New York Mets: Huston Street

Morning Briefing: Still rolling

July, 19, 2014
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SAN DIEGO

FIRST PITCH: The Mets did not cool off during the break.

Now winners of nine of their past 11, they have climbed to four games under .500.

They try to keep the momentum going Saturday, with Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56 ERA) opposing right-hander Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85) at 8:40 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s news reports:

Travis d'Arnaud continued his solid production since returning from Las Vegas. Playing at the site of his major league debut last August, the rookie catcher finished 3-for-5 and drove in the tiebreaking run against Joaquin Benoit in the ninth as the Mets beat the Padres, 5-4, Friday at Petco Park. The Mets gained a game on the Washington Nationals, but remained seven games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Sandy Alderson said pregame that not much had transpired so far in terms of trade conversations with other teams. The GM also indicated that he did not intend to rent a player who would be a free agent at season’s end. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Record and Newsday.

Jenrry Mejia pulled a Mark Messier and guaranteed to SNY the Mets are making the playoffs … or something like that.

“We’re gonna make it because we believe in ourselves,” Mejia told the network, via the Post. “We’ll be ready, and we’re gonna make the playoffs. We’re gonna be there.”

• Daisuke Matsuaka is headed to the bullpen, although the Mets do not intend to use him there Saturday or Sunday. They first want to be 100 percent sure Jonathon Niese will be able to come off the disabled list on Monday to face the Seattle Mariners. Niese threw a bullpen session Friday at Petco Park and pronounced himself ready for that assignment in Seattle. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Newsday, Record and Daily News.

• Top prospect Noah Syndergaard returned from a save in the All-Star Game and proceeded to allow seven runs in five innings on Thursday for Las Vegas at Salt Lake. Syndergaard now has a 5.74 ERA in 17 Pacific Coast League starts.

He told Jared Diamond in the Journal that most of his issues have been mental, including paying too much attention to the Super 2 deadline. "I was thinking about that almost constantly," Syndergaard said.

Pitch selection, and an overreliance on fastballs, also has been an issue. "I've had a hard time knowing what to throw in certain situations," said Syndergaard, whose fastball comfortably hit 98 mph Thursday.

• Jay Schreiber in the Times notes that the last time the Mets finished with a winning record and the Yankees with a losing record was back in 1990. Could it happen again?

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger lists six surprising stats for the Mets, including Ruben Tejada possessing the third-highest OBP among major league shortstops and the Mets leading the NL in home runs since June 17.

• Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer and Cory Mazzoni earned the win in his Triple-A debut as Las Vegas held on against Salt Lake, 7-6. Robert Gsellman had a 10-strikeout game on his 21st birthday as Savannah beat Lexington, 5-1. Taylor Teagarden’s rehab assignment shifted to St. Lucie, which lost to Brevard County, 4-3. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini was pulled from that game for an apparent disciplinary reason. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• First-round pick Michael Conforto is due to make his professional debut Saturday for the Cyclones as the designated hitter. Brooklyn hosts Williamsport at 6 p.m.

• Closer Huston Street was traded by the Padres to the Los Angeles Angels. Read more in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

• Benjamin Hoffman in the Times writes that San Diego may end up with the worst offense in major league history.

Dan Uggla was released by the Braves despite $18 million remaining on his contract through 2015. Read more in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

• Nick Forrester in the Daily News profiles Cyclones GM Steve Cohen.

From the bloggers …Faith and Fear made it through the All-Star break, but just barely.

BIRTHDAYS: Rick Ankiel turns 35. ... Preston Wilson is 40. ... David Segui turns 48.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Will the Mets finish with a better record than the Yankees?

Travis shines in return to debut locale

July, 19, 2014
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SAN DIEGO -- Travis d'Arnaud made his major league debut at San Diego’s Petco Park on Aug. 17, 2013. His return to the stadium arguably will be as memorable.

D’Arnaud went 3-for-5 with a tiebreaking, opposite-field RBI single with two outs in the top of the ninth after an intentional walk to Lucas Duda as the Mets beat the Padres 5-4 Friday night.

D’Arnaud is hitting .318 with three homers and 11 RBIs and has reached base safely in 16 of 17 games since returning from Triple-A.

“That was my first thought all day today,” d’Arnaud said about returning to the site of his major league debut. “I’m very fortunate to still be getting an opportunity.”

Said Terry Collins: “He’s made some adjustments at the plate. His confidence is soaring. He’s seeing the ball really good. He feels great. There’s a lot of things going on, and that’s why he’s hitting where he’s hitting.”

Tummy whammy: Bartolo Colon had a one-hit shutout through four innings but stumbled in a four-run fifth and departed. Colon had been battling a stomach ailment.

“I’ve just lately been feeling sick, like my stomach and headaches,” Colon said through an interpreter.

Done deal: The Padres announced postgame that they had sent closer Huston Street and right-hander Trevor Gott to the Los Angeles Angels for infielders Taylor Lindsey and Jose Rondon and right-handers R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris.

Rapid Reaction: Mets 5, Padres 4

July, 19, 2014
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SAN DIEGO -- Travis d'Arnaud came back from Vegas with a cleared head and better plate coverage. The results speak for themselves.

D’Arnaud delivered a tiebreaking, two-out, full-count RBI single in the top of the ninth against Joaquin Benoit and the Mets returned from the All-Star break with a 5-4 win against the San Diego Padres on Friday at Petco Park.

D’Arnaud, who had three hits in the second-half opener, is now hitting .318 (21-for-66) since his return from Triple-A.

The Mets (46-50) avoided squandering a 4-0 lead. They have now won a season-high-matching four straight games. They also have won nine of 11.

