Mets Diamond Notes: Mets Extend PDA With Savannah; Zach Lutz To Have Hand Surgery

The Mets’ Triple-A affiliate won’t be returning to Buffalo next year, but the Savannah Sand Gnats, Class-A affiliate of the Amazins aren’t going anywhere. The Mets have renewed their player development agreement through 2014, as their relationship with the Gnats, members of the South Atlantic League, will continue to grow.

New York has been affiliated with the Savannah community for the last six years, and both sides are very satisfied with their current partnership, and look forward to continuing to work over the next couple of seasons. Little did I know, we’ve seen plenty of former Sand Gnats on the MLB roster this season, including Collin McHugh, Josh Edgin, Josh Thole, Robert Carson, and Jeurys Familia. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets had recently extended their PDA with Double-A Binghamton through 2016, and don’t have to worry about renewing partnerships with St. Lucie or Brooklyn because they own them. It looks like the Triple-A team will be headed to Las Vegas, as the Blue Jays are likely to take the spot in Buffalo. New York can start negotiating with cities in Triple-A markets on Sunday.

Aug 18, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Buffalo Bisons third baseman Zach Lutz (3) during a game against the Pawtucket Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Terry Collins told reporters yesterday that he plans on monitoring Johan Santana‘s workload better in 2013. The southpaw is finishing this season on the disabled list, and put together 6-9 record and 4.85 ERA in 21 starts. Once he threw his historic no-hitter on June 1st, it all went downhill; he completed his season on the worst streak of his career, losing his last 5 starts while posting a 15.63 ERA. Santana is due to make $25.5 million next year and holds a $5.5 million buyout if New York doesn’t exercise a $25 million option for 2014, which at this point, is doubtful.

This statement from Collins was news to me because I thought he had Santana’s workload on lock down for the entire season, as they were monitoring his every move as he played his first season since recovering from shoulder capsule surgery. As each year winds down, managers and players alike will always find things they want to improve for the coming season, so I like that Terry does that; I just wish he wouldn’t verbalize it for the media to repeat it. In recent days, he talked about monitoring Ruben Tejada more and now Santana; it’s like he’s a babysitter. If that’s what he feels like he needs to do to help this team be successful next season, by all means do it, but keep it to yourself!

Looking forward to the future, Lucas Duda started at first base for the first time in 2012 last night, and Collins hinted that we might be seeing the Dude play there more often because he wants to see his left-handed slugger more regularly. The skipper said Lucas has a chance to be part of New York’s future in be in the middle of the team’s lineup for years to come, and he wants him to get as many at-bats as possible. He also stated that he’d love to have Kelly Shoppach back next season, who is set to become a free agent at season’s end. Collins has praised him for his defense and how has been handling the young pitching staff. His 3 homers and 9 RBI in 17 games also helps.

Zach Lutz, who was one of the first September call-ups at the beginning of the month, will be shut down for the year, as he’s set to have wrist surgery Monday to repair the hamate bone in his left wrist. The third baseman missed 49 games for Buffalo earlier this season beause he broke that bone. Lutz had a successful season between the St. Lucie Mets and the Bisons, as he hit .295 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI in 254 ABs and 78 games. In his two tours with the Mets, he went 1-for-11 with five strikeouts.

Topics: Johan Santana, Kelly Shoppach, New York Mets, Savannah Sand Gnats, Zach Lutz

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