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Yankees heading back to WPIX

January, 20, 2015
Jan 20
The Yankees are returning to WPIX Ch. 11 as their over-the-air TV outlet starting this year, a source confirmed.

The news was first reported by Sports Business Daily.

The Mets, whose games are already on PIX, will not be affected in the short term. A source said there is a pretty good chance that PIX will try to keep the Mets long term as well.

The majority of Yankees games will still be on YES. According to SBD, WPIX would broadcast 21 games for $11-$13 million per year, which averages out to about $500,000-$600,000 per game.

A YES spokesman declined comment.

Besides turning to Ch. 11 instead of Ch. 9, there won't be much difference for fans because the games will be produced by YES and feature the same announcers of Michael Kay & Co.

The Mets declined to comment. Their contract with WPIX runs through 2017.

Ex-Mets misfit Young starts over with Yanks

September, 2, 2014
NEW YORK -- It didn't work out for Chris Young with the Mets.

They know that. You know that. Chris Young knows that.

"There's no real way to sugarcoat it," Young said Tuesday. "For the 250 or so at-bats I got, I should have done more. I hold myself fully accountable."

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AP Photo/David GoldmanChris Young hopes to catch on with the Yankees after an unsuccessful stint with the Mets.
It didn't work out with the Mets, but don't say it didn't work out for Chris Young in New York -- not yet. He's back in town, back in uniform, added to the Yankees' roster Tuesday as an extra outfielder and bat off the bench.

It's almost like he never left. In a way, he never did.

Young was ready to clean out his apartment after the Mets designated him for assignment on Aug. 9. He'd already arranged to have his furniture moved out, but changed his mind before the truck arrived.

"Something told me to hold off until the end of the season," he said.

The Yankees signed him to a minor league contract last week. He played four games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and now he's here, the 118th player to play for both the Mets and Yankees, and the 16th to play for both teams in the same season.

It's not a real exciting list, running from Bob Friend in 1966 to Angel Berroa in 2009 and now to Young. Unless you're a huge Yankees or Mets fan, you won't recognize most of the names.

Even if you are, you still might not.

Mets fans remember Young, but not fondly. He'd love to think Yankees fans will remember him, too.

"It's exciting to be able to say I had a chance to play for the Mets and the Yankees in the same year," he said. "How many guys have done that?"

Yanks sign Mets castoff Chris Young

August, 27, 2014
The Yankees have signed Mets castoff Chris Young to a minor league deal, a baseball official confirmed.

With the minor league season coming to a close, Young likely will be insurance in case the Yankees suffer an injury at the big league level. He could be called up when the rosters expand in September.

Young, an outfielder, was signed by Mets GM Sandy Alderson for $7.25 million this winter but never panned out. Young hit just .205 with eight homers and 28 RBIs for the Mets before he was released earlier this month. The right-handed hitter turns 31 next week.

The Yankees have had injuries in their outfield. Carlos Beltran has missed extended time with an elbow injury and only recently returned to the field. Brett Gardner has been nursing an ankle problem of late. Jacoby Ellsbury is the other starting outfielder.

Ichiro Suzuki and Martin Prado also see time in the outfield.

CBS Sports first reported Young's signing.
NEW YORK -- The Mets have a little bit of a dilemma with their retirement present to Derek Jeter. If they are too nice during their 5 p.m. honorary press conference Thursday, they could make their fans mad. If they aren't nice enough, they could look disrespectful. So it is not an easy call.


What should the Mets give Derek Jeter as a parting gift?


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In Houston, the Astros gave Jeter a pair of Yankee cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and some golf lessons. In Anaheim, the Angels presented Jeter with a paddle board. In Milwaukee, the Brewers donated $10,000 to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation and made him a bronzed bat.

As for the Mets, they do have some recent experience giving rivals' presents.

Last May, the Mets brought FDNY commissioner Sal Cassano to present Mariano Rivera with an old time fire hose nozzle and call box. Rivera also threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He ended up throwing the last one that night, too, when Lucas Duda singled to win the game for the Mets in the ninth.

In 2012, the Mets gave Chipper Jones a painting, which honored Jones' Shea accomplishments.

If I were the Mets, I'd give $10,000 to Jeter's charity -- going on the assumption they have an extra 10 grand -- and shake his hand during a short ceremony. That would be a gift no one could complain about. It is for a good cause and not too over the top.

