Mets Merized Online » Carlos Gomez http://metsmerizedonline.com Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:47:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 MMO Free Agent Profile: Carlos Gomez, OF http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mmo-free-agent-profile-carlos-gomez-of.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mmo-free-agent-profile-carlos-gomez-of.html/#comments Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:00:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=227049 carlos gomez

Carlos Gomez
Position: Outfield
Bats: Right – Throws: Right
Born: December 4, 1985 (Turning Age 31)

Since the 2015 Trade Deadline, it seems the New York Mets have tried to make a reunion happen with Carlos Gomez, their former amateur free agent signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2002. Gomez was on GM Sandy Alderson’s radar prior to the July 31 deadline, as the team was looking to add an impact bat for their postseason push. The proposed trade of Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores to the Milwaukee Brewers for Gomez fell through due to lingering concerns over Gomez’ hip, and of course, the rest is history, as the Mets circled back to the Detroit Tigers and pulled off a trade for Yoenis Cespedes, a trade that propelled the team all the way to the 2015 World Series.

There was talk of Gomez signing with the Mets this past season too, after he was designated for assignment by the Houston Astros in early August. The Mets ended up taking a pass on Gomez, relying on the injured Justin Ruggiano to return only to end up back on the disabled list due to a left shoulder injury at the end of August. The Texas Rangers signed Gomez to a minor league deal, with the Astros responsible for the bulk of his $9 million ’16 salary.

Gomez revived his season with the Rangers, after slashing .210/.272/.322 in 85 games with the Astros in ’16, with a 6.5% walk rate and career worst 31% strikeout percentage. He also posted negatives in DRS, UZR, and UZR/150 in 677 innings in the outfield with the Astros.

However, moving from Houston to Arlington reignited the spark plug outfielder, as he went on to play in 33 games for the AL West Champion Texas Rangers, posting a line of .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs, 18 RBI, a 139 wRC+, and a 1.2 fWAR. His defensive metrics also improved as he manned mainly left field (213 out of 275 total innings), posting a 1.3 UZR and 6.4 UZR/150. Combining his overall outfield metrics with Texas, Gomez posted a 3.7 UZR and 11.7 UZR/150, according to FanGraphs.

Gomez pointed to adjustments at the plate that aided in his turnaround with the Rangers, explaining in September that he was trying to keep the weight on his back leg, which allows him to stay back and recognize the pitch better, allowing him to drive the ball with more relative ease.

Between 2012-14, Gomez was one of the game’s premier outfielders, posting a 16.2 fWAR (4th among MLB outfielders), 111 stolen bases (2nd), 247 runs scored (12th), 18 triples (10th), and registering the 6th best UZR/150 (14.7) among all outfielders during that span. Gomez made both of his All Star appearances in 2013 and 2014, the two years he posted above an .800 OPS. Gomez also won his only Gold Glove Award in ’13, the same year he received a share of MVP votes, placing ninth in the NL.

High strikeouts and low walks have always been a bugaboo for Gomez, however, it was less noticeable when he was hitting 20 plus home runs and stealing over 30 bases in a season. Gomez posted the 9th highest strikeout percentage in baseball this past season (30%) among all players with at least 400 plate appearances. While he did lower his strikeout percentage once he signed with the Rangers, it was still down only a few percentage points, from 31 to 27.7%. Since 2015, Gomez has trended negatively in average, OBP, SLG, fWAR, wRC+, and runs scored.

Gomez has posted close to neutral splits for his career, posting a .722 OPS against RHP and .738 OPS against LHP. While Gomez struggled during his time in Houston, he did post solid numbers in RISP with both Houston and Texas, posting a .792 OPS with the Astros, and a 1.145 OPS with the Rangers.

Contract:

If Gomez continued to struggle with the Rangers, he’d be lucky to land a one-year deal with incentives on the open market this winter. His strong final six weeks of the season helped Gomez potentially land a multi-year contract, with the Blue Jays, Orioles, Mets, Athletics, Giants, and Cardinals all possible fits for the soon to be 31-year-old. Of course, you can’t rule out the Rangers wanting to keep Gomez, as they’re set to lose both Gomez and Ian Desmond to free agency. I can envision Gomez receiving a two-three year deal, for roughly $10-12 million annually, similar to the deal Denard Span signed with the San Francisco Giants last year for three-years and $31 million.

Recommendation:

Cespedes remains priority number one for the Mets, however, Gomez offers some intriguing athleticism and speed for a Mets team that has been void of that for some time. While he’s hit leadoff for the bulk of his career, his lifetime OBP of .315 leaves a lot to be desired, although in 17 games batting first for the Rangers he did post a .386 OBP. At this point for the Mets, if Cespedes can’t be retained, the Mets should set their sights on someone that could hit leadoff and get on base at a higher clip than Gomez does, Dexter Fowler is a prime example.

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Should the Mets Bring Back Carlos Gomez? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/should-the-mets-bring-back-carlos-gomez.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/should-the-mets-bring-back-carlos-gomez.html/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:00:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225184 carlos gomez

Last year, the Mets quickly moved on from Yoenis Cespedes by agreeing to a one year deal with Alejandro De Aza so he could platoon with Juan Lagares in center field. At the time, the Mets had indicated they were willing to go two to three years for Cespedes, which was aligned with the Sandy Alderson concept of no second generation contracts. This was far short of the six year $132 million contract Cespedes was seeking in free agency.

Due to a number of circumstances, Cespedes never got the contract he wanted. This allowed the Mets a rare opportunity to sign a superstar caliber player on their own terms. Without Jason Heyward or Justin Upton on the free agent market, or really any star outfielders on the free agent market, it does not appear the stars will once again align for the Mets. If they want to retain Cespedes, they are going to have to offer him that big contract he wanted last offseason.

Aside from David Wright, this is not how the Mets do business. Other than Wright, no player entering their age 30+ season has received a five year plus contract offer. With the way the Wright contract has gone, it does not appear the Mets would be willing to change that policy. With that in mind, it appears as if Cespedes will be signing elsewhere this offseason leaving the Mets to once again try to figure out how best to build the team so it can return to the postseason.

One player that could be a potential fit is former Met Carlos Gomez. Ironically, Cespedes was only a Met because Gomez had a hip issue. If not for that, Gomez would be the player entering free agency with the Mets wondering how far they should go to re-sign him.

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Now, Gomez doesn’t appear to be an obvious fit at the moment. Even if Cespedes does not return, the Mets already have a lot of quality major league outfield depth. Heading into the season, the Mets have, Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson, Lagares, Brandon Nimmo, and possibly Jay Bruce. It’s going to require a lot of mixing and matching to make sure everyone gets enough playing time to be productive. Why add an outfielder to this mix to further complicate matters?

The easy answer is you want to make the team better, and Gomez does that.

After Gomez seemed lost in Houston, he was released, and he was rejuvenated with the Texas Rangers. In 33 games, Gomez hit .284/.362/.543 with six doubles, eight homers, and 24 RBI. Naturally, many will note not to trust the small sample size. It’s a fair point, but why should you trust the small sample size of Gomez’s time in Houston where he hit .221/.277/.342 with 25 doubles, nine homers, and 42 RBI in 126 games? With that in mind, we should take a broader look at Gomez.

Over the last five seasons, Gomez was a .265/.326/.453 hitter who averaged 26 doubles, 18 homers, and 61 RBI. This is probably a good indication as to where his true talent level is at this point. Still, there is the possibility Gomez is capable of more. He has shown the capacity to hit over 20 homers a season, and he has shown the ability to draw walks.

