Jays extend offer to Burnett

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The Yanks may have to look for a new Plan B. According to reports out of Toronto, the Blue Jays have offered to extend A.J. Burnett‘s current deal by two years and $30 million, bringing his contract to four years and $55 million. Burnett can probably get a bit more on the open market, but he’s expressed his comfort with Toronto. While there’s no doubt that CC Sabathia is the better pitcher, if the Yanks were to miss out on both Burnett and the Brewers’ current ace, the off-season would start to look rather bleak.

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  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    I was hoping Burnett was more like Plan D…

    • Steve

      Yeah, me too.

      He’s sort of like an ugly chick. I didn’t really want him, but I wanted him around just in case I got horny and couldn’t find anything better.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Damn, if the Blue Jays can do something with that offense, the A.L. East will be a four-horse race from the start of the season.

    **Fun Fact: If the season were to end today (which it will for the Mets in all likelihood), 80% of the top five teams (Yankees, Tigers, Mets, Red Sox, White Sox) in baseball with the highest payroll would not qualify for the postseason.

    Huh.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      Speaking of throwing money down the drain, LoL @ Brian Sabean and the Giants paying Barry Zito $20M in 2013.

  • D.B.

    hey guys,
    how was brackmans performance last night?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Tonight, 7pm Hawaii time, so 1am tomorrow morning on the east coast.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      He starts in twelve hours.

      • D.B.

        oh, i got the dates confused then.

  • kenthadley

    reality strikes….if AJ takes the offer (he should) and CC leverages NYY for LAD ( he could), what we have left is……..????? no pitcher available better than Wang……so do you build depth with #2/3′ s like Ollie? Sheets is too much of an injury guarantee…….Dempster wants to stay in Cubbieville…..maybe Bedard on the cheap, but he now has injury history also……

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Oliver Perez is NOT a #2 or 3 in the AL East. A pitcher who allows 1.4 baserunners per 9 innings in the NL East is going to get lit up in the AL. You’re basically looking at Carl Pavano 2008. We don’t need an overpaid pitcher tossing up a 5.00 ERA every five games.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        Oliver Perez is NOT a #2 or 3 in the AL NL East.

        There, fixed.

      • kenthadley

        I understand………so, sans CC, what do we get? i dont see us doing nothing, but I’m skeptical of the choices…..

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      1. CC
      2. Sheets
      3. Lowe
      4. Burnett
      5. Dempster
      6. Olie

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        “3. Derek Lowe” = The Congressman’s head explodes.

        I fear my feelings about Lowe are getting irrational, but I haven’t seen one convincing argument why that guy should be in pinstripes next season. He’ll be 36 next season and he sucks.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          At least 182.2 IP in the last 7 years, all but one year with an above average ERA+. Been there, done that in the AL East already, no worries about his ability to handle the switch.

          Money in the bank right there.

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            “Been there, done that in the AL East already.” = 4.92 ERA in 2003-2004, his last 2 seasons in the AL East, when he was 30-31 years old. Granted the guy is an innings eater, but that does you no good if he sucks in all those innings he’s physically able to pitch.

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              Touche.

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                It all depends on what your priorities are… Personally, I want to see the Yankees identify the guys they actually want, go after them, and then if you don’t get those guys, don’t stoop down to a lower level just to fill spots. Derek Lowe just fits that latter description to me. Derek Lowe types aren’t the building blocks of championship-caliber teams, so why bother committing the time and money to them?

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Then again, if the intention is to have the guy be your number 5 starter for a couple of years, that sounds acceptable (but not ideal) to me. So, I guess what I’m saying is, I have no idea what I’m saying. Sure everyone’s glad I commented.

    • Steve

      From MLB Trade Rumors

      http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2008/09/ms-may-or-may-n.html

      Bedard is healthy. Just had a cyst removed.

  • daneptizl

    Sabathia or no one.

  • Colin

    idk why you guys are so down on sheets. i’d actually rather have him than burnett. we’ll have to see how he pitches today and if theres anything to this arm injury

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      I’m not down on Sheets’ pitching ability or his stuff. I’m down on Sheets’ ability to stay healthy. This is the first season since 2004 that he’s made 30 or more starts, and he’s already dealing with some injuries. Let’s see how he comes out of today’s start.

    • Steve H

      He’s won 13 games this year, which is a career high. in the NL.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        Yeah but low win totals are as much a function of being on the Brewers than anything else. He’s got a career ERA+ of 116, a career whip under 1.2 and a career K/9 of 7.6. I’d take that.

