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Thursday, November 15, 2018

How Mets, deGrom could get their contract extension done

My concept: A five-year, $155.5 million accord that would pay deGrom $20 million in 2019, $27.5 million in 2020 and then $36 million annually from 2021-23. The $31.1 million average would beat the annual value of all pitchers except Zack Greinke (I assume positionally that both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will exceed the $31 million average of Miguel Cabrera this offseason). The $36 million seasons will top the most ever given in a single year to a pitcher (Max Scherzer has $35 million seasons in his contract).

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2018 at 06:51 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

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.
***
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 | 35 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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 01, 2018

How does Jacob deGrom’s 2018 Season Stack Up Against the Best in Mets’ History?

Pretty good, actually. Pretty, pretty, pr—ah, you know.

“By all accounts, Jacob deGrom is courteous with fans, and genuinely seems to appreciate the support of the Flushing faithful. He’s good-humored, modest, and acts the consummate professional. He was also the best pitcher on the planet in 2018.

So why do his teammates hate him?”

gehrig97 Posted: October 01, 2018 at 09:46 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: degrom, degrominating, dwight gooden, mets, tom seaver

Britton: The route to the ‘best offseason’ for the Mets should begin with self-evaluation from the Wilpons – The Athletic

Prior to that 77th and final victory of the season, Jeff Wilpon said the organization has used the last three months since Sandy Alderson’s leave of absence to conduct a kind of internal review. Based on his other remarks, that introspection has not extended to the very top.

To wit: On Sunday, Wilpon said the club’s investment in the front office matched what was requested by Alderson and Co.

“I don’t think we haven’t made the investment,” he said. “What I can tell you is that the people that are in place are what was asked for by the administration that was here. If somebody comes in and says we have to beef up this area or that area, we’re totally fine to do that. It’s not something that we ever said, ‘No’ to.”

Except that, according to multiple sources, the Wilpons did say “No” to Alderson when he asked for more full-time personnel in New York’s three-man analytics department, opting to hire interns instead. The Mets have one of the smallest analytics staffs in baseball; that’s Fred Wilpon’s decision more than Jeff’s.

When asked to characterize his involvement in organizational decisions with the next general manager, Jeff Wilpon said he and his father, Fred, aren’t “picking the players.” And yet, they were the ones who nixed a deal last winter that would have brought second baseman Jason Kipnis to New York because of financial concerns.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2018 at 10:46 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilpons

Thursday, September 27, 2018

NYTimes: Met’s Jacob deGrom Won a Game, and Maybe the Cy Young

After the final pitch of his marvelous 2018 season, the normally stoic Jacob deGrom cracked a smile. He deservingly strutted off the mound after unfurling a 92-mile per hour slider that darted so abruptly it froze second baseman Ozzie Albies. The crowd honored deGrom with a rousing standing ovation.

Earlier in the eighth inning, Mets fans serenaded deGrom with shouts of “M.V.P.!” They later chanted “We want Jake” when Jay Bruce, not deGrom, stood in the on-deck circle in the bottom of the inning. And it was hard to blame them: They wanted to see more of the historic excellence deGrom had produced every fifth game this season.

In a 3-0 win over the playoff-bound Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, deGrom put the finishing touches on a season that may very well earn him his first National League Cy Young Award. He fired eight scoreless innings, allowed only two hits, walked none and struck out 10.

His season-ending statistics are jaw-dropping: a major league-best 1.70 earned run average (the sixth-lowest qualifying total since the pitcher’s mound was lowered in 1969), 269 strikeouts, and only 46 walks in 217 innings.

He allowed only 40 extra base hits all season, and only 10 home runs. It’s as fine as season as I can recall since peak Pedro.  He actually had a lower ERA than 2000 vintage Pedro, though obviously the run environments were way different.  That 1.70 ERA is the sixth best ERA of my lifetime, his 9.8 pWAR is 8th.  He earned it.  Give him the Cy Young.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Mets should consider Alex Cora and Ron Darling in front office search

I don’t want whatever Joel is having.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2018 at 11:26 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Fancred Sports : A lot of intrigue over Mets GM pursuit: old school vs. new school

Mets fans deserve better.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2018 at 08:51 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Report: MLB looking into umpire’s bizarre interference in Mets celebration

Veteran umpire Tom Hallion has some explaining to do after seemingly attempting to block the New York Mets walk-off celebration on Thursday.

According to the New York Post, Major League Baseball officials are expected to question the veteran umpire for what writer Mike Puma termed an “apparent attempt to show up Todd Frazier” after Frazier launched the game-winning home run in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Miami Marlins.

The Mets obviously haven’t had much to celebrate in 2018. They were quick to surround the plate though to share in Frazier’s moment as he rounded the bases following one of the team’s most thrilling home runs of the season.

John McGraw and Earl Weaver would have had responses to this- whether or not they would have helped matters, on the other hand…...

 

QLE Posted: September 15, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: grudge match, mets, todd frazier, tom hallion, umpire

Friday, September 14, 2018

David Wright to suit up for Mets one last time

Fighting back tears at an emotional news conference Thursday, Wright announced he will return from a 2 1/2-year absence to start at third base on Sept. 29. He does not expect to play again after this month.

I bet he’ll get a pretty good ovation, and he deserves it.


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