Are the Mets looking to trade Mejia?

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Mike Silva wonders if
the Mejia-to-the-minors thing isn’t a prelude to the Mets dealing him.
It’s an interesting thought.  The Mets declined to make this kind of
move when they actually needed a starting pitcher pretty badly a few
weeks ago. Now that R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese have stepped up, perhaps
the Mets are considering Mejia’s highest and best use to be as trade
bait for someone who can help them push for a playoff spot this year.

Personally, I don’t think the Mets will hold up as a contender as
currently constructed.  Whether that means that they should (a) deal Mejia
for a piece that could make them a strong contender for the rest of the
year; or (b) whether they should just do the
best they can and build for the future kind of depends on how you feel
about such matters.

If it meant getting Cliff Lee, sure, deal him.  If it’s just to add a
Mark Buehrle or a Jake Westbrook type then forget it.

The Phillies have shut down Jake Thompson

CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 03:  Jake Thompson #75 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Houston Astros at Bright House Field on March 3, 2016 in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Phillies rookie starter Jake Thompson has been shut down for the year. Not that there’s much of the year left, but he will not make what would’ve been his last start.

Thompson allowed three earned runs over four innings in the Phillies’ 17-0 blowout loss to the Mets. That leaves him with a 5.70 ERA in 53.2 innings for the season. Which, while that’s kind of ugly, it was a function of some bad starts mixed in with good starts as opposed to overall badness.

Everything about his 2016 should be viewed as “get yourself used to the big leagues, because you’re going to be part of this rotation in 2017 and beyond,” and from that perspective, you can call 2016 a success.

Congressional candidate uses Jose Fernandez’s death to score political points

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As a horrible Sunday unfolded yesterday there was at least one thing buoying the public mood: the overwhelming outpouring of emotion and love for Jose Fernandez and warm remembrances of his all-too-brief time on Earth.

But it wasn’t a unanimous sentiment. Some people, like this Florida state representative who is currently running for Congress, thought it was a great time to make a political point:

Setting aside the tastelessness of Gaetz’s timing and intent, one wonders if he appreciates that the reason Fernandez risked his life on multiple occasions was specifically so he could live in a country where protesting and not exhibiting a reflexive loyalty and patriotism is a fundamental right and does not get you thrown in jail.

But really, it’s the tastelessness which most galls here.