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This usually is a fun time of the year when you get to speculate where the top free agents will land. The Mets make it easy on us, because we know they won’t go after anybody of substance.
No offense, Mike Nickeas and Anthony Recker.
The most popular theory is the Mets will jump into the free-agent market when, 1) the Wilpons sell the team, 2) when they resolve their financial problems, or 3) when hell freezes over.
For the sake of the argument, let’s assume No. 2.
We know Sandy Alderson is here at the request of the commissioner to help the Mets get their financial house in order.
But, when will that be, and what will things look like when they do?
It’s an oversimplification to assume after next year when Johan Santana’s contract is off the books. Jason Bay is gone, but reports say the buyout is deferred, so that is money still owed.
It’s wrong to assume the Mets will suddenly have flexibility, snap their fingers and start writing checks. Let’s figure three years from now they migh...
BEST OF MAXIM
It is a tiny bit surprising that we do not have any kind of idea how the Mets are going to handle their two biggest starts — R.A. Dickey and David Wright. Sure, the club picked up the option on both players but would it really be a surprise if either one or both of those players were elsewhere come Opening Day? There has been very little concrete news about which direction...
Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog says he’s heard that Sandy Alderson and David Wright are just $20 million dollars apart on a new contract extension.
However, based on what I’m hearing, Wright’s camp is thinking seven years and at least $130 million guaranteed, while the Mets are thinking more like six years and around $110 million. Frankly, that’s close enough to make me confident...
A source has told Dan Martin of the New York Post that the Mets may very well bring back center fielder Andres Torres for another season.
A second straight brutal season at the plate likely means the Mets will non-tender Andres Torres, but the team has not ruled out the possibility of bringing back the center fielder, according to a source.
Despite hitting just .230 with a .664...
The Franchise: The Name Says It All
One of the many great things about the history of Baseball is the abundance of nicknames. Some are based around physical appearance of a player: The Splendid Splinter, Pee Wee, Three Finger, The Beard. For others, the way they played the game is summed up in a nickname: Mr. October, The Wizard, The Iron Horse, Nails. Other monikers can be classified...
The Mets announced they have named Jim Malone Strength and Conditioning Coordinator.
Malone, 45, was the Mets’ Strength and Conditioning Coach in 2002. He was the minor league Strength and Conditioning coordinator for the Kansas City Royals from 2000-2001 and the Cleveland Indians minor league Strength and Conditioning Coordinator from 2004-2005.
Malone spent the previous seven...
There were a lot of things wrong with the Mets in 2012, but one thing they absolutely have to fix in 2013 is their outfield depth. They have their eyes on some free agents that could help out their team a great deal but are somewhat high risks. Among these people, the picks at the top of the list are Melky Cabrera and Shane Victorino. Both can help the team out a great deal...
The Mets are willing to deal R.A. Dickey.
Last week, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson opened up Pandora’s Box by expressing a willingness to deal the National League Cy Young Award finalist if the right opportunity came about.
Speaking at a banquet over the weekend –– where he received the Branch Rickey Award –– Dickey expressed a desire to stay in New York and continue...
Photo by Michael BaronIt's not just the NY reporters who are speculating about Salty being on the block now that the Red Sox signed David Ross, Boston beat writers are also making the same conclusions.Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald also believes that the Ross signing could make Salty vulnerable and the Mets would be a fit. Lauber puts two and two together between the Mets...
When it all started for Tom Seaver.
In explaining part of the Mets’ problems over the years, consider they haven’t produced a Rookie of the Year in nearly three decades, which is a substantial drought.
(Sorry, but I can’t resist: Jason Bay won it while with Pittsburgh in 2004.)
The Mets have produced four Rookies of the Year: Dwight Gooden (1984), Darryl Strawberry (1983),...
Hear me discuss the breaking news from Mike Salfino about the Mets ownership situation. Brian Erni of Metsblog gives his thoughts on the failed Jason Bay signing and whether the Mets should trade David Wright and R.A. Dickey.
I break down the Yankees new budget during the second half hour with Sensei John Kreese of Nomaas.
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The Mets and their wallets on are on ice
A year ago at this time the Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers were in very similar situations. Both clubs were going through some difficult financial times, and we were hearing frequent rumblings about their respective owners having to sell their teams.
Fast forward a year, and the Dodgers have been sold for $2 billion, and went on a spending...
The Mets announced today that they have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with catcher Mike Nickeas with an invite to Spring Training.
Nickeas elected free agency along with outfielder Fred Lewis earlier this week after being removed from the 40-man roster, however Nickeas will return to the Mets organization for 2013.
With one of the biggest holes on the Mets roster being...