The Indians acquired outfielder Jay Bruce from the Mets on Wednesday evening. The Yankees were also reportedly in the mix for Bruce, but the club wasn’t willing to take on the remainder of Bruce’s salary, and the Mets weren’t willing to assume it, either, despite the Yankees offering “multiple prospects.”
That news circulated on Thursday, which apparently frustrated an unnamed Mets official. Per Mike Puma of the New York Post, that official said, “If they would give us something of [bleeping] value, maybe we would make a deal.”
A different Mets official said, “When we were looking for players last year, the Yankees weren’t exactly rushing to return our calls.”
Puma adds that the Mets and Yankees nearly had a deal in place last week involving second baseman Neil Walker, but the Yankees nixed the deal over Walker’s medicals. The Mets believe that the Yankees nixed the deal after acquiring starter Sonny Gray from the Athletics and used Walker’s medicals as an excuse.
That there is bad blood between the Yankees and Mets isn’t surprising. However, these two teams that play in baseball’s largest media market are now bickering over a few million dollars and assumed nefarious intent. This is some high school level drama and neither team looks good coming out of the dust-up.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw has been out since July 24 with a lower back strain. He’s slated to throw a three-inning simulated game in Pittsburgh on Monday, per Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. Plunkett adds that if all goes well, the earliest Kershaw could return is August 31 against the Diamondbacks, but September 1 is more likely against the Padres.
Kershaw, 29, hit the disabled list on a pace to win his fourth Cy Young Award. He’s 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA and a 168/24 K/BB ratio in 141 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers have managed just fine without Kershaw. The club is 19-4 since July 24. At 87-35, the Dodgers own baseball’s best record, well ahead of the second-best Astros at 76-48.
Last week, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was ejected from a game against the Rangers after giving home plate umpire Angel Hernandez a look after a pitch was thrown outside for a ball. Kinsler was apparently unhappy with calls Hernandez had made earlier. Manager Brad Ausmus, too, was ejected.
After the game, Kinsler said that Hernandez “needs to find another job.” He added, “…he needs to stop ruining baseball games.”
Kinsler was fined by Major League Baseball for his remarks, Mlive’s Evan Woodbery reports. According to Ausmus, the fine levied on Kinsler was the largest one he’s seen in nearly 25 years in baseball. Kinsler said, “I said what I felt and what I thought. If they take offense to that, then that’s their problem.” Ausmus said, “To single out one player as a union is completely uncalled for.”
As Ashley noted on Saturday, the umpires wore white wristbands to protest “escalating attacks on umpires.” The umpires agreed to drop their protest on Sunday after commissioner Rob Manfred agreed to meet with the umpire union’s governing board, Gabe Lacques of USA TODAY Sports reports.