Notes commerciales: Mets, Twins, Pirates, Red Sox

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Typically one for bold and confident statements, Mets Managing director Brodie Van Wagenen offered a more measured approach when asked about the trade deadline this week, by Newsday’s Tim Healey. While the Mets will be poised to make improvements, Van Wagenen spoke of exercising caution and being “responsible for the future of the organization.” The agent-turned-general manager added that he expected other clubs to take an equally conservative approach due to the short nature of the 2020 season – particularly the post-deadline period. None of this precludes a rating change for the Mets, and Van Wagenen has gone to “opportunist” often used as an adjective to describe his mentality as Monday’s deadline looms.

The Mets abandoned both games of yesterday’s double-game against the Marlins, falling to 12-16 in the process. However, they are part of a tight group of NL clubs with mediocre records. The Pirates are currently the only NL team more than 2.5 games away from a potential playoff spot.

A little more commercial chatter around the game …

  • the twins are tied with the Rays for the second-best American League record, but a major move to separate them further from the pack may not be coming. Instead, President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey emphasized to Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune the importance of securing key internal reinforcements in the near future. Righty Michael Pineda will be eligible to return from a reduced PED suspension on Sunday, adding a big arm to the club’s rotation mix. Likewise, third baseman Josh Donaldson, absent for much of this month with a calf problem, is set to return. Falvey admitted taking an overly “conservative” approach to Donaldson’s rehab, given his history of calf issues and the desire to have him 100% for the playoff push. The Twins are open to business opportunities, of course, but don’t seem in such a rush to move thanks to their strong start and existing depth.
  • On the opposite side of the room, The Pirates General manager Ben Cherington “is trying to sell everything,” a rival executive told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. This is no surprise given the miserable start to the Pirates’ 2020 season and the recent regime change that has put Cherington at the top of the baseball operations hierarchy. Cherington will have a tough line to go as his best chips (Keone Kela and Joe Musgrove) have injury concerns while others who should appeal (eg. Grégory Polanco, Josh Bell, Adam Frazier) have had disastrous departures which are likely to weaken offers submitted by other clubs (or eliminate interest altogether).
  • Christian Vazquez knows that the Red Sox will offer him offers over the next five days, writes Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, but he hopes to stay in Boston and says he would rather spend his entire career with the Sox. It’s obviously out of his control at the moment, with the Sox likely willing to move just about anyone outside of Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers. As Speier examines, the story of starting receivers changing hands and making a big impact during the cutoff season is more limited than some might think. Vazquez himself weighed in on the challenges that would exist when jumping into a new club and trying to train on a new pitching staff and build rapport with so many new arms, comparing him to being a ‘rookie’ again. . Vazquez is guaranteed $ 6.25 million in 2021 and has a $ 7 million option for the 2022 season, which makes it a rather attractive business target for clubs with capture needs that extend beyond- beyond 2020.

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