Archive for January 2008

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

I’m numb. It’s finally over? I don’t believe it.

Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey is the package that got it done, according to USA Today.

So the Mets acquire the best pitcher in baseball and hold onto their top prospect, Fernando Martinez. Not a bad day’s work for Omar Minaya.

The deal is pending the Mets and Santana reaching an agreement on a “six- or seven-year” contract extension, and of course, a physical. The Mets have 72-hours to get a deal done.

Truly unbelievable how things have developed over the last month. It’s a dream come true for Met fans.

Here on Hot Stove New York, we’re feeling a bit sentimental that the long trip finally appears to be reaching its conclusion (fingers crossed). So on that note, let’s take a look back at the way this story has progressed since the New Year.

Santana Forced His Way to Shea on January 30th

Oye Como Va on January 29th

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Johan Santana | Is Today the Day?

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Is today the day? Could be, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Olney writes that executives for the Minnesota Twins are expect to decide soon, perhaps as early as today, on whether to pull the trigger on a Johan Santana deal, or to hold on to the pitcher through spring training. It is strongly believed that the team is leaning toward trading the ace before pitchers and catchers report in just over two weeks’ time.

Yesterday, the Twins evidently asked for final offers from the three clubs most aggressively in pursuit of Santana, a report that has been confirmed by the Mets, Yanks, and Sox, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Sherman writes that the Yankees’ interest is minimal at this point and the organization appears to be standing by GM Brian Cashman’s strong preference to hang onto its prospects, even as the Mets and Red Sox emerge as clear favorites to land the left-handed ace.

Meanwhile, in the Boston Herald, Michael Silverman …

Giants Rumors & News

Well, we’ve had the 19-0 shirts. Now, we have a commemorative 19-0 book you can already buy from Amazon.

This was written by the Boston Globe.

I don’t know about you guys, but all of this “assumption” of 19-0 is starting to tick me off. Yes, the Patriots SHOULD win. If, however, the Giants pull off the upset crap like this will make it even sweeter.

Major kudos to Ryan, a Cowboys fan who was aggravated enough by this to send it along. So, we get to be mad at the Patriots and learn that not all Cowboys’ fans are evil at the same time. How about that?

Sather Wants the Moon for Malik

Rangers Rumors & News

Credit Larry Brooks of the New York Post for confirming this morning what we all had assumed: That in the wake of his public dust-up with coach Tom Renney, Marek Malik is indeed on the trade block and in fact is being aggressively shopped by GM Glen Sather.

I must admit, my oatmeal went down a bit funny when I read this line from Brooks’ report:

Sather, we’re told, is demanding the equivalent of a top-four defenseman in return for Malik, who carries a cap charge of approximately $950,000 the remainder of the way for this, the final season of his contract.

While there is widespread interest around the league in Malik, no GM has been willing to meet Sather’s requirement for making a deal.

Well I should certainly hope not! Honestly, what’s Slats thinking here? You may have been able to pass Malik off as a top-four defenseman a year or two ago when he was playing every game with Michal Rozsival on the team’s top defensive pair, but during …

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Wagner: Mets Are Third-Place Team

Mets Rumors & News

If you’re a fan of SNY’s Mets Hot Stove Report, be sure to tune in tonight when the network’s Kevin Burkhardt talks with Mets closer Billy Wagner. Not surprisingly, Wagner has a few words that are more than a little provocative.

According to Matt Cerrone’s MetsBlog, Wagner tells Burkhardt that he would rank both the Phillies and Braves ahead of the Mets as the NL East stands today.

That’s right, Mets fans, no “team to beat” words of bravado from Billy the Kid. Instead, expect no better than a third place finish, so says your closer.

If you recall, earlier this offseason Wagner got himself all bent out of shape over the departures of Tom Glavine and Paul Lo Duca. Now he wants to antagonize a fan base that is looking for leadership and heart from its veterans following the team’s pathetic September belly flop. Enough already.

Honestly, I had seen and heard enough from this clown since the moment he put on a Mets …

Marek Malik: The Plot Thickens

Rangers Rumors & News

Who would’ve thought Marek Malik would be worth this much ink? Or bandwidth, as the case may be.

Following the defenseman’s mysterious vanishing act, the subsequent revelation that the defenseman had been disciplined for refusing to shake his head coach’s hand, and the trade rumors that have swirled in the controversy’s wake, it now appears that Malik was back on the ice today for practice in anticipations of tomorrow’s matchup with Carolina.

What does it all mean? Should we consider the team’s “internal matter” over and done with? I don’t know. It stands to reason that it’s tough to trade a guy unless he’s able to showcase his stuff on the ice (though in Malik’s case it might more closely resemble a broom closet than a showcase). In any event, it’ll be interesting to see if the naughty neanderthal is in uniform tomorrow night against the Hurricanes. I would guess not, but you never know…

UPDATE from the go-to blogger, the Journal News’ …

Brady Is Good To Go

Giants Rumors & News


The Pats arrived in Arizona on Sunday, and star QB Tom Brady’s injured ankle became the central focus. Don’t worry, Pats fans. Your QB is fine and will start in Super Bowl XLII.

