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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Phillies’ Zack Wheeler puts end to insult-slinging with Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

After two days of slinging passive-aggressive insults with New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen, Wheeler put a stop to the back-and-forth Saturday before working out with Phillies pitchers and catchers at the Carpenter Complex.

“He’s taken a couple of things I said to heart, I guess, that I really didn’t mean for him to do,” Wheeler said. “But I don’t care.”

It all began Thursday when Wheeler told a New York Post reporter that he “heard crickets” from the Mets when his agent gave them a chance to match the Phillies’ five-year, $118 million offer.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2020 at 11:06 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets, phillies, zack wheeler

Friday, February 14, 2020

Alex Rodriguez emerges as potential Mets buyer

According to multiple sources, the newest name to emerge as a potential suitor to buy the Mets is none other than Alex Rodriguez. Baseball and Wall Street insiders told The Post that the controversial former Yankees superstar is “kicking the tires” on the idea of getting into an upcoming auction for the team. This comes after Cohen, the billionaire hedge fund manager, walked away from a $2.6 billion deal for 80 percent of the team last week upon learning that the Wilpon family would not be surrendering control for the first five years of his ownership.

While sources told The Post that Cohen has not yet fully given up on his chances of purchasing the Mets, rumors of A-Rod’s interest have intensified.

“He’s a businessman and a baseball man based in New York,” said one A-Rod ally. “Why wouldn’t he be looking at this?”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 14, 2020 at 02:15 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Sunday, February 09, 2020

A ‘Disappointed’ Steve Cohen Walks Away From Mets Purchase

In other news, I am willing to sell my house for more than it is worth, as long as the new owner lets me live in it for the next five years.

Hank Gillette Posted: February 09, 2020 at 08:54 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: bad investments, mets

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Mets’ Schneider shifted to big league staff from Triple-A

NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Schneider was shifted to major league quality control coach by the New York Mets, filling the opening created when Luis Rojas replaced Carlos Beltrán as manager.

The 43-year-old was Miami’s catching coach for the past four seasons and had been hired by the Mets as manager of Triple-A Syracuse. He was a catcher in the big leagues for 13 years, including two with the Mets.

Somehow, “Mets” and “quality control” comes as two concepts that aren’t seem to go together…..

 

QLE Posted: February 08, 2020 at 01:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brian schneider, mets

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Matt Adams agrees to minor league deal with New York Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Adams agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets on Friday, hoping to earn a job as a backup and a bat with pop off the bench.

He would get a $1.25 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster and would have the chance to earn $1.5 million in performance bonuses for plate appearances: $250,000 for 250 and each additional 50 through 500.

The 31-year-old is primarily a first baseman but also has played the outfield. He batted .226 with 20 homers and 56 RBIs in 333 plate appearances last year for the World Series champion Washington Nationals, hitting 12 of his homers in June and July.

New York has NL Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso at first.

 

 

QLE Posted: February 01, 2020 at 01:13 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, matt adams, mets

Friday, January 24, 2020

Felipe Alou: Mets manager Luis Rojas won’t cheat baseball

Rest assured, Mets fans, new manager Luis Rojas is a good man who will not cheat the game of baseball.

Those strong words come from his father, Felipe Alou, in his first comments about Rojas becoming Mets manager at the age of 38. Alou managed 14 years in the majors after a 17-year playing career. He is an icon in the game./blockquote>

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2020 at 05:56 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: felipe alou, luis rojas, mets

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Carlos Beltran: Mets manager out after Astros’ cheating scandal

Another casualty. At this point, if MLB is really serious about really getting to the bottom of this problem and fairness, they need to investigate *EVERY* team. Let’s get another 20 managers and GM suspended.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 16, 2020 at 01:19 PM | 120 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, carlos beltran, mets, sign stealing

Monday, January 13, 2020

Slate: “You Guys Are Scaring Me”

A re-examination of the allegations of rape against three Mets during 1992 spring training. Not an easy read, but worth it.

The alleged gang rape at spring training was an enormous scandal. The police in Port St. Lucie said they’d fielded 200 calls from reporters in the 24 hours after Gooden’s name had been linked to the case. The New York tabloids covered it exhaustively, as did sports-talk radio and shock-jock morning shows. The New York Times alone ran two dozen pieces on the investigation.

