Found December 12, 2011 on Mets Merized Online:
When the Mets signed RHP Jenrry Mejia as an IFA out of the Dominican Republic, in 2007, they knew they were getting a diminutive 17-year-old, with an electric fastball. He was brought along slowly with his innings pitched, so as not to damage this tender young thoroughbred. He needed to be babied, while his body filled out, not rushed as was the custom for the Tony Bernazard led Mets minor league system of those days. He pitched 43 innings that first summer, in the DSL, as a 17-year-old. He was increased to 72 innings as an 18-year-old, in 2008. He at first over-matched GCL hitting for three starts before landing in Brooklyn for 11 starts, where I was able to see him pitch in person. I liked what I saw, a skinny kid with a sizzling fastball, and the makings of a stellar curve. As a 19-year-old, in 2009, he was radically challenged by being sent first to the advanced A, Florida State League to play with St. Lucie. There he did more than merely hold his own against a league averaging...

Mets To Make Move On Ronny Paulino Today

The Mets must make a decision as to whether to tender catcher Ronny Paulino a contract by today's non-tender deadline. As we reported back on November 28th, the Mets are quite displeased with Paulino's poor work ethic and lack of preparation, along with his laziness. If the Mets non-tender Paulino, the Mets catching tandem would most likely be Mike Nickeas and Josh Thole...

Mets talk with Jays, but Sandy says Niese is in his plans

Tuesday on Twitter,’s Jon Heyman said at least three or four teams are still interested in acquiring Jon Niese from the Mets. However, later in the day, according to ESPN New York, Sandy Alderson said Niese is in his plans for next year. Alderson acknowledged that he will listen to offers for any player, but, “at this point that’s all it is, is talk,” while...

Mets Fever Holiday Book Giveaway -- Reminder

Hey folks, with a little more than 24 hours until the contest closes, we wanted to remind everyone to get their entry in for your chance to win one of two copies of The Amazins!!You can read more about the book by going HERE and can enter by emailing me the name of your favorite Met, HERE!!The contest ends at 11:59 pm on Wednesday night.  Good Luck!!

Decisions on Pelfrey, Acosta & Paulino will be tonight

Tonight is the deadline for teams to decide whether to cut or keep arbitration-eligible players for next season. If the player is non-tendered, he becomes a free agent. If he is tendered a deal, it is essentially a guaranteed one-year contract. However, if he and the team cannot reach agreement on a salary, the player can choose to have that number determined by an arbitrator...

Twitter chat between Zach Wheeler & Matt Fullmer

In December, Jonathan Mayo of said RHP Zach Wheeler is now the Mets top prospect, followed by SS Wilmer Flores; Harvey; OF Cesar Puello; OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis; OF Cory Vaughn; Famila; 2B Reese Havens; 2B Jordany Valdespin; and 3B Jefry Marte. Rob from Mets Fever talked recently on Twitter with Wheeler, which you can read here. During the quick exchange, the team’s top...

One Week Without Reyes, Where The Mets Stand

It has now been one week since Reyes made it clear that he was going to become a Miami Marlin. At this time last week, I, like many Mets fans, was just depressed. I thought the Mets would have no chance in 2012, that it would take years to win again, that the offense would never be the same, and that the Mets lost a key part of their identity. I'm not going to say here...

Mets owners take out $40M loan

The owners of the cash-strapped New York Mets have taken a $40 million bank loan while they try to sell minority stakes in the team. A Mets spokesman confirmed yesterday that a single major bank extended it the “bridge” loan in the last month or two. In November 2010, the...

Murphy 'doing everything' to prepare for spring

Daniel Murphy still has not watched the video clip of his injury in its entirety. He has studied his mechanics at second base and his positioning leading up to the collision, right up until Jose Constanza's spike drives into his left knee.

Tom Seaver To Appear On Studio 42 with Bob Costas

Hall of Famer and three-time Cy Young Award winner Tom Seaver discusses his legendary 20-year career in a new episode of MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas: Monday, December 12 at 9:00 PM ET Seaver comments on being part of the 1969 World Champion New York Mets and his contract dispute with former Mets’ owner M. Donald Grant prior to being traded to the Cincinnati...

Bank Whores

Of course, good news like Ronny Paulino being gone ... minuscule good news that it is ... is trumped by more news from the financial sector: The owners of the Mets, needing cash and unable to turn to Major League Baseball for more financial help, received a $40 million loan from a major bank in the past six weeks.The team described the arrangement as a bridge loan, meant to aid...
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