Mets Merized Online » Marc Carig Sat, 28 May 2016 11:00:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Collins Bothered By Some Relievers Going Through Dead Arm Period Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:44:25 +0000 jeurys familia

Manager Terry Collins tells Jamal Collier of that he is not overly concerned that his relievers are going through a “dead arm” period as the Mets begin the final week of Spring Training., but he has been bothered by it the last few days.

Collins said he has noticed some diminished velocities from a few of his relievers, but believes this is the sort of fatigue that is pervasive in all MLB camps at this point in time.

“We’ve still got a number of games to go,” Collins said. “But again, it could be that there is that stage where, every camp in baseball, there is a stage where these guys are a little tired of throwing. They throw every day, play catch every day, and you give them a couple of days off and all of a sudden their arms can bounce back.”

Among the relievers that Collins could be referring to are Jim Henderson, Antonio Bastardo and the team’s closer Jeurys Familia whose velocity has been sitting around 92-94 mph over his last two appearances as opposed to his regular 94-97 mph range.

“It’s bothered me just a little bit watching the last couple of games where stuff just isn’t as crisp as it needs to be,” he said.

“The sink’s not there right now,” Collins told Marc Carig of Newsday. “A week ago, he was unhittable. But the only thing I have to go on is that we’ve seen this in the past out of some guys. It reaches a part of camp where they just need to catch their breath a little bit.”

But as Carig pointed out, this is exactly where Familia was a year ago in Spring Training with a week to go before Opening Day and we all know how dominating he was once the season started.


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Mets Acquire Yoenis Cespedes From Tigers Fri, 31 Jul 2015 22:51:44 +0000 yoenis Cespedes

The Mets have officially announced that they have acquired Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitching prospects Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.

This is been confirmed by multiple sources but has yet to be announced by the team. However, Sandy Alderson will be holding a press conference at Citi Field within the hour.

I’ve always believed that Cespedes would be more appealing to the New York Mets then Jay Bruce simply because one is owed $4 million and the other $19 million. Turns out I was right about that.

Michael Fulmer is the true centerpiece for the Tigers, a former first rounder who is having a huge breakthrough season for Double-A Binghamton and will be MLB ready by next season. Luis Cessa is a backend starter but could also profile as a future closer.

As I said this morning I didn’t believe that the Tigers would have any interest in Zack Wheeler and that if the Mets were to get Cespedes it was going to cost them at least two premium prospects. And that’s exactly what happened.

Is this a big overpay? Yes, but the Mets needed to do this deal. This is what championship caliber teams do. This is why you build up your farm system. So that when you get to a point where you need a player like this you have the pieces to get the deal done.

Good job Mets. You shocked the shit out of me.

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Surprse, surprise… The Mets are now in the hotly contested Yoenis Cespedes pursuit along with several other teams.

Ken Rosenthal first tweeted out that Mets trade talks with the Reds for Jay Bruce have lost traction and that they’ve shifted their attention to Cespedes who is a free agent after the season.

I think Cespedes would be great for the Mets, but I wonder what the cost will be for him as he’s having a tremendous campaign in his walk year…

The right-handed slugger is batting .294 with a .506 slugging percentage and 125 OPS+ in 427 plate appearances. He is one of five players who has played started all of his teams games.

His 28 doubles, 18 homeruns, 62 runs scored and 61 RBIs would look amazing in the Mets lineup.

I’ve never heard any buzz that the Tigers wanted Zack Wheeler and the only rumors I could find are that they want a top hitting prospect who’s close to the majors or a MLB starting pitcher of equal value.

Cespedes will certainly come cheaper financially than Bruce, as he’s owed roughly $4 million compared to $19 million. So I know that has a lot of appeal for the team.

For most of the last six weeks the Mets have been this interested in Cespedes up to and including last night when Andy Martino said they had no desire to trade for him.

Only one hour left….

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MLB Exec: Mets Want A Big Bat That Won’t Cost Anything Tue, 21 Jul 2015 23:56:10 +0000 justin upton

If you’re wondering why the Mets still haven’t acquired a bat with just nine days left until the trade deadline, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN spoke to one MLB executive who told him, They want a middle of the order OF bat who isn’t going to cost anything — in terms of dollars or players.

