New York Mets: Sean Green

Green to Milwaukee

December, 23, 2010

Sean Green

Relief Pitcher
Milwaukee Brewers


2010 Season Stats
11 0 0 8 12 3.86
Right-handed reliever Sean Green, who was cut loose by the Mets at the tender deadline, has signed with the Milwaukee Brewers for $875,000.

After dropping down to a submarine angle, Green suffered a fractured rib and was placed on the disabled list after only one appearance with the Mets last season. He did not return to the major league club until September.

Green made $975,000 last season and had been arbitration-eligible.

Maine, Green, 'Animal' Carter out

December, 3, 2010

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Sean Green (left) and John Maine (right) are out with the Mets, as well as Chris Carter.

Sean Green is out with the Mets at the non-tender deadline, while John Maine also was cut loose by the organization at the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. In an unexpected move, the Mets also dumped Chris Carter, who was not yet even arbitration-eligible.

The reason for Carter may center on the fact that had he been assigned to Triple-A Buffalo next season, he still would have been required to make at least 60 percent of this past season's salary -- which would mean a $200,000-plus minor league salary. The Mets are now allowed to re-sign him if both sides choose, with a new split contract that calls for a far lower salary should he be assigned to the minors. Of course, Carter also had defensive limitations that did not make him ideal for a National League bench.

Read the full news story here.

Feliciano, Maine, Green decisions loom

November, 28, 2010
Here is a look at the week ahead for the Mets:

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Pedro Feliciano must decide by Tuesday whether to accept the Mets' arbitration offer, which could net him a one-year deal worth $4 million.

Tuesday: The deadline for Pedro Feliciano to accept or reject the Mets’ arbitration offer. Agent Melvin Roman told Newsday the durable left-handed reliever is considering accepting, but that may be mostly designed to entice other teams to put in bids. If Feliciano accepts, he returns on a one-year deal. An arbitrator could award him as much as $4 million if Feliciano accepts and the team and Roman cannot agree on a number before the hearing.

But how bad would the market have to be for Feliciano to accept? If there’s likely to be even a two-year, $7 million deal out there at some point this offseason, the extra guaranteed year is probably worth making an average salary of $3.5 million a year over the potential to earn $4 million in one year with the Mets.

If Feliciano declines, it does not preclude the Mets from re-signing him this offseason, which differentiates this from the situation with Hisanori Takahashi, who is definitely headed elsewhere. By offering Feliciano arbitration, the Mets will pick up a supplemental draft pick between the first and second rounds if Feliciano ultimately signs elsewhere.

The problem is that if Feliciano does go elsewhere, the Mets must bring in a couple of left-handed relievers anyway. That’s because Pat Misch is probably the best major league-ready bullpen option from the left side right now, with prospect Eric Niesen (4-6, 5.14 ERA at Double-A Binghamton last season) probably needing to develop more consistency in the minors after walking 60 batters and hitting 10 batters in 77 innings with the B-Mets.

The Mets’ bullpen in general needs an overhaul, with not much to count on besides Francisco Rodriguez and Bobby Parnell.

You can view the list of available relievers on ESPN’s Free Agent Tracker here.

Thursday: Two days after Feliciano’s decision is the nontender deadline. That’s when teams cut loose some arbitration-eligible players (who have between three and six years of major league service time).

Since an arbitration-eligible player needs to make at least 80 percent of his previous year’s salary -- and players rarely receive salary cuts in the arbitration process -- the Mets have to cut loose John Maine by Thursday.

Maine made $3.3 million last season, so even the lowball 80 percent figure -- $2.64 million -- is too much to guarantee.

Maine has indicated he is recovering well from July 24 shoulder surgery performed in Philadelphia by Dr. Michael Ciocotti, who is not affiliated with the Mets, to repair a tear in the capsule.

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John Maine's days as a Met appear numbered. Sean Green (above) is a more difficult decision.

