Sure, the Mets' new GM will have full autonomy

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CBS Sports.com’s Danny Knobler reports something fun: despite saying that the Mets’ new general manager will have full autonomy, the team has told current scouts that they’ll know about their future next week. Which, as Knobler notes, is before a new GM will be in place.

I guess it’s possible that there’s a musical chairs aspect of the scouting game in that, at a certain time of year, everyone is scrambling for jobs with the good ones in demand and all of that. But really, if a GM can’t be in charge of reviewing his existing scouting corps, what is he really in charge of?

While we ponder that question, however, we should probably all read Larry Stone’s latest post in the Seattle Times. It’s about the Mariners, but it makes a good observation that Mets fans — and bashers like me — should keep in mind: when things go bad, it’s easy to interpret every little move as bad. Even the innocuous things. I’m a bit skeptical of the move, but maybe the deal with the scouts falls into that category.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.

Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.

Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.