Mets Merized Online » Adrian Gonzalez Wed, 11 Jan 2017 02:15:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chase Utley Gets Last Laugh, Burns Mets With Two Homer, Five RBI Night Sun, 29 May 2016 14:30:19 +0000 chase utler hr

Retaliation for a player who is no longer on their roster took an ugly turn on Saturday when the targeted Chase Utley tagged the Mets relief pitchers for five RBI’s.

On his first trip back to Citi Field since his vicious slide broke the leg of Ruben Tejada, Utley has been a marked man who has eluded the fate of a much-anticipated payback.

Friday night, when Jacob deGrom stayed clear of a counterattack, it appeared as if the Mets might have buried the hatchet.  Or were they just playing mind games to keep Utley off guard?

On Saturday night it seemed like Utley’s time had come when in the 3rd inning of a scoreless tie, Noah Syndergaard fired a 99 mph fastball behind the much maligned second baseman, then immediately was ejected from the mound.

In Syndergaard’s absence, the Dodgers took sweet revenge on all of his replacements by going on a homerun hitting spree to take game two 9-1.

For the second day in a row, Utley’s bat has become the bane of the Mets bullpen, which also gave up solo shots to Adrian Gonzalez, Howie Kendrick, and Corey Seager.

Utley roped a solo home run against Logan Verrett in the sixth inning, and then one inning later, he launched a grand slam off reliever Hansel Robles. It stunned the 40,000+ at Citi Field into silence after they were chanting, “We want justice. We want justice.”

“I think a loud, energizing environment gets the best out of you,” Utley said after the game, telling reporters that he feeds off how Mets fans react to him. “It kind of gets your adrenaline going a little bit, makes you dig down deep.”

Dodger pitcher Kenta Maeda held the Mets to five shutout innings of two hit ball after taking a line drive off of his pitching hand, stopping his three game losing streak.

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In defense of Syndergaard, manager Terry Collins ran out of the dugout in a rage, pleading his case to plate umpire Adam Hamari that there should have been a warning in lieu of an ejection.  For all of his screaming and finger pointing in the face of Hamari, Collins was given his walking papers, as well.

“The ruling was that he intentionally threw at the batter,” crew chief Tom Hallion said after the game. “And with that, we have a judgment of whether we thought it was intentional. And if it was, we can either warn or eject. And with what happened in that situation, we felt the ejection was warranted.”

Syndergaard stuck to his story that the ball got away from him, and then added, “I can understand why he did what he did. I still think a warning would have been better.”

“I was just kind of dumbfounded. I’ve never been thrown out of a game before, so it was just kind of a whirlwind of emotions. It kind of rattled me a little bit, the reason I got thrown out. I was kind of at a loss for words.”

Whether or not it was a pitch with a purpose, this is how the game of baseball is played.  Syndergaard’s ejection was premature as the bad decision-making by umpires marches on.

It’s unfortunate that this occurred on the night the 1986 World Series Championship team was honored for their Cinderella season, as well as a lost opportunity for NY to take sole possession of first place in the NL East.

Next up, Clayton Kershaw will try to keep up his Mets domination against the pitcher 15 years his senior, Bartolo Colon, who is looking to capitalize on his prior one run outing against the Nats.

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MMO Game Recap: Dodgers 7, Mets 4 Sun, 24 Aug 2014 04:26:10 +0000 jacob degrom

The New York Mets (60-70) were defeated by the Los Angeles Dodgers (74-57) by a score of 7-4 this evening at Dodger Stadium.

What you should know:

Jacob deGrom got the start for the Mets tonight in his first appearance back from the disabled list. He would go five innings, allowing five runs on five hits, while walking two and striking out seven, and taking the loss.

Zack Greinke got the nod for the Dodgers, and labored through seven innings, allowing four runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out four, but pitched well enough to earn the win.

The Mets took an early 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning with a three-run jack off the bat of Juan Lagares.

The Dodgers would answer right back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two runs of their own, with an RBI single from Adrian Gonzalez and a sacrifice fly from Erisbel Arruebarrena.

Then in the bottom of the fifth inning, Adrian Gonzalez struck again as he launched a three-run shot to put Los Angeles on top 5-3.

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Lucas Duda got the Mets within one run in the top of the sixth as he hit a solo home run, his 24th of the season.

Josh Edgin entered the game in the bottom of the seventh with a couple runners on base, and allowed a run to score on a weakly hit tapper off the bat of Scott Van Slyke. On the play, Edgin made a throwing error to allow Dee Gordon to reach third base, and he was promptly driven in by a sacrifice fly from Adrian Gonzalez, giving the Dodgers a three-run lead, a lead they would hold on to for the rest of the night.

Kenley Jansen came on to shut the door in the top of the ninth, and despite giving up a double to Kirk Nieuwenhuis, he would shut the door, earning his 37th save of the season.

David Wright went 0-for-5 tonight, grounding into two double plays and striking out twice, leaving six runners on base in his plate appearances alone. Curtis Granderson also went 0-for-5.

The Mets went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position tonight.

On deck:

The Mets look to salvage the final game of the series tomorrow afternoon with Bartolo Colon (11-10, 3.85 ERA) squaring off against Kevin Correia (7-13, 4.87 ERA)

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3 Up, 3 Down: Bay Watch Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:25:13 +0000 terry-collins-and-sandy-alderson-watch-bp

The Mets concluded their brief two game set against the Oakland A’s and yet again, walked away with a split.  To quote ACDC’s late Bon Scott, “I’m hot, and when I’m not, I’m cold as ice”.  That pretty much sums up this series, this season and this team.  Below is a 3 up/3 down review of how the Mets performed out in California the last two days.

3 Up

1. Lucas Duda blasted his 23rd bomb of the season dead to center field in yesterday’s matchup.  He is now tied for 4th in the National League in home runs.  Among National League 1st basemen, he is 2nd in homers and 3rd in WAR (3.2).  It’s also noteworthy to mention that as far as flashing the leather goes, Lucas is tied for 2nd, along with Albert Pujols, Justin Morneau and Adrian Gonzalez, in fielding percentage (.997).  While The Hulk has struggled to hit for average in August, he once again proves that slugging at a high rate (.625 in this series) can cure a lot of offensive woes for a struggling lineup.

2. Eric Campbell gets souped to play baseball.  The rookie utility man went 4 for 7 in this series (.572) and he was the first to get the Mets on board during yesterday’s onslaught by launching his third home run on the season to center field.  Campbell has quietly produced at a high rate despite inconsistent playing time, coming up with clutch hits, all while manning several positions defensively around the field.

3. Zack Wheeler bounced back against the A’s.  We all remember the last time Zack faced Oakland on June 25th at Citi Field, turning in arguably the worst performance of his young career.  He gave up 6 hits and 6 earned runs before being pulled with only 2 innings of work.  Wheeler once again showed maturity and grit, despite some borderline comical defense behind him.  This outing, the young gun went 5 2/3 innings and allowed only 2 earned runs (two others were scored on Daniel Murphy’s fielding error on a routine ground ball).  As Anthony DiComo of noted, Wheeler is 6-0 with a 2.12 ERA since June 30th.  The Mets have now won 7 of Zack’s last 10 outings.

3 Down

1. Dillon Gee continues to struggle since returning from the disabled list on July 9th, including Tuesday’s loss, which was his fifth straight.  Gee is by no means overpowering, he relies heavily on his command and his high baseball IQ to maneuver the ball in and off the plate and keep hitters off balance and guessing.  Prior to his DL stint, Gee was one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, posting the 4th best ERA among pitchers with at least 175 innings as of May 30th, 2013.  Since his return, he is 1-5 with a 5.06 ERA.

2. Juan Lagares is slumping and he needs to bust out.  The Mets are lethargic in a lot of their decision making, but one thing they are quick to do is bench Lagares when he goes into a minor slump.  He is an unbelievably talented player defensively and has shown such vast improvements offensively from last year.  I fear that one bad streak will land him on the pine and derail his development through the end of the season because Terry Collins feels the need to choose someone else and “get them going”, or whatever generic phrase he uses in lieu of a specific, analytic response.  Lagares went hitless in Tuesday’s loss and didn’t get any at bats on Wednesday, hitting .107 in his last 10 games combined.  Hopefully it’s just a bit of fatigue and the rest will have him back to producing at a respectable clip.

3. Curtis Granderson is equally as responsible as David Wright for this teams power outage.  Granderson hasn’t hit a home run since July 26th and he’s slugging an abysmal .179 in the month of August, producing only 1 double and 0 triples.  He has been given ample opportunities to thrive, even owning the lead-off spot for an extended period of time in order to get his production up, but in reality he was paid to come here and protect Wright in the cleanup spot.  I can appreciate his professionalism, but fans can also appreciate seeing the team’s high rollers put some wood on the ball.


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Jordany Valdespin’s Trade Value Mon, 02 Dec 2013 03:17:27 +0000 jordany valdespin

We are a few weeks away from the winter meetings and while the talk around the Mets have revolved around who we should be acquiring, it is equally important to make quick and effective decisions on the players that will better serve us with another team’s uniform.

The player at the top of this list would be Jordany Valdespin, a potentially useful part but currently the outcast of the organization. There is no secret that he has irked many of his teammates and members of the front office on multiple occasions, which is why, no matter how much he may hit next year, it would not be worth the stress of forcing your manager and teammates to work with a landmine.

This brings me to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who signed Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero to be their second baseman for the next four seasons. If they are willing to give Valdespin a chance to redeem himself, he could conceivably become a quality backup at both middle infield positions.

On the LA roster are two names that I believe should be available (this is just purely my intuition). The first is 2B/SS Dee Gordon, whose name has been bought up before and the second would be 1B/OF Scott Van Slyke.

Gordon has fallen out of favor with the Dodgers as he has not hit much over the past two seasons in part time duty. He has great footwork and a strong arm but has played poorly in the field as well and was most recently demoted to be primarily a pinch runner during the Dodgers playoff run. He has one minor league option remaining.

Scott Van Slyke is a power right handed hitter who has arguably put up the best numbers in all of Triple A for the last three seasons, yet most sources from last year listed him as a C/C+ prospect. I am perplexed at how low his value is and how he is labeled as an AAAA player based on a sample size of 180 ABs over irregular playing time and two call ups. Van Slyke also has one minor league option remaining. Here is an interesting piece detailing Van Slyke’s career from Hardball Times.

Gordon can compete with Ruben Tejada and provide Collins with an option against tougher right handed starters while Van Slyke could do the same for Ike Davis or Duda against the tougher lefties while playing some outfield as well. Both players have elite potential in one specific tool (Gordon – speed, Van Slyke – power) and both are areas that the Mets can use help in.

Finally, I would also like to throw Josh Satin‘s name into the mix. I could see the Dodgers being very interested in doing a one for one, Van Slyke for Satin swap. The reasons being that their OF is full and 1B is manned by Adrian Gonzalez so their ability to effectively use Van Slyke is greatly reduced. However, Josh Satin, who is a Los Angeles native, has shown the ability to be useful off the bench, not only as a pinch hitter but also at multiple positions. Based on what we saw from Satin last year, I think he will have a fruitful career where he is most valuable as an utility player with potential to be a serviceable every day second baseman.

I am crossing my fingers that even if the Mets cannot work out a deal with Los Angeles for Andre Ethier, that they can at least work together to swap some players that both sides can use more effectively.

*Also, giving credit where due. A quick search shows that user Captain America previously suggested a Valdespin for Gordon trade.

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Mitch Moreland Could Be Future Target For Mets Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:53:22 +0000 moreland

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe lists the Mets as a potential suitor for first baseman Mitch Moreland of the Texas rangers.

The Rangers have a history of first basemen moving on and creating new careers for themselves. The list includes Adrian GonzalezChris Davis, and Justin Smoak.

Now Moreland, who has tremendous raw power, seems to be available after the Rangers acquired Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler.

Moreland could be a future target for the Mets (if they deal Ike Davis), the Rays (always looking for a low-cost guy), or the Pirates (in need of a first baseman). Moreland has shown signs of being a possible break-out guy, but it hasn’t happened yet. The next team may benefit.

Moreland set career highs in games played (147), home runs (23) and RBIs (60) in 2013, but his OBP fell to .299.

The Dallas Morning News reported that it was the third straight season below .325 for him after breaking into the majors with a .364 OBP in the second half of 2010.

Moreland becomes arbitration eligible this winter, so his salary will jump from $502,000 to more than $1 million.

An intriguing option to say the least…

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Duda Is Rewriting The Mets Plan At First Base Thu, 05 Sep 2013 14:12:03 +0000 lucas-duda

The great thing about baseball is how it shifts your opinions on players from Point A to Point B and then back to Point A again. Always evolving, always transforming and always wonderfully unpredictable. It’s sort of like real life that way.

I remember all the jokes, all the griping and all the complaining when Omar Minaya first signed journeyman pitcher R.A. Dickey and yet six months later he was one of our favorite players (no doubt he used his Jedi mind tricks on us). Same thing occurred with other players like Scott Hairston and more recently Marlon Byrd. That’s why I always find it so silly when people fight so vehemently with each other about these signings. I mean, go ahead and complain about the signings, but why actually fight about it knowing how unpredictable baseball can be?

I bet if you asked 100 Mets fans in July if the Mets should go with Lucas Duda at first base in 2014, about 90 of them would have jumped up and screamed, “No freaking way!”

I bet if you asked those same people today, it would be more like 50/50.

