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Posted on: June 9, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: June 9, 2011 11:32 am

Pepper: Reyes a fit for BoSox; Guillen draft saga

What is the reason behind so many near no-hitters recently? Will the Red Sox improve to 6-0 this season at Yankee Stadium? Matt Snyder joins Lauren Shehadi with the answers.

By Evan Brunell

REYES TO RED SOX? Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron calls Jed Lowrie "solid" and Marco Scutaro "pretty good" -- "but the talent [Reyes] possesses is very intriguing," he says.

Cameron, who was teammates with Reyes a few seasons ago and still keeps in touch, believes the shortstop could be a major part of a Boston squad looking to win the World Series.

"It's a different animal here [with the Red Sox]," Cameron said. "In Boston, there's one team there and the primary focus is nothing else but [a freaking] title. [But] I think they would love him because of the way he plays. Just the energy, man."

Reyes is an impending free agent, and with Lowrie, Scutaro and top prospect Jose Iglesias in the fold, it's difficult to imagine the Red Sox striking for Reyes. However, if the money and inclination is there, it's tough to deny that Reyes would provide an immediate boon to Boston. (New York Post)

One question, though: is investing in Reyes really a good idea? Vince Gennaro, a baseball economics author, says it would be foolhardy for the Mets -- or any other team for that matter -- to invest big dollars in a player having a career year.

"The odds that this is the new Jose Reyes and that he's going to have a five-year run that even remotely resembles this are minuscule," Gennaro said. "But that's not where the [New York] fan base is going to come from. They're going to look at this as one more sign, if he gets dealt, of a lack of commitment by ownership." (Wall Street Journal)

DRAFT RESULTS: Which teams had the best drafts of the just-concluded MLB draft? Those in the know tap the Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Rays, Padres and Red Sox. (

PAY UP: Dodgers team owner Frank McCourt continues to scratch and claw to keep his team, and will be able to make June 15 payroll. That will allow him to still have the team during a court hearing on June 22 wto determine if ex-wife Jamie McCourt has a legal right to block the TV deal that would solve McCourt's financial problems. (USA Today)

: Ozzie Guillen doesn't have much patience for actor Sean Penn, who is fighting against U.S. perceptions that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is a dictator. The incredulous Guillen responded to an editorial Penn wrote recently and invited him to live in Venezuela for a year and see if his mind changes as to whether Chavez is good for the country or not. (Big League Stew)

ONEY'S BEEF: Ozzie's son, Oney, takes after his father in not being afraid to pop off. The ex-White Sox employee sarcastically tweeted that it was no surprise the White Sox drafted a black player with their first-round pick -- hinting at racial undertones of GM Kenny Williams. He later denied the claims, but it's tough to believe him especially when fellow brother Ozney went undrafted. (Chicago Sun-Times)

OZNEY'S PLIGHT: So Ozney probably won't ever play in the White Sox system if he ever enters professional baseball. Williams skated through the minefield of addressing the issue by saying he will not sign Ozney as an undrafted free agent because of the potential for distractions. In addition, Williams adds, there were no personal motivations not to draft Ozney because the White Sox can't afford to let personal issues get in the way of drafting players. (Chicago Tribune)

LOVE THE GLOVE: Remember how attached you were to your baseball glove as a kid? Well, baseball players haven't really changed. Torii Hunter inidcates he is especially fond of his gloves in a wide-ranging article dedicated to the love players show for their gloves. Hunter currently calls his glove Coco and formerly called his glove Sheila, Vanity, Susan and Delicious. He rarely lets his gloves out of sight.  "Every once in a while during batting practice, while I'm hitting, I'll turn around and look at my glove and say, 'Are you OK?' " Hunter says. "It's very personal. That glove was something that got me to the big leagues. I make a living with it." (Los Angeles Times)

NO BLOCKBUSTER: Don't expect the Phillies to make a major move at the trade deadline, GM Ruben Amaro says. Part of that is because of the quality of the club, but a bigger part has to do with the minimal dollars the Phillies have before they hit the luxury tax threshold. Skipper Charlie Manuel wants a bat, but if he gets one, it will be a complementary one. (CSN Philly)

