Mets' offer to Bay reportedly similar to rejected Red Sox proposal

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Matthew noted earlier this afternoon that the Mets have officially submitted an offer to Jason Bay and now Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the initial proposal “is in the range of” the four-year, $60 million deal that Bay rejected from the Red Sox prior to becoming a free agent.
Presumably the Red Sox are still willing to pay him $60 million over four years, which makes it unlikely that a similar offer from the Mets would get the job done. Matthew speculated that a five-year, $75 million offer from New York could work, but it’s somewhat tough to project the market for Bay given that the Mets and Red Sox are really the only teams linked to him in any sort of significant way thus far.
In other words, if it’s more or less just a two-team race for Bay and the Red Sox were to, say, sign Matt Holliday, then suddenly $60 million from the Mets might look pretty good.

Astros clinch postseason berth with 11-3 win over Angels

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No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.

On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.

Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.