Danny Abriano

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

Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)

What has been a fait accompli since the 2019 MLB season ended is now official: Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year. 

Alonso beat out finalists Mike Soroka of the Braves and Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres for the award. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes, with the other one going to Soroka. Yordan Alvarez won AL Rookie of the Year unanimously.

"I am so grateful to the Baseball Writers' Association for their recognition," Alonso said. "I'm truly blessed and humbled to be part of a group of some of the best to ever play the game. This season was the most special time I've ever had on a baseball field. I'm extremely thankful to the Mets for allowing me the opportunity to prove myself at the major league level this year. I can't wait to get back to work in the spring and make a push for the postseason in 2020."

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Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis (54) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis (54) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets could be in danger of losing their hitting coach to a division rival.

With Chili Davis' contract up and the Mets not having yet reached an agreement to bring him back, Davis is among the names drawing interest from the Phillies for their vacant hitting coach gig, reports Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer

According to Breen, the Phillies are expected to make a decision soon.

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Mar 17, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) is congratulated by third base coach Carlos Mendoza (64) after hitting a two run homer during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Mar 17, 2019; Sarasota, FL, USA; New York Yankees infielder Luke Voit (45) is congratulated by third base coach Carlos Mendoza (64) after hitting a two run homer during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Carlos Mendoza will become the Yankees' new bench coach, replacing Josh Bard, reports WFAN insider and SNY Contributor Sweeny Murti

Mendoza, 39, had been the Yankees' infield and quality control coach since 2018. As quality control coach, he helped to serve as a bridge between the front office and dugout. 

Prior to joining the Yankees' big league staff, Mendoza worked in the minors for New York from 2012 to 2017 in various capacities, including manager of Single-A Charleston in 2012 and infield coordinator from 2013-2017.

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Mets 1B Pete Alonso
Mets 1B Pete Alonso

It's fully expected that Mets first baseman Pete Alonso will win the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year award on Monday night over Mike Soroka and Fernando Tatis Jr., with any actual suspense over it revolving around whether he will take it home in unanimous fashion.

When Alonso is officially crowned, the Polar Bear will become just the sixth Met to win Rookie of the Year.

A look at the other five...

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Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)
Steve Mills/Scott Perry/David Fizdale (Brad Penner)

Amidst the wreckage of their disastrous start to the season, Knicks president Steve Mills is setting up head coach David Fizdale to be the "fall guy," a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews.

According to Wojnarowski and Andrews, Mills has started to lay the "internal groundwork" for the potential firing of Fizdale.

Questions about Fizdale's job status grew louder after Mills and GM Scott Perry held a postgame press conference at Madison Square Garden following the Knicks' blowout loss to the Cavaliers on Sunday -- an occurrence SNY's Ian Begley noted was extremely rare.

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Feb 22, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (45) poses for a photo on photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 22, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (45) poses for a photo on photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

One rival GM predicted the Mets will hire Jeremy Hefner to be their next pitching coach, SNY's Andy Martino noted on Monday, with that GM expressing regret over missing out on hiring Hefner. 

Hefner, who is viewed as a rising star in the industry, is having his interview with the Mets on Monday at the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to The Athletic's Marc Carig.

The 33-year-old Hefner served as the assistant pitching coach for the Twins this past season. He joined Minnesota as a scout in 2017.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

The annual GM Meetings take place from Nov. 11-14 in Scottsdale, Ariz. On hand will be Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff, along with representatives from the 29 other teams.

While the big event of the offseason is the Winter Meetings each December, things often start to take shape at the GM meetings.

Van Wagenen discussed the Mets' offseason plans while introducing Carlos Beltran as manager last Monday, but he didn't go into detail. Here are five questions Van Wagenen should be asked as the GM Meetings begin...

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Edwin Diaz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman
Yankees GM Brian Cashman

The annual GM Meetings take place from Nov. 11-14 in Scottsdale, Ariz. On hand will be Yankees GM Brian Cashman and his staff, along with representatives from the 29 other teams.

While the big event of the offseason is the Winter Meetings each December, things often start to take shape at the GM meetings.

Here are five questions Cashman should be asked as the GM Meetings begin...

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Ron Chenoy)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Ron Chenoy)

Mets rookie Pete Alonso is expected to take home some hardware on Monday when the Rookie of the Year awards are announced, but he was snubbed Thursday night when it came to another potential honor.

