Category:MLB
Posted on: January 15, 2012 8:50 am
Edited on: January 17, 2012 8:25 pm
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2012 Mets Player Salaries and Contracts

2011 Arbitration Eligible players:
1-SP Mike Pelfrey 2011 $3.925M - signed 1yr @ $5.675M
2-RP Manny Acosta 2011 $414,000 - signed 1yr @ $875,000
3-RP Ramon Ramirez 2011 $1.65M - signed 1 yr @ $2.65M
4-OF Andres Torres 2011 $2.2M - signed 1yr @ $2.7M

LOST:
SS Jose Reyes - signed 6yrs $105M w/ the Marlins
LHP Chris Capuano - signed 2yrs $10M w/ Dodgers
RHP Chris Young - free agent
RHP Jason Isringhausen - free agent
OF Willie Harris - free agent
C Ronny Paulino - free agent
RHP Taylor Buchholz - free agent
RHP Ryota Igarashi - signed a minor league contract w/ the Pirates
1B Nick Evans - signed a minor league contract w/ the Pirates
OF Jason Pridie - - signed a minor league contract w/ the Athletics
OF Fernando Martinez - claimed off waivers by the Astros

ADDED:
RHP Frank Francisco
RHP Jon Rauch
CF Andres Torres - Traded From San Francisco for Angel Pagan
RHP Ramon Ramirez - Traded From San Francisco for Angel Pagan
IF Ronny Cedeno
OF Scott Hairston
Jeremy Hefner - claimed off waivers from the Pirates -  originally drafted by the Mets in 2004 and failed to sign him. Again drafted by the Mets in 2005 and again failed to sign him! After being drafted by the Padres in 2007, he was claimed off waivers by the Pirates before the 2011 season. The Mets finally got their man!!! In 5 minor league seasons Hefner is 46-34 w/ a 3.84 ERA 606 SO and 215 BB over 688 IP WHIP 1.29

*The following were all Signed to Minor League Contracts
RHP Miguel Batista - resigned
SS Sean Kazmar - drafted by the Padres in 2004
RHP Fernando Cabrera - drafted by the Indians in 1999, played 209-10 w/ the Red Sox
RHP Jeff Stevens - drafted by the Reds in 2005, played 2009-11 w/ the Cubs
SS Omar Quintanilla - drafted by the Athletics in 2003, played 2011 w/ the Rangers
C Rob Johnson - drafted by the Mariners in 2004, played 2011 w/ the Padres
LF Mike Baxter - resigned, originally drafted by the Padres in 2005
LHP Chuck James - drafted by the Braves in 2002, played 2011 w/ the Twins
C Lucas May- drafted by the Dodgers in 2003, played 2011 w/ the Diamondbacks and Royals
LHP Garrett Olson - drafted by the Orioles in 2005, played 2011 w/ the Pirates
OF Adam Loewen - drafted by the Orioles in 2002, played 2011 w/ the Blue Jays
OF Vinny Rottino - signed as an undrafted FA by the Brewers in 2003, played 2011 w/ the Marlins
CF Corey Wimberly - drafted by the Rockies in 2005, played 2011 w/ the Pirates
1B Valentino Pascucci - resigned, originally drafted by the Brewers in 1996

Collins’ coaching staff for the 2012:
Bench Coach - Bob Geren
1B Coach - Tom Goodwin
3B Coach - Tim Teufel
Hitting Coach - Dave Hudgens
Pitching Coach - Dan Warthen
Bullpen Coach - Ricky Bones


Starting Rotation:

1- Johan Santana, $24M (signed 6 yr/$137.5M (2008-13)+2014 club option plus full no trade clause~2013=$25.5M~2014=club option @ $25M or $5.5M buyout)
2- R.A. Dickey, $4.25M (?2013=club option w/$300K buyout)
3- Jon Niese, $500,000 (2013-2015=arbitration)
4- Mike Pelfrey, $5.675M (2013=last year of arbitration)
5- Dillon Gee, $500,000 (2013=$500K~2014-2016=arbitration)
Subtotal: $34.75M

Starting Lineup:
1-CF - Andres Torres, $2.7M (2013=last year of arbitration)
2-2B - Daniel Murphy, $500,000 (2013-2015=arbitration)
3-3B - David Wright, $15M (signed 6 yr/$55M (2007-12)+2013 club option~2013=club option @ $16M or $1M buyout)
4-1B - Ike Davis, $500,000 (2013-2015=arbitration)
5-LF - Jason Bay, $16M (signed 4yrs/$66M (2010-2013)+2014 vesting option~2013=$18.6M~014=option on PA @ $14M or $3M buyout)
6-RF - Lucas Duda, $500,000 (2013-2014=$500K~2015-2017=arbitration)
7-C - Josh Thole, $500,000 (2013-2015=arbitration)
8-SS - Ruben Tejada, $500,000 (2013=$500K~2014-2016=arbitration)
Subtotal: $36.25M

