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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Perez to have season ending surgery

Add another name to the DL.

Pitcher Oliver Perez will have season ending surgery, multiple outlets are reporting.

He was diagnosed with patella tendon tendinosis, and is having surgery in his right knee to repair the problem.

No word on who will be called up from the Mets dwindling farm system to replace him on the roster.

update Pitcher Lance Broadway, who was acquired in the Ramon Castro trade, will take Perez's spot on the roster.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Johan done for '09

Brad Como, news director for SNY, has tweeted that "SNY has learned that Johan Santana will undergo minor elbow surgery and should be ready by Spring Training."

"It will be minor arthroscopic surgery to clean up bone chips. Santana out for rest of '09" says Como.

We're cursed.

Wagner traded to Red Sox

Billy Wagner has pitched his final game in a Mets uniform.

Wagner, 38, has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for two players to be named later, reports SNY news director Brad Como on Twitter.

The Boston Globe is reporting the Mets will receive 2 mid-level prospects in return.

So long, Billy. You were very good to us. I hope next year your 100% healthy and can close again.

Stay classy.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Wagner deal "in jeopardy"

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, "the Red Sox's chances of landing Mets reliever Billy Wagner are in serious jeopardy."

Rosenthal says there are two problems:

1) Wagner wants to have the option of leaving after the 2009 season, but the BoSox are not willing to guarantee that his 2010 contract option will not be used.

2) Boston wants to have the choice of offering Wagner arbitration. His agent is opposed to that idea.

For more info on the unfolding Wagner drama, head over to MLB Trade Rumors.

Wilpon: Omar is back next year

The mysterious Mets owner Fred Wilpon has spoken. In a one question interview with the New York Post, he was asked about Omar Minaya's future with the team. "Am I going to bring Omar back next year?" Wilpon said. "Absolutely. That's a fact."

While that may not be the thing Mets fans want to hear, at least it provides stability and no longer raises the question as to who will be leading the Mets. Maybe.

If you remember, Wilpon said the same thing about Willie Randolph, just two days before he was fired. But, I'm going to take Wilpon's word on this one.

When asked about Wilpon's comments, Omar Minaya remained coy, but said that if he's coming back, so is manager Jerry Manuel. "Jerry is my guy," Minaya said. "We work well together."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sheffield gone?

Multiple sources have been reporting that Gary Sheffield asked for an extension today, and the Mets refused. Rumors are swirling that Sheffield has been released after he threatened to "go home."

Sheffield was pulled from the lineup Thursday.

Friday, August 14, 2009

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Marchand: Omar could be reassigned, not fired

Andrew Marchand of ESPN 1050am wrote a very interesting blog article about Omar Minaya's future with the Mets. He says that Omar Minaya could be reassigned to "a vital role in player personell." He says that Minaya and Assistant GM John Ricco could essentially become "co-GM's" with Ricco becoming the "front man with the media."

Very interesting. Not sure if it would work though...

Monday, August 10, 2009

Minaya goes to Buffalo

Omar Minaya visited Buffalo today, the Mets AAA minor league affiliate.

He held a 15-minute media session to discuss the Bison's ongoing season. He stated that the Bison's play this season has been unacceptable (bye bye Ken Oberkfell, hello Manny Acta?) and that he will make the AAA team better through the "free agent market."

He also announced that Adam Wogan has taken over running the minor-league system in the wake of VP Tony Bernazard's dismissal. Wogan worked as farm director of the Montreal Expos/Washingont Nationals from 2002-05.

Is being formerly employed by the Expos/Nats a job requirement to work for Omar Minaya?

Friday, August 7, 2009

Interview with Myron Logan

I recently conducted and interview with Myron Logan of Another Padres Blog. We discussed the current series, injuries, and the Jake Peavy trade.

Mets 411: The Padres host the Mets tonight. With both teams being hurt, who do you think has the advantage going into the series?

Myron Logan: I give it to the Mets, simply because they are a better team. The Mets have an expected record, based on runs scored and runs allowed, of around 51-56. The Padres are at 40-69. The Padres do have home field advantage,which cuts into that gap a little bit, but I think the Mets still have an edge going into this series.

Mets 411: Speaking of injuries, who has it worse? The Mets or the Padres?
Myron Logan: I think I'll have to go with the Mets again here. Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran, and Jose Reyes have played a total of 124 games out of a possible 321. Ouch. Beltran's a borderline MVP-type player, Reyes is an excellent all-around shortstop, and Delgado is still a solid bat at first.
You don't need me to tell you that, but again, ouch. The Padres have had their own injury problems, losing Jake Peavy (before he was traded) and Chris Young, clearly their two best starting pitchers, for long periods.

