Archive for July 2008


Thursday, July 31st, 2008
Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

Any hopes that Yankee or Met fans had of Mark Teixeira signing with either New York club this offseason took a major hit when the Angels acquired the switch-hitting first baseman earlier this week.
Despite some very hefty contracts and big names coming off the books for both New York locals, expect the Angels to lock up Teixeira, the big bat they had desperately coveted.
Teixeira, who is a .285 career hitter, has had 4 straight years of 30 homers and 100 RBI, has won 2 gold gloves and is still relatively young at 28 years of age.
While the Angels will have their own critical free agent decisions to make after the 2008 season, such as Vladimir Guerrero, Garret Anderson, John Garland, Francisco Rodriquez, and John Lackey, I still expect them to ante up in what will be a bidding war for Teixeira.  When the Angels included the young and inexpensive 1B Casey Kotchman as part of the trade for Teixeira, they clearly showed that they are …

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

Shocking news.  Despite persistent reports that a deal was exceedingly unlikely, the Boston Red Sox have at long last traded idiot savant slugger Manny Ramirez. Manny is headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a three-way deal that will land Pittsburgh’s Jason Bay in Boston, with the Dodgers’ Andy LaRoche and Bryan Morris and Boston’s Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss headed to the Pirates.

While it doesn’t seem the Mets were ever seriously in pursuit of Ramirez (despite the urgings of this blogger), you can officially cross he and Bay off the list of available corner outfielders now.  In fact, it appears that Mets GM Omar Minaya was unable to find reinforcements of any kind on deadline day.  Disappointing to say the least.

The Yankees, meanwhile, have catapulted from pretenders to contenders in just over a week’s time.  My head is spinning.

Jets Rumors & News

I’m anticipating the Jets losing the Favre sweepstakes. I just don’t see Mangini and Tannenbaum making such a huge move when they have so much on the line in the upcoming season (their jobs). I don’t see Woody Johnson such a huge check either.

I have a deal with my subconscious. As long as I don’t try to interfere I’m allowed to identify my defense mechanisms as they happen. This one is most definitely rationalization. I’m rationalizing why the Jets should leave Favre alone. I’ve thought it over, I’ve looked at it from different perspectives, I’ve talked to football players (ok, ex high school football players but whatever), and I’ve watched lots and lots of Sports Center. I’ve come up with not just a reason, but as far as I can see, the only reason Mangini should not want Favre on his team.

Brett Favre is on the cover of Madden 09 and thus… he… is… cursed.

For those of you …

Randolph Morris to the Hawks

Knicks Rumors & News

Randolph Morris, who played in only 23 games in his two seasons with the New York Knicks, signed a two-year deal worth about $1.7 million with his hometown, Atlanta Hawks yesterday. The 6’11”, 260-pound big man became the first player in NCAA history to play in the NCAA tournament and NBA in the same week. Morris, decided to declare for the 2005 NBA draft as a freshman but did not sign with an agent. After going undrafted he returned to the University of Kentucky and was forced to sit out the first 14 games of his sophomore season. The NBA’s(CBA) did not allow Morris to re-enter the draft. As a junior, he was considered a free agent and could sign with a NBA team at seasons end. In his final season with the Wildcats he averaged 16.1 pounds, pulled down 7.8 rebounds, blocked 2.1 shots and shot 59% from the field in 34 games. He was also named …

Fantasy

A popular slogan used by coaches and managers throughout history is, “Defense wins championships.” In fantasy football, defense doesn’t make or break your season, but it does play a significant role in helping your team make the playoffs. The better fantasy defenses can be equivalent to even the top RB’s, which shows that they do make an important impact and should not be disregarded. When drafting a defense, there are several things an owner has to be aware of. Schedules, Special Teams Units, and age are 3 things that must be taken into account when drafting a defense.

Here are the top 15 defenses for the 2008 fantasy football season:

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets began their series with the Marlins with a one-game lead over Philadelphia and two games ahead of Florida. After losing two out of three, they now find themselves a half game behind the Phils and one game better than the Marlins. It’s the first time the Mets have lost a series since June 23-25 against the Seattle. You can’t win ’em all. The Marlins are sloppy but it seems to work for them. There was a rumor that the 1972 Miami Dolphins were in attendance, and when the Mets won the second game, ensuring neither team would go undefeated in the series, they popped open a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
Monday, Marlins 7-3: Throw Some Gasoline on That Fire, Scott
I’m getting tired of writing the words ‘bullpen meltdown.’ Joe Smith and Scott Schoeneweis blew up for five runs in the eighth inning, giving …

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

The Yankees are in it to win it this year. All it took was an 8-game winning streak and GM Brian Cashman was ready to make some moves – some serious moves. With Thursday’s 4 pm trade deadline looming Cashman seems to be working 24-7. As a result, the Yanks went from being left in the dust to serious heavyweights.

