Archive for May 25th, 2007

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Rangers’ Maloney On the Move?

Rangers Rumors & News

The Journal News’ Sam Weinman directs us to an unconfirmed report in the Toronto Globe and Mail that states that according to a source, Rangers vice-president of player personnel and assistant GM Don Maloney was negotiating to become the next general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes as of Thursday night.

The loss of Maloney would be a huge blow for the franchise. It has been widely reported that for several years now, Maloney has done much of the legwork for GM Glen Sather and deserves as much credit as anyone for the Blueshirts’ post-lockout revival. Furthermore, Maloney’s exit could open the door for Mark Messier, who had expressed interest in taking over as Rangers’ GM when Sather retires, despite his complete lack of experience in the front office. Sather’s return to everyday duties with the novice Moose at his righthand should be enough frighten any Rangers fan.

But as Weinman points out, the report is unconfirmed, and it’s very probable that the Rangers may be in a position …

Helton to the Yanks? Don’t Count On It.

Yankees Rumors & News

The rumor mill is buzzing with talk of Todd Helton being shipped to the Yankees, largely due to this report from Wednesday’s Denver Post:

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters this week that although trades are always possible, nothing is warm right now. Still, multiple scouts said Wednesday the Yankees are interested in Rockies first baseman Todd Helton and closer Brian Fuentes, though nothing is brewing.

While undoubtedly the Yanks are beginning to realize their platoon experiment at first base is a failed one, I don’t see Helton landing in New York for many of the same reasons he didn’t land in Boston this offseason.

At the time, we had this to say concerning Boston’s interest in the Rockies slugger:

Frankly, the move stinks of the same sort of narrow-minded, short-sighted maneuvering that has gotten the Yankees in trouble since their last World Championship in 2000. Though it has already been an unusually expensive offseason for Boston, it’s nearly impossible to believe that the fiscally-conscious Sox would agree to the swap unless …

El Duque Returns Tonight

Mets Rumors & News

Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez had been sidelined since April 25 with bursitis of the right shoulder. He returns tonight against the Marlins in Florida.

When the pitcher faced the Marlins on April 19th, he allowed just one earned run through seven innings in an 11-3 Mets’ romp. It’s doubtful we can expect to see the same kind of dominance in just his first start off the DL, but regardless, the Mets’ rotation just got a whole lot more formidable.

Jason Vargas will now almost certainly be sent back down to AAA, though there’s an outside chance that he could be used in the bullpen in place of Aaron Sele, who just recently had his major league deal guaranteed. Jorge Sosa will remain in the rotation as the Mets’ 5th starter, despite his recent hiccup in Atlanta.

It’s the Same Ol’ Song…

Mets Rumors & News

Say what you want about the struggles of the New York Yankees, at least they’ve taken a series from the rival Red Sox. The Mets are 0-for-3 now against the Atlanta Braves, losing yet another rubber game against their NL East rivals last night, and dropping their 6th game to the Braves in 9 tries overall this season. Remarkably, the Mets still maintain a 1.5 game lead in the division.

Last night, Braves starter John Smoltz bested his buddy Tom Glavine once again, recording his 200th career victory in the process. While still 95 wins short of Glavine, Smoltz surrendered over three years of his career to fill Bobby Cox’s void at closer. The 154 saves he compiled during that period along with the 200+ wins he’ll have collected as a starter make him a sure-fire Hall-of-Famer, along with his soon-to-be 300-game-winning pal.(AP Photo/Gregory Smith)

Derek the Great

Yankees Rumors & News

Via The Post’s Mike Vaccaro:

Derek Jeter collected a couple of base hits in his first two plate appearances last night…The first one was the 2,214th hit of Jeter’s career. That tied Joe DiMaggio on the Yankees’ all-time list.

The second was No. 2,215. That put Jeter alone in fifth place in Yankees history. He is a month away from his 33rd birthday, and it’s becoming clear that he’s not only a cinch to cruise to 3,000 hits – becoming, quite remarkably, the first Yankee to ever reach that forever milestone – but has a wonderful chance to become only the third man ever born to reach 4,000.

It’s always been fashionable to say that the numbers don’t define Jeter, but the fact is they do define him, they have to. His lifetime batting average entering last night was .318. In club history the only men north of him on that list have names like Ruth and Gehrig and Combs and, yes, DiMaggio.

Good Golly, Ollie!

Mets Rumors & News

“He’s turning into a monster.”- Paul Lo Duca

(Gregory Smith/Associated Press)Through 8 games against the Atlanta Braves this season, the Mets have won just three. Oliver Perez has won all three games. Following his seven innings of shutout work last night, Perez (6-3 with a 2.54 ERA) has now recorded wins in his last three starts – the first time he’s done so in his career.

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