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Report: Yankees have contacted Mets about Steven Matz


Per Mike Puma and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, the Yankees have contacted the Mets regarding starter Steven Matz. It is, at this stage, unlikely the two sides come together on a deal, a sentiment also echoed by SNY’s Andy Martino.

The Yankees are in need of starting pitching depth. Luis Severino will miss the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. James Paxton will be sidelined until May with a back issue. Domingo Germán will miss the first 63 games of the season as a result of his suspension under the league’s domestic violence policy.

The Mets, on the other hand, have a surfeit of starting pitching. With stalwarts Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Marcus Stroman, the club brought in veterans Michael Wacha and Rick Porcello. Trading Matz would simply cement a rotation spot for Wacha. Wacha, however, is not the safest bet to stay healthy for a full season, so the Mets’ depth may be something they’d like to maintain.

Miguel Andújar interests the Mets, according to the Post. The third baseman appeared in only 12 games last year due to a right shoulder injury. The Yankees are looking to expand his versatility this spring, getting him some reps in the outfield given the injuries to Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. Like the Mets with pitching depth, position player depth may be something the Yankees would want to hold on to.

Braves ace Mike Soroka out for year with torn Achilles

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Atlanta Braves ace Mike Soroka is out for the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon Monday night against the New York Mets.

Soroka was hurt in the third inning after delivering a pitch to J.D. Davis, who grounded the ball toward first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Soroka broke toward first to cover the bag, only to go down on his first step off the mound. The right-hander knew right away it was a devastating injury, one that ensures he won’t be back on the mound until 2021.

“It’s a freak thing that happened,” manager Brian Snitker said, delivering the grim news after the Braves lost 7-2 to the Mets. “I’m sorry it did.”

Soroka yelled in obvious pain and tried to walk gingerly for a couple of steps before dropping to his knees. He couldn’t put any weight on the leg as he was helped toward the clubhouse with the assistance of Snitker and a trainer.

It was a major blow to the two-time defending NL East champion Braves, who had won five straight despite struggling to put together an effective rotation.

“Somebody else is going to get an opportunity,” Snitker said. “Things like that happen. These guys will regroup. Somebody is going to get an opportunity to do something really good. Our young guys are going to continue to get better. We’re going to be fine.”

Soroka, who turns 23 on Tuesday, made his first opening day start last month after going 13-4 with a dazzling 2.68 ERA in 2019 to finish second in NL Rookie of the Year balloting and sixth for the Cy Young Award.

Soroka was making his third start of the season. He came in having allowed just two earned runs over 11 1/3 innings but struggled against the Mets, giving up three hits and four walks. He was charged with four earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, the second-shortest outing of his career.

Unfortunately for Soroka, he won’t get a chance to make up for it this season.