Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links!
Meet the Mets
Zack Greinke agreed to a contract with the Dodgers on Saturday, taking the best pitcher off of the free agent market and that may serve to spur an R.A. Dickey trade. Ken Rosenthal decided to look into what the Mets could realistically get for Dickey and he came to the conclusion that the Mets may be better off signing the knuckleballer. I tend to agree with that.
With whatever the Mets decide to do here, this "problem" of signing or trading away a Cy Young award winner is a nice one to have.
Around the Majors
As mentioned up above, Zack Greinke is now a Dodger, as he received a 6-year, $147 million megadeal. With that, the Dodgers now have $233 million committed to the payroll for 2013 and can still add more. Oh my goodness.
36-year old Michael Young is now a Phillie, as he agreed to go when the Rangers gave him $1.2 million in benefits. Fun fact: Defensive Runs Saved has Michael Young as a -35 fielder in over 3,000 innings at 3rd base in his career. Of course, that pales in comparison to the -81 DRS at shortstop over 6700 innings in his career. The Phillies might not be done shopping, as it's reported that they may be primed to do something big. So we're not buying that Phillies' offseason is dead?
According to the Daily News, True Yankee Robinson Cano will not take a hometown discount to stay with the Yankees when he becomes a free agent after 2013. Gotta love Scott Boras.
Japanese righty Shohei Otani has decided to remain in Japan for the foreseeable future. The hard throwing righty, who was taken in the first round of the NPB draft, had announced intentions to skip the Japanese leagues altogether and come to America straight out of high school but ultimately decided to sign a deal with the Nippon-Ham Fighters.
Yesterday At AA
On this date in Mets history, the Mets dealt Jon Matlack and Jerry Koosman away a year apart. In 1983, however, they did bring in Sid Fernandez!