Meaning either Cliff Lee or Roy Oswalt. And that’s not an insult to Johan Santana, because he’s one of the ones saying it:
“What we’re looking for is a championship and when your getting a
pitcher of that caliber, that’s what they do,” Johan Santana said. “[Getting one of them] to go along with what we have,
it does nothing but make you better.”
Francisco Rodriguez is on board with that too, saying “another big name out there [i.e. in the rotation] would change the whole club and atmosphere.” Mike Pelfrey agrees: “you’d definitely love to have those guys on your team. They’re elite.”
It would certainly be awesome for Mets fans if Minaya went out and got Cliff Lee. Just not nearly as awesome as the pic of Johan Santana holding a bowling ball painted up like a baseball in the linked article. Nice shirt too.
If the tags were working at this point I’d probably write something like “All right, I can see you don’t want to be cheered up here, Dude. Come on
Donny, let’s go get us a lane.”
Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.
On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.
Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies agreed to a $200 million, 30-year lease with the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District, which is the state division that owns Coors Field. As part of the deal, the Rockies will lease and develop a plot of land south of the stadium, which will cost the team $125 million for 99 years.
As Groke points out, had the Rockies not reached a deal by Thursday, March 30, the lease would have rolled over for five more years.
Rockies owner Dick Monfort issued a statement, saying, “We are proud that Coors Field will continue to be a vital part of a vibrant city, drawing fans from near and far and making our Colorado residents proud.”
The Rockies moved into Coors Field in 1995. It is the National League’s third oldest stadium. In that span of time, the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, the last coming in 2009 when they lost in the NLDS to the Phillies. The Rockies were swept in the 2007 World Series by the Red Sox.