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  1. Justin Verlander and Tigers agree to $180 million contract

    Mar 29, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Justin Verlander was eligible for free agency after the 2014 season, but the former MVP and the Tigers have agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep him in Detroit through at least 2019. Verlander was already under contract for $20 million this season and $20 million next season as part of a deal…

  2. Johan Santana isn’t sure when he’ll be able to pitch

    Mar 23, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    It’s already a given that Johan Santana will begin the season on the disabled list, but his comments to reporters this morning indicate that the Mets will have to make due without him for quite a while. Johan Santana just spoke to the media. Admitted his shoulder doesn't feel great, an has no clue when…

  3. Turner, Valdespin could replace Wright, Murphy in Mets’ Opening Day lineup

    Mar 17, 2013, 7:34 PM EDT

    David Wright

    Opening Day for the Mets could be very uninspiring. With Johan Santana unlikely to be ready, it is looking like David Wright and Daniel Murphy could join him on the bench, according to ESPN’s Adam Rubin: If David Wright and Murphy both open the season on the DL, Collins added, he likely would use Justin…

  4. 2013 Preview: New York Mets

    Mar 15, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The New York Mets. The Big Question: Can David Wright carry the Mets to .500? The Mets are in a…

  5. The Mets and Johan Santana are trying to put the acrimony aside

    Mar 13, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Johan Santana was reportedly angry at the way Sandy Alderson and the Mets have treated him this spring, but at least publicly they’re trying to turn the page. A day after reporting on all of the “rancor,” between the parties, Andy Martino reports that Johan Santana just told reporters that everyone was “on the same…

  6. Johan Santana is “angry” and “bitter” toward the Mets

    Mar 11, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Things are getting weird between the Mets and Johan Santana. Santana has yet to make his spring debut because he is still in the process of building strength in his shoulder. The Mets were caught off guard that the veteran southpaw wasn’t in pitching shape upon reporting to camp, which is all the more curious…

  7. Twins right-hander Deolis Guerra diagnosed with blood clot in shoulder

    Mar 9, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

    Deolis Guerra AP

    After right-hander Deolis Guerra was forced to leave Team Venezuela earlier this week due to injury, Twins general manager Terry Ryan told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com this morning that he suffered a blood clot in his right shoulder. Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that he will miss approximately three months following surgery. This…

  8. Mets aim for Johan Santana to make Grapefruit League debut next week

    Mar 6, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

    Johan Santana AP

    Johan Santana‘s availability for the start of the season is in doubt, but he’s getting closer to making his spring debut. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets are aiming for Santana to make his first start in a week, likely next Thursday against the Tigers. This means he would only get three…

  9. “Almost no chance” Johan Santana avoids starting season on disabled list

    Mar 5, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Johan Santana AP

    There have been a lot of varying reports and mixed signals about Johan Santana‘s health status and potential readiness for Opening Day, but Andy Martino of the New York Daily News paints a picture that’s anything but optimistic. According to Martino “the Mets’ private expectations for Santana’s April 1 availability are even grimmer than their…

  10. Johan Santana throws lightly off mound in Mets camp

    Mar 3, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

    johan santana getty

    Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Saturday that Johan Santana probably wouldn’t be ready to throw off a mound for another “10 days or so.” But that estimate was about nine days off. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that Santana made light tosses from a mound on Sunday morning in Mets camp. He clearly…

  11. Johan Santana “less and less likely” to be ready by Opening Day

    Mar 2, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Adam Rubin has the details: “So, from my standpoint, his arm is fine, as far as we know. Was he ready to pitch when he came into camp? No. Even he may have been a little surprised by that. So that leaves us where we are today. And where we are today is getting him…

  12. Johan Santana is “making strides” with his throwing program

    Feb 25, 2013, 8:17 PM EDT

    Johan Santana AP

    Johan Santana was originally scheduled to make his spring debut on March 2, but the Mets announced last week that it will be pushed back due to a conditioning issue related to his throwing. While he hasn’t returned to mound-work since, the Mets are pleased with the progress he has made in recent days. According…

  13. The Mets push Johan Santana’s first spring start back

    Feb 22, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Johan Santana was supposed to make his first spring start by March 2, but today the team said that Santana is behind schedule in his throwing program. It is said to be a “conditioning issue” not a “structural” issue. Which means his arm is not hurt, it’s just not ready yet. The team says that…

