Archive for May 8th, 2008

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Pagan to Miss DL, Day-to-Day

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets suffered a scary moment on Wednesday when outfielder Angel Pagan went over the side wall at Dodger Stadium. Pagan chased down a foul ball, and after he caught it, his momentum carried him over the wall, jarring his left shoulder on a seat.

Pagan remained in the game, and drove in an RBI, before aggravating the shoulder on a slide into second base.

Pagan had an MRI this morning which turned up negative. Officially Pagan is day-to-day with a left shoulder strain. Pagan was the main spark the Mets got off to a hot start this season, but was relegated to a reserve role when Moises Alou returned from the disabled list.

I’m glad Pagan isn’t going to miss much time. Aside from no one wants to see a player hurt, I really like Pagan’s style of play. He’s not afraid to sacrifice his body to make the play (obviously), and is very aggressive at the at the plate and on the bases. Sometimes we get caught in the “business of baseball”, …

On the Farm – May 8th

Mets Rumors & News

Every Thursday, here on Hot Stove New York, we will take a look at Mets of the future, and how they are fairing in their respective minor league seasons.

One time top prospect Mike Carp has gotten lost in the shuffle. After taking the Florida State League by storm in 2006 (.286/17/87), Carp struggled when he reached Double-A ball. His power disappeared (11 home runs), and his average dropped over 30 points (.251). Well this is a new year, and Carp again is beginning to look like the heir appearent to Carlos Delgado. Through 33 games, Carp is batting .339 with 6 home runs and 23 RBI’s. It’s still too early to hand the job to Carp in the coming years, but it’s something worth keeping an eye on.

Top prospect Fernando Martinez has had his challenged at Double-A. The nineteen year-old center fielder has hit .250 with only one home run and twelve RBI’s. At 19, he might be playing out of his league, but there’s no doubt about Martinez’s ability. Once …

Rangers Rumors & News

And now presenting our third and final episode of Thoughts On a Failed Season, in which we’ll take a look at the Rangers’ salary cap situation and project what this team might look like next September.

Be sure to check out Parts I & II for the rest of our analysis.

I’m no salary cap expert, but I’ll do my best. The cap ceiling this season was set at $50.3 million and reportedly is set to rise to roughly $55 million next season. The Rangers have 13 players under contract for next year for approx. $36.36M. They are: Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Petr Prucha, Brandon Dubinsky, Blair Betts, Henrik Lundqvist, Christian Backman, Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Fedor Tyutin, Ryan Callahan, Ryan Hollweg and Colton Orr.

So that leaves us roughly $19 million with which to play. In Part II of this breakdown I predicted the return of restricted free agents Nigel Dawes (950k cap hit) and Freddy Sjostrom (900k), as well as UFAs Jason Strudwick …

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