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Holliday Contract Validates Bay Decision

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Count me surprised that Scott Boras scored a long term deal for Matt Holliday. All winter we were told by baseball people that Holliday would “max out” somewhere in the 6 year/$105 million dollar range. There was a thought the Red Sox offer, for $82 million dollars, was where Holliday’s market stood. Scott Boras didn’t […]

The MLBTR Mets

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Tim Dierkes has a fresh post up on MLBTradeRumors.com that is worth pondering (full disclosure- I also write at MLBTR). He predicts where the remaining 25 free agents on his lost of 50 Top Free Agents will end up- and no fewer than four of the 25 end up in Queens- John Smoltz, Carlos Delgado, […]

Francesa: Mets Sign Jason Bay

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Mike Francesa just reported on WFAN the Mets have signed Jason Bay pending a physical this weekend. He also said Bengie Molina is holding to his three year contract demands. I find this strange that Francesa has this type of confidence and Ken Rosenthal, Jon Heyman, or another writer didn’t have it first. Also to […]

Mets, Payroll, and Going the Extra Mile

Monday, December 28th, 2009

One of the common themes over the last decade is the Mets fail to “do what it takes” in order to compete. I have been a critic of what I will call “Plan B” mentality over the years. In 2001 they failed to capitalize on their NL pennant and passed on Alex Rodriguez, a player […]

Let Molina Wait and Learn

Friday, December 18th, 2009

We all thought here at NYBD that Omar Minaya was going to leave the winter meetings with Bengie Molina. Now it appears that Jason Bay may sign before Molina thanks to absurd demands for a three year deal. At this point I would make Molina “a take it or leave it” offer and move on […]

Would You Be Happy With Holliday, Marquis, and Molina?

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

We had an interesting question posed by a caller on last night’s show. Could Mets fans be happy if the team acquired Matt Holliday, Jason Marquis, and Bengie Molina? I believe the answer is yes. Everyone seems to agree that Bengie Molina will eventually don Mets orange and blue. Anything under a three year deal […]

Talking Hot Stove Day 3 @ 7pm

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

We are back with another two hours of great hot stove talk. We talk Mets during the first hour as I am joined by NYBD contributors Joe Demayo and Matt Pignataro. Hear the latest on what moves the Mets should, or should not, make. I am sure Bengie Molina, Jason Marquis, Matt Holliday, and John […]

Don’t Lose Sight of OBP

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

I get criticized a lot for my penchant to write about “intangibles” and lack of use of modern statistical analysis. In reality I always strive for balance and never try to get too infatuated with one aspect of the game. This year I noticed such a gap in fan appreciation for the human side of […]

Listen to Howard and I Talk Granderson, Holliday, and Catchers

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Short 30 minute segment for everyone to download today. Howard will be at the Jimmy V Classic while I am headed to NYC to watch Joe Buck Live. Before we go out for the evening we recorded a short edition of NYBD Radio. We weighed the pros and cons of Curtis Granderson, gave our thoughts […]

Mets Don’ Appear to Know Which Direction To Go

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

With all the swirling rumors the one sure thing I took away from day one of the winter meetings is the Mets are still determining the landscape. Most big market teams can focus on their needs and execute, but this year may be different because of a lackluster free agent class where John Lackey is […]

Mets Need to Hold the Line At One Year For Molina

Monday, December 7th, 2009

I think $6 million for one year of Bengie Molina is too much money. But you won’t hear me complaining about it if the Mets ink Molina to such a deal-and the reporting by Joe DeMayo and Jon Heyman indicates they may well do that. Even if the deal includes a team option for year […]

Mets Close on Molina?

Monday, December 7th, 2009

As reported on NYBD Radio and by Joe Demayo at Twitter the Mets are meeting with Bengie Molina’s agent tonight. The thought is both sides are motivated to get a deal done. Molina is reported to be seeking a 3 year deal while the Mets prefer one year and an option. Demayo believes that if […]

The Intangibles of Catching

Monday, December 7th, 2009

With all the talk of what type of catcher the Mets should acquire I thought it would be a good idea to reach out to someone that played the position. Former big leaguer Brent Mayne caught 14 years in the big leagues- even spending some time here in New York with the Mets. His website, […]

Kicking Off the Winter Meetings @ 7pm

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

The wildest week of the hot stove season begins tonight as Howard Megdal of SNY and I kick off the 2009 Winter Meetings in Indianapolis. We will talk about the Yankees during the first half hour and will be joined by former big leaguer, and Yankees scout, Jalal Leach. We will give the latest on […]

Trade Market for Catchers & Game Calling

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Before we fit Bengie Molina for a Mets uniform there are some catchers that may be available via trade. Ryan Doumit - Interesting name because he can play multiple positions. He has manned 1b and RF during his career. Doumit reportedly is available due to his remaining two years and eight million left on his […]