Mets Merized Online » update Thu, 04 Feb 2016 01:11:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 D’Arnaud Heads To Disabled List, Monell Called Up Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:55:32 +0000 travis d'arnaud

Travis d’Arnaud has been placed on the disabled list, the team announced a short while ago.

Johnny Monell has been called up to replace him on the roster.

D’Arnaud was expected to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Brewers.

Apparently his hyperextended left elbow is still an issue for the oft injured catcher.

The Mets have yet to announce exactly what the MRI results were.

June 21

The Mets may have dodged a bullet on Saturday night when x-rays came back negative on Travis d’Arnaud‘s injured left elbow.

The catcher was diagnosed with a hyperextended left elbow after the Mets’ 6-4 loss to the Braves.

For d’Arnaud the news provided him with some relief. “A lot of negative thoughts were going through my head and I’m just very fortunate that it wasn’t as serious as I was thinking.”

According to manager Terry Collins, d’Arnaud will likely get Sunday off and he should be good to go on Tuesday when the Mets play the Brewers in Milwaukee.

“The hyper-extended elbow, I know it hurts but we got tape,” Collins said.

June 20

Starting catcher Travis d’Arnaud was removed from the game against the Atlanta Braves in Turner Field with an apparent left elbow injury and is headed to the hospital for x-rays.

In the bottom of the sixth inning with the bases loaded, Pedro Ciriaco hit a shallow fly to right field. Michael Cuddyer caught the ball and fired it home as A.J. Pierzynski tagged up and rumbled home.

However the throw was too far up the line and when d’Arnaud reached out to apply the tag Pierzynski bulldozed his arm, knocked the ball loose and scored.

D’Arnaud was turned around from the force of the collision and fell to the ground holding his left arm in obvious pain.

Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez came out and escorted d’Arnaud off the field. Kevin Plawecki came into the game to replace d’Arnaud.

We’ll post an update once the Mets make some sort of an announcement after doctors check him out.

This poor kid has no luck with injuries. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

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Cuddyer Leaves Game After Taking Pitch Off Hands Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:02:08 +0000 michael cuddyer

Left fielder Michael Cuddyer left the game in the bottom of the second inning after he was hit by a pitch right on the hands by Phillies starteer David Buchanan.

Cuddyer was in obvious pain as he held and shook his left hand. Terry Collins and trainer Ray Ramirez came right out and quickly decided to remove him from the game.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis replaced Cuddyer on the bases and took over in left field.

The Mets are calling it a contusion for now.

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Mets Deal Matt den Dekker To Nationals For LHP Jerry Blevins Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:45:28 +0000 jerry-blevins

The team just announced that they have dealt outfielder Matt den Dekker to the Washington Nationals in return for LH reliever Jerry Blevins,

Blevins, 31, was 2-3 with a 4.87 ERA (31 earned runs/57.1 innings) and 66 strikeouts in 64 games for the Nationals last year.

The 6-6, 185-pounder has appeared in 60 or more games three straight seasons and has reached that plateau in four of the last five years. He held lefthanded hitters to a .160 (17-106) batting average in 2014 and has limited lefties to a .212 (114-539) career mark.

Blevins stranded 31 of 35 inherited runners, notched nine holds and averaged 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings last year.

The Johnson City, TN native was 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA (21 earned runs/60.0 innings) in 67 games with the Oakland Athletics in 2013.

Blevins is 15-9 with a 3.58 ERA (129 earned runs/324.1 innings) and 305 strikeouts in 345 career games with the Athletics and Nationals from 2007-2014.

Den Dekker, 27, hit .250 (38-152) with seven RBI in 53 games for the Mets last season.

This looks like the end of the road for Sean Gilmartin as a Met… Or maybe not as Terry Collins just sounded like he has made the team. From no lefty relievers to three? Stay tuned…

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Update: Collins Says Flores Is Fine, Will Play Thursday (Finger) Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:35:42 +0000 wilmer flores ss

4:30 PM Update:

Manager Terry Collins spoke to reporters after the game and confirmed that Wilmer Flores is fine and will likely be back in the lineup on Thursday

Flores was hit by a pitch that hit a finger on his glove hand.

2:45 PM

Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores left Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game against the Braves after he was hit in the wrist/forearm area by a pitch.

No further information is available as Flores is getting checked out by medical staff.

Flores was replaced in the field by  Matt Reynolds. He had a single and a strikeout in two at-bats and also had a fielding error.

Will update as new information comes in.

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Have The Mets Done Enough To Secure A Playoff Spot? Fri, 09 Jan 2015 16:02:25 +0000 New York Mets Spring Training at their Minor League practice facility located within Tradition Field in Florida

With Spring Training only six weeks away, Sandy Alderson spoke with Anthony DiComo of and addressed the still ongoing shortstop situation. “We have obviously not added anyone,” Alderson told DiComo.

