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NY Mets :

  • Mets confident d'Arnaud can turn things around December 8, 2016
    If the Mets' offense is to improve from last season, general manager Sandy Alderson said, it is going to have to be from within. The Mets may go the rest of the winter without adding another big league hitter, even on the bench. So much of the burden will fall to those who did not produce this past season. Chief among that group is catcher Travis d
    Anthony DiComo
  • To trim payroll, Mets likely to trade Bruce December 7, 2016
    Entering the Winter Meetings this week, the Mets internally estimated their 2017 payroll at around $150 million. That's a bit of a jump for a team that only recently eclipsed the nine-figure threshold, dipping below $80 million for a time earlier this decade.
    Anthony DiComo
  • No pain, yet no set spot for Wheeler in 2017 December 7, 2016
    Zack Wheeler said his right arm is as healthy as it's been since undergoing Tommy John and flexor tendon surgery in March 2015, fueling the likelihood he'll pitch again for the Mets this spring. The only question is where.
    Joe Trezza
  • Mets plan to assign Tebow to Minors camp December 7, 2016
    When the Mets decided to ship Tim Tebow out to the Arizona Fall League in October, they did so fully believing he was "overmatched" -- general manager Sandy Alderson's word -- by the competition there. But the Mets sent him anyway because they believed if Tebow were to succeed at age 29, his crash course in baseball would need to include as ma […]
    Anthony DiComo
  • Collins ready to win now, assess future after '17 December 6, 2016
    Over the span of a single week in November, Terry Collins lost a pair of friends he had known since grammar school. As he mourned them, Collins, 67, got to thinking. He wondered about his own future. He considered the rest of his life.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Alderson: Wright is Mets' everyday third baseman December 6, 2016
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson did not hesitate Monday when asked about the identity of his third baseman heading into next season.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Clubs appear to prefer Granderson over Bruce December 5, 2016
    As the first day of the Winter Meetings drew to a close, the Mets reached something of an impasse regarding their desire to trade an outfielder. After spending Monday talking to the Orioles and other teams about potential deals, the Mets came away believing clubs are more interested in Curtis Granderson than Jay Bruce.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Mets promote Lopez to manage at Triple-A December 5, 2016
    To replace Wally Backman, their top Minor League manager for the past five seasons, the Mets on Monday promoted Pedro Lopez to Backman's former post as Triple-A Las Vegas manager. Lopez had served as Double-A Binghamton manager since 2009.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Play Ball auction honoring late Mets staffer Forde December 5, 2016
    More than two dozen Mets employees from various sects of the organization climbed onto a Winter Meetings stage early Monday, there to provide the kind of support that late staffer Shannon Forde always did. Longtime Mets public relations executive Jay Horwitz sighed loudly as he attempted to describe the impact that Forde had on the organization.
    Anthony DiComo
  • Winter Meetings interview: Mets Charity Auction December 5, 2016
    Jeff Wilpon, Jay Horwitz, Melanie LeGrande and Josh Rawitch talk about the Mets Charity Auction to benefit Shannon Forde Field at the Winter Meetings on Monday.

NY Yankees:

  • Recall Mike Mussina's gritty 2003 ALCS Game 7 outing December 8, 2016
    Recall Mike Mussina's gritty 2003 ALCS Game 7 outing
    Adrian Garro
  • Source: Yankees, Chapman agree to deal December 8, 2016
    Aroldis Chapman and his triple-digit fastball are heading back to the Bronx, as the left-handed closer has agreed to a five-year, $86 million contract with the Yankees, a source told
    Bryan Hoch
  • Cashman says Yanks unlikely to add starter December 8, 2016
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says that he is preparing to head into 2017 without adding to the team's stable of starting pitching.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Cashman not afraid to trade within AL East December 8, 2016
    Though Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn't seem to believe that the Yankees would dare trade outfielder Brett Gardner within the American League East, general manager Brian Cashman nudged the door open to a possible match on Wednesday, saying that isn't necessarily the case.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Judge rings NYSE bell, brings family to Bronx December 7, 2016
    Aaron Judge immersed his family in the Big Apple for the past few days, from The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall to this excursion to the nation's financial epicenter, where Aaron helped his performance-equipment sponsor, Under Armour, and Major League Baseball ring the Opening Bell
    Mark Newman
  • Holliday ready to rip for Yankees in any role December 7, 2016
    Clean-shaven and wearing the pinstripes for the first time, Matt Holliday stood in the runway to the home dugout at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, looking out at the field while posing underneath Joe DiMaggio's famed words thanking the Good Lord for making him a Yankee.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Jeter honored to have No. 2 retired December 7, 2016
    A little girl walked up to Derek Jeter on Wednesday morning and told him without hesitation, "My mommy said you were her favorite player." He smiled at her, handed her a stuffed backpack as a holiday gift, and replied, "Tell your mommy I said thanks."
    Mark Newman
  • Yankees, Holliday complete one-year deal December 7, 2016
    The Yankees made a quick strike to land a bat, agreeing to terms with outfielder/designated hitter Matt Holliday on a one-year, $13 million contract that was formally announced by the team on Wednesday.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Cashman: Boston's 'like the Golden State Warriors' December 7, 2016
    Adding Chris Sale to an already formidable roster has turned the Red Sox into baseball's version of the Golden State Warriors, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman quipped shortly after the seismic trade that rattled the Winter Meetings on Tuesday afternoon.
    Bryan Hoch
  • Yanks considering offers for Gardner December 6, 2016
    The Yankees are continuing to receive offers for outfielder Brett Gardner, though general manager Brian Cashman said that nothing has moved the needle thus far toward a potential trade.
    Bryan Hoch

Philadelphia Phillies :

  • Phillies unlikely to participate in Rule 5 Draft December 8, 2016
    The Phillies have a full complement of players on their 40-man roster, so they are not expected to select anybody in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. It would be the first time that has happened since 2011.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Phillies building toward big splash in 2018 December 8, 2016
    Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said on Wednesday that the teams with the most successful rebuilds have stuck to their plans. It is why the Phillies plan to stick to theirs.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Phillies taking human approach to analytics December 7, 2016
    Even before Matt Klentak became general manager a little more than a year ago, a Phillies organization that had been questioned for its seeming lack of interest in advanced analytics had started to rally in that area.
    Paul Hagen
  • Gillick honored with Roland Hemond Award December 7, 2016
    Baseball America presented Pat Gillick its Roland Hemond Award for long-term contributions to scouting and player development. Gillick is a part owner of the Phillies, also serving as a senior advisor to the president and general manager.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Phillies' everyday 1B job belongs to Joseph December 6, 2016
    The Phillies are prepared to turn Tommy Joseph loose in 2017.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Mackanin pushing for Phils to add bat December 6, 2016
    Pete Mackanin has been stumping for months for the Phillies to acquire a couple of productive everyday hitters before Spring Training. They got one last month in Howie Kendrick, but while one hitter is nice … "I would like to get another guy," Philadelphia's manager said Tuesday afternoon at the Winter Meetings. "Yeah, it would be nice. W […]
    Todd Zolecki
  • Benoit joins Phils, likely to pitch in eighth December 6, 2016
    Joaquin Benoit became the newest member of the Phillies' bullpen Tuesday. But where will he pitch in 2017? Benoit, who signed a one-year, $7.5 million contract, has pitched most of his 15-year career in the eighth inning, although he has also closed. The safest bet is that he pitches in the eighth.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Phils' Cozens collects for leading Minors in HRs December 6, 2016
    Phillies prospect Dylan Cozens left the Winter Meetings with an $8,000 check in his pocket.
    Todd Zolecki
  • Phils doing their part in auction to honor Forde December 5, 2016
    Major League Baseball's Play Ball charity auction hits a little closer to home for the Phillies this year.
    Todd Zolecki
  • 'Tis the season this Saturday at Phillies Authentics Sale December 5, 2016
    The Phillies Authentics Sale begins at 10 a.m. ET and ends at 6 p.m. on Saturday, with several chances to purchase game-used memorabilia, meet Phillies manager Pete Mackanin and get holiday photos with Phanta Claus.
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