After four weeks of leering coverage, a Florida prosecutor announced that Dwight Gooden, Vince Coleman, and Daryl Boston would not be charged with any crimes. The odds of getting a conviction, he said, would be too low to warrant moving forward. “There are going to be people even eight, nine years from now, who are going to be bringing this up,” Gooden told the New York Daily News right after he’d been cleared. He was wrong. Two days later, Gooden took the mound in the Mets’ home opener: He pitched well, but lost. “NOT GOODENOUGH,” read the headline in the Daily News, with the story explaining that it was “his first appearance at Shea [Stadium] since rotator cuff surgery.” The rape inquiry wasn’t mentioned at all.

AndrewJ Posted: January 13, 2020 at 10:53 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: 1992, allegations, crime, mets, rape, spring training

Friday, January 03, 2020

Mets find relief in New Year, introducing Dellin Betances

NEW YORK (AP) — This is the next stop on Dellin Betances’ subway ride around New York.

After spending his first eight seasons in the majors with the crosstown Yankees, the New Yorker has joined the Mets on a one-year contract with a player option for 2021. The deal was announced on Christmas Eve and guarantees the towering right-handed reliever at least $10.5 million.

“This past week-and-a-half has brought a lot of excitement to myself and my family,” Betances said during his introductory news conference Thursday at Citi Field, where he was joined by more than two dozen family members. “Christmas, in fact, came a little bit early as we celebrated our signing with the New York Mets.”

Betances’ journey has taken him through all five of New York City’s boroughs. Born in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, the four-time All-Star grew up on the island’s Lower East Side.

Bold headline, isn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: January 03, 2020 at 01:31 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dellin betances, mets, relievers

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Report: Dellin Betances, Mets agree to deal

Dellin Betances, among baseball’s most dominant relievers when healthy, has reportedly agreed to terms with the New York Mets, according to SNY’s Andy Martino. The deal is for one-year that includes two player options, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The hard-throwing righty missed nearly all of 2019 with the New York Yankees while dealing with shoulder issues, then partially tore his Achilles tendon when he finally returned to the mound for two-thirds of an inning in September.

While the injury-riddled season could not have come at a worse time for Betances, the four-time All-Star is expected to make a full recovery in time for spring training after opting for rehab instead of surgery.

He will join a Mets bullpen that finished 25th in baseball with a 4.95 ERA last season and could slide into the setup role along with Seth Lugo.

As a side thought- any theories involving why the hot stove season has been so much warmer, compared to the last couple of years?

 

QLE Posted: December 25, 2019 at 01:09 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: contracts, dellin betances, hot stove, mets

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Yoenis Cespedes’ drastic Mets pay cut could get lager

Yoenis Cespedes’ pay cut for next season could be deeper than originally anticipated.

Industry sources confirmed Saturday the veteran outfielder’s guaranteed salary for next season, as part of a restructured contract, will be just $6 million. But Cespedes would collect another $5 million if he avoids beginning the season on the injured list because of right foot or ankle injuries that kept him sidelined in 2019. The Associated Press first reported terms of the new deal.

The club initially disputed the report that Cespedes’ guaranteed salary for next year would be $6 million, but a source indicated the Mets were viewing the contract as $11 million for 2020 with $5 million deducted if the player begins the season on the IL with the aforementioned injuries. Cespedes’ original contract, signed before the 2017 season, called for him to earn $29.5 million next year.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2019 at 09:52 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yoenis cespedes

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Source: Former Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello agrees to 1-year Mets deal

Former Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello has agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the New York Mets, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

Porcello, who turns 31 on Dec. 27, had multiyear offers but preferred a one-year deal, according to reports.

A ground ball pitcher who relies on a sinking, two-seam fastball, Porcello is coming off a career-worst season with the Red Sox. He was 14-12 but had a 5.52 ERA that was the highest in the majors.

He has been quite durable over the past four seasons, making at least 32 starts per year, but the velocity on his slider dropped by 1.7 mph from 2018, which made the pitch far less effective. He gave up a troublesome .314/.407/.571 slash line with runners in scoring position in 2019.

