08-09 Offseason

Rolling the Dice

Pitchers and catchers have reported, spring training has begun, yet there are still several free agents still out there looking for a job. Further, there are still some holes and question marks on the Mets’ roster. How about rolling the dice on a few of the available options — especially since they can be brought […]

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Nickel and Diming to Mediocrity

Despite many marches, the Mets’ obvious need for a slugging, righthanded-hitting leftfielder, and the availability of the best righthanded hitter in all of MLB, it’s quite clear that Manny Ramirez will not be reporting to Port St. Lucie in the next week, nor anytime this spring. That fact has been accepted; we understand that the […]

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Kucinich Pushing the Citi Out of Field

After receiving a sweet bailout as a reward for royally mismanaging its finances, Citigroup is coming under fire from prominent politicos such as Dennis Kucinich, who says the US government should demand that the bank cancel its “Citi Field” sponsorship with the Mets. “The Treasury Department, which forced Citigroup corporate executives to give up their […]

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Giants Sign Juan Uribe

The San Francisco Giants have signed infielder Juan Uribe to a minor league contract. As a Mets fan, why do you care? Well, you probably don’t. But it should be noted that Uribe is: 1. a righthanded hitter with power 2. versatile — he plays 2B, SS, and 3B 3. an excellent glove man 4. […]

08-09 Offseason, Latest Mets News

Mets Sign Four Scrubs

The New York Mets have signed Bobby Kielty, Tony Armas Jr., Matt DeSalvo, and Valerio de los Santos to minor league contracts, and invited them to spring training. Ho hum. Nowhere in those four names do I see “Ramirez”, “Perez”, nor “Sheets”. In other news, the Orioles have decided to move on from Kevin Millar, […]

08-09 Offseason, Latest Mets News

Andruw Jones Available

Andruw Jones has been released, and the Mets need a power-hitting, RH outfielder. Is this a marriage made in heaven? Read on to see my argument for bringing in this low-risk, high reward candidate.

08-09 Offseason, Latest Mets News

Lineup Comparison: Phillies

Consider this: the “team to beat” is the Phillies, so the Mets’ focus should be on putting a team on the field that is better head-to-head. I don’t believe that the Mets’ pitching staff — even with the game shortened to seven innings — is head and shoulders above the Phillies’. Where the Mets have […]

08-09 Offseason, Latest Post

Bullpen is Not Done

Congratulations to Omar Minaya for shortening 2009 Mets games to seven innings. Indeed, the one-two punch of “K-Putz” has the potential to be the most effective since the Mariano Rivera – John Wetteland duo of 1996. However, there is still the matter of the innings one through seven. The Mets didn’t get the innings-eating Derek […]

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Braves Targeting Lowe

Per several sources, agent Scott Boras is meeting with the Atlanta Braves to talk about Derek Lowe. Lowe had reportedly been offered a 3-year, $35M contract by the New York Mets. Boras is seeking at least four years at around $16M per season for his client. In desperate need to add starting pitching, the Atlanta […]

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Last Year’s Scrap Heap

Last winter we regularly combed through the scrap heap in search of possible nuggets for the Mets to consider. Strangely enough, few if any of our recommendations were acted upon by the Mets. Is it possible that Omar Minaya and Tony Bernazard do NOT read this blog? Crazy thought, I know. Anyway, the recent signing […]

08-09 Offseason, Latest Post

Hot Stove Edition

This weekend MetsToday will be completely reformatted for the Hot Stove Season. That means the site will look a LOT different from the last time you visited — and, you may see some strange things this weekend while I tweak the design. Contrary to popular opinion, this “change” was not inspired by the 2008 Presidential […]

08-09 Offseason

ABCs of Free Agency

Russ Springer is a Type-A free agent. So is Doug Brocail, and Bobby Howry. Huh? That’s right — Springer, Brocail, and Howry are deemed in the same “class” as Manny Ramirez, C.C. Sabathia, and Mark Teixeira, among others. Go figure. Meantime, the same sure-fire system

08-09 Offseason

Bad News, Good News

The bad news is that every media outlet will be spouting about some philthy team down I-95 today. The good news is that the Hot Stove Season has officially begun! That means we’ll begin discussing: 1. Free agents to bring back, or unleash 2. Free agents to pursue 3. Trades to conjure and debate 4. […]

08-09 Offseason

Hot Stove Preseason Predictions

The World Series is not yet over, but already there are a slew of mixed messages coming from the media in regard to the Mets. For example, the Mets ARE after Manny, but the Mets are NOT after Manny.The Mets ARE after K-Rod, yet the Mets are NOT after K-Rod. Derek Lowe doesn’t want to […]

08-09 Offseason, Hot Stove

Roster Remake of 2001-2002

This offseason is eerily similar to the one between 2001 and 2002 — when the Mets also were intent on “remaking” the roster, and “addition by subtraction”. The Mets went to the postseason — the World Series, in fact — in 2000, then took a step back in 2001. There were big contracts to dump, […]

08-09 Offseason