Danny Abriano

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

Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a catch during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Jun 4, 2019; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes a catch during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

During a wide-ranging interview with GQ, former Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. ripped into his former team yet again, seemingly placing most of the blame for the bad blood on GM Dave Gettleman.

"My initial reaction was not disappointment.… I felt disrespected," Beckham said about the exact moment he found out he was traded to the Browns -- adding that he didn't care what the Giants got back. "Like, after everything I've done for them. This is me being honest..."

Pressed further on who specifically disrespected him, Beckham said it was Gettleman -- while at the same time showing love to John Mara.

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Jul 21, 2019; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame Inductee Mariano Rivera makes his acceptance speech during the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 21, 2019; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame Inductee Mariano Rivera makes his acceptance speech during the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Just as he closed so many games during his storied career with the Yankees, legendary closer Mariano Rivera closed the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Sunday in Cooperstown, with a touching extemporaneous speech.

Click below to see how the back pages in NYC reacted after Mo's induction...

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

When the Jets' rookies report to camp on Friday, Quinnen Williams is not expected to be among them, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. But an NFL source added that the two sides are "hopeful" Williams' rookie contract will be done in time to report with the full team next week.

Williams, the Jets' first round pick (3rd overall), is one of just five 2019 first-round picks who have not yet signed their contracts. The exact issue with Williams' deal isn't clear, but rookie deals are usually held up due to "offset language" or the payment schedule for his signing bonus.

Whenever the 21-year-old signs he'll get a fully guaranteed, four-year contract worth $32.6 million, with a signing bonus of $21.5 million.

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Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 9, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) triples in a run in the fifth inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is taking the next step in his recovery from a bulging disc, but could still be about a month away from returning.

Nimmo, who had been shut down from baseball activities for 30 days on June 18 after suffering a setback during a rehab assignment, has ended that shutdown and began swinging a bat this week, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

While Nimmo has ended his shutdown, he is not expected to begin a rehab assignment until August at the earliest, notes DiComo.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Jul 18, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (8) scores a run against the New York Mets during the sixteenth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 18, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson (8) scores a run against the New York Mets during the sixteenth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

The Mets (44-52, 13 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Friday at 10:15 PM on SNY. 

Here's what happened on Thursday, in case you missed it...


In the Mets' 16-inning loss to the Giants on Thursday night, they broke through in the top of the 16th when Pete Alonso homered, but Chris Mazza ran out of gas in the bottom half of the frame as San Francisco rallied to win >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob Rhame, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Apr 3, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) celebrates in the dugout after a single by catcher Wilson Ramos (not pictured) in the eight inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Dominic Smith has emerged as a legitimate weapon for the Mets this season in a part-time role, proving his value to the team but potentially forcing himself off of it in the process.

While there hasn't been any serious buzz yet about the Mets trading Smith any time soon, his name has been out there simply because he might not have a place to play with the Mets going forward. 

On Wednesday, Smith -- who is hitting .294/.376/.536 this season with nine homers in 173 plate appearances -- weighed in on the trade whispers.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Jul 17, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)
Jul 17, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after the seventh inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports (David Berding)

The Mets (44-51, 13 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) open a four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday at 9:45 PM on SNY. 

Here's what happened on Wednesday, in case you missed it...


In the Mets' 14-4 win over the Twins, New York came back three separate times before a late offensive explosion that was helped along by shoddy defense by Minnesota >> Read more 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
May 31, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Two days after Zack Wheeler landed on the IL, putting a potential crimp in the Mets' ability to trade him before the July 31 deadline, the right-hander was out playing catch at Target Field in Minnesota.

Wheeler, who said Tuesday that the injury is a shoulder impingement, is eligible to be activated from the IL on July 22 (an off-day for the Mets), meaning he can potentially pitch two more times between now and the trade deadline.  

Wheeler, who underwent an MRI, said Tuesday that the injury is something he has dealt with in the past, noting that he began feeling it halfway through his start against the Yankees as well as the entire outing against the Phillies. 

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The Yankees have the best record in the American League and the second-best winning percentage in all of baseball (behind only the Dodgers, who are 63-34). And their place in the standings matches their current odds to win the World Series.

Per Bovada, the Dodgers are currently +280 to win the Fall Classic, while the Yanks are +333.

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Dec 23, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) signals to his running backs against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Dec 23, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) signals to his running backs against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Browns QB Baker Mayfield is pumped about having Odell Beckham Jr. to throw to this season. And while speaking about Beckham coming to Cleveland, he mixed in a dig at Giants fans.

