Mets Merized Online » dickey http://metsmerizedonline.com Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:40:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 This Year is Different… Or Is It? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/this-year-is-different-or-is-it.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/this-year-is-different-or-is-it.html/#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2015 16:01:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=175537 mets spring training 2015

I don’t know about you – but I’m excited about this year. Okay, so I’m excited about the start of every baseball season, but this year is different. This year there is that nervousness that’s been missing. This year there is that “what if?” factor. This year there are higher expectations.

The past few seasons of Mets baseball have been like going to the local high school production of “Guys and Dolls” – heading in, you have absolutely no expectations, you’re just getting out of the house, you’re hoping that you’ll see something you can sincerely cheer and clap for, but you know that you may see something pretty painful and awful, and you know that the odds of seeing Broadway is a fleeting dream at best.

But this year is different.

We have some big names on the marquee. We have bright lights on the stage. We’ve seen some of the performers in some pretty darn good roles and we’re hopeful that this cast of characters has what it takes to put together a great ensemble cast that will put together a long run instead of having the curtain close prematurely.

So yes, I’m excited. I’m nervous, too. The last few seasons haven’t disappointed me. After all, if you don’t have any expectations, you can’t be disappointed. I haven’t been disappointed by my Mets since 2008 when they were eliminated by postseason play on the final day of the season.

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After two straight season ending failures, I didn’t have any expectations for 2009 when Citi Field opened. Not only were we coming off two epic collapses, we just got kicked in the balls by Bernie Madoff. The Mets lived up to my serious lack of expectations by finishing with a 70-92 record. Sure, they teased a bit that year and were three games over .500 as late as June 25th before getting swept by the Yankees at home, but any real hope was already long gone with Jose Reyes mired on the disabled list. Luis Castillo’s dropped ball on June 12th pretty much summed up what it was like to be a Mets fan.

Come 2010, even Obi-Wan Kenobi couldn’t provide any hope, but by then I was OK with it and coming to grips with it. I mean, c’mon – when your opening day lineup included Alex Cora leading off and playing shortstop, Gary Matthews, Jr. in center field and Jeff Francoeur in right, did you really expect me to have any expectations?

But like I said, I was OK with it by then – I was beginning to indoctrinate my oldest one into Mets fandom and began taking her to games (which I know she will someday curse my name for doing it) and my goal was to just get out of the house and enjoy time with my kid. The team actually improved that year to 79-83, but still finished a distant fourth, 18 games out of first and 12 out of the wildcard. They were never really in it and no one believed, even when the team was 10 games over .500 and in second place as late as July 6th.

The team stumbled going into the All-Star Break and collapsed afterward. All this collapse did was confirm to the fan base that the team would couldn’t keep it up to the end, just like they couldn’t in 2007 and 2008. No need to get excited, nothing to see here, folks. Ya Gotta Believe it wasn’t. Actually, we did believe – we believed the inevitable would happen, which it did. We believed Jason Bay would collect a paycheck, which he did. Oh, and we had the Oliver Perez nonsense.

After 2010, Omar Minaya was ushered out and Sandy Alderson was brought in to clear payroll and save the Wilpons from themselves. The glory days of 2006 were in the rear view mirror and entering 2011 we were now four seasons away from that last  playoff appearance,  and expectations were lower than ever. The team stumbled out of the gate and was 4-11 by April 16th after dropping 7 straight and getting swept in two straight doubleheaders against the Rockies and Braves. It was the same old Mets. Yes, R.A. Dickey got us back to .500 after beating the Yankees on May 20th, but we were never in it.

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Then came 2012 and the Payroll Purge. Nearly $50 million in payroll came off the books as Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, and Francisco Rodriguez were gone. We found some good performances in our own high school version of “West Side Story” as Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history,  R.A. Dickey won 20 games and won the Cy Young, and top prospect Matt Harvey made his debut. But once again, there were no expectations. Attendance dropped to 2.2 million good for only 11th in the National League as disgruntled fans stayed away.

Come 2013, all we had to hang our hat on was the All-Star Game and getting David Wright to start in front of his home crowd… oh, and there was a ton of electricity when the Dark Knight took the mound. But we knew the season was all about some sizzle, but no substance. Sandy Alderson declared “What outfield?” during the Hot Stove season and once the All-Star excitement was gone, we were left to dream about 2014, the season where we were finally expected to move towards contention. Then the news came… Matt Harvey. Elbow. Devastation. So much for 2014.

So last year became another year where the goal was to go to Citifield, have a good time with your kids, and just enjoy the National Pastime. But this year is different. We have Harvey, Wheeler and deGrom. We have a healthy David Wright. We have our own version of the Nasty Boys in the bullpen. We’re ready to believe. We need to believe. I want to believe.

I’m hoping for a blockbuster. I don’t want Howard the Duck. Damn those dreaded expectations.

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Have Your Opinions About Ownership Softened? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/have-your-opinions-about-ownership-softened.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/01/have-your-opinions-about-ownership-softened.html/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 15:19:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=172726 jeff wilpon

How easily can your convictions be swayed? Is it possible that you can be so incredibly passionate about a particular important issue one day, and then a week or two later you find yourself waning and teetering, and before you know it you’ve done a complete 180 and flip-flopped on your previous firmly held conviction?

Are you the kind of person who is easily swayed? Or do you stand firm on your convictions and would need an avalanche of convincing evidence before you give even one inch?

Please take a look at parts of an email I received from a reader on Monday.

“I guess what I’m saying is that given the fact we are now poised for a great run of championship caliber baseball beginning in 2015, maybe we should start acknowledging that the Wilpons have brought us to what could be the greatest era of Mets baseball.”

“Don’t you think you should start cutting the Mets owners some slack and admit that they have brought the franchise to a point we’ve all been hoping for?”

“Who do you think signed off on the Carlos Beltran and R.A. Dickey trades? Who do you think was most responsible for bringing Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer to Flushing? Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Jenrry Mejia, and a bunch of other players we are now counting on, were all here already while Sandy Alderson was running errands for Bud Selig and running San Diego into the ground.”

“You could do whatever you want but I think it’s totally unfair of you to keep ripping ownership, an ownership mind you, that has brought this franchise to the brink of greatness.”

This email was very long and wordy, so I only used parts of it. You would all know who the writer was if I mentioned his Disqus ID, but my intent is not to embarrass him or any of your own opinions. As the only true Mets Fan Site, we welcome all points of views from our community. You already know this.

That said, I’m curious as to how many of you share this reader’s sentiments and have begun to warm up to Mets ownership?

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As you know, there’s a Met fan who is on a quest to put a couple of “Sell the Team” billboards right in full view of Citi Field and the 7 Train platform. A year or two ago I would have guessed that the $5,000 he needed to raise would have been amassed in as quickly as 2-3 days. But with three weeks gone and one week left it looks like it’s not going to happen.

