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Robinson Cano is aiming for a historic contract, according to recent reports.
The Yankees second baseman, who is eligible for free agency this offseason and is considered by most to be the top available player, asked the team for a deal in the range of 10-years, $300 million during negotiations "several months ago," ESPN reported and other outlets confirmed. Joel Sherman reported...Read more »
CINCINNATI -- Terry Collins has read all the medical reports, the ones that say that Mets closer Bobby Parnell will be fully recovered from neck surgery by the start of spring training.
Yet, none of those reassuring words can replace Collins' lingering image of the pitcher, who has dropped 30 pounds after surgery because he has not been able to eat solid food.
"When a guy walks...Read more »
The American League Wild Cards are coming into focus as the season draws to a close.
Here’s an outlook of each of the contending teams, ordered by their odds of making the playoffs (as determined by Baseball Prospectus):
TAMPA BAY RAYS (88-69) Standing: Lead the first Wild Card by 1 game Games left: 5 Postseason probability: 95.3 percent Schedule: 2 @ Yankees, 3 @ Blue Jays The Rays...Read more »
CINCINNATI -- Mets manager Terry Collins expressed concern on Tuesday night that closer Bobby Parnell might not be at full strength after undergoing surgery to correct a herniated disc in his neck.
It's why the manager was watching closely as Vic Black notched his first career save in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Reds.
"As I'm sitting here I'm hoping and praying Bobby Parnell comes...Read more »
This is the time of year when music parodies suddenly spring up for teams that are headed to the playoffs (anyone remember 'Yankees Mambo'?)
The best one so far is a Braves-flavored take on Robin Thicke's mega-hit "Blurred Lines" called "Baselines." Two added bonuses: (1) Ex-Braves catcher Javy Lopez makes a couple cameos and (2) Miley Cyrus does not twerk at all, ever...Read more »
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was carted off the field in the seventh inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays after injuring his left leg while rounding first on an infield single.
It appeared to be a routine groundout, but after Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Tim Beckham mishandled the ball, Machado reached safely. His knee did not. Machado's leg buckled as he rounded first...Read more »
It's a different season, but it's the same debate for AL MVP.
With the MLB season winding down, it's time to think about who will win each of baseball's most prestigious awards. Just like last year, the most debated award will be for AL MVP, where Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera square off in their "sabermetrics vs. Triple Crown" rematch of last...Read more »
You wouldn't expect Arizona Senator John McCain to be a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Then again, you'd also expect him to refrain from a twitter rant against the team, an NL West rival of his Arizona Diamondbacks.
But when the Dodgers celebrated their NL West title by taking a dip in the pool at Chase Field, the Diamondbacks' home field, all bets were off:
No-class act by a...Read more »
It may be time for a new Triple Crown.
And Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is still the main contender.
Per the traditional categories, Goldschmidt led the National League in home runs (34) and RBIs (119) but is 11th in batting average (.304) among qualified hitters, entering Friday.
But batting average, home runs and RBIs simply aren’t very good measures. Average is...Read more »
Former Patchogue-Medford star pitcher Marcus Stroman, now a top prospect in the Blue Jays' system, is on the verge of seeing his baseball dream come true. But he apparently saw no reason to make his mom wait for her dream.
Stroman surprised his mom, Adlin Auffant, by paying off her mortgage -- and he captured the emotional moment on video, posting it on Instagram on Monday.
Stroman is...Read more »