More on the K-Rod Trade to the Brewers

The recent trade between the Mets and the Brewers involving K-Rod came as a slight surprise. Many expected the Mets to be looking for a trading partner for K-Rod, but I doubt many felt it would have been the Brewers. Regardless, the deal is done and the Mets can finally exhale knowing that they are not responsible for Krods $17.5 mil option in 2012. In return, the Mets will receive 2 PTBNL and the Brewers will also receive cash as well. This move should pave the way for the Mets to aggressively pursue Reyes once he becomes a free agent this summer.

With Krod’s $17.5 now off the payroll for 2012, along with Perez ($12 mil), Castillo ($6 mil) and most likely Beltran ($18.5 mil). The Mets are clearing  $54 mil alone with those four players. Alderson has been stated that he intends to sign Reyes to a long-term deal (years and dollar amount was not disclosed). The trading of K-Rod was a huge step for the Mets franchise, regardless of who the 2 PTBNL are. Just having more leverage to pursue and hopefully sign Jose Reyes to a long-term deal and to keep him in a Mets uniform into his prime years is monumental.

Getting back to the K-Rod deal, below is a list (by John Sickels of SB Nation) of the Brewers top 20 prospects currently in their system, along with honorable mention players. I don’t expect to see the Mets acquire any prospect in the Brewers top 10 list, but I expect the deal to be similar to the one the Mets did with Boston, in the Wagner trade.

1) Mark Rogers, RHP, Grade B-: Borderline B. Love the stuff, but command concerns keep me cautious with the grade.

2) Cody Scarpetta, RHP, Grade B-: Borderline B. Personal favorite for a couple of years, like Rogers I worry about his command but like his stuff.

3) Kentrail Davis, OF, Grade B-: Good tools, hits for average, I think he’ll get on base. But what about power?

4) Amaury Rivas, RHP, Grade B-: Solid across the board, looks like a fourth starter to me.

5) Kyle Heckathorn, RHP, Grade B-: Huge ground ball specialist, another future fourth starter?

6) Wily Peralta, RHP, Grade B-: Another arm with solid stuff, though I don’t like the dropping strikeout rate and deterioration in K/BB in Double-A.

7) Scooter Gennett, 2B, Grade B-: A very good hitter, needs to polish defense but could make a lot of noise in ’11. Keep close track of him.

8) Jimmy Nelson, RHP, Grade C+: Starter or reliever? Fits into Brewers profile as a fourth starter type with decent but not exceptional stuff.

9) Caleb Gindl, OF, Grade C+: I think he’s better than he looked in Double-A, but still more of a future role player than heavy duty regular.

10) Eric Komatsu, OF, Grade C+: Like Gindl, can be a good role player but unless he turns the power up he will be stretched to start.

11) Tyler Thornburg, RHP, Grade C+: Very good stuff, could move quickly if used in bullpen.

12) Hunter Morris, 1B, Grade C: Plenty of power potential, but something makes me wonder if he’ll fully live up to expectations. I might be underrating him.

13) D’Vontrey Richardson, OF, Grade C: Outstanding tools, extremely raw. Can he refine them?

14) Tyler Roberts, C, Grade C: Strong power potential, needs a lot of defensive polish.

15) Eric Farris, 2B, Grade C: Forgotten man after injury season, but he can steal bases and has a good glove.

16) Khris Davis, OF, Grade C: Good power production in the Midwest League, but a bit old for the level. Grade will rise if he hits in Double-A. . .might be able to pull a Jerry Sands.

17) Logan Schafer, OF, Grade C: Should be a good fourth outfielder if he gets healthy.

18) Dan Merklinger, LHP, Grade C: Doesn’t have blazing stuff, but good stats, protected on 40-man roster. Maybe a fifth starter.

19) Mike Fiers, RHP, Grade C: Older prospect at 25, fastball is average, but really knows how to pitch.

20) Robert Hinton, RHP, Grade C: Good fastball/slider combo could help in pen this year.

