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November 27, 2014

Kevin Long goes to work, New Dimensions, GM meetings shopping list, Mets Notes

by @ 10:31 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Mets fans should be excited about the recent hiring of hitting coach Kevin Long. On the more respected instructors in the game, the Arizona resident will have David Wright and former pupil Curtis Granderson visit him in Cactus Country to work towards success in 2015. Meanwhile, catcher Travis d’Arnaud resides in Arizona and will work with Long regularly. Long famously turned Granderson around vs. lefties when he was traded to the Yankees after his former club, the Detroit Tigers, felt he would never hit southpaws. Long changed Granderson’s stance and the more open approach helped him hit almost .300 vs lefties after carrying a .213 career BA entering the year. The fact that these 3 players- all keys to any offensive success the team will have in 2015- are working with Long on THERE time, is a HUGE positive as the vital 2015 campaign approaches.

Mets management, led by GM Sandy Alderson, announced the new outfield dimensions at Citi Field Tuesday December 25th. The major adjustments are occurring in right and right center field with the fences moving in an average of 3-11 feet, with right center going from 390 to 380 feet. This should help left handed hitters(Granderson, 1B Lucas Duda obvious candidates). According to the Mets front office, under these dimensions the team would have had an additional 17 home runs and allowed another 10. However, Alderson is quick to point out that several of those home runs were allowed by pitchers that will not be on the Mets in 2015. In general, the wall looks more uniform and with the talented array of arms the team is throwing out plus the return of Matt Harvey, I would not think allowing home runs will be a big problem in 2015.

As the winter meetings approach, the Mets still have a major need at Shortstop and with the Los Angeles Dodgers losing Hanley Ramirez to the Boston Red Sox, that market just added another major player with both financial and prospect resources. While the Mets could enter 2015 with Wilmer Flores at the position, most expect the team to either add a free agent or make a trade for a young SS to fortify the spot. Flores, a natural 2B, could also find himself at that spot if the team trades popular 2B Daniel Murphy, who is in his free agent walk season. This remains a fluid situation and will be til the team fills the hole. Look for the the usual suspects- both Chicago Teams(Cubs, White Sox), Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers- to be linked the Mets rumor wise. I would not pay attention to the dream scenarios involving the Colorado Rockies(Tulo) and Boston Red Sox(Xander Bogaerts) because I do think names like Harvey, Zack Wheeler or Jacon deGrom will be in play. The team could also use a veteran right handed hitting Outfielder to play when Michael Cuddyer needs a day or plays 1B for Duda vs. select lefties. And a solid lefty reliever would also be a good addition.

METS NOTES: The team held its annual Thanksgiving food giveaway for the needy this week with Alderson and Wheeler joining reliever Vic Black to give out meals to the less fortunate in the great NYC area, mostly in Queens. Mets-giving was a huge success….. Mark these dates down: Pitchers and Catchers report February 19th, Position players Feb 24th and the first full squad workout is Feb 28th.

November 15, 2014

Shortstop Shopping, Citi Field adjustments, Mets Notes

by @ 8:40 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

After the winter meetings concluded this week, the Mets have narrowed their roster needs to one position: Shortstop. That is not a definitive need either due to the fact that Wilmer Flores has shown potential to fill in that slot as a more offensive player than glove. However, names like Alexei Ramirez(Chicago White Sox), Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings(Arizona DiamondBacks), Starlin Castro(Chicago Cubs) and Brad Miller(Seattle Mariners) have all been rumored and/or linked to the Mets. Meanwhile, Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki appears to no longer be a trade option for NY due to the cost, his health and contract issues. Look for Mets to have this whole filled by the end of November or the team will more than likely go with Flores at SS.

CITI CONSTRUCTION: The Mets will make an announcement about the changing field dimensions this Tuesday(November 18th). Reports have the right field walls being moved in and the park resembling Shea Stadium size wise.

METS NOTES: Bobby Parnell(Tommy John Surgery) might not be ready when the season opens but all reports have been positive medically. Mets Manager Terry Collins and Parnell have stated they want him to return to the 9th inning role when he comes back. If this occurs, the Mets will have a dominant, scary good bullpen….No contract talks or trade news with 2B Daniel Murphy, who will be a free agent after the 2015 season. Murphy’s fate might be tied into the Mets ability to fill the SS position with an offensive player. Also keep in mind that Flores is a natural 2B and is a favorite of both Collins and the front office…. No announcement yet regarding an innings limit, post surgery plan for Matt Harvey(Tommy John Surgery) but look for this to happen in spring training and a good number to look at is 200 innings….New Mets hitting coach Kevin Long has publicly stated he wants his players to adjust to Citi Field and look to hit line drives consistently in any ball park. The noise you hear is this blogger cheering and clapping…. Meanwhile, Collins is telling anyone who wants to listen he expects the 2015 Mets to be a playoff team and win 90+ games.