After posting his interview, no less than 10 other Mets bloggers, podcasters, and one beat writer, contacted me and asked me if I had gone nuts? Why I asked? What’s changed? Did I miss something? Their mixed responses were confusing to me.

It makes me wonder if there’s been a seismic shift in how most fans now view ownership. I read some of the comments on the interview I conducted with this fan and was surprised at how many previously known anti-ownership fans were softening up no differently than the reader who emailed me.

I almost feel as though I’m alone on an island these days and that I’m the one who is out of touch…

The truth is that despite my optimistic view of the team and my expectations for a bright future, my feelings toward ownership haven’t softened one bit.

I just can’t ignore all the tribulations that the team I love has endured since the Wilpons wrestled away full ownership from Nelson Doubleday.

Maybe I’m just being stubborn. It wouldn’t be the first time.

Or maybe I’m just astute enough to realize that what team ownership does and what the front office is doing represent two different dynamics that have nothing to do with each other aside from funding and creating the operational budget.

Or maybe it’s easier for me to separate the team’s performance and my feelings for that from the team’s ownership.

I really don’t know what the answer is, only that I know my feelings toward ownership have not swayed one bit in recent weeks or months.

Even though I believe the Mets are on the verge of some exciting and competitive playoff caliber baseball, I am as resentful against ownership today as I was in 2009.

What about you?

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Why Did Wheeler Throw 114 Pitches In First Start? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/why-did-wheeler-throw-114-pitches-in-first-start.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/why-did-wheeler-throw-114-pitches-in-first-start.html/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:35:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=152588 zack wheeler

I’ve received two emails this morning asking me why Zack Wheeler was allowed to throw 114 pitches in Thursday’s 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals – one short of his career high.

I couldn’t really tell you the exact reason why, but if I were to venture a guess I’d say it was because Terry Collins doesn’t trust his bullpen and also because he fears his offense can’t tack on runs.

Basically, the same two issues this team has suffered with over the last few seasons.

As to the first issue – the bullpen – in their first ten appearances this season, only one of them could be construed as good. The others were all bad. Shockingly bad.

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As to the second reason – the inability to tack on runs – the Mets have been outscored 22-4 after the first inning, through the first three games of the season. Hopefully, that changes, but this was not what anyone expected to see with the additions of Curtis Granderson and Chris Young over the Winter, the latter of which is already on the disabled list.

All three Mets starters (Gee, Colon and Wheeler) tossed 100 or more pitches in their first starts of the season, and while I don’t subscribe to babying pitchers, it was still surprising to see that so early in the season and especially with temperatures still so cold in New York.

But I do believe what we’re seeing is a lack of faith by the manager to go to his bullpen and a fear that his team can’t score runs later in the games. The combination of both is weighing heavily on Collins’ decision to go as long as he can with his starters even if he’s pushing it to their limits. And this is not exactly something Collins is unfamiliar with.  

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Alderson Expressed Concern With D’Arnaud’s Hitting Approach http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/alderson-expressed-concern-with-darnauds-hitting-approach.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/alderson-expressed-concern-with-darnauds-hitting-approach.html/#comments Sat, 16 Nov 2013 15:12:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133050 travis d'arnaud

It seems to me that the team is not as high or as confident in Travis d’Arnaud as they once were when they first acquired the catcher as the signature piece in the deal that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto.

On at least two occasions, Sandy Alderson expressed concern with D’Arnaud’s bat and his brief 99 at-bat debut. The Mets GM expanded on that a little during his interview with Mike Francesa on Friday, and had this to say about his catcher when asked if he was disappointed with what he saw offensively:

“A little bit, we saw flashes. I thought the approach was inconsistent, Alderson said. “I think anytime you get below the Mendoza Line, especially in a young guy, you panic a little bit. But, I think given what we saw in spring training, what we saw in Vegas, and what we saw in his minor league career, we have to assume that’s going to improve.”

Alderson was pleased with TDA’s work behind the plate, citing that on defense D’Arnaud was better than he expected and MLB caliber.

I agree with Sandy on both counts. I did expect D’Arnaud to hit the ground running like we saw Josh Satin do. One of my concerns is that D’Arnaud displayed a very long swing during his brief trial. I haven’t seen enough of him in the minors to say this was normal for him or something he adopted after he was promoted.

He also didn’t pull or drive the ball the way I expected him too. When he did hit the ball he seemed to just hit them where they were pitched and mostly up the middle or to the opposite field. He rarely turned on anything.

However, on the plus side, D’Arnaud exhibited excellent patience and a willingness not to chase balls out of the strike zone. His 10.7 walk percentage will likely score lots of points with the front office.

Regardless, D’Arnaud will be the Mets starting catcher in 2014 and everyone will be eager to see him improve on last season’s numbers and most importantly – avoid any injuries.

While Sandy initially said that acquiring a solid veteran backup catcher was a top priority this offseason, he backed off on that during the GM Meetings in Orlando, and spoke highly of Anthony Recker who I think has some surprising power in his bat.

D’Arnaud and Recker will likely do the majority of the catching next season. But Kevin Plawecki could make things interesting if he continues to produce in the minors as he has in his last two seasons. Plawecki has quickly climbed up the ranks to become one of the Mets’ top prospects.

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Team Insiders Say They’ll Listen To Offers On Daniel Murphy http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/team-insiders-say-theyll-listen-to-offers-on-daniel-murphy.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/team-insiders-say-theyll-listen-to-offers-on-daniel-murphy.html/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:47:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=130426 MLB: New York Mets at Philadelphia Phillies

Team Insiders Say They’ll Listen To Offers On __________.

Fill in the blank…

In this particular case, the player that Adam Rubin is referring to is second baseman Daniel Murphy.

The thing is, whenever the Mets say they aren’t trading anyone and only listening to offers, that player may as well pack their bags.

We heard that line a lot regarding R.A. Dickey last year, and get used to hearing it again this season about Daniel Murphy.

Why?

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That’s Why…

Haven’t you been paying attention?

After a remarkable 2013 campaign, Daniel Murphy is heading into arbitration and will be looking for a substantial raise… It’s time to pay the piper and quite frankly, that makes No. 28 a marked man…

The second best offensive player on the team after Wright, Murphy has distinguished himself as one of the top ten second basemen in the game.  But the fact that he doesn’t walk enough to suit the front office’s fascination with what an ideal ballplayer should be, further lessens his appeal to the decision makers who will be hawking his wares this Winter, come hell or high-water.

A career year certainly spells doom for a Mets’ player these days, just ask R.A. Dickey or Marlon Byrd, who weren’t being shopped either, but the insiders kept saying they were simply listening to offers… You didn’t really believe that, did you?

There’s little chance that both sides will go to arbitration, and I do believe they will settle on an amount somewhere around $6-7 million, but therein lies the problem. That amount is way too rich for the front office’s taste, unfortunately.

To Alderson and Co, a cost of $2.9 million for 188 hits and 32 walks is… Meh…

However, $6-7 million for 188 hits and 32 walks is more like… Are you @#$%&# kidding me?

