Mets Merized Online » Texas Rangers http://metsmerizedonline.com Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:41:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 MMO Free Agent Profile: Carlos Gomez, OF http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mmo-free-agent-profile-carlos-gomez-of.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/mmo-free-agent-profile-carlos-gomez-of.html/#comments Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:00:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=227049 carlos gomez

Carlos Gomez
Position: Outfield
Bats: Right – Throws: Right
Born: December 4, 1985 (Turning Age 31)

Since the 2015 Trade Deadline, it seems the New York Mets have tried to make a reunion happen with Carlos Gomez, their former amateur free agent signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2002. Gomez was on GM Sandy Alderson’s radar prior to the July 31 deadline, as the team was looking to add an impact bat for their postseason push. The proposed trade of Zack Wheeler and Wilmer Flores to the Milwaukee Brewers for Gomez fell through due to lingering concerns over Gomez’ hip, and of course, the rest is history, as the Mets circled back to the Detroit Tigers and pulled off a trade for Yoenis Cespedes, a trade that propelled the team all the way to the 2015 World Series.

There was talk of Gomez signing with the Mets this past season too, after he was designated for assignment by the Houston Astros in early August. The Mets ended up taking a pass on Gomez, relying on the injured Justin Ruggiano to return only to end up back on the disabled list due to a left shoulder injury at the end of August. The Texas Rangers signed Gomez to a minor league deal, with the Astros responsible for the bulk of his $9 million ’16 salary.

Gomez revived his season with the Rangers, after slashing .210/.272/.322 in 85 games with the Astros in ’16, with a 6.5% walk rate and career worst 31% strikeout percentage. He also posted negatives in DRS, UZR, and UZR/150 in 677 innings in the outfield with the Astros.

However, moving from Houston to Arlington reignited the spark plug outfielder, as he went on to play in 33 games for the AL West Champion Texas Rangers, posting a line of .284/.362/.543 with eight home runs, 18 RBI, a 139 wRC+, and a 1.2 fWAR. His defensive metrics also improved as he manned mainly left field (213 out of 275 total innings), posting a 1.3 UZR and 6.4 UZR/150. Combining his overall outfield metrics with Texas, Gomez posted a 3.7 UZR and 11.7 UZR/150, according to FanGraphs.

Gomez pointed to adjustments at the plate that aided in his turnaround with the Rangers, explaining in September that he was trying to keep the weight on his back leg, which allows him to stay back and recognize the pitch better, allowing him to drive the ball with more relative ease.

Between 2012-14, Gomez was one of the game’s premier outfielders, posting a 16.2 fWAR (4th among MLB outfielders), 111 stolen bases (2nd), 247 runs scored (12th), 18 triples (10th), and registering the 6th best UZR/150 (14.7) among all outfielders during that span. Gomez made both of his All Star appearances in 2013 and 2014, the two years he posted above an .800 OPS. Gomez also won his only Gold Glove Award in ’13, the same year he received a share of MVP votes, placing ninth in the NL.

High strikeouts and low walks have always been a bugaboo for Gomez, however, it was less noticeable when he was hitting 20 plus home runs and stealing over 30 bases in a season. Gomez posted the 9th highest strikeout percentage in baseball this past season (30%) among all players with at least 400 plate appearances. While he did lower his strikeout percentage once he signed with the Rangers, it was still down only a few percentage points, from 31 to 27.7%. Since 2015, Gomez has trended negatively in average, OBP, SLG, fWAR, wRC+, and runs scored.

Gomez has posted close to neutral splits for his career, posting a .722 OPS against RHP and .738 OPS against LHP. While Gomez struggled during his time in Houston, he did post solid numbers in RISP with both Houston and Texas, posting a .792 OPS with the Astros, and a 1.145 OPS with the Rangers.

Contract:

If Gomez continued to struggle with the Rangers, he’d be lucky to land a one-year deal with incentives on the open market this winter. His strong final six weeks of the season helped Gomez potentially land a multi-year contract, with the Blue Jays, Orioles, Mets, Athletics, Giants, and Cardinals all possible fits for the soon to be 31-year-old. Of course, you can’t rule out the Rangers wanting to keep Gomez, as they’re set to lose both Gomez and Ian Desmond to free agency. I can envision Gomez receiving a two-three year deal, for roughly $10-12 million annually, similar to the deal Denard Span signed with the San Francisco Giants last year for three-years and $31 million.

Recommendation:

Cespedes remains priority number one for the Mets, however, Gomez offers some intriguing athleticism and speed for a Mets team that has been void of that for some time. While he’s hit leadoff for the bulk of his career, his lifetime OBP of .315 leaves a lot to be desired, although in 17 games batting first for the Rangers he did post a .386 OBP. At this point for the Mets, if Cespedes can’t be retained, the Mets should set their sights on someone that could hit leadoff and get on base at a higher clip than Gomez does, Dexter Fowler is a prime example.

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MLB Postseason Schedule: Mets vs Dodgers 9:45 PM Start Time In NY http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/mlb-postseason-schedule-mets-vs-dodgers-945-pm-start-time-in-ny.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/mlb-postseason-schedule-mets-vs-dodgers-945-pm-start-time-in-ny.html/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:43:23 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=195584 2015 postseason logo

The broadcast times for the NL Division Series between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers are as follows:

Game 1: Friday 9:45 PM EST on TBS

Game 2: Saturday: 9:07 PM EST on TBS

…Those are some pretty late start times for the kiddies… Bad job…

Postseason Field

American League
• Toronto Blue Jays (AL East)
• Kansas City Royals (AL Central)
• Texas Rangers (AL West)
• New York Yankees (Wild Card No. 1)
• Houston Astros. (Wild Card No. 2)

National League
• New York Mets (NL East)
• St. Louis Cardinals (NL Central)
• Los Angeles Dodgers (NL West)
• Pittsburgh Pirates (Wild Card No. 1)
• Chicago Cubs (Wild Card No. 2)

Postseason Bracket

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Postseason Schedule

TUESDAY, OCT. 6

AL wild card: Houston Astros at New York Yankees at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 
NL wild card: Chicago Cubs at Pittsburgh Pirates at 8 p.m. ET (TBS)

THURSDAY, OCT. 8
ALDS Game 1: Wild-card winner at Kansas City Royals (Fox or MLB Network)
ALDS Game 1: Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays (Fox or MLB Network)

FRIDAY, OCT. 9
NLDS Game 1: Wild-card winner at St. Louis Cardinals (TBS)
NLDS Game 1: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers (TBS)
ALDS Game 2: Wild-card winner at Kansas City Royals (Fox or MLB Network)
ALDS Game 2: Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays (Fox or MLB Network)

SATURDAY, OCT. 10
NLDS Game 2: Wild-card winner at St. Louis Cardinals (TBS)
NLDS Game 2: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers (TBS)

SUNDAY, OCT. 11
ALDS Game 3: Kansas City Royals at Wild-card winner (Fox)
ALDS Game 3: Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers (TBD)

MONDAY, OCT. 12
NLDS Game 3: St. Louis Cardinals at wild-card winner (TBS)
NLDS Game 3: Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets (TBS)
ALDS Game 4*: Kansas City Royals at Wild-card winner  (Fox)
ALDS Game 4*: Toronto Blue Jays at Texas Rangers (Fox)

TUESDAY, OCT. 13
NLDS Game 4*: St. Louis Cardinals at wild-card winner (TBS)
NLDS Game 4*: Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets (TBS)

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14
ALDS Game 5*: Wild-card winner at Kansas City Royals (Fox)
ALDS Game 5*: Texas Rangers at Toronto Blue Jays  (Fox)

THURSDAY, OCT. 15
NLDS Game 5*: Wild-card winner at St. Louis Cardinals (TBS)
NLDS Game 5*: New York Mets at Los Angeles Dodgers (TBS)

Bracket by USA Today

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Rangers, 8:05 PM http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-rangers-805-pm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/mmo-game-thread-mets-vs-rangers-805-pm.html/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 22:32:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=178061 jacob degrom

The New York Mets travel to Arlington for a two-game exhibition series beginning on Friday night against the Texas Rangers.

