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May 30, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin
  (11:59 AM)

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

Auggie (New York)

Is Ruben's injury actually serious/legitimately requiring 15 day DL, or is that just a convenient and pride-maintaining way to demote him? Will he be held out longer than 15 days by the leg?

Adam Rubin
  (12:00 PM)

I don't know the severity of the right quadriceps injury, but I refuse to believe it's make believe. He had the same injury last year and missed seven weeks. If he were hitting .300 and playing stellar defense, might they have waited a day or two? Perhaps. But it's certainly a convenient vehicle to eventually get him to minor league games (for rehab) without the stigma of a demotion.

Steve (Westchester)

Is Bobby Parnell deserving of an All-Star spot?

Adam Rubin
  (12:02 PM)

I had not thought about it. Let's see what his save total gets to. Certainly the fact the game is in New York will help. But he hasn't got the household name recognition yet, which might hurt him. I hadn't studied the traditional breakdown of starting pitchers vs. relievers selected, but certainly off the bat Grilli and Kimbrel would be on the team.

Jamie (NYC)

Davis's last few days: legitimately encouraging, or small sample size/random upswing? Obviously, the fact he's going the opposite way is heartening...

Adam Rubin
  (12:03 PM)

I need to take a closer look at solicit opinion about his revised stance. If that shortens the path to the ball and limits the hand movement, he has a chance to succeed. But if he's going to do the same thing and happens to run into a hanging breaking ball, you can't pronounce him healed. The fundamental flaw would still be there.

dan (ny)

your predicition of mets wins in 2013 looks ok. but how in the world did you pick them to finish below the marlins ? granted theyve had injuries, but no key injury outside of stanton (lomo is always injured).

Adam Rubin
  (12:05 PM)

The Marlins, watching in spring training, have a ton of young players coming. Their second half should be stronger than their first half as they promote players such as outfielder Chris Yelich. Other than Zack Wheeler (and now maybe Travis d'Arnaud in September), the Mets won't be introducing anybody with impact potential. So I still think what you'll see is things getting rougher for the Mets as older bullpen arms wilt, etc., and there are not suitable replacements.

John (Stratford)

If Ruben Tejada didn't injure himself last night, would he have earned himself a trip back to Triple-A?

Adam Rubin
  (12:05 PM)

Both he and Ike Davis were right on the brink.

Aki (NY, NY)

When would Mets consider promoting Jack Leathersich?

Adam Rubin
  (12:06 PM)

I wouldn't rule out seeing him this year. In fact, in spring training I predicted you would see him. Until they move him to Triple-A, my antennae will not be raised, though. I still think it's a little off.

David Gustafson (Minneapolis)

Omar Quintanilla: His bat will be what it will be, but can we expect better play at short?

Adam Rubin
  (12:06 PM)

Better than what Ruben Tejada had been providing this season? Certainly. Steady but unexceptional.

Steve (Stroudsburg pa)

Why no talk about extending Murph?

Adam Rubin
  (12:08 PM)

Maybe they will. But they don't have to. He'll be at 4+ years of service time after this season. So they still control him for 2014 and 2015. It's just a question if they want to go year to year and risk an arbitration award if there's no settlement, or get some cost certainty and try to get him to bargain away some of his free-agency years.

Jack (Windsor CT)

If Wheeler gets the call in June, who is the most likely to be sent down, Gee or Hefner?

Adam Rubin
  (12:10 PM)

I don't think either would be send down. You'd move the loser to long relief, and move Collin McHugh back to the Triple-A rotation. That's why tonight is so critical for Dillon Gee, because Jeremy Hefner is out-pitching him right now. Certainly, if you're projecting careers, Gee has more potential to be a solid No. 5 for the long haul than Hefner, who is widely viewed more as a spot starter/long reliever. So I think the Mets would have to be predisposed to keeping Gee in the rotation. But if a significant disparity in performance continues the next few weeks, Hefner you'd think would stay in the rotation and Gee would get bounced.

