Posts Tagged ‘John Lackey’

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The Rivalry Kicks Off The 2010 Season

April 3, 2010

Sunday night the 2010 Major League season gets underway, and baseball’s fiercest rivals begin the action when the Boston Red Sox host the World Champion, New York Yankees.  The pitching match-up features C.C. Sabathia for New York, and Boston’s Josh Beckett.

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Winter of Discontent….

December 15, 2009

We gotta do better than this

Maybe the winter is just starting but in the baseball world it’s almost over. Pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to sunny locales at the end of February and position players will be there soon after. The Mess, sorry I mean the Mets have yet to make a splash, let alone a ripple in this years free-agent market after losing 90 plus games last season. According to sources, the Phillies have signed Roy Halladay and John Lackey is headed to Boston. The Mets have sent offers to left fielder Jason Bay and catcher Bengie Molina, but have yet to receive acceptances.

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All hands on deck

November 25, 2009

Mets GM Omar Minaya will make plenty of phone calls this off-season

This article is from Ken Davidoff’s piece in the Nov. 25 edition of Newsday

The Yankees have been so deliberate this offseason that their own free agent, Johnny Damon – whom the Yankees want back – expressed frustration Tuesday that he hasn’t heard yet from Brian Cashman.

Consider the Mets, then, to be the anti-Yankees. If you’re a free agent and you haven’t heard from the Mets, you might want to make sure your cell-phone service (or that of your agent) hasn’t been canceled.

With needs for a slugging outfielder, a first baseman, a catcher and a starting pitcher, “We’re keeping all of our avenues open,” a team official said Tuesday.

Hence the expressions of interest in first basemen such as Russell Branyan and Nick Johnson, not to mention the Mets’ own free agent Carlos Delgado. And in starting pitchers such as Joel Piñeiro, Jason Marquis and Randy Wolf, in addition to Ben Sheets, who missed all of the 2009 season rehabilitating from right elbow surgery and therefore won’t be able to demand a great amount of money.

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Mets don’t need Hudson

November 13, 2009
Cardinals Holliday Baseball

The Mets should forget Orlando Hudson. Sign Matt Holliday. NOW.

The Mets are in the top-tier of teams in the NL when at full strength, but management shouldn’t be fooled into overthinking moves this offseason because of a poor finish in 2009. This 92-loss team was ravaged with injuries, and I believe the Mets will be back at the top of NL in 2010, but they need to cool out on the Orlando Hudson talk.

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November 9, 2009

When you’re a Mets fan, the off-season is like your World Series.  Signing a big-time free agent is similar to winning a ring.  There is no question that these next few months are huge for Omar Minaya and that there is a lot of work to do.  In a recent report for ESPN.com, Jerry Crasnick surveyed 20 general managers, assistant GMs, personnel people and scouts, regarding eight off-season topics.

According to Crasnick, eight of the 20 insiders believe the Yankees will sign free-agent RHP John Lackey, while four believe he will sign with the Mets.

According to Crasnick, “Estimates on Lackey’s deal ranged from a low of three years, $36 million to highs of five years, $95 million and six years, $100 million,” and, “Most people figure he’s bound for the big stage in New York.” 

I think it is critical for the Mets to sign Lackey.  The rumblings out of Camp Wilpon is that the team covets Matt Holliday at the top of their list, but pairing Santana with another “Ace in the hole” will immediately bring the Mets back into contention. 

This year, Crasnick also surveys the group on whether Matt Holliday is better than Jason Bay; where will Aroldis Chapman sign; where will Roy Halladay or Adrian Gonzalez be traded; and whether MLB should expand the use of Instant Replay.  The full report can be found here.