Freddie Freeman of the Braves won the National League Silver Slugger award at first base, given annually to the player in each league deemed the best hitter at each position.

The award is voted on by the coaches and managers.

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Cubs LHP Cole Hamels (Jake Roth)
Cubs LHP Cole Hamels (Jake Roth)

If Zack Wheeler departs via free agency, the Mets will have a hole to fill in the starting rotation. Should they consider filling it with a former bitter rival?

Cole Hamels, who will turn 36 years old before the 2020 season, had a 3.81 ERA (4.09 FIP) and 1.39 WHIP with 143 strikeouts in 141.2 IP (27 starts) this past season for the Cubs.

At this stage, Hamels -- who spent the first nine years of his career with the Phillies -- is looking to land with a contender. And he's open to inking a one-year deal, he told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Kristaps Porzingis is about to face his former team for the first time. Porzingis wants to move on, only talking about facing the Knicks.

Kristaps Porzingis spoke on Thursday about his ugly end with the Knicks, calling it "part of the business," but also reflected on some mistakes he made after the fact and whether things could've been fixed before it all ended so messily.

"I don't know," Porzingis half-joked when asked if he wanted to clarify what happened on his way out. "I'll probably get in more trouble if I start talking about that stuff, you know? It is what it is. It wasn't ideal. But now I'm in a new place, I'm looking forward to the future. I don't want to go back too much and bring that stuff up. It is what it is. It happened, it's part of the business. It just ended up that way."

Repeatedly trying to deflect the questions back to the present (he's with the Mavericks, Friday is just another game, etc.), Porzingis said he didn't need any "extra juice" to excel against the Knicks.

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Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 4, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner (11) hits a solo home run during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins in game one of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees quickly retained Brett Gardner after the 2018 season and it seems like they could strike quickly on him again.

Gardner, who is an unrestricted free agent, is in talks with the Yankees about a potential return in 2020, Jon Heyman reported on Thursday.

It would not be a surprise if a deal for Gardner got done similarly quickly to the one-year deal the Yanks agreed to with CC Sabathia during last year's GM Meetings, SNY's Andy Martino noted, calling a reunion a "no brainer."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton, Danny Abriano
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Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during warm up before game against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Oct 6, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) during warm up before game against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Giants WR Sterling Shepard was on the field Thursday before practice officially got underway, stretching and casually tossing the football with his teammates before heading to the sidelines.

Shepard, who was wearing his helmet and pads, was in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to see a concussion specialist after his concussion symptoms returned over the weekend.

The receiver, who was a full practice participant at the end of last week, had been cleared and was expected to play Monday night against the Patriots before his symptoms returned and he alerted the team.

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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

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MLB free agency is officially underway, and while there is a steep dropoff after the triumvirate of Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Stephen Strasburg, there are still dozens of quality players available.

For the Mets, there are solid options on the market who could help them address their three biggest needs: The bullpen, center field, and the starting rotation. New York also has the option of going the trade route to fill some or all of their needs, but with the team in need of restocking their farm system (instead of further diminishing it), the wiser play would be to fill most of their needs via free agency.

Along the above lines, here are five free agents the Mets should consider pursuing...

Tags: Brett Gardner, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Pineda, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) reacts after a double play during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 10, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) reacts after a double play during the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays in game five of the 2019 ALDS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

CC Sabathia announced his retirement after the ALCS, but he might not be done helping the Yankees.

Sabathia has spoken to fellow California native Gerrit Cole -- the best free agent starting pitcher on the market and a potential Yankees target -- "many times" about what it's like to play for the Yankees.

"If you give that m-----f---er enough money, he's going to want to come here," Sabathia said in a clip from his latest R2C2 podcast. "I am speaking from experience."

Tags: CC Sabathia, Domingo German, J.A. Happ, James Paxton, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)
Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)

Steven Matz was part of the surge as the Mets went 46-26 in the second half of the 2019 season, scratching and clawing their way back into the playoff race.

Now, after finishing 3.0 games out of a playoff spot and watching the team hire Carlos Beltran as manager, Matz is already gearing up for the 2020 season.

"We got really excited to see what we are capable of," Matz said on Monday during an appearance on MLB Network Radio. "Now we've got a guy who is very well respected around the league coming in, and have that type of collaboration with Brodie (Van Wagenen) and him and all that type of stuff. I think that we are really excited and I think the fans are as well as to what we can do."

