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Credibility is payoff of all this Mets spending during offseason
nydailynews.com Updated Dec 11, 2013
You can scoff all you want about the Mets giving $20 million to a 40-year-old fat man. You can scratch your head and wonder why, of all people, of all the available pitchers, the Mets decided to allocate a sizeable portion of their remaining winter reso…Share Tweet
‘Jeopardy!’ jab: Trivia show includes asterisk in answer referencing Barry BondsEvery now and then the producers at the trivia show "Jeopardy" like to throw in a baseball reference that is relatively current or topical. Among the more recent examples, "That's a clown question, bro" was featured as a category fol…Share TweetThe Reds and Yankees have held trade talks regarding All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips, MLB.com confirmed via an industry source on Wednesday night.Share Tweet
Pitching market altered by Price speculationCNNSI.com Dec 11, 2013Sports Illustrated's Steve Phillips explains how the trade market for Rays' pitcher David Price is creating a logjam for potential moves involving other pitchers.Share Tweet
Mariano Rivera to be honored with street outside Yankee StadiumThe honors keep rolling in for New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera following his retirement from Major League Baseball. The latest — and undoubtedly one of the coolest — came on Tuesday when a City Council proposal to rename a street outside Yankee S…Share Tweet
Angels keep tabs on free agents as Meetings wind downAngels general manager Jerry Dipoto called Wednesday a "relatively quiet day" and said that the chances he signs a free agent before the Winter Meetings wrap up Thursday morning are "highly unlikely."Share TweetCleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has put to rest trade rumors involving right-hander Justin Masterson.Share TweetMajor League Baseball officials spent two hours Wednesday briefing managers and general managers about tentative details of the new, challenge-based instant-replay system which will go into effect next season.Share Tweet
Dodgers poised to exit Meetings unchangedThe Winter Meetings will close Thursday without the Dodgers concluding a significant deal, general manager Ned Colletti predicted Wednesday night.Share Tweet
Scioscia leans toward keeping Trout second in lineupAngels manager Mike Scioscia didn't particularly lay out his lineup while addressing the media during the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, but he gave the impression that Mike Trout would bat second in front of Albert Pujols.Share Tweet
Big deals done, Mets look to trading Davis or DudaGeneral manager Sandy Alderson has two left-handed-hitting first basemen on his roster and would ideally like to deal one of them for a young, controllable pitcher. Yet he cautioned on Wednesday that he will not make a deal just to make a deal.Share TweetOutfielder Rajai Davis and the Detroit Tigers agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $10 million.Share TweetThe Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness. HOLD THE PHONE: According to Matt Kemp's agent, the Los Angeles Dodgers are no longer looking to …Share Tweet
Scioscia places more value in on-field chemistryAs a catcher in the Dodgers' organization in the late 1970s and into the '80s, Mike Scioscia played on clubs that managed to win big amid untold internal strife. So the Angels' manager is of the view that clubhouse chemistry can be overrated in relation…Share Tweet
Hurdle has new challenges after breakout '13 for BucsMuch like the Pirates have a tough act to follow, manager Clint Hurdle will be hard-pressed to improve upon the tone he set with the team in a 2013 season that made joyous history in Pittsburgh.Share Tweet
Cardinals continue to canvas infield marketThe Cardinals have made their pitch to several free-agent infielders and now will wait to see if any of them are willing to join an organization where regular playing time is not being promised.Share TweetRight-hander Anthony Bass has been acquired by the Houston Astros from the San Diego Padres for a player to be named or cash.Share TweetThe Orioles are increasing their efforts to make a move, although it remains to be seen if they will have anything to show for it when they head north on Thursday.Share Tweet
Filling rotation needs a challenge for CashmanBrian Cashman said on Wednesday that the asking prices for pitchers have made deals challenging, adding that the Yanks may instead turn to non-roster spring invitees to cobble together a rotation.Share Tweet
Reported Volquez signing gives Bucs options at 1BOn a day when they signed Charlie Morton to a contract extension, the Pirates at last made some news on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings, and it's evident they'll still have some work to do once they leave the annual convention of baseball's decision-makers…Share TweetLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Buster Posey, your agony won't be in vain, or forgotten. More than two years after Posey suffered a broken leg on a violent play at home plate, Major League Baseball announced it intends to ban the practice of a runner crashing …Share TweetThe 2014 season can't come soon enough for Astros manager Bo Porter. He's ready to put last season behind him -- and who could him blame after a club-record 111 losses? -- and he's eager to see how his young roster and some new additions start blending …Share TweetGeneral manager knows there is plenty of work left to be completed on reshaping the White Sox for the 2014 season. When exactly he will be able to cross off his final to-do items remains to be seen.Share TweetThe A's made their second deal in as many days Wednesday, acquiring speedy outfielder Billy Burns from the Nationals for lefty reliever Jerry Blevins.Share TweetBartolo Colon, who went 18-6 for Oakland in 2013 and was named an All-Star, has agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets, pending a physical.Share Tweet
