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Projecting the Opening Day roster: 2/24

Well here’s an unexpected development: not only has Jason Isringhausen signed a Minor League contract and begun working out with the team, but he has so impressed the Mets that some around the team are even discussing him as a late-innings option. With that in mind, below is an updated Opening Day projection, including Isringhausen in the mix:

C – Josh Thole
1B – Ike Davis
2B – Brad Emaus
SS – Jose Reyes
3B – David Wright
OF – Jason Bay
OF – Carlos Beltran
OF – Angel Pagan
Bench – Chin-lung Hu
Bench – Daniel Murphy
Bench – Scott Hairston
Bench – Willie Harris*
Bench – Mike Nickeas

SP – Mike Pelfrey
SP – R.A. Dickey
SP – Jon Niese
SP – Chris Young
SP – Chris Capuano
RP – Francisco Rodriguez
RP – Bobby Parnell
RP – D.J. Carrasco
RP – Tim Byrdak*
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Jason Isringhausen
RP – Manny Acosta

In the running: IF/OF Nick Evans, 2B Luis Castillo, IF Justin Turner, RHP Dillon Gee, LHP Taylor Tankersley*, LHP Mike O’Connor*, LHP Oliver Perez, LHP Pat Misch, RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Ryota Igarashi*, RHP Boof Bonser*, RHP Blaine Boyer*.

*Denote non-roster invitee.

Comments: Nickeas makes the Opening Day roster due to the eight games remaining on Ronny Paulino’s PED suspension.

Former Knick Gallinari reaches out to Omar Minaya

Interesting item out of Newsday today, in the aftermath of the Carmelo Anthony trade to the Knicks. One of the players traded, Danilo Gallinari, has a close relationship with former Mets general manager Omar Minaya thanks in large part to Minaya’s fluency in Italian, a product of his years working in professional baseball in Italy. After being dealt to the Nuggets, Gallinari called Minaya for guidance.

“For us he’s like family,” Minaya told the newspaper. “He basically had nobody here, and I built a relationship with him and his mother and father. We had a friendship. Basically, I let his mother know there’s someone here for him.”

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Projecting the Opening Day roster: 2/17

Spring Training has arrived, which means the projections in this space should change more frequently based upon how each player is faring. Already, there has been one relatively significant development, with manager Terry Collins saying he considers Tim Byrdak a “slam dunk” for the bullpen, and noting that he would like to carry a long man in the bullpen. Taking that into account, here’s the updated projection:

byrdak.jpgC – Josh Thole
1B – Ike Davis
2B – Brad Emaus
SS – Jose Reyes
3B – David Wright
OF – Jason Bay
OF – Carlos Beltran
OF – Angel Pagan
Bench – Chin-lung Hu
Bench – Daniel Murphy
Bench – Scott Hairston
Bench – Willie Harris*
Bench – Mike Nickeas

SP – Mike Pelfrey
SP – R.A. Dickey
SP – Jon Niese
SP – Chris Young
SP – Chris Capuano
RP – Francisco Rodriguez
RP – Bobby Parnell
RP – D.J. Carrasco
RP – Tim Byrdak*
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Manny Acosta
RP – Pat Misch

In the running: IF/OF Nick Evans, 2B Luis Castillo, IF Justin Turner, IF Luis Hernandez, OF Lucas Duda, RHP Dillon Gee, LHP Taylor Tankersley*, LHP Mike O’Connor*, LHP Tim Byrdak*, LHP Oliver Perez, LHP Casey Fossum*, RHP Pedro Beato, RHP Ryota Igarashi*, RHP Boof Bonser*, RHP Blaine Boyer*, RHP Manuel Alvarez, RHP Armando Rodriguez.

*Denote non-roster invitee.

Comments: Nickeas makes the Opening Day roster due to the eight games remaining on Ronny Paulino’s PED suspension.

Complete list of non-roster invitees

Nearly every pitcher and catcher has reported to camp; the remaining few stragglers (Here’s to you, Johan Santana) should arrive Tuesday. But what interests us most here at Mets Cetera are the folks on the fringe — the players who may or may not make the team.

That said, below is a complete list of the non-roster invitees expected in camp. Generally speaking, these players have the steepest routes to roster spots, because in order to keep them, the Mets will need to cut someone else off the 40-man roster.

