Report: Mets asked the Athletics about Danny Valencia

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Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reported on Friday that, before the club picked up Kelly Johnson from the Braves, the Mets inquired with the Athletics about third baseman Danny Valencia. The Mets, of course, are likely going to be without star third baseman David Wright for the rest of the season due to a herniated disk in his neck.

Johnson, who entered Sunday’s action with a .627 OPS, is an adequate short-term fix, but the Mets — held to three or fewer runs in five of their last seven games — could use a more substantial replacement at third base.

Valencia went 0-for-3 on Sunday, but still owns an outstanding .326/.369/.541 triple-slash line with 10 home runs and 27 RBI on the season.

Nevada Senate vote on proposed A’s stadium in Las Vegas extended until next week

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Senate adjourned Thursday without voting on a financing bill for a proposed $1.5 billion Las Vegas Strip stadium for the Oakland Athletics, extending the special legislative session into the next week amid negotiations over whether to contribute $380 million in public funding to the project.

The measure can still be amended by lawmakers, and if it passes the Senate it would still need approval from the Assembly before going to the desk of Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo, who has expressed support for it. Both the state Senate and Assembly are adjourned until Monday.

In a hearing that began Wednesday and stretched into the early morning hours Thursday, lawmakers peppered tourism officials and a representative from a firm partnering with the ball club with questions about the feasibility and benefits of financing such a deal.

Public funds for the stadium would mainly come from $180 million in transferable tax credits and $120 million in county bonds. Backers have pledged that the creation of a special tax district around the proposed stadium would generate enough money to pay off those bonds and interest. The plan would not directly raise taxes.

The A’s would not owe property taxes for the publicly owned stadium. Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, would also contribute $25 million in credit toward infrastructure costs.

A’s representatives and some tourism officials say a deal would further grow Las Vegas’ developing sports scene and act as an economic engine, but a growing chorus of economists and some lawmakers warn that the project would bring minimal benefits for the hefty public price tag.