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The Mets and Astros are among clubs "kicking around" the idea of inviting Daisuke Matsuzaka to spring training, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Sunday.
Matsuzaka, 32, made just 11 starts for Boston due to recovery from 2011 Tommy John surgery. He was awful in his attempt to reestablish his value -- he allowed an 8.28 ERA and served up 11 home runs (2.2 per nine innings), rendering a decent 2.1 K/BB moot.
Matsuzaka averaged just under 91 mph on his fastball in 2012, about a full tick under his pre-Tommy John career average. If a team does pick him up, it will likely be on a minor-league deal with a spring training battle necessary to earn a roster spot.
As such, Cafardo notes Matsuzaka may opt to return to Japan if he doesn't believe he can make a major-league roster in 2013.
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While a sizable amount of press has been devoted to the possible acquisitions of Michael Bourn or Brian Wilson, Sandy Alderson has methodically been adding pitchers to the organization’s choices for the 2013 iteration of the Mets bullpen staff.
One such signing is the January 31st signing of LaTroy Hawkins. Hawkins, age 40, is an 18 year veteran of the major leagues and now...
A Mets source told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that the front office is still trying to get MLB to allow them to keep their first-round pick if they sign Michael Bourn.
They are still trying to determine whether they can convince Bourn to sign a potential backloaded deal and that they will go “all out on the compensation” if they know their pick will be protected...
The Mets lack a reliable reliever, and although they have some younger talent who could potentially fill the void, virtually everyone in the bullpen is a question mark. Over the weekend, rumors arose that the Mets were thinking about pursuing the flamboyant closer, Jose Valverde. The Mets do desperately need an arm in the bullpen to add some depth, and to replace their current closer...
The Bat Phone (Photo by MMO’s Clayton Collier)
Sandy Alderson was quoted yesterday that he doesn´t think the Mets are “far away” from contending at this point. While pretty much everyone agrees that the Mets Infield looks pretty good now & going forward and the rotation at the very least has the potential to become a true asset, the outfield & bullpen remain the most...
Keith Law of ESPN Insider unveiled his farm system rankings, and the Red Sox are predictably weak, coming in 17th. Here's Law's diagnosis of our ills:
A lot went right on the farm for Boston this year, with Xander Bogaerts looking like he can stay at shortstop, Jackie Bradley Jr. lighting everyone up with his plate discipline and Matt Barnes and Henry Owens posting very...
Mike Napoli ended up signing with Boston, but the whole drawn out process and Napoli’s final contract terms make much of his future, both short- and long-term, very uncertain.
Ultimately, Napoli and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $5MM contract with incentives that could bring the full value of the deal up to $13MM. Considering the original deal was three years with $39MM guaranteed...
David Wright 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.
“I just wanted to let him know that he would be a great addition here and he’d obviously be welcomed here,’’ Wright said after his first early workout at the Mets’ spring training complex.
ESPN’s Keith Law has ranked the Mets’ farm system at No. 14 in baseball. Law writes:
The R.A. Dickey trade really boosted their system, and several Latin American arms had strong years in 2012 to bolster the system’s total value. First-rounder Gavin Cecchini could move quickly for a prep kid, as he’s pretty advanced for a teenager and doesn’t have much blocking...
Welcome to the final chapter in my exclusive four part series entitled, How The Miracle Mets Were Built. If haven’t read the first three installments you can read here:
Part 1 - The Spring Of 1968
Part 2 – The 1968 Offseason
Part 3 – The Spring Of 1969
At the June 15th trade deadline, the Mets were in second place, nine games behind the Cubs. Led by Leo...
Jack Moore of CBSSports.com reports that the New York Mets are close to
signing veteran relief pitcher Brandon Lyon. A deal is expected to be completed
this week. If so, this would be the third signing by the Mets in a recent
shopping spree aimed at revamping their bullpen. Veterans LaTroy Hawkins
and Scott Atchison were added last week. The term veteran is used mildly...
While the New York Mets have been relatively quiet this winter, past and present media have stepped up to fill-in-the-blanks. Before Opening Day at least five new Mets-related books have been, or will be, released.
The two most anticipated releases will happen over the next month. Former Mets catcher Mike Piazza will release his autobiography, Long Shot, on February 12. The book...
What would you say the odds are that the Mets sign Michael Bourn? It’s been well documented that the Mets won’t make him an official offer unless they know that their first round pick is protected – you all know the story.
But it was also reported that the Mets are willing and prepared to go “all-out” to sign Bourn. I must confess that I don’t like the sound of that...
The New York Mets have been tied to free agent Michael Bourn
throughout the offseason, but they continue to be considered a longshot to sign the center fielder. Still, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com feels general manager
Sandy Alderson “sounds serious” about pursuing Bourn.
Sandy sounds serious about pursuing Bourn. But also admitted what you see right now may well be what you...
It looks like the Red Sox farm system is getting a bad rap these days, as Keith Law at ESPN has them ranked 17th out of 30 teams:
I don’t think Law knows what he is talking about.
I think the talent in Boston’s farm right now is as great as it was in the heydey...
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Tuesday marks the day that die hard Red Sox fans anticipate every winter: Truck Day.
This year, the Red Sox’ equipment truck, which will be departing at around noon Tuesday to make the 1,480-mile trek to the team’s spring training home in Fort Myers, Fla., features the slogan “Big Things Ahead.”
Serving as the unofficial...