Suddenly, after only a week’s worth of games at first base to replace the injured Ike Davis, the lumbering former left fielder is starting to change some minds about him.

Hey, even Sandy Alderson called him out in an interview on WFAN back in June, and then three days ago he was back on WFAN singing his praises…

In Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Braves, Duda went 3-for-5 with a home run and fell a triple short of the cycle. He is now hitting .371 (13-for-35) with one homer and four RBIs in 11 games as a first baseman this season.

As a matter of fact, if you took Duda’s .817 OPS this season and put it up against all first base qualifiers in the National League, he would rank sixth in between Allen Craig and Adrian Gonzalez.

Duda credits the switch to first base for his transformation at the plate of late. “I’m much more comfortable at first,” Duda said. “That takes the pressure off.”

I’ve never actually been on the Lucas Duda bandwagon per se, but I certainly find myself wondering more and more about the possibility of bringing him back as our first baseman next season. And that’s coming from one who has been advocating we trade Duda for most of this year.

Again, baseball is so beautiful that way…

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Mets Blow Late Lead In Dodgers 5-4 Walkoff Win Thu, 15 Aug 2013 07:15:39 +0000

Well this loss wasn’t pretty…

Maybe we just caught them at the wrong time… but we just came so close to wining every game in this entire damn series that it frustrates me. They say good teams find a way to win ball games no matter what — and the Dodgers are certainly a good ball club right now. On the heels of five unanswered runs, the Dodgers slid by the Mets tonight by the score of 5-4.

Yasiel Puig turned a slow bouncer past the Mets’ diving shortstop into a one-out double in the 12th inning then scored on Adrian Gonzalez‘s two-base hit, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 victory over New York on Wednesday night that extended their winning streak to eight games.

Dillon Gee was, yet again, effective as he fired six innings of two-run ball. Both of the earned runs against him scored in the sixth, after the Dodgers loaded the bases with one out. Mark Ellis hit a soft grounder that the Mets couldn’t turn two on — and Hairston followed that up with an RBI single.  The Mets backed up Gee with four runs early, mostly on the strength of a three-run bomb by Marlon Byrd. After he hit that jack in the top of the second, the Mets would be held scoreless the entire rest of the game.

Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier tied the game with a two-run homer off LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth. Ethier returned after sitting out a day earlier with tightness in his left calf.

Puig legged out a double that glanced off Omar Quintanilla‘s glove and into center field after going hitless in his first five at-bats. Gonzalez hit the next pitch off Pedro Feliciano (0-1) down the left field line to win the game. Puig also sparkled on a bang-bang play in the second when Justin Turner singled to right field. Puig raced to pick up the ball and fired to third base to nail Marlon Byrd.

The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Mets with their sixth walk-off win of the season. Los Angeles is 40-8 since June 22, the best 48-game run in the major leagues since the 1942 Cardinals went 41-7.

Tomorrow at 10:10 pm ET, the Mets begin a 4-game series against the San Diego Padres, with Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.63 ERA) facing Tyson Ross (3-5, 2.75 ERA).

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Umpires, Dodgers Take Down The Mets In Frustrating 4-2 Loss Tue, 13 Aug 2013 05:14:21 +0000 Capture

I don’t even want to write this up, honestly. The umpiring crew…or rather Chad Fairchild played a hand in really screwing the Mets over in this game, which was a tough loss to follow. Let’s start with the good — Wilmer Flores looked pretty damn good out there again. Flores scored in the second inning when John Buck and Omar Quintanilla strung together back-to-back RBI singles to drive home Flores and Ike Davis, respectively. That would be all the scoring the Mets could muster on the evening, but it wasn’t particularly their fault.

Mejia retired the first eight hitters without any problems and cruised through the first five without any real issues, keeping the game as 2-0. The bottom of the sixth and top of seventh innings spelt hell for the New York Mets — and I am a little disappointed that Terry Collins didn’t jump out to argue for his team, but arguing balls and strikes is a futile effort.

In the bottom of the sixth, Murphy struggled on consecutive plays, first bobbling a slow grounder to allow a runner on first and then mistiming a jump to deflect a ball off his glove into right field. Marlon Byrd didn’t field it correctly, either, and failed to pick up the force out on a surprised Carl Crawford. On the next play, a base hit towards Lagares left him ready to throw — but he went to third instead of home and the ball bounced off Flores, finally landing out of play and bringing home yet another run while advancing Adrian Gonzalez to third. He would later score on a Puig sacrifice fly, which capped off a horrendously unlucky inning for Jenrry Mejia. Mejia should have backed up Flores on the errant throw play, however, so I will admit that fault on his part. For those of you that didn’t watch, Jenrry Mejia was very, very good today — don’t let those numbers fool you. He has looked incredible so far as a starter with the Mets.

The top of the seventh saw the Mets load the bases with one out…and then the Umpires from Planet Hollywood struck. The 1B Ump, Jeff Kellogg, called an obvious check-swing as a strike, creating a 2-1 count instead of 3-0. Chad Fairchild finished up the screw-job by calling Lagares out via strikes on a pitch well outside the plate, which caused displeasure among…well, everyone but Dodgers fans. Murphy flew out to end the inning. Nick Punto homered off Carlos Torres later in the game to set up the 4-2 final score.

At least Matt Harvey is starting tomorrow…and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Flores’ sparkling diving play at third base to save a base hit. Eat your heart out, David Wright. :)

If anything else, the kids are alright…

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Reactions To Mets First Round Selection Dominic Smith Fri, 07 Jun 2013 11:10:40 +0000 dominic smith

Paul DePodesta: Fired up to select Dominic Smith! Chance to hit for average and power while playing great defense. Special human being, too!

Keith Law: Smith is one of the best pure hitters in the high school class, showing a smooth left-handed swing with power and a plus glove at first base. When he keeps his weight back, his swing is outstanding, with great balance through contact and good hip rotation to generate power from his legs.

High School coach Wilmer Aaron: He always comes through when you need him. Smith boasts poise, terrific bat speed and a power arm. He does things college kids can’t do. God has blessed him with tremendous gifts.

Dominic Smith: This is a great honor and opportunity. I can’t wait to get out there.It’s an incredible team. David Wright is a Hall of Fame-potential player and Matt Harvey is a great young guy. I can’t wait to put on my Mets uniform and get out there and play.

Brooklyn Cyclones: The Mets selected Dominic Smith with the 11th overall selection tonight. The first baseman hit .493 this season and a whopping .551 as a junior. Hopefully we’ll get to see him at MCU Park at some point this season.

Baseball Prospectus: A plus hit/plus power bat that could fit comfortably in the middle of a first division lineup. He excels at barreling up balls and producing loud contact. Has a good feel for the strikezone and shows the ability to both turn around good velocity and drive stuff on the outer-half to the left-center gap.

