Danny Abriano

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

NIcks and quarterback Eli Manning hug on the field after the game.  (AP)
NIcks and quarterback Eli Manning hug on the field after the game. (AP)

Giants QB Eli Manning threw the ball an absurd 58 times against the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 22, 2012 as Big Blue won in overtime to reach the Super Bowl. Seven years later, it's been revealed that Manning was in danger of missing the game.

According to David Carr, who was the Giants' backup at the time, Manning had the flu all week and was unable to practice Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday as the game approached.

As Carr tells it...

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Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (27) takes a selfie with American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) and American League outfielder Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox (50) during the third inning in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Jul 17, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; American League outfielder Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels (27) takes a selfie with American League outfielder Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees (99) and American League outfielder Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox (50) during the third inning in the 2018 MLB All Star Game at Nationals Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

For the second-straight year, Aaron Judge of the Yankees has been ranked as MLB Network's top right fielder in baseball. And this time, he topped the reigning MVP.

Judge took the honors over Mookie Betts of the Red Sox even though Betts tore up the sport in 2018, hitting .346/.438/.640 with 32 homers, 47 doubles, and 30 stolen bases in 136 games, while continuing to be one of the best defensive right fielders in the game.

Like Betts, Judge was limited by injury in 2018. He played in just 112 games due to a broken wrist, hitting .278/.392/.528 with 27 homers and 22 doubles, and six steals.

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New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina shoots the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half at American Airlines Arena. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks are undecided about what to do with Frank Ntilikina, but if they decide to trade him, there are already some interested teams.

The Magic and Suns have inquired about Ntilikina's availability, reports Stefan Bondy of the Daily News, who adds that Knicks GM Scott Perry approached the Hawks about a potential deal for Ntilikina but was rebuffed.

Bondy adds that Ntilikina has some supporters in the Knicks' front office, but that the team is still at a crossroads regarding what to do.

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The Yankees have been in pursuit of free agent 3B/SS Manny Machado, who is reportedly looking for a deal that will pay him roughly $300 million over 10 years. Here are the latest rumors... 


Jan. 18, 10:20 PM:

Machado met personally with at least one of the unidentified teams in recent days, reports SNYtv's Andy Martino. The All-Star will go to the highest bidder, period, says Martino. 

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Jed Lowrie talked with Andy Martino after he was introduced by the Mets on Wednesday. Lowrie is excited for the opportunity to play in NY.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday that Jed Lowrie will be playing "virtually every day," noting that he'll see time at shortstop in addition to second base and third base. 

Van Wagenen also said the team signed Lowrie with the intent of keeping Todd Frazier. If true, it will mean some serious work for Mickey Callaway to figure out how to distribute playing time. 

"We want Mickey and the coaching staff to be collaborating with players," Van Wagenen said at Citi Field after introducing Lowrie, adding that he also wants the front office to collaborate with Callaway. 

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen shares his thoughts on Peter Alonso, the chances for more offseason deals, and Jacob deGrom's contract status.

After introducing Jed Lowrie on Wednesday at Citi Field, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen stopped short of saying the team is done making big moves this offseason. But he said an outfield upgrade is not a 'top priority' at the moment.

"If other opportunities present themselves down the road, we'll be open to them," Van Wagenen said during the press conference introducing Lowrie. But he went into greater detail during his scrum with reporters after.

"Let's be candid. The outfield is probably not our top priority at this point because with (Jeff) McNeil going out to the outfield, he gives us another really good weapon to be in the lineup on a potentially everyday basis," Van Wagenen said. "By adding Keon Broxton in a trade a couple of weeks ago, he now gives us even more coverage, protection, and competition for (Juan) Lagares out there."

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Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock warms up before his at-bat against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning at AT&T Park. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)
Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock warms up before his at-bat against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning at AT&T Park. (Stan Szeto/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are monitoring the market of free agent center fielder A.J. Pollockreports SNY's Andy Martino.

According to Martino, the Mets could be in play for Pollock if he becomes open to a "pillow contract" or an opt-out after the first year of a potential deal.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets have had a strong offseason, but signing Pollock could put an exclamation point of sorts on it. He should be signed regardless of whether or not Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado wind up signing in the NL East...

