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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Mets sign Rubén Tejada to minor league deal

Free agent infielder Rubén Tejada signed a minor league contract with the Mets, per an official announcement on Saturday. Tejada is not expected to break camp with the team and will report to extended spring training instead.

Somewhere, Chase Utley is feeling tempted to get back into the game….


QLE Posted: March 24, 2019 at 07:05 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor league contracts, ruben tejada

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Franchise Bids Farewell

“It shouldn’t have been so easy: Seaver was maybe a little too handsome, maybe a little too eloquent, maybe a little too “California” to earn the trust of a jaded, twice-bitten, hometown faithful. He was a little too… soft to make it big in the Big City.”

gehrig97 Posted: March 22, 2019 at 10:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: chicago white sox, cincinnati reds, mets, orioles, tom seaver

Mets to change Citi Field address to honor Tom Seaver, will unveil plans for statue

The Mets will be permanently changing the address of Citi Field to honor Tom Seaver, the team announced on Thursday, with full details to be released at a later date.

In addition, the team will be unveiling plans this June for a statue to honor Seaver, Mets chief revenue officer Lou DePaoli said, according to Newsday.

“We’ve been working on exploring a potential statue option for a couple of years in coordination with the [Seaver] family,” DePaoli said. “We won’t be unveiling a statue this season. We will unveil the plans of what it will look like sometime on that [‘69] weekend.”


QLE Posted: March 22, 2019 at 07:20 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, statues, tom seaver, willets point

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Marty Noble On His Relationship with Tom Seaver

“Seated next to him on the Mets’ team bus in June, 1977 in Montreal, I mentioned that the 10th anniversary of the release of Beatles’ ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ was the following day. He asked if I’d still love him when he turned 64. It was a break through. I thought, when we discussed the album. We had something in common. It was getting better all the time.”

There’s so much more in this piece.

djordan Posted: March 21, 2019 at 11:19 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tom seaver

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wright, now an adviser with Mets, points to team chemistry

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Former captain David Wright showed up at Mets spring training camp Monday and spoke to reporters before New York’s game against the Washington Nationals, repeatedly referring fondly to “Al and Johnny.”

It’s that kind of attitude and personal touch, a sort of chumminess that develops within a clubhouse and organization, that Wright thinks can be essential to a winning team.

“Al and Johnny” are Al Leiter and John Franco, former Mets pitchers who were added to the front office two weeks ago in advisory positions.

Wright said the topic of close bonds and friendships that are forged during successful seasons was brought up in a morning meeting with them and new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who has communicated regularly with Wright about player development in his own new advisory role.

Team biology, on the other hand….


QLE Posted: March 20, 2019 at 07:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: advisor, david wright, mets

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Robinson Cano thinks Amed Rosario could be Mets’ next ‘superstar’

Rosario has really looked good this spring. He’s been less passive and more aggressive on strikes.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2019 at 09:38 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amed rosario, mets, robinson cano

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Jacob deGrom optimistic contract extension with Mets can be reached before season | Newsday

The Mets’ ace said he remains optimistic that he and the team can work out a long-term deal by the start of the regular season, which is about two weeks away. Instead of getting personally involved in those negotiations, though, deGrom said he has let his agent, Jeff Berry of CAA, “do his thing.”

“I try to eliminate as many things as I can and just focus on getting guys out,” deGrom said Tuesday. “Being a part of the future is definitely something I would like to be. That was a goal of mine. I think we’re hopeful, so we’ll just see what happens.”

Said general manager Brodie Van Wagenen: “I’m not going to put a label on it. [There have been] discussions. There’s been open dialogue, and I think that’s important.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2019 at 09:17 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Mets’ Tim Tebow improving, will be major leaguer: scouts, Cano

Scouts have noticed improvement in a scout’s way.

“I will say this, he’s gotten a lot better on the offensive side,’’ said one scout at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, where the Mets were bashed 8-1 by the Marlins. “His defense is still too much like a football player in left field.”

