Travis d’Arnaud has been officially released

The Former Mets catcher was designated for assignment and has now been officially released after the 10 day waiting period. TdA was having a truly abysmal season but will likely catch on with another team via a Minor League deal.

d’Arnaud was the centerpiece prospect the Mets have received after trading R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays, a trade that of course also included Noah Syndergaard as a “throw in”.

The Mets are reportedly checking in on J.T. Realmuto

Ken Rosenthal of “The Athletic” is reporting that the Mets are continuing their dialogue with the Miami Marlins in hopes to acquire All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto. It was previously reported that the Marlins are asking for Conforto or Nimmo and now Rosario’s name seems to be surfacing as a return piece. It would be tough to part ways with Nimmo but I definitely couldn’t trade Conforto away. He’s bound to break out this upcoming season and I definitely look forward to it.

Jon Heyman has this piece of information to add, just to keep things in perspective for us Mets fans.

A deal between the Marlins and Mets involving Realmuto seem highly improbable, I don’t exactly see Derek Jeter trying to give away one of his prized pieces within the division without taking all the best prospects possible.

Mets Notes

  • Mets have engaged in trade talks with Cleveland surrounding Yan Gomes and possibly starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco or Cory Kluber.
  • Mets claim OF/1B Jordan Patterson off of waivers from Colorado Rockies.
  • The Mets hired Jim Riggleman to assist Mickey Callaway as Bench Coach.
  • The Mariners and Mets started to engage in trade talks surrounding Cano and Edwin Diaz.
  • Officials are soon to announce the hiring of Chili Davis as the new Hitting Coach.
  • Dilson Herrera rejoins the Mets after signing a Minor League deal.
  • The Cincinnati Reds claim OF/1B Jordan Patterson.
  • Multiple teams are interested in trading for Noah Syndergaard.
  • The Front Office has announced that they will non-tender Wilmer Flores.
  • Allard Baird and Adam Guttridge have been hired as assistant GM’s.
  • The Mets have acquired Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.
  • The Mets & Cleveland have engaged in trade talks involving Kluber.

Could Martin find himself in the Mets line up?

Jeff Passan tweeted that the Blue Jays would be willing to eat a portion of Russell Martin’s salary in order to move the veteran catcher, this very well may open talks between the two clubs.

Cervelli very well may end up being another option behind the dish. The Mets will likely attack the trade market for most upgrades, as opposed to making any major splashes with any of the Free Agents.

Top 5 Mets who will shine in 2018

By Rhonda Schmidt

The 2018 New York Mets will have a lot to prove to fans. With a disaster of a season in 2017, Mickey Callaway has some good intentions after reaching out to the players. Things will change, and hopefully for the better.

To name a few players who just made the season slightly less frustrating to watch, here are some who deserve some credit.

  1. Outfielder Michael Conforto. Conforto came through and even appeared in his first All-Star game. With the offensive power he has displayed and solid numbers put up, Conforto should impress when he comes back from the Disabled List. Conforto injured himself swinging the bat and was shut down immediately.
  2. Shortstop Amed Rosario. Rookies are always delightful to watch, and the young prized rookie Rosario displayed some speed on the basepaths. Rosario has displayed some defensive mishaps, however they seem to be rookie mistakes and if he maintains his health he should look to put up quality at bats and make solid defensive progress.
  3. Infielder Wilmer Flores. Flores is a 26 year old infielder who came through off the bench. If his defense is the only issue here, why not look to start him in the infield? He has been able to shut down people who said he cant hit righties. The offense he shows us is solid, its just a matter of him working on defense and winning over fans who already say move on from him.
  4. First baseman Dominic Smith. Smith is probably one of the people on here that would come as a suprise to some. Given his youth, He looks to make a good name for himself and prove he is major league material. He has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
  5. Pitcher Noah Syndergaard. Enter a healthy Thor, and say no more. The competitiveness and scorching fastball speaks for itself.

Mets’ Callaway will improve pitching and bullpen in 2018

Mets’ Callaway will improve pitching and bullpen in 2018

By: Rhonda Schmidt

The 2018 Mets will see big changes, for the better, since they recently welcomed skipper Mickey Callaway.

