Jets Release Jenkins, Woody, Gholston, and Taylor

The Jets released Kris Jenkins, Damien Woody, Vernon Gholston, and Jason Taylor today.  According to Manish Mehta of the Daily News, some of them could come back on reduced salaries.  If this helps the Jets re-sign all of their wide receivers, I am all for it.  Thank God Gholston is gone, Taylor did nothing last season, Jenkins hasn’t been healthy for two years now, and Woody is replaceable.

These moves will save the Jets around $10 million in cap space if a salary cap returns.

Goodbye Gholston, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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Carlos Beltran to Play Right Field; Pagan to Play Center Field

As you probably have heard, the big news out of Port St. Lucie this afternoon that Carlos Beltran will be move over to right field for the 2011 season. Beltran initiated a meeting with Terry Collins to inform Collins that Beltran feels he, not Angel Pagan, should be the one to move over to right field. With two center fielders in the starting lineup and no true right fielder, the Mets were unsure who would move to right field.

Beltran, who is a three-time gold glover, missed most of the 2010 season due to knee surgery. Although he played center field for the Mets after returning in July, many people still questioned whether he could man center field for a full season and more importantly whether he could play it as well as Angel Pagan. Pagan has healthier legs and is four years younger than Beltran, but just in case that’s not enough to convince you that Pagan is better apt to play center, let’s look at the stats. Pagan had an 11.8 UZR/150 in CF in 2010, while Beltran had an -8.6 UZR/150 in CF in 2010. UZR/150 measures how a player compares on defense to the league average defensive player at that position. As you can see, Pagan was well above average in CF in 2010, while Beltran was well below average.

Let’s not forget that playing RF at Citi Field is no easy task. Right field at Citi Field is arguably the most expansive right field in the majors, and no one is more apt to play there than the three-time gold glove winner, Carlos Beltran. The Mets outfield has the potential to be very good defensively in 2011 with  Pagan in CF, Beltran in RF, and Bay, who is not a bad fielder himself, in LF.

Beltran will always be remembered as one of the finest defensive outfielders of all time.

Trading for Brad Richards is Tempting

Let me start of by saying that I don’t think trading the whole farm for Richards is a good move. The Rangers can get him in the offseason if they choose, and you can’t ruin the rebuilding mode the Rangers are in right now. This team has a load of young talent. It’s about winning another Stanley Cup, not winning a playoff series this year.

With that said, I would not be opposed to a deal where Gilroy, a few mid-level prospects, and a couple of draft picks are given up. I don’t think the cap will be an issue, as Drury and Frolov can be moved to the LTIR. The question is would Richards make New York a Cup contender?

Putting Richards and Gaborik together on a line would be a lethal combination. With Dubinsky and Callahan on another, you already have two high-quality lines. Stepan could center the third, with a strong, physical fourth line.

Prospal-Richards-Gaborik
Dubinsky-Anisimov-Callahan
Wolski-Stepan-Fedotenko/Zucarello
Avery-Boyle-Prust

I would guess either Fedotenko or Zucarello would sit in the press box. I’m not sure where Christensen fits into this picture either. But I guarantee you people will be injured come playoff time, so it’s not a big deal.

Assuming Gilroy gets traded, here’s how the defense would look:

Staal-Girardi
McCabe-Del Zotto
Sauer-McDonaugh

Three nice pairs there. It’s a good blend between young kids and players who have been in the league for a while. If Del Zotto can step up his defensive play, this group can be electric come playoff time.

So I think while the Rangers must be extremely cautious in a Richards trade, he could really help the team. The Rangers lack a true #1 center, and Brad would help the Rangers out in that category. However, I trust Sather not to give up any top-prospects that teams so highly covet.

In other Rangers news, I don’t think I want to see Del Zotto or Gaborik moved. Del Zotto has all-star potential, and can finally be the “quarterback of the power play” that the Rangers have been looking for. Gaborik is having a slow season, but he can explode for a hat trick any night if he gets hot. Of course, it all depends on the package the Rangers are getting back. If it’s a ridiculous deal in favor of the Blueshirts, you have to pull the trigger.

