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The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives

The Yankees - on pace to win 106 games - are on vacation with the rest of baseball. But when they come back from the All-Star break, they will have to undergo some changes.

That's an amazing statement, but the reality is if the season ended today, the Yankees would be a wild card team because the Red Sox have been that much better.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Drury, CC Sabathia, Chad Green, David Robertson, Dellin Betances, Gleyber Torres, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

CC Sabathia allowed a go-ahead three-run home run to Danny Valencia in the bottom of the sixth inning before he was pulled as the Yankees lost Game 1 of a doubleheader to the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Monday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) Sabathia (6-4) had thrown five solid innings before he came out for the sixth inning and promptly walked Mark Trumbo and allowed a double to Jonathan Schoop. Valencia then knocked Sabathia out of the game by hitting a 1-1 slider over the center-field fence to turn a 4-2 Yankees lead into a 5-4 deficit.

2) The Yankees had the tying runner in scoring position in the ninth inning when Miguel Andujar hit a pinch-hit single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Brandon Drury moved him over to third with a groundout, but Kyle Higashioka struck out and Brett Gardner grounded out to first to end the game.

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Neil Walker
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New York Yankees' Neil Walker kicks the ground during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox. (AP)
New York Yankees' Neil Walker kicks the ground during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox. (AP)

Yankees INF Neil Walker hasn't performed to his normal standards since arriving in the Bronx and has been relegated to a bench role as Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar have proved ready for the big leagues sooner than expected. 

Walker, who has been an everyday player since his first full MLB season in 2010, says he's still adjusting to a bench role but was prepared for this possibility when he signed in March.

"When push came to shove, and this is where I ended up being, first and foremost I wanted to be with a team that was competitive," Walker told Lindsey Adler of The Athletic...

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Bryce Harper (34) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Bryce Harper (34) Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Maybe Nationals OF Bryce Harper has a place on the Yankees after all. 

The Yankees' outfield is obviously stacked, and adding the All-Star Harper to the mix doesn't make sense. But the 25-year-old, who is expected to be a free agent after this season, may have a solution to that. 

Harper was seen taking ground balls at first base prior to the Nationals' matchup against the Red Sox. It was upon Harper's request to manager Dave Martinez to take practice in the infield, a place in the field he hasn't seen over his 850 career games...

Tags: Greg Bird, Neil Walker, Tyler Austin
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Martino on Bird's struggles 00:00:53
Andy Martino questions how long the Yankees can stay patient with Greg Bird as he continues to slump during a tight divisional race.

David Robertson allowed a tiebreaking two-run home run to Ronald Acuña Jr. in the top of the 11th inning and the Yankees struggled with runners in scoring position as they lost to the Atlanta Braves 5-3 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score

Things to know about Monday's game

1) The Yankees went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. Greg Bird and Austin Romine both struck out with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, while Neil Walker struck out with runners on the corners to end the eighth.

2) In the top of the 11th, Nick Markakis reached on a Gleyber Torres error to give Atlanta a baserunner. After a fielder's choice, Acuña hit Robertson's 1-2 curveball over Aaron Judge's outstretched glove for a two-run home run that broke a 3-3 tie. The Yankees went down in order in the bottom of the inning.

Tags: Aaron Judge, Austin Romine, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Greg Bird, Neil Walker
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are having internal discussions about whether to trade Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. And if they can't have deGrom, the Yankees' Neil Walker would be just fine with them settling for Syndergaard.

"If he were to be an addition to our team, it would be well-received," Walker told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com on Tuesday

Walker, who played for the Mets in 2016 and 2017 -- before being traded to the Brewers -- talked about Syndergaard's ability to dominate.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are having internal discussions about whether to trade Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard, according to SNY's Andy Martino. And if they can't have deGrom, the Yankees' Neil Walker would be just fine with them settling for Syndergaard.

"If he were to be an addition to our team, it would be well-received," Walker told Brendan Kuty of NJ.com on Tuesday

Walker, who played for the Mets in 2016 and 2017 -- before being traded to the Brewers -- talked about Syndergaard's ability to dominate.

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres celebrates with right fielder Aaron Judge after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres hit two home runs while Aaron Judge hit his 12th homer of the season as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 10-5 on Monday at Globe Life Park in Arlington. >> Box score


Torres, at 21 years, 159 days, became the youngest Yankee since Mickey Mantle (20 years, 296 days) to have a multi-homer game. His second-inning homer off Bartolo Colon gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead, and he added another one in the sixth inning to make it 6-4.