IMPENDING PROMOTION? Lots of players are receiving the call to the majors now that the Super 2 deadline is firmly done with. But don't bet on Cubs' center fielder Brett Jackson arriving anytime soon, who is slumping after suffering a finger injury. (

TWO-FACED: Ohh, A-Rod... you just don't stop giving everyone ammunition, do you? Rodriguez signed on to be spokesperson for coconut water company Vita Coco despite investing copious amounts of money with rival Zico. "It's a hell of a lot more money than I ever invested in the company," confused Zico CEO Mark Rampolla said. (CNBC)

EASING IN: Brandon Lyon is returning to the Astros, but it will take him some time to reclaim the closer's role. (Houston Chronicle)

PAJAMA PARTY: The Rays had a pajama party Wednesday night as they prepared to leave Los Angeles. Click through for great pictures of the team. (St. Petersburg Times -- link 1, link 2, link 3)

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Posted on: June 1, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: June 1, 2011 2:06 pm

Beltran enters rumor mill with other Mets

By Matt Snyder

Not surprisingly, the trade rumors are beginning build up all around baseball as we enter June and surpass the 1/3 mark of the season. Even less surprising is how often the New York Mets are involved in the rumors, what with their payroll issues and being more than eight games out in the tough NL East already.

While there obviously might be more players included in the rumors by the end of July, things will likely center around four big-name guys. A while back, I said we should brace for "The Summer of Reyes." Of course, Jose Reyes has been playing so well, there are some calling for the Mets to give him a nice-sized contract and instead trade David Wright. Don't expect to stop hearing about Francisco Rodriguez being moved to someone for setup help, but's Danny Knobler makes a good case why it won't happen. Now, let us enter Carlos Beltran into the rumor mill.

In fact, Beltran is the most likely Mets player to be traded by the July 31st trade deadline, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports.

It makes sense, because Beltran is a free agent after the season. Morosi also mentions a clause in Beltran's contract that guards against the Mets receiving draft-pick compensation should he walk as a free agent -- meaning: If Beltran leaves as a free agent, the Mets get nothing back.

Thus, Beltran fits the mold of a rental quite well, considering he's also proven that he's healthy enough to swing the bat with authority again. Entering Wednesday, Beltran is hitting .279 with 16 doubles, eight home runs, 28 RBI, 25 runs and an .875 OPS.

Oh, and then there's the whole thing about Mets owner Fred Wilpon talking about what a big mistake the Beltran contract was. With that in mind, don't expect any resistance to a trade from Beltran, even though he's a 10-and-5 guy.

Beltran does make about $3 million per month, so the Mets might have to pick up some of the tab in order to move him, but there's probably a deal attractive enough for all parties involved to help make that happen.

Regardless of what actually will happen, it's going to be a fun rumor season as always. And we won't be able to ignore the Mets.

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Posted on: May 31, 2011 7:18 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 7:26 pm

Could Mets keep Reyes and move Wright?

By C. Trent Rosecrans

David WrightWith the Mets' financial woes and Jose Reyes becoming a free agent after the season, the conventional wisdom has been that they will either trade Reyes or let him go in free agency and collect draft picks.

That may not be the case, Adam Rubin of writes.

Citing a source "familiar with the organization's thinking," Rubin writes the team could look to trade third baseman David Wright in the offseason.

"It will be a very ticklish situation because of what David has meant to the team for so long, but that's not a concern of [general manager] Sandy [Alderson]," the source said. "There will be some capital there to spend on Reyes if they choose to go in that direction. Now, he can't obviously get monster money. If Reyes wants monster money, no, the Mets won't keep him."

Alderson is likely to listen to offers for Reyes, but the source said it'll have to be a "great deal."

One team that has been linked to Reyes is the Cincinnati Reds, who currently have light-hitting Paul Janish at shortstop. However, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds general manager Walt Jocketty hasn't had any talks with the Mets.

