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For the second day in a row, the Mets greatly improved their bullpen and thus their team, adding a premium arm for a very reasonable price. Omar Minaya told reporters that heading into the offseason, the Mets gathered their professional scouts to evaluate the "Closer" market.? The team determined that Putz and Rodriguez were the two best.? Now they are both Mets.? Well played gentlemen.

The Mets acquired RHP JJ Putz, OF Jeremy Reed and RHP Sean Green from the Mariners for RHP Aaron Heilman, OF Endy Chavez, LHP Jason Vargas, 1B Mike Carp, OF Ezequiel Carrera and RHP Maikel Cleto while sending Joe Smith to Cleveland.? The Indians sent OF Franklin Gutierrez to Seattle for INF Luis Valbuena.

I'd like to propose thinking about the trade this way: the Mets picked up a stud for the backend of the bullpen for Aaron Heilman and a bunch of iffy minor leaguers while swapping a 4th OF and righthanded set up man with Seattle.

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Mike Carp had a modest four-game hitting streak snapped Sunday night.? In his first nine games in the VWL, the 22-year old is 9-for-27 with 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 BB and 4 SO for an overall line of .333/.500/.630.? Carp played his first two games at 1B, but has lined up in LF in each of his last seven appearances.
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The Mets added minor-league 1B Mike Carp to their 40-man roster yesterday, which will keep him from being drafted in the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 11.

…from what i understand, the team is working to re-make carp as a left fielder…however, he will never be a good defensive player, and he’ll be clunky no matter where he sets up…the thing is, the guy can hit…seriously, he looks like Jim Thome at the plate…he’ll start the season at Triple-A next season, where he’ll bounce between first and left field, and will be mentioned in all sorts of trade talk…i bet he’s invited to spring training, unlike last season, and he will probably be among the first players promoted mid-season to the major league roster, assuming he is still in the organizationin short, he reads like Mike Jacobs…

In August, Carp was interviewed by Mike Silva at NY Baseball Digest, which you can listen to here.

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According to Adam Rubin at the Daily News and Bart Hubbach at the New York Post, the New York Mets added Mike Carp to the 40-man roster Thursday to protect him from the Rule V draft in December.
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I messed up my earlier post about the Rule Five Draft.

If a player signs his first pro contract before his 19th birthday, he must be protected by the time of the fifth draft after his signing.

If a players signs his first pro contract after his 19th birthday, he must be protected by the time of the fourth draft after his signing.

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Today is the final day for MLB teams to notify the Commisioner’s Office of players who will be eligible for the Rule V Draft, which will be held on Dec. 11.

In an old article for Baseball America, Alan Schwarz wrote:

“Major league teams must protect players on their 40-man rosters within three or four years of their original signing. Those left unprotected are available to other teams as Rule 5 picks… Players who were 18 or younger on June 5 preceding the signing of their first contract must be protected after four minor league seasons.  Players 19 and older must be protected after three seasons.”

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Toby's Note at 4:39 PM Thursday:

I messed this up in my original post.? The Mets must add Carp to protect him.? Players are now eligible for? their fourth and fifth rule five drafts....

Thursday, November 20th is the deadline for MLB teams to file their reserve lists with the commissioner's office identifying players on the roster for the MLB and all minor league rosters.? These are lists used for the Rule 5 Draft on December 11th in Vegas.? (Lets pause here and acknowledge the genius of placing nearly every baseball executive, all of the agents, the major media, and thousands of job seekers let loose in Vegas for five days.)

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The Mets have named Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans co–players of the year for their minor-league organization.

Jon Niese was named the organization's pitcher of the year.

For more, including who won the award for each specific level in the minor leagues, such as Mike Carp, who received the award for Double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League, click here.

Speaking of Carp, in a recent post to Baseball Prospectus, prospect guru Kevin Goldstein listed Carp second to Murphy when ranking players who took a ‘great leap forward,’ while writing, “He still struggles against good left-handers, and scouts are hoping for even more power, as it’s a tough road to come up as a first-baseman without it.”

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The Eastern League named Mike Carp, Dan Murphy and Eddie Kunz to the post-season All-Star team.

Carp (pictured) is the lone player of the three still with the B-Mets. Now hitting .294/.394/.471 he leads the team in HR (17), RBI (69), R (64) and hits (130).

