DENVER, CO - MAY 12: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets follows through on his two RBI single as catcher Jose Morales #26 of the Colorado Rockies backs up the plate at Coors Field on May 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The hit gave the Mets a 5-1 lead over the Rockies in the fourth inning. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
In his latest column, Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman discusses the sad road Kendry Morales has walked throughout his baseball career. His escape from Cuba, his homeland, the thievery of nearly $300,000 of his from an employee of the Hendricks Brothers, and of course his freak injury at home plate following a walk-off grand slam against the Mariners have been major issues Morales has painfully dealt with throughout his young career. Let's take a look at Heyman's other notes:
- There had been some Pujols-to-the-Cubs speculation following a "very public hug" between Cubs GM Jim Hendry and Pujols. Heyman says there's no reason to believe such a deal wouldn't happen.
- Following the success of Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran, and Francisco Rodriguez, Heyman speculates they will all be traded mid-season and will have value, especially being in their contract year.
- Padres southpaw Randy Flores has an out in his contract that he could exercise Sunday. Heyman lists the Red Sox, Yankees, Dodgers, Royals, Nationals, and Mets as teams who could use an extra lefty.
- Lastly, with the lack of offensive and defensive production from the Red Sox catchers in the month of April, the Red Sox called veteran backstop Bengie Molina. According to Heyman, "the Sox seem a bit more comfortable now."