11/28/11

Xavier Nady, Ronnie Paulino, David Wright, Cam Maron, Gary Carter

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Nady on the other hand would be a nice low risk pickup.  If healthy, he could bring the leadership and experience the team needs.  Championship teams need strong extra parts and Xavier Nady would be a strong fit in that regard.  As long as comes cheap and doesn’t expect to start, I would say that is a done deal.  The team may look for one or two more strong bats for its lineups, but that would not stop a potential Nady signing.  http://mlbreports.com/2011/11/27/ask-reports-nov-27

Ronny Paulino is a large, surprisingly athletic man who has been a perpetual enigma — the tools are there for him to be an above-average all-around MLB catcher, but his weight, occasional laziness, and frequent lapses in focus have made him an unreliable entity. In 2011, he managed to control his weight (without the use of illegal diet pills), and though he occasionally displayed laziness and lack of focus, those weaknesses in character didn’t significantly hamper his performance. Paulino only appeared in 78 ballgames, but when he did, he put the bat on the ball — particularly in the first half of the year, when he hit .320 with a .769 OPS. However, his season peaked in June, when he hit .364, and from there it was all downhill. By August, Paulino was a non-entity; he appeared in only 25 games in the last two months of the season. http://www.metstoday.com/7231/11-12-offseason/2011-analysis-ronny-paulino

It's sad to say it, but as of right now, there has never been an everyday player inducted into the Hall of Fame who was developed in the New York Mets' farm system and came into the major leagues as a member of the Mets. David Wright will someday have his plaque displayed in the Mets' Hall of Fame and Museum to recognize him as an all-time great Met, but unfortunately, he is not an all-time great of the game.   When fans realize this instead of trying to make him bigger than what he really is, perhaps they'd realize that he'd have more value to the Mets as trade bait than he would have as a player for the team. http://studiousmetsimus.blogspot.com/2011/11/misleading-stats-on-david-wright-change.html

11-23-11: -  http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.js p?ymd=20111110&content_id=25949502&fext=.j sp&vkey=news_milb&partnerId=rss_nym -   Catcher -- Camden Maron, Savannah (one game), Kingsport (58 games): A 34th-round Draft pick in 2009, Maron played Gulf Coast League games over his first two pro seasons before emerging in 2011. The 20-year-old New York native batted .317 overall and sported a 38-36 walk-to-strikeout ratio. "He has a very advanced approach at plate for such a young guy," DePodesta said of the Appalachian League postseason All-Star. "This was his first opportunity to play full-time and he took advantage. Defensively, he's solid and he's going to get much better."

Gary Carter, the former Mets great currently battling brain cancer, suffered "slight bleeding" on his brain last week that is not believed to be a serious health threat, according to an entry on a private journal kept by Carter's daughter. Carter complained of severe fatigue and pain last Monday and was taken for an MRI. The MRI revealed a new "spot on the core of his brain," according to a journal entry posted by Kimmy Bloemers, to which ESPNNewYork.com has been granted access. The MRI also showed doctors that Carter's tumors "looked smaller," according to Bloemers, Carter's daughter. Further tests revealed that the "spot" was in fact "slight bleeding," not a new tumor, which was a relief to Bloemers. www.espn.com

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