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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Matt Harvey of New York Mets deletes Twitter account after controversial tweet

Please report to the Amway office for personality removal. #davidwright

Matt Harvey’s Twitter account is outta here.

Harvey’s final tweet Tuesday created a stir. On the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John procedure, the rehabbing New York Mets ace tweeted “I can’t believe it’s been 6 months already.#tommyjohn” and attached a photo of himself from his hospital bed in October, with his middle finger raised.

Shortly thereafter, the tweet disappeared. Then Harvey’s entire Twitter account was deleted. He had amassed more than 100,000 followers.

The Mets confirmed requesting that the tweet be deleted because it contained a photo with a potentially offensive gesture, but added that the decision to delete the account belonged to Harvey.

Harvey confirmed that sequence of events….He said his mother took the photo as he was heading into surgery on Oct. 22.

“I think I looked up at the calendar and realized it’s been six months. And I was kind of surprised,” Harvey said. “So I went back and looked at some of the pictures that my mother was taking before surgery, and kind of got a good chuckle at that one. ... That was how I felt going into surgery, realizing it was going to be a pretty long process ahead of me. It was all fun and games. It was me showing a little bit of my personality before surgery.

“I’m not going to apologize for being myself and having a good laugh at a funny little picture. I’ve kind of had enough with Twitter and, I guess, not being able to show your personal side. I’ll keep those pictures to myself.”

The District Attorney Posted: April 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: matt harvey, mets, social media

The Five “Acts” of Ike Davis’s Career, and Why Trading Ike Was a Mistake

Let’s recap Acts 1 through V:

Act I, 2010 and 2011: .271/.357/.460 over 750 plate appearances, 26 HR, 123 OPS+
Act II, early 2012: .202/.276/.404 in 344 plate appearances
Act III, late 2012: .256/.354/.551 in 240 plate appearances
Act IV, early 2013: .161/.242/.258 in 207 plate appearances
Act V, late 2013: .267/.429/.443 in 170 plate appearances

When I look at the various ups and downs in Ike’s career, I don’t see a player who cratered without explanation from a potential wunderkind in 2009-2011 to a dud thereafter.  I see a player who has been overall working his way toward a successful major league career, but who had two incredibly long and deep troughs.  You don’t luck your way into being that good, and you don’t luck your way into being that bad.  Other things are at play.

thetailor Posted: April 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, mets, trades

The rise and fall of Ike Davis’ New York Mets | Capital New York

I like Ike. I’ve been sitting on him for a few years in various fantasy leagues. At this point, I’m just happy he’s out of New York, so I can finally find out if my belief in him is misguided or not.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2014 at 08:22 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, mets

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mets add Bobby Abreu to roster, send down Andrew Brown

And Kyle Farnsworth is the new closer.  Richard Hidalgo is available…

The Mets have officially brought up Bobby Abreu to their major league roster, optioning down outfielder Andrew Brown as a corresponding move.

Abreu will serve as as a left-handed hitter off the bench…

Abreu hit .395 in 15 games at Triple-A in Las Vegas.

“He’s played very well at Vegas,” [GM Sandy] Alderson said. “And he’s a great hitting role model for our players. He’s a professional hitter and I think our guys can learn something from him.”

The District Attorney Posted: April 21, 2014 at 03:08 PM | 59 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew brown, bobby abreu, mets, transactions

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Raissman: After cheating scandal, former Mets GM Steve Phillips back calling the shots

As a Met fan used to tell me…“It wasn’t just us…he Bordicked everybody.”

When he walks the streets of Manhattan he sees faces staring back at him. Phillips wonders what they are thinking, good, bad, or indifferent. “But what they are thinking,” Phillips said, “says more about them than it does about me.”

The nature of sportstalk radio, and the media in general, requires commentators to pass judgment — quickly — on athletes who find themselves in trouble. Whether it be for drugs, alcohol, spousal abuse or other close encounters with the law. His own problems give Phillips a different perspective.

“When somebody says ‘That guy’s a scumbag,’ I don’t go there. I look at it from the point of the brokenness of the athlete, like Aldon Smith, or the executive, like Jim Irsay, as opposed to ‘How stupid is that guy?’” Phillips said. “Why would Irsay put everything he has at risk? Yet people do because of the sickness, or the illness or the problems they have.”

