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June 20, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Adam Rubin

Adam Rubin
  (11:59 AM)

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

tj (ny)

is eric young jr. the biggest guy they will get or do u see a bigger trade happening?

Adam Rubin
  (12:00 PM)

Sandy Alderson talks like he will pursue a piece at the trading deadline if available that will be under control for 2014 and beyond. But that presumes someone will be made available at the right price (Stanton, CarGo, Ethier) and the Mets end up willing to offer the most attractive package.

Micah (CT)

How has Nimmo looked in low A ball. He moving up soon?

Adam Rubin
  (12:01 PM)

Nimmo is sitting at .302, but he had a streaky first half. He was hitting over .400. Then he had an 0-for-20 or something like that skid. Then he was out with a thumb and back problem.

Ben (DC)

What have you been hearing from scouts regarding Wheeler's first start? I saw some reports that he looked like nothing more than a "middle of the rotation guy" who throws hard.

Adam Rubin
  (12:01 PM)

Didn't see anyone say middle-of-the-rotation guy. He's an ace. The scouts I know who were at Turner Field on Tuesday night all said that.

Bobby (Staten Island)

Adam, any news on where Wilmer Becerra is? I know he was a throw in for Dickey but at least he plays OF

Adam Rubin
  (12:02 PM)

Should be Gulf Coast League, which begins today.

david (flushing)

Hey adam, you do awesome work; great coverage of wheeler situation... anyways, jeremy hefner has 16 quality starts out of his 26 big league starts- well ahead of the league average. Shouldn't we let him pitch just to see if he can be a real pitcher. Maybe we can even trade him?

Adam Rubin
  (12:03 PM)

I would leave Wheeler and Hefner in the rotation and either put Marcum in the pen, trade or otherwise dispose of. You'd save money anyway in that Marcum has bonus money due the more he is on the roster and accrues innings. When this year started, I figured Hefner would just move to the pen or Triple-A rotation once Wheeler entered. Now, Hefner deserves a continued shot. I'm not saying he's a big part of the Mets' future, but he is far more so than Marcum.

Johnny (Long Island)

Adam,Any word on Pedro Feliciano and if we can expect him in the majors anytime soon?

Adam Rubin
  (12:05 PM)

He's with Double-A Binghamton. He made his second B-Mets appearance yesterday. He has a serious food poisoning issue that can keep surfacing for a few years. Byrdak is also a consideration at some point -- probably more so. I don't know what Feliciano's velocity readings are, but if there were only one vet lefty coming up, I bet it'd be Byrdak.

Phil (Cleveland)

Assuming there is interest, what do you think the maximum return would be for Marcum?

Adam Rubin
  (12:05 PM)

Salary relief.

Jacob (Citi Filed)

what would your list of September callups look like?

Adam Rubin
  (12:08 PM)

I really had not thought about it yet. Start with guys on the 40-man roster such as Zach Lutz and Wilmer Flores. I'm skeptical on Rafael Montero because he has about a 150-inning limit and doesn't need to be added to the 40-man roster this winter. Matt den Dekker, now that he's healthy, should be a consideration. He does need to be added to the 40 for Rule 5 protection. A few weeks ago I might have said Cory Vaughn (not on 40, but would need to be added this winter), but his elbow injury complicates that. I actually don't forecast at this point Travis d'Arnaud being up until September. The other 40-man person to watch: Cesar Puello, which has its obvious complications.

Brian (New York)

If they trade for a top tier guy like Stanton or Gonzalez, would they be able to keep Montero?

david (flushing)

brandon nimmo has 1 hr this year. He's suppossed to be our future?

Adam Rubin
  (12:10 PM)

You can't get caught up with low-A power numbers. Guys grow into power. I used this example before, but David Wright had 11 homers in a full season in the same league. Ike Davis had zero homers with Brooklyn his first pro year.

Dave C (Albany, NY)

Why would the Mets leave Gonzalez German on the 40 man roster over McHugh? His numbers are pretty horrible right now.

Adam Rubin
  (12:10 PM)

They never seemed to appreciate McHugh. Let's face it, his upside his like a Dillon Gee, fifth-starter type, if things break right. But you still need those types of pieces too.

Kevin (Midtown, NY)

Do you think that the Mets are keeping Flores down in the minor leagues so that he can maintain his value before the trade deadline? Might fear that if they call him up then he could struggle and lose some value

Adam Rubin
  (12:11 PM)

Potentially. Or fans' fascination with him does not match the actual expectations among baseball people at this point.

