At the start of the offseason, it appeared inevitable that the Mets would move one of their starting pitchers. Using their surplus as part of a blockbuster deal for a shortstop was always a possibility, but most of the talk centered around Dillon Gee and Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese to a lesser degree. However, a satisfactory deal failed to materialize and it now sounds like the Mets could go into the season with all of them:
As of now, Gee appears to be the odd man out for a rotation spot, with Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, and Bartolo Colon in front of him. And don’t forget, they have Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, and even Steven Matz close to the majors. The Mets could still find a trade partner for Gee if some team suffers an injury in the spring, so we shouldn’t get too far ahead of ourselves here. And heck, they might have an injury in their own rotation. Barring any of those outcomes though, Gee will be a $5.3 million reliever this season.
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.