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A Sensible Yankees Offseason Plan

Monday, October 17th, 2011

We have been debating how many years the Yankees should go with CC Sabathia if he elects to opt-out of his current 7 year/$161 million dollar deal. I mentioned on Friday how the Yankees should see all the red flags displayed by C.J. Wilson this postseason and stay away. In reading Joel Sherman the last couple of days it may be […]

Dillon Gee Can Be the Mets Jon Garland

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

He was called upon in an emergency yesterday, but it appears Dillon Gee‘s rotation stint might be quite a bit longer. For as well as Chris Young has pitched, when he’s been on the mound, the Mets rotation needs someone that can give them innings every fifth day. Dillon Gee has been that type of […]

Small “Non Moves” Haunting the Mets

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

The Mets critical West Coast trip couldn’t have gotten off to a more frustrating start. The Giants have scored 3 runs in 18 innings and have won both ballgames. It shouldn’t be a surprise that a lineup without Reyes, Jason Bay hitting singles, and Jeff Francoeur swinging at everything is struggling to plate runs. Another […]

Has Jerry Sold Omar on Mejia?

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Jenrry Mejia is already starting to become the tired out debate that Joba Chamberlain is over in the Bronx. Much has been made about Mejia being treated as a reliever the rest of camp, possibly preventing him from starting the season in the Binghamton rotation. This could mean that 1) the Mets are seriously considering […]

Smoltz & the Internal Options

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

It looks like the Mets will sign John Smoltz, and rely on numerous in house candidates for the rotation. Personally, I wanted Ben Sheets. As I predicted, it was going to take about $10 million dollars plus incentives to sign the righty. All winter we have told fans the Mets did not want to take […]

Report: Mets Will Go Hard After Sheets

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

This offseason has been filled with a lot of smoke, but very little fire. In an interesting twist, just a day after it appeared that Texas was the favorite to land Ben Sheets, reports are circulating the Rangers may not have the capital to go after his services. Buster Olney of ESPN believes the Mets […]

Garland Might be Most Realistic Option

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

The amazing part of this offseason is that, as slow as the transactions have come, it has flown by quickly. Pitchers and catchers are right around the corner, and baseball is very near. I suspect many of the lingering free agents will start signing quickly, as was evidence yesterday with Doug Davis and Joel Pineiro […]

Rumor Mill: Delgado, Molina, and Starting Pitching

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Spoke to Joe Demayo last night and we have some Mets nuggets for the rumor mill: - If Carlos Delgado doesn’t get reinjured and shows solid mobility the Mets will resign him. The feeling is mutual since he prefers to play first base instead of being a full time DH. - Many feel it’s still […]

For Mets, What’s Next?- What I Would Do

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

So Jason Bay, pending physical, will play left field and bat fifth for the Mets in 2010. I outlined the reasons why I think this is a good deal earlier today. What’s next for the Mets? Probably announcing the Bengie Molina deal, however I am sure we will start to hear more rumblings after the […]

Why Hughes & Joba Are Better Off Elsewhere

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

I believe the debate about bullpen vs. rotation for Joba Chamberlain and Phil Hughes has reached a critical point. The acquisition of Javier Vazquez ensures that one will start the season in the bullpen yet again. Who that is remains a question. Our very own Frank Russo believes Hughes is the better fit, most think […]

Is Pedro the Best Option for Mets Rotation?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Pedro Martinez back in Queens? Is that heresy? Maybe not according to Jayson Stark earlier today. I will add another nugget to ponder: Is Pedro the best “value” pick for the Mets starting rotation? So far we have seen Randy Wolf sign for 3 years/$30 million and Jason Marquis 2 year/$15 million. They had a […]

Hughes Innings Limits and the Rotation

Friday, December 18th, 2009

During the Curtis Granderson press conference Brian Cashman discussed Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain. It appears that Chamberlain will finally have “no restrictions” on his innings come this season. Whether that was the cause for his inconsistent pitching remains to be seen. Phil Hughes, however, will be subjected to an innings limit. What is reasonable […]

Bay, Delgado, Bats, Bullpen

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

As the dust settles from “Black Monday” perhaps we can take a more pragmatic view of the Mets offseason and where they need to go. As much as John Lackey or Roy Halladay would have helped a dubious rotation, it should come as no surprise that neither player wound up in Queens. All along I […]

Mets Fans the Apocalypse is Not Here

Monday, December 14th, 2009

After Mets fans reaction on Twitter, Facebook, WFAN, and the blogosphere to the Phillies acquisition of Roy Halladay, I had to pull my car over because I was afraid the end of the world as we know it had arrived. Although I don’t agree that Halladay is worth “one win” as some stat geeks contend, […]

Halladay Still Yanks Best Option

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

We’re now one day away from the start of the winter meetings and as we all know, there will be much talk regarding the status of Roy Halladay. Many in the Yankees organization believe that it is absolutely imperative for Cashman to obtain Halladay, since it will not only strengthen the starting rotation, but also […]