Mets Merized Online » Major League Sat, 14 Jan 2017 17:30:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Continue To Play Waiting Game With Jay Bruce Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:17:03 +0000 sandy-alderson

Sandy Alderson updated reporters on Tuesday on the state of the team’s hot stove season, and unsurprisingly the Mets’ general manager said not much has changed since the Winter Meetings ended last week.

“Pretty much status quo,” Alderson said. “There haven’t been any free-agent signings of significance in the outfield that would get the market moving and no real trades.”

“We’ve continued to have dialogue with free-agent representatives, as well as with teams on trade possibilities. And we will continue to do so through the holidays and into January and so forth, depending on what transpires.”

Alderson is committed to trading slugger Jay Bruce to clear up the logjam the team currently has in the outfield, but is unwilling to just give him away and so he waits for the sluggish outfield market to develop. That won’t happen until Edwin Encarnacion, Juan Bautista and Mark Trumbo are off the free agent market – and there’s no sense that either of them are on the verge of signing anytime soon.

Asked if it’s possible that he could go into spring training with Bruce still with the Mets, Alderson quickly rebuffed that notion.

“There are very few trades that are made in Spring Training,” Alderson said. “There are some that are made in Spring Training. But I think the idea that you’re going to make a big deal in Spring Training would be a little unusual. But at the same time, we’ve got lots of time between now and the beginning of Spring Training as well.”

The plan for Sandy is to try and flip Bruce for a low cost reliever and to bring the team’s payroll back under its current $150 million level. But he also recognizes the need for a proven late inning reliever with a track record of success and that could become costly if he takes the path of free agency.

For now, there seems to be little buzz surrounding the Mets which should come as no surprise, considering that they are unwilling to do anything else until they can unload Jay Bruce first… So essentially they are at a complete standstill until that happens.

Meanwhile, it appears that two relievers that could help the Mets may be on the verge of coming off the market. There are some reports that Brad Ziegler and Neftali Feliz are close to signing deals.

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Seven Mets Officially Become Free Agents Thu, 03 Nov 2016 20:08:38 +0000 bartolo-colon

With the World Series now over the Major League offseason begins with 139 players becoming free agents including seven from the Mets.

Right-handed starter Bartolo Colon, second baseman Neil Walker, outfielder Alejandro De Aza, first baseman James Loney, lefty reliever Jerry Blevins, right-handed reliever Fernando Salas, and utility guy Kelly Johnson have all officially become free agents after finishing the 2016 season with the New York Mets.

Players are eligible to negotiate and sign with any team starting on November 8th at 12:01 AM ET.

The Mets have expressed interest in re-signing all of their free agents to some degree except Loney and De Aza. Walker is expected to receive a $17.2 million qualifying offer.

Yoenis Cespedes is expected to join this free agent group at any time now once he officially opts out of the two years left on his Mets contract.

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Mets Bringing Back Reyes, Buying Out Niese Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:42:59 +0000 jose-reyes

The Mets have picked up the Major League minimum option for 2017 on infielder Jose Reyes according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Heyman also reports that the Mets will pay Jon Niese a $500,000 buyout instead of picking up his $10 million option for 2017.

Reyes signed a deal to return to the Mets on June 25th, just two days after the Colorado Rockies released the veteran. Reyes would go on to hit .267/.326/.443 with 13 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and nine stolen bases in eleven chances for the Mets in 2016.

After being traded by the Mets during the offseason to bring in second baseman Neil Walker, Niese was reacquired by the Mets on the August 1st trade deadline in a swap for Antonio Bastardo. Niese pitched eleven ugly innings for the Mets with a 11.45 ERA before suffering a torn meniscus that needed season ending surgery.

Both moves were seen as no-brainers heading into the offseason. Reyes will return as much needed insurance at third base for the health of David Wright. As well as someone who can give veteran Asdrubal Cabrera a break at shortstop.

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Book Review: Game 7, 1986 by Ron Darling Sat, 28 May 2016 14:00:35 +0000 ron darling keith hernandez

Ron Darling takes a detailed stroll down memory lane for a night most Met Fans see as one of the greatest evenings in the history of the organization.  Darling, however, looks back on it differently.  Recall the events with the former Major League pitcher and current SNY analyst as he remembers not only this evening, but some of the events leading up to his fateful start against the Boston Red Sox and chance meeting with baseball immortality.

In true Charles Dickens’  Christmas Carol fashion, be prepared to walk alongside Ron Darling as he revisits the ghosts of games past and reflects upon a multitude of crucial moments that could seem ancillary to even the most perceptive of fans. You are the silent passenger in the recesses of his memory as he paints a vivid picture of the mental roller coaster ride he experienced in that 1986 Fall Classic deciding game.

ron darling game 7Eternally regal, magnanimous and dubbed by himself as solipsistic at some points, Darling delivers the unique workings of an Ivy League level thought process that preceded Game 7 in 1986.  (The G, capitalized as Darling did, to emphasize the significance)  If you are looking for the dirt about the ‘Bad Boys of Baseball’, search for another read.  Ron Darling remains impressively noble to out no one’s actions or thoughts but his own and assess no one’s process but his.

As Darling escorts you along the linear path following the final innings of Game 6, some of which he was not even in the ballpark to experience, the rain-out of the originally scheduled game 7, the moments leading up to the start time and in game analysis, be prepared to take well timed and nostalgic detours to detail some of the unique personalities that surrounded him.

From his childhood reverence of Carl Yastrzemski, his relationship with Davey Johnson, forging of an unspeakable bond with Gary “Kid” Carter, defending Tim Teufel in the infamous ‘Cooters Brawl’ in Houston, Darling explains this 1986 motley crew to the reader.

