Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets are in agreement on a contract with reliever Justin Wilson, pending a physical. It’s reportedly a two-year, $10 million pact.
Wilson, 31, has spent the past two seasons with the Cubs. He strikes out a lot of guys. That’s good! He walks a lot of guys. That’s bad! He, generally, however, has been a pretty effective reliever, with a 3.33 ERA (121 ERA+) in 412 games over the course of his seven-year big league career. Over the past three seasons he has struck out 11.2 batters per nine innings while walking 4.5. His WHIP in that period: 1.348. He allows baserunners but he has the stuff to strike his way out of the jams he creates.
A strong late inning arm to either come in in the seventh inning or to set up for Edwin Diaz.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.