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April

04
Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander happy to get through spring training healthy

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander pitched five solid innings in his final spring training tuneup Sunday and pronounced himself healthy and ready to start the season. His next start is set to come in the third game of the year, next Saturday night on the road versus the Los Angeles Angels. “I’m happy to get through it healthy, but I still have some stuff to work on,” Verlander said. “I’m looking at it two different ways. Definitely pleased with the health part, though.” The two-time Cy Young winner hasn’t pitched in the regular season since July 2020; after making his first start in the […]

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December

03
Los Angeles Angels re-sign closer Raisel Iglesias to $58 million deal

Closer Raisel Iglesias agreed to a four-year, $58 million deal Wednesday night to stay with the Los Angeles Angels. He gets $10 million next year and $16 million in each of the following three seasons. Iglesias was outstanding in his first season with the Angels after they got him in a trade with Cincinnati a year ago. The Cuban right-hander had 34 saves while going 7-5 with a 2.57 ERA and 103 strikeouts with only 12 walks in 65 appearances. His 8.58 strikeout-to-walk ratio was the best of his career, and he finished 11th in the AL Cy Young voting while repeatedly going […]

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May

21
New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom strikes out eight in three shutout innings in rehab start

If Jacob deGrom was rusty, he seemed able to shake it off pretty fast. DeGrom, the New York Mets’ ace and two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, struck out eight and walked none over three shutout innings Thursday during a rehab start for the St. Lucie Mets, New York’s low Class A affiliate. He threw 41 pitches, 30 for strikes, and whiffed the last six batters he faced on just 25 pitches. According to Statcast data, deGrom threw 25 four-seam fastballs, averaging 94.5 mph and topping out at 101.9. He mixed in 15 sliders and a single changeup. Looking for the best […]

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April

02
New York Mets and All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor agree to 10-year, $341 million deal

The New York Mets and shortstop Francisco Lindor have agreed to a 10-year, $341 million deal, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Wednesday. Lindor’s deal will be the third largest based on total value in major league history, trailing only the deals for the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout ($426.5 million) and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts ($365 million). The Mets were widely expected to sign Lindor to a long-term extension after getting the four-time All-Star in a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Indians this offseason. The negotiations became a major storyline during spring training, with new Mets owner Steve Cohen writing on Twitter last week, “What do think Lindor will accept? I’m […]

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February

11
Boston Red Sox sending Andrew Benintendi to Kansas City Royals in 3-team deal

The Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals and New York Mets have agreed to a three-way trade that will send outfielder Andrew Benintendi from Fenway to K.C., sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Wednesday night. Royals outfield prospect Khalil Lee will go to the Mets, while Royals outfielder Franchy Cordero will go to the Red Sox, with other players involved as well, sources said. Right-handed prospect Josh Winckowski and a player to be named later will be going from the Mets to the Red Sox, sources said. Benintendi, once a part of the Red Sox’s vaunted outfield core, missed most of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, landing on the injured […]

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December

31
Mets hire former player Tony Tarasco as first base coach

The New York Mets have hired Tony Tarasco to be their first base coach, bringing the former outfielder back to the franchise where he ended his playing career. The Mets revealed the hiring Wednesday. The 50-year-old Tarasco will take over for Tony DeFrancesco, who is moving to a new role as senior advisor for player development and scouting. Tarasco was born in Manhattan and is one of 139 players to play for the Yankees and Mets, but he’s best known in New York for a play in the 1996 AL Championship Series when he was with the Baltimore Orioles. Tarasco was chasing Derek […]

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December

14
New York Mets, catcher James McCann finalizing four-year deal

Catcher James McCann and the New York Mets are finalizing a four-year deal for $40 million-plus, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Athletic first reported the sides were close to a deal. McCann, 30, shared catching duties last season with Yasmani Grandal, whose deal with the Chicago White Sox last offseason averaged $18.3 million per season — a record in free agency for a catcher. McCann had a career-high .289 batting average with seven home runs and 15 RBIs in 31 matches during the pandemic-shortened season, cutting down on his strikeout rate after a career-worst 137 strikeouts in 2019. Despite the Grandal deal (four years, $73 million), […]

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November

19
New York Mets’ Robinson Cano banned for 2021 MLB season due to PED

New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano has tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol, Major League Baseball revealed Wednesday. Because it is his second positive test, Cano has been suspended the entire 2021 campaign. Cano was also suspended 80 games under the banned substance policy in 2018. “We were extremely disappointed to be informed about Robinson’s suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program,” team president Sandy Alderson said in a statement. “The violation is very unfortunate for him, the organization, our fans, and the sport. The Mets fully support MLB’s efforts toward eliminating performance enhancing substances from the game.” Looking […]

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August

05
Atlanta Braves ace Mike Soroka done for season with torn Achilles

Atlanta Braves ace Mike Soroka is out for the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon Monday night versus the New York Mets. Soroka was hurt in the third inning after delivering a pitch to J.D. Davis, who grounded the ball toward first baseman Freddie Freeman. Soroka broke toward first to cover the bag, only to go down on his first step off the mound. The right-hander knew right away it was a devastating injury, one that ensures he won’t be back on the mound until 2021. “It’s a freak thing that happened,” manager Brian Snitker said, delivering the grim news after the Braves lost […]

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January

13
Todd Frazier gets one year deal with from Rangers

The Texas Rangers agreed to a deal with veteran third baseman Todd Frazier, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Frazier will get $5 million guaranteed. Frazier, who turns 34 in February, is coming off a 2019 campaign in which he batted .251/.329/.443 for the Mets with 21 home runs in 133 games. Over the last three seasons, Frazier has an OPS+ of 102, and for his career he has a mark of 106. Over that span, the right-handed slugger has averaged 29 home runs per 162 games played. Frazier has a lifetime OPS of .756 against right-handed pitching, but that figure rises to .813 […]

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