Mets selling Zach Lutz to Japanese team

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Zach Lutz who played briefly for the Mets last season and in 2012, is leaving their Triple-A team to go play in Japan, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Lutz was the Mets’ fifth-round pick in 2007, but never really got a chance despite hitting .295 with 42 homers and an .870 OPS in 308 total games at Triple-A as a third baseman/first baseman. He spent parts of five seasons at Triple-A, compared to logging a grand total of 37 plate appearances in the majors.

But now at least he’ll get a nice payday in Japan at age 28.

Rob Manfred to get a five-year contract extension today

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The owners meetings are going on down in Atlanta this week. Unlike a lot of gatherings of baseball dignitaries, we tend not to get much news out of them, however. We know the owners do things like light cigars with $100 bills and, I dunno, play games of chess on human-sized chess boards with lower-level front office employees as the game pieces, but otherwise they tend to be quiet events.

There will be some news out of Atlanta later this morning, though: Commissioner Rob Manfred will be given a five-year contract extension. The vote, Bob Nightengale reports, is expected to be unanimous.

Manfred, 60, has held the job since January 2015. Major League Baseball has achieved record revenues during his tenure and his team landed a very owner-friendly Collective Bargaining Agreement on his watch. In light of that there was zero question that he was going to be re-upped.