White Sox sign Mets castoff John Mayberry Jr.

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Outfielder/first baseman John Mayberry Jr., who was released by the Mets last month, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the White Sox. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that he’ll head to Triple-A for now.

Mayberry signed a one-year, $1.45 million contract with the Mets this offseason, but hit just .164 in 59 games.

His career batting average is just .235, but Mayberry has 20-homer power and his .720 OPS in 574 games as a big leaguer is nearly average. If spotted mostly versus left-handed pitching he has some value to an MLB team, but at age 31 he’s no sure thing to get back to the majors.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.