Catchers Martin Maldonado, Willson Contreras ‘don’t care’ about mound visits rule

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Major League Baseball is trying to shorten games. One of the new rules announced this week to quicken pace of play is a limit on visits to the pitching mound.

Should a team exceed six trips to the mound during the first nine innings of a game, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and chief baseball officer Joe Torre said umpires will tell the coach, manager, catcher or any other player to return to the dugout or their position. Violating that order could result in an ejection from the game and/or fine from MLB.

Certainly, arguments can be made for the Giants, Yankees, Cubs and Rockies as the “winners” of the offseason. But when it comes to waiting out the market, getting good value signings and plugging some holes, the Mets handled it masterfully.

Don’t get used to it.

The Rays received pitcher Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash considerations from the Pirates.

Tampa Bay recently traded for Angels first baseman C.J. Cron, while shipping starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi to the Twins. All eyes are now on Chris Archer as the Rays enter full rebuild mode.

Meh. This is a group that can really catch the ball, and it’s got a chance to pitch pretty darn well too. The offense just isn’t up to snuff, though. Even if Brinson totally breaks out, he may not be the sort of player who can carry an offense. He’s got a chance to be an exceptional player, but a lot his value is going to come from his defense. Bour, Realmuto, Castro and Kiermaier simply can’t be a team’s best hitters if the team plans on being anything more than a spoiler.

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