Marc Carig of Newsday confirmed the Mets interest in Justin Upton, but added the caveat that “it’s long shot” and that it’s unlikely they get anyone of that caliber with Conforto, Rosario, and any of their top young arms off the table.

Matt Goldman of MLB Daily Dish sums up the sentiment like this:

“Mets fans were told by upper management to wait for their star studded pitching to arrive, and then the team would take action. But here they are, with a clear need for offensive help, and the front office appears unwilling to make any moves.”

New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro, ripped into Sandy Alderson on Monday, calling the Mets lineup against the Nationals in a must-win series an embarrassment and an indictment of the general manager.

“Let’s be a little blunt: The last time the Mets played a game this meaningful after the Fourth of July was the last game ever played at Shea Stadium on Sept. 28, 2008.”

“They spoke, as they often do, of having to find a way to beat the NL East’s standard bearer. And then, when the time came to actually play the game this is what Terry Collins had to do for the night ahead: He wrote Wilmer Flores, John Mayberry and Eric Campbell into the 4-5-6 slots. That was the heart of the batting order.”

“Mayberry, Campbell and catcher Anthony Recker, hitting eighth, reported for work Monday night hitting .182, .170, and .143, respectively. It is impossible to imagine a worse batting order in what was supposed to be an important game.”

Upton, 27, has 15 home runs and 49 RBIs and while his batting line of .252/.331/.426 could use a little improvement, in the Mets lineup he’d still be a juggernaut.

The problem for the Mets is that 6-8 other teams want Upton just as much as the Mets do including the first place Pirates and Astros.

And if that MLB executive is accurately portraying the Mets strategy of trying to land something big at little to no cost in real prospects and real dollars, not just Sandy, but Fred and Jeff also have some explaining to do.

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Dan Warthen Deserves Heaps Of Credit For Mets’ Pitching Renaissance Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:39:35 +0000 New York Mets Spring Training at their Minor League practice facility located within Tradition Field in Florida

Pitching coach Dan Warthen told Marc Carig of Newsday that he is “very skeptical” Harvey will be allowed to reach the 200 inning threshold that Sandy Alderson talked about last week. Warthen indicated that a more appropriate limit would be between 180 and 190 innings pitched.

“I would be very skeptical of 200 innings,” Warthen told the newspaper. “I don’t think we’re going to reach that number, but it would be very close. That’s at the high, high end.”

Warthen also said he believed Harvey could have pitched during the end of last season, but in retrospect he’s glad the Mets held off.

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Dan Warthen also told reporters that a decision on who will be the Mets Opening Day starter will have to be made by March 18.

The only starter who is not being considered is Matt Harvey who understands and is perfectly fine with the decision. Harvey will start one of the following four games.

“Matt will say the same thing: ‘I’m a good teammate. I plan on being the No. 1 guy for many years to come but right now I’m probably not the one that is deserving,’” Warthen said.

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On Monday, right-hander Zack Wheeler acknowledged to Mike Vorkunov of that he dislikes defensive shifts and would prefer the Mets not employ them when he’s on the mound.

“I don’t want to piss anybody off but, honestly, I don’t like it,” he said. “Teams are starting to be more analytical these days. … I don’t like analytics all that much, but I’m not the boss here. I really can’t control it. They know where I stand on that.”

At a conference this weekend, Alderson asserted that the Mets stopped using a shift behind one of its pitchers. Wheeler saw the information relayed in a tweet that day and, when asked, told a reporter he guessed it might have been him and, indeed, it was.

Terry Collins said the Mets have reached an accord with Wheeler, who appreciated that they listened. While the numbers may be on their side, sometimes there are other considerations to be had.

“We said you’re right,” Collins said. “You’re too important not to have confidence on the mound. So we’ll make the adjustments.”

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Matt Harvey is excited at how good his curve has been post surgery. Harvey said, the curveball came easier to him, so he began throwing it more. He added that pitching coach Dan Warthen encouraged it because the curve places far less torque on his elbow than the slider.

“It’s a great combination to be able to throw a four-seam fastball up in the zone and come back with a curveball,” Warthen said. “The delivery, everything is repeating itself beautifully right now.”

“I always threw sliders,” said Harvey, who threw approximately four of them for every three curves in 2013. “It’s nice having that develop.”

