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January 19, 2014

Parnell cleared, Arbitration updates, Mets notes

by @ 5:15 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Mets Closer Bobby Parnell(Neck surgery) has been medically cleared and resumed a throwing program in Florida. He was shutdown late in the 2013 season after having a breakout campaign with 22 saves in 26 chances and 2.16 ERA. He cannot lift weights currently but will report to the Mets spring training facility a month early(Mid January) and has also regained the 20 pounds he lost after surgery. The good news on Parnell is a huge positive for the team and gives Manager Terry Collins a bona fide closer and stress relief.

ARBITRATION UPDATES: The Team has signed 6 of the 7 arbitration eligible players(All 1 year deals) and exchanged numbers with 1B Lucas Duda(asking for 1.9 Million) as well. 1b Ike Davis(3.5), SP Dillon Gee*3.625), INF-OF Eric Young Jr. (1.85), 2B Daniel Murphy(5.7), SS Ruben Tejada(1.1) and Parnell(3.7) all inked up and Duda and the team can negotiate before the February hearing.

METS NOTES: The Mets signed 7 yr major league veteran LHSP John Lannan(45-58, 4.12 ERA in 148 starts) to a minor league deal and he has been invited to spring training. A ground ball specialist, his skill set will translate well to spacious Citi Field. The lefty has allowed only 83 home runs in 858 major league innings. Lannan is a Long Island kid and a gives the Mets depth for a rotation that needs it, He will compete with Jenrry Mejia for the 5th rotation spot….Middle Infielder Omar Quintanilla was signed to give the team middle infield depth. The 8 yr veteran was the everyday shortstop for most of 2013 with Tejada having a tough season. In 359 plate appearances, he hit .222 with 2 home runs and a .589 OPS… Veteran backup C Taylor Teagarden, a defensive specialist, was also signed to a minor league deal and will compete for a spot behind Travis d’Arnaud. In 467 ML at bats over 6 major league seasons, he has hit .206 with 20 home runs and 63 rbi.

January 6, 2014

Mets, Red Sox appear to be finalists for Stephen Drew, No movement on 1B, Team looking to add vets at Catcher and in Pen

by @ 12:09 pm. Filed under 2012 Mets

All quiet on the Mets front as GM Sandy Alderson has done some major work to add a top 3 starter(veteran Bartolo Colon) and 2 versatile former all star OFs( Curtis Granderson and Chris Young) to a young,improving team prior to the Christmas Holiday. The team still has some needs but with the 3 moves mentioned above, if the season started with this roster as constituted, fans would be happy. Even with Matt Harvey out for 2014. Lets look at 3 areas the team is still trying to address.

1-Shortstop:The Mets and Red Sox appear to be the final actors in the Stephen Drew sweepstakes and when you factor in Drew’s agent is Scott Boras, the waiting game could go along time. The super agent is notorious for holding out his clients to the last possible minute to get max dollars, recent examples include 1B Prince Fielder and SP Kyle Lohse. The Red Sox also have an elite prospect in Xander Bogaerts ready to take over at SS and Mets GM Sandy Alderson and Manager Terry Collins have praised SS Ruben Tejada for his new found commitment and strong work ethic this offseason. Drew also carries free agency draft pick compensation after he turned down his contract tender from Boston after the 2013 season. Keep in mind with the Mets 1st pick being protected, they would lose the 85th pick after forfeiting their 2nd rounder when they signed Granderson. With a strong free agent SS class after the 2014 campaign and some other trade options in play, I think the Mets will stay away from Drew. However, giving Drew a 2 year deal would not be a bad thing for either New York or the player. Drew’s combination of defense and strong offense(.777 OPS with 442 At bats) would be a major asset in Flushing.

2-FirstBase:The Mets have had little success trading 1B Ike Davis or Lucas Duda. The team clearly favors moving Davis because of his lack of consistency and the organization likes Duda’s combination of patience and power. What has hurt the team is the 1B market has lots of options similar to Davis- with Mitch Moreland, Gaby Sanchez, Garrett Jones -all similar players to the Mets Firstbasemen- all traded or on the market, a law of supply and demand has harmed trade possibilities. Alderson is said to be asking for young pitching in numerous reports. It is beginning to look like both Davis and Duda will be on the roster when Spring Training opens up this Winter.

3- Bullpen-Back up Catcher: The team added minor league veteran RHRP Ryan Reid off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and have been actively scanning the free agent market for bullpen help. Reid had a strong 2013 in Triple AAA(7-2,2.63 ERA in 36 games, 56 Ks in 59 innings) and 1.64 ERA in 7 games(11 innings, 1 save) and could help the Pen. New York has been heavily linked to veteran RH reliever Mitchell Boggs(6 year veteran of The St. Louis Cardinals, traded late in year to Colorado). The Mets would still like to add a proven backup catcher to help super prospect C Travis d’Arnaud. Regardless of what the team does heading into the final month of the offseason, this team has done great in free agency and Alderson has filled major needs. When a team wins 70+ games for 5 straight seasons, you have holes. The team added two very good Outfielders and a top of the rotation starter for under $50 million. This has been a GREAT offseason for a team that needed it.

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