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Thursday, December 01, 2016

If Mets can’t get reliever, Wheeler could strengthen bullpen - NY Daily News

If the Mets can’t get a lockdown reliever in a trade for Jay Bruce — or Curtis Granderson — and some baseball people feel that will prove to be the case, their best option for significantly strengthening their bullpen just might be Zack Wheeler.

The Mets don’t know what to expect from their one-time phenom now that Wheeler has missed two full seasons because of Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 01, 2016 at 10:28 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Report: Cespedes to re-sign with the Mets

“Cespedes will re-sign with the Mets for a deal expected to be worth $110 million over four years, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.”

Adam Starblind Posted: November 29, 2016 at 02:24 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Curtis Granderson Is a Man on a Generous Mission - The New York Times

Putting his fame to good use.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: curtis granderson, mets

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

New York Mets prospects Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith are rising through the ranks | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Shortstop—Amed Rosario, St. Lucie (66 games), Binghamton (54 games): Despite being three years younger than the average position player at Double-A, Rosario flashed signs of being a future franchise cornerstone in 2016.

“Going back to last year when he was with us for the playoffs, I was impressed with his approach at the plate,” Lopez said. “Then this season, there was a big improvement in how he put together his at-bats. He did not miss a beat this season.”

After a wonderful start to the season with St. Lucie in which he hit .309 in 66 games, the Mets moved Rosario to Binghamton on June 23. The 20-year-old continued to excel in the Eastern League, and even though his season was interrupted by a couple of stints on the disabled list, Rosario put together a slash line of .341/.392/.481 with two homers and 31 RBIs in 54 games.

As good as his numbers looked on paper, his manager at Binghamton was even more encouraged by how Rosario’s entire game has come together.

“When you’re watching Amed run the bases, whether it’s going from first to third or from home to second, it’s pretty impressive to watch,” Lopez added. “Then you see him in the field and everything goes so smoothly, like there’s no effort involved. He plays with flash but is under control the whole time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Yoenis Cespedes will get extra year he craves — but from Mets? | New York Post

Within the industry, there is a growing sense the star outfielder will command a five-year deal, which would leave the Mets facing a major decision on their immediate future.

As it stands, the Mets are likely committed to signing the 31-year-old if a four-year contract in the $100 million-to-$110 million neighborhood can be hammered out, according to an industry source, but there is less clarity on the matter when an additional year — which could push the value of a deal beyond $130 million — is considered.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 22, 2016 at 09:35 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, yoenis cespedes

Friday, November 18, 2016

‘Awful, stinks, ugly’: Scouts hammer Tim Tebow as season winds down | New York Post

Awful,” said one AL scout.

“Stinks,” said one from the NL.

“Ugly,” said another executive. “In the field and at the plate, nothing looks natural.”

The adjectives shouldn’t have been too surprising considering they described someone who hadn’t played organized baseball in over a decade and whose pro baseball career is in its infancy.
Others, though — including Mets general manager Sandy Alderson — insist the 29-year-old has a future in the sport after the Mets signed him for $100,000 in September.

“The idea for us was just to get him more game experience there,” Alderson said. “We thought he might be somewhat overmatched and that was true early on, but from the first 10 days of the Arizona Fall League to the last 10 days, there was a marked improvement.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 18, 2016 at 09:08 AM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Monday, November 07, 2016

5 Mets options to replace Cespedes: Trade for McCutchen? | New York Post

He is an option.

Carlos Gomez: The former Mets outfielder, who nearly returned in 2015 at the trade deadline before the club acquired Cespedes, had a resurgence with the Rangers over the final two months of the season after a brutal first half with Houston. Gomez hit 13 homers in 118 games and is still a threat on the bases (18 stolen bases), but he may have lost a step defensively.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Mets needs to lock up Cespedes long-term — no matter the price - NY Daily News

Overpaying is great short-sighted thinking.

Or maybe at that point he and the Wilpons simply dig deep to keep Cespedes, realizing that sometimes overpaying for the right player is the price a New York franchise should be willing to pay for trying to win a championship.

As Alderson begins his seventh year as GM, the Mets are at that point. I’m convinced he knows it.