This ain’t no movie. There is no real drama involved here. No melodramatic crap about Phillips, behind the SXM microphone, flashing back to his own past when he engages in debate over sports’ next problem child. The past can creep back into his mind at any time. He needs to stay one step ahead of it.

“For anybody who has addiction issues, shame is a major part of that addicting process. So I’ve had to surrender that part of it thinking about, living in some part of shame,” Phillips said. “... I don’t go there. The goal for me now is to take what I have in my life and make the best possible day I can. If that is the morning radio show that’s great. If it’s having the great opportunity to broadcast Mets games, what a gift that is.”

...Maybe Phillips was lucky he got caught, embarrassed, and forced to attempt to change his life rather than maintaining success while living life in the shadows.

“As painful as all of this was for everybody, I would not trade where I am today to get back any job I had previously or any amount of money I had previously. I had issues. I was never happy,” Phillips said. “I wouldn’t trade my health and sobriety (from sex addiction) to get back any job from my past. I just wouldn’t go back to it.”

This is what makes Steve Phillips run so hard.

In the opposite direction.

Repoz Posted: April 20, 2014 at 05:12 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Saturday, April 19, 2014

mets.com: Through hitting system, Mets aim to build winner

Mets players received statistical breakdowns of their 2013 performances centered upon Bases Per Out, an internally developed metric that seeks to measure a player’s overall offensive production.

Players with less than three years of service time were told that their BPOs would determine bonuses tacked onto future salary offers. Each base—one for a walk or single, two for a double—would earn them $200 more than what they would otherwise receive. Each out would slice off $100.

bobm Posted: April 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Secret Service Threatened to Kill Mr. Met

DUCKING MASS?

Mr. Met, the mascot for baseball’s saddest franchise, received a stern warning from the Secret Service in 1997, when President Clinton visited Shea Stadium: “Approach the president, and we go for the kill shot.”

Former Mr. Met AJ Mass recounted the death threat in his new book, Yes, It’s Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots.....

“We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen. Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. But approach the President, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?” the agent reportedly said, while looking into Mr. Met’s “very soul with his blank, unblinking stare.”

The agent then repeated himself. “Approach the president, and we go for the kill shot,” the agent told Mass. “ARE–WE–CLEAR?”

Mass wrote that agents first grew suspicious when he failed to get Mr. Met’s giant head through security without setting off the metal detectors.

The District Attorney Posted: April 18, 2014 at 08:16 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: history, mascots, mets

Pirates Acquire Ike Davis From Mets

I had to make sure Zack Thornton wasn’t Zach Stewart, but does it matter?

A long-awaited deal has finally been struck, as the Mets officially dealt first baseman Ike Davis to the Pirates in exchange for minor league righty Zack Thornton and a player to be named later…

For New York, the departure of Davis means that the club will move ahead with Lucas Duda as its regular first baseman, a role that he had taken on early in 2014. It also marks the end to an ultimately disappointing tenure in New York for the 27-year-old, left-handed hitting slugger.

Meanwhile, the Pirates will take on the $3.14MM left on Davis’s 2014 salary, and will control his rights via arbitration through 2016. Davis will presumably work in some form of platoon with the right-handed hitting Gaby Sanchez…

Thornton is a 25-year-old reliever who was working in Triple-A this season after reaching that level late last year for the first time.

The District Attorney Posted: April 18, 2014 at 07:55 PM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: ike davis, mets, pirates, transactions, zack thornton

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NY Daily News: Secret Service Threatened To Shoot Mr. Met

A Secret Service agent threatened to put some high heat in the Mets mascot’s oversized dome if he ventured too close to former President Bill Clinton during a 1997 game at Shea Stadium. “We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen,” the agent warned. “Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. But approach the President, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?”

AJ Mass, the man inside the Mr. Met outfit from 1994-97, recounted his brush with mortality (and perhaps immortality) in his new memoir “Yes, It’s Hot in Here — Adventures in the Weird, Wooly World of Sports Mascots.”

Aim for the head!

The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:53 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bill clinton, book, mascots, mets, overkill, shooting, throbing head

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gleeman: Mets minor league team is hosting “Seinfeld night”

Commenter: “I hear the Mets are going to have a related promotion at Citi Field where they score about nothing.”

