Mets players to Omar Minaya: Go get us an ace!

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Meaning either Cliff Lee or Roy Oswalt. And that’s not an insult to Johan Santana, because he’s one of the ones saying it:

“What we’re looking for is a championship and when your getting a
pitcher of that caliber, that’s what they do,” Johan Santana said. “[Getting one of them] to go along with what we have,
it does nothing but make you better.”

Francisco Rodriguez is on board with that too, saying “another big name out there [i.e. in the rotation] would change the whole club and atmosphere.”  Mike Pelfrey agrees: “you’d definitely love to have those guys on your team. They’re elite.”

It would certainly be awesome for Mets fans if Minaya went out and got Cliff Lee. Just not nearly as awesome as the pic of Johan Santana holding a bowling ball painted up like a baseball in the linked article. Nice shirt too.

If the tags were working at this point I’d probably write something like “All right, I can see you don’t want to be cheered up here, Dude. Come on
Donny, let’s go get us a lane.”

Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.

In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”