They remained seven games behind the victorious Atlanta Braves in the division standings. The Mets last were this close to .500 on June 5.

Four-lorned: After limiting the Padres to one hit through four scoreless innings, Bartolo Colon allowed four fifth-inning runs. Chase Headley's two-out, full-count single plated two runners and evened the score at 4.

Colon departed for a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth with his pitch count at 86. He has allowed 17 earned runs in 26 innings over his past four starts. It marked his shortest outing since May 1 at Colorado.

The Padres, who have MLB’s most anemic offense, had been scoreless for 25 innings before the fifth-inning outburst.

The Mets had raced to a lead against Padres starter Ian Kennedy with a three-run first inning. D'Arnaud had a two-out RBI single. Juan Lagares followed with a two-run single. Kirk Nieuwenhuis added an RBI groundout in the third.

Outta here: The Padres traded closer Huston Street and a Double-A pitcher to the Los Angeles Angels during the game for Taylor Lindsey, Jose Rondon, R.J. Alvarez and another minor leaguer, ESPN’s Jim Bowden reported. The deal was not to be announced until after the game’s completion. Street had represented San Diego in the All-Star Game. He had converted 24 of 25 save chances during the first half.

Street likely would have been pitching the top of the ninth instead of Benoit had the deal not be agreed upon.

In a pinch: After a two-out double by Ruben Tejada in the eighth, Bobby Abreu grounded out as a pinch hitter. Abreu is hitless in his last 18 at-bats as a pinch hitter and is 2-for-27 on the season in that role.

What’s next: Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56 ERA) opposes right-hander Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85) at 8:40 p.m. ET Saturday.

Street outta here before Mets series?

July, 18, 2014
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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Padres closer Huston Street may not be pitching against the Mets this weekend.

The Los Angeles Angels are close to acquiring Street, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden via Twitter.

Street just represented San Diego in the All-Star Game, although he did not appear in the game.

Series preview: Mets at Padres

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USA TODAY SportsThe Mets open the second half facing Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross and Odrisamer Despaigne in San Diego.
METS (45-50, third place/NL East) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (41-54, third place/NL West)

Friday: RHP Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.99) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47), 10:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Dillon Gee (4-1, 2.56) vs. RHP Tyson Ross (7-10, 2.85), 8:40 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Zack Wheeler (5-8, 3.90) vs. RHP Odrisamer Despaigne (2-1, 1.35), 4:10 p.m. ET

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• The Padres fired GM Josh Byrnes on June 22 and are currently being led by Omar Minaya, A.J. Hinch and Fred Uhlman Jr. in an interim capacity. The reported list of interviewees who remain under consideration to succeed Byrnes include former Marlins GM Larry Beinfest, Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen, Diamondbacks director of scouting Ray Montgomery, MLB senior VP Kim Ng, Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller and Padres assistant GM Josh Stein.

• Padres legend Tony Gwynn died June 16. The team’s uniforms now include a patch featuring a No. 19 inside the logo of a home plate, which is being worn over the players’ hearts. The team already had a patch recognizing Hall of Fame broadcaster Jerry Coleman, who died Jan. 5 at age 89.

• Although neither pitched, right-hander Tyson Ross and closer Huston Street represented the Padres at Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Street actually was selected late to replace Ross, who started San Diego’s first-half finale and was ineligible.

Ross, 27, became the first Padres starting pitcher selected to the team since Jake Peavy in 2007. In his final five starts of the first half, Ross posted a 1.75 ERA and opponents had only a .229 OBP against him. He nonetheless went 1-4 during that stretch. Since June 6, the Padres have scored a total of eight runs in his eight starts.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, Ross has induced an MLB-high 164 swings and misses with his slider this season. He throws the pitch 39.4 percent of the time, also the most in the majors among qualified pitchers.


Lenny Ignelzi/Associated PressSeth Smith signed a two-year, $13 million contract extension.


• The Padres rank last in the majors in runs (279), average (.214), OBP (.273) and slugging percentage (.334). They lost consecutive 1-0 games to the Los Angeles Dodgers to close the first half. San Diego’s pitching has been stellar, though. In 24 games since June 18, the staff has produced a 2.08 ERA.

• San Diego signed outfielder Seth Smith to a two-year, $13 million extension that includes a $7 million team option for 2017. He otherwise would have been eligible for free agency this offseason and would have been traded this month. Smith, 31, was acquired from the Oakland Athletics in December for reliever Luke Gregerson. He is hitting .283 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs and has a .387 OBP this season.

• Third baseman Chase Headley, who is eligible for free agency this winter, should be on the move by the end of the month. The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly are among the teams interested. Headley is earning $10.5 million in 2014. Although he is hitting only .226 for the season, the 30-year-old Headley does have a .327 average with one homer and six RBIs in 12 starts in July. Headley told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the production uptick coincides with a grip adjustment with his bat in which the fingers overlap. Headley used that grip for most of his career before abandoning it. “It’s just an overlap,” he told the newspaper. “Not a golf grip, but similar.”

• Left fielder Carlos Quentin is hitting .145 (8-for-55) with one homer since June 17.

Ian Kennedy has 133 strikeouts, trailing only Washington’s Stephen Strasburg (149) and Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (141) in the National League. Kennedy’s strikeout total was the second-most in franchise history before the All-Star break. Andy Benes had 138 strikeouts in the first half in 1994. The Los Angeles Angels reportedly are interested in acquiring Kennedy, who is under San Diego’s control for another season.

• Second baseman Jedd Gyorko (plantar fasciitis) and shortstop Everth Cabrera (hamstring) closed the first half on the disabled list.

