Showing posts with label New York Mets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York Mets. Show all posts


El Duque Leaves Mets Camp

Orlando Hernandez has left the Mets' spring training camp, returning to New York to have his neck checked out.

Set to be the #2 starter behind Tom Glavine in New York's somewhat shaky starting five, Hernandez felt the same discomfort in his neck during Spring Training as he did last season.

The 41-year-old righty went an even 11-11 with a 4.66 ERA last season; going 9-7 with a 4.09 ERA after joining the Mets from Arizona in late May, then missing the playoffs due to a torn calf muscle.

The Mets are already without Pedro Martinez until midseason following rotator cuff surgery. Among those competing for starting jobs are prospects Philip Humber and Mike Pelfrey, along with veterans Jorge Sosa, Chan Ho Park, Jason Vargas, Juan Padilla and Aaron Sele.

UPDATE: Hernandez has arthritis in his neck and will be sidelined for three or four days after receiving a cortisone shot and will undergo treatment throughout the year to manage it.



Mets Offer Sandy Alomar Jr. Minor League Deal

Sandy Alomar Jr. has decided to keep plugging away at his major league career, agreeing to a minor league contract with the New York Mets on Monday.

The 40-year-old catcher, who is expected to report to spring training Tuesday, hit .278 with 30 RBIs in 108 at-bats last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, who acquired him in late July.

A six-time All-Star, Alomar was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1990. He is hoping to have more luck in New York than his brother Roberto, who struggled through the 2002 and 2003 seasons with the Mets. Speaking of the Alomars, his former All-Star second baseman father will be sending him home as the Mets' third-base coach this season.

Sandy Jr. is a career .274 hitter over 20 major league seasons with six different clubs.

Source: FOX Sports


Tom Glavine needs 10 more victories to reach the 300 win milestone. After that, it's golf and grandkids.

The New York Mets' ace said that if he for some reason doesn't reach the 300-win mark, he'll be back after next season. He's not saying anything definitely, but it sounds as though he plans to call it quits after 2007.

The outlook is sunny though, as only twice in 19 major league seasons has Glavine failed to win at least 10 games, in 1988 and 2003.

The lefty, who will turn 41 next month, went 15-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 198 innings last year and 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in three playoff starts, helping the Mets advance to Game 7 of the NLCS before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner became a free agent in the offseason but returned to New York, agreeing to a $10.5 million, one-year contract, opting against a possible return to the Atlanta Braves.

His deal contains a $9 million player option for 2008, which he has the right to decline if he's thinking about retirement. Glavine is 290-191 with a career 3.82 ERA and 2481 strikeouts.



Mets Claim Carvajal

Marcos Carvajal was claimed by the New York Mets off waivers from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Friday.

The 22-year-old righty went 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 38 games last season with the AA Montgomery Biscuits, striking out 70 batters in 72.1 innings. As far as his big league career goes, he was 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA in 39 games with the Colorado Rockies in 2005.

New York designated right-hander Steve Schmoll for assignment to open a spot on the roster for Carvajal. They have 10 days to trade him, send him outright to the minors or release him altogether.



Chan Ho Park reportedly signed a one-year, $600,000 contract with the New York Mets on Friday.

After signing a five-year deal with the Texas Rangers in 2001, Park wasn't all he was cracked up to be. He showed slight improvement after being dished to the San Diego Padres midway through the 2005 season, but missed a good portion of 2006 due to fun things like anemia and intestinal bleeding.

The Yonhap News first reported Park's signing at $3 million for one year, which would be awfully nice of the Mets to offer that amount straight-up for a year of mediocre pitching. It turns out that with the $600,000 he has the opportunity to earn $2.4 million in performance bonuses based on innings pitched.

Park is a career 113-87 with a 4.37 ERA over 14 seasons, including his first eight which he spent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Source: Yonhap News and


Pedro Martinez has been pumping iron and working out 4-5 hours a day for the past 3 1/2 months. He believes he has "100% flexibility in his arm and totally sexy rehabbed, calves" following last October's surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his pitching arm.

Martinez, 35, has put on 12 pounds of man-muscle from his workout regime, but won't begin throwing a baseball until next month and won't return to the New York Mets' rotation until June or July, at the earliest. Pedro has two more years left on his contract and appears to be leaning towards retirement once it expires, telling the New York Daily News that he won't pitch beyond 40.

The future Hall-of-Famer had a 9-8 record and 4.48 ERA in 23 games last season, striking out 137 batters in 132 innings pitched. He is a career 206-92 with a 2.81 ERA in fifteen major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and Mets.



The New York Mets and manager Willie Randolph agreed Wednesday to a $5.65 million contract extension that runs through 2009.

Randolph, who last year led the Mets to their first division title since 1988, was supposed to earn $700,000 this year in the final season of a three-year agreement. Under this new deal, his salary will be doubled to $1.4 million. He'll get $2 million next year and $2.25 million in 2009, with a $2.5 million option for 2010 if the Mets choose to keep him around.

After a decade with the New York Yankees as their third base coach and another year as a bench coach, Randolph moved to the National League in 2005, finishing the Mets' season with a winning 83-79 third-place record in the AL East. Under Art Howe in 2004, the Mets finished fourth at 71-91.

Last year, the Mets ended the Atlanta Braves consecutive division title streak at 14 seasons, going 97-65 to tie with the Yankees for the best record in the majors. Seeking their first World Series title since 1986 and their first NL pennant since 2000, the Mets swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round of the playoffs and lost in seven heated games to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

Source: New York Post


After spending four seasons with the New York Mets, free agent outfielder Cliff Floyd will return to his Chicago roots after agreeing to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Cubs on Wednesday.

Floyd could make an additional $4.5 million this year in bonuses if he starts 100 games or has 425 plate appearances. He also has the chance to earn $17.5 million over two years if he has 550 at-bats each season, or $15.5 million if he has 500.

This worries Cliff because he was limited to 332 plate appearances last year because of an injured Achilles' tendon and will likely serve only as a backup with the Cubs. Alfonso Soriano is expected to start in center, with Matt Murton in left and Jacque Jones, who was dangled in front of every team under the Major League sun this off season, in right field.

Floyd was replaced by free agent Moises Alou in October after having surgery on his left foot. He hit .244 with 11 homers and 44 RBIs last season and enjoyed his best year with the Florida Marlins when he hit .273 with 34 bombs and 98 RBIs in 2005.

Source: MLB.com