The more interesting decision will come with right-handed reliever Sean Green. The lone remaining piece from the three-team, 12-player trade that also brought in J.J. Putz and Jeremy Reed on Dec. 11, 2008, the Mets made Green a Chad Bradford-style dropdown reliever last spring training. Green believes the unfamiliar delivery of the submarine motion caused the stress fracture in a rib that landed him on the disabled list into August after one April appearance.

Under the old regime, Green -- who has returned to his customary three-quarters arm slot -- appeared headed out. But given the fact that he made $975,000 last season, and with the lack of bullpen arms under control, perhaps the new front office will make a different evaluation.

It’s unlikely Green would warrant a raise. So if evaluators do not like what they see in spring training, they could just cut him a check for 30 days’ pay in March -- roughly $160,000 -- and bid farewell then.

Next week: The winter meetings will be held Dec. 6-9 at Disney’s Dolphin & Swan hotels.

Gee, Maya will make Mets history

September, 6, 2010
Dillon Gee will make a small bit of Mets history when he opposes Washington Nationals right-hander Yunesky Maya on Tuesday.

It will mark the first time in Mets history both teams’ starting pitchers will be making their major league debuts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last time two starting pitchers debuted in the same game in the majors: April 9, 2009, when Detroit’s Rick Porcello opposed Toronto’s Ricky Romero.

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Cuban defector Yunesky Maya, pictured during the 2009 World Baseball Classic, makes his major league debut Tuesday opposite Dillon Gee.

While Gee is ecstatic to debut in place of Johan Santana, pitching successfully for a full season in Triple-A was an accomplishment in itself.

Gee had impressed Jerry Manuel in spring training in 2009, but a heavy workload the previous offseason that included the Arizona Fall League and winter ball in Puerto Rico caught up with him. Gee was limited to nine starts at Triple-A Buffalo before being shut down with a partial labrum tear.

He rehabbed the injury rather than undergo surgery. This season with Buffalo, he went 13-8 with a 4.96 ERA and set the Bisons’ modern-era strikeout record with 165, in 161 1/3 innings.

“This year has been unbelievable, especially to end it here,” said Gee, a 21st-round pick in 2007 from the University of Texas-Arlington. “The main goal was just to go out this year and prove that I’m healthy again and can still pitch. I think I’ve proved that with close to 170 innings, and hopefully I’ll get some more here.”

Maya actually faced the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate on Aug. 27 with Syracuse. He limited Buffalo to an unearned run and two hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Like other Cuban pitchers, Maya -- who was signed for $6.5 million -- invents all kind of breaking pitches from different arm angles. But then he throws a 92 mph power sinker that is challenging, although he actually was missing with that pitch against the Bisons.

“He was tough,” ex-Bison Lucas Duda said. “He mixed it up well. We had a tough day. He would flip some [breaking balls] up there. He would take something off. He was savvy out there. That’s what made him tough to hit. His curveball was like 70 mph, to I think 65 mph was his lowest radar speed. Different arm angles. Different speeds. Then he was running it up there 90, 92 mph. We saw the radar gun and were like, ‘What was that?’ You step in the box and he’s not throwing slow. He’s throwing pretty firm. It was kind of a surprise when you first got up there.”

UNFAIR TURN? Barring a late reversal, the Mets are done with September call-ups. The most curious snub: infielder Justin Turner.

Claimed off from the Baltimore Orioles in May, Turner enters Buffalo’s season finale on Monday hitting .320 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs in 306 at-bats with the Bisons.

A favorite of Mets special assistant Wayne Krivsky, Turner conceivably could be a factor in the second base competition with Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy in 2011 if Luis Castillo is dumped as expected. Or, at the very least, the 25-year-old Turner could provide an inexpensive bench role as a backup middle infielder.

GREEN DAY: Reliever Sean Green had a plane ticket in hand, prepared to join the Mets for a mid-August series in Houston when he was informed of a change of plans at the last moment.

