David Einhorn’s buy-in to the Mets is almost done

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The likelihood of David Einhorn completing his deal for a minority share of the Mets has been ebbing and flowing, but it appears to have finally flowed. Or, er, maybe it’s ebbed.  The good one, I mean, whichever that one is.  Screw it, here’s Richard Sandomir in the New York Times:

The Mets’ deal to sell a minority stake in the team for $200 million to David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager, is finished except for completing the deal’s paperwork, said one person briefed on the sale.

The parties have apparently appeased J.P. Morgan, which had complained about the deal earlier and wanted to ensure that it got paid first.  Also a contributing factor:  the Mets unloaded Carlos Beltran, and his depressing, loser persona that has infected everything the Mets have tried to do for years is no longer around to make everything crappy.

The last part of that is just speculation, of course, based on stuff I read in another Times article.

Cardinals tab Miles Mikolas for Opening Day start

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The Cardinals have selected right-hander Miles Mikolas as their Opening Day starter, the club revealed Saturday. It’ll mark the first career Opening Day start for Mikolas, who is scheduled to go up against the Brewers when the team hits the road on March 28.

The 29-year-old righty was a strong contender for the 2018 NL Cy Young Award, earning All-Star distinctions and pitching to a career-best 18-4 record with a 2.83 ERA, 1.3 BB/9, 6.5 SO/9, and 4.3 fWAR over 200 2/3 innings. He’s positioned to lead the Cardinals rotation in 2019 as well, with former Opening Day starters Carlos Martínez and Adam Wainwright and some combination of right-handers Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, Alex Reyes, and John Gant behind him.

Manager Mike Shildt told reporters that Flaherty, Wacha, Wainwright, and Martínez had all been considered for the honor, but admitted that Opening Day honors were ultimately handed to Mikolas “in recognition of [his performance] last year.” The Cardinals are scheduled to play a four-game set against the Brewers to start the season and will stop over in Pittsburgh for another two games before returning to St. Louis for their opening homestand against the Padres on April 4. Additional pitching assignments have yet to be announced.