Hotwire: Minnesota Eyeing Burnitz

Jeromy Burnitz continues to tear the cover off the ball and that has a few organizations phoning the Mets to see if they can pound out a deal for the outfielder before the July 31 deadline. Also taking a look at the choices for Tuesday night's start against the Braves, the streak breaking debut for Royce Ring in Double-A, and an update on the status of shortstop Jose Reyes.

Jeromy Burnitz
According to the New York Post, the Mets and Twins have had discussions that could have Jeromy Burnitz on the move to Minnesota. The outfielder is hitting .288 this season with 17 homers and 41 RBIs in just 58 games after he missed a month due a broken hand.

According to the report, there is some speculation that the Twins may even pay some of the $5.5 million that is remaining on Burnitz's contract through the end of this season. The paper stated that the Mets "are intrigued" by the thought of a deal.

Burnitz, 34, does have a seven team no-trade clause, but the Twins is not thought to be on it, the Post reported.

The Los Angeles Dodgers have also shown interest.

Royce Ring
The closer, who was the key component that the Mets got back in the deal that sent Roberto Alomar to Chicago, made his Double-A debut on Saturday and helped snap a 10-game losing streak for Binghamton.

He came in to record five outs in route to earning the victory against Norwich.

Jose Reyes
He told Art Howe he was ready for action before Sunday's game, according to the Daily News, but then he realized that maybe he really just wasn't ready yet after all. Still feeling discomfort in his right hamstring, the twenty-year old sat out for the fourth consecutive game.

Is this as severe as the same problem that kept you out for nineteen days in May while with Triple-A Norfolk?

"No, no, no. Not like the last time," Reyes told the Daily News.

It is possible the shortstop will be out of the lineup for Monday night's game against the Braves, and may return to lineup Tuesday night, but Art Howe will reassess the situation before the series opener.

Who's on the hill?
With Al Leiter still having trouble with his knee, the Mets will call on either Jeremy Griffiths or Jason Roach to make the start Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves inside Shea Stadium, the Daily News reports.

Manager Art Howe will make the official announcement sometime on Monday.

It is possible that Al Leiter will be placed on the disabled to make room for which ever pitcher is called up from Triple-A Norfolk to make the start.

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