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Mets sign reliever Justin Wilson


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.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.