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January 30, 2013

As Mets pursue top Free agent OF Michael Bourn, Team adds two underrated pitchers

by @ 10:03 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

With all of the Greater New York media focusing on the Mets attempt to possibly sign free agent CF Michael Bourn, GM Sandy Alderson has quietly added two solid ML pitchers in both the rotation and bullpen in the past week. Veteran RHSP Shaun Marcum(7-4,3.70 in 21 starts for Milwaukee in 2012) inked a 1 year deal and slots right into one of the 5 spots in the starting rotation. The team signed RHRP Scott Atchison to minor league deal with an invite to major league Spring Training. In 42 games for the Boston Red Sox in 2012 he went 2-1 with a 1.58 ERA in 51 1/3 innings. A stat of interest for Mets fans- he owns left-handed hitters(.188 average). As someone who was born and raised in the Boston area, I cannot emphasize enough how great a signing this is for the Mets.

Now for the remaining mission of the Alderson, adding an impact outfielder to a young, unproven group at Citi Field. The Mets and top remaining free agent Outfielder Michael Bourn had a “secret” meeting last week and the team and player would be a perfect fit.(As suggested by this blogger earlier this offseason) But.. their are two major obstacles here– Bourn is represented by super agent Scott Boras, who maximizes top dollar for each and everyone of his clients. The Mets have been dealing with financial issues since club ownership was hit hard in Bernard Madoff ponzi scheme and would not appear to be in a position to negotiate with Boras. Secondly, Bourn’s former club- the Atlanta Braves-offered him a qualifying offer and any team the has a pick in the 1st 10 selections of the draft is protected if they sign elite free agents. NY had the 10th worst record but the pick was bumped to 11 after the Pittsburgh Pirates could not sign their own 2012 1st rounder(Stanford RHP Mark Appel) . Many do not believe it is wise or financially prudent for the rebuilding Mets to sign a free agent to a multi million dollar deal while losing a high first round selection. However, adding Bourn to this outfield would greatly improve the on field product and make a major question mark presentable.

January 9, 2013

Mets top 10 Prospects

by @ 10:08 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The Top 10 New York Mets Prospects according to the annual Baseball America National League East prospects issue,dated January 22,2013. I am adding what minor league level they should open the 2013 campaign at.

1- RHP Zack Wheeler, Triple A

2- SS Gavin Cecchini, Low Class A

3- OF Brandon Nimmo, Low Class A

4-RHP Luis Mateo, A

5-RHP Rafael Montero, Double A

6- 3B-2B Wilmer Flores, Triple A

7- RHP Michael Fulmer , Hi Class A

8- RHP Jeurys Familia, Mets

9- RHP Domingo Tapia , Hi A

10- RHP Cory Mazzoni, Triple A

January 1, 2013

Mets looking to add a veteran starter, bullpen help

by @ 7:59 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

The New York Mets are looking to add a veteran starting pitcher and multiple arms to a weak relief core as the New Year approaches. The rotation has 4 quality starters with Lefties Johan Santana and Jon Niese as well as righties Dillon Gee and Matt Harvey signed for 2013. However, both Santana(arm fatigue) and Gee(Blood clot surgery) missed large portions of the 2012 campaign and the team would be smart to have a surplus of available starting pitching. Bullpen wise, the top 3 spots appear secure with their closer(Frank Francisco), 8th inning man(Bobby Parnell) and lefty specialist(Josh Edgin) all back. Francisco underwent surgery December 18th to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. He should be ready to throw well before Spring Training. The Mets could use at least one more veteran righthander and a lefty to ease the load on Edgin.

The Mets have 3 primary internal options who made starts with the team in 2012 in RHPs Jeremy Heffner, Jenrry Mejia and Collin McHugh. Heffner made 13 starts(appeared in 26 games) and went 4-7 with a 5.09 ERA. The youngster has guts and could be a bottom of the rotation type. McHugh was hit hard in his 8 games(4 starts) but K-ed 17 in 21 and a third innings. He also was one of the better pitchers in the Mets minor league system the last two seasons(9-4,3.84 ERA in 27 games(22 starts) in 2011, 7-9,2.91 ERA in 25 2012 starts). Mejia has the most promise of the 3 and had a strong 2012 minor league campaign(1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 5 starts at Triple A Buffalo, 4-4,3.59 in 14 minor league starts(30 games) after missing most of 2011 with Tommy John surgery in his throwing elbow. He was called up by the big club in September,going 1-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 5 games(3 starts). Whoever earns the 5th spot in the rotation is more than likely keeping the seat warm for Mets super prospect RHP Zach Wheeler, who posted sub 3.30 ERAs at the Double and Triple A levels in 25 starts in 2012. A veteran free agent like ex Met Chris Young(4-9,4.15 ERA in 20 starts after rejoining the team in May after missing most of 2011 with an injured pitching shoulder) would also make sense. The team has also been linked to free agent Carl Pavano and engaged trade talks with the Los Angeles Dodgers who have 8 to 9 ML ready starters under contract.

The relief corps needs more quality arms as well as internal improvement. Francisco is a good ML closer and just needs to stay healthy. Parnell is an enigma and has struggled when attempting to close. He has tremendous stuff and talent, Mets fans continue to hope he turns those tools into outs and production. Edgin was impressive after being recalled and the southpaw has big time gas(30 Ks in 25.2 innings). He also has extensive closing experience in the minors(converted 30 of 39 saves in the minors from 2010-11) and just looks like a player. The team definitely needs to add another lefty to help Edgin avoid the same fate that felled lefty specialist Tim Byrdak(shoulder surgery) in 2012. Byrdak was brought back as a non roster FA and could pitch by midseason. Here is a name for Mets fans to remember- LHP Darin Gorski. After a strong 2011 at A ball(11-3,2.08 in 28 games(27 starts), he regressed at AA in 2012(9-8,4.00, 25 games(24 starts). However, Mets skipper Terry Collins wants to try him as a lefty specialist in Spring Training and the team added Gorski to the 40 man roster November 20th. LH Robert Carson(1-2,3.86, 10 saves in the minors in 2012, 0-0,4.73 with Mets in 17 games) also figures in the mix. RHP Jeurys Familia was appeared in 8 games with the big club in 2012 also could make the big league club with a strong spring. The Mets could also add a veteran arm with late inning experience to provide Collins with flexibility- names like ex closers Matt Capps and Jose Valverde have been rumored. J.P. Howell, formerly of the Tampa Bay Rays, is a strong free agent option.

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