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Thursday, January 07, 2021

Mets To Acquire Francisco Lindor, Carlos Carrasco

The Mets and Indians have agreed to a deal that will see New York acquire shortstop Francisco Lindor and right-hander Carlos Carrasco.  ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan (Twitter links) was the first to report that the two teams were “deep in talks” about a Lindor deal, and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported Carrasco’s involvement in the swap.  According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the two sides have agreed to the trade.

For moving their star shortstop, Cleveland will receive two prominent young infielders.  MLB Pipeline’s Jonathan Mayo reports that Amed Rosario is part of the trade package, while Passan adds that Andres Gimenez is also going to Cleveland.  The Mets will also move two prospects — right-hander Josh Wolf (via The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal) and outfielder Isaiah Greene (as per ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 07, 2021 at 12:53 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos carrasco, francisco lindor, indians, mets

Monday, January 04, 2021

Here’s the actual situation with the Mets and George Springer

The rumored deal between Springer and the Mets that popped up in several places over the holiday was five years, $125 million. In reality, Springer is expected to sign for much more than that. Two league sources said that he was still asking for well over $150 million. Springer’s representatives at Excel Sports Management did not respond to messages seeking comment.

The Mets might be willing to approach $150 million for Springer, but the sides haven’t found sufficient common ground to even get near a deal.

As SNY reported earlier in the offseason, Springer is a more likely target for the Mets than free agent starter Trevor Bauer. There has been no evidence of a serious pursuit of Bauer to date.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 04, 2021 at 06:17 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, george springer, mets

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Mets offer Jared Porter their GM job: source

The Mets, suddenly on the fast track in their offseason plans, have landed on a general manager to work under Sandy Alderson.

Jared Porter has received an offer from the Mets to become their next GM, a source confirmed to the Daily News. Porter has served as the Diamondbacks assistant GM for the past four seasons under GM Mike Hazen in the organization. The team has not yet made the hiring official, but the remainder of the process is expected to cross the finish line without any hiccups.

Porter, 40, joined the D-backs after parts of two seasons with the Chicago Cubs. He served as the Cubs’ director of professional scouting during their first world championship in 2016. He also worked in the Boston Red Sox’s front office and won championships with the club in 2004, ’07 and ’13.

He worked his way up the ladder in Boston’s organization under Theo Epstein, beginning with his internship year in 2004 at the Red Sox’s spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla. Porter became the club’s player development assistant from 2006-07 before moving on to scouting. He served in multiple scouting positions for the Red Sox from 2008 until 2015, when he was the team’s director of professional scouting in what would end up being his final year in Boston.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 13, 2020 at 01:08 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Saturday, December 12, 2020

New York Mets, catcher James McCann finalizing four-year deal, sources say

Catcher James McCann and the New York Mets are finalizing a four-year contract for $40 million-plus, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The Athletic first reported the sides were close to a deal.

McCann, 30, shared catching duties last season with Yasmani Grandal, whose deal with the Chicago White Sox last offseason averaged $18.3 million per season—a record in free agency for a catcher.

McCann had a career-high .289 batting average with seven home runs and 15 RBIs in 31 games during the pandemic-shortened season, cutting down on his strikeout rate after a career-worst 137 strikeouts in 2019. Despite the Grandal deal (four years, $73 million), McCann stayed with the White Sox, avoiding arbitration by reaching a one-year, $5.4 million deal that more than doubled his salary from 2018.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 12, 2020 at 01:25 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: james mccann, mets

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

How Come the Mets Gave a Major League Deal to a Lifetime Minor Leaguer?

Who is Sam McWilliams? And why in a slow free-agent market during a pandemic did half the teams in baseball engage in a bidding war for a 25-year-old pitcher with no major league experience and an 8.18 ERA in Triple A in 2019, when he last pitched competitively? And why did the New York Mets hand him a major league roster spot and more money than they paid Pete Alonso after his historic rookie season?

The answers are more than just interesting. They reveal insights about what is going on with analytical data, pitching trends, scouting trends, the reputation of the Tampa Bay Rays and how new Mets owner Steve Cohen and president Sandy Alderson are changing how the team does business.

They also reveal how McWilliams, a six-year minor league free agent on his fifth organization, landed at the intersection of these changes with perfect timing.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 08, 2020 at 05:45 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sam mcwilliams

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Mets To Sign Trevor May

The Mets have agreed to terms on a contract with free-agent reliever Trevor May, SNY’s Andy Martino reports (via Twitter). The contract is pending a physical. MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reported earlier this afternoon that May and the Mets were “deep” in talks. May is represented by the VC Sports Group.

