So here we go kids my annual Mets winter report where I will join in on all the good and bad stuff I get from my player and media friends I hope you will join in and share anything you have
So let’s start with Jason Bay who is now an unrestricted free agent and will receive all of the $21 million he is owed by the Mets. The idea that he would be moved was not a surprise in self but the timing was we all thought that he would make into spring training before the decision was made but it was inevitable, 3 years were simply enough it was one of the worst deals the Mets have made, he has never produced he was a .240 hitter strike out more than 25% of the time and in 3 years hit only about 25 home runs; some think after his failure in the first year and all the health problems which cost him almost 200 games the pressure of NY was just too much for him Who knows, hopefully someone will want him maybe he can go back home to Seattle and play better baseball The kid was very very well liked by his teammates as well as the fans he never complained worked hard and we know he did a heck of a job for us in left field. Sad to thinking at the time we could have gone with Matt Holiday but choose Jason and we all know how that worked out.
It is unclear how the payments will be spread out we will have to wait for the deferment breakdown to be announced but he will be getting the money he is owed and the Mets can defer the payments over the next few years instead of paying Bay all the money at once. That would work well for us because it frees up at least a couple million dollars to spend in the free agent-market this winter.
But regardless of how much money this frees up for 2013, it won’t be enough for say a Justin Upton, who is available and I keep hearing from other Mets fans they would like to see him a Met. He’s owed close to $10 million next season and something kike $14 million in both 2014 and 2015. This is not to say that getting rid of Jason Bay will allow the Mets to afford Upton, or that they’d be willing to trade what it takes to acquire him and the removal of Bay from the roster and the fact that the Mets have lessened the burden his deal would’ve had on their books in the near term, could play into this. But even if the Bay move doesn’t allow getting an Upton it would for sure put the Mets in a better position than before the Bay decision. I wish Jason much luck he is great guy and deserves another shot somewhere. With the luck of the Mets he will prolly go to a team and hit
This could also effect what happens with Wright and Dickey and how big a deal they can make them and how quickly those deals are done. It is possible now that the Bay news is out that an announcement on those two guys will follow. Wright’s $16 million dollar option for 2013 was already picked up as well as Dickey’s smaller option, Sandy Alderson went to Wrights home in Virginia to talk contract with him how bout that
As to what happens in the outfield unless they acquire a good right handed bat we could see the return of Kirk Nieuwenhuis, I have spoken with him a few times since the season ended and he is recovering well from that injury I would love to see Hairston who is now a free agent return as well, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin are more likely to end up as pinch-hitters than starting outfielders. Can’t leave out Darrell Cecillini who is killin it in Arizona playing center and currently batting.315
Then of course there is my boy Lucas Duda who just the other day managed to break his wrist at home in Cali, he is such a clumsy big goofball that ya just gotta love. I had written many times about him and his determination to make it back bigger and better than ever. He had a very good time in Buffallo recently. By the way his wrist will be totally ok before spring training; it was not the first time Lucas hurt a wrist, this time it was his right one when he learned just how heavy couches are, in college he broke his left wrist on a collision at first base.in the farm, Matt Den Dekker and Brandon Nimmo are both getting very big part of our future but just not just yet.
R.A. Dickey, along with Gio Gonzalez and Clayton Kershaw, are the finalists for the National League Cy Young Award. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.
We have re-signed Mike Nickeas to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring-training he was recently outrighted off the 40-man roster, Fred Lewis, who also had been removed from the roster, has chosen free agency The Mets currently have catchers Josh Thole and Anthony Recker on the 40-man roster.
Do to the hurricane The Hope Shines for Shannon Fundraiser scheduled for Nov 1st was posponed and has been moved to Thursday, Nov. 29
So stay tuned I will jump in as often as I can with more Mets news and of course be sure to watch Kevin Burkhardt Mets Hot Stove starting next week on SNY the show usually shown at 7pm on Thursdays will start later at 10 for a while to accommodate the basketball games but will return to 7pm soon. Kevin has been preparing for the show and promises lots of great shows heading up to his visit to spring training camp in Florida
Some good news after eliminating the Gulf Coast League team to save some buck the Mets have restored the squad for 2013.The return gives the Mets nine minor league affiliates. I especially like the rerun of the GCL team, which is for newly signed players, and will be based at the Port St. Lucie, Fla., complex.