Look for him to reverse the trend and throw 4:3 curve to slider this season which could be huge. Harvey’s curve was his top out pitch over his MLB career with a nearly 40 percent strikeout rate.

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Finally, and I know many of you will disagree with me, but Dan Warthen deserves a ton of credit for how all of our young pitchers have developed. He works tirelessly with all of them to bring out their best and many of them are exceeding expectations.

For too long he’s been at the butt end of jokes, but in fact he should be held in high esteem for what’s become a pitching renaissance in Flushing and the juggernaut that is fueling all this talk of playoffs.

A big MMO hat tip to Dan Warthen for a job well done.


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Harvey Tentatively Scheduled To Pitch March 6th Against Tigers Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:43:28 +0000 MLB: Oakland Athletics at New York Mets

A team source told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that Matt Harvey is tentatively scheduled to make his first spring training appearance on March 6 when the Mets take on the Detroit Tigers at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

The game will be broadcast on SNY and would be Harvey’s first live game action since August 24, 2013.

Harvey To Face Live Batters On Friday

So far it’s been all good news for Matt Harvey. His confident demeanor coupled with some impressive bullpens and workouts has everyone at Port St. Lucie coming away impressed.

“It doesn’t look like he’s missed much of a beat,” manager Terry Collins said. “You watch the command of his fastball and working both sides of the plate like he hardly has missed anything.”

On Tuesday, the team took off the kid gloves and Harvey was given the okay to start throwing sliders and curves, one of which Collins saw and exclaimed it was ”stinkin’ dynamite.”

Harvey, who turns 26 next month, will now face his next challenge on his comeback trail. He is expected to throw live batting practice to hitters on Friday, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.

It’s the moment the Mets ace has been waiting for, and you can bet that all Mets brass from Fred Wilpon on down will be on hand to gauge the results.

Harvey was having an incredible breakout season in 2013 before a torn UCL shut him down. He went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 157 ERA+ and 191 strikeouts against just 31 walks in 178 1/3 innings pitched.

It’s those huge numbers that have his teammates and coaches salivating at the thought of a playoff contending season for the Mets in 2015.

If Harvey comes close to replicating his former production, he gives the Mets one of the most formidable starting rotations in the National League if not all of baseball.

So far, his rehab and comeback has been nothing short of remarkable. So much so that Sandy Alderson suggested that Harvey could throw as many as 200 innings in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.

Im so excited at the thought of seeing Matt Harvey back on the mound again and overpowering hitters as he once did.

I’m crossing my fingers that he’ll pitch one of the games in the opening series against the Nationals in Washington. When I see Harvey dropping that hammer curve and striking out the likes of Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth, I’ll know that everything is alright and that the Mets are going to have a very special season.

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Wright Believes In His Team, Supports GM’s Decision Not To Trade Young Arm Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:25:16 +0000 david-wright

Speaking to Newsday reporter Marc Carig at his fundraiser to benefit a children’s hospital in his hometown Friday night, Mets third baseman David Wright said he supports Sandy Alderson’s decision not to trade a young arm like Steven Matz, Rafael Montero or Noah Syndergaard to bring in a player that can fill or upgrade a vital position.

“My focus is short term,” he said. “But I understand the long-term view of this also. We spent some pretty miserable years getting to this point. The last thing you want to do is you spend all this time getting to this point, then all of a sudden you start trading it away to go all-in on one year.”

The team captain is confident in the current team and last week said he expects this group to be playing October baseball.

“Are there some places where we probably tried to upgrade that we couldn’t? I’m sure there is. But I believe in the group that we have. I believe in our guys that we do have continuing to get better.”

“Is Sandy still trying to upgrade the roster? I’m sure,” Wright said. “But I thought going into the season that we weren’t too far off. And we’ve definitely filled a big hole for us signing Michael Cuddyer.”


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Mets Unlikely To Sign A Second Lefty Reliever Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:59:09 +0000 Mets relief pitcher Scott Rice

Speaking to reporters at Citi Field today, GM Sandy Alderson pretty much validated what I suspected a few days ago and said it’s unlikely the Mets sign a second lefty.

“Right now, it’s sign a guy to a major league deal and eliminate all the competition, or sign some minor league deals and create some competition together with what we already have,” Alderson explained.

Alderson said he likes likes the potential competition between recently signed minor leaguer Scott Rice and Rule 5 selection Sean Gilmartin and if nothing comes of it, he’s perfectly OK going with six righties in the bullpen.

