Archive for January 16th, 2007


Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

Floyd still homeless

Mets Rumors & News

When it became clear at the beginning of the offseason that the Mets would offer free agent and gimp Cliff Floyd little beyond an invitation to Spring Training, it was assumed by most observers that Floyd would find a home with his hometown Chicago Cubs. However evidently there’s a downside to throwing a combined $220 million at the likes of Mark DeRosa, Ted Lilly, Jason Marquis, and last but certainly not least, Alfonso Soriano.

Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs can not afford to sign Floyd until they first move right fielder Jacque Jones. A mutual desire to part ways exists between Jones and the Cubs after a disastrous first year of a 3-year, $16 million deal, wherein Jones was routinely booed by fans, and even narrowly avoided a baseball thrown at his head. According to De Luca, the Cubs have found the trade market for Jones “surprisingly weak,” though they are optimistic that they could find a trading partner in the …

Mets still looking for arms

Mets Rumors & News

In his latest blog entry, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney writes that the Mets are taking a big gamble on their rotation by running with the motley crew of mediocre starters they’ve assembled in the offseason. It should come as no surprise then that John Delcos of the Journal News is reporting on his blog that the Mets continue to show interest in A’s starter Joe Blanton.

Delcos reports that during the winter meetings, the Mets dangled Lastings Milledge in an attempt to acquire either Rich Harden or Danny Haren, however Oakland requested a package of Milledge, Aaron Heilman, and pitching prospect Philip Humber. The Mets have subsequently turned their attention to Blanton, however it’s unclear what Oakland expects in exchange. It would be disheartening to a lot of Mets fans to see Milledge swapped for a player of Blanton’s calibre after the 21-year-old outfield prospect was so highly touted for so long. A Blanton-for-Heilman swap would likely be much more palatable, but the Mets would surely have to sweeten …

Yankee Stadium will host ’08 All-Star Game

Yankees Rumors & News

Buster Olney of ESPN The Magazine is reporting that Yankee Stadium will host the All-Star Game in 2008, the ballpark’s final season before the opening of the new Yankee Stadium in 2009. The Mets are also scheduled to open their new stadium in ’09.

Gary Sheffield: Juicer, Malcontent…Author?

Yankees Rumors & News

Recently, the New York Times had the opportunity to peruse a bound proof of Gary Sheffield’s upcoming autobiography, entitled “Inside Power.” The Times reports that while the book doesn’t contain any “bombshells,” it is noteworthy for “its candor and insight into baseball’s ongoing steroids controversy and its most recognizable franchise.”

In the book, Sheffield reportedly claims that he thought he was receiving “vitamins” and a cream similar to Neosporin from Bonds’s trainer Greg Anderson. The Times reports that the book also details Sheffield’s negotiations with Yankees czar George Steinbrenner, his subsequent three seasons in New York, and concludes with the November trade that sent him to Detroit.

Ruben, anyone?

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The New York Times reports that the Mets are interested in signing former Yank Ruben Sierra to a minor league contract, in the hope that the slugger could serve as a mentor to some of the younger Mets, and perhaps provide a veteran bat should they need one.

Murray Chass of the Times is clearly no fan of the move, painting Sierra as a selfish player, and posing the question, “How can you like a guy like this?” Chass recounts an anecdote from last season that led to Sierra’s release from the Minnesota Twins the following day, as well as providing quotes from Sierra where he criticized the Yankee organization for caring too much about winning.

The Times quotes Sierra’s agent, Chuck Berry: “We haven’t finalized anything yet [with the Mets], but that’s probably what will happen.”

Dolphins, denied!

Jets Rumors & News

A day after watching his dad Marty drop to 5-13 in the postseason, Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has reportedly withdrawn his name from consideration for the Dolphins’ head coaching vacancy, according to ESPN.com’s Len Pasquarelli. The move comes as a surprise as some thought Schottenheimer was the favorite for the job. Schottenheimer has spent eight seasons as an NFL assistant, but just one as a head coordinator. The news that Schottenheimer will most likely be returning to the team should be a relief to Jets fans.

Reese inherits Giant mess

Giants Rumors & News

Despite the media’s best efforts, the Giants are playing it safe. After extending embattled head coach Tom Coughlin last week, the Giants have promoted director of player personnel Jerry Reese to the position of general manager and senior vice president. Ernie Accorsi had served as the team’s GM for the last nine seasons, but retired at the end of the season. Amazingly, Reese becomes just the third black GM in the history of the NFL.

At the top of Reese’s To-Do List should be to figure out how the organization plans to distribute carries in the wake of Tiki Barber’s retirement. Brandon Jacobs will likely see his carries rise, but it’s unclear whether management views him as the number one running back.

The move is one more indicator that the Giants have no desire to initiate a major shakeup – as many fans and columnists had hoped. Instead, it seems that the Giants will likely tinker with their 8-8 squad, and give the Coughlin/ Eli-led group one last …

Webber to Detroit

Knicks Rumors & News

Speculation of Isiah Thomas luring recently waived Chris Webber to the Knicks can – thankfully – end now. As expected, Webber will sign with his hometown Pistons.

It was while growing up in Detroit that Webber came to idolize Zeke during his glory days with the “Bad Boys” Pistons.

Rucinsky in, Prucha out?

Rangers Rumors & News

Over the weekend, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported that Tom Renney’s allusions to a personnel shakeup may have been more than just idle threats. According to Brooks, the Rangers are interested in a third reunion with St. Louis Blues winger Martin Rucinsky – a member of the Rangers in ’03-’04 and ’05-’06 – and have also inquired about Pittsburgh Penguins Ryan Malone and Brooks Orpik.

Rucinsky was among the core of Czech players that the Rangers’ front office assembled last season in order to create a comfortable environment for superstar Jaromir Jagr. This past offseason, the Rangers were unwilling to match the two-year contract offered to Rucinsky by St. Louis president John Davidson, a Rangers broadcaster for over two decades prior to joining the Blues this season.

Brooks contends that the Rangers have offered sophomore forward Peter Prucha as well as winger Adam Hall in exchange for Rucinsky, but the Blues are interested in a sweeter pot that would include 20-year-old center prospect Brandon Dubinsky. …

Strahan has a hissy fit

Giants Rumors & News

Michael Strahan continues to make headlines off the field – something he was unable to do on the gridiron this season. The New York Post is exclusively reporting that Strahan went “ballistic” last night at his ex-wife’s New Jersey mansion while dropping off the couple’s kids. Police had to be called to the scene.

Under the terms of the Strahans’ custody agreement, the Giants defensive end is allowed to drive onto his ex-wife’s property, but only to retrieve and drop off their children, and may not leave his vehicle.

Last week, a judge upheld a prenuptial agreement ordering that Strahan pay his ex $15.3 million – or more than half his net worth. In addition, the former Mrs. Strahan will receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in child support.

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