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Mets sign Danny Espinosa

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The Mets have signed infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.

The Mets could use a backup middle infielder, but it’s an open question as to whether Espinosa can really handle the gig at this point. He did not appear in the bigs at all in 2018 and hit just .195/.239/.312 in 221 at-bats for three different Triple-A clubs.

I guess if you hit 20 homers in the bigs a couple of times and have fantastic facial hair you’ll keep getting chances.

Phillies to sign Drew Smyly

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Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies are going to sign pitcher Drew Smyly. Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philly reported last night that the team and Smyly were chatting.

Smyly opted out of his minor league contract with the Brewers yesterday after allowing seven runs on 10 hits and three walks with 18 strikeouts in 12.2 innings with Triple-A San Antonio and not getting a hint of a call-up to the big club. Earlier this year he pinched off an 8.42 ERA with a 52/34 K/BB ratio in 51.1 innings for the Rangers.

He’s basically a free pitcher for Philly, who could use an arm. If he works out, he works out. If not, no loss. Well, I suppose it’s possible there’d be one loss and some walks and hits in like, four innings, or something, but you know what I mean.