Neil Walker went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs and Aaron Hicks also homered as the Yankees became the first team since the 1961 Milwaukee Brewers, according to The Athletic's Katie Sharp, to hit at least four home runs in three straight road games on the same road trip. New York also became the fourth team in modern MLB history to total at least eight extra-base hits in three straight games.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker
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May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
May 20, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin (26) and center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) celebrate at home plate after Austin's two run home run in the fifth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | It hasn't been easy to find ways to write about the Yankees lately, at least without looking ridiculous. There's only so many holes an analyst can poke in a 30-13 team. Yeah, they need rotation help, but we've said that already.

What's left to write? "The Yankees continue to be awesome" is hardly news. So we were pleased to find, following the team's weekend romp in Kansas City, an actual problem. Are you ready for it? The Yankees have … way too many good players. They are facing a roster crunch that almost never happens in baseball.

This is not an issue relatable to the Mets, who somehow scratched out a win Sunday with a lineup that felt more appropriate for a spring training road game. And while the Yankees are pleased that their problems are of the first-world variety, they face difficult decisions on talented players...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brandon Drury, Brett Gardner, Clint Frazier, Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Tyler Austin, Andy Martino
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GEICO SportsNite: Yanks beat A's 00:00:48
Yankees manager Aaron Boone and first baseman Neil Walker praise the team's resiliency after their extra-innings walk-off win over the A's.

Neil Walker hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th inning to lead the Yankees to a 7-6 win over the Athletics on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. >> Box Score

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees on win 00:00:45
Brett Gardner discusses the Yankees' winning streak against elite teams while Aaron Judge talked about the team's confidence level.

He came into the game hitting .198 with only three doubles and a single home run over the first 32 games of the season. But in a game with the AL East lead on the line, Brett Gardner finally broke out.

Gardner led the game off with a double off Rick Porcello to right center field that almost cleared the fence for a leadoff homer. He would rope another double in his next at-bat, this time splitting the gap in left center. Mitch Moreland robbed him off his third extra-base hit on the night with a nice play in the fourth. 

But it was Gardner's third extra-base hit of the night that meant the most. 

Tags: Brett Gardner, Gleyber Torres, Neil Walker, Scott Thompson
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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Yanks 00:04:42
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the Yankees' stranglehold over the AL East and wonder how long they can keep this run up.

The Yankees put together yet another come-from-behind win thanks to the bats of Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge, while taking the AL East lead from the Red Sox in a 9-6 win in the Bronx. >> Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Chad Green, Chasen Shreve, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jonathan Holder, Masahiro Tanaka, Neil Walker, Scott Thompson
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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off three-run home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off three-run home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres became the youngest Yankee to hit a walk-off home run with a three-run shot in Sunday's 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians as New York won for the 15th time in its past 16 games.

After Cleveland's Dan Otero intentionally walked Giancarlo Stanton with one out and first base open in the bottom of the ninth, Torres, at 21 years, 144 days, lined a 3-2 sinker that sailed over the right-center field fence for his second home run since he was promoted to the majors and the Yankees' sixth straight win.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Neil Walker
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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off three-run home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off three-run home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 at Yankee Stadium. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Rookie second baseman Gleyber Torres became the youngest Yankee to hit a walk-off home run with a three-run shot in Sunday's 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians as New York won for the 15th time in its past 16 games.

After Cleveland's Dan Otero intentionally walked Giancarlo Stanton with one out and first base open in the bottom of the ninth, Torres, at 21 years, 144 days, lined a 3-2 sinker that sailed over the right-center field fence for his second home run since he was promoted to the majors and the Yankees' sixth straight win.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Dellin Betances, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Neil Walker
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New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius watches his home run during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
New York Yankees' Didi Gregorius watches his home run during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Yankees to a 4-3 win over the Angels on Friday night. New York has now won seven games in a row. << Box score

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino, Neil Walker
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Mar 31, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays first base Justin Smoak (14) hits an RBI double in the third inning during the regular season MLB game between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports (Gerry Angus)
Mar 31, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays first base Justin Smoak (14) hits an RBI double in the third inning during the regular season MLB game between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports (Gerry Angus)

Justin Smoak hit two home runs in two innings and had six RBIs to help the Blue Jays rally and defeat the Yankees, 7-4, in the series finale on Sunday. << Box score

