Joe Girardi says hello to New York: “He’s a young guy who wants to be here.’’
That’s him talking about the Dontrelle Willis-to-the-Mets rumors.
For now at least, Willis is saying all the right things about wanting to stay with the Marlins.
“I’m happy here,’’ Willis told The Palm Beach Post. “That’s no lie. This is the place that gave me my opportunity.’’
At 24, Willis is making $4.35 million this year. Those numbers, plus his high potential and proven track record are reasons why teams would want him. They are also the reasons why the Marlins should not trade him, but sign him long-term.Contradiction: Nothing is more grievous in Major League Baseball than gambling. However, that hasn’t stopped the Marlins from having two advertisements on their outfield wall for casinos. Pre-game buzz: “He was as good as there was in big-game situations,’’ Girardi on the Mets getting Orlando Hernandez. … Mike Pelfrey was scratched from tonight’s Class AA start with an upset stomach. … Carlos Delgado on seeing any old friends in Florida: “I saw my realtor.’’ Rain, rain and lineups: What do you know, it’s raining. The tarp is on the field, but they are expecting to play.
When they do, here’s the Mets’ order:
SS Jose Reyes
C Paul Lo Duca
CF Carlos Beltran
1B Carlos Delgado
3B David Wright
LF Cliff Floyd
RF Xavier Nady
2B Kaz Matsui
RHP Pedro Martinez