Jacob deGrom will start for the Mets and will be opposed by former Met Logan Verrett for the Rangers in tonight’s 8:05 PM matchup. The game will not be televised but can be seen for free on MLB.tv.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said Rafael Montero may get some bullpen exposure in the game.

Daniel Murphy went 3-4 with a double and a walk in a minor league game in Port St. Lucie. He played second base and ran the bases. Terry Collins still expects Daniel Murphy to be active Opening Day.

New York Mets

  1. Juan Lagares, CF
  2. Curtis Granderson, RF
  3. David Wright, 3B
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Michael Cuddyer, LF
  6. Wilmer Flores, SS
  7. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  8. Johnny Monell, DH
  9. Ruben Tejada, 2B

Texas Rangers

  1. Leonys Martin, CF
  2. Elvis Andrus, SS
  3. Prince Fielder, 1B
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  5. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
  6. Mitch Moreland, DH
  7. Ryan Rua, LF
  8. Robinson Chirinos, C
  9. Rougned Odor 2B

Enjoy the game and Let’s Go Mets!

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Alderson Says No Active Trade Talks With Rangers About Gee http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/alderson-says-no-active-trade-talk-with-rangers-about-gee.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/03/alderson-says-no-active-trade-talk-with-rangers-about-gee.html/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:45:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=175479 jurickson-profar-landov2

Sandy Alderson denied there were any active trade discussions with the Texas Rangers about trading a starter.

He added that it’s “fair to say” the Mets have had little to no recent talk about trading Dillon Gee or any other starting pitcher in recent weeks.

If a trade were to materialize, he expects it would happen much later in spring training if it were to happen at all.

March 2

Sources have told Chris Cotillo that the Texas Rangers are still interested in trading for Mets starter Dillon Gee.

It is unclear if the sides are in active discussions about a deal for Gee, says Cotillo, though Texas has been interested in the right-hander dating back to the Winter Meetings.

One possibility that is being bandied about is a deal that would send Gee and a few other pieces to the Rangers for shortstop Jurickson Profar, who is out for the year after shoulder surgery. The Mets could see Profar as a buy low target.

We’ll keep an eye on this and see if it picks up any steam.

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Collins Cautioned Not To Use Familia Due To Drop In Velocity http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/collins-cautioned-not-to-use-familia-due-to-drop-in-velocity.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/collins-cautioned-not-to-use-familia-due-to-drop-in-velocity.html/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:47:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160323 jeurys familia

According to a report by Adam Rubin on ESPN New York, Terry Collins handled the eighth inning initially with Vic Black on Monday because the staff had advised Collins to stay away from Jeurys Familia.

“I talked to the pitching guys today and they said, ‘Listen, if you can give him a night, give him a night, because he can use it,’” Collins said. “If you think about it, he didn’t pitch very much in April. Yet he’s like third in the league in appearances right now. Therefore, I’m pitching him like crazy. So I’ve got to back off a little bit.

“He didn’t say anything, but he’s usually 96-97 mph and yesterday he was 94.”

Familia last pitched on Sunday in the win against the Texas Rangers in relief of Gonzalez Germen. It was during that appearance that the Mets saw his velocity was down, raising a red flag with the staff.

The Mets say there is no indication of any injury.

Familia, 24, has a 2.18 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 42 appearances spanning 45.1 innings pitched.

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Niese Will Likely Miss Just One Start, Gee Will Face Braves On Wednesday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/niese-will-likely-miss-just-one-start-gee-will-face-braves-on-wednesday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/niese-will-likely-miss-just-one-start-gee-will-face-braves-on-wednesday.html/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 11:51:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160139 niese recker

The Mets placed Jonathon Niese on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain on Sunday and promoted right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle to take his spot on the roster.

The team announced that Dillon Gee will be activated from the DL and make Niese’s start on Wednesday against the Braves.

Terry Collins said that Niese is only expected to miss only one start and that he’ll return after the All-Star break and likely start on July 20 against the Padres in San Diego.

Niese insisted he is uninjured, but the team was concerned over his reduced fastball velocity which is averaging a career-low 88.6 mph this season, down from 90.2 mph in 2013.

July 5

According to a report by Danny Knobler for ESPN New York, lefthander Jon Niese is likely heading to the disabled list with a shoulder issue.

Niese, who wasn’t available to the media before Saturday’s game, was said not to be in agreement with the decision.

The Mets announced early in Saturday night’s game with the Texas Rangers that veteran reliever Buddy Carlyle will join the team from Triple-A Las Vegas. No corresponding move was immediately announced.

According to Knobler, the Mets have had some concern about Niese’s shoulder, in part because the velocity on his fastball has been down this season. Niese had consistently averaged between 90 and 91 mph the last three seasons, but this season, his fastball has averaged just 88.6 mph.

Terry Collins suggested Saturday that the Mets wouldn’t be bringing Niese back early, but then added that there were unspecified health concerns other than the bruise on his side.

Wow… More on this as news comes in.

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MMO Game Recap: Rangers 5, Mets 3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-rangers-5-mets-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/mmo-game-recap-rangers-5-mets-3.html/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 03:02:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160143 bartolo colon

The New York Mets were defeated by the Texas Rangers by the score of 5-3 on Saturday night at Citi Field.

Bartolo Colon started and did little to help his trade value, allowing five earned runs on eight hits including a pair of home runs. Colon walked two and struck out three in his seven innings of work. His ERA rises to 4.04.

Josh Edgin pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief, while Gonzalez Germen came in to get one out.

The Mets scored twice in the third inning with RBI hits by Curtis Granderson and Bobby Abreu, but failed to score a runner from third and less than two outs.

Travis d’Arnaud continues to look good at the plate, following up Friday night’s game-winning double with a solo home run off Colby Lewis in the fourth inning, his fifth big-fly of the season.

David Wright returned to the lineup and had a double in four at-bats to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a pinch-hit double in the ninth inning. He is 4-12 (.333) with three doubles as a pinch-hitter this year.

Juan Lagares recorded his second outfield assist of the season and the second this month when he threw out Carlos Pena at the plate in the eighth inning.

The Mets announced during the game that reliever Buddy Carlyle is on his way from Triple-A Las Vegas, but did not announce whose spot he will take. It’s been reported that Jon Niese could go on the DL with a shoulder issue.

The Mets and Rangers will play the rubber game at 1:10 PM at Citi Field on Sunday. Zack Wheeler (3-8, 4.25) starts for the Mets, and right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-3, 3.65) goes for the Rangers.

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With d’Arnaud Heating Up and Plawecki Almost Ready, Will Mets Make A Play For Starlin Castro? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/with-darnaud-heating-up-and-plawecki-almost-ready-will-mets-make-a-play-for-starlin-castro.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/with-darnaud-heating-up-and-plawecki-almost-ready-will-mets-make-a-play-for-starlin-castro.html/#comments Sat, 05 Jul 2014 16:23:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=160046 MLB: Texas Rangers at New York Mets

Travis d’Arnaud may have had his coming-out party for the Mets on Friday night, when he drove a two-run double into the gap to snap an eighth-inning tie that led to a 6-5 4th of July victory over the Rangers.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Mets and showcased what has been a much more confident d’Arnaud at the plate.

“It felt really good,” d’Arnaud said after the game. “It’s a big win for us to start the homestand.”

The top ranked catching prospect heading into this season, credits a back-to-basics approach for his turnaround and clearing his head of all the noise and advice he’s been collecting since his joining the big-league team.

“Just keep things simple. Not overthink my mechanics or overthink anything, have one thought in my head at the plate and that’s it.”

D’Arnaud has now hit in eight of nine games since being recalled from Triple-A, batting .319 (10-for-33) with three doubles, one home run and six RBIs during that span.

“He’s a very confident kid,” said Collins of d’Arnaud. “I know that he’s been swinging pretty good. Tonight he had his chance to help us big time, and he did.”

With Kevin Plawecki coming on strong in the minors, the Mets may ultimately decide to flip one of them to fill another area of need, perhaps the shortstop position.

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After last night’s blockbuster trade, the Chicago Cubs are now stacked with several high-upside shortstops, and they may be the perfect partner for a deal that could land the Mets Starlin Castro - who is as talented as they come but has sometimes rubbed the Cubs the wrong way.

Castro is batting .290 and leads all major league shortstops with 26 doubles. He has 11 home runs this season and his 50 RBIs rank second among all shortstops. in 335 at-bats he’s boasting an .807 OPS which ranks third among major league shortstops.

A two-time All Star already, the 24-year old is at the top of the food chain among shortstops who may be available this month. But a talent like that will be prized by many teams and not just the Mets, and he won’t come cheap. His contract calls for a very team friendly $48 million over 6 years with a club option for 2020.

However they dice to do it, the Mets need to find a way to add an impact bat to their lineup which is laden with far too many Quad-A type talents, waiver wire pickups, and reclamation projects. Players like Castro are not often made available by most teams – who usually lock players like this up.

This is certainly something to keep an eye on in the next few weeks.

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Teagarden Has “Grand” Mets Debut http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/teagarden-has-grand-mets-debut.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/teagarden-has-grand-mets-debut.html/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:00:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=158353 Teagarden

Living up to expectations as an organizations top-10 prospect is a daunting task.  There have been hundreds of prospects that showed promise early on that never made it to the major leagues, let alone stay at that level.  Taylor Teagarden has had to battle with that since being drafted in the 3rd round by the Texas Rangers.

Teagarden was originally drafted back in 2002 by the Chicago Cubs in the 22nd round but never signed and played his collegiate career for the Texas Longhorns.  Fast-forward three years to see him drafted once again, this time by the Texas Rangers in the third round in 2005.  He was immediately listed as a top-10 prospect for the Rangers as soon as he signed.

After going through the Rangers system relatively fast, Teagarden made his major league debut in July of 2008.  He showed promise early on hitting .309 in 16 games.  Some setbacks and injuries later, Teagarden would be up and down between the minors leagues and the major leagues before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles at the end of 2011.  The story was similar in Baltimore.  He would play in 45 games with the Orioles over two season before being released at the end of last season.

In comes the Mets.  Teagarden was signed to a deal in January and was slated to play in Las Vegas and probably not thought of to be behind the plate in New York because of Travis d’Arnaud.  Well as we have learned that didn’t quite work the way the Mets had hoped.

After 34 games in Las Vegas, Teagarden earned a promotion once again to the big leagues.  At the time of his call-up, Teagarden was hitting .279 for the 51′s with eight home runs and 19 RBI.  Playing well in the minors was not always the problem during his career.  Staying healthy and producing in the majors on a consistent basis was held him back.

On Tuesday, Teagarden wasn’t off to a good start in the game striking out in his first two at-bats.  He would have the chance to leave his mark in the sixth inning with the bases loaded.  Teagarden would deliver hitting a grand-slam making the game 6-1, furthering the Mets chance at ending their losing streak.  They would hold off the Brewers snapping the skid at six games with a 6-2 win.

It has come out that the catching duties would be split without a clear starter.  Teagarden produced at a critical time and will hopefully get more opportunities to do so the rest of the way.

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A Healthy Harvey Would Give Mets A Top 5 Starting Rotation http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/a-healthy-harvey-would-give-mets-a-top-5-starting-rotation.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/a-healthy-harvey-would-give-mets-a-top-5-starting-rotation.html/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:00:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=137640 Justin_Verlander

ESPN’s Buster Olney continued his Top 10 Feature and posted the Top 10 Starting Rotations. Leading the pack was the Detroit Tigers, but the Mets failed to make the cut.

1. Detroit Tigers

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

3. Washington Nationals

4. St. Louis Cardinals

5. Pittsburgh Pirates

6. Oakland Athletics

7. Texas Rangers

8. Atlanta Braves

9. Cincinnati Reds

10. Tampa Bay Rays (for now)

Honorable mentions went to the Miami Marlins, Boston Red Sox, and the Seattle Mariners, if they happen to land Masahiro Tanaka.

The Mets didn’t make the list, but when asked by Matt Cerrone how they would rank with a healthy Matt HarveyOlney tweeted that the Mets would definitely be a Top 10, and probably Top 5 rotation. 

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Featured Post: An In-Depth Look at Potential Trade Targets for SS http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/featured-post-an-in-depth-look-at-potential-trade-targets-for-ss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/featured-post-an-in-depth-look-at-potential-trade-targets-for-ss.html/#comments Sat, 21 Dec 2013 02:44:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=135859 Arizona Diamondbacks v New York Mets

It’s no secret that shortstop was the worst position for the Mets during the 2013 season.  Ruben Tejada fell out of favor early by showing up to camp out of shape resulting in a very disappointing season both defensively and offensively.  In 57 games, Tejada produced a slash line of .202/.259/.260 and eventually broke his fibula; miserable numbers compared to the season before when he produced a promising .289/.333/.351 line in 114 games.  Tejada clearly did not seize the opportunity he was given and, as a result, may lose the job in 2014.

Recently, Ken Rosenthal tweeted that the Mets may be looking to trade for a young shortstop to replace Tejada, mentioning two prospects in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization and two prospects in the Seattle Mariners organization.  Let’s take a closer look at these prospects as well as a few other names the Mets could potentially add before the offseason comes to an end.

Ken Rosenthal’s suggestions:

Didi Gregorius, Arizona Diamondbacks

Some people are saying Gregorius is Sandy’s most realistic option to add a shortstop through trade and if that’s the case, I think they should stick with Tejada.  Didi is a defensive first shortstop showing great range and instincts as well as a strong arm.  His hitting leaves something to be desired, however, batting just .271/.333/.371 in 1,909 career minor league plate appearances.  When Didi made his debut for the Diamondbacks last season, he came out of the gates hot but eventually settled down with an ultimate line of .252/.332/.373 with 7 home runs and 0 stolen bases in 357 AB’s.  He has never really displayed much power, base-stealing ability or a propensity to reach base in general.  Since the Mets would like whoever they may acquire to bat leadoff, I don’t think Gregorius is the right guy for them because he would only be a marginal upgrade to Tejada offensively.

