Archive for December 5th, 2007


Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Mets Considering Heilman for Starter’s Role?

Mets Rumors & News

Over on MetsBlog, Matt Cerrone is relaying a report from WFAN’s Ed Coleman that “people inside the Mets” are reconsidering the organization’s decision to confine pitcher Aaron Heilman to the bullpen in wake of the team’s inability to acquire a quality starter this offseason.

It’s not a bad notion, especially given the rumblings out there that the Nationals might be willing to offer free agent Livan Hernandez a two-year offer. I’m not sure I’m interested in Livan for one-year, let alone two.

As you’ll recall, Heilman was originally drafted by the Mets with the 18th overall pick in 2001 as a starting pitcher, and even spun a one-hit complete game shutout against the Florida Marlins on April 15, 2005. However, prior to ’05, Heilman had pitched poorly as a starter during portions of ’03 and ’04, and followed his April 15th gem with 4 inning, 11 hit, 7 run clunker against those same Marlins. He was moved to the bullpen for good by the end of May that …

Mets Not in the Running for Kuroda

Mets Rumors & News

The New York Post is reporting the Mets are not one of the four finalists for the services of Japanese pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.  Early rumors reported the Mets have made strides with Kuroda, but reports now are the Mariners, Dodgers, Royals, and Diamondbacks are the remaining teams in the running for Kuroda, who is seeking a four-year contract.

Why did the Twins turn down the Yankees’ offer?

Yankees Rumors & News

What, exactly are the Minnesota Twins thinking?

Baseball people seem to agree that the New York Yankees have offered the Twins a better package of players for Johan Santana that the Boston Red Sox. Yet, the Yankees appear out of the running and a deal of Santana to the Red Sox is being reported as imminent.

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News put it this way in a Tuesday post on ‘Blogging The Bombers.’

The story goes that the Twins asked for medical reports on Jon Lester late last night, signifying that a deal could be completed today. The Twins would receive Lester, Coco Crisp, Justin Masterson and Jed Lowrie for Santana – and I have no idea why Minnesota would do that deal.

A week ago, the Twins were insisting on both Lester and Jacoby Ellsbury being included in a deal, but now they’ll take Crisp in the same deal they already turned down?

According to just about every executive and scout I have spoken to here, they think Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera and a …

Jets’ Tidbits

Jets Rumors & News

Via Rich Camini of the NY Daily News:

UP & RUNNING: Backup RB Leon Washington received a season-high 12 “touches” against the Dolphins, which may explain why the offense was so productive. (That, and the fact that the Miami defense stinks.) He’s the Jets’ most dynamic player, and coordinator Brian Schottenheimer made a concerted effort to get him the ball. Washington lined up at halfback, quarterback (on a direct snap) and wide receiver, confusing the Dolphins.

[Thomas] Jones, who rarely says anything interesting, admitted Tuesday on his WFAN radio spot that it was “definitely a slap in the face” to be installed as an underdog against the winless Dolphins…. Last week, the Jets auditioned former Patriots FB Patrick Pass. The Jets and Patriots play next week, so the bitter rivals probably will be up to their old tricks, bringing in the other’s recent castoffs in an attempt to gather intelligence. Unlike videotaping on the sideline, this is legal.

Jon Buzby is a nationally-syndicated columnist who can be reached through his website at www.jonbuzby.com.

Report: Mets Turn Attention to Burnett

Mets Rumors & News

According to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, Toronto’s A.J. Burnett is the latest starting pitcher to be linked to the Mets. Burnett’s contract contains an opt-out clause for next winter, and I can’t imagine he’ll think too hard about exercising it should Johan Santana land with a division rival.

I get the feeling the Mets are discussing just about every major league pitcher that conceivably could be available. Burnett is an intriguing name, as he would presumable cost less than some of the other big name starters out there since he makes way too much money for a guy that also spends way too much time on the DL. Burnett tossed 165.2 innings for the Blue Jays in 2007 and just 135.2 innings in 2006 – a far cry from the 209 innings he compiled in 2005 while with the Marlins.

Nevertheless, Burnett is an electric talent, and was one of the best pitchers in baseball during the latter portion of last season.

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