Matt (New York)

Hey Adam,Who do you see the Mets going after aggressively this offseason? Would Phil Hughes fit in well? One of his big issues is the HR ball but that could be alleviated by moving to big ol'Citi. Any chance they look at Cano?

Adam Rubin
  (12:12 PM)

I cannot imagine the Yankees let Robinson Cano walk to the Mets. We'll see what the Mets do starting pitcher wise. If you tell me Zack Wheeler comes up and is solid, you're talking about Harvey-Wheeler-Niese locked in for three spots. Shaun Marcum probably leaves as a free agent. So with Dillon Gee and Jeremy Hefner under control, the Mets probably still need to go out and sign one credible starting pitcher.

Jacob Resnick (New York City)

Would it be logical to call up Kirk, send down Ike, and move Duda to first? Kirks hitting .229 with 7 homers and 12 RBI in 28 games.

Adam Rubin
  (12:13 PM)

If you were sending down Ike, and wanted to do merit-based promotions, I'm not sure Kirk is the proper call. Since landing in Vegas, he's hitting .229 with 30 strikeouts in 109 at-bats. He is walking a lot, so he has a .344 OBP, despite the low average.

Alex (Somewhere other than NY)

Can you please post more tweats about uninteresting stuff so all of the messages that show up on the ESPN MLB front page are just yours and therefore nobody else can get a thought up there. For goodness sake do you do anything other tweat all day?

Adam Rubin
  (12:14 PM)

Thanks for the feedback.

justin (upstate NY )

besides Wheeler and D'arnaud, which mets prospect is being counted on to make an impact in 2013?

Adam Rubin
  (12:15 PM)

Not sure there is one. I know people want to portray Rafael Montero as coming up this year, but I'm not positive about that. He does not need to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason.

Ron (Albany)

Do Mets believe they have more than two position players (Murphy, Wright) on present roster who can be counted on for future?

Adam Rubin
  (12:15 PM)

Sure things? Yes.

Jerry (Rapid City)

The fact the Flores is playing 2nd suggests that Alderson is looking to trade Murph at some point. Thoughts?

Adam Rubin
  (12:16 PM)

I wouldn't say that. You've got to play him somewhere. There are third basemen for every minor league team, yet that doesn't mean they're trading David Wright. You need qualified candidates to come up if someone is injured, too.

guinness (NY)

Why is the team so hesitant to demote Ike Davis? Duda is at least a little better and can play first base with a crowded outfield here and in AAA. Dykstra can't do any worse than Davis. I'd even take Valentino at this point...

Adam Rubin
  (12:16 PM)

I think you're underestimating the difference between succeeding at Double-A and succeeding in the majors. Valentino Pascucci is no longer with the organization.

Kevin C (New York, NY)

How much longer will the Mets tolerate Dillon Gee's poor performances before sending him down? Wait until Wheeler is ready?

Adam Rubin
  (12:17 PM)

They will need to clear a rotation spot in 2-3 weeks for Zack Wheeler.

Dan (Folsom, CA)

At the rate the Mets have been losing (the last few games notwithstanding) and the controversies swirling constantly around the team, aren't the Wilpons and to a lesser extent Alderson worried about the intense spotlight the All-Star game coverage is going to bring to the franchise and its horrible last few years of bungling?

Adam Rubin
  (12:17 PM)

I don't think the tone of the All-Star Game coverage by national outlets will be affected by anything going on with Mets. They'll sterilize the locker room before the NL All-Stars take over the clubhouse.

bill (lake hopatcong nj)

how long will andrew brown be out for and will we see him called up again when he gets back.

Adam Rubin
  (12:18 PM)

Don't know. Oblique/side-muscle injuries can take a while.

Jeff (Bronx)

The 2014 Opening day SS will be?

Adam Rubin
  (12:18 PM)

Ruben Tejada.

Alex (Somewhere other than NY)

Feedback is only useful if you actually act upon it. Lets see if that will happen.

Adam Rubin
  (12:19 PM)

I'm sorry it bothers you so much that your tweater feed on ESPN's MLB page is clogged up.

