Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Mets News and Notes: Valdespin, Nieuwenhuis, Bay, Alderson, K-Rod Reunion?
Jordany Valdespin appears headed back to the Mets and Kirk Nieuwenhuis will go on the DL. Valdespin homered Tuesday for Triple-A Buffalo, a day after producing a four-steal game with the Bisons.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after suffering a bruised right hand during batting practice. Andres Torres instead started in center field.
Jason Bay hit indoors and ran at Citi Field on Tuesday. He expected to head to the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Thursday and potentially be activated from the disabled list in nine days, when the Mets reassemble after the All-Star break in Atlanta for the July 13 second-half opener.
In support of Wright, Sandy Alderson took to Twitter for a second time in three days to take a jab at the selection of Pablo Sandoval as the NL's starting third baseman in the All-Star Game.
Alderson tweeted on Tuesday: ASG election of "Kung Fu Panda" shows the value of a cute nickname. Surprised Giants fans didn't elect a "ball dude" to start at 3B.
That followed a Sunday tweet in which Alderson wrote: Wright vs.Sandoval: A city of 8 million was outvoted by a city of 800,000.
Team Sources say while not entirely ruling out acquiring a high-priced closer type, that he did not foresee the Mets trading for another team's closer for setup duty. Of course, the Brewers Francisco Rodriguez doesn't exactly fit into that description anymore, since he has served as a set-up man for the past year.
The New York Post first reported the Mets' interest in K-Rod, and it appears his past problems in Flushing won't get in the way of a possible reunion. Rodriguez, who earns $8 million this season on a one-year deal, is presently under performing in a setup role for Brewers closer John Axford and might soon be available.
The Mets could probably get him by taking on most of the money (down to $4 million by now) rather than giving up a valuable prospect, something that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is very reluctant to do.
K-Rod's former teammates say they would not object to a return. Josh Thole told Mark Hale in the Post: “The people outside don’t know what kind of guy this guy is. He made one mistake.” Said Tim Byrdak to the newspaper: “I never saw any of [the problems] when I was with him last year. Great guy. ... Nice guy to play with. He was a good teammate.”