Quick Hits: Buck, Borbon, Astros, Mets, A’s

After the R.A. Dickey trade, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos said the inclusion of John Buck was needed because his club needed to shed the catcher's $6MM salary. However, Mets assistant GM John Ricco told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that Buck was part of the trade package from the beginning and not a late throw-in just even out money in the deal.  Buck is off to a hot start for the 2013 season and if he continues to perform, he'll be a solid contributor for the Mets this season.  Here's more from around baseball..

  • While it's still very preliminary, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes (on Twitter) says that the qualifying offer for the 2013-14 offseason should be right around $14MM.  This past offseason, the qualifying offer was worth a little less at $13.3MM.
  • Julio Borbon could be a worthwhile pickup for the Astros and Mets in the opinion of Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (Twitter link).  Borbon was designated for assignment by the Rangers earlier this evening.
  • In the wake of Josh Reddick's injury, A's skipper Bob Melvin says he is especially grateful for the depth that the club's front office has put in place, tweets Jane Lee of MLB.com.

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