Nunez to the Mets? Why not?

April, 1, 2014
HOUSTON -- Hmmm, which team in baseball could use a starting shortstop?

Maybe one that has gone out of its way to say that their current starting shortstop is not that great? Eduardo Nunez to the Mets, anyone?

Nunez is not perfect. If he were, the Yankees wouldn't be designating him for assignment. But he still is just 26 years old, and even Brian Cashman, the man who made the decision to get rid of him, thought that Nunez could benefit and strive someplace else.

"He possesses a great deal of talent," Cashman said. "You can dream on him. We have, as a potential everyday shortstop. All that talent is still there."

It remains to be seen if Nunez could really be an everyday player. He is unsteady in the field and not as good of a hitter as some think. Still, his career OPS is .692, while Ruben Tejada's is .642.

If you are the Mets, it is a perfect buy-low move. Would Cashman care about dealing Nunez to the Mets? If the Boss were around, he might. But Cashman is more practical, and if the Mets offered the most, I think he would do it.

Question: Should the Mets go after Nunez?
Derek Jeter, Jose ReyesWilliam Perlam/THE STAR-LEDGER/USA TODAY SportsReyes and Jeter have crossed paths many times, usually at or near second base.
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- With each syllable, Jose Reyes flashed that familiar wide smile he made famous in Flushing. Looking relaxed and happy, he wore a sleeveless Superman shirt as he spoke with a small group of New York reporters.

But Reyes' face really lit up when he was asked about Derek Jeter's retirement.

"I think everybody was surprised," said Reyes, who held nothing back in his praise of Jeter. "He's my idol since Day 1."

Reyes later added: "He is the best shortstop to ever play the game. If he is not the best, he is in the top two."

A year from now, you have to wonder if Reyes ends up on the short list as a possible replacement for No. 2. Since Reyes now sports a beard that could fit in at Fenway, it was jokingly mentioned that he might have to shave it next year in the Bronx. Reyes retorted that after this season he still has four years left on his deal.


Should the Yankees try to trade for Jose Reyes to succeed Derek Jeter in 2015?


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But Reyes already has been traded once since signing his $106 million contract and the Yankees already have shown at least some interest in acquiring Reyes. During his free agent winter of 2011, a sources told ESPN New York, Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Reyes' agent, Peter Greenberg, spoke and there was some brief discussion if Reyes could play center field. Nothing materialized.

It is not that hard to imagine Cashman pursuing Reyes next winter. If the Blue Jays have a down year, but Reyes is still good, they may try to rebuild without Reyes. This could lead Cashman to dial the 416 area code.

It should be noted Reyes, who turns 31 in June, still makes his family residence in Long Island.

Reyes' focus is clearly with Toronto. He is looking forward to 2014, because like Jeter he feels his ankle is healthy. His severe ankle sprain limited Reyes to 93 games. Even when he returned he felt his mobility at short was limited.

"After you injure your ankle, that is never going to feel normal again," said Reyes, who had a .780 OPS and stole 15 bases. "You always have to live with something there. [Jeter] is working hard in rehab. I saw his highlights this year, running to first base. I think he is running very good. That's good to see."

Reyes thinks the Blue Jays could be better this season, even in, what he called, the "toughest division" baseball. He thinks the Yankees will find to way to get it done, despite losing Robinson Cano.

"I was surprised," Reyes said. "But, in baseball, nothing surprises me anymore."

There was a time no one thought Reyes would ever leave New York, but the Mets never offered him a contract and so he fled to Miami.

Now, a Blue Jay for a second season, he looks forward to coming to New York and seeing the Yankees so he can be on the field with his idol a few more times.

"This year more than ever," Reyes said.

Reyes has a signed Jeter jersey hanging in his home in Long Island. He also has a bat from the Captain. Maybe one day he will have Jeter's position.

"Everyone is going to miss him, for sure," Reyes said. "Not just as a player, but as a person more. He's an unbelievable guy. I'm glad to share the same field with him. Like when I played in New York, I shared the same city with Jeter. He is a role model."