Boof Bonser, RHP
Blaine Boyer, RH
Tim Byrdak, LHP
Ryota Igarashi, RHP
Mike O’Connor, LHP
Tobi Stoner, RHP
Taylor Tankersley, LHP
Raul Chavez, C
Kai Gronauer, C
Dusty Ryan, C
Russ Adams, INF
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF
Willie Harris, OF
Jason Pridie, OF

Of the above players, Tankersley, Byrdak and Harris appear to have the strongest chances of making the team.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Projecting the Opening Day roster: 2/10

Nothing new with the projections this week, though there is one new feature: “In the running,” for those players who still have a chance to make the roster. That pool is large now, and should shrink dramatically once we get into March.

pagancage.jpgC – Josh Thole
1B – Ike Davis
2B – Brad Emaus
SS – Jose Reyes
3B – David Wright
OF – Jason Bay
OF – Carlos Beltran
OF – Angel Pagan
Bench – Chin-lung Hu
Bench – Daniel Murphy
Bench – Scott Hairston
Bench – Willie Harris*
Bench – Mike Nickeas

SP – Mike Pelfrey
SP – R.A. Dickey
SP – Jon Niese
SP – Chris Young
SP – Chris Capuano
RP – Francisco Rodriguez
RP – Bobby Parnell
RP – D.J. Carrasco
RP – Taylor Tankersley*
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Manny Acosta
RP – Pedro Beato

In the running: IF/OF Nick Evans, 2B Luis Castillo, IF Justin Turner, IF Luis Hernandez, OF Lucas Duda, RHP Dillon Gee, LHP Pat Misch, LHP Mike O’Connor*, LHP Tim Byrdak*, LHP Oliver Perez, LHP Casey Fossum*, RHP Ryota Igarashi*, RHP Boof Bonser*, RHP Blaine Boyer*, RHP Manuel Alvarez, RHP Armando Rodriguez.

*Denote non-roster invitee.

Comments: Nickeas makes the Opening Day roster due to the eight games remaining on Ronny Paulino’s PED suspension.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Mets Flex Packs on sale now

From the Mets…

FLUSHING, N.Y., February 8, 2011 – The New York Mets today announced the introduction of new Mets Flex Packs starting at $99 per seat.  The five-, 11- and 17-game packs all come with a ticket to a bonus game.  Each pack also includes a ticket to Opening Day or one of the Subway Series games, and the Mets will waive order fees for fans who purchase Flex Packs before February 26.  Mets Flex Packs are on sale online at Mets.com and by phone at (718) 507-TIXX.

Mets Flex Packs provide fans access to games of their choice before single-game tickets go on sale.  Flex Pack holders will also receive access to potential postseason games at Citi Field.

Fans can build their Flex Packs in three ways:

         Five-Game Packs consist of one game of your choice within the “Marquee” pricing designation, two “Classic” games, and two “Value” games.  Fans will also receive a bonus “Value” game of their choice.  Packs start at $99 per seat.

         11-Game Packs consist of one game of your choice within the “Marquee” pricing designation, four “Premium” games, three “Classic” games, and three “Value” games.  Fans will also receive a bonus “Premium” game of their choice.  Packs start at $243 per seat.

        17-Game Packs consist of one game of your choice within the “Marquee” pricing designation, six “Premium” games, five “Classic” games, and five “Value” games.  Fans will also receive a bonus “Marquee” game of their choice.  Packs start at $360 per seat.

Fans can select their seats from the following categories: Caesars Club Gold, Metropolitan Box, Field Box Bronze, Caesars Club Silver, Field Box, Baseline Box Silver, Baseline Box, Left Field Landing, Pepsi Porch, Promenade Reserve Infield and Promenade Reserve.

Season Tickets, 40- and 15-Game Plans are also on sale at Mets.com and by phone at (718) 507-TIXX.

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—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Projecting the Opening Day roster: 2/3

Nothing new over the past seven days, meaning this projection is the same as the last one. So in that case, a refresher:

wrightfielding.jpgC – Josh Thole
1B – Ike Davis
2B – Brad Emaus
SS – Jose Reyes
3B – David Wright
OF – Jason Bay
OF – Carlos Beltran
OF – Angel Pagan
Bench – Chin-lung Hu
Bench – Daniel Murphy
Bench – Scott Hairston
Bench – Willie Harris
Bench – Mike Nickeas

SP – Mike Pelfrey
SP – R.A. Dickey
SP – Jon Niese
SP – Chris Young
SP – Chris Capuano
RP – Francisco Rodriguez
RP – Bobby Parnell
RP – D.J. Carrasco
RP – Taylor Tankersley
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Manny Acosta
RP – Pedro Beato

Comments: Nickeas makes the Opening Day roster due to the eight games remaining on Ronny Paulino’s PED suspension.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Josh Thole hits the Twittersphere

You can follow the Mets catcher @Josh_Thole.

And, of course, you can follow me below.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Mets, Angels reportedly discussed Beltran trade

An interesting item out of the New York Post today, revealing that the Mets discussed a potential deal earlier this winter to move Carlos Beltran to the Angels. Needing an outfield bat, the Angels instead traded for Vernon Wells last month, preferring to spend $86 million on a confirmed healthy player. Though Beltran has only one year and $18.5 million left on his contract, the Angels had questions about his health and his ability to play center field.

