Mets Merized Online » Boston Tue, 29 Jul 2014 03:02:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Amazin’ Trades of the Past: Bobby Ojeda Sat, 08 Mar 2014 07:25:14 +0000 Continuing this series of posts on the best trades the Mets ever made, if Bernard Gilkey was the only hitter to have a career year after being traded to the Mets, then Bob Ojeda was clearly the first, last, and only pitcher to similarly have a career year after coming to Flushing.

Ojeda had been a decent, if unspectacular starting pitcher for the Red Sox for a few seasons. The Mets had been impressed with the work another former Boston lefty, John Tudor, had done with the Cardinals and were seeking a similar pitcher, so they inquired about Ojeda. Coming off a 1985 season in which he was 9-11 with a 4.00 ERA, Ojeda was definitely obtainable, but the Sox were still able to attract what seemed like a pretty hefty price from the Mets.

Calvin Schiraldi was among the Mets’ best young pitching prospects, Wes Gardner looked like the Mets’ best young reliever and John Christensen and Laschelle Tarver were AAA outfielders who looked ready to contribute on the big league level. The Mets sent all 4 to Boston for Ojeda, a pretty good minor league pitcher named John Mitchell, and a couple of other minor leaguers, Chris Bayer, and Tom McCarthy. At the time of the deal, few fans expected Ojeda to be anything more than a fourth or fifth starter and it looked like the Mets were overpaying in prospects for a mediocre pitcher.

But Ojeda had a tremendous year for the World Champion Mets in 1986, going 18-5, 2.57 and placing fourth in the Cy Young balloting. An off-season freak injury made 1987 a lost year for Ojeda, and after that, he was just so-so for the Mets, but his big year in 1986 made this trade one of the best ever for the Mets.

Although the Mets have dealt for one-time aces throughout their history from Warren Spahn and Dean Chance to Frank Viola, Bret Saberhagen and Johan Santana, it was the Ojeda deal that will remain as the only one in which an established pitcher went on to have a career year right after the Mets acquired him.

Since 2009, Bobby Ojeda has been the lead analyst on SNY’s Mets pre and post game coverage.

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Duda To Play In The Outfield, Collins Impressed With Davis Sat, 15 Feb 2014 03:00:05 +0000 lucas duda ike davis

12:30 PM

During Terry Collins’ press conference on Friday, he spoke glowingly of Ike Davis who is already in camp. “I’ve been very impressed by Ike Davis,” Collins said. “His bat is coming through the zone better. He really looks better.”

Davis understands what’s at stake and realizes that he is “fighting for his life,” according to Collins.

“If Lucas Duda and Ike hit the way we know they can, we’ll figure out a way to get their bats in the lineup,” Collins added. 

The Mets manager again told reporters that Duda will play in the outfield. 

Duda spent roughly eight weeks attending a fitness camp this offseason and lost close to 10 pounds, bringing him down to 255.

“I feel faster. I feel better. I just feel more coordinated .I feel looser in my hips. I can rotate them a little bit better,” Duda said on Thursday.

On the off chance Duda wins the starting job, Davis will either be demoted or traded according to reports.

It’s going to be a blast watching all the Mets Spring Training battles the next seven weeks.

9:30 AM

Ike Davis met with reporters on Friday morning and according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, he was surprised but happy that he is still with the Mets and in camp with his teammates.

“The articles would say I wasn’t going to be here, so a little bit of shock I didn’t get traded,” Davis said. “But I’m happy I didn’t. …Obviously they had to make the right deal for them, and no one offered them what they thought enough, so I’m back.”

“You know, it’s all hearsay until something happens anyway….It’s not a big deal. I wanted to be back. I’m back. So I’m happy about it.”

Davis also said he found a previously undetected glitch in his swing and believes his offseason work will help him become more advanced as a hitter. He’ll get 90 to 100 at-bats this Spring to test his theory as Terry Collins has hypothesized that being Davis is a notorious slow starter, he plans to have him get all his bad at-bats out of the way before Opening Day. Yes. Terry Collins said that.

Davis and Lucas Duda, the not-so-dynamic-duo, will battle it out for who becomes the everyday first baseman for the Mets, with a good chance that the loser heads to the minor leagues as both have remaining options. With the right-handed hitting Josh Satin a lock for the bench, the Mets won’t keep two lefthanded hitting first baggers.

“It’s always a competition,” Davis said. “It’s been a competition since we were drafted. It’s been a competition every single time you step on the field. It’s not like we can control anything. You’ve just got to go play and see what happens. I love Duda. He likes me. It’s just whatever, you know? You’ve just got to go play.” 

However, Davis is not completely safe. There is still a good chance the Mets could move him during Spring Training as injuries could cause other teams to take a second look at him. The Mets could also just choose to cut him and just pay him his $600K rather than his entire salary, although that option may be unlikely.

Davis got off to a horrible start and was hitting .161 in June when he was demoted to the minors. He batted .267/.429/.443 the rest of the way, until a strained oblique finished his season at the end of August.

This is a make or break season for the former first rounder.

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Alderson Says Mets Unlikely To Sign Stephen Drew Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:13:27 +0000 Anthony DiComo is reporting that stephen drewin a telephone interview Tuesday evening, general manager Sandy Alderson reiterated that his team is “unlikely” to sign Stephen Drew, despite the shortstop’s perceived lack of suitors on the free-agent market.

“We haven’t ruled it out, but I think doing anything is unlikely,” Alderson said.

“I think that Stephen will always have other opportunities. We continue to monitor his situation. We’re looking at other free agents that are still available and trying to judge their status, and how they might fit with us. I know there’s been a lot of speculation about Drew and the Mets, but at this point, that’s what it remains — speculation.”

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Andy Martino reports that the Yankees could use an infielder like Stephen Drew, but are highly unlikely to bid for him, according to major league officials who have been in contact with Yankee brass.

Team officials refused to comment one way or another about Drew, but league sources familiar with the Yanks’ plans have picked up a strong sense that the club won’t pursue the free agent and it appears that, despite holes in the infield and bullpen, the Yanks really have completed most of their winter work.

Drew remains a possibility for the Mets, but the team has shown little urgency there, preferring to sign the 30-year-old to a one-year deal, writes Martino. The Red Sox have some interest in a reunion, but would also limit the length of any deal to a year or two. Oakland and Minnesota have surfaced as other possibilities writes Martino.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports appeared on MLB Network last night, and Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors caught this update on Drew:

The Blue Jays are “in the mix” for shortstop Stephen Drew, presumably viewing him as a second base option.

