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October 25, 2014

Kevin Long New Mets hitting coach, deGrom wins honor

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Two big news items this week Mets related. The team added a star to their field staff when they hired Kevin Long as hitting coach. The well respected and heavily recruited former Yankees instructor(2007-2014) brings a proven track record and working knowledge of players like Curtis Granderson to the spot. More importantly he has done great things with all types of players and levels from rookies to all stars to hall of famers. This is a GREAT move for the Mets and we should see noticeable improvement from almost every hitter on the roster. Meanwhile, pitcher Jacon deGrom won the Sporting News National League rookie of the year award. Over 22 starts, the popular 1st year starter was 9-6 with 2.69 ERA. Well deserved honor and deGrom should add the Baseball Writers Association of America award in the coming weeks.

METS NOTES:CF Juan Lagares has been named one of the three finalists for the NL Gold Glove award. Anyone who follows this team and watches this young man should not be surprised. Might be the premier defensive player in the game right now. Arm, range, routine play… Andruw Jones-ish…… Reports all ready out that the Mets are discussing offers to free agent OF-1B Michael Cuddyer.

October 17, 2014

Mets arbitration eligibles for 2015

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The following Mets veterans are eligible for salary arbitration: RP Bobby Parnell, 2B Daniel Murphy, OF-INF Eric Young Jr, RP Dana Eveland, SP Dillon Gee, SS Ruben Tejada, 1B Lucas Duda, RP Buddy Carlyle, and Closer Jenrry Mejia(who carries a Super 2 designation). Young Jr, Tejada and Carlyle are candidates to be non tendered(not offered a contract).

October 12, 2014

Offseason Update #1

by @ 5:48 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The 2014 season has concluded and the Mets do not have many pressing roster issues(Daisuke Matsuzaka is their lone free agent) but the offseason should be interesting. Clearly the team needs bats and two positions(1 corner outfielder and an everyday Shortstop) have glaring holes. The team has a surplus of starting pitching and prospects almost major league ready. The Mets are a team that could and should be active this Winter, whether it be in the trade or free agent market. Keep on an eye on the following teams: The Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs as potential trade partners. I am of the belief that the team will make a trade for one of these needs then sign a free agent to fill the other. Shortstop wise, I think this team could go into 2015 with Wilmer Flores at the spot and with 2,3 other moves, feel comfortable. Cal Ripken Jr. is not on the market or coming to Queens.

METS MASH:Medical updates on some key Mets. Both the teams catcher and closer recently underwent surgery. Travis d’Arnaud(Bone chip in right elbow) and Jenrry Mejia(sports hernia) underwent surgery in the last week to 10 days and should be fine heading into spring training. 3B David Wright(Ligament damage in left shoulder), CF Juan Lagares(Sprained right elbow) and reliever Vic Black(Right rotator cuff strain and herniated disc in neck) are all avoiding the operating table with rest and rehab. Unfortunately, P Jeremy Heffner had to undergo a 2nd Tommy John procedure and his career is in serious jeopardy.

METS NOTES: The team did not retain hitting coaches Lamar Johnson and his assistant Luis Natera but both were offered jobs within the organization…. Popular Triple AAA skipper Wally Backman will not join the ML staff with the Mets but has been asked to remain with the Las Vegas franchise… More reports on the team moving in the fences at Citi Field, when we have something concrete, I will report it….. Bobby Abreu retired at the end of the season and the fans in Queens gave him a nice sendoff in the final game of the year. Guy was one of the top players in baseball in his day yet had awful timing. His prime years were between the Schilling- Dykstra- Kruk-Daulton and Rollins- Howard- Utley Phillies teams… Lucas Duda’s final numbers in 2014: .253-30-92-.349 OB-.830 OPS with 69 walks in 143 games. His home run total was 3rd in the National League…. Some names to focus on free agent wise: INF Jed Lowrie of the Oakland A’s and Colorado Rockies OF-1B Michael Cuddyer. A potential Mets target is now off the market as the Baltimore Orioles resigned SS JJ Hardy to a 3 yr/40 million dollar extension this week

October 1, 2014

2014 ends, Optimism begins

by @ 7:37 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets ended the 2014 campaign at 79-83, tied for 2nd with the Atlanta Braves(who NY beat in the season series, so they are ALONE in 2nd) in the NL East. The team filled some needs internally(1B,C,CF, Back of the pen) and developed a solid core with fans expecting success when they come to the park. Even when this team loses, they are very competitive. Now the hard part. It is easy to become average. That is the best of worst and worst of the best. This team with its arms, young players and reasonable financial resources, should be good. The trick is how and what players to add without turning the roster and locker room upside down. This should be both an entertaining and fascinating Winter for Mets fans.

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