New York Mets
2010 Record: 79-83
656 RS, 652 RA, Pythagorean Record: 81-81
Manager: Terry Collins
GM: Sandy Alderson
Taylor Buchholz, RP (1, $600k); Chris Capuano, SP (1, $1.5MM); D.J. Carrasco, RP (1, $2.5MM); Scott Hairston, OF (1, $1.1MM); Ronny Paulino, C (1, $1.3MM); Jose Reyes, SS ($11MM Club Option); Chris Young, SP (1, $1.5MM).
Minor League FA:
Russ Adams, 2B; Manny Alvarez, P; Boof Bonser, P; Blaine Boyer, P; Tim Byrdak, P; Raul Chavez, C; Jose Coronado, SS; Ryan Coultas, P; Jack Egbert, P; Jesus Feliciano, OF; Justin Hampson, P; Willie Harris, OF; Jesus Feliciano, OF; John Lujan, P; Brahiam Maldonado, OF; Jonathan Malo, 2B; Salomon Manriquez, C; Mike O’Connor, P; Val Pascucci, OF; Jason Pridie, OF; Alfredo Reyes, SS; Dusty Ryan, C; Chris Shelton, 1B; Taylor Tankersley, P; Dale Thayer, P; Kent Tsuijimoto, P; Les Walrond, P.
Rule V Pick:
Brad Emaus, 2B (Blue Jays); Pedro Beato, P (Orioles).
Received Chin-Lung Hu (SS) from the Dodgers for Michael Antonini (P).
Cole Abbott, P; Jordan Abruzzo, C; Sal Aguilar, P; Joaquin Arias, SS; Michael Barrett, C; Henry Blanco, C; Yhency Brazoban, P; Brian Bruney, P; Chris Carter, OF; Mike Cervenak, 3B; Alex Cintron, 2B; Chad Cordero, P; Elmer Dessens, P; Derrick Ellison, P; Kelvim Escobar, P; Pedro Feliciano, P; Johan Figuereo, P; Jack Goldberg, P; Andy Green, 2B; Sean Green, P; Mike Hessman, 3B; Charlie Hinojosa, OF; J.R. House, C; Marhall Hubbard, 1B; Arturo Lopez, P; John Maine, P; Samuel Martinez, P; Dan McDonald, P; Ryan Mollica, 2B; Luke Montz, C; Michael Moras, C; Carlos Muniz, P; Brian Needham, P; Fernando Nieve, P; Jorge Padilla, OF; Hector Pellot, 2B; Richard Pena, P; Adam Pettyjohn, P; Trey Rackel, P; Elvin Ramirez, P; Omir Santos, C; John Semel, OF; Scott Shaw, P; Kurt Steinhauer, OF; Tim Stronach, P; Marcos Tabata, P; Hisanori Takahashi, P; Fernando Tatis, OF; Raul Valdes, P; Marinus Vernooij, 3B; Zach Von Tersch, P.
Top 15 Prospects
1. Wilmer Flores, SS
2. Jenrry Mejia, RHP
3. Matt Harvey, RHP
4. Fernando Martinez, OF
5. Cesar Puello, OF
6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF
7. Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B
8. Reese Havens, 2B
9. Juan Urbina, LHP
10. Cory Vaughn, OF
11. Lucas Duda, OF
12. Jeurys Familia, RHP
13. Darrell Ceciliani, OF
14. Robert Carson, LHP
15. Jefry Marte, 3B
The Mets have 3 incredible prospects at the top of the list. I like Wilmer Flores quite a bit, even if he doesn’t stick at short; his bat will work at third. Jenrry Mejia is a close second; he’d probably be the top dog if the Mets would have been patient and not rushed him to the Majors last year. Matt Harvey can be a top of the rotation pitcher, if he can stand the strain of professional pitching schedules. Fernando Martinez has been in the picture for ever and still hasn’t proven himself at the big league level; time is starting to run out and he’ll be starting in Triple A again. 5-11 have the opportunity to be big league regulars, specifically Cesar Puello and Reese Havens. I also think Jeurys Familia and Jefry Marte could have breakout seasons.
Nothing really went right for the Mets in 2010. Big free agent signing Jason Bay was ineffective and injured and ace Johan Santana missed a chunk of the season. Add in the Madoff scandal, and things really weren’t good.
Also factor in the decline of Carlos Beltran, the legal issues of Francisco Rodriguez, the mis-handling of Mejia, and the ineffectiveness of Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. It was a definite black eye for GM Omar Minaya and would have to factor into his dismissal.
There were a couple of bright spots. Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey finally had success, at age 36, after years in the minors (granted, he was in the Majors at times, but never successful). Slugger David Wright started to hit for power. Angel Pagan broke out and played better than Beltran.
With Sandy Alderson taking over for Minaya, there is hope he can right the ship. It’s expected that Perez and Castillo won’t break camp with the team. Beltran will move to right field to accommodate Pagan.
Alderson did bring in recovering starters Chris Young and Chris Capuano; they should provide upgrades over Perez.
Alderson also upgraded the front office, bringing in J.P. Ricciardi and Paul DePodesta; both have ties to Alderson from their Oakland days and both have run organizations (although not really successfully).
None of this should be enough to lift the Mets to the top of the standings this year. They have more baggage to shed and to make sure the owner has money before they can be at that level with the Phillies.
From the Bloggers:
Kerel Cooper, On the Black: This will know doubt be an interesting year for the Mets, on and off the field. I expect this team to play hard and be fundamentally sound. If healthy I think they have a good offense, top to bottom. I expect them to score a lot of runs this year. My concern is pitching (starting and bullpen). Johan Santana won’t be ready until June at the earliest and they have a couple guys in Chris Young and Chris Capuano who are trying to make their way back. I think they will be in the wild card race most of the way but at the end of the day I think they will end up somewhere/maybe a few games over .500 and miss the playoffs. Naturally as a fan, I hope I’m wrong.
A.C. Wanye, Mets Public Record: The expectations thus far have been extremely low for this year’s Mets club. With a new front office and manager, of course there is going to be trepidation. For the last few seasons, the Mets have been gauged by a lot of “ifs” and this season is no different. With Terry Collins’ decision to have Carlos Beltran start Opening Day in right field, assuming that his knee holds up, is just one of the scenarios that has to break right for the Mets to have any chance at succeeding this year.
On the bright side, the starting pitching will only get better as long as Chris Young and Chris Capuano stay the course. As for the offense, if Mets hitters are able to put up the numbers showing on the back of their baseball cards, then we’ll be alright on that front.
Paul, Random Baseball Stuff: The New York Mets enter the 2011 season with a lot of question marks. Will Carlos Beltran, Jason Bay and Jose Reyes be healthy and have productive seasons? Can the Mets find someone qualified to play second base at the major league level in the group of contenders they have in camp this spring? Can Chris Young and Chris Capuano stay healthy and return to All-Star form? When will Johan Santana return? How much of a distraction will the team’s financial situation cause?
I have no idea. If everything works out perfectly, I could see the Mets winning 87 or 88 games and making a run at the wild card. In a more realistic scenario, I expect the Mets to finish around .500 in third or fourth place.