Transcription of Sandy's conf. call with bloggers

Michael Baron: How much did fan sentiment play into the decision to cut Luis Castillo and/or Oliver Perez?

Short answer for Castillo: Yes, for Perez, probably not. We brought both players back to see the players, get to know the players, and make a decision not jus ton history, but current events. Other opportunity we had was to become aware about the sentiment in NY for these two players. Regarding Castillo, fan sentiment came into play. Its difficult to overcome that, so you evaluate player performance against presumption in the minds of the fans. Perez’ performance just wasn’t there – never got to the point of considering fan sentiment.

Joe Decaro: Hands were tied, no wiggle room this winter. I see the team contending for the Wild Card. Will you be able to add big bat or big pitcher at the trade deadline?

If we are in the hunt, the money will be there to add a player. You are picking up a 1/3 to 1/2 of a players salary. Internal discussions say we will have the money to do that.

Mike Silva: After review, the farm system hasn’t been viewed farily. Any standouts, surprises?

I try not to assess the farm system against opinions outside of the organization. We have to make our own assessments. Publications are a nice way to measure what we have. The reason the farm system doesn’t get as much credit as it should because 1) we’ve graduated people from the system as recently as last year (Thole, Parnell). We have some other players on the verge (Mejia, Gee). I think further down we have a number of players (Puello, Flores). Those players tend to get high marks from the independent publications. One guy who has looked good this Spring is Matt Harvey. Overall, I think we are reasonably happy with what we have, but need to be more aggressive and successful in developing players out of the draft.

Caryn Rose: Transparency, and how its important. Regarding fan perception, how much transparency is TOO MUCH transparency? Whats your thought process over thinking about what you’re going to say?

Honesty is the best policy. Thought it would’ve been disingenuous if I hadn’t said fan sentiment didn’t have anything to do with the decision. With the new management team, and turning the page, it was too obvious of a consideration.

Eric Simon: How do you approach Spring Training roster decisions, and the bullpen in particular? How important is Spring performance vs. past performance?

I think the career body of work is normally what gets a player into camp who is under consideration. I think you have to keep in mind career numbers and trends. At the same time, you do take into account what goes on during Spring Training. It’s the nature of competition and the hope that certain people will rise to that level of competition. But you cant let Spring games dictate results entirely.

Steve Keane: Seems there is a minority in the fan base, and a majority in the mainstream media that likes to dwell on the negative. They don’t seem to want to talk about great team offense – a lot of walks, doubles, etc.. Also, the defense has been good, but the big thing is the pitching has been great. How close is the competition in the bullpen, specifically 7th spot?

You look at the guys who are competing for the last two or three spots. We have a young kid, Rule V pick (Beato) who is untested. He has improved greatly since the start of camp. Comparing him to Jason Isringhausen, who is a veteran presence and how he might influence that bullpen. Then you have Boyer and Acosta, who each are very close in overall results but get there in different ways – Boyer is a ground ball pitcher, Acosta has more life, more command, more of a fly ball pitcher. Each of those guys represent a very different choice. We haven’t resolved those situations yet. We met with the front office people and the coaches/manager today and resolved a few other things, but the bullpen is still unresolved.

Kerel Cooper: Second Base – Obviously Castillo is no longer here, Turner was sent down, and it looks like EMaus has the inside track. Are you surprised it has taken all Spring to figure out the second base situation, or did you figure it would be a drawn out process?

We didn’t expect it would come at the end of camp, although given the number of candidates, it was reasonable to expect it. It gets back to balancing Spring Training performance vs. past history. Take Emaus – there is a history, albeit a minor league history. In his case, it was a matter of him showing he could do things in Spring Training that his prior experience indicated he could do. In Murphy, it was watching and seeing if his defense would develop. Turner would have had to lap the field, because he had options which gave us flexibility. But I’m not surprised it has taken so long – Im glad Emaus has shown offensively what he can do. He turns the double play very well. He may not have the range of some prototypical second baseman, but he will make the routine plays, and we think he will fit pretty well for us.

Shannon from Mets Police: As you head forward and build a roster, what non-baseball factors into building a roster?

They may not have significant weight, but they come into play. Isringhuasen is a good story, Chin-lung Hu has developed a following because of his last name. Its not going to determine whether or not they make the team, but it is the case in some small magnitude. Izzy’s case might have slight weight.

Ed Marcus: Regarding Emaus, how much does his Rule V status factor in?

It has a lot to do with it. If he was not a Rule V draftee, he wouldn’t have presented the immediacy that he does. If he’s not the starting second baseman, I’m not sure how much he helps us in a bench role. At least at the outset, you’re going ot give him every opportunity. There is a very good possibility we will keep both our Rule V picks (Emaus and Beato).

