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Sandy Alderson: Mets Never in on Justin Upton

In his meet and greet with season ticket holders Wednesday night, Sandy Alderson said the Mets were never really in on Justin Upton because he refused to part with either Matt Harvey or Zack Wheeler, as the Diamondbacks apparently demanded. That was probably a good idea — young potential aces are hard to find. I […]

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LaTroy Hawkins Signs with Mets

On Wednesday night, Sandy Alderson told season ticket holders that the Mets “will be as deep as we have ever been in the bullpen.” He probably means quantity, not quality, as the Mets continue to bring washed-up veterans into camp, signing 40-year-old LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league deal. LaTroy Hawkins was reasonably effective last season […]

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Sandy Alderson: More Unbelievable by the Day

Sandy Alderson met with season ticket holders at Citi Field Wednesday night, and it appears the Mets GM continues to spew his lies and nonsense. A report from ESPNNewYork.com uses quotes from people who tweeted what Alderson said, so perhaps the statements are not accurate, but I’ll bet they are. Alderson’s biggest lie is that the […]

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Shaun Marcum: Healthy Rotation Key to Season

The Mets formally announced the Shaun Marcum signing on Wednesday — $4 million, with a chance to earn $4 million more if he meets all of his incentives. Marcum’s acquisition was made necessary by the trade of R.A. Dickey. Marcum was quick to point out that he is not a replacement for the Cy Young […]

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d’Arnaud, Wheeler Among Top 10 MLB Prospects

MLB.com released its list Tuesday night of the top 100 MLB prospects, and the Mets landed two in the top 10 — Travis d’Arnaud and Zack Wheeler. d’Arnaud is ranked the sixth best prospect in all of baseball; Wheeler placed eighth. The Mets were the only team with two players in the top 10. Noah […]

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Daniel Murphy Signs for $2.925 Million

Daniel Murphy and the Mets have avoided arbitration, reportedly agreeing to a one-year deal Tuesday night for $2.925 million. Man, the Mets really didn’t want to give him $3 million. After making $512,196 last season (man, the Mets really didn’t want to give him $513,000), Murphy was asking for $3.4 million. The Mets countered with […]

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Mets Sign Scott Atchison

Hold on to your hats — the Mets have signed Scott Atchison, the latest in a string of no-name, little accomplishment players Sandy Alderson is bringing in to fill out the roster. The righty reliever inked a minor league deal that would pay him $700,000 plus $150,000 in incentives if he makes the big club. […]

Mets Payroll Check

With a few weeks to go before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, let’s take a look at where the Mets payroll stands. In early December, I predicted that the payroll would be lower than 2012′s $94 million, possibly even lower than $90 million. It looks like I will be partially right. The Mets […]

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This is the Mets Outfield, Folks

Sandy Alderson said on Sunday something that we’ve suspected all along — the Mets will probably not be acquiring a new outfielder, giving them a grand total of zero major league-caliber outfielders. Via Mets Blog, this is what Alderson told Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette on SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio: “There’s not a lot left on […]

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Bobby Valentine Returning to Mets (on TV)?

There is a report Saturday that Bobby Valentine could have a role on Mets broadcasts this season. If so, at least part of the season will be fun to watch. The Daily News reports that the folks at SNY have reached out to Valentine about whether he would be interested in working on Mets pre-game […]

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Mets “No Interest” in Michael Bourn if Costs 1st Pick

An update Saturday on the Michael Bourn saga — a report claims the Mets have “no interest” in signing Bourn if they cannot keep their first round pick. As you are probably by now aware, the Mets would have to give up the 11th pick in the first round of the June draft if they […]

Video: David Wright 2012 Highlights

I understand it is very, very cold in New York City right now. If it makes you feel any better, it is rainy here in usually sunny Los Angeles. In any case, I hope this video of David Wright 2012 highlights keeps you warm tonight.

Resuming on “The Phil Naessens Show”

After a break for the holidays and for Mets news to actually happen, I was back on “The Phil Naessens Show” this week. We talked about the Shaun Marcum signing and the possibility of signing Michael Bourn. http://phillipnaessens.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/the-phil-naessens-show-january-25-2013-hot-stove-baseball-show/

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What’s the Deal with this 11th Pick?

So the focus Thursday has turned to the Mets 11th pick in the first round of the June draft, and whether they should have to surrender it if they sign Michael Bourn. What exactly is this all about, and what are the Mets chances of succeeding in their stance that the pick should be protected? […]

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Mets Frontrunner for Michael Bourn?

I am going to kick myself for getting sucked into this Michael Bourn-to-the-Mets talk, but there is a chance that the Mets could actually be the frontrunner for his services. USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale tweeted Thursday afternoon that the Rangers (presumed frontrunner) are not involved “at all” with Bourn, leaving the Mets and Mariners as the favorites. […]

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Michael Bourn to Mets Gaining Momentum?

I have been ignoring all of the talk about the Mets possibly signing Michael Bourn; it just seemed like something that was never going to happen. But now multiple reports say it is a very real possibility. Fox Sports midget Ken Rosenthal tweeted Thursday morning that sources say the Mets interest is “sincere,” and that […]

Justin Upton Dealt to Braves

The Justin Upton-to-the-Mets stories can now stop — he has been dealt to the Braves, who now have the best team in the National League East. The Braves get Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado and three minor league prospects. Atlanta now has a powerhouse lineup that features both Upton […]

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Shaun Marcum Signs with Mets

Stop the presses, the Mets have reportedly signed a major league free agent, and he looks like a good one — Shaun Marcum. Jon Heyman says Marcum will sign a one-year deal with the Mets, pending a physical. Financial terms have not yet leaked out, but Marcum made $7.75 million last season before being non-tendered […]

Scott Hairston Signs with Cubs

Scott Hairston’s time with the Mets is apparently over — he has reportedly signed with the Cubs. Fox Sports miniature reporter Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday night that it is a two year deal and MLB Trade Rumors says it is for around $6 million, including incentives. The Mets were hesitant to give Hairston more than […]

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THE Review: “Steinbrenner”

You don’t have to be a Yankees fan to read “Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball.” Any baseball fan, especially those in New York who lived through George Steinbrenner’s reign of terror in The Bronx, will likely enjoy an inside look into perhaps the most controversial owner in baseball history. The book, written by longtime Daily […]

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Defending Omar Minaya on Santana, Bay

As loyal readers of this site know, I was not a fan of Omar Minaya. I trashed him along with everybody else as he made poor moves and the Mets fortunes waned. But I don’t think he deserves the criticism he is receiving in some circles that he continues to hurt the Mets more than […]

Video: Worst Mets Commercial Ever?

Did the Mets hold a contest for junior high school kids to create a commercial for Mets.com a few years back? That’s what this ad looks like. It might be the worst commercial for a big-budget operation that I have ever seen. This was apparently made before the Madoff nonsense, when the Mets were indeed […]

Photos: Citi Field & Shea Stadium Side-by-Side

Photos: Citi Field & Shea Stadium Side-by-Side

Here’s a great photo of Citi Field and Shea Stadium, the Mets past and present homes, sitting side-by-side before old Shea met with the wrecking ball. And while we’re here, here are new and old Yankee Stadiums. I always thought it was weird to build a replica of Yankee Stadium right next to the original […]

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What is the IBWAA?

You may have noticed I recently added a logo on the sidebar (which is also below) for the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA for short). Just what is this organization? Well, a fine fellow named Howard Cole started it in 2009 “to serve as a digital alternative to the Baseball Writers Association of […]