Archive for February 2007


Friday, February 23rd, 2007

Ambi-dextrous: Might Righty Impresses

Mets Rumors & News

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)From the Daily Rags:

Burgos’ impression is fast

Newsday

BURGOS’ HEAT A ROYAL PAIN TO MILLEDGE

New York Post

Former Royal impresses Mets

The Journal News.com

Mets Notebook: Burgos’ heat gets Randolph fired up

Newark Star Ledger

Mets Concerned About El Duque

Mets Rumors & News

It was reported early this morning that Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez had flown to New York to undergo tests at the Hospital for Special Surgery after experiencing stiffness in his upper neck. According to Omar Minaya, “this is more preventative stuff than anything else.”

Some further comments from Minaya, courtesy of audio posted by Adam Rubin of the Daily News on his blog.

“I’m not concerned at all, but it’s one of those things things you’re gonna get early in camp and you wanna make sure you get it out of the way…He should be back here tomorrow.”

However over on his LoHud blog, Journal News reporter John Delcos speculate that all is not well in Mets land. Says Delcos:

GM Omar Minaya said Orlando Hernandez complained of similar pain last year, but it didn’t force him from the rotation. Hernandez said this resurfaced a couple of days ago after throwing BP.

Minaya said he’s not concerned, but I’m not buying. There are already enough questions in the Mets’ rotation. …

Kidd, Carter Staying

Nets Rumors & News

WFAN is reporting that the Nets have given official confirmation that Jason Kidd and Vince Carter will remain with the team.

Mets Get a Bit Snippy

Mets Rumors & News

David Wright wasn’t the only one who fired back at Jimmy Rollins after the Phillies’ shortstop declared his team “the team to beat” in the NL East. Some quotes from the rest of the Mets via Newsday.

“Good for him!” Carlos Beltran snapped. “What’d they win? What’d they win last year?”

“The Phillies were probably the most active team in our division,” [Tom] Glavine said, “but what you do in the winter – it looks good and it’s nice to talk about – but it doesn’t equate to anything. You brought in pieces of the puzzle, you hope they mesh and you hope they go out there and have a good year. But nobody’s going to know that until the year starts.”

As Billy Wagner put it, “Our motivation isn’t to beat the Phillies. Our motivation is to win the World Series.”

“I don’t think it’s getting under anybody’s skin here,” Paul Lo Duca said. “I don’t think we need any extra motivation. The Cardinals celebrating on our field last year is motivation …

Zzzzzzzzzzz

Knicks Rumors & NewsNets Rumors & News

The NBA trade deadline is less than 5 minutes away, and thus far it looks to be one of the most quiet deadlines in recent memory. The Blazers have sent Juan Dixon to the Raptors for Fred Jones, while the Hawks have acquired Anthony Johnson from Dallas in exchange for a 2nd-round pick. That’s about it. Sometimes deals will trickle in after the “official” deadline has passed, so we’ll keep you posted.

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Sheff, Cliff Have Plenty to Say

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

Today must be Disgruntled Former New York Corner Outfielders Day (DFNYCOD for short). First we have some quotes from Tiger training camp, where not surprisingly, former Yank Gary Sheffield has decided to stir the pot.

From EPSN.com:

“Joe [Torre] took the fire out of me,” Sheffield told The Post.

Sheffield, who was dealt to Detroit in the offseason, felt slighted that he wasn’t in the starting lineup for Game 3 of last season’s American League Division Series against, interestingly enough, the Tigers.

“I am running out on the field with the extra players. Think of what was going through my head,” Sheffiled told the paper. “It takes the fight out of you. I have been through a lot. To tell me that I had to run out with the extra players, that took it to another level. I wanted to make sure I didn’t lash out and affect the team, but the way we played it looked like we were affected already.”

The nine-time All-Star didn’t think he was going to end up …

Jets Make Cuts, Eye Free Agents

Jets Rumors & News

Back in January, New York Jets running back Kevan Barlow was lobbying to remain with the Jets, stating that he loved playing for head coach Eric Mangini. However, the possibility never seemed particularly likely, as the Jets were pleased with the production of the young tandem of Leon Washington and Cedric Houston. If the Jets did look to add a third component to that duo next season, it seemed likely they’d pursue a more impact player than the mediocre Barlow.