“To this point, we just haven’t found anything attractive. That’s true with respect to free agents. It’s true with respect to trade possibilities. Given all that, I think we do know a little more now than we did a few weeks ago about what’s available. And I still believe when we start Spring Training, we will have what we currently have.”

Alderson has maintained all along that Wilmer Flores will likely be the Opening Day shortstop and that he has absolutely no problem with that.

The Troy Tulowitzki talk just won’t go away even though there’s no chance the Mets can take on his $118 million dollar commitment.

“We’ve continued to have conversations, but nothing is likely to occur,” Alderson told the New York Post. “There is currently nothing imminent. I still believe at this point that we will go into spring training with what we have at shortstop.”

As I’ve been saying all along, if Tulowitzki does get traded it won’t happen until the trade deadline and not unless he can prove his hip is healthy and that his MVP style play is unaffected.

Nobody doubts that Flores can hit, but the question that lingers is what’s the backup plan if he can’t stick at shortstop? Are we in store for another 3-4 months of Ruben Tejada handling everyday duties?

Is it possible that maybe the Mets were aiming too high and instead of looking for an upgrade to Flores, they should have been looking for insurance in case he failed? A contingency plan of sorts that would have provided an alternative to Tejada?

Meanwhile, the Mets continue to have a logjam with six starting pitchers with major league contracts to fill five spots, and also the real possibility that one of them could start the season in the bullpen unless a deal gets done.

“It’s a possibility,” Alderson said about adding a starter to the pen. “But that would not be the optimum solution for the Mets or the pitcher.”

Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler are the mainstays, while Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese and Dillon Gee are on the bubble with Gee the likeliest to be dealt.

As I’ve said numerous times, I believe that the Mets are well positioned to contend all year long for the division. I base that on watching the rest of the NL East looking worse than last season after their offseason moves, while the Mets actually did improve the team even though it wasn’t as extensive as many wanted or expected.

But as things wind down, how do you feel about the Mets’ offseason, did it meet your expectations? Have we done enough to contend for a playoff spot?

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Mets Recall Wilmer Flores, Option Kirk Nieuwenhuis To Las Vegas Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:07:25 +0000 To make room for Wilmer Flores on the roster, the Mets have optioned Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Triple-A Las Vegas. 

Nieuwenhuis was 2 for his last 20, and has batted .246 with two home runs and 11 RBI for Mets this season.

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Wilmer Flores is en-route to join the Mets in Milwaukee for their series opener tonight against the Brew-Crew.

There has been no corresponding move as of yet. None of the Mets beat writers had the story, as it was first announced on the Mets twitter account.

Some speculation can be made on this. It is possible that Ruben Tejada did not feel well when he woke up today and might be headed to the DL. Another possibility is that the Mets have decided to move to five outfielders and have sent down/cut Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Chris Young or Bobby Abreu.

Some conspiracy theorists might suggest that the Mets are close to a deal to move Daniel Murphy. No reports of anything like that so far but I suppose it could be a long-shot speculation. I don’t think this is the case.

Flores is batting .323 with a .367 on-base percentage and 13 home runs for Las Vegas this season. He is batting .341 with 8 home runs and 28 RBI in July and recently had a 22-game hitting streak snapped.

We will update this post as more information is reported.

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Alderson Says Mets Unlikely To Sign Stephen Drew Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:13:27 +0000 Anthony DiComo is reporting that stephen drewin a telephone interview Tuesday evening, general manager Sandy Alderson reiterated that his team is “unlikely” to sign Stephen Drew, despite the shortstop’s perceived lack of suitors on the free-agent market.

“We haven’t ruled it out, but I think doing anything is unlikely,” Alderson said.

“I think that Stephen will always have other opportunities. We continue to monitor his situation. We’re looking at other free agents that are still available and trying to judge their status, and how they might fit with us. I know there’s been a lot of speculation about Drew and the Mets, but at this point, that’s what it remains — speculation.”

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Andy Martino reports that the Yankees could use an infielder like Stephen Drew, but are highly unlikely to bid for him, according to major league officials who have been in contact with Yankee brass.

Team officials refused to comment one way or another about Drew, but league sources familiar with the Yanks’ plans have picked up a strong sense that the club won’t pursue the free agent and it appears that, despite holes in the infield and bullpen, the Yanks really have completed most of their winter work.

Drew remains a possibility for the Mets, but the team has shown little urgency there, preferring to sign the 30-year-old to a one-year deal, writes Martino. The Red Sox have some interest in a reunion, but would also limit the length of any deal to a year or two. Oakland and Minnesota have surfaced as other possibilities writes Martino.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports appeared on MLB Network last night, and Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors caught this update on Drew:

The Blue Jays are “in the mix” for shortstop Stephen Drew, presumably viewing him as a second base option.

Nevertheless, the Red Sox remain the favorites to land him, as they prefer to play Xander Bogaerts at third and appear willing to give Drew multiple years. Boston could dangle an opt-out clause of some kind to sweeten things for Drew.

