiast of minor league baseball.  Inevitably, players you have watched perform their trade, and, perhaps, even gotten to know a little when attending games at venues like Binghamton’s NYSEG Stadium are on the block, possibly lost to another franchise.  To the minor league aficionado, the Rule 5 Draft is a time of foreboding, a time of dread.

Rule 5 dread and foreboding turned to loss for me this winter when two Met pitching prospects I had come to admire Logan Verrett and Greg Peavey were gobbled up in the draft.  Both were critical pieces of the Binghamton baseball revival over the last two summers, Verrett going 11-5 in 2013, and Peavey, a pitching ace, amassing a stellar 11-3 campaign with a 2.90 ERA in the B-Mets championship season last summer.

I was especially distraught learning the Mets had lost Peavey.  Greg is a standup guy I got to know somewhat last summer, a guest on the ‘All About Binghamton Baseball’ summer segment on my Tip-Off radio show.

But, the Rule 5 draft is a two-sided coin.  On one side comes the hard felt loss of promising guys like Verrett and Peavey.  But, with the other side of the coin comes gain, as baseball teams add other prospects with promise and possibility they pilfer from opposing franchises.  For the Mets this winter that guy is Sean Gilmartin, a left-handed pitcher who last played in the Minnesota Twins organization.  So, who is this guy Sean Gilmartin?

At 24 years of age, Sean Gilmartin has already experienced many of the highs and lows that come with playing baseball.  Gilmartin grew up in Encino, California, a celebrated baseball star at Crespi Carmelite High School drafted in 2008 by the Padres in the 31st round.  A kid who admittedly thought of little else but playing professional baseball, Gilmartin made the choice to forego a shot at the pros to attend college at Florida State.

It was a wise choice by the young left-handed pitcher, because it was at Florida State where Gilmartin’s baseball credentials blossomed.  Almost immediately Gilmartin became an impact player for the Seminoles.  A two-way star who played in the outfield when he wasn’t on the mound, Gilmartin became a ‘Friday night starter’ at Dick Howser Stadium for the Seminoles.

The Friday night starter on a college baseball team is reserved for a team’s ace, a trusted arm expected to bring home a win in the first game of a weekend three game series boosting the possibility of the home team taking the series.  Friday night starters also get to pitch in front of their school’s biggest crowds increasing the visibility and interest of the baseball program on campus.

Gilmartin handled the pressures that come leading a famed Division I baseball staff well his freshman year going 12-3 with a 2.24 ERA.  The lefty ace suffered from the sophomore slump in his second campaign struggling with a 9-8 record, but never lost his status as the Friday night man indicating how much respect he had gained for the Florida State coaches.

It was Gilmartin’s junior season as a Seminole that would accelerate his baseball career.  The long legged left-handed ace was nearly unhittable going 12-1 with a 1.83 ERA and an impressive 0.94 WHIP.  Gilmartin finished second in the ACC in strikeouts trailing the league’s MVP, Danny Hultzen, a second overall selection by the Seattle Mariners in the 2011 baseball draft.  Hultzen, who missed all last season with a torn labrum, rotator cuff and anterior capsule, is making a pitching comeback that should see him back on the mound this season.

Gilmartin, too, went high in the 2011 draft, picked in the first round, 28th overall, by the Atlanta Braves.  Long respected for finding pitching talent, it’s noteworthy any time a pitcher is selected in the first round of baseball’s draft by Atlanta.  Braves scouts considered Gilmartin a quality left-handed pitcher with a great make-up and excellent pitch ability.  They were impressed with the Florida State ace’s maturity and competitiveness on the mound.

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The Braves put Gilmartin on a speedy track through their minor league system with Gilmartin reaching their Triple-A team in Gwinett in his first year in the pros.  But, Gilmartin never really caught on bouncing back and forth between Double-A and Triple-A with the Braves during his first two seasons as a pro.  When the Braves were looking for added catching depth in the off-season last winter, they shipped Gilmartin to Minnesota for Ryan Doumit.

Splitting time between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester, Gilmartin put up the best pitching stats of his professional career in 2014.  Gilmartin started 26 games going 9-7 with a 3.71 ERA and a 1.297 WHIP.  Gilmartin’s strikeout numbers jumped, the lefty starter averaging 8.2 K’s per 9 innings with a SO/W ratio of 3.02, both the best in his pro career.

