Mets Won’t Be Active At Winter Meetings

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This week Sandy Alderson has been trying to get the fans excited about the prospects of activity at the MLB Winter Meetings this week. I don’t know about you but it’s not working on me. I know the reality of the Mets situation. They have $5 million or less to spend on free agents within the 2011 budget. That’s not good enough to bring back Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth, or any other player remotely as skilled as they are.

Frankly, I would more excited if the Mets were able to dump Luis Castillo or Oliver Perez on another team. That’s the best possible scenario. And that’s a pretty sad state of the team.

Alderson was talking pretty tough to reporters this week when he said:

“I can guarantee you, we’ll come back with some good players,” Alderson said. “I can’t guarantee how high-profile they will be. Or how many. If nothing else, we’ll pick in the Rule 5 draft, just to say we brought a player back.”

We’re smart enough to understand the reality though. Alderson is trying to find a low-budget starting pitcher like Chris Young or Jeff Francis. They’re guys coming off injuries or severely under-performing seasons looking for a short-term deal until they can get back to a more “normal” performance level.

The Mets are also looking to add some bullpen help with the recent losses of Raul Valdes, Pedro Feliciano, Sean Green, and Hisanori Takahashi. Middle relievers signing doesn’t generally get the fan base out in mass to buy tickets.

There is the outside chance that Jose Reyes could get traded. The one team that I think would be a good trading partner for Reyes is the Reds. I don’t think the Reds want to start 2011 with Paul Janish as their plan for the season at shortstop. They won the Central Division with 91 games and are bringing pretty much everyone of value back again except Orlando Cabrera. By the way, Brandon Phillips is making the exact same salary as Reyes in 2011, the last year of his contract with the Reds. Although the Reds do have a club option for 2012 at $12 million. Keep that in mind.

Mets Report Mailbag- Oct. 27, 2010

New York Mets pitcher Francisco Rodriguez is escorted by police for his arraignment on a third-degree assault charge at Queens Criminal Court in New York August 12, 2010. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL CRIME LAW)

What should the Mets do with the bullpen?  K-Rod is a mess and Takahashi is a free agent. Do you think any young players could help?

-Rich – Astoria, Queens


The Mets are stuck with anger management 101’s newest enrolled member for one more year. His velocity has been decreasing since he arrived in Queens and his control issues make fans climb walls. Most elite closers can manage with decent control because of a 95-98mph heater. K-Rod has been throwing a 92 mph fastball, and he’s been hurt when he falls behind in counts. Nevertheless, it should be K-Rod’s job to lose come spring training. With that said, The Mets should have the flexibility San Francisco has had with their under performing stars. K-Rod is still the best option on the club due to his track record, but his rope should be tighter than in years past.

Hisanori Takahashi

The Mets should only bring Takahashi back if it’s a one year deal. I don’t like the idea of signing an aging relief pitcher with one year of big league experience to a multi-year deal. He was solid in many different roles for the Mets and succeeded in some very tough situations. They should look to get him at a reasonable price and not over spend. Middle relief is often tricky and unpredictable. You don’t want to pay too much and get tied up in big deals.

Jenrry Mejia and  Bobby Parnell

In my opinion Mejia and Parnell need to start the year in the bullpen and be left there. I look at a Neftali Feliz and see a 22 year old top prospect flamethrower with 40 saves. Mejia has the stuff you want from a closer with an A fastball that cuts and a nasty slider. Putting a big prospect arm in the pen for the long haul is not a punishment or an over aggressive move if he shortens the game. Mejia has the stuff of a dominant closer. Parnell’s development depends on his ability to throw his secondary stuff consistently for strikes. His fastball runs triple digits and he’s a power arm you’d love to give every chance come 2011. Continue reading “Mets Report Mailbag- Oct. 27, 2010”

Mets 2 – Astros 1 August 27, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey throws a pitch to the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York, May 27, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL) Mets got a big game out of Mike Pelfrey even after he struggled in the first inning. He gave up 2 walks and a single in the first and I thought it was going to be a long night. But he settled in to go 8 innings on 123 pitches without allowing a run. He was helped out by two excellent plays in the field by Angel Pagan. It seems like every night Pagan is making plays. He never takes a night off.

