Alex Rodriguez might try to buy the Mets

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The New York Post is reporting that Alex Rodriguez is “kicking the tires” on a possible purchase of the Mets. Jennifer Lopez’s fiancé has become a man of many hats since he retired from playing the game, and is now a somewhat prominent figure in the business world. The Post says that J-Lo is also keen on the idea, and their combined wealth could be a good starting point for the investing group that would be necessary to meet the expected price tag for the franchise.

The Wilpons are reportedly seeking a deal in the $3 billion range, and claim to no longer be demanding continued control of the Mets after the sale. The team’s regional sports network, SNY, is not expected to be part of the transaction.

A-Rod and J-Lo would undoubtedly need to find outside help to meet the Wilpons’ demands (even America’s most prominent 40-and-over power couple has financial limitations), but the Post says that Rodriguez has busied himself with rubbing elbows with all sorts of financial bigwigs. Derek Jeter was able to do this to buy the Marlins, even if his group only had to pay $1 billion for the keys to that particular car.

It should be noted that Rodriguez getting to sit in Jeff Wilpon’s chair is far from a done deal, and the Post characterized the potential bid as a long shot. The Post also reports that Steve Cohen has not yet completely walked away from the idea of making the Mets his, even after his very public blow-up with the Wilpons.

A-Rod being the lucky winner of this latest moment in Mets history would be endlessly amusing. He’s long said that he grew up a Mets fan, but more importantly, this would be Alex freaking Rodriguez buying the Mets. A-Rod’s history in New York is the sort of story that The Lonely Island need to make their next gonzo half-hour Netflix special about. Every baseball fan in the city has strong feelings about Rodriguez, and this would be the climax of quite a character arc. You have to imagine that the league would adore having the storyline of two teams in the NL East being owned by A-Rod and Jeter, too.

Of course A-Rod wants to buy the Mets. Why wouldn’t he want to buy the Mets? We need to will this into existence, purely for the memes. The best part of this is that it’s not hard to imagine Rodriguez actually being a pretty decent owner. The guy’s got baseball acumen for days and nobody can ever accuse him of not caring about winning.

If you like your Mets with the usual dose of absurdity but want them to actually do well on the field, Rodriguez might be your guy.

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McCutchen’s sacrifice fly lifts Pirates to 5-4 win, extends Athletics’ road losing streak to 15

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PITTSBURGH – Andrew McCutchen’s tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning lifted Pittsburgh to a 5-4 victory over Oakland on Monday night, extending the Pirates’ win streak to six games and sending the Athletics to their record-tying 15th consecutive road loss.

The 15 straight defeats away from home matches the Athletics’ record since they moved from Kansas City in 1968. Oakland set that mark in 1986.

The major league-worst Athletics (12-50) have lost five games in a row overall. They are on pace to finish the season exactly 100 games under .500 at 31-131.

“It’s tough,” Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said. “Tonight’s game, we didn’t play well enough to win the game. I don’t want to say we gave the game away but there were a lot of instances where we had a chance to capitalize on opportunities and didn’t do it.”

McCutchen also singled and drew three walks to go with two RBIs. The 2013 NL MVP now has 1,998 career hits.

With the score tied at 4, Ji Hwan Bae led off the decisive eighth inning with a single off Sam Moll (0-3) and advanced to third on Austin Hedges’ one-out single. McCutchen’s sac fly plated Bae.

“I was just trying to get the job done. I understand the situation there,” McCutchen said. “We just need to get the run. I was trying to bear down against a hard thrower and trying to get that run in as much as I can, and I was able to do it and have a good at-bat.”

Angel Perdomo (1-0) retired both hitters he faced. and Colin Holdeman pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his first career save. It was an eventful inning for Holderman as the first three batters reached base, but he struck out Carlos Perez with runners on the corners to end it.

“I began my career as a starting pitcher in the minor leagues but ever since I was switched to relief, this has been the goal, to get a save in the big leagues,” Holderman said.

Pittsburgh starter Johan Oviedo gave up three runs and four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Oakland left-hander JP Sears did not allow a hit until Mark Mathias’ leadoff single in the fifth but was unable to make it through the inning. Sears was charged with one run in 4 2/3 innings while allowing two hits, walking five and striking out six.

Sears has not allowed more than two runs in five consecutive starts. His nine no-decisions are the most in the major leagues.

Ryan Noda and Brent Rooker had two hits each for the Athletics.

The Athletics tied the score at 4-4 in the eighth inning on pinch-hitter Aledmys Diaz’s run-scoring double. Oakland left the bases loaded, though, when Nick Allen hit an inning-ending flyout.

Consecutive bases-loaded walks keyed a three-run sixth inning that put the Pirates 4-3. McCutchen and Bryan Reynolds each worked bases on balls off Shintaro Fujinami to tie the score at 3-all and pinch-hitter Jack Suwinski followed with a sacrifice fly.

The Athletics opened the scoring in the first inning when rookie Esteury Ruiz reached on catcher’s interference, stole his MLB-leading 30th base of the season and scored on Noda’s single. Seth Brown doubled in a run in the third and came home on Perez’s sacrifice fly to push Oakland’s lead to 3-0.

Connor Joe hit an RBI double for the Pirates in the fifth.

The Pirates drew 10 walks, their most in a game in nearly two years.

“We had a bunch of opportunities that we didn’t capitalize (on), but the thing I think I was most proud of is we got down and we didn’t rush to get back,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “We were still patient.”


Athletics: LHP Kirby Snead (strained shoulder) is expected to pitch in the Arizona Complex League on Tuesday, which will be his first game action since spring training. … RHP Freddy Tarnok (strained shoulder) will throw a bullpen on Tuesday.


Pirates catching prospect Henry Davis was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis from Double-A Altoona. In 41 games at Double-A this season, the 23-year-old hit .284 with 10 home runs and seven stolen bases.

“He was performing offensively at a level where we felt like he was more than ready to meet the challenges,” Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said. “He improved as an offensive player even since spring training, focusing on the things we were challenging him on. Defensively, he’s made strides too.”

Davis was the first overall selection in the 2021 amateur draft from the University of Louisville.


Athletics RHP James Kaprielian (0-6, 8.12 ERA) will make his first start in June after taking the loss in all four starts in May and face RHP Mitch Keller (7-1, 3.25). Keller has eight or more strikeouts in seven consecutive starts, the longest streak by a Pirates pitcher in the modern era (since 1901).