We suspected as much yesterday, but word on the street is that in light of Mike Jacobs being designated for assignment, Mets’ first base prospect Ike Davis will be called up this week.
Are they rushing Davis? Doesn’t seem like it. He only a handful of at bats under his belt, but so far in AAA he’s hit .364 with two homers and a couple of doubles, this after a spring training where he never seemed overmatched by anyone. Compare that to the utter dearth of production the Mets have had at first from Jacobs and Fernando Tatis and you have to figure that there’s way more risk in not calling him up than calling him up, at least from the team’s perspective. And the guy’s 23, so it’s not like he’s a kid or something.
Davis is not strong against lefties, so figure that Tatis will still get some hacks with a southpaw on the mound, but make no mistake: Davis is the Mets’ future, and the future is now.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.