A couple of weeks ago Dan Shaughnessy said this about David Ortiz’s desire for a contract extension:
I guess the Red Sox feel differently about it because John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that the team and David Ortiz have opened discussions regarding a contract extension.
Ortiz will make $15 million in this final year of his current deal. He went on record last month saying that he wanted an extension for 2015 at a similar rate. Tomase suggests that the Red Sox are willing to do that and may even add a vesting option for 2016.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.
The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.
Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.
Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”