Evidently, Brady entered a Sunday night news conference sans boot, without any discernible limp, and declared himself ready to go.

Tough luck, Big Blue.

Williams doing a slow burn

Yankees Rumors & News

Bern, Baby, Bern!

That’s John Sterling’s home run call from days gone by when the ex-Yankee great was hitting home runs in pinstripes. It’s appropriate to recall today, since burning is pretty much what Bernie Williams is doing these days when he thinks about the Yankees and Brian Cashman.

Remember last spring, when Bernie wanted to play, and wanted a guaranteed contract to do so? All the Yankees offered him was a Spring Training invite and no guarantees.

GM Brian Cashman re-opened this wound with comments a couple of nights ago. From Peter Abraham’s LoHud Yankees Blog.

Speaking at William Paterson University in New Jersey at an event with Theo Epstein, Cashman said Williams spent too much time with his music career “and that took away from his play” on the field.

Cashman said Williams had a “terrible season” in 2005 and that former manager Joe Torre was wrong to play Williams as often as he did in 2006 because better players were available.

Williams took offense to that.

“I don’t think he has any basis …

Rangers Look to Deal Defensemen

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers likely have been shopping defenseman Marek Malik since last week’s spat between him and head coach Tom Renney, but if the veteran d-man is shipped out, reports are that the team would like to add another defenseman as well.

Malik, who will be an unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season, is in Renney’s doghouse since refusing to shake his hand after being benched in last Tuesday’s victory against the Atlanta Thrashers.

Speculation that he will be moved has run rampant ever since. Now, according to the New York Post, general manager Glen Sather is reluctant to move his oft-benched defenseman unless he gets another blue liner in return or is able to pick one up in an additional deal.

The Rangers have been linked to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the papers for weeks. Heavy hitting Adam Foote is the most likely defenseman to be moved from that team, but 25-year-old Rostislav Klesla is another possible player available in …

Analyzing Eli’s improvement

Giants Rumors & News

Peter King of wrote an interesting piece the other day detailing his theories for Eli Manning’s resurgence during the playoffs.

Let’s look at King’s theories. I’ll add some thoughts of my own, as well.

1. Plaxico Burress is practicing, and his chemistry with Manning is better than ever.

I believe this very strongly. Burress is the big play-maker in the Giants’ passing attack, and there were plenty of times during the season you could see these two were a little off. Plenty of times Burress couldn’t quite get open, or couldn’t quite get to the spot where Manning thought he would be. Now that Burress — torn ankle ligament and all — is practicing, you see the results on the field. More creativity, and sharper passes.

2. Steve Smith has become the reliable third receiver the Giants have never been able to develop in Sinorice Moss.

King puts it this way: In the last four games, Smith has 12 catches for 131 yards. That’s nine fewer than Moss in his 13 regular-season games. …

Coughlin: Nobody remembers Super Bowl loser

Giants Rumors & News

Tom Coughlin has pushed lots of right buttons this seasons, delivering messages his players have taken to heart.

Now, TC is telling the Giants they had better be in it to win it, when it comes to Sunday’s Super Bowl.

“It helps to get us to focus what the main thing is: You’re not going out there just to play a game, you’re going out there to win a game,” said David Tyree. “We’ve had the wisdom of (Michael) Strahan and (Amani) Toomer, who have been there before, to express to us who haven’t been there before that it really [stinks] to lose it. It’s really nice, all the hoopla that goes along with going, but when you lose, it completely deflates your bubble. We going down there with a humble mentality. We know what we’re up against. We’re going out to Arizona to win a game.”

(– Read more of Ed’s Giants’ coverage at Big Blue View.)

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Bedard Traded to Seattle (Or Not)

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UPDATE: Is Orioles owner Peter Angelos holding up the deal?

Sources are reporting that Seattle Mariners super prospect Adam Jones has been pulled from winter ball and is on his way back to the U.S. to take a physical in Baltimore. Presumably the highly-touted outfielder has been dealt to the O’s in exchange for Baltimore’s lefty ace Erik Bedard. Via Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times:

Adam Jones has left his Venezuelan Winter League team and flies to Baltimore tomorrow morning to take a physical so he can be dealt to the Orioles in exchange for pitcher Erik Berdard. No word yet on how many players going Baltimore’s way.

Baker also has got some quotes from Jones, who spoke to a reporter from Diario Panorama in Venezuela today.

On the actual deal itself: “(Bill Bavasi) called me yesterday and told me the news. I’ve got to go to Baltimore tomorrow morning and handle things there. I’m the centerpiece of the deal on the Mariners side. It’s an honor to get traded for such …

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