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After a week in which the Mets traded two of their top run-producers, Marlon Byrd and John Buck, and lost ace Matt Harvey until possibly the 2015 season, Sandy Alderson believed it was necessary to address season-ticket holders.
The general manager sent out an email Thursday night thanking fans for their support and saying "the trade was the right decision as part of our plan moving forward."
Alderson...Read more »
The Mets have long liked pitcher Vic Black. Now it they're getting a second chance at him.
Black is the player to be named later coming from the Pirates to complete the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade, it was announced Thursday afternoon. The Mets also received second base prospect Dilson Herrera in the deal. For more on Herrera, see our prospect profile.
Black tweeted from his verified...Read more »
With two outs and the Yankees trailing 2-0 in Toronto on Wednesday night, Hiroki Kuroda threw a strike to hitter J.P. Arencibia. Arencibia just watched the pitch sail through the zone and would have been the third out of the inning.
But catcher Chris Stewart also watched the pitch sail through the zone.
Stewart, apparently crossed up, failed to glove Kuroda’s offering, resulting in a...Read more »
Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud was ranked as one of the top-100 prospects in baseball for four consecutive seasons by Baseball America. He’s been in the top-50 each of the past three seasons and top-25 each of the last two. Prior to this season, BA ranked him the No. 23 overall prospect, the Minor League Baseball Analyst had him No. 9 and MLB.com placed him No. 6.
All of this is a long way of...Read more »
Like the rest of America, David Price is ready for some (college) football.
He showed his team spirit by wearing a full-on Vanderbilt football uniform -- including the helmet -- while throwing in the bullpen before the Tampa Bay Rays' game against the Los Angeles Angels. According to the Associated Press, the Rays' road trip to Oakland this weekend will be college football themed.
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Nearly five years after his last daily television appearance as part of the "Mike and the Mad Dog" radio simulcast on YES, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo is returning to the airwaves.
Russo, who has remained a radio presence on SiriusXM since his split from his former WFAN co-host Mike Francesa, recently inked a new three-year deal with the satellite radio provider.
But MLB...Read more »
Alfonso Soriano helped get the Yankees off to a solid start with a three-run home run off of Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ in the first inning of Tuesday's game, but he wasn't done there.
The 37-year-old outfielder slugged a solo shot in his next at-bat in the third inning for his 400th career homer to give the Yankees a then-5-0 lead. With the home run, Soriano passes Andres Galarraga...Read more »
J.A. Happ has done it again.
The Toronto Blue Jays pitcher, who hit Curtis Granderson with a pitch during spring training that landed him on the disabled list, drilled Robinson Cano on the hand on an 0-and-2 count in the first inning of Tuesday's game.
Cano managed to stay in the game long enough to take first but was replaced by Eduardo Nunez at second base in the bottom half of the...Read more »
The Mets traded Marlon Byrd, John Buck and cash on Tuesday to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league second baseman Dilson Herrera and a player to be named later. So who exactly are the Mets getting in this deal?
Herrera, 19, is a career .281 hitter with a .355 OBP, .455 slugging percentage and 21 home runs in 995 minor league plate appearances spread over three seasons. He was playing for...Read more »
1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Binghamton Mets (AA): 9-3 (22 starts), 2.43 ERA, 128 K, 26 BB
Struck out 33 and walked three in last five starts. Is 6-0 with 1.59 ERA since promotion to AA.
2. RAFAEL MONTERO, RHP, Las Vegas 51s (AAA): 12-6, 2.88 ERA, 137 K, 33 BB
Struck out 31, walked seven with a 1.63 ERA in last five starts.
3. BRANDON NIMMO, OF, Savannah Sand Gnats (Class A)...Read more »