2013-02-24T22:07:30.699-05:00Left handed reliever Pedro Feliciano has been shut down for at least three weeks after a small hole was found in his heart. After leaving the Mets for a more lucrative contract with the cross town Yankees, Pedro missed his entire contract due to shoulder injuries. He has not pitched in the majors since 2010 but says he feels healthy, the Mets have shut him down as a precaution until they can get a definitive diagnosis...
"With respect to his comment, that he has a hole in his heart, I don't think that's clear at this point," Alderson said. "What we need to do is wait over the next couple of weeks until there's a final diagnosis." source Nj.com
2013-02-15T23:12:05.083-05:00It seems like all day, all we've heard is Byrd could end up the starting right fielder, so it seems only fitting to take a closer look at his career. In discussing Byrd most reference his All Star year in Chicago but I was curious to find out whether he was a one hit wonder.
But Collins challenged those assumptions. “We’ve come into camp saying, ‘Well, we’re looking to platoon here, we’re looking to platoon there,’ ” Collins said. “If Marlon Byrd is the same offensive player that he’s capable of being, we don’t need to platoon. We’ve got that guy.” source NY Times
2013-02-15T11:31:05.401-05:00On December 18th the Mets traded Jefry Marte for 26y/o right handed hitting outfielder Collin Cowgill. It's said that he can play a decent center field and he hit .269 in 104 at bats last season. Throughout his short career Cowgill has been praised for his intangibles, specifically to be a spark plug of the offense...
OF Collin Cowgill, fifth round (168): The senior at the University of Kentucky missed his junior year after having surgery on his hammate bone. He was a catalyst for the Wildcats and has a good approach at the plate. source D-Backs.com
Q: Bob Melvin has said that even if you haven’t been in the game you come back to the dugout with your jersey all dirty and everything I’ve read there’s been praise for your work ethic. What does that mean to you and how do you go out and play the game that might be different from others?
A: It’s been like that my whole life. I’ve never been the biggest guy, the strongest guy, the most talented guy. I try to put myself in the position where at the end of the day I have no regrets. There is no reason why I shouldn’t perform because I put my work in, and do the best I can to prepare for the game. And whether or not I get hits or what not, I play hard and do what I can to help the team win. That’s always been my philosophy, whatever I can do on the field, whether it is running hard on a pop up or ground out, there’s always a chance somebody will make a mistake out there. I just want to put myself in a position to help the team win; I prepare that way, and hope to be successful. source Todd Van Poppel rockie card retirement plan
“Rico would have me hit leadoff sometimes in Double-A because he said I reminded him of Lenny Dykstra,” Cowgill said yesterday. “He was like, ‘Man, I was thinking about Lenny today and I want you to lead off.’ I tell you, that’s big shoes to fill right there.” source Newsday
2013-02-11T23:30:15.281-05:00Michael Bourn has signed with the Indians, it's of no consolation that the Mets were very close to signing him. I do get how important draft picks are to a team rebuilding, especially as high as the 11th pick but I'm left wondering why our entire off-season came down to this. In fact my issue with the front office is less to do with missing on Bourn over the 11th pick but more about the over all approach to the outfield this off-season.
2013-02-10T20:10:53.485-05:00When the Cubs made the Scott Hairston signing official they needed to make room on the 40 man roster. OF Tony Campana was the casualty of the roster crunch and has been DFA. Campana is now in limbo, the Cubs have 10 days to place him on waivers or to release him. There has been some speculation that the Cubs waited this late in the off-season hoping teams didn't have room to claim him and maybe they could slip him through waivers. But for the next ten days the Cubs have the opportunity to make a deal with a team, after that the waiver process begins.
By making this move late, the Cubs increased the odds that teams may let him pass through. Most teams have their 40 man rosters set at this point. However, Campana offers a unique skill with is top of the scale speed. Coupled with his ability to play CF, he could be useful for a team that can afford to carry him as their 5th outfielder. I have to think he'll get some interest and there is a good chance he gets claimed, even as teams head into the spring with full roster. source Chicago Now
2013-02-09T21:18:48.448-05:00Scott Podsednik is a 36 y/o left handed center fielder who is still a free agent. Podsednik posted a .302 BA in 63 games with the Red Sox last season, after not appearing in the majors since 2010.
Teams like Podsednik, but he likely will need to wait for one that wants more help, suffers an injury or misses on a free agent like Bourn.source Ken Rosenthal
2013-02-09T00:18:42.741-05:00As pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Monday I thought it was a good time to take a look at the 2012-2013 off-season. Despite the Mets being the last team in the league to sign a major league deal, and in all only giving out two of those deals, they did alright. The rotation is the strength of the club and Shaun Marcum is a solid addition, sure they'll miss Dickey if Dickey is what he was last season. Within a matter of days the pen has been completely revamped and there are some solid relievers coming to camp. I would have pick-up a super utility guy like Ryan Theriot but the infield and there back-ups isn't the issue. I thought they should have brought in a back-up catcher but clearly they are comfortable with Recker until d"Arnaud is called up. The real misstep this off-season was the outfield, I have a hard time believing that the plan was to pursue Bourn all along and really if they do land Bourn, then they had a solid off-season taking into consideration they're still building this organization. I think they misread the market and Bourn is now their scramble to recover. Either they thought players prices would come back to them or they thought they could land a trade that never materialized. Without Bourn it was a disappointing off-season but if they land him I believe it's a big step toward changing the perception about the Mets...Subtractions R.A. Dickey Mike Pelfrey Chris Young Mike Pelfrey Jon Rauch &nbs[...]
