Found January 10, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
PLAYERS: Fred Wilpon
TEAMS: New York Mets
The Mets are close to finalizing the sale of at least five $20 million shares in the team, a move that would help pay off $350 million in club debt, baseball officials familiar with the transactions told the Daily News. Major League Baseball has vetted and approved the investors, and the team is expected to close those sales and raise more than $100 million within the month, the officials said. The Mets will likely look to sell at least five additonal minority shares for another $100 million and could expand that total, according to sources. The process, described by one source as “rolling,” has no set conclusion or limit on how many shares will be sold. Coincidentally, this morning Jessep asked me about this via email: Mike – If they dont have investors soon I dont understand how they can possibly hang onto this team after LAD is sold. Joe D. - They have at least five investors, the only thing is that the deals are still being negotiated and wont get done by January. That’s why it ...

Matt Harvey Tops BP Mets Prospect List

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus sums up the Mets farm system like this: With improvement coming via all three areas—draft, trades, international—the Mets are finally moving in the right direction. Here are eleven of his Top 20 prospects: Five-Star Prospects 1. Matt Harvey, RHP 2. Zack Wheeler, RHP Four-Star Prospects 3. Jeurys Familia, RHP Three-Star Prospects 4. Brandon...

Mets Card of the Week: 2011 Ike Davis

2011 TOPPS CHROME IKE DAVIS I took down the holiday decorations this past weekend, along with some signage left over from my son’s birthday celebration. And tonight I stepped out of my car and was pelted by sloppy wet papier-mache snowflakes. I tell you, mid-January was just made for thumbing through boxes of old baseball cards… I’m on the couch now looking through some 2011...

Finally! The Moves We Have Been Waiting For!

The Mets have announced a series of moves that will guarantee their position playing October baseball next season. Let’s start from the top. Miguel Batista’s Triumphant Return — The veteran righty made the Reds weep in the season finale last year, as he threw a two-hit gem against them. I can hardly argue the rationale to bring him back. They gave him a minor league contract...

Mets Are Pretty Much Done Making Moves’s Anthony DiComo hears that the Mets are done making moves at major league level. I’m told #Mets are done adding players to the 40-man. Could still make a minor league deal or two before ST, but nothing major. — Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) January 11, 2012 Looks like we pretty much know who we’re going to war with… I can’t wait for Spring Training to start.

Is The Mets Starting Lineup Already Set For 2012?

Despite the minor moves Sandy Alderson has made recently it appears that we may looking at our starting lineup being already set for the 2012 season.  Sandy has made a bunch of signings over the past week, and he continues to make roster changes daily.  However these moves have mostly been addressing the minor leagues and adding depth.  It seems as though the starting lineup...

2012 Mets Starting Rotation Possibilities

At best, the 2011 starting rotation was mediocre, however it was extremely reliable. The Mets had 5 starters each make over 26 starts including three pitchers who made over 31 starts. It is pretty unusual for a team, that struggled overall, to not have at least one revolving starting slot. To put this in perspective, here are some numbers in the last few seasons: (How to read this...

Explanation on Carrasco

Photo by Michael BaronMost of us would have liked to have seen D.J. Carrasco on waivers before FMart even if FMart ended up on waivers at some point. The reliever really didn't show much last year posting a 6.02 ERA. I can understand keeping him around to see what he looks like in camp since your paying him 1.2M but not instead of FMart. Even if I thought I would eventually cut...

Astros have claimed Fernando Martinez off waivers

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Houston Astros have claimed former New York Mets top prospect, Fernando Martinez off waivers this afternoon: #bbpBox_157183976585428992 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_157183976585428992 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }Source: Fernando Martinez is an Astro31 minutes ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite@AdamRubinESPNAdam...

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Mets, OF Hairston finalize one-year deal

New York Mets outfielder Scott Hairston signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract on Wednesday. Hairston batted .235 with seven homers and 24 RBIs in 132 at-bats last season. The 31-year-old Hairston belted three pinch-hit homers, which was one shy of the team record.

Morning Grind: As Long As Selig’s In Baseball, So Too Will The Wilpons

Despite being adamant about his retirement following the the 2012 regular season, we learned yesterday that Bud Selig will receive at least two-year extension as Commissioner. Knowing that Selig will do –and to this point has done– everything in his power to keep the Wilpons as owners, this is disheartening news. This indirectly cripples the Mets financially for another two years...

Astros claim Martinez off waivers

HOUSTON (AP) -- Outfielder Fernando Martinez has been claimed by the Houston Astros off waivers from the New York Mets. Martinez hit .227 (5 for 22) for the Mets last season with one home run -- at Houston against Bud Morris on May 13. The 23-year-old Martinez spent most of the year at Triple-A Buffalo and hit .260 with eight homers and 30 RBIs. He has a .183 career big league...

Mets sign Batista, Cabrera to minor league deals

NEW YORK - The New York Mets have agreed to minor league contracts with right-handers Miguel Batista and Fernando...

NL East Showdown: Where Do The Mets Rank?

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