East Links: Blanton, Valentine, Swisher, Mets

Three of the four best records in baseball belong to teams in the East divisions, as the Reds join the Nationals, Yankees, and Braves as the only clubs to win at least 68 games so far this season. Here is the latest from the NL East and the AL East…

  • The player to be named later in the Joe Blanton trade will be named today, reports ESPN's Jayson Stark (on Twitter). It's expected to be a pitching prospect. The Phillies traded Blanton to the Dodgers earlier this month.
  • In an appearance on The Dennis & Callahan Show Thursday morning, Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino responded with an unequivocal "yes" when asked if Bobby Valentine will manage the team for the rest of the season according to WEEI.com's DJ Bean.
  • Joel Sherman of The New York Post says that Melky Cabrera's suspension will impact other impending free agent outfielders, including Nick Swisher. Sherman also speculates that Melky could be a fit for the Mets at the right price, since they know he'll have no trouble adjusting to New York.


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12 Comments on "East Links: Blanton, Valentine, Swisher, Mets"


johnsilver
3 years 17 days ago

Swisher had the proven track record anyway over Cabrera and now it is plain to see for all why Cabrera finally had 1 and maybe even 2 decent seasons. swish is and always has been a very good power hitting Rf that plays good defense, especially after he escaped Chicago and that nut case Guillen.

DerekJeterDan
3 years 17 days ago

Daily News reporting that Arod encouraged Melky to work out with him after his horrible down season in Atlanta. Since then, Melky had two career years in Kansas City and in San Francisco. Something seems a little fishy to me there, now that Melky is a confirmed PED user. Hopefully this doesn’t fall back to Melky and Alex’s offseason workouts and Im not accusing anyone, but it does raise some eyebrows given Arod’s history as well.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 17 days ago

Well he already admitted to steroid use.

There’s an article on ESPN today with Conte claiming at least half of MLB players are still juicing. While I doubt it’s that much I wouldn’t be surprised if there a couple of players on every team still juicing.

notsureifsrs
3 years 17 days ago

braun’s innocent, though. that was a coincidental conspiracy

Infield Fly
3 years 17 days ago

“There’s an article on ESPN today with Conte claiming at least half of MLB players are still juicing…I wouldn’t be surprised if there a couple of players on every team still juicing.”

Good point and I agree that PED usage among players is likely. However, the situation may be worse than we can guess.

Whether we’re talking narcotics or steroids, new substances are being created all the time and the authorities are hard pressed to keep up with this, let alone identify ways to screen for them. Most of the talk about the supposedly “strict anti-doping measures” the League has in put into effect either misses this point or ignores it entirely. So really, who knows what untraceable PED’s are in vogue among players these days and how many are using them?!

YanksFanSince78
3 years 17 days ago

At this juncture you would have to be an idiot to take any of the usual stuff which is what it sounds like w/ Melky. Regardless of what you take though you MUST work out at a high rate for it to do anything for you. Or else lazy fat dudes would be sticking needles in themselves more than Courtney Love.

Even though they cheated I don’t think anyone will argue that guys like Bonds, Clemens and Arod worked hours and hours a day in the gym and took conditioning very, very serious.

Rick Garcia
3 years 17 days ago

I don’t think I’d want the Mets to get Melky. I’d rather see them go after BJ Upton

DerekJeterDan
3 years 17 days ago

I agree. The Mets could really use an upgrade in center field and BJ Upton fits the bill. David Wright recently said that he would like the Mets to make a move that convinces him to stay in New York. By bringing in BJ Upton who Wright grew up with and a couple of other bats, the Mets can prove to Wright that they want to be a contender in the foreseeable future. Upton, while he may not have reached his full potential is an upgrade over Torres for sure, a right handed bat which the Mets lineup is in need of, and has posted a 5 WAR so you know there’s promise. Great arm too.

Giorgi Almonte
3 years 17 days ago

Melky to Mets I’d like that a lot.

greggofboken
3 years 17 days ago

I wish someone would tell Joel Sherman that the Mets already have a GM and his name is Adam Rubin.

chicothekid
3 years 16 days ago

As a Mets fan, I’m hoping they pass on Upton and go after Swisher or Cody Ross. Upton seems HIGHLY overrated to me. The other two aren’t the most glamorous names out there, but are both within the Mets’ budget and are nice and dependable options who can play and deliver on a consistent basis.

Slopeboy
3 years 17 days ago

@mike savage
‘what you talkin’bout Willis?’