Bench:

1-OF - Scott Hairston, $1.1M (signed for 1yr)
2-If - Ronny Cedeno, $1.15M (signed for 1yr)
3-C - Mike Nickeas, $500,000 (2013=$500K~2014-2016=arbitration)
4-IF - Justin Turner, $500,000 (2013=$500K~2014-2016=arbitration)
5A-OF - Mike Baxter, $500,000 (minor league contract)
5B-OF - Adam Loewen, $500,000 (minor league contract)
Subtotal: $4.25M

Bullpen:

1-CL - Frank Francisco, $5.5M (signed 2yrs @ $12M~2013=6.5M)
2- Jon Rauch, $3.5M (signed for 1yr)
3- Tim Byrdak, $1M (signed for 1yr)
4- Ramon Ramirez, $2.65M(last year of arbitration)
5- Manny Acosta, $875,000
6- Bobby Parnell, $500,000 (2013-2015=arbitration)
7- Long man/second left-hander, $500,000
Subtotal: $14M

Others:
D.J. Carrasco, $1.2M (signed 2yrs $2.5M)
Pedro Beato, $500,000 (2013=$500K~2014-2016=arbitration)
Bobby Bonilla will receive 25 equal payments of $1,193,248.20M each July 1 from 2011 to 2035 A total of $29,831,205M

TOTAL: $92.15M
Down from  $132.9 in 2011
Category: MLB
Posted on: August 21, 2010 12:48 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2011 10:45 am
 

2011 Mets Player Salaries and Contracts

Sandy Alderson's making of the 2011 Mets.  

Organization Moves:
Sandy Alderson as GM
JP Riccardi as Pro Scouting
Paul DePodesta in Amateur Scouting
Roy Smith as Scout
James D'Aloia as Scot
Dick Scott as minor league field coordinator
Chad MacDonald as scouting director
Jon Debus as Bullpen coach
Terry Collins as manager

Terry Collins’ coaching staff for the 2011:
Bench Coach – Ken Oberkfell
1B Coach - Mookie Wilson
3B Coach – Chip Hale
Hitting Coach – Dave Hudgens
Pitching Coach – Dan Warthen
Bullpen Coach – Jon Debus


Team Signings:
Signed Boof Bonser on a minor league deal w/ invite to Spring Training
Chris Capuano 1yr/$1.5M with $3M in incentives.
Chris Young 1yr/$1M with $2.5M in incentives.
Signed RP D.J. Carrasco, 2yrs/$2.5M
Signed C Ronny Paulino, 1yr/$1.3M
Signed C Dusty Ryan on a minor league deal w/ invite to Spring Training
Signed INF Russ Adams on a minor league deal w/ invite to Spring Training
Signed Taylor Tankersley ~~ minor league deal w/ invite to Spring Training
Signed Taylor Buchholz  $600K w/ incentives. $400K if he makes the opening day roster plus $40,000 bonuses for appearing in 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 games Total deal 1yr for $1.2
Signed Willie Harris on a minor league deal w/ invite to Spring Training
Signed Scott Hairston on a 1yr deal
Signed Tim Byrdak on a minor league deal w/ invite to Spring Training
Signed Blaine Boyer on a minor league deal w/ invite to Spring Training


2010 Arbitration Eligible players:

  • 1. Mike Pelfrey ~~ Signed for 1yr/$3.925M
  • 2. Angel Pagan ~~ Signed for 1yr/$3.5M
  • 3. R.A. Dickey ~~  Signed for 2yrs/$7.8M

Starting eight:

  1. C - Josn Thole ~~2011-2012=$400K; 2013-2015=arbitration
  2. 1B - Ike Davis ~~2011-2012=$400K; 2013-2015=arbitration
  3. 2B - Luis Castillo ~~signed 4 yr/$25M (2008-11)~~ 2011=$6.25M
  4. 3B - David Wright ~~signed 6 yr/$55M (2007-12)+2013 club option~~2011=$14.25M~~2012=$15.25M~~2013=club option @ $16M or $1M buyout
  5. SS - Jose B. Reyes ~~signed 4 yr/$23.25M (2007-10)+2011 club option~~2011=$11M or $500K buyout
  6. LF - Jason Bay ~~signed 4yrs/$66M (2010-2013)+2014 vesting option~~2011=$18.6M~~2012=$18.6M~~2013=$18.6M~~ 2014=option on PA @ $14M or $3M buyout
  7. CF - Carlos Beltran signed 7 yr/$119M (2005-11) plus full no trade clause~~2011=$18.5M
  8. RF - Angel Pagan ~~2011-2012=arbitration 

Starting Rotation:
  1. SP1 - Johan Santana ~~signed 6 yr/$137.5M (2008-13)+2014 club option plus full no trade clause~~2011=$22.5M~~2012=$24M ~~2013=$25.5M~~2014=club option @ $25M or $5.5M buyout
  2. SP2 - Mike Pelfrey ~~signed 1 yr/$3.925M 2011~~2012/13=arbitration
  3. SP3 - Oliver Perez ~~signed 3 yr/$36M (2009-11)~~2011=$12M
  4. SP4 - Jonathon Niese ~~2011-2012=$402K; 2013-2015=arbitration
  5. SP5 - R.A. Dickey ~~2011=arbitration 
  6. SP6 - Chris Capuano ~~ 2011 signed 1yr/$1.5M with $3M in incentives.
  7. SP7 - Chris Young ~~ 2011 signed 1yr/$1M with $2.5M in incentives.

