Meet the Mets
The biggest news from Friday was that SNY, backed by Time Warner and Comcast, is getting ready to purchase four $20 million minority shares of the team and essentially become the Wilpons' knights in shining armor. At this point, you're probably saying to yourself "how can SNY, started by and partially owned by the Mets (and subsequently the Wilpons), buy a piece of the Mets?". Take it away, Adam Rubin.
In case you missed it (thankfully, I purposefully missed it), Jose Reyes got a haircut on the MLB Network last night, seemingly for no reason other than to piss off Mets fans. LOLMets, amirite? The Marlins, of all teams, have a "no hair below the helmet line" policy, which is why Reyes was forced to divest of his beautiful flowing locks. Jose's hair is going to be auctioned off in order to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida.
Still standing strong in his battle against brain cancer, Gary Carter attended Florida Atlantic University's opening game on Thursday night and met with the players. Keep fighting, Gary!
Toby Hyde of Mets Minor League Blog continued his Top 41 prospect list, revealing #31 CF Brad Marquez and #30 CF Darrell Ceciliani. Marquez, who has yet to play a pro game, was a 16th round overslot pick out of Odessa High School in Texas. He's a raw speedster with a lot of tools who also plays college football for Texas Tech. Ceciliani should be a more familiar name, as he starred with the Cyclones in 2010 but tailed off a bit in Savannah last season.
Around the Majors
Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton met with the media on Friday and apologized for drinking alcohol. Personally, I really enjoyed this article by Steven Goldman at Baseball Prospectus, about Hamilton and the people trying to moralize this latest trangression. Here's hoping for Hamilton's sake, that this was a one-time occurence, as his story and baseball rebirth has been so inspiring.
Down at the Mets' Dominican complex, MLB put together a showcase of Dominican and Venezuelan prospects, the first of its kind where teams can scout players who will be eligible to be signed when the International Free Agent period begins in July. Scouts from every team were in attendance, including the Mets' Paul DePodesta and they watched players take part in drills.
Wendy Thurm, for Baseball Nation, took a look at some of the players who went straight to the majors after being drafted.
Hefty reliever Todd Coffey signed a one year deal worth $1.3 million with the Dodgers on Friday. I don't really hate the Mets' signing of Jon Rauch at $3.5 million (I don't really like it either) but I think I'd much rather have Coffey at his price.
Finally, Steve Slowinski took a look at the robust market of starting pitching that is still considered to be available, either through free agency or trade.