Whew. What a couple of years for the Mets. Just when the boys from Flushing look like they’re ready to challenge the Yankees for the crown of New York, injuries overcome the team. The Mets don’t have the best farm system in baseball, so trading deGrom for a hefty stack of prospects will help them regroup, and relatively quickly, if — and here’s a big if — Sandy Alderson knows how to sell.
Limited Mens Bill Russell Jersey Much has been made about Samardzija’s excellent peripherals (FIP, WHIP, K/9 and K/BB), but the fact is his ERA stood at 4.86 after he allowed seven runs in six innings to the Padres on July 16. The main reason? He has allowed 20 home runs in 19 starts. Houston, with its hitter-friendly home park, should be cautious about giving up long-term assets for a 32-year-old homer-prone starter who has three years and $54 million remaining on his contract after this season.
Calais Campbell Game Jersey If trades were done based on who you know, then Sonny Gray would already be a member of the Crew. Milwaukee pitching coach Derek Johnson coached Gray at Vanderbilt, and Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt was Gray’s batterymate in Oakland before the A’s waived Vogt in June. Alas, it’s more about who you’re willing to offer, and the still-rebuilding Brewers should be loath to weaken their farm system (think players like Lewis Brinson, Brett Phillips and Luis Ortiz) even for Gray, who can’t become a free agent until after the 2019 season. Acquiring the older J.A. Happ would make more sense. The Blue Jays won’t need nearly as much for Happ, who is 34 and signed only through 2018.