Mets and White Sox interested in Cuban pitcher

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But it’s not the one you think. Nope, the Mets and White Sox are among the teams interested in Cuban right-hander Yuniesky Maya, according to Globedia.



In a separate story, Jorge Arangure of ESPN.com informs us that Maya threw for scouts in the Dominican Republic last week,
sitting mostly in the 88-92 MPH range. Maya, 28, was a member of the
Cuban national team from 2005-2009. Known for his superb control, he
posted a 1.23 ERA in 7 2/3 innings during this year’s World Baseball
Classic.




Maya would make for an interesting
addition to the Mets’ pitching staff, but general manager Omar Minaya would be utilizing yet
another spot on the 40-man roster for an unproven talent — the team
has already inked Ryota Igarashi and Clint Everts to major league deals this winter and added Kelvim Escobar on a major league deal this week despite him tossing a mere five innings at the major league level over the past two seasons.

Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson to table extension talks

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Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.

Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.

The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.

If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.