(Chris Soto: I don't think there's that big of a question about which cap Piazza would where in the Hall of Fame, should he maintain his current voting trend numbers. Mike has made no secrets about where is heart lies in terms of a location's impact on his career. Piazza played over 150 more games for the Mets than he did the Dodgers and made his only World Series appearance with the Amazin's. There was also the very emotional post 9/11 HR memory as well as a number of career defining moments that occurred in NY, not LA.)
Ken Davidoff | New York Post- Paul DePodesta’s departure for the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, created industry-wide shock and a healthy diversion from Hall of Fame vitriol. We never will learn for certain if DePodesta would have succeeded Alderson. He seemed more comfortable working under the radar, evaluating talent and not needing to perform as the club spokesman for every maneuver. When Alderson missed both the GM meetings and the Winter Meetings, the Mets appointed VP and assistant GM John Ricco as their primary mouthpiece.Therefore, DePodesta’s emigration from baseball doesn’t mean as much to the Mets’ long game as it does to their immediate future.
(Chris Soto: DePodesta's departure has a significant impact on the 2016 draft and that is probably it as his role in the organization was not as large as everyone makes it sound like. He oversaw the scouting department and was Alderson's point person for the Rule 4 Drafts. The scouts are still there....they'll just report to someone else. It's not like these guys just up and vanish either, there are specific transition plans to move all the valuable insight from the old guy to the new guy that way the organization doesn't miss a beat.)
Ryan Thibs | BBHOF Ballot Tracker(updated 1.6.2016 10:55am EST | 43% of Ballots Made Public)
Ken Griffey Jr. | 100%
Mike Piazza | 86.3%
Jeff Bagwell | 77.5%
Tim Raines | 76.5%
Trevor Hoffman | 62.7%
Curt Schilling | 60.8%
Mike Mussina | 52.5%
Barry Bonds | 51.5%
Roger Clemens | 51.0%
Edgar Martinez | 47.1%
- Per Mike Puma of the New York Post, The Mets are in negotiations with LHRP Antonio Bastardo on a major league contract. Bastardo is said to be searching for a 3 yr deal but the Mets are unwilling to sign a RP for that kind of length. The club is willing to wait out the market to see if Bastardo is successful in obtaining that agreement elsewhere.