Chat with Adam Rubin
Welcome to ESPNNewYork.com! On Friday, New York Mets blogger Adam Rubin will stop by to help launch the new site and 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 Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET!
Adam Rubin (8:42 AM)
Thanks for joining me for this ESPNNewYork.com chat. I'll be back at 9:30 a.m. We already have a ton of questions in the queue, and I'll get to as many as is possible in a 30-minute span.This is my last act in Port St. Lucie before hopping in my car and driving across the state of Florida to St. Pete. The Mets play the Rays tonight, then the Orioles tomorrow in Sarasota. They'll work out Sunday at 11 a.m. at Citi Field in preparation for Monday's matinee opener against the Marlins.
Arturo Mathews (Caracas Venezuela)
why fernando martinez again in minors hitting almost 400 i cant understand i think f-mart is ready to play!
Adam Rubin (9:23 AM)
Based on spring-training performances, Fernando Martinez deserved to make the big-league team. Then again, so does Chris Carter, but I'm told Carter likely will be sent to Triple-A Buffalo in the next day or two.Fernando's inability to make the roster appeared settled once Gary Matthews Jr. was acquired in a trade with the Angels. Even with Carlos Beltran on the DL, there wouldn't be playing time with Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur and Angel Pagan available, too.Fernando has only averaged 78 games a season in the minors because of assorted injuries. If he proves his can stay healthy this season and produces with the Bisons, he's sure to have a big-league role sooner than later.
Big Bob from Florida (South East Florida)
Hi Adam: Good Luck on your new Blog: I have been a NY Mets fan since 1962...What is your take on the 2010 Mets? Do they have a chance to make play off contention ?
Adam Rubin (9:25 AM)
I hate to be pessimistic before the season even starts, but everything would have to break right for the Mets to seriously be involved in challenging the Phillies. The biggest need is for John Maine, Oliver Perez and Mike Pelfrey to have solid years. That's still possible, but the spring performances -- particularly of the latter two -- didn't calm any concerns.
Adam, welcome to espn! Was this your backup since you couldn't get a job in the Mets organization?
Adam Rubin (9:26 AM)
Ha! I might as well tackle that issue sooner than later. For those who remember last summer's press conference, let me say that Omar Minaya has been exceedingly nice to me in the months since then and we have a strong professional relationship. We even went to dinner one night during spring training and had a very nice chat.
Hey Adam how are you. Huge Mets fan. I have been reading your work since you started at the Daily News and I also enjoyed your reporting on Daily News Live. Just wanted to say welcome to ESPNNewYork.com and I hope all is well.
Adam Rubin (9:26 AM)
Thanks for the support. (Chose this one to balance out the last.)
Ari Reich (Isreal)
I know the Mets are not healthy right now but when they are, can they be the best team in the NL East
Adam Rubin (9:28 AM)
Even with DL issues, the Phillies clearly have to be the "team to beat," to borrow a loaded expression. How many Opening Day roster positions would you actually take the Mets player over the Phllies player? Third base, left field and closer? I'll leave the Santana-Halladay debate for another day.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
When will see Ike Davis Play first base for the New York Mets?
Adam Rubin (9:30 AM)
If the Mets aren't in contention, you can bet Ike Davis would get the bulk of the starts in September, as Mike Jacobs did down the stretch when he was a rookie over Doug Mientkiewicz.It's certainly possible earlier. Let's see how Daniel Murphy does when he returns from the DL, which probably is only two or three weeks from now. The organization wants to give him every opportuity to succeed. And, remember, Davis only has a half-season of Double-A ball under his belt despite a ton of promise.
Tom C (New Jersey)
Who do you think gets our final bench spot and who will be in the bullpen on Opening Day?