Brandon Nimmo: Congrats to Dominic Smith on being selected by the Mets, hope he becomes part of the team!

Aaron Fitt, Baseball America: Every SoCal scout I know loves Dominic Smith — really special makeup, special swing, plus defender. Has legit bat speed & pop. Mets fans will love him.

Darin Gorski: My internet gave out but my twitter feed blew up with the news. Congrats to Dominic Smith! Welcome to the Mets!!!

Paul DePodesta: We’re thrilled that we were able to select Dominic tonight. He’s a guy we have followed since last summer. Our area scout has known him since he 12-years-old. We think we have a very good all-around player, a plus hitter with plus power.

Tommy Tanous: We felt going back to last spring, into the summer, that this was one of the most advanced high school hitters that you’ll find. The fact that he bats left-handed is even nicer. You don’t find a swing like this every year.

Harold Reynolds: This may be the best left-handed bat from Los Angeles since Darryl Strawberry. I like this pick for the Mets.

Darryl Strawberry: He’s 17 years old, he’s got a lot to learn about the game. From all the reports that I hear about him, he’s a pretty good player. That’s good because you wouldn’t be here being taken in the first round if he wasn’t good. Just hopefully he can handle the opportunity of playing in New York because he has to deal with a lot here.

Jim Bowden: Love the Mets pick of Dominick Smith 1B. He has a chance to develop into an impact middle of the order bat and ++ defender. His bat reminds me of David Ortiz and his defense reminds me of Adrian Gonzalez.

John Sickels: One of the best pure hitters of the class, Smith just squares everything up. He just drops the head of the bat on it and it goes 330’. He understands the strike zone and shouldn’t strike out as much as a typical power hitter does due to his sound approach and great hand-eye coordination.

Peter Gammons: One GM says Dominic Smith was the best interview he conducted since Darin Erstad in 1994. Highest praise.

Dominic Smith: I try to model my fielding after Mark Teixeira. He’s a great fielder and he can hit as well. I like watching Cano swing from the left side of the plate. He makes the game look easy. And Carlos Gonzalez, he’s a gold glove outfielder. He makes a ton of plays and has a really good arm and he can hit as well. I just try to model my overall game after those three players.

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2013 MLB Preview: National League West Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:26:10 +0000 buster - posey

NL West At A Glance

Arizona Diamondbacks: The D’Backs made tough decisions this off-season  They decided to build their roster based on their team concept, and not based on just overall talent. Some think Justin Upton was the move that proved their concept, but I think it was sending Trevor Bauer to Cleveland. Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson have an idea of what they want this team to look and act like, and they apparently did not fit that mold. Miguel Montero is one of the best and most underrated players in the sport, and he’s surrounded by a lot more underrated talents. Martin Prado, Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt are all players you never talk about but should. One thing that hurts though, rookie Adam Eaton who excelled in twenty games last year was supposed to be their starting CF this year is now out for about 8 weeks with a strained UCL. Their rotation is young but talented. They are lead by Ian Kennedy and Wade Miley but also have Brandon McCarthy and Randall Delgado whom they acquired in the Upton deal. I am really curious to see what Heath Bell does for this team. If he can revive his career then he and J.J. Putz could be a lights out combination.

San Francisco Giants: The Giants are your defending champions, and just like in 2011, I’m predicting they will finish second in the NL West following their title. The Giants didn’t really improve on anything, and sure the reply “they won it all,” is valid, it can still be argued they needed to improve. Offensively they are very weak, and unless Tim Lincecum returns to Cy Young form, this team cannot boast a dominating staff that will offset the lack of run support. I will believe the 2012 Angel Pagan was the real thing, when and if I see it in 2013. Buster Posey, and Pablo Sandoval provide the run support for the champs, and while I’d love to have them both on most teams, I don’t think they can carry an offense. The Giants chose to not offer Lincecum a longterm deal for a reason, and I think we started to see why last year. Madison Bumgarner and Cain are the real deal, but if Vogelsong, Lincecum and Zito struggle as I expect – there will be a repeat for San Francisco, just not the one they were hoping for.

San Diego Padres: The Pads were one of the best second half teams in 2012. Manager Bud Black seems to be getting the most out of his young roster, and I expect it to get a little better in 2013. First baseman Yonder Alonso needs to turn the corner though and become the complimentary corner player to Chase Headley. Speaking of Headley, is he the real deal after an MVP caliber season or was it a fluke? The Padres are just joining the masses who decided their park is “too” pitching friendly. So how will that help or hurt this team? Only time will tell, but I like their under the radar roster and I think they can squeak by in the NL West to get to third place.

Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers are the sexy pick in this division, which is exactly why I’m predicting them 4th. They went out and grabbed Zack Greinke and Korean free agent Hyun-Jin Ryu to solidify their rotation. During the 2012 season, they also added Hanley Ramirez (now out for 8 weeks), Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett. A-Gone is a superstar, and if he can take the reins and keep players like Beckett and Ramirez in check, things might be better than I expect. To take it a step further, if Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez stay healthy and they along with Clayton Kershaw can be the faces of this franchise and overshadow any issues – this team will be dangerous. I think the talent is there and I’d be a fool to deny it. However, I can just picture this blowing up in their faces like we’ve seen so many times. The end result will be Don Mattingly without a job. Regardless, there are not many better things in sports than turning on a Dodgers game and listening to the poetic methods of Vin Scully.

Colorado Rockies: The Rockies are starting to look more and more like the mid 2000’s Rockies that couldn’t put together a team and had a terrible rotation year after year. This year’s biggest question marks will be based on what they get in a trade for Carlos Gonzalez and whether or not Troy Tulowitzki can return as an MVP candidate. Their best pitcher is coming off Tommy John Surgery (De La Rosa), and I can’t pencil him in as a guarantee just yet. Coors Field effect is less of a big deal than it used to be, but they can’t compete in the NL West with this pitching staff.

Projected Standings

XtreemIcon: Giants, Dodgers, D-Backs, Padres, Rockies
Jessep: D-Backs, Giants, Padres, Dodgers, Rockies
Joe D: Giants, Dodgers, D-Backs, Padres, Rockies

Top Sleeper

XtreemIcon: Josh Rutledge, Colorado
Jessep: Gerrardo Parra, Arizona
Joe D: Tyler Colvin, Colorado

Top Rookie

XtreemIcon: Tyler Skaggs, Arizona
Jessep: Adam Eaton, Arizona
Joe D: Tyler Skaggs, Arizona

Top Pitcher

XtreemIcon: Matt Cain, San Francisco
Jessep: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles
Joe D: Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco

Top Hitter

XtreemIcon: Matt Kemp, Los Angeles
Jessep: Chase Headley, San Diego
Joe D: Matt Kemp, Los Angeles

Next up will be the NL Central.