        • Steve H

          Peripherals are great, but he’s started 30+ games 4 times in his career, and can’t manage more than 13 wins? This year’s Brewers team is 89-71. I absolutely believe that wins are overrated, but he should find a way to win more than 13 games in the NL. Good pitchers can and regularly do win games on bad teams. Look at Cliff Lee and Lincecum this year. Sheets has never overcome his team to win enough for me.

  • Batty

    AJ: Oft injured over priced pitcher….Cashman is crying in his beer that this one is slipping out of his grasp…

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      That’s an insightful comment DOT DOT DOT (firing the first salvo in the war against the overuse of ellipsis by blog commenters)

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Fuck you (and your parentheticals (which are just as pretentious and ubiquitous as ellipses (if not (necessarily) more))) Mondesi…

  • JRVJ

    If Sabathia is available, pay what you have to pay to get him. Keep Moose and Pettitte, so that Phil is your sixth starter (Aceves 7th and IPK 8th). That gives you some security going forward.

    Let Abreu, Pavano and I-Rod go (though offer arb to Abreu and I-Rod, and maybe see if there’s a trade market for Pavano if you pick-up the option).

    If Abreu accepts arbitration, then try figure out if he wants to play 1B or try get Matsui to play 1B (both are one year contracts, and while they won’t be as good as Giambi). Otherwise, try to see if you can trade Abreu or Matsui for something.

    Don’t overpay for non-top tier FAs. Just don’t.

    • BklynJt

      Just after one year of failures, it seems that everyone has completely jumped off the “lets get younger” bandwagon and right back on to the “buy the best players” bandwagon.

      Granted, this was a disappointing year for hughes, kennedy, melky, and cano, but let’s not be discouraged and revert to our old ways. Wise spending, with young guys stepping up is how we will get this done! I’m not advocating handing a position to Hughes, but with the investment (not trading him for johan) that we have in him, the 5th spot should be his to win.

      • JRVJ

        With all due respect, I have never been on that bandwagon, because I think it’s an overreaction.

        The Yanks should put a lot of energy and money in rebuilding and strengthening their farm system, but they should not pretend to be the Oakland A’s.

        With the Yanks resource base, they should judiciously sign top FAs AND take on salary dumps of good players (ironically, the Abreu deal was just such a deal, because the Yanks did not give up anything they wanted).

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    The more and more I look at it, I think the Yankees are going to be forced to start Joba Chamberlain in the rotation. I personally think the Yankees should re-sign Mike Mussina, Carl Pavano and Andy Pettitte to give the rotation some league-average depth.

    Let’s say that none of those three guys return, you’re looking at Chien-Ming Wang as the only guaranteed starter in your rotation. If we are fortunate enough to land C.C. Sabathia, that is two guys that are guaranteed spots. Who in this free-agent market is truly a wise sign other than Sabathia? Who in this free-agent market gives you the prospect of more rewards than risk of durability and cost (in terms of years, money and draft picks)?

    Believe it or not, Derek Lowe is actually the best option behind Sabathia. In the past seven seasons, Lowe has started thirty-two games or more, pitched two-hundred innings in five of those seasons (199.1-IP in 2007), and had his OPS+ dip below 114 twice. The problem? 2009 is his age-36 season, he will command three years at the least, and his signing comes with Type-A compensation.

    So, what do you think the Yankees should do? Are their hands being forced here in terms of where to start our beloved Joba? Is Ben Sheets a wise signing at this point? Can a rotation of Wang, Mussina, Pettitte, Hughes and Pavano hold the fort until our ace-in-the-making makes his return to the rotation?

    Ben says our off-season looks bleak without the signings of Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, I say it will make it all the more interesting and nail-biting.

    • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

      Ok, I’ll concede that Derek Lowe has been very durable the last few years (though we’ll see if that keeps up at age 36 and beyond), but, looking at his stats (and keeping his age and the level of competition he has faced/will face), do you really think he is anything but a 4 or 5 starter on a good team in the AL East? If you do, I guess we’ll agree to disagree.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Should read “(and keeping in mind”, my bad.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Nah, I think he will be what every rotation needs: a healthy starter that will give you two-hundred innings at league-average quality.

        Then again, signing another pitcher who puts the burden on this defense to make plays behind him may not be the wisest decision.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Tru dat, hadn’t considered the fact that Lowe relies on his defense so heavily.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          Ok. I disagree with it, but I’ll concede (for the sake of conversation) that Lowe will go out and give you 200 league average innings. How many years are you giving him? If he asks for 4, do you give it to him? Do you do 3 years? Highly doubtful a guy who will be 36 in 2009 will sign for less than 3-4 years.

          • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

            I think you have me confused, I’m not advocating a signing of Derek Lowe, just saying he has emerged as the best starting pitcher on the free-agent market behind C.C. Sabathia, all things considered.

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              Well then, if CC is off the market, then do you advocate signing Derek Lowe, all things considered?

              • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

                Eh, probably. I’m with Mike, not for anything more than two years.

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Yeah, I hear you… Like I said earlier, I guess I can see it being an acceptable option if you’re talking a 1 or 2 year deal. I don’t think I’d advocate for that move, but it’s not like getting Derek Lowe in the back-end of your rotation for a year or two is a terrible thing. I just don’t think anyone should be under the impression that Derek Lowe is any sort of game-changer for the Yankees in the next few years.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Preferably no more than 2. 2/30 seems like a fair offer, take it or leave it.

      • Steve H

        Some of Lowe’s problems in his last few years in Boston were heavily tied to his partying ways. Maybe he’s matured, maybe not. Though I like the idea of signing him, bringing him to the nightlife of New York would certainly scare me.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          But Steve H – Lowe has won 14 or more games 5 of the 7 seasons he’s been a starter, so he’s a better pitcher than Ben Sheets, right?

          • Steve H

            He’s been more valuable to his teams, yes. The ability to stay healthy, and stay in the rotation, instead of running Ponson’s and Rasner’s out there makes him a better pitcher in the last 5 years than Sheets. Plus, Lowe has done it in the Al East, and in the playoffs. All in all, Derek Lowe has done more for his teams than Ben Sheets. Better pitcher? I’d say yes. More potential, better stuff, no? But when you are discussing a pitchers stuff and potential, it means he hasn’t done much yet. We all want CC becuase he’s a great pitcher, not because he simply has good stuff.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      I just re-read this and I think it comes off that I’m putting a bit too much stock in the loss of draft picks. Although I agree that should be considered, I also believe that if that is the only thing holding a team back from offering a contract, then there is nothing holding that team back from offering a contract.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        I think everyone puts a little too much stock in draft picks. On the other hand, it’s getting harder and harder to draft better quality players late in the draft. The Yankees are no longer one of the only few teams willing to pay over slot prices.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Agreed. Draft picks are nice, but their actual value is extremely small. They should never be the deal breaker in signing a guy like CC or Sheets. A guy like Frank Catalanato or Luis Vizcaino, then year, find another guy and keep the pick.

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Oh man, I love LoHud. I was reading through the comments and thought this was the early favorite for their stupid comment of the day:

    TeKNetick September 27th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    If Cash is gone, so is Hughes. No way a new GM who has no emotional attachment to him will keep him around. He will use him to get a young position player. He is our only chip along with Cano and Cano has more value.

    A few scrolls down and I discovered this gem:

    Kennedy is a done as a Yankee. Atleast Hughes has some upside as a #3 starter, Kennedy is a #5 on the Nationals/Royals at best.

    He is the prime example of why you should never trust September numbers. The guy is Igawa from the right side.

    Oh mercy.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      If Cash leaves, it’ll be an unmitigated disaster. The front office will be in chaos.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Couldn’t agree more. I won’t harp on it with another 500 word manifesto, but I’m terrified of what will happen if Cashman leaves. This could get very ugly, very quickly.

      • Ivan

        Lets hope he doesn’t leave. Shit Omar got a 4-year deal from the Mets and they might miss the playoffs twice in a row and has done what the yanks use to do from with player development back then.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          You’re missing the point. The questions is whether Cashman WANTS to stay, not whether the Yankees will give him a contract.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        People seem to be really high on that female executive from the Dodgers, Kim Ng. Any chance we can pry her away or is it better (rather, will we have to) look in-house?

        As for in-house candidates, anybody else we should be talking about aside from Jean Afterman and Damon Oppenheimer?

        I personally hope we raid Tampa Bay’s front office with S.W.A.T. teams and kidnap everyone in eyesight. ;)

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Ng’s already worked for the Yanks, as an assistant GM in the 90’s. Frankly, she’s a nobody. If she was a dude, no one would think twice about her. She just happens to be the highest profile female exec in the game.

          It sounds harsh, but the truth hurts.

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Mike – How do you know that?

            • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

              Well, it is just opinion, but one that I seem to share with a few others. I’ve seen it written elsewhere, and I’ve talked to people who feel that way.

