Mets sign utility man Matt Clark

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As just reported by AP Sports…

The Mets have signed 27-year old, Matt Clark to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. He was drafted in 2008 by San Diego, so you can see where this opportunity is coming from… The familiarity with the Alderson regime. A left handed batting, right handed thrower who played in Japan last year hit 25 homers and drove in 70 while batting .238.

Yes, there is nothing else worth blogging about these days concerning the Mets. Their refinance on the loan they have to pay off their debts? …Totally disinterested.

Terry Collins satisfied with moves?

Collins satisfied with off-season moves
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Apparently, Sandy Alderson and the Mets are finished spending this off-season. With Stephen Drew still available, it seems more likely that Boston will sign him to a multi-year deal as their shortstop, moving rookie Xander Bogaerts to play third base. Alderson, stated that the Mets are also not close to adding any veteran help to the bullpen, as reported by Anthony Dicomo of MLB.com.
So, can Terry Collins be satisfied with the moves the Mets made this off-season? Collins said during the winter meetings in December that priority number 1 was to seek protection in the lineup for David Wright. Collins as well as Mets fans think that matter was addressed by the signing of Curtis Granderson. The one year deal for outfielder Chris Young also should add pop to a lineup that has been deficient for years in this category. But, not signing Drew, means that Mets fans will have to settle for Ruben Tejada at shortstop. If he bounces back from last years horror show in the field and at bat, that would be commendable, but at his best does not put up offensive numbers close to Drew’s.
With the Mets hoping Granderson stays healthy, Young’s, Davis’ and Tejada’s career to make a turn for the better, there are still many questions regarding the offense. That’s why offering Drew a one or two year deal should have been a no brainer.
Collins has to be happier that the Mets brought in Granderson, but overall he cannot be content, with the Mets attempt at addressing their shortcomings and now relying on all these young arms in the bullpen can backfire as well. Hopefully they can bring some veteran arms on minor league deals to assist in the bullpen growth.

Drew to be signed by sox

So, after talk about the New York Mets upgrading at shortstop this off-season, the possibility of Stephen Drew being that upgrade appears less likely, as word is he will re-sign with the Boston Red Sox.

As reported by John Heyman, the Twins, Bluejays, Athletics are also considering Drew. But, the RedSox see their future third baseman as Xander Bogaerts and are willing to sign Drew to a multi year deal to play shortstop.

So my month long optimism seems to be for naught. And going into the 2014 season with Tejada as the shortstop on a team that struggles to score, doesn’t inspire confidence in Mets’ fans either.

Alderson thinks its a Joke?

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Sandy Alderson had the line of the night at the annual New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America dinner at the New York Hilton…again. Last year at the same gathering he made reference about the “talent” level of the outfield or the lack there of. Last night ,in reference to the Yankees signing Tanaka and the Mets signing of Matsuzaka he stated, “We each signed Japanese pitchers this week,” Alderson said. “They’re paying $155 million and we’re paying our guy month to month.”
I can feel for him that even as money conscious as he is and trying to get as much as he can from the talent the team has, that he is probably even frustrated that he has his hands tied. I mean, how much longer until he gets a veteran relief arm here. Or, how about that Stephen Drew guy? I don’t mind if it takes some more time with Drew, but you better not lose him out to someone else…say the Yankees! The Yankees have retooled their whole team and look like they have what it takes to return to the top of their division. I can certainly see the Yankees just, ya know..adding Drew as well, because well…they WANT him and are serious in getting to the postseason again.
Last week the Mets supposedly lost out on acquiring, Grant Balfour but offered similar money to the 2 yr/12 million he got from Tampa. So if its true that their is some money left, lets INVEST IT into the team and your fans. Chances are that the Mets will be off the hook for Colons second year of his 2 yr/20 million as I can see him being traded away in August. Chris Young’s 7.25 million is just for this year, so lets get Drew an upgrade to Tejada and get the veteran bullpen arm(kevin gregg, francisco rodriguez etc).

Matsuzaka re-signs with Mets

Adding to the competition for the fifth starter competition, the Mets re-signed Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league deal, as reported by Adam Rubin of Espnnews.com.
The fifth starter competition currently will be between Matsuzaka, Jenrry Mejia, recently signed John Lannan, Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero.
Matsuzaka pitched in 7 games with the Mets down the stretch last year after being let go by Cleveland, pitching to a 4.42 era going 3-3.

Yankees eye Drew

According to Wfan radio, John Heyman has reported that Yankees GM, Brian Cashman is considering Stephen Drew to possibly fill their infield voids, specifically third base.
His left-handed bat would work well at Yankee Stadium and at this point, what could stop them from signing Drew after this winter? Not much
Mets fans prepare to be even more frustrated if Drew moves to the dark side.

Mets hold all the cards pertaining to Drew

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As the stats show, Boston’s shortstop of the present and future Xander Bogaerts, there is no need for them to re-sign Stephen Drew….

…. This is evidence enough for me that Mets GM, Sandy Alderson is playing this calmly and should be able to acquire Drew if he so chooses.

http://bbref.com/pi/shareit/98esr

Wouldn’t Drew’s bat solidify the lineup?

Sooner or later a deal will be struck. Drew’s apparent only chance of playing everyday would be with the Mets. Signing him for 2yrs/20 million is not a stretch, especially when Colon may be traded off during this summer or next off season.

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Sooner or later a deal will be struck. Drew’s apparent only chance of playing everyday would be with the Mets. Signing him for 2yrs/20 million is not a stretch, especially when Colon may be traded off during this summer or next off season.
Still no word on the Drew front. The Mets have said publicly that they are prepared to go into the season with Ruben Tejada as their shortstop, but as time progresses the idea of bringing in Stephen Drew becomes more of a possibility. The market is small and therefore his demands must shrink as well. The Mets may just be able to get him for 1 year at 10 million with an option, as they can gaurantee him playing time as the starting shortstop, which he wouldn’t be if he resigned in Boston.

Granted Drew struck out a personal worst 124 times last…

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