Mets close to deal with Mike Jacobs

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ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mets are close to agreement on a minor league contract with free agent first baseman Mike Jacobs.

The deal, once finalized, will include a non-roster invitation to spring training.  Jacobs struggled mightily in his first American League season, batting a measly .228/.297/.401 last year with 132 strikeouts in just 434 at-bats for Kansas City.  He’s still a fine batter against right-handers, though, and could be a small asset to the Mets if used correctly.

Jacobs played for New York back in 2005 and posted an impressive .310/.375/.710 batting line, 11 home runs and 23 RBI over 112 plate appearances as a 24-year-old.  He’s now 29.

Dellin Betances to open season on injured list

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Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that reliever Dellin Betances will begin the regular season on the injured list due to inflammation and impingement in his right shoulder, the YES Network’s Jack Curry reports. Curry adds that Betances will try throwing again in three to five days.

Betances, who turns 31 years old later this month, has allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings this spring. He has experienced diminished fastball velocity, which is now explained by his injury. The right-hander is coming off of another excellent season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 26 walks across 66 2/3 innings.

Fortunately, the Yankees have more than enough depth in the bullpen to withstand Betances’ absence. Aroldis Chapman, Adam Ottavino, and Zach Britton will handle the late innings and Betances will slot back in whenever he is healthy.