His days as the road trip DJ, friendship with Kevin Mitchell, and personality quirks of guys like Lenny ‘Nails’ Dykstra are also on display.  He takes the slightest of swipes at Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden as a result of them squandering the baseball gifts bestowed upon them, but somehow manages to do so out of extreme reverence and awe of their superior talent.

What stands out the most in this work, besides his intelligent similes and seemingly veteran prose, is how his intelligence sabotaged his performance.  Darling’s tendency to perseverate on nuance made this night even more challenging for him.  He was pitching an uphill battle and was knocked around by himself before the game even began.  Nearly thirty years later, Darling reflects on his experiences intelligently and presents an interesting juxtaposition upon its conclusion.  That is, for the rest of his life he must cope with a bad day on an epic night.

My Q & A With Ron Darling 

Chris: Mr. Darling, thank you so much for taking the time to provide answers to questions I had after reading your latest work, Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life. I really enjoyed how vividly you recalled each aspect and detail.

Chris: Was this book a cathartic experience for you? Did it help quiet the persistent reassessments that you write about so well in this work  and give you some inner peace over that night?

Ron Darling: The experience of writing the book was totally cathartic.  With 30 years as a buffer, it allowed me the chance to honestly look at success and failure and evaluate it without prejudice

Chris: The juxtaposition of the career high and the career low in one evening is interesting, can you look back on it now and enjoy the season as one whole journey and be satisfied with your role?

Ron Darling: My role is secure.  My numbers that season cement me with other talented Mets pitchers and I know that I was a big part of a great thing.  That is a great place to be.

Chris: Hypothetically, if you could give your younger self a mound visit once John Kibler gave Boggs the 1-1 pitch, what would you say to yourself to quell the emotions?

Ron Darling: I would calmly tell me that you have been great your entire life and great this season.  All of that preparation has put you here tonight.  Embrace the reality of pressure and let it carry you through this tough moment.  You were born for this moment.

Chris:After that first inning, was there any desire to tell Davey or Gary what you knew about the ball feeling ‘heavy’ in your  hand and/or your overall uncomfortable status?

Ron Darling: No, this is a solo journey.  It was a Razors Edge moment.  Can you find the power from within?  I could not.

Chris: Lastly, and respectfully, how helpful would the late Mr. Gary Carter have been for you to the process of this work? If we were still blessed with his presence, would you have consulted him for his recall to see if it mirrored yours?

Ron Darling: I would have loved to talk about this night with Gary.   I’m sure with his veteran intelligence, he would have had a better perspective than I have or had.  Miss him more now as a friend, than as a player.

Chris: Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions.  Much appreciated, I wish you continued success and best of luck!

Ron Darling:Thanks for the complimentary and detailed review.  Very kind of you.

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Dilson Herrera Helps Colombia Beat Spain In WBC Qualifier Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:30:46 +0000 CdyGQg-WEAQp8JM

In game one of the World Baseball Classic qualifier taking place at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama, Team Colombia took down Team Spain by a 9-2 score.

Mets second baseman of the future Dilson Herrera is looked at like a veteran for Colombia because of his Major League playing experience and they are considered the favorite to win the group.

Colombia got off to a fast start against Spain scoring a run in the first and third innings before opening up a 5-0 lead with three more in the 5th. Spain made a game of it with a two spot in the bottom of the 6th inning only to see it turn into a blowout after allowing Colombia to get four runs in the 8th.

Herrera got the start at second and hit in the number two spot in the lineup. He went o for 2 but walked three times (one intentional), scored a run and knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly. He also had a good day in the field, making a nice diving play and looked very quick turning two different double plays. The announcers were gushing over his talent throughout the entire broadcast, calling him a “stop and watch” type player.

Mets prospect Luis Guillorme got the start at shortstop for Spain and also hit second in the order. He had a rough day at the plate, going 0 for 5 with five ground outs including two at Herrera. He had a good game in the field though making one great play in the hole to get a force out and another on a tough hop he had to back up on. He really is fun to watch play defense, has great instincts and his hands are lightning fast. Here you can watch one of his good plays.

Colombia will now move on to play Panama on Friday at 9 p.m. and Spain will play France at 2 p.m. in an elimination game. Team Panama blew out France 9-2 on Thursday with Mets pitching prospect Alberto Baldonado pitching a scoreless 8th inning with two strikeouts.Carlos Ruiz (Phillies) had a monster game for Panama with two homeruns and four RBI.

In the Mexicali bracket last night, Mexico defeated the Czech Republic by a 2-1 score with former Met Oliver Perez getting the save. Mets catching prospect Xorge Carrillo didn’t start but got came in as a pinch hitter and struck out. Mexico will take on Nicaragua, who beat Germany on a walk-off two-run double by Reds prospect Alex Blandino, tonight at 10:30 p.m. Germany and the Czech Republic will play the elimination game Fridat at 3:30 p.m.

Be sure to check out, your #1 source for Mets prospect news! We are now at #2 in our Top 80 Mets Prospect Countdown, click here to find out who it is.

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Montero Among First Round Of Spring Training Cuts Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:26:14 +0000 rafael montero

The New York Mets announced their first round of cuts this morning, trimming their Spring Training roster as Opening Day gets closer.

From the 40 man roster RHP Rafael Montero, RHP Akeel Morris and LHP Dario Alvarez were all optioned to minor league camp. All three will likely start the season at Triple-A Las Vegas.

RHP Chasen Bradford, C Raywilly Gomez and RHP Paul Sewald were reassigned to minor league camp. They’ll receive their minor league assignments at the conclusion of Spring Training.

