NL East Notes: Chipper, Zimmerman, Lee, Trump

NL East teams have nearly finished their offseason shopping, but could make a move or two while Spring Training is underway. Here are the details…

  • Chipper Jones was thinking about retirement last year, but tells Scott Miller of (Twitter link) that he wants to play until the end of his current contract, which is guaranteed through the 2012 season.  The Braves hold a $7MM option on Jones for 2013 which can also vest if Jones plays a certain number of games over the next two seasons.
  • Ryan Zimmerman pushed the Nationals to re-sign his friend Adam Dunn, but Zimmerman said his disappointment over Dunn's depature shouldn't be interpreted as criticism of the the club, writes CSNWashington's Mark Zuckerman.  "I was just expressing more frustrations of losing a teammate and a friend than anything," Zimmerman said.  "I think a lot of people took it as I was taking a stab at [the Nats] or talking bad about them, which was completely the opposite."
  • Michael Weiner said the MLBPA was happy with Cliff Lee's decision to sign with the Phillies, rather than sign for larger contracts in Texas or New York, tweets Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.  "Not only were we not upset Cliff got to go to the Phillies, we applauded him," Weiner said.
  • Donald Trump told Alison Leigh Cowan and Ken Belson of the New York Times that he's interested in buying a majority stake in the Mets. Trump says he called Fred Wilpon about two weeks ago to set up a meeting.
  • Mets GM Sandy Alderson says it's "unlikely" that the Mets discuss an extension with Jose Reyes before Opening Day, according to ESPNNewYork's Adam Rubin. Reyes is set to hit free agency after the season and has said he's open to a long-term deal. The $1 billion lawsuit against the Mets owners won't prevent the Mets from signing Reyes to a multiyear deal, Alderson said.
  • Jason Isringhausen auditioned for the Mets today, according to Newsday's David Lennon (on Twitter). Alderson and two of his assistants, J.P. Ricciardi and Paul DePodesta, are familiar with the longtime closer from his time in Oakland. Isringhausen first appeared in the majors as a starter for the Mets in 1995.
  •'s Buster Olney says the Phillies' starters would rather pitch than talk about their place in baseball history.

MLBTR's Mark Polishuk also contributed to this post

58 Responses to NL East Notes: Chipper, Zimmerman, Lee, Trump Leave a Reply

  1. Jason Isringhousen? Who said you can’t go home again

  2. scluse 4 years ago

    Jason Isringhausen? Generation K? All we need now is Bill Pulsipher and Paul Wilson.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      Remember how hyped that class was? I got so sick of Mets fans talking about them.

  3. Rick Garcia 4 years ago

    Tis the season to sign long lost arms…

  4. icedrake523 4 years ago

    Their place in baseball history? What have they accomplished that has earned them a play in baseball history?

    • But…but…but..they’re all ON THE SAME TEAM!!!!!

      • There have been rotations as good, if people only research their history. And some of them fell short of the mountaintop.

        • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

          Yeah, wayyyy before my time but the Indians had some sick rotations in the early 50’s but usually ended up finishing 2nd to the Yanks (back when there was just 1 team from the AL and one from the NL who made the playoffs which was just the WS back then before div play).

          1951- Feller w/ 22 wins, Wynn and Garcia w/ 20 wins each and Bob Lemon w/ 17 wins. 69 CG between the 4 that year. Sick!

    • Yeah, nothing like coronating them before they’ve collectively done anything.

      • metsman 4 years ago

        Yes, the Phillies are so humble about their rotation that they are “introducing” four out of five players already on their team; the modesty just tugs at your heartstrings. I smell a Sports illustraded cover jinxs comming up.

        • garettf 4 years ago

          nothing like a jealous mets fan’s insightful comments

          • metsman 4 years ago

            thanks, I almost forgot to mention the humble fan base.

        • Heyy totally agree i really cant wait to laugh when 2 or more of them get injured…you never know what kind of injuries a team will face…the phillies have the same chance as any other team to be next haha cant wait

          • stl_cards16 4 years ago

            ^That is when you know your team is sad^

          • wickedkevin 4 years ago

            When they are named the “Mets?”

          • metsman 4 years ago

            you don’t go to many games do you?…matter of fact, you must not leave your house, because the world’s full of them; it would be nice if you could balme them all on one sports team.

          • scluse 4 years ago

            It’s people like you that give fellow Mets fans a bad name. As much as I hate the Phillies I’d NEVER, EVER wish ill upon someone, regardless of the team name that is stitched across their chests.

          • Thank you. I am a Phillies fan, I agree that this team has not accomplished SQUAT yet, I’m personally sick of all this Spring Training hoopla.

            And I HATE when Johan gets hurt. He is one of the best in his game when healthy, and I appreciate talent, unlike some of these so-called Mets fans around here. When any of our team’s players gets hurt, it cheapens the product and diminishes the rivalry. Grow up fellas.

    • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

      most expensive rotation in baseball (this could be wrong)

      • LOL, that’s Ok Frank, don’t let potentially being wrong stop you from making a statement like that. It never stopped the many thousands that have come before you.

  5. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    Reyes could set himself up for a big pay day if he has a good season, given the weak shortstop field. I mean, after Hanley and Tulo, there is a huge drop off in talent.

    • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

      I can see Reyes having a big year too and he probablly wants out of Queens anyways

      • Infield Fly 4 years ago

        …he probablly wants out of Queens anyways

        Granted, athletes are rarely completely candid about what they truly feel, but everything I’ve read recently (Latin media included) indicates that Reyes wants to remain a Met – indefinitely.

  6. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Jason Bay… uuurrrrrre fiwwwreeeddd.

