Mets Merized Online » Twitter http://metsmerizedonline.com Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:57:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 Good Fundies Episode 28: Four More Years of Yoenis Cespedes (with Jared Diamond) http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/good-fundies-episode-28-four-more-years-of-yoenis-cespedes-with-jared-diamond.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/good-fundies-episode-28-four-more-years-of-yoenis-cespedes-with-jared-diamond.html/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:36:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=227287 Yoenis , Cespedes

Brian and Roger were joined by Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal! He talked about the possible lockout, what really goes on during the Winter Meetings and the Rule 5 draft, the excellent newsletter he writes with Mike Vorkunov, and what Yoenis Cespedes’ signing portends for the future of the rest of the Mets outfield.

Oh yeah, Cespedes signed with the Mets (pending a physical no jinx). Brian and Roger talked about that a bunch, as well as if the Yo signing means the Mets are now capable of spending like a big market team, if its legal to have two players on top of one another at one position, and who they would like to see play third, center, and right field.

 

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Good Fundies Episode 27: The Disbarring of Bartolo Colon, Attorney at Law http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/good-fundies-episode-27-the-disbarring-of-bartolo-colon-attorney-at-law.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/good-fundies-episode-27-the-disbarring-of-bartolo-colon-attorney-at-law.html/#comments Wed, 23 Nov 2016 01:36:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226983 lawyer

Roger and Brian said so long to two beloved players – Bartolo Colon and Eric Campbell, and hello again to Neil Walker, and wondered if the additions and subtractions will equal better things.

Then the two ran down the top free agents in baseball and figured out who would make excellent new Mets. Brian again made it very clear he will be very upset if Yoenis Cespedes left, and gave Jay Bruce a cruel title.

He also broke his historic silence on the hiring of Glenn Sherlock, and while Roger said cutter when he meant two-seamer, he did explain how Sandy Koufax helped shape “Gilmore Girls”.

The two also gave thanks to the best of the Mets and to their listeners, the best-looking listeners in the world.

 

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NL East News: Braves, Nationals Have Interest In SP Chris Sale http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/nl-east-news-braves-have-strong-interest-in-sp-chris-sale.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/nl-east-news-braves-have-strong-interest-in-sp-chris-sale.html/#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:11:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226607 chris sale

According to Buster Olney on Twitter, the Chicago White Sox are in rebuilding mode. They have many players that teams would find attractive, including Jose Abreu, Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, and Melky Cabrera. Clearly, though, their most valuable piece is left-handed starting pitcher Chris Sale.

Unfortunately, according to Jon Heyman on Twitter, the Atlanta Braves are interested in acquiring his services. The Washington Nationals are also interested. They both have a real shot of landing him because they have very strong farm systems with a plethora of young players the rebuilding White Sox would want.

Sale, 27, is one of the nastiest pitchers in the game. Since becoming a starter in 2012, he has been an All Star every year and hasn’t finished lower than 6th in Cy Young voting, going 70-47 with a 3.04 ERA. In 1015.2 innings, he has struck out 1133 batters and pitching to a 1.061 WHIP. He has struck out at least 200 batters every year since 2013, whiffing 274 in 2015.

Sale is also highly sought after because of his relatively cheap contract. He will make $12 million in 2017, with options for 2018 and 2019 for $12.5 million and $15 million respectively. Unless he signs an extension, he will be a free agent after the 2019 season before his age 31 season.

The Braves have already signed former Met starters R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon this offseason. They already had Julio Teheran, so the addition of Sale would make for a pretty strong rotation.

They have also been linked to Chris Archer (more on that here), but it’s hard to imagine they have the means to acquire both aces.

The Nationals as of now have a strong rotation including Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Tanner Roark, and Joe Ross. It’s reasonable to assume Roark and/or Ross would be moving to Chicago if the Nationals ended up trading for Sale.

If either of these two teams added Chris Sale, it would obviously have an immediate effect on the Mets. If the Braves acquired him, they certainly wouldn’t be thrust into a contending role right away, but if the Nationals signed him, they would solidify themselves at the top of the division with the Mets for years to come.

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Phillies Acquire 2B/LF Howie Kendrick http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/phillies-acquire-2blf-howie-kendrick.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/phillies-acquire-2blf-howie-kendrick.html/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2016 21:36:23 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226379 061115-MLB-LA-Dodgers-Howie-Kendrick-PI-JE.vresize.1200.675.high.49

Per Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the Phillies have acquired Dodgers’ second baseman/outfielder Howie Kendrick.

The Dodgers will receive 1B Darin Ruf and 2B Darnell Sweeney in return.

Kendrick, who has played second base most of his career, played left field exclusively for the Dodgers this season. He slashed .255/.326/.366 with eight home runs, 40 RBIs, and 10 stolen bases.

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NL East News: Braves Pursuing RHP Chris Archer http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/nl-east-news-braves-pursuing-rhp-chris-archer.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/nl-east-news-braves-pursuing-rhp-chris-archer.html/#comments Wed, 09 Nov 2016 20:55:50 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=226233 chris-archer-tampa-bay-rays-april-27-2015_1430116591587_17378929_ver1-0_640_480

According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi on Twitter, the Atlanta Braves have talked to the Tampa Bay Rays about 28 year-old starting pitcher Chris Archer.

Braves GM John Coppolella has made it publicly clear that they will be going after starting pitching this offseason, saying they are aiming to add at least two arms to their rotation. They have started by contacting the Rays about 1-time All Star Chris Archer, who is signed to a relatively cheap contract for the next five years.

He is slated to make $4.75 million in 2017, $6.25 million in 2018, and $7.50 million in 2019. After that third year, he has $8.25 million options for 2020 and 2021, with $1.75 million buyouts each season. For a young healthy arm that puts up the numbers he does, that is certainly a team-friendly contract.

Other than losing the most games in the Major Leagues in 2016 by going 9-19, he had a pretty decent season. In 201.1 innings he posted a 4.02 ERA while striking out 233 batters and walking 67. His best season, though, was 2015 when he made his All-Star appearance and finished 5th in Cy Young voting. He went 12-13, and in 212 innings he struck out 252 batters, walked only 66, and pitched to a 3.23 ERA.

With his production and team-friendly contract, the Braves will surely not be the only team vying for his services this offseason. The Rays are sellers this winter, even entertaining offers for Evan Longoria, so it is logical to assume Archer will be on the move. Hopefully, though, not to a team in the NL East.

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Good Fundies Episode 25: The 1st Annual Fundies Awards http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/good-fundies-episode-25-the-1st-annual-fundies-awards.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/good-fundies-episode-25-the-1st-annual-fundies-awards.html/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:01:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225171 thefundies

Roger and Brian hosted the first ever Fundies awards, celebrating the best and worst and everything in-between of the 2016 Mets season. They also interpreted Wilmer Flores’ enigmatic snapchat pics and talked about the playoffs and the upcoming World Series, which apparently, despite the lack of Mets involvement is still scheduled to take place. In the mailbag, they tried to find a place for eight potential starting pitchers in next year’s rotation. They apologize for their congestion and remind everybody it’s an honor just to be nominated.

 

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Good Fundies Episode 24: What Kind of Day Has It Been http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/good-fundies-episode-24-what-kind-of-day-has-it-been.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/good-fundies-episode-24-what-kind-of-day-has-it-been.html/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2016 17:46:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224596 anguish

Roger and Brian talked about the wild card game, praising Noah Syndergaard but mostly they figured out where things went wrong. They also explored jinxes and weird superstitions before getting into which pending free agents on the team – including Yoenis Cespedes – the Mets should keep. They were so bummed out and annoyed that a listener asked specifically about Brian’s current mental health. They should be fine, or as fine as they are capable. We will get through this together.