Les (Koenig)

With the team he has had to run out there day in and day out, I believe that Collins has shown enough exuberance and fortitude that the brass should allow him to see the future(at least the near one). Let's see what he can do having a front end rotation like he will. Do you feel the same, and do you think management also shares my view?

Adam Rubin
  (12:11 PM)

I think everyone is reasonably fond of Terry. It mostly becomes a question of whether it's publicly acceptable at the end of the year to bring back a manager who presided over a 100-loss team, even if it wasn't his fault.

Mike (NJ)

How far away, if not trade, is Syndegard? I saw Fullmer got promoted yesterday, is Syndegard a possiblity to move to AA

Adam Rubin
  (12:12 PM)

Syndergaard should imminently be promoted to Binghamton. So he finishes this year there and starts next year there, too. So you're talking middle/late next season under the best-case scenario.

david (flushing)

syndergaard and montero for Giancarlo?

Adam Rubin
  (12:12 PM)

And who else?

Phil (Cleveland)

I know the Dodgers are looking to dump his salary, but who would we have to give up for Ethier?

Adam Rubin
  (12:13 PM)

Don't know. It's usually a continuum in those type of trades -- the more money the Dodgers pick up, the more you have to give up in prospects. And vice versa.

david (flushing)

Are you still sure the mets can't get anything for marlon byrd? He's on pace for more than 25 homers?

Adam Rubin
  (12:13 PM)

They couldn't get anything worthwhile for Scott Hairston, they claimed.

Zack D (Middletown)

Fans have to remember that Staton have 3 years of team control remaining, that's a huge benefit for any team. Marlins will ask for your top 5 prospects, and some team will gamble and do it.

Adam Rubin
  (12:14 PM)

Exactly, at least the first part.

john (NY)

what's leathersitch doing? big leagues next year?

Adam Rubin
  (12:14 PM)

Has only made a couple of appearances for Vegas. Should have mentioned him in the call-up question earlier. Definite possibility for major league promotion this year. Does need to cut down on the walks.

david (flushing)

Now that you mention david wright's power- why did he evolve from a 30 hr a yr guy to 20? Did something change?

Adam Rubin
  (12:15 PM)

I never viewed David as a big homer guy. He's not Murph, but I see Wright as more of a right-center gap doubles hitter.

Dave (Brooklyn)

I don't understand why they would not call up Travis d'Arnaud for September, don't you want him to face Major League Hitting and catch Major League pitchers for a month if he is going to be your starter next year?

Adam Rubin
  (12:16 PM)

I bet they will. I just don't think it will be pre-September at this point. He is only beginning a running progression. And the whole reason he opened the year in Triple-A is because he needed more seasoning. He's not going to resume getting that until maybe another month from now.

bill metsiac (medford, ny)

If Marcum is waived, is there any interest in picking him up or trading for him, even if it's just to clear a spot? As you pointed out, he has bonuses kicking in soo.

Adam Rubin
  (12:17 PM)

I don't know if there is a market for Marcum. He's got to show something to generate interest.

Andrew (Long Island)

Why do you think the Mets arnt calling up Zach Lutz? He is a .290 hitter with some power down in AAA.

Adam Rubin
  (12:17 PM)

Last time there was an opportunity he had an oblique injury. Bad timing. With all the shuffling/rearranging deck chairs, he'll be up at some point.

david (flushing)

did you agree with the collin mchugh- EY trade? makes no sense to me to give up a young pitcher.

Adam Rubin
  (12:17 PM)

Their logic is they needed a leadoff hitter.

david (flushing)

that story you reported about matt harvey and Jon Rauch actually makes harvey sound like he thinks he was better than other rookies and not a "team player." your thoughts?

Adam Rubin
  (12:18 PM)

If it were anybody other than Jon Rauch, you probably could make that case.

Kevin (Midtown, NY)

Do you think Tejada and Davis will be starting at SS and 1B for the Mets in 2014?

Adam Rubin
  (12:18 PM)

Both? That's tough. Maybe by default, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Adam Rubin
  (12:20 PM)

I believe it's this year, off the top of my head. He was drafted out of HS in 2009. You can't protect anybody though. Would a bad, bad team select him and keep him on the major league roster the whole year? And how painful would it be to lose him? Those are the calculations you make.

Phil (Cleveland)

In your professional opinion, do you think Parnell should be moved if they found a decent deal?

Adam Rubin
  (12:21 PM)

No one is untouchable, but he's under Mets control through the 2015 season (I think). You should be collecting valuable parts, not trading them. So no.

