Archive for July 11th, 2007


Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Reyes Shines

Mets Rumors & News

Last night Jose Reyes showed the world what he shows Mets fans on a daily basis, and what they can expect to see in All-Star games for years to come. Reyes put together an MVP-type performance, causing Tony La Russa to forget about his other shortstop, the Brewers’ J.J. Hardy, until the ninth inning.

Reyes went three for four with a double, stolen base, and run scored. He got the NL into the game early, singling off starter Dan Haren on the second pitch of the game. Reyes promptly stole second base and scored on Ken Griffey Jr.’s single up the middle. In the third, Reyes used his lightning speed to leg out a double off Josh Beckett on a ball that got past Alex Rodriguez in what was one of the stranger plays of the game. Reyes hit a soft liner to third base and as A-Rod was preparing to field the ball on the hop, the ball took a weird bounce over the base into foul …

Free Francis: Blazers Buy-Out Former Knick

Knicks Rumors & News

Via ESPN.com:

The Knicks were happy to get Zach Randolph. The Trail Blazers were happy to clear space for Greg Oden. Steve Francis might be the happiest of all.

Multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday night that the Blazers had agreed to buy out Francis’ contract — for almost the full amount….The Washington Post and Newsday reported on Tuesday that Portland will pay more than $30 million of the $33.6 million that the former All-Star guard is due.

The Bronx is Burning…2007?

Yankees Rumors & News

The first half of the 2007 season has come and gone. With all the stories of the first half, one story can not be overlooked – the disappointment of the New York Yankees. After 85 games, the Bronx Bombers boast a baffling 42-43 mark and sit 10 games out of first place going into the break. How stunning is it? This is the first time since 1995 that they are under .500 before the All Star Break. The greatest closer of all-time, Mariano Rivera, only has 11 saves. They are 6-15 in 1-run games. They threw a pro-rated 28 million dollars at a 44 year old (he’ll be 45 next month) in mid May. They were swept by the Colorado Rockies. They became the first team in MLB history to use 10 different starting pitchers in its first 30 games. They spent 46 million on Kei Igawa, and he’s spent most of the last 2 months in the minors. The list can go on and on, but hey, let’s lay off them for …

Shanahan Returns

Rangers Rumors & News

Shanahan Returns: “As expected the Rangers and future hall-of-famer Brendan Shanahan reached a 1-year agreement on Tuesday worth $2.5 million plus incentives according to the Daily News.

Early in the off-season there was a question of whether or not Shanahan would retire, but after he announced he was coming back there was never a question where he would go. Shanahan announced a couple of weeks ago that he would return this season and had no intentions of returning with another team. The assistant captain’s comeback was put in writing on Tuesday.

Terms of the incentives were not yet available but they are speculated to put the 600 goal scorer at the $4 million mark he earned last season. The Rangers and Brendan worked out the contract this way in order to provide the team with as much cap space as possible. Players over the age of 35 who are receiving 1-year deals are allowed under the CBA to receive incentive-laden deals which won’t affect the team’s salary cap.

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