Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was part of one of the stranger plays you’ll see this season. With his team trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Kinsler drew a one-out walk and was standing on first base when Miguel Cabrera stepped up to the plate. With a 3-2 count against Angels lefty Hector Santiago, Kinsler broke for second. Catcher Hank Conger’s throw sailed high and went into center field, and that’s when the crazy started.
Kinsler broke for third base and got there easily. Center fielder Mike Trout, meanwhile, nonchalantly tossed the ball back into the infield, but it too sailed a bit wide and bounced towards Santiago in the middle of the diamond. Kinsler scampered home and touched home while Santiago’s throw to his catcher sailed to the backstop.
It’s as funny as it sounds:
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets aren’t looking for long-term investment pieces in a trade for right-hander Noah Syndergaard, per unnamed sources. Instead, any deal the club makes will likely center on players who can make a difference for them in 2019 as they attempt to rise from last year’s fourth-place finish in the NL East and make a run at the postseason.
The 26-year-old starter has been a fixture of the Mets’ rotation since he got his start in the majors in 2015. Despite missing nearly the entire 2017 season with a torn lat muscle in his throwing arm, he returned to pitch his third full season in 2018 with a winning 13-4 record in 25 starts, 3.03 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 9.0 SO/9 through 154 1/3 innings and finished the year with his first complete game shutout, to boot. After receiving a $2.975 million salary in 2018, he’s slated for another three years in arbitration before entering free agency in the 2022 season.
So far this offseason, the Padres have been the only team linked to the righty, though they didn’t come close to completing a trade when they first inquired about him back at the July deadline. If the Mets are serious about dealing Syndergaard, as Rosenthal seems to suggest, they could very well look at acquiring another couple of arms to round out their rotation. Assuming Syndergaard is moved this winter, the team will enter 2019 with right-handers Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler, lefties Jason Vargas and (the oft-injured) Steven Matz — and relatively little depth behind the four.