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Friday, February 12, 2016

Jennry Mejia permanently banned by MLB for third PED test

He won’t be on my Hall of Fame ballot.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 12, 2016 at 04:50 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: jennry mejia, mets, peds, suspensions

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Jacob deGrom to Mets: ‘Willing’ to do long-term deal now

Though Matt Harvey may be impossible to keep for a variety of reasons, Jacob deGrom made it clear Wednesday that he is willing to listen to a long-term contract plan.

“I’m a little bit older, so I might be more willing to do something like that,’’ deGrom told The Post at Mets pre-camp. “You just have to look at what is fair so both sides get a decent deal. It’s something I’d have to look into and make sure I agree with it.’’

There has yet to be any movement by either side on any such deal.

It would be in the Mets’ best interests to keep deGrom around as long as possible. He is not eligible to be a free agent until after the 2020 season. He will be arbitration-eligible after either 2016 or 2017, depending on his Super-2 status.

“I haven’t thought that much about it, and I have to talk to my agents and stuff and look at the numbers and decide what was favorable,’’ said deGrom, who turns 28 in June.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: February 11, 2016 at 05:49 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mets catcher Plawecki opens up about sinus surgery, d’Arnaud - NY Daily News

They like each other. They really like each other.

“I’m sure it’s something that’s going to be entertained,” he added. “Me and Trav are open for anything. We both just want to win. That’s who we are.”

Though they play the same position and therefore compete for playing time, Plawecki and d’Arnaud are big pals. Last year, when d’Arnaud was hurt, they sat together on the bench, dissecting situations. D’Arnaud, the more experienced player, sometimes would proffer ideas — hey, maybe you should’ve gone out to talk to the pitcher last inning.

“He made my transition last year more comfortable,” Plawecki said. “He taught me a lot and I appreciate that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 10, 2016 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: kevin plawecki, mets, travis d'arnaud

Wilmer Flores ignores another slight: ‘I want to be a Met forever’ | New York Post

It’s easy to like this kid.

Here is how he practices for his multi-position gig.

“Every day I will work one position and work the whole day there,” Flores said. “Today I worked at third base. One day at third. One day at second. One day at short. One day at first.’’

The uniform remains the same and that is the bottom line. He’s been a Met since he was 16.

“I want to accept this role. I have to accept this role,’’ Flores said. “When I play, I’m going to play like I am an everyday player. This is all I know. I love this organization. They’ve given me everything I needed.

“This team cares about each other, this is really one team and it starts with David Wright. He’s the leader, the captain and he makes you feel a part of this team. We’re going to work harder than ever to get back to the World Series.’’

This is his baseball life.

“I’m very proud to be a Met,’’ Flores said. “If it ever happens again, if I get traded, I will be sad. I will probably cry again.

“But hopefully not on the field.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: February 10, 2016 at 09:41 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilmer flores

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Mets’ d’Arnaud cranks up hopes for ‘hell of a year’ after hell of a trip | New York Post

Health is his biggest question mark.

“That’s how you learn, from your failures,’’ said d’Arnaud, who hit .268 during the season with 12 home runs, drove in 41 runs and posted an .825 OPS but only played in 67 games because of injuries. He bounced back, crushing three home runs in the first two rounds of the postseason.

Most of all he wants to stay healthy for his pitchers, whom he raved about.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, travis d'arnaud

Friday, February 05, 2016

Citi Field and Yankee Stadium Could Become Off Limits to Smokeless Tobacco

The effort has achieved results. Starting this season, smokeless tobacco will be banned in three of baseball’s most notable sites: AT&T Park in San Francisco, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Fenway Park in Boston. Players will be barred from using the substance both on the field and in the clubhouse.

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Now, a member of the New York City Council, Corey Johnson, is set to introduce a bill Friday that will include language that would ban smokeless tobacco from Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, along with other public arenas in the five boroughs.

“If New York passes this bill, and I think it will, it moves us dramatically closer to the day when smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all major league cities,” said Matthew Myers, the president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 05, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, smokeless tobacco, yankees

Thursday, February 04, 2016

The Mets plan to implement a six-man rotation again in 2016 | FOX Sports

It appears as though the New York Mets will hold another on-and-off affair with a six-man rotation.

General manager Sandy Alderson tells ESPN.com that the Mets plan to “strategically use a sixth starter to keep their staff fresh.”

New York implemented a six-man rotation primarily consisting of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Jon Niese, Bartolo Colón, and rookies Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz with mixed reaction in 2016.

Although the format allowed the Mets to preserve their young arms, not everyone was thrilled with the unorthodox arrangement, particularly Harvey, who lamented that it threw off his usual schedule for preparing for a start.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 10:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Mets GM: Premature to call Conforto an everyday player - NY Daily News

Why trade for De Aza? He’ll probably end up getting cut.

Alderson said he could see teams approaching him about deals for Alejandro De Aza, though he’s not engaged there now. The GM acknowledged that the outfielder’s playing situation is “a little less clear” now that Cespedes is here. “But we’re happy to have another left-handed hitter who hits well against right-handed pitching and we’ll figure it out,” Alderson said. Juan Lagares, meanwhile, “definitely has a role for us, probably coming off the bench, maybe against left-handed pitching, primarily,” Alderson said. “But certainly his defense will get him into most games.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 08:07 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, michael conforto

Documents: Mets Owners’ Real Estate Fund Was $300 Million In The Hole This Past June

Can the Wilpons dig out of their hole?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2016 at 07:03 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Re-meet Zack Wheeler: Stud has hitter threats, ‘greatness’ goal | New York Post

“I want to stay on top of the ball instead of being on the side of it,’’ Wheeler said as he demonstrated his revamped motion with the long scar snaking along his right arm.

“In the past I was just throwing and saying, ‘Here it is.’ My ball moves a lot, and that’s what got me in trouble,’’ said Wheeler, who is 18-16 with 3.50 ERA and 271 strikeouts over 285 ¹/₃ innings.

Now there is more of a focus on mechanics.

“I was supposed to be on the mound the beginning of January, but the doctors have decided 15 months is the new 12 months, so they pushed me back about a month,’’ Wheeler said.

If all continues to go well, Wheeler will be back pitching for the Mets in July.

“Worse comes to worse, I can come back after the All-Star break,’’ Wheeler said.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2016 at 09:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, zack wheeler

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Mets’ Big Bet Against Fielding

Around the diamond, the Mets defenders rank somewhere between average and lousy relative to their positional peers; this is going to be a bad defensive team ... Rather than going for balance, the Mets have built a roster with two strengths and one big weakness; thankfully for them, their weakness is in the part of the game that matters the least.

PreservedFish Posted: January 23, 2016 at 09:48 PM | 142 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, mets, strategy

Friday, January 22, 2016

Heyman: mets and cespedes have a deal. 3 years guaranteed. opt out after 1.

According to Heyman, Cespedes is *still* for the rest of us.

JEe (Jason) Posted: January 22, 2016 at 11:11 PM | 79 comment(s)
  Beats: free agent, mets, yoenis cespedes

Sources: Yoenis Cespedes torn between five-year offer from Nationals and his desire to stay with Mets, who won’t go beyond three years | FOX Sports

Or, more likely, the Nationals are the only serious bidder and his agents are floating this rumor to extract a larger offer from the Nationals.

By all accounts, he enjoyed his brief stay with the Mets, who acquired him from the Tigers July 31—Cespedes’ third trade in 12 months. Changing teams again might not appeal to him. Joining the Nationals also might concern him, given the number of strong personalities in their clubhouse. The Nats hired Dusty Baker as manager in part to help mold the team into a more cohesive unit.

Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward reportedly rejected superior bids from the Nationals to join the Cubs earlier this offseason. But in the end, Cespedes might act like a more typical free agent and accept the highest offer, be it from the Nationals or another club.

Or maybe not. Maybe he just wants to be a Met.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2016 at 05:28 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, nationals, yoenis cespedes

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mets sign left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo to bolster bullpen

It’s not the free-agent signing that fans are pining for, but getting lefthanded reliever Antonio Bastardo on Wednesday might prove to be very important for the Mets.

The team agreed with Bastardo on a two-year, $12 million deal. If that sounds like a lot for a set-up reliever, it’s similar to what others like Mark Lowe, Steve Cishek, and John Axford − all righthanders − have received this winter.

Bastardo, meanwhile, was one of the few quality lefties in this free-agent market. Lefties are in such demand, in fact, that Ollie Perez received a two-year, $7 million deal from the Nationals.

The 30-year-old Bastardo went 4-1 with a 2.98 ERA for the Pirates last season in a set-up role, holding lefthanded hitters to a .138 batting average.

Along with Jerry Blevins, Bastardo gives the Mets two lefty relievers who are exceptionally tough on lefthanded hitters, and adds some much-needed depth to the back end of the bullpen.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: January 21, 2016 at 02:34 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, mets

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The solution for the Mets is easy: Just sign Yoenis Cespedes | FOX Sports

Do Mets fans really want him back for five years?

The solution for the Mets is easy – so easy, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.

Sign Yoenis Cespedes.

Sign him to a five-year, $120 million contract with a two-year opt-out and a ton of deferred money.

Cespedes, 30, could claim victory – he would get the long-term security he wants and a higher average annual value ($24 million) than Justin Upton ($22.125M).

