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Series preview: Mets at Padres

July, 16, 2014
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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 vs. Marlins

September, 21, 2012

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The Mets are due to face (l to r) Jacob Turner, Mark Buehrle and Ricky Nolasco this weekend.
METS (66-83, fourth place/NL East) vs. MIAMI MARLINS (66-84, fifth place/NL East)

Friday: LHP Jon Niese (11-9, 3.46) vs. RHP Jacob Turner (1-2, 3.75), 7:10 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP R.A. Dickey (18-6, 2.67) vs. LHP Mark Buehrle (13-12, 3.78), 1:10 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Chris Young (4-8, 4.37) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (12-12, 4.42), 1:10 p.m. ET

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Giancarlo Stanton is expected to return for the weekend series. He has been sidelined with a left intercostal strain for the past three games.

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Jose Reyes returns to Citi Field this weekend.

In Stanton’s place, Justin Ruggiano started twice and Austin Kearns once in right field. Stanton’s 90 homers rank sixth in MLB history for a player before turning 23. Those ahead: Mel Ott 155, Eddie Mathews 112, Tony Conigliaro 104, Alex Rodriguez 95 and Frank Robinson 93. Stanton turns 23 in November.

• Right-hander Jacob Turner was acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 23 in the deal that shipped out Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez. He is 2-4 with a 6.06 ERA in 10 career major league starts between the two teams, but is coming off tossing seven scoreless innings against the Cincinnati Reds. Turner, 21, was the ninth overall selection in the 2009 draft -- three picks after the Giants selected Zack Wheeler.

• The Mets snapped the career-high 26-game hitting streak of Jose Reyes on Aug. 9 at Citi Field. Reyes’ 35 steals are tied with Juan Pierre and Carlos Gomez for third in the NL. Michael Bourn leads with 39, followed by Shane Victorino with 37.

• Former Mets farmhand Gil Velazquez was promoted Sept.14 -- two weeks after completing his minor league season with the Marlins -- because third baseman Donnie Murphy suffered a season-ending concussion.

• Team president Larry Beinfest is expected to be fired, USA Today reported.

Last series results

Mets won, 3-0, at Marlins Park, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 (AP game recaps)

Mets 3, Marlins 0: R.A. Dickey pitched a five-hit shutout and Ike Davis backed him with a homer. More

Mets 5, Marlins 3: Kelly Shoppach hit a go-ahead two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning that cleared the bases when center fielder Justin Ruggiano misplayed the ball. The Mets had been frustrated most of the night by Josh Johnson. He allowed a run and three hits in eight innings and held the Mets hitless until the fifth. Johnson departed leading 3-1. More

Mets 5, Marlins 1: Jason Bay hit his fifth career grand slam in the Mets' five-run first inning. More

Mets morning briefing 9.21.12

September, 21, 2012
Jeremy Hefner was knocked out of Thursday's game without recording an out in what became an eight-run first inning and the Mets were swept in embarrassing fashion before a sparse crowd at Citi Field with a 16-1 defeat against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets, who officially were eliminated from postseason contention, got a postgame chewing out from manager Terry Collins. He deferred questions about whether the team had quit to the players, who denied it.

The Mets now try to avoid last place in the NL East when they play host to the Miami Marlins this weekend. The Amazin's enter the weekend a half-game up. Jon Niese (11-9, 3.46 ERA) opposes right-hander Jacob Turner (1-2, 3.75) at 7:10 tonight.

Friday's news reports:

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Ryan Howard circles the bases Thursday after homering against Josh Edgin for a second straight day.

• The Mets used 10 pitchers in Thursday's loss, a franchise record for a nine-inning game. Philadelphia had not swept the Mets in a three-game series in Queens since Sept. 14-16, 2007 -- when Jimmy Rollins' "team to beat" prognostication began to be achieved. The official attendance was announced at a season-low 20,100 tickets sold, although no more than a few thousand appeared to actually have attended last night's game. The Mets failed to exceed three runs for the 16th straight home game, two shy of matching the 1915 Yankees' major league record.

R.A. Dickey told Mike Puma in the Post: “If you think we’re just a piece away, then you are fooling yourself. We’ve got to do a lot of things better.”