• Cuban defector Odrisamer Despaigne, 27, has a 1.35 ERA in four starts since making his major league debut on June 23. His fastball averages 90.7 mph and cutter averages 87.1 mph. He defected in June 2013 at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris while the Cuban team was en route to a tournament in the Netherlands. He received a $1 million bonus to sign with the Padres on May 2.

Series preview: Mets at Padres

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Getty ImagesThe Mets face (l to r) Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy and Edinson Volquez during the opening three games of a series at Petco Park.
METS (54-64, third place/NL East) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (54-66, fourth place/NL West)

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.63) vs. RHP Tyson Ross (3-5, 2.75), 10:10 p.m. ET

Friday: LHP Jonathon Niese (4-6, 4.45) vs. RHP Ian Kennedy (4-8, 4.97), 10:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jenrry Mejia (1-2, 2.22) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (8-10, 5.80), 8:40 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Matt Harvey (9-4, 2.23) vs. LHP Eric Stults (8-10, 3.68), 4:10 p.m. ET

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• Outfielder Will Venable has a career-high 11-game hitting streak.

• Third baseman Chase Headley is hitless in his last 13 at-bats.


Justin Edmonds/Getty ImagesEx-Met Ronny Cedeno has replaced suspended Everth Cabrera at shortstop.


• Closer Huston Street has converted eight straight save chances and has made 12 straight scoreless appearances. He is 46 for 48 in save chances as a Padre since joining the club for the beginning of the 2012 season. That is the best save percentage in the majors during that span.

Edinson Volquez’s 5.80 ERA is the highest in the NL among qualified starters, but he remains in the rotation. The Cubs’ Edwin Jackson is second-worst at 5.05. Volquez is a candidate to be designated for assignment in the not-to-distant future without an upturn in performance.

• The Diamondbacks dealt underachieving right-hander Ian Kennedy to the Padres at the trade deadline for situational left-hander Joe Thatcher, potential future closer Matt Stites and a draft pick. Kennedy, a 21-game winner two years ago, was 3-8 with a 5.23 ERA in 21 starts for Arizona this season. With San Diego, he blanked the Cincinnati Reds for seven innings in his last outing before surrendering a two-run homer to Xavier Paul in the eighth.

• Ex-Met Ronny Cedeno joined the organization on a minor league deal on Aug. 2, a week after being released by the Houston Astros. He had been in spring training with the St. Louis Cardinals. Cedeno made his Padres debut Aug. 7 and has started the past two games at shortstop. He is sharing the role with Logan Forsythe. The Padres lost Everth Cabrera to a 50-game Biogenesis-related suspension.

• Left fielder Carlos Quentin is eligible to return from the DL for the series opener against the Mets, but is experiencing continued knee soreness and will remain inactive through the weekend. Fellow outfielder Cameron Maybin also had a knee flare-up, during a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson, and remains on the DL. Maybin may be lost for the season.

John Buck is not the only catcher potentially departing on paternity leave this weekend. Padres catcher Nick Hundley’s wife is due -- overdue, actually -- as well. Hundley’s wife had been due Sunday. Yasmani Grandal is on the DL with a right knee sprain. Rene Rivera is the current backup. Rivera played for Triple-A Buffalo as a Mets farmhand in 2009.

• Rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko has struggled since returning July 12 from a right groin strain that cost him 30 games. Although he is hitting only .165 since his activation from the DL, he did homer twice during this past series at Colorado.

• Right-hander Tyson Ross, who was acquired from the Oakland Athletics in November, is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA in four starts since reentering the rotation from the bullpen. Opponents are hitting .135 against him during that span.

Rapid Reaction: Padres 2, Mets 1

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WHAT IT MEANS: Dillon Gee limited the Padres to one run in 6 1/3 innings and Justin Turner contributed three hits, but the Mets were held in check by left-hander Eric Stults and five relievers. After the Mets posted 19 runs in the first two games, San Diego avoided the sweep with a 2-1 victory Thursday afternoon at Citi Field.

John Buck produced the lone run with a homer against Huston Street to open the bottom of the ninth.

GEE SHARP: Gee held the Padres hitless until Mark Kotsay dropped a one-out single over retreating Ruben Tejada and into shallow left field in the fourth. Kotsay eventually scored the game’s opening run on a double by rookie Jedd Gyorko.

Gee’s final line: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. He also hit one batter. Gee threw 93 pitches (50 strikes).

Mets starters Jonathon Niese, Matt Harvey and Gee combined to limit San Diego to three earned runs in 20 innings in the series, good for a 1.35 ERA.

TURNER CLASSIC: Turner, in his first action this season in place of Daniel Murphy at second base, produced three of the Mets’ five hits.

Batting with two runners aboard and two outs in the seventh, however, Turner (3-for-4) hit a comebacker to reliever Luke Gregerson as the Mets’ opportunity to pull even at 1 stalled.

Earlier in the game, Turner twice was stranded in scoring position.

Ike Davis grounded into an inning-ending double play to leave Turner at second base in the third inning against Stults. Then, after Turner singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch with one out in the sixth, Marlon Byrd struck out against right-hander Brad Brach and Lucas Duda struck out looking against left-hander Joe Thatcher.

Duda was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts before being replaced on a double-switch in the top of the seventh. He was replaced in the latter innings of all three games in the series.

The Mets’ Nos. 3-6 hitters -- David Wright, Davis, Byrd and Duda -- combined to strike out 10 times. Make it 11 times, actually, if you count Murphy striking out in the eighth against Gregerson in the slot originally occupied by Duda.

