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Jose Valverde is used to competing for a bullpen spot

Jose Valverde is competing to be in the Opening Day bullpen, which is something he is used to during his career.

“For me, every year I try to compete like a minor league guy, always,” Valverde said after pitching a perfect ninth inning on Wednesday (NY Post, Mar. 6). “All my life, what I’ve done in spring training is like I’ve never played in the big leagues. The first day in Arizona, Houston, Detroit and now with the Mets, that was my mind-set all the time.”

Valverde has allowed a run, a walk and one hit in two innings of Grapefruit League work this spring.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

In the end, I think Valverde will make the team. It’s not a lock, though. And, experts watching him tell me he looks unlike the pitcher they expect him to be this time of year. The same is being said about Kyle Farnsworth, who also signed a minor-league deal with the Mets to compete for a job in the big-league bullpen. It’s sounds to me like Valverde has the leg up, with one talent evaluator telling me Farnsworth looks like he should retire.

Mu hunch is John Lannan or Daisuke Matsuzaka will make the rotation, pushing Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen along with Valverde. However, if the organization determines Mejia is better served starting for Triple-A Vegas, maybe Farnsworth squeaks on the roster in hopes that he builds up strength and performs better throughout the season.




37 comments
Jose Crespo
Jose Crespo

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Jimmy
Jimmy

Earlier, there were reports that Niese "felt pain" in his shoulder today. I don't know if he is still making his next Grapefruit start, but there may be 2 rotation spots before Opening Day. Good thing we didn't trade Niese in the offseason before he got hurt, like someone suggested (many of us here).

Anyway, I wouldn't make any Roster predictions until we find out how many more Mets come down with the injury bug before Opening Day.

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

i hope it works out this way----Dice K makes the rotation, Lannan makes the bullpen as long relief/spot starter/2nd lefty. Mejia looks good, but still gets sent down to AAA just to stretch out a bit and work on his stuff and really test that elbow.

Then the rest of the bullpen goes Parnell, Black, Valverde, Torres, Scott Rice, and hopefully Edgin. I'm sick of this team carrying long relief pitchers that aren't suited for that role, AND carrying 1 friggin lefty. 3 lefties is fine if one of them is your long relief guy.

The reason why I want both Lannan and Dice-K over Mejia and other guys, is because then we add much more depth to our major league and AAA pitching staff, while maximizing the value of our minor league deal guys (except Farnsworth, frig him). 


This will allow us to A) cut bait quicker with Dice K if he falters after impressing in spring and making the team

B) easily swap out Dice K when Montero and/or Thor is ready

C) allow the younger guys to get used more and in THE PROPER WAY (enough damn Mejia to the pen talk!) in the minors to increase trade value.


If it works out this way, the Mets would be in position of strength to make a mid season trade, even if they are 10 games under .500....we can't go to a 7 man rotation, so when Montero and Thor are ready, something's gonna have to give. Being able to give Dice-K his release (i mean, unless he's having a dominating, bounce back season), will allow us to trade just one member of the rotation, which is easier than having to trade 2 or more. 

If there's a trade to be made in June or July, for a stud hitter, regardless of our record, we would have the depth and talent to make it, and SHOULD make it.


72tilltc
72tilltc

Miguel Batista Laffey Manny Acosta Farnsworth Dice K anything to keep the young guys down!

hashburry
hashburry

Looks unlike the pitcher they expect him to be.  What in the world does that mean?  He's wearing a mustache?  Throwing 100?  Throwing 70?  Too fat?  Why bother posting this stuff.  But hey, Mu hunch counts for something!

Coq de Pierre
Coq de Pierre

That's odd. Andrew was just informing us yesterday about the record-setting levels of traffic they're currently enjoying here--and yet commenting has declined more than 80%. You would think all these new readers would have something to say.

[sound of single cricket chirping]

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Farnsworth was washed-up when he was back with the Yankees.Valverde is the second coming of Mel Rojas. Neither of them should be with this team. Once again, let's see what the young guys can do. Is anyone out there remotely interested in watching John Lannan or Dice-K?