You see, Sandy Alderson is here on business. He’s not a die-hard Met fan like you and me. He is simply an administrator sent here by Bud Selig to keep the Wilpons afloat. He’s doing an admirable job, by the way… Worthy of recognition in the Jedi Archives…

I’m gonna miss Murphy…

Leave your goodbyes for Murphy in the comment thread below…

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Mets Activate Travis d’Arnaud, Place John Buck On Paternity Leave http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mets-activate-travis-darnaud-place-john-buck-on-paternity-leave.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/mets-activate-travis-darnaud-place-john-buck-on-paternity-leave.html/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 18:28:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127039 travis d'arnaud debut

The Mets have officially activated catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud after recalling him from Triple-A Las Vegas and then placed John Buck on paternity leave. He will make his much anticipated major league debut tonight against the San Diego Padres.

“It will be nice to see him in a New York Mets uniform,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. “At the end of three days, we’ll see where we are.”

“There’s been a lot of anticipation and some disappointment, given the injury that he sustained earlier in the year — more disappointment on his part than probably anyone else’s,” Alderson said. “So I think from his standpoint as well as ours, there’s a lot of anticipation.”

The 24-year-old was the centerpiece of the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays in December and is regarded by many as the best catching prospect in the majors and the 22nd ranked prospect by Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com.

A broken foot has kept d’Arnaud out longer than expected, but he finally will get the opportunity to show off his immense talent to a fanbase that has been anxiously awaiting his arrival.

D’Arnaud has been compared to some of the best catchers in the game and has been highly touted for his ability to hit for power as well as average. He has improved his game defensively over the years and last week I asked Noah Syndergaard about him. “He calls a terrific game and it was exciting for me to pitch to him.”

Meanwhile, good news from John Buck….

Congratulations to John Buck and his wife…

With Buck out for the next three days, the Mets will get a long look at their prized prospect and the odds are very good that he may very well remain with the team even after Buck returns. It certainly sounded that way from listening to what Alderson had to say last night.

Anthony Recker will likely be the odd man out if that happens, but with roster expansion only two weeks away, his hiatus in Vegas won’t be too long.

This is an exciting time for the Mets and their fanbase…

After four consecutive losing seasons, the team is now brimming with young talent that has many of us hopeful for a big turnaround and the expectation of better days ahead. While there is still some work to be done, 2014 should be a turning point for the team as they embark on a future that looks very bright.

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D’Arnaud Calls Syndergaard’s Fastball “Absolutely Electric”, Curveball “Pretty Devastating” http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/darnaud-calls-syndergaards-fastball-absolutely-electric-curveball-pretty-devastating.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/darnaud-calls-syndergaards-fastball-absolutely-electric-curveball-pretty-devastating.html/#comments Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:07:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=126495 travis d'arnaud spring

Travis d’Arnaud was blown away after catching five scoreless innings from Noah Syndergaard during Sunday’s 6-0 win for Binghamton.

“What can I say about an outing like that?” said d’Arnaud, who is coming back from a broken foot suffered in April. “He had an absolutely electric fastball, his curveball was pretty devastating and his changeup — I didn’t even know he had a changeup like that. It just made his fastball look so much quicker and harder. The whole thing was effective.”

Syndergaard and d’Arnaud both joined the Mets last offseason in the blockbuster trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays. A trade that could go down as one of the worst lopsided trades in Blue Jays history.

As we reported yesterday, Syndergaard delivered his most dominant performance yet for the B-Mets, scattering two hits and a walk, while striking out three in his first scoreless outing at Double-A. In eight starts he remains undefeated at 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. In 41.0 innings pitched, the 20-year-old right-hander has 49 strikeouts while issuing just nine walks.

Said d’Arnaud to reporters, “He really threw tremendous out there, and you can tell he’s a workhorse. Those guys are always fun to work with.”

By the way, the Mets’ top catching prospect is now 4-for-18 in four games with the B-Mets and could join Triple-A in the next week or so. On Saturday, he hit his first homer since beginning his rehab two weeks ago.

(Photo Credits: Gordon Donovan)

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Profiling Thor: FanGraph’s Interview With Noah Syndergaard http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/profiling-thor-fangraphs-interview-with-noah-syndergaard.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/profiling-thor-fangraphs-interview-with-noah-syndergaard.html/#comments Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:04:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123327

In perhaps what is my favorite interview of our young prospect to date, David Laurila of FanGraphs  profiled Noah Syndergaard after he made his Double-A debut last Sunday. The 6’6” right-hander, who is now gaining notoriety as “Thor”, looked very impressive and is advanced for his age.

There are some awesome quotes in the interview that I whole-heartedly recommend that you read, where he discusses his repertoire, mechanical changes, and his feelings about making his Double-A debut.

Syndergaard gives his own scouting report — stating that he throws a fastball in the high 90s with a curveball, slider, and a changeup. He touts the curveball as his second best pitch and explainst hat he felt like it really came into its own last year, and he likes the spin on it. He also mentions that the Blue Jays toyed with his slider a bit and almost turned it into a cutter — so he basically made his own adjustments to it and throws it the way he feels comfortable.

Here’s a little on what the Mets have done to develop him recently:

“I changed my arm angle a little bit before my last start in St. Lucie. My velocity was about the same as last night; I was topping out at 98. I’m using my core a lot more, and also my legs. [St. Lucie pitching coach] Phil Regan has kind of toyed with my mechanics a little bit. When he first got a hold of me, I was kind of on my heels and not using my legs as much as I should. He got me more on my toes and driving toward home plate. Instead of falling off the pitch, I was driving through the pitch. And instead of my arm being directly over the top, I dropped it down just a little bit. I’m more three-quarters than over the top now. I have a little more velocity, and a little more run on the ball.

Reading through this interview, I was amazed at how eloquent of a speaker Syndergaard was — reminiscent of R.A. Dickey and his gift of gab. Syndergaard had some moments where he talked like a scout — but my favorites were his quotes on his pitching mentality.

…I just went out with the mindset of locating my fastball to both sides of the plate, working in my changeup from there, and then, second time through the order, starting to mixing in my curveball and slider. I basically trusted Blake [Forsythe]. I had never thrown to him before, but he and I were on the same page the entire game. I didn’t shake him off once.

…In certain situations, I’ll pitch to contact. When there’s nobody on base, I’m just trying to locate my pitches, and if I happen to strike the guy out, that’s fine. If I have a runner on first base, I’ll throw a sinker away to try to get a ground ball double play. In the fifth inning, with a runner on first, I got a ground ball to second base. That’s exactly what I was going for. It was one of the pitches I executed well.

This kid knows his baseball. I had one thought coming off reading this interview — we found ourselves a keeper.

