The New York Mets have been relatively quiet this fall, but the activity and rumors around the team have picked up in the last week. The latest big news came courtesy of ace right hander Matt Harvey, who underwent Tommy John surgery yesterday. That news headlines this edition of Mets 101 News and Notes. Let's get started with:
Matt Harvey Goes Under the Knife:
Mets' starter Matt Harvey successfully underwent Tommy John surgery yesterday afternoon, the team announced on Twitter. Harvey, who went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA in 2013, was lost due to a partial ulnar collateral ligament tear at the end of August. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Florida and was considered a success. The clock now begins on the long rehab process for Harvey, who will miss the entire 2014 season after choosing to undergo the procedure earlier in the month. Harvey should be back with the Mets in time for spring training in 2015.
Mets Hire New Social Media Director:
The Mets may have been a bit slow to embrace social media, but they have picked up the pace over the last several years. One big step in that direction was when public relations director Jay Horwitz joined Twitter last year to great success. The Mets took another one by hiring a social media director, Will Carafello. The team announced the news on Monday, and Carafello certainly has a lot of experience on his resume. Carafello has worked in marketing for the Meadowlands Sports Complex, Harlem Globetrotters, and Madison Square Garden for over a decade. Carafello is on Twitter and you can follow him @WillCarafello.
LaTroy Hawkins Plans on Testing the Market:
While there is interest between the Mets and LaTroy Hawkins in a 2014 reunion, talks of a deal have not progressed yet. Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets are not expected to reach a day with Hawkins before the team's exclusive negotiation period ends five days after the conclusion of the World Series. Hawkins, 40, picked up 13 saves and recorded a 2.93 ERA in 72 appearances for the Mets in 2013. Hawkins was a surprise contributor in the bullpen after signing a minor league deal last winter. The Mets valued Hawkins for his strong leadership qualities and the positive effect he had on the team's young relievers. The Mets will likely do everything they can to ensure that the veteran reliever spends another year in Flushing.
Tim Lincecum Re-Ups With Giants:
You can scratch one target off the Mets' free agent wish list this winter. Starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, who the Mets were expected to pursue if he hit the open market, has signed a two year deal worth 35 million dollars to remain with San Francisco according to ESPN.com. Lincecum went 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA in 2013, but he was much more consistent down the stretch. Lincecum also threw a no hitter in 2013, but his consistency was an issue over the last several seasons. This is the second contract the Giants have used to set the market in the offseason, following their six year extension of outfielder Hunter Pence last month.
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