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Gase on Bell, Giants and Darnold 00:01:28
Adam Gase gives an update on Le'Veon Bell's injury status, talks about Sam Darnold learning from his mistakes and facing the Giants.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell is dealing with a knee/ankle injury, head coach Adam Gase said on Wednesday, and his status for Sunday's game against the Giants is not yet known.

Bell had an MRI on his knee on Tuesday, and was expected to work indoors on Wednesday while the team practiced outside. According to Gase, Bell was pushing to practice but was held back.

Gase added that he thinks Bell suffered the injury during one of his runs on Sunday against the Dolphins, and that he was still really sore.

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Mar 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Ryley Gilliam (81) delivers a pitch in the eight inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Ryley Gilliam (81) delivers a pitch in the eight inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Mets infield prospect Andres Gimenez turned heads during the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, winning the batting title as he slashed .371/.413/.586. But he wasn't the only Mets prospect to have a strong performance.

Four Mets pitching prospects -- Ryley Gilliam, David Peterson, Jordan Humphreys, and Blake Taylor -- pitched well, with the performances of Gilliam and Humphreys especially standing out.

Gilliam, 23, had a 0.96 ERA in 9.1 IP (seven games) while allowing eight hits, walking two and striking out 11.

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Yasmani Grandal
Yasmani Grandal

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"Could we get better defensively? Sure," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday at Citi Field after introducing Carlos Beltran as the 22nd manager in team history.

The above answer came after Van Wagenen was asked what he might focus on this offseason as he puts the team together for 2020. He also mentioned a desire to add depth to the starting pitching and "fortify" the bullpen.

Adding starting pitching depth shouldn't be too difficult, nor should fortifying the bullpen. When it comes to improving the defense, though, it could require a multipronged attack.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets manager Carlos Beltran and Brodie Van Wagenen (SNY)
Mets manager Carlos Beltran and Brodie Van Wagenen (SNY)

The Mets made things official on Monday, introducing Carlos Beltran as the 22nd manager in team history during a press conference at Citi Field.

In addition to Beltran's introduction and his thoughts on taking over the reins, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen spoke about the hiring process and what could be in store for the team this offeason.

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

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Anthony Rendon (Thomas B. Shea)
Anthony Rendon (Thomas B. Shea)

As they build for the 2020 season, the Mets could have a gaping hole in the starting rotation and badly need to improve their team defense. Meanwhile, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon are free agents. Could the Mets be players for them? 

Asked directly about whether the team can add a top flight free agent without reducing payroll, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen danced around the question.

"At this point, we're going to explore all options with the roster," Van Wagenen said on Monday after introducing Carlos Beltran as the team's new manager. "Once we find the right fit, we'll try to make that a reality."

Tags: Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Brodie on why he hired Beltran 00:06:23
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen reveals the reasons why the team hired Carlos Beltran as their new manager, and why he thinks he'll succeed.

The Mets will have a gaping hole in their starting rotation if Zack Wheeler leaves via free agency, but is that hole something they could actually fill from within?

Speaking on Monday at Citi Field after introducing Carlos Beltran as the 22nd manager in franchise history, GM Brodie Van Wagenen talked up the ability of Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman as potential rotation answers.

"We've got some great players in Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman that may be considerations in the rotation," Van Wagenen told SNY's Steve Gelbs.

Tags: David Peterson, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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The Mets have hired Carlos Beltran to be their manager. After reports surfaced earlier in the day, the Mets made the move official on Friday evening, announcing a three-year deal with a fourth-year club option for Beltran. 

"Congratulations to Carlos. We are thrilled, as we know our passionate fans will be, to have him back in the family," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. "Thanks to Brodie and the entire baseball operations staff on this expansive, diverse and collaborative managerial search process."

"Thanks to Jeff and the ownership group for their ongoing support as we worked through a very detailed managerial search process," said GM Brodie Van Wagenen. "We are very excited to bring Carlos on board as our next manager and re-introduce him to Mets fans next week."

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Carlos Beltran
Carlos Beltran

Shortly after it came out that the Mets planned to hire Carlos Beltran as their next manager, reaction started to come in. Among those weighing in were Eduardo Perez (who nearly got the job) and current and former Mets.

Click below to see...