"He's here to work, and he wants to be surrounded by people who love him and support him and allow him to be himself," Mayfield told ESPN's Mina Kimes. "He's here to play in front of fans who actually care, who will actually show up to every game and pack the stadium and love him for who he is." 

Some facts when it comes to Mayfield's claim that Browns fans "pack the stadium" ...

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Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) after defeating the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Jul 16, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates with New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) after defeating the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Mets (43-51, 14 GB in NL East, 5.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their two-game set with the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at 1:10 on SNY. 

Here's what happened on Tuesday, in case you missed it...


In the Mets' 3-2 win over the Twins, Michael Conforto notched four hits and the bullpen tossed 5.0 scoreless innings -- with Edwin Diaz escaping a bases loaded jam in the ninth >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 15, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud (37) rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

With Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud belting three homers on Monday night against the Yankees in the Bronx, it gave the Mets' self-loathing fan base (of which I am a member) an excuse to launch another "woe-is-us" campaign. To chalk this up as another "LOLMets" moment. But it wasn't one.

Were the Mets wrong to tender d'Arnaud a contract in the offseason only to DFA him after only 10 games and 25 plate appearnaces as he returned from Tommy John surgery? Yes. The smart move would've been to non-tender him in order to not waste that money.

Most expected the Mets to move on from d'Arnaud after they signed Wilson Ramos to be their starting catcher and added Devin Mesoraco on a minor league deal. For some reason, they didn't.

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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said last Friday that the team needed to face its "reality." Part of that reality meant realizing their place in the standings and trading Zack Wheeler before the July 31 trade deadline. On Monday, those plans took a hit.

Wheeler landing on the IL with right shoulder fatigue (reportedly precautionary, he's expected to be fine and return soon) makes any potential trade of him in the next 15 days more complicated. It doesn't torpedo those plans, but it does make Van Wagenen's job harder. 

Assuming Wheeler is pretty much fine and returns to start on July 23 or shortly after, here are three scenarios that could play out...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are placing RHP Zack Wheeler on the 10-day IL due to shoulder fatigue he experienced Sunday while preparing for his next start, the team said Monday. 

A person close to Wheeler told SNY's Andy Martino that the pitcher is fine, should be back pitching in time to be traded by July 31, and that the IL situation is seen as a blip.

Wheeler, who had been slated to start on Tuesday night against the Twins in Minnesota (Steven Matz will start in his place), will be eligible to be activated from the IL on July 22.

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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson dunks against the Toronto Raptors during the second half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

The Knicks had the worst record in the NBA last season (17-65) and scooped RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick in the Draft and Ignas Brazdeikis in the second round before missing out on every top free agent and pivoting to the lower tier.

So how many games should they expect to win in 2019-20?

BetOnline has set the Knicks' over/under at 27.5, which would mean a solid improvement over the tank that last season was but a team that is still a far cry from being a postseason contender.

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

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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 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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Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) and teammates celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets (42-51, 14.5 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Monday before opening a two-game set with the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday night. 

Here's what happened on Sunday in case you missed it...


In the Mets' 6-2 win over the Marlins, Jacob deGrom bent but didn't break over 5.0 solid innings and Robinson Cano had another big game >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Matt Harvey, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen spoke to the media about the Mets' first half, looking into trades, and Mickey Callaway.

Talking before the Mets opened the second half of the season in Miami, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he is "incredibly disappointed" about where the team is and all but confirmed they will be sellers in advance of the July 31 trade deadline. 

"We have to face our reality," Van Wagenen said. "We have to be open-minded. We're gonna be thoughtful and measured in terms of what we do as we approach the deadline. ... our mission statement doesn't change."

That "mission statement" is about winning now and in the future, and that is something Van Wagenen said he is not abandoning. In other words, there will not be a full rebuild commencing before July 31.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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		In a "true" Subway Series doubleheader, the Yankees defeated the Mets at Shea Stadium before sweeping the doubleheader in the Bronx. Dwight Gooden returned to Shea in a Yankees uniform and earned the win. (AP)
July 8, 2000: In a "true" Subway Series doubleheader, the Yankees defeated the Mets at Shea Stadium before sweeping the doubleheader in the Bronx. Dwight Gooden returned to Shea in a Yankees uniform and earned the win. (AP)

Former Mets RHP Dwight Gooden was arrested for cocaine possession on June 7 in New Jersey, according to the New York Post.

The 54-year-old was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Post. He was also charged with being under the influence. 

