Archive for November, 2007

Mets Trade Milledge to Nats

OK, everyone who saw this coming, put your hand up. Um … all right … let’s try this again. ANYONE who saw this coming, please RAISE YOUR HAND! Huh. No one raised their hand. So for those who missed it, the Mets traded Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals for catcher Brian Schneider and outfielder […]

07-08 Offseason

New Relief Option

While we ponder the previous potentialities of Dotel and Chacon, rest assured the Mets are already on the case — they’ve acquired Brian Stokes from the Rays for cold cash. Yes, THAT Brian Stokes — the one who logged a 2-7 record with a 7.07 ERA in 59 games for Tampa Bay last season, allowing […]

07-08 Offseason, Pitching Staff

Relief Options

We all know the Mets need pitching, for the beginning, middle, and toward the end of games. And I’m not buying — for a second — Marty Noble’s announcement that “everything is secondary” to upgrading the starting rotation. Maybe that is specifically in regard to the trade market … but even then, I’m not sure; […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove

Garza Off the Market

The “buzz” had been suggesting for weeks that the Twins would trade hot pitching prospect Matt Garza to the Tampa Bay Rays for Delmon Young. Well finally, the deal is done, and it looks like a good one for both teams. The Twins sent Garza, minor leaguer Eduardo Molan, and Jason Bartlett (wasn’t he just […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove

Brocail Off the Market

Rumor has it that Doug Brocail has signed a contract with the Astros, which will be announced on Tuesday. Oh, that’s right … we really don’t care. In other news, Kerry Wood signed a one-year deal to remain with the Cubs; the presumption is that he’ll be a candidate to close, with Ryan Dempster moving […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove

Who Will Catch On?

I’m standing by my theory that Johnny Estrada is the Mets’ starting catching worst-case scenario for 2008, and that Omar Minaya is working to upgrade the position in the coming weeks. And if there is any truth to the “buzz”, then my suspicions are correct — according to Ken Rosenthal: “The Mets inquired about the […]

07-08 Offseason

Milledge Nor Gomez

MetsBlog pointed out a John Sickels post designed to elicit traffic and response — he states that the Mets have unnecessarily rushed Carlos Gomez and suggests that it may negatively affect the youngster’s long-term prospects. Mostly, I agree with Sickels’ analysis — I do believe that Gomez had no business being in MLB last year, […]

07-08 Offseason

Bloggers 1 Sportswriters 0

Earlier this month I posted my theory on why the hot stove was so full of misinformation this winter — something to do with the “professional” sportswriters losing eyeballers to the great fan-driven blogs such as MetsBlog. Well it appears that at least one longtime “professional” sports reporter is feeling the heat, and is getting […]

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Ripple Effect on Relief

In the past few days, both Scott Linebrink and Francisco Cordero left Milwaukee to sign massive four-year contracts. Those two signings have significantly affected an already thin market for middle relief, in several ways. The most obvious, of course, is that those two pitchers are now off the market. Additionally, the Brewers now must find […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove

Weighing In on Freddy Garcia

So the big “buzz” this weekend is that Omar Minaya is after Freddy Garcia … and most fans look at Garcia as a turkey. According to the Daily News, Garcia will be shopped at the winter meetings by his agent Peter Greenberg, but may also consider waiting until mid-season to sign with someone. “If something […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove

Francisco Cordero Off the Market

Wow … it’s “Black Friday” yet signings seemingly coming out of the blue. First there was Torii Hunter signing with the Angels in the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning. That was a complete surprise to just about everyone. Hours before Hunter’s contract fell out of the sky, Scott Linebrink signed a 4-year deal with the […]

07-08 Offseason

Ultimate Mets Gifts

Hopefully you have the sense to stay away from the shopping malls today, aka “Black Friday”. It’s a lot easier to sit home, eat cold turkey and stuffing sandwiches, and do your shopping online — dontcha think? For the Mets fan in your life (or yourself), there are plenty of gifts available right here through […]

07-08 Offseason, Cool Mets Stuff

Happy Bird Day !

If I don’t post anything on Thanksgiving, do you promise to stay away from the computer and spend the day with your family feasting? Unfortunately, I’m not sure I can hold up my end of the bargain … Seriously though, since we are to give thanks on Thanksgiving, I’m going to do just that: THANK […]

07-08 Offseason

Hold Up with Hernandez

Many reporters, bloggers, pundits — including myself — keep saying that Omar’s top catching target is Ramon Hernandez, and that the Orioles are only too happy to be shopping him to anyone who will take him off their hands. However, one of our loyal MetsToday readers has pointed out a significant issue: why would the […]

07-08 Offseason, Hot Stove

Winter League Update: Gomez Blistering

From the various newsboards reporting on Winter League baseball … Dominican Winter League Carlos Gomez, playing for Leones del Escogido, hit a blistering .440 (11-for-25) with a homer, two RBIs and three stolen bases this week. In the same league, outfielder Miguel Negron went 7-for-18 (.389) with two RBIs this week for the Estrellas de […]

07-08 Offseason, Winter Leagues