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Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:49 pm
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Teixeira, Dickey, Mullin to receive 'Thurmans'

By Matt Snyder

The 32nd annual Thurman Munson Awards Dinner will be held in New York City on January 31st, and this time around Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey and former St. John's basketball star Chris Mullin will receive "Thurmans," in honor of the late Yankees catcher Thurman Munson, who died at age 32 when he crashed a plane during flying lessons.

The list of past winners of Thurmans, per press release, is as follows:
The list of notable athletes to previously receive the Munson Award reads like a sports “Who’s Who,” and includes: Yankees – Yogi Berra, Don Mattingly, Mariano Rivera, Willie Randolph, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, Robby Cano, Bernie Williams, Bobby Murcer, Joe Torre, Joe Girardi and Nick Swisher; Mets – Tom Seaver, John Franco, Darryl Strawberry, Mike Piazza, Ron Darling, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Keith Hernandez, Rusty Staub and Gary Carter; Basketball – Willis Reed, Oscar Robertson, Dave DeBusschere, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, “Dr. J” Julius Erving, Sen. Bill Bradley, Mark Jackson, Charles Oakley, Allan Houston and John Starks.
Also, Yankee legend Yogi Berra will receive the Legend Award.

The dinner benefits the benefits AHRC-New York City Foundation.

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:39 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:46 pm
 

12 players taken in Rule 5 Draft

By C. Trent Rosecrans
MLB Winter Meetings

You may have missed it -- and for good reasons -- but 12 players were taken in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, in what usually signals the end of the winter meetings. It was the fewest number of players taken in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 draft since 2005

The Rule 5 Draft allows teams to take eligible players left unprotected on other teams' 40-man roster for $50,000. A player has to stay on a team's active Major League roster for the entire next season or be offered back to the original club for $25,000. Teams can also work out a trade with their old team to keep the player and send him to the minors. There have been some huge names selected in the Rule 5 Draft, including Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista and Dan Uggla, but more often than not, players don't even make it out of spring training. Chances are one or two of the 12 selected on Thursday will make it on an opening day roster, but it's unlikely any of them will stick, based on previous numbers.

But hey, it happened today and some teams got some guys -- while the Angels added Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. So, who are the 12? Here we go, listed by their new team and their old team in parentheses:

Astros: RHP Rhiner Cruz (Mets) -- A reliever, Cruz when 5-3 with seven saves and a 3.89 ERA at High-A and Double-A.

Twins: RHP Terry Doyle (White Sox) -- Doyle went 8-10 at High-A and Double-A with a 3.07 ERA in 26 starts, striking out 122 and walking 33 in 173 innings.

Mariners: LHP Lucas Luetge (Brewers) -- In his second year in Double-A, he struck out exactly a batter an inning and finsihed with a 3.13 ERA.

Orioles: 2B Ryan Flaherty (Cubs) -- A former first-rounder, the left-handed hitter hit .305/.384/.523 with 14 homers at Double-A, but then struggled at Triple-A, hitting .237/.277/.399 with five home runs.

Yankees: LHP Cesar Cabral (Red Sox) -- Actually picked by the Royals, but traded to the Yankees for cash, Cabral struck out 70 batters in 55 innings, walking 21. He was 3-4 overall in 36 games in relief with a 2.95 ERA at High-A and Double-A.

Cubs: RHP Lendy Castillo (Phillies) -- A former infielder, Castillo started two of his 21 games at Low-A Lakewood in 2011, going 4-2 with a 2.54 ERA, striking out 46 batters in as many innings.

Pirates: SS Gustavo Nunez (Tigers) -- The switch-hitter hit a combined .276/.333/.386 at High-A and Double-A, but struggled at the higher level.

Braves: LHP Robert Fish (Angels) -- Fish throws 95 mph and struck out 44 batters in 33 1/3 innings in Rookie ball and Double-A. Most of his time was spent at Double-A where he was 1-0 with a 3.26 ERA and two saves.

Cardinals: OF Erik Komatsu (Nationals) -- The Nationals acquired the speedy outfielder in the middle of 2011. He hit a combined .277/.367/.382 with seven home runs and 21 stolen bases between two different Double-A teams. 