Didi Gregorius 2013 Top Prospect Video (MLB.com)

Chris Owings, Arizona Diamondbacks

Chris Owings is perhaps the most intriguing option Ken Rosenthal mentioned because of his ceiling.  Owings still needs quite a bit of polish offensively, showing an overly aggressive approach and a tendency to swing through changeups and breaking pitches.  However, each of his tools has the potential to rate as solid average which doesn’t sound too exciting but when a player at a premium position can do everything well, he’s a keeper.  He advertises a rare power and speed combination that, at its peak, could yield around 10-15 home runs and 15-20 stolen bases per season.  Like Gregorius, Owings is solid defensively as well.  He has good instincts with decent range and an average arm so scouts say he will be a capable shortstop for the long term.  To acquire Owings from Arizona, the Mets would likely have to part with a top pitching prospect and more (probably not Syndergaard but the next best thing) or an established pitcher such as Jon Niese, which is probably not the best idea considering he’s the only lefty in the rotation.  If the Mets were to expect Owings to lead off for them he would likely need a little more time in the minors to work on a more patient approach which is why he may not be the best option for them either.  The Mets need a solution now, not mid-season or in 2015.

Chris Owings 2013 Top Prospect Video (MLB.com)

Nick Franklin, Seattle Mariners

Nick Franklin has a good chance to be one of the best players on this list offensively.  Like Owings, Franklin has the coveted power and speed combination but maybe even more so.  Franklin struggled in his first taste of the major leagues last season with a line of .225/.303/.382 in 369 AB’s but he did show the ability to draw some walks with a 10.2% BB rate.  He also needs to cut down on his strikeouts, whiffing 113 times last season in that span. With more major league experience, Franklin has the potential to hit 15-20 home runs and swipe 20-25 bases per season.  There is a drawback to Franklin, however, as he does not play the kind of defense Gregorious or Owings does.  Franklin has a fringe average arm at best.  That combined with mediocre range makes it look like he is destined to be a second basemen, which is perfectly fine, but not for the Mets.

Nick Franklin 2013 Top Prospect Video (MLB.com)

Brad Miller, Seattle Mariners

From what I’ve read about Brad Miller, he has plus makeup and plays the game the right way.  He hustles, wears his socks high, and doesn’t wear batting gloves.  These are the kinds of players I love.  To me, one of the most bad-ass things in baseball is not wearing batting gloves.  Ask Wil Myers.  Anyway, Miller shows a good approach at the plate with a solid average hit tool.  His power is below average but could become league average if his 6’2”, 185 pound frame adds some bulk.  He is a quick runner, however, and with his intensity I wouldn’t be surprised if he could steal 30 bases at his peak.  Miller shows the tool set to stick at shortstop with good range and instincts but could end up at second base because of his shaky hands.  He will never be a star but he could become a league average, reliable shortstop or utility man that coaches will love if all goes well.

Brad Miller 2013 Top Prospect Video (MLB.com)

Other names to keep an eye on:

Jed Lowrie, Oakland Athletics

I’ve always been a huge fan of Lowrie but he has never really shown the ability to stay healthy until last year with Oakland.  He played in 154 games last year which is great but before that he never played in more than 97 during any particular season.  Lowrie is an above average hitter with decent pop.  Last year with the A’s he had a slash line of .290/.344/.446 with 15 home runs.  He will only steal you a handful of bases but his defense is solid average and when you can get that kind of offensive output out of the shortstop position, you’re golden.  Lowrie possesses the necessary traits to lead off except the ability to steal bases but his power more than makes up for that.  Billy Beane has made it known that he will not deal Lowrie this offseason.  I’ll believe that when he’s still on the A’s on opening day.  Addison Russell is breathing down his neck and Lowrie is a free agent after the season so my best guess is if he’s not dealt this offseason he’s dealt at the trade deadline.  If Oakland does not try and get a hefty return for him and his $2.5 million salary, they’re insane.  Because the Mets would be buying high on Lowrie, they might be better inclined to wait until the offseason to sign him and see if he can stay healthy for a second straight year, while sticking with Tejada this season.  However, if Lowrie becomes available at the right price, he may be the answer the Mets are looking for.

Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians

This is probably not very likely to happen.  Asdrubal Cabrera is coming off one of the worst years of his career and like Lowrie, Cabrera is a free agent after the season.  He’s making around $7 million in 2014 so he’s not cheap.  Cabrera has made his fair share of web gems which probably exaggerates his value as a defensive shortstop as well.  He did hit 25 home runs and steal 17 bases in 2011 but it could be that he is starting to hit his decline phase a bit early.  Rumor is Cleveland is asking way too much for him anyway so the Mets are better off seeing how he performs this season with the consideration to sign him in the offseason.

J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles

There is no chance that JJ Hardy could lead off if he were acquired by the Mets so I don’t see this one happening either.  He’s a career .260 hitter with a career .312 OBP who doesn’t steal very many bases.  He does have quite a bit of pop for the position but the Mets have already added enough power to the lineup with Curtis Granderson and Chris Young.  Now it’s time to find players who can get on base so these guys can drive them in.  Hardy does play fantastic defense and I would love to have him on my team but I just don’t think he fits into the current lineup that is shaping up for the Mets next season.

Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers

I posted a whole article the other day on why I think it’s a great idea to acquire Elvis Andrus.  If you want to know why I think he would be a perfect fit to bat leadoff for the Mets and play shortstop for years to come, then read my piece.  However, I only think the Mets should acquire him if they can get him at the right price which I don’t think is very likely.  Texas no longer has an inclination to move any more middle infielders so they would most likely have to be blown away to move him.  I definitely would not move Syndergaard or d’Arnaud for him if I’m Sandy Alderson.  He had a down year last year and although I think it was a fluke and he’s capable of much more, the risk is still there.  And then there’s that contract…

Jurickson Profar, Texas Rangers

This is perhaps my favorite option for shortstop next season and beyond but, unfortunately, it may be the most unrealistic.  Profar was the best prospect in baseball a year ago so he would probably be even more expensive than Andrus.  He has been described as a natural leader having plus makeup.  He does not have one particular tool that is elite but scouts say that every single one of them is at least solid average.  Profar is a switch hitter which is a talent that is becoming more and more rare.  He has good speed and can probably steal 20-25 bases at his peak, maybe even more.  He is projected to hit for average as well as some power (maybe 12-17 home runs at Citi).  He has great instincts and range at shortstop with a plus arm so there is no doubt he could stick there long term.  The tools are certainly there for Profar to be an All Star and possibly an MVP candidate but the big question is whether or not those tools can translate to the field.  He had trouble last year in limited playing time producing a slash line of .234/.308/.336 but he was blocked by Kinsler and Andrus so he was not able to take the field every day.  He is still just 20 years old and I think we see significant improvement from Profar this year since he’ll be playing daily regardless of what team he’s on.  If Texas agreed to a Noah Syndergaard for Jurickson Profar swap, I wouldn’t even think twice about it.  At the moment, they are both prospects and we don’t know how either will end up producing.  I would, however, think twice about giving up Syndergaard AND d’Arnaud for him but I would still entertain the idea.  I like his potential that much.

Jurickson Profar 2013 Top Prospect Video (MLB.com)

Many of the prospects who could potentially be available may very well depend on whoever ends up with David Price if and when he gets moved.  I’ve heard rumors that Arizona, Seattle, and Texas are all interested which could lead to a bidding war.  I’m fairly certain if any of these teams ended up acquiring him at least one (maybe both for Arizona and Seattle) of the shortstops mentioned for each team would be involved.  It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out.

I still believe the Mets will end up with Tejada manning the position on opening day which I am somewhat okay with.  I think trading for any of the shortstops Ken Rosenthal mentioned would be a haphazard decision.  If you’re taking a chance on a young shortstop, why not let it be Tejada and not give up any prospects or established major leaguers?  Although he’ll never be an exciting player, he showed some promise in 2012 where he looked like he could be an average regular.  I don’t think he is the shortstop of the future but I am interested to see if he is able to rebound from an atrocious 2013.  In a perfect world, I would hope Tejada has a successful season to build his trade value going into next offseason during which I think the Mets should sign a reliable free agent shortstop.  His ‘voluntary’ attendance at fitness camp in Michigan this offseason has impressed both Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson so I bet they are willing to give him one last chance with a short leash.  It would certainly be risky because the Mets have literally no other options in-house but, hey, what’s life without taking chances?

