Mets close to signing Fernando Tatis

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Tatis.jpgThe New York Post reports that the Mets are “deep into negotiations” with Fernando Tatis and could announce his signing as early as today.  He made $1.7 million last year and reportedly wants around the same this year.

Tatis has been told by Omar Minaya that he is wanted as part of a first-base platoon with Daniel Murphy. He started 32 games at first base last year and hit .282 with eight homers and 48 RBI. He also played the outfield, third base and even some games at second and short, which I must have blocked out of my mind because you think I would have remembered something as horrific as that.

If the Mets do sign Tatis, we can probably call it a career for Carlos Delgado, because they’re really the only ones who have shown any real interest in him, and with Tatis in the fold, he’d have no place on the team.

Zack Wheeler headed to IL due to shoulder fatigue

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Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to fatigue in his right shoulder, Newsday’s Tim Healey reports. The roster move is retroactive to July 12. Steven Matz will open up a two-game series in Minnesota, starting in Wheeler’s place on Tuesday.

As Healey notes, the soonest Wheeler can return is July 23, which would give him at most two starts ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Wheeler has frequently been brought up in trade conversations as he can become a free agent after the season and the 42-51 Mets have been freefalling.

Wheeler, 29, owns a 4.69 ERA with 130 strikeouts and 34 walks across 119 innings of work this season.