Archive for June 6th, 2007

Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

Herald: Jets Want Asante

Jets Rumors & News

Via the Daily News’ Rich Cimini:

The Boston Herald is reporting this morning that the Jets have inquired about Patriots free-agent CB Asante Samuel, a disgruntled franchise player threatening to sit out the first 10 games of the season unless he receives a long-term contract….Without having had a chance to check into it yet, I’d say the timing of this story is a bit curious. It comes one day after The Boston Globe quoted Samuel as saying he’s going to sit 10 games. Team Samuel, no doubt, is trying to stir the pot, and what better way to tweak the Patriots than to leak a story about the hated Jets being interested?

Because Samuel is a free agent, the Jets have every right to call him, even bring him in for a visit. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Jets placed an exploratory phone call, but if they fly him in to talk and tour the facility, it would be another case of the Jets sprinkling poison on a relationship between the Patriots …

Mets Still Interested in Big-Z

Mets Rumors & News

Echoing what we all already knew, Mark Hale of the New York Post cites an MLB team executive today who states that should the Chicago Cubs put Carlos Zambrano on the trading block prior to the July 31st deadline, the Mets would be “heavily involved.”

Way to keep up on current events.

Zambrano, who slugged it out with catcher Michael Barrett last week, has struggled this season in the walk-year of his contract. After going 16-7 with a 3.41 ERA for an atrocious Cubs team in 2006, he is 5-5 with a 5.62 ERA for the slightly less atrocious Cubs in 2007. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

L Millz Is “Irrelevant”

Mets Rumors & News

In today’s paper, Newsday catches up with aspiring rap mogul L Millz a.k.a. DA Edge a.k.a. Lastings Milledge, who angered his Met bosses last month with the release of a profanity-laden rap song.

So what does Millz have to say for himself in the wake of the controversy? Via Newsday’s Jim Baumbach:

The controversial Mets prospect called the flap over his rap music “irrelevant,” insisting that how he performs on the baseball field is “really the only thing that matters.”

Asked if he is worried about his standing with the Mets following the rap controversy, he said, “My reputation is fine. Everything is OK. If it’s not, then it’s just something that I’m going to have to deal with and I’ll go from there.”

Ironically, it’s Lastings himself who has become irrelevant. The once-highly-touted outfielder has been out since April after spraining ligaments in his foot, and is still several weeks away from returning to action. Says Milledge:

“Once I get out on the field, it should move quickly.”

He may be …

Fans Get Their Wish: Isles Buy-Out Yashin

Islanders Rumors & News

The Alexei Yashin Era is over on Long Island. The Islanders have exercised a buy out on the remaining four years of the captain’s contract. Yashin signed a 10-year, $87.5 million deal with the franchise after the Islanders acquired the listless Russian in 2001. The terms of the buyout are such that 2/3 of the $26.45 million owed to Yashin can be paid in installments over the next eight years, however the team’s salary cap will take a $2.2 million hit per season during that span.

As recently as May 18th, GM Garth Snow backed Yashin, calling him “a vital part of the organization” despite the fact that Islanders fans had organized a petition and letter-writing campaign aimed at persuading owner Charles Wang to cut ties with the unpopular forward.

Newsday columnist Mark Herrmann calls the move “the biggest victory in years” for Islanders fans, and praises Wang for listening to the pleas of his paying customers.

Small Step For Pedro Is Giant Leap For Met Kind

Mets Rumors & News

Via Newsday’s Jim Baumbach:

Eight months to the day of his rotator cuff surgery, [Pedro] Martinez threw 38 pitches off a mound for the first time and was his usual jovial self afterward, smiling as he spoke with a group of reporters for more than 10 minutes….”He went into it with an understanding that he wasn’t going to push it,” Mets rehab pitching coach Randy Niemann. “He wanted to be free and easy.”

Niemann said as long as Martinez feels good, his next bullpen session could be Friday.

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