1. Phlavio has left Mack’s Mets as a writer and is taking, as he puts it, a “blogging hiatus”. We thank him for his excellent writing and wish him well where he chooses to write in the future.
2. We finally figured out a better way to list the 2012 draft instead of posting a long ass post that dominates the site. You will now find them in “blogger pages” which can be found on the right side of this page. Just click on the link for whatever position you are interested in and it will take you to that page.
3. We also opened up the messages. Anonymous posters can now leave their comments and I no longer am pre-screening any of the posts. All the other writers are good with this and… this is important… we will continue to answer all messages written with respect to the writer of that post. Most sites don’t answer squat. We answer all.
I May Be Wrong, But…
1. In light of the response to Michael Scannell’s fine 3-part post on losing Jose Reyes and trading David Wright, it’s obvious that fans now realize that the team is rebuilding. The problem is they still don’t realize that it takes around 3-5 years to pull that off. Luckily for Mets fans, Omar Minaya left them with Jenrry Mejia, Ruben Tejada, Lucas Duda, Ike Davis, Manny Acosta, Nick Evans, Jeurys Familia, and Matt Harvey. Add to that Zack Wheeler, Pedro Beato, Tim Byrdak, and the 2011 draft, and the Mets are well on their way (notice there is still far more Omar than Sandy involved in this rebuilding).
Look for the following additions coming to a team near you:
Opening Day 2012: IF Josh Satin, SP Chris Schwinden
ASG Break 2012: SP Jeurys Famila, OF Juan Lagares
September 2012: SP Matt Harvey, 2B Reese Havens, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Opening Day 2013: SP Zack Wheeler, SP Jenrry Mejia, RP Elvin Ramirez, RP Josh Edgin
2. I’m removing RP Jose De La Torre from ‘The Keepers’ list. Yes, I have been touting him for a couple of years now (the Mack Curse) and he delivered another great year (0.89) for Buffalo, but he will pitch 2012 as a 26-year old and he simply doesn’t qualify anymore as a possible prospect. Yes, he is injury prone but I can’t understand why he has never been given a chance to succeed.
3. I talked to someone today that told me “thank God for all you Mets bloggers that are educating the fans about the 2012 season”. He went on to say that there will be a lot less pressure in 2012 to succeed which will allow the Mets to concentrate on the rebuilding of the team rather than signing players they would only sign to keep the fans happy. Gee, I wonder who he was talking about? You know, I can’t find anyone anymore that says this team is going to sign Reyes.
4. OF Juan Lagares continues to play CF in the AFL, but, more importantly, Jefry Marte is playing first base. We’ve been waiting to see who gets moved first, Marte, Wilmer Flores, or Aderlin Rodriguez and it seems to be Marte. If this is a sign of the future, it seems that Marte will repeat St. Lucie since he is blocked in Binghamton and Buffalo by Stefan Welsh and Alan Dykstra. This would mean that A-Rd will join him in Lucy at third, and Flores will move on to Binghamton.