Doug Miller at MLB.com reminds us that Thanksgiving isn’t necessarily a day off in the hot stove league:
Mets GM Omar Minaya might have put it best last year when he told the
New York Daily News, “In this business, Thanksgiving is still a work
Minaya’s Red Sox counterpart, Theo Epstein, proved that in
2003, when he and club president and CEO Larry Lucchino flew to Phoenix
and showed up at the home of then-Arizona Diamondbacks ace Curt
Schilling. The two actually ate Thanksgiving dinner with Schilling and
his family while Epstein tried to convince the right-hander to waive a
no-trade clause and accept a contract extension, presumably between
It worked. They carved out the turkey and the trade that
brought Schilling — and the following year’s World Series title — to
The famous Josh Beckett-Mike Lowell-Hanley Ramirez swap occurred on Thanksgiving too, as did the Mets’ trade for Carlos Delgado. Omar traveled to the Dominican Republic on Thanksgiving to woo Pedro Martinez as well.
The upshot: something big could happen today, and if I’m not buzzed on Beaujolais, zonked out on tryptophan or filling my pie hole with pie, I’ll tell you all about it.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.