WILMER FLORES NEWS

Flores Confident He Can Play A Good Shortstop

In an interview that will televise at 10 PM tonight on SNY, Wilmer Flores admitted to Mets Hot Stove that while his range may not be as good as he would like, he’s confident that he can make the routine plays and play a good shortstop. “It’s no secret that I’m not Omar Vizquel,” Flores told SNY. Watching the video you almost feel bad for the kid who’s been busting his...
Via Mets Merized Online
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why I Am Pulling For Flores

I don’t know Wilmer Flores well, but pulling for him to have a breakout season. And, I wanted this before Sandy Alderson foolishly cracked wise on him last weekend. There are several reasons why, beginning with my penchant for rooting for the underdog. All those signings and trades people have advocated the Mets should make probably have made him uncomfortable, despite his well...
Via New York Mets Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wilmer Flores Talks SS; Has Been Working Hard All Offseason

Marc Carig (Newsday) put together a nice article with some input from both Wilmer Flores and David Wright on the state of the Mets shortstop situation.  The topic obviously centered around what Flores has done to improve and whether the offseason banter has affected his outlook and determination. “You hear people talking all the time.  Is this guy going to be a shortstop? ...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Alderson Takes Jab At Flores

Sandy Alderson thinks he’s funny, but he’s not. He once joked about driving to spring training to save money for the financially distressed Mets. He joked about not putting together an outfield, and now took a poke at the shortstop situation and Wilmer Flores. On Saturday night at the annual Baseball Writers Association dinner in New York, when presenting an award to Hall of...
Via New York Mets Report
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Yoan Moncada travesty

Yoan Moncada is the latest phenom to defect from Cuba. At 19 years old, Moncada is about as good of a prospect as one could hope for. With his tools, if he was a high school or college baseball player, Moncada would clearly be a potential top 10 draft selection, commanding a substantial bonus amount related to the pool of money that is sanctioned for each team. Since Moncada is...
Via Mets360.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Murphy is irreplaceable, really

On paper Daniel Murphy is a good, but not great offensive player and below average fielder. He’s in his walk year and the Mets have two exciting young players who could take over the keystone in Wilmer Flores and the young prospect Dilson Herera. For these reasons, many Mets fans and sportswriters have been lobbying to trade Murph. Don’t count this writer/fan among them. On...
Via Mets360.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Who Could Be Gone After This Year

As a team trying to reach the next level, the New York Mets have several players entering make-or-break seasons. If they don’t produce in 2015 they could find themselves gone next year. The reasons for their potential departure range from age, to finances, to performance. Here’s who I am thinking needs to put up or shut up: Bartolo Colon: At 41, Colon is entering the second season...
Via New York Mets Report
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets settle on Wilmer Flores and that may not be a bad thing

From the beginning of the offseason, the rumor mill has been buzzing over the need for shortstop in the Mets infield. One by one, the names went flying around. The Mets seemed close at times to making a move just to see it fall apart when the asking price was too high. No one can really blame them for that. Why give up a Noah Syndergaard, who is the second top pitching prospect...
Via Mets360.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Iglesias Could Give Mets Late Game Defensive Boost Plus Speed

The Mets shortstop trade rumors have been endless this offseason. The Troy Tulowitzki rumors went from being reported that there were rigorous talks occurring for weeks, to learning there was never any extensive talks at all. At this point in the offseason, all signs point to Wilmer Flores beginning the season as our everyday shortstop. Best-case scenario, with him, you’re looking...
Via Mets Merized Online
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Long Discusses Hitting Apporach and Philosophy

This off-season, the Mets hired former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long to help alleviate some of the Mets woes on offense. In an article by John Harper of the NY Daily News, Long shared his thoughts about the Mets approach and he believes there are misconceptions about it. “I think they’ve had to try to change the culture here,’’ says Long. “It’s funny, because, isn’t...
Via Mets Merized Online
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilmer Flores equals hope for 2015

To most fans, this Mets offseason has been a disappointment. The Mets will trade Dillon Gee, most likely for prospects and/or a bullpen arm and will have signed Michael Cuddyer and John Mayberry Jr. That doesn’t seem like much, but the Mets didn’t need all that much offensively when you think about their offensive numbers from last year and compare that to expectations from...
Via Mets360.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Avoid Arbitration With Ruben Tejada

The New York Mets and Ruben Tejada have settled on a $1.88 million contract for the 2015 season and will avoid arbitration, according to ESPN reporter Adam Rubin. After the Mets tendered Tejada last month, manager Terry Collins was quick to say that Tejada could very well be the Mets’ starting shortstop and that Wilmer Flores hasn’t won anything in his eyes. A day later, Sandy...
Via Mets Merized Online
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Deep League Thoughts: Wilmer Flores

Something tells me this post might never see the light of day.  Yet on the flip side, this post also felt like an inevitable eventuality.  That's what happens when a guy has a major league ready bat but gets placed at a sub-optimal fielding position for his talents.  And thus begins the deep league story of our hero of this piece, Wilmer Flores.  We're bordering on a Greek tragedy...
Via Razzball
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Paying Out Of Pocket For Training (Updated)

