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Saturday, July 29, 2006

From Jason Starks Fingers to Your Eyes

Here's all you need to know about the trade-deadline climate, 2006: The A's keep suggesting they're willing to listen on Zito, a 28-year-old Cy Young who leads all AL left-handers not named Johan Santana in quality starts. Yet they have nothing going. Nada. Now it may also tell us something about how much teams enjoy the idea of trading for a soon-to-be-free-agent who just hired Scott Boras. But that's a side issue. The fact is, the A's have done everything but rent a billboard on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway to advertise their interest in trading Zito to the Mets. And there is still no evidence to suggest the Mets have been swayed by that advertising blitz one iota. Instead, according to a variety of clubs who check in with the Mets, they're focused on a less glamorous (and way less pricy) group of starting pitchers. Livan Hernandez apparently pitched his way back onto that list with his win Wednesday. Also on it (if the price is discounted enough): Jon Lieber and Tony Armas Jr. The Mets prefer a hard thrower. They just can't find one. They've backpedaled on Kip Wells. They don't think Jason Schmidt is gettable. They made a fruitless run at Oliver Perez. So there's no reason to think they're suddenly about to turn their attention to Zito, who would require them to deal Lastings Milledge or Aaron Heilman, plus another lesser player. Zito is a Nordstrom's kind of item. And the Mets clearly are just Target shoppers these days.

They still say Aaron Heilman or Lastings Milledge. If that is the case, I expect Omar to be all over that since Heilman has all of a sudden become expendable in their eyes.

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  • From ESPN rumor mill on Miguel Tejada:

    Many suitors for Miggy
    Jul 28 - According to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark, the Rangers and Dodgers have joined the Angels and Astros in the pursuit of Miguel Tejada.

    Even after making that Carlos Lee strike, Texas could be a good fit for Tejada, who's still owed $38 million over three-plus seasons. The Rangers have a hotshot shortstop prospect in Joaquin Arias. And they might be willing to include their third baseman, Hank Blalock, if they decide to play Tejada at third.

    The Dodgers, meanwhile, have Cesar Izturis and a busload of attractive prospects to offer. And no team was doing more active bat-shopping Friday than the Astros. Shortstop Adam Everett would be in the deal.

    The Orioles also have been scouting the Angels' prospects, and would prefer to get a pitcher in return. But the Angels are unlikely to move Jered Weaver or Ervin Santana, meaning the Orioles would likely target second baseman Howie Kendrick and/or shortstop Brandon Wood. The Angels have maintained that they will not trade either Kendrick or Wood.

    How about them Rangers? I guess pitching is not something they think they need.

  • I heart Pedro. After a rough first, he buckled down to work six innings with only 77 pitches thrown. Oh, David Wright and Jose Reyes aren't too bad either.

  • Mike Carp is a stud. He went 5 for 5 with a two runs scored, a double, his tenth homer, and four RBIs in St. Lucie's 9-2 win over Lakeland. This is a bold statement by me, but I think he will be better than Eric Duncan. He's really having a breakout year.

    Fernando Martinez went 0 for 3 with a two walks and a run scored in Hagerstowns loss to Asheville.

  • From Benny...

    I just shit my pants. Yulieski Gurriel has defected. Get him Omar. Get him at ANY cost.


    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    At this time we stay pat, we should not trade a guy who we can control for 6 years for a potential rent a player. I know the argument re: pitching and the playoffs to the world series but if we play consisitenet ball we are in the playoffs and if certain pitchers get hot we don't need a rent a player.

    10:55 AM

    Anonymous Coop said...

    Pedro - Back! Back! Am I glad he's back!!!!!! Take *that* Francoeur and Giles!!

    11:09 AM

    Blogger mr. met said...

    Heilman is expendable if the Mets do not view him as a starter. Bottom line. He is a replaceable reliever and Bell and Owens can fill in his spot. That's what I stand by. If you can get Milledge without losing Milledge or Humber, the deal is done. Period. End of story.

    Zito is a potential rent-a-player, but he moving the Shea, in the NL, on a good team with money is not exactly a bad spot for him Boras or not. Besides, the Mets can match any offer.

    Yes, Coop, take that Frenchy and Giles. El Duque will come up big and Tom Glavine is due.

    A statement will be made. This will be like when the mob sends a message and busts some kneecaps just to show someone they mean business.

    Message to the Braves...the Mets mean business. I bet they were all happy when they scored for in the first off of Pedro...OOOPSS!

    11:37 AM

    Anonymous Danny said...

    Michael - over from metsgeek here.

    People on other blogs (not to be named), keep throwing Humber's name into the trade-for-Zito mix. Am I the only one who thinks that would be insane?

    I think Humber may prove to be better than Pelfrey. Trading either Humber or Pelfrey in a deal for Zito would be patently idiotic. I would absolutely part with Heilman however.

    Do whatever it takes to get Gourriel. He is going to be a stud. There is very little doubt in my mind.