Nevertheless, the Red Sox remain the favorites to land him, as they prefer to play Xander Bogaerts at third and appear willing to give Drew multiple years. Boston could dangle an opt-out clause of some kind to sweeten things for Drew.

It looks like this may be drawing to a close….

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Drew Willing To Play Other Positions To Widen His Market Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:32:40 +0000 drew

Agent Scott Boras is not giving up on finding a deal for Stephen Drew and denies that his market is virtually non-existent.

According to Peter Gammons, last winter, the Yankees wanted to sign Stephen Drew, but were told he would only play shortstop. So he ended up with Boston.

But this week Scott Boras dropped several hints that Drew would be willing to play other positions and in fact, Drew’s value may be greater if he will play several positions.

Not a bad maneuver by Drew and Boras here…

On Sunday, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe said that Boras scoffed at the notion that there’s no market for his client.

“There are five or six teams who I have actively talked to concerning Stephen,” Boras said. “Ben Cherington, the Red Sox GM and I have continued our dialogue and will continue to talk.”

“I tell my clients all the time that free agency is a long process,” said Boras. “It just doesn’t end at Christmas. It’s a January, February, and even a March process. Teams assess their needs, explore their trade options, and when things finally settle there’s still a free agent market for them to turn to. Ask the Red Sox what Stephen meant to their team.”

Cafardo states that there’s no doubt the Red Sox want Drew back and they have publicly stated as much. They’d prefer a one-year contract, but Boras is pushing for a two-year deal.

Last week, a source told Adam Rubin, that the Mets remain engaged with Boras about Drew, but continue to portray him as more of a “possibility” than a “probability.”

Team officials are split about how valuable Drew would be to the Mets. Some would rather give Ruben Tejada one more shot as the everyday shortstop.

I think Boras is blowing smoke and I doubt he’s currently talking to 5-6 teams about Drew. My guess is that he’s only talking to the Red Sox – mostly because they want Drew back and also because Drew wants to be back.

In the end there will be an agreement between the two. If the Mets want in, they will have to overpay in years and dollars. I also question the speculation that the Yankees are in on Drew because of the A-Rod suspension.

Updated 1/15/2014

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Hits & Misses: Johan Close To Deal, Ya Gotta Have Hart, Kemp Could Still Go Sun, 29 Dec 2013 15:42:26 +0000 matt kemp

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes:

Matt KempAndre EthierCarl Crawford — The Dodgers may still deal one of them before the start of the season. As teams see where Kemp’s rehab is after shoulder and ankle surgeries, that could heat up in spring training. Ethier could also be in demand, but the Dodgers want to see what they have in Kemp before trading away their excess. Still, the Dodgers will be an intriguing trade partner for some team before all is said and done.

Johan Santana — Santana is getting closer to making a decision on a minor league deal with a team. There’s been some speculation about the Twins since Santana still resides in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Twins have spring training. The Red Sox, who also train in Fort Myers, passed. But a small-market team such as the Astros could also have some interest. Santana is just trying to get back pitching and prove himself again.

The ship has passed the Mets on either of the Dodgers’ outfielders. They are now locked in with Chris Young and Curtis Granderson, and even if L.A. were to kick in some Benjamins, the Mets still couldn’t fit either of them into their payroll budget.

As for Santana, I never once got the sense that the Mets ever wanted him back and by that I mean “seriously” wanted him back. I’m not so sure Johan would want to come back anyway.

Anthony DiComo of writes:

David Wright — When Wright signed a new eight-year, $138-million deal with the Mets last winter, he did so expecting to compete for playoff spots over the life of the contract. For the Mets, however, it’s a race against the clock. Few expect Wright to remain an elite player deep into his 30s, meaning the Mets must become contenders before their best player’s skill set begins to erode. For now, Wright remains a top-flight (albeit increasingly injury-prone) player entering his age-31 season, capable of carrying the Mets more than anyone else on the roster.

The Mets have about 2-3 years to make their move before Wright goes from great to not-so-great. It doesn’t matter how good you are, age always catches up with you.

My Morning Musing:

Corey Hart - I really loved that deal Hart signed with the Mariners. The outfielder/first baseman signed a one-year deal worth $6 million that could go up to $13 million with incentives. Hart, 31, missed the 2013 season after suffering a meniscus tear in his right knee and is now full recovered and held showcases for teams in early December. Hart hit .270 with and .841 OPS, 30 homers and 83 RBI in 149 games in 2012 and between ’10-’12, seasons he hit 87 home runs – sixth most in the National League and had a fifth best .514 slugging percentage.

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Hot Stove News: Napoli Returns To Boston Sat, 07 Dec 2013 03:45:53 +0000 The defending champions are bringing back one of their most notables beards in the form of Mike Napoli after agreeing on a two year deal worth $32 million which was first reported by Rob Bradford of WEEI.

You might remember that after he originally signed in December, a hip issue altered the deal from a three year contract to a one year deal in January. So, after it is all said and done – Napoli winds up with the Red Sox for three total years.

Napoli played first base and hit .259 with 23 HR and 92 runs driven in for the champions.This signing comes just five days after Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino was quoted as saying,

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“One of the lessons I learned a long time ago was that you can’t fall in love with your veterans; you can’t do that, that’s not the way to run the railroad. We are not going to be a stand-pat team. That’s just not the way we run the railroad here.”

“That’s probably a losing proposition every year. Every year has to have its own personality. Every year will have a different personality, composition as well as personality.”

With Ellsbury on the move, many people thought this was a sign that Napoli could be on his way out after reports surfaced that he was looking for a three year contract. He did however embody the personality that many credit with bringing the clubhouse together on their way toward the championship.

However, their options at 1B were very limited – so Napoli likely does give them the best production possible at 1B moving forward.

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MMO Free Agent Prediction Contest: Win Free Tickets To See The Mets In April! Wed, 20 Nov 2013 17:45:59 +0000 jacoby ellsbury

I was taking a look at a month old post from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who enlisted the services of one unbiased agent and one unbiased GM to put together their free agent predictions for this 2013-2014 offseason.

I was curious to see where they had LaTroy Hawkins, Marlon Byrd and Josh Johnson pegged and surprising all three signed for far less than what many expected.

Here is what they came up with:


Hawkins got literally half of what the consensus had projected, Johnson got 20% less than what they predicted, and Byrd they came closest to, but still less than what they expected on average.

I’m a little late on this, but we had a little Free Agent Prediction contest among our staff and wanted to share our predictions with you. We decided to go with what we believed were the top twelve available free agents and predict their ultimate destinations.

Johnson was included in our Top 12 and not one of us had him going to the Padres although many of us saw him going to the West Coast.

Here are the rest of our predictions including DrDooby who included projected deals as well…


1. Robinson Cano – Yankees, 8-years, $200 million

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Mariners, 6-years, $120 million

3. Brian McCann – Rangers, 5-years, $90 million

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Mets, 5-years, $95 million ;-)

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees, $70 million posting fee and 5-year, $55 million contract

6. Carlos Beltran – Red Sox, 2-years, $35 million contract

7. Ervin Santana – Cubs, 4-years, $54 million

8. Matt Garza – Phillies, 5-years, $75 million

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees, 1-year, $16 million

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox, 2-years, $28 million

11. Josh Johnson - Rangers, 2-years, $21 million

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies, 3-years, $36 million


1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Yankees

3. Brian McCann – Rangers

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Rangers

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Red Sox

7. Ervin Santana – Cubs

8. Matt Garza – Yankees

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Japan

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Padres

12. Nelson Cruz – Mariners


1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Mariners

3. Brian McCann – Rangers

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Reds

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – Royals

8. Matt Garza – Mets

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Nationals

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies


1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Red Sox

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Phillies

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Dodgers

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – Pirates

8. Matt Garza – Orioles

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Blue Jays

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies


1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Mariners

3. Brian McCann – Angels

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Pirates

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Royals

7. Ervin Santana – Twins

8. Matt Garza – Giants

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Dodgers

12. Nelson Cruz – Rangers


1. Robinson Cano – Nationals

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Red Sox

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Mets

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Yankees

7. Ervin Santana – Indians

8. Matt Garza – Angels

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Phillies

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies


1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Cubs

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Reds

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Dodgers

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – Royals

8. Matt Garza – Yankees

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Mets

12. Nelson Cruz – Philiels

Joe D.

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Cubs

3. Brian McCann – Rangers

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Tigers

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Orioles

7. Ervin Santana – Royals

8. Matt Garza – Giants

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – A’s

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies


1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Red Sox

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Mariners

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Cubs

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – White Sox

8. Matt Garza – Reds

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Rangers

11. Josh Johnson – Jays

12. Nelson Cruz – Mets (why not)


1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Rangers

3. Brian McCann – Rangers

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Yankees

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Dodgers

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – Cubs

8. Matt Garza – Angels

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – A’s

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies

Joe S.

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Red Sox

3. Brian McCann – Dodgers

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Cardinals

5. Masahiro Tanaka -

6. Carlos Beltran – Red Sox

7. Ervin Santana – Rockies

8. Matt Garza – Rockies

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Mets

12. Nelson Cruz – Mets


1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Red Sox

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Phillies

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – Cubs

8. Matt Garza – Rangers

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Angels

10. Mike Napoli – Pirates

11. Josh Johnson – White Sox

12. Nelson Cruz – Indians

Peter K.

1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Mariners

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Mets

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Angels

6. Carlos Beltran – Yankees

7. Ervin Santana – White Sox

8. Matt Garza – Rangers

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Dodgers

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Mets

12. Nelson Cruz – Rangers


1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Rangers

3. Brian McCann – Yankees

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Mariners

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Cubs

6. Carlos Beltran – Phillies

7. Ervin Santana – Pirates

8. Matt Garza – Giants

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Cubs

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – White Sox

12. Nelson Cruz – Orioles


1. Robinson Cano – Yankees

2. Jacoby Ellsbury – Mariners

3. Brian McCann – White Sox

4. Shin-Soo Choo – Rangers

5. Masahiro Tanaka – Yankees

6. Carlos Beltran – Cardinals

7. Ervin Santana – Orioles

8. Matt Garza – Pirates

9. Hiroki Kuroda – Yankees

10. Mike Napoli – Red Sox

11. Josh Johnson – Cubs

12. Nelson Cruz – Phillies

I am going to giveaway a free pair of Mets tickets to an April game to the writer who comes the closest. But I also want to engage our readers as well and treat them to a free pair of tickets to see the Mets next season as well.

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So leave your predictions for the remaining 11 players below in the contest and the readers who correctly guesses the most destinations will win. In the event of a tie, here is the tie breaker. The one who comes closest to guessing the total guaranteed deal for free agent Robinson Cano. How much will he get? This is for guaranteed money only. Option years don’t count but buyouts do as they are guaranteed.

Met fans who finish in second and third place will get a free Metsmerized T-Shirt!

I need all ballots/responses by Midnight on Friday night.

Good luck to all of you!


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Beltran Looking For 3-4 Year Deal, Red Sox Favorites To Land Him Sat, 09 Nov 2013 16:45:20 +0000 Three is a magic number.  Yes, it is.  It's a magic number.

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports is reporting that right fielder Carlos Beltran is looking for a three or four year contract and is expected to reject Cardinals’ one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer. That’s probably what the cards were hoping he does as they get ready to usher in the Oscar Taveras era.

Beltran, 36, is looking for a deal that will carry him to retirement and with a 3-4 year demand, it’s safe to say he likely ensures that no National League team will be in the mix for his services.

The Yankees, Phillies, Rangers and Orioles have already been linked to Beltran this offseason. But the likely favorites to land him are the World Champion Boston Red Sox who have shown the strongest interest in the eight-time All-Star, according to George King of the New York Post.

King cites a source who told him the the Red Sox would look to Beltran to replace the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury.

The former Met is coming off another solid season that saw him bat .296 with 24 homers, 84 RBI and an .830 OPS as he completed the final year of  the two-year, $26 million deal he signed with the Cards before the 2012 season.

The Red Sox have already made contact Beltran, according to a team source, and quite frankly they’re the perfect fit for him. Boston would lose a first round pick, but considering they pick 29th it’s not that drastic for them. I predict he’ll get a three-year deal for $36 million.

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Nationals and Phillies Will Target Ellsbury, Braves Increasing Payroll To $100 Million Fri, 01 Nov 2013 16:55:48 +0000 jacoby ellsbury

The Phillies are targeting big-time free-agent outfielders and baseball people expect them to be in the mix for Jacoby EllsburyShin-Soo ChooNelson Cruz and possibly Curtis Granderson according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

The Phillies have a team built around superior starting pitching and veteran infielders, Heyman writes. But have a clear weakness in the outfield, where they got sub-par production this past year.