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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is seen during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud is seen during the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Although they recently traded Kevin Plawecki, the Mets are open to trading Travis d'Arnaud as well, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

According to Martino, if the Mets deal d'Arnaud, they could look to sign a different backup catcher. However, Martino also notes that minor leaguer Tomas Nido is also on their radar when it comes to a potential answer as a backup.

The 29-year-old d'Arnaud was a non-tender candidate earlier this offseason, but the Mets ultimately decided to offer him arbitration -- with the two sides agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.515 million...

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Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)
Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)

Andres Gimenez, viewed by most as the top prospect in the Mets' system, has been honored as the shortstop on MLB Pipeline's All-Defense team for 2019.

"Gimenez reached Double-A as a teenager, partially because of an advanced approach at the plate, but also because of his glovework at the premium position," MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo wrote. "He has the hands, arms, range and internal clock to play the position long-term, even if he has to slide over to second in deference to Amed Rosario."

The 20-year-old Gimenez was one of the youngest players in Double-A when he was promoted in the middle of the 2018 season, and the expectation is that he will open the 2019 season there. If he performs well, a promotion to Triple-A and/or the big leagues at some point in 2019 could be in the cards.

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The Jets introduced Adam Gase as their new Head Coach. Here?s the best of what Gase and Jets CEO & Chairman Christopher Johnson had to say.

The Jets introduced new head coach Adam Gase during a press conference on Monday afternoon, with Gase speaking to reporters for roughly 15 minutes.

Here are the takeaways:

Why the Jets chose Gase

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Sep 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) is congratulated after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 1, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres (25) is congratulated after hitting a two run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

With the addition of DJ LeMahieu, the Yankees now have two of the Top 10 second basemen in baseball -- at least according to MLB Network's Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now! show.

Gleyber Torres (No. 8) and LeMahieu (No. 10) made the list.

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In one offseason, the Mets went from having none of the Top 10 second basemen in baseball to having two of them -- at least according to MLB Network's Top 10 Second Basemen Right Now! show.

But the order might surprise you.

Jed Lowrie, who the Mets signed to a two-year deal last week, comes in at No. 2 on the list, behind Jose Altuve of the Astros. Robinson Cano, who the Mets acquired along with Edwin Diaz from the Mariners in December, checks in at No. 4.

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Knicks fall to Sixers 00:01:05
Rookie Kevin Knox scored a career-high 31 points but it wasn't enough as the Sixers edged the Knicks, 108-105

The Knicks hung in there after getting blitzed early in the first quarter by the 76ers, but lost, 108-105, on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. >> Box score

Things to know about Sunday's game

1) After trailing by as many as 24 points, the Knicks made a furious third quarter comeback to draw within 83-82 entering the fourth quarter. But the sixers scored the first 11 points of the quarter to put the game out of reach. 

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Kyrie Irving (11) Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Kyrie Irving (11) Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

The Celtics are struggling, and pending free agent Kyrie Irving isn't happy.

"The young guys don't know what it takes to be a championship-level team," Irving told reporters on Saturday after the Celtics' latest loss. "What it takes every day. And if they think it is hard now, what do they think it will be like when we're trying to get to the Finals?"

Irving said last year that his plan was to re-sign with the Celtics when he hits free agency after the season, but it's fair to wonder if his unhappiness amidst the Celtics' struggles could change that plan.

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(SNY Illustration)

While the Mets have had a very good offseason, a nightmare scenario for them in the NL East could be getting closer to becoming a reality.

After emerging from their meeting with free agent OF Bryce Harper on Saturday, the Phillies "remain optimistic" that they will snag either Harper or free agent SS/3B Manny Machado, reports Matt Breen of Philly.com.

According to Breen, the Phillies seem to prefer Machado. And if the Phillies land Machado, that would theoretically increase the odds that Harper returns to the Nationals -- who have reportedly again emerged as a strong suitor for him. Harper is also drawing interest from the White Sox...

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Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Dec 23, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts during the second half against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

In a since-deleted tweet, Jets S Jamal Adams wasn't shy about one free agent he wanted the team to pursue this offseason.

"Yeah I like #55 Dee Ford off that end for us! Let's pay him what he wants!" Adams tweeted at 7:28 p.m. on Saturday as Ford and the Chiefs were crushing the Colts to advance to the AFC Championship Game.

The 27-year-old Ford had a tremendous game on Sunday, with one forced fumble, one sack, and four tackles. 

