11/16/09

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Reese Havens

Reese Havens homered Saturday and boasts a .478 on-base percentage during a five-game hitting streak. - http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp

Orlando Hudson:

Trying to rid themselves of an ill-advised contract, the Mets shopped Luis Castillo during the GM Meetings that concluded Wednesday. Still, despite the veteran second baseman hitting .302 this season and staying healthy, GM Omar Minaya may have a difficult time moving Castillo. Castillo is midway through a four-year, $25 million deal that blocked the Mets from signing free agent Orlando Hudson last winter. Castillo had met with team officials at the end of the 2008 season to apologize for his performance and request to remain with the team. The Mets also have expressed interest in Chone Figgins, who is represented by the same agents as Castillo and David Wright. Figgins would provide solid defense in left field, although he wouldn't address the team's power deficiency. The Mets reportedly may be interested in using Figgins at second base. -- NY Daily News - http://msn.foxsports.com/rumors/mlb


Lastings Milledge:

Milledge, who displayed talent and behavioral issues with the Mets before getting dealt to the Nationals nearly two years ago, came to the Pirates on June 30. He proceeded to record a .333 on-base percentage and .395 slugging percentage in 58 games, most as Pittsburgh’s starting leftfielder. He’ll turn 25 next April. “I think he recognizes he shouldn’t be traded twice by the age of 24,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said of Milledge. “He recognizes a need to do some things differently. He’s been open and honest about that. He’s been very intriguing for us - a guy that has a chance to go out for us as an everyday player, continue to grow and fulfill that potential.” - http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org/files/newsstand/discussion/davidoff_pirates_gm_neal_huntington_on_milledge_and_tabata

Jenrry Mejia:

Pitching for Surprise yesterday after missing his last scheduled start due to illness, Mejia touched 96 mph with his fastball once, otherwise ranging from 90-95 mph and mostly sitting 92-95 (he’s been clocked as high as 98 mph in previous outings here in the AFL and during the minor league season). His fastball is a swing-and-miss offering, not just because of its velocity but because of its outstanding movement. Mejia generates tremendous cutting action on his fastball, and he’ll also put some sink on his heater as well. Between the velocity and movement, Mejia has a pitch he can use as an out pitch or to induce grounders—71 percent of his outs on balls in play were groundouts during the minor league season. - http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/prospects/?p=6937

Brian Bannister:

Gil Meche's salary jumps to $12 million for next season and 2011 in concluding his five-year, $55 million deal. But his no-trade clause shifts now to a partial no-trade clause before disappearing altogether in the contract's final season. The Royals, at this point, prefer to retain Meche, particularly since his injury-filled 2009 season diminished his trade value. They seem more likely to dangle Brian Bannister and Kyle Davies, each of whom attracted interest before ending the season with shoulder problems. -- KC Star - http://msn.foxsports.com/rumors/mlb


Josh Thole:

2009 Production: Thole was called up when the rosters expanded at the end of August and took advantage of his opportunity. In a small sample, Thole hit .321 in 59 plate appearances with 9 RBIs and 3 extra base hits.

2010 Prospects: It is not out of the realm of possibilities that the Mets could go with a Santos/Thole platoon for 2010. However, it could be argued that the Mets may be wise to go out and get a full time catcher. Thole had less than 100 at bats and it is yet to be seen if at some point in 2010 he will be exposed in the big leagues. - http://www.metsfansforever.com

Tobi Stoner:

Tobi Stoner tossed seven innings of shutout ball to lower his Dominican ERA to 1.50. He only gave up four hits and struck out two to improve his record to 4-1. If he keeps pitching like this the Mets will have a nice addition to their starting rotation. Escogido shutout the Gigantes 5-0. - http://myworldofbaseball.com/wordpress/?m=200911


Matt Holliday:

Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com cites a source as saying Matt Holliday will not give any special preference to the Cardinals. "He was there two months," said a source with knowledge of the developing Boras/Holliday plan. "St. Louis is a good place to play — a great city with a good fan base. But do I think it holds any special significance to him? No." Once their exclusive window to negotiate closes at 12:01 am on Friday, they'll become just another team in the eyes of Scott Boras. Source: FOXSports.com

Ike Davis:

1B Ike Davis (NYM) is tied for fourth in the Fall League with seven doubles … .500 (6-12) with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, and 12 RBI - with runners in scoring position … .667 (2-3) with one double and six RBI with the bases loaded … .327 (18-55) with 10 runs, 5 doubles, 3 - home runs, and 6 RBI during 14-game active on-base streak that began on 10/17 … hit a grand slam and collected six RBI on Opening Day

Justin Huber:

Huber has signed a contract with the Hiroshima Carp to play there next season.

Junior Guerra:

La Guaira 12, Lara 1 - Oscar Salazar (Padres) collected three RBIs and David Paisano (Rangers) scored three runs as the Tiburones routed the Cardenales. Mets prospect Junior Guerra picked up the victory after giving up a run on three hits with two strikeouts in two innings and Jon Link (White Sox) allowed one hit and struck out three in a scoreless frame – (Guerra was busted for a 50-game suspension last year by the league…) http://www.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091115&content_id=7670464&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

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