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Seinfeld” starting on NBC the Mets’ Single-A affiliate, the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League, are hosting a “Seinfeld Night” at the ballpark on July 5.

Darren Rovell of ESPN.com reports that the first 2,500 fans will get a Keith Hernandez bobblehead depicting him from the “Magic Loogie” episode of the show. Some other details of the festivities, via Rovell:

During the game, the team will become Vandelay Industries Park, named for the latex company George Costanza tells the unemployment office he might work for. The Cyclones say that anyone who can present a legitimate business card that shows they are a latex salesman will get in for free.

Thanks to Newman, mailmen in uniform will throw out the first pitch. Fans will have a chance to take part in an eating contest featuring cereal, Jerry’s favorite food, and there will be a dancing contest where fans will try to dance just like Elaine. To commemorate one of Jerry’s most awkward moments, the Cyclones will wear puffy shirts during batting practice.

The District Attorney Posted: April 16, 2014 at 02:16 PM | 167 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, minor leagues, television

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bill Madden: Ooh, my arm! Yankees and Mets caught up in thick of injury epidemic in baseball

Woo-eee! Bill Madden hasn’t been this worked up since Richard Crooks’ Hollywood Walk of Fame Star went missing!

Aaaarrrghhhh!

Such is the resounding cry again being heard throughout baseball as pitcher after pitcher comes walking off the mound grabbing his elbow and position player after position player suddenly comes up lame with a hamstring, groin, calf, wrist, oblique, lat or quad injury. It’s an epidemic, like all the strikeouts, that’s getting worse and worse in baseball.

After the first 12 days of the baseball season there had already been 124 players put on the disabled list for a total of 1,411 days lost to injury. This was right on pace with a year ago when 127 players had gone on the DL, with a loss of 1,349 games. And, with Tampa Bay Rays lefty Matt Moore and Pirates top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon joining the blown-out elbow brigade last week, that makes 14 pitchers alone so far this season who may be going under the knife for Tommy John surgery. It is getting to a point where maybe every ballpark in baseball should be equipped with both an MRI room and a surgeon on call. Thus, when a pitcher comes off the mound grabbing his elbow in pain, he can simply report directly to the MRI room and if the exam shows a tear in the ligament — as they almost always do now — he can then go right next door, where the surgeon is waiting to perform the Tommy John procedure. This way, pitchers can eliminate the obligatory trip to Dr. Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., and get the clock started immediately for their recovery. And since so many pitchers are now having Tommy John surgery in college and even high school, it would stand to reason those who do should have extra value in the draft, no?

... Or as every Yankee fan from the Bronx to Bogota could be heard screaming last week: “How in the hell does David Robertson — a pitcher for goodness’ sake! — strain his groin?”

“I can’t ever remember any pitchers when I played going on the disabled list with leg injuries, and that was before the designated hitter, when all the pitchers had to bat and run the bases every game,” said Ralph Branca, who won 88 games in the big leagues, mostly with the Dodgers, from 1944-54. “I can only surmise that was because we all ran. . . and ran. (Don) Newcombe and I were both big guys and before games on days we weren’t pitching we’d play pepper for a while and then run 8-10 laps from first base to center field and walk back. That’s what all the pitchers did, the reason being you needed to strengthen your legs for pitching off the mound. In spring training, we ran every day.”

Repoz Posted: April 13, 2014 at 08:28 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Newsday: Ike Davis could be answer for Yankees

Commenter: “they should have drafted a lot more mat harvey’s”

The Yankees and Mets haven’t made a trade since 2004 (Mike Stanton to the Yankees, Felix Heredia to the Mets).

But this is one that would make sense for both teams: Ike Davis to the Yankees. Dellin Betances to the Mets.

That’s just an idea for starters. It doesn’t have to be Betances. But he’s the hard-throwing young bullpen arm the Mets desperately need. The Yankees need a first baseman after the increasingly brittle Mark Teixeira hit the disabled list again Saturday with a hamstring injury…

This whole Davis/[Lucas] Duda thing has not been the Mets’ finest hour. It’s been clear for some time that the front office favors Duda, but the team has never committed to him… If the organization truly believes Duda is the better option, it needs to maximize Davis’ value by trading him for something more necessary than a lefty bat off the bench…

Make the call, Sandy [Alderson]. If not to the Yankees, then to another team that will give you something you truly need. That’s more important than giving Davis a chance for occasional glory.

