As a writer, I do a lot of reading, and it is amazing some of the things I see out there. I won’t refute by name, but idea, and the idea I don’t get is John Lackey.
Yes, I think it would be fantastic if the Mets got him, but I see three teams ahead of the them: the Rangers, Yankees and Angels.
Lackey’s preference if he leaves are the Rangers. The Angels would like to keep him, but might balk at his asking price. Then, of course, there are the Yankees, who, if they really want him will get him if he’s open to New York.
While not in Jeff Wilpon’s mind, it isn’t hard to imagine an even greater sense of urgency to the Mets to make a winter splash in the wake of the Yankees’ World Series title.
CHAPMAN: A risky proposition.
That shouldn’t include throwing $60-million stone in the Aroldis Chapman pond. That’s the reported starting point for the hard-throwing, lefty Cuban defector. Chapman’s agent, Edwin Mejia, said he’s spoken with both teams, and Mets’ GM Omar Minaya is still listening.
Many scouting reports are high on Chapman, but there have been a lot of rave reviews about players who’ve never made it. And, these are players scouts have seen regularly in college and the minor leagues.
From the MLBPA: Mets’ infielders Alex Cora and Ramon Martinez filed for free agency.
Cora played in 82 games, mostly in place of the injured Jose Reyes. He .251 with one home run and 18 RBI, but tore a ligament in his thumb and missed the rest of the season.
Martinez replaced Cora, but injured his thumb in June and missed the rest of the season.
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My good friend Joe Janish, who operates Mets Today, has a new site on baseball instruction entitled On Baseball. If you have kids, or are a kid, this is something you should bookmark.
All the pertinent baseball categories are listed, from hitting to pitching to base running, and there will be tips from major league players and various features.
I hope you’ll take a look.