May, 31, becomes the first prominent reliever to come off the board. The longtime Twins righty bounced back from Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2017 season to become a reliable, late-inning power arm in Minnesota and one of the game’s foremost strikeout pitchers. Since returning from that elbow operation, May has compiled 113 innings of 3.19 ERA and 3.56 FIP ball, averaging 12.2 strikeouts, 3.0 walks and 1.4 home runs per nine innings pitched. This past season was particularly impressive for May in terms of missing bats, as he whiffed an outstanding 39.6 percent of the hitters he faced.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2020 at 03:07 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, trevor may

Monday, November 30, 2020

Mets not bringing back bench coach Hensley Meulens

While Luis Rojas survived the Mets’ ownership change, his top lieutenant will not be as fortunate.

An industry source confirmed Monday that Hensley Meulens, the Mets’ bench coach in 2020, will not return to the team next season, as first reported by USA Today.

The decision doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as the 53-year-old Meulens originally joined the Mets as Carlos Beltran s bench coach last offseason, only to see Beltran lose his job (for his involvement in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal) before making it to even spring training.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2020 at 05:27 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Sources: New York Mets’ Robinson Cano banned for year due to PED

New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and will be suspended for the entire 2021 season, sources told ESPN.

It is the second PED suspension for Cano, 38, who missed 80 games in 2018 after testing positive for a diuretic while with the Seattle Mariners.

A second positive results in an automatic 162-game suspension, according to the joint drug agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. Cano will forfeit his $24 million salary.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 18, 2020 at 03:42 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, peds, robinson cano

Mets’ hunt for top baseball exec far trickier than superstar search

The Mets are playing their search for their new PoBO (let’s make this acronym popular) close to the vest, with Michael Hill, who held that same title for the Marlins until last month, the only known candidate to have interviewed for the post. Early indications, however, are that Cohen and Sandy Alderson, who aspired to make the hire by Thanksgiving, might not land the sort of full-blown, front-office stud whose move to Flushing would shake the industry. They might have to build baseball operations excellence through depth rather than star power.

Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti is said to be very happy in Cleveland, and the same goes for Rays general manager Erik Neander in Tampa Bay. MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported that the Brewers unsurprisingly didn’t grant the Mets permission to interview their head baseball person David Stearns, understandable given Stearns’ success in Milwaukee.

Plenty of appealing talent remains. Morosi reported the Mets have asked the Indians to speak with Antonetti’s GM Mike Chernoff, who grew up in New Jersey as the son of WFAN’s boss Mark Chernoff. However, Chernoff, who turned down the chance to interview with the Mets two years ago when they wound

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 18, 2020 at 09:34 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Mets, Yankees Have Shown Interest In Yadier Molina

oth the Mets and Yankees have reached out to Yadier Molina’s camp to express interest in the veteran catcher, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). The Cardinals icon has also heard from at least three others, per Heyman.

It’s not surprising that either New York club would at least explore the possibility of bringing the 38-year-old Molina into the fold. As noted here at MLBTR last week, signing Molina would be a major narrative shift in the Bronx, where Gary Sanchez’s defensive struggles and prolific strikeout rates have drawn the ire of many fans. Molina, of course, is a generational defender at his position and still possesses some of the best bat-to-ball skills in baseball (13.5 percent strikeout rate in 2020).

As for the Mets, they’ve been oft-connected to J.T. Realmuto since it became clear that Steve Cohen would purchase the club from the Wilpon family. Wilson Ramos is a free agent, leaving Tomas Nido atop the team’s depth chart behind the dish. For a club with immediate postseason aspirations under new ownership, that doesn’t cut it. Molina would be a more affordable option than Realmuto, leaving more resource available to pursue other top free agents and trade targets (e.g. George Springer, Trevor Bauer, Francisco Lindor). Outgoing White Sox catcher James McCann stands out as a younger alternative as well.

Agent Melvin Roman told Heyman a couple weeks back that he’s seeking a two-year deal for Molina, and Roman told MLB.com’s Jon Morosi last week that they’ve heard from at least three clubs beyond the Cardinals.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 12, 2020 at 01:06 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mets, yankees

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Steve Cohen sets high bar for Mets’ World Series timeline

In 1963, Steve Cohen first went to the Polo Grounds with his father to watch the Mets. On Tuesday, the billionaire gave his vision for the future of the franchise — and set a very high bar.

