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
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.
Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon achieved a rare feat during Monday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition against the Orioles: he homered twice in one inning. One of those homers happened to be a grand slam.
Leon led off the top of the fifth inning with a solo home run off of Logan Verrett. Verrett continued to get knocked around, giving up three singles and a walk before being relieved by Brian Moran. Moran gave up a walk to load the bases, then a single to knock in a run and keep the bases loaded. Leon stepped back to the plate and swatted a grand slam to left field, making it an eight-run fifth for the Red Sox. The Sox would tack on one more before the inning was mercifully ended.
How often do players homer twice in one inning during the regular season? Not that often. Since 2010, the feat has been accomplished four times in the American League and twice in the National League. The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo was the only one to do it last year.
As for Leon, he’s on track to open the season as the starting catcher in Boston, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reported last week.
The Phillies announced on Monday that the club released veteran catchers Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday. Both were competing for the back-up catcher spot on the team’s 25-man roster. With both out of the picture, that means Andrew Knapp has won that honor.
Knapp, 25, hit a combined .266/.330/.390 with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 443 plate appearances last year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He did not have a great spring but has hit well as of late, which likely pushed him ahead of Hanigan and Holaday. Knapp will serve as the understudy to starting catcher Cameron Rupp.