I just finished reading the full transcript of what Ryan Braun said in his press conference with reporters this morning. A media session that lasted 30 minutes and yielded anything of substance. You can read the full Q&A here, but don’t expect much in the way of answers to the questions that were posed to him. Why did you lie? “Obviously I’ve been through a lot and as I expressed in my statement that I […]
Free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz had to be heartened by Jhonny Peralta‘s $53 million deal, as Cruz is the better of these two Biogenesis-connected players, writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. It shouldn’t come as a shock that, according to sources, Cruz is said to seek about $75 million over four years. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise, either, that there are plenty of interested teams, among them the Mariners, Athletics, Mets and his old Rangers team. The Phillies are another that showed early interest but […]
When asked by Jon Heyman if he had checked in with the Brewers to discuss Ryan Braun, Mets GM Sandy Alderson joked and said, “If you could count a four-word sentence as checking.” When Heyman pressed for more details, Sandy replied that the entire extent of his discussion with the Brewers slugger was, ”What’s up with Braun?” Click. That’s it, that’s the entirety of all the hubbub. There was no discussion, no negotiation, and certainly no […]
One can’t get a louder denial of the irresponsible and totally bogus report of the New York Mets discussing Ryan Braun than today’s announced deal for Chris Young. That’s the restaurant equivalent of thinking about Morton’s for dinner, but settling for McDonald’s. Actually, the best thing that could happen to the Mets is Young failing his physical to void the one-year, $7.25 million deal. You read that correctly. That’s a lot of money for a career .235 hitter with a […]
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York shared his insights on the Mets Hot Stove season on the Shots From Shea podcast on Wednesday. A great podcast featuring our own Ed Marcus and the great Steve Keane from the Kranepool Society. Some of things that were discussed included the Mets being in the New York market and not being able to afford two players earning $100 million, at the same time which will keep them out […]
We had a little stir this morning in our comment threads over something that was reported at MetsBlog regarding a post entitled, Brewers more likely to trade Ryan Braun than Norichika Aoki. The article leads off like this… There is a better chance the Brewers trade OF Ryan Braun for Mets 1B Ike Davis than deal OF Norichika Aoki, according to people familiar with the team’s thinking. I was hoping for a link to something that supported that statement and after a […]
The 2013-2014 offseason features a deep class of quality talent ripe for the picking of any team willing to spend. Based upon GM Sandy Alderson’s comments at year’s end as well as the Mets reported discussions, it appears clear that the major focus is to acquire at least two position players: a shortstop and an outfielder. Conveniently enough, there are two free agents on the market capable of filling each of those positions with great […]
Andy Martino reports that the Milwaukee Brewers are unlikely to trade outfielder Norichika Aoki, according to a major-league executive familiar with the situation. This disputes what Joel Sherman reported on Friday and actually makes a lot more sense to me… Worse yet was the notion that if they would trade him, they’d do it for Ike Davis… Cough, cough, cough… Ain’t happening… Original Post 11/9 Joel Sherman of the New York Post speculated that Norichika Aoki could […]
Could Michael Cuddyer join his best friend David Wright in Flushing? As we continue our quest for a winning team, we look at acquiring an outfielder. To begin with, it sounds easier than it really is. In July, teams traded their players – Alex Rios, Michael Morse, Justin Maxwell – because their chances of competing were slim. So, you trade today for a shot at tomorrow, theoretically. However, trading a star player is not easy. […]
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