Terry Collins “I don’t answer to fans. They don’t play this game. They have no idea what goes on in there. They have absolutely no idea what it means to be a professional teammate.”


TC vs SPIN started long before PSL

Terry Collins, Jordany Valdespin

Joe D. Metsmerized.com

Valdespin Won’t Let Criticism Lower His Self Esteem

Author An article by Daniel Nelson    Comments 55 Comments

Updated at 4:00 PM


They criticize me to lower my self esteem but I’m going straight to the top. I was not born to lose.

Original Post 1:00 PM


“Valdespin knew that was coming. I don’t think it’s fair to say that since we didn’t hit one of the Pittsburgh hitters that he doesn’t have a friend. The notion that he was hung out to dry I think is a mistake. I’m not telling you he’s the most popular guy in the clubhouse, but I don’t think he was hung out to dry.”

That was the quote we heard from Mets GM Sandy Alderson when asked about the continuingJordany Valdespin issue on Mike Francesa’s radio show yesterday.

Today, another new development has come to light according to Andy Martino of The Daily News.

Martino reported that Valdespin tried to “wiggle his way” out of pinch-hitting on Saturday against the Pirates. Valdespin allegedly sent word to trainer Ray Ramirez that he was “unavailable” to pinch-hit in Saturday’s blowout loss, according to Martino’s source who witnessed the dugout incident.

Much to the chagrin of Valdespin’s teammates, Ramirez sent word to Collins. Collins overruled the decision and sent Valdespin up anyway with body armor and an elbow protector.

Half of Alderson’s quote above now makes sense. Valdespin knew the inevitable plunking would occur if he stepped into the box so he tried to escape his fate. To say he wasn’t left out to dry seems like a stretch now with these new elements to the story.

This coverage is beginning to feel like the Casey Anthony trial, but the issue continues to be that Valdespin’s teammates and coaches decided to discipline him vicariously through the Pirates and not internally.

Valdespin has quirks, to put it mildly. He doesn’t play the game to the standards of conventional baseball in America, but this is clearly something he didn’t deserve given the circumstances.

We will be updating you with more information as it pertains to this story as it unfolds.

Thoughts from Joe D.

What have I been saying about this since day one?

Hung out to dry?

You betcha…


Tom Simone MetsHype

The Mets want to let the Pirates discipline SPIN because they feel he was in the wrong rather then handle it internally? What they fail to realize is that they SUCK and fail to complete the most remedial tasks of fundamental baseball. A goal that TC stated when he took lead of this team. That is what ticks me off the most. Who are these players and coaches to set these standards? They all stink, they cant get out of their own way yet they criticize this KID through the press and leave him out to dry? I dont blame SPIN to not giving Lagares a ride, let him take a cab. Thats like getting jumped at a bar and your friends do nothing to help you then asking for a ride or to pay the tab. Not one player came to see if he was ok after being hit by the pitch. He is on their team for over 162 games, almost 9 months of the year and wears the orange and blue, DISGRACE! I have never see anything handled more poorly, which is an exaggeration with this organization; but you get the point. TC should be fired because he lost this team  last July. Who the hell is John Buck to take SPINs nose off after winning a game? Hes been on the team for a month..Bucks thrust into a leadership role speaks volumes of the lack of leadership in this pathetic clubhouse. If Buck was such a great leader he wouldnt have been on a different team every yr. David Wright should have been the first person at the top of the steps or had his glove ready for him after the plunking. Thats what leader would do and maybe thats what SPIN needs.  This organization is a joke and they will prob trade Valdespin and he will come back to kill us. They had similar feelings about Mora, Mitchell and Everett. BUSH LEAGUE!!!!