Murphy hit .308/.374/.496 with Binghamton and has torn up big league pitching to a .404/.491/.617 tune in 18 games after a one-day stopover in New Orleans.

Kunz converted 27 of 30 save opportunities in double-A to go along with a 2.79 ERA. In 48.1 IP, he walked 25 and struck out 43, but his control improved markedly over the course of the year. After walking over five batters per nine innings in the first two months, he only walked on 11.1 July innings. His gb/fb ratio was a crazy high 3.55. After a brief and rough introduction to the major leagues, Kunz is waiting for another chance at triple-A New Orleans.

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According to MiLB.com, B?Mets 1B Mike Carp and Nick Evans and RHP Salvador Aguilar and Bobby Parnell have all been chosen to represent the Northern Division in the Eastern League Double-A All Star Game.

In 77 games for Binghamton this season, Carp is batting .319 with 17 doubles, 10 HR, 47 RBI and 50 strike outs in 285 at bats.

?the problem with carp, from what i can gather, is that he is just not very good on defense?anywhere?he?s listed as a DH at this point, and has been worked out at first base, third base and outfield?

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Mets 1B prospect Mike Carp is profiled in an interesting feature for MiLB.com, which discusses his resurgence this year in Double-A.

On Sunday, Carp hit two home runs with six RBI, putting him at .351 with 15 doubles, nine homers and 38 RBI in 55 games this season.

On his resurgence, he tells MiLB.com:

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In a post to Minor League Ball, prospect guru John Sickels takes a closer look at Mets 1B prospect Mike Carp, of whom he writes:

"Carp isn't much of a fielder, but if his bat continues to develop at this pace he can be as starting first baseman in the majors. If I were the Mets, I'd leave him in Double-A until the end of June, then promote him to Triple-A on his birthday (June 30th) and see how he handles the International League. I have no idea how the Mets plan on fitting him into the lineup in the long run, but grade-wise I'm moving him back up to Grade C+ right now, and if he is still hitting like this on June 30th I will make that a B- or perhaps a straight B."
Carp is currently batting .356 (36-for-101) with 6 HR, 7 2B and 20 RBI through his first 26 games this season with the Mets Double-A Binghamton affiliate.

...i know some fans want to rush carp to the big league level after his hot start due to Carlos Delgado's recent struggles, but it's too early for such a move...plus, what if carp doesn't perform any better than delgado currently is, then what...

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According to Adam Rubin in the Daily News, Mets RHP Claudio Vargas is expected to join Triple-A New Orleans today.

Vargas had spent the last week or so working out in extended spring training in St. Lucie.

Also, Rubin returns with his outstanding minor-league report, at his blog for the Daily News, during which he recaps who is hot and who is not in the team’s farm system, while speaking with B’Mets 1B Mike Carp, who says: “This year I wanted to prove to the Mets last year was a fluke.”

In 24 games in Double-A, Carp is hitting .376 with six HR, seven doubles and 20 RBI, though he has only one hit (a home run) in his last 16 at bats.

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If you’re a fan of B-Mets 1B Mike Carp, and support him as the starting first baseman for 2008, Joe from Shoffee.com has created a campaign sign which you can download and print by clicking here.

In 21 games for Double-a Binghamton, the 21–year-old Carp is hitting .420 with five HR, seven doubles and 19 RBI.

i think it’s too early for carp…however, he is in favor among decision-makers within the organization…i think people took it as a bad thing that he was not with the team during spring training, instead working out in minor-league camp…however, from what i understand, this was because they wanted him working and hitting – not riding the bench in exhibition games…i think he’ll get a chance…i just don’t know if it he will or should get one right now…soon, but not yet

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Binghamton's talented roster is starting to garner some major attention. In addition to all the hype and hoopla surrounding Teenage Hitting Machine Fernando Martinez, the B-Mets' mashing middle of the order trio and the team's closer are making waves, and each were featured today in stories in the New York media.

First, in his blog at the Daily News, Adam Rubin talks about 1B Nick Evans, 3B Dan Murphy and 1B/DH Mike Carp, who are bashing their way through the Eastern League. Focusing especially on Evans, Rubin talked to Mets' assistant GM Tony Bernazard about the young slugger:

?He?s a very good athlete, very good potential as a player,? Mets VP Tony Bernazard said about Evans, a fifth-round pick by the Mets in 2004 out of high school in Phoenix. ?The ball jumps off his bat. He has a lot of power potential. He can hit the ball in the gaps. He?s very smart, a leader-type player. A quiet leader.?
On the season, Carp leads the team with a .435 average and five homers, and is second with five doubles and 16 RBI. Murphy sits at .426 with 13 RBI, and is tied for the team lead in doubles with six. Evans is hitting a mere .355, leading the team with six doubles, two triples and 18 RBI.

