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It’s Best for Mets and F-Mart to Move On

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

It was late July of 2005 and the Mets unveiled their prized International signing, 16-year old outfielder Jesus Fernando Martinez. The ink was barely dry on his $1.4 million dollar signing bonus before he was taking batting practice in front of the Mets’ officials and players. It was another feather in the cap for the new […]

F-Mart, Not Carlos Gomez Was in Original Santana Deal

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

There have been many Mets connections in this postseason. J.J. Putz was closing ballgames for Arizona. Darren Oliver is coming out of the Rangers bullpen. During the NLCS we see K-Rod pitching the eighth inning and Carlos Gomez getting playing time in centerfield for Milwaukee. Gomez was a top Mets prospect when he was called up in 2007 after […]

Winning a Pennant is More Important than Winning the Value Game

Monday, July 25th, 2011

I love hearing reports about how teams “refuse” to give up a certain prospects for Carlos Beltran. Reporters, blogs, and fans talk about the fact that Beltran is a two month rental and will yield no draft picks (contract dictates the team can’t offer him arbitration) in free agency after the season. Earlier today, Jayson Stark of […]

Jason Bay Needs Time in Minors to Rediscover Stroke

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Jason Bay was dropped to the sixth spot last night. It didn’t matter, as he went 0-4 to drop his average to .216. His OPS of .601 brings back memories of Luis Castillo. With another two, possibly three, years on his contract it behooves the Mets to try everything to fix him. Clearly, doing this […]

What to Expect From the Buffalo Mets

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

The Mets current 25 man roster has eight players that were in Buffalo on Opening Day. Although the Mets system isn’t highly regarded for top talent it has been able to produce some decent replacement players in times of need. With Ike Davis and David Wright out for an indefinite period of time it’s an […]

The Beltran Options Don’t Cut It

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

It appears that even the most optimistic prognostication would have Carlos Beltran playing around 100 to 120 games. Right now, I would suspect he will need to miss about a third of the games due to his injured knee. We knew going into this season that Beltran was a risk. Last year, right field was […]

Fernando Martinez Last Stand

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

No one represents the failed expectations of the Omar Minaya era more than Fernando Martinez. As a 16 year old he wowed the organization during a batting practice session at Citi Field. From that day on he was routinely ranked #1 on all organization prospect lists. Many thought he would join David Wright and Jose […]

A Halladay What If

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

There was a New York connection to Roy Halladay‘s no hitter tonight. Yes, the obvious is how Halladay became the second pitcher to throw a postseason no hitter since Don Larsen did it for the Yankees in 1956. The other connection was the pursuit of Halladay last summer by both New York teams. Seeing how […]

2010 Mets Top Prospect List

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Each year we do a top prospect list here at NYBD. Of course, everyone has a list, but it’s fun to see how each site looks at players. Jed Weisberger of MILB will be doing his Yankees list sometime in the near future, but as he does each year Joe Demayo put up his top […]

What Will Make the Final Six Weeks Productive

Monday, August 9th, 2010

It’s time to stop listening to the empty words of Jerry Manuel, Omar Minaya, and any of the members of the Mets 25 man roster. They can talk about what they need to do, but reality states they are not in a pennant race. Teams serious about winning are about 10 games over at this […]