Former Mets talk Gary Carter after brain tumors diagnosis

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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.”

Yankees, Mariners expressing interest in J.A. Happ

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Yankees and Mariners are both expressing interest in Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.

Happ is posting a 3.48 ERA and a 94/25 K/BB ratio in 82.2 innings across 14 starts and has been stingy with the hits as well. Between that, the Blue Jays’ lack of contention and the fact that Happ is in the walk year of his three-year, $36 million deal, all signs point to the Jays trading them.

In normal circumstances you might not expect the Jays to make a trade with the Yankees, but at this point it sort of doesn’t matter, does it? It’s not like Happ in New York on a couple month rental will impact the 2018 Jays too much. And, given his pending free agency, it’s not extraordinarily likely that he’d haunt the Jays from the Bronx long term either.

There’s not a ton of elite pitching currently available, but as the trade deadline approaches — a little over a month to go on that score — the talk about Happ, Cole Hamels, Francisco Liriano and others will heat up. Figure the Yankees will be linked with any and all available starters.