2013-02-07T21:39:15.775-05:00I think Michael Bourn is a perfect fit for the Mets, he would be a true lead-off hitter, a base stealing threat and a defensively skilled center fielder. All are areas of the current roster that the Mets have glaring holes. Bourn just turned 30 y/o at the end of December which means he would be 33 y/o at the end of a 4 year contact.
Asked whether the outfield was his top priority this winter, the Mets GM replied: “Outfield? What outfield? We’re probably gonna have to bring the fences in another 150 feet!” source Daily News
“And we didn’t get an influx of talent or players from the minor league system at that time, and we didn’t get an influx from outside the system, either. As a result, when you don’t get that push, there may be something psychological. There may be just something strictly performance-based that comes into play in the second half. But it’s definitely something we have to look at.” source ESPN NY
2013-02-05T23:45:41.245-05:00During the off-season before the 2009 season it was rumored that the Mets came very close to signing Derek Lowe only to have the Braves swoop in and grab the veteran pitcher. The made a low ball offer that they sat on saying they wouldn't bid against themselves, the Braves missed several pitchers and were able to become the highest bidder.
Derek Lowe, RHP, free agent — The veteran righty is carefully choosing the right place to resume his career. Lowe wants to be a starting pitcher, but it increasingly appears that he will have to go back to being a swingman, which is how he started his career with the Red Sox. The Mets and Astros are possibilities. source Boston Globe
2013-02-03T20:27:55.843-05:00There are several reports that the Mets are close to signing Brandon Lyon, additionally despite his 79 saves Lyon isn't considered the closer to compete with Frank Francisco. There are reports that the Mets want to bring in a second closer to compete with Francisco and while Lyon is considered to be a late inning reliever, he is not that second closer.
Lyon, 33, went a combined 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA in 67 relief appearances last season with the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays. He posted a career-high 26 saves in 2008 with the Arizona Diamondacks as well as 20 in 2010 with the Astros, but may not viewed as a candidate to unseat Frank Francisco as closer. source ESPN NY
2013-02-02T10:34:10.698-05:00Even after the Marlon Byrd signing Marc Carig of Newsday tweeted that Sandy Alderson says the Mets still have options for the outfield. Many have speculated in the last few hours that Byrd along with the other outfield candidates have essentially ended any pursuit of Michael Bourn. Don't forget the Mets signed veteran Fred Lewis last season and tucked him away in AAA until several layers of outfielders went by the way side, the same could happen to Byrd. If not Byrd and not an idol comment to keep the masses happy then any outfield options would have to come via trade since there is nothing left on the free agent market. Of course, both the signing and the trade comment could be a message to Bourn, that while they like him Boras isn't going to dictate things and that they have options...
2013-02-02T00:28:44.473-05:00According to multiple reports the Mets have signed Marlon Byrd to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. The 35 y/o has a leg up on the competition because of his veteran experience and he bats righty while hitting double digit home runs in four straight seasons.
2013-01-31T08:30:32.663-05:00Jon Heyman just tweeted that the Mets are still in the relief market after signing LaTroy Hawkins. Like I said as long as Hawkins isn't the primary guy they sign to back-up Francisco then its a very good move. It appears that the Mets will bring in another former closer whether it's Wilson, Krod or even a return of Rauch...
2013-01-31T07:41:31.949-05:00Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that the Mets have signed LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.
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2013-01-29T22:29:51.573-05:00The Mets have signed Scott Atchison to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Atchison when available was a solid reliever for the Red Sox the problem is just how available will he be. See Atchison has a torn elbow ligament in his elbow but decided to not have TJ surgery. After taking two months off he pitched well to end the season but the question is how long will it hold up...
Atchison, 36, went 2-1 with a 1.58 ERA in 42 relief appearances for the Boston Red Sox last season. However, he missed two months in 2012 with a torn elbow ligament and passed on undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made five late-season appearances after the two-month absence. He was non-tendered by the Red Sox in December. source ESPN NY
2013-01-26T21:22:05.355-05:00The last remaining right handed outfielder has signed with the Rangers, it's been reported that Jeff Baker has agreed to a minor league deal with Texas. Now I'm not saying Baker would be an improvement over who the Mets have but like I've been saying all along if you can't make a significant upgrade then bring in multiple candidates to compete for the positions.