But, when the Twins shaped their 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 draft, they decided to leave Gilmartin unprotected.  The Mets jumped at the chance to add another left-handed arm to their pitching possibilities.  Here’s what General Manager Sandy Alderson had to say about the addition.  “There’s not really pronounced splits, so we don’t look at Gilmartin strictly left-on-left.  But, we like his athleticism.  We like his makeup.  He’s got a chance to pitch against righties and lefties.”

Alderson may have liked the multiple possibilities that come with Gilmartin.  A starting pitcher his entire career, Gilmartin could provide a left-handed possibility in the starting rotation if Jon Niese was moved in the off-season.  And, as a former starter and someone with decent pitching splits, he could become a long reliever/spot starter on the Mets staff.

Gilmartin also could be used to face that one left-handed batter late in a game.  Gilmartin pitched 23 1/3 innings against left-handed batters in Triple-A last year compiling a 0.75 WHIP, allowing no HR’s, and fanning 27 batters against just 3 BB’s.  Left-handed Triple-A batters hit only .190 against him last season.  It’s the multiple use possibilities of a guy like Gilmartin that probably drew attention from the Mets.

As a kid, Gilmartin lived for baseball and modeled his pitching style after three stellar left-handers Tom Glavine, Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee.  That’s probably where Gilmartin developed his fluid, almost effortless pitching delivery.  In some respects when he’s at work on the hill, baseball scouts report it almost looks as if Gilmartin is simply playing catch with the catcher’s mitt.

“I try to simplify things as much as possible,” Gilmartin told the Orlando Sentinel when he was first drafted out of Florida State.  And, wherever he’s pitched, Gilmartin has been lauded for his maturity and poise on the mound.  When asked about his ability to stay within himself and not show frustration when things don’t go as he intended on the hill, here’s how Gilmartin put it.  “You can’t play the game that way.  Baseball is a very failure-oriented sport.  You have to know how to handle it.”

Gilmartin’s pitching philosophy is built around commanding his pitches.  He has a four pitch repertoire to use in various situations.  “The aspect of the game I am constantly working on is commanding all four of my pitches and being able to have the confidence to throw them in any count at any part of a baseball game,” Gilmartin told the Sentinel when he was just entering the pros.

Unlike the cadre of young power arms in the Met system, Gilmartin depends more on finesse, on pitching smarts, guile, and cunning to get professional baseball batters out.  Gilmartin has a plan every time he goes to the mound with some well rounded options at his disposal.  His fastball sits in the 87-91 mph range and runs in somewhat on right-handed hitters.  Great command of the pitch both inside and out makes it a steady pitch selection for Gilmartin.

The change-up, a deceptive pitch thrown from the same arm slot as his fast ball and arriving at home plate at 79 or 81 mph, is Gilmartin’s bread and butter pitch.  The change has great arm side fade and drop, and Gilmartin throws it at any count.

A high 60’s/low 70’s curveball has a significant break and 12/6 drop.  Gilmartin throws the pitch consistently for strikes and uses it primarily against right-handed hitters.  Against left-handed batter’s Gilmartin prefers to use his slider, a developing option with sharp, late break.

Gilmartin’s success lies with his ability to keep hitters off balance by mixing his pitches and commanding the strike zone.  Gilmartin has to hit his spots to be effective.

A former number one draft selection, great athleticism, a left-handed pitching option, and maturity beyond his years make Sean Gilmartin a great gamble as a Rule 5 pick for the Mets.  Expect the Mets to provide Gilmartin with every opportunity to prove he can help the big league team this spring.


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Winter Ball Update: Puello Breaks Out, Flores Unstoppable Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:23:17 +0000 cesar puello john munson

All statistics are for the week ending Friday.

Cesar Puello finally got some playing this week and he did not disappoint, in fact he broke out. He went 11-25 with 4 home runs, 8 RBI and also had 3 stolen bases. Puello has all the tools to be successful, he just needs consistent playing time.

Wilmer Flores isn’t letting all the Tulo talk affect him and continued his strong winter going 8-26 with a HR and 4 RBI. His overall winter line is now at .309/.356/.456.

*** This just in: Flores is already off to a big follow-up week, hitting two homers on Saturday and another one tonight. In the two games he had five hits, five runs, and six RBI. Hat tip to John Dreker.


