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April 1, 2010

BREAKING METS NEWS: REYES & MURPHY TO OPEN SEASON ON DL

by @ 9:11 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets GM Omar Minaya just finished a brief with the media, here are some of the hi-lights.

1- Closer Francisco Rodriquez has left the team to deal with a family issue in Venezuela. He is expected to rejoin the team on Opening day.

2- SS Jose Reyes will open the season on the DL, staying in St. Lucie for an extended spring training. No time table on his return but speculation has it sometime next weekend.

3- The club will start the season with 12 pitchers.

4- 1B Daniel Murphy will also start the season on the DL with a sprained MCL. He is expected to miss 2 to 6 weeks, this leaves Mike Jacobs as the likely opening day first baseman. Chris Carter(.407 BA with 4 homers in 15 spring games) is the other option out of camp.

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March 23, 2010

BREAKING METS NEWS: JOSE REYES MEDICALLY OK-ED, WILL RESUME BASEBALL ACTIVITIES WEDNESDAY

by @ 8:05 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The Mets received the best news of Spring training so far when superstar shortstop Jose Reyes was medically cleared to resume baseall activties Tuesday. According to team officials, he will join the team Wednesday and has not been ruled out for Opening day on April 5th. Reyes left the team almost 3 weeks ago after tests during a physical exam detected an overactive thyroid. He was ordered to rest while monitoring his diet for a period(Seafood is being blamed for this outbreak due to the iodine content) that ranged from 2 to  8 weeks. #7 and the Mets have escaped a potentially catastrophic situation with a  best case scenario health wise. Reyes, internal issues aside, looks to be in tremendous condition and mentally, this has to lift both he and the team.  Add this to the rumors that CF Carlos Beltran is progressing well and might be back as early as May 1st, and the news generating from Port St. Lucie is positive.

BLOGGERS OPINION: Mets should procede with caution regarding their shortstop. While it would be nice to have him  back  on day 1, the season is a marathon. Reyes is coming off surgery and if management has any apprehension here, they should go the safe  route. With the recent history regarding the Mets and injuries, the club cannot afford to botch this!


March 12, 2010

BREAKING METS NEWS: REYES OUT 2-8 WEEKS

by @ 11:49 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Doctors have advised all star shortstop Jose Reyes to rest without physical activity for a period of 2-8 weeks, while he deals with an overactice thyroid. He is likely to start the season on the disabled list and the Mets will start  either veteran INF Alex Cora or rookie Ruben Tejada(my choice!) at the spot. The positive news out of this? This condition is treatable and not considered serious.

BLOGGERS OPINION: This is not good but people need to calm down. This is not the 2009 version of the NY Mets, this club has made significant improvements at 3 positions offensively(LF, C and RF) comparable to the 2009 opening day lineup(A club many picked to win the World Series, raise your hands, Sports Illustrated!). 3b David Wright has looked great in camp and Luis Castillo is better than u think.(Look at his stats!) This is a solid offense without them, a great one with.  This club would surely be better with Reyes and CF Carlos Beltran on it from day 1 but the key to this team is real simple: Oliver Perez, John Maine and Mike Pelfrey must be good, if they are not, this team will be bad. Reyes or no Reyes, Beltran or no Beltran.  Plain and simple.

March 5, 2010

BREAKING NEWS: Reyes has a thyroid related medical condition

by @ 10:24 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

SS Jose Reyes has returned to New York for further testing after a physical exam found he has an imbalance in his thyroid levels. He will have tests Monday and it could take up to 48 hours for results. The speedy shortstop will not take part in any physical activity until this situation is cleared up.

BLOGGERS OPINION: This has to be a blow to the Mets, Reyes played in only 36 games in 2009 after battling a torn hamstring.  Most reports have Jose looking great and this clearly puts a damper on camp.

February 21, 2010

1st week of Camp Stories

by @ 1:58 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

1- Team signed C Rod Barajas Saturday and he is penciled in as the starter. Noted as a very good defensive catcher, he should combine with veteran Henry Blanco to give the Mets a tremendous defensive upgrade behind the plate. Barajas hit .226 with 19 homers and 71 rbi for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2009. This move almost assures Omir Santos and prized prospect Josh Thole will join fellow offseason signing Chris Coste in the minors to start the 2010 campaign.

2- Mets skipper Jerry Manuel has played around with the idea of batting SS Jose Reyes 3rd in the order with CF Carlos Beltran out for the early part of the season.  This achieves a couple of things in the manager’s opinion: reduce the pressure on Reyes to run with his leg injury issues, allows the club to bat 3 switch hitters to start the game and significantly lengthens the lineup. Heck, Daniel Murphy would bat 7th under this plan! CF Angel Pagan would lead off, 2B Luis Castillo would hit 2nd, LF Jason Bay 4th, 3B David Wright 5 and RF Jef Francoeur 6th.

3- Team is trying to cancel the waiver claim of LH reliever Jay Marshall.  The Mets feel he had a pre-existing  shoulder injury and the commissioner’s office will have to rule on this dispute. NY has requested Marshall not report to camp.

4- Wright looks like he lived in the weight room this offseason. He is ripped and clearly is on a mission to hit more than 10 home runs he clubbed during the miserable 2009 season.(After putting out 33 in 2008) Great article by Kevin Kernan in the Sunday NY Post about this.

5- Manuel claims the CF job is open until Beltran returns. So keep an eye on Gary Matthews Jr, he obviously has talent and has put up numbers in the majors as an everyday player. Angel Pagan will not be handed this spot without a fight.

6- Jon Niese is the leading candidate for the  5th starter spot and looks great according to most observers. Nice to hear after the awful hamstring injury in 2009 and also amazing what medical technology can do. That was not a pretty scene at Citifield, one of the worst moments of a season filled with them!

7- Overall reports have been positive, several veterans look to be in excellent shape, besides Wright, two names that come to mind are starting pitchers, LH Oliver Perez and RH Mike Pelfrey. This is a great sign because these two, along with John Maine, are HUGE keys for the hopes of the 2010 Mets.

8- Keep an eye on the bullpen battle in camp. Manuel has stated spots are open and you could see some interesting names in a variety of roles. Obviously, Francisco Rodriquez is the closer and Pedro Feliciano , the top lefty, but you have some real battles going on here. I would love them to leave Bobby Parnell here! He was solid out of the pen and a mess starting.

