Chat with Adam Rubin
Welcome to ESPNNewYork.com! On Thursday, New York Mets writer Adam Rubin will stop by to take your baseball questions.
Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
Send your questions now and join Rubin Thursday at noon ET!
Adam Rubin (11:58 AM)
Thanks for joining me. Let's get started ...
Hi Adam, hindsight being 20/20 shouldn't the Mets have shut down Mejia sooner with the bone spur issue in an already surgically repaired elbow?
Adam Rubin (12:00 PM)
According to Mejia, Mets doctors recommended a few months back that he immediately have the surgery to remove the spur. But Mejia thought he could gut through the end of the season and have the procedure in the winter. Sandy Alderson has said Mejia was not risking further damage by pitching through it. It was a pain management issue. Hopefully that was true. You can alter your mechanics because of discomfort and do damage elsewhere, too, if you aren't careful.
Do you expect Eric Young Jr. to be a starter next season?
Adam Rubin (12:01 PM)
In an ideal world, Eric Young Jr. -- who is under the Mets' control for three more seasons (arbitration eligible) -- is a fourth or fifth outfielder next season. If you pencil in Juan Lagares in center field, however, that means the Mets bringing in two outfielders via free agency/trade in all likelihood for EY Jr. to be bumped to a backup role since Marlon Byrd is a free agent. So we'll see.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Is Padres C Nick Hundley Related to Former Mets C Todd Hundley?
Adam Rubin (12:01 PM)
I've always wondered where teams get their bat boys on the road? Are they relatives of the players?
Adam Rubin (12:03 PM)
I'm not sure if they're visiting clubhouse staffers, or the visiting clubhouse people (employed by the home team) just ID local younger people. But it's usually the home team that just dresses the people up in the road team's uniform.
Brandon (New Hyde Park)
Brandon Nimmo has come alive recently. What have you been hearing about the team's expectations for him?
Adam Rubin (12:04 PM)
He's a first-round pick and no one is writing him off, but this was at least a little risky pick, as the Mets acknowledged at the time. Perhaps the slow middle of the season was merely related to the back and hand issues Nimmo had and this is the real player we're seeing now. Regardless, he's a ways away. His peers with Savannah (Plawecki, Boyd, etc.) moved to St. Lucie midway through the season, whereas Nimmo did not. So you're talking him opening next season in the Florida State League and first getting to Double-A in the second half of next year under the best of scenarios.
Daniel (Staten Island)
Hey Adam. Thanks for being the best source - hands down - for news and informed opinion about the Mets. I cannot understand why the Mets are so down on Ruben Tejada. Is there something going on with him that we're not aware of?
Adam Rubin (12:07 PM)
Thanks. I agree on Tejada. At this point I think they're cutting off their nose to spite their face. Like Eric Young Jr. in left field, I think we're already confirmed that Omar Quintanilla is a nice role player but not a full-time shortstop on a competitive team. Terry Collins, a few weeks ago, said the reports from Vegas are that Tejada was hitting too many balls in the air. Still, there has to be a message component to this by keeping him in the minors about his work ethic and physical shape. In majors or minors, Tejada already has almost assuredly qualified as a first-time arbitration-eligible player. So it's not a financial motivation, it wouldn't seem.
Al G (Maryland)
What is your gut instinct on Ike for next year- on or off team? If off, does Flores get a long look at first base? What about Satin?
Adam Rubin (12:09 PM)
That's a really tough one. I don't know what the organization is thinking yet. Certainly Ike was playing himself into a non-tender a few months ago, since he's already making $3.1 million this year. Now, it would be hard to just cut ties with him for nothing at the non-tender deadline in December. I imagine they shop him and see if they can get anything enticing/palatable offered in return this winter. If not, perhaps they bring him back and play by ear whether he faces lefties or not, with Flores and Satin -- like you mentioned -- platoon options.
What's up with the Dice-K signing?
Adam Rubin (12:11 PM)
Didn't see that coming at this point in the year. I guess with Jeremy Hefner and Jenrry Mejia going down, they needed a body other than Carlos Torres in the rotation to get them to the finish line.
