UPDATE: Rosenthal says it’s a two-year deal. Bob Nightengale says it’s for $7.5 million total. Which isn’t big, obviously, but it’s probably a bit of a savings over what Harper could expect from a couple of years of arbitration. Especially if he has the sort of healthy, breakout year many people expect he’s capable of.
8:30 AM: As we’ve noted before, the Nationals and Bryce Harper were scheduled for a grievance hearing tomorrow regarding whether or not Harper can be eligible for arbitration this year. This due to confusion over an opt-out provision Scott Boras and Harper claim was in his original contract with the Nats, allowing him to hit arbitration and which the Nats claim they never agreed to.
Now, however, it’s moot: the sides have reached a settlement:
Rosenthal speculates that Harper would’ve been slated to get around $2.5 million if he had hit arbitration, and that the settlement could run in that area or it could involve a short multi-year deal which avoids this dance again in the future.
PITTSBURGH — The New York Mets will have to dig out of an early-season hole without star first baseman Pete Alonso.
The leading home run hitter in the majors will miss three-to-four weeks with a bone bruise and a sprain in his left wrist.
The Mets placed Alonso on the 10-day injured list Friday, retroactive to June 8. Alonso was hit in the wrist by a 96 mph fastball from Charlie Morton in the first inning of a 7-5 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday.
Alonso traveled to New York for testing on Thursday. X-rays revealed no broken bones, but the Mets will be missing one of the premier power hitters in the game as they try to work their way back into contention in the NL East.
“We got better news than it could have been,” New York manager Buck Showalter said. “So we take that as a positive. It could have been worse.”
New York had lost six straight heading into a three-game series at Pittsburgh that began Friday. Mark Canha started at first for the Mets in the opener. Mark Vientos could also be an option, though Showalter said the coaching staff may have to use its “imagination” in thinking of ways to get by without Alonso.
“I’m not going to say someone has to step up and all that stuff,” Showalter said. “You’ve just got to be who you are.”
Even with Alonso in the lineup, the Mets have struggled to score consistently. New York is 16th in the majors in runs scored.
The team also said Friday that reliever Edwin Uceta had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Uceta initially went on the IL in April with what the team called a sprained left ankle. He is expected to be out for at least an additional eight weeks.
New York recalled infielder Luis Guillorme and left-handed reliever Zach Muckenhirn from Triple-A Syracuse. The Mets sent catcher Tomás Nido to Triple-A and designated reliever Stephen Nogosek for assignment.
Nogosek is 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA in 13 games this season.