The Mets would win, too – the five-year term is shorter than Cespedes desires, the deferred money would lower the present-day value of the deal and the opt-out would ensure that the outfielder stays motivated.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 20, 2016 at 10:45 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, yoenis cespedes

Juan Lagares part of productive Mets outfield | mets.com

Is Lagares’ elbow healed?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 20, 2016 at 09:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: juan lagares, mets

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Piazza, Mike | Baseball Hall of Fame

It doesn’t look like Piazza will be going into the Hall as a Dodger.

Hat tip to MetsMerized.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 07, 2016 at 09:52 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

First BSOHL of 2016 - Bartolo Colon

On Tuesday, the former Cy Young award winner and three-time All-Star took to the streets of his native Dominican Republic for an intense morning workout, putting his physical gifts on display for some locals.

bbmck Posted: January 05, 2016 at 02:58 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, bsohl, legend, mets

Sherman: DePodesta to the Browns

Whoa. Did anyone see this coming? Will the Mets get Ricardo Rincon in return?

I have learned Paul DePodesta leaving #Mets to run the NFL Cleveland Browns as executive VP, answerable only to team owner/pres.

JEe (Jason) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 11:33 AM | 97 comment(s)
  Beats: browns, cleveland, executives, mets, moneyball, paul depodesta

538 / Ben Lindbergh: Mike Piazza Was More than Just a Big Bat

Next week, Baseball Prospectus will release its latest catcher defense ratings, derived from a mixed model that apportions credit for certain outcomes — called strikes, passed balls, stolen bases — to all the participants in a play, controlling for factors like count and batter/pitcher handedness. These stats will allow previously off-limits assessments to be mined from pre-PITCHf/x eras. BP’s new arm ratings, for example, go back to 1950, while estimated blocking and framing ratings, based on ball and called-strike rates, extend to the dawn of pitch-by-pitch record-keeping in 1988 — well before the advent of PITCHf/x data made the first wave of pitch-framing estimates possible. Piazza’s revamped ratings paint him as a net-positive fielder, despite his poor throwing and middling ability to field batted balls.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: January 05, 2016 at 12:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, hall of fame, mets, mike piazza

Monday, January 04, 2016

AmazinAvenue FANPOST-NDmetsFan: Two trades that will get the Mets back to the world series

Trade #1: Mets trade Zach Wheeler, Logan Verrett, Brandon Nimmo, and Alejandro De Aza to Yankees for Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller.

Trade #2: Mets trade Wilmer Flores to Los Angeles Dodgers for Scott Van Slyke

Release the hounds!

Lassus Posted: January 04, 2016 at 08:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: lolmets, mets

Harper: Yankees should look to Mets to deal Miller for ace - NY Daily News

Why would the Mets make this deal?

As impactful as the Yankees’ new three-headed bullpen monster of Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller might be in 2016, I believe GM Brian Cashman would trade Miller if such a deal could bring back a high-end starting pitcher.

Finding a trade that makes sense on both sides is the hard part, but there is one that would seem to satisfy that requirement.

If only the Mets and Yankees would be willing to take the chance.

Because wouldn’t trading Miller and Brett Gardner for Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, and Alejandro De Aza fill important needs for both teams?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 06:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Breaking down Mets’ next young pieces: Rising bats to help aces | New York Post

I can’t say I’m excited about any of the current Mets top prospects.

“We’ve seen it throughout the league,” DePodesta said. “The most successful teams, year after year after year, their farm system is an integral part of their success. Look at the Braves [from 1991 through 2005]. They found a way to incorporate a key, young player basically every year. Ryan Klesko. Kevin Millwood. It’s difficult to do. But if you want to lengthen your window, your farm system has to be a critical part of that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2016 at 09:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, prospects

Friday, January 01, 2016

Rubin: Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez remains unsigned by SNY

Re-sign Mex! Never mind his entertainment value, someone’s needed to throw out runners attempting to score from third base on routine ground balls.

Popular SNY New York Mets analyst Keith Hernandez remains a free agent, but contract negotiations to remain with the Mets-oriented regional sports network are expected to begin shortly, now that the Christmas and New Year’s holidays have passed.

Hernandez, 62, has been a commentator on Mets telecasts on SNY for 10 seasons. He has been joined by play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen and fellow analyst Ron Darling to form one of the most beloved broadcast teams in sports.

JEe (Jason) Posted: January 01, 2016 at 11:44 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, cable, keith hernandez, mets

Sunday, December 27, 2015

It’s a Bartolo Colon Christmas at Noah Syndergaard’s house - NY Daily News

Noah is happy to have Big Sexy back.

The "Big Sexy" shirts were quite the hit. Glad to have the big man back this year. Merry Christmas to all! #bartolo

A photo posted by Noah Syndergaard (@nsyndergaard) on

Jim Furtado Posted: December 27, 2015 at 07:49 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, mets, noah syndergaard

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