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Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view as New York Mets designated hitter Brandon Nimmo (9) bats against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning of the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view as New York Mets designated hitter Brandon Nimmo (9) bats against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning of the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Robert Dominguez, the 18-year-old right-handed pitcher whose fastball already tops out at 99 mph, is ranked No. 17 on the Mets' Top 31 prospects list that was released by FanGraphs on Friday.

Dominguez, who was signed out of Venezuela this past July, also already has a plus curveball to go along with a developing changeup.

"He's only thrown a handful of times since the velo spike and not even all of the Mets upper level decision makers have seen him yet, but the talent level is on par with a compensation or second round pick," FanGraphs wrote in their scouting report. "There's just significantly more uncertainty and less track record than even later-developing players taken in that range, like Josh Wolf."

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Franklyn Kilome, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Baseball America released its Top 10 Mets prospects list for 2020 on Wednesday, and it featured a potential impact shortstop at the top, a very fast riser at No. 2, and a bunch of 2019 draftees throughout.

Here's how things shook out:

1. SS Ronny Mauricio
2. C Francisco Alvarez
3. 3B Brett Baty
4. RHP Matthew Allan
5. INF Andres Gimenez
6. 3B Mark Vientos
7. LHP Thomas Szapucki
8. RHP Josh Wolf
9. LHP Kevin Smith
10. LHP David Peterson

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner (Treated Image by SNY)
CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner (Treated Image by SNY)

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Perhaps the 2010s can be explained simply as the law of averages catching up with the Yankees, a reminder of just how remarkable it was to navigate the postseason so flawlessly while winning four championships in five years two decades ago. 

More likely the teams of this decade simply weren't quite as clutch or complete as those Joe Torre ballclubs that remain the last dynasty we've seen in baseball.

Either way, this decade will be remembered dubiously in the Bronx as the first one in 100 years in which the Yankees didn't make at least one World Series appearance. 

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gio Urshela, Greg Bird, Luis Severino, Luke Voit, Mark Teixeira, Miguel Andujar, John Harper
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With the Mets interested in trading for Brewers closer Josh Hader, one question is how much the Mets would have to give up in order to land him. Another question is how much they should be willing to give up.

Arguably the best reliever in baseball, the 25-year-old Hader has immense value. He is entering his first of four arbitration years, and will likely get more expensive each season from 2020 to 2023.

It can be argued that with their farm system still in the midst of being rebuilt that the Mets should be focused on the free agent market when it comes to improving the bullpen. But if they are serious about going for Hader, it could make sense to also take back Ryan Braun (and a sizable portion of what he's owed) in order to provide the Brewers even more salary relief and make what they send to Milwaukee hurt less.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Franklyn Kilome, Jeff McNeil, Mark Vientos, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez and Brett Baty.
Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez and Brett Baty.

The Mets have traded lots of potential impact prospects over the last year, and the team has gone about re-stocking its farm system, which included having a very aggressive MLB Draft this past June.

Here's how the Mets' Top 20 prospects rank in advance of the 2020 season...

1. SS Ronny Mauricio (ETA 2022)

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Mark Vientos (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Mark Vientos (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

The Mets have announced their minor league awards, which include INF Mark Vientos being named their hitter of the year and LHP Kevin Smith being named pitcher of the year.

Among the other awards: INF Andres Gimenez being named defender of the year and Sam Haggerty -- who recently made his Mets debut -- winning baserunner of the year. 

Vientos, 19, was recently named the Mets' hitting prospect of the year by MLB.com.

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Thomas Szapucki
Thomas Szapucki

The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in June but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing, with MLB.com system rankings for each player in parentheses...


Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia -- ETA 2022 (No. 1)

Recently profiled by SNY's Joe DeMayo, Mauricio is a switch-hitting SS. Signed July 2, 2017, by the Mets as an international free agent, Mauricio completed Monday's regular-season finale for Low-A Columbia with a 1-for-4 performance that included a two-RBI triple. In his 116 games, he hit four home runs and 37 RBI with a slash line of .268/.307/.357. Prior to Monday, Mauricio's production reflected his numbers on the season as he hit .267 with four hits in 17 at-bats over four games since last Wednesday.

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Matthew Allan
Matthew Allan

With the minor league season winding down, the Mets have promoted two of their three highly-touted 2019 draft picks to Short-Season Brooklyn as the Cyclones continue their playoff push. 

3B Brett Baty (the Mets' No. 2 prospect, per MLB.com) is being promoted from rookie level Kingsport and RHP Matthew Allan (the Mets' No. 4 prospect) is being promoted from the rookie level Gulf Coast League. 

