This Week’s MLB Betting Rumors

Posted by Alex Murphy on Wednesday,September 9, 2015 6:54, EDT in

The terrific summer in Queens has taken a bizarre turn as pitcher Matt Harvey has not really committed to pitching for the New York Mets in the playoffs. He is set to meet with Mets GM Sandy Alderson about his workload for the rest of the MLB betting season. His agent, Scott Boras, made waves Friday by announcing that the Mets would endanger Harvey if they let him pitch over 180 innings. So what will the Mets do?

This Week’s MLB Betting Rumors



It wouldn’t make sense for the Mets to trade Harvey now, but after the season (and postsason) it seems clear that they will. Even though he his highly talented, it just doesn’t seem that he’s a good fit in New York. Trading him could bring Carlos Gonzalez from Colorado – and the Mets are due to see Yoenis Cespedes enter free agency, which could endanger the offense.

The Miami Marlins’ star Giancarlo Stanton might not return at all this season because of the slowness with which a hand injury is healing. He did play in one minor league game last week but only had three plate appearances because his hand was still sore.

The Seattle Mariners are looking for their next general manager after sending Jack Zduriencik packing last week. Jerry Dipoto, Ben Cherington and Larry Beinfest appear to be the top three candidates so far, with Dipoto having the early edge because of his experience in the division, having been the Angels’ general manager.

Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg told the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin that the $72 million payroll is likely to shrink next year. The team is only drawing about 16,000 per game, and DH John Jaso and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera are the only major free agents due.

With the offseason likely bringing some new managerial openings, the name of Rick Renteria is circulating. The Chicago Cubs had been fairly cold in the way they sent him out the door once Joe Maddon became available. According to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, Renteria should have a leg up on several positions. In Miami, his ability to connect with Latin players will make him a strong candidate.

After San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum underwent season-ending hip surgery, it seemed certain that he would leave the team after the 2015 season. However, Giants CEO Larry Baer said to the San Francisco Chronicle’s John Shea that neither side is ruling out a return for the talented pitcher. His return should take about five months.

Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis will command a big salary when he enters free agency after this season. According to the Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck, Davis is the “biggest reason the Orioles have gained a reputation over the past four years for showering the stands with home runs.” He has 38 blasts this season – second-best in all of baseball. He is only 29 and also plays solid defense at first. The Orioles need to open the checkbook to keep this anchor in place.