A blog dedicated to the New York Mets with some other baseball thrown in.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

The Rumor Mill

Do not have much time today. So I'll get to the point.

Zeile is my new favorite Met.
Milledge is quickly becoming a stud. Two more hits and 3 more RBIs last night.

Now to the Rumor Mill, or my version of it anyway.

  • Beltran to the Padres? According the ESPN Insider, it could happen. ESPN does not speculate who the Padres would offer up in return, however, Xavier Nady makes this rumor intriguing in my book. In Peter Gammon's column on May 23rd, Kevin Towers, who is the Padres GM, had said "He's going to be a very good hitter. The question is when and where". I found that quote quite strange, but it does sound like the Padres are willing part with him. Nady is a 25 year old that is full of talent with no where to go at the MLB level for the Padres according to Towers. At 24, he had his cup o' joe last year playing in 111 games, hitting 9 homeruns, 39 RBIs, and had a .269 average playing for the big club. The Padres have him at AAA currently and he is batting .325 with 3 homeruns and 16 RBIs. Nady is a guy that would be able to step into the centerfield spot for the Royals at the major league level as soon as the trade is made. He has nothing left to prove in AAA and has tremendous upside. In addition to that, with the Padres thinking of drafting Stephen Drew. If they draft Drew, a guy named Josh Barfield may suddenly become expendable (Click here to read a previous post about him). When Towers had been quoted in articles that they were thinking about drafting Drew, my Spider Sense went off because it does not make sense. This move adds up if he is looking to move Barfield. Both of those guys would most assuredly have the juice to get a deal done giving the Royals exactly what they want. Top tier cheap talent. Especially with Relaford's performance this year, a second baseman is on Kansas City's wishlist. That Padres package built around a MLB ready Xavier Nady and stud second baseman Josh Barfield in AA would certainly be tough for anyone to beat.

  • Anna Kournikova may have a bun in the oven and getting hitched to Enrique Iglesias. Espn's Page 2 have extensive coverage on this.

  • In the spirit of rumors, I'll start one my self. It seems that A-Rod's wife is pregnant. However, I have inside information to suggest that Derek Jeter is actually the father of A-Rod's soon to be baby.

  • Hey if bad sports writers can start them, so can I.