Found February 27, 2012 on
Comments from Mike Pelfrey this weekend that he needs to pitch better should come as a surprise to no one. The towering righty was as inconsistent as ever last season and remains on the team due to his health not his skills. The Mets would have struggled to replace the nearly 200 innings Pelfrey pitches every season for the $5.8 million he will make this season.The Mets need him to rebound. In fact, the Mets need him to be the 15 win pitcher he once was if they hope to contend this season.In reality, I expect Big Pelf to rebound this year. Last season he was saddled with the title of "ace" and simply wasn't up to the challenge. This season he'll settle in at 4th in the rotation, which will offer some much more favorable match-ups. The result of all that could be 12+ wins and a ticket out of town. The fan base has long soured on Mike and the team has waited long enough to see him have some sort of value. If he pitches will this season, the Mets will finally be able to seek some return before having to cut him loose next winter when they have more starters than available spots in the rotation.Common sense would also dictate that Pelfrey is the first man out if everyone remains healthy and the time comes to promote from within. Those promotions would make even more sense if the Mets find themselves out if contention prior to the trade deadline. At that point there is no reason to hold on to a player with no spot on the roster moving forward.If Pelfrey is the pitcher he was in 2011, then this really becomes a non-issue. However if he pitches better, and I expect he will to some extent, look from him to be moved at the trade deadline in an effort to get some sort of return on the organization's last big pitching prospect before beginning its newest youth movement.
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According to Adam Rubin, Terry Collins acknowledged today that reliever Manny Acosta, who is out of minor league options, is “all but a lock” for the Opening Day roster in the bullpen along with Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Ramon Ramirez and Tim Byrdak.
After being retained on the 40-man roster at the expense of losing former top prospect Fernando Martinez, D.J. Carrasco...
New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon says he plans on owning the team for a long time despite financial troubles caused by the collapse of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.
Wilpon said Monday he is optimistic in a favorable outcome in the lawsuit brought by the trustee against the Mets' owners to recover money for victims of the scheme.
He expressed optimism that the Mets will host...
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, a trade of New York Mets star third-baseman David Wright seems ‘inevitable.’
He [Wright] is trying to re-establish his value, hoping to capitalize on those nearer Citi Field fences to return to the land of 30 homers, 100 RBIs and a .300 average. The irony is that will, if anything, make him more likely to be traded...
It is that time of year where Spring Blooms Eternal. Yes it does, when speaking of the Mets owner, Spring Blooms Eternal Balderdash!Yes ladies and gentlemen, it is that time of year where Fred Wilpon addressed the media, which has become a seminar of BS.A few years ago it was about Madoff, and that it wouldn't affect the Mets baseball operation(s). Well, we all know how that...
Well that didn’t take long.
This afternoon David Wright spoke with reporters about the $100 million extension Ryan Zimmerman agreed to this morning, which you can read about below this update.
He has no intentions of approaching the Mets about an extension and will wait for them to come to him instead.
“I haven’t even discussed that with my agents, and obviously the team...
In recent years, the Mets Farm System has been turning out a large crop of 1B/OF types. Players that have played both or have the ability to play both positions. One has been traded, and others have been shifted in their positions as they have been called up to the majors. The recent list includes:
Ike Davis (Before becoming our starting 1B, he was also an OF prospect in college...
The Ryan Zimmerman contract extension sent shock waves throughout baseball. Anytime a player is awarded a deal north of $100 million, its big news. The biggest waves, however, reached the shores of Port St. Lucie, despite the fact that David Wright and the organization downplayed the impact.
You know the drill by now. David Wright has a $16 million dollar option for 2013. He’s...
With the additions of Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez, the Mets hope to turn a weakness -- their bullpen -- into a strength.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- The New York Mets will wear a patch on their uniforms this year to honor Gary Carter.
Terry Collins announced on Saturday that Dillon Gee will start the Grapefruit League opener on March 5, at Digital Domain Park against Washington.
Wilpon says he has no plans to sell team
Duda continues to unleash bombs in BP
Lucas Duda isn’t Albert Pujols, not yet. But I am sure Mets fans could only dream that he will be 75% as good as Pujols. As Michael Salfino wrote at the Wall Street Journal, “Duda’s second-half rookie surge puts him in the company of MVPs Albert Pujols, Ryan Howard, Joey Votto and Ryan Braun plus perennial All-Stars Mike Piazza and Todd Helton…. The Mets outfielder...
Here’s the latest from Port St. Lucie; lots of batting practice, fielding drills and bullpen sessions – all is as it should be and in a couple of days, we’ll have our first couple of intra-squad games leading up to the March 5th, Grapefruit League opener against the Nationals.
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Underdog t-shirts, really? Who needs them? I can see the Phillies getting a big...