Another scout added: “You know what, I was rooting against him at the start three years ago, but I have to say he has improved and just as importantly, he has said all the right things and done the right things. As an extra guy he might be the kind of good because he is not a negative force.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2019 at 07:57 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tim tebow

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Mets’ Tim Tebow sent to minor league camp, politely declines swing advice from Jose Canseco -

“I appreciate it, anybody wanting to work with me is humbling, he’s a great one at it. But we have a lot of great coaches here,” said Tebow to reporters, including Tim Healey of Newsday, when asked about Canseco’s offer Tuesday. He expertly defused the situation. Well done.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2019 at 11:46 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: jose canseco, mets, tim tebow

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Mets have a competitive and friendly 1st-base battle going on

Barring injury and despite Alonso’s glove, I can’t see Smith making the team. Alonso is out-hitting him. Davis can also play third and the outfield.

The 23-year-old Smith struggled in stints with the Mets in 2017 and ’18, but credits an emphasis on physical fitness for his solid spring. Last season, Smith missed almost all of spring training with a quadriceps injury sustained early in camp. It came after Smith was late for a team meeting and got scratched from the lineup as punishment.

“Last year it just felt like you could never dig yourself out of that hole and it kept spiraling and getting worse and worse, but you learn from those things and just try to move on and get better,” Smith said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2019 at 08:20 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: dominic smith, mets, pete alonso

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Here’s where Mets’ roster stands right now

Hechavarria instead of J.D. Davis or Jeff McNeil? Wait, maybe the writer is confused.

Third base (1): Adeiny Hechavarria
What changed? This doesn’t necessarily mean Hechavarria will start at third base, but injuries to Frazier and Jed Lowrie increased his chance to make the team. If neither Frazier nor Lowrie is ready to go by Opening Day, Jeff McNeil is the most likely candidate to start at third, with Hechavarria backing up both him and shortstop Amed Rosario. More on McNeil in a bit.
Utility (1): Jeff McNeil
What changed? The Mets’ plans to use McNeil exclusively in the outfield may not even last a month. If Frazier and Lowrie both remain sidelined into mid-March, the team intends to convert McNeil back to the infield, where he would profile as the Opening Day starter at third base. Should one of those two heal ahead of schedule, McNeil would start in left field, with Lagares shifting back to the bench.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2019 at 08:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adeiny hechaverria, j.d. davis, mets

New-look NL East suddenly baseball’s deepest division

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — For years, the NL East has been soft as a bunt single.

Not anymore.

Even before Bryce Harper decided to stay inside the division, four of the five teams spent this offseason swinging for the fences. In addition to defending champion Atlanta, the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals all have enough firepower to potentially contend for the playoffs.

Mind you, the Marlins can by themselves make any division weaker just by being in it.

QLE Posted: March 07, 2019 at 03:51 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, mets, nationals, nl east, phillies

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Jessica Mendoza joins Mets as advisor

And the hits just keep on comin’!

The Mets are getting a lot of advice this year.

The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 05, 2019 at 02:51 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, March 04, 2019

Mets Hire Al Leiter As Baseball Operations Advisor

Leiter says NO to YES.

The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: March 04, 2019 at 05:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Mets’ Frazier to be out with oblique injury

Isn’t this the whole reason for adding depth?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2019 at 09:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, todd frazier

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Mets P Noah Syndergaard wants to ‘bet’ on himself in free agency

He’d better get healthier.

In speaking to the press on Wednesday, including The Athletic’s Tim Britton, Syndergaard said that he’s willing to play out the final three years of team control without an extension and hit free agency in 2021.

“I trust my ability and the talent that I have. So I feel like I’m going to bet (on) myself in free agency and not do what they did,” Syndergaard said. “But if it’s fair for both sides and they approach me on it, then maybe we can talk.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2019 at 07:03 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, noah syndergaard

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Mets Need to Prove They’re a Big-Market Team in Handling of Jacob deGrom | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights

Will he be able to come close to replicating 2018? That’s a tall order.

