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.

Cubs designate Brett Anderson for assignment

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The Cubs announced on Wednesday that pitcher Brett Anderson was activated from the 60-day disabled list and subsequently designated for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.

Anderson, 29, had been out since May 7 with a lower back strain. Across six starts prior to the injury, the lefty yielded 20 earned runs on 34 hits and 12 walks with 16 strikeouts in 22 innings. He has logged just 33 1/3 innings over the last two seasons and has crossed the 50-inning threshold just since dating back to 2011.

Despite his lengthy injury history, Anderson will likely still draw some interest once he becomes a free agent as he throws with his left hand and can be had for the major league minimum salary.

Dilson Herrera has season-ending surgery

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Reds infielder Dilson Herrera will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder. His season is over.

Herrera, you may recall, was acquired from the Mets in the Jay Bruce trade last year. He played in 49 games for the Mets, but spent all of last year and this year in the minors. In parts of seven minor league seasons he’s hit .295/.357/.461 with 67 homers and 87 stolen bases in 631 games.

Herrera, one time a top-5 prospect of the Mets, was expected to play in the bigs this year, but hasn’t. He was expected to challenge for the starting second base job for the Reds next year, but that’s obviously in doubt now. The worst part: he’ll be out of minor league options next year, so the Reds will be pressured to either put him on the big league roster fresh off an injury or else risk losing him via waivers, which I suspect he’d be unlikely to clear.