Buster Olney’s Saturday column for ESPN.com (requires subscription) includes a rather interesting nugget of information regarding Johnny Damon. It seems that the “two-year offer” bandied about by Ken Rosenthal the other day might have been pushed along with the expectation that Damon would eventually only accept a one-year deal with the club.
According to some executives involved in the
negotiation, the current expectation is that Damon will sign a one-year deal with the Tigers for $7 million, with some deferred money, and in turn, his camp will indicate that he turned down a two-year deal.
In other words,Tigers’ owner Mike Ilitch would help Boras save face for completely failing one of his clients. This might be done not just with the general public or even Damon in mind, but other possible clients, who saw Felipe Lopez show him the door on Friday.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson addressed the media about the status of starter Steven Matz on Tuesday afternoon. Alderson said that Matz will undergo “imminent” elbow surgery to address a bone spur in the lefty’s elbow, Marc Carig of Newsday reports. That will end Matz’s season.
Matz was expected to return this past Friday, but was scratched due to shoulder soreness. According to Carig, the shoulder doesn’t appear to be a major issue.
Matz, 25, finishes the season with a 9-8 record, a 3.40 ERA, and a 129/31 K/BB ratio in 132 1/3 innings. It was a pretty good showing for his first full season in the majors.
The Mets enter Tuesday’s action a half-game up on the Giants for the first of two National League Wild Card slots. If the Mets can secure one of those slots and then advance to the NLDS, they will likely use a rotation that includes Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, Seth Lugo, and Robert Gsellman.
Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports that Royals pitcher Dillon Gee has been shut down for the year after being hospitalized in Detroit due to blood clots in his lungs and shoulder. Gee first began experiencing shortness of breath on Sunday after playing the Tigers, Dodd adds.
Blood clots are a serious thing, so here’s hoping that Gee recovers quickly and painlessly.
In 14 starts and 19 relief appearances for the Royals spanning 125 innings this season, Gee put up a 4.68 ERA and an 89/37 K/BB ratio.