Archive for January 18th, 2007

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

Mets Grade: D

Mets Rumors & News

Jon Heyman has released his offseason report card for the National League, and it ain’t pretty.

Heyman on the Mets:

“They improved the offense with the signing of accomplished professional hitter Moises Alou and helped a bullpen that’s going to get its work with the pickups of Ambiorix Burgos and Scott Schoeneweis and, yes, the re-signing of a presumably unjuiced Guillermo Mota. However, they have held so tightly to their money (they were outbid by $51 million for Zito) and prospects that they appear likely to start the season with a rotation of very old and very young.

Grade: D.”

Mets won’t trade top prospects

Mets Rumors & News

Over the last couple of days, Hot Stove New York has discussed the state of the Mets’ pitching staff, and the future of Mets’ prospect, Fernando Martinez. Today, the New York Times pulls these themes together in a story discussing Omar Minaya’s unwillingness to trade away the future for help in the present. As Times reporter Ben Shpigel puts it, “trading away premium talent for a modest starter is not going to happen.” Instead, the Mets will “take a chance that the enigmatic Jorge Sosa and seven other candidates will ultimately produce three capable starters for the last three spots in the rotation.”

The story is a great read, particularly if you’re interested in hearing more about the Mets’ top 5 prospects: pitchers Mike Pelfrey and Philip Humber, and outfielders Lastings Milledge, Carlos Gomez, and Fernando Martinez. Shpigel discusses each in fair detail.

Thanks Barry!

For the record, Barry Bonds believes Mark McGwire and Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame.

Thanks, Bar. I’m sure they appreciate it.

Delgado will be ready

Mets Rumors & News

While Mets fans have agonized over perceived woes in the rotation, hardly any attention has been given to recuperating slugger Carlos Delgado, whom had two surgeries in October – one to repair a tendon in his left elbow, and another for carpal tunnel syndrome in his right wrist.

Speaking from his home in Puerto Rico, Delgado told the AP that his rehab is on schedule, and that he’ll be ready for spring training. “I am not 100 perecent,” said Delgado. “But anyway, the doctors say that I am not supposed to be 100 percent right now.”

Delgado, who slugged 38 homers while driving in 114 runs in 2006, expects to take batting practice on Monday.

A new Rod in town?

Yankees Rumors & News

According to a report in the LA Times, as cited by, the Yankees have already targeted Angels’ closer Francisco “K-Rod” Rodriguez as a potential replacement for Mariano Rivera when the hall-of-fame-bound closer decides to call it a career. The Times report speculates that K-Rod could receive a four year, $38 million deal.

Rodriguez, 25, went 2-3 with a 1.73 ERA and a league-leading 47 saves last season. He signed a one-year $7 million contract with the Angels on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.

Sheff unplugged

Yankees Rumors & News

Wednesday was the Detroit Tigers’ media caravan day, and not surprisingly, former Yankee and soon-to-be author Gary Sheffield had a lot to say. The following quotes appeared on…

On reuniting with manager Jim Leyland:

“Mr. Leyland asked me if I wanted to come to Detroit, and I asked him if he was still going to be the manager. When he told me that he would be, I said I wanted to do it. There weren’t a lot of issues after that…We talk all the time. No matter what I’ve gone through in my career, he’s been there to talk to me.”

On joining the Tigers:

“I got to see firsthand that this is a great up-and-coming ballclub. I especially got to see that pitching staff. It was discouraging to face those guys, because you’d be facing one guy who threw hard, and then the bullpen doors would open and someone who threw even harder would come out.”

On his regrets leaving New York:

“I wish I could have won a championship …

Gonzo-LaRoche swap

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A day after avoiding arbitration with Mike Gonzalez by agreeing to a one-year contract, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded their closer to the Atlanta Braves for left-handed power hitter, Adam LaRoche. LaRoche, 27, hit .285 in 2006 with 32 homers and 90 RBIs. The lefty Gonzalez, 28, went 3-4 with 24 saves and a 2.17 ERA last season, and will likely set up for Braves closer Bob Wickman, unless the Braves are not yet done dealing.

The Yankees had expressed interest in Gonzalez earlier in the offseason, and reportedly offered outfielder Melky Cabrera in exchange. Additionally, a three-way swap was allegedly discussed that would’ve sent Cabrera to Atlanta, LaRoche to Pittsburgh, and Gonzalez to New York. According to Jerry Crasnick on, there is speculation that the Braves could still turn around and deal Gonzalez to the Yanks, or another of several teams that have expressed interest in the reliever, including the Boston Red Sox.

It certainly wouldn’t hurt the Braves to hold onto Gonzalez. Atlanta blew …

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