Not so fast, Pirates: The Marlins say no one made them an offer for Giancarlo Stanton

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This all moot, basically, as Giancarlo Stanton is still a Marlin. But it’s interesting all the same.

After the trade deadline passed there was a report that the Pirates made a serious offer for Giancarlo Stanton that “turned the heads” of the Marlins front office. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, however, says that’s not the case:

 

Given how great the Pirates season is going it seems unlikely that anyone there would feel a need to float a bogus story about just how hard they’re trying to improve the team. My guess: this is a game of telephone, in which one person said “we called ’em” and as it got passed down the line to the reporter it had morphed into “sure, we made a big offer!”  It’s like “Vermin is going to kill Johnny’s brother at the Savoy Theater tomorrow night.”

Wait, you telling me you don’t watch that movie once a month? You should.

2017 Preview: The American League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East

Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams.  The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.

Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:

Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.