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Then there is the matter of defense. Gomez is still a solid defender despite possibly losing a step in center field. The former Gold Glover has averaged an 8.2 UZR and a 7 DRS in center field. When you couple that with Gomez having a much better bat than Lagares, you have a possible upgrade in center field. With Gomez having experience in both left and right field, the Mets can put out a phenomenal outfield defense late in games to help them protect leads. Keep in mind, that was one of the things the Mets did extremely well in 2015 when they went all the way to the World Series.

As for the rest of the outfield, a Gomez (or Cespedes) signing would force the Mets to put Nimmo in AAA for another season, which isn’t a bad thing for a developing player. Lagares would once again become the late inning defensive option. From there, it gets a little trickier with Bruce, Conforto, and Granderson. One could get traded, one could move to first base, and in the worst case scenario, the Conforto could start the year in AAA until someone gets injured, which as we have seen with the Mets, is likely.

Overall, we know the Mets are too left-handed in the outfield, and they need another right-handed bat. Ideally, that is Cespedes. However, in the event that Cespedes gets that massive contract the Mets aren’t likely to match, the player could be Gomez.

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Mets, Cardinals Looking To Trade For Gomez http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-cardinals-may-look-to-trade-for-gomez.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-cardinals-may-look-to-trade-for-gomez.html/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:20:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220197 carlos gomez

Update, August 12

According to Mark Saxon of ESPN, Carlos Gomez is expected to be traded before he becomes a free agent next Thursday. The Cardinals are looking into a possible deal with the Astros, but Saxon says they may actually be outbid by the Mets.

Original Post, August 10

The once-coveted Carlos Gomez was designated for assignment by the Houston Astros today, opening the door once again for a return to the Mets.

Before today’s game, Sandy Alderson told reporters that the team has an “open mind” about a return.

Gomez, 30, is in the midst of a horrendous season, batting .210/.272/.332 with five homers and ten steals in 85 games with Houston this year. Gomez struggled early on this season, had a very good month of June, but has since plummeted back down to earth.

Gomez was, of course, almost traded to the Mets last July before the deal fell through at the last minute. He could be a smart low-risk pickup if he ends up becoming a free agent. He has historically played very good outfield defense, and is just two years removed from a 132 wRC+ season at the plate, when he hit 23 home runs and stole 34 bases.

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MMO Exclusive: Sandy Discusses Cespedes and Tigers Unwillingness To Budge (Part 2) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/exclusive-sandy-discusses-cespedes-and-tigers-unwillingness-to-budge-part-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/exclusive-sandy-discusses-cespedes-and-tigers-unwillingness-to-budge-part-2.html/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:01:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190354 Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta visited MCU Park Wednesday night, likely to check out first-round pick Michael Conforto. (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Here is the second part of my interview this morning with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson on me weekly Tip-Off Show. You can read part one of Sandy’s interview by clicking here.

John: I’m a gigantic Michael Fulmer fan, I’ve watched him pitch six times this season. I have to ask you, please tell me just how difficult it is to trade a guy like that? It seems to me like you were holding off until the last possible second of the trade deadline before you actually pulled the trigger on that deal.

Sandy: It’s very true, we spent the whole day Friday trying to keep Michael Fulmer out of the deal. Then we looked at the clock and we only had 15 minutes left until the deadline and we realized that the Tigers were not going to budge. We even offered them more players just so we could hang on to him.

But at the end of the day, they just sat firm the whole time and they basically got exactly what they wanted. In retrospect we’re very happy that we did it, and we know Michael is going to be an outstanding pitcher.

John: Sounds like both teams got what they wanted. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Yoenis Cespedes.

Sandy: We’ve been very fortunate that he’s been able to play some centerfield for us. Originally one of the reasons we went after Carlos Gomez was because he could play centerfield and give us some flexibility at the corners.

But Cespedes has allowed us to do the same thing. Plus I think Juan Lagares has responded positively in what’s now a part-time role. He has been able to focus and work on some things without worrying about his results on a day to day basis. It looks like some of those things he’s applied immediately and it has already paid some dividends. So having Cespedes available to play centerfield has been a real plus for us.

John: You have received a lot of high praise and acclaim for how you were able to retool and replenish the Mets farm system. Because of that, you were able to make those pre-trade deadline deals that seemed to have made a real impact on the major-league roster. What kind of organizational emphasis and initiatives are involved in shaping our minor-league system?

Sandy: Every organization says that they’re going to build their team through their minor-league system, but it really comes down to execution. You start by retaining all of your draft picks, and this year we knew this season was going to be different for us when we gave up a draft pick to sign Michael Cuddyer. That’s something that I don’t foresee us doing again in the future. I think that was the first indicator that we expected this season to be a little bit different.

Retaining your full capacity of drafted players as well as signing them from the international market is just part of it as having a top development team is also a big part of that. Eventually you have to turn that highly regarded talent into professional baseball players.

I’m a big believer in organization and having a systematic approach to things. You know Paul DePodesta and Dick Scott run our minor-league system and they’ve done such a tremendous job of keeping things well-organized from a training standpoint as well as from a performance standpoint.

We have organizational philosophies on hitting and pitching and we try to be consistent in applying those philosophies throughout the system.

The goal of our player development system is to improve the players, but it’s always critical as well to get good talent into our system. We focused on being systematic and well-organized and having coaches who can teach as well as just running games. Those things have been very important.

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Stay tuned for our final installment of our three-part exclusive interview with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, which we will post very shortly.

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Astros Acquire Carlos Gomez From Brewers http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/astros-acquire-carlos-gomez-from-brewers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/astros-acquire-carlos-gomez-from-brewers.html/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 23:41:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188882 carlos gomez

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports the Astros and Brewers have agreed on a trade that will send center fielder Carlos Gomez and right-hander Mike Fiers to Houston.

All medicals were already approved, no problems.

Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that there will be “four or five” prospects heading back to the Brewers in exchange for Gomez and Fiers.

The Brewers will receive outfield prospects Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, right-hander Adrian Houser and lefty Josh Hader, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

The Astros, who didn’t sign a No. 1 overall pick over medical reports, didn’t seem to have any issue about the serious, debilitating, degenerative, career-threatening  hip issue.

All of a sudden the Milwaukee Brewers version of events doesn’t sound so crazy anymore especially when you look at their timeline of how everything went down all the way up to the point that the Mets backed out of the deal.

Hello Fred and Jeff Wilpon, I’m looking at you. I’ve been looking at you two, ever since that entire abortion went down last night.

Incidentally, Carlos Gomez did 10 backflips today and said, there’s nothing wrong with my hips, ” my hips are sexy.” Damn he’s so cool.

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Report: Brewers Deny Gomez Hip Issue, Mets Nixed Deal Due To Payroll Concerns http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/report-brewers-dispute-gomez-hip-issue-mets-nixed-deal-due-to-payroll-concerns.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/report-brewers-dispute-gomez-hip-issue-mets-nixed-deal-due-to-payroll-concerns.html/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:55:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188737 carlos gomez

The story keeps changing on the dead in the water Carlos Gomez deal. This is why I’ve been imploring everyone to stop taking sides when both teams are trying feverishly to save face and nobody knows the truth.

Tim Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is now reporting that the Mets killed the deal because of financial limitations and fear they couldn’t fit Gomez into their payroll.

Both Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and agent Scott Boras disputed there was a hip issue Thursday morning.

“Carlos never had any issue with his hip,” Scott Boras said in a telephone interview Thursday morning.

“He had an abductor and groin issue a few weeks ago and just to make sure he was OK, we requested the team do an MRI that showed his abductor had healed with medication. The doctor just happened to throw in, ‘By the way, his hip structurally and tissue-wise is clean.”

Here is the timeline of events according to Haudricourt:

1. The Brewers thought they had a deal with the Mets on Wednesday evening to send Gomez to New York in exchange for injured pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores.