  14. Johan Santana throws first bullpen session of spring

    Feb 17, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

    johan santana getty

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York provides the visual evidence: Photo of Johan Santana throwing off a mound for 1st time since August: twitter.com/AdamRubinESPN/… — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) February 17, 2013 Santana made it through the workout without any sort of complications and will now perform regular bullpen sessions in Mets camp until he is…

  15. John Buck says Johan Santana was tipping his pitches last year

    Feb 8, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Johan Santana struggled mightily last year. His new catcher, John Buck, thinks he knows why: During an appearance on SNY’s Mets Hot Stove show on Thursday night, new Mets catcher John Buck told Kevin Burkhardt that left-hander Johan Santana may have been tipping his pitches last season. Here’s the quote, courtesy of Michael Baron at…

  16. Terry Collins wants Johan Santana to be his Opening Day starter

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    I guess as long as he doesn’t throw a no hitter in his last spring training start it’ll be OK. From ESPN New York: If Johan Santana is ready to go, and Terry Collins does not expect otherwise, Collins tenatively intends for the southpaw to start on Opening Day, April 1 against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.…

  17. Shaun Marcum’s deal is for $4 million plus incentives

    Jan 25, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that Marcum’s deal with the Mets is for $4 million plus incentives.  Obviously Marcum represents an injury risk, but that seems like a good deal. Thursday, 8:51 AM: Jon Heyman reports that the Mets have signed Sean Marcum. It’s a one-year deal, pending a physical. Marcum, who is 31, posted a 3.70…

  18. Mets considering Francisco Liriano and Carl Pavano as potential R.A. Dickey replacements

    Dec 20, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

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    The Mets jumped at the chance to trade R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays earlier this week in exchange for catchers Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck, prospect right-hander Noah Syndergaard and prospect outfielder Wuilmer Becerra. While it’s a tall order, they now need to find a way to replace the 2012 NL Cy Young Award…

  19. Zack Greinke, highest paid pitcher in baseball history?

    Dec 5, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    greinke angels getty

    As the Dodgers and Rangers reportedly battle over Zack Greinke the latest from CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman is that there’s a “strong belief by people close to situation” that Greinke “can beat” the $161 million CC Sabathia got from the Yankees. In other words, Greinke could be the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history. Here are the…

  20. The National League is poised to have some excellent rotations

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez

    Even with Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez still up for grabs, the National League already seems set to sport some excellent rotations in 2013. How about this for the top four: Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren, Ross Detwiler Giants: Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito Phillies: Roy…

  21. David Wright to take physical for extension Monday

    Dec 2, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that third baseman David Wright will take his pre-signing physical — required to finalize his newly-agreed-to $138 million extension with the Mets — on Monday. There’s no reason to think it won’t go smoothly. Struck early Friday morning, the eight-year extension is the richest in franchise history, besting the…

  22. It was important for David Wright to make more money than Johan Santana

    Nov 30, 2012, 9:39 AM EDT

    David Wright

    One idea that was frequently mentioned during the David Wright negotiations, and which has been confirmed by some post-signing reports, is that it was very important for David Wright to make more money than Johan Santana‘s $137.5 million deal and thus become the highest-paid player in New York Mets history “out of pride.” Which I…

  23. The Mets have made their “best offer” to David Wright

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

    David Wright Getty

    Andy Martino of the Daily News says that the Mets have made their “best offer” to David Wright and now await his response.  The offer is said to be a total of eight years and $140 million, which presumably includes the option year of 2013 plus seven more. Martino says that the offer is backloaded…

  24. Executive consensus: David Wright will get a 7-year, $127 million deal

    Oct 27, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    David Wright Getty

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post spoke with multiple MLB executives about David Wright and the Mets and he says that the consensus from them is that Wright is going to get a seven year deal for about $127 million. Add the $16 million option the Mets have on him for 2013 and it works…

  25. And now the Giants’ season comes down to Barry Zito

    Oct 19, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Two years ago during the Giants’ championship run Barry Zito wasn’t even on the playoff roster, but now he’s starting Game 5 of the NLCS tonight with their season on the line. The good news is that the Giants have won 12 straight Zito starts dating back to August 7. The bad news is that…

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