Bullpen:
  1. Closer - Francisco Rodriguez ~~signed 3 yr/$37M (09-11)+2012 option~~2011=$11.5 2012=club option @ $17.5M or $3.5M buyout
  2. Setup - Bobby Parnell ~~2011-2012=$400K; 2013-2015=arbitration
  3. Relief - D.J. Carrasco ~~ signed 2yrs $2.5M (11-12) 2011=$1.25M 2012=$1.25M
  4. Relief - Boof Bonser ~~ $700K if he makes the major league roster
  5. Relief - Pedro Beato ~~ Rule 5 draft
  6. Relief - Taylor Buchholz ~~ $600K w/ incentives. $400K if he makes the opening day roster plus $40,000 bonuses for appearing in 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60 games Total deal 1yr for $1.2M
  7. Relief - Taylor Tankersley ~~ minor league deal w/ invite to Spring Training


Bench:

  1. C - Ronny Paulino ~~ 1yr $1.3M   
  2. MI - Brad Emaus ~~ Rule 5 draft
  3. CI - Russ Adams ~~ minor league deal w/ invite to Spring Training
  4. OF - Willie Harris ~~ minor league deal w/ invite to Spring Training
  5. U - Dan Murphy ~~2011=$419K 

Other Salary:
Bobby Bonilla will receive 25 equal payments of $1,193,248.20M each July 1 from 2011 to 2035 A total of $29,831,205M
Gary Matthews Jr. = $1M

 
Total Salary:
2011 = $132.9

Category: MLB
Posted on: November 11, 2009 8:52 am
Edited on: February 25, 2010 5:39 am
 

Making the 2010 Mets: Salaries/Contracts

The Making of the 2010 Mets, the moves so far. After raises for David Wright , Jose Reyes, Johan Santana and Francisco Rodriguez and arbitration-eligible players increases are factored in. Only $30 million is coming off last year's $147 million payroll.
  • Declined an option to Putz, an $1M buyout
  • Exercise Pelfrey’s option @ $500K
  • Move Bowman to the 40 man
  • Ken Takahashi has been released
  • Resigned Alex Cora 1yr $2M with a vesting option for 2011 becomes guaranteed with 80 starts
  • Signed C Chris Coste 1yr $650K guaranteed a spot on the 40-man roster, but not on the 25 man roster.
  • Hired Wayne Krivsky as Special Assistant to the President of Baseball Operations
  • Sign C Henry Blanco 1yr $1.5M
  • Sign career minor leaguer Mike Hessman for $90,000 in Triple-A and $425,000 at the major-league level
  • Sign  former Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin as a pro scout.
  • Traded RHP Carlos Monasterios to the Dodgers for cash
  • Sign minor league FA RP Clint Everts to a major league deal.
  • Non-Tendered OF Corey Sullivan, OF Jeremy Reed, SP Tim Redding and SP Lance Broadway cutting the 40 man roster to 35
  • Signed RP Elmer Dessens to a Minor League contract w/ an invite to spring training for 1yr at $700K in the Majors and $90K in the Minors.
  • Signed right-handed reliever Ryota Igarashi for 2yrs @ $3M
  • Signed Kelvim Escobar 1-year @ $1.25M, plus $125K bonus if he makes the Mets Opening Day roster. Plus $2M in incentives based on games pitched and $1M in incentives based on games finished.
  • Signed Jason Bay for 4yrs at $66M with a vesting option.
  • Signed IF Russ Adams, 3B Mike Cervenak, RHP R.A. Dickey, OF Jesus Feliciano, and IF Andy Green to minor-league deals and invited all 5 to Spring Training
  • Added LH RP Jay Marshall off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.
  • Avoid arbitration and sign John Maine for 1 yr $3.3M plus performance bonuses of $50K for making 20 starts and $25K each for 23, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33
  • Aviod arbitration and sign Jeff Francoeur for 1yr @ $5M, Pedro Feliciano for 1yr @ $2.9M and Sean Green for 1 yr @ $975K
  • Trade Brian Stokes to the Angels for Gary Matthews Jr and $21M
  • Resign Fernando Tatis for 1 year at $1.7M
  • Sign Josh Fogg to a minor league deal w/ an invite to spring training 
  • Signed Frank Catalanotto to a minor league deal w/ an invite to spring training
  • Signed infielder/outfielder Jolbert Cabrera, Luis Hernandez, Bobby Livingston, Travis Blackley to minor league contracts and invited all 4 to major league Spring Training camp.
  • Claimed OF Jason Pridie off waivers from the Minnesota Twins
  • Avoid arbitration and sign Angel Pagan for 1 yr at $1.45M
  • Signed Pitcher Hisanori Takahashi, 1B Mike Jacobs and C Shawn Riggins to minor league deals w/ invites to spring training
  • Signed C Rod Barajas for 1 year $1M plus $1M in incentives
  • Signed 2B Alex Cintron to a minor league deal.