Red Sox: SS Marwin Gonzalez (Cubs) -- The switch-hitter hit .288/.343/.400 with 30 doubles between Double-A and Triple-A. 

Diamondbacks: RHP Brett Lorin (Pirates) -- The 24-year-old stands 6-foot-7 and went 7-6 with a 2.84 ERA at High-A Bradenton, striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings.

Yankees: RHP Brad Meyers (Nationals) --  The starter pitched at three different levels in 2011, the majority coming at Triple-A, where he was 6-5 with a 3.48 ERA and struck out 74 in 95 2/3 innings.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Reyes stays positive about Mets' lack of interest



By Matt Snyder


DALLAS -- All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes was officially introduced as a member of the Miami Marlins in a Wednesday press conference, yet most of the questions he fielded were about his old team: The New York Mets.

Reyes played parts of nine seasons with the Mets, racking up 735 runs, 370 steals, 99 triples and four All-Star trips. He led the NL in triples four times, steals three times, hits once and batting average once. He was a frontrunner for the NL MVP before falling injured in 2011.

Yet Reyes revealed that the Mets never really made what he considered a serious deal. When a reporter mentioned the Mets never having made a "concrete" offer, Reyes did not dispute the notion. Simply, at least from the perspective of Reyes, the Mets just let him walk away without a fight.

"The Mets didn't call, they didn't say anything, so that's why I'm here today," he said.

Yet instead of talking bad about his former club, Reyes was nothing but gracious.

"I'm not going to say disappointed because they have their choices," Reyes said, while wearing his new Marlins' jersey. "I was a free agent. But like I say, I have to appreciate the Mets for giving me the opportunity to play in the Big Leagues. Right now I'm playing for the Miami Marlins, so I'm part of this family now, so I have to move on."

In addition to the Mets' seeming lack of a legitimate offer, Reyes was also very taken with how much more the Marlins seemed to covet his services. They met with him the literal minute they were allowed to.

MLB Winter Meetings
"Those guys, they came from Miami to see me at 12:01 [a.m., the night they were officially allowed to do so]," Reyes said. "So that was huge for me. They told me from that time they want me there."

Since 2004, Reyes has played on the left side of the infield with fellow All-Star David Wright. Reyes took the opportunity Wednesday to wish his friend well.

"I wish all the best for him," Reyes said of Wright. "He's a great player, and I think he's going to be fine because he's the guy who works hard every day. Last year has been a tough year for him because he got hurt, but I think he's going to be bounce back this year. So hopefully he'll have a good year."

All in all, Reyes was all smiles and positivity, despite having been shown the door by the only team he's ever known. Evidently that's what a nine-figure contract will do for you.

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Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:11 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Report: Mets sign Frank Francisco

By Matt Snyder

DALLAS -- The Mets have all of a sudden been incredibly active Tuesday night. Not only did they sign a potential closer and make a trade, but now they've signed another potential closer: Frank Francisco. Ken Davidoff of Newsday is reporting the Mets have agreed to sign Francisco to a two-year deal, pending a physical. Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com reports that the deal is for $12 million.

MLB Winter Meetings
Francisco, 32, has a similar track record to newly-signed Met Jon Rauch, in terms of closing experience. In 2011, Francisco closed 17 games in 21 chances with a 3.55 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings. He has 49 career saves, but, like Rauch, has never held down a closing job for an entire season. The closest was in 2009, when Francisco had 25 saves, but C.J. Wilson also had 14 saves for the Rangers that year.

Expect Francisco and Rauch to battle for the closing job, maybe even split it, in 2011 with Bobby Parnell and newly-acquired Ramon Ramirez setting up. If the contract terms are any factor, Francisco will get first dibs at closing, because his deal is for longer and more annual money. Plus, Francisco was six-for-six in saves with a 2.70 ERA in September.

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Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:03 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Report: Mets, Giants agree to trade



By Matt Snyder

DALLAS -- The New York Mets have sent outfielder Angel Pagan along with either a player to be named later or cash to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Andres Torres and relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez, the Giants announced Wednesday.

