Archive for January, 2012
The Mets avoided arbitration with all four of their arbitration-eligible players today, signing each to a 1-year contract. RHP Manny Acosta signed for $875,000. He figures to be in the Mets bullpen when Opening Day comes around. RHP Mike Pelfrey signed for $5.675MM, roughly the amount most experts expected he would win in arbitration. For [...]
Pitchers and catchers will begin to seep into Port St. Lucie in about a month, and with not much hope left in an already gloomy offseason, perhaps getting around to the business of playing ball is just what the psychiatrist ordered. The Blogs begin to look ahead: Always Amazin’ thinks the lower payroll in 2012 [...]
C’mon, you knew this post was coming … an offseason of blogging simply isn’t complete until there is a “Manny to the Mets” rumor — right?
Last year, I almost forgot to analyze Jason Bay during my annual evaluation series — perhaps because Bay had slogged through such a forgettable season in 2010. After all, Bay appeared in only 95 games in his initial season as a Met, hitting a paltry 6 homeruns, before missing the final two months of the [...]
On the heels of Fernando Martinez‘s exile to Houston, let’s play a little game inspired by F-Mart’s “untouchable” status of the past few years: 1. Instead of releasing F-Mart, would you have traded him for Manny Ramirez? 2. Instead of releasing F-Mart, would you have traded him for Johan Santana? 3. Instead of releasing F-Mart, [...]
Never mind all the naysayers poo-poohing the current state of the Mets — including yours truly. It’s all hogwash and unfair negativity. Mets fans, fear not and be optimistic, because Fred Wilpon is feeling really good about your favorite Flushing baseball club.
Like moths to a flame, bloggers, boarders and callers are all stirred up over a tweet from Anthony DiComo who has “heard” that the Mets are done tweaking the 40-man roster. DiComo hears it, Cerrone posts and comments on it and bang, instant “story.” Maybe we should wait for a team source to confirm it? [...]
There was never anything phenomenal about Fernando Martinez. He was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2005 by explorer Omar Minaya. Minaya seemed to have some success in the past down in those waters, but Martinez was supposed to be the top prize. After years and years of hearing he was the future, the [...]
The lonely, baseball-less days of winter are nearly over (in a baseball sense, anyway). Soon the Boys of Summer will take to the fields of Florida and Arizona in preparation for the latest season of the greatest game on Earth. Until then, enjoy some more offseason hand-wringing, and a couple of awesome videos. Blogs aweigh: [...]
After being waived by the Mets, 23-year-old Fernando Martinez is now a member of the Houston Astros. And according to Adam Rubin, diminutive Danny Herrera has cleared waivers and will return to the Mets as a minor leaguer with an invitation to spring training. Also according to Rubin, the Mets have re-signed the ageless Miguel [...]
By now you may have seen the “Workplace Confidential” story in New York Magazine titled “The Met Who Blames Everything On the Wilpons.” Supposedly, the person who penned this piece is either a current or former employee of the Mets. Most believe it is most likely a former player — certainly, it sounds like a [...]
Next year, Mike Piazza‘s name goes on the Hall of Fame ballot. Whether he gets in or not is beyond his control — and judging by the lack of love for Jeff Bagwell, Rafael Palmeiro, and other sluggers from the PEDs era, it may not be a slam-dunk that Mike gets in. However, Mike has [...]
According to Adam Rubin, the Mets have placed Fernando Martinez and Danny Herrera on waivers, to make room for Scott Hairston and Ronny Cedeno. If this is indeed true, can someone please explain how this makes sense for both the short-term financial health and long-term planning for the New York Mets? Because I’m completely befuddled. [...]
Yesterday, the Mets placed OF Fernando Martinez and LHP Daniel Herrera on waivers to make room for the impending signings of OF Scott Hairston and IF Ronny Cedeno. Thus ends the once-promising Mets career of Martinez, who suffered from a passel of maladies, including arthritis, all before his 24th birthday. Meanwhile, a purported anonymous Met [...]
This comment comes from loyal MetsToday visitor “Rob”: Joe: One question that just occurred to me as I was reading your article was where is the moneyball analysis in all of these mediocre acquisitions? When Alderson was hired, it was “moneyball with money”. Now that we know that the Mets have no money, where is [...]