Archive for December, 2007

Mets Sign Pitcher Cavazos

Stop the presses! The Mets have acquired a pitcher! That’s right, he has a pulse and everything! According to MLB.com and Joel Sherman, the Mets have come to terms with righthanded reliever Andy Cavazos, formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. Cavazos had a stunning MLB debut season, managing to allow and equal amount of […]

07-08 Offseason

Top Ten Highlights of 2007

In their debut year of 1962, the New York Mets set the all-time record for losses in a season, losing 120 games. However, 2007 was easily a more disappointing season for Mets fans — perhaps one of the most anguishing seasons in baseball history for a particular team’s fans. What was worse? The ’64 Phillies? […]

07-08 Offseason
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Mets After Lieber?

So now the rumor is that the Mets may be interested in Jon Lieber. What a novel plan. Funny, isn’t it, how we come up with great ideas on MetsToday and a few days later they become reality? OK, it’s probably a lucky coincidence … we make a LOT of suggestions here, and only about […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove, Pitching Staff

Match the Met Music

To keep you entertained, I’ve put together a quick little quiz. To do well on the quiz, you need to have visited Shea Stadium in the last two years and have a decent idea about the various songs and music played during games. Test yourself here: Mets Music Quiz Let me know if you enjoyed […]

07-08 Offseason

Ben Johnson Update

Being a big fan of his all-out, hard-nosed style of play, I was very disappointed to find out Ben Johnson had been non-tendered by the Mets earlier this month. It didn’t help that Heath Bell — the man for whom he was traded — was also one of my favorite Mets. However, I had not […]

07-08 Offseason

Pitching Staff Update

Do the Mets really need pitching? Omar Minaya doesn’t seem to think so. Maybe he’s right … perhaps Matt Wise, Steven Register and Brian Stokes were the only additions this team needed to fortify the pitching staff for 2008. Of course, there’s still about a month and a half before spring training — plenty of […]

07-08 Offseason

Best of the Low-Risk, High-Reward Crowd

As mentioned yesterday, the starting pitcher market is shrinking quickly. The one legit starter still available that definitely would bolster the Mets’ rotation is Livan Hernandez, and at this late point in the offseason, he might be an economically reasonable pickup. It’s possible, for example, that he could be had for a two-year contract — […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove, Pitching Staff

Running Out of Aces

Early in the offseason, Mets GM Omar Minaya promised to land an impact starting pitcher — this was his proclamation as of November 28th. However, by December 3rd — less than a week later — Minaya backtracked on that statement, saying, “We don’t feel like we have to do a deal for a pitcher. That […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove
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Mark Prior Off the Market

Another one bites the dust. As many had expected, Mark Prior signed with the San Diego Padres. We don’t yet know the details, but it’s likely a one-year deal. It makes a lot of sense from Prior’s point of view. First, he’ll be pitching in a decidedly pitcher’s park; second, he’ll be in a nice […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove
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Twins Lower Price for Santana?

New York Times columnist Murray Chass is reporting that the Twins no longer are demanding both Philip Hughes and Ian Kennedy from the Yankees in return for Johan Santana — that they would be affable to the Yanks substituting Kennedy with Double-A righty Jeffrey Marquez, who went 15-9 at Trenton last year and isn’t considered […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove

Stocking is Hung

I’m sure we all have our blue and orange stockings hanging by the fire — regardless of what holiday we’re celebrating. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it can’t hurt to hope that Santa will deliver a Johan Santana to Queens on December 25th. One stocking stuffer Mets fans won’t be receiving is So Taguchi, […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove
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Rangers Acquire Hamilton

In a trade that makes little sense for either team, the Cincinnati Reds have traded hot-shot outfielder Josh Hamilton to the Rangers for two minor league pitchers, Edinson Volquez and Danny Herrera. Hamilton burst on the scene last spring, winning a job out of spring training after being plucked in the Rule 5 draft. He […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove
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Mets Sign Juan Padilla

A little more than a week after non-tendering recuperating pitcher Juan Padilla, the Mets have signed Padilla to a one-year contract. Padilla is determined to win back a bullpen role, and claims he’s “about 95%” right now. “I want to get back on that mound,” Padilla said. “I won’t be a question mark anymore. I’ll […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove
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More Non-Moves

Not to take any excitement away from Brian Schneider’s official welcome to New York, I thought I’d glaze over some of the transactions executed over the last few days. Tadahito Iguchi signed a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres. That’s very similar in length to the one-year contract David Eckstein signed with the Blue […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove

Carlos Silva Off the Market

It’s all but official — the former Twins pitcher Carlos Silva has accepted a contract offer from the Seattle Mariners. The deal is four years, $44M. The Mets surely could have afforded that deal, but apparently never made an offer. My guess is that either there’s something they don’t like about Silva — because in […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove