Molina: "the Mets weren't really interested in me"

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Bengie Molina gave the Daily News some inside dish on his offseason courtship by the Mets:

“Yesterday, I was talking to my cousin, she’s from New York, and she
said, ‘Do you think they just did it for the heck of it, just so people
don’t say they didn’t (try to make a big signing)?’ In my opinion, I think they did, because I think
if they really wanted me, they would have made a better offer so I
could be happy to go to New York . . . If they would’ve offered me two
years, I would’ve been there already.  Right from the beginning, I told them, I said, ‘Hey, listen. You’re
gonna have to give me two years at least, because that’s the only way
I’m going over there. They knew, they knew from the
beginning . . . I told them, they knew, and for three months, they
didn’t move the offer. They didn’t move to anything but one year, $5.5
(million). That told me that they weren’t really interested in me.”

Despite everything that happened this offseason, this should give Mets fans some hope regarding their front office.  Multiple years and many millions to Bengie Molina would have been a dumb play, and good for the Mets for apparently not even entertaining the notion.

Aaron Hicks to go on the disabled list with an oblique injury

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Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks left Sunday’s game against the Rangers after four innings due to soreness in his right oblique. After the game, Hicks said he expects to go on the 10-day disabled list and miss the next three to four weeks, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Hicks was 1-for-2 with a single before departing on Sunday. He entered the game batting .288/.397/.515 with 10 home runs and 37 RBI in 198 plate appearances. It is by far the best season of his career.

Jacoby Ellsbury is on his way back from a concussion, so the Yankees will only have to bridge the gap in center field for a week or two. Mason Williams could draw some starts in center field in the meantime.

Report: Phillies making Maikel Franco available in trade discussions

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies are making third baseman Maikel Franco “more than available” in trade discussions.

Franco, 24, is having an abysmal season after showing promise in 2015 and ’16. Through 289 plate appearances, he’s hitting .221/.280/.365 with nine home runs and 37 RBI. His hitting has tanked and his already below-average defense hasn’t shown any improvement.

It’s a bit surprising that the Phillies would be so eager to move Franco with his value about as low as it can go. Franco is also under control of the rebuilding Phillies through the 2021 season, so the team doesn’t have to rush into moving him. He will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season.

Furthermore, the Phillies don’t have an immediate replacement for Franco at third base. Andres Blanco would likely get everyday starts at the hot corner in the short-term, but as far as prospects go, there are no third baseman banging down the door. If the Phillies were to trade Franco, it would likely have to be in return for a young, talented third baseman who will be under team control for several more years.