Tonight I went to a late dinner with a few other writers, one of whom covers the Mets. Needless to say, he didn’t stick around very long. In a flurry of moves tonight, the Mets added two players through trade and two more through free agency.
They sent Angel Pagan to the Giants for Andres Torres and Ramon Ramirez, and the signed both Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco.
Most significant is the impact on the bullpen, which added three arms, including a new closer and setup man. Torres seems ready to replace Pagan in center field.
A few other non-Yankees stories from today.
• The big developing story of the day is obviously the Albert Pujols saga. The Marlins are making a push to continue their remarkably aggressive week, while the Cardinals have reportedly upped their offer to stay in the mix. The Cubs might also be involved.
• Looks like the Pirates are bringing back Nate McLouth.
• I like the Blue Jays trade for Sergio Santos. Given the free agent prices for closers, this looks like another smart move for a good young player in Toronto. Obviously the White Sox are beginning some sort of rebuilding.
• The Red Sox have re-signed starter Andrew Miller. The former first-round pick has never been as good as expected, but he matched a career-high with six wins for Boston last season.
• The Twins traded non-tender candidate Kevin Slowey to the Rockies for a player to be named later. Slowey was a solid starter in 2010, but he really struggled last year. Speaking of the Twins, they’ve reportedly offered a three-year deal to retain Michael Cuddyer.
• The Diamondbacks seem to be moving toward a deal with Lyle Overbay. Kevin Towers has acknowledged that a deal is close.
• Apparently the Indians have something significant in the works, but their GM isn’t saying what it is.
• A big congratulations to Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun on winning the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.
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