Jon Heyman is reporting that Mets manager Jerry Manuel and general
manager Omar Minaya “will not return in their current roles next season.”
I guess this means that this is official and that they’ve been told and stuff, but it’s not clear from Heyman’s tweet (which I couldn’t read in the first place, because he blocks me for some reason). But if that is the case, it’s news only as much as it’s news when the autumnal equinox renders fall official. We all knew it was coming. Someone in the newspaper writes about it the day it happens. It’s not something we’re going to slap a “Breaking!” on or something about which we’ll send cute little newsboys out into the streets to shout “Extra! Extra!”
Free agent reliever Sean Burnett signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins on Saturday. Per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, the left-hander is slated to begin the season in extended spring training and will work toward a role in the majors.
Burnett, 35, has not appeared in full-time role in MLB since 2012. He last pitched for a big league team in 2016, surfacing for 5 2/3 innings with the Nationals before returning to the minors. Despite signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies last spring, he failed to make the Opening Day roster and was released prior to the start of the season.
Complicating Burnett’s return is a slew of chronic elbow issues. The left-hander has dealt with everything from bone spurs to a torn UCL over the last six years, and will need to take things slowly in the minors before the Marlins consider adding him to the bullpen this season.