Mets designated first baseman Mike Jacobs for assignment.
Signed to a minor league deal this offseason, Jacobs had a golden opportunity to seize the starting first base job in New York after Daniel Murphy went down. Instead, he hit 208/.296/.375 in 24 at-bats, some of which came in the cleanup spot, where Jerry Manuel started him on Opening Day. The guess here is that Ike Davis is about to receive a promotion, leaving Jacobs, likely to clear waivers with the way he has played the last two years, the starting first baseman at Triple-A. His days as a starter in the major leagues appear to be over. Thank god.
Mets designated first baseman Mike Jacobs for assignment.
UPDATE: Eddie Coleman has just called the Fan to tell Mike, that Murph will be out 2-6 weeks. Ed thinks Jacobs will become the starting first baseman. Ed is talking to Omar later to see if Ike will be back.
SNY has reported that Daniel Murphy is not doing as well as they had thought he would the day after his knee injury and is doubtful for Opening Day. This should open the door for Mike Jacobs to stay with the club which I’m happy about. Last night on SNY, they did mention that Ike Davis may get another look if this injury looks like one that will put Murph on the DL. I do like Murph and hope he does not get Wally Pipp’d but time will tell, I am assuming there is a big chance this could be the last time we refer to Murph as a starting player for the Mets.
**Updated** About two minutes after I posted this blog I saw that David Lennon of Newsday tweeted that Ike Davis will be sent down today.***
I started writing this post worried that this topic had been written to death already. Then the more I looked around the more is started to hear a common call for Ike Davis to start on Opening Day. I am a big Ike Davis fan and I definitely hope we see him at Citi Field sooner rather then later, but here is why I feel Daniel Murphy has to be the Opening Day First Baseman for the NY Mets.
Everyone has been yelling and screaming about how the Mets need more pitching. They do, it’s obvious. Well since the Wilpons hid the checkbook how do you get one? Well the only avenue I see is via a trade. In order to do that you need chips. So unless you want to see another Kazmir-for-Zambrano mugging, you need to have some young major-league-ready type players. I don’t want to see the Mets touch any of the names we have been talking about all season: FMart, Davis, or Mejia. So to be able to pull off any trade we gotta find some young quality somewhere.
And obvious idea points to Daniel Murphy. When you sit down and look at it you raelize that the best case scenario is that Murphy will be a Met for only this year and then he’s gone. That’s the best scenario, that’s if he produces at the plate and plays a decent glove in the field. Enough to convince the Mets brass to leave Davis in AAA for the year. If Murphy struggles, it could end a lot sooner then that.
What they need to do is give Murphy the starting job, let him prepare for opening day starting now. Give him a few months to see what he can do. It’s obvious that Ike Davis is the Mets future at 1st base, and he might be the near-future too. So lets let Murphy proove he can hit in the bigs and build up some value. This way he can be used as a chip in a future trade down the line sometime between the All-Star break and the trade deadline. Murphy is a young guy with a lot of talent (at least the plate) and his contract is cheap. He’s the kind of guy a lot of small markets like and would take in a trade. It might be enough to offset the cost of acquiring a decent arm at the price of a big prospect. A package of Murphy and a longer-range prospect might do it, you never know.
If you bench Murphy now in favor of Ike Davis, who has totally dominated the spring training competition, you have basically given up on Murphy and totally wasted the investment you made in him last year. The Mets committed themselves to Murphy last year, and it’s silly to cash out now, when his value is the lowest. Lets give him a few months and see what he can do, you never know you just might go on a heater and get a great deal of value back for your efforts. When your the New York Mets you have to think big picture/long term benefit of the club, and this is the move that betters the club big picture. I just hope Jerry and Omar are able to think that way with their jobs on the line.
As a relocated New Yorker, I sometime have to do things I don’t like to, to get my New York Sports news. One of those things is listening to the Anti-Mets, Mike Francesa show. If you want more of my opionion on Mike, please check my previous blog “Francesa: Agenda vs. Murph.” However, it is enjoyable to see Mike brownnose players he constantly bashes when he pays his yearly visit to Port St. Lucie for Mets camp.
