Jon Paul Morosi gives us some insight into the negotiating mind of David Ortiz. Big Papi on Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano:
“That’s the one guy they have to make sure they keep — for the next
year, the next five years,” Ortiz said. “You can’t get no better than
that. I’m telling you right now, that guy, any team that needs a closer
for the next five years should go there.
As Morosi notes, the last closer to get five years was B.J. Ryan, and that sure as heck didn’t work out too well. One wonders if Papi has a similarly inflated impression of his own worth.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.
Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.
There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?
All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.
If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.