1/21/11

Cutnpaste: - Tim Byrdick, Dillon Gee, Billy Wagner, 2011 Mets, and Carlos Delgado

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Tim Byrdak:

One name that has come out recently is Tim Byrdak. His line for the Houston Astros last season was decent enough (3.49 ERA in 64 games with 29 strikeouts). He is also the cheaper option. There is no doubt players like Joe Beimel, Ron Mahay and Mark Hendrickson would command more money for a short contract. While Byrdak is the sensible option of those mentioned, he is not the most enticing one. Joe Beimel is. Byrdak is comparable however. - metsgazette  



Dillon Gee:

Dillon Gee began his professional career with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2007, posting a 3-1 record and a 2.47 ERA after being selected in the 21st round of the MLB Draft. The following season, the righthander really opened some eyes combining to go 10-6 in 25 starts between St. Lucie (A) and Binghamton (AA). Heading into the 2009 season Gee had a stellar spring training with the major league squad, getting singled out by Mets manager Jerry Manuel as a player he expected to see at Citi Field that year. Injuries cut his ’09 campaign short, but after earning the Sterling Award for the Mets Triple-A Affiliate in Buffalo, Gee made his major league debut in September 2010. Recently Gee met up with BrooklynCyclones.com to talk about his time in Brooklyn and his climb up the latter from Coney Island - brooklyncyclones.  



Billy Wagner:

Over the phone, the National League executive sounded concerned. “What,” the exec asked, “is Billy Wagner still doing on the Braves’ roster?” Wagner, 39, announced his retirement toward the end of last season. But as of 3 p.m. Thursday, he indeed remained on the Braves’ official roster. What gives? Wagner, after vesting his $6.5 million option for 2011, needs to formally remove himself from the roster, according to Braves general manager Frank Wren. The Braves did not push Wagner to file his retirement papers; they did not need the roster spot and perhaps maintained hope that he would change his mind. - mlbbuzz  



2011 Mets:

How can a single team possibly have so many massive deals for the likes of Oliver Perez, Francisco Rodriguez and Luis Castillo and see them not only be unproductive but also untradeable? How could a team suffer back-to-back collapses like they did in 2007 and 2008 and later have the indignity of Johan Santana's injuries? The Mets seem to be trying to right their ship. Sandy Alderson rebuilt the A's and the Padres and could be the right man for the job. Terry Collins is a curious choice for manager, but maybe a change in culture is what they need. Just don't be too rigid, Terry. These are the Mets, not the Yankees. - hardballtimes  



Carlos Delgado:

Probably the most prolific cleanup hitter in team history next to Strawberry. His 2006 and 2008 seasons were right up there with all the great offensive performances in history. Combined in those seasons he hit 76 homers, and drove in 229 runs. Had 4 homers, 11 RBI, and an OPS of 1.199 during the 2006 playoffs. A big time player that was slowed by a hip injury, or the numbers would have been far better. - nybaseballdigest.  

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