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Mar 31, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays Outfield Steve Pearce (28) slides into home plate after Justin Smoak's double in the third inning during the regular season MLB game between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports (Gerry Angus)
Mar 31, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays Outfield Steve Pearce (28) slides into home plate after Justin Smoak's double in the third inning during the regular season MLB game between the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports (Gerry Angus)

Tyler Austin hit two home runs -- including the game-tying homer in the seventh -- but Dellin Betances allowed the deicisive runs in the eighth inning and the Blue Jays went on to beat Yankees on Saturday, 5-3. << Box score

Tags: Aaron Judge, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Neil Walker, Tyler Austin
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Yankees pitching struggled against the Tigers, as they allowed eight runs to lose, 8-4, on the road Tuesday. >> Box score


Things to know about Monday's game

 

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Neil Walker hitting a home run against the Pirates.  (AP)
Neil Walker hitting a home run against the Pirates. (AP)

New Yankees 2B Neil Walker reportedly turned down a three-year extension from the Mets worth $42 million last offseason, reports Ken Davidoff of the NY Post.

According to Davidoff, Walker's representatives initially rejected the offer before trying to accept it at a later date -- which the Mets did not go for.

"Yeah, but that wasn't on me," Walker said about leaving $42 million on the table. "I accepted that deal and it was not accepted from the other side. Regardless of any situations in the past, I can't let any of this stuff affect me moving forward. This is too good of a team here. This is too good of a situation."

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Neil Walker hitting a home run against the Pirates.  (AP)
Neil Walker hitting a home run against the Pirates. (AP)

New Yankees 2B Neil Walker reportedly turned down a three-year extension from the Mets worth $42 million last offseason, reports Ken Davidoff of the NY Post.

According to Davidoff, Walker's representatives initially rejected the offer before trying to accept it at a later date -- which the Mets did not go for.

"Yeah, but that wasn't on me," Walker said about leaving $42 million on the table. "I accepted that deal and it was not accepted from the other side. Regardless of any situations in the past, I can't let any of this stuff affect me moving forward. This is too good of a team here. This is too good of a situation."

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

Fans in love with the Yankees' youth movement may have felt a bit of a gut punch Monday when the team announced a one-year agreement worth $4 million, plus incentives, for 32-year-old infielder Neil Walker.

Walker may well take over the second base role that has been up for grabs this spring, though Brian Cashman stated Monday night that the veteran would need to take hold of the role and won't be simply handed it considering there is just over two weeks left before breaking camp.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

Fans in love with the Yankees' youth movement may have felt a bit of a gut punch Monday when the team announced a one-year agreement worth $4 million, plus incentives, for 32-year-old infielder Neil Walker.

Walker may well take over the second base role that has been up for grabs this spring, though Brian Cashman stated Monday night that the veteran would need to take hold of the role and won't be simply handed it considering there is just over two weeks left before breaking camp.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archive

Fans in love with the Yankees' youth movement may have felt a bit of a gut punch Monday when the team announced a one-year agreement worth $4 million, plus incentives, for 32-year-old infielder Neil Walker.

Walker may well take over the second base role that has been up for grabs this spring, though Brian Cashman stated Monday night that the veteran would need to take hold of the role and won't be simply handed it considering there is just over two weeks left before breaking camp.

Tags: Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Neil Walker, Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade, Chris Carelli
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 (Steven Bisig)
(Steven Bisig)

The Yankees have brought former Mets 2B Neil Walker back to the Big Apple after signing him to a one-year deal expected to be worth about $5 million, Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan reported first. The deal will be complete pending a physical.

Walker has been one of many veteran free agents that have gone without a contract this spring. However, as the season looms closer, it appears teams are beginning to make headway with them, and Walker is the latest to ink a deal. 

The Mets were reportedly showed some interest in bringing back Walker for 2018, but they seemed to have other players like Todd Frazier, Josh Harrison, and Eduardo Nunez above him on their list. They eventually signed Frazier to a two-year, $17 million deal.

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Sandy on second 00:01:35
Mets GM Sandy Alderson talks about the willingness of Asdrubal Cabrera to play second base, and how that affects other offseason moves.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Asdrubal Cabrera's desire to play second base may broaden the scope of what the team does in the market.

"Now that we know he'd be happier at second. ... it broadens the scope of what we might be able to do," Alderson said Thursday at Citi Field.

Alderson suggested earlier Thursday that the team would probably not sign free agent 3B Mike Moustakas, due to multiple factors. The Mets, who are looking to add another starting infielder, have been connected to Pirates INF/OF Josh Harrison, and free agent infielders Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, and Neil Walker...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Neil Walker, Danny Abriano
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Alderson on the off-season 00:06:30
The BNNY crew discusses Sandy Alderson's comments in regards to the slow free agency period, the Mets' bullpen and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson suggested on Thursday that the team will not be signing free agent 3B Mike Moustakas.

