LEADING OFF: Canó joins Padres, Kershaw out, Kirby back home
Robinson Canó has found another job in the majors, signing with San Diego less than a week after being released by the Mets. The Padres plan to use the 39-year-old Canó as a left-handed bat off the bench. Acting manager Ryan Christenson said he could get some occasional starts at second base and designated hitter.news.yahoo.com
Mets manager Showalter suspended 1 game for reliever's pitch
Mets manager Buck Showalter was suspended for Monday's series opener against the Atlanta Braves after Major League Baseball determined New York reliever Yoan López intentionally threw at Philadelphia slugger Kyle Schwarber the previous night. Michael Hill, baseball's Senior Vice President for On-Field Operations, announced the discipline about 20 minutes before the first pitch of New York's game against World Series champion Atlanta at Citi Field — the initial meeting this season between the NL East rivals.news.yahoo.com
Mets, Yankees had understanding on hitting coach Chávez
Mets general manager Billy Eppler said he spoke to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman well before hiring away Eric Chávez as the team's hitting coach and that both sides had an understanding that Chávez may end up in Queens. The 44-year-old Chávez was hired by the Yankees in November as one of two assistants to new hitting coach Dillon Lawson — and projected to take on a role beyond his title. A few weeks later, the Mets hired the 17-year big leaguer to be their primary hitting coach.news.yahoo.com
Cubs would get a rare Friday night game at Wrigley Field under alderman’s plan
The Chicago Cubs could get a rare Friday night home game this June to give them a better chance to beat the Miami Marlins, perhaps a testament to the waning fortunes of the North Side club if it needs help defeating the perennially underfunded Florida team.Wrigleyville Ald. Tom Tunney has agreed to support a one-time exception to the prohibition on Wrigley Field Friday night games in the crowded neighborhood. According to the ordinance, the change is so the Cubs won’t have to play an early afternoon game immediately following a night game in New York against the hated Mets.chicagotribune.com
LEADING OFF: Crowds back on opening day, Cole starts season
EARLY TESTSThe Washington Nationals will be short-handed due to a positive coronavirus test for the second straight season opener. General manager Mike Rizzo did not reveal who the five players were, and the only certainty as of Wednesday night was that opening day starter Max Scherzer wasn't one of them. The Nationals did not have any players test positive during spring training prior to that. But in a what-are-the-odds moment, all three are set to start on opening day. To be pitching the same day as those guys is pretty cool.”MITTS AND MITTENSNolan Arenado, Kris Bryant and Miguel Cabrera will be wearing gloves on opening day.
Taijuan Walker takes back seat on new team --to Mr. Met
FILE - Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws to the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, in this Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, file photo. The Mets made a late addition to their starting rotation, agreeing to a $20 million, two-year contract with right-hander Taijuan Walker, a person familiar with the negotiations said. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Taijuan Walker is taking a back seat on his new team — to Mr. Met. So Walker thought: “What number can wear that not a lot of people in the league have it?" “And I think the only way I don’t wear 99 is if I get traded to the Yankees," he said.
Stroman, Gausman take $18.9M; Springer, LeMahieu reject
Gausman and Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman accepted $18.9 million qualifying offers Wednesday, Nov. 11, receiving one-year deals to stay with their teams rather than test what they could get in free agency. Qualifying offers began after the 2012 season, and only 10 of 96 offers have been accepted. Stroman was acquired by the Mets from Toronto in July 2019 for left-hander Anthony Kay and minor league right-hander Simeon Woods Richardson. Gausman has a 50-66 record and 4.26 ERA in nine seasons with Baltimore, Atlanta and San Francisco. Tomlin gets a $1 million salary next season, and the deal includes a $1.25 million club option with a $250,000 buyout.
LEADING OFF: Pads upgrade 'pen, Mets-Yanks play 2 again
The San Diego Padres acquired the reliever from Kansas City on Saturday for outfielder Edward Olivares and a player to be named. The 30-year-old Rosenthal has a 3.29 ERA and seven saves after struggling with injuries and poor performance in recent years. The Mets plan to start righty Rick Porcello (1-4, 6.43 ERA) and converted closer Seth Lugo (1-2, 2.03). That year, he became the only player to hit for the cycle in a postseason game. They made the move with infielder Starlin Castro expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken wrist.
Wild night in sports as Steve Cohen out of Mets deal, Red Sox make a blockbuster move; Rockets kick off NBA trade week with four-team deal
On Tuesday evening, baseball fans took to social media to chatter about the first of two significant moves this offseason. Fred Wilpon would stay on as CEO, past the original five-year agreement that was reported when the sale was first revealed last December. The deal also included unfavorable language when it came to the Mets' regional sports network, SNY. After changes to the deal, Cohen decided against the move to purchase 80% of the franchise. The Astros' investigation officially ended last month and saw the removal of Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora.cnbc.com
Mets slugger Pete Alonso donates custom cleats and baseball bat to 9/11 museum
Mets slugger Pete Alonso visited the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on Tuesday to donate the custom cleats and baseball bat honoring first responders that he used in a game on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. "Just being here in New York, I just wanted to show every bit of gratitude I could," Alonso said. The museum reached out to Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon about acquiring Alonso's shoes. "I barely got the words out of my mouth that the museum wanted them and Pete was saying, 'Absolutely,'" Wilpon said. A closer look at the cleats and bat Pete Alonso donated to the 9/11 Museum today.cbsnews.com