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Manfred reiterates he’s OK with Mets finances

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, 9:45 am

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has no problem with Sandy Alderson’s payroll and the team’s finances, he told reporter Steven Marcus (Newsday, Feb. 27).

“I’m confident the Mets’ finances are in acceptable condition, and that they have available to them the resources to field a very competitive club,” Manfred said.

Manfred says he’s heard of no recent issues with offseason programs

February 10, 2015, 10:10 am

MLB is investigating the relationship between trainer Mike Barwis and the Mets, including how his offseason camp is run, who should attend and how it is funded (Bergen Record, Jan. 15). However, “We have not had a lot of problems on this issue recently,” he told ESPN >> Read more.

Manfred defends Fred Wilpon’s role on finance committee

January 25, 2015

Manfred does not understand why people have been critical of his choice to name Mets owner Fred Wilpon head of the league’s finance committee (NY Times, Jan. 25).

According to Manfred, the committee mostly deals with executive compensation and budget reviews. Issues dealing with possible fraud or inconsistencies in financial statements are handled by a separate group >> Read more

Newsday: Steven Matz has big-league stuff; now he’s waiting for call to The Show

“For the second straight season, Mets LH pitching prospect Steven Matz avoided the physical problems that once marred his development,” writes beat reporter Marc Carig. “In two years, he has rocketed through the system, his confidence soaring at every stop.”

According to Carig, Matz likely will begin the 2015 season at Triple-A Las Vegas, just one step away from a sweet homecoming, as some in the organization believe it won’t be much longer until he’s ready for the majors >> Read more in Newsday


Wright says, ‘It’s enough talk,’ it’s time go out and prove it

February 27, 2015, 8:45 am

“Last time I checked, the team that talks the most doesn’t get any more wins,” David Wright recently told reporter Matt Ehalt (Bergen Record, Feb. 27). “It’s one of those things where — I’ve been guilty of this, too — where you get confident in this group of guys and you’re asked a question and you answer it honestly, and we’ve kind of talked a big game this off-season. … It’s enough of the talk. Now it’s a matter of going out there and preparing for opening day.”

The Mets have a confidence problem

February 23, 2015

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone,

The Mets are getting hammered by hosts and callers this morning on MLB Network Radio.

It’s only going to get worse when outside media and other team’s fans get wind of the team-issued t-shirt that reads, “Take the damn thing,” alluding to the pennant (Brender, Feb. 23).

Similarly, Terry Collins is now MLB’s version of Rex Ryan, because he’s “making guarantees,” as one caller put it, talking tall about getting to the playoffs >> Read more

Mets aren’t planning contract talks with Daniel Murphy

The Mets have no plans to talk with Daniel Murphy this season about a contract extension, a team source told reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, Feb. 26).

Murphy said Thursday he is open to signing a contract to return to the Mets, but he would prefer not to have a back-and-forth negotiation during the season.

He will earn $8 million this season, after which he is eligible to be a free agent.

“My wife and I looked at each other when I signed that deal and were cross eyed, I can’t believe they’re paying me that much money,” he said, when asked if he feels he could make more money than he is on the open market >> Read more in the New York Post, Bergen Record, Newsday and

Murphy talked with reporters at Tradition Field on Thursday and said…

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What’s on tap for Friday, Feb. 27

The Mets will continue full-squad workouts in Port St. Lucie on Friday, during which the the forecast calls for wind and morning rain.

Matt Harvey is scheduled to face hitters tracking pitches during batting practice for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

In case you missed it from Mets camp on Thursday

The bonus pools for the 2015 First-Year Player Draft have been released and, thanks to signing Michael Cuddyer, the Mets have the least amount to spend in baseball >> Read more.

ESPN will soon release an E:60 on Matt Harvey, “The Dark Knight Rises,” which follows him from his All Star fame to his surgery to his recovery >> Watch Here

Dillon Gee will start the team’s first Grapefruit League game on March 4. Harvey and Noah Syndergaard will pitch two days later on March 6 >> Read more

Lucas Duda will need another week before he starts swinging a bat and Bobby Parnell looked good throwing batting practice, Terry Collins said >> Read and hear more

Daniel Murphy and the Mets have yet to have talks about a contract extension, he told reporters on Thursday at Tradition Field >> Read more

Matthew Cerrone’s pictures from Thursday’s workouts…


2015 Draft bonus pools released

The bonus pools for the 2015 First-Year Player Draft have been released (Baseball America, Feb. 26).

The amount allotted is determined by each team’s draft position, the number of picks they have, and the amount of money they spent during the prior year’s draft.

The Mets, who do not have a pick until the second round (53rd overall), will have $3,587,800 to spend –  the lowest amount in baseball. The Mets forfeited their first round pick (14th overall) in order to sign Michael Cuddyer.

The pool money is used to give bonuses to all players selected in the first 10 rounds of the draft and players selected in the last 30 rounds who receive more than $100,000.

Any club that goes over the bonus allotment incurs a large tax.

The 2015 First-Year Player Draft will take place from June 8 through June 10.

Johan Santana signs with Blue Jays

Former Met Johan Santana has signed a minor league deal with Toronto that includes an invite to major league camp (Heyman, Feb. 26).

Santana, 35, has been dealing with shoulder woes and has not appeared in the majors since he was with the Mets in 2012.

Photos from PSL: Sandy and DePo mostly scout the bottom of the roster

cerrone avatarMatthew Cerrone,

There are instances when Sandy Alderson will spend time watching veteran players, especially in a situation like when Bobby Parnell or Matt Harvey do something for the first time since surgery. Obviously, that warrants attention, evident by how many of the team’s brass attend. However, for the most part, he and Paul DePodesta spend most of their time watching guys who are not guaranteed spots on the big-league roster.


It makes sense when you think about it, since the real decisions, the big choices about who plays where and why, will come down to good, old-fashion scouting and instincts. Or, as Alderson put it to me last season when we talked about what he looks for when watching camp, who is riding the biggest wave toward the regular season…


Preview: E:60 on Matt Harvey, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

ESPN will soon release an E:60 on Matt Harvey, “The Dark Knight Rises,” which follows him from his fame to his surgery to his recovery >> Watch Here