|Trade Deadline: Yankees reportedly interested in Carlos Beltran||07.19.11 at 8:11 am ET|
According to a Tweet from ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees are one of the teams who have shown interest in Mets’ outfielder Carlos Beltran. Olney writes: “NYY are one of the teams that have had conversations with the Mets about Carlos Beltran,but unless pure salary dump,can’t see it happening.”
ESPN New York reported early Tuesday morning that the Mets are willing to pick up the entirety of what is left on Beltran’s contract in exchange for the right prospect. If Beltran is dealt on the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline he will be owed $6 million for the rest of the season.
|Live Blog: Red Sox, Josh Beckett look to push Rays further back in standings||07.17.11 at 8:09 pm ET|
|Trade Deadline: Cubs won’t deal Jeff Baker||07.16.11 at 1:34 pm ET|
Cubs utility man Jeff Baker can hit, play multiple positions and is affordable at just $1.75 million this season. That sounds like the perfect trade deadline pickup for a contending team looking to add a bat for the stretch run. The only problem is that he’s not available, according to a Fox Sports report.
Ken Rosenthal notes the Red Sox and Indians were among the teams that were interested in the 30-year-old Baker. Peter Gammons also raised the possibility on WEEI.
Indeed, the right-handed hitting Baker would be an affordable, yet experienced hitter to compliment the lefty-heavy Sox’ lineup. Baker has hammered left-handed pitching to the tune of .318/.367/.543 during his career and he is batting .375 with two home runs in 72 at bats this season. It could be posturing on the Cubs part, but Baker is still a year away from becoming arbitration eligible and Rosenthal notes that Cubs GM Jim Hendry sees him as part of next year’s club.
|Live Blog: Red Sox take on Rays at Tropicana Field||07.15.11 at 6:43 pm ET|
|Harry Manion on M&M: ‘Big chance’ Roger Clemens walks away unscathed||07.14.11 at 1:20 pm ET|
Boston lawyer Harry Manion joined Mut and Merloni Thursday, saying the prosecution in Roger Clemens’ perjury trial was “reckless” and “disrespectful” with their use of inadmissible evidence, leading to a mistrial. He added that he did not believe there would be another trial for Clemens due to double-jeopardy.
“Here’s the question: Is the declaring of the mistrial while the defendant, Roger Clemens, is at jeopardy? In the law, that means he’s at trial,” Manion said. “Jeopardy is attached for the purpose of double-jeopardy … the constitutional concept that you cannot be be prosecuted twice for the same crime.”
“I’m telling you, what you’re going to be hearing over the next 24 hours [is] a motion from the defendant, [Clemens' attorney] Rusty Hardin saying, ‘Jeopardy attached. You can’t try him twice. It wasn’t my fault. It was the government’s fault. Release him, and call this over.’ If that’s the case, he walks away a completely free man, never to be prosecuted again for anything that happened in Congress.”
The prosecution twice made mention of Laura Pettitte’s account of what her husband, Andy, had told her about a conversation between he and Clemens. It was ruled inadmissible evidence prior to the trial, and when the prosecution showed video of her 2008 affidavit, U.S. District Jude Reggie Walton took a recess and eventually declared the mistrial.
“I try cases all the time. I’m a trial lawyer,” Manion said. “This is what all those pre-trial motions are about. They’re called motions in limine. It’s the judge telling the lawyers, ‘Look. In your opening statement, in your evidence, stay away from the subject matter. I ruled it inadmissible.’ If you tread over the line, you get yourself in trouble with the judge.
The defendant can get sanctioned, admonished, but that the defendant has a lot of rights. The prosecutor does not. The prosecutor has to obey the letter of the law. When a judge says, ‘Stay away from Mrs. Pettitte’s affidavit, stay away from the conversations she allegedly had,’ and then you go refer to it in your opening, and worse, you play a tape of it involving a congressman in which the conversation is alluded to and highlighted on the screen and sits in front of the jury, that is such reckless conduct, and such disrespectful conduct that I could see Judge Walton — who is nobody to mess with, I mean he is a real tough, strict judge. I could see him walking out at 2:00 this afternoon and granting a motion to dismiss this prosecution.”
A hearing to revisit the matter is scheduled for Sept. 2, but Manion believes that all of the attention given to the way this week’s trial fell apart that getting an indifferent jury would be too challenging.
“This is also just absolutely terrible pre-trial publicity. The entire world knows now what has happened, and you’re never going to get a fair jury. You can’t even change the venue. Fundamental fairness [says] don’t prosecute Roger. He has a big chance right now to walk away from this. We’re going to find out I think in the next 24 hours whether that happens or not.”
|Trade Deadline: Red Sox reportedly on Joakim Soria’s no-trade list||07.13.11 at 9:18 pm ET|
According to FoxSports.com, Kansas City reliever Joakim Soria has six teams on his list of clubs he can refuse to be dealt to, with the Red Sox among the group. Besides the Sox, other teams Soria can reject a trade to are the Phillies, Dodgers, Rockies, Braves and Yankees. Many times large market teams are included on players’ no-trade lists in order to use as leverage to get extensions on their current deals.
The 27-year-old closer is having somewhat of a down year, going 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA and 15 saves. Soria is in the last guaranteed year of his current deal (paying him $4 million), with the Royals holding club options on him for the next three seasons.
|Matt Holliday says he could have been a Red Sox||07.12.11 at 5:24 pm ET|
Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday told the Boston Herald that he “thought there was a chance” that the Red Sox would sign him when he became a free agent following the 2009 season.
Holliday, who re-upped with the Cardinals for $120 million over seven years, said that the Red Sox had expressed an interest in him, and that the team was determined to finish the offseason with either Holliday or starter John Lackey. When things didn’t work with Holliday, they used that money in an attempt to improve their rotation with Lackey.
“At one point they were trying to decide whether to try to sign me or Lackey,” Holliday told the Herald. “They ended up signing Lackey. That was the money they had kind of earmarked for me.”
Holliday got to know the Red Sox on the biggest stage, as he faced them as a member of the Rockies in the 2007 World Series. After being traded to the A’s and then the Cardinals, he hit the open market with the Red Sox, among others, in mind.
“I liked playing there in the World Series,” he said. “They were a team I was interested in. I knew some people in the organization and they were obviously very competitive, with a chance to win the World Series every year. They had everything I was looking for. And so did St. Louis – but I was definitely considering Boston if they had stayed in it.”
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