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.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.