07-08 Offseason

The Next Mets Manager

One thing is for certain: Willie Randolph will not be manager of the Mets forever. Personally, I hope he sticks around long enough to win a ring. Despite the frequent lambasting of his mysterious managerial moves and the funny Photoshopping of his face that you see here from time to time, Willie is one of […]

07-08 Offseason

Anna (and Kris) Benson Back in NL East?

For those who missed the Anna Benson act, there’s a very good chance you’ll get to see her and her hubby Kris many, many times in 2008 — word on the street is that Kris Benson is about to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies. Hat tip to loyal MetsToday reader / commenter “sincekindergarten” for the […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove

Mets Land RH Bat

The Mets finally added the last piece to the puzzle — a veteran righthanded-hitting bat to come off the bench and fill in at 1B behind Carlos Delgado. They’ve signed Olmedo Saenz to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Oops … hope you were sitting down for that; otherwise the excitement […]

07-08 Offseason

Second-best Acquisition of 2008

Without much fanfare, the Mets made an under-the-radar announcement that didn’t even get picked up by most news and blog sources, yet could have an impact on the Mets’ pitching staff that is similar to the acquisition of Johan Santana. No, Tom Seaver has not come out of retirement (neither has David Cone), and Omar […]

07-08 Offseason, Pitching Staff
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Top 10 Reasons John Rocker is Expanding the Steroids Issue

Just when we thought all the PED controversy surrounded Roger Clemens, John Rocker comes out of nowhere and tells the world that team doctors recommended steroids to him, Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan Rodriguez, and Alex Rodriguez. Uh-oh. Let’s hope against hope that John is off his Rocker and just looking for some headlines (and/or a book […]

07-08 Offseason
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Mets Sign Tony Armas Jr.

Sit down folks, big news here … the Mets have signed Tony Armas, Jr. to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. While the Mets might have more need for Tony’s dad right now (a slugging, RH-hitting, rightfielder), I’m on board with this no-risk move. In fact, I liked the idea of […]

07-08 Offseason, Pitching Staff

Ten Mets Prospects At a Crossroads

Previously we presented the Mets’ Top Ten Most Intriguing Prospects. Now, we go over the Top Ten Mets Prospects At a Crossroads. 1. Anderson Hernandez Two years ago at this time, Hernandez was everyone’s choice to be the starting second baseman at the ML level — despite having to compete with veterans Kaz Matsui, Bret […]

07-08 Offseason

Veteran Bats Moving Fast

Only a few days ago we discussed various possibilities for the Mets’ bench, focusing on righthanded batters who ideally play 1B, OF, and/or catcher. Since then, several veterans have been scooped up, including many mentioned here (by me and you). Hat tip to Walnutz on some of these. Herewith a roundup of recent last-minute signings […]

07-08 Offseason

Mets Top Prospects

Almost immediately after the Johan Santana trade — which instantly removed many of the Mets’ best youngsters — one of our MetsToday loyalists (Nick A.) suggested I write a post about the Mets “new” list of top ten prospects. By the time I figured out who that top ten would be, a much more reliable […]

07-08 Offseason
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Foulke Off the Market

Interestingly, Keith Foulke signed with the Oakland Athletics. I say interestingly because all previous reports had pinpointed him as a Cleveland Indian — the team he retired from last spring. Purportedly, Foulke’s home was in the Cleveland area and that was the reason he was going to give it another shot with the Indians. As […]

07-08 Offseason

Free Agents Still Out There

We have Johan Santana in orange and blue, but there are still some fairly prominent pitchers (or at least, prominent names) out there ready for the taking. In particular: – Livan Hernandez – Kyle Lohse – Freddy Garcia – Bartolo Colon – Shawn Chacon – Byung-Hyun Kim – Ron Villone – Odalis Perez Livan looks […]

07-08 Offseason

Down On Pedro

So there’s supposedly a video of Pedro Martinez and Juan Marichal involved in a cockfight in the Dominican Republic. I haven’t seen it, and don’t want to. I’ve been struggling with the issue all day, because on the one hand I’ve truly enjoyed rooting for Pedro since he became a Met but I also hold […]

07-08 Offseason

Another Twins Perspective

A couple days ago, Seth Stohs gave us one Minnesota fan’s perspective on the Johan Santana trade. For me, one angle isn’t enough, so I reached out to Joshua Taylor of Taylor’s Twins Talk for a second opinion. And yes, we’re going to milk this trade for all its worth. After all, Omar Minaya made […]

07-08 Offseason

Key to 2008 – It’s Not Johan

While we Mets fans continue to bask in the afterglow of obtaining Johan Santana, it should be noted that acquiring the ace — while extremely important to the Mets’ hopes — is not necessarily the key to winning the NL pennant (or the NL East, for that matter). Rather, it could be argued that the […]

07-08 Offseason, Mets Hitting

Seth Speaks – What Twins Fans Think

Enough of what we think of the Johan Santana trade — what about the other side? How do Twins fans feel about getting four top prospects from the New York Mets? Twins blogger Seth Stohs of SethSpeaks.net, claims he was neither “thrilled nor disappointed” with the Santana-to-Mets deal … but that wasn’t enough for me. […]

07-08 Offseason