There’s a chance, as I mentioned below, that they’ll bring in another lefty on a minor league deal.

December 12

The New York Mets officially announced that they have signed LHP Scott Rice to a minor league contract which includes an invite to Spring Training, with big league team.

Rice, 33, had season-ending elbow surgery on July 23 after making 32 appearances and pitching to a 5.93 ERA and 1.976 WHIP.

He was removed from the 40-man roster in October, but the two sides remained in contact.

With the addition of left-hander Sean Gilmartin via Rule 5 on Thursday, he’ll need to be kept on the 25 man roster or the Mets will have to return him to his former team,

That pretty much gives him a leg up as the second lefty in the Mets bullpen unless he completely flops in Spring Training like Vic Black did last March.

The Mets did meet with at least six lefty relievers during the Winter Meetings including Craig Breslow, Phil Coke and Neal Cotts, but nothing came from any of those discussions and Sandy Alderson later confirmed that there was nothing imminent.

I believe the Mets will try and sign one more lefty reliever on a minor league deal and then have him, Rice and Gilmartin battle it out this Spring. In other words, don’t expect the Mets to sign a lefty reliever to a major league deal.


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Mets Announce John Mayberry Signing, DFA Gonzalez Germen Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:40:22 +0000 Philadelphia Phillies  v Atlanta Braves

As was widely expected, to make room on the 40-man roster for outfielder John Mayberry Jr. the Mets have designated right-hander Gonzalez Germen for assignment.

Germen spent parts of two seasons in the Mets’ bullpen, posting a combined 4.31 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 65 innings.

December 12

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York confirms that the Mets have signed free agent outfielder John Mayberry Jr. as first reported by Jon Heyman. Boom.

Joel Sherman of the NY Post reports that the one-year deal is worth $1.45 million dollars. He can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $50,000 each for 200 and each additional 50 through 450, and $100,000 apiece for 500 and 550.

The deal has yet to be confirmed by the Mets, but I’m betting an email from Media Relations is on the way as soon as Mayberry passes physical.

“Mayberry, who turns 31 later this month, is expected to start in the outfield against left-handed pitching, allowing Terry Collins to use Michael Cuddyer at first base over Lucas Duda if the manager chooses,” writes Rubin.

Mayberry was acquired from Philadelphia on Aug. 31 and hit .208 with one homer and two RBIs in 15 games with the Blue Jays.

Combined with the Phillies and Blue Jays, Mayberry batted .212 with a .310 on-base and .425 slugging percentage.

However against left-handed pitching he posted a .913 OPS in 82 plate appearances last season and has an .857 OPS against them for his career.

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Mets Discussing Bringing Back Reliever Buddy Carlyle Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:56:49 +0000 buddy carlyle

Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have discussed bringing back reliever Buddy Carlyle, who was outrighted by the team two weeks ago.

For a reliever who hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2011, the 36-year old righthander stepped right into the Mets bullpen and delivered the best performance of his career.

In 27 appearances, Carlyle posted a pristine 1.45 ERA with an equally impressive 0.904 WHIP to match, both career bests.

General manager Sandy Alderson commended Carlyle at the end of the season while discussing the second half success of the bullpen.

“The bullpen has come around,” Alderson said.”I can’t say enough, not only about Familia and Mejia but all the other guys who performed so well in the bullpen this year including guys like Buddy Carlyle.”

Carlye came on strong during the final two months of the season, using a four-seamer, sinker, and cutter with great effectiveness and posting a 8.1 K/9 and 1.5 BB/9 in 31.0 innings pitched. He’s definitely someone worth bringing back.

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Mets Not Interested In Torii Hunter Sun, 09 Nov 2014 12:42:35 +0000 torii hunter

In a report for ESPN Insider, Buster Olney listed outfielders Torii Hunter and Jonny Gomes among ten of the best bargains in this year’s free agent market.

Jon Heyman reported that there are seven teams that have serious interest in Hunter, but according to Newsday’s Marc Carig, the Mets are not one of them.

Hunter, 39, batted .286/.319/.446 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI and an OPS+ of 111 over 142 games this season.

His first choice is to remain with the Tigers, but if that doesn’t happen, Hunter has said he’d look to sign with a postseason contender. He recently made headlines with his political ads against gay marriage during this past election cycle.


