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Report: Mets, Padres interested in Gio González

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Free agent left-hander Gio González has continued to draw interest from the Mets this offseason, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports. They aren’t the only interested party, either, as MLB.com’s Jon Morosi noted Thursday that the Padres have added González’s name to an ever-expanding list of potential free agent targets. Time is running out before the 2019 season kicks off, however, and it remains to be seen whether either team will close a deal with the starter in the weeks to come.

The 33-year-old González pitched to mixed results in 2018 during back-to-back stints for the Nationals and Brewers. He went 10-11 in 32 starts with a combined 4.21 ERA, 4.2 BB/9, and 7.8 SO/9 through 171 innings, and tossed just three postseason innings for Milwaukee before dropping out of the NLCS with a left ankle sprain. While he didn’t reach any new career highs during his 2018 campaign, he still looks like a stable back-end rotation candidate and may yet return to the sub-3.00 ERA, 3.0+ fWAR totals of seasons past.

Despite González’s sub-par totals over the last year, including his high walk rate and abnormally low strikeout rate, the Mets don’t appear to have any reservations about the lefty’s performance moving forward. What they do object to, however, is his asking price. He’s reportedly in the market for a multi-year contract, something Martino thinks he’ll be hard-pressed to get from a club that doesn’t want to shell out big bucks to bolster their rotation in 2019. It’s certainly possible that González will make a concession and settle for a one-year deal as Opening Day draws near, but with the Padres still in play (and agent Scott Boras driving any serious negotiations), he may not be anxious to do so anytime soon.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.