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Saturday, April 06, 2019

Mets experience another travel delay when player struggles to go to the bathroom

The New York Mets own opening day and for much of April they instill hope in a fan base that has been known to lose it by June.

They’re still the Mets, though, and oddities follow them around like incessant groupies.

Noah Syndergaard made his opinion on the Mets’ season-opening travel plans quite clear and in the time since then those plans have fallen further off the rails.

The sort of stuff that, if we were to include it in a novel, would not be regarded as particularly realistic.

 

QLE Posted: April 06, 2019 at 07:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bathrooms, mets being mets

Thursday, March 28, 2019

20-cent 7-Eleven tacos fueled deGrom’s $137M deal with Mets

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — All it took were some beef-and-cheese taquitos and 10-for-$2 mini-tacos from 7-Eleven to seal NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom’s $137.5 million deal with the New York Mets.

OK, well, not quite.

“I only had a couple bites,” deGrom said with a smile Wednesday at a hotel outside Washington, where he discussed his new five-year contract on the eve of the Mets’ season opener against Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals.

After weeks of back-and-forth dating to before spring training, it wasn’t until Monday that deGrom and the Mets were able to work out terms, including a guaranteed $52.5 million deferred into the 2030s. There is a team option for 2024 that, if exercised, would raise the total to $170 million over six years, including $67.5 million deferred.

So, how badly do we think the Mets’ medical staff can handle food poisoning?

 

QLE Posted: March 28, 2019 at 05:49 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: food, jacob degrom, mets being mets

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Alonso’s status an issue for union watching service time

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Pete Alonso is hitting .406 at spring training and leads the Mets with three home runs. Yet, if New York keeps him in the minor leagues for the first 15 days of the season, his eligibility for free agency would be pushed back a year until after the 2025 season.

“Seeing what players are going through where their service time is being manipulated, on the front end and/or in the middle, is a concern, has been a concern and will continue to be a concern,” union head Tony Clark said after meeting with the Mets.

Alonso nearly homered again Wednesday, but wind knocked down his fourth-inning drive off Houston’s Gerrit Cole. Alonso had 36 homers and 119 RBIs at Double-A and Triple-A last season.

Another to add to the list…

QLE Posted: March 14, 2019 at 06:08 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, pete alonso, service time

Saturday, March 09, 2019

The Mets Picked A Bad Year To Try To Win The NL East

After a long winter spent changing general managers and retooling a roster which went 147-177 the previous two years, the New York Mets are now gearing up for what may be a season at the crossroads, even by the standards of baseball’s most star-crossed franchise. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen hasn’t been shy about proclaiming his team the one to beat in the National League East. But that was before the rival Philadelphia Phillies added free-agent OF Bryce Harper — to say nothing of the existing talent base in Washington or the emerging one in Atlanta. This division race should be merciless, and New York is right in the thick of it, for better or worse.

It’s possible the Mets have improved more than any other MLB team over the off-season, in terms of net talent added. Van Wagenen went out and got a new lineup centerpiece (Robinson Cano), a new catcher (Wilson Ramos) and a new closer (Edwin Diaz), among other additions. But after all that, our simulations still only give New York a 42 percent chance of making the playoffs out of the brutal NL East. And if the Mets do falter for a third straight season, it isn’t immediately clear where the franchise goes from there, with an old-ish roster and big paydays looming for the pitching staff that powered the team’s surprising 2015 World Series berth.1

So Van Wagenen’s Mets are built to win now, even though that’s far from guaranteed. They invested in getting better, though they didn’t pursue either Harper or Manny Machado, the off-season’s biggest prizes. They improved just enough to be competitive, even though nobody gives out trophies for simply being in the middle of an exciting pennant race.

Of course, whether or not this was a bad year will only really become apparent in retrospective- there is a long history of prognostications in baseball going awry.

 

QLE Posted: March 09, 2019 at 03:57 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, nl east

Friday, March 08, 2019

Carlos Gomez rejoins Mets, 3½ years after trade fell through

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Gomez is back with the Mets, 3½ years after a trade fell through that would have sent him from Milwaukee to New York.

The outfielder agreed to a minor league contract and will report to big league spring training, the Mets said Thursday.

A two-time All-Star, the 33-year-old Gomez hit .208 with nine homers and 32 RBIs in 118 games last year for Tampa Bay. After striking out in Miami on July 4, he took three swings at a cooler in the dugout and punched another cooler, which sent cups flying over the dugout railing.

Clearly, once the Mets get it into their heads to obtain a player, they don’t give up, regardless of what logic may say….

QLE Posted: March 08, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gomez, mets being mets

Sunday, February 24, 2019

WATCH: Mets top prospect Pete Alonso explains why he changed his name

It’s Pete Alonso now—that’s what the Mets prospect wants to be called from here on out. And he explained why after his first Spring Training exhibition game on Saturday afternoon.

Mets PR announced the name change on Thursday, as Alonso joined Yankees Zach Britton who changed his name to Zack this season. Alonso explained that Peter just feels too formal, and he wants to break down that barrier.