Alderson, speaking with fans as the team's equipment truck departed Citi Field for Spring Training, cited the loss of a draft pick/international bonus pool money, and Moustakas's lack of versatility (he only plays third base) as two reasons against signing him.

If the Mets were to sign Moustakas, who rejected a qualifying offer from the Royals, they would be forced to surrender their third round pick in the upcoming MLB Draft...

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Oct 9, 2017; Frazier during game four of the 2017 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2017; Frazier during game four of the 2017 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets GM Sandy Alderson has placed an emphasis on adding a starting second baseman or third baseman this offseason -- with his stated preference being to bring in a second baseman in order to keep Asdrubal Cabrera at third base. Cabrera recently said he prefers to play second base, but it remains to be seen if his desire will have any impact on what the Mets do.

Here's a look at the players the Mets are reportedly considering...

3B/1B Todd Frazier, free agent

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Neil Walker, Danny Abriano
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Jun 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) watches his two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) watches his two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

As both Neil Walker and Jay Bruce remain unsigned, Marc Carig of Newsday says it's "unlikely" that either return to the Mets though won't rule it out. 

"I wouldn't rule out anything… it's been a weird offseason," Carig said on The 7 Line's Orange and Blue Thing. "It's almost January and there's still five-win players on the board still, like, what is going on?"

Carig referenced an article he wrote about Walker being irked that he got caught in a public debacle around his potential trade to the Yankees, as his medical reports were being discussed. 

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Sandy's Shopping List: Kinsler 00:00:37
Veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler is the latest name on Mets general manager Sandy Alderson's shopping list.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | TwitterOrlando, Fla.

So … is the offseason ready to start now?

This isn't just a Mets question, but an MLB question. Other than the quixotic Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton situations -- Ohtani chose the Angels on Friday, and the Marlins are still working overtime to find a suitor acceptable to Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause -- the early part of the winter has been light on Hot Stove action.

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May 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) hits a two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
May 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) hits a two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets' infield holes are glaring and while much of the second base buzz early in the offseason has centered on the trade block, they will also be considering a number of available free agents, though the market is relatively weak at this position. Generally considered the top second baseman available, Neil Walker remains an intriguing reunion possibility the Mets will be looking at.

Walker put up strong numbers in his year and a half in a Mets uniform, with a .275/.344/.462 slash line with 33 home runs across 186 games. These represented improvements from his production with the Pirates as well as improvements on the production provided to the Mets by his predecessor (back when Daniel Murphy was a mere mortal).

Walker didn't miss a beat after being traded to the Brewers midseason and finished 2017 strong and, more importantly, healthy...

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The Sandy Bunch: Kevin Long 00:00:36
SNY.tv takes a look at Mets hitting coach Kevin Long as a candidate to be the next Mets manager.

There's a lot of skepticism at the true impact a hitting coach can have on a swing decades in the making, but one of the few who has undeniably made his mark is Kevin Long. That talent has made him invaluable to the Mets and has pushed his name near the top of the list of managerial candidates.

Long has had a significant effect on Mets hitting since joing the team in 2015. He translated the organizational focus on plate discipline -- not necessarily with the goal of drawing walks, but with the goal of finding a pitch to drive -- in a way that clicked for many of their hitters.

Curtis Granderson, who had sung Long's praises since they worked together in the Bronx, rebounded from a rough Mets debut to put together one of the best seasons of his career. Yoenis Cespedes, Neil Walker, and Asdrubal Cabrera both saw big spikes in on base percentage working under Long as well. And Long's intense work with Daniel Murphy certainly seems to have paid off as well, albeit not for the Mets...

Tags: 2017 Mets Manager Search, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |  The 2017 season was not supposed to go the way that it did. Mets fans were supposed to be basking in October baseball bliss, celebrating entering the postseason for the third year in a row. Instead, all Mets fans are doing is basking in some of the much needed changes that have been made in the mere 96 hours since the season ended.

That's not a bad thing. In fact, it's a great thing to be basking in, especially after all of the injuries and other questionable decisions that happened throughout this season. MRIs not being taken, minor leaguers not being ready for the bigs even though they should be, injury after injury after injury... I don't have to go into detail, you all know how horrid this season was.