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Sep 3, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Luis Avilan (70) throws in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Sep 3, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Luis Avilan (70) throws in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets signed left-handed reliever Luis Avilan to a minor league deal, the team announced Thursday.

SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier Thursday that the Mets were still looking for a lefty reliever. And it's easy to see Avilan filling the Mets' lefty void in the bullpen.

"Luis is a left-handed quality major league reliever who addresses another offseason priority," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. "We are pleased to see these types of proven players want to be a part of what we are trying to build."

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Oct 3, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Manny Machado waits for his turn in the batting cage prior to game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports  (Robert Hanashiro)
Oct 3, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Manny Machado waits for his turn in the batting cage prior to game one of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Hanashiro)

The Yankees, clearly in need of outside help in order to add more stars to their payroll, can thank one fan for helping them raise (so far) $87 toward a $300 million goal to help them sign free agent Manny Machado

Joshua Anderson started the GoFundMe page on Jan. 9 with the hope that the Yanks -- who are not the favorites to snag Machado -- will get him. 

"Help Hal Steinbrenner sign Manny Machado," the page reads up top, followed by this blurb...

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Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo watches warm ups before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 19, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo watches warm ups before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Ben McAdoo could be returning to the sidelines next season.

The former Giants head coach will interview for a spot on Kliff Kingsbury's staff with the Arizona Cardinals, reports Jordan Raanan of ESPN

McAdoo, 41, was fired by the Giants during the 2017 season -- along with GM Jerry Reese -- after the team started off 2-10, and in the wake of the controversy surrounding Eli Manning's benching. 

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has said that first base prospect Peter Alonso has a chance to win the job out of Spring Training this season, and that's exactly where Alonso's head is at. 

"I want to be the guy," Alonso said Thursday morning during an appearance on the MLB Network.

"Yes I have a tremendous opportunity, but I have to work even harder and make the best of it and capitalize," Alonso noted, adding that he has been working hard on his conditioning during the offseason...

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The Mets had been aggressive in their efforts to trade for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, who the Marlins are expected to deal. Here's the latest...


Jan. 8, 3:25 PM:

The Braves and Marlins reportedly stopped talking about a trade for Realmuto, but according to SiriusXM's Craig Mish, talks have resurfaced. Mish believes that Atlanta is trying to wait out the Marlins.

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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Todd Bowles era with the Jets is over.

In a move that had been expected since the Jets' tailspin began in November, Bowles has been fired, the team announced Sunday night.

"I would like to thank Coach Bowles for his dedication to the New York Jets for the last four years," CEO Christopher Johnson said in a statement. "After carefully evaluating the situation, I have concluded that this is the right direction for the organization to take. I would like to with Todd, Taneka and their family only the best."

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Oct 7, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) pitches during the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in game three of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)
Oct 7, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) pitches during the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in game three of the 2018 NLDS playoff baseball series at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)

The Red Sox and White Sox are among the teams showing "continued interest" in Yankees free agent target Adam Ottavino, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com, who says the Rockies are open to re-signing Ottavino.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman met with Ottavino's representatives earlier in December, with Joel Sherman of the New York Post reporting at the time that Ottavino was high on New York's wish list. 

The 33-year-old reliever is coming off the best season of his career. He had a 2.43 ERA (2.74 FIP) and 0.99 WHIP while striking out 112 batters (13.0 per 9) in 77.2 innings for the Rockies.

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Dec 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by New York Jets nose tackle Steve McLendon (99) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Fluharty)
Dec 31, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) is sacked by New York Jets nose tackle Steve McLendon (99) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Fluharty)

One unnamed coach would "love" the Jets' head coaching job that's expected to open in a few days. And he is extremely high on their future.

"The Jets are poised to take over that division," the coach told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. "Brady's time is short."

Brady is of course 41-year-old Tom Brady, whose Patriots are 10-5, have clinched the AFC East, and are a Week 17 win over the Jets away from a first round bye in the playoffs...

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Sep 8, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass during the first half against the Portland State Vikings at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)
Sep 8, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws a pass during the first half against the Portland State Vikings at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Wayrynen)

The Giants might not target a QB in the 2019 NFL Draft, but if they do, the prospect many view as the best won't be there. Justin Herbert is returning for his senior year at Oregon, the school announced on Wednesday.