With today’s cuts, the Mets now have 52 players in Major League camp


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Steven Matz Ranked Third Best LHP Prospect Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:59:40 +0000 Matz StevenSteven Matz has been named the third best left-handed pitching prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline in their Top 10 list. He is behind the DodgersJulio Urias (#1) and the Rays Blake Snell (#2). Matz is just 14.1 innings away from losing his prospect status.

Matz made his Major League debut on June 28th in rousing fashion against the Reds pitching 7.2 innings of two-run ball while going 3 for 3 with four RBI at the plate.

Overall, the former second round pick went 4-0 with a 2.27 ERA and 1.234 WHIP in his first six regular season big league starts.

Here is what MLB Pipeline had to say about Matz:

It hasn’t been the most direct path for Matz, who missed nearly three years of competitive pitching coming back from injuries. The wait was worth it, as Matz pitched his way to the big leagues and even into the postseason in 2015. The further removed from injury he gets, the more the concern about his durability dissipates. Matz is the only one on this list with big league time.

A native Long Islander, Matz also made three playoff starts including Game Four of the National League Championship Series in which the Mets won 8-3 putting them in the World Series. He pitched 14.2 innings in the postseason (don’t count towards rookie eligibility) allowing six runs and striking out 13.

I was a little surprised to see him only number three on this list, definitely thought he would be number two at least. I understand being behind the projectable Urias who is still only 19-years old and has already seen some time in AAA for the Dodgers. If not for the deep rotation of the Dodgers there is a good chance he could make his Major League debut in 2016.

The stretch to me is putting Snell ahead of Matz even with him coming off a breakout 2015 performance that saw him named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year. Without the injury concerns that some have with Matz I think he would have been number two.

In MLB Pipeline’s 2015 Top 10 left-handed prospect list, Matz was second only behind Urias. Steven was ranked as the 15th best prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline in 2015. Their new Top 100 list will be coming out on January 29th.

Dominic Smith Named Third Best First Base Prospect

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Mets Invite Gavin Cecchini, Dominic Smith To Big League Camp Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:27:19 +0000 Photo by

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The Mets have announced that they have invited first round picks Dominic Smith and Gavin Cecchini to Major League camp for Spring Training. They also invited pitchers Paul Sewald, Chasen Bradford, and Zack Thornton. For position players they invited T.J. Rivera, Johnny Monell, Xorge Carrillo, and Travis Taijeron.

Smith had a breakout year for the St. Lucie Mets hitting .305/.354/.417 with six homeruns and a league leading 33 doubles. He also led the Florida State League with his 79 RBI and was the named the leagues Most Valuable Player. He also had a great showing in the Arizona Fall League hitting .362/.483/.511 in 14 games for the Salt River Rafters.

Cecchini had a great year at the dish for the Binghamton Mets hitting .317/.377/.442 with 26 doubles, four triples, seven homeruns, and knocked in 51 runs. He was an Eastern League All-Star and the leagues Rookie of the Year. Cecchini enjoyed success in the AFL too in limited at bats going 5 for 13 with five runs scored and four walks before being shutdown because of an injury.

Both Smith and Cecchini were their respective teams recipient of the Sterling Award for the most valuable Mets player at that level.

Everyone on the Mets 40-man roster automatically receives an invite to big league camp. Ty Kelly, Stolmy Pimentel, Jim Henderson, and the recently signed Nevin Ashley also received invitations to MLB camp when they signed with the Mets.

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Cubs Non-Tender LHP Jack Leathersich Thu, 03 Dec 2015 06:56:34 +0000 1449125555667

The Chicago Cubs non-tendered LHP Jack Leathersich on Wednesday, according to Carrie Muskat of

Leathersich was not even arbitration-eligible, but the Cubs decided to non-tender him anyway, ending his time in the organization after just two weeks.

It could be the Cubs had some concerns about his elbow surgery once they claimed him and were allowed to access and review his medical records.

Leathersich is now free to sign with any team he wants.

November 19

The Chicago Cubs have claimed left-handed reliever Jack Leathersich off waivers from the New York Mets. Leathersich underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on July 30th this year and will miss a significant portion of the 2016 season.

The Mets tried to slip him through waivers as they try to trim the 40-man roster down in preparation for tomorrow’s 3:00 PM deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft. The Mets 40-man roster now sits at 35 players.

Leathersich appeared in 17 games for the Mets this year posting a 2.31 ERA and 1.629 WHIP in 11.2 innings. He has an outstanding 356 strikeouts in 210.2 minor league innings but also has 115 walks in that span.

The Mets sent Leathersich down to the Las Vegas 51′s on June 28th and one day later he gave up six runs in two innings of work while throwing a season high 57 pitches. Leathersich was diagnosed with a torn UCL the next day by team doctors. He was the Mets fifth round pick in 2011 and made his Major League debut on April 29th of this year.

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Citi Can’t Hold ‘Em All Sun, 31 May 2015 14:26:45 +0000 Giancarlo, Stanton

When I spoke with hall of fame broadcaster for the Miami Marlins, Dave Van Horne, he commented, “Some of the more exceptional hitters like the Marlins own Giancarlo Stanton can make any park look small.”

Mr. Van Horne was referencing his team’s home of Marlins Park, which, by MLB’s standards, is as pitcher friendly as they come; even more so than Citi Field.

Still, the Mets’ opponent these past couple of days manages to, as Mr. Van Horne implies, make Citi Field look small as well.

It’s like the scene in the previews for the film “Major League” that never made it into the film but was scrapped for the sequel. (Jake Taylor, played by Tom Berenger, says)  ”That ball wouldn’t have made it out of ALL parks.” (Ricky Vaughn, played by Charlie Sheen, replies) “Name one.” (Taylor responds) “Yellowstone.”

