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June 8, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin
  (11:59 AM)

Thanks for joining me. Here we go ...

Jason (NJ)

I assume Tatis will be the DH against lefties and Chris Carter the DH against righties, correct?

Adam Rubin
  (12:01 PM)

Given the rest of the bench is Jesus Feliciano, Alex Cora and the backup catcher, I presume those would be the extra bats in the lineup -- although, perhaps, Jerry Manuel sneaks Feliciano in for a game, too. Manuel has used the DH to "rest" a starter, too. So I suppose on a day they face a lefty, Tatis could play third base and Wright DHs. Jerry had mentioned Murphy as a candidate to be promoted when the Mets play the three straight series in AL parks, but obviously that's out the window now.

Matthew (New Jersey)

What plans do the Mets have for John Maine?

Adam Rubin
  (12:03 PM)

Maine will throw batting practice today, and we'll learn more afterward, I suspect. When Takahashi was doing better, I certainly saw a scenario where John Maine would go to the bullpen and not return to the rotation. Now, it seems more plausible to me they give him another shot -- assuming he has passable velocity in whatever he does first rehab-wise. Longer term, given he's making $3.2 million this season, you may be seeing the last of John in a Mets uniform. Those types of salaries/production lead to nontenders in December.

Mike (Keyport)

The Mets neeed another sp before the deadline I heard Haren may become available do you believe he will and if so what are the chances of the Mets getting him and for who?

Adam Rubin
  (12:04 PM)

Let's see where the Mets are in a month, but if they're buyers, certainly it has to be pitching they acquire. I have a hard time envisioning them obtaining a top-tier pitcher, though. They don't like rentals, and the cost in terms of prospects may be too steep otherwise for an organization that needs to promote some young players to offset big salaries.

Mike (Binghamton)

How high are the expectations going to be for Matt Harvey?

Charlie (Idaho)

Will Harvey be used as a sp or a rp??

Adam Rubin
  (12:06 PM)

The Mets compared him to Mike Pelfrey on last night's conference call. Certainly, he'd be used a starting pitcher. I guess an ideal scenario would be like the Reds had last year with the eighth overall pick -- Mike Leake from Arizona State -- who is already having a major impact in Cincinnati. But that's best-case scenario.

Kevin (NJ)

What do you think the Mets will do when Beltran comes back, who is the odd man out in the outfield? It is a good problem to have though, too many starting outfielders.

Adam Rubin
  (12:07 PM)

This is still a month or more away, I figure. Certainly, it seemed, Jeff Francoeur's playing time would diminish. But that was before Frenchy started hitting .500 in his last 10 games. Let's also see if Jerry opens up a can of worms and tries to use Beltran at all in RF. That would only come if Beltran's mobility is reduced, and if he consented, I believe.

Kevin (Florida)

Adam, the Carlos Beltran Watch continues. What's your latest ETA?

Adam Rubin
  (12:08 PM)

Has to be at least a month more, I figure. He played in a couple of highly structured extended spring training games as DH, but those aren't official minor league games. You'll notice he has not played in a Florida State League game, which would start a 20-day clock for when he would have to be activated.

Ryan (NY)

Adam - if Takahasi continues to struggle, do you see the next member of the rotation coming from the minors (Gee), or via trade (Millwood)?

Adam Rubin
  (12:09 PM)

What about John Maine? ... I think you'd see an acquisition before another minor league arm being inserted in the rotation, given those choices.

chris (nj)

Is MLB going find any issues during their investigationon Oliver Perez going on the DL?

Adam Rubin
  (12:09 PM)

I'm sure any veteran player has enough damage show up on an MRI to justify a short DL stint. If the Mets try to drag it out, though, it could become an issue.

Paul (NY)

Adam, what do you think of the Mets minor league system? They have been bashed the last couple of years, but with Harvey(if signed), Havens, Tejada, Mejia, Ike Davis, Neweinhuis, Niese its been pretty productive. Oh I forgot to mention future star Wilmer Flores.

Adam Rubin
  (12:11 PM)

The top eight or nine are competitive with other organizations, although there's clearly no Mike Stanton or Stephen Strasburg, at least remotely close to the majors. Still a little thin overall, though. I will say I saw Brandon Moore from Indiana Wesleyan pitch for Savannah at Lakewood a few weeks ago and was impressed, although his velocity was just in the upper-80s.

Mark (Levittown)

I'm hearing all this talk that the Mets are interested and scouting Milwood and Westbrook. What type of package would they have to give up to acquire either of these guys?

Adam Rubin
  (12:12 PM)

I think you may be referring to a piece in the Daily News that said the Mets advance scout, Bob Johnson, would be watching them because -- well -- the Mets next face the Orioles and Indians.

justin (NYC)

Do you see tejada and cora splitting second base duty still even when castillo comes back?

Adam Rubin
  (12:13 PM)

When Castillo comes back, I imagine he's got to start and Tejada goes down. But if Tejada does well, I bet Castillo is slowed down in his rehab.

David (Montville, NJ)

If you had one game to win are you throwing Pelfrey or Santana to the hill?