One person familiar with their situation said they were even prepared to try to bring back Hunter Pence, who eventually signed an extension with the Giants for $90 million.

General manager Ruben Amaro wouldn’t address specific players, and rather succinctly summed up their needs as “catching, pitching, outfield.”

Heyman also adds that the Nationals, who are also targeting an outfielder, could make a play for free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, according to sources.

The Mariners, Cubs, Cardinals, Dodgers (if they trade outfielders), Phillies, Astros, Mets and incumbent Red Sox are among other possibilities.

Despite turning down an offer of more than $100 million already, the Red Sox are still interested in bringing Ellsbury back.

Ellsbury batted .298/.355/.436 with 31 doubles, 8 triples, 9 home runs and a league-leading 52 stolen bases this year with 92 runs scored.

Despite the obvious fit, the Mets won’t be big players for Ellsbury who will have no less than eight teams going after him. The Scott Boras client will get $100 million easily and one report said there might be a team that will go to $125 million for him.

In other NL East news, the Braves are expected to increase payroll to $100 million for the 2014 season according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Featured Post: Does A “Mets Way” Exist? Mon, 28 Oct 2013 08:03:57 +0000 wright wilpon aldersonWednesday night marked the beginning of the World Series and the two teams which have been praised all postseason long for having outstanding systems and team building began to battle one another for the championship. While the manner in which these League Champs were built is certainly much more complicated than the way the mass media is letting on, here are the basic structures of Boston and St. Louis in a nutshell. Boston added multiple mid-tier yet talented free agents who were “hungry for the challenge of winning” to fill the holes left by last year’s roster purge which also supplements their homegrown and retained talent. St. Louis built their lineup from within supplementing their previous free agent acquisitions with an emphasis on superior player development in their farm system and winning with a young big league roster.

These two teams have been praised by the media as well as many who follow and report on the Mets. And rightly so. Playing in the World Series obviously means whatever you are doing to build a championship caliber team is working very well. Many have even said the Mets need to follow the lead of either or both of these teams and model their off-season plans off of Boston and St. Louis’ 2013 success. I don’t dispute any of that. But don’t the Mets already have a system of their own in place? Under our current front office, isn’t there a “Mets Way?”

Presumably, yes. Fans have been force fed over the last few years that the Mets have a system as well and that in 2014 we would begin to see the fruits of said system’s labor. What are the cornerstones of the Mets Way? Based on what we’ve seen over the last few years I’d say the Mets Way consists of the following:

  1. Stockpile young power pitching prospects
  2. Hold OBP in high esteem and teach pitch recognition and the importance of getting on base throughout your player development system.
  3. In the off season when filling holes, shop for bargain bin players with high upside that can possibly be traded for more farm depth if your season is tanking.
  4. Do not overpay or offer too many contract years for a free agent. (ex. Michael Bourn vs. Marlon Byrd)
  5. Do not give up your 1st round draft pick in order to sign a “Type-A” free agent.

This is all well and good. The basic idea is to build from within with an emphasis on young power pitching. No sane baseball minded person would argue that that is the wrong way to do things under the current CBA. In taking cursory glances at both teams in this World Series, you will see young homegrown pitchers as well as young homegrown bats. These types of players are cheap and under team control for many years. The idea is to surround them (and fill your holes) with talent from outside the organization with the money you are saving by developing guys in your farm. Add a statistical analytic edge which is taught and hammered down across the various levels of your organization and you have the basics of what we are being sold on as The Mets Way.

terry collins sandy aldersonMany doubt that anything of value will be done this off season based on what we have seen the last few years. I don’t blame them. The Wilpons have not exactly opened their wallets to Sandy Alderson since he and his team have been here. Part of the blame also lies with Sandy seemingly being slow to act. He has been notorious for adding the final pieces just as Spring Training is rolling around, sometimes missing out on some potentially good fits. Whether this is a result of broke owners and negotiating his budget or if Sandy truly is too slow to act and too slow to shell out cash, what’s done is done.

But this year is different. In addition to being the year the front office promised would be the year of making a run at it, money seems to not be of a concern to ownership now. How coincidental! Sterling Equities and Mike “Luxury Condo” Bloomberg have even joined forces to approve plans for construction of a shopping mall and luxury apartment complex right next to Citi Field. To really top it all off Bloomberg Inc valued all the Major League Baseball clubs this week and the New York Mets clocked in at $2 billion.

Is this all for real? The Mets are still visibly losing money at the gate every year. Revenue has dipped to horrible levels, SNY viewership has tanked, and their own flagship radio station just kicked them off the air in favor of the Yankees. How can there suddenly be money to spend? The only thing that truly solves the financial issues The Mets have been facing is winning, and there hasn’t been much of that going on at all either. But if the Wilpons are building shopping mall/condo complexes and Mayor Bloomberg’s company is valuing this franchise as high as they are… could the most dire of money concerns truly be in the past? Was the exchange between Fred and Sandy similar to that of Lieutenant Dan and Forrest Gump?

Forrest Gump: So then I got a call from him saying we don’t have to worry about money no more. And I said, “That’s good! One less thing.”

I will believe in The Mets Way when I see it in action this winter and going forward. Put up or shut up. Ownership knows this to be true. Our GM knows this to be true. Because of that self awareness alone, I believe this team will spend money this winter. Not gobs and gobs of cash like those teams in LA or The Bronx, but money will be spent.

If we sit through another winter of nothing much happening and yet another Opening Day roster of AAA and AAAA players is shuffled out for our viewing displeasure, then mark my words there will be a true fan revolt and a baseball apathy unlike any this city has ever seen will fill the New York City air. Yankees fans are already extremely apathetic about their team and they haven’t even grazed the surface of what Mets fans have suffered through since 2009. The Mets have a serious chance to steal the heart and soul of this town again in the coming years.

I guess what I’m trying to say is: Mets fans are among the most passionate in baseball. When this team wins, this city absolutely rocks. If 2014 is another wasted year with no progress, then I’m afraid that passion may finally be extinguished. Here’s hoping I’m right, we are gifted with a real live major league roster, and Sandy finally gives us something to really cheer for.

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World Series Game 4: Red Sox vs Cardinals, 8:00 PM Sat, 26 Oct 2013 04:11:48 +0000 safe craig

Red Sox vs Cardinals

Sunday, 8:00 PM ET  •  Busch Stadium

What a stunning way to lose Game Three of the World Series last night, as the Boston Red Sox fell to the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 after a bizarre final play that culminated in an obstruction call on third baseman Will Middlebrooks.

