The Mets deny they have traded tonight for Kansas City second baseman “Mark Grudzielanek.”:http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/players/profile?statsId=5359
Grudzielanek was pulled form the line-up prior to tonightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s RoyalsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ game with the Yankees, which is usually a sign of an imminent trade. The first dot, so to speak.
“There are no dots to connect,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ said the MetsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ official. Not yet, anyway.
This bears watching, because teams have been known to issue denials as a smokescreen. It also bears watching because GM Omar Minaya said he’s been getting calls from teams asking if the Mets need a second baseman.
The Mets were interested in Grudzielanek as a free agent after the 2005 season but signed Jose Valentin. Of the speculation, Grudzielanek said: “I don’t concern myself with that. Until I get a phone call. That hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t happened.”
Grudzielanek is the AL Gold Glove winner at second base and is batting .302. He has $1.5 million remaining on this year’s contract, which has a clause for a $4 million player option for 2008 with 500 plate appearances and $4.5 million with 550 plate appearances.
He underwent surgery last month to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.