“If I don’t win a World Series in the next three to five years — I’d like to make it sooner — but if I don’t do that, I would consider that slightly disappointing,” Cohen said Tuesday during his introductory press conference.

Cohen said the Mets are “a major market team” that “should have a budget commensurate with that.”

“I’m essentially doing this for the fans,” Cohen said. “When I really thought about this, I can make millions of people happy. What an incredible opportunity that is. That’s how I’m thinking about this. I’m not trying to make money here … it’s really about building something great, building something for the fans, winning and I just find this an amazing opportunity and I’m so excited for it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 10, 2020 at 02:48 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, November 06, 2020

Hours after becoming Mets new owner, Steve Cohen fires GM Brodie Van Wagenen, entire front office

New York Mets owner Steve Cohen is starting over.

The organization announced on Friday afternoon that it was parting ways with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen as well as the rest of the front office.


The group consists of special assistant to the general manager Omar Minaya; vice president and assistant general manager for scouting and player development Allard Baird; assistant general manager of systemic development Adam Guttridge; and executive director of player development Jared Banner.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 06, 2020 at 03:32 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, October 30, 2020

Steve Cohen’s Mets purchase approved by MLB and de Blasio

Steve Cohen’s got the votes to become the Mets’ next owner.

The hedge-fund billionaire on Friday received the necessary 75 percent of the vote by MLB owners, completing his $2.4 billion transaction with Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz to become the team’s majority owner and control person. Shortly after that news came out, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City had “no objections.” And with that, the final two obstacles were cleared by the 64-year-old Cohen.

The Post had reported in recent days, de Blasio has been searching for legal loopholes that would block Cohen.

“The New York City Law Department has completed its legal review of the proposed sale of the Mets,” de Blasio said in a statement. “New York City does not object to the sale, and the Mets may proceed with the transaction.”

Cohen said in his own statement that he would donate $17.5 million to City programs, increase the giving of the Mets Foundation and restore the salaries of employees who had their wages cut early in the pandemic.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 30, 2020 at 03:02 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steve cohen

Thursday, October 29, 2020

These 6 teams now need a title most

Oakland A’s
Now that it is rumored that longtime head of baseball operations Billy Beane could be leaving the franchise, it would be a cruel irony if the A’s finally had their postseason breakthrough with him gone. For all the “Moneyball” love, the A’s had a 2-11 postseason record in the Beane era, ending with an American League Division Series loss to the rival Astros this year. The A’s have always felt like the team that was always this close to having That Special Year. But they never quite made it. If they ever bust through, here’s hoping they give him a ring anyway.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 29, 2020 at 11:41 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, brewers, indians, mets, twins

Monday, October 26, 2020

Spokesperson: Mayor Bill de Blasio still ‘evaluating’ Mets sale to Steve Cohen

The office of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that Steve Cohen’s purchase of the Mets is not yet a done deal.

“At this point the Mayor and his office are evaluating,” de Blasio spokesperson Bill Neidhardt told SNY on Friday afternoon.

If this evaluation stretches into next week, it could delay the vote among MLB owners on whether to approve Cohen as the Mets’ new owner. The Mets are hoping for the vote to occur next Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. But they need de Blasio to move forward first.

As first reported by USA Today, de Blasio has the right to block the sale to “any person that has been convicted in a criminal proceeding for a felony or any crime involving moral turpitude.’’

The company that Cohen founded, S.A.C. Capital, pleaded guilty in 2018 to securities fraud and wire fraud and paid $1.8 billion in fines. But Cohen was not personally charged with a crime, making it unclear what grounds de Blasio would have to block the deal.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 26, 2020 at 12:36 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Friday, October 23, 2020

Alex Rodriguez says he would have increased Mets’ payroll to $225 million if he’d purchased team

“The Mets were a team I grew up watching,” Rodriguez said. “I thought that the Mets did — and do — have an opportunity to be one of the great franchises around the world, with an incredible fan base, and we were really excited to take payroll from like $150 [million] to $225 [million] and bring a championship back to the city of New York.

“I wasn’t looking to acquire a team, [but] when the Mets became available, we became interested. Jennifer thought this would be great as well. I enjoyed the experience, so never say never.”

