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  1. Mets and Lucas Duda avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 22, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Masahiro Tanaka isn’t the only one getting rich today. Adam Rubin of ESPN reports that the Mets and first baseman/outfielder Lucas Duda have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $1.6375 million. On Friday, Duda filed for $1.9 million while the Mets filed for $1.35 million, making the midpoint $150,000 less than what the two…

  2. Ike Davis’ dad thinks the Mets “screwed up” any would-be trade of his son

    Jan 22, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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    Ike Davis‘ dad — former big leaguer Ron Davis — told the New York Daily News that the Mets screwed up the offseason plan to trade Davis. How? By making it so publicly apparent that they wanted to part ways with him: “I think that’s why the Mets have really screwed up in that situation,…

  3. The Brewers sign Lyle Overbay

    Jan 20, 2014, 3:02 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays

    The Brewers didn’t want to trade quality for Ike Davis, so they’ve signed a guy for next to nothing who, in reality, was more useful than Ike Davis last year: The #Brewers have signed 1B Lyle Overbay to a minor-league contract with an invitation to Major League camp. — Mike Vassallo (@MikeVassallo13) January 20, 2014…

  4. Justin Verlander says Seahawk Richard Sherman would get a “high and tight fastball” if he played baseball

    Jan 19, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

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    The Seattle Seahawks punched their ticket to the Super Bowl tonight thanks in part to some great defense by cornerback Richard Sherman. Sherman broke up a pass from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, then had one of the most interesting post-game interviews you’ll ever find. Shouting at the top of his lungs, ostensibly because…

  5. Mets sign John Lannan

    Jan 18, 2014, 5:24 PM EDT

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    The Mets secured some rotation depth this afternoon by signing left-hander John Lannan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Lannan struggled with the Phillies last season, posting a 5.33 ERA in 14 starts while dealing with a quad injury and a knee injury which required surgery. The 29-year-old Long Island…

  6. Mets re-sign Omar Quintanilla

    Jan 18, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have re-signed infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor league deal. Quintanilla fell into significant playing time with the Mets last season, as starting shortstop Ruben Tejada was basically a forgotten man following a quad injury in May. However, the 32-year-old did next to nothing with…

  7. Report: Mets and Dillon Gee settle on $3.625 million salary

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:37 PM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee follows through on a pitch to the New York Yankees during their MLB interleague baseball game in New York

    ESPN’s Adam Rubin is reporting that the Mets and starter Dillon Gee have agreed on a $3.625 million salary for 2014 in the right-hander’s first year of arbitration eligibility. The deal is at the exact midpoint between the $4.05 million for which Gee filed, and the $3.2 million for which the Mets filed. Gee, who…

  8. Bobby Parnell: “In my head I feel like I’m still the closer”

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

    Bobby Parnell

    Mets closer Bobby Parnell went on the disabled list after a perfect inning of relief on July 30 and did not return, eventually undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. It was an unfortunate end to his first season as the team’s full-time closer, as he had a 2.16 ERA and 22…

  9. 40 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    There was a flurry of arbitration-related news today as players and teams scurried to reach agreements prior to the noon central deadline earlier. 39 players did not reach an agreement with their respective teams, and as such, they have exchanged salary figures with their clubs. Of note, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel filed for $9 million,…

  10. Brewers “making push” to sign Mark Reynolds

    Jan 16, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are “making a push” to sign free agent Mark Reynolds, who is said to be “leaning toward” signing with them. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports also hears that a deal is close. It was reported earlier this week that the Nationals had expressed interest in Reynolds, but…

  11. Mets and Ike Davis avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 16, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

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    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets and first baseman Ike Davis have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. Davis, who was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, will receive a slight increase in salary from the $3.125 million he made last year. Of course, that’s…

  12. Mets and Ruben Tejada avoid arbitration on one-year deal

    Jan 15, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

    Mets shortstop Tejada cannot field an RBI hit by Twins' Plouffe in Minneapolis

    MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that the Mets and shortstop Ruben Tejada have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.1 million. Unless he ramps up his production with the bat, Tejada is a likely non-tender candidate either next off-season or after the 2015 season in his second and third years of arbitration eligibility. Due…

