May 3, 2011
URBAN ARCHIVEGIANTS PAGE GIANTS VIDEOMychael UrbanCSNBayArea.com
With limited internal options available, the Giants are considering addressing their problems at shortstop via trade, and Jose Reyes of the Mets has been discussed as a possible solution, a major-league source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.With third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the shelf for an estimated seven weeks in the wake of his Tuesday surgery to remove a fractured portion of the hamate bone in his right hand, struggling Miguel Tejada -- he was signed to a one-year deal this offseason to play shortstop but has been nearly as bad in the field (five errors) as he's been at the plate (.227 through Monday) -- has been shifted to the hot corner because utilityman Mark DeRosa, expected to serve as Sandoval's primary backup this season, also is on the DL with a wrist issue. RELATED: Giants' Sandoval undergoes successful surgery
That leaves Mike Fontenot, also expected to serve as a utilityman this season, as the starting shortstop for the time being, and the Giants don't have anyone in the minors quite ready for The Show.
Reyes, 27, is a one-man show when he's healthy, and he's been just that this year for the Mets, who are paying him 11 million in the option year of his contract. Expected to be one of the top free-agent targets after the season, Reyes entered Tuesday's opener of a three-game series against the Giants batting .309 with nine doubles, two triples, a home run and 10 stolen bases in 28 games.The source noted that a Giants-Mets swap could work in that New York isn't likely to do what many teams have done to end conversations with Giants general manager Brian Sabean: demand a member of San Francisco's vaunted starting rotation.Mired in major financial trouble as the result of owner Fred Wilpon's alleged ties to Bernie Madoff and the infamous "Ponzi Scheme," the Mets, according to the New York-based source, have already decided to shop Reyes (and perhaps Carlos Beltran and David Wright) and will be looking to stockpile and rebuild with high-level prospects rather than established players anywhere near arbitration or free agency.The Giants, however, already have a franchise-record payroll of approximately 120 million, and they might be reluctant to add a pro-rated portion of Reyes' 2011 salary for what would amount to a four- to five-month rental if they were unable to keep him in orange and black after this season. Signing Reyes to a long-term deal appears daunting, too. A source familiar with Reyes' agent said the shortstop's camp will be looking for a deal similar to that of the seven-year, 142 million deal that outfielder Carl Crawford got from the Red Sox last winter.
It was Jim Harbaugh's first season as head coach of the 49ers.
The 4-1 49ers were in Detroit and scored 10 points in the final 5:29 to beat the Lions 25-19.
An excited Harbaugh got a little too agressive during his postgame handshake with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. The two had words for each other and had to be separated.
Six years later, Harbaugh took the blame for what happened and said that he and Schwartz have patched things up.
"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake. I've since changed that. Not doing that anymore. Can't blame him. I went in too hard. And you respect him for taking exception. We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as loser. You just, 'Hey, nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong," Harbaugh said Tuesday on Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast.
Harbaugh sounds like he's learned his lesson from that incident with Schwartz.
"The postgame handshake isn't the place for anything. If you're bitter, than change the I to an E. Don't get bitter, get better. Nothing's really changing at the postgame handshake. Just professionally shake hands and go on your way," Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh moved on from the 49ers to coach the Michigan Wolverines. Schwartz coached the Lions through the 2013 season and currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles.
The Warriors possess four 2017 All-Stars, three 2017 All-NBA team members and had the highest-scoring offense during the offense. They are 12-0 this postseason and have won those 12 games by an average of 16.3 points.
The Celtics lost All-NBA point guard Isaiah Thomas for the rest of the postseason and don't have another All-Star on the roster.
But for Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, it sounds like he has an easier time scheming to defend the Warriors.
"The stuff (the Celtics are) running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's (offense) for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing. Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff but these guys are running all kinds of (stuff). And Brad's (Stevens) got them moving and cutting and playing with pace and everybody is a threat," Lue said Wednesday, according to Cleveland.com.
The Cavs rallied to beat the Celtics in Game 4 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Despite the commanding series lead, Lue isn't looking ahead of a potential NBA Finals matchup with the Warriors.
"You can't. As much as you want to, it's not over," Lue told reporters.
The Cavs have a chance to wrap up the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday when they face the Celtics in Boston.
The NBA Finals begin June 1 in Oakland.