Mets Merized Online » update Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:13:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Latest On Cespedes: Yankees Are Out, Mets Still Favorites To Sign Him Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:03:51 +0000 yoenis-cespedes-550

As I had heard and reported several times over the past seven days, the New York Yankees have no intention of signing Yoenis Cespedes, sources recently told Christian Red of the Daily News.

One person I spoke to with knowledge of the situation, told me last Thursday that the Yankees had an “obligatory check-in” with the agents for Cespedes almost a month ago and that was the extent of their dialog. Most of the last two weeks of stories connecting the Yankees to Cespedes were untrue.

Meanwhile, despite what you are hearing or reading out there, I am still being told that the New York Mets are still the number one contender to sign Cespedes, and much of the other stuff being circulated as far as connections to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants is just noise. There is nothing significant going on with those teams, and Cespedes has expressed a desire to stay on the East Coast.

The one team that has popped up other than the Mets have been the Washington Nationals, but they seem very reluctant to give Cespedes five years which bodes very well for Sandy Alderson and his staff who continue to maintain a “vigorous” dialog with Cespedes.

I’m not going to waste your time and mine with another 500 words about what Cespedes means to the Mets and how he’s had a powerful impact on the team’s offense. We all know what he’s capable of and why it’s so important to re-sign him. And more importantly, Sandy realizes this as well.

If I hear anything new or if something significant is reported elsewhere, I will update this post. I doubt anything will change over the next 48 hours but we could learn a lot more on Friday and heading into the weekend.

Honestly, this news on the Yankees reinforces my confidence in what I’ve been told about the Cespedes negotiations. I’ve been fortunate to have been receiving some accurate information thus far, so my hope is that the Mets will get something done before the Winter Meetings.

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NL East News: Braves Sign R.A. Dickey Thu, 10 Nov 2016 16:19:50 +0000 r.a. dickey

In an effort to bolster their starting rotation, the Atlanta Braves have signed veteran R.A. Dickey, 42, to a one-year deal with an option for 2018.

The former Cy Young Award winner had a down year for the Blue Jays in 2016, going 10-15 with a 4.46 ERA, striking out 126 batters in 169.2 innings pitched. This is his highest season ERA since 2009, and the first time he hasn’t pitched at least 200 innings since 2011 with the Mets.

The Braves seem to be using him as a stop gap until their top starting pitching prospects are MLB-ready.

It’s a one-year deal with an option for the 2018 season, the value of the contract has not yet been reported.

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Update: Noah Syndergaard Cites Heavy Workload For Arm Fatigue Sat, 09 Jul 2016 12:21:47 +0000 noah syndergaard leaves game

New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard met with reporters after last night’s 3-1 loss to the Washington Nationals, and said that he doesn’t believe there’s anything wrong with his arm other than fatigue.

“My first full season in the big leagues. I’ve thrown a lot of pitches,” Syndergaard said. “I’ve thrown a lot of innings so far. I just think it boils down to just a little bit of fatigue. There’s no pain, there’s no discomfort in my elbow regarding the bone spur.”

“I was looking at the radar gun and seeing 93, 94, and I was like, ‘What?’ Pretty uncharacteristic of me.”

Syndergaard has the highest fastball velocity in the majors, and when his velocity dipped to 91 mph it raised alarms with catcher Rene Rivera and manager Terry Collins in the dugout.

“I took a peek at the velocity,” Rivera said. “That pitch was a fastball and the velocity wasn’t there. You just know it catching the ball. You can notice when you throw 99 and 91. You can tell right away.”

Collins said he wasn’t taking any chances and after a long discussion with Syndergaard on the mound he removed him from the game.

“He just said his arm went dead. It got tired on him and his stuff went away. ‘I just lost it.’ is what he told me.” Collins explained.

“It’s a pretty good assumption” Collins added when asked if this ends any chance Syndergaard will play in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in San Diego.

“It’s disappointing, but hopefully there will be a lot more [All Star games] in the future,” Syndergaard said.

The team is going to have their young ace checked out by team doctors today as a precaution.

A recent MRI showed no structural damage in Syndergaard’s elbow although it did reveal a bone spur which the Mets called very minor.

Original Report

Noah Syndergaard was pulled from his start in the top of the fifth inning with “arm fatigue” the team announced, but added that it was “not elbow related.”

Gary Cohen and Ron Darling both said it sounded very vague, but at least the team feels comfortable that it’s not the elbow.

They both also said you can forget about Syndergaard pitching in the All Star Game on Tuesday.

Syndergaard’s last two pitches were a pair of 93 and 91 mph fastballs, and after he stepped off the mound in clear frustration, catcher Rene Rivera waved for the trainer Ray Ramirez to come out.

Seth Lugo came in to replace Syndergaard, who left the game after 4.2 innings. He allowed three earned runs on three hits including a home run, and walked a season high three batters while striking out five.

Syndergaard is pitching with a bone spur in his elbow, and as Gary Cohen pointed out in the broadcast, the Mets have said it was no big deal and he can pitch with it without risking further injury.

We’ll have more details after the game.

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Collins Says Syndergaard Will Pitch In All Star Game Fri, 08 Jul 2016 21:24:05 +0000 noah syndergaard tall

A quick update on comments Terry Collins made this afternoon regarding who he will start in the All Star Game next Tuesday in San Diego.