Because it was within 10 days of Green being taken off an injury rehab assignment and officially optioned to the minors, the Mets were prohibited rule-wise from promoting Green unless he was replacing a player placed on the disabled list.

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Sean Green returned to the Mets on Monday. He also has returned to the arm angle he used with the Seattle Mariners.

Because Francisco Rodriguez was being placed on the disqualified list, not the disabled list, Green was barred from the promotion. Instead, Ryota Igarashi -- the player who had filled in for K-Rod during the initial two-day suspension for Rodriguez -- was allowed to be recalled.

The 31-year-old Green is back now, having joined the Mets with outfielder Jesus Feliciano, left-hander Raul Valdes and Gee on Monday. (Nick Evans was promoted Sunday.)

Where does Green fit in terms of his future with the Mets? That’s an open question. But there now appears a better chance he is back in 2011 than when he was bypassed for a promotion when his 30-day rehab clock expired last month.

Green, who has a $975,000 salary this season, is arbitration-eligible.

Asked if he wondered about his future with the organization after getting snubbed when the rehab assignment expired, Green said: “It’s one of those things. You don’t ever know everything that’s behind every move. I was happy to be healthy, No. 1.”

Green originally was diagnosed with a rib cage strain after making one appearance for the Mets in April. He resumed throwing weeks later in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and still had discomfort. He requested an MRI and a stress fracture of a rib was discovered.

Green has returned to the low three-quarters arm slot that he used when he arrived from the Seattle Mariners with J.J. Putz and Jeremy Reed in the three-team, 12-player trade on Dec. 11, 2008 that also involved the Cleveland Indians. He believes dropping to a Chad Bradford submarine style this year caused the stress fracture.

“I was hoping for two weeks, three weeks. It turned into 4 months,” Green said about his injury-induced absence. “It was a journey, but I’m just glad to be healthy now.”

K’O PEC: Johan Santana probably would have been scratched from Tuesday’s start even if the Mets were in a pennant race, according to Manuel.

“I still think that we would still have backed off,” the manager said. “… I think if we were honest with ourselves, we would still be cautious with him. That might not do us a world of good in that situation with him being hampered.”

FOLLICLE FOLLIES: David Wright, commenting on Duda’s haircut in Chicago, after which the rookie left fielder snapped an 0-for-10 start to his career: “Apparently his hair was preventing him from hitting.” Wright, by the way, is a devout Virginia Tech fan and plans to attend Monday night’s game against Boise State. Two of Wright’s brothers have attended Virginia Tech. … Jenrry Mejia’s next start will be Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. ... Manuel suggested the Mets may look to give rookie Jon Niese extra rest between starts to curtail his innings count. When it was noted that there's a built-in extra day with Thursday being an off-day, Manuel suggested Niese's usage had not been fully mapped out.

Green, Feliciano too

September, 6, 2010
Reliever Sean Green and outfielder Jesus Feliciano will join Dillon Gee and left-hander Raul Valdes as call-ups.

Green made one appearance for the Mets in April before being placed on the disabled list. He originally was diagnosed with a rib-cage strain. When the injury didn't improve after Green resumed throwing in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Green requested an MRI, which revealed a fractured rib.

Green, 31, attributed the injury to dropping down to a full submarine delivery. He has since moved back to his low three-quarters arm slot.

Green went 1-1 with a 4.64 ERA in 17 relief appearances for Triple-A Buffalo spanning 21 1/3 innings. He is making $975,000 this season and is arbitration-eligible. He also has a minor league option remaining in 2011.

Igarashi, not Green

August, 17, 2010
Ryota Igarashi, not Sean Green apparently will replace Francisco Rodriguez on the roster. At least Igarashi's name was among seven listed tonight as available relievers against the Houston Astros.

That's clearly a late switch. A high-ranking Mets official had predicted Green would be promoted last night.

Green will have option in 2011

August, 16, 2010
Turns out, the Mets will not have burned Sean Green's option after all if they call him up now.