November 10, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Mets sign Michael Cuddyer, Jacob deGrom wins NL Rookie of the Year

by @ 10:46 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets made news Monday November 10th with one of the stories being expected, the other was surprising and illustrates how close management thinks this team is from being a contender. Jacob deGrom won the 2014 National League Rookie of the Year while the Mets inked veteran Outfielder-First baseman Michael Cuddyer to a two year $21 million deal. With the signing the Mets will forfeit their 1st pick in the 2015 draft as compensation(#15 overall). Fans of the team should say WHO CARES!!!!!! This team is loaded with young highly touted talent and is in a big market. The time to win is now and this move is about 2015 and beyond. With this move, the Mets next move must be to address Shortstop. I say make the splash move and bring Troy Tulowitzki to Queens! If the cost is reasonable. I will not move Zack Wheeler in ANY deal. No pitcher from the current ML roster not named Gee or Niese should be in play.

Could not be more happier for deGrom, who was outstanding from day 1 in 2014. While not eye catching or as dominant as Matt Harvey, he can pitch and gets outs with enough kick to get the job done. With his hair and smile, he became a quick fan favorite and should be a fixture in Queens for years to come. The righty got 26 of 30 first places votes and joins Mets legends Jerry Koosman, Tom Seaver, Jon Matlack and Dwight Gooden as Mets ROY pitchers. If he has the careers of those 4, fans of the team will be ecstatic. Congrats, Jaoob! Well deserved!

November 9, 2014

Lagares wins Gold Glove, Free agent-Trade market, Mets Notes

by @ 1:13 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The rest of Major League baseball confirmed what Mets fans have known for the last year and a half, Juan Lagares is an elite defender. The 2nd year ML won his 1st Gold Glove award this week and it was very well deserved. From the routine play to home run robbing catch to throwing out runners at the plate, #12’s impact on the game is visible nightly. When u consider that the Mets play in a huge ball park, in a division that features 2 more spaceous outfields(Miami and Washington), Lagares is a vital part of the present and future of the franchise. An award winning defender in center is key for any team built on defense, pitching and run prevention. Could not be happier for the player and franchise. Congrats, Juan!!!

OFFSEASON ACTIVITY:The Mets have two pressing needs that could and should be addressed this winter- impact, major league players at two spots: corner outfielder and Shortstop. I share the view of many that the team will trade for one of these and sign the other via free agency. A potential Mets target- Colorado Rockies OF-1B Michael Cuddyer- is more than likely off the market after the Rockies extended the veteran a qualifying offer of $15.3 million this week. Any team that signs the free agent would have to surrender their 1st round pick in the 2015 MLB draft. A good fall back free agent candidate is 1B-OF Michael Morse of the world champion San Francisco Giants. The Mets have been in trade discussions with the Red Sox about OF Yoenis Cespedes according to various media outlets. That trade would more than likely involve a veteran starting pitcher(Think Jon Niese or Dillon Gee). Shortstop wise, focus on the Chicago Cubs(Starling Castro), Arizona Diamondbacks(2 kid Shortstops) and Seattle Mariners as potential partners. The trade and free agent agenda could change at any moment with a move(Daniel Murphy trade) and the teams confidence in Wilmer Flores as an everyday option at either SS or 2B. Also factor in rising prospect Dilson Herrera into the mix as well. Winter meetings should be entertaining for Mets fans.

METS NOTES: Mets captain and 3B David Wright recently got a great medical report after visiting the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. Dr.David Altcheck examined him, saying his left rotator cuff “showed marked improvement”. Wright should be able to resume normal Baseball activities in December and healthy for the start of spring training….The team has started with moving in the fences again at Citi Field, the 2nd time the Mets have done so since the stadium opened in 2009. The right center wall is being moved in and will be more symmetrical with the left center wall. The goal is to make the field fair for both pitchers and hitters…. More reports out of Denver that the Rockies will listen to offers for OF Carlos Gonzalez and SS Troy Tulowitzki. Both can play and are talents BUT they both have health issues and make crazy money. I do not see them as good fits for the Mets. I like Tulo better but he cannot stay on the field.

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