Archive for October, 2011

2011 Analysis: D.J. Carrasco

After being non-tendered by his previous clubs two years in a row, D.J. Carrasco signed the first multi-year contract of his life last winter — a two-year, $2.4M deal with the Mets that included another $150K in performance bonuses. At the time, it was seen as a prudent move by the new Mets front office, […]

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2011 Analysis: Chris Capuano

Way back in 2008, I wondered if the Mets would consider Chris Capuano as a “low-risk” free-agent pickup. I wondered the same thing in 2009. Luckily, the Mets didn’t sign him either time, since he was still going through the rehabilitation process following Tommy John surgery. But, the third time I brought him up was […]

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Three Reasons Not To Re-Sign Jose Reyes

There are three good reasons the Mets should not re-sign Jose Reyes:

11-12 Offseason

Blog Roundup: Friday Edition

The season rolls on for one more game after a classic World Series game.  In the meantime, Mets news never stops, just like the game of baseball itself. Blog on: Daily Stache wonders where all that time went since 1986, and does that make those of us who remember it old-timers? 7 Train to Shea […]

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This is 1982

Today is the 25th anniversary of Game 7 of the 1986 World Series.  It was a game the Mets would win to cement their second (and last) World Series title. The roster of the 1986 team was the result of shrewd draft choices, key trades, and a top minor league system that helped the Mets rebuild from the […]

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2011 Analysis: Tim Byrdak

Although many Mets fans were sad to see “Perpetual” Pedro Feliciano leave Flushing, in retrospect, that move couldn’t have turned out better. For one, the five years of abuse the Mets put on Feliciano finally caught up to his arm. Second, as a fourth-place club, an expensive LOOGY really wouldn’t have made a difference. And […]

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Spilled Milk Part One: What-If Trades In Met History

First off a little brown-nosing–Joe’s article on what if the Mets hadn’t made certain moves was very entertaining and thought-provoking. Nice work boss! It got me to rummaging through the cobwebs in the corners of my brain. For reasons that are now apparent, I have stored a lot Met-related information there. I also have a […]

11-12 Offseason

2011 Analysis: Taylor Buchholz

Last winter, many would have been ecstatic to hear that the Mets acquired a pitcher named Buchholz — had his first name been “Clay”. Instead, the team signed Clay’s distant cousin Taylor. It was a low-risk, low-reward signing that to me made sense. After all, Buchholz was once one of the top pitching prospects in […]

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A Look into the Future: Top Shortstop Prospects

The ground is full of dirty, dirt that is full of memories. Do you know how many played on this dirt before? Ordonez, Olerud, Bordick, etc… Maybe one day I can play on the dirt. I’ve heard it’s softer than a mattress. Short poems can explain a lot. If this poorly constructed poem did not […]

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Blog Roundup: 25th Anniversary of the 1986 WS

25 years ago this week, the Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox to win their last World Series title to date.  Some Mets blogs are paying homage to the anniversary.  In other news, while Metsdom is patiently waiting for the announcement of changes to Citi Field’s dimensions (due after the World Series), some details are […]

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2011 Analysis: Pedro Beato

Last November, I thought it made sense for the Mets to consider taking Pedro Beato in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, and was pleased when they did. From the get-go, Beato impressed the Mets brass and eventually the fans with his cool composure, lively fastball, and above-average secondary stuff. Though his best pitch might be […]

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2011 Analysis: Manny Acosta

The roller coaster continues for Manny Acosta, whose MLB career has consistently been inconsistent. Armed with a fastball that rides above 95 MPH with occasional tailing action and average breaking stuff, Acosta has a tool set that should translate to success in a relief role. But he is one of that strange breed of pitchers […]

11-12 Offseason, 2011 Mets Evaluations

2011 Analysis: Miguel Batista

Once the Mets reached September and the meaningless games part of their schedule, the pitching staff — and the rotation in particular — was worn out and losing members due to one malady or another. It might have been a good opportunity for the Mets to audition young arms who showed potential. Instead, the best […]

11-12 Offseason, 2011 Mets Evaluations

Time To Let The Grown-Ups Do Their Job

NOTE: this is a guest post by Joe Spector. Please direct your comments to him. There’s a false premise many Met fans have had since Sandy Alderson’s arrival. The idea that some Met fans have become Fred Wilpon’s de-facto personal budgeteers; primarily concerned with the man’s bottom line, as if it were “our” money over […]

11-12 Offseason

Blog Roundup: Riding Out the World Series

Seeing the Cardinals back in the World Series has reopened old wounds for some Mets fans.  The optimism of 2006 came crashing down in Game 7 of the NLCS.  The subsequent collapses of 2007 and 2008 washed away what remained of the hope created that season.  Meanwhile, the anticipation of the offseason is building. Blog […]

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