Cutnpaste: – 2012, Lucas Duda, Tim Byrdak, Mike Cameron, Charlie Samuels



Deeds reveal more than words; and there are a lot of deeds that are pointing toward Sandy Alderson’s new administration prioritizing 2012 at least as much as 2011 — despite public talk of being strong contenders this season. Ruben Tejada, for example, was never made part of an underwhelming second base competition, and instead is earmarked for shortstop at Triple-A, and it is not coincidence that it corresponds with Jose Reyes’ walk year. Jenrry Mejia was not involved in the rotation or bullpen battles and, instead, 2011 is about stretching him out as a starter as Tejada’s Buffalo teammate.
(boy… where have we read THAT before…)


Lucas Duda:
Lucas Duda raced back in right field in the top of the second yesterday and spun around at the last second to haul in a fly ball by Houston’s Brian Esposito. It hardly was graceful, but it was fairly impressive, considering it was Duda’s first time playing the position in pro ball. And although Carlos Beltran reported improvement in his ailing left knee yesterday, his future is cloudy and Duda’s presence in right was an indication of what might happen if Beltran is lost for any extended period of time.


Tim Byrdak:
Tim Byrdak: Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the fifth round in 1994, he made short work of the low minors as a starter but converted to the bullpen in Double-A. Has bounced between Triple-A and the majors for the last 10 years, used as a LOOGY type. Career 4.35 ERA, 242/164 K/BB in 267 innings, 251 hits, WAR -1.6



Mike Cameron:
Mike Cameron’s name has been ice cold on the trade market. The Red Sox would love to deal the outfielder before opening day, but have found little interest. The BOSTON GLOBE reports teams aren’t jazzed up to add Cameron’s $8 million dollar salary this season. It’s more likely that Cameron will draw interest close to the trade-deadine.


Charlie Samuels:
Investigators from Major League Baseball and the NYPD arrived at the Mets’ spring training complex Wednesday to re-interview current and former players and employees in the continuing probe into fired clubhouse manager Charlie Samuels’ alleged links to illegal gambling and theft. Cops from the NYPD’s Organized Crime Division and investigators from MLB’s Department of Investigation conducted interviews at the Port St. Lucie complex and at players’ residences in an effort to shore up their case against Samuels, according to law-enforcement sources familiar with the probe.



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