Mets Baseball is Back

The Mets ownership situation has stolen all the headlines this offseason including this story that broke last night.  With all the fuss over the Mets ownership, its easy to forget that there is a baseball season yet to be played. The Mets will play their first Grapefruit League game today against the Atlanta Braves at Digital Domain Park. The game will be available on CW 11.

The Staring Lineup will go as follows:

1. Jose Reyes SS
2. Luis Castillo 2B
3. David Wright 3B
4. Angel Pagan CF
5. Jason Bay LF
6. Ike Davis 1B
7. Josh Thole C
8. Scott Hairston DH
9. Fernando Martinez RF

Jenrry Mejia will start for the Mets and Taylor Buchholz, Manny Acosta, Pedro Beato, John Lujan, and Armando Rodriguez are all expected to pitch.

Building the Nets into Contenders

Here are five simple steps I believe the Nets can take to become contenders.

Step One: Get Deron Williams to sign an extension. As soon as the Nets can lock him up, they can seriously start to build this team into a championship contender.

Step Two: Sign David West or Zach Randolph if either hits free agency. The Nets need to fill their void at PF. Re-sign Humphries or Brandan Wright to be the backup, or find an alternative on the open market.

Step Three: Try to dump Petro and Outlaw’s contracts. A total of $10 million is being wasted between these two players. You can find a cheap backup center to replace Petro.

Step Four: Focus on Jason Richardson, Caron Butler, and Jamal Crawford. Adding at least one of these three players would provide the outside scoring threat that the Nets need.

Step Five: Explore trading for Dwight Howard or another superstar, even if it means giving up Brook Lopez. If I can get Howard for Lopez, two firsts, Anthony Morrow, and a few second round picks, sign me up.

Starting Lineup:

Deron Williams
Jamal Crawford/Jason Richardson
Caron Butler/Jason Richardson
David West/Zach Randolph
Brook Lopez

Bench:

Anthony Morrow
Jordan Farmar
Damion James
Kris Humphries/Brandan Wright

Obviously this is just a rough outline, but I think a team built this way could easily make the playoffs.

T-Rex

Under the Rex Ryan regime the New York Jets have certainly implemented a successful formula as the Jets have made it to the AFC Championship game the previous two years. The Jets head coach has experienced his share of controversy, from the foot fetish video to the flipping off of Miami Dolphin fans. The major bone I have to pick with Mr. Ryan is the fact that he has guaranteed that the Jets will win the Super Bowl yet again. Now lets look at this from Ryan’s perspective. The first time he predicted a Super Bowl victory the Jets shocked the NFL universe by beating the heavily favored San Diego Chargers and eventually advancing to the AFC Championship game where his Jets lost at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts. So if you are keeping score at home that’s 1 guarantee and 0 Super Bowl victories. The following year if you do not see where this going, Ryan guaranteed the Jets would win the Super Bowl expecting to improve overall as a team. Now in the regular season the Jets did look better;however the results did not change as they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game. The score at the half is Rex Ryan guarantees 2 ,Super Bowl wins 0. In the past two months Ryan has shockingly done the unthinkable and guaranteed another Super Bowl victory. At this point I trust Ryan as much as my used car salesman, who although seemingly a good man makes me feel like I’m being ripped off .  Here are some of the things I trust more than Rex Ryan’s Super Bowl guarantees.

  • Rafael Palmeiro
  • The New York Red Bulls will make major strides toward bringing a championship home to all of their 10 fans.
  • Isaiah Thomas
  • Lebron is coming to New York
  • Deron Williams is very impressed with all that Newark has to offer.
  • Bartolo Colon and Eddy Curry will someday see their feet.
  • Terry Collins will quit his addiction to B-12 shots.
  • The Buffalo Bison will switch with the Mets in around June, on the bright side Oliver Perez will be in Triple-A.

Watch D-Will Tonight at 8:30

D-Will makes his Nets debut tonight agaisnt the Spurs