For one, the pitching staff will be solidified and restored. Mickey Callaway is a former Pitching coach with the Cleveland Indians. He knows more than a thing or two about working with pitchers. In 2017 the main issue with former manager Terry Collins was simply that he overworked the bullpen and his pitchers. I am sure and confident that Callaway will be a huge upgrade in that department.

Our aces may indeed have worn out due to a disasterous previous season. Its only a matter of time until they regain the stamina and confidence that a fresh face fresh start will give them to get back on track.

With new coaching staff aboard, it may be a slightly better chance to have a decent season. The issue is not that a lack of talented players or contribution. A good manager and coaching staff is essential for team success. Sometimes, changes need to be made.

Hopefully this change will lead the 2018 Mets in the right direction.

The Next Mets manager will inherit a total mess

The next Mets manager will inherit a total mess

By: Rhonda Schmidt

It is not a pretty situation for the Mets’ next skipper to be upon entering a disaster scene. The 2017 Mets were absolutely terrible. The injuries may suggest a result of an ineffective and poor training staff, and with the Mets players ripping former skipper Terry Collins, a lot can be said. Yes, it was inexcusable to badmouth Collins unprofessionally, however, that is the past. A new change is upon us, a new chapter of Mets baseball must begin.

Who will take over? At this point, names are just being thrown around. With Bob Geren being mentioned, along with the likes of Ron Gardenhire and Robin Ventura, it is certain one thing.

The next manager will not have much comfort room to work with. It may take some time to see the effective managing show. There is a lot to fix. Rome was not built in a day, and it is also a fact that Mets fans will never be completely satisfied. It takes a lot to play or manage in the Big Apple. New York Sports fans can be extremely amazing, yet very critical at the same time. Why? We are in the city that never sleeps.

The Mets 2018 may be a season of just recovering. Wright will have to face a career decision. Mets pitchers Matt Harvey and Steven Matz will have to prove themselves. Wilmer Flores, a popular infielder, has to win over the organization and prove his defensive mishaps are behind him and that he is more than a bench player. The rookies Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario look to prove they have big league things still to come on their respective journeys.

Mets have a lot riding on TdA this season

By Gem Tablak

Oh, trust me, the Mets really do. Mets fans seem to look at Travis’s 2016 season like Carlos Beltran taking an Adam Wainwright curve in 2006 to end the NLDS. 

What I’m saying is, fans seem to have a selective memory & I can’t seem to figure out why but when it comes to the Mets catcher, get over it. If you want to hate him sure go ahead & let him at least have a terrible tenure followed by a trade. But till then, again, just get over it.

So far this spring, TdA is batting .400 with 2 HR’s & 4 RBI’s so I’d imagine a lot of fans are telling themselves “oh I knew he’d turn it around” when they were really begging for an upgrade just a few weeks prior. 

But the Mets have a stacked line up & they need 1-8 to produce in some form or fashion. I’d imagine Travis will be batting 7th so I figure he should get a lot of good pitches to hit. 

But it’s not just about what he does offensively, d’Arnaud needs to have the rotation & pen fully confident in his ability to call a game. Not only did d’Arnaud struggle offensively in 2016 but Rene Rivera was also getting a lower ERA from his pitchers while he was catching games.

While many fans & critics like to fault d’Arnaud for all the stolen bases taken against the Mets, most coaches & players will tell you that stolen bases are mostly a result of how quick or how slow the pitcher is to the plate. While the catcher does deserve some responsibility, bases are stolen on pitchers, not the catcher.

I definitely view this is a make or break year for Travis, at least when it comes to being in a Met uniform. If the Mets can get TdA to look more like he did in 2015 with some improvement, the Catching position is one less thing to worry about moving forward. 

I do expect d’Arnaud to be a candidate for “Comeback Player of the Year” as well as do I expect him to do better than he did in 2016, but I also figure he’ll be better than he was in 2015 also. In 2015, d’Arnaud bat .268/.340/.485 with an .825 OPS. He had 12 HR’s while driving in 41 runners in 239 AB’s.