Endy Chavez opts out of contract, released by Mariners

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Endy Chavez has opted out of his minor-league contract with the Mariners, who released the veteran outfielder at his request.

Chavez appeared in 80 games for the Mariners last season, hitting .276 with two homers and a .688 OPS. That was actually his best production since 2011, but Seattle didn’t want him around in a bench role and he didn’t want to go to Triple-A.

At age 37 it’s tough to see Chavez getting a big-league offer for Opening Day.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.