News: Watch Pedro Wed., on SNY

SNY will air a one-hour pre-game show on Wednesday, August 1, that will include live coverage of Pedro Martinez’s first minor-league rehab start for the St. Lucie Mets.   

SNY’s expanded pre-game show will begin at 7:00 pm, and include a live Q & A with Mets GM Omar Minaya, hosted by Chris Cotter live from Port St. Lucie.

…oh, man…will pedro be carried out in a chariot, too…please, please, sny, don’t jinx this

Buzz: No Pitcher for the Mets

…though deals can occasionally be announced after the deadline, word from new york is that the Nationals will not be trading RHP Chad Cordero, and the Mets will not be making any major announcements today

also, i get no real sense that the Mets were willing to match boston’s offer for Eric Gagne, i.e., Carlos Gomezand the same can really be said for cordero, who, in addition to Philip Humber, was going to cost the Mets one of their top outfield prospects, or, at least cost the D’Backs one of theirs, if the deal ever had a chance of going through…a guy like Mike Carp or Kevin Mulvey was never going to matter…

…if minaya’s goal was to acquire a relief pitcher, i guess he missed the mark…but, if his goal was to keep Lastings Milledge, gomez, Fernando Martinez, Mike Pelfrey and Deolis Guerra, well, then he succeeded…

News: Phillies acquire Mateo

The Phillies have acquired RHP Julio Mateo from the Mariners, reports Jayson Stark at ESPN.com.

…from what i can gather, the Phillies had been working quite hard to get one of Soloman Torres or Damaso Marte from the Pirates, who have insisted upon including Jack Wilson, which, obviously, the Phillies did not wantso, mateo is philly’s guy…good luck with all that

News: Gagne to Boston

The Red Sox and Rangers have agreed to swap RHP Eric Gagne in exchange for RHP Kason Gabbard, OF David Murphy, and 16–year-old OF Engel Beltre, reports Buster Olney on ESPN.com.

According to NESN, Gagne will waive his no-trade clause and will serve as the team’s set-up man in exchange for the roughly $3 million that will cover all remaining performance bonuses in his contract.

Buzz: Mets, D'Backs, Nats Three-Way

the buzz from arizona suggests that the D’Backs are readying the promotion of OF Justin Upton, in the event they ship either OF Carlos Gonzalez, 1B Conor Jackson or OF Carlos Quentin to the Nationals for RHP Chad Cordero

update…3:33 pm

In an update for the Stark Report, at ESPN.com, Jayson Stark writes that the Mets, Nationals and D’Backs are actually discussing a three-way deal, as the Mets will only part with RHP Philip Humber in a deal for Cordero.

News: No Return of Payton

the Mets will not be acquiring OF Jay Payton, in case you were worried he may return to Shea Stadium…

Buzz: Prospects for Gagne from Red Sox

According to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney, the Red Sox will send RHP Kason Gabbard, OF David Murphy, and 16–year-old OF Engel Beltre to Texas in exchange for Eric Gagne, assuming Gagne and his agent, Scott Boras, approve the deal.