New York Mets: Cory Wade

17 Mets farmhands become free agents

November, 5, 2013
Seventeen Mets farmhands became free agents because they have not been added to the 40-man roster. That list, according to Baseball America:

RHP: Giancarlo Alvarado, Greg Burke, Matt Fox, D.J. Mitchell, Dylan Owen, Armando Rodriguez, Daryl Thompson, Cory Wade
LHP: Justin Hampson
C: Jeyckol De Leon, Francisco Pena
1B: Rhyne Hughes
3B: Richard Lucas
SS: Brian Bixler, Brandon Hicks, Josh Rodriguez
OF: Jamie Hoffmann

Morning Briefing: The day after ...

September, 7, 2013
FIRST PITCH: And now the rest of the series …

Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.66 ERA) opposes Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (7-5, 3.54) at 6:05 tonight at Progressive Field.

Then it’s Daisuke Matsuzaka on Sunday.

Saturday’s news reports:

Scott Kazmir struck out 12 and walked none in six scoreless innings in his first meeting against his original organization and the Indians beat the Mets, 8-1, Friday night. Zack Wheeler struggled with his control and walked five in five innings. Wheeler allowed three runs (two earned). Former Mets reliever Joe Smith also faced the Amazin’s for the first time in his career. Smith tossed a scoreless eighth to preserve a three-run lead at that point.

Kazmir downplayed facing the Mets as a motivation.

“The front office, the players, everybody is different over there now,” he said, via the Akron Beaon Journal. “It might be different if I was pitching against guys I knew and played with.”

He added: "It's great it was against the team that drafted me, but that definitely wasn't crossing through my mind when I was out there on the mound. We're playing for a playoff spot right now. That's the one thing I'm thinking about when I go out to the mound."

Indians manager Terry Francona told the Beacon Journal about Kazmir facing the Mets: “I think he was a little jazzed up. However guys do it, as long as they’re not breaking any laws, whatever they use for motivation, I’ll take it.”

Cleveland moved to within two games of a wild-card spot.

Courtesy of New York MetsScott Rice requires surgery for a sports hernia.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and

• Left-hander Scott Rice, the major league leader in relief appearances, will undergo season-ending surgery for a sports hernia next week. Rice made his major league debut this season at age 31, after toiling in the minors and independent ball since 1999. The issue had bothered him since mid-June. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• The Mets promoted ex-Yankees left-hander Sean Henn to take Rice’s spot. Until signing with the Mets in early April, Henn had been home in Texas, figuring his career was over. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Behind seven scoreless innings from Long Island native Steven Matz, Savannah advanced to the South Atlantic championship series with a 5-0 win against Augusta. Binghamton was swept by the Trenton Thunder in the Eastern League playoffs and eliminated. Cory Wade recorded the final five outs and Las Vegas forced Game 4 of its Pacific Coast League series with a 3-2 win against Salt Lake. Read the full minor league recap here.

Read more on Binghamton’s elimination, and the ejections of Danny Muno, Wilfredo Tovar and manager Pedro Lopez, in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin.

Frank Francisco tossed a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts as Binghamton was eliminated. Stay tuned for what is next regarding the portly ex-closer. Mets insiders privately have doubted Sandy Alderson would allow Francisco to return to the major league team before the season’s end.

• Former Mets farmhand Yusmeiro Petit came within one out of a perfect game for the San Francisco Giants against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Eric Chavez ended the big with a two-out, two-strike hit in the ninth. The pitchers who have thrown no-hitters after playing for the Mets at the major league level and then departing: Nolan Ryan (seven), Tom Seaver, Mike Scott, Dwight Gooden, David Cone, Hideo Nomo and Philip Humber. Petit became the 12th pitcher to lose a perfect game with two outs in the ninth, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

BIRTHDAYS: Jason Isringhausen, who taught Bobby Parnell the knuckle-curve, turns 41. … Former reliever Brian Stokes is 34. .. David Newhan turns 40.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets pursue Scott Kazmir and/or Joe Smith as free agents this offseason?

