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The Tampa Bay Rays acquired outfielder Oswaldo Arcia from the Twins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Arcia, 25, has shown some promise at times but he’s never been able to put it together at the big league level, hitting only .240/.303/.429 over 967 plate appearances. The Rays could use him due to their multiple outfielder injuries. The Twins are just tired of him, it would seem. And, of course, they have better outfield options in the form of current prospects than Arcia, whose prospect status is in the past.
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.
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.