The Mariners-Nelson Cruz talks are on hold

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Just a couple of days ago it appeared that the Mariners and Nelson Cruz were slated to come to an agreement. Not so fast. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the talks between the sides are “on hold.”

Why, exactly, is unclear. Could be a financial issue, could be just a change of plans of the M’s. Maybe they realized that, without Franklin Gutierrez around, they could use someone who isn’t a corner guy, though there aren’t many of those available at the moment.

In any event, if this deprives me of seeing an outfield of Logan Morrison, Nelson Cruz and Corey Hart playing all at once, I’m gonna be a little miffed.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.