1.Jeff Francoeur (arbitration eligible) signed 1 yr $5M
2.John Maine (arbitration eligible) signed 1yr $3.3M
3.Pedro Feliciano (arbitration eligible) signed 1 yr $2.9M
4.Sean Green (arbitration eligible) signed 1 yr $975K
5.Angel Pagan (arbitration eligible) signed 1 yr $1.45M

Starting eight:

  1. C - Rod Barajas  ~~ 2010: $1M
  2. 1B - Daniel Murphy ~~ 2010: $400K 2011: $400K 2012 :arbitration 2013 :arbitration 2014 :arbitration
  3. 2B - Luis Castillo signed 4 yr/$25M (2008-11) ~~ 2010 :$6.25M 2011 :$6.25M
  4. 3B - David Wright signed 6 yr/$55M (2007-12)+2013 club option ~~2010 :$10.25M 2011 :$14.25M 2012 :$15.25M 2013 : club option @ $16M or $1M buyout
  5. SS - Jose B. Reyes signed 4 yr/$23.25M (2007-10)+2011 club option ~~ 2010 :$9.375M 2011 :club option @ $11M or $500K buyout
  6. LF - Jason Bay signed 4yrs/$66M (2010-2013) ~~ 2010: $10M 2011: $18.6M 2012: $18.6M 2013: $18.6M 2014: Vesting option on PA @ $14M or $3M buyout
  7. CF - Carlos Beltran signed 7 yr/$119M (2005-11) plus full no trade clause ~~ 2010 :$19.1M 2011 :$18.5M
  8. RF - Jeff Francoeur ~~ 2010: $5M 2011: arbitration

Starting Rotation:
  1. SP1 - Johan Santana signed 6 yr/$137.5M (2008-13)+2014 club option plus full no trade clause ~~ 2010:$19.8M 2011:$22.5M 2012:$24M 2013:$25.5M, 2014 : club option @ $25M or $5.5M buyout
  2. SP2 - Oliver Perez signed 3 yr/$36M (2009-11) ~~ 2010: $12M; 2011: $12M
  3. SP3 - John Maine ~~ 2010: $3.3M 2011: arbitration
  4. SP4 - Mike Pelfrey ~~ 2010: $500K 2011:arbitration 2012:arbitration 2013:arbitration
  5. SP5 - Spring Training Battle between - Fernando Nieve, Jonathon Niese, Josh Fogg 

Bullpen:
  1. Closer - Francisco Rodriguez signed 3 yr/$37M (09-11)+2012 option ~~ 2010: $12.1; 2011: $11,167,000 2012: club option @ $17.5M or $3.5M buyout
  2. Setup - Ryota Igarashi signed 2yrs/$3M ~~ 2010: $1.25M; 2011: $1.75M plus $500,000 in performance bonuses
  3. Relief - Bobby Parnell ~~ 2010: $400K 2011: $400K 2012 :arbitration 2013 :arbitration 2014 :arbitration
  4. Relief - Pedro Feliciano ~~ 2010: $2.9M
  5. Relief - Sean Green ~~ 2010: $975K 2011 :arbitration 2012 :arbitration
  6. Relief - Kelvim Escobar signed 1yr/$1.25 ~~ 2010: $1.25M
  7. Relief - Spring Training Battle between Pat Misch, Cling Everts, R.A. Dickey, Jay Marshall and Josh Fogg


Bench:

  1. C - C Henry Blanco ~~ 2010: $1.5M   
  2. MI - Alex Cora ~~ 2010: $2M 2011: a vesting option
  3. CI - Fernando Tatis ~~ 2010: $1.7M
  4. OF - Gary Matthews Jr ~~ 2010: $1.25M from Mets $9.75M from Angels 2011: $1.25M from Mets $10.75M from Angels
  5. OF - Angel Pagan ~~ 2010: $1.45M
  6. 25th spot to be won in Spring Training - 2B Anderson Hernandez, 3B Shawn Bowman, OF Frank Catalanotto, Mike Hessman, Russ Adams, 3B Mike Cervenak, OF Jesus Feliciano, and IF Andy Green and Omir Santos 

 


