Alderson’s first moves make sense, not headlines

Prior to the Winter Meetings, general manager Sandy Alderson promised he would come home with some new players. Tuesday, he kept that promise by signing free agents Ronny Paulino and D.J. Carrasco. Paulino is a righty-hitting catcher while Carrasco is a rubber-armed reliever and both players do a nice job of filling roles on the [...]

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Mets need to ‘re-spend’ all money that comes off

On Tuesday evening, Adam Rubin quoted Sandy Alderson saying the following about the Mets’ payroll: "Look, I don't have any understanding about what the payroll will be or can't be going forward," Alderson said. "But, look, let's say arguably we have like $50 million or $60 million coming off next year. Do I think it [...]

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A look at free agent Kevin Millwood

As the Mets continue their search for a bargain-basement pitcher, one name being mentioned in the mainstream media is Kevin Millwood. This is a terrible idea. Yes, I know, I usually present the strengths and weaknesses first and give the reader the information to make up his mind first before I give my opinion. But [...]

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A look at free agent Jeff Francis

While Sandy Alderson showed his sense of humor in response to the Nationals signing Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million deal – “It makes some of our contracts look pretty good. That's a long time and a lot of money. I thought they were trying to reduce the deficit in Washington.” – he now [...]

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Mets Pitch: Low risk, High reward

With the Winter Meetings about to commence this week, the Mets are about to begin the process of tweaking the current roster. Although GM Sandy Alderson has promised to come back with new players, don’t expect a major overhaul since the Mets are working with a limited budget. On Friday, the club, as expected, officially [...]

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How to non-tender a player

"We spent a lot of time analyzing Lastings Milledge as compared with the potential alternatives for the expected role and determined it was worth further exploration of the alternatives," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "We remain open to continuing dialogue with Lastings." Hey, the Mets could use some outfield depth, maybe they could bring [...]

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Anxious for the Mets to acquire Zack Greinke

Early in November, reports started to surface about a potential Zack Greinke to the Mets deal. Thursday evening those rumors took on a more substantial form when Matt Cerrone reported, “Mets will most likely have to part with 19-year-old SS Wilmer Flores and either Jon Niese or Ike Davis in a deal for Royals RHP [...]

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Derek Jeter as Mr. Met

As a diehard Yankees fan, I have watched with keen interest the dance of free agency currently taking place between the team and its two highest profile free agents, Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. While the Rivera negotiations have been low key and quiet, the Jeter talks have been contentious and splashed all over the [...]

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Why the Mets are a 2011 sleeper team

Let’s pretend that before the 2010 season started, I told you that I had a projection system and my system predicted that the Blue Jays, Reds, A’s and White Sox were sleeper teams. You trusted me and went out and placed wagers in Las Vegas for these four teams to exceed their Over/Under win projections. [...]

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Shoulder woes leave Young a question mark

Right now the only starting pitcher not on the New York Mets’ holiday wish list is Cliff Lee. Chris Young is not only on the list, but he for a short while this weekend, rumors had him already a member of the team. Facts have since prevailed and the righty remains one many hurlers still [...]

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A look at free agent Jeremy Bonderman

It is no secret that the Mets are looking to add a starting pitcher or two in free agency this year and they likely will be shopping in the discount rack rather than at the designer boutiques. The names most prominently mentioned are Erik Bedard or Brandon Webb or Chris Young. One name that flies [...]

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Should the Mets have kept Dan Warthen?

Since the end of the 2010 season, the Mets have overhauled their front office, made a managerial change and reassigned some coaches, including batting coach Howard Johnson. But one area that remains unchanged is the pitching coach. The new Mets brain trust decided to retain Dan Warthen, who has been in charge of the team’s [...]

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