The Miguel Batista experiment lasted all of one start, as the Mets designated the 41-year-old right-hander for assignment Sunday after he gave up four runs in three innings Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.
After spending the previous couple of months in middle relief, Batista was named Dillon Gee’s rotation replacement. However, it appears Matt Harvey will come up next week and get a crack at the job.
Mets manager Terry Collins said he hoped Batista would clear waivers (likely) and would agree to pitch in the minors rather than elect for free agency (possible).
Harvey actually did just as bad as Batista yesterday, giving up six runs in five innings in a loss for Buffalo. Still, the 2010 first-round pick is worth a look. He’s 7-5 with a 3.68 ERA and a 112/48 K/BB ratio in 110 innings for Buffalo.
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.