 

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Good Fundies Episode 23: The Circle of Trust http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/good-fundies-episode-23-the-circle-of-trust.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/good-fundies-episode-23-the-circle-of-trust.html/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:00:29 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=224076 yoenis-cespedes-jay-bruce

In the regular season finale of Good Fundies, Brian and Roger have a pleasant discourse over which Met would do best in a debate. Then they set the Mets’ wild card game roster (no jinx!) for Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson before figuring out who made Terry’s “circle of trust” and will come out of the bullpen.

They also talked about how sad Jim Halpert was on The Office, how annoying Ryan Howard was on both The Office and the Phillies over the last decade, felt bad for Steven Matz, and put the Mets’ ridiculous injury reporting practices on blast. Also, Roger at one point accidentally did an impersonation of Dracula impersonating Will Smith from “Concussion”.

Roger and Brian also talked about Jose Fernandez, and the legacy he left behind. Hug the ones you love, as well as the ones who are finally starting to hit some home runs.

 

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Good Fundies Episode 22: Hello, Welcome to New York. Boo. http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/good-fundies-episode-22-hello-welcome-to-new-york-boo.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/good-fundies-episode-22-hello-welcome-to-new-york-boo.html/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:15:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223622 degromchair

Roger eulogized the late Jacob ‘deGrominator’ deGrom before he cursed the day the Warthen Slider was invented. Brian got into Jay Bruce’s troubles and if he would shoot him out of a cannon before the also struggling Travis d’Arnaud.

The two discussed if Lucas Duda should get some more playing time in these final days before a listener asked why they pick on James Loney so darn much. The two talked proper Mets booing etiquette, and they dipped into a particularly anti-Terry Collins mailbag. There’s a John Olerud reference.

P.S. The Braves are jerks.

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Mets Acquire RHP Fernando Salas From Angels http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-acquire-rhp-fernando-salas-from-angels.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-acquire-rhp-fernando-salas-from-angels.html/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 02:54:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221828 Fernando+Salas+Cincinnati+Reds+v+St+Louis+PUjcmkSqUp-l

According to the Mets on Twitter, the team has acquired RHP Fernando Salas from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in exchange for minor league RHP Erik Manoah.

The deal was actually first reported by our own Jacob Resnick before the Mets or anyone else confirmed it.

Salas, 31, has pitched to a 3-6 record, with a 4.47 ERA and a 7.2 K/9 in 58 games out of the bullpen for the Angels this season.

Those numbers seem underwhelming at best, but it’s worth noting that after a dreadful month of June, Salas has righted the ship the last couple months.

A seven year veteran, Salas bolsters the Mets bullpen for the stretch run and figures to secure the seventh inning for the Mets going forward.

In return, the Mets are giving up prospect Erik Manoah, a 20-year-old who was drafted by the Mets in 13th round of the 2014 MLB amateur draft.

Manoah has spent this season with Class-A Brooklyn, where the young righty pitched to a 5-5 record, with a 5.37 ERA and a 9.1 K/9 in 13 games (12 started).

To make room on the 40-man roster for Salas, Justin Ruggiano has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Credit to Jacob Resnick on Twitter, who reported that Manoah had been traded to the Angels.

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Mets Acquire Jay Bruce For Dilson Herrera and LHP Max Wotell http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-acquire-jay-bruce-for-dilson-herrera-and-lhp-max-wotell.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-acquire-jay-bruce-for-dilson-herrera-and-lhp-max-wotell.html/#comments Mon, 01 Aug 2016 21:02:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219405 Jay-Bruce
The New York Mets today announced that the club has acquired three-time All-Star outfielder Jay Bruce from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for infielder Dilson Herrera and minor league left-handed pitcher Max Wotell.

Bruce, 29, was named an All-Star for a third time this season and is batting .265 (98-370) with 22 doubles, six triples, 25 home runs, 80 RBI and a .559 slugging percentage in 97 games. His 80 RBI lead the National League (fourth in the major leagues) while his 25 home runs are tied for fourth-most in the NL. He’s one of three players in the majors this season to have at least 22 doubles, 25 home runs and 80 RBI (the other two are Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion and Boston’s David Ortiz). Additionally, Bruce is batting .360 (32-89) with eight home runs and 52 RBI with runners in scoring position.

