We have two reporters who usually aren’t wrong about this saying it happened: Ken Rosenthal of Fox and Bruce Levine of 670 The Score both are reporting that the Mets have acquired outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers. The deal, however, is pending medicals. Which we learned the other night is more than a mere formality when it comes to the Mets.
Of course there has been nothing wrong with Cespedes physically all years, so you have to assume this will happen.
And if it does happen, the Mets have, at long last, improved their anemic offense. Cespedes is hitting .293/.323/.506 on the year with 18 homers and 61 driven in. With an OPS+ of 125, this has been his best year since his rookie campaign in 2012.
Importantly, the Mets are reportedly not trading Zack Wheeler, as many speculated would be the case. And as was reported to be the case in the aborted Carlos Gomez deal. Multiple people are reporting that the prospects heading back are Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa, each righties with Double-A Binghamton.
So, just before the deadline the Mets bulk up their offense. For all of the jokes thrown the Mets’ way this week, this is a move worthy of praise.
MLBPA player representative Max Scherzer sent out a short statement late Wednesday night regarding the ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. On Tuesday, ownership proposed a “sliding scale” salary structure on top of the prorated pay cuts the players already agreed to back in March. The union rejected the proposal, with many worrying that it would drive a wedge in the union’s constituency.
Scherzer is one of eight players on the MLBPA executive subcommittee along with Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Elvis Andrus, Cory Gearrin, Chris Iannetta, James Paxton, and Collin McHugh.
After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions. We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received. I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.
Indeed, aside from the Braves, every other teams’ books are closed, so there has been no way to fact-check any of the owners’ claims. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, for example, recently said that 70 percent of the Cubs’ revenues come from “gameday operations” (ticket sales, concessions, etc.). But it went unsubstantiated because the Cubs’ books are closed. The league has only acknowledged some of the union’s many requests for documentation. Without supporting evidence, Ricketts’ claim, like countless others from team executives, can only be taken as an attempt to manipulate public sentiment.
Early Thursday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the MLBPA plans to offer a counter-proposal to MLB in which the union would suggest a season of more than 100 games and fully guaranteed prorated salaries. It seems like the two sides are quite far apart, so it may take longer than expected for them to reach an agreement.