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Jim Baumbach, “Don’t Expect Mets to Deal Away Their Prospects”
Â But the best way for the Mets to fix this roster long-term, beyond the 2009 season, is to keep things relatively quiet today. Holding on to the few chips they have in their system makes the most sense.
“It’s very important to remember that,” Minaya said. “A lot of times over the years, you think that the trading deadline is over. If you look at most of the championship teams, they get a lot of good players after the trading deadline.”
Brian Lewis, “Omar MakesÂ A Sorry Apology”
Minaya met with Rubin on Wednesday, and apologized for publicly accusing the reporter of “lobbying” for a job with the club on Monday and insinuating he’d attempted to get VP of player development Tony Bernazard fired in order to take his job. But Minaya never once retracted his statement.
Maybe Omar Minaya simply is incapable of articulating what he really believes. Either that or he just doesn’t get it.
Anthony McCarron, “Omar Minaya Touts Mets’ Efforts on Deadline Moves”
“I turned down a couple trades (Wednesday),” Minaya said. “Believe it or not, some pretty big names that were presented. That being said, if you talk to some GMs around the league, I’ve been calling around. We have some ideas.
Marty Noble, “Pagan May Stick In Leadoff Spot Long-Term”
Chances are Pagan will shift to left field if and when Carlos Beltran returns to active duty. And when Jose Reyes returns, Pagan is likely to remain where he is in the batting order. Yes, even when Reyes’ right hamstring allows him to resume his season, Pagan is likely to remain as the leadoff man.
Marty Noble, “Maine’s Diagnosis Echoed By Dr. Andrews”
The second opinion John Maine had sought from noted sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday turned out to be a confirmation of the diagnosis provided by the Mets’ doctors — weakness in the right shoulder. Moreover, it turned out to be precisely what Maine had hoped. And now he expects to pitch again this season, even if he must wait until September.
Michael Obernauer, “Ex-Rockie Sullivan Helps Mets Dominate Colorado”
Thursday afternoon, Sullivan played an important part in continuing that lopsided tradition in a new ballpark. Playing in his seventh game for the Mets since being summoned from Triple-A Buffalo on July20, Sullivan had his first multi-hit outing in nearly a year with a single and a triple in four at-bats. His second-inning single plated the Mets’ first run, and he would score himself during the five-run frame that broke open the game.
While the Mets spent an entire day playing baseball at Citi Field on Thursday, Luis Castillo was experiencing his own hectic and joyful twin bill – witnessing the birth of his daughter in the morning, then making it to Flushing in time to play a ballgame at night.
Mike Puma, “Jerry Not Expecting Much Before Deadline”
The Mets manager indicated yesterday he’s more focused on the players that could soon be returning to the team than the possibility of GM Omar Minaya orchestrating a trade.
No need for Jonathon Niese to seek out COO Jeff Wilpon for “career advice” because of one bad inning, but the rookie should have “lobbied” the Mets for a little run support last night.
Mike Vaccaro, “Surging Mets Put Fiasco In Shadows”
And yet, this has absorbed nearly a full week of our time. What should have been a press release became a fiasco of a press conference, and then an impromptu mea culpa, and then an ownership apology, and then a day of rain (since God, apparently, was just as worn out by this story as the rest of us) and then finally (we think, we hope, we were promised) the grand finale, an apology from Minaya in which he apologized for his past apology, but not as much for what he felt as what he said.