Archive for November 19th, 2007

Monday, November 19th, 2007
Mets Rumors & News

So much for David Eckstein. The Mets reached a preliminary agreement on Sunday night with second baseman Luis Castillo. The deal is reportedly for four years at $25 million. Given Castillo’s history of knee troubles (he moved with a pronounced limp during his tenure at Shea last season), you can’t like the number of years on the contract. However, given that Eckstein was said to be seeking a deal in line with the one Julio Lugo received from the Red Sox (four years, $36 million) last offseason, the price tag is easier to swallow. For what it’s worth, Castillo had surgery at the end of the season to clean up the bothersome knee and the Mets expect he will be healthy well before Spring Training.

Of course, given the drama that unfolded with catcher Yorvit Torrealba, I’m anxious to see when this announcement becomes official. Can you imagine negotiations breaking down on yet another “done deal”.

Meanwhile, in related news, Tom Glavine will be returning …

For Rangers Defense Wins

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers have won five games in a row and face the New York Islanders tonight, the only team to beat them in three weeks.

As a team they have scored the third fewest goals in the NHL, but have been able to win due to a commitment to defense which has seen contributions by everyone from Henrik Lundqvist to a pair of back checking 600-goal scorers.

Lately it has become more obvious that the once perceived weakness of the Rangers, their blue-line, is becoming an area of strength.

Coming into this season most of the talk surrounding the Rangers was focused on the idea that new centers Chris Drury and Scott Gomez would lead an offensive juggernaut to the Stanley Cup. As they sputtered early focus changed to fixing the defense with bigger more offensive players like Sheldon Souray and Ed Jovanovski who might be able to jump start the offense. Instead what has taken over the Rangers is their group of young mobile defensemen who play strong fundamental hockey.

“I …

Giants Rumors & News

The New York Giants’ 16-10 victory over Detroit Sunday was a nerve-wracking one. It was filled with missed offensive opportunities and big defensive plays.

As we always do, let’s review, ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’ style.

Kudos to …

• Michael Strahan: Just three days short of his 36th birthday he played his best game in two or three seasons. Strahan had three sacks and six tackles to lead the Giants defense.

• James Butler: The much-maligned safety made the play of the game, leaping and outwrestling Shaun McDonald of the Lions to intercept a pass that — if completed — would have given the Lions the lead late in the fourth quarter. This was the play that ultimately decided the outcome of the game.

• Eli Manning: So much for all that nonsense we heard about Eli’s confidence being shaken after the loss to Dallas a week ago. Manning was outstanding, completing 28-of-39 for 283 yards and a touchdown. He managed the game well, and his numbers would have been …

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