Results tagged ‘ Major League Baseball ’

Anything going on behind the scenes shortstop related?

As I do on most days, I was reading all of the daily articles from the Mets Bloggers & Reporters, and I read this article by MMO’s Joe D. He reports here, that the Cubs are gaining an additional middle infielder (Tommy LaStella). That seems strange considering the Cubs, have by far the most depth there. Players include: Javier Baez (22), Starlin Castro (25), Addison Russell (21), Kris Bryant (23), and Arismendy Alcantara (24). So, why would the Cubs make this trade?

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Well, La Stella is no Kris Bryant or Jimmy Rollins, but he is a “good addition” to most clubs. The Cubs are in dire need of pitching. And no one has more pitching than the Mets. To put this in perspective, it would be like the Mets trading Matt den Dekker for Ryan Vogelsong. It really doesn’t make sense unless, the Cubs are going out to trade a shortstop. If so, Starlin Castro, is a prime candidate.

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Here is Castro’s annual salary through 2019:
2014 $5,000,000
2015 $6,000,000
2016 $7,000,000
2017 $9,000,000
2018 $10,000,000
2019 $11,000,000
I never thought I’d say this, but that’s a bargain for a high-end slugger. The Mets should aggressively go after Castro. The return? Niese and Montero would be sufficient. And with the Niese-Collins feud, I’m not sure the Mets want to hang on to Jon. Montero is an add-on. Why? Click here!

Day at the Game: Metropolitan Baseball Classic 2014

Today I went to see the action at the 2nd Annual Metropolitan Baseball Classic. The participants were 8 college level academy teams. Team Elite went home with their 2nd championship (REPEAT!) over CBA.

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Me and my dad went to the game and got front row seats for a Lincoln! One of the most interesting things about the game was the cool shades that formed from dawn to dusk. It would be generous to say that there were 500 people in the crowd, but it didn’t matter, 1 concession open, 1 bathroom open but hard core baseball and I must say, the players were very good.

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The Classic should have been better promoted, I was very happily surprised with what I witnessed. I hope to go back next year! Here are some extra photos that I took of the champions.

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