2. The Mets wanted the Brewers to take centerfielder Juan Lagares in the trade. The Brewers said no, in part because Lagares has an elbow issue but also because he has a four-year, $23 million contract extension that kicks in next year and they didn’t want to pick up the money.

3. The Mets then asked the Brewers to throw in the 2016 Competitive Balance Round B pick they were recently awarded and the Brewers said no.

4. The Brewers then were asked to put some money in the trade to cover part of what’s remaining on Gomez’s contract, including a $9 million salary next year. The Brewers said no.

5. It was only then that the Mets came back and said they were calling off the deal because of concerns over Gomez’s medical records.

Again, we may never know the truth, after all the Mets are swimming in cash and have no payroll restrictions, right Fred?

The deal is dead, that’s the only truth. That and whatever you want to convince yourself happened.

July 29

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Milwaukee Brewers rejected the trade with the New York Mets because of concerns they had with the medical reports on Zack Wheeler and his physical.

Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel reported the Brewers apparently were not satisfied with medical reports on Wheeler and that the reconstructive elbow surgery performed in March was more complicated than normal because of separately torn tendon that had to be repaired.

However Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says it was the Mets who backed out over concerns about a degenerative hip condition that Carlos Gomez has.

“Whatever has been speculated over the course of the evening has not and will not transpire,” Sandy Alderson told reporters. “There’s no trade. … It’s an unfortunate situation.”

It’s a bizarre story that continues to get even more murky, and we may never know the real truth as to what actually transpired.

Initially when the deal was first reported by Andy Martino, Ken Rosenthal and Joel Sherman, all three said the deal was pending a physical on Zack Wheeler.

After examining their twitter timelines, neither of them mentioned anything about a pending physical for Carlos Gomez.

All I know is that all the baseball insiders had no problem reporting this was a done deal, but now they’re all scrambling to try and distance themselves from the land mine they created.

I’m sure the last thing either team wants out there right now, is that Wheeler and Gomez have serious injury concerns.

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Jumping To Conclusions and Agent-Speak http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/jumping-to-conclusions-and-agent-speak.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/jumping-to-conclusions-and-agent-speak.html/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:30:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188783 1438266122046

Update 11:30 am

Brewers beat writer Tom Haudricourt has spent the day trying to explain to fans what exactly happened. Now, in the latest tweet meant to set off yet another firestorm, Haudricourt says,

The more details I get on nixed Gomez trade, the more it sounds as if it became more financial matter than medical matter. Anyone surprised?

This to me is a fascinating turn of events and plays directly into a Wilpon lack of money issue that some fans and critics love to eat up.

Yet, if you take a second to actually think about it – how can that be the whole story?

After all, Haudricourt also reported that Brewers GM Doug Melvin told him that when report of the deal leaked out, he told Carlos Gomez about the trade and that it was set to go through if medicals checked out.

He also reported last night that Melvin CONFIRMED medicals were the reason the deal got nixed.

So, since the medicals did NOT check out – we’re now going to try and spin this into a Mets financial issue? How does a trade “go through if medicals check out” if financials are an issue? It’s not like Carlos Gomez’s contract snuck up on the Mets. I am sure at minimum, Sandy Alderson is able to access Baseball Cot’s right?

Could it be, that the medicals did NOT check out and THEN the Mets requested a financial insurance policy on Gomez or else the deal was dead, and the Brewers rejected?

Doesn’t that make more sense than just the constant banging of the drum against the Wilpon’s?

Perhaps the Mets did the logical thing and saw a red flag, and tried to protect themselves from a potentially catastrophic mistake. Now, the Brewers are stuck with Carlos Gomez and trying to probably convince others to take him since you know, he never had a hip issue…other than that one time he had a hip issue.

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Original Post

Okay so last night was easily one of the craziest nights as a Mets fan I can remember. First of all, I’m glad to be on the side of the buyer – not the seller for the first time in what… 7 years?

While I have not been a Carlos Gomez fan for various reasons, I’m not going to sit here and tell you if healthy I would have been mad about the deal. I think it was a good trade for the Mets, had it gone through.

If the Mets could do me a favor from now until the deadline and only make afternoon deals, or at least finalize deals prior to let’s just say 9pm? That’d be great, thanks. Could the Mets fan base have slept any worse last night?

I know it looked “so Mets” to keep Flores in and Alderson “blames” social media for leaking the deal – I blame people’s rush to judgment without the facts as really the problem. I don’t think the leak of the deal was the issue at all.

Last night yes – the deal was reported done pending physicals as always. Yes Sherman didn’t say that – but everybody else did. Anybody who follows MLB trades knows physicals are always the last step, and when you have a player with Tommy John Surgery on his resume – you should know it’s not done yet until the teams say so.

They were correct to report the deal. In an era of the sport where you check mlbtraderumors.com every five minutes, we the fans have an appetite for wanting to know when a trade is close, and when a trade is done.

Trade rumors are like the National Enquirer of sports. They rarely lead to anything – but “we” always need to feel like we know what’s going on before it happens. That’s where I blame social media. How many “rumors” have stirred up a discussion that eventually had no true end result?

Remember the rumor that had the Mets getting Tyler Clippard, or Juan Uribe & Kelly Johnson?

The most informed reaction is the one you have after you have the facts. Not before.

When Flores was still out there, the social media firestorm was insane.

People calling Collins a cold and evil person – people saying the Mets are idiots…almost everybody was BLASTING the Mets, including reporters and beat writers who often get trade details.

You had Carlos Gomez with KRod and others taking an airplane selfie because he was told he was dealt by his manager. I don’t blame the media for reporting the deal, they did what “we” ask of them.

However, two things lead to last night’s chaos.

#1 Everybody’s insatiable desire to crush the Mets for anything and everything they do. And the fact remains – they were right guys. There was no trade, and no reason to pull Flores. Instead of viewing something that doesn’t make sense to you – perhaps wait until you get the facts before rushing to judgment next time?

We all knew Collins would speak after the game, we all knew there’d be plenty of chances for him to explain the situation. Instead – many fans and critics jumped to throw Terry Collins and the Mets directly under the bus. What was fascinating to me was the amount of insults being thrown Collins’ way as if somehow overnight he became an evil person, which was comical to me since just yesterday there was a story right here showcasing what a genuinely nice man Collins is.

#2 And this is where I blame the media. If you had an internet connection – you knew the Mets were getting BLASTED for having Flores out there. If you watched the game, you knew how sad of a scene it was.

Where was everybody who is so quick to “break” news at that point?

There isn’t ONE source that could have been found to say the deal is off mid-game and that’s why Flores is not pulled?

Everybody has sources to fill an entire trade rumor report – but nobody has a single source to ask the most important question of the night?

Why can’t the Mets broadcast team relay a message to the fans that there is a holdup in the deal and that’s why Flores is out there? Why can’t any of the Mets beat writers, Ken Rosenthal, Jon Heyman – anybody go to ONE source and ask “Why is Flores still playing?”

One report could have calmed everything down. But instead, everybody was too busy knocking the Mets, because that’s the cool thing to do right?

You can’t ask Sandy Alderson to release a statement on a trade that he didn’t even report had happened – especially when things probably got pretty ugly behind the scenes. If “sources” broke the story of the trade, then “sources” could have easily leaked a holdup in the deal.

So let’s get to why the deal broke down really quick.

The Brewers say Wheeler, the Mets say Gomez.

Maybe it’s the Mets fan in me – but I don’t believe the Brewers at all. First of all, Zack Wheeler is about 5 months removed from Tommy John Surgery, what are you finding out from a cut open elbow that you didn’t expect to see? You’re acquiring a guy who might not pitch until the summer of 2016 – what surprised you?

