Please be advised of the following Sand Gnat roster moves:

7/27 - Scarlyn Reyes transferred to St. Lucie Mets
7/27 - Natanael Ramos activated from Disabled List

FLASH: Mets Complete Trade for Oakland A's RP Tyler Clippard


The deal has been made official. The Mets will send SP prospect Casey Meisner to Oakland in exchange for RHRP Tyler Clippard.


According to multiple sources, the Mets and the Athletics are close to a potential deal that would sent right handed RP Tyler Clippard to Flushing. 

In 38.2 IP this season, Clippard has held opponents to a .175 average resulting in a 2.79 ERA and 17 saves for the last place A's. he is particularly difficult against left handed hitters. During 2015, lefties are only 7 for 70 with a 21% K rate against Clippard.

According to Joel Sherman, the Mets would be parting with a minor league SP prospect in exchange. It is believed that the Mets could also be interested in OF Josh Reddick as well but currently he is not rumored to be part of this deal.


  • According to sources, the Mets primary competition for Clippard is the Washington Nationals. The club not only sees him as a strong playoff piece, but also as a large late inning threat should the Mets get their hands on him.
  • According to Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees were also in on Tyler Clippard but have since bailed out.
  • General chatter on A's blogger Jason Wojciechowski Twitter handle suggest that the Oakland A's could be interested in SP Robert Gsellman. Gsellman is currently listed as Binghamton's starter this Wednesday. We will keep an eye on the situation.
  • According to multiple sources, the Oakland A's want to trade Clippard no later than TONIGHT. A's and Mets are still in talks over finalizing a potential deal but the Nationals remain in play.

John Mora Named SAL Player of the Week


The South Atlantic League office announced today that Outfielder John Mora has been named Player of the Week for the week of July 20-26. Mora is the third different Sand Gnat to be named POTW this season.

Mora, 22, appeared in six games during the week and registered at-least one hit in each game. The native of San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic had a .522 batting average (12-for-23) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, and eight RBI. Along with his six-game hitting streak, the outfielder has also reached base safely in nine straight games since July 17th.

Lugo Named League Pitcher of the Week

Binghamton Mets starter Seth Lugo was recognized on Monday as the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. In two starts during the week, Lugo logged 14 innings in two wins, allowed one total run and compiled a pair of eight-strikeout performances.
Lugo, 25, started his terrific week with seven strong innings against the New Britain Rock Cats on July 20. A solo home run allowed in the first inning proved to be the only blemish as Lugo matched a Double-A career high with eight strikeouts. He capped his strong performance by fanning the final three batters he faced. Lugo followed up with another stellar performance on Sunday against the Trenton Thunder, going seven scoreless innings while collecting eight more strikeouts.
In his last four starts, Lugo has gone 4-0, compiled a 0.36 ERA and racked up 26 strikeouts over 25.0 innings.

The Morning Report 7.27.2015 | TRADES, TRADES, TRADES!!!!


Evaluating The Trade | Chris Soto- After getting a ton of flack about not making any moves during the Mets horrendous offensive stretch, Sandy Alderson proofed, once again, that patience wins out at the end of the day. The Mets traded RHP Robert Whalen and RHP Jon Gant to the Atlanta Braves for UT Kelly Johnson, 3B Juan Uribe, and $500k of salary coverage. From the prospects standpoint, neither Whalen, nor Gant, had a future with the Mets with the way the team is currently constructed. No SP spots are going to open up on this team until at least after the 2018 season. Quite frankly, I'm not sure how either of them can fit into the Braves future rotation plans. In exchange for them, the Mets pick up a strong bat off the bench in Johnson who has the ability to play multiple positions. Basically they acquired Ben Zobrist without the Ben Zobrist price tag. They also picked up a starting caliber 3B in Juan Uribe. Folks, this is the same Juan Uribe who at age 35 hit .311 AVG with a .777 OPS last season for the LA Dodgers. He may not bring much in terms of power, but the old guy can still hit. This is another solid SOLID trade for the Alderson regime and from the sounds of it....they aren't done yet.

