MLB Hot Stove
If the Mets don’t make one more significant move in the coming months, this offseason will go down as a complete failure. This team can’t go into Opening Day as is. No way.
The Red Sox have a message for the Yankees, the American League and Major League Baseball: We’re back.
According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, who translated a report from Japanese media outlet Sports Hochi, the Yankees are one of three major-league teams that Tanaka will consider signing with.
Inking Grandy sends the right message, and it puts the baseball world on notice that this franchise isn’t just going to rest on its laurels and continue to be a complete and utter joke.
It was a back-and-forth morning, but Robinson Cano is no longer a Yankee. The second baseman agreed to a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Mariners on Friday, according to WFAN/CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman.
While there’s no doubt what a healthy Ellsbury could do for an outfield that missed power-hitter Curtis Granderson for most of last year, there will always be the question of whether his bones will hold up after the next collision.
Ichiro Suzuki will again don the pinstripes next season, a source has told WFAN’s Craig Carton. Though final details are still being hammered out, there’s no longer any doubt — Ichiro will be back with the Yankees.
R.A. Dickey had a message to deliver, and he delivered it loud and clear. Speaking at a Mets holiday party, Dickey was clearly frustrated by the slow pace of negotiations and the underwhelming offers that have been delivered to him.
Losing A-Rod until mid-season will force the Yankees to make power-hitting outfielder Cody Ross their number one target.
The personnel affairs of the Yankees and Mets over the last two days have shown us the difference between winners and losers. Like matters on the field, things come easy for winners. The losers always struggle.
The American League East champions passed on pursuing the Marlins’ top players, and instead are focusing on re-signing starting pitchers Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda.
Right-handed starter Matt Harvey — who was brilliant for the Mets in his rookie season — and top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler are untouchables, a club source said in a report.
“Do I have something I’m looking to execute while I’m out here? No,” Cashman said. “Whatever agents are here, I’ll meet with the agents and then obviously have a chance to engage the 29 clubs.”
The talks and negotiations are slow-moving. One person with knowledge of the contract proceedings said that the Mets are “not close” to agreeing to terms with either player.
Some Yankees fans have expressed outrage, but Brian Cashman has kept the organization’s best interests at heart by waiting for the right deal.