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                People who know Kim Ng or know people who have worked with/for her? I’m being annoying about this, but I just think people tend to think they know about these GM candidates when really we know next to nothing about them (other than guys with track-records, of course). If you’re saying you have some sort of inside insight, obviously that works. (I meant my comment below more as an anticipated response to a bunch of people having a discussion about a bunch of people they couldn’t pick out of a lineup.)

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                  A few people that have worked with her, both directly and indirectly.

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  Gotcha, thanks.

        • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          I don’t think anybody here has any insight as to who should be the next Yankees GM, if Cashman leaves. Does anyone really know anything about any of these people? Even Oppenheimer, nobody has any idea how he would run the organization, what his philosophy would be, how effective he would be.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            If Cash leaves, I’ll have a post up endorsing our official candidate as the next GM. Not gonna tell you who it is yet, because I’m still deciding between two guys.

            • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              You big tease.

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

                Hey, I hope I don’t have to write the post at all. I’d rather keep Cash.

                • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                  I’ll drink to that.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      LoHud is high comedy. Opinions are like assholes everyone has them and most of them stink.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Don’t get your panties all in an uproar!

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          I don’t wear panties. Commando is the only way to go.

          • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Sorry, I thought you were quoting “It’s Always Sunny.”

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              My apologies, I didn’t catch it. Damn! I’m an idiot.

              • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                lol No worries. That episode was the shit though.

                “You look like a Holocaust victim in pageant makeup.”

                “I will eat your babies, bitch!”

                • Steve H

                  Personally, I think all episodes of Sunny are the shit. Haven’t been disappointed once by that show.

  • Ivan

    Well Burnett was probably the third best option for the yanks.

    Again a guy like Sheets wouldn’t be such a bad investment. Yes their injury concerns but he has great stuff, his #’s have always been very good and for 3 or 4 years his contract is relatively cheap.

    • Reggie C.

      I think the Jays’s contract extension offer doesnt get it done. Burnett is gonna want more money annually. I wonder if the Jays are willing to go to 16 Million per. If Burnett’s serious about being comfortable with the Jays org., then he shouldn’t turn that down.

      Sheets is pitching today. If he goes 7/8 innings of dominance then its a good sign that his current soreness/fatigue isn’t major. If he’s gone by the 4th inning , watch out GMs … he’s hurt

  • Mark B

    If we get CC, we should then look at re-signing Moose or Pettitte to a one or two-year deal and be done with it. If Moose and Pettitte retire, look at signing Lowe to a similar short-term deal.

    If we miss out on CC, our 1A and 1B alternatives should be Dempster and Burnett.

    Given the probable decrease in payroll, I don’t see how they will spend top dollar on two long-term contracts on starting pitchers when they have to address what to do in RF and 1B.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      I will not be happy until he have the 2003 Florida Marlins starting rotation! (Unless Boston wants to get rid of him, sans Beckett))

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        -we-

  • Reggie C.

    Hey Ben & Mike … you guys should consider making a pitch for the GM spot. Get Joseph in on it, and it’ll be a triumvirate ala ancient Rome.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Then we can post a poll on the site for all roster moves. Think of the possibilities.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Taking ideas from Omar Minaya, eh? ;)

        Seriously, what the fuck was he thinking with that Luis Castillo contract?

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    Here’s another gem of a LoHud comment:

    Nolasco,

    You choose TODAY to have the worst start of your life? C’mon, boy, get some outs.

    It’s still the FIRST INNING!!!

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      ..And one fucking run, Lordy.

    • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

      And what’s with the “C’mon, boy…” part, what is he going to say next, “Get ‘er done!”?

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Hey, where is Wilkins De La Rosa going to start in 2009, Tampa or Trenton?

    • Ivan

      Maybe Tampa.

      • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        … and maybe Trenton?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Tampa seems likely. Start him in the nice warm weather, move him up in midseason if he’s ready.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        I thought that, saw some jackass at LoHud mention he was going to start in Trenton.

        Yeah, I know, shame on me for that, but just wanted to make sure. ;)

  • Ivan

    Wow I didn’t know that Mark Reynolds set the record for the most K’s in a season with 201. Unless your Dunn or Howard, Reynolds should not be in your lineup.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Howard’s 2 K away from becoming the second member of the 200 K club.

      Speaking of clubs, the M’s are the charter member of the 100/100 club. Yikes.

      • Ivan

        Here’s a scary thought. Imagine the Nats were in the AL East. YIKES.