9- With the Barajas signing, this team is pretty well set with the everyday lineup.(However, they could use another lefty reliever!) The battles for final roster spots should be interesting and create competition, which is always good. I really like this team. Listen, many picked this team to go to the World Series in 2009.(Sports Illustrated for one) Every thing that could possibly go wrong went wrong, I think I sprained my neck watching this team. After the nightmare endings of 2007 and 2008, this franchise is due some good luck. This team has some how flied under the radar and I like that.  They did lose the big bat of Carlos Delgado at 1B but have added a comparable one in Bay and  Barajas is a solid acquisition. Having Francoeur here for a full season is huge. He is a gritty, down and dirty player who battles. Think of Paul Lo Duca in RF, that is Jeff. This team can and will contend in 2010.

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February 14, 2010

Off-season Update

by @ 4:53 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

UPDATE OF RECENT METS NEWS:

1– 3 signings announced this week that might have impact for the 2010 Mets, as 1b Mike Jacobs(an ex-Met), LHP Hisanori Takahashi and C Shawn Riggans all signed minor league deals Thursday. Jacobs, who could platoon with Daniel Murphy at first, launched 19 homers for the Kansas City Royals last year while posting a .228 average. He hit .300 with 11 homers in his rookie season for NY in 2005. He was then packaged to Florida in the Carlos Delgado trade during the 2006 off-season. His best year was 2008, when he put up the following line:.247, 32 homers with 93 RBI. Takahashi brings depth and versatility to the club, as he can both start and relieve. He was 10-6 with a 2.94 ERA for the Yomiuri Giants last year. The southpaw throws 5 pitches and features a screw ball. Riggans is more a of a depth catcher and will compete with veterans Henry Blanco, Chris Coste and rookie Josh Thole for a roster spot with returnee Omir Santos the presumed backstop.

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2- The club has made a minor adjustment to the dimensions of Citifield. The club has cut 8 feet of the center field wall just below the Home run Apple. The wall measured at 16 feet in 2009, no other adjustments have been made to the  Mets home ballpark.  NY hit 96 homers in 2009, by far the fewest in MLB. The San Francisco Giants were 29th with 122 by comparison. Ball park aside, the club lost Delgado and Beltran for large chunks of the season as well as spark plug SS Jose Reyes at the top of the order. That is easily 80-90 home runs right there. While I do not expect the 2010 Mets to resemble the 1961 Yankees, I think this team will hit around 150 bombs this year.

3- Great to see Murphy working with Mets hall of famer Keith Hernandez this past week on defense at 1b. Keith is easily the best defensive first baseman I have ever seen and he is great sounding board for the young Murphy. I like Daniel as a player and feel he can develop into a solid everyday contributor with both his bat and glove. Mex could be a big part of this and hats off to the SNY announcer for stepping forward to help his former ball club out.

January 26, 2010

Busy day

by @ 9:39 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Lots of news around MLB today and some signings that could potential impact the 2010 New York Mets.

1- Free agent starting pitchers Ben Sheets and Jon Garland are now signed with Sheets joining the Oakland A’s(1 yr/10 million) and Garland tossing for the San Diego Padres(1 yr/4.7 mill). Both were believed to be options for the Mets but many reports have NY not making offers to either. The club is believed to be very interested in future Hall of Famer John Smoltz.

2- Ace lefty Johan Santana threw a 25 pitch bullpen session and felt great.  Recovering from offseason elbow surgery, He plans to use 5 spring starts to build up to 90 pitches to open the 2010 campaign.  The southpaw hopes to pitch in a game during the week 2 of spring training,

3- Chad Tracy and Jim Thome, potential options at 1B, signed with the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins.  Mets might still bring back veteran 1B Carlos Delgado to split time with Daniel Murphy.

Bloggers Opinion: Jon Garland needs to fire his agent and hire Sheets’! Sheets, who has a tremendous arm, has battled injury since 2005 and missed all of the 2009. He started a high of 31 games in that period during 2008 while a low of 17 in 2006.  Garland has been a picture of consistency, starting the following amount of games since 2002: 33,32,33,32,32,32,32 and 33. His innings pitched totals were between 191.2 and 221 in that span. He is durable and dependable, two words that have rarely been associated with Sheets’! Padres got a great deal here while the A’s took a major risk. The Mets clearly are looking to go with what they have out of the rotation and might add a veteran arm.(Smoltz?) I would look at Pedro Martinez as well. The rotation would like this if the season started today: Santana, Mike Pelfrey, John Maine, Oliver Perez and Jon Niese or Fernando Nieve.

As far as 1B goes, I would sign Ryan Garko to platoon with Murphy at 1B. He is a pro bat and with the health issues surrounding CF Carlos Beltran, this team needs to be stronger offensively. They need 20 homers and around 90 rbi out of that spot.

January 22, 2010

Mets acquire Gary Matthews, Jr.

by @ 11:06 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

The Mets have added an insurance policy for injured CF Carlos Beltran, trading RH RP Brian Stokes for OF Gary Matthews, JR from the Los Angeles Angels. The switch hitting OF, hit .250 with 4 home runs and 50 rbi in 103 games in 2009, while playing 80 starts in the field. He played 46 in CF, while hitting .358 with runners in scoring position. Matthews also posted a .395 clip wtih 2 outs and RISP as well. However, Matthews has been a disappointment after signing a large free agent deal in 2007,totaling 30 home runs in 3 years after posting a career high  19 for the Texas Rangers in 06. The club added Torii Hunter to play Center in 2009, making Gary a part time player at best. Los Angeles will pay 21.5 million of his 23.5 salary over the next 2 seasons, NY will pay the difference.

Bloggers Opinion:

Good move for NY. The club needs insurance for Beltran and this also allows them flexibility with Angel Pagan as well . And The Angels are paying for most of the deal. Negatives? You have to wonder how serious Beltran’s knee is with this move. Team has an ideal 4th OF now and added Matthews. Is this a season long issue?

January 19, 2010

BREAKING METS NEWS: Reports:Molina back to SF, Delgado to Toronto

by @ 1:59 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets top free agent C target Bengie Molina has reportedly re-upped with the San Francisco Giants for 1 yr at 4.5 million.  Look for New York to sign another veteran FA C(Rod Barajas?) 1B Carlos Delgado looks to be an ex Met as he signed with The Toronto Blue Jays, his original ML club.