Xorge Carrillo just will not stopping crushing the baseball, the supposedly defensive minded backstop went 7-16 with 3 doubles and 3 RBI. Boosting his winter league line to .283/.350/.522.

T.J. Rivera had another quiet week going 2-14 with only one RBI, however he is still hitting over .300 this winter.

Johnny Monell had a solid week going 4-11 with a double and 2 runs scored.

Jon Velasquez made two appearances, throwing 1.1 innings of scoreless ball and picking up a save.

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Mets Odds To Win World Series Are 25:1 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 17:35:12 +0000 sfgiantsworldseries2014 trophy

In their latest Baseball Futures, leading online sports bookers Bovada, cast the Mets with 25/1 odds to win the World Series, tied with the White Sox, Yankees and Royals.

Twelve other teams were favored in front of them with the Dodgers, Red Sox and Nationals the heavy favorites, respectively.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers – 15/2
  • Boston Red Sox – 9/1
  • Washington Nationals – 10/1
  • Chicago Cubs – 12/1
  • Detroit Tigers – 12/1
  • Los Angeles Angels – 12/1
  • San Francisco Giants – 16/1
  • Seattle Mariners – 16/1
  • St. Louis Cardinals – 16/1
  • Baltimore Orioles – 18/1
  • San Diego Padres – 18/1
  • Toronto Blue Jays – 18/1
  • Chicago White Sox – 25/1
  • Kansas City Royals – 25/1
  • New York Mets – 25/1
  • New York Yankees – 25/1
  • Atlanta Braves – 28/1

The Phillies, Twins and Astros hold up the rear with 150/1 odds.

These futures were generated on December 1 and do not include any of the over 150 players that have switched uniforms this month. It will be interesting to see how they change in January and which teams increase their odds for the better.

In a New York Times article, former Met Al Leiter said that fans have many reasons to be excited about the Mets, citing their young pitching. “They could be and should be a playoff team,” Leiter said.

The real shame here is that with better owners the Mets could very well steal the city back from the Yankees who have owned this town for two decades.

When you have the money the Dodgers, Red Sox and Yankees have, it’s so easy to overcome mistakes and get right back in the game again in a year or two rather than a 6-8 year rebuilding process. The best free agent players in the game tend to follow the money.


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David Wright Is Now The Active Leader In Games Played With One Team Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:25:17 +0000 derek jeter david wright

When the Phillies officially shipped mainstay Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers on Friday, they ended his hold on MLB’s longest active streak of games played with a single team.

In his 15 years with Philadelphia, Rollins played 2,090 games for the Phils, a figure that led all active players for roughly ten weeks following the retirement of Derek Jeter.

Now that both shortstops have moved on from their respective franchises, —in one way or another—a new king of the baseball lifers emerges; Mets captain David Wright.

Wright now leads all active players with 1,508 games played with one team; all as a Met, and only a Met.

Chase Utley is a close second; having racked up 1,478 games with the Phillies in 12 seasons compared to Wright’s 11.

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Let’s also take this time to wish David Wright a very Happy Birthday as he turns 32 today.

When Wright celebrated the 10 year anniversary of his MLB debut on July 21, 2014, the franchise leader in hits, doubles, runs, walks and RBI reflected fondly on his time with.

“I’ve had some great memories here and hopefully there’s a lot more to come,” Wright said. “Hopefully one day I’ll be able to sit back and reminisce and go through videos or whatever and be able to pat myself on the back and have some fond memories.”

In this frenzied age of free agency, and with all the insane amount of money being tossed around in huge mega deals, it’s becoming increasingly rare to see one player spend his entire MLB career with the team that drafted and developed him.

There is something special to be said about Wright’s more than 1,500 games played in blue-and-orange, especially given a frustrating past several years for the organization.

Contracted to another six seasons in Flushing, the seven-time all-star could very well hold onto this achievement for some time.


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Projecting The Mets Opening Day Roster Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:00:44 +0000 juan lagares eric campbell

With the Mets offseason essentially over, here’s my first stab at our projected Opening Day Roster.

Starting Rotation

Matt Harvey – The Mets ace will start the home opener.

Jacob deGrom – Look for Act II to be just as special.

Jon Niese – No way Mets go with five righties in rotation.

