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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Report: Mets Trying to ‘Drum Up Interest’ in Sale During Coronavirus Hiatus

The New York Mets aren’t letting Major League Baseball’s hiatus stop them from achieving one of their ultimate goals: selling the team. 

While the baseball season remains indefinitely suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Wilpon family, which controls the franchise, continues to seek prospective buyers despite a sharp decline in both the market and interest in the team from some suitors.

After the sale of the team to Steve Cohen for $2.6 billion fell apart in February, the Wilpons have continued evaluating their options, according to Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic, but with little luck:

“Trying to sell a team in this environment is, to say the least, not ideal. One investment banker who pre-pandemic had two buyers interested, reported they had lost 20 percent of their wealth and had ended their pursuit. [...]”

If it pleases the Wilpons any, I’ll put up $1 to buy the team.

 

 

QLE Posted: March 28, 2020 at 12:48 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, wilpons

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mets’ Noah Syndergaard to have Tommy John surgery for torn UCL

New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery this week, the team announced Tuesday.

Dr. David Altchek will perform the surgery Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery, according to the Mets.

“After experiencing discomfort in his elbow before spring training was suspended due to the pandemic, Noah and our health and performance department have been in constant contact,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. “Based on the persistence of his symptoms, Noah underwent a physical examination and MRI that revealed the ligament tear. A second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed the diagnosis and the recommendation for surgery.

“Noah is an incredibly hard worker and a tremendous talent. While this is unfortunate, we have no doubt that Noah will be able to return to full strength and continue to be an integral part of our championship pursuits in the future.”

 

QLE Posted: March 25, 2020 at 12:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, noah syndergaard, tommy john surgery

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Steve Cohen still lurking over potential sale of the New York Mets (Report)

Steve Cohen’s bid is still looming large over the Wilpons’ potential sale of the New York Mets. SNY could also be involved as well.

Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic is reporting that the New York Mets‘ sale is being hurt by Steve Cohen‘s presence. Sports bankers are telling Kaplan that potential buyers are afraid of being used as a “stalking horse” in the process.

Potential buyers are scared that they’ll put together a bid and the Wilpons will crawl back to Cohen. They don’t want to waste the time and effort to put together an offer if it’s not going to mean anything.

Cohen is also still present in the Mets organization. He owns eight percent of the team. That means he’s going to be privy to most notes about a potential sale of the team, which will allow him to play defense and create a better opportunity for himself.

As always, my apology for not being able to link to the original pay-walled source.

 

QLE Posted: February 20, 2020 at 12:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, mets mets mets

Friday, February 07, 2020

Mets’ $57 million stadium renovation won’t be finished for the beginning of spring training

PORT ST. LUCIE — Renovations to Clover Park, the spring training home of the New York Mets, won’t be completed by Monday, when pitchers and catchers report to begin preseason workouts.

The $57 million overhaul of the 7,100-seat stadium is only 62% complete, according to a December quarterly construction report St. Lucie County sent to the state. The county, which owns the 32-year-old stadium, released the report Monday.

County officials now hope to have work on the stadium done by Feb. 24, two days after the Mets’ spring training home opener. The entire project — including landscaping and other aesthetic items — is to be completed by June 3, according to the report.

The county Thursday did not provide updated completion status of the project. Officials could not provide reasons for the delay.

Rather fitting as a Mets story, isn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: February 07, 2020 at 01:07 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, spring training, stadium renovations

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Mets reportedly had interest in Pablo Sandoval before infielder signed minor-league deal with Giants

Pablo Sandoval is sticking with the San Francisco Giants, returning on a one-year minor-league deal reportedly worth $2 million.

According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (who also broke the news), both the Mets and Phillies were interested in Sandoval before he elected to return to the Bay Area.

Sandoval, 33, began his major-league career as a third baseman but now can play both corner infield positions, having made 47 appearances at first base over the past two seasons.

Rather surprising that there was a bidding war for Pablo Sandoval at this point in his careed- somehow not surprising, once that was a given, who the two losing teams were….

 

QLE Posted: January 30, 2020 at 01:00 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, mets being mets, pablo sandoval

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Mets hire ‘respected’ Rojas as new manager

NEW YORK—When the Mets parted ways with Carlos Beltrán last week before he managed a single game, the situation had potential to send their offseason into chaos. With less than a month until Spring Training, the Mets lacked an on-field leader.

To patch that hole as seamlessly as possible, they looked within the walls of their own clubhouse. The Mets are close to finalizing a multiyear deal to make Luis Rojas their next manager, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen announced Wednesday, pivoting from Beltrán to one of the industry’s most well-respected rising leaders.

The son of longtime Major League player and manager Felipe Alou, and the half-brother of former Mets outfielder Moises Alou, Rojas was the Mets’ quality control coach and outfield instructor last season. That was the 38-year-old’s first experience on a big league staff, after he spent 13 years as a coach and manager in the Mets’ Minor League system. Rojas also has experience managing in the Dominican Winter League.

“He has literally trained his whole life to be a manager,” Van Wagenen said. “He comes from a legacy family. … He is respected by the players. He is trusted by the players. And he’s someone that we have great confidence in, [with] his ability to lead our team now.”

One down, two to go.

 

QLE Posted: January 23, 2020 at 12:22 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: luis rojas, managers, mets being mets

Friday, January 17, 2020

Piazza: MLB mess ‘unintended consequence’ of game’s new era

To Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza, the sign-stealing scandal that’s enveloped Major League Baseball signals where the sport is these days.

“Unfortunately, it’s an unintended consequence of the digital age and all this information,” Piazza said.