Weekly Update: Beltran,Molina, Arbitration signings

by @ 1:43 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Hot Stove Update:

1- Nothing more to add on the Carlos Beltran mess, which is essentially a silly pissing contest between the organization and Beltran’s representatives(Scott Boras’ and his cast of thousands). The key here is getting #15 back and healthy, he is an amazing player and without him, the Mets are not half the club they could be. This is easily the best OF New York has put out in years POTENTIALLY. That said, thank god we have Angel Pagan to fill in until Beltran is ready, a great asset as a 4th OF.

2- According to ace ESPN MLB reporter Buster Olney, free agent C Bengie Molina turned down the Mets most recent offer(Reportedly 1 years/6 million). The Mets are believed to be avoiding guaranteeing 2 years on the veteran, keeping in mind uber prospect Josh Thole is not far away from major league ready.  This is a good move and lets be honest here, where does Molina have a bidder? Look at the big market clubs- Dodgers have Russell Martin, Angels play a tandem of Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis while the Braves feature Brian McCann.  Slim pickings among the AL super powers as well as The Boston Red Sox split captain Jason Varitek and glorified DH Victor Martinez and our neighbors in the Bronx have veteran leader Jorge Posada, youngster Francisco Cervelli as well as hyped prospect Jesus Montero. You tell me what club will spend big money in this economy on a 35 year old back stop? GREAT not good move by the Mets here making him lower his demands. Good money has Bengie Molina as the opening day C for the 2010 New York Mets.

3-  The  uncertain  Molina situation has directed the Mets focus towards the free agent pitching market and their top target is SURPRISE Joel Pineiro. Lots of competition here with club s from both leagues interested. Mets are a good  bet to add a starter among the big 3 of Pineiro, Jon Garland and LH Doug Davis.

4- Mets came to agreement with their top 2 arbitration eligible platers Tuesday, avoiding the process. RF Jeff  Francoeur, acquired mid-season in one of GM Omar Minaya’s better trades, re-upped for 1 year at 5 million. Top LH set up man Pedro Feliciano, who broke his own club single season appearances record in 2009, signed a 1 yr deal for 2.9 million.

January 13, 2010

Breaking Mets News: Beltran has knee surgery, out 8-12 weeks

by @ 10:41 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

In a shocking development, Mets superstar CF Carlos Beltran had surgery on his bad right knee Wednesday and will miss anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks. Beltran, missed 81 games with a bone bruise in the knee, led NY with a .325 average while posting a .415 on base percentage. He added 10 homers and 48 rbi.  The Mets will hold a teleconference Thursday to provide an update.

UPDATE: Lots of reports from good sources such as Joel Sherman(NY Post), Kevin Burkhardt(SNY),etc that the Mets are not happy about this surgery and did not approve it. Mixed reports but something to keep an eye on.

January 12, 2010

Reports: Mets close to signing Molina

by @ 3:08 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Seperate internet reports have the Mets close to signing top free agent C Bengie Molina. ESPN believes the two sides will come to an agreement with the next 48-72 hours. FoxSports.com claims Molina’s asking price has lowered and he would accept a two year deal.

Bloggers opinion: This would be another good move for the Mets. Good player and at a reasonable rate plus the years make sense with New York’s top catching prospect Josh Thole not far away from the majors,

January 5, 2010

Thoughts on Bay signing— remainder of the off-season

by @ 12:58 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

As I have stated for the past couple of weeks,  I love the Mets signing of Jason Bay. This is a great move and let me tell you why.

1- He is a 25 homer-100 rbi Left fielder. Like the 2008 offseason, the Mets had a major need that GM Omar Minaya filled.(Closer in ’08) Line-up and fit wise, this is perfect.

2- Bay thrived in Boston. He can handle pressure. Listen, I am Boston born and breed, Playing Left Field for the Red Sox is the equivalent of manning Center for the Yankees. They had 3 Hall of Famers in the spot for 40 straight years, then Manny Ramirez for 7 more at the turn of the century. That is pressure and he put up a career year. A good sign for the fans at Citi-Field. (BTW- this was not a great Red Sox line-up- David Ortiz was terrible for 2 months, Mike Lowell was coming back from major injury and Jason Varitek is in severe decline. Bay carried this team at times)

3- Although Matt Holliday played well in St. Louis(13,55,.353, 1.023 OPS) he struggled tremendously in Oakland(11 homers,54 rbi, .286 batting average,.832 OPS in 346 AL at bats). He could not handle the American League and to me, that is a big deal when you compare the top two free agents on the market.

4- Financially, I think this deal makes sense for all involved. The Mets did not over pay and  Bay’s salary is almost exactly what he is worth. Even the years make sense. Good job by both the representatives for Bay and Minaya.

5- Like him or not, SS Jose Reyes is the key to the Mets. The straw that stirs the drink or Energizer bunny, he is vital to the success of this club. Bay played with Reyes in the minors and the two are said to have a good relationship. This cannot hurt.

6- Boston let him walk. For all of the media falling all over themselves to say how great Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is, his batting average on free agency is not great. Particularily, when it comes to his own. He let Johnny Damon, Orlando Cabrera and Derek Lowe walk. Bay is about to top all of them with a strong showing at Citifield.

7- I covered this guy while he was on the Pirates. He is a good outfielder, plays hard and is a great locker room guy. When u watch him everyday, you will appreciate him more. How sold on him is this blogger? I picked him to win the AL MVP last year!

Other thoughts on the Mets-

1- Looks like the Mets are looking at 3 things- inning eating starting pitchers, a starting C and veteran option at 1B. Many reporters see NY avoiding injury prone risk-reward types(Ben Sheets, Erik Bedard) and targeting a Jon Garland, Joel Piniero or Doug Davis.

2- Lots of noise about bringing veteran 1b Carlos Delgado back. He is not seeking crazy  money and would make sense platooning with 2nd year man Daniel Murphy at 1B. I also like veteran Ryan Garko as an option.

3- Still think free agent C Bengie Molina ends up in Queens. Makes too much sense for all involved. Mets need to be careful to not go past 2 years with uber prospect Josh Thole close to ML ready.

4- Lots of noise on 2B Luis Castillo being moved. Latest has him going to Boston for veteran 3B Mike Lowell. Strange rumor, Mets have a 3b most people have heard off. Where would he play?


