Last night I watched Mets Hot Stove Baseball on SNY and of course the topic of Johan Santana reared its little head. In a light-hearted moment, Kevin Burkhardt asked Ken Rosenthal to predict where the Johan Santana would end up when all was said and done. Here is what he said…
"At the risk of ruining my perfect record, I am 0 for 12 so far with my predictions… I really believe that he ends up with the Mets because they seem to have the greatest need for him."
Let’s hope he ends the season 1 for 13 with his predictions…
Meanwhile, ESPN reports that the Yankees’ Hank Steinbrenner went out of his way to refute the rumor that his team was out of the Johan Santana negotiations, shortly after they reported that the Yankees had pulled out. (Obviously, nobody knows what side is up with these negotiations!)
“There wasn’t an official offer anyway," Steinbrenner said, "You can’t withdraw something that wasn’t there. There was no official offer on the table at this time.”
*** Hey, I know how sick everybody is about the daily Johan Santana posts. Like I said last week, I will only try to post something weekly so that you know how things are going on that front.
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Scott Rolen was traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for Troy Glaus in a swap of All-Star third basemen that was finalized after both players passed physicals. It seems like the Cardinals are going be very different team than the one I had become used to. It’s hard to imagine them without Jim Edmonds and now Scott Rolen. Obviously, Tony LaRussa has no love lost for either players.
The Atlanta Braves completed a trade for center fielder Mark Kotsay, dealing reliever Joey Devine and a minor league pitcher to Oakland. Truth be told… I would rather have Andruw Jones if I were a Braves fan. This is definitely a huge downgrade in my opinion.
Our condolences go out to Don Cardwell, who helped the Miracle Mets win the 1969 World Series, died Monday in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was 72. The cause of death was not immediately known. The popular right-hander was 8-10 with a 3.01 ERA for the Mets in 1969. He also pitched a no-hitter in his career when he was with the Cubs in 1960.