The big one — the case brought by the bankruptcy trustee for the Bernie Madoff debacle — is still going on, but the Mets are now poised to settle a bit of business.
It’s a lawsuit brought by employees of Sterling Equities — the company run by Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz — accusing the Mets owners of breaching the fiduciary duties by mishandling investments with Madoff, putting employee 401K money with him and that sort of thing.
Terms of the settlement weren’t disclosed, but it’s not like you or I care about that so much. The key here is that, one-by-one, Wilpon and Katz are getting this stuff put to bed. I would guess that they’ll get the big case brought by Irving Picard put to bed soon too. And they’ll have some minority investors in place, at least if you believe them when they say how much interest there is in all of that.
After that, baseball will be the primary order of the day in Queens.
(thanks to Martin S. for the heads up)
Free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock has landed on the Dodgers’ radar, and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says the two appear to be in discussions regarding a deal for 2019. Terms of any prospective deal have not been released, but interest is presumed to be fairly high as he checks two boxes on their wish list: that of a right-handed hitter and an experienced centerfielder.
Pollock, 31, rounded out a seven-year career with the Diamondbacks in 2018. While he was sidelined for nearly seven weeks after fracturing his left thumb on a dive gone wrong, he finished the season batting a hearty .257/.316/.484 with a career-best 21 home runs, 13 steals (in 15 chances), and 2.5 fWAR across 460 plate appearances. He received a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the club at the end of the year and elected to enter free agency in hopes of a better deal, which some have estimated at five years and $80 million.
So far, it’s not clear whether teams are willing to meet those terms. Pollock profiles as both a solid hitter and defender, but he hasn’t played a season in full health since 2015, which may be a deal-breaker for those in search of long-term talent. Even with that caveat, however, the Dodgers are far from the only club willing to enter negotiations with the outfielder this winter. The Braves have been linked to Pollock since December, and the Mets and Reds have expressed varying levels of interest as well.