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In a somewhat surprising move, Bob Nightengale of USA Today has reported via Twitter that the Milwaukee Brewers have decided to cut ties with power-hitting first baseman, Chris Carter.

After being non-tendered by the Houston Astros last offseason, Carter blasted onto the scene in Milwaukee, hitting a league leading 41 homers. He ended his season with a .222/.321/.499 batting line to go along with 94 RBI.

He has never been one to hit for a high average, with career numbers of .218/.314/.463, but he has become a player known to smash the ball with ease. He enters the market as one of the premier power hitters available.

His high strikeout rates do not help his cause though, as he lead the National League with 206 punch-outs in 2016. He is somewhat of an all-or-nothing type hitter but can come through clutch in the right spot.

Carter, 29, is intriguing in the aspect that he could be the perfect platoon first baseman to go with the left-handed bat of Lucas Duda. Carter would give the Mets another tremendous threat from the right side of the dish, something they could surely use.

Defensively though he is not the greatest, and trending downwards, his glove is not what it once was. He could be more fitting for an American League team in need of a designated hitter at this point of his career.

That being said, with the type of offense he is capable of producing, it is hard not to wonder what he could be had for at this point. MLB Trade Rumors projected Carter to fetch $8.1 million through arbitration this season. If the price is right, he is an interesting player that the Metropolitans may want to take a look at.

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The 2010 Mets: Where Are They Now? Thu, 29 Aug 2013 23:58:53 +0000 jose-reyes-mets-2012

If you are a Mets fan, you know that David Wright is still with team, or that Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran are in Toronto and St. Louis, respectively. But what happened to guys like Nick Evans or Rod Barajas? We have the answers.

11 Players who made it into a game in 2010 with the Mets, are still employed by the team. That would be the aforementioned David Wright, Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada (Although he is currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, he is still on the Mets payroll), Lucas Duda, Justin Turner, Jon Niese, Pedro Feliciano (Although he made another stop in the Bronx, he is with the Mets once again), Bobby Parnell, Dillon Gee, Johan Santana, and Jenrry Mejia.

10 players are employed by another Major League team. That would be Jose Reyes, Angel Pagan, Beltran, Josh Thole, Henry Blanco, Joaquin Arias, Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, Francisco Rodriguez, and Oliver Perez.

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As you may know, Jose Reyes was traded from the Miami Marlins to the Toronto Blue Jays this past offseason in a blockbuster deal involving Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, and now former Met, John Buck. Reyes now puts on his uniform in the same locker room as R.A. Dickey and Josh Thole, who were traded together this past offseason from the Mets for Travis d’Arnaud, Buck, and Noah Syndergaard (don’t forget Wuilmer Beccera!). Angel Pagan was traded to the San Francisco Giants prior to the 2012 season for outfielder Andres Torres and pitcher Ramon Ramirez who have both since played again for the team they were traded from.

Carlos Beltran was traded at the deadline in 2011 to the Giants for Zack Wheeler, but has since made his home in St. Louis playing for the Cardinals, where he has enjoyed a couple of very nice seasons, including an All Star appearance this summer. Henry Blanco, who served as the Mets backup catcher in 2010, beat out Josh Thole for the same position on this year’s Toronto Blue Jays team, but was released and then signed by the Seattle Mariners who made the corresponding move by releasing 2012 Met alumni, Kelly Shoppach. Blanco played in Arizona for the Diamondbacks in 2011 and 2012.

Joaquin Arias, of whom the Mets received for Jeff Francoeur late in the 2010 season, played for the Kansas City Royals in 2011, and was then given a championship ring after serving as Pablo Sandoval‘s ninth inning defensive replacement in 2012 for the San Francisco Giants. He has been a key hitter off the bench for the Giants in 2013. Mike Pelfrey, after failing to play a month in the 2012 season, was signed by the Minnesota Twins, where his 5-10 record and 5.06 ERA is good enough to keep him in the starting rotation.

Francisco Rodriguez was traded to the Brewers in 2011 for Daniel Herrera (yes the 5-6 guy) and a minor leaguer, but was traded to the Baltimore Orioles at the deadline this year, downgrading from a closer to a setup man. Finally, Oliver Perez signed a two-year deal with the Seattle Mariners in 2012 and is proving to be an effective arm out of their bullpen. You would think that Perez’s ERA of 9.72 with Henry Blanco behind the plate would be the highest among catchers who have caught the Mexican native, but no. That award goes to Josh Thole, who provides Ollie with a sparkling 16.20 ERA.

Eight players are in the minor leagues with another organization. They are Mike Nickeas, Mike Hessman, Luis Hernandez, Mike Jacobs, Nick Evans, Hisanori Takahashi, Fernando Nieve, and Pat Misch.

Mike Nickeas, who was in the same deal that sent R.A. Dickey north of the border, is currently with the Blue Jays Triple-A team, the Buffalo Bisons, a team Nickeas has played for many times when they were the Mets affiliate. Nickeas has failed to make the Majors this season, playing 55 games in Buffalo. Mike Hessman, who is seven home runs shy of 400 for his minor league career and one shy of 15 for his Major League career, is currently a member of the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A team of the Cincinnati Reds, where he is teammates with base stealing extraordinaire, Billy Hamilton. Hessman played in Japan in 2011 for the Orix Buffaloes, and was with the Astros Triple A team in 2012.

Luis Hernandez, who played all of 17 games for the Mets, is with the Indians Triple-A team, after playing in the Texas Rangers organization in 2012. Nick Evans is the only 2010 Met alumni playing in Double-A. Evans, who is a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliated Mobile Baybears, was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2012. Mike Jacobs was the placeholder at first base until Ike Davis came up in 2010 but he is now with the Diamondbacks Triple-A team. Jacobs also stopped in Colorado Springs, Toronto, and Mexico. Hisanori Takahashi, who has 12 games started and 21 games finished as a Met, has played in the Majors with the Angels, Pirates, and Cubs. He is now a member of the Colorado Rockies Triple-A team. Fernando Nieve hasn’t played in the Majors since 2010, but he has played with the Astros, Dodgers, Indians, and currently the Athletics, all in Triple-A. Finally, Pat MIsch has seen time with the Phillies and Tigers Triple-A teams.

Five players are not currently with a Major League organization. The names are Jeff Francoeur, Rod Barajas, Jason Bay, John Maine, and Sean Green.

Francoeur was traded to the Rangers for Joaquin Arias in August of 2010. He spent the rest of the year there. Frenchy played in Kansas City during 2011 and 2012, but was released midway through the 2013 season. The Giants picked him up, where he played 22 games. Francouer was designated for assignment of August 20th, and released two days later. Barajas played with the Pirates in 2011 and 2012, before being signed by the Diamondbacks. He ultimately lost the bid to be Miguel Montero‘s backup, as the DBacks went with Wil Nieves instead.