January 4, 2010

Bay passes physical, 11 am Press Conference Tuesday

by @ 10:15 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Highly sought after free agent OF Jason Bay passed his physical Monday in Manhattan and the Mets will announce his signing Tuesday. The club has called a 11 am Press Conference Tuesday at Citi field that will be aired live on the Mets flag ship station, SNY.  Bay’s deal is worth a reported 4 years at 66 million with a vesting option adding a 5th year putting the total at $80 milllion.

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Blogger’s opinion: Love this move for New York. Legit middle of the order bat who can split CF Carlos Beltran and franchise 3B David Wright in the lineup. Great locker room guy who thrived in the pressure cooker of Boston.(More on this Tuesday) I covered Bay while reporting on the Pirates in 2008 and he is a better OF than you think(Remember, we had a cast of 1000s in LF in 2009) and can run a bit as well(15-20 stolen bases). More work to be done but a great signing and the dollars are not that nuts either.

December 29, 2009

Late Holiday gift: Mets sign top Free Agent target-LF Jason Bay

by @ 1:59 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The New York Mets finally got their man Tuesday, adding an elite bat in left field, signing free agent Outfielder Jason Bay. The deal is reported to be for 4 years at 66 million dollars with a vesting option for a 5th season, pending a physical. The one time Mets property, is a 3 time all star and posted .267 average with 36 homers and 119 rbi in 151 games in 2009. Over the past 5 years, he averaged 150 games played. Since 2005, he ranks 4th in homers(155) and 5th in rbi(514) among major league outfielders.  Only the great Albert Pujols(.697) posted a better slugging percentage with runners in scoring position(.676) in 2009.

Bloggers Opinion: Great, Great day for Mets and GM Omar Minaya. Covered this guy with the Pirates and follow the Red Sox to an extent with several friends residing in the greater Boston area. Excellent offensive player and solid all around player, can field and run the bases as well. Great locker room guy and unlike fellow FA OF Matt Holliday, thrived under the pressure and spotlight of the American League. The Mets work is not done- must sign a starting C(Bengie Molina) and add at least 1 starting pitcher(Joel Pineiro, Jon Garland and Doug Davis candidates) , that said, this is a HUGE move for NY and fills a much needed position in Left.

December 26, 2009

Happy Holidays!!!

by @ 12:21 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

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Club signs Kelvim Escobar, new direction?

by @ 12:19 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

The Mets have finalized a deal with ex Angels pitcher Kelvim Escobar to a 1 yr deal worth 1.5 million if he makes the club out of spring training.  GM Omar Minaya sees him as an 8th inning set-up man for closer Francisco Rodriquez.

No word on OF Jason Bay, who was viewed as the Mets top free agent target. However with inactivity, you wonder how serious he is to coming to NY. Legendary baseball writer Peter Gammons claims Bay would rather play in Beirut than Queens(Radio interview on Christmas eve) while ESPN’s Buster Olney thinks the Mets will focus on SP Joel Pineiro in the pitching market. Olney also believes the team has between 15-22 million to spend and might sign 3-4 solid ML players instead of 1 or 2 big ticket items.

December 21, 2009

Marquis off the market, Return for Pedro?

by @ 11:11 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Free agent RHP Jason Marquis agreed to a 2 year, 15 million dollar deal with the Washington Nationals Monday. The Long Island native was thought to be an off-season target of the Mets.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark is reporting NY is talking to veteran SP Pedro Martinez about a return to Queens. However, the proud righty is seeking a salary in the Brad Penny range(1 yr/8 million with incentives) and Mets management might balk at this.

No updates on LF Jason Bay or C Bengie Molina at this time.

I still think the Mets will sign those two and add a top 3 starting pitcher, a Joel Pineiro or Jon Garland type. You also see lots of rumors involving 2B Luis Castillo involved.

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December 14, 2009

Insane offer from St. Louis to Holliday

by @ 11:39 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Media outlets in St. Louis have the Cardinals offering 8 years at 16 million per year. to free agent OF Matt Holliday. Just a crazy offer. Jason Bay is a similiar player(many, including this blogger ,think he is the superior talent-check out their stats vs. AL pitching!) and he is struggling to get 5 yr offers. This is why Scott Boras’ can use dollar bills as napkins at his office. STUPID.

Lackey to Boston, Phillies-Jays-Mariners blockbuster

by @ 1:52 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Mets free agent target starting pitcher John Lackey signed with the Boston Red Sox 5 yrs/85 million. That is a big signing but a HUGE 3 team blockbuster offsets that today. The Toronto Blue Jays traded ace Roy Halladay to the Mets chief rival, 2 time defending NL champion, the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies then moved mid season acquisition Cliff Lee to Seattle. The Jays received prospects that have yet to be named. BIG day on the calendar for MLB!

The big question? How does this impact the Mets? I think this makes them the favorite to sign LF Jason Bay. The Red Sox appear to be ready to move on &  make a trade with their surplus of pitching and maybe sign a free agent or smaller.non-tendered type bat at either 3B or in LF, a Garrett Atkins or Mike Cameron come to mind. I think the Mets will get Bay and add another top 3 starter, a Joel Pineiro or Jason Marquis. 2B is another position they could upgrade with offense(Marlins 2B Dan Uggla?) and they will sign a veteran to spell 2nd year man Daniel Murphy at First. Power hitting 1B Carlos Delgado might welcome a return to Citifield and the  Mets are rumored to be interested.

December 12, 2009

Mets make Offers to OF Bay, C Molina, Talking with Lackey?

by @ 1:50 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Numerous reports have the Mets making offers to both free agent OF Jason Bay(reported 4 yrs/63 million) and C Bengie Molina(2 yrs,possible vesting option included?). ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports their are signs the club also made a contract offer to FA RH SP John Lackey. New York Newsday refutes this and claims the two sides have not exchanged numbers.

UPDATE: Numerous reports have Bay turning down the latest contract offer from the Red Sox, which is believed to be less than the Mets. Good news for fans in Flushing. I think this will be resolved soon.

The team also signed veteran RHP Elmer Dessens to a minor league deal.

The NY Post is reporting that both P Tim Redding and OF Jeremy Reed will be non-tendered by tonight’s Midnight deadline, making them both free agents.  While SP John Maine, key LH set up man Pedro Feliciano and starting RF Jeff Francoeur will be brought back.

