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Player Profile #97: Matt Harvey | SP | NYM

When planning this player profile, I was unsure whether I wanted to spend my time dissecting Matt Harvey’s most recent season (2013) or addressing his health and usage outlook for 2015. Yes, I’ll touch on both, but which is more helpful? Ultimately, I decided to discuss what makes Harvey so good with a couple closing thoughts at the bottom regarding his health. As a rookie in...
Via Baseball Professor
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mets Prospects Dominate MLB Rankings

Twenty percent of the Top twenty National League prospects for 2015 listed in the 2015 Major League Baseball Yearbook are Mets. The Amazins are the only NL club with four prospects to make the Top 20... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Via MetsMinor.net
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Former Mets find new homes in NL East

Several former Mets are returning to National League East affiliates this year. The Philadelphia Phillies inked OF Jeff Francoeur to a minor league contract on Nov. 13, 2014, following a one-year stay with the San Diego Padres. The 31-year-old appeared in 10 games for the 2014 Padres, but hit .289/.320/.450 in 115 games for Triple-A El Paso. C Omir Santos, most famous for a two...
Via Around Citi
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Can Michael Cuddyer really help the Mets?

When you run a baseball team in the biggest market in the world and your budget in 2015 is 19th in the sport, it’s a little insulting to the fanbase to shell out nearly 1/10th of that budget to a player who will be turning 36 before the start of the season, and who played just 49 games the year before. That’s the kind of “big fix” that doesn’t go over too well. But that...
Via Mets360.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mets Rotation: A Difference Between Depth And Potential

There’s a distinct difference between depth and potential when it comes to the Mets’ rotation. There’s a lot to like about their potential, but you should be careful not to equate the names with depth. Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee, Jon Niese, Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz give you nine names, but also nine questions....
Via New York Mets Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Around Citi turns two, and what’s to come in 2015

Around Citi began as my passion project in 2010 – nothing more than a venue to discuss New York Mets baseball. The project faded in early 2011 when real life took over and I chose to partner with established blogs. Two years ago, Jan. 26, 2013, I relaunched Around Citi. Whether one, 500 or 5,000 people read the site, I wanted to create a medium to write about something I was passionate...
Via Around Citi
1 day ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets’ Kevin McGowan Goes Back To School, Field

While moving up through the minor league ranks throughout the past summer, New York Mets prospect Kevin McGowan spent the offseason finishing up his college degree at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH as he prepares for his third season in the Mets system. “My mother really wanted me to go back and finish up school because it was important to have something to fall back...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: The Time is Now

For an average Met fan, it seems like it’s been decades since they have seen their team play in October. They haven’t been to the postseason since 2006. The constant flow of jokes and harassment from Yankee fans seems to be never-ending. However, this could be the first time in a number of years that Met fans can honestly say: the Mets are better than the Yankees. 2014 was ultimately...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: profiling Lucas Duda

For the duration of his New York Mets career, David Wright has been the focus of the team’s offense. That may change this year, as some are concerned that David Wright is at the back-end of his career and injuries may plague him. Last year was arguably one of the worst years for David, although it is hard to think of it in terms of “worst” when he hit .269 and had a .324 OBP...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Offensive expectations for Juan Lagares

In Juan Lagares’ first three seasons in the Mets organization – from 2006 to 2008 – he committed 73 errors in 195 games.  He was also a shortstop.  In 2009, the decision was made to move Lagares to the outfield, and now he’s regarded as the best defensive centerfielder in major league baseball. Lagares’ journey from 17-year-old shortstop with a good bat to prime defensive...
Via Mets360.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilmer Flores Talks SS; Has Been Working Hard All Offseason

Marc Carig (Newsday) put together a nice article with some input from both Wilmer Flores and David Wright on the state of the Mets shortstop situation.  The topic obviously centered around what Flores has done to improve and whether the offseason banter has affected his outlook and determination. “You hear people talking all the time.  Is this guy going to be a shortstop? ...
Via Mets Merized Online
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Alderson Takes Jab At Flores

Sandy Alderson thinks he’s funny, but he’s not. He once joked about driving to spring training to save money for the financially distressed Mets. He joked about not putting together an outfield, and now took a poke at the shortstop situation and Wilmer Flores. On Saturday night at the annual Baseball Writers Association dinner in New York, when presenting an award to Hall of...
Via New York Mets Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cesar Puello faces crucial 2015