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David Wright Finally Coming Around With Bat Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:39:09 +0000 david wright“It’s nice to feel dangerous at the plate” (Marc Carig, Newsday). David Wright expressed that very simple sentiment after Tuesday nights win over the Marlins. For Mets fans, it was as big a relief as it was for Wright.

There’s no question that Wright is trying to breakout from the worst slump of his career. Last night, Wright recorded his first extra base hit since August 7th and now has 6 hits in his last 3 games. Since August 13th, Wright’s batting average slid from .276 down to .263 on August 30th. That slide finally came to an end this week and he now has his average back up to .268.

wright 221 homers“This last week, I’ve felt better, and more comfortable at the plate than I have probably the last month or so,” Wright said. “That’s a good sign” Wright said after the game. It’s clear that Wright has looked better over the last week and it’s nice that he’s seen it too.

Manager Terry Collins has seen it too. “He’s human too, even though he’s who he is. He’s got feelings and he knows he’s got to contribute. And so when you have games like tonight, you’ve got to feel good about it.”

Wright needs to have a big September to prove to himself that he can still tear the cover off the ball. With so much responsibility heading into 2015, Wright needs to get his confidence up and this week has the perfect start.

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Vic Black Headed To DL, Matsuzaka Recalled Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:45:28 +0000 vic black

UPDATE: Thursday, August 28th, 6:53pm

According to the Mets, Vic Black is heading to the DL and will be replaced by Daisuke Matsuzaka on the active roster.

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Vic Black has been one of the brightest stars for the Mets this season. He’s pitched to 2.20 ERA over 32.2 and has 31 strikeouts. With that great success comes an even greater relief that the stud righty should be ok after a few days rest.

Black had missed the last few games with a sore neck and went for an MRI on Wednesday. To everyones relief, the MRI showed a slightly herniated disc, an injury that should heal itself in a few days.

Black told Marc Carig of Newsday that “It shouldn’t be a big deal” and “I’ll be able to finish out the season.” According to that report, Black is being treated with anti-inflammatory medications. Black had noted that while he could probably pitch through it, it’s just uncomfortable to throw. “Outside of that, it’s a nice break for the arm. But I’d rather be out there.”

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Niese Wins First Game Since Return From Disabled List Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:00:28 +0000 jon nieseIf any pitcher needed a good start on Monday it was Jon Niese. Helping the Mets take down the Phillies was just gravy. For Niese, the summer had been disastrous. After starting the season with a 5-4 record, sporting a dazzling 2.88 ERA, Niese dropped his next four decesions leaving the lefty searching for answers. Those answers came on Monday when he found his groove, striking out 6 over 7 innings and leading the team to a series win over the Phillies.

Terry Collins had this to say after the game. “That’s about as good as you can hope for, that that was all it was going to be,” Collins said. “It’s a good step for him, giving him a little down time to get some energy and strength back in his arm” (Marc Carig, Newsday). Niese was very effecient on Monday, getting through 7 innings with just 107 pitches despite not having his best stuff.

“I felt good in the beginning, but I just kind of fatigued there early and just wasn’t able to pound the zone like I normally could. But I was able to battle through and make a pitch when I needed to. It’s kind of weird this year how it is going. I’m winning with my bad stuff and losing with my good stuff. I don’t know” (Adam Rubin, ESPN).

Niese looked great and as the team heads into the end of August and into September the Mets will need him to help lead a very young rotation. After all, with Bartolo Colon likely on the way out of town, either this month or in the off season, Niese will become the default “veteran” of the pitching staff. The question is, can he handle it?

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Could K-Rod Return To Queens? Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:00:04 +0000 francisco rodriguez

Francisco Rodriguez, better known as K-Rod, pitched two-plus seasons for the Mets from 2009-2011 before being traded to the Brewers. In his time as a Met the fireballing right-hander experienced ups and downs both on and off the mound. According to Marc Carig of Newsday, that’s left the veteran reliever feeling like he has something left to prove to the people of New York.

Rodriguez, 32, said he hopes to “prove something to myself” by returning to the Mets, who signed him to a three-year, $37 million deal before the 2009 season before trading him during the 2011 campaign.

