UPDATE: OK, maybe the Mets aren't "close" on Bay

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UPDATE: OK, people are now saying that the Lupica Twitter page
is fake.  This would crush my dreams, because the one thing I’ve always
wanted was instant access to Mike Lupica’s opinions.

3:54 P.M.  Mike Lupica tweets — a phrase I never thought I’d say — that the Mets are “close” with Jason Bay and that they may go as long as six years with him.

Remember this morning when I said that Omar was getting ready to overpay someone?  This is what I meant. And that was when they were only willing to go five years.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.