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While Mariano Rivera was comfortably locking down games in the ninth inning for the Yankees in seasons past, fans and media members were free to wonder: “Who will be Mo’s heir?”
Nearly every hard-throwing prospect in the Yankees’ system or fleetingly successful set-up man was entered in the discussion. Phil Hughes. Joba Chamberlain. Mark Melancon. J.B. Cox (for those of you with particularly...Read more »
If one thing has become increasingly clear early in this offseason, it's that the Mets will trade either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda. This accomplishes two goals for the Mets, who must resolve a logjam at first base while capitalizing on a market in which power is scarce.
Yes, both Davis and Duda have their flaws. But both have also flashed enough power for rival teams to take a chance that...Read more »
Shortstop Ruben Tejada, who has fallen out of favor with the Mets, is reportedly considering a grievance against the club for intentionally delaying his free agency by one season.
According to a Yahoo! Sports report published on Sunday night, the potential grievance stems from the Mets' decision to delay Tejada's planned September call-up, a move that kept him one day short of earning enough...Read more »
Just because the major league season is over doesn’t mean baseball is done. Several of the Mets’ top prospects are honing their skills in winter ball, both in the United States and abroad. Here are some of the more notable performers and performances:
Centeno, 24, went 3-for-10 in a late-season call-up with the Mets. He may be better known as the guy who finally caught Reds...Read more »
Just because the major league season is over doesn’t mean baseball is done. Several of the Yankees’ top prospects are honing their skills in winter ball, both in the United States and abroad. Here are some of the more notable performers and performances:
The 26-year-old lefthander appeared in five games, starting three, for the Yankees in 2013. His calling card is excellent...Read more »
It looks like Marlon Byrd will be back in the National League East -- and with his original team.
The outfielder, who revived his career with the Mets and Pirates in 2013, is on the verge of signing a two-year deal with the Phillies, pending a physical, according to multiple reports. The deal will pay Byrd $16 million in total, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin. That amount would be...Read more »
Tampa Bay Rays rightfielder Wil Myers and Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez were named the American League and National League rookies of the year, respectively, on Monday.
Myers finished with 23 of 30 first-place votes among two other finalists in the AL, teammate Chris Archer and Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias.
In the final vote in the NL, Fernandez had 26 first-place votes...Read more »
The Cincinnati Reds signed catcher Brayan Pena to a two-year deal Friday, and with Devin Mesoraco likely to be the 2014 starter, that makes Ryan Hanigan reportedly available.
Hanigan will be on the market at the same time that Braves catcher Brian McCann and Red Sox backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia are free agents -- and likely looking for a big pay day.
No one will dispute that Brian...Read more »
Joe Girardi's lieutenants will all return for the 2014 season.
The Yankees announced Friday afternoon that all members of Girardi's coaching staff would be back next season: Mike Harkey (bullpen), Mick Kelleher (first base), Kevin Long (hitting), Tony Pena (bench), Larry Rothschild (pitching) and Rob Thomson (third base).
Pena is the longest-tenured member of the coaching staff, having...Read more »
There are other players in this free agent class who will get more money and more years – but few appear more coveted than Carlos Beltran.
The Cardinals outfielder could return to St. Louis. But he’s also been linked to the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers and nearly every other market with designs on contention in 2014.
And Beltran has done plenty to create the buzz that currently exists around...Read more »