For the second straight off-season, the Mets entertained the idea of bringing back the Venezuela native, even offering him a major-league deal this past winter. When the Brewers trumped the Mets offer he returned to Milwaukee, and has had a very good season, tossing 30.1 innings, with a 2.08 ERA to go along with 19 saves and a K/9 north of 10.

However, all is not lost in regards to a reunion with his former club.

“I always keep my mind open,” Rodriguez said Wednesday. “I do really want to have the opportunity once again to come back here.”

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Syndergaard Solid In Triple-A Debut Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:15:30 +0000 Rob Foldy Getty Images noah syndergaard

In his first start of the season for Triple-A Las Vegas, Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard delivered a solid outing that saw him allow two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out five in six innings pitched.

The young righty threw 51 of his 76 pitches for strikes and induced eight groundball outs on the night. 

The plan is to not let Thor toss more than 5-6 innings in any start while in the minors to conserve his workload and eventually spend some time in the majors.

Marc Carig of Newsday reported on Thursday that Syndergaard will also see time in the bullpen to make occasional relief appearances after speaking to Mets vice president Paul DePodesta.

“The plan would be for any relief stints to be fairly brief,” DePodesta told Newsday. “In other words, we don’t expect any of the starters to go into the ‘pen for a month at a time or anything like that. Of course, the situation could change. But that’s the feeling as of now.”

“There’s a chance we could do it with anyone, depending on the circumstances,” said DePodesta when asked if Syndergaard would be one of those who will pitch out of the bullpen in minor-league games. “It’s not a matter of changing their role. It’s really a matter of workload.”

Earlier in the week Alderson said that it was “unlikely” that Syndergaard would be one of the pitchers used by the Mets to stock the bullpen later in the season.

It appears based on the route they are taking with him, that Syndergaard will follow the same path as Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler and come up mid season around mid to late June.

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A Fiery Alderson Says A 90 Win Season Is The Goal Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:10:20 +0000 sandy alderson

Sandy Alderson continues to push his 90 wins mantra and said today that it wasn’t just an expectation, but the goal and a challenge for Terry Collins and the team.

“It wasn’t a guarantee. It wasn’t a prediction. It was a challenge,” Alderson said. “It’s important for us to change the conversation. The 90 wins is about setting a challenge.”

“It’s time for us to get better. What you can measure you can improve. I can’t really measure competitiveness.”

When Sandy was told by one reporter about how most are skeptical about him expecting his team to win 90 games, the Mets GM responded, “You think that I was surprised by the skepticism?”

“The 90 wins are about a challenge. It’s about changing the conversation. It’s about framing questions for ourselves as to how we get there,” Alderson said.

“I stand by the notion that we need to get better. In doing so we need to set concrete goals for ourselves so that we have specific conversations for ourselves about how we get there.”

However when he was asked if he had the resources to add a player to help the team, he responded:

“If a player is available to us later in the year and presuming we have some success to that point in the season, then yes, absolutely.”

Sandy added that more fan support would lead to more payroll to be able to add more players.

Alderson also was displeased that his 90 win expectation was leaked from his own staff. “I am never thrilled when private conversations become public, which happens all too frequently with the Mets.”

90 to go

Reporters described him today as stern, fiery, and defensive.

Marc Carig of Newsday said afterward that “Ratcheting up expectations in NYC is a dangerous game when you don’t have the goods to reach them.”

He’s right. Let this thing go already and just play ball and see what we have in this team. Let’s just see what they are made of.

I love aiming high, but it’s game on now – play ball…

Anyway, this 90 wins thing is not going away, even if you think they have no chance in hell.

This is going to be talked about and raised almost daily until it either becomes a reality or an impossibility.

Either way, it sounds to me like Terry Collins’ job is on the line this season in my opinion… Despite beginning a brand new deal to manage the club.

(Photo taken today by MMO in front of Citi Field. Darren from The 7 Line)

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Spring Training Wrap: Mets Split A Pair, Mejia Shines Sun, 23 Mar 2014 20:22:44 +0000 Brad Barr USA TODAY Sports jenrry mejia

Mets 3, Nationals 1

Jenrry Mejia, who is battling for that fifth spot in the rotation, tossed a gem today and was sharp, dominating and in mid-season form. However, these are the Mets and the best man doesn’t always win.

