Found December 01, 2011 on Mets Merized Online:
The Mets first signed Juan Lagares out of the Dominican Republic as an IFA in 2006, just two months after his 17th birthday. At the time Lagares was a highly regarded hitter who also happened to be a shortstop. He spent that first professional summer learning the basics in the Dominican Summer League. The smart move for 2007 would have been to start Lagares out in rookie ball, since he was only 18. But the man calling the shots at the time for the Mets, Tony Bernazard, has never been accused of being very smart. Bernazard’s legacy as Met farm director is not a good one. He not only had a terrible attitude, and used to bully and intimidate the young players, but he habitually promoted the young prospects in the system far too aggressively, and is probably responsible for ruining more than his share of promising careers. Current players like top prospects Fernando Martinez, Wilmer Flores, Jefry Marte, Jenrry Mejia, and Cesar Puello were all rushed through the lower levels of the mino...

Mets Revamp Amateur and Professional Scouting Departments

The New York Mets today announced the following promotions and additions to the club’s amateur and professional scouting departments: The Mets have hired general manager Sandy Alderson’s son, Bryn Alderson, as a professional scout, the team announced Thursday in a round of hirings and promotions. Bryn Alderson, 30, spent the last five years as a pro scout in his father’s original...

Quotes: Sandy on if Reyes will give Mets final offer

“We’re very interested in retaining Jose Reyes,” Sandy Alderson said tonight on a conference call with team bloggers. “We’re sincere in our desire to have him back.” Earlier today, WFAN’s Rich Coutinho said Alderson and Jose’s representatives have a ‘gentleman’s agreement,’ which states that, once Jose receives all of his offers, the Mets will be given a...

Dave Kingman, 1976 and what might have been

I like Dave Kingman. Now, I realize perfectly well that makes me an idiot in the minds of some. After all, Kingman could seemingly do nothing besides hit home runs on the field and generally the less said about his off the field exploits, the better. But man, was he fun to watch! The thrill of seeing a home run hitter – check that a HOME RUN HITTER – on the Mets was almost...

Face it Mets, it’s time to lower ticket prices even more!

This post is inspired by these tweets: #bbpBox_141921023577690112 a { text-decoration:none; color:#0084B4; }#bbpBox_141921023577690112 a:hover { text-decoration:underline; }If I were attending #Mets season-ticket holders Q&A, I might ask: If payroll needs to reflect revenue, don't prices need to reflect payroll?about 19 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite@AdamRubinESPNAdam...

Jose Reyes free agency still cloudy, Mets GM Sandy Alderson says

Also, Mets name Ron Romanick new minor-league pitching coordinators

And Nick Evans

The Pirates signed Nick Evans to a minor league deal last night, according to the New York Daily News. Evans has played bits and pieces of the last four seasons with the Mets as a utility first baseman/corner outfielder with very little power. That doesn't sound terribly exciting, but Evans does have a respectable .295/.360/.489 line against lefties, with six of his eight career...

Live Post at 6:30 pm of Sandy’s Blogger Conference Call

Tonight at 6:30 pm, Sandy Alderson will talk with a group of Mets bloggers by phone, as he gets ready for next week’s Winter Meetings in Dallas. Matthew Cerrone: I will post a Live Blog the moment the call begins, which will pull in tweets and commentary from other bloggers on the call. I intend to ask the missing follow up question from Sandy’s Q&A with me last month, in...

Alderson expects to talk to Reyes’ agents in coming days

If the Mets have serious competition for Jose Reyes other than the Marlins, it’s news to Sandy Alderson. The Mets general manager yesterday said he’s unaware of any outside offers for the All-Star shortstop other than Miami’s reported bid in the $75-$90 million range over six...

Pirates sign Nick Evans to a Minor League deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Nick Evans to a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invitation according to Jenifer Langosch of Evans hit .256/.314/.403 with 4 HR's and 25 RBI's in 176 AB's for the New York Mets in 2011. Image by tjperr under the Creative Commons License.

Now Pitching for the Mets...Brad Lidge?

If the rumors on the internet are to believed - and, as a rule, I believe everything on the internet - then the New York Mets are making a run at former Phillies closer Brad Lidge, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. This news is not surprising, given the fact that Lidge would not be returning to the Phillies, and that, invariably, he would pitch for someone else. When you...

Ex-Mets GM Minaya to become Padres VP (AP)

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that former New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya will be hired as a vice president of the San Diego Padres. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement was not yet final. Minaya was discussing a job with new Padres general manager Josh Byrnes that will give him a title along the lines of vice...

Teams backed off Jose Reyes after Marlins 6/90 offer

One rival GM told Ken Rosenthal of that other clubs backed off pursuing Jose Reyes once the Marlins offered him $90 million for six years. “As of now, no other club appears as interested, but teams often mask their intentions in free agency,” Rosenthal points out. Here are other key updates about Jose over the last few days: The Marlins may bump up their offer...

Dodgers get LHP Capuano for $10M, 2 yrs. (AP)

Left-hander Chris Capuano and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract. The deal announced Friday includes a mutual option for 2014. After recovering from elbow-ligament replacement surgery, the 34-year-old was 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA for the New York Mets this year, striking 168 in 186 innings over 31 starts.
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