The Mets selected Baty with their first round (12th overall) pick in the MLB Draft this past June, and snatched up Allan in the third round (89th overall) after he dropped due to signability concerns.

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Thomas Szapucki
Thomas Szapucki

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The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in June but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing, with MLB.com system rankings for each player in parentheses...


Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia -- ETA 2022 (No. 1)

Mauricio, who we recently profiled here, is a switch-hitter who the Mets gave $2.1 million in 2017 as an international free agent.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Thomas Szapucki
Thomas Szapucki

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The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in June but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing, with MLB.com system rankings for each player in parentheses...


Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia -- ETA 2022 (No. 1)

Mauricio, who we recently profiled here, is a switch-hitter who the Mets gave $2.1 million in 2017 as an international free agent.

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Matthew Allan
Matthew Allan

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The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in June but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing, with MLB.com system rankings for each player in parentheses...


Ronny Mauricio, SS, Low-A Columbia -- ETA 2022 (No. 1)

Mauricio, who we recently profiled here, is a switch-hitter who the Mets gave $2.1 million in 2017 as an international free agent.

After being on fire for the better part of a month, Mauricio is in the midst of a huge funk, with zero hits in his last 23 at-bats. Overall, he is hitting .273/.311/.366 with four homers, four triples, and 20 doubles in 105 games this season. 

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in April but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing...


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton -- ETA 2020

Gimenez remains mundane out in Binghamton, going 3-for-20 with a double and an RBI this past week. He is only hitting .239 on the season (95 games), but has a .306 OBP with 23 walks and 12 hit by pitches to boot. 

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Scott Thompson
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

The Mets have had a bit of a shakeup to their farm system rankings after dealing pitchers Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays in the Marcus Stroman trade. 

Shortstop Ronny Mauricio has supplanted fellow shortstop Andres Gimenez (who has fallen to No. 3) as the organization's top prospect, according to updated rankings by MLB Pipeline.  

Mets 2019 first-round pick, 3B Brett Baty, is the No. 2 prospect while third-round pick RHP Matthew Allen is the organization's No. 4 prospect as they have begun playing games in Rookie Ball while 3B Mark Vientos drops to sixth.  

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

The Mets' system got a boost with their terrific Draft in April but took a serious hit when they traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman. Here's how the top prospects are performing...


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton -- ETA 2020

Last time we looked at Gimenez, he had just three hits in his last 17 at-bats. Well those numbers didn't really change much. 

Over the past week, the shortstop has four hits in 17 at-bats. He did have a solid game on July 31, though, going 2-for-2 with a homer, double, and a walk. Overall, Gimenez is slashing .243/.312/.375 so far this season in Double-A.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Scott Thompson
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Anthony Kay (Bill Vaughan)
Anthony Kay (Bill Vaughan)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- is heating up again after an 0-for-10 skid early last week. In his last three games, Gimenez has gone 5-for-10 with one double, one triple, and two RBI. 

Overall, he is hitting just .246/.310/.370 in 76 games this season with four homers, five triples, and 14 doubles. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Simeon Woods Richardson (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images) (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Simeon Woods Richardson (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images) (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- has hits in 10 of his last 12 games, including five multi-hit games in that span. 

Overall, he is hitting just .243/.309/.364 in 71 games this season with four homers, four triples, and 13 doubles. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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 (Bill Vaughan)
(Bill Vaughan)

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- has been hot over his last eight games, with 11 hits in his last 29 at-bats. His hot streak has included a double and homer. 

Overall, he is hitting just .239/.307/.355 in 67 games this season. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here

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 (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
(Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- was recently mired in a 3-for-29 skid before going 2-for-2 with a walk on Saturday and 1-for-4 on Sunday. 

Overall, he is hitting just .229/.302/.339 in 61 games this season. Gimenez, who can be a staple for the Mets at either shortstop or second base, was recently profiled by MetsBlog contributor Joe DeMayo here

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Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- is back to full health after missing 10 days after getting hit on the hand with a pitch, but his bat hasn't yet caught up.

He is just 5-for-27 (.185) with a stolen base since returning. Gimenez is just 20 years old, but is only slashing .246/.313/.345 over parts of two seasons at Double-A. He got three of those hits in one game, which included two doubles.

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 (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
(Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- missed just over 10 days after getting hit in the hand by a pitch, and returned over the weekend.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

The 20-year-old Gimenez -- who is the Mets' No. 1 prospect now that Pete Alonso's prospect status has expired -- was placed on the IL last Sunday after getting hit in the hand by a pitch.