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New York Mets' Carlos Beltran takes off running after hitting a three run homer during the first inning of their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York (AP Photo/Ed Betz)
New York Mets' Carlos Beltran takes off running after hitting a three run homer during the first inning of their baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

Carlos Beltran was one of the best two-way players the Mets ever had, could be headed for the Hall-of-Fame, and is now being brought in as the Mets' new manager.

Beltran hit .280/.369/.500 with 149 HR, 208 doubles, and 559 RBI in 839 games during his seven seasons in Queens (2005-2011) while playing exceptional defense in center field.

Along the way, he helped guide the Mets to the postseason in 2006 and is one of the reasons why they reached Game 7 of the NLCS that season against the Cardinals. What Beltran did during the 2006 NLCS as a whole stands out far more than him striking out to end it (which some fans still can't let go). And what Beltran did during his overall Mets tenure was legendary. Click below to see his Top 5 moments... 

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Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) talks to players during batting practice one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) talks to players during batting practice one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets were searching for a new manager and decided on Carlos Beltran. Here's what we know...


Nov. 1, 3:20 PM:

Carlos Beltran has told the Mets that his ideal bench coach would be former manager Terry Collins, SNY's Andy Martino reported Friday. However, that is not something that is guaranteed to happen.

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The Yankees have a lot of decisions to make with their own free agents, including the futures of Brett Gardner and Dellin Betances. But they're already on the clock when it comes to perhaps their hardest call.

New York has until Monday at 5 p.m. to decide whether to extend a qualifying offer to free agent infielder Didi Gregorius.

Tags: Aroldis Chapman, Brett Gardner, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar, Danny Abriano
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Zack Wheeler
Zack Wheeler

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With the hot stove season here, the Mets have a lot of work to do if they hope to turn their 86-win team of 2019 into a team that should be legitimately feared by the rest of the NL East entering the 2020 season. And their first big decision is getting close.

The Mets have until Monday at 5 p.m. to decide whether or not to extend a qualifying offer to free agent Zack Wheeler.

The gist:

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches in the 12th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman pitches in the 12th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. (Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports)

Aroldis Chapman "prefers" to remain with the Yankees, reports Jon Heyman. However, Heyman notes that if an extension can't be reached quickly, Chapman will opt out of the final two years of his deal and become an unrestricted free agent.

Chapman, 31, has $30 million remaining ($15 million in both 2020 and 2021) on the five-year, $86 million deal he signed with New York before the 2017 season.

If Chapman opts out, the Yanks will have the option of extending a qualifying offer to him.

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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Wilmer Flores (41) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Wilmer Flores (41) hits a home run during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

A year after being non-tendered by the Mets, Wilmer Flores is back on the free agent market.

Flores, who hit .317/.361/.487 this past season for the Diamondbacks, had his option for the 2020 season declined on Thursday.

The 27-year-old Flores made $3.5 million in 2019 and his 2020 option was worth $6 million (with a $500,000 buyout).

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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 (Brian Fluharty)
(Brian Fluharty)

In a move that was expected, the Yankees have declined the $20 million option on Edwin Encarnacion for the 2020 season, making him a free agent.

The option for 2020 contained a $5 million buyout.

The 36-year-old Encarnacion was acquired by the Yankees from the Mariners in June in exchange for 19-year-old right-handed pitching prospect Juan Then. The Mariners also paid down a significant portion of Encarnacion's remaining salary for 2019.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the ball off to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) hands the ball off to New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Giants QB Daniel Jones and RB Saquon Barkley are arguably the two most popular players on the Giants. And both of them are in the Top 10 in the NFL when it comes to jersey sales. Barkley came in at No. 6 and Jones came in at No. 9. 

The Cowboys are the only other team in the league to place two players in the Top 10.

Click below to see the full list:

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With the World Series over, the hot stove season -- free agency, trades, and all the intrigue -- is officially here.

For the Mets, they have eight players potentially set to hit free agency. And there's a strong chance that all of them will be playing for new teams in 2020.

The biggest name among the Mets' potential free agents is Zack Wheeler, who is also the only player the Mets will consider extending a qualifying offer to.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Rene Rivera, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sterling Shepard
Sterling Shepard

Sterling Shepard is technically still in concussion protocol, but he participated in contact practice on Wednesday as he works his way back.

"It does (boost the optimism)," said head coach Pat Shurmur. "I think he's getting closer and closer. We have an extra day, certainly, because (Week 9's game against the Dallas Cowboys) is a Monday night, so again, we'll just see what the week brings."

