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The New York Mets began the winter with a fresh start, but it didn’t last long.
The team was bought by a new owner, Steve Cohen, and he overhauled the front office from scratch, led by president Sandy Alderson. Just over a month ago, they hired Jared Porter as their general manager, and not long afterward they made a blockbuster trade for superstar Francisco Lindor.
But now the revamped organization has already hit its first scandal. Porter was fired as GM on Tuesday, after an ESPN story revealed inappropriate sexual behavior in his past in which he “sent explicit, unsolicited texts and images to a female reporter in 2016.” Porter acknowledged sending the texts.
We have terminated Jared Porter this morning . In my initial press conference I spoke about the importance of integrity and I meant it.There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior.— Steven Cohen (@StevenACohen2) January 19, 2021
The Mets will not replace Porter immediately, but rather will wait until next offseason to hire a new GM, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
In addition to his termination from the team, MLB will also launch an investigation into Porter’s conduct, reports Nightengale. One possible result could be suspension from future employment until Porter applies for reinstatement.
His previous teams, the Chicago Cubs and Arizona D’Backs, both released statements that they had no knowledge of the incident, and the Mets claimed the same. Alderson elaborated, per Tim Britton of The Athletic:
“When I came here, my goal was to put a good team on the field and change the culture. We’re not going to be able to do that, change the culture, unless we have very strict and well understood approach to these situations. They’re not going to be tolerated.”
Still, Hannah Keyser of Yahoo makes an excellent point:
Sandy Alderson said they got all glowing reviews of character in interview process with Jared Porter. So I asked if they consulted any women. He said no.— Hannah Keyser (@HannahRKeyser) January 19, 2021
Listen to women. Report misconduct. Support throughout.
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The Blue Jays signed George Springer (6yr/$150m), Kirby Yates (1yr/$5.5m), and Tyler Chatwood (1yr/$3m), as they begin to make their push after a 2020 playoff bid. Click here for the full story.
Springer and Jays agree at $150M for 6 years— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 20, 2021
However, Toronto did not quite pull off the double-heist from Houston’s stud outfield, as Michael Brantley will return to the Astros (after early reports that he was signing with the Jays)
MLB source: #Astros reach an agreement with Michael Brantley on a two-year deal worth $32 million.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) January 20, 2021
The San Diego Padres acquired starting pitcher Joe Musgrove from the Pirates in a three-team trade. Pittsburgh received five prospects from the Padres and Mets, with New York getting lefty starter Joey Lucchesi from the Padres. Click here for all the details from MLBTR. Extra note about Musgrove, a San Diego native (click here for video with full grandma story):
Musgrove said he got his San Diego tattoo when he was 18. His grandma chewed him out at the time. He (jokingly) Face-Timed her today and called her out on it. #Padres— Annie Heilbrunn (@annieheilbrunn) January 20, 2021
Angels finally sign a solid pitcher, though still just a one-year deal for a starter on the wrong side of 30 who missed most of last season to multiple injuries (still, it’s gradual progress for the new Halos administration)
Division champ Twins pick up a new starter
Seems like Lester is finally the one pulling off a steal, at age 37 and coming off a poor 2020 season
Sources confirm Jon Lester’s contract with Nationals is $5 million for 2021. Mutual option for 2022. @Ken_Rosenthal @jon_greenberg first to report agreement.Cubs made offer but not close to the Nats offer.— Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) January 19, 2021
... And another former Athletics southpaw finds a new home
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Oh that’s nasty (and they still have Mike Clevinger coming back in 2022)
The Padres' opening-day rotation is likely set. In some order:— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) January 19, 2021
Adrian Morejon and Ryan Weathers could now be candidates for the opening-day bullpen. MacKenzie Gore could be the No. 1 at El Paso or San Antonio.
RIP Don Sutton
Saddened to share that my dad passed away in his sleep last night. He worked as hard as anyone I’ve ever known and he treated those he encountered with great respect...and he took me to work a lot. For all these things, I am very grateful. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/cvlDRRdVXa— Daron Sutton (@lifeisgreatsut) January 19, 2021
Warriors with a tribute to Oakland’s own