Tag: NL East

Mets Spring Training 2017 Preview: Predictions, Players to Watch and More

A savior is on its way to Gotham—and we're not talking about Captain America or the Dark Knight. Spring Training will soon arrive to save New York sports fans from what has been a frustrating, hair-pulling winter of discontent, filled with underperforming teams and contenders with more holes than the Swiss cheese on a Reuben sandwich from the dearly departed Carnegie Deli. Pitchers and catchers are set to descend upon Port St. Lucie, Florida, in just a few weeks as the New York Mets officially get the 2017 season underway. The Mets, who lost the National League Wild Card Game in 2016, will be looking to not only get through camp healthy, but ready to hit the ground running as they embark on a journey that hopefully culminates with the team's second NL East crown since 2015. While health will be a focal point of camp, the Mets have some questions that must be answered ...




Michael Saunders to Phillies: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Free-agent outfielder Michael Saunders has agreed to a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball and Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reported the news Monday. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports later reported the deal is worth $9 million with a club option worth $11 million and can be worth as much as $14 million with escalators. On Tuesday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reported Saunders is expected to take a physical with the Phillies in the next day or two to finalize the deal. Crasnick noted the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays were also in on the outfielder, while the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks had interest as well. Saunders picked a good time to become a free agent, as his 2016 season with the Blue Jays was his best season in Major League Baseball. Last year marked the first time in his career that he played at least 140 games, with ...




Tim Tebow Not Among Players Invited to Mets’ Major League Camp

The New York Mets sent out invitations Wednesday to their major league spring training camp, but Tim Tebow is not one of the names on the list, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.  Carig did add that the Mets could "borrow" Tebow for Grapefruit League games. A former college football star and NFL quarterback, Tebow signed a minor league deal with the Mets in September and spent the fall in the Gulf Coast and Arizona Fall leagues.  Tebow's attempt at the majors was a surprising one, as he hadn't played organized baseball since high school. After he put on a showcase in late August for MLB scouts, reviews of his potential spanned from "a complete waste of time" to "better than I expected," per Josh Peter of USA Today.  Even so, his first at-bat in the Gulf Coast League was something out of a storybook, as he belted an opposite-field home run.  It was all downhill from there, though, as ...




Predicting New York Mets Depth Charts a Month Ahead of Spring Training

"Depth" is a loaded word for the New York Mets. The Mets won the National League pennant in 2015 on the strength of their stacked, young starting rotation. Last season, the same group was beset by injuries, and it is a question mark going into 2017. New York is also dealing with a glut of corner outfielders and uncertainty in center field, and it is likely to lose its closer for a significant stretch due to a domestic violence suspension. Injury issues lurk in the infield as well. All that said, this is a talented roster fully capable of competing for an NL East title and making another deep postseason run. As we slog through the final month before pitchers and catchers report to spring training, let's run down the Mets' depth chart, with the obvious caveat that further trades or signings will change the calculus. We'll also take a look at some players ...




Max Scherzer Injury: Nationals SP Suffers Stress Fracture in Knuckle

Max Scherzer has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball over the last five years, but the Washington Nationals ace is on the mend after suffering a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, according to Dan Kolko of MASN.  He added that Scherzer will not be able to participate with the United States at the World Baseball Classic but will be ready for spring training. For the U.S. team, it will have to rely more on the likes of Chris Archer and Marcus Stroman to anchor the starting rotation. The Nationals breezed through the National League East in 2016, and Scherzer was a key reason why. The 32-year-old went 20-7 and led the NL with 284 strikeouts and a 0.968 WHIP.  Hearing of an injury to a key pitcher within the Nationals pitching staff isn't anything new. Stephen Strasburg, who has battled injuries throughout his first seven years in the ...




Is Andrew McCutchen the Right Win-Now Splash for Mets’ World Series Chase?

