The Mets have begun to show significant interest in Rangers ace Mike Minor, continuously searching outside the organization for pitching help due to the staff’s inauspicious start.
New York currently ranks 25th in the MLB in earned run average (5.62), with each starting holding an ERA above a 3.68. Two starters in their rotation, Jason Vargas and Zack Wheeler, even hold ERAs above 7.45. It is no wonder that they are looking elsewhere for pitching relief for this defensive shortcoming.
Among the teams interested in the phenomenal pitcher is division rival Philadelphia Phillies. Both teams’ starters have been lacking, and the race to acquire a player of this caliber will be a close one as each NL East squad intends to contend in the postseason.
Minor has been exceptional thus far in his 2019 campaign. He currently holds a 2.60 ERA to go along with 22 strikeouts in four separate outings. The Vanderbilt product also threw a complete game shutout in his last start against the Los Angeles Angels.
Although his resumé isn’t all that much to be impressed about, Minor feels his game has evolved. He noted after a game, “I think I have better stuff now than I did back then.” Promising improvement, Minor feels prepared to make a name for himself in the MLB and helping any team that wants him to postseason prosperity.
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According to reports, the New York Yankees have re-signed veteran starting pitcher CC Sabathia to a one-year, $8 million contract.
The left-hander did not have much interest in testing the free-agent market, enticing the veteran to take less money to return to New York after making $25 million in 2017 to $10 million in 2018. Sabathia has been with the Yanks for ten seasons, and would presumably like to retire in the same uniform.
Sabathia was 9-7 with a 3.65 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 140 strikeouts in perhaps his best season on the Bronx Bombers in the last five years, showing the MLB community that he still has some gas left in the tank.
In addition to locking up Sabathia, the Yankees also recently re-signed Brett Gardner to a one-year deal. “These are known commodities,” said Yankees GM Brian Cashman. “We know exactly who they are in that clubhouse, who they are dealing with our press and our fans, and obviously — most importantly — competing on the field of play.”
The 38-year-old lefty has built quite the resumé throughout his 18-year career. Since his debut in 2001, Sabathia has been named an All-Star six times, three of which came as a member of the Yankees. Furthermore, he won the AL Cy Young Award in 2007 when he posted a 3.21 ERA with 19 wins and 209 strikeouts. In 2009, he also was named the ALCS MVP for two strong starts against the Angels. In Game 1, he limited his opponent to one run on four hits and a walk in eight innings, striking out seven in a 4–1 Yankees victory. His start in Game 4 was just as impressive, pitching another eight strong innings, allowing only one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out five. New York would go on to defeat the Phillies in six games to take home the World Series Championship.
Although CC Sabathia isn’t the ace he once was, he is still a valuable asset to have at the back-end of the rotation as the Yankees look to make a postseason run in 2019.
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