Mets captain David Wright is taking a swing at the person who criticized shortstop Ruben Tejada under the shield of anonymity earlier this week.
Popular sports betting website Bovada has set the Mets’ line at 73.5 wins in 2014. General manager Sandy Alderson is taking the over. Way, way over.
To say Sandy Alderson is optimistic about the Mets’ outlook for 2014 would be an understatement.
Ruben Tejada could be in the Mets’ doghouse after yet again showing up to spring training out of shape, according to the New York Post.
“There’s a joke in there somewhere — if he takes a swing at me, he might miss,” Mike Puma of the New York Post said Monday on the “Boomer & Carton” show.
Matt Harvey is back! Well, sort of. Harvey met a major goal on Saturday when he threw his first pitches since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
The Mets have had to do more with less since Sandy Alderson took over as general manager in October 2010. And now COO Jeff Wilpon is ready to see results.
It’s going to be an intriguing season for the Mets, one filled expected maturation of young players and production from some key veteran signings, but where the Amazins end up in the NL East is anyone’s guess.
“I said it was unlikely that we would sign another major free agent,” Alderson said. “I think that’s still the case.”
If the price is right, the Mets could have a new shortstop this season. The problem is the price hasn’t been right for some time now. So, at least for the time being, get used to the idea of Ruben Tejada.
“We each signed Japanese pitchers this week,” Alderson said. “They’re paying $155 million and we’re paying our guy month to month.”
Tejada lost his job as the team’s starting shortstop last year, when he was demoted to the minors during an injury-plagued season. But assuming he’s healthy, he’s in line to start again.
I don’t want to hear the argument that the Mets already have three first basemen. Yes — Davis, Duda and Satin are all on the roster. The only problem is that none of them are very good.
“I think the Mets are where they are,” Leiter said. “The Nationals are the team to beat, (the) Atlanta Braves are very good, who knows with the Marlins and Phillies. They’re just, to me, they’re not a playoff team.”
Looking at the current market and the cost it takes to acquire available shortstops via free agency or trade — it may have been best for Sandy Alderson and the Mets to retain Reyes.