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

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Matt Harvey Named National League Pitcher of the Month http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/matt-harvey-named-national-league-pitcher-of-the-month.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/matt-harvey-named-national-league-pitcher-of-the-month.html/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 21:08:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=117250 MLB: New York Mets at Minnesota Twins

Matt Harvey was named the Pitcher of the Month for April, the first Met to win the honor since R.A. Dickey last did so in June, 2012.

Harvey, 24, went 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA and 46 strikeouts in six April starts. His four wins tied for the National League lead, while his 1.56 ERA is third in the league for the month. His 46 strikeouts are tied for fourth in the league.

Harvey became the first pitcher in since 1900 to win his first four starts of the season, while allowing no more than 10 hits combined in those four starts.

This the second honor for Harvey this season as he was named National League Player of the Week during April 8-14. That was the week when he flirted with a no-hitter through 6.2 innings against the Twins in a frigid Minnesota.

Harvey now stands at 7-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 16 career starts, having given up only 63 hits in 99 2/3 innings.

It’s the first career monthly award for Harvey, who was selected ahead of pitchers such as Pittsburgh’s Jason Grilli, who logged 10 saves and a 0.82 ERA; San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner, who posted a 3-0 mark and 1.55 ERA; and Adam Wainwright, who went 4-2 with a 2.03 ERA.

In what has been a month full of questions, concerns and a losing record to start the season, seeing Harvey win this award is certainly one of the bright spots.

Congrats Matt, may you win many more. Hey, if he keeps this up he may even win a Cy Young.

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Baseball America Ranks Mets Farm System No. 16 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/baseball-america-ranks-mets-farm-system-no-14.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/baseball-america-ranks-mets-farm-system-no-14.html/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:33:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=112132 zack wheeler baseball americaBaseball America’s Jim Callis had hinted in a chat a couple of months ago that the Mets farm system would be ranked somewhere around 16-18 which many found too low.

Well today, Baseball America released their 2013 Organizational Rankings and the Mets did come in at No. 16.

Here’s the top 16 overall:

1. St. Louis Cardinals

2. Seattle Mariners

3. Texas Rangers

4. Tampa Bay Rays

5. Miami Marlins

6. Boston Red Sox

7. Pittsburgh Pirates

8. Arizona Diamondbacks

9. Houston Astros

10. Minnesota Twins

11. New York Yankees

12. Chicago Cubs

13. Washington Nationals

14. San Diego Padres

15. Cincinnati Reds

16. New York Mets

How They Got Here: The best Mets farmhands are the products of trades—Wheeler from the Giants for Carlos Beltran, d’Arnaud and Syndergaard from the Blue Jays for R.A. Dickey. New York also has an intriguing crop of homegrown righthanders led by Matero, Montero, Fulmer, but the majority of its prospects has yet to surface above Class A.

High-Ceiling Sleeper: After missing his first full pro season because of Tommy John surgery, RHP Jacob DeGrom bounced back in 2012 with a 93-98 mph fastball and flawless control.

As Callis points out, this new Mets ranking is fueled by the trades of Carlos Beltran and R.A. Dickey who were dealt for Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard who are among the top five overall Mets prospects.

So what does this mean in the grand scheme of things?

Nothing really.

The Mets could easily fall back to No. 24 once Wheeler and d’Arnaud are called up at some point this season.

The true test will come when the top five prospects are populated by players that were drafted/signed and developed through the system and how those players rank among all the other team’s prospects. That will be a truer indication of how well we are developing players.

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Why Mets Boycotts Are Idiotic And Pointless http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/why-mets-boycotts-are-idiotic-and-pointless.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/why-mets-boycotts-are-idiotic-and-pointless.html/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 16:36:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=109845 opening-day citi field crowd attendance
My dad and I have never gone to a Mets game together before. Sure we’ve watched countless games on TV, been to see the Ducks and the Islanders, went to the Giants ticker-tape parade together, and have even caught a few Orioles games when we visit family in Maryland. But never have we both made it to Flushing with each other. Whenever I have gone, it has always been with friends. We have always tried to, but either something on my end or his would always come up, and we’d put it off until next month, or next season.

That was until this past Thursday morning. I called my dad from my dorm room first thing in the morning and told him that we were going to a Mets game this season, and not just any game, but Opening Day.

I waited until the clock struck ten, and snagged two overpriced tickets way up in the nosebleeds, but that didn’t matter. For the first time, I’ll be going to cheer on my favorite team, along with my dad, and no matter who is suiting up on that field, I know April 1st, 2013 will be a day I will always cherish.

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Just because the outfield will be an eyesore at best and the bullpen has more questions marks than the Riddler’s jumpsuit, doesn’t mean the experience of attending a Mets game should be tarnished.

The Mets fight song still plays as you get your ticket scanned at the gate. There is still no feeling in the world that can describe making your way through the Jackie Robinson Rotunda to see the field open up in front of you.

The fries and the shakes haven’t become infested with disease just because R.A. Dickey is playing North of the border; they’re still delicious (overpriced, but delicious).

Mr. Met doesn’t sit in left field in a fetal position. The Wilpons don’t stand on top of the dugouts donning a menacing smile, laughing at all those who were oh-so ignorant to actually pay to see the New York Mets. It is still a baseball game.

I know the boycott movement isn’t as popular as it was last year, but it still exists among many begrudged fans. I just don’t understand the mentality of those who decide to boycott their favorite team. Was this ever done in ’94? Or ’78? Or ’63? The answer is no. Yes, you want Wilpon out, many fans do, but are you really suffering so much that you will rob yourself the chance to see a baseball game with friends and loved ones?

packed house at citi field

Once again, the answer –at least should be–no. Fifty-plus years ago, this franchise was the worst team in the annals of baseball history. No team has ever lost more games in a season. And yet fans still came. Why? It was to see National League baseball in New York again. They stayed and continue to stay for the experience, the fun atmosphere of the Polo Grounds/Shea Stadium/Citi Field; and the Mets.

Just take a look at the post done this morning by MMO’s own Clare Lafferty. Clare was so excited to have the chance to go to Banner Day once again that she wrote a wonderful post about it, much like myself and Opening Day in this one. It’s not about how awful the team will be, or the upper management of this club, but simply a post about getting to go to a Mets game.

In the seventh inning, you still root, root, root for the home team, and if they don’t win it’s a shame. However the fact of the matter is it’s still the old ball game, no matter who’s on the field or signing the checks.

In actuality, the only ones the boycotters are hurting is themselves. They are the ones who are missing out on the grand old experience of going to a ballgame.

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R.A. Dickey Accepts NL Cy Young At BBWAA Dinner http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/01/r-a-dickey-accepts-nl-cy-young-at-bbwaa-dinner.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/01/r-a-dickey-accepts-nl-cy-young-at-bbwaa-dinner.html/#comments Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:37:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=105412 The stars were out at the New York Hilton Saturday night at the 90th annual Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) Dinner.

This year’s award winners received their hardware, and of course, R.A. Dickey was the main event.

