News: K-Rod is Playing Winter Ball

According to El Universal, the Mets initially requested that Francisco Rodriguez refrain from playing in the Venezuelan Winter League.

However, Rodriguez’s agent talked to Mets GM Omar Minaya, and the two sides reached an understanding.

Rodriguez allowed one run and two hits in his first appearance this winter with Tiburones de La Guaira.

…from what i understand, it’s customary for veteran players under contract with MLB to rest a bit from the long season before jumping right in to Winter Ball… the Mets asked K-Rod to sit out, but he takes a lot of pride in playing for Tiburones de La Guaira, his contract with the Mets allows it, and so he’s playing

Rodriguez had four blown saves and a 6.75 ERA in 29 appearances during the second half of last season.

…i’ll be honest, his 2009 season worried me a bit… i mean, had he had that second-half and the team was good, look out… people would be slamming him right now… but, it was a lost season, and so he kind of got lost in the wreckage




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Macacawitz
Macacawitz

The more I listen to the so called experts, the more I hate this year's draft, and the fact that the team that - hasn't won a playoff round in 21 years because of brain dead decisions like this - relinquished next year's #1.  Of course there's a groundswell among NHL owners to broaden the lottery parameters for NEXT year's draft, but that's another story.  The bottom line is that when teams seem so willing to trade a first rounder for a top two line player, including the #1 overall, you know the draft sucks.  As weak as this year's is, next year's is THAT strong.  I'm predicting that when reflected back upon in ten years, this year's draft will be looked upon as the worst in a decade.  They'll be a lot of impromptu, beer drenched non-draft parties next season when a team like Florida or Ottawa walks up to the podium and picks McDavid or Eichel and pre-orders their two or three Cup rings after acquiring a transcendent talent.  Of course the Islanders are going to all of a sudden be so good next season that they wouldn't get that pick anyway, but I'll remind you there are meds on the market for the treatment of delusional disorders.  It's been 21 years and they're still not close.  Not yet.  Asinine, extremely shortsided, Wangesque, idiotic decision. 

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Dal Colle is a one zone player - in junior.  Good luck fixing  that  at the NHL level.  This is a very mediocre draft.  

j_spikett
j_spikett

barph should have given this pick to buffalo because he is going to end up giving mcdavis away next year

mrcisback
mrcisback

  The so called experts on NHL Tonight are saying that Nick Ritchie will make in into the NHL this year right out of training camp. 

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

If the Islanders can't get someone that will help the team now then keep the pick.

In all honesty the Islanders are 1 of 4 teams with the most draft picks this year.

1 first rd, 2 second rd., 3 third rd, and a few in round 4 - 6.

Trade: 5th pick overall, 2nd rounder, Josh Bailey, Prospect D-man, either Franz Nielson or Michael Grabner

For a blockbuster trade!

We have: Lee, Brock Nelson, and Strome that can fill those slots.

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

This years picks 3 and on...will need some time to develop there all around game. Reason why teams willing to trade their picks and around the league saying it's a weaker draft then prior ones.

Are they always right NO. Can it be a great prospect that works out - yes. But wouldn't you want someone already playing in the NHL. I would...

Either will Bennett and player from Germany. Only 2 players I see making an NHL roster the first year is the Defensman and Sam R.

The other top 3 are three yrs away.

Christopher Patrick
Christopher Patrick

Dal Colle probably wont make the roster this year.  However the draft should not be about immediate help. Besides, with Strome & Lee likely starting their first full seasons this year, and Nelson starting his second year, there would not be room in the forward corps for another promising rookie who will make some mistakes.  Especially with Reinhart likely doing the same on the blue line.


The Draft is about the long term solutions which Dal Colle can be. He has the size that succeeds in the playoffs.  He has more skill than Ritchie.  Place him alongside Strome, and he will be deposit everything that Strome feeds him.  Yes it is dark right now. It is often darkest before the dawn.  But there is no reason to be hasty and not select Dal Colle. 


And when Dal Colle does make his pro debut, it starts his ELC contract which is cheap.  We need to keep the pipeline of inexpensive productive players. We will soon have a new owner, who will invest.  And if you look at the Kings & Blackhawks they both have young players producing.  


Besides I find it very easy to root for someone who has been through what he has, 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CerT1ycZ0U

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

I mean really how many years are we going to draft and draft players rather then get someone to help us now....