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First, at Pick Me Up Some Mets, Zoe provides a few photos and video from Luis Castillo?s Bubblegate.

According to this MySpace page, ?Joe Smith is God.?

?hat tip to Steve Popper?s Amazin Stories for the link?

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On Tuesday, Mets 1B Michel Abreu hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth giving the Mets a 4-4 tie.

Yesterday, during a loss to the Tigers, Abreu was 1–4 with a run scored.  However, with the bases loaded in the ninth, he hit into a game-ending double play.

…i’m getting a lot of e-mail from readers wondering if abreu will be the team’s back-up first baseman… 

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In the Port St. Lucie News, Eric Phaler profiles Mets Double-A 1B Mike Carp, who is working out with other minor leaguers this week at Tradition Field.

Carp, who broke his finger?last summer,?hit just .251 with 11 HR for Binghamton last season.

?from what i recall, carp entered last season with a bit of hype surrounding him, especially after doing fairly well last spring in Carlos Delgado?s absence?

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The Arizona Fall League released the roster to its 2007 Top Prospect Team, with Mets' prospect Mike Carp earning one of the two first base spots.

Carp hit .243 in 29 games for the Scottsdale Scorpions. His nine doubles tied for third in the league, and his 16 RBI placed him eighth.

The Top Prospect Team, as described in the AFL's press release, is "selected by Fall League managers, coaches and administrators" who were "asked to consider Fall League performance and major league projectability."

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Over at Minor League Ball, prospects analyst and author John Sickels gives his Mets' top 20 prospects list, ranked by his unique letter grading system.

Topping his list, with B+ grades, are OF Fernando Martinez and RHP Deolis Guerra, followed by OF Carlos Gomez and RHP Kevin Mulvey, both given B's but with the potential to be bumped up to B+ in Sickels' yearly prospect book, which is due out in February.

…note that because of service time accrued, OF Lastings Milledge and RHP Mike Pelfrey did not qualify for the list

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The Mets sent several players to the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League, which ended last week.

For a full statistical rundown, go to MiLB.com.

However, here is a wrapup of how some of the Mets players performed.

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At SNY, Michael Salfino speaks with a few scouts and team advisors about Mets players who are taking part in the Arizona Fall League.

Deric McKamey, advisor to the Cardinals and author of Minor League Baseball Analyst told Salfino the following about Mets RHP Eddie Kunz:

“I'm not as big a fan as some scouts.  He throws 89-to-94 with a slider in the low-80s and a developing change.  His command is an issue, a big problem for a short reliever.  He struggled with his control for Oregon State even.

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Jonathan Mayo, prospect guru, has a new video up on the main features section of the front page of MinorLeagueBaseball.com featuring interviews with Mike Carp and Eddie Kunz, two of the six Mets playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League.

Speaking about this past season, Carp says:

I learned a lot this year; this year was a bit of an up and year for me and stuff, so I learned how to deal with those struggles and what I need to do to help prepare myself for next year and keep myself on top of my game.
Carp is hitting .230 in the AFL thus far. He hit .251 with 11 homers and 48 RBI in an injury shortened season for Double A Binghamton this year. He was left off Baseball America's top 10 Mets prospects, a list that was released today, after being included last year.

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In a recent update to its Arizona Fall League notebook, Baseball America quotes a scout as saying of Mets 1B Mike Carp

“I don’t believe in the power at all.  He doesn’t make good, hard contact, he’s inconsistent in his approach and swings and misses too much.  And he’s not going to play anywhere else but first base.  His performance here defines what he is for me.”

Carp is hitting .256 with a .333 OBP inluding with 10 strikeouts in 45 at-bats during this year’s AFL.

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The Arizona Fall League released its East and West rosters for its second annual "Rising Star" showcase game, and Mike Carp and Carlos Muniz, two of the seven Mets' prospects playing for the AFL's Scottsdale Scorpions.

The League's press release described the game and the selection process, stating...

"It places as many top prospects as possible on one field at one time. It?s a natural way to showcase the tremendous talent rising in baseball...

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