Sources: Yanks have interest in Santana

December, 11, 2013
Johan SantanaRob Tringali/Sportschrome/Getty ImagesCould ex-Met Johan Santana be waving hello to the Bronx next year?
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Yankees have joined the Mets among the total of eight teams that have expressed interest in Johan Santana for 2014, sources have told ESPN New York.

The talks with all the teams are in the preliminary stages.


Should the Yankees pursue Johan Santana?


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Santana, 34, has not pitched in two of the past three seasons because of shoulder surgery. In 2012, he threw the first no-hitter in Mets history before injuring his shoulder again.

According to a baseball official, another of his former teams, the Minnesota Twins, has expressed interest in Santana. The other five teams are the Tampa Bay Rays, the Baltimore Orioles, the Kansas City Royals, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Like other clubs, the Yankees could possibly offer Santana an incentive-laden non-roster invitee contract. Santana's agent, Peter Greenberg, has told teams Santana is interested in signing a contract now if a club separates itself from the pack. If not, Santana is expected to throw in January to showcase himself.

If he is willing to shave his facial hair, the Yankees could be a good match for Santana because they are in need of starters. As it stands right now, they have three starters in CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Ivan Nova. Joe Girardi confirmed Tuesday that Michael Pineda, David Phelps, Vidal Nuno and Adam Warren will compete for the fifth spot.

The Yankees would be players for Masahiro Tanaka, if he is posted. At this point, they are not in on the top MLB free-agent pitchers, but could go after someone like Paul Maholm.

Back in 2007, before the Twins traded the lefty to the Mets, the Yankees and Minnesota had talks for Santana. The Yankees were hesitant to give up Phil Hughes in a possible trade. This offseason, Hughes signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the Twins. Santana was not fully keen on the Yankees because he likes facial hair.

It is possible now that Santana could be a replacement for Hughes in the Bronx.

Senator Leiter? Al would be interested

June, 4, 2013
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Getty ImagesAl Leiter is a long shot to replace New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
With the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie can appoint Lautenberg's replacement. While a long shot, former Yankees and Mets pitcher Al Leiter has been mentioned for the job.

“Who wouldn’t be interested if the governor of your state for whatever reason of their due process thought [you were] worthy, in their opinion?” Leiter, currently an announcer both for the YES Network and the MLB Network, told “So, yeah, I would be interested.”

Leiter, 47, has known Christie, a Mets fan, for a long time. Leiter, like Christie, is a Republican. He has campaigned for Christie in their home state. He was a member of Christie's transition team after the election and served on the New Jersey Sports, Gaming and Entertainment Committee. Leiter was also nominated by Christie and approved by the state Senate to be a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame Commission.

During the last presidential election, through his connection to Christie, Leiter attended fundraisers for Mitt Romney.

The appointment by Christie is expected to become a big national issue because of the Jersey governor's presidential aspirations. Christie said on Tuesday that there will be a special election this year to allow voters to choose Lautenberg's long-term replacement.

First Pitch: Who should go?

May, 30, 2013

Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis are expected back with the Yankees on Friday.

Given that the Yankees, who have lost four straight, can’t score many runs right now, that’s a good thing.

Andy Pettitte is supposed to join them sometime next week.

That said, who do you think should go to make room for the veteran trio?

Of note: Manager Joe Girardi said he wants to carry 12 pitchers. The Yankees are currently carrying 13, which means two hurlers have to be subtracted to meet that number.

Here are the likely candidates:

Vidal Nuno: Nuno, a 25-year-old left-hander, gets the start on Thursday night against the Mets. He is 1-1 with 1.93 ERA in four games (two starts). With Pettitte returning to the rotation, Nuno is the obvious candidate to be pulled out.

Preston Claborne: Claborne, a 25-year-old right-hander, retired all five batters he faced in place of an ineffective David Phelps Wednesday night. Claborne has allowed just one run over 14 2/3 innings since his promotion from the minors, which equates to a 0.61 ERA. It would be tough to send him down, but with Joba Chamberlain back, he may have to go.

Ivan Nova: Nova, 26, was impressive in relief of Phelps, allowing just one run and striking out six over five effective innings. His season ERA is down to 5.16. It was a great step toward eventually returning to the rotation. But would Nova be better-served starting every five days in Triple-A?

Reid Brignac: Brignac is hitting just .071 since being acquired by the Yankees. His versatility on defense is nice, but that’s about it.

