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Should we be optimistic about the 2015 Mets bullpen?

If you polled most fans about how they felt about the 2015 Mets bullpen, most would be fairly optimistic. The team has a good corps of relievers coming back and a lot of the dead weight from 2014 is either already gone or won’t make the team out of Spring Training. But is this optimism misplaced? One thing we know for sure is that reliever performances can fluctuate wildly from...
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How do ‘forgotten free agents’ fit in Flushing?

Grant Bisbee of SB Nation took a look earlier this week at three of the forgotten names in the free agent market: Asdrubal Cabrera, Stephen Drew and Colby Rasmus. While Rasmus, a lefty-hitting outfielder with good pop and not much else, doesn’t really serve as a fit on the 2015 Mets, Cabrera and Drew, both shortstops, seemingly do. So in the seemingly likely event that the Mets...
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Is Michael Cuddyer’s 2015 contract “fair?”

Like many, MetsBlog is a regular stop for me. Matt Cerrone has been very good to us here at Mets360. He was a guest on our podcast – back when we did them – and while MetsBlog doesn’t link to as many sites as it once did, we still get a few links, for which we are very grateful. It’s easy to rag on MetsBlog, talk about the grammar errors or how awful the comments section...
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Mets 360 Top 50 Prospects: Players 6 & 5

Now we’re really getting to it as we are about to start to move into the top five players in the Mets system. In case you missed any of the other posts on our countdown thus far, please check them out at: 50-48, 47-45, 44-42, 41-39, 38-36, 35-33, 32-30, 29-27, 26-24, 23-21, 20-18, 17-15, 14-11, 10-9 and 8-7. Next up is: 6 – Brandon Nimmo Nimmo was the Alderson regime’s first...
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The three worst free agent presents the Mets ever gave

This Christmas morning millions of children will jump out of bed and run to open their presents. Some presents will exceed their expectations while others will be tossed to the side with half-hearted ‘thank you’ attached. We all remember those presents; a pack of socks or underwear or, even worse, a fruitcake. What if we, as Mets fans, were those kids? What would the worst...
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Which Mets season was the best? Part VII – John Olerud vs. Dwight Gooden

Six weeks ago, the “Which Mets Season Was the Best” bracket began, and John Olerud’s 1998 season came out victorious over Jose Reyes’ 2011 season. The very next week, Dwight Gooden’s 1985 season beat out Jesse Orosco’s 1983 season. Last week, Gooden beat out Tom Seaver’s 1969 season by 21 votes. That being said, it is time for these two to go head to head in...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets360 Top 50 Prospects: Players 8 & 7

As we get closer to completing the Mets360 Top 50 Prospect list, some more familiar names are starting to show up. Some players in the Top 10 might appear in a Mets uniform sometime this year or next if all works out. Others still have some work to do. As do we, so let’s get started. In case you missed any of the other installments, check them out at: 50-48, 47-45, 44-42, 41-39...
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Sandy Alderson’s future Mets position players

The Mets are on the verge of contention, and with the mix of veterans and youth on the 40-man roster there could be some playoff baseball in Queens 2015. However, we are not here to discuss 2015-but the future of Queens. Criticism aside, Sandy Alderson has formed an extremely balanced farm system by acquiring players in trades and the MLB draft. While much of these players are pitchers...
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How would the Mets starters fare with average run support?

They say that timing is everything. Last year, the Mets averaged 3.88 runs per game but not every starter received the same level of support. But what if they did? How would things look if each starter received the same run support, at the same time, for each game? Let’s examine if they did, with the full understanding that this is nothing but a theoretical exercise. No game...
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Mets Card of the Week: 1971 Joe Namath

1971 TOPPS JOE NAMATH This is an old tale and even a happy one. Set the way back machine to Christmas 1971. I shared a room with my brother Gary. We got up early for Christmas, as every good American child has done for ages. Meanwhile, my parents stayed up to all hours of the morning getting Christmas ready for their children. Now, when I say getting Christmas ready – I mean...
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Mets360 Top 50 Prospects: Players 10-9

Now we’re at it, the top 10 prospects in the Mets system. In case you missed any of the other installments, please take a look at them at: 50-48, 47-45, 44-42, 41-39, 38-36, 35-33, 32-30, 29-27, 26-24, 23-21, 20-18, 17-15 and 14-11. Next up is: 10 – Marcos Molina Molina was signed as a 17 year old in January of 2012. Molina was one of seven  international signee’s  that...
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What happens if Daniel Murphy gets traded?

