MLB Announces 2015 Draft Bonus Allotments

Major League Baseball officially released the bonus pool allotments for the 2015 First Year Player Draft, which you can view at Baseball America. The draft will begin on June 8 and run through June 10. The Mets, who do not have a first round pick, will have $3,587,800 to spend this year - the lowest amount among all 30 MLB teams. The bonus pool allotment is how much each team...
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2015 season preview: New York Mets

The Mets moved decisively early in the offseason, adding a much-needed bat to the outfield in Michael Cuddyer. Unfortunately, general manager Sandy Alderson did little else, as it quickly became once again clear that team ownership wasn’t going to significantly increase payroll. Dreams of trading for a franchise shortstop kept fans warm throughout the winter, but the front office...
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2015 season preview: New York Mets

The Mets moved decisively early in the offseason, adding a much-needed bat to the outfield in Michael Cuddyer. Unfortunately, general manager Sandy Alderson did little else, as it quickly became once again clear that team ownership wasn’t going to significantly increase payroll. Dreams of trading for a franchise shortstop kept fans warm throughout the winter, but the front office...
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Murphy Wants To Stay With Mets, But Extension Seems Unlikely

Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy told reporters that he has not had any talks with the Mets regarding a possible contract extension. Murphy, who is a free agent after the season, said he would like to remain with the Mets and hopes the team will speak with his agents. “I’ve always been open to an extension. I’ve never approached the blessing of playing in the big leagues...
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Mets360 2015 projections: Michael Cuddyer

The outfield has been a sore spot for the Mets for years. Following the 2013 season they addressed it by signing free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year deal. Early returns have been less than overwhelming. This offseason, they inked free agent Michael Cuddyer to a two-year deal. Juan Lagares will more than earn his keep by covering extra ground from the two...
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A Fresh Miraculous Vision

We all have our narratives when it comes to the 2015 version of the New York Mets. Mine is a team that will improve over last season, but will be hamstrung by the lack of hitting and the failure to meet expectations that will no doubt become highly unreasonable when it comes to Matt Harvey. The number that comes to my mind is 83 wins for 2015. And then the sky will be the limit for...
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Mets Camp 2015: Walking Soft, Talking Loud

For the first week of spring workouts and meet-and-greets, the excitement factor at the Mets’ Port St. Lucie home-away-from-home ratcheted up fairly quickly. Considering that a good chunk of the team was already there, it should come as no surprise that the annual spring time good timin’ machine was already in full swing when the gates “officially” opened. Matt Harvey “felt...
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Michael Cuddyer On Injuries, Coors to Citi, Troy Tulowitzki

The prize of the Mets offseason, Michael Cuddyer, took some time to speak with reporters on a variety of topics: On Going From Coors to Citi “The last transition taught me that your approach can remain the same,” Cuddyer said. “No matter what ballpark you’re playing in, as long as you keep that same hitting approach, you can take that approach that I’ve been able to hone...
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The Mets Have Playoff Fever

At first it was just a few guys back in November, right after the Mets signed Michael Cuddyer. The team jumped out of the gate and quickly signed the right-handed bat they were looking for. Suddenly you had David Wright, Terry Collins and Matt Harvey talking “October baseball.” As the weeks and months rolled on others would chime in like Zack Wheeler, Lucas Duda, and Jenrry...
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Top Mets tickets for 2015

The Mets’ faithful have been waiting for their team to climb back into relevancy over the past few years, and behind the young, on-the-rise pitching staff, this may be the season they make the jump. The New York Mets begin their 2015 season with the most optimism around the clubhouse in years. The Mets pitching staff ranked ninth in the MLB last season and will be leaning on the...
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Did The Mets Offseason Meet Or Exceed Your Expectations?

There is so much chatter from fans on Mets Twitter and even more so in the Mets Blogosphere regarding expectations and how the front office ultimately handled the offseason. The mainstream media is giving the Mets two thumbs down, you’ve read most of their assessments. About a dozen MLB analysts and reporters list the Michael Cuddyer deal as one of the worst transactions of the...
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How Terry Collins Can Maximize Offensive Production

Does playing Duda every single day actually make sense? The Mets offseason can only be described in one word: decent. The millions in payroll that was supposedly freed up appears to be just a mirage, and Sandy Alderson was unable to secure the big star fans think the team so desperately needs. The offseason that was supposed to be about getting that last big piece or two to prop...
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MLB Executives: Cuddyer Among Worst Offseason Signings

The criticisms of the Michael Cuddyer signing continue to pile on. Jayson Stark of ESPN polled MLB executives around the league on what was the worst signing this offseason, and Cuddyer was ranked as one of the worst. A total of 8 executives named Cuddyer as the worst signing this Winter. Only Hanley Ramirez, Brett Anderson and Max Scherzer‘s deals were considered more unfavorable...
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The Make Or Break Mets

