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Rob Manfred Says Baseball Doesn’t Have a Free Agency Crisis

“The process of putting together a competitive team looks a little different,” he said. “Fans have to get used to that different process and have a little faith in the people that are running their clubs.”Players have been frustrated...

Tim Tebow Takes Another Step With the Mets (and Avoids Sprinklers This Time)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Ed Hobson stood up in the bleachers along the first-base line at Field 7 in the Mets’ spring training facility Saturday morning, having driven 300 miles to monitor one man.“Hoping to meet St. Timothy,”...

Luis Severino Agrees to 4-Year Deal as Yankees Try to Lock Up Young Core

He has thrown at least 191 innings each of the last two seasons and posted a combined E.R.A. of 3.18 across both years. In that stretch, the Yankees were 44-19 in games he started.“He’s a great pitcher,” said Manager...

Jacob deGrom Wants to Stay in Queens. What More Do the Mets Need to...

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Jacob deGrom was the best in the world at his job last season. For that, the Mets gave him a raise of almost $10 million.That is basically what they had to do, considering his...

Gary Sanchez Enters Yankees Camp in Great Shape, but Still an Enigma

TAMPA, Fla. — Near the end of his batting practice on Thursday afternoon, Gary Sanchez sent a home run off the left field scoreboard at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The sparse crowd watching from the stands applauded. Some cheered...

Yankees Enter Spring Training With a Bitter Taste and High Expectations

TAMPA, Fla. — Nearly an hour before Yankees Manager Aaron Boone sat down for his first news conference of spring training on Wednesday, a sports book released its early odds for the 2019 World Series champion.Granted, the baseball world...

From a Church in Philadelphia, Sports Reference Informs the World

Forman, who has contributed to The New York Times’s baseball coverage in the past, expanded his endeavor by creating Sports Reference in 2004. Three years later he formalized loose affiliations with Pro-Football-Reference (founded by Doug Drinen in 2000) and...

10 M.L.B. Story Lines to Ponder While Waiting for Free Agents to Sign

In absence of a boardwalk fortune-telling machine, we can’t predict where all those players will end up, and how the spring training story lines will change. For now, here are 10 sources of intrigue:BOSTON RED SOX The Red Sox...

In the Case of Kyler Murray, the A’s Bet Big and Lost

The Oakland Athletics were overjoyed to choose Kyler Murray with the ninth pick in the baseball draft last June.“We just don’t see athletes like this on the baseball field very often,” their scouting director, Eric Kubota, said then, praising...

Adam Ottavino’s Harlem Hide-Out – The New York Times

The ambient pop of a catcher’s mitt greets you before you see the interior of the Lab. Inside the unmarked door on St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, past the canvas tarp blacking out the windows and around the ladder...

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Miguel Cabrera faces pitcher for 1st time since June arm injury

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera hit against a pitcher Monday for the first time since rupturing a tendon in his left biceps on June...