More thoughts:

If you guys are Mets fans you would realize that all this media spinning started after SPIN started winning games for them and getting benched the next day. This OF is a AA team and you bench a player with speed and power? OBTW he was the hottest player in the spring but benched for Cowgill and Kirk…If you all dont realize this has all to do with TC then you are all blind. Now SPIN is a cancer? This is classic Mets using the media to spin your opinion and paint a negative picture of Valdespin. This team didnt support their own player after getting hit! Have you ever witnessed something like that? TC took Wright out of the game last year out of fear of David getting plunked. This year he lets the Pittsburgh Pirates discipline SPIN and then told the team to ignore him in the dugout at the end of the inning. John Buck took his head off the 2nd week of the season. This has been stewing since the spring and TC is the leader of this witch-hunt.   WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

Just posted. I rest my case:

Terry Collins, on Jordany Valdespin “Plunkgate”

“I don’t answer to fans. They don’t play this game. They have no idea what goes on in there. They have absolutely no idea what it means to be a professional teammate.”


Amazin Ave: Johan still upset with the Mets

Chris McShane

Johan Santana’s upset at Sandy Alderson’s comments about not being ready to pitch, but he’s still not pitchin

Even before he was traded to the Mets, I had always been a fan of Johan Santana from afar. With a cousin who’s a die-hard Twins fan, it certainly wasn’t difficult for me to keep tabs on arguably the best pitcher in the game from 2002 to 2007. In that span, Santana won two Cy Young awards, posted a 3.22 ERA, and had outstanding strikeout and walk rates, and the Twins — a perennial contender with a very low payroll — were an easy American League team to li

So when Santana was acquired by the Mets before the 2008 season, I was thrilled. The Mets hadn’t given up much, if anything, in terms of players to acquire him, and I didn’t have any problems with the astronomical contract the Mets gave him in order to make the trade happen. Johan was the best pitcher in the game, dammit, and the Mets had just missed the playoffs by one game a few months earlier — this just one season after they came up just one game short of making the World Series.

My lack of apprehension about the long-term, big-money deal that Santana signed when he came to Queens was perhaps a result of two things: my less-developed knowledge of baseball contracts and the Mets’ seemingly limitless budget. If the Mets hadn’t been forced into major payroll budget cuts over the past couple of seasons, it’s hard to say whether or not I’d now be as opposed as I am to deals like the one that Santana received back in 2008.

Anyways, the point here is that all of that hype and excitement about my favorite team trading for one of my favorite players in the game has made watching Santana’s tenure with the Mets all the more difficult to watch.

Sure, 2008 went well for Santana, even if his outstanding season alone couldn’t get the team back to the postseason. Since then, though, he’s averaged just shy of nineteen starts per year. Of course, he missed all of 2011 after undergoing major shoulder surgery. His return from that surgery was never guaranteed, and, at least for a little while, his no-hitter on June 1, 2012, made everything seem better. Johan’s velocity wasn’t coming back, but it appeared he was.

Although he got rocked at Yankee Stadium in the start following his no-no, Santana still had a great pitching line at the end of June. He hurt his ankle in early July and got shelled in every start after that until the Mets shut him down for the season. Despite all of that, I still thought it unwise to underrate Santana heading into 2013.

With Opening Day just less than three weeks away, though, Santana hasn’t appeared in a Graepfruit League game. That’s not a good sign. A couple weeks ago, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson expressed some frustration about Santana’s inability to pitch. Of particular relevance were Alderson’s quotes to the press.


“I think there was an expectation that when he came in, he’d be ready to pitch,” he said. “But it was clear over the first few days he wasn’t ready.”

Every indication since then has been that Santana isn’t happy with the implication that he showed up to camp unprepared. The day after Alderson’s comments, he went out and threw a bullpen session, seemingly to prove he was capable of doing so. And this afternoon, John Harper and Andy Martino of the Daily News tweeted that Santana still wasn’t happy.

So the saga continues. If Santana is, indeed, still hostile to the organization almost two weeks after Alderson’s comments, it’s tough to take his side. As an athlete and a competitor, there’s no doubt that Santana is as frustrates as any Mets fan is with his general inability to pitch over the last couple of years. But if he’s going to hold a grudge against the Mets much longer, well, he should reconsider.

When you’re the highest-paid player on the team — and there’s nothing wrong with that in and of itself — it’s hard to win the public relations battle when you’ve missed so much time with injuries and aren’t currently playing in baseball games.