Piazza was at the New York Mets’ spring training complex on Thursday for a street naming ceremony, two hours before the team let go new manager Carlos Beltrán.

Beltrán was the third manager to lose his job this week in the wake of the cheating scheme by the Astros. Houston manager AJ Hinch was suspended by MLB and then fired by the club.

That reminds me- has Murray Chass offered his thoughts on these matters yet?

QLE Posted: January 17, 2020 at 12:42 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, mike piazza, shame and scandal, spring training

Friday, January 10, 2020

Mets extend spring training invite to Tim Tebow

The New York Mets just can’t quit Tim Tebow.

Despite hitting just .163 with four home runs in 77 games at Triple-A Syracuse in 2019, the Mets have extended a spring training invitation to the 32-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner. He’s one of eight non-roster invitees the club announced on Thursday.

Tebow begins his fourth full season in the Mets organization and owns a career batting line of .223/.299/.338 with 18 home runs and 327 strikeouts in 287 games. His 2019 season ended on July 21 with a laceration to his pinkie on his left hand. His 2018 season also ended early when he missed the final two months with a broken bone in his right hand.

Tebow, who works for the SEC Network as a football analyst during his baseball offseason, isn’t a legitimate prospect, given his age and lack of production. The Mets have received criticism in the past for giving Tebow playing time in the minors over other players who might actually help the Mets in the future.

Well, now’s the season for this sort of thing, I suppose…..

 


Saturday, January 04, 2020

Report: Wild boar behind Yoenis Cespedes’ ankle injury

Things are rarely boring with the New York Mets.

The latest example: a wild boar and Yoenis Cespedes.

The New York Post reported Friday that the fractured ankle Cespedes suffered in the spring came from a bizarre incident the injury-plagued outfielder had with an animal at his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

News of the injury itself isn’t new. Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters in May that Cespedes suffered multiple right ankle fractures in what he called a “violent” fall on the outfielder’s ranch that was not baseball-related. Details of what happened hadn’t come out until the Post’s story Friday, however.

So, where does this rank in the listing of bizarre injuries to baseball players?

 

QLE Posted: January 04, 2020 at 01:06 AM | 147 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, mets being mets, wild boar, yoenis cespedes

Friday, December 13, 2019

Brodie Van Wagenen: Mets have ‘deepest rotation in baseball,’ Steven Matz still seen as starter

Brodie Van Wagenen said Thursday at the Winter Meetings that the Mets have “probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball,” noting that the added depth after signing Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha gives the team lots of “flexibility” when it comes to how they prepare for 2020.

As things currently stand, the Mets have Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Porcello, and Wacha as rotation options.

They also have the ability to use Seth Lugo or Robert Gsellman in the rotation, with Van Wagenen saying the Mets are “staring at eight potential starting pitchers.”

But Lugo and Gsellman will almost certainly be in the bullpen, Van Wagenen suggested, adding that “nothing has changed” regarding his stance that Syndergaard is staying, while saying that he views Matz as a starting pitcher.

Bit presumptive, isn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: December 13, 2019 at 12:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets being mets, rotation

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Mets to sign Rick Porcello

The Mets have struck a deal with free agent righty Rick Porcello, according to Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris of The Athletic. It’s a one-year, $10MM deal, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Just when I thought it was safe to watch starting pitching, the terror returns.


Saturday, December 07, 2019

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Sometimes, the jokes seem to write themselves…..

 

 

QLE Posted: December 07, 2019 at 10:28 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, rick porcello

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Mets have a stud in Pete Alonso, but will they keep him?

If he continues hitting home runs at the pace he did in his 2019 NL Rookie of the Year season, Pete Alonso will pass Darryl Strawberry for most home runs by a New York Met sometime in 2023.

If he continues to rack up RBI the way he did last season, he will catch David Wright, the Mets’ all-time leader with 970, sometime in 2026. Even scoring 103 runs as he did in 2019, it would take Alonso until 2028 to equal Wright’s franchise record of 946. And he would need all the way to 2030 to reach Wright’s mark of 1,777 hits in a Mets uniform.

Assuming continued good health and comparable production, it is clear that Alonso could turn out to be the greatest hitter this franchise has ever had, which says nearly as much about the Mets, a historically pitching-oriented organization, as it does about their sensational 24-year-old first baseman. Clearly, he is the most exciting rookie to wear the blue and orange since the glory days of Strawberry and Dwight Gooden, who won back-to-back Rookie of the Year Awards in 1983 and 1984.

As expected, Alonso won in a landslide, getting 29 of a possible 30 first-place votes; the one holdout voted for Mike Soroka, the Atlanta Braves 22-year-old stud right-hander.

This fits with what we were noting a week or so ago, but still of interest to see it stated so directly.

 

QLE Posted: November 12, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mets being mets, pete alonso

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Beltrán: Need to be “best friend” to Mets’ GM as manager

NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltrán was back in familiar blue pinstripes Monday, buttoning up a New York Mets uniform while standing next to his new boss, Brodie Van Wagenen.

The first-time manager is taking over following a tenuous season at Citi Field, and his plan to calm the clubhouse works from the top down. That means Van Wagenen isn’t just getting a new employee.

“When you’re a manager, literally, your GM has to be your best friend,” he said.

Beltrán was introduced as Mets manager by Van Wagenen and Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon during a news conference in Queens. Beltrán, who spent seven of his 20 seasons as a player with the Mets, identified inconsistency as the culprit for New York’s rocky and disappointing 86-win season.

Seems strange to me, for various reasons…..

 

QLE Posted: November 05, 2019 at 12:40 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, carlos beltran, mets being mets

 

 

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