Archive for November, 2009

Mets Free Agent Targets: 09 Mets

Eight 2009 Mets filed for free agency: Alex Cora, Carlos Delgado, Elmer Dessens, Ramon Martinez, J.J. Putz, Brian Schneider, Gary Sheffield, and Fernando Tatis. Let’s go through them briefly, one by one.

09-10 Offseason

Willets Point Suit Thrown Out

You may or may not know that the construction of Citi Field was a central part of a redevelopment plan in the gritty, commercial area of Queens known as Willets Point. Part of that plan included the “eviction” of many businesses in the area, particularly the auto repair shops and salvage yards that are viewed […]

09-10 Offseason, Latest Mets News

2009 Analysis: Cory Sullivan

Back in January, the Mets made a series of blockbuster moves to sate the hunger of disgruntled fans. First they picked up lights-out LOOGY Casey Fossum, then they brought back Argenis Reyes, before capping the excitement with the signing of Cory Sullivan. At the time, the Mets were unaware that Jeremy Reed was part of […]

09-10 Offseason, 2009 Mets Evaluations

2009 Analysis: Gary Sheffield

Entering the 2009 season, the Mets were one slugger short of a championship lineup. They didn’t bother acquiring one during the winter because Daniel Murphy was going to hit like Wade Boggs and the Fernando Tatis – Ryan Church in right field was going to be the best seen in Flushing since the days of […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

The Price for Roy Halladay

According to a “high-ranking official” cited in an article by The National Post, the Toronto Blue Jays will take as much time as needed to trade Roy Halladay — if they trade him at all. Would they actually keep Halladay through 2010 and allow him to leave via free agency next winter?

09-10 Offseason, Buzz, Rumors

2009 Analysis: Jeremy Reed

When the Mets sent 7 players to Seattle and Cleveland last December in a three-team deal centered around J.J. Putz, Jeremy Reed was an afterthought. As it turned out, Reed had more of an impact on the Mets than the closer-turned-setup man. Though, that wasn’t a difficult feat, considering that

2009 Mets Evaluations

Wilson Valdez Signed – But Not By Mets

After providing stellar defense and hitting .256 through 41 games as a replacement shortstop / utilityman for the Mets, Wilson Valdez was not re-signed and given the chance to test the market. It didn’t take long for Valdez to find a taker — he’s been signed by

09-10 Offseason

Manuel Motivated – Minaya Next?

So far, the Mets are making good on their promise to overhaul the entire organization, from top to bottom. It is no coincidence that a number of former managers — such as Bob Melvin and Eric Wedge — were considered for Jerry Manuel’s coaching staff, nor that at least two possible replacements for Manuel (Wally […]

09-10 Offseason, Buzz

Jones, Gonzalez, Vizquel Off the Table

The first free agents of this winter’s pool have agreed to terms with new teams: Alex Gonzalez has moved on to the Toronto Blue Jays, and both Andruw Jones and Omar Vizquel are moving from Texas to the Chicago White Sox. How do these signings affect the Mets?

09-10 Offseason, Latest Mets News

Rate the Mets Free Agent Targets

With a four-day weekend coming up, you’re bound to have some downtime. During those doldrums, have fun rating the Mets Free Agent Targets. There are 83 players to vote for, on a scale of 1 through 10. It’s completely up to you to decide what those numbers mean. Enjoy.

09-10 Offseason

Giving Thanks

On the day before Thanksgiving, I’d like to take this time to give thanks to you, the reader of MetsToday, for visiting and for sharing your opinions in the comments section. Without you, it would be pretty boring here. In fact, there wouldn’t be much point at all in blogging about the Mets if you […]

09-10 Offseason

2009 Analysis: Angel Pagan

Flashy leadoff man or flash in the pan? That is the $64,000 question when it comes to Angel Pagan. At times, Angel Pagan displayed a marvelous skill set, lashing line drives to all fields, running the bases like a madman, and covering outfield ground with the ease and finesse of a veteran Gold Glover. At […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

Should They Pay Or Just Say No?

First the Mets say they’re going to pay, then they say maybe not. They already have the second-highest payroll in MLB, and Jeff Wilpon claims the Mets will continue to spend as much as anyone to improve the team. But will they? And more importantly, should they?

09-10 Offseason

2009 Analysis: Fernando Martinez

Ever since signing out of the Dominican Republic as a 17-year-old in 2005, fans anxiously awaited the debut of young man touted as the next Mets superstar. Thud. That was the sound of “F-Mart” falling flat in his first shot at the big leagues. However, it doesn’t mean Fernando will be a bust — quite […]

2009 Mets Evaluations

Q&A and More with Wally Backman

Steve Serby has an entertaining Q&A with Wally Backman in today’s New York Post, which I encourage you to read. In case you missed it, Bart Hubbach posits Backman as a possible successor to Jerry Manuel. David Lennon presented “leftover thoughts” regarding the Backman hiring. Ben Shpigel of The New York Times gives his take […]

09-10 Offseason, Around the Blogs, Bring Wally Back Man