Via Matthew Cerrone’s MetsBlog is word from Newsday’s Ken Davidoff that “According to a Mets official, if the team fails to secure [Jason] Bay, it will
strongly consider raising its offer to Molina. But if Bay signs, the
Mets will hold a harder line with Molina.”
Which is profoundly stupid.
Bengie Molina is probably not even worth what the Mets have already offered him, but even if he was, how would Bay not accepting his offer suddenly make Bengie Molina more valuable? Did Omar honestly sit down in November and decide that his free agent budget is $X, and it will be spent on as many or as few players as possible?
It’s one thing to have an overall offseason strategy, but any one player’s value should be arrived at independent of what you’re doing with another player. We already know that Omar Minaya is, well, limited as a GM, but if this report is true, someone should relieve him of command like he was Captain Queeq in the typhoon, because this destroyer is about to founder.
Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Phillies have placed first baseman Justin Bour on waivers. The Phillies are creating space on the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 protection deadline on Tuesday.
Bour, 30, opened the season with the Marlins but was traded to the Phillies in August in exchange for minor league pitcher McKenzie Mills. Overall, Bour hit .227/.341/.404 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI in 501 plate appearances.
Bour doesn’t really have a spot on the Phillies’ roster considering he is strictly a first baseman and the Phillies already have Carlos Santana. The Phillies may try to trade Santana to move Rhys Hoskins back to first base from left field.
If Bour clears waivers, he can reject an outright assignment to the minor leagues and become a free agent. However, considering how slow-moving the market for bat-only 1B/DH types has been in recent years, Bour may have trouble latching on with a new team on a guaranteed major league contract. If Bour is claimed, the claiming team will be responsible for paying him as he enters his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. MLB Trade Rumors projects Bour to earn a salary of $5.2 million in 2019.