Yes early tomorrow there will be some major wheeling and dealing in Dallas, Texas. No it is not the monthly cattle auction ( although it will be a meat market of sorts), and no there will be no drilling for oil- although some mean will become extraordinarily wealthy. Tomorrow starts baseball’s winter meetings, and it looks that if Jose Reyes signs with the Miami Marlins, well the Mets chances of getting a sandwich pick between the first two rounds will be as nonexistent as the Bermuda Triangle.
If the Mets lose Reyes to Miami, they will get a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds created from thin air, plus the Marlins’ third-round pick, according to a Major League Baseball official.
Yes, not a first-round pick or second-round pick. Third round.
Here’s the explanation:
Under the old and new systems, Miami’s first-round pick is protected, because it is ninth overall.
Here’s where it gets interesting … A change for this offseason as part of the new basic agreement made Heath Bell as well as Michael Cuddyer, Kelly Johnson, Ryan Madson, Francisco Rodriguez and Josh Willingham a different kind of Type A free agent.
The teams that lose those players as free agents, assuming arbitration had been offered, will get basically the same type of compensation they would under the old system. But the pick will not come from the signing team.
So what happens if Miami signs two Type A free agents — say Bell as well as Reyes? Wouldn’t the Padres get 9a in the second round from thin air and the Mets get 9b from the same round, which is Miami’s pick?
No, says the MLB official.
Adam Rubin espn.com
To read Adams entire column click here .
Now before you pull out the pitchforks and torches and start storming the gates of Citi Field demanding the head of Sandy Alderson, just realize this is morer the fault of commissioner Bud Selig than that of Alderson. I honestly am surprised that this story hasn’t broken bigger in both the local sports media as well as in the Mets universe.
So I guess we have to hope that one of two things goes down.
a. Either the Mets are able to retain Reyes at a reasonable price
b. Another team is able to swoop in and sign Jose from under the Marlins noses.
All I know is that the idea that the Mets are a snake bit team is becoming more of a reality than just a perception.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes:
Utility infielder from the ’83 season, Tucker Ashford is 57 (1954).
One time Mets first round draft pick ( 1983 season), Stan Jefferson is 49 (1962)Jefferson was a late season call up during the ’86 season. In 14 games he hit a measly .208 with 1 homer and 3 RBI’s. He was packaged ina deal that offseason for Kevin McReynolds.
Rookie outfielder from the ’07 season, Carlos Gomez is 26 (1985). It turns out that thus far Carlos has been the most accomplished player that the Mets dealt away in the trade that brought Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins.
The New York Mets traded spot starter/middle reliever, Jack DiLauro to the Detroit Tigers for minor league prospect, Hector Valle on December 4, 1968.
The Kansas City Royals signed middle reliever, Dan Schatzeder of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 4, 1990.
The Boston Red Sox drafted spot starter/middle reliever, Joe Crawford from the Mets on December 4, 1995.
The New York Mets traded outfielder, Butch Huskey to the Seattle Mariners for minor league pitcher, Lesli Brea on December 4, 1998. Huskey -like many Mets power hitting outfielders could turn ona fastball with the best of them – but alas had major problems hitting the breaking pitch !
The New York Mets traded relief pitcher, Willie Blair to the Detroit Tigers for infielder, Joe Randa on December 4, 1998. Randa never played a game for the Mets.
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve catcher, Gustavo Molina of the Baltimore Orioles on December 4, 2007. Yes but of course Omar Minaya signed a Molina that wasn’t related to the talented stable of catchers by the same name !
The New York Mets signed free agent reserve catcher, Raul Casanova on December 4, 2007.
The New York Mets signed free agent catcher, Henry Blanco of the San Diego Padres on December 4, 2009. Blanco performed well as a back up in his lone season with the Mets. I just wish that he was still around to mentor Josh Thole.
Mo Vaughn loves his reindeer tartare !