Browsing Archive January, 2012

Offseason Complete for Mets

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 Batista and inked free agent pitcher Fernando Cabrera as well as shortstop Sean Kazmar.

Batista is 40, Cabrera 30, and Kazmar 27. All are expected to fill out Buffalo’s roster next spring, though Batista has an outside shot of making the big club if he performs impeccably and several pitchers go down with injury.

In other news, the signing of 31-year-old Scott Hairston was made official.

Finally, Rubin reports that the Mets are “done” making additions to the organization.

So, now that the offseason personnel adjustments are complete, what do you think? Are you satisfied with changes? What grade do you give the Mets for their offseason? Answer in the comments.


Who is the Angry Met?

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 disgruntled one.

If it is a former Met player, who might it be? One of the oldtimers, such as Ed Kranepool or Art Shamsky? Might it be someone from the ’86 Mets, who was recently let go — like Howard Johnson? Could it possibly be someone still associated with the Mets, such as Keith Hernandez or Bobby Ojeda? Could it be a current player?

While most are assuming it is a player, there’s every possibility it’s a former front office executive, a scout, an employee from the ticket department, or a peanut vendor — there’s nothing in the article I can see that makes me think it absolutely must be a player — current or former. Heck, it could be Mr. Met himself.

What do you think? Is it a player or a peanut vendor? Current or former? Post your thoughts in the comments.


Mike Piazza, Winemaker

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 another dream beyond the Hall of Fame, and he doesn’t have to rely on other people to make it happen — to be a winemaker. Mike sat down with Lettie Teague of the Wall Street Journal to discuss his love for wine and secret fantasy to one day make his own. That would be interesting, especially since Tom Seaver already has his own vineyard, and Rusty Staub used to make his own wine as well — how many other MLB teams have former players who make wine?

What does this have to do with the 2012 Mets? Nothing, just trying to lighten the mood …


Mets Waive F-Mart and Herrera?

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.

Yes, F-Mart has been a grave disappointment. But he’s still only 23 years old, and he’s not owed anything above the MLB minimum. Similarly, but to a lesser extent, Herrera is 27 years old and also a minimum-salary guy. Meanwhile, both Cedeno and Hairston are over 30 and will make over a million bucks.

Take all the time and words you need to explain this logic to me, because clearly, I’m too stupid to understand. Thank you.


Blog Roundup: Waivers Edition

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 lashed out at the Wilpons in a New York Magazine piece.

The Blogs have cleared waivers, and have been assigned to a link dump:

  • Mack has a detailed timeline that chronicles F-Mart’s Mets career.
  • Tedquarters wonders if someone else should have been waived instead.
  • R.A. Dickey blogs from the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
  • 7 Train to Shea believes Mark Teahen could be a contributor off the Mets’ bench.
  • Metstradamus hopes CRG is a light at the end of the tunnel, and not an oncoming train.
  • Joe Petruccio depicts NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin channeling Tug McGraw.

Visitor Comment: The Moneyball Mets

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 the moneyball? Because that’s where the strengths supposedly lay for Alderson and his brain trust. So where is the overarching plan…where is the moneyball? And while I’m asking, what the heck is moneyball as an overarching philosophy? Is it simply OPS? Is it some other statistical focus? It occurs to me that the success of moneyball is dependent upon the notion that you are signing players that no one else wants because the other teams fail to recognize the statistical value of those “castoff” players. However, now that more than half of the teams employ a sabrmatician and have GM’s that lean in that direction, isn’t the type of player that fits into the moneyball model more expensive because everyone is looking for him now? And if everyone is employing that kind of analysis, then moneyball is no longer a cheap exercise in building a team.
I’d sure like to know where the philosophy is with current management…besides saving money. Because I refuse to believe that there isn’t a long term plan that’s being employed in some way. I just don’t see it right now. I sure hope I’m wrong…

If I had an answer for Rob, then I’d be working in Flushing right now rather than Old Brookville. My best guess as to what is a market inefficiency right now is leveraging the knowledge and research of kinesiology scientists to find, keep, and teach pitchers safe and effective mechanics — while also detecting, preventing, and fixing bad mechanics. But, after seeing the signing of pitchers like Chris Young and Boof Bonser, the acquisition of Zack Wheeler, and the rehab programs of Johan Santana and Jennry Mejia, I’m guessing that hiring scientists is not part of the plan.

So what IS Sandy Alderson’s secret initiative to exploit a market inefficiency? What is it that the Mets front office sees and values that most others aren’t? Any guesses? Post them in the comments.


Your Hall of Fame Ballot

Today we will hear the results of the Hall of Fame voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

What if YOU had a vote? Who would you pick for the Baseball Hall of Fame, and why?

Here is the ballot:

Jeff Bagwell
Jeromy Burnitz
Vinny Castilla
Juan Gonzalez
Brian Jordan
Barry Larkin
Javy Lopez
Edgar Martinez
Don Mattingly
Fred McGriff
Mark McGwire
Jack Morris
Bill Mueller
Terry Mulholland
Dale Murphy
Phil Nevin
Rafael Palmeiro
Brad Radke
Tim Raines
Tim Salmon
Ruben Sierra
Lee Smith
Alan Trammell
Larry Walker
Bernie Williams
Tony Womack
Eric Young


Who Is Ronny Cedeno?

Believe me, I’d much rather be analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of someone who would have a much larger impact on the 2012 Mets. Unfortunately, the Mets have not given us very much to discuss this winter in terms of new personnel, so we have to play the cards we’re dealt. That said, let’s find out who this Ronny Cedeno guy is, OK?