Tuesday, November 29, 2011
As we wait for some free agent Met news take a moment and read this great article from Murray Chass on Bobby V. No doubt you will be able to tell what he thinks of the Mets former manager.
Monday, November 28, 2011
It is being reported that the Mets were very disappointed in the attitude and performance of Ronny Paulino, whom they acquired last off-season.
It is believed that Paulino "still didn't know the indicator sign in September - pitchers had to call to mound consistently - bad game caller too."
If true, which it is being reported by Mike Silva, that is totally inexcusable. Paulino isn't a rookie; granted, it was his first year with the team, but how long does it take to learn the indicator sign? That shows poor preparation. Pitchers and catchers prepare before each contest, and this shows Paulino was lazy in his preparation.
In another incident, Terry Collins went to Paulino in the late innings of a game to pinch hit. Paulino sat motionless, appearing to ignore his manager. Collins stared at Paulino for a few seconds before asking Paulino to grab a bat. This time, the catcher obliged.
That moment upset Mets officials to the point that they are looking to other options for back-up catcher. It is expected that Farm Boy Thole will catch 60%, and the back-up to catch approximately 40%.
Mike Nickeas is still an option, but his lack of hitting concerns the Mets. Personally, Thole should be the back-up. He is a poor defensively catcher who doesn't hit very well. Nickeas is well respected by the pitching staff as well as by Mets management, but hie dearth hitting is worrisome.
The Mets might look outside the organization for a back-up catcher. Ramon Hernandez, Kelly Shoppach, Ivan Rodriguez, and Jason Varitek are available.
Shoppach interests me, but the other three are useless. All four will most likely beyond the Mets budget.
If I'm managing, Nickeas gets first shot at catching. Runners will be less prone to steal, he calls a great game, and takes charge out there. Yes, I know he doesn't hit his weight, but he is a solid defender.
More questions that need answering this off-season. Henry Blanco would have been a nice "re" addition, but was re-signed by Arizona. As usual, a day late and a dollar short.
Sources: Quote - Mike Silva, NY Daily News
Thursday, November 24, 2011
In this day and age its hard to believe the Mets now have owners that have serious problems running a team in the biggest city in the world. Of course the Wilpons, pictured below might beg to differ. Ok so to be thankful for as a met fan. Hmmmm.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Valentine is saying all the right things. Although he hasn't managed in the Major Leagues since being fired by the Mets in 2002, he says is excited about the potential of managing the BoSox:
“This is a great organization with a great team, a great city and great ballpark. That is very attractive. I don’t think anywhere else that there’s been a job opening that my name has been mentioned there have been as many fabulous factors. I’m honored to be part of the group.”
Valentine was mentioned as possible field general with the Marlins, but it appears that he had a difference in philosophy with Marlins owner Peter Loria.
After leaving Flushing, Valentine managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan from 2004 - 2009, where he won the Japan Series in 2005.
If Valentines arrogance doesn't blow this opportunity, he should be a shoe-in for the job. He will have more control than Francona had this past season, where it is alleged that players were drinking beer and eating during ball games.
Valentine seems very excited with the possibility to manage in Boston:
“I’m really excited about this, and I haven’t been as nervous for anything in a long, long time,” Valentine said. “It was invigorating, stimulating and all those good things.”
If Valentine proceeds with Boston the way he did when he was with Chiba Lotte, he might look like he did in his playing days:
Sources: NY Post, Wikipedia
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Mets have lost two players in the last few days who spent much of the season either with the Mets, or shuttling back and forth between Flushing and Buffalo.
Jason Pridie signed with the Oakland A's after clearing waivers. Pridie chose to become a free agent, and wasn't unemployed for very long. Pridie played well defensively in both RF and CF; a much better outfielder than Angel Pagan. If he could have hit better, he might very well have been the Mets starting CF in 2012.
Nick Evans, the everyday Nelson Figueroa, was released for the fourth time in about 10 months. He too, like the other three times, cleared waivers. This time Nick said he had enough, and according to Andy McCullough, has declared Free Agency.
I would have liked Evans to get a shot as a role player, but like with Murphy, he is virtually a man without a position in the field.
Evans was primarily the Mets starting 1B the last portion of the '11 season. He was more clutch than his .256 average would lead you to believe. Evans had some good AB's in pressure situations. He had learn to work deeper counts, and had a respectable 4 HR's, 10 2B's, and 2 3B's with 25 RBI. Not too bad for a guy who was released three times during the season.
I always liked Evans, and hope he does well. Unfortunately, he is much like many of the young players from the Mets minors; can hit well, but just no place to put him in the field (see Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, Josh Thole, et al).
I'm sure shedding Evans' approximate $450K salary will provide the leverage Elvis has spoken of. Sources:
Andy McCullough Twitter, Baseball Reference
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
|"I feel good. I'm working out, trying to get in shape. I'm doing weightlifting, agility. I've done some running and it's been good. Obviously I don't know what would happen if I roll it or something, but I think what I'm doing now is probably going to be harder than the actual baseball stuff."|
Davis, as stated above, says his conditioning is more intense than baseball, and he has felt no pain. He is certain he should have no issues for the 2012 season.
Fearless is antsy to start the season:
"I wish it was the season time, because I feel like I've already had an offseason."
The Mets missed Davis' power terribly last season, and with the new dimensions for GHMP for 2012, he and the Mets should benefit immensely. Said Davis:
"But it will hopefully help put some more runs on the board, because David and Jason (Bay), they were hitting the ball off the wall in left field. It just would help if those balls were out in left."
If Davis can rebound from this ankle injury and pick up where he left off before his injury, it will work out as a great addition to this ball club...without making a trade.
Source: ESPN New York
Friday, November 11, 2011
Make sure you shake the hands of any veterans you come in contact today. Happy Veterans day !
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
In regards to Reyes' status as well as his own, Wright offered:
“I guess that this could affect things moving forward. I don’t know for a fact. I haven’t spoken to the front office. I haven’t spoken to anybody, kind of about specifically, about my future. You realize that it’s a real thing, that if Jose goes, then I guess anybody can go.”
Wright was quoted while attending the ALS Association’s Lou Gehrig Awards Dinner, and the concluding thought about his teammate was most telling:
“Well, I know what I hope he’s going to do. I don’t know what he’s going to do, [but] I know what I want him to do and that’s to be to my left next year. I’ve shot him a couple texts, exchanged some text messages, nothing about baseball.
“I guess that’s the eternal optimist side of me that he’ll be to my left in spring training, but you never really know. Hopefully the organization values Jose the way that maybe I do, and hopefully Jose reciprocates that and they can work something out.”
The second interesting article is a stat provided by Metsmerized Online:
Player B is no other than OUR Jose Reyes.
People still feel Jose is overrated? Look at the annual hits. Often injured? Compare games played. Low average? Take a look-see.
Jose Reyes is the type of player that needs to be seen on a daily basis to understand how integral he is to the Mets.
Think Ruben Tejada can produce like that? I didn't think so.
Sources: Steve Popper, Metsmerized Online
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Reyes is suppose to be meeting wtih the Marlins on Wednesday? My partner in crinme Met fan 73 I am sure swallowed is tongue when he read this latest tid bit. The thought of Reyes playing in Miami or any team in the Mets Nl East division is just down right nauseating.
Reyes I am sure will be making the tour in the coming weeks and then will have to go back to the Mets and say hey, match this. Alderson I am sure will balk at any deal that pushes the term over 5 years. The fun begins.
The Marlins are looking to make a splash this off season. The much anticipated Jose Reyes bidding begins tomorrow. Jose Reyes will meet with the Marlins and their owner, Jeffrey Loria, to hear their sales pitch for the star shortstop's services. Hanley Ramirez has said he would move to 3B to accommodate Reyes.
The Marlins will be moving into a new crib for the 2012 season, and are expected to have some money to spend. On the other hand, the Mets appear to have about 37 cents to spend this off-season.
Although the scenario of Reyes leaving is terrifyingly real, the Mets have asked that once Reyes receives offers, that they come to the Mets to allow them to make an offer to try and keep Reyes in the only baseball home he has known.
The Marlins are also set to meet with free agent White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle. Buehrle has spent all 12 of his professional season with the ChiSox. He is familiar with new Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, but will that be enough to land the stud pitcher? Probably not. Buehrle is from the Midwest, and might opt to stay closer to home.
Where does this "news" leave us? The same place it did a couple of weeks ago. Although frightening, Reyes visiting the Marlins is just Jose dipping his toe in the free agent pool. If Reyes and his agent allow the Mets to make an offer after all offer have been previously made, there is still a
Fasten your seat belts Mets fans, it's going to be a long curvy ride.
Sources: Ken Rosenthal Fox Sports, Baseball Reference, Jon Heyman Twitter