Adam Rubin
  (12:13 PM)

Tough question, but right now probably Pelfrey. 6-0 after a Mets loss. And you probably should defer to the harder thrower in a one-game setting.

Joe (staten island ny)

Do you see the mets landing Cliff Lee this season ?

Adam Rubin
  (12:13 PM)

Nope.

matt (ny)

How long before the Mets give up on Perez and release him? I know 20 million is a ton of money even to the Wilpons but hes a cancer and has to go.

Adam Rubin
  (12:14 PM)

How long can they keep him on the DL? I don't see release being an option anytime soon. As I've mentioned, the last two players I remember the Mets eating money on were Roger Cedeno and Kaz Matsui -- and we were dealing with significantly less money in both scenarios.

steve k (ambler, pa)

did the Mets try to swap perez for Suppan. Wouldn't that have made sense for Mets and Cards?

Adam Rubin
  (12:15 PM)

Perez is signed for next year at $12 million. Suppan was up after this year, no? I don't think the Brewers were going to add salary to get something they wouldn't want. Same logic as why Dontrelle Willis for Perez wouldn't have worked. Their salaries matched this year, but Willis' contract was up after 2010 and Perez is signed for one more season.

David (Montville, NJ)

Apparently MLB looking into Oliver Perez being placed on DL, any news on that?

Adam Rubin
  (12:16 PM)

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/news/story?id=5263657

Mike (Keyport)

If Tejada plays well and continues to get a few big hits i know its only been 2 games but if it continues is there any chance he stays there even if castillo gets healthy

Adam Rubin
  (12:17 PM)

Hard to see how Tejada fits. That's too many middle infielders. As I mentioned, the better Tejada does, the slower Castillo's progress likely will be.

Smiles (PA)

With an overabundance of outfielders in the Mets system, wouldn't you figure it packaging Fernando Martinez in a deal for Cliff Lee. Martinez has constant injury trouble, and Lee would put this team in a very favorable position with Santana and Pelfrey. The Mets would at least be guaranteed a return on investment via draft picks.

Adam Rubin
  (12:19 PM)

Overabundance of outfielders in Mets system? Fernando Martinez, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and ...I don't see the Mets shelling out a lot for a rental player. They just don't do it.And the Mariners would want a player who has averaged 78 games a season because of injuries after all they gave up to the Phillies, and with getting two first-round picks if they offer Lee arbitation, because?

Alex (Florida)

I heard about this kid Brandon Holt, pitcher in the Mets farm system. Whats he doing now??

Adam Rubin
  (12:20 PM)

Brad Holt. Double-A. Wrist injury to start the year. High ERA at Binghamton, but he did have a five scoreless inning outing at Binghamton recently.

Mack (NY)

Look into your crystal ball - are Wright and Reyes both still Mets in 5 years?

Adam Rubin
  (12:21 PM)

I used to think David Wright was a certainty to retire as a Met. Now I'm not so sure. Five years from now, if I were betting, I'd probably be inclined to say one is not a Met in five years. I'd bet more if you said, say, six or seven years. The Mets have a 2011 option on Reyes. So if he got one more deal after that for, say, four years, that would mean free agency again in 2016.

Alex (Florida)

What's the biggest concern this team has now?

Adam Rubin
  (12:21 PM)

Pitching

matt (ny)

Any rumblings about the Mets packaging one of their outfielders in a trade for a starter if Beltran comes back?

Adam Rubin
  (12:22 PM)

Beltran is only under contract through 2011, so I can't imagine they'll part with Pagan to make room for an injury-susceptible player. Bay isn't going anyway. And Jeff Francoeur has been hot for the past 10 games, but I'm not sure there's a market that would make a trade worthwhile.

greg t (brooklyn ny)

do you see havens in the majors this year ,can you compare him to a major leager

Adam Rubin
  (12:23 PM)

Reese has been on an unbelievable homer binge with Binghamton, but he's in his first season at Double-A, and in his first season at playing second base. And he got a late start because of oblique injuries (and then some back trouble). I don't think you'd see him this year.

steve k (ambler, pa)

I bet Omar regrets trading Stokes for Matthews, Jr!

Adam Rubin
  (12:25 PM)

The funny thing is, the Mets could have had Brian Stokes, Cory Sullivan and $2 million more in their coffers without that trade. If they would have promised Sullivan they wouldn't sign another outfielder afterward like Rick Ankiel in January, he would have re-signed, and that trade would for Matthews would never have been necessary.

Dardel (NY)

Reese Havens has no doubt re-emerged on the Mets radar. With both he and Tejada, there is no way Castillo is still around in 2011. Right?

Adam Rubin
  (12:26 PM)

Well, there's only one year and $6 million on Castillo's contract at that point, so it's certainly in the more eatable range. They try to trade him every winter. I imagine this winter will be no different.

Ben (Yorktown)

Who did the mets send down when they brought up feliciano?

Adam Rubin
  (12:27 PM)

Omir Santos. The third catcher was needed in their estimation over the weekend because Henry Blanco has a herniated disc and needed a cortisone shot.

