Archive for March 6th, 2007

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Porter To The Fish

Jets Rumors & News

Outside linebacker Joey Porter has agreed to a five-year, $32 million deal with the Miami Dolphins. The deal includes $20 million in guaranteed money.

Oswalt Was Nearly A Met

Mets Rumors & News

Via the New York Post’s Mark Hale:

Late last July, the trade collapsed, and Roy Oswalt didn’t land with the Mets.

Before last season’s trade deadline a little more than seven months ago, the Mets were trying to procure Oswalt, the Houston ace. They were talking with the Orioles about a follow-up trade to what would have been Baltimore’s acquisition of Oswalt from the Astros. Neither swap ever occurred.

It was a memorable sequence, though, that’s still worth considering now, especially with the Mets facing the Astros today and with starting pitching still their most significant issue.

Hale speaks to six major league executives and dissects the blockbuster trade that wasn’t.

Kiner’s Korner

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets have announced that on July 14th, they will honor Hall-of-Famer and Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner, 84, with “Ralph Kiner Night” at Shea. Today, Ben Walker of the AP catches up with Kiner and offers a nice profile of the baseball legend.

Giants Find Free Agency Full Of Twists, Turns

Giants Rumors & News

Via Newsday’s Arthur Staple

Such is the pace of free agency for the Giants that even inviting a player in for a visit can’t be easy.

Wide receiver Kevin Curtis, a four-year veteran with the Rams, still is scheduled to come to Giants Stadium, possibly today. But that might be delayed because Curtis fired his agent, Tom Condon, after Curtis left Detroit without a contract.

Under NFL Players Association rules, Curtis must wait five days before hiring a new agent, so he can visit teams but cannot negotiate until Saturday at the earliest.

That is the only real news in the Giants’ world. Running back Dominic Rhodes visited Friday and Saturday but left without a deal, and none seems to be in the works. The Giants hoped to talk to former Titans running back Travis Henry, but the Broncos did not let him get away yesterday, signing him to a deal that includes $12 million in guaranteed money.

Jones Is A Steal For Gang Green

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Via the Post:

A Jets source last night confirmed the deal and said it’s contingent on the two sides coming to a contract agreement and [Thomas] Jones passing a physical today. [Agent Drew] Rosenhaus did not return several phone calls.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Based on the current running back market, with Travis Henry getting $12 million in guaranteed money in a five-year deal with the Broncos and Ahman Green signing with the Texans for $23 million over four years, Jones’ deal should come in at around $5 million per year.

According to Gary Myers of the Daily News, an agreement has already been reached:

Jones will get $12M guaranteed in a multi-year deal negotiated with the Jets last night. Jones is a better player than the top free-agent backs: Ahman Green (signed by Houston), Travis Henry (signed by Denver) or [Dominic] Rhodes, who may sign with the Giants.

Mark Cannizzaro of the Post says the deal is a heist:

THE next picture you see of Mike Tannenbaum should depict the Jets’ general …

Sex Bomb! Jets Acquire Bears’ Jones

Jets Rumors & News


Curtis Martin’s injured knee forced the New York Jets to employ a running-back-by-committee approach last season. No more of that. New York has landed a replacement chairman.

Filling their need for a No. 1 ball carrier, the Jets, according to league sources, have agreed to a trade with the NFC champion Chicago Bears that will land them Thomas Jones and the 63rd overall pick in the upcoming draft in exchange for the 37th overall pick. New York acquired that in a draft-day deal with Washington last year. The deal is expected to be approved by the league on Tuesday….In Jones, 28, the Jets get a back who has rushed for more than 1,200 yards in each of the past two seasons — becoming the first Bear to do so since Walter Payton in 1985-86. Jones was the postseason’s second-leading rusher with 301 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per attempt and scoring four touchdowns in three playoff games.

The Jets and their fans got an up-close look at what New York is …

Sheff: A-Rod Needed To Vent

Yankees Rumors & News


Gary Sheffield brought his strong opinions back to Legends Field on Monday, predicting a big year for former New York Yankees teammate Alex Rodriguez and saying he never thinks about making the Hall of Fame.

“Alex is going to have the best year he’s had since he’s been here,” Sheffield said before the Tigers played the Yankees. “I think what he did, he stood up, that’s going to get him over the top because he expressed how he really felt. He was honest and that goes a long way. I guarantee when he went home it was a peaceful night because he really wanted to say these things a long time ago.”

Jets Will Look At Duckett

Jets Rumors & News

The Jets reportedly are interested in running back TJ Duckett, and are expected to meet with Duckett on Tuesday. gives us the following scouting report on the 6’0″ 240 lb back:

Scouting: Duckett is big and strong and provides a nice change-of-pace from a smaller back. Duckett was used to this role working with Warrick Dunn in Atlanta. Is well aided by the blocking of a strong fullback.

Head over to thejetsblog for info and scouting reports on some other free agents the Jets are rumored to be looking at, including defensive ends Kenyon Coleman and David Bowens, and fullback Darian Barnes.

Rangers v. Isles, Avery v. Witt

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Newsday’s Greg Logan gives us a heads up on a match-up to look out for tonight when the Islanders visit Madison Square Garden:

It was 63 games ago, but the sight of Sean Avery in a Rangers uniform tonight at Madison Square Garden is bound to rekindle the rage Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt felt when Avery speared him during a loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the third game of the season….Witt was as angry as he’s been all season after Avery speared him, saying Avery was “lucky to be alive.” Recalling that moment, Witt admitted, “He was trying to get a rise, and I reacted without even thinking. I think [tonight] it’s going to be more thinking than reacting.”

In related news, Steve Zipay tells us that the acquisition of Sean Avery “pumped much-needed life” into a moribund Blueshirts team.

Meanwhile, in his column for the Post, Larry Brooks wonders “who’s going to be willing to take a game misconduct the first time Brendan Witt, Sean Hill or …

Jets Look To Fill Fullback Spot

Jets Rumors & News

Via The Journal News:

Free-agent fullback B.J. Askew signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday….Askew recently told The Associated Press that he wanted a chance to switch roles on the field, from fullback to halfback – something he did while rushing for 1,580 yards and 17 touchdowns in college at Michigan. He also caught 83 passes for 777 yards and six TDs with the Wolverines.

The Jets moved quickly to replace Askew, bringing in Dolphins fullback Darian Barnes, an unrestricted free agent, for a visit. At 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, Barnes fits the mold of a bruising blocker that coach Eric Mangini prefers.

Jamal Should Take His Time, Says Kurt Thomas

Knicks Rumors & News

In today’s New York Daily News, Frank Isola catches up with former Knick Kurt Thomas, who suffered a stress fracture to his right ankle that limited him to just 23 games from 1996-1998. Like Jamal Crawford, Thomas had surgery to repair the injured ankle, but suffered chronic recurrences of the injury, and at one point thought his career could be over.

While the Knicks have downplayed the severity of the injury, even suggesting that Crawford could return to the lineup should the Knicks make the playoffs, Thomas informs us that the rehabilitation from this sort of injury is long and painful. Says Kurt, “I hope that Jamal takes his time and doesn’t rush back. The last thing you want to do is reinjure it.”

Mets Scouting Pavano

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More fun in Photoshop.

Via George King of the New York Post:

Today, he is Torre’s fourth or fifth starter. But there are voices within the organization that believe if [Carl] Pavano is healthy, he should be dealt. Seattle, Colorado and St. Louis were interested during the winter and the Braves, Mets and White Sox had scouts at yesterday’s game.

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