The Mets will be buyers at the deadline for some reason

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Via MLB Trade Rumors, news that the Mets plan on being buyers, not sellers at the deadline:

Omar Minaya veered off into fantasy land here today. Incredibly, the
New York Mets ‘ GM said he doesn’t expect to be a seller before the
July 31 non-waivers trade deadline because he still thinks his sub-.500
team has a chance at the NL wild card . . .

. . . “Right now we do not envision [being a seller],” Minaya said.
“If we’re 6 ½ [back] in the wild card with a couple of teams in front
of us, we are still kind of trying to find out how we can improve this
team, if we can improve it through trades.”

In Omar’s defense, the Mets do have a lot of things they
need. Like, a decent player at every position except third base, most
of a bullpen, three or four starting pitchers and at least a shred of
hope and dignity. They could probably use a manager, a GM, and a VP of Player Development that isn’t bat@!$%# crazy too.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.