Giancarlo Stanton has been credited in some circles as having the most natural home run swing in all of baseball. Luckily, we only have one more day against him….for now.

Hopefully “Old, reliable” Colon can right this ship and avoid a home sweep against the tenants two floors down in the National League East before making that swing for the west coast.

I know one thing. That warm California air and ocean breeze won’t feel as soothing if it’s taken in with broom bristle marks dusting the backs of our Mets’ uniforms.


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Puello Placed On DL, Back On Mets 40 Man Roster Tue, 07 Apr 2015 02:15:03 +0000 cesar puello

According to a report by Adam Rubin, when the Mets placed Cesar Puello on waivers, which he cleared and was eventually demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas, technically none of it ever happened.

Apparently, Puello told the team he was injured and general manager Sandy Alderson had to rescind the demotion after an MRI on Monday revealed a “stress reaction” in his back — which is a precursor to a stress fracture.

So now the Mets have placed Puello on the 15-day major league disabled list and he must remain on the 40-man roster and accrue major league service time while he’s on the DL.

To make room for Puello, Josh Edgin has been transferred to the 60-day DL.

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Cesar Puello has cleared waivers and is now again the property of the Mets. He will be outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas to begin the season.

The Mets placed Puello on waivers on Wednesday because he was out of options and was not going to make the opening day roster.

Puello, 24, hit .252 with seven homers and 37 RBIs in 318 at-bats for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014.

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More Questions About Mets Injury Prevention Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:00:55 +0000 zack wheeler

Couple of weeks ago I wrote a piece about how the Mets don’t exactly have the greatest track record avoiding Tommy John surgeries. You can read it here.

I brought up the following:

Since 2005 there have been 524 Tommy John Surgeries in MLB and MiLB with 194 of them at the Major League level. The Mets are tied for third worst during that stretch with 24 TJ surgeries (12 of them at the Major League level). The only teams with a higher incidence than the Mets are Rangers with 28 and the Braves with 30. 

Then this morning I read something ex-Met Dana Eveland wrote on his personal blog:

This winter, teams called. Multiple teams called this offseason. Last season with the Mets, I finished the season injured and missed the last few weeks. At the end of the year, the Mets’ doctors said everything is going to be fine and that my elbow was clean. I just need to rest because it’s inflamed and if there was time left in the season I could come back no problem.

Going into the off-season, I thought that was the situation. Teams called, and they wanted to see my medical history and I said no problem. At the time I was feeling pretty good. My rehab was going well. So I gave multiple teams access to my medical history and those multiple teams came back with the same response: “We’d love to have you but your arm is…not real pretty.”

The results from the MRIs from last year and the notes from the doctors weren’t what they explained to me.

In the comments of the original piece there was some controversy over why the Mets seem to have so many UCL injuries. I mentioned how “you’d think” an organization with as much prized young pitching would take steps to protect these arms, investing in whatever state of the art medical care and conditioning programs might give your pitchers an optimal chance at staying healthy. It’s not even a matter of whether or not the Mets are “that cheap,” but rather the faulty logic of not taking steps to insure your assets. The argument was countered with the fact that Dr. Altchek, who works for the Mets, is one of the most prominent doctors in the field.

But then you have this post by Eveland and … well, you have to wonder.

The perception on the field has been, in the Collins era at least, that middle relievers are run into the ground with fairly bleak long term outcomes. Mets starters haven’t fared much better. If Zack Wheeler was pitching with a bone spur and a tendon tear, was it really a good idea to let him run up his pitch counts? Overuse has been an issue from Perpetual Pedro to Scott Rice … but overuse of one of your most prized arms when he’s already dealing with two significant elbow issues? Especially when a lot of recent research seems to be centering on pitching when already fatigued as a primary culprit? It’s a head scratcher.

The Mets on paper appear to have a formidable medical operation, but in practice the numbers speak for themselves. The Mets have one of the worst track records for keeping their pitchers off the UCL repair table in baseball.

It’s unfortunate really … There was a lot of talk early in 2011 about how the team would pursue durability profiles, focussing on stocking the system with big right-handers with good mechanics and effortless repeatable deliveries … unfortunately an effective prevention protocol eludes major league baseball when it comes to UCL tears. There are simply no consistent patterns of wear or predisposition or even warning signs that can be applied to major league pitchers that effectively reduce incidence. Any team that manages to develop such a program would enjoy such an advantage they’d almost certainly establish some sort of pitching dynasty.

I was half hoping the Mets were hard at work developing just such a program, but it doesn’t seem that way. It seems their approach is to simply stockpile so much pitching they’d be able to weather even higher levels of attrition. The durability profile is the holy grail of pitching at the moment … my guess is an effective preventative protocol would probably involve some combination of monitoring wear and tear on arms from a young age and avoiding fatigue, particularly stress while already fatigued, at all levels. There are healthier teams out there. Milwaukee, The White Sox, the Rays all have consistently strong health outcomes. It’s not like improving durability is outside the realm of possibility.

But, again, it makes absolutely no sense to accumulate this impressive depth of talented arms without also investing in medical personnel and state of the art conditioning, prevention, and rehabilitation programs.

Indeterminate durability insinuates a dark cloud over almost every prospect from the time they are drafted … the establishment of an effective health matrix would allow the originating team to exploit a massive market inefficiency. Most teams don’t even bother focussing too much on finding and securing pitchers who won’t break down because it’s so hard to predict. Frankly, I’m surprised a team hasn’t made the drafting, developing, and maintaining of durable players (the Chicago White Sox come the closest) an overriding priority.

