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The New York Mets were a do-nothing team at the winter meetings, which wasn¡¯t that surprising given the current state of the team and the state of the payroll. There is still a move (or two) to be made, but that will likely be dumping an outfielder to replenish the farm system and perhaps adding a middle reliever of marginal value.
By FanGraphs¡¯ projections, the Nationals have a six-game edge on the Mets heading into 2017. The Nationals are one of five teams projected to win 90 games, along with the Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers and Astros. The Mets are slotted for 84, one of eight teams pegged for between 82 and 84.
Given Cashman’s past stance on paying closers big money, this seems like a strange move for him to make. Owner Hal Steinbrenner was “all-in” on wanting Chapman, so Cashman might have had a little nudge.
The money and the years matter if the Yankees are truly committed to having real budgets going forward. The only other reliever to receive a five-year deal in MLB history was B.J. Ryan in 2005 for $47.5 million. Ryan was released in the middle of his fourth season.
Here is another thing that might worry you if you are a Yankees fan: The Cubs’ Theo Epstein is arguably the best baseball executive in the game, manning a team poised to be a dynasty. Epstein never even tried to re-sign Chapman. What does that tell you?
Jerry Crasnick’s take: A lot of people were surprised to see the Mariners considering Trumbo, given that Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto traded him twice (from the Angels to the Diamondbacks in 2013 and from the Mariners to the Orioles in 2015).
Game Kids Vladimir Tarasenko Jersey As it turns out, the dalliance was short-lived. The Mariners did, indeed, check in on Trumbo, but at the moment, they’re planning to stand pat and go with a Danny Valencia-Dan Vogelbach platoon at first base. Fellow free agents Mike Napoli and Chris Carter aren’t on Seattle’s radar, either. Barring a shift in direction, the Mariners will devote the bulk of their energy to improving the starting rotation.