With all this on the table, who would you most like to see in orange and blue on opening day from this list?

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Random Thoughts On Bartolo Colon http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-random-thoughts-on-bartolo-colon.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-random-thoughts-on-bartolo-colon.html/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:04:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=135333 bartolo colon

Last night as I was getting comfortable on my couch, I was scanning the twitterverse and lo and behold what breaking news did I see but the unofficial announcement that the Mets had signed veteran starting pitcher, Bartolo Colon to a 2-year/$20 million dollar contract pending a physical. Obviously this set Mets Twitter on the verge of nuclear meltdown, the likes that no one has seen since Jason Bay agreed to that fateful 3-year/$66 million dollar contract.

Then I got to thinking: What does this mean to the average Mets fan and how does this affect the Mets over the course of the next 2 years? So here are some random thoughts on the signing of Bartolo – or as the newly signed outfielder, Chris Young refers to him as – ToeLo.

Bartolo’s uniform number should be the same as his waist size (50).

Part of Colon’s contract is that he gets his own show on SNY called Bartolo vs Food.

I wonder who would win in a Sumo wrestling match in a ring filled with Jell-O, him or Mo Vaughn ?

With Bartolo on the mound there is no need for infielders – because he is the infield.

Bartolo makes me look svelte.

He gets his own personal “Shake Shack!”

I bet he doesn’t find salmon tasty.

And lastly, and in all seriousness, this is a good signing that hopefully will help the Mets compete in 2014.

And with that said…. HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!

Sadly on this date in 1992, Rube Walker – the Mets pitching coach/guru from ’68-’81 – passed away.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Jim Gosger and utility infielder, Bob Heise to the San Francisco Giants for middle reliever, Ray Sadecki and reserve outfielder, Dave Marshall on December 12, 1969.

In what can and should be considered one of the worst trades in Mets history, the New York Mets traded outfielder, Rusty Staub and minor league pitcher, Bill Laxton to the Detroit Tigers for starting pitcher,  Mickey Lolich and reserve outfielder,  Billy Baldwin on December 12, 1975.

Lolich was supposed to help strengthen the Mets pitching rotation but finished his lone season with a record of 8-13. He retired after the season ended so that he could open a doughnut shop, but then he unretired in ’78 to pitch for the San Diego Padres !!!

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder, Gene Clines to the Texas Rangers for outfielder, Joe Lovitto on December 12, 1975.

Lovitto ended up being released by the Mets during spring training.

The New York Mets traded middle reliever,  Roy Lee Jackson to the Toronto Blue Jays for utility infielder,  Bob Bailor on December 12, 1980.

The New York Mets signed free agent back up catcher,  Orlando Mercado of the Minnesota Twins on December 12, 1989.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder,  Alex Ochoa to the Minnesota Twins for reserve outfielder, Rich Becker on December 12, 1997.

The New York Mets signed free agent José Valentin of the Los Angeles Dodgers on December 12, 2005. This was one of then General Manager ,Omar Minaya’s best under the radar signings

The New York Mets traded middle reliever,  Scott Schoeneweis to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher, Connor Robertson on December 12, 2008. After the way Scho pitched that last game of the season everybody knew he wouldn’t ever return to the Mets.

The New York Mets granted  reliever and alleged murderer, Ambiorix Burgos granted free agency on December 12, 2008.

The New York Mets claimed starting pitcher, Jeremy Hefner on waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 12, 2011.

Hefner pitched admirably if not uneven the last two seasons for the Mets in a limited role. Lets hope his surgically repaired pitching arm is ready for the ’15 season .

Mo Vaughn is looking forward to chewing the fat with Bartolo Colon!!!

If you want to hear the rebroadcast of last night’s “Shouts From Shea” podcast featuring myself as well as Steven Keane from “The Kranepool Society” please click here. Our guests include Joe D of this fine blog as well as Danny Abriano from the “Rising Apple” blog.

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: The Possible Granderson Calls Edition http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-the-possible-granderson-calls-edition.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-the-possible-granderson-calls-edition.html/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:28:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=135158 granderson

Yes I know Opening Day is about three months away yet I found myself daydreaming during the Curtis Granderson introductory press conference yesterday. Who/what could I be daydreaming about you may ask?

Was it Jennifer Love Hewitt ? No.

Was it Jessica Alba in a string bikini ? Nope .

Could it be about the ’71 Dodge Demon 340 that I lusted over since I was 13 ? Nuh-uh.

Then what could it be that I was fantasizing about while our newest outfielder was talking about all the good things he heard about the Mets faithful (a mixture of good old-fashioned playing to the fan base with a pinch of brown-nosing thrown in for good measure). Try possible enthusiastic calls by either Howie Rose or Gary Cohen when The “Grandy Man” hits a game changing or game winning homerun or makes a stellar catch in the outfield.

So here are the Top 5 calls for Curtis Granderson when does something amazin for the Mets.

1. “IT’S A GRANDY SALAMMY!!!!!”

2. “IT’S A GRANDER- SON!!!!!”

3. “THAT ONE WAS GRANDED FOR LIFE!!!”

4. ” THAT BALL WAS ENGRANDED INTO THE PEPSI PORCH!!!!”

5. “GIVE THAT MAN A 100 GRAND BAR!!!”

But then after I stopped fantasizing I realized that our broadcasters are not named John Sterling and realized that this exercise was a moot point…

And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY!!!!!

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:

Utility infielder from the ’03 season, Jay Bell is 49 (1965).

Mets outfielder from the ’00 season, Derek Bell is 45 (1968).

Other transactions of note includes:

The New York Mets traded utility infielder,  Felix Mantilla to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher, Tracy Stallard, third baseman, Pumpsie Green and utility infielder, Al Moran on December 11, 1962.

The New York Mets traded utility infielder, Ted Martinez to the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder,  Mike Vail and utility infielder, Jack Heidemann on December 11, 1974.

The New York Mets released pitcher,  Bob Apodaca on December 11, 1979.

The New York Mets traded gold glove second baseman, Doug Flynn and middle reliever,  Danny Boitano to the Texas Rangers for pitcher,  Jim Kern on December 11, 1981.

The New York Mets traded shortstop, Frank Taveras to the Montreal Expos for pitching prospect,  Steve Ratzer on December 11, 1981.

The New York Mets traded outfielders, Kevin Mitchell, Stan Jefferson and former first round draft pick, Shawn Abner to the San Diego Padres for outfielder,Kevin McReynolds, pitcher, Gene Walter and minor league infielder,  Adam Ging on December 11, 1986.

The New York Mets traded shortstop,  Rafael Santana and minor league pitcher, Victor Garcia to the New York Yankees for reserve outfielders, Phil Lombardi, Darren Reed and minor league pitcher,  Steve Frey on December 11, 1987.

The New York Mets traded utility infielder,  Jeff Gardner to the San Diego Padres for pitcher,  Steve Rosenberg on December 11, 1991.Rosenberg never appeared is a game for as a Met.

The New York Mets signed 2 free agent pitchers, Steve Trachsel of the Toronto Blue Jays and Kevin Appier of the Oakland Athletics on December 11, 2000. I hated those signings at the time and I still dislike them today because this was when the Mets ownership and front office announced that the were not going to spend the money on a certain shortstop/third baseman who happens to be facing a 200 game suspension for PED use and instead gave us 2 mediocre pitchers.

