Wilpon: Omar 'this close' to being out of baseball

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You knew it wouldn’t take long for good ol’ Wally Matthews of Newsday
(awful website, by the way) to chime in on the circus that surrounds
his favorite punching bag — the New York Mets organization. He asserts
that the only reason Omar Minaya still has a job is because Bernie
Madoff ripped the Wilpons off for an estimated $700 million, writing:

He’ll hold on to this guy if it kills him, because having to pay another guy to do his job might kill him worse.

Along with all the other damage the
Madoff fiasco did to the Mets, add one more example: Omar Minaya. The
Mets can’t win with him, can’t afford to let him go.

But the most telling part of it all was this amazing moment of candor by Jeff Wilpon:

“He’s this close to being out of baseball,” Jeff Wilpon told me, holding his thumb and forefinger a half-inch apart.

It looks like the Wilpons are a dollar short on votes of confidence, too.

Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.