According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Jason Bay could be activated from the disabled list for Tuesday’s series opener against the Astros at Citi Field. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said earlier this week that Bay would return from the disabled list no sooner than April 26.
Bay has been sidelined since the end of spring training due to a strained left intercostal muscle during his rib cage. He went 0-for-2 with a walk in an extended spring training game yesterday and will play in minor league rehab games with High-A St. Lucie today and tomorrow.
Mets left fielders are batting just .220/.316/.360 with a .676 OPS over 50 at-bats during Bay’s absence, so their offense could certainly use the boost.
Bay disappointed in his first year with the Mets last season by batting .259/.347/.402 with six homers and 47 RBI over 401 plate appearances. He missed the final two months of the season with a concussion.
Jon Heyman has been hot on the free agent trail today, reporting that the Padres have made offers both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper. The offer to Machado is believed to be for eight years and about $250 million, while the offer to Harper is believed to be for more than that.
Heyman was reporting on Harper earlier, tweeting that the Phillies are the favorite to sign him. He added this evening that Harper has multiple long-term offers at more than $30 million annually. Regarding Machado, Heyman noted that while Machado was believed to have had a preference for the East coast, he will go for the best deal now, which puts the Padres firmly in the picture.
The Padres reportedly met with Machado last week. A late entrant into the sweepstakes, the club has shown the willingness to spend, signing Eric Hosmer to an eight-year, $144 million contract last year. If he goes to San Diego, Machado would be the full-time third baseman with Luis Urias handling shortstop.
Nothing appears close, but we’ll take anything resembling a spark to light the hot stove.