Meet the Mets
Nothing is more exciting than the ol' game-winning extra inning fielder's choice! Whatever, after getting swept in Arizona, I am not going to be picky. Plus, I got to see Lucas Duda commit the cold-blooded murder of a baseball. Jason Isringhausen got his 300th save in the win, and then was summarily fired as closer. Hopefully they at least gave him a gold watch or something. But seriously, it was nice of the Mets to give him this milestone before looking for their future closer.
Sometime around 11:59 last night, the Mets inked first round pick Brandon Nimmo for 2.1 million, or about a third over slot. By way of review, here is Any McCullough's excellent profile in the Ledger on Mr. Nimmo. Also, check out Alex's scouting report from the draft. Also thenabouts, the Mets signed third round pick Logan Verrett and 11th round prep arm Christian Montgomery. Both were also signed above slot.
Earlier in the day the Mets also announced signing 15th round pick Philip Evans and 16th round pick Bradley Marquez, completing what was the most expensive draft in Mets history. Michael Diaz has a scouting report on Evans over at Mets Minor League Blog. Marquez's deal is a two-sport deal, so the Mets will only have him in their complex for June and July while he plays football at Texas Tech. All in all, this was a strong draft in terms of replenishing the farm system with high ceiling prospects.
As for the guys already in the organization, John Sickels reviews his Pre-Season Mets Top 20 Prospect List over at Minor League Ball.
Terry Collins wants to give Pedro Beato a shot at starting next year. This makes garik16 very happy and and Dan Warthen very sad.
Expect to see more of the blue uniforms next year. I'm not quite as crazy on them as everyone else, I think it's the way they go with the white pants.
Ted Berg weighs in on the Pelfrey Affair and Rollerball.
Adam Rubin has an update on Gary Carter's cancer treatment.
Around the NL East
The Braves walked off against the Giants, in what was a very tough loss for the G-men. #blameyouknowwho
Jack McKeon did everything right, removing his closer, who had blown a one-run lead, to bring in a lefty to face Jason Giambi. Unfortunately, good process does not always lead to good results.
Philadelphia pitcher and merry-go-round enthusiast Cole Hamels had an MRI done on his stiff left shoulder.
Jim Thome reached 600 home runs with a two homer game as the Twins beat the first place Tigers. Not that he wasn't already a Hall of Famer, but this is still an impressive milestone.
All the first round picks ended up signing with their teams save one, Tyler Beede, who was selected by the Blue Jays. He will instead attend Vanderbilt. The Jays will get a compensation pick in next year's draft. Here's a rundown of all the picks in the 1st and supplemental rounds and their respective deals courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors.
The Tigers picked up former number one pick Delmon Young from the Twins for live armed lefty Cole Nelson and a PTBNL.
The Brewers are starting to gain some breathing room in the NL Central. And they turned a triple play!
Break up the Cubs! I guess Jim Hendry was right about not making any moves at the deadline. It has inspired his team to make a playoff run, as now they are only, let's see...*checks standings* Never mind.
Baseball Nation brings you the worst plate appearance in baseball history.
And Jack Moore of Fangraphs writes a requiem for Carlos Zambrano.