Jason Bay, who was released after the 2012 season much to the delight of Mets fans, was signed by the Mariners for the 2013 season. He hit a home run in his first spring training at bat, but after a disapointing season, was released of August 6th to make room for Mike Morse. John Maine spent 2011 in the Colorado Rockies minor league system, and pitched for the Scranton/Wilkes-Bare Yankees for all of 2012. He played for the Miami Marlins in April of this year, but was released on April 22. The sidearmer, Sean Green pitched with the Brewers in 2011, before playing with the Texas Rangers’ Triple A team in 2012. He also pitched with the Somerset Patriots in 2012 of the Independent Leagues but has not found a team since.

Six players have officially retired. They are Luis Castillo, Alex Cora, Fernando Tatis, Gary Matthews Jr., Frank Catalanotto, and Tobi Stoner.

Luis Castillo was released by the Mets at the same time they released Oliver Perez. Castillo signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, but after a disappointing spring training, he was released, at which time he retired. Alex Cora was released by the Mets in August of 2010, and he played the rest of the year with the Rangers. He played with the Washington Nationals in 2011, and was signed by the Cardinals in the spring of 2012, which didn’t work out. He is now a baseball analyst for ESPN (his brother Joey does the same work for MLB Network). Fernando Tatis was injured of July 4th of 2010. He was placed on the DL the next day and was transferred to the 60-day DL 10 days later. That turned out to be his last major league game as he retired after the season.

The “Son of the Sarge”, Gary Matthews Jr., was released by the Mets on June 15th, 2010. He signed with the Reds on June 24th and played the rest of the year with their Triple-A team, before retiring. Frank Catalanotto was designated for assignment of May 10th, when the Mets brought up Chris Carter. After failing to sign with another team, he retired in March of 2011. Finally, the German-born Tobi Stoner was released by the Mets in March of 2012. During that season, he played in the Independent Leagues with the Bridgeport Blue Fish and the Somerset Patriots. He retired before the 2013 season.

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Four players are currently playing in foreign countries. Chris Carter, Manny Acosta, and Ryota Igarashi are playing in Japan, and Jesus Feliciano is playing in Mexico.

Carter (no not the former A’s prospect) played in the Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves Minor League system in 2011 before moving to Japan to play with the Seibu Lions in 2012 and 2013. Carter is 3-26 (.115) with three RBI in nine games this year. He is teammates with Kazuhisa Ishii. Manny Acosta pitched for the Mets through 2012 but signed with the Yomuri Giants in 2013 after being released. In 14 games he has an ERA of 5.54. His teammates include former major leaguers Scott Mathieson and John Bowker.

Ryota Igarashi played with the Mets until 2011. He then played in the minor leagues with the Yankees and the Blue Jays in 2012 though he pitched in the majors with both teams. He is now pitching with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks where he sports a 2.15 ERA in 36 games. He is teammates with with Vicente Padilla and former Mets minor leaguer Wily Mo Pena. Jesus Feliciano, who has signed with the Mets four different times in his career, played in all of his 54 career games with the Mets in 2010. He played with the Buffalo Bisons in 2011, the Durham Bulls in 2012, and he is now playing in Mexico with the Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz. He has only played in three games with one hit.

One player is currently a coach. Elmer Dessens is the assistant pitching coach for the AZL Reds in the Arizona League (The Arizona equivalent to Florida’s Gulf Coast League). And here’s a fun piece of information. The manager of that AZL Reds team is former Met, Eli Marrero who the Mets received in 2006 when they traded Kazuo Matsui to the Rockies.

Well, now you know what happened to the 2010 Mets. Next week we’ll look at the players from Citi Field’s inaugural year, 2009.


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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: What Does Future Hold For Frank-Frank Edition Sun, 25 Aug 2013 14:31:44 +0000 frank francisco mets blown save

This past week  it was revealed that the one time Mets closer, Frank Francisco, or as I like to call him, “The Human Sloth”, resurfaced in a pair of games for the GCL Mets. To date, he has given up two runs in four games while striking out six. He is rehabbing from what supposed to be minor surgery to clean out debris from his throwing elbow. In addition to the fact that he has yet to earn one dime from the $6.5 million dollars owed to him for this season, part of that disastrous two-year, $12 million dollar deal he was signed to, even more troubling news surfaced last month. Francisco advised young pitcher Jenrry Mejia, who was rehabbing with him in Port St. Lucie, to sit back and just collect his MLB disabled list money rather than trying to get himself healthy enough to rejoin the big league team.

Well the good news is that the Mets will finally be rid of Frank Frank’s contract as well as his bad attitude once this season is over, and I seriously doubt  he will be able to find his way onto another big league roster next season. So what would be the next step for Francisco as far as new career options?

Here are a few occupations that I think will fit him like a glove…

1. Professional Wrestler: Well, he does know his way around a folding chair.

2. D.M.V Employee: He does have the perfect attitude and mental toughness to drive people insane.

3. Self Help Guru:  Because he knows how to get you paid while doing the bare minimum.

4. Drummer for Bachman-Turner Overdrive: Because “he loves to work at nothing all day.”

And lastly…. Armando Benitez look-alike: Because we all know Benitez still gets death threats from disgruntled Mets fans!!!

And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!!

  • Mets coach from the 1993 season (The Torborg Era) Darrell Johnson would have been 85 (1928) today.
  • One of the most memorable characters from the embryonic years of the Mets franchise back up catcher, Clarence “Choo Choo”  Coleman (1937)
  • Reserve outfielder from the ’66 season, Shaun Fitzmaurice is 71 (1942).
  • Reserve outfielder and notable steroid cheat, Gary Matthews Jr. is 39  (1974).
  • Current Mets middle reliever, “Perpetual”  Pedro Feliciano is 37  (1976).

Some other notables….

  • The New York Mets signed free agent back up first baseman, Brian Buchanan on August 25, 2004.
  • The New York Mets traded their closer, Billy Wagner to the Boston Red Sox  for reserve outfielder, Chris Carter, and minor leaguer, Eddie Lora on August 25, 2009. This move was essentially a salary dump. The Mets for some reason that I – nor anyone else seems to know – traded one of the premier closers in the game (granted he was coming back from a shoulder injury) for a bag of donuts… Literally… They could have just waited out the remaining month of the season and let Wags, who was a Type A free agent, sign with another team and earn themselves a first round pick as well as a comp pick. But hey… that was the Minaya era for you .

Mo Vaughn is easy like a Sunday morning !!!!!

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The ANIMAL! Mets Win 7-2 Sat, 21 Aug 2010 07:54:00 +0000

Fueled by a strong eight innings by Mike Pelfrey, and the offensive contributions of Chris Carter, the Mets beat the Pirates by a score of 7-2

Game Notes

After beginning the game shaky, Mike Pelfrey worked himself into a groove. Big Pelf went eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits, one earned including a home run while walking two and striking out five. Pelfrey was just on point today, striking out lefties and righties, despite the fact that early on, he was hit hard. Mike was throwing fastball after fastball for the most part, and it worked. Great outing, and hopefully Mike can hold this form for the rest of the year.

