On Wednesday, the New York Yankees signed Rakuten Golden Eagles star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract.
Tanaka’s signing marks the end of the Yankees’ shopping spree, which included a seven-year, $153 million contract for center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, a five-year, $85 million deal for catcher Brian McCann, a three-year, and a $45 million contract for outfielder Carlos Beltran.
The moves were necessary because the Yankees are coming off of their worst season since 1992, and their farm system has no players who are ready to provide significant help at the major league level.
Miami Marlins fans must love seeing games against the New York Mets come up on the schedule.
The Marlins, who have the worst record in Major League Baseball, have won their last five in a row against the Mets — including two this weekend. Eight of their 18 victories — 44 percent — have come at the Mets’ expense.
Sandy Alderson has finally been moved to action. Rick Ankiel paid the price on Saturday when he was designated for assignment, likely signalling the end of his major league baseball career. Ike Davis, Robert Carson and Mike Baxterearned tickets to Las Vegas on Sunday.
On one hand, I feel bad for them. Davis and Carson were friendly and personable on the brief occasions when I’ve met them. Baxter sacrificed his body to give us the highlight of last year’s season.
Even Ankiel, who probably never should have been here in the first place, evokes some sympathy – he’s basically been told that he’s not good enough to do his job any longer. But it’s been clear for a while that they don’t belong in the major leagues.
On the other hand, I’d like to ship out most of the rest of the roster along with them.
The Mets starting pitching has been fine and David Wright is our All-Star (even though he’s probably not going to be the starter unless the Kung-Fu Panda strains something reaching for the buffet table.) Daniel Murphy has mostly been solid, Juan Lagares has shown flashes of promise, and that’s about it…
The Mets are 24th in runs scored, 20th in home runs, 27th in on-base percentage, and 27th in slugging percentage. Their offensive struggles are a team issue, and whoever Alderson calls up from Las Vegas (believed to be Josh Satin, Collin Cowgill and Josh Edgin) is unlikely to have the talent to significantly improve the situation.
Even so, I’m not ready to give up on them. Tomorrow night, I’ll probably be annoyed that there’s no Mets game to turn on at 7 p.m. Maybe I’ll even get out to another game on this home stand. (There’s a concert after Friday’s game, so there will be a second chance at entertainment if the Mets can’t provide it.)
Well, the less said about this weekend’s Mets games, the better. But I do want to share photos of some of my favorite Banner Day entries:
This was the winning entry in the Banner Day contest. It’s a simple, well-crafted and well-executed idea – the home run apple even raises and lowers – but I thought that the other finalists (and some that didn’t make it to that stage) showed more cleverness.
I finally finished my 2013 Topps Series 1 Mets team set, not counting the short-printed alternate version of the David Wright card that will appear in Series 2. Thank you to everyone who helped – now I can start collecting the 2013 Topps Heritage Mets. 🙂
In actual Mets news, Sandy Aldersonsigned catcher Landon Powell to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training today. Adam Rubin believes Powell will be Travis d’Arnaud’s backup in Triple-A Las Vegas to start the season.
I mention the signing only to have an excuse to show Powell’s rookie card from the 2009 O-Pee-Chee set – some photo editor at Upper Deck at the time had an odd sense of humor or a dearth of photos to choose from.
I’m not usually inclined to worry about baseball salaries, but it is worth noting that Murphy – long considered a “young and cheap” player – is not going to be either much longer. And Davis, who will be eligible for arbitration three more times, might find that he doesn’t fit the Mets’ budget before he reaches free agent status.