How hard would it be to figure out why some guys break down while others don’t? In the long run you aren’t saving money by skimping on programs that improve durability because the benefits would present with a monumental competitive advantage … It’s all about preserving assets … you’d think a front office as tuned into market forces as ours is would be all over that.


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Featured Post: Eight Possible Lefty Reliever Options For Mets Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:42:15 +0000 scott downs

Sandy Alderson said he was comfortable with the in-house options the Mets had for lefties out of the bullpen, I think he has probably changed his mind after the last couple of days. The last three days have been brutal for Mets lefties, Edgin has a “thinned” elbow ligament and will have Tommy John surgery. Gilmartin, Alvarez, and Rice have all been roughed up for 3+ runs in their last outings and Leathersich still can’t find the plate.

I would expect Darin Gorski and Duane Below to be moved over to Major League camp sooner or later but neither of them have better stuff than the previously mentioned options. Ultimately I still think that Gilmartin will be on the Opening Day roster to be evaluated fully before returning him to the Twins.

The free agent market is completely barren with Sean Burnett the only lefty available and he is out until at least June recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Adam Rubin recently wrote that Cardinals lefty reliever Sam Freeman and Nationals lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno are out of options and could become available if they fail to make their team’s Opening Day rosters.

However, towards the end of Spring Training every year some veteran players become available because they are Article XX(B) free agents and teams don’t add them to their roster or don’t pay the retention bonus. The team has until 5 days before the season to decide whether or not they want to keep the Article XX(B) free agent. To qualify the player must have accrued at least 6 years of Major League service time and must have ended the previous season a clubs 40-man roster.

Now lets take a look at the crop of lefty relievers who could become free agents at the end of spring because of this clause.

Scott Downs, Indians: Had a rough start with the White Sox but pitched well for Royals down the stretch last year and held lefties to a .650 OPS

Joe Thatcher, Astros: Very good for D’Backs to start year before being traded to Angels and struggling badly. Has held lefties to a .230/.289/.351 batting line over his entire career

Rich Hill, Nationals: Only pitched 5 innings in the Bigs for the Yankees last year. Has held lefties to .216/.337/.335 over his career.

Joe Beimel, Rangers: Great season with M’s in 2014 with a 2.20 ERA and 1.178 WHIP but it was jis first MLB action since 2011.

Phil Coke, Cubs: Gives up a lot of hits (420 in 398 innings) but has fared much better against lefties .648 OPS than against righties .818 OPS.

Franklin Morales, Royals: Has always had good stuff but struggles with walks 4.4 BB/9 and has experience starting and relieving.

I know none of these guys jump right off the page at you but they all have more experience and success at the ML level than Gilmartin, Leathersich, Alvarez, or Rice.  Downs seems like the most likely to become a free agent because the Indians already have three guys penciled into their bullpen.


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2015 MMO Top 25 Prospects: Numbers 20-16 Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:46:06 +0000 jack leathersich

No. 20 Jack Leathersich, LHP

Age: 24
Height: 5’11
Weight: 200
Bats/Throws: Right/Left
Last year: #21

Synopsis: Jack Leathersich has posted huge strikeout numbers at every level proven by his career 15.2 K/9, unfortunately he also walks more than his share as well. He has walked nearly a hitter per inning at Las Vegas while only 4.9 BB/9 in the lower levels. Throws his fastball in the low-mid 90′s but his deception and crossfire delivery are the key for his big strikeout numbers. He complements his fastball with a pretty good slider that sits around 79-82 with good movement but can’t always spot. Has only allowed 9 homeruns in 197 career innings with 4 of those coming in his time in AAA. May not be suited for a strictly loogy role as left handed hitters have hit him better the last 3 years with OPS against him of .733, .883, .707 respectively. While righties have had an OPS under .600 over that same span. The stuff is there to be a Major League reliever he just needs to cut the walks down and not be afraid of more contact.

ETA: 2015, will definitely get look in September if not called up before then.

Best Case: Learns to throw more strikes and carves out a permanent bullpen role like Mike Dunn has with Marlins.

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No. 19 Casey Meisner, RHP

Age: 19
Height: 6’7
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Last Year: Unranked

Synopsis: Casey Meisner was drafted by the Mets in the 3rd round in 2013 out of high school in Texas. Struggled to repeat his delivery early in the season which contributed to his 8.82 ERA in July. His season turned around in Augusta however and only allowed 6 earned runs over his last 6 starts. Over that span he pitched 35.2 innings allowing only 6 walks and striking out 38 batters. He finished the season strong winning his last 5 decisions. His fastball sits in the 92-93 range while occasionally hitting 95, not bad for a 19 year old kid. With his large and still developing frame it wouldn’t be shocking to see him add a couple MPH over the next year or two. Has already shown good control, only walking 18 batters in 67 innings last year. He also throws a changeup and curve with the latter being the better of the two offerings. Needs to work on the arm motion on the changeup because he tends to telegraph that the pitch is coming.

ETA: 2018, could be a big part of the next Mets wave of elite pitching prospects.

Best Case: Continues to develop off-speed offerings and turns into a middle of rotation starter ala Aaron Harang.

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No. 18 Wuilmer Becerra, RF

Age: 20
Height: 6’4
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Last Year: Unranked

Synopsis: Wuilmer Becerra came to the Mets in the R.A. Dickey trade basically as a lottery ticket and so far so good. Becerra was only 11 games into his Minor League career when he was hit by a pitch in the face in 2012. It was a scary scene that resulted in a broken and wired shut jaw and not playing again that year. He successfully rehabbed in 2013 but struggled with a .243/.351/.295 line in his first year with the Mets. However, 2014 was a complete turnover for him and he slugged his way to a .300/.351/.469 line in Kingsport. Becerra has a strong throwing arm (7 assists in only 58 games)and moves well in the OF, seems like a natural fit for RF. Becerra is still raw but the power potential is tantalizing and hopefully we will see it in Brooklyn at some point this year.