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 (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
(Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


 Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

Through the season's first 45 games, Gimenez has taken a step back from his short tenure with Binghamton in 2018, when he batted .277 in 37 contests. This year, the 20-year-old is hitting .232 with a .638 OPS and 50 strikeouts in 177 at-bats. The Venezuela native hasn't recorded multiple hits in a game dating back to May 20. His defense has been solid, though, with a .973 fielding percentage at shortstop. 

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Mets prospect Mark Vientos (@MetsFarmReport/Twitter)
Mets prospect Mark Vientos (@MetsFarmReport/Twitter)

Mets 3B prospect Mark Vientos has one of the brightest futures among all players in the team's farm system. At just 19 years old, he is already with Low-A Columbia, and could be on track to reach the majors as early as 2021.


The Skinny

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 185 lbs

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Simeon Woods Richardson (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images) (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Simeon Woods Richardson (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images) (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andres Gimenez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 1) -- ETA 2020

After being mired in a 1-for-16 slump last week, the 20-year-old shortstop showed signs of getting back on track with a hit in four of his last five games, but is still 5 for his last 20. He is hitting a slash line of .237/.294/.353 with two home runs, 14 RBI and 23 runs scored this season. 

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A general view at First Data Field (Jasen Vinlove)
A general view at First Data Field (Jasen Vinlove)

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andrés Giménez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 2) -- ETA 2020

Pete Alonso remains listed No. 1 on MLB.com's list of top Mets prospects, but he sure seems well entrenched in the majors given his outstanding start to the season. So Giménez tops the Mets' farm system, and it was a good week for the shortstop in Double-A Binghamton.

The 20-year-old went 9-for-25 in six games, recording one homer, three doubles, three RBI, three walks and two stolen bases along with six strikeouts. He takes a five-game hitting streak into Monday's game at Akron, and he had three hits in two of those games. He did commit an error in his last game, his second of the season.

The standout performance came on Thursday, when he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles. The homer was a blast to right field which left the stadium and went "across the street," according to the MiLB video description.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after missing a catch in the end zone during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reacts after missing a catch in the end zone during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich did not just offer his interpretation on GM Dave Gettleman's feelings on Eli Manning, he also had a lot to say about Odell Beckham Jr. 

Herzlich, a teammate of Beckham's from 2014-17, was asked on CBS Sports Radio's "Taz and The Moose" show on Thursday about the recent drama surrounding the Steelers and wide receiver Antonio Brown. 

The 31-year-old said he'd read that the issues with Brown and the Steelers have been going on forever and he likened the culture in Pittsburgh to that of the Giants last season -- when things spiraled out of control -- and cited Beckham's "distractions" as why things began to go south. 

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New York Giants outside linebacker Mark Herzlich (94) looks over his shoulder as he walks onto the field to warm up before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)
New York Giants outside linebacker Mark Herzlich (94) looks over his shoulder as he walks onto the field to warm up before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Alex Brandon/AP)

While everyone ponders what went on in the meeting between GM Dave Gettleman and quarterback Eli Manning, former Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich offered his interpretation of how it went down.  

"He doesn't see a future for Eli," Herzlich said on CBS Sports Radio's "Taz and the Moose" show on Thursday. 

Herzlich, 31, was teammates with Manning from 2011-17 and shares the same agent with the two-time Super Bowl champion but was cut from the team prior to the start of the season. 

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Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 7, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) pitches during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

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In the past, the Yankees have made some important free agent signings during Christmas season. Some of the deals turned into the favorite toys of the organization, while others despite the perceived promise turned into coal.

As we await the Yankees next free agent move, let's take a look back at some of those memorable agreements.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Chris Carelli
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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after striking out in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge reacts after striking out in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 of the 2018 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Mark Teixeira says Aaron Judge made a costly error when he blasted "New York, New York" through the halls of Fenway Park following the Yankees' lone ALDS win over the Red Sox in Game 2.

"You woke a sleeping giant," Teixeira said Wednesday morning on ESPN's "Get Up!" "Aaron Judge has no rings. And I have a ton of respect for Aaron Judge, I think he will have rings. But when you boast -- when you wake a sleeping giant in Boston -- on your way out back to Yankee Stadium and then get your butts kicked two games in a row, I just think that you might want to let your bat do the talking. Because Aaron Judge's bat will talk."

