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January 31, 2006

New York Mets Hot Stove Moves, Part 2

We continue our look at some of the moves Omar made this off-season, from significant signings to controversial trades. 11/28/2005 - Acquired OF Tike Redman from the Pirates for cash It's no coincidence that Billy Wagner signed with the Mets the day after they added Redman to the roster. By...

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Why build a new stadium when all it needs is a coat of paint?

In today's Mets news roundup, our first stop brings us back to what has become a familiar subject. Baseball Prospectus: More stadium tap-dancing In today's Baseball Prospectus Mailbag, Neil deMause answers some e-mails regarding his views on stadium financing. As I've been on this a couple of times, I would...

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January 30, 2006

New York Mets Hot Stove Moves, Part 1

We'll be taking a look at some of the moves Omar made this off-season, from significant signings to controversial trades. 11/9/2005 - Signed LHP Matt Perisho to a minor-league contract In his quest to find a decent lefty for the bullpen, Omar's bringing in any LHP with a pulse to...

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New Mailbag; More on the New Stadium

Mets beat reporter Marty Noble answers questions from fans, including a couple of thought-provoking response concerning Carlos Beltran and how fast to push a promising prospect. I also revisit whether it is "fair" to use Baseball Revenue Sharing dollars to finance a stadium. Mets.com: Marty's got a brand new bag...

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Did Mets fans not love Mike Piazza enough?

Well, Piazza is now a San Diego Padre, and although it's not going to be fun to see him in another uniform, I'm grateful for a couple of things -- that we don't have to watch him on the outside looking in, that he's not a Yankee, and that the...

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January 29, 2006

Index of Archived Posts: 2006

January 2006 February 2006 March 2006 April 2006 May 2006 June 2006 July 2006 August 2006 September 2006 October 2006 November 2006 December 2006 January 2006 Happy New Year 1-1-2006 Index of Archived Posts: 2005 1-2-2006 A Slow Start to the New Year 1-2-2006 Mets Hot Stove: Close to...

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Omar's Latin Conspiracy?

There isn't much real Mets news out there, and probably won't be until Spring Training opens up in mid-February. There is, however, a growing number of opinion pieces out there on the racism of those that accuse Omar Minaya of blindly building a ballclub that features as many Hispanic players...

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January 28, 2006

On Pedro, the Toe, and the WBC

Saturday's New York Mets news roundup offers a double dose of Joel Sherman, a feature on utility infielder Jose Valentin, and a nice piece from the Washington Post on how baseball helped the former American hostages in Iran upon their return. New York Post: Omar: Pedro will only pitch in...

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January 27, 2006

Building a Winning Rotation

The Mets have certainly upgraded their bullpen -- whether there is enough quality there for a playoff-caliber team remains to be seen. The biggest questions now concern the five men who will try to hand the bullpen a lead. Mets.com: Heilman will have to earn a starting job Kit Stier...

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Loudmouth fans don't speak for me

Someday maybe the media will realize a simple fact: while the squeaky wheel may indeed get the grease, that doesn't mean it speaks for all the other wheels... New York Post: Joel Sherman answers Omar's critics Joel Sherman pens a strong column in the Post, defending Omar Minaya against the...

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Mets Winter Caravan, Day 3

Thursday's penultimate day of the Mets winter caravan offered none of yesterday's "controversy", but rather some light-hearted fun and a chance for some special kids to meet the players. Mets.com: Good deeds Bryan Hoch reports on day 3 of the Mets winter caravan, culminated by an event for all kinds...

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January 26, 2006

Omar Defends Himself

Omar Minaya was the big story on the second day of the Mets winter caravan, appearing on WFAN twice, both times squarely facing charges that he is biased towards acquiring Hispanic players. After a true honeymoon last winter with popular free agent signings of Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran, Omar...

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January 25, 2006

Notes from Day 2 of the Mets Winter Caravan

The second day of the Mets winter caravan featured a ton of interviews with Mets players, as well as manager Willie Randolph, pitching coach Rick Peterson and GM Omar Minaya. There was some actual substance to the interviews rather than just the usual "Bull Durham" type clichés. I thought Omar...

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Day one of the Mets winter caravan

The p.r. fest that is the Mets winter caravan dominated the news this morning: New York Times: Meet the Mets Ben Shpigel reports on the first day of the Mets winter caravan, from opening the stock exchange in the morning to a dinner for alumni of the 1986 championship team....

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January 24, 2006

Juan Samuel Returns to the Scene of the Crime

Well, not quite, but the player who was the incoming player of one of the worst trades the Mets ever made will try to make it up to us by helping our farm system produce. We also look at the Daryl Strawberry chat transcript and wonder where Piazza might end...