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

• Left-hander reliever Josh Edgin, who surrendered a homer to Ryan Howard for the second straight day, is being shut down for the season. That was resolved before Edgin allowed Thursday's ninth-inning grand slam to Howard in the series finale. While his overall innings count is comparable to 2011, Edgin has made 26 more appearances than a year ago. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Dickey, who is sitting at 18 wins, will face Miami on Saturday rather than Sunday. Dickey and pitching coach Dan Warthen made the suggestion to Collins. It will allow Dickey to pitch next Thursday's home finale against the Pittsburgh Pirates rather than the follow night at Turner Field against the Atlanta Braves, against whom the knuckleballer has struggled. Overall, Dickey has three starts remaining. Read more in Newsday.

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Keith Hernandez's mustache is going, going ... almost gone.

Keith Hernandez’s signature mustache will be shaved off in an event before next Thursday’s home finale. "I can always grow it back," Hernandez told Neil Best in Newsday. "It doesn't take very long if I don't like it. … It just looked noticeable that I'm gray and this is my true color and that's probably one of the reasons why -- just to shave it off and see how it looks. I am completely gray now. I look like Charley Weaver on ' Hollywood Squares.'" Schick will sponsor the event and donate money to the Jacqueline Hernandez Adult Day Care Center at Cobble Hill Health Center in Brooklyn. The center is named after Hernandez’s mother. Read more in the Times and Daily News.

Adam Loewen went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI as Canada beat Great Britain, 11-1, in a World Baseball Classic qualifier Thursday in Regensburg, Germany. Check the boxscore here.

• The Marlins have some tumult, too. Bob Nightengale in USA Today reported Marlins president Larry Beinfest will be fired. Writes Nightengale:

The Marlins are planning to fire president and team architect Larry Beinfest, perhaps as soon as next week, according to two high-ranking executives with knowledge of the move but not permitted to speak publicly because the final decision will be made by owner Jeffrey Loria. Beinfest would be replaced by Dan Jennings, the Marlins assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel.

• Mets general counsel David Cohen has a Q&A at One exchange:

Q: What are some issues that can arise during a game?

Cohen: "Most people probably think that if someone gets hit by a foul ball or if there's a slip and fall, they call the legal department, but that's not what we do. Issues that might arise include unauthorized or 'ambush' marketing going on somewhere in the stadium.

Jeurys Familia will get late-inning work down the stretch.

• There was no need for Frank Francisco on Thursday night, but he apparently was unavailable anyway with elbow tendinitis. On the closer’s body of work this season, Collins said pregame: “I’d have to say for the majority of the year, he pitched pretty good.” Writes Andy McCullough in the Star-Ledger:

That is debatable. Francisco, 32, possesses a bloated 5.53 ERA. He’s still striking out more than a batter per inning (47 in 42S innings), but he’s allowing runners on a base at a greater rate than ever before. His 1.606 walks plus hits per inning is a career-high. But Collins can recall moments of brilliance plucked from the wreckage. He mentioned Francisco’s strong, three-batter stint last weekend against the Brewers. “Look at the game in Milwaukee,” Collins said. “He was lights out. All three of his pitches were working, and command was there. The next day, he couldn’t open and close his hand.” Francisco stopped short of calling the season frustrating, but, he said, “it’s been tough. Every time I fail, I try to find a way to get up and keep fighting. But it’s tough.”

• Niese, who aims for his 12th win tonight, which would achieve a new career high, largely has had a positive season. Writes Mike Kerwick in the Record:

His ERA almost is a full point lower (3.46) than it was last season (4.40). He has thrown more innings in 2012 (177) than in any other season of his major league career. His WHIP (Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched) has dipped from 1.41 to 1.18. And yet with only a few starts remaining -- including tonight’s against the Miami Marlins -- Niese is not sure how to evaluate his first 28 starts. He is not disappointed. But he is not happy either. “I feel like it was just an OK season,” Niese said before the Mets’ 16-1 loss to the Phillies on Thursday night at Citi Field. “With the six-man [rotation] at the end of the year, it kind of shortened the innings a little bit. I would have liked to have gotten to the 200-innings mark. Obviously with the mix-up with the rotation, that didn’t allow us to do it.”

TRIVIA: In what slot in the batting order has Jose Reyes started the most this season?

Thursday's answer: Behind Chipper Jones (49), Howard has the most homers against the Mets among active players. Thursday's slam was his 34th career long ball against the Mets.

Mets morning briefing 7.26.12

July, 26, 2012

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Dan Warthen and Josh Thole drew the ire of Tim Byrdak over pitch selection Wednesday.
PHOENIX -- After a 5-2 loss to Washington on Wednesday, the Mets had been swept in consecutive three-game series at Citi Field by the Dodgers and Nationals. It marked the eighth time in franchise history the Mets produced a winless homestand of six or more games.The Mets now head into Matt Harvey's debut against the Diamondbacks having lost 11 of 12 since the All-Star break. They are a season-low four games under .500.

