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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

NYPost: Why Mets may be in hurry to reach David Wright settlement

With the help of Major League Baseball, the Mets are working with their insurance company to try to come to a settlement on the $27 million they still owe the medically unable-to-play David Wright, an industry source said.
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Because Wright played in the Mets’ next-to-last game of the season as a farewell (after a final comeback from his spinal stenosis fell short), the Mets would have to pay him fully for the first 59 games of next season, as per the terms of their policy. Starting in the 60th game, the policy would cover 75 percent of the remainder of Wright’s $15 million salary and then 75 percent of his entire $12 million salary for 2020, which would add up to about $16.2 million of relief.

So if I am reading correctly, the Mets’ decision to give David Wright 2 ABs during garbage time last season cost them ... NINE MILLION DOLLARS of insurance?

Mets!?!?!?!

 

Adam Starblind Posted: November 13, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, November 08, 2018

How the Mets could jumpstart the Brodie Van Wagenen era with a few low-cost pickups and some good luck - CBSSports.com

This is a tough place to be.

Even with some big chunks of money coming off the books, the Mets have strikingly little financial flexibility for a team coming off such a lousy season. According to the excellent Cot’s contracts page, New York is already projected to carry about $144 million in payroll next season, with about $46 million of that total tied up in projected arbitration awards. Syndergaard and deGrom project to earn about $22 million combined through arbitration in 2019, with a gigantic additional raise in store the following year.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2018 at 10:59 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, November 06, 2018


Mets shake up coaching staff | Newsday

How many advisors will be in the Mets front office?

The changes:

      Hitting coach Pat Roessler is fired.   Ruben Amaro Jr. is moving from first-base coach to a front-office adviser role.   Gary DiSarcina is moving from bench coach to third-base coach.   Glenn Sherlock is moving from third-base coach to first-base coach.   Ricky Bones is moving from bullpen coach to a player-development role to be decided.
Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2018 at 01:47 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, November 05, 2018

GM Meetings begin without an Orioles GM - BaltimoreBaseball.com

The dysfunction continues.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2018 at 12:21 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles

SNY: Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen: ‘I think that you can’t be afraid to win’

In Brodie Van Wagenen’s case, he wasn’t the candidate that tried to win over the Wilpons by saying exactly what they would want to hear. Instead, he told them what they needed to hear.

“They needed to hear that there was a lack of confidence in the organization,” Van Wagenen told The Post’s Steve Serby in an in-depth Q&A. “There was a lack of belief that they could win. And I wanted to change that narrative.”

That’s nice to hear.  Screw it, #ImWithBrodie

Now go get Machado, Kimbrel, and Keuchel.

Adam Starblind Posted: November 05, 2018 at 08:40 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Schmuck: Orioles’ executive search, MASN hearing make November a critical month for franchise

Baseball’s free-agent market opened for business this weekend and the Orioles still appear to be a few weeks away from naming a new baseball operations chief, but don’t be alarmed.

This was never going to be a big free-agent offseason for the Orioles, so the deliberate search for Dan Duquette’s replacement — and eventually a new manager — isn’t as time sensitive as it might be under different circumstances.

An industry source told The Baltimore Sun that John and Louis Angelos are immersed in the process and have talked to a number of potential candidates to run their baseball operations department.

A question, for anyone here who may be an expert in the business end of baseball- are the issues being presented here as critical as the article makes them seem?

QLE Posted: November 04, 2018 at 07:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, lawsuits, masn, orioles, peter angelos

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Source: Orioles have interviewed seven candidates in first phase of search to replace Dan Duquette

A month after dismissing executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter following the worst season in franchise history, the Orioles’ search for a new individual to lead their baseball operations department continues.

One of three organizations looking to fill that position this offseason, the Orioles see the pace of their pursuit — and scarcity of public information about it — as more similar to the San Francisco Giants’ ongoing search than the one that led the New York Mets to hire agent Brodie Van Wagenen.

While the Giants have most of an infrastructure in place, the Orioles are trying to build an organization from almost scratch after over a dozen baseball operations staffers were also let go ahead of their contracts expiring Wednesday.

What, no agents under consideration?

 

QLE Posted: November 03, 2018 at 09:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, orioles

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

For Orioles, let history be your guide, hire a general manager first – The Athletic

It’s tough to grade Duquette. Peter Angelos wasn’t the kind of owner who gives his GM any real autonomy.

The Duquette era was always about making marginal moves and hoping they turned into gold under Showalter’s direction–and in fairness, sometimes they did. But a lot of this team was built on the structure of what came before — both the 2012 and 2014 teams were stocked with guys acquired by Andy MacPhail, Duquette’s predecessor — and eventually when those guys started getting long in the tooth and low in the tank, it wasn’t enough to keep grabbing Rule 5 guys and hoping they’d explode onto the scene or signing a guy or two out of the Cuban defector pool and foreign pro leagues every year. Duquette was excellent at spinning the hay he was given into gold, as far as it went. But his front office was never so good at getting more of it.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 31, 2018 at 08:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, pay site

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Fangraphs:Ring: The Mets, Brodie Van Wagenen, and When Agents Join Front Offices

Did the Mets Mets this one up?

