Gritty! - Ed Zurga
Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
After trading R.A. Dickey away on Monday, the Mets didn't wait long to strike again. They acquired 26-year old outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Oakland Athletics, in exchange for 21-year old third base prospect Jefry Marte. He seems like an decent bet as an inexpensive platoon outfielder. Toby Hyde has his thoughts on the deal.
Reactions to the Dickey trade are still filtering out a day after it was finalized. Keith Law and Terry Collins both had thoughts on the deal. Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard both spoke to the media and it was revealed that d'Arnaud idolized Mike Piazza. Unfortunately, it did not start all that well for Syndergaard, who had to apologize for tweeting an anti-gay slur on Twitter, which he deleted. Despite this blip on the radar, Syndergaard possesses an outstanding arm.
Dickey spoke to the New York media for the final time and he expressed remorse for his contract negotiation comments last week. Jon Heyman had a pretty good piece about Dickey's travels from worst pitcher in Buffalo to Cy Young award winner, complete with some quotes from Omar Minaya.
Baseball Prospectus released their Mets top 10 prospect list, complete with new additions d'Arnaud and Syndergaard.
Around the Majors
The Phillies have added Vernon Wells to their offseason shopping list. Oh please, let this happen.
Hiroyuki Nakajima was introduced by the A's today and during his press conference, he said he was to sign with Oakland because "Billy Beane is extremely sexy and cool". Well, that's interesting.
The Rays signed starter to be named later Roberto Hernandez (formerly known as Fausto Carmona) to a one-year deal worth $3.25 million. Hernandez hasn't been good in a few years but since it's the Rays, say hello to their next ace!
Grant Brisbee has written an open letter to Hall of Fame voters.
Finally, the Tigers are taking calls on starters Rick Porcello and Drew Smyly. Anybody interested? Hopefully the Mets are.
Yesterday At AA
R.A. Dickey may be gone but THE DICKEYFACE CONTEST IS BACK AGAIN!
On a previous December 18th, the Mets welcomed Joe Orsulak to the team.