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Mets To Formally Interview Kevin Long On Wednesday

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Mets will formally interview former Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long on Wednesday, for the vacant hitting coach position created when Lamar Johnson was relieved of his duties. Long was the hitting coach for the Yankees for seven seasons before being fired by Brian Cashman two weeks ago. In addition to the Mets, he is drawing interest...
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World Series Game Thread: Giants vs Royals, 8:07 PM

Courtesy of CBS Game 1 San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 8:07 PM, FOX Madison Bumgarner (2-1, 1.42 ERA, 31.2 IP) vs. James Shields (1-0, 5.63 ERA, 16 IP) The World Series kicks off tonight at 8:07 PM in Kansas City, Missouri. Madison Bumgarner will face off against “Big Game” James Shields. These two pitchers have been going in different directions...
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Beltran Could Have Altered Fate For World Series Teams

The trade that sent Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants for Zack Wheeler set off a chain of events that could have impacted the fates of the Giants and Royals. Beltran went on to sign with the Cardinals during the following offseason and then signed a three-year deal with the Yankees before the 2014 season. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, teams were convinced that Beltran...
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Alderson’s Draft Picks Are Indication Of Long Term Plan

The hardest thing about building a winning team is the anticipation. Before 1996, there were no guarantees that Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and the rest of a very young Yankees team would prosper at the same time, if at all. The same can be said about the 1986 Mets. Frank Cashen took Daryl Strawberry with the #1 overall pick in the 1980 draft. It happened to be the very first pick...
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Familia Replacing Mejia As The Mets Closer?

Mike Vorkunov of NJ.com ponders if the Mets should just go with Jeurys Familia as the team’s closer next season. He argues that as as impressive as Jenrry Mejia was last season in his first stint as closer, Familia was far more consistent than him. “While Mejia’s saves could sometimes feel like he was walking a tight-rope (A 1.50 WHIP in save situations), Familia was more stable...
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Nimmo and Mazzilli Off To Solid Starts In AFL

Jessica Quiroli of Minor League Ball is reviewing many of the prospects currently competing in this year’s Arizona Fall League. She had some interesting things to say about a pair of Mets prospects who have impressed her. Brandon Nimmo Brandon Nimmo is that rare breed of focused aggression and intensity, mixed with patience and teachability. His story is legend at this point:...
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MMO Free Agent Profile: Nick Markakis, RF

Nick Markakis Position: Right Fielder Bats: Left, Throws: Left Age: 31 2014 Snapshot While Nick Markakis didn’t return to his old self this year, he did bounce back significantly from a sub-replacement level season in 2013. He had solid seasons on both offense and defense, improving his wRC+ from 88 to 106 while improving most of his defensive metrics by a few runs as well. His...
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(Updated) Mets Can Learn A Lesson From The Royals?

Winning now over winning later. Whether or not that’s the mentality of Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore or not, it clearly had a lot to do with the trade that sent top prospect Wil Myers, Patrick Leonard, Mike Montgomery and Jake Odorizzi to the Rays for pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis back in 2012. Myers hasn’t had a great start to his major league career...
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Hitting Coach Update: Yankees Tell Magadan He Didn’t Get The Job

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports that Dave Magadan, who was a finalist for the Yankees’ hitting coach job, was informed he did not get the position and that the Yankees and are looking elsewhere. That makes Magadan the frontrunner for Oakland’s open hitting coach job, Slusser says, particularly with Chili Davis having accepted the Red Sox position and leaving...
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Mets Will Square Off With Yankees During Spring

For the first time since 2012, the Mets and Yankees will face each other during Spring Training this year. While the Mets spring training schedule has not been released yet, the Yankees have released there schedule and it features a “Subway Series” matchup down south. The Yankees will visit Port St. Lucie on March 22nd and the Mets will play in Tampa on March 25th.
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Alderson Can Learn From Royals Bold Move

Winning now over winning later. Whether or not that’s the mentality of Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore or not, it clearly had a lot to do with the trade that sent top prospect Wil Myers, Patrick Leonard, Mike Montgomery and Jake Odorizzi to the Rays for pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis back in 2012. Myers hasn’t had a great start to his major league career...
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Mets, Yankees Prospects Finding Common Ground In Arizona

It seems odd to think of a Yankees hitting coach working with an up and coming Mets hitter, but when young prospects arrive from around the country to play baseball in the Arizona Fall League, that’s just what happens. Both New York teams have sent a battery of players to Arizona and wouldn’t you know it, they’ve been spending a great deal of time together. The Mets have sent...
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(Updated) Red Sox Likely Trading Yoenis Cespedes

