New York Mets 2012 Preseason News: Johan Santana Not Sounding Optimistic

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David Wright Injury Update: Wright Has a Broken Right Pinkie

Just when it all looked so promising for the New York Mets, this happens.

During Tuesday night's game, the Mets made an announcement that third baseman David Wright sustained a broken right pinkie on the middle joint.

Wright apparently injured himself diving back into first base on a pick-off attempt Monday night against Washington. At first it was only thought to be a jammed finger, but x-rays revealed a slight fracture.

For now, Wright has been put in a splint and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday for further results. A presumed timetable can be expected Friday, after a hand specialist can look at the x-ray results, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.com.

Manager Terry Collins hasn't made any declarations yet whether or not Wright will have to go on the DL, or if he can play through the pain while it heals.

Wright says that while he doesn't want to go on the DL, he realizes it may be inevitable if he has to sit for a little bit.

"If I can't play sooner rather than later, I understand. They can't go and be down a man for 10 days or so," Wright said about the DL. "I want to get out there and play as soon as possible. I guess, ultimately, it's not my call, because if I'm not available and still on the roster, we're down a man. ... Obviously, I don't want to go on the DL. No one ever wants to go on the DL. But sometimes it just works out that way. Hopefully, that's not the case this time."

For now, the Mets and Wright play the waiting game.

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New York Mets Offseason: GM Sandy Alderson Talks Finances, Johan Santana

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson spoke with WFAN on Tuesday, expressing his optimism that the Mets can get their financial straits sorted out. He stoked the ire of some fans when he took to his @MetsGM Twitter account to poke fun of his team's money troubles. In the interview, Alderson assured those who were still worried that he is focused on sorting the books.

"Once we get to spring training, we'll be almost all business," Alderson said. "I think Mets fans have a sense of humor. I think they're passionate and I certainly don't want to offend that passion. Three months from now that financial picture could be a lot clearer and a lot brighter. In the meantime, we're going to spring training and I think we'll have a far more interesting team to watch than many people have felt."

Alderson also gave an update on starting pitcher Johan Santana, who underwent shoulder surgery in September of 2010 and is still on the road to recovery. Santana is scheduled to throw from the mound on Friday.

"He's going to be ready to start spring training as any other pitcher would be. I think from that point on we'll have to monitor where he is and hope he stays on track," Alderson said. "But from our point of view now he's one of the five. We expect him to start spring training that way. And we're very hopeful he'll end spring training that way."

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Johan Santana: Time Will Tell About Recovery

New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said recently that he expected rehabbing pitcher Johan Santana to have a “normal spring training” as he continues to come back from September 2010 shoulder surgery. Santana, however, does not sound so certain.

“My arm will let me know how I feel,” Santana said on a conference call. “Time will tell. We’ll see how it feels. I cannot tell you what’s gonna happen 5-6 weeks from now.”

At the end of my rehab last year, I felt good, but I also knew that doctors told me rest was part of my rehab,” Santana said of his work in the minors and Instructional League. “I had to shut everything down and now start everything over again. But right at the end of rehab, I felt good. Now, it’s just a matter of time and repetition … to see if the velocity is there. I don’t know what my velocity is right now. That’s why we have to go through spring training until the season starts.”

Mets fans need something to be optimistic about. Santana really did not provide that today.

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Mets Expect Johan Santana To Be Healthy For Spring Training

The Mets expect former Cy Young winner and veteran pitcher, Johan Santana, to be ready for Spring Training after missing all of 2011 with injury.

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New York Mets Free Agent Rumors 2012: Outfielder Scott Hairston Resigned

The New York Daily News' New York Mets blog Surfing The Mets reported Thursday that the New York Mets have resigned outfield Scott Hairston to a major league contract. The announcement of Hariston's signing will be made official after he passes a physical examination.

Last season, Hairston, 31, hit seven home runs and drove in 24 RBI in just 79 games with the Mets, who will probably use the veteran off the bench.

According to the Daily News' Andy Martino, the Mets are for from done this off season:

The Mets are still seeking a backup shortstop, and they could either sign a lefty bench bat like Willie Harris (although there have been no talks with him), or give that job to Adam Loewen or Mike Baxter.

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Mets Rumors: Gio Gonzalez On Their Radar?

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has tossed out the idea that he is hearing the New York Mets are checking on what it would take to pry highly-regarded left-handed starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland Athletics

It's not hard to believe the Mets -- or any team -- would check. Gonzalez, 26, is a talented young pitcher who is not eligible for free agency until 2016. He has gone 31-21 over the past two seasons and reached the 200-inning mark in both of those years. He is worth pursuing.

What is hard to believe is that the Mets would be serious players for Gonzalez. There are consistent reports that the Mets are trying to trade one of their other capable young starters -- Jon Neise. There are those financial difficulties the franchise has. There is also the small matter of not having much in terms of top-notch young talent to offer the A's in return for Gonzalez.

