Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.
Meet the Mets
Word came out on Saturday that the Mets had interest in righty Roy Oswalt for their pitching staff. Unfortunately, Oswalt's agent didn't know that the Mets were interested. It seems as if they considered him for their vacant rotation spot before they agreed to a deal with Shaun Marcum a few days back.
SNY has interest in hiring Bobby Valentine for the network's pre-game studio show. Valentine would likely contribute to a short slate of games.
Around the Majors
Due to a rule change, the old fake to third, throw to first play is now considered a balk. Somewhere, Turk Wendell sheds a tear (and then shoots a bear and rips its teeth out to add to his necklace).
The Rangers added righty hitting utility man Jeff Baker on a minor league deal. The only reason why this is relevant is because Baker is a right handed bat with a pulse.
Scott Rolen is on the Dodgers' third base radar, even though the team says they will go with Luis Cruz at the hot corner. Interesting that the Dodgers spent somewhere around $50 billion on the rest of their roster but may only end up with 28-year old Luis ".261/.296/.394 career minor league hitter" Cruz or the reanimated corpse of Scott Rolen at that position.
People affiliated with the Diamondbacks continue to throw Justin Upton under the bus – this time former star Luis Gonzalez says that Upton didn't show leadership. NEED GRISSION!
Yesterday At AA
On a previous January 26th, Major League Baseball changed the controversial balk rules that saw the Mets rack up 40 balks in the 1988 season.