David Wright had a two-run homer and produced six RBIs during his weekend return. But Bobby Parnell allowed two runs in the eighth and hit his glove on the mound in frustration as the Mets lost the rubber game to the Marlins, 5-4, on Sunday.
Next up: The Mets have a four-game series at Cincinnati. Read the series preview here.
Monday's news reports:
• Carlos Beltran addressed his impending trade, clearly saying his preference is to remain in the National League and that he has no interest in serving as a DH. ESPN's Jayson Stark at Rumor Central wrote it more concretely -- quoting a source saying Beltran indicated he would not go to the American League. That said, the Mets still scout the Texas Rangers system. And Boston had a scout in Miami that is expected to follow the Mets to Cincinnati. The NL teams most serious about Beltran appear to be San Francisco, Atlanta and Philadelphia. Read more in the Record, Post and Newsday.
• Terry Collins tells David Waldstein of the Times he already has started contemplating the contents of a speech to his players for after Beltran is traded. “I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to say and how I’m going to say it when the time comes, because they better understand, it’s not a white flag,” Collins told Waldstein. “They better understand they still have something to prove. This is the major leagues, and if you give in at any time, the other team will kick your butt.”
• Johan Santana threw a bullpen session Sunday in Miami and indicated if he felt well the following day, he would advance to a minor league game, expected to be Wednesday in Port St. Lucie. However, Lynn Worthy, who covers the Binghamton Mets, tweeted that Sandy Alderson indicated via email: "The next outing for Johan will be in a controlled setting in Port St. Lucie." That sounds like another simulated game, like the one of the three-inning variety Santana threw Friday. Read more in Newsday, the Times, Post, Daily News and Star-Ledger.
• Gary Carter continues to make progress in advance of an Aug. 2 MRI at Duke University to determine whether cancerous brain tumors have been eradicated. Read the news story here.
• Josh Kosman of the Post reports the delay in David Einhorn becoming minority owner has been caused by JPMorgan Chase, which is owed loan money by the Mets, objecting to terms because Einhorn's $200 million infusion is structured similar to a loan. Einhorn gets his $200 million back and retains one-sixth of the team under the best-case scenario for Fred Wilpon and family. Writes Kosman:
JPMorgan Chase, which is owed about $500 million by the team, won't approve such a deal unless its loans get serviced -- repaid or restructured -- prior to Einhorn. In addition to objecting to the Einhorn deal, in the last few months the bank wrote a "tough" letter to Sterling telling it that the Mets had breached their loan in 13 different ways, said the source, who has seen the letter. The bank did not put the team in default, but the letter puts it on notice so the bank could more easily pursue that course in the future, the source said.
• Mark Herrmann of Newsday laments that the Mets portion of Roberto Alomar's career was not Hall of Fame caliber. Writes Herrmann:
Alomar made it in his second year of eligibility, which seems right in retrospect. Consider the one-year wait to be his payment for the way he played as a big-leaguer at Shea Stadium: not so hot. When he was a Met in 2002 and the first part of 2003, he just wasn't the star the Mets thought they were getting. His batting average in 2002 was 70 points lower than it had been for the Indians the previous year, his home run and runs batted in totals were barely more than half. ... He made only a passing reference to his time at Shea during his induction speech: "To the New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Tampa Bay Rays, I wore your uniform with pride and dignity. And I want you all to know that I gave you my best, each and every time I hit that field to represent you. Thank you."
• Angel Pagan left Sunday's game feeling dizzy and dehydrated.
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