Ernie Palladino | CBS New York- Terry Collins was never a buffoon of a manager. He just lacked options. Sandy Alderson gave him some with the trade for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson.
Now, for really the first time this year, the front office can get a clear picture of whether Collins is the guy to lead the Mets beyond 2015. That’s a future issue, of course. The immediate business involves staying on the NL East-leading Nationals’ tail, a position that seems nothing short of miraculous considering the horrendous way the Mets started the second half of the schedule. Regardless of their offensive explosion Saturday and an extra-innings win Sunday, it remains quite amazing that they have hung off Washington’s shoulder during a 4-6 stagger out of the All-Star break.

(Chris Soto: Well, I wouldn't say he's a buffoon....but TC is still not that great of a manager. Irregardless though, the Mets struggles over the past month certainly weren't his fault. Palladino is right, he had nothing to work with. While Uribe and Johnson certainly aren't guys who can push this team into a playoff race, it's a step in the right direction and it's a step that is already paying dividends.

Bob Klapisch | Newsday- Clearly, the Mets are in a run-scoring crisis. It’s a certainty Michael Cuddyer will be placed on the disabled list as early as today. Michael Conforto, the franchise’s best hitting prospect, will be summoned from Class AA. It’s the logical move and it’ll placate the ticket buyers who are teetering toward open rebellion. But the timing of Conforto’s promotion speaks to upper management’s clumsiness and lack of vision. Conforto is being sent to war against Kershaw? Against Greinke? In his major league debut? Collins can’t possibly sacrifice a rookie like that. No kid, regardless of his genetic blessings, is ready for such a buzz saw. The smarter move would’ve been to put Cuddyer on the DL on Monday and let Conforto debut against the Nationals’ Joe Ross, himself a rookie, and Jordan

(Chris Soto: Wow...I did not think about this at all. When you look at the timing of Conforto's currently unreported promotion, this is a suicide job by them. Sandy Alderson is quickly losing the support of the "sensible" fan base due to his lack of inactivity amidst the team's overall poor play. With such a dominate pitching staff, there is clearly a window of opportunity for the Mets to break through and become successful. Even a league average offense, could result in almost 7 additional wins than what the Mets have gotten so far this season.) 

Kevin Alonzo | Bleacher Report- Far too often this season, dazzling performances from New York Mets starting pitchers have gone to waste due to the team's incompetence with a bat in their hands. Aware of the team's deficiencies offensively, general manager Sandy Alderson has initiated his attempt to overhaul the lineup. On Friday, he called up 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto from Double-A. Later that day, Alderson acquired Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves for two lower-level minor league pitchers, John Gant and Rob Whalen. This is a low-cost move that immediately makes the Mets better. Nobody is suggesting these three players alone will carry New York's offense—the Mets scored just three runs again on Sunday—but there's no doubt the team is improved from last Thursday.

(Chris Soto: Exactly...don't look at these moves as the one that will get the Mets to the playoffs ....cause that's just not the case. This trade was foundation supporter, something that Alderson can build on but still improve the team incrementally by upgrading the Bench. This kind of move bumps the offense from 29th overall to maybe 24th overall, now Alderson needs to find the piece that pushes it up to 15th or better within the next 5 days.)

Joe D.  | Metsmerized Online- Beat reporter Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, continues to hear that the Mets continue to look at Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce and that they are scouting him heavily. Having already shipped off Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals, the Reds have made it known that they are looking to unload their big salaried players as they look to save as much money as they can. In addition to Jay Bruce, the Mets have been linked to Troy Tulowitzki, Yoenis Cespedes, Gerardo Parra, Ben Zobrist, Tyler Clippard, and Justin Upton.

(Chris Soto: Now that Johnson and Uribe have been acquired, you can probably cross Zobrist and Parra off the list. The club is probably now interested in acquiring "the big one," someone who can seriously improve the team's offense to the point where once Wright and d'Arnaud come back...it suddenly becomes a much more feared group. Reports indicated that Justin Upton talks were quite heavy over the weekend but the two teams couldn't agree on a deal, I would think that the clubs will revisit soon. In addition it was reported that the Mets have been seeking out Tulowitzki, but the Rockies don't seem too inclined to move him. Again we may see the two clubs revisit this during the week.)

DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor League Results - 7-26-15


DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor League Results - 7-26-15

 STAR OF THE DAY: Seth Lugo; Vegas offense, especially Dilson Herrera

HONORABLE MENTION: Joe Benson, Yeixon Ruiz


Las Vegas (58-44) 16 - Reno 9. 

Binghamton (55-45) 8 - Trenton 0

St Lucie (49-50) 4  - Daytona 16

Savannah (52-47) 6 - Greensboro 5

Brooklyn  (19-16) 2 - Mahoning Valley 6

Kingsport (16-15)  8 - Elizabethton 4

GCL Mets  - DNP



Las Vegas' Matt Bowman roughed up again. DDario Alvarez, promoted, relieved Matt and got two outs and the win.  Dilson Herrera homered, had 3 total hits and 4 RBIs.  Vegas had 24 base runners.  Muno and Ceciliani had 3 hits apiece, Monell 3 RBIs, and Taijeron got on base 4 times.

Binghamton's Seth Lugo has quietly put together a nice season, and today he...was...OUTSTANDING.  7 IP, 4 H, 8 Ks.  ERA of 3.20 and 89 Ks in 98 innings.

 Joe Benson had a HR and 4 RBIs.  Of most current interest, though, to Mets fans: Travis d'Anaud was 2-5 in his 2nd rehab game (he was the DH).  Akeel Morris and Jeff Walter with a scoreless inning apiece to complete the shutout.

St Lucie got hammered today.  16 runs.  Casey Meisner had his worst start of the season surrendering 7 runs, and Paul Paez allowed 7 runs more in a short outing. 

An ugly 8 of the 16 runs were unearned (Phil Evans (.237) made 3 errors, while getting on base 3 times).  SS Yeixon Ruiz was hitting .210 a few days ago, but 4 hits tonight have him at 8-13 the past 3 games, pushing him up to .239.

Savannah - Greensboro is 23 games below .500 and the Gnats took advantage of ineptitude like 4 unearned runs.

Casey Delgado had a solid start, but today, hitters like Michael Katz and John Mora did the deal, Mora with 3 hits (12 for his last 23) and Katz with 3 hits, including a HR & 4 RBIs. 

Two Gnats relievers almost coughed it up, allowing 3 runs, but the Gnats hung on for the W.

Brooklyn failed to score much again, with 2 runs and 5 hits.  A weak start from Andrew Church (4.1 IP, 9 H, 3 BB, 4 R).  Luis Mateo allowed a run in 2 innings 1H, 1BB, 1 K).

Kingsport's Nabil Crismatt (2.59 ERA) was solid in the win and has struck out 30 in 24 innings in 2015.  Pat Mazelka (.331) had 2 hits and scored 3 runs and his 24th RBI. 3B Greg Valencia (.283) had 2 hits and 3 RBIs.




 GOAT: Paul Paez, St Lucie defense.


July 26th 2015 -- Mets 3, Dodgers 2 (10 innings)

Sunday afternoon at Citi Field, new arrival Juan Uribe singled off the left-center-field wall with 1 out in the bottom of the 10th inning scoring Curtis Granderson with the game winner, the Mets beat the Dodgers in 10 innings 3-2. The game was just as advertised, a stellar pitching duel between the top two ERA leaders in the National league. The Mets force a split of this 4 game set.  deGrom out pitched Greinke and personally snapped his historic streak.  In the 3rd Kirk Nieuwenhuis was hit by a pitch and went to third on a single to center by Kevin Plawecki. Joc Pederson bobbled the ball and allowed Nieuwenhuis to advance to third.  deGrom then grounded to second and allowed Nieuwenhuis to score and break the streak.  In the 6th the Mets loaded the bases with 2 outs and rookie Michael Conforto was plunked by a Greinke offering bringing home Daniel Murphy with the Mets 2nd run. deGrom was lights-out once again going 7 2/3 scoreless innings allowing just 2 hits, walking 2 while striking out 8.  Jeurys Familia came on in the 8th and attempted a 4 out save. But in the he ninth Familia blew his 2nd consecutive save allowing back to back to back doubles by Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner and Yasmany Grandal to tie the game at 2 and force the extra frames. Jenrry Mejia pitched out of a jam in the top of the 10th which led to the game winner in the bottom of the 10th. Granderson doubled. A sac attempt by Ruben Tejada failed. Then Daniel Murphy was intentionally walked and Kenley Janson was brought in to face Uribe. On a 0-2 count, Uribe hit a Janson offering off the wall in left-center to complete the walk off win.  Mejia gets the win he’s now 1-0. deGrom gets a no-decision as his ERA falls to 2.05. Greinke’s scoreless inning streak ends at 45 2/3 innings pitched.  He was still impressive going 7 innings allowing 4 hits 2 runs (earned) walking 3 and striking out 3. Juan Nicasio takes the loss falling to 1-3. With the win the Mets are now 51-48 overall and 34-16 at Citi Field. The Nationals lost the Pirates. The Mets gain a game and climb to 2 games out of first in the NL east.  Monday is an off day for the Mets. Tuesday, the Padres come to town.  Noah Syndergaard (4-5 2.91) goes for the Mets, James Shield (8-3 3.77) goes for the Friars.


DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor League Results - 7-25-15


DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor League Results - 7-25-15

 STARS OF THE DAY: Logan Taylor, Gabe Almonte

HONORABLE MENTION: Travis Taijeron, Matt Oberste, Desmond Lindsay


Las Vegas (57-44) 5 - Reno 8

Binghamton (54-45) 0 - Trenton 3

St Lucie (49-49) - Doubleheader - lots of rain lately.

- Game 1 - Mets win 5-1

- Game 2 - Mets drop game 6-4

Savannah (51-47) 4 -  Greensboro 5

Brooklyn (19-15) 2  - Mahoning Valley 1

Kingsport 3 (15-14) - Elizabethton 5

GCL Mets  - Marlins doubleheader - lots of rain lately.

- Game 1 lost 5-2

- Game 2 lost 3-1

DSL METS 1 (25-23) 3 - Dodgers  2

DSL METS 2 (29-19) 9 - Rangers  4

 The Scoop:

Las Vegas sent Luis Cessa to toe the rubber tonight. He struggled again...AAA is tough.  Travis Taijeron hit 2 bombs tonight (16 and 17) but the Vegas pen folded late. Travis must have picked up on last night's Citifield vibe.

Binghamton's Rainy Lara (5-2, 3.60) was tabbed to pitch in sunny Trenton. Just one bad inning, a 3 run 6th.  Three more runs than he could afford to give up, as the B Mets only managed two hits (Cecchini and d'Arnaud).

St Lucie pitched Logan Taylor in completing a suspended game, 5-1. Increasingly tough, Taylor tossed 5 shutout innings.  Matt Oberste had 3 hits, 3 RBIs.

Miller Diaz started game 2 and he was spotted a 4 run lead in the first; not enough, as he surrendered 6.   Oberste? After his fine first game, an encore? Yep, more hits and RBIs (.273). Taylor Brennan (no relation) hit the go-ahead 2 run homer for Brevard County to avoid the sweep.

Savannah sent Ricky Knapp to the mound a night after the Gnats mercilessly pounded their opponents. The ball was flying out, with Knapp surrendering 3 homers and the Gnats' Michael Katz and Tyler Moore going deep. The Gnats scored the last 4, but they needed 5. Hence the loss.

Brooklyn's Gabe Almonte went 6 scoreless for the win.  The Sigh-Clones (.222) managed a mere two hits, but pushed 2 across the plate for the 2-1 win.

Kingsport's Darwin Ramos started and was not good, and the hitters did little.  That spells "5-3 loss".

GCL Mets - yep, Desmond Lindsay finally got to get to the dish, and his first 2 times up, a hit and a walk.  While 2 strikeouts followed , welcome aboard.  Stop gap reliever Marvin Monitjo came and surrendered 3 late runs for the loss.  Monitjo has allowed 16 runs in 15 innings this year.

In game 2, Ronald Guedez came in with an ERA barely above 2.00. Catching phenom Ali Sanchez singled to drive in a first inning run.  But that was the end of the good news.  Guedez wasn't very Gued.

 DSL METS 1: one in the 9th to tie, one in the 10th to walk off.  The walk off hit was brought to you by our favorite 16 year old, Kenny Hernandez (now up to .171).

 DSL METS 2: they broke a tie with 5 in the 10th to win (that's right, you ARE good at math) by 5.  Interesting stat that in the error-prone DSL, in both of yesterday's DSL games, each of the 4 teams made 2 errors.  