It was the opposite of how any of us thought it was supposed to go, with literally everyone thinking this was a playoff team. The pitching was there and finally together. The big bats were there, especially with Yoenis Cespedes's extended contract. No one could have expected the season to go the way it did. And if you did suspect that, you really need to go and play lotto...

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

While listing the Top 25 pending free agents and guessing where they might sign, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had the Mets connected to just two players -- 3B Todd Frazier, who he ranked 18th, and LHP CC Sabathia, who he ranked 19th.

Part of Heyman's predictions for where the top free agents might end up were sourced, where others appeared to be guesses (informed or otherwise).

Heyman did not have the Mets as potential landing spots for starting pitchers Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, or Lance Lynn, or relievers Wade Davis or Greg Holland.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets have acquired RHP Eric Hanhold from the Milwaukee Brewers as the player to be named later to complete the Aug. 12 trade that sent INF Neil Walker to Milwaukee.

Hanhold, 23, had a 3.94 ERA and 1.43 WHIP with 60 strikeouts and 21 walks in 64.0 innings (three starts, 17 relief appearances) this season for High-A Carolina.

He was the Brewers' sixth-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.

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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Wilmer Flores seems to have been a Met for a very long time. Since debuting in 2013, he has amassed over 1,500 plate appearances while playing no fewer than 50 games in each of the four infield spots. Along the way, he has collected 54 home runs, 192 RBI, and one dramatic last-minute reprieve from a trade to the Brewers. No wonder it's so easy to forget that he's still just 26 years old.

Despite moving through the Mets system on the strength of his bat, Flores didn't get off to a hot start in the majors, putting up a paltry .675 OPS from 2013-15. But over the past two seasons, coinciding with the end of his experimental shortstop run, he has put together a .272/.318/.478 slash line -- not a dominant offensive performance, but above league average and the kind of line that keeps a hitter in a lineup on a regular basis. It's fairly similar to the numbers Wil Myers has put up in San Diego over the same time period, although Flores has fewer plate appearances.

Flores has seen significant handedness splits over the course of his career, with an .830 OPS against lefties and a .686 OPS against righties. As a result, he has been used largely in a platoon role. But this season, he is showing something new.

Flores' OPS against lefties is almost identical to his career split, but he has made great strides against righties - a .789 OPS along with nine of his 15 home runs. While he is still a dependable hitter against left-handed pitching, he no longer appears to be a liability against right-handers, which would be a big step forward in his development...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores, Maggie Wiggin
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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets don't currently have any more trades in the works, GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday.

"There's another week or so between now and the August 31 deadline for players to be on a playoff roster. So, anything can happen," Alderson said, according to Newsday. "As of right now, there's nothing in the works."

With the team ouf of contention, the Mets have traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, and Curtis Granderson over the last few weeks.

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker
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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was not told by ownership to slash payroll during this season, he said Wednesday at Citi Field.

With the team out of contention, Alderson has traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker-- all of whom are eligible for free agency after the season -- over the last few weeks, shedding $11.6 million in salary in the process.

However, the Mets did add $2.3 million in salary when they acquired RHP AJ Ramos -- who is expected to be their setup man in 2018 -- from the Marlins last month.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Sandy Alderson on Neil Walker 00:00:50
Sandy Alderson discusses the reasoning behind the Mets' trade of Neil Walker to the Brewers.

The New York Mets saved $3 million by trading infielder Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and have cut payroll by more than $11.6 million in recent weeks.

As part of Saturday's trade, the Mets agreed to pay the Brewers $1,699,454 on Sept. 30, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. Walker was owed $4,699,454 of his $17.2 million salary at the time of the deal. He can become a free agent after the World Series. >> Read more

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has stayed hot at the plate since the All-Star break and is developing into a leader as New York trades several players in waiver deals.

Conforto hit his 11th home run over his last 26 games in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the team's second game since trading second baseman Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and fourth since trading outfielder Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians.

After the Mets recalled top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith from the minors earlier this month, Conforto said he has tried to channel what Bruce and Walker taught him in helping other players transition into the majors by becoming more of a leader.

"There are a lot of young guys coming up and now, I guess to them, I am kind of the veteran," Conforto, 24, said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

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May 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) and second baseman Neil Walker (20) high-five after scoring runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
May 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) and second baseman Neil Walker (20) high-five after scoring runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets traded Neil Walker and cash to the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later, the Brewers announced.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was the first to report on Saturday that a deal was imminent.

Walker was participating in batting practice on Saturday and was in the lineup at second base, but was scratched shortly before the game started. He was replaced at second base by Jose Reyes.

