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Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Omar Won’t Be Outdone in NY Arms Race

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Hold those pinstripes. Despite what the AP might have you believe, the Yankees aren’t the only team engaged in discussions regarding Twins ace Johan Santana. According to ESPN Radio’s Andrew Marchand, the Mets, somewhat more quietly, have made their own overtures to Minnesota GM Bill Smith. Citing a major league executive with knowledge of the discussions, Marchand reports that the Mets should not be counted out, despite that teams such as the Yankees and Red Sox would be able to put together a more enticing package of prospects.

There are two factors working in the Mets’ favor here. First off, Omar and the Mets are desperate. After a late season collapse and a quiet beginning to the offseason, the GM seems determined to add a big starter to the top of the team’s rotation – at any cost. The Yankees and Sox, meanwhile, are significantly less enthused about gutting their suddenly rich farm systems. Via MetsBlog.com:

…during a recent appearance on ESPN …

Not So Healthy Rangers Lose Avery

Rangers Rumors & News

Just when it seems like the Rangers were healthy again they find out that Sean Avery is going to require surgery for his wrist according to Steve Zipay’s Newsday Blog.

Avery did not skate yesterday in practice and instead took the day off to have a CAT scan on the wrist, but it was just supposed to be precautionary.  He skated today without shooting, but after results of the scan came in it was determined he has been playing with a fractured wrist. 
There is no word on exactly how long he’ll be out.  “Hopefully, it’ll only be a week or two,” he told Zipay. “But I don’t live in a reality world.”
This is a big hit to the Rangers as they seem lost without him.  Barely a .500 team last season before his arrival they went 17-6-6 after his February 5 trade.  This season they are 9-4-1 with him and 4-5-1 without him.
Marcel Hossa who was expected to be a healthy scratch due to the return of Ryan Callahan …

Yankees and Twins Discuss Santana

Yankees Rumors & News

As the Red Sox rode their ace starter all the way to a World Series victory the Yankees were at home wondering what happened to their “ace” against Cleveland.

Josh Beckett led the Red Sox through the playoffs going 4-0 while allowing 2 or fewer runs each time out. In contrast Chien-Ming Wang pitched 5.2 innings and allowed 12 runs in two starts.

It may not be fair to apply the ace label on Wang, but in reality he is the front-end of the Yankees rotation. Combine that with the fact that the Yankees are going to rely on three pitchers under the age of 25 to get the bulk of their innings next season and even Hank Steinbrenner admits next season is a transition year.

But we all know that he can’t be serious. For the Yankees it has always been about the World Series and never about rebuilding. Now facing the possibility that things may get even worse if Andy Pettitte decides to retire next season the …

Healthy Rangers take on Islanders

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers return to full health this Thursday night as they attempt to beat the Islanders for this first time in four attempts this season.
Last Friday night Martin Straka made his return to the ice after taking a slap shot to his wrist from Zdeno Chara over a month ago.  Thursday Ryan Callahan should return to the lineup and Marek Malik will be eligible to play. 
“It was a pretty hard practice today and I felt pretty good out there,” Callahan told Newsday.  “I think Thursday’s pretty realistic.”
If Callahan does return it appears he will skate with Petr Prucha and Chris Drury, but Malik’s return is not immediately certain.  While he has recovered from bruised ribs and a bad back the Rangers defense has been playing so well lately there is no obvious choice of who to scratch. 
“The way we’re clicking right now, he might have to wait a game or two and see if anything evolves,” Head Coach Tom Renney told Newsday.
When he does eventually get back …

Gossage should already be in the Hall of Fame

Yankees Rumors & News

The names of those who are on the 2008 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot have been released, which means it is time for me to once again stump for the election of Rich “Goose” Gossage.

With Tim Raines and David Justice, neither of whom belongs in the Hall, being the biggest new names on this year’s ballot, this could finally be the year for Gossage, Jim Rice and Bert Blyleven.

I still can’t figure out why Hall of Fame voters have overlooked Gossage for so long. The “Goose” was the most fearsome, dominant reliever of his generation, and a key part of the terrific New York Yankee teams of the late ’70s and early ’80s.

With the elections of Dennis Eckersley in 2004 and Bruce Sutter in 2006, the bias that had long worked against closers seems to finally be melting away.

I can’t comprehend, though, how Sutter got elected while Gossage is still in the bullpen waiting for the Hall of Fame phone to ring.

Sutter, in a 12-year career, compiled 300 saves and …

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