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According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, the Mets are unlikely to sign former Tiger closer Jose Valverde, who turns 35 next month. The club expects Valverde to eventually find a major league deal elsewhere.
If he is amenable to a minor league deal later in camp, the Mets might be open to that — but as of right now, a fit does not seem likely.
With Frank Francisco still unable to throw because of his elbow issues, Terry Collins named Bobby Parnell the Mets' closer last week, a position he could retain even when Francisco returns. The Mets also have Brandon Lyon in camp, a veteran expected to handle the eighth inning, but with ample closing experience.
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The Mets should save themselves the aggravation and DL Frank Francisco when the season starts and have the roster spot filled by somebody else.
That would enable Bobby Parnell to have the closer job unencumbered. Having him train for the role in Spring Training only to have it pulled from him at the last minute would be bad for clubhouse karma.
And, if Parnell doesn’t cut it, then...
Last season at the major league level for the New York Mets and more recently in Winter ball, Jordany Valdespin spent much of his time trying his hand as an outfielder. The 25-year-old hit eight homers in just 191 at-bats for New York, many of which came in dramatic fashion. In 42 at-bats as a pinch-hitter, ‘Spin’ hit five of his homers and on the season he was also successful...
Yesterday afternoon in Port St. Lucie, New York Mets starter Johan Santana stepped on the mound for the first time since the club shut him down in August of last season with back inflamation. As we all remember, Santana saw a significant drop in production following his historical n0-hitter on June 1st:
Photo by Michael G. Baron
With a full off-season to rest, Santana toed the...
This is the second in a series of evaluations comparing the 1986 World Series Champions with the projected 2013 team. The first article dealt with the offensive contributions of the 1986 Mets starting eight position players. This article deals with the offensive contributions of the bench (or platoon players). In order to keep this from getting too unwieldy, I’ve limited the ‘86...
Despite having a laughing stock of an offense, the New York Mets could easily produce five quality starting pitchers for fantasy teams this season, even with the loss of Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey. Photo credit: MIKECNY Dillon Gee, a 26-year-old, started 17 games last year and was in the middle of a breakout season when a blood clot was discovered in his shoulder, leading to season...
Robinson Cano: The reality is, Cano will be 31 and may not stick at second for the remainder of his career. The reality ALSO is that he’ll cost a lot of money and the Mets seem to have the position reasonably covered with Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, Wilfredo Tovar, Danny Muno, Phillip Evans and Gavin Cecchini. The reality ALSO ALSO is that Robinson Cano is one of the...
The New York Mets have not exactly had the most active of offseasons, but many of the moves made by the team have been aimed at addressing a bullpen that finished the 2012 season with the second worst ERA in all of baseball. The Mets chose to address the problem in a fashion that has become typical of them in recent years, with low cost alternatives to the premier free agents on...
Updated by Joe D.
You can deny it all you want, jump up and down, throw a tantrum, or just ignore the facts – the choice is yours. But when you look at the evidence, there is no denying that David Wright has practically mirrored Derek Jeter in terms of overall production and value to the team during the regular season. In fact, Wright outproduced Jeter over a broad array of offensive...
By Elliot Chester
Collin McHugh’s third pitch as a major league baseball player was not a bad one, a four-seam 91-mile-per-hour fastball that tailed away from Charlie Blackmon, a slap-hitting nobody who had just two hits all season entering the late August game. But Blackmon, recently installed as the Colorado Rockies’ starting right fielder due to a rash of injuries, stayed...
Rumors surfaced yesterday that the New York Mets were
leaving the possibility of signing free agent Jose Valverde open, but it’s “really,
really unlikely” that the team acquires the right-hander, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
A team insider labeled to ESPNNewYork.com the chances of
signing free agent Jose Valverde "really, really unlikely."...
On Friday, Kevin Kernan of the New York Post wrote of high praise for Travis d’Arnaud coming from some of his former coaches.
D’Arnaud is a former farmhand of the Philadelphia Phillies who originally drafted him. He was the center piece in the deal that sent Roy Halladay from Toronto to the Phillies, and his stature as an elite catching prospect is widely known around baseball...
In Part One of my story, we left off with a discouraged Collin McHugh coming off a mediocre junior year at Berry College in Georgia. McHugh found himself at home watching the 2008 MLB Draft, more out of habit than because of any expectation that he would be selected. But then the phone rang… It was the New York Mets.
By Elliot Chester
McHugh was floored. Beasley had known it...
According to Marc Carig of Newsday via Twitter, second baseman Daniel Murphy felt soreness while working out in the batting cage and manager Terry Collins says he’s going to NYC tomorrow for x-rays and further examination.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said it is likely an intercostal injury and that he will be out of action for a week.
Maybe its because I spent the better part of the off season lowering my expectations, but the PECOTA spreadsheets came out recently and I’m not disappointed entirely with what they say for the Mets. In fact, some of what they say is a lot better than what I thought.
In addition, the pick up’s in the bullpen help the team’s weakest area (after the Outfield). I underestimated...
In the first edition of The Hot Corner with John Czech, Felix Hernandez is now the games highest paid pitcher. With free agency just around the corner for Justin Verlander, how will Hernandez’s new contract affect the Tigers’ ace when he becomes a free agent?