Brian Roberts had X-rays on his sore neck upon arriving at Orioles camp last month and now he’s been shut down again with back spasms.
Roberts missed nearly the entire first half of last season with a herniated disk in his back, so the latest setback is definitely a big concern for the 33-year-old second baseman.
Manager Buck Showalter told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that the trainers “are talking about potentially doing some tests” on Roberts and Connolly speculates that his being available before next week “is looking like a serious stretch.”
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.”