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: December 12, 2019 at 12:24 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, mets

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.


Sunday, December 08, 2019

Hefner becomes Mets pitching coach, Meulens bench coach

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets have hired Jeremy Hefner as pitching coach, Hensley Meulens as bench coach and Tony DeFrancesco as first base coach under new manager Carlos Beltrán.

The 33-year-old Hefner pitched for New York from 2012-13. He was a major league advance scout for Minnesota in 2017 and ’18, then was assistant pitching coach last season. Hefner replaces 82-year-old Phil Regan, who took over when Dave Eiland was fired on June 20.

Meulens, 52, replaces Jim Riggleman, who served as bench coach for manager Mickey Callaway last season. Meulens was San Francisco’s hitting coach from 2010-17, then was Bruce Bochy’s bench coach for the past two seasons.

Wishing DeFrancesco the best in this position- I have a soft spot for him after the champion years the River Cats had with him in the last decade.

 

QLE Posted: December 08, 2019 at 11:36 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: hensley meulens, jeremy hefner, mets, tony defrancesco

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Mets acquiring center fielder Jake Marisnick from Astros

The Mets are acquiring Jake Marisnick from the Astros for prospects Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona.

Marisnick, 28, is a right-handed hitter with a strong defensive acumen and appears to be the Mets’ choice to replace Juan Lagares, whose 2020 option the team decline earlier this offseason.

Taylor, 24, is a right-handed reliever who rose to Triple-A this season with a 2.16 ERA split between three levels. Corona, a 19-year-old outfielder, hit .311 for the Port St. Lucie Mets in the Single-A Gulf Coast League in his first season in the Mets system. Neither is considered a high-level prospect.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 05, 2019 at 11:42 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jake marisnick, mets

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Mets in Talks to Sell 80% of Team to Investor Steve Cohen

The owners of the New York Mets are in talks to sell up to 80% of the Major League Baseball team to billionaire Steve Cohen, who is already an investor in the club, according to person familiar with the matter.

The transaction would value the team at $2.6 billion, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. The Mets confirmed the talks in a statement

Fred Wilpon, the team’s principal owner, will remain in his current role for at least five years, at which time Cohen will have a path to controlling the franchise, said the person. Jeff Wilpon, his son, will remain as the team’s chief operating officer for the five-year period, the person said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2019 at 08:07 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, wilpons

Saturday, November 16, 2019

What Mets told Carlos Beltran regarding sign-stealing scandal

On Thursday in Scottsdale, Ariz., at the GM meetings, Van Wagenen told reporters: “Anything that happened, happened with another organization, with Houston. … I have no idea if anything did or did not [occur], but at this point, I don’t see any reason why this is a Mets situation.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2019 at 11:59 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, mets, sign stealing

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Tom Seaver and the Enduring Hope of the 1969 Mets

Tom Seaver looked out the window of his home office in Calistoga, Calif., his back to baseball and the past.

Behind him on this day in May 2017 were photographs and totems of a career that in both form and substance stands as the closest man has ever come to mastering the art of pitching. There was a shot of young Tom standing with Gil Hodges, not only his manager with the Mets but also a fellow Marine and a second father to him. There were his three Cy Young Awards, from 1969, ‘73 and ‘75.

Body and coif still robustly thick at age 72, Tom peered ahead, to his grape arbors on Diamond Mountain, with Mount St. Helena looming in the distance. Dear God, he could not believe how lucky he was.

One day back when Tom was at the height of his pitching prowess, his brother-in-law asked him, “What will you do when you’re done?”

Some thoughts on a player and a team in twilight- be prepared, as it gets rather heavy at the end.

 

QLE Posted: October 24, 2019 at 12:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: 1969, mets, tom seaver

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Which managerial opening is the most desirable?

As we wait for tonight’s NLCS to kick off — a preview on that will be up later this morning — let’s talk about all the managerial openings, shall we?

With the Dodgers giving Dave Roberts their vote of confidence last night — and none of the remaining playoff teams being even close to likely to can their current skipper — we seem to be locked in at eight openings: Mets, Phillies, Pirates, Cubs, Giants, Padres, Royals, and Angels.