Adam Rubin (9:33 AM)
On the blog, we have a roster projection. It's pretty clear that Mike Jacobs is the first baseman and Frank Catalanotto makes the team over Chris Carter, despite a terrific spring for Carter at the plate. I had a high-level executive swear to me last night that Ruben Tejada would make the team over Russ Adams as a shortstop in Jose Reyes' probably short absence, but lower-level people were saying the opposite yesterday.On the bullpen, it really is up in the air. But I got a sense that Jenrry Mejia was in pretty good standing and that Sean Green was making a late push and could sneak back on. I actually failed to mention it in the blog posting, but I'm not positive Igarashi will be on, despite a two-year, $3 million contract. Hisanori Takahashi, who had the minor-league deal, is on. I think Valdes, who came on late and has drawn a ton of praise from Jerry Manuel, may just miss the boat.
Mike (New Jersey)
If Jacobs hits homers and provides power will Murphy be able to win his job back?
Adam Rubin (9:34 AM)
If you remember the original story with Jacobs when he came up as a Met, he hit four homers and four games and the rest was history. If Jacobs does well with Murphy on the DL, the playing time distribution would be more equitable, I'm sure. Jerry Manuel tends to play the hot hand.
Metsgl (East Hampton)
Why won't the Mets just play Ruben Tejada, Ike Davis, Fernando Martinez and Jenry Mejia? They had such good springs and they are much more exctied to watch with these young players. Jacobs sucks. F-Mart is much better than Pagan (who should play instead of Mathews Jr.). The bullpen is awful. Just play the young guys and see how they can do.
Adam Rubin (9:36 AM)
You may get your wish on two of those four -- Mejia and Tejada. I'm told they don't want to start Tejada on Opening Day against Josh Johnson, but they'd like him to get the bulk of the action during the rest of Jose Reyes' absence because they view him as the best shortstop available. I originally presumed they'd put Russ Adams on instead of Tejada if Reyes is only going to miss four games. But a team insider told me last night that who knows if it really is going to be four games for Tejada, even if that's the expectation. And didn't the Mets only miss the playoffs by one games two straight years, the person noted. Play the best people, he said.
Is there any possibility of demoting one of the three disappointing starting pitchers to buffalo?
Adam Rubin (9:37 AM)
Not now. They will live and die with Maine, Pelfrey and Perez early on. Jerry Manuel won't let it linger forever, though.
Tom (New york , NY)
Adam, it's great to have you back! Is the fact that the Mets are having a terrible time sorting out the bullpen and having to shuffle the deck with starters an indictment of how bad an offseason the club had in improving?
Adam Rubin (9:39 AM)
The starting pitching was basically untouched this winter, while the bullpen was rearranged, but arguably not improved, especially since so much faith was put in Kelvim Escobar (shoulder woes). The latter innings leading to K-Rod may be a big issue, and Jerry Manuel noted that very early in camp.
FormerDirtDart (Jacksonville. FL)
First, welcome to your new digs.Who is pushing for Mejia to head north with the team? Everything I've seen suggests Omar really want the kid to stay in the minors for the time being. Which I happen to think is probably a good idea.
Adam Rubin (9:39 AM)
I'm sure Jerry very much wants Mejia.
Lee (Jersey City)
Hey Adam,Welcome to ESPN...I am excited to have someone I trust representing my team on ESPN. What do you think is the over/under date for when Ike Davis is called up?
Adam Rubin (9:40 AM)
DG (Paris, France)
How can the Mets justify taking Igarashi to New York? He clearly is adjusting to the bigger ball (or just plainly stinks).
Adam Rubin (9:41 AM)
As I mentioned earlier in the chat, I neglected to put in the blog roster analysis that Igarashi is not a lock. He does have that two-year, $3 million deal, though. Lots of debate still going on with the bullpen.
Adam, who is the mets manager and GM on sept 1?
Adam Rubin (9:42 AM)
Let me preface this by saying I'm very fond of Jerry Manuel as a person, and it's asking a lot for anyone to unseat the Phillies with the cards dealt. But, candidly, Bob Melvin.
sanpete (Bayside, NY)
Adam... good luck at the new site. I know why there are now 8th inning specialist set up men type of guys... its money... but why does the 8th inning by match up not occur to these guys as an option. Bullpens are so up and down year to year, and line ups are so lefty righty based, why can't you have an 8th inning with two guys getting the bulk of the work?
