Thanks for joining me. First pitch is 12:10 p.m. at Citi Field, so we'll continue into the first inning and then call it a day for the chat.
Even if Niese comes back, do you think he'll need post-season surgery?
No. Niese is due to begin a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League as soon as this season. After originally saying he had a rotator cuff tear, the Mets backtracked and described it as normal pitcher wear and tear.
Does Tejada have a future with this team? I get the vibe that they're ready to move on.
It will be interesting to watch. He may be no more than a September call-up at this point. He should be arbitration eligible for the first time (although I need to confirm Super 2 rules), but I don't think he's a non-tender candidate because it would be first time and 2014 salary would not be that high.
I think Keith said the other day that Marlon Byrd was the team MVP. That's kind of ridiculous, isn't it? Wright has pretty obviously been the best position player on the team.
If David Wright was a free agent, he'd probably get a contract similar to whatever Cano gets, right?
David would have received $200M if he was on the market as a pure free agent after this season.
Hey Adam, Any chance Jack Leathersich gets called up before September? Think he has potential to be a closer in big leagues?
Before September? Doubt it. They already have Edgin and Rice up, and they may need to make room for Byrdak and/or Feliciano.
Your feelings on whether Byrd or Parnell will be moved?
Never no for sure what someone would offer, but less likely than likely, it would seem. If either, I'd think Byrd far more likely.
Why in the world would the Mets not trade Byrd or Parnell? Even if it's for a B prospect, when the Mets are any good those guys won't be around. Do they really need to win an extra 5 games.
Agree on Byrd. On Parnell, why on earth would you trade him unless you're overwhelmed? He's under control through the 2015 season. And he's only making $1.7 million this year.
Tejada's bat certainly has improved down in Vegas, but how has his fielding been?
Don't know. The infield is so hard there anyway, it's hard to judge.
At this point, what do you think the chances are that Ike Davis opens at 1B in 2014? If not who? Duda? Satin? Platoon?
Without inside information, the Mets are going to have to seriously consider non-tendering Ike. Or, a pre-non-tender-deadline trade. They're not going to want to pay a $4 million-plus salary to him next year.
For two seasons the Mets have been playing Tejada, Spin, Kirk, Duda and Ike to determine if these guys have a future. Yet I have a sinking feeling we will see all of them in camp next spring. When does it become time to move on?
Terry has said with respect to Ike that he has a track record now. They should know what they've got.
What level prospect do you feel the mets could get by trading Byrd? He seems to have more value than Hairston would have had last year.
Agree. I'm not sure how to describe what level prospect. Clearly, not a team's Zack Wheeler. But maybe for a team's Jenrry Mejia or Jacob deGrom or someone like that.
Alderson mentioned to Francesa last week that he is talking to at least one team about a Bat that is under control through 2014. Any idea who that might be?
Andre Ethier and Alex Rios fit that category.
Glad to see Jenrry Mejia back. After being jerked around by Minaya and Manuel in 2010, the injuries since then, and even the visa issue this Spring, it's about time the kid got some mental clarity and stability. If he were still a true prospect, where would he rank among the Mets Minor League RHP prospects? Also, how does the organization view him versus his peers?
We have to remember he's only 23 years old. So I wouldn't write him off. Virtually everyone I know in baseball outside the Mets views him as a bullpen arm. A scout who saw his last Binghamton start was very complimentary of what he saw. I actually really like Jenrry personally, too.
do you think murphy is really the answer at 2B? his defense, low OBP, and lack of power really boggle my mind. would love to see a comp of him vs. lo duca as 2 hitters, he just never seems to be setting the table.
He definitely has a role on the team, even if it's on the bench. So until you have someone to displace him, there's no harm keeping him around.
How do you evaluate Cesar Puello as a prospect?
Not sure. Need to see how Biogenesis plays out. And I've had people in Mets organization kill him, saying he cannot hit. And yet you look at the numbers he is putting up in Binghamton and wonder how that matches up with that statement.
If d'Arnaud plays very well in AAA for a week or two, do you think they would call him up before September?
No. He needed development time in minors, which is why he was dispatched to Triple-A out of spring training. Barring an injury to Recker or Buck earlier, we'll see Travis d'Arnaud in September.
What does Johan Santana do from day to day? Does he have any contact or relationship with the team at this point?
He has a home in Fort Myers, Fla. Believe he is there doing whatever rehab work needs to be done at this stage post-surgery.
Jon Heyman just tweeted that Stevie Cohen's business is being indicted by the SEC. Isn't he one of the people who bought a minority share of the team from the Wilpons? IIRC there were rumors and reports of shady business dealings in regards to Cohen back when he was trying to buy the Dodgers. The Wilpons sure know how to pick em don't they? SMH
Your comment has been duly noted.
Please tell me the Mets will try and trade Byrd and other vets instead of holding onto them this year as they have in years past (i.e., Hairston, etc.)
Cannot promise that.
Could the Mets bundle a couple players and prospects and trade for someone like Carlos Gonzalez or Giancarlo Stanton?
Don't believe they're being moved at the trade deadline. Maybe next offseason.
Anyway, it's probably best if I concentrate on the game, which is under way. Thanks for joining me this week.