Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish heard from a source Tuesday that free agent starter Brandon Beachy is hoping to sign with a team by Friday. Beachy has thrown for seven different clubs over the past 10 days and is now requesting final bids from six of them.
The 28-year-old right-hander needed Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last March — the second such procedure of his career — so he should come pretty cheap despite the heavy amount of free agent interest and his impressive career numbers at the major league level. Beachy owns a 3.23 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 9.2 K/9 in 46 starts spanning 267 2/3 big league frames.
There are of course no guarantees, but he’s on track to be recovered from Tommy John surgery by the second month of the 2015 regular season. Kris Medlen, in a very similar situation as Beachy, scored a two-year, $8.5 million contract from the Royals in mid-December. That deal also has a $10 million mutual option for 2017.
Rookie first baseman Pete Alonso has launched what appears to be the beginning of an auspicious career, made all the more notable by the 50 home runs he’s produced for the Mets so far this season. The All-Star slugger pushed his home run streak to four straight games on Friday, collecting no. 50 on an eighth-inning fastball from the Reds’ Sal Romano.
It’s just the latest of a long line of accomplishments for the 24-year-old infielder. Entering Friday’s series opener against Cincinnati, the first-time All-Star carried a .266/.366/.590 batting line with a league-leading 49 homers, 113 RBI, a .956 OPS and 4.9 fWAR through 648 plate appearances. Among those who are still rounding out their rookie seasons in 2019, he ranks first in home runs and fWAR by a long shot: the White Sox’ Eloy Jiménez is second in home runs with 28 dingers, while the Astros’ Yordan Álvarez plays second fiddle in fWAR with 3.7 Wins Above Replacement.
Even more remarkable: Alonso is the second rookie in MLB history to deliver at least 50 home runs in a single season. The first? Aaron Judge, who clubbed a jaw-dropping 52 homers for the Yankees in 2017.