It looks like this may be drawing to a close….

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Source: “Drew Perfectly Healthy, Has No Physical Issues” Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:42:50 +0000 drew

Updated 7:30 PM

Andy Martino of the Daily News reported this morning that according to an official with one team who expressed early interest in Stephen Drew, “his medicals are raising some concerns.”

However, Rob Bradford of WEEI Radio is debunking Martino’s report saying that a source with knowledge of situation says Stephen Drew is perfectly healthy. “No physical issues.”

What a surprise, huh?

Thanks to Bad Bad Leroy Brown for the link.

Original Post 9:30 AM

On Sunday, a source told Adam Rubin, that the Mets remain engaged with agent Scott Boras about Drew, but continue to portray Drew as more of a “possibility” than a “probability.”

Team officials are split on about how valuable Drew would be to the Mets. Some would rather give Ruben Tejada one more shot as the everyday shortstop.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says that a number of rival executives are baffled as to why the Mets  haven’t signed Stephen  Drew yet.

The Mets gave a four-year deal to Granderson, who turns 33 in March, Rosenthal explains, but. Drew is two years younger, and 2½ years removed from right-ankle surgery.

“The loss of a draft pick and accompanying pool money should barely be a consideration: The Mets’ first-rounder is protected, they already have lost their second-rounder for Granderson and the pick they would sacrifice for Drew would be the 82nd overall.”

I could be wrong, but I still think the main thing holding things up is that Drew want’s a three-year deal and the Mets prefer a one-year deal and for a lot less than what Scott Boras is looking for annually.

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Mets and Johan Santana Are Likely To Part Ways Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:48:20 +0000 Johan Santana

After undergoing surgery in April to repair a tear in the anterior capsule of his left shoulder, Johan Santana has begun a throwing program and is making great progress toward his return to pitching in games.

Last week, Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger reported that Santana’s agent, Chris Leible, said a return to the Mets isn’t out of the question for the Mets’ southpaw, but the two sides still haven’t spoken.

“He’s not putting pressure on himself,” Leible said. “It’s not intense. He just started throwing. But it’s a big step and he expects to be ready for spring training.”

General manager Sandy Alderson sounded open to bringing back the two-time Cy Young Award winner during an appearance with Mike Francesa on WFAN radio.

“I think that’s a possibility,” Alderson said. “I don’t really know what Johan’s thinking. We’ll talk to him, I’m sure, over the next couple of weeks, but I think he wants to pitch. We’ll just have to see what the market is for these guys, and how much of our resources we want to allocate to somebody coming off injury, or somebody you hope was able to pitch for you at a higher level.”

However, Andy Martino of the Daily News is reporting this morning, that the Mets and Santana are very likely to part ways according to what a team insider told him.

The Mets would not count on Santana, who has undergone major shoulder surgery twice since 2010, as the mid-rotation help they seek in the aftermath of Matt Harvey’s torn UCL. If they signed him, it would be more in the model of Chris Young and Shaun Marcum in recent years — rehabbing guys who might or might not be able to help.

It seems to me that both sides are ready to move on.  When I said that to one team source, the person said, “that’s probably fair, but it’s premature to say never.”

Santana is still under contract with the Mets, though only for a few more weeks. The Mets will soon exercise the $5.5-million buyout on the rest of his contract, rather than pay him his $25 million team option for 2014.

Santana, 34, appeared in 109 games during his Mets tenure and went 46-34 with a 3.18 ERA while tossing the first no-hitter in franchise history.

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Duda Says He’s Done Enough For Everyday Job, But Does Sandy Share His Opinion? Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:07:40 +0000 lucas duda

Lucas Duda fully understands the lay of the land in Flushing these days, and knows his hold on an everyday job at first base in 2014 is tenuous at best.

While he feels he has done enough to be considered as an every-day player by Sandy Alderson, he understands the decision ultimately lies in the hands of his GM.

“I really don’t have a say in the matter,” Duda told Mike Kerwick of the Bergen Record. “But I feel like I’ve played well. If that’s not good enough, then it’s not good enough.”

Duda has clearly looked more comfortable at first base, and last night Keith Hernandez remarked that his footwork at first base has made great strides. “You should know,” quipped Gary Cohen.

Manager Terry Collins acknowledged Duda’s improvement, but remained non-committal about the 2014 season.

“I don’t know what’s going to take place this winter,” Collins said. “I really have no clue. We know Lucas can play first base. We’ve seen it. We saw it two years ago when he first got here. He was very good over there and swung the bat very well.”

I’m not so sure the Mets will attack first base this offseason unless they swing and miss at adding a bat in the outfield. That’s according to my baseball people. Relax, just kidding. :-)

The Mets have plethora of first base options to choose from and I’d have no problem implementing some sort of a platoon that includes Josh Satin against left-handers and one of  Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda and Allan Dykstra against rightys. Ike Davis is as good as gone and will likely be traded to parts unknown.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, asked four scouts who they would prefer between Davis and Duda and it was a split-decision.

Scout 1: ”Duda. Ike has not shown the ability to make adjustments with his batting stance or overall approach. Duda at first base has improved, and he looks more relaxed.”

Scout 2: ”Tough call. I’m not thrilled with either, but would probably take Davis, because of the power potential and defense at first base.”

Scout 3: ”Duda. He is better project than Ike.”

Scout 4: ”Ike Davis. He has hit 30-plus homers in the major leagues and is much better defensively.”

I’m not doubting Davis still has some upside, I just get the feeling that he won’t realize that potential on the Mets – if he ever does fulfill it.

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Heyman Says Choo Fits The Bill For The Mets This Winter Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:11:16 +0000 Shin-Soo Choo

I wanted to update this post with two quick items that were reported in the last 24 hours.

John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer who covers the Reds and has better intel than some of the speculation I’m seeing elsewhere (MetsBlog 4/$40), says that Choo’s strong season should put agent Scott Boras in a position to ask for at least a four-year, $60MM contract.

That’s a starting point and not an ending point.

Boras is also the agent for Jacoby Ellsbury. He’ll be very busy this offseason having two of the most sought after players on the market.

Also, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo ”fits the bill” for what the Mets need this winter.

Based on the needs of the Mets and the strengths of the player, Heyman concludes that Choo looks like the biggest potential target for the Mets this winter. He cites that he’s an excellent corner outfielder with a big on-base percentage, making him a perfect fit.

He says that the Mets have discussed the Reds outfielder internally at length, and predicts Choo will be the biggest player on the Mets’ radar.

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Shin-Soo Choo seems to be the name most mentioned when Met fans discuss possible offseason acquisitions for the team. And why not, as the Mets have an apparent opening in the outfield as well as the need for a legitimate top of the order hitter who can maintain at least a .380 on-base clip.

Choo seems to fit the bill perfectly, as his .291/.425/.472 batting line would attest. And while the Mets seem to have center field covered just fine with Juan Lagares who continues to shine defensively and is growing offensively, Choo is best served in left field even though the Cincinnati Reds prefer him in center.

However, with rumors still abounding that the Mets will spend this Winter, exactly what does that mean without any tangible or relevant value attached to all these constant quotes from ownership and the front office? Do they mean spend $9 million as they did in 2011? Or $10.5 million as they spent in 2012? Or is it $15 million as they spent in 2013? You see what I’m saying?

I wrote yesterday, that ultimately it will be up to the lenders how much the Mets will spend. While the Wilpons are on better financial footing, don’t take that to mean they are not still knee-deep in debt. The lenders are still watching very closely and are calling many of the financial shots. They want to be sure those debt and interest payments keep rolling in every month.

Getting back to Choo, SNY’s Andy Martino wrote a little about him last week saying that “the chatter linking the team to Choo is spreading, both around the league and inside the organization.”

“Hearing Choo is the guy they like,” said one rival executive last week, and he isn’t the only one in the industry making that connection.

I ran that by a Mets official who has been briefed on Sandy Alderson’s thinking, and got this response: “I’m hearing that, too.”

As I’ve stated over the last three offseasons, and correctly mind you, the Mets do not have the intestinal fortitude for a bidding war, and make no mistake that there will be many teams interested in what Choo brings to the table. He would fit just as perfectly in a dozen other lineups as he would on the Mets.

Then there’s this new “short-term” thing that is all the rage in Flushing.

That’s the term that gets bandied about whenever the conversation shifts to free agency and this “so called spending” the Mets are going to engage in this Winter.

It’s quite the paradox really. A team desperate for high-quality talent, but one that desires short-term 2-3 year deals and doesn’t want to budge if someone mentions parting with a highly regarded prospect. You see, something has to give. It takes two to tango.

Sandy Alderson has proven to be quite the trader when he’s overseeing a fire sale and a rebuild. He’s quite adept at hawking major league talent for minor league talent. What we haven’t seen however, is any ability to trade for a premium major league talent. He hasn’t shown the gumption to make that kind of a deal and I don’t believe he’s capable of it.

So we can all drool over the likes of Shin-Soo Choo, Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury. Or fantasize about a trade for Giancarlo Stanton or Carlos Gonzalez, but in the end only those general managers who consistently outbid for elite players like that, end up getting those players. So far, we haven’t seen DNA evidence that this front office has what it takes to prevail in a bidding war for any major league talent.

However, I challenge Sandy Alderson to prove me wrong.

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Feliciano Promoted To Replace Injured Edgin Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:44:35 +0000 pedro feliciano

UPDATE: Mets announced that Pedro Feliciano has been added to the 40 man roster and will join the team to replace the DL bound Josh Edgin.