I refuse to believe you’ll know anything about Wheeler until he’s on a mound. They are the ones who were trading for a guy who just had his elbow cut open. I would be SHOCKED if Wheeler’s medical came through clean…since, it isn’t clean.

Plus, why would the Brewers own Manager tell Carlos Gomez he has been traded – if Zack Wheeler’s medical was the issue? Why would word get to the Manager to tell his star player he’s been dealt, if the organization didn’t tell him to?

The Brewers have to save face here because now they want to trade Carlos Gomez. The Mets do not NEED to trade Zack Wheeler. So the Brewers and Scott Boras denying Gomez’s hip issue to me is poppycock (yes, I just wanted to say “poppycock”).

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But it was really the Scott Boras quote paired with how angry Sandy Alderson seemed to be that leads me down a path of believing the Mets were right here.

“Carlos Gomez has never seen a hip doctor and has never had a hip issue in his playing career. Anyone who suggests that is inaccurate and baldly misrepresenting the truth of the player’s condition.”

Really? He’s NEVER had a hip issue? I’m confused by this quote because just about a month ago, Carlos Gomez said this

“What I have been through this year has been hard,” he said. “It started with the hammy, then the hip.”  

Then the what?

How can that be? Scott Boras just said you NEVER had a hip issue. How does a guy who has never had a hip issue in his playing career – have a hip issue just over a month ago?

Carlos Gomez’s hip issue was so serious at the time that his team scheduled an MRI on it. You don’t schedule an MRI on something that isn’t an issue.

The Mets did their due diligence when it comes to Gomez’s hip, and it lead to a deal being canceled. I’m not going to sit here and blame them for last night because they were busy doing what was best for the organization at the time.

Sure, at the time his MRI was “clean” – but they saw something they didn’t like, and that’s enough for me to accept their reasoning for backing out of the deal.

I know it’s the cool thing to do to criticize the Mets, but I think they got caught in a social media fire storm and unfortunately Flores was the victim – but had the trade gone through – perhaps the entire team would have been the victim.

This doesn’t mean the Mets cannot trade for an outfielder – and I expect they will do that now because the showed the Mets fans that they recognize a need for an impact bat and are willing to do something about it.

However, if I were a betting man (and I am), I’d bet it won’t be Carlos Gomez….or Gerardo Parra.

Good thing San Diego’s in town huh?

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Alderson: There Is No Deal, There Will Be No Deal http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/alderson-there-is-no-deal-there-will-be-no-deal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/alderson-there-is-no-deal-there-will-be-no-deal.html/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:04:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188656 carlos gomez

I cannot believe what I’ve just heard. Mets GM Sandy Alderson just told reporters that the rumored Carlos Gomez deal is not a deal.

“There is no deal and there will not be any deal,” Alderson said.

Alderson repeatedly said that a deal has not and will not transpire.

“Unfortunately social media got too far ahead of the facts. Whatever has been speculated over the course of the evening has not and will not transpire.”

Alderson also said that he seeked out Wilmer Flores and apologize to him. “I spoke to the player who was hurt by these unfounded rumors and assured him that he was still a part of the New York Mets.”

So as one beat writer put it. “Not happening tonight, not happening tomorrow, not happening Friday. Carlos Gomez will not be a Met.”

Alderson would not elaborate on the details of the rumored trade, other than to say it would not happen.

I really don’t know what to say I’m actually speechless. I mean how can the beat writers and the reporters and the experts all screw this up so badly?

This is a fucking abortion.

7:30 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting that the New York Mets have agreed to send Wilmer Flores and Zack Wheeler to the Milwaukee Brewers for two-time All Star Carlos Gomez.

Gomez is owed about $4 million for the rest of this year and is signed through the 2016 season when he will earn $9 million. He is represented by agent Scott Boras.

Gomez, 29, is hitting .266 this year with eight home runs, 40 runs scored, seven stolen bases, and 43 RBI. He has a .761 OPS and 108 OPS+.

The deal is pending physicals for both sides.

Wow, I can’t believe it. This is a nice deal for us…

It’s amazing that we’ve just acquired Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, Tyler Clippard and Carlos Gomez for three secondary prospects, a player without a true position, and a starting pitcher who is out until next July with Tommy John surgery…

Incredible…

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Latest Trade Buzz: Mets Not Interested In Carlos Gonzalez, Thankfully So http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/latest-trade-buzz-mets-not-interested-in-carlos-gonzalez.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/latest-trade-buzz-mets-not-interested-in-carlos-gonzalez.html/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:41:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188413 carlos gonzalez

The Mets are not interested in acquiring Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, according to several reports from the team’s beat writers.

In the wake of dealing Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays, the Rockies are now looking to deal CarGo as they look to do a complete rebuild in Colorado.

The Mets are interested in acquiring a big bat, but have made it known that Gonzalez isn’t that guy.

While Gonzalez, 29, is enjoying a nice July after struggling most of the year, his splits are very telling and make him a player the Mets should avoid.

Home: .301 AVG, .936 OPS
Away: .256 AVG, .738 OPS

Vs RHP: .312 AVG, .985 OPS
Vs LHP: .162 AVG, .398 OPS

Additionally, 2014 and 2015 are CarGo’s two worst seasons of his career and his peak year was in 2010 – six years ago.

Then consider the cost in high-end prospects and the contract you take on which is $7-8 million for the rest of this season and then another $37 million through 2017.

And where does Michael Conforto play in 2016? Do we just shove him off to the side?

Sorry, but I have to disagree with my counterpart Matt Cerrone at MetsBlog who writes, “Ugh! I don’t understand why the Mets wouldn’t be interested in Gonzalez, who would be a terrific addition to Citi Field.”

Sorry, CarGo is anything but a perfect fit, and he poses a significant injury risk on top of everything else I already pointed out.

8:00 AM Update

The New York Mets have been very busy upgrading their roster with the recent acquisitions of Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, and now Tyler Clippard.

However by all accounts, Sandy Alderson is not finished yet and continues to shop for an outfielder. According to David Lennon of Newsday, the Mets are optimistic they could still acquire one more player.

Beat reporter Marc Carig hears the same and adds that the recent flurry of moves has asserted the Mets’ standing in the market as a serious buyer.

“After years of skepticism from fans and media members, anything is possible. And the rest of the baseball world has taken notice. Said one evaluator: They aren’t done.”

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports the Mets are still in the mix for Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra along with the Los Angeles Angels, Baltimore Orioles and a “mystery team.”

“Parra is a certain bet to go somewhere considering his status as a free agent after the year and very nice season,” Heyman says.

One outfielder that has also been connected to the Mets is Carlos Gomez, also of the Brewers. However, several MLB sources told Heyman they believe “Gomez won’t end up going anywhere.”

Other outfielders the Mets checked in on are Justin Upton – who was deemed to pricey, Ben Zobrist – who they may no longer need anymore with acquisitions of Uribe and Johnson, and Jay Bruce – who the team reportedly shopped Zack Wheeler for.

They’ve also been connected to Troy Tulowitzki, although the club reportedly believes the Rockies aren’t yet motivated to move their star shortstop.

The Mets still have assets they can move to acquire a big bat, and they reportedly include top prospects OF Brandon Nimmo, RHP Michael Fulmer and SS Gavin Cecchini.

Alderson said earlier this week that he is seeking a big piece and has the financial resources to take on a significant salary.

The combined financial commitment of the three players the Mets have acquired is just under $5 million dollars. All of it is easily cover by the roughly $11 million the team received in insurance payments on David Wright‘s contract.

So that’s the latest on the Mets trade rumor front for now, but I’m sure it will start buzzing again by this afternoon.