Herbert said "My commitment to my teammates, our coaches, Duck fans, and the University of Oregon has never been stronger. I'll be returning to the University of Oregon for my senior year. Go Ducks!"

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Manning unsure of role in 2019 00:00:47
Eli Manning says "I Don't Know" when asked if he thinks he'll be the Giants starter in 2019.

Eli Manning gave an interesting answer Wednesday when asked whether he expects to be the Giants' starting QB in 2019.

"I don't know" Manning said. "Have not got into that or thought much about that, and so just worried about doing my job and finishing this season."

When SNY's Ralph Vacchiano followed up to note Manning's answer was a bit different than usual, Manning said he "didn't know last year, either" before adding "we'll figure it out."

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Nov 14, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) forward R.J. Barrett (5) and forward Javin DeLaurier (12) react to a three pointer during the second half against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils won 84-46. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)
Nov 14, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) forward R.J. Barrett (5) and forward Javin DeLaurier (12) react to a three pointer during the second half against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils won 84-46. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)

The Knicks Tank has been in full effect over the last month as the team has greatly increased its odds to land one of the Top 3 picks in the NBA Draft.  

Since a three-game winning streak that had them at 7-14 on Nov. 25, the Knicks have come crashing back to Earth, going 2-12 as their record has dropped to 9-26.

After their Christmas Day loss to the Bucks -- their fifth-straight -- the Knicks find themselves tied in the loss column with the Suns and Cavaliers (both at 8-26) for the worst record in the NBA. That puts them just a half game back of being in the No. 1 spot for the Draft Lottery...

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Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets got tired of the Marlins' absurd asking price for catcher J.T. Realmuto via trade and moved on by signing Wilson Ramos instead.

It seems the Marlins haven't made much progress since the Mets bolted, but there's still a possibility Realmuto will be traded to their crosstown rivals, says Craig Mish of SiriusXM.

Mish currently has the Yankees and Rays tied for the second-highest odds in acquiring Realmuto, trailing the Braves.

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Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets got tired of the Marlins' absurd asking price for catcher J.T. Realmuto via trade and moved on by signing Wilson Ramos instead.

It seems the Marlins haven't made much progress since the Mets bolted, but there's still a possibility Realmuto will be traded within the National League East, says Craig Mish of SiriusXM.

Mish currently views the Braves as the favorites to land Realmuto before Opening Day 2019, followed by the Yankees and Rays.

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Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning.  (AP)
Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless ninth inning. (AP)

With roughly 17 percent of Hall of Fame ballots for the 2019 election in, legendary Yankees closer Mariano Rivera still has 100 percent of the vote.

No player has ever been elected to the Hall of Fame with 100 percent of the vote. 

The closest a player came to unanimous selection was in 2016, when Ken Griffey Jr. received 99.32 percent, topping the 98.84 percent Tom Seaver received in 1992...

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(John E. Sokolowski)

The Yankees were among the teams on hand for Troy Tulowitzki's workout earlier this week, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, who reports the Red Sox, Cubs, Padres, Angels, Giants, White Sox, Orioles, Phillies, Tigers, Pirates and other teams were also in attendance.

The 34-year-old Tulowitzki, who was released last week by the Blue Jays (who are on the hook for the $38 million due to him), hasn't played since July of 2017.

Tulowitzki recently dealt with bone spurs in both heels, but said he's refreshed after missing all of 2018. And according to his agent, he's willing to play second base and third base in addition to shortstop.

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A general view from the press box of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
A general view from the press box of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

Winter hasn't officially started yet, but if you squint closely enough you can see Mets Spring Training.

Pitchers and catchers will report to Port St. Lucie on Feb. 12, the team announced Wednesday.

Physicals for pitchers and catchers will occur on Feb. 13, with their first workout on Feb. 14...

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said after swinging the blockbuster deal for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz that as he continued to build the team, he wanted to eliminate as many "ifs" as possible from the roster

"One of the things that I think this club suffered from the last couple years was putting a lot of weight into 'ifs,'" Van Wagenen said on Dec. 4. "If player X is healthy, if player X rebounds to have another year, if we have a breakout season from a young player. My goal is that we try to eliminate as many 'ifs' as possible."