Total Salary:
2010 = $ 132,100,000M
2011 = $ 86,736,000M
2012 = $ 39,250,000M
2013 = $ 26,500,000M

Plus Bobby Bonilla will receive 25 equal payments of $1,193,248.20M each July 1 from 2011 to 2035 A total of $29,831,205M

The Mets Rule 5 Picks:

  1. RHP, Carlos Monasterios from the Phillies - was then traded to the Dodgers for cash
  2. RHP, John Lujan from the White Sox
  3. 1B, Marshall Hubbard from the Mariners
  4. RHP, Rolando Valdez from the Padres
  5. LHP, Orlando Lara from the Padres
  6. RHP, Johan Figuereo from the Nationals

Met Players Lost in the Rule 5 Draft:
  1. RHP, Hayden Beard to the Padres



Manager = Jerry Manuel
Bench Coach =
Dave Jauss
Batting Coach = Howard Johnson
Pitching Coach = Dan Warthen
First Base Coach = Razor Shines
Third Base Coach = Chip Hale
Bullpen Coach = Randy Niemann


AAA Buffaol = Ken Oberkfell
AA Binghamton = Tim Teufel
HiA =
LoA = Edgar Alfonza
NY-Penn = Wally Backman
Kingston = Mike DiFelice
Gulf Coast = Julio Franco

Category: MLB
Posted on: August 15, 2009 10:08 am
Edited on: January 22, 2010 12:40 pm
 

Omar Minaya's TRADE HISTORY w/ the New York Mets

Omar Minaya's TRADE HISTORY with the New York Mets .

2010:
01/22/10 Trade
d Brian Stokes to the Angels for Gary Matthews Jr and $20M

2009:
08/25/09 Traded Billy Wagner to the Red Sox for
Chris Carter and Eddie Lora
08/08/09 Traded cash or PTBN to the Cubs for Jason Dubois
08/06/09 Traded Greg Veloz to the Nationals for Anderson Hernandez
07/10/09 Traded Ryan Church to the Braves for Jeff Francoeur
05/30/09 Traded Ramon Castro to the White Sox for Lance Broadway

2008:
12/10/08 Traded Aaron Heilman , Endy Chavez , Jason Vargas, Mike Carp , Ezequiel Carrera and Maikel Cleto to the Mariners for J.J. Putz , Sean Green , and Jeremy Reed .
12/12/08 Traded Scoot Schoeneweis and cash to the Diamondbacks for Conner Roberton
08/17/08 Traded Anderson Hernandez to the Nationals for Luis Ayala
06/13/08 Traded cash to the Diamondbacks for Trot Nixon
02/02/08 Traded Carlos Gomez , Deolis Guerra , Philip Humber and Kevin Mulvey to the Twins for Johan Santana
01/05/08 Traded Corey Coles and Ryan Meyers to the Cubs for Angel Pagan

2007:
11/30/07 Traded Lastings Milledge to the Nationals for Ryan Church and Brian Schneider
11/28/07 Traded cash to the Rays for Brian Stokes
11/20/07 Traded Guillermo Mota to the Brewers for Johnny Estrada
08/20/07 Traded Jose Castro and Sean Henry to the Reds for Jeff Conine
08/17/07 Traded cash or PTBN to the Pirates for Luis Matos
08/06/07 Traded cash or PTBN to the Marlins for Chad Hermanson
07/30/07 Traded Dustin Martin and Drew Butera to the Twins for Luis Castillo

2006:
12/06/06 Traded Brian Bannister to the Royals for Ambiorix Burgos
11/20/06 Traded Henry Owners and Matt Lidnstrom to the Marlins for Adam Bostick and Jason Vargas
11/15/06 Traded Health Bell and Royce Ring to the Padres for Jon Adkins and Ben Johnson
08/30/06 Traded Victor Diaz to the Rangers for Mike Nickeas
08/22/06 Traded Evan Maclane to the Diamondbacks for Shawn Green and cash
08/20/06 Traded cash or PTBN to the Indians for Guillermo Mota
07/31/06 Traded Xavier Nady to the Pirates for Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez
07/19/06 Traded Jeff Keppinger to the Royals for Ruben Gotay
06/09/06 Traded Kazuo Matsui and cash to the Rockies for Eli Marrero
05/26/06 Traded Geremi Gonzalez to the Brewers for Mike Adams
05/25/06 Traded Robert Manuel to the Reds for David Williams and cash
05/24/06 Traded Jorge Julio to the Diamondbacks for Orlando Hernandez
01/25/06 Traded Angel Pagan to the Cubs for Cash
01/22/06 Traded Kris Benson to the Orioles for Jorgo Julio and John Maine
01/04/06 Traded Jae Wong Seo and Tim Hamulack to the Dodgers for Duaner Sanchez and Steve Schmoll

