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Bob Ojeda Will not Return to SNY This Season

January 30th, 2015 at 6:05 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets popular broadcast trio of Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez has made the SNY telecasts much more enjoyable in lean years for the team. While that trio has stayed intact since the Mets founded the network in 2006, the talent around them has changed. Just this past year, SNY saw veteran clubhouse reporter Kevin Burkhardt depart for a full time play by play and studio job with FOX. Burkhardt has yet to be replaced, and he won't be the only broadcast presence SNY replaces for the 2015 season.

Bobby Ojeda, who has been a pre and post game analyst for SNY since 2009, will not be returning to the network this season. According to a report from Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News, the two sides will split after failing to agree to terms on a new contract. Ojeda wanted to return, but the two sides were apparently far apart on the money in the deal. With Ojeda's departure, SNY will need to find a new analyst to team with Gary Apple for studio coverage. According to Raissman, the early front runner to replace Ojeda is former Met Nelson Figueroa. Figueroa pitched for the Mets in 2008 and 2009, and may be looking to move into broadcasting following two seasons playing professionally in Taiwan.

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Did the New York Mets Do Enough to Contend This Winter?

January 28th, 2015 at 9:55 PM
By Mike Phillips

Back when the offseason started, the New York Mets talked about how they viewed themselves as a squad that could fight for the playoffs this season. The Mets had every reason to be optimistic after finishing 2014 on a very strong note, winning 79 games and finishing second in the NL East for the first time since 2008. A strong young nucleus was poised to get even stronger in 2015 once the Mets got Matt Harvey back from Tommy John surgery. With that being said, everyone knew the Mets were a few players away from getting back over the hump. Weaknesses remained in the outfield, at shortstop, and in the bullpen, and a failure to address those areas of concern would dampen optimism about the upcoming season.

To the surprise of many writers and fans, the Mets made an aggressive move in free agency by landing Michael Cuddyer in early November. Cuddyer cost the Mets their first round draft pick in 2015, but at the time GM Sandy Alderson said that it was worth surrendering the pick for the right player. Many hoped that this aggressive move would lead to a big offseason for the Mets. At this juncture, it remains the only noteworthy move the team has made all winter. The Mets also added John Mayberry Jr for their bench and picked up lefty Sean Gilmartin in the Rule V draft, but no one else they have added can legitimately be expected to make the major league roster.

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Dilson Herrera and Dominic Smith Also Rank in Top 10 of MLB.Com Positional Rankings for Prospects

January 27th, 2015 at 3:32 PM
By Mike Phillips

MLB.com has been releasing their positional rankings for minor league prospects over the past week and a half as they get ready for the 2015 season. As we reported earlier in the week, three Mets prospects (Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Kevin Plawecki) ranked inside the top 10 at their respective positions. We can now add two more to that club as the rankings have continued to be released. First baseman Dominic Smith and second baseman Dilson Herrera are both ranked as top 10 minor league talents at their respective positions, another sign the future could be very bright for the New York Mets.

Smith, the Mets' first round pick in 2013, is currently ranked as the fourth best 1st base prospect in the minors. After a strong season with the Savannah Sand Gnats, Smith is poised to start his second full professional season with the Port St. Lucie Mets. While Smith didn't deliver much power with Savannah (only 1 home run in 126 games), scouts believe his power will explode once he gets out of pitcher friendly Historic Grayson Stadium. Smith remains a few years away for the Mets, but he could be ready to go by the time Lucas Duda is eligible for free agency in two years.

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Wilmer Flores Focusing on Proving Critics Wrong This Season

January 26th, 2015 at 3:11 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets have made it clear publicly that they are confident Wilmer Flores can be their starting shortstop. Flores, 23, has been backed by General Manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins, but their actions in particular have spoken volumes. Alderson has actively tried to find another shortstop, flirting with the idea of trading for both Troy Tulowitzki and Ian Desmond to supplant Flores. Collins mentioned other candidates at the Winter Meetings, leading some to speculate the Mets aren't actually happy having Flores as their shortstop.

Flores has been working hard to get ready for his first real shot at big league playing time in the meantime. In an interview with Marc Carig of Newsday, Flores admits he has heard the criticism but is focusing on getting himself ready for the season. Flores spent time in winter ball this season and has since reported to the Mets' offseason strength and conditioning camp. While Flores will never be confused for a Gold Glover at short, the Mets are hoping he can be a poor man's Jhonny Peralta. Peralta isn't known for his stellar defensive ability, but he hits for power and is a solid offensive contributor for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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MLB Defends Choice of Fred Wilpon for Financial Committee

January 25th, 2015 at 8:56 AM
By Mike Phillips

One of commissioner Rob Manfred's first acts after succeeding Bud Selig was to name New York Mets' owner Fred Wilpon as the head of baseball's Financial Committee. The move has drawn a ton of ridicule since, particularly given Wilpon's own shaky financial status. Wilpon got caught in the Madoff Ponzi scheme and has had trouble managing his finances ever since, including having to take a 25 million dollar loan from the league at one point to pay his bills.

Manfred has since come out to defend his pick of Wilpon for the finance committee, Tyler Kepner of the New York Post reports. Manfred noted that,

"I understand the whole business thing but before and since, Fred Wilpon was an extraordinary successful businessman. The committee-the finance and compensation committee-really deals with two issues principally: executive compensation, which he's more than capable of dealing with, and a central office budget. Obviously, to be a successful businessman, you have to know how to budget."

The committee that Wilpon heads doesn't cover all of MLB's financial areas, but Manfred clearly feels that Wilpon's ability to budget for baseball makes him a strong candidate. While Manfred may feel confident in Wilpon's financial qualifications for the post, Mets fans can note that the budget for the team hasn't been up to par of late.

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