On Wednesday afternoon the Yankees traded reliever Kyle Farnsworth to the Detriot Tigers for Ivan Rodriguez. All I can say is “wow.” This is an excellent trade and Brian Cashman once again shows why he’s one of the smartest men in baseball. This is the second major trade that the Yankees have pulled off in less than a week. With less than 24 hours to go, Cash may have one more trick up his sleeve. Is that going to be Seattle’s Jarrod Washburn? We’ll find out before Thursday’s deadline.

It’s a great move and came at the right time. It addresses the catching …

Yankees Rumors & News

The Yanks are a bit pudgier than they were a day ago, addressing their hole behind the dish by acquiring Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for erratic reliever Kyle Farnsworth.  It will be Kyle’s second tour of duty with the Tigers, for whom he pitched in 2005.  Presumably, this means Brandon Inge will be seeing a ton of time at catcher for the revamped Tigers.

While the Yankees are thrilled with the job that Jose Molina has done behind the plate this season in the absence of Jorge Posada, Molina is not accustomed to playing every day, thus the need to add another catcher.  

The addition of Rodriguez is another steal for the Yanks, who acquired Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte for toenail clippings a few days ago, and today add a starting catcher in exchange for a guy many would consider addition by subtraction.

Pudge is batting .295 this season with five home runs and 32 RBIs in …

MSG demotes Steve Mills

Knicks Rumors & News

Steve Mills was replaced yesterday by Scott O’Neil as the new president of Madison Square Garden . Mills has held the title of president since he replaced Dave Checketts in 2003. His tenure has been controversial and somewhat embrassing. He was responsible for hiring Isiah Thomas and Anucha Browne Sanders. As president of basketball operations, Thomas increased the New York Knicks payroll to the highest in the league, and as head coach, he led the team to a franchise record 59 losses. Thomas was fired as coach in the spring and was replaced by former suns coach Mike D’Antoni. Donnie Walsh was hired in April to be in charge of player personnel for the Knicks.
Browne Sanders, a former top executive at the Garden, was awarded $11.5 million dollars in punitive damages after suing Thomas and MSG. She accused MSG of firing her in …

Mets Rumors & NewsYankees Rumors & News

Here are the answers to yesterday’s quiz.
1. The Yankees traded Jose Contreras to the White Sox for Esteban Loaiza in 2004.
2. The Mets received Jeff Keppinger along with Kris Benson from Pittsburgh for Ty Wigginton, Jose Bautista and Matt Peterson.
3. In 1976, the Yankees purchased Vida Blue from Oakland, but Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voided the sale “in the best interests of baseball”―he wouldn’t allow A’s owner Charlie Finley to sell off all his good players before they left for free agency after the season.
4. The Mets received pitcher Pat Zachry, along with Steve Henderson, Doug Flynn and Dan Norman for Tom Seaver in 1977.
5. On the same day as the Seaver trade, the Mets sent shortstop Mike Phillips to the Cardinals for Joel …

Yankee pitchers on road to recovery

Yankees Rumors & News

Three Yankee pitchers took small, but significant steps on their way back to good health on Tuesday. Phil Hughes (broken rib) and Carl Pavano (reconstructive elbow surgery) made their first rehab starts since their respective injuries, while Chien-Ming Wang had the cast removed from his right foot.

The 22-year-old Hughes allowed two hits and a walk in three shutout innings for Class A Charleston, while Pavano allowed a hit and a walk in two scoreless innings.

Joe Girardi said that Hughes has the best chance of the three recovering pitchers to make an impact for New York this season, though Wang could make a push to be ready in late September and for the playoffs.

A free agent at the end of the season, Pavano would certainly have motivation to return before the year is over, perhaps riding in on his white horse Roger Clemens-style to help boost the Yanks into the postseason and saving a little face after wasting four years and $40 million. But if I’m the …

FantasyGiants Rumors & News

The Tight End position in football is one of the more underrated spots in a fantasy football team. Over the past few years, top tier TE’s have been putting up Wide Receiver type numbers. It may be worth it to draft a top 5 TE over a WR who’s rated in the 20-25 area of his position. It is also important to grab one of the better TE’s because there is a lack of depth at this position. Last year, the number 6 ranked TE had 53 more fantasy points (According to Yahoo! Sports scoring system) than the number 7 ranked TE.

Here are the top 15 TE for the 2008 fantasy season:

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