The Mets went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, after going a combined 10-for-19 in those situations in the opening two games.

FAMILIA AFFAIR: Jeurys Familia -- a logical candidate to be demoted Sunday, when the Mets activate Aaron Laffey for the start originally intended for Shaun Marcum -- surrendered an eighth-inning run as San Diego grabbed a 2-0 lead. Familia issued a leadoff walk and surrendered a single before a wild pitch resulted in a run. Josh Edgin took over after Familia recorded one out.

BUCK SHOT: Buck now has two homers. Mets catchers produced five long balls all of last season.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets play host to the Miami Marlins, who enter Thursday night’s series finale in D.C. still without having scored a run this season. Jeremy Hefner makes his season debut Friday night against right-hander Alex Sanabia.

Series preview: Mets vs. Padres

March, 31, 2013
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The Mets face (l to r) Edinson Volquez, Clayton Richard and Eric Stults during the season-opening series.
METS (74-88, fourth place/NL East) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (76-86, fourth place/NL West)

Monday: LHP Jonathon Niese (13-9, 3.40) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (11-11, 4.14), 1:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Matt Harvey (3-5, 2.73) vs. LHP Clayton Richard (14-14, 3.99), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Dillon Gee (6-7, 4.10) vs. LHP Eric Stults (8-3, 2.92), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Chase Headley, who finished fifth in NL MVP balloting last season and won the NL’s Gold Glove at third base, will open the season on the DL with a fractured tip of his left thumb. Logan Forsythe, who was due to fill in, is dealing with plantar fasciitis. So Cody Ransom is the Opening Day starter.

Ransom, 37, signed a minor league contract with San Diego in December. He hit a combined .220 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs in 246 at-bats with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers last season. In 2008, Ransom became the first player in Yankees history to homer in his first two plate appearances with the club.


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Jedd Gyorko, who had 30 homers in the minors last season, makes his major league debut against the Mets.


• Volquez will make his third straight Opening Day start, which includes 2011 with the Cincinnati Reds. Volquez made three World Baseball Classic appearances for the victorious Dominican Republic, including notching the win against the Netherlands in the semifinals. He walked six in his final Cactus League start, but nonetheless limited the Cincinnati Reds to one run and two hits in five-plus innings.

• Rookie Jedd Gyorko, a second-round pick in 2010 from West Virginia University, will make his major league debut on Opening Day. He hit a combined .311 with 30 homers and 100 RBIs in 2012 between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson. The righty-hitting Gyorko will move to third base in place of Ransom, and lefty-hitting Alexi Amarista should start at second base, Wednesday against Harvey. The diminutive Amarista has picked up the nickname "Little Ninja."

Carlos Quentin, who had two surgeries on his right knee last year, missed more than two weeks of spring training because of soreness but returned to Cactus League action Tuesday. He is poised to start in left field.

• After dropping a season-worst 22 games under .500 on June 29, the Padres produced a 48-36 record to close last season.

• First baseman Yonder Alonso set a Padres rookie record with 39 doubles last season, passing Benito Santiago’s former mark (33 in 1987).

• Shortstop Everth Cabrera became the first Padre to lead the NL in steals when he produced 44 in 2012. He was 59 for 63 in steal attempts between Triple-A and the majors. His 24 straight successful steals in the majors set a franchise record to start a season. Cabrera is the reigning Nicaraguan Pro Sports Athlete of the Year.

• The Mets reportedly turned down a swap of Daniel Murphy for right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson last year.

• Right fielder Chris Denorfia twice has represented Italy in the World Baseball Classic. He hit .381 in five games in this month’s tournament for Mike Piazza’s squad.

• Center fielder Cameron Maybin hit .198 in his first 71 games and .286 over his final 76 games last season.

• Richard logged 218 2/3 innings last season, which ranked fourth in the NL. He also allowed an NL-high 31 homers.

• Closer Huston Street converted 23 of 24 save chances last season (95.8 percent). The only better conversion percentages in franchise history: Rod Beck (100 percent, 2003) and Trevor Hoffman (98.1 percent, 1998). Street signed a two-year, $14 million extension last July that includes a $7 million team option for 2015.

• A waiver claim last May from the Chicago White Sox, Stults went 7-1 with a 2.79 ERA in his final 10 starts last season.

• San Diego’s projected Opening Day lineup:

Denorfia, rf
Cabrera, ss
Quentin, lf
Alonso, 1b
Gyorko, 2b
Nick Hundley, c
Ransom, 3b
Maybin, cf
Volquez, rhp

Toxicology report -- bad MLB contracts

September, 25, 2012
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Vernon Wells, Juan Uribe and Chone Figgins (l to r) are among the bloated contracts around Major League Baseball.
The Mets’ first task this offseason regarding Jason Bay, and for that matter Johan Santana, likely should be to see if any team has trade interest. A swap appears unlikely, though, even discounting the no-trade clause each possesses.

After all, Bay is hitting .155 with eight homers in 187 at-bats. And he is owed $19 million next season including a 2014 buyout, making it a toxic contract.

Similarly, Santana -- despite the June 1 no-hitter -- finishes the season on the DL after allowing six-plus runs in each of his final five starts. Santana is owed $31 million next season including a ’14 buyout.

Still, if the Mets were to find another team with toxic contracts to swap, who is logical? With the help of reporters around baseball, here’s a look …

THEY’VE GOT POTENTIAL

Angels: “Oh, you've come to the right place,” our friend who covers the Angels says. “The Angels have the deadest of dead weight -- Vernon Wells. The Angels are paying Wells $21 million this year to be their fourth outfielder. They owe him $21 million more in 2013 and again in 2014.”