Bobby Parnell worked the ninth, striking out one and getting two ground balls. When Parnell is at his best, he generates a ton of ground balls, so if this form can remain, I could see Bobby getting a crack at some closing duties

The offense came out as strong as it has in weeks, pummeling Pirates starter Jeff Karstens for seven runs on eleven hits. The Mets put across three runs in the first inning, two in the third and two in the fourth. Clutch hitting that had eluded the Mets before came into play, and clutch hitting sadly has evolved into the Mets hitting with runners in scoring position

Every Mets starter had one hit, minus Ruben Tejada. Tejada did manage a walk though, so its a sign he isn’t hacking, he is just having bad luck.

Only one Met struck out today, Carlos Beltran, and it was one time.

Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan went 5-10 with three runs scored and an SB. Table-setting at its finest.

Turning Point

The Chris Carter home-run in the third after Mike Pelfrey had just given back a run in the bottom of the second inning

Game Ball

Mike Pelfrey, for his stellar outing today. Hat-tip to Chris Carter as well though, for providing the offensive outburst.

On Deck

The Mets will look to clinch a road series win tomorrow, with Jonathon Niese coming up after three strong outings. In his last three starts, Niese has gone 21 innings, allowing three runs on 16 hits with 19 K’s and five walks, with all of those walks coming in an outing against the Phillies. The Pirates will send James McDonald to the mound. Game Time is 7:10 P.M.

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Pelfrey Nails It, Mets Win 1-0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:44:59 +0000

Mike Pelfrey looked the sharpest he has in weeks, giving up zero runs and throwing 122 pitches, and the Mets managed to scratch across one run and hold the lead for the 1-0 win.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey had his best outing since early June, throwing seven innings of shutout ball, giving up four hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Big Pelf was getting key outs today, and only allowed ONE runner to reach third base, allowing one extra base hit as well. Pelfrey was locating today, but he had a few tough innings in which he threw 20+ pitches. What really says something about this performance is that Mike knew this was a do-or-die win to keep the Mets in the race and get the moral up, and what better way then to take a win from a Cy Young candidate and All-Star opposing you on the mound.

The bullpen came out, and Hisanori Takahashi served as the setup man today, and made pretty quick work of the Rockies in the 8th inning, throwing 12 pitches, nine for strikes. Francisco Rodriguez came out in the ninth to seal the deal, and none of his usual theatrics were in play today, having a 1-2-3 night for his 25th save of the season.

The Mets offense was held in check by Ubaldo Jimenez, and it was difficult to put anything together until the seventh inning. Mike Pelfrey, hitting for himself even after throwing 107 pitches singled, and after a leadoff walk to Chris Carter, Josh Thole doubled to advance Jeff Francoeur, pinch-running for Chris Carter to third. After an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes knocked in the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly.

Ike Davis, 0-3 with 3 K’s and a walk. Ike is one short of 100 K’s…in about 360 at-bats. Tough righties seem to eat him up.

Ruben Tejada, 0-3 with a K. He is batting .191 on the season, but if his defense saves some runs, then it may be worth it to play him and not Castillo.

Angel Pagan, 0-4 with 2 K’s. Bad day for Angel today.

Overall, the Mets offense was stifled so a lot of 0′s in the hit column for Mets hitters

Turning Point

When Pelf went out for the top of the seventh inning, it gave the Mets fanbase a sign that Jerry would let his starters finish what they started. They let Pelf pitch like the horse that he is.

Game Ball

Mike Pelfrey again. great outing, great control and dropped his ERA from 4.16 to 3.95. His WHIP is still an ugly 1.50, but walks and a few outings giving up 7+ hits in 5 innings hurt him

On Deck

Jonathon Niese will look to assure the series win for the Mets, facing off against Jason Hammel. Game time is 7:10 P.M.

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French Revolution Part Deux, Mets Win 3-2 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 06:28:58 +0000

After a great pitching outing from R.A. Dickey, Jeff Francoeur hit a tie-breaking home-run in the ninth inning and the Mets broke a two game losing streak to win the game 3-2.

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey went out today, and was wildly effective. Dickey gave up two runs on five hits with four walks, two strikeouts and he hit a batter. Dickey probably would’ve pitched more if he wasn’t lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh inning. Its great to see R.A. in form, getting batters out and getting out of trouble.

Pedro Feliciano came out, and gave up a hit and a walk in one-third of an inning. Pedro is either feeling the mileage on his arm, or he just isn’t confident. Whatever it may be, Pedro isn’t the same stopper he has been. Manny Acosta relieved him and pitched one and two-third innings, walking two and striking out one. K-Rod pitched a perfect frame in the ninth, earning his 23rd save on the season.

The offense had its opportunities against Derek Lowe, as his sinker wasn’t sinking much but they couldn’t muster a major inning. A Jose Reyes double in the top of the third scored Luis Castillo, and a pinch-hit single by Chris Carter knocked in Jeff Francoeur. Going into the top of the ninth inning in a tie game, Frenchy tee’d off against former Met Billy Wagner, sending a ball deep into the right field bleachers to untie the game.

David Wright went 0-4 today, and is 0-11 in the last three games with two strikeouts and no walks.

Luis Castillo was the only Met with more then one hit, and he went 2-3 with a run scored.

In unlikely events, Josh Thole stole his first bag of the season and Chris Carter was thrown out trying to take his first. If you would’ve asked me who were the two Mets least likely to steal, they would be in the top 3. Henry Blanco is more likely to steal.

Turning Point

Francoeur home-run was the adrenaline rush the Mets needed, if not for this game for them to carry with them into tomorrow.

Game Ball

Jeff Francoeur gets the game ball, but it may be too little to late. It would be phenomenal if he could carry some kind of consistency to the plate with Jason Bay on the DL. Frenchy went 1-3 with an HR and a walk

On Deck

The Mets will look to win the series, sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound and he will face-off against Kris Medlen. Game time is 7:10 PM

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MetsMerized Player Of The Week! (Week 10) Tue, 15 Jun 2010 13:46:36 +0000 The Mets looked extremely sharp last week, posting a 5-1 record over their last 7 days. The off-day seemed to have no ill effect on the team and hopefully that trend will carry over into Cleveland as the Mets travel there to take on the Indians this week. It is a great day to be a Mets fan, with the Mets looking sharper than ever lately, and you have to give most of the credit to the Starting Pitching. However, they needed to score to win, so this week’s award goes to a position player once again.

My choice for MetsMerized Player Of The Week is…Jose Reyes!

At first thought, you might be wondering why I chose Jose Reyes over someone like, David Wright? I am one of those people who strongly believes that Reyes is the catalyst to our offense – and when I say catalyst, I mean that Reyes is the guy that our David Wright, Ike Davis, and Jason Bay need to drive in to do their job. If Reyes isn’t getting on base, the Mets offense looks anemic because the top of the lineup is weak, and they can not rely on the home run ball. So on a week like this where Reyes was on fire, I feel he deserves the award.

