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Super subs are now key players on pitching-dominated rosters (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:59:11 PST

The Atlanta Braves have two of them, in fact. Peterson can play second base, shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions. Chase d'Arnaud does him one better, having added first base to his repertoire this spring.

Nutting: Pirates had 'step back' in '16, but talent is there (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:43:52 PST

The Pittsburgh Pirates missed the playoffs last season for the first time in four years, but that won't cause chairman Bob Nutting to abandon the team's steady, build-from-within approach. ''We have not embraced, as many teams have, that you have to go in cycles and you have to commit to five years of a bad team in a rebuilding cycle,'' Nutting said Monday after addressing the team at spring training. ''We believe that by infusing talent into the organization at every level we can, every way that we can, we can create a sustained, competitive team.

Swisher arrives as guest instructor, A-Rod on deck (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:27:10 PST

Nick Swisher has arrived as a New York Yankees guest spring training instructor and Alex Rodriguez is on deck. ''I never have to worry about an 0 for 4 again,'' Swisher said with a smile. A-Rod is set to make his initial appearance Tuesday.

Rockies' Story wants to show power surge was not fiction (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:40:56 PST

For all Trevor Story accomplished in a record rookie season, his biggest takeaway is this: Slide feet first. A painful lesson and one that ended the Colorado Rockies shortstop's outstanding season in late July after he tore a ligament in his left thumb trying avoid a tag while reaching for second base . Before his injury, Story was making headlines for his improbable power surge to start his career, hitting two homers in his major league debut and seven in the opening week.

Yoenis Cespedes and his excellent cars are back at spring training (Big League Stew)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:29:47 PST

Yoenis Cespedes and his awesome cars are back. Blurry photos of players throwing, stories about men being in the best shape of their life and New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes pulling into a parking lot with the coolest car we’ve ever seen. It’s glorious. Now spring training can officially begin.

Scott Schebler settled in, ready to win (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:00:59 PST

Scott Schebler needed a year to settle in. A year ago Schebler was new to the Reds and was competing with Adam Duvall, another newcomer, for playing time in left field. "I think the biggest thing is I know people now," Schebler said.

Captain David Wright likes Mets' character, clubhouse (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:46:15 PST

As far as the kind of clubhouse that we have, I'll put our character guys that we have in there up against anybody,'' the 34-year-old third baseman said after a morning workout. The Mets have assembled a clubhouse full of players who have taken on leadership roles. Infielder Neil Walker emerged as a strong voice last season in his first year with the organization, speaking up and leading by example when Wright's season ended due to injury.

GM Alderson excited about Mets this spring (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:27:11 PST

After watching his club go through all kinds of injury struggles last year yet make the postseason, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson improved the team by making a pair of major signings. To make the team better, he brought back outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and second baseman Neil Walker with the hope they will reproduce their power numbers, resulting in even more run production than 2016. After Cespedes turned down the Mets' qualifying offer, the club signed him to a four-year, $110 million contract.

Nationals 2B Murphy on Tebow's batting: 'The power is real' (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:39:45 PST

No less an authority on hitting than last season's runner-up for NL MVP thinks Tim Tebow has some ability with a bat - he just needs more work. Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy said Friday at spring training that he recently spent some time working on batting with Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback who now is pursuing a baseball career. Tebow is expected to be in minor league camp with the New York Mets next month.

Old starters among new faces as Braves remake rotation (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:54:35 PST

The Atlanta Braves were ready to add some more experience to their starting rotation - and boy, did they succeed. Bartolo Colon, the 43-year-old right-hander whose longevity and jovial disposition have turned him into one of the game's fan favorites, joined Atlanta in November. Around the same time, the Braves acquired R.A. Dickey, the 42-year-old knuckleballer who is one of baseball's elder statesmen - but whose big league debut back in 2001 came four years after Colon's.

Gov. Chris Christie says Phillies 'suck,' have 'angry, bitter fanbase' (Big League Stew)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:09:04 PST

Chris Christie might be the next, great hot take artist. Watch out, Skip Bayless, because America just discovered its next great, hot take artist. To everyone’s surprise, that person is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

New York Mets to play exhibition game at West Point (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:39:17 PST

The New York Mets are returning to West Point to play Army in an exhibition game for the first time in 33 years. The Mets announced Wednesday that the game will be held at Doubleday Field at Johnson Stadium on March 31 at 3 p.m. The contest will be the Mets' final exhibition game before the start of the 2017 season, which begins April 3 at Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves.

Healthy 2B Neil Walker happy to be with Mets (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:26:51 PST

New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker dealt with back issues for almost five years and said not a day went by when he didn't feel some kind of pain. ''I'd probably wake up every single morning and as soon as I'd throw my feet over the side of bed, I could tell whether it was going to be a good or bad day,'' Walker said on Wednesday at the Mets' training camp. Walker now says he has no reason to tiptoe around for fear of hurting his back after having surgery last September to repair a herniated disk.

Reliever Fernando Salas, Mets finalize $3M, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:52:09 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Reliever Fernando Salas and the New York Mets have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.