ETA: 2019

Best Case: Everyday right fielder with 20-25 homerun potential in Jayson Werth mold (minus the prison time).

MLB: Spring Training-New York Mets at Miami Marlins

No. 17 Cory Mazzoni, RHP

Age: 25
Height: 6’1
Weight: 200
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Last Year: #23

Synopsis: Cory Mazzoni is a former 2nd round pick that has missed big chunks of the last two seasons with injury. He made 14 starts across 4 levels last year finishing with a 7-2 record and a 4.68 ERA. The inflated ERA doesn’t tell the whole story though, he had a 4.18 FIP and 4.08 SO/W at Las Vegas. Cory looked to get more comfortable as the year progressed winning his last 4 decisions and producing a 41/2 K/BB over his last 41.2 innings. His fastball and slider are very good but some scouts question whether his splitter is a good enough 3rd pitch to stick as a starter. He hasn’t pitched in relief(besides Spring Training) since 2011 but the Mets obviously are pretty stacked when it comes to starters.

ETA: 2015, expect to see him make a spot start or relief appearance pretty early in the season.

Best Case: Middle of the rotation guy along the lines of Dan Haren.

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No. 16 Matt Reynolds, SS

Age: 24
Height: 6’1
Weight: 198
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Last Year: Unranked

Synopsis: Former 2nd round pick Matt Reynolds had himself a breakout year that saw him go from a bust to a legitimate Major League prospect. Hitting .343/.405/.454 over two levels is the big reason why Reynolds has shot up the prospect lists. He credited his new found success to Rick Strickland a hitting coach and part time Mets scout who helped retool his swing allowing him to hit to all fields. Reynolds is a fantastic athlete and has impressed Mets officials with the shape he came to Spring Training in. He has a strong enough arm for SS and adequate range there as well. He’s not going to win any gold gloves at SS but could very well be average and according to one scout he is already a better fielder and hitter than Ruben Tejada. He also has experience playing 2B in the minors as well as 3B in college.

ETA: 2015, will be first middle infield call-up when someone gets hurt/struggles.

Best Case: Offensive minded everyday SS much like Michael Young.

(Photos: Becerra by Michael Baron, Meisner by Chris McShane, Others by USATSI)


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Gee Would Rather Start Than Relieve, But Will Do What Team Asks Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:05:05 +0000 dillon gee

Dillon Gee told beat reporters at Port St. Lucie that he would rather start than pitch out of the bullpen, but that ultimately he’ll do whatever he is asked.

Marc Carig of Newsday tweeted that a couple of times this winter, Gee thought he was very close to being traded. As far as his thoughts on that, Gee told reporters, “I’m at their mercy.”

When asked by Adam Rubin whether he would prefer to start for another team or work in relief for the Mets this season, Gee offered no response.

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Interesting yet unsurprising to hear that Dillon Gee is most certainly looking like someone who will begin the season in the back of the Mets bullpen as a long man and spot starter.

Marc Carig of Newsday says the Mets did not like any of the offers they received for Gee, and further added that any once-interested teams have since moved on.

So what? Is it so bad to have a veteran starter like Gee around as we look to make some noise in the NL East this year? This could end up being one of those blessings in disguise. With Matt Harvey‘s workload still up in the air and Sandy Alderson suggesting a mid-season two week shutdown for our returning ace, keeping Gee is not exactly the worst idea in the world.

In the meantime, who knows what unforeseen events (injuries, unexpected poor performances, rotation concerns) could lead those previously interested teams – and perhaps some new ones – right back to the Mets.

Dillon Gee is far too valuable a commodity as a back-end starter to simply be given away in some half-assed salary dump. And at an estimated $12 million dollars owed over the next two seasons, he comes fully equipped with a very team friendly contract.

Unfortunately for us, there were just too many pitchers like Gee readily available in free agency this Winter, creating somewhat of a glut. Given the fact that teams didn’t have to give up any prospects or Major League pieces to sign pitchers like Ryan Vogelsong and Kyle Kendrick, they opted for free agency.

All of that said, things always have a way of changing quickly in this game and I’m fairly certain that the Mets might have a few more opportunities to trade Gee before Opening Day, so lets see how this ultimately plays out. The important thing is that we get something of value for Gee and that we don’t just give him away just to save $5 million dollars. After all, last time I checked we are still a big market team, right? Ducks…

Happy Valentines Day to all of you. Go grab your better halves, eat some chocolate, and then watch Sleepless in Seattle or Bride of Chucky. ;-)

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Rockies Won’t Move Key Pieces Fri, 03 Oct 2014 09:00:51 +0000 Carlos+Gonzalez+Troy+Tulowitzki+San+Francisco+rUY3TpSfSyelAccording Bill Geivett, the Rockies senior vice president of Major League operations, the team likes what they have and won’t look to make major changes in the offseason. In a report filed by Thomas Harding of, the Rockies will be bringing back the majority of their front office personal and think they have the necessary players to win if everyone is healthy.

“We like the team that we have. When the majority of them are out there, we feel good about our chances. At the same time, we look at next year and we know our pitching staff, we need to improve, and we need to be able to score runs on the road.”

Speaking specifically about Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, two players the Mets could have targeted in a trade this offseason, the party line seems clear. Geivett said that ”If we’re going to win, they’re going to need to be part of it, too.” Given the talent level of those two players you can understand why.