Blue Jays: Left fielder/first baseman Adam Lind (.240, 10 HR, 40 RBIs) is owed $5 million in 2013. With buyouts of option years, the minimum owed is $7 million. “He cleared waivers at one point this season and the Blue Jays would love to get rid of his contract -- even though it's unlikely that can happen,” a team observer said.

Braves: Second baseman Dan Uggla (.215, 19 HR, 73 RBIs) is owed $39 million over the next three seasons.

Cubs: Alfonso Soriano ($18 million apiece in 2013 and ’14) and Carlos Marmol ($9.8 million next season) are the remaining sizable contracts.

Dodgers: The Dodgers inherited Carl Crawford ($102.5 million through 2017) and Josh Beckett ($31.5 million through 2014) while acquiring Adrian Gonzalez, but both should contribute. The least-productive contract: Juan Uribe, who finally pinch hit Sunday after going unused for nearly a month. Uribe, with one year remaining, is still owed $8 million.

Mariners: Left fielder Chone Figgins (.183, 2 HR, 11 RBIs) is owed $8 million next season. Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez (.258, 4 HR, 14 RBIs) is owed $7.5 million in 2013 with a buyout of the following season. Says one observer: “Gutierrez has been hurt or sick for most of his deal and might produce if ever healthy. Figgins is literally dead weight.” Bay does live in the offseason in Seattle. And the combined $15.5 million owed to those two are close to Bay's $19 million.

Marlins: Heath Bell has two years, $18 million guaranteed remaining. He also has a $9 million option for 2015 based on games finished -- 55 the previous season or 100 combined in 2013 and '14. (The Mets have been down that route before.)

Pirates: Clint Barmes is signed for 2013 at $5.5 million. He's hitting .228/.266/.325 with eight homers.

Red Sox: John Lackey (12-12, 6.41 ERA) has two years left for a combined $30.5 million, with a 2015 club option at the major league minimum because of a preexisting elbow injury.

Twins: Nick Blackburn (4-9, 7.39 ERA) and middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka -- both relegated to the minors -- are under contract for 2013 and “practically sunken cost.” Blackburn is owed $5.5 million. Nishioka is owed $3.25 million including a 2014 buyout. The Twins likely would never trade Joe Mauer, despite him being owed $23 million annually through 2018.

Yankees: Alex Rodriguez to Flushing? Don't hold your breath. Still, A-Rod is owed $114 million over the next five seasons. Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia could emerge as bad contracts, with $90 million over four seasons and $119 million over five seasons owed, respectively.

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Rapid Reaction: Padres 3, Mets 1

August, 4, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: Josh Thole was unable to hold a one-hop throw from Ronny Cedeño during a plate collision with Carlos Quentin and the tiebreaking run scored in the seventh inning. The Padres went on to hand R.A. Dickey a tough-luck 3-1 defeat Friday night at Petco Park. It was only the knuckleballer’s third loss in 17 decisions this season.

Dickey -- who held the Padres hitless until Yonder Alonso’s one-out single in the fifth -- surrendered a one-out single to Quentin in the seventh. Alonso followed with a double to right-center that narrowly eluded diving Scott Hairston.

Quentin attempted to score all the way from first base, and appeared poised to be out by several steps after Thole received the relay throw from Cedeño. But Quentin went in hard and dislodged the baseball from Thole. Alonso, who had taken third base on the throw to the plate, scored on John Baker’s ensuing line single to left field.

Thole had suffered a concussion -- likely his fourth as a professional ballplayer -- in Philly on May 7 in a plate collision with Ty Wigginton.

He was charged with an error for failing to hold the baseball Friday.

Dickey departed for pinch hitter Justin Turner with the Mets trailing by two runs the following half-inning. The knuckleballer’s line: 7 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 9 K.

Turner and Ruben Tejada had back-to-back singles to open the eighth, but Luke Gregerson struck out Andres Torres and David Wright. Closer Huston Street then entered and retired pinch hitter Jordany Valdespin on a groundout to second base.

WHAT’S NEXT: Ex-Padres farmhand Jeremy Hefner (1-4, 5.52 ERA), who was claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh and then by the Mets during the offseason, opposes right-hander Edinson Volquez (7-7, 3.51) at 8:35 p.m. ET Saturday.

Series preview: Mets at Padres

August, 3, 2012
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The Mets face (l to r) Clayton Richard, Edinson Volquez and Jason Marquis this weekend.
METS (52-54, third place/NL East) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (44-63, fourth place/NL West)

Friday: RHP R.A. Dickey (14-2, 2.83) vs. LHP Clayton Richard (7-11, 4.14), 10:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (1-4, 5.52) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (7-7, 3.51), 8:35 p.m. ET

Sunday: LHP Matt Harvey (1-1, 1.59) vs. RHP Jason Marquis (4-6, 4.08), 4:05 p.m. ET

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• Left fielder Carlos Quentin and closer Huston Street signed extensions one week apart before the trading deadline. Street, San Diego’s All-Star representative, agreed to a two-year, $14 million extension, along with a $7 million team option for 2015. Quentin signed a three-year, $27 million deal that includes a no-trade clause.

Quentin made his season debut May 28, immediately after the Citi Field series against the Mets. He had missed the first 49 games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Quentin was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Dec. 31.


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Closer Huston Street signed a two-year contract extension.


Street was acquired from the Colorado Rockies in a Dec. 7 trade. He has made 17 straight scoreless appearances. Opposing batters are hitting .060 (3-for-47) with three walks and 21 strikeouts during that 16-inning stretch. Street is 17-for-17 in save conversions this season.