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MMO Game Recap: Mets 5, Brewers 1 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-mets-5-brewers-1.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mmo-game-recap-mets-5-brewers-1.html/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 20:39:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=181811 noah syndergaard

The Mets (22-16) beat the Brewers (13-25) by a score of 5-1 on Sunday afternoon  in the rubber game of their three-game set at Citi Field.

Noah Syndergaard shined in his second MLB start, allowing three hits, a walk, and a hit batsman in six innings of one-run ball.

After the rookie struck out two in the top of the first inning, he got some immediate support from a veteran in the home half when leadoff hitter Curtis Granderson took Wily Peralta deep. The Mets threatened to do further damage thanks to a double from Lucas Duda and an error by Aramis Ramirez, but Peralta escaped with just the one run on his ledger.

At the plate in the bottom of the second, Thor hammered one deep to the gap in right-center, but Carlos Gomez flagged it down to deny Syndergaard his first MLB hit.

New York added a second run in the bottom of the third when Eric Campbell and Duda hit back-to-back doubles. In the bottom of the fourth, a leadoff walk from Johnny Monell, a base-hit from Juan Lagares, and a single from Campbell brought in the third Met run before Duda walked and Michael Cuddyer gave the Mets some major breathing room with a two-run single that made it a 5-0 game.

Syndergaard stumbled a bit in the top of the sixth. Luis Sardinas led off the inning with a single, and with Carlos Gomez at the plate, Syndergaard ran one up and in at 97 miles-per-hour which hit the former Met squarely in the head (fortunately catching him on the helmet rather than the face). Gomez left the game, walking off the field under his own power after a delay.

Noah bounced back to strike out Khris Davis, but Ryan Braun (screw that guy, by the way) broke up the shutout with an opposite-field single which scored Sardinas. Syndergaard escaped the inning without further damage to finish his outing.

Sean Gilmartin, Carlos Torres, and Hansel Robles bridged the gap to the ninth inning, when Terry Collins decided to get Jeurys Familia some work. Familia pitched a 1-2-3 inning, taking the final ball of the game off his shin but recovering to chase it down and fire it to first, wrapping up Syndergaard’s first MLB win.

curtis granderson

Syndergaard was awesome in his Citi Field debut. He had much better command (95 pitches, 67 strikes) than his first time out, so the hitters were forced to hit his stuff, which seems pretty hard to do. His fastball doesn’t run too much, but he’ll still get some strikeouts with that pitch at 97+ MPH. The curveball is great, and while the changeup needs work, the fact that he HAS it gives the hitters another pitch to think about (making the other two that much harder to hit). Thank you, RA Dickey and Mike Nickeas. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

After waking up and destroying the entire village on Saturday, the sleeping dragon that had been the Mets’ offense came back for more today. 5 runs isn’t an explosion, but it’s a very solid showing, and certainly more than enough for the Mets to win far more often than not with their pitching.

Granderson has been coming alive lately. He was drawing a ton of walks early, but despite what Little League coaches always said (to the kids who couldn’t hit), a walk isn’t always as good as a hit. So it’s nice to see him hitting the ball hard, and, as of late, over the wall.

Duda isn’t hitting home runs right now, but that’s OK. He’s getting his knocks, and with all of these doubles, he’s getting his fair share of extra-base hits anyway. He didn’t start hitting HR’s until pretty late last season and he ended up with 30, so there’s still more than enough time for him to put up an impressive number in that column, anyway.

Cuddyer had big hits in each of the last two games. Hopefully his slump is coming to an end.

Syndergaard’s (near) hit was AWESOME. But can these pitchers learn to bunt already? This is the NL.

A ball went over Juan Lagares’ head today. Pete Rose probably lost a lot of money on that one.

As I’ve said before, it’s about winning series. The set with the Cubs was lousy, and they really needed this one. They made it tough with the blowout loss on Friday, but they bounced back and got it done. Milwaukee is a pretty horrible team, though. We have a much bigger challenge on deck.

Up Next: The Mets will begin a 4-game series with the Cardinals on Monday night at Citi Field. Matt Harvey (5-1, 2.31 ERA) will face John Lackey (2-2, 3.22) at 7:10 PM. (With me in attendance!)

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MMO Game Recap: Brewers 5, Mets 1 (13) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-recap-brewers-5-mets-1-13.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/mmo-game-recap-brewers-5-mets-1-13.html/#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 04:18:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=158487 niese recker

The Mets (29-37) lost to the Brewers (40-27) on Thursday night by a score of 5-1 in 13 innings at Citi Field.

Jon Niese got the start for the Mets and was fantastic, allowing one run on six hits and a walk in 7.2 innings, striking out eight and throwing 97 pitches.

The Brewers scored first in the top of the 2nd, on a solo shot by Aramis Ramirez. Niese got himself into a few of uncomfortable spots thanks to a couple hit batsmen and some scattered singles, but cruised for much of the night.

The Mets got their lone run off of Kyle Lohse in the bottom of the 4th. Daniel Murphy opened the frame with a single to center, and ended up on 3rd after the ball somehow got by Carlos Gomez. Murphy then scored on a sacrifice fly from Bobby Abreu.

With 2 outs and Niese rolling in the top of the 8th, Gomez hit the lefty’s 97th pitch of the night into center for a base hit. Terry Collins came out of the dugout to make a double switch and bring in a reliever, and a visibly upset Niese didn’t take it very well.

Jeurys Familia came in and got the 3rd out, and breezed through the top of the 9th. The Mets had the winning run in scoring position in the bottom of the 9th, but Ruben Tejada grounded out to send the two teams to extras.

The Mets had a runner in scoring position once again in the bottom of the 10th, but Eric Campbell failed to drive in the run with two outs.

The Mets looked like they might win it in the bottom of the 11th after David Wright walked, stole 2nd, and advanced to 3rd on a grounder with only 1 out. Alas, after Chris Young worked a walk and Curtis Granderson was intentionally walked to load the bases, Wilmer Flores was unable to get the ball in the air, instead grounding out to 1st baseman Mark Reynolds, who threw home to erase Wright. With 2 outs, Anthony Recker came up to the plate looking to be the hero, but on a 2-2 pitch, Recker was rung up by Angel Hernandez on a pitch that did not appear to be in the strike zone. A furious Recker was ejected, and the teams headed to the 12th.

Carlos Torres worked in and out of trouble in the 12th, but after coming out for a 2nd inning, after having appeared in the previous night’s game, the righty looked absolutely exhausted in the 13th. The Brewers tagged Torres for four runs, the last of which was charged to Carlos despite scoring when Dana Eveland hit Rickie Weeks with the bases loaded.

The Mets went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 13th against Francisco Rodriguez to end the ballgame, giving New York a rather depressing loss.

Well, that wasn’t much fun. The Mets didn’t hit tonight, and couldn’t get it done despite having several chances to win it late.

Niese was fantastic, and had every right to be upset when he was taken out. Terry made some pretty questionable moves in this game. Pulling Niese earlier than he had to, and pulling josh Edgin after facing only 1 hitter… this is why the Mets always have a tired bullpen, and maybe it’s why Terry somehow convinced himself that leaving Torres in so long was a decent idea.

The Mets can’t be making money right now. The crowds are just pathetic. You could really notice this when Niese left to a very weak ovation after a very strong performance. It’s really just a question of whether Fred Wilpon’s bank account can hold up long enough for him to reach his dream of being able to hand the team on to Jeffy. He’s a pretty rich guy despite all of his Mets-and-Madoff-related problems, so the Wilpons are probably here for the long haul, in my opinion.

