The new deal adds salaries of $2.5 million in 2016, $4.5 million in 2017, $6.5 million in 2018 and $9 million in 2019. The Mets have a $9.5 million option for 2020 with a $500,000 buyout.
Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 5 and played five flawless innings of defense in his first game since being sidelined two weeks ago by an oblique strain.
Mets owner Fred Wilpon wouldn’t divulge what he said during a rare address to his team on Monday. Neither would captain David Wright. But word is that he delivered quite the positive punch.
Alex Rodriguez played first base for the first time in his professional career Sunday, handling three chances in three innings during the Yankees’ 7-0 win over the Astros.
Dellin Betances has looked no where near the flamethrower who made the All-Star team as David Robertson’s setup man. And Andrew Miller has had just a so-so spring.
“He’s done well,” Brian Cashman said of Alex Rodriguez. “He’s got a lot of life in his body. If he continues to show athleticism, that means he’s going to impact the baseball. That will be good for us.”
Juan Lagares has been making his case for the Mets’ leadoff spot with a scorching spring. But Terry Collins wants to see what his lineup will look like with Lagares batting behind the pitcher.
Minor league living is hardly large. Meal money, for one, is tough to stretch beyond Pizza Hut and pales in comparison to the majors.
New York’s center fielder is out of action until the middle of next week because of a strained oblique. He said before Thursday night’s loss that the injury “feels a lot better already.”
“I’m not really concerned about it, because it’s really mild,” manager Joe Girardi said. “This is the time of year we can protect him a little bit, don’t have to rush him back.”
Masahiro Tanaka thought his spring training debut on Thursday was “good.” His teammates used another word: “great.”
The star of “Anchorman,” ”Elf” and several sports-related flicks played all 9 positions and coached for 10 teams in five Arizona ballparks Thursday in a spring-training blitz chronicled for an HBO special.
The Yankees insist there’s nothing behind the curious omission of Alex Rodriguez’s first home run since 2013 on their Twitter page. But fans have taken notice.
By now you’ve probably heard that Chris Capuano – a 36-year-old left-hander and the Yankees’ projected fifth starter – left his exhibition start in the first inning Wednesday with a right quadriceps strain.
Names alone don’t win games, and the ones Joe Girardi will write on the lineup card are mostly old, some recovering, others waiting for the injury shoe to drop and ruin their seasons.