With the above in mind, SNY's Steve Gelbs asked Van Wagenen on Tuesday why new catcher Wilson Ramos -- who has missed significant time due to injury most seasons of his career -- doesn't qualify as an "if."

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Brodie Van Wagenen, Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, and Jeff Wilpon (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (Richard Drew/AP)
Brodie Van Wagenen, Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, and Jeff Wilpon (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (Richard Drew/AP)

Right after saying the Mets aren't done with their offseason additions, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said something a bit more attention-grabbing.

"Internally, we can argue that we're the favorites in the division right now," Van Wagenen told SNY's Steve Gelbs.

Saying he's "not gonna stop" and that the team still has "some real money to spend," Van Wagenen elaborated on why he feels the Mets can be considered the favorites...

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The New York Mets officially welcome in their new catcher Wilson Ramos to the team and he's ready to battle for the NL East crown.

While introducing new catcher Wilson Ramos on Tuesday at Citi Field, GM Brodie Van Wagenen explained why the Mets went in this direction.

"In short, Wilson was the perfect fit for us," Van Wagenen said, adding that while the team had a variety of options on the trade and free agent markets, the Mets chose their path "rather than allowing others to choose our path for us."

Van Wagenen noted that Ramos "commanded the room" when they met with him and cited his "poise" and "confidence" as traits that stuck out...

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The 2019 Queens Baseball Convention, featuring appearances by Mets legends Keith Hernandez, Edgardo Alfonzo, and Ed Kranepool, is taking place on January 19, 2019 at Katch Astoria.

Hernandez, Alfonzo, and Kranepool will take part in panel discussion that will include questions from attendees, and will be taking part in an autograph session.

Tickets to the fan-run QBC, presented by SNY, are nearly sold out. To get yours, head here...

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Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Jeurys Familia said Monday that he preferred to return to the Mets to be a setup man over going to a different team to close.

"It means a lot for me, it (is) where I grew up, it's like a home for me," Familia said during a conference call. "That's why I am here today. It doesn't matter what inning I am going to pitch. I come back here to win and get a championship."

Familia added that one of his goals was to return to the Mets, and that he told his agent that if there was any possibility, to make it happen...

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Feb 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan (center) watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 6, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan (center) watches during the fourth quarter between the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

While he isn't actively looking to sell the team, Knicks owner James Dolan said in a wide-ranging interview with ESPN that he has a responsibility to his shareholders to be open to it.

"You have a responsibility as the guy who runs the place to deliver on that for them, that's being open and transparent," Dolan told ESPN's Ian O'Connor. "And so in that position, I could never say that I wouldn't consider selling the Knicks. Now, my family is not in that position, and they are the majority shareholders. They hold the majority of the vote. ... As a majority owner, I don't want to sell, either. As the head of the public company, you can't say you can't sell, because then you're telling your shareholders that your own personal feelings about your assets are more important than their money. And they won't invest with you if you do that."

Dolan announced in June that he was planning on branching off the Knicks and Rangers from the entertainment side of the company. fueling speculation at the time that he was getting prepared to sell...

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With their signing of free agent catcher Wilson Ramos to a two-year deal with a third-year option, the Mets are now out on a potential trade for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

That of course also means they're out on free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal, who they were considering along with Ramos. 

The above is a good thing for the Mets. Yes, it would have been exciting to add Realmuto. But in the end, the Mets made the smarter move. And the smarter move is also the better move. Here's why...

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Andy Martino explains the thinking behind the Wilson Ramos deal for the Mets. Short version: it's a very good deal.

The Mets have agreed to a deal with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

The deal is for two years and is pending a physical, adds Martino, who reports that with the signing of Ramos, the Mets are out on a potential trade for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto

The Mets, who also had a meeting with representatives for free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal, had been weighing both before deciding they liked Ramos more, a source told Martino...

 

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(Robert Deutsch)

The dream is dead.

The Giants' no-show loss to the Titans coupled with the Vikings' win over the Dolphins officially eliminated Big Blue from playoff contention on Sunday afternoon.

With the Giants now at 5-9 and the Vikings (who hold the second and final wild card spot) at 7-6-1, it doesn't matter what the Giants or any team between them and the Vikings (and there are a bunch) do the last two weeks...

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Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard has seen his name come up in trade rumors all offseason, recently tweeting at MLB Network that he doesn't believe them. On Saturday, Syndergaard updated his Twitter bio, adding a line that said "SNY is trying to trade me."

