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This is a mind-numbingly boring article
The strangeness emanates almost entirely from the Wilpon family, a flubby Long Island real estate dynasty in full Hapsburgian decline.
Is there anyone that's even a tad optimistic about the nucleus of this team?
Is there anyone that's even a tad optimistic about the nucleus of this team? We so rarely talk about anything but the Wilpons and the team's finances when we talk Mets.
BTW, I really don't like that the Mets are looking at Familia and Mejia as relievers. At least to start this season, I want them starting in the minors.
The one silver lining about the financial problems the Mets have had recently is that they don't have any bad contracts left after this season.
This is a mind-numbingly boring article.
"Bo-zee-bo-zee-bop, biddy bop," Roth added.
if you asked Don DeLillo to write one of his recent Awful Rich Men Fail Greatly novels and then had Sam Lipsyte go back over it, rewriting all the characters so that they are callow, childish, and comically hapless.
I wouldn't use terms like "goofy", "clownishness" and "circus." If anything, if I were to re-write this, it'd be based on the proposition that the Wilpons are a particularly dull type of bad owner. They're not bombastic fools (early George Steinbrenner, Daniel Snyder). They're not laughable fools (Maloof brothers). They're not reptilian con men (Jeffrey Loria). They're not crazy con men (Frank McCourt). They're boring con men who have almost lulled a notoriously rabid media to sleep because no one particularly dislikes them and they're boring.
If Selig treated Wilpon like he treated the McCourts, then --
The Mets Like Flores in the Infield, Not in Left Field
By ANDREW KEH
Published: February 26, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Wilmer Flores has continued to distinguish himself as one of the more promising hitters in the Mets’ organization. But he is a player who, at the moment, seems to lack an obvious position.
Julio Cortez/Associated Press
Wilmer Flores said he would move to left field if the Mets asked.
Talent within the organization has long skewed toward the infield, but the Mets lack depth among outfielders. Would the team connect those dots and begin the process of transforming Flores, signed as a shortstop at age 16, into an outfielder?
“It’s an obvious question,” General Manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday morning, “and we’ve considered it.”
But the team has no plans to act on it anytime soon. For now, Alderson said, the Mets are focused on allowing Flores to hone his skills at the plate. As such, he said Flores would remain at second and third base this season for the Mets’ Class AAA team in Las Vegas.
“Our focus is developing him as a hitter, and that’s not something we want to interfere with,” Alderson said.
Flores, 21, has a big (6 feet 3 inches), sturdy (190 pounds) frame, and he wields a bat with some pop. He has shuttled from position to position, last season playing 87 games at third base and 27 games at second base while ascending from Class A to Class AA. He batted .300 with an .827 on-base plus slugging percentage and had 18 home runs across the two levels.
And Flores has gotten off to a noteworthy start this year. He hit a three-run homer during the team’s intrasquad game last Friday and slugged a solo shot Sunday during an exhibition against the University of Michigan. On Monday night, he made a number of nifty plays at second base, impressing Manager Terry Collins.
“I feel very good at the plate, and defensively, I think I’ve been doing a good job,” Flores said.
Flores has not had any conversations about moving to the outfield, but he said he would do it if asked. His concern now, though, has remained sharpening his infield skills, a process made more difficult because he is trying to learn two positions at once.
“Obviously, I’m still learning how to play second, and obviously, I’m still learning how to play third,” he said. “I think I can handle both.”
The process of moving a player around the diamond can be a turbulent one. Daniel Murphy, the Mets’ current second baseman, bounced from one position to another, and went through a difficult spell trying to learn to play left field, before claiming the starting second base job in spring training last year.
Murphy offered his scouting report of Flores: “For his size, he moves well and covers a good deal of ground. You might not look at him and think he’s the fastest guy. But he hunts the ball well.”
According to Murphy, the fact that pitchers hit in the National League has made it an environment where quality at-bats are precious and thus sought by teams from all corners of the field.
And there is a view in baseball that if an outfielder can hit, he is a good outfielder.
“If that would be the case, you’re not sending anyone out there expecting them to win a Gold Glove,” Murphy said of moving an infielder to the outfield. “It takes reps. It takes some patience.”
The main criticism of Flores has been his lack of speed, a flaw that could be more harshly exposed if he is moved to left field.
“Is he blessed with raw speed? No, he’s not,” said the infield coach Tim Teufel, who praised Flores’s hands. “Outfield is not an easy position. It’s not something where you just put a body out there to play.”
Still, the Mets have a lack of capable bats in the outfield. Until the group that ultimately forms there proves itself, the question about whether Flores should be given a chance may remain.
“If they asked me, I’d say why not,” Flores said of moving to the outfield. “I’ll play anywhere there’s a spot.”
It is finding a spot that could be the difficult part.
The right-hander Jenrry Mejia was not sharp Tuesday during his first start of spring training. He threw away a bunt by Juan Pierre to open the game, and later gave up a grand slam to Casey Kotchman. Mejia was the last person to arrive to the team’s camp because of a visa issue he faced in the Dominican Republic. He said was still fine-tuning his location, and he did not use all of his pitches. ... Shortstop Ruben Tejada, who was scratched from the game Monday after straining his right quadriceps during a conditioning drill, will play Wednesday afternoon, Terry Collins said.
Why not see if he can hack 3B? Keep his value as high as possible. You can always trade him if you can't fit him.
At 7:15 Monday night, Mack Ade of Mack’s Mets reported that Mets RHP Michael Fulmer had torn his meniscus. Ade’s full report, “SP Michael Fulmer tore his meniscus last week… was flown out to NYC for surgery that will be performed tomorrow.
Two hours and forty-five minutes later, although the Mets had not responded publicly or to inquiries, Fulmer basically confirmed the story via his twitter feed.
Then put him at 2B.
A 136 wRC+ in AA (and that is by far the best he's ever hit) does not translate to an above avg. OF, especially given that his D will likely be a negative.
Obviously, I haven't seen him play but if they haven't played him a single inning the outfield it's probably a little early to say that he can't hack it as a corner outfielder as long as he's a reasonable athlete.
Flores' bat (and he's hitting about the way his better projections expected--this wasn't completely unexpected) will play in a corner
They may have been keeping him at third because they thought they'd need to replace Wright.
It should be remembered about Flores that he's a guy the scouts like - the way he squares up, the ball jumps off the bat, etc. etc. scout lingo. So you have to judge what you think of that. Obviously some people give that kind of thing more credence than others. The numbers alone are less impressive than the numbers of plenty of guys who didn't make it.
In my ideal world, the Mets leave Flores at 3B for the year, he has a good season, and then in the off-season he gets packaged with one of their pitching prospects for one of the OF bats they need.
Flores moved off shortstop last year and performed adequately at both third base and second base. His arm works just fine at third and he doesn't make an excessive number of errors, but his range is mediocre. His bat profiles better at second base, but he probably lacks the requisite quickness to play there long-term. He doesn't run well enough to be an attractive outfield option, but will he hit enough to play first base?
Though Flores always has shown offensive upside, his position remains in doubt. He's a 20 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, and his heavy feet severely limit his range at third base. His hands are fine and he has a strong arm, but his lack of speed leaves first base as his only other option if he can't handle the hot corner.
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