Mets morning briefing 2.15.11


It's officially report day in Port St. Lucie, although that merely means pitchers and catchers have to phone in to say they're in town, not actually be at the complex. Many pitchers already had surfaced by Monday, including the entire probable five-man rotation of Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, Jon Niese, Chris Young and Chris Capuano.

On to Tuesday's reporting ...

• With Francisco Rodriguez due to be at the complex on Wednesday, and having to undergo 52 weeks of anger-management sessions, Newsday's Steve Marcus wonders if that training will be effective. "They need to understand the rage is usually proceeded by some frustration, sadness or depression. We teach the person alternative ways of managing their anger," New Jersey psychotherapist Jay P. Granat tells Marcus. "One thing I frequently teach is some combination of self-hypnosis, meditation, visualization, the idea being that they can think of anger being a balloon filled with air. If they practice these exercises on a daily basis the balloon is not going to get so full and they can also use these techniques when they feel themselves getting a little bit out of control.’’ K-Rod will have his patience tested, for sure, if the Mets do alter his usage so that he does not finish 55 games this season. Reaching that number would trigger a $17.5 million vesting option for 2012. Otherwise, Rodriguez would get a $3.5 million buyout in addition to his $11.5 million salary for this season and become a free agent next offseason.

• No shortage of Oliver Perez stories making their way into print Tuesday. That includes from Brian Costa in the Wall Street Journal, David Lennon in Newsday, David Waldstein in the Times, Steve Popper in the Bergen Record and Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger.

• Lennon also writes up Young's comments, particularly about how the right-hander's apparent shoulder health has allowed the 6-foot-10 pitcher to stride up to a foot closer to the plate than in recent years, giving the batter less time to react. "Maybe it's a few inches, but I think any inch is significant," Young said. "It's just been fun this offseason to focus on pitching and mechanics versus rehabbing, which is a change for me compared to the last two years." Mike Puma in the Post also weighs in on Young.

• Meanwhile, the Journal also notes Omar Minaya plans to wait until March to make a decision about his future. He's collecting roughly $1.1 million a year in 2011 and 2012 from the Mets, so it's not a bad life in the interim.

BIRTHDAY: Barry Jones, who made 17 relief appearances for the Mets in 1992, picking up two wins and posting a 9.39 ERA, was born on this date in 1963.