Michael Donato: Last couple of years there’s been a feeling the GM hasn’t been aggressive in making changes. How quick would you be in making changes at positions that are failing?

You can be overaggressive. There is a real balance which has to be maintained. You have to have enough patience to give players an opportunity so they don’t feel that every game they play may be their last. In our bullpen, we appear to have some depth…the problem is, when you look at all the roster considerations, all that depth disappears immediately. And so its conceivable, in our bullpen,. the only real depth at AAA after we make our chocies is someone like Ryota Igarashi. Its just the nature of deals which are made in the off-season. Same is true at second base. We do have quite a bit of protection there (Hu, Justin Turner, Ruben Tejada). You do want to give people an opportunity to demonstrate they can play, and have to be careful about pulling the trigger too quickly, and not giving a player a chance.

Greg Prince: You emphasized in the fall about not being able to make any judgments. After a few months, has the outsiderness worn off?

There is still a little bit of getting used to, but by and large, thats behind us. Now in Spring Training, the focus is on baseball. We are down here everyday with our major league and minor league staff. While I haven’t had as much exposure to our minor leagues as I will over the course of the season, we have had meetings, talks. We have had a lot of cross fertilization, and I think we are getting there. I am pleased with the way things have come together. I thought they came together well in the off-season, and that’s been reinforced here. That sense of newness and lack of history has largely been overcome.

Matt Artus: Regarding Jason Bay’s offense – there has been a decline in power. Are you concerned about him rediscovering his power stroke?

In terms of his power, its still a work in progress. In the off-season, he worked with an old hitting coach from Pittsburgh, and came into Spring with a new setup at the plate. He recently canned that and went back to his old approach. While there hasn’t been any power numbers, he’s hitting quite well, and his on base percentage is very high. From my standpoint, first priority is OBP, second priority is power. I’m certainly hopefully it will come back, and most of us expect he will adjust to Citi Field. When the power comes, it comes. I am pleased with his approach at the plate.

John Delcos: Regarding Jose Reyes, what do you have to see from him to warrant giving him an extension? Do you have to see that prior to the All-Star Break?

That’s a compound question. First off, what do I have to see – he’s a very dynamic player. Its hard not to notice that. I think he is working on a couple of things which have been discussed publicly. Speed is his game, but for it to work, he’s got to be on base, and he’s acknowledged that. If Jose Reyes had a .400 OBP, I don’t know if anyone would be debating this, given what he does. We will see how it goes through the season. I think he’s a team player. As far as mid-season is concerned, I think part of it depends on how he performs over the first half, and how the team is performing at the deadline. If he performs well, and the decision is to sign him, I don’t think it matters how the team does. If the decision is to not sign him, and the team is performing well, I don’t think he’s going anywhere (for the rest of the season). The financial situation hasn’t impacted us yet. Will it in the future? Who knows. Given all the money we have coming off the books, even the money we anticipate Reyes trying to get, we should be able to accommodate, even if there is a reduced payroll.

Joe Janish: Regarding Carlos Beltran’s health, it seems as though there may be someone else in right field on Opening Day. You talked about fan appreciation, and fans appreciate Nick Evans. Does he have a chance to make the team, and who else could play right field?

Evans is in the mix, whether or not Beltran can go at the start of season. If Beltran is not able to go, I think there are a number of candidates, among Scott Hairston and Willie Harris, and maybe Nick Evans. At this point, we haven’t given up on the notion about Beltran being ready. We will see over the next two or three days. Realistically, it would be a platoon if Beltran isn’t ready to start the season.




190 comments
Pat d
Pat d

Joey

I know you are trying to create a QB controversy but I just don't see it. There was no controversy in Philly last year when Foles took the starting job. In fact It has been reported that Vick was a good locker room guy and mentor to Foles.

But you are right that the Jets don't know how to cultivate a QB.

GhostofBrowningNagle
GhostofBrowningNagle

Ghost just wants to say: he is very disappointed in himself for NOT realizing about 5 years earlier that darelle revis is a dead ringer for Teddy Pendergrass


close the doooor baby

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

I like Breno:


"There, they asked the right tackle what he wanted to wash his chicken parmesan down with. He said a six-pack of Bud Light.

He and his dining companions talked about their families and hunting as Giacomini easily drained the half-dozen bottles. "It was my first time meeting the coaches, so I didn't want to ask for a 30-rack right away," he said."

