Buzz: Mets are Out of Money

In a report for Fox Sports.com, Ken Rosenthal and John Morosi write, “The Mets are out of money,” according to major-league sources, which is keeping them from signing free-agent C Rob Barajas.

i can’t say whether this is true or not; but, it is peculiar that the team had earmarked $12 million for Joel Pineiro and Bengie Molina, yet, since the two players signed elsewhere, there has been talk of the team being unable to spend on players like Ben Sheets or even Yorvit Torrealba or barajas, who would cost only a million bucks or so…

…that said, i do not think money is reason for not signing John Lackey or pineiro, or molina, all of whom i think they had a set value on, and refused to go beyond… i understand how this could be viewed as being cheap, but i think it’s actually a matter of not overvaluing mediocre talent…

…in regards to lackey, the Mets, and most every other team, had concerns about his elbow, and refused to exceed a certain amount of years… also, because his contract was impossible to insure, most every team wanted guarantees in the deal, to protect against injury, and the Red Sox were the only team willing to take the risk

In the Daily News, Adam Rubin quotes a team official as saying, “We are pretty much done.”

66 comments
rico
rico

That's what they must have been fining him millions for in China.  

jax13
jax13

sad that jr needs 4 old veteran players constantly watching him to keep his head on straight....

jax13
jax13

sorry jr, this aint about shoe;aces at all. it is about you n how u should never have been offered more than a 1 yr deal.

and1buckets
and1buckets

"Sorry J.R. but the joke is on you. Sure maybe we are taking this too seriously but in reality, you’re the one who’s acted like a clown all year."


Agreed 100%,H.D...


J.R should wear a pair of these on the bench..


http://www.bestmascot.com/clownshoes6.jpg

knicktap3
knicktap3

If we lose a game or two and shump or someone has a bad game, you all will be begging to give JR another chance. Relax

tw22
tw22

As a Met fan I remember Roger McDowell was a funny cut-up as well, he also was worth his weight when it mattered. There is no sense of humor on a 13-22 team.

angelbx
angelbx

I seriously think if this game was at home he would get booed from the moment his name is announced coming into the game. This guy did a complete 360. What a scrub, wow son.. you killing me.. i would take mr.85 percent over this guy now any day. And that's saying a LOT

buddhabing
buddhabing

The scary thing about this ; if all the reports are true, is that it took Dolan to discipline JR. If it were up to Woodson he would probably still be playing 30+ min a night as if nothing happened. What does that say about the coach?

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Shoelacegate! This entire story is stupid and getting old. He untied a shoelace who cares..we do have a guy on the team who beat the crap out of a fan and rooted for a player who choked his coach.

Untying a shoe? Really?

fast_eddie
fast_eddie

If I have to hear him say "it is what it is" one more time I'm gonna puke. "He is what he is", clueless, classless and a very mediocre ballplayer. The Knicks got duped by this guy and that's their fault. Give guys playing time who are proud to wear the uniform. We all have senses of humor, but there is a time and a place for it.

moneyball
moneyball

Give it a break people. JR is JR. not the advisor of world economics. He pulled a freaken shoelace!!!! Lynch him for crimes against humanity...WTF..... The NBA is a Game .... Not the Dow Jones or the Ways and Means Committee. Not the Warren Commission....although many here think it's the Geneva Convention. Anal Fuchers..

hashburry
hashburry

This guy is an idiot beyond pale.  There is no saving this guy from himself.  And he killed someone to boot.  Get rid of him.

moneyball
moneyball

Give it a break people. JR is JR. not the advisor of world economics. He pulled a freaken shoelace!!!! Lynch him for crimes against humanity...WTF

Seth Nadler
Seth Nadler

Shumps +\- in the last 5games has been incredible so with Jr sitting means more minutes for Shump which means winning. Then you add Murry with Shump in the backcourt and the team plays even better. So if you do the Math sitting Jr equals win win for Knicks

ReneNYK1
ReneNYK1

Woody told him to stop when he didn't it's not about humor is about respect for your coach.

foley
foley

I wonder how he would feel if another player untied his shoelaces, he tripped and tore up his knee and was out for a year.  Would the joke be on him?

lobcity
lobcity

I don't mind JR untying players shoe laces if he's producing but he's not so he needs to just focus on basketball. I can't lie, it is funny.. Lol

lindro88
lindro88

JR should be paid by the game

angelbx
angelbx

@knicktap3another chance to do what hes done all season? aka... NOTHING?

rico
rico

@tw22 there is no sense of humor when you go from 6th man of the year to one of the least wanted players in the league with no game in evidence.

Jon Quackenbush
Jon Quackenbush

@DrJonathanReefer he did it 3 times.  once after the league told him not to.  also, what if marion twisted his ankle after the untie?   

maceinyourface
maceinyourface

Things went wrong for JR went he made that betrayal comment after is brother got release

buddhabing
buddhabing

@DrJonathanReefer It's not just about untying shoes though. It's about a player with a history of erratic behavior and insubordination defying his bosses and biting the hand that feeds him. So i guess he can just continue being a knuckle head without any repercussions? I truly believe this team is better off without him. He was never that good a player to be given the special treatment he thought he deserved. Knicks should just cut their losses and get rid of him by any means necessary.

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

All I care about is Philly tonight and extending this winning streak! With or without JR ! The show must go on!!

moneyball
moneyball

@Jerry Gee If someone threw an Axe at Jeremy Lin's azz..it would cut off your head...Troll.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@OLD_KNICK 

His sense of entitlement has overcome his ability to perceive the events surrounding his situation. Next he will feel he is a victim.

1harris1
1harris1

@ReneNYK1 Yeah, sure it is.  And if he was playing like he did last season, I'm sure Woodson would have done exactly the same thing.  JR never did anything before to embarrass the team or his coach (sarcasm).


JR's biggest mistake was the ruckus he caused with Dolan and team management after his brother was cut.  That was the beginning of the end.  Last year, he said all the right things, and nobody complained about his clownish antics (at least not before the nonsense involving Jason Terry in the playoffs).

1harris1
1harris1

@foley Is it something done by other players in the league, though? JR claims he's been doing it for years, and was done to him last week by Dwight Howard.  All of his shoelace stuff is nonsense-just a convenient opportunity for Dolan to lay the hammer on this guy.


I love all the commenters and tweeps calling JR a "punk"; "moron", etc.  How many of them were calling him that last year, when he was the same person he is now?  Funny, I don't remember hearing too much of it. 

knicktap3
knicktap3

Well everyone was blaming him for awhile, barg, shumpert, Melo, Woodson, and now smith. This is obviously going to pass as the media stops using him as a scapegoat. Just relax and try to enjoy the fact that were starting to play better. Let's get another win. Stop being so negative.

angelbx
angelbx

@moneyball@angelbxwell thanks dude, go meet Jr at green house and do us a favor hold his drink for us, better yet....tie or untie his show while your at it?

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

@OLD_KNICK @ReneNYK1  

Wow.  Woody has gone to bat for JR so many times.  Woody was starting James White at 2G just so JR could stay in the running for 6MOY.  You'd think JR would be more thankful to the one guy that's been in his corner.

(And JR also upset the boss upstairs! That's a big no-no, lol.  He should've known better.)

Danny Ryu
Danny Ryu

@1harris1 to say hes the same person now has too many loose strings:


- now isn't a contract year

- got suspended for smoking up this year

- shooting the mid thirties for shooting percentage this year


the list goes on and on. if you restrict the situation to just basketball I don't mind benching JR cuz let's face it - hes been horrible in almost every way on the court this year

solar_lion
solar_lion

@Jerry GeeI'm tired of hearing about Jeremy Lin on a Knicks Blog. He's gone. Took an underground tunnel on his way to Houston. Has created mass pollution by flooding the rivers near there and is claiming territorial rights off the coastal waters in the gulf of Mexico. He gone. Get over Lin!

redhorse
redhorse

N what u dont like lin cuz hes asian??? So freaking racist

moneyball
moneyball

@redhorse Until that "Kind" of People stop making JR out to be " Menace To Society" for pulling a freaken shoelace... Me No Like Lin Time. 

redhorse
redhorse

Wow....thats pretty stereotypical...n uwonder y ppl hate ur kind....at least lin has a future after his career is over...lmao stfu u racist

1harris1
1harris1

@Danny Ryu@1harris1 So he wasn't smoking weed last year?  The guy was seemingly clubbing it up every night last season.  Nobody cared when he was playing well, and many viewed it as funny.


I obviously agree that his play this year has been completely different than last year, but personality-character wise?  Same dude.