OTHERS OF NOTE: Eric Arnett, RHP; Nick Bucci, RHP; Chris Dennis, 1B-OF; Cutter Dykstra, 3B; Pat Egan, RHP; Taylor Green, 3B; Cody Hawn, 1B; Brandon Kintzler, RHP; Maverick Lasker, RHP; Matt Miller, RHP; Joel Pierce, RHP; Austin Ross, RHP; Jesus Sanchez, RHP; Zelous Wheeler, SS.

K-Rod

Jose Reyes

Daily Briefing: July 13, 2011

– Last night’s All-Star Game was a huge disappointment in my opinion.  The National League won 5-1, but it seemed as if there was something missing from the game.  With many star players not playing, the game seemed rather dull.

– Of course, one huge story yesterday was Mariano Rivera’s and Derek Jeter’s decisions to not even attend the game.   Unless there is a major injury in play, players should feel obligated to show up to the game.  I’m not even asking these guys to play if they are hurt.  At least show up and show the fans that you care.  But being tired is no excuse.  There’s nights fans are tired, but we still watch the games.  There’s times when we can’t afford tickets to a game, but we go anyway.  This show of unbridled boldness made a mockery of every baseball fan across the nation.

– Mets fans have no reason to cheer about the National League having a home field advantage in the World Series, but there was joy in the hearts of Mets fans when they heard K-Rod was traded.  Francisco Rodriguez is on his way out for two players to be named later, and even I (as a Yankees fan) could not be more happy.  K-Rod is a bum who has done nothing but blow big saves and lose countless games for the Mets.  He was an embarrassment for the organization on and off the field.  Happy trails, you overpaid waste of talent.

– The Rangers are close to acquiring defenseman Sami Lepistö, according to sources.  He’s a left-handed 26-year-old who spend time with Phoenix and Columbus last season.  He’s nothing more than a sixth or seventh defenseman, but he is automatically awesome because of the umlaut in his name.

– No news on the NFL lockout, but hopefully a deal will be struck by the rumored date of July 21.

– As we reported yesterday, the plug has been pulled on NBC 4’s Mike’d Up.  Mike Francesa can now spend his Sunday night making last minute bets for Sunday Night Football instead of preparing for a show.

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This was K-Rod's reaction to being traded.

Mets Trade K-Rod to the Brewers

Jon Heyman tweeted just moments ago that the Mets have traded Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers.  The Mets were known to be interested in moving Rodriguez in part because of his 2012 vesting option worth 17.5 million. The option vests if Rodriguez finishes 55 games.

Update: MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the Brewers and Mets have both confirmed the deal. The Mets will receive  two players to be named later in exchange for K-Rod and cash.

Daily Briefing: July 10, 2011

– Derek Jeter got his 3000th hit yesterday, and he did it in grand style.  His home run to give him 3000 hits was part of a 5-5 day.  He delivered the game winning hit in the 8th inning.  Christian Lopez, who caught the home run ball, will be rewarded with front row tickets for today’s game, suite tickets for the rest of the season, and a plethora of signed merchandise.

–  Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has indeed hired Scott Boras to be his agent, according to multiple sources.  K-Rod refused to acknowledge the move yesterday, but we have no reason to believe the Boras hiring isn’t true.

– Rangers Wojtek Wolski could still be bought out, according to Larry Brooks.  This move only makes sense if the Rangers plan on perusing another high-priced player.  The Blueshirts have enough money to sign all of their RFAs, and like a few million dollars left over.  There’s no reason to buyout a player with such a high ceiling.  The Rangers need offense, and cutting ties with Wolski would only hurt them in that department.  The only way buying out Wolski could make sense is if the Rangers are looking to go after another scorer

– There’s been no news on either the NFL or NBA lockouts.  Deron Williams’ and Michael Beasley’s signings overseas have caused a stir throughout the NBA.  There’s word that some players could stay beyond 2011-2012, even if the lockout ends.  We also must wonder how D-Will playing overseas impacts his future with the Nets.  I think, if anything, not playing a second season with the Nets is a bad thing for the franchise.  It would have been much easier to re-sign Deron with a full season as a Net under his belt.

– Reports say Shaq is set to join the TNT studios.  This is a huge win for TNT and fans of the NBA.  The problem is that there likely will not be a season next year, so we may have to wait until 2012-2013 to see Shaq’s hard-hitting analysis.