Early Sunday, Syndergaard took to Instagram, posting a picture of himself on the mound in his Mets uniform, using the caption 'My Team, Our Colors, New York's Future.'

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Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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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)

Giants QB Kyle Lauletta's time as Eli Manning's backup is over, at least for now.

A week after struggling badly in his professional debut, Lauletta is inactive with Alex Tanney serving as Manning's backup as the Giants face the Titans at MetLife Stadium. Lauletta had been the backup for two weeks. 

During Week 14's blowout win over the Redskins, Lauletta went 0-for-5 with an interception, badly missing his receivers and looking like a deer in the headlights at times. 

Tags: Eli Manning, Danny Abriano
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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 selected RHP Kyle Dowdy from the Indians in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning at the Winter Meetings.

Dowdy, 25, had a 5.15 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with 120 strikeouts in 124.0 innings in Double-A and Triple-A in 2018.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Dowdy made "huge strides" in 2018 and has a "four-pitch repertoire that includes a 98 mph fastball," with Van Wagenen adding that Dowdy could be an option for the bullpen or as insurance for the rotation...

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Familia is back, what's next? 00:01:30
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen discusses Jeurys Familia, and his plans for the bullpen and the outfield following the Winter Meetings

The Mets might not be done adding high-end relievers after their reunion with Jeurys Familia, who is back on a three-year deal worth $30 million. 

And while Familia isn't a bright and shiny new toy, his signing is a damn good one. And it will remain a damn good one regardless of the moves the team makes from here.

Here are three reasons why...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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SNY's Steve Gelbs and Andy Martino discuss the Mets signing Jeurys Familia, and whether or not more bullpen help is on the way.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterAfter their reunion with free agent Jeurys Familia, the Mets might not be done adding high-end relievers to their bullpen.

With Edwin Diaz and Familia now on board to create a formidable 1-2 punch at the back-end of the pen, SNY's Andy Martino said early Thursday morning that his belief is that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen came into the offseason seeking "three bullpen pieces."

Now that Van Wagenen has two of those three pieces, the question is where he'll turn next...

Tags: David Robertson, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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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)

The Mets have made RHP Noah Syndergaard available, though they have said it would take a special package to move him.

Shortly after that, he was involved in talks about a potential three-way trade that would've had him moving to the Bronx. And while those initial talks died, they may start again. All of this is making fans' heads spin, but Syndergaard is simply choosing to not believe it all. 

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Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Sep 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles right fielder Adam Jones (10) runs off the field during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Sep 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles right fielder Adam Jones (10) runs off the field during the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets have spoken with free agent OF Adam Jones at the Winter Meetings, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

The 33-year-old Jones hit .281/.313/.419 with 15 homers in 145 games for the Orioles in 2018 as his slugging percentage dropped to the lowest it has been since 2008, during what was his first full year in the majors. Meanwhile, Jones' defense in center field continued to decline in 2018, with him worth -18 DRS in 906.2 innings in center field and -6 DRS in 272.2 innings in right field.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterWith Jones in decline on both sides of the ball, and the Mets preferring to keep Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo in corner outfield spots, it's hard to see Jones as a good fit...

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New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen discusses Jeff Wilpon making initial contact with Jacob deGrom's new representation.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen touched on a bunch of topics during his talk with reporters on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Here are the takeaways...

The Mets had meeting Tuesday afternoon about adding a right-handed hitting outfielder

Van Wagenen would not say who the meeting was with, but the Mets -- as he noted last week -- have interest in free agent center fielder A.J. Pollock. A potential outfield target came off the board earlier Tuesday when the Phillies signed Andrew McCutchen to a three-year deal. 

Tags: David Wright, Danny Abriano
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Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Amed Rosario's name has come up as a player the Mets could potentially trade to the Marlins for J.T. Realmuto, and Rosario -- who beileves he won't be traded -- wants to stay.

"I'm very happy about the comments that have come out about me not being traded," Rosario said through an interpreter at an event on Tuesday, according to Newsday. "I definitely feel like I'm part of the Mets family and that I'm staying here.

As the Mets remain engaged with the Marlins on a potential deal for Realmuto, they are reluctant to trade Rosario, but not as reluctant as they say publicly, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Danny Abriano
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