Rising Apple Report, Ep. 6: Mets Spring Training Preview

By Matt Musico

We had another first on the sixth edition of The Rising Apple Report last night, as we were fortunate enough to have four writers chatting about the most pertinent Mets news and rumors for a solid half hour. Sam Maxwell hosted the show, as he graciously brought on Rich Sparago, Kevin Baez, and myself to chat about what’s been on our minds since October: Spring Training.

There has been plenty of criticisms for Sandy Alderson when it comes to what he’s done for the roster heading into this season, specifically for the outfield. Although he tried to acquire the likes of Wil Myers from the Royals and Justin Uptonfrom the Diamondbacks, he’s unfortunately being forced to use the “sign a lot of low risk deals and see what sticks in camp” strategy for the outfield, as well as the bullpen.

April 4, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis (29) is congratulated by third baseman David Wright (5) and second baseman Daniel Murphy (28) after he hit a 3-run home run in the third inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

First, we all chatted about our opinions on what’s been done to improve the bullpen from last season, and each of us seem to be in agreement that this strategy could be more beneficial than what was employed in 2012, combining the veterans that have been signed with youth already in the organization. Are they done if they finalize a deal with Brandon Lyon? Could they still go after the likes of Brian Wilson, Jose Valverde, or Francisco Rodriguez? Should Ike Davis really get a look as a lefty-specialist? Give a listen and you can hear what we think.

We then moved on to the outfield and had a deep discussion about what’s currently on the roster and set to report to Port St. Lucie next week, as well as the possibility of seeing Michael Bourn sign a multi-year deal to become the new Mets’ center fielder. Rich provided some intriguing insight as to why signing Corey Patterson to a minor league deal yesterday is a better move than some people think. Just as the Mets were trying to incorporate some organizational depth at catcher with the signing of Landon Powell, they’re doing the same with the outfield, which is a prudent strategy.

Even though last night’s show was a preview of Spring Training, Sam asked an interesting question with regard to the outfield free agent class of 2014. There isn’t a whole lot of fire power in that projected field of available players, and with the Mets still needing help for that part of the roster (even if they do sign Bourn), he asked whether or not we’d be opposed to seeing a reunion with New York and Carlos Beltran. He may be in his late-30s now, but the Amazins sure could have used his veteran presence to with his 30+ homers and 90+ RBI last season in right field.

A special thanks goes out to all of our live listeners from last night. For those who weren’t able to catch us yesterday evening, give a listen below and let us know what you think!

The Rising Apple Report, Episode 6: Spring Training is in the air…

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