First and foremost, here's to hoping that all of our readers who are impacted by Hurricane Sandy are doing alright. Between the arrival of "Frankenstorm" and the 24/7 news coverage of it, it would be understandable if you haven't heard that the 2012 season is over. After the San Francisco Giants won the World Series on Sunday night, baseball has moved into the offseason. That means crunch time will be coming soon for the Mets, as the Mets will have mere days to pick up their options on both David Wright and R.A. Dickey. That news headlines this week's edition of Mets 101 News and Notes. Let's get started with:
Mets Have Several Days to Pick up Options on Wright and Dickey:
Now that the World Series is over, the clock started yesterday for free agency decisions. Two of those that should be quick for the Mets are picking up the options of David Wright and R.A. Dickey, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. Unique language in his contract requires the Mets to pick up Wright's option within three days of the end of the World Series, meaning a deadline of Wednesday. Dickey, on the other hand, requires the standard five days to pick up his five million dollar option for 2013. Both moves are expected to be formalities as the Mets are still working on long term extensions with their pair of All Stars.
David Wright Nominated for Gold Glove Award:
Another piece of good news is coming for David Wright. The Mets third baseman has been nominated for the 2012 National League Gold Glove Award, MetsBlog.com reports. Wright, who won the award in 2007 and 2008, will be competing with Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Aramis Ramirez of the Milwaukee Brewers for the award. Wright finished 2012 with a .974 fielding percentage, while Headley (.976) and Ramirez (.977) were slightly higher. The award is expected to be announced tonight at 9:00 on ESPN2.
Miguel Olivo Could be on Mets Radar:
One key piece of the offseason puzzle for GM Sandy Alderson will be figuring out who Josh Thole's platoon partner will be. While speculation surfaced at the end of the season that the Mets could re-sign catcher Kelly Shoppach, that may not be a certainty. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets are keeping an eye on free agent catcher Miguel Olivo. Olivo, who has been linked to the Mets before, will be a free agent after the Seattle Mariners declined to pick up his three million dollar option for 2013. According to Sherman's report, Olivo was on a secondary list of catchers the organization sought in mid-July prior to the acquisition of Kelly Shoppach. Olivo would appear to be an all or nothing option at the plate, as his batting average of .222 was awful. Olivo's on base percentage in 2012 was .239, the lowest in the majors since Corey Patterson put up a .238 on base percentage back in 2008. One important thing to keep in mind with Olivo is that he played in one of the worst hitting parks in the majors (Safeco Field) and is known more for his pop than anything else. Olivo has at least ten home runs in every season since 2006, and ranks third amongst catchers in home runs over that span with 112 (only Brian McCann and Mike Napoli have more). The Mets' interest in Olivo may indicate that they feel like there are better free agent options at catcher than Kelly Shoppach, who it now appears will be catching somewhere else in 2013.
Former Met Manager Interviews for Rockies Job:
Former Mets Manager Jerry Manuel has resurfaced after being jobless since 2010. Manuel has interviewed for the vacant managerial position in Colorado, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. Manuel compiled a 204-213 record with the team in two and a half seasons on the job, and he was also the man who oversaw the team's second postseason collapse in 2008. After two straight losing seasons, Manuel was fired alongside then General Manager Omar Minaya in 2010. Manuel is now on a list of candidates that includes Brad Ausmus, Pete Mackanin, Ron Wotus, and Jason Giambi.
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