|Bell Back to Mets?|
The Mets discussed sending Jason Bay to the Miami Marlins for closer Heath Bell and catcher John Buck, Ken Rosenthal reports.
Bay is owed $16 million next season, plus a $3 million buyout of a vesting option for 2014. That option only kicks in at $17 million if Bay has 600 plate appearances next season, which will not occur.
The ex-Met Bell is owed a combined $18 million in 2013 and 2014. Buck is owed $6 million next season.
Rosenthal added: "The deal never was close, sources said. But it would have enabled both clubs to purge players who are flopping miserably this season."
Highly regarded pitching prospect Zack Wheeler has been promoted to Triple-A Buffalo. He is scheduled to start Sunday for the Bisons against Syracuse, confirming Monday's ESPNNewYork.com report.
Wheeler, 22, went 10-6 with a 3.26 ERA in 19 starts with Double-A Binghamton. He allowed 92 hits, 43 walks and two homers while hitting 11 and striking out 117 in 116 innings.
General manager Sandy Alderson estimated Zack Wheeler likely will be capped at about 150 innings, while Matt Harvey can go 165 or 170 innings this season in the majors.
Terry Collins said on his weekly radio show that it was likely R.A. Dickey would begin pitching on short rest once the Mets return home next week. That would afford extra rest for Johan Santana and Chris Young between starts. Each is returning from surgery to a repair torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder and has slowed of late.
Frank Francisco worked a second straight day for Double-A Binghamton on Wednesday, tossing a scoreless inning despite allowing a one-out double. The ensuing batter reached on an error by first baseman Allan Dykstra, but Francisco then coaxed an inning-ending double play.
Sandy Alderson said he expected Francisco in San Diego on Friday. Francisco has been on the DL since June 23 with a strained left oblique.
Veterans like to keep rookies in line. And apparently it did not sit all that well that Jordany Valdespin wore a T-shirt to the ballpark Wednesday.
When Valdespin arrived at his locker after the game, he found the the sleeves cut up, plus writing on the T-shirt. The front had "NY," a heart and "Valdy" written on it. The back read "El Hombre."
Valdespin initially was not too pleased, barking at teammates that his clothing was ruined. He eventually departed wearing the attire, though, in a more cheerful mood.
When Valdespin confronted Josh Thole, Thole said: "That was not me."
Chimed in Ike Davis: "They did a good job, though."