Gooden has battled substance abuse issues since 1986, when he missed the Mets' World Championship parade due to his drug use. He then missed the start of the 1987 season in order to undergo treatment for cocaine abuse. He was also suspended by MLB in 1994 for violating his drug aftercare program

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Former New York Mets player Dwight Gooden greets fans before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets Saturday, May 28, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Former New York Mets player Dwight Gooden greets fans before a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets Saturday, May 28, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Former Mets RHP Dwight Gooden was arrested for cocaine possession on June 7 in New Jersey, according to the New York Post.

The 54-year-old was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Post. He was also charged with being under the influence. 

Gooden has battled substance abuse issues since 1986, when he missed the Mets' World Championship parade due to his drug use. He then missed the start of the 1987 season in order to undergo treatment for cocaine abuse. He was also suspended by MLB in 1994 for violating his drug aftercare program

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Brodie Van Wagenen

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen will speak with reporters before the team opens the second half of the season against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami.

With the Mets at 40-50 and the trade deadline less than three weeks away, here are five questions Van Wagenen should be asked...


What is the trade deadline strategy?

With the Mets not in contention, the expectation is that pending free agent Zack Wheeler will be traded. Also on the block should be fellow pending free agents Todd Frazier and Jason Vargas. But what is Van Wagenen's strategy beyond selling off the obvious pieces?

Teams have recently come calling about Noah Syndergaard, with SNY's Andy Martino reporting that a trade at some point feels inevitable. While it seems likelier that Syndergaard -- who isn't eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season -- could be moved after the season, would Van Wagenen pull the trigger now if he's blown away? What about dangling pieces like Seth Lugo and Dominic Smith? And is there any chance the Mets would go full rebuild and deal Jacob deGrom?

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

18-year-old Mets prospect Ronny Mauricio, who is more than holding his own this season as one of the youngest players in Low-A ball, is listed as the No. 48 prospect in baseball on Keith Law of ESPN's midseason Top 50 prospects list.

Mauricio landed on the Baseball Prospectus Top 50 prpsoect list earlier this week, checking in at No. 45

Noting how aggressive the Mets were by placing Mauricio with Low-A Columbia to start the season, Law adds that Mauricio still looks young relative to the league and "even runs like he's still learning his own body."

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Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)
Trenton Thunder pitcher Deivi Garcia throws a pitch during a game against the Hartford Yard Goats at Dunkin' Donuts Park. (Matt Eisenberg/SNY)

The Yankees have one prospect listed on Keith Law of ESPN's midseason Top 50 prospects list, and it should come as no surprise that it's Deivi Garcia -- the diminutive strikeout machine who is now just one step away from the majors.

Law writes that Garcia, who is just 5'9", has been featuring a fastball that sits between 90 and 96 MPH but that hitters "cut through his fastball like he's throwing 105 with spin."

While Law is somewhat bearish on the ceiling of Garcia due to his small stature, he still heaps high praise on the 20-year-old.

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A general view of MetLife Stadium prior to the game between the Houston Texans and the New York Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports  (Kirby Lee)
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A general view of MetLife Stadium prior to the game between the Houston Texans and the New York Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Giants haven't played their home games in New York since the 1975 season, when they called Shea Stadium home. That came two years after their final game at Yankee Stadium, with one season playing home games in New Haven in-between. 

They've called New Jersey home since then, playing home games first at Giants Stadium and now at MetLife Stadium. Wouldn't that make them the New Jersey Giants?

Presidential candidate Cory Booker, who is a Senator representing New Jersey after serving as the Mayor of Newark, has some ideas...

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May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With the trade deadline three weeks away, Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is drawing interest from the Brewers, while some with the Astros are "intrigued" at the possibility of dealing for him, reports MLB.com's Jon Morosi.

SNY's Andy Martino reported recently that it is far more likely the Mets explore trading Syndergaard this winter, but that he isn't a total lock to be a Met beyond the July 31 trade deadline.

The 26-year-old Syndergaard is under Mets control through the 2021 season, so the Mets shouldn't be in any rush to deal him -- especially since his career-worst ERA this season means New York would be trading him at his lowest value.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

As baseballs fly out of ballparks at eye-popping, record-breaking levels and players openly accuse MLB of juicing the balls, commissioner Rob Manfred vehemently denied on Tuesday that the league had purposely altered the baseballs.

"Baseball has done nothing, given no direction, for an alteration of the baseball," Manfred said, noting that the league is still trying to figure out why the balls -- made by Rawlings -- are different this season.