In a few weeks, perhaps this will have all blown over as Santana makes a slightly delayed start to his 2013 season. But there’s a chance, as Martino implies, that the “Santana vs. the Mets” story will continue to have legs well into the season, particularly if Santana is barely communicating with the team.


MetsBlog: Fulmer to have knee surgery

Mets RHP prospect Michael Fulmer to have knee surgery Tuesday

Michael FulmerMets RHP prospect Michael Fulmer tore the meniscus ligament in his knee and will have surgery Tuesday in New York, according to report by Mack Ade earlier tonight.

“I appreciate all the well wishes. I’ll be back at it before we know it,” Fulmer later tweeted, in his response to support from fans. “Only a very minor setback in a long career,” he added. “Looking forward to getting back to 100 percent.”

The selected Fulmer in the the first round (No. 44 overall) of the 2011 draft.

Last season for Low-A Savannah, Fulmer was 7-6 with a 2.74 ERA in 21 starts, while striking out 108 batters in 101 innings pitched.

In their recent Top 10 Mets Prospects List, Baseball America ranked as the fourth-best pitching prospect in the organization, while John Sickels of Minor League Ball ranked him third (ahead of Jeurys Familia).


Here We Go! Lets Go Mets!


Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, is reporting that

right-hander Shaun Marcum has been temporarily removed from the Mets Grapefruit League rotation, but is not injured.

Manager Terry Collins said Marcum wants to concentrate on a long-toss program designed to strengthen his shoulder, which gave him trouble last spring. He will return to game action in early to mid-March.

The Mets aren’t calling it a setback, but it sort of sounds like one to me especially when you consider that Marcum dealt with both elbow and shoulder issues last season.

Marcum, 31, missed over a month and was limited to just 124 innings last season going 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 21 starts for the Brewers.

The Mets signed Marcum to a one-year, $4 million free agent contract last month and incentives could make the deal worth $8 million.

In the last 36 hours, the Mets have scratched Marcum (shoulder), Zack Wheeler (strained oblique) andJohan Santana (very low velocity) from their Grapefruit League rotation.

Source: metsmerized.com http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/02/shaun-marcum-pulled-from-rotation-out-until-early-to-mid-march.html


Giancarlo Stanton Blockbuster Trade With NY Mets in the Works?

Giancarlo Stanton – Will he stay or will he go?

The moment the Miami Marlins shipped their chances of winning to the Toronto Blue Jays, the question in MLB front offices around the league was, “would the fire sale in South Florida include Giancarlo Stanton?” The Marlins have jettisoned virtually every large contract they had on the books. Notably absent from this year’s team are Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Heath Bell, Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante and Emilio Bonifacio.

Stanton, who just turned 23 last month and is already among the game’s elite power hitters, is not arbitration eligible until after the 2013 season, and won’t qualify for free agency until after 2016. As such, one of the best young players in the game will earn just about $500,000 this season, making him one of the best bargains in baseball.

According to multiple published reports, front office executives who have checked in on Stanton have repeatedly been told by the Marlins that they intend to build around Stanton, not trade him. Given Stanton’s salary is expected jump to the $8 – $10 million range next season if he simply goes through the arbitration process, one has to wonder if the Marlins position that he will not be traded has any semblance of truth. We do know after all, the Marlins have in fact had discussions with other teams.

Think about it, what team wouldn’t salivate over the idea of bringing in a 23-year-old who just slugged over .600 to lead the majors? Stanton hit .290/.361/.608 with 37 homers and 86 RBI in only 123 games. Had he not missed several weeks after knee surgery, it would have been a pretty good bet that Stanton would have led the NL in home runs.

The trend around the league has been that teams who view their young, All-Star talent as core building blocks, tend to lock them up at early stages in their careers (see Evan Longoria, Joey Votto and Ryan Braun). The Marlins have not done that. Moreover, the chances of the Marlins successfully doing that now have been compromised. Stanton is not at all happy about the prospects of wasting the prime of his career with a habitually rebuilding franchise. Despite the fact that Stanton says he’s over the anger he felt when hearing of the Marlins fire sale, one look at Stanton’s twitter account after the Marlins sent their chances to win North of the border tells you all you need to know about out how he really feels.

