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September 14, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin
  (12:08 PM)

Thanks for joining me. Sorry for the delay. Technical difficulties. Hopefully I won't drop out again.

Mike (New York)

Is there any reason Beltran is still playing this year? It seems like it'd be a better idea to rest his knee and get him ready for 2011 (is that not how this kind of injury works?). I know they're trying to showcase him for a trade but I don't see a realistic way that they can get equal value for him in a deal...

Adam Rubin
  (12:09 PM)

I objected to Beltran playing last September for "peace of mind," when playing on the knee arguably made it worse and led to the Jan. 13 surgery. This time, it's not going to get any better. He might as well play. Now, you can argue, Jason Bay is trying to come back from a concussion for no great reason.

Mike (NYC)

Since there's very little to look forward to in the current season, who are the Mets representatives in the AFL?

Adam Rubin
  (12:10 PM)

So far, it's LHP Robert Carson, RHP Josh Stinson, C Kai Gronauer and IF Jordany Valdespin. The Mets have three spots left -- for two pitchers and an outfielder.

Seann (SC)

Will the new charges in the K-Rod case help the Mets if they choose to try and void his contract?

Adam Rubin
  (12:11 PM)

The Players Association seems confident that not only will the Mets converting the contract to nonguaranteed be overturned by an arbitrator, that they'll recover his back day -- except for the original two-day suspension. I'm sure the more the better in terms of charges as far as the Mets are concerned, though.

Harry (Babylon)

Adam - what qualities should the next Met's GM bring to the organization?

Adam Rubin
  (12:12 PM)

Being organized. Shrewd.

Seann (SC)

Assuming Johan is not ready for the start of the season, what are the chances the Mets go after a Ted Lilly type arm? Or are they going to try and find another R.A. Dickey type diamond in the rough this offseason?

Adam Rubin
  (12:12 PM)

The Mets were confident yesterday that Santana would contribute from the beginning of the season. Regardless, I can't imagine the Mets throwing around big dollars this winter. Let's see who the GM is first.

David (New York)

Adam, great work as always. The Mets reported that there were about 24,000 tickets sold. How many were actually there? It looked like a Marlins or Expos crowd. I only see it getting worse as they get more and more irrelevant. Going into 2011 something must be changed because these crowds will become the norm.

Adam Rubin
  (12:14 PM)

Tickets sold is what's announced. But I have to imagine, between Mets-Pirates, the standings, everything else going on last night and the weather is might have been 5,000.

CJ (Jacksonville, FL)

I hope the Mets dump salaries and stay with a youth movement over the next 12 months. It might not produce a winner, but will allow some of "our" talent to develop. What do think the chances of that happening are?

Adam Rubin
  (12:14 PM)

Again, we need to find out who is the GM first. I think a youth movement largely will be forced on them because of the contract commitments.

Big Al (10522)

Hey Adam...Quick Knicks question..As the team sits right now, do you think we are a .500 team? Also, do we have enough pieces to trade for Carmelo in December? You know he wants to come to NY but can we pull it off.

Adam Rubin
  (12:15 PM)

You're asking the wrong person. Sorry. All I know is the Mets. And judging by a handful of nasty tweeters, that's debatable.

Jason (NJ)

If John Ricco doesn't become the GM once Omar is reassigned, who do you think will?

Adam Rubin
  (12:15 PM)

Apparently not Wayne Krivsky, either. So it'll have to be someone from outside the organization.

Harry (Babylon)

How quickly do you see the team addressing the GM situation?

Adam Rubin
  (12:16 PM)

I imagine a day or two after the season at least the outgoing part would be confirmed.

Adam Rubin
  (12:16 PM)

I imagine a day or two after the season at least the outgoing part would be confirmed.

Harry (Babylon)

The Mets look like they will improve 8-10 games this year while introducing a handful of productive young players - should we consider this year a step in a positive or negative direction?

Adam Rubin
  (12:17 PM)

No way can this be considered a step forward. Meandering around .500 isn't an accomplishment. And while I'm an advocate for young players, this is not Jason Heyward, Mike Stanton, etc.

Ricky (NYC)

Do you predict that Jeff Wilpon will decide on Omar fate before the season is over as he did when he fired Jim Duquette or wait till the end of the season?

Adam Rubin
  (12:17 PM)

Decide? I imagine he may have decided already. Announced? I'm figuring right after the season.

Jim (New York, NY)

How'd you end up working at ESPN coming out of Wharton?

Adam Rubin
  (12:18 PM)

Internships in journalism rather than business. I previously worked at The Birmingham (Ala.) News, Shreveport (La.) Times and New York Daily News before joining ESPN in March.

Ricky (NYC)

How come we haven?t heard Gary Carter name as a possible candidate for manager?

Adam Rubin
  (12:18 PM)

At this risk of dredging up someone old, he lobby too much in the past

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Which Former New York Mets Players are Broadcasters?

