Rosenthal and Morosi report that, rather than the Mets-only show it has appeared to be so far, there are as many as four teams in on Jason Bay: the Mets, Mariners, Giants
Not that there is any stunning movement here or anything. The FOX guys note that the Mariners have no real need or desire to go long on a corner outfielder with prospects Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley in the pipeline. The assessment of the Giants’ chances tells a less than compelling story: “it’s ‘not
impossible’ to envision them signing Bay or Matt Holliday.” The Angels don’t have an unlimited budget, and if the dish in Aaron’s last post is
to be believed, they’re spending a chunk of it on yet another expensive reliever.
We pass this all along because that’s our job here, but personally, I’m not going to believe that Bay is going anywhere but to Queens and Holliday is going anywhere but St. Louis until someone reports that serious talks are actually happening, because both Bay and Holliday’s representation have such an incentive — and in Boras’ case, a track record — of creating buzz out of wishes, gossamer and belly button lint.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.