He will likely see independent doctors later in the week, Shurmur told reporters.

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Chris Fetter (Steven Branscombe)
Chris Fetter (Steven Branscombe)

The Mets, whose coaching staff situation remains in flux as they continue their search for a new manager, have interest in 'rising star' Chris Fetter to be on their staff, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN

Fetter, 33, has been the assistant coach/pitchers for the University of Michigan since 2018.

According to Passan, the Yankees -- who fired pitching coach Larry Rothschild on Monday -- have interviewed Fetter for their vacant pitching coach position.

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Chris Fetter (Steven Branscombe)
Chris Fetter (Steven Branscombe)

The Yankees, who fired pitching coach Larry Rothschild on Monday, have interviewed "rising star" Chris Fetter to be his potential replacement, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN

According to Passan, Fetter has drawn lots of interest from other major league teams, with the Mets among them. 

Fetter, 33, has been the assistant coach/pitchers for the University of Michigan since 2018.

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Jul 28, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez (right) talks with Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar (left) in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Jul 28, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez (right) talks with Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar (left) in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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The Mets' search for their next manager rolls on, with their third round of interviews set to begin this week, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

According to Martino, Carlos Beltran, Tim Bogar, and Eduardo Perez will receive third interviews. Derek Shelton will also receive a third interview, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

With four finalists for Mets manager known, let's weigh their pros and cons...

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Giants QB Daniel Jones (Tim Fuller)
Giants QB Daniel Jones (Tim Fuller)

With his four-touchdown, 322-yard performance on Sunday afternoon during the Giants' loss to the Lions in Detroit, rookie QB Daniel Jones rebounded from a poor Week 7 performance. He also joined some exclusive company.

  • Jones became the second rookie QB in NFL history to toss at least four touchdowns, have zero interceptions, and throw for 300 or more yards. The only other rookie to accomplish that feat: Marcus Mariota in 2015.
  • Became the second rookie QB in NFL history to have two games of at least 300 passing yards, two or more touchdown passes, and zero interceptions.The only other rookie to accomplish that feat: Dak Prescott in 2016.

Overall on Sunday, Jones went 28-for-41 for 322 yards with four touchdowns and zero picks. Jones' longest pass went for 38 yards and he rushed four times for 13 yards.

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Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)
Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants have traded for Jets DE Leonard Williams, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

The Giants will be sending a third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and a fifth-round pick in the 2021 Draft to the Jets. That fifth-round pick actually becomes a fourth-round pick if the Giants are able to sign Williams to a contract extension, a source told Vacchiano.

The Jets are picking up $4 million of Leonard Williams' remaining salary this season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, which will leave the Giants with roughly $3 million to pay. The Giants currently have $1.8 million in cap room, so another shoe will have to drop.

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Jets trade Williams to Giants 00:01:54
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano examines the trade that sent Leonard Williams from the Jets to the Giants, in a strange move for Big Blue.

The Giants have traded for Jets DE Leonard Williams, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

The Giants will be sending a third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and a fifth-round pick in the 2021 Draft to the Jets. That fifth-round pick actually becomes a fourth-round pick if the Giants are able to sign Williams to a contract extension, a source told Vacchiano.

The Jets are picking up $4 million of Leonard Williams' remaining salary this season, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, which will leave the Giants with roughly $3 million to pay. The Giants currently have $1.8 million in cap room, so another shoe will have to drop.

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Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)
Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants have traded for Jets DE Leonard Williams, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Big Blue will be sending a third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and a fifth-round pick in the 2021 Draft to the Jets. That fifth-round pick will become a fourth-round pick if the Giants are able to sign Williams to a contract extension, a source told Vacchiano.

The Jets are picking up $4 million of Williams' remaining salary this season, which will leave the Giants with roughly $3 million to pay. The Giants currently have $1.8 million in cap room, so another shoe will have to drop.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Danny Abriano
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Pat Murphy, a mystery candidate 00:01:22
Andy Martino dishes the latest on the Mets managerial search and reveals while Pat Murphy is a mystery candidate he's not the bombshell.

The Mets' third round of managerial interviews will begin this week, when Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, and Carlos Beltran will be among the candidates getting a third interview.

Those three are not the only ones coming back for a third-round interview, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who adds that Luis Rojas -- who received a second-round interview -- is not believed to still be in the mix.