For those of you that have much more to do then listen to six hours of Mike, I thought I would give you a summary of today’s show. I’ll also add some commentary of what is going on in my head while I listen to the show.
Niese interview: Mike starts off with a diss to the Mets saying he can’t remember games from last year, as all the losses blended together. Some hockey talk I don’t care about, he finally starts talking pitching with Niese. Nothing new here as we learn Niese has been working hard and wants to be the fifth starter. Niese did pitch 2 innings of no hit ball in the intrasquad game Monday.
Pagan interview: Mike asks Pagan if he has to battle Matthews, Jr. for the starting spot. Didn’t Jerry say the other day that Pagan is the starter as long as he doesn’t get hurt? While I’m waiting for something good, I do like to point out, its pretty cool guys like Bay and Pagan who grew up in our farm system are back here and getting playing time. Mike points out how well Pagan hit at Citi last year and that he was a triple machine at Citi. Mike and Angel are actually getting along pretty well, guess it’s cuz Mike is too busy bashing Murph to say a bad word about Angel. Angel seems extremely confident that the team is going to be good this year, he’s brought it up 3 times so far. Pagan also feels he is an everyday player, boy I hope so, it would be nice to Jerry to be able to spell CB, Bay and Frenchie so we are not beaten down by the end of the season. Pagan’s fave players include Bernie and Beltran. Nice plug there for Brendon and any other Yank fans reading this. Mike called him An-hel as they leave, dunno bout that as I trust Gary Cohen for everything Mets and he says An-gel.
Is it me or does it seem like WFAN has alot more commerical time when you watch it on TV as compared to when I listen on the radio? I do miss Giuseppe Franco and Billy Mays.
Barajas interview: Barajas tell us he is a defensive catcher first. We could definitely use someone to help these guys on the mound. I never trusted Brian Schneider, I think this is a very undervalued move and will pay off for us. I get chills thinking Barajas could add 20 homers to our lineup. You think Rod can give the Mets a good scouting report of Doc Halladay? Barajas thinks very highly of him and hopefully Barajas can push Santana to work as hard as he says Halladay does. Mike talks Yanks with Rod, is this Mets coverage or not? A good question is how long will it take for Rod to get to know his staff and Rod answers that he should have a good knowledge of his guys by the end of spring training. Rod is extremely excited to play in NY which he has brought up several occasions. I don’t know why someone wouldn’t wanna play where people care about baseball.
em>Alex Cora interview: Let’s face it, we are paying him 2 mill to be a 2nd manager for this club. Before his thumb injuries though he provided decent backup but he is not an everyday player. More Yankee talk,ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, great Burnett threw awesome vs. us….can we talk about the Mets please? Still talking about injuries… Cora says the vibe is much better then last year, didn’t we hear the vibe was good last year? I go crazy about how we always hear the same stuff during spring training. We worked hard, im ready, great vibe, nonsense just win some games in April for me.
Keith Hernandez interview: MEX, finally I am pumped for an interview. God this guy is so cool, he makes a bright orange flower shirt look good. Keith was nominated for an EMMY….congrats Keith!!! Keith talks about tutoring Murph. Keith says he was surprized Ike was not there. Keith says 1b is a lefty position and hard to teach a right hander. Mike has a good idea about first baseman being much more important then people think. Mex talks about his 1b philosophy, great job, he makes me want to find my old glove and work on balls in the dirt. Keith should be a coach, it is too bad he likes things like vacations, the beach and drinking and eating. Keith likes Murph’s agressiveness and his hands and thinks he did a great job for someone who never played the position before. Keith feels that guys with down years will comeback motivated, but was surprized they did not go after pitching. Bullpen is a question for him as well. Love that Mex refers to the Mets as “us.” Mike takes some more shots at Murph and Keith using the class that he knows says that Keith had the same questions about himself when he was a young player. Mike talks about how good the Yanks are how bad it is for the Mets to be the “little brother.” Did I mention I cannot stand this show without Doggie? Mike can really give some good opinions when he doesn’t show that Yankee bias mentioning how Rivera gets bored like KROD did last year. Keith mentioned you must adjust to the ballpark, pitching, speed and defense. Keith senses a better attitude and think Franceour, Barajas and Bay are the reason. Keith likes the comeback and points out we have 5 guys that could win comeback player of the year.
