Bob Klapisch is tweaking Mets fans

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2993.jpgHe thinks the Mets should let other GMs know that Johan Santana is available:



Of
course, the Wilpon family will do no such thing. They invested $137.5
million in the great lefthander and aren’t about to admit failure. But
the current Mets core is beginning Year 5 of a golden era that wasn’t
and considering how poorly Omar Minaya has done this winter, the
drought isn’t about to end.




…Still, the Mets have to make peace with the idea that the Santana
experiment has failed, just as the Carlos Beltran, Pedro Martinez and
Billy Wagner gambles all turned to vapor. Yet, they continue to chase
The Next Great Star as if this was 2006 and they were one player away
from greatness.




Pretty rich stuff, huh? Want more?



Actually if the
Mets were capable of making a cold business decision, they’d even
dangle David Wright and Jose Reyes. Wright, in particular, could bring
a bundle of
prospects in return — and who knows, he might just welcome a trade
since he’s playing in a new ballpark he obviously hates.




Harsh. Coming off a 70-92 season, the Mets
are the big apple-shaped pinata this winter, so it’s no surprise to see
Klapisch take a swing, but the Wilpons might as well pack it in if they
were to deal Santana, Wright or Reyes. I’ll give Klapisch some credit
for emulating Wallace Matthews, though. Nice try.

The Padres are aggressively shopping Yangervis Solarte

PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 01:  Third baseman Yangervis Solarte #26 of the San Diego Padres fields a ground ball against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of a MLB game at Chase Field on October 1, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
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In a column published on Sunday, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports says the Padres are “aggressively shopping” third baseman Yangervis Solarte. The 29-year-old is entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility and is projected to earn $2.7 million next season.

This past season, Solarte hit a solid .286/.341/.467 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances. It’s quite impressive factoring in that he plays in the pitcher-friendly Petco Park.

Given that Solarte is team-controlled for three more years and he offers lots of versatility with previous experience playing first and second base as well as corner outfield, the Padres should receive a fair amount of interest.

Yankees sign Matt Holliday to a one-year, $13 million deal

ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 20: Matt Holliday #7 of the St. Louis Cardinal hits a solo home run during the second inning against the San Diego Padres of game one of a doubleheader at Busch Stadium on July 20, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)
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Update (6:52 PM EST): The deal is expected to be one year for $13 million, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports confirms the report.

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The Yankees are close to signing veteran free agent Matt Holliday, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports.

Holliday, who turns 37 years old next month, was limited to 110 games in 2016 with the Cardinals due to a fractured left thumb suffered in the second half. He finished the season hitting .246/.322/.461 with 20 home runs and 62 RBI in 426 plate appearances.

Holliday is likely looking at spending the majority of his time in the DH role. Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran, and Brian McCann handled the DH role for a majority of the time last season but all three have moved on — Rodriguez was released in the second half, Beltran just signed with the Astros, and McCann was traded to the Astros last month.