One new name that emerged over the weekend was Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy, who has had two interviews so far, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

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Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)
Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)

With the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday at 4 p.m., Jay Glazer reported Sunday on FOX that the Giants could be a team to watch when it comes to a potential deal for Jets DE Leonard Williams.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported last Thursday that the Jets were willing to listen on trade offers for Williams.

"They seem a little more open to it than in the past," one NFL source told Vacchiano. "They always wanted to keep him before and give his talent a chance. But clearly they know time is running out."

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Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)
Leonard Williams (Vincent Carchietta)

With the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday at 4 p.m., Jay Glazer reported Sunday on FOX that the Giants could be a team to watch when it comes to a potential deal for Jets DE Leonard Williams.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported last Thursday that the Jets were willing to listen on trade offers for Williams.

"They seem a little more open to it than in the past," one NFL source told Vacchiano. "They always wanted to keep him before and give his talent a chance. But clearly they know time is running out."

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The Yankees enter the 2019-20 offseason looking to add to a team that came up just short of reaching the World Series this past season. They don't have many big decisions to make (more on that below), but have been both first and second-guessed about their continued lack of reliable ace-level starting pitching.

With Gerrit Cole about to hit the free agent market (the Yanks are expected to at least try to sign him) and other enticing starting pitching options expected to be available, the Yanks have a chance to drastically improve their rotation.

As they look to improve, the Yanks already have a lot committed to payroll for 2020 -- a number that will likely hover right around the luxury tax threshold. Their payroll obligations drop significantly starting in 2021. Here'a a deep dive...

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Aroldis Chapman, Chad Green, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres, Jacoby Ellsbury, James Pazos, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Cessa, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Miguel Andujar, Tommy Kahnle, Danny Abriano
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The Mets enter the 2019-20 offseason with a very strong core in place, but there are numerous deficiencies they'll need to address if they hope to go from an 86-win near-miss in 2019 to a playoff team in 2020.

Among the areas where the Mets should be looking to add: Starting pitching (with Zack Wheeler potentially departing via free agency), the bullpen (which was their undoing this past season), and center field.

The Mets already have a substantial amount committed to payroll for 2020, but those commitments drop significantly starting in 2021. What could that mean as they build their team for next season and beyond? Here's a deep dive...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Swarzak, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Begley gives possible lineup 00:01:16
SNY Insider Ian Begley says the Knicks could start Elfrid Payton at PG on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets and see Mitchell Robinson return.

Knicks head coach David Fizdale spoke on Thursday as New York prepared for game 2 of the 2019-20 season -- Friday night in Brooklyn against the Nets.

Here are the takeaways...

Mitchell Robinson is getting better

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Joe Girardi was one of six known finalists for the Mets manager job, but he will not be managing them next year. Girardi has been hired by the Phillies -- the team SNY's Andy Martino had reported was a far more likely landing spot than the Mets

With Girardi heading to Philadelphia, the Mets' known candidates are down to Tim Bogar, Carlos Beltran, Luis Rojas, Derek Shelton, and Eduardo Perez.

Of the initial group of six known second-round candidates, Girardi -- who was the preferred choice of a large and vocal group of Mets fans on Twitter -- had the best credentials.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Danny Abriano
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Cashman on adding a pitcher 00:02:21
New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman commented on the Yankees strategy in adding pieces to the roster this upcoming offseason.

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The Yankees were first-guessed last offseason and again at the trade deadline when it didn't seem they would add more impact starting pitching, and were second-guessed when that choice to not add wound up happening.

They were also first and second-guessed when not trading for Justin Verlander (August of 2017) and Gerrit Cole (January of 2018), and not ponying up enough money to sign Patrick Corbin (December of 2018).

On Thursday, when reminded that the above three pitchers were currently pitching in the World Series and asked if the Yankees regretted passing on them, GM Brian Cashman stood behind the team's decisions during an at-times animated exchange with Sweeny Murti of WFAN.

Tags: James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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RJ Barrett
RJ Barrett

RJ Barrett had a tremendous NBA debut on Wednesday night in the Knicks' loss to the Spurs in San Antonio, powering his way to the basket over and over as he finished with 21 points.

Barrett went 9-for-13 from the field as he racked up those 21 points, adding five rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 37 minutes.

What Barrett accomplished Wednesday night didn't immediately jump off the page, but it put him in some incredible company.

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