Saul Katz is denying reports that he wants to share his stake in the Mets but a baseball exec tells Josh Kosman of the New York Post that he wanted to do even more. Katz, according to the exec, tried to get Fred Wilpon to join in so that they could sell majority control. Wilpon said no in part because he wants to turn the team over to his son, Jeff. Here’s more from around the league..
- The Cardinals are close to a minor league deal with free agent left-hander Pedro Feliciano, a source tells Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com (on Twitter). Steve Nations of KSDK Sports reported yesterday that St. Louis was giving the 37-year-old a hard look. Feliciano has seen time in nine MLB campaigns, returning to the bigs for 25 appearances (but just 11 1/3 innings) with the Mets last year, putting up a 3.97 ERA. His career mark stands at 3.33 earned per nine over 383 2/3 innings.
- Signing Stephen Drew would help the Red Sox‘s cause, writes John Tomase of the Boston Herald. Drew, he argues, would give Boston some much needed competition by moving Xander Boegarts over to third where he’d fight Will Middlebrooks for playing time. The Red Sox are the one team that can sign Drew without surrendering a draft pick, but that window closes once the draft begins on June 5.
- Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times looks back to reassess the Rays‘ offseason decisions. The three-team deal that brought Ryan Hanigan to Tampa Bay was still worthwhile, Topkin argues, despite having to eat the $5.5MM owed to Heath Bell. Meanwhile, the deal sending left-hander Alex Torres and right-hander Jesse Hahn to San Diego doesn’t look as good right now.