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Don Mattingly and NL Mgr of the Year, Reyes Negotiation Strategy, Rule V

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

I was extremely skeptical of Don Mattingly taking over as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The former Yankees star didn’t have any minor league experience. He was given coaching jobs with the Yankees and Dodgers due to his name and relationship with Joe Torre. When he went up for the Yankees job against Girardi it was made […]

Holt Aims to Make an Impression in AFL

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Ever since he was the Mets’ first-round pick in 2008, right-hander Brad Holt has been an enigma. The talent is there for the 24-year-old, but the results haven’t been. He looked great at Brooklyn in 2008, going 5-3, 1.87 in 14 starts, striking out 96 and walking just 33 in 74.1 innings. That rightfully got […]

Mejia Back Where He Belongs

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Right-hander Jenrry Mejia will make his first start for the Double-A Binghamton Mets tonight. It’s right to say the talented 20-year-old from Tabara Arrisba, D.R., is doing this about 70 games and two-and-half months too late. The Mets, with manager Jerry Manuel among the leading proponents, insisted on having Mejia, the club’s No. 1 prospect, […]

Carmona Available, Should Mets Be Interested?

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Matt Cerrone of Metsblog reported the Mets interest in Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, and Jake Westbrook yesterday. Of course, stars like Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt will also be available come the trading deadline. NYBD has learned that Cleveland will also listen to offers for Fausto Carmona. Since it’s going to be difficult to pull […]

Blood on Jerry’s Hand With Mejia

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Jenrry Mejia pitched in another low leverage situation last night. After the game I heard on WFAN that Jerry Manuel said sending Mejia down to the minors to develop as a starter is something the team would consider. It’s a well known fact that Manuel pushed to have Mejia on the ballclub because he felt […]

Reese Havens Impresses in B-Mets Debut

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Ike Davis has been the story of the 2008 draft thus far with his play at first base for the Mets. It may not be long before he is joined by another draftee, Reese Havens, to play second base right beside him. Last night I had a chance to watch Havens make his Eastern League […]

Could the Mets Get Adrian Gonzalez?

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Last spring I suggested the Mets “deal the farm” for Padres first basemen Adrian Gonzalez. The package I proposed was Jenrry Mejia, Jonathan Niese, Fernando Martinez, Daniel Murphy and Brad Holt. A rich package, no doubt, but this is a player that hit 40 homers and put up an OPS+ of 166 while playing half […]

Baseball America Gives Mets “C” on Draft Rating

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I always have to give the guys at Baseball America credit. In preparation for the issuing of their annual prospect guide, they come up with something new and interesting on annual basis. This year, Jim Callis has graded all 30 big-league teams on how they drafted between 2005-08. The Mets, with a 2.13 GPA, rate […]

Toby Hyde on AFL, Backman, Top 10

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Last night Toby Hyde of Mets Minor League Blog joined me to discuss the state of the Mets farm system. He updated us on his impressions of the organization in the Arizona Fall League, gave his thoughts on the hire of Wally Backman, Marty Noble’s mailbag about the winning attitude of Mets young ballplayers, and […]

Mets Looking at Granderson?

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Matt Pignataro of Seven Train to Shea has been doing some great work out west as he spent the summer working for the Spokane Indians. During that time he contacted many baseball people who have helped him report some interesting information. Yesterday he wrote the Mets may have interest in Curtis Granderson along with the […]

Top 10 Indicates Mets Should Break the Bank

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

If there is one thing I learned from BA’s Mets Top 10 prospects is that you shouldn’t expect any impact players outside of Ike Davis in 2010. Here are some numbers that Mets fans should take very seriously: 33 31 27 Those are the ages that Carlos Beltran, Johan Santana, David Wright, and Jose Reyes […]

Law: Holt a Reliever

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Keith Law mentioned a few Mets prospects during his chat yesterday. The one question that stood out was from a New York fan who asked whether Brad Holt was a starter or reliever. Law said, without hesitation, that Holt is a reliever because he is a one pitch guy. Sounds an awful lot like Bobby […]

Mets Top 10 - Five Years Later

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

The Mets player development has been a major topic of conversation since the dismissal of Tony Bernazard. Many experts cite the Mets inability to plug in league average replacements for the big league club when members of the 25 man roster went down. It got me to thinking about the Mets farm system and how […]

Bean Ball, Missed Opportunity, WAR

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

- Lost in all the talk about the Yankees fifth spot is what a great opportunity Ian Kennedy and George Kontos would have if they were healthy. IPK would probably been the first to get the call since he actually has big league experience. There were questions about whether IPK is out for the season. […]

Source: As of Now Nothing Major for Mets

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Joe Demayo just relayed the latest Mets information. According to information he has gathered, it is becoming extremely unlikely that the Mets will do anything major. Omar Minaya is not inclined to deal Fernando Martinez, Jenrry Mejia, Brad Holt, Ike Davis, and Jonathan Niese. Those are the specific names given, and what teams most covet. […]