Last month Matt Harvey talked the Mets into letting him do his Tommy John elbow surgery rehab in New York rather than at their complex in Florida, so naturally he’s been taking in the local scenery.
Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Harvey “was spotted at Sunday’s Knicks game alongside British fashion model Asha Leo.” (Not to be confused with American fashion model Anne V, whom Harvey dated last year.)
Apparently as part of Harvey’s agreement with the Mets he must rehab in Florida when the team is on the road–basically the idea is to have some members of the team’s training staff around to assist him at all times–but his being in New York for the Knicks game during the Mets’ current road trip is a non-issue because rehabbing players have Sunday off anyway.
So, to recap: Harvey got a day off, called up a British fashion model, and sat court-side at Madison Square Garden. I’m also amused by the fact that the Post‘s picture of Harvey at the game shows the person sitting next to his date was Tracy Morgan. What a world.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.