Security guards at the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C. are in trouble after allegedly accepting autographed baseballs from Roger Clemens before his perjury trial last month.
According to the Washington Post the U.S. Marshals Service “is investigating why and how six signed balls were sent to a guard by someone on Clemens’ defense team” and “that guard apparently passed the balls along to four or five other officers.”
Security guards are prohibited from accepting gifts of any kind and “could face a range of disciplines that includes dismissal.”
The newspaper quotes a source as saying that the baseballs “may have been a ‘thank you’ gift from Clemens’ defense team” for the security guards helping to “shepherd Clemens past a battalion of reporters and photographers as he left the courthouse.”
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.”