Archive for February 2007

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Mets, Yanks Catchers in Limbo

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Today Jim Baumbach of Newsday turns his attention to 35-year-old, free agent-to-be Jorge Posada, who couldn’t care less about his contract status.

Meanwhile, Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca similarly finds himself in the final year of his contract, and GM Omar Minaya says “there’s no plan to extend him before the season.”

Monday, February 26th, 2007

The Continuing Adventures of Calamity Carl

Yankees Rumors & News

Really, is it any surprise that Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano has come up lame once again? It was only a matter of time (just ask Mike Mussina). Check out the Daily Rags for local coverage of Calamity Carl’s latest injury, suffered when a line drive hit the instep of his left foot during batting practice on Saturday.

As for the injury report…Via Jeffrey Marcus on The New York Times Blog, Bats:

The Yankees announced that an MRI exam and X-rays of Carl Pavano’s injured left foot indicated a bone bruise, The Associated Press reports. The oft-injured Pavano was hit by a line drive in practice Saturday.

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Hawks’ Stoudamire Nearly a Knick

Knicks Rumors & News

Via Chris Mannix at

One minor trade I’m told fell through involved Atlanta Hawks guard Salim Stoudamire, who was close to being dealt to the Knicks. Stoudamire became expendable when the Hawks acquired Anthony Johnson from Dallas (a deal that was effectively completed on Wednesday), but they were unable to work out compensation with New York.

Jagr Spineless for Skipping Shootout?

Rangers Rumors & News


Dillon Seeks Release from New England

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(Doug Benc/Getty Images)Throw one more hat into the ring for potential solutions at running back for both the Giants and Jets. New England Patriots RB Corey Dillon has requested his release from the team according to his agent Steve Feldman via’s John Clayton.

In a recent report in The Boston Globe, Dillon had been contemplating retirement rather than returning to a reduced role with the Pats, where he saw only seven to ten carries a game last season while splitting duties with rookie Laurence Maroney. However according to Feldman, he plans on speaking to teams around the league about their interest in the veteran running back.

What’s Shockey’s Deal?

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Mike Garafolo in the Star-Ledger takes a look at Miami tight end Greg Olsen, and Rutgers TE Clark Harris, and mentions that the Jets could have an interest in both in the upcoming draft. More significantly, Harris let an interesting tidbit slip concerning Giants TE Jeremy Shockey.

Harris confused a group of New York/New Jersey reporters by saying the Giants told him “they’re unsure what Shockey’s deal is, so they’re looking for somebody.”

When asked about Shockey’s “deal,” Harris said he wasn’t sure what the team meant.

Shockey has battled numerous injuries to his back and ankle over the past three seasons, but it’s unlikely the Giants are looking for a replacement. It’s also possible their representatives at the combine mentioned free-agent TE Visanthe Shiancoe’s uncertain status while Harris thought he heard “Shockey.”

El Duque’s Pain In the Neck

Mets Rumors & News

The diagnosis is in, and it turns out that Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez is afflicted with…arthritis. With all the recent attention given to the age on the Mets roster, it’s an almost comical development. Nevertheless, the Mets have to feel relieved that there is no structural damage, and Hernandez will be on his way back to spring training today. According to GM Omar Minaya, El Duque was administered a cortisone shot to the troubled area at the base of his neck, and reportedly is “feeling much better.” More in Newsday.

Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Piazza Will Only DH for A’s

Mets Rumors & News

(AP Photo)It’s a whole new ball game for the greatest slugging catcher of all-time. Former Met Mike Piazza will hang up the shin guards as he serves as the full-time DH for the Oakland Athletics this season.

Reality for ‘old catcher’



New York Post

Dice-K Should Worry Yanks

Yankees Rumors & News

Copyright 2007 The New York Times CompanyBoston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been a hot topic during the entire offseason, but with pitchers beginning their bullpen and BP sessions this week, the media attention surrounding the Japanese sensation is beginning to resemble a frenzy. In particular, much has been made this week of the mysterious gyroball, which may or may not exist, and which Dice-K may or may not actually throw. The New York Times examined the pitch on Thursday, providing an in-depth explanation of the physics behind the pitch. Likewise, takes a look at the gyroball, tracking the journey of writer Patrick Hruby as he sets out in chase of the “demon sphere.”

Meanwhile, gyros aside, the pitcher himself is already making a big splash in Sox camp. Courtesy of Bob Klapisch in the Bergen Record:

If anyone captured the Sox’ imagination Thursday, it was Matsuzaka: In only his second throwing session of the spring, Matsuzaka stayed on the …

Young Guns in Yanks’ O.K. Corral

Yankees Rumors & News

(Robert F. Bukaty/AP)The papers are abuzz this morning with reports of the stellar impressions made by some of the Yankees young pitchers. As noted yesterday, Philip Hughes is drawing comparisons to a young Roger Clemens or Curt Schilling, while Humberto Sanchez – who grew up a Yankees fan in the South Bronx – has been showcasing his overpowering stuff as well. Says Jason Giambi of Sanchez:

He’s huge. I don’t know how you let a guy like that go. I guess when you throw 96, it’s not enough to make that ballclub. In Detroit, every player throws 100.

Says backup catcher Todd Pratt:

From the first day when we all walked in, it looked like a corral — just a bunch of horses. I’d be pretty happy if I was Mr. Cashman.

For more on the duo, check out Tyler Kepner’s story in The New York Times, and for more on Hughes, see Newsday, The Daily News, the Bergen Record, and …

Philip Franchise

Yankees Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)That’s what they might as well start calling Yankees prospect Phil Hughes, according to Times reporter Tyler Kepner. Kepner quotes Jason Giambi, who compares Hughes to a young Roger Clemens, and Todd Pratt, who preferred the comparison to a young Curt Schilling.

Says veteran catcher Ben Davis:

Hughes is just special. I’m not mocking anyone on the team; I’m just saying the way the ball comes out of his hand is different than the way it comes out of other people’s hands. I mean, his fastball explodes and his curveball is devastating. That’s the only word I can say: devastating.

Kepner also takes note of another young flame-thrower, Humberto Sanchez. Sanchez, acquiried from Detroit in the Gary Sheffield trade, has impressed on-lookers as well.

15 on 51

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For what it’s worth, Carlos Beltran has an opinion about the plight of free agent outfielder Bernie Williams as well. As quoted by Jon Heyman:

It shows us that as a player there’s no loyalty in this game. When you’re going good, everyone wants you. When you get up in age, people don’t pay attention

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