The young righthander hurled 5.0 innings allowing just two hits and a run while striking out six batters. Mejia was bothered by a carbuncle bunion on his right foot during the game, but said it was no big deal. An outstanding effort.

Marc Carig was told again today by a team official that Mejia is very much alive in this competition for the fifth spot, but that there’s still some healthy debate within the organization about going with Dice-K. <Insert laughter>

John Lannan relieved Mejia in the sixth and pitched a perfect inning, while Jeurys Familia kept his scoreless spring going with another solid inning of work. Parnell closed it out. We’re finally going to have a very solid bullpen this season… ‘Bout time…. 

Daniel Murphy started at second base and got some cheers after fielding a tough hop and then firing the ball between his legs to nail the runner at first. I’ve never seen that before and it was totally cool! Welcome back, Murph…

Andrew Brown ripped a two out RBI single to left for the Mets first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Brown has earned a spot on the bench and should be heading north with the team next week. In the seventh, Curtis Granderson showed some muscle and blasted a towering two-run homer to put the Mets up 3-1. he also walked ans scored a run.

That’s about it as the Mets only had three hits in this game.

Braves 4, Mets 1

The Mets were two-hit by the Braves in this one and the only two base-knocks came from Omar Quintanilla and Matt den Dekker, both of whom will probably not be on the roster next week.

Ike Davis went 0-for-2 and was removed after two innings and replaced by Allan Dykstra. The Mets later said it had nothing to do with a trade or injury. “He was just feeling beat up and fatigued,” said Sandy Alderson. Ummm ok…

Carlos Torres got the start allowed two earned runs on six hits in his four innings of work..

Glad they broadcasted the other game. :-)

Up Next:

Thank goodness, no more split squad games. The Mets will take on the St. Louis Cardinals Monday afternoon at 1:10 PM at Tradition Field. Daisuke Matsuzaka will get the start and the game will air on SNY.

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Alderson Denies the Mets Were Under Any Payroll Constraints Fri, 14 Feb 2014 04:04:52 +0000 alderson-sandy

Sandy Alderson denied an earlier report by the New York Post that the Mets had payroll restrictions imposed on the team by the Bank of America, he told reporters today in St. Lucie today.

“If you’re referring to banks or owners or other interested parties, I think the answer clearly is no. There are no constraints on the payroll,” Sandy said.

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, Alderson told reporters that his current payroll budget sits somewhere north of $85 million, which includes promotions and insurance.

“Every team has payroll constraints, including those teams who have signed big free agents and are now saying, ‘I have no money,’” Alderson explained.

“I feel very confident that it will climb back up. At the same time, we need to have some success on the field, which drives some attendance, which drives some additional revenue — all of those things.

“I understand it’s incumbent on us to have some success on the field in order to do that.”

Keep in mind that north of $85 million is not the same as saying north of $93 million which was what the Mets’ Opening Day payroll was last season.

At times, Alderson will speak openly about the team’s finances while at other times he remains very vague and almost as if he knows as little as we do. Today, the Mets GM was very informative and ready with his responses.

I believe Sandy was delivering the Wilpon’s latest talking points on Mets money matters. Nothing wrong with that of course, that’s what most GMs do.

“We’d like to have more players but that doesn’t always make you a better team,” Sandy said to wrap up things up.

That of course sounds like the Mets offseason has officially wrapped up.

We’ll never know all the details about the level of financial distress the team is under. But we do know that on many occasions, what the Mets have said publicly about their financial state has been found to be just as erroneous as much of the speculation.

This goes back to the Mets’ first official statement on this black cloud, when they emphatically reported that the Madoff situation would have no bearing on team payroll and operations.

Facts are facts.

We are heading into the third consecutive season of payroll decline all while the message from the top is that everything is perfectly fine.

So let’s summarize:

  1. Payroll will be north of $85 million counting everything but including the kitchen sink.
  2. Adding better players doesn’t make you a better team.
  3. We’re confident payroll will eventually rise.

Use your own judgement on these matters.

Information from the Daily News, New York Post and Newsday were used in this article.

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Curtis Granderson Agrees To Four Year, $60 Million Deal With Mets Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:00:32 +0000 Curtis+Granderson

The Mets have agreed to sign free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year deal according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the deal is worth $60 million dollars or a $15 million annual average.

Andy Martino of the Daily News added that the deal is a straight 4-year deal, per source. No option of any sort for 5th, vesting, team or otherwise.