Cohen, of course, needs approval from 23 of the 30 MLB teams, and as Martino has noted throughout the process, that approval is ultimately expected. Rodriguez has said previously that he would match Cohen’s bid without a negotiation should Cohen not be approved by the other MLB owners, though that scenario seems unlikely to come about.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 23, 2020 at 09:39 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Steve Cohen to blow up Wilpons’ ‘archaic’ Mets technology

“It was just so archaic,” a person familiar with the Mets operating structure during the Wilpons’ ownership said. “Fred Wilpon walked around and tried to pride himself on being this progressive thinker and he just couldn’t grasp a lot of the stuff. It wasn’t like Jeff or Fred, I don’t want to make them out to be bad guys, I just think they didn’t grasp how to invest in stuff that could help you get down the road.”

The Mets have fought to keep up. Included was the development of a player-facing app on iPads. The app allows players to prepare for an upcoming opponent, helping them share video, communicate with coaches and analyze data. But the app also requires an infrastructure the Mets are lacking.

It starts with a data pipeline, but acquiring the same kind of information from the minor leagues as major leagues has been a challenge for the Mets due to staffing limitations. Likewise, the Mets are challenged in keeping the app updated and receiving proper analysis due to the scarcity of bodies. Another issue that has bedeviled the organization is something as basic as an internal server that can support 30 players using their iPads simultaneously.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 13, 2020 at 09:56 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: mets

Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Disastrous Phillies, Angels, Rockies front offices cautionary tales for Steve Cohen’s Mets

Word is Steve Cohen’s first big expenditure upon being formally approved as new Mets owner will not be on a high priced free agent such as J.T. Realmuto or Trevor Bauer, but rather an investment to beef up the Mets’ analytics department.

It is certainly understandable why Cohen, whose hedge fund entities are all operated with a heavy influence of analytics and data, would want to take that same route in baseball. The Mets’ analytics department — headed up by Adam Guttridge, a Brodie Van Wagenen hire who is said to have played an integral role in the acquisition of J.D. Davis and holding on to Jeff McNeil — is reportedly one of the smallest in baseball. At the same time, it was a smart and safe move on Cohen’s part to install Sandy Alderson, an experienced hand at building championship teams on limited budgets, as head of baseball operations. For in the past couple of years, as some of Cohen’s new MLB lodge brothers can attest, hiring these new wave general managers whose prime modus operandi is the emphasis of analytics over scouting, can result in less-than-desired results.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 06, 2020 at 05:36 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steve cohen

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Steve Cohen hiring Sandy Alderson as Mets team president

Steve Cohen went back to the future by announcing his intentions to hire Sandy Alderson as team president if he is approved as Mets owner. That could help Cohen’s ownership candidacy and bode poorly for Brodie Van Wagenen’s job security.

If I am fortunate enough to be approved by Major League Baseball as the next owner of this iconic franchise, Sandy Alderson will become president of the New York Mets and will oversee all Mets baseball and business operations,” Cohen said in a statement.

“Sandy is an accomplished and respected baseball executive who shares my philosophy of building an organization and a team the right way. I am excited to have Sandy in a key leadership role with the Mets if my purchase of the team is approved. Lets’ Go Mets!”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2020 at 08:57 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, sandy alderson

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Theo Epstein would be perfect for Steve Cohen’s Mets

There usually is a new-owner syndrome to spend money immediately to make a mark, so do you — for example — think the agents for J.T. Realmuto, George Springer and other high-end players will wait to see what Cohen wants to do with his $14 billion even if a GM is not hired until, say, mid-November or not?

So the only question is: Does Cohen want Van Wagenen? If not, he could look into New York or New York-area-raised Mets fans like him, such as Indians GM Mike Chernoff (his first baseball job was as a $50-a-week Mets intern), Rangers GM Jon Daniels and Brewers GM David Stearns. All are qualified, with Stearns (who previously worked for the Mets) particularly intriguing and attractive.

Cohen’s hedge fund is facing a gender-discrimination suit, and to counter perceptions maybe he would like to hire the first female head of baseball operations. Yankees assistant GM Jean Afterman has never shown the desire for such a job, but if she did, this would not be a token. She is tough, smart and would have credentials as good or better than someone like Tellem.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 20, 2020 at 10:46 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, theo epstein

Monday, September 14, 2020

Done deal! Steve Cohen agrees to buy the Mets | Sale details, final price tag

It took a while, much longer than anyone anticipated. But billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen has a deal in place to buy the New York Mets. Sportico broke the details on Monday, based on information from a person with direct knowledge of the sale.