"The flaw in logic is that baseball wants more home runs," Manfred explained. "If you sat in owners meetings and listen to people on how the game is played, that is not a sentiment of owners for whom I work. There's no desire among ownership to increase homers in the game -- to the contrary they are concerned about how many we have."

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Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred addresses representatives from the grapefruit league during the annual spring training media day at Hilton in West Palm Beach. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

As baseballs fly out of ballparks at eye-popping, record-breaking levels and players openly accuse MLB of juicing the balls, commissioner Rob Manfred vehemently denied on Tuesday that the league had purposely altered the baseballs.

"Baseball has done nothing, given no direction, for an alteration of the baseball," Manfred said, noting that the league is still trying to figure out why the balls -- made by Rawlings -- are different this season.

"The flaw in logic is that baseball wants more home runs," Manfred explained. "If you sat in owners meetings and listen to people on how the game is played, that is not a sentiment of owners for whom I work. There's no desire among ownership to increase homers in the game -- to the contrary they are concerned about how many we have."

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Jul 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after winning the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Jul 8, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after winning the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Mets rookie Pete Alonso walked off all three of his rounds en route to the 2019 Home Run Derby crown, never needing the extra 30 seconds he earned on all three occasions.

In the finals, after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had stolen the show in his first two rounds, Alonso took down Guerrero -- 23 homers to 22.

Here's how the back pages in New York reacted...

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Pete Alonso meets the media at the All-Star Game in Cleveland to talk Home Run Derby strategy and his dreams coming true this season.

Mets rookie Pete Alonso, who never lacks for a good quote, summed up his Home Run Derby approach in a perfectly succinct way on Monday in Cleveland.

"It doesn't matter how much jelly is in the jar," Alonso said. "It matters how you spread it on your English Muffin."

Alonso, who will battle hometown representative Carlos Santana in the first round on Monday night, was talking about needing to conserve energy during the timed rounds 

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Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Apr 7, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

With Russell Westbrook's future in Oklahoma City cloudy as of this past weekend, the Thunder are now "receptive" for the first time to taking trade calls on the 30-year-old star, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic

Charania notes that the timing is difficult when it comes to a potential trade of Westbrook, which holds true for any potential trade to the Knicks, as SNY's Ian Begley noted over the weekend.

In order to complete a trade for Westbrook before December 15, the Knicks would have to renege on agreements with their new free agents, said Begley, noting the fact the Knicks have just $4 million in cap space at the moment. Westbrook is set to make $38.5 million this coming season.

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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a home run with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a home run with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets rookie Pete Alonso spent the first half of the season demolishing baseballs as he crushed 30 homers. As he takes his talents to Monday night's Home Run Derby in Cleveland, Alonso is looking to add another notch to his belt. 

And Alonso, who will square off against Carlos Santana of the Indians in the first round, has the third-best odds to win the Derby.

Here are the full odds, via Bovada:

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The Yankees have the best record in the American League and the second-best record in all of baseball (behind only the Dodgers, who are 60-32). And their place in the standings matches their current odds to win the World Series.

Per OddsShark, the Dodgers are currently +270 to win the Fall Classic, while the Yanks are +333.

The rest of the odds shake out like this:

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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a home run with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 18, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates after a home run with third baseman Todd Frazier (21) against the Atlanta Braves in the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Chris Paddack is going to be angry.

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has won the National League Rookie of the Month award for June, the second time he has taken the honors this season. 

Alonso also won in April, which angered Paddack and let to the two having a back-and-forth through the media when the Mets faced the Padres in San Diego in May.

Tags: Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) and New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets (39-47, 11 GB in NL East, 6.0 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their two-game set with the Yankees at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 on SNY.

Here's what happened on Tuesday in case you missed it...


In the Mets' 4-2 win over the Yankees, they broke the Bombers' streak of 31 conescutive games with a homer and rallied in the eighth inning before Edwin Diaz closed the door >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets made a flurry of roster moves before Tuesday night's game against the Yankees, swapping three new relievers in while sending four relievers to Triple-A Syracuse and adding an additional bench player.

Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, and Luis Avilan were all activated from the IL, while INF Luis Guillorme was called up from Triple-A Syracuse.

To make room on the roster fot the four added players, the Mets optioned relievers Chris Flexen, Brooks Pounders, Stephen Nogosek, and Chris Mazza to Syracuse.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Danny Abriano
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Alexander Ramirez (@DPLBaseball on Twitter)
Alexander Ramirez (@DPLBaseball on Twitter)

The Mets have landed one of the top international free agents, signing 16-year-old CF Alexander Ramirez, who was the No. 26 ranked international prospect according to MLB.com.