Feliciano, 36, has retired all six batters he has faced — four lefties, two righties — over three appearances since the promotion from Binghamton to Las Vegas.

Overall, Feliciano has made 22 appearances as he continues his rehab, and in 21.0 innings pitched he has a 1.29 ERA while allowing just 14 hits and 4 walks, and 19 strikeouts.

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Andrew Keh of the New York Times reports that Bobby Parnell has seen a doctor about his neck soreness and will be reexamined on Monday. He’s out tonight and likely tomorrow, at least.

Mets manager Terry Collins said he did not have Parnell available to pitch during Thursday’s 3-0 loss to the Miami Marlins. ”He had a stiff neck the other night,” Collins said. “I don’t know if he slept on it or what it was.”

That prompted Parnell when asked if he knew the cause to respond with one word, “pillows.”

The team also announced surprisingly that Josh Edgin has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his ribs. Edgin could be out for the season…

A replacement for his spot on the active roster has been announced yet.

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Travis d’Arnaud Could Join Mets To Replace Buck, But Likely Centeno Gets Call Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:35:40 +0000 travis_d_arnaud_480x270_vtrlloc3_issdia71

Updated Post 7/31

According to Adam Rubin, Travis d’Arnaud could join the Mets when John Buck leaves the team to be with his wife for the birth of his child which is expected to happen tomorrow.

I’m not buying this…

Joe D. Prediction: Catcher Juan Centeno, who must be added to the 40 Man Roster will get the call, while D’Arnaud continues to rehab. Centeno must be protected from the Rule 5 Draft this fall.

Original Post 7/30 

Adam Rubin has reported Travis d’Arnaud’s next stop will be in Double-A with the Binghamton Mets.

The top catching prospect has spent a week in Rookie Ball, on a rehab assignment for a fractured left foot. In six games played (21 at-bats), d’Arnaud hit .318 with three doubles, five RBIs, and four runs scored. His next move is not known yet. We’re still waiting for him to return to the Las Vegas 51s for the first time since the middle of April when the freak injury happened. In 36 at-bats for the 51s, the backstop hit .250/.429/.472 with one home run, five doubles, and eight RBIs.

It’s nice to see d’Arnaud show some production down in Florida after being sidelined for so long, but what’s most important is the fact that he’s healthy and ready to rock. Most reporters are tabbing him as being a September call-up before the season is through. Since he missed significant time last year with a knee injury and now more significant time this season, Sandy Alderson and company would like him to log a little more time in the minors before he’s thrown into the fire that is the big leagues.

This makes sense; I just want to see TDA in the bigs! I’m looking forward to September.

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Video: All Star Voting Is Over… Will David Wright Emerge Victorious? Fri, 05 Jul 2013 13:45:23 +0000

The All Star voting is now over and all Met fans can do now is wait with baited breath to see if David Wright maintained his lead over Pablo Sandoval for the privilege to start at third base in the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field.

In an official release by MLB, the voting for the National League’s starting third baseman was called the closest and tightest battle on this year’s ballot.

With all the votes now cast and the results now being tabulated, we won’t know the official winner until the results are announced at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show presented by Taco Bell, televised nationally on FOX.

Here is a video produced by MLB, who sent a camera crew to hit the streets of New York and ask fans who they thought deserved to be the starting third baseman. Enjoy…

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A-Rod’s Finished. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:06:20 +0000 root for two teams

Interesting choices on my news feed this morning…

  • Kato Kailin Finally Admits O.J. Murdered Simpson
  • Texas Preparing To Execute 500th Inmate Since 1982
  • Patriots Tight End Aaron Hernandez Taken From Home By Police
  • Yankees GM Drops F-Bomb On A-Rod

Wait, what’s that last one?

Oh boy… This one made me laugh… It looks like the Yankees GM wasn’t to fond of Alex Rodriguez taking to Twitter to give the media a medical update.

The tweet that launched a thousand F-Bombs…

After hearing about that tweet, Cashman lashed out at the highest paid athlete in history and said he should ”shut the f**k up.”

“You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, we will,”  Cashman told ESPN New York. “Alex should just shut the [expletive] up. That’s it. I’m going to call Alex now.”

If it were up to Cashman, A-Rod would have never gotten that 10-year, $275 million contract, that has always been clear. You can hang that on Hank and Hal.

But I’d bet anything that A-Rod never dons the pinstripes ever again. He’s finished.

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Injury Update: Wheeler To Rejoin Las Vegas Rotation Next Wednesday Sat, 18 May 2013 00:35:10 +0000 zack wheeler Michael G. Baron

Photo by Michael G. Baron of SNY.

Updated by Mitch Petanick on May 17, 2013

Adam Rubin has reported that Zack Wheeler is scheduled to start throwing again today, and is back with the team in Las Vegas. He was placed on the seven day DL, retroactive to his last start. He will rejoin the rotation next Wednesday when the team is in Iowa.

