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.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.