Mejia should start in AAA. Matsuzaka should be the 5th starter. No team goes through the season without an injury. As soon as a Mets starter gets injured Meijia should be on a plane to NY.

eric88
eric88

TC ALWAYS WILL favor a marginal Vet over a big prospect. Look at Wilmer Flores, They yank him all over the field. That has got to screw up a 22 year old. That's why TC already had his mind made up before camp opened. Mejia never had a chance.

JoeBourgeois
JoeBourgeois

As others have said, if anybody's listening, please let's not jerk Mejia around any more. He wants to start, he's more valuable as a starter, QED.

Alan J Tepper
Alan J Tepper

"And, experts watching him tell me he looks unlike the pitcher they expect him to be this time of year."  What exactly does this mean?  Unless I know what their current expectations are of Valverde, I cannot be sure if he is underperforming or overperforming.

SaltyGary
SaltyGary

"Mu hunch"? Is that what the kids say these days?

matt520
matt520

No way I want Mejia in the bullpen. I am not opposed to guys coming up in the pen and transtioning to the rotation like the Cardinals so often do, but we have yanked Mejia back and forth too many times. He has options, we owe it to him, if wins the fifth spot great...if not, AAA rotation.

thecyclone
thecyclone

If both are looking bad why should either of them make the team? Because they're veterans? What will they be? Decorations? Who in that bullpen is going to listen to anything they say if everytime they're in the game they get shelled? Guys who can pitch should be in the bullpen, not veteran pitcher/coaches.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

if meija doesn't make the rotation he should be in the bullpen I'm sorry.  This guy has the potential to be a very good starter do not mess with that.

Anthony Fiore
Anthony Fiore

@Jimmy  What the hell are you talking about?  

Jon Niese throws, feels “very close to 100 percent”

Aaron Gleeman

 

Mar 6, 2014, 12:51 PM EST


Jon Niese saw his first game action since undergoing an MRI exam on his sore shoulder last week, throwing two innings in a Mets intrasquad game today.

And he seemed very happy with how things went,telling Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

I felt great. It’s a great feeling to go out there and not feel any pain in your shoulder. It was a great step forward to go out on the mound and feel very close to 100 percent.

Opti-Mets-tic
Opti-Mets-tic

@Mr. SERCH  I agree, except I hope it's Familia over Edgin. Edgin in the minors. I am a Met fan, and I am also a 51s fan. Both teams, look to have fantastic pitching. It is exciting.

Opti-Mets-tic
Opti-Mets-tic

@Coq de Pierre  The comment section, has become more of a pity party, whining fest. Traffic probably is up, with fans that want to get the updates, and they just read the stuff, and go on with there life. Maybe there aren't so many comments, because there isn't that much to whine about?

hankincolo
hankincolo

@Kenneth Meltsner Not really, but Lannan and Dice-K may surprise people until Thor and Montero and are ready. Farnsworth and Valverde filling the roster at this point. Although Valverde might be interesting to watch.  

zoddie
zoddie

I kind of hoped that would be deGroms job. Mejia in the rotation, deGrom if someone goes down after the first few weeks.

greekgod
greekgod

@eric88  Mejia never had a  chance is  correct. TC wants guys who were there before; TC wants his job for the next few years but it ain't  going to happen....he'll be gone next year....take it to the bank.

TheRealSayHey24
TheRealSayHey24

@SaltyGary  Possible reference to Matsuzaka?  If so, let give him mych credit.

mets2014
mets2014

@matt520 I think mejia is going to be a very good starting pitcher...one thing that is rarely mentioned regarding mejia is that he has never pitched 100 innings in a season...that said, he will be on innings limit in 2014, so he would not be able to make his 32 starts this season if he begins as the 5th starter...it may be best to use dice-k as the fifth starter and mejia as a long man in the bullpen getting a few innings of work per week...trust me, there will be a time during the course of the season that mejia will get his shot as a starter and perhaps get 140 innings or so of combined innings in 2014...this would set him up nicely to be the 5th starter in 2015 with no innings restrictions

Zac Tindall
Zac Tindall

They say valverde looks bad lol but he's only pitched a couple spring innings and he did very well so I don't understand how he can look bad with a small sample size

thecyclone
thecyclone

@Zac Tindall  You can get away with crap over a small sample size of a couple of innings, but if his fastball has no life, no zip, his breaking pitches dont look sharp, and his command is horrible, even in bullpen sessions, you can pretty much say he looks bad or not where he should be at this point in camp.