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Breaking News: Adrian Gonzalez Is Now A Red Sox Mon, 06 Dec 2010 00:50:31 +0000 According to Jon Heyman, the Padres and Red Sox have agreed on a trade that will send Adrian Gonzalez to Boston in return for prospects.

“It’s a done deal” he says.

Press conference has been scheduled for tomorrow.

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According to Jon Heyman of via Twitter,  the trade which would have sent Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox for 4 prospects has fallen through.

Heyman said that the deadline for an extension deal with Gonzalez passed without any agreement. He also adds that Gonzalez sought an 8-year deal, but the Red Sox were only willing to go as high as six years.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says that both teams can still negotiate trade and that this is far from over.

Heyman concludes that this opens door for more teams to engage the Padres.

Original Story 12/4 8:00 AM

According to Buster Olney of, the Red Sox have agreed in principle to acquire Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres for a package of minor leaguers.

Gonzalez is expected in Boston today for a physical.

Several reports say that talks have centered mainly around Casey Kelly and Anthony Rizzo, and that the deal would likely involve three or four players from the Sox, none of them major leaguers and only one who is major league-ready.

Gonzalez, 28, is the Padres’ most popular player and carried San Diego to within a game of a playoff spot in 2010.

He is signed through 2011 at $6.3 million. The Padres exercised his 2011 option on Nov. 1. His contract called for a $5.5 million salary, but performance bonuses pushed the figure above $6 million.

That said, MLB has already approved a negotiating window for the Sox to sign Gonzalez to an extension.

All players have already been agreed to as the Red Sox try to work on that extension with Gonzalez’ agent.

In 2010, Gonzalez hit .298 with 31 homers and 101 RBIs. This, to go along with a .904 OPS. In 858 Major League games, Gonzalez is a .284 hitter with 168 homers and 525 RBIs.

As one Boston reporter puts it,

His power numbers are staggering as he has hit 30+ home runs in 4 straight seasons, breaking the 40 mark in 2009. Just imagine what damage he could do as a left-handed, opposite-field power hitter at Fenway Park? It is like taking a great hitter and placing him in the ideal park for his skills.

The Red Sox are still trying to sign one of the elite free agent outfielders, Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth.

Wow, Adrian Gonzalez for prospects and only one who is major league ready.

This is huge for the Red Sox, Theo does it again.

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Time To Trade Fernando Martinez? Mon, 08 Mar 2010 17:10:55 +0000 Several days ago Mike Silva of the NY Baseball Digest posted an article titled “Could The Mets Get Adrian Gonzalez?” Silva proposed last spring that the Mets offer Jenrry Mejia, Jon Niese, Brad Holt, Fernando Martinez, and Daniel Murphy, now he suggests adding Ike Davis into the mix with a combination that still includes Mejia and F-Mart. He says, “A big year from F-Mart and he all of a sudden becomes the kind of piece you can center in a blockbuster package”.  He thinks that there could be an opportunity to make a trade prior to the July trade deadline, if the Mets are in serious contention.

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion.  Blogs afford this opportunity, as so they do for the commentor to express agreement or disagreement.  Not only do I disagree with Silva but I totally take issue with his entire mentality and philosophy in proposing such a trade.  To sum up my thoughts in one sentence:  Making such a trade is not the way to run a major league franchise.

Most Mets fans are disillusioned with ownership’s inconsistent actions in executing a long term strategy.  That’s why the Mets are never able to contend for an extended period of time.  That’s why we need a plan that maintains a constant flow of prospects coming up through the minor league system.  They need to be well coached and tutored to afford them the opportunity to develop and eventually play important roles at the major league level.  We also need a top tier free agent or two to complement our future stars.  The result would be continuity of the roster from year to year for many years.  Chemistry, camaraderie, and hopefully success will be the end result.

This is not a unique or novel approach.  It simply combines the best strategies of small market teams and large market teams.

In my opinion, a strong farm system is the most important factor in being able to achieve the stated goal.  To be fair, I realize that there is more than one way to build a championship caliber team.  And there are many who disagree with my opinion which so heavily would rely on the minor league system.  It’s true that the Mets have had little success developing their own players.  There is a history of over-hyping our prospects and when they do not meet our lofty expectations, we trade them but get little in return.  In addition, as a large market team, we can afford to splurge on top free agents.  These arguments do give credence to the idea of acquiring Adrian Gonzalez at any cost.

I say we need a strong farm system at any cost.  If it’s broken it must be fixed.  And if it can’t be fixed by the current administration, a change must be made.  In this vein, I have never criticized Omar for failing to sign an impact free agent or make a high profile trade.  I don’t buy the belief that the Mets need to concentrate their efforts on these types of moves.  Making a big splash to pacify the fans and generate support for the team is short sighted.  Trying to imitate the Yankees formula for success has never worked.

We need to scout better, draft better, and coach better.  The results will be difficult to measure, especially in the short term.  Unfortunately a long term plan doesn’t yield instant success or gratification.  But this is where the money should be spent. The team should be built primarily from within.  Let’s get the right people in charge who can get these results.

Believe it or not, the Mets might be on the right track.  I think the Wilpons, along with Minaya, are in the early stages of implementing such a plan. They haven’t formally announced or publicized this plan, nor might they have the courage to admit that this is the plan.  But seeing what has transpired this winter, there is proof that the winds of change have begun to shift.

Proof lies with the Mets payroll for 2010.  Cot’s Baseball Contracts currently shows the Mets payroll as being down 18% from last year.  That’s $122M against $149M last year.

In addition, there has been no response to the Phillies having increased their payroll substantially.  $98M in 2008, $113M in 2009, and $138M committed to date in 2010.  Yes you read it correctly.  The Phillies as currently constituted, will be outspending the Mets in 2010 by $16M.

An 18% decrease in salary and no knee jerk reactions.  Not signing mediocre free agents to long term contracts is consistent with this strategy.  No short-sighted decisions in hopes of improving poor ticket sales is a sound way of staying the course.

The plan is operational!  But that’s just the beginning.

The second piece of proof that a new strategy is in place is that the Mets have not traded a single minor leaguer this winter, from any level of their organization.  It’s exciting that we now have many highly rated prospects that are predicted to succeed at the major league level.

I think the mentality and philosophy of this organization has changed.  The Madoff fiasco and the poor economy seem to have jolted the Wilpons into changing there tune on how to manage this team.  For whatever reason, it is a change for the better and quite refreshing.

Mets Merized fans are energized about the coming 2010 season, despite having been agitated, disgruntled, and depressed all winter long.   We have laid our hopes on all the injured players being healthy, comeback seasons by last year’s underachievers, and the addition of Jason Bay, hopefully a leader and backbone of the team.  Plus now for the first time in years, we feel turned on by our prospects having the potential to be true impact players.