The person was granted anonymity because the deal isn’t signed, though an announcement will be made later today. Allen & Co., which is overseeing the sale, declined to comment. Cohen will own 95% of the team, with the Katz and Wilpon families retaining the other 5%. While financial terms of the agreement haven’t been disclosed, two people with knowledge of the deal have said the sale values the team at about $2.42 billion. That would make it the most paid for an MLB franchise, topping the $2.15 billion paid for the Los Angeles Dodgers and surrounding real estate.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 14, 2020 at 05:36 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steve cohen

Friday, September 04, 2020

Alex Rodriguez fuming over ‘fixed’ sale of Mets to Steve Cohen, sources say

Alex Rodriguez is fuming over losing the Mets to billionaire Steve Cohen and griping that the process was rigged, multiple sources tell The Post.

Sources close to the former Yankees slugger say they lost the Queens team on Friday, Aug. 28, after the Mets’ banker — Steve Greenberg of Allen & Co. — reached out to ask for a sneak peek at what was being offered. The request came days ahead of the official Aug. 31 bidding deadline.

A-Rod — who has been vying for The Amazins with his superstar fiancee, Jennifer Lopez — reluctantly complied with the request only to learn later that same day that the Mets were in exclusive deal talks with Cohen.

The founder of Point72 Asset Management had offered $2.35 billion for the team — or just $50 million more than the $2.3 billion bid offered by Rodriguez and his group of investors.

The former Yankees third baseman is now convinced that the Mets spoon-fed his bid information to Cohen so the billionaire financier and art collector could have the highest offer and win the team. “They took the bids and showed them to Cohen,” a source familiar with A-Rod’s thinking claimed.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 04, 2020 at 09:43 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, mets

Monday, August 31, 2020

Mets Acquire Miguel Castro From Orioles

The New York Mets swung another deal just before the trade deadline, acquiring Miguel Castro from the Orioles, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter). The Orioles will receive southpaw Kevin Smith, per Robert Murray (via Twitter). In addition, the Mets will be sending a player to be named later or cash to Baltimore, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The Mets completed a flurry of deals at the last minute, also acquiring catcher Robinson Chirinos and third baseman Todd Frazier from the Rangers. In Castro, the Mets are getting another power arm from the right side to help out late in games. The 25-year-old owns a 4.02 ERA/3.71 FIP across 16 appearances this season. He strikeout to walk numbers have blown up in the 15 2/3 innings he’s logged this year with 13.8 K/9 to 2.9 BB/9. Those numbers are far better than his career norms, so at least some regression is to be expected. With just another month to go in the season, the Mets are betting the overall profile holds up.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2020 at 05:01 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, miguel castro, orioles

Friday, August 28, 2020

Steve Cohen closes in on buying Mets

Steve Cohen is close to buying the Mets — again.

The billionaire won the bidding on the right to purchase the team, according to The Post’s Thornton McEnery. Cohen is now in exclusive negotiations with the Wilpons and Katz families to complete the purchase.

The group that posed the greatest threat to Cohen — led by former Yankee Alex Rodriguez and entertainer Jennifer Lopez — announced it pulled out of the process late Friday night.

This is Cohen’s second chance to purchase the team for which he is a fan. He saw a deal with the Wilpons fall through in February because the current owners wanted to maintain organizational control for five years. Team COO Jeff Wilpon, who complicated the initial deal worth $2.6 billion, was not part of negotiations the second time around, The Post reported.

Cohen was expected to bid more than $2 billion this time and beat out a group led by Rodriguez and Lopez and another by 76ers and Devils owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 28, 2020 at 11:28 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, steve cohen

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen calls comments about Rob Manfred wrong, unfounded

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen apologized Thursday night, saying he falsely accused commissioner Rob Manfred of proposing a plan that would have had New York players stage a one-hour walkout during their scheduled home game against the Miami Marlins.

Van Wagenen’s comments, in which he criticized the commissioner as someone who “doesn’t get it,” were caught on video and spread on social media earlier Thursday.

But Van Wagenen issued a statement later Thursday night, saying it was actually Mets COO Jeff Wilpon who proposed the walkout idea - and not Manfred.

“Jeff Wilpon called Commissioner Manfred this afternoon to notify him that our players voted not to play,” Van Wagenen said in the statement. “They discussed the challenges of rescheduling the game. Jeff proposed an idea of playing the game an hour later. I misunderstood that this was the Commissioner’s idea. In actuality, this was Jeff’s suggestion. The players had already made their decision so I felt the suggestion was not helpful. My frustration with the Commissioner was wrong and unfounded.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2020 at 07:45 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: brodie van wagenen, mets, rob manfred

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