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May 9, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin
  (12:00 PM)

Thanks for joining me. Let's get started ...

Chris (New Jersey)

Adam, any updates on D'arnaud ? Also, when is a realistic expectation for when Wheeler comes up ?

Adam Rubin
  (12:02 PM)

I do not have a specific update on d'Arnaud. It's too early for daily checking. The fracture occurred April 17 and the estimate was missing two months. ... I don't know what is the specific timeline for Zack Wheeler's promotion. He has had two straight solid starts leading into Saturday's next outing. Certainly it will be after the organization is comfortable the Super 2 deadline is passed. I still think around that mid-June five-game series in Atlanta when the Mets will need an extra starter is a reasonable estimate.

Justin (Memphis)

What is our outfield going to look like going forward? Other than Duda, who gets the most ABs?

Adam Rubin
  (12:02 PM)

It's just going to be based on who is doing well/poorly.

Ken (Monterey, CA)

STOP tweeting every 10 seconds! Nobody cares about you or the Mets and I'm tired of seeing a damn tweet every 10 seconds on the MLB page of ESPN. Enough!!!

Adam Rubin
  (12:03 PM)

Thanks for your feedback. Does that mean you don't follow me?

GJ Silverman (Poughkeepsie)

Adam, what's your ETA on Frank Francisco and Pedro Feliciano and who might be jettisoned to make room for them?

Adam Rubin
  (12:05 PM)

I will need to check on both today. Francisco has pitched three of the past four days with St. Lucie, so he's very close. The maximum 30-day rehab in the minors started April 17 when he appeared for St. Lucie. So we're clearly talking a return in the next week, if not sooner. Feliciano was slowed by the food poisoning, or he'd be at a higher level by now. I saw Pedro pitch last Thursday at Fort Myers. Manager Ryan Ellis had said the velocity had been up and the slider had more bite. At least with respect to the velocity, I did not see it that outing. Maybe that's just boredom being in A-ball.

Les (East Windsor, NJ)

Isn't there anyone down on the farm that can do better (and are younger/more athletic) than what the Mets are putting out there in the OF? U/stand Duda, since he has power, but all the others???????

Adam Rubin
  (12:07 PM)

There's no one on the immediate horizon. The alternative would just be actually using the young players -- Juan Lagares, specifically. Kirk Nieuwenhuis is in Triple-A and Matt den Dekker is about 10 days removed from getting the cast off his broken wrist, so he should be starting baseball activities shortly. In Double-A, Cory Vaughn still needs more development time. Otherwise, you're waiting on 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo, which is a long wait since he is only in low-A (and actually has been out a couple of weeks with a hand injury anyway).

Jason (IA)

I see you got into a Twitter feud with a couple of your followers regarding Harvey's development. I'm not disputing your take that he's a different pitcher now than in AAA. However, why is that? It appears as though he's been fairly dominant (at least throwing up some really high K totals) since day one. Was he bored in AAA, or did something click simulatneous to his MLB promotion?

Adam Rubin
  (12:08 PM)

Terry Collins suggests he was bored. Maybe something just clicked. The Mets saw the same things I did. Remember when they gave Miguel Batista extra starts last year because they did not think Harvey was ready? He was not throwing his slider for a strike in Triple-A and the fastball was up in the zone and hittable in Triple-A.

Mike (Connecticut)

What are chances Duda gets traded to AL to be a DH and perhaps JV becomes everyday player?

Adam Rubin
  (12:11 PM)

It's hard for me to assess the likelihood of a player getting traded because it's entirely dependent upon what is offered. As for Jordany Valdespin, I'll stick with what I've been saying forever. He'll drive you nuts as an everyday player. The Mets think he doesn't concentrate enough as a starter, but does do well as a pinch hitter because he shortens his swing and focuses (and can hit a fastball when he's looking for it). Let's not kid ourselves, though, despite all those early pinch-hit homers. In 275 major league plate appearances, Valdespin is a .238 hitter with a .283 OBP. And the Mets would gladly trade him if 29 other teams were not aware of his personality and restrained in what they will offer for that reason.

john (new jersey)

do you think wheeler might be bored in AAA?

Adam Rubin
  (12:12 PM)

The walks were too high. Can't say that's a signal or boredom. Wheeler himself said he was having a hard time gripping the baseball in the dry air and with the altitude.

Don (Manhattan)

In 2011 the Nats promoted Harper mid-season after 258 AB, from the South Atlantic League to the AA Eastern League, skipping the Florida State League. His line was .318/.423/.554. Plawecki is currently better than that. If his numbers hold do you see the Mets giving Plawecki the Harper treatment?

Adam Rubin
  (12:14 PM)

No. Harper is a once-in-a-generation prospect (or twice-in-a-generation with Mike Trout). The only player in the Mets' system I can remember recently going from Savannah directly to Binghamton was a pitcher -- maybe Brandon Moore a few years ago? It was before this regime, I'm pretty sure.

Sally (NY, NY)

Is the current AA outfield the starting ML outfield in 2014 (Vaughn, Puello)

Adam Rubin
  (12:15 PM)

No way.

