Posted by Mack Ade at 8:00 AM
Today is the first full team workout. Week schedule:
Monday: First full-squad workout, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday: Regular workouts, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Friday: Possible intrasquad scrimmage, TBD
Saturday: Grapefruit League opener vs. Nationals, 12:10 p.m.
Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed on Saturday that Zack Wheeler will begin the 2013 season at Triple-A
Rammy Yogendra is one of our loyal readers and is currently down in Port St. Lucie. He’s reporting back some of his thoughts on various members of the team:
Got a chance to check out the facility today. John Buck and Frank Francisco were really friendly guys to chat with. What stood out for me was Rafael Montero's arm. Like your blog has mentioned over and over again, that guy has a cannon of an arm. He is a little guy compared to Jeurys Familia but man, that guy does look like a younger Pedro.
We hope to hear more from him tonight.
The 33-year-old Santana’s work will be scrutinized all spring as the Mets try to get the left-hander through a full season for the first time since 2008. Manager Terry Collins wants Santana on the mound for Opening Day, on April 1 against the Padres at Citi Field, and another 30-35 subsequent starts.
We’ve said it time again. All we want I around an 8-4, 3.85 record at the all-star break. This gets us a trade for a top prospects, hopefully someone that can play in the Mets outfield in 2014..
Folks, stay with me here and this is not an exercise in rushing anyone.
Rafael Montero will pitch 2013 as a 23-year old and will start the season in Binghamton.
Jenrry Meia will pitch 2013 as a 24-year old and will begin the 2013 season in the AAA rotation.
And Noah Syndergaard will pitch A+ ball as a 21-year old.
And combination of two out of three of these guys coud finish the 2013 season ready to make the jump to Queens. The long shot here would be Syndergaard, but it’s being done all over the league so don’t tell me he can’t go lights out in St. Lucie the first half of the season, lights out in Binghamton the second half, an invite up in September, and a real chance in camp in 2014.
The dream rotation we have been writing about and waiting for may be upon as soon as April 2014.
But first… we need a decent year from Johan so we can go out and get ourselves someone in the George Springer-class of prospects.
The Mets continue to play down ant rumors that they are interested in signing relief pitcher Jose Valverde. Both Adam Rubin/ESPN and Mark Craig/Newsday play it down at this point in the camp. There seems to be plenty of veteran presence in camp now and the recent addition of Brandon Lyon should close the door for the season.
Frankly, it wouldn’t shock me me if Frank Francisco knocked on the door and found no one was home when he gets around to getting in shape. Sandy Alderson and Fred Wilpon have proven before they aren’t afraid to eat a bad contract (and, for those of you still out there that wonder why they didn’t want to give Michael Bourn a 5th year, do the homework over the past five years and add up the eaten money on bad, long term deals by this team).