Tag:Jose Reyes
Posted on: July 17, 2011 12:54 pm
Edited on: July 17, 2011 7:04 pm
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Reyes may return Tuesday

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jose ReyesShortstop Jose Reyes could return to the Mets' lineup by Tuesday.

Reyes ran the bases Sunday morning before the team's game against Philadelphia and felt that he could play Monday, but he was overruled by management.

"It feels like normal," Reyes told reporters, including Roger Rubin of the New York Daily News

Reyes is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled Monday. He went on the DL on July 2 because of a hamstring issue, but it didn't look to be a problem as he ran out of the batters box to first, as well as running out doubles, going first-to-third and scoring from second.

Reyes would likely play in rehab game -- most likely with the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones, who are at home Monday -- before returning Tuesday for the Mets' second game of a series against the Marlins.

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Posted on: July 16, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Mets' Reyes progressing

By Matt Snyder

Jose Reyes of the Mets was having an MVP season when he went down with a Grade 1 strain in his left hamstring July 2. If the reports Saturday are any indication, Reyes is right on track to returning from the disabled list soon. He ran a straight line and took batting practice and is set to run the bases Sunday (MLB.com).

"It was a real positive day today," manager Terry Collins said (MLB.com). "He feels great."

The Mets will reportedly re-evaluate Reyes after he runs again Sunday. He's eligible to come off the DL Monday, but it's possible the Mets and Reyes elect a minor-league rehab assignment before he rejoins the Mets.

Reyes, 28, leads the majors with a .354 batting average and 15 triples. He also has 30 stolen bases, 22 doubles, 65 runs and an NL-leading 124 hits. And, again, he hasn't played since July 2.

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 8, 2011 5:07 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2011 1:05 pm
 

Loaded pitching highlights NL East All-Stars

By Matt Snyder

2011 All-Star Game
SEE THE OTHER DIVISION ALL-STARS: AL East | AL Central | AL West | NL Central | NL West
The strength of this divisional All-Star team is going to be mitigated by the fact that we're only picking one starting pitcher, one non-closing reliever and one closer, because this sucker is stacked with pitching. The lineup is no slouch either, in what is probably the second-best division in the majors, if not better than the vaunted AL East. I would have said the NL East was better top-to-bottom if it wasn't for that dreadful June by the Marlins. Anywho, let's get to it.

C Brian McCann, Braves: It's an easy choice, but that doesn't mean the other guys suck. Not by any stretch. Carlos Ruiz, Ronny Paulino, John Buck and Wilson Ramos are admirable backstops to varying degrees, but McCann is the best catcher in baseball this season, hands down. He's hitting .314 with 14 homers and an OPS over .900, not to mention he calls the games for one of the best pitching staffs in baseball.

1B Gaby Sanchez, Marlins: Before freaking out, Phillies fans, remember we're using DHs in this little exercise (wink, wink). We're also going to set Michael Morse aside for later and Ike Davis is injured. So it boils down to Freddie Freeman and Gaby Sanchez. Freeman's been hot of late and is hitting .279 with 13 homers, 42 RBI and a .354 OBP. Sanchez is hitting .290 with 13 homers, 48 RBI and a .370 OBP. He's also superior defensively be several metrics, so it's Sanchez in a close call.

Lineup
No. Name Team Pos
1 Jose Reyes NYM SS
2 Shane Victorino PHI CF
3 Gaby Sanchez FLA 1B
4 Ryan Howard PHI DH
5 Carlos Beltran NYM RF
6 Michael Morse WAS LF
7 Brian McCann ATL C
8 Danny Espinosa WAS 2B
9 Placido Polanco PHI 3B
2B Danny Espinosa, Nationals: Tough call over Chase Utley here, but Espinosa has played in 89 games to Utley's 38, so that makes the choice much easier. Espinosa, the NL Rookie of the Year front-runner at this point, has played a great second base for the Nats in addition to developing as a power hitter. He has 16 home runs and 52 RBI to go along with 11 stolen bases.

3B Placido Polanco, Phillies: We'd be a lot stronger here if David Wright, Ryan Zimmerman and Chipper Jones were completely healthy and hitting up to their full potential, but things haven't gone that way. Jones is in obvious age decline, Zimmerman has struggled -- until very recently -- after a lenghty stint on the DL and Wright has been on the shelf for all but 39 games. Polanco, on the other hand, has provided steady defense for the Phillies at the hot corner and is hitting .274 with a .331 OBP. 

SS Jose Reyes, Mets: Back in early April, we may have thought this would be a three-horse race between Hanley Ramirez, Jimmy Rollins and Reyes, but it's not even close. Ramirez had been awful up until the past few weeks and while Rollins is good, Reyes has been an MVP candidate -- at least until he fell injured a few days ago. Reyes leads the majors in hits, triples and batting average while also leading the NL in runs scored.

LF Michael Morse, Nationals: Hey, he's played 27 games in left, even though he's primarily a first baseman now. I'm using him here because we wanted to put together the best possible lineup and the other choices out in left in this division weren't great. Logan Morrison was the next best choice, while Raul Ibanez and Jason Bay are simply far overpaid at this point. Morse, however, has been tearing the cover off the ball since the beginning of May. He's hitting .303 with 15 homers, 48 RBI and an .887 OPS.

CF Shane Victorino, Phillies: The All-Star is really the only choice here. Angel Pagan was injured for a while Victorino has far exceeded the production of Roger Bernadina. Victorino's hitting .303 with a .376 OBP, 53 runs and 13 steals. He also plays a stellar center field behind that vaunted Phillies pitching staff.

RF Carlos Beltran, Mets: Who woulda thought this one coming into the season, huh? You've got the young studs Mike Stanton and Jason Heyward out in right in this division, meanwhile Beltran had to move to right from center to keep his knee injury from reaggravating. All he's done is go out and make his sixth All-Star team. In addition to leading the NL in doubles (26), Beltran is hitting .283 with 13 home runs, 57 RBI and a robust .372 OBP.

DH Ryan Howard, Phillies: If Chipper Jones or Ryan Zimmerman were having better seasons or David Wright and Ike Davis were healthy, this might have been a much tougher choice. Stanton could be an option, too, but I'm going Howard. He has 18 homers, an NL-best 71 RBI, an .842 OPS and just feels like a menacing DH in the batter's box.

SP Roy Halladay, Phillies: Do I seriously have to pick just one? We could put together a five-man rotation of ace-caliber pitchers -- Halladay, Jair Jurrjens, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels and Tommy Hanson -- and still have the likes of Anibal Sanchez, Jordan Zimmermann and the injured Josh Johnson left over. What if Johan Santana and Stephen Strasburg were healthy? This is the most pitching-rich division in the majors, including the bullpen. And it's only going to get better as the young arms further develop and a dude named Stephen Strasburg gets healthy. Anyway, I have to pick one, so it's the best pitcher in baseball. Maybe Justin Verlander has a case over Halladay, but he's not in this division. Just remember, if we went out to 25-man rosters, this division would have the sickest pitching staff of all.

RP Jonny Venters, Braves: Antonio Bastardo has been excellent for the Phillies. He has a 0.87 ERA and has stranded over 99 percent of his baserunners. He's struck out more than 10 batters per nine innings and has now collected five saves. Tyler Clippard has also been outstanding. He has a 1.86 ERA and strikes out batters at an even higher pace than Bastardo. But Venters has been dominant in 53 1/3 innings (Bastardo has 31) and has thrown in more high-leverage situations than Clippard. According to FanGraph's wins above replacement player, the only relief pitcher in the NL more valuable than Venters this season has been Craig Kimbrel, who you'll see below.

CL Craig Kimbrel, Braves: Drew Storen and Francisco Rodriguez have been good, but Kimbrel leads the majors with 27 saves and has struck out 70 batters in just 45 innings. Sure, he's blown five saves, but none since June 8. Since then, he's closed all nine opportunities and hasn't even given up a run in his last 13 games. He definitely looks the part of a young Billy Wagner. Only workload is a concern for the 23-year-old at this point.

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Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: July 8, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Pepper: @DatDudeBP leads MLB tweeters

By C. Trent Rosecrans



BASEBALL TODAY:
CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler joins Lauren Shehadi to talk about Derek Jeter, but also notes these games against the Yankees are not just big for Jeter's chase of 3,000 but also vital for the Rays. There's also the Braves-Phillies series, but Danny points out why that may not be as big of a series.