Finally things started to click for Cesar Puello, a player who has been playing for the Mets organization since he was 17, in 2013, where the 22 year-old hit .326, slugged 16 homers, drove in 73 runs and stole 24 bags. With this promising campaign, it looked that the Mets were going to have their corner outfielder of the future, but after being connected with the Biogenesis investigation...
Via Mets360.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sandy Alderson Pokes Fun At Mets Shortstop Situation

Last night, at the Baseball Writers of America Awards dinner in New York, general manager Sandy Alderson introduced Cal Ripken Jr. to the podium. “It’s a big night for me and for Mets fans, who have been waiting all winter for me to introduce a shortstop.” It’s been a while since Alderson has made one of his self deprecating jokes. Mike Puma of the NY Post writes that the...
Via Mets Merized Online
3 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Mailbag: How Many Games Will The Mets Win This Season?

Mets Lifer asks… Will the Mets finally have a winning season in 2015, or considering the lack of significant upgrades this offseason, are we to expect another 79 win season as FanGraphs projected for us? Do you think we can squeak into the postseason? Andre replies… An 85-77 record this year seems like a pretty reasonable mid-ground bet. Let me explain. If not for Jose Valverde...
Via Mets Merized Online
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Exclusive: Curt Hawkins Talks Independent Circuit, WWE Run, Edge and New York Mets

The former WWE tag team champion sits down to discuss his career, the Mets and more. In most cases, losing your dream job can leave you bitter, hurt and depressed. Especially when that dream job is working for an international juggernaut such as WWE. But formformer WWE tag team champion Curt Hawkins, it’s a unique opportunity to do what he loves without the pressure of a huge...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Who Could Be Gone After This Year

As a team trying to reach the next level, the New York Mets have several players entering make-or-break seasons. If they don’t produce in 2015 they could find themselves gone next year. The reasons for their potential departure range from age, to finances, to performance. Here’s who I am thinking needs to put up or shut up: Bartolo Colon: At 41, Colon is entering the second season...
Via New York Mets Report
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #113: Lucas Duda | 1B | NYM

The Mets didn’t offer a whole lot of offensive bright spots to their fans last year, but that was in no way Lucas Duda’s fault. He absolutely did his part. As a team the Mets hit just 125 home runs last year, which was 11th-worst in the league, but again, nobody could point fingers at Duda for this lack of team offensive production. In April of last year, fellow (at the time...
Via Baseball Professor
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Darryl Strawberry’s deferred salary sold at auction for $1.3 million

This is one of the strangest baseball stories of the offseason. When Darryl Strawberry signed a contract with the Mets in 1985, $700,000 of his $1.8 million club option in 1990 was deferred. Strawberry didn’t pay over half a million dollars in taxes in the ’80s, and as a result, the IRS seized the annuity that the deferred money had been placed into. Then, Strawberry and his...
Via The Outside Corner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets Prospects: Noah Syndergaard

In the recent weeks, the New York Mets have seen a number of failed trades as they search for the market for a shortstop. Most trades have failed because the Mets are unwilling to part with their best prospects. The top prospect of the New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard, has been involved in nearly all of these failed trades. The Mets have been reluctant to trade Noah Syndergaard in...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets trade rumors Ian Desmond edition

Over the last two weeks, the rumors regarding Ian Desmond coming to the New York Mets have really picked up. It started following the trade of Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to Oakland from Tampa Bay. Some had reported that prior to that there was a three team deal on the table regarding Zobrist going to Washington and Desmond to New York, but that the Mets balked on the deal. Today...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets charging players to attend offseason workouts?

Like all other teams in Major League Baseball, the New York Mets have been holding voluntary workouts throughout the winter. These sessions are typically a chance for younger players to get some extra reps and impress the coaching staff. With the Mets, however, the younger guys have to be able to afford it first. It...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets fans fund billboards asking ownership to sell team

Successful initiatives often tend to be imitated. Inspired by Jets fans who rented several billboards near MetLife Stadium that called for the firing of general manager John Idzik, a Mets fan began a Kickstarter campaign to fund a similar campaign for billboards asking for team owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz to sell the franchise. Gary Palumbo raised $5,000 through donations...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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