Reyes posted a scorching .480 AVG (12-25 ; 1 2B, 2 HR) and posted a .480/.500/.760 slash overall. His only 2 RBI were off the 2 HR, but the 2 HRs are pretty much just a bonus from Reyes on the week. Getting on base 13 times (including his 1 BB) is extremely helpful to the team, and he managed to steal 2 bases on the week as well. He scored 4 runs through it all, and his 19 total bases led the team this week.

Jose Reyes…what a guy. He looks like he is on the right path to reclaiming his title as the most exciting player in baseball, and it could not have come at a better time. You wonder what the possibilities are if Reyes keeps getting on base and the Mets acquire one more solid starter…Playoffs? Nobody tell Jim Mora. Congratulations to Jose Reyes!

Who’s Hot And Who’s Not

David Wright: .348/.375/.739 (8-23 ; 3 2B, 2 HR), 8 RBI, 3 R, 17 TB.

Chris Carter: .273/.303/.909 (3-11 ; 1 2B, 2 HR), 6 RBI, 3 R, 10 TB.

Jon Niese: 1 GS, QS : W, 9.0 IP, H, 0 BB, 6 K.

Angel Pagan: .208/.208/.333 (5-24; 1 2B, 1 3B), RBI, 3 R.

Past Award Winners:

One Hit Wonders: Jeff Francoeur, Mike Pelfrey, Jose Reyes, Ike Davis, Angel Pagan, Johan Santana.

Been There, Done That Twice: Jose Reyes

Of Note 6/7-6/14

You know who’s not bad? Hisanori Takahashi.

You know who’s good? R.A. Dickey.

You know who’s unstoppable right now? Jon Niese. (Here’s something interesting. Jon Niese walked twice, and walked none while pitching. His 2 BB was team leading and actually was more than 70% of the team combined.)

The “Animal” Chris Carter! Congratulations for his 1st and 2nd career HRs, and to Jesus Feliciano on his first 2 hits.

Have to throw in my weekly “Mike Pelfrey is really good” statement.

Santana needs run support and he needs it bad.

John Maine rehabbed in AA and threw shutout innings with an 88 MPH heater. Manuel has noted that he won’t move Maine to the rotation unless he touches 92 consistently. I can only hope he sticks to his word.

I like the look of Ruben Tejada on defense and I like it a lot.

Every Met player who had an AB struck out at least once this week…Ouch.

Here’s looking forward to another good week of Mets baseball! LGM

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Dickey Solid, Carter Homers, Mets Top O’s 5-1 Sat, 12 Jun 2010 02:32:19 +0000

R.A. Dickey and his knuckleball were highly effective today, and Chris Carter hit his first home run in the MLB as the Mets beat the Orioles 5-1.

Game Notes

R.A. Dickey was as effective today as he was wild and that was what made his knuckle ball as good as it has been since his call-up. Dickey went 7 innings giving up 1 run on 7 hits with 1 walk. Dickey had the Orioles off balance the whole night, getting weak contact, swing and misses and also confusing even Rod Barajas, leading to 2 passed balls and a wild pitch. This was the 5th straight useful outing that R.A. has provided, and has not pitched less then 6 innings in any of those 5 starts.

The bullpen tandem of Feliciano-Rodriguez came out to shut the gates on the game, and almost blew it open. Pedro Feliciano went 1 inning giving up 3 hits but striking out the one batter he needed to, the last one. Pedro was hittable, and Matt Wieters of the Orioles almost took him yard but missed hitting a home run by INCHES! He proceeded to strike Wieters out on the next pitch, a changeup to a right-hander. K-Rod looked about as good as he has in this season, falling behind none of the hitters and his lone blemish in his 1 inning of work was a long double to Corey Patterson. K-Rod struck out all 3 batters in a non-save situation. The only awkward sight was watching K-Rod attempt to break 90 MPH – since none of his fastballs were faster then that.

Offensively, the Mets set out to get on Baltimore Orioles (and possible future Met?) starter Jeremy Guthrie early, and it worked. David Wright knocked in Jose Reyes in the 1st inning on a first-pitch single. The Mets would’ve opened the wound more in the 1st inning if it weren’t for an Adam Jones catch that robbed Jason Bay of a sure-fire double. Chris “The Animal” Carter got the start at DH today, and proved Jerry Manuel a smart man, as he launched his first ML home run, a three-run shot, deep into the right field bleachers to put the Mets ahead 4-0. David Wright would tack on an RBI double that would score Angel Pagan and that proved to be the final run.

Ruben Tejada, believing he was going to walk in the 7th, proceed down to first base only to be called back by HP umpire Ed Rapuano. Rapuano got his revenge on the rookie, by calling him out on the 3rd strike. Welcome to the Majors, Ruben. Respect the ump. He also went 0-4 dropping his average to .167.

Jason Bay is still slumping, going 0-3 with a BB and a R. The move to the 5 hole hasn’t seemed to really provide him with any more insurance.

Turning Point

R.A. Dickey getting out of a no-outs, bases-loaded jam in the 4th inning with 7 pitches (2 k’s and a pop-out).

Game Ball

R.A. Dickey and Chris Carter will split this ball. Dickey for another phenomenal outing, matching his career-high in strikeouts in a game, and Chris Carter for his first ML home run. Who would’ve figured 2 guys who weren’t on the opening day roster would help the Mets win a game?

Up Next

Hisanori Takahashi hopes to rebound after his last 2 bad starts against the Orioles and prospect Brian Matsuz. Game time is 7:10

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Even I’m Starting To Believe Wed, 09 Jun 2010 18:45:37 +0000 Most of you who read my words on here each week know that I have a healthy dose of skepticism and cynicism when it comes to these Mets.  But while I’m not about to start sending “Ya gotta believe!” messages like one of my buddies does even when the Mets lose a bunch of games in a row, it’s hard not to believe there is something magical going on here.

First of all, while we all clamored for a #2 or even #3 pitcher behind Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey has stepped up unexpectedly into that role, and then some.  You can almost call he and Santana co-aces at this point.  And who would have thought RA Dickey would be picked up off the scrap heap and delivered quality innings the way he has?  Those three guys have the Mets right in the thick of an early pennant race–2.5 games back of the Braves and a half game back of the mighty Phillies.  Of course, the Marlins and Nationals are right there too, making this a potentially explosive second half in the NL East.

Also, guys like Ike Davis and Chris Carter have provided pop and spark, collectively, and Rod Barajas leads the team in homers.  Oh, and David Wright has regained the power stroke he lost last year.  All this and Carlos Beltran hasn’t even seen the field.  Heck, we may not need him!  Finally, K-Rod even seems to have re-discovered his fastball or become more confident in it.  Sure, he’s blown a few, but what closer hasn’t?

