Found November 19, 2011 on Mets Merized Online:
Welcome Metsmerized readers. My name is Drew and I’ve been a lifelong Mets fan since 1972, a season which began with tragedy after the death of beloved manager Gil Hodges. On the field, we got off to a great start that season with Yogi leading the way and the addition of Willie Mays, but eventually the injuries became too much to overcome (Staub’s injury killed us) and Jim Fregosi, who we traded Nolan Ryan for that offseason ended up being a huge flop. It was a lot like 2009 in that everyone had us pegged as favorites that year. We finished in third, but 1973 was just around the corner. I look forward to my experience writing for this great one-of-a-kind Mets blog.So far, this offseason has been quite dull for those of us hoping to see the Mets get out in front of the competition while seeking to improve on their third consecutive 4th place finish in the NL East. The new GM however, prefers a slow and measured approach – opting to let other teams set the market for prized shortstop ...

Could Mike Pelfrey Be A Reliever?

General manager Sandy Alderson earmarked getting a closer and improving the bullpen as his top priorities. Given that, why not consider erratic starter Mike Pelfrey in the closer role? A switch in roles proved to be career boosts for Dave Righetti and Dennis Eckersley, and it could be worth exploring for Pelfrey, who has not developed into the consistent starter the Mets hoped...

Remembering the Mets’ 1994 Draft

In 1993, the Mets lost 103 games, the first time since 1967 they finished with triple-digit losses for the year. That terrible finish, combined with the loss of three free agents at the end of the year who earned them compensation picks, led the Mets to having eight of the top 100 picks in the 1994 Draft. Now, when your team is not very good, one thing you can look forward to is...

Twitter Q&A, pres. by CITI: Why didn’t Mets trade Reyes?

In a post to Twitter, Josue De Jesus asked: “If Jose Reyes was always out of the Mets budget, why didn’t they trade him at the All Star Break for a few nice prospects?” Matthew Cerrone: It’s easy to look back, re-write history and forget the context surrounding the decision at that time. For starters, hardly any one wanted to trade him. Reporters were writing that he should...

2011 Player Review: Daniel Murphy, IF

We began our review of the 2011 Mets by examining their free agents and players the team will consider tending contracts to. We started evaluating the rest of the roster, beginning with infielder Ruben Tejada and continue today with utility player Daniel Murphy. Saturday: Lucas Duda. Sunday: Justin Turner.DANIEL MURPHY, IFTHE SKINNY:  Murphy is a gritty, aggressive player with...

Mets add seven players to 40-man roster

The Mets have added RHP Robert Carson, RHP Jeurys Familia, SS Wilmer Flores, 2B Reese Havens, OF Juan Lagares, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and OF Cesar Puello to the 40-man roster. Teams have until today to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from being eligible for the Rule 5 draft, which will take place at the Winter Meetings in Dallas in early December. Interestingly enough...

Mets Should Try To Acquire Saunders, Non-Tender Pelfrey

This morning, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that the Diamondbacks could non-tender LHP Joe Saunders who is projected to earn $5 million or more in arbitration.Saunders made 33 starts last season and went 12-13 with a 3.69 ERA in 212 innings pitched.Meanwhile it appears the Mets will tender RHP Mike Pelfrey who is also expected to earn about $5 million or more in arbitration...

Mets would have been playoff team in 07, 08

Bud Selig announced yesterday that there will be a second Wild Card team in each league in 2013. The two teams in each league will play in a one-game playoff. Selig said there is a chance this could go in to effect next season based on additional research, though that has yet to be determined. By adding a second Wild Card team, according to Mike Silva, the Mets would have made playoffs...

Marlins offer to Reyes not as high as originally believed?

Photo by Michael G. Baron Way back on Tuesday of this week (which seems so long ago as the rumors continue to pile up), Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported that the Miami Marlins had made free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes a contract offer worth $90 million over 6-years.  While some believed the New York Mets could ‘play’ at around that price range, others speculated that if this...

Changes to draft compensation in new CBA

Michael Baron: One of the issues with Jose Reyes potentially signing with the Marlins is Miami finished in the bottom half of the league, and so their first round pick is protected under the current structure. Instead, the Mets would get a pick in the sandwich round and the Marlins second round pick. But if the Marlins sign Reyes AND another player ranked higher than Reyes, the...
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