Ex Met reliever J.J. Putz signed with the Chicago White Sox , for 1 yr at 3 million.

Notable Non-tenders: NY Yankees SP Chien-Ming Wang, Atlanta 2B Kelly Johnson, Washington OF Ryan Church, Colorado INF Garrett Atkins, Tampa Bay C Dionner Navarro, San Diego Padres SP Kevin Correia — More to follow by Midnight tonight

December 9, 2009

Winter Meetings update

by @ 10:42 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Not much activity involving the Mets this week. Team is heavily linked to free agent C Bengie Molina as well as OFs Matt Holliday and Jason Bay. Mixed bag on FA SP John Lackey, some media has the Mets in,others out. Joel Pineiro and Jason Marquis remain unsigned and have been rumored to be targets. The club has also been linked to former Met and current FA RP Darren Oliver.

Lets break down the major moves so far:

1- The 3 way trade involving the Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees. Rare trade here that I see this making sense for all 3 clubs. Arizona, who added SP Edwin Jackson, now has 3 very good starting pitchers in a strong NL West. Ian Kennedy also has good upside. The Tigers are saddled with both bad contracts and several free agents. They needed to fill spots on their ML roster and get younger. Austin Jackson is a tremendous talent(5 tools according to my ML scout friends) and Max Scherzer has an elite arm. Phil Coke was a good part of the a strong Yankees relief corps while Daniel Schlereth adds a lefty with power stuff. All 3 pitchers should be on the 2010 Tigers and could start or relieve. The Yankees acquired a great guy and very good defensive CF. He struggles vs. lefties(.183 vs southpaws in 180 ABs in 2009) but will hit 35+ bombs in that park. He can also run and is among the best character guys in the game. One of the more underrated aspects of the 2009 Yankees was the fact that GM Brian Cashman added quality people around mentally soft Alex Rodriquez.(Robin, not Batman) A Nick Swisher, A.J. Burnett, CC Sabathia  and  Mark Teixeira made that club actually likeable. This also allows NYY management to play hardball with both FAs Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon. With Melky Cabrera still on the team, they can plug him in LF.

2-Improved Brewers pitching-  Club signed both a top 3 starting pitcher(Randy Wolf) and top set-up man ( Latroy Hawkins) to an exciting and improving club. The Brewers drew over 3 million fans in 2009 and with talented youngsters Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder combining for almost 80 homers, pitching had to be a priority.  Excellent job by Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin.

3- The Baltimore Orioles made an interesting move, trading for veteran SP Kevin Millwood. The Orioles, who are in full rebuild mode, need a father figure for their young pitching and Milwood filled a similiar role with the Rangers in 2009.  The Os shipped out ex-closer Chris Ray, who struggled in 09(0-4,7.27) a year removed from Tommy John surgery. Rangers dump salary(pick up 3 million save 7 million) and the Orioles get an ace who can allow their youngsters to slot under him. Another trade that makes sense for both teams.

Commentary: I wrote in my Detroit Tigers off-season game plan that a question many Tigers fans should ask is how GM Dave Dombrowski still had a job.  This trade is an example of why he shouldn’t. Baseball wise, he did well here. But- and this is a big but- the #1 reason Curtis Granderson is no longer a Detroit Tiger  is this administrations pile of silly and nonsensical contracts this GM handed out. Dontrelle Willis, Nate Robertson, Carlos Guillen and Jeremy Bonderman are just 4 of the awful deals that are almost unmoveable.  The Maglio Ordonez option situation(rumored to be ordered by ownership) would be almost manageable if this team did not have these other crazy deals. Most of these players are in sharp decline(Ordonez) or useless(Willis) and this trade  gives DD and the Tigers bodies to cover for the financial mess they created. The economic situation and declining attendance at Red Wings games(Owner MIke Ilitch is losing his shirt) does not help. AWFUL, AWFUL situation and very hard for young fans to understand this is a business. Many have asked me over my career why I hate the Red Sox and will never EVER root for them again. Keep in mind, I grew up with the mid 70s Sox teams- Yaz, Rice, Lynn, Lee, Fisk,Evans,etc. The Yawkey ownership and GM Haywood Sullivan refused to spend money and make the moves needed to secure a potential dynasty in the making. I often cried myself to sleep as these dopes ran off my heroes over silly dollar amounts or contract deadlines.(You ever want to laugh, google Carlon Fisk leaves the Red Sox, amazing that the stiff the Sox paraded out to replace him had the same last name as the GM!) I learned at that point that sports is a business, always has been, always will be. Young fans in Detroit just learned that painful lesson today.

December 3, 2009

Mets Hot Stove update

by @ 2:27 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

No major moves to report regarding your Mets with only minor signings occurting throughout major league baseball.

Some News:

1- Team signed veteran C-1B Chris Coste and he is now on the Mets 40 roster. Good receiver and not much a bat, could be a mentor to super prospect Josh Thole with the parent club or at Triple A. Veteran Henry Blanco is also rumored to be coming to Citi-Field.

2- The Mets did not offer salary arbitration to any of their 6 free agents- 1B Carlos Delgado, INF-OF Fernando Tatis, OF Gary Sheffield, RP J.J. Putz, INF Ramon Martinez and RP Elmer Desseons. This was not viewed as a surprise to most observers and look for the Mets to add 6-8 new players via trades and free agent signings.

3-  Several reports have INF Alex Cora resigning with the club  for 1 season. Nothing official as of yet.

4- The Winter meetings start next week and mark this date on your calendar- Saturday December 12th. This is date that teams can non-tender players aka allowing veterans to become unrestricted free agents. With the poor economy and several teams looking to dump payroll, you might see as many as 100 quality ML players on the open market. The Mets must also decide on 3 veterans- SPs John Maine(good bet to return,owed 2.5 mill in 2010), Tim Redding and OF Cory Sullivan.

4- Look for the team to be active in the free agent market. The Mets have been linked to the top OF(Jason Bay and Matt Holliday) as well as all of the top pitchers on both the trade(Roy Hallday) and open market(John Lackey, Randy Wolf, Jason Marquis and Joel Pineiro).  I think they sign Holliday and one of those 4 starters minimum.

