Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC Sport.com's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.
Associated Press

Jose Reyes to the Mets appears likely

18 Comments

Marc Carig of Newsday reports that, while the Mets have not yet made a final decision,  “all signs are pointing toward a reunion” between the club and their former shortstop, Jose Reyes. Carig says that “the idea has continued to gain steam within the organization,” and that the Mets could sign Reyes as soon as this weekend.

The idea will be for Reyes to either play third base, covering for the injured David Wright, or for him to play second base with Neil Walker moving to third from second. He is not envisioned as an option at short, where Asdrubal Cabrera is holding things down. Reyes hit .303/.425/.485 over 40 plate appearances on his nine-game minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Albuquerque. Last season he hit .285 with a .322 on-base percentage and stole 16 bases in 69 games for the Blue Jays. He hit only .259 with a .291 OBP in 47 games after being traded to the Colorado Rockies.

The biggest fallout of this signing, however, would be the p.r. fallout occasioned by the Mets giving a job to a man who was arrested in October for domestic violence and who hasn’t played in the bigs this year due to his lengthy suspension for the incident. There are some, of course, who view what happens on and off the field as totally separate things. Many fans, however, will not take well to the Mets reuniting with a player with Reyes’ recent history.

The Red Sox have inquired on a couple of Braves pitchers

8 Comments

Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that the Red Sox have inquired on Braves pitchers Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino. It’s a matchup that makes sense, though Bowden says that “there is no traction to a trade at this time.”

The sense part is that the Red Sox could use a starter and Teheran looks like the best pitcher who might be available at the deadlines. He has a 2.66 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 92/24 K/BB ratio across 98 innings this season. As for how likely he is to be moved, the Braves are going nowhere and have already shown that they’ll trade anyone. That said, he’s under control cheaply through 2020, so maybe even the Braves will either think twice or demand far more than the Sox are willing to pay.

As for Vizcaino, the Braves closer has been outstanding this year, posting a 2.01 ERA and 44/15 K/BB ratio over 31 and a third innings. He’s under team control through 2018.

Umpire Paul Emmel hit in the head with a bat requiring stitches

Getty Images
5 Comments

An ugly scene in Oakland during the Angels-A’s game last night as home plate umpire Paul Emmel was knocked in the head with a bat.

It happened in the ninth inning when Angels batter Jefry Marte lost his grip on his bat and it flew back and struck Emmel. Emmel immediately collapsed to the ground, his mask flying off and a nasty gash to the top of his head being revealed. Emmel left the game and was taken to a hospital where, thankfully, it was revealed that he was alert, did not lose consciousness and that he was otherwise OK apart from the gash. He needed stitches but it could’ve been way worse.