December 2012

Mets to unveil new batting practice caps

The Mets will unveil new batting practice caps for next season with Mr. Met featured on the cap, according to ESPN. You can check out the new headwear here.

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Auction to benefit Shannon Forde ends Wednesday

Some pretty cool auction items still remain at CharityBuzz, with proceeds benefiting Mets staffer Shannon Forde, who is battling Stage IV breast cancer. Check out the full list here, but remember: these auctions all end Wednesday afternoon.

Available items are:

  • Two tickets to “Saturday Night Live” plus a backstage tour of the set
  • Private hitting lesson with Ike Davis, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Private pitching lesson with Dwight Gooden, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Four tickets to “Wicked,” plus a backstage tour and VIP passes
  • Two tickets to “The Book of Mormon” and dinner at NoBu
  • Meet Howie Rose and the WFAN radio crew, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Meet Keith Hernandez and the SNY television crew, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Two tickets to “Phantom of the Opera” plus brunch at Tribeca Grill
  • Meet Terry Collins, sit in on his press conferences, watch BP from field, 4 tickets to game
  • Be the Mets team photographer for a day
  • Super Bowl XLVI Flip Card autographed by Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning
  • Four tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters plus a team-signed ball

Updated top 10 prospects list, via Baseball Prospectus

How did the R.A. Dickey trade affect the Mets’ farm system? Baseball Prospectus today offered this new top 10 prospects list:

1. Zack Wheeler, RHP
2. Travis d’Arnaud, C
3. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
4. Michael Fulmer, RHP
5. Wilmer Flores, INF
6. Gavin Cecchini, SS
7. Domingo Tapia, RHP
8. Jeurys Familia, RHP
9. Brandon Nimmo, OF
10. Rafael Montero, RHP

Obviously there is some difference in opinion here from last week’s Baseball America list, which was published before the Dickey trade, and ranked Fulmer seventh and Luis Mateo fourth. But the industry consensus seems to be that d’Arnaud and Syndergaard are now the Mets’ clear second- and third-best prospects behind Wheeler.

On d’Arnaud, Baseball Prospectus called him “ready for prime-time” and described him as a “.275-plus batting average” guy with “17-25 HR power potential.”

On Syndergaard, BP wrote that his ceiling is as a “high-end no. 2 starter” and that “he could be a monster.”

You can read the full scouting breakdown here (subscription required).

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R.A. Dickey’s original press release

Here’s how unheralded R.A. Dickey’s original signing was with the Mets. When he agreed to terms in early 2010, the team didn’t even give him his own press release. Check this out (click picture to enlarge):

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Poll: Do you like the Dickey trade?

The Mets have reportedly agreed on a deal to send R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole and a prospect to the Blue Jays for Travis d’Arnaud, John Buck, Noah Syndergaard and a prospect. The New York Post was first to report the terms.

Dickey and the Jays have two days negotiating an extension, according to FOXSports.com, after which the deal will go through . Until then, it’s worth asking the question: Mets fans, do you like it?

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…And what about Noah Syndergaard?

A new day brings new names. The R.A. Dickey deal currently on the table, according to the New York Post, would net the Mets right-handed pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, in addition to catchers Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck and another as-yet unnamed prospect. The Mets would give up Dickey, Josh Thole and a non-elite prospect.

So let’s take a look at Syndergaard, as we did yesterday for d’Arnaud. Again, click to launch the 2012 MLB.com Prospect Watch page:

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Is Travis d’Arnaud a “difference-maker?”

The Mets are in serious talks to trade R.A. Dickey. This has become clear. But who might they receive in return?

If the Blue Jays are indeed the second team involved, then catchers Travis d’Arnaud and J.P. Arencibia, along with outfielder Anthony Gose, are the obvious targets. d’Arnaud the highest-rated player of the bunch, but is he the so-called “difference-maker” that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has been seeking? Check out MLB.com’s Prospect Watch bio (click below for the full page), and decide for yourself.

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Baseball America releases Top 10 Mets prospects list

No surprise up top. Here’s the full list:

1. Zack Wheeler, RHP
2. Gavin Cecchini, SS
3. Brandon Nimmo, OF
4. Luis Mateo, RHP
5. Rafael Montero, RHP
6. Wilmer Flores, INF
7. Michael Fulmer, RHP
8. Jeurys Familia, RHP
9. Domingo Tapia, RHP
10. Cory Mazzoni, RHP

Baseball America also ranked the Mets’…

Best Hitter for Average: Wilmer Flores
Best Power Hitter: Aderlin Rodriguez
Best Strike Zone Discipline: Danny Muno
Fastest Baserunner: Alonzo Harris
Best Athlete: Bradley Marquez
Best Fastball: Domingo Tapia
Best Curveball: Zack Wheeler
Best Slider: Luis Mateo
Best Changeup: Darin Gorski
Best Control: Rafael Montero
Best Defensive Catcher: Albert Cordero
Best Defensive Infielder: Wilfredo Tovar
Best Infield Arm: Aderlin Rodriguez
Best Defensive OF: Matt den Dekker
Best Outfield Arm: Cesar Puello

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Manny Acosta signs on in Japan

Reliever Manny Acosta has signed a one-year, $1.65-million deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League, according to his agent’s Twitter feed. The deal also includes $500,000 in incentives.

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Though Acosta struggled throughout his on-again, off-again tenure in Flushing, he proved to be one of the Mets’ best relievers down the stretch in 2012, posting a 1.78 ERA over his final 26 appearances. The Mets nonetheless non-tendered him after the season.

Acosta, pictured above in a Team Panama cap, completed his Mets career with a 4.37 ERA over 130 appearances spanning parts of three seasons.

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ESPN Deportes to broadcast Mets games in Spanish

From the Mets:

The New York Mets and ESPN Deportes Nueva York 1050 AM today announced that the station will broadcast Mets games in Spanish for the 2013 season.  Under the agreement, 1050 AM will broadcast 150 regular season games, including select spring training, and postseason. Coverage will also include pre/post-game shows for each game.

“We are thrilled to launch our new partnership with ESPN Deportes, which has become a destination station for Hispanic sports fans in New York,” said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, New York Mets.  “Through ESPN Deportes, we look forward to building our connection with Spanish-speaking fans.”

“Our commitment to serving the Hispanic sports fan is a top priority for our company,” said David Roberts, vice president and general manager of ESPN Radio New York 98.7 and ESPN Deportes Radio Nueva York 1050 AM. “We are delighted to join forces with the Mets organization for this comprehensive and wide reaching opportunity.”

In September, ESPN’s 1050 AM switched to ESPN Deportes Radio, becoming the first and only Spanish-language radio station in New York dedicated to providing sports content around-the-clock. The Mets agreements adds to the unmatched lineup of top sporting events that include NY Jets games, Dominican baseball, CONMEBOL South American World Cup Qualifiers, CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, Mexican First Division soccer, U.S. National Team friendlies, MLB and MLS. The station also offers two local sports shows serving the NY market- Firma ESPN & Zona ESPN NY-, in addition to the radio network’s national programming such as Raza Deportiva and Jorge Ramos y Su Banda.

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