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Updated: 2014-10-06T21:49:20.267-04:00

 



Pedro shut down

2013-02-24T22:07:30.699-05:00

Left 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



A closer look at Marlon Byrd

2013-02-15T23:12:05.083-05:00

It 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.

Byrd had been a top prospect in the Phillies organization when he broke into the majors in 2002, appearing in 10 games.  The next season he appeared in 135 games in which he hit .302 and came in 4th for the Rockie of the year award.  It looks like he had a sophomore slump hitting only .228 in 106 games.

For the second year in a row he struggled, which resulted in Philly trading him to Washington for Endy Chavez. In 2005 the Nats eventually sent him down after hitting .264 in 74 games, the next season he hit .223 in 78 games for Washington.

In 2007 he would sign with the Texas Rangers as a free agent and then spend the next three years there as an arbitration eligible player.  He thrived in Texas playing in 377 games and hitting .295 from 2007-2009.

After the 2009 season the Cubs would sign him to a three year 15M deal and for the first two years the contract would work out as he hit .284 in 271 games.  In April of 2012 Byrd was traded to the Red Sox for pitcher Michael Bowden, in 34 games for Boston he would hit .270.  In a roster crunch he was designated for assignment but then tested positive for PED, even though he did not play again in Boston he severed his 50 games on the restricted list.

His defense has never been questioned, he's always played a decent center field but can he produce offensively.  I'll take .270 from a center fielder and Byrd has achieved that or better in 7 of 11 seasons and 2 other seasons he hit over .265,  to be fair he has hit in the .220s in two other seasons...


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



Cowgill is a spark plug...

2013-02-15T11:31:05.401-05:00

On 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...

Here's what was said after he was drafted by the D-Backs...

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

Last season in spring training with Oakland here's part of an interview with Cowgill

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 


Now this spring he's being compared to Lenny Dykstra

“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




My issue isn't Bourn it's the approach to the OF

2013-02-11T23:30:15.281-05:00

Michael 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.

You can't enter the off-season bashing your own outfield and then return that outfield in tact.  If there is even a remote chance that this could have happened the message should have been "we like our young players and want to see how they develop", all the while seeing what you can find, not saying "What Outfield".

I know Sandy was joking but having such a cavalier way of discussing the outfield leads me to believe that they had every intention of addressing the outfield, therefore; you can only come to one conclusion that they misplayed the off-season.  There were serviceable outfielders who would have been upgrades over the current roster who signed for reasonable deals; Ryan Ludwick, Matt Diaz, Jonny Gomes, and Scott Hairston  to name a few.

Even some of the players where it was borderline if they were up grades would have at least created competition for spots, such as Rick Ankiel, Ben Francisco and Austin Kearns.

I do like the Cowgill, Byrd and Brown signings, my point is if your going to go with that level of player then you should have brought in as many as you could find, throw it against the wall and see what sticks.

Right now the Mets have a small group of unproven and potentially mediocre outfielders who have very little risk of not making the team.  If the outfield competition is Duda, Baxter, Kirk, Cowgill, Brown and Byrd that means only one gets cut.  Unless he's awful, Byrd gets veteran status while Brown gets sent down basically.

Of course the Mets are trying to create some false competition by trying their bench infielders in the outfield but how is Lutz, Turner or Valdespin an upgrade over an actual outfielder.

Again how did the entire off-season approach to the outfield come down to one player on Feb. 11th who had a top draft pick attached to him in the first place, it leads me to believe the approach was flawed.






Campana would be a nice pick-up

2013-02-10T20:10:53.485-05:00

When 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.

As far as the Mets needs Campana isn't a perfect fit since he's a lefty and as a lead-off hitter he isn't walking enough but he'd still be a nice addition.  The Cubs use him mostly as a number two or seven hitter, in the two hole he hit .282.  He's only 26 y/o and his base path speed is incredible, in his first two seasons he's stolen 54 bases in a 154 games.  He can play a solid center field and would only cost somewhere around 500k while still having options left....


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



Could Podsednik be the back-up to Bourn

2013-02-09T21:18:48.448-05:00

Scott 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.

The veteran center fielder spent the 2011 season in AAA after signing a minor league deal with the Blue Jays/ Phillies.  Apparently Podsednik wasn't willing to spend any further time in the minors, last year Boston traded him to Arizona who immediately attempted to send him to AAA and Pod refused resulting in his release and resigning in Boston.

I'm not sure how much speed he has left, the last two seasons in the majors he didn't steal more then seven bases but prior to that he was a 30 steals a season guy and one year he stole 70.

Ken Rosenthal believes that Podsednik could be the fallback option for the team that loses out on Bourn....

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



Review of the off-season...

2013-02-09T00:18:42.741-05:00

As 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[...]