Dickey took home the 2012 NL Cy Young Award and was honored with the BBWAA’s “Joe DiMaggio Toast of the Town” award for forging a special bond with the New York fans.

R.A. Dickey at BBWAA Dinner

R.A. Dickey at BBWAA Dinner

Before Dickey took to the podium, the dais featured some of the top players in the game today including Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, David Price, Buster Posey and C.C. Sabathia. Former Met killer Chipper Jones was also in attendance to receive the BBWAA’s “Long and Meritorious Service” award.

The 1973 NL champion New York Mets were honored for their 40th anniversary. Rusty Staub and Buddy Harrelson accepted the “Willie, Clipper and the Duke” award. Willie Mays was actually there too and was given a standing ovation.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson was tasked with introducing the 1973 team. But before doing that, he acknowledged Dickey for his remarkable season.

“The contributions he’s made for the Mets not just this year but over three years, it’s been a privilege of mine to watch him perform over the last two,” he said. “I think everyone, Mets fans and baseball fans everywhere, will agree that last year was truly not just historic but in some ways a storybook finish to his career here. I hope it’s not finished. I hope that sometime down the line that we will meet again.”

However, he said he was not infringing on Blue Jays’ general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who was sitting at the table right in front of the podium.

Sandy Alderson, the comedian

Sandy Alderson, the comedian

Alderson must have thought he was a comedian, but many Mets fans in attendance were not too impressed with his routine. He said that he has been in contact with several outfielders that he “met on the Internet, one of which went to Stanford.” Naturally, he was poking fun at the Manti Te’o situation, but still Sandy, why don’t you go get us an outfielder rather than joking about it?

But Alderson wished Dickey well, even though he was the guy who sent him out of town.

“Perhaps R.A. will become the first back-to-back Cy Young winner in two different leagues representing two different countries,” he said. “I hope that happens.”

Dickey was introduced by Phil Niekro, the greatest knuckleballer in history who served as a mentor to Dickey as he learned to throw the mysterious pitch.

Niekro was honored to be part of the event and even said to his wife that if his wedding had been scheduled for Saturday, he would have postponed it in order to be in New York for R.A.’s special night.

When Dickey won the Cy Young, Niekro called right away, and Dickey kept saying, “We did it! We did it!”

“I said, ‘We didn’t do it. You did it. You were out there busting your butt from the first day of spring training to the end, you’re taking the signs and you’re striking them out, and you’re pitching one-hitters and shutouts. You did it.’”

But Dickey still said that it was a team effort.

Niekro said that he was so proud of Dickey, and he’s sure that the likes of Charlie Hough, Tim Wakefield, his brother Joe Niekro, Hoyt Wilhelm, Tom Candiotti and Wilbur Wood would all feel the same way.

Phil Niekro introduces Dickey

Phil Niekro introduces Dickey

“This has never happened to us before,” Niekro said. “No knuckleballer in the history of the game had won a Cy Young Award. You (Dickey) have brought us up to a level that none of us ever thought we’d get to.”

Dickey and Niekro embraced before it was R.A.’s turn to accept his award. He started with a litany of thank you’s to the Wilpons, Alderson and Mets’ public relations director Jay Horwitz.

“I have so many thank you’s for my Met family, and that’s what it really felt like when I was here,” Dickey said. “I don’t think I could have ever wished to play for a better manager than Terry Collins.”

Dickey of course thanked his wife Anne for sticking by him at his lowest times and traveling all over the country, Latin America and now Canada with him as he pursued his dreams. He talked about Cy Young’s wife, Robba, to put his thanks into perspective.

“For every Cy Young Award winner who has a mate and is married, there needs to be a Robba Young Award to go along side of it,” he said.

Dickey – a Star Wars buff of course – gave a special thank you to whom he calls the “Jedi Council of Knuckleballers” made up of Hough, Wakefield and Niekro. He said he remembers meeting Hough in 2005 as he was on his way out as a conventional pitcher.

“I was throwing 85 (mph) and didn’t have the control of a Greg Maddux,” he said. “I was serving up some balls that still haven’t landed.”

But he was grateful to his manager and pitching coach with the Texas Rangers, Buck Showalter and Orel Hershiser, for giving him the confidence to reinvent himself.

“75,000 knuckleballs off a cinderblock wall later, and here I am,” Dickey said. “I would not be here if it wasn’t for Charlie, Phil and Tim. This is an award to not only be celebrated with them but also the city of New York and the New York Mets fanbase.”

Phil Niekro and R.A. Dickey embrace.

Phil Niekro and R.A. Dickey embrace.

Dickey only spoke for a few minutes since he likely had to feel a bit strange. Here’s a guy being celebrated in his former town for his accomplishments with his former team, but yet that team sent him packing even though he wanted to be back. Sure, the trade made sense for a rebuilding franchise, but it’s still tough to Dickey leave after such an inspirational season.

This year’s dinner marks the second straight year (Jose Reyes in 2012) that a Mets’ award winner accepted an award as a member of another team.

Even so, the night was a great event for baseball fans and one that Dickey will cherish for the rest of his life.

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Strange Tales: So These Three GMs Walk Into A Bar… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/01/strange-tales-so-these-three-gms-walk-into-a-bar.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/01/strange-tales-so-these-three-gms-walk-into-a-bar.html/#comments Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:00:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=105180 By now you’ve all made the rounds and got everybody’s take on Sandy Alderson’s interview with Mike Francesa yesterday. You know the one right? It was the interview that was the exact opposite of the first interview he did with Francesa back in October. Remember that one? The one where the Mets were going to be transformed into a contender for 2013 and fans were going to see so many significant changes that we wouldn’t be able to recognize the new team from the one that we ended the 2012 season with? Are we clear now? Okay, good, let’s move on.

I had this pretty long-winded post I worked on most of last night, but it was too long so I decided to break it up into a few parts. This first part is about the incredible back-story behind the R.A. Dickey trade. Fasten your seat belts.

Strange Tales

Alderson: Well, I’ll tell you what’s interesting, Mike. We had been talking to two or three teams about R.A. Dickey, and we had an interest in a couple players from one team and we were prepared to make a trade to that team for those two players. After we made the deal with Toronto, we got a call from that team — they wouldn’t give us the two players for R.A., but they called us and said, “We’ll give you the two players for Travis d’Arnaud. Straight up.”

Francesa: Really? Interesting.

Alderson: Now at that point everyone had fallen in love with Travis, so we weren’t going to do that. And we’d fallen in love with the guy too.

Francesa: So you turned down those two players you wanted for Dickey, for d’Arnaud once you got him.

Alderson:Yeah, so we could have ended up with those two players plus all the other players we got from Toronto, but that’s not how we plotted it out.

Now let me get this straight… If memory serves me right, the only other team that we were in serious discussions with for R.A. Dickey at the time besides the Toronto, was the Texas Rangers. In fact the rumors had the Mets switching back and forth between both teams for what was a hectic 3-4 day period.

