UPDATE: The Halladay-Mets rumor was bogus

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Keith Law and others are now reporting that the whole Halladay-offered-to-the-Mets rumor that SI’s Jon Heyman was peddling last night is bogus.

It makes one wonder if Omar Minaya — who is very clearly Jon Heyman’s source with respect to other stuff
— just made it up and gave it to Heyman in order to deflect criticism
for not doing anything proactive to fix the team. Sort of a “hey, I
could go get Halladay if I wanted to right now, but the Jays are asking
for too much,” kind of statement. Though, as I said earlier today, I
don’t think that would be asking too much.

Anyway, the Mets-Halladay rumor being bogus makes way more sense
than any of the specifics of the rumor itself does. It also illustrates
just how nuts rumor season can be. At times like these I just do what
Lou Reed said to do: Don’t believe half of what you see and none of
what you hear.

Ian Kinsler lists the five toughest pitchers in the AL Central

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Every now and then, The Players’ Tribune runs a “five toughest” feature. In 2015, David Ortiz listed the five toughest pitchers he ever faced. Last month, Christian Yelich wrote up the five toughest pitchers in the NL East. Now, it’s Ian Kinsler‘s turn with the five toughest pitchers in the AL Central.

Kinsler goes into detail explaining why each pitcher is difficult to face, so hop over to The Players’ Tribune for his reasoning. His list

Presumably, Kinsler intentionally omitted his Tiger teammates from the list. He has faced Justin Verlander a fair amount earlier in his career, and he has only a .176/.333/.235 batting line in 42 plate appearances against the right-hander. Verlander’s stuff is often described as tough to hit in one phrase or another. Kinsler has also struggled against Indians starter Carlos Carrasco (.590 OPS), but one can understand why he would be omitted from a list of five given who was already listed.

Angels demote C.J. Cron to Triple-A

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Angels first baseman C.J. Cron hit a grand slam against the Mets on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to keep his spot on the major league roster as the club announced his demotion to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. Infielder Nolan Fantana has been promoted from Salt Lake.

Cron, 27, was hitting a disappointing .232/.281/.305 with one home run and RBI in 90 plate appearances. I guess you can say that wasn’t the kind of Cron job the Angels were expecting. Cron was an above-average hitter in each of his first three seasons, finishing with an OPS+, or adjusted OPS, of 111, 106, and 115 (100 is average).

While Cron is figuring things out in the minors, Luis Valbuena, Jefry Marte, and Albert Pujols could each see some time at first base.