Maybe the Mets did ask about him, but it's hard to picture the Mets actually being a serious contender for Gonzalez' services.

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Johan Santana 'Might Not' Be Ready To Open Season

The New York Mets are a franchise desperately in need of some good news, and general manager Sandy Alderson did not provide that Tuesday when discussing the franchise's ace starting pitcher, Johan Santana.

"We think he's going to be ready [Opening Day], but he might not be," Alderson said.

That really is not the kind of news Mets fans want to hear. On the heels of losing shortstop Jose Reyes to the Miami Marlins via free agency, with the team's finances still a mess and facing the prospect of another miserable, rebuilding season fans could use a bit of good cheer.

The prospect of Santana being sidelined when the season begins is definitely not that. The 32-year-old lefty missed all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery in September of 2010. 

Santana has two seasons remaining on the six-year, $137 million contract he signed with the Mets prior to the 2008 season. 

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Mets News And Rumors: Jonathon Niese, Ronny Paulino, Mike Baxter

New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese is still drawing interest from several teams, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Previous reports had stated that the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies were all asking the Mets about Niese's availability.

In a contradictory report from MLB Trade Rumors, the Mets are apparently saying they have received no "significant" offers for the young left-hander.

Niese, 25, has been a full-time starter for the Mets for two seasons. He has a 22-23 career record, 4.39 ERA and 1.457 WHIP. Using some of the sabermetric data from FanGraphs, Niese comes out with a surprisingly impressive SIERA score of 3.42. SIERA is explained here.

Niese seems like a guy who could be a decent middle of the rotation pitcher for most teams. It seems hard to imagine the Mets dealing him unless someone overpays.

The Mets have also non-tendered catcher Ronny Paulino and outfielder Mike Baxter.

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Mark Buehrle Free Agency Rumors: Mets On Buehrle's List Of Finalists

A New York team is reportedly on the list of five finalists for free-agent starting pitcher Mark Buehrle. Surprisingly, reports indicate that team is the New York Mets. not the New York Yankees.

Buehrle, 32, is the sort of dependable, left-handed, innings-eating No. 2 or No. 3 starter that the Yankees would love to add to their rotation. Their has been no indication, though, that Buerhle has any interest in pitching for the Yankees.

Buehrle has pitched at least 200 innings for 11 consecutive seasons, and has a career record of 161-119 with a 3.83 ERA.

Other teams apparently interested in Buehrle include the suddenly free-spending Miami Marlins, the Texas Rangers, the Washington Nationals and possibly the Minnesota Twins are in the running for the veteran left-hander.

It seems a bit surprising that the Mets would be in the mix for Buehrle, but perhaps after losing shortstop Jose Reyes to the Marlins there is a little bit of money in the team’s coffers. They could do worse than use it on a quality starting pitcher.

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Mets Free Agency: Chris Capuano Set To Go West

The New York Mets will have one more hole to fill in the starting rotation next year with the impending loss of lefty Chris Capuano.  The 33-year-old has signed a 2-year, $10 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Capuano was 11-12 in 31 starts with a 4.55 ERA in his only season with the Mets. Entering the Winter Meetings, GM Sandy Alderson will have to find a way to replace the 186 innings Capuano provided, good for third highest total on the New York staff.

Despite Capuano saying he enjoyed New York and would like to return with "all things equal", the Mets were never interested in the lefty on a two-year deal, something he more than earned in 2011.

Losing out on a reliable -- albeit hardly exciting -- starter for $5 million per year to a team that has dealt with just as much financial turmoil as the Mets is a sad sign for what is to come this offseason in Queens.  If they are unwilling to pay $5 million for nearly 200 innings, where do they intend on finding their starters for 2012? 

Certainly not in free agency.

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Mets Free Agency Rumors: Jorge Posada, Brad Lidge, Jon Rauch

Poor Jorge Posada. After 17 outstanding seasons the New York Yankees no longer want the aging 40-year-old catcher, but Posada apparently still wants to play.

Can he find a team? That’s a good question. We know, however, that he won’t be playing for the New York Mets in 2012.

Posada reportedly reached out to the Mets about becoming their backup catcher, and was rebuffed. WFAN says the Mets are looking for a defensive-minded backup catcher. Defense never was Posada’s strong suit, and he caught only once in 2011.

Also, the Mets continue to scour the market for bullpen help — especially a closer.

Wednesday there were reports that the Mets were in on veteran Octavio Dotel.

Today, reports have surfaced that the Mets are also former Philadelphia Phillies closer Brad Lidge, as well as Jon Rauch, a journeyman who has 58 saves in a nin-year-career. He has been used as a closer by the Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays.

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