Injury update - Erik Goeddel was cleared by doctor and will begin throwing in a few days.
I didn’t know this –
Ken Rosenthal - FYI: Major-league players do not get suspended for marijuana use. Minor leaguers get treatment for first offense, 50 games for second.
From the NY Post –
According to an industry source, Michael Cuddyer received a buyout valued in the $2 million to $3 million range to terminate his contract with the Mets in December. The veteran outfielder was due $12.5 million in the final season of a backloaded two-year deal ...
Mack – Could anyone really have a problem with this?
I originally thought the Cuddyer signing was a good one, but it quickly turned sour. Still, he remained a positive factor in the clubhouse and, frankly, he didn’t have to step aside financially.
I consider Cuddyer a baseball gentle man for participating in this move.
David Wright on Noah Syndergaard –
“Noah has been fantastic. The maturity that he transitioned from — that prospect status to working his way up to that kind of elite status — for that transition to happen on the field is incredible, but the transition in the clubhouse from a young, somewhat immature kid to what he brings to the table now is amazing. There are some people who just can’t handle it. I’ve seen plenty who can’t handle it. There are a lot of young players who feel they have it all figured out, but he takes constructive criticism very well.’’
Mack – Wright was obviously referring to the infamous ‘stop eating and get the hell back out in the dugout’ incident last year.
I accredit a large part of Syndergaard’s maturity to the other starters that seem to all have banded together as Knights of Shining Armor.
Kristie Ackert on Wilmer Flores –
Thursday the Mets will start Flores at third base in their Grapefruit League opener against the Nationals in Viera. He will get starts at both spots and if he needs more work will also play those positions in minor-league games.
Flores did drills at third base one day last week learning from Wright and the next he was at first getting reps and tips with Duda. Working at third, Flores’ only issue was remembering to face the shortstop to relay signs. At first, where he only played a handful of games in the minor leagues, Flores said it’s a little bit more of an adjustment.
The Mets need Flores to find his comfort zone at first — and third — quickly.
Mack – Playing defense has never come naturally for Flores and this sometimes, third, sometimes first, and once in a while short think could turn out to be a real defensive cluster fuck.
Playing each position is a complete different animal without even taking in consideration the throwing angles and speeds to first base.
I hope for Flores’ sake his bat can carry him here.
Anthony DiComo on T.J. Rivera –
Few have done it better than Rivera, whose .318 average over five Minor League seasons includes little power -- fewer than five home runs per campaign -- and below-average plate discipline, but plenty of hits. An undrafted free agent, Rivera hooked on with the Mets in 2011 and batted .301 that season. Three years later, he made it to Double-A Binghamton, announcing his arrival with a .358 mark at the plate. That success spilled into last season, which saw Rivera hit .341 at Binghamton, earn a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas, then celebrate with a .306 average in 54 games.
Mack – It’s funny how the Mets press are now using the word ‘prospect’ when they talk about the undrafted Rivera.
My guess is his high end would still be as a AAAA player, mainly due to his limited pop and even more limited defense at all positions played. Nothing against his .300+ minor league hitting, but we’ve seen this before.
There are only 30 teams in major league baseball That’s room for 30 starters at each position from everybody that plays this game in the entire world.