The Mets are likely done with John Maine


John Maine allowed one (unearned) run over 4 1/3 innings in his second minor league rehab start with Triple-A Buffalo on Friday night, but according to what Mets manager Jerry Manuel told Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, he is not close to coming back to Queens. Far from it.

Jerry is saying is the Maine has likely thrown his
last pitch as a New York Met.

I’m guessing that the Mets will simply designate him for assignment once the clock on his minor league rehab stint is done. Maine hasn’t resembled anything close to a useful pitcher since his shoulder problems surfaced during the 2008 season, so the Mets are unlikely to get much, if anything, back via trade.

Hisanori Takahashi or R.A. Dickey have done just fine in place of Maine and Oliver Perez, but one of them, likely Takahashi, will head to the bullpen if general manager Omar Minaya is able to land a starting pitcher before the trade deadline.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.