Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are preparing an offer for David Wright:
The Mets are expected to open negotiations with an offer for somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million for star third baseman David Wright, people familiar with the team’s thinking said.
That had better be a big neighborhood, because $100 million seems kind of low to me. I realize that Wright has one more year until free agency, but in a world where Ryan Zimmerman got around $100 million, Wright should expect more. I’d think that, given his defense and his importance to the team, he’d be a lot closer to Miguel Cabrera’s $152.3 million deal than down “in the neighborhood” of $100 million. Splitting the difference between those two at least.
Still, it’s early for negotiations with Wright, so any effort at this point is probably welcome. I just figure that Wright is gonna want to see a bigger number.
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.