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Last week, Baseball America ranked Jacob deGrom #10 on the Mets Organizational Prospect List. This was surprising to some, including me, with players like Cesar Puello and Steven Matz around to rank on the list. I think they got snubbed in favor of Gavin Cecchini and Brandon Nimmo, but hey, that’s just me…
I can understand the argument for deGrom based on how close he is, however — and it’s not like he just randomly appeared on a prospect list. DeGrom has consistently ended up on Top-20 Mets lists because of a pretty solid arsenal. He throws a four-seam fastball that ranges from 91-94 MPH for the most part , a two-seam with decent sink, a curveball/slider breaking pitch, and an average change-up. The breaking pitch is a point of confusion for me at times — I’ve seen him throw both but he favored the curveball a lot more later in the year. It seemed to bring him more success.
His future role right now is borderline because I don’t know if he’ll make it as a starter bu...
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Kristie Ackert of the Daily News is reporting that LaTroy Hawkins, undoubtedly one of the best free agent signings of the 2013 season for the Mets, is very close to re-signing with the team.
Hawkins emerged as one of the most reliable relievers in the Mets’ bullpen and eventually took over as the team’s closer once Bobby Parnell was lost for the season.
A source close to the...
Rather than draw up another post on something I already touched on yesterday, I wanted to update this with something that Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo reported.
Hitting on something I’ve been saying for nearly two months now, I don’t believe the Mets are in a position to offer any player a $100 million contract – even if it was “hypothetically” for players like Mike...
Congratulations to Wilmer Flores for being named to the 2013 Topps/MiLB Triple-A All Star team.
Flores, a native of Carabobo, Venezuela, played in 107 games with Las Vegas and batted .321/.357/.531 with 36 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs and 86 RBI’s in 424 at bats.
Truly deserving of the honor, and while playing second base, he finished in the top ten in the Pacific Coast...
Greg Burke has signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New YorkThe righthanded side-armer posted a 5.68 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in 31.2 innings pitched with the Mets last season.I prayed for another team to sign him yesterday and it actually happened… :-)
Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that 17 Mets minor leaguers are...
Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that 17 Mets minor leaguers are now free agents and can sign with any other organization. They are as follows:
Triple-A (11 Free Agents)
RHP Carlos Alvarado
RHP Greg Burke
RHP Matt Fox
RHP D.J. Mitchell
RHP Daryl Thompson
RHP Cory Wade
LHP Justin Hampson
C Francisco Pena
SS Brian Bixler
SS Brandon Hicks
OF Jamie Hoffmann.
Baseball America awarded Rafael Montero the distinction of best control in our system — surprising? Not at all.
If you’ve been keeping tabs on my crazy rambling, I love pitchers that work by commanding their arsenal with expertise. It seems that as the days go on, more and more players are able to throw the ball hard — but can they pitch? The ones that can, of course, turn...
The Mets have multiple needs if they have any hope of being a contender in 2014 as we all know, but certainly at the top of that list is the acquisition of a legitimate power hitter to hit behind David Wright. While I certainly have no inside information on the subject, let’s just suppose that the Blue Jays realize that sending Noah Syndergaard to the Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal...
Hey Fred, What’s in your wallet?
Well now that the Mets say they will be willing to give up a draft pick to sign a free agent who received a qualifying offer, do you feel more confident that we will have a good offseason and play meaningful games next September?
Joe D. replies…
The fact that Sandy Alderson said a draft pick wouldn’t prevent him from signing one...
As you all know by now, the Mets have left their longtime radio home at 660 WFAN, and slid on down the dial to 710 WOR. Like WFAN, our new diggs at WOR is also a 50,000 watt radio station, so most of us will be able to still hear Howie Rose call the play by play.
I usually don’t post in the off season, but I have a few thoughts on this deal.
WFAN made a choice not to renew the...
The Mets Twitter “Lunatic Fringe” is a complicated group. There is no stereotypical member of the Lunatic Fringe, so if you were hanging out on the Shea Bridge or even in your local grocery store, you probably wouldn’t be able to spot them. However, on the Twitter machine, they stand out like a sore thumb.
For the sake of not having to type out “Lunatic Fringe” 100 times...
Mets officials did not disguise their disappointment in Ruben Tejada this season. As the young shortstop, now 24, trudged through an injury-plagued nightmare season, general manager Sandy Alderson publicly questioned his work ethic and declared he was not part of the team’s future “core.” Manager Terry Collins also hinted at Tejada’s disappointing effort throughout the campaign...
According to Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger, the Mets have contacted free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal.
Furcal, 36, missed the entire 2013 season with St. Louis after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. The former National League Rookie of the Year in 2000, signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Cardinals before the 2012 season.
The three time All Star played...
Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that free agent first baseman Corey Hart is drawing interest from over a dozen teams including the Mets.
Hart, 31, missed the entire 2013 season with multiple knee surgeries, but over his previous three seasons the righthanded slugger has hit .280 with an .857 OPS and has averaged 30 homers. During that span he’s produced a 9.5 bWAR and...
Let’s face it, the New York Mets adding Giancarlo Stanton will not happen any time soon. Miami general manager Dan Jennings told ESPN Stanton isn’t going anywhere.
“Mr. Stanton is not available,’’ Jennings said. “He will be in right field at Marlins Park on Opening Day. We are building around him.’’
Don’t underestimate the Marlins’ ability to build quickly, evidenced...
Free-agent reliever Greg Burke is headed to the Colorado Rockies on a minor league deal with a spring-training invite, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.
Burke, 31, was removed from the 40-man roster last month and subsequently became a free agent.
He had a 5.68 ERA in 32 relief appearances for the Mets last season.
The Mets and Blue Jays also were believed to have made offers.