Baseball Hall of Fame countdown: Time for DH Edgar Martinez to join elite fraternity?

USA TODAY Sports is counting down the top 10 candidates on the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot in advance of the Jan. 22 election results. The countdown is based on voting by our power rankings panel, which includes five Hall voters. No. 5 (tie): Edgar Martinez Martinez was a consummate hitter during his 18-year career spent with the Seattle […]

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Mel Stottlemyre, Yankees’ Ace During Lean Years, Dies at 77

Mel Stottlemyre, the Yankees’ pitching ace in their lean years of the late 1960s and early ’70s and later the longtime pitching coach for Mets and Yankees teams that won the World Series, died on Sunday in a Seattle hospital. He was 77. His wife, Jean Stottlemyre, said the cause was complications of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer […]

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Baseball Doesn't Need Collusion To Turn Off The Hot Stove

The baseball panic is rising. With every additional day that Bryce Harper and Manny Machado go unsigned—and Dallas Keuchel and Mike Moustakas and A.J. Pollock and Craig Kimbrel—the drumbeat strengthens: Something is wrong here. After all, as has been pointed out here, every team could use a Manny Machado and none of them would go bankrupt by signing him, while […]

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Jacob deGrom gets record raise in arbitration

Jacob deGrom’s historic season with the Mets has wrought a payout just as impressive. The National League Cy Young Award winner avoided arbitration with the team Friday by agreeing to a one-year contract for 2019 worth $17 million, according to an industry source. It’s a record increase for an arbitration-eligible player. Last season deGrom earned $7.4 million. DeGrom finished last […]

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Tim Tebow engaged to former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

Tim Tebow took Miss Universe off the market. On Thursday, the Mets prospect and Heisman Trophy winner announced his engagement to beauty queen Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. “@demileighnp Thank you for saying YES and making me the happiest man in the world. You’re the love of my life, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you,” Tebow, […]

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How David Wright’s restructured deal opens up millions for Mets

In his first move in his new job, David Wright … saved the Mets money? He did. An industry source confirmed (while also amending) information displayed in the popular website Cot’s Baseball Contracts — known more as a database than a reporting outlet — that Wright, whom the Mets formally released on Monday as they named him a special adviser […]

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College student in hell since Trevor Bauer Twitter war

The college student at the center of Trevor Bauer’s bizarre Twitter troll campaign said he crossed the line. Texas State senior Nikki Giles said her last three days have been ruined and full of tears due to Bauer’s harassment, which all started after she told the Indians All-Star that he wasn’t her favorite baseball player. “It has definitely ruined my […]

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Yankees and Zach Britton Agree on a 3-Year Deal

The Yankees retained one of their best relievers, reaching an agreement Saturday night on a contract with the left-hander Zach Britton. The deal guarantees Britton three years and $39 million. The agreement was confirmed by a person with direct knowledge of the deal who was not authorized to comment publicly until Britton passes a physical examination. The Yankees will have […]

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Bryce Harper pursuit murky as ever with Nationals back in picture

The more we learn about the Bryce Harper free-agency pursuit, the more muddled it gets. The Dodgers traded away assets that cleared cash and an outfield spot for Harper, and the slugging outfielder helpfully liked a post indicating Los Angeles was the favorite to sign him. But all has been quiet on the Dodgers front since they sent outfielders Yasiel […]

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