Found February 09, 2012 on
Mike Silva's New York Baseball Digest:
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You know the story about the Mets and their inability to add much, if any, payroll. What once was supposed to be about $120 million dollar budget has slide all the way down to around $90 million. Thatâs why it came as no surprise that one of their rumored targets-Â Rick Ankiel- signed as minor league deal to remain in Washington. This despite the fact the team was looking for a left handed bat off the bench.Â Joel Sherman of the NY Post also reported the Mets are all but done pursuing remaining free agents such asÂ Kosuke Fukudome,Â Johnny DamonÂ andÂ Raul Ibanez.
Where does that leave them? Waiting to see who become available during spring training. Itâs rare that you find anything useful on the waiver wire down in Florida, so itâs more than likely that spot will be a battle betweenÂ Mike BaxterÂ andÂ Adam Loewen.
In case you did a double-take, Loewen is the former first round pick of the (4th overall) of the Orioles back in 2002. Baseball America ranked Loewen as the Oâs third best prospec...
BEST OF MAXIM
ESPN InsiderÂ -Â Keith LawÂ ranks the Metsâ farm system at 22nd in the majors, albeit ahead of division rivals Philadelphia (No. 25) and Miami (No. 28)
âItâs actually getting better here, but rebuilding a system takes years, and the Mets have really just begun to inject higher-upside talent into the system.â
Iâm not sure I agree with this.
In my very unprofessional opinion...
David Lennon reports in Newsday, thatÂ Josh TholeÂ has worked intensely with Mets catching coordinator Bob Natal this offseason in an effortÂ to prevent a recurrence of the defensive issues that plagued him in 2011.
âIâm getting to a point where weâre not in a trial-and-error period anymore,â Thole said. âIt is what it is. If I donât catch well over the course of this...
New York Mets catcher Charles âDockâ Doyle and pitcher Scott Moviel have been suspended 50 games each under baseballâs minor league drug program.
Both were penalized Monday for second violations involving a drug of abuse.
Doyle, 25, hit .296 with two homers and 11 RBIs last year for the Class A St. Lucie Mets. He was a fifth-round draft pick from Coastal Carolina in 2008 and...
Despite the Mets lack of big offseason signings, the departure of Jose Reyes and the news that the payroll is being regulated strongly for the first time in years brings most Mets fans into a dark, dreadful place. Talks about boycotting Citi Field, putting an inferior product on the field and expecting the fans to pay and even the latest media-slam against writer of âWilponâ...
As a billionaire, Mayor Michael Bloomberg could afford to buy the Mets. But that's one job that he's not looking to step into after he leaves City Hall.
The mayor was asked by a reporter on Wednesday if he'd be interested in buying the team.
Bloomberg said he enjoys attending Mets games, but he can't figure out ''why anybody wants to own a sports team.&...
If you havenât checked out thisÂ articleÂ by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, I urge you to take a few minutes to read it â itâs a nice piece on Mets centerfield prospect, Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
The talented outfielder with the cool moniker of Captain Kirk, is a package of baseball tools who, just nine months ago, was on the cusp of the Major Leagues, writes DiComo.
Anthony Destefano of Newsday reported that the owners of theÂ New York MetsÂ are taking their battle with the trustee in theÂ Bernard MadoffÂ case to theÂ U.S. Supreme CourtÂ â at least they are trying to.
In a little noticed filing last Friday,Â Sterling EquitiesÂ Associates, the umbrella organization of the Wilpon family and other team owners, asked the nationâs high court...
Following 2012, the Binghamton Mets will be but a distant memory, says the Ottawa Citizen. The Double-A club is being purchased byÂ Beacon Sports Capital Partners and will move to Ottawa after calling Binghamton home since 1992.
This however, does not mean the Mets would have a minor league baseball in Canada. With their contract expiring with Binghamton after 2012, the squad would...
This week, a second edition of âLast Week in Bizballâ. Can Wilpon and Katz keep the Mets?, plus the tidbits.
ARE WILPON AND KATZ KEEPING THE METS?
Where to start with the Mets woes? Irving Picard, representing the victims of Bernie Madoff, is attempting to extract close to $400 million from Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz (aka Sterling Equities). The Mets operating...
Even New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson can't resist pointing out the team's financial difficulties.
New York mayor, a billionaire, says he doesn't know 'why anybody wants to own a sports team'