David Adams: Adams, 26, has played quite well since being called up, hitting .265. He can’t play shortstop but can man third, second and first base if necessary. Doesn’t look like he’s going to stick around with a glut of corner infielders already on the roster.

Again, what moves do you think the Yankees should make? Let us know in the comments section below.

UP NOW: Wallace Matthews writes that Teixeira and Youkilis coming back is nice, but their returns won’t fix all the Yankees’ problems. I did a blog which mainly focuses on Phelps’ poor outing. And Kieran Darcy has the latest on the surging Metropolitans.

ON DECK: Andrew Marchand, Adam Rubin and Ian O’Connor have you covered for as the 2013 version of the Subway Series comes to a close Thursday night in the Bronx. It’ll be Nuno (1-1, 1.93 ERA) for the Yankees going against Mets righty Dillon Gee (2-6, 6.34). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.
The field is covered, the rain is coming down hard, and tonight's Yankees-Mets game at Citi Field is obviously not going to start on time. No word from the Mets as to an estimated starting time, although earlier it was being said that there was "a window" of playability between 7:30 and 9 p.m. But from my window in the press box, that sounds incredibly optimistic. Check in periodically for updates.

UPDATE: The game is scheduled to begin at 8:40 p.m.

Wright vs. Cano: Who is better?

March, 14, 2013
David Wright/Robinson CanoDavid Santiago/Getty ImagesDavid Wright and Robinson Cano meet in a WBC battle on Thursday night.
Robinson Cano enters Thursday night once again putting up numbers that seem more fitting for a Wiffle Ball Classic. Just like last September in the Bronx, when he hit .615 (24-for-39) in the final nine games of the regular season, Cano is abusing pitchers with ungodly numbers.

He is 16-for-26 so far in the Wiffle World Baseball Classic, which, wouldn’t you know it, works out to be a .615 average.


Who would you rather have on your team?


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Meanwhile, David Wright hit a grand slam to beat Italy in the first round and has added another six RBIs, which gives him the most of any player in the tourney with 10. His average isn’t shabby either at .438.

The Mighty Cano vs. Captain America.

Get used to it, New York baseball fans.

This is the theme of Thursday night’s matchup, but it could be the foundation of a renewed Yankees-Mets rivalry over the coming years. If Cano re-signs with the Yankees, he will become the new face of the franchise. Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez may still be around, but it is Cano, 30, who is the undisputed best player and, if inked, will be here for the long haul.

Wright, also 30, will be on the Mets’ marquee into the 2020s. His eight-year, $138 million deal guarantees that. If the Mets’ young pitching can eventually lead to a renaissance, Wright will have a chance to win a ring or two and really be the Mets' Jeter.

Wright and Cano are similar players. In 2012, according to FranGraphs, they both were worth 7.8 Wins Above Replacement. On Thursday, they will be the leading forces for each of their countries -- the USA and the Dominican Republic, respectively. They both have a special pride in doing so, and as key figures on the Big Apple baseball teams, they make for one of those beautiful New York baseball debates.

QUESTION: Who would you rather have over the next eight years? Cano or Wright?

Strawberry chat at 2 p.m.

February, 25, 2013
If you want to chat with Darryl Strawberry you can do so at 2 p.m.

Just click here on SportsNation and be ready to fire away at the former Met and Yankee.

Worst MLB contracts: A-Rod, Tex, Bay

October, 25, 2012

The truth is, there aren’t really any terrible contracts in baseball. There are bad contracts and bad players getting overpaid, sure, but as we’ve seen in recent years, teams can still win with the most burdensome of deals on their ledger and have even been able to offload some of the worst contracts.

Remember all the mocking the Giants incurred on the Barry Zito deal? Seven years and $126 million for a finesse left-hander? Has Zito been worth the money? No, he’s barely been a replacement-level pitcher during his six years with the Giants, with a 3.9 WAR and no seasons with an ERA under 4.00. But the contract wasn’t a franchise-killer. The Giants won the World Series in 2010 (although Zito didn’t pitch in the postseason) and have a chance to win again in 2012 (with help from Zito this time).

When the Blue Jays signed Vernon Wells to a seven-year, $126 extension after his big 2006 season, it seemed like a reasonable deal for a two-way center fielder in his prime. Wells has produced a .256/.305/439 line since, but the Jays were still able to deal the final four years of his contract to the Angels.