  7. wickedkevin 4 years ago

    Oh God, the Phillies rotation is going to be treated like the Heat were before the season started.

    • FrankTheFunkasaurusRex 4 years ago

      except its actually good

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        and not a bunch of ego maniacs…

        I’ll bite my tongue when I see a Cliff Lee Nike commercial “what should I do?” and Doc Halladay makes an appearance on Entourage

      • foxtown 4 years ago

        I’m pretty sure the Heat are doing well this season…

  8. Imagine what Trump could do with the Mets. Maybe CC will be moving across town next year.

  9. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    I wish Donald Trump owned the Mets before this past offseason. We could of had a reality show searching for their next GM and Manager.

    • roomwithamoose 4 years ago

      Ollie Perez: You’re fired! haha

    • What if Trump and Mark Cuban (also with rumored interest in a stake), decided to pair up and buy the entire team from the Wilpons?

      The Mets would be declaring bankruptcy every 7 years or so, and constantly losing in the NLCS after great regular seasons.

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      I would instantly become a (half way) mets fan if he bought out the Mets, if only because he would have the guts to stand up to useless people like Selig, Boras, the MLBPA and every other form of management and the agents..Union.. Finally a man that knows how to handle the situation that is outspoken and would blow the whistle shich is WHY ownership would never allow him to buy a majority stake in any club.. probably why Cuban still does not own one yet..

  10. dc21892 4 years ago

    Trump = FTW!

  11. davengmusic 4 years ago

    To whoever thinks Don Trump as a baseball owner is a good idea: go look at what he did to the USFL, and you’ll have an idea of what will happen to the New York Mets under his ownership.

  12. MadmanTX 4 years ago

    The union applauded Lee for signing for less money and they aren’t even advising Pujols about what to do in his negotiations with the Cards. A union that cares more about its members than about making a buck. How refreshing…a tear…

  13. nm344 4 years ago

    Not if his 6th year vests, which it likely will.

    • patburn 4 years ago

      I don’t know if I would automatically assume that. Lee is getting older and more injury prone

  14. Marchetti89 4 years ago

    maybe I’m the only one that feels this way but if Donald Trump came and made the Mets basically like the Yankees, why weren’t you just a Yankee fan in the first place?

  15. god i hope donald buys the team. then we can finally get a good franchise. we’re going to have a steinbrenner(excuse the spelling which i assume is incorrect) on our hands. the seinfeld episode with him mentioning everyone who he has ever fired comes to mind “Steinbrenner: You know as painful as it is I had to let a few people go over the years. Yogi Berra, Lou Pinella, Bucky Dent, Billy Martin, Dallas Green, Dick Houser, Bill Virdon, Billy Martin, Scott Marrow, Billy Martin, Bob Lemmon, Billy Martin”

    • I understand what you’re talking about, yet the words still do not make sense.

    • YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

      I wonder how Trump would be as a mlb owner? I wonder if he would face the same problems that Mark CUban seems to face in trying to get a team?

      • I think “The Donald” may face even more scrutiny than Cuban. There is no getting around the fact that several of the Trump businesses have filed for bankruptcy in the past 10 years. While I do not believe Donald himself has ever filed, that can not look good to the powers that be in the MLB who just finished dealing with the Texas situation.

  16. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Its so funny how he went from a prized free agent player to a disease no one wants to touch…

    Its the equivalent to chasing around a girl, thinking she’s the best thing ever, finally “getting” her and then never wanting to see her again and pondering why you chased her in the first place.

  17. metsman 4 years ago

    what are you talking about? he’d probably still be putting up the same numbers in Fenway, and really, you just ended getting hit with the Lackey bullet instead.

  18. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    ya those braves stink

  19. Yeah, don’t they?

    Free_AEC, have the Phillies traded Howard for Pujols yet? I’ve always had respect for the Phillies organization, even as a lifelong Braves fan. But fairweather fans like you are slowly changing my perception, but I just keep telling myself that every sports organization has them.

    But honestly, the Phillies regular season was boring last year? Didn’t another team in the East hold first-place longer than them?

  20. “If the Phils win less than 105 games they’ll have had a bad regular season.”

    Chances are they won’t win 105 games this year. So, prepare for disappointment……I guess.

    “Atlanta is looking at 95 wins max”

    That seems good enough for a playoff spot, so I’d be pretty happy with that.

  21. nm344 4 years ago

    Yeah sucks for those Giants, they barely ever lead all year…

  22. The Giants have no shot against the Phillies in the NLCS. Pitching wins championships and the Phillies have the best, so it’s an automatic right?

  23. j6takish 4 years ago

    Not a coincidence at all, the Nationals purposely signed him to a deal that matches up with Youk so that the Red Sox could sign away their franchise player. Finally the GM’s are coming to terms that the baseball world revolves around the Red Sox

  24. j6takish 4 years ago

    Go pahk ya cah

  25. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    That would be something. COuld you imagine if the Boss were still alive and Trump bought the Mets? Talk about battle for the back pages. The two most ego driven NY’ers of alltime.

    Perspective FA would camp out at NY hotels during the winter and just do the BQE shuffle back and forth being wined and dined by either owner.

  26. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    That’s sarcasm right? Giants have a pretty damn good rotation as well. I would say they are a solid 4 deep just like the Phillies. I’m pretty sure you were joking….I hope at least.

    It would be interesting to see how the Phillies offense produces this year.

  27. YanksFanSince78 4 years ago

    By average annual yes but usually they go by total dollars. But he certainly has reset the bar (Somewhere CC is smiling and it’s not because of a big ol’ bowl of Capt Crunch in front of him).

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