• Despite significant trade rumblings, third baseman Chase Headley went untraded as Tuesday’s deadline passed. Headley already has established a career high with 13 homers.

Jason Marquis signed with the Padres on May 29, after producing an 8.47 ERA in seven starts with the Minnesota Twins. Marquis and Kip Wells, who had been out of baseball for the past two seasons (aside from five starts in 2010 with the independent Long Island Ducks), are now in San Diego’s rotation. Tim Stauffer currently is on a rehab assignment. Joe Wieland underwent Tommy John surgery.

• Catcher Yasmani Grandal, who made his major league debut June 2, landed on the DL on Monday with a right oblique strain. Grandal, who arrived with Edinson Volquez in the December trade that sent Mat Latos to Cincinnati, had posted a .315 average, five homers and 15 RBIs in 77 at-bats during his brief major league tenure. John Baker has assumed the primary catching responsibilities. Backup Eddy Rodriguez homered in his first major league plate appearance, Thursday in Cincinnati.

• The Daily News reported the Mets turned down a trade of right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson for Daniel Murphy. Gregerson has tossed 11 2/3 straight scoreless innings.

• Shortstop Everth Cabrera is 18-for-18 in steal attempts. That is the franchise record to open a season, topping 12 successful steal attempts by Enzo Hernandez (to open the 1974 season), Rickey Henderson (1997) and Mike Cameron (2006). Cabrera also is 15-for-15 in the minors this season.

• Center fielder Cameron Maybin’s July 2 homer at Arizona was estimated at 485 feet, the longest in the majors this season.

• The Padres are the lone major league team lacking a no-hitter in franchise history.

Last series results

Mets won, 3-1, at Citi Field, May 24-27 (AP game recaps)

Padres 11, Mets 5: Jesus Guzman hit a two-run double in a four-run third to help the Padres rebound from being swept in a three-game series in St. Louis. Everth Cabrera had a career-high four hits and Eric Stults (1-0) pitched five innings to earn his first win with San Diego. David Wright hit a two-run homer off Matt Palmer in the sixth. Jeremy Hefner was making his first big league start -- against the team that drafted and signed him in 2007. Pitching in the rain from the start, Hefner gave up a hit in two innings and the Mets led 1-0 on an unearned run when the rain picked up and the tarp came out. After a 68-minute rain delay, Hefner promptly gave up a double to Cabrera to restart the game. After Stults grounded out, the Padres scored four times on four straight hits. More

Mets 6, Padres 1: Mike Baxter made the play of the game 12 pitches in. The left fielder turned a potential two-run double into an inning-ending double play with a leaping catch of Jesus Guzman’s drive against the wall. Dillon Gee relaxed after that and struck out a career-high nine. More

Mets 9, Padres 0: Johan Santana's four-hitter was his first shutout since returning from shoulder surgery in 2010. Mike Nickeas hit New York's first grand slam of the season, and Scott Hairston and Vinny Rottino also homered for the Mets. Ike Davis got a pinch-hit double in the eighth, giving him hits in four straight games and an RBI in three straight. More

Mets 2, Padres 0: R.A. Dickey struck out 10 to reach double digits for strikeouts in consecutive games for the first time in his career, and the Mets held the Padres scoreless for the second straight day. Tim Byrdak got two outs to finish the eighth and Frank Francisco pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances. Daniel Murphy had an RBI single and Mike Baxter scored on a passed ball as the Mets took advantage of a wild Edinson Volquez (2-5). More

Mets morning briefing 7.19.12

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WASHINGTON -- David Wright and Jason Bay (yes, Jason Bay) had solo homers in the ninth, but the Mets' comeback fell short in a 4-3 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday night in D.C.

Now, R.A. Dickey (12-1) must top Gio Gonzalez (12-4) in a battle of the NL's wins leaders for the Mets to halt a six-game losing streak and avoid returning to Citi Field with a winless second-half-opening trip to Atlanta and D.C.

Thursday's news reports:

Terry Collins called a pregame team meeting Wednesday to rally his team. The manager suggested it primarily was spurred by Pedro Beato's postgame comments Tuesday, which seemed to question whether Josh Thole could have blocked a game-ending wild pitch. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger and Record.

Miguel Batista, who has been selected to start Saturday's game against the Dodgers at Citi Field over Matt Harvey, offered some bullish comments after Wednesday's loss. After allowing the Nats' final two runs in two-thirds of an inning on the day a starting pitcher normally would throw a bullpen session, Batista suggested the Mets are the best team in the majors. His right leg, which took a glancing blow on a comebacker, is fine, he suggested.

Mike Puma in the Post reported Harvey could debut as soon as next Thursday's road-trip opener at Arizona if Batista is a bust against L.A. Puma suggested one reason the Mets went to Batista first is because he would be the likely roster casualty for Harvey. And, if Harvey struggled, the Mets potentially would have lost Batista and not had a viable fallback.

Chris Young was flawless in a scoreless duel with Jordan Zimmermann until the sixth inning, when Adam LaRoche delivered a two-run homer on a pitch that actually was off the plate. "There's no satisfaction tonight. We lost the game," Young said. "We needed a win, and I didn't get it done. ... I didn't think it was a bad pitch. It wasn't like I missed my spot or left something over the plate that he punished. He hit a decent pitch." The Mets' deficit swelled to three runs once Batista allowed a two-run double to Steve Lombardozzi. Batista had fallen behind in the count, 2-0, and put a ball over the middle of the plate. Read Wednesday's game recaps in the Post, Record, Newsday, Daily News, Times and Journal.

