Adam Rubin | ESPN New York - "Bobby Parnell is due to open the season on the disabled list, in the final stages of his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Asked how long Parnell might miss, a source told ESPNNewYork.com that he did not believe the absence would be lengthy. "I would think two to three weeks," said the source about the absence from Opening Day, while cautioning that time frame is far from certain.
(Chris Soto: I'm surprised the Mets bullpen hasn't been talked about more. We are talking about a unit that finished 2014 with the 8th best bullpen ERA in the MLB WITH a month and a half of awful re-tread performances from Farnsworth and Valverde. This year's group of Mejia/Familia/Parnell/Black/Edgin/Torres and [insert 2nd lefty] has enough talent to challenge the Kansas City Royals for the best bullpen in MLB title. Will they do it? Probably not.....but make no mistake this is a Top 5 caliber squad out there and is a distinct advantage the Mets have over other NL teams.)
Bill Price | Daily News -“...now that the floodgates have opened in the Bronx, with the Yankees announcing that three more numbers – including that of an admitted HGH user who played three seasons in Houston – will be retired this summer, I say the Mets have to rethink their approach. I mean if Jorge Posada can be put in the same class as Yogi Berra and Andy Pettitte can be mentioned in the same breath as Whitey Ford, well then hell, pretty much any Met who has won a ring can join Seaver on the Great Wall of Flushing."
(Chris Soto: Bill's right...Posada was good, but come on # retirement worthy? I don't think so. During his career Posada posted a 121 park adjusted OPS+ whereas the catcher in our neck of the woods, Mike Piazza, posted a 143 OPS+. That alone should be enough to tell you that Piazza is more retirement worthy than him. Pettitte's case is even worse! A 3.85 career ERA...that's not even Hall of Fame worthy. I like the approach the Mets are taking, waiting for Piazza to inevitably get into the HOF and then using the opportunity to celebrate his legacy and retire his number. As my Yankee friend said yesterday, "Seriously? Soon they are going to have to start double up on numbers....lol.)
(Herb G.: What’s not to like about Reynolds? The only question mark is whether his breakout 2014 was a fluke. He averaged .234 over his 2 previous minor league seasons. The good news is that he was facing pitchers quite a bit older than himself in both Binghamton and Las Vegas. Most analysts think he is the real thing, and I am inclined to agree. I think, however, that most Met fans are hoping that Wilmer Flores flourishes and there will be no need for Reynolds in the majors this year. His problem, if that occurs, is that he would not be regarded as a late inning defensive replacement as long as Ruben Tejada is wearing a Mets uniform.)
Mark Anderson & Jeff Moore | Baseball Prospectus: 2015 Organizational Rankings: #5 New York Mets - “Not the best, but likely the most balanced farm system in all of baseball, the Mets have everything you could want from a group of minor-league players—a potential ace (Noah Syndergaard), a major-league ready, everyday player (Dilson Herrera), an up-the-middle regular (Kevin Plawecki), a next wave of prospects coming behind them (Brandon Nimmo and Steven Matz), potential bats with a few years to go (Dominic Smith and Michael Conforto), and young, unproven, high-ceiling talent (Amed Rosario and Jhoan Urena). Not all of these players are going to work out, but the Mets, as an organizational whole, have enough safety nets to continue to refill their major-league roster for the next few years.”
(Herb G.: Up from #8 last year, the stature of the Mets’ farm system continues to improve under the Sandy Alderson regime. Of the six players in Baseball Prospectus’ list of the Top 101 Prospects, five were acquired by Alderson - 2 drafted, (#69-Nimmo, #80-Plawecki) 2 by trade, (#9-Syndergaard, #82-Herrera) and 1 international signing. (#78-Rosario) One, (#33-Matz) was drafted by Omar Minaya. Most encouraging is the organizational depth, with players like Michael Conforto, Dominic Smith, Marcos Molina, and Gabriel Ynoa knocking on the door of the Top 101, leading to the comment that the Mets have enough safety nets to continue to refill their major-league roster for the next few years. That statement may justify Alderson’s decision to not be ultra active in either the free agent or trade market this off-season.)