Zack Wheeler – Must reduce pitch counts, but young and improving.

Bartolo Colon – An innings eater the Mets can ill-afford to lose.


Bobby Parnell * – He’s Terry Collins‘ official closer when he returns.

Jenrry Mejia – I love Mejia, he’s exciting to watch.

Jeurys Familia – Last January I said he’d be the Mets’ most lethal reliever.

Vic Black – Call him Wild Thing, but with better control he could be special.

Josh Edgin – Ready or not, he’s the key lefty in pen.

Carlos Torres – This underrated long man has impressed.

Sean Gilmartin – Either he makes the Opening Day roster or he’s a goner.

Rafael Montero * – He’ll relieve until Parnell is ready to return.


Travis d’Arnaud – Has to put it all together with Plawecki breathing down his neck.

Anthony Recker – His dashing looks and .199 bat assures him a bench spot?


Lucas Duda – Minaya was right about his future 30 homer bat.

Daniel Murphy – He’ll be gone by trade deadline if Dilson rakes in Vegas.

Wilmer Flores – I never had any doubt.

David Wright – It all hinges on No. 5.

Ruben Tejada – Collins will look to get him going. Again.

Eric Campbell – Soup is good food.


Curtis Granderson – Moves to LF, Mets pulling all the stops to get him going.

Juan Lagares – You’re looking at your leadoff hitter, and expect 25 SB.

Michael Cuddyer – This “was” the Mets offseason. A lot riding on him.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – With Kirk out of options, it’s his job to lose.

John Mayberry Jr. – He can mash lefty pitching, but you know Terry.

Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think.

Have a great weekend everybody…

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MLB Team Wins Rights To Jung-Ho Kang, Mets Did Not Submit A Bid Sat, 20 Dec 2014 07:26:34 +0000 jung-ho kang

The New York Mets will not be the MLB team that signs Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets never submitted a bid on the power-hitting infielder.

KBO’s Nexen Heroes have in fact accepted a $5 million dollar winning bid for the rights to exclusively negotiate with their 27-year old phenom. To be exact, the bid was for $5,002,015. Clever.

Which MLB team submitted the winning bid has yet to be announced.

For several weeks, general manager Sandy Alderson maintained that the Mets had interest in Kang, and up until a day go kept alive the possibility that the team could place a bid but were still undecided.

Kang’s agent reportedly told one Korean news outlet that he is seeking a four-year deal worth $5 million per year.

However, Kang would also accept a three-year contract for $5.5 million per season, or a two-year deal valued at $6 million per season.

In other words, there’s a possibility that the team with the winning bid could sign Kang for a two-year deal for $17 million which includes the $5 million posting fee.

On Wednesday, Alderson confirmed again that there is a “very high” probability Wilmer Flores is the Opening Day shortstop.

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MMO Exclusive: Mets Prospect Kyle Johnson Looks Back on Championship Season Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:21:57 +0000 mets - kyle johnson

Outfielder Kyle Johnson was a key part of the Binghamton Mets run to win the 2014 Eastern League Championship. Kyle played in 103 games and hit .259/.344/.384 with 25 doubles, 4 triples, and 4 home runs. He also stole 12 bases and had 14 outfield assists while playing all three outfield positions.

Kyle was drafted in 2012 by the Los Angeles Angels in the 25th round out of Washington State University. In his first full professional season in 2013 he batted .289/.385/.393 with 44 stolen bases and only struck out 89 times. On June 25th, 2013, he was traded to the Mets for outfielder Collin Cowgill who had been designated for assignment.

Kyle is a versatile outfielder who plays the game hard and has a knack for putting the ball in play in big spots proven by his .313/.423/.450 line with RISP last year. He also enjoys hitting from the leadoff spot where he batted .272/.354/.413 last year. He was nice enough to answer some questions for us about his season, so lets jump right into them:

Michael: First off just wanted to thank you for taking your time to answer some questions and congratulate you on being part of the EL Champions! What was it like to be part of a championship team? What was so special about this Binghamton team?

Kyle: The special part about our team was we had a core group of guys that didn’t move.  We had a great pitching staff, who knew how to compete.

Michael: For fans that haven’t seen you play how would you profile your own game?