From a public perspective, since the twitter slip revealing his true feelings, Stanton is saying all the right things.When pressed on the topic by FOX Sports John Paul Morosi this weekend, Giancarlo took the high road. “The nine guys on the field are doing nothing but playing their hearts out to win,” said Stanton. “Yeah, you might not know every guy’s name. We might not be in magazines or TV all the time. But we’re still big-league players. We’re just like everybody else out there on the field.”

The Proposed Deal

A source close to the SFX Baseball Group, an agency representing some of the biggest stars in the game, told me this morning that the Marlins have recently discussed a trade that would include sending recently signed Juan Pierre (an SFX client) and Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Mets, for super pitching prospect Zack Wheeler, obtained from the Giants in the Carlos Beltran trade, and minor league catcher Travis D’Arnaud, the centerpiece in the R.A. Dickey deal. But wait, the Marlins are publicly telling people that Stanton will not be traded aren’t they? They sure are, but pay no attention because no Marlins executive is to be believed, most notably Jeffrey Loria, the team’s owner.

You’ll recall that last November, then-Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes went to dinner with Mr. Loria and the two chatted about the future – specifically, Reyes’ future in Miami. They spoke about personal things and Loria encouraged Reyes to find a nice house and settle down in South Florida. Just days later while on vacation with his wife, he heard a rumor about the trade. “I thought it was a joke,” Reyes said. “When I called my agent, he said yes,” and Reyes was traded.

If this is true, the most confused guy in the world would have to be Travis D’Arnaud, who has never played a game in the majors, yet has already been traded for two Cy Young award winners in Roy Halladay and R.A. Dickey. The 24 year-old would have to be wondering what the heck is going on and why it is that teams keep giving up the farm to get him only to swap him for a piece of land seemingly more attractive so swiftly.

While it’s possible that D’Arnaud opens the season as the Mets starting catcher, at the moment it appears that John Buck (also obtained from Toronto in the R.A. Dickey trade) will get the nod. There is also a call to have Wheeler open the season with the Mets, however both D’Arnaud and Wheeler are expected to begin the season together at Class AAA Las Vegas, forming a pitcher-catcher combination that could easily make it to Queens by midseason. The Mets, who are essentially counting on Lucas Duda to become their everyday left fielder whileholding open tryouts for the rest of the outfield, would solve their outfield problems by putting Juan Pierre in center field and Stanton in right without giving up a player expected to start the season on the roster. For this to work for the Mets however, New York would have to feel they could lock up Stanton and sign him to a long-term extension. Pierre, who at 35 years old is no spring chicken, proved last season that he can still play, hitting .307/.351/.371 with 37 steals for the Phillies. At just $1.6 million for the year with no further commitment, he could be the stopgap the Mets are looking for.

It’s obvious why Miami would do this trade. The Marlins would be able to plug two of the very best prospects in the game, with minimum salaries, into their lineup for the foreseeable future while ridding themselves of Stanton and his looming pay increase. For the Mets, would it be worth trading two prized possessions for Stanton long term and a one year rental? Well, let’s look at it this way, would you trade Carlos Beltran, who turns 36 in April and a 38-year old R.A. Dickey for Wheeler and D’Arnaud? For all intents and purposes, that’s what the Mets gave up to get the two prospects.

Giancarlo Stanton is no doubt one of the few stars, that if you were starting a team today, would be a fixture for your franchise. Stanton, along with Braun, Votto, Longoria, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout are among the names that the children of this generation will grow up watching thrive in this generation of MLB. Should the Mets pull the trigger? I don’t know. Travis D’Arnaud and Zack Wheeler have established themselves as two of the best young talents in all of baseball, ranking sixth and eighth, respectively, on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects list. While D’Arnaud may not turn out to be the proven slugger that Stanton is, he’s expected to be pretty damn good. While Zack Wheeler is unlikely to be Tom Seaver, he is expected to be a standout as well.

