Danny Abriano

Brooklyn, NY native. SJU alum, Writer, Editor. Beatlemaniac who plays drums, piano. 

Gelbs talks to Peter Alonso 00:02:03
Steve Gelbs catches up with Peter Alonso from the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Catch the full interview on Hot Stove at 10:30 PM E.T.

Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso, who will be with the team during spring training and could get the nod at first base on Opening Day, says he has improved his defense "tremendously." And he's out to "prove people wrong." 

"Every time I see something online, every time someone knocks me, it's like 'oh, he's not good at defense.' I've really shown that -- since July, I don't think I've made an error since last June," Alonso told SNY's Steve Gelbs on Monday at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. "That's July, August, September, and throughout the (Arizona) Fall League. I've gotten tremendously better. I'm really proud of myself. I'm just trying to keep it snowballing so I can prove people wrong and so I can be happy and play the game I love."

Alonso agreed that when people question his defense it becomes a motivating factor.

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Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) throws to first for an out against Boston Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt (not pictured) in the second inning in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)
Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal (9) throws to first for an out against Boston Red Sox second baseman Brock Holt (not pictured) in the second inning in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports (Richard Mackson)

The Mets are serious about trading for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, according to SNY's Andy Martino. If they miss out on him, though, the team has a few Plan B's.

That pivot would be to free agents such as Yasmani Grandal, Wilson Ramos, and Martin Maldonado, Martino noted on Monday. 

With the Marlins' asking price for Realmuto being astronomical, though it has reportedly come down a bit, the Mets going after one of the free agent catchers might make more sense.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Kyle Lauletta (17) warms up before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The first series of Kyle Lauletta's Giants careeer went like this:

  1. Handoff
  2. Throw on the run that was incomplete
  3. Interception

The 23-year-old Lauletta, who is spending his second week as the backup, entered for Eli Manning late in the Giants' Week 14 matchup with the Redskins with Big Blue up, 40-0...

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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) jogs off the field after the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) jogs off the field after the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Jets QB Sam Darnold left Sunday's game against the Bills after just three plays, heading to the locker room with team doctors before being replaced by Josh McCown.

Darnold missed one drive before jogging back on the field and coming back in the game. 

He is playing in his first game since Week 9, when he suffered a right foot strain.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets are looking for an outfielder to pair with Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo. As they search, Yasiel Puig is reportedly "disgruntled" in Los Angeles and could get traded during the Winter Meetings that kick off Sunday in Las Vegas. 

Should the Mets deal for the enigmatic Puig, who they are expected to at least inquire about? Here are the pros and cons...

Pros

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Could Cano net Bryce Harper? 00:00:37
SNY MLB insider Sweeny Murti tells a story about Bryce Harper's connection and friendship with Robinson Cano, could it land Bryce in NY?

Asked point blank by WFAN's Mike Francesa on Wednesday whether the Mets would pursue free agents Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, GM Brodie Van Wagenen seemed to suggest it was unlikely.

"We'll have to be really creative to move some money around to make those guys work," Van Wagenen said.

Harper and Machado are both reportedly seeking deals in excess of $300 million for 10 years or more, and SNY's Andy Martino has reported that the Mets pursuing either is unlikely...

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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts after the top of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts after the top of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

In what were the first definitive comments about a potential long-term extension for Jacob deGrom, Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said Wednesday that the team will be making an offer. 

"We'd like to see him stay here long-term," Wilpon said during an appearance with Mike Francesa on WFAN. "I'm sure there will be an offer. How long-term that is, that's up to us to figure out." 

Echoing Wilpon's comments, GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- also on with Francesa -- said "our goal will be to try to extend that relationship."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterNew Mets INF Robinson Cano said Tuesday that he's happy to be back in New York and "just can't wait for the season to start." But when it does, he's hoping to play second base only.

"To be honest, it's hard when you have to move around when you play second base for 14 years," he said. "Hopefully I'll be able to play second base every day."

Until the 2018 season, aside from 1.0 inning at shortstop in 2013, Cano had only ever played second base. In 2018, he played 69 games at second base while also getting a taste at first base (14 games) and third base (two games)...

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Mets look to further reshape their team after landing Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano in a blockbuster trade with the Mariners, it sounds like they'll have some extra payroll to work with.