Wheeler received a cortisone shot last Wednesday after being diagnosed with inflammation of the AC joint in his throwing shoulder. He is still expected to only miss one start, which would have been on Saturday of this week.

Updated by Joe D. on May 15, 2013

Zack Wheeler has been diagnosed with slight inflammation in the AC joint in his shoulder, and will miss one start, according to Assistant GM John Ricco.

Wheeler received a cortisone shot at the Hospital for Special Surgery in his right shoulder and is flying to rejoin his team at Triple-A Las Vegas.

We spoke to his agent a few minutes ago who said there is no structural damage and that he is in good spirits.

That said, until I see Wheeler back on the mound pitching again, I will remain concerned.

It’s just the Mets fan in me.  :-)

Get back on that mound soon, Zack…

Original Post May 14, 2013

Zack Wheeler has a sore right clavicle, and will fly to New York to be examined by team doctors tomorrow at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.

“I think we’re being a little conservative,” assistant GM John Ricco told reporters about the Mets top prospect. Wheeler had already met with the team doctor in Las Vegas.

That said, Ricco added that Wheeler will not make his scheduled start on Saturday in Omaha.

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Wheeler will undergo an MRI exam on his collarbone while in New York.

Terry Collins commented on this and said:

“From what I’ve heard today, it doesn’t sound serious. But any time you miss a start, it’s for the best interest of the player. We’ll wait to hear the doctor’s report and go from there. If it’s only one start, that’s certainly something we can handle easily.”

After a rough start to the season. Wheeler made a mechanical adjustment and has had incredible success over his last three starts for Triple-A Las Vegas and walked only three while posting a 1.35 ERA.

Overall, the right-hander is 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA for the season with 18 walks and 47 strikeouts in 43.1 innings pitched.

While the team calls this precautionary and conservative, any kind of soreness in the surrounding shoulder area should be a cause for some concern.

Thoughts From Mitch Petanick:

I’m hoping for the best here, but preparing for the worst. What I am worried most about is the fact that Zack Wheeler pitches using a delivery called the “Inverted W,” which could put added stress on the anterior labrum ligament in the shoulder — it slowly loosens the ligament and can actually lead to tears. Some pitchers use this delivery and go through their careers injury free, but many of them suffer injuries that require surgery…like John Smoltz and Stephen Strasburg.

Wheeler also recently tweaked his mechanics, which is what his improved control is accredited to, but could that mechanical fix in addition with the Inverted W delivery been enough to cause this shoulder discomfort? I guess we will find out after his MRI, but even precautionary MRIs are a cause for concern.

The Inverted W is like playing with fire…you can get burned.

Thoughts from Matt Musico:

It sounds like sending Wheeler to the Hospital for Special Surgery to get his sore clavicle checked out is precautionary, but that only goes so far for my nerves. I (like everyone else) will be anxiously waiting to find out whether or not this discomfort will be more serious than him missing his scheduled start, which was slated for Saturday in Omaha. I hope this ends up being minor, as Wheeler was just starting to gain steam toward a potential promotion following his last three starts, which included 19 strikeouts against only three walks in 20 innings pitched.

When it comes to top prospects, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and I’m happy that Wheeler didn’t try to ignore this discomfort and pitch through it. However, him calling attention to it makes me think it could possibly be more serious than the organization is letting on, but for now, we wait and see what the immediate future holds for Wheeler.

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Mookie On Valdespin: Give The Kid A Chance, He’s A Very Spirited Kid… Fri, 17 May 2013 17:20:31 +0000 jordany valdespin

The most famous No. 1 in Mets’ history has some advice when it comes to the man who is quickly becoming the most infamous No. 1 on the Mets.

“Give the kid a chance,” Mookie Wilson said Friday when discussing Jordany Valdespin. “He is a very spirited kid, very young and has a lot to learn, no question about that. But some things are being blown out of proportion. I think we need to back up and not overanalyze everything.”

That’s what Mookie told Bill Price of the Daily News.

“I do know the kid personally,” said Wilson. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with him for a limited time. I think we need to give everyone an opportunity to explain themselves and what is really happening.”

“They are struggling right now and I think that’s expected when you have young players and players coming in from other organizations. This is similar to what the Mets went through in the early ‘80s. Winning was not a frequent thing, we didn’t see the results of our labor, but in 1983 we were starting to be in games. I see that with the Mets now.”

And the beat goes on…


Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog writes moments ago:

However, no team can guarantee success, regardless of who they sign, trade for or develop. They can only guarantee that New York’s media will continue to push on a story until it bleeds, because they know it will sell and people will read and listen… which is exactly what we’ve seen this week with this Valdespin and Collins story.

Is he kidding me?

