Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
39 Days until Pitchers and Catchers Report
C Anthony Recker is going to report to camp late next week… hope the gate is open.
Houston announced that Vince Coleman will be an outfield/baserunning developmental specialist assigned to Class A Quad Cities.
RP Randy Fontanez - Indios de Mayaguez – 1.1-IP, 0-R, 2-SV, 0.00
C Francisco Pena - Aguilas Cibaenas – 0-5, 1-R, 1-K, .000
RF Jordany Valdespin - Leones del Escogido – 2-5, .444
Did you notice that Valdespin isn’t even mentioned in the formation of the Mets 2013 outfield? Vada Pinson could probably be dragged out to RF and make the team right now, but no ‘Spin’. Sounds like another year in AAA for the trouble child to get his act together.
Lucas Duda told ESPNNewYork.com the wrist "feels great."
What the hell do you think he’s going to say? ‘No, it feels like shit so I don’t know if I’m going to be able to play in the worst outfield being formed in the game of baseball.’
Jeff Passan wrote something about Sandy Alderson that all of us need to keep reminding ourselves as we piss and moan about the off-season:
“The masterwork that was Sandy Alderson's handling of the R.A. Dickey trade this offseason should be studied, dissected and, whenever possible, emulated. He turned a 38-year-old pitcher on a one-year contract into six years of the game's best catching prospect, six years of a frontline pitching prospect, a high-ceiling 18-year-old and a stopgap catcher. And when your owner needs a tourniquet to stop hemorrhaging money, this is the sort of deal a general manager must concoct to keep hope afloat and progress alive.”
Nice things continue to be written about C Travis d’Arnaud:
“Once the Mets had acquire d’Arnaud their fate behind the plate suddenly appeared much different. d’Arnaud is one of the rare catching prospects that scouts feel can do it all, but like Romine he saw his 2012 season cut short due to injury. He batted .333/.380/.595 this past season at Triple-A, over 303 plate appearances, before suffering a season ending knee injury. Had it not been for the injury there are some that believe he may have made his MLB Debut late this past summer with the Blue Jays. Like Romine, however, it appears as though the Mets are planning to start him back in the minor leagues at the beginning of the 2013 season, as ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin suggests, with the team’s catching duties being shared by John Buck and Anthony Recker initially.” - S2S
-boy, this was a great trade…
Lastly… it seems to me that the refinancing of the Mets may have had bad timing. Sure, there are some players still out there worth pursuing; however, I’m as big a draft guy as Sandy Alderson is and I don’t want a draft pick lost either. I think the 2014 free agent market will define this team… examples that are put there are OFs David Murphy, Coco Crisp, Rajai Davis, Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson, Chris Young, Shin-Soo Choo, and David DeJesus.
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