    12:16 PM

    Anonymous The Brooklyn Bum said...

    For all the talk, I can't believe that the A's would take Heilman and others for Zito. If it really could be done it would have been done.

    The only, only reason this deal is on the table, but hasn't been made yet is if the Mets are quietly negotiating with Boras and Zito on a new deal.

    Even if Boras came back and said that Zito would test the market regardless, Omar would be a fool not to do it. Heilman is done with this team and it's unlikely that he's with the team after Monday. But like I said yesterday, the more I think about it, the more I think that it's going to be Heilman for Livan + cash.

    1:05 PM

    Anonymous benny said...

    The Braves suck, and as I said awhile ago, they're DONE.
    They're FINISHED!
    Fuck the Braes, Mets 2006 NL East Champs!

    4:48 PM

    Blogger Kenny said...

    I'm on board...

    Go ahead and print the Mets 2006 NL East Champs t-shirts.

    5:10 PM

    Anonymous brian b. said...

    Dear Braves players and fans:

    Go fuck yourself!

    5:14 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    "Yulieski Gurriel has defected. Get him Omar. Get him at ANY cost."

    He's going to the Yankees... haven't you heard?


    5:42 PM

    Anonymous John said...

    In case I forgot to mention it after last night's game, SUCK ON THAT, GILES!!!

    Fuck the Braves. Stick a fork in 'em.

    5:52 PM

    Anonymous Will said...

    Just returned to Seoul from vacation in the south of Korea...

    Good to see the results of the Mets-Braves series.

    Talkin now Jones???????

    You have the chance again on Sept 4 to open your big fat mouth about who is the best team. Go screw yourself.

    11:40 PM

    Blogger Count Choculitis said...

    a: I would trade Humber and Heilman for Zito in 1 second flat.

    b: ESPN having a trade deadline countdown clock could be the corniest idea of all time.

    11:37 AM

    Anonymous belladewood said...

    Gourriel would be a dream. He was the most fun player to watch during the WBC. A real second baseman -- could it really happen?

    11:53 AM

    Anonymous cocoteezy said...

    is theere anyone who hasnt used steroids?

    great article on a steroid incident


    12:27 PM

    Anonymous el B. chomio said...

    delgado tore into that... good to see that the suckme factor is dissappearing along with the fact that the mets have been able to deal with mets killers (chipper, burrell, dontrelle, utley)

    1:27 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    oh snap... i just saw rick peterson without his warmup jacket

    1:34 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    yea... this guy beltran guy needs to hear mvp chants when he comes home

    1:48 PM

    Blogger Toasty Joe said...

    OK, I am like DROOLING right now. This is ridiculous.

    1:48 PM

    Anonymous jake said...

    i don't want anyone to forget carlos--moose knuckles--beltran is on my motherfucking team, bitches!!!

    the braves are officially done and the mets officially kick ass.

    sign that mfcking deftector stat.

    1:48 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...


    6:08 PM

    Anonymous The Brooklyn Bum said...


    9:08 PM

    Anonymous John said...

    Jake, did you just say Beltran was on the block? Cool. Send him on over to the Sandman and I will send you back a nice package of young players including the legendary David Eckstein and the grossly underrated Willy Tavares.

    I wish I had Marcus Giles on my team....so I could cut him. How does 15 games back taste, bitch? HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    I'm no Yankee fan, but damn, Cashman is a fuckin genius. He gave up shit for Abreu AND Lidle. Couldn't we have offered a little better package for those two guys? Lidle will probably be the best pitcher traded by tomorrow and Abreu would look nice in our lineup. We could have then spun off Cliffy to Detroit for one of their young bullpen guys. Aghhhh. On the bright side, they left Philly and the NL.

    9:33 PM

    Blogger Condor Schmitt said...

    Abreu is going to be huge in Yankee Stadium.

    The downside to him is the extra $2mil over Sheffield they will owe him next season. $300million next season if they want Zito. Where will it end with daddy warbucksbrenner.

    1:12 AM

    Anonymous Scott said...

    "Healey talks to various team officials and uncovers Billy Beane's reported asking price for Barry Zito: John Maine, Carlos Gomez, and Aaron Heilman."

    Seems like to much with the way Maine is pitching right now. Heilman..Yes. Gomez...if we have to but not Maine too. Look at Bannister instead Billy.

    Sorry about throwing the crap at Paladin over the last couple o days but I just didnt like the way he was talking to Benny. Even if he was smackin' it around it just doesnt look good.

    Again My apologies.

    1:17 AM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Jason Schmidt?

    Me like. Heilman and a player for Schmidt.

    - Nokes

    8:58 AM

    Anonymous John said...

    Nady for Oliver Perez and Roberto Hernandez - just heard it on WFAN.

    3:27 PM

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    fantasy baseball keeperAny one using the phrase "easy as taking candy from a baby, has never tried taking candy from a baby before.fantasy baseball keeper

    3:34 PM


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