The Daily Stache – Kevin Kearns thinks last night’s game might increase the chances we will see Cliff Lee in a Mets uniform this season.
NY Post – Joel Sherman reports that a deal for Cliff Lee will have to include Jenrry Mejia and Wilmer Flores.
MetsToday – According to our poll, 26% of MetsToday readers think Mejia should not be traded under any circumstances. Only 16% say that Flores should be untouchable. Take the poll and let your voice be heard!
MetsBlog – Ollie Perez begins his rehab assignment today! Woohoo! Wait, that means Ollie comes back in 30 days or less? Uh oh.
SNY – How badly do the Mets need another starting pitcher? Dan Graziano thinks Carlos Zambrano should be on the list of possible trade targets.
NY Daily News – Denis Hamill has a nice article about why he loves watching Cyclones games.
Bleacher Report – Metszilla (probably not his/her real name) wants the Mets to pursue Dan Haren instead of Cliff Lee.
Philadelphia Daily News – Fresh off this morning’s news that Lenny Dykstra may have illegally hyped stocks in exchange for money, Paul Hagen reports that Lenny Dykstra may have confessed to taking steroids during his playing career.
ESPN NY – It looks like the Mets’ “Go Gaga For Wright Night” has failed to put Wright ahead of Placido Polanco in the All-Star balloting. And does anyone really care?
The Mets (43-33) look to bounce back from last night’s loss to the Marlins (36-40). Hisanori Takahashi (6-3, 3.78) will face Florida’s Nate Robertson (5-6, 4.89). First pitch at 7:10pm EST.
Today, I ask you this: Assuming the Mets will go after a quality veteran starting pitcher, which young players/prospects should be excluded from all trade discussions?
Granted, a specific pitcher will dictate a specific combination of prospects that will be offered. And when you factor in contract lengths, money owed and additional veterans that can be sent either way in a deal, the possibilities grow even more complex.
But which prospects should not even be considered as trade bait by Omar Minaya? In other words, who should be untouchable?
MetsBlog – The weather forecast for the upcoming Mets-Marlin series: Rainy with a chance of rain, with intermittent thundershowers and periods of RAIN.
MetsToday – As of this writing, Mets fans seem to favor bringing in Cliff Lee over Ted Lilly, by a 2-to-1 margin. Have you voted?
ESPN New York – Jenrry Mejia left yesterday’s start in Binghamton with an arm injury. Adam Rubin is now reporting the injury is a posterior cuff strain in his throwing shoulder. No word on his recovery timetable.
The Mets (43-32) travel to Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico to take on the Florida Marlins (35-40). R.A. Dickey (6-0, 2.33) will face Ricky Nolasco (6-6, 4.92). For a scouting report on Nolasco, visit Long Live Shea Stadium.
Neither. Keep Takahashi and Dickey in the Rotation. (7%, 32 Votes)
None of the Above. (3%, 14 Votes)
Total Voters: 441
Joel Sherman is reporting that the Mets have interest in Cliff Lee and would not require a a negotiating window to extend his contract. In other words, the Mets would be renting Lee, most likely for Jenrry Mejia and Angel Pagan.
And even if the Mets can outbid other suitors, such as the Twins, for Lee, it would still be up to Mets ownership to approve giving up prospects for a rental and agree to add a nice bit of payroll. Doubts persist within the organization whether the Wilpons really will accept those terms. (NY Post via MetsParadise)
Sherman also indicates the Mets may have interest in Cubs lefty Ted Lilly. Brandon Lee at MetsParadise, explains why Lilly could be an attractive alternative:
Lilly is owed $12M this season, which is the finally year of his contract. After this season he would most likely become a Type A free agent, so if the Mets offer him arbitration, they could get top drafts pick if he signs elsewhere. (MetsParadise)
So who should the Mets go after? Let’s break it down:
Obviously, Lee is putting up better numbers, but Lilly should come cheaper, at least in terms of trading young talent. And if Lilly can consistently get the Mets to the seventh inning with a lead, he may allow the Mets to make a credible playoff run without mortgaging the future.
Fun Fact: According to ESPN, Lilly’s full name is Theodore Roosevelt Lilly. That MIGHT rival Milton Bradley and Coco Crisp as the best name in Major League Baseball.
Wally Backman Jr. (left) and Jesse Orosco Jr. (right)
The Tucson Toros of the independent California League have signed reliever Jesse Orosco Jr. Orosco Jr. is the son of former Mets reliever Jesse Orosco, obviously. He is a right-handed reliever, which seems kind of weird, but that’s not the point.
The point is, Orosco Jr. will be joining Wally Backman Jr. on the Toros roster. Backman Jr. is the team’s third baseman. It seems there could be a Mets fan in the Tucson Toros front office.
Orosco was cut by the independent Lake Erie Crushers earlier this month, and returned home to San Diego. A Toros representative called Monday to ask Orosco Jr. if he was interested in joining the team.
“My dad told me, ‘Hey, Wally’s son is on your team,'” he said. “I thought, ‘Cool.’ With all the stuff they do with the Mets, bringing players back, it was surprising that I never met him.”
Backman Jr. was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2004 and spent four seasons in their system. He plays infield, like his dad – a 14-year big-leaguer – but stands 5 inches taller.
Wally Jr. was nine months old when the Mets won the 1986 Series. Jesse Jr. was born nine months afterward.
Still, the two players find some inspiration in their fathers’ crowning moments.
“I go back and look at the tapes to see the way he played,” said Backman, who scored the winning run Saturday. “I try to take the heart, hustle and intensity that he brought onto the field every time I go out there.” (Arizona Daily Star)