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Mets Weekend Review, from Wright to Wilpon

In case you missed it, this past weekend…

David Wright is happy to be on the Mets, he’s confident in Sandy Alderson’s plan and excited about the additions of Bartolo Colon and Curtis Granderson

Josh Satin is working this winter to be an outfielder…

Curtis Granderson said he does not regret saying, “true New Yorkers are Mets fans,” noting he meant no harm to the Yankees with his remarks…

According to the Daily News, “Mets GM Sandy Alderson had the line of the night at the annual New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America dinner at the New York Hilton,” by again joking about his team’s finances…

Free-agent reliever Tim Byrdak said the Mets passed on bringing him back and he will not be pitching for them in 2014…

The Mets have expressed interest in free agent RHP Fernando Rodney, as well as RHP Mitchell Boggs, but nothing appears imminent…

Alderson is very pleased that 24-year-old SS Ruben Tejada took his off-season conditioning program seriously and appears ready for 2014…

Lastly, Alderson and Jeff Wilpon said the Mets are not done trying to improve the roster for next season…




29 comments
nymess14
nymess14

Although I agree that the Mets have done more than a year ago to make this team competitive, the things that would make this team a contender in 2014 are not present...

1. Closer.....Parnell, though a quality reliever has no backup in case he faulters at all and at times has proven unreliable.

2. Short Stop has not been improved.  Tejada is a backup, not a starting shortstop.  While I think that Drew is not worth the money he has been asking, it would behoove the Mets to go after one of the Arizona SS's, Grigorious or Owings.  Owings would be preferrable.

3. Since the Mets were not able to move Davis more power is needed in the outfield. I don't like Cruz, but he would be a better option than Eric Young in Left.  

4. Where oh where is the leadoff hitter we have been looking for......Eric Young adds speed to the number 1 spot but his OBP is too low for that......The other options in the minors are not good Kirk Neuenheis and Matt Den Dekker have not shown that they can get on base with any regularity


All of these are major short comings of this team.

Donald Obrien
Donald Obrien

Solid def. & off.:  Wright, Murphy, & Granderson.

Solid def. & Possible off. improvement:  d"Arnaud & Lagares.

Big gamble: C. Young.

Looking for a miracle:  Tejada and Ike Davis/Lucas Duda.

Mets chances of contending:  Slim.  But I'll still watch every game.  I believe in miracles.

 

 

mets573
mets573

I think mets will get 82-86 wins. Not enough offense and idkkk how the bullpen will hold up. Although there's a possibility of granderson hitting 40 home runs and Chris young hitting 30 and ike Davis getting back on track. There's a also a possibility of all them sacking and hitting 200. With not much power. Starting rotation looks good, only question is colon if he stays healthy and if we get the good colon or bad. Zack wheeler and niese gotta step up

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Even during those few games in which Tejada DID play (before freak injury) it was obvious that he was a (marginal) upgrade.  Byrdak gave it the old college try but it was abundantly clear he had nothing left in the tank. Time to turn the page and move-on. Your average Met fan remains frustrated with Sandy because there were widespread expectations of insight and acumen (particularly after Omar Minaya) that have yet to be realized. You can only live on the Wheeler and D'Arnaud deals for so long. And the overwhelming majority of free agent moves have been questionable at best (Frank Francisco, Ramon Ramirez).

BadContract
BadContract

When was the last time we had a better second half of the season? a great home record? C'MON MAN!

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

I don't think this team is going to do as poorly as everyone is anticipating.  By no means am I satisfied with this offseason or a huge supporter of the front office, but it all comes down to certain players performing like they need to.

At the very least, we've got some decent starting pitching and a big ball park to play half our games in.  There's some huge question marks in the lineup, and naturally we assume they're going to tank it again because why the helll wouldn't they?  They're going to play the games either way though, and it will be interesting to see who might be able to turn it around and resurrect their careers and this franchise.

Personally, I'm most looking forward to watching d'Arnaud do his thing with more than 100 ABs, and eventually Thor sometime in July.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Although the Mets will never admit to it the Harvey injury had an affect on their off season plans. Had he been healthy we would have not signed Colon and that money would have gone either towards a Drew or even Cruz.

