Star pitching trio join Hall of Fame ballot (AFP)

The Baseball Hall of Fame announced 17 new names for its 2015 ballot on Monday, including Cy Young Award-winning pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. Also among the newcomers to the lineup that a media panel will consider for entry into the sporting honor shrine next year are sluggers Gary Sheffield and Carlos Delgado, and shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.

Posted under mlb

This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on November 24, 2014

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz on Hall of Fame ballot (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz are among 17 newcomers on baseball's 2015 Hall of Fame ballot.

Posted under mlb

This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on November 24, 2014

Athletics acquire 1B Ike Davis from Pirates (The Associated Press)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics filled their second key position in five days Sunday, acquiring first baseman Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for international bonus slot 27.

Posted under mlb

This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on November 23, 2014

Pirates designate Ike Davis for assignment (The Associated Press)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pirates have designated first baseman Ike Davis for assignment and have added pitcher Jameson Taillon to the 40-man roster.

Posted under mlb

This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on November 20, 2014

Otani cutting his teeth in Japan but MLB beckons (Reuters)

By Junko Fujita SAPPORO Japan (Reuters) - Shohei Otani has made waves in Japan by throwing strikes and smashing home runs for the Nippon Ham Fighters, but the 'Double Sworded Samurai' may have to give up one of his weapons if he is to realize his dream of making it big in Major League Baseball. In his second season with the Fighters, the lanky right hander won a team-best 11 games with two shutouts, throwing 160 kph (100mph) fastballs and recording a 2.61 earned run average. The 20-year-old's prowess with the bat has also been a boon for the Fighters. ...

Posted under mlb

This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on November 19, 2014

Foo Fighters plan US baseball stadium tour (AFP)

The Foo Fighters, touring to promote an album that delves into the roots of US music, will play some of the country's most historic baseball stadiums starting next year. The band, led by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, on Tuesday announced shows on July 18 and 19 at Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball and home of the Boston Red Sox. A show at another historic stadium, the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field, was earlier announced and is sold out. The band also announced a concert at the more modern Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

Posted under mlb

This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on November 18, 2014

Mets move in fences at Citi Field for 2nd time (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mired in a streak of six straight losing seasons and hoping to boost offense, the New York Mets are moving in their fences at Citi Field for the second time.

Posted under mlb

This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on November 18, 2014

Indians sign pair of pitchers (The Associated Press)

CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have signed free agent pitchers Shaun Marcum and Dustin Molleken to minor league contracts with non-roster invitations to training camp.

Posted under mlb

This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on November 18, 2014

Jason Heyward deal a classic baseball trade that makes sense for both clubs (Yahoo Sports)

The Braves are re-evaluating their place in the NL East, while the Cardinals are focused on winning it all.

Posted under mlb

This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on November 17, 2014

Terry Collins thinks Mets will make playoffs in 2015 (Big League Stew)

It's November, which means optimism is running wild around Major League Baseball. Yes, that even includes the New York Mets camp. Despite six straight losing seasons, there's a real feeling within the organization that they've finally turned the corner after winning 79 games and tying for second place in the NL East in 2014. A feeling manager Terry Collins is so confident about, he's already planning on playing games beyond the first weekend in October next season. From the New York Daily News:   “We should be playing in October,” the manager said this week, not referring to the four regular-season October games the Mets have in 2015. “Our young guys are starting to grow, with the addition of some offense, and ... we’re not done. I don’t think (GM) Sandy (Alderson) by any means (is done)... we’re going to make some more moves before spring training starts,” Collins said. “I think 2015 is going to be a good year for us.” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson pulled off the first stunning move of the offseason, signing Michael Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million deal on Nov. 10. Committing that money to a 35-year-old outfielder - and giving up a draft pick for a qualifying free agent - was a clear indication Alderson and company feel they're just a few pieces away from contending in the short term. Where they look next for offensive help will be interesting to see. They're rumored to be seeking a trade for a proven shortstop, with names like Troy Tulowitzki and Alexei Ramirez being connected. New York already has a pair of offensive cornerstones locked in at the corners with All-Star David Wright at third and Lucas Duda emerging at first base. Of course, it's New York's strong core of young pitching that really has people excited. Jacob deGrom moved to the head of that class by earning NL Rookie of the Year honors in 2014. Zack Wheeler, 24, is another young arm who performed well in his first full season, posting a 3.54 ERA. They also fully expect to get a healthy Matt Harvey back following Tommy John surgery in October 2013. That trio, along with veterans Bartolo Colon and Dillon Gee, makes for a respectable rotation. You read Collins' comments and your instinct might be to shrug them off. However, New York may be positioned as well as anyone to take the next step toward 85-90 wins. They aren't there quite yet. Not with the Washington Nationals holding firm atop the division, the Atlanta Braves still hanging around, and the Miami Marlins improving. But another big move, or two, may be all that's needed. Indeed, optimism abounds. And that's why we so enjoy the game of baseball.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

Posted under mlb

This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on November 16, 2014