The one thing I loved about tonight’s game? The broadcast was amazing. No commercials, no annoying jingles or slogans, just the SNY broadcast team talking baseball and exploring Citi Field all night long. They even sent Kevin out there to do some groundskeeping at one point. The lack of a commercial breaks seemed to make it less frustrating when the Mets made the third out at the end of each inning. The Mets should definitely do this more often.

Up Next:

The Mets will begin a 3-game series with the San Diego Padres on Friday night at Citi Field. Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.31 ERA) will face off against Andrew Cashner (2-5, 2.13 ERA).

Yep. “2-5, 2.13 ERA.” Maybe he belongs on our team…

Game Notes:

Curtis Granderson was not in the lineup originally due to an issue with his calf.  Zack Wheeler came in to pinch-run for Granderson after his intentional walk. LGM!

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Lagares Saved 11 Runs With His Arm Last Season http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/lagares-saved-11-runs-with-his-arm-last-season.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/lagares-saved-11-runs-with-his-arm-last-season.html/#comments Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:50:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=139415 juan lagares

According to John Dewan, Mets center fielder Juan Lagares saved 11 runs last season with his arm. 

Most Outfield Arm Runs Saved, 2013
Player OF Arm Runs Saved
Gerardo Parra 12
Juan Lagares 11
Jose Bautista 9
Adam Jones 7
Leonys Martin 6
Chris Denorfia 6
Carlos Gomez 6
Alex Gordon 6
Jeff Francoeur 5
Juan Perez 5
Norichika Aoki 5

Rookie center fielder Juan Lagares saved the Mets an estimated 11 runs with his arm, and he did that in only 820 innings at the position.

His lofty total was supported by his 12 kills—runners thrown out without the assist of a relay man. That is the sixth-highest total in the last five seasons. 

So in addition to all the runs Lagares saves with his spectacular play in the outfield which includes countless leaping grabs and many diving stops, his arm is also rated among the best in baseball.

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Ricciardi: Tejada Is Going To Be A Better Player http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/ricciardi-tejada-is-going-to-be-a-better-player.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/ricciardi-tejada-is-going-to-be-a-better-player.html/#comments Sat, 28 Dec 2013 02:38:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=137128 jp ricciardi

Appearing on the ‘€˜Hot Stove Show’€™ with Rob Bradford and John McDonald on Thursday night, Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi said his team is happy with heading into the 2014 with Ruben Tejada as their shortstop.

œHe’€™s a young player…a lot of them don’€™t realize what it takes to play every day. I think in Ruben’€™s case…he’€™s starting to realize that he has to work a lot harder than he has in the past, and he has. To his credit, he really has.

But as a young player, they get to the big leagues, some things happen for them and they forget how tough it is to stay there. I think he’€™s at that stage in his career. I think next year he’€™s going to be a better player than he was this previous year.

It’s good to see Ricciardi come out and join Sandy Alderson in explaining why the team is confident going into the season with Tejada as their shortstop. Too many are ready to move on from players like Tejada and Juan Lagares during their formative years, much as we did with Heath Bell and Carlos Gomez.

Ricciardi also weighed in on on how supply and demand is impacting the free agent market for shortstops, namely Stephen Drew where the Mets are concerned.

I think right now there’€™s just not a lot of demand for shortstops.  €œIt’€™s funny how it works. Sometimes there’€™s a lot of opportunities for free agents, but sometimes the market is a little bit of a stonewall. I think in this case there’€™s a lot of shortstops that are already in place.

Of course, when Scott Boras is your agent, standard rules never apply as the Jacoby Ellsbury deal clearly illustrated.

Perhaps the most interesting thing Ricciardi said during his interview was in regards to Curtis Granderson, sacrificing a draft pick, and building a team through the draft:

One of the things that is happening in baseball right now, that I scratch my head, is€“ young players are so overvalued right now, and I think it falls in with the draft picks, too.

No one builds through the draft. You add through the draft. €œYou can’€™t build a team through the draft because they just don’€™t all work out.

But you can supplement your system, and I get all that. But if you’€™re telling me I have a chance to get Curtis Granderson over a second round pick I think I’€™m going to take my chances with a proven major league player as opposed to maybe a high school or college kid that may or may not become Curtis Granderson.

Hindsight is 20-20 and we can all go back and look at guys where they were drafted and what happened to them, but in the end, the major league players, the proven major league player, has a lot more value to me than the Double A kid, the Triple A kid or even the kid who is drafted.

Ricciardi echoes my feelings on that exactly. But of course you already knew that. Too many fans have become prospect drunk these days. And yes, hindsight is 20/20 as Ricciardi says. It’s easy to look back 5-10 years and psychoanalyze and say “we should have done this or that.” However it’s apropos of nothing.

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This Day In Mets Infamy: “When Is The Right Time To Panic” Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-when-is-the-right-time-to-panic-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-when-is-the-right-time-to-panic-edition.html/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 11:57:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=134445 bacon 2

Well I don’t know about you but all that hot stove action yesterday gave me a serious case of whiplash as well as extreme nausea . It is not out of the ordinary for many deals – whether it is trades or free agent signings to get done before the winter meetings, but so many big names came off the board last night – capped by the cross town Yankees completely blowing up the free agent market. So it’s understandable why I felt so queasy – especially when word from Mets sources admitted that there aren’t any pending deals in the hopper.

If you’re a Mets fan this news doesn’t make you happy – I know it doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy. But as the obvious names keep being erased off of front office whiteboards when is the right time for us Mets fans to start panicking? Well in my opinion if you haven’t put your head in the oven, or started to tying the noose to your ceiling, I would wait until at least next Friday after the Winter Meetings conclude and Sandy Alderson has not filled any of the glaring voids on our roster – that is if you don’t have the wherewithal to wait until Spring Training starts in February.

I admit with the events of yesterday I am getting very antsy, I am sure the front office is almost about to go after and make an admirable run at  Curtis Granderson and Nelson Cruz – but with the Ellsbury contract you have to wonder if the Mets will have the stomach to strike a deal with either two players since obviously their stock has skyrocketed.

The Met front office as well as ownership seriously and woefully underestimated the market, and if there isn’t major changes by Opening Day on March 31st they will be panicking more than us over all the empty seats at Citi Field!

And with that said ,,,,, HERE COMES THE INFAMY!!!!!

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Utility infielder from the ’83 season, Tucker Ashford is 59 (1954).

Reserve outfielder from the ’86 season, Stan Jefferson is 51 (1962).

One time up and coming Mets outfielder, Carlos Gomez is 28 (1985). He is currently a star with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Other notable transactions include:

The New York Mets traded middle reliever, Jack DiLauro to the Detroit Tigers for minor leaguer, Hector Valle on December 4, 1968.

The Kansas City Royals signed middle reliever, Dan Schatzeder of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 4, 1990.

The Boston Red Sox drafted middle reliever, Joe Crawford from the Mets  on December 4, 1995.

The New York Mets traded outfielder,  Butch Huskey to the Seattle Mariners for pitching prospect, Lesli Brea on December 4, 1998.

The New York Mets traded reliever, Willie Blair to the Detroit Tigers for  outfielder/ first baseman, Joe Randa on December 4, 1998. Randa never played one game for the Mets.

The New York Mets signed free agent reserve catcher, Gustavo Molina of the Baltimore Orioles on December 4, 2007. And of course the Mets sign the wrong Molina – Stupid Mets !!!

The New York Mets signed free agent reserve catcher,  Raul Casanova on December 4, 2007.

The New York Mets signed free reserve catcher, Henry Blanco of the San Diego Padres on December 4, 2009.

Mo Vaughn  gets extremely violent cases of explosive diarrhea whenever he starts to panic!!!

