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June 6, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin
  (11:59 AM)

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

Brandon (syracuse) [via mobile]

How many more weeks until wheeler's debut and is it still most likely going to be Hefner going to the bullpen?

Adam Rubin
  (12:00 PM)

The Mets just want to time it to be after the Super 2 deadline, so the earliest is probably the Cubs series at the of the upcoming homestand (June 14-16). The Mets have five games in four days in Atlanta after that, so they don't need to bounce someone from the rotation for a while. At Yankee Stadium, Terry Collins more than hinted that Dillon Gee could find himself in the bullpen. But then Gee had a great outing at Yankee Stadium, and another solid one last night. There's certainly some time. And unexpected things, like injuries, happen.

Mari NYC [via mobile]

Who do you think the mets looking at in the draft

Adam Rubin
  (12:02 PM)

Keith Law just put up his newest projections, which switches back to New Mexico first/third baseman D.J. Peterson. He also mentions California prep first baseman Dominic Smith as an option. Insiders can read more here: http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/9348024/mark-appel-back-no-1-houston-astros-final-mock-draft-mlb-draft

Jason (NJ)

Buck is 19 for his last 97. Shouldn't Recker get more playing time?

Adam Rubin
  (12:03 PM)

With nights like last night, Recker probably will see marginally more time. TC could even continue to pair him with Dillon Gee, which would give him more stable work.

Mark (Brooklyn )

When's the ETA for Montero?

Adam Rubin
  (12:03 PM)

He may not even be up this year since he does not need to be added to the 40-man roster next offseason.

dan ( ny)

are you still sticking by your prediction of the mets in 5th place ?? mets up 11 in the loss.

Adam Rubin
  (12:04 PM)

I'm more bullish on my 66-win prediction than the fifth place, but I wouldn't rule out the latter. The Marlins will soon have an outfield of Christian Yelich with Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton. Meanwhile, the only impact player the Mets are introducing the remainder of the season (with the exception of d'Arnaud maybe in September) is Zack Wheeler. I look for the Mets' bullpen to wilt as the year goes on, without replacements.

david (flushing)

Can we get anything for Marlon Byrd?

Adam Rubin
  (12:04 PM)

No

Jason (NJ)

Putting aside the Biogenesis stuff for a moment, Are Scouts as high on Puello this year as his results would indicate?

Adam Rubin
  (12:05 PM)

Hadn't asked scouts this year, but in spring training, even Mets people were volunteering that they did not think he was a great prospect.

Jason (NJ)

How soon will Kirk be brought up and Ankiel be DFAed?

Adam Rubin
  (12:06 PM)

Terry insists Kirk Nieuwenhuis is "on the radar." I don't know how soon that means, but you would think it's an either-or situation, where Ankiel would need to go for Kirk to come up, since they're both lefty hitters.

Izzy (New York)

Flores presumably comes up in September, right? Unless there's an injury, how would they platoon/pinch hit with him?

Adam Rubin
  (12:07 PM)

He's on the 40-man roster. A Triple-A player with his credentials would be an almost automatic September call-up. Let's see where things are in September before we discuss how much that's going to chip into Murphy's playing time or how else they might use Flores.

Scot (Washington, DC )

Has den Dekker resumed baseball activities yet? Do you think he'll be at CitiField at all this season?

Adam Rubin
  (12:08 PM)

He's swinging a bat with both hands now, so I imagine he's getting closer to actual baseball games down there -- although not yet. He needs to be added to the 40-man roster this winter (like other college players from the 2010 draft), so you would at least hope for a September call-up in advance of that.

dan (ny)

i think your 5th place idea is dead. yelich has struggled at double a and just went back on the disabled list. marlins will trade even more pieces with nolasco and buster onley hints at them trading even more pieces in a very recent tweet. they will lose more than they will gain.

Adam Rubin
  (12:09 PM)

We'll see. We saw a ton of Christian Yelich in spring training. Maybe he was bored in Double-A before the injury.