His All-Star selection earlier this year was his first since being named a back-to-back NL All-Star in 2011 and 2012. The Beaumont, TX native is also a two-time Silver Slugger award winner (2012 and 2013).

Last season, Bruce batted .226 (131-580) with 35 doubles, four triples, 26 home runs and 87 RBI in 157 games. He was one of nine major leaguers with at least 35 doubles, 26 home runs and 87 RBI. He finished the season with the ninth-most extra-base hits in the National League. His 45 RBI following the All-Star break were eighth-most in the NL. In the outfield, Bruce recorded 11 outfield assists, third-most for a National League outfielder.

“The focus was offense,” Sandy Alderson told reporters. “We worked hard to get something done in that regard. We always feel that, at the trade deadline, we need to everything we can to improve the team if they’re in a position to compete.”

Since 2011, Bruce has 165 homers, 10th-most for any major league player while his 538 RBI in that time are seventh-most in the majors since 2011. Since his debut in 2008, Bruce has 233 career home runs, fifth-most in the major leagues for a left-handed hitter while his 718 career RBI in that time are the sixth-most for a left-handed hitter.

In 1,220 career games across nine major league seasons, Bruce has batted .249 (1,116-4,481) with 238 doubles, 27 triples, 233 home runs and 718 RBI.

Herrera, 22, has played in 86 games for Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League this season and batted .276 (99-359) with 24 doubles, 13 home runs and 55 RBI. Last season, Herrera played in 31 games for the Mets, batting .211 (19-90) with three doubles, one triple, three home runs and six RBI. In 49 career major league games, all with the Mets, Herrera batted .215 (32-149) with three doubles, two triples, six home runs and 17 RBI.

Wotell, 20, was the Mets’ third-round selection in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. In six starts for Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League this season, Wotell is 3-1 with a 3.94 ERA (13 earned runs/29.2 innings) and 31 strikeouts. In two minor league seasons, Wotell is 3-2 with a 3.57 ERA (16 earned runs/40.1 innings) in 15 games (six starts).

“This was a very difficult trade for us to make because of how our fans, ownership and everyone in our organization feel about Jay, but we acquired two quality players who better fit the direction our organization is heading,” Reds President of Baseball Operations Walt Jocketty said.

“Herrera is considered one of the brightest young stars in the game today. Wotell fits in with the other good, strong arms we’ve been trying to stockpile in our minor league system.”

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Mets May Not Acquire Starter Before Monday’s Deadline http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-may-not-acquire-starter-before-mondays-deadline.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-may-not-acquire-starter-before-mondays-deadline.html/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:58:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218941 logan verrett

According to Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com on Twitter, the asking price for starting pitching is very high right now, and it may dissuade the Mets from making a trade before Monday’s deadline, instead choosing to rely on internal options such as Logan Verrett and Zack Wheeler.

Verrett, pictured above, has had mixed success this year as a spot starter, but has been more efficient his last three outings, allowing seven runs in 18.1 innings. Cumulatively this season, Verrett has a 3-6 record with a 4.12 ERA in 27 games (9 started).

As for Zack Wheeler, the young righty has yet to begin a rehab assignment, but is aiming for a late August return, but it seems to be very up in the air at this point. Wheeler hasn’t pitched in a big league game since the end of the 2014 season.

Another option the Mets could consider should they choose not to make a trade is prospect Gabriel Ynoa, who is 9-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 21 games started at Triple-A Las Vegas this season. Ynoa is currently ranked as the #20 prospect in the Mets system according to MLB.com.

A lot can happen between now and Monday at 4:00 PM, but as it currently stands, the starting pitching market is rather thin and team’s are asking for a lot in exchange for their starters. Just look at what the Marlins had to give up for Andrew Cashner and Colin Rea earlier today.

Cotillo also reports on Twitter that the Mets and Pirates have had preliminary discussions about bringing Jon Niese back to Queens, but nothing is imminent at this point.