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Brewers GM Doug Melvin Sees Mets As Good Trade Partner http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/brewers-gm-doug-melvin-sees-mets-as-good-trade-partner.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/brewers-gm-doug-melvin-sees-mets-as-good-trade-partner.html/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:40:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133150 melvinBrewers GM Doug Melvin acknowledged in an interview this weekend that the Mets and Brewers could fit well together as trading partners.

“They’ve indicated that they have extra first basemen, and we have a need,” Melvin said. “Again, it’s all about keeping your options open. … Nothing imminent, and I don’t anticipate anything imminent. But first base is one of our needs, they have excess first basemen, so you can tie two and two together — and come up with three.”

The Mets have a need in the outfield and tradeable assets at first base, while the Brewers are in the opposite situation. Both Lucas Duda and Ike Davis are young and under affordable team control for the foreseeable future, so the Brewers could have interest in trading for one of the two. In return, the Mets could ask for one of Milwaukee’s solid outfielders. Carlos Gomez would be unrealistic unless the Mets were willing to sweeten the package, but Norichika Aoki could be a fair return in exchange for Davis or Duda.

Aoki is a solid player and is definitely an upgrade over the likes of Mike Baxter in the outfield, but I wouldn’t trade Ike Davis for him. Davis reportedly has a good amount of value on the market this winter, and given that he is only a season removed from a 32 HR campaign and quite solid in the field, the Mets should be in no rush to move him. I’m all for moving Davis if he can be involved in a deal to bring us a game-changing power bat in the outfield or at shortstop, but the Mets have no reason to just give him away unless the right deal presents itself. I would trade Ike (and a bit more) for Gomez, but I wouldn’t consider swapping him for Aoki. Duda is another story. He is worse in the field and has less potential at the plate than Davis, and he has less value on the market. I would be happy to get a solid—not great, but solid— outfielder such as Aoki back in exchange for Duda.

However, if Aoki is our biggest splash of the offseason, or even just our biggest splash in the outfield, I will be quite disappointed. Again, Aoki is a solid player, but the Mets need game-changing bats, and Aoki does not fit under that category. If Alderson can swap Duda for Aoki, it would be a nice first step to rebuilding the outfield and the lineup. But if that trade were to happen, it would only be the first of many measures that must be taken Alderson and the Wilpons to put a competitive team on the field in Flushing.

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Wright, Murphy, Young Recognized For Baserunning At Their Positions http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/wright-murphy-young-recognized-for-baserunning-at-their-positions.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/wright-murphy-young-recognized-for-baserunning-at-their-positions.html/#comments Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:56:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133075 eric young

Eye On Baseball unveiled their 2013 NL Bronze Cleat winners and the Mets had three players get the gold – or the bronze in this case.

The Bronze Cleat recognizes players who helped their team the most on the bases, not just with stolen bases, but also things like going first-to-third on a single or scoring from first on a double. FanGraphs’ Base-Running WAR also figures into the voting.

Second Base

Daniel Murphy, Mets: After spending the first few years of his career as an OK base-runner, someone who wouldn’t kill his team with his legs but wouldn’t do much to help out either, Murphy was borderline elite in 2013. He led all NL second baseman by stealing 23 bases in 26 attempts (88 percent) and taking the extra base a whopping 61 percent of the time. That’s the second-highest rate in the entire league among players who batted 350 times. Only NL MVP Andrew McCutchen was better. Matt Carpenter deserves a shoutout for his work on the bases this year.

Third Base

David Wright, Mets: I think Wright has reached “he’s so good he’s boring” status. We’ve marveled at his ability for so long that it has sort of lost its appeal. Wright stole 11 more bases than any other regular third baseman in the league (17 in 20 attempts) and he was essentially tied for first by taking the extra base 43 percent of the time. He was unanimous, getting the first-place vote on all four ballots. Ho hum.

Outfield

Eric Young, Mets: There are some truly outstanding outfielders in the NL, but none stood out on the bases as much as Carlos Gomez and Young. They clearly separated themselves from the pack and it showed in our voting. Young led the circuit with 46 stolen bases (in 57 attempts) and he hustled for that extra base 55 percent of the time. Gomez swiped 40 bags in 47 tries and took the extra base 44 percent of the time. They were both outstanding.

Make room for Daniel Murphy at second base.

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Juan Lagares Is Off To A Sizzling Start In Winter Ball http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/juan-lagares-is-off-to-a-sizzling-start-in-winter-ball.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/juan-lagares-is-off-to-a-sizzling-start-in-winter-ball.html/#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:55:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=131986 future stars lagares

It’s only been six games for Juan Lagares who is working on his bat in the Dominican Winter League, but so far the early results have been incredible for the young center fielder.

Last night, Lagares went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two stolen bases to raise his average to .375 for the season with a .777 OPS.

The Dominican native has hit in six straight games for Las Aguilas and has eleven hits in his last twenty at-bats. Lagares is batting third in the lineup as his team takes advantage of his ability to spray the ball to all fields, make solid contact, and produce runs.

Like all rookies, Lagares had his highs and lows at the plate last season, but the team loves his coachability and his thirst to improve.

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I’ve always seen Lagares as the center fielder of the future for the Mets after falling in love with his bat in 2010 and then his defense in 2011.

There are many who predict his power to increase and for him to start utilizing his plus-speed more on the basepaths. He’s one of the few Mets who have a controlled aggressiveness at the plate and has the potential to become a catalyst in the lineup.

Defensively, he is already considered among the best center fielders in the game, accumulating 26 Defensive Runs Saved in barely two-thirds of a season as an everyday player. His 21.5 UZR is off the charts.

As our own former Mets scouting assistant Teddy Klein told us, Lagares’ defense is comparable to a young version of Carlos Beltran. “He just doesn’t give much away except the impossible, and he glides to the ball. It’s like an art to me, just watching his routes.”

The Mets have said they are very comfortable with Lagares as their everyday center fielder and some in the organization expect him to have a breakthrough season in 2014.

What he’s doing right now in Winter Ball is exciting to say the least.

How many days until pitchers and catchers report? :-)

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Video: Terry Collins On 2014, Murphy, Lagares, More… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/video-terry-collins-on-2014-murphy-lagares-more.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/video-terry-collins-on-2014-murphy-lagares-more.html/#comments Sun, 29 Sep 2013 13:35:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130333 Here is the video I shot of Terry Collins, who held his last pre-game presser of the 2013 season a short while ago.

“We’ve been talking about 2014 for two years now…talk is pretty much over, it’s time to play.”

Terry Collins with high praise of Daniel Murphy, saying the team should model his ability to put the ball in play…

Terry said Wright and Murphy will most likely be taken out early today…

Terry Collins envisions Juan Lagares as his center fielder in 2014… Hoping for Carlos Gomez-type career….

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Brewers vs Mets: Wright Out With Sore Thumb, Torres Tries To Even Series http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/brewers-vs-mets-wright-out-with-sore-thumb-torres-tries-to-even-series.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/brewers-vs-mets-wright-out-with-sore-thumb-torres-tries-to-even-series.html/#comments Fri, 27 Sep 2013 12:18:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130110 carlos torres 2

BREWERS (72-87) at METS (73-86)

RHP Yovani Gallardo (11-10, 4.23) vs. RHP Carlos Torres (4-5, 3.36)

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Starting Lineup

  1. Eric Young, Jr. – LF
  2. Lucas Duda – 1B
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Justin Turner – 3B
  5. Andrew Brown – RF
  6. Juan Lagares – CF
  7. Travis d’Arnaud – C
  8. Wilfredo Tovar – SS
  9. Carlos Torres – RHP

David Wright appears to have escaped serious injury when he was beaned by Johnny Hellweg with an 86 mph changeup in the third inning Thursday. However he injured his thumb when he fell, and Collins said it’s still a little sore so he’ll be on the bench tonight. The Mets hope Wright will return to the lineup Saturday.