The Giants desperately need an offensive boost, yet don't really have any available money to sign free agents or take on expensive contracts via trade. Pagan, 30, doesn't exactly scream offensive powerhouse, but he had a better 2011 than Torres. Pagan hit .262/.322/.372 with seven homers, 56 RBI and 32 stolen bases last season for the Mets. He was a quality offensive player in 2009-10, though.

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Torres, 33, was a major piece of the puzzle for the Giants when they won the World Series in 2010, but he was bad in 2011. He hit .221/.312/.330 with four homers and 19 steals in 398 plate appearances.

Ramirez, 30, had a 2.62 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 66 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings last season. He definitely bolsters the back-end of the Mets' bullpen, where they also added Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco Tuesday. Bobby Parnell joins Ramirez and likely Rauch in setting up for Francisco.

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Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:07 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 10:38 pm
 

Mets sign Jon Rauch

By Matt Snyder

DALLAS -- The New York Mets have signed potential closer Jon Rauch, confirms Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com. The deal is pending a physical and is for one year. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the deal is for $3.5 million with performance bonuses. Sherman also notes the Mets expect to sign one more "closer-type" to compete for the job with Rauch. (Update: That's already happened, as the Mets have added Frank Francisco)

The moves keep Bobby Parnell in setup duties, alongside newly acquired Ramon Ramirez.

Rauch, 33, had 11 saves in 16 chances last season for the Blue Jays. He had a 4.85 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 35 strikeouts in 52 innings. The reason the Mets likely wanted another "closer-type" pitcher is because Rauch has never really been able to hold down a closing job for an entire season. He's been the closer for the Nationals, but was dealt midseason to setup for the D-Backs. He was then the Twins' closer, but they traded midseason for Matt Capps and made him the closer. Rauch does have 58 career saves, but he's hardly a lockdown closer.

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Posted on: December 4, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 12:37 am
 

Marlins, Reyes agree to deal

Jose Reyes

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The winter meetings don't officially start until Monday, but the hot stove heated up Sunday as free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes has agreed to a six-year, $106 million contract with the Miami Marlins, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler confirms. Reyes will not have a no-trade clause, as is the Marlins' policy.

Once reports surfaced on Sunday that the Marlins had upped their offer north of $100 million, it became obvious the Mets couldn't stay in the bidding, with general manager Sandy Alderson coming out and saying as much in an impromptu press conference at the winter meetings in Dallas. 

Hot Stove Season

Along with the Mets, the Brewers were interested in signing Reyes, but sources had told CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller that the Marlins were optimistic they could sign Reyes, and they did just that when they outbid everyone. How much did they outbid their competitors? Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweeted that the Mets and Brewers weren't willing to offer more than $75-$80 million over six years. Neither team was interested in going seven years for the 28-year-old because of his history of injuries.

Miami already had one of the game's premier shortstops, but like when the Yankees acquired Alex Rodriguez, the Marlins will move Hanley Ramirez to third base to make room for Reyes.

Miami has already agreed to a contract with closer Heath Bell and seems ready to be the offseason's biggest spender as it readies to open its new ballpark in April. The team is still in the running for veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle and even possibly C.J. Wilson. Miami could also sign Cuban center fielder Yoennis Cespedes, another high-ticket free agent.

Keep track of all the free agent moves with the CBSSports.com Free Agent Tracker. 

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Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:38 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 12:58 am
 

Pedro Martinez to officially retire



By C. Trent Rosecrans

Pedro Martinez told reporters Saturday that he was planning to officially announce his retirement soon -- apparently that announcement was unofficial.

The 40-year-old Martinez last pitched in 2009, starting nine regular-season games for the Phillies and three games in the postseason, including two in the 2009 World Series against the Yankees

According to MLB.com, Martinez said he still had the desire to play, but he's enjoying his life at home too much. 

Martinez will finish his career with a 219-100 record and 2.93 ERA and three Cy Young Awards. From 1997-2005, he went 149-53 with a 2.47 ERA, winning 20 games twice. He led the league in ERA five times, including a 1.90 ERA with the Expos in 1997 and a 1.74 ERA with the Red Sox in 2000. He finished second in the MVP voting in 1999 when he went 23-4 with a 2.07 ERA.

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