Baker had a busy 2012 between three teams: the Cubs, Tigers and Braves. Usable at first, second, third and in the outfield, Baker hit .239 with four home runs and a .279 on-base percentage in 83 games. He's spent nearly his whole career in the National League, with just 15 games played for the American League -- all in Detroit last year.source MLB.com
2013-01-25T23:44:47.090-05:00Photo by Michael BaronLet me start by saying that I think Michael Bourn aside from being left handed is exactly what the Mets need, a speedy lead-off hitter who is a strong defensive center fielder. Not only would Bourn fill offensive and defensive holes for the team but he would also allow Ruben Tejada to move to a more natural position in the line-up. Using Tejada as the lead-off hitter is a stretch and puts a lot of un-needed pressure on the youngster. No Bourn isn't a difference maker who will propel the team into contention but he could end up being a veteran presence along side Wright as the youngsters develop, much like Worth was to Zimmerman while the Nats youngsters developed.Also if the model is great starting pitching and solid to above average defense then up the middle positional players should be considered a premium commodity for the organization. To often last seasons' team lacked base path speed, there was no one in the line-up who could steal a base or even take an extra base, just ask Mike Pelfrey what kind of pressure base path speed puts on a pitcher. The Mets still lack speed and will continue to be a station to station offensive team with very little power. It's not unusual for this front office to work quietly behind the scenes, after all they signed Shaun Marcum without a single leak but after nothing linking Bourn and the Mets all off-season suddenly it's one of the most public rumors in baseball. I'm left feeling very skeptical about the situation but I'm not really sure who I'm skeptical of. We could have easily said this was Boras drumming up serious suitors for his client at the expense of a large market club but the Mets haven't disputed the rumors. Does that mean the rumors are true or are the Mets allowing Boras to use them as they are using him to keep a fan base happy that has grown increasingly frustrated with their lack of activity with this false rumor. Boras gets his mystery team to come out of the woodwork and finally make a real offer thinking they have to beat out the impoverished Mets from getting Bourn for a steal while the Mets can hang their hat on making a college try and then being financially or draft responsible.Then again the Mets allowed their most productive power hitter to walk, lets face it the Mets clearly didn't bring Hairston back. At what he got they weren't outbid the team chose not to bring him back, Gomes with almost identical numbers got 2yr/10M while Hairston will have to achieve all his incentives to get 6M over those same two years. So if the Mets passed on Hairston over concerns of playing time, then who exactly is this outfielder who will demand all this time, certainly none of the cast of characters they currently call their starting outfield. Have ticket sales looked so bad that the Mets have become desperate and ownership has demanded a big splash or on the opposite end have finances improved so much they can afford a big contract that they couldn't before. With neither side denying the rumors, which are as intricate as the Mets asking the league about draft protection it almost seems as if they're working together to make this happen. Boras has been known to work with club's to make a marriage work when the market demand for his client isn't there. Boras may have even assisted the Mets with this "Loop hole" idea. In fact it doesn't make sense for the Mets to ask about a ruling on the draft pick unless the two sides already know they can reach an agreement. I'm not even sure this deal would hinge upon the p[...]
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Marcum finished 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA as elbow issues limited him to just 124 innings last season. But when healthy, the right-hander has enjoyed success. In parts of seven big league seasons with the Blue Jays and the Brewers, Marcum is 57-36 with 3.76 ERA. source Newsday
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Scott Hairston has two-year deal with #Cubs pending physical, Ken Rosenthal reports. #mets source Adam Rubin
2013-01-21T16:11:16.545-05:00I've said all along I don't expect the Mets to be involved in the big name free agents like Michael Bourn and I don't really blame them for that, Bourn at this point a move like that really makes very little sense. The Mets are rebuilding, spending on a big piece really isn't making them a contender this year and wont be around long enough to be part of the winning years. Besides that type of player would cost them a pick and picks are what you rebuild with.
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2013-01-17T01:42:18.887-05:00The A's recently were involved in a three way trade in which the main piece Mike Morse went to Seattle while the A's received catcher John Jaso. Not only did they need to make room on the roster but with Jaso in the mix they no longer needed their back-up catcher George Kottaras. The A's had just avoided arbitration with Kottaras by signing him to a 1M one year deal. The 29 y/o lefty catcher is a lifetime .220 hitter who would be a nice compliment to John Buck until d'Arnaud is ready. MLBTR reports that George Kottaras has been placed on waivers and is available for trade.
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#mets balked at scott hairston's $8M/2-yr request. #yankees not involved. Saw hairston saturday and he seemed upbeat tho. source Jon Heyman
2013-01-15T01:11:32.926-05:00The other day Sandy Alderson gave Frank Francisco a less then ringing endorsement as the team's closer. The 33 y/o closer battled injuries and pitched to a mediocre 5.53 ERA while blowing three saves in 26 opportunities. Within days there were suddenly rumors about the Mets being very interested in Brian Wilson ( source Mike Puma NY Post ).
“Confident? I’m willing,” Alderson said. “There’s still a lot out there and we’re looking.” source NY Post