I don’t think this trade happens, more than anything because the Mets would be too scared to do it. The Mets have a history of overvaluing their prospects. Those of you still waiting for Generation K to work out know what I’m talking about. I’m not suggesting that the Mets would be wrong for valuing D’Arnaud and Wheeler so highly, I’m just stating that I think they wouldn’t pull the trigger, even if it meant bringing one of the best young proven commodities in MLB to a team desperately looking to fill Citi Field. You could make the argument that Stanton would be the best player in New York, and at a time where the Yankees seem to be getting old before our eyes, the Mets seemingly have a window of opportunity to make a run in NY like they did in the mid-late 80?s, when they dominated the town. Perhaps the Mets think they can do that with D’Arnaud and Wheeler as cornerstones of the franchise anyway, I don’t know…

Original Article http://rotoexperts.com/36784/giancarlo-stanton-blockbuster-trade-with-ny-mets-in-the-works/


Four Mets On The Baseball Prospectus Top 101 Prospects List

This morning, Baseball Prospectus released its list of the top 101 prospects in baseball.  There are four Mets on the list: RHP Zack Wheeler (5th), Catcher Travis d’Arnaud (15th), RHP Noah Syndergaard (28th), and RHP Michael Fulmer (98th).

Topping the list for the Mets of course was RHP Zack Wheeler (5th), C Travis d’Arnaud (15th), and RHP Noah Syndergaard (28th).

I’m still puzzled by why so many of these prospect lists exclude IF Wilmer Flores, who I regard as a better hitter than some of the other position players I usually see ranked from 80-100.

Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus describes what went into producing the list:

This list was conceptualized and constructed in late December, and finalized and submitted for the Baseball Prospectus annual in early January. I have avoided it ever since out of revisionist fear. When this particular list was created, the Baseball Prospectus prospect crew was only two months into the team top 10 lists, having found our rhythm in the process but only scratched the surface of all the talent in the minors. With countless emails, calls, texts, IMs, letters, and Candygrams exchanged between members of the BP team and members of the baseball industry, we played prospect Nostradamus and worked ahead of the team lists, spelunking for information like we had never spelunked before. It was a stressful time, but also one of the most rewarding of my career, a daily debate about prospects that consumed all available energy and intellect. It was a prospect boot camp, and I loved every second of it.


Below is a a blurb from Rising Apple on each Mets prospect on the list:

RHP Zack Wheeler, 5th – Wheeler, 22, was ranked 30th by BP in 2012.  He rose 25 spots, and the only pitchers ahead of him are Gerrit Cole of the Pirates (4th) and Dylan Bundy of the Orioles (3rd).  Wheeler is on the cusp, and will most likely open 2013 with AAA Las Vegas.  His fastball is electric, and that’s what he’ll work off of.  His curveball is viewed as plus and is his best secondary offering.  He also features a developing changeup.  Wheeler needs to work on his control a bit (he averaged 3.3 walks per 9 last year in AA), but it isn’t a glaring issue.  Wheeler has true ace potential, and could arrive in Flushing around May or June.

Catcher Travis d’Arnaud, 15th – d’Arnaud, 24, was acquired from Toronto in the R.A. Dickey trade.  He was ranked 16th by BP in 2012.  His season was cut short last year in AAA when he injured his knee sliding into second base in an attempt to break up a double play.  If it wasn’t for the injury (that didn’t require surgery), d’Arnaud would have likely been called up to Toronto during the second half of last season.  He’s the highest ranked catcher on BP’s list (Mike Zunino of Seattle is ranked 33rd).  d’Arnaud is expected to hit for both power and average in the bigs, and is seen as an already average defender with the potential to be above average.  It’s unlikely he’ll break camp with the Mets due to the fact that the team wants to ensure an extra year of control, but he should arrive in the bigs in late April or early May.

RHP Noah Syndergaard, 28th – Syndergaard, 20, was also acquired from Toronto in the R.A. Dickey trade.  He was ranked 93rd by BP in 2012.  Pitching in High A ball last season, Syndergaard posted a 2.60 ERA and a WHIP of 1.08.  He struck out 122 batters over 103.2 innings pitched.  He works mainly off his fastball that sits in the mid-90?s, and a developing curve that he throws in the mid-70?s.  He’s expected to begin 2013 with high A St. Lucie, and will likely rise to AA Binghamton before the season concludes.  Syndergaard has the upside to be a front of the rotation starter, but his arrival in Queens will likely be in late 2014 or early 2015.