"It's absolutely opened up," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said Tuesday about the payroll heading into the 2019 season. "And Brodie understands the parameters that we're working within -- be it trades and obviously this one is pretty neutral in terms of dollars when you look at what we're getting back and the salary relief. But also the ability to do other things with some of the insurance money." 

Wilpon also noted that the Mets had recently non-tendered Wilmer Flores, freeing up even more additional money. 

 

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA TODAY Sports)

Noah Syndergaard has been made available by the Mets via trade, but GM Brodie Van Wagenen told reporters Tuesday that it would take "very special circumstances" for the team to "even consider" dealing him.

Martino reported last week that the next step for the Mets after their Edwin Diaz-Robinson Cano blockbuster could be to trade Syndergaard, with the team potentially replacing him with one of the high-end starting pitchers on the free agent market. The Mets have also reportedly been in contact with the Indians about a potential trade for Corey Kluber.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If you're taking Van Wagenen at face value about it needing to take "very special circumstances" for the Mets to trade Syndergaard, than a potential deal with the Padres for him would seemingly be completely off the table...

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Sep 3, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 3, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Mets felt that if they didn't quickly finalize their trade for Mariners closer Edwin Diaz and INF Robinson Cano, that Diaz would have been traded to the Phillies, COO Jeff Wilpon said Tuesday at Citi Field.

The Phillies were trying to snag Diaz as part of the trade that eventually netted them SS Jean Segura, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported earlier Tuesday.

According to Rosenthal, discussions between the Phillies and Mariners for Segura and Diaz included RHP Sixto Sanchez, the Phillies' top prospect who is the No. 21 prospect on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list.

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May 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) bumps into third baseman Kyle Seager (15) as they celebrate with relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) after a win over Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
May 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) bumps into third baseman Kyle Seager (15) as they celebrate with relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) after a win over Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

The trade sending Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano from the Mariners to the Mets for Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, and Gerson Bautista is done, with Cano having passed his physical.

Aside from taking on the contracts of Bruce and Swarzak, the Mariners will send the Mets $20 million as part of the deal, reports Jon Heyman of FanCred. New York will receive $5 million in 2019 and then $3.75 million over the final four years of Cano's contract, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

There is expected to be a press conference at Citi Field on Tuesday at 11 a.m. to announce the deal. 

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New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning at Chase Field. (Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports)

The Phillies are about to acquire SS Jean Segura in a trade from the Mariners in exchange for Carlos Santana and J.P. Crawford. And Seattle could be sending Anthony Swarzak to Philly, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today and FanCred's Jon Heyman.

Jayson Stark of ESPN refutes those reports, saying Swarzak won't be heading to the Phillies. 

Swarzak was just sent from the Mets to the Mariners in the blockbuster for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz...

 

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Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Odell Beckham Jr. (13) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With QB Eli Manning struggling, the Giants' pulled some trickery in the third quarter, turning to Odell Beckham Jr., who was flicked the ball and danced adeptly behind the line before hurling a 49-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Russell Shepard. 

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Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 26, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) passes the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

A day after getting bashed (along with Kevin Knox) by unnamed Knicks officials, Frank Ntilikina was benched during Saturday night's win against the Bucks at Madison Square Garden.

But Ntilikina says he's not frustrated by being nailed to the bench.

"It's not frustration," Ntilikina said after the game, according to Peter Botte of the New York Post. "I think it's motivation because as a competitor you want to be out there on the court to help your team. My job and my mindset is to keep working harder to be able to get back on the court."

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Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterWith pretty much all of the details of the Mets' blockbuster trade with the Mariners now known, let's take a look at how the deal will impact the Mets' payroll in both the short and long-term...

What we know

The Mets will acquire Robinson CanoEdwin Diaz, and $20 million from the Mariners in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, and Gerson Bautista.

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Giants head coac Pat Shurmur was incredulous last week when responding to a reporter's question and asking why he would jump over Alex Tanney to get a look at Kyle Lauletta. That seems like hot air now, since Lauletta is active Sunday for the first time this season.

Lauletta will back up Eli Manning with Tanney inactive -- the smart move for a Giants team that would have been doubling down on last year's quarterback mistake if they had turned to Tanney over Lauletta

The expectation continues to be that Lauletta will get time at some point this season, likely after the team is officially eliminated from playoff contention, as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has reported.

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Corey Kluber (28) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Corey Kluber (28) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

The Mets have spoken with the Cleveland Indians about a trade for Corey Kluber, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

Before the Indians traded catcher Yan Gomes to the Nationals, the Mets had been speaking to Cleveland about trading for Gomes, with SNY's Andy Martino suggesting that with the Indians looking for young outfielders, it might make sense to expand a potential deal to include Brandon Nimmo for Kluber.

Along with Kluber, the Indians have made Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco available...

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May 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) bumps into third baseman Kyle Seager (15) as they celebrate with relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) after a win over Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
May 10, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) bumps into third baseman Kyle Seager (15) as they celebrate with relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) after a win over Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

The trade sending Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano from the Mariners to the Mets for Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, and Gerson Bautista has been agreed to, pending physicals, reports SNY's Andy Martino. 

Aside from taking on the contracts of Bruce and Swarzak, the Mariners will send the Mets $20 million as part of the deal, reports Jon Heyman of FanCred

SNY first reported that the Mets were aggressively pursuing the Mariners' stars. 

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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts during first half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) reacts during first half against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

As could be expected, Giannis Antetokounmpo was not pleased after Mario Hezonja dunked on him and then stepped over him during Saturday night's Knicks win over the Bucks. 

"'I'm going to punch him in the nuts next time," Antetokounmpo said after the game, according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, who said the comment was not made as a joke. 

Meanwhile, Hezonja didn't regret a thing, though he said the below before hearing Antetokounmpo's quote...

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Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox (20) drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell (21) during first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Knicks played one of their most inspring games of the season, fighting back multiple times against the Bucks and triumphing in overtime.

With the Knicks leading 136-134 with just under two seconds left,  Brook Lopez drew a foul. He missed the first free throw before intentionally missing the second. Giannis  Antetokounmpo got the rebound but couldn't score as time ran out. >> Box score

Things to know about Saturday night's game

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Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Mar 31, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Trey Burke (23) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Knicks G Trey Burke left Saturday's game against the Bucks midway through the first quarter after suffering a right knee sprain.

Burke, who needed to be helped off the court after the injury, had X-Rays that came back negative and was ruled out for the remainder of the game.

He landed awkwardly under the basket after attempting a layup with the Bucks' Thon Maker stepping on Burke's leg.

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Oct 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) leaps for a dunk in the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Oct 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Mario Hezonja (8) leaps for a dunk in the fourth quarter against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Knicks' Mario Hezonja stepped over the Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo after dunking on him on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Sep 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos (40) walks to the plate to bat during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 19, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos (40) walks to the plate to bat during the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Despite tendering Travis d'Arnaud a contract, the Mets still have interest in upgrading at catcher, with free agents Wilson Ramos and Martin Maldonado among the players they have an eye on, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

The Mets are expected to remain "aggressive" after their blockbuster with the Mariners is finalized, and had been in talks with the Indians to trade for Yan Gomes before he was dealt to the Nationals

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If the Mets add another big bat to go along with Cano, they can justify signing Maldonado -- a tremendous defender who isn't much of a hitter -- to be their catcher. If they don't, Ramos makes the most sense...

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Top 10: Wilmer Flores walk-offs 00:02:31
SNY counts down every walk-off hit from Mets infielder Wilmer Flores' career.

It was sad news for Mets fans to hear Wilmer Flores was non-tendered by the club ahead of Friday's 8 p.m. deadline. 

Over his six-year career with the team, Flores generated tons of love from the Mets faithful. It came to a peak one night in July 2015 when rumors broke that Flores was to be traded to the Brewers. 

The fans were giving Flores a standing ovation, and after Flores figured out why, his emotions came to a cap in this iconic moment...

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets' blockbuster trade that will land them Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Mariners is one of the biggest they'll have ever made -- if it gets finalized.