The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Tsuyoshi Shinjo on December 11, 2000.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder,  Bubba Trammell to the San Diego Padres for middle reliever, Donne Wall on December 11, 2000.

The New York Mets traded reserve outfielder,  Alex Escobar, middle reliever, Jerrod Riggan, reserve outfielder, Matt Lawton, pitching prospect,Billy Traber and minor league first baseman,  Earl Snyder to the Cleveland Indians for  second baseman, Roberto Alomar, pitcher, Mike Bacsik and Danny Peoples on December 11, 2001. This trade should have been the steal of the century – intead it turned out to be one of the worst Mets trades ever !

The Los Angeles Angels signed spot starter/middle relievers,  Darren Oliver of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 11, 2006. I like most Mets fans wished that the Mets made an attept to re-sign him.

The New York Mets traded starting pitcher,  Aaron Heilman, reserve outfielder, Endy Chavez, and middle relievers Joe Smith, Jason Vargas,along with  minor league first baseman,Mike Carp, pitching prospect, Maikel Cleto and minor league outfielder, Ezequiel Carrera to the Seattle Mariners for relievers, Sean Green, J. J. Putz and reserve outfielders, Jeremy Reed on December 11, 2008.

The Mets drafted middle reliever, Darren O’Day from the Los Angeles Angels  on December 11, 2008.

One year to the day, the Chicago White Sox signed set up man, J. J. Putz of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 11, 2009. Putz should have been part of a completely overhauled bullpen in ’09 but by mid-season he sustained a shoulder injury. Needless to say a firestorm of controversy Putz claimed the Mets tried to steer him away from surgery and pitch through the injury !

The Houston Astros signed middle reliever, Jon Switzer of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 11, 2009.

There were reported sightings of Mo Vaughn in Orlando yesterday- but it turned out to be Shamu at SeaWorld!!!!

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This Day In Mets Infamy With Rusty: Random Thoughts On Granderson http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-random-thoughts-on-granderson.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/this-day-in-mets-infamy-with-rusty-random-thoughts-on-granderson.html/#comments Sun, 08 Dec 2013 16:31:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=134810 Orioles at Yankees

When the news broke late Friday morning that the Mets had finally came to an agreement with outfielder, Curtis Granderson I admit I did the proverbial  “happy dance” while driving in my car. Yes Granderson is not the “savior” that the Mets need to help this team escape from mediocrity as well as ineptitude. But his signing is a start and I do agree with Daily News columnist, Andy Martino, that his signing is the type of signing that shows other free agents that the Mets are trying to field a team that is trying to win.

Is Granderson a game changing free agent like Pedro Martinez or Carlos Beltran like the Mets signed before the 2005 season? No, but I feel he will be more of a leadership type ala Cliff Floyd, and a good complimentary player that will take the pressure off some of the other players including David Wright who now doesn’t have to do all the heavy lifting.

Is he worth the contract that he signed? Well he got a contract that reflects the robust free agent market this season. Would I have gone a fourth year? Obviously if I didn’t have to I wouldn’t, but hopefully by the end of his contract he will still be healthy enough to produce and that his career doesn’t mirror that of George Foster.

Lastly, I do not believe Mike Francesa’s “sources” that Jeff Wilpon had to twist Alderson’s arm to go the fourth year on Granderson. I’ll go with Mike Puma’s version of events, who tweeted that the fourth year was all Sandy. Now lets just hope the Mets GM can do some adding-on this week in Orlando.

And with that said….. HERE COMES THE INFAMY!!!

Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today include:

The original “Crazy Horse”, shortstop Tim Foli is 63 (1950). Foli was one of the players that was dealt in the trade that brought Rusty Staub to the Mets. The Mets would bring him back seven years later as a utility infielder.

Other transactions of note include:

The New York Mets purchased the contract of outfielder, Richie Ashburn from the Chicago Cubs on December 8, 1961. Ashburn was the first Met to ever bat over .300.

The New York Mets traded reserve infielder,  Elio Chacon and starting pitcher, Tracy Stallard to the St. Louis Cardinals for  outfielder, Johnny Lewis and middle reliever,  Gordie Richardson on December 8, 1964.

The New York Mets traded  former Rookie of the Year pitcher, Jon Matlack and power hitting first baseman/outfielder, John Milner to the Texas Rangers for first baseman, Willie Montanez, as well as reserve outfielders, Ken Henderson and Tom Grieve on December 8, 1977. This trade definitely goes down as one of the top 10 worst trades in Mets history!

The New York Mets traded fan favorite Jerry Koosman to the Minnesota Twins for future closer, Jesse Orosco and Greg Field on December 8, 1978. Koosman demanded to be traded when he saw how the Mets front office dismantled the team the season prior. M. Donald Grant granted Kooz his demands and it would take four years until we realized that the Mets got the better end of that deal.

The New York Mets traded utility infielder, Bob Bailor and spot starter/middle reliever, Carlos Diaz to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitcher, Sid Fernandez and utility infielder, Ross Jones on December 8, 1983. This in my opinion was one of the biggest steals in Mets history

The Florida Marlins signed first baseman, Dave Magadan of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 8, 1992.I always felt is was a no brainer that “Mags” should have been the heir apparent to Keith Hernandez‘s job after “Mex” was let go. But the Mets management didn’t see him that way and paired him with various players in a platoon role. One has to wonder what coulda been if he was given the role full time.

The Florida Marlins signed starting pitcher,  Al Leiter of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 8, 2004. Although Mets fans saw Leiter as a clubhouse lawyer type it is not crazy to say that was one of the best pitchers over the last 20 years to wear a Mets uniform.

Mo Vaughn thinks the Grandy Man can!!! He was heard singing the confectionery jingle, “I Want Candy.”

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Could Rangers and Tigers Blockbuster Deal Impact Mets? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/could-rangers-and-tigers-blockbuster-deal-impact-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/could-rangers-and-tigers-blockbuster-deal-impact-mets.html/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:39:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133394 I’ve seen a few blog posts out there in which a team analyzes how the recent Tigers-Rangers blockbuster deal impacts their individual team.

For example, how does this deal affect the Boston Red Sox? Or the White Sox? Or the Rockies?

So here’s the Mets’ view of the situation.

andrus

Let’s look at the facts: The Mets need a shortstop, and even after the blockbuster deal, the Texas Rangers have t

With Ian Kinsler heading to Detroit, all signs point to Profar moving to second base and Andrus – and his huge contract – remaining at shortstop.wo good ones (Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar).

But I’ve been hearing interesting rumors that could affect the Mets in some way. Even after acquiring a big bat in Fielder, the Rangers could be a potential destination to land this offseason’s top free agent: Robinson Cano.

Of course, a few things would have to fall into place for the Rangers to land Cano, the first of which would be a willingness to trade either Profar or Andrus.

Andrus has become a proven commodity at shortstop, but in order to commit at least $200 million to Cano, the team would have to move the bulk of the money due to Andrus, who signed an eight-year, $120 million contract early last April.

If Texas signed Cano, Profar would remain at shortstop, and the Rangers would easily have one of the best infields in the game with Fielder, Cano, Profar and Adrian Beltre.

Enter the Mets, who again need a shortstop. I’d much rather see this team acquire Andrus and take on the bulk of that contract than overpay for Jhonny Peralta or Stephen Drew.

In fact, the Tigers are looking at the possibility of bringing back Peralta to play third base, even though prospect Nick Castellanos is waiting in the wings.

Andrus is only 25 and has put together a good start to his pro career. He’s a two-time All-Star, a consistent base stealer and better offensively than any shortstop the Mets have run out there since Jose Reyes.

