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While talking to reporters at a luncheon at Citi Field, Sandy Alderson said that the future of the Mets is almost at hand and that they can become very competitive, very soon with just a move or two.
âWeâre getting to the point where we can be in the mix,â Alderson said on Monday. âI donât want anybody to believe this is a long-term project that has no possible realization anytime soon. Weâre at the point where we can make significant improvement in a hurry.â
He believes that signing a player of Bournâs caliber could help change the franchiseâs perception around the league and that negotiations are still ongoing.
âI donât think itâs a leap of faith to think we can be very good,â Alderson said. âItâs not that far off. This is not one of those things where, âOkay, gee, theyâre two, three, four years away.â No, weâve got the currency, which is the young talent, to be in play for some of these things and weâre not that far away.â
It sounds like Alderson feels confident th
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Ike Davisâ 2012 season can be summed up in just one word: inconsistent. Fans had high hopes for Davis, who many thought could rise to stardom last year. Two months in, however, people started to question whether Davis should even be on the team, as his batting average struggled to even approach .200.
Later in the season, Davis picked up the production, and his batting average gradually...
When the Marlins signed Jose Reyes in December of 2011, the Mets were forced to turn to a young, inexperienced shortstop in Ruben Tejada. Just 22 at the time, Tejada was given the enormous (and probably impossible) task of replacing Reyes. No one expected him to make up for the production lost, but the club certainly needed decent production out of the position.
In 2011, Tejada got...
Darin Gorski, Binghamton Mets (photograph by MMO)
On Monday, general manager Sandy Alderson talked a little bit about Mets left-handed pitching prospect Darin Gorski.
Alderson said that Gorski will get a serious look as a reliever in Spring Training,Â but it is unlikely heâll make the Opening Day roster. TheÂ Mets just want to see how Gorski performs in that role.
Gorski, 25, has...
David Wright Â told The NY Post yesterday, that he has spoken with and exchanged texts with free-agent center fielder Michael Bourn in an attempt to lure him to Citi Field. âI just wanted to let him know that he would be a great addition here and heâd obviously be welcomed here,ââ Wright said after his first early workout at the Metsâ spring training complex. âI talked...
Pundits often say a college football coach deserves at least two years to turn a team over before anyone can honestly pass judgement.Â That time provides the new coach with enough time to recruit his own players and implement his own scheme.Â General managers in Major League Baseball get no such grace period.Â Thus the dilemma Sandy Alderson currently finds himself in.
1973 TOPPS ALL TIME HOME RUN LEADERS
Topps started off the 1973 set emphatically, with this all-time home run leaders card.
Here at #1 on the checklist was the pyramid of power: Ruth, Aaron, and Mays.
Sure, the capstone would shift a year later, when Aaronâs home run 715 landed in the waiting hands of mop-up man Tom House in the Braves bullpen, and Fulton County Stadium erupted...
According to Joel Sherman of the Ny Post,Â The Mets and Scott Boras are engaged in a game of chicken.
agent is saying he has attractive offers elsewhere for Michael Bourn.
The Mets are essentially challenging him to prove those offers exist by
remaining relatively inflexible in what they are willing to spend on the
fleet center fielder.
Bourn does not have an...
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One thing weâve learned about the Mets in recent years is that they like the idea of offering short-term, incentive-laden contracts to pitchers with some upside.Â Chris Young immediately comes to mind.
The caveat to the Metsâ philosophy is simple: Any starting pitcher with a track record of success andÂ durability is going to demand â and probably...
Spring training is right around the corner and, shockingly, free agent Michael Bourn still hasnât signed on with a new club.
The latest team to show interest in the speedy outfielder is the New York Mets, according to The Star-Ledger. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said there is âongoing discussionâ with Bourn.
Since Bournâs former team, the Atlanta Braves, sent Bourn...
Today at Citi Field,Â Sandy Alderson briefed reportersÂ about the Michael Bourn and Brandon Lyon situations.
Regarding Brandon Lyon, Alderson said that if the team agrees to a contract withÂ him, that he is likely finished adding additional arms to the bullpen this winter.
âThe bullpen canât be worse and has the potential to be a lot better,â Alderson explained.
As we reported...
The way things are goingâŚMr. Met might be the closer.
Frank Franciscoâs time as Mets closer looks like itâs coming to an end. General manager Sandy Alderson signed veteran relievers Scott Atchison and LaTroy Hawkins to Minor League deals earlier this week and they still arenât done adding bullpen help. As per mlb.com, Alderson has made âno secretâ that he would like...
It borders on the surreal sometimes with this team. Think about it: there's no money for anything. The Madoffs practically took everything the Wilpons own, forcing them to turn to the immortal LaTroy Hawkins for help. They were the last team to sign a free agent to a major league deal, and Shaun Marcum's $4 million deal remains the only major league deal they've signed...
During the off-season before the 2009 season it was rumored that the Mets came very close to signing Derek Lowe only to have the Braves swoop in and grab the veteran pitcher. Â The made a low ball offer that they sat on saying they wouldn't bid against themselves, the Braves missed several pitchers and were able to become the highest bidder. Now most believed that the Braves...
Yep, so everyone who was involved in that 2011 deal between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants are now on the Giants, and the two players traded to New York are back on rather inexpensive deals, at that. Â Oh, and the Giants won the World Series.
So, LOL Mets. Â Angel Pagan got pretty damn good when he came to the Giants, and both Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez were...