Spring training officially started today, which was a nice counterweight to getting dumped by my girlfriend (keep your violins in their cases ’cause I’m used to it). Late February into March coincides with the winter blahs (except for those of you lucky enough to be in Florida already previewing our 2009 Mets-To-Be), and all baseball fans great expectations that mark the beginning of each new season, unless of course you happen to pull for the [...]
The Type A Free Agent compensation rules that have kept players like Juan Cruz and Orlando Cabrera from signing with teams this offseason may be changed. MLB and the Players Union have had discussions suggesting that Type A Free Agents may resign with their original clubs and waive the stipulation that they cannot be traded before June 15. In effect, borderline Type A Free Agents would then be a part of sign-and-trade deals. Teams have [...]
As the sun rises on Spring Training 2009, let’s see what is going on with the other teams in the NL East: Atlanta Braves: If there is a team looking to keep Ken Griffey Jr. from returning to Seattle, it could be the Atlanta Braves. They were considering Bobby Abreu before he signed with the Angels. They are looking for a veteran outfielder to split time in LF and to sign reasonably cheap. Griffey does [...]
The Performance enhancing beast does not go away. Former all-star shortstop of the Houston Astros, Miguel Tejada is expected to plead guilty in court to charges that he lied to the House Oversight Committee about knowledge that another teammate with the Oakland A’s used steroids. The alleged infraction happened in 2005 when he was called to speak in front of the House. The FBI also believes that he purchased HGH from the same teammate [...]
With no major signings since yesterday, it is time to evaluate where MLB free agents 6-10(as ranked by ESPN) stand. 6. Orlando Cabrera: I find it curious that declining shortstop Edgar Renteria got a two-year, $18 million contract, yet his perpetual rival, the steady Orlando Cabrera, is not signed. His price has reportedly fallen to $6 million and the Oakland A’s are showing interest. They have not offered a contract yet, but they will. [...]
First let me introduce myself, which I probably should have done on my first post(Oh well). My name is Sach Chandan and I am a recent addition to the beat writing staff here at MetsMerized. My focus is on news from around the League. Today and tomorrow, I will be looking at the top ten free agents remaining after the signing of Oliver Perez. Today is 1-5 as ranked by ESPN. 1. Manny Ramirez: Enough [...]
A recent USA Today article discusses the proverbial winners and losers of the 2008-09 offseason. Obviously the signing period is not over and the rankings could change depending on where major free agents like Manny Ramirez, Adam Dunn, and Ben Sheets sign. Of note to Met fans are the ranking that the team garnered at #2. Let Bob Nightengale explain: The Mets decided to do something to change their gags of the last two Septembers. [...]
According to 1050 ESPN the Mets will be meeting with Scott Boras who represents both Oliver Perez and Derek Lowe. The NY Post confirms that Omar Minaya and Scott Boras will have lunch together on Wednesday. Here is what ESPN originally posted on their blog: A source says while in New York, Scott Boras will hold a face-to-face meeting with Mets executives to discuss Derek Lowe and Oliver Perez. Boras is in New York today [...]
“Tickets are too expensive.” “The Mets are not thinking about families.” “Those prices are outrageous.” Those are the number one complaints that I get from Mets fans every time I write about tickets. To be honest, I think people are in an uproar over nothing. The Mets have taken every step to try to keep prices as low as possible for everyone. The only thing I can ask is, have you really checked out the [...]
What a season this has been… It has taken 161 games just to get to this point, and it will take just one more game to figure out if this season was a disappointment or a huge success. After yesterday’s heroic performance by Johan Santana, we now turn to “Big Game” Ollie in one of the biggest starts of his young career. Going on three days rest for the first time since Game 7 (sorry I had to [...]
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