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Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) completes a pass as Detroit Lions defensive back Nevin Lawson (24) applies pressure during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) completes a pass as Detroit Lions defensive back Nevin Lawson (24) applies pressure during the first quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

The NFL has fined Giants WR Sterling Shepard $26,739 for making a blindslide block during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions last week, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Shepard's fine stems from when he was blocking on a run by RB Wayne Gallman during the first quarter of the game. 

LB Mark Herzlich was not fined despite being flagged during that same game for unsportsmanlike conduct for violating the new helmet rule. 

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - There are 2 ½ weeks until the regular season opens and Odell Beckham Jr. still doesn't have his lucrative new contract. That means it's possible the Giants will soon be playing games that count with this unresolved matter hanging over their heads.

And that's a big deal, isn't it? It has the potential to be a season-crushing distraction for the Giants, right?

"No. I don't see it being a distraction at all," said Giants receiver Sterling Shepard. "I don't think half the guys even know anything's going on or anything's been said about it."

Tags: Jonathan Stewart, Mark Herzlich, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

The new "helmet rule" hasn't been received well by everyone in the NFL, and after Friday's game against the Lions, head coach Pat Shurmur can be added to that list. 

Giants LB Mark Herzlich was called for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which was a result of a play referees believed violated the new rule. Shurmur completely disagreed, but held himself back when addressing the situation after the game. 

"I don't think it's necessary to get fined in the preseason," Shurmur told 247Sports' Dan Schneier on Saturday. 

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Aaron Hicks made history in Sunday's 11-1 win by becoming the third Yankee ever to hit three home runs in a game against the Red Sox.

Hicks homered in the second and fourth innings off David Price, and added his third home run of the game off Hector Velazquez in the eighth inning as New York moved back into a first-place tie atop the AL East.

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Mark Herzlich (94) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Mark Herzlich (94) Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Giants LB Mark Herzlich knows all too well what GM Dave Gettleman is about to endure as his battle with lymphoma begins. 

The 67-year-old announced his diagnosis last week, and for Herzlich, he flashed back to 2009 when he was in Gettleman's shoes having been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, while playing for Boston College. 

Embarking on this scary journey without knowing exactly what will happen in the end is something Herzlich has lived, which is why he plans on being there for Gettleman whenever he needs him. Herzlich plans on going to a chemo session with his new GM because he knows that having people around that care is the most important aspect of battling this disease...

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Mark Herzlich (94) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants outside linebacker Mark Herzlich (94) during the third quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

In the midst of the NFL's new anthem policy being put into place, Giants LB Mark Herzlich wants President Donald Trump to visit the team's locker room to see what it is really like. 

Herzlich says he wants to have a talk with Trump, who recently said that players who kneel for the national anthem "shouldn't be in the country." And this conversation isn't to berate Trump for his recent statement, but rather one that will hopefully shed some light on what a locker room is all about.

Unity would be what Herzlich hopes Trump would get out of the visit....

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Yankees LHP CC Sabathia responded to former teammate Mark Teixeira's comments saying he was "not surprised" that another former teammate, Robinson Cano, was suspended 80 games for testing positive for a banned substance.

"I don't want to get into what Tex said, but I'll put it like this: I'm not surprised he said that coming from him," Sabathia said on CBS Radio's "Tiki and Tierney" on Thursday.

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New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

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New Giants GM Dave Gettleman talked about building a "culture" in the Giants' locker room after their dysfunctional 2017 season. Re-signing linebacker Mark Herzlich is a big step in the right direction for that.

Herzlich officially re-signed on Monday for what is believed to be a one-year deal worth the NFL minimum ($915,000 for an eighth-year veteran). He signed a one-year, minimum salary deal last offseason too before missing all of 2017 with what was described as a "stinger" he suffered during training camp.

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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports)

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One good thing about the Giants' miserable season and their recent run of (mostly) futility: They don't have a lot of free agents on their roster that they absolutely must sign.

They do have 25 players approaching free agency, though, and a little more than a month to make some decisions. Here's a look at all their free agents-to-be, and their prospects of returning or finding potential riches somewhere else around the league:

Tags: Brett Jones, Devon Kennard, D.J. Fluker, Geno Smith, Jay Bromley, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Keenan Robinson, Kerry Wynn, Mark Herzlich, Nat Berhe, Orleans Darkwa, Shane Vereen, Tavarres King, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira waves to fans after he is pulled from the field in his final Major League game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira waves to fans after he is pulled from the field in his final Major League game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA Today Sports Images)

As MLB's free agent period has been uncharacteristically slow this offseason, let's take our minds back to nine years ago on this day: the Yankees sign Mark Teixeira to a mega 8-year $180 million contract.

