When asked by Jon Heyman if he had checked in with the Brewers to discuss Ryan Braun, Mets GM Sandy Alderson joked and said, “If you could count a four-word sentence as checking.” When Heyman pressed for more details, Sandy replied that the entire extent of his discussion with the Brewers slugger was, ”What’s up with Braun?” Click. That’s it, that’s the entirety of all the hubbub. There was no discussion, no negotiation, and certainly no […]
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, LaTroy Hawkins signed with the Colorado Rockies for $2.25 MM earlier in the week — and according to reports, the Mets low-balled him. While I can understand not wanting to invest in a player of his age, the fact that the Mets didn’t match $2.25 million is somewhat telling. Of course, he has almost no opportunity to close here anymore considering Bobby Parnell should return healthy, so it makes sense that he […]
Sandy Alderson spoke to beat writers today and his message was that the Mets 2014 payroll will be more than last year’s $87 million. “I don’t think our payroll is going to be below what we saw last year,” Alderson said. “And as far as where it will finally land, let’s defer that question until all precincts have reported.” Alderson also said nothing has changed with regard to his offseason strategy and that the Mets […]
In an interview with The Beanball, Mets reliever Vic Black revealed he was slightly heartbroken when the Pittsburgh Pirates traded him last season. What was your reaction when you were traded by the organization that drafted you to the New York Mets? Ben, honestly I was slightly heart broken. In a sense, I felt as though I had been put up for adoption. But like I’ve explained to many people, the “family” that receives you […]
Mets GM Sandy Alderson was on ESPN FM Radio for a brief interview earlier today. Here’s a little recap for you… Alderson again said he’s looking at his “shortstop situation,” as well as all three outfield positions. Mike Lupica told Alderson that he understands it’s a marathon not a sprint — but it’s starting to feel like a Walking Tour of America. Alderson responded that it was neither of the two, but “maybe an 800.” When […]
Logan Verrett was tabbed as having the “Best Slider” in the Mets system by Baseball America last week in their annual “Best Tools” feature. The 23-year old righty finished the 2013 season with a 4.25 ERA in 146.0 innings. He won 12 games and struck out 132 batters over that span and held opposing hitters to .249 batting average against him. Verrett’s best month was in April when he led all Mets pitchers with a 4-0 […]
One of the legendary New York sportscasting icons, Bill Mazer, died today in Danbury, CT. at the age of 92. The New York Times reported the news, calling Mazer the voice and face of sports coverage in New York for decades, pioneering sports-talk radio and becoming a television fixture while earning the nickname the Amazin’ for his encyclopedic recall of sports facts and figures. His son, the actor Arnie Mazer, confirmed the death, at Danbury […]
Mets ace Matt Harvey rejoined the Dan Patrick show this morning and apologized for yesterday’s awkward interview, when he talked about his Qualcomm promotion and that’s it. He told Patrick that he had a lot on his mind and was on his way to the doctor during his call and was a bit flustered. “That wasn’t me at all yesterday,” Harvey said. “I was thinking about it all day. The interview I gave you was […]
It honestly felt like no one on the roster needed that walk-off yesterday more than Travis d’Arnaud. I do not need to sit here and highlight the fact that our young backstop has been struggling recently — considering it’s already been brought up over and over on talk radio, Mets Twitter and what have you. The problem, of course, is that a healthy d’Arnaud was supposed to help anchor us offensively — but the actual […]
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