Mets close to signing Fernando Tatis

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Tatis.jpgThe New York Post reports that the Mets are “deep into negotiations” with Fernando Tatis and could announce his signing as early as today.  He made $1.7 million last year and reportedly wants around the same this year.

Tatis has been told by Omar Minaya that he is wanted as part of a first-base platoon with Daniel Murphy. He started 32 games at first base last year and hit .282 with eight homers and 48 RBI. He also played the outfield, third base and even some games at second and short, which I must have blocked out of my mind because you think I would have remembered something as horrific as that.

If the Mets do sign Tatis, we can probably call it a career for Carlos Delgado, because they’re really the only ones who have shown any real interest in him, and with Tatis in the fold, he’d have no place on the team.

Jon Gray will start Opening Day for the Rockies

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Manager Bud Black has tabbed Jon Gray to start on Opening Day for the Rockies. That will be Monday, April 3 in Milwaukee against the Brewers in an afternoon contest.

Gray, 25, is starting Opening Day for the first time in his career. He’ll be the sixth different Rockies pitcher to start Opening Day in as many years.

The Rockies and Gray had a bit of a scare on Friday as he left his spring training start with discomfort in his left foot, but everything came up clean in an MRI. He pitched again on Wednesday with no issue.

Last season, Gray went 10-10 with a 4.61 ERA and a 185/59 K/BB ratio in 168 innings. A consensus top prospect entering each of the previous three seasons, Gray surprisingly put up better numbers at Coors Field — the most hitter-friendly park in baseball — than away.

Blake Treinen named Nationals closer

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Today Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker named Blake Treinen as his closer. Treinen has saved exactly one big league game.

There wasn’t necessarily an obvious choice, however. Last year Washington had Mark Melancon, but with him gone and GM Mike Rizzo’s failure to land a high-profile closer in the offseason, it became a contest between Treinen Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover.

Treinen posted a 2.28 ERA with 31 walks and 63 Ks in 67 innings in 2016. His big improvement last year came against lefties, who had tattooed him in the past. He pitched well this spring as well, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

The Nats are our favorites to win the NL East, but we do have some questions about the pen. Blake Treinen will take the first crack at answering them.