Brewers GM Matt Arnold has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Mets' president of baseball operations job, per MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.
Michael Mayer of Metsmerized reported less than an hour ago that the Brewers had granted the Mets permission to interview Arnold, but we can now strike yet another well-respected candidate from the list. Multiple outlets had been recently calling Arnold a favorite for the gig. It's unclear where Mets owner Steve Cohen and club president Sandy Alderson might turn next in the ongoing search.
According to Michael Mayer of Metsmerized, the Mets have been given permission to talk to Brewers general manager Matt Arnold.
If you haven't been tracking this story, the talks will be about the Mets' president of baseball operations gig, for which Arnold has been called a recent favorite amid sometimes conflicting reports. Mayer is hearing that "there's a belief" the Brewers are going to want player compensation in return if the Mets were to hire Arnold even though the potential new job in Queens would technically represent a promotion.
Luke Bard has elected to become a free agent.
Bard was pushed off the Angels' 40-man roster last week and declined an outright assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake. The 30-year-old right-hander missed the entire 2021 season after requiring major hip surgery in early April.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network confirms that the Mets have yet to interview Brewers general manager Matt Arnold for their president of baseball operations opening.
Mike Puma of the New York Post tweeted Tuesday that Arnold was the favorite for the job and that the Mets might have even made an offer already, but followup reports from several other outlets suggest that there's been no contact and that New York is unlikely to receive permission to talk to him. "To refresh," writes Martino on Wednesday, the "Brewers are under no obligation to grant permission for a promotion" and the "Mets have no idea if they even want to hire him yet." The saga continues.
Franklin Barreto has elected to become a free agent.
Barreto was sent outright to the Angels' Triple-A affiliate last week, but he had the option of joining the open market and will do just that. The 25-year-old former top prospect is a career .175/.207/.342 hitter in 101 games at the MLB level.
Adam Duvall clubbed a two-run home run Tuesday as the Braves downed the Astros.
He had one of two long balls off of Framber Valdez and it was Duvall's blast in the third inning which knocked Valdez out of the game. It's the second long ball of the postseason for Duvall, who also drew a walk in this one.
Jake Odorizzi fanned five over 2 1/3 relief innings Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Series against the Braves.
The Astros needed some innings from their bullpen after Framber Valdez lasted just two-plus frames. Odorizzi gave them that in retiring one more batter than Houston's starter, striking out five of the nine batters he faced while allowing just two baserunners (and one of them was on an error). The right-hander should be available for multiple innings as a starter or reliever in Game 4 in what could amount to a bullpen game for the Astros.
Framber Valdez was rocked for five runs over just two-plus innings Tuesday, taking a loss in Game 1 of the World Series versus the Braves.
Valdez was on point in his last start in Game 5 of the ALCS, but he didn't have it at all in this one. Jorge Soler started the game off with a laser into the Crawford Boxes, and Adam Duvall bookended Valdez's outing by hitting it to almost the same spot for a two-run shot. In between, Valdez yielded an additional six hits and a walk. Things could have been much worse, as the left-handed did manage to strand the bases loaded in the second inning by striking out Austin Riley. Valdez threw only 52 pitches, so he would figure to be available to start Game 4 on short rest if that's the route manager Dusty Baker wants to take.
Coming on to relieve an injured Charlie Morton, A.J. Minter threw a career-high 43 pitches Tuesday while limiting the Astros to one run in 2 2/3 frames, getting credited with a win in the Braves' 6-2 Game 1 World Series victory.
Minter's previous career high of 42 pitches came in Game 5 of last year's NLCS when he struck out seven of the 10 batters he faced over three scoreless innings. This outing wasn't as dominant, but Minter was awfully good in helping to save the bullpen. The one run charged to the left-hander potentially wouldn't have scored had Dansby Swanson been able to turn a double play instead of make an error. Minter obviously won't be available for Game 2, but he should be ready for Game 3 after a couple days of rest.
Michael Brantley singled twice and added a double Tuesday as the Astros fell to the Braves.