Adam Rubin (9:43 AM)
Bingo. In an ideal world, you have a healthy J.J. Putz with a closer's pedigree locking down the eighth inning. But that's not always practical. What you mentioned is exactly what Jerry Manuel will do. Everyone I speak to in the clubhouse says this chatter about anointing one eighth-inning reliever is just silliness. If Howard and Utley are up in the eighth, Pedro Feliciano is the eighth-inning guy. If those lefty hitters are up in the seventh, he's the seventh-inning guy.
phil (new jersey)
hey Adam, Do you think the Mets can get someone at the trading deadline, if they are close to the wild card.
Adam Rubin (9:45 AM)
That's obviously way off, but the Mets have some chips if they want to make such a move -- Fernando Martinez, Ike Davis, Wilmer Flores, Ruben Tejada and Josh Thole. I will say, though, that there finally seems to be an attitude of "let's hold onto our prospects." That's partly out of necessity, too, since you need some players making the major-league minimum to offset the major salaries to Bay, Santana and soon Wright and Reyes.
Are the Yankees ready to make a run for another Championship, or do they need to make one more move to the team?
Adam Rubin (9:45 AM)
Wally Matthews will be chatting about the Yankees shortly.
John (New Jersey)
The mets have four very good shortstops in Reyes, Tejada, Havens, and Flores. What do you think happens to Tejada, Havens, and Flores if Reyes stays with the Mets for years to come. Also, good luck with the new site.
Adam Rubin (9:46 AM)
Thanks. Well, Havens already is moving to second base at Double-A Binghamton this year, although he has an oblique injury now and will need to stay behind in Port St. Lucie. Flores isn't lightning quick, and eventually projects as a third baseman or corner outfielder.
scott (westfield Nj)
Bobby Parnell besides yesterday and his first outing has looking good - what are the odds he comes north with the team? I think if they don't bring him they are missing the boat on a guy who can throw hard. Also I like figgy and he deserves to be on this team - thoughts?
Adam Rubin (9:48 AM)
I was told I shouldn't dismiss Bobby making the team entirely, but it doesn't look good if you're going to put on Mejia, Takahashi and Nieve(and even Sean Green or Igarashi). Mejia and Nieve have a little gas.Figgy may sneak on there. I was told he was solid last weekend, but Green really has come on, too. It's a shame they underappreciate Nelson. He's going to be outta here this time if they don't place him on the major-league team. If he clears waivers, probably Japan.
Will the Mets look into moving Flores to left (probably his most likely eventual landing spot) this year? They waited a bit too long with guys like Evans and Murphy and it hurt them.
Adam Rubin (9:49 AM)
He'll stay at shortstop for the foreseeable future. And Terry Collins says he'll repeat at Savannah, not be rushed to the Florida State League. He's only 18.
Joe (New Jersey)
Will the stingy Wilpons ever use their money wisely in the draft (Bosox, NYY), or are they so fearful Selig won't give them an All Star game that they will abide by the slot system
Adam Rubin (9:50 AM)
Stingy Wilpons is unfair. The payroll was $147 million last year. They do stick to MLB guidelines relative to other big-market teams on draft slotting to their detriment. You have a point with that.
Rob (Milford CT)
I think the problem with the mets is more of a perspective angle than talent. Do you think the Mets fans view on opening day would be better with Ike Davis at first base, fernando in cf and reyes at SS than jacobs, pagan, cora.....
Adam Rubin (9:51 AM)
I definitely believe fans get more excited about prospects. It's something to believe in. That doesn't make it the right decision.
Hey Adam,why is everyone questioning the work of Omar and Jerry but no one talks about Dan Warthen?No Mets Pitcher has become better since he took over from Rick Peterson.
Adam Rubin (9:52 AM)
Like my answer with Jerry, I like Dan a lot personally. I'm sure he'll be held responsible and go if Jerry goes, too.
Do the Mets have any plan on upgrading their rotation? Are there any possible trades out there? They can't really expect Pelfrey-Maine-Perez to be a season-long solution...
