Archive: June 22nd, 2010

June 22: PM Mets Links and Open Thread

Bergen Record – Steve Popper reports that Jerry Manuel’s erratic statements on personnel matters may be rubbing some people the wrong way. Go figure. [via MetsBlog]

NY Daily News – In his latest erratic statement, Jerry Manuel indicates he wants an ace, but he cautions that the Mets may not need one because they will be getting Oliver Perez and John Maine back before long. HUH?

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper wants to know what you think is an acceptable performance for the Mets in the upcoming six games against the Tigers and Twins.

SILive – Carlos Beltran will begin his rehab stint in Port St. Lucie on Thursday.

Long Live Shea Stadium – A discussion of John Maine’s mechanics and his future with the Mets.

Long Live Shea Stadium – A scouting report on the pitcher the Mets will face tonight – Detroit’s Justin Verlander.


The Mets (39-30) will take on the Tigers (38-30) tonight at Citi Field. Jon Niese (4-2, 3.64)will be opposed by Justin Verlander (8-4, 3.94). Here is the Mets lineup, via ESPN NY’s Andrew Marchand:

Reyes, SS
Pagan, CF
Wright, 3B
Davis, 1B
Bay, LF
Barajas, C
Francoeur, RF
Tejada, 2B
Niese, P



June 22: Tuesday Morning Mets Links

MetsToday – Remember Jason Vargas? He’s doing pretty well for himself these days.

New York Post – Dan Martin reports that several Mets are in favor of bringing in another veteran starting pitcher.

Wall Street Journal – Yet another look at the failed plan to use Jenrry Mejia as a reliever at the major league level.

ESPN New York – Adam Rubin points out that demoting Mejia may increase his trade value, because he will now be under control until 2016.

OnTheBlack – Kerel Cooper has the skinny on the Mets supporting volunteer efforts in the local community.

New York Times – David Waldstein writes about the nearly extinct knuckleball glove.

The Brooklyn Paper – Wally Backman’s Brooklyn Cyclones overcame horrendous tie-dyed uniforms to beat the Aberdeen Ironbirds, 5-2. If you watched the game on SNY, you got to see an opposite field home run by Cory Vaughn and a perfectly executed squeeze play by Bill Cherry.

And via Can’t Stop the Bleeding on Twitter, here is a photo from last night’s Cyclones game. If you look near 3B, you can see Wally Backman in the aforementioned tie-dyed uniform:


No Trading Chips – Same Story, Different Year

If one thing has remained constant throughout Omar Minaya’s tenure as Mets GM, it is an inability to pull the trigger on a “big” trade at the July deadline.

Some may say it is because the Mets “didn’t need” to make a big deal in any July going back to 2005 (ha!). Others suggest that Minaya was being “smart” by holding onto the Mets’ “top” prospects and not giving in to the high demands of a deadline deal. Either of those arguments have credence. But the real reason is much simpler: the Mets simply haven’t, and still do not have, the chips to offer in a trade for a big-name, impact player at the trading deadline. In 2006, they had to give up their starting rightfielder — and in turn, creating a hole in the lineup — because there was no one else in the organization they could afford to give up, and had value to another team in a deadline deal.

Before Minaya was forced by a cab driver into trading Xavier Nady for Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez in July 2006, the Mets were desperate for a


Where They Are Now: Jason Vargas

Those who visited MetsToday last year may remember this topic.

I felt it appropriate to re-visit where Jason Vargas is today … and you’ll understand why shortly.

Although Seattle is a million miles away and on the Left Coast, it is still in the Major Leagues. The Mariners — which was a media favorite in the preseason — are having a disappointing season to say the least. The team is so bad that future HOFer Junior Griffey couldn’t even stay awake through an entire ballgame. Their record is 28-41, dead last in the AL West. By all accounts, it is a lost season.

So if a pitcher on that club has a winning record, he must be pretty OK, eh?

Enter Jason Vargas, who owns a 5-2 record, 2.88 ERA, and