November 17, 2009

Detroit Tigers 2009 Off-season game plan

by @ 11:38 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Positions filled: 1B(More on him later)…. 3B(Great glove, power, leader)… CF(huge hole vs. lefties but otherwise solid)… Top 3 rotation(young as well)…. RF($18 million for a singles hitter, have fun moving that contract!)… LF-DH(Good bat who cannot be counted on in th field)

Question Marks: How the hell do you spend almost a 100 million on a roster and have about 15 holes? … Closer… Set-up man… 2B… SS… a corner OF slot….How does this team respond to a complete and total gas job in September…  Who the hell decided to sign stiffs like Nate Robertson and Dontrelle Willis long term? …. How does GM Dave Dombrowski have a job?

Improve from within/Rookies: The good news is this club has talent at two spots of need(middle infield and pitching,particularily relievers) that appear to be close to major league ready. 2B Scott Sizemore, was in all star while splitting time between Double and Triple A. Sizemore injured his ankle in the offseason but should be ready for spring training.  Short stops Cale Iorg and Triple A stud Brent Dlugbach are not far away either. Reliever Ryan Perry saw time with the parent club and appears ready for a full major league season. Starters Casey Crosby and Alfredo Figaro also could contribute in 2010.  C Alex Avilla is also a candidate to break camp with the club.


Budget: Oh, Boy… In a word, wow. Not good, awful. In a cash strapped Midwest, this team might have the worst collection of bad contracts since Bernie Madoff.  Team has over 100 million due to studs such  as Willis, Robertson, Jeremy Bonderman and OF Carlos Guillen. Guillen is a good offensive player but cannot stay healthy when playing the field. Bonderman cannot stay healthy and has never developed a 2nd pitch. Robertson is a decent 4-5 starter who makes 10 million! Memo TO ALL OF MY FRIENDS WITH KIDS- KICK THEM OUT OF THE HOUSE AND TEACH THEM TO THROW LEFT HANDED!!! DO IT NOW!!!  Willis? To quote my late, great grand father, If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.  Simply put, the reason you have seen some good players names linked to trades(CF Curtis Granderson, SP Edwin Jackson) is the club’s perilous financial situation. They need to clear some contracts and just have too much money tied up in players that are not even worth 10% of their salary.

Maglio Mistake: To follow up on my above paragraph, the Tigers foolishly allowed RF Maglio Ordonez enough at bats to kick in his $18 salary for the 2010 season. Ordonez, who was a great player and is a huge fan favorite, has lost power(30 homers in the last 2 campaigns)  and is a poor outfielder with bad knees. This might be the worst contract in all of baseball. You want so more bad  news? He is also owed 15 million in 2011. I am in the wrong line of work!

Off-Season priorities:

1- The Bullpen- A team strength in 2009 with closer Fernando Rodney and set-up man Brandon Lyon both having huge seasons in walk years. The Tigers will be hard pressed to sign either with their money situation. They have some internal candidates and might chase some free agent bargains as well.

2- 2B- Club mainstay Placido Polando is also a free agent and will more than likely get offers that surpass what the Tigers can afford. A good candidate to have played his last game in a Detroit uniform.

3- SS- Defensive wiz Adam Everett was a solid player here but the Tigers should look for a stop gap veteran type to bridge the gap until either Iorg or Dlugach is ready.

What I would do:

1- Trade 1B Miguel Cabrera- and No, I have not been drinking or taken any drugs tonight. (Not so sure about Miggy though) This guy is a stats sheet but name me one big hit he has gotten to make a difference. Educated Tigers fans will tell you Brandon Inge is their top clutch hitter. Besides that, the guy goes out and gets tanked during the biggest series of the season, goes home and scares the jelly beans out of his poor wife. The cops come over and he is taken away to the drunk tank. Dombrowski is summoned to pick him up at the jail. Does this sound like someone you would want as your franchise player? For valuable prizes, name me a championship club that has won with a player this irresponsible. I am waiting……

Trade him for a bag of balls, I have no use for people you cannot count on.

2- Sign SS Orlando Cabrera- The good Cabrera. He will not command big money and is perfect for 1 or 2 seasons here. Another bonus? He could lead off and you could move Granderson down the order, where he belongs. This helps your line-up in 2 spots.

3- Sign a veteran 1B- A Russell Branyan or Adam Laroche type. around 8-10 million a year. This team has too many holes to carry a 20+ million plus player at First base. Jorge Cantu also makes sense.

4- Sign one veteran RP— To either close or help bridge the gap to Perry. Besides Rodney and Lyon, LH Billy Wagner and Michigan native J.J. Putz would be solid signings.

5- Sign a strong defensive oriented OF- This club plays in the Baseball equivalent of the Grand Canyon, yet continues to play corner OFs who could not catch a cold. It is amazing Granderson has not blown out both hamstrings! I would look at a Coco Crisp type to at least platoon in the OF or spell Ordonez in RF(bad knees) and Guillen(He will be hurt by May if he plays 130 games in the OF).


Prognosis: This team will be around .500 in 2010.(75-85 wins in a bad division) However, they have several bad contracts coming off the books in 2011 and should be set up to contend for the Division in 2011 and beyond. Some excellent young talent on the way and an owner who has spent in the past could combine to make the Tigers a strong contender for years to come.

Boston Red Sox 2009 Off-season game plan

by @ 10:42 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Positions filled: 2B(All star candidate)…Top 2 starters(Among the 15 in the American League)… C(Starter and back up)… 1B(Elite glove and bat)…. Closer(among the top 5 in the game)…. CF(Tremendous talent who is still developing)… Very good farm system…. Solid set up unit in the pen…RF(Not an ideal guy but someone who is consistent) … Very stable organization

Question Marks: Age  and health of respected veterans at 3B(Mike Lowell) and DH(David Ortiz)…. Can this club afford to lose stud LF Jason Bay’s bat…. Can Clay Bucholz be counted on as the #3 man after a strong final 2 months… Where do veteran starters Tim Wakefield and Daisuke Matsuzaka stand…. Does this team commit to closer Jonathan Papelbon long term…. Do the Sox have enough bats to compete with the Yankees… Who plays SS

Improve from within: This team has some options internally ranging from SS Jed Lowrie, who has major health issues to newly acquired OF Jeremy Hermida. The club appears set to redo their everyday line-up at several spots with Bay, Lowell and  Ortiz all candidates to be replaced by younger and more athletic players. Several young pitchers led by flame thrower Daniel Bard, a closer in waiting, and Michael Bowden can also be difference makers.

