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The Mets need a right-handed power hitter. There’s no doubt about that. The Mets ranked 22nd in baseball in home runs and 23rd in slugging percentage, and that’s with Scott Hairston, who will likely not return next year, in the lineup. Finding (and acquiring) these players will be a difficult task, especially with the Mets budget already limited. Sandy Alderson will likely re-sign David Wright, which will bring the payroll to or even over the $100 million budget, so unless the Mets somehow dump Jason Bay or Johan Santana, they will have to search the free agent bargain bin for what they need.
This season was a major disappointment when it comes to the Mets outfield. Jason Bay didn’t bounce back (if anyone expected him to), Kirk Nieuwenhuis showed promise early but faded towards mid-season, and Lucas Duda made us think about whether he really is an everyday player.At minimum, two new outfielders have to be brought in to right the ship.
One player who would fit perfectly into the Met ...
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JOSH THOLE, C
PRESEASON EXPECTATIONS: For the second straight year, the Mets had high expectations for Josh Thole. When Thole broke in with the Mets in 2010, they liked his patience at the plate, ability to go to the opposite field and how he handled the staff. So somebody that inexperienced at the position he did remarkably well. Perhaps they overrated him as he was one of...
The New York Mets picked up David Wright’s $16 million club option for the 2013 season but it begs the question: why not sign him to a long term extension? It’s fairly clear that Wright is the best batter in the lineup and the most important player on the team. He’s a foundational piece that the Mets can build around.
However, the detractors suggest that the Mets simply aren’t...
Aces Up: Matt Harvey is just one of a bevy of talented starting pitchers sprinkled throughout the Mets system.
I thought I’d take some time to examine what our opening day rotations would look like in the years to come. It’s basically an introspective on how far the Mets minor league system has come over the last two years, particularly among right-handed starting pitching...
DANIEL MURPHY, 2B
PRESEASON EXPECTATIONS: It was more a matter of hope than it was solid expectations for second baseman Daniel Murphy. After all, this is a player who has had trouble staying healthy, and was frequently in danger of hurting himself in the field. At the plate, the Mets expected little power production, but a high batting average and decent on-base percentage....
Ike Davis rebounded after a slow start to his 2012 season show us his power potential
PRESEASON EXPECTATIONS: After sitting out most of 2011 with what can best be described as a bizarre ankle injury, Ike Davis reported to spring training optimistic, only to be slowed by a virus that sapped his energy and strength. The Mets had always loved Davis’ power potential when he slugged...
Last night when the clock struck midnight, the following players became free agents and will most likely not be back. They include Scott Hairston, Jon Rauch, Ramon Ramirez, Ronny Cedeno, Kelly Shoppach, Tim Byrdak and Chris Young.
Yesterday, a club source told Mike Puma of the NY Post that Hairston was the one free agent the Mets most want to keep, but that the veteran outfielder...
On the heels of their sixth consecutive disappointing season, the Mets entered this offseason with another set of tempered expectations. Having force fed fans a vision of contention for the 2014 season with the arrival of key pitching prospects, the Mets enter this winter with more questions than answers yet again. Devoid of a quality major league outfielder and without a solid...
The 2012 regular season was another disappointment for the New York Mets, who went 74-88 and did not even have a chance of entering the post season. They had plenty of things wrong with their play throughout the season, most notably their terrible offense and lack of overall depth. They will need to fix these as well as some contract issues if they want to have...
In 2012, Andre Ethier hit .284 with 20 home runs, 89 RBI, and 36 doubles. He also had a .351 OBP and OPS of .812.
Over the past week some rumors from ESPN’s Buster Olney have surfaced that Dodgers outfielder Andre Either might be available on the trading block. With the news today that the Mets and David Wright may have hit a snag in their negotiations, my mind began to churn...
Sandy Alderson has made no secret about his intent to upgrade the Mets starting catching position. On Tuesday Ken Davidoff of the New York Post proposed Chicago’s Pierzynski as the Mets next backstop.
A.J. had a career year in his age 35 season. The fiery veteran topped his high in home runs with 27 jacks, and tied his high water mark of 77 RBI. This season was most likely an aberration...
My Facebook friend Mike Emeigh had an interesting post over at BTF the other day where he asked:
Wind back the calendar to 1975. If you could have told MLB then one thing about the game, what would it be?
It provided some interesting answers so I thought we should examine the same question from a Mets POV. But before we get to the Mets, let’s look at a baker’s dozen of the serious...
Should Sandy Alderson trade or extend two of the Mets` most valuable assets?
Like many or most of you, my heart is heavy right now. Many times you see disasters on the news and think “those types of things only happen other places, thank goodness that doesn’t happen here”. And then you find yourself sitting in your living room in the dark, listening to the wrath of Mother Nature outside your windows, not knowing what’s going to happen to you or...