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.
St. Lucie Mets:
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)
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
Type B Free Agents:
Jerry Hairston Jr.
Chan Ho Park
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.