And while the focus has primarily been on the enormity of Cano and Diaz coming to Flushing with Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, and another lower-tier prospect heading to Seattle, the deal could have an enormous impact on two young players who remain with the Mets: Jeff McNeil and Peter Alonso.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Mets have questions at catcher 00:01:55
SNY's Mets Hot Stove panel discusses the deadline for the Mets to offer a contract to Travis d'Arnaud, and the team's future at catcher.

The non-tender deadline is Friday, with the Mets having nine arbitration-eligible players. 

Among those players, six -- Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, and Kevin Plawecki -- are locks to be offered arbitration.

One (Rafael Montero) is a near-lock to get non-tendered, and questions swirl around the other two -- Wilmer Flores and Travis d'Arnaud...

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Is dealing Kelenic a mistake? 00:02:29
Steve Gelbs, Jim Duquette, and Anthony DiComo question including Jarred Kelenic in the Mets potential deal for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.

Jarred Kelenic's name has come up in trade talks between the Mets and Mariners as part of a potential Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz deal, and two scouts said including Kelenic would be a big mistake.

"He's still young but he has a chance to be a superstar," one of the scouts told Harper. Along with Kelenic, pitching prospects Justin Dunn and INF Jeff McNeil have also had their names come up in trade talks, according to SNY's Andy Martino. Parameters of the deal would also have the Mets trading Jay Bruce and getting significant money from the Mariners to help offset Cano's salary. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | In iterations of this deal that had the Mets getting Cano and Diaz while unloading Bruce and giving up a prospect of the non-Kelenic variety, it seemed too good to be true. A deal that has the same general parameters but includes Kelenic? That would be too bad to be true.

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets made a huge front office move on Wednesday, hiring Red Sox executive Allard Baird to be their vice president/assistant GM of scouting and player development, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

The Baird hire comes a day after the Mets hired Adam Guttridge as their assistant GM of systematic development.

Baird, who was a candidate for the Mets' GM job in 2010, had been working for the Red Sox since 2006 -- serving most recently as their senior vice president of player personnel.

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Sep 21, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Sep 21, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

The Yankees are looking to acquire one more high-end starting pitcher, and postseason legend Madison Bumgarner is being dangled by the Giants in trade talks. 

Bumgarner, 29, has one year at $12 million remaining on his deal, and the Giants are likely to seek "at least one high-end pitching prospect" in any deal for him, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com, who says the Phillies and Brewers have interest. 

San Francisco's desire for a high-end pitching prospect could be an issue if the Yanks pursue Bumgarner since they just traded their top pitching prospect (and one of the best pitching prospects in baseball) Justus Sheffield to the Mariners in the deal for James Paxton.

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have hired Adam Guttridge as their assistant GM of systematic development, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. 

Guttridge, who has a deep analytics background, began his career in baseball in 2005 with the Rockies. He then joined the Brewers, where he seved as Manager of Baseball Research and Development. 

After working with the Brewers, Guttridge co-founded NEIFI (normalized empirical individual forecasting index), where he co-developed the Automated Prospect Model, which received an award from MIT.

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Aug 20, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Aug 20, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

While talks between the Yankees and Mariners on a potential Robinson Cano for Jacoby Ellsbury trade fizzled, the Yanks haven't ruled out revisiting a trade for Cano, reports SNY's Andy Martino. 

The Yanks and Mariners having "briefly" discussed a potential Cano/Ellsbury trade earlier this offseason, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

According to Rosenthal, the Ellsbury/Cano idea talks -- with the Yankees wanting "significant" money included going back to them -- never got serious...

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Mar 5, 2018; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman Jordan Patterson (25) makes the running catch against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)
Mar 5, 2018; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman Jordan Patterson (25) makes the running catch against the Chicago Cubs in the second inning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)

The Mets have claimed 1B/OF Jordan Patterson off waivers from the Rockies and added him to their 40-man roster, the team announced Monday.

With the addition of Patterson, the Mets now have 39 players on their 40-man roster.

Patterson, 26, hit .271/.367/.525 with 23 homers and 26 doubles in 118 games in 2018 for Triple-A Albuquerque after hitting 26 homers in 131 games for Albuquerque in 2017...

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Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Josh Donaldson (27) bats during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Josh Donaldson (27) bats during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

The Braves have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent 3B Josh Donadlson on a one-year deal worth $23 million, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who says the deal is pending a physical. 

