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 12:30 p.m. ET!
Adam Rubin (12:26 PM)
Thanks for joining me. Let's get started ...
Connor Ryan (Bronx, New York)
With Jordany Valdespin playing so well this spring, what do you think the Mets will do with him?
Adam Rubin (12:28 PM)
I all likelihood, Valdespin will start the season at Triple-A Buffalo, where he spent the tail end of last season. It will be interesting to see his position usage with the Bisons. He primarily has been a second baseman over shortstop of late. And I suppose now he could get some outfield exposure too. Assuming Kirk Nieuwenhuis (oblique) is healthy and ready to break camp with the Bisons, though, Nieuwenhuis should be the one logging the majority of the time in center field.
Assuming Johan Santana shows himself to be healthy for the first half of the season, doesn't it make sense to pay as much of his salary as necessary to move him for another Zack Wheeler level prospect? Even if they have to pay 80% of his contract. They're on the hook for the salary anyway so whatever they don't have to pay is a cost savings, and they add another chip to the rebuilding process.
Adam Rubin (12:30 PM)
Johan Santana will be virtually impossible to trade, no matter how good he looks. He is owed $31 million in 2013 alone with a 2014 buyout. No one is taking on that risk for someone susceptible to a shoulder re-injury. And what incentive would the Mets have to pick up 80% of $31 million unless they're writing off this season and next? The only time I could see him traded, and it would require the Mets kicking in major money, would be July 2013.
When (not if) the Mets are eliminated by June, will they consider bringing up prospects (like Harvey) sooner rather than later? And if not is it a future arbitration date decision, or a development decision?
Adam Rubin (12:30 PM)
It's about calling up Harvey when Harvey is ready primarily.
What ever happened to Tobi Stoner and Scott Moviel? both were promising talents and both have seemed to disappoint and fall out of the mets plans recently. what are their status'?
Adam Rubin (12:31 PM)
Tobi Stoner is still with the organization and went directly to minor league camp. He's no longer on the 40-man roster. Scott Moviel is serving a 50-game suspension for testing positive twice for a "drug of abuse." He and catcher Dock Doyle both were suspended for that infraction by MLB during the offseason.
Mick (Long Island)
Mike Franceser of WFAN said that the drop of payroll is temporary because the Wilpons could not co-mingle their own personal finances (which are still abudant) into the team until the lawsuit was over. He said he expects the payroll to rise again now that the case is over. This is contrary to everything I've read lately, most writers say the Wilpons are on life support and they will gut the payroll with hopes of merely surviving and pray that revenue somehow rises again. What is the truth?
Adam Rubin (12:35 PM)
May I refer you to Sandy Alderson's comments on the ESPNNY Mets blog from Tuesday? Alderson basically said the equity infusion and case settlement affords the Mets the option to pursue a free agent here and there if the front office deems necessary. But he was making no predictions about the payroll rising significantly from $90 million. And he was harping on the farm system as the primary route to return the team to prominence. The bottom line is that much of the $240 million is going out the door right away -- $65 million combined for Bank of America and MLB loans. And reportedly about $75 million going to pay down other bank debt. If the Mets lost money this year, that too will eat up some of that new money. The Mets' owners may not be in jeopardy now for the next couple of years in terms of losing the franchise, but there are still big debt obligations looming within a few years unless refinancing occurs. There are still $50 million annual bond interest payments on the stadium. So there is still a cash flow crunch that should keep the payroll below the norm for a New York team.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who will be the New York Mets Shortstop in 2012 Since Jose Reyes is now Playing for Miami?
Adam Rubin (12:36 PM)
That's an easy one. Ruben Tejada. Ronny Cedeno may get a few start here and there backing up the middle infielders.
Disgruntled Mets fans should take a hard look at their own hypocrisy. When the team is winning, it's "We're Number 1"; but when the team is losing, it's "They stink!".
Adam Rubin (12:36 PM)
Well, that's generally how it works, no?
Adam Rubin (12:37 PM)
We're going to stop here because we're getting close to game time and there's some more reporting to be done. Thanks for joining me.