Tulowitzki finished the season with a slash line of .340/.432/.603 and a 1.035 OPS. He did miss the final two-and-a-half months with a torn labrum. Trips to the DL are par for the course for these two sluggers. Gonzalez didn’t have nearly the season Tulowitzki had. He played in just 70 games, hitting .238/.292/.431 with a .723 OPS. The price tag for Gonzalez could have been quite low if they had decided to shop him around.

A big miss for the Rockies this past season was their starting pitching which ranked dead last in ERA (4.84) and second worst in both batting average against (.276) and strikeouts (1,074). This is obviously an area the Mets are strong in and a trade could have benefited both sides. It doesn’t appear that this will be the case as the Rockies move forward with their pair of sluggers.

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Di-JEST: Mets Float Opt-Out of All-Star Game Plan Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:57:47 +0000 721_-mlb_all-star_game-primary-2013Let’s face it fellow Mets fans, there was one brief moment this year when the team looked ‘not awful’ and almost promising. And that time came just a week and a half before the mid season classic, the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

As usual the Mets landed one pity player on the team because – well you know – every team HAS to be represented.  And with David Wright being a shell of himself and Matt Harvey making all his headlines off the field there was just about no one else to tab for the honor.

Meanwhile we true blue baseball fans could watch the Home Run Derby on Monday (I for one have stopped bothering to watch that particular commercial-fest), the actual game on Tuesday, and then nothingness for the next couple of days.

The Mets came into the break looking sort of like a baseball team. They came out of it looking like the team they are, the Mets. It’s been a pure nosedive since then. Curtis Granderson has been hitting like Ruben Tejada since the AS Break and I think that says it all.

all star gameSo clearly this All-Star break is just not working out for the Metropolitans.

Willing at this point to try anything, the Mets have submitted a plan to Commissioner-elect Manfred asking permission to opt out of the All-Star game entirely in future years.

The proposal includes other teams opting out as well. The Monday of All-Star week, as well as the Wednesday and Thursday, would have these teams meet in a split 3 game series. Each team will forfeit the opportunity to send a player to the All Star Game, big whoop.

Meanwhile MLB network or ESPN can air any or all of these games so that the nation’s baseball fans will get to see some version of Major League baseball during the break. Given the conservative nature of baseball one would expect that the new commissioner will reject this proposal out of hand. But it’s worth a try.

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Will The Real New York Mets Please Stand Up Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:00:32 +0000 curtis granderson jacob degrom

Flashback to July 13th, 2014. The Mets have just defeated the Miami Marlins 9-1, with an outstanding pitching performance from Jacob deGrom. This win was important, because it completed the sweep of one of our division rivals, as well as placing us in third place in the National League Eastern division, and only seven games out of first place with a 45-50 record.

Now, that may seem very underwhelming, and many fans would even scoff at the suggestion that the Mets were still in the thick of it, maybe adding something along the lines of “Keep on dreaming, kid.”

From a very young age, my entire life as a Mets fan has consisted of dreaming. Dreaming of what could have been, and dreaming of a future when the Mets would one day dominate the league.

From the very beginning of my Mets journey, the slogan “You gotta believe!” has been so ingrained in my mind.

After a homestand that saw the Mets go 8-2, and taking six out of seven from division rivals leading into the All-Star break, the whole vibe of the team had changed. The Mets were waving their towels, and scoring runs, and playing like a real Major League team for the first time in what seems like an eternity.

The starting pitching has been good all year. The bullpen has worked out its kinks. The hitters were actually hitting… “Hey, maybe this team isn’t so bad after all. You gotta believe!” I thought to myself.

However, I still had this troubling little thought in the back of my head, as Daniel Murphy headed off to Minnesota and the rest of the team returned to their homes for a short four-day break, “Oh no. Not the All-Star break.”

Now if you’re a Mets fan, you very well know that over the last several years, the second half of the season is usually when things go downhill and terribly wrong for the Amazin’s.

For example, after going 48-40 heading into the All-Star break in 2010, the Mets fell apart and ended up finishing the season with a 79-83 record, going 11-43 the rest of the way.

Then 2011 saw the Mets heading into the All-Star break at 46-45. They would go 31-40 in the second half, finishing with a 77-85 record, good for fourth place in the East.

2012 wouldn’t be much different, as the Mets went into the All-Star break with a 46-40 record. They would finish with a 74-88 record.

Could this weekend be the start of another one of those dreaded second-half swoons? Even with the Mets finishing with a bang in the first half and meshing so well together… And even though they were playing  winning baseball, if only for a couple of weeks, and being as fun and exciting to watch as they have been in a long time, are we in store for some all too familiar second half heartbreak?

The Mets got off on the right foot in the first game back, as Travis d’Arnaud picked up right where he left off, hitting the ball hard all game and being the difference maker in the team’s defeat of the Padres. to open the weekend series. A brief sigh of relief.

However, we would go on to lose the next two games, score a grand total of one run over the span of eighteen innings, and almost got no-hit along the way. The exciting Mets we were just starting to get used to, were suddenly showing shades of their old ways. Even some of their most optimistic fans were veering back into depression-mode after their dismal offensive and defensive performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Was the lackluster team we saw for the first 80 games of this season the real New York Mets? Or were the real Mets that confident and exciting team we saw during the last homestand?

It begs the question: Will the real New York Mets please stand up?

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Julio Franco Says Playing For Mets Was Worst Decision Of His Life Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:59:51 +0000 julio dfranco

Julio Franco had some harsh words about his time with the Mets in an exclusive interview with Vice Sports.

