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Castro v. Santos

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

There are going to be plenty of discussions about the proper way for the Mets to contend in 2011. And there will be potentially big pieces to put in place at key spots on the roster. But if what currently passes for the Kremlinology of the team’s 2011 payroll holds- the combination of the $120 […]

Maine Effective in Rehab Start

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

TRENTON, N.J. – Mets righty John Maine, who was placed on the disabled list May 21 with right shoulder fatigue, started on his road back to Jerry Manuel’s rotation yesterday in Waterfront Park. Maine, who was pulled from his last start May 20 in Washington after facing a single batter, was 1-3, 6.13 over nine […]

Do the Mets Have the Prospects to Get Lee?

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

The speculation on whether or not Seattle will trade pitcher Cliff Lee – and to which team – is moving to another level. Both here in the blogosphere and in the mainstream media, I’ve heard Lee would be perfect for the Mets. I’ve heard the Mets have enough prospects to deal for Lee. I’ve heard […]

Why Do the Mets Sour on Certain Players?

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Howard discussed the Mets decision to call up Omir Santos over Nick Evans yesterday. Although I think it’s a temporary move until Henry Blanco is healthy, it does show you how far Evans has fallen on the depth chart. It was the last day of 2008 that Evans started in left field against the Marlins […]

Why Organizational Planning Matters

Friday, June 4th, 2010

So let me just say up front, what I am about to discuss is a piece of the Met roster puzzle that wouldn’t be likely to account for more than a win either way in 2010. We’re talking about the promotion of Omir Santos over Nick Evans or the third catcher over the 25th man, […]

Solid Start at Binghamton Earns Nieuwenhuis Notice

Friday, May 14th, 2010

TRENTON, N.J. – The odds of outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis eventually patrolling a patch of green in Citi Field are quite good. Rated the Mets’ 13th-best prospect by Baseball America, the 22-year-old former third-round draft pick (2008) is earning raves from both his manager and others for his strong start at Double-A Binghamton, which is 19-15 […]

Thole Example of Hard Work

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

We always talk about players and their “tools” and ignore the intangibles that make up a big leaguer. This Sunday we will have Mike Hart, former hitting coach for the Savannah Sand Gants and St. Lucie Mets, on the radio. Mike was kind enough to give us some thoughts on Josh Thole, who very likely […]

What Is Thole’s Ceiling in the Big Leagues?

Friday, February 26th, 2010

The message from Mets fans was loud and clear:  No matter what Omir Santos did, even if the results were satisfactory, would not satisfy.  The front office agreed. So Santos was cast off, ticketed for a backup role at Triple-A Buffalo at best.  Journeyman Rod Barajas was signed, and will play regularly for the first […]

Barajas: Strong Addition

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

No, I don’t think the Mets just clinched the pennant with the news that catcher Rod Barajas is officially on board. But I do think they managed, for comparitively little money, to improve a starting position significantly in 2010. And that’s terrific news, particularly against an offseason backdrop that has provided very little reason to […]

Jacobs Adds an Interesting Twist

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The ironic part about the Mets signing of Mike Jacobs is that many fans have been asking about this move. I received calls to the show and emails all winter about why they wouldn’t take a chance on their former prospect. Personally, I am surprised, because I always felt it was Murphy’s job to lose, […]

Is Castillo Suffering from the Dropped Popup?

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

June 12 was probably one of the worst nights for a Mets fan in their history. Sure, this was just one loss in a season where they would experience 92 in total, but it was against the Yankees during a time where the team still held out hope they could hang around till the cavalry […]

Mets Will Be Fine With Santos as a Starter

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Forgotten through much of the winter, Mets catcher Omir (Pito) Santos has survived the “Great Bengie Molina Chase.’’ And from the opinion heard from several Mets fans, apparently you wanted nothing to do with Molina anyway. So let Santos, 29, along with backstop partner Henry Blanco, use their capabilities to handle the pitching staff, bat […]

Molina’s Rejection of Mets Makes One Wonder

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Doesn’t what happened with the Mets and catcher Bengie Molina remind you of your high-school prom? You know how it is. You pursue the girl you want to ask.  Everyone feels the two of you are a perfect match.  However, you don’t handle the “chase’’ the right way and the girl doesn’t want to take […]

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 […]

Where Does Santos Fit for the 2010 Mets?

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Will catcher Omir (Pito) Santos have a spot with the 2010 Mets? Or is the club looking in another direction? With both Henry Blanco and Chris Coste in the fold, along with Josh Thole moving through the system, the battle for the backup catcher’s spot could be interesting in Port St. Lucie in several weeks. […]