Starting in center field for the New York Mets...Andrew McCutchen. Your reaction to that sentence—assuming you're a Mets fan—likely depends on your feelings about risk versus reward. Because, boy, does McCutchen offer plenty of both. McCutchen is a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates as of this writing. His name has churned through the rumor mill this offseason, however, with the Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays among his reported suitors.  After the winter meetings, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington expressed a desire to keep McCutchen in black and yellow. "Our intent coming in here was to have Andrew McCutchen in our lineup going forward. No one changed that," Huntington said, per MLB.com's Adam Berry. "It's unlikely that someone changes that going forward. We're not going to close the door, but we're not going to be making calls." There's wiggle room in that statement. McCutchen may not be on the clearance shelf, but he's available for the ...




Ender Inciarte, Braves Agree to New Contract: Latest Details and Reaction

The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Ender Inciarte agreed to a five-year, $30.5 million extension Friday that carries a club option for a sixth year. "We are thrilled to announce an extension for Ender," Braves general manager John Coppolella said in a statement. "We feel that he's the best defensive center fielder in baseball and one of the best leadoff hitters in the game. Ender brings so much to our club, on and off the field, and we are happy to have him under club control for at least the next six years." Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball reported the financial terms of the deal. Inciarte and the Braves were scheduled to head to salary arbitration if a deal was not completed. Inciarte, 26, hit .291/.351/.381 with three home runs and 29 runs batted in last season. He came to Atlanta last winter with shortstop Dansby Swanson as part of the package the Arizona ...




Clay Buchholz to Phillies: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Pitcher Clay Buchholz is no longer a member of the only MLB team he has known, following a tumultuous 2016 campaign.  The Philadelphia Phillies announced they acquired Buchholz and sent minor league second baseman Josh Tobias to the Red Sox on Tuesday. FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman initially reported the deal. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters the Red Sox will listen to potential trade opportunities, but there is "no major drive" to add more players. Dombrowski said trading Buchholz gives the team flexibility during the offseason and puts Boston under the CBT (competitive-balance tax).   The New York Post's Joel Sherman thought the move played into what the Phillies have done this offseason: MLB.com's Mike Petriello likes how Philadelphia has assembled its starting rotation: This comes after Rob Bradford of WEEI.com noted earlier in December teams that talked to the Red Sox about available pitchers sensed Dombrowski was more interested in trading Buchholz over Drew Pomeranz. Scott Miller of Bleacher Report ...




Bryce Harper Marries Girlfriend Kayla Varner: Latest Details and Photos

Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper married longtime girlfriend Kayla Varner over the weekend at the iconic San Diego Mormon Temple. Harper shared an image from the ceremony on his Instagram page: Wedding photographer India Earl also shared an image from the wedding: According to TalkNats.com (via Emily Heil of the Washington Post), Nationals teammates Jayson Werth and Trea Turner were in attendance, along with general manager Mike Rizzo. Former teammate Ian Desmond also attended, per Sports Illustrated (via Fox Sports). Turner shared an image from the proceedings: Harper and Varner—who played soccer at BYU and Ohio State—had previously planned to wed in 2015, though the wedding was called off, per Heil. But Varner announced on Instagram during this year's ESPYs that the pair were engaged once again. Harper, 24, is coming off his worst season as a pro, hitting .243 with 24 home runs, 86 RBI, 84 runs and 21 stolen bases in 2016. Nonetheless, he ...




Brad Ziegler to Marlins: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

The Miami Marlins and free-agent relief pitcher Brad Ziegler agreed to a two-year contract worth $16 million plus incentives, per Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Friday.  MLB.com's Joe Frisario later confirmed Rosenthal's reports.  The 37-year-old has been one of baseball's most underrated relievers over his nine professional seasons.  With the Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks and, most recently, the Boston Red Sox for half of a season, Ziegler has posted a career 2.44 ERA with a WHIP of 1.228, per Baseball-Reference.com.  He's been close to lights-out over the past two seasons, posting a 1.85 ERA and 30 saves in 66 appearances during 2015 with the Diamondbacks.  Ziegler racked up 13 saves and a 2.82 ERA in 36 games in 2016 before he was dealt to the Red Sox. In Boston, he allowed just five earned runs in 29.2 innings as more of a middle reliever: A sidearm delivery, which at times can dip down to almost that ...




Copyright © 1996-2010 Kuzul. All rights reserved.
iDream theme by Templates Next | Powered by WordPress