News: Mets 2B Hernandez Wins ROY

At MetsDaily.com, John Strubel writes that Mets 2B-SS Anderson Hernandez has been named 2005 Rookie of the Year in the Dominican Winter League…

…why are they dishing out rookie of the year when the season is still being played…

Through 40 games for Licey, Hernandez is batting .307…

…several of you e-mailed this information to me over the last few days…i did not post it, however, because i could not find an actual news link supporting the information…also, i don’t speak spanish, making the process that much harder…

…i’m not sure where strubel’s info comes from, as well…but for now, it will have to do…

…tenga un d

Buzz: How to Trade for Catalanotto

In yesterday’s Toronto Star, Geoff Baker reported that the recent trades for 3B Troy Glaus and Lyle Overbay have the Jays looking to move either 1B-3B Shea Hillenbrand, 3B Corey Koskie, 3B-1B Eric Hinske and 2B-OF Frank Catalanotto

…also, yesterday, i entertained whether the mets could benefit from acquiring catalonotto to play second and fill-in occasionally at a corner-outfield spot

In today’s Toronto Sun, Bob Elliot writes that the Jays will first look to move Hinske and Koskie, before discussing Catalanotto and Hillenbrand…

which will not be easy…

…so, i talked with baker about the jay’s interest in catalanotto…

According to Baker, the Jays are in need of a young, major-league ready catcher, or a young, powerful outfielder.  Also, he adds, “The priority will be to move one of Hinske and Koskie, and I think Catalanotto will be used as an incentive to get a team to take one.”…

…meaning, if you want catalanotto, make room on your roster for hinske or koskie, as well…

…which is something that would not interest the mets, seeing as a) they have no need for a dh-third base type, and b) hinske and koskie are each owed roughly $10 million over the next two seasons…

Morning: Two Players Return to Former Teams

According to the Associated Press, the Yankees and free-agent 2B Miguel Cairo have agreed to a one-year, $900,000 deal…

…so cairo is playing musical new york chairs…i like it…

Also, the D’Backs and free-agent OF Eric Byrnes agreed to a one-year deal worth roughly $2 million, writes the Arizona Republic

…the buzz from shea is that the mets and byrnes talked briefly, but a contract was not discussed…

Morning: The Manny-for-Tejada Machine

At ESPN.com, Peter Gammons writes that the Orioles “are seriously weighing” a swap of Red Sox OF Manny Ramirez and RHP Matt Clement for SS Miguel Tejada

The Boston Globe reports that while the O’s are interested in such a trade, they would like the Sox to pay part of Ramirez’s tab…

The AP, however, citing an O’s official, reported last night that Baltimore could soon end all trade talks for Tejada…

…tough business, man…

Meanwhile, the Sox continue to talk with the Mariners about a trade sending M’s OF Jeremy Reed to Boston.  According to the Seattle Times, the Mariners are asking for RHP Jon Papelbon or LHP Jon Lester, which Boston is unwilling to do…

the sox are going to hold up the market for a while it seems…these two players are such huge names, that any team with a chance at landing on of them, such as the mets, are going to be slowed by playing the waiting game…

News: Byrnes Signs With D-Backs

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic is reporting that free agent OF Eric Byrnes and the Diamondbacks have agreed to a 1-year, $2.2 million deal…

…is byrnes starts, that means that either rookie OF Carlos Quentin or rookie OF/1B Conor Jackson won’t, which could indicate that one might be part of another deal…

News: Mets Sign Bradford

…as matt reported earlier today, it is now official…

RHP Chad Bradford has signed a one-year contract with the New York Mets, according to a team press release.

“New York is a great situation for me,” the article quoted Bradford. “I worked with Rick Peterson in Oakland and I know what he can do. With all the off-season additions, I’m sure the Mets will be contending for a playoff spot and I want to do all I can to help.”

…bradford has that reputation for dominating righty-batters, and with the hypothetical “funk” from heilman mixed with the “funk” of bradford, this could be a formidable duo…also, if you’re wondering how they’ll handle lefty batters, heilman held them close to a .200 clip last year, although he walked far more lefty batters as well…go figure…

…still waiting for that reliable southpaw out of the bullpen, but who isn’t…

Update: The AP is reporting the one-year deal is for $1.4 million

News: White Sox Sign Garland to 3-Yr Extension

According to the Associated Press, the White Sox and RHP Jon Garland have agreed to a three-year, $29 million contract extension…

…garland was arbitration eligible this season, and would’ve been a free-agent next off-season…so, i guess he will not be traded…at least for now…