2005:
12/05/05 Traded Gaby Hernandez and Dante Brinkley to the Marlins for Paul Lo Duca
11/28/05 Traded Cash to the Pirates for Tike Redman
11/24/05 Traded Mike Jacobs , Yusmeiro Petit and Grant Posmas to the Marlins for Carlos Delgado and Cash
11/18/05 Traded Mike Cameron to the Padres for Xzvier Nady
05/20/05 Traded Jed Hansen to the Giants for Cash
04/02/05 Traded Matt Ginter to the Tigers for Steve Colyer
04/01/05 Traded Andy Dominique to the Blue Jays for Cash
03/31/05 Traded Pat Mahomes to the Dodgers for Cash pr PTBN
03/28/05 Traded Cash to the Mariners for Benji Gil
03/24/05 Traded Cash to the Indians for Fernando Lunar
03/20/05 Traded Jason Phillips to the Dodgers for Kazuhisa Ishii
01/27/05 Traded Ian Bladergroen to the Red Sox for Doug Mientkiewicz and Cash
01/05/05 Traded Vance Wilson to the Tigers for Anderson Hernandez

2004:
12/03/04 traded Mike Stanton to the Yankees for Feliz Heredia




Category: MLB
Posted on: June 4, 2009 2:25 pm
 

Sammy Sosa to retire. Wants induction to the HOF!

Apparently, Sammy Sosa has not yet retire . Who knew?

The most interesting thing to his sit-down with ESPN: “I will calmly wait for my induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Don’t I have the numbers to be inducted?”

Uh, sure. So does Rafael Palmeiro. And there’s the problem.

We know what Palmeiro did. We know what Barry Bonds and  Roger Clemens did.

We think we know what Sosa did.

Is that enough to keep him out of Cooperstown?

My take is let them all in if they have the numbers. The times were what they were. Provide the context as necessary so future generations will realize some of these outlandish numbers may be or definitely are tainted. The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum should be already crafting it's blue prints for The Steroids Wing, aka The House that ‘Roids Built.

 

The Steroids Wing will feature interactive exhibits on the notable events and players who marked this era. The Wing will have its own Gallery of inductees – players who, had they not played and partaken in this Age of Enhancement, would likely be in the main Gallery on the other end of the Hall. Every inductee, every fan, every historian will enter this wing through the same archway, on which will be inscribed the words said by George Mitchell the day he released his report on the use of banned substances in baseball:

 For more than a decade there had been widespread illegal use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing substances by players in Major League Baseball in violation of federal law and baseball policy. …

Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, and Sammy Sosa represent an inaugural class that rivals the Hall’s first class of Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson and Walter Johnson.

 

The truth is, the cheats belong in Cooperstown, regardless of the Mitchell Report.

Not because they should be honored. Rather, because history should be honored.

If the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is indeed a repository of the game’s history, how can you leave these central figures out?

 

We can say ban them all. They cheated. They threatened the very integrity of the game –the so-called level playing field — and therefore don’t deserve to set foot in Upstate New York, let alone Cooperstown. That sentiment is valid.

Except we can’t erase history, we can’t erase achievement, no matter how tainted. We can only clarify, contextualize, providing the proper perspective for future generations who will look at the outlandish numbers from the late 1980s through part of this decade and wonder how in the hell that happened.

Example:

Dad?

Yes, son?

Who is Todd Hundley?

Pretty much a journeyman player. Nothing special. Why?

Well, how did he hold the record for home runs in a season by a catcher?

That’s a funny story, son. Well, not so funny. Let’s walk to the Steroids Wing; the movie narrated by Jose Canseco explains everything.

He’s a hero, right?

No, son, no ….


Build the wing, and isolate these greats/chumps there. Do it for the kids; if they know the history, there’s less of a chance it will be repeated.



Posted on: April 26, 2009 11:07 am
Edited on: November 6, 2009 6:57 pm
 

New York Mets Player Salaries and Contracts

The Making of the 2010 Mets
Starting eight:

  1. C -
  2. 1B -
  3. 2B - Luis Castillo signed 4 yr/$25M (2008-11) ~~ 2008 :$6.25M 2009: $6.25M 2010 :$6.25M 2011 :$6.25M
  4. 3B - David Wright signed 6 yr/$55M (2007-12)+2013 club option ~~ 2007 :$1M 2008 :$5M 2009: $7.75M 2010 :$10.25M 2011 :$14.25M 2012 :$15.25M 2013 : club option @ $16M or $1M buyout
  5. SS - Jose B. Reyes signed 4 yr/$23.25M (2007-10)+2011 club option ~~ 2007 :$2.5M 2008 :$4M 2009: $6.125M 2010 :$9.375M 2011 :club option @ $11M or $500K buyout
  6. LF - Daniel Murphy signed 1 yr/$0.401M (2009) ~~ 2009: $401K 2010: $400K 2011: $400K 2012 :arbitration  2013 :arbitration 2014 :arbitration
  7. CF - Carlos Beltran signed 7 yr/$119M (2005-11) plus full no trade clause ~~ 2005 :$10M 2006 :$12M 2007 :$12M 2008 :$18.5M 2009: $18.5M 2010 :$18.5M 2011 :$18.5M
  8. RF - Jeff Francoeur signed 1 yr/$3.375M(2009) ~~ 2009: $3.375M 2010: arbitration 2011: arbitration