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Mets new network launches in Mid-March

News on SNY leads off today's look at all things Mets. Bergen Record: SNY on the air March 16 John Brennan reports that SNY, the Mets' new tv network, will begin broadcasting on March 16 with a Mets spring training game against the Atlanta Braves. Brennan opines that SNY is...

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January 23, 2006

The Benson trade dominates Marty Noble's Mailbag

In the latest weekly installment of the Mailbag on Mets.com, Marty Noble answers questions related to this weekend's bug trade. Mets.com: Benson trade opens rotation Marty Noble's e-mail account must have been full of Benson - Julio related questions. He admits that Kris Benson seemed to be a high price...

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Should Mets fans feel guilty about the new stadium?

Our Monday look at the New York Mets news offers a potpourri of stories, including a Tom Glavine feature, Baseball America's scouting report on Mike Pelfrey, some dubious small-market stadium whining, and a Jeff Reardon update. Daily News: Tom Glavine Profile Anthony McCarron profiles Tom Glavine, who is in the...

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January 22, 2006

Jorge Julio for Kris Benson: A Look Back

With the perspective that one whole day provides, we look back at the Kris Benson - Jorge Julio trade. Bergen Record: Why did they do it? Steve Popper asks the question on the mind of many Mets fans: just exactly why was this deal made? Popper reports, as others have,...

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More on Jorge Julio and John Maine; What's Next

I wanted to get some sort of heads-up on John Maine, the prospect the Mets landed in the Benson deal. Searching around on the web has brought up relatively little. Heading into last season he was rated as Baltimore's #6 prospect by Baseball America. He seems to have been rushed...

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January 21, 2006

Update: Confirmation on Benson for Julio Trade

Newsday, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal and the New York Mets web site are all reporting this trade has been made: Newsday: Benson for Julio is a done deal Jon Heyman reports the trade has been finalized: The Mets have agreed to trade Kris Benson to the Orioles for reliever Jorge...

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Benson for Julio -- Done Deal?

In a fast-breaking story, a Kris Benson - Jorge Julio trade may have already happened. Update: See my latest post. This deal has been confirmed. Newsday: Benson for Julio, Part Deux David Lennon and Jon Heyman are reporting that the Kris Benson to the Orioles in exchange for Jorge Julio...

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January 20, 2006

Mets lose prospect Aarom Baldiris on waivers

Creating a spot on their roster for their new Japanese pitcher cost the Mets a middling level prospect today: TexasRangers.com: Rangers Claim Aarom Baldiris on waivers The Mets had to clear a spot on their 40-man roster for Yusaku Iriki. This meant exposing a player to a waiver claim. Minor...

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A closer look at Yusaku Iriki

Courtesy of Gotham Baseball, we have a more in-depth look at New York's latest Japanese import. We also find more evidence that Victor Diaz' stock is falling, and check out some good stuff on other blogs. Gotham Baseball: Some background on Yusaku Iriki GB's Mike McGann digs up some details...

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January 19, 2006

SI's Donovan Grades the Hot Stove, My Astros Preview

MetsDaily.com: Check out my Astros preview I've written a preview of the Houston Astros for MetsDaily.com's NL team previews. If you get the chance please check it out. I also wrote one on the Atlanta Braves that was posted a couple of weeks ago. Sports Illustrated: NL Hot Stove Grades...

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Defending Your Omar; The Mets New Pitcher

I stirred up a reader's thoughtful comment and a couple of truly mean-spirited emails with last night's post. All felt that I was defending the Cameron and Seo trades. In a way I was, I guess, but not from the standpoint of saying that I agreed with them. I wouldn't...

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January 18, 2006

SI Sticks it to the Mets

My RSS Newsreader pointed me to a couple of Met related articles that I thought were pretty unfair: Sports Illustrated: Save your rants Richard Deitsch rants about Victor Zambrano's $3 million contract. He claims that he had a better year than Victor, so he should get a 25% raise. First...

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Woodward Signed; Another Potential Japanese Bust

The Mets have officially brought Chris Woodward back into the fold, and are close to signing a mediocre Japanese pitcher. Meanwhile, Andrew Marra from the Palm Beach Post informs us what Jeff Reardon's defense will be if his sad case makes it to trial. Daily News: Chris Woodward signs Anthony...

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January 17, 2006

Tom Verducci: You win by limiting their scoring

Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci has an interesting new article, The best offense: Quickest way to improve is through run prevention on SI's web site. Verducci starts with an interesting point on the White Sox' quick ascent from mediocrity to World Series champ: Can the White Sox teach us something about...

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Victor gets a raise, Lugo still available

There is a month to go until pitchers and catchers report to St. Lucie. In the limited amount of Mets news available, there is nothing to work up a good rant about. AP: Victor Zambrano signs The Mets and pitcher Victor Zambrano avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3...