It was also widely reported that the key player the Mets wanted was 24 year-old corner infielder/outfielder Michael Olt, one of the premier power prospects in the minors. The right-handed slugger batted .282/.398/.521 with a league leading 28 home runs, 82 RBI and .977 OPS in 92 games for Double-A Frisco. The Rangers were convinced he was ready and promoted him from Double-A to the majors.

It was actually Ken Davidoff who first reported that it was the Mets who offered Dickey to the Rangers for a rich package that included prized prospect Mike Olt and another prospect. Later that day it was speculated that Mets also wanted either left-hander Martin Perez or right-hander Justin Grimm, but that was never confirmed. However it would of made perfect sense. About a day later the Rangers declined, the Mets moved onto Toronto, and soon after Dickey was packing his bags for Canada, eh.

So according to this story, right after the deal for Dickey was completed, Rangers GM Jon Daniels called Sandy Alderson back and then offered him the same exact package he initially refused for just Travis d’Arnaud alone?

In other words the Rangers #1 prospect Michael Olt plus one of their top pitching prospects Perez ranked #3 or Grimm ranked #4 for Travis d’Arnaud who was coming back from a season ending injury, his second season-ender in three years?

mike olt

So if I’m getting all of this straight, the final haul for R.A. Dickey could have been:

  • Top ranked power-hitting outfield prospect, Michael Olt
  • Toronto’s top pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard
  • Rangers’ top pitching prospect LHP Martin Perez or RHP Justin Grimm
  • Veteran major league catcher John Buck
  • Promising outfield prospect Wuilmer Becerra

And we said NO…

Wow… Of all the crazy things Sandy has told us over the years, I think this yarn may be the most astonishing tale of them all.

Thanks to Amazin Avenue for transcribing the interview part…

I’ll be back later to discuss what Sandy had to say about his Mets offseason outfield plans back in in October, and what he had to say about his ragtag outfield yesterday. Riveting stuff…

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Blue Jays And Dickey Agree To Extension http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/blue-jays-and-dickey-agree-to-extension.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/blue-jays-and-dickey-agree-to-extension.html/#comments Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:04:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=103039 dickey

Update by Dan Valis ar 12:05 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has reported that the Toronto Blue Jays and R.A. Dickey have agreed on a two-year extension worth $25 million, pending a physical. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that Dickey has already landed in Florida to undergo his physical which will take place at their spring training facility.

Updated by Hojo at 11:20 AM

MMO reader “Boomer” shared a link to the Toronto Star who reports that Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has flown to Nashville to meet with R.A. Dickey at his home to work out an extension deal.

As reflected in his hands-on style, Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos prefers to meet players face-to-face whenever an important crossroads arrives. Anthopoulos is believed to have met with Dickey at his home. Reportedly, the Jays have been able to agree on the extension with Dickey, likely for more than the $26 million, two years, he had been seeking from the Mets, but still a bargain for three years compared to recent free agents Anibal Sanchez, Zack Greinke and, assuming Dickey’s higher expected return, than Ryan Dempster.

Forbes Magazine also reports that the hit Dickey will take on taxes is part of the holdup right now, read about that here.

Original post by Hojo at 10:00 AM

John Lott of the National Post believes that with the trade R.A. Dickey now has more leverage for a bigger multi-year deal along the lines of what pitchers like Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez got or somewhere in between.

R.A. Dickey is under contract for one more year at a bargain rate of $5-million. But as the Toronto Blue Jays launch a hurry-up offence to negotiate an extension, they will have to treat Dickey as though he were a free agent.

Dickey reportedly asked the Mets for a two-year extension worth roughly US$26-million. But with the trade to Toronto — and the recent market-setting deals for Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez — Dickey suddenly wields far more leverage than he did with the Mets, who were unwilling even to come close to what he was seeking.

The Los Angeles Dodgers gave Greinke a six-year deal with an average annual value (including signing bonus) of US$26.5-million. Sanchez returned to the Tigers for five years at an average of US$16-million.

In 2012, and over the past three years, Dickey outperformed both Greinke and Sanchez. This past season, he posted a 20-6 record and 2.73 ERA while leading the league in starts, innings pitched and strikeouts. In all of those categories, Dickey surpassed Greinke and Sanchez.

The reigning Cy Young Award winner in the National League now has about 24 hours left to work out a contract extension with the Jays or else the deal could die.

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Signs Indicating R.A. Dickey Will Be Dealt http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/signs-indicating-r-a-dickey-will-being-dealt.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/signs-indicating-r-a-dickey-will-being-dealt.html/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:00:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=102793 According to Ken Rosenthal, signs are pointing towards R.A. Dickey being traded, he reports via twitter. The Mets and Dickey’s inability to come to an agreement on a contract extension and that 1-year, $5 million deal for 2013 is beginning to look a lot more attractive to teams who missed out on the likes of Zack Greinke, James Shields and now Anibal Sanchez.

The Mets are currently at a standstill with R.A. Dickey on contract talks. Dickey is looking for two-years and $26 million while the Mets camp seems to be fixed on two years at $10 million per year.

Buster Olney of ESPN reported earlier today that a general manager told him that if the Mets could extend Dickey’s contract, his trade value would increase.

We’ll keep you posted as more news comes in on this new development….

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Sandy Alderson Is The Great Pretender http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/sandy-alderson-is-the-great-pretender.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/sandy-alderson-is-the-great-pretender.html/#comments Thu, 13 Dec 2012 17:51:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=102703 sandy aldersonI’m so fed up with this lingering R.A. Dickey situation. Make a decision one way or the other and move on already.

Sandy Alderson says a lot of things, most of which end up ringing hollow or untrue. You just never know what to believe with him, and he never answers any questions directly. He speaks with an eloquent vagueness that is mesmerizing to the masses.

That said, I sincerely hope he was dead serious about resolving this Dickey situation in the next few days. I hope that this was one of the very rare occasions where Sandy was being forthright and honest with us.

The entire organization has been in paralysis mode and has been held hostage by the decision to drag out this Dickey conundrum for the last 2 1/2 months. It’s brought all other aspects of the Mets off-season to a screeching halt and at a virtual standstill.

Despite glaring needs up and down the roster, the Mets have yet to make one single offer to any free agent. Their offseason strategy has been dysfunctional, disjointed and obviously unproductive.

There was never any sense of urgency in addressing the team’s needs this off-season. None. Instead we are witnessing a lackadaisical approach based on an unorthodox strategy of waiting for things to happen rather than making things happen. It’s a fundamentally flawed process that is propelled by being reactive rather than proactive.

There is also a severe lack of accountability with this front office. This is why there is no urgency to improve anything. There are no consequences for failure.

After two off-seasons with no financial wherewithal, Sandy Alderson finally has the money to spend (about $25 million), and yet he is reluctant to do so. Why? He doesn’t understand the market he has to navigate in. He doesn’t have a firm grasp of how to value assets like other front offices can. It puts the team at a distinct competitive disadvantage.

