Mets’ blogger Metstradamus is steamed at an email he just received from the Brooklyn Cyclones — a Mets’ affiliate — announcing that Tommy Lasorda is going to be inducted into the Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame. The same Tommy Lasorda who pitched 13 whole innings with a 7.62 ERA for the Brooklyn Dodgers. “I’m lucky my head hasn’t exploded at all the things wrong with this scenario,” Metstradamus says.
And he has a good point. Why, exactly, is a Mets affiliate the keeper of the Dodgers’ history? Sure, Brooklyn is Brooklyn, but one would think that the loyalties would lie with the local big club, not the one that up and left over half a century ago. It’s not like the L.A. Dodgers have ignored their New York history.
All of this gets thrown into the general pile of things — along with that Ebbets-style rotunda and serial eschewings of all things oldenMets — that, rightly or wrongly, suggests that the Mets couldn’t care less about their own, quite underrated history.
The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.
The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.
Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.