Adam Rubin (9:52 AM)
They like Jon Niese, too. But it is what it is, to borrow Mike Piazza's oft-uttered phrase.
Adam - what's the organizational thinking on the Chris Carter/Frank Cattalanano/Mike Jacobs decisions. Are they really only going to keep and start Jacobs because he hit 32 home runs 2 years ago and they'll (maybe) lose him if he doesnt make the openning day roster. If thats the case, it is no wonder this team is so poorly constructed.
Adam Rubin (9:54 AM)
Jerry has always had an affinity for Jacobs. You may remember the Mets told Jacobs he had been demoted after homering as a pinch-hitter in his major-league debut. Pedro Martinez got a lot of credit for being vocal and saying Jacobs ought to stay, but behind the scenes it was actually Jerry as a coach that was influential in Jacobs staying at the major-league level.
Matt G (Commack, NY)
How long will K-Rod be out for?
Adam Rubin (9:55 AM)
K-Rod's brother had a serious car accident, but I'm told by someone in Venezuela that's the sibling is okay now. Rodriguez is supposed to arrive in New York at some point Sunday. There should be no issue with missed time. Obviously family matters take precedence. He has missed a lot of time, though, between this and the prolonged pinkeye issue.
DG (Paris, France)
Adam, welcome back! Even if it was just a week, we missed you? You've seen and heard more than we have; what's your impression on the Mets pitching? Is it as bad as it seems?
Adam Rubin (9:56 AM)
Hold your breath.
Do you think Omar is placing his self-interest above the interest of team with moves like putting Meija into the bullpen and sticking with Alex Cora?
Adam Rubin (9:57 AM)
Poll players in the clubhouse and they all say Mejia belongs at the major-league level now.
Harry (Long Island)
Adam - welcome to ESPN. What was the thinking behind the team not signing an innings eater starter to take a little pressure off the rotation?
Adam Rubin (9:58 AM)
Omar kept saying all winter that Marquis, Garland, etc., are no better than Maine, Perez and Pelfrey. That may be true, but it's not the isssue. A free-agent signing wouldn't have diplaced any of them. It would have been in place of the fifth starter and given 200 innings -- which is 60 innings fewer that the bullpen might have had to provide. That said, people are impressed with Jon Niese.
Adam Rubin (9:59 AM)
There are more than 140 more questions in the queue, but I've got to hit the road for St. Pete in a few minutes. Couple more. My apologies.
Hey Adam, Sorry to see you leave the News, I'm an old school hard-copy reader. What should we make of the rotation switcheroo? Is this supposed to have sent a message to Pelfrey and Perez especially, and do you expect they will receive it? $24M is a lot to eat, do they dare?
Adam Rubin (10:00 AM)
They want to get off to a good start, and want to go with the hottest pitchers in the first series. It's probably a message thing, too. Jerry said it was because of Pelfrey's numbers against the Marlins. That's spin. He knew that weeks earlier.
Phil (Livingston, NJ)
Can you give us an update on pitcher Dillon Gee? Last year he seemed to have potential before getting injured. How far off is he from the big leagues?
Adam Rubin (10:01 AM)
He's back healthy and I expect he'll be in Buffalo's rotation. Misch will be at Triple-A and is probably the first call-up for the rotation if they can't handle it from one of the bullpen arms like Nieve or Takahashi. In fact, Stoner might get the call before Gee for young guys if the opportunity arose. But it's obviously about who is performing well at that point.Last one ...
Joe (New Jersey)
It appears that at best, the Mets are third best in the division, behind the Philles and Braves, and possibly behind the Marlins as well. Why not see if Meija can develop into a starter than waste him in a bullpen role on the major league level?
Adam Rubin (10:02 AM)
I think the Mets want to bring the 25 best people, or roughly the 25 best people. They can't write off this year. It doesn't preclude Mejia being a starter.
Adam Rubin (10:03 AM)
Thanks to everyone for making the inaugural chat a success. They will be very regular. And there's a function to ask questions on the ESPNNewYork.com Web site. Again, I'm thrilled to be with you and thanks for joining me.