Archive for November, 2011

Mets Hot on Dotel?

Anthony Di Como is reporting that the Mets may be “in the running” for reliever Octavio Dotel. If so, they’re at least a year too late — and probably, still a dollar too short.

11-12 Offseason

Nick Evans Signs with Pirates

Nick Evans has signed a minor-league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, presumably with an invitation to spring training. Good move for Nick, who — ironically — may have an opportunity to platoon with lefthanded-hitting Garret Jones at first base. I say “ironically” because it was less than two weeks ago that I compared Evans to […]

11-12 Offseason

Red Sox Hire Bobby Valentine

In case you haven’t heard, former Mets utilityman Bobby Valentine has been chosen by the Boston Red Sox to be their manager in 2012. Valentine also managed the Mets at one point — if memory serves correctly, he was in the dugout the last time the Mets went to the World Series. Personally, I’m thrilled […]

11-12 Offseason

Blog Roundup: The Lull

Ever since Jose Reyes “signed with the Marlins” on November 13th, not much has been happening in Metsville.  Or MLBville for that matter (MLBville is a nice place, but stay away from Jose Canseco Boulevard).  No big free-agent signings (Including that of a certain shortstop), no big trades, and hardly any rumors that aren’t worth […]

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Would You Trade Fernando Martinez for Chris Tillman?

According to Roch Kubatko of MASN, the Orioles “would be willing to” trade right-hander Chris Tillman. If you recall, Tillman, who will be just 24 next year, was, not too long ago, one of the most highly regarded pitching prospects in the game. Drafted in the second round of the 2006 draft by Seattle, the […]

11-12 Offseason

2011 Analysis: Ronny Paulino

For a while, it was questionable whether Ronny Paulino would ever get going in a Mets uniform, and what kind of contribution he’d make. Visa issues kept him out of Port St. Lucie until Mid-March, and when he finally arrived, manager Terry Collins announced he’d be Josh Thole‘s backup. Not long after he arrived in […]

11-12 Offseason

2011 Evaluation: Mike Nickeas

It took Mike Nickeas a long time to reach MLB, but when he finally did, he proved capable if unspectacular. The Canadian-born catcher spent seven years in the minors before grabbing a cup of coffee with the Mets in September 2010. Thanks to visa problems, injuries, and the end of a drug suspension for Ronny […]

11-12 Offseason, 2011 Mets Evaluations

2011 Evaluation: Chris Young

For those who can remember that far back, Chris Young was the key “low-risk, high-reward” signing the thrifty Mets made last winter. Oodles of beat writers, bloggers, and fans couldn’t praise the move enough. After all, when healthy, Chris Young was an outstanding pitcher — a legitimate #2 starter on a championship club. Young would […]

2011 Mets Evaluations

Now You’re Talking Turkey: Mets Transactions During Thanksgiving Week

In my household, the week before Thanksgiving has traditionally been one of preparation. Since we host the annual family gathering, there is food to be bought, a turkey to stuff, rugs to vacuum, bathrooms to be cleaned, toys to put away and extra chairs to be brought up from the cellar. For the Mets, this […]

11-12 Offseason, Mets History

Mets Get Two For One in Pioneering, Cost-effective Move

For once, the Mets are light years ahead of everyone else with a brilliant, innovative idea — one that might change the way MLB rosters are constructed and The Game Itself.

11-12 Offseason, Shea What?
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Blog Roundup: Giving Thanks

This year, I’d like to give thanks for baseball, the New York Mets, and their loyal/crazy/passionate bloggers.  Thanks to them, I enjoyed 2011′s 77-win season like no other 77-win season before.  When Jesse Orosco hung on to finish off the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS, Keith Hernandez said to him, “Way […]

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2011 Evaluation: Dale Thayer

Why waste a post on Dale Thayer, who pitched all of 11 games in relief? Why not?

2011 Mets Evaluations

Rangers Sign Joe Nathan

In case you missed it, the Texas Rangers have signed former Twins closer Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14.5M contract that includes an option for 2014. Sorry Timo. Apparently, Nathan was uninterested in the Mets’ generous and complex offer that consisted of an unlimited Metro Card, 10 copies of the Playing for Peanuts Uncensored 3-DVD […]

11-12 Offseason
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2011 Analysis: Josh Stinson

Like the last analysis, we have a very small sample size with which to make an evaluation on Josh Stinson. And like Chris Schwinden, Stinson was pitching at the end of a long season — for all we know, his unimpressive performance could have been due to fatigue. But, we’ll give it a go.

11-12 Offseason, 2011 Mets Evaluations

2011 Analysis: Chris Schwinden

Due to a predetermined innings limit, Chris Schwinden was supposed to make only one Major League start — which turned out to be a 6-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves on September 8th. Although it was an inauspicious debut, it capped a feel-good story: the pinnacle of success for an overachieving non-prospect.

2011 Mets Evaluations