D.J. already brought us news this afternoon about a veteran considering hanging up his cleats, and now it appears we have one more.
According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mariners shortstop Jack Wilson is growing frustrated with his frequent stints on the disabled list and is unsure how much longer he will play the game of baseball. The 32-year-old is currently on the 1-day disabled list with a hamstring strain and suffered a setback earlier this week while attempting to begin a minor league rehab assignment.
“I don’t want to play like this,” said the shortstop. “It’s one of those things that you have
to look at if it’ll be an injury that keeps on coming up. It’s tough.
You work hard all offseason getting ready. Sometimes the writing is on
the wall. You never know.”
Wilson is a .268/.309/.374 career hitter over nine-plus professional seasons. This year he’s batting just .253 with a .275 on-base percentage in 75 at-bats.
The Mets signed catcher Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract, the team announced Friday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where it’s assumed Lobaton will be in the mix for a backup role behind Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.
Lobaton, 33, is coming off of a four-year stint with the Nationals. He put up his worst career numbers in 2017, producing -0.6 fWAR after slashing just .170/.248/.277 with four home runs in 158 plate appearances. While he’ll give the Mets little to work with at the plate, his near-decade of experience behind the dish should make him a decent emergency option, if nothing else.
In the meantime, the Mets are expected to roll with a d’Arnaud/Plawecki platoon to start the season. Both catchers saw slight upticks in value over the 2017 season: d’Arnaud turned in 0.8 fWAR after hitting a career-high 16 home runs, while Plawecki collected 0.6 fWAR and three homers after raising his batting line over the Mendoza Line for the first time since 2015.