Minors 9.6.13: Matz dominant in clincher

September, 6, 2013
LAS VEGAS 3, SALT LAKE 2: Cory Wade inherited runners on the corners with one out in

the eighth from Chris Schwinden and ultimately recorded the final five outs without surrendering a run as the 51s avoided elimination. Salt Lake now leads the best-of-five series two games to one. Aaron Harang starts for Las Vegas on Saturday in Game 4. Dustin Lawley, the Florida State League home run champ, broke a 1-all tie in the sixth with a solo homer. Ruben Tejada's RBI single gave the 51s a two-run lead later in the frame. Hamilton Bennett stranded an inherited runner in scoring position in the top half of the sixth in his Triple-A debut after replacing promoted Sean Henn on the roster. Lawley finished 3-for-4. Box

TRENTON 3, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets were swept in the best-of-five series in their first playoff appearance since 2004. Danny Muno, Wilfredo Tovar and manager Pedro Lopez were ejected in the seventh inning, after Muno was called for an interference call at second base. Frank Francisco tossed a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts. Binghamton, which produced 11 hits, loaded the bases in the eighth, but Alonzo Harris struck out looking to end the threat. Starter Logan Verrett allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings. The B-Mets (86-55) had set their franchise's regular-season record for wins. Box

SAVANNAH 5, AUGUSTA 0: Behind seven scoreless innings from Steven Matz, the Gnats blanked Augusta at Historic Grayson Stadium to sweep the best-of-three Southern Division

Championship Series. Savannah outscored Augusta, 15-2, in the two games. Savannah pitchers recorded 19 strikeouts and issued one walk. Matz retired 21 of the 22 batters he faced. He threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 22 opposing hitters, struck out eight and did not issue a walk. Paul Sewald worked around an infield single in the eighth and Beck Wheeler retired the side in order in the ninth. The Gnats took a 1-0 lead in the third, when Eudy Pina tripled and scored on Maikis De La Cruz's fielder’s choice. Savannah broke the game open with a three-run fourth. With two outs and the bases loaded, Brandon Nimmo triple into the right-center gap. Nimmo finished the series 4-for-7 with four RBIs. Pina, who was 2-for-3, reached base three times for the second straight game from the leadoff spot. In the seventh, De La Cruz’s triple to left-center scored Pina for a 5-0 lead. Four of the Gnats’ seven hits Friday went for extra-bases, including three triples. The Gnats will begin the South Atlantic League Championship Series at the home of the Northern Division champ -- West Virginia or Hagerstown -- on Monday. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 9.2.13: Harang debuts with Vegas

September, 2, 2013
TUCSON 5, LAS VEGAS 4: The 51s (81-63) completed the regular season with the second-best record in the 16-team Pacific Coast League, only a game behind Oklahoma City. In the regular-season finale, Tucson rallied for two runs in the ninth against Cory Wade (0-3), who suffered the blown save. Pitching in relief in his organization debut, Aaron Harang allowed a two-run homer to Cody Decker but no other damage in four innings. Harang surrendered seven hits and one walk while striking out five. Las Vegas will open the PCL Conference Championship Series in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 8, BINGHAMTON 1: Despite the loss, the B-Mets finished the regular season with a franchise-record 86 wins. They will take on Trenton on Wednesday in the first round of the Eastern League postseason. The Fisher Cats scored the game's opening run against Mark Cohoon (9-5) in the third. After Lance Zawadzki singled, Jonathan Jones plated him with a two-out hit. New Hampshire added to its lead in the fourth with another two-out RBI single. Ryan Schimpf delivered the run-producing knock to give the Fisher Cats a 2-0 lead. Cohoon’s day ended after five innings. In the sixth, Armando Rodriguez surrendered two runs. Kevin Nolan hit an RBI single into right field and Schimpf followed with a sacrifice fly. Long Island native Marcus Stroman baffled Binghamton's hitters. He did not allow a baserunner until the fifth, and only allowed two base hits over eight innings. The only time Binghamton got on the scoreboard against the righty came in the sixth. Richard Lucas led off with a double and scored two batters later on Alonzo Harris' sacrifice fly. In a 4-1 game, New Hampshire added insurance against Ryan Fraser in the seventh. Andy Burns delivered an RBI single. Nolan brought home two more on a single. Hamilton Bennett tossed a perfect eighth. Chasen Bradford gave up one unearned run in the ninth. The B-Mets (86-55) begin postseason play at Trenton on Wednesday. Binghamton will send right-hander Noah Syndergaard to the mound opposite Bryan Mitchell. Binghamton has not played in the postseason since 2004. The B-Mets have been held to three hits or fewer in three of their past seven games. Box

