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Phightin’ Words: 2/5/20

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When the offseason gets boring, here come the Mets!

Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

Death.

Taxes.

The Mets tripping over themselves.

Lol.

Phillies news

  • This spring training hat is.....something.
  • The team announced that they are going to retire Roy Halladay’s number at a ceremony on May 29. Interesting position here, as some would argue Doc didn’t do enough to have his number retired, but I like the fact that they are starting to recognize some of the recent players. Now, if only they got around to 26. And 11. And 15.....

MLB news

  • It finally happened.

The Red Sox decided to do the thing and traded the second best player in the game for....well...not a whole lot. It turned out to be a massive deal, with three teams involved when all was said and done.

Red Sox got: Alex Verdugo, Brusdar Graterol, payroll flexibility
Dodgers got: Betts, David Price, cash
Twins got: Kenta Maeda

In a related trade, the Dodgers sent Joc Pederson to the Angels for two depth pieces. When the Red Sox, one of the richest teams in the game, aren’t trying to put their best team on the field, something is very wrong with baseball.

  • Just when Mets’ fans thought they were going to get out from under the tentacles of the Wilpon family, they’re hopes are dashed. Reports are stating that the potential majority sale of the Mets to Steve Cohen is not looking good, with the billionaire ready to “walk away” from the deal. Apparently, the Wilpons want to change the deal last second and Cohen ain’t happy. You hate to see it...
  • The Giants signed Wilmer Flores to a deal.

Sure, why not?

  • Speaking of Gabe Kapler, his old flame, Sean Rodriguez, is taking his talents to South Beach on a minor league deal.

This led to my favorite tweet of the night.

  • Yonder Alonso got a minor league deal.

Rumor roundup

  • Are the Astros going after Hunter Pence? Looks like it.
  • The Cubs are looking for a second baseman and have begun sniffing around a certain former Indians keystoner.