When Green completed a 30-day rehab assignment, the Mets decided to option him to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday rather than activate him from the DL and return him to the majors.

However, the rule states that you have to be optioned to the minors for 20 days in a season to be charged with using an option that year. Assuming Green returns as expected to replace Francisco Rodriguez on the roster, Green's option will not have have been considered used.

Furthermore, a team official said Monday, Green actually had two minor league options remaining.

A player only uses one option a season, no matter how many times he goes up and down between the majors and minors.

Green is making $975,000 this season and is arbitration-eligible.

Green promotion appears likely

August, 16, 2010
Right-handed reliever Sean Green was selected to replace Francisco Rodriguez on the roster, an organization source said.

Green was bypassed for a promotion earlier this week and his final option was used when he completed a 30-day rehab assignment for a fractured rib earlier in the week.

The Mets did not plan to make an official roster move until Tuesday.

Read details of Rodriguez's injury here.

Green day looming

August, 9, 2010
Reliever Sean Green appears close to a return to the Mets.

Green, the lone remaining player acquired from the Seattle Mariners in the J.J. Putz trade in December 2008, has made only one appearance for the Mets this season. He landed on the DL after an April 7 relief appearance against the Florida Marlins with what originally was diagnosed as a strained rib-cage muscle. Eventually, it was discovered Green actually had a cracked rib.

“Initially they thought it was a strained intercostal -- like a strained rib muscle,” Green said Monday, before Triple-A Buffalo opened a series against Lehigh Valley in Allentown, Pa. “I was down there [in Port St. Lucie] rehabbing that for about three weeks and it wasn’t getting any better, so I asked to get reevaluated and got another MRI and they saw the fracture. It was like a stress fracture. It was about seven to eight weeks off completely from that. It’s been a long process. I had to start over, from scratch.”

Green began a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League on July 15. Because those minor league stints last a maximum of 30 days for pitchers, the rehab stint should expire no later than Friday.

Green has a minor league option remaining, but it would seem nonsensical to burn his final one this year when the rehab assignment expires and keep him in the minors. Rosters are going to expand Sept. 1 anyway, so optioning Green would buy only two extra weeks off the roster. As a result, Green should be back within days.

“I’m close,” Green said. “I’m just waiting to see what’s going to happen.”

Green has returned to his standard low three-quarters arm slot, after going submarine with the Mets this year in spring training. He figured the change to the drastically lower arm angle probably this year resulted in the rib fracture.

“I would assume. It was a pretty drastic mechanical difference,” Green said. “I had success that way. And also I suffered an injury that was a little bit awkward. I figured I’ve only been doing the lower arm delivery for two months and I got hurt, so there’s no reason to keep doing that.”

Green is making $975,000 this season and is arbitration-eligible. There’s always a chance the Mets could trade or nontender him this offseason. But because Green is likely not due a pay raise off a lost season, it would seem reasonable to expect he could remain and be a factor in the 2011 bullpen.

Since joining Buffalo, Green has allowed five runs on nine hits and a hit batter while striking out four in 5 1/3 innings spanning five appearances.

Pelf takes 'full responsibility'

August, 5, 2010
Mike Pelfrey, who once owned a 9-1 record, continued his swoon at an inopportune time for the Mets. Even with Hisanori Takahashi bailing Pelfrey out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning, Pelfrey still was charged with five runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out one and walking two in 4 2/3 innings.

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Mike Pelfrey had been considered an All-Star candidate. Now, his swoon continues.

Pelfrey surrendered consecutive two-out solo homers to Chipper Jones and Brian McCann in the third inning as Atlanta took a 3-2 lead en route to the 8-3 victory. Pelfrey also surrendered a first-inning run for the 10th time in his last 11 starts.

He’s now 10-6 with a 4.16 ERA this season.

“The team needed me to step up and be a lot better than I have been,” Pelfrey said. “Giving up five runs isn’t cutting it. I take full responsibility for tonight. Starting pitching sets the tempo. I didn’t do that. I take responsibility for the game.”