Mickey (NY)

How is Parnell doing in Buffalo? He showed some signs of promise last year

Adam Rubin
  (12:27 PM)

He did very well recently -- walks were way down. I noticed one boxscore from the weekend in Norfolk when it looked like he was roughed up. But Dan Warthen is on the record saying the Buffalo staff recommended Parnell or Manny Acosta be the next call-up if a bullpen need arises.

Michael-Patrick in LA (The Best Coast)

Who is the next Minor Leaguer to make an impact in Queens that we have not yet seen?

Adam Rubin
  (12:28 PM)

Maybe Kirk Nieuwenhuis, although it's a little crowded in the outfield right now.

jack (queens)

Assuming Ollie's DL trip isn't reversed -- is there a limit on the number of rehab starts he's allowed to make? what's the time-frame we're looking at?

Adam Rubin
  (12:30 PM)

Once Oliver appeared in a minor league game, a 30-day clock would start where he would have to be activated or a new injury would have to be declared. (For position players, minor league rehab stints are 20 days. Pitchers are 30 days.) However, an MLB source told me that red flags will again go up if the Mets keep Perez on the DL much more than 15 days if all they're claiming is tendinitis.

Todd (Astoria, NY)

Adam the Phillies look terrible and Atlanta seems to be met-like with their streaks.....If the Mets are this close at trading deadline they will have to get something done, no? How about two decent starters and push some guys into the bullpen? Are they active in pursuit of trades?

Adam Rubin
  (12:31 PM)

The Mets would really need to add at least one starting pitcher and one reliever if they're in the race.

David D (Boston)

Hey Adam, how confident are the Mets about signing Matt Harvey, and what kind of contract do you think he'll get.

Adam Rubin
  (12:32 PM)

He is a Scott Boras client, so I suppose they're not going into it blind and think they will sign him. Of course, it probably goes to the deadline.

Adam Lowenthal (Long Island)

What do you think of the LaRussa style of play with the pitcher batting 8th?? I love the idea.

Adam Rubin
  (12:32 PM)

The Brewers did it too with Randy Wolf when the Mets played there, if I remember correctly. Jerry Manuel said he likes managing against it, so I suppose he's not a fan.

Pat [via mobile]

I know it would never happen but Pelfrey for Strasburg... Who hangs up first?

Adam Rubin
  (12:33 PM)

Nationals.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Will P Matt Harvey who was selected by the New York Mets In the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft play at Brooklyn?

Adam Rubin
  (12:34 PM)

Doubt it, unless he signs quickly. Scott Boras negotiations usually drag out, and I believe off the top of my head the signing deadline is Aug. 15. They probably wouldn't throw him into a New York-Penn League game at that point. Probably just to Florida for bullpens.

Harry (Babylon)

Adam - have the Mets suddenly changed their philosophy regarding the makeup of their bench? - if only they began the season with that type of thinking.

Adam Rubin
  (12:35 PM)

They have a philosophy? ... I just think they gave up on Frank Catalanotto and Gary Matthews.

greg t (brooklyn ny)

i keep hearing omar talking highly of johnny valispin, can he make an impact in 2011

Adam Rubin
  (12:35 PM)

That would be Jordany Valdespin. He's in St. Lucie. 2011? No. Middle infielders like Ruben Tejada and Reese Havens are way ahead right now.

Mickey (NY)

You have more behind the scenes knowledge than we do - do you know if any player said something to Oliver Perez in the clubhouse to make him come forward with his "injury?" The players must have been getting sick of his selfishness

Adam Rubin
  (12:36 PM)

Ollie has a very smart agent. You can never know for certain how someone feels, but obviously MLB is curious. It does achieve everything the Mets want, and Ollie doesn't have to say he's a minor leaguer. He's just a rehabbing player.

Mike (Keyport)

What happened to Kunz wasnt he supposed to be the closer of the future how has he been doing and what is going on with Evans will he ever be in the major league picture again

Adam Rubin
  (12:38 PM)

Kunz was being used as a starter in Binghamton this season to become more of a pitcher, but he's now back in their pen. ... Nick Evans is having a very solid year in AA. Something has to give soon. This is his last year with an option, so he'd be prime trade bait at the deadline or this offseason. He's the type of player who likely gets claimed off waivers. So if he's still in camp next spring and doesn't make the team, then he'd go on waivers and likely get taken.

Dardel (NY)

Great insight into Backman, who is about to start his tenure with the Cyclones. It should be interesting to see how, and if, he progresses through the minors. It appears that he will be an asset at any level. I guess the Mets are monitoring him to see if he can avoid some of the antics he pulled in the independent league.

Adam Rubin
  (12:39 PM)

Thanks. I remember Mets VP Dave Howard saying at the winter press conference in Brooklyn that there is very specific contract language allowing for dismissal for any minor transgression. From everything I hear about Wally Backman, I can't believe he'll have any issue though.

Adam Rubin
  (12:41 PM)

Thanks to everyone for joining me. This is becoming weekly at noon on Tuesdays, except when I need to travel on that day. ... Please check out the Mets blog at ESPNNewYork.com. And you can follow me on Twitter: AdamRubinESPN