So yes, on June 9, I do believe.  I believe this team has a significant shot at winning the division and making noise in the playoffs.  Wins like last night continue to breed confidence in the players, management and in us fans.  Let’s go Mets!

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R.A. Dickey Has Another Solid Start And Could Replace Perez Sat, 15 May 2010 12:57:38 +0000  

On Monday, May 10, I wrote a post in which I said that minor leaguers Chris Carter and R.A. Dickey could be ripe for a promotion and days away from joining the Mets. First baseman Chris Carter was promoted the very next day and paid immediate dividends by lining an RBI double later that night.

Meanwhile, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey continues to shine, and while Oliver Perez had another brutal start for the Mets allowing seven runs, nine hits, four walks and four home runs in 3.1 innings pitched last night, R.A. Dickey solidified his chances up in Buffalo by tossing eight innings without giving up an earned run and improving to 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA.

Here is what I wrote in my previous post regarding Dickey,

Another player making a strong case for a promotion is righthanded pitcher R.A. Dickey. Dickey has made seven starts for the Bisons this season and owns a 2.56 ERA. In 52 2/3 innings pitched he has allowed 47 hits and just 6 walks while striking out 34 batters. His 1.01 WHIP leads the league and his ERA ranks third in a league chock full of the games best pitching prospects. 

 Dickey, a veteran of 144 Major League games, was signed by the Mets to a Minor League deal in the offseason. The 35-year-old right-hander is 3-1 for Buffalo. He recently had the best start of his career nearly missing a no-hitter in a masterful complete game one-hitter against the league’s top team, the Durham Bulls. After allowing a single to leadoff the game, he went on to retire the next 27 batters in a row. Afterward, he made no secret that he wants to pitch for the Mets big club.

“I want to do a good job of living in the moment of what I have,” Dickey said. “We have a lot of great guys and I enjoy being here, but I would be lying if I said this is where I want to be.”

Dickey could be the classic case of a late bloomer who has finally figured it out, and in many cases, knuckleball pitchers like him often do get better with age as they finally master control of their out pitch. The Mets risk nothing by calling him up and seeing if they have caught lightning in a bottle.

If the Mets were to bounce Oliver Perez from the rotation, they could either move Hisanori Takahashi from the bullpen to the rotation and replace him with Dickey. Or they could simply give Dickey a start and see what transpires. I’m betting that whatever they decide to do will ultimately be better than anything they can expect from the exasperating Oliver Perez.

The Mets have a lot of good baseball people in their ranks and I include Omar Minaya when I say that. I’m confident that they are already mulling the additions of 1B/OF Chris Carter and RHP R..A. Dickey, and that their callups are just days away.

Since writing that piece, I’ve had a change of heart about moving Takahashi into the rotation and I believe that he should remain in his current role as the long man out of the bullpen. I agree with Ron Darling who said that the Mets shouldn’t tinker with Takahashi by taking him out of a role in which he has exceeded expectations and found great success.

Darling also referred to Oliver Perez has an infection on the Mets that needed to be removed before he begins to infect other players.

I’d say look for Dickey to get promoted by Tuesday at the latest.

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Chris Carter Called Up, Catalanotto DFA’d Tue, 11 May 2010 03:22:01 +0000

Earlier today, Joe D. posted a blog saying that 1B/OF Chris Carter is very close to joining the Mets. In it he wrote,

With the Mets’ continuing reluctance to take on additional payroll, they find themselves in the very fortunate (and envious) position of tapping into their minor league system for help that appears to be major league ready and ripe for promotions.

The Mets have a lot of good baseball people in their ranks and I include Omar Minaya when I say that. I’m confident that they are already mulling the additions of 1B/OF Chris Carter and RHP R..A. Dickey, and that their callups are just days away.

According to SNY, the Mets have in fact promoted Chris Carter from Triple-A Buffalo, and designated Frank Catalanotto for assignment after tonight’s 3-2 loss to the Nationals.

“The Animal”, as he is called due to his intensity for the game, should be in uniform and ready to play tomorrow night as the Mets play the second game of their series with the Nationals.

As was posted earlier today, Carter is now batting .339 with a .395 on-base and a .615 slugging percentage.  He has 20 RBIs, 16 runs scored and most surprising of all is that he has just 8 strikeouts, a rarity for power hitters like Carter.

Welcome to the Mets Chris Carter!

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R.A. Dickey And Chris Carter Could Be Close To Joining Mets Mon, 10 May 2010 16:00:21 +0000 After another week of futility for Gary Matthews Jr, Frank Catalanotto and Oliver Perez, it occurs to me that with Memorial Day fast approaching, the time for the Mets to makes some significant changes to the complexion of their roster has arrived.

With the Mets’ continuing reluctance to take on additional payroll, they find themselves in the very fortunate (and envious) position of tapping into their minor league system for help that appears to be major league ready and ripe for promotions.

Chris Carter rounds the bases after blasting a walk-off homerun last Sunday.

OF/1B Chris Carter, 27, continues to dominate the league while yielding his powerful bat for the Buffalo Bisons. Last night, Carter blasted his sixth home run of the season and is now batting .339 with a .395 on-base and a .615 slugging percentage.  He has 20 RBIs, 16 runs scored and most surprising of all may be his 8 strikeouts, a rarity for power hitters like Carter.

I decided to track and compute his Major League Equivalency if he was playing for the Mets taking into consideration league and ballpark factors.

.285 BA – .332 OBP – .495 SLG – 111 AB – 12 RS – 32 H – 7 2B – 2 3B – 5 HR – 15 RBI – 6 BB – 9 K

A rather impressive set of metrics indeed, and further evidence to support his callup and the release of Catalanotto or Gary Matthews Jr.

The Mets have found themselves involved in quite a few one-run decisions this season, and when you consider the value of tabbing Carter to pinch hit with runners in scoring position as opposed to our currently inept bench options, you could make a strong case that the Mets could have had 2-3 additional games in the win column so far this season.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey retires 27 batters in a row after allowing a leadoff single to start the game.

Another player making a strong case for a promotion is righthanded pitcher R.A. Dickey. Dickey has made seven starts for the Bisons this season and owns a 2.56 ERA. In 52 2/3 innings pitched he has allowed 47 hits and just 6 walks while striking out 34 batters. His 1.01 WHIP leads the league and his ERA ranks third in a league chock full of the games best pitching prospects. 

Dickey, a veteran of 144 Major League games, was signed by the Mets to a Minor League deal in the offseason. The 35-year-old right-hander is 3-1 for Buffalo. He recently had the best start of his career nearly missing a no-hitter in a masterful complete game one-hitter against the league’s top team, the Durham Bulls. After allowing a single to leadoff the game, he went on to retire the next 27 batters in a row. Afterward, he made no secret that he wants to pitch for the Mets big club.

“I want to do a good job of living in the moment of what I have,” Dickey said. “We have a lot of great guys and I enjoy being here, but I would be lying if I said this is where I want to be.”