Starting Rotation:

  1. SP1 - Johan Santana signed 6 yr/$137.5M (2008-13)+2014 club option plus full no trade clause ~~ 20 08 :$19M 2009 :$20M 2010 :$21M 2011 :$22.5M 2012 :$24M 2013 :$25.5M, 2014 : club option @ $25M or $5.5M buyout
  2. SP2 - Oliver Perez signed 3 yr/$36M (2009-11) ~~ 2009: $12M; 2010: $12M; 2011: $12M
  3. SP3 - John Maine signed 1 yr/$2.6M (2009) ~~ 2009: $2.6M 2010 :arbitration 2011 :arbitration
  4. SP4 - Mike Pelfrey signed 4 yr/$5.25M (2006-09) ~~ 2006 :$512,500K 2007 :$512,500K 2008 :$1,987,500M 2009: $2,237,500 2010: $500K 2011 :arbitration 2012 :arbitration  2013 :arbitration
  5. SP5 - 



    Bullpen:
  6. Closer - Francisco Rodriguez signed 3 yr/$37M (09-11)+2012 option ~~ 2009: $9,166,667; 2010: $11,167,000; 2011: $11,167,000 2012: club option @ $17.5M or $3.5M buyout 
  7. Setup - J.J. Putz signed 3 yr/$13.1M (2007-09)+2010 club option ~~ 2007 :$2.2M 2008 :$3.4M 2009: $5M 2010 :club option @ $9.1M or $1M buyout
  8. Relief - Pedro Feliciano signed 1 yr/$1.6125M (2009) ~~ 2009: $1,612,500 2010 :arbitration
  9. Relief - Sean Green signed 1 yr/$471K (2009) ~~ 2009 :$471,000 2010 :arbitration 2011 :arbitration  2012 :arbitration
  10. Relief - Brian Stokes signed 1 yr/$409.5K (2009) ~~ 2009 :$409,500 2010 :arbitration   2011 :arbitration 2012 :arbitration  2013 :arbitration
  11. Relief - Bobby Parnell signed 1 yr/$400K (2009) ~~ 2009: $400K 2010: $400K 2011: $400K 2012 :arbitration  2013 :arbitration 2014 :arbitration
  12. Relief - Tim Redding signed 1 yr/$2.25M (2009) ~~ 2009: $2.25M 2010 :arbitration

Bench:

1.C - Omir Santos 1 yr/$400K ~~ 2009: $400K 2010: $400K 2011: $400K 2012 :arbitration  2013 :arbitration 2014 :arbitration
2.INF -
3.INF/LF -
4.OF - Jeremy Reed signed 1 yr/$925K (2009) ~~ 2009: $925K 2010 :arbitration 2011 :arbitration  
5.OF -


Other:


Total Salary:
2010 = $  91,213,000M
2011 = $  86,736,000M
2012 = $  39,250,000M
2013 = $  26,500,000M

Plus Bobby Bonilla will receive 25 equal payments of $1,193,248.20M each July 1 from 2011 to 2035 A total of $29,831,205M

Met Free Agents after the 2009 season:
1.Carlos Delgado
2.Brian Schneider
3.Fernando Tatis
4.Alex Cora
5.Gary Sheffield
6.Ramon Martinez
7.Elmer Dessens
8.J.J. Putz  (has $9.1M 2010 option)
9.Tim Redding (arbitration eligible)
10.Jeff Francoeur (arbitration eligible)
11.John Maine (arbitration eligible)
12.Pedro Feliciano (arbitration eligible)
13.Sean Green (arbitration eligible)
14.Jeremy Reed (arbitration eligible)
15.Brian Stokes (arbitration eligible)
16.Angel Pagan (arbitration eligible)
17.Corey Sullivan (arbitration eligible)


Category: MLB
Posted on: April 23, 2009 11:52 am
Edited on: April 23, 2009 12:01 pm
 

MLB Values/Revenues and Billionaire Owners


~ Here is the latest by Forbes on the value of MLB franchises.