As of right now it looks like Sandy Alderson is going to hold onto Daniel Murphy until at least the trading deadline. Murphy would likely not be in a deal for major league ready players, but more likely minor league pitchers. A good comparison would be the Mets pitchers Michael Fulmer and Gabriel Ynoa and possibly a young position player. Murphy is good player hitting .291, .286...
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Mets 360 Monday Leadoff: Dr. K, Top Prospects, Cuban Players

Here’s some news and notes you may have missed this weekend. Dwight Gooden wrote an introspective letter to himself for Derek Jeter’s website, The Player’s Tribune.  It’s a nice short read and the advice he gives to his younger self is something that is probably good for all of us to be reminded of from time to time.  On a side note, it’s great to see that Doc has gotten...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Terry Collins’ projected 2015 lineup playoff bound?

In a recent article written by Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, he quotes Terry Collins as saying “I don’t think that there is any question that we should be playing October next year”, which echoes that comments Matt Harvey has made. The team has high expectations of competing, and the manager believes that this upcoming season should be promising. Collins would go on...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Christmas wishes for the 2015 Mets

Even though the kids are home from school, the shopping is mostly done and neighborhood lights are up, it still seems strange to me that Christmas is four days away. Seems like it was Thanksgiving just last week. Anyway, there’s one tradition sure to get me in the holiday mood. Move over child in the manger and guy in the sled with the reindeer – it’s time for my annual...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Dreaming about an influx of Cuban players into MLB

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware that recently President Obama announced the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba. To be sure, there’s a gigantic divide between this and actual “normal” relations that we have with a country such as Canada. But it’s a start and the biggest journeys all begin with a single step. We’ve already heard all...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

What is Dillon Gee’s trade value?

In an age in baseball where there is a glut of pitching, in an offseason where there is plenty of front-line talent available, and with all the assets the New York Mets have the ability to move, it seems Dillon Gee is the one they are shopping around the most aggressively. Gee is a fine back-end of the rotation starter, but in the end he is just that – a back-end starter.  Number...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Will the Padres usher in the era of trades?

Facebook friend and San Antonio Missions Assistant GM Bill Gerlt posted this earlier today on the offseason activity of the Padres, the parent club of the Missions: “Acquired Matt Kemp, Tim Federowicz and cash from the Dodgers for Yasmani Grandal, Joe Wieland and Zach Eflin •Acquired Wil Myers, Ryan Hanigan, Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo in a three-way deal that sends...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Troy Tulowitzki to the Mets rumors heat up again

The latest rumor has the Mets and Rockies talking Troy Tulowitzki. At times this feels like the franchise’s personal Moby Dick. Regardless, the fact that the team is even discussing this possibility is encouraging. Even though the chances of a deal happening are probably only in the single digits, it’s still something that makes me happy as a fan. If Sandy Alderson passed...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Sandy Alderson match Frank Cashen in talent acquisition?

One of the things we’ve talked about a lot recently is how one of the primary functions of a general manager is talent accumulation. Frank Cashen is held up as the best GM in club history and there’s little doubt he did a tremendous job in adding talent to the organization. Sandy Alderson is trying to follow a similar blueprint. How does Alderson compare to Cashen in this...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

For the New York Mets, perceived silence is golden

Much to the dismay of most fans, the Winter Meetings came and went with no major moves made by the New York Mets. Instead, it was defined by a series of small moves that spoke volumes as to the direction that the team and GM Sandy Alderson wants to go in. The perception of failure to pull the trigger on a major trade that would land a shortsstop lends to the theory that the team...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Mets season was the best? Part VI – Tom Seaver vs Dwight Gooden

Last week, John Olerud went up against David Wright in the semifinals of the “Which Mets season was the best” competition, and Olerud was victorious by fewer than 10 votes. Needless to say, it was a close competition, and this week may be even closer. In the first round of the bracket, Tom Seaver’s 1969 season beat R.A. Dickey’s 2012 season, so he will face Dwight ...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Card of the Week: 1965 Casey Stengel

1965 TOPPS PUSH-PULL CASEY STENGEL Topps produced a wide variety of non-sport sets throughout the ’50s and ’60s. If you had an itch for cars, planes, space, flags, Elvis, The Beatles, Batman, or Hopalong Cassidy, the company was there to scratch it. On occasion, a baseball star or two would slip into these sets. Babe Ruth found his way into both the 1963 Valentine Foldees issue...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pros and cons of the potential signing of Jung-ho Kang

The Mets have been, and might continue to be, in sports purgatory: a team that floats around the playoff hunt without willing to be completely bad and getting a great draft pick. While they had gotten progressively worse from 2011-2013 (in relation to the league), they took a leap forward in 2014 and saw the development of a slew of younger players. Yes, this is old news by now,...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Using recent transactions to clarify trade value for Mets pitchers

For months now, we’ve heard how Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee and Jon Niese have little to no trade value. Colon is too expensive, Gee isn’t good enough and Niese is too much of an injury risk. Yet now that some of the free agent pitchers who aren’t in the top tier have begun to sign, we see how other clubs truly view the pitchers who are no threat to win major pitching awards...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss
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