Archive for February, 2014

By Steven Inmanima

With the Mets first Spring Training game officially underway it is now time to see the Mets top 5 questions for Spring Training. While the Mets look improved, they still have plenty of issues for Terry Collins and company to work out.

1.  Who plays first base?

Obviously the Mets expected this issue to be solved before Spring Training started. They were deep in talks to deal Ike Davis elsewhere to the point where even he was surprised that he was in Port St. Lucie. He probably has the advantage over Lucas Duda to this point but the first base job is still pretty much wide open. Josh Satin should play every day against lefties anyway at first base. Barring a trade, both players should still be on the Opening Day roster.

  1. What does the outfield look like?

It appears that all four of Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Chris Young and Eric Young Jr. will play a lot this season. The Mets don’t really have another outfielder that is currently pictured to make the Opening Day roster. I believe Juan Lagares deserves to play every day which would free Young Jr. to be a pinch running weapon off the bench, kind of like what the Reds did with Billy Hamilton last September. This outfield has the potential to be very special. “Runners are going to be very hesitant to take the extra base on us.” Eric Young Jr. told Kevin Burkhardt during the SNY Mets telecast Friday. While Granderson and Chris Young are expected to play every day, Young Jr. and Lagares will compete for a starting job in Spring Training. If Eric Young Jr. wins a starting job, then he would play left and Chris Young would move to center.

  1. Who is the Mets 5th starter?

If Jenrry Mejia is healthy he should be the Mets 5th starter. He has #2 starter upside but with his violent delivery and injury history, there is no reason to think that he can make it through a full season healthy. Dice-K and John Lannan will also compete for the job and the best performance in camp should win the 5th starters job. It is possible that one of these veteran guys end up as a long man in the Mets pen.

  1. How does the bullpen shape up?

Pretty much everyone in this bullpen is coming to camp with major questions. Bobby Parnell is coming off a major injury, Vic Black, who is expected to be the Mets set-up man, has less than 20 big league innings under his belt. The Mets didn’t bring in anyone on a major league deal to add to the bullpen and winded up losing LaTroy Hawkins. The Mets hope is that Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth can regain some lost velocity and they can be the bridge to Parnell. Young guys like Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin and Gonzalez Germen will be crucial for this questionable Mets bullpen.

  1. What do the Mets do at shortstop?

This is the one question that Terry Collins likely doesn’t have control of. Reports of Ruben Tejada still being overweight have continued to pop up throughout camp. Wilmer Flores has lost so much weight that he is now being considered for shortstop reps in spring training.  Stephen Drew is still on the market somehow which should continue with no true suitor emerging. His agent Scott Boras speculates that Drew could wait until after the Drew draft so he wouldn’t be tied down to draft pick compensation. Nick Franklin has also come up in Mets trade rumors but the team is unlikely at this point to trade one of their top pitching prospects when they are unsure if he could handle shortstop on an everyday basis defensively.

Which Mets question are you most concerned about?

By Steven Inmanimages

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By Steven Inmanima

The Mets have gotten the results of LHP Jon Niese’s MRI and the results came back good for the Mets. According to Terry Collins, Jon Niese will be fine and has no structural damage in his shoulder. Collins said Niese’s shoulder is “very very good”.

He should resume throwing in the next few days although it is likely that Zack Wheeler will start Tuesday instead of Niese although that hasn’t been confirmed yet.

By Steven Inman

Terry Collins already has a lot of injuries to deal with before Spring Training games even started

Terry Collins already has a lot of injuries to deal with before Spring Training games even started

Despite not playing any spring training games yet, injuries are starting to pile up for the Mets. In addition to Jon Niese heading back to New York for an MRI, (All the details on that injury can be found here.) Eric Young Jr. and Bartolo Colon have been held out of camp today as a precaution.

Young Jr. who may be the Mets lead off hitter, is dealing with a sore side. While Bartolo Colon is dealing with a calf issue.

Neither injury has been deemed all that serious.

