From the police blotter:
A Nevada man is accused of posing as a Major League Baseball player to steal a car.
Matthew T. Van Meter, 24, is charged in Utah state court with
felony counts of theft and forgery. Charging papers accuse Van Meter,
of Elko., Nev., of using the name and documents identifying him as
Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin.
Van Meter, the charges say, on Tuesday signed documents with a Ken
Garff auto dealership in West Valley City to buy a 2010 Dodge pickup
worth $50,000. Van Meter promised to pay for the truck the next day and
drove away in it.
Theft is theft, so yeah, put the guy away. But ask yourself: would you even give the real Tyler Colvin a car with no money down? Guy played six games with an OPS+ of 12 last year. Sure, he hit .300 in AA, but it was on his second go-around.
Real prospects get credit. All others must show cash.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.