Mets beef up security in light of K-Rod getting all punchy

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I’m not sure this is necessary. There has been a 100% drop in relief pitcher-on-girlfriend’s father violence in the Mets clubhouse in recent days!

Since Francisco Rodriguez suffered a season-ending hand injury while
allegedly assaulting his girlfriend’s father in the family lounge at
Citi Field last week, the Mets have increased their security presence
monitoring players, police sources said.

Before the incident, which resulted in the Mets attempting to avoid
paying Rodriguez for this season and the Players Association filing a
grievance on the closer’s behalf, the Mets typically employed one guard,
home and away.

But since K-Rod’s outburst, the Mets have increased the number of
security guards assigned to tail players on buses, planes and hotels.
And the guards are drawn from a more experienced pool than before,
police sources said.

Or, instead of more cops, the Mets could maybe try and figure out if their players are nut cases or not.

Report: Athletics to acquire Stephen Piscotty from the Cardinals

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Athletics and Cardinals have agreed on a trade involving outfielder Stephen Piscotty. The Cardinals will receive two as yet unknown minor leaguers in return.

Piscotty, 26, hit .235/.342/.367 with nine home runs and 39 RBI in 401 plate appearances for the Cardinals this past season. He dealt with injuries and with his mother’s ALS diagnosis, so it was a rough year, but very excusably so. The Cardinals had signed him to a six-year, $33.5 million contract extension in March. He’s under contract through 2022 at a total of $29.5 million and has a club option for 2023 worth $15 million with a $1 million buyout.

The Cardinals had an outfield spot open up after agreeing to acquire Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins on Wednesday so the Piscotty trade doesn’t come as a surprise.