Shane Victorino has been in L.A. for a week, but he wants to stay:
Victorino has informed his agents that he would like to re-sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the outfielder told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Monday … “I don’t want to just be a two-month or three-month rental,” Victorino said. “I want to be here.”
That’s a pretty quick change for a guy who said he wanted to be in Philly forever right up until the time he was traded. But I guess it’s bad form to not want to be where you’re wanted and vice-versa.
Whether the Dodgers feel the same way will obviously depend on Victorino’s salary demands in the offseason. And, more importantly, whether he improves on the 2 for 17 start he’s on in his new home. For his own sake, Victorino may find greener pastures in a town that has a need for a center fielder, and that’s not going to be Los Angeles for some time.
The Mets signed left-hander Matt Purke to a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Purke will also receive an invitation to spring training, where he could presumably beef up the club’s left-handed relief options alongside Jerry Blevins and Josh Smoker.
Purke has not appeared in the majors since 2016, when he was used in a dozen relief appearances by the White Sox. The 27-year-old racked up a 5.50 ERA, 6.0 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 in his first 18 innings with the team, and was demoted to Triple-A Charlotte in June to finish out the season. He spent the entire 2017 season in Triple-A as well, showing more promise with a 3.84 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 in 48 appearances.
While Purke may not amount to much more than a depth piece in New York’s ‘pen, the veteran lefty figures to be part of the Mets’ new bullpen-first strategy next year. Reports from MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo indicate that the club will be focusing on improving their relief options in order to ease the workload of their starting pitchers, and will likely add a few more arms before the offseason comes to a close.