GREENVILLE 1, SAVANNAH 0: The first-half-champion Gnats open the Southern Division playoffs on Wednesday at Augusta against the second-half-champion GreenJackets. In the regular-season finale, Greenville (29-40/51-87) scored the game’s lone run in the second inning. With one out, Savannah starter Marco Camarena plunked Keaton Briscoe. He advanced to third on Boss Moanaroa’s single. Leonel Escobar then grounded out to first. Brian Harrison stepped on the bag, but could not throw to second in time to nab Moanaroa for a double play, allowing Briscoe to score. Camarena finished six innings with six strikeouts. Greenville starter Sergio Gomez threw six scoreless innings to earn his first South Atlantic League win. The Gnats (34-35/77-61) went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. All three Savannah hits were singles. The upcoming playoff series shifts to Savannah for Game 2 on Friday. Game 3, if necessary, in the best-of-three first round will be Saturday. Box

GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 2: A winner-take-all Game 3 will be played Wednesday to determine the Appy League divisional pennant. Greeneville grabbed a 4-0 lead in the third against K-Mets starter Carlos Gomez. Yeixon Ruiz homered in the fifth and Jeyckol De Leon homered in the sixth to pull the K-Mets within 5-2, but they got no closer. Box

TRI-CITY 3, BROOKLYN 1: The Cyclones (37-36) lost their fourth straight and were eliminated from postseason contention. Brooklyn had taken a 1-0 lead in the second. Singles from Jared King and Alex Sanchez started the rally, and Juan Gamboa’s two-out single plated King. But Tri-City right fielder Ronnie Mitchell gunned down Sanchez at the plate for the final out of the inning. Brooklyn starter Dawrin Frias cruised through three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth. Consecutive singles from Tyler White and Conrad Gregor put runners on the corners with nobody out. Mitchell produced a game-tying sacrifice fly. That score held until the eighth. Cyclones reliever Cristian Chivilli instantly found himself in trouble. A leadoff single from Ryan Dineen, a wild pitch and a booming double from White broke the 1-all tie. Mitchell’s second sac fly of the game pushed the ValleyCats' advantage to 3-1. The Cyclones close the regular season with two more games at Bruno Stadium against the ValleyCats. Box

Compiled from team reports

Morning Briefing: Ike's September mourn

September, 1, 2013

FIRST PITCH: Ike Davis’ season almost assuredly is over. Now the question becomes: Is his career with the Mets done, too?

Al Bello/Getty ImagesIke Davis is likely done for the season ... and possibly his Mets career.

Davis strained his right oblique muscle on a third-inning sacrifice fly Saturday night. Because Davis is making $3.125 million and is eligible for arbitration, his salary is likely to drift modestly upward, even with unsatisfactory production.

So Sandy Alderson will have to decide whether to bring Davis back in 2014 at a potential $3.5 million to $4 million salary, attempt to trade him early in the offseason, or cut the first baseman loose at the December non-tender deadline.

You may recall the Mets dumped Mike Pelfrey at the non-tender deadline last December because they did not want to pay the arbitration-eligible pitcher anywhere near the $5.7 million he earned in 2012.

Some factors to consider when trying to forecast the Mets’ ultimate decision: So much money is coming off the books, it might be palatable to carry Davis’ salary rather than non-tender him if no trade materializes. And can the Mets do better anyway?

In Davis’ absence, Lucas Duda and Josh Satin will share first base for now.

Tonight, the Mets go for a sweep Sunday at Nationals Park, in an 8:05 game televised by ESPN. Jonathon Niese (6-6, 3.69 ERA) opposes Washington right-hander Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 2.58).

Sunday’s news reports:

• Read more on Davis in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and

• Las Vegas clinched its Pacific Coast League division title and a playoff berth. The 51s will open their first-round series at Salt Lake on Wednesday. Las Vegas joins Mets affiliates Binghamton, Savannah and Kingsport as having secured postseason appearances. Brooklyn lost to Aberdeen, 7-0, to drop a half-game out of first place in its New York-Penn League division with four games remaining. Stefan Sabol drove in five runs in a doubleheader as Savannah swept Greeneville on Saturday. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Right-hander Vic Black, left-hander Tim Byrdak and corner infielder Zach Lutz are expected to join the Mets today as rosters expand. Lutz’s call-up stems from Davis’ injury. Robert Carson swaps lefty relief spots with Byrdak and heads to Vegas. Black was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the trade for Marlon Byrd and John Buck. The Mets also added ex-Yankees right-hander Cory Wade and assigned him to the Triple-A club.

