Posted on: January 11, 2012 4:39 pm
Edited on: January 11, 2012 5:53 pm
By Matt Snyder
Brad Emaus' wild ride around the league continues. He has been traded from the Rockies to the Red Sox, the Rockies announced Wednesday. In return, the Red Sox will send either a player to be named later or cash considerations to the Rockies.
This marks the fourth time in just over 13 months Emaus has changed teams. He was selected by the Mets in the Rule 5 Draft Dec. 9, 2010, but then shipped back to the Blue Jays in late April. A day later, Emaus was traded to the Rockies. And now he's headed to Boston.
Emaus, a 25-year-old second baseman, hit .162/.262/.162 in very limited action for the Mets (42 plate appearances) before he was demoted -- and, per the rules of the Rule 5 Draft, shipped back to Toronto. In just 45 Triple-A games, Emaus hit .313/.389/.564 with nine homers and 28 RBI. He has a pretty good Triple-A line in what basically amounts to one minor-league season (.303/.393/.519 in 132 career games).
Expect him to provide nothing more than organizational depth for the Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia is obviously firmly locked in at second while Nick Punto and Mike Aviles can serve as infield backups.
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Posted on: March 24, 2011 8:45 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2011 9:53 pm
By Matt Snyder
Mike Stanton, Marlins. Florida's big bopper hadn't yet appeared in a spring game this season due to a quad injury. He made up for lost time Thursday in a stunning performance of his slugging prowess. He went 3-4 with two runs scored. Oh yeah, he also hit 3-run home runs in back-to-back at-bats, ending the day with seven RBI. His power is immense. Stanton hit 22 home runs last year in 359 at-bats and he was only 20. He was killing the ball in Triple-A before his call, as he had 21 bombs in just 192 at-bats. There's 40-homer potential in that bat for years to come.
Brad Emaus, Mets. The Mets' bats went nuts, scoring 16 runs on 23 hits, but the day was most significant for Emaus, as he zeroes in on the second base job vacated by Luis Castillo's dismissal. He went 4-4 with a double, home run, three runs and an RBI.
Darwin Barney, Cubs. The 25 year old is doing all he can to make Mike Quade forget about leaving Barney on the bench. He's already made the opening day roster, but is slated as a backup utility infielder with Jeff Baker all set to start at second base. Barney went 2-4 with a triple and two RBI Thursday. He also seems comfortable defensively with shortstop Starlin Castro. It would appear this is the double-play combo of the future in Wrigley, but how far in the future remains to be seen.
Clay Buchholz, Red Sox. Of the 11 runs Buchholz allowed, only six were earned, but everything was troubling about the outing. He gave up 11 hits, including a whopping four home runs, in four innings. He threw too many balls, falling behind to many hitters. The silver lining here is that the wind was blowing out to center.
Jaime Garcia, Cardinals. Garcia also coughed up double digits worth of runs (10), though only four were earned, as a Skip Schumaker error opened the door for some extra runs. Still, Garcia was knocked around the yard for 14 hits in four innings, including two longballs. He even balked. The spring ERA of 7.94 doesn't look promising for a club looking for guys to step up in the absence of Adam Wainwright.
Scott Kazmir, Angels. He didn't want Buchholz and Garcia to be the only guys in double figures, so Kazmir joined the party with 10 runs, eight hits and three walks. He also had some unearned runs, but only two, so the eight earned were the highest of the trio. Kazmir did last five innings, but coughing up 10 runs to these "Brewers" -- without Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks or Corey Hart in the lineup -- was pretty terrible. His spring ERA is up to 7.79.
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Posted on: March 21, 2011 11:16 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:30 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
1. Bartolo Colon, Yankees -- While many scoffed at the idea of Colon coming back after a year off and joining the Yankees' rotation, he's certainly making his case. Colon, 37, had another strong outing on Monday. Colon retired 18 of the 20 batters he faced, including five strikeouts. He allowed two hits and a run. In 15 innings this spring, he has a 2.40 ERA, with 17 strikeouts and one walk.
3. Mets second basemen -- Now that the Luis Castillo soap opera is behind us, the Mets four remaining candidates for the second base job all contributed in a four-run ninth to lead New York past Atlanta. Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy and Luis Hernandez each had run-scoring hits, while Justin Turner was hit by a pitch.
1. Arizona -- Isn't Arizona supposed to be a desert? Six Cactus League games were banged on Monday because of rain.
2. Mike Pelfrey, Mets -- The Mets' opening day starter was pounded for seven runs (four earned) and seven hits by the Braves. Pelfrey allowed six consecutive hits to start the ending and when it appeared he'd actually record an out, David Wright's error allowed another run to score. He finally retired the eight batter of the inning, only to be lifted due to a high pitch count.
3. Some fans -- Rays manager Joe Maddon had a fan tossed from Sunday's game after the fan made racial comments toward outfielder B.J. Upton. Upton said Monday that he heard the comments, but was more worried about his game. Upton said it's not the first time he's heard such comments (via MLB.com) -- "A lot of times, it happens when I'm in the outfield of a visiting stadium. Even I've heard it at home, too. I think it was just a situation where everyone heard it. Put it this way -- it's not too far-fetched to hear it." That's not surprising, but it's still sad.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.
Posted on: February 18, 2011 8:18 pm
Luis Castillo isn't late for Mets camp. Not technically, at least. But it sounds like he's late by virtue of not being early.
The 35-year-old former All-Star will be in a four-way battle for the second base job with Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner, all of whom are already in Port St. Lucie. New manager Terry Collins is expected to deliver an ultimatum to Castillo when he presumably reports Saturday: Win the starting job, or you're going to get your walking papers.
General manager Sandy Alderson doesn't think Castillo, who put up a terrible .235/.337/.267 line in an injury-shortened 2010, would be a useful utility player and has said he's willing to absorb Castillo's $6 million salary and release him.
“I was hoping he would be here,” Collins told the Star-Ledger on Friday. “Just so I could get it done, just so I could get the conversation over.
“I’m a real believer in sending a message to the organization, as a player. I thought Johan Santana did that (by showing up Thursday). He sent a message to everybody on that team that ‘Hey, I’m behind you.’”
Castillo appears to have sent a different kind of message to his new boss.
-- David Andriesen
Posted on: January 19, 2011 4:15 pm
With Johan Santana not available, Mike Pelfrey will be the Mets' opening day starter.
"He deserves it," Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday (via The Star-Ledger). "He earned it. He should have been on the All-Star team last year."
Pelfrey, 27, was 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA last season.
On Tuesday, he signed a deal for nearly $4 million a year, avoiding arbitration.
The Mets start the season on April 1 in Florida, so he'll likely be opposite Josh Johnson in the first game of the season.
Collins also said the team is hoping to sign another left-handed reliever to go along with Taylor Tankersley. He also said the second base job is wide open, adding 23-year old Jordanny Valdespin as a candidate at second along with Luis Castillo, Daniel Murphy, Brad Emaus and Justin Turner.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans