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Old 11-02-2005, 05:18 PM
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Rumor has it that the Mets are looking at Rafael Furcal to play second base
There in lies the rub. ;) If they really arent going to bring in Manny, Furcal would make great sense.
They would like to keep Looper as a set up man but not at 5 million per. if he accepts half that and he wont, he'll stay. Lets say they sign Billy Wagner as closer a top priority if they are half way sane. Then they are limited to what they can do especially if they are really after Manny.
Now do they keep a rookie at first. Bring in little manny (Victor Diaz) to play second (his position in the minors).
or go with Keppinger, Anderson, Matsui to fight for second base. Or forget about Manny and bring in Furcal.
I dont think they will hold on to Diaz. I think they package him with Heilman and Lance milledge. They have a lot of ways to go here. its fun playing GM aint it. Then there is the bestfriends Flloyd and Cameron to keep happy. And they still have to sign Molina to catch.
They exercised the option on Trachsel so the pitching looks solid cept for a lefty in the Pen. A legit big bat and rbi man is more important to them than speed is. They also have to get rid of Camerons strikeouts.
Furcal, Reyes, Beltran, Ramirez, Wright, Konerko, Flloyd, Molina, Pitcher.

Ah we can only dream.
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Old 11-03-2005, 03:15 PM
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Personally i think that bringing Ramirez in is a ploy by the Red Sox to appease Boston fans. If that is the case what better place to say you're sending him than to the Mets? Appeases those still bitter from '86 because now the Mets have to deal with his antics, appeases those who still want to see him in a strong rivalry against the Yankees and appeases those who don't want to see him go because he's only one state over and they don't have to watch him play for the opposing team except for about six times over the next 3 years or so.

The Mets would be set if they make three moves: sign Furcal, sign Molina and sign Billy Wagner. If they sign Wagner they have a strong lefty closer preceded by Heilman, who showed late this season that he could close as well. You coudl very well use Wagner in a set-up role if you need a strong lefty then use Heilman to close or vice versa. And Jacobs at first has shown that he has a powerful lefty bat, but he hasn't proven himself yet, he may turn out to be a repeat of Jason Phillips.
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Of course these are only my opinions and nobody really cares. ;)

Or Jacobs could be like Jason Bay who they let go of to Pittsburgh or Melvin Mora. remember him :)
We are talkin here about 104 million payroll.
I wouldnt say they are set with Furcal, Molina and Wagner. Whos to say Flloyd stays productive. Mannys .330, 45, 140 cant be duplicated anywhere cept maybe Pujols. They gain 16 Mill and 5 more with Piazza and Looper. They can afford all of them if they somehow manage to dump Matsui's salary. (Trade him and pay half of it.) Dump Camies 7 mill and Graves 6 and they can afford them all.
Heilman isnt a proven closer but The kid can flat out pitch. Start, long relief and close and hes more valuable to them that way.

MLB TEAM PAYROLL (US$) 2005
1. NY Yankees 205,938,439
2. Boston 121,311,945
3. NY Mets 104,770,139
4. Philadelphia 95,337,908
5. LA Angels 95,017,822
6. St. Louis 92,919,842
7. San Francisco 89,487,426
8. Chicago Cubs 87,210,933
9. Seattle 85,883,334
10. Atlanta 85,148,582
11. LA Dodgers 81,029,500
12. Houston 76,779,022
13. Chicago Sox 75,228,000
14. Baltimore 74,570,539
15. Detroit 68,998,183
16. Arizona 63,015,833
17. San Diego 62,888,192
18. Florida 60,375,961
19. Cincinnati 59,658,275
20. Minnesota 56,615,000
21. Oakland 55,869,262
22. Texas 53,891,258
23. Washington 48,581,500
24. Colorado 48,107,500
25. Toronto 45,038,500
26. Cleveland 41,830,400
27. Milwaukee 40,234,833
28. Pittsburgh 38,133,000
29. Tampa Bay 37,975,067
30. Kansas City 36,881,000
Note:
Team salaries do not represent full team payroll. Number listed includes current salary for all players currently on the roster.

New York Mets 2005 Salaries
PLAYER SALARY (US$)
1. Mike Piazza 16,071,429
2. Carlos Beltran 11,571,429
3. Pedro Martinez 10,875,000
4. Tom Glavine 10,765,608
5. Mike Cameron 7,333,333
6. Kazuo Matsui 7,058,333
7. Steve Trachsel 6,782,500
8. Cliff Floyd 6,500,000
9. Danny Graves 6,250,000
10. Kris Benson 5,333,333
11. Braden Looper 5,300,000
12. Doug Mientkiewicz 3,750,000
13. Kazuhisa Ishii 2,581,174
14. Shingo Takatsu 2,525,000
15. Victor Zambrano 2,100,000
16. Felix Heredia 1,850,000
17. Miguel Cairo 900,000
18. Chris Woodward 700,000
19. Roberto Hernandez 650,000
20. Jose Offerman 500,000
21. Ramon Castro 500,000
22. Jose Reyes 332,000
23. David Wright 322,500
24. Tyler Yates 319,500
25. Bartolome Fortunato 317,000
Total Team Salary: 104,770,139

furcal reyes beltran floyd wright cameron Jacobs Molina Pitcher.

