The Reds sit at 36-41 on the year and are widely-expected to be sellers leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. However, contrary to some speculation, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer today that he has no plans to trade third baseman Todd Frazier.
“No, I wouldn’t trade him,” he said. “I think all that talk is coming from the New York media.”
He’s not wrong. With David Wright’s status in question due to spinal stenosis, some in the New York media have opined that Frazier would be a “perfect fit” for the Mets. He’s second in the majors with 25 home runs, so his production is a big part of that, but he’s also from Toms River, New Jersey and would bring that local flavor to the mix. It makes sense in a hypothetical scenario, but it’s mostly wishful thinking. The 29-year-old Frazier is making $3.75 million this year and $8.25 million in 2016 before one final year of arbitration in 2017, so he could bring a monster haul if the Reds decide to move him, but there’s nothing to indicate that they have considered it. There’s also no rush to make a decision on his future unless they are overwhelmed by an offer.
While Frazier is off the table, impending free agents like Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake are likely to be traded in the next month. Aroldis Chapman, a luxury for a non-contender, could also be dealt.
Today is July 1. That’s Canada Day, so happy Canada Day! I hope, like me, you’ll be blasting Rush and eating Timbits all day long!
It’s also the day that the Mets have to pay Bobby Bonilla $1.2 million, as they have since 2011 and will have to until 2036. People will laugh at that last one like crazy. It’s become an annual “LOL Mets!” joke. But it’s about the hackiest and easiest “LOL Mets!” joke around. And as many have noted, it’s not even in the top 10 of things to laugh at the Mets over. The quick version:
Essentially this is deferred compensation. While it wasn’t super common for teams to do it back when Bonilla agreed to that deal, it is far more common now. Let’s see what Max Scherzer’s payouts look like when he’s still accepting huge checks from the Nats seven years after he retired
The Mets got use of the $5.9 million Bonilla deferred for years. And hey, for a lot of that time they probably DID get 15% on it because they were early investors in a ponzi scheme! But even if they put that in a non-criminal investment, they made money on it. They got something for that money. Even conservatively invested, a good half of the $30 million or so Bonilla is getting after interest will have been paid for.
And they got more than just the investment. As Dan Lewis pointed out five years ago, the $5.9 that was freed up for 2000 was used to bite off a huge chunk of the salaries owed to Mike Hampton and Derek Bell, for whom they traded and who helped them reach the World Series. When Hampton walked to take advantage of the good schools in the Denver area, they used the compensation pick to draft a kid named David Wright. None of that happens without deferring Bonilla’s salary given their payroll crunch at the time.
So mock the Mets all you want. Mock them for trading for Bonilla in the first place (though they only gave up Mel Rojas for him, and he was clinically dead by then). Mock them for their choice of interest rate. But don’t mock them for deferring Bonilla’s salary, because it was a good move for them at the time that allowed them to make moves they wouldn’t have otherwise made, including a move that helped them win a pennant.
Besides, there are things far more recent to mock them for anyway. And why not dwell on those?
Daniel Murphy returns from disabled list, Mets send Dilson Herrera back to minors
Daniel Murphy is back from the disabled list after missing the past four weeks with a strained quadriceps muscle and the Mets have decided to make him a full-time third baseman after previously using him mostly at second base.
No one is quite sure when All-Star third baseman David Wright will be back, so Murphy will take over for him at the hot corner and the Mets will shift Wilmer Flores to second base after using him at shortstop for the past three months.
Murphy has shifted around a lot defensively over the years, but his offensive production has been pretty consistent and before the quadriceps injury he was having a typical season hitting .283 with four homers and a .749 OPS in 55 games.
To make room for Murphy’s return the Mets demoted 21-year-old Dilson Herrera back to the minors.
UPDATE: According to the Mets’ official Twitter account, manager Terry Collins said he’s hopeful Murphy will return on Tuesday.
11:33 a.m. ET: The Mets have scored two runs or fewer in five straight games and eight out of their last nine, but they are about to get some help for their struggling offense.
No, I’m not talking about a trade, but Daniel Murphy is close to returning from the disabled list. Out since June 4 with a strained quad, Murphy went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI on Friday in his second minor league rehab game with High-A St. Lucie. He also played eight innings at third base.
According to Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said yesterday that Murphy would be re-evaluated on Saturday morning, so it’s possible he could be activated as soon as today. If not, his return will come Sunday or early next week.
With David Wright’s status in limbo due to a back injury, Murphy will take over as the starting third baseman. The Mets are also expected to move Wilmer Flores over to second base and play Ruben Tejada at shortstop.
Murphy, 30, is batting .283/.335/.414 with four home runs and 29 RBI over 55 games this season.