Jerry Manuel had recently suggested Pelfrey was not immune from being skipped for a start if he continued to struggle. Manuel offered no such indication that was his intent after Wednesday’s loss, even with Monday also a team off-day.

The reality is if the Mets are going to have any chance of competing down the stretch, they need Pelfrey on track -- not being bypassed. Manuel complimented the life on Pelfrey’s fastball despite the loss.

“We’re going to need Mike down the stretch, and in the future,” David Wright added. “It’s something that he’s going to have to work himself out of. I really think he had, for the most part, pretty good stuff tonight. He was throwing the ball really hard. They hit some good pitches, had some good at-bats. They’ve got some guys that just see him real well.”

GREEN DAY LOOMING: Reliever Sean Green, who has been on the disabled list since mid-April with a hairline rib fracture, is nearing a return to the Mets. Green has worked back-to-back days for Triple-A Buffalo. A team official said it had not been discussed that Green would return this weekend at Philadelphia, but that could change when Mets brass huddles Thursday.

Perez pounded

August, 1, 2010
Mets pitchers allowed four home and 14 hits on Sunday against the Diamondbacks. But the worst sign for the Mets' staff on a very bad day at the office happened in the eighth inning, when Oliver Perez took the mound.

Perez, who has been persona-non-grata at Citi Field since he refused to accept a minor-league assignment in May, sets foot on the mound only when the Mets are out of pitchers or getting blown out.

The latter was the case on Sunday. Perez entered the game in the eighth with the Mets down, 10-1.

Perez allowed four earned runs on five hits in two innings to end a miserable afternoon for the Mets. He walked one and threw one wild pitch. He threw 28 of his 47 pitches for strikes. After the appearance, Perez insisted that he wears the Mets uniform "with honor" -- a comment that is sure to draw the ire of the Flushing faithful.

Jerry Manuel said the lefty reliever -- in the second year of a three-year, $36 million contract -- is in a "tough situation."

"Well it’s tough, he’s in a tough spot not getting the reps that (are) needed to gain confidence to compete," Manuel said. "He did go out and throw strikes for the most part (on Sunday) but right now he’s just in a tough, tough situation."

Perez, who was booed lustily after allowing an RBI single to Mark Reynolds in the eighth, said that he would continue to try and pitch through his problems. He added that he didn't want to pitch for another organization.

"I have to keep working. Keep working and I’m (not going to) give up. I think this is (baseball). Sometimes it’s tough and you have to be a real man and get better," Perez said. "... I’m here and trying to do everything to win. That’s why I’m here.

"... For me, when I wear this uniform I play with honor. I try to do the best."

ROTATION SPINNING: Prior to Sunday's game, Manuel said that Jon Niese would start on Friday night in Philadelphia if he pitched well against the Diamondbacks. That move would allow Hisanori Takahashi to pitch out of the bullpen for the Mets' three-game road series in Atlanta and Philadelphia this week.

Niese then proceeded to allow two three-run homers to Adam LaRoche in the fourth and fifth innings, leaving the Mets in a 6-1 hole. In all, Niese (7-5, 3.78 ERA) allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings against Arizona. It was the left-hander's first loss since a July 16th defeat at San Francisco, a game the Mets lost, 1-0.

Manuel wasn't ready to pronounce Niese as Friday night's starter after his rough start against the Diamondbacks.

"We’ll have to sit down and talk with (pitching coach Dan Warthen) and talk with (bullpen coach Randy Niemann) … and then make a decision," Manuel said.

Niese made it clear that he didn't want to be skipped.

"Obviously I want to be out there every five days," he said. "I feel good, and if I feel good I want to be out there."

BEL TOILS: Manuel spent a few minutes talking to Carlos Beltran about hitting before Sunday's game. Beltran was batting just .204 entering the series finale against Arizona. He raised his averge to .218 (12-for-55) with a pinch-hit single through the right side in the ninth inning.