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

Whose idea was it to schedule the NHL Draft the same week as the NBA Draft? They should've moved it a week.

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

Michael Del Colle is at least 3 yrs away to make the NHL. Besides this year being his draft year. Look at the following 2 yrs decent numbers not great.

Trade the pick for someone legit. We need someone to play of JT's wing or the 2nd line.

mrcisback
mrcisback

  If the Islanders intention is to trade the #5 pick in a package it better be for a young established player like Sean Couturier,James Van Reimsdyk,Jeff Skinner,Evander Kane,Jake Gardiner, etc. Snow better not move that pick for a 32 year old who's in his last year of his contract and his better years are behind him. On NHL live Craig Button says theres plenty of teams in intense trade discussions right now.

dkdk
dkdk

I am an Islander and NY Football Giant fan and it is amazing, every time snow is about to do something I cringe. Whenever the giants do something even if I disagree with it, I am still confident that they know best. It is amazing that when I was a kid it was completely reversed.

Robert Konigsberg
Robert Konigsberg

this is the pick that would fit the isles well but knowing how snow operates, except snow to trade the pick for some over the hill scrub. getting fleeced big time is the only way snow operates. since last summer from getting fleeced big time from nino to vanek, tomorrow will just be the icing on the cake to keep destroying the franchise as much as possible. is there any good news? yes. snow wont give a top draft pick away for some scrub next year. of course, that's only because he has no pick. he gave that away with moulson for the rental player he got in return who of course had no intention of signing here anyway. tomorrow should be fun. it will be fun for the team that will fleece snow tomorrow. for isles fans though, sadly tomorrow wont be fun. getting fleeced big time is just the norm in the wacky world of wang and snow where there is zero accountability and getting worse and worse is the only way wang and snow operate. 

NYYanks56
NYYanks56

Trade Dal Colle and get help asap, not any players who will take perhaps 4 or more years to get here to play.

Billy Thoesen
Billy Thoesen

We haven't had a legit power forward in years , Ritchie could be it

willymayshays
willymayshays

Last thing, LAST thing we need is a  skinny  winger  that's going to take 3 yrs to develop.  He will take longer than Strome.  

None of the guys we draft will be on the roster next yr, But guys like Ritchie or Tuch will not need to "gain a few pounds" to not get thrown around in the NHL.  Guys like Ritchie could be on the roster much sooner than Colle, and to be honest I don't see any more "upside" with Colle.  But I'm no scout....

Billy Thoesen
Billy Thoesen

Draisaitel or Dal Colle likely left at 5

Either one will be a good choice

Can't go wrong

Logan Monstuart
Logan Monstuart

@Macacawitz Well, at least you spelled asinine correctly.


There is no way the fifth pick this year -- the fifth-best 18-year-old hockey player in the world -- is worse than the 18th next year, which is when the Isles should be picking. If a scouting department has any clue at all, you always choose a 5 over an 18, any year.

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

@Macacawitz Until we get a new owner, GM and coach, the 8th seed is our ceiling, even with steady, reliable goaltending from Halak.

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

@Macacawitz A poster here recently made a comparison to Brad Dalgarno, which has me very nervous about taking this kid. Has me leaning toward Virtanen now

willymayshays
willymayshays

@mrcisback


I think he's closer to ready and has just as much, if not more upside as DalColle.  And I think he fits more with our needs.

David Di Gesu
David Di Gesu

We need a player already in the NHL veteran leadership, preferable in the 20's, but not over 32 yrs old, with Stanley cup experience, solid and a scorer that can help guide and teach

Lee, Nelson, and Strome, plus all of the D-man Prospects.

NYYanks56
NYYanks56

@David Di Gesu 

Right, This guy must be a newbie that still has tons of patience, a commodity most of us oldtimers have run out of

willymayshays
willymayshays

@Billy Thoesen

Lee I think has a strong game.  REALLY strong on the puck and tough in the "dirty" areas.  Him and Ritchie plus Mayfield and Reinhart.  Lots of youth with size and toughness I like!

dzruggie
dzruggie

@willymayshays You make no sense.  You take the upside over size at this point.  If they end up picking and not making a trade then you have an asset.  Year over year how many kids jump into the NHL and make an impact - not many.  However assembling a stockpile of high end talent is a win either as a trade chip or as the player itself.  

