Thursday, January 20, 2011

Two More Players DFA'd to Make Room for Young, Hairston

Sorry Mets fans. Neither of those players are named Ollie or Luis.

With the additions of Chris Young and Scott Hairston, the Mets needed to make some moves, or more specifically, get rid of two guys.

Rather than get rid of the two players who are wasting space, the Mets chose to designate Jason Pridie and Tobi Stoner for assignment.

This move to me is asinine.

Say Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo do make the opening day roster, they are not going to play. I would rather give Ruben Tejada a shot at second, and use just about anybody else to replace Perez.

Tejada played 78 games for the Mets last season. He has experience. Not a lot of experience, but experience non-the-less.

Granted he hit only .213 last season, but when the team's only other options at second are Castillo and Daniel "I should really only be a DH" Murphy, I'll take him.

Unfortunately, I don't see the Mets cutting these two clowns.

As much as it pains me to say this, if the Mets are going to keep Perez and Castillo, they better use them. At least if they play, they are somewhat earning their money.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Collins Wants Another Lefty

MLBTradeRumors: Collins Hopes to Add Another Lefty Reliever

This would not bode well for Pat Misch. At this point, he needs to work to make the team as possibly a long reliever.

If the Mets do end up adding another lefty reliever before Spring Training, that would mean Taylor Tankersley would have some competition for the role of lefty specialist.

Pelfrey Answers Some Not-So-Tough Questions

Mike Pelfrey answered some questions from Mets fans about the upcoming season, past performances, and basically everything else you could think of.

This offseason, the Mets have been taking to twitter to interact with the fans. Pelfrey is just one of a few players to tweet. Others have included David Wright and Ike Davis. R.A. Dickey and Jose Reyes will take to twitter later this week.

Below are some of the semi-intelligent questions asked, and Pelfrey's answers:

Q: Is there one aspect of your game you're focusing on this Spring?
MP: I’m going to continue to work on refining my secondary pitches.

Q: Are you ready to fill in for Johan?  
MP: Looking forward to the challenge...If I'm the 8th or 5th guy I have to put up 0s and get guys out. 

Q: Who is the hitter you most hate to face?
MP: No one in particular, but lefties give me a harder time than righties.

Mike Pelfrey Named Opening Day Starter

Listen In: Pelfrey Talks with WFAN's Boomer and Carton

Mike Pelfrey went on air with WFAN's Boomer and Carton to discuss the 2011 season. Meanwhile, Terry Collins named Pelfrey the starter for opening day.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Word on the street is that Luis Castillo may get the boot before opening day to make room on the 40-man roster for Chris Young.

Castillo is owed $6 million in the last year of his four-year $24 million contract.

Adios amigo. Don't let the door hit ya.

Heilman to Start, Not a Joke

I don't even know where to begin, but...

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Diamondbacks have agreed to a deal with former Met Aaron Heilman, and he will be given the opportunity to start.

Well...the Diamondbacks are screwed.

Heilman has been impersonating a lefty the past few years with little success.

Pelfrey, Mets Avoid Arbitration

According to ESPN New York, Mike Pelfrey has agreed to a deal with the Mets that will land him $3.925 million plus an additional $50,000 in bonuses. 

Of the three Mets eligible for arbitration this offseason, Pelfrey was the one expected to go to arbitration.

R.A. Dickey and Angel Pagan exchanged their salary requests today, and could be heading for a hearing in February if a settlement is not reached.

Scott Hairston Likely Joining Mets

Adam Rubin has confirmed that the Mets should be getting Scott Hairston. Assuming everything works out, he will be signing a minor league deal.

Hairston, 30, hit .210 with, 10 home runs, 36 RBI and 6 stolen bases in 104 games while playing for the Padres last season.

Ike Davis Willing to Move

I read this quote a few weeks back, and with all of the Albert Pujols talk lately, I thought it was time to share.

Asked off-air by Evan Roberts if he would switch positions to make room for Pujols at first base, Ike Davis stated, "I'd be a (expletive) middle reliever to get Albert."


Hey, he did pitch during his time at Arizona State and was said to hit 94 mph. He's already better than Oliver Perez.

Like I said the other day, Pujols has zero chance of coming to New York. If he did, however, the logical place to move Davis would be to right field.

Why right field? Well with Carlos Beltran's eventual departure, the Mets will be looking to fill the void.

He has experience playing there as well from his college days, and God willing, would be nothing like the Daniel Murphy experiment from two years back.

Davis is a solid defensive player, and the Mets could use an arm like his in the outfield.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Chris Young, Mets Agree to Deal

Chris Young has agreed to a deal with the Mets pending a physical, according to ESPN.

The physical will be an important part of this considering Young, 31, missed most of the 2010 season with a strained right shoulder.

As stated by Adam Rubin, assuming all goes well and Young passes his physical, the Mets look as though they could have a five-man rotation set, at least for the beginning of the season. That rotation consisting of Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese, Chris Capuano, and now possibly Young.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Enough of the Pujols Talk

Albert Pujols will not become a Met. It's that simple.

He has as good a chance of becoming a Met as I do.

I see Pujols being a Cardinal for life, and the thought of Cardinal ownership and GM John Mozeliak being dumb enough to let a player like Pujols hit the free agent market at the end of the 2011 season, is insane.

Pujols is not the answer to the Mets' problems. Would he be a nice addition? Absolutely. An answer to Mets fans prayers? Hardly.

Besides, who said Pujols was ever interested in becoming a Met anyway?