Tim (Charlotte)

Thoughts on Q staying put at SS when Tejada comes back?

Adam Rubin
  (12:10 PM)

I think the Mets often struggle to balance the present with the future. Would Omar Quintanilla give you the best chance to win today over Ruben Tejada? Maybe so. But you're much better off letting Tejada play and getting out his kinks this year. Only one of those players would be a regular contributor when the Mets are back in contention. And that's Tejada, while no guarantee.

Don (Manhattan)

If d'arnaud is Sept. callup, is the Super 2 issue behind him or can the Mets restart the Super 2 clock by having him start 2014 in AAA?

Adam Rubin
  (12:11 PM)

Super 2 would not be an issue. He'd be in the same class as Wheeler, assuming he never returned to the minors. Three years or arbitration beginning after the 2016 season, then free agency after the 2019 season.

Chris (NJ)

When Wheeler gets the call up, is Montero going to replace his spot in AAA?

Adam Rubin
  (12:12 PM)

Possibly, but I don't see why one would be tied to the other. There are plenty of placeholders in Triple-A, such as Carlos Torres (who actually has improved of late) or Chris Schwinden, that could get bounced from the rotation at Las Vegas if the Mets wanted to promote Montero now.

Izzy (New York)

Does Puello see September time unless the biogenesis thing effects him?

Adam Rubin
  (12:13 PM)

Possible. Another interesting outfielder from Double-A along those lines would be Cory Vaughn. He's not on the 40-man roster, but like den Dekker was drafted out of college in 2010, so this is the year if the Mets are going to add him.

Scot (Washington, DC )

Have the Mets given up on Familia and Mejia yet? If not, I think they should. It seems like we've been waiting forever for one of these guys to start contributing but there's always another injury or they need more time to develop, blah,blah. It's getting to be boring. Your thoughts?

Adam Rubin
  (12:14 PM)

I don't understand "give up." Yes, they're tying up 40-man roster spots. (Actually, neither will be soon since Familia can always move to the 60-day DL now that he's had surgery.) Until they're out of options, which I haven't checked when that is, the organization is just waiting to see what they become.

david (flushing)

did dillon gee suddenly start caring because of wheeler? is that why he's been pitching better of late?

Adam Rubin
  (12:15 PM)

It has to be more complicated than the threat of job loss, I imagine, but I suppose it's a motivator if nothing else.

Harry (Babylon, NY)

Hi Adam - even without a real position does Wilmer Flores have a chance to be a productive major leaguer or are we looking at another FMart?

Adam Rubin
  (12:16 PM)

F-Mart is too strong. He does have an "older" body, scouts say, but that hasn't manifested itself in injuries. His problem, my scout friends say, is he just isn't very quick, particularly first step. So they doubt second base will work. So the question becomes whether he would hit enough, especially power-wise, to merit playing first base. There's a healthy dose of skepticism about that.

Tom (Bronx)

Your thoughts on Sandy trying to trade for outfield help at the deadline, not for this year obviously. I would rather then try to address their outfield need next year via free agency (Choo and Kubel) than have to trade some pitching talent for a guy like Car-Go. Your thoughts?

Adam Rubin
  (12:17 PM)

I'm sure like a multitude of teams they'll inquire on Carlos Gonzalez, Giancarlo Stanton, Andre Ethier, etc. I don't know their true feelings on Ethier, and how much the Dodgers would keep in. Honestly, analyzing it at this point is just speculation. No one knows firmly how any of those will shake out.

david (flushing)

what's the worst part of your job? Best part?

Adam Rubin
  (12:19 PM)

Best: Get an up-close look at how a baseball team functions and the personalities, which I know a lot of people would love to experience. Downside: The mean-spirited nature of some people you interact with, and I don't mean among the people I cover.

mitch li (shirley)

with his slow starts are the mets considering moving Davis after this year? Or they going to deal with this year after year.

