New York Mets: Corey Patterson

Morning briefing: One day until opener

March, 31, 2013

FIRST PITCH: The Mets have landed in New York.

They will hold a player workout today at Citi Field from noon to 2 p.m.

Tomorrow: Opening Day, with Jonathon Niese opposing San Diego Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez at 1:10 p.m.

Monday’s forecast calls for a high of 58 degrees and 10 percent chance of rain.

Sunday’s news reports:

• Terry Collins has decided he will not be employing platoons. His Opening Day, and fairly stable, lineup:

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Terry Collins says he'll go with starters Marlon Byrd and Collin Cowgill and not platoon in the outfield.

Collin Cowgill, cf
Daniel Murphy, 2b
David Wright, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
Marlon Byrd, rf
Lucas Duda, lf
John Buck, c
Ruben Tejada, ss
Niese, lhp

Cowgill won the center-field job outright, although Kirk Nieuwenhuis still will be on the major league roster for a role that includes serving as a defensive replacement for Duda. Jordany Valdespin will be a bat for the bench, with strategic starts against some right-handers.

The Mets have one roster decision remaining. Zach Lutz’s Opening Day roster fate depends upon whether the Mets place Justin Turner (calf) on the DL.

Read more on the roster in Newsday and the Times.

Johan Santana has decided to undergo surgery Tuesday to again repair the torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Team doctor David Altchek will perform the procedure. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Times, Daily News, Post, Newsday and

Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner combined to surrender four homers and the Mets were one-hit in their spring-training finale, a 7-1 loss to the Orioles on Saturday. The Mets finished Grapefruit League play 15-15-3.

• Zack Wheeler is the Opening Day starter for Triple-A Las Vegas, on April 4 at Sacramento.

• Columnist David Lennon in Newsday suggests the Mets ought to have Wheeler start with the major league club and even consider a long-term deal now. Writes Lennon:

If a pitcher of his caliber can be a difference-maker now and help the Mets win immediately and give the impression that Sandy Alderson is not mailing it in this season, there is a compelling argument to start him in Flushing. If Wheeler indeed proves to be the second coming of Dwight Gooden, Alderson can get to work in the not-too-distant future on a long-term contract that makes sense for both sides.

When the Mets first signed David Wright to an extension in August 2006, they bought out three years of arbitration and four years of potential free agency with what became (with the option) a seven-year, $71 million contract. Last April, the Mets gave Jon Niese, who still was a season away from arbitration, a five-year, $25 million extension with two option years that could push the total guaranteed value to $46 million.

• Rusty Staub, who played for the NL pennant-winning ’73 Mets, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day at Citi Field. Staub turns 69 Monday.

• Left-hander Scott Rice, who was cut at Dodger Stadium on the eve of L.A.’s Opening Day a year ago, will make his major league debut this week with the Mets. "It's kind of funny," Rice told Marc Carig in Newsday. "Full circle. I flew into Sarasota to start my career in the minor leagues. Now, I'm flying out of Sarasota to go to the big leagues … 14 years later." Read more in the Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• In minor league camp, the Mets released major league veterans Corey Patterson, Daniel Herrera, Mike Wilson and Craig Hansen as well as former supplemental first-round pick Brad Holt, Pedro Zapata and Brandon Brown.

• On the outfield, which was mocked this offseason by everyone including the GM, Byrd told Newsday: "Embrace it. We have no reason for anyone to believe different. We have to produce to make everyone believe differently."

• Andy Martino in the Daily News chats with SNY’s Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling.

From the bloggers Mets Police asks if you can tell “Game of Thrones” apart from the New York Mets.

BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Tom Hausman turns 60.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which Met deserves the biggest cheer and bigger jeer during pregame introductions Monday?

Mets release Herrera, Patterson from minors

March, 30, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Mets have released seven players from minor league camp: Brad Holt, Daniel Herrera, Craig Hansen, Mike Wilson, Corey Patterson, Pedro Zapata and Brandon Brown.

Herrera was returning from Tommy John surgery and eyed May for a return to games. Patterson is a veteran outfielder. Hansen is the former first-round pick by the Boston Red Sox out of St. John's. Holt was taken by the Mets with a supplemental first-round pick in 2008, when the organization had three of the top 33 picks and also selected Ike Davis and Reese Havens.

Morning briefing: Already packed at camp

February, 7, 2013

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The view of Mets Stadium in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Wednesday.

FIRST PITCH: Four days remain until Mets pitchers and catchers officially are due to report, but there has been no shortage of activity at the team’s spring-training complex.

Among those who already have arrived here: David Wright, Lucas Duda, Dillon Gee, Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey, Travis d’Arnaud, Bobby Parnell, John Buck, Mike Baxter, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt den Dekker, Wilmer Flores, Zach Lutz, Anthony Recker and Brian Bixler.

Courtesy of Cam Maron
Ruben Tejada is due to arrive in Port St. Lucie on Saturday. He has been working out on Long Island with a group that includes ex-Mets Jose Reyes and Pedro Beato as well as Mets farmhands Cam Maron and Steve Matz.

Ike Davis is expected to make his first appearance today. Ruben Tejada, who has spent the past two weeks in New York working out with Jose Reyes on Long Island, is due to arrive Saturday.