Budget: Sox have over 92 million dollars tied up in 12 players and will more than likely to be around 140 million in salary when the 201- campaign starts. Important to note the payroll has decreased the past 2 seasons.  The team should spend on a LF, SS and another starter.

Off-season priorities:

1- LF- Whether it be Bay or Matt Holliday, this team needs a big bat in left. The Sox cannot afford to lose out on both after screwing up the Mark Teixeira negotations last season. A 30 homer, 120 rbi stick is needed here, Both of these guys fit the bill.

2- SS- The club did not pick up Alex Gonzalez option(all stick, no bat) and cannot go into 2010 depending on the injury prone Lowrie. The free agent market has some decent names , among them ex Sox Orlando Cabrera and Miguel Tejada. This might be an area where the Sox look to trade. Sox management really blew it in 2005 when they did not extend Cabrera, who is a winning player.

3- SP- Ideally, the club would like to add another top 3 starter to help Beckett and Lester. Club has been linked to  John Lackey on the free agent market as well as Roy Hallday and Felix Hernandez via Trade Obvious that the Sox covet another front line starter.  Look  for GM Theo Epstein to also sign a reclamation project type, ala Brad Penny and John Smoltz.

Store this away: I would bet you a beverage of your choice the Sox sign SP Rich Harden to a deal heavy on incentives. Another name to consider at SS? How about Mets SS Jose Reyes, who had leg issues in 09. The  Mets do not have a great farm system but have middle infielders at high A and AA. If the Mets do not start out well and are not contending by May 2010, they might move Reyes.

What I would do:

1- Sign Jason Bay-5 years/75 -80 million…. I covered this guy with the Pirates and he is a damn good player and better guy. Loves Boston and fits in. Not that sold on Holiday, who struggled in the AL. Wach my Mets sign him!

2- Trade Mike Lowell, Move Kevin Youkilis to 3B and trade for Padres 1b Adrian Gonzalez- With or without a big bat in LF, the Sox need another top power source. Gonzalez, who plays for the witness protection program known as the San Diego Padres, would hit 45 homers in Boston. He has a great glove and would be the Mayor of Boston! Love Mike Lowell but he can be moved for pennies on the dollar if the Sox do not take much back. This club ate Julio Lugo’s deal last season, so I know they will be able to do this. Teams like St. Louis Cardinals or Philadelphia Phillies could use him. Phillies almost signed him after 2007.

3- Trade for Roy Halladay- What I am about to say will give all of my Boston friends a heart attack… The Yankees have chips in play to make this deal—- P Phil Hughes, OF Austin Jackson, maybe even 2B Robinson Cano…GM Theo Epstein must do everything in his power to prevent this. If he allows this guy to go to the Bronx, god help him.( I would have fired him for Teixeira last season BTW)


Prognosis: This is a solid team that will add 5-6 new faces in 2010. I like everything about them except one thing- they are in a division with the New York Yankees. This team spends but cries poor and victim when ever someone gets more from another team.(Teixeira, Johnny Damon,etc) Yet, when they win the bid for Dice K by over 20 million, that is ok.?  Need 2 bats to contend in the tough AL.



November 11, 2009

Thanks 2 all Veterans on November 11th

by @ 10:50 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

Special note of thanks to all who have served currently and in the past. Special day for me( My Birthday) and I am also retired Army. In these times, take a moment to thank all who defend us and give clowns like me the right to say what we feel. Hats off, Troops!

NY Mets 2009 Off-season game plan

by @ 10:42 am. Filed under 2009 Mets

Positions filled: 3B, SS(Health issues), 2B(Potential trade bait), RF, CF, #1 starter(coming off surgery), #4-5 type starters(Need top end types to help Santana), Closer, top lefty set up man(One of the best in the game and vital in this division packed with Lefty threats)

Question Marks:

1- 1B- Can Daniel Murphy be an every day ML 1B with his limited power?

2- #2 starter-Will Mike Pelfrey ever become as good as Mets management thinks he will? Or is he a bottom of the rotation starter.?

3- Health of stars- Is CF Carlos Beltran done after battling knee issues? Will SS Jose Reyes return from his leg injuries?

4- Wright was Wrong- The franchise, 3B David Wright, had a tough season with so many of his teammates missing extended time. He completely lost his power and was not the same player after a August beaning. The Mets can sign Babe Ruth, if Wright is not right, this team goes nowhere.

Improve from Within: The number one thing this team can do to win more games is stay healthy. Reyes is a huge difference maker. Beltran is among the top talents in the  game, their is very little Carlos cannot do. I think Murphy is a player and should be given a shot to win 1B full time. Having a Jeff Francoeur in RF for a full season can only help.


Rookies: One of the hidden tragedies from the 2009 campaign were the injuries to young talents such as SP Jonathan Niese and OF Fernando Martinez.  The team did not get a long look at either and that stunk. C Josh Thole looked solid in September but it might be too much to ask this youngster to open the season as a #1 back stop.

Budget: Team has approx. 30 million dollars coming off payroll with the contracts of Delgado, JJ Putz and Wagner being the highest numbers. Look for GM Omar Minaya to spend around that dollar amount.

Off season priorities:

1- Power Hitter— Either at 1B or LF, FA market has 2 big bucks RFs available. I think the Mets target one and trade for a SP, then sign a bargain basement type to fill the rotation.

2- Starting pitcher- 2 Top 3 starters, innings eaters who induce ground balls and have a good health history.

3- Veteran C- With Thole close and Omir Santos on the  team, they could use a veteran stop gap type. Decent market for these types with names ranging from Pudge Rodriquez to Bengie Molina.

4- LH hitting 1B- To ease the burden on Murphy at 1B and give the Mets insurance if he fails. A key here is the Mets top position prospect, Ike Davis, plays 1st.

5- Bullpen help- Must acquire or sign a 8th inning guy to get to K Rod and also another lefty to help Pedro Feliciano.

6- Super Utility guy- This was suppose to be Alex Cora, but he shockingly got hurt.(LOL) A Mark DeRosa type who can hit and play 4-5 spots effectively is a good thing to have in the NL.