“When I think about New York, the biggest mistake in my life was playing for the Mets,” said Franco.

Bobby Cox knew how to use me. I went to New York and sometimes I’d spend a month on the bench without getting an at-bat.”

“At my age, you bring me in the ninth inning and think I’m going to drive in the winning run? And you were sitting me on the bench for 20 days, 15 days, 30 games without an at-bat? It’s not gonna happen.”

Franco struggled with the Mets in 2007, batting just .200 in 50 at-bats. He was eventually released in July after complaining about his lack of playing time.

At age 55, the former Met is attempting a return to baseball with the Fort Worth Cats of the independent United League as a player/manager.

The three-time All Star holds many major league records including being the oldest player (47) ever to hit a grand slam, the oldest position player in MLB history (48), the oldest player in Major League history to hit a home run (48), and he was the last major league player to wear a batting helmet with no ear flaps.

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MMO Game Recap: Cardinals 6, Mets 2 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 03:14:46 +0000 jacob degrom

The New York Mets (31-39) faced the St. Louis Cardinals (38-32) tonight for Monday Night Baseball at Busch Stadium. Mets’ rookie Jacob deGrom (0-4) squared off against Cardinals righty Carlos Martinez (0-3) who was starting in place of St. Louis’ ace Adam Wainwright.

What you should know:

DeGrom, in the worst outing of his short Major League career was lit up, lasting only 4.1 innings, allowing six runs, twelve hits and walking two. The Mets bullpen was good tonight, however, as Dana Eveland, Gonzalez Germen and Josh Edgin combined to pitch 3.2 scoreless innings.

Carlos Martinez would pitch four innings for St. Louis, allowing one run and two hits while walking four. He was replaced to start the fifth by reliever Nick Greenwood, who was impressive, pitching 3.1 innings, walking one and striking out three in his Major League debut.

The Cardinals got off to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning, with Allen Craig singling to score Matt Holliday.

The Mets would answer back in the third to tie the game with Ruben Tejada scoring on a sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson, but it wouldn’t stay tied for long, because St. Louis would score in the bottom half of the inning, with Matt Adams driving in Jon Jay.

It would remain 2-1 Cardinals until the bottom of the fifth inning, when St. Louis scored four runs, ending deGrom’s day.

The Mets would score in the top of the eighth inning to make it 6-2 St. Louis, with Chris Young driving in Daniel Murphy, however, the rally would be killed with Lucas Duda striking out, and Matt den Dekker grounding out to to short.

Seth Maness would shut the door in the top of the ninth with a 1,2,3 inning.

Additional notes:

> The Mets offense was barren again tonight, only managing five hits off of four Cardinals pitchers.

Eric Young, Jr. would go 1-4 in his return from the DL

> Curtis Granderson walked and drove in one of the two Mets runs, and is looking better and better each game.

> Jacob deGrom had a rough outing, but the Mets’ bullpen was solid again, allowing zero runs.

> The Mets have lost 13 out of their last 17 games. (sigh)

Final score: Cardinals 6, Mets 2
Winning pitcher: Nick Greenwood (1-0)
Losing pitcher: Jacob deGrom (0-4)

On deck: The Mets look to even the series tomorrow night at Busch Stadium with Jonathon Niese (3-3) facing off against Michael Wacha (4-5).

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Mets Select Outfielder Michael Conforto Fri, 06 Jun 2014 00:13:24 +0000 Michael-Conforto

The Mets have selected Oregon State OF Michael Conforto with the 10th overall pick in MLB draft.

That wraps up the evening for the Mets as they forfeited the second round pick to sign Curtis Granderson.

Conforto, a 6’2″ and 217 pound outfielder, is considered a good power prospect with a great approach.

Through 43 games this season the left-handed hitting Conforto is batting .351 with seven home runs, 18 doubles a .557 slugging percentage and a .508 OBP representative of his 55 walks.

During his college career, he hit .341 with a .463 OBP, 43 doubles and 31 home runs in 179 games.

Here’s what Baseball America had to say about the player and the pick:

The Mets feel like they’re about to turn the corner in the big leagues and are well stocked with young pitching, so they would like a college bat who could move through the system quickly. Turner would be tempting if he’s available, but Conforto is the consensus best college hitter and has the polished approach the team is looking for.

The Mets greeted Conforto, a two time Pac-12 Player of the Year, on Twitter:

6:00 PM

MMO’s Clayton Collier has arrived and discovered a surprise guest in Mike Piazza who will join Frank Viola.

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The MLB First Year Player Draft begins tonight at 7:00 PM EST, when the first two rounds of the draft will be conducted.

The New York Mets have the 10th pick in the first round, but forfeited their second round pick when they signed free agent Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million dollar deal during the last offseason.

The draft resumes on Friday at 1:00 PM EST, beginning with the 3rd round and ending with the 10th, and finally concludes on Saturday when they wrap up rounds 11-40 beginning at 1:00 PM EST.

2014 Draft Schedule

Thursday – Live Draft (Round 1, Comp. A, Round 2, Comp. B) on MLB Network and

Friday – Live Draft (Rounds 3-10) on

Saturday – Live Draft (Rounds 11-40) on

Mets Draft Information

Paul DePodesta has stressed more than a few times, that they don’t go into the draft with a mindset of taking either high school or college players. Each draft is different and their focus is on taking the best players available regardless of their age. They also look at each draft through the prism of a 4-year outlook down the road.

Draft Bonus Spending Pool

The Mets have $5,308,300 to spend which ranks 22nd among all other teams. In other words, 21 other teams will have more to spend than the Mets. If the Mets exceed their spending allotment, penalties come into play.


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