Adam Rubin
  (12:19 PM)

Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling. That one I could handle. Ray Knight used to do the Nationals games. Not sure if he still does.

Harry (Babylon)

Isn't overspending on a organized, shrewd GM (a la Billy Beane) actually cheaper than hiring a lesser GM who overspends on mediocrity?

Adam Rubin
  (12:20 PM)

Yes, but that concept is usually lost on people looking at the immediate bottom line.

Jc (Fort Myers, FL)

Hey Adam, has Ike Davis's recent resurgence has he shown enough in your opinion that people can lay off a young kid and let him grow. It seems as he struggled people were ready to give up on him but he is a rookie and his numbers are comparable to super rookie Jason Heyward. Granted Jason has been way more clutch for a longer time but in only 4 games more Ike has only 11 less hits, scored 13 less runs, hit 1 more homer, 1 more double, and 1 less rbi. The stark difference is in BA but Ike's .262 is pretty good for a rookie. I'm just saying if in a full year Ike can give this team .260-.280/25h/40d/80-100 rbi's that would be plenty of production at first base.

Adam Rubin
  (12:22 PM)

I don't think Ike Davis is comparable to Jason Heyward. I think a lot of years from Ike you'll see above average defense, .260-.270 and 18-22 homers. I don't think people were ever burying Ike, but the comparables you hear from scouts, broadcasters (like Keith Hernandez) and even Ike's dad are John Olerud and Adam LaRoche.

Jason (NJ)

On a contending team, is Mike Pelfrey anything better than a 4th starter? His Home Road Splits scream out to me back end/no big deal starting pitcher.

Adam Rubin
  (12:22 PM)

Pelf does have 14 wins this season. He's more erratic than anyone would like, but fourth starter is too harsh. Heck, if Santana isn't ready in April, he may be the No. 1.

Mike (westchester)

does the next gm get to choose his manager? More of a trainwreck, Willie or Jerry?

Adam Rubin
  (12:23 PM)

You would hope the next GM would have input, but I can see the people who are interviewed be asked, say, if they would be comfortable working with Wally Backman and going from there.

Harry (Babylon)

What qualities should the next Met's manager bring to the organization (player accountability for one)?

Adam Rubin
  (12:24 PM)

How about a Bobby Cox type? Strong fundamentals. Doesn't tear up his players in the press.

RJ (NY)

Even if Johan is ready to start the year when the Mets break camp, is it safe to say his days of being one of the best pitchers in the game are long gone?

Adam Rubin
  (12:25 PM)

If it's just the anterior capsule and not the rotator cuff, and Mets people were insistent it's just the anterior capsule, then apparently he can return to pre-surgery form. But we saw from John Maine that there's always a risk once they go into the shoulder. And while Johan was very good in the second half, his margin for error every year decreases since his velocity will never be again what it was in the Minnesota days.

Harry (Babylon)

Is Ike Davis the one player the Mets may be able to trade relatively high on this off season - there is no reason Ike Davis should be a deal breaker in any possible scenario if it improves the team?

Adam Rubin
  (12:26 PM)

I agree that Ike shouldn't be a deal breaker. The problem is that if the Mets are trading young players for established players, that means they're adding payroll. I don't see them doing that. The payroll commitment for next year already is roughly $130 million. How bad are ticket sales/revenue going to be? I just don't see it happening.

Jake (NY)

Any chance we see Matt Harvey in the AFL this year?

Adam Rubin
  (12:27 PM)

The Mets have two pitching slots open, but he said he didn't throw all summer. Silly to have him ramp it up now.

Bryan (NY)

How ironic that the three Mets that didn't show up at the hospital in DC are the same three that were all activated at the same time the Mets started falling. Are these guys (Beltran, Ollie, Castillo) the textbook definition of clubhouse cancers or what?

Adam Rubin
  (12:28 PM)

In Ollie and Castillo's cases, blame the organization. They essentially chose to play with a 23-man roster because they were beholden to contracts rather than eating the money.

Harry (Babylon)

Why has the team been reluctant to spend overslot in the draft - is part of it Fred Wilpon's loyalty to Bud Selig?

Adam Rubin
  (12:29 PM)

Yes. Although they did spend $200,000 or so over slot on Harvey and also signed late-round pick Erik Goedell out of UCLA.

dp (Connecticut)

I know it's only a small sample size of 13 innings, but Gee has been impressive in both of his starts. The Nats game he had better command, but last night he proved he can get out of "spots" unscathed. Please tell me the plans are to let him keep the rotation spot for a few more starts. He HAS to be the front runner for the #5 spot next year right?

Adam Rubin
  (12:30 PM)

Again, so much is contingent upon who is running the organization. Is Mejia going back to the bullpen? Is he starting in Triple-A. Mejia has more upside, but I can see a scenario where Gee opens the season as the fifth starter.

Adam Rubin
  (12:30 PM)

Thanks for joining me. Sorry for the tardy beginning. Internet difficulties with an air card.