Archive for January 15th, 2008


Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Burnside: Trade Jagr

Rangers Rumors & News

On ESPN.com today, Scott Burnside looks at the 21-20-5 Rangers in the wake of their latest disappointing loss, a lop-sided 4-1 defeat in Pittsburgh. The Blushirts have dropped six of their last seven, and find themselves last in the Atlantic Division, ninth in the East. Despite the much-hyped acquisition of Chris Drury and Scott Gomez in the offseason, their offense ranks dead last in the NHL, averaging just 2.37 goals per game.

Burnside believes that the Rangers need to do something more dramatic than tinkering at the trade deadline if they hope to turn their season around. GM Glen Sather should consider trading captain Jaromir Jagr, says Burnside, a move that could serve as addition by subtraction. The article doesn’t go out of its way to bash Jagr, as some ESPN personalities have in the past, but rather suggests that the current dynamic in New York is simply not working, and the economics of the new NHL being what they are, Jagr …

Yanks Won’t Close Door On Santana

Yankees Rumors & News

Yesterday we wondered aloud whether the latest report that the Yankees had pulled Phil Hughes off the table was big news or no news at all. To hear Hank Steinbrenner tell it, it was no news. Via the Star-Ledger:

“There wasn’t an official offer anyway. You can’t withdraw something that wasn’t there,” Steinbrenner said. “There was no official offer on the table at this time.”

In fact, according to the New York Times, the Yankees have not had a formal offer on the table since December’s winter meetings. The Yanks will remain a player in this game until the “last call,” however the team is content to wait until the price tag comes down.

But exactly when will that be? Pitchers and catchers are due to report in about a month’s time, yet not only does Johan Santana not know where he’ll be reporting to camp, but neither do Erik Bedard or Joe Blanton, both pitchers that could be dealt once the dust clears. It’s …

Congress Asks Justice Department to Investigate Tejada

Congress has asked the Justice Department to investigate Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada in his connection with lying to the House Committee regarding his use of performance enhancing drugs.  Tejada met with the Congressional Committee in 2005 after former teammate Rafael Palmiero tested positive for the use of steroids, but claimed he received a tainted B-12 shot from Tejada. 

Congressman Henry Waxman and Tom Davis are sending a letter to the Justice Department this morning.

“Tejada told the committee that he never used illegal performance-enhancing drugs and that he had no knowledge of other players using or even talking about steroids,” Waxman said. “Well, the Mitchell Report, however, directly contradicts key elements of Mr. Tejada’s testimony.”

Said Davis: “We’ve concluded further investigation is warranted.”

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