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November 29, 2016

Yo Go: Cespedes Back

by @ 10:06 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

AP_973588888851_0ntsemy0_yf2ek9xeThe New York Mets and Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes reached agreement on a 4 year 110 million dollar deal Tuesday afternoon that will keep the Cuban all star in New York for the foreseeable future. #52 brings a star element to Queens, he makes big plays in big spots- home runs, throws and is a huge personality on a team that needs it. It is not a coincidence that the team made the playoffs in back to back seasons for the 1st time since 1999-2000 with this man playing a vital role. Hats off to both the management of the Mets and Yoenis for getting this done. This is a great partnership and works well for both player and club. Now GM Sandy Alderson can focus on improving the bullpen, catching and team depth by possibly trading  one of his surplus outfielders(Jay Bruce? Curtis Granderson? Michael Conforto?) for that final piece to a strong Mets team heading into the new year.  This was a great day for Mets fans everywhere and the #1 goal of the offseason: retaining Yoenis Cespedes has been achieved. Tremendous job all around- player, team, management, ownership. #WinWin #LGM

November 24, 2016

No News is Good News

by @ 9:57 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

The Mets and all of baseball have been relatively quiet(Although the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners pulled off a need for need major trade Wednesday) and that is good for fans of the team in Flushing. Yoenis Cespedes has not signed and the market is starting to establish itself. Several big spending teams- The Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels are out due to various reasons. The Los Angeles Dodgers have money but a million outfielders. The Cubs do not have an everyday opening for Ben Zobrist let alone a talent of Cespedes.  The Yankees name was linked with #52 and I called it for what it was: an obvious ploy by a team concerned about losing their place at the table in New York City. The reality is and fans of the Yankees will never admit this: They hate it when the Mets are good. Combine that with lean Yankees years and they become apoplectic.  It appears the Pin Stripes want to spend  on a closer(Aroldis Chapman?) and a mid level big bat(Carlos Beltran return?) not a big ticket multi-year long term signing. So Sandy Alderson and his staff are the last man standing. Like last year. But– one team has been quiet and could put a skunk in the yard: The Washington Nationals. They are a direct competitor to the Mets and have some outfield holes. They  have big deals coming off the books in the next couple of seasons. Also the last Mets star they signed(Daniel Murphy) turned out ok. Something to keep an eye on. The hang up could come down to guaranteed years 4 over 5. New York is comfortable at around 100-110 over 4. Seems silly to lose this level a player over that with the Mets in such a strong position team wise. Also have money coming off with 2 big outfielders(Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson) and an everday SS( Asdrubal Cabrera) hitting free agency after 2017. Ball is in Mets court and I like that. #TrustSandy

November 16, 2016

Walker accepts QO, Yoenis a true free agent

by @ 7:58 am. Filed under Uncategorized

INF Neil Walker accepted the Mets qualifying offer Monday and will be back with the team for at least 1 more season at $17.2 million. The well respected veteran and long term Pittsburgh Pirate  hit 23 homers in his 1st season in New York. He gives the Mets stability at 2B and posted this message : “Happy to say I’m back in Orange and Blue for 2017!!” Walker wrote on Twitter. His return also strengthens the New York bench as potentially both Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores can be super utility men or long term fill ins for captain David Wright at 3B. The Mets are better today with Neil Walker on the roster. Meanwhile, Yoenis Cespedes rejected his QO as expected but the team and his representatives continue to have ongoing conversations about his return to Queens. A deal for 4-5 years North of 100 million is about what the market is for #52. #PayItSandy #LGM

November 13, 2016

Bye, Bart, Mets extend QOs to Yoenis and Walker, Mets Notes

by @ 11:24 am. Filed under Uncategorized

The New York Mets lost starting pitcher and fan favorite Bartolo Colon to the Atlanta Braves late this week. The rotund Colon was both amazingly  durable and a team leader. He ate up innings(pun intended), had comedic moments and was an underrated fielder. The Mets are loaded with starting pitching and need to use resources to fortify other areas but this is a big loss- comically and on and off the field. Good luck to Bart in Atlanta(He will need it-BAD team).

QO: The Mets extended qualifying offers to both high profile free agents- OF Yoenis Cespedes and INF Neil Walker.  The players have until Monday to accept the deals just 17 mill for 1 year. #52 of course will decline after opting out of his 3 year deal. Walker, however, might accept as he tries to recover from back surgery. Both of these players flourished in NY and are good bets to be on the Mets on opening day 2017.

Mets Notes: Veteran  OF Curtis Granderson has volunteered to play CF if needed in 2017. A pro’s pro and winner of several humanitarian awards in MLB, this could be a platoon option but asking a player over 35 to man center in the National League is not a good idea. Juan Lagares is a plus defender and Cespedes can also play center(best to avoid with leg injuries). Word has it that the team will have Michael Conforto work out at both 1B and CF this winter…. Mets closer Jeurys Familia has reportedly been cleared of domestic violence charges from last week but can still be punished under MLB’s discipline policy… Team continues to try and add veteran bullpen help and several teams have asked NY about their outfielders… Mets GM Sandy Alderson has dropped hints that the team might go to some 6 man rotation cycles to extend and rest his valued young arms in 2017

 

November 6, 2016

Congrats Cubs, Mets Update

by @ 9:12 pm. Filed under Uncategorized

Congratulations to the World Champion Chicago Cubs as well as the Cleveland Indians for a great world series ,particularly Game 7. The Cubs are a rare example of a team that was tops in the sport from game 1 to the final out of the season. Hats off to them and their tortured fan base. Good for the sport and city of Chicago, if the Mets cannot win, I want a team with great support to win. 5 million people showing up at a parade is proof positive of that.

Mets Update: OF Yoenis Cespedes, the Mets offensive leader, has opt-ed out of the remaining years of his contract and is now a free agent. The team and #52 are still talking and return to Queens is still in both parties best interest. Meanwhile the club picked up the team option on Slugging rightfielder Jay Bruce. Bruce, acquired at the trade deadline, had an up and down end of season but is an elite power bat and will be playing for his next deal after this free agent walk year. With or without Yoenis, this is a smart move.

According to numerous media reports, Mets all star closer Jeurys Familia was arrested last week for domestic violence in New Jersey. Obviously not a good thing and I am one who has a zero tolerance policy for any man who strikes a woman. Could be an interesting next couple of months with the Mets bullpen. Strange run of luck with teams last 4 closers: Francisco Rodriquez, Bobby Parnell, Jenrry Mejia and now Familia have had serious injuries or major off field issues.

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