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Yoenis Cespedes has been part of the problem for the Mets this year, mainly by being injured and unavailable again. Of all things, he may have proposed a way to be part of a solution moving forward — for his own health and the structure of the team. According to a source familiar with the... Continue reading
In the East, the Yankees and Red Sox — again — are poised to overwhelm the division. The Indians still are the class of the Central, though the Twins have a chance to be better than their wild-card team of last year. After winning their first World Series, the Astros might be even better — which is... Continue reading
The Yankees now know they will not land Shohei Ohtani, but Brian Cashman vowed that the $3.5 million in international pool dollars they had earmarked for the best player in Japan will be spent. “We have between now and June (the 15th to be precise) to use it and we will do so,” Cashman said.... Continue reading
Hideki Matsui should be seriously considered for the Hall of Fame. If he were, perhaps a path can be found to defuse some of the ever-growing discord and polarization about how to treat the ballot. I have long advocated a category should be created for “Baseball Life,” whereby the totality of someone’s time in the... Continue reading
Maybe Carlos Beltran will blow Yankees officials away on Wednesday, demonstrate the combination of baseball IQ, leadership and empathy that made him such a magnetic, mentoring force in clubhouses, particularly during the second half of his playing care... Continue reading
Major League Baseball and its Japanese counterparts have reached a tentative understanding to grandfather the now-expired posting system for one more year, clearing yet another hurdle to facilitate Shohei Otani coming to an MLB team this offseason. How... Continue reading
As of Tuesday afternoon, there had been no significant movement to create a new posting agreement between MLB and its Japanese counterparts, which have been at an impasse as the sides plus the Players Association and Shohei Otani’s current team determine how to handle his attempts to play here. However, multiple parties involved in the... Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — A conflict in negotiations among multiple parties, notably MLB, the Players Association, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and Shoehei Otani’s current team imperils the much anticipated arrival this winter of Japan’s best player, The Post has learned. The MLB-NPB posting agreement expired Tuesday. The sides, though, were close to an agreement to move... Continue reading
Against righty ace Justin Verlander, the Dodgers put lefty-swinging Joc Pederson in left field over fellow lefty swinger Andre Ethier because he handles top-end fastballs better than Ethier and also is better on defense. But the fact that Pederson is not in center tells a lot about his status with the team now — and... Continue reading
Would they do it again? The two largest free-agent contracts signed last offseason were by the New York teams to two of the best players ever from Cuba — the Mets guaranteed $110 million over four years to Yoenis Cespedes and the Yankees gave Aroldis Chapman the most money ever for a closer, $86 million... Continue reading
“If at first you don’t succeed …” TAMPA — Not long ago, a player who led his league in homers would have been wined, dined and ultimately rewarded with a lavish contract as a free agent. The Yankees officially signed Chris Carter for $3.5 million with spring training already underway. That is what the Nationals... Continue reading
The outpouring of respect and adoration for Jose Fernandez following the revelation of his death Sunday centered on two traits – his talent, yes, but also the exuberance with which he played. If we really want to honor his too-brief playing days, we should remember that second part. In other words, we can’t praise Fernandez... Continue reading
You search for words. But you will not find the right ones. Death is always sad, too often tragic. Young death is worse yet. And then there is something about young athletes dying because publicly they so often represent our vibrancy and spirit and pos... Continue reading
Those who think Tim Tebow’s presence somewhere on a low-level minor league team will block some youngster’s dream don’t exactly know how this wheel works. Understand that teams employ a couple hundred minor leaguers to give a forum for perhaps 20-25 special ones to have teams with which to play and games in which to... Continue reading
The Yankees have had Brian McCann available in the trade market for weeks now, and the Braves have expressed interest in a reunion. But there are complications. 1. McCann has a full no-trade clause and has consistently expressed how much he loves playi... Continue reading
A few words about Aroldis Chapman… He had every reason to be on his best behavior as a Yankee, considering he was in his walk year and he was suspended for a month under the new domestic abuse protocols. And he was. I would wonder if you get the same player/person under a long-term contract.... Continue reading
The Yankees must decide in the next five weeks whether to be sellers, a choice that will have an impact on the star power of this trading season. They are not alone. Several clubs also are on the seesaw between contender and not so much, buyer or selle... Continue reading
A player who theoretically could help both New York teams — and would cost just money, not prospects — has become available. Yulieski Gourriel was considered the best player left in Cuba when he defected last February with his younger brother, Lourdes. He was declared a free agent Monday, MLB officials confirmed (Jesse Sanchez of... Continue reading
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves announced Mike Minor is dealing with inflammation of the left shoulder and will begin the season on the DL. Thus, Atlanta went from... Continue reading