Anthony DiComo - @AnthonyDiComo - In his Hall of Fame press conference, Pedro Martinez said that Mets fans "settle for what they have,"Well, I guess we can figure out he won’t be wearing a Mets cap at induction day. It was a true statement, as cold as it was also. It also didn’t have to be said.
At 6’1” and 200 pounds, Jhoan Urena is physically mature for his age, but the switch-hitter already demonstrates an advanced feel for hitting, with a line-to-line approach and effortless raw power. He’s likely to continue mashing lots of doubles over the next couple years, but his strength and knack for barreling the ball should eventually produce above-average over-the-fence power.
Mack – I’m not trying to be disrespectful to Urena, but if he is currently the 10th prospect in the Mets chain… well, the chain is starting to weaken. The Mets have graduated a lot of their top prospects in the past few years and (IMO) we’re getting down to the secondary level of talent in the system.
Defensively, the 20-year-old showcases good athleticism for his size with decent defensive chops that inevitably will improve as he gains experience against more advanced competition. Meanwhile, the 20-year-old’s plus arm strength is a clean fit at the position and should help him make up for some of the shortcomings with the glove.
Christopher Soto announced yesterday on Mack’s Mets that Bobby Parnell and Mets avoided arbitration. He re-signed for 1 yr/$3.7M. My guess is because Parnell is participating in the fitness camp in Port St. Lucie that the Mets have a good read on his health progress right now.
An eventual full pen of Parnell, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Carlos Torres, Vic Black, and Josh Edgin should also give the Mets the options to add and subtract Dario Alvarez, Sean Gilmartin, and Rafael Montero into the mix
IMO, there are better pens in the league, but this is a good one.
Mike Puma of the NY Post[ii] speculated that the spring clearance period might be beginning and a market for SP Dillon Gee could emerge:
But the source added that if the Mets can’t find a deal for Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon or Jon Niese, there is a chance the team would go to spring training with six starters and potentially begin 2015 with one of them in the bullpen. Last season, the Mets had a similar arrangement, using Daisuke Matsuzaka in long relief”
Mack – You would think that a 28-year old who is arb-eligible and scheduled to only make around $5mil in 201 could find a home in this game. He’s done nothing wrong as a Mets starters. It’s just that other, younger, more talented pitched have come along to join in the rotation.
Gee doesn’t become eligible for free agency until 2017 which should be another positive bargaining chip in his pocket.
Buddy Carlyle has been a little bit of everything throughout his career. He began his career as a starter for the Reds minor league system, and a pretty successful one at that. He flopped as a starter in the bigs when the Padres finally gave him a chance in 1999 and did even worse as a reliever in 2000. The Braves would give him another crack at starting in 2007, when he would make 20 starts. He was 8-7, but his 5.21 ERA was discouraging. He would be a reliever for the rest of his career at that point, making spot starts in a pinch. Until last season’s 1.45 ERA, Carlyle had never posted an ERA below 3.59 in his big league career.
Mack - Once again, it’s a slow day for Mets news so let’s spend a few more minutes on Carlyle, who should have been invited to came from the get go. This guy did nothing wrong last year and he should at lease be given the opportunity, in minor league camp, to prove he can do it again in 2015.
I saw that Stephen Drew signed with the New York Yankees again which frankly made me very happy if for other reason that there is now one less shortstop we can discuss about possibly replacing Wilmer Flores on opening day this year (yes, this year). You know I wanted Tulo on this team, but, since there just isn’t anyway to pull it off for now, let’s dig in and see what the kid has. Boy, I wish I could find another subject to talk about each morning.