Defensively, Andrus has incredible range and one of the best throwing arms in the game. Sure, he’ll make some errors, but he’ll make up for them with turning infield hits into outs.

Andrus looks like a great fit for the Mets, right? Unfortunately, it’s not going to be easy to pry him away from Texas.

First, it’s not a given that Cano signs with the Rangers, especially with the Yankees still heavily involved.

But more importantly, the Mets and Rangers would have to agree to a trade. The only thing the Mets have to trade right now is a few promising pitching prospects.

Back when the Rangers had dominant teams of the mid-1990s, those teams were made up of all hitting and no pitching. But lately, the Rangers have had decent pitching staffs and appear set heading into next season.

Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando, Martin Perez and Matt Harrison (return from back surgery) should form the starting five. The team also has promising youngsters Nick Tepesch and Robbie Ross as insurance. Neftali Feliz is also an option as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery, though he might slide back into the closer role with Joe Nathan being a free agent.

So the Rangers’ pitching staff looks good. But catcher and at least one of the corner outfield spots would need to be filled. I doubt the Mets would trade Travis d’Arnaud to get Andrus, and the Mets have their own outfield problems to be worried about.

That’s why, as good as Andrus would look in a Mets’ uniform, let’s not get our hopes up too much.

The most likely scenario is that the Rangers keep Andrus at shortstop and try to sign one or even both of Brian McCann as the catcher and Jacoby Ellsbury as an outfielder.

But if you start hearing rumors that the Rangers’ interest in Cano is intensifying, that would at least mean there could be a light at the end of the tunnel for the Mets potentially making a deal for Andrus.

It’s OK to dream right?

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Opening Day Is Monday, March 31 vs. Washington at Citi Field http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/opening-day-is-monday-march-31-vs-washington-at-citi-field.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/opening-day-is-monday-march-31-vs-washington-at-citi-field.html/#comments Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:36:54 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128948 citi field opening day 2013

The New York Mets today announced the club will begin the 2014 regular season at Citi Field vs. the National League East rival Washington Nationals Monday, March 31.

2014 schedule

Highlights of the 2014 schedule include:

  • March 31 thru April 6 – Opening homestand versus the Nationals and Cincinnati Reds
  • May 12 thru 15 – The Mets square off against their crosstown rival the New York Yankees for four games; two in the Bronx, May 12 and May 13, and two at Citi Field, May 14 and May 15
  • Holiday matchups include:
    • Mother’s Day, May 11 vs. Philadelphia
    • Memorial Day, May 26 vs. Pittsburgh
    • Father’s Day, June 15 vs. San Diego
    • Independence Day, July 4 vs. Texas Rangers
    • Interleague appearances at Citi Field by the Oakland A’s, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees

In addition there will be a total of 38 N.L. East home games in 2014 against the Atlanta Braves, Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins.

For season ticket information call (718) 507-TIXX or visit Mets.com.

Game times and promotions for the 2014 campaign will be announced at a later date. The 2014 schedule is subject to change, including all Saturday and Sunday game times, which are subject to Major League Baseball’s national broadcast agreements with FOX and ESPN.

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Featured Post: The Risk In Letting Ike Davis Go http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/featured-post-the-risk-in-letting-ike-davis-go.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/featured-post-the-risk-in-letting-ike-davis-go.html/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 16:53:54 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127257 ike davis

Updated Post

Ike Davis went 1-for-3 with a long home run of Ian Kennedy last night as the Mets beat the Padres 5-2 at Petco Park. Davis also drew two more walks, prompting a sigh from Keith Hernandez in the first inning, “Uh… nice walk.”

In Davis’ defense, he took four straight pitches out of the strike zone and it was obvious Kennedy wasn’t giving him anything to hit despite walking Marlon Byrd before him.

Ironically, when Kenned did throw strikes to both Byrd and Davis their next time at the plate, they torched him for back-to-back home runs.

After the game, a cheerful Davis remarked, “I finally caught up to one and it felt good.”

For Davis, it was his first home run since July 26 and only his second since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. While his slugging isn’t quite there yet, his on-base has now reached a much more respectable .326 for the season, raising it over 100 points since his return from Las Vegas on July 5.

The much maligned first baseman has turned his season around once again, compiling a batting clip of .319/.500/.542 since the All-Star break. Despite his torrid four weeks, many still hold the sentiment that the once-top hitting prospect is not worth the headache, especially considering his $6-7 million in arbitration he is expected to receive come this winter. Many fans and even those within the organization believe that Davis is not long for the Mets. However, when it comes to struggling young corner-infielders with significant power, one team can tell you that it may be worth it to be patient for just a little while long; the Texas Rangers.

The year was 2008, and the powerhouse pieces of the Rangers lineup were coming together. Scoring an obscene 901 runs on the season, Texas was beginning to assemble the pieces of a team that what would in two years time become the first American League champions in franchise history and do so in consecutive years.

Headlining the young and promising bats was a 24-year old Ian Kinsler, who in ’08 earned his first trip to the All-Star Game. Meanwhile, another, lesser known youngster was making a name for himself to Kinsler’s left; Chris Davis.

Davis put together a solid rookie campaign despite striking out 88 times in just 80 games, batting .285/.331/.549 with 17 homers and 55 RBIs. Davis continued to show flares of some major power potential over the next few seasons; unfortunately the rest of his game did not. His batting average plummeted to the Mendoza line while the strikeouts mounted to almost 35% over that period.

Finally the Rangers decided Davis was a lost cause and traded the then 25-year old along with Tommy Hunter in a deadline deal for the Japanese sensation Koji Uehara in an effort to bolster the bullpen in preparation for another pennant race, eventually proving to be one of the worst trades of GM Jon Daniels tenure.

Davis would finally find his power stroke beneath the lights of Camden Yards, ripping 79 home runs since the trade including 44 this season alone, all in exchange for 22 games of Uehara.

The Mets are in a similar situation as the Rangers with a Davis of their own in Ike, and they need to be patient. This is not to say that Ike necessarily will go on to hit 79 homers in two-and-change seasons, but he is someone the Mets could regret letting go.

His issues with his swing are more than well documented, his struggles have been very much publicized, but when it comes to someone with as much power potential as Ike Davis, you don’t give up on him as easily as so many already have.

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Everything’s Coming Up Apples… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/everythings-coming-up-apples.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/everythings-coming-up-apples.html/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:00:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122669 So all of a sudden these strangely colored orbs are appearing all over our great city.

Have you come across any of them?

Most of you have probably seen this one, which stands outside the Mets Shop at Citi Field, but what about all the others?

Here’s a map of where all these forbidden fruits can be located… And you can check out the many Met fans who are submitting pics of these Apple Sightings by searching the hashtag #ASGApples on Twitter.

