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.

Padres sign Aaron Loup to a one-year deal

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Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup has been given a locker in the Padres’ clubhouse, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported Sunday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Loup received a one-year MLB deal with a club option for 2020. The Padres will shift right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster.

Loup, 31, began the 2018 season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Phillies for minor league right-hander Jacob Waguespack at the midseason deadline. The veteran left-hander pitched just two innings in Philadelphia before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain and returned for a handful of appearances at the end of the year, bringing him up to a 4.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 39 2/3 combined innings.

Assuming health issues don’t complicate his next campaign in San Diego, Loup will be added to the bullpen alongside fellow left-handers Matt Strahm and José Castillo (with the possible late addition of southpaw reliever Brad Wieck, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this year). There are worse places to be — according to FanGraphs, the Padres’ ‘pen jumped from second-worst in 2017 to second-best in the league with a cumulative 3.53 ERA, 3.31 FIP, and 8.7 fWAR in 2018.