The sole line about Joe Blanton in this morning’s story about the Yankees’ rotation by Pete Caldera of the Record:
“The Phillies’ Joe Blanton is said to be available as a possible trade target”
The headline to same story:
“Yanks interested in Blanton, Garcia”
There isn’t a single quote or even an allusion to the Yankees expressing any interest in Joe Blanton whatsoever in the story. Despite this, ESPN’s trade rumor blog has already picked it up as “Yankees interested in Blanton?” And I imagine that it will show up in a couple other places by the end of the day today. Heck, the fact that I’m even mentioning it will probably cause “the rumor to gain steam.”
I’ve said a million times that I love the rumors and the gossip and the silliness, but this is taking things a bit too far.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies signed pitcher Henderson Alvarez to a minor league deal. If he is added to the major league roster, he’ll earn $750,000 prorated.
Alvarez is still only 27 years old but hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2015 due to shoulder issues. He signed with the Long Island Ducks last month, making seven starts and posting a 3.94 ERA with a 13/14 K/BB ratio in 32 innings.
The Phillies learned that Vince Velasquez will undergo season-ending surgery and also placed Zach Eflin on the 10-day disabled list, so the club is just looking for pitching depth to help take them through the end of the season. Any innings that Alvarez is able to handle will be considered a bonus.
Mets third baseman David Wright will begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A St. Lucie. He’ll be the DH.
Wright has been sidelined since May of 2016, first with a cervical disc herniation and, more recently, a shoulder impingement. He has appeared in just 75 games since his last full season in 2014. Wright is under contract through 2020 and is owed $47 million after this year. For now insurance is picking up a large portion of that.
It’s possible he’ll make a return to the Mets before the season out as the competitive portion of their year is basically over and giving him a chance to see big league pitching before he begins what one hopes is a normal offseason might be a good confidence boost. What meaningful role he ever plays in the big leagues again, however, is decidedly up in the air.