In theory, if his clients on the Mets don’t sign off on the addition of Van Wagenen to the front office, they have a legal right to stop it — and they stand a good chance of winning whatever suit they file.

Under a case called Detroit Lions v. Argovitz, a breach of an agent’s fiduciary duty can actually result in rescission (a court undoing) of the acts that breached the duty. An agent’s fiduciary duty under Argovitz is multifaceted. First, the agent can’t have a conflict of interest…Second, even if the agent reaches a deal that is fair to the player, if he fails to place the player’s best interests first as defined by the player, the contract is presumptively fraudulent and voidable by the player.

...And arguably, the Mets committed unlawful acts, too. The law prohibits a third party from inducing a party to a contract into breaching that contract. That’s called “tortious interference with contract” or “tortious interference with prospective economic advantage”...Here, the Mets knew Van Wagenen had a contract with his clients and made him a job offer anyway that would require him to breach that contract.

puck Posted: October 30, 2018 at 05:40 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets, mets

Friday, October 26, 2018

Brodie Van Wagenen reportedly favorite for Mets’ GM position

According to Jeff Passan, CAA agent Brodie Van Wagenen has emerged as the favorite for the vacant general manager position and he is reportedly expected to accept the position. It was reported yesterday that Doug Melvin was out of the running which narrowed down the field to Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom, and now it seems as though the position is Van Wagenen’s although nothing official has been announced.

This would be an unconventional hire for the Mets who have become stubbornly risk averse recently. They rely more on “knowns” especially when it comes to their hires. Perhaps last season was a sign that their strategy was changing when they hired Mickey Callaway who did not have any managerial experience when he interviewed for the position.

Like Callaway, Van Wagenen will not have any experience in this new role but that does not necessarily mean he is unqualified. Agents have to be well versed in many different aspects of the game including analytics if they are to represent their clients to the best of their abilities. However, there is a clear conflict of interest here and Van Wagenen will have to leave his agency if he does in fact become the next GM.

Well, it’s either being a GM or becoming the villain of a 1980s slobs-versus-snobs film.

QLE Posted: October 26, 2018 at 11:47 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, general manager, mets

Thursday, October 25, 2018


On the verge of hiring a new general manager, have the Mets figured out what they want? – The Athletic

What’s weird is that, nearly four months into this process, we aren’t debating the merits of these individual candidates as much as their philosophical underpinnings. The Mets have treated this entire process like the way a middle-schooler approaches his science fair project, wasting several potentially useful months before throwing something together the night before it’s due. They haven’t even decided yet whether they’re building a styrofoam solar system or a volcano that spits out baking soda; to be safe, they bought the supplies for both.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 25, 2018 at 08:21 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mets, pay site

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Orioles’ Davis, Wright discuss team’s offseason changes at charity event

It was a quick diaspora from Baltimore for many of the Orioles’ players after their nightmare 115-loss season ended, but a pair who have sought through their ups and downs on the field to be more than uniformed presences in the city were back in town Monday for a charity event.

First baseman Chris Davis and right-hander Mike Wright Jr. represented the Orioles at the second annual Beltway Brews and Boards Celebrity Cornhole Tournament at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, an event featuring those two and dozens of current and former Ravens to benefit the Players Philanthropy Fund, an athlete-driven charity network founded by Ravens Ring of Honor member Matt Stover.

It’s been a quiet time for players and staff left with the Orioles organization, but the pair had equal parts gratitude for what the team accomplished under since-dismissed manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette and excitement for the change that’s to come.

QLE Posted: October 23, 2018 at 07:06 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, chris davis, mike wright, orioles

Monday, October 22, 2018

Mets narrow GM search down to three: Doug Melvin, Brodie Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom

I say Melvin gets it.

On Monday, the Mets eliminated MLB executive Kim Ng and Tigers VP of player development Dave Littlefield from consideration, according to sources, leaving Doug Melvin, Brodie Van Wagenen and Chaim Bloom as the remaining known candidates for the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 02:16 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mets

OTP 2018 OCT 22: Meet the New York Teenager Who Created the ‘Mets Are a Good Team’ Super PAC

The FEC’s paperwork made it appear like the work of one person, someone named Ben Aybar. He’d listed himself as the chairman, treasurer, and custodian of records. The headquarters was a residential address in the suburbs of New York City, and the organization’s listed preferred bank was nearby. There weren’t any of the typical signs of organized activity—there weren’t multiple people involved, there weren’t any office buildings or P.O. Boxes, the headquarters and bank were in the same state. Instead, it seemed like… well, it seemed like it might actually be one person who thinks the Mets Are A Good Team. I reached out to the email listed on the form, asking if he’d be willing to talk. Sure, he said. The next day at 10 a.m.?

Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: October 22, 2018 at 08:18 AM | 2143 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, off topic, politics

mets gm search kim ng | Newsday

On paper, Ng very much fits the mold of what the Mets are believed to be looking for. She is a baseball lifer after graduating from the University of Chicago, where she played softball. Ng joined the White Sox’s front office in 1990 and is said to be adept at blending new-school analytics with old-school scouting. She even spent part of her childhood in Queens.
Currently, Ng oversees all of MLB’s international operations — an arena ripe with corruption that the league has been trying to clean up — and works closely with all 30 teams.