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Anthony DiComo joins Steve Gelbs on Mets First Pitch to discuss the Jay Bruce trade and how it allows the Mets to promote Dominic Smith.

A Mets official reportedly blasted the Yankees organization for backing out of one deal involving Neil Walker prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and for not reaching a compromise on a potential Jay Bruce trade this past week.

The Mets reportedly had a deal in place that would have sent Walker to the Yankees in late July, but the Yankees backed out over concerns about Walker's medical record, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. The Mets reportedly believe, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma, that the Yankees used Walker's medicals as an excuse to back out on the deal and instead pursue Sonny Gray, whom they eventually acquired from the Oakland A's.

Earlier this week, instead of trading Bruce to the Yankees, the Mets dealt the outfielder to the Indians, who agreed to pay all of Bruce's remaining $3.7 million salary, in return for low-level minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan. The Yankees reportedly wanted the Mets to pay a portion of Bruce's salary, but the Mets wanted a better return in prospects than the two low-level pitchers the Yankees were reportedly offering.

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 (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets were set to trade Neil Walker to the Yankees on July 31, but the Yankees backed out of the deal ahead of the deadline because of medicals, sources told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Recently, the Yankees have again expressed interest in trading for Mets INF Neil Walker, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker
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 (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have expressed interest in trading for Mets INF Neil Walker, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Curtis Granderson all cleared waivers earlier this month and are eligible to be traded.

The Mets were in talks with the Yankees regarding a potential trade for Jay Bruce, but opted to instead trade Bruce to the Indians on Wednesday night.

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 (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Jay Bruce is interested in returning to the Mets next season, but he's also open to all opportunities and offers, he recently told the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.

Bruce is eligible to be a free agent and intends to test the open market this winter for the first time since being drafted by the Reds in 2005. 

"I feel great. I feel comfortable. I love the guys here,'' he added. However, he continued, "I'm not dismissing any type of opportunity that I have here in the future, but I'm also not assuming that that's going to be the case either. People work a long time to get to free agency and I think that's important. This most definitely will be a viable option for me. We'll just have to wait and see.''

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Asdrubal Cabrera looks into the crowd after flying out in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Asdrubal Cabrera looks into the crowd after flying out in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Asdurbal Cabrera, Neil Walker, AJ Ramos, and Yoenis Cespedes are the latest Mets to clear waivers, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

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 (Colin E. Brale/AP)
(Colin E. Brale/AP)

According to ESPN.com's Buster Olney, Sandy Alderson and his staff deserve a B- grade for their work prior to Monday's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

While the Mets were able deal Lucas Duda and Addison Reed for four pitching prospects, they did not trade away Neil WalkerAsdrubal CabreraJay Bruce, or Curtis Granderson, all of whom are eligible to be free agents at the end of this season.

Bruce, 30, and Walker, 31, are both owed roughly $6 million for the remainder of 2017. Granderson, 36, is due around $5 million, and Cabrera, 31, who has an $8.5 million team option or $2 million buyout for next season, is owed roughly $2.5 million.

While July 31 is considered the "trade deadline," trades can and do happen through August via waivers, and the Mets will be looking to take advantage of this process...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Dilson Herrera, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker walks to the dugout after striking out in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker walks to the dugout after striking out in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

There was "late interest" in Mets 2B Neil Walker during the time leading up to the trade deadline, reports Marc Carig of Newsday

The Mets traded away Lucas Duda and Addison Reed before the deadline. Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, and Jay Bruce were among others involved in trade rumors before the deadline.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets shortstop Amed Rosario will be called up from the minors and make his MLB debut on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies, GM Sandy Alderson said on a conference call on Monday.

The 21-year-old Rosario, who was ranked MLB.com's No. 2 prospect and Baseball America's No. 4 prospect in their midseason top 100 lists, is hitting .328 with seven home runs, 58 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 94 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this season.

"We wouldn't bring him up to play him on a part-time basis," Alderson said about Rosario.

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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Playing out the string while largely out of contention is not proving to be dull for the Mets.

On a whirlwind Friday, the Mets placed T.J. Rivera on the DL with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow that ideally will calm without the need for Tommy John surgery, activated Neil Walker and Brandon Nimmo from the disabled list, defeated the Mariners 7-5 behind two homers from Michael Conforto in his return to his native Seattle, and acquired reliever A.J. Ramos from the Marlins with an eye toward reconstructing their bullpen for 2018.

And, soon, top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith should be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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