Just gonna try and crank out as much as I can this week with trade information and quick analysis. Probably not too many recollections of my childhood, or college, or my time with "The McLaughlin Group."
For now, a few more trade rumblings, and then some links:
--The Yankees never offered Jesus Montero to Kansas City for Joakim Soria. Soria is a nice relief pitcher on a team-friendly contract, but still. You don't deal a bat of Montero's caliber for a guy who's going to be a setup man for at least three more seasons (assuming Mariano Rivera signs a two-year extension following this season). That's not a good deployment of resources.
We already know that the Yankees were willing to deal Montero for Cliff Lee, and maybe another premium need will arise, pushing the Yankees to trade Montero. But a setup man is not a premium need.
--The Nationals, looking for a starting pitcher, like both Arizona's Edwin Jackson and San Francisco's Jonathan Sanchez.
--The Giants have looked into Kansas City's Jose Guillen enough that, at this point, Guillen has told friends he think s he'll wind up in San Francisco.
--It's hard to see the Mets doing anything significant unless they stomp over the competition this coming week, pulling themselves back into the pennant race.
--Here's the column I wrote for today's newspaper, similar to sentiments I expressed on the blog yesterday: The Mets did well by not scapegoating HoJo. Here's David Lennon's news story on the Mets' decision.
--The Yankees are funny. Last night, for instance, Joe Girardi fed the yakosphere (copyright Neil Best) by going with David Robertson over Joba Chamberlain to protect an eighth-inning lead. We'll get plenty of mileage out of it today. And yet, the Yankees won, again, even as Alex Rodriguez went a fourth full game without hitting homer number 600.
You can crush the Yankees all you want for the way they handled Chamberlain last season, and perhaps even this spring training. Maybe they mentally toyed with a guy not necessarily the most mentally strong. At some point, though, Chamberlain has to take control of his career, shrug off the past and just do his job.
--Time will tell the story on A-Rod's stats, Mark Herrmann writes.
--Congratulations to Matt Garza, who became the fifth pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season. And now, as Dennis noted in the comments, the Rays have themselves a no-hitter, which leaves only the Padres (born in 1969) and the Mets (born in 1962) as the no-hitter-less teams.
--Crazy Angels debut for Dan Haren, who looked very good against the Red Sox before leaving the game with a bruised right forearm. You couldn't help but think something very bad had happened as you watched the replay, but it seems as though Haren will be all right.
--I'll be at Citi Field tonight, where the Mets will try to retain their share of third place. If they lose and the Marlins win in San Francisco, the Mets will find themselves both at .500 - at the 100-game mark, to boot - and in fourth place in the National League East. Which, of course, is where many of us envisioned them at the season's outset.