Phillies 11, Yankees 6: Maikel Franco had five RBI for the second straight night and homered once again. This either has Yankees fans hating his guts or, as is their habit and primary defense mechansim, telling people exactly how long it is until Franco is a free agent and photoshopping him into Yankees gear.
Orioles 6, Red Sox 4: Adam Jones is out, David Lough is in center field in his place. No worries, as Lough hit a three-run homer. John Farrell got ejected after arguing balls and strikes. His comment: “I said a thing probably one too many times.”
Jerry Remy: I’ve never seen John so angry. And frankly, sports fans, he used a word that’s a no-no with umpires. Millie: [turns TV off] John must’ve called the guy a ______. Mrs. Farrell: Mmmmm. How romantic.
Tigers 7, Indians 3: Who says no one likes going to Cleveland? Detroit is 20-5 there since the beginning of the 2013. They were likely inspired by this:
David Price allowed one run while pitching into the seventh. Yoenis Cespedes and Nick Castellanos each drove in two. Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Andrew Romine each notched two hits.
White Sox 6, Twins 2: Jeff Samardzija allowed two and struck out seven over seven innings. Jose Abreu notched four of the White Sox’ 15 hits. This paragraph appears in the box score:
The White Sox had eight of their 15 hits with two outs for four RBI. They had two-plus hits with runners in scoring position for the first time in 19 games, going 5 for 16.
At some point we need to have a national conversation about how hitting with two outs and hitting with runners in scoring position is not a skill and is not necessarily even significant in any way despite the fact that it’s satisfying for certain people. This paragraph appears because someone asked Robin Ventura about it, as if it were something requiring his insight as opposed to just being a thing that happened. Most stuff is baseball are just things that happen.
Rays 4, Blue Jays 3: Chris Archer was solid again, allowing one earned run and striking out seven in eight innings. Three of his nine wins have come against the Blue Jays this season. He’s 6-1 against them lifetime. Two of the Rays four runs were made possible by a wild pitch and a passed ball from R.A. Dickey. Live by the knuckler, die by the knuckler.
Brewers 3, Mets 2: Michael Cuddyer misplayed a double off the wall allowing Carlos Gomez to come around to score the go-ahead run. That’s six straight losses for the Mets, who currently have Travis d’Arnaud David Wright and Daniel Murphy on the disabled list. That they’re only two and a half back of Washington is something of a miracle. Imagine if they, you know, had a lineup.
Nationals 3, Braves 1: Stephen Strasburg came back from the DL and pitched five shutout innings, striking out six. He was backed by four hits from Anthony Rendon. The Braves threatened in the ninth, but it amounted to nothing. Storms delayed the start of this one by two hours, giving Braves fans extra time to dwell on how bad their lineup looks without Freddie Freeman in it.
Pirates 7, Reds 6: Down 4-0, the Pirates hung seven runs in the fourth inning and then hung on themselves as the Reds came close but not close enough. A two-run homer for Andrew McCutchen and a three-run shot for Francisco Cervelli. After McCutchen hit his homer he was almost the victim of a beaning when a breaking ball thrown his direction failed to break. So he did pushups.
Athletics 8, Rangers 6: Josh Phegley homered and had a two-run double. Oakland dug themselves too deep a hole in April and May but they’re 12-8 in June.
Cubs 1, Dodgers 0: Four in a row for the Cubs as they walk off on a Chris Denorfia sac fly. Strong pitching performances from Zack Greinke (6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER) and Jason Hammel (7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER) both went unrewarded with a decision. Los Angeles has dropped six of eight.
Rockies 10, Diamondbacks 5: Nolan Arenado hit two homers. He now has 19 on the year. Wilin Rosario, D.J. LeMahieu and Brandon Barnes all homered as well. The Dbacks hit three of their own to make it eight overall in the game. Which was in Colorado, by the way. In case you did not know that.
Astros 13, Angels 3: Luis Valbuena hit two homers. Carlos Correa hit a three-run homer to give the Astros a 4-0 lead early and they never looked back. Correa is at .308/.338/.569 with four bombs in 15 games. He had three hits in all. The Astros lead baseball with 107 homers. Which is a lot of homers.
Mariners 7, Royals 0: Rookie Mike Montgomery tossed a four-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts. He was a first round pick of the Royals back in 2008 and they traded him away. It was in the famous James Shields/Wade Davis trade, however, so I figure Kansas City is cool with that even if this one smarted a bit.
Padres 3, Giants 2: Madison Bumgarner was cruising until the eighth — by the time that inning had started he had been shutting out San Diego and had struck out 13 on his way to 14Ks in all — but then he gave up two runs which eventually forced extra innings. Alexi Amarista singled in the go-ahead and, ultimately, the winning run in the 11th.