The District Attorney Posted: April 06, 2014 at 11:48 AM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: dellin betances, ike davis, mets, yankees

Saturday, April 05, 2014

NY Post: Davidoff: High cost of Citi visits helping to keep Mets fans away

the Mets — whose attendance has dropped each of the past five years — own the 19th-largest payroll in the game ($91,849,508) and they charge the seventh-highest price for a family experience at the ballpark. [...] At No. 19 on payroll and No. 7 on FCI, let’s call that a minus-12 rating, right? That ranks as the fourth-worst in baseball. Lower than the Mets are the Marlins (29 and 9, for minus-20), the Cubs (22 and 3, minus-19) and the Astros (13 and 30, for a minus-17). It’s no surprise the customer bases of those three teams don’t appear especially happy, either.

bobm Posted: April 05, 2014 at 06:41 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: attendance, mets, payroll

Friday, April 04, 2014

Duda’s power surge lifts Mets to first victory

Officially named the Mets’ starting first baseman Friday despite his .000 average and skittish plate approach through three games, Duda launched two-run homers off Mike Leake in the fourth and sixth innings, giving the Mets an early lead and later extending it. The result was the fifth multi-homer game of Duda’s career.

Still, the scattered thousands who stayed until the end on a cold, rainy night at Citi Field could not be assured of victory until the final out. New York’s bullpen absorbed significant damage for the fourth straight game, this time when John Lannan served up Jay Bruce’s two-run homer with two outs in the seventh. That brought on Kyle Farnsworth, who combined with new closer Jose Valverde for the final seven outs.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 04, 2014 at 10:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, March 28, 2014

The old ball game comes back to Montreal

46,000+ tonight, 50,000+ expected tomorrow.

crict Posted: March 28, 2014 at 10:46 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: gary carter, jays, mets, montreal expos

Monday, March 24, 2014

Mejia hanging around in Amazin’ battle for 5th spot

For most of spring training, the race for the fifth spot in the team’s rotation has been Daisuke Matsuzaka’s to lose, but with six exhibition games remaining, the 24-year-old Mejia is still under consideration for the job.

Mejia did nothing to harm his chances Sunday, when he allowed one run on two hits over five innings in the Mets’ 3-1 exhibition victory over the Nationals.

The Mets have to inform Matsuzaka by Tuesday whether they intend to carry him on the 25-man roster. Otherwise, the veteran right-hander can be released from his contract or offered $100,000 to accept a minor-league assignment.

Matsuzaka, who is scheduled to face the Cardinals on Monday at Tradition Field, is 0-1 this spring with a 4.97 ERA in four appearances.

“At this particular time if (Mejia)’s the fifth guy, how many innings can he go?” manager Terry Collins said. “That’s one of the things that is going to come into the decision. We’re sitting there talking about all of our prospects, him being one of them and to watch the innings load. I don’t know what the number would be, we have to be careful with him this year.”

The Mets have eliminated Mejia from the bullpen mix, preferring to keep him a starter at Triple-A Las Vegas should he not crack the major league rotation.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: March 24, 2014 at 01:06 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, March 17, 2014

Megdal: An ex-Met on his old team’s propensity to smear

On Friday morning, Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner, late of the New York Mets, offered up a defense of current Mets shortstop (and frequent media target, thanks to leaks by his own team) Ruben Tejada.

“I think the issue is that nobody takes responsibility for what they say,” Turner told me as we chatted in front of his spring training locker. “You’ve seen that with Tejada over the last few weeks. It’s all ‘a source said that they’re not happy with him.’ It’s like, you know what? If you’re gonna come out and gonna attack a guy’s character, and his work ethic, be man enough to put your name on it. Don’t say, ‘This is off the record’, and then off the record means they’re gonna write it anyway.”

Turner had an interesting perspective on this, given the circumstances surrounding his departure from the Mets. He played three seasons in New York, and was widely expected to return for a fourth in 2014. He played all four infield positions, and the Mets are not swimming in infield options beyond David Wright and Daniel Murphy. Moreover, his hustle and enthusiasm for the game had earned him the support of manager Terry Collins and others in the front office.

So it was puzzling when the Mets not only non-tendered Turner in December, but a “Mets official” leaked to Adam Rubin that the reason the Mets had gotten tired of Turner not running hard. It was the kind of story easily dismissed by anyone who’d watched the Mets play, and SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt, for one, took to Twitter to do just that.

“Obviously, I got a lot of support from a lot of our writers over there,” Turner said. “Kevin just chose to do it a little more publicly, which, it was nice to read. I appreciate that from Kevin, and he pays attention, he does a really good job at what he does. And that’s obviously why he’s moving up the ladder at a crazy rate right now.”

Repoz Posted: March 17, 2014 at 01:34 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Calcaterra: The Mets St. Patrick’s Day caps are … horrifying

Can’t sleep, Irish Mr. Met will eat me . . .  can’t sleep, Irish Mr. Met will eat me . . .

I’m too afraid to ask what Mrs. Met is wearing….

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: greenies, mets, uniforms

Friday, March 14, 2014

Terry Collins to Ruben Tejada: Shortstop job is all yours

Ruben Tejada went 0-for-3 Thursday and is 1-for-15 in spring training. He made an error on a routine play, his third such miscue in his last five games.

Still, after his day was over, Tejada was told by Mets manager Terry Collins that he will be the team’s shortstop this season.

“I talked to him today about trying to relax a little bit,” Collins said after the Mets’ 7-5 win over the Nationals at Space Coast Stadium. “Quit worrying about things.

“I said, ‘Listen, you’re the shortstop here. Your name and your number are going to be in the lineup. You’ve just got to go be the player we know you can be and you quit worrying about trying to impress everybody. We’ve seen it in the past and two years ago, you were the talk of the town. You had a bad year. Big deal. Forget it. It’s over. Everybody has a [bad] year. Guys that are in the Hall of Fame have had [bad] years. So move on.’ ” ...

General manager Sandy Alderson said only one day earlier that the Mets will “continue to look at what our options may be” at shortstop while evaluating Tejada.

The District Attorney Posted: March 14, 2014 at 02:07 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, ruben tejada

Thursday, March 13, 2014

In the Mets Locker Room, an Old Slur Resurfaces

In the New York Mets locker room Monday morning, I was talking with Jeff Cutler, a 30-year old Japanese American from suburban Boston who serves as the interpreter for Japanese-born pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka.

We were talking casually about Asian communities in America when we heard a voice behind us.

“Jeff!”

Cutler and I turned around. It was Dan Warthen, the Mets pitching coach.

“I’m sorry I called you a ‘Chinaman’ yesterday,” Warthen told Cutler.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Royals mascot welcomes Mr. Met to Twitter by hitting on his wife

Statements about “the greatest mascot in sports” do not necessarily represent the opinion of this author.

Mascots playfully taunting one another — on the Internet and in real life — is hardly new. But in an effort to “welcome” the greatest mascot in sports to Twitter, Royals mascot Sluggerrr stepped way, way over the line.

Hey @MrMet welcome to Twitter! BTW, can you ask Mrs. Met why she won’t call me back? http://t.co/MnKEbagKLQ

  (@Sluggerrr) March 10, 2014

The District Attorney Posted: March 11, 2014 at 08:14 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mascots, mets, royals

NYDN: Fan at Mets game lets kid in stroller roll downhill so he can catch ball

“Mom’s not happy.”

In Monday’s spring training game between the Mets and Marlins, Chris Young laced a ground-rule double into the right-center field gap, and as the ball rolled into a picnic area, one fan let go of a wagon holding his kid and tried to retrieve the ball.

The wagon went rolling down the hill and crashed into the fence. The fan didn’t even come away with the ball, either.

 

JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: March 11, 2014 at 07:29 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, marlins, mets, souvenirs

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

AA: An interview with former Mets stat guru Ben Baumer, Part 1

Professor Benjamin Baumer. Dig it!

You were brought into the Mets organization in 2004 and left in 2012. What was the adjustment like for your first season? How did your role evolve over the years?

