Mets have 'no interest' in Pedro Martinez

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According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News the Mets “have the payroll flexibility to add a top starter if they remain in contention” and “recognize that the rotation is the area most in need of help from outside the organization.”
However, “a person with direct knowledge of the Mets’ thinking” told Martino that “the team has no interest in re-enlisting Pedro Martinez.”
Martinez pitched for the Mets from 2005-2008, going 32-23 with a 3.88 ERA while being limited to just 79 starts because of injuries. After sitting out the first half of last season he joined the Phillies’ rotation and went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA and 37/8 K/BB ratio in 44.2 innings spread over nine starts.
He threw seven shutout innings against the Dodgers in the NLCS before losing both World Series starts against the Yankees, which is no doubt part of why Martino writes that Martinez “showed signs of fragility at age 38.” That’s certainly true, but fragility or not he pitched well for the Phillies and teams like the Mets won’t find a better mid-season addition to the rotation without having to part with prospects.

Report: Blue Jays and Marco Estrada nearing agreement on contract extension

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Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.

Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.

J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.

Video: Jackie Bradley, Jr. robs Chris Davis of a home run

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Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.

This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.