RW: Hi Sandy. I want to thank you for taking time from your very busy schedule to speak with me. SA: No problem. Glad to do it. RW: Let’s get right to it, okay? SA: You have fifteen minutes. How you use those fifteen minutes is entirely up to you. RW: How’s the off season going so far? SA: Fine. Its developing. We’re laying the groundwork. RW: In June of this year, to a group […]
The Mets are now looking more at second-tier and third-tier free agents according to Buster Olney of ESPN. Anything can still happen, but the three offseason predictions I made for the Mets before the hot stove season started, seem to all be coming to fruition. Back in September amid all the high hopes and expectations I said: 1. The Mets would not go after any players who’ll cost more than $10 million annually. 2. The […]
Andy Martino’s latest post for the Daily News does a nice job of surveying the current landscape for the Mets’ front office and the mounting pressure on them to appease a frustrated fan base. “Chris Young technically counts as doing something, but it’s not the kind of something that the Mets need, in order to solidify the offense, or placate a nervous fan base…Even among some Mets people yesterday, there was a sense of, well, […]
After passing his physical, the Mets officially announced the signing of our new rightfielder Chris Young this afternoon. “Chris has had a distinguished career to this point and we think with regular playing time we think he can return to his all-star caliber performance,” GM Sandy Alderson said. “He’s a tremendous defensive outfielder, brings some power, the approach we’re looking for offensively and some speed on the bases.” Alderson said that Young could bat anywhere from 5-7 […]
The New York Mets might get lucky with Chris Young the same way they did with Marlon Byrd last season. It could happen. However, are you betting on it? I am not buying for a second they’ll make a play for Nelson Cruz, but there are others I would have liked to see them get over Young. We know that Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury were also out of their price range, and supposedly they liked Corey Hart. But how about Nate McLouth? McLouth, 32, hit .258 […]
With Sandy Alderson’s big outfield acquisition of the offseason now spoken for, the Mets may look to the scrapheap to see if they can get lucky and find another Marlon Byrd. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York writes: Outfielder Jaff Decker, who was designated for assignment by the San Diego Padres this week, could be a fit as the Mets look to reconstruct their outfield for 2014, a baseball official unaffiliated with the New York ballclub predicted to […]
The Mets surprised the baseball world by making their first major league free agent signing of the offseason, inking outfielder Chris Young to a one-year, $7.25 million contract. The Mets now get a right (or left, depending on who else they acquire) fielder for Opening Day. While $7.25 million may seem to some like an overpay, especially considering Young batted a career-worst .200 this season with Oakland, this deal may actually be looked at, when […]
I was taking a look at a month old post from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who enlisted the services of one unbiased agent and one unbiased GM to put together their free agent predictions for this 2013-2014 offseason. I was curious to see where they had LaTroy Hawkins, Marlon Byrd and Josh Johnson pegged and surprising all three signed for far less than what many expected. Here is what they came up with: Hawkins […]
This has long been billed as the offseason when Sandy Alderson and the Mets would finally have the payroll flexibility to transform the team into a contender for the 2014 season. However, most of the baseball people I ask believe that’s impossible. They cite the lack of a proven core. Most of the fans I encounter don’t believe the Mets can contend next season except for a scant few. When I ask fans what the […]
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