Wednesday, January 9, 2013

MR. MET: New York Mets Update

By Mr. Met

Staff Writer NFL PRO ZACH

Post Dickey Trade
  • The New York Mets have signed 28 year old Andrew Brown who hit .232 with 5 homers for the Rockies in 2012 to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.
  • The Mets have also signed left handed pitcher Aaron Laffey to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training in 2012 with the Blue Jays Laffey went 4-6 with a 4.56 ERA in 22 appearances and 16 starts.
  • The Mets have also re-signed middle infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training in 29 games for the Mets last season Quantanilla hit .257 before being traded to Baltimore.
  • Jon Niese will not require heart surgery to repair his rapid heart beat. Niese experienced the irregular heart rate last season and it was thought he might need minor heart surgery this off season to fix the problem.

The Terry Collins Situation & Wally Backman

This upcoming season in 2013 is the final season on Terry Collins contract and as of now there is no talk of Collins getting an extension past this year.  In my opinion for the Mets now especially after the RA Dickey trade it is about 2014 and beyond.  It is my opinion that Collins is going to be a lame duck manager this year as I think this will be his last season managing the Mets.  In fact, I think the Mets already have his replacement in mind in Triple-A manager Wally Backman.  It has been no secret that the Backman badly wants another chance at managing in the big leagues after the whole Arizona fiasco.  Backman did interview for the Mets job when Collins was hired after Sandy Alderson took over as General Manager, however, Backman's name has not come up in conversations for other MLB jobs recently.  I am of the belief that after this season Backman will be named the next manager of the Mets and I think the Mets might have indicated this to him as he has been a surprisingly good solider for them down in Triple-A.  If this happens I would expect Collins to move on to another position in the organization.  It is important to note that Backman was the fan favorite for the managerial job for the Mets back when he originally interviewed and this would be a popular move with the fans.

The Mets and more financial woes!

According to  the owners of the Mets have recently re-finance a loan on SNY.  Now I have seen various numbers that have been reported of the size of the re-financed loan ranging from 450-700 million dollars. However, according to Michael Baron of the important number as far as the Mets are concerned is 160 million Baron states that New York Times reporter Richard Sandomir beleives is the actual cash infusion the Mets would receive and it could be used to either pay off debt or be spent on free agents.

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