This week had plenty of Mets-related stories and rumors hit the news wire, and it created quite a bit of conversation among fans as we saw New York make a couple moves, but also do their fair share of watching. To recap all of the major Mets news from this past week and the opinion that appeared here on Rising Apple, I felt it was necessary to summarize everything in one post. So, here goes nothing.
First, let’s get into the signings and trades that went down this week. Although Pedro Feliciano left the Mets to go across town and pitch for the Yankees to the tune of a two-year/$8 million deal after the 2010 season, arm troubles (probably from being overused in Flushing) kept him off a Major League mound throughout the duration of his tenure in the Bronx. The Mets decided to bring back the southpaw reliever on a minor league deal, with an invite to Big League Spring Training, giving him a chance to be the veteran lefty Alderson desires in the ‘pen. The Amazins are still looking for relievers, but the rotation is now set, as they agreed to a one-year/$4 million deal on Thursday with Shaun Marcum. Dan Haefeli touched upon Marcum’s consistency throughout his career.
Unfortunately for us, while Sandy was busy cracking jokes about the outfield situation in Queens, the Atlanta Braves were busy acquiring Justin Upton from the Diamondbacks, giving them a solid lineup to compete with the NL East Champion Washington Nationals. Now that he’s off the market, all the focus has turned to Michael Bourn. The Mets “like” him, and have petitioned the MLB to protect their 11th overall pick in this year’s draft if they decide to pursue and sign the free agent. The league will make a decision on that once the Mets actually get close to signing him. There are plenty of people on both sides of this issue; the Mets are not one player away from competing (which is clear), so it doesn’t make sense to spend the money necessary to bring Bourn aboard, and possibly lose the draft pick. However, others love his speed and defense in center field, two things the Mets could desperately use moving forward. Kevin Baez and Rich Sparago both support New York signing Bourn, and you can read each of their opinions here and here. Meanwhile, the Phillies signed Delmon Young to a one-year deal, and I asked the question as to whether or not we should care/be mad that he’s not headed to Citi Field.
There has been a lot of negativity surrounding the Mets heading into 2013, and our staff would rather look at the glass half full, both for the short and long-term. In the spirit of Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration, Danny Abriano gave us the Metsian version of the inaugural address. Danny also touched upon Sandy’s “plan” and why it’s been misunderstood so far and some more rational thoughts of us to ponder, while Kevin asked whether or not Terry Collins is in New York’s long-term plans. Dan Haefeli continued his sabermetric-centric series by looking at one of the strengths heading into 2013: the infield. Meanwhile, Sam Maxwell tackled the other projected stength: the starting rotation, and Michael Lecolant has provides some perspective from the Mets’ minor league system.
Lastly, we always try to pay homage to some Mets history each week, and I kicked it off by remembering Tommie Agee, who passed away suddenly twelve years ago this week. Will DeBoer gave us another edition of Glory Days by taking a look at Jon Matlack‘s best day while donning the Orange and Blue. Finally, I put the spotlight on Tom Seaver in my latest installment of the Rising Apple off-season player of the week.
So, there ya have it; if you missed any news or opinion about the Mets during this past week, you have all you need to catch up right here in one post. And the best part about this week in review post? We’re another week closer to pitchers and catchers reporting…