I want to see Jenrry Mejia and Jon Niese pitch for the Mets, not some other team.  I want Ike Davis and Fernando Martinez to be the ones getting curtain calls at Citifield.  Brad Holt, Ruben Tejada, Wilmer Flores and many others.  Who knows?  I’ll take my chances with them.  I don’t want to see any of these guys coming into Citifield with a visiting team’s uniform on.

I want my trip to Citifield to center on an exciting game played by an exciting team.  I don’t want my memory to be having stood on line at the Shake Shack or being mesmerized by the waterless urinals.

All I am saying is to give patience a chance.

Danny Baseball

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Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez Ready To Bolt? Fri, 26 Feb 2010 03:04:01 +0000          

It looks like two of baseball’s biggest stars could possibly be heading toward free agency as both Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez have ceased negotiations with their respective teams.

According to a report by Marc Topkin of the St.Petersburg Times, Carl Crawford and the Tampa Bay Rays have decided to postpone all contract extension negotiations until after the season. His agent, Brian Peters, said:

“We had an opportunity to exchange ideas with the club about a contract extension for Carl and it was clear to all of us that an immediate agreement was not going to materialize.  Thus, we all agreed to table discussions until the end of the year.  We’d like to minimize distractions for Carl and the club and keep the focus on baseball, so we don’t plan to comment upon Carl’s contract status again until after the season.”

The three time All Star is just 28 years old and last season he tied a modern era record by stealing six bases in a game against the Boston Red Sox. He is considered to be the best defensive left fielder in the game and won the 2009 All Star Game MVP after scaling an 8′ wall to rob Brad Hawpe of a game winning homerun. The speedy outfielder has led the league in stolen bases four times and sports a .295 career batting average. I always wanted to see Crawford on the Mets, but with the Mets current outfield situation as it is, it doesn’t seem very likely.

Meanwhile at the other side of the nation, San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez sounds like he is resigned to moving on after his contract expires with the Padres after the 2011 season.

“This next contract is going to be the one where I look for what I deserve. If the Padres want to keep me around, they’ll find a way to keep me around.”

His agent John Boggs told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he believes the Padres will have to trade him.

“The feeling we’re getting is more than likely they are going to have to trade Adrian Gonzalez because they can’t afford him.”

Padres CEO Jeff Moorad pretty much confirmed as much when he replied,

“The early signals indicate his cost will be greater than our ability to pay.”

Gonzalez, 27, is owed a $4.75 million in 2010 with a $5.5 million club option for 2011. He hit .277 with 40 home runs and 99 RBIs last season to go with a .407 OBP and .958 OPS.

Gonzo is another guy I would have loved to see on the Mets, but with how the Mets feel about Daniel Murphy and the up and coming Ike Davis, like Crawford, there’s little chance of Gonzalez ending up in Flushing anytime soon.

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Can The Mets Make A Play For Adrian Gonzalez? Wed, 03 Feb 2010 20:32:32 +0000

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the San Diego Padres may not be able to sign their superstar first baseman, Adrian Gonzalez, to a long-term contract extension.

Team owner Jeff Moorad sounded less than confident in a statement he made earlier today.

“I think the fairest description of our point of view is that we continue to be committed to doing what’s best for the long-term interest of the organization,” Padres CEO Jeff Moorad said yesterday. “As a result, no player is untouchable. And while we’re mindful of players’ individual popularity, we won’t put one player ahead of the long-term interests of the club.

“I’m confident that (General Manager) Jed (Hoyer) and John Boggs will have a discussion at some point about Adrian and his future. While I’d be thrilled to have him part of the organization for the long term, the early signals indicate his cost will be greater than our ability to pay.”

The Padres still have control over Gonzalez until through the 2011 season, but may choose to move him much like they did with their young ace pitcher Jake Peavy.

John Boggs, the players agent, sounded resigned to he fact his client could be traded.

“I don’t ever want to speak for ownership because I have no knowledge of what they have and what they don’t,” Boggs said. “(But) the feeling we’re getting is more than likely (the Padres) are going to have to trade Adrian Gonzalez because (they) can’t afford him.”

Last season, Gonzalez hit .277 with 40 home runs and 99 RBIs. His league high 119 walks gave him a .407 OBP and a .958 OPS. The 27-year old slugger has averaged 35 homers and 105 RBIs in the last three seasons. He will make $4.75 million in 2010, and the Padres hold a $5.5 million option on him for 2011, after which he becomes a free agent.

Obviously, as a Mets fan, the first thought that comes to my mind is whether the Mets have any chance to land the prized first baseman. The cost will no doubt be high, and a fat extension would also have to figure into the equation, but wouldn’t you agree that he would immediately become the Mets’ best player and resuscitate a fan base that is desperate for another significant addition to the team?

His addition may also put to rest any doubts regarding the Wilpon’s commitment to fielding a championship caliber team and the persistent rumors of financial woes.

Most importantly though, the addition of Adrian Gonzalez would certainly give the Mets the most formidable offense in the National League, and in the end that’s the only reason the Mets should pursue a trade with the Padres.

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Miguel Cabrera or Adrian Gonzalez: Who Fits Better Into The Mets’ Future? Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:15:34 +0000 Before you read any further I would like to issue a disclaimer of sorts. Despite all the buzz around the internet suggesting that Adrian Gonzalez and/or Miguel Cabrera, I don’t believe that either will be traded this off-season.

Furthermore, I would like to go out on a limb and say that even if they were to be traded, I don’t see the Mets on the receiving end of either of the potential deals.

Think about it, either of these moves would essentially go against the two fundamental principles that the Mets seem to be working under lately.

One of which is the fact that a trade for either of these guys would pretty much wipe out the farm system in its entirety. As of late there seems to be a desire in Mets camp to build from within.

Also, regardless of what has been said, management has clearly been acting as if they were in cost cutting mode.

Similarly to what has been stated here on Mets Merized over the past week, ‘actions speak louder than words,’ and the team’s actions have given off the aroma of slashing expenses.

However, given that the past few days have been relatively slow in terms of Hot Stove news, let’s take a closer look at these two superstar first baseman and see which one would be a better fit in Flushing.

Miguel Cabrera -

The Mets are very familiar with Cabrera from his days with the Florida Marlins. Despite being only 26 years of age he has racked up an impressive resume over his six year career in the big leagues.

During his tenure in Miami, Cabrera was elected to the National League All-Star team four times in four consecutive years spanning 2004 to 2007.

When looking at Cabrera’s stats from both Detroit and Florida, the thing that impresses me the most is his consistency. Year in and year out you know what you’re going to get with this guy.

Injuries have never been a large concern for Cabrera, as he has missed no more than five games in the past five seasons.

Obviously, having a player that can stay healthy, like Cabrera would be important in helping the Mets bounce back from a year in which the team was riddled with injuries.

Not only has he stayed consistently healthy  following his rookie season in 2003, Cabrera has driven in at least 100 runs in every season since.

It also goes without saying that the first baseman is a legitimate power threat in any lineup. Last season alone he hit 34 home runs and the year prior he hit 37.

However, like anything else you have to take the good with the bad.

Cabrera’s character has been questioned on numerous occasions. The most recent incident in which his character came into question was during the final days of the Detroit Tigers’ playoff run.

In the midst of a pivotal match up to win the division against the Chicago White Sox, Cabrera partied and became intoxicated with members of the opposition. To make matters worse, he got into a physical altercation with his wife, which lead to him being detained in prison for a few hours.

Needless to say, the Tigers were not able to capture the division crown and thus did not make the playoffs. While the blame certainly does not lay solely on Cabrera, his incredibly poor judgment did not help his team.

On top of that he has nearly $130 million left on his contract, which could potentially pose a problem to the Mets, especially if the team is as strapped for cash as they claim to be.

Still though, despite his personal flaws and high salary, it is hard to argue against the fact that Cabrera would bring an enormous amount of power that the Mets were missing in 2009.

Adrian Gonzalez -

Like Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez is another one of the most powerful and most consistent hitters in the game today. Since 2007, he has posted at least 30 home runs per season.

Gonzalez, who is one year Cabrera’s senior, hit six more home runs last season than Cabrera for a total of 40 dingers. The 99 runs batted in by Gonzalez were also comparable to Cabrera’s 103.

Like Cabrera, Gonzalez is a very durable player and rarely misses any playing time. As a matter of fact he did not miss a single game in 2008 and only sat out two in 2009.

Once again, if the Mets are serious about contending next year they are going to need durable players that can produce game in and game out. Clearly, both of these two players fit the bill.

One category in which Gonzalez lags behind is in batting average. Last season he hit .277, which is by no means poor, but it fails in comparison to the .324 average that Cabrera hit.

As a matter of fact, Gonzalez has hit over the .300 mark only once in his career and that was in 2006 when he hit .304.

While he may not hit for as good of average, Gonzalez makes up for it with a great clubhouse demeanor. Unlike some stars in the game today, Gonzalez acts as if he is just one of the twenty five guys on the roster and brings to the table a team-first mentality.

This is exactly the kind of player that the Mets need, as he would fit right in with the mindset that current leaders, like David Wright and Johan Santana have.

Most importantly, if the Mets truly are tight on finances, it is important to note that next season Gonzalez will make under five million dollars, which is more than four times less than Cabrera’s salary of $20 million.

Conclusion -

While I maintain my belief that the Mets will not acquire either of these sluggers due to the lack of room for substantial salary growth and willingness to give up prospects, in my opinion Adrian Gonzalez would be the better fit in New York.

While he may not hit for as good of average, his offensive stats are still very good and last year he showed that despite playing half of his games in Petco Park, a ballpark favorable to pitchers, he could still put up a very impressive home run total.

To me, the thing that seals the deal is not a statistic but rather an intangible characteristic. In the past Miguel Cabrera has shown to me that his attitude is not the best. This dates back to when he was on the Marlins and got into a physical altercation with fellow teammate, Scott Olsen, during a game and has continued to his most recent drunken episode.

While these kinds of things may be able to happen in Detroit and Florida, in New York these incidents would turn into a media circus that would distract the team.

On the other hand Gonzalez has shown himself to be a good player, who leads by example and doesn’t draw unnecessary attention to himself.

Who knows maybe Omar will surprise us all with an early Christmas gift by acquiring one of these stars or someone else of comparable talent, but until then I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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A Case For Adrian Gonzalez Thu, 19 Nov 2009 14:29:54 +0000 Last night on the MLB Network, Jon Heyman said that the Mets won’t go after Padres’ first baseman Adrian Gonzalez because they have Ike Davis waiting in the wings. Strange, because only a couple of days earlier he tweeted that the Mets would be contacting the Padres about Adrian Gonzalez according to a baseball executive. Does this qualify as a split verdict?

Also, I loved his choice of words… “Ike Davis waiting in the wings”. Last off season we had Nick Evans waiting in the wings, and the off season before that we had Mike Carp waiting in the wings. Sounds like the Mets have a flock of seagulls instead of a stash of prospects playing in Binghamton.

Funnier still, is the Mets’ constant assertions that we have some great first baseman waiting in the wings. The truth is that the Mets have only had three home grown first baseman start back to back opening days in their entire 47 year history; Ed Kranepool, John “The Hammer” Milner and Dave Magadan. And much like incumbent first baseman Daniel Murphy, neither were known as power hitters, despite Milner’s cool nickname.

The Mets have never had a first baseman come up through their system and hit 25 homeruns for the Orange and Blue. The venerable Eddie Kranepool maxed out at 16, Milner once hit 23 and never came close again, and Magadan never hit more than 6 homers in his career.

The Mets have had some great first basemen pass through Flushing and make their marks on the organization like the incomparable Keith Hernandez and the quiet, but productive John Olerud.

Kranepool is the only first baseman the Mets have ever developed that logged any substantial playing time for them. And I am using the word “develop” very loosely. You see Kranepool was signed as a minor league free agent half way through the 1962 season, and got a cup of coffee later that year at the ripe old age of 17. In 1963 he beat out Marvelous Marv Throneberry for the everyday first base job and the rest as they say, is history. He spent less than three months developing before dethroning Throneberry. One thing is certain though, Kranepool went on to become one of the most beloved players ever to wear the Mets uniform.

That brings us back to Daniel Murphy who has won the hearts of many Mets fans with his apparent grission. Murphy went from leftfielder of the future, to leftfielder of the past, and is now acquainting himself with a tenuous hold on first baseman of the present.

I already alluded to former first round pick Ike Davis, who parlayed one good season in A/AA and 20 games in Arizona into untouchable status in the minds of many.

To me Davis is just another prospect in a long line of Mets prospects that have held the title of “First baseman of the Future”. In the past two decades, the Mets have had quite an extensive collection of first basemen of the future. Unfortunately, the future never came for any of them. None of them. Zilch, nada, zippo.

However, after a half a season of moderate production at Class-AA, many Mets fans are now donning their “I Like Ike” buttons. Every year we continue to embrace whatever first baseman of the future the Mets put out in front of us because that’s what fans do. The same people who consider Davis untouchable now, felt the same way about Nick Evans a year ago, and Mike Carp before him. Nothing changes.

Now here is the moral of the story; A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Wouldn’t it be great if Ike Davis became the Padres’ first baseman of the future, and Adrian Gonzalez became our first baseman of the present?

Wouldn’t it be really cool to look up at the beautiful Citi Field scoreboard in September and see: 1B Gonzalez, A. .313 BA – 37 HR – 117 RBI?

