Hawaiian Winter Baseball
Honolulu Sharks 2, North Shore Honu 1
- Ruben Tejada went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a throwing error (.288/.323/.373).
- Jordan Abruzzo went 2-for-4 with an RBI (.220/.250/.260).
- Greg Veloz went 0-for-4 (.203/.280/.230).
- Junior Guerra pitched 1.1 innings of relief, allowing a walk and striking out one.
- Roy Merritt pitched 1.2 innings of relief, allowing a walk and striking out two.
Domincan Winter League
Azucareros del Este 5, Leones del Escogido 4
- Argenis Reyes went 1-for-5 with a double (.256/.360/.302).
- Abraham Nunez went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored (.400/.571/.500).
El Duque filed for free agency yesterday. He made $9 million last season to do nothing. Au revoir!
David Wright is not bitter about the Phillies' world title, but rather motivated. The Phillies were a slightly better team than the Mets, with the bullpen making up the entire difference and then some. I was talking about this with a good friend of mine who also happens to be a Phillies fan, and about the (obvious) impact a closer with no blown saves would have on any team. If the Mets didn't blow any ninth-inning leads, they would've won upwards of a hundred games. Of course, they blew a ton of ninth-inning leads, as well as any number of eighth-inning leads. Those are the breaks.
SI.com leaked the full list of Type A and Type B free agents on Friday. ESPN.com's free agent tracker does the same, though it also includes unranked free agents. Oliver Perez is a Type A; Moises Alou is a Type B. The Mets obviously have to offer Perez arbitration. Even if he accepts, a one-year deal at whatever money is hardly a big problem. Smart money is on he and Boras taking the biggest, longest contract offered, and the Mets would recoup some of the picks they are bound to lose when they sign free agents of their own (Derek Lowe and Brian Fuentes are both Type As).
MLB is setting up shop in Secaucus, NJ, as the headquarters for their forthcoming cable network.
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