Dickey could be the classic case of a late bloomer who has finally figured it out, and in many cases, knuckleball pitchers like him often do get better with age as they finally master control of their out pitch. The Mets risk nothing by calling him up and seeing if they have caught lightning in a bottle.

If the Mets were to bounce Oliver Perez from the rotation, they could either move Hisanori Takahashi from the bullpen to the rotation and replace him with Dickey. Or they could simply give Dickey a start and see what transpires. I’m betting that whatever they decide to do will ultimately be better than anything they can expect from the exasperating Oliver Perez.

The Mets have a lot of good baseball people in their ranks and I include Omar Minaya when I say that. I’m confident that they are already mulling the additions of 1B/OF Chris Carter and RHP R..A. Dickey, and that their callups are just days away.

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The Case For Promoting Chris Carter To The Mets Tue, 04 May 2010 00:30:50 +0000

Chris Carter rounds the bases after blasting a walk-off homerun on Sunday.

Yesterday afternoon while scanning the channels on my TV, I surprisingly stumbled upon the SNY broadcast of yesterday’s Bisons’ game against the Louisville Bats. I had no idea that SNY even broadcasted these games, but was so glad to take in a minor league game and watch prospects like Dillon Gee and Jason Pridie.

It was a great game that saw the Bisons come from behind and send the game into extra innings tied at 4-4. The contest ended dramatically when rightfielder Chris Carter hit a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Bisons a 6-4 victory and launch them into first place in their division. It’s the first time the Bisons have been in first place since July 16, 2007 and capped an amazing turnaround from their dismal 2009 season. Carter’s reward was being greeted by his overjoyed teammates with a shaving cream pie to the face for his mighty clout, and mighty it was.

For Carter it was the 4th homerun of the season and 13th extra-base hit. He is now batting a robust .329 with a .987 OPS and he has become the fiery leader of the Bisons’ clubhouse according to the Buffalo News. Carter has also shown a tremendous eye at the plate striking out only 8 times while walking 6 times in 85 at-bats. The 27-year old is second on the team in RBI’s with 17 and 51 total bases.

After watching the likes of Gary Matthews Jr (.139), Fernando Tatis (.214) and Frank Catalanotto (.143) all continue their abysmal performances in last nights 11-5 beat-down by the Phillies, I can’t help but wonder if Chris Carter would be a major upgrade over any of them.

Carter would certainly give the Mets a solid lefthanded bat off the bench with some significant pop, and he seems to have a flair for the dramatic.

He has played mostly right and left field and a little first base this season and though he won’t win a gold glove anytime soon, he can field his position and won’t hurt you defensively. He has not registered an error this season.

I know that the Mets have some serious questions regarding the rotation right now, and the focus needs to be there for the time being, but maybe they should take a glance at this kid Chris Carter who came so close to making the team out of spring training. Despite having one of the best offensive springs on the Mets, he was trumped by the versatility and likability of Frank Catalanotto, the continuing blind loyalty to Fernando Tatis, and the justification of paying $2 MM and trading a reliever for Gary Matthews Jr.

It’s obvious the Mets made a bad choice in leaving Carter behind, but they could easily wipe out that mistake with a phone call to the Bisons and the price of a plane ticket from Buffalo to Cincinnati where the Mets are set to begin a three game series tonight.

Chris Carter deserves his shot in the Majors, and the Mets have absolutely nothing to lose by giving it to him. The bench seems sorely lacking, and experiments like GMJ and Cat have failed to provide any positive impact thus far. Rather than wait until it’s too late to make any difference, promote Carter now and you just might be getting yourself a difference maker on the bench.

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Mike Jacobs Clears Waivers Wed, 21 Apr 2010 18:37:43 +0000 According to Adam Rubin via Twitter, Mike Jacobs has cleared waivers and could report to Buffalo.

Jacobs hit .208 with one homer and two RBIs in 24 at-bats before being designated for assignment Sunday.

Jacobs has indicated he would be willing to go to Triple-A Buffalo if playing time exists.

It’s not surprising that 29 other MLB teams passed on Jacobs.

What was surprising, although not really, was that the Mets signed Jacobs in the first place and then even after a horrendous spring, made the team over a clearly more talented Chris Carter.

All that matters though is that a wrong has been righted.

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Mets Have So Many Better Choices For First Base Thu, 15 Apr 2010 21:37:28 +0000 Opening Day lineup had Mike Jacobs playing first and hitting clean up. Mets final game against the Rockies had Fernando Tatis playing first and batting fifth. Combined Jacobs and Tatis are 7/36 (.194), 1 home run, 5 RBIs with 10 strikeouts. Not exactly what the Mets want from their “power and clutch hitting” first basemen. And we still have plenty of time left before Daniel Murphy is inevitably the first baseman for the Mets.

However, the Buffalo Bisons (5-3) have a first baseman-turned outfielder, Chris Carter who is hitting 10/26 (.360), 4 doubles, 2 triples, a home run, 7 RBIs, and only struck out 4 times. Yeah, you’re reading that right. Chris Carter is hitting better by himself than the Mets two first basemen combined.

Chris Carter lost the Mets final bench spot to the former first baseman, Frank Catalanotto. Manuel chose Catalanotto over Carter because he has played more positions during his 13-year career. I’ll give him that. He’s played every position and can do it without any hesitation, however, the Mets seem to hesitate to use him. Catalanotto has only 8 at-bats, not getting a single hit in any of them and striking out in three of them. Is his defensive versatility really the only thing that is keeping Frank with the Mets over Carter? Seems like it.

However, the conspiracy theorist in me believes that the Mets are afraid that if Carter played well, they wouldn’t know what to do with Murphy. Imagine if Carter was the “temporary” first baseman, and he hit .350 with 7 homers in the months of April and May? What do you when Murphy is ready to return from the DL?

Chris Carter of course, is not the only better choice to play first base for the Mets. Ike Davis is tearing it up in Buffalo as well batting .346 with three doubles, two home runs, two RBIs, and five strikeouts. He too is hitting better than both Jacobs and Tatis. However, as much as I love Ike and want him to play, I know he needs to be in AAA right now. Developing his offensive and defensive skills should be the top priority.

Finally, there is still one more first baseman who is hitting very, very well in the minors. He’s been trying to make it with the Mets for the past three years. I’m talking about the Mets’ original future first baseman even before Davis burst onto the scene… Nick Evans. He’s hitting .364 with four doubles, three home runs, ten RBIs, and five strikeouts with AA-Binghamton.

So who’s the better choice? Well, basically any of them would be an improvement over Jacobs and Tatis. Honestly, I’d rather have Evans, but Carter has a better chance to make the team, and I’m all for that.

