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Storylines: Mets make moves to shake team up

Storylines: Mets make moves to shake team up
New York Mets pitcher Jose Valverde speaks to the media in the dugout of Tradition Field. (Anthony J. Causi)
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI.

Here are the stories from Monday, May 26.

Top Stories:

  • The Mets released Jose Valverde and fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reported. Vic Black is expected to replace Valverde on the Mets’ active roster, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. Hudgens will be replaced by minor-league hitting coordinator Lamar Johnson. Despite the Mets‘ recent release of Jose Valverde and firing of hitting coach Dave Hudgens, manager Terry Collins is "in no danger," Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reporterd. Collins received a two-year extension at the end of last season.

Tribe News:

  • Indians All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis will join the team Tuesday in Chicago and will start Wednesday, manager Terry Francona said. Kipnis, who has been on the disabled list with a strained right oblique since May 2, made a pair of rehab starts at Triple-A Columbus over the weekend.
  • Carlos Santana was scratched approximately 15 minutes before first pitch because he was feeling ill. Jordan Bastian of reported that the team is unsure if Santana was simply under the weather or if he was experiencing concussion-like symptoms after taking a foul tip off the mask while catching Sunday in Baltimore. He was sent back to the hotel.

News and Notes:

  • Peter Gammons of wrote that potential players the Blue Jays could target this coming off-season includes Francisco Liriano, Jason Hammel, and Justin Masterson.
  • The Tigers will likely try to re-sign Victor Martinez this offseason, and they also could try to re-sign Joba Chamberlain if he continues to contribute, Chris Iott of wrote.
  • An executive from a team with a top-six draft pick told Peter Gammons that no one knows what the Astros are going to do with the first pick. Another rival executive feels Houston may not take Carlos Rodon first since "many of the Astros people believe that picking a pitcher at the top is a gamble because of the historical predictability of pitchers." The executive speculated that the Astros are "looking…closely" at high school outfielder Alex Jackson, and if Houston passes on Jackson, the Marlins also like him a lot as the potential second overall pick.
  • Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard has been placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported. The Mets say they believe the injury is "mild," but Syndergaard is headed to New York for further examination. 
  • Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura left yesterday’s start against the Astros after allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings and exhibiting inconsistent velocity. Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reported that Ventura is experiencing "lateral elbow discomfort." He will have an MRI on Tuesday.
  • The Pirates designated right-hander Vin Mazzaro for assignment, the team announced.  Righty Brandon Cumpton was called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
  • The Blue Jays acquired right-hander P.J. Walters and outfielder Melky Mesa from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reported.

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