Cutnpaste: – F-Mart, Pelf, K-Rod, 2B Wars, Mets Salaries


Fernando Martinez sits near his locker in the major league clubhouse with Jose Reyes, two Dominican kids not all that far off in age, and Reyes plays with his iPhone while Martinez holds his bat. He works on his swing, refines his grip and even uses it like a cane as Reyes chatters at him. By now most Mets insiders thought the players would be two cornerstones of the franchise. But though Reyes has reached close to his potential and now may be readying for a free-agency bonanza, Martinez remains a minor-leaguer, taking one injury-riddled step backward after another.



Mike Pelfrey was an extremely successful starting pitcher at Wichita State for three years. A local kid from Wichita, he had a great freshman year in 2003 (10-2, 2.49, 98/15 K/BB in 105 innings), then followed that up with even better sophomore (11-2, 2.19, 125/24 K/BB) and junior (12-3, 1.93, 143/30 K/BB in 140 innings) seasons, establishing himself as one of the premier talents in the 2005 draft class.



The New York Mets better give closer Francisco Rodriguez the ball or they’ll have to deal with the MLB players’ association, according to the NY POST. Michael Weiner said he will be paying attention to K-Rod’s level of work during the 2011 season. If Rodrguez gets to finish 55 games he’ll get a $17.5 million option for the 2012 season. Good luck to new manager Terry Collins.


2B Wars:
Luis Castillo: .235/.337/.267, 0 HR, 17 RBI, 6.7 UZR/150, 0. 6 WAR, $6 million, 35 years old
Daniel Murphy: .266/.313/.427, 12 HR, 63 RBI, 1.0 WAR, $400K, 26 years old
Brad Emaus: .290/.397/.476, 15 HR, 75 RBI (between AA and AAA), $400K, 25 years old
Justin Turner: .316/.374/.487, 12 HR, 43 RBI (at AAA), $400K, 26 years old
Ruben Tejada: .213/.305/.282, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 1.2 UZR/150, -0.4 WAR, $400K, 21 years old
Chin-lung Hu: .317/.339/.436, 4 HR, 37 RBI (at AAA), $400K, 27 years old


Mets Salaries:
“We want to make sure that all contractual obligations are honored, and we’ve been assured by the commissioner’s office that that is the case, so there is no concern there. As far as broader questions—Look, it’s in the interests of everybody associated with baseball that the National League franchise in New York is a strong franchise. The Wilpons have always attempted to field a competitive team duringtheir tenure and we certainly hope they’re in a position to do that. The key to a strong player market is having a number of different teams out there competing for players. We know that in any given year, you’re not going to have 30 teams out there competing for players. That’s just not the way it is. Look, whether it’s the Mets, whether it’s the Dodgers, whether it’s frankly the Twins, the Tigers or any team—if there is something that’s going to prevent them from participating as they normally would in whatever cycle that would be in bidding for players, that’s a concern for us. At this point, we have been assured through the commissioner’s office that the ets are going to be able to operate as they have in the past.”  


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