Mets Search For G.M. Continues
The Mets interviewed former MLB and Mets pitcher Chris Young for the vacant General Manager position. He currently works for Major League Baseball overseeing on-field operations and umpiring, but at 41, he doesn’t have any front office experience. If he were hired, then we know Sandy Alderson will stick around as head of Baseball Operations and Young will really answer to his old boss who signed him to pitch in Flushing 2011-12. In a recent press conference besides saying the obvious that the Mets need multiple players, he also said Tim Tebow would continue his quest and return as a Met, in the minor leagues we all presume. In a Wednesday interview on SNY, Cohen admitted he bought the “Buckner Ball” for 410k, now the ball is going into the Mets museum. He’s already giving back to the fans.
Braves Sign Charlie Morton
The Braves signed Charlie Morton for the same amount the Tampa Bay Rays offered him. That tells me Morton wanted to leave and maybe the Braves were his only destination. He was drafted by them and had his one season there in 2008, as a rookie. He got $15 mil and considering he’s 37, it’s a good deal for both. Mets fans didn’t seem to care, but Phillies fans were mad. Mad that their ownership hasn’t re-signed catcher, J.T. Realmuto, and the fact that they haven’t spent any money this offseason. They’re really mad about that and as each free agent gets signed until they get one, they will act this way for the foreseeable future.
Could Kris Bryant Be On The Move? Dodgers In Play?
The Cubs are putting it out there, among the baseball community, that Kris Bryant is available for the right trade. Teams seem to be interested in him as a third baseman, even though his skills at that position have faded a bit. His bat has been fading, but many think a change of scenery could change that, so the market is picking up for him. The National League teams rumored to be interested are the Washington Nationals, the Los Angeles Dodgers could be the other. The Dodgers have a lot more money for Bryant to make but he’s not going to get the $200 million that he was originally hoping for on his next contract. Now the Nats could get him for one year at $20 million in a trade. I feel like if the Dodgers trade for him they’ll sign him to an instant extension so that’ll be up to Bryant’s camp to see how they want to proceed based on the current market.
If the Dodgers don’t get Bryant they could try and pry Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies. His $260 million dollar deal has an opt-out after 2021, so again, he could be traded for one season and possibly opt out of his deal to get a better deal per season, it’s doubtful he can top $260 million but being on a better team may be worth it to the 29-year-old, gold glove third baseman. Actually, he just won his eighth straight and his arm is still great so maybe he will be the Dodgers’ #1 offseason target. It’s hard to believe the World Champs could improve, but that would do the trick.
Let’s see when things start to heat up. Right now the hot stove is actually lukewarm.