Results tagged ‘ Mets ’

12/7 Milton & the Mets

Word in the lobby at the Indianapolis Marriott is that the third team talking to the Cubs about Milton Bradley is the Mets. They’d like to move second baseman Luis Castillo, a switch-hitter who batted .302 this season. He has two years and $12 million remaining on his contract. Bradley has two years and $21 million left on his. The Mets want another power bat and could be convinced Bradley is the guy.

The Rangers and Rays also have talked to the Cubs about Bradley, and both of those teams have large contracts they’re trying to move. It will likely still come down to how much the Cubs are willing to pick up.

One other item on GM Jim Hendry’s shopping list this week is finding a more experienced right-handed reliever for the bullpen.

— Carrie Muskat

8/30 Lou: Hill to catch more

Geovany Soto is in a funk, batting .128 in 15 games this month, and Lou Piniella says he’ll be using Koyie Hill more behind the plate.

“It’s been a struggle,” Piniella said of Soto, the 2008 National League Rookie of the Year, who has not looked like the same hitter in ’09. “I’ve tried to get him going.”

The Cubs are 33-21 when Hill starts, and need all the wins they can get in the final month of play.

“I’ll go out there any time [Piniella] tells me to,” Hill said. “I’m happy to do it.”

But Hill said you have to look beyond the numbers. For example, on Saturday, New York’s Brian Schneider notched a hit when a ball bounced off the lip of the grass.

“There’s not a whole lot of difference between what [Soto] is doing now and when he’s going good,” Hill said. “He’s hit the ball fine, honestly. I don’t know how many times he’s lined out and had good at-bats. He might have an 0-for-3 game but get a big walk. Results aren’t always what they appear to be.

“Geo works hard and he’s a good player and he’s swinging the bat good,” Hill said. “I don’t think anybody’s worried about that. I think it’s just a matter of time.”

— Carrie Muskat