Archive for July, 2008

Deadline Insanity

The Manny sweepstakes was crazy enough. Every ten minutes a deal was on, off, dead, on again, expanded, reduced, on, off, etc. In the end, the Dodgers gave up next to nothing, the Red Sox added two Major Leaguers to the deal, AND offered to pay the rest of Manny’s contract. Wow. Another strange development […]

Trades

Paging Omar Minaya

Mr. Minaya, Mr. Minaya … Paging Mr. Minaya … Mr. Minaya, please pick up a house phone … Mr. Minaya, Mr. Minaya … Oh crap … it appears that Omar slept through the snooze alarm. Or maybe his cell phone battery went dead. Or perhaps it was something really simple, like he forgot it was […]

Shea What?, Trades
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Trades Analysis

We will be going over every “deadline” deal eventually — most likely tomorrow, once the smoke clears. In the meantime, you can listen to me speak about the deadline on Gotham Nation by clicking on the widget to the right, or by downloading the mp3 and listening to it at your leisure. Also, you can […]

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No Deal for the Mets

There is one hour left before the trading deadline, but my very reliable sources tell me that there will be no deal made by the Mets today. So there you have it.

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Hear My Take on the Deadline

Today Mark Healey and I are doing a special radio show to go over the madness of the trade deadline. Listen to us between 2pm and 3pm here: Gotham Sports Radio You can also call in with your questions and comments by dialing (646) 595-4003 (does anyone actually dial any more?)

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Seeing Through the Smoke Screens

There is a lot of nonsense being “reported” in the last 24-48 hours before the trading deadline. All the “buzz” you hear about this player generally comes from “team officials” or “a source close to the team”, etc. Part of what those “moles” are doing is purposely leaking information for any of several reasons. Let’s […]

Hot Stove, News Notes Rumors

Day in the Life of Brian Cashman

Yankees GM Brian Cashman sits quietly at his desk, a few days after stealing Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte from the Pirates for a slew of prospects who were never going to get a shot to play in the Bronx. Suddenly, a knock on the door. “Come on in, it’s open.” Yankees manager Joe Girardi […]

Shea What?

Mets Game 108: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 7 Mets 5 It couldn’t go on forever. Eventually, the Mets had to lose a series, and Mike Pelfrey had to lose a game. No need to panic — yet. Pelfrey was battered for five runs on eight hits — with all five scores coming in his last frame, the fourth. The Fish held […]

Mets 2008 Games

Say No To Ibanez

The rumors of Raul Ibanez coming to Queens continue to abound. Let’s get one thing crystal clear: = For those who are more literary than visionary, Raul Ibanez is Shawn Green. In other words, a guy who once was a strong all-around player with a slugging lefthanded bat, who has declined drastically in all phases […]

Hot Stove, Mets Hitting, News Notes Rumors, Shea What?

About John Maine

Sometimes I really, really, really hate when I’m right. For example, in regard to John Maine. Loyal readers may remember this paragraph I wrote about a week ago: “As mentioned more than a few times this season on MetsToday, John Maine has a minor mechanical flaw in his delivery that is causing his command to […]

Mets Injuries

Deals That Make Sense

The Mets need an outfielder, a reliever, and possibly a starting pitcher, in that order. All agreed? They need to obtain these pieces without flushing the farm system. I have some ideas. Baltimore Orioles: Chad Bradford and one of: Jay Payton, Aubrey Huff, or Kevin Millar. ChadBrad is exactly what the Mets need right now, […]

Hot Stove, News Notes Rumors

Mets Game 107: Win Over Marlins

Mets 4 Marlins 1 Finally, Carlos Beltran came through with a big hit, as he drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie. Oliver Perez was outstanding, allowing just one run on five hits and three walks in six innings, striking out five. Aaron Heilman, pitching on […]

Mets 2008 Games

Can Fernando Keep It Up?

So yesterday New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel announced that Fernando Tatis is his left fielder: “He right now is our leftfielder,” Manuel said. “There is no question about it.” I’m not sure whether to take that as a good sign or the kiss of death. Pardon my pessimism, but I do have this slight […]

Mets 2008 Games

Heilman a Starter?

Please, don’t tease me. Adam Rubin wrote in his pregame blog yesterday: Manuel plans to stay away from Aaron Heilman for a second straight game today, after Heilman tossed three innings Saturday. Told he could now use Heilman as a starter, Manuel said he told Heilman the very same thing. Then, in Rubin’s postgame he […]

News Notes Rumors, Pitching Staff

Mets Game 106: Loss to Marlins

Marlins 7 Mets 3 Dat wuz one Uggla loss … The Mets and Marlins exchanged blows and the lead for seven and a half innings, before the Fish broke the game wide open against the Mets’ bullpen in the bottom of the eighth. The Mets scored first, getting two runs in the second frame thanks […]

Mets 2008 Games