ERRORS...Whoops, I did it again.  Ahh, the foibles of youth.  May they learn the errors of their ways.  And that, dear friends, ends today's sermon...err...recap.

This is a non-power league. In 96 games, the Mets' 2 teams have 22 HRs.  The White Sox have a team that in 48 games has hit 1 homer.  One!

 GOAT: Marvin Monitjo, Miller Diaz

Mack’s Morning Report – 7-26-14 – Random Thoughts


Good morning.

I got in a little trouble hear last Sunday with my thoughts so I’ll try and tread lightly on opinion minus sabr stats.

The Mets made an excellent trade this week to help the 2015 Mets get closer to the playoffs. They first, traded minor league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen to the Atlanta Braves for IF/OF Kelly Johnson and 3B Juan Uribe.

They next placed both Johnson and Uribe on their 25-man and sent IF Danny Muno back to Las Vegas, and released OF John Mayberry.

Gant, and especially Whalen, were nice secondary pitching prospects but they never stood any chance of becoming a member of the Mets rotation unless a lot of other pitchers were either traded or went down with injuries. These are what’s called ‘minor league trading chips’ and were used well in this deal to secure two major league bats that can help today.

Look at the stat line comparisons:

          Juan Uribe - .285/.353/.464/.817
          Kelly Johnson - .275/.321/.451/.772

          Danny Muno - .148/.258/.185/.443
          John Mayberry - .164/.227/.318/.545

There is no contractual commitments to either Uribe or Johnson past this season. In fact, the Mets were paid some cash by the Braves to take these two guys on.

The Mets wasted little time inserting Johnson into the lineup. The left-hand hitting utility player replaced Wilmer Flores at second base, joining five other Mets lefties in the lineup. 

Saturday's game was just one hell of a lot of fun. The kind of game Mets fans see very rarely. Everybody seem to get into the victory here, especially Johnson with his first Mets home run.

Sunday could create a different lineup with Uribe playing third, Johnson (who hits both lefties and righties well) playing first (or second), and Flores back on second.

Either way, it's a hell of a lot better than Muno (sorry Tom) and Mayberry.


July 25th 2015 -- Mets 15, Dodgers 2

Saturday night at Citi Field, the Met offense exploded having its best day of 2015. The Mets beat up on the Dodgers 15-2. It was Harvey day, and the Met offense burst out of its doldrums with 21 hits and 15 runs in full support. Rookie Michael Conforto and Kirk Nieuwenhuis both led the way each going 4 for 4 with a walk on the evening. Conforto getting his first four major league hits with 2 doubles, 2 singles, 3 runs scored and an RBI. Nieuwenhuis had a double, 3 singles and 4 RBI. Newly acquired Met Kelly Johnson batted 4th played 2nd and went 2 for 6 with a home run, his 10th and an RBI. Daniel Murphy went 2 for 4 with a home run, his 6th and 3 RBI. Ruben Tejada went 3 for 6 with 2 runs scored. Lucas Duda hit a pair of solo homers his 13th and 14th on the year. Matt Harvey not only earned his 9th win, but went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI in the rout. Harvey improved to 9-7 going 7 allowed 6 hits 2 runs (both earned) walking 1 and striking out 4. The only runs Harvey allowed were solo homers by Jimmy Rollins and Joc Pederson. Rollins got his 3rd in 3 games and 11th on the year in the 5th and Pederson got his 21st in the 6th. Jenrry Mejia pitched a scoreless 8th, Jeurys Familia a scoreless 9th. Zack Lee took the loss in his major league debut allowing 7 runs on 11 hits in 4 innings. He’s 0-1. The 15 runs are the Mets biggest offensive output since they scored 16 against the twins on April 12th 2013. With the win the Mets are now 50-48 and 33-16 at Citi Field. The Nats won on Saturday so the Mets keep pace and are still 3 games in back of 1st in the NL east. Sunday afternoon, a truly a premier pitching match-up of the season as Jacob deGrom (10-6 2.18) goes for the Mets, Zach Greinke (9-2 1.30) puts his 43 2/3 scoreless inning streak on the line for the Dodgers.
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