Heyman On Cubs, Pettitte, V-Mart

SI's Jon Heyman leads his latest column with a look at the Cubs' managerial opening.  He feels that interim manager Mike Quade is now a real possibility, with Ryne Sandberg the other top contender.  Heyman's other info:

  • "Word around the team" is that Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte is 50-50 on whether he'll play next year.
  • Heyman passes along an unconfirmed report from a competing executive that Boston's offer to Victor Martinez was about $22MM over two years.  Martinez's former teammate C.C. Sabathia expects the catcher to sign elsewhere, as he's seeking a four-year contract.  Whatever the amount, Martinez rejected the two-year offer in August.  Martinez profiles as a highly-ranked Type A free agent, so the Red Sox might at least end up with a pair of draft picks.  Any first-rounder received will be the 19th overall pick at best.
  • Jose Reyes "expects the Mets to either pick up his $11 million option or offer him an extension," writes Heyman.  Reyes sports a .284/.322/.429 line this year and could be primed for a big 2011.

19 Responses to Heyman On Cubs, Pettitte, V-Mart Leave a Reply

  1. EarlyMorningBoxscore 5 years ago

    The Red Sox need to somehow resign Victor. He his a forceful presence in the lineup and in the clubhouse. The Sox had been searching for a catcher since Varitek’s decline and they finally found it. Do not let it go. Resign Victor.

  2. wickedkevin 5 years ago

    Hey Petite, have you met my friend Brett Favre?

    • Wek 5 years ago

      To be fair, Pettitte has never retired. Is Farve still playing?

      • wickedkevin 5 years ago

        I know. But retirement has been brought up every year since 2007.

        • Vmmercan 5 years ago

          While that’s true, Pettitte only made a big deal out of it the first season. Now it’s understood he may come back (and only to the Yankees) and he gives himself a deadline to report it.

          Favre does publicity stunts, plays for different teams, has been doing it twice as long and pretends like he is going to retire every offseason and not like he’s going to consider it.

    • I always thought of Roger Clemens as baseball’s Brett Favre.

      • wickedkevin 5 years ago

        I only agree with that in the sense that Brett Favre always skips training camp like Roger would skip half the season.

  3. Fangaffes 5 years ago

    “”Word around the team” is that Yankees lefty Andy Pettitte is 50-50 on whether he’ll play next year.”

    This is not a repeat from 2006, 2007, 2008, or 2009.

  4. That OBP for Reyes is horrible. Get it up to 350 and you have a helluva leadoff guy, but at that low, it’s just, gah.

    • Just_MLB 5 years ago

      i agree. reyes needs to play HIS game. i know it sounds funny…but if reyes patterned his offensive game after Luis Castillo’s early years, he would be 10x better, esp in that ballpark. dude could have 50 doubles and 20 triples with ease…instead he does his willie mays hayes impression and pops up trying to blast 500 foot home runs. unfortunately, HR’s = dollars more so than SB’s and R’s do and I think signing that contract in 06 then seeing Wright and Hanley sign contracts much bigger probably has had an effect on Reyes more than he lets on.

      • If that’s the case, after he sees Crawford’s next contract, he’ll become the best leadoff guy since Rickey Henderson.

        • Just_MLB 5 years ago

          possibly…i really think under manuel, reyes regressed tremendously.
          rather than try to address the issue, jerry manuel skirted around it…that
          was the real reason why they wanted him to hit 3rd..more RBI opportunites
          justifies his inadequate approach as a lead off hitter. he should be
          focusing on getting on base by any means necessary. not just that…but when
          he is on 1st base..he should be trying to disrupt the pitcher…he TOTALLY
          went away from that this year…a more attentive manager would have picked
          up on it.

  5. bomberj11 5 years ago

    I have to say, if Pettitte decides to retire next year, I have the utmost respect for him, and he’s had an excellent career. This is coming from a Red Sox fan.

  6. The_Silver_Stacker 5 years ago

    The mets should trade Reyes and fill multiple holes

    • Zack23 5 years ago

      He has 1 year left on his contract, injury prone the last 2 years, currently not a Type A/B free agent- not sure how far he can jump up next year, and he’ll ask for a 5 year deal extension too.

      You’re giving up multiple players for that?

      • Slopeboy 5 years ago

        I’m not a fan of Reyes, but the Mets won’t get equal value for him at this point in time. He should bounce back next year to his past standards and at his current salary, even with the pick up of his option- he’s a bargain.

  7. rdel5 5 years ago

    I think the Red Sox should give Victor 4 years. When we have another catcher to take over V-Mart can move to DH.

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