Ramirez, who MLB.com touts as a "true center fielder" and a "plus runner" has above average grades when it comes to all five tools -- hitting, hitting for power, running, fielding, and arm.

"The tall and large-framed teen already shows advanced hitting skills and knowledge of the strike zone," according to his MLB.com scouting report, which notes that the 16-year-old has shown flashes of emerging power. "He makes solid contact at the plate and is known for hitting line drives to all fields."

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Mets prospect Brett Baty has been promoted from the GCL Mets to Rookie level Kingsport after playing just five games at his first professional spot.

The 19-year-old Baty hit .350/.480/.650 with one homer and three doubles in five games (20 at-bats) for the GCL Mets.

The Mets officially introduced Baty over the weekend at Citi Field. As a 19-year-old senior, Baty could move a bit quicker than some of the younger high school prospects drafted, but it will still be a while before he reaches Citi Field. 

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New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, left, and general manager Steve Mills answer questions during a news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson, left, and general manager Steve Mills answer questions during a news conference at the team's training facility, Friday, July 8, 2016, in Greenburgh, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

After clearing enough cap space to sign two max free agents and after months of rumors that had Kevin Durant all but guaranteed to land with the Knicks, he went to Brooklyn instead. And Kyrie Irving went with him.

Beyond losing KD and Kyrie, the Knicks -- who have since spent most of their allotted cap space -- will also not be getting Kawhi Leonard (which was never expected to happen anyway). 

While the Knicks once again whiffed on the big free agents, all is not lost. Here are five reasons to be optimistic...

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1999, Miami, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; New York Mets right fielder Bobby Bonilla in action at the plate against the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium during the 1999 Season. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports (RVR Photos)
1999, Miami, FL, USA; FILE PHOTO; New York Mets right fielder Bobby Bonilla in action at the plate against the Florida Marlins at Dolphin Stadium during the 1999 Season. Mandatory Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports (RVR Photos)

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It's Bobby Bonilla day for the Mets, which many use as an excuse to lazily bash the team for something they falsely think is a comical anomaly. The truth, though, is that the #LOLMets narrative as it pertains to Bonilla is a garbage narrative. 

There are plenty of things to rightfully bash the Mets about, but the Bonilla deal isn't one of them.

Bonilla, who the Mets bought out in 2000 while deferring annual $1.19 million payments from 2011 through 2035, is just one of many players in baseball whose teams are or will be paying large sums of money well after their playing careers are over.

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Jun 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielders Dominic Smith (22), Michael Conforto (30) and Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate the 8-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 30, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielders Dominic Smith (22), Michael Conforto (30) and Jeff McNeil (6) celebrate the 8-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets (38-47, 12 GB in NL East, 6.5 GB of second Wild Card) are off on Monday before opening Round 2 of the Subway Series on Tuesday night at Citi Field. 

Here's what happened on Sunday in case you missed it...


The Mets used an eighth-inning rally to top the Braves and break their seven-game losing streak >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)
Jan 28, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts by pounding on his chest after making a play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports (Brian Spurlock)

Warriors star Kevin Durant is one of the prizes of free agency, but the idea that he could join the Knicks this summer took a hit when he suffered an Achilles injury that could keep him out for the entire 2019-20 season. Here's the latest...


June 29, 2:24 PM

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, all indications suggest the Warriors will offer Durant a five-year, $221 million super max contract. Only the Warriors can offer Durant a super max deal. 

 

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Matthew Allan signs with Mets 00:01:09
Third-round draft pick Matthew Allan was at Citi Field taking in the sights before the game. He reacted to officially becoming a Met.

The Mets went high-risk, high-reward by drafting RHP Matthew Allan in the third round (89th overall) in the MLB Draft earlier this month and hoping they could sign him to a well over-slot deal. And that risk is going to pay off.

Allan, who was ranked as the 13th-best prospect in the Draft and viewed as the best high school pitcher in the country, has agreed to a deal with the Mets, the team announced Friday.

The 18-year-old Allan, who had been committed to the University of Florida and was on hand Friday at Citi Field, dropped in the Draft because of his asking price and signability concerns.

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Jan 12, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 12, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles the ball during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Celtics star Kyrie Irving is one of the prizes of free agency, and the idea that he could team up with fellow free agent Kevin Durant on the Knicks this summer has picked up steam since the Kristaps Porzingis trade cleared two max slots for New York. Here are the latest rumors...