The $142 million the Red Sox gave Carl Crawford immediately turned into a disaster, as Crawford played poorly his first season and battled injuries in his second. Still, the Red Sox managed to dump Crawford by packaging him with Adrian Gonzalez. As P.T. Barnum said ...

So you get the idea. That said, here are 10 contracts I’d rather not be paying out.

1. Alex Rodriguez, 10 years, $275 million
2. Ryan Howard, 5 years, $125 million
3. Carl Crawford, 7 years, $142 million
4. Jayson Werth, 7 years, $126 million
5. Albert Pujols, 10 years, $240 million
6. Adrian Gonzalez, 7 years, $154 million
7. Mark Teixeira, 8 years, $180 million
8. Joe Mauer, 8 years, $184 million
9. Vernon Wells, 7 years, $126 million
10. Contract of your choice, too many years, too much money: Jason Bay, John Lackey, Chone Figgins ... even if these deals have only a year or two left, if you’re a fan of these teams, you know the aggravation factor. So fill in the blank here with the contract you love to despise.

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It is pouring at Citi Field

June, 22, 2012
It is 6:41 p.m. here at Citi Field, and it is pouring rain. The tarp is on the field, and it's unlikely tonight's Subway Series game will start on time.
We asked our bloggers, Mark Simon and Katie Sharp from ESPN Stats & Information, to take a closer look at the most intriguing storylines of this series.

What intrigues you most about Friday’s game?

Sharp: Can the Yankee lefties take Jonathon Niese deep?

Niese has allowed one home run to the 46 left-handed batters he’s faced this season, but that longball came in his most recent start against the Reds.

Yankee lefties have combined to hit 11 homers off same-handed pitchers, the most among all MLB teams. Curtis Granderson has seven of them this year, but has yet to homer off Niese in six career at-bats.

Simon: Will the Mets be able to resist Andy Pettitte’s slider.

Of the 20 sliders Pettitte threw with two strikes to Mets hitters, only four ended up in the strike zone. Yet, Pettitte recorded seven strikeouts with the pitch.

The Mets were actually better than most teams in terms of knowing when to chase that pitch (they swung at 41 percent of his out-of-zone sliders), but they’ll either need to be better, or avoid getting to those counts in the first place to have a successful night.

What intrigues you most about Saturday’s game?

Sharp: If Ivan Nova can continue his remarkable streak of excellent pitching performances in road interleague games.

Nova is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA in four career interleague starts away from Yankee Stadium.

He is the first pitcher to start his career winning his first four road interleague starts while allowing no more than one run in each outing. The only other pitcher with a streak like that at any point in his career is Jamie Moyer, who had a similar four-start streak from 2002-04.

Simon: How many fly balls Chris Young allows that would have been home runs or extra-base hits in Yankee Stadium.

Young’s style is such that he allows a lot of fly balls, with a batted-ball breakdown of 36 flies, 22 grounders and 10 liners. In Yankee Stadium, about one of every seven fly balls leaves the park. In Citi Field, the rate is about one of every 12.

To his credit, Young has not allowed a homer in his first three starts. I’d expect that to change on Saturday night.

What intrigues you most about Sunday’s game?

Sharp: Can the Yankees solve R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball?

Dickey shut down the Yankees in two starts against them last year (two earned runs over 11 innings), but this is the first time he faces them in 2012.

Raul Ibanez and Alex Rodriguez have been able to hit Dickey in the past. Ibanez is the only player with three homers off the knuckleballer; A-Rod is 6-for-13 (.462) with two doubles against him.

However, the Yankee switch-hitters (Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher) have not had much success against Dickey, going a combined 3-for-21 (.143) with six strikeouts and seven groundouts.

Simon: CC Sabathia's hitting.

Sabathia is 2-for-14 and hitless in his last nine at-bats as a Yankees hitter in regular-season play. That’s not like him. Prior to coming to the Yankees, Sabathia hit .259 with three home runs in 59 at-bats.

R.A. Dickey needs to know that grooving an 85 mile-per-hour fastball over the middle, like he might do against other pitchers, is not necessarily the best option against Sabathia.



Masahiro Tanaka
13 2.77 141 136
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146