Mets set to land tantalizing international infielder Elian Pena

As first reported by Ben Badler and confirmed by the Post, the Mets are expected to sign Dominican Republic’s top SS Elián Pena for about $5 million.

Scouts say he’s a great hitter and would be valuable even if he has to move to third base. Rival scouts say he is a “powerful line drive bat.”

The scout notes that his “thick frame” is well-suited for third place and names Rafael Devers as a candidate, but cautions, “I don’t know if he’ll hit that well.” .

The Mets are set to sign Elian Pena for $5 million. screen grab

Mark Vientos deserves a full shot. However, the Mets still had middle infield depth issues, made worse by the inability of their only second baseman, Jeff McNeil, to hit.

The Astros aren’t a team that gives up easily, but if they regroup, their top trade candidate would be Cooperstown-bound Justin Verlander. And Detroit could be an interesting landing spot for the legendary former Tiger.

Aides have suggested Verlander could follow Detroit. The Dodgers, Orioles (he hails from Virginia), and Cubs are three other teams that Verlander could approve.

Justin Verlander
If the Astros decide to sell, Justin Verlander could be on the way. AP

It is believed that longtime Astros closer-turned-setup man Ryan Pressley may consider waiving his right to a no-trade for the right team/role.

A two-time All-Star known for his perfect postseason record (14-for-14), Pressley was demoted to setup man as a pro after the Astros signed star closer Josh Hader. But he might be better off closer.

Tanner Scott, Kenley Jansen, and Mason Miller bring big returns and have all been identified as trade candidates here, and all could be moved. Miller really should go. “He’s an unbeatable player, but he’s a reliever and the team doesn’t have enough of him,” Rivals says.

Jesus Luzardo, who clocked 98 mph in his return, has two years left until free agency.

The Orioles had extensive discussions about Luzardo over the winter, as he has a great future. The Padres shouldn’t be left out either. It should never be that way.

One rival predicted Luzardo and Scott would be moved, adding that the Marlins would trade Josh Bell if they could find a taker, but would likely keep Jake Berger.

The Marlins had a miraculous season in 2023, with virtually no improvement over the winter (Tim Anderson can still play at SS, but his hitting has declined), plus key losses (Jorge Soler in the bullpen). ), the Marlins were expected to return to the second division. With a lack of extra innings, several rotational injuries, and most recently Edward Cabrera opting out of his final start due to a recurring shoulder injury, it makes you wonder how he can finish the season. Dew.