Despite the shocking finish and all the futile arguing by the Red Sox, the bottom line was that the umpires got it right.

“It’s an absolute crying shame that a call like this is going to decide a World Series game,” emotional pitcher Jake Peavy said. “It’s a joke. There’s no other way to say it. It’s a joke.”

Added manager John Farrell, “That’s a tough pill to swallow. Tough way to have a game end, particularly of this significance.”

Now trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, Boston needs to win Game 4 to avoid being pushed to the brink of elimination.

The Cardinals in the meantime are flying high, but their leader Carlos Beltran warns his team not to get too cocky. ”Of course we’ll come in a little excited and ready to go out there,” Beltran said. “But at the same time, the Red Sox want to come out with the same mentality.”

“I don’t think it’s hard for teams like Boston and teams like us to bounce back. Like the first game of the series, we played horrible and we bounced back the second game. They’re pretty good at turning the page and moving on.”


Clay Buchholz will start tonight’s game for the Red Sox although he is not expected to pitch deep into the game. The righthander has been battling arm injuries and has a 5.40 ERA in three starts this postseason. Manager John Farrell said that Buchholz will not pitch deep into the game.

On the mound for the Cardinals will be Lance Lynn. The 26-year old  will be making his fifth start this postseason and is coming off a solid start in the NL Championship Series, holding the Dodgers to two runs in 7 1/3 innings. He’ll be pitching on eleven days rest.

Starting Lineups

Shane Victorino is a late scratch from the Red Sox lineup.

Boston Red Sox

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Daniel Nava, RF
3. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
4. David Ortiz, 1B
5. Jonny Gomes, LF
6. Xander Bogaerts, 3B
7. Stephen Drew, SS
8. David Ross, C
9. Clay Buchholz, P

St. Louis Cardinals

1. Matt Carpenter, 2B
2. Carlos Beltran, RF
3. Matt Holliday, LF
4. Matt Adams, 1B
5. Yadier Molina, C
6. Jon Jay, CF
7. David Freese, 3B
8. Daniel Descalso, SS
9. Lance Lynn, P

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Mets Defeat Nats 7-1, Harvey Dominates, Duda and Davis Hit A Pair Of Homers Each Sat, 20 Apr 2013 01:56:57 +0000 600x763_harvey_vs_strasburg

Live Blog From Citi Field Pressbox

Top First: It starts to rain right after the anthem and moment of silence for Boston and Texas. The weather isn’t Minnesota-Denver bad, but I thought there would be more people here for Harvey-Strasburg. Harvey strikes out his first hitter and gets out of the inning with a runner on second.

Bottom First: Jordany Valdespin leading off again. Glad to see Terry Collins running with this. Valdespin reaches on E6. Takes third on Daniel Murphy’s hit-and-run single and scores on wild pitch. Murphy takes third on fly ball and scored on John Buck’s RBI. That’s 20 RBI for him. Really is amazing. I like Murphy’s aggressiveness in advancing on fly to right.

john buck

Mets 2, Nationals 0

Top Second: A lot of attention in the press box on what’s going on in Boston. Harvey breezing. Fans Chad Tracy. A 1-2-3 second.

Bottom Second: Marlon Byrd doubles, but is stranded on third as Strasburg punches out Valdespin. That’s a wasted opportunity and you don’t get many off Strasburg. We’ll see if this haunts them later. Strasburg nearing 50 pitches already.

End Second: Mets 2, Nationals 0

Top Third: Strasburg doubles, but Harvey gets out of it by striking out Jayson Werth.

werth strikes out

Bottom Third: Rain gone. Doc Gooden gets a nice ovation when they show him on the video board. He tweeted Harvey is the real deal. Looks like it. … Meanwhile, Boston PD has suspect cornered. That’s where a lot of the attention is. … Ike Davis strikes out for second time. Buck fans and another runner is left in scoring position.

End Third: Mets 2, Nationals 0

Top Fourth: Harvey finished the fourth with one hit and two walks and five strikeouts. He’s thrown 62 pitches, 41 for strikes. Everything is working for him tonight.

Bottom Fourth: There’s a steady falling mist again. Strasburg walked Duda, but set the next three hitters down. He’s settled down since the first, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks and five strikeouts. He’s pitching a good game, too.

End Fourth: Mets 2, Nationals 0

Top Fifth: A 1-2-3 inning for Harvey, Strikes out Suzuki swinging. They have apprehended the second suspect. Pressbox buzzing.

matt harvey 3

Bottom Fifth: Valdespin, Murphy, Wright go down in order. Just in – Brandon: Nimmo is 3-for-3.

End Fifth: Mets 2, Nationals 0

Top Sixth: Everyone watching the breaking news of suspect capture in Boston. Terrific job by law enforcement across the board. Boston can sleep easier tonight.… Harvey throws DP grounder started by Murphy, who is looking better and better at second. … Valdespin makes diving catch to end inning.

Bottom Sixth: Davis and Duda homer. Davis hit his to left and Duda’s went to center. … Crowd chanting “Harvey’s better.’’ Actually, pretty funny. … Strasburg already over 100 pitches, so this figures to be his last inning.

John Buck, Ike Davis

End Sixth: Mets 4, Nationals 0

Top Seventh: Harvey enters the inning with a two-hit shutout on 82 pitches. But, a walk and a couple of hits later and his shutout was gone. … Perhaps even more impressive was getting out of a bases loaded jam with no outs without giving up further damage. … Harvey finished with one run given up on four hits, three walks and seven strikeouts.

Bottom Seventh: Strasburg didn’t come out. He gave up four runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts in six innings. “USA – USA – USA -USA!” The crowd chants as news of arrest shows on scoreboard.

End Seventh: Mets 4, Nationals 1

Top Eighth: Big cheer when news on the scoreboard announced second suspect was captured. … Another cheer when Boston Police Department was saluted. … Scott Rice pitched a scoreless inning.

Bottom Eighth: Drew Storen now pitching and gives up leadoff triple to David Wright and two-run homer to Davis. … Duda added another homer, his fifth of the season.

End Eighth: Mets 7, Nationals 1.

Top Ninth: Sweet Caroline was played as Bobby Parnell threw his warm-up pitches. The Mets did it before, but it sounded better tonight. … Sweet, diving play by Murphy to get the second out.