– Oddly enough, Lebron James will now be sponsoring three college basketball teams.  Ohio State, Kentucky, and Miami should all benefit off of Lebron’s great public image, especially in recent months.  Great move by those those colleges.  I’m sure people from Ohio just love that their college basketball team is paying Lebron money to represent them.  The funny thing is, Lebron didn’t even go college.

– If you were wondering or concerned, Yi Jianlian is doing just fine during the lockout. Here’s a video of a recent epic dunk of his. Where was this Yi with the Nets?

– One of the main issues concerning the next NBA CBA is the salary cap.  Players want to keep the soft cap in place, while the owners want a hard/flex cap.  In this article, Gilbert Arenas explained how a hard cap won’t help small market teams.  I never though Arenas would say something intelligent, but he’s 100% right about this one.  I believe a hard cap really wouldn’t improve parity at all in the NBA.  Until you put actual rules in place to limit what the top teams in the league can do during the offseason, you’ll never have a competitive balance.  Something like the “Final Four” and “Final Eight” rules like we had in the NFL last season would be perfect.  I don’t get why realistic solutions like that aren’t brought up.  In the end, it’s about the owners and the league making money.  That’s the only reason they want a hard cap.

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Daily Briefing: July 9, 2011

– Yao Ming has retired from the NBA.  He made the All-Star Game in all of the eight seasons he played, but his career was filled with injuries.  It’s a shame Yao could never stay healthy, but that’s sports.

– The Mets won their first of three games with San Francisco last night, but they are still 6.5 games back in the wildcard chase.  At this point, I still believe you have to explore moving Francisco Rodriguez and/or Carlos Beltran.  Jose Reyes should untouchable no matter what happens over the next couple of weeks.

– The Yankees and Rays were rained out last night, leaving Derek Jeter stuck at 2998 hits.  He has two more games at home to get to 3000.

– After an MRI, it has been determined that A-Rod may need surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.  The recovery time would be 4-6 weeks.

– The Orioles and Red Sox got into a brawl last night, with Kevin Gregg and David Ortiz going at it.  It all started when Ortiz swung at a 3-0 pitch late in the game while up by seven runs.  Many think it was a classless move, but this isn’t little league.  Seven runs is nothing in today’s game and especially at Fenway Park.  Therefore, I’m actually on Ortiz’s side here.  We can debate whether or not charging the mound was the right thing to do, but I have no problem with Ortiz’s aggressiveness at the plate.

– Andre Ethier may be thinking about a move to Boston or New York, says Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman.

– There have been conflicting reports about the NFL lockout.  Some analysts still say a deal is imminent, while others say a deal is far from being agreed to.  It’s hard what to believe at this point, but expect the worst.  I can’t see a deal being agreed to anytime within the next week or so.

– Yesterday’s biggest story involved Jets third round pick Kenrick Ellis.  His pending court case was moved to late November.  However, some members of the media have used this news as an opportunity to somehow once again attack the Jets.

– Let me first say that the Jets did their homework involving this case.  There’s no way Ellis gets 20 years in prison (or deported) for punching a guy who tried to attack him with a baseball bat.  The Jets wouldn’t have drafted him if they thought he would get anything more than a fine.  If you actually examine the charges, you’ll realize there’s no chance Ellis spends any time incarcerated.  This is just another case of the anti-Jets media looking for any opportunity to bring down the team.

– Even if Kenrick was convicted and spent a month or two in jail during the season, it still would have been a risk worth taking for the Jets.  Gang Green only got him in the third round because of his pending court case.  He was easily a late-first/early-second round talent in this year’s draft.  Once this nonsense gets worked out, Ellis could be the ideal nose tackle in Rex Ryan’s 3-4 system.  Instead of talking about his past transgressions, perhaps we should spend more time talking about this young man’s upside as a football player.

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The sports media has reached a new low by spinning the Kenrick Ellis story out of control.

Mets Need to Trade Two Players at the Deadline

Well, we are at the halfway point of the MLB season and the Mets have surprised many experts by posting a 41-40 record entering this weekend series against the Yankees. Also, surprising many experts has been the play of Carlos Beltran and the fact that he has played in more games than any other Met thus far this season. With a line of 12HRS/54RBI’S, Beltran is on pace to hit 24Hrs and 108 RBI’s, while playing a solid OF and hitting over .280.

