Dillon Gee allowed four first-inning runs and pitched only six innings, but nonethless earned the first complete-game victory of his career as the Mets beat the Cubs, 7-4, in a game called because of inclement weather with two out in the top of the seventh at Wrigley Field.
Thursday's news reports:
• Richard Sandomir in the Times says the Mets have settled on a minority partner who will pay $200 million for a non-majority share. The article does not name the winner, but identifies David Einhorn as a name who has emerged. He is the president of Greenlight Capital, which is based in Manhattan. Asked specifically about Einhorn as a prospective buyer by ESPNNewYork.com this week, the Mets issued this statement: "Amidst the ongoing speculation related to our continued negotiations for a sale of a minority interest in the New York Mets, we will neither confirm nor deny the identity of any of the possible partners nor the details of any potential deal."
UPDATE: ESPN's Karl Ravech reports Einhorn has been selected as minority partner.
• David Waldstein in the Times looks at the market for Jose Reyes. He suggests Toronto could be a player next offseason, and could move Yunel Escobar to another position to clear the shortstop position. The article lists San Francisco, St. Louis, Boston and Washington as potential free-agent landing spots for Reyes next offseason. Of course, the July 31 trading deadline comes first. Writes Waldstein:
The Toronto Blue Jays contacted the Mets in spring training to find out their plans regarding several of their players, including Reyes, according to two baseball officials aware of the situation. It is believed that Alex Anthopoulos, Toronto’s general manager, made only exploratory contact and that no trade proposals were made.
• Sandy Alderson discussed the Sports Illustrated article on Wednesday, saying his understanding is the payroll will be north of $100 million in 2012, although not at this year's level of $140 million to $145 million. Alderson also said he would have to discuss contract-extension parameters with Reyes' representatives before the trade deadline to make an informed decision about how to proceed. Read more in the Record, Newsday and Star-Ledger.
• No matter Fred Wilpon's take, Carlos Beltran was worth seven years, $119 million, according to the Wall Street Journal's statistics. Writes Brian Costa:
Entering Wednesday, Beltran had an OPS+ of 150. In other words, he's been 50 percent better than the average National League hitter. That was identical to his OPS+ in 2006, his best year with the Mets, and 18 points higher than in 2004, the year before the Mets signed him. ... The baseball statistics site FanGraphs.com calculates a player's dollar value each season based on two factors: how many more wins he was worth than a replacement-level player; and how much teams paid per marginal win on the free-agent market that year. ... Through six seasons and the Mets' first 47 games of 2011, Beltran earned roughly $105.9 million in salary. His value over that span: $119.8 million.
BIRTHDAY: No Mets birthdays of prominence, although May 26 is the anniversary of the famous 19-1 win over the Cubs in 1964, a game in which Dick Smith became the first player in Mets history to record five hits in one game. -Mark Simon