Though the Post did not reveal what the Mets might have received in return for Beltran, the report did float the names of outfielder Juan Rivera and reliever Fernando Rodney. For Wells, the Angels gave up slightly more, dealing Rivera and catcher Mike Napoli to the Jays.

There’s not much to be gleaned from this other than the fact that the Mets, while hesitant to make a major trade right now, are willing to explore any and all options. Recall that Beltran has a clause in his contract forbidding the Mets from offering him arbitration, meaning if they don’t trade him before the end of the season, they will receive nothing — not even a draft pick — if he ultimately signs elsewhere.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

Alderson responds to Madoff situation

The perception around baseball, fairly or not, is that Fred Wilpon’s involvement with Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme has affected the team’s bottom line — and with it, its baseball operations budget. Though admitting he is “not privy” to the crux of that information, general manager Sandy Alderson responded Monday with his take on the situation. The complete transcript, courtesy MLB.com’s Bailey Stephens:

wilpons.jpgHas the Madoff situation affected your baseball operations?
“First of all, I want to emphasize that the plan that we have pursued the last couple of months was limited by only one fact, and that was the level of the existing payroll. Our payroll going into the season will be somewhere between $140 million and $150 million. I think that is significantly higher than we’d like to be on an annual basis — a product of adding some additional players that we felt the roster needed as well as some existing [obligations]. The plan and the approach that I’ve taken over the last two months has been affected at all by any other outside factors.”

Did you know when you interviewed about the Mets’ financial situation?
“From my standpoint, when I took this position, when I interviewed and took this position, I was of course aware of the pre-existing involvement of the Wilpons and the Mets with Bernie Madoff. I wasn’t privy to all of the detail, nor am I or most of us at this point privy to all that detail. And I wouldn’t expect to be.

At the same time, none of that has affected what I have done over the last two months. I don’t expect that it will have any impact on what I do over the next several months, including into the 2012 offseason.”

What are your financial limitations?
“When I came in, I looked at where the payroll had been, what we had committed for 2011, and then took a look at the roster with others involved in management here and determined where we thought we needed to add players, add depth — starting pitching, what have you. And we proceeded accordingly. There hasn’t been any discussion about limitations other than the overall magnitude of the payroll. It’s going to be in the top four, five or six.

None of what I’ve done has been predicated on any issues related to Bernie Madoff or the overall financial strength of the Mets.”

Is there a level of concern about the future?
“No. I mean, obviously there’s a certain level of ambiguity surrounding this news. But from my standpoint, the facts are as they currently exist. And to some extent the decision to find a minority partner or some other source of recapitalizing the franchise is positive news from my standpoint. If there was an initial problem before, that can only be positive from my standpoint.”

Added pressure?
“I don’t really feel added pressure. I do believe that the best tonic for all of this is a winning team. So from that standpoint, it would be really terrific for us to have a good spring and start off the season well and perform beyond the public’s expectations.”

Worried about a negative effect on the clubhouse?
“No. I think that whatever potential distraction it might be we can manage. I think it was important that if a development of this sort were going to arise, that it come now — whatever dark cloud some have described — hopefully will be dissipated at least in part between now and the beginning of spring training and we can focus on baseball.”

How will this affect the Jose Reyes negotiations?
“Again, perhaps naively, I don’t expect that this situation will be a hindrance in that regard. I fully expect that decision will be made as it would have been, in the best interest of the team on the field, and the best interest of the overall sort of financial health as well as baseball future of the Mets — as it would be with any other team. I just again I go back to the notion that if a potential financial issue exists, ownership is proactively addressing it. At this point, I don’t expect that any financial situation will inhibit negotiations with Jose.”

Did you know selling the team was a possibility before you took the job?
“The short answer is, it wasn’t really discussed. I didn’t raise it and again from my standpoint, I’m not surprised by this development just because the Madoff situation was a backdrop to the Mets and a well known backdrop. My enthusiasm and energy for this position and my confidence in the future of the Mets is undiminished.”

Do you have a payroll target?
“At this point, is there a specific number? No. My sense is that, you may know recent Mets history better than I. I don’t know that we’ve gotten this high in the past. One never wants to rest at one extreme or the other. My sense is that our payroll is a little higher than I would have liked it to have been, but we are where we are. We will continue to spend money at very high levels.”

Would your decision to sign on with the Mets have changed if you knew circumstances would change?
“You are right to say that some circumstances have changed … Would it have changed my position? I don’t think so.”

How can you explain the difference in payrolls between the Yankees and Mets?
“The only way that I can explain it is No. 1, we have consist had one of the highest payrolls in baseball. We’ve never before or after my arrival stated that our goal was to achieve payroll parity with the Yankees. We certainly don’t have that goal now. I don’t know that I have to justify the difference … Once our attendance goes back to a more traditional levels, that gives us that much more flexibility.”

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—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

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