Which one is the most desirable? My take on the pros and cons of each gig

So, which of these jobs would you take if you had the choice?

 

QLE Posted: October 12, 2019 at 12:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, giants, mets, padres, phillies, pirates, royals

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Mets manager search: Carlos Beltran buzz, Red Sox link, more

A key member of Van Wagenen’s staff involved in the search includes Allard Baird, who spent a decade-plus working in Boston’s front office before departing last offseason to become an assistant GM with the Mets. That connection could put at least two Red Sox coaches in play for the Mets managerial opening: Carlos Febles and Ron Roenicke.

Febles, the Red Sox third base coach, played for the Royals during Baird’s tenure as Royals GM in the 1990s and 2000s. And Baird was instrumental in bringing Febles into the Red Sox organization in 2007. Febles served as a minor league manager in Boston’s system for six seasons before becoming a major league coach.

Roenicke was Alex Cora’s bench coach for last season’s World Series winning team. Roenicke also managed the Brewers to the NLCS in 2011.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2019 at 12:54 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Sources: Mets doing background work on Carlos Beltran, mutual interest between player and team

MINNEAPOLIS—The Carlos Beltran-as-Mets-manager speculation has now grown legs and turned into an actual story.

Mets officials have been doing background work on Carlos Beltran in recent days, trying to determine if he is ready to be a manager, according to major league sources.

Many Mets people know Beltran well from this time with the team; he is particularly close with Omar Minaya and Allard Baird, who was his GM in Kansas City. Now, the Mets are looking into Beltran’s development since he left in 2011, both as a leader and a rookie member of the Yankees front office.

When SNY first reported last week that Beltran’s name was in the mix to replace Mickey Callaway, we added heavy skepticism because of his sometimes bumpy tenure in Queens. A friend of Beltran’s went so far as to say there was “no chance” Beltran would take the job.

In this context, I’m pondering what “background work” entails- is it visiting a library with ProQuest and similar newspaper databases, or sending private eyes out to gather info?

 

QLE Posted: October 08, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, managerial search, mets

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Fan sues Mets after being nearly blinded by T-shirt launcher | Sporting News

Alcohol may have been involved.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2019 at 02:41 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: fan safety, mets

MLBTR: Mets Fire Mickey Callaway

“We want to thank Mickey for his consistent work ethic and dedication over the last two seasons and I’m certain these characteristics will serve him well in his next opportunity,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement accompanying today’s press release.


Best of luck un your future endeavors.

The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: October 03, 2019 at 12:34 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Monday, September 30, 2019

Where Mets, Noah Syndergaard go from here is complicated

he 2019 Mets season concluded Sunday afternoon in characteristically roller-coaster fashion, Dom Smith’s first at-bat since July 26 producing a walk-off, three-run homer to give the Mets an 11-inning, 7-6 victory over the Braves at Citi Field. Before the late-inning zaniness that also featured two homers by angry ex-Met Adeiny Hechavarria, Syndergaard ended his worst full big-league season on a positive note, allowing three runs and five hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out nine.

“Huge,” Syndergaard said. “… To be able to finish on a high note personally and as a team is something we can take into this offseason and build off of that.”

About that offseason, and the likelihood that the Mets will at least consider trading Syndergaard for the third time in a year, “I’m confident that, going into spring training next year, we’ll be reporting to beautiful Port St. Lucie and being a Met,” he said. “I love being a Met. It has a special place in my heart.”

Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: September 30, 2019 at 08:09 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, thor

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mets to retire Jerry Koosman’s number next year

The Mets announced today that they plan on retiring Jerry Koosman’s number 36 next year.

Koosman was always the number two guy behind Tom Seaver in the Mets rotation, but he was a beloved member of the Miracle Mets and was well-respected among his teammates. He also could pitch a little: He was 17-9 with a 2.20 ERA (160 ERA+) in 241 innings across 32 starts for the ’69 Mets and won two games in the World Series against the heavily-favored Orioles. He’d go on to pitch 12 total years in New York, winning 140 games. In all he pitched 19 seasons in the bigs, winning 222 games and posting a career ERA of 3.36 (ERA+ 110).

 

QLE Posted: September 25, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jerry koosman, mets, retired numbers

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