Pat d
Pat d

Joey

I know you are trying to create a QB controversy but I just don't see it. There was no controversy in Philly last year when Foles took the starting job. In fact It has been reported that Vick was a good locker room guy and mentor to Foles.

inezsains
inezsains

What the hell is it. Do the Jets only employ anxiety-ridden basket cases for QBs? For years the coaches have been calling Sanchez and now Geno mentally tough but in reality they tiptoe around with their comments so as not to shatter their egos. Want to see who is mentally tough? Just say the best dude plays and then cut the ones who are weeping.

BDarc23
BDarc23

I was just reading the Pryor article and was thinking about a bunch of posts here saying Rookie DPOY for 2nd straight year.  The last safety to win rookie DPOY was Mark Carrier in 1990. The winner seems to basically be a linebacker with a DL sprinkled in here and there.  It doesn't seem like Safety typically generates the stats required.  Just throwing out that observation and not trying to be negative about the Pryor pick. It was a very safe pick. No pun intended.

williamg1
williamg1

Be prepared for Joey to bombard us with excerpts of Cimini's latest article. 

bradysucks
bradysucks

@jake100


It's too bad Vick isn't as good as your  hero who you worshiped and defended on this blog for YEARS & YEARS.....aka Sanchez...


oh wait


(rolls eyes)

bradysucks
bradysucks

@Hanknaples


There won't be another Jack Tatum - different era and different rules


BUT....


If Earl Thomas and Bob Sanders had a baby and you added about 3 inches in height you'd end up with Calvin Pryor

bradysucks
bradysucks

@jake100


PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


(rolls eyes)

Pat d
Pat d

Mack will be defensive rookie of the year

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

@BDarc23 of course generally the winners will be mostle pass rushers who generate stats.  Clowney would be by far the preseason favorite.

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

@BDarc23 

Using my forecasting model against his college performance, this years strength of schedule, and a myriad of other factors, I'm seeing a low ball figure of 15 interceptions with a ceiling topping out at 34 interceptions.  This guy is going to be insane if the mathematical models are accurate.

levi
levi

@BDarc23 I think its because they can have more of an immediate impact on the team. The safety has a lot to learn before he will be a major factor. But hey if Pryor generates turnovers ya never know.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@BDarc23 So, clearly, what you're saying is that Ikemefuna Enemkpali is going to be the DROY.


YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jake100 I'd call you the Flavor Flav to Rich Cimini's Chuck D, but that would be incredibly insulting to Flavor Flav and Chuck D.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@jake100 

Having players and coaches that know how to handle the media is a good thing and not creating stories where none exist.

jaygo
jaygo

@jake100 I suspect Idzik pre-approved the statement and may even have written it.  Not too many loose lips in Jets camp these days.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@williamg1 At this point, I think Rich is writing them with Joey specifically in mind, and Joey wakes up every day with baited breath to see what juicy nightcrawlers of wisdom his beloved Rich is going to tenderly drop into his beak.

bobbyj
bobbyj

Are you nuts. What was Earl Thomas drafted, 2nd overall or something. Don't get me wrong, I'm on boerd w/Calvin, but give the man a chance, Earl Thomas is a big time player, probably, if not defintly the best all around Safiety in the NFL

Pat d
Pat d

You got

You got

You got what I want

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

@jaygo @jake100 

The real controversy is the fact we've got very little talent at the QB position.  Geno stinks until I say otherwise.  Vick is old and one hit from IR.  Simms is a QB4 at best.  Geno versus Vick is like arguing whether you should poop or pee first.  Nobody wins.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Disgruntled Jets Fan @williamg1 I had assumed williamg1 made this comment because Cimini just published a new article but on reflection it was perhaps just some general life advice.

bradysucks
bradysucks

@jake100 @bradysucks


Yeah Joeyboy....They ruined Sanchez with 50 million dollars and by giving him endless opportunities to prove he could protect the football.....management is also responsible for the buttfumble (a conspiracy few people are aware of)


(sarcasm)


(rolls eyes)

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

@jake100 @bradysucks


Guys,guys, if Vick is washed up, it'll show  on the field and Geno's development will not be sidetracked  for any brief interruption by Vick.

Bent
Bent moderator

@bobbyj Earl Thomas was drafted 14th in 2010...only five spots higher than Pryor in a draft that was not regarded as being as strong as this one was.

levi
levi

@Hanknaples I read his book when I was young. "They call me assassin" I dont remember much of it but it did inspire me back then.

jaygo
jaygo

@jake100 @williamg1 @jaygo You guys just don't want to see that Vick has been told to talk like he's the back-up because he is the back-up.  Undermining the boss would be screaming how he's gonna kick Geno's arse and start.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Tequila Joe


(It was because Cimini entitled his article Vick comments on QB race).

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@Ceifus Hornswoggle @Bent @Disgruntled Jets Fan @williamg1 Maybe I missed something. Please explain who's playing the race card? What did Vick say?