Value :

  1. Yankees $1.5B 
  2. Mets $912M
  3. Red Sox $833KM
  4. Dodgers $722M
  5. Cubs $700M
  6. Angels $509M
  7. Phillies $496M
  8. Cardinals $486M
  9. Giants $471M
  10. White Sox $450M
  11. Braves $446M
  12. Astros $445M
  13. Mariners $426M
  14. Nationals $406M
  15. Rangers $405M
  16. Padres $401M
  17. Orioles $400M
  18. Indians $399M
  19. Diamondbacks $390M
  20. Rockies $373M
  21. Tigers $371M
  22. Twins $356M
  23. Blue Jays $353M
  24. Brewers $347M
  25. Reds $342M
  26. Rays $320M
  27. Athletics $319M
  28. Royals $314M
  29. Pirates $288M
  30. Marlins $277M
Revenues:

  1. Yankees $375M
  2. Red Sox $296M
  3. Mets $261M
  4. Dodgers $241M
  5. Cubs $239M
  6. Phillies $216M
  7. Angels $212M
  8. Giants $196M
  9. White Sox $196M
  10. Cardinals $195M
  11. Astros $194M
  12. Mariners $189M
  13. Braves $186M
  14. Tigers $186M
  15. Nationals $184M
  16. Indians $181M
  17. Rockies $178M
  18. Diamondbacks $177M
  19. Rangers $176M
  20. Padres $174M
  21. Orioles $174M
  22. Brewers $173M
  23. Blue Jays $172M
  24. Reds $171M
  25. Rays $160M
  26. Athletics $160M
  27. Twins $158M
  28. Pirates $144M
  29. Royals $143M
  30. Marlins $139M

Richest Owners:

  1. Nationals - Theodore Lerner @ $3.2B bought team from MLB for $450M in 2006
  2. Cubs - Sam Zell @ $3B Tribune Co. bought team in 1981, Zell took control of Tribune in 2007.
  3. Braves - John Malone @ $1.5B bought team from Ted Turner's Time Warner in 2007
  4. Astors - Drayton McLane @ $1.4B bought team in 1992
  5. Tigers - Michael Illitch @ $1.4B bought team in 1992 for $82M, also owns the NHL's Red Wings.
  6. Reds - Carl Linder @ $1.4B a fall from the #3 spot, was worth $2.2B at this time last year.
  7. Yankees - George Steinbrenner @ $1.3B
  8. Athletics - John Fisher @ $1.2B part owner since 2005, down from the #4 spot, worth $1.8K last year.
  9. Red Sox - John Henry @ $1.1B
  10. Rangers - Tom Hicks @ $1B bought team in 1998 from George W. Bush, also owns the NHL's Dallas Star.

 

 

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 5, 2009 6:03 am
 

The Wilpon Era.

Good, not great …And that’s ok with them. The sad truth of the Mets ball club right now is that with these owners, as long as they do enough to keep people coming into Citi Field, they don’t care about winning championships. If we had an owner in the mold of George Steinbrenner, Manny Ramirez would already be a Met. The Mets could make themselves the unquestioned best team in the National League if they were to do one more thing, and that’s signing Manny Ramirez. Unfortunately for Mets fans our beloved owners don’t care about being the best, they just care about being good enough.

It’s hard to call Fred and Jeff Wilpon cheap when the Mets will have the highest payroll in the NL, but it’s easier once you look uptown and see the other New York team spending 70 million more dollars. If you’re a Mets fan it probably made your stomach turn to see Jeff Wilpon blame Omar Minaya for not wanting Manny Ramirez, when you know full well that Minaya would sign Ramirez tomorrow if given the go ahead from Fred and Jeff. If it isn’t a money issue, then we have to question whether or not Minaya actually still has full authority when it comes to baseball related moves, because his affinity for Ramirez has never been a secret.

It is true that the Mets biggest weakness last year was their bullpen, and it has been greatly improved. That cannot be argued. What can be argued is will the offense be as good as it was last year. Last season the Mets offense scored enough runs to win the division, but it took a renaissance of sorts from an aging slugger. If Carlos Delgado reverts back to his 2007 performance the Mets lineup is in for a world of trouble. It’s hard to go into a season with championship aspirations with a questionable platoon in left field and a total black hole at second base. If you compound that with a sub par season from Delgado you could be looking at another disappointing finish. All because the Wilpon’s did not want to spend the extra cash to go for a championship.

There’s a serious offense problem that has spanned two Septembers and if the Mets don’t fix it get ready for more of the same.

I don’t know about the rest of you but the thought that a player the caliber of Manny Ramirez is out there, and the Mets aren’t interested, makes me almost physically ill. It’s pure insanity to think the Mets can’t raise their payroll when they’re going to be making more money than they ever have before. If the Madoff scheme has really cost the Wilpons so much that it becomes a detriment to the on field product they should sell their share in the team or at the very least say so.

If you can afford to make it to Citi Field this season I want you to add up how much money you’ve spent. On your ticket, on your souvenirs, on your beer and your food. Add it all up while you watch Fernando Tatis play left field and Luis Castillo play second base. Add it up while you think about the three superstars the other team in our city signed this off-season. Add it up when you think about the twenty million dollars a year the Wilpons will get from Citi Bank and the money they’ll save on revenue sharing because of the new park. Add it all up and try not to make yourself ill while thinking about what could have been.

Category: MLB
 
 
 
 
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