Providing the weather clears, the New York Mets will run out another rookie this afternoon: lanky center fielder Matt den Dekker. This kid can fly and run down a ball in the gap with anybody the Mets have, but is a slow study at the plate. Den Dekker’s opportunity comes in the aftermath of the trade of Marlon Byrd to Pittsburgh. A capsule of den Dekker’s production was last year when he hit .340 at Double-A Binghamton, but […]
Just read this post on MetsBlog about Jose Abreu, the 26-year old Cuban defector that has been called a better hitter than Yasiel Puig. For the most part me and Matt Cerrone agree that it’s unlikely the Mets will do anything more than show some slight interest in what night be the next great baseball sensation, but ultimately he’ll prove to be too rich for the Mets’ taste. Here is what I wrote regarding Abreu […]
There seems to be a big push on MetsBlog to go after Andre Ethier. Why? For all the complaining we did about Jason Bay and the way that debacle worked out, do we really want to get involved in another sequel so soon after? I hate sequels! Consider the following: Andre Ethier is owed a guaranteed $71.5 million over the next four years. That’s $5.5 million more than Jason Bay’s four year, $66 million […]
The Mets aren’t expecting a significant building block like a Carlos Gonzalez-type outfielder to land in their laps before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. “I don’t think that’s something for right now,” a club official said yesterday. “That’s probably something more for the offseason.” It likely means that for a third straight year under general manager Sandy Alderson, the Mets will be sellers heading to […]
Fred Wilpon spoke with Steven Marcus of Newsday on Monday and said he is confident in Sandy Alderson’s plan for the Mets. The Mets owner added that things will improve now that the big unproductive contracts are coming off the books. “We’re coming to the end of the time when we have had an overhang of players who got hurt or didn’t play well, and I think that Sandy Alderson and his staff have a plan.” “I […]
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York posted an info-graphic from Baseball Tonight that showed a breakdown on this season’s Mets payroll commitments. The $22.3 million includes the $18,125,000 owed to Jason Bay and the $3M for his 2014 buyout. Basically, we have less than half of our total payroll on the field, much like we saw during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Unfortunately, the Mets are no stranger to this phenomenon. It doesn’t really hit you […]
Matt Harvey has it. So does David Wright. Ike Davis tried to show it Wednesday, but only had warning track power. It is accountability, which is the backbone to admit screwing up. We certainly didn’t see any the past few days from the Knicks, so let’s turn to the Mets. After losing Thursday to the Reds, Harvey was front-and-center about his performance and threw high-heat at himself. “It was a tough day – whether it […]
Updated Post 5/22 During Tuesday night’s Mets broadcast, general manager Sandy Alderson said he intends to stick with slumping first baseman Ike Davis for a little while longer, but added that there’s a chance that he might be better off going to Triple-A Las Vegas for some period of time. Alderson said it’s hard to ignore what Davis did in the second half of last season, but the big difference is that the team is […]
Left field has always been used as a kind of defensive dumping ground for many teams trying to find a way to get a bat in the lineup. Not requiring the arm strength considered de rigueur for Right, and less daunting in the presence of a fleet centerfielder, it is often a place for players whose offense demands playing time, but are not “natural” outfielders and have been blocked from a preferred position by a […]
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