Thursday's news reports:

Tim Byrdak clashed with Josh Thole and then pitching coach Dan Warthen after surrendering a homer to Adam LaRoche in the homestand finale. The incident helped prompt a postgame team meeting and tongue-lashing from Terry Collins. Getting the sign from the bench, Thole called for a fastball to LaRoche. Byrdak twice shook off Thole wanting a breaking ball, but the catcher continued to call for a fastball. Byrdak eventually threw a fastball over the heart of the plate -- not where Thole set up on the outside corner. LaRoche deposited the pitch into the right-field stands for a two-run homer in the seventh inning to provide the Nats with a four-run lead. In the dugout afterward, Byrdak first had an exchange with Thole, then with Warthen, the latter of which prompted David Wright to intercede. "I don't think anything can get any worse than this right now," Thole told reporters before the Mets departed for Arizona. "I can't wait to get out of here." Read more on the incident the Post.

Writes columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News:

Afterward, a heated Collins, while vowing such miscommunication will not happen again, made it clear he would not tolerate his players showing each other up. Without ever mentioning Byrdak by name, Collins talked about “standing up and being a man” and “accountability” while promising, “we’re gonna see a different team the next two weeks and we’re not gonna make any excuses.”

This was the second time in a week that Collins had to come to the defense of Thole. Last Wednesday, the manager called a team meeting in Washington following a 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Nats that was decided on a wild pitch by Pedro Beato, who inferred afterward he thought Thole should have blocked the pitch. “Emotions happen out there,” Thole said after Wednesday’s debacle. “It’s what happens after you lose 11 of 12 or whatever it is. I was caught off guard with it a little bit, but everything’s good.”

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Matt Harvey makes his major league debut tonight against the Diamondbacks.

• When Harvey arrived at Citi Field on Monday, three days before his scheduled major league debut, Sandy Alderson and Collins met with the 2010 first-round pick and told him not to try to be a savior. With the Mets on their second six-game losing streak in two weeks, though, the Mets desperately need a quality performance from the UNC product, who was selected seventh overall in the same draft in which Bryce Harper was the top pick by Washington.

Harvey, 23, went 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA in 20 starts with Triple-A Buffalo. In 110 innings, he allowed 97 hits, walked 48 and struck out 112. In his final minor league start, Saturday against Charlotte, Harvey was touched up for six runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter in five innings.

Steve Serby in the Post did a Q&A with Harvey. If Harvey, a Yankees and Patriots fan growing up in Connecticut, could have three dinner guests, they would be: Jennifer Aniston, Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan. "He was my idol growing up," Harvey told Serby about Jeter. "I loved the way that Paul O’Neill played. And I loved how everyone respected Derek Jeter for the person that he was and the stand-up guy that he was -- the hard worker and the gamer, and he did it day in and day out, never showed anything, never did anything bad in the media or anything like that. People looked up to him everywhere he went. He was like every kids' idol growing up. Just getting a chance to talk to him and see how he handled everything and how he went about his business, I think that would be helpful."

Read more on Harvey's debut in the Hartford Courant, Post and Newsday.

• The Mets continued to shuffle the roster on the margins. A day after officially demoting Pedro Beato and Lucas Duda, Mike Nickeas was dispatched to Triple-A Buffalo. Fellow righty-hitting catcher Rob Johnson will replace Nickeas. Harvey this week named Johnson as being invaluable in terms of guidance in Buffalo. Johnson undoubtedly will catch Harvey's major league debut considering the Mets are facing Arizona rookie left-hander Wade Miley in the series opener at Chase Field.

Nickeas hit .168 with one homer and 13 RBIs in 101 at-bats. It had been a mild surprise when Nickeas, not Johnson, remained at the major league level once Thole had returned from a concussion on June 1, although Andy McCullough subsequently reported in the Star-Ledger that pitchers liked throwing to Nickeas and Mets staffers were displeased that Johnson "preferred to attack a hitter’s weaknesses rather than accentuate his pitchers’ strengths."

Johnson, appearing on the Buffalo pregame show Wednesday after receiving word of the promotion, looked forward to likely catching Harvey's debut and thought Harvey would benefit from being with the major league team for three days before his start against the Diamondbacks.

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Rob Johnson is replacing Mike Nickeas on the major league roster Thursday and is likely to catch Matt Harvey's debut.

