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After writing about Jon Niese as an untouchable Met yesterday, I thought I’d take a different approach and consider a Met believed to be out the door.
Say hello to Mike Pelfrey. Long thought to be gone, but upon further review a case can be made for his return.
The 28-year-old Pelfrey made $5.68 million in an injury shortened 2012 and is expected to hit the market with a career 50-54 record. He is arbitration eligible with Scott Boras as his agent, all which should make the Mets deathly afraid.
Quite bluntly: Even at 20 percent off his 2012 salary, the Mets think that is too high, which is why they won’t tender him and say good-bye after a disappointedly short-lived career in Flushing. He had a couple of solid seasons, even All-Star worthy in 2010, but regressed in 2011 and was hurt last year.
He never reached the level expected of a first-round pick while others, such as Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain sprinted past him into elite status. Unquestionably, Pelfrey has the physical tools t...
BEST OF MAXIM
There has been a lot of speculation over the past few weeks as to whether or not the New York Mets will trade current Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey before the start of the MLB regular season. Many reports have filtered out over the course of the past few days, many of which stating that the team would want a lot in return for Dickey, and would not trade him if they were not properly...
The Mets have no money and a glaring need for RHB. Given those two realities, it is a little strange that we have not heard more about plans to find playing time for Josh Satin. While he’s defensively challenged, Satin has hit everywhere he’s played in the minors, including a .286/.391/.442 line in 527 PA in Triple-A Buffalo last year.
Last year, Satin was primarily a first...
Is there any news regarding Dillon Gee’s recovery from his arm surgery? Will he be ready for Spring Training and do you think he will be in the rotation next season?
Joe D. replies:
As far as his health and recovery is concerned, Dillon Gee is expected to be 100% by the time Spring Camp opens with no limitations. That’s the official Mets word.
However, on the day...
As reported by Adam Rubin Of ESPN NY, Tim Byrdak will be signing a minor-league deal with the Mets for 2013
While a bit of an odd move considering Byrdak just had surgery on a torn anterior capsule and the recovery time is over a year, the Mets may just be looking to add some depth that may be able to contribute to some extent for the 2013 season.
This may be something that is beneficial...
I have been hearing how Sandy Alderson will be held accountable for the Mets’ performance this summer and I don’t believe that to be the case, regardless of what happens with David Wright and R.A. Dickey.
Alderson is getting A’s across the board, because those handing out the grades aren’t the fans or the press, or even his colleagues. Grading Alderson are the Wilpons, who...
Mike Vaccaro lays out a solid argument in this morning’s New York Post, about why there is so much distrust between the fans and the team. In dissecting the causes for this growing schism in Mets Nation, he concludes that it all boils down to the Mets wanting to have it both ways..
As negotiations with David Wright and R.A. Dickey continue to meander, it was revealed this week...
When I look at the current Mets’ 40-man roster there are few players where it would take a lot to pry away from the team. Matt Harvey is one of them, in fact, there’s a thought of re-doing his contract as to buy out his arbitration years.
I keep Harvey, of course. And, prospect Zack Wheeler.
NIESE: An untouchable Met?
Also on the list is Jonathan Niese, who...
The New York Mets have more interest in getting a long-term deal worked out for David Wright than they do for R.A. Dickey. This is obvious based on the players' ages. However, they would like to get both of them locked up, and the fans would love it. They just can't overspend in their quest to do so.
As Ken Davidoff of the New York Post writes, the Mets could use...
Two years ago today, on November 24, 2010, this report from HoJo’s Mojo topped 12,000 unique reads and was what I considered to be the start of a 13 month, non-stop cycle of near-daily Jose Reyes news reports, rumors, and blog posts. It was the beginning of the end for Reyes, and when I personally started saying and writing that the All Star shortstop was as good as gone after...
Finding A Home: If the Mets had listened to me, Wilmer Flores would have spent all of 2012 in Port St. Lucie. It wasn’t about his hitting, which more than earned his way into starting in AAA in 2013. It wasn’t even his fielding, which was adequate at 3rd base and 2nd (In no way GOOD). I would have held Flores behind because, if I were in command, he’d be in the midst...
Whatever you hear about what David Wright might be asking or the Mets might be offering, just understand the bar has been set by his contemporaries Evan Longoria and Ryan Zimmerman, Both are close to Wright in terms of age and production. Just not salary.
The Tampa Bay Rays, long known as a team with low payroll agreed to a contract extension over the weekend with Longoria for $100...
It’s my first morning back home after spending three days in Saratoga, NY where some of my family resides and where we celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s always nice when the entire family gets together again for those 2-3 occasions a year where we eat, have fun, and catch up with everyone on everything. I come from a family whose loyalties are evenly divided at 50...
Last week Mets Merized Online rolled out our Metsmerized Hall of Fame. We will be enshrining one player each week until our five founding members are all unveiled. So far, we’ve selected Tom Seaver in week one, and Keith Hernandez in week two. After our five Founding Members are selected, we will ask you, our readers, to cast your ballot for who should be selected for enshrinement...
In a cost-cutting move made last fall, the New York Mets exited from the rookie-level Gulf Coast League (GCL), while maintaining their presence in the Appalachian League, the next rung up in the rookie-level food chain.
The organization recently announced that their hiatus from the GCL was just one season in duration, with the Mets set to compete in both leagues in 2013.
The New York Mets acquired infielder Brandon Hicks from the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations the team announced. Hicks was designated for assignment last week by the A's.
Hicks, 27, hit .172/.243/.391 with 3 HR's, 7 RBI's and a .220 wOBA in 70 plate appearances for the A's in 2012.
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