Posted by Mack Ade at 7:10 AM
According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post via Twitter, free agent Joe Beimel is still looking for something similiar to the $2 million that he earned last year, but that the Mets won’t go there.
(Originlly), according to of the Daily News, the Mets have made an offer to free-agent reliever Joe Beimel, and the 32 year old southpaw has confirmed the offer.
Left-handed reliever Joe Beimel confirmed he has received an offer from the Mets. “We’ve been talking to them for a good part of the offseason. I am still just being patient, waiting for the right deal,” Beimel told the Denver Post. - link
The biggest enigma is (Oliver) Perez, who has dominant stuff when he’s on but has struggled to find the plate throughout his career. The 6-3 lefty averages 4.95 walks per nine innings—the worst rate for an active pitcher with at least 1,000 innings.
Perez agreed to a $36 million, three-year contract after he closed 2008 with a flourish under new pitching coach Dan Warthen, going 5-3 with a 3.77 ERA in his last 20 starts. But last season was a disaster from start to finish.
He left Mets camp during spring training to compete for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic, but didn’t get much work and was way behind when he returned. He struggled with his motion because of knee problems, finishing with a 3-4 record and a 6.82 ERA in 14 starts - link
Seeing how a player bounces back from that adversity,” Jeff Francouer said yesterday, “really tells you about a person. David has really worked hard. He looks in great shape.
“I noticed that when he took his shirt off the other day he looked more cut, he looked leaner. I put David up there with the top 10 players in the game. A guy like that, if he’s challenged, you’ve got to believe that he is going to come back the next year and put a good year together.”
Wright batted .307, but the power numbers dropped off the table. His slugging percentage went from .534 to .447. Home runs plummeted and so did RBIs, as he went from 124 to 72.- link
According to David Waldstein of the New York Times, Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez went to a local eye doctor who confirmed that his case of red eye is “very contagious.”
Waldstein assures us that K-Rod gets his work in long after the rest of the team enters the field, and leaves shortly after he concludes his work on the side.