Here’s some video from Ken Rosethal of Fox Sports. In his weekly video review of the trade rumors around the league, he leads with a rumor about K-Rod to the Yankees. The Yankees are concerned that Mariano Rivera’s triceps injury is more serious than has been publicized and that Rafael Soriano won’t be able to come back from elbow problems after the All-Star break.
Rosenthal says that the Mets have already called the Yankees to gauge their interest in K-Rod. But the Yankees aren’t currently interested in pulling the trigger on a deal. They want to wait until the deadline and would only be interested in a deal that returns next to nothing to the Mets.
K-Rod’s going to be a tough sell to any team because of his vesting option next season for $17.5 million. MLB.com reported yesterday that K-Rod agreed to leave his agent Paul Kinzer and hired Scott Boras after meeting with Boras while the team was in LA this week.
The Mets have to dump K-Rod on somebody this season. But they don’t have to do it before the non-waiver trading deadline in July. K-Rod would certainly get through waivers in August, so they could do a trade then to move K-Rod somewhere else. But the closer K-Rod gets to finishing 55 games this season and vesting his option for next year, the more difficult a trade will be.
New York Yankees (50-31) at New York Mets (41-42) 1:10pm
Freddy Garcia (7-6 3.28) vs. R.A. Dickey (4-7 3.77)
TV: TBS Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets are trying to avoid the home sweep today if the weather allows. Its’ supposed to be raining pretty heavily on and off today. If you’re home watching today, don’t forget that the game is on TBS for some reason.
Garcia has been pitching incredibly well for the Yanks lately. He hasn’t gone less than 6 innings in a start since June 7th. He’s won three of his last four starts and hasn’t allowed more than 3 runs in a game during that span.
Everyone on the Mets will need to pick it up today without Jose Reyes in the lineup. Angel Pagan will be hitting leadoff and Ruben Tejada will be at shortstop. Dickey’s last two starts against Detroit and Oakland were both solid. He pitched 15 innings and allowed 4 runs in those starts.
I had been reading up on the many different teams that Jose Reyes may be a good fit for joining in August and also in 2012. But the only one that got my interest was an article in the NY Daily News anointing Reyes the next Yankee shortstop.
So I’m thinking ahead to the worst case scenario and wondering what would happen here in NY if Reyes took over for Derek Jeter at shortstop either this year or next? It’s a logical “baseball” move but you could be damaging two franchises at the same time. This isn’t Darryl Strawberry or Dwight Gooden playing in the twilight of their careers being given one last shot by the Yankees. This is one of the best shortstops in the game, in his prime, crossing over to the dark side!
What Would Yankee Fans Think?
Yankee fans will not be happy if their beloved captain is benched in favor of Jose Reyes. Ok, Jose is clearly better right now but Jeter has meant so much more than Reyes ever will mean to the Mets in the last 10 years. At a very early age Jeter played with professionalism, class, and poise while keeping his head and his teammates heads in every game. It’s this discipline at an early age that allowed Jeter to be one of the greats of baseball who can show off 4 World Series rings. It’s this same discipline I wish Jose had.
At 28 years old and with only 10 weeks of prime Jose Reyes baseball to judge him by this year, Jose is clearly playing for a contract. He may be playing up the fact that he has finally matured but we won’t know until he plays at this level for a full year and not in a contract year.
Can the Yankees afford him? Yes, most definitely. Would they want him though? Yankee fans would murder Reyes for a typical Reyes boneheaded bobble or for watching the ball roll under his glove or even getting picked off of first base because he was working on seeing his reflection in one of his gold chains.
Yankee fans would boo him incessantly for every little mistake, he would never live down Jeter’s legacy, even if he won a ring or two and he would have to get a haircut. Odds are if the Yankees were to get Reyes it would do more harm than good with their fans but would that be enough to stop them from pulling the trigger on such a trade? Continue reading →
In this week’s installment of the Mets Weekly Report with Kerel Cooper of On The Black. We recap the Yankees series when the Mets lost two of three but I took some positives out of it. R.A. Dickey and Justin Turner had good series’ there and the Mets are on their way to Chicago this week. We also talk about the upcoming series’ in Chicago and back home against Philly.
Kerel brings up the idea that Jason Bay may have taken over the mantle of “Most Hated Met” from Luis Castillo. It’s tough to like Bay the way he’s played as a Met and the $16 million he’s making this season.
I’ll be doing another live video post-game show today at 5pm after the rubber game of the Mets-Yankees game with Kerel Cooper of On The Black. We did this a few weeks ago before the Mets and Phillies played on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball and had a great response from the viewers.
You can always watch the SNY pre or post-game shows. But this is a chance for you to participate in the post-game show. We talk about the topics that you want to discuss. It’s fully interactive with a live chat feature and you can bring up any topic and we’ll talk about it.
New York Mets (22-22) at New York Yankees (21-20) 7:10pm
Chris Capuano (3-4 4.78) vs. A.J. Burnett (4-3 3.99)
TV: Fox Radio: WFAN
What to watch: The Mets can take the series with a win tonight at Yankee Stadium. Capuano has made three good starts in a row although two of those games were losses for him. Over that span he’s allowed 6 runs in 18 innings for an ERA of 3.00.
Bunett hasn’t won a game this month and got ripped in his last start for 6 runs in 5.2 innings by the Rays. The Yankees have lost the last three games that Burnett started.
There was some celebrating going on last night by Mets fans after the 2-1 win over the Yankees in the Bronx. It was only one game but beating the Yankees in their stadium and finally getting back to .500 was something to enjoy for one night. As Mets fans, we’ve had to find small victories in recent years.
Justin Turner had another big night and R.A. Dickey finally got his first win since his season debut nearly two months ago. Here’s some post-game audio from the team regarding the win last night.