Dave C (Albany, NY)

When does Matz have to be added to the 40 man roster? 2015?

Adam Rubin
  (12:21 PM)

That is the question to which I responded about drafted 2009 out of high school.

Dave C (Albany, NY)

Are Lutz and Flores even capable of being part of the Mets future? 2B and 3B seem to be the only two positions the Mets don't have to worry about for the next 2 or 3 years.

Adam Rubin
  (12:22 PM)

Both could be useful as bench pieces.

Kevin (Midtown, NY)

Better potential fit for the Mets: Ellsbury or Choo?

Adam Rubin
  (12:23 PM)

I don't see them regularly, but probably Choo.

david (flushing)

Can you win with only pitching?

Adam Rubin
  (12:23 PM)

Asked Matt Harvey, who has two wins since mid-April.

Ben (New York City)

Now that Wheeler and Harvey are up, in your opinion, who are the next three best pitching prospects in the Mets minor league system?

Adam Rubin
  (12:24 PM)

Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero are easy as the next two answers. After that, it's wide open for debate. You could say Michael Fulmer, although he's been having a very slow return from surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Paul (NYC)

Next years rotation: Harvey-Wheeler-Niese-Gee-Hefner. Montero ready about this time next year?

Adam Rubin
  (12:25 PM)

Possibly. You could also see signing one vet arm -- like Marcum, but better. (Like the Chris Capuano signing.)

Mike (Philly)

Eric Young Jr. can't be the "infusion of major league talent" and veteran that Sandy promised to trade for, can he? They'll still try to trade for a Stanton or CarGo type player, correct?

Adam Rubin
  (12:26 PM)

I do not think Eric Young Jr. fits Sandy's definition you quoted.

Don (Manhattan)

Is there any way to make use of Allan Dykstra, even as a placeholder for, hopefully either Jayce Boyd or Dominic Smith? 1B at AAA is currently occupied so the logical next step for him is blocked, I suppose. Could things get so crazy with Ike/1B that Dykstra's here in Sept.? April?

Adam Rubin
  (12:26 PM)

Allan is having a fantastic month or so. I think he has mostly been written off. Certainly you can force yourself back onto the radar, though.

Micah (CT)

Ike's approach any better since being moved down to AAA? Really want to see this team get some runs for these quality starts our pitchers have been giving us

Adam Rubin
  (12:27 PM)

I haven't seen any video, except one early YouTube clip when the hand movement was still very pronounced.

Jim (Fairfield)

Adam, we have been reading that Alderson's plan is to try to add a bat before the deadline and then more pieces over the off season. When push comes to shove to do you think they will really pull the trigger?

Adam Rubin
  (12:28 PM)

I'm skeptical, not because of a disinclination to pull the trigger. Just how many relevant pieces for 2014 and beyond will become available at the trade deadline in the first place?

Jeremy (Long Island)

Final record projection?

Adam Rubin
  (12:28 PM)

I'll stick with what I had from the beginning: 66-96, fifth place. Mets have 6.5-game lead on Marlins right now.

Dave C (Albany, NY)

The Mets have a lot of interesting young arms, but they all seem to be right handed. Any lefties out there to pay attention to? Whatever happened to Urbina?

Adam Rubin
  (12:30 PM)

Steven Matz is one. More so bullpen lefties like Jack Leathersich, Adam Kolarek, Jim Fuller.

John (Manhattan)

What are the mets biggest remaining holes at the big league level?

Adam Rubin
  (12:30 PM)

Outfield. Bullpen. First base. Shortstop.

david (flushing)

Can you explain to me how great hitters get into slumps? It's something I don't really understand.

Adam Rubin
  (12:32 PM)

Simplistic version: If you flip a coin 10 times, it doesn't always come up five heads, five tails. It could be eight heads, two tails. That doesn't mean something is wrong with the coin, just chance. Well, hitters get unnerved by lack of success and start fiddling with things and exacerbating the slump. ... There are other reasons, too. Your swing can get "long" because you're worn down, meaning you're not catching up to fastballs or having as much reaction time if there's a breaking pitch.

Phil (Cleveland)

Despite our struggles, I just noticed that we are only 6.5 games out of second place. Any chance, with some luck, we finish ahead of nationals/phillies this year?

Adam Rubin
  (12:32 PM)

No.

Adam Rubin
  (12:32 PM)

Anyway, thanks for joining me. We'll do this again next Thursday.