Adam Rubin
  (12:21 PM)

That is a fascinating question. I had a different organization suggest to me that Ike's salary next year, as an arbitration-eligible player, would be $6.1 million in 2014, assuming his production normalizes somewhat the rest of the way. I'm not saying the Mets would non-tender him a la Mike Pelfrey last year, but that certainly would make him a trade candidate if the organization's internal analysis was that his pay is starting to vastly exceed what his worth is.

michael (arizona)

cesar puello just hit his 11th home run, 977 ops in double a, right handed bat with power, speed, and athleticism and a strong arm. why dont the mets call him up ? marlisn called up ozuna after 42 ABS in double a for his career.

Adam Rubin
  (12:21 PM)

Unless we know whether it was an 85 mph fastball over the heart of the plate, or a nasty slider, it's hard to take a Double-A statistic and automatically determine that player is ready for the major leagues.

david (flushing)

can everyone pls relax about car-go. he hits .267 with 1 hr per 26 at bats on the road! not too impressive. At citi field- 1 hr in 43 PA!

Adam Rubin
  (12:22 PM)

Yes, home road splits are scary.

John (White Plains)

Going forward, any chance Sandy locks up Daniel Murphy? His defense has been damn good this year, looks like he found a place in the 2 hole and has a great attitude on and off the field.

Adam Rubin
  (12:23 PM)

I don't have a firm grasp on the organization's thinking on Murphy. The bottom line is that a New York team doesn't normally have to be consumed with locking up a player's arbitration years. Yes, it may cost more if you go year to year, but Murphy is not eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season.

Mac (Brooklyn)

What's going on with Frank Frank?

Adam Rubin
  (12:24 PM)

Weirdest cleanout of an elbow ever. Not well enough to throw off a mound -- just flat ground. I'd write off the $6.5 million and presume we'll barely see him this year. The shame is that if he were up now, he might actually be a trade chip at the deadline to get something in return if the Mets ate the money.

Micah (CT)

Should the mets do something like offer Harvey a Matt Moore type deal?

Adam Rubin
  (12:26 PM)

I asked Scott Boras about a longer-term deal for Matt Harvey recently. He indicated he was abnormal for someone with two-plus years service time, if at all before free agency. Harvey is at one-plus years service time after this year, so I highly, highly doubt you'll see any long-term deal soon. Harvey isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2018 season. You can read Boras' full comments here: http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/mets/post/_/id/68037/boras-on-harvey-wisdom-of-long-term-deal

John (florida)

how long do you see the mets keeping carson and mchugh on the roster ? should leatherisch and germen be getting a callup ?

Adam Rubin
  (12:27 PM)

Someone would need to be promoted to bump either. Unless Scott Atchison were to return soon, there's nothing imminent other than the Zack Wheeler call-up. At that point I could see Collin McHugh returning to the Triple-A rotation.

david (flushing)

scott boras deigned to talk to you?

Adam Rubin
  (12:28 PM)

I've never had a problem with Scott being inaccessible.

mack (boston)

what do the mets do if gee and hefner continue to pitch well ? six man ? basically do you see any way marcum is kicked out of rotation ?

Adam Rubin
  (12:28 PM)

Of all the Mets' problems, I'm sure this is one they don't mind.

Gregg (NJ)

How much does the team value Noah Syndergaard? Untouchable like Wheeler, or big time trade piece?

Adam Rubin
  (12:29 PM)

No one is untouchable. You'd trade Noah Syndergaard for Giancarlo Stanton straight up in a second. That said, I think the master plan has a homegrown rotation of Harvey, Wheeler, Montero, Syndergaard, Niese or whomever going forward if things worked out perfectly.

david (flushing)

did you bump into familia at west palm beach airport or did you stalk him there? ;)

Adam Rubin
  (12:30 PM)

Our flights were at gates right next to each other. He's a very friendly person, by the way.

bill metsiac (medford)

Is Pedro Feliciano still alive? No word on him since he was DL'd May 9 for "food poisoning".

