Baseball is slowly but surely coming back. Pitchers and catchers start to report to camp on Tuesday, and many Mets are already down in Port. St. Lucie working out. The rumors over last-minute signings are heating up, as is talk from the players who have already reported to camp. Here’s what’s happened so far.
- Ike Davis talked to reporters today in PSL about spring training last year, and how his valley fever might have affected him. He really downplayed it last year, saying he wasn’t feeling any symptoms when in reality, it was having a profound effect on him. Davis confessed he was limited in how much work he could put in last spring, and would just go home last year instead of doing his usual fishing. This is really interesting. In my player projection of Davis, I could only speculate what kind of effect the valley fever had on his performance in April and May because he had called it a non-issue, but now we know that he wasn’t able to put in the necessary work during camp, which likely had an effect on Davis the first few months of last season. Now maybe it is realistic to think Davis could bounce back this season and hit like he did in June through September. Maybe a 40 home run season really is in the cards.
- The Mets announced today that they have officially signed Brandon Lyon to a one-year deal that could be worth up to $2.4 million. The right-hander will earn a base salary between $750,000 and $900,000, according to FOX Sports. Lyon completes a much-improved bullpen from last year. I really think Sandy Alderson did a good job rebuilding a very broken bullpen this offseason, bringing veteran talent to a high-potential base of young relievers.
- According to MetsBlog, Dillon Gee is feeling “100 percent” and that he hasn’t had any setbacks in his recovery from a blood clot, which cut his season to 17 starts last year.
- Newly-acquired Mets catcher John Buck, who will likely have the starting job out of camp, said on SNY Hot Stove last night that he believes Johan Santana was tipping his pitches last season. “Being on the other side – whether it’s Johan tipping his pitches or whatever – those little tiny things will help,” Buck said. You can see the rest of his interview here.
Pitchers and catchers are due to report by Tuesday, with the rest of the team due in camp by February 17. The Mets play their first spring training game on February 23 against the Nationals at Tradition Field in Port. St. Lucie.