Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
First, the Red Sox were going to hire someone from their first wave of interviews. Then the Cubs hired Dale Sveum and all of a sudden the Red Sox went back and started over, expanding their search. Then we heard reports that a manager would be named Tuesday, only to find out that would be delayed until later in the week. Tuesday, the saga took another turn.
Karl Ravech of ESPN -- the studio host of Baseball Tonight, not a reporter, mind you -- tweeted that Gene Lamont has been eliminated from contention for the manager job. That would leave only Bobby Valentine as a candidate, meaning he would be hired. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has now reported that Valentine is the choice over Lamont "but that could change."
On the other hand ....
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
|Bobby Valentine in one of his finest moments as Mets manager|
The former Mets skipper met with Boston hierarchy as new general manager Ben Cherington continues the process of looking for a replacement for Terry Francona, who left after the epic Red Sox collapse at the end of last season along with GM Theo Epstein.
Valentine, 61, has not managed in the majors since leaving the Mets in 2002, and Cherington told reporters yesterday he still has more work to do before settling on a manager.
“This has always been a choice that I’m going to make with ownership,” Cherington said.
Valentine reportedly is the favorite among ownership, which values previous big league managerial experience. That could be why the Red Sox didn’t rush to hire Dale Sveum, who was interviewed but landed with Epstein and the Cubs last week.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
|Beltran might stay on the east coast|
A competing executive told Heyman that he predicts the Sox will ink Beltran to a two-year deal. According to an ESPN.com report last week, Beltran has left agent Scott Boras and is now represented by Dan Lozano.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Earlier in the week according to the NY Post, it almost wasn't such a certainty the veteran left-hander would finish the year in a Mets uniform.
This is after the Red Sox tried to acquire Capuano in a waiver deal, with the idea of using him to start Sunday's game against the Yankees, according to an industry source.
Capuano pitched yesterday's game for the Mets and allowed four earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in their wild 8-6 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. But as recently as Tuesday, the Mets were lining up a Plan B -- Miguel Batista -- for yesterday in the event Capuano was traded.
The deal never materialized because the Mets were not satisfied with Boston's offer of cash for Capuano, who can become a free agent after the season. The pitcher would have been ineligible for Boston's postseason roster, meaning the Red Sox would have been looking to rent Capuano for 1-2 appearances.
Capuano said he wasn't aware of the trade buzz until he had completed his start yesterday.
"I'm glad I didn't know about it," said Capuano, who grew up a Red Sox fan in Springfield, Mass. "It didn't happen, so I don't know if there is much more to talk about."
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson had no comment when asked about the Red Sox interest in Capuano. But Alderson hinted he recently had been approached by a team trying to make a deal for a player. Alderson said there were multiple factors in not trading.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Cafardo is quoted as saying,
You don't go out and obtain Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to finish second to the Yankees. You get those guys because you've committed to winning it all. And to not finish things off would be foolish.
So, as the trade deadline approaches in two weeks, the Red Sox have to identify what they need to accomplish their goal.
From this perspective, they should load up the truck of prospects and send them to the Mets for shortstop Jose Reyes. "I know that everyone seems to think the Red Sox are going to bring in Carlos Beltran, or that they need a pitcher, but today proved to me that their biggest need is to get Reyes and solidify that shortstop position," said an American League scout [Saturday].
Hey Listen, The Mets could use some relief from payroll next season and send Reyes over to Red Sox Nation for some prospects, if they are worth it. But would Alderson do it?
I don't think Sandy Alderson is ready to throw in the towel on the Reyes front just yet. Plus he is one of the few players that he would get draft pick compensation for if not signed (Key is rebuilding).
