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Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

A newspaper in Fargo, North Dakota reported yesterday that the Mets signed Chris Coste, with no promise of a major league job, but a promise of a 40 man roster spot.  Coste showed his appreciation for the Mets keeping his dream of playing major league baseball alive by crapping all over them and praising the team that released him last year, the team that happens to be the Mets’ top division rivals.  Classy.  I’d say welcome to New York, Chris, but the only place you’re likely to play in New York next year is Buffalo.  My only thoughts on the signing is that it leaves me feeling absolutely nothing.

Meanwhile, the Phillies signed Brian Schneider and the Rays traded for Kelly Shoppach.  I mention them only because Schneider is probably better than Coste, and would have been a fine backup catcher if the team did not believe that Omir Santos was capable of backing up whomever they intend to sign at some point, and having a logjam of catchers in Buffalo next year when Josh Thole should be playing every day makes little sense.  I hope it’s a sign that the Mets aren’t interested in signing Bengie Molina, but since I have no reason to trust this front office, I’m still pretty worried they’re going to sign him and his one baseball skill to a bad contract.  I’d rather have a collection of backups like Coste and Blanco playing every day than Bengie Molina, because at least then they won’t be overpaying for lousy production, but either way, I’m not expecting much out of catcher for the Mets in 2010.

Why Alex Cora?

Monday, November 30th, 2009
A sight Mets fans may be privy to for two more years - a frustrated Alex Cora

A sight Mets fans may be privy to for two more years - a frustrated Alex Cora

According to WEEI, the Mets and Alex Cora are close to a contract similar to last year, for one year and $2 million, although there is also talk of a vesting option for some silly reason.  When I read the news that Omar Minaya values whatever Alex Cora does so well, that he is willing to pay Cora above market value for a backup middle infielder, I have to wonder if there is something I’m missing here that makes Alex Cora so special. (more…)

What will the Mets do this offseason?

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Earlier, I gave my plan for the 2010 Mets season, and while I’m not crazy about some things (in retrospect, I’d rather sign Matt Holliday rather than John Lackey, and go after another short-term pitcher for one year, like a Ben Sheets) that was what I would do had I been in charge of the Mets.  This is about what I think the Mets will do, more than what I’d like to see them do.  This is based on the Mets’ current needs, plus five years of observing Omar Minaya offseason plans.  This is just a guess of how things will shake out for Omar Minaya this offseason:

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The Steve Phillips Alternate Universe

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
David Wright, fortunately not wearing a Toronto Blue Jays uniform

David Wright, fortunately not wearing a Toronto Blue Jays uniform

Can you imagine how bad this team might be without Jose Reyes and David Wright?  Because it is by the grace of other baseball general managers that both are still on the New York Mets.  Consider that in 2001, the Mets had originally offered Jose Reyes in the package of players that eventually netted Roberto Alomar.  The Indians insisted on Alex Escobar, at the time the Mets’ top prospect.  That very same offseason, Steve Phillips offered the Toronto Blue Jays David Wright in exchange for Jose Cruz, Jr.  JP Ricciardi turned that one down since at the time, Wright was a 19 year old third baseman in the South Atlantic League.

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Grading the Mets pitchers

Friday, October 16th, 2009

A few days late, but oh well.  This is the last you’ll hear from me for about 10 days, as I’m going on vacation next week, but I suspect somebody else will post something while I’m gone.  Or…they won’t.  Either way, with the Yankees and Phillies playing in their respective League Championship Serieses, I can think of no better time to get away, other than maybe the following week if they wind up playing in the World Series.  Here are the Mets’ pitchers grades, and if you thought the hitters grades were ugly, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

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Grading the Mets hitters

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Since grading the Mets’ hitters first half was such a rousing success, I thought I would grade their whole season now that it has mercilessly ended.  This is still a very, very hacky thing to do, but with the World Series possibly shaping up as an Alien vs. Predator-esque Phillies/Yankees finale, I need to distract myself from that impending doom somehow.  I will grade the pitchers tomorrow.

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2011: A Mets’ Odyssey

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

The year 2011 is shaping up to be quite an important year for the New York Mets.  While it might seem silly to be jumping the gun on this, considering the Mets just finished 2009 and haven’t even played 2010 yet, there are several factors that make 2011 quite the pivotal season.  Here’s a look at some of those things.

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The Chris Wilcox’s BlueAndOrange.net Plan for 2009 Offseason – Final Plan

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Last in a series.  For my plan for catcher, the infield, the outfield, the bullpen, and the rotation, click on over. 

I have thrown out a few ideas for what I’d like to see the team do.  Now it’s time to put everything together.  Let’s put together one plan for the offseason that would rebuild this team around its current core, featuring mostly free agent signings to help rebuild the supporting cast for this Mets team.  Here it is, the Official Chris Wilcox’s BlueAndOrange.net Plan for the 2009 Offseason.

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The Chris Wilcox’s BlueAndorange.net Plan for 2010 – The Rotation

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Fifth part of a series.  For my plan for catcher, the infield, the outfield, and the bullpen, click on over.

The last on-field part of this series will look at what might be the most difficult area to fix this offseason on the cheap, the rotation.  I’ve listed ways to fix first base, catcher, and the outfield without spending a ton of money, but because other teams overvalue the cost of starting pitching, it artificially raises the cost of obtaining a good pitcher.  That’s why it’s so important that the team work on developing pitching from within, with the hopes of churning out cheap starters year after year, and converting failed starting prospects into relievers to avoid offering closers $17.5 million vesting options.  Alas, I digress.

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The Chris Wilcox’s BlueAndOrange.net Plan for 2010 – The Bullpen

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Fourth part of a series.  For my plan for catcher, the infield, and the outfield, click on over.

Unlike last season, the bullpen seems to be pretty uncomplicated going into next season, and I don’t foresee much change to come.  That’s probably a good thing, as under Omar Minaya, the Mets have blown way too much money trying to fix the bullpen since he took over as GM in 2004.  Most members of last year’s bullpen are under team control another season, so we should expect to see much the same cast of characters back in New York for 2010.

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