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January 25, 2015

Scherzer signing impacts division, Pitching market

by @ 7:18 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The recent signing of Max Scherzer(7 yrs-$210 million) by the division rival Washington Nationals takes the 2nd of 3 big free agent starting pitchers off the market(Jon Lester signed with the Cubs earlier and James Shields has yet to ink a deal) and created more options for teams looking to move or add arms. The Nats have a surplus of starters as do the Mets and their division rival Philadelphia Phillies have been shopping ace LHP Cole Hamels all offseason. Washington will more than likely trade either 1 of 2 veteran starters Jordan Zimmerman or Doug Fister, both set to become free agents after 2015, and we have even seen Stephen Strasburg’s name come up in trade talks. Zimmerman is a Midwest guy and with the trade this week of Yovani Gallardo by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Texas Rangers, rumors of a swap back to Wisconsin have kicked up. Meanwhile, the Miami Marlins continue to be aggressive and have had discussions with Shields, who has reportedly dropped his demands below $100 million long term. All of this activity has delayed a potential trade of Dillon Gee or another Mets starting pitcher to fill a need or clear payroll for NY to add salary and/or a veteran major league player via a swap or signing. The Mets APPEAR to be secure with their major league team heading into 2015 and fans might want to warm up to the idea of Wilmer Flores being at SS when the season opens in April.

January 18, 2015

Ian Desmond rumors, Mets Notes

by @ 11:41 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The Mets have been active in the Shortstop trade market particularly regarding Colorado Rockies superstar Troy Tulowitzki and a new target has appeared recently with Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond being linked to the team. Desmond, who becomes a free agent after 2015, was part of a 3 team discussion between the Mets, Nats and Tampa Bay Rays. However, NY was hesitant to include super pitching prospect Noan Syndergaard in the package. The Rays traded their own SS Yunel Escobar to the Oakland A-s who then shipped him to The Nationals. The Nats swear he will play 2nd base but Desmond could still be moved in the right trade. Several MLB media members have turned out trade proposals for the Nats and Mets and names like P Dillon Gee, 2B Daniel Murphy and Syndergaard have been suggested by everyone from ESPNs Buster Olney to MLB networks Ken Rosenthal.

The issue and dilemma for the Mets here is cost-both in the trade and a potential long term deal for Desmond. NY has a major hole at SS and better young options at 2B if they move Murphy both short(Wilmer Flores) and long(Dilson Herrera) term. Desmond is a 20 homer-20 steals player who can strengthen the Mets and weaken their top division nemesis Washington. An extension would probably cost anywhere from 15-20 million per and Ian reportedly turned down a 6 year/80-90 million dollar deal in May 2014. Also factor in the Mets have Flores and Matt Reynolds(AAA) as young controllable options and highly regarded Amed Rosario in the system. I would do a trade for Desmond BUT we must have him secured long term. The Mets are in a position to be good for years to come and I do not believe you gut your farm for a guy you can sign after 2015 at little or no cost to the current team. GM Sandy Alderson has been both patient and shrewd in all of his moves and unless he thinks the 2015 NY Mets can win the World Series AND sign Desmond to an extension, I do not see this trade happening.

METS NOTES: Several Mets including Captain David Wright, 1B Lucas Duda, C Travis d’Arnaud and prospects OF Brandon Nimmo and Reynolds are working out with strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis down in Port St Lucie,Fla. Barwis is one of the top trainers in the world and this guy is soooo good for this organization, I witnessed his work with the University of Michigan athletes earlier in the 2000s. Meanwhile, Wright(Shoulder) looks great and healthy…. Gee(5.3 Million), 2B Daniel Murphy(8.0) and SS Ruben Tejada(1.8) all reached deals with the club and avoided arbitration…. Meanwhile, Matt Harvey has been training all offseason and appears to be in great shape. He should be throwing to batters when spring training starts. He also seems to be very supportive of whatever approach the team has regarding pitch and innings limits the organization has planned in his return from Tommy John Surgery after the 2013 season.

