Archive for July 6th, 2007


Friday, July 6th, 2007

Maine Street Exile

Mets Rumors & News

You have to wonder how John Maine was left off the All-Star roster. If you disagree, take the time to watch him pitch. He’s developed into the Mets most consistent pitcher and is slowly becoming their ace. Last night was no different as Maine dominated, allowing two runs in seven and two-thirds innings, while fanning nine – a career high. Maine picked up his tenth win of the season and more importantly, snapped the Mets four game losing streak, as the Mets beat the Astros 6-2.

Maine is now 10-4 with a 2.71 ERA. Currently he’s tied for the league lead in wins (10), fourth in the league in ERA (2.71), and tenth in the league in strikeouts (93), yet he’s not an All-Star. With the Mets already sending four players to San Francisco (Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, David Wright, & Billy Wagner), it was understandable why he was initially left off the roster. However it is a complete mystery why he was left off the …

Mets Add Another to the DL

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets have placed rookie Carlos Gomez on the fifteen day disabled list with a fractured bone in his left hand. Gomez will require surgery and be out of at least six weeks. He joins a growing list of Mets on the DL which include Pedro Martinez, Moises Alou, Jorge Sosa, Duaner Sanchez, Endy Chavez, Oliver Perez, Dave Williams, and Lastings Milledge. David Newhan has been recalled from AAA New Orleans to take Gomez’s roster spot.

The pressure is on. Moises Alou needs to finally recover or Omar Minaya needs to make a move. A left field platoon of David Newhan and Ricky Ledee is not going to cut it until Alou decides his quad is all better. The Braves and Phillies aren’t going away. With the recent inconsistency in the pitching staff, and a lineup spot taken up by a fifth or sixth outfielder, matters can only get worse. It was understandable when Omar was happy using Gomez daily (and he was finally …

Rangers Seek Cap Space to Add Souray

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On his blog for ESPN.com, E.J. Hradek takes a quick look at the future of defenseman Sheldon Souray, owner of the NHL’s heaviest shot, and the most attractive free agent left on the open market. In the local papers, both the Devils and Rangers have been attached to Souray on the rumor mill, but according Hradek, it’s the Blueshirts who appear to have the edge. Via ESPN.com:

After talking with a couple of sources with some knowledge of the situation, I get the sense that Souray could be headed for New York to join the Rangers. That scenario makes sense for five reasons (that I can think of).

First, the Rangers figure to add another experienced defenseman.

Second, the Rangers don’t have a dangerous offensive presence on their blue line.

Third, the Rangers could deal a roster player (Matt Cullen?) and/or offer less money to their own UFA Brendan Shanahan to create the cap space for another major addition.

Fourth, Souray might be waiting to sign with the Rangers to allow them to pursue …

Isles Grab Guerin, Comrie

Islanders Rumors & News

Thirty-six-year-old right wing Bill Guerin is an Islander, signing a two-year deal worth $9 million. While Newsday’s Greg Logan calls it “a major step toward recovering from their losses in the free agent market,” Logan’s colleague Steve Zipay is somewhat less generous. Says Zipay:

Isles, by the way, will pay $9 million, yep, $9 million mazzonies, over two years to Bill Guerin, a good soul, a born-in-the-USA vet, but let’s be honest, he’s 36 years old, made $2 mil last year on a one-season pact and vanished in San Jose after being shipped from St. Loo….

I don’t blame Guerin. Hey, Ruslan Fedotenko got $2.9 mil….

Together, that’s $7.4m in Isles’ crazy money next season…

As was the case with Dainius Zubrus’s contract in Jersey, the Isles will likely readily admit that they had to overpay to save some face here. The money, however, could well pay off, as Long Island suddenly becomes a lot more attractive with a player of Bill Guerin’s credibility onboard. Case in point: Mike …

Stephon Marbury Is Bat Sh*t Crazy

Knicks Rumors & News

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Starbury’s crazy appearance on Mike’d Up with Bruce Beck appears to no longer be available on YouTube. However, you can find the video HERE.

We’re a little late on this, since apparently this interview took place last Sunday on Mike’d Up. You can’t help but cringe for host Bruce Beck. Over at SLAM Online, they sum up the bizarre appearance as follows:

If I had to compare Steph’s performance to another person, it would be Tracy Jordan from 30 Rock. Not Tracy Morgan, the actor who plays him. He’s too sane. I’m talking about the stabbing robot himself, the character on the show. Steph is out of his mind. The surly Marbury was nowhere to be seen….I’m telling you, this interview was on the level of Danny Devito’s sloppy drunk appearance on The View. It was like when Courtney Love would basically OD and then do interviews. Perhaps Stephon is just high on life. Either way, it …

Yankees Injury Report

Yankees Rumors & News

Via MLB.com:

Jason Giambi (torn left plantar fascia) has been removed from a walking boot, but he is still out indefinitely. … Doug Mientkiewicz (right wrist) and Darrell Rasner (right index finger) will head to the Yankees’ Legends Field training facilities in Tampa, Fla., during the All-Star break to begin their rehabilitation. … Phil Hughes has thrown a bullpen session and is scheduled to continue throwing batting practice sessions at Legends Field, shooting for an early August return. … Right-hander Jeff Karstens is progressing steadily in his recovery.

Souray Suitors Include Devils, Rangers (?)

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In yesterday’s New York Post, Mark Everson stated that “sources are buzzing” over the possibility that the Rangers could pull off the seemingly impossible and fit free agent Sheldon Souray under their already burdened salary cap. Said Everson: “Salary-cap space would be the first difficulty, style of play another, but the buzz continues.”

Today, Everson’s sources are buzzing once more, this time with word that the Devils are interested in Souray as well. Via the New York Post:

The Devils are still reeling from the losses of Scott Gomez and Brian Rafalski, and Brad Lukowich left the team to return to Tampa Bay for an offer that could have been beaten. Lukowich, who made $1 million last season, signed a three-year deal for $1.25 million, $1.65 million and $1.8 million.

Sources say the Devils are bidding for defenseman Sheldon Souray, an unrestricted free agent from Montreal who was traded there by Lamoriello with Josh DeWolf and a second-round pick for Vladimir Malakhov on March 1, 2000.

Souray, with the hardest shot …

Prucha Smells Like Trade Bait

Rangers Rumors & News

Interesting tidbit on Steve Zipay’s blog for Newsday. Zipay observes that recently re-signed Rangers winger Petr Prucha is getting a hefty raise over the $550,000 he made last season. Prucha – coming off a somewhat disappointing sophomore campaign – will make $1.6 million in each of the next two seasons.

Maybe the Rangers are just taking care of their own here. Or maybe, as Zipay speculates, the team is adding salary to pull off a cap-complient deal on the trade market.

Prucha has become a fan favorite at the Garden, however the return of UFA Brendan Shanahan and RFA Sean Avery would preclude the 24-year-old from seeing much ice time as a top-six forward, and the organization must be at least a little curious to see if prospect Nigel Dawes could produce given similar minutes. Prucha could be a key asset if the team chose to pursue a top-4 defenseman via trade, though I imagine the speedy Czech’s value is not what it was a year ago.

Weekes Crosses the River

Devils Rumors & NewsRangers Rumors & News

According to Newsday’s Steve Zipay, the Devils have signed Kevin Weekes to a 2-year, $1.375 million deal to serve as backup to goalie Martin Brodeur. Translation: Weekes should expect to see 2, maybe 3 starts next season…

Weekes made nearly $2 million last season with the Rangers, who will now turn to either Stephen Valiquette or Al Montoya to backup Henrik Lundqvist in net.

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