Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Mets morning briefing 8.9.11
By Adam Rubin
The Mets overcame a two-run deficit in the ninth against ex-Met Heath Bell to defeat the San Diego Padres, 9-8, and return to .500.
Tuesday's news reports:
• Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy officially landed on the disabled list, with Ruben Tejada and Mike Baxter taking those roster spots.
• How will Reyes' value as a free agent be affected by two DL trips in a month for a left hamstring strain? Intuitively, it has to drive down his price and improve the Mets' chances of re-signing the shortstop, right? Well, since it only takes one team to be super-aggressive, or even reckless, a major league executive is not so sure. "I think it will have a minor impact," a front-office executive from another club predicted. "Teams get crazy in free agency. And the tools, upside, positional scarcity still remain. It only takes one team. And it's hard to make the case that Carl Crawford as a left fielder had more upside than Reyes as a shortstop, especially if he wins a batting title."
• David Lennon in Newsday notes the contrasting spins of the two parties who will be negotiating when bidding commences after the season -- Reyes' camp minimizing the issue and the Mets noting recurring injuries are part of Reyes' package.
Agent Peter Greenberg told reporters at Citi Field on Monday: "He's not Cal Ripken, but I think he's been a lot healthier than a lot of people give him credit for. When he's out of the lineup, obviously the team misses him, so it gets blown out of proportion because he is so important to the team. I think if you look over the course of time and compare him to a lot of players, he's as healthy or healthier than a lot of players in the league."
Said GM Sandy Alderson: "This is definitely a setback for him and for us, but as with all players, you've got to accept certain aspects of their performance, their makeup, their physical characteristics and evaluate it accordingly."
• Andy McCullough quotes Reyes in the Star-Ledger saying: “You see Carl Crawford this year? He pulled a hamstring, too. It can happen to anybody.”
• Murphy could wind up in the outfield next season. Basically, assuming Ike Davis is healthy and nothing disrupts David Wright's tenure with the club, the open positions would be second base or outfield. Murphy said the left knee MCL tear is less severe than the right knee MCL tear he suffered last season at Triple-A Buffalo, so he knows this story will have a positive ending. "I know how this story ends," Murphy said. "My right knee felt great this year. I know that this injury isn’t as severe. So I know I’ll be back."
Watch video of Murphy discussing his injury and future here.
Read more on Murphy/Reyes in Newsday, the Post and Star-Ledger.
• Lucas Duda had the two-run walk-off single. Read game coverage in the Times, Record, Newsday, Post and Daily News.
• The Queens native Baxter, a waiver claim from the Padres, had a run-scoring double in the eighth inning in his first Mets at-bat. Baxter won a CHSAA championship in 2002 at Shea Stadium with Archbishop Molloy. He then attended Columbia University for a year before transferring to Vanderbilt, where he played with current Rays pitcher David Price. Read more in the Post and Times.
• Jason Bay became the third Canadian to reach 200 homers. He became the first player to hit No. 200 of his career in a Mets uniform since Carlos Beltran on Aug. 26, 2006, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
• Alderson said Mets staff will reconvene Wednesday or Thursday to put a plan in place for Johan Santana, who will not resume throwing at least until then.
• Gary Carter's next MRI at Duke University will be on Oct. 11. He will begin taking a high-dosage chemotherapy pill next Tuesday. The latest MRI revealed the malignant brain tumors had diminished by 80 percent.
BIRTHDAYS: Tommie Agee was born on this date in 1942. The '69 Met died in 2001. .. Reliever Pat Mahomes turns 41.