File this under “interesting, but I’d be surprised if it went anywhere,” but Buster Olney says the Mets and Yankees have discussed Carlos Beltran.
The extent to which anything could come of this, Olney notes, is the extent to which the Mets are interested in a pure salary dump. Beltran would be really useful if they could get him, but The Yankees aren’t necessarily desperate for offense. It might be different for a starter, of course, but it’s hard to fathom them getting rid of a useful young player for such a deal.
At the same time, given that Beltran represents the best bat, and maybe the only truly useful bat, currently on the market, they’d be wise to see if they can’t get both salary relief and a useful return for Beltran before considering talking either one or the other. There are a ton of teams, including the Giants, Tigers, Braves and Phillies who all may be willing to do better.
If it gets late and there’s no takers, sure, call the Yankees and see what they’d offer. But not now.
UPDATE: Or maybe not ever. The Yankees have reportedly ruled out Carlos Beltran.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.