“I’m not after Terry’s job,” Wally Backman said. “But my goal is definitely to manage in the big leagues.”
Coming off their fourth straight losing season, the Mets enter spring training with a projected rotation of Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Shaun Marcum, Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee, a quintet that combined to go 35-34 with a 3.26 ERA last season.
“I just wanted to let him know that he would be a great addition here, and he’d obviously be welcomed here,’’ Wright told the New York Post. “…I’ve always had great respect for him and the way he plays the game.”
The Amazin’s have three players on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospect List, each ranking in the top 30. Most notably are catcher Travis d’Arnaud (ranked sixth) — who was snatched up in the R.A. Dickey deal — and Zack Wheeler (ranked eighth).
Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte will not pitch for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, general manager Brian Cashman confirmed.
Team USA released its provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic on Thursday, and both New York baseball teams will be represented. First baseman Mark Teixeira is the only Yankee on the roster, and David Wright is the only Met.
Right-hander Carl Pavano — who is no stranger to the Big Apple — is on the Mets’ radar. The 36-year-old’s agent told the Newark Star Ledger that there is “mutual interest” between both sides. However, talks are “very preliminary,” the newspaper reported.
Right-handed starter Matt Harvey — who was brilliant for the Mets in his rookie season — and top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler are untouchables, a club source said in a report.
The talks and negotiations are slow-moving. One person with knowledge of the contract proceedings said that the Mets are “not close” to agreeing to terms with either player.
The Amazin’s are expected to begin negotiations by offering Wright a contract in the vicinity of $100 million, according to a report. The Mets’ all-time hits leader hit .306 with 21 homers and 93 RBIs in 2012.
Tuesday night’s Yankees game against the Blue Jays has been postponed due to inclement weather that’s expected to pass through the area. The Mets-Phillies game scheduled for Tuesday night at Citi Field has also been postponed.
In light of Monday’s brutal loss, I couldn’t help but think back to the good old days — when the organization had a plethora of talent and the sky seemed to be the limit. It wasn’t 25 years ago, although it feels like it might as well have been.
It may not be what Mets fans want to hear, but Collins has his sights set on finishing in third place in the National League East ahead of the Phillies and Marlins.
David Wright homered twice and had five RBIs and R.A. Dickey won his league-leading 13th game as the New York Mets snapped a six-game losing streak.
The Mets have agreed to terms with first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, the club confirmed on Friday. The 12th overall pick of the 2012 amateur draft — a shortstop straight out of high school — signed with New York for $2.3 million, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman.