We can probably cool that talk about Carl Crawford money. At least for now.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Jose Reyes was pulled from today’s game against the Yankees after two innings with left hamstring tightness.
Reyes apparently felt tightness while beating out an infield single in the bottom of the first inning. Oddly, he stayed in the game though the bottom of the second inning before being replaced by Ruben Tejada at shortstop to begin the top of the third.
The Mets are calling Reyes’ exit “precautionary,” though his history with hamstring injuries naturally raises some level of concern. On the bright side, this isn’t the same hamstring that he tore in 2009.
Reyes, 28, currently leads the majors with a .354 batting average, 124 hits and 15 triples. He has appeared in 80 of the Mets’ 83 games this season.
Free agent right-hander Trevor Cahill reportedly has a one-year deal in place with the Athletics, according to MLB.com’s Jane Lee. The exact terms have yet to be disclosed, and as the agreement is still pending a physical, it has not been formally announced by the club.
Cahill, 30, is coming off of a decent, albeit underwhelming year with the Padres and Royals. He kicked off the 2017 season with a 4-3 record in 11 starts for the Padres, then split his time between the rotation and bullpen after a midseason trade to the Royals. By the end of the year, the righty led the league with 16 wild pitches and had racked up a 4.93 ERA, 4.8 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 in 84 innings for the two teams.
The A’s found themselves in desperate need of rotation depth this week after Jharel Cotton announced he’d miss the 2018 season to undergo Tommy John surgery. Right now, the team is considering some combination of Andrew Triggs, Daniel Gossett, Daniel Mengden and Paul Blackburn for the back end of the rotation — a mix that seems unlikely to change in the last two weeks before Opening Day, as Lee points out that Cahill won’t be ready to shoulder a full workload by then. Instead, he’s expected to begin the year in the bullpen and work his way up to a starting role, where the A’s hope he’ll replicate the All-Star numbers he produced with them back in 2010.