Scouts on the Matthews trade: WTF?!

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Thumbnail image for Matthews.jpgBuster Olney canvassed his scouting sources for their views on the Mets going after Gary Matthews, and sums up the feedback thusly:

He can’t hit for average, can’t hit for power, his defense ranks
statistically among the worst outfielders in the majors and, to top it
off, rival scouts have been reporting that in recent years he has been
a clubhouse negative.

Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

Given that the Angels are picking up almost all of the dough it’s not like he’s going to kill the team or anything, but someone needs to explain to me why the Mets would give up a serviceable pitcher for a guy who will provide no more production — and likely quite a bit less production — than any of the youngins and quasi-youngins the Mets ran out there while Carlos Beltran was on the DL last summer.

Those guys are signing minor league deals.  Why couldn’t the Mets have done that?

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: