· Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports that the Cleveland Indians are now considered a “long shot” to sign free agent first baseman/DH Edwin Encarnacion. Several teams are said to be offering long-term deals.
News and Notes
· In the MLB, it’s rare for teams to play aging players in center field. The New York Mets could be the first team to start outfielder Curtis Granderson in center field at the age of 36. Retired veteran Mike Cameron was the last player at that age to play in center when he did it for the Milwaukee Brewers. A platoon of Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares--along with Granderson would be a more realistic outcome for New York. The Mets are allegedly trying to trade one of the many outfielders they have, mainly Jay Bruce, but teams prefer Granderson. It’s been five years since his time with the New York Yankees that Granderson has played center field on a daily basis.
· According to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com, the Baltimore Orioles are interested in bringing back righty relievers David Hernandez and Vance Worley.
· Buster Olney of ESPN reports that there is “rampant” speculation that free agent catcher Matt Wieters will sign with the Washington Nationals.