Howard Megdal had his credentials revoked by the Mets recently because they “didn’t like his reporting.” After reading his report about the witness who is going to testify that the Mets’ owners knew that Bernie Madoff was a scammer but stuck with him anyway, they’re gonna double revoke them.
It’s a pretty complicated storyline, so I recommend that you read the article rather than leave me to blockquote any of it.
This all goes to trial on March 19. For those who have forgotten, the bankruptcy trustee, Irving Picard, contends that the Mets owners knew or should have known that Madoff was scamming, and thus should be required to disgorge huge, huge dollars as a penalty. The Mets owners contend, however, that they were victims like everyone else.
Not that this story gives us any definitive insight as to what will happen. Picard has this witness. The Mets owners will testify about their lack of knowledge. Ultimately everyone’s credibility will be judged. Could go either way.
The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook.
Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016, turning in a 2.96 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.5 SO/9 in 48 2/3 innings. The right-hander is still several levels away from making any impact on the Rays’ major league roster, but appears to be progressing steadily in two seasons of pro ball and has delivered two runs, four walks and 12 strikeouts in his first 11 2/3 innings at High-A Lakeland this season. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’ll be reassigned to the Rays’ High-A Charlotte this week.
The Yankees have activated shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day disabled list, the club announced on Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma was designated for assignment to clear roster space.
Gregorius, 27, suffered a strained right shoulder while playing in the World Baseball Classic last month. He’s in Friday’s starting lineup, batting sixth against the Orioles.
Last season, Gregorius hit .276/.304/.447 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI in 597 plate appearances.