This morning Terry Collins and Carlos Beltran agreed upon Angel Pagan as being the everyday centerfielder. This move should help keep Beltran’s bat in the lineup longer this year and possibly assist in extending his career. Beltran is in the final year of his 7 year contract signed with the Mets in the offseason before 2005.
Rightfield at Citifield is not routine by any means with angled outfield walls that vary in height and the extremely limited foul territory. There is plenty of field to roam in the gap but with Pagan in center, the gaps will be shrunk some.
With a healthy Beltran, Jose Reyes and Jason Bay along with David Wright and sophomore year from Ike Davis the Mets are leaning heavy on this lineup to produce in order to have any chance of improving on last year’s 79-83 mark.
Its February 1st and pitchers and catchers report in 2 weeks at Port St. Lucie for spring training 2011. The Mets ownership is in the headlines these days moreso than the team. Friday, Fred Wilpon stated that they are looking to take on a partner or two, to buy roughly 25% of the team. This, due to their relationship with convicted ponsey scheemer Bernie Madoff and their apparent successful investments with this felon and their suspiscious selling off shares a few weeks before Madoff was taken down….generally speaking.
New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson has said this situation will have no bearing on his job. The Wilpon’s continue their mantra how none of this will affect future signings along with all other baseball operations and to continue to run the organization,”first class”.
Alderson has already stated that the Mets payroll at roughly 150 million is a higher than they would like to be operating at. So does this mean beginning in 2012(the same year according to the Mayan calender the world will end)that the Mets will not go out and aggressively pursue free agents? If they spend less and spend smart, ok i can deal with that. But, I dont want to see the Mets lose out on free agents because the Braves and Phillies out bid them.
Anyway, maybe this distraction will take any attention, off of the team this year as they try to compete with a rotation that has a few questions at the very least. Carlos Beltran hoping to have a healthy walk year, Jason Bay’s return from a concussion that shortened his difficult first year. And at some point for sure, bidding adieu to Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez(together making 18 million this year).
Jose Reyes is playing out an 11 million option year….will he A. be traded in season to a contender? B.stay for the duration,C. stay healthy or D. have a career year? Well its early yet…the team could actually improve on last seasons 79-83 record. Frankie Rodriguez has a 17.5 million option year for 2012 if he makes a certain amount of appearances this season with a 3.5 million dollar buy-out, so you know the Mets will use him sparingly or trade him during the season. So does Bobby Parnell step up from set up man this year? Does he do the job as set up man this year? Alot of questions going in…So Please stay tuned to upcoming Blogs.
July 7, 2010. With the All-star break less than a week away, the Mets find themselves still in the thick of the hunt for the division lead. Before the season began, the general consensus had them pegged as a .500 team. Their pitching was suspect, but their offense was expected to keep them afloat, including an expected return of Carlos Beltran at the beginning of May.
Today, despite the absence of Beltran and a slow start by the offense, timely and effective starting pitching the Mets find themselves 10 games above .500(47-37) and 2 games behind the division leading Braves. The Braves pitching has been superb all the way around and the comeback season from Troy Glaus as well as a solid first half by rookie sensation Jayson Heyward and Martin Prado have led the offensive charge. The Phillies have been fighting injuries the whole first half and will have to endure an a lengthy DL stint by Chase Utley until September.
Though the Mets have received some great performances from R.A Dickey (6-1) and Hisanori Takahashi (7-3) their relief loses some length with both as starters. Jonothan Niese (6-2) going into tonight, has been solid and appears to improve with each outing. Pelfrey has hit a rough patch the past 3 starts but is (10-3) so far which tells you why the Mets have been successful. Johan Santana(6-5) has given up 1 run in his last two starts covering 16 innings and appearing comfortable again since surgery last year. With Beltran’s pending return following the break, the bench gets stronger with Angel Pagan(.300) and Jeff Francoeur splitting time in rightfield.
Will this be enough for the Mets to make a playoff run? If they go after Cliff Lee they will certainly have to give up prospects and he will still, be a free agent in the fall. If the Mets could hold onto Neise who is a rookie still, then any of the other prospects would have to be considered viable chips(Mejia, Thole, Martinez , or Tejada).Will Johan be the dominant second half pitcher his resume indicates he’ll be? Does Pelfrey get back on track and does Niese continue to grow as a solid young lefthander? As presently constituted, i think the Mets need more relief pitching to get to the wildcard and I am sure the Mets are looking and listening to the rumors and seeing what is available. I would welcome Cliff Lee with arms wide open, but then you better be the team to lock him up in the winter,
Who knows? It has been fun so far and with 78 games to go…anything can happen!