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January

05
Bader back to N.Y., but this time with Mets on one-year deal

Center fielder Harrison Bader and the New York Mets agreed on a one-year, $10.5 million contract Thursday, sources told ESPN, the latest in a series of short-term pacts for the Mets as they approach 2024 as a transitional season. The 29-year-old Bader is a gifted defensive outfielder, but an inconsistent bat and injury issues have hampered him. Under new president of baseball operations David Stearns, the Mets have added Bader and Tyrone Taylor, both of whom can play center, to complement incumbent center fielder Brandon Nimmo and right fielder Starling Marte. Following a standout 2022 postseason in which he hit five home runs in nine matches for the New […]

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November

30
Luis Severino goes from Yankees to Mets with $13M deal

Right-hander Luis Severino and the New York Mets on Wednesday agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract, sources told ESPN, sending the longtime Yankee to a Mets team that plans to spend its winter upgrading a depleted rotation. Severino, 29, had spent all of his eight-year career with the Yankees, including a rough 2023 in which he posted a 6.65 ERA over 89⅓ innings. Still, the free agent market has set the price of veteran starting pitchers at $10 million-plus a year — and Severino’s past success bought him slightly more. Over his first seven seasons with the Yankees, Severino was highly effective when healthy. He […]

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September

13
Mets hiring David Stearns as president of baseball operations

The New York Mets are hiring David Stearns as their president of baseball operations, sources told ESPN on Tuesday, tabbing the architect of multiple division titles in Milwaukee to help deliver the first World Series championship to Queens in nearly four decades. Stearns, 38, has long been rumored to take over the Mets after stepping down as Brewers president after the 2022 season and will officially start his five-year deal in early October, after the regular season ends, sources told ESPN. A New York native who grew up a Mets fan, Stearns was denied permission by the Brewers to talk about the Mets’ top baseball operations […]

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August

04
Max Scherzer settles in, strikes out 9 to win Rangers debut

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer settled down after a shaky start to win his debut for the American League West-leading Texas Rangers, striking out nine over six innings and getting some help from his new teammates as they defeated the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Thursday. Four of Chicago’s first five batters reached base in a three-run first inning when Scherzer (10-4) threw 37 pitches. The White Sox then had three singles in the second, though Scherzer benefitted from a double-play grounder and an inning-ending strikeout to prevent any more runs. Scherzer, acquired from the New York Mets in a trade over the weekend and […]

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April

13
Mets star closer Edwin Diaz says he hopes to return this season

New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz has not ruled out returning before the end of the campaign, saying his injured knee is progressing well. Diaz, speaking to the media for the first time since tearing his right patellar tendon while celebrating at the World Baseball Classic, said Wednesday that his knee “is doing right” and that his recovery is going “in a good direction.” While the typical recovery timeline for his injury is around eight months, Diaz offered a more optimistic prognosis. “I might throw this season,” he said. “As of right now, my knee is doing right. [The doctors] are really happy, […]

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March

20
‘Double loss’: Venezuela deflated after Altuve injury, WBC exit

It not only was a deflating loss for Team Venezuela — being ousted from the World Baseball Classic by Team USA on Saturday night — but the Houston Astros also lost All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve for an undetermined period of time after he suffered a right-hand injury during an at-bat. Altuve exited the match in the fifth inning after being drilled by a 96 mph fastball by Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Daniel Bard. Venezuela overcame a first-inning, three-run deficit and then managed a four-run rally after Altuve’s injury, but all their efforts proved futile when an eighth-inning grand slam from Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner secured the Americans’ 9-7 triumph […]

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February

23
Carlos Beltran, back with Mets, thought ‘no chance’ he’d reunite with team

Carlos Beltran is back with the New York Mets — the same club that fired him just three years ago in the wake of his involvement in the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal. Beltran, set to initiate his new role as a special assistant to Mets general manager Billy Eppler, was asked Wednesday if he ever thought he would work for the franchise again. “No chance,” Beltran responded. “That’s how the world goes around.” Beltran, a nine-time All-Star who spent parts of seven seasons as a standout center fielder for the Mets, spent last season as an analyst for the YES Network but said […]

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January

30
Mets, batting champ Jeff McNeil reach $50M extension

National League batting champion Jeff McNeil and the New York Mets agreed Friday to a four-year, $50 million contract extension, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN, ensuring one of the team’s core players will stay in Queens as the Mets look to win their first World Series since 1986. McNeil, who turns 31 a week after Opening Day, was arranged to go to an arbitration trial with the Mets, where he was requesting $7.75 million and they offered $6.25 million. Instead, the gap spurred conversations about keeping McNeil past his remaining two years of arbitration that landed on buying out multiple free agent […]

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January

19
New York Mets, Tommy Pham agree to 1-year, $6M deal

Outfielder Tommy Pham and the New York Mets agreed on a one-year, $6 million deal Wednesday, sources told ESPN, continuing the team’s offseason bonanza and pushing the Mets’ record payroll past the $450 million mark. Pham, 34, could serve as a right-handed complement to Daniel Vogelbach as designated hitter for the Mets. He also played 134 games in the outfield last year for Cincinnati and Boston, hitting .236/.312/.374 with 17 home runs and 63 RBIs. Pham’s most impactful hit in 2022 might have been with an open hand rather than a bat. In late May, while with the Reds, Pham approached San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson during pregame warmups […]

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January

04
Nationals, Dominic Smith agree on one-year deal

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Dominic Smith, the team announced Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed but a source told ESPN on Tuesday that Smith will be paid $2 million for the 2023 season, confirming multiple reports. Right-hander A.J. Alexy was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. Smith, 27, provides the Nationals an experienced left-handed hitter who can contribute at first base, left field or designated hitter. Smith was non-tendered by the New York Mets around the middle of November on the heels of a rough 2022 season that ended in the minor leagues. Looking for the best online […]

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