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  • What do you think of signing a deal with lefty Mike Gonzalez? He is a free agent and he is client of Scott Boras but since he hasn't signed a deal at this point, he might get a discount. Gonzalez might be a good fit with the Mets bullpen as an extra lefty to back up Tim Byrdak. Gonzalez is 33 years old and will turn 34 in May. He pitched for the Orioles and Rangers in 2011.

    He had a torn meniscus in his left knee in late October but had surgery and expects to be ready by spring training.

    Gonzalez in 2011 against lefties: .214/.264/.311/.574
    Byrdak in 2011 against lefties: .222/.271/.333/.604

    He had a 1.35 WHIP with 8.6K/9 and 1.2 HR/9 last season for Baltimore and Texas. I predict he could reduce those HR totals if moved to Citi Field and against various National League teams; his totals were less when he was with the Braves. He has a 2.45 ERA and a 1.091 WHIP as his career numbers at Citi Field. He is 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA with a 1.279 WHIP against the Phillies and 0-3 with a 1.96 ERA and 1.145 WHIP against the Marlins. He also has good numbers against the Giants, Brewers, Astros and Diamondbacks. He has a .256 BABIP and .562 OPS with runners in scoring position. (RISP)

    Gonzalez is from Texas.
    The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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    • Gonzalez is a decent pitcher, that would be a good addition to any bullpen, however, it is very hard to get amped up about making roster moves involving veteran players for a team with the Mets trajectory. I think the right idea is to load up the farm system and pray for new ownership.

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      • Originally posted by PVNICK View Post
        Gonzalez is a decent pitcher, that would be a good addition to any bullpen, however, it is very hard to get amped up about making roster moves involving veteran players for a team with the Mets trajectory. I think the right idea is to load up the farm system and pray for new ownership.
        Okey-dokey.

        Last edited by Blue387; 02-14-2012, 08:31 AM.
        The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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        • Originally posted by Blue387 View Post
          Okey-dokey.
          Sorry I didn't mean to come off as "get of fmy proch you dratted kids" but I guess I did. At least you are taking the time to post baseball related info.

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          • I am thinking of going to spring training this year for the first time. What advice would you give me?
            The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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            • Originally posted by Blue387 View Post
              I am thinking of going to spring training this year for the first time. What advice would you give me?
              Head south.
              "And their chances of getting back into this ballgame are growing dimmer by the batter."


              Put it in the books.

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              • Originally posted by Blue387 View Post
                I am thinking of going to spring training this year for the first time. What advice would you give me?
                I went last year and will be going again this year. I enjoyed watching workouts more than the actual games. You can get to the park at 9am and pretty much have run of the facility for free. They have numerous practice fields and work on different things on different fields. Players literally have to walk right past you on a small walkway to get to the field they have to be at. I enjoyed a intersquad game last year in the back of the facility between AA players. They have high school field like benches set up where you can watch the games. A bunch of players (all minor leaguers) also sat on the benches with the fans and watched the games. One young player sat next to my 8 year old son and went over fundamentals and what each fielder/hitter should be thinking about as the game was being played. It was really laid back and it was a great time. My son got over a dozen balls and loads of pictures and autographs. There are decent affordable Marriots/Hiltons nearby. I think spending a few mornings watching the players workout and the way Collins ran the program last year will give you an appreciation for just how hard the players work.

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                • Carlos Beltran fixes Jon Niese's nose:
                  http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/0...eling-lighter/
                  The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                  • Big news out of mets camp, Jon Neise got a nose job. Other teams improve their rosters, our team improves their looks.
                    unknown brooklyn cabbie " how are the brooks doin"
                    unknown fan "good they got three men on base"
                    unknown brooklyn cabbie "which one?"

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                    • Originally posted by theAmazingMet View Post
                      Big news out of mets camp, Jon Neise got a nose job. Other teams improve their rosters, our team improves their looks.
                      I'm going to miss that ol' beak of his.

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                      • Should the Mets wear a shoulder patch for Gary Carter for the 2012 season? The team wore a shoulder patch for the deaths of William Shea and Bob Murphy years ago.

                        Scroll down to "Memorial Logos" for some past patches:
                        http://www.sportslogos.net/team.php?id=67
                        The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                        • Jason Isringhausen signed with the Angels.

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                          • Which team had the worst off-season in the majors? According to Jon Heyman, your New York Mets:

                            30. Mets. They lost the heart of the team (though an of-injured one), and Andres Torres wouldn't be my first choice to replace the dynamic Reyes. Actually, Pagan would have been better. But that's nitpicky. Let's face it, no one that cuts an unprecedented $50 million can do well.

                            http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/e...14192/34962297

                            The Alderson Era....continues....
                            Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

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                            • Originally posted by Strawman View Post
                              Which team had the worst off-season in the majors? According to Jon Heyman, your New York Mets:

                              30. Mets. They lost the heart of the team (though an of-injured one), and Andres Torres wouldn't be my first choice to replace the dynamic Reyes. Actually, Pagan would have been better. But that's nitpicky. Let's face it, no one that cuts an unprecedented $50 million can do well.

                              http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/e...14192/34962297

                              The Alderson Era....continues....
                              You might want to re-read that last part you posted - I'll bold it for you. If it doesn't stick, read it again..and again.

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                              • Originally posted by CokeMachineGlow View Post
                                You might want to re-read that last part you posted - I'll bold it for you. If it doesn't stick, read it again..and again.
                                And again...and again. Yet fine. Yet it's still what it is, and the franchise is still where it is, and our best player is still in Miami.
                                Cleon Jones catches a deep fly ball in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Valley of the Ashes, and a second-grader smiles in front of the black and white television.

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