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January 16, 2006

New Marty Noble Mailbag on Mets.com

Marty Noble has a new mailbag posted on the Mets web site. There are some interesting things up there to warm up this brutally cold northeastern day. Why are the Mets looking to dump Kris Benson? -- Andrew S., Lodi, N.J. They're not. But before they traded Jae Seo to...

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January 15, 2006

Profiles of Billy Wagner, Wally Backman and Chad Bradford

I had a good time away for a couple of days helping my aunt celebrate her 70th birthday. That nice time helps me cope with the loss of Danys Baez to the Dodgers. Okay, so maybe I'm not that upset, anyway, it's good to be back... Daily News: Nice Billy...

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January 14, 2006

Major League Franchises Need to Be in Major League Cities

Due to a visit to celebrate my Aunt's 70th birthday, I will not be posting this weekend. I leave you with this somewhat long opinion piece. In Tough to stay competitive, an article on ESPN Insider, Peter Gammons makes some interesting points regarding the effect of expansion on the game...

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January 13, 2006

Time for Victor Diaz to Bring It

Victor Diaz is doing it in winter ball, but can he carry that over to spring training? Also, a reminder of the importance of relievers and some highlights of the Ron Darling chat: Mets.com: Mets players in winter ball Brian Hoch features several of the Mets players competing in winter...

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More on Keith Hernandez

I mentioned last night that I would be psyched to be able to know Keith Hernandez is doing color for 150 Mets game. Actually, the number will be more like 110 -- still quite a difference from the 32 he did last year. Daily News: We like Keith Bob Raissman...

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First-Class Men in the TV Booth for the Mets

After frightening us by interviewing Don Sutton, SportsNet New York proves that they get it, and put together a great announcing team. While I will miss Gary Cohen on the radio side for those 15-20 games a summer I listen to on radio, I will certainly enjoy the 100+ games...

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January 12, 2006

Mets Mini-Camp Ends

Mini-camp has come to an end, and we're a little over a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. Since it seems unlikely that there are any big deals in the works for the Mets, there probably won't be a lot of news to talk about for...

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January 11, 2006

Meet Mike Pelfrey

Mike Pelfrey has officially begun his New York Mets career, introduced in the Mets' minor league complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Mets.com: Welcome, Mike Bryan Hoch reports on the press conference introducing first round pick Mike Pelfrey to the Mets faithful. It took a few months to make a...

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More from Mets Mini-Camp

Mets mini-camp in Port St. Lucie will wrap up today. Yesterday's second day of mini-camp gives us some comments from David Wright and Willie Randolph, while today Mike Pelfrey will be formally introduced as a New York Met. Daily News: David Wright Adam Rubin profiles 3B David Wright, who astonishingly...

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January 10, 2006

Mets Mini-Camp, Day 2

Mike Pelfrey has passed a physical and will report to the final day of mini-camp tomorrow, while MLB.com Mets reporters profile some of the mini-camp attendees: Mets.com: Mike Pelfrey passes physical, will report to mini-camp tomorrow Bryan Hoch reports that Mets first round draft pick Mike Pelfrey, the ninth overall...

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Report: Mets Finally Sign #1 Pick Mike Pelfrey

In a rare event this winter the Mets have actually made an addition to their farm system: Baseball America: BA says Mets have finally signed Mike Pelfrey BA's John Manuel cites "two highly-placed sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity," that the Mets and RHP Mike Pelfrey have agreed to...

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January 9, 2006

Day 1 of Mets Mini-Camp

The opening day of Mets mini-camp offers the promotion of a former Mets hero, news about Alay Soler, and health updates on pitching prospects Phil Humber and Matt Lindstrom. Mets.com: Mets Mini-Camp Kevin Czerwinski reports from the Mets mini-camp in Port St. Lucie. He interviews 1986 Met Gary Carter, who...

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Mets Mini-Camp Opens

In the hangover of a big football weekend, the baseball news is somewhat light, highlighted by the opening of Mets mini-camp in Port St. Lucie. TCPalm.com: Mini-Camp starts today Lisa Riddle reports on the opening of the Mets mini-camp. Of the current Mets, David Wright, Chad Bradford and Kris Benson...

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January 8, 2006

Check out my 2006 Braves Preview at MetsDaily.com

I've branched out a little and penned a preview of the 2006 Atlanta Braves for MetsDaily.com. MetsDaily.com editor John Strubel has also conducted an audio interview with Gary Caruso, the Publisher of Chop Talk Magazine. You can access that from the Atlanta Braves team profile page. Atlanta Braves Preview by...

