Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets will interview ESPN analyst Eduardo Pérez for their managerial vacancy.
I guess if the Yankees have a former player-turned-broadcaster as their manager the Mets want one too? OK, that’s not totally fair. Pérez has coached before, serving as the hitting coach for the Marlins and as bench coach with the Astros. He also managed in the World Baseball Classic and in winter ball, so he’s not without experience. Still, a bit of an outside-the-box candidate given that he’s so associated with broadcasting in recent years.
The Mets are also, as you probably know, considering Joe Girardi and Carlos Beltrán, along with Diamondbacks farm director Mike Bell, Twins bench coach Derek Shelton and current Mets coach Luis Rojas.
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.