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  1. Available pinch-hitters

    Doug Mittler

    In an era of increased specialization, one of baseball's unique jobs is not faring well in general. While offense is down throughout the game, pinch hitters are struggling at an even higher rate in 2014. Entering Tuesday, pinch hitters were hittin...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  2. Making room for d'Arnaud

    Doug Mittler

    Convinced that Travis d'Arnaud has regained his stroke, the New York Mets will recall their Opening Day catcher in time for Tuesday night's opener of a two-game series against Oakland. D'Arnaud hit .436 (24-for-55) with eight doubles, six homers a...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  3. Long Triple-A stint for d'Arnaud?

    Doug Mittler

    The New York Mets turned some heads late Saturday night when they sent struggling catcher Travis d'Arnaud to Triple-A Las Vegas. Manager Terry Collins only added to the surprise Sunday by admitting it may be "a while" before d'Arnaud is back in the m...

    Blog | June 09, 2014
  4. What's next for Syndergaard?

    Doug Mittler

    Monday was a day to forget for the New York Mets, who coughed up an eighth inning lead in a 5-3 loss to the Pirates. Jose Valverde was the main culprit in a bullpen meltdown and was promptly released after the game. Hitting coach Dave Hudgens also ...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  5. LaRocque on La Russa's wish list?

    Doug Mittler

    Tony La Russa is still getting his feet wet in his new job as chief baseball officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but could he turn to a familiar face in St. Louis as part of a front-office reshuffling? Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says there ...

    Blog | May 26, 2014
  6. Impact of Gee's setback

    Doug Mittler

    Injured New York Mets starter Dillon Gee did not throw a bullpen session on Sunday as planned, leaving no clear sign as to when he will return from the disabled list. Gee was off to a solid start with a 3-1 record and a 2.73 ERA before landing on...

    Blog | May 26, 2014
  7. Making room for Abreu

    Doug Mittler

    Bobby Abreu's long journey back to the major leagues is complete after the 40-year-old was called up by the New York Mets on Sunday night. Abreu, who last played in the majors in 2012 with the Dodgers, was hitting .395 with four doubles, a home ru...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  8. Ike's role in Pittsburgh

    Doug Mittler

    The Pittsburgh Pirates needed an upgrade at first base and Ike Davis needed a change of scenery. The two sides finally came together Friday night when the Bucs acquired Davis from the New York Mets for or pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be name...

    Blog | April 19, 2014
  9. Milwaukee Brewers Carlos Gomez, Arizona Diamondbacks Gerardo Parr...

    Doug Mittler

    In ESPN The Magazine's Money Issue, Doug Mittler writes that as new defensive metrics gain relevance in MLB, bargain players like Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra won't be underpaid for long.

    Story | Conversation | April 16, 2014
  10. How Mets might deal with OF shortage

    Doug Mittler

    Prior to Monday's game in Arizona, New York Mets manager Terry Collins discussed the juggling game he would perform when outfielder Chris Young comes off the disabled list later this week. But surplus quickly became shortage when Juan Lagares and Cur...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  11. Mets interested in Abreu?

    Doug Mittler

    Unable to land a roster spot with the Philadelphia Phillies, 40-year-old Bobby Abreu could land a minor league deal with the New York Mets. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweets the Mets are considering adding Abreu as "outfield insurance" and would ...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  12. Possible destinations for Rollins

    Doug Mittler

    Is the spring training feud between Jimmy Rollins and Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg nearing a tipping point? Rollins was benched on three successive days last week by Sandberg, who has downplayed any talk of a rift. But ESPN The Magazine's Bust...

    Blog | March 18, 2014
  13. Could D-backs deal for a pitcher?

    Doug Mittler

    The Arizona Diamondbacks got the worst possible news regarding Patrick Corbin, who could be lost for the season after an MRI revealed a tear to the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Corbin was scheduled to start on Opening Day in Australia a...

    Blog | March 17, 2014
  14. Mets want Drew only at a discount

    Doug Mittler

    Instead of being in a big league camp right now, Stephen Drew is working out at the new Scott Boras training facility in North Miami later as the free agent shortstop awaits his destination for 2014. The New York Mets, currently set to go with the...

    Blog | February 22, 2014
  15. Mets kick tires on Hanrahan?

    Doug Mittler

    The New York Mets say they are still in the market for some late-inning bullpen help, even if the market is closing fast. The Mets had been in contact with the representatives for Fernando Rodney, but the former Rays closer agreed to a two-year de...

    Blog | February 08, 2014
  16. Mariners, O's eye Rodney?

    Doug Mittler

    While the list of available free agent starters remains plentiful, the market of viable closer candidates is essentially down to Fernando Rodney, who has 85 saves the last two seasons for thee Tampa Bay Rays. The Seattle Mariners, built to win now...

    Blog | February 04, 2014