Final: Mets 7, Nationals 1

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Jordany Valdespin CF
  2. Daniel Murphy 2B
  3. David Wright 3B
  4. Ike Davis 1B
  5. John Buck C
  6. Lucas Duda LF
  7. Marlon Byrd RF
  8. Ruben Tejada SS
  9. Matt Harvey RHP

Game Notes

No Surgery for Travis d’Arnaud! The Mets’ top prospect suffered a nondisplaced fracture of the first metatarsal in his left foot when he was struck with a foul ball in the sixth inning of Triple-A Las Vegas’ game Wednesday night. He has been placed in a walking boot and will miss approximately eight weeks, Terry Collins just said..

Shaun Marcum got through yesterday’s extended spring training game fine. Mets will try to get him to 80 pitches next time. He tossed four hitless and scoreless innings in an extended spring training game, struck out five.

Relievers Josh Edgin, Scott Atchison and Jeurys Familia combined to allow six runs in the seventh inning, and the Mets lost to the Rockies 11-3 Thursday afternoon at Coors Field. The Mets dropped to .500. Hopefully, Matt Harvey gives the pen a day of rest tonight. They need one.

New York had two games postponed on its recent road trip. They will play the Rockies at Coors Field on June 27 at 6:10 PM, and will make up its game against the Twins on August 19 at 2:10 PM at Target Field.

Game Preview

The Mets finally get out of Colorado and return home to Queens tonight to one of the most anticipated pitching matchups in a long time. The Mets entered Denver with a 7-4 record and were swept, dropping them down to a record of 7-7. While there is plenty of blame to go around, the bullpen, who saved the Mets in an earlier Laffey start at home and was strong at the start of the season, fell apart on the road. Anyway, Matt Harvey looks to keep his strong start going against Stephen Strasburg.

Harvey is 3-0 in first three starts with a 0.84 ERA over 22.0 innings. In that stretch he has allowed only 2 ER and only 6 hits while walking 6 and striking out 25 batters. He’s leading the league in WHIP, Wins, and H/9. He faced the Nationals once last year picking up the loss after allowing only one earned run over 5 innings of work while striking out 10 batters. The Nationals have the following numbers against Matt:

Desmond 1-2
Harper 0-3
LaRoche 1-3
Werth 0-2
Zimmerman 1-2, HR
Suzuki 0-2

The Mets will get a crack at the National’s phenom today in Stephen Strasburg who is 1-2 over 18.1 innings and 3 games so far this year while posting a 2.95 ERA. He has had two dominant games where he went 7 shutout innings 6 innings allowing 0 earned runs (2 unearned). He also had one start where he allowed 6 ER over 5.1 innings. He was good against the Mets last season holding them to one earned run over 13 innings and two starts, who have posted the following numbers against him:

Buck 2-9
Davis 3-8, HR
Tejada 1-8
Murphy 1-5
Wright 1-6
Byrd 1-3
Duda 0-2
Valdespin 1-3

Let’s Go Mets!

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Priorities Realigned As Terrorism Takes Aim At The Sports World Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:00:42 +0000 boston-marathon-explosion-horizontal-gallery

The world awakens this morning seeking to right itself after a pair of explosions rocked Boston yesterday afternoon.  Lost are three souls, with no fewer than another one hundred and thirty-two injured.  Also lost in the day’s events, a nation’s sense of security when it comes to sporting events.

Long thought to be a potential target, major sporting events are often subjected to increased security measures.  To date, the United States had been successful (or lucky depending upon your point of view) to avoid such disasters, however April 15, 2013 will live on in infamy as the day the sports world was no longer immune to a direct attack.

The aftereffects of yesterday’s events remain to be seen, but as families, the city of Boston and the nation as a whole mourn this loss, its fair to assume that our shattered sense of security will send ripples through the sports world.  Decreased attendance can only be countered by increased protection in an effort to reassure fans that they’re safe.  At what point will your trip to the stadium resemble a tour through your local prison system?  At what point are fans treated like inmates? More importantly, at what point is such treatment necessary?

Boston-marathon-woman-crying_2930351Long gone is the innocence of physically attending a game, ruined by the majority of fans who feel the price of admission grants them the freedom to drink like a fish and curse like a sailor without repercussion.  That arrogance, until yesterday thought by most to be the worst you could encounter during a trip to the ballpark, is now miniscule by comparison to the violence seen in the past twenty-four hours.  So what now?

Ultimately, too much energy is lost debating the successes and more frequently, the failures of our favorite sports franchises.  That faux pas takes place on a daily basis throughout social media and on sites just like this one.  I’m just as guilty as many of your reading this.  We’re debating a game..something that shouldn’t be life or death.  Its unfortunate that it takes such tragedy for things to fall in line once again, but it has become apparent that this is the world we live in now.  So remember, the next time your headed out to Citi Field, be cognizant of those around you, because not everyone is on the same team.

Follow me on Twitter at @RobPatterson83.

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Bobby V Has A New Gig Sat, 05 Jan 2013 17:11:54 +0000 According to the Huffington Post, former Mets and Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine will work as a commentator for NBC Sports Radio.

He will be the part-time co-host of a weekday talk show that debuts in April. Starting this month, he will also periodically provide analysis to NBC Sports Radio shows and affiliated stations.

Valentine was fired in October after just one season in Boston, when the Red Sox went 69-93.

His colorful no holds barred style should play well on radio.

Good luck, Bobby.

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Rounding The Bases: Melky To The Mets, Dickey Honored For His Awesomeness Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:41:52 +0000

Rounding The Bases is back… As we did before, we’ll highlight some of the must-read posts from the Mets beat writers, take a cruise around the Mets blogosphere, check in on our enemies, and have a little fun while we’re at it.

MMO Instant Replay

  • Connor O’Brien dished out his report cards for the Mets infielders this week and gives Josh Thole a big fat D. “Josh Thole has not become the player we thought he could be. After hitting over .300 in his last two minor league seasons, and showing glimpses of a future .300 hitter over his first two years in the big leagues, his production has declined. This year, he hit rock bottom.”
  • Dan Valis wonders if the Mets should consider trading David Wright for Andre Ethier if they don’t work out an extension. “If you swapped these two players, the Mets would still have a very solid middle of the order hitter to replace David. Ethier is already signed, and plays a position we desperately need to fill. They Mets already have some in-house options for third base, while they really have nobody on the roster who can play right field. With a tight budget a move like this could be very beneficial to the Mets as they begin to prepare for this off-season.”
  • Is there a new manager trend, asks Jessep who lists Mike Piazza, Edgardo Alfonzo, Dave Magadan and Brett Butler as former Mets who could someday manage for their former teams.