"It's going to be a cool moment for him and I to share together," Johnson said. "I got to catch him all year here. He kept on getting better and better. So, hopefully, we can bring that up to the big leagues. ... I'm looking forward to seeing how he does. The first time that you're up there, if you have to pitch on that first day, I think it's a lot more nerve-wracking, rather than getting your feet wet. Obviously he hasn't played at all, but he's up there. And he's got the stuff to be up there. I'm looking forward to competing with him.

"I think mentally he's strong enough to be there. It's just going to be a matter of if he can compose his emotions. And that's hopefully what I'll take leadership in, and be able to get through this thing together. I think one of the biggest differences between Triple-A and the big leagues is the speed of the game. And so, [me] having experience up in the big leagues for three or four years, I think that will help him and I -- just because we have a good relationship. I think that he trusts me, and I trust him."

Frank Francisco failed to complete an inning with Double-A Binghamton in the closer's first minor league rehab game since straining his left oblique and landing on the disabled DL June 23. Francisco surrendered three hits, including two doubles, and walked one among the six New Britain batters he faced. Francisco's rehab tour twice had been delayed -- by a cranky oblique when he was due to pitch for Class A St. Lucie, then by knee discomfort earlier this week that required a cortisone shot. Mets officials had said Francisco might need as few as two rehab appearances before being activated in Arizona, but that was before Francisco's struggles with the B-Mets on Wednesday. Alderson indicated Francisco was accompanying the B-Mets back to Binghamton, where they open a four-game series against Portland tonight, Lynn Worthy of the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin tweeted.

Mike Baxter went 1-for-3 and walked twice while logging a full game in right field in Buffalo's 5-4 loss at Louisville. Baxter is now 5-for-11 in three games with the Bisons, after also playing three games with Class A St. Lucie. Baxter's two previous rehab games in the outfield in the minors had come in left field. But Duda since has been demoted, so the exposure to right field makes sense. Baxter actually has appeared in 392 minor league games in right field in his career -- far more than any other position.

Collins has indicated Baxter is likely to return for the series opener at San Francisco on Monday. Baxter landed on the DL on June 1 with a displaced right collarbone and fractured rib cartilage, which he suffered making a no-hitter-saving-catch for Johan Santana. Read more in the Record.

• Despite surrendering second-inning homers to Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa, Jeremy Hefner limited the Nationals to three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out seven in six innings. It was Hefner's first major league start since June 6. Collins expects Santana will return after the 11-game road trip, on either Aug. 8 or 9 against the Marlins. That likely means two starts for Hefner on the road trip. Read Wednesday's game recaps in the Times, Newsday, Record, Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• Writes columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post:

You’ve got to give props to these Mets. They don’t merely slump. Year, after year, they spontaneously combust. They come apart at the core.

Stephen Strasburg limited the Mets to a solo homer by Ike Davis while striking out 11 in seven innings. Read more in the Post.

• Post columnist Joel Sherman tweets that Scott Hairston and Byrdak will be available in trades if the deals improve the Mets in 2013. That is consistent with what Alderson stated Monday at Citi Field -- that he wants to try to keep this year's team competitive, so players in the final years of contracts would be available only if the move helped the major league team in the short term, not for rebuilding.

Michael Salfino in the Journal notes the Mets have been swept in six series this season, one shy of the Cubs' MLB-leading total. But the Mets also have swept five opponents. The 11 sweeps in which the Mets have been involved is the MLB high.

Zack Wheeler, who had allowed a career-high eight runs in his previous start, surrendered six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and two hit batters in four innings in Binghamton's 11-2 loss at New Britain. In Louisville, Collin McHugh tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings for Buffalo. But Fernando Cabrera surrendered four runs in the eighth and Beato, in his return to the minors, served up a walk-off homer to Didi Gregorious as the Bisons lost, 5-4. Duda arrived too close to game time and did not appear for Buffalo.

Johnson said about McHugh: "He's got four pitches that he can throw for strikes. Anytime you do that, you're going to be successful at this level. As long as he continues to pound the zone and stays down in the zone, he's going to be successful. I really like Collin. He's got a good, live fastball -- a big, slow breaking ball that keep guys honest. He's got a good changeup and a nice cutter that he throws."

Read Wednesday's minor league recap here.

• While the Mets have been quiet as Tuesday's trade deadline approaches, that hardly has been the case elsewhere in the division.

The dismantling Marlins sent Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers two days after shipping Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez to Detroit. There are rumblings Josh Johnson could be dealt as well. “None of us envisioned where we are today,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest told Clark Spencer in the Miami Herald. “These are tough trades. But when you underachieve at the level this team has underachieved, we talked about a restructuring and this was part of it.”