Updated at 1:00 PM MLBTR reports that  Yoenis Cespedes has switched agencies and is now being represented by Roc Nation Sports.  Cespedes had previously been represented by Adam Katz of WMG. As I said, there’s little chance that Cespedes signs an extension with any team and rest assured he’ll be a free agent after the 2015 season. Original Post 10:00 AM Nick Cafardo of the...
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Jacob deGrom Named Sporting News Rookie Of The Year

Mets rookie starting pitcher Jacob deGrom is considered the heavy favorite to win the 2014 NL Rookie Of the Year award. This was further verified today when Sporting News announced the results of their annual player’s poll which is released prior to the official award. I’ll give you the skinny on deGrom’s season, but most of you know the numbers by now. deGrom had 22 starts...
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A Lesson From The Kansas City Royals

Winning now over winning later. Whether or not that’s the mentality of Kansas City Royals General Manager Dayton Moore or not, it clearly had a lot to do with the trade that sent top prospect Wil Myers, Patrick Leonard, Mike Montgomery and Jake Odorizzi for pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis back in 2012. Meyers hasn’t had a great start to his major league career. With the...
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Red Sox Likely Trading Cespedes, But Very Unlikely Mets Will Bite

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that the Red Sox will likely make Yoenis Cespedes available this offseason. Cespedes is in the final year of his deal and will earn $10.2 million in 2015. He appears intent on becoming a free agent and was standoffish on engaging in long-term talks with the Red Sox. Cafardo adds that Cespedes has no desire to play right field or work on...
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Mets and J.P. Ricciardi Working On Extension Deal

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Mets are working on an extension deal to keep J.P. Ricciardi as a special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson. The two worked together for 12 years with the Oakland Athletics. Prior to joining the Mets, Ricciardi previously served as Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and general manager of the Toronto Blue...
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Should Mets Pursue Nick Markakis?

Devin asks… What do you think about signing Nick Markakis for the outfield? I know we’re not signing anyone big, but he shouldn’t cost that much. Joe D. replies… First of all, I’m not entirely sure that Markakis will hit free agency. Sure his $17.5 million option was declined by the Orioles, but he’s very popular with the fans and a few Baltimore writers think the two...
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How Alderson Stacks Up With Previous GM’s

Within the next two weeks we’ll witness the same scene that gets played out every October. Amidst the spray of champagne and exuberant shouts, the commissioner will be standing on a stage presenting a trophy to the owner, manager and General Manager of the World Champions. Now, if the commissioner would instead be presenting a trophy to the executives that promised the brightest...
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Mets Working On Extension Deal With J.P. Ricciardi

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Mets are working on an extension deal to keep J.P. Ricciardi as a special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson. The two worked together for 12 years with the Oakland Athletics. Prior to joining the Mets, Ricciardi previously served as Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and general manager of the Toronto Blue...
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Mets Have Drafted Highest Percentage Of High School Players

According to a new report by Baseball America, the current Collective Bargaining Agreement and its bonus pools have created incentives for teams to select high school players early in the draft before spending less in the back half of the top 10 rounds. They write that 2014 was the most aggressive use of that strategy in the three years under the current CBA. Nearly half of the high...
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Featured Post: Top 5 Underrated Mets Hitting Prospects

The top prospects of every minor league system always seem to receive endless amounts of hype. Most of the time this attention is deserved as elite prospects are often potential game changers for their franchises. However, sometimes the prospects that are rarely discussed can make the strongest impact. Mets fans have witnessed this recently with the development of Jacob deGrom and...
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Miracle Mets Still A Sore Spot For Frank Robinson

“It’s always good planning to have a baseball in the dugout with shoe polish on it, just in case.” That is the expression coined following the infamous Shoe Polish incident, when in Game 5 of the 1969 World Series, Cleon Jones hit the deck to evade a Dave McNally pitch that skidded into the Mets dugout, only to be retrieved by Mets skipper Gil Hodges to reveal a smudge of shoe...
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Morning Grind: James Shields Should Stay in Kansas City

Big Game James Shields will likely leave Kansas City this offseason and will command a hefty deal in free agency this offseason. But if the Royals win the World Series, he should consider staying. While I certainly won’t begrudge Shields the opportunity to enter free agency as a top flight, durable pitcher who may command a nine-figure contract… but by staying in Kansas City...
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MMO Mailbag: Adding A Big Power Bat This Offseason

Stephen H. asks… Joe, why are you always so against the Mets adding a big power hitter in the outfield? This team needs to score a lot more runs and a Matt Kemp,  Jose Bautista or a Nelson Cruz could be the one piece this team needs to get us into the postseason. Imagine if we had one of them this season instead of Chris Young who was a complete waste of money? I usually agree...
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