Jerry Manuel's body language betrayed him yesterday. The Mets manager obviously wasn't happy with GM Omar Minaya's abrupt decision to release reliever Duaner Sanchez just hours before Sanchez was scheduled to pitch here. The usually affable Manuel was at times terse when pressed on the move, which saved the Mets roughly $1.413 million of Sanchez's $1.6875 million salary because he was put on waivers before Major League Baseball's March 18 deadline. Asked if he was on board with Minaya's decision, a glum Manuel said: "Sure. Yeah." Manuel appeared to be embarrassed by the sudden turn of events, considering Sanchez's release came less than 24 hours after Manuel spoke of the reliever being firmly in his regular-season plans. Manuel admitted the decision blindsided him when it was delivered to the manager late Monday night in a meeting that Manuel said was brief and one-sided. (New York Post) Comment
So much for communication. According to an NFL source, Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler came away from a conference call with team officials Monday believing that for the right deal, he would be traded between now and the NFL draft, which begins April 25. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels would not comment, but a source close to the team said Broncos officials had a different interpretation of how the conference call went. McDaniels was joined on one end of the conference call by Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, general manager Brian Xanders and chief operating officer Joe Ellis. Cutler was in Nashville, Tenn., during the call and was accompanied by his agent, Bus Cook. The Broncos, according to the source close to the team, say thecall was conducted in a nonconfrontational manner, with team officials willing to answer every question, and that the call ended positively. The possibility of a future trade never came up. However, Cutler came away disappointed.(Denver Post) Comment
The latest victim of the faltering economy: NBA free agency 2010. Because of the changing economic landscape with the salary cap expected to decline substantially after this season and the possibility, raised at the All-Star game by union chief Billy Hunter and NBA commissioner David Stern, that the Collective Bargaining Agreement could be re-opened, some agents are starting to consider urging their big name clients to seek a contract extension this summer rather than opting for free agency in such uncertain times. The growing likelihood now, say a growing number of NBA observers, is the big time free agents slated for 2010 are more likely to re-sign with their teams this summer than risk waiting and perhaps facing potentially massively reduced contract amounts and contract lengths. (Bulls.com) Comment
Ralph Green of the United States skis at the IPC Alpine Skiing Men's Downhill Sitting competition in Whistler, British Columbia on Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
Jason Spezza gets busted for using an illegal stick during Monday's Senators-Leafs game.
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