The Mets have John Mayberry, Jr. and Kyle Blanks on their radar

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We saw 41 players hit free agency this week after they were non-tendered by their former teams. Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that the Mets have two of them, John Mayberry, Jr. and Kyle Blanks, on their radar.

Both players would fit with several teams in part-time duty or in a bench role. Either could be especially useful for the Mets, as they hit from the right side of the plate and have experience between the outfield and first base. The Mets intend to use Lucas Duda as their everyday first baseman in 2015, but Mayberry or Blanks could offer an alternative against left-handed pitching.

Mayberry batted just .210 with seven homers and a .734 OPS this season between the Phillies and Blue Jays, but he owns an .857 OPS against southpaws during his career. Blanks was limited to just 26 games this past season between the Padres and Athletics due to tendinitis in his left Achilles and has generally had a tough time staying healthy during his career, but he has some serious pop in his bat.

Many have speculated on former Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera as a fit for the Mets, but Carig hears that the club has yet to express any interest.

Scott Boras to pay salaries of released minor league clients

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Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest.

Jon Heyman reports that agent Scott Boras will pay the salaries of his minor league clients who were among those released. It’s a great and much-needed gesture. Boras described the releases as “completely unanticipated.”

Boras, of course, is perhaps the most successful sports agent of all time, so he and his company can afford to do this. That being said, it should be incumbent on the players’ teams — not their agents or their teammates — to take care of them in a time of crisis. Boras is, effectively, subsidizing the billionaire owners’ thriftiness.