Tag: Hairston

Link Roundup: Scraping Together a Roster

This was the Mets' reaction to Brian Wilson.

This was the Mets’ reaction to Brian Wilson.

Pitchers and Catchers report in less than a month, and the Mets still have holes to fill on their roster.

They need a starting pitcher to help replace the 220 innings left behind by R.A. Dickey.  Rumor had it they were interested in Daisuke Matsuzaka, but another rumor had it they weren’t.

They also need a late-inning bullpen arm to either close or set up.  They worked out RHP Brian Wilson, but apparently were not impressed.  Wilson, however is still on the Mets’ radar.  The former Giants closer is coming off his second Tommy John surgery.  He also had a procedure to repair his FHCL (Facial Hair Cruciate Ligament).

The Mets also need a right handed hitting outfielder.  They’ve been looking to bring back Scott Hairston after his career year in Flushing in 2012, but balked at his most recent asking price of 2 years, $8 million.  They countered with a 1 year, $2 million offer.

If Hairston is their biggest offseason free agent target, then they surely are strapped for cash.  The Mets aren’t even shopping in the frozen food section anymore, they’re buying packages of “manager’s special” chicken that expired yesterday.

That’s not a knock against Hairston – he’s a useful, if unspectacular, player – it’s a knock against the Wilpons, who continue to grind their franchise into the ground.

In more positive news, David Wright will represent the Mets on Team USA in this year’s World Baseball Classic.  He’ll be joined by former teammate R.A. Dickey.

 

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Blog Roundup: All-Star Break

The first half of the 2012 season is in the can, and the Mets are a respectable 46-40, sitting in third place in the NL East, 5 games behind the Washington Nationals.  They’ve certainly exceeded expectations.  This year’s edition of the Mets is loaded with overachievers, like Ruben Tejada, Scott Hairston, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and R.A. Dickey, as well as established veterans having bounceback seasons, like David Wright and Johan Santana.  They’ve had this success despite the early struggles of their bullpen, and the fact that they tend to play down to their competition (They’ve lost 7 games combined to the Astros and Cubs, each of whom have sub-.400 winning percentages).  And, unlike last year, the Mets are trade-market buyers at the midway point of the season.  So, fasten your seatbelts for half number two of the 2012 season.

The Blogs are strapped in:

Enjoy the All-Star game, and keep checking out Mets Today for all the latest Mets stuff in the second half.

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Blog Roundup: Getting Chewed Up at Wrigley

The Mets have run into another losing streak, having dropped 4 in a row.  They now sit at 39-36, 4.5 games back of the Nationals.  They lost a couple of tough 1-run games to the Yankees at Citi, but then dropped 2 games (and a few routine pop ups and grounders) to the lowly Cubs.  They’ve recovered from streaks like this before this year, but every Mets fan is secretly dreading “The Big One.”  The losing streak from which they can’t come back.

To the Blogs:

Keep watching Mets Today, where the wind is always blowing out.

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Offense Appears to be Set

It looks like Andres Torres, Jason Bay, and Scott Hairston will be healthy for opening day (In fact, Hairston started in center field today against the Nationals).  In addition, Adam Loewen was reportedly reassigned to minor league camp.  With those nuggets of news, the Mets lineup and bench appear to be set, barring any injuries (*snicker*) between now and April 5th.

So, the lineup looks like this:

CF Torres, 2B Murphy, 3B Wright, 1B Davis, RF Duda, LF Bay, C Thole, SS Tejada.

The bench will consist of:

IF Turner, IF Cedeno, OF Baxter, OF Hairston, C Nickeas.

Not exactly the ’27 Yankees, especially as far as the bench is concerned.  The lineup has the potential to score some runs if the middle of the order produces the way many believe it can.  But if the ol’ injury bug rears its ugly head again, there’s not much backup support, at least on paper.

But, to coin a phrase, that’s why they play the games.

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