Kyle: I take pride in my defense. Wherever I am in the outfield, I know I can make a play that will positively affect our team. With such a long season, some days the bat won’t show up, but I know my defense will always be there. Good defense and base running. Offensively, I do what I can to get on base. I take pride in scoring runs. Setting myself up for other guys to knock me in.

Michael: When on the road where is your favorite city/stadium to play?

Kyle: In the Eastern League, I really enjoyed Maine. Their atmosphere is something special. They have a unique field, plus the series were tough.

Michael: What do think you need to improve on to get to the Major League level?

Kyle: More consistent at the plate.  I’d have a month of .360 then a month of .220.  Just need to stay consistent for all 142 games.

Michael: What is life like for a Minor Leaguer when you are on the road?

Kyle: It’s tough. Long bus rides, get in late. But it’s all part of it. Makes you appreciate this game and the opportunity to continue to play. It’s fun going to different cities and parts of the country. You get to see a lot of the USA that otherwise I probably wouldn’t have seen. That’s one of the greatest treats of this game. I’ve been to every state now beside the Dakotas all because of baseball.

Michael: One last question,  what are you doing this offseason to prepare for the upcoming year?

Kyle: I spent the off season so far in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where I grew up. I train at Ultimate Athlete, a local gym in the area. I have my hitting coach there who I have worked with for the past seven years. Primary goal is to create a more consistent swing. I had hot months and cold months this year, working to stay more consistent. I am heading to Puerto Rico to play for a month or so. Best way to practice is by playing, and I’m extremely excited for the opportunity.

Michael:  Glad I got a chance to talk to you! Hope to see you at Citi Field soon!

Kyle: Hope so too, going to work as hard as I can to get there.

Michael: Thanks again from everyone at MetsMerized Online!

Unfortunately for Kyle the Las Vegas outfield will probably be stacked with the likes of Nimmo, MDD, Ceciliani, Allen, Castellanos, etc next season. Tough not to root for a guy who works hard and is dedicated to making himself better. Everyone loves an underdog story and guys like Dillon Gee have proved it can happen!


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Red Sox and LHP Craig Breslow Agree On $2 Million Deal Sat, 20 Dec 2014 04:03:43 +0000 Craig-Breslow-Greg-M.-Cooper-USA-TODAY-Sports

The Red Sox have agreed on a one year deal with left-handed reliever Craig Breslow worth $2 million dollars according to Rob Bradford of WEEI Sports Radio.

The Mets met personally with Breslow at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, but the talks were brief and not substantial.

Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that he will not sign any lefty relievers to a major league deal. Instead, he prefers a competition between recently signed Scott Rice, Rule 5 selection Sean Gilmartin and minor leaguers Jack Leathersich and Dario Alvarez.

If nobody emerges from that spring training competition, Alderson said, ‘then we’ll go with six righties.”

Breslow is viewed as one of the better left-handed relievers in the game, posting a 2.82 ERA from 2008-2013.

He went 2-4 with a 5.96 ERA and 1.86 WHIP in 60 relief appearances last season, however most teams are expecting him to bounce back in 2015 and return to his career norm. The 34-year old Breslow posted a 1.81 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 2013.

(Updated 12/19)

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Marlins Reel In Martin Prado In 5-Player Swap With Yankees Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:19:28 +0000 Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

The New York Yankees have traded third baseman Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps to the Miami Marlins in exchange for pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, first baseman Garrett Jones and prospect Domingo German. The Marlins will also receive about $6 million in cash in the deal.

Miami continues to add more major league pieces after already adding Mat Latos, Dee Gordon and Michael Morse in other moves this offseason.

Prado, 31, can play all four infield positions and in the outfield. He hit .282/.321/.412 last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Yankees, and the former All-Star is a .291 lifetime hitter. He’s lauded as a team leader and great clubhouse presence.

Phelps, 28, threw 113 innings, split between starting and relieving, and recorded a 4.38 ERA and 1.42 WHIP for the Yankees. He struck out 92.

Jones, 33, hit .246/.309/.411 in 496 at-bats last season, predominantly playing first base.

Eovaldi, who turns 25 in February, went 6-14 with a 4.37 ERA last season for the Marlins.

Wow, the Hot Stove is really cooking today…

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Mets Trade RHP Gonzalez Germen To Yankees For Cash Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:10 +0000 Gonzalez - Germen

The Mets have traded reliever Gonzalez Germen to the New York Yankees for cash, the team announced.