Wright is under team control for two more years -- earning $15 million next season with a $16 million team option for 2013. The team wouldn't trade Wright until after the season, the source told Rubin.

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Posted on: May 31, 2011 3:44 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 3:49 pm

NL All-Star balloting update: Cards lead way

By Matt Snyder

Major League Baseball has issued a press release with the first All-Star balloting update of the season, and the NL starting lineup would include three Cardinals if the voting ended right now. The leaders by position (including three outfielders, of course): Albert Pujols, Brandon Phillips, Placido Polanco, Troy Tulowitzki, Buster Posey, Ryan Braun, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman. (Full ballot update at

A few things immediately jump out:

- Jose Reyes is the most qualified candidate at shortstop, despite Tulowitzki's hot start. Reyes leads the NL in hits, doubles, triples and stolen bases and is hitting .335 with an .876 OPS. He doesn't even have half the votes Tulo does. Oh, and Jimmy Rollins (.265 with a .698 OPS) is second. At least Reyes is in third, but it's odd to see a player in New York so under-represented in the voting.

- The starter at first base has gotta be Joey Votto over Pujols. It's not even close this season. Votto is second, trailing by about 182,000 votes. Prince Fielder (third) and Ryan Howard (fourth) should also be ahead of Pujols. Remember, it's for the 2011 season.

- Speaking of which, Chase Utley is third in voting at second base.

- Dodgers outfielders Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp have very strong cases in the outfield, and they check in at spots four and five in the voting, respectively. Still, who are you going to bump between Braun, Holliday and Berkman? Maybe we can petition to move Braun to third base in order to maximize the offense?

- The biggest snub appears to be Jay Bruce. The young Reds' slugger was been an absolute man-child in May and leads the NL in home runs, RBI and total bases. He's 12th place in votes for outfielders. Looks like Reds fans need to get over to and support their team. Phillips leads at second because there aren't many good candidates, but Votto and Bruce should be starting and aren't yet in that position.

- Obviously, Posey can't start because of his season-ending injury and NL manager Bruce Bochy will name a replacement if Posey wins the voting. So the catcher voting -- at least as long as he's at the top -- is irrelevant.

Voting continues on through June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET. There will be an update on AL voting Wednesday.

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Posted on: May 30, 2011 5:40 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2011 6:23 pm

Mets' Reyes on bereavement list

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jose ReyesAlready without David Wright and Ike Davis, the Mets will be without shortstop Jose Reyes for as much as a week. Reyes was placed on the bereavement list after the death of his grandmother, Maria Trinadad Reyes, in the Dominican Republic.

Reyes is having perhaps the best season of his career, hitting .335/.382/.493, and leading the league in hits (76), doubles (17) and stolen bases (19).

"With Jose out of the lineup for a few days, we've really got to rally around each other," manager Terry Collins told "We've got to understand that it's going to take everybody that's on the bench and in that lineup to get the job done."

As good as Reyes has been to start this season, he's been even better lately, hitting .459/.474/.676 in the last eight games and .364/.421/.555 in May.

Ruben Tejada is starting at shortstop today and Willie Harris is leading off, playing third base.

The Mets activated right-hander Bobby Parnell from the disabled list (finger) to take Reyes' roster spot.

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Posted on: May 23, 2011 3:56 pm
Edited on: May 23, 2011 9:14 pm

Wright, Boras speak out on Wilpon's comments

By Evan Brunell

WilponEarlier Monday, Mets owner Fred Wilpon ripped several players in an article that ran in the New Yorker. Granted, those quotes were made in April while the Mets were busy being a mess, but that doesn't excuse Wilpon, who said third baseman David Wright, the face of the franchise, was a good player but not a superstar. Could have surprised the fanbase, as Wright has been marketed as a superstar to attract fans to the park.

He also called himself a schmuck for being suckered into Carlos Beltran's massive contract following his 2004 explosion in the postseason, as well as saying there was no way Jose Reyes would sniff a contract like Carl Crawford's seven-year, $142 million pact.

Wright chose to take the high road, declining to get into a tit-for-tat argument.

