Here’s the latest baseball news from both Big Apple teams…
- Both the Yankees and Rays made late pushes to sign right-hander Sergio Romo before he agreed to sign with the Dodgers, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reports. Romo, a southern California native, preferred to remain on the west coast, as FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman tweets. Heyman noted earlier that Romo had larger offers, including one from a “mystery” team that made a late increase in its offer to Romo. The New York Post’s Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that the Yankees never made a formal offer to Romo, so the late increase would’ve had to have come from Tampa Bay or perhaps another mystery team in the mix.
- There hasn’t been any change in the Yankees’ “file-and-trial” stance towards Dellin Betances’ arbitration hearing on February 17, George A. King III of the New York Post writes. “Nothing has changed, we haven’t talked. We have no intention of talking. It’s not close. Somebody else will make the decision,” GM Brian Cashman said. As King notes, other teams who have recently taken firm stances against negotiating prior to an arb hearing have instead worked out an agreement (such as the Royals and Kelvin Herrera or the Orioles and Kevin Gausman). Betances filed for a $5MM salary in 2017 while the Yankees countered with a $3MM proposal.
- In another piece from Joel Sherman, he looks at the contrast between how the Mets and Yankees are pursuing relief pitching upgrades. Both teams seem to be operating under stringent budgets, though the Mets showed flexibility and a bit more of a win-now mentality in adding Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas on deals that aren’t guaranteed beyond 2017. The Yankees, meanwhile, missed out on Romo and don’t seem to have much willingness to add another veteran arm to their bullpen unless that pitcher meets their asking price. It should be noted that the Yankees did make a big splash to sign Aroldis Chapman and, with the Chapman/Betances/Tyler Clippard trio in place at the end of games, the Yankees had less of a pressing need in the pen than the Mets did. Still, as Sherman points out, the Yankees would like to add another experienced reliever to both add depth to the bullpen and to possibly allow the team’s young starters to stay stretched out in Triple-A rather than requiring them for relief work.
- Better health from the rotation will be the biggest change to a Mets team that saw little roster turnover, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo writes. Yoenis Cespedes, Neil Walker, Salas and Blevins are all returning to a roster that managed to reach the NL wild card game in 2016 despite injuries to virtually every member of the starting staff. The Mets are aiming to keep their pitchers healthy by cutting short starts if necessary or skipping starts altogether, and by deploying a six-man rotation to keep everyone fresh. If the rotation is healthier, it stands to reason the Mets could equal or surpass their 87-win total from last season.
Wondering why more teams aren’t inquiring about Nate Jones. Not too old.
Cheap contract with extended team control and coming off a very successful season.
Would seem to be a perfect fit for Jays, Yankees, Mets and several others.
He’ll likely be a major candidate at the deadline this year.
It’ll take a boat load of prospects to get Jones. Think Giles trade last year.
No chance Jones brings back a Giles return. He’s 31, less team control, and has two good seasons to his name that are seperated by three injury filled and subpar years. He also won’t be closing as long as Robertson is still on the team, which slims his value as well
Jones will probably be the white sox closer. Robertson is probably going to be traded
Imagine Sergio romo on the Yankees. He’d have to take out all his piercings and cover up all his tattoos and shave and get a hair cut.
That would be horrible.
Romo on the Dodgers is a good fit for the Giants.
Keep telling yourself that and you might start believing it.
We’ll see, remember noone on the giants have ever faced romo
The Giants fans who comment on this site are incredibly obnoxious.
Really? Tell me when I’ve been obnoxious.
And what have i said that’s obnoxious?
Im here to talk about baseball.
Don’t assume I’m obnoxious just because I am a Giants fan on this site. I think every team has some obnoxious fans. But that wasn’t even obnoxious anyway.
Wow way to go slimjones92. The only obnoxious one in this site is you.
And I’m not even a Giants fan.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion good or bad, and even if they are small minded like you sir.
Wait so him calling people is obnoxious, but you saying he is is cool? Interesting standards there. Isn’t saying that the giants fans who comment on here are obnoxious his, you know, opinion? Which you just felt the need to post that everyone is entitled to.
Dear Chesteraarthur, slimjones92 made a comment that had no relevance or reason to post. “Giants fans who comments on this site are incredibly obnoxious.” Nothing I see here is negative or “obnoxious.” Just people talking baseball. Which I love. It’s my opinion. Just like his….
I Just felt the need to point out a hater, who’s hating for ZERO reason.
….Kinda like how you felt the need to stand up for him? For ZERO reason.
FYI ……jmgara, sfgiants49ers and wiggysf all commented asking what was obnoxious?….. No reply. Just crickets…..
This is like watching Jeff Kent in a Dodger uniform all over again.
Romo is still a good relief pitcher. Can still get batters out with hes slider.
Good luck to him.
The best way to discuss your love of baseball after an article is to ignore anyone here that wants to do something else.
Best of luck to Sergio, sorry to see him go. #forevergiant #hehasclass
I just can’t tell from this article where Joel Sherman works…is it the Times?