Still too many strikeouts from reyes, floyd, cameron and Jacobs. If Jacobs can adjust to the high fastball He'll be solid. They need a bopper from the outfield to justify keeping him at first. And the bottom three presents a problem with that lineup. Floyd is supposed to be cleanup?
Im telling you they need a 40 HR guy.
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Old 11-04-2005, 08:37 PM
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I do agree with you that the Mets could use a 40 HR guy, but historically the Mets have never had a player that consistently hit that mark, Piazza did it once, Hundley did it once, Strawberry did it. Shea Stadium requires speed and defense and has been known to eat up power hitters just as its been known to be a black hole for second basemen. Howerever i feel Jcobs could provide multiple solutions. He adds a lefty bat, he fills the gap at first base, and if ou extend his numbers out (11 HR in 100AB) he breaks the home run record if he gets as many ABs as Reyes and breaks 60HR if he gets as many ABs as Floyd, Wright or Beltran. I highly doubt that he could keep that pace up for an entire season, but doing that as a rookie in playign at Shea shows what he's capable of.

I say hold Jacobs, and dump Graves, Looper and Matsui.
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I think Straws carrer high was 39. Hojo might have topped 40. Dave Kingman hit 39 for them with like 79 rbis. lol

Jacobs: He's got a hole in the top of his strike zone. The book should be throw high heat until he proves he can adjust. The only other hole is lefty sliders off the plate. but how many leftys are there that can throw darts off of the plate to lefty hitters. very few
If I was managing a team and some one threw him a low fastball I'd fine him and bench him. Twice around the league will be tough on him. I'd be much more confident with a proven bopper at the glamor position.
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Old 11-15-2005, 09:13 PM
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Buster Olney from ESPN the Magazine Reports are that the White sox are interested in Griffey Jr to play centerfield and trade Arron Rowand to the Yankees.

Manny Ramirez will probably stay a red sox with the GM uncertainty. Theo says he wants to come back but to do so Luccino must go and I doubt that thats a possibility.

