R.A. Dickey's quest for the Cy Young Award will finally reach its conclusion tonight. The award winner will be revealed tonight at 6:30 pm. Dickey, who went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA, is the presumptive favorite for the award. Dickey's odds on winning the Cy Young Award headline this week's edition of Mets 101 News and Notes. Let's start with:
Cy Young Award to be Revealed Tonight:
R.A. Dickey, and the rest of the baseball world, will find out the results of Cy Young Voting tonight at 6:30 pm. SNY will be airing a special edition of Mets Hot Stove to cover the award ceremony and will have an interview with Dickey as part of the broadcast. Dickey has been named one of three finalists for the award, alongside Nationals lefty Gio Gonzalez and last year's Cy Young winner, Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw. Dickey has the stats to compete with any of them for the award, but the Huffington Post's sports section believes the award will come down to one thing: whether or not the voters believe in the knuckleball. Dickey has had trouble with this issue before, particularly during the All Star Break. Despite having the best stats in the National League in the first half, Dickey was snubbed for the All Star Game start by NL Manager Tony La Russa in favor of Giants pitcher Matt Cain. Dickey and his supporters can only hope the same belief doesn't extend to Cy Young voting. Mets 101 will have full coverage of the award ceremony tonight.
Miami Marlins Begin Another Fire Sale:
Last winter the Miami Marlins attempted to rebrand themselves with fancy signings, new uniforms, and a brand new stadium. The signings, led by boisterous manager Ozzie Guillen and former Met shortstop Jose Reyes, made the Marlins instant threats for the division title. The team flopped all the way to a last place finish, and now the Marlins have reverted to their old frugal ways. The team is in the midst of another fire sale, having already ridded themselves of Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, and Heath Bell as well as firing Ozzie Guillen. The team ramped up the fire sale yesterday by trading off five players, including Reyes, to the Toronto Blue Jays, ESPN.com reports. The Marlins have agreed to trade away the following players: Reyes, starters Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, catcher John Buck, and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio. Toronto will send three major league players (headlined by shortstop Yunel Escobar) and four prospects to Miami for the haul. The Marlins, who had a 118 million dollar payroll last year, now have only 20.2 million dollars committed to five players. The moves signify a return to the cheap Marlins of the past, and outside of outfielder Giancarlo Stanton the cupboard is pretty bare for Miami. These moves are great for the Mets for several reasons, not the least of which is that they won't have to face personal tormentor Johnson for a long time. The depletion of Miami's talent base also makes it likely the Mets will be able to stay out of the cellar for a while.
Mets Officially Unveil New Jerseys:
One of the most popular alternate jerseys for the Mets has been the new blue uniforms that debuted in the 2011 season. The uniforms, initially unveiled as a "Los Mets" alternative, have been well received with fans. The Mets have taken notice and officially announced the addition of blue alternate jerseys to their home and road rotation, MetsBlog.com reports. The Mets have added a standard blue home uniform, which is similar to the "Los Mets" version, as well as a new road version of the blue top. The road version will feature "New York" on the jersey in silver lettering, a new addition in coloring that looks good in comparison to the rest of the colors. The new jerseys will be available at the Mets Team Store at Citi Field later today.
Mike Pelfrey May Be Back:
One of the lesser publicized areas of need for the Mets may be depth in the starting rotation. While the top five figures to be set, the rotation is far from a guarantee. One possible name to keep an eye on is Mike Pelfrey, David Lennon of Newsday reports via Twitter. A return for Pelfrey would make sense, as he is a low cost option who could fit into several areas of need for the team. The key for Pelfrey is if the price is right, and there hasn't been any word yet from Pelfrey's camp on potential suitors. This is a developing situation we will continue to follow at Mets 101.
The First Defection:
The first free agent has defected from the Mets. It is catcher Rob Johnson, who has latched on with the St. Louis Cardinals on a minor league contract. Johnson was a decent player for the Mets in 2012, but it appears that he did not have a role with the team in 2013. His odds of returning diminished even further once Mike Nickeas re-signed to a minor league deal, likely filling Johnson's role with the team. Johnson will now have an opportunity to compete for the backup catcher's role in St. Louis.
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