Yesterday, those thoughts were confirmed, as the Jets cut Barlow, along with offensive lineman Trey Teague. The Daily News reports that no further cuts are expected before the start of free agency in eight days, and instead Gang Green will turn its attention to potential free agent signees, in particular Baltimore Ravens All-Pro linebacker Adalius Thomas. The Jets were thought to have interest in Patriots’ cornerback Asante Samuel, however New England slapped the franchise tag on Samuel, ending any such thoughts. Now it appears the team will …

The Jason Kidd Sweepstakes

Nets Rumors & News

It’s been reported for weeks now that the LA Lakers are aggressively trying to acquire Jason Kidd from the New Jersey Nets. The Lakers believe they would have a Championship-caliber starting five with Kidd and Kobe Bryant, and Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom in the frontcourt. Problem is, the Nets want second-year center and NJ-native Bynum included in any package for Kidd. The Bergen Record reports that at the very least the Nets will demand that Lamar Odom be included in the deal. It’s unlikely that the Nets will accept LA’s offer of injured center Kwame Brown, rookie Jordan Farmar, the expiring pacts of Chris Mihm and Aaron McKie, and draft picks.

For his part, Kidd doesn’t seem particularly broken up at the prospect of moving to Los Angeles. Says Kidd, “If I’m traded to who everybody’s speculating, you know, I think that could work out.”

Less thrilled with the idea of Kidd in purple and gold are the Phoenix Suns. The Bergen Record reports that …

Vinsanity to NYC?

Knicks Rumors & NewsNets Rumors & News

As improbable as it sounds, the New York Post reports that “multiple sources” have confirmed that the Knicks and Nets have spoken extensively about the availability of both Jason Kidd and Vince Carter. It’s hard to imagine the Nets shipping either player across the river unless they felt the deal was heavily tilted in their favor, which does not appear to be the case if reports in the Post are true.

The possibility of adding Jason Kidd to a backcourt with Stephan Marbury — the self-annoited “best point guard in the NBA” — is just too mind-boggling to be believed. Watching the interaction between those bitter rivals would be worth the price of admission alone. Of course, the deal sounds improbable for a good reason – it’s not happening. According to the Post, the Knicks offered Channing Frye along with Steve Francis (due $15M this year, $16.4 next, and $17.2 in ’08-’09) in exchange for Kidd, and the conversation ended there. Hey, there’s no harm in …

NBA TRADE DEADLINE @ 3 P.M. ET

Knicks Rumors & NewsNets Rumors & News

The NBA Trade Deadline hits today at 3 p.m. and thus far there’s been zero movement. Is this a calm before the storm or will the 2007 trade deadline come and go without major incident? There certainly are enough rumors floating around to make today an interesting one, and the New Jersey Nets figure prominently in most of them.

The Knicks have apparently inquired about both Jason Kidd and Vince Carter, though a deal between the cross-river rivals is highly unlikely. Another team allegedly interested in Carter is the Orlando Magic.

Meanwhile, the fate of Jason Kidd remains a hot topic, as seemingly every west coast team appears interested in the All-Star point guard. Even the Phoenix Suns have gotten in on the bidding, despite the presence of back-to-back MVP Steve Nash in the backcourt. Presumably, Phoenix would be looking to block a rival from acquiring Kidd more than anything else.

Another point guard that could be on the move is Sacramento’s Mike Bibby, whom the Cavaliers are …

D-Wright: Not So Fast, Jimmy

Mets Rumors & News

Via Adam Rubin on his blog, Surfing the Mets:

The Mets hardly bit today on Jimmy Rollins’ comments that the Phillies are the team to beat in the NL East.

“If that’s Jimmy’s way of motivating the team, then that’s his choice,” David Wright said. “That’s something you’re not going to find around here. We don’t need any motivation. We go out there and we’re going to take care of business. We have the type of veteran leadership that isn’t going to talk about it. We’re going to go out there and back it up.”

Rollins Says Phillies Are the Team to Beat

Mets Rumors & News

To hear Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins tell it, the Mets needn’t bother coming north from Port St. Lucie. Says Rollins, “Bottom line, we’re the team to beat. I can’t put it any other way.” As Kevin Kernan of the Post puts it, the gauntlet is thrown down.

“Look at our team. Look at what we’re bringing. Look at the improvements we’ve made.”…

“They won a division. Congratulations, but last year is over.”They can take it any way they want; I’m just merely stating the facts.”…

“The proof will be in the pudding at the end of the day, though. Hey, I’m not a big talker, but when there is a fact to be made, I’m not afraid to say it.”

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