Mets teammates are showing their support for Gary Carter, who was diagnosed with four small brain tumors Saturday.
The Associated Press has the quotes:
Mookie Wilson: “The last time I saw him a couple months ago, he looked well. He was Gary. He seemed himself. No indication anything was wrong. Whatever the situation may be, of course I wish him well. And I hope things turn out for the best.”
Lee Mazzilli: “You hope that it’s not what you think it is. It breaks your heart. But I think if anyone has an optimistic outlook, he has one.”
Former Mets broadcaster Tim McCarver: “The ear-to-ear smile that only Gary has. And obviously a smile is very important at a time like this. I think everybody is kind of in that wait-and-see mode. … But certainly he has occupied our thoughts since we heard the news.”
Mets COO Jeff Wilpon: “On behalf of the Mets organization, our thoughts and prayers are with Gary, (wife) Sandy and the entire Carter family.”
Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett can become a free agent after the 2019 season. He has become one of baseball’s better second basemen since the Reds claimed him off waivers from the Brewers in March 2017. Over the last two years, he has hit 50 homers with an .859 OPS. The only second basemen with a better OPS (min. 700 plate appearances) since the start off the 2017 season are José Altuve (.900) and Daniel Murphy (.876).
Gennett is upset the Reds haven’t been in contact with him to discuss a contract extension, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Gennett said, “We’ve definitely opened it up. They know I want to play here. They know I enjoy playing on this team. I enjoy the fans. I enjoy the coaching staff. I enjoy my teammates. They know all that. There’s nothing else to tell them at this point. It’s waiting for them to come back, which they have not.” He added, “(We’ve) heard absolutely nothing. Zero.”
As Fay points out, Gennett was born in Cincinnati and grew up a Reds fan, so this is a cinch for the club if it makes any effort. The Reds presently have just $58 million in 25-man roster obligations for the 2020 season.