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Mets: Johan might miss 2013 season


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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Mets starter Johan Santana could miss the entire 2013 because of a re-tear in his left shoulder, General Manager Sandy Alderson announced Thursday during a conference call.

Santana, originally staying in Florida on the disabled list, flew to New York today where he was diagnosed with the new rip, Alderson said.

“Johan will remain in New York over the easter weekend to decide on the next steps,” he said. “A second surgery is a strong probability.”

The 34-year-old southpaw missed the entire 2011 season with the same injury, but returned for a shortened 2012 season in which he threw the team’s first-ever no hitter. After the June 1 spectacle however, Santana had a string of poor performances before he was shutdown in August.

Entering the final year of a large contract, Santana might have thrown his final pitch as a Met. His contract promises him $25.5 million this year with a $5.5 million buyout for next year.

Another surgery is an option, but there’s no time table on when that could happen or if the recovery time will be longer than in late 2010.

But there are still few facts known, including when the new tear started.

“We don’t know when this occurred,” Alderson said. “I think Johan would probably be the best person to shed some light on any time.”

Mets skipper Terry Collins said during spring training he was disappointed Santana did not show up at Port St. Lucie in pitching shape.

Alderson said the front office isn’t looking to trade for another starter at this point as they expected Santana to start on the DL.

“We had expected that Johan would be on the disabled list at the beginning of the season so our rotation has been set with that in mind,” he said. “We are not terribly deep right now with Santana out. On the other hand, we do feel that we have some not just depth in the system, but exceptional talent coming through the system.”

Zach Wheeler, projected to be one of the Amazin’s promising pitchers, will not be called up early in light of the news.

“When he’s ready, he’ll be here,” Alderson said. “But until that time we will address this situation and other needs in our rotation.”


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Mets, David Wright officially announce new deal


| brennison@queenscourier.com

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Mets fans have grown used to watching homegrown stars end up in another team’s uniform, from Tom Seaver to Darryl Strawberry and most recently Jose Reyes. David Wright’s recent eight-year contract with the Mets means that cycle might be broken.

Wright’s $138 million extension, first reported at the end of November, was officially signed on Tuesday, and will keep the third baseman with the team through 2020, when he will be 38.

“It’s a dream come true to be able to finish my career where I started it and hopefully add a championship or two,” Wright said at a press conference announcing the deal at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Nashville.

“To me there was no thought of ever putting on another uniform,” he said.

Wright thanked Mets fans who he said have stood by him through the ups and downs in his career. “They’ve seen a lot of strike outs, a lot of errors,” he said.

The Mets all-time leader in hits, runs, RBI, doubles, walks and total bases had one year remaining on his contract coming into the offseason, though both he and the team expressed a desire to complete a deal.

“This is a cornerstone relationship that we think will allow us to continue to build and provide a winning future for the Mets going forward,” said General Manager Sandy Alderson.

Wright is coming off a year in which he batted .306, scored 91 runs, slugged 21 home runs and knocked in 93 while coming in sixth in the National League’s Most Valuable Player voting.

The future of the Mets remains up in the air as the team  has finished below .500 for four consecutive years and is listening to offers for Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, but Wright’s confidence has not wavered.

“Things haven’t gone the way we would have liked them to the last couple of years, but that’s going to change,” Wright said.

“I’m going to give everything I have out there to bring a championship back to Queens.”

Mets change Citi Field dimensions


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

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The New York Mets are hoping that the principle of addition by subtraction will work wonders for the team’s win column.

The organization announced on October 31 that they are shrinking the dimensions of the field of play in Citi Field for the upcoming season. Portions of the outfield wall will be decreased by as much as 12 feet, and the height of the home run line will be dropped to eight feet from foul pole to foul pole.

Since Citi Field opened in 2009, the Mets have hit 331 home runs, leaving them in last place in Major League Baseball (MLB) in that category. During the same three-season stretch, they also rank last in home runs hit at home, with 162.

The team is last in home runs per fly ball percentage since 2009 as well, with 6.6 percent of fly balls leaving Citi and seven percent soaring over the fences on the road.

“We wanted to make Citi Field fair to both pitchers and hitters,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.

A new wall will be constructed in left field, beginning between the New Era and Caesars signs and angled towards the Citi sign in left-center field. The wall will be roughly four feet closer to home plate in left field and approximately 12 feet closer in deep left-center field.

A wall will also be erected in right-center field. It will extend towards the bullpen and be as much as 11 feet closer to home plate.

The fence in front of the Mo’s Zone and Modell’s Clubhouse will move forward by approximately 10 feet as well.

The measurements from home plate to center field and to both the left and right field foul poles will remain unaltered.

Along with the dimensional alterations, the aesthetics of the ballpark will also be updated.

The outfield wall will become blue for the 2012 season, in honor of the Mets’ 50th Anniversary.

A unique seating section will be installed in left field between the newly designed and existing walls, providing seats to 100 more fans.

The Modell’s Clubhouse, located in right field, will also be expanded to include an outdoor area consisting of roughly 40 additional seats.

“After conferring with Sandy and all members of his staff, ownership concurred with the recommendation to change the dimensions at Citi Field,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “We decided to change the outfield wall from black to Mets blue, which many of our fans have wanted.”