Archive for March 23rd, 2007

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Duaner Downer

Mets Rumors & News

A day after the Mets shut down Juan Padilla for two weeks with soreness in his surgically repaired elbow, Duaner Sanchez had to cut short his first bullpen session of the spring after just 11 pitches.

Evidently, Sanchez heard a “pop” in his throwing shoulder, which according to team doctors could be due to the break up of residual scar tissue in the joint following last May’s surgery. Fortunately for Sanchez and the Mets, Duaner will resume throwing in two days, and the setback does not appear serious.

On a related note, Ben Shpigel of the Times writes today about the spring training woes of the Mets bullpen.

Pelfrey: This Year’s Jered Weaver?

Mets Rumors & News

Via Mark Hale of the Post:

One major-league team executive, who watched [Mike] Pelfrey pitch Tuesday, said he could have a solid season. “He’s got more than enough stuff. He could be Jered Weaver of last year.”

That would be a major achievement for Pelfrey. Weaver – Jeff’s younger brother and the Angels’ 24-year-old right-hander – went 11-2 with a 2.56 ERA in 19 starts for Los Angeles last season. Weaver was drafted one year before Pelfrey.

“You like everything you see about him,” the executive said of Pelfrey.

A-Rod Good As Gone?

Yankees Rumors & News

Via the New York Post

Alex Rodriguez is seemingly one step closer to walking away from New York, because Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reportedly made it clear that he won’t issue a contract extension anytime soon or chase A-Rod in a postseason bidding war.

According to a published report, Cashman is said to be willing to let Rodriguez walk away from his final three years and $81 million for greater riches elsewhere.

“He has a significant contract as it is,” Cashman told “So I don’t anticipate any dialogue regarding an extension.”…”First of all, no one writes that I make $14 million a year with the Yankees,” Rodriguez said last September, noting that Texas was paying $10 million of his salary for 2006. “And the fact that they say I’m non-tradable. But I have 10 teams out there that would take me for $14 million. And by the way, if the Yankees take $4, for $10 million … Eh? That’s number one.”

That quote reveals Rodriguez to be a cunning, shrewd assessor of his …

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