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…

Stats: Winter Ball Update from Mayers

John P. Mayers has sent in a new update with stats tracking Mets players taking part in the various Winter Leagues through December 27…

John writes…

Endy Chavez went 4–for-5 with a double to raise his average to .357, while Victor Diaz went 2–for-5 with two doubles and an RBI…

Tike Redman went 2–for-5 with a home run, his first of the season.  Tike’s average is now .352…

Jose Valentin continued his hot streak with three hits in four at-bats with a walk and a double…

Henry Owens struck out the side to bring is K/9 to 13.7.  His ERA is now at 2.91.”…

…thanks, john…

To check in on John’s stats, go here, or use the link in the left-hand sidebar of this site…

…enjoy…

Buzz: Catalonotto On the Block

In the Toronto Star, Geoff Baker writes 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

…hmm…catalanotto…

…he played second base for the first few years of his career, among other positions…since the jays promoted SS Orlando Hudson, catalanotto has played only in the outfield…he’ll earn $2.7 million this season, at which point he’ll become a free-agent…

…defensively, catalonotto is far from a gold glove winner…but, he’ll get the job done, and will not hurt his team…though he may hurt himself, as he tends to come up with odd injuries at inopportune times…

…offensively, with a short swing he’ll hit around .300, put the ball in play, he’ll hit-n-run on cue, put the ball to any spot on the field, and he is also pretty quick, and a smart base runner…

…at 31–years-old, he’s an all-around good baseball player, with great bat-control, quick feet, who grew up in new york and can play multiple positions: first, second and corner-outfield…though he was a yankees fan growing up, we won’t hold that against him…

…most importantly, he is said to be a good guy, fun to watch play, and he is very smart…in fact, 1B Carlos Delgado once told the toronto star that catalanotto was one of the things he would miss most about the blue jays, because he learned a lot about hitting from him on a daily basis…the rangers would constantly talk about how their lineup was not the same without him, when frank was batting leadoff for them year’s ago…

…Update…12:25 PM…

…in going through my e-mail, which is over-flowing, i noticed the following from marc passer, who wrote on december 27…

“Why not try to pry (Catalonotto) from Toronto and stick him at second…he played there and played there well with Texas and he is a proven above average bat.  This is the type of hard-nosed player that we could stick in the two or eight hole.”…

…given how j.p. is acting in toronto these days, something tells me it would be very hard to “pry” anything from his grip…he’s been far too savvy…

…the question is: what would toronto be looking to get as fair value for catalonotto…i’m thinking relief pitching, or just prospects, if the mets took on the full money…

Read: MetsGeek's "Better Late Than Never"

At MetsGeek.com, Jeremy Heit explains why LHP Tom Glavine can finally be considered one of the Mets top pitchers, thus finally making him a Met, as well…

…given all the elements of this team, i am very eager to see a) how carlos beltran deals with year two, and b) if glavine continues how he pitched in the second half of last season…

…it’s odd, they add wagner, delgado, etc, yet, last season, had beltran been beltran, and glavine been glavine all year long, the mets may have made the playoffs anyway…

Morning: Note on Rumor Mill

recently, we’ve all read about three-way deals, even four-way deals, involving huge contracts, small names, top prospects and cooperative rivals, making it a confusing rumor mill these days…so, remember the following, which i wrote in last week’s notebook

“The market is quiet, because teams are holding their breath to see who will hit the open-market after [the non-tender] deadline.  Once the dust settles, many baseball insiders expect another round of trades to occur – some minor, some major.  Teams are no longer eager to overpay, though – and with the clock ticking, they shouldn’t – so expect a lot of chatter, and some confusing trade rumors in the weeks to come.”…

…in other words…read wisely…

Morning: Mets Sign Bradford for Funk

According to Joel Sherman in the New York Post, the Mets and free-agent RHP Chad Bradford “have all but agreed” on a one-year contract worth between $1 million and $1.5 million…

As Sherman points out, though Bradford allowed righties to hit .282 against him last season, he never surrendered a long-ball…

…this is a strong move, as i think with peterson and being in the national league, with batters that haven’t seen him before, bradford will do just fine…plus, it gives willie a funky reliever, which, as you know, is quite important…

Morning: GB Rumors about Manny

…i’m not sure what to make of this…it’s so crazy, it nearly makes sense

At Gotham Baseball, Mark Healey writes that the Mets, Devil Rays, Orioles and Red Sox are working on a four-team deal that would send SS Miguel Tejada to the Red Sox, RHP Kris Benson and SS Julio Lugo to the Orioles, RHP Aaron Heilman and prospects to the Devil Rays, and OF Manny Ramirez to the Mets…

…i have a headache…

…my first question is: would three teams in the same division really trade with one other…

Healey cites an anonymous source as saying that nothing is close – however, “these are the kind of deals that either fall apart immediately, or take until the spring to complete.”…

which sounds like an out-clause on the rumor, if you ask me…

Healey also offers up a few other interesting notes about the rumored deal, as well as rumors regarding A’s LHP Barry Zito, the bullpen and a variety of minor league coaching vacancies…

The Baltimore Sun and Daily Herald write that the rumored deal between the Cubs and O’s, sending Tejada to Chicago and RHP Mark Prior to Baltimore, among other parts-n-pieces, is still on the table, though unlikely…

The Sun also speculates on a deal that would send Tejada to Boston directly, for Ramirez and RHP Matt Clement

…which, obviously, would blow up any chance for the mets to use tejada in a manny deal, which as far as i can tell, is the only way they can get him, at boston’s current asking price…