Donaldson, who turns 33 years old in December, hit .246/.352/.449 with eight home runs and 23 RBI for the Blue Jays and Indians in 2018 while being limited to just 52 games due to injury. 

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone wrote earlier this month that Donaldson would have been a fit for the Mets, with MLB sources telling Cerrone that the deal Donaldson eventually signed could be a "prove it" deal where he attemps to reestablish his value before hitting the market again in 2019. 

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After dropping from 3-3 to 3-8, the Jets are staring at a lost season as rookie QB Sam Darnold develops, but they have vaulted themselves into great position in the NFL Draft. 

ESPN's FPI (Football Power Index) currently projects that the Jets will have the No. 4 pick in the Draft.

The FPI gives Gang Green an 80 percent chance to earn a Top 5 pick, and a 7 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. react in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Despite winning two of their last three games, the 3-8 Giants are still in prime position to land a top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. But it almost certainly won't be the top pick. 

ESPN's FPI (Football Power Index) currently projects that the Giants will have the No. 5 pick in the Draft.

The FPI gives Big Blue a 47 percent chance to earn a Top 5 pick, and a 1 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick.

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Aug 20, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Aug 20, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Mariners have reached out to the Mets and Yankees about trading 2B Robinson Canoreports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Rosenthal cites a source who says in order for the Mets to consider biting on Cano, the Mariners would need to include significant money in a potential deal and send a top prospect to the Mets. 

According to Rosenthal, the Yanks and Mariners briefly discussed a Cano-Jacoby Ellsbury deal earlier this offseason -- with the Yankees wanting "significant" money included going back to them. But those talks never got serious. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Cano is still productive -- he had an .845 OPS in 2018 and was an above average fielder at second base. But the stain of his PED suspension (and concerns about lingering effects) along with the insane amount of money he's owed, his age, and poor positional fit should prevent Cano from coming to Queens...

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Aug 20, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Aug 20, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano (22) hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Mariners have reached out to the Yankees and Mets about trading 2B Robinson Cano, with the Yanks and Mariners having "briefly" discussed a Jacoby Ellsbury/Cano trade earlier this offseason, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

According to Rosenthal, the Ellsbury/Cano idea talks -- with the Yankees wanting "significant" money included going back to them -- never got serious.

The 36-year-old Cano has five years and $120 million left on his contract, while Ellsbury has two years and roughly $42 million left on his deal...

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Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with tight end Evan Engram (88) after an incomplete pass in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
Oct 22, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) talks with tight end Evan Engram (88) after an incomplete pass in the third quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

Giants TE Evan Engram injured his hamstring during warmups prior to Sunday's game against the Eagles and is questionable to return, the team announced.

Engram's targets have been dropping over the last three weeks. He was targeted nine times against the Redskins in Week 9, five times against the 49ers in Week 10, and just twice against the Buccaneers in Week 11 -- though one of those targets resulted in a 54-yard reception.

Overall in 2018, Engram has 23 receptions for 253 yards and two touchdowns. 

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Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso spent most of his time in 2018 punishing baseballs, as he crushed 42 homers in 159 games between Double-A Binghamton, Triple-A Las Vegas, and the Arizona Fall League.

The 23-year-old Alonso will be in big league camp with the Mets for Spring Training in February. As we wait for the days to tick off until baseball season, click below to see 10 of Alonso's most mammoth homers from this past season... 

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Sep 15, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) records a base hit against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)
Sep 15, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (44) records a base hit against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports (Erik Williams)

Before trading him to the Mariners in the deal for James Paxton, the Yankees were "pushing" LHP prospect Justus Sheffield in trade talks with the Diamondbacks for 1B Paul Goldschmidt, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Olney notes that the Diamondbacks are "intent" on trading Goldschmidt, with the Cardinals and Astros among the interested teams. 

The Yankees could use an upgrade at first base, where Luke Voit is the incumbemt -- with Greg Bird also an option.

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J.A. Happ (34) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
J.A. Happ (34) Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Yankees are looking to add one more starting pitcher this offseason, with free agent J.A. Happ on the list. But there is plenty of competition for the 36-year-old.