By Steven Inmanimages

Jon Niese is heading back to New York for an MRI for discomfort in his triceps area according to multiple media reports. The Mets have yet to confirm this but the decision to send Niese back was made around noon on Wednesday. Obviously this isn’t good but the Mets won’t know the extent of his injury until after the MRI.

Niese was tabbed as Terry Collins’ Opening Day starter last week.

“I wanted to keep it quiet. It’s just a precautionary thing to make sure it’s not worse from last year,” Niese told ESPNNewYork.com. “I just want peace of mind.”

Hopefully this is only Spring Training dead arm where Niese is just having trouble warming up after the offseason but with Niese’s injury history this is a concern. The Mets need Niese bad to make 30 starts for them so it may be time to hold your breath Mets fans….

By Steven Inmanimages

The Mets have been reported to be interested in SS/2B Nick Franklin of the Seattle Mariners. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY.com Franklin interests the Mets but they are concerned whether or not he could handle shortstop on a regular basis. Rubin also says the Mets discussed a deal for Franklin during the winter meetings in December. Franklin came up as a shortstop but moved to second base after moving to the big leagues. He has pop but got exposed in August and September after failing to adjust to off speed pitching.

I speculated in early December that Franklin would be made available and how he has a ton of upside for a team like the Mets. You can check out that article here. I speculated in that article that an Ike Davis/ Franklin swap would work for both sides. Since then the Mariners have added Corey Hart and Logan Morrison however. They are looking for young pitching in a deal for Franklin.

Franklin, 22, was decent last year defensively at second base but make no mistake about it, he would be a below average defensive shortstop. However he can make a name for himself in New York with his power. Sandy Alderson is actively searching for more power in his Mets lineup and Franklin could hit 20 homeruns in the majors if he is given 600 at bats. In 102 games last year for Seattle the rookie Franklin hit 12 homers with 45 RBI’s.

Franklin is a very confident kid who is a former top prospect. He can handle New York, the question is can he handle shortstop. In a book about the Class-A Clinton Lumberkings, someone asked Franklin about his attitude and he said the following “Some people think that I’m cocky or whatever…But I’m not. It’s just, I’ve never really failed. Why am I supposed to think that can happen when it never does?” Franklin said. Sounds like a kid who can handle New York to me, but the Mets shouldn’t give up a top pitching prospect for him.

The Mets should hold on to the Rafael Montero’s of the world, for now…. The Mets are going to need to keep these prospects for as long as they can in order to get the big bat that they are eventually going to need. (Such as Tulo or Cargo in Denver)

The Mariners don’t have a spot for Franklin right now with Brad Miller at shortstop and Robbie Cano entrenched at second base so the Mets don’t have to overpay with a Montero here. Instead the Mets may get away with a secondary pitching prospect such as Jacob deGrom or Cory Mazzoni.

What would you give up for Nick Franklin?

By Steven Inman

Photo by NY Daily News

Photo by NY Daily News

Wilmer Flores has been impressing Mets officials in camp as Terry Collins compared the young infielder to Edgardo Alfonzo Monday morning. “That is a big statement,” said Collins. “If that’s what Flores is going to be, obviously you have to find a position for him to play.” Collins told reporters in Port St. Lucie.

Obviously the Mets like his bat but he has no position which means he likely has no spot on this team for the foreseeable future. The Mets have been playing him at short and second through camp but he lacks the foot speed needed to play short. The same probably goes for him playing second base in the big leagues.

Plus the idea that the Mets have said in the past that Flores can’t be a shortstop, yet they keep working him out there. Obviously this means they still don’t have much faith in Ruben Tejada.

The Mets now are saying they won’t rule out Flores playing shortstop in the big leagues at some point.

Flores, once the Mets top prospect, will likely go down to Triple-A and play all over the infield waiting for an infielder to get injured to get called up. The only reason Flores got his opportunity last year is because David Wright got hurt and they needed another third basemen. He is still very young as he is only 22 and the Mets want him to play every day so a trip to Las Vegas is likely.