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The Amazin’ Metscast: The Inaugural Episode http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/the-amazin-metscast-the-inaugural-episode-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/the-amazin-metscast-the-inaugural-episode-3.html/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2016 17:00:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217617 yoenis cespedes

Thank you for joining us on the inaugural episode of “The Amazin’ Metscast.”

Our first episode includes an interview with WOR’s Wayne Randazzo, who can be heard on the pre and postgame shows for the New York.

We take a look at the first half of the season, the possible trade market and where this team could be headed in the second half.

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Amazin’ Mets Designs By @AthleteLogos http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/amazin-mets-designs-by-athletelogos.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/amazin-mets-designs-by-athletelogos.html/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2016 21:39:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208657 Bart-Ball-Flip-Neon-Shirt-Mockup

Recently we came across a very cool company, called Athlete Logos, via Twitter and Instagram (@athletelogos). They are a design firm that specializes in creating custom logos and apparel for athletes & sports teams.

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They also happen to be owned and operated by a huge Mets fan named Dan who spends a great deal of his time creating some really cool and very unique Mets t-shirts which you can view and purchase on their site.

From a Neon Cespedes Bat Flip, to an LGM inspired subway sign, these designs really stand out from other apparel on the market. Check them out at www.athletelogos.com or at their apparel site here.

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Mets Release Ruben Tejada After He Goes Unclaimed http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mets-release-ruben-tejada-after-he-goes-unclaimed.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/mets-release-ruben-tejada-after-he-goes-unclaimed.html/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 18:44:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207800 ruben tejada

The Mets announced that Ruben Tejada has been released after the infielder went unclaimed on waivers.

Tejada, 26, was due to make $3 million dollars this season after the Mets offered him arbitration, but the team will only pay him $500,000 because they released him 15 days prior to Opening Day.

Tejada is now free to sign with any team, and this ends his six year run with the Mets with a .255 batting average, .330 OBP and .688 OPS in 580 games with the the organization.

Interestingly enough, his last impression with the team was being tackled by the Dodgers’ Chase Utley and suffering a fractured leg in the NLDS.

According to the Daily News, sources told them last month that they were looking to move Tejada and prepared to cut him before Opening Day to make sure his $3 million salary was never guaranteed.

For the better part of the last three years, Tejada has been one of the best backup middle infielders in the league and he should have no problem catching on with another team. His departure opens the door for Eric Campbell or Matt Reynolds.

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According to Adam Rubin of ESPN.com, the Mets have placed shortstop Ruben Tejada on waivers.

Tejada, 26, was slated to earn $3 million this season had he made the opening day roster. However, the Mets will now only have to pay the infielder $500,000. A claiming team can try to work out a trade for Tejada through Thursday.

Should Asdrubal Cabrera start the season on the disabled list, Wilmer Flores will now most likely get a majority of the starts in his absence with Matt Reynolds backing him up.

Earlier this month it was reported that the Mets could either trade or release Tejada before opening day, and now that has come into fruition.

In six seasons for the Mets, Tejada appeared in 580 games, hitting at a .255/.330/.323 clip with ten home runs and 148 runs batted in.

Tejada became a fan favorite in the NLDS this past season after Dodgers infielder Chase Utley broke Tejada’s leg on a take out slide into second base.

To be honest, I’m a little surprised that the Mets chose to waive Tejada and couldn’t find a trade partner for him. I thought they were going to be able to get something for him, but now they are losing him for nothing.

Tejada could have been a valuable piece for the Mets this season in a reserve role, and I’m definitely sad to see him go.

I won’t be surprised if he’s picked up or traded for by the Cardinals now, considering Jhonny Peralta is set to miss 2-3 months.

Best of luck, Ruben…

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The Horsemen: Gooden Says Mets Young Starters Are “Crazy Good” http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/the-horsemen-gooden-says-mets-young-starters-are-crazy-good.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/the-horsemen-gooden-says-mets-young-starters-are-crazy-good.html/#comments Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:27:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205359 horsemen

Here is the latest Mets graphic by MMO reader and graphic designer David Dolinsky who you can follow on Twitter at @david_dolinsky.

