Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets could consider bringing in Michael Morse. This would be a fallback, one assumes, given that one of their top targets, Michael Cuddyer, would now cost them a draft pick to sign.
But it may not really fill that corner outfield hole the way the Mets want to. Morse, especially at 32, is not a great bet to be an everyday outfielder. Or at least not a good one. He’s better served to play some first base or to platoon. Or, possibly, to DH for an AL team.
I know the outfield is ever-shrinking in Citi Field, but there is still a lot of ground to cover out there and the Mets will still be built around their young pitching. And young pitching needs guys who can pick it.
The Rockies fell 9-6 to the Orioles on Saturday, but the loss wasn’t without its bright spots. Case in point: Third baseman Nolan Arenado passed a significant career milestone on an Andrew Cashner fastball in the third inning, slugging the ball a projected 394 feet into the left field stands for his 200th career home run.
Arenado is the 34th active player to join the 200+ homer club and the first to do so since the Braves’ Freddie Freeman crossed that threshold on May 19. The three-run shot was the infielder’s 14th of the season and third since Friday, when he went deep twice against Orioles rookie John Means and reliever Shawn Armstrong. Following Saturday’s performance, he’s batting a robust .333/.377/.632 with 30 extra-base hits, 42 RBI, and a 1.009 OPS through 220 plate appearances.
He isn’t the only Rockies slugger making history, either. Arenado’s feat trailed that of Trevor Story, who clobbered an 0-2 pitch from Armstrong during the seventh inning of Friday’s 8-6 win. The two-run blast was his 100th home run in 448 career games, making him the fastest shortstop to reach the mark in MLB history.
The Rockies will vie for the series win as they round out the series on Sunday, with right-hander German Márquez scheduled to take the bump against fellow righty David Hess at 3:10 PM EDT.