Mets add another lefty, acquire Jerry Blevins from Nationals

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Apparently the Mets were in the market for more than one left-handed reliever, because a few hours after acquiring lefty Alex Torres from the Padres they’ve picked up lefty Jerry Blevins from the Nationals in exchange for outfielder Matt den Dekker.

Blevins spent one season in Washington after coming over in a trade from Oakland, throwing 57 innings with a 4.87 ERA and 66/23 K/BB ratio for the Nationals. He held lefties to a .160 batting average last year, but has a 3.58 career ERA in 324 innings and has generally been effective enough versus right-handed hitters to be more than just a situational southpaw.

den Dekker is 27 years old and has hit just .238 with one homer and a .634 OPS in 80 games as a big leaguer, but he put up strong numbers at Triple-A last season and is a good defensive center fielder. Washington will be without both center fielder Denard Span and left fielder Jayson Werth to begin the season.

UPDATE: This, from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, is pretty funny considering Forbes magazine just claimed the Nationals are worth $1.28 billion.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).