09-10 Offseason

Torture Times Thirteen

A few days ago, Fred Wilpon described this past offseason as: “Torture,” Wilpon said. “Very, very difficult.” I’m so glad that a Dodgers fan had similar feelings to mine during these past few months, even if were for different reasons. The Dodgers, of course, suffered a heartbreaking exit from the postseason last October. To get […]

09-10 Offseason

Mets Sign Rod Barajas

Yes, the Mets have signed another catcher. And this one is the best of the bunch. Unfortunately, that’s not saying much. Rod Barajas is an average to slightly above-average defender and a terrible offensive player with one tool: the ability to hit the ball over fences. Don’t get too excited, though, as it’s not as […]

09-10 Offseason

Mets Add Another Catcher

According to PlanetHardball, the Mets have added yet another catcher to the spring training mix — and it’s NOT Rod Barajas (not yet anyway). Rather, they’ve brought in German-born backstop Kai Gronauer. The 23-year-old receiver was invited to spring training, but will most likely end up back in the minors before long. He spent last […]

09-10 Offseason

Jose Reyes is Happy and Healthy

For the past few weeks, it seems that every Mets media outlet is covering something “new” about Jose Reyes every single day — so I didn’t want to be left out. The conspiracy theorist inside me thinks that the Mets’ internal spin doctors have launched some kind of Jose Reyes campaign in an effort to […]

09-10 Offseason

Yuniesky Maya in Camp

My apologies for being negative recently … er, for most of the winter. But the New York Mets have made it very difficult to extract silver linings from the black clouds surrounding the club. It’s simply impossible to get excited about a club that is counting on four starting pitchers returning from major surgeries, has […]

09-10 Offseason

Henry Blanco is a Backup

According to Mets GM Omar Minaya, Henry Blanco is a backup catcher. And you thought Minaya didn’t know things. Unfortunately, Minaya also announced that the Mets’ starting catching position would be a competition between Omir Santos and Josh Thole, both of whom are also backup catchers. So maybe Omar only knows some things. If this […]

09-10 Offseason
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Endy, Wang Sign Elsewhere

Sorry Mets fans — Endy Chavez will not be returning to the Mets anytime soon. Chavez has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers. It’s just as well, since the Mets already have enough slap-hitting defensive specialists in the outfield. It would have been really awkward if Endy didn’t show enough in the […]

09-10 Offseason

Oxymoron of the Spring

You may know what an “oxymoron” is … it’s a a figure of speech that produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect. Like “jumbo shrimp”, “cruel kindness”, “almost exactly”, “even odds”, “quiet storm” … Or in the Mets’ case,

09-10 Offseason

More Big Signings

Just when you thought the Mets were “done” re-vamping the roster this offseason, they go out and add more lukewarm bodies to the cause. In addition to officially announcing the signing of Mike Jacobs to a minor-league deal, the Mets also signed Japanese lefty HisanoriTakahashi, backup catcher Shawn Riggans, and minor league infielder Rylan Sandoval. […]

09-10 Offseason

Manuel Will Focus on Pitching and Defense

Pitchers and catchers have yet to report, yet we’re already being treated to “Manuel Being Manuel”. A few weeks ago on MetsBlog, it was reported that Jerry Manuel will be focusing on pitching and defense this year: “Pitching and defense, that’s going to be the game plan. We spent a lot of time last spring […]

09-10 Offseason, Manuel Being Manuel

Mike Jacobs Returns to Mets

After four seasons away from Flushing, Mike Jacobs returns to the Mets. Jacobs signed a minor-league contract with the Mets, and though I’ve always been a huge fan of his and happy to see his return, it seems like a strange acquisition. For one, the Mets already have two lefthanded-hitting first basemen in Daniel Murphy […]

09-10 Offseason

Mets Pick Up Pridie, Entertain Endy

In a bold move to bolster the roster, the Mets claimed Twins outfielder Jason Pridie off waivers; they DFA’d former Rutgers pitcher Jack Egbert to make room for Pridie on the 40-man roster. Pridie was once a promising prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, who was dealt along with Brendan Harris and Delmon Young […]

09-10 Offseason

Hearn for Cone Revisited

Last night I watched “Prime 9″ on the MLB Network last night; it was the episode titled “Top 9 Greatest One-sided Trades”. The #8 trade on the list was the Mets’ trade of Ed Hearn to the Royals for David Cone (though the narrator kept referring to someone named “Dick” Cone). Back then, it seemed […]

09-10 Offseason

Mets Free Agent Evaluation

It appears that the Mets are done signing free agents this winter. Let’s take a look at the final tally of those given guaranteed MLB deals and play the “would you have … ?” game. Yes, there’s no guarantee that the players who signed with other clubs would have accepted the same terms to play […]

09-10 Offseason
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Super Thoughts

Every day, news swirling around the Mets becomes more depressing. Not surprisingly, the Flushing Hype Machine is clinging to any bit of positive information — no matter how trite — and pushing it fervently to keep fans’ hopes alive. So I’m trying to decide which of these news items from the past week is most […]

09-10 Offseason