Pedro to Philly is a done deal

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Pedro Martinez will once again be contributing to the Mets’ playoff push:

Martinez has agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with the
Philadelphia Phillies, a person familiar with the negotiations told The
Associated Press on Tuesday night.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner was in town for a physical, and
the Phillies planned to hold a news conference on Wednesday, according
to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because an official
announcement hadn’t been made.

OK, fine, I suppose that’s cynical of me. He could help the Phillies.
It’s just that after a long layoff combined with the kind of year he
had in 2008 — and actually, he hasn’t been particularly useful since
2005 — doesn’t give me a lot of confidence in his ability to be an
effective starter. The fact that they’re only paying him a million,
however, will hopefully allow the Phillies the freedom to cut him if he
doesn’t have anything.

And if he does? Hey, bonus.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.