Mets reliever Carlos Torres joined Casey Stern of Inside Pitch on MLB Network Radio today and he had some weird things to say about Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
You can listen to part of the interview below, but Stern tweeted out some of the highlights of the conversation:
I believe that Torres is referring to this game-saving catch from Heyward, which was actually from last season. And it was a tremendous play. Still, Torres obviously disagrees with his own manager, Terry Collins, who said that Puig’s play on Thursday night was the second-best catch he had ever seen. Either way, it’s a weird thing to criticize. Both were great.
Where Torres really loses me is this idea that the media is making him out to be better than he is. Last I checked, Puig is batting .343/.438/.614 in 43 games this season. Sure, he’ll always be a lightening rod for attention, both positively and negatively, but he doesn’t need the media’s help to let people know that he’s damn good at baseball.
Free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock has landed on the Dodgers’ radar, and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal says the two appear to be in discussions regarding a deal for 2019. Terms of any prospective deal have not been released, but interest is presumed to be fairly high as he checks two boxes on their wish list: that of a right-handed hitter and an experienced centerfielder.
Pollock, 31, rounded out a seven-year career with the Diamondbacks in 2018. While he was sidelined for nearly seven weeks after fracturing his left thumb on a dive gone wrong, he finished the season batting a hearty .257/.316/.484 with a career-best 21 home runs, 13 steals (in 15 chances), and 2.5 fWAR across 460 plate appearances. He received a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the club at the end of the year and elected to enter free agency in hopes of a better deal, which some have estimated at five years and $80 million.
So far, it’s not clear whether teams are willing to meet those terms. Pollock profiles as both a solid hitter and defender, but he hasn’t played a season in full health since 2015, which may be a deal-breaker for those in search of long-term talent. Even with that caveat, however, the Dodgers are far from the only club willing to enter negotiations with the outfielder this winter. The Braves have been linked to Pollock since December, and the Mets and Reds have expressed varying levels of interest as well.