As usual, the Mets had very little offense. But it was just enough to squeak out a win because Pelfrey was so good. They only had 3 hits and 5 walks in the game. They scored off Nelson Figueroa in the first on a sac fly by David Wright. And Ruben Tejada walked in the fourth with the bases loaded. That was it for the offense.

The bullpen made it close in the ninth. Bobby Parnell and Hisanori Takahashi gave up 3 hits and 1 run with the Astros threatening to tie or win it. But Takahashi bailed out Parnell to preserve the win.

The Mets take the first game of the series and do it again tomorrow night behind Johan Santana.

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Rockies 6 – Mets 2 August 11, 2010

New York Mets relief pitcher Hisanori Takahashi pitches to the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York April 23, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL) game was a real killer. Jon Niese pitched another great game going 7 strong innings allowing only 1 run. He was cruising and didn’t give up a run until a sac fly in the seventh. Niese had 7 strikeouts and no walks. It was an excellent game.

The Mets had no offense again with 3 hits and 1 walk. The only runs were on an Angel Pagan home run in the first inning. They only had 2 baserunners in the last 8 innings of the game. David Wright was 0 for 4 with 4 strikeouts and mostly against Jeff Francis a lefty.

The game was completely blown up with 2 outs in the eighth inning. Hisanori Takahashi gave up a hit and a walk. Then Manny Acosta gave up 3 hits and 2 walks without getting an out including a grand slam to Melvin Mora. It was beyond ugly.

The Mets and Rockies will play the rubber game of the series early tomorrow at noon.

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Preview: D-Backs at Mets July 31, 2010

Arizona D-Backs (38-64) at New York Mets (52-51) 7:10pm

Barry Enright (2-2 2.73) vs Hisanori Takahashi (7-5 4.47)

TV: WPIX   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets need this one to avoid the D-Backs taking the series here. Enright has pitched really well in his last three starts including July 20 against the Mets. He went 8 innings allowing 1 run in that start. Takahashi pitched an inning of relief on Wed. and last started a game on July 22. His start was very good against the Dodgers going 7 innings and allowing 2 runs. But he’s been very inconsistent this year. The Mets will need to be ready with a quick hook for Takahashi.

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Dodgers 2 – Mets 0 July 22, 2010

July 22, 2010 Los Angeles, CA..New York Mets starting pitcher Hisanori Takahashi  pitches in action during the Major League Baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium July 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, California..The Dodgers defeat the Mets 2-0.Louis Lopez/CSM. Mets lost their fourth straight game and it really should have been their seventh straight loss. Omar Minaya is with the team in LA now and told reporters before the game that Jerry Manuel’s job is safe. But not everyone’s job is safe on the Mets.

Hisanori Takahashi finally came back with a good start despite the loss going 7 innings and allowing only 2 runs. He allowed 1 run in the first inning and I was thinking “Here we go again”. But he recovered nicely and only allowed 3 hits and 2 walks in the game.

The Mets offense is the problem again. They only had 5 hits and 2 walks as a team. Surprisingly, Jeff Franoeur was the player of the game going 2 for 4. He was telling reporters before the game that he would welcome a trade for more playing time.

The misery continues for Mets fans as we watch our hopes of postseason play disappear before our eyes.

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Preview: Mets at Dodgers July 22, 1010

New York Mets (49-45) at Los Angeles Dodgers (50-45) 10:10pm

Hisanori Takahashi (7-4 4.69) vs Hiroki Kuroda (7-8 3.74)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets stagger into LA for a four game series starting tonight. The Dodgers have been playing almost as poorly as the Mets losing six straight before getting a win last night. Takahashi got destroyed by the Giants in his last start to the tune of 6 runs in 2.2 innings. This very well could be his last start if he can’t pull it together. The Dodgers have lost four of the last five games that Kuroda started but he pitched well in his last start against the Cardinals going 6 innings and allowing only 1 run.

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