It’s the first trade between these two teams since 2004 when Felix Heredia was swapped for Mike Stanton.

Germen, 27, had a 4.75 ERA in 25 relief appearances for the Mets in 2014 with a 1.45 WHIP in 30 1/3 innings. He was designated for assignment when the Mets added Mayberry to the roster on Monday.

The cash should help the Mets bolster their roster, I mean piggy bank.

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Padres En Fuego This Offseason: Acquire Justin Upton Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:50:53 +0000 justin-upton

The typical cast of lame-duck offseason characters has morphed this offseason.  The San Diego Padres haven’t won more than 77 games over the last four seasons, but this year, they’ve decided the losing stops.

The Padres have just executed a deal with the Atlanta Braves that will send outfielder Justin Upton to the west coast for the final year of his current contract.

Looks like LHP Max Fried, 2B Jace Peterson, 3B Dustin Peterson and OF Mallex Smith are headed to the Braves, while the Padres will receive a low-level prospect in addition to Upton.

The acquisition of Upton is the latest of several hot moves made by San Diego’s GM A.J. Preller.  The Padres also traded this offseason for Matt Kemp, 2013 AL ROY Wil Myers and All-Star catcher Derek Norris.

The outlook for this team’s 2015 season has changed entirely in what Joe D accurately described as ‘overnight’, or at least it feels that way from the perspective of a Mets fan who is enduring yet another offseason of rumored promises and potential hope.

In fairness to the Mets and GM Sandy Alderson, there haven’t been any clear choices to make this offseason.  In fairness to the fans,(you know- the group of downtrodden optimists who pay good money to see a good team play great baseball in the greatest city in the world) when is there ever a clear choice in this business?

After seeing all that the Padres have done this offseason, yes the Padres, I can understand why so many fans are getting increasingly impatient. Unless pitching becomes the only component of this game that matters going forward, it does appear that Alderson still has a lot of work to do.

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Reality Check: Mets Offseason Is Essentially Over Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:49 +0000 The more I think about it, the more I believe there won’t be any further significant additions coming this offseason. I base this on the current lay of the land and some things that have recently come to my attention. Let’s review where we are:

Trading A Starting Pitcher

dillon geeWhile it remains likely that Alderson will deal Dillon Gee at some point, more and more it’s beginning to feel that this will drag on for a few more weeks.

“Between the Winter Meetings and the holidays, not a lot happens,” said Alderson on Tuesday. “I’d say activity will pick up significantly in January. We’ve had some conversations, but not many since the Winter Meetings.”

Additionally, none of the offers including one from Minnesota and another from Colorado have impressed the Mets.

It’s beginning to look like a super-solid B prospect might be a best case scenario for Gee. That and the salary relief that will bring payroll close to $90 million.

One thing now seems abundantly clear, Gee isn’t bringing back any significant major leaguer – and you know what? I don’t think they’re too bothered by that because major leaguers cost more money.

Second Lefty Reliever

Mets relief pitcher Scott RiceOn Tuesday, Alderson also said that picking up Scott Rice and Sean Gilmartin meant that no lefty reliever would be signed to a major league deal.

“I’d rather see the competition for that second lefty spot between what we have now, and if it doesn’t work out, we’ll go with six righties in the ‘pen.”

Maybe they bring in one more LHP on a minor league deal just to make the competition more interesting, but don’t count on it.

The Mets pursued and talked to a half dozen of the best available free agent left-handers and never got past the “Hi, this is Sandy Alderson” stage.

Initially categorized as one of his top offseason goals in October, in the end they roll the dice on a minor league deal and Rule 5 selection. It’s another glaring example that they are still being held back by money.

Right-handed Bench Bat

Philadelphia Phillies  v Atlanta BravesJohn Mayberry Jr. is the righty bat they were looking for and his addition pretty much completes the bench for the Mets.

The Mets didn’t want to bring back Eric Young Jr. for $1.8 million, so they swap some speed for power and save almost half a million dollars in the process. Always something at the forefront of any decisions.

Between Mayberry and Michael Cuddyer the Mets hope to improve on the worst OPS in the majors vs LHP in 2014. I’m certain they made some big strides with these two in that area.