The Marlins are looking to dump big contracts once again even to division rivals. The mets are looking hard again at Carlos Delgado and several teams are interested in Juan Pierre.
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Old 11-17-2005, 02:38 AM
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Espn reported that Mike Cameron will go to San Diego for Xavier Nady
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Old 11-17-2005, 05:56 PM
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In their first major offseason move, the Mets have dealt Cameron to the Padres for Xavier Nady, pending a physical.
Cameron's physical is slated for tomorrow in San Diego, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Dealing Cameron, a perennial 20-20 player and two-time Gold Glover, for Nady, who is far from an accomplished big leaguer, is certainly a questionable move. While playing primarily first base and outfield this past year, the 27-year-old Nady batted .261 with 13 homers and 43 RBIs in 124 games and 326 at-bats.
Nady's numbers are hardly eye-popping, or even Cameron-esque. The Mets essentially traded Cameron for payroll and roster flexibility.
Cameron, entering the last season of his three-year $20.5 million deal, will make $6 million in 2006 and has a 2007 club option for $7 million with a $500,000 buyout. Nady is due approximately $1 million in 2006 and is arbitration eligible after next season. The right-handed-hitting Nady played 44 games at first last year and 69 in the outfield (he also played three at third). He could potentially platoon at first base with lefty-hitting Mike Jacobs. Last year against southpaws, Nady batted .323 with seven homers in 124 at-bats.
One American League executive said in a mini-scouting report of Nady yesterday, "His outfield skills have gotten better. First base, he's OK. He's average over there," also noting, "He's got some power."
Cameron, who turns 33 in January, hit .273 with 12 homers in 76 games this past year. He played 68 of them in right, as Carlos Beltran's arrival shifted him over. The two players smashed into each other on Aug. 11. Cameron received a concussion and facial fractures, ending his season. It's believed that there was not a ton of talent the Mets could have gotten for him right now.
Cameron, entering the last season of his three-year $20.5 million deal, will make $6 million in 2006 and has a 2007 club option for $7 million with a $500,000 buyout. Nady is due approximately $1 million in 2006 and is arbitration eligible after next season.
It's possible the money the Mets save could allow them to toss more cash toward a free agent (such as Billy Wagner) or use it in a trade for a high-salaried hitter (perhaps Carlos Delgado or Manny Ramirez).
"They're getting the payroll flexibility," one MLB team official said. "That's got to be a big part of it."
Cameron's agent, Mike Nicotera, said, "I don't believe it's appropriate for me to comment on this at this time. When the appropriate time presents itself, both Mike and I will certainly have a comment."
According to the person familiar with the situation, Cameron didn't issue a trade demand and the Mets didn't give him any assurance that they would deal him. According to the source, the situation apparently was such that the Mets would pursue a deal if it allowed Cameron to play center and provided the Mets with something that helped them.
If Nady is used at first, the Mets may need to find a right fielder. Victor Diaz is an in-house option, though the Mets could also pursue a right fielder elsewhere.
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I was talking to a friend throughout the day about Cameron for Nady. He thinks that there must be some kind of under the table part to this deal. Personally I think it's ingenious. Nady is younger (27 years old last Monday) and less experienced than Cameron. Nady has also never really had consistent playing time (He's played 3 seasons plus one at bat in 2000 and played 124 games in 2005 after playing 34 in 2004 and 110 his rookie year, 2003). However, what he does have on Cameron is his lifetime batting average is 24 points higher, he has much less strikeouts and he is much more versatile being able to play all 3 outfield positions as well as first base. The Mets not only dump salary that they may need in pursuit of Furcal, Wagner and Delgado but they also pick up a safety net in case they can't land a rightfielder or a first baseman. If the Mets sign Delgado or Konerko Nady plays right, if the Mets sign neither of them the righthanded Nady plays first against lefties (against whom he batted .323 last year) and Jacobs plays against the righties. That's my take on the trade. I have a good feeling about it.
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Nady isnt a bad player. they take Camerons Strikeouts out of the lineup. But they lose that gold glove defense. They probably could have gotten more for him. Definately a salary dump. they gain 6 million from the deal.
Furcal will end up with the cubs. Nomah is washed up. The steroids have destroyed him.
Wagner Molina and Manny as mets . That will be the team to beat in the NL east. :)
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Nov. 21, 2005, 8:41 PM ET
Red Sox on verge of acquiring Beckett, Lowell
The Red Sox and Marlins have come to a tentative agreement on a trade that would send Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to Boston for shortstop Hanley Ramirez, right-handed prospect Anibal Sanchez and a minor-league pitcher.
The deal is contingent on the finalization of paperwork and all players passing physicals, sources outside the Red Sox organization have told ESPN's Peter Gammons. An official announcement is not expected for a day or two, which leaves open the possibility that it could still fall apart, Gammons said on SportsCenter.
Only some last-minute haggling over dollars appeared to be holding up the deal, a baseball official with knowledge of the discussions told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. Florida would include cash in the trade to offset some of the $18 million owed to Lowell over the next two seasons.
In return, the Red Sox would give up Ramirez, their much-ballyhooed shortstop prospect, and Sanchez. The Marlins originally had targeted left-hander Jon Lester, but Boston balked at including him in the trade, so the Red Sox agreed to add a second minor leaguer if Florida took Sanchez instead, Stark reports.
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The local sports stations have this all but a done deal ( remember A-Rod) so, we'll have to wait and see, it appears at this time it will be Beckett and Mike Lowell (along with his hefty salary) to the red sox for Anabal Sanchez and Hanley ramirez ( wish we were keeping him and gettig rid of Retaria) and a prospect to be named latter to the Marlins, aquiring Beckett would give the 'sox a solid 1-2-3 starting rotation, providing Shilling can resemble something of what he was in 04....


I was ready to call the season a wash,seeing as they still havent signed a GM
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Red Sox DH David Ortiz, as quotes by the Associated Press:

?Red Sox OF Manny Ramirez is not returning to Boston?
?Manny is living through a difficult situation (in Boston) that only he and his family know and he no longer wants to play there?
?I spoke with him last week before he left for Brazil and he told me that he wants to go to a team in the West.??
?I found out that that [the Red Sox] are doing everything possible to trade him.??
?in the west, like in the western world??
?or, in the west, like the angels??
?the thing is, from what i can gather out of anaheim, the angels are not sold on bringing him on board, whereas the mets seem to be?this will be an interesting saga?

According to WFAN?s Mike and the Maddog, former Phillies manager Larry Bowa was quoted recently as saying that LHP Billy Wagner is incapable of pitching on back-to-back days, and back-to-back innings, and when he does, his fastball loses several miles-per-hour?
Asked to comment on Bowa?s remarks, Wagner told the radio hosts, ?I don?t care what Larry Bowa said.??
?hahah?nice?
Asked whether more than two teams are pursuing him, Wagner said, ?I think there?s more?I believe Boston, New York, I think Philadelphia and Atlanta?s still on the back-burner.??
Regarding his past comments about not liking New York City, Wagner said, ?There?s no secret that I?m not a city boy, I?m definitely from the country?but that plays no role in where I?m gonna play.??
Lastly, asked whether these negotiations will be wrapped up in days or weeks, he responded, ?I have no idea?you?ll have to ask my agent Bean [Stringfellow] and Omar [Minaya] on how long it?s gonna take.??

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Personaly, I hate to see him (Manny) go, but he is a PITA when he no longer wants to play, the logical place for him is with the Mets, I think he will be miserable anywhere else....
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