But we’ll see if he delivers on it.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 06, 2016 at 10:12 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia arrested on domestic violence charge

Jeurys Familia, an All-Star pitcher for the New York Mets who was featured in a new ad campaign for an anti-domestic violence organization, was arrested on a domestic violence charge this week, according to a complaint filed by authorities in Fort Lee municipal court.

Police said in the complaint that Familia caused “bodily injury to another” and that they observed a scratch to the chest and a bruise to the right cheek of the victim, whose name was redacted in the court papers provided to The Record on Tuesday.

“The matter was brought to our attention and we are monitoring the situation,” the Mets said in a brief statement on Tuesday.

Familia, 27, who is identified in the complaint as Jeurys F. Mojica, was charged with simple assault, a disorderly persons offense, according to the complaint. A Facebook page that appears to belong to Familia uses the name Jeurys Familia Mojica to identify him. The date of birth on the complaint matches the date of birth given for Familia on the Mets’ website.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2016 at 03:15 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jeurys familia, mets, police blotter

Friday, October 14, 2016

Mets’ tough call on Neil Walker has its price: $17.2M | New York Post

The qualifying offer will be $17.2 million this offseason, and the Mets are among the teams that have decisions upcoming.

It appears unlikely a new collective bargaining agreement will be in place to affect the qualifying offer system this offseason. From what I have heard, nothing has been finalized on the issue. But one concept that has been discussed is to forbid the qualifying offer from being put on free agents in consecutive years (beginning in the 2017-18 offseason).

For example, Ian Desmond and Dexter Fowler each had their free-agent market harmed last offseason because many teams do not want to give up either a first- or second-round pick to sign a good-but-not-great player. Both are free agents this coming offseason and are likely to have the qualifying offer put on them yet again.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, neil walker

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mets bosses revealed grand hopes — before reality set in | New York Post

Before the after.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 12:24 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Mets -EVERYONE HAD SURGERY

Actually, a few Mets didn’t go under the knife.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 07:04 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, mets

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Scout’s View: Tim Tebow Draws A Crowd, But Doesn’t Impress | BaseballAmerica.com

Why is he in the AFL? He is old for a prospect. He hasn’t played past high school. I get taking a flyer but why put him in a position where he most likely will be overmatched.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 02:04 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Scott Boras confident in Matt Harvey’s return | mets.com

Scott Boras has positive things to say about one of his clients.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, scott boras

Tim Tebow Comforts Man Who Collapses After Game

Tebow’s afternoon took an intense turn after the game when a man standing in a crush of fans seeking autographs along the third-base line collapsed and appeared to have a seizure. Tebow stopped signing and cautiously made his way over to where people had gathered. He sat on the concrete retaining wall that separates the field from the first row of seats and prayed silently as a medic in a Bryce Harper T-shirt and a Detroit Tigers baseball cap tended to the man.

PreservedFish Posted: October 12, 2016 at 12:33 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, saves, tim tebow

Friday, October 07, 2016

Four reasons Mets must sign Yoenis Cespedes to a big deal | New York Post

Cespedes has stepped up with his production, and the Mets must step up with their years and dollars. See if a four-year, $100 million agreement — sure, go ahead and frontload it and offer him an opt-out after 2017, replicating the details that increased the lure of their prior agreement — will get it done. If Cespedes has too many superior offers? Jack it up to five years and $125 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2016 at 08:31 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Opt-outta here? Mets brace for Yoenis Cespedes’ expected free agency - Mets Blog- ESPN

It’s already next year in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 09:38 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Can Jeurys Familia ever be trusted again? | New York Post

Starting with this one: Can they still trust Familia?

“All he did all year long was pick up his teammates,” manager Terry Collins said. “But in the postseason when you give one up and you lose a game, it can be really hard on you.”

Familia, to his credit, stood at his locker and answered wave after wave of interrogators. Also to his credit, he didn’t look shattered. His head wasn’t covered in a towel, and tears didn’t fill his eyes. In that sense, at least, he recalled Mariano Rivera in Cleveland in 1997 and Phoenix in 2001 and Boston in 2004, understanding that to live the closer’s life is to forever tiptoe along a harsh reckoning.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: jeurys familia, mets, wild card

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Rise of T.J. Rivera is Mets’ wildest tale of all - NY Daily News

In 33 games this season, Rivera hit .333 and has essentially been the club’s starting second baseman since mid-September. He was 2-for-3 against Bumgarner when the lefty pitched against the Mets in August.

