Posted on: June 19, 2009 11:47 am
The New York Post suggests Oliver Perez is getting closer to joining the Mets' rotation after throwing three shutout innings without incident in an extended-spring game in Port St. Lucie, his first action off the mound in more than three weeks.
On the flip side, the New York Daily News reports that John Maine may not be ready to be activated from the DL next week as originally planned. Rehab coordinator Guy Conti, who oversaw Maine's 60-pitch session in Port St. Lucie, told pitching coach Dan Warthen that Maine looked "rusty" during the session, which included facing batters for the final 30 pitches.
Posted on: May 20, 2009 8:07 pm
Edited on: May 21, 2009 1:00 am
We are nearing Memorial Day, and many pitchers whose resumes would normally have landed them at least a minor-league deal by now remain unsigned.
My suspicion is that teams view Martinez, Perez or Byrd as band-aid solutions. And that would be fine, normally. After all, band-aids have a rich tradition of stopping people from bleeding.
But the trade market for pitchers has the most top targets it's had in years. The Padres are already 10 games out, and Jake Peavy will likely hit the market. If Cincinnati fades, Aaron Harang could be available. If Toronto falls back to earth- and the smart money still has them finishing fourth- Roy Halladay could be someone else's ace by August. And Cleveland's Cliff Lee will be a prominent target as well.
There are even second-tier options that can help teams now and in the future, from Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie to Seattle's Erik Bedard. And in the current economic climate, teams that fall out of the race may have even greater incentive to shed salary as soon as possible.
So it may well be that for veteran free agents, the market will only pick up once the trade deadline has come and gone. And with so many targets out there, once the deadline deals are made July 31, there may not be any place for Martinez, Perez or Byrd to land.
Posted on: May 2, 2009 10:57 am
Edited on: May 2, 2009 12:20 pm
Links for Saturday morning...
Posted on: April 27, 2009 11:14 am
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Posted on: February 2, 2009 12:49 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2009 3:56 pm
1:18pm: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Mets and Perez have agreed to terms on a three-year, $36MM deal (no fourth-year option). Sherman says the signing "all but assures" Pedro Martinez will not be re-signed. You have to figure Ben Sheets is also out.
You know the story with Perez: only 27 years old, with a strong strikeout rate but plenty of walks and home runs allowed.
11:42am: According to Ken Rosenthal, the Mets are "moving closer" to signing free agent lefty Oliver Perez. The Mets hope for a three-year deal but a fourth-year vesting option "remains possible." Rosenthal says the Mets are "cautiously optimistic" about re-signing Perez. If Perez has another serious suitor, it hasn't been leaked to the public.
Posted on: February 1, 2009 6:18 pm
Buster Olney has a new video up, discussing some of the bigger issues in the MLB world right now:
Posted on: January 30, 2009 10:14 am
Edited on: January 31, 2009 12:45 am
9:13am: According to Mark Hale of the New York Post, Pedro Martinez plans to use the World Baseball Classic as an audition for MLB teams. Hale notes that Omar Minaya's presence in the Dominican Republic was for a prearranged scouting trip but a meeting with Pedro was planned for yesterday. Arthur Staple of Newsday said that meeting was "more of a courtesy," and Minaya himself said he was "just keeping in touch."
On Wednesday, Jon Heyman wrote that Minaya loves Pedro and some baseball people expect a Mets reunion after the Oliver Perez situation is resolved.
Posted on: January 29, 2009 9:56 am
Edited on: January 29, 2009 9:58 am
Matthew Cerrone discusses an AP report stating that the Mets remain interested in Pedro Martinez. Omar Minaya met with Pedro in the Dominican Republic but did not make an offer. Pedro has yet to receive any offers, though the Pirates are known to have had exploratory conversations.
Cerrone also notes this Jon Heyman report, suggesting that some baseball people expect Minaya to attempt to re-sign Pedro after the Oliver Perez situation is resolved.