What About Shortstop?

wilmer-floresEverything continues to point to Wilmer Flores as the Opening Day shortstop, which was my predicted outcome all along. Forget free agency, this team is still shackled by financial constraints. They’re interested in everybody, and yet sign nobody.

They don’t have the dollars to pursue any significant upgrades, and they are so fearful of trading young pitching to get something done. Mostly because they can’t afford to trade the wrong pitcher and then have it blow up in their faces.

Just as we saw with lefty relievers, the Mets were initially interest in many of the top available shortstops in free agency and trade. One by one they investigated and kicked the tires as the market was shrinking by 2-3 shortstops a week.

Now they’re down to the bottom of the barrel hoping they can snare 2014 bust Stephen Drew on some deeply discounted one-year deal that had his agent Scott Boras mocking them two weeks ago.

It’s a far cry from October when they were tossing around names like Troy Tulowitzki, Addison Russell, Chris Owings and Starlin Castro. Again, interested in everybody, acquiring nobody.

Final Thoughts

Mets CubsIn my heart of hearts, I believe the Mets’ offseason is essentially over. Nobody wanted to be more wrong than me when I said, “Enjoy this Michael Cuddyer signing, he may just be the extent of the entire Mets offseason.”

Essentially they took the Chris Young money and used it to get Cuddyer. It’s hard to do anything with a bottom ten payroll and two thirds of it invested in four players.

I don’t often agree with anything Terry Collins says. But when he said the biggest bat the Mets get in 2015 is a hopefully healthy David Wright, he wasn’t kidding. Our two biggest additions next season are Wright and Harvey.

Anyway, that’s the way I see things right now. That’s not to say we can’t win 85 games and get into the postseason with a little luck. I was there in 1969 and 1973 so I know anything is possible. That’s what makes baseball such a great game.

I guess what I’m really saying is that if we had better owners – our offseason wouldn’t have ended two weeks before the Winter Meetings. If we had better owners  – the front office would have the additional financial flexibility to do the things they really want to do. We’re still walking on eggshells.

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MMO Fan Shot: Should Kevin Plawecki Be Traded? Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:27:34 +0000 kevin plawecki

An MMO Fan Shot by Bill Tourjee

The Mets #1 position player prospect in MLB’s rankings, catcher Kevin Plawecki, continues to be mentioned as a possible trade chip. But should he be made available, even if the trade returns a high-end SS or prospect?

It would be safe to say that most GMs prefer to trade from positions where they have the most depth. In the Mets’ case, that would probably be pitching, 2nd basemen (Murphy, Flores, Herrera, Mazzilli), shortstops (oddly enough, they’re down there:: Reynolds, Cecchini, Rosario, Ramos) and outfielders (Nimmo, Conforto, den Dekker, Puello, Nieuwenhuis). But catchers? When Juan Centeno was claimed off waivers by the A’s, and Cam Maron was selected in the Rule 5 draft, it pretty much wiped out any positional depth we had at catcher and left Plawecki as the only prospect who may be ready to step onto the big stage.

Look for one other notable catcher in the Mets system. When you finally reach Kingsport – keep going. Imagine a season where the team is in the hunt and Travis d’Arnaud goes on a long DL stint. You want to replace him with a catcher who can both call a game and hit better than his weight? In the middle of the season, that will cost you two of your top 20 prospects, and maybe a starter, too.

The Mets are obviously pleased with Anthony Recker’s performance and he’s expected to return as the team’s primary back-up catcher. Most Mets fans remember Recker’s memorable home runs this past season, which always seemed to come at critical moments. What wasn’t as memorable was his 36.6% strikeout rate, and the fact that he couldn’t lay claim to the starting job even when d’Arnaud was demoted mid-season. Or, to press the issue, his .197 lifetime average. Despite these shortcomings, Recker is a quality back-up receiver, deserves his contract and comes across like a good guy to have in the clubhouse – but he may still not be the Mets’ best option.

D’Arnaud’s injury history is well-documented and won’t be recounted here, but only the most optimistic would bank on his giving the Mets 140 games a year for the next several years. If (or when) he has another injury, should his potent bat go on the DL with him?