What is going on over there…

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Mets News: Wright Unsure He’ll Be Ready For Opening Day, Has No Regrets Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:23:12 +0000 Wright

Updated 3/17

As I feared, David Wright rejoined the Mets this morning and uttered the words I was hoping I wouldn’t have to hear. Regarding whether he will be ready to play by Opening Day, Wright had this to say:

“That’s looking to predict the future, and I can’t do that, and I won’t do that, because it’s the first day I’ve been back in camp.”

“So I don’t know how I’m going to feel tomorrow. I don’t know how I’m going to feel the next day. I’ll tell you that’s my goal. But I can’t predict one way or another because what I don’t want to do is try to do something and come back sooner than I should and it end up being a longer time. It’s just a matter of how quickly my body responds to these treatments and how quickly I can get pain-free in that rib-cage area.”

Regarding his decision to play through the injury and not thinking about the consequences for the team that just signed him to a huge deal, he had this to say:

“Once it got to the point where I thought it might obviously prohibit me from coming back and producing with the Mets, that’s when it was time to make that decision. I feel like I have a pretty good sense of what’s tolerable and what’s not tolerable.”

“You can get hurt in spring training,” he said. “You can get hurt before spring training. Playing baseball, there’s some risk that comes along with that, whether it’s in Port St. Lucie or Arizona or Miami. … I think everybody there was prepared. Unfortunately things like that happen. It has nothing to do with the tournament itself. It has everything to do with some bad luck.”

Adam Rubin has Wright’s complete comments so go and check them out over at his site.

Sometimes people make their own luck based on minimizing risk and making good decisions. That didn’t happen here.

I’m a little ticked off that Wright played through this soreness. I’m angry that he kept it from the Mets until Thursday when he informed Team USA that he could no longer tolerate the pain and couldn’t sleep the night before.

Staying in Mets camp rather than going to the WBC would have kept the Mets in the loop from the moment he felt that first twinge. It could have been checked out and a day or two of rest could have done the trick.

Instead, what might have been something that could have easily been cured is now a moderate intercostal strain that could cost the Mets third baseman a month or longer.

Wright’s a great guy and a great player, but it’s now clear that he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Wright may have no regrets, but I bet Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson do…

And to my friend on Twitter who gave me flack for fearing this would happen, I’ll just say this…

Precautionary, my asterisk…

Updated 3/16

Sandy Alderson announced a short while ago that David Wright has a strained intercostal muscle and will be out a minimum of three to five days.

However, given the uncertainty with rib-cage injuries, manger Terry Collins is preparing to open the season with David Wright on the disabled list.

Collins said Justin TurnerZach LutzBrandon Hicks and Brian Bixler are all options at this point.

Meanwhile when prodded, Alderson said:

“Is it possible that he’ll be out for a period of time? Sure. But what we know right now is he’s going to rest for 3-5 days.”

SOP – Standard Operating Procedures…

Believe me, it could have been much worse.

We’re certainly not out of the woods here, but it could have been a lot worse than this.

Originally Posted on 3/15 at 3:20 PM

I’ve been trying to monitor this developing story regarding David Wright’s rib cage soreness ever since we all first caught wind of it last night.

I’ve tried to contact some of the people covering Team USA just to get something – anything.

A short while ago, I finally received a text that simply told me that Joe Torre was very concerned and was heard telling one of the reporters in the dugout, “I really hope David is okay.”

I asked for more. but was only told that Torre looked deeply concerned and then didn’t answer any followup questions.

As we reported earlier, Alderson spoke with reporters this morning and would only say that Wright would be examined by team doctors in New York today, and return to Port St. Lucie tomorrow.

He did not know the severity of Wright’s injury and basically seemed like he was more in the dark about everything than a person in the know.

He also made clear that neither he nor the team knew that Wright was having any discomfort until Team USA trainers informed Mets head trainer Ray Ramirez last night – and the decision to pull him from the game was immediately made.

Wright admitted to feeling discomfort as soon as he arrived to Team USA’s training camp in Scottsdale, Arizona, and before they even began playing any games. In other words, Wright made the decision to play through the discomfort.

Manager Terry Collins said during the FOX Sports broadcast that Wright might not be ready to play by Opening Day.

Another concern is that the Mets will not update the media on his condition until Saturday at the earliest, according to MLB Insider for the Daily News, Andy Martino.

That sounds to me like second opinions are already in the works and that’s not a good sign.

We’ll keep you posted.

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With Feliciano Sidelined, Battle for Second Lefty in Bullpen Begins Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:30:47 +0000 feliciano

Updated by HoJo on 2/24

Pedro Feliciano will be shut down for at least two weeks from baseball activity while he wears a heart monitor while the team doctors continue to monitor could be a potentially serious heart condition,

It’s not exactly clear if Feliciano has a hole in his heart or even if that’s the cause of his irregular heartbeat. The next two weeks will help doctors come to a more exact diagnosis of the problem.

“He has a heart condition that could possibly be very serious,” Terry Collins said. “That’s why while we are waiting for further results. He is not to be on the field.”

