From hope-for-the-future to organizational guy? Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday that he’d like outfielder Domonic Brown to spend another full season at Triple-A.
Brown certainly hasn’t busted out in his 280 major league plate appearances, but man, he’s 24 now and he has never truly been given the chance to have a big league job for anything close to an extended period of time. No, I suppose you can’t just let a kid learn on the job when you’re a playoff contender, but it sure seems like a seventh minor league season for Brown would be something of a waste.
If the Phillies see him as part of their future, he needs to be given a job and a chance to sink or swim. If they don’t see him in their future plans, any more minor league time would take whatever shine there is left on his prospect status and would hurt his trade value.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.