TWITTER 140: Our own @JamesonFleming put together the sports world's top 140 Twitter users and the Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP) comes in as baseball's best Twitter user.

Phillips didn't start using Twitter until this offseason, but has embraced the technology, holding contests for fans and also taking suggestions on restaurants and off-day activities. Earlier this season, a teen asked Phillips to come to his baseball game on a day the Reds were off, and Phillips stopped by. He also sent a pair fans to spring training and then another pair to San Francisco for the Reds' games at AT&T Park.

He has even won over some Cardinals fans, an amazing feat considering Cardinal nation's distaste for the Reds second baseman, who last year used not-so-nice words to describe Tony La Russa's club.

Florida's Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) is fourth on the list and the second baseball player. Brewers closer John Axford (@JohnAxford) is the third MLB player in the Top 10.

LAST ONE THE TOUGHEST: George Brett told the Associated Press he thought the last hit would be the toughest for Derek Jeter in his quest for 3,000. Of course, Brett reached the mark with a four-hit game. Brett also said he wasn't sure how many more players would reach the milestone.

"Is that desire still going to be there when they're worth $250 million when they're 37 years old?" Brett said.

GOTTA BE THE SHOES: Jeter will be wearing special shoes for his 3,000th hit, and you can get a matching pair. Yahoo!'s Big League Stew has all the details on the details of the shoes.

JETER'S BALLS: One more Jeter entry -- a look at the special baseballs that MLB will use to try to track Jeter's 3,000th hit. [BizofBaseball.com]

CARDS LOCK UP GARCIA?: There are reports from the radio station partially owned by the Cardinals that say the team has reached a four-year deal with two option years with left-hander Jaime Garcia. The deal would cover all three arbitration years and one year of free agency for the 25-year-old Garcia. He's 8-3 this season with a 3.23 ERA and is 22-12 with a  3.07 ERA in his career. [MLB.com]

HARPER STILL TOPS: Baseball America released its Midseason Top 50 Prospects List, and the Nationals' Bryce Harper leads the list, followed by Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Rays' lefty Matt Moore.

ALL-STAR SWITCH: Royals right-hander Aaron Crow may have made the All-Star team as a reliever, but Kansas City manager Ned Yost sees the team's former first-rounder as a starter down the line, as soon as next spring. [MLB.com]

DOCTOR MAY NAME NAMES: Canadian Dr. Anthony Galea has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States to treat athletes, and he may be pressed to give the names of athletes he treated and gave illegal drugs. Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran of the Mets are among the players who have been treated by Galea in the past. [New York Times]

BORAS SPEAKS AT SABR: Super-agent Scott Boras talked of his love of baseball at the Society for American Baseball Research's annual conference on Thursday. Boras talked about his first superstar -- a cow on his family's farm. [Orange County Register]

SCHILLING TALKS PEDS: Former All-Star Curt Schilling went on a Philadelphia radio station Wednesday and said that no "team in the last 20 years that's won clean." Schilling said he thinks the recent decline in offensive numbers are because of MLB's testing policies. [SportsRadioInterviews.com]

NO TAPE MEASURE NEEDED: Ever wonder how they calculate home-run distances so quickly? There's a chart, of course, but how is that chart made? Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has that story.

CRADLE OF MANAGERS: The Kansas City A's didn't produce a lot of wins, but they did produce their fair share of managers. Tommy Lasorda, Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, Joe Morgan (not the Hall of Famer, but the former Red Sox manager), Dick Williams, Hank Bauer, Dick Howser and Tony La Russa all played for the A's in KC. Two of the game's more successful coaches, Dave Duncan and Charlie Lau, also played for the A's during their stint in Kansas City. [Joe Posnanski]

SLUGGER EMPATHY: Twins designated hitter Jim Thome said it wasn't his place to comment on Adam Dunn's struggles, but said he did empathize with the struggling Chicago DH. "As a guy who swings and misses and has struck out a ton, it's hard," Thome told the Chicago Tribune. "When you can have success and are blessed to play a long time and [then go through] those periods, it's tough."

