Carlos Beltran bats second and will serve as DH for the NL All-Stars on Tuesday night. Jose Reyes also is on hand for the festivities.
Tuesday's news reports:
• Scott Boras said he has signed up Francisco Rodriguez as a client. Boras says K-Rod would not be interested in a trade to be a set-up man. K-Rod's 10-team no-trade clause has not been publicly disclosed, but The Wall Street Journal reports the closer cannot block a deal to the Yankees. It also reportedly includes some small-market teams that would not be in the market for his services. "Closers don't make good setup men," Boras said. "Does anyone want an unhappy setup man in their clubhouse?" Read more in Newsday.
• Gary Carter has been feeling better as he goes through radiation treatments. He plans to remain coaching Palm Beach Atlantic University's baseball team, with the assistance of a newly hired associate head baseball coach.
• Beltran said his sixth trip to the All-Star Game is particularly meaningful because of all he has overcome knee-wise. Read more in Newsday, the Post and Daily News.
• Reyes took batting practice with fellow All-Stars. Read more in the Daily News.
• Do players in walk years such as Reyes perform better? Dan Rosenheck takes a look in the Times. Writes Rosenheck:
The overall evidence on whether players do better when they are playing for a contract is mixed. A number of studies, including one by Phil Birnbaum of the Sabermetric Research blog, have found that players do not perform significantly better in their contract years than in the seasons before and after. By contrast, an analysis of 212 “prominent” free agents by Dayn Perry in the 2006 book “Baseball Between the Numbers” showed a substantial boost, equivalent to about three extra home runs a year. But even if Reyes’s season is discounted using Perry’s more aggressive estimate for the extra effort put in by players in their contract years, his numbers still look remarkable. That formula suggests that were Reyes not playing for a new deal, his batting average would fall from .354 to .346, which is still outstanding.
• Steve Popper in the Record profiles Reyes too.
• David Einhorn has advanced to Day 2 in the World Series of Poker, the Daily News reports. Einhorn's purchase of a minority share in the Mets is expected to be completed in August.
BIRTHDAYS: Dick Rusteck, who pitched eight games (three starts) for the 1966 Mets, was born on this date in 1941. He had a four-hit shutout of the Cincinnati Reds that season in his major league debut, but did not pitch again in the majors after '66 during a career that included 14 minor league seasons.