Jeurys Familia limited Toledo to one run and three hits in a career-high eight innings, but Triple-A Buffalo lost in extra innings to the Mud Hens. With St. Lucie, Mike Baxter went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts as the DH in the fourth day of a maximum 20-day rehab assignment. Read Wednesday's full minor league recap here.

• Bay actually went 2-for-4 with the ninth-inning solo homer. Pregame, Collins was explaining why Bay -- and not Jordany Valdespin -- got the start. Valdespin, the would-be hero of Tuesday's game with a three-run pinch-hit homer before things went awry, this time struck out against the same pitcher, Tyler Clippard, for the final out. Read more on Bay in the Daily News.

Jon Rauch had his knees drained before the series opener and was unavailable Tuesday. He returned to game action Wednesday and pitched a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts. Writes Anthony DiComo at MLB.com:

Rauch said he was in "quite a bit of pain" Tuesday due to his knees filling up with fluid, "to the point where I could barely even walk." Around game time, a doctor came to the clubhouse to drain both knees and give Rauch a cortisone injection, which reduced the pain. Because of the procedure, Collins believed that Rauch was unavailable in the 10th inning Tuesday -- even if Rauch disagreed. "I could have pitched," Rauch said. "I could have pitched through pain. It wouldn't have been the first time." Rauch has undergone surgeries to both knees in his career and endured arthritis for years, prompting him to receive an injection of synthetic cartilage on July 8. But he had a bad reaction to the procedure and his knees filled up with fluid, which a doctor drained Tuesday.

• The Mets are aiming for Frank Francisco (oblique) to begin a rehab assignment next Friday, so the closer should miss the upcoming homestand against the Dodgers and Nationals.

• VP Paul DePodesta, who oversees the farm system and draft, spoke about Jenrry Mejia's future role, expectations for Harvey, Zack Wheeler's innings limit and sleeper prospects in the system during a Q&A with ESPNNewYork.com. Read Part I and Part 2.

• Dickey has allowed five runs apiece in three of his past four starts. He tells Tom Pedulla in Newsday: "During the course of the 162-game season, every starter, whether it is Justin Verlander or whoever it may be, has to weather some storms and not overthink things. That's when you get in trouble."

Writes columnist John Harper in the Daily News about the importance of Dickey's outing against the Nats:

Somehow, he has lost the touch, getting smacked around in three of his last four starts to the tune of 15 earned runs. Dickey doesn’t seem to know why the knuckler has flattened out of late, but if he can’t find the feel that made him mostly unhittable for three months, the Mets are dead. If Dickey can’t deliver a win, it will feel like they are dead. Two days ago it was none other than Terry Collins who said this was a crucial series for the Mets, as much for their psyche as what it could mean in the standings. “We need to come out of this series feeling good about ourselves,” Collins said. “Whether that’s one, two, or three wins, we need to come out of it feeling like we’re still competing.” Collins apparently didn’t consider the possibility of zero wins.

Read more in the Times.

• On the trade front:

David Lennon in Newsday reports the Mets have targeted Oakland reliever Grant Balfour.

Sandy Alderson tells Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger: “We’re not interested in doing something just to create the impression that we’re doing something." McCullough reports the Mets have scouted Milwaukee’s Francisco Rodriguez, San Diego’s Huston Street, Kansas City’s Jonathan Broxton and Houston’s Brett Myers.

Writes Brian Costa in the Journal:

According to people familiar with their thinking, the Mets are targeting a closer-type, with three pitchers in particular topping their wish list: Milwaukee's Francisco Rodriguez, Houston's Brett Myers and San Diego's Huston Street. But the Padres are said to "have no plans" to trade Street, their All-Star closer, and are not even listening to offers at this point. And the Brewers just made the former Met Rodriguez their closer, replacing the struggling John Axford, so it's not clear whether he'll be on the market. Myers, the Astros' 31-year-old closer, appears to be the most attainable of the three at the moment. But the high end of the relief market is a slim one. ...

They've talked to the Athletics about Grant Balfour, but their interest in him is described as tepid. And they've talked to the Padres about setup man Luke Gregerson, who entered Wednesday with a 3.32 ERA in 44 appearances. But the Mets balked at San Diego's request for Daniel Murphy in such a deal, according to a person with knowledge of the talks.

Cody Derespina in Newsday recaps Alderson's trade history with the Mets.

Michael Salfino in the Journal notes Harvey has had more Triple-A seasoning than most college pitchers who fit his profile. Writes Salfino:

Harvey has already pitched 105 innings in Triple-A Buffalo since 2011, compiling a 3.34 ERA and striking out over a batter per inning. The average Triple A-stay of the 20 active pitchers drafted out of college in the first 15 overall picks since 2005 is just 22.8 innings, according to Stats, LLC.. And seven didn't even stop there at all before proceeding directly to the majors. The White Sox had all-star lefty Chris Sale -- drafted six spots after Harvey -- toss a mere 6.3 Triple-A innings before calling him up for good. The Nationals gave Stephen Strasburg a 33.3-inning layover. Tim Lincecum pitched just 31 innings at the highest minor league level before winning the Cy Young Award in 2008.

• Columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record writes about the fall of Lenny Dykstra. Writes Klapisch:

The idea of Dykstra in an orange jumpsuit seems impossible to those who remember the fearless ballplayer who took on the world in a 5-foot-9 frame. But that person is “gone,” said Darryl Strawberry. “That Lenny has been gone for a long time.” Speaking by telephone Wednesday, Darryl echoed the sentiment of most ’80s-era Mets, acknowledging the depths of Dykstra’s crimes, yet somehow still feeling sorry for him. “Mentally, Lenny just isn’t the same person. He doesn’t have the same mental capacity as he did when he was playing,” Strawberry said. “Whatever Lenny put in his body, it changed his personality.”