NO STARS FOR ALL-STARS: Major League Baseball has added stars to the uniforms of All-Stars, but apparently the designations are purely optional, as the Cardinals' three All-Stars declined to take part to keep their uniforms uniform. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

STARLING UNDECIDED: The Royals took a gamble when they picked prep outfielder Bubba Starling with the fifth overall pick in last month's draft, as Starling is also a top-flight quarterback committed to Nebraska. Starling told the Kansas City Star he hasn't decided whether he's going to play football for Nebraska or sign with the Royals for millions of dollars. Starling said he's going to Lincoln, Neb., on Saturday and will work out with the team, but won't enroll in classes for the summer.

SAVES RECORD: You need more evidence they keep stats for everything? Braves closer Craig Kimbrel has set the record for most first-half saves by a rookie. Kimbrel's 27th save Thursday broke the record of 26 set by Boston's Jonathan Papelbon in 2006. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

LAWRIE PROGRESSING: Just before he was scheduled to be called up in May, Blue Jays prospect Brett Lawrie suffered a broken hand after being hit by a pitch. Lawrie began hitting off a tee earlier this week, and he's improving. The team doesn't expect him to be able to play in games until August. [MLB.com]

ROYAL SHAME: The Royals have once again taken the cheap route in their tribute to the Nergro Leagues, ditching the vintage uniforms. While there are many good signs for the Royals' future, this is a reminder that David Glass is still the owner. [Kansas City Star]

MYTHBUSTER: Scientists are using a lab at Washington State to measure some baseball physics. Among the findings, corked bats don't work, humidors do, and the balls from 2004 performed the same as a ball from the late 70s. [Popular Mechanics]

REMEMBERING BUDDIN: Former Red Sox shortstop Dan Buddin died last week. He's remembered mostly for not being very good -- he averaged 30 errors a year and didn't hit very well, either. A really good remembrance by FanGraphs.com's Alex Remington on the man Boston booed.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 2:31 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 8:59 pm
 

Mets place Reyes on DL

By Evan Brunell

ReyesJose Reyes has hit the disabled list with a hamstring strain, the Mets announced Thursday.

Reyes, who was elected to start the All-Star Game at shortstop for the NL, has missed the last four games with the strain and will now miss the All-Star festivities. The Mets have maintained that Reyes only had a mild hamstring strain, but hamstrings are no joke -- especially when it comes to someone who relies on his wheels like Reyes.

Enrique Rojas of ESPN is reporting that doctors have told Reyes he will be shut down for three weeks, which means he will miss most of July and almost certainly remove his name from the trade market.

Reyes, who may be opening up secret contract extension talks with the Mets, is hitting .354/.398/.529 with 15 triples and 30 stolen bases. The batting average and triple tallies led all of baseball. With Reyes sidelined, Ruben Tejada is expected to get the bulk of playing time at short.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 12:16 pm
 

Reyes, Mets to begin 'secret' contract talks

Reyes

By Evan Brunell

The Mets and shortstop Jose Reyes may be preparing to enter secret talks about a contract extension, the New York Post reports.

This flies in the face of previous reports, with GM Sandy Alderson revealing in June that he had reached out to agent Peter Greenberg to discuss a contract but was told Reyes did not want to negotiate in-season, a common theme among impending free agents. But now, a source says these statements were likely a "smokescreen" designed to avoid media and fan scrutiny. This will allow both sides to negotiate a contract in peace, plus avoid any fan backlash should it leak that Reyes rejected a contract extension the public deems fair.

“I am no longer commenting on that possibility,” Alderson said before Wednesday's game when asked if there will be no discussions with Reyes during the season. Another one of Reyes' representatives, Chris Leible, dismissed the notion to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, saying, "Nothing's changed since this first came up a few weeks ago."

A common contract term that has been bandied about for Reyes is Carl Crawford's megadeal with the Red Sox, a deal signed this past winter. Crawford's contract calls for $142 million over seven years, and reports have Reyes hoping to match or exceed that number. While Reyes may deserve those numbers based on his season to date, he doesn't deserve it when you look at his full body of work. Of course, that probably won't matter once (if) he hits the free-agent market and teams scramble to win the bidding.