  13. What should MLB have done in the A-Rod case? What should the players think now?

    Jan 15, 2014, 10:49 AM EDT

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    So much of what I’ve been writing about and reacting to the past few days has been focused on what x, y and z mean for Alex Rodriguez. And, frankly, that’s getting close to played out. Meanwhile, Chris Needham — a dedicated reader/critic of mine (but a smart and well-intentioned one) — challenged me this…

  14. The Arbitrator’s Decision: Creatively Counting to 150

    Jan 13, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

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    I’ve received a copy of the complaint Alex Rodriguez has filed in federal court seeking to overturn the arbitration decision against him and naming the MLBPA as a defendant as a result of their alleged failure to advance and aid in his defense. A full copy of the documents can be read here. I have…

  15. Yankees among teams monitoring Johan Santana

    Jan 9, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

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    The Twins are reportedly interested in a reunion with two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, but they are going to have plenty of competition to sign him. Confirming reports from last month, Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger hears that the Yankees are among several teams monitoring the progress of Santana. Andy Martino of…

  16. Bobby Parnell cleared for baseball activities

    Jan 9, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Mets closer Bobby Parnell didn’t throw a pitch after July 30 last season due to a herniated disk which required surgery, but he appears on track to be ready for the start of 2014. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Parnell has been fully cleared for baseball activities and plans to report to…

  17. You’ve come a long way, BBWAA

    Jan 9, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

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    The Hall of Fame vote always occasions criticism of the BBWAA, and like most years, there is legitimate criticism to be made. But dudes, we have to remember how far the BBWAA has come in just the past five years or so. Remember this one? It’s the voting results for the 2008 NL Rookie of…

  18. Indians sign Scott Atchison

    Jan 6, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Cleveland has agreed to a minor-league contract with 37-year-old reliever Scott Atchison, who spent last season with the Mets. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Atchison will get an invitation to spring training after throwing 45 innings with a 4.37 ERA and 28/12 K/BB ratio last year. He hasn’t been very durable…

  19. Mets sign Taylor Teagarden

    Jan 6, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

    Taylor Teagarden

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets have added some catching depth by signing Taylor Teagarden to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Teagarden was once considered a pretty solid catching prospect, but now he’s 30 years with a lengthy injury history and just 163 total games in the…

  20. Johan Santana reuniting with the Twins? Still possible

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    It’s been nine days since Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that Johan Santana was close to signing a minor-league deal and that hasn’t happened yet, but now Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Twins “remain a real possibility” to sign Santana. According to Martino at least a dozen…

  21. Should Nelson Cruz take a one-year deal?

    Jan 5, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

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    We’re about a week into January and free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz is still without a home. The reasons are plentiful: he is tied to draft pick compensation, he has a history of involvement with performance-enhancing drugs, he has been prone to injuries, he is 33 years old, and he provides no value on the…

  22. Mets now expect to keep first baseman Ike Davis

    Jan 5, 2014, 4:17 PM EDT

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    The Mets have discussed trading first baseman Ike Davis this winter to the Orioles, Pirates, Brewers and Rays. But there’s been no match yet and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York writes Sunday that “Mets insiders” now believe Davis will be reporting to Port St. Lucie, Florida next month for spring training. Davis, who’s projected…

  23. Mets “averse to anything three years or beyond” for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew

    Jan 5, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

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    The Mets are interested in upgrading over current shortstop Ruben Tejada and have been in contact throughout the winter with free agent Stephen Drew, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York is hearing that it’s more of a “possibility” than a “probability” that an agreement is reached with the Scott Boras client. Mets management is…

  24. Orioles and Mets have been discussing potential trade ideas

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

    Ike Davis

    The Orioles and Mets tossed around trade ideas involving not just first baseman Ike Davis, but second baseman Daniel Murphy, and left fielder/first baseman Lucas Duda as well, reports Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun. He writes that the two teams couldn’t reach an agreement because the Mets wanted Orioles top pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez…

  25. Orioles’ top priority is adding another starting pitcher

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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    The Orioles are still unsettled at closer and could use another bat for the designated hitter spot, but Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports hears that adding another starting pitcher is the club’s “primary focus” at this time. As we have heard throughout the winter, veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett is at the top of their list.…

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