GM Sandy Alderson made a pair of moves prior to the trade deadline. First he shipped first baseman Lucas Duda to Tampa Bay in exchange for Drew Smith, a hard-throwing Minor League reliever. It appeared the Mets were on track to remain sellers until Alderson made a surprising deal to acquire Marlins closer A.J. Ramos for a pair of pitching prospects. Ramos is arbitration eligible next season before becoming a free agent. He could create a formidable backend of the bullpen with Jeurys Familia in 2018.
After starting the week strong on the West Coast by taking the first two games in San Diego, the Mets finished the series in disappointing fashion by dropping the next two and earning a series split. In the series opener against the Mariners, the Mets would bounce back thanks to a pair of Michael Conforto home runs in a homecoming of sorts as he grew out just outside of Seattle. Jacob deGrom saw his seven-game winning streak come to an end Saturday in a loss. deGrom struggled early but recovered nicely to still put forth a solid effort in defeat. Seth Lugo was unable to put it together as the Mets ended the week on a sour note, losing the series in Seattle.
Yoenis Cespedes has been hampered by injury this year and plans to address his workout regime during the offseason. He wants to be more flexible and lighter on his feet. Speaking of injuries, T.J. Rivera was placed on the disabled list with a partially torn UCL. He has received an injection in an effort to combat the injury before exploring surgical options. Neil Walker, who had been out of action since June 15 with a torn hamstring, was activated to correspond with the Rivera news.
This week the Mets conclude their road trip in Colorado before returning home to host the Dodgers.
The Yankees started their week with a clean sweep of the visiting Reds in a two-game set. Good times continued at Yankee Stadium, winning the first three of a four-game series against the Rays. A loss in the series finale would be the Yankees lone blemish on an otherwise stellar week as they sit atop the AL East.
It appears the Yankees have another promising young outfielder in Clint Frazier. He has quickly become a mainstay in the lineup and doesn't have to look far for a role model in fellow rookie Aaron Judge. The youngsters aren't doing it on their own, veteran Matt Holliday has served as a leader for the Baby Bombers.
The Yankees bulked up their rotation with the acquisition of Jaime Garcia from the Twins in exchange for a pair of pitching prospects Sunday as they look to make a push for a postseason berth in what many believed would be a rebuilding year.
This week the Yankees play host to the Tigers before traveling for a weekend series in Cleveland.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano took an in-depth look into the position battles that will take places during Jets camp. The headline of which will be Josh McCown vs. Christian Hackenberg at quarterback.
While many are counting the Jets out before the season even begins, Matt Forte is not one of them. He responded to criticism from former teammate Brandon Marshall and remains confident that the Jets will be competitive this season.
One of those who feel the Jets are in for a long season is CBS analyst and former NFL coach Bill Cowher. He believes Todd Bowles will have his hands full coaching a team that has lost so many of its key players this offseason.
After a bizarre release from the Dallas Cowboys, Lucky Whitehead has been claimed off waivers by the Jets. He figures to start as the teams kick and punt returner while getting a look at receiver.
The Giants are setting the bar high this season, with players embracing a Super Bowl or bust mentality. Ben McAdoo looks to lead his team there by focusing on improvement and efficiency. He has introduced the mantra "Make Gains: 1%" for the Giants.
Odell Beckham Jr. has a desire to be the highest paid-player in the NFL. Giants' owner John Mara is a staunch supporter of Beckham, saying he has nothing to prove and should be paid his worth.
After tallying only 2.5 sacks last season, Damon Harrison is set on increasing that number in 2017. The defensive tackle has made it a personal goal and has dedicated his offseason toward getting to the quarterback more often.
In a surprising revelation, Kyrie Irving has made it be known that he would like to be traded by the defending Easter Conference champion Cavaliers. He listed four teams he would be interested in joining, with the Knicks being one of them. While no deal is imminent, it will be a situation worth closely monitoring as the New Jersey native would like to play closer to home.
Standing in the way of a potential trade is Carmelo Anthony, who has his sights on Houston as a trade destination of his own.
The Knicks rounded off their week by signing veteran point guard Ramon Sessions to a one-year deal.
Brooklyn made a splash Tuesday when they traded forward Andrew Nicholson to the Trail Blazers for guard Allen Crabbe. The 25-year-old Crabbe averaged 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game last season.
Questions surrounding a potential sale of a stake in the Nets received a step towards clarity this week. Nets and Barclays Center owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, received approval from the NBA Finance Committee to split up the two entities as he looks to sell a minority interest in the team.
The Rangers signed Mika Zibanejad to a five-year deal worth $5.35 million per season. He now has his sights on becoming the team's first-line center next season and for years to come.
Kevin Shattenkirk reiterated the notion that he signed with New York this offseason because he felt he has the best chance to win here. Ryan McDonagh and Brady Skjei are looking forward to skating alongside Shattenkirk.
Nick Holden's future with the Rangers remains in question. He could be traded in an effort to address other needs on the roster.
The Islanders agreed to new contracts with two young players in the organization. On Monday, Adam Pelech signed a four-year deal worth $1.6 million per year. Connor Jones inked a one-year, two-way deal later in the week Thursday. Both could play a meaningful role next season.
New York City FC came up short in Toronto on Sunday in a 4-0 loss. The Red Bulls hosted the Montreal Impact on Saturday and won in convincing fashion, 4-0.
NYCFC and the Red Bulls return to action Sunday, Aug.6 when the two teams meet at Yankee Stadium.