Between Opening Day and yesterday, Mets backup outfielder Keon Broxton hit .143/.208/.163 in 53 plate appearances.
Yesterday Broxton complained to the press about his lack of playing time, perhaps momentarily forgetting the fact mentioned in the previous sentence.
Today the Mets did exactly what you’re supposed to do with a fat pitch thrown right down the middle like that and designated Broxton for assignment.
That move opens up space for Carlos Gomez who, as we noted a bit ago, is joining the Mets today. It also serves an object lesson in the concept of “the squeaky wheel gets replaced.”
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a five-year $15.5 million deal with pitcher Freddy Peralta. There are two club options as well, which would nearly double the overall value of the contract if exercised.
Peralta, who turns 24 in June, has amazing stuff. He has struggled so far, having posted a 4.79 ERA in 163.1 major league innings across two seasons, but people who follow him closely believe that he’s primed for a breakthrough. For now he’s a reliever — he’ll likely be a multi-inning fireman for the 2020 season — but he has was mostly a starter in his rookie year before assuming swingman duties last season. He could become one again if things break right in his development. Sort of a Brandon Woodruff track.
If that happens the Brewers will, quite obviously, have a bargain on their hands. If not, at least Peralta has some security on his.