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Who Are These PTBNL From Milwaukee?

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors reports that Brewers GM Doug Melvin told Jim Memolo and Mel Antonen of MLB Network Radio that the list of five minor league players the Mets will choose from in September does not include the Brewers’ “top top guys,” but they are “players that could play in the big leagues.” It really doesn’t […]

The Closing Situation Post K-Rod

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Now that Francisco Rodriguez is in Milwaukee the Mets are in need of a closer. Bobby Parnell and his 100 mph fastball appear to be the most obvious choice, but I wouldn’t be so quick to bestow the ninth inning on the inconsistent righty. Parnell has been tremendous since returning from the disabled list in late May (1.56 ERA). […]

Alderson’s First Coup, The Beard, NBC Cuts Francesa, Play For DH in World Series

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Sandy Alderson has received accolades to date more for what everyone anticipates him doing versus actual accomplishments. The front office was able to find some gems this offseason that have paid off. Pedro Beato, Jason Isringhausen, Chris Capuano, and Ronny Paulino are all important contributors for less than $4 million dollars. That was the sandbox, now comes the deep end […]

Yankees Need Bullpen Help

Friday, July 8th, 2011

One of my Yankees concerns is overworking the bullpen. David Robertson has been great, but the injury to Mariano Rivera shouldn’t be taken lightly. Yes, they probably made a big deal about it to justify Mo bowing out of the All Star Game, but Joe Girardi has been using both Rivera and Robertson heavily this season. […]

Mets Historically Don’t Get Value in Deadline Sales

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

So you’re a proponent of the Mets trading their best assets? Send Carlos Beltran, Jose Reyes, and Francisco Rodriguez to the highest bidder? Excited about the possible return? Don’t get too excited, because historically the Mets have never been good sellers at the deadline. Take a look. 1992: The Mets sent David Cone post trade […]

The Killer K’s?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

We reported the Yankees interest in Kerry Wood a couple of weeks ago. I can confirm the Yankees are not only looking at Wood (currently on the DL with a blister), but are seriously considering Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez. What the Mets would ask for in return is unknown, but considering the salary relief that […]

Media Rants, Deion Sanders, Yanks Pitching

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Last weekend, I was listening to WFAN one evening and one specific caller caused me to take note, as I could not believe what I was hearing. Now, normally one oddball call to the FAN wouldn’t cause me to react with perplexed bewilderment, especially one during the overnight, when the oddities of New York society […]

What to Make of K-Rod

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

The concern about Francisco Rodriguez shouldn’t just be the vesting option of $17.5 million dollars, but what kind of closer the Mets will have if he reaches his games finished incentive. Going into tonight’s action at Citi Field, K-Rod has eight saves and a 1.26 ERA. Despite those solid numbers, he’s yet to retire the […]

The Best Rivalry in Baseball

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Imagine the passed-down hatred of Red Sox-Yankees, plus the shared birthplace of Dodgers-Giants, plus the evenly split crowd and alcohol-fueled noise of Florida-Georgia (at least, when it was the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party), plus the tight quarters and rabid fans of a Duke-North Carolina game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, plus the season-defining possibilities of […]

Who Will Close For the Mets in 2011?

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The more I hear about Francisco Rodriguez‘s court case, the more I believe there is a good chance he serves jail time. Remember, many didn’t believe Plaxico Burress would ultimately land behind bars, but when you have a high profile athlete, a DA with something to prove and media exposure, conventional wisdom is thrown out […]