Sherman in the Post wonders if Jose Reyes is on the block. He writes:

Reyes will have five years at $96 million left after what is a down season for him. Miami might not be willing to eat money or even trade Reyes so soon after his signing. But if Reyes were to become available, I think there would be suitors. Seattle is hungry for offense and a leadoff successor to Ichiro Suzuki. If the A’s could ever add significant dollars, Reyes would work. The team to keep an eye on, though, is Toronto. The Blue Jays were very interested in Reyes as a free agent, but were worried about his constant hamstring problems and have an organizational mandate not to give more than five-year contracts -- which is what Reyes would have left after the season. Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos has shown a willingness to take risks with talented players feeling that is the only way to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox within the AL East.

Meanwhile, the Phillies signed Cole Hamels to a six-year, $144 million extension. Writes's Jerry Crasnick about the Phillies' salary commitments:

The move allows them to maintain their core of Hamels, Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay in the rotation and the hallowed but aging infield nucleus of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins through at least the end of Utley's contract next season. The financial math is daunting: Those six players and closer Jonathan Papelbon will earn about $123 million combined in 2013 -- which is more than all but four teams' Opening Day payrolls this season. That doesn't leave much wiggle room for the other 18 spots on the roster.

TRIVIA: Which player did the Mets send to Cleveland in the three-team deal that landed J.J. Putz as well as Sean Green in Flushing?

Wednesday's answer: Jordany Valdespin's fifth pinch-hit homer passed Mark Carreon (1989) and Danny Heep (1983) for the franchise's single-season record. Valdespin is two pinch-hit homers shy of matching the major league record, held by Craig Wilson (Pirates, 2001) and Dave Hansen (Dodgers, 2000).

Marlins prez Beinfest talks Reyes

November, 15, 2011
Here are Tuesday night quotes from Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest regarding Jose Reyes ...

On why Reyes is attractive to the Marlins:

“In terms of Reyes, he’s just a dynamic player,” Beinfest said. “We’ve seen him a lot in our division. The speed tool, the fielding, the enthusiasm -- he plays with just a lot of joy on the baseball field -- and he’s a game-changer in a lot of ways because of the tools he brings. He’s a good player. He’s a tough guy to play against.”

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Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest

On how long Reyes' free agency may drag out:

“You’re probably asking the wrong guy,” Beinfest said. “We haven’t been big in free agency here in a while. I know we signed Carlos Delgado in ’05. Given our situation, we haven’t been involved in a lot of free agency. I don’t know. The truthful answer is you just don’t know the timing of these things. You don’t know what other peoples’ agendas are. And you don’t know where things are heading.

“We would love to secure some players as soon as possible and try to get this team together so we can try to work on the rest of the offseason and make sure our payroll allocations are in the right place. It’s just hard to say. Again, we’ve been aggressive on a number of fronts because we want to improve the team.”

On the Marlins slashing the payroll from $60 million to $15 million a season after going on a free-agent binge and bringing in Carlos Delgado for 2005, and on why this time is different:

“We thought we had a good ballclub in ’05,” Beinfest said. “And you never know how things are going to go. Unfortunately, we had to make that market correction after the ’05 season. We just kind of rebuilt with a young team, and that core by and large is still here and part of a team we think is going to be really good. But I think it is different. I think we have stability now in the franchise that we didn’t have in ’05. We’re in our new ballpark. We’re going to enjoy the revenues of our new ballpark.”

On how the spacious new Marlins ballpark is conducive to a speedster such as Reyes:

“We just don’t know how it’s going to play with the roof closed, roof open, grass on the field, people in the stands,” Beinfest said. “The previous place we played, in Sun Life, is a pitcher’s park. We’ve enjoyed that. We’ve had some speed guys. We’ve had some power. We would like for this to be a little more of a pitcher’s park. We’ll just have to wait and see. But the dimensions are generous.”

On whether Hanley Ramirez is on board with a position switch:

“We’ll keep it between us, but Hanley wants to win," Beinfest said.

On the offseason buzz generated by the Marlins:

“I think it’s just an exciting time for the franchise," Beinfest said. "Forget about ‘free agency this,’ and ‘we’re having lunch with him’ and all that kind of stuff. I know it’s kind of cute and exciting. But it’s just in general the excitement around the franchise, that we have a home, we have a new manager, we have new uniforms, we have a vision of where we want to go. I think it’s just excitement in general.”



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