But if Reyes is amenable to a shorter contract, the cash-strapped Mets will pounce before free agency. It won't preclude them from raising their bid in free agency, but as the Post reports, a strong offer probably won't go past five or six years at a $100-$120 million value.

The Mets do have ample money coming off the books after the year, as well as the next couple of seasons, but a $142-million outlay is still a big sum of money for the Wilpons to commit in light of their struggles trying to settle a lawsuit brought forth by Bernie Madoff's trustee, Irving Picard, who is charged with returning money to those who lost money under Madoff's Ponzi scheme. The Wilpons had a tight relationship with Madoff and while they lost money as well, they also made copious amounts of money. If Picard succeeds in recovering those monies, the Wilpons will have no choice but to sell the team and have already brought in a minority owner in David Einhorn to help meet financial commitments.

Before Reyes signs a contract, his sore left hamstring has to get better. He was out of the lineup for the fourth-straight game Wednesday and Newsday reports that a decision about a disabled-list trip would be made Thursday.
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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 6, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: July 6, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Mets aiming to deal K-Rod, two other relievers

Rodriguez

By Evan Brunell


The Mets may finally be ready to sell. A source told the New York Daily News that GM Sandy Alderson is hoping to move three bullpen arms: Francisco Rodriguez (pictured), Jason Isringhausen and Tim Byrdak.

"Those guys have pitched well, and they could help somebody," the source said.

It's no surprise that K-Rod is on the trade block; he has been available all season as he speeds toward a $17.5 million vesting option provided he finishes 55 games this season. Because of some curious moves by manager Terry Collins, Rodriguez already has 32 games finished, which complicates any deal. While teams will be interested in Rodriguez as a setup man, the concern is Rodriguez needing to step into the closer's role because of injury and then seeing his option vest.

Other teams may find that vesting option attractive, enabling them to keep Rodriguez on a one-year deal while other clubs fight over Heath Bell, Jonathan Papelbon and others in free agency. Still, it will be a tough road to dealing Rodriguez, even though he could bring the biggest return.

Isringhausen and Byrdak, meanwhile, would bring nothing more than salary relief or a middling prospect. That's all Alderson needs to justify these deals, telling fans that the Mets remain serious about contending this year, even if the chances of snagging a postseason spot are slim.

In Izzy's first extended major-league stint since 2008, the 38-year-old has a 3.25 ERA in 27 2/3 innings, whiffing 6.8 batters per nine innings and walking 4.8. He's pitching worse than his ERA indicates, but plenty of other teams need relief help, so the right-hander could draw interest. If the Cardinals whiff on acquiring Heath Bell, they could go after Isringhausen, who was St. Louis' closer from 2002-08.

Byrdak is, frankly, nothing special, but left-handed specialists are always wanted. Byrdak's last four years saw ERA's all under 4.00 while it's at 4.15 this year. But his peripherals indicate that, so far, Byrdak's 2011 is his most successful campaign in a career that stretches back to 1998 despite just 228 1/3 career innings pitched. He seems as if he would be dealt in your standard "player to be named later or cash considerations" move.

If the Mets can clear out these three relievers, it will be in order to free money for future payroll and a possible mammoth contract for shortstop Jose Reyes. Even more money could be cleared if Alderson deals other players like Carlos Beltran, but such a move would send a signal to fans that the season is essentially done.

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Posted on: July 4, 2011 10:27 am
Edited on: July 4, 2011 10:38 am
 

Report: Mets working to keep Reyes

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Jose ReyesIf Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has his way, free-agent-to-be shortstop Jose Reyes won't just finish this season in a Mets uniform, but will also start next season at Citi Field.

The New York Post reports Alderson is "leaning strongly toward authorizing a substantial offer after the season" to keep Reyes, and there is "almost no way" Reyes will be traded before the July 31 deadline.

Reyes has said he didn't want to negotiate during the season.

Earlier this season, Mets owner Fred Wilpon told the New Yorker that Reyes "thinks he's going to get Carl Crawford money" and "won't get it."

Carl Crawford money, it should be noted, is $142 million over seven years.

It will likely take at least $100 million to sign Reyes for the next five or six years, and the Post reports the Mets ownership would be willing to offer close to $20 million per season to keep Reyes.

Reyes has also said in the past he'd prefer to stay with the Mets.

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