Jay Bay: Talks about how he feels right at home as part of the clubhouse. Mike brings up the Mets are going back to pulling the ball and doing what the do best, as opposed to last year’s oppo philosophy. Boston prepped Bay for what he will face in NY. I like this guy, I take back ever thinking they shouldn’t have. Bay compliments Manuel and says his preseason speech was sincere. Pretty cool to hear about the guys going to the bar and watching the Olympics. Man how cool would it be to put down some frosties with the Metsies.
Gary Matthews Jr. interview: Wants to play everyday, glad to get change of scenery. Points out he had 50 RBIs in 300 AB’s last season. GMJ has not been talked to about his role and wants to be the opening day starter. GMJ wants to win a series title.
Minaya interview: Excited abou Barajas. Escobar is not looking good, club is still looking at free agent relievers. Omar believes in the 3 amigos (Ollie, Maine and Pelf) Niese is Omar’s favorite for the 5 spot. Ike Davis is a long shot he says, says he is ready defensively. Jacobs is here as the job is not being handed to Murph. Omar thinks Reyes batting 3 is a good move and he is likely to be a 3 hitter later in his career. Omar believes in this team, he better or he won’t be around long. Omar says Beltran is most likely back in May or June, if things go well. Sounds like this is going to be more then 40 games.
Murph: Interesting, very interesting to see how this goes. Murph is the first player that is actually sitting next to Mike. Mike points out that he did not live up to the hype that was given to him last season and that he bombed in left field. Murph batted .282 in the 2nd half last season again with no protection. Murph continually says he doesn’t care about stats he just wants to help the team win. Murph says it took 2 months to adjust to the pitchers adjusting to him and that the pitchers would not allow him to go opposite field as he has liked in his minor league career. Mike is trying to be nice but Murph just seems like he does not like him and is uncomfortable being next to him. Murph leaves by telling him to not talk so bad…lol….good job by Murph there.
All in all, not bad to watch, each day I listen to Mike I continue to dislike him more and more but nice to see alot of the guys and definitely has me pumped to watch the game today!!!
As spring training fast approaches I want to go around-the-horn on the projected Mets opening day lineup position by position. I will talk about my thoughts on how that position matches up and how it should be handled. Hope you enjoy.
Much like behind the plate the first base position for the Mets has been much maligned this off season. I think they really had hopes that Delgado could have made a comeback, but I for one am happy (see my post about new leadership). They added Mike Jacobs to the mix late so looking at the depth chart it’s Daniel Murphy’s job to lose.
They are gonna play this thing out as if it’s an open competition but given how much they hyped up Murphy last year I would be really surprised if they didn’t give him a shot to start the year to see what he can do. Jacobs can add some pop off the bench which could prove useful but I don’t really see him fitting into the defensive caddy role so I am not really sure why he was added quite frankly. Also don’t sleep on Nick Evans, unlick Murphy first is his natural position and he has proven to have a decent bat. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of a sharing role between Murphy and Evans then with Jacobs.
I personally like Murphy and truly wish him the best. I think last years disaster was really just a young player trying way too hard. Once they let him hang himself out there in left field he was just trying to keep his head above water and get through the season after that. Now with a new position and a fresh start I really want to see what he can do. I like his work ethic a lot and he has that grittiness that I covet for these Mets. He just needs to relax and play ball. I am hoping that Francoeur will have a calming effect on him, and act as a role model of sorts.
All I want to see out of Murphy is a significant jump up in On-Base-Percentage. That should be his only focus. I feel that with more plate discipline, which is what he was touted for coming up, everything else will come. And lets face it, he’s not going to be hitting in the power spots in the linup so a disciplined eye will be crucial whether he’s batting 2, 7, or 8. This will be the telltale sign for Murhpy’s season. If he can get that OBP north it could prove to be a good season for him.
The wildcard will be if Jacobs gets off to a good start and really swings a power bat. The Mets could be in such dire need for a power source that if Jacobs starts hitting some bombs they might be inclined to force him into the lineup. I’d rather stick to what they have said they want to build around and let Murphy just smack his doubles and take his walks. But only time will tell.