In Tejada’s case, that’s nine days before the official report date for Mets position players, which should please Terry Collins. Last offseason, the manager wanted Tejada to spend most of the winter in Port St. Lucie getting stronger and getting acclimated to new double-play partner Daniel Murphy.

Not only did Tejada balk and stay in his native Panama for the winter last offseason, he arrived on the precise reporting day for position players. He cited visa trouble and in reality was not late. But he did report later than most of his teammates, which upset Collins, who viewed the time lost with him as a missed opportunity to improve.

That episode is in the past, Tejada noted Monday, during a visit to Citi Field during which he batted in an indoor cage adjacent to the clubhouse.

As for today’s schedule in Port St. Lucie, the voluntary workout is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on back fields.

If you’re so inclined, you can participate in a fan briefing from Sandy Alderson at 1 p.m., which will be carried on

Afterward, please consider joining me for a 2 p.m. ET chat, which you can find here.

Thursday’s news reports:

• So much for Sandy Alderson’s statements about an open closer’s competition during spring training, at least if Collins has a say.

“He is the closer,” Collins told Kevin Kernan about Francisco in the Post.

Francisco, who had a spur removed from his right elbow in December, is not yet throwing off a mound.

“Frankie told me he was going to be here [Wednesday], he drives up from Miami, he plays catch from 60 feet to show everybody he is making progress,” Collins continued. “I understand we have concerns about his elbow, which is only natural, but he is going to start the season as the closer unless something dictates that he’s not and that something would only be if his elbow is not ready.’’

Collins went on to call Parnell “the future.”

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Newly signed Corey Patterson celebrated a two-homer game against the Mets on Opening Day 2003.

• On the Michael Bourn free-agency front,’s Jon Heyman tweeted: “Mets still hopeful on Michael Bourn. Sandy A. talking publicly about MB is positive sign. Nothing seems imminent tho.”

Andy Martino in the Daily News notes the Mets remain adamant they are unwilling to forfeit the 11th overall pick for Bourn. He explains that a grievance brought by the Players' Association and Scott Boras to reinterpret the collective bargaining agreement and protect the picks of the teams with the 10 worst records the previous season would go before an independent arbitrator.

• The Mets signed outfielders Corey Patterson and Mike Wilson to minor league contracts. Both players will report directly to minor league camp, to be considered for Triple-A Las Vegas’ roster.

Patterson has six career two-homer games in the majors, two of which came against the Mets. In the March 31, 2003 Opening Day game at frigid Shea Stadium in which Tom Glavine was roughed up in his Mets debut, Patterson homered twice against reliever Mike Bacsik and finished with a career-high seven RBIs. Two years later at Wrigley Field, also with the Chicago Cubs, Patterson homered twice against the Mets’ Kris Benson. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Anthony DiComo at notes the rotation still could be solid minus R.A. Dickey. The April staff should include Johan Santana, Harvey, Jonathon Niese, Shaun Marcum and Gee. Wheeler then should follow a similar track to Harvey last year, debuting this summer. “I’m trying to win a spot, but I’m just going there to pitch,” Wheeler told DiComo about his first major league camp. “It’s just a different group of guys.”

Dickey, incidentally, already has been named Toronto's Opening Day starter.

From the bloggers … Shannon from Mets Police reminds Mets fans not to unfairly burden Harvey with the tag “ace” with only 56 pro games under his belt. … The Eddie Kranepool Society looks at the bullpen competition. … Faith and Fear in Flushing writes that pitchers and catchers reporting will serve as a welcome change from the toxic uncertainty that has surrounded the Mets this offseason.

BIRTHDAYS: Endy Chavez, of reach-over-the-wall-to-take-a-homer-away-from-Scott-Rolen-fame, turns 34. … Charlie Puleo, who went to the Cincinnati Reds in the trade in which the Mets reacquired Tom Seaver, was born on this date in 1955 in Glen Ridge, N.J.

YOU’RE UP: Should Francisco remain the closer? Or should the Mets look at Bobby Parnell or Brandon Lyon for the role?

Please use the comments section to weigh in

Mets ink outfielders Patterson, Wilson

February, 6, 2013

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Freshly signed Corey Patterson and Mike Wilson will head directly to minor league camp.
The Mets have signed veteran outfielders Corey Patterson and Mike Wilson to minor league deals. They will report directly to minor league camp and vie for spots with Triple-A Las Vegas while serving as organizational depth.

Both players last appeared in the majors in 2011.

The lefty-hitting Patterson, 33, hit a combined .239 with six homers, 36 RBIs and 13 steals in 368 at-bats with the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals that season. The righty-hitting Wilson, 29, hit .148 with three RBIs in 27 at-bats with the Seattle Mariners in '11.

Both played in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League last season.

In major league camp, Lucas Duda is projected as the left fielder, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Collin Cowgill likely to platoon in center, barring the signing of free agent Michael Bourn. Right field should be a combination of Mike Baxter and Andrew Brown or Marlon Byrd. Brian Bixler also is in major league camp, while Justin Turner and Zach Lutz will dabble in the outfield during spring training.



Bartolo Colon
15 4.09 151 202
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187