Unanswered Question from 2009: The Citi-Field effect. The Mets hit a major league low 95 homers in the opening season of their new park. How much was the team, ball park or injuries? Beltran and Delgado missed major time and Wright hit an amazingly low 10 homers! In my opinion, the park did have an effect but I saw elite power hitters such as Arizona’s Mark Reynolds, Cardinals Albert Pujols and the Phillies tandem of Ryan Howard and Chase Utley hit tremendous shots. Is this park the new Yankee Stadium? No but great ones will hit no matter where they play. Mike Piazza played 95% of his career at two pitchers parks(Dodger Stadium and Shea Stadium), how did he do? I do believe this club should move more towards defense and speed as well as fly ball type pitchers while using Citi as a weapon, not an excuse. Having Beltran and Reyes back for the 2010 improves these areas immediately. 2 to 3 other moves with gloves and speed in mind would also be welcomed.

What I would  do:

1- Sign Matt Holliday– They need an elite big bat and with the Yankees success, they need to show fans they are serious to compete for your entertainment dollar. He also fits this team very well. A good fall back option? Ex Met Mike Cameron.

2- Trade Luis Castillo, sign Orlando Hudson– See the end of my Unanswered questions from 2009 for this explanation. Castillo might have been the Mets MVP in 2009 but he is slow in the field and has some value now. Moving him would clear his bad contract and allow them to sign an upgrade in Hudson.

3- Sign two of these 4 starting pitchers-Jon Garland, Jason Marquis, Joel Pineiro and Randy Wolf. I would prefer Garland and Wolf, a righty & lefty combo who eat innings and rack up quality starts. This team needs reliable starters to back Santana and any combo of these 3 would make sense.

4- The Kids!- I would play Murphy at 1B full time, try to trade for a Jorge Cantu type(stole this from Matthew Cerrone  Metsblog.com). I really liked Bobby Parnell when he was in the pen, mostly in a 7th inning role,lets keep him there! I would also avoid long term contracts for anyone who plays 1B(Ike Davis) and C(Josh Thole) where the Mets have 2 stud prospects close to contributing.

5-  Sign Bengie Molina or Yorvit Torrealba- Very good bat for a catcher and a veteran receiver. Yorvit is more of an all-around player who has a bad history with the Mets(signed 3 yr deal, then Mets backed off,claiming he failed a physical).

6- Help Pedro! I would sign or trade for  another LH set up man to help poor Feliciano out of the pen.

Should be a busy and fun offseason!(What a joke, I don’t have an off-season!)

Be sure to follow the moves at mets.com as well as two sites I read religiously- Matthew Cerrone’s Metsblog and Jon Heyman, a key contributor to both MLB Network and WFAN, at si.com




November 5, 2009

Mets let Putz walk, 1 less free agent OF on the Market

by @ 9:17 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

According to the NY Post, The Mets will not pick up set up man JJ Putz option for the 2010 campaign. The Mets now must pay a 1 million dollar buyout instead of the 9.1 million option. Putz, who battled arm injuries most of the season, is another big number contract(1B Carlos Delgado, RP Billy Wagner and OF Gary Sheffield(who the Tigers paid) come to mind) NY has removed from their payroll. Putz agent did not rule out a return to NY under a different contract number but the talented fireman will not lack offers.

OF Bobby Abreu, who had a great comeback season for the Los Angeles Angels, has agreed to a 2 yr/19 million dollar deal to stay in California. Keep those numbers and terms in mind. The Mets major need is a big bat and two of the them( Matt Holliday and Jason Bay) are free agents outfielders.

November 4, 2009

World Series Game 6 recap

by @ 10:52 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

DH Hideki Matsui’s huge night(3 hits that produced 6 rbi) was more than enough as the New York Yankees won their record 27 World Championship ,defeating The Philadelphia Phillies 7-3 Wednesday night in the Bronx. Matsui’s 2 run homer in the 2nd inning set the tone and was the start of a record setting night. The pro’s pro, LH SP Andy Pettitte, was outstanding on 3 days rest for the Yankees, throwing into the 6th(5 and 2 thirds) while allowing 4 hits and 3 runs. He walked 5 and K-ed 3.  Matsui’s 6 rbi tied Yankees 2B Bobby Richardson’s single game mark set in the 1960 Series. NY wins the series 4 games to 2 ending the Phillies reign as World Champions, marking the 6th time the Yankees have defeated the defending champ in the series.

Game Notes:

1- Too Late, Ryan! Phillies slugging 1B Ryan Howard’s 2 run homer dented Pettitte but it was a case of too little, too late for the NL RBI leader. He set a World series record with his 13 Ks and looked awful at times at the plate. In the big man’s defense, The Yankees staff is littered with lefties and his numbers(.207,6 homers, 33 rbi,.654 OPS vs. Southpaws compared to .320,39,108,1.088 vs. righties) did not forecast a strong series.

2- Free Godzilla! – Matsui, who is a tremendous offensive player, is a free agent in 2010. However, he has bad knees and is very limited in the field. Yankees would be smart to lock him up but have options. Veteran C Jorge Posada cannot catch every day and his bat is vital to their success. LF Johnny Damon is also a free agent and arguably the clubs  top prospect on the plays CF.(Stud minor leaguer Austin Jackson) In my opinion, they  keep Damon and let Matsui walk to an AL team.(Seattle?)

3- MVP Joke- Matsui had a huge game but I could name 3 Yankees- Damon, SS Derek Jeter and 3B Alex Rodriquez who are far more deserving of the honor. Damon is constantly in the middle of everything that happens offensively, he has great at bats and rarely makes mistakes. Jeter is Jeter(Hit .423 in the series), guy shows up and battles, a complete and total pain in the ass to pitch to. These two are a nightmare and back to back, they should be illegal! A Rod stepped up huge and had maybe the biggest hit of the series, a momentum swinging two run homer vs. Cole Hamels in game 3. Matsui was great Wednesday, but he did not start in 3 of the 6 games played. Awful job by MLB.


4- Small Company-The Yankees became the first team to lead the majors in runs and homers to win the World Series since the incredible 1984 Detroit Tigers club. That home grown squad that featured SS Alan Trammell, 2B Lou Whitaker, C Lance Parrish and RF Kirk Gibson, started out the season on an amazing 35-5 run. The club Tigers never looked back ,  winning the ’84 World Series over the San Diego Padres.

November 3, 2009

2009 MLB Post season award winners

by @ 10:18 pm. Filed under 2009 Mets

With a day off for the World Series, I thought it would  be a good time to announce my votes for the 2009 Major League regular season awards.

MVP

American League: C Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins

National League:  1B Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

CY Young

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