It looked like it was going to be two doubles and a single, but Eddie Rosario made a nice play in left field to hold Brantley to a single in the seventh inning. Brantley has now picked up nine hits over his last five postseason games and is batting .340 during these playoffs.
Bubba Starling has announced his retirement via social media.
"It's bittersweet because sports have been my forever," Starling wrote on Facebook. "My every day. My everything my whole life. ... I can't wait for this next chapter of my life!" The 29-year-old Starling was selected No. 5 overall by the Royals back in 2011, but he never lived up to expectations. He batted .204/.246/.298 with five home runs over 261 plate appearances in the majors. He played with Triple-A Omaha this past season.
Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports that the Mets have yet to receive permission to speak with Brewers general manager Matt Arnold about their president of baseball operations job.
This is quite different from the information being reported by Mike Puma of the New York Post, who says that the Mets have been in touch with Arnold and might have already made an offer. Puma also indicates that Arnold is the favorite for the job, which would be weird if the Mets haven't talked to him. This would represent a promotion for Arnold, so it's hard to imagine the Brewers would get in his way. Either way, there should be some clarity on the situation before long.
Diamondbacks claimed RHP Edwin Uceta off waivers from the Dodgers.
Uceta was designated for assignment by Los Angeles last week, after Andy Burns had to be added to the NLCS roster to replace the injured Justin Turner. The 23-year-old right-hander struggled in his first taste of MLB action this summer, but he's a worthwhile project for the D-backs, who just finished tied for the worst record in the bigs.
Charlie Morton exited his World Series Game 1 start Tuesday against the Astros due to a right ankle injury.
Morton took a comebacker off his lower right leg in the bottom of the second inning and then appeared to feel increased pain from that area while delivering a strikeout pitch to Jose Altuve in the bottom of the third, prompting the early departure. The veteran right-hander threw 2 1/3 scoreless frames on 44 pitches before heading off with the Braves up 5-0. A.J. Minter entered.
Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets have considered promoting assistant general manager Ian Levin or VP of amateur/international scouting Tommy Tanous to the president of baseball operations job.
Puma notes that the Mets still have outside targets they are focused on, but apparently they are looking in-house in case those options don't work out. It makes sense, as they continue to come up empty-handed in their efforts with some notable names. Even after Theo Epstein, Billy Beane, and David Stearns have been ruled out, Dodgers executive Brandon Gomes, Giants GM Scott Harris, and Rays executive Peter Bendix are reportedly staying put. There's still time for the Mets to make a decision, but the clock is ticking with important offseason decisions, ranging from their next manager and decisions on qualifying offers and free agency.
Red Sox sent OF Franchy Cordero outright to Triple-A Worcester.
It's a bit of a surprise that Cordero was able to pass through waivers unclaimed, but he'll stick around after all. Per Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com, Cordero signed a new minor league deal with the club rather than refuse the outright assignment and test free agency. The 27-year-old was acquired from the Royals in the Andrew Benintendi trade last offseason and hit just .189/.237/.260 with one home run and nine RBI in 136 plate appearances.
Cardinals designated RHP Justin Miller for assignment.
The move clears a spot for Jordan Hicks' return to the 40-man roster. Miller, 34, had a 4.50 ERA over 18 relief appearances with the Cardinals this season before going down with an elbow strain.
Michael Mayer of Metsmerized reports that Giants general manager Scott Harris has told the Mets he will not leave his current job to join them.
Mayer adds that Rays executive Peter Bendix is also expected to pass on the Mets' job. Dodgers executive Brandon Gomes also recently informed the Mets that he will not be joining their front office. The Mets have come up empty on multiple fronts to this point as they look for someone to run their baseball operations.
Thomas Eshelman has elected free agency.
The Orioles outrighted the right-hander off their 40-man roster and he's decided to look for a gig elsewhere. Eshelman will surely have to settle for a minor league deal.
Pat Valaika has elected free agency.
He refused an outright assignment by the Orioles, deciding to test things out on the open market instead. Valaika is a career .221/.264/.378 hitter over parts of six major league seasons.
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