Feliciano, 36, was expected to be the second lefthanded reliever in the Mets bullpen this season along with sophomore Josh Edgin. But this situation could open things up for some of the other southpaws in camp like Scott RiceRobert Carson and Aaron Laffey.

We’re all keeping Pedro in our thoughts and prayers with the hope that this is nothing serious and that he can get back on a mound again as soon as he can.

Original Post 2/23

Mets lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano is being shut down due to heart-related issues, according to Marc Carig of Newsday. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, says that there is a “small hole” near the outside of Feliciano’s heart, but it does not appear to be life threatening.

The southpaw does not believe the issue to be serious, but as a precaution he will be fitted for a heart monitor. A timetable for his return to baseball-related activities has not been determined at this time.

We will continue to update you as more information is released.

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Sign Up For MMO Fantasy Baseball – 100% Free, 100% Metsmerized!!! Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:34:14 +0000 mmo fantasy

UPDATE 2/20/13 – Still adding to the list. Everyone who signs up can play. Keep the e-mails coming.

UPDATE 2/9/13 – Great turnout so far. We’re almost at enough people to warrant three leagues. No one will be turned away this year because we will form as many leagues as is needed determined by how many people sign up.

I want to add some more information a conscientious player noticed I hadn’t added below. We will be playing through Yahoo. It will be a snake draft, and the rosters will consist of 25 players and will be as follows: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, OF, IF, UTIL, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P and five bench spots. This can be tweaked if league size dictates (maybe add another UTIL for a ten-team league).

We will take signups through the end of the month and sort out the individual leagues over the next couple of days. By the end of the first week of March, you will receive an e-mail with the league info or a direct invite from your commish. The draft time will be drilled down by your commish and will take place sometime during the last week of March. Good luck!

Original Post 2/2/13

Spring Training is almost upon us, and it’s time to start preparing for this year’s MMO Fantasy Baseball Season. I wanted to get an early start because there will be some subtle changes this season. After a 2011 season in which overwhelming support and turnout for the league left me turning a lot of people away, I expanded the league in 2012 to the maximum allowable 20 teams and still had to turn people away. This, coupled with the fact that a 20-team league turned out to be one of the worst good ideas I ever had, brought upon some modifications to this season’s league.

Consider this the first notice. What we at MMO Fantasy Baseball will do this year is accept signups via e-mail. After four or five weeks of gathering as many names as would like to play, we’ll make as many leagues as we can comprising a more normal number of players. We will not form a league with fewer than ten participants or more than fourteen. If 30 people sign up, we’ll play three ten-player leagues. If we get 48 people, we’ll use four twelve-player leagues.

Joe D., who should be regarded and thanked at every opportunity, has continued to support this endeavor by offering a prize to the champion from his own stash of giveaways for the site. He has generously agreed to put up as many prizes as we have leagues, so everyone has something other than pride to play for. This year, we not only have his support, but also his participation. He’s already thrown his name in the hat to play.

This year, we will be offering the following prize:

The Amazins

The Amazins: Celebrating 50 Years of New York Mets History

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this beloved franchise, Triumph Books and the New York Post are jointly publishing The Amazins, a history of the Mets that includes all the highlights, the lowlights, the Hall of Famers, the underachievers, the great games and the memorable moments. Virtually everything, in fact, from the rich 50 year history, which makes their fans as passionate about their team as any in baseball.

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The rules of the leagues will be uniform (allowing for the subtle differences between head-to-head and roto if we end up of using both formats). Scoring will be based on the standard fantasy 5×5 categories: AVG., HR, RBI, Runs, SB and Wins, ERA, Ks, Saves and WHIP. There will be a maximum limit of seven add/drops per week and no limit or deadline for trades throughout the regular season. After the final game is complete on the last day of the regular season, rosters will lock for the playoffs. You will dance with who brung you. Injury add/drops when rosters are locked will only be offered for those players who hit the DL. E-mail your commish with your replacement, and he or she will make the add/drop for you. Rosters won’t unlock. Final rule: good-natured trash talk is expected.

Please send an e-mail to with the subject “MMO Fantasy Baseball” answering the following questions:

  • What is your MMO handle (it does not have to be your eventual team name; just need something with which to identify you for the time being)
  • Would you prefer to play in a head-to-head league or a roto league? Would you be willing to play in either format, or only your preferred choice?
  • Would you prefer to play in a ten-, twelve- or fourteen-player league? Would you be willing to play in any league, or only your preferred choice?
  • Would you be willing to be a commissioner for a league? We already have two, so we may only need one or two more. Thanks in advance to those who volunteer, but we may not need you.
  • When is your preferred time to draft? Please list all available times. We want as many people as possible to be able to take part in a live draft and will likely group leagues based first on draft availability. Your commish will drill down a specific time with the league.

We’re hoping for an even better turnout than last year. Consider the 2013 fantasy baseball season open for business!

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