Quote of the Day: Are the Mets a mid-market club?

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“There is a sense, a real sense, that the Mets are now operating as a
mid-market club, unwilling or unable to dive in to attract the best that
money can buy, even if they most assuredly did lavish a $137.5 million
guaranteed contract on Johan Santana a couple of winters ago.”

Larry Brooks, New York Post, disparaging the Mets for — as best as I can tell — not being interesting enough for the tabloids to write about.

When LeBron James picks the Heat tonight, don’t think for a minute that avoiding getting savaged in the press for no good reason didn’t have something to do with it.

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?