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Sunday reading: Stuart Sternberg, Mike Piazza, CC Sabathia and Jesus Montero
--For my Sunday Insider, I wrote about Stuart Sternberg, the Rays' owner, who has done such a marvelous job running the Rays that he has proven how huge a challenge it is to be successful at Tropicana Field.
If the Wilpons put controlling interest of the Mets for sale, they shouldn't lack suitors. So it wouldn't make much sense for baseball to take a great owner out of Tampa Bay when it could keep Sternberg there and still find a very good replacement for the Wilpons.
I also have a good quote from Johnny Damon, some thoughts on Don Mattingly and the Yankees and a promotion for tomorrow night's annual Jackie Robinson Foundation dinner.
--Carlos Beltran will DH today for the Mets, thereby making his 2011 Grapefruit League debut.
--Great column by Bob Klapisch on Jason Bay, who speaks frankly about his concussion from last year. Thanks to Adam Rubin's blog for the link. Thanks to Twitter for Rubin's blog. Thanks to Al Gore for Twitter.
--CC Sabathia had a bad second start.
--Jesus Montero is now in line to make the Yankees' roster, thanks to Francisco Cervelli's injury. Montero's defensive play will determine his short-term future. If he makes the team and plays respectably behind the plate, he could leapfrog over Russell Martin as the number one catcher in a short amount of time. If Montero's defense proves awful as some scouts feel, then he could quickly find himself back in the minor leagues.
If it's in-between? Then the Yankees will probably try to play him a couple of times a week and work extensively with him the rest of the time, in the hopes of making his defense less of a liability.
--Brian Cashman doesn't anticipate making a move for a pitcher before June. I know Francisco Liriano's name has come up repeatedly in the yakosphere (copyright Neil Best), but the Twins aren't going to be looking to trade their Game 1 playoff starter from last year. At least, not right now.
--Have a great day.