Happy Sunday Mets fans! Here are the latest rumors around baseball right now.
Nathan Eovaldi is a Hot Name on the Market
Eovaldi, 28, is drawing interest from a number of clubs including the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, and the Atlanta Braves according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
The right-hander went 6-7 with a 3.81 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 101 strikeouts in 111 innings (21 starts, 22 appearances) last season split between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox in his first year back from Tommy John Surgery.
His postseason statistics were very impressive, though, as he went 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts in six games (two starts), including a five-inning relief performance in the World Series. It would not be surprising if some teams are considering signing him for a bullpen role.
Robertson Would Prefer To Stay In New England Area
Veteran righty reliever David Robertson is representing himself this off-season as he enters free agency and seems to be showing off some of his new-found agent skills. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Robertson would prefer to stay in New England after his new deal and wants to be close to his Rhode Island home.
Robertson, 33, has been one of the more consistent relievers of the past nine years. Since 2009, Robertson is 49-32 with a 2.76 ERA in 629 games and hasn’t posted an ERA over 3.50 sine 2010 when he held a 3.82 ERA, the worst of any year in which he appeared in over 25 games.
Robertson has also been an iron man for bullpens, appearing in at least 60 games every year since 2010. Robertson could fit very nicely into a high-leverage role with the Mets, who appear to be on his radar, whether by default or genuine interest.
Astros Acquire Aledmys Diaz From the Blue Jays
Following a great year in Toronto, the Blue Jays traded former rookie-wonder Aledmys Diaz to the Astros for a minor league pitcher. Diaz, 28, burst onto the scene in 2016 with the Cardinals before cooling off in 2017 before the move to Toronto.
Diaz hit .300/.369/.51o for the Cardinals in 2016, finished 5th in Rookie of the Year voting, appeared in the All-Star Game, and failed to post an OPS over .700 in 2017. He was traded north of the border from St. Louis after Paul DeJong took a stranglehold of the shortstop gig in 2017 and never looked back.
Diaz will have a fresh start with one of the best teams in baseball and can be an exceptional role player on a team hunting for a second title in their playoff window.