Archive for November 30th, 2007

Friday, November 30th, 2007
Yankees Rumors & News

So, the New York Yankees have reportedly decided to include prized right-hander Phil Hughes in a deal for Johan Santana.

From the New York Daily News:

After two days of internal discussions among front-office executives, the Yankees swallowed hard Friday and decided to offer Phil Hughes to the Twins as part of the trade package they hope will land them Johan Santana.

“We’re going for it,” was the way one club source put it.

Based on their talks with Twins GM Bill Smith, the Yankees knew they couldn’t make a deal for Santana without including Hughes, their 21-year-old righthander widely regarded as a potential staff ace.

Both the Yankees and Red Sox had been resisting offering their top prospects for Santana. For Boston, that means pitcher Clay Buchholz and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. For the Yankees, that means Hughes and Joba Chamberlain.

It’s no surprise to me if it is indeed the Yankees who crack and give Twins GM Bill Smith what he wants. The Red Sox already have Josh …

Mets Rumors & News

According to WFAN, the Mets have traded Lastings Milledge to the Washington Nationals for catcher Brian Schneider and outfielder Ryan Church.

The news comes as a shock to a lot of Mets fans, who had widely hoped that Milledge would be included in a package for a top-flight starter such as Oakland’s Dan Haren or Baltimore’s Eric Bedard. At the very least fans assumed Milledge could be included in a package to bring back innings-eating workhorse Joe Blanton.

As it turns out, those hopes were delusional. The Mets reportedly shopped Milledge around extensively and found zero interest in the player around the league. Given everything that’s happened to Lastings during his first few seasons in the majors, it’s not altogether surprising that his stock has fallen, but it is somewhat amazing just how far and how quickly it fell.

The Mets, who evidently never had any intention of going into spring training with Johnny Estrada on the roster, have plugged their hole at catcher and added some …

Knicks, Fans Humiliated in Boston | When Will It End?

Knicks Rumors & News

As wretched as it was to watch this game as a fan last night, I feel even worse for the beat writers who had to sit through it without the benefit of DVR and a Rangers-Islanders game up the dial, and then had to write about it. Luckily for me, I can just highlight the “best of” this morning’s headlines.

Via’s Chris Sheridan:

It was scarcely more than a week ago that I cautioned never to declare anything a new low for the New York Knicks, because one can always be certain that no matter how bad things may look at the moment, there’s always the distinct possibility no, make that the distinct certainty — that something even more horrific is in store.

But dare we say the same thing again after watching the Knicks embarrass themselves anew Thursday night in a 104-59 loss to the Boston Celtics?…Things couldn’t get worse than that, could they? The answer, of course, is yes, they could. And how could they possibly outdo the …

Giants must focus on Hester Sunday

Giants Rumors & News

There are really two keys to the Giants game with Chicago on Sunday. Convince Eli Manning to throw the ball to the guys in white instead of black, and find a way to contain return man extraordinaire Devin Hester.

Let’s focus on Hester for now. The Giants have been doing quite a bit of that themselves this week.

Hester is most likely the most dangerous return man the game has ever seen. Twelve touchdowns in just 27 professional games is proof of that. Having to face him is enough to give a special teams coach nightmares, and the Giants Tom Quinn isn’t any different.

In a Q&A with Inside Football, Quinn as much as admitted that planning for Hester is costing him sleep. Here’s a snippet:

Q: How are you sleeping these days?

A: Wonderful. You don’t sleep much.

Q: Dreaming of Hester?

A: Yes.

Q: What is your take on how you stop him?

A: You have to be responsible where you place the ball. You have to be very disciplined. You …

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