“As a long-time minor-league guy, these are the stories you love,” Terry Collins said Tuesday as his Mets worked out in preparation for the one-and-done clash. “T.J.’s story will be told hundreds of times over for the next number of years, to guys who don’t think they’re getting a fair shake, guys who weren’t drafted, who weren’t bonus babies.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 05, 2016 at 10:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, t.j. rivera

Monday, October 03, 2016

Mets Beat Yankees in Local TV Ratings for First Time Ever

SNY, cable home of the Mets, finished the regular season as baseball’s most-watched regional sports network, beating the Yankees’ YES Network, according to a statement Monday. The results mark the first time Mets games have drawn more local TV viewers than Yankees games since SNY and YES started competing against each other in 2006.

Mets games on SNY averaged 263,850 viewers, compared with about 218,000 for the Yankees on YES, according to the statement from SNY. A YES spokesman said the network will likely release its final viewership numbers on Oct. 4.

The Mets’ viewership and average household rating of 2.73 were both their highest since the 2008 season, when the team went 89-73 and missed the playoffs. New York is the nation’s biggest television market.

Part of the reason for the dip in Yankees’ ratings is the ongoing dispute between YES, majority-owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc., and Comcast Corp., which has kept the team’s games out of about 900,000 homes, about 65 percent of which are in the official New York TV market.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 04:42 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, television ratings, yankees

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Mets clinch home field in NL Wild Card Game | MLB.com

It’s the era of the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 01, 2016 at 06:44 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Jay Bruce gives peek at breakout as playoffs come into focus | New York Post

The trade might work out after all.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 29, 2016 at 09:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jay bruce, mets

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Steven Matz To Undergo Surgery To Remove Bone Spur From Elbow

While Matz, 25, announced his presence in the Majors last summer with an excellent debut, he didn’t pitch enough innings for his rookie status to expire. The 2016 campaign has technically been his rookie year, and it’ll come to a close with a 3.40 earned run average and a 129-to-31 K/BB ratio that was compiled over the life of 132 1/3 innings out of the New York rotation. Matz becomes the third Mets starer to require season-ending surgery, joining rotation-mates Matt Harvey (thoracic outlet syndrome) and Jacob deGrom (ulnar nerve in right elbow) in that category. Meanwhile, right-hander Zack Wheeler was never able to return to a Major League mound this season after suffering setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last spring.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 28, 2016 at 04:28 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, youngpitchingwillbreakyourheart

Tebow homers on first instructional league pitch

Of course he did.

Tebow, batting second, was making his debut in Port St. Lucie, Fla., against the Cardinals’ instructional league team. His homer came off left-hander John Kilichowski, the Cardinals’ 2016 11th-round pick out of Vanderbilt, who gave up just one homer in 47 at-bats vs. left-handed batters in the Minors this year.

eddieot Posted: September 28, 2016 at 02:21 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Sunday, September 25, 2016

New York Mets’ hidden MVP: Their pitch framing - Mets Blog- ESPN

But what’s distinct about the Mets is this: The Giants and Dodgers each have one great pitch-framer (Buster Posey and Yasmani Grandal) and the Cubs have two (Miguel Montero and David Ross). The Mets have three.

What’s the tangible impact?

On a game-by-game basis, take Friday night’s win as an example. Rivera and d’Arnaud had a great game. They got 5.5 more strikes than would have been expected from the pitches that Phillies’ hitters took. It was their sixth-best game of the season in that regard

On a broader basis, the Mets led the league in called-strike rate last season and lead again in 2016. Bartolo Colon and Jacob deGrom ranked 4-5 in the NL in strikeout-to-walk ratio last season. Noah Syndergaard ranks second in 2016 (though admittedly he’s more reliant on swinging strikes). Addison Reed’s 6.6 strikeout-to-walk rate dwarves any of his previous four seasons. Jerry Blevins’ ratio is the second-best in his career.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, pitch framing

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