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Mets Morning News for April 1, 2020

Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Deesha Thosar looks at ten Mets who are set to become free agents at the end of the shortened season. Anthony DiComo looks at some of the top first basemen in Mets history. Major League Baseball starting its season without fans is starting to look more likely. The Mets once hired Jesse Owens as a baserunning coach. Some Mets players have binge watching recommendations for you. Around the National League East MLB Trade Rumors reviews Alex Anthopoulos’ trades as GM...

Pinstripe Alley

How the suspended season affects Brett Gardner

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ Time off might not be the best thing for the Yankees’ veteran. Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association came to the agreement last week that no matter what happens with this season (including a complete cancelation), the year will count as a year of service time for players. This means that players who were set to be free agents after the season will still hit the open market after the league year ends. This doesn’t present much harm for guys like Mookie Betts, Masahiro Tanaka and DJ LeMahieu, who are young, valuable commodities who will have teams...

KC Kingdom

KC Chiefs: Signing Darqueze Dennard would bolster roster

The KC Chiefs have begun to sign or re-sign players. As the upcoming draft becomes the bigger focus for every team, there are still a few free agents worth signing. One KC should look at is Darqueze Dennard. The Kansas City Chiefs basically had their hands tied when it came to free agency this year. With […] KC Chiefs: Signing Darqueze Dennard would bolster roster - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

SNY TV

Trade, free agent, and prospect options for Mets' rotation with Noah Syndergaard's injury impacting 2020, 2021

When the Mets lost Noah Syndergaard to Tommy John surgery, it impacted how their rotation will look in both 2020 and 2021.

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Powder Blue Podcast: MLB Plans as Path Forward While Realmuto Talks are On Hold

On the latest Powder Blue Podcast, Frank Klose, Geoff Mosher, and Hunter Brody discuss: How MLB will proceed when things are all clear. What it means for free-agents to be such as J.T. Reamuto Speaking of Realmuto, will this negatively affect an extension?

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What can we expect from a Realmuto extension?

Probably not a BCIB, but a pretty good one The Phillies acquired J.T. Realmuto in February of 2019 in exchange for top prospect Sixto Sanchez, and young catcher Jorge Alfaro. They expected to have him for at least the two full seasons before he hit free agency, and doubtlessly hoped they could sign him to a contract extension that would keep him in a Phillies uniform longer. The recent agreement between MLB and the Players Association regarding the 2020 season includes the provision that players will continue to accrue service time for a full season, no matter how much of the season ends up...

KC Kingdom

KC Chiefs: Shorter deal could make more sense for Chris Jones

The talk of KC Chiefs free agency right now is all about Chris Jones. Could he potentially want a shorter deal from the team that drafted him? When fans and NFL ‘experts’ are trying to fit Chris Jones into the salary cap the way someone tries on a pair of jeans, it makes you wonder if […] KC Chiefs: Shorter deal could make more sense for Chris Jones - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

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Were the Jets cheap or smart in free agency?

The Jets took a relatively prudent approach in free agency, prompting some to wonder whether Joe Douglas subscribes to the slow-and-steady-wins-the-race mantra or if he was simply cash-strapped by ownership. (For what it’s worth, the Jets told agents in the past couple weeks that they simply didn’t...

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies: Top 5 free agents still available during the break

The Phillies could add a couple of players once the season returns Due to the Phillies and MLB being on hold at the moment, teams around the league are actually being presented with a pretty unique opportunity. An extended “offseason” period. With more time to think over one’s roster, general managers may use this time […] Phillies: Top 5 free agents still available during the break - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Fish Stripes

Our Noticias, 3/30/20: Edward Cabrera, Francisco Cervelli join new agency

Photo by Joseph Guzy/Marlins Updates on the new MLB agreement for a possible 2020 season and changes to player representation. Difficulties of the delayed season Our latest Fish Bites episode focuses on how the Marlins are being affected by the coronavirus pandemic. A shortened or cancelled season would prevent them from evaluating their major league-ready top prospects in prominent roles. That, in turn, complicates their approach to 2020-21 free agency. Then there’s the financial element to it—would the Marlins be willing to boost payroll (as initially projected) coming off a year...

