We’ve given you in depth analysis of the Jason Bay signing, but sometimes less is more. Here was Rob Neyer’s take within minutes of the announcement, focusing on how, despite Bay’s apparent preferences, he wound up with the Mets instead of the Red Sox:
We can probably figure Bay’s pride was a factor, along with his
agent misreading the market for slow power hitters who can’t really
play the outfield. But Bay did eventually get his money (or most of it,
anyway), and the Mets do have their slow power hitter who can’t really
play the outfield.
All’s well that ends well.
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.
Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”
Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.
Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.