- The New York Mets were hoping to keep a key piece in their middle infield under contract for years to come. Discussion talks with second baseman Neil Walker have hit a brick wall and are reportedly “probably dead” per Mike Puma of the New York Post. Walker saw his season cut short last year with the Mets due to a back injury. He had enjoyed a career year up until that point as he hit .282/.347/.476 with 23 home runs and 55 RBIs. He was enjoying one of his best seasons in terms of power in quite some time. The Mets issued him a qualifying offer at the start of free agency and he chose to accept it. They began discussions regarding an extension around the $40MM range but things just haven’t come together and he appears primed to test free agency at the end of the 2017 season and cash in on a payday.
- The Washington Nationals seem no longer inclined to get relief help. The Nationals are holding a three-way competition between Shawn Kelley, Koda Glover and Blake Treinen for the closer’s job per Jim Bowden of ESPN. The Nats rode the strong hand of Mark Melancon down the stretch as they pried him from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the deadline but failed to keep him in the D.C. area and saw him depart for San Francisco to join the Giants. They reportedly were talking with the Chicago White Sox about David Robertson but it doesn’t appear anything is likely to get done prior to Opening Day.
- The Baltimore Orioles have re-signed outfielder Michael Bourn to a minor league contract per Jon Heyman of FanRag. The Orioles acquired Bourn at the waiver deadline in August of 2016 and he provided some nice at-bats down the stretch for them. Bourn should have a solid chance to crack the Opening Day roster.