Don’t rule out Brian Wilson to the Mets just yet

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Yesterday Mike Puma of the New York Post reported that the Mets were unimpressed with Brian Wilson’s audition. Marc Carig of Newsday reports, however, that there’s still a chance for these kids to make it work:

 

I noted yesterday that Wilson may have an incentive to wait things out and make a deal with someone midseason when he’s got more strength and, presumably, more leverage. By the same token, the Mets may have an incentive to showcase Wilson themselves, and if he is somewhat effective and healthy, flip him to a contender in the middle of the year.

Matt Chapman to be sidelined for six weeks following shoulder surgery

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Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman has undergone his second surgery of the offseason. After feeling continued discomfort in his left shoulder, he had a distal clavicle resection on Friday, for which he’ll be sidelined at least six weeks before getting cleared to resume his preseason workout regimen.

The 25-year-old corner infielder closed out his sophomore season in the majors in 2018. He batted a terrific .278/.356/.508 with 24 home runs, an .864 OPS and 6.5 fWAR across 616 plate appearances, received his first career Gold Glove distinction and was a finalist for the American League MVP award as well. Despite recent complications, Chapman’s regular season performance wasn’t marred by injury — he sustained a right thumb contusion in June, but bounced back within three weeks and enjoyed a strong second half — and the A’s will undoubtedly look to him as one of their strongest performers in 2019.

Friday’s procedure was his second of the year, as he also underwent an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision in his thumb back in October. Per Lee and MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa, Chapman is expected to make a complete recovery within a two-month window, after which point he’ll likely be in fine shape to contribute during spring training.