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.

Andrelton Simmons, Shohei Ohtani both injured in Angels’ loss

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The loss of a close, well-pitched game is hard enough for any team to take, but when you lose two key players to injury in the process it’s gotta be damn nigh intolerable. That’s what happened to the Angels last night in their 3-1 loss to Minnesota, losing Andrelton Simmons and Shohei Ohtani. And it happened on consecutive plays in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Simmons is likely to be gone for an extended period after suffering a sprained ankle which was later deemed “severe”. Indeed, they weren’t sure it wasn’t broken until the X-rays came back negative. He sustained the injury running to first base, trying to beat out an infield hit. He came down on the ankle and it twisted in ugly fashion — there are Gifs of it on Twitter and stuff, but you don’t wanna see them — before tumbling over the bag to the ground. Simmons will have an MRI today to see how bad things really are.

Ohtani got off more easily, getting hit in the right ring finger with a pitch while striking out. His X-rays were also negative, but they will reassess him today.

Simmons is hitting .298/.323/.415 on the year while playing his usual spectacular defense. Ohtani, who just came back from Tommy John surgery as a hitter a couple of weeks ago, is hitting .250/.345/.375.