Scot (Washington, DC )

Do you know if Jeff's Wilpon's remark the other day irked anyone in the clubhouse, or even the front office? Shades of the New Yorker article two seasons ago?

Adam Rubin
  (12:20 PM)

Hadn't asked, but unless someone in the clubhouse is reading pretty closely, I can't imagine they're even aware.

JR (NJ )

Why is creating room on the 40 man roster an issue. The Mets seem to have a lot of 5th outfielders. Are other teams really going to put waiver claims in on the 39th man, and if so, who cares.

Adam Rubin
  (12:21 PM)

That's true for one cut, say Collin Cowgill. But when you need to clear 2 spots for guys on the 60-day DL soon, and maybe want to call up one more player not currently on the 40-man roster, the cuts start getting more painful and affect younger guys. You'd rather leave someone exposed in the Rule 5 draft by not putting them on the 40-man roster than put them on too aggressively, then have to pass them through waivers during the season.

Izzy (New York)

Does d'Arnaud exhaust his rookie eligibility this year?

Adam Rubin
  (12:23 PM)

Doubt it. You have to play 45 non-September days or get 130 ABs off the top of my head. Doubt he gets either. I don't know if we see him until September at this point. Once he is healthy, he'll need to get more Triple-A seasoning. Because of injuries, he's only played in 79 games at that level over two seasons.

Hunter (Missouri)

What are you projecting for Kevin Plawecki this year and for his career. He is raking right now in Savannah.

Adam Rubin
  (12:23 PM)

I project him to move to St. Lucie at the midway point of Savannah's season. Then, he's putting himself to open next season at Double-A Binghamton.

Josh (Chappaqua)

Will the Mets try to move John Buck at the deadline?

Adam Rubin
  (12:24 PM)

Doubt it. Any consideration of that ended with the Travis d'Arnaud injury.

bill (lake hopatcong nj)

Will josh satin get called up soon.

Adam Rubin
  (12:24 PM)

Performance merits it, but only if Ike Davis were demoted. And even then it's not a slam dunk because he is not on the 40-man roster.

Harry (Babylon, NY)

How long will Valdespin's "charisma" hold him back from getting a chance to play everyday?

Adam Rubin
  (12:25 PM)

His plate discipline, which Terry Collins actually complimented a few days ago, is far more likely to dictate his future playing time.

Gary (CT)

Will we ever see Frank Francisco?

Adam Rubin
  (12:26 PM)

Absolutely bizarre. He had a benign elbow cleanout in September. Not sure how it's lasted this long. I'm planning to go to St. Lucie's Florida State League game on Monday, on an off-day between series at Miami and D.C. Hopefully I'll run into him at the complex and get a better sense what's going on.

Jonny (L.A.)

Any talk/insight into what the Mets are looking to do in the upcoming draft?

Adam Rubin
  (12:27 PM)

The latest Mets projections are here: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/mets/category/_/name/draft

Elijah (Philadelphia)

Who do you think the mets are most likely to send down for Wheeler? Could they just send down Mchugh and move Gee or Hefner to the bullpen?

Adam Rubin
  (12:28 PM)

Yes

Izzy (New York)

Do you think David Wright is underrated? Over his career, his WAR is very close to Miguel Cabrera's.

Adam Rubin
  (12:29 PM)

Fred Wilpon may have been wrong about the "not a superstar" thing. I actually think he benefits from being in New York in terms of hype, though, so there's no way I'd label him underrated.

Al G (Maryland)

What is your best estimate of the total payroll for 2014?

Adam Rubin
  (12:30 PM)

Just a guess -- $85 million. And that would mean a ton of free-agency spending just to get there. The only non-arbitration players they have under contract for next season are David Wright at $20 million and Jon Niese at $5 million. So you can see they'd have to spend a ton to get to this year's ~$95 million level with Johan, Bay, Francisco, Buck and Marcum coming off.

salmz (queens, ny)

Johann Santana has been the forgotten man after pitching the Mets first no hitter ever, do anyone know what is he up to? and if the Mets will still have some sort of interest considering he is not that old to comeback?