June 28, 9:30 AM:

With the Lakers able to fit one max free agent under the cap now that they've completed the Anthony Davis trade, Kyrie Irving remains at the top of their list along with Kawhi Leonard, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times, who says the Lakers are "swinging for the fences."

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Mets get swept by Phillies 00:01:27
Todd Frazier looked like he had secured the win with a 2-run home run in the 9th, but Edwin Diaz blew the save to lose 6-3.

The Mets came back from a 1-0 ninth inning defict to take a 3-1 lead, but Edwin Diaz melted down in the ninth inning as New York suffered a four-game sweep in Philadelphia >> Box score

Six things to know from Thursday's game

1) Trying to protect a 3-1 lead after the Mets' late heroics, Edwin Diaz issued a leadoff walk before serving up a game-tying two-run homer to Maikel Franco on an 0-2 pitch. After recording one out, Diaz walked another batter before allowing a single to Scott Kingery as the Phillies put runners on first and second. Jean Segura followed by blasting a game-winning three-run homer.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Philadelphia Phillies, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Jeff McNeil has picked up this season right where he left off during his blistering rookie campaign, coming in to Thursday's game hitting a ridiculous .351/.414/.514 in 67 games.

While McNeil has pushed for the league-lead in batting average and become a near-lock to be selected as a reserve to the All-Star Game, he broke a 36-year-old MLB record on Wednesday night.

When McNeil doubled on Wednesday night in his 475th career at-bat, it was his 162nd career hit -- the highest total by any active major leaguer and the most in the majors since Wade Boggs had 166 hits in his first 475 at-bats from 1982-1983, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. 

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) reacts after a Philadelphia Phillies score during the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jun 26, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) reacts after a Philadelphia Phillies score during the seventh inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

The Mets (37-44, 11 GB in NL East, 5.5 GB of second Wild Card) wrap up their four-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon at 1:05 on SNY.

Here's what happened on Wednesday in case you missed it...


During the Mets' 5-4,10-inning loss to the Phillies on Wednesday night, the bullpen was at it again, blowing a late 4-0 lead  >> Read more

Tags: Jason Vargas, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mar 21, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) reacts after forward Draymond Green (not pictured) made a shot while being fouled against the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)
Mar 21, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) reacts after forward Draymond Green (not pictured) made a shot while being fouled against the Indiana Pacers in the third quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports (Cary Edmondson)

In the event the Knicks miss out on their main free agent targets -- Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard -- they are thinking about "extending a considerable one-year offer" to free agent DeMarcus Cousins, reports Marc Stein of the New York Times.

SNY's Ian Begley previously reported that the Knicks don't plan to commit long-term money to a player that isn't on the list of their top targets, adding that they are more likely to pursue short-term contracts to maintain cap flexibility if they miss out on Durant, Leonard, and Kyrie Irving. A one-year deal for Cousins would fit that philosophy.  

The 28-year-old Cousins signed a one-year deal with the Warriors last offseason that paid him $5.337 million.

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May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 31, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) follows through on a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

DJ LeMahieu has arguably been the Yankees' MVP this season, coming into Wednesday's game hitting .333/.382/.512 with 11 homers, 16 doubles, and 52 RBI in 73 games.

How much different would this season be if LeMahieu had wound up on the Rays instead? According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, it almost happened.

Prior to signing with the Yankees in January for $24 million over two years, LeMahieu was "perhaps a few days away from signing with the Rays" before the Yanks improved their offer and locked him up, reports Rosenthal.

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San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers a pitch against the New York Yankees in the second inning at Oracle Park. (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

With the Yankees looking to bolster their starting rotation before the July 31 trade deadline, Madison Bumgarner is drawing "strong interest" from the Twins, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

The Twins, who have the best record in the AL, would be able to acquire Bumgarner without his consent since they are not on his no-trade list, according to Nightengale.

While the Yankees already in active trade talks with other teams, SNY's Andy Martino reported last week that they have so far been "lukewarm" on Bumgarner. 

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Jun 25, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Umpire Joe West (22) speaks with New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports  (Eric Hartline)
Jun 25, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Umpire Joe West (22) speaks with New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Mets (37-43, 10 GB in NL East, 4.5 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Wednesday night at 7:05 on SNY.

Here's what happened on Tuesday, in case you missed it...


During the Mets' 7-5 loss to the Phillies, a 5-2 sixth inning lead turned into a deficit in the blink of an eye as the bullpen imploded >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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