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November 29, 2010

Offseason Update

by @ 11:48 pm. Filed under 2010 Mets

Some Mets News items:

1- Collins’ staff taking shape: New skipper Terry Collins is reportedly going to retain 2 members of Jerry Manuel’s 2010 staff, pitching coach Dan Warthen and 3rd base coach Chip Hale. Collins will more than likely choose a bench coach and is openly campaigning for long time ex Met fan favorite Mookie Wilson to coach 1st base.

2- Free agency: Very little to report in this area with the team almost being set in both the field and rotation wise(Need a depth starter with Ace Johan Santana’s early season status unclear). The club must decide on the roles of both 2B Luis Castillo and LHP Oliver Perez  before spring training as well. Look for the club to sign a back up veteran catcher, some bullpen help and possibly a reclamation project type starting pitcher. Ex San Diego Padre RH SP Chris Young has been linked with the Mets.

3- F Mart: NY’s Top OF prospect Fernando Martinez, a candidate to open the season with the big club, is  back in NY to have his surgically repaired right knee examined after experiencing discomfort in his only winter ball game.

4- Contracts: LH RP Pedro Feliciano, one of the top relievers in the game, has until November 30th to accept the club’s arbitration offer  or if any club signs him, the Mets will receive  draft pick compensation as a a class B free agent(2nd round pick in the 2011 entry draft).  NY also must tender contracts to the following players by Thursday December 2nd or they become non-tendered free agents: SPs Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey and John Maine, RP Sean Green and OF Angel Pagan. All except Maine are almost guaranteed to return, even Green, who has had two tough years in Flushing. But the Mets need help in the pen and Green will cost around 1 million to retain, Pelfrey, Pagan and Dickey are strong candidates for multi-year extensions.

5- Winter Meetings: Start next week in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, look for some major free agent signings as the December holiday break draws near!

November 21, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Terry Collins to be named next Mets manager

by @ 11:52 pm. Filed under 2010 Mets

According to numerous media reports, former Angels and Astros skipper Terry Collins will be named the Manager of the New York Mets with a press conference more than likely Tuesday. Previously serving as the club’s minor league field coordinator, Collins beat out(Among others) Wally Backman, Chip Hale and Bob Melvin, who all worked within the organization in 2010. All 3 finalists are more than likely to be offered roles with  either the parent club or in the minor league system.

November 16, 2010

Mets update: Managerial search down to 4 candidates, Beltran’s status and other news from the GM meetings

by @ 8:41 pm. Filed under 2010 Mets

UPDATES ON  METS MAJOR NEWS ITEMS:

1- Managerial search down to 4 candidates: The 4 finalists to manage the 2011 New York Mets: Bob Melvin, Wally Backman, Terry Collins and Chip Hale, All four will have 2nd interviews with the club before the conclusion of the winter meetings in Florida this week, according to a press release from the team. Melvin and Hale were scheduled to meet with Mets brass Wednesday while Backman and Collins Thursday. I hope Wally gets the job but believe Collins is the front runner. If you read my blog and know me at all, you don’t need to ask why I want Wally to manage this team. But if you want some evidence why he would make things very interesting, YOUTUBE his name! The club plans to make a final decision this weekend with a possible hiring press conference Tuesday.

2- DePodesta added to Front office: Well respected MLB executive Paul DePodesta was hired by new GM Sandy Alderson last week as Vice president of player development and scouting. The former baseball and football player at Harvard University, has worked previously for the Cleveland Indians(1996-1999) and Oakland A’s(1999-2004)  before being named GM of the Los Angeles Dodgers at the age of 31 in February of 2004, a position he held thru the 2005 season. DePodesta was hired by  the San Diego Padres in June 2006 ,holding two posts(Special Assistant for Baseball Operations and Executive VP) before joining the Mets.

3- Beltran update: CF Carlos Beltran has given the Mets some options heading into this ever important offseason. First, he stated if management approached him about a trade, he would listen.  Equally newsworthy where his feelings about moving to a a corner outfield position, a viable option that could save wear and tear on Beltran’s surically repaired right knee. Carlos reports he has no pain in the joint and would move out of center if the team approached him in a professional manner. However, the 3 time gold glove award winner believes he could still play the position and play it well.

November 4, 2010

Mets Update: Ricciardi added to Front Office, Reyes’ option picked up, 5 candidates for Managerial position

by @ 9:21 pm. Filed under 2010 Mets

Busy 1st week for GM Sandy Alderson  as he hired a key, experienced assistant,  continued to search for the Mets skipper while he kept the club’s star shortstop. Lets look at each move in order.

1- NY added J.P Ricciardi to the front office Tuesday. The former general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays(2001-2009) was recently working for ESPN as  a Baseball Analyst, worked for Alderson’s Oakland A’s teams for 16 years(1986-2001). He will assist in all areas of the front office but emphasize player development and scouting. Please note that many of the players that helped lead the Blue Jays surprising 2010 campaign are Ricciardi acquisitions.

2- The club’s managerial search involves 5 “Known” candidates, i.e potential hires that we have verification from the organization, specifically Alderson. Side note here: GREAT to have the Team give the fans updates on both the GM and managerial searches! Mets bench coach Dave Jauss  and scout Bob Melvin were interviewed Thursday while ex Met player and current minor league skipper Wally Backman, 3B coach Chip Hale and minor league field coordinator Terry Collins will interview this weekend in California. Other internal candidates to be linked to the position: Mets Triple A Manager Ken Oberkfell, ex Met and NY Double A skipper Tim Teufel.  Another ex Met, Texas Rangers hitting coach(and ex Colorado Rockie headman) Clint Hurdle and former Seattle Mariner manager Don Wakamatsu are believed to be the leading external candidates.

3- NY picked up the $11 million option on shortstop Jose Reyes contract while Alderson did not rule out the sides coming to agreement on a long term deal.

I can’t wait to get started again,” Reyes said in a statement. “This is where I began my career and this is where I want to stay. I want to do everything I can to help turn this around here. The last four years have been disappointing for everyone. We have to make it better and we will.”

November 1, 2010

Alderson Era Begins: Respected MLB executive hired as 12th GM in Mets history

by @ 7:42 pm. Filed under 2010 Mets

As long rumored, the New York Mets hired highly respected baseball executive Sandy Alderson as their General Manager Friday.  The ex Marine and Lawyer is best known for building the powerful Oakland A’s teams(GM from 83-97) of the late 80s and early 90s, he also served as CEO of the San Diego Padres(2005-2009) after the A’s changed ownership. Recently, he served as a consultant for MLB regarding issues in the Dominican Republic with players falsifying ages & abusing performance enhancing drugs.  Alderson’s next major decision will be anointing  the next  Mets field manager with  Mets minor league skipper Wally Backman, ex A’s/Brewers manager Ken Macha and former Diamondbacks-Mariners manager Bob Melvin listed as potential choices.

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