10/8/09

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New York Mets

Mets acquired first baseman Eddie Lora and outfielder Chris Carter as the players to be named later for Billy Wagner. The 20-year-old Lora batted .222/.287/.414 with three homers and seven RBI in 99 at-bats with the Red Sox's Gulf Coast League affiliate in rookie ball. It remains to be seen whether or not he'll make an impact at the big league level, but along with Carter, it's a solid enough return for a player who didn't factor into the Mets' plans for 2010. Carter hit .294 with 25 doubles, 16 homers and 61 RBI in 428 at-bats at Triple-A Pawtucket this season, and though he's no longer a true prospect at age 27, the left-handed hitter could certainly factor into the Mets' outfield plans in 2010.

The Mets favor Matt Holliday for left field over Jason Bay, though either would help immensely. Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said they expect to spend money this winter, and really, they have no choice.
• Mets higher-ups made it fairly clear that the heat is on both GM Omar Minaya and manager Jerry Manuel. "Omar would be gone if not for that extension,'' said one Mets person loyal to Minaya, referring to his $3.5 million, three-year deal. One tipoff that Manuel's in slightly better stead is that he got to make coaching calls (such as keeping Razor Shines), while Minaya was pressured to fire friends Tony Bernazard, Ramon Pena and Julio Franco. One plus for Minaya, according to several sources, is that Fred Wilpon likes him.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/: - top 20 Florida State League prospects:

1. Mike Stanton, of, Jupiter (Marlins)
2. Jesus Montero, c, Tampa (Yankees)
3. Domonic Brown, of, Clearwater (Phillies)
4. Yonder Alonso, 1b, Sarasota (Reds)
5. Kyle Drabek, rhp, Clearwater (Phillies)
6. Starlin Castro, ss, Daytona (Cubs)
7. Jenrry Mejia, rhp, St. Lucie (Mets)
8. Ben Revere, of, Fort Myers (Twins)
9. Ike Davis, 1b, St. Lucie (Mets)
10. Austin Romine, c, Tampa (Yankees)
11. Carlos Gutierrez, rhp, Fort Myers (Twins)
12. Matt Dominguez, 3b, Jupiter (Marlins)
13. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, of, St. Lucie (Mets)
14. Josh Vitters, 3b, Daytona (Cubs)
15. David Bromberg, rhp, Fort Myers (Twins)
16. Caleb Gindl, of, Brevard County (Brewers)
17. Chris Parmelee, 1b, Fort Myers (Twins)
18. Shane Peterson, of, Palm Beach (Cardinals)
19. Freddy Galvis, ss, Clearwater (Phillies)
20. Mark Rogers, rhp, Brevard County (Brewers)

Free Agency:

Third Basemen:
Adrian Beltre (31), Mariners - 05:$10M, 06:$11.5M, 07:$11.5M, 08:$12M, 09:$12M
Geoff Blum (37), Astros - 08:$1.1M, 09:$1.1M club option ($0.1M buyout)
Aaron Boone (37), Astros - 09:$750KJoe Crede (32), Twins - 09:$2.5M
Bobby Crosby (30), Athletics - 05:$0.5M, 06:$0.75M, 07:$2.5M, 08:$3.5M, 09:$5.25M
Pedro Feliz (35), Phillies - 08:$3M, 09:$5M, 10:$5M club option ($0.5M buyout)
Chone Figgins (32), Angels - 09:$5.75M
Troy Glaus (33), Cardinals - 05:$8M, 06:$9M, 07:$10.5M, 08:$12.5M, 09$12.137M
Mike Lamb (34), Mets - 09:$400K
Melvin Mora (38), Orioles - 07:$7,758,503, 08:$7,826,914, 09:$9M
Robb Quinlan (33), Angles - 09:$1.1M


Projected Type A Free Agents
Bobby Abreu
Jason Bay
Rafael Betancourt
Johnny Damon
Mark DeRosa
Octavio Dotel
Jermaine Dye
Brian Giles
Mike Gonzalez
John Grabow
Kevin Gregg
Vladimir Guerrero
LaTroy Hawkins
Matt Holliday
Orlando Hudson
John Lackey
Cliff Lee
Victor Martinez
Bengie Molina
Darren Oliver
Placido Polanco
Manny Ramirez
Marco Scutaro
Rafael Soriano
Miguel Tejada
Jose Valverde
Billy Wagner
Randy Wolf


Type B Free Agents:
Garret Anderson
Rod Barajas
Erik Bedard
Joe Beimel
Ron Belliard
Adrian Beltre
Doug Brocail
Marlon Byrd
Kiko Calero
Mike Cameron
Carl Crawford
Doug Davis
Carlos Delgado
Justin Duchscherer
Scott Eyre
Pedro Feliz
Chone Figgins
Jon Garland
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Rich Harden
Ramon Hernandez
Bob Howry
Aubrey Huff
Nick Johnson
Randy Johnson
Reed Johnson
Jason Kendall
Adam LaRoche
Braden Looper
Brandon Lyon
Jason Marquis
Hideki Matsui
Melvin Mora
Guillermo Mota
Xavier Nady
Will Ohman
Miguel Olivo
Vicente Padilla
Chan Ho Park
Carl Pavano
Andy Pettitte
Joel Pineiro
Fernando Rodney
Ivan Rodriguez
Brian Schneider
Gary Sheffield
Brian Shouse
Russ Springer
Jason Varitek
Tim Wakefield
Dave Weathers
Brandon Webb
Randy Winn
Gregg Zaun

Brian Powell, who pitched in over 200 Minor League games from 1995-2005, died Monday in Tallahassee, Fla., from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Post-Searchlight of Bainbridge, Ga.
Powell, 35, spent 11 seasons in the Minors with Detroit, Houston, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Washington, retiring in 2005 after a season at Triple-A.
He threw a no-hitter for the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs -- an Astros affiliate at the time -- on May 6, 2001 against Omaha, his first of three complete games that year.
Powell was originally drafted by the California Angels out of Bainbridge High School, but opted to accept a baseball scholarship to the University of Georgia. He earned All-American honors with the school before the Tigers made him their second-round pick in the 1995 Draft.
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091007&content_id=7382240&vkey=news_milb&fext=.jsp

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