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Mariano Rivera’s one-year, $10-million deal with incentives, agreed to Thursday, became official Friday when the 43-year-old passed his physical.
“Like I’ve been saying, I didn’t want to go out like that,” Rivera, in a statement, said of the torn ACL suffered May 3 that cost him his season. “I didn’t want that to be the last image. But it wasn’t an easy decision because there’s more than just...Read more »
It took the most lucrative contract in team history. But David Wright will remain the face of the New York Mets for perhaps the remainder of his career. WFAN radio reported early Friday morning that the two sides agreed to a seven-year, $122-million contract extension, which will be tacked onto the $16 million owed to Wright next season, which was to be the final year of his original deal.
Over...Read more »
The wind and rain of Superstorm Sandy may be long gone, but much of the destruction they brought still remains.
To help with the recovery, former Stony Brook University baseball player and current Miami Marlins pitcher Tom Koehler created a one day baseball camp in two locations -- at Joe Nathan Field at SBU and at Marlins Park in Miami. All proceeds will go to the United Way Hurricane Sandy...Read more »
The "Big Pelf" era is coming to an end.
The Mets intend to non-tender starter Mike Pelfrey, reliever Manny Acosta and center fielder Andres Torres by Friday night's deadline instead of offering the trio arbitration, according to a report by ESPNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.
Rubin writes that the Mets are open to re-signing Pelfrey, who's recovering from Tommy John surgery, but a...Read more »
Former Mets manager Willie Randolph will be on the staff of Team USA manager Joe Torre during the World Baseball Classic next spring. Randolph, who worked under Torre when he managed the Yankees, will serve as Team USA's third-base coach....Read more »
Judging by the words of general manager Sandy Alderson, Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey expected contract talks to move quickly. Instead, the reigning Cy Young Award winner said Tuesday he's surprised by the slow pace of the negotiations.
He likened the status of his talks with those of teammate David Wright, who is also far from agreement with the Mets.
While the Mets have made a contract...Read more »
Being a strikeout artist is usually good thing in the major leagues. If you're a pitcher.
But if you're slugger Rob Deer, it means leading the league in whiffs four times during an 11-season career and striking out more times (1,409) than games played (1,155).
Yet despite his deficiencies, the Cubs have hired Deer to be a staff assistant to help tutor their hitters. While he will work...Read more »
The Mets have made David Wright an offer he's expected to refuse.
According to FoxSports.com, the Mets offered their third baseman a six-year $100 million extension, which would take him through 2019. The offer matches contracts awarded to other elite third basemen: the Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman and the Rays' Evan Longoria.
But Wright is expected to reject the deal because he prefers...Read more »
It's about to be judgment day for Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds. Again.
Though their freedoms aren't at stake this time, their baseball immortality is. Hall of Fame ballots were mailed to voters on Monday, and Clemens and Bonds will now be thrown into the court of public opinion. Are allegations of performance-enhancing drug use enough to keep them out of the Hall? Or will their jaw-dropping...Read more »
Evan Longoria has been the face of the Rays' franchise since his debut in 2008. Now, he'll continue to lead the club for another decade.
In an unexpected and uncharacteristic move, the Rays extended Longoria's contract through 2022 with a club option for 2023 (side note: when DON'T the Rays get a club option on a deal?).
The deal begins after the 2016 season, through which Longoria was...Read more »