MLK III is not really leading any investor group for the Mets


From the Daily News we learn that, for all of the weekend hubub, Martin Luther King III’s role in any potential Mets investor group would be quite limited:

The son of the slain civil rights leader said reports that he is leading a group to buy a share of the Mets have been greatly exaggerated … King said he may indeed join a group of investors interested in the Mets, but he made it clear that he is not leading the effort and Monday, King’s potential partners were already downplaying his involvement in a group that hopes to buy 50% or more of the franchise.

[Larry] Meli told the Daily News that King might be the face of the group, but he won’t be the wallet. “He’s not a deep-pocket financial guy,” said Meli, a television executive. “In his mind, he’s not even the lead guy. But given his reputation and legacy, his name has percolated to the surface.”

At the risk of me being even more cynical than I typically am, I’m inclined to believe that whoever is the wallet of the this alleged investors’ group is using King’s name for press and gravitas.

Jason Vargas fractured his non-pitching hand

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Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.

Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.