Marvin Miller probably owes Jim Palmer an apology

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Earlier today I ran that Marvin Miller quote in which he called Jim Palmer “an anti-union sonuvabitch.”  Seems that neither I nor Mr. Miller reads the New York Times, because Palmer had this to say yesterday:

“My vote has been and will always be for Marvin. He gave the modern day player a voice, completely changed the landscape.”

Maybe Palmer still was an anti-union sonuvabitch. But he’s one that has and apparently still supports Miller’s Hall of Fame case.  And rather than lash out about it, maybe Miller should just keep quiet.

 

Report: Mets have discussed a Matt Harvey trade with at least two teams

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Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.

The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.

Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.

Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”