Why must the Mets copy anyone?

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Yesterday one of the ESPN talking heads — I want to say Olney, but it may have been someone else — said, after the Mets fired Omar Minaya, that they need a GM who can make a big splash and who can “compete with the Yankees.”  I thought this was silly, because an argument can be made that one of the Mets’ biggest problems is that they think that the Yankees — rather than the NL East — is their competition, and make a lot of bad decisions because of it.

Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post writes a column this morning agreeing that the Yankees shouldn’t be the Mets’ bogey because, well, they’re the Yankees and they do things differently than other teams do. I think his analysis — that the Mets should rebuild and prepare fans that winning may not come soon — is spot on.

I just wish that his headline — “Mets must copy Phils” — was different.  It shouldn’t be about copying. Rebuilding is going to take on different forms depending on the place in which a team finds itself when it begins the rebuild.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.

Ervin Santana gets Opening Day nod from Twins again

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Ervin Santana will once again start on Opening Day for the Twins, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He’ll face the Royals at home in a day game on Monday, April 3.

The last pitcher to start back-to-back Opening Days for the Twins was Carl Pavano in 2011-12.

Santana, 34, is entering the third year of a four-year, $55 million contract signed in December 2014. Last season, the right-hander finished with a solid 3.38 ERA and a 149/53 K/BB ratio over 181 1/3 innings.