Adam Rubin
  (12:31 PM)

Took him 18 months to return to the majors after his last shoulder surgery. This one may KO him. Certainly he won't be back with Mets. It's still relatively soon after this surgery, so I'm sure he's home in Fort Myers, Fla.

Dave C (Albany, NY)

How many Met prospects are likely to be added to the 40 man roster at the end of the year? Pena, Vaughn, Montero and Den Dekker at the very least correct?

Adam Rubin
  (12:32 PM)

Of that list, Montero is the only one that would not need to be added. Very roughly, college players from the 2010 draft need to be added. So Vaughn and den Dekker make sense. And with this production level, Francisco Pena -- who has been around for a long time -- likely forces his way on.

Ray (TEXAS)

Hey Adam, I asked you before spring training ended. What are the chances Q takes over for Tejada?.. and you said ZERO. Now I ask you the same question again?

Adam Rubin
  (12:33 PM)

I don't think he's a full-time, long-term answer. Capable fill-in.

Dave C (Albany, NY)

Any word on Den Dekker's progress? How old is he compared to Kirk and Cowgill?

Adam Rubin
  (12:33 PM)

Hadn't checked in with him in a while, but he does have the cast off, so he should be beginning baseball activities about now. I know he's in Port St. Lucie.

Adam (New Jersey)

It's my friend's birthday today. If you could give @Jamarcus817 a shout out on twitter it would mean a lot to him. He and I are big fans of yours.

Adam Rubin
  (12:34 PM)

Can I just acknowledge it here? Don't want to get the other guy upset clogging up ESPN's Tweater feed on the MLB page.

Justin (Memphis)

Who takes over at SS if Tejada gets sent down?

Adam Rubin
  (12:35 PM)

Tejada went to the DL (quadriceps strain) and Quintanilla has been promoted. Quintanilla did not really face lefty pitching much in Triple-A, so I can see Terry Collins having Justin Turner share the duty.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What New York Mets Players are Out for the Season?

Adam Rubin
  (12:35 PM)

Just Johan.

JR (Vegas)

I'm a 51s season ticket holder. They are holding a meet and greet on June 16 after the game. Will I get to meet Zach Wheeler or will he be gone by then?

Adam Rubin
  (12:36 PM)

He may be making his major league debut right around that day. I suspect you miss him by a handful of days.

bill (lake hopatcong nj)

will Omar Quintanilla. be in the linup tonite

Adam Rubin
  (12:36 PM)

Don't know, but Mets are facing a left-handed pitcher (Nuno). So I can see Terry Collins using Justin Turner tonight.

Christian (Arlington, VA)

There was talk in the spring that with the Nationals moving from Viera, sharing ST facilities with the Mets in PSL was an option. Do you think that will be a reality for '14 (or beyond)?

Adam Rubin
  (12:37 PM)

Not that I'm aware, although the Mets would love to have a partner.

Ken (NC)

Harvey going to get the all star game start from Bochy?

Adam Rubin
  (12:38 PM)

Would be a nice storyline. You may recall last year Tony La Russa did not go for the nice storyline with R.A. Dickey as the starter, so we'll see.

David Gustafson (Minneapolis)

Just for the record: I'm out of town, too, and I enjoy your tweets.

Adam Rubin
  (12:38 PM)

Thank you!

Chris (Flushing)

Do you see next years rotation being: Harvey, Niese, Wheeler, Marcum Montero? With Hefner coming out of the pen.

Adam Rubin
  (12:38 PM)

Free agent other than Marcum. And Gee until Montero is deemed ready after the Super 2 deadline.

Matt (SF)

Do you travel with the team to see every road game, or do you get occasional time off?

Adam Rubin
  (12:39 PM)

I usually cover all the road games, then about two-thirds of the home games.

Adam Rubin
  (12:39 PM)

Anyway, thanks for joining me for the past 40 minutes.