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.

Report: Shohei Ohtani has sprained UCL in pitching elbow

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The Angels signed Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani for a $2.3 million signing bonus last weekend. They may have damaged goods on their hands. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Ohtani underwent a physical that revealed a first-degree sprain of his ulnar collateral ligament. As a result, he got a platelet-rich plasma injection on October 20. This was made known to teams after Ohtani entered MLB’s posting system, so it wasn’t like the Angels went into this blind.

Ohtani’s report said, “Although partial damage of UCL in deep layer of his right UCL exists, he is able to continue full baseball participation with sufficient elbow care program.” It also said Ohtani “will most likely be available to start his throwing program approximately a month from the PRP.”

Passan notes that the report also mentioned that a “small free body” floats in Ohtani’s elbow near his UCL.

Ohtani isn’t without other injuries. He battled hamstring and ankle issues throughout 2017 and underwent right ankle surgery back in October. Thankfully for the Angels, this diagnosis is about as good as it could be considering the circumstances. However, if Ohtani does exacerbate his UCL issue, he may ultimately need Tommy John surgery at some point, which would take him out of action for at least a year.