Mulder: He psyched the guy out, he put the whammy on him!
Scully [skeptical]: Please explain to me the scientific nature of “the Whammy.”
Sorry. Just remembering my 1990s crushes. I was inspired to by this, from Corey Seidman of CSNPhilly.com:
Fifteen to twenty years from now, when Cole Hamels’ playing days are over, several sticking points will come up in most conversations about his career.
The 2008 World Series.
The $144 million contract.
The lack of run support.
And those damn Mets.
The Mets have had Hamels’ number for most of his career. Yet the Mets have stunk for most of Hamels’ career. So why do they always seem to hit him so well? Seidman investigates why this is. His answer makes a lot of sense. And no, it has nothing to do with hexes, curses or the whammy.
But the truth is out there.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Marlins, Mets, and Yankees have had discussions about a three-team trade in which Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto would go to the Mets. It’s not known which other players were discussed in the deal, but Rosenthal notes that the Mets wouldn’t be willing to part with Noah Syndergaard if they are only getting Realmuto in return.
Realmuto, 27, was the best offensive catcher in baseball in 2018, batting .277/.340/.484 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 531 plate appearances. He has two more years of team control remaining until he becomes eligible for free agency, adding to his value.
The Mets’ catching corps currently includes Kevin Plawecki and Travis d'Arnaud, so Realmuto would be a significant upgrade. Such a trade would be the club’s second big splash of the offseason as the Mets finalized a trade to acquire second baseman Robinson Canó and closer Edwin Díaz from the Mariners earlier this month.
Interestingly, the Mets and Yankees haven’t made a deal involving major league players since December 2004, when the two sides swapped pitchers Mike Stanton and Félix Heredia, Rosenthal points out.