Good story by David Lennon on Jose Reyes and Ruben Tejada, who will work out together this winter even though they might not be teammates anymore next year.
Not much more to say on the Reyes front right now. The 22 non-playoff teams will take October to start formulating gameplans for the winter - and even the eight playoff teams will multi-task - and we'll see how strong the market is for the electric shortstop.
Well, here's one more thought: Simply by looking at Reyes' 2011 splits on Baseball-Reference.com, we can see this:
Prior to his first disabled-list stay this season, he had a .398 OBP and .529 SLG in 380 plate appearances, with 15 triples and 30 stolen bases in 36 attempts.
Since returning from that first stint, in 170 plate appearances (interrupted by a second DL stay), he has a .325 OBP and .376 SLG, with one triple and six stolen bases in seven tries.
--Ray Bartoszek, with whom the Mets spoke about purchasing a $200-million share of the team, has purchased a share of the Yankees, instead. It's embarrassing for the Mets because, when the David Einhorn deal fell apart, they insisted, "Oh, we'll just go back to the people who were interested and get them to buy smaller pieces." And now the most public interested party, Bartoszek, has said, "Nah, I'm good."
--Meanwhile, back to the Yankees, in a stunning development, A.J. Burnett was pitching well, and then it all fell apart for him.
What's your Yankees postseason rotation right now? CC Sabathia in Game 1 and Ivan Nova in Game 2, right? But after that? Yeesh. It has to depend on how Burnett, Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia and Phil Hughes look over these final 10 games. No one has earned anything. Although I'd have to rank Burnett last on the depth chart.
--The Red Sox split a doubleheader with Baltimore, meaning that while Boston's lead over Tampa Bay stands at two games in the wild-card race, it's only one game in the loss column. The Rays' visit to the Bronx, starting tonigh, is gargantuan.
--And in the National League, St. Louis' victory at Philadelphia. combined wtih the Braves' stunning loss at Florida, means that the Cardinals are within two and a half games (two in the loss column) of Atlanta. Busch Stadium figures to be rocking when the Cardinals return home tonight. We'll see how much of an impediment Terry Collins and the Mets can provide to St. Louis' playoff chances.
--I'll check in tonight from Yankee Stadium.