Here is some news from regarding the Mets organization
- Former clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels pleaded guilty to charges of stealing uniforms, bats, and more from the Mets over his 30 years in the Met organization. He avoided jail time, and will pay a $50,000 fine.
- Mookie Wilson will become a “Team Ambassador” this season, appearing at charity events for the Mets. He will also work with major league and minor league players in the spring and visit farm teams throughout the season.
- Buster Olney says the Mets are one of six finalists for pitcher Scott Kazmir’s services. However, Brian Costa reports the Mets have not offered him a contract at this point. Kazmir was drafted by the Mets in 2002 before being traded to the Devil Rays in exchange for Victor Zambrano in 2004.
- First baseman Ike Davis left camp yesterday and was sent back to New York by team doctors to be evaluated. The Mets told reporters that it wasn’t because of a problem with his ankle, which he injured last May. Ike is expected back at camp today.
- Johan Santana is on track and will throw another bullpen session today.
- According to Newsday, the Mets have sold seven $20 million minority shares in the team. They will still be looking to sell three more in all likelihood. The Wilpons still need to pay back a total of $65 million to Bank of America and Major League Baseball.
- We are just 11 days away from the first Met spring training game against the Nationals. The Mets play 31 spring training games before the season opens on April 5.
Here are some interesting notes from around the web:
- Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post explains that Terry Collins came a few years too late.
- Barry Petchesky of Deadspin reveals and discusses how the Mets benefited so much from the Bernie Madoff scandal.
- Eno Sarris continues to look at whether the Mets are truly Sabr. In this post, he looks at recent transactions. Turner hasn’t played a game at first in his major league career, and has only played one game at first in the minors.
- Ed Ryan of Mets Fever asks if Justin Turner as the backup firs baseman makes sense.
- Bill Price of the NYDN is skeptical of Johan’s readiness for Opening Day.
Lastly, here is some general baseball news that you may have missed:
- Utility man Eric Chavez signed with the Yankees, completing their bench. Chavez hit .263 in 58 games for the Yankees last year.
- The Cubs and Red Sox finally agreed on compensation for new Cubs president Theo Epstein. The Cubs will send relief pitcher Chris Carpenter over to the Red Sox. They will also exchange players later in the season.
- Baseball America released its annual top 100 prospects list the other day. Zack Wheeler was ranked 38th and Matt Harvey came in at number 54.