The Mets lowball David Wright

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UPDATE: The Mets have sweetened their offer.

8:23 AMKen Rosenthal reports that the Mets have made David Wright an offer he’s almost certain to reject: six years, $100 million.

Executives around the league have figured that Wright would get something north of $125 million. Sources close to Wright have said that he wants seven years. This deal is basically what Evan Longoria and Ryan Zimmerman got. Longoria, however, is obviously in a different situation, in that he was four years from free agency when he got his deal.  Zimmerman is not the player that Wright is.

Maybe this is just an opening salvo. A test to see just how married David Wright is to the idea of staying in New York.  But it sure seems that $100 million is a lowball offer. Especially in an offseason when all signs point to teams getting more generous, not less.  It makes one think that the Mets are more interested in trading Wright than keeping him.

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.