Jeremy (Richmond)

Yet another slow start from Ike Davis makes one wonder just how much last year's version was the product of the infection that he had. Isn't it time to question just how valuable he'll be for the Mets when - and if - they really do start turning things around in the years ahead?

Gary (NYC)

Adam, I suppose the thing that disturbs me the most about the Wilpons/ Alderson is that they never add any salary, no matter how small, to the payroll during the season. I agree that you need to develop young pitching, but u need to score runs as well. Even an overbay, wells, boesch type of player to bring in for a tryout is never considered. what is the deal with the lack of position players? I don't think they want to spend any $! Thoughts?

Adam Rubin
  (12:15 PM)

You're on the record.

Christian (Arlington, VA)

Thanks for all of the work you do to keep us up to date with NY Mets news. If you had to project, will the Mets do what the Red Sox did last year and get a couple of higher priced (non Type A FA) to improve the club for '14?

Adam Rubin
  (12:18 PM)

If they don't add big-time free agents next offseason, the payroll is going to be about $40 million. Remember, they have Johan Santana ($31 million, with 2014 buyout), Jason Bay ($21 million, albeit with $16 million deferred 1-2 years), John Buck ($6 million), Frank Francisco ($6.5 million) and Shaun Marcum ($4 million base) all coming off the books. The lone major commitments, other than arbitration-eligible guys such as Ike Davis, are David Wright (who jumps to $20 million in 2014) and Jon Niese ($5 million).

Rich (New Jersey)

Hi, Mets got 4 home games with Pirates coming and D. Gee (2-4), S. Marcum (0-2), J. Niese (2-3) and Matt Harvey (4-0, 1.28) do you see the Mets going 2-2 or 3-1 vs Pittsburgh before going on the road?

Adam Rubin
  (12:18 PM)

Pittsburgh is a legit team. Let's say 2-2. Give the Mets the Harvey game and one of the other three.

Jason (IA)

Let's say hypothetically that Harvey keeps up his dominant pace for another month or two - maybe digresses a little bit. Let's also say Clayton Kershaw (for example) continues to be outstanding. Do you have any idea if Bochy would give Harvey the nod to start the ASG because it's his home park? Or would he go w/ the more established guy? Thoughts? Is there any precedence to go by that you can think of?

Adam Rubin
  (12:20 PM)

I have to think being in the home park has to carry consideration, so I would speculate Harvey would be the All-Star starter. Then again, Tony La Russa wasn't very much for looking for a good script when he passed on naming R.A. Dickey the starter last year.

Danny (New York)

Any chance that the Mets make a run at trading for Price? You can never have too much pitching.

Adam Rubin
  (12:21 PM)

Sure. For Harvey and Wheeler.

Paul (Bay Ridge )

Beside Wright and Harvey who would you absolutely NOT trade?

Adam Rubin
  (12:21 PM)

Apparently Zack Wheeler, if you believe he was untouchable for Justin Upton.

john (new jersey)

I'm attending my first Mets game of the year this Sunday to see Harvey pitch. What kind of jump in attendance do you think Harvey will bring on days he's playing? Think the Mets might wonder what kind of boost they'd get from giving us the opportunity to see Wheeler sooner rather than later?

Adam Rubin
  (12:22 PM)

There hasn't been much of a Harvey bump -- they've been announcing in the upper 20s for his starts. Clearly, though, the attendance was better and there was more buzz when he pitched Tuesday than on Wednesday with Jeremy Hefner. I would think Sunday's attendance would be more reflective of it being Mother's Day.

Sally (NY, NY)

Which minor league pitchers are most likely to be traded?

Adam Rubin
  (12:23 PM)

It's impossible to answer a question like that. You would give up anybody -- or almost anybody -- for the right return.

Andrew (New York, NY)

Adam, any word on possible trades before the All-Star Game?

Adam Rubin
  (12:24 PM)

I cannot fathom the Mets being buyers. Nor can I fathom them starting to sell that early. Any trade would have to be for a player under control in 2014 and beyond. Bill Madden in the Daily News floated Alex Rios from the White Sox as someone the Mets ought to entertain trying to acquire.

TJ (MA)

What are Mets people thinking about Ike? Sandy on the record seemed to be pretty positive about him, but are they expressing any doubts behind the scenes about him being a guy who is one of the main centerpieces of a lineup long term? His second half last year was very good and he does have great power, but does his overall career line so far and the streakiness raise concern?

Adam Rubin
  (12:25 PM)

Don't know their true thoughts, but I'm sure the jury is still out. That's why you're not going to see a longer-term deal to cover Ike's arbitration years. I can't imagine that, anyway.

Micah (CT)

Looking for the hot hand do you feel turner could handle some sort of OF roll with out looking like Murphy did last year

Adam Rubin
  (12:26 PM)

It's unfair to ask players to do that with no experience, so his bat would need to be a big-time advantage over the alternative in a corner (Byrd?).

Micah (CT)

I never heard of Brown do the scouts project him to be anything like an avg everyday player?

Adam Rubin
  (12:27 PM)

I don't think everyday player has been mentioned. He's been with two previous organizations. He's not a young prospect.

Adam Rubin
  (12:27 PM)

Anyway. Thanks for joining me for the past half-hour. I'll do this again next Thursday.