Zack Wheeler took a scoreless effort into the sixth and the Mets produced a six-run third inning en route to a season-high 17 hits and an 11-3 win against Washington on Saturday night. Matt den Dekker produced his first major league hit and RBI. Juan Lagares produced his NL-leading 12th outfield assist, tying Tsuyoshi Shinjo’s franchise rookie record. Terry Collins did advise Wheeler to stay a little quieter with his candor about his fatigue at this stage of the season.

Read game recaps in the Daily News, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger and

• Mike Puma in the Post reviews the Mets’ month of August.

BIRTHDAYS: Left-hander David West turns 49.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you think Ike Davis will be a Met in 2014? Should he be?

Minors 8.31.13: Vegas clinches playoff berth

September, 1, 2013
LAS VEGAS 8, TUCSON 6: The 51s clinched a postseason berth even before they completed their game, with Sacramento losing to Tacoma. The Mets have a their Triple-A affiliate in the playoffs for the first time since 2007, with New Orleans. The 51s open their best-of-five first-round series at Salt Lake on Wednesday. Jamie Hoffmann and Dustin Lawley drove in two runs apiece. Cory Wade allowed a run but earned the save in his debut with the organization. Ruben Tejada homered for the second time in three days. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE at BINGHAMTON: The game was canceled due to unplayable field conditions and will not be made up. The B-Mets have two regular-season games remaining before the Eastern League playoffs begin Wednesday. Noah Syndergaard is due to start Game 1. Box

JUPITER at ST. LUCIE (canceled): St. Lucie completes is season Sunday. Box

SAVANNAH 6, GREENVILLE 4: The playoff-bounced Gnats swept a doubleheader for the

second straight day. In Game 1, Stefan Sabol had a two-run double in a three-run first. Sabol finished the doubleheader 3-for-6. He drove in five runs while smacking two doubles and a triple. Right-hander Luis Cessa (8-4) navigated all seven innings of the opener to earn his first complete game of the season. Cessa struck out seven. Right-hander Jake Kuebler did his best to match Cessa, allowing two earned runs in five innings in Game 2. Kuebler has now allowed five earned runs over his last five games. Beck Wheeler closed the door for the Gnats, earning his 19th save since taking over the closer role for the second half of the season. Newly acquired Dilson Herrera drove in two runs in Game 2. He is now hitting .385 over his first five games as a member of the Mets organization. Box 1, Box 2


ABERDEEN 7, BROOKLYN 0: Aberdeen took a half-lead lead over Brooklyn for first place in the division and a playoff berth. The teams meet for the final time Sunday at MCU Park. Brooklyn has four regular-season games remaining. IronBirds third baseman Tanner Rust, who entered the game with only two extra-base hits in 92 at-bats, sent the first pitch he saw in the second into the right-field bleachers to give Aberdeen a 1-0 lead. That was the only damage Brooklyn starter Akeel Morris allowed, but the Cyclones were blanked. Morris struck out seven and surrendered three hits in five innings. For the season, Morris has allowed one earned run in 35 innings at MCU Park. With Morris out of the game in the sixth, the IronBirds expanded their lead. Reliever Kevin McGowan was charged with four runs in three innings. In the ninth, the Cyclones mounted their first threat, loading the bases with two outs, but Matt Oberste struck out looking. Box

Compiled from team reports

Mets sign ex-Yankee Cory Wade

August, 31, 2013

Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY SportsCory Wade has joined Triple-A Las Vegas.

WASHINGTON -- Thin in relief help at Triple-A Las Vegas, the Mets have signed ex-Yankee Cory Wade.

Wade, 30, went a combined 4-3 with a 3.56 ERA in 40 appearances (five starts) in Triple-A for the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays affiliates this season. In 65 2/3 innings, he allowed 69 hits and 21 walks while striking out 49.

The right-hander made a combined 79 relief appearances with the Yankees in 2011 and '12, producing a 4.23 ERA. He also has 82 career appearances with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Wade joined the 51s on Saturday.

Chris Cotillo at first spotted Wade's addition.



Daniel Murphy
.289 9 57 79
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187