Mets 411: Heath Bell, a former Met, has been great this season. Do you see him in the Padres long term plans?
Myron Logan: He's been great since arriving in San Diego, with a 2.55 ERA and 224 strikeouts in 215 innings with the Padres. I don't think he fits into the long term plan, mostly because closers -- or any player, really -- have a lot more value on a contending team. Bell's under contract for the next two seasons, both of which may see the Padres continue to struggle. It probably makes sense for San Diego to deal him in the off-season, and try to stock pile prospects for their next extended run.

Mets 411: Adrian Gonzalez has been having a great year, and was mentioned in some possible trades. Are you happy they chose to hold on to him?
Myron Logan: I'm sort of in the middle on this one, actually. I can see where a trade makes sense (same reason as stated above) and I can see why one doesn't. People want to come out to the park, or watch the team on TV, and have something to be excited about. In these tough times for the Padres, Gonzalez provides just that. He has great power, he can hit for average, he fields his position well.
He's just about all you could ask for. Then again, everybody wants the Padres to win again, and the best path to that road may be trading Adrian in hopes of returning some impact players that could help the next good Padres team. It's a tough situation, but it's fun to watch Gonzalez while he's here.

Mets 411: The Padres scored big on the Jake Peavy trade. Which player that they got back are you most excited about?

Myron Logan: I guess I'd go with Aaron Poreda here, just because he's rated highest by most prospect guys. He's only 22, he's big (6-6, 245), and he has a chance to become a solid contributer.
Clayton Richard, the other big left-hander acquired in the trade, has looked good in his first couple of starts. He might fit in as a back-of-the-rotation type guy. Dexter Carter and Adam Russell are decent prospects as well, as both were ranked in the 20s in the White Sox system, according to the Baseball America 2009 Handbook.

Mets 411: Was the departure of Jake Peavy bittersweet though?
Myron Logan: Oh yeah. Peavy was great during his run with the Padres. He was also a competitor, and a fun guy to watch. It's definitely hard to see a guy leave who had spent his entire career in the organization. Rebuilding can be a long, tough process.

Mets 411: Which up and coming minor player in the Padres organization are you most excited about?

Myron Logan: This one is becoming tougher and tougher to answer, as the Padres have done a pretty nice job adding prospects to the organization. Can I go with 2009 first round pick Donavan Tate, even tough he hasn't signed yet? Tate's an athletic center fielder who, based on the scouting reports, sort of reminds me of an Adam Jones -- I hope that's how he turns out. Of course, he was drafted out of high school so it'll be a while before he gets anywhere close to the big leagues.

Mets 411: Thanks for you time. Lets hope this is a competitive series.

Myron Logan: Thanks for the questions. Enjoy the series!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Odds and Ends

The Mets beat the Cardinals today 9-0.

Here are some odds and ends from today:

  • Jon Niese likely suffered a torn hamstring in today's game. He will likely be placed on the DL.
  • Nelson Figueroa pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless ball, getting the win.
  • Bobby Parnell got his first career AB, and hit. He also pitched 3.0 scoreless innings and got his first MLB save.
  • Jerry Manuel said he would consider starting Parnell with all the recent injuries.
  • Gary Sheffield aggravated his hamstring in today's game. He is going to get an MRI.
  • The Mets head to San Diego for a 4 game series.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

AP: NY Mets' second baseman Luis Castillo leaves game with sprained ankle

by The Associated Press
Tuesday August 04, 2009, 9:51 PM

Second baseman Luis Castillo left the New York Mets' game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night with a sprained left ankle after he slipped and fell in the dugout.

Castillo grounded out leading off the seventh and was on his way back to the bench when he tumbled down the dugout steps and had to be helped up the tunnel by some teammates.

Angel Berroa came in to play shortstop in the top of the eighth and Alex Cora moved to second to replace Castillo, who went 1 for 3 and scored a run.

Reyes back to NY with "leg discomfort"

Who didn't see this coming?

Kevin Burkhardt tweeted today: This is when you know Reyes' season is over - he flew back to NY today to have Mets team doctors re-examine him for right leg discomfort.

'Nuff said.

Reyes might need surgery. Cut away!

Shut 'em down, make some big acquisitions this season, and get back at it in 2010.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Figgy to get called up and start Monday

The Mets announced that Nelson Figueroa will be promoted on Monday. He will start Monday night's game against Arizona's Dan Haren.

Figueroa is 7–1 with a 1.51 ERA in his last 10 starts for Triple-A Buffalo.

Sheffield activated, Cancel DFA'd

Gary Sheffield has been activated from the disabled list.

To make room on the roster, the Mets DFA'd catcher Robinson Cancel. Cancel has one plate appearance this year.

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