Mets, Dodgers and Braves among “half-dozen teams” interested in Jack Wilson

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Jack Wilson is coming off back-to-back terrible years, but that hasn’t expressed multiple teams from expressing interest.

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets, Dodgers and Braves are among the “half-dozen teams” who have checked in on the veteran infielder.

Wilson, who turns 34 next month, batted .249/.283/.295 with zero homers, 11 RBI and a .559 OPS over 232 plate appearances this season between the Mariners and Braves.

Wilson is highly-regarded defensively and made appearances at shortstop, second base and third base this season, but we’re also talking about a career .266/.307/.368 hitter who has missed large chunks of time over the past few seasons due to injury. And his durability doesn’t figure to get any better as he gets up there in age. He’s likely at the point where he is viewed strictly as a backup and late-inning defensive replacement by most MLB general managers.

Pitch clock cut minor league games by 25 minutes to 2:38

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NEW YORK — Use of pitch clocks cut the average time of minor league games by 25 minutes this year, a reduction Major League Baseball hopes is replicated when the devices are installed in the big leagues next season.

The average time of minor league games dropped to 2 hours, 38 minutes in the season that ended Wednesday, according to the commissioner’s office. That was down from 3:03 during the 2021 season.

Clocks at Triple-A were set at 14 seconds with no runners on base and 19 with runners. At lower levels, the clocks were at 18 seconds with runners.

Big league nine-inning games are averaging 3:04 this season.

MLB announced on Sept. 9 that clocks will be introduced in the major leagues next year at 15 seconds with no runners and 20 seconds with runners, a decision opposed by the players’ association.

Pitchers are penalized a ball for violating the clock. In the minors, violations decreased from an average of 1.73 per game in the second week to 0.41 in week 24.

There will be a limit of two pickoff attempts or stepoffs per plate appearance, a rule that also was part of the minor league experiment this season. A third pickoff throw that is not successful would result in a balk.

Stolen bases increased to an average of 2.81 per game from 2.23 in the minors this year and the success rate rose to 78% from 68%.

Many offensive measurements were relatively stable: runs per team per game increased to 5.13 from 5.11 and batting average to .249 from .247.

Plate appearances resulting in home runs dropped to 2.7% from 2.8%, strikeouts declined to 24.4% from 25.4% and walks rose to 10.5% from 10.2%. Hit batters remained at 1.6%.