The Mets tripping over themselves.
- 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.....
- It finally happened.
BREAKING: The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a deal with the Boston Red Sox that would send star outfielder Mookie Betts and starter David Price to the Dodgers, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. Deal is pending medical reviews.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 5, 2020
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.
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.
Infielder Wilmer Flores and the San Francisco Giants are in agreement on a multiyear contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. Flores, 28, hit .317/.361/.487 with the Diamondbacks last year and could be in line to play second base or a utility role with the Giants.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 4, 2020
Sure, why not?
- Speaking of Gabe Kapler, his old flame, Sean Rodriguez, is taking his talents to South Beach on a minor league deal.
Infielder Sean Rodriguez and the Miami Marlins are in agreement on a minor league deal, a source tells ESPN. Rodriguez, 34, played every position last year for the Phillies except catcher -- and even had 1.1 scoreless innings as a pitcher. Good potential fit as a utility guy.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 4, 2020
This led to my favorite tweet of the night.
“No, I get it. Miami is lovely in July. I wish you all the best.....oh nothing, it’s just a little dusty in here. I have to go. I gotta call Hoby Milner....well you would know how it feels to hurt someone wouldn’t you SEAN” pic.twitter.com/IJVypfgTIe— Franzke & LA (@FranzkeLA) February 4, 2020
- Yonder Alonso got a minor league deal.
- Are the Astros going after Hunter Pence? Looks like it.
MLB sources: #Astros have made an offer to free agent outfielder Hunter Pence who played n Houston from 2007-11.He’s a 4-time All-Star,including 2019 with the Rangers,hitting .297 with 18 home runs & 59 RBIs.Pence played for the Giants from 2012-18,helping them win 2 World Series— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) February 4, 2020
- The Cubs are looking for a second baseman and have begun sniffing around a certain former Indians keystoner.
With a potential opening at second base, Cubs have been in contact with free-agent 2B (and Chicago native) Jason Kipnis. Had .446 SLG vs RHP last season, compared to .342 vs LHP. Former teammate of new Cubs coach Mike Napoli.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) February 4, 2020
And Kipnis has a little experience at Wrigley Field. pic.twitter.com/wErukeBpy3