Austin G. (Brooklyn)
You do a great job Mr. Rubin, thanks for your great work. The idea of signing Ellsbury AND Choo is usually referenced in jest. We actually can sensibly afford them both though, can't we?. If we can use a lot of our effective milb pitchers to fill the bullpen (Familia, Germen, Walters, Hutchingson, Leathersich, Kolarek, John Church and even Mazzoni could all be minimum contracts), have a rotation that's as affordable as any in baseball with three starters or more yet to hit arbitration, plus have the sizable Buck, Bay, Santana, and Frank Frank contracts being removed, we can have a ton of money to play with - and isn't that without including the tens of millions each team is receiving from some kind of TV contract? We have room to add at least three $15 mil/year players don't we?
Adam Rubin (12:14 PM)
The money should be there to sign both, although I'm not predicting they'll sign both. The only players under contract for next season are David Wright at $20M and Jon Niese at $5M, plus the arbitration-eligible guys. There is so much money coming off, they'd have to spend like drunken sailors just to get to this year's spending level.
Jon (New Paltz)
Gut feeling. Will Alderson be here beyond his current contract?
what veteran players, Hawkins, Bryd, Buck etc., do you see returning with the Mets next year?
Adam Rubin (12:17 PM)
On Alderson: That's one more year and an option as far as I know. So not sure beyond that. Maybe he gets it to a good place and calls it a career.
Adam Rubin (12:18 PM)
On free agents, I'm sure they would entertain having Buck and Byrd back. But I imagine Buck would look for a starting job first, that pays more and gets more playing time. Byrd I imagine they'll approach like Hairston -- reluctant to give a two-year deal. They'll wait him out, see what they can get big time beforehand, and perhaps reunite later in the offseason.
Adam Rubin (12:18 PM)
Bear with me with a slight delay ... going to try to write a news story on Matsuzaka and chat at the same time.
What's a realistic ETA on Syndergaard next season if he continues this progression? Midseason like wheeler? Or not until September?
Adam Rubin (12:21 PM)
Maybe a little after the Wheeler timetable, in that Wheeler had a little time in Triple-A Buffalo last year in advance of his debut this year. Certainly, like Wheeler, after the Super 2 deadline ... Thanks for your patience between questions. Trying, as I mentioned, to type a news story at the same time.
Dave C (Albany, NY)
Do you think Vaughn and/or Pena will get a look in September?
Adam Rubin (12:25 PM)
Doubt it now. Both would need to be added to the 40-man roster this winter. In Pena's case, he otherwise would become a minor league free agent, I believe. In Vaughn's case, he would be Rule 5 eligible. They've already told Vaughn he is going to the Arizona Fall League, so I suppose that means they're adding him to the 40. Otherwise, why showcase him to be taken?
If the Mets are serious about trading for a serious hitter, which pitchers do you expect to go? Montero, Syndergaard, or Mejia?
Adam Rubin (12:32 PM)
Everyone asks that, but it's impossible to answer. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Teams may ask for different players. And the Mets' inclination to trade someone is dependent upon the caliber of player they're getting in return. I believe most evaluators a this point would rank Syndergaard easily No. 1, so I imagine they'd be most reluctant to trade him.
Rowan B (Brooklyn)
How's Gavin Cecchini coming along?
Adam Rubin (12:32 PM)
He's only in Brooklyn, but heating up. He had a 16-game hitting streak snapped Monday. That was one shy of the Cyclones record, set by Lucas Duda in 2007.
Dave C (Albany, NY)
If they are so down on Tejada is Wilfredo Tovar an option at SS next year? I believe he repeated AA this year (?) and he's already on the 40 man roster.
Adam Rubin (12:34 PM)
I don't think Tovar projects as more than a backup.
Adam Rubin (12:37 PM)
I apologize for my spotty chatting today. Been dealing with the Daisuke Matsuzaka stuff simultaneously. We'll do this again next Thursday.