“It’s one of those things that everyone calls me Pete in the clubhouse, everyone on the coaching staff,” he said. “Pretty much if anyone sees me out on the street or something like that, everyone calls me Pete. So I just think it’s good to be on a first-name basis like that. It’s more informal. I think I’m very approachable and I think I’m a nice guy. So anyone can call me Pete.”

You know, we normally don’t get this many players to be named later until the trades begin….

QLE Posted: February 24, 2019 at 08:49 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, pete alonso, peter alonso, ptbnl

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mets’ infielder Jed Lowrie to have MRI of left knee

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — The New York Mets uttered that dreaded three-letter acronym for the first time in spring training, and it involved Jed Lowrie: MRI.

Starting a $20 million, two-year contract, the infielder noticed the back of his left knee started to hurt last weekend after he was running, an issue he never felt before. He will go for a scan on Thursday.

“It’s just one of those things we’ve got to get checked out,” the 34-year-old said Wednesday. “It started when I starting ramping things up and doing top-end speed stuff and batting practice. “I just kind of felt something in the back side of my knee.”

So, how long before the amputation takes place?

 

QLE Posted: February 21, 2019 at 04:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: jed lowrie, knees, mets being mets, mri

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Report: Jacob deGrom’s camp disappointed due to lack of substantive contract extension talks with Mets

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that pitcher Jacob deGrom’s camp is “disappointed” due to the lack of substantive talks about a contract extension. deGrom, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner and a free agent after the 2020 season, avoided arbitration with the Mets last month, agreeing to an $11 million salary for the upcoming campaign.

This situation is particularly intriguing because the Mets’ new GM, Brodie Van Wagenen, used to represent deGrom as part of Creative Artists Agency. Van Wagenen has been one of few active GM’s this offseason, having acquired Robinson Canó and Edwin Díaz while signing Jeurys Familia, Jed Lowrie, Wilson Ramos, and Justin Wilson. According to ESPN, the $79 million the Mets have committed to players this offseason is fourth-most in baseball behind the Nationals ($188 million), Yankees ($140.055 million), and Dodgers ($107.4 million) and just ahead of the Red Sox ($74 million) and Phillies ($73 million).

Mind you, would you want to hang around the Mets if you didn’t really have to?

 

QLE Posted: February 05, 2019 at 04:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: contract extension, jacob degrom, mets being mets

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Why Steven Matz could be on verge of becoming elite pitcher for Mets

Mets LHP Steven Matz is a pivotal player for the Mets, which means the difference between making or missing the playoffs could hinge on how he performs in 2019.

Assuming each takes the mound 30 times this season, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard will again be among the league’s elite pitchers. There’s every reason to believe Zack Wheeler, in his walk year, will continue his terrific turn-around from 2018. Jason Vargas (and the pitchers behind him) should never be counted on to be a difference-maker at any point in the season.

This leaves Matz, who, at 27 years old, is at a make-or-break point in his career. And he could be poised for a breakout.

Somehow, I’m really doubting the premise of the first sentence of this article.

 

QLE Posted: February 03, 2019 at 04:35 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, steven matz

Thursday, January 31, 2019

WATCH: Mets’ Brodie Van Wagenen challenges other GMs to Home Run Derby

There is only two weeks left before pitchers and catchers report to Port St. Lucie to begin the new Mets season. Every player has been working diligently to get ready to compete during the long grind this year, as everyone in the organization looks to secure the coveted World Series trophy.

And that includes Mets new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

Van Wagenen showed off his sweet swing with a nice blue and orange bat, as he got his own reps in before spring training. Just as he has all offseason, Van Wagenen displayed his confidence by challenging the other MLB GMs to a Home Run Derby.

If this is the way Brodie Van Wagenen is acting in the off-season, I’d hate to imagine how insufferable he’ll get come August….

 

QLE Posted: January 31, 2019 at 04:10 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, home run derby, mets being mets

Friday, January 25, 2019

Great Moments in Cheap Owners: Tigers and Mets Edition

We’ve talked all winter about how big league teams seem completely unwilling to spend money. About how it’s weird that they’re not spending money given that they are enjoying all-time record revenues. About how something must be wrong with the financial incentive structure in baseball if they can realize those record revenues despite not trying very hard to improve their on-the-field product.

We could try to explain it forever I suppose, but let’s take a break from that to look at two statements from MLB front offices today that simply illustrate what’s going on.

First up, the Tigers, who despite filling their ballpark pretty consistently for the past decade and a half, despite getting outstanding TV ratings and despite being owned by an obscenely wealthy family, has decided to take the full-blown tear-it-down and tank route with their rebuild. In charge of that rebuild is general manager Al Avila.

 

QLE Posted: January 25, 2019 at 02:14 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cheap owners, mets being mets, the will to win, tigers

Friday, January 18, 2019

Tim Tebow got invited to Mets’ major league spring training again this year

Spring training is less than four weeks away and everyone’s favorite quarterback-turned-outfielder will return to big league camp with the New York Mets. The Mets announced their 2019 non-roster invitees Thursday afternoon and Tim Tebow made the cut.