Poop-a-doodle-doo!
Poop-a-doodle-doo!

I guess Tejada is going to be our starting SS.  How many automatic outs will be in this lineup?

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@Wayne Martiak Jr Maybe it tells you something about your knowledge level of baseball when you vote in the extreme minority of such an obvious question.

It's not your fault though, maybe someday you'll understand.  Maybe go read a book or something?

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@drmetfan  Harvey's injury definitely changed things.

Personally I think they were going to explore some big trade possibilities involving one or more of our young pitching prospects - maybe Flores as well - to bring back a big time bat or two.  Obviously with Harvey's future status up in the air, the Mets should feel more reluctant to move younger arms until they know he can return to form.That said, I believe such a trade will go down next offseason or maybe around the All-Star break, though next offseason makes more sense.

nolrog
nolrog

@drmetfan If Harvey didn't get injured, they would have found some other excuse to not go after big time free agents.

dous_nj
dous_nj

Im not saying i agree or disagree, but you have to remember a couple things. First, there are still plenty of moves that can be made (cant see more than a couple being made at tops though) and two, im not sure one should expect all the holes to be filled in this off season. There are just too many to be filled and the talent poolin the holes that are top priority is not that impressive. Sure, would have been nice to see them go after some bigger names, but i personally dont mind that they didnt. I think this team is improved and will continue to improve. If this team still plays meanginful baseball by labor day wknd, i'd be happy with the progress.

chasesimms
chasesimms

3 to 5 depending on the day. Minimum of 3 the way I see it. That's not counting the catcher.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@Sentimental Steve Tejada doesn't worry me as much as some other spots on this roster.  He had a god awful 2013, but his 2011 and 2012 were decent.  I understand why people hate on him, but it's not like he's been a terrible player his whole career.  It was one pathetic season, but let's not forget the numbers he put up before then.

Joe De Sr.
Joe De Sr.

Well,he will be one for sure. Then Duda!

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

30 games does make a pretty big difference chief.

stemog
stemog

@Robby Johnson@drmetfanUnfortunately, injuries happen all the time. An entire organization should not be put on hold because one guy who pitches every five days is missing the season.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

You can even pump that number a bit if you include the lower OBP guys that makes so many outs.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

You're kidding right? He's never put up any numbers whatsoever. No power, he can foul a couple pitches off and that's it. His OBP skills are a pure function of being the 8th hitter in the NL.

stemog
stemog

@Robby Johnson@stemogSo if Wheeler improves on his partial season from last season, which most expect, and Montero and Syndergaard are anywhere close to where they're being projected come June or July, will it be worth blowing off a whole year? I don't think so. Yes, Harvey is extremely important to the franchise, but you don't just give up an entire year because one guy is down! If that's the mentality and they're waiting until 2015, then no ticket in 2014 should be more than $10.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@stemog It's a little different when that guy is the hands down ace of your staff and the guys being traded are all young pitchers. If Harvey comes back as a shell of himself and all the young pitching has been traded, where would we stand?

To me, it's worth the wait to see how Harvey responds over the course of his rehab.  Way too much of a gamble otherwise.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@BringBackDaveTelghe Weird, his career OBP numbers are the same or better when hitting 1st, 2nd, or 7th are opposed to 8th.

Thanks for playing though.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@Wayne Martiak Jr You come at people talking all tough, misusing their words and acting like you know what you're talking about.  You can't find those stats?  It's probably because you wouldn't even know where to look, nor would you even know how to process them.

But don't worry guy, I'll make sure to correct every idiotic post you have from now on.  It's the least I could do for such a clueless and misinformed "fan".

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@Wayne Martiak Jr  Please show me where I said his numbers were "great" you moron.  I said they were decent, and for an 8 hole hitter, hitting around .285-.290 is decent.


And his defense was bad last season, but he had a positive dWAR in 2011 and 2012, which is literally in the same neighborhood as Drew in recent history