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February 21, 2010

1st week of Camp Stories

by @ 1:58 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

1- Team signed C Rod Barajas Saturday and he is penciled in as the starter. Noted as a very good defensive catcher, he should combine with veteran Henry Blanco to give the Mets a tremendous defensive upgrade behind the plate. Barajas hit .226 with 19 homers and 71 rbi for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009. This move almost assures Omir Santos and prized prospect Josh Thole will join fellow offseason signing Chris Coste in the minors to start the 2010 campaign.

2- Mets skipper Jerry Manuel has played around with the idea of batting SS Jose Reyes 3rd in the order with CF Carlos Beltran out for the early part of the season.  This achieves a couple of things in the manager’s opinion: reduce the pressure on Reyes to run with his leg injury issues, allows the club to bat 3 switch hitters to start the game and significantly lengthens the lineup. Heck, Daniel Murphy would bat 7th under this plan! CF Angel Pagan would lead off, 2B Luis Castillo would hit 2nd, LF Jason Bay 4th, 3B David Wright 5 and RF Jef Francoeur 6th.

3- Team is trying to cancel the waiver claim of LH reliever Jay Marshall.  The Mets feel he had a pre-existing  shoulder injury and the commissioner’s office will have to rule on this dispute. NY has requested Marshall not report to camp.

4- Wright looks like he lived in the weight room this offseason. He is ripped and clearly is on a mission to hit more than 10 home runs he clubbed during the miserable 2009 season.(After putting out 33 in 2008) Great article by Kevin Kernan in the Sunday NY Post about this.

5- Manuel claims the CF job is open until Beltran returns. So keep an eye on Gary Matthews Jr, he obviously has talent and has put up numbers in the majors as an everyday player. Angel Pagan will not be handed this spot without a fight.

6- Jon Niese is the leading candidate for the  5th starter spot and looks great according to most observers. Nice to hear after the awful hamstring injury in 2009 and also amazing what medical technology can do. That was not a pretty scene at Citifield, one of the worst moments of a season filled with them!

7- Overall reports have been positive, several veterans look to be in excellent shape, besides Wright, two names that come to mind are starting pitchers, LH Oliver Perez and RH Mike Pelfrey. This is a great sign because these two, along with John Maine, are HUGE keys for the hopes of the 2010 Mets.

8- Keep an eye on the bullpen battle in camp. Manuel has stated spots are open and you could see some interesting names in a variety of roles. Obviously, Francisco Rodriquez is the closer and Pedro Feliciano , the top lefty, but you have some real battles going on here. I would love them to leave Bobby Parnell here! He was solid out of the pen and a mess starting.

9- With the Barajas signing, this team is pretty well set with the everyday lineup.(However, they could use another lefty reliever!) The battles for final roster spots should be interesting and create competition, which is always good. I really like this team. Listen, many picked this team to go to the World Series in 2009.(Sports Illustrated for one) Every thing that could possibly go wrong went wrong, I think I sprained my neck watching this team. After the nightmare endings of 2007 and 2008, this franchise is due some good luck. This team has some how flied under the radar and I like that.  They did lose the big bat of Carlos Delgado at 1B but have added a comparable one in Bay and  Barajas is a solid acquisition. Having Francoeur here for a full season is huge. He is a gritty, down and dirty player who battles. Think of Paul Lo Duca in RF, that is Jeff. This team can and will contend in 2010.

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February 14, 2010

Off-season Update

by @ 4:53 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

UPDATE OF RECENT METS NEWS:

1– 3 signings announced this week that might have impact for the 2010 Mets, as 1b Mike Jacobs(an ex-Met), LHP Hisanori Takahashi and C Shawn Riggans all signed minor league deals Thursday. Jacobs, who could platoon with Daniel Murphy at first, launched 19 homers for the Kansas City Royals last year while posting a .228 average. He hit .300 with 11 homers in his rookie season for NY in 2005. He was then packaged to Florida in the Carlos Delgado trade during the 2006 off-season. His best year was 2008, when he put up the following line:.247, 32 homers with 93 RBI. Takahashi brings depth and versatility to the club, as he can both start and relieve. He was 10-6 with a 2.94 ERA for the Yomiuri Giants last year. The southpaw throws 5 pitches and features a screw ball. Riggans is more a of a depth catcher and will compete with veterans Henry Blanco, Chris Coste and rookie Josh Thole for a roster spot with returnee Omir Santos the presumed backstop.

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2- The club has made a minor adjustment to the dimensions of Citifield. The club has cut 8 feet of the center field wall just below the Home run Apple. The wall measured at 16 feet in 2009, no other adjustments have been made to the  Mets home ballpark.  NY hit 96 homers in 2009, by far the fewest in MLB. The San Francisco Giants were 29th with 122 by comparison. Ball park aside, the club lost Delgado and Beltran for large chunks of the season as well as spark plug SS Jose Reyes at the top of the order. That is easily 80-90 home runs right there. While I do not expect the 2010 Mets to resemble the 1961 Yankees, I think this team will hit around 150 bombs this year.

3- Great to see Murphy working with Mets hall of famer Keith Hernandez this past week on defense at 1b. Keith is easily the best defensive first baseman I have ever seen and he is great sounding board for the young Murphy. I like Daniel as a player and feel he can develop into a solid everyday contributor with both his bat and glove. Mex could be a big part of this and hats off to the SNY announcer for stepping forward to help his former ball club out.

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