TRIVIA: In what stadium did Wright make his major league debut?

Wednesday's answer: The Braves' Diory Hernandez was at third base and scored when D.J. Carrasco balked in the winning run at Turner Field on June 16, 2011.

Series preview: Mets vs. Padres

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The Mets will face Eric Stults (l), Anthony Bass (r) and Clayton Richard (c) in the opening three games of the weekend series.
METS (24-20, third place/NL East) vs. SAN DIEGO PADRES (16-29, fifth place/NL West)

Thursday: RHP Jeremy Hefner (0-1, 2.25) vs. LHP Eric Stults (0-0, 2.70), 7:10 p.m. ET

Friday: RHP Dillon Gee (3-3, 5.44) vs. RHP Anthony Bass (2-4, 2.89), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: LHP Johan Santana (1-2, 3.24) vs. LHP Clayton Richard (2-5, 4.63), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP R.A. Dickey (6-1, 3.45) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (2-4, 3.49), 1:10 p.m. ET

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• Closer Huston Street, who was acquired from Colorado in December for the final year of a guaranteed three-year, $22.5 million deal, landed on the disabled list May 5 with a strained right lat.

Right-hander Dale Thayer, who made 11 relief appearances with the Mets last season, signed with the Padres as a minor league free agent and now has stepped into the closer’s role and excelled. Thayer retired the first 10 batters he faced this season, has retired 28 of 36 overall and has worked a scoreless inning in each of his 10 appearances. He is 5-for-5 in save chances since recording his first as a Padre on May 7. Thayer had only one previous save -- on May 22, 2009, by pitching the final three innings of a 15-2 win with the Tampa Bay Rays in his major league debut.


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Dale Thayer has emerged as the unexpected closer of the Padres in Huston Street's absence.


• Left-hander Eric Stults was claimed off waivers from the Chicago White Sox on May 17. Stults, 32, is making his second Padres start. He allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday. Stults had made two appearances (one start) for the Sox this season. He was 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA in five starts at Triple-A Charlotte. Starters Cory Luebke and Joe Wieland landed on the DL eight days apart earlier this month. Luebke required Tommy John surgery.

• Rampant injuries have forced the Padres to use 39 players this season, tied with the Boston Red Sox for most in the majors. The Padres have 13 players currently on the DL. The absentees also include shortstop Jason Bartlett and outfielder Carlos Quentin, who was acquired from the White Sox after slugging a combined 107 homers in four years with Chicago.

• Former Mets GM Omar Minaya is an assistant to San Diego GM Josh Byrnes. Byrnes was a finalist for the Mets job that went to Sandy Alderson.

• The Padres released Orlando Hudson, who was hitting .211 through 123 at-bats. Alexi Amarista was acquired in a trade with the Angels on May 3 and is manning second base.

• Third baseman Chase Headley denied an ESPN.com report that he and ex-teammate Ryan Ludwick, now with Cincinnati, had a clubhouse altercation with Mike Adams last season, before Adams was dealt to Texas. The report stated that Adams had told the players to stop griping about Petco Park’s spacious dimensions.

• First baseman Yonder Alonso has hit safely in 22 of his past 25 games. He is hitting .362 (34-for-94) during that span, upping his average to .300. He leads NL rookies in average, hits, on-base percentage and doubles. Alonso arrived from Cincinnati in a steep package with Edinson Volquez, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger in December for Mat Latos.

• Catcher Nick Hundley has thrown out a major league-high 14 would-be base stealers.

• Center fielder Cameron Maybin, a former Marlin, is hitting only .212.

• San Diego has scored 139 runs and has a team .220 batting average. Both rank 15th in the NL, ahead of only the Pirates (126 runs/.217). The Mets rank second-to-last in homers with 25. San Diego is last at 17.

Last series results

Mets won, 2-1, at Petco Park, Aug. 15-17, 2011 (AP game recaps)

Mets 5, Padres 4 (10 innings): Everybody with the Mets wanted to make a big deal about Jason Isringhausen’s 300th career save except the pitcher himself. Isringhausen notched his milestone save with runners on second and third. The save came after Scott Hairston drove in the go-ahead run with a fielder's choice in the top of the inning. The Mets had a small champagne party in the clubhouse afterward. More

Padres 6, Mets 1: Nick Hundley had three hits, including two triples, to lead a 15-hit attack as the San Diego Padres defeated the slumping Mets. Orlando Hudson drove in two runs and Cameron Maybin hit his eighth homer, a leadoff drive in the seventh, for San Diego, which reached double figures in hits for the second straight game. Hundley's second triple led off the eighth inning and came off Mike Pelfrey. More

Mets 7, Padres 3: After hitting a big home run, David Wright faked out Cameron Maybin. Wright hit a three-run homer and Angel Pagan added three RBIs to lift the Mets to their first series win in San Diego in more than nine years. Maybin was on second base when Logan Forysthe hit a hard grounder down the third-base line with two outs. Wright dived and stopped the ball some 15 feet behind the bag and then popped to his feet and faked the throw to first when he saw Maybin wasn't watching him. More

Report: Mets discussed Huston Street

November, 17, 2011
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The Mets briefly discussed swapping Mike Pelfrey for Colorado Rockies closer Huston Street, the Post's Joel Sherman reports.

The talks reportedly fizzled because the Mets were not enamored with Street.

As Sherman noted, Street took shots at his former Oakland manager Bob Geren, who is now the Mets bench coach, so reuniting could have been somewhat awkward.

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