In Teixeira's tenure wearing pinstripes, he won one World Series, made two all-star games and won three Gold Gloves. 

Teixeira hit the ground running in New York as the team won the World Series in his first season, 2009. He led the AL in both home runs (39) and RBI (122) that season as well as winning the Golden Glove and Silver Sluggers awards. He finished second in MVP voting...

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New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants LB Mark Herzlich has been nominated as the Giants' nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, reports Sports Illustrated.

 

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Mar 23, 2017; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; New York Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson (59) prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 23, 2017; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; New York Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson (59) prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Former Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira praised bench coach Rob Thomson and former major leaguer Mark DeRosa as possible candidates for the team's next manager, according to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.

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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira talks with manager Joe Girardi prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira talks with manager Joe Girardi prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

While former Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira credited Joe Girardi for taking a rebuilding team to Game 7 of the ALCS, he believes Girardi's intense communication skills are what led him out of New York.

"Everyone loves Joe, everyone respects Joe, he is a good manager, he is a good man," Teixeira said, according to the New York Post's Dan Martin and Kevin Kernan. "But with baseball the way it is played today and the need for a manager to be a better communicator and communicate with the front office the reasoning for doing things and to be a little bit more relaxed -- especially in a place like New York, where the pressure is everywhere. He just wasn't the best man for the job anymore."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) talks with New York Giants co-owner John Mara on the field before a game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (left) talks with New York Giants co-owner John Mara on the field before a game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Giants co-owner John Mara and linebacker Mark Herzlich attended a meeting Tuesday with other NFLPA members and league officials to discuss player activism in the wake of president Donald Trump's comments toward the NFL.

The meeting, which also included commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and players like Kirk Cousins and Jets linebacker Demario Davis released a brief statement afterward stating that, "we are all committed to an ongoing dialogue," according to ESPN

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Ken Blaze/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo provided injury updates on several key players and looked forward to Thursday's preseason finale against the New England Patriots.

Here's what McAdoo said:

  • McAdoo said he is hopeful wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will play in New York's season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
  • He thought Brandon Marshall looked good practicing despite being limited.
  • Jay Bromley is day-to-day with a knee injury, while linebacker Mark Herzlich's focus needs to be on his health so he can return to the field, McAdoo said.
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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard walks off the field after a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard walks off the field after a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Sterling Shepard ankle scare is officially over.

Just 11 days after he was carted off the practice field with an ankle injury fearing the worst, Shepard practiced fully with his teammates on Sunday. There appeared to be very few restrictions on the second-year receiver, who also didn't seem to be favoring his injured ankle at all.

"They cut me loose today, so I am back to doing what I do," Shepard said in a statement released through the team. "I have been doing stuff leading up to this, so I felt like I was ready for a full practice."

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New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith drops back during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith drops back during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Head coach Ben McAdoo said he plans to treat the Giants' preseason opener the same way he treated last year's. That means there'll likely be no Eli Manning, no Odell Beckham Jr., no Jason Pierre-Paul, no Landon Collins or many other starters.

And the starters that do actually play probably won't play much at all.

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New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports)

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Mark Herzlich jumped at the chance to wear his old college number, 94, for the New York Giants when Mathias Kiwanuka retired after the 2014 season. So it wasn't easy a few weeks ago when the Giants told him he had to give it up.

But he really had no choice.

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New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich reacts after stopping Baltimore Ravens running back Terrance West on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich reacts after stopping Baltimore Ravens running back Terrance West on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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Mark Herzlich has made a career out of defying the odds and exceeding everyone's expectations. Now it appears he's done it again.

The 29-year-old linebacker will be back for his seventh season with the Giants after signing a new contract with the team on Monday. He was used almost exclusively on special teams last season, though he has proven at times to be a useful fill-in at linebacker, where he's started 17 games in his six years.

In his career, though, Herzlich has become one of the leaders in the Giants locker room -- a respected and steady veteran voice, who is popular among his teammates, coaches and ownership. He's been a team favorite since making the Giants as an undrafted rookie back in 2011.

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Former Yankee Mark Teixeria discusses his expectations for first baseman Greg Bird.

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New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner high five after beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner high five after beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner said he felt the need to step up and be a team leader as one of the more experienced players on the Yankees' current roster.

Following the retirements of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira, Gardner, 33, is the longest tenured Yankee on the roster, followed by LHP CC Sabathia, who became a Yankee one year after Gardner climbed through the farm system.

"For me, I feel like I need to be a leader, yeah," Gardner told the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo. "It's going to be different (without Teixeira and Rodriguez)."

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