Mets Notes: Sale, Mejia, Reyes, Santana

With 17% of their season in the books, the Mets are 12-16.  That's good for last place in the NL East, 6.5 games back of the Phillies and Marlins.  The latest on the club:

  • The sale of a minority stake in the Mets is likely to be completed by the end of this month, though it's not imminent, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.  On April 22nd, Josh Kosman and Lenn Robbins of the New York Post reported that the Mets were a few weeks from choosing the winning bidder, with Ray Bartoszek, Steve Cohen, Steve Starker, and Anthony Scaramucci the finalists.  According to Rubin, the sale should bring the Wilpons $200MM, with which they can pay off $47MM worth of debt.
  • Yesterday the Mets announced that top prospect Jenrry Mejia has "a complete MCL tear of the right elbow," and planned to seek a second opinion after Dr. David Altchek recommended surgery.  Today Andy Martino of the New York Daily News tweets that Mejia will see Dr. James Andrews soon, and Tommy John surgery is "highly likely" for the 21-year-old.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post calls the injury "devastating" for a team that "needs some breaks with their more talented youngsters."
  • Sherman says much has gone right for the 2011 Mets, and they're still 12-16.  He thinks it's practical to start talking about trading Carlos Beltran, Francisco Rodriguez, and Jose Reyes.  Sherman wonders whether retaining Reyes would even improve the Mets' chances of re-signing him, if that's something they're interested in.  By the way, Sherman doesn't see the Yankees as a July suitor for Reyes but won't rule out an offseason pursuit.  For my take on what the Giants could offer for Reyes in July, click here.
  • Kevin Kernan of the New York Post talked to rehabbing lefty Johan Santana, who hasn't set a date for his return.  Santana threw on flat ground yesterday, and the next step is throwing from the slope of the mound possibly next week.  Santana, 32, is guaranteed $55MM for 2012 and '13.