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.

Jon Gray will start Opening Day for the Rockies

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Manager Bud Black has tabbed Jon Gray to start on Opening Day for the Rockies. That will be Monday, April 3 in Milwaukee against the Brewers in an afternoon contest.

Gray, 25, is starting Opening Day for the first time in his career. He’ll be the sixth different Rockies pitcher to start Opening Day in as many years.

The Rockies and Gray had a bit of a scare on Friday as he left his spring training start with discomfort in his left foot, but everything came up clean in an MRI. He pitched again on Wednesday with no issue.

Last season, Gray went 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA and a 185/59 K/BB ratio in 168 innings. A consensus top prospect entering each of the previous three seasons, Gray surprisingly put up better numbers at Coors Field — the most hitter-friendly park in baseball — than away.

Blake Treinen named Nationals closer

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Today Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker named Blake Treinen as his closer. Treinen has saved exactly one big league game.

There wasn’t necessarily an obvious choice, however. Last year Washington had Mark Melancon, but with him gone and GM Mike Rizzo’s failure to land a high-profile closer in the offseason, it became a contest between Treinen Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.

Treinen posted a 2.28 ERA with 31 walks and 63 Ks in 67 innings in 2016. His big improvement last year came against lefties, who had tattooed him in the past. He pitched well this spring as well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

The Nats are our favorites to win the NL East, but we do have some questions about the pen. Blake Treinen will take the first crack at answering them.