In the spirit of fair play some new facts emerged since news broke this morning that Mets players were being charged $1,000 to participate in offseason workouts at Port St. Lucie. Most of the legwork on this was conducted by Mike Vorkunov and it does clear up some issues. First of all, no other MLB teams have offseason workouts in January where players have to pay out of pocket...
Via Mets Merized Online
14 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Fair or Foul: Charging Players For Offseason Workouts

We had a big discussion about this a year ago, when we heard that Wilmer Flores, Ruben Tejada and a few others were footing the bill to fly to Michigan and stay there for three weeks to participate in a voluntary offseason training regimen run by Mike Barwis. Now that the training facility has been relocated to the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie, it’s being reported by Florida...
Via Mets Merized Online
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Writer Rips Mets Ownership, Calls Them An Embarrassment

Jonathan Bernhardt of The Guardian ripped into Mets ownership but good in a scathing article that calls the team out on a few central issues. He contends that going with Wilmer Flores as the everyday shortstop is an embarrassment that underscores the financial depravity of the New York Mets. He accuses the front office of being complicit because they have spent the last 10 months...
Via Mets Merized Online
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Five reasons the Mets should sign Yoan Moncada

In case you’re not into International Free Agents you may have missed that a number of teams have hit the baseball lottery thanks to signing Cuban players.  You don’t need to take my words on faith, you can simply look at Yasiel Puig and Jose Abreu.  Yoan Moncada is the latest in a series of Cuban players to tantalize state-side teams with his talent.  He’s a shortstop...
Via Mets360.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Wilmer Flores being subjected to unfair criticism because of Mets’ recent failures?

The New York Mets, their finances and fan base are far apart. Days after a Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded in support of new Mets ownership, Wilmer Flores has once again become a hot topic – for all the wrong reasons. Fans yesterday once again took to social media in light of 2015 ZiPS projections being released to blast the Mets and their failure to upgrade at shortstop...
Via Around Citi
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Time to trade Murphy and move Flores to second base

2014 was the year blue and orange were supposed to begin supplanting pinstripes across New York. It didn’t happen. Larger expectations are on the horizon for 2015 with a potentially devastating starting pitching staff and bullpen developing. In terms of a legitimate playoff run, most positions are adequately staffed. But shortstop remains the no. 1 issue driving Mets fans crazy...
Via Mets360.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

How would Ian Desmond have fit with the 2015 Mets?

There were reports of the Mets almost acquiring the Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, but at a hefty cost. He only has one year left on his contract before he hits free agency, which was probably one of the biggest factors in Alderson not going through with the trade. Desmond would be an upgrade over Wilmer Flores, but not one worth the cost of Noah Syndergaard and another top...
Via Mets360.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: trade rumors continue

This late in the off-season, it seems very probable that the New York Mets have reconciled with Wilmer Flores as their Opening Day and starting shortstop. The Mets have repeatedly struck down many trade opportunities, including a deal that could have potentially sent Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies to the Mets. The Mets are unwilling to part with their top prospects, especially...
Via isportsweb.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Confidence in the 2015 Mets Justified?

I like to think I stay on top of the news and opinions when it comes to the Mets. Besides for checking online newspapers daily I read at least three popular Mets blogs and follow on Twitter dozens of people who discuss the team. On balance there seems to be a lot of optimism regarding the club’s chances in the upcoming 2015 campaign. I’m sure we all have our own personal take...
Via Mets Merized Online
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Backman Expresses Concern About Playing Flores and Murphy Up The Middle

Wally Backman takes a photo with avid Mets fan Reymundo at the QBC Always a fan favorite, Wally Backman was a big hit on Saturday at the Queens Baseball Convention where he signed autographs, took photos with fans, and participated in a Q&A panel with ESPN’s Adam Rubin. Backman, who will return for his fourth season as manager of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, had a lot of great...
Via Mets Merized Online
18 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Fan Shot: Mets Stack Up Well Against Last Season’s San Francisco Giants

An MMO Fan Shot by Chuck M. ESPN posted articles January 8th on AL and NL team defenses. In terms of DRS (Defensive Runs Saved), the Mets team defense last year outperformed the Giants by a good amount. The top two were the Cards and Reds with 76 and 71 DRS, respectively. As you can see in the chart to the right, the Mets were tied with the Braves with 22 DRS. Surprisingly, the...
Via Mets Merized Online
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Backman High On Matz & Conforto, Concerned About Flores & Murphy Up The Middle

Wally Backman takes a photo with avid Mets fan Reymundo at the QBC Always a fan favorite, Wally Backman was a big hit on Saturday at the Queens Baseball Convention where he signed autographs, took photos with fans, and participated in a Q&A panel with ESPN’s Adam Rubin. Backman, who will return for his fourth season as manager of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s, had a lot of great...
Via Mets Merized Online
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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