Pat Misch to report to Triple-A Buffalo

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Pat Misch has decided to stay with the Mets, and will report to Triple-A Buffalo.

I have to say, a week ago, out of the players on the bubble for the bullpen, only Ryota Igarashi was guarenteed of staying with the organziation. Every one else, from Misch to Jason Isringhausen to Blaine Boyer, be it because of options, waivers or opt outs, could easily have ended up with another team, thus thinning the Mets options going forward. Instead, this front office has done an amazing job of stringing this along as best as possible, and if Manny Acosta clears waivers and ends up back in Buffalo, every one of these players will still be available on Opening Day, and they will have threaded the needle perfectly.

I wonder what Nelson Figueroa and Darren O’Day would think of that?

Original Post, yesterday at 12:34 pm:

Earlier today, I spoke with Pat Misch, who said he’s still unsure if he will accept a minor league assignment.

Jason Bay on 15-day DL, other roster moves

The Mets have put Jason Bay on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 25, according to multiple reports.

Bay told reporters he received a cortisone and expects to be back by April 9, when he is first eligible to return to action.

This morning, in a report for Newsday, David Lennon said Bay’s injury is not considered ‘serious,’ according to a source familiar with the situation.

In addition, according to Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger, Francisco Rodriguez has been adding back to the 40-man roster, while Ronny Paulino has been added to the Disqualified List as he begins to serve the final 8 games of his suspension from last season.

Original Post at 8:21 am:

Bay flew to New York yesterday morning to be examined by team doctors. Sandy Alderson said yesterday he did not want to make an official announcement about Bay until after he talked with him.

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Morning News: on Izzy's 2 weeks, Johan, Luis & SNY

The Mets travel from St. Lucie to Miami today at 11 am, where they will have a 4 pm workout. Tomorrow night, at 7 pm, they begin the 2011 regular season against the Marlins. Also, don’t forget, Hometown Beverages will host a MetsBlog Meet Up at 3rd & Long in New York City to watch the game, which you can learn about here.

In case you missed it, Jason Isringhausen told reporters yesterday he will stay in St. Lucie for 2 weeks, taking part in extended Spring Training. However, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, “If another team has a major league opportunity in the interim, the Mets must promote Izzy or let him walk.”

Hey, remember Johan Santana. Though he’s disappointed to not be traveling with the team to start the season, he tells Newsday that he plans to go ‘slow and steady,’ in his fight to return from the disabled list this summer.

By the way, Luis Castillo was released by the Phillies, which means Wilson Valdez will be their Opening Day second baseman, in the wake of Chase Utley starting the year on the disabled list.

Lastly, according to the Associated Press and the New York Times, the Mets are telling potential bidders that they might sell a portion of SNY, “but that negotiation would take place separately from a deal for the team.” The report also lists five groups that are viewed as front-runners to buy in to the Mets, including Steven Starker, a co-founder of BTIG, a global trading firm, with Kenny Dichter, a co-founder of Marquis Jets; Doug Ellin, creator of HBO’s “Entourage”; and Randy Frankel, a minority owner of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Willie Harris to Start in LF Friday

According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, Willie Harris will start in left field on Friday night, while Lucas Duda will start the final two games against the Marlins.

If that’s correct, I assume Jason Bay is going to the disabled list. The good news is it can be retroactive to March 24, meaning he can return next Saturday at Citi Field. The problem: these types of injuries require rest, and there is no definite time table.

Bay injured the intercoastal muscle in his rib cage during batting practice yesterday. He was in New York today for further testing and is expected back in Florida this evening.

MetsBlog Q&A: with Alderson about fans & decisions

In case you missed it…

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Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Mets GM Sandy Alderson by phone for an exclusive MetsBlog Q&A.

Here is the last back and forth from our talk…

Matthew Cerrone : There has been a lot of talk about the decision-making process, with the regards to this specific front office. So far, given what you signed up for, and given how this spring has progressed, what adjustments have you had to make, what’s worked and what hasn’t?

Sandy Alderson: I think it’s important to have some structure. I think it’s important to follow a process. And, ultimately, it’s important that whatever structure and processes you impose you have good people involved who are carrying these things out. So far this spring, I think we’ve tried to be systematic about how we approach things. … For example, we released Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, but we tried to do it pursuant to a more structured process than most people would have expected. But, from our standpoint, while that was important internally, it was also important because of our commitment to each player and in fostering a relationship of trust with the other players. I do believe it is important to approach things logically. That doesn’t mean everything has to take three weeks. You know, something could take just a few minutes. But, you do have to be careful of emotional responses to things, especially in professional sports, where it’s easy to get worked up about something or doing something that you might regret 24 hours later.

Matthew Cerrone: There are a lot of fans who believe they could be successful GMs. I never dismiss this, because there are a lot of educated fans and, technically, every GM was just a fan at some point before getting the job. But, what do you make of fan opinions about your job, given what you know is happening behind the scenes?

Sandy Alderson: Well, I do believe many fans have the experience and capacity to have good ideas about teams and how they’re built and how players are used and so forth. So, when I have conversations with fans, I have the utmost respect for their opinions. Because, I recognize that when it comes to any sport, opinions can vary and mine isn’t always the best, which is why you have people within an organziation who can take different view points and that can lead to constructive arguments and more informed decisions.

Matthew Cerrone: Can you tell me something about being GM of a baseball team that most fans would be surprised to hear?

Sandy Alderson: I think most people don’t fully understand how emotionally involved we all get. It’s a business, yes, and you try to be detached. But, we all get emotionally involved with the team and its winning and losing and it becomes something that controls your whole day. If you win the night before, your day starts very differently than if you lost. And so the rhythm of the season, the winning and the losing, it really controls your entire waking hours from the time the season begins to the time it ends, because the game is so unpredictable. There is an edge to everything that is either softened or hardened by whether you won or lost the night before. We try to be dispassionate and we try to be logical, we may appear to be rational, but we all get caught up in the emotion of the competition, which I think that’s a good thing.

To see the first and second part of this discussion, click here.

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