Yes, it could cost more by then. Yes, it could cost more by next winter, if deGrom comes anywhere close to replicating a 2018 season in which he had a 1.70 ERA and struck out 269 in 217 innings.

Big-market teams don’t need to worry much about things like that. They can afford to wait, because if the price goes up, they can afford to pay it.

The New York Yankees often operate that way.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2019 at 06:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Mets, St. Lucie County reportedly near agreement for stadium renovations

The Mets and St. Lucie (Florida) County are reportedly nearing an agreement to renovate First Data Field, where the Mets spend spring training, and keep the team there until 2042, according to the TC Palm’s Keona Gardner.

Amid a report last week that indicated the Mets could have “blown up” their stadium renovation deal, the two sides will bring forth a contract to county commissioners on Tuesday that outlines the renovation project, according to Gardner.

The project would cost $57 million, and the Mets will contribute $2 million, according to county documents obtained by Gardner.

Your periodic reminder that the stadium shakedown game extends to spring-training parks as well.


QLE Posted: February 19, 2019 at 04:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, spring training, stadium deals

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Yoenis Cespedes says he’ll be back in the second half - New York Daily News

“At this moment, I do feel like I will return,” Cespedes said through a translator Friday. “It may be three months, it may be two months, it may be one month. But at this point, the way that I feel, I do think I can return.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 08:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Frazier, Wheeler rally behind deGrom: Mets, sign him now

Deserves what he can get under the current CBA would be a truer statement. The CBA would need a total redo for players to get what they deserve. Albert Pujols and Pablo Sandoval, for just two examples, certainly don’t want the kind of CBA restructuring where players get what they currently deserve.

“[DeGrom] deserves every penny, and I hope he gets it. He’s that good of a baseball player and he deserves all the money in baseball he can get.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2019 at 03:58 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob degrom, mets

Mets’ heightened expectations put Mickey Callaway on hot seat

Does any manager have more pressure to succeed than Mickey Callaway?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2019 at 08:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, mickey callaway

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Mets have versatile Jeff McNeil working on potential switch to outfield | Newsday

How much playing time can Jeff McNeil realistically get?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2019 at 11:06 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff mcneil, mets

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Mets’ Zack Wheeler has the stuff for a Cy Young season

With his injury history, I can’t see the Mets locking him up without a highly discounted price tag.

The right-hander would be a terrific fit for the Braves — he lives outside Atlanta — so the Mets need to make sure they can keep Wheeler in their rotation for the long haul.

“I’m here right now, [and] that’s all I’m worried about,” Wheeler said about his upcoming free-agent status after participating in his first day of pre-camp, at one point throwing a bullpen session alongside deGrom and Syndergaard. “All that stuff will figure itself out, and I will worry about that later. You know it’s coming up and you want to have a good year, but at the same time, it’s about what’s now. I’m here with the Mets, and this is where I want to win, and that’s what’s happening right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2019 at 07:30 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zach wheeler

Thursday, February 07, 2019

The little ‘fighter’ son who inspires the Mets’ Todd Frazier

Todd Frazier had more to worry about this off-season than where he’s going to play this year.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 07, 2019 at 10:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, todd frazier

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Report: Mets, Padres interested in Gio González

Free agent left-hander Gio González has continued to draw interest from the Mets this offseason, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. They aren’t the only interested party, either, as’s Jon Morosi noted Thursday that the Padres have added González’s name to an ever-expanding list of potential free agent targets. Time is running out before the 2019 season kicks off, however, and it remains to be seen whether either team will close a deal with the starter in the weeks to come.

Given the teams in question, we can’t rule out them being interested in Gonzalez for utterly ridiculous reasons.

QLE Posted: February 03, 2019 at 04:27 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: gio gonzalez, mets, padres

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