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Chicago Cubs: Has Jon Lester thrown his last pitch on the North Side?

If the 2020 Major League Baseball season is erased by COVID-19, it’s very possible we’ve seen Jon Lester throw his last pitch in a Chicago Cubs uniform. As things stand at this very moment, Jon Lester represents the best free agent signing in Chicago Cubs history. Not only that, but he’s in the conversation as […] Chicago Cubs: Has Jon Lester thrown his last pitch on the North Side? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

Amazin Avenue

March Bad-Ness: The Hated Eight

We are moving closer to crowning the biggest villain among Mets fans. Typically, March is one of the best sports months of the year. The NHL and NBA seasons are reaching their conclusion with teams battling for their postseason lives, NFL free agency is beginning, MLB Opening Day is right around the corner, and March Madness is in full swing! With the coronavirus pandemic, March has been rendered a quiet month in the sports world, as all major leagues have needed to cancel or suspend their events in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. To help pass the time, a few of us at Amazin’...

Call to the Pen

Pittsburgh Pirates: The franchise all-time bracket

Five World Champions square off with three other great teams for the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise supremacy. Since the loss of its stars to free agency in the early 1990s, the Pittsburgh Pirates have generally been one of MLB’s laggard franchises. Since 1992, only four Pirates teams have posted winning records, all of those since 2013. […] Pittsburgh Pirates: The franchise all-time bracket - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Fish Stripes

Fish Bites Episode 67: Taking L’s from delayed 2020 season

In these uncertain times, Jonathan Villar may wind up hitting free agency without playing any regular season games for the Marlins. | Photo by Rich Schultz/ The Marlins are set to face critical financial losses and new obstacles regarding the acquisition of amateur players. MLB owners ratified an agreement Friday that details how to proceed with the 2020 MLB season under these difficult circumstances. Ely explains how the Marlins would be affected by expanded active rosters (12:45), lost revenue from television and sponsors (19:25), service time adjustments (28:00) and much more. Enjoy...

KC Kingdom

KC Chiefs: Four remaining free agents who could help in 2020

The KC Chiefs haven’t had a huge start to free agency and that’s okay. Here are some names they can still add to make a splash. The Kansas City Chiefs have had a rather quiet start to free agency and I wrote here why that is a smart decision for the franchise. Even though the Chiefs […] KC Chiefs: Four remaining free agents who could help in 2020 - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

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KC Chiefs: Best wide receiver options in free agency for 2020

The KC Chiefs might be in a situation where they need a WR2 option in case Sammy Watkins isn’t on the team in 2020. Who are some of the best options still available in free agency? The Kansas City Chiefs have had an explosive offense the past two seasons and will look to keep that […] KC Chiefs: Best wide receiver options in free agency for 2020 - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

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Baltimore Orioles: Dariel Álvarez’s journey from Camagüey to Saltillo

Former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Dariel Alvarez has had quite the long journey through baseball. HIALEAH,FL– Dariel Alvarez signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 as an international free agent and promptly began his career with the Gulf Coast Orioles, the team’s rookie league affiliate. That only lasted four games because he hit a whopping .443 and […] Baltimore Orioles: Dariel Álvarez’s journey from Camagüey to Saltillo - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Daily News

Giants Mailbag: Markus Golden, No. 4 pick, Leonard Williams, Giants’ free agency grade and more

The NFL’s offseason business is continuing, though it has changed dramatically due to the coronavirus pandemic. And that means plenty of roster shuffling and questions about free agency, the NFL Draft, the Giants and more. We’re here to give you the answers gleaned from our daily reporting on the...

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Phillies: Could the pandemic cost them J.T. Realmuto?

