“I do think Lenny was deceptively smart in a lot of ways”

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We’ve covered the tabloidy aspects of Lenny Dykstra’s plummet from grace pretty thoroughly. Now, then, it seems like a good time to link to a story that covers that fall in a more thorough fashion.  It’s by Harvey Araton in The New York Times and it’s pretty good.

The quote from the headline comes from a guy who tries to explain that Dykstra’s post-retirement career as a stock-picker was no sham.  Sadly, however, it’s belied by everything we’ve learned about Dykstra in the past few years, this article included.  He basically ripped off another stock analyst’s picks and charged people a thousand bucks a year for a subscription to such “insights.”

Oh, and his current Twitter account is a quasi-fraud too.  In jail, Dykstra can’t really run it, so there’s a 26-year-old kid from Philly who runs the thing, tweeting mildly-inspirational hokum and asking for money for Dykstra’s legal defense. The 26-year-old idolized Nails when he was a boy, naturally.

Mets sign Jose Lobaton to minor league deal

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The Mets signed catcher Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract, the team announced Friday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where it’s assumed Lobaton will be in the mix for a backup role behind Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.

Lobaton, 33, is coming off of a four-year stint with the Nationals. He put up his worst career numbers in 2017, producing -0.6 fWAR after slashing just .170/.248/.277 with four home runs in 158 plate appearances. While he’ll give the Mets little to work with at the plate, his near-decade of experience behind the dish should make him a decent emergency option, if nothing else.

In the meantime, the Mets are expected to roll with a d’Arnaud/Plawecki platoon to start the season. Both catchers saw slight upticks in value over the 2017 season: d’Arnaud turned in 0.8 fWAR after hitting a career-high 16 home runs, while Plawecki collected 0.6 fWAR and three homers after raising his batting line over the Mendoza Line for the first time since 2015.