RHP Michael Fulmer, 98th – Fulmer, who will turn 20 in March, was drafted 44th overall by the Mets in 2011.  He was unranked last season.  He excelled at Low A Savannah last season, and is expected to open 2013 with High A St. Lucie.  Some scouts project him as a middle of the rotation starter, while others feel his upside is higher.  Fulmer was nice enough to speak with Rising Apple back on February 5th about his repertoire, expectations, and more.That interview can be read here.  Like Syndergaard, Fulmer is likely a few years away from contributing at the big league level.

Source: Risingapple.com & Metsmerized.com


Mets sign Shawn Marcum to 1yr deal


According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mets have signed a one-year contract with Shaun Marcum.

Marcum will hope to revitalize his value in the pitcher-friendly confines of Citi Field before attempting to finally cash in big in the fall. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a decent 3.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 7.9 K/9 in 124 innings last year for the Brewers while battling elbow issues. He’ll carry a good amount of fantasy value in 2013 if he’s healthy.

Braves trade for Justin Upton

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks and Braves have “agreed to” the players involved in a blockbuster trade that centers around Justin Upton.

MLB.com’s Mark Bowman says the Braves will receive Upton and Chris Johnson in exchange for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, Nick Ahmed, Zeke Spruill and Brandon Drury. Upton finished fourth in the National League MVP voting in 2011 after hitting .289/.369/.529 with 31 homers, 21 steals and 88 RBI in 159 games as a 23-year-old. Now 25 years of age, he will be joining his older brother B.J. in Atlanta. It should be a great fit, and great theater.


NewsDay Marc Craig: Mets resume trade talks for Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton


Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton waits on deck

Photo credit: AP | Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton waits on deck during a game against the Chicago Cubs. (Sept. 28, 2012)

The Mets have revived discussions of a trade for the Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton, two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday. However, doubts linger about whether the Mets are willing to deal enough prospects to meet the asking price for the 25-year-old rightfielder.

The Mets are in need of long-term solutions for their thin outfield, and a person familiar with their thinking said Upton “fits the bill.” But the source reiterated that the Mets likely won’t part with enough prospects to acquire Upton — the same stumbling block that squashed trade talks earlier this offseason.

Upton appeared to finally come off the market this week when the Diamondbacks and Mariners agreed to the parameters of a trade. But he reportedly invoked his limited no-trade clause, once again opening the door for other teams to bid for his services.

The Mariners’ proposed package reportedly included four players: relief pitchers Charlie Furbush and Stephen Pryor and a pair of highly regarded prospects, infielder Nick Franklin and righthanded pitcher Taijuan Walker. The Diamondbacks expect a similar prospect-rich haul in any deal for Upton.

While enduring a wave of questions about his future, Upton hit .280 with 17 homers and 67 RBIs in 150 games last year. It was a step backward after a stellar 2011 season in which he hit .289, set career highs in homers (31) and RBIs (88) and finished fourth in NL MVP voting. But the two-time All-Star’s strained relationship with the organization has made him a constant focus of trade rumors.

He seems to be a natural fit for the Mets, who have long coveted a righthanded power bat for the middle of their lineup. Lefthanded-hitting Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter remain the team’s in-house options to man the outfield next season, but nobody in that trio has established himself as an everyday player.

Upton is signed through 2015. Even with $38.5 million left on his contract, the structure of his deal could put him in the Mets’ price range.

The Mets boast several young pitchers who could be included in a trade, but top-tier arms Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler have been considered untouchable in trade talks this offseason, and the team has offered no indications that has changed.

One rival executive believes the Mets should explore dangling infielder Wilmer Flores, who some talent evaluators believe ultimately will play third base or first base. With the Mets, Flores and his promising bat likely would be blocked by David Wright and Ike Davis.