This stunning image is entitled “The Horsemen” and features young Mets starters Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz.

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You may recall David shared some other great Mets graphics like this one entitled “THOR” last October. You can check out those other spectacular Mets graphics here. I love the way he depicts our young guns who are going to be a force to be reckoned with in 2016.

Incidentally, former Mets starting pitcher Dwight Gooden, couldn’t stop raving about the Amazins’ hard-throwing rotation in an interview with Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.

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A four-time All Star and the 1985 NL Cy Young, Gooden believes the Mets are on the verge of a dynasty that will be fueled by the team’s young and dominating starting rotation.

“A staff like this comes together once in a generation,” Gooden told The Post. ”These guys are crazy good and no one wants to face them.”

Gooden said he sees a lot of himself in Thor. “I’d say Syndergaard is my favorite. I’m not saying Syndergaard is the best pitcher on that staff, but I like watching him. He has that bulldog mentality… His aggressiveness reminds me of me, although he is more vocal than I was. Throw inside, move the batter’s feet.’’

He offered some sage advice for Mets ownership and GM Sandy Alderson, ”If I were the owner of the Mets, I would try to lock these guys up now,” Gooden said. “Buy out the arbitration years and two or three years of free agency. They are that good.”

They certainly are! I can’t wait for this season to get underway already – this year is going to be epic.

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Giants Agree To 3-Year Deal With Denard Span http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/giants-agree-to-3-year-deal-with-denard-span.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/giants-agree-to-3-year-deal-with-denard-span.html/#comments Thu, 07 Jan 2016 23:18:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=203812 denatd span

According to Jon Heyman via Twitter, the San Francisco Giants have agreed on a three-year deal with free agent outfielder Denard Span. The deal is worth $31 million guaranteed, includes $5 million in incentives, and is pending a physical.

Span had an injury plagued 2015, playing in only 61 games for the Nationals. However, he was effective when healthy and batted .301 with a .365 OBP and .431 slugging in 275 plate appearances with five home runs and 22 RBI in the leadoff spot. He also stole 11 bases without being caught.

Averaging 119 games a year, Span is a .287/.352/.395 career hitter. He has stolen 152 bases, averaging 19 a year. His best year was 2014, in which he hit .302/.355/.416 with 39 doubles, eight triples, five home runs, and 31 stolen bases. He was tied with Ben Revere for most hits in the National League with 184.

Span’s career .352 on base percentage, as well as his speed, made him a great option for the leadoff spot, and until the Mets signed Alejandro De Aza, they were firmly fixed on him as their center fielder. However, interest evaporated when they learned Span wanted more than a one-year deal.

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Giants Sign Johnny Cueto To Six Year, $130 Million Deal http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/giants-sign-johnny-cueto-to-six-year-130-million-deal.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/giants-sign-johnny-cueto-to-six-year-130-million-deal.html/#comments Tue, 15 Dec 2015 01:03:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=202546 johnny cueto 2

The Giants bolstered their starting rotation today, by signing Johnny Cueto to a six year deal worth $130 million with an opt-out clause after two years, according to Buster Olney of ESPN on Twitter, as well as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com on Twitter, who reported the length and value of the deal.

After signing Jeff Samardzija earlier this month to a five year deal worth $90 million, the Giants rounded out their rotation by signing the recent World Series champion and all-star Johnny Cueto today.

Cueto, 30 in February, pitched to an 11-13 record, with a 3.44 ERA and 7.5 K/9 last season between the Reds and the Royals.

For his career, Cueto owns a 96-70 record with a 3.30 ERA over the span of eight seasons, mostly with Cincinnati before the Royals made a trade for him for their World Series run at the end of this past season.

Cueto pitched game two of the World Series against the Mets, and tossed a complete game, allowing just one run on two hits.

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