Well, there were two articles I was considering that would have resulted in fistfights- at least this one will have the fist-fights being more or less on-topic….

 


Thursday, January 17, 2019

Brodie Van Wagenen challenges rest of NL East after adding Jed Lowrie on two-year deal

NEW YORK — Brodie Van Wagenen certainly does not lack confidence.

The Mets general manager said last month he believes the Mets are the division favorites, and that stance hasn’t softened a month later, especially after adding All-Star infielder Jed Lowrie on a two-year, $20-million deal.

“We are a good team, We are a complete team, we are a balanced team. We’ve got veterans, we’ve got youth, we’ve got a hunger and desire to win and I look forward to showing people we’re a team to be reckoned with,” Van Wagenen said. “Let’s not be shy about wanting to be the best and I fully expect us to be competitive and be a winning team. Our goal is to win a championship and it starts with the division so come get us.”

Nothing could possibly go wrong here!

QLE Posted: January 17, 2019 at 03:36 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, hubris, jed lowrie, mets being mets

Friday, January 11, 2019

Will Mets’ near $200 million spending spree actually pay off?

Has a new era of New York Mets baseball arrived?

It almost feels that way, though we could never blame Mets fans for being skeptical.

Here’s what we know: After several offseasons where the Mets were barely a blip on the Hot Stove radar, new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has made up for lost time this winter. More significantly, he’s digging deep into the cash register and spending money the organization has seemingly tried to convince fans it didn’t have.

Given that this is the Mets, I suspect that the answer to these questions will make Betteridge proud….

QLE Posted: January 11, 2019 at 06:09 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets, mets being mets, robinson cano

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Mets Release David Wright, Move Him into Special Adviser Role to COO and GM

The New York Mets announced Monday former third baseman David Wright has agreed to join the team’s front office as a special adviser to COO Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.

Wright was also released from the active roster with the move despite having two more years under contract with the team.

Can David Wright offer any worse advice than everyone else has given the Mets in the last few decades?

QLE Posted: January 09, 2019 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, david wright, jeff wilpon, mets being mets, special advisor

Monday, January 07, 2019

WATCH: Jim Duquette says Mets almost landed Ken Griffey Jr. via trade

The Mets came close to landing Ken Griffey Jr. in a blockbuster trade back in 2000, but the haul of players that would have been sent in Griffey’s place could have altered how well the Mets would have fared during their incredible 2000 season.

According to former Mets Assistant GM Jim Duquette, they offered a package of Armando Benitez, Octavio Dotel and Roger Cedeno, but Grifffey’s no trade clause was in the way and at that time he stated he only wanted to go to Cincinatti.

“There was an outside chance we could get him if we offered this package…it got to the point where Pat Gillick the [Mariners] GM at the time, went and asked Griffey, cause he was in the last year of his deal and they didn’t think he could sign him long term. But he didn’t give him any time, here’s a guy who grew up as a Mariner…if I had been given more time I might have accepted the deal,” said Duquette.

Strange- I was under the impression that Steve Phillips never saw a bad idea he didn’t like….

 

QLE Posted: January 07, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: jim duquette, ken griffey jr., mets being mets

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Mets as NL East favorites in 2019? GM Brodie Van Wagenen is thinking that way during busy offseason

On the one hand, I’ve worked with people just as delusional- on the other hand, they were folk they didn’t trust with research budgets, much less anything as valuable as an MLB team….

QLE Posted: December 20, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, delusions of grandeur, mets being mets

Friday, December 07, 2018

Tim Tebow will get major-league promotion if he deserves it, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen says

NEW YORK — Celebrity outfielder Tim Tebow is still a Met, and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon talked him up during their appearance on WFAN Wednesday.

“We need him at Syracuse,” said Wilpon, referencing the Mets-owned Triple-A affiliate. “He’s a great person.”

As Van Wagenen put it: “One step away.”

So, how on Earth did a guy with so little judgment in terms of talent ever get a job as an agent, much less be a success as one?

QLE Posted: December 07, 2018 at 06:25 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets being mets, tim tebow

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Mets have been in touch with free agent CF A.J. Pollock

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said his big move to land Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz wasn’t the last he would make. His agressive style this offseason will continue, and free-agent CF A.J. Pollock is a name he has shown interest in.

Van Wagenen said he believes Pollock could be a good fit for the Mets, and he has been in touch with Pollock’s agent

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Pollock is looking for a five-year deal worth around $80 million—similar to what the Brewers gave Lorenzo Cain. Pollock and his team could be selling themselves high as it is the start of free agency to see what teams will bite the most.

All right, who wants to tell Brodie Van Wagenen why this isn’t a particularly good idea?

QLE Posted: December 05, 2018 at 05:07 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. pollock, brodie van wagenen, mets being mets

 

 

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