Torre, a former Mets infielder (1975-77) and manager (1977-81), is confident that Ng would be a good choice for the Mets or any other team.
“I’m a little biased,” he said. “But she’s got a lot to give.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2018 at 06:01 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, kim ng, mets

Friday, October 19, 2018


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Dave Littlefield latest candidate to interview for Mets’ GM role

The Mets have interviewed Tigers’ vice president of player development Dave Littlefield for their open GM role, SNY’s Andy Martino confirmed on Wednesday.

New Yorkers unfamiliar with the peculiarities of Littlefield’s disastrous time in charge of the Pirates may at least recall his official scouting assessment of the height of Derek Jeter’s butt.

Everyone gets intrusive thoughts from time to time (e.g. “I wonder how far I could throw that baby), but it’s almost never a good idea to act on them.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Will Duquette and Showalter get top jobs elsewhere or will the disaster of 2018 — and the perceptions that re-emerged — damage their resumes? – The Athletic

Like the Mets it’s tough to know how many bad decisions were owner driven.

This takes us back to the original premise: Showalter and Duquette are good at what they do. They, together, helped lift a moribund franchise back to relevancy.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Showalter gets at least one interview this offseason for one of baseball’s managerial vacancies or if Duquette ends up as special assistant somewhere given his keen eye for undervalued assets.

But for them to get hired in high-profile, decision-making positions again, an organization will have to overlook what has happened in Baltimore since September 2017.

In the “what-have-you-done-lately” world of baseball, that may be a tall order. Especially considering the falls from grace are illustrative of the negative perceptions – fair or not – that have followed both men during successful baseball careers.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2018 at 10:16 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: buck showalter, dan duquette, orioles, pay site

Empty vows, Alderson back-stab: Inside Mets’ GM search mess

But what is 180 degrees for the Mets? Fred Wilpon feels they got too analytical under Alderson — a sentiment not shared in the industry. But how does being too analytical jibe with what Jeff said in that end-of-year media briefing, that Alderson recommended not enlarging one of the smallest analytic departments in the majors? How can you be too analytical and yet have a tiny analytics department? And, by the way, don’t you think some good candidates noticed that Jeff put this on Alderson’s plate and also said his regime did not want to spend heavily on free agents?

Lack of appreciation/accountability from ownership also is not going to draw the best and brightest. Alderson brought stability and a strong public face at the worst of times for these owners (think Madoff), steered the Mets to an NL title, did not leave the cupboards bare of talent and — for goodness’ sake — is battling cancer. Do you think this ingratitude is not a talking point within the game?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2018 at 10:09 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, mets

‘He’s as smart as anyone I’ve met in baseball – or anywhere’: How former team lawyer Sandy Alderson became one of the most influential GMs in the sport’s history – The Athletic

And even he couldn’t get the power to do the job. What’s the next Mets GM going to do?

“To me, if you look at the executives today and the template for the guys that run baseball teams today, they essentially all have the background of Sandy,” said Beane. “Sandy was the original Ivy League graduate with analytics driving his decisions. He was the groundbreaking guy.”

As such, those who know Alderson believe him deserving of at least one more honor.

“He should be in the Hall of Fame,” Ricciardi said. “He deserves to be a Hall of Famer.”

“On the short list of GMs who are at that level, you’re talking about Pat Gillick, John Schuerholz and Sandy,” said Ricco, referring to two other GMs enshrined in Cooperstown already. “That’s the company he belongs in.”

“He’s just been so influential, and his influence is still going on today,” Beane said. “If you look at the tree of executives that has worked with him and around him, absolutely he’s a Hall of Famer.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2018 at 10:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pay site, sandy alderson

Friday, October 12, 2018

HBT - Rebuilding the Orioles in Peabody Heights

The Terrapins, they called them. Their home field appeared on the north side of East 29th Street, where Peabody Heights now serves its flagship beer, an American lager called Old Oriole Park Bohemian; the name came with the permission of Peter Angelos and the Orioles, of course.

“At the beginning we asked [to use the Orioles’ name],” O’Keefe recalls, “and Mr. Angelos said, ‘All right, I probably won’t sue you.’”

The Terrapins spent the spring of 1914 warming up in North Carolina, then headed north for their home opener against the Buffalo Blues, which 30,000 fans attended, many of them relegated to standing room only.

Bote Man Posted: October 12, 2018 at 12:41 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baltimore, beer, federal league, history, orioles

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Indians GM Mike Chernoff in play for Mets’ top job

In case you’re curious to know who would want to take over as the Mets GM, here’s a brief account of the search.

QLE Posted: October 11, 2018 at 12:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general manager, mets, mike chernoff

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Mets kicking off GM search with longtime baseball exec Doug Melvin

Is this a zig or a zag?

Doug Melvin, the former Rangers and Brewers GM, has been contacted by the Mets and will interview with club officials either this week or next, according to an industry source.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2018 at 02:10 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

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