The Mets, like most teams at the time, never really had anyone working full-time on statistical analysis, so there wasn’t any statistical infrastructure in place when I arrived. Moneyball had just been published (in 2003), and so they were probably ahead of the curve in hiring someone to do statistical analysis. However, I don’t think they had many fixed notions of what they hoped to get out of that person. This was great for me, because it meant that I had near-total freedom to do what I wanted. On the other hand, there was nothing in place, so I had to start from scratch. This was both a blessing and a curse…

Like you’ve indicated in the past, there are a bunch of moving parts, and it requires a lot of forward thinking and improvising. I’d imagine that environment would sort of make them converge. I think there is a temptation to paint Minaya as sort of the old guard and perhaps reckless, but there were distinct advantages that he brought to the table. Can you comment at all on how they viewed players on the scouting side? Obviously, Minaya was a phenomenal scout in the Dominican Republic, and Alderson was never a scout.

I’m glad you asked about that! That is probably the biggest difference between the two. Omar is a former player turned scout, and he cut his teeth scouting. Ultimately, his personal evaluation is going to color any decision that he makes about a player. Most people working in baseball are like that—including analysts like me. [I can’t scout, but I do trust my own evaluations of players.] On the other hand, Sandy is neither a scout nor an analyst, so I get the sense that his decisions are really not based on his own personal evaluations. So both Sandy and Omar have a similar process that leads to a decision: They try to collect as much useful information from their advisors as they can; but the way that they weight that information in order to make a decision is different. Omar, like just about everybody else, is going to—subconsciously or otherwise—also include input from his own evaluation of that player. But it always seemed to me that Sandy was able to remain very impartial when weighing the evidence. That may be Sandy’s greatest strength as a GM.

Omar’s greatest strength is his ability to read people and the market. Early in the Johan Santana sweepstakes, when all anyone was talking about was the Red Sox and the Yankees, Omar told us that he was going to fall in our lap, without having to give up our top prospect (Fernando Martinez at that time). Nobody believed him, but over the next few months it played out pretty much exactly as he said.

Repoz Posted: March 05, 2014 at 11:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sabermetrics

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

MLBPA watching Mets’ payroll

New players’ union chief Tony Clark did not use the harsh language his predecessors sometimes did when discussing the New York Mets’ paltry payroll, but he indicated there is an awareness of the lack of spending.

The Mets enter the season with roughly an $87 million payroll, which is estimated to be seventh-lowest in MLB, despite playing in the game’s largest market.

“Let me offer you this: If there are concerns, what often ends up happening is we have an opportunity, along with Major League Baseball, to sit down and discuss perhaps what the game plan might be or could be going forward,” said Clark, who played for the Mets in 2003.

“Is New York one of the marquee franchises? Yes. Will they always be? Yes. Are we paying attention in general? Yes.”

attaboy Posted: March 04, 2014 at 04:14 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, new york mets, union

Monday, March 03, 2014

Indians should trade (Asdrubal) Cabrera to Mets

Finally, remember, the Mets wouldn’t be trading for Cabrera to have and to hold forever after—they’re just renting him for a year. But once you have him, you also have a season to make a sales pitch on why he should stick around. If you’re the Mets, wouldn’t you want to be able to exploit that window, before free agency? Because the other thing to consider is that if the Mets don’t trade for Cabrera now, they may well be in the exact same situation in nine months: Making him a multiyear pitch paying eight figures per year, but while competing against every other team on the market. Why not take your chance now, gain that brief, exclusive negotiating window in the offseason?

There are also side benefits come draft day. Let’s say getting Cabrera is already something the Mets are thinking about for next winter. By getting Cabrera now they don’t just protect their own future first-round pick that they might lose by signing him in December (if they wind up outside the 10 protected picks), they potentially gain one if they instead lose him to free agency. As one former governor of Illinois put it, that’s a frickin’ valuable thing.

Christina Kahrl suggests the Mets should trade Flores, Michael Fulmer (Sickels rated him as a C+) , and Lucas Duda for Cabrera. Cabrera wasn’t very good last year, is making 10 million dollars this year, and will be a free agent at the end of the season. Instead of investing that much in a guy who probably won’t be sticking as a SS very long, why not just give Drew 15 million for one year? He’d surely take that at this point.

Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: March 03, 2014 at 11:55 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, mets

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