Any negotiations the Mets have had with other teams, including several during the Winter Meetings, all came to an abrupt end mostly because the other teams were confronted with unrealistic demands. This further adds to the current climate of complacency and an overall lack of a cohesive strategy. Teams are finding this front office difficult to deal with because there is a huge gap between how the Mets value things as compared to the other 29 MLB teams.

Some of you can tell yourselves that this is all part of the plan, or that there’s plenty of time left. However the reality of the situation is not quite as simplistic as that.

Most teams in our own division are in the process of wrapping up their off-seasons. They all went into their off-seasons with a predetermined strategy and team-specific goals. By and large they all executed those plans expeditiously and expediently. On the flip-side, the Mets have yet to make one significant improvement, or one significant addition, or one significant upgrade.

After four straight losing seasons, there seems to be no urgency or desire in turning things around. In fact, based on comments made by Sandy Alderson at the Holiday Party, there will be no improvement in 2013. Things will remain exactly as they were at the end of the 2012 season – give or take a few minor tweaks.

If that doesn’t bother you, then you deserve this front office and the lack of leadership that goes with it.

If, however, you do have a problem with this atmosphere of complacency and mediocrity, then it may be time to start demanding more measurable results from this front office or demanding some new leadership altogether.

The time for action and results is now at hand.

You might enjoy this little exchange I just had with Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. It certainly conveys the way things really are…

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Thoughts On Dickey and the Ongoing Mets Incompetence http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/thoughts-on-dickey-and-the-ongoing-mets-incompetence.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/thoughts-on-dickey-and-the-ongoing-mets-incompetence.html/#comments Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:26:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=102644 Post updated by Joe D. on 12/12

Mike Puma of the NY Post sheds more light on what now appears to be a tenuous situation that existed between the Wilpons and R.A. Dickey even before Tuesday’s Holiday Party at Citi Field.

Besides the financial roadblocks, what became clearer yesterday was a underlying tension between team and player. Dickey is frustrated he cannot get the Mets to move faster, especially because, as he said, “I feel we are asking for even less than what is fair.” The Mets, meanwhile, have mounting concerns whether all of Dickey’s off-the-field endeavors could impact his on-field results or his standing in the clubhouse if the perception is that he has become too absorbed with his new celebrity.

The Mets already were annoyed, The Post has learned, Dickey last week turned down a personal appearance request from owner Fred Wilpon. Nevertheless, they knew he was in town for a business matter and asked him a few days ago to appear at Citi Field for yesterday’s holiday party. The Mets expected Dickey to be more diplomatic in his comments.

The Mets were seriously pursuing a trade of Dickey anyway, and this will only add impetus. The Mets wanted to wait until Zack Greinke signed (he inked with the Dodgers) and James Shields was traded (he went to the Royals) to clear out two big starting options and see if that motivated teams still needing top-flight starters to sweeten bids for Dickey. The Mets have sensed some movement in that direction.

Sandy Alderson said: “We’re in a similar place today as we were last week. Some of the surrounding circumstances [Greinke/Shields] have changed somewhat. I would hope that we’ll have more clarity within a few days, but in the meantime we’re more or less status quo.”

Dickey was asked if he felt insulted by the Mets’ offer.

“Things are emotional for me,” Dickey said. “When people say it’s business, it’s not personal, that just means it’s not personal for them. It can be personal for me.

“I’m hoping that it’s going to end up in a good place, but you can’t help but in the back of your mind think it may not, and that’s sad.”

It was already predetermined, even before the offseason started, that Sandy Alderson was going to “work in parallel” with the Dickey situation. That is they would be negotiating with him while shopping him at the same time. Yes, this was their plan all along.

It was a risky proposition and ill-conceived because it would mean no real urgency to negotiate a deal because you are also trying to shop for the best offer which would naturally drag the process out for months. Not a good thing when you’re talking about the team’s most valuable player.

This tactic seems to have backfired on several levels. Not only did it damage the process with Dickey and undermine the trust that is needed by both sides to get a deal done, but it sent the wrong signal to other teams who were reluctant to trade two prized prospects for a player that the Mets were apparently reluctant to sign.

I’ve said this before about the front office, but they always over-analyze things to a fault.

They are incapable of making a quick decision which is essential in today’s fast-paced baseball environment. Everything is a long drawn out process and during last year’s Winter Meetings Jon Heyman reported that teams were reluctant to deal with the Mets because of their dysfunction.

“We’re waiting to see how the market develops.” That’s the automatic response you get from Sandy Alderson whenever he is asked about progress on any front or situation.

There are some who want to hang the blame for this on Dickey. Don’t. This scheme was doomed to failure. You either make the decision to keep Dickey or you re-sign him. You don’t openly leave him flapping in the wind and then cry foul when things go awry. Make a damn decision. This is a reigning Cy Young winner and the only good thing to happen to the Mets in the last three years. Get your freaking act together for crying out loud.

What this front office is doing is not normal… It breeds the often chaotic situations you have seen these last three winters and turns everything into a media circus. #LOLMets is alive and well for those of you who think Omar Minaya took it with him when he left.

The other thing is – who made the decision to invite R.A. Dickey to the Holiday Party in the first place?

How do you invite him to a setting that is swarming with media and not expect him to get bombarded with questions about this screwed up situation which you yourselves created?

Of all the players in your system you invite the one person you probably don’t want in front of ten cameras and two dozen recorders? Really?

The incompetency that is going on by ownership and the front office is out of control.

This Dickey situation is getting ugly, but don’t blame Dickey for it.

I’m glad to see more and more people coming around and are finally seeing the incompetence and lack of direction with improving this team. Even MetsBlog is coming around as you may have seen yesterday. Welcome to the party…

What’s happening here is not rebuilding…

It’s not competing…

It’s just keeping up appearances and doing things in the hopes that it motivates fans to buy tickets. That is what ultimately guides every decision including re-signing David Wright which I always maintained would be done for the fan’s sake and not for rebuilding’s sake.

Original Post 12/11

Mike Puma of the NY Post says that according to a team official, the Mets are “not happy” that Dickey used yesterday’s holiday party as a forum for an airing of grievances.

The Mets continue to explore trading Dickey, but haven’t made headway in convincing potential suitors such as the Rangers and Blue Jays to part with top prospects.

Also, a high-ranking club official brushed off a report indicating the Mets just increased their offer to $20 million on Monday night.

“Nothing has changed since last week,” the official said.

Dickey is seeking $26 million over two years, according to sources. In context, Jake Peavy recently received $29 million over two years, writes Puma.

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Mets Could Extend Dickey To Improve Their Elf-Image http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/mets-could-extend-dickey-to-improve-their-elf-image.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/mets-could-extend-dickey-to-improve-their-elf-image.html/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:17:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=102509

Lending further to the accuracy of ESPN New York, reporting that R.A. Dickey is likely to remain a Met, the knuckleballer has agreed to play an elf alongside Ike Davis on Tuesday at Citi Field.

