Archive for July 2nd, 2007

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Injury Bug Still Bites

Mets Rumors & News

With the Mets getting back on track, finding out that they might lose two ailing starters isn’t what you want to hear. Starter Jorge Sosa was placed on the 15-day DL yesterday with a Grade 2 hamstring injury. While a Grade 2 is considered a mild strain, it was severe enough for a trip to the DL, guaranteeing he’ll miss at least one start. Oliver Perez, who was scheduled to pitch yesterday, was scratched do to an ailing back. Mike Pelfrey was called up to make the start in his place. Now there’s new talk that Perez – who’s slated to pitch tomorrow – will probably miss that start as well, not ruling out his own trip to the DL.

This is not good news for Mets fans. Perez and Sosa have had some big game performances this season and are part of the reason the Mets are in first place. If there are any positives to the situation, it’s that both …

NY POST: “Mrs. A-Rod Is a Bronx F-Bomber”

Yankees Rumors & News

Via The Post:

Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez’s long-suffering wife, Cynthia, may have finally flipped her pretty lid yesterday when she went to a game in The Bronx wearing a tight-fitting, white tank top bearing a foul message on the back: “F- – – you.”

The obscene phrase was plainly visible to thousands of fans – including plenty of kids – as she, her 2-year-old daughter, Natasha, and an older woman took their seats in the players’ family section of the House that Ruth Built.

Lo Duca Out the Door?

Mets Rumors & News

Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca is a pending free agent, and signs are pointing that the Mets front office might not want him back next season. Lo Duca was denied an extension by the Mets in the spring, and judging by the current headlines he’s making, this might be a reason why. Lo Duca had a mild breakdown with the New York media following Thursday’s Mets/Cardinals rain out.

“I’ll do this (interview), but you need to start talking to other players,” Lo Duca announced loudly after he was approached by a radio reporter after the Mets-Cardinals series finale was washed out by rain. “It’s the same three or four people every day. Nobody else wants to talk. Some of these guys have to start talking. They speak English, believe me.”

While Lo Duca has said he meant nothing by it, and on the surface it appears none of the Mets fourteen Latino players were offended, the front office might have a different take. Sources close to the Mets …

Isles Jilted Again…Smyth Signs in Colorado

Islanders Rumors & News

Dry those eyes, Captain Colorado. No more fishsticks for you.Via the AP:

“Captain Canada” Ryan Smyth has found a new home with the Colorado Avalanche.

Late in a frenzied first day of free-agent signing, Smyth — the last remaining topflight forward — left the New York Islanders on Sunday night for a return trip to the Western Conference.

Smyth agreed to a five-year deal worth $31.25 million with the Avalanche, who are looking to quickly rebuild a franchise that missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 1994 — two years before the team relocated to Denver from Quebec.

Oh yeah, fellow free agents Viktor Kozlov, Tom Poti, Richard Zednik, and Jason Blake all left the Island as well. But Islanders’ GM Garth Snow did agree to terms with former-Thrasher Jon Sim. So he’s got that going for him.

Nets Re-Sign Carter

Nets Rumors & News

Via Dave D’Alessandro of the Newark Star Ledger:

The Nets and Vince Carter have renewed their vows for at least four more seasons, coming to an agreement on a contract just hours after the free-agent bargaining period began today.

The deal calls for a guarantee of $61.8 million over four seasons, according to a team official who has been involved with the negotiations, with the team holding an option for a fifth year.

Blake Leaving Long Island

Islanders Rumors & News


The Toronto Maple Leafs signed winger Jason Blake to a five-year, $20 million contract on Sunday.

The 33-year-old unrestricted free agent had a career-high 40 goals last season while also adding 29 assists for a career-high 69 points in 82 games with the New York Islanders.

Blake, a four-time 20-goal scorer, will make $5 million next season, $4.5 million in each of the following two seasons and $3 million in the final two years of his deal.

New York Rangers Jackpot is 86.75 Million Dollars

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Many knew the Rangers would make a run at this offseason’s top free agents, but this?! New York landed both Chris Drury (five years, $35.25 million) and Scott Gomez (seven years, $51.5M) on the first day of free agency.

2-For-1! RANGERS ADD Gomez AND Drury

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Via John Dellapina of the New York Daily News:

Hold off on that trip to Cosby’s for your new Rangers “Gomez” shirt.

Because you might want to buy on that reads “Drury.” Or spring for both.

In what seemed fiscally impossible, the Rangers have pulled off a dynamic free agent double. They’ve agreed to terms with both Scott Gomez AND Chris Drury.

Gomez, 27, gets a seven-year deal worth in excess of $7 million per. Drury, who turns 31 in August, gets a five-year deal for about the same annual salary.

Michael Nylander, who played a dangerous game of chicken with the Rangers, gets to find another team to play for.

BREAKING: Gomez to the Rangers

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Scott Gomez is staying in the Tri-State area, but not with the only team he’s played for in his seven-year NHL career.

Gomez, one of the top centers on the free-agent market, signed a seven-year deal with the New York Rangers, ESPN The Magazine’s E.J. Hradek reports.

Financial terms are not yet known.

Via the Daily News’ John Dellapina:

The Rangers have yet to confirm the deal. But Glen Sather and Co. have spent the day focused upon signing Gomez. And now that they have, it appears that Michael Nylander’s highly productive days as a Ranger have come to an end — perhaps with him landing in Gomez’ place as the Devils’ top-line center or back in Washington playing pivot for Alexander Ovechkin.

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