Adam Rubin of ESPN New York takes a look at the Mets’ salary commitments for 2011 and concludes that the situation looks dire:
Even if the Mets had 16 players making the major league minimum next
season — which is impossible — the salary commitments for 2011 already
total $120 million.
The nine who make up that amount are Johan Santana, Carlos Beltran. Jason Bay, David Wright Jose Reyes, K-Rod, Oliver Perez, Luis Castillo and Ryota Igarashi.
Of course that crunch isn’t new for next year. It’s obviously been felt this year too, as the Mets made no moves of consequence at the deadline and were reported to be demanding money back from any team with whom they negotiated.
Of course, given how poorly last winter’s big free agent signing has gone so far, the Mets probably wouldn’t have been buyers this winter regardless.
Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.
Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.
The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.