Do the Mets players need the boost of sign Bourn

2013-02-07T21:39:15.775-05:00

I 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.

Ever since the Mets made their case against re-signing Reyes, in which they expressed their concern over diminished returns because his game was based on speed, every speedster is labeled a risk.  The fact of the matter is that Reyes has a long history of leg injuries which is what made him such a risk of drastically declining, speedsters do decline with age but most who don't have an injury history slow at a gradual rate.

More important then whether four years is too long or not, is what the impact of not signing him may have on the roster.  Remember the organization entered this off-season making jokes about their own outfield. making most fans expect significant improvements.


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

Now this isn't about once again holding Alderson to the fire for his jokes, that has been done enough this off-season.  This is more about what message is sent to the players on the roster and what kind of season we can expect if they Mets pass on Bourn.

David Wright has called the speedy outfielder, Ike has said he'd  love have him and Alderson has admitted to negotiating with him, all the while if they don't sign him the back-up plan is those guys he quipped about as what outfield.

But more important than his jokes, is the psychological impact of not bringing in a significant positional player.  At the end of the season Alderson admitted that not making a trade at the deadline may have contributed to the tail spin the team went into in the second half.  I'm concerned that not signing Bourn and I only say Bourn because he's the only one left, will have the same negative impact the deadline had....


“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



Derek Lowe a fit for the Mets..

2013-02-05T23:45:41.245-05:00

During 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.

Now most believed that the Braves over paid and Lowe under preformed but Lowe made 101 starts in three season, logging 575 innings and in the first two seasons he one 31 games.  During those same seasons the Mets would have killed for that type of consistency from a 3-4 starter.

After 3 1/2 seasons with an ERA over three Lowe had a resurgence with the Yankees, producing an ERA of 3.04 in 17 games in which 7 were starts.  In all, Lowe has 175 wins and 86 saves in his career.

He's been holding out this off-season for a chance to start but as spring approaches he may have to get in camp on just a chance to pitch.  Lowe could end up auditioning for a longman role with a club who could see him as a back-up plan in the late innings...

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe speculates that the Mets could be a fit for Lowe.


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



Lyon close why wasn't OF handled like pen...

2013-02-03T20:27:55.843-05:00

There 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.

I like what the Mets are doing with the pen, bringing in any veteran reliever they can find, see what sticks and no real harm in who doesn't.  What I can't understand is why they didn't do the same thing with the outfield, there were at least 10 outfielders signed to minor league deals I think they could have/should have brought in...


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



Alderson Mets still have OF options

2013-02-02T10:34:10.698-05:00

Even 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...



Byrd agrees to a minor league deal

2013-02-02T00:28:44.473-05:00

According 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.

Byrd can play center and is a lifetime .278 BA but last year hit only .210 in 143 AB.  There's no risk to bringing him in as a minor leaguer. The Mets were linked to Byrd several times under Omar.  






Mets still in the relief market..

2013-01-31T08:30:32.663-05:00

Jon 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...





Hawkins signs a minor league deal

2013-01-31T07:41:31.949-05:00

Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that the Mets have signed LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.  

Hawkins is a 40 y/o right handed reliever who has compiled 88 saves over his 18 year career.  Last year with the Angels he appeared in 48 games with a 3.64 ERA/1.38 WHIP and earned one save.  He held left handed batters to a .214 BA and a .310 slg. pct. In the first half of the season he appeared in 23 games and posted a 1.35 ERA but in the second half appearing in 25 games he posted a 5.73 ERA.

Last night Alderson said the bullpen would be a strength and there have been reports that the Mets were looking for a reliever with closing experience.  While I like bringing in Hawkins on a minor league I'm hoping he's not the set-up man they're bringing in, in case Francisco struggles.



What relievers still available w/ closing exp.

2013-01-31T00:41:35.453-05:00

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Yesterday the Mets signed reliever Scott Atchison to a minor league deal and reports indicate that they are not done with the pen, in fact they could even sign someone with closing experience.

 Frank Francisco is coming off surgery, was injured for a portion of the season and struggled at times with the closing responsibilities. In Alderson's first year he brought in Izzy who eventually closed for the Mets.

It makes sense to bring in another closer willing to set-up for now hoping that at some point they get the chance to showcase themselves in New York.


Here is an updated list of free agent relievers who have at least ten saves in their careers.

Jeremy Accardo (38)
Matt Capps (138)
Todd Coffey (11)
Francisco Cordero (329)
Kevin Gregg (144)
LaTroy Hawkins (88)
Jason Isringhausen (300)
Bobby Jenks (173)
Brandon Lyon (79)
Guillermo Mota (10)
Jon Rauch (62)
Francisco Rodriguez (294)
Jose Valverde (277)
Brian Wilson (171)



Mets sign reliever Atchison...