…this is all quite complicated…and i wouldn’t be surprised if all the above were discussed at one point or another…now, are they going to happen…who knows…

…i do feel the mets have turned up the heat on pursuing manny…that’s total hunch…but based on hints and suggestions i have received from baseball insiders that i talked with over the holiday…admittedly, i have not done a whole lotta work on this subject, because it is ripe for misinformation…i will start poking around, though, starting now…

Buzz: Burnitz, O's Close To Deal

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that free agent OF Jeromy Burnitz is close to signing a 2-year deal worth $12 million with the Orioles…

…thanks to james for the link…

…angelos has to be out of his mind. burnitz is on the downside of his career as he turns 37 in april and his ops has been pathetic the last four years save his year in coors…

…if the orioles wanted to spend that kind of money on an outfielder, they should have gone after OF Jacque Jones, who signed a 3-year, $16 million deal with the cubs last week…

Stats: Mets Winter Ball as of Dec 26

Mets Winter Ball Batting Thru 12/26/2005

  LG Avg. G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS SF HBP SLG OBP E
ENDY CHAVEZ* VNZ 0.341 34 135 24 46 13 0 1 9 62 15 8 5 2 1 0 0.459 0.404 2
AAROM BALDIRIS* VNZ 0.235 33 85 7 20 6 0 0 8 26 4 15 0 2 1 4 0.306 0.298 6
VICTOR DIAZ* DMC 0.340 12 47 9 16 2 1 1 5 23 1 8 2 0 0 2 0.489 0.380 0
ANDERSON HERNANDEZ* DMC 0.302 41 172 24 52 4 3 1 22 65 12 19 7 3 1 0 0.378 0.346 8
JULIO RAMIREZ DMC 0.267 43 150 22 40 6 1 6 18 66 17 56 6 0 0 1 0.440 0.345 3
JUAN TEJADA DMC 0.300 17 30 3 9 0 0 0 6 9 4 3 0 0 1 0 0.300 0.371 2
SANDY MARTINEZ DMC 0.250 23 76 13 19 3 1 3 7 6 17 0 0 0 0 0.434 0.305 0
CARLOS GOMEZ DMC 0.000 8 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1 1 0 0 0.000 0.100 0
RAMON CASTRO* PR 0.151 34 106 9 16 5 0 3 8 30 20 32 0 0 1 1 0.283 0.289 /
ANGEL PAGAN* PR 0.250 3 12 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 2 2 0 0 0 0.250 0.400 /
TIKE REDMAN* PR 0.350 35 140 18 49 6 0 0 9 55 14 10 7 0 0 0 0.393 0.409 /
JOSE VALENTIN* PR 0.265 27 98 16 26 4 1 3 16 41 =”xl27″ style=”BORDER-TOP: medium none; BORDER-LEFT: medium none” x:num>18 23 7 0 0 0 0.418 0.379 /
                                             Mets Winter Ball Pithing Thru 12/26/2005        
  LG W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER BB SO SO/9
VICTOR ZAMBRANO VZ 0 0 3.07 4 2 0 14.2 15 5 5 3 15 9.2 ##
ALAY SOLER PR 1 2 3.00 6 3 0 24.0 19 8 8 10 17 6.4 24
JUAN PADILLA* PR 2 1 3.60 13 0 0 20.0 20 8 8 7 6 2.7 ##
JASON SCOBIE PR 1 1 10.50 3 3 0 12.0 23 14 14 6 7 5.3 ##
HENRY OWENS* PR 1 1 3.05 18 0 4 20.2 17 7 7 10 30 13.1 ##
ORLANDO ROMAN PR 4 2 2.59 8 8 0 41.2 40 12 12 17 26 5.6 ##
TIM LAVIGNE PR 0 1 1.65 15 0 10 16.1 16 x:num>4 3 4 13 7.2 ##
PEDRO FELICIANO PR 1 1 3.86 6 0 0 7.0 5 3 3 3 6 7.7 ##
AARON HEILMAN* DMC 3 1 2.36 5 5 0 26.2 23 7 7 6 22 7.4 ##
HEATH BELL* DMC 1 0 2.77 13 0 0 13.0 10 4 4 5 16 11.1 ##
BARTOLOME FORTUNADO* DMC 1 0 4.12 17 0 0 19.2 19 10 9 9 8 3.7 ##
ANDERSON GARCIA* DMC 0 0 11.57 2 0 0 2.1 5 3 3 2 1 3.9 ##
JUAN PEREZ* DMC 0 3 3.29 20 0 0 13.2 16 5 5 5 15 9.9 ##
JOSE PARRA DMC 1 0 0.00 9 0 2 8.1 4 1 0 3 6 6.5 ##
* on 40 man roster

Stats: Winter Ball Update from Mayers

John P. Mayers has sent in a new update with stats tracking Mets players taking part in the various Winter Leagues…

Mayer writes…

“Lots of Mets action yesterday.  Alay Soler lost his 2nd game of the year, he pitched 5 innings giving up 4 runs on 9 hits while striking out 3 and walking 3.  Victor Zambrano pitched 4 innings with 3 hits and 2 runs while walking 1 and striking out 5.  Coming out of a long slump, Jose Valentin went 4 for 4 with 2 doubles a homer 3 rbi’s and a walk.  His average is now .265. Victor Diaz went 2 for 5 last night with a homer.  His average is now at .340.”…

…thanks, john…

To check in on John’s stats, go here, or use the link in the left-hand sidebar of this site…

…enjoy…