Mike Puma of the New York Post questions just how big of a window the Mets have to compete given the makeup of the team. “In one sense, they are a team built on exciting young talent — think the power arms of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler and Juan Lagares’ explosive legs. But in another sense, these are the Mets of David Wright, Curtis Granderson and Michael Cuddyer...
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Matt Harvey Is The Vocal Leader This Team Needed

Good morning everyone, hope you all had yourselves a great weekend. This offseason has dragged on for what seems like forever, but it finally comes to a merciful end in four days when pitchers and catchers report to Mets camp on Thursday. As far as key additions and subtractions go, you know the deal, we’re essentially replacing Eric Young Jr. and Chris Young with Michael Cuddyer...
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An alternate offseason for the 2015 Mets

We’ve been around Sandy Alderson long enough to know his general strengths and weaknesses. Essentially, he’s done a very good job of stockpiling minor league talent, whether that comes from trading, drafting or not giving away what he inherited. He’s done well enough in the “throwing things against the wall and see what sticks” department. He’s not done so hot in signing...
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New York Mets: Preseason Edition

The New York Mets have had six consecutive losing seasons, and the last time they were in the playoffs they lost in the NLCS to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. Optimism that the 2015 season will change this streak is high, and the Mets are well equipped to make a playoff spot. One huge advantage for the Mets is the return of right-handed pitcher Matt Harvey, who missed all of the...
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The five best and worst signings of the offseason

Baseball’s long, dark winter is just about over, which means it’s time for writers to judge how each team did in the offseason with their signings, trades, and other transactions. It’s also time for everyone reading those articles to bookmark them and tell the writers how stupid they are when the season is over. It’s a cherished ritual of spring and fall. But even with...
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Mets First Draft Pick Will Be 53rd Overall

The order for the MLB draft is now set with James Shields signing with the San Diego Padres. Since the Mets forfeited their first round pick to sign free agent Michael Cuddyer, they will not make a selection until number 53 during the second round according to Baseball America. This is the first draft during Sandy Alderson’s tenure as General Manager that the Mets do not have...
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Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: New York Mets

If the Mets hold on to their starting pitchers, they could have an amazing rotation for years to come. Even without Matt Harvey in 2014, New York had the ninth-best team ERA (3.49), sixth-best in the NL. Last year, we learned about Jacob deGrom and saw a little more of Zack Wheeler. However, the Mets offense was a mess. Their 28th-ranked team batting average (.239) was only better...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s your best 2015 Mets ‘Friday Night’ lineup?

With less than two weeks away from Spring Training it’s time to project your Best 2015 Mets “Friday Night” Lineup.  This is the lineup that will score the most runs, have the most success, and be the “rock solid, Friday night against the Nationals, Max Scherzer is pitching, and we need to kick ass and win a game” lineup. It’s the lineup that you nod your head at and...
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Mets will report to Spring Training with as much optimism then they’ve had in nearly a decade

The New York Mets will begin their 2015 season with the most optimism around the clubhouse in years. The Mets pitching staff ranked ninth in the MLB last season, including the NL RoY Jacob deGrom, and will have All-Star Matt Harvey returning after missing all of 2014 due to Tommy John surgery. The Mets added a power bat to their lineup, signing Michael Cuddyer to a two-year, $21...
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Take A Good Look: This Is The Mets

Mets’ General Manager Sandy Alderson and his top lieutenants held the floor at a team-sponsored gathering of season ticket holders last night. I’m told that all 15 people in attendance had a great time. I kid…I kid… Sometimes, even Mets’ devotees can’t resist a good “LOLMets” opportunity. In any case, Alderson took questions from the audience and hit on some of...
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MMO Exclusive: Talking Mets With Best-Selling Author Jeff Pearlman

Here is an interview I conduced with author and Sports Illustrated columnist Jeff Pearlman, who wrote the New York Times bestselling book on the New York Mets, “The Bad Guys Won”. The book is a must read and is available at Amazon.com. Enjoy. MMO – The Mets came out like gangbusters this offseason and signed Michael Cuddyer to a two year, $21 million dollar contract as soon...
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Have Mets Lost Ground to Marlins, Cubs, Padres for NL Wild Card?

With pitchers and catchers reporting in 18 days, Mike Puma of the New York Post points out there is little buzz about the Mets nationally and that they may have lost ground to other NL teams in their relatively idle offseason. With the Cubs, Marlins, and Padres clearly making big strides going from pretenders to contenders, he wonders whether the Mets attacked this offseason with...
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