Consider this lineup…

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Luis Castillo 2B
3. David Wright 3B
4. Jeff Francoeur RF
5. Jason Bay LF
6. Chris Carter 1B
7. Rod Barajas C
8. Angel Pagan CF
9. Pitcher

It may not look like much of an improvement, but I’m sure they would account for more wins than the status quo until Carlos Beltran is back and healthy. Also, it’s time to move Jeff to the cleanup spot. Bay still hasn’t found his groove so until he does lets bat Frenchy fourth and give Wright some much needed support. I love all the walks Wright is drawing, but I love extra-base hits better.

Let’s Go Mets!!! Shut down Albert “The Machine” Pujols!

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Chris Carter Forcing Mets To Reconsider Fri, 26 Mar 2010 20:54:07 +0000

Chris Carter approaches spring training more like boot camp, but his intense work habits just might earn him an opening day roster spot with the New York Mets.

The 27-year-old first baseman/outfielder often is one of the first to arrive each day in camp and among the last to leave, and the hard work has paid off in the form of a .474 batting average this spring.

Carter was part of the trade that sent Billy Wagner to the Red Sox last August, and though he came into spring training known best as a quality minor-league prospect, he has launched himself into the mix for a bench spot.

“He’s done pretty much everything we’ve asked him to, and he’s done it with a level of intensity you don’t see very often,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “That’s probably why he has positioned himself with an opportunity to make the club. He’s put himself in a good spot.”

Carter’s work regimen which includes coming in early to hit in the cages and staying late for extra infield practice is something he has followed for the past three years, but he said he has stepped it up even more this year. Read more at TC Palm.

I think the race for the 25th spot has been narrowed to Frank Catalanotto, Russ Adams, Mike Jacobs and Chris Carter. If the Mets hadn’t given Fernando Tatis a guaranteed contract, I figure both Carter and Catalanotto would have been locks to make the team.

It seems as though Daniel Murphy’s grasp on first base was never in question and the position was never up for grabs in the first place.

Too bad… How do you go into a new season after the last three years, with Fernando Tatis and Daniel Murphy locks to make the team?

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Welcome to Club Carter Wed, 24 Mar 2010 15:30:38 +0000

Welcome to Club Carter, Mets fans. Where the drinks are free and you get all the Kool-aid you can drink.

I am still advocating that Carter makes the team. Whether he is given the starting job or a bench spot is not as clear cut in my mind, but I definitely think he should be on this team. Not many give credence to his spring stats, but his brand of baseball makes it hard to ignore the potential that Carter’s bat possesses.

Lets look at some of the facts. He hammered out three more hits on Monday, raising his spring average to .444. He takes the game seriously and cares about his performances. Even the strongest Mets advocate knows that this is not as common as it should be. In a must-read article in the Star-Ledger, Brian Costa writes:

While fielding grounders at first base, Carter heard a few Mets players joking around nearby. So, politely but firmly, the new guy asked his teammates to be quiet.  “He’s like, ‘I’m working,’” left fielder Jason Bay said. “And I think a couple other guys were like, ‘You’re kidding, right?’”  No, he wasn’t.

Carter has a history of doing well in the spring, including last year when he batted .355 with 6 HR’s for Boston and Carter actually made the team that year. Even Mets manager Jerry Manuel questions his ability to keep Carter off the roster due to the big bat he yields.

“I tell you, he’s making a bid,” Manuel said. “We kind of have a pinch-hitting spot open at this stage. He has put his name in the hat very strongly, no doubt about that. I’ve been very impressed with his at-bats. Gives us a good option.”

Carter is knocking the cover off the ball this spring while the competition he is battling for a roster spot are not even close in their production to what Carter has done: Fernando Tatis .050, Frank Catalanotto .100, and Mike Jacobs .174. Carter has the right attitude and one that I believe benefits this team greatly. You got to admit if everyone took this approach, the team would be on another level in how they perform on the field.

“When I show up to the field I go, ‘What is the best way I can help the team, the capacity that I can fit in with this team?’ ” Carter said. “Every opportunity, I try to make the most of it. Move a guy over, get a base hit, work the count or play good defense, I’m trying to do everything in order to make this team better and improve my chances.”

The Mets can go two ways:

1) Give C.C. the job on the bench and this way he gets a dual role in spelling the starting first baseman and left fielder Jason Bay (which suits Carter very well). Then they can complete their first base project and find out exactly what they have in Murph-Jake until Ike is actually ready.

2) Give C.C. the starting job at first base and hopefully he shakes off the negative feedback other teams have about his “D”. In this scenario, C.C. can keep the position warm for Ike, F-Mart can be a viable backup for Bay (providing he stays with the team long enough) and that makes a stronger team overall.

I really don’t advocate giving Murph the job at first base if it means dumping Carter in Buffalo.

This guy is a stud and a professional. Anybody else want to join Club Carter? Kool-aid is on the house!

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Mike Pelfrey Keeps Sinking, Chris Carter Keeps Rising Mon, 22 Mar 2010 23:19:03 +0000 Mike Pelfrey had another rough outing today as the Washington Nationals beat the Mets 7-5.

Pelfrey allowed four home runs giving up two homers each to Ryan Zimmerman and Josh Willingham. Zimmerman hit a booming solo shot in the first and a two-run shot in the fifth, while Willingham had a solo shot in the second and a two-run homer in the fourth.

Pelfrey has now allowed 22 hits and 12 earned runs in 14.2 innings pitched, and his spring ERA now stands at 7.36.

Meanwhile, Chris Carter continues to make a case for making the opening day roster as ha banged out another three hits today raising his spring average to .444 to go with a 1.556 OPS. In ten games he has collected 5 runs, 3 homeruns, 8 RBI’s and 19 total bases.

While I can fully understand the wisdom in sending Ike Davis down for more seasoning despite his hot spring, but at this point it would seem like a grave miscarriage of justice if Mike Jacobs (.174) or Daniel Murphy (.133) keep Carter from making the team. Plus, at least if Carter makes the team, I won’t feel too bad when the Red Sox draft the two first rounders that should have been ours, or Billy Wagner starts racking up saves for the Bravos with his newfound 100 mph fastball.

Back to the starting pitching…  

I’m really starting to get concerned with the performances of all our locked-in starters…

With about two more tune-ups left for each of them before the season begins, I hope we can see some encouraging signs that will not leave me wondering why we didn’t make offers to a host of solid pitchers in the offseason. You know the ones I mean… The ones that weren’t as good as what we already had…

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Morning Grind: Another Rumor, Competition Is Good, Carter Not So Much Tue, 09 Mar 2010 16:00:25 +0000 Okay so it’s almost afternoon, but Afternoon Grind doesn’t have that same ring to it…

Making The Grade

According to Adam Rubin, Bobby Parnell and/or Sean Green could be in at least a little trouble in making the club. Or at least in a competition. If Jenrry Mejia and/or Hisanori Takahashi sneaks into the bullpen, one or two reliever incumbents could find themselves in the minors … or traded. This is the best part of spring training for me. I love watching these battles unfold and this particular one could be very interesting. I said it back in January that Parnell might not be a lock for the bullpen, and obviously neither was Brian Stokes over whom too much was being made of. I’m not sure Mejia will be the one Parnell and Green should worry about. I still believe that in the end, both Takahashi AND Nelson Figueroa make the team, and that Parnell and Green will be elsewhere come opening day.

