Hope everyone is ready for the short week!
We begin, of course, with some amazing quotes from Mets owner Steve Cohen about Billy Eppler, the new GM he just hired. Angels fans know Eppler all too well.
“I just came back from the M.L.B. owner meetings, and I can tell you: just universal praise for the hiring,” said the Mets’ owner, Steven Cohen, who is rebooting the organization again after a trying first season, on and off the field.
“I mean, people coming up to me from everywhere saying that we got a real pro, well-liked in the industry, well-respected. So I’m excited. Listen, I put a lot of time into this, and like I always say, I’ve got a day job. So it’s a relief to get somebody that I feel really good about.”NY Times
Noah Syndergaard says that the Angels presented him a clear plan for how to get his pitching back on track, complete with data. It’s a refreshing outlook to see the Angels organization so pro-data. Elsewhere in that aggregator, it mentions that the Rangers are looking into an elite shortstop.
The Astros may also enter the shortstop market, despite Carlos Correa turning down their extension offer.
A year after the Angels signed José Quintana for $8 million, he signs with the Pirates for $2 million.
Japanese star outfielder Seiya Suzuki will be posted. He has until December 1 to sign, although that date may extend with a stoppage.
Shohei Ohtani has reportedly turned down an award from the Japanese government, saying it is “still too soon.”
Title Image Screenshot from Angels Twitter