      • http://yankeesfuture.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

        100/100? 100 losses and what else?

  • Brian

    I posted this late on the game thread last night, and it’s still making me laugh. AJ in Toronto looks very very happy. Watch out, Moose. He likes him a 20-game winner. Caption contest?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/teams/nyy/photos/im:urn:newsml:sports.yahoo,ap:20050301:mlb,photo,73c69536841046fb8b31140720280bdd.yankees_blue_jays_baseball_nsd115:1

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I don’t want to know what that is on the side of Doc’s face.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Winner by default because I’m afraid of what people might say in an attempt to top that…

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    So if Tanner Scheppers has a healthy year in Indy ball, where can one reasonably expect him to go in next June’s draft?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      In that class? Top 10-15. He could slip though, shoulder injuries are scary.

  • Ivan

    Man Gary and Keith are some big ass Homers.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.
  • UWS

    Mets’ broadcast discussing the fact that the Marlins seem to not be happy with Jeremy Hermida. Any way we could pry him away? Is there any point to doing so?

    • Ivan

      You would have to trade Hughes to get him. I’ll do a IPK for Hermida trade straight up.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      I’d give it a shot. He’s struggled with injuries, but he’s got a sweet swing and military style plate discipline. If they can get buy low on him, I’d do it. Stick him in the two hole behind Johnny and ahead of Jeter and A-Rod and watch him hit .280-.370-.500 with 80-90 RBI.

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        Wait, why put a guy with .500-SLG% ahead of Derek Jeter?

        • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

          *.500-SLG% ability…*

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

            Good point.

  • Ivan

    Now why the hell Gary would they put Hanley Ramirez at 1B?

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    Can someone explain to be what “scuttlebutt” means? Jon Heyman is starting to aggravate me.

    Gary Cohen: “Trade Jacobs and move Hanley Ramirez to First Base and trade for a defensive Short-Stop.”

    I guess Jorge Cantu is too important to the chemistry and future of the Florida Marlins to remove from Third Base.

    Also, Ramirez is a league-average Short-Stop (in terms of Zone Rating), fuck off, Cohen, he should stay where he’s at.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      MOVE HANLEY TO FIRST BASE??????

      That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. If anything move him to CF. God Cohen’s an idiot.

      • Ivan

        Word. I soon as I heard it, I was like Whaaa!

      • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

        If he were to move, wouldn’t a combo of Hanley at Third Base and Cameron Maybin at Center Field be a better duo than Hanley in CF and Maybin in a corner-outfield spot?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Could be, but I’d prefer to maximize Hanley’s athleticism.

  • http://madein1903.com Felix the cat

    Logan White would be my first choice as a GM

    Not sure who i would choose as my second choice though….. :-|

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      He’s an excellent candidate. Well liked and respected in the game, smart as hell, could build a staff in a snap.

      • http://madein1903.com Felix the cat

        I’ve followed him for quite some time and in my honest opinion i thought he would have a job elsehwere before Mike Rizzo did..

  • http://www.new.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/profile.php?id=594331910&ref=name Jamal G.

    It’s comical that Shea Stadium is not sold out today.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      Should I start a thread for the Mets’ game? There seems to be enough interest.

    • UWS

      It probably is, people just didn’t show up. With the awful weather, I’m not surprised.

      • Ivan

        Please. That weather stuff is an excuse. Team is in the playoff chase in a big game, and you can’t sell out the stadium. Come on.

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    By the way guys… Regarding the discussion earlier today about Rocco Baldelli, the Rays and Baldelli have now come out refuting the report that Baldelli was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.

    http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/sep/27/sp-crawford-ready-to-go-but-team-not-going-to-rush/

  • tom

    is beddard a freee agent

  • http://madein1903.com Felix the cat

    It’s sold out. The tickets were scarce last time i checked but would you blame them for not showing up?

    This is the mets fanbase we are talking about

    Try driving home from a crappy stadium in crappy weather after watching a flawed and crappy team…

  • Marcus

    I’m sorry you guys. Yeah, CC is great and all(when he wants to earn $cash money$)

    You guys must take into consideration that even if we get him….we could still just be getting a guy who loses his fire and settles down because he just got his pay day. Going back to his so-so numbers that he started the season with.

    He probably is one of three guys we can go after to mix into our rotation without trades. But, it isn’t a guarantee like you all speak of.

    He’s pitching for millions of dollars and doing a damn good job. He will never pitch like this again, guaranteed.