Sandy Alderson flew to Houston to meet with Michael Bourn


Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Sandy Alderson and his assistant GM John Ricco paid a visit to Michael Bourn in Houston last week.

Which, unless Alderson was cashing in Southwest Rewards points or something, shows at least some level of commitment.  But it doesn’t sound at all like something is imminent.  As we noted yesterday, Bourn is reportedly looking for a five-year deal.  Sherman says that the Mets are unwilling to go beyond three years, and that they’re willing to wait Bourn out and hope he gets desperate.

Which may not be the worst thing given where they are competitively and given how few teams really seem to be interested in Bourn at the moment.

Jeff Samardzija to undergo MRI on right shoulder

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Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.

This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.

Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.