It Ain't Over Till It's Over
Jim Leyland may be a long shot at this point, but he's not completely out of the picture. There is a chance that he may interview with the Mets after his interview with the Phillies. The article also mentions that Jim Tracy may become available if his contract talks with the Dodgers break down, although I cannot see Jim Tracy coming to the Mets. Despite all this, the Mets still hope to have a manager in place next week.
If Leyland is still out there and they have the opportunity to land him, get it done. Money should not be the issue here and he should not be passed up because he'll be more expensive. Omar needs to take advantage of this opportunity if it is there for taking. He is hands down the best candidate available.
From the Daily News:
But sources said Leyland has "significant interest" in the Mets and sees the job as having more .upside because of the team's apparent willingness to increase payroll and operate like a major-market club before its regional TV network is launched in 2006.
The Mets are expected to bring back Jaramillo and Randolph for second interviews and maybe Terry Collins as a long shot.
Meanwhile, the Mets' top free-agent-to-be, Kris Benson, has not filed yet, but his negotiations have taken a backseat to the managerial search.
"We continue to have friendly dialogue," Benson's agent, Gregg Clifton, said. "We look forward to resuming full-fledged negotiations to keep Kris a Met, which is what he wants to do."
He appeared in four of the Peoria Saguaros' first 17 games, posting a 1-0 record with a 3.18 ERA while striking out 14 in 11 1/3 innings. Bannister recently fanned six in a three-inning relief stint.
Bannister was a starter in the Mets minor league system but has only started in one game in the fall league. He has pitched 11.1 innings while striking out 14 and only walking two batters. Bannister should be vying for a spot in the AAA rotation this spring and could be fast tracked to the majors if he continues in the bullpen.
Cablevision might not be able to refuse to carry a proposed Mets network in 2006 as it did with the Yankees' YES Network during its first year, Cablevision CEO James Dolan said yesterday.
I do not think that any team's channel should be covered as basic cable. For $5-$7 a month, you should be able to get both as a package and pay if you want to see it. But since the YES Network already forced everyone's hand, the Mets Network will have to carried as basic cable as well since it set the precedence. Luckily there is no shot any other team in any other sport in this area can create their own network so it is not like this is going to be a case where a subscriber has to pay an extra $20 a month to cover all these sports channels.
"Jon wants to come back," said his agent, Rex Gary. "The Yankees will either pick up his option or not, it's up to them. Jon wants to remain a Yankee."
They will pick up the option or not? F-in brilliant. Very insightful.
"Bonds has received 'the clear' and 'the cream' from BALCO on a 'couple of occasions.' According to Valente, Bonds does not like how 'the clear' makes him feel."