Archive for January, 2010

Rose-colored Glasses

Omar Minaya danced around discussed several subjects during his recent appearance on SNY, attempting to paint a positive picture of the 2010 Mets. One issue in particular that struck me as disconcerting was his evaulation of the current Mets’ pitching staff. Kevin Burkhardt pointed out the various question marks on the staff, nearly all of […]

09-10 Offseason
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Mets Sign Josh Fogg

According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Mets have signed veteran starter Josh Fogg to a minor-league deal. Considering the Mets’ multiple question marks throughout the pitching staff, I see this as a smart, shrewd signing. In essence, Fogg is a healthier version of Tim Redding, but who also has better potential than […]

09-10 Offseason

Mets Sign Fernando Tatis

The Mets have signed Fernando Tatis to a one-year contract. According to various sources, Tatis agreed to less than the $1.7M salary he received in 2009. So, you could say he gave the Mets a “hometown discount”. As mentioned a few days ago, I very much enjoy watching Fernando Tatis. However I don’t really believe […]

09-10 Offseason

Garland, Sheets Off the Table

Remove the garland from the Christmas tree, and get Lazy Mary to pull the sheets from her bed. A little late on this, but reporting it so you can post your comments — Ben Sheets agreed to a one-year, $10M deal with the Oakland Athletics, and Jon Garland signed a one-year, $4.7M deal with the […]

09-10 Offseason, Pitching Staff

Why Ben Sheets May Choose Oakland

The rumors swirling around Ben Sheets recently have included the Oakland Athletics, which may come as a surprise to some people considering their budgetary concerns. But from Ben Sheets’ perspective, signing with the A’s makes a lot of sense. For one thing, making a comeback in Oakland should be less stressful than, say, New York […]

09-10 Offseason
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Can the Mets Learn from the Jets?

Though the New York Jets’ Cinderella story came to a crashing halt on Sunday, the team has nothing to be ashamed about. In fact, the season was by all means a success, compared to where they finished last year. Toward that end, my friend Matt Cerrone contrasted the Mets’ annual lip service to the change […]

09-10 Offseason

Rundown On Remaining Free Agents: Pitchers

With only a few weeks before pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Port St. Lucie, the Mets still have some holes to fill. Conveniently, there are still several free agents available, many of whom have some type of skill or value to offer. Let’s do a quick rundown on the pitchers who are […]

09-10 Offseason

Brian Stokes: MVP ?

While looking again at the trade of Brian Stokes to the Angels to Gary Matthews, Jr., a crazy fact became apparent: The Angels paid $21.5M for Brian Stokes. Wow. That pretty much makes him the most monetarily valuable player in baseball, doesn’t it? I did a bit of research and couldn’t find another player who […]

09-10 Offseason

Rex Ryan Redux

Way, way back at the end of September — and the beginning of the NFL season — I posted some articles regarding rookie Jets coach Rex Ryan. In the first post, I mentioned that “The Mets Can Learn From the Jets“, with the gist of it being that Rex Ryan came into New York and […]

09-10 Offseason

Industry Insight on Gary Matthews Jr.

Buster Olney had some “inside knowledge” to report on Gary Matthews, Jr. Some of the highlights, for those who are not “Insiders”:

09-10 Offseason

Fernando Tatis Could Return to Mets

From Mike Puma of the New York Post: According to an industry source, if Carlos Delgado is not re-signed, Fernando Tatis is a strong candidate to rejoin the Mets next season. The organization continues to monitor Delgado’s progress in the Puerto Rican winter league Let me start by saying I am a huge fan of […]

09-10 Offseason
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Art Shamsky Rekindled

Art Shamsky has re-launched his offical website, and it’s looking good. Nice to see the internet can properly rekindle Mets history, since the Mets themselves are incapable. Be sure to check it out and “eduMETcate” yourself. James K at Amazin Avenue likes the idea of Fernando Tatis returning to the Mets. I disagree, and you […]

09-10 Offseason

Mets Trade Brian Stokes for Gary Matthews, Jr.

It appears to be a done deal: Jon Heyman has reported on SI.com that the Mets have sent Brian Stokes to the Angels for outfielder Gary Matthews, Jr. The Mets will be responsible for paying only $2M of the remaining $23M+ left on Little Sarge’s contract. And this makes sense how? I know, I know […]

09-10 Offseason

Gary Matthews Jr. Returning to Flushing?

Jon Heyman says the Mets are on the verge of acquiring Gary Matthews, Jr. from the Angels, with the Angels paying the majority of the $23M left on his ridiculous contract. No official word on who is going the other way, but Heyman mentions that the Angels have shown interest in Brian Stokes. Let’s wait […]

09-10 Offseason
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Comeback Candidates: Wilson, Edmonds

It’s recently been reported that both Preston Wilson and Jim Edmonds are looking to make comebacks. Both players were best known as centerfielders, and the Mets — whether they realize it or not — are desperate for outfield depth, particularly in centerfield. Though, I doubt highly that Wilson is capable of handling center, considering the […]

09-10 Offseason