January 8, 2015

3 P-s in the News: Pedro to Hall, Piazza close, Parnell signs

by @ 9:35 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Good and bad news regarding to Mets greats who started out as Los Angeles Dodgers this week as P Pedro Martinez(2005-09) was voted into the MLB Hall of Fame while C Mike Piazza(1998-2005) missed out by a little more than 5%. Pedro is considered one of the best right handed pitchers of the past 50 years and during his 18 year career posted 219 wins with 100 losses and a 2.93 ERA. Best known as member of the Boston Red Sox, he helped them break the Curse of the Bambino in 2004, claiming the teams first World Series title in 86 yrs. Pedro joined the Mets in 2005 and was great in his first season(15-8,2.82 ERA) but arm injuries limited him to 45 starts over the next 4 seasons and he was never the same pitcher. His signing gave the Mets credibility in the Omar Minaya era which helped them become contenders in the National League in 2006-2008.

Mike Piazza was the late 90s Mets version of Keith Hernandez, An elite player acquired in a trade who made them instant contenders and became the face of the franchise. #31 remains a good bet to make the HOF and with his 69.9 % voting result, he is just over 5% short of induction in a strong 2015 class. Considered by many as the greatest hitting catcher of all time, he boasted career totals of .308-427-1335 and his 396 home runs while playing behind the plate are tops all time. Piazza’s .545 slugging percentage is 32nd in the history of the game. I think Mike is an easy 1st ballot Hall of Famer but he is being held out due to PED rumors and the era in which he plays, he is linked to obvious users like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds and his nemesis, Roger Clemens. To me, it is not right and people like Mike and Jeff Bagwell are being hurt by rumors and innuendo. Some guys from this era could actually play and a guy who will be voted in next year-Ken Griffey Jr- is a shining example. Fans and the media have no idea who used PEDs and how can you evaluate all the players from that era? Crazy.

Meanwhile, Reliever Bobby Parnell and the Mets reached agreement on a contract Wednesday to avoid arbitration and his salary is the same as it was for 2014- 3.7 million. Parnell will be a free agent after this coming season and is recovering from Tommy John Surgery from early in 2014. The big righty was New York’s closer in 2013, converting 22 of 26 chances with a 2.16 ERA. He will more than likely be brought back slowly and join the big club sometime in May after an extended spring training, health wise, he appears good. With the Parnell signing, 1B Lucas Duda, SP Dillon Gee, Closer Jenrry Mejia, 2B Daniel Murphy and SS Ruben Tejada are the 5 Mets still arbitration eligible. The players and team can settle on deals or have til next week to file and exchange numbers for hearings to settle the disputes.

January 4, 2015

Resolutions and HOPE for 2015

by @ 10:12 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Anyone who reads my blog or talks to me about the New York Mets knows I have been very supportive of this management team, on and off the field. I like and respect both General Manager Sandy Alderson and field skipper Terry Collins. I understood what they were doing the last 3-4 years, building a team around David Wright and a group of promising arms. I hated seeing guys like Carlos Beltran and R.A. Dickey being moved but I saw the plan in place and understood the who, what, where and why. When you draft a Matt Harvey, sign Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon and Michael Cuddyer, trade for Travis d’Arnaud and Zack Wheeler and see young veterans like Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda bloom into solid major league starters, you should have hope. 2015 is about winning and competing for a post season berth. Anything less than that barring major injury is a disappointment and unacceptable. This team has players and should win more than they lose. Look at this division and outside of the Washington Nationals, this is best roster top to bottom. The Braves and Phillies are in rebuild modes and the Marlins added some players but are hot and cold. The 2015 New Years resolution for the New York Mets and their fans should be simple: postseason play.

PS. Sandy will get a SS or Flores works out…. BELIEVE!

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