On The Beat

  • Ken Davidoff of the NY Post predicts that free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera will eventually sign a one-year, $4 million deal with the Mets. Cabrera of course was suspended 50 games for failing a test for PED’s and then tried to cover it up. The Giants washed their hands of him.
  • The Mets are not close to reaching new agreements with either R.A. Dickey or David Wright, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions according to Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger. Things have certainly slowed down of late.
  • In the aftermath of the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, the New York Mets will be holding a food drive and offering tickets. This is a great gesture by them, and gives fans a great opportunity to help others, while also possibly getting tickets to the game.

Friendly Fire

  • MetsBlog reports that R.A. Dickey was named the National League’s most outstanding pitcher in 2012 as picked by the players. “It’s an extreme honor to be recognized by the people who you play against and compete against all year long,” Dickey said in a statement. “To know my peers think this highly of me is a tremendous feeling.”
  • Have you checked out 2 Guys Talking Mets Baseball yet? Enjoy this behind the scenes conversation between Fred, Jeff and Sandy and you’ll be going back for more.
  • Joe Janish of Mets Today wonders what if the Mets never signed Pedro Martinez. “Certainly, the magic of 2006 would not have occurred, but maybe — just maybe — the pain and suffering Mets fans are enduring now would have occurred from 2005-2009, when instead of signing people like Billy Wagner, Moises Alou, and Francisco Rodriguez, the Mets would have been stocking up on #1 picks.”
  • The Rising Apple wonders if the Mets will re-sign any of their free agents and writes the following regarding Scott Hairston: “Unlikely; he drew a lot of interest on the trade market before the non-waiver trade deadline and even into August when he was placed on trade waivers. Alderson decided not to trade him because he felt there was more value in letting him finish the year with the team than trading him away. Now, with his career season, Hairston is looking to cash in with a more lucrative, multi-year deal, something the Mets won’t be able to afford.”

Enemy Territory

  • In the rest of the league, there is still news. First off, David Ortiz has signed an extension with the Red Sox for two years. He might also consider sitting out the World Baseball Classic so it doesn’t interrupt him getting ready for the regular season.
  • Rookie Mike Trout won the Defensive Player of the Year award in the American League, a testament to how great his defensive play was this season. Braves outfielder Michael Bourn took home the award in the National League.
  • In big news for the New York Yankees, Mariano Riveraplans to return to the field next year.
  • The Red Sox don’t want to offer Cody Ross a three-year deal, which could be a stumbling block in contract discussions according to Jon Heyman says Ross is looking for a three-year deal worth about $25 million.

Today In Mets History

Seven members of the World Champion Mets begin a two-week engagement with comedian Phil Foster at Caesar’s palace in Las Vegas. Giving it the ol’ soft shoe are Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Donn Clendenon, Ed Kranepool, Tommie Agee, Cleon Jones, and Art Shamsky. –

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Shoppach Will Wear Uniform No. 6 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 19:36:54 +0000

Kelly Shoppach: Will he be the answer?

As expected, the Mets announced they have activated Kelly Shoppach in time for tonight’s game against the Reds.

To make room for Shoppach on the active roster, the Mets optioned Rob Johnson to Triple-A Buffalo.

Shoppach will wear uniform #6. He was acquired yesterday from the Boston Red Sox on a waiver claim for a player to be named later.

Shoppach, 32, hit .250 (35-140) with five home runs, 12 doubles and 17 RBI in 48 games with the Red Sox this season.

The 6-0, 220-pound native of Fort Worth, TX, joined the Red Sox this year after spending two seasons with Tampa Bay. Shoppach, who bats and throws right-handed, has .227 (324-1428) lifetime batting average and 64 home runs and 197 RBI in 508 games with Boston, Cleveland and Tampa Bay.

Original Post 8/14

The Mets have acquired righty-hitting catcher Kelly Shoppach from the Red Sox for a player to be named later after placing a waiver claim on him.

Shoppach, 32, hit .250 (35-for-140) with five homers and 17 RBIs in 48 games with Boston this season. He is due to be a free agent after the season. Shoppach is a career .270 hitter against left-handed pitching.

Rob Johnson is most likely the odd man out as Shoppach is expected to join the team on Wednesday. Johnson and Mike Nickeas have hit a combined .196 (30-for-153) with one homer and 17 RBIs this season.

In other news, LHP Garrett Olson has cleared waivers, and is headed back to Triple-A Buffalo, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Olson was designated for assignment when Johan Santana was activated from the disabled list on Saturday.

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Mets Spring TV/Radio Broadcast Schedule Sat, 26 Feb 2011 14:15:24 +0000


Saturday, February 26 vs. Atlanta 1:10 PM WPIX WFAN 660
Sunday, February 27 @Atlanta 1:05 PM WFAN 660
Monday, February 28 vs. Washington 1:10 PM SNY


Thursday, March 3 vs. St. Louis 1:10 PM SNY
Sunday, March 6 vs. Boston 1:10 PM SNY
Monday, March 7 vs. Detroit 1:10 PM SNY
Tuesday, March 8 vs. Washington 1:10 PM SNY
Wednesday, March 9 vs. Houston 1:10 PM SNY
Friday, March 11 vs. Florida 1:10 PM SNY
Saturday, March 12 @Atlanta 1:05 PM WFAN 660
Sunday, March 13 vs. St. Louis 1:10 PM WPIX WFAN 660
Friday, March 18 vs. Atlanta 1:10 PM SNY
Saturday, March 19 vs. Washington 1:10 PM WPIX WFAN 660
Monday, March 21 vs. Atlanta 1:10 PM SNY
Wednesday, March 23 @St. Louis 1:05 PM ESPN
Thursday, March 24 vs. St. Louis 1:10 PM SNY
Saturday, March 26 vs. Atlanta 1:10 PM WPIX WFAN 660
Sunday, March 27 @St. Louis 1:05 PM WFAN 660
Monday, March 28 vs. Florida 1:10 PM SNY
Wednesday, March 30 vs. Florida 12:10 PM SNY WFAN 660

Lets Go Mets!

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2011 Sunday Night Baseball Schedule – Bobby Valentine Means Must See TV! Wed, 12 Jan 2011 23:53:18 +0000

ESPN has just released their 2011 Sunday Night Baseball schedule.