Cubs staying the course as they search for upgradesWhatever transaction the Cubs make won't be "significant" in terms of a huge contract or headline-grabbing All-Star players, but it will be another step in the team's effort to build a healthy organization. While Cubs fans are eager for some n…Share TweetBraves general manager Frank Wren feels he made progress as he conversed with a number of agents and other executives this week. But as the third day of this year's Winter Meetings neared its end, he was still looking to satisfy his wish to add depth to…Share TweetLos Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says the St. Louis Cardinals may have stolen his team's signs during the NLCS, but it wouldn't have had any bearing on the outcome of the series.Share TweetThe Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., does not have a Starbucks, but on Wednesday, otherwise known as Day 3 of Major League Baseball's 2013 Winter Meetings, there was still plenty of Seattle to discuss.Share TweetLooking to add more offensive punch, the Mariners agreed to a one-year deal with former Brewers slugger Corey Hart and then traded reliever Carter Capps to the Marlins for left fielder/first baseman Logan Morrison on Wednesday, according to multiple bas…Share Tweet
Infielder Ramirez has surgery on left thumbIndians infielder Jose Ramirez underwent a left-thumb ligament reconstruction on Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined for at least two months.Share Tweet
Red Sox continue to keep tabs on DrewThough the Red Sox aren't likely to execute a single transaction at this year's Winter Meetings, which conclude on Thursday, they continue to keep tabs on the market for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew.Share Tweet
Orioles open to contract extension for HardyThe O's are considering an extension for J.J. Hardy, who is signed through 2014. "J.J. has had a couple of really good years for the team," Dan Duquette said on Wednesday, "and I think the interest is mutual between he and the Orioles and…Share TweetFinding a first baseman continued to be a pursuit for the Rays as Day 3 of baseball's Winter Meetings drew to a close at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort on Wednesday.Share TweetThe D-backs may not come away from these Winter Meetings with a starting pitcher after all. One day after sounding confident that he would acquire a front-line starter, D-backs GM Kevin Towers on Wednesday sounded less optimistic of doing so before he h…Share TweetPolice in South Florida have made an arrest in the March theft of documents related to the Biogenesis of America clinic, which is alleged to have supplied performance-enhancing drugs to Alex Rodriguez and at least a dozen other professional baseball pla…Share Tweet
Clubs in search of rare gems at Thursday's Rule 5 DraftThe Rule 5 Draft has been likened to finding diamonds in the rough, or maybe even a needle in a haystack. The annual December Draft gives teams the chance, at a relatively low cost, to find big league talent among a collection of players whose original …Share Tweet
Yankees expressing interest in ex-Met SantanaCNNSI.com Dec 11, 2013Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)Share TweetRight-hander Charlie Morton has reached an agreement on a three-year, $21 million contract extension with the Pittsburgh Pirates.Share TweetIt's been a great year for Cutch. His Pirates put together their first winning season in 20 years, he won the NL MVP award, and now he just got engaged on national TV.Read more...Share Tweet
Hairston retires, may join Dodgers' broadcastsJerry Hairston announced his retirement Wednesday, following a 16-year Major League career that included a World Series title with the Yankees in 2009. The 37-year-old has a deal to serve as a pregame and postgame analyst for the Dodgers' television bro…Share Tweet
Rangers broadcaster Nadel wins Frick AwardEric Nadel, who has spent the past 35 years as the voice of the Texas Rangers, has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.Share Tweet
Reports: MLB agrees to Japanese bid systemMajor League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed in principle to a new posting system for Japanese players that have not reached free agency, according to multiple media reports.Share Tweet
Winter League Roundup: Guzman leads CaracasThe Padres' Jesus Guzman went 4-for-5 and broke up a tie in the ninth with a two-run double as Caracas beat Aragua, 9-5, on Tuesday in the Venezuelan Winter League.Share TweetThe Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness. IMPORTANT: MLB is moving forward with new posting system, but it's still unclear whether Japanese…Share Tweetnydailynews.com Dec 11, 2013Now that Curtis Granderson is officially in the fold, for what Sandy Alderson Tuesday half-jokingly termed “your basic boiler-plate $60 million contract,” there is this perception of precious few dollars being left in the Mets’ winter kitty to address a…Share TweetThe Colorado Rockies have acquired Brett Anderson from the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday in exchange for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen.Share Tweet
Padres are quiet as Meetings pick up paceThe Winter Meetings picked up a bit on Tuesday, with one big trade, another less surprising swap and the introduction of one high-profile free-agent signing. But things remained quiet for the Padres.Share Tweet
Dodgers Have No Plans To Trade KempDec 11Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian and Curt Schilling react to the news that the Dodgers said they would not trade OF Matt Kemp.
Gearing Up For More DealsDec 11Jon Sciambi, Buster Olney, Jayson Stark and Jim Bowden discuss the teams vying to sign Corey Hart and Nelson Cruz, as well as the potential for the Dodgers to deal Matt Kemp.
Scioscia Expects Healthy PujolsDec 11Angels manager Mike Scioscia talks to Tim Kurkjian about trading for Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago, the plan for Albert Pujols to play first base and what David Freese brings to the infield.
Boras: Cubs Have Long RebuildDec 11Jesse Rogers and Doug Padilla talk with Karl Ravech about Scott Boras' assessment of the Cubs rebuild, how manager Rick Renteria will create a positive culture in the clubhouse and how the White Sox aren't done dealing.