Adam Rubin
  (12:30 PM)

The type of food poisoning Feliciano has can affect the person off an on for years, unfortunately. Very serious.

Frank (Howard Beach)

What happened to Tejada? Was it a total loss of confidence, lackadaisical in the field, etc?

Adam Rubin
  (12:31 PM)

Terry Collins has mentioned conditioning in a not-too-subtle way more than once.

Malcolm (Brooklyn)

What are the Mets going to do with Atchison given that it has been determined that he doesn't need surgery but he still feels numbness in his fingers?

Adam Rubin
  (12:31 PM)

I believe the hope/belief would be that allowing it to calm for a little will reduce the inflammation on the nerve in the elbow and therefore resolve the finger numbness. We shall see.

mack (boston)

do u have any idea on how the Short season roster will look ? some interesting dominicans and college players, and of course the draft today.

Adam Rubin
  (12:32 PM)

No idea. Brooklyn, for instance, will have players like Gavin Cecchini at shortstop. But it'll be a ton of players selected over the next couple of days, too.

JR (Vegas)

It's obvious the Mets aren't contenders this year, so why stick with playing veterans like Byrd, Ankiel, etc. on a regular basis? They probably aren't any better than Lagares and Valdespin, but at least find out. With the young guys, there is hope of some upside or that they will figure it out with regular playing time. There is no chance of that with the vets.

Adam Rubin
  (12:36 PM)

I agree. There are only a couple of plausible explanations for playing veterans: You're in denial about contention this year and you feel like the vets give you the best shot to win. Or, you are concerned that the young players are not ready, so you just need placeholders. I imagine it's the latter, that they just don't think Juan Lagares can succeed right now and they are concerned either they'll devalue him or ruin his confidence, which could have long-term repercussions. I was speaking with C.J. Nitwkowski on Twitter last night, and he noted in his career he was rushed when he wasn't ready, and it took him two or three years to get his head back on straight after he struggled. I watched that with the Mets with outfielder Jeff Duncan in 2003. He was up way too soon, had a horrific 0-for-something slump and never recovered psychologically, at least according to my amateur analysis.

david (flushing)

is david wright as much of a class act as he seems? Or does he just know how to say all the right things?

Adam Rubin
  (12:36 PM)

He's PC, but also a class act.

mack (boston)

excellent job on the beat. do you have comments or viewpoints on the recent article in the WSJ on jeff wilpon and the mets situation in norfolk/vegas/buffalo.

Adam Rubin
  (12:37 PM)

I think it was common knowledge that there was a personality conflict between Norfolk GM Dave Rosenfeld and the Mets' ownership group and front office that exacerbated that situation. I firmly believe getting bounced from Buffalo was strictly about not fielding as consistent a winner as they wanted, which the Bisons felt was a drag on attendance.

Rick (Pearl River)

SAL All-Star game in Lakewood, NJ this year. Worth seeing?

Adam Rubin
  (12:38 PM)

Definitely. Lots of Mets prospects in that game (Plawecki, Boyd, Nimmo, Ynoa, Mitchell, plus Frank Viola on the staff.

Jeff (Bronx)

Some people, I believe Gary Cohen even mentioned it on the telecast, have suggested that d'Arnaud not play any rehab games and get his seasoning at the major league level. Has their been any talk of that?

Adam Rubin
  (12:40 PM)

No idea what was being said on TV. The bottom line is that because of injuries (knee last year, foot this year), d'Arnaud has played a combined 79 career games at Triple-A over two seasons. He'll need some rehab time, but then he'll need some development time after he's deemed fully healthy too, I would strongly suspect.

Malcolm (Brooklyn)

Any update on Tim Byrdak?

Adam Rubin
  (12:40 PM)

Last I heard he was throwing off a mound in St. Lucie and was targeting a July return to the majors from the shoulder surgery.

Adam Rubin
  (12:41 PM)

Anyway, thanks for joining me for the past 40 minutes. We'll do this again next Thursday.