Sunday, July 10, 2011
Mets morning briefing 7.10.11
By Adam Rubin
The Mets could not turn criticial double plays and lost to Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants, 3-1, on Saturday night.
Sunday's news reports:
• David Wright should begin rehab games as soon as Wednesday, while Ike Davis ran bearing his full weight on a treadmill without issue. Read more in the Star-Ledger.
• Francisco Rodriguez is switching agents to Scott Boras, according to the Mets' web site. Unless the Mets attempt to trade K-Rod to a team on his no-trade list and Boras has a difficult stance on an extension or other compensation for the trade to go through, the move should have a minimal impact on the Mets, since this is very likely K-Rod's final contract with the organization. Rodriguez would not comment after Saturday's game.
• The Mets are expected to open the second half with R.A. Dickey pitching Friday against the Phillies, followed by Jon Niese and Mike Pelfrey in that series.
• The Times' David Waldstein profiles Ruben Tejada, who grew up in a house practically on top of his city's stadium in Panama and was quite a good pitcher as a teenager.
• Read Saturday's game stories in the Record, Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times and Star-Ledger.
• The Post's Joel Sherman notes Jose Reyes' value could be affected by his trip to the DL for a hamstring strain. He also suggests the Mets likely would be hesitant to offer more than five years, so perhaps the injury does help keep the Mets in the bidding game for the free-agent-to-be. In polling executives, Sherman got wide-ranging answers on how much Reyes could command -- from $90 million to $160 million. Sherman does a team-by-team analysis of the prospective bidders. Writes Sherman:
Undoubtedly the latest hamstring injury is going to impact the Reyes market. It interrupted an MVP-caliber season and reminded the industry -- if such a reminder were necessary -- how susceptible Reyes has been to leg injuries. It also does not help Reyes’ value that Carl Crawford has been on the DL since mid-June with a hamstring strain, or that two players with a similarity to Reyes in that they are speed-based, switch-hitting infielders -- Rafael Furcal and Chone Figgins -- have fallen apart in their early 30s during long-term contracts.
• Reyes told the Post's Kevin Kernan he nearly cried watching Derek Jeter achieve his 3,000th hit.
• The Record's Steve Popper says ya gotta believe. Writes Popper:
From the miracle of 1969, "Ya gotta believe" in 1973 and Mookie Wilson’s grounder through the legs of Bill Buckner in 1986, we present the 2011 Mets. Winning this year might prove more unlikely than any of those fairytale stories, and perhaps just getting as far as they have this season qualifies, too.
• Wayne Coffey profiles David Einhorn in the Daily News. Einhorn has yet to complete his purchase of a minority share, but ESPNNewYork.com is told by a source that is likely to occur in August. Einhorn will have the option to up his stake to roughly 60 percent in three to five years, but Fred Wilpon and family can block that attempt by returning Einhorn's $200 million investment and allowing him to keep one-sixth of the team. The Wilpons may be in better position to do that with the $1 billion-plus lawsuit filed by Irving Picard moved from bankruptcy court to federal court. Analysts believe that makes it more likely the Wilpons would solely be on the hook for no more than $300 million in "fictitious profits" and may not have to forfeit any investment principal.
• Right-hander Matt Harvey and third baseman Jefry Marte represent the Mets in the ESPN2-televised Futures Game on Sunday.
BIRTHDAY: Bob Bailer, who primarily played the middle infield for the Mets in 1982 and '83, was born in 1951.