Jan 28

Heilman traded to Cubs

Aaron Heilman’s stay in Seattle was shorter than some of his appearances on the mound this summer. Heilman was traded to the Cubs today for infielder Ronny Cedeno and pitcher Garrett Olson.

Immediate speculation is this deal would enable the Cubs to free up some of their young pitching to re-start trade talks with San Diego for Jake Peavy.

Dec 11

Mets Chat Room: Wrapping up the Winter Meetings.

CHAT ROOM

CHAT ROOM

When we last left our heroes, did so with scathing words about their bullpen, which in the last four days has gone from arguably the worst to the best in baseball.

Adding Francisco Rodriguez and JJ Putz will do that to a bullpen.

We kick off Mets Chat Room with word they are talking to the Cubs about Jason Marquis.

Looking forward to talking with you tonight.

Dec 03

What’s your confidence level on the Mets making a Winter Meetings splash?

I keep hearing because of the landscape of the closer market that the Mets have the pick of the litter. The Angels, Rockies and Cubs have closers in waiting so there’s no urgency for them to bring back Francisco Rodriguez, Brian Fuentes or Kerry Wood.

We’ve seen the Mets wait – too long – in the past and come away empty. What’s your gut telling you today? Will that happen again or will Omar Minaya land a closer.

My stomach tells me he’ll bring somebody in. It doesn’t tell me, however, he’ll get a closer and rebuild the bridge.

Nov 28

Black Friday doesn’t apply to Mets

The Mets aren’t about to do any heavy lifting with their wallets today. Even if they wanted to, they wouldn’t be able to talk with the agent for closer Francisco Rodriguez. Paul Kinzer said he won’t start any heavy discussions until the winter meetings open in Las Vegas, Dec. 8.

“I’ll probably see the Mets at the winter meetings,” Kinzer said. “I don’t have anything else planned.”

The Mets have said they won’t overpay for a closer and the original speculated asking price for Rodriguez, $75-million over five years, is expected to drop. It will be interesting how high the Mets are willing to go.

There have been two significant FA signings, and both should be of interest to the Mets.

All-Star Ryan Dempster stayed with the Cubs for a $52 million, four-year contract, which could have a bearing on Oliver Perez’s deal. And lefty reliever Jeremy Affeldt signed a an $8 million, two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants. For those thinking about the bullpen bridge to a closer, that should be an indicator.

Oct 22

Commentary: Mets, Yanks swing and miss on new stadiums.

I read this morning the Chicago Cubs would be the test team for when the Yankees open their new stadium. My first thought? Boring. Who cares about the Cubs? The only allure with that team is its creaky stadium and a century of losing.

Ego is probably the reason it won’t happen, but why not a weekend series between the Mets and Yankees to open each other’s parks?

It’s so simple, so fundamental. How about back-to-back day-night doubleheaders? That way each team gets to test their new home under the lights.

Here’s a unifying opportunity for the city and its teams, and we get the Cubs. This could have been so easy and so much fun, but they blew it.