J.P. To The Mets’ Rescue? Here we go again… It’s a new week in the Mets Hot Stove, and with it comes a new flurry of the same old nonsense to keep your hearts aglow with this myth of a coming magical offseason that will usher in a run of sustainable championship caliber Mets baseball beginning in 2014. The Blue Jays are shopping J.P. Arencibia, so why don’t we remind Met fans that once upon a […]
Raymond asks… Did you happen to read the report on MetsBlog that the Mets are still looking for a veteran backup and that John Buck and Ramon Hernandez are options for them? Do you think that deep down inside they don’t believe in Travis d’Arnaud anymore and have lost faith in him? Joe D. replies… Absolutely not. The front office is still very high on d’Arnaud (as they should be) and are anxious to see him […]
Nester asks… Last season the Mets combined for a 29.1 fWAR which ranked 22nd among all MLB teams. If they are going to trade Daniel Murphy, combined with the losses of Marlon Byrd, John Buck and LaTroy Hawkins they would be losing almost a third of their entire team’s production for 2013. When you consider the loss of Matt Harvey and potentially Bobby Parnell that represents a total 14.2 of fWAR the Mets need to […]
The Kansas City Royals announced that they have signed minor league free agent Francisco Pena. Here is their press release: Catcher Francisco Pena, son of former Kansas City manager Tony Pena and brother of former Royals player Tony Pena Jr., has signed a Major League contract with the organization and was added to the 40-man roster, the club announced Sunday. He was a Minor League free agent. Pena, 24, has spent his seven-year career in […]
Sandy Alderson, who usually plays everything close to the vest, had no reservations yesterday when he told Mike Francesa that he would like to see a new face at shortstop next season. He admitted that he did meet with Jhonny Peralta in Orlando, but added that there weren’t many solid candidates available at the position. “If you’re looking to really upgrade…maybe you’ve got Peralta and Stephen Drew… Rafael Furcal is coming off a serious elbow injury, it’s not even clear […]
It seems to me that the team is not as high or as confident in Travis d’Arnaud as they once were when they first acquired the catcher as the signature piece in the deal that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto. On at least two occasions, Sandy Alderson expressed concern with D’Arnaud’s bat and his brief 99 at-bat debut. The Mets GM expanded on that a little during his interview with Mike Francesa on Friday, and […]
According to a report from Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets manager Terry Collins said the top priority for Sandy Alderson is to find a bat to protect David Wright. “No. 1, we’ve got to find a bat in the middle of the lineup that produces runs,” Collins said at Joe Torre‘s annual charity event in Manhattan. “We certainly hoped Ike [Davis] could do it. He had a rough year. He’s certainly not done by […]
Steve Adams of MLBTR had a chance to talk to J.P.Ricciardi, Sandy Alderson’s special assistant. He gave some interesting quotes, noting that the Mets were more focused in adding offensive players and that they are confident about where team stands o pitching. “I think the one thing in our favor right now is our pitching in our organization is getting closer to being big-league ready, so that makes us say that we might have some […]
A month after saying that acquiring a veteran backup catcher would be a top priority, Sandy Alderson downplayed the entire idea and told reporters that he would be prepared to pair Anthony Recker with Travis d’Arnaud if that’s how things work out. Adam Rubin with the quotes: “First of all, we like Anthony Recker as a backup,” Alderson said. “So if we were to get a more veteran guy, it would be in part out of concern that […]
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