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Robinson Cano tells El Dia he never asked for $300 million

Dominican Republic baseball players, from left, Robinson Cano,

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Yankees free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano told a newspaper in the Dominican Republic on Thursday that he never asked for $300 million from the Yankees or any other team.

"No one has heard that from my mouth and never will listen, if you're going to talk about anything other than contract," Cano said (via Google Translation from the El Dia report).

A number of source-based...

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Mets sing for holiday video

A screenshot from a Mets.com holiday video featuring

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David Wright can do just about anything.

The Mets captain can hit for average and power. He has a great eye at the plate. He's even become a decent fielder at third base.

But we now know one thing he can't do: Sing.

Wright, Matt Harvey, Lucas Duda, Justin Turner (because of course Justin Turner is involved) and several other Mets were filmed singing and wishing fans a happy holiday....

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Brian McCann, Yankees agree to deal, reports say

Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves hits a

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The Yankees reached a deal to sign free agent catcher Brian McCann pending a physical, according to multiple reports.

Ken Rosenthal reports the deal is for five years, $85 million with a sixth year vesting option that could push the total value to $100 million.

McCann, 29, is a career .277 hitter with a .350 on-base percentage and .823 on-base plus slugging percentage. He's hit at least...

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Mets sign Chris Young for outfield

Chris Young and the Mets have agreed to

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Outfielder Chris Young has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mets pending a physical, Newsday has confirmed.

The deal is for $7.25 million. That would be a slight pay cut from the $8.5 million Young made last season with the Athletics, but it's in line with what similar outfielders have earned so far this winter: David Murphy signed with the Indians for two years and $12 million while Marlon...

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All free agent All-Star team

Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves hits a

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Josh Johnson, David Murphy, Tim Hudson and Marlon Byrd are already off the board. Tim Lincecum and Hunter Pence never even got to the shop-around stage.

But there are plenty of enticing free agents left for interested teams to engage.

Of the remaining players on the market, here's the best lineup we could put together (2013 salary in parenthesis):

1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF ($9 million)

2....

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Who follows Mariano Rivera to the ninth inning for Yankees?

Yankees pitcher David Robertson looks on during the

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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...

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Ike Davis vs. Lucas Duda: Mets facing decision

Ike Davis, right, and Lucas Duda celebrate after

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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...

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Report: Ruben Tejada weighing grievance against Mets

Ruben Tejada of the New York Mets pops

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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...

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Mets prospects showcase their talents in winter ball

Juan Lagares poses for photos during MLB photo

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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:

Juan Centeno

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...

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Yankees prospects gain seasoning in winter ball

Vidal Nuno delivers a pitch in the first

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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:

Vidal Nuno

The 26-year-old lefthander appeared in five games, starting three, for the Yankees in 2013. His calling card is excellent...

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