It’s a one-year deal with a club option for the infielder.
Jeff Passan of ESPN [I’m still having consciously not to type Yahoo!] was the first to report the news http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , following up on a report by colleague Pedro Gomez. It’s pending physicals, and there’s no word to this point on the price. Flores was non-tendered by the Mets at the end of November: he was in his third year of arbitration eligibility and was probably going to have received a sizeable increase on his $3.4 million salary for 2018 (MLBTR estimated $4.7m). He appeared in 126 games for New York, hitting .267/.319/.417, for a .736 OPS (107 OPS+). Last season, he started most at first, but also at second and third; overall in his career, Flores has seen more time at short, but hasn’t appeared much there since 2015. It’s hard to say for sure what this might mean for the 2019 Diamondbacks. Is the plan for Flores to play first, like he did in 2018, thereby filling the gap left by Paul Goldschmidt’s trade to St. Louis? According to Steve Gilbert, no. They will play Flores at second, and move Ketel Marte to center field. So the question of first-base would remain unaddressed Ferguson Jenkins Jersey , but a Jake Lamb/Christian Walker platoon there appears the most likely outcome, with Eduardo Escobar becoming the everyday third baseman, and Nick Ahmed continuing his defensive wizardry at short. However, the Mets viewed him differently, their GM Brodie Van Wagenen saying in November, “I think from a defensive standpoint we wouldn’t ask too much of him to go and play around the diamond. I think our view for him is that he would be predominantly a first-base option or a power bat off the bench.” The metrics over Flores’s career tend to support keeping him on the right-hand side of the infield. His UZR/150 around the infield are as follows: +2.9 at first; +1.5 at second; -2.3 at short; and -2.4 at third, with between 733-1,313 innings played at those positions. But flexibility of position is in line with what Mike Hazen and Torey Lovullo have espoused before, so we may see Flores at more than one spot. His release from the Mets was seen as something of a surprise. But with the newly-arrived Robinson Cano occupying second, and slugging prospect Peter Alonso probably going to see a lot of time at first, there was no regular role open to Flores this year. He became a fan favorite in the Big Apple, after cameras caught him crying on the field following a reported trade to Milwaukee [Tom Hanks shakes his head disapprovingly] The trade fell through http://www.rangersfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-moore-jersey , and Flores proved a key component in the Mets’ run to the World Series that year. There are some health concerns, which may explain the short length of the contract. He finished last year with early-onset arthritis, though that diagnosis was later revised to tendinitis. Update: Details of the contractUpdate 2: Tim Locastro also acquiredAnother multiple-position player, Locastro has started minor-league games at five different positions: 1B, 2B, SS, CF and LF. He appeared in 21 games for the Dodgers over the last two seasons, but managed only 15 PA, going 2-for-11with a pair of walks. He is 5:0 in stolen-bases in the majors and went 23:3 at all levels last year, so does seem to have some wheels. I’m thinking minor-league depth and possibly a September call-up to run the bases. A look at the struggling start for the Dodgers starting pitchers, and how they struggled mightily against the Cardinals and Brewers."This week on the podcast, a look at the struggling Dodgers starting rotation and how they poorly navigated the minefield of the National League Central Ryan Rua Jersey , losing six of seven games to the Cardinals and Brewers.The starting staff has disappointed to start the season and things got worse with the injury to Hyun-jin Ryu. Clayton Kershaw is back and Rich Hill will soon follow, but the rest of the rotation has to improve regardless of when the reinforcements come.If you have any questions for future podcasts, please send them to [email protected], or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch.Dodgers rewindIn honor of Ross Stripling delivering the best Dodger start of the season on Sunday, this week’s Dodgers rewind is another Texas A&M product, left-hander Doug Rau.Rau whiffed 21 batters for Class-A Bakersfield in 1970. Thanks, 1980 Topps.Rau was drafted by the Dodgers in the first round of baseball’s secondary June draft in 1970 (the draft was structured differently back then; this version is no more), picked seventh overall behind, among others, Dave Kingman and Bucky Dent.Rau was a rotation mainstay for Los Angeles for five seasons (1974-78), a run that included three World Series trips for the Dodgers. Rau topped out at 16 wins in 1976, posting a 2.57 ERA in 231 innings for a 131 ERA+.In many ways Drew Robinson Jersey , Rau was the left-handed Chad Billingsley. Both were first-round picks, both pitched in parts of eight seasons with the Dodgers before missing a season with injury — rotator cuff for Rau in 1980, Tommy John surgery for Billingsley in 2014 — then finishing out their career with a brief one-off comeback attempt with another team.Rau and Billingsley each pitched 219 games for the Dodgers, 190 starts for Billingsley and 184 for Rau. Rau won 80 games with a 106 ERA+ with LA, Billingsley won 81 with a 110 ERA+. They also both shared the stigma of postseason failures with the Dodgers. Both pitched six postseason games, including three starts for the Dodgers, with Rau posting a 6.55 ERA and Billingsley at 6.88.A postseason moment was perhaps Rau’s most memorable incident with the Dodgers. Down 1-0 with two runners in scoring position with nobody out after three straight hits in the second inning of Game 4 of the 1977 World Series, Tommy Lasorda visited Rau on the mound and got into a heated exchange, a classic Lasorda profanity-laced rant, before removing him for reliever Rick Rhoden.Rau: “I feel good Tommy.”Lasorda: “I don’t give a shit you feel good, there’s four motherf**king hits up there.”Podcast linksRSS feedEpisode link (time: 47:10)