Another Texas Rangers Rumor

According to MetsBlog, Matt Pignataro of Seven Train to Shea believes that the Orioles and Rangers are very interested in C Omir Santos. I don’t see it, much like I didn’t see them trading Nelson Cruz to the Mets or anyone else. I do believe the Dodgers have more interest in Omir than they are letting on, and don’t count out the Yankees or Cubs either. In the end, I put the odds of Santos being traded at less than 50%. Unless you’re the Omar led New York Mets, the catching position is something that most teams get sorted out pretty quickly in the offseason, because as the great Casey Stengel once said, “without a catcher you’ll end up having a lot of passed balls”. Or something like that… Plus dedicated Metsmerized readers already know my stance on sources in the Twitter age. I need more than 140 characters to convince me of their veracity.

Who Is Chris Carter?

Well, in short, he’s the guy the Red Sox gave up in exchange for two first round draft picks and the services of Billy Wagner for their stretch run. He is also the guy who homered twice in the 9th inning as the Mets trounced the Marlins 11-2. One was off Seth McClung and the second came off of Chris Schroder. Ummm… who? Alrighty then… One last thing you should know, Carter is also the guy that has a snowball’s chance in hell of making the Mets opening day roster. That’s all you need to know. As for what the Mets think of Chris Carter? The Gary Matthews trade and Mike Jacobs signing tells you all you need to know. Pack plenty of sweaters my friend, it’s still freezing in Buffalo in April.

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Competition Is In The Air Sun, 28 Feb 2010 03:59:55 +0000

Competition is a good thing, and in Mets camp there is a lot of it. Many players have entered Mets camp this year hopeful they can win a job with the big league club. Let’s break down this completion position by position and name the favorites.

Center Field - Carlos Beltran’s injury leaves a void in center field. The Mets acquired Gary Mathews Jr. to compete with Angel Pagan for the opening day center field gig. Pagan did a nice job filling in last year for Beltran when he batted .306 in 88 games. Pagan has his flaws though, many question his decision making and his intelligence on the base paths and in the field as well as his ability to stay healthy. Pagan is very talented and Matthews is going to have a hard time trying to pry the starting job away from him.

Favorite - Angel Pagan

Dark Horse – Fernando Martinez

Fifth Starter - The Mets did not acquire a big name starting pitcher this winter, leaving an open competition for the fifth starter’s job. Jon Niese, Fernando Nieve, Nelson Figueroa, Hisanori Takahashi, and R.A. Dickey are all names that should be considered for that final rotation spot. The Mets doubted that Niese would be healed from off-season surgery, but he has proven his health. Nelson Figueroa and Fernando Nieve proved useful to the Mets last season, and are hoping to break camp as the fifth starter.

Favorite - Jon Niese

Dark Horse - Hisanori Takahashi

Set-up Man – The Mets acquired Japanese import, Ryota Igarashi to compete for the eighth inning role with former Angel, Kelvim Escobar. Escobar pitched in only one game last year after missing all of 2008. Escobar is most known as a starter for the Angels, but was an effective reliever in the past for the Blue Jays. Early word is that Igarashi has impressed Mets’ coaches. Bobby Parnell is also an interesting name in consideration for this role.

Favorite – Ryota Igarashi

Dark Horse – Bobby Parnell

Final Bench Spot – With Alex Cora, Henry Blanco, Fernando Tatis, and Matthews/Pagan guaranteed to make the bench, that leaves one spot open assuming the Mets go with a five man bench. Mike Jacobs, Frank Catalanotto, Chris Carter, and Anderson Hernandez are likely to compete for this spot. It’s believed the Mets want this bench spot to be occupied by someone who can potentially enter a platoon with Daniel Murphy at first base, so that knocks Hernandez out of consideration. Jacobs is a power hitter, who just two years ago hit 32 homeruns for the Marlins. Catalanotto is known for being a clubhouse leader. Catalanotto has a slight edge over Jacobs because of his ability to play first base as well as outfield.

Favorite – Frank Catalanotto

Dark Horse – Chris Carter

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Lets Not Make The Mistake Of Acting On Emotion With Endy Chavez Sat, 09 Jan 2010 15:42:37 +0000 According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, former Mets outfielder Endy Chavez is willing to sign a minor league contract as he continues his rehab from surgery for a torn MCL and ACL in his knee.

In March he will hold a showcase for interested teams, and apparently many are interested.

Chavez is trying to return from a June 19th outfield collision with Yuniesky Betancourt while playing for the Mariners. Hew was expected to miss 9-12 months after surgery the following month.

Chavez appeared in 54 games last season with the Mariners and batted .273 with two home runs and nine stolen bases in 161 at-bats.

As much as I love Endy, I don’t see how he would fit in with the Mets as presently constructed.

The outfield is completely set with starters Jason Bay, Carlos Beltran and Jeff Francoeur. Our fourth outfield is Angel Pagan who is a better hitter than Chavez and deserves any additional playing time they could eke out for him.

While reading some comments over at our friends Amazin Avenue, one of their readers are suggesting that we get rid of Jeff Francoeur and replace him with Chavez.

Firejerrynow writes, even with his somewhat underwhelming bat, his career UZR/150 of 15.7 (19.8 in RF) is enough to make me bite. I’d rather have him for $400,000 than Francoeur.

He even had several who agreed with him… Now I know when you mention the word Francoeur over there, it just sends everyone into a tizzy, but come on… it sounds to me like a few of them are a few cans short of a six-pack, and of course I’m just teasing. I think what is at play is just how much Endy Chavez is loved by Mets fans who will always remember him for “The Catch”.

We already committed $2 million dollars to Alex Cora coming off two thumb surgeries for our bench. We already added 38 year old Henry Blanco to our bench. We traded closer Billy Wagner in return for long time minor leaguer Chris Carter who is supposed to get the fifth outfielder spot. And we have one more bench spot left that is being reserved for either a corner utility infielder, or Daniel Murphy should the Mets sign Carlos Delgado.

So where exactly does Endy Chavez fit?

Are we simply going to ignore the fact that we sacrificed a first round pick and first round supplemental pick when we traded Wagner for Carter? Are we not going to at least see what we got? Do we just make the decision to stunt Carter’s progress just because our heart longs for someone who once gave us a cherished Mets memory?

We should never make player personnel moves based on emotion rather than intellect.

Endy isn’t even ready to run for another two months, so let’s keep our feelings for Endy Chavez in check, at least until we figure out what the rest of this roster is going to look like.

If all he wants is a minor league deal, and he is willing to stay there, then fine. However, I’m not interested in bumping Angel Pagan or Chris Carter off the pecking order just because we are drunk with sentimentality.

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