Yovani Gallardo is 3-3 with a 3.72 ERA in eight career starts against the Mets, including one complete game. Torres gave up two earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in his lone relief appearance against the Brewers. Gallardo will face Mets right-hander Carlos Torres, who is coming off a quality start against the Phillies, limiting them to two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and three walks in six innings. Still, Torres has been much better out of the bullpen this season, working to a 1.47 ERA as a reliever against a 4.95 ERA as a starter.

Carlos Gomez was issued a one-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Thursday and sat out the opener against the Mets because of his participation in a benches-clearing incident against the Braves on Wednesday. Gomez, who was replaced in center field Thursday by Norichika Aoki, said he chose not to appeal the suspension because he did not want to risk it getting pushed back until the 2014 season opener.

With two stolen bases Thursday, Eric Young Jr. has caught Milwaukee’s Jean Segura for the National League lead at 44. And Young now firmly is targeting winning the league crown.

Game Preview

The Mets and Brewers play the second game of the series tonight as the Mets look for a couple of bright moments at the end of the season. First, the Mets will be looking to see if David Wright is ok after being hit in the head yesterday (I’m in the camp thinking he should at least sit out tonight, if not the rest of the season). Second, Eric Young stole two bases last night, now tied in the lead for stolen bases in the National League with 44, so now he has a few games to get the overall lead. Carlos Torres gets the start tonight as he goes up against Yovani Gallardo.

Torres is 4-5 over 32 games this year with 80.1 innings of work and a 3.36 ERA. He is 1-3 over 25.0 innings in September with a 4.68 ERA. In his career he has pitched 2.1 innings against the Brewers and has allowed 2 earned runs who have the following numbers against Torres:

Ramirez 0-3
Gomez 1-2, 2B
Lucroy 0-1
Aoki 0-1

Yovani Gallardo is 11-10 this season over 30 games with 174.2 innings and 4.23 ERA. In the month of September he has pitched 27.0 innings with a 3.33 ERA. In one start against the Mets this year, he allowed 4 ER over 6 innings of work. The Mets have the following numbers against Gallardo:

Wright 3-19, HR
Murphy 5-12, 2 2B
Duda 3-7, 2 HR
Tejada 2-6

Lets Go Mets!

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Tejada To Start At Short Tonight, Will Play Bulk Of Remaining Games http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/tejada-to-start-at-short-tonight-will-play-bulk-of-remaining-games.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/tejada-to-start-at-short-tonight-will-play-bulk-of-remaining-games.html/#comments Wed, 11 Sep 2013 06:56:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128913 tejada

Ruben Tejada will start at shortstop on Wednesday night against the Nationals, according to Terry Collins, and will get the bulk of the starts at short the rest of the season.

“Everybody’s allowed to have a bad year. Everybody,” manager Terry Collins said. “He might look at this, 2013, as Ruben Tejada’s worst year. He may bounce back next year and resume where he was two years ago, and that, to me, was an up-and-coming player that brings a lot to the table.”

Which version of Tejada the Mets have for the final stretch of the season remains to be seen. New York recalled the shortstop from Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, and Collins said Tejada is going to be in the lineup on Wednesday.

It’s been a tumultuous season so far for Tejada, but he’s hoping to keep that in the past.

“The past is the past,” Tejada said. “I’m here to keep going forward, and keep doing my job and keep working hard.”

During a radio interview with WFAN last week, general manager Sandy Alderson said asking Tejada to do extra work is “like pulling teeth.”

“Every GM, they try to push each player to work hard, do his job and try to get better every day,” Tejada said. “That’s what I think and that’s what I know. I’m here to keep working hard and try to keep playing better.”

I hope he tears the cover off the ball…

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As was reported on Sunday by Adam Rubin, Ruben Tejada is expected to rejoin the Mets today at Citi Field as they take on the Washington Nationals.

By delaying Tejada’s return for a week, the Mets are able to retain him for another year before he can hit free agency.

I don’t know what delaying his free agency really means for a player who seems to be in both the manager’s and front office’s dog house for the last two years.

Andy Martino spoke to two team officials this weekend. One of them said he was profoundly unimpressed by his work ethic and called him “a very disappointing kid”. The other official added that they “haven’t given up on him at all”.

Last week, Sandy Alderson said that one of the problems with Tejada is “it’s like pulling teeth” with regard to putting in the extra work to improve his performance on the field. “We need to see a commitment to improvement. He’s going to have to earn it.”

My take on this is that the team will do what it can this offseason to fill the shortstop position via trade or free agency. As I wrote yesterday, Stephen Drew and Yunel Escobar seem to be likely targets.

At 23, it seems a bit odd for an organization to give up like that on a player who posted a .284 batting average and .360 on-base when he was asked to step in at second base to replace Luis Castillo. Tejada showed a great deal of passion, baseball intellect and even had a penchant for big hits at the age of 20.

A season later, in 2012, he was asked to move over to shortstop and replace the iconic Jose Reyes. He held his own and batted .289, but clearly he was better suited for second base defensively where he rated as a plus defender the previous season.

Then enter 2013, where the problems began in spring training as soon as he arrived. He showed up to camp having put on a few extra pounds and the team expressed their disappointment to the media. Tejada went on to have an awful season in 2013.

Before he landed on the disabled list, he was moments away from being demoted after hitting just .209 with a .267 OBP over 50 games. So it was no surprise he was assigned to Las Vegas immediately after being activated from the disabled list.

The team believes he lacks any real commitment to improve as a player and that if he wants role on this he’s going to have to earn it. I like that approach, but I wish the Mets would apply it even handedly. There are some players on this team, many 3-4 years older than Tejada, who were given mile long leashes before the team acted.

Tejada went to Las Vegas and actually drove in the game-winning run that allowed the 51s to clinch a playoff berth. It was part of a five-hit day for Tejada who was selected as our Mets Minor League Player of the Week after batting .424 (14 for 33) with seven runs scored, a double, a triple, two home runs, five RBIs and four walks among his four multi-hit games that week.

Tejada finished the season batting .288 with a .716 OPS and in 269 plate appearances he struck out just 30 times, showing the strike zone judgement that impressed many during his first two seasons with the Mets.

My hope is that this doesn’t end up being another Carlos Gomez situation and that Tejada is traded and emerges as a solid and productive player with another team.

This new Mets organization is always being touted for their player development even though that doesn’t seem to be apparent at the major league level just yet. Here’s your test… Take this kid and actually develop him. We already know he has the offensive tools, and even has your plate approach down to a science, so what’s the problem? Invest the time and try to break through and get this kid motivated.

I keep saying that these issues of laziness and work ethic are more a matter of not enough people on staff to communicate and develop these Latino players emotionally as well as physically. Doesn’t it bother the Mets that Tejada does his offseason workouts with Robinson Cano and Jose Reyes? Instead of David Wright and Daniel Murphy? Doesn’t that tell you something?

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Hey Met Fans… Check This Out… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/hey-met-fans-check-this-out.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/hey-met-fans-check-this-out.html/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 23:15:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124168 I was over at FanGraphs curious to see what Jeremy Hefner‘s WAR (Wins Above Replacement) was for the season for another post I’m working on. While I was there I checked to see who the National League leaders in WAR were.

What a nice surprise…

  1. Carlos Gomez, Brewers – 5.0

  2. David Wright, Mets – 4.5

  3. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals – 4.4

  4. Matt Harvey, Mets – 4.3

  5. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies – 4.1

What is fascinating to me about that is that three of the top four National League players in the game today were drafted/signed by the New York Mets and developed in their farm system.

That’s a nice feather in the cap for our Amazins….

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