Found December 23, 2012 on
213 Miles From Shea:
The Mets have not added a starting OF yet this off-season, unless you count Collin Cowgill, and with options dwindling, it looks like the Mets will have to look inwards for a lead off hitter, especially if the Mets bring in an OF that is a slugger not an on-baser. That means the Mets realistic options for lead off hitters for 2013 are:
- Ruben Tejada
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis
- Collin Cowgill
- Matt Den Dekker
- Jordany Valdespin
Tejada should really hit second. It’s not only where his game is his strongest, it seems to be where he is the most confident. Showing this statistically is interesting. Last year he hit .293 batting first in the lineup and he hist .292 batting second. His OBP batting leadoff was .334, his OBP batting second was .333. His SLG batting leadoff was .358, .333 batting second. So, it looks like from that perspective Tejada should bat leadoff, or that there isn’t a difference. However, when Tejada leads off a game (his first AB as the leadoff hitter), he hit .243 last s...
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Reigning Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey was recently traded to the Blue Jays, so he wrote a farewell message to Mets fans.
In a column for Newsday, Marc Carig posted comments that David Wright made this week while discussing the way he envisions his role on the team. The Mets third baseman understands that he is now the public face of the franchise and that the fans now expect him to ultimately lead this team to a post season run.
“I want to do everything I can to meet the goals that I have and the...
The Mayan Apocalypse has come and gone and the world is still here, which means it’s time to start Christmas shopping. No doubt lots of you want to leave coal in the stockings of everyone related to the Mets but let’s at least give the players something that they really need. With that in mind, here’s what I think these guys need for the upcoming year:
Mike Baxter – A RH...
Keith Law of ESPN answered a couple of questions about the Mets new catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud during his weekly chat this week.
Q – Do you see Travis d’Arnaud continuing at catcher longterm, or do the Mets need to think of him in the outfield or first base (possibly trading or moving Ike Davis). If he can stay healthy and at catcher, the Dickey trade was a no-brainer...
The Mets are drafting 11th in the upcoming 2013 draft. We have no shot at getting a compensation pick and I think I’d rant for days if Alderson jeopardized a pick by signing the wrong free agent. So let us look at some of the names that may linger around through 10 picks to fall to the Mets.
Players like Mark Appel, Ryne Stanek, Austin Meadows, Sean Manaea, Austin Wilson and...
Yes, even us die-hards take a break from the everyday rigors of writing about those not-always so Amazin’ Mets. Why some of us even like to poke some fun and use humor as a way to ease the pain a little. A few such bloggers did just that and are worthy of mention on this frigid eve before Christmas.
Alderson Gives the Gift of Hope
Those guys at the Real Dirty Mets are up to their...
Updated by HoJo on 12/23
Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, reports that while the New York Yankees remain interested in free agent Scott Hairston, he would prefer to return to the Mets where he believes he’d be able to log significantly more playing time.
Hairston has been holding out for the Mets since the season ended, but they must be far apart on dollars or a reunion would...
Last Tuesday, the Mets obtained outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Jefry Marte. Honestly, I knew very little about Collin Cowgill and decided to do some research on him to quench my curiosity. Here is what I was able to learn about him as well as some input on Jefry Marte as well.
My first stop was to Baseball America where I was hoping...
After the trade of Cy Young Award winner RA Dickey, the New York Mets should, and are, in the market for another starting pitcher. Ideally they would want to bring in a pitcher that can accumulate a lot of innings and keep the team in most games they pitch. Additionally, they would like to keep a spot in the rotation held for phenom Zack Wheeler, who should be ready to pitch...
The New York Mets are looking to re-stock their rotation
following the trade of Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, and the team has expressed
interest in free agents Carl Pavano, Chris Young and Shaun Marcum as well as
Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang of the Los Angeles Dodgers, reports Ken Davidoff
of The New York Daily News.
In fact, Pavano isn’t even the only member...
Now that the R.A. Dickey and David Wright questions have been answered, the Mets can move on to other business. But before we can get into specifics, let’s go back and look at one of the most fundamental questions there is as far as team building: What’s the available payroll for 2013?
After last year, when fans were lied to repeatedly over what the actual payroll was going...
The Dodgers have been heavily shopping Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang ever since the Winter Meetings. Their efforts have no doubt increased after the signings of Greinke and Ryu. The New York Mets appear to be the most serious pursuer, according to Ken Davidoff. The Dodgers are highly favored to deal at least two of the Ted Lilly, Capuano, and Harang trio. I don’t anticipate...
According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets are now kicking the tires on Joe Saunders. He reports that they are still discussing Carl Pavano and Chris Young, as well as Shaun Marcum.
Saunders would be a nice addition to the Mets rotation, and could easily slot into the number four or five spot. He has a career record of 78-65, and was solid for the Orioles this past season, pitching...
It was winter in Flushing,
And all through the land,
The fans were bemoaning,
The lack of a plan,
We had jettisoned Jason,
Who sank in the Bay,
We had snuggled up Wright,
And convinced him to stay,
We had talked to Saint Dickey,
And we begged him, Don’t Go!
But we’d spent all our money,
On Ponzi themed mistle-toe,
So we sent jolly Sandy Clause,
Reindeer and all,
To ask all around...