The likelihood of David Einhorn completing his deal for a minority share of the Mets has been ebbing and flowing, but it appears to have finally flowed. Or, er, maybe it’s ebbed. The good one, I mean, whichever that one is. Screw it, here’s Richard Sandomir in the New York Times:
The Mets’ deal to sell a minority stake in the team for $200 million to David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager, is finished except for completing the deal’s paperwork, said one person briefed on the sale.
The parties have apparently appeased J.P. Morgan, which had complained about the deal earlier and wanted to ensure that it got paid first. Also a contributing factor: the Mets unloaded Carlos Beltran, and his depressing, loser persona that has infected everything the Mets have tried to do for years is no longer around to make everything crappy.
The last part of that is just speculation, of course, based on stuff I read in another Times article.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.