MLB.com Apples Parade 1. Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Atlanta Braves*
3. Baltimore Orioles
4. Boston Red Sox
5. Chicago Cubs
6. Chicago White Sox
7. Cincinnati Reds
8. Cleveland Indians
9. Colorado Rockies
10. Detroit Tigers
11. Houston Astros*
12. Kansas City Royals*
13. Los Angeles Angels
14. Los Angeles Dodgers
15. Miami Marlins*
16. Milwaukee Brewers
17. Minnesota Twins
18. New York Mets*
19. New York Yankees
20. Oakland Athletics
21. Philadelphia Phillies
22. Pittsburgh Pirates
23. San Diego Padres
24. San Francisco Giants
25. Seattle Mariners
26. St. Louis Cardinals
27. Tampa Bay Rays*
28. Texas Rangers
29. Toronto Blue Jays
30. Washington Nationals
31. MLB All-Star Game
32. American League*
33. National League*
34. Brooklyn Dodgers
35. New York Giants
Modell’s: 1293 Broadway @ 34th Street
TBS: Time Warner Center – Columbus Circle
Chelsea Market: 75 9th Avenue btwn 15th and 16th Street
Party City: 223 West 34th Street btwn 7th and 8th Avenues
Staybridge Suites: 340 West 40th Street btwn 8th and 9th Avenues
Toys “R” Us: 1514 Broadway @ 44th Street
Modell’s: 607 Sixth Avenue @ 18th Street
Topps: 1 Whitehall Street @ Bridge Street
World Financial Center: 200 Liberty Street @ West Street
Duane Reade: 1657 Broadway btwn 51st and 52nd Streets
Westin: 212 East 42nd Street btwn 2nd and 3rd Avenues
FOX: 1211 Avenue of Americas btwn 47th and 48th Streets
Bed Bath and Beyond: 410 East 61st Street @ 1st Avenue
T-Mobile: 322 West 125th Street @ 8th Avenue
Grace Building: West 43rd Street @ 6th Avenue
Office of the Commissioner: 245 Park Avenue @ 46th Street
Best Buy: 1 Union Square South @ 14th Street
SNY: 75 Rockefeller Center btwn 5th and 6th Avenues
Modell’s: 234 West 42nd Street btwn 7th and 8th Avenues
Modell’s: 795 Columbus Ave. @ 100th Street
Party City: 38 West 14th Street btwn 5th and 6th Avenues
Niketown: 6 East 57th St btwn Madison and 5th Avenues
Sony: 550 Madison Ave btwn 55th and 56th Streets
Tommy Bahama: 551 5th Ave @ 45th Street
Nintendo: 10 Rockefeller Plaza @ 48th Street
Buy Buy Baby: 270 7th Ave btwn 26th and 25th Streets
120 Park Avenue @ 42nd Street
Zuccotti Park: 1 Liberty Plaza btwn Broadway & Church Street
Intercontinental: 111 East 48th Street @ Lexington Avenue
Intrepid Museum: 1 Intrepid Square @ West 46th Street
Citi Field: 123-01 Roosevelt Ave @ 126th Street
NY Public Library: 11 West 40th Street @ 5th Avenue
NY Public Library: 11 West 40th Street @ 5th Avenue
Grand Central Terminal @ 42nd Street
Grand Central Terminal @ 42nd Street
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Mets Interested In Rangers Outfielder Julio Borbon http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-interested-in-rangers-outfielder-julio-borbon.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-interested-in-rangers-outfielder-julio-borbon.html/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:23:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=115024 Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

According to this tweet by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mets may have something cooking with the Texas Rangers who are seeking to move outfielder Julio Borbon.

Borbon, 27, was designated for assignment last week and the Rangers have until this afternoon to trade him or place him on irrevocable waivers. He has a slash of .283/.324/.358 over parts of four years in the majors.

Last season, Borbon hit .304/.349/.433 with 23 doubles, eight triples, 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 28 attempts for the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate.

The Orioles have previously been tied to the Rangers outfielder and remain the heavy favorites to land him.

Thoughts from Joe D.

This doesn’t say much about the current Mets center field situation if the Mets connection to this rumor is true. For now the Mets have had a merry-go-round out there that has included Collin Cowgill, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Jordany Valdespin for the most part.

We certainly could use the help, but Borbon doesn’t look like an answer or a solution to me.

Plus if this involves other teams bidding, the odds the Mets come out on top seems like a longshot.

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Did Yankees and A-Rod Illegally Obtain and Destroy Evidence From Ongoing Biogenesis Investigation? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/did-yankees-and-a-rod-illegally-obtain-and-destroy-evidence-from-ongoing-biogenesis-investigation.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/did-yankees-and-a-rod-illegally-obtain-and-destroy-evidence-from-ongoing-biogenesis-investigation.html/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:08:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=114700 alex rodriguez

ADD DESTROYING CRIMINAL EVIDENCE TO A-ROD’S RAP LIST?

On Friday afternoon, Michael Schmidt of the New York Times broke the story and identified Alex Rodriguez as the player who allegedly purchased documents from a former employee of Biogenesis of America in an attempt to destroy evidence linking him to the anti-aging clinic’s distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.

When the Miami New Times broke the story in January, I remember saying “this is the White Whale. This is the one that will blow the lid completely off the entire steroid and PED scandal.”

Since that day more than a dozen players have been implicated and tied to Biogensis including Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera, Gio GonzalezBartolo Colon, Nelson Cruz and Yasmani Grandal and 2012 MVP Ryan Braun.

While they all continue denying everything and scrambling for and convenient excuse they can find, the plot keeps thickening and the sordid details are piling up by the hundreds. Real details and real documents that even MLB themselves are trying to illegally buy at any price to get to the bottom of this and protect what little integrity the game has left.

The person charged with the role of Super Spy is none other than Bud Selig himself who has been authorizing and signing off on huge sums of cash that is being used to secure whatever documents they can get their hands on from former employees of the lab who are now all seeking to pay off their significant mounting legal fees.

And while Alex Rodriguez is no less guilty of doing the same thing, there is a huge difference.

MLB wants those documents so they can go after every player that is implicated and try to clean up the game.

A-Rod on the other hand, was seeking to get those documents and destroy them before the FBI or MLB got a hold of them.

But wait, there’s more…

Of course, Rodriguez flatly denied the accusation through a spokesman, but then he dropped another bombshell alleging that it was the New York Yankees that were paying for and buying those documents from the rogue former employee. Wow…

Oh and one more thing… Let’s stop calling them documents and lets start referring to them instead as illegally obtained evidence to hinder an ongoing federal, state and MLB investigation.

These are all allegations at this time, but when this is all over, I think more than a few people, including players, will be looking at life from a different perspective…

Prisoner Holding Cigarette Between Bars

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Mets Trades Of The Past: The Biggest One Ever http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/mets-trades-of-the-past-the-biggest-one-ever.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/03/mets-trades-of-the-past-the-biggest-one-ever.html/#comments Tue, 19 Mar 2013 04:37:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=110995 WILLIE MONTANEZ: The Hot Dog

WILLIE MONTANEZ: The Hot Dog

On December 8, 1977, the Mets were one of four teams involved in one of the most complex deals in the history of baseball. This was it :

I wish I could tell you who conceived this deal and how it fell into place, but frankly, I have no idea. For the Mets’ part, they replaced John Milner with Willie Montanez and sent Matlack away for Tom Grieve and Ken Henderson.

Montanez was considered a better all-around player and certainly flashier than Milner, but I think that Met fans were disappointed with Willie’s production and expected a major upgrade from Milner. Actually, the one full year Willie spent with the Mets wasn’t bad statistically (.256, 32 2B, 17 HR, 96 RBI), but he seemed to fail a lot in big spots and hit his best in one-sided games. Ironically, the following season, the Mets sent Montanez to Texas, another of the parties in the original deal, in exchange for Ed Lynch and Mike Jorgensen and a couple of years later, the Pirates traded Milner even-up to Montreal for Montanez.

As for the other part of the trade for the Mets, it turned out to be a lot less than either side expected. Matlack had one solid year for the Rangers, but that was about it. Neither Grieve nor Henderson was anything other than a part-time player, though the Mets were expecting more, I’m sure.

The big names in the deal were Blyleven and Oliver, so maybe the deal started out as a one-for-one and other general managers just joined the party. I suppose after giving up Blyleven, the Rangers needed another pitcher and that’s how Matlack got involved, but it looks to me like the Mets were a pawn in this trade, and they were probably fortunate it didn’t turn out any worse than it did for them.

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