If you’re anything like me, you have perhaps unintentionally romanticized the job of a general manager. I have very little idea how a trade conversation between two GMs would actually go down, but I’ve always assumed it involved full sentences with perfect grammar and capitalization, and would look nothing like a conversation between me and my friends.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith has turned that fantasy on its head. He writes that one thing he learned at the GM meetings was that GMs use emojis and animated .gifs when responding to trade proposals.
My favorite reply to the news was from our own D.J. Short:
JERRY DIPOTO: u up??
BILLY EPPLER: yea y?
JERRY DIPOTO: trout
BILLY EPPLER: dude no lol [insert Michael Jordan .gif]
Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.
Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.