Archive for July 2nd, 2008


Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

In need of an emergency starter during the double-header against the Mets last week the Yankees went with Sidney Ponson. Ponson couldn’t have pitched much better and picked up the win as the Yanks topped the team from Queens 9-0.

The Yankees would have been better off winning that game 9-8 as the unlikely success of Ponson just leadthe team into thinking they had a halfway reliable starter in the 31-year-old pitcher. But they didn’t, Ponson shut the Mets out and the Bombers thought they had another Aaron Small or Shawn Chacon.
But they don’t, they have a 260 pound pitcher who’s been cut more times than a homeless guy living underneath the Triborough Bridge. The Yankees would have been better off starting Dan Giese or even the other recently released pitcher Chacon.
Instead they decided to stick it out with Ponson. The result was a wasted lead in the sixth inning tonight against the Texas Rangers when his lifeless fastball lead to a four run …

Jets Rumors & News

So this isn’t a huge shocker. Brett Favre is thinking about playing football next year. As reported by ESPN, Favre contacted the Packers about possibly joining the team at training camp. I’ve been waiting for this announcement since Favre made his teary-eyed farewell. The timing is interesting though. The Pack is set to go with Aaron Rodgers taking the snaps and Favre coming back would put the Pack in an awkward position. Let’s just say the Packers decide to stick with Rodgers and release Favre which is probably what they’ll do if they’re really trying to usher in a new era. Madness will ensue… teams will be scrambling to try and sign him. His agent better have two Blackberries, an iphone, and some damn dexterous fingers for all the text messages he’s about to send.

I can think of a few teams where Favre would be a great fit. He’d be perfect backing up the constantly injured …

Rangers Acquire Zherdev, Fritsche for Tyutin, Backman

Rangers Rumors & News

According to TSN, the New York Rangers have traded defensemen Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche.

Now that’s what I’m talking about.

Zherdev is a 23-year-old Russian right wing, drafted by Columbus in 2003 with the 4th overall pick.  After a breakout ’05-’06 season in which the sniper recorded 27 goals and 27 assists, Zherdev was a bit of enigma to the Jackets in ’06-’07 when he scored just 10 goals and finished with 32 points.  The kid’s slump was short-lived, however, as he bounced back last season, recording 26 goals and 35 assists.  

Without question, Zherdev is the first-line scoring wing that the team so desperately sought to partner with center Scott Gomez.  Does this mean the end of the Jaromir Jagr Era on Broadway?  It sure looks that way, though the team technically still has the cap space to squeeze Jagr in – that is, if his feelings aren’t too badly hurt.

It certainly …

Rangers Rumors & News

Marian Hossa is a Detroit Red Wing and I’m confused. According to TSN, Hossa agreed to one-year, $7.4 million contract today to join the defending Cup champs – the same Cup champs who ironically downed Hossa’s own Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals. The figure is evidently the most that the Wings organization is willing to pay a player, as they are committed to keeping Nicklas Lindstrom as the highest paid player on their roster. I guess Jaromir was on to something with that whole money and respect thing…

This is a baffling development to me. For starters, it’s unusual to see a team drop this amount of coin on a superstar player on the heels of bringing home the Stanley Cup. Moreover, I had heard nary a whisper of Detroit’s involvement in these negotiations before this news broke. Here’s what we did know: Pittsburgh was interested in retaining Hossa and had offered the winger a highly competitive …

Avery Signs $16M Deal with Dallas

Rangers Rumors & News

Update: TSN says four years, $15.5 million.
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Sean Avery is strapping on his spurs and heading to Dallas, where the Stars have agreed to lavish the professional pest with a four-year, $16 million deal.  While it seems the Rangers were interested in bring Avery back, GM Glen Sather was unwilling to come anywhere near that exorbitant figure.  As I’ve stated in the past, Avery is a guy who was denied his petition for a $2.6 million annual salary in arbitration last offseason and was instead awarded a one-year, $1.9 million pact.  The notion that the diminutive winger is worth anywhere near $4 million annually is absurd, regardless of the Rangers’ win-loss record with and without him. Speaking of which, that win-loss record might not be so stark were Avery in the lineup every day.  Avery missed a whopping 25 games last season due to injury.

We’ll miss you around here, Sean.  Hell, I made a t-shirt design in your honor.  But as we noted here yesterday, …

Knicks Rumors & News

As the first day of NBA free agency kicked off, twenty-five year old point guard Chris Duhon met with Knicks officials in Westchester. He was offered a two year deal worth more than $7 million.

“Chris has the same interest as they do,” his agent, Kevin Bradbury said. “He sat down with Mike D’Antoini and talked philosophy. He has shown the ability to distribute the ball, but he can also shoot from the perimeter. He hasn’t always been allowed to do that. His defense, of course, everybody knows about. That’s unquestioned.”

At first I questioned the move, with other point guards on the market such as Keyon Dooling, Sebastian Telfair, Carlos Arroyo and Jason Williams, there’s the possibility of trading for Raymond Felton, Kyle Lowry, or Steve Blake. Landing Monta Ellis was a huge long-shot and with Baron Davis signing with the Los Angeles Clippers that dream is over. I would have liked to have seen the Knicks draft Jerryd Bayless or D.J Augustine to fill their point …

The Zen of Keith Hernandez

Mets Rumors & News

Keith Hernandez is an MVP, two-time World Series winner and 11-time Gold Glover. He’s kissed Elaine Benes and does goofy commercials with Walt Frazier. And he’s settling in nicely in his third year at SNY. Whether he’s calling Nationals relief pitcher Jon Rauch a wookie or teaching us about Brezhnev and the Politburo, Hernandez is the most entertaining announcer in baseball. He’s the perfect partner to go along with Gary Cohen (the true professional) and Ron Darling (the intellectual).
His knowledge of the game is unmatched, but what makes him the best is his unfiltered mind. He apparently doesn’t use the “cough button” on his mike. He can get into trouble as he did two years ago when he spotted a woman in the San Diego Padres’ dugout, who unknown to him was part of their training staff, and stated “Women don’t belong in the dugout.” Or maybe even peeve off his …

Mets Rumors & News

The Mets had a scare last night against the Cardinals when hard-luck relief pitcher Duaner Sanchez took a line drive off his left knee.  With two outs in the eighth inning, Yadier Molina hit a come-backer that ricocheted off Sanchez’s knee toward third base.  David Wright fielded the ball, retiring Molina at first, while Sanchez, unable to get up, laid on the ground in pain.

“I was in pain right away,” Sanchez said. “I tried to get up, and I just couldn’t.”

After a few minutes, Sanchez limped to the dugout, and was replaced by Billy Wagner to open the ninth, who retired the Cardinals in order, preserving the Mets 7-4 victory.

After the game Sanchez said his knee was sore, but he thinks he’ll be okay. That’s a sigh of relief for the Mets as Sanchez has become a key in the Mets bullpen, going 3-0 with a 3.79 ERA.

Sanchez is no stranger to injury.  The reliever missed almost a year-and-a-half with shoulder injuries after getting into a taxi cab accident …

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