Archive for November, 2008

Peavy to Cubs?

The latest rumor has Jake Peavy going to the Cubs in a three-team deal that would also include the Baltimore Orioles. According to Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles would send young pitcher Garrett Olson to San Diego and receive Cubs centerfielder Felix Pie as part of the deal. Strange, […]

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Royals Sign J.R. House

The Kansas City Royals have signed J.R. House to a split contract. This isn’t stunning news, and I only mention it because I was obsessed with House last winter as a nice low-risk / high-reward guy, at a time when the Mets had no backstops on their MLB and AAA rosters. The 29-year-old catcher had […]

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O’s May Part with Daniel Cabrera

Eternal enigma Daniel Cabrera and the Baltimore Orioles may part ways this winter, according to MASN Online. The 6’7″ righthander has had his picture next to the definition of “inconsistency” in the dictionary since coming up to the bigs in 2004. That rookie season is the only one in which he’s had a winning record; […]

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Red Murff Passes

Red Murff, the New York Mets scout who discovered Nolan Ryan, died at the age of 87 in a Tyler, Texas nursing home on Friday. The former Milwaukee Braves pitcher had a brief Major League career in the 1950s — making his rookie debut at age 35 — before moving to coaching and scouting. He […]

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Freddy Garcia Injures Shoulder

Free-agent righthander Freddy Garcia, who had been pitching well in Venezuela, left his most recent start with shoulder discomfort. No word yet on whether he is in fact injured, but the news can’t be good for his bargaining position this winter. My best guess is that his agent will report that Garcia “felt some stiffness” […]

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Mets May Re-Sign Pedro

During an interview on XM Radio earlier today, Omar Minaya acknowledged that there were “discussions” with Pedro Martinez and that there is a possibility the Mets will bring Pedro back in 2009. At the same time, Minaya was non-committal, and somewhat evasive. From his comments, it sounds like the plan is to explore many / […]

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Heilman for Street? Ha!

Joel Sherman’s latest claim is that the Mets offered Aaron Heilman to the Rockies in return for Huston Street, and then refused to make the deal when Colorado insisted on the addition of Pedro Feliciano. This is so laughable on so many levels I don’t know where to start. First of all, if the Mets […]

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Help Omar Minaya

As we all know, prominent members of the New York Mets front office visit this website on a daily basis, taking stock of your comments and gleaning the great ideas of yours truly. What is stated here is integral to the Mets’ strategy meetings and strongly influences personnel decisions. OK, maybe not, but we can […]

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Mets Moving Past Lowe?

According to John Harper of the Daily News, the Mets did not expect there to be so much demand for Derek Lowe, and that they’re moving on to cheaper options. From the article: The Mets aren’t conceding anything yet, but privately they admit they didn’t expect Lowe to be in such high demand, and they […]

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Rafael Furcal’s Offers

Various media outlets are reporting that the Oakland Athletics have offered Rafael Furcal a 4-year, $48M contract — and, that the Mets have also made him a “tempting” offer. However, Susan Slusser at the San Francisco Chronicle had this to say: Los Angeles papers have picked up on a report in El Caribe that the […]

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Why is Casey Blake NOT on the Radar?

According to various sources, the Minnesota Twins are ready to make an offer to Casey Blake, a free-agent infielder / outfielder whom Joe Torre credited on many occasions as being nearly as important to the Dodgers’ entrance into the postseason as Manny Ramirez. The question is, where are the Mets on Blake and why does […]

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Rally for Recovery

Beginning this week, an eBay auction will be running, with the proceeds going to the “Rally for Recovery“, a charity to benefit former MLBer Ricky Stone, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor this past August. Stone — a friend of Nelson Figueroa — pitched out of the bullpen for the Astros, Padres, and […]

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Royals Shopping Guillen

Jon Heyman is quite the busy bee today. He also dropped this bombshell: the Kansas City Royals are “quietly” shopping outfielder Jose Guillen. First of all, it can’t be that quiet because we’ve been hearing about it since early October. Secondly, how is this a scoop when, again, we’ve been hearing about KC looking to […]

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Schneider, Castro Available

According to Jon Heyman, the Mets are open to trading catchers Brian Schneider and Ramon Castro. To which my reply is, who cares? I do not doubt the Mets are open to trading either — or both — of those players. And I’m sure that Heyman’s information is reliable and legitimate. But again, why would […]

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Castillo Wants Second Chance

Through Joel Sherman’s column at the New York Post today, it has been learned that Luis Castillo wants a second chance to earn his keep and win over the fans of Flushing. (Hat tip to Isuzudude!) From the article: His agents were so concerned that he had become unviable in New York that Seth Levinson, […]

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