In the last three seasons he has averaged 35 homeruns, 35 doubles, 90 walks and 105 RBI. He continues to improve each year and the sky’s the limit. Witness his last three years in these key metrics,  OBP .347, .361, .407 and OPS .841, .879, .958. He has just won his second consecutive Gold Glove at first base.

Imagine Keith Hernandez, Carlos Delgado and John Olerud all rolled into one.

It may take a boatload to get him, but at 27 years old, Adrian Gonzalez would be well worth it.

The former number one pick in the country, would immediately become the Mets number one core player surpassing even Wright and Reyes.

The San Diego Padres would be nuts to trade him, but it would be well worth the time it takes to pick up the phone and at least try. Don’t think for a minute, that other teams aren’t already lining up their offers for Gonzalez, because they are.

Former Padres GM Kevin Towers said the return they would get for Gonzalez will never be higher than it is right now.

For a franchise that can ill afford to dole out the tens of millions of dollars he will one day command in arbitration, it may be best for them to do it now if they are going to do it at all.

Why do you think the Adrian Gonzalez rumors continue to persist?

Because everybody knows they can’t keep him including the Padres.

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

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No Gold For The Mets Thu, 12 Nov 2009 10:27:10 +0000

The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced today and unfortunately no Mets were honored for outstanding defense.

David Wright who had won two straight gold glove awards in 2007 and 2008, was supplanted by Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals at third base. Wright committed 18 errors in 2009 and had the lowest range factors of his six year major league career. His UZR (-10.4) and UZR/150 (-12.2), two advanced fielding metrics, rank Wright as the worst defensive third baseman in baseball according to Fangraphs.

Carlos Beltran was passed over by Shane Victorino of the Phillies, Michael Bourn of the Astros and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers.

Philadelphia Phillies’ shortstop Jimmy Rollins won his third straight award. Also repeating in the National League were Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

Free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson won the award for the fourth time in his career, and more times than any of the other honorees. He made just eight errors in 692 chances and produced the highest fielding percentage (.988) of his career.

Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals was the league’s best defensive pitcher.

The Phillies, Cardinals and Dodgers each had two winners,

Here is the complete list of winners for the NL and AL.

2009 National League Gold Glove Awards

 C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
2B: Orlando Hudson, Dodgers
3B: Ryan Zimmerman, Nats
SS: Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
OF: Michael Bourn, Astros
OF: Matt Kemp, Dodgers
OF: Shane Victorino, Phillies
 P: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals

2009 American League Gold Glove Awards

C: Joe Mauer, Twins
1B: Mark Teixeira, Yankees
2B: Placido Polanco, Tigers
3B: Evan Longoria, Rays
SS: Derek Jeter, Yankees
OF: Torii Hunter, Angels
OF: Adam Jones, Orioles
OF: Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
 P: Mark Buehrle, White Sox

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Adrian Gonzalez To The Mets: Deal Or No Deal? Sat, 31 Oct 2009 18:42:34 +0000 Interesting news here on Adrian Gonzalez.  Chris Ello at (a blog that discusses San Diego sports) has noticed that the Padres did not include any photos of slugging first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in the ticket brochures they mailed out to past season ticket holders.  It seems like an odd move for the Padres to have their primary offensive weapon missing from such a pamphlet.  Wouldn’t their main box office attraction be the first person they should feature on this brochure?  Does this mean Gonzalez isn’t in their plans for 2010?

In the next few weeks, I’m sure I will be receiving my ticket plan renewal brochure from the Mets.  Imagine the uproar by my fellow fans if the Mets didn’t feature Johan Santana, David Wright or Jose Reyes on their renewal brochures.  Wouldn’t that raise a red flag in Mets-ville?  The media would be all over that one and Omar would have some explaining to do.

The Padres already traded Jake Peavy to the White Sox during the season to reduce their payroll.  Next season is the final year of Adrian Gonzalez’s four-year contract that he signed prior to the 2007 season, although there is an option for 2011.  Surely, Gonzalez will be worth more than the Padres can pay for his services once his contract expires.  Perhaps the Padres have already been considering this and would like to make it known that he will become available if the right deal presents itself.

The Padres have a promising first baseman that they called up in 2009 named Kyle Blanks.  In his brief time with the Padres, Blanks hit .250 with 10 HR and 22 RBI in only 148 at-bats.  The 23-year old’s minor league numbers have been quite impressive over the past three seasons.

  • 2007: .301 average, 24 HR, 100 RBI in 465 at-bats.
  • 2008: .325 average, 20 HR, 107 RBI in 492 at-bats.
  • 2009: .283 average, 12 HR, 38 RBI in 233 at-bats (before his call-up to the Padres).

Blanks seems ready for the major leagues now and the Padres might be willing to accommodate him if they can move Gonzalez first.

The Mets should be all over Gonzalez if the Padres are looking to trade him.  He provides two things the Mets did not have in many of the players in 2009 – durability and power.  Consider his numbers from 2007 to 2009.

  • 2007: .282 average, 30 HR, 100 RBI in 161 games.
  • 2008: .279 average, 36 HR, 119 RBI in 162 games.
  • 2009: .277 average, 40 HR, 99 RBI in 160 games.

He has been in the lineup in all but four games over the past three seasons (the Padres played 163 games in 2007).  Also, his home run totals have increased in each of the past three seasons despite the fact that he plays his home games in a pitcher’s park.  Therefore, Citi Field shouldn’t diminish his home run totals.

Gonzalez defines durability and consistency.  Not only that, he is still very young.  At age 27 (he’ll be 28 in May), he is just entering his prime.  If the Mets can come up with the proper package for the Padres, they should go all out to bring Gonzalez to New York.  By having a home run hitter playing first base, the Mets would not have to make a move for a home run hitter in left field.  They could try to swing a deal for Carl Crawford or keep Angel Pagan as a cheaper option to Crawford.  There is more of a need for speed in the outfield because of Citi Field’s spacious gaps, so bringing in Crawford instead of Matt Holliday or Jason Bay would benefit the Mets both offensively and defensively, especially if they can trade for Adrian Gonzalez.

If the Mets cannot live with another year of Daniel Murphy at first base, then Adrian Gonzalez is the first person they should consider.  Their minor league system might not be as deep as other teams, so swinging a deal now might take some creativity.  However, if they can find the right group of players to satisfy the Padres, why not go for Gonzalez?  According to that Padres brochure, he might be there for the taking.  Now it’s up to the Mets to make that call.

Special note to our MMO readers: This is my 100th post for MMO, so I’d like to thank the readers for making it such a pleasure to write for you.  It is an honor to write for the best fans in the world.  Thanks also go out to Joe D for having faith in me and to Kelly and Denise for giving me that push to come aboard.  I’ll keep trying to write my best work for you so that MMO can continue to thrive.  I’m already planning out my next 100 blogs (but not at the same time.  That would be like a record or something).  Hope you’ve all enjoyed reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them.  Thanks again!

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