The Mets will lose their second round pick, but that’s no big deal if Granderson delivers 25-30 homers a season for the Mets as they believe he will.

Sandy Alderson apparently relented and gave into Granderson’s fourth year demand which came as a surprise to me. However, Sandy did what he needed to do and gave the 32 year old Granderson what he wanted to get a deal done. If he had let him go to Orlando unsigned, I doubt he would have been a Met.

Granderson suffered a couple of freak injuries last season and was limited to just 61 games with the Yankees, batting .229/.319/.407 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 245 plate appearances while striking out 69 times.

In 2012, Granderson played in 160 games and another 156 games in 2011. Over those two seasons he compiled 84 home runs, the most in the majors.

The newest Met is expected to play left field I would suspect, pushing Eric Young Jr. out of a starting outfield job. If the Mets move him to second base, it could signal a Daniel Murphy trade which would free up about $5 million for the Mets.

Regardless of what happens, the Mets made some real noise in the free agent market for the first time in a very long time. For that I applaud them.

Original Post 9:00 AM

Nothing new to report this morning and all remains quiet between Granderson and the Mets.

The latest update came yesterday afternoon from Mike Puma of the New York Post who wrote that the Mets believe they have a “decent” chance of landing Granderson. This begs the question, how is that a “decent chance?”

Both sides seem at a standstill with Sandy Alderson holding firm at three years, while Granderson still wants four.

Usually when a team and a free agent get locked into a game of chicken, the free agent usually wins.

With the Winter Meetings starting in 48 hours, the Granderson camp will hold court in Orlando and bring 2-3 more teams into the negotiations.

After all, that’s what agents do and you could make a strong case that Granderson is the second best outfielder available. That’s not a bad spot to be in when you have at least 15 teams on record for needing an outfielder.

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Mets Interested In Outfielder Chris Young Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:33:23 +0000 130504124516-chris-young-dl-athletics-single-image-cut

Marc Carig tweeted out that a source tells him the Mets have shown interest in the outfielder Chris Young. Young, who turned 30 in September, hit just .200/.280/.379 with 12 homers and 10 steals in 2013 after coming over from the D-Backs in the three-team deal that sent Heath Bell and Cliff Pennington to Arizona and prospects to the Marlins. He had his $11 MM option declined earlier this offseason.

Young has never hit more than .257 over a full season of baseball, but he has posted three seasons of 20+ steals and four seasons of 20+ home runs. He’s totaled three 20/20 seasons overall. He does play a pretty good center field defensively, however, and has a solid arm. Considering his high strikeout total and the fact that he isn’t too patient at the plate, I’m a little surprised to hear of this news. He is, however, likely to be a bargain outfielder for a team willing to take a flier on him.

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Boras Says Mets Were Impossible To Deal With, Mets Say They’re In On Everyone Fri, 08 Nov 2013 00:18:04 +0000 Slow news night, so if you’re looking for strictly Mets news – move on… However if you’re sticking around for some interesting topics worthy of an MMO-Style debate, here goes…


Mike Puma of the New York Post just tweeted…

Mets-Boras talks can be messy. Boras, according to a source, said the Mets were “impossible” to deal with in Bourn talks.

The thing to consider there is that the free agents mostly tied to the Mets rumors – Shin-Soo Choo, Stephen Drew, Kendrys Morales and Jacoby Ellsbury – are all Scott Boras clients.

Boras of course is also the one who famously said that the Mets used to shop in the “steak aisle” and now shop only in the “fruits and nuts” section.

The Mets have reached out to Choo, reportedly, but they did not discuss any parameters of a deal.

Parameters… There’s that word again…

Boras gave his parameters – $90 million of them… :-)

To read more about everything Boras had to say today about all his clients, check out this post on MLBTR.

beer money

Marc Carig threw a log into the hot stove tonight as well..

Mets source: “Other than [Robinson] Cano, I just don’t see anybody who you could say ‘OK, we’re definitely not going to be in play there.’”

Oh God, this is getting ridiculous…

Of course this goes straight to the heart of what I wrote about this morning…

Why would the Mets have to say that through a source and not openly?

If any of this spending crap was true, why don’t they just come out and say it instead of dancing around the subject?

Why all the secrecy?

santa shh

I know why…

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