Archive for March 3rd, 2008

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Knight shines on the Giants

Giants Rumors & News

According to published reports, Sammy Knight is officially a Giant.

Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger says the contract is a three-year, $5.15 million dollar deal including a $1.25 million signing bonus.

The Giants are, as you would expect, saying they are thrilled to have Knight.

“We’re excited to have a veteran of Sammy’s caliber joining our secondary,” GM Jerry Reese said in the team’s release. “We were attracted to how smart he plays and how productive and physical he plays. We think he will thrive in our defensive schemes. He brings a lot of leadership to the team, especially to the secondary, and he is a real pro.”

Knight spent last season playing for the Jaguars. So, here’s the lowdown on the 11-year veteran from Chris, the fine Jacksonsville blogger for Big Cat Country.

Jacksonville began the 2007 season with a bit of a problem at Strong Safety. We released Donovin Darius who was just not himself after an injury the previous season and Gerald Sensabaugh was injured and out for the …

Robertson Trade Is Off

Jets Rumors & News

According to Fox Sports, the deal that would have sent Dewayne Robertson to the Cincinnati Bengals for two draft picks has been scuttled, presumably because the Bengals could not agree on a contract extension with the defensive tackle.

Earlier today, it looked as if Robertson would be following Jonathan Vilma out the door, however, now it appears Team Tangini will have to look elsewhere if they’re set on shipping out the former fourth overall pick.

Jets Sign Pace, Woody

Jets Rumors & News

Sources are now reporting that the Jets have also agreed to terms with offensive lineman Damien Woody. According to WFAN, the deal is for five years, $25 million with $11 million guaranteed. Pinch me.

Gang Green’s offseason spending spree continues as ESPN’s Len Pasquarelli is reporting that the Jets have agreed to terms with DE/LB Calvin Pace on a six-year, $42 million contract. The deal includes a $20 million signing bonus with $22 million in guaranteed money.

Pace began his career as a defensive end before moving to linebacker for the ’07 Arizona Cardinals’ 3-4 front.

Mets Rumors & News

Even before Carlos Delgado flew to New York for an MRI and was diagnosed with an impingement in his hip, Mets fans had plenty of reason to be concerned about their veteran first baseman. Delgado’s .258 AVG, 24 homers, and 87 RBI in ’07 were the lowest totals of his career as a regular player in the major leagues. You have to go back to the 1995 season in which Delgado appeared in just 37 games for the Blue Jays to find a less productive offensive year for the formerly-feared slugger.

Not only did Delgado’s bat look slow last season, his pitch recognition deteriorated to the point where he seemed to be guessing on every swing. And while the prideful veteran supposedly spent the offseason rehabbing from surgery and concentrating on adjustments he can make at the plate this season, early returns this spring have not been encouraging. I’m no scout, but during a spring training contest last week even I could recognize Delgado’s …

Mets Shopping Sosa, Schoeneweis

Mets Rumors & News

A little more than a week ago, HSNY took a look at the state of the Mets bullpen, and noted that a crowded field left little room for guys like Joe Smith and Steve Register. Evidently, Mets management has taken note of the same dilemma, as the Daily News is reporting today that GM Omar Minaya is shopping both Scott Schoeneweis and Jorge Sosa around the league. Schoeneweis is owed $7.2 million through 2009 and the Mets would likely have to pick up some of that salary in any transaction. Sosa is making $2 million in the final year on his deal.

Writes Adam Rubin on his blog, Surfing the Mets:

What would opening a bullpen spot or two do? Well, it could make room for Mike Pelfrey, perhaps initially as a long reliever, and then maybe in the rotation after two weeks if El Duque isn’t healthy since the Mets don’t absolutely need a fifth starter until the 13th day of the season.

It …

The Core of the Bore

Islanders Rumors & News

I have a doozy of a question: What does 139 shots mean? You guessed it; the amount of shots the Islanders have had in their last 3 losses. But can you tell me how many goals they have scored on those 139 shots? No, you guessed too high. Again that’s too high. Go lower. Even lower than that. You’re almost there…. Correct, they have scored 3 goals! Thats an amazing rate of 1 goal per 46 shots.

The Islanders can be summed up into 1 player: Andy Hilbert. Hilbert will put forth as much as effort as any player on the ice for the duration of the game. He will get countless opportunities to score a goal, but he can never seem to put the puck in the back of the net. That is the Islanders. A team of hard workers and grinders but no legitimate playmakers.

The Islanders yesterday, made Florida Panthers goaltender Craig Anderson look like the second coming of Patrick Roy. Throwing 53 shots at the net, the Islanders came up with less than …

Robertson Follows Vilma Out the Door

Jets Rumors & News

What’s not to love about this Jets’ offseason? Just a few days after the acquisition of Kris Jenkins made DT Dewayne Robertson obsolete on the defensive line, the Jets have shipped their former fourth overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for a fourth- and fifth-round pick in the ’08 draft.

The deal is contingent on the completion of a new contract for Robertson.

Much like the recently-departed Jonathan Vilma, Robertson was never an ideal fit for Eric Mangini’s 3-4 defense, and will likely excel in Cincy’s 4-3 scheme.

JetsCentral points out that the team now holds three fourth-round picks in the upcoming draft. In recent years, Jerricho Cotchery (2004), Kerry Rhodes (2005), Brad Smith (2006) and Leon Washington (2006) were all nabbed with fourth-round selections.

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