John Franco will play Santa Clause at the team’s annual holiday party tomorrow at Citi Field, as the Mets host schoolchildren from Far Rockaway who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Only a real Grinch would trade an elf during the holiday season. Bah, humbug… ;-)

Original Post 12/9 3:00 PM

Andy Martino of the Daily News is reporting that the Mets and R.A. Dickey have resumed negotiations and that they have made some modest progress on a contract extension since things cooled off at the Winter Meetings.

I believe that the Mets and Dickey got locked into a game of chicken when they were in Nashville, with neither side willing to budge on the dollars of a two-year extension.

With both sides now back at the bargaining table, expect something to get done before the holidays. It’s no secret that Dickey wants to remain a Met, and while teams have come to the Mets to discuss the reigning Cy Young winner, Alderson has been emphatic that he is not actively shopping the knuckleballer.

Even so, Alderson has told inquiring teams that it would take a difference maker to nab Dickey. As I said earlier on Twitter, after getting smoked on the Angel Pagan trade last offseason,  the Mets won’t trade Dickey unless they are grossly overpaid.

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Zack Greinke Agrees To 6 Year, $147M Deal With Dodgers http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/zack-greinke-agrees-to-6-year-147m-deal-with-dodgers.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/12/zack-greinke-agrees-to-6-year-147m-deal-with-dodgers.html/#comments Sun, 09 Dec 2012 02:06:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=102410

The Dodgers and Zack Greinke have agreed to a six-year, $147 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The deal is pending a physical.

Greinke, 29, went 15-5 last season for the Brewers and Angels with a 3.48 ERA in 34 starts.

If you’ve already had your fill of R.A. Dickey rumors, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Bloggers who know a lot more than I do say that teams are going to get desperate now and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

We’ll see…

Original Post 9:00 AM

Jim Bowden of ESPN tweeted that free agent starter Zack Greinke was “blown away” by the offer from Nolan Ryan and the Rangers Front Office.

Greinke said he loves the Rangers roster and their minor league prospects, and is turned on by their chances to win a World Series.

Meanwhile it looks like both the Dodgers and Angels are retreating from the chase to sign Greinke.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Greinke talks have reached a “critical stage” and the Dodgers are now considering bowing out and moving on to other pursuits. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti offered a pessimistic response when asked whether the club was close to signing Greinke.

“We’re not on the front lawn.We’re barely out of the car at the curb. It’s better than driving around the neighborhood looking for the house. We know where the house is located. We just can’t seem to get out of the car.”

Bowden also adds that according to a source there will be no last minute strike by the Angels to land Greinke like they did last year for Pujols. VERY UNLIKELY, is how he puts it.

Once Greinke signs and is off the market, it is expected to usher in a phase of depravity and desperation unlike anything we’ve ever seen before in prior offseasons.

It is exactly what Sandy Alderson has been waiting for as he dangles R.A. Dickey in front of a pack of ravenous and voracious wild dogs who all hunger for the taste of his flesh.

At least that’s what some fans and bloggers think. ;-)

“I think I see a knuckleballer all alone and in distress.” “What’s a knuckleballer?”

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If The Mets Trade R.A. Dickey, Who Becomes The Team’s Ace? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/11/if-the-mets-trade-r-a-dickey-who-becomes-the-teams-ace.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/11/if-the-mets-trade-r-a-dickey-who-becomes-the-teams-ace.html/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:08:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=101780

At season’s end Dickey called he and Wright a “package deal.”

Now that the Mets have locked up David Wright to an extension, they will probably shift their attention to the 2012 Cy Young award winner, RA Dickey. Could the reason why Wright finally agreed to sign on the dotted line be because he and Dickey are truly a package deal, and now the Mets are going to lock up Dickey next? Maybe the Mets told Wright they were going to sign Dickey, and it prompted David to finally agree to terms – who knows at this point?

There has been tons of speculation regarding what the Mets are going to do with regards to Dickey. There have been numerous trade rumors this off-season. Rightly so, as it seems this would be the optimal time to restock the team with young prospects in exchange for Dickey. That’s called selling high. Then, in the midst of the rumors, they were somewhat discredited when other MLB team executives said they thought the Mets were using the trade talks to gain an edge when negotiating with Dickey. That last part doesn’t really make much sense.

Dickey wants to be a Met. He has publicly proclaimed this. He is still saying he will take a two-year deal with the Mets. Dickey has already given the Mets all the negotiating power they need. Why would they have to falsely start dangling Dickey out there as trade bait to gain any bargaining power?

Picture the Dickey situation as high school prom. The Mets will be the guy in this scenario, and Dickey will be the girl. If you are a guy, and you know a girl wants to desperatley go to the prom with you, you basically have two options. The first option is pretty straight forward and involves just asking the girl you know already wants to go with you. The other option is to wait it out, maybe ask a couple of other girls, and if you get turned down there is no pressure because you know the other girl is just waiting for you to ask her. The Mets are pretty much the guy, checking to see what else is available out there. The girl has lost all her negotiating power, and so has Dickey.

So based on my prom theory, I have to assume that the Mets really are thinking about trading Dickey this winter. Now the question becomes if they trade Dickey, who becomes the ace of the staff in his absence?

The Mets really only have one option. And no, it’s not Johan Santana.

The ace of the staff immediately becomes Matt Harvey.

Santana just does not have what it takes to be the ace of the staff anymore. He pitched admirably in 2012, but he’s probably a number two or three starter at this point in his career. On the other hand, Harvey has electric stuff, and has shown to have the potential to be the ace of the staff. Based on what he displayed during his 2012 call up, you would have to believe this kid would rise to the occasion.

Sure, everyone would like to give Harvey two or three years to develop into the ace of the staff, but if this kid is going to be remembered as one of the great Mets pitchers, he should have no problem adjusting and striving in his new role with the team.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Whether the Mets decide to trade Dickey or not remains to be seen. Emotions aside, the Mets should probably trade Dickey now, at a point where they can get the most value for him. Either that, or run the risk of signing a 38 year-old pitcher with about 2.5 good seasons under his belt.

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MMO Fan Shot: Meet Metsie, A Bewildered Mets Fan http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/11/mmo-fan-shot-meet-metsie-a-bewildered-mets-fan.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2012/11/mmo-fan-shot-meet-metsie-a-bewildered-mets-fan.html/#comments Wed, 28 Nov 2012 02:33:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=101645 I got these pictures emailed to me from one of our readers Eileen (Always Amazin), and I thought you’d love to see them.

Meet Metsie, all 2.8 pounds of him…

Apparently, Metsie was thrilled about R.A. Dickey winning the Cy Young award when this shot was taken.

Metsie looks a little bewildered at times, like most Mets fans, writes Eileen…

Thanks for sending these in… It’s our first MMO Fan Shot that were actually shots! :-)

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