"Fred is a good man and is obviously going through some difficult times," he said in an e-mail to the New York Daily News. There is nothing more productive that I can say at this point.”

The Daily News adds that while Reyes is aware of the comments, he was "not bothered" and that his agents will not be commenting on the story. Carlos Beltran's agent, meanwhile, had different ideas. Scott Boras lashed out, saying he was surprised with the comments.

“These statements are not indicative of the Fred Wilpon I know,” Boras told the New York Post. Boras produced Beltran's statistics on the year, currently at .280/.377/.533 to dispute Wilpon's contention that the center fielder-turned-right fielder was "60 to 70 percent of what he once was." Again, Wilpon made these comments in April, when no one knew what to expect from Beltran as he moved to a new position to avoid wear and tear on the knees, plus was coming off an uninspiring 2010. But Boras also said, rightly so, that he didn't feel as if these comments should have been made.

“If you’re a member of a team or an organization and respect one another, any evaluation or internal opinion of players currently on the team should stay there,” he said. “If you want success and optimal performance, it’s best to keep those in-house.”

All this has led to uncertainty about Beltran's future in the city post-2011, as he is an impending free agent. Wilpon may not agree to bring him back, or Beltran may not be interested.

“Carlos enjoys being a Met and is excited by how well he’s doing,” Boras said. “I have always had a good relationship with Jeff [Fred's son, on the right in the photo, with Fred] and Fred. It’s up to the individual player to look at the context of the statements discussed and come up with their own opinion.”

One Met -- who probably doesn't make enough to enter Wilpon's radar -- had a suggestion for the team's owner.

"Sometimes people say things they regret," pitcher Mike Pelfrey told the New York Times. "It’s a mistake and you learn from it. Maybe next spring when we have our media workshop for the players, Fred can come and sit in on it."

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Posted on: May 7, 2011 2:42 am
Edited on: May 7, 2011 2:43 am

3 up, 3 down: Big day for Reyes


By Evan Brunell

3upJose Reyes, Mets -- Reyes sure likes his contract year, huh? The question has to be asked: how much of this is him being healthy and how much actually invested and trying -- motivated? A mixture of both, I think. He went 3 for 4, scoring two runs against the Dodgers and Hiroki Kuroda. Oh, and the three hits were a double and two triples. He's now hitting a cool .326/.377/.500. As much as I want him to stay with the Mets (long term, signing an extension), they simply have to trade him, don't they?

Athletics offense -- Oakland was able to net a 3-2 victory, but only mustered five hits and none with two. But the interesting thing is the zero strikeouts registered by anyone on the team. Yes, that's an anomaly, but it underscores how little the A's whiff; they're 22nd in baseball with 203 strikeouts. That's what Moneyball's really about; finding ways to get the best bang for your buck. The A's pioneered it with on-base percentage, kickstarted the defensive resurgence we've seen, and are now monopolizing a team who doesn't strike out. (And really, they only have one major offender with Josh Willingham's 35 punchouts. But they'll gladly pay him for his power.)

Tyler Clippard, Nationals -- Part of what I aim to do with this 3 up, 3 down series is highlight some more obscure players to give them their due. That's why Clippard beats out some honorable mentions who have already had separate articles written about. Clippard has evolved into a mixture of a long reliever while also being as good as any setup man in the game. That's an interesting -- and lethal -- combination. Now you don't need three pitchers to shut down the 7-8-9, you only need two. He went two innings Friday against Florida, striking out both sidse until Drew Storen can on in the ninth. And, scene. The outing gives Clippard a 1.29 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 21 innings pitched. That paces him for 106 innings, by the way. Last reliever to pitch that far? Steve Sparks for the Tigers in 2003. How's that for a name? Scott Proctor (102 1/3, 2006 -- thanks, Joe Torre) and Scot Shields (105 1/3, 2004) are other recent relievers to reach that mark. Proctor and Shields shined in the ERA department as well as Guillermo Mota, who tossed 105 the same year as Sparks. 

Honorable mention -- Cliff Lee's historic start with 16 Ks, Jaime Garcia's near-miss of a perfect game.

