Cutnpaste: – Chipper on the Mets, Bobby Valentine, Oliver Perez, Aaron Heilman, Luis Castillo

Chipper on the Mets:

“The Mets have talent,” Jones said. “They’ve got guys over there who can swing the bat. They’ve got good young arms. If they hang around until Johan gets back, who knows what can happen? This is a very competitive division, night in and night out, one that certainly rivals the A.L. East.”


Bobby Valentine:

A vocal portion of the New York Mets fan base wanted the organization to hire Bobby Valentine as manager last offseason. That did not happen, but that does not mean Valentine will not be back roaming Citi Field. Valentine has spoken with serious financial backers about lining up a bid to buy at least a portion of the Mets, a baseball official told “I’’ve talked to a number of people interested in purchasing part of the New York Mets, but I’m not formally with any group that is actively pursuing this venture,” Valentine said Sunday night


Oliver Perez:
The $36 million lefthander’s 2011 Grapefruit League debut presented a compelling argument against that possibility. Despite all his work in the Mexican winter league, his early arrival at spring training and earnest commitment to improvement, Perez could not get his fastball over 86 mph – according to the stadium radar gun, he reached that velocity once – and regularly resided at 84 mph while once again struggling to find the strike zone. A three-run fourth for the Braves included a bases-loaded walk, and ended in a baserunning bailout when Joe Mather stumbled into a two-out rundown.


Aaron Heilman:
Aaron Heilman worked a pair of scoreless innings Saturday in his start versus the Rockies. Heilman was promised a chance to start by the Diamondbacks. He’ll have to outpitch two from the group of Zach Duke, Armando Galarraga and Barry Enright this spring in order to have a chance, and even then, Arizona might prefer to keep him in the pen. He did get off to a nice start today, and it didn’t hurt his case that Duke gave up one run and five hits in two innings after taking over in the third. Still, no one is going to be making judgments based on the first week of spring training games.


Luis Castillo:
There is still a long way to go, and it’s an uphill battle for both Castillo and Oliver Perez to win jobs with the team, but honestly, I want them to succeed, because at the end of the day, they’re members of the team, so if they can find their way again and perform, that will translate into success for this team, which is ultimately all I care about.



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