A River In Egypt:
The Mets payroll is at approximately $130 million right now, or nearly $20 million less than last season.
Kelvim Escobar may start the season on the disabled list - which makes him the perfect eighth-inning replacement for JJ Putz in more ways than one.
Felipe Lopez just signed with the Cardinals for $2 million this season - the exact same amount as Alex Cora signed for with the Mets, except that Lopez's deal is only for one year. Felipe Lopez is a better baseball player than Alex Cora.- link
Greg Pleeter sent this along: Big fan of the site. While making a snowman with my wife, brother-in-law, and nephew today, my wife came up with the idea of making a Mr. Met Snowman. I was impressed with her idea and we worked on it. Attached is a couple of pictures from the attempt of the Mr. Met Snowman. It would be great to see this on the site if you can. Thanks a lot and LETS GO METS!!
Opening day is a month away, and the Mets are already falling apart.
A giant piece of the marquee Citi Field sign came crashing down on Jan. 25 -- more evidence for beleaguered Met fans that the sky really is falling. The cover of the sign's C flew off and plummeted nearly 200 feet to the empty seats below, sources said. The sign towers over center field and is the centerpiece of the year-old stadium. Photos provided to The Post show the 15-foot-long, 35-pound acrylic sheeting landed in a field-level section to the right of the sign. "Once it hit the ground, it shattered into a bunch of pieces," a team insider told The Post. link
The Mets' next option for the eighth inning is probably a lefty-righty duo of Pedro Feliciano and Ryota Igarashi, whose next North American major league inning will be his first. Then they move to Sean Green's new submarine style or Bobby Parnell's untapped talent and, well, you see how all the optimism that has so bathed this camp can so quickly take a belly shot.
The Mets are good at optimism, masters of the art, really. They have become intimate with how to heave-ho the collapse or humiliation of a previous season and sell the hope of a new year. They are a business and I get it; there are tickets to sell and the general psyche of an organization to heal. - link
-ver unfair article by Mr. Sherman on the "brittel" Kelvin Escobar. He was signed brittle and came to camp brittle... 200 players and one brittle... give me a journalism break....
Jason Bay wants to be the kind of hitter his former team, the Red Sox, would throw at.
It was Jason Varitek who famously told Alex Rodriguez "we don't throw at .260 hitters." Bay hit .267 for the Red Sox last season, just one number he would like to see improve for the Mets.
"I'm a better average guy than .260," Bay said yesterday. "I feel like I'm a .275 or .280 guy."
The Mets will absolutely take Bay's 36 homers and 119 RBIs from 2009, even if it means watching him strike out 162 times again. Bay said he doesn't care about the strikeouts as long as he's getting on base and scoring runs - link