2013-01-29T22:29:51.573-05:00

The 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



Baker signs with Rangers

2013-01-26T21:22:05.355-05:00

The 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.

Who knows maybe the Mets truly have something up their sleeve because they certainly don't seem to have any urgency to fix an outfield they were joking about in Oct.


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



what to make of Bourn rumors

2013-01-25T23:44:47.090-05:00

Photo 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[...]



Marcum signs with Mets

2013-01-24T21:18:59.645-05:00

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It's being reported that the Mets have signed Shaun Marcum to a one year, not only did this come out of nowhere but with all the Bourne discussion it's barely been noticed.  It was reported earlier this off-season that the Mets were interested in Marcum but never was it characterized that they were front runners or even close.

With Marcum the Mets now have a decent rotation it's unfortunate that the rest of the East is so strong and they have so many holes outside the rotation.  As it stands the Mets will have a rotation of Johan, Harvey, Niese, Marcum and Gee with Wheeler getting ready in AAA.


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



And then there was none, Hairston to Cubs..

2013-01-23T22:42:34.567-05:00

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After joking at their own outfield or lack there of, the Mets have sat idly by as the free agent pool and trade markets have completely evaporated.  Now they appear left with the same outfield that they were making jokes about for most of the off-season.  All off-season they have danced around re-signing Scott Hairston making him a fallback guy who they could re-sign at any point, but now Hairston has a two year deal with the Cubs and the Mets don't have one major league quality outfielder.  What amazes me is the Mets have even passed on minor players with high upside like Thomas Neal.


Scott Hairston has two-year deal with #Cubs pending physical, Ken Rosenthal reports. #mets source Adam Rubin



Why aren't the Mets grabbing some of these MiLB

2013-01-21T16:11:16.545-05:00

I'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.

What I've been critical of them about is their lack of creativity, the Collin Cowgill trade is an excellent example of what they should have been doing all off-season.  Bringing in multiple guys with potential upside and seeing who sticks. Cowgill was a nice low risk pick-up but he should be competing against at 3-4 guys you could say the same thing about.

So I become frustrated with the lack of activity, it's not about making a big splash it's about passing on the Cowgill's of the world who seem to sign everyday now to minor league deals.  For those who say well maybe nobody wants to come here, I'll dispute with the fact that the Mets have something very appealing to second tier guys....Playing time..

Today the Indians have grabbed two such players Ryan Rayburn and Ben Francisco.  The right handed hitting outfield options on the free agent market are down to Hairston and Jeff Baker.



Parnell avoids arbitration

2013-01-17T21:09:05.839-05:00

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The Mets have avoided arbitration  with reliever Bobby Parnell by signing him for 1.7M for the 2013 season (source NY ESPN).

Parnell is controlled through 2015 and still has a chance to become an elite closer.  To this point he has had a roller coaster ride, at times looking dominant and then when he was relied upon falling on his face.

Parnell reminds me of Aaron Heilman without the starter controversy,  Heilman would be lights out and once into a closer or set-up role he would quickly begin to struggle.



Kottaras would be a nice claim

2013-01-17T01:42:18.887-05:00

The 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. 



Hairston deciding soon

2013-01-16T15:19:57.677-05:00

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For the second time in less then a month were hearing that a Scott Hairston decision is imminent.

Supposedly Hairston was choosing between the Mets and Yanks with a decision any day but when the Yanks lost interest he decided to wait the market out.

Now reports are that Hairston is once again close, is this a ploy to see if he can get that two year 8M contract or is he really ready to sign.

There are reports that the Mets have balked at giving Hairston two years, now there are reports that the Cubs are interested in him...


#mets balked at scott hairston's $8M/2-yr request. #yankees not involved. Saw hairston saturday and he seemed upbeat tho. source Jon Heyman



What relievers with closing experience are available

2013-01-15T01:11:32.926-05:00

The 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

Wilson isn't the only available closer who might be willing to take a set-up role in the hopes that Francisco falters and they can jump into the role.  In fact there are numerous relievers out there who haven't found homes, here is a list of free agent relievers who have at least ten saves in their career.


Jeremy Accardo (38)
Miguel Batista (41)
Matt Capps (138)
Todd Coffey (11)
Francisco Cordero (329)
Kyle Farnsworth (52)
Kevin Gregg (144)
LaTroy Hawkins (88)
Jason Isringhausen (300)
Bobby Jenks (173)
Matt Lindstrom (45)
Brandon Lyon (79)
Guillermo Mota (10)
Juan Carlos Oviedo (92)
Chad Qualls (51)
Jon Rauch (62)
Francisco Rodriguez (294)
Rafael Soriano (132)
Jose Valverde (277)
Brian Wilson (171)