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Mets Sunday Brunch: Getting to know David

Today's Sunday brunch roundup of Mets news offers a great feature on David Wright, a nice little barb by Murray Chass concerning all of the Manny rumors, and the news of an '86 Met moving up as a manager in the farm system. New York Post: David, Clean Your Room!...

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January 7, 2006

Is the Hot Stove Cooling Off for the New York Mets?

Today's "Manny watch" article says he isn't coming to New York, while Klapisch cites people close to Pedro that there may be somewhat less to worry about his toe than we all think. New York Post: Done tinkering? Michael Morrissey cites a "major-league official" that obtaining Manny Ramirez is not...

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January 6, 2006

Gotta believe it's getting better for Carlos

The evening Mets news features some forecasts on players improving on last year and others sliding back to the pack. Marty Noble looks at some young Met outfielders in winter ball, and BA looks at an intriguing Mets pitching prospect. Sports Illustrated: Ups and Downs SI baseball writer John Donovan...

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Mets Hot Stove: Yes, we have no Ramirez

I've already posted on the latest Ramirez fiasco early this morning, so let's move on. Today's highlights include the info that the Mets will pass on Julian Tavarez, another feature from last night's Beltran conference call, an in-depth look at the Mets bullpen at MetsBlog, and a preview of the...

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Mets Hot Stove: Manny, the One-Man Soap Opera

Is he staying in Boston? Will he agree to a trade? The biggest prima donna in baseball doesn't seem to know himself. ESPN Deportes: Manny says he's staying Enrique Rojas informs us that Manny Ramirez doesn't expect to be traded. Manny tells Rojas that is fine with him: There will...

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January 5, 2006

Mets Hot Stove: Beltran Interview, Mini-camp next week

The thoughts of one of last off-season's big free agent pickups concerning this years' highlight the evening Mets news. Mets.com: Beltran Interview Bryan Hoch was a participant in a telephone conference call interview with Carlos Beltran. Some of the highlights: On the upcoming season: I just believe this has to...

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Mets Hot Stove: Stop the Baez insanity!

For some reason, writers in western Florida think that the Mets are now more willing to trade Aaron Heilman... Tampa Tribune: I can only hope this isn't true Eduardo A. Encina is reporting that, despite the Seo trade for Duaner Sanchez, the Mets and Devil Rays are still discussing Danys...

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January 4, 2006

Mets Hot Stove: It's official: Seo for Sanchez

One rumor that turned out to be true, one decrepit body signed to a minor-league contract, and a judicial go-ahead for SNY highlight the evening Mets news. Mets.com: Mets and Dodgers complete deal As Marty Noble reports on the Mets web site, the deal has been done: Dealing from what...

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Mets Hot Stove: Baez, no wait, Sanchez!

We hear again that a trade of Jae Seo for a reliever is close to being finished, but now that reliever isn't Danys Baez. New York Post: Same old Devil Dogs Michael Morrissey reports that Tampa Bay doesn't believe a package of Jae Seo, Kaz Matsui and most of Mastsui's...

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January 3, 2006

Mets Hot Stove: Marty's got a brand new bag

There is a new Marty Noble Mets Mailbag on Mets.com, some news regarding former Met Jason Phillips, and a really promising new Mets blog. Mets.com: Mets Mailbag Marty Noble answers a question regarding Aaron Heilman's request to be traded to a team that would use him as a starter, which...

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Mets Hot Stove: Close to Baez Deal?

Shaking off the holiday cobwebs, we keep hearing that something is imminent with Danys Baez, Seo will pitch for Korea in the Classic, and John from MetsDaily.com has another great interview, this one with Marty Noble. Newsday: Still trying to get Baez and Dump Matsui Ken Davidoff is reporting that...

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January 2, 2006

A Slow Start to the New Year

Greetings, everyone. There isn't a lot out there today, and I am in the process of working on a project for another web site, but did find a couple of items of interest featuring Doc Gooden: Mets.com: Marty Noble on Dr. K Marty Noble offers a nice piece on Dwight...

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Index of Archived Posts: 2005

August 2005 September 2005 October 2005 November 2005 December 2005 August 2005 Here We Go 8-23-2005 Changes 8-24-2005 Pinch Me, I'm Dreaming 8-25-2005 The Other Side of Mediocrity 8-26-2005 Just Call Me Mr. Sunshine 8-27-2005 The Cruelest Time 8-28-2005 I Don't Want Manny! 8-29-2005 I Don't Want Manny! Part...

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January 1, 2006

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all. Some Mets news items to share for those of you nursing your hangovers: New York Post: Baez and Lugo Joel Sherman informs us that the Mets are still working to acquire Danys Baez from Tampa Bay, and still have hopes of getting the Devil Dogs...

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