Archive for March, 2010

Marlins Get Robertson and Other Moves

The Florida Marlins have acquired LHP Nate Robertson from the Tigers in exchange for minor league lefty Jay Voss. The Tigers will pick up all but $400K of Robertson’s $10M salary. Nice deal for the Fish, if you ask me, since Robertson slots right into the #3 spot of the rotation and costs them the […]

2010 Spring Training

Projected Opening Day Roster

Unlike past years, the Mets have a number of open slots for the 25-man roster — most of which correlate to the pitching staff. Let’s look at how the Opening Day roster shakes out and make some predictions. First, we’ll count down the guaranteed spots:

2010 Spring Training

Should You Be Concerned About Oliver Perez?

That headline is giving me a feeling of deja vu all over again … Luckily, spring training games don’t count. Luckily, spring training stats don’t matter. Unluckily, a pitcher who has shown zero progression through six weeks of spring training is unlikely to suddenly switch into a Cy Young candidate. Oliver Perez allowed three homeruns […]

2010 Spring Training

Should You Be Concerned About Mike Pelfrey?

Mike Pelfrey gave up 12 hits and 6 runs in 5 innings of work on Sunday, and has allowed 7 homeruns in his last two ST outings. His spring ERA is around 8. Should you be concerned with these numbers? Not necessarily, but there is some cause for concern. Yes, some of the homers were […]

2010 Spring Training

A Tradition No More

If you haven’t yet heard, the Mets’ stadium in Port St. Lucie will no longer be called “Tradition Field”. Turns out that the stadium’s naming rights were previously owned by a real estate development company based in Tradition (a town near PSL), and they’re having some financial difficulties. I KNOW as a rabid Mets fan […]

2010 Spring Training

Evaluating Ollie

Yesterday you may have seen the Mets – Braves spring training contest, in which Oliver Perez was the starting pitcher for the Mets. Perez threw four and a third innings before being lifted in favor of Raul Valdez. In those 4 1/3, Ollie allowed 3 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks and struck out […]

2010 Spring Training

Jose Reyes Back in Action

If you’re just crawling out from under a rock, Jose Reyes’ thyroid levels have settled to normalcy and the Most Exciting Player On The Planet has been officially cleared for “baseball activities”. I think we can all agree — this is good news, and it’s wonderful to finally receive some legitimately good news out of […]

2010 Spring Training

The Situation at First Base

In Port St. Lucie, there is a “situation” — and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Mike Sorrentino find his way into the mix. Because “The Situation” — meaning the Mets’ conundrum at first base, and not some guido from the Jersey Shore — grows more perplexing every day. Originally, first base was Daniel Murphy’s […]

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Update: Carlos Monasterios

Some of you may remember the very brief career of Carlos Monasterios as a Met. At the conclusion of the winter meetings this past December, Monasterios was chosen by the Mets in the Rule 5 draft. However, the choice was actually made by the Dodgers, who had given the Mets cash considerations for the right […]

2010 Spring Training, Where They Are Now
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Mike Jacobs Catching Again?

According to Adam Rubin of the NY Daily News: Yes, that was Mike Jacobs this morning, with a bag of catching equipment in front of his locker. Jacobs looks like he’s the leading candidate for the final bench spot with the Mets, and the organization has asked him to catch on a limited basis in […]

2010 Spring Training

How the Mets Opening Day Lineup is Like Thriller

I woke up in a cold sweat from a nightmare … I heard the Mets 2010 Opening Day lineup, announced by Vincent Price: Angel Pagan CF Luis Castillo 2B David Wright 3B Jason Bay LF Daniel Murphy 1B (… darkness falls across the land) Jeff Francoeur RF (… creatures crawl in search of blood) Henry […]

2010 Spring Training

AHern Exiled Again

For the second time in two years, the Mets have sent Anderson Hernandez packing. AHern was placed on waivers this week and claimed by the Cleveland Indians. This move perplexes me from both sides. The Mets have a sudden issue in the middle infield, due to Jose Reyes’ indefinite thyroid condition. With Hernandez gone, the […]

2010 Spring Training

The Ron Washington Situation

If you haven’t yet heard, Jon Heyman broke the news that Rangers manager Ron Washington used cocaine during the 2009 season. However, Washington was not reprimanded — neither by MLB nor by the Rangers — and continued to serve in his role as the club’s skipper without consequence. To Washington’s credit, he

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Elijah Dukes Available

The Washington Nationals have released eternal enigma Elijah Dukes. The remarkably talented outfielder was penciled in as the Opening Day rightfielder. According to GM Mike Rizzo, the move was NOT made due to a behaviorial issue. From the Washington Post: General Manager Mike Rizzo called Dukes’s release “a performance-based decision” and that “no singular incident” […]

2010 Spring Training

Does Figgy Deserve a Spot?

Spring training “competitions” are usually nonsense, no matter what message is spewed by the team’s management (this is in regard to all clubs, not just the Mets). Management has predetermined thoughts about the lineup and most of the spots on the 25-man roster, and so spring training is used to support their “prevaluations” made long […]

2010 Spring Training