DV and Chris take a look at the MLB season thus far. Yes, barely one week in, they overreact to what's gone down thus far. The Kansas City Royals are on top of the AL Central, the Baltimore Orioles pitching staff looks unstoppable, and the New York Mets are tied with the Philadelphia Phillies for first place in the NL Central! Someone check to see if hell has frozen over! And, can you say, Alex Gordon for AL MVP? Listen here!
A lot has been made of the Toronto Blue Jays’ closer situation this offseason, from losing Kevin Gregg, potential ninth-inning man Scott Downs and one-time 30-save guy Jeremy Accardo to reaching a deal with Toronto main-stay Jason Frasor to the acquisitions of Frank Francisco, Octavio Dotel and Jon Rauch. That’s a lot of star power both leaving and entering Toronto’s bullpen. But what few have been talking about is another pick up in former Washington Nationals closer Chad Cordero.
In this edition of the EndScore Report, DV and Chris talk about the recent transactions made by the New York Mets in cutting Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. If the Mets are rebuilding, and it seems that they are, should GM Sandy Alderson consider trading David Wright and Jose Reyes, players who were deemed as the nucleus of the team's future? The podcasting duo also talk about the current team owners, Fred and Jeff Wilpon, whom they think should sell the team in order to truly begin anew. But who will buy in? DV and Chris talk about some interesting possiblities. Agree or disagree, feel free to leave comments below! Listen to the audio magic!
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Nobody expected it to take very long for deposed second baseman Luis Castillo to find work. The mere fact that the New York Mets – who released him last Friday – will pick up the tab for whichever team asks for his services suggested that. That theory was proven correct on Monday when the Philadelphia Phillies signed Castillo to a 10-day contract. They were also very clear in informing Castillo that this was a trial contract. If he doesn’t prove himself good enough in that time frame, they’ll release him outright.
The New York Mets cut dies with Luis Castillo on Friday, releasing him from their training camp while absorbing the remaining year of the four-year, $25 million contract he signed prior to the 2008 season. Constant knee injuries and an overall lack of effort have made the fans sour with Castillo, and both sides are probably happy to be rid of each other. The 34-year-old veteran now has a blank check when it comes to his own future.
New York Mets second baseman Luis Castillo is unhappy with his team. Can you blame him? The 34-year-old veteran was recently replaced by rookie Ruben Tejada for the starter’s position. Castillo has been struggling somewhat this season, his numbers are down from what they’ve been in previous years, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a good major league baseball player who has not had at least one bad season to his credit, despite Castillo’s advanced age.
The knuckleball is a lost art. Only a handful of pitchers in the major leagues throw it, namely Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey, but beyond them, you will not see anybody crossing up any batters with the corkscrew pitch on a regular basis. Even less common are guys who throw a knuckleball sparingly as part of a repertoire and not simply as a primary pitch with a 70-to-80 MPH “fastball” as a part of the mix.
What the heck is going on with David Wright? Going into Thursday’s games, he has 55 strikeouts, which leads the Major Leagues and has him on pace to finish in the top 10 in baseball history for the most strikeouts in a season, which, by the way, is almost 80 more strikeouts than he’s had in a season in his career. Is there something wrong with Wright, or is he just going through the worst slump ever?
Career pinballer Josh Fogg’s time in New York is over before it began. The Mets, who acquired the right-hander’s services in January with a minor league deal, was released by the club on Saturday. The report has come from the New York Daily News, citing that Fogg was released at his own request due to an opportunity with another club. Fogg had hurt a muscle in his side and did not appear in any games with the Mets this Spring.
Jason Isringhausen has 293 career saves. He got his first one in 1999 and has been collecting them like stamps ever since. Isringhausen is now a free agent, and is looking for a club to call home. He’s looking for a team whose bullpen needs some help finishing out games as he continues towards a career milestone 300. These two things are not mutually exclusive, and despite some recent arm injuries, Isringhausen may be exactly what some teams are looking for in 2010.
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