He is also highly regarded from a Fan Stand point and the Mets are not ready to lose more fans. On the other hand, Carlos Beltran in my opinion is a goner and as soon as the Mets see the players they want back in return, that will be a settled issue.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
"They're in first place. It's a no brainer. Boston is a great team. Like I say man, the Mets know that I have made it clear to them , I'm willing to listen if they want to trade me. All I want to be is on a team that has a chance to go to the playoffs. I know that there are a lot of teams out there having a good season."I think we all can understand that baseball is a business but where is the loyalty with these players nowadays. Reyes is saying all of the right things as far as his feelings toward staying with the Mets while K-Rod and Beltran have already put one foot (or shotty knee) out of the door. They can't get out of New York fast enough and are letting everyone know.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Friday, April 01, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sunday, March 06, 2011
- Jose Reyes, ss
- Angel Pagan, cf
- David Wright, 3b
- Carlos Beltran, dh
- Jason Bay, lf
- Ike Davis, 1b
- Scott Hairston, rf
- Daniel Murphy, 2b
- Mike Nickeas, c
Jon Niese, lhp
Also pitching: Taylor Tankersley, Armando Rodriguez, Francisco Rodriguez, Ryota Igarashi, John Lujan, Boof Bonser
- Marco Scutaro, ss
- Ryan Kalish, cf
- Jed Lowrie, 2b
- Daniel Nava, dh
- Josh Reddick, rf
- Lars Anderson, 1b
- Willie Middlebrooks, 3b
- Juan Carlos Linares, lf
- Luis Exposito, c
Michael Bowden, rhp
Monday, February 28, 2011
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Let me start this post off by saying that when the offseason first started, I was firmly in the camp that suggested a Beltran trade, no matter how much money the Mets had to eat of his contract.
The Mets were 48-40 at the All-Star break this year, and then Beltran returned which started the massive decline to mediocrity. I don't want to say that these two occurrences are linked, but it makes you wonder nonetheless.
Recently, we heard the rumors about a possible Beltran trade with the Red Sox. However, now that the Sox signed speedster Carl Crawford (a great signing by the way), that likely spells the end to those rumors. In fact, the Red Sox now have four quality outfielders so they may even look to trade a Jacoby Ellsbury or J.D. Drew instead of acquiring another outfielder.
There are not many other trading partners out there willing to put their faith in a 33-year old outfielder who hasn't played a full season since 2008.
Let's face it: Even with a monster year this year, Beltran certainly would not have lived up to his mega contract. He was a solid player in Kansas City and had that miracle run in the playoffs for Houston which allowed him to earn his big contract.
When healthy, he is a five-tool player but not worth $19 million per season. For that matter, none of these guys that make $20 million a year are worth that type of money. The pay structure of the sport is getting ridiculous ($126 million for Jason Werth...Jason Werth! The guy's had two good years).
Anyway, back to Beltran.
It looks like Beltran will be with the club in some capacity in 2011. He might remain in center field or shift over to right. Either way, we need Beltran to hit and hit consistently.
I'm not usually one to make predictions, but here's what I see this year from Beltran.
He will play in about 130 games (naturally he will be "injured" at some point), seeing time in both center and right, unless he willingly makes the switch to right permanently.
I see him putting up similar numbers to his first year with the Mets. He'll hit about .270 with 15-20 HR and 70+ RBI. Contract aside, these numbers could be beneficial to a Mets team that is clicking on all cylinders. But when was the last time Reyes, Wright, Beltran, Bay, Davis, etc. were all hot at the same time? The answer is not too often.
Another scenario can occur if Beltran bursts out of the gates in 2011. He can establish his trade value and depending on where the Mets stand in July, they might be able to net some talented prospects (preferably starting pitchers) from a team in search of outfield help down the stretch.
So since Beltran will likely be here, it is time for fans to stop calling for his head and rally behind him. He will be on our team, and as far as I'm concerned, that is plenty reason to cheer for him.
We won't be seeing the Beltran of old, but hopefully an able-bodied, mildly productive Beltran shows up this year.
Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
The Padres would not receive any established major league players in the trade, but it's likely the Red Sox would include their top pitching prospect, Casey Kelly, sources have said. Red Sox prospects Anthony Rizzo and Ryan Kalish also have been brought up as possible pieces, sources said.
Sources told Olney it's very possible the Gonzalez deal would mean the end of Adrian Beltre's time with the Red Sox, because although Kevin Youkilis could move to left field, Boston's preference probably would be to shift Youkilis to third base.