Stroman, McHugh, Odorizzi win; Wacha, Anderson, Walker lose (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:08:15 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi, Houston's Collin McHugh and Toronto's Marcus Stroman won their salary arbitration cases Tuesday, and St. Louis' Michael Wacha, Milwaukee's Chase Anderson and Arizona's Taijuan Walker lost.

Cuban players: We paid thousands for journey to US baseball (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:01:54 PST

Two Cuban baseball players told a federal jury Tuesday that they paid tens of thousands of dollars from signing bonuses with Major League Baseball teams to a smuggling network that prosecutors say was overseen by a Florida sports agent and his trainer associate. The players, Jorge Padron and Reinier Roibal, described how they were spirited off the communist-run island on speedboats bound for Cancun, Mexico, where they trained while awaiting documents necessary to go to the U.S. to sign lucrative free-agent contracts. The testimony came in the trial of agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who face lengthy prison sentences if convicted of conspiracy and alien- smuggling charges.

Jake Odorizzi, Michael Wacha go to arbitration (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:14:54 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Jake Odorizzi of Tampa Bay and Michael Wacha of St. Louis have gone to salary arbitration and are among six first-time eligible starting pitchers who could get decisions Tuesday.

Mets manager Terry Collins hopes to keep rotation healthy (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:52:57 PST

Terry Collins has his projected top five starting pitchers together in spring training for the first time in two years. Now the New York Mets manager hopes they stay healthy. You keep those guys healthy and run them out there as much as we can and they're going to get people out and we're going to win baseball games,'' Collins said Monday as pitchers and catchers reported.

Noah Syndergaard got even stronger in the offseason, might actually be Thor (Big League Stew)

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:17:35 PST

Noah Syndergaard is slowly becoming Thor. Noah Syndergaard reported to camp Sunday and told reporters he — seriously — gained 15-17 pounds of muscle, wants to throw HARDER in 2017. Not just that Syndergaard is becoming just as muscular as Thor, god of thunder, but that he wants to throw harder than he did in 2016.

Mets' Syndergaard prepared to start opening day (The Associated Press)

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 12:54:17 PST

New York Mets manager Terry Collins has not officially revealed his opening day starter yet, waiting instead for a spring training announcement. The worst-kept secret around the Mets is that it will be Noah Syndergaard taking the mound in the top of the first inning at Citi Field when New York opens the season against the Atlanta Braves.

Stroman, McHugh latest pitchers to go to salary arbitration (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:09:43 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Toronto's Marcus Stroman and Houston's Collin McHugh became the latest pitchers to go to salary arbitration.

Former football player wants to pull a Tim Tebow and give baseball a try (Big League Stew)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:58:34 PST

Sanders Commings may have played in the NFL, but he’s returning to his first love: baseball. Tim Tebow may have started a trend. In the summer of 2016, the former NFL quarterback announced he was trying his hand at baseball.

Mets traded Ynoa to Orioles for Cash, opening spot for Salas (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:31:11 PST

The Mets traded pitcher Gabriel Ynoa to the Baltimore Orioles for cash, clearing a roster spot for New York to finalize its contract with reliever Fernando Salas.

Oh, doctor! Mets hope to start season with healthy spring (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:42:46 PST

With four-fifths of the projected rotation coming off surgery, the Mets return mostly the same roster from the 2016 team that overcame a rash of critical injuries to claim an NL wild card. Hard-throwing ace Noah Syndergaard is the only established starting pitcher on the club who made it through a full season last year. Matt Harvey had surgery in July for thoracic outlet syndrome.

Left-hander Jerry Blevins, Mets finalize $6.5M, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:55:12 PST

Left-hander Jerry Blevins has finalized a $6.5 million, one-year contract to remain with the New York Mets, who have been rebuilding their bullpen as spring training nears. Blevins gets a $5.5 million salary this year, and the Mets have a $7 million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout. Right-hander Ferando Salas, another member of the Mets bullpen last year, also agreed to a deal with the Mets last week that is in the process of being completed.

Phelps beats Marlins in arbitration, will make $4.6 million (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:02:41 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Pitcher David Phelps won his arbitration case against the Miami Marlins and will have a $4.6 million salary this season.

David Phelps, Marlins take salary dispute to arbitration (The Associated Press)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:19:25 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Miami Marlins pitcher David Phelps has asked an arbitration panel for a raise from $2.5 million to $4.6 million.

Decisions held back for 1st-time eligible starting pitchers (The Associated Press)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:27:49 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Salary arbitration decisions for starting pitchers who are eligible for the first time will be held back until all the cases involving those players are finished.

Cuban player smuggling trial resumes for agent, trainer (The Associated Press)

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 08:59:35 PST

The trial is resuming in Miami for a sports agent and a trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the U.S. so they could sign lucrative professional contracts. Testimony is scheduled to continue Monday in the federal case against agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, both of whom have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and alien smuggling charges.

Infielder Wilmer Flores wins arbitration case against Mets (The Associated Press)

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 11:29:27 PST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Infielder Wilmer Flores defeated the Mets in New York's first salary arbitration hearing since pitcher Oliver Perez won in 2008.