The Angels, Astros, Blue Jays, Brewers, and Phillies are among the other teams that have interest in Happ, according to MLB.com's Jon Morosi

While Happ is on the Yankees' list to round out their rotation after re-signing CC Sabathia and trading for Seattle ace James Paxton, fellow free agent Patrick Corbin is the most likely target, with Dallas Keuchel also in the mix, according to SNY's Andy Martino

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Jun 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts in a timeout during the third quarter in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jun 8, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts in a timeout during the third quarter in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Pending free agent and Knicks target Kevin Durant had a succinct answer when asked if the Draymond Green spat would impact his decision after the season. "Nah," he told Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

"Because at the end of the day, I'm just a ballplayer that's just trying to be in a great environment to play basketball and groom my skills every day," Durant explained. "And I want to compete on a level that once the game starts, I'm just totally comfortable with my surroundings, with just going out there and being me."

The above quote from Durant is all well and good, but it has nothing to do with his free agent decision and everything to do with how he'll deal with Green and the situation in Golden State for the rest of this season. 

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Saquon Barkley ran all over the Buccaneers during the Giants' Week 11 win, and now he has an award to show for it.

Barkley, who rushed 27 times for a career-high 142 yards and two touchdowns on the ground (adding a 10-yard touchdown reception for good measure), has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Sunday was Barkley's third 100-yard rushing game of the season, bringing his total to 728 yards on 158 attempts to go along with seven touchdowns. 

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Nov 18, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) reacts after breaking his leg in the second half against the Houston Texans during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Nov 18, 2018; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) reacts after breaking his leg in the second half against the Houston Texans during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Redskins QB Alex Smith suffered a gruesome season-ending injury during the second half on Sunday, breaking his tibia and fibula during Washington's loss to the Texans. 

Smith will need immediate surgery for the injury, head coach Jay Gruden said after the game.

The 34-year-old Smith was replaced by Colt McCoy, who was unable to complete a comeback in the final seconds as the Skins fell to 6-4...

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With the Arizona Fall League over, Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso has finished the season with 42 homers in a career-high 159 games.

Alonso crushed 36 homers during the minor league season, as he hit .285/.395/.579 in 132 games between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas. In the AFL, where he started off hot and cooled off late, Alonso cracked six homers while hitting .255/.339/.510 in 27 games.

The 23-year-old Alonso will be with the Mets at big league Spring Training in February, and new GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- who traveled to Arizona to have dinner with Alonso during the AFL -- recently said he is an "impact player offensively" who is going to continue to work hard on his defense.

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(Robert Hanashiro)

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner said last week it would be "essential" for free agent Manny Machado to explain his anti-hustling comments if the Yanks chose to pursue him. 

Machado may be a back-burner item for the Yankees at the moment. But they have sought out background information on him, and SNY's Andy Martino has reported the Yanks are "ready to pounce" if Machado's market doesn't get out of hand. 

And if they pursue him, you can add Reggie Jackson to those in Yankee-land who would want Machado to explain himself...

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Sep 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets are receiving significant trade interest in Noah Syndergaard, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Friday, adding that a potential Syndergaard trade this offseason is "a real possibility."

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Sunday that the Mets' "end game" in a Syndergaard trade would not necessarily be simply acquiring high-end prospects, of which the interested Padres have many.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | On its face, the idea that a team trying to contend in 2019 would trade a 26-year-old ace-level pitcher who won't be a free agent until 2021 is crazy. But if the Mets aren't going to be in on the Manny Machado's and Bryce Harper's of the world via free agency, their best shot to get a potential impact bat (and more) right now could be dealing Syndergaard...

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Nov 17, 2018; Knoxville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Drew Lock (3) before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports (Randy Sartin)
Nov 17, 2018; Knoxville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Drew Lock (3) before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports (Randy Sartin)

The 2-7 Giants are tied with the Cardinals for the third-worst record in the NFL, putting them on track to have another top-five pick in the NFL Draft.

While the potential QB class of 2019 isn't as star-studded as the 2018 class that featured Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen, there are a bunch of potential first-round talents the Giants can dream on if they choose to pick Eli Manning's replacement.

Here's how they performed this weekend...

Tags: Eli Manning, Danny Abriano
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