NYYanks56
NYYanks56

@willymayshays 

That kid is so skinny, if he stood sideways and ate a banana he would look like a zipper.

NYYanks56
NYYanks56

@willymayshays 

Agree totally, to keep this guy, and do nothing else puts them back on their heels for more years of no POs and staying the laughing stock of the NHL.

Richard Gauthier
Richard Gauthier

@willymayshays He'll be a solid top 6 forward somewhere but like you said he need 2-3 years to put on size and adjust his game to the pro level. That's why they need to move the draft age to 21. 99% of 18 year olds can't cut it in the NHL anymore.

willymayshays
willymayshays

@Billy Thoesen


Draisaitl will be gone.

If we stay at #5 and don't pick Ritchie, who is exactly the type of player we need, I'll be pissed.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@snostorm @Macacawitz funny thing about that...crosby is that talent too, only has one ring.  tavares is that talent too, so ours are coming? ovechkin, no rings. stamkos no rings. 


need to get over the fact that we're not picking in next years draft. 


and for the record, no, we really should not be anywhere near the top 2 picks.

shlo
shlo

@chrisredux @j_spikett As a fan I expect them to win the cup.

As far as reality and odds  are concerned, I'll leave it to the bookmakers in Las Vegas and "experts" around the league.

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

Have you seen both these guys play?

shlo
shlo

@willymayshays @mrcisback I remember everybody talking about Nino before the draft the same way. He looks very promising, if he is picked ,I hope  he has the right attitude. I really have no problems with any of the names thrown at #5.

dkdk
dkdk

Amazing what a coach and GM could do right? Pisarcik was one of my first football memories .... Hard to believe I stuck as a giant fan, lol. Scott Brunner, ugh.

NYYanks56
NYYanks56

@orange2327 

Anyone  that should be drafted and turn out to have potential to be good, would be taken  in error by this GM, and thus would probably get buried in the system and wait at least till after the move to Paradise, er I mean Bklyn.

Billy Thoesen
Billy Thoesen

Lee could be the sniper we need

We need someone also to pound the net

and get in down low and finish

Ala Marchand ,Bergeron

willymayshays
willymayshays

@dzruggie @willymayshays


I make NO sense?  

well I disagree...

We seem to disagree a lot, not that I mind, but you are telling me that Ritchie has less upside?  I don't see it.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

i dont see snow making a reach like that.  i'd love to take a shot on ritchie though if we end up keeping the pick. 

Billy Thoesen
Billy Thoesen

Ritchie would be fine by me

Has a little Clarkie in him

NYYanks56
NYYanks56

@Billy Thoesen 

Not all that convinced or impressed with Lee yet, perhaps I may be wrong but it's not working for me yet.

myisles72
myisles72

@willymayshays Everyone criticizes Garth for trying to outsmart everyone at the draft. He's had that criticism leveled at him here year after year. Everyone says, "Just take the consensus pick". All of the draft lists I've seen have Ekblad, Reinhart, Bennet, Draisatl, and Dal Colle as the top 5. I've never seen Ritchie in the top 5, but I have seen criticism of Ritchie's work ethic. However, because he is big, everybody seems to be in love with him. So why are people here trying to outsmart the scouts? Garth should take the consensus pick, which is any one of those five players I mentioned that is available at 5. Let's not be cute.

Billy Thoesen
Billy Thoesen

If Ritchie is more NHL ready then take Ritchie

We need someone with some desire to win

I think JT would straighten out his work ethic

willymayshays
willymayshays

@Billy Thoesen


I've heard he can be difficult, doesn't work hard in the gym.  That most of his 232 isn't muscle.  BUT on the ice he's 110 % and he'll kick some a$$.  I'll take the good with the bad, in this scenario.

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@willymayshays @slapshot18_rs considering hes expected to go 7-12, yeah..

Steven Cook
Steven Cook

I know. They are right up against the cap.  God forbid they reward a player who produced at a high level for them. 

dkdk
dkdk

But you need to pay a bunch 4-5 to make the floor so what difference does it make

willymayshays
willymayshays

@slapshot18_rs


I've mostly seen 6-8

To be fair, mostly see DalColle #5, but I've seen Ritchie at #5.  Some people don't think Ritchie at #5 is a reach. 

If you move back to the 8th slot, I'd bet Ritchie isn't on the board.