Jason Isringhausen unlikely to re-sign with Mets

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Back in August the Mets turned down a chance to trade Jason Isringhausen, pulling him off waivers when the reliever was claimed by an interested in team, but now Dan Martin of the New York Post reports that they’re unlikely to re-sign him anyway.

Isringhausen completed a successful comeback last season and provided the Mets with good value on a minor-league contract, throwing 47 innings with a 4.05 ERA and 44/24 K/BB ratio while also notching his 300th career save.

At age 39 and with his history of injuries securing a multi-year commitment or even a one-year deal for sizable guaranteed money was always going to be unlikely, but a source told Martin that “there probably isn’t a fit for him” in New York’s bullpen. However, the same source added that “he’s been talking to other teams and we think he’ll wind up elsewhere.”

He no longer has the raw stuff to thrive as a late-inning option and Isringhausen’s back injury flared up late in the season, but as a low-cost middle reliever he’d be a solid addition.

The Marlins made an empty threat. Giancarlo Stanton made an empty promise.

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I covered the main press conference about Giancarlo Stanton earlier, but afterward he and his agents fanned out to various TV shows, radio shows and reporter scrums from which some new, fun things have spun out. Part of what they’ve talked about is silly and meaningless, part of it just meaningless.

Here’s the silly and meaningless, from a Marlins official, apparently, trying to bully Stanton into accepting either the Giants or the Cardinals trades despite the fact that he told them beforehand that he was not willing to go to either of those teams:

This is silly because it comes off like a threat. Like the worst possible thing that can happen to a guy is to stay with the very team that is making the threat. It’s like telling your wife that if she does not leave you, she’s stuck with you forever.

It’s meaningless too, in that Stanton has an opt-out clause after 2020. If the Marlins could not make a trade Stanton would approve, he’d simply collect close to $90 million and then leave at age 30. Oooh, don’t throw me into that briar patch, Mr. Jeter!

Not that Stanton’s people are offering statements of serious gravitas. His agent was asked about Stanton’s opt-out rights, which he retains even though he’s now with the Yankees:

That may very well be true! He just got here and everything is going great so far. It’s totally empty, of course, because anything can happen between now and the fall of 2020. If the big time free agents of the next two years sign for the sort of money that makes Stanton look underpaid, he’ll certainly opt-out, even if he wants to stay with the Yankees. Ask Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia how that works. The opt-out clause is pure, unadulterated leverage for a player and unless he totally craters over the next three seasons he’ll most certainly use it, regardless of present desires.

Which, hey, that’s how things work when a big trade or free agent signing happens. Everyone who has lost looks bad and everyone who won sounds happy. Then, later, the baseball happens.