Enter Plawecki, whose skill-set is very close to d’Arnaud’s. He’s a contact-first, linedrive hitter with a low strikeout rate (12% in minors) who, unlike Recker, can consistently advance runners when not driving them in. His defense seems comparable to what’s projected for d’Arnaud, giving the Mets two young, good-hitting receivers who will be under team control for many years. What more could a team ask for? What other MLB team currently has such a double threat behind the plate? Would the Cards have liked a good hitting catcher when Molina went down in the postseason?

There is even a possibility that Plawecki could play 1st base as a right-handed complement to Lucas Duda. Think of the flexibility it would give a manager in late innings. Would egos collide if two young stud catchers competed for innings? Plawecki has already stated he‘d be fine sharing the catching duties with d’Arnaud, and d’Arnaud has the security of being the GM’s prized acquisition (a “difference maker”) in the R.A. Dickey trade. Besides, what’s wrong with competition? If one is going to fold under the pressure it’s better to find out during the regular season than in the middle of the playoffs.

Finally, even a good catching prospect like Plawecki is not going to bring a Starlin Castro or Addison Russell to Citi Field unless a Syndergaard or a Montero disappear along with him. That’s a huge gamble for the Mets when they don’t know whether their prized new shortstop can thrive in a pressure cooker like the Big Apple. Too many players perform best with the type of laid back fan base and press corps you’ll find in most other baseball cities.

Given their depth at the position at every minor league level, the Mets are capable of bringing up a new promising shortstop prospect every year for the next four years. In the meantime, they could very well lay claim to the best catching tandem in the majors – IF they don’t trade Kevin Plawecki.

I was born and raised in Upstate NY and now reside in CT. My folks were from Brooklyn and we adopted the Mets when they arrived in 1962. They have been one of my life’s greatest passions. Even in their darkest days they always give us a sliver of hope.

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This Fan Shot was contributed by MMO reader Bill Tourjee. Have something you want to say about the Mets? Share your opinions with over 25,000 Met fans who read this site daily. Send your Fan Shot to Or ask us about becoming a regular contributor.

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David Wright Back In The Swing Of Things Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:26:00 +0000 david wright

David Wright told ESPN New York he has “started to swing a little and the volume should increase soon.” in regards to activity at the plate.  The NY Mets captain and former All-Star third baseman struggled mightily last year due to “stretched out” ligaments in his non-throwing shoulder which ultimately affected his ability to swing a bat.

Wright, who will turn 32 on Saturday, plans to spend time working on his swing with new Mets hitting coach Kevin Long in Phoenix, AZ.  The hope for now certainly has to be that rehab was the correct choice for Wright, who opted to avoid surgery with the belief that the damage was bad enough to stagger his performance, but not severe enough to keep from healing naturally.

“Sure, everybody could use another bat, but the bat we need is No. 5,’’ Terry Collins said of Wright yesterday. “Believe me, when David gets healthy, that’s the difference. If he has a bounce-back year and does what he has done in the past, our lineup is completely different. That takes a lot of heat off the other guys.’’

The Captain will be a huge factor in the success the Mets this year, let’s hope all efforts during the offseason gets David back to the all star caliber player he has been for the majority of his career.

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Wil Myers Dealt to San Diego in Blockbuster Three-Team Trade Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:23:35 +0000 wil myers

Jim Bowden of ESPN is reporting that the Padres, Rays and Nationals have just agreed to a massive three team trade. The trade includes eleven players with Wil Myers being the centerpiece.

Myers heads to San Diego along with minor league pitchers, Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo. Myers was formerly rated as one of the top prospects in MLB. He won the Rookie of the Year in 2013, hitting .293 with 13 home runs in 88 games. However, Myers battled with injuries this season and his average dropped down to .222.

Myers is the second significant addition to the Padres outfield this winter. Last week, the Padres acquired star outfielder Matt Kemp from the Dodgers. The acquisitions of both Myers and Kemp will bring in some much needed firepower to the Padres lineup, which finished last in the majors in runs scored this season.

The Rays will receive a total of five players in return. They acquired Rene Rivera, Burch Smith and Jake Bauers from the Padres. They will also receive prospects Steven Souza and Travis Ott from Washington.

The Nationals will acquire pitching prospect Joe Ross and shortstop Trea Turner as a player to be named later. Turner was selected just three picks after Mets first rounder, Michael Conforto in this years draft. Turner has excellent speed, and he impressed during his first professional season with a .323 average in Single-A.

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