J.T. Realmuto will be a free agent this coming winter however much baseball is played this season. Could the pandemic situation cost Phillies his services? The Saturday paper sat in a tied-off transparent bag on the porch in the rain. The headlines weren’t good, and neither was the news about Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto […] Phillies: Could the pandemic cost them J.T. Realmuto? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

KC Kingdom

KC Chiefs re-signing Demarcus Robinson to one-year deal smart move

The KC Chiefs signed a free agent on Saturday and it was their very own Demarcus Robinson, who they brought in on a one-year deal. The Kansas City Chiefs had questions to answer this offseason at the wide receiver position and one question was answered with the re-signing of Demarcus Robinson, who is back for […] KC Chiefs re-signing Demarcus Robinson to one-year deal smart move - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

That Balls Outta Here

Phillie: Great players you forgot played in Philadelphia

Which great players somehow found themselves in a Phillies uniform? The creation of free agency virtually ended the era of players staying in one city for their entire career. Great players moved around the league much more than they ever did, and some made their way into a Phillies uniform. Today, we’re looking at the […] Phillie: Great players you forgot played in Philadelphia - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

KC Kingdom

Kansas City Chiefs are being smart about free agency

Kansas City Chiefs fans, we all need to take a collective breath. As defending Super Bowl champs, we are in uncharted territory here. I know we all started refreshing our feeds as soon as free agency opened up, but the Kansas City Chiefs‘ lack of big moves in the early stages is actually the smartest […] Kansas City Chiefs are being smart about free agency - KC Kingdom - KC Kingdom - Royals, Chiefs, Jayhawks, Kansas State, Mizzou & More

SNY TV

How new MLB deal amid coronavirus delay and potentially shortened season could impact Mets

For the Mets -- and most teams -- the biggest impact will come from the decisions on arbitration and free agency.

Blogging the Bombers | New York Daily News

Jets wanted to sign former Lions punter Sam Martin before he went to Broncos: sources

The Jets quietly missed out on one of their free-agent targets this week. For all the moves that general manager Joe Douglas has made to restructure the roster, Gang Green still has a void at an important yet overlooked spot: Punter. The Jets wanted to sign veteran Lions punter Sam Martin before...

SNY TV

Out of Office Replies: SNY contributor Maggie Gray's Mets x-factors, and how Jets and Giants should attack draft

In the latest edition of Out of Office Replies, SNY contributor Maggie Gray's class is in session, as she discusses potential x-factors for the Mets, talks about who the Jets and Giants should be targeting in the first round of the NFL Draft, and gives a lesson about spending big on free agent running backs ...

Pinstripe Alley

Could these prominent Yankees have played their last game in pinstripes?

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports According to the terms currently being discussed by MLB and the Players’ Association, Paxton, Tanaka and LeMahieu would hit free agency if there’s no baseball in 2020 This week, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that, per the negotiations between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Players’ Association (MLBPA) the most likely outcome would be that major leaguers would be credited with the same service time this year that they earned in 2019. That could affect the New York Yankees if there is no baseball season in 2020, but first things first. Talks...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for March 27, 2020

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets What the world is dealing with right now is unprecedented, but sports can bring healing during uncertain times which Bobby Valentine knows well. Voice of the Mets, Howie Rose could have never imagined anything like what is happening now but he too thinks baseball could help bring a feeling of normalcy whenever this crisis ends. Service time was a major sticking point for the players and with the agreement reached, those who were eligible for free agency at the end...

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New York Yankees: Alexander Vargas, I want to be as good a Lindor or better

Today, we take a baseball journey with the future shortstop of the New York Yankees, the Matanzas, Cuba native, Alexander Vargas. HIALEAH, FL – Alexander Vargas signed in 2019 with the New York Yankees for $2.5M in international free agency and with that signing came lofty expectations. He is projected to be Gotham’s next great shortstop […] New York Yankees: Alexander Vargas, I want to be as good a Lindor or better - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

MLB.com FastCast: Tigers sign Josh Harrison - 2/20/19

The baseball world's attention focuses on Bryce Harper's free agency, plus Josh Harrison agrees to a one-year deal with the Tigers About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United Stat

MLB All Free-Agency Team Post Manny Machado Signing

Manny Machado signed a huge deal with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, but there's still plenty of big-name free agents available on the market. NESN.com's Michaela Vernava takes a look at a hypothetical team comprised of all current MLB free agents. For

Adam Pellerin and Nick Cafardo break down Red Sox Spring Training

NESN's Adam Pellerin and Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo analyze Matt Barnes as a closer, Craig Kimbrel's future and what moves the Red Sox could make with different free agents around the MLB.