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I received a question from Elliot Lowenstein that asks:
Why do you keep mentioning that the Mets have $25 million to spend this offseason. I’ve not seen that mentioned anywhere else and instead I only ready that the Sandy Alderson has little if anything to spend just like in his first two offseasons. I would appreciate a reply. Thanks.
Thanks for the question, and apologies for the delay in responding. Lets break it down by comparing last year’s payroll figure as compared to where it stands right now. Remember that things could still happen between now and opening day, but for now we can determine and calculate a realistic dollar amount as to what we can or cannot spend.
In 2012, Mets payroll came in at about $95 million dollars.
Projected Mets 2013 Opening Day Roster
John Buck – $6 million
Anthony Recker – $500,000
Ike Davis – $2.5 million (arb)
Daniel Murphy – $2.5 million (arb)
Ruben Tejada – $500,000
David Wright – $8 million (Deferred $3MM to aid team this o...
BEST OF MAXIM
Matt Harvey gave Mets fans a glimpse of good things to come in his debut this past season.
Yesterday, I was reminded about a feature I started after last season ended, entitled “The Keepers”. It’s just a few posts intended to highlight some of the bright up and coming players we have in our system. Enjoy!
After spending just over a season and a half in the minors, and dominating...
It would not surprise me if someone had a database of all of the trades in MLB history and they said that it was not all that unusual for a team to make a trade and receive three minor league guys and a major league player. But my guess is that it’s quite uncommon to receive that haul in a trade and for fans to be more excited about all three of the minor league guys than the...
Paul Lukas of ESPN, shares a glimpse of the 2013 Mets Batting Practice caps which features Mr. Met. He writes:
Mr. Met has appeared only one time on a Mets uni component (he was a sleeve patch for a fauxback that was worn three times in 2009), so it’s cool to see him on the BP cap. One quibble, though: The cap has an orange brim, but the Mr. Met shown on the cap has a blue brim...
I seriously expected to see a 1,000 word post on this from my buddy Ed Marcus at Real Dirty Mets, but be that as it may, MLB Trade Rumors does a nice job recapping the day we traded Kevin Appier for Mo Vaughn.
On this date in 2001, the Mets acquired first baseman Mo Vaughn from the Angels in exchange for right-hander Kevin Appier. Vaughn had missed the entire 2001 season with...
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mets are scouring the market for bullpen help. Heyman mentions Jose Valverde, Francisco Rodriguez and Matt Capps as possible players the Mets might kick the tires on, but do we really want to go there?
It would have been nice to get a reliever like Jeremy Affeldt, who will get paid less than our own Frank Francisco next season, but it...
The clock is winding down on 2013, which, if you’re a Mets fan is a good thing because it was another fruitless season at Citi Field.
Before we kiss the year good-bye, or as Gary Cohen would say, “It’s outta here!’’ let’s go back and look at the top ten Mets stories of this very forgettable season:
1. TRADING R.A. DICKEY:
My argument for it being the top Mets story...
The New York Mets signed left handed pitcher Aaron Laffey to a Minor League deal according to Marc Carig of Newsday's.
The 27-year old lefty went 4-6 with a 4.56 ERA, 4.51 FIP, 4.3 K/9, 3.3 BB/9 and 1.5 HR/9 in 100.2 innings pitched for the Blue Jays in 2012.
Image by james_in_to under the Creative Commons License Agreement.
Shortly after trading National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson insisted that his team is still "not punting on 2013." However, the start of spring training is only six weeks away, and the Mets do not have anything even resembling a competed roster. With many top names off the market, the Mets...
The New York Yankees are still interested in Scott Hairston. Hairston spent the last two seasons with the Mets. Matt Diaz was signed to a minor league deal two days ago but [...]
There seems to be a lot buzz in our comment threads lately about former Mets GM Frank Cashen, who many fans, rightfully so, look to as the standard bearer when it comes to building a championship. While doing a search I came across a post about the evolution of the 1986 Mets that Newsday had posted back in 2010.
The following shows exactly how all the players from the Mets post...
While the New York Mets have expressed interest in Oakland
Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp, there is a sense that the A’s will hang onto
the veteran, reports Ken Davidoff of The New York Post. Beyond Crisp, Jon
Heyman of CBS Sports adds that the Mets are also in the market for bullpen
#Mets had some interest in OF Coco Crisp, but sense is that #Athletics will keep...
Was definitely a struggle to own Ike Davis in 2012. Was uncomfortable like the air in the room when you find out on Christmas Eve that your crazy aunt is going to jail for seven years. Take it from me, for Christmas, don't buy her a nail file or black and white striped pajamas. Or when she says she was railroaded, don't comment that's ironic because now you're...
Free-agent pitcher Aaron Laffey signed a minor-league deal with the New York Mets, the team announced Thursday. The 27-year-old lefty logged 100 2/3 innings last season in 22 appearances for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, posting a 4-6 record. He started 16 games.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSsports.com, the New York Mets are “scouting” the relief market, and Jose Valverde, Francisco Rodriguez and Matt Capps could be among their options.
Valverde went 3-4 with a 3.78 ERA, 3.62 FIP, 6.3 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 0.4 HR/9 and 35 saves for the Tigers in 2012. The 34-year old right hander though, has been dropping his K/9 rate every year since 2006...