"I know he's not confident, I know he's not seeing the ball well," Manuel said before Beltran's pinch-hit, adding that the Mets center fielder had "fundamental flaws" in his swing.

Beltran, who hit the game-winning sacrifice fly in the ninth inning of the Mets' 5-4 win on Saturday, didn't want to use the fact that he missed three months recovering from athroscopic knee surgery as an excuse for his slow start through 16 games.

"I’m not here to put any excuses on saying I’m not ready," Beltran said after Saturday's game. "No, no. I’m here because I’m ready."

BAY HEADACHES 'PERSISTENT': Manuel said he hasn't talked to Jason Bay since the left fielder went on the disabled list on July 26 with what the team is calling a "mild concussion." Manuel said trainer Ray Ramirez told him that Bay's "headaches are still persistent." The manager said Bay would be re-evaluated in the coming days ... Manuel also said reliever Sean Green would have to have back-to-back strong outings at Triple-A Bufallo before the Mets would consider calling him back to the big leagues. Green allowed one run on two hits in a one-inning relief appearance on Saturday night. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since April 8 with a strained muscle on his right side.

Lights-out Mejia movin' on up

July, 29, 2010
Jenrry Mejia, who tossed three innings in the Gulf Coast League on Wednesday in his first official game action since straining the back of the rotator cuff while working in Double-A Binghamton's rotation, was so impressive in the performance he will be moved to a higher level of the minors, outside of Port St. Lucie. Mejia regularly registered 96-98 mph with his fastball during the outing. He allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out three.

Also on the move: Sean Green. The reliever, who landed on the DL with the Mets on April 11 with what turned out to be a fractured rib, will continue his rehab with Triple-A Buffalo beginning Saturday. Green's 30-day rehab clock began July 15, when he appeared in a Gulf Coast League game.

The Mets have no immediate plans to promote Ryota Igarashi, who has a 4.66 ERA and one save in nine appearances with Buffalo.

Green day in minors arrives

July, 15, 2010
Right-hander Sean Green, who has been out since mid-April with what eventually was diagnosed as a fractured rib, tossed an inning today in the Gulf Coast League. That's the reliever's first official rehab work since landing on the disabled list three month ago. He walked one and struck out one in a scoreless frame.

Ollie, Maine clocks may again start ticking

June, 25, 2010
Left-hander Oliver Perez, officially on the disabled list since June 5 with right knee tendinitis, tossed a 90-pitch simulated game in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Thursday. Although team officials have made no official pronouncement, it's expected that Perez will appear in a minor league game as soon as Tuesday.

Oliver Perez

Starting Pitcher
New York Mets


2010 Season Stats
11 0 3 33 30 6.28
As was the case with Carlos Beltran appearing in a minor league game Thursday, that will start a clock on activating Perez from the disabled list. For a position player such as Beltran, a rehab assignment can last only 20 days. For a pitcher, it can last 30 days.

Perez is expected to be joined at the Mets' complex in Florida this weekend by John Maine. A team source indicated Maine could begin another rehab assignment in the minors in about 10 days.

Finally, reliever Sean Green -- who has been sidelined since mid-April by what turned out to be a fractured rib -- is about to step on a mound. Green has been throwing on flat ground.

Rehabbing pitchers progressing

June, 17, 2010
John Maine is expected to throw 85 pitches on Friday with Triple-A Buffalo, in his second rehab start in the minors. Based on how he performs for the Bisons, Maine could rejoin the Mets' rotation after that outing or be asked to make one more minor league start.

Meanwhile, Oliver Perez is facing batters in a controlled setting in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Former major league catcher Mike DiFelice, who is slated to manage Kingsport when its season opens next week, is catching Perez at the team's complex.

Reliever Sean Green, who was diagnosed with a fractured rib and has been out since mid-April, is slowly working his way back. Green now has twice thrown a baseball on flat ground.



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