The latest trade rumor I’ve been hearing is that the Texas Rangers have interest in Beltran, which bolds well for the Mets; since the Rangers farm system ranks in the top 5 in MLB. Despite the Mets success this season, Beltran needs to be dealt and the Rangers make a perfect match. If I was Alderson, I would want 2 prospects from the Rangers’ top-15. My selections would be Martin Perez (LHP, ranked #2) and Luke Jackson (RHP, ranked #14).

The second Met that needs to be traded is K-Rod. The Mets would love to find a new home for him so his 2012 option year isn’t vested ($17.5). Krod has already agreed to move on to a contender, and what better contending team to trade him to in the Yankees. With injuries to Feliciano, Soriano and Chamberlain, the Yankees have expressed early interest in K-Rod and perhaps that interest is still attainable if both sides can agree on a fair package. My proposal trade would be Krod to the Yankees for Gary Sanchez (Catcher, ranked #2) and Graham Stoneburner (RHP, ranked #11).

It’s no secret the Mets need to rebuild their farm system, which they have over the last few years, but still they rank in the middle of the pack. It’s also no secret the Mets lack depth in their system for pitching and catchers. The Rangers have depth in their system in pitching and the Yankees have 3 catching prospects in their top 10. Beltran could be that missing piece for the Rangers (playoffs) and could impact them like he did with Houston. Krod would certainly give the Yankees that needed bridge (8th inning) before Rivera and give the Yankees more options.

Now before you think that the Mets are giving too much talent away for nothing, remember this: There are no guarantees when it comes to a prospects talent level once they reach the ML.  Perez , Jackson, Sanchez and Stoneburner are graded high and if just one of these prospects develops into what many project them to be, then it’s obviously worth it. The Mets need to trade Beltran now and not let him walk to FA, because he has a clause in his contract that any team that signs him will not be liable for any compensation to the Mets. As for Krod, his $17.5 vesting option should be enough of a reason to trade him, don’t you think?

Carlos Beltran

K-Rod

Are the Yankees interested in K-Rod?

With the injuries of Rafael Soriano and Pedro Feliciano, added to the lack of depth in the Yankees bullpen , there has been some whispers around the majors that the Yankees may have some interest in the Mets closer K-Rod. Many observers have indicated that the Yankees have some interest in the Mets closer and will be monitoring him until the trading deadline. It’s no secret the Mets would love to find a team to take K-Rod off their hands. K-Rod himself has agreed to a trade as long as he can secure additional years on his contract. This could be the only obstacle for a deal to happen. However; if the Yankees do want K-Rod enough and feel he can help their team, then perhaps a deal could happen. The Yankees have extra parts available in their system that would entice the Mets (I expect the Mets to be more interested in prospects more than ML ready players, due to their fianancial limitations).

With that in mind, what would the Yankees be willing to surrender for K-Rod? The way I see it is that the Yankees have depth at the catcher’s position (3 of their top 10 prospects are catchers) and also at pitching. The Mets lack depth at catching and pitching in their system, so their could be a match here. The main question is what players can these two teams agree upon? I would expect at least 2 prospects back in return for Krod and If I may play GM for a moment, this is the package I would think makes sense for both teams:

K-Rod to the Yankees and the Yankees send Gary Sanchez (catcher) and Manny Banuelos (LHP) to the Mets.

Sanchez is rated at #2 behind only Montero and will have a problem with Jesus Montero, who is the projected catcher of the future for the Yankees. Currently Josh Thole is the Mets catcher, but he is not the defensive catcher that Sanchez is at this moment. At only 18 years old, Sanchez is roughly 3 years away to be a contributor at the ML level.

Banuelos is rated at #4 in the Yankees system and has quality stuff. Very smooth delivery and command of his pitches. He is 20 years old and most likely 2 more years away from the Majors.

Yankees need help immediately and the Mets need to rebuild their farm system, seems like a perfect match and a perfect trade for both teams. This trade rumor is in its early stages, but could become more serious if K-Rod continues his success this year and Yankees keep having problems in their bullpen.

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