Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes:
Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford — The Dodgers may still deal one of them before the start of the season. As teams see where Kemp’s rehab is after shoulder and ankle surgeries, that could heat up in spring training. Ethier could also be in demand, but the Dodgers want to see what they have in Kemp before trading away their excess. Still, the Dodgers will be an intriguing trade partner for some team before all is said and done.
Johan Santana — Santana is getting closer to making a decision on a minor league deal with a team. There’s been some speculation about the Twins since Santana still resides in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Twins have spring training. The Red Sox, who also train in Fort Myers, passed. But a small-market team such as the Astros could also have some interest. Santana is just trying to get back pitching and prove himself again.
The ship has passed the Mets on either of the Dodgers’ outfielders. They are now locked in with Chris Young and Curtis Granderson, and even if L.A. were to kick in some Benjamins, the Mets still couldn’t fit either of them into their payroll budget.
As for Santana, I never once got the sense that the Mets ever wanted him back and by that I mean “seriously” wanted him back. I’m not so sure Johan would want to come back anyway.
Anthony DiComo of MLB.com writes:
David Wright — When Wright signed a new eight-year, $138-million deal with the Mets last winter, he did so expecting to compete for playoff spots over the life of the contract. For the Mets, however, it’s a race against the clock. Few expect Wright to remain an elite player deep into his 30s, meaning the Mets must become contenders before their best player’s skill set begins to erode. For now, Wright remains a top-flight (albeit increasingly injury-prone) player entering his age-31 season, capable of carrying the Mets more than anyone else on the roster.
The Mets have about 2-3 years to make their move before Wright goes from great to not-so-great. It doesn’t matter how good you are, age always catches up with you.
My Morning Musing:
Corey Hart - I really loved that deal Hart signed with the Mariners. The outfielder/first baseman signed a one-year deal worth $6 million that could go up to $13 million with incentives. Hart, 31, missed the 2013 season after suffering a meniscus tear in his right knee and is now full recovered and held showcases for teams in early December. Hart hit .270 with and .841 OPS, 30 homers and 83 RBI in 149 games in 2012 and between ’10-’12, seasons he hit 87 home runs – sixth most in the National League and had a fifth best .514 slugging percentage.