The Mets had a conference call with their lenders on Thursday and during the call they said that they were optimistic that they can sell multiple $20 million-$30 million stakes in the team between now and the end of the year. Stakes they have to sell, you’ll recall, because their deal to sell one big $200 million chunk to David Einhorn fell through.
The New York Post reports, in contrast, that “both a potential bidder and a source close to the situation said they believed the Mets would have a hard time finding buyers for the smaller investment stake.”
I’m not sure what the upside is for someone purchasing a small stake like that. No chance for exerting any real control, no chance for majority ownership and, given the current state of Mets finances, a much greater chance that they’d be asked to make future capital calls as opposed to cashing future dividend checks.
The Mets entered Sunday night’s game against the Pirates with a disappointing 20-27 record. While the club has dealt with a litany of injuries, manager Terry Collins has also drawn criticism for in-game decision-making, particularly regarding his decision-making.
Owner Fred Wilpon is still Collins’ strongest supporter, however, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. As a result, the team is unlikely to make a managerial change anytime soon. If the Mets continue to struggle, though, ownership may feel pressured to make a change.
Collins became the longest-tenured manager in Mets history last week. Collins managed the Mets to a 77-85 record in 2011 and has overall helped the club go 501-518, winning the NL Pennant in 2015. He is not signed to a contract beyond this season.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a game for the record books on Sunday against the Rays. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI double, a solo home run, two singles, and three walks in eight plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, the Twins still lost 8-6 in 15 innings.
ESPN’s Stats & Info notes that Mauer is the first Twin to reach base seven times in one game since Rod Carew in 1972 against the Brewers. The last player to reach base seven times in one game (without the aid of an error) was Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on August 8 last season against the Marlins. The feat has only been accomplished seven times this decade, so about once a year.
After Sunday’s game, Mauer is batting .283/.363/.408 with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 171 plate appearances. Not too shabby.