3downAndy Oliver, Tigers -- The Tigers' 2009 second-round pick had five fairly awful starts for the Tigers last season but is still a promising lefty at age 23. But down in Triple-A, he had his start Friday pushed back because of a sore hand induced on Thursday by playing with a... slingshot. Yeah, really. The early entrant for oddest injury of the year, Oliver will skip a start although Triple-A manager Phil Nevin (already?) said he could have started today if they needed him to; the soreness just gave them an excuse to do what they intend to do from time to time, which is to skip Oliver. Expect him to make a handful of starts for Detroit down the stretch, possibly quite a bit more if he keeps up his 3.64 ERA start in five starts with a 31/12 K/BB in 29 2/3 innings.

Matt Harrison, Rangers -- First, the line: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. Not awful, right? Limited his runs. But it was clearly another poor start from the lefty, who expended 119 pitches ans the Yankees beat Texas 4-1. He really should have given up a lot more, and he's got a seat that just grew a little warmer with Tommy Hunter's impending return.

Vernon Wells, Angels -- It looked like Wells was finally getting hot: he cranked a homer May 2nd and then started a four-game hit streak that included a two-hit night in six at-bats with another homer. But he couldn't keep the good times going even as the Angels edged the Indians 2-1 in 10 innings. He had an 0-for-4 night, striking out three times. He's showed enough power so far that he should be considered a factor, but his lousy plate discipline is severely hampering him.

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Posted on: May 6, 2011 10:42 am

Brace yourself for the summer of Reyes

By Matt Snyder

Remember the rampant Cliff Lee speculation? Or Jake Peavy, Alfonso Soriano (on the Nationals), Randy Johnson (Mariners) or any number of guys who you heard were going to about seven different places for months leading up to the trade deadline in recent memory?

That's going to be Jose Reyes this year. The reasons are obvious:

1. The Mets aren't likely to retain him after this season. He's a free agent, they have money issues and he's going to command a pretty big salary in the open market. Unless the Mets totally reverse course and decide to deal David Wright for a load of prospects and then re-up and build around Reyes, there's very little chance a team losing money can afford to get into a bidding war. They need all the relief they can get (thank Madoff again, Mets fans).

2. The 2011 Mets aren't going anywhere. It's early, but they're already 8 1/2 games out in the NL East. There are three far superior teams in the NL East, which means the Wild Card won't be an option either.

3. There are plenty of contenders with a hole at shortstop. Jon Heyman of offered up the Cardinals, Giants, Brewers, Red Sox, Twins and Mariners in his most recent column. Some of those make a lot of sense for varying reasons. For me, the Mariners don't. Not in the least. The others do, though. The Cardinals could use Ryan Theriot at second base and have a paper-thin infield at this point. The Giants would get a huge upgrade to what's left of Miguel Tejada. The Brewers have mortgaged the future to go after the prize this season (Prince Fielder's last in Milwaukee), so grabbing a few months of Reyes would make sense -- if they can find a package of worthy prospects to send back. Which they probably don't, but you never know. The Red Sox would be replacing Jed Lowrie/Marco Scutaro. The Twins would get a huge upgrade over Alexi Casilla, but they would need to get healthy and back in contention to even think about it. As for others? If the Braves want to upgrade from Alex Gonzalez, though I'm not sure the Mets deal within the division. What about the Tigers, if they are in the thick of the AL Central race come July? They could definitely use him at short and atop the order.

4. He's proving healthy and in his prime. Injuries have hampered Reyes for the better part of the past two seasons, but he's doing everything right now to show he's back. He's hitting .313 with a .363 on-base percentage, 19 runs, 10 doubles, three triples, one home run, 10 RBI and 11 stolen bases. He's showing good range in the field and is playing with the fire he's always had. This guy is a catch. So expect a bidding war, where the Mets can land a pretty good package back.

It's May 6. July 31 is a long way away. That's a lot of Jose Reyes talk. Just don't say I didn't warn you in mid-July when you're sick of hearing about it.

So, in my best George Costanza voice: I declare this, the summer of Reyes!

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