Noah Syndergaard will indeed pitch in the All Star Game. “He deserves it and the world needs to see him,” Collins said.”The world needs to see him”

As for who will start, Collins says he hasn’t made that decision yet. “They are all legit,” Collins explained. “Jim Leyland told me to pick who I want.”

It was believed that Collins would make his decision based on tonight’s matchup between Syndergaard and Washington ace Stephen Strasburg.

But the Nationals reached out to Collins a short while ago and told him they do not want Strasburg to pitch in the All Star Game because they want him to rest his back.

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Original Article – I Hope Syndergaard Starts For NL In All Star Game

Wow, I can’t believe how fast this season is going. We’re only a week away from the All Star Game and tonight’s the night that Major League Baseball announces the starting position players for this year’s Mid-Summer Classic.

Make sure to tune into ESPN at 7:00 PM to find out this year’s All Star class. For the Mets, Yoenis Cespedes should be their only starting position player. During the last All Star voting update, Cespedes was leading vote-getter for the National League.

Terry Collins, of course, will be the National League manager tasked with selecting the rest of the roster and determining who pitches in the game and in what order.

“It is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever been a part of,” Collins said this past weekend. “There are numerous guys who are going to be left off, who are deserving to be on the team. I was told it’s not much fun, and they are correct.”

Noah Syndergaard will be a no-brainer for Collins, but does he also give his young right-hander the starting nod or does he turn to a Madison Bumgarner or Jake Arrieta?

“There’s going to be a lot of consideration,” Collins said on Sunday. “There’s probably five really, really good, legitimate names who deserve to start the game.”

“I can tell you Jake is right near the top of the list. But I kind of like my guy too, those guys have great numbers.”

I hope Collins goes with Thor, mostly because I hate the All Star Game and if I know Syndergaard is starting I may actually watch it this year.

Another Met who’s a cinch to make the roster is the MLB saves leader Jeurys Familia.

We actually have three Mets who could significantly impact the game and give the NL home field advantage in the World Series – potentially setting up a Game 1 at Citi Field. Okay maybe I’m getting a bit ahead of myself. :-)

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Yoenis Cespedes Maintains Hold On 3rd Outfield Spot in NL All Star Voting Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:09:58 +0000 yoenis cespedes

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes continues to maintain his hold on the third outfield spot for the National League in All Star voting.

With 1,097,593 votes, Cespedes has a solid margin over other National League outfielders with the closest being Jason Heyward who is more than 300,000 votes behind.

Cespedes has been slumping this month and spoke about that on Tuesday night.

“I’m a little bit lost at the plate right now, but my hip is not affecting me. … I know what I’m doing wrong. I’m jumping ahead a little bit before my swing. I know that I need to slow myself down. I’m having trouble doing that. I think I need to just get back in the cage and work on that.”

No other Mets are currently within grasp of a starting nod in the Mid Summer Classic.

Original Report – June 1

Major League Baseball released their first voting update for the 2016 All-Star Game, which will be played at Petco Park in San Diego on July 12.

The good news for the Mets is that outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is the eighth-leading vote getter in the National League with 792,395 votes, and it places him third amongs all outfielders.

For now, Cespedes is the only Met holding onto a starting slot, but some other Mets are not too far behind.

Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera currently rank 3rd respectively among NL second basemen and shortstops.

Additionally, David Wright currently ranks 3rd among NL third basemen, Lucas Duda currently ranks 5th among NL first basemen, Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson rank 8th and 13th respectively at outfield.

Here are the latest tallies for the National League:

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Keep in mind that Terry Collins will be managing the National League squad and he gets to select all the pitchers and reserve players.

That could mean Walker and Conforto sneak in as reserves, and that Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom and Jeurys Familia will have excellent shots to make the team as well. A lot of it will depend on how many spots Collins has to work with after he ensures every team is represented.


Keep voting! Vote five (5) times now and be sure to come back and vote again. You can vote up to 35 times until Thursday, June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

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Curtis Granderson Expected To Play Friday Against Marlins Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:19:54 +0000 curtis granderson hr

Terry Collins told reporters that Curtis Granderson is expected to play in Friday’s Grapefruit League game against the Miami Marlins.

Granderson was diagnosed with pinkeye on Tuesday, but has been working out and said the condition has improved.

“He feels good, the medicine has worked,” Collins said. “Tomorrow he won’t go on the trip, but he’ll be ready for Friday.”

March 1

According to team officials, right fielder Curtis Granderson has been diagnosed with pinkeye after visiting an eye specialist.

Granderson told reporters that the issue has already cleared up, will not participate in team workouts today.

Last season, Granderson hit .259 with a .364 OBP and .457 SLG with 26 home runs and 70 RBI while batting leadoff for the Mets.

Original Report

Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson skipped Monday morning’s team workouts with what the team is calling an an eye issue.

It’s unclear how serious the issue is but the team will update reporters later today after Granderson is examined by doctors. Manager Terry Collins believes he could be suffering from pink eye.

“He came today, it was pretty red,” Collins said. “To be cautious, pink eye can be very contagious, so we sent him to the doctor to see what it was.”

Granderson underwent surgery in November to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb that he played through during the World Series. He is 100 percent healed from that procedure and arrived to camp healthy.

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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.

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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.

alex rodriguez a-rod

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