Archive for November 14th, 2007

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

A-Rod Will Return to Yanks

Yankees Rumors & News

Moments ago, appearing briefly on WFAN’s Mike and the Mad Dog show, Yankees broadcaster John Sterling reported that Alex Rodriguez’s return to New York is all but signed-and-sealed, citing sources in the know. Sterling has been with the Yankee organization for nearly two decades, and wouldn’t stick his neck out for a rumor, so I’d consider this close to official.

Just wow. Things sure move quickly in this town.

Steph Fined, Threatens Zeke

Knicks Rumors & News

The Daily News is on a roll this morning, pulling anonymous sources out of the woodwork. This time the paper is reporting that Stephon Marbury’s meltdown began on the team’s charter plane when the guard learned he would be pulled from the starting lineup that night in Phoenix. The News reports that following the ensuing hissy fit, Starbury had this to say:

“Isiah has to start me,” Marbury fumed, according to the source. “I’ve got so much (stuff) on Isiah and he knows it. He thinks he can (get) me. But I’ll (get) him first. You have no idea what I know.”

Additionally, the team announced today that Marbury would be fined $180,000 for skipping last night’s game.

I’ve got to be honest, Christmas may have come early for Knick fans. Does anyone doubt for a moment that Steph has all sorts of dirt to dish on Zeke? Potentially, we’re talking about information that could impact the Garden’s legal appeal and/or force the Commissioner’s hand. Even if …

Report: Stay-Rod? It’s possible.

Yankees Rumors & News

Could A-Rod be back in Yankee pinstripes after all? It sure looks that way.

A “high-ranking Yankees source” has told the Daily News that the Yankees are willing to re-open negotiations with Rodriguez under the caveat that superslime Scott Boras is not involved. According to the source, the team would be willing to bring A-Rod back at a “below-market” contract that would compensate the team for the $21 million subsidy it lost from Texas when A-Rod opted out of his contract during Game 4 the World Series.

It is possible that the A-Rod/Boras camp merely wants to get the Yankees back in the mix in order to create some leverage in the marketplace. After all, what good is a bidding war if the Yankees aren’t involved? The Yankees, however, do not appear to dobut Rodriguez’s sincerity. Via the News:

“We realize it could be a trap to get us back in the negotiations,” said one Yankee official. “But we don’t think that’s the case.”

Rodriguez apparently …

So Long, Paulie : Mets Target Torrealba

Mets Rumors & News

According to Metsblog, Andre Marchand of ESPN Radio was first to report last night that the Mets are close to reaching an agreement with free agent catcher Yorvit Torrealba. This morning, the daily rags are on the scoop, and the Times’ Ben Shpigel is reporting that the Mets are set to make the former Rockie an offer he can’t refuse.

According to Shpigel, that offer could come in the form of a multiyear deal worth as much as $5 million annually. The Rockies would like to retain their catcher, but reportedly will offer no more than $7 million over two years, while the Mets are prepared to offer at least one year and $9 million more than that.

To a certain extent, you can see GM Omar Minaya’s thinking here. The incumbent, Paul Lo Duca is showing signs of breaking down at age 35. He had to undergo surgery on a torn ligament in his thumb following the 2006 season, and …

Avery At Center of Storm – As Usual

Devils Rumors & NewsIslanders Rumors & News

Avery’s greatest yaps, via the Star:

On the lockout of 2004-05: “We underestimated how rich the owners were.”

After Denis Gauthier gave Avery teammate Jeremy Roenick a concussion: “I think it was typical of most French guys in our league with a visor on, running around and playing tough and not backing anything up.”

To Georges Laraque, during a game: “Monkey.” (Avery denied making the comment).

To broadcaster and former NHLer Brian Hayward: “You’re an embarrassment. You’re the reason the league doesn’t have a national television deal. You’re a (terrible) announcer and you were a (terrible) player.”
Following Sunday night’s shootout victory in Toronto in which Rangers’ winger Sean Avery recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, fight), there were more than a few rumblings out of the Maple Leaf dressing room concerning the pint-sized pest. Via Monday’s Toronto Sun:

“He’s pissing guys off,” [Toronto’s Wade] Belak said yesterday. “He’ll bring harm to himself and not too many guys around the league are going to be sad to see …

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