Here we are the day before the start of the 2012 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings , and for the first time since the ’09 season I feel optimistic that the Mets will be wheeling and dealing instead of sitting on the sidelines. Maybe it is because the Mets locked up David Wright late last week and in the process freeing up much needed financial flexibility by restructuring his 2013 salary ( as well as the buying out of Jason Bay’s contract) or maybe it seems like the Mets could make some potential trades from a position of strength, I am hoping Sandy Alderson comes away on Wednesday with more answers to the upcoming season than questions.
So here are my predictions for what will happen over the next three days.
There is a 60/40 percent chance that R.A Dickey is signed to a contract extension . Conversely I think that there is a 60/40 percent chance that Jonathan Niese is dealt.
If the Mets fail to re-sign Dickey I expect him to be dealt to the Kansas City Royals for either their top outfield prospect, Wil Myers or catching prospect, Salvador Perez.
If Niese is dealt I think it will be to the Blue Jays for stud catching prospect, Travis D’arnauld or a package of catcher, J.P Arenciba and outfield prospect Rajai Davis.
I expect the Mets to sign former Atlanta Braves outfielder, Matt Diaz and platoon him with Mike Baxter in center field.
I think the Mets will sign low cost middle relievers to try out for the pen during Spring Training, but I expect the Mets to find solutions from within (Mejia, Parnell,Edgin and Carson as well as Frank Francisco closing).
If the Mets are not able to deal for a catcher I expect the Mets to sign Jesus Flores or bring back Kelly Shoppach to platoon with Josh Thole.
So do you agree/disagree ? let me know in the comment section below.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Reserve catcher from the ’76 season, Jay Kleven would have been 63 today (1949).
Mets third base coach from 2010-2011, Chip Hale is 48 (1964). He is currently the bench coach for the Oakland A’s.
The New York Mets drafted spot starter/middle reliever, Jerry Hinsley from the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 2, 1963.
The New York Mets purchased the contract of reserve catcher, Hawk Taylor from the Milwaukee Braves on December 2, 1963.
The New York Mets drafted third baseman, Wayne Garrett from the Atlanta Braves on December 2, 1968.Garrett would be a mainstay at third base for the Mets from 1969-1976.
The Oakland Athletics drafted outfielder, Tommie Reynolds from the Mets on December 2, 1968.
The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Bobby Bonilla of the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 2, 1991. What was thought to be a “no-brainer” signing at the time turned into a nightmare for Bonilla, the Mets as well as us Mets fans.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Roger Mason on December 2, 1992.
The Cleveland Indians signed first baseman, Eddie Murray of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 2, 1993. Although Murray played on some bad Mets teams, he was still a excellent defender as well as a power hitting threat.
The Arizona Diamondbacks signed starting pitcher, Armando Reynoso of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 2, 1998.
The New York Mets signed free agent third baseman, Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox on December 2, 1998.The acquisition of Ventura solidified what would be known as the best defensive infield ever.
The Cleveland Indians signed middle reliever, Roberto Hernandez of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 2, 2006.
The Los Angeles Angels signed spot starter/middle reliever, Hisanori Takahashi of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 2, 2010. Takahashi was one of the brighter spots for the Mets late in the 2010 season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers signed starting pitcher, Chris Capuano of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 2, 2011.
Mo Vaughn is intent on visiting every Piggly Wiggly in the Nashville area while he is in town for the Winter Meetings !!!!