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Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Uncanny A-Rod: Coming To a Team Near You!

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Both the New York Daily News and Newsday devote their backpages to Alex Rodriguez today, and the likelihood that the All-Star third baseman will opt-out of his contract at the end of a potentially record-breaking season.

Newsday’s backpage declares that the Yanks are “not worthy” of future Hall-of-Famer, and that the team is “not good enough to keep A-Rod from bolting.” Says columnist Shaun Powell:

The wise choice for A-Rod is to beat it before the Bronx burns. There’s little to be gained by staying with the Yankees beyond this season except money, and even that, for someone who’s already made as much as he has, isn’t what it used to be. Besides, the Angels and a few others have enough in the bank to make the numbers work….The Yankees, you see, no longer offer him the best chance. Seriously: Does anyone believe the Yankees are any closer to a title than, say, the Indians? Or the Tigers? Or the Brewers, for heaven’s sake?

In the next three or four years, …

Are Isles Better or Worse?

Islanders Rumors & News

‘C’ is for Guerin:”The New York Islanders named Bill Guerin captain yesterday after the winger was signed to a 2-year $9 million contract last week. It was a move that nobody expected. ‘I’m a little surprised,’ Guerin told the AP yesterday at a press conference where the Islanders announced the arrivals of Mike Comrie, Ruslan Fedotenko, and Jon Sim. GM Garth Snow ponders his options.Guerin scored 36 goals last year splitting time between the St. Louis Blues and the San Jose Sharks. He scored only 13 goals the season before forcing many around the NHL to ask if he still had anything left. Apparently the Islanders think he has plenty left and so does he. ‘I think it was just a bad year,’ Guerin said to the AP. The soon to be 37 year old has scored at …

Injury Update: Hughes Begins Rehab

Yankees Rumors & News

Via The New York Times:

The Yankees rookie Phil Hughes pitched two innings for Class A Tampa on Monday in his first minor league rehabilitation start since being sidelined for more than two months with ankle and hamstring injuries….“I was a little tentative in the first inning, but that’s to be expected,” said Hughes, who threw 20 of 36 pitches for strikes and had his fastball reach 94 miles an hour. “The second inning I felt a lot more comfortable. I was kind of letting it go and not really thinking about landing as much on my front foot or anything like that.”

Can Millz Rescue Mets?

Mets Rumors & News

Don’t be surprised if Lastings Milledge is the Mets’ starting leftfielder after the All-Star break, says Anthony Rieber of Newsday.

Milledge, a.k.a. L Millz, has been tearing the cover off the ball during his rehab assignment, abusing Double-A pitchers to the tune of a .435 average with 3 homers, 1 double, 1 triple, and 8 RBI in five games with the Binghamton Mets. Millz had ben sidelined with a sprained foot ligament since April, perhaps slipping below Carlos Gomez on the organization’s depth chart in the process.

Artest Staying Put?

Knicks Rumors & News

Via ESPN.com:

The Ron Artest-to-the-Knicks trade winds have been downgraded by the player himself to a slight breeze.

Artest told the New York Post that he wants to remain with Sacramento and retire as a King. Artest’s comments contradicted statements his agent made last week, indicating that his client, a Queens native who attended St. John’s, wanted to return home.

“I really want to finish my career in Sacramento because of my relationship with some of the players,” Artest said, according to the Post. “I want to finish with Sacramento. I feel attached to Sacramento. I want to be their franchise player.”

Shanny Nears Ranger Return

Rangers Rumors & News

According to Larry Brooks in the New York Post, the New York Rangers are close to completing a team-friendly deal that would bring Brendan Shanahan back to Broadway for another season and allow the team some desperately needed flexibility with their payroll. Via the Post:

The Rangers and Brendan Shanahan are on the verge of completing a one-year deal, with the club seeking league approval on the structure of the bonuses that will be included in the 38-year-old winger’s contract, The Post has learned.

It is believed that Shanahan, who told The Post on June 20 he would work with the Blueshirts in order to grant the team as much cap maneuverability as possible, will sign for a base of approximately $2.5M with an additional $1.5-2.5M in readily attainable bonuses.

“Glen [Sather] has been really good in communicating with me while he was dealing with the [Henrik Lundqvist and Sean Avery] arbitration issues,” Shanahan told The Post on Saturday. “I said all along I had no desire to test the market or accept …

Isle’s ‘C’ Is Surprise to Guerin

Islanders Rumors & News

With yesterday’s announcement that Bill Guerin would be the 11th captain in franchise history, the Post’s Larry Brooks declared, “The Islanders are a classier organization for both having him on the roster and as their captain.” High praise.

According to the AP, the announcement came as a surprise to Guerin, who learned the news along with everyone else when his brand-new Islanders jersey was unveiled at yesterday’s press conference, its left breast adorned with the captain’s “C.” Said Guerin:

“I’m a little surprised…I’m thrilled about it. It’s a tremendous honor. I don’t take this responsibility lightly.”…”This is an organization with a wonderful history, with a committed owner, a committed general manager, players who want to be here and players who want to win…That’s what we plan on doing. There’s a long way to go, we’ve got a lot of work in front of us, but we’re going to do it together.

“We’re going to play as a team.”

In the Post, Brooks cautions that the no-move clause in Guerin’s contract guarantees …

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