The new season will feature a brand new broadcast team of Dan Shulman doing the play by play, and former Mets Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine as analysts. This oughta be a lot of fun!

The Mets have games televised on May 1st and July 10th.

ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball (all telecasts at 8 p.m. ET)

April 3 San Francisco at Los Angeles Dodgers (ESPN2)
April 10 N.Y. Yankees at Boston
April 17 Texas at N.Y. Yankees
April 24 Cincinnati at St. Louis
May 1 N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia
May 8 Atlanta at Philadelphia
May 15 Boston at N.Y. Yankees
May 22 Chicago Cubs at Boston
May 29 Cincinnati at Atlanta (ESPN2)
June 5-July 3 TBD
July 10 N.Y. Mets at San Francisco
July 17 Boston at Tampa Bay

The second half of the schedule usually doesnt come out until some time in April.

Hey, at least we got two games in… the Marlins and Nationals didn’t get any.

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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.

Previous Post 3:00 PM

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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Mental Hurdle In Philadelphia, Major Challenge Facing Mets Squad Tue, 02 Mar 2010 13:13:46 +0000 If you’re as geographically fortunate as me and spend 5-6 months annually battling numb fingertips, sub-zero temperatures and a deprivation of sports involving grass, this is an adrenaline inducing time of year. 

Signs of spring are bountiful, undeniably so;  It’s time to put your hockey sticks and snowboards away and yank out that decrepit, oil stained ball bag so deeply imbedded with red clay that moving it slightly sends a poof of dust spores in the air like an old catcher’s mitt on the business end of a Joel Zumaya fastball. For Mets players and fans alike, another year of high salaries, high expectations and championship goals are underlying a spring-training full of rejuvenated optimism. The blue and orange will have a tough road ahead however as Philadelphia shored up their already stellar roster with aggressive offseason moves and expect just as much out of their 2010 club.

When I was a kid one team set the standard for national league lore and consistent championship caliber baseball, the Atlanta Braves. Chipper Jones put up over 300 RBIs in his first 3 full seasons whilst influencing sock fashion for little leaguers everywhere, and a plethora of future hall of fame pitching; it seemed as though any championship aspiration meant en route through A-town.  Their titles didn’t match their regular season dominance, but it’s reminiscent in watching the Phillies consistent play as of late. Now I’m not volunteering to wash Cole Hamels’ jerseys, but I am an objectivist and a realist and this team has taken a step to another level again. Unlike some upstart teams they made sure to lock up core guys re-signing spark plug Victorino, making Rollins one rich bugger and Utley even richer. For what’s lost in defensive abilities Polanco over Feliz at third adds just another RBI heavy bat to an already deep line-up. 

Off-season’s biggest move would be Roy ‘Doc’ Halladay landing in the City of Brotherly Love, and let me tell you as a frequent Blue Jay Watcher, he is the best the game has to offer. His career began the same year Peyton Manning’s did and like Manning, Halladay can shut a game down and make seemingly great hitters look elementary. He’s spent 12 seasons largely facing down the likes of the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Tampa, all the while posting a career 3.43 ERA. It came as no surprise both Boston and NY entered his sweepstakes. In ‘03 he posted 22 wins and 20 in ‘08. The scariest part about Halladay is his stuff’s getting nastier as he gets older. For better or worse, the future hall of famer only wanted to go one place, a contender. His pick-up makes the Phils a strong candidate to return to the series. Look for Halladay to take Hamels under his tutelage the way he did with A.J Burnett in Toronto, turning him from abrasive and angst-filled, with a lack of control, into someone calm and collected with a lack of control, but a 2009 world series ring to-boot. So as a Mets believer am I being a hypochondriac looking back on stats driving me further into worry and dismay; not at all.

I feel a healthy Mets squad matches the Phils in all facets. Jose Reyes, David Wright and Carlos Beltran alike are arguably best at their position when healthy and playing to their potential. Alex Cora, Gary Matthews and the re-signing of Angel Pagan will allow the necessary depth to avoid overstressing the premiere guys. A healthy Johan Santana is poised to return to 2006 Cy Young form where he beat out ‘Doc’ and others for the decoration. K-Rod is one of the most electric, exciting shut-down closers in the game with a hard curve that would make Ricky Vaughn stew with envy. Philadelphia expectedly gave up a lot for Halladay, so what does Mets ownership do? Get Barajas, a seasoned vet catcher, who’s got a ring, can go deep at the plate, knows the Philadelphia well and spent 2009 catching for Roy Halladay during his ‘disgruntled’ years; all for a fraction of the price. That is an awesome move. Jason Bay is the definition of consistency in left, and in the age of free agency, the closest thing to a sure thing there can be. Don’t get me wrong, the Braves and Marlins are certainly contenders (especially with the Eric Hinske legend in effect), but if the Mets hit on all cylinders, this will be a two horse race.

Mike Pelfrey is going to have to lower his ERA in ‘10. It’s difficult to make it to October when one of your top 3 rotation guys posts an ERA over 5.00 and his league leading 6 balks in ’09 is senseless. Players know the momentum shift an inopportune balk can bring. Ideally he and Oliver Perez will pleasantly surprise fans with strong seasons. Perez claims his disappointing ‘09 was due to soreness stating,

“They operated on me and here I am. Thankfully, I’m healthy and ready.”

Media pandering or genuine sentiment? What do you think? I give Perez the benefit of the doubt, I think the Mets rotation will pleasantly surprise and give Santana the support he needs to turn that Halladay spotlight his way as he’ll try to return to 2006 form, and the Mets, the pitching support needed to manifest a special season 2010.

The NL East is hard. Arguably as hard or harder than then the AL East; in which, teams push each other to be better. It is no surprise that since 1990 Al East teams have made 12 appearances in World Series. Minus one year for lockout and that’s needless to say amazing.

The Mets need to embrace the challenge and leap the mental hurdle that is the recent success in Philadelphia. Jerry Manuel has all the tools in his toolbox, but will have to be very involved in managing his team. He will have to prudently use Jose Reyes whether it is in leadoff, 3-hole, or when to rest him. The Mets in my opinion are playoff bound if they follow a line of prudent decision making, stay healthy and get strong efforts from their rotation down the stretch. Often championship seasons come down to mental toughness and under veteran leadership the Mets should be able to conquer that. It feels as though a special season is in the making in New York. The players seem to know it, it’s time for fans to show trust and follow suit.

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