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If nothing else, it's greatness by contrast.
Compared to his predecessor, Omar Minaya, current Mets GM Sandy Alderson has been a miracle worker. He's turned expensive soon-to-be free agents into valuable, controllable prospects and has even spent a little bit of money this winter, on (largely) sensible deals.
For the first time since 2008, the Mets are truly on the verge of contention...Read more »
The Yankees have agreed with lefthanded reliever Matt Thornton on a two-year deal, according to multiple reports. YES Network analyst Jack Curry first reported the news. Curry said Thornton will make $3.5 million during each season of the deal.
The team had a vacancy for a southpaw specialist after Boone Logan left New York for a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Rockies.
Thornton,...Read more »
Free agent second baseman Brian Roberts has agreed to a deal with the Yankees, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi, citing sources.
Rosenthal reports the deal will be for one year at about $2 million plus incentives and won't prevent the Yankees from continuing their search for infield help. He specifically mentions the team has "explored" a trade for Seattle's...Read more »
They were considered aces in the making.
Phil Hughes was ranked the No. 4 prospect in the game by Baseball America before the 2007 season, a near-certain pillar of Yankees rotations for years to come.
Mike Pelfrey was rated the No. 20 prospect in the game by Baseball America that same year, and it appeared just a matter of time before he was leading a promising Mets squad to multiple...Read more »
The Yankees may have blunted the loss of Robinson Cano’s offense by signing the likes of Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, but there remains one, glaring issue: None of those players can man second base.
UPDATE: The Yankees have reportedly agreed to a deal with Brian Roberts. Read the story here.
The Yankees have infielder Kelly Johnson on the roster, but their reported...Read more »
Joba Chamberlain, the electric reliever turned fragile starter turned inconsistent reliever turned headache, is now someone else's enigma.
Chamberlain has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Tigers, according to multiple reports.
Chamberlain spawned numerous marketing opportunities upon arriving in the Yankees bullpen in August 2007 and pitching to a 0.38 ERA as Mariano...Read more »
The Mets took a pitcher and the Yankees lost a pitcher during Thursday morning's Rule 5 draft, but the most interesting transaction occurred during the minor league phase of the annual event and involves a player who will never take the field.
The Rangers took Colorado second baseman Russell Wilson – yes, that Russell Wilson, the Seahawks star quarterback. Wilson was selected by the Rockies...Read more »
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Within the space of 30 minutes Wednesday afternoon, the Mets improved their chances of trading first baseman Ike Davis.
According to multiple reports, the Mariners lured free- agent first baseman Corey Hart from the Brewers with a one-year deal. Minutes later, the Mariners traded righthander Carter Capps for Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison.
Nevertheless,...Read more »
The Yankees completed their trade of Chris Stewart to the Pirates by acquiring righthanded pitcher Kyle Haynes on Wednesday afternoon as the player to be named later in the deal.
Haynes, 22, has a 2.78 ERA in 110 minor league innings. He spent last year in a Single A affiliate of the Pirates, striking out 85 in 83.1 innings. Impressively, he's given up just one home run during his professional...Read more »
The Yankees will honor Nelson Mandela by placing a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium to commemorate his visit to the Stadium on June 21, 1990.
The plaque will be unveiled during a ceremony before the Yankees play the Chicago Cubs on April 15 — Jackie Robinson Day.
Mandela famously said, “You know who I am. I am a Yankee,” while wearing a Yankees hat and jacket during his historical...Read more »