Category: MLB

On Baseball: Big Benefit for the Opportunistic Mets: Their Division Looks Weak

The wisdom of those moves is debatable, of course. The Mets are paying the minimum salary for Gonzalez, a first baseman, instead of bidding for Eric Hosmer, the Keith Hernandez clone who slid his way into Flushing infamy by helping the Kansas City Royals win the 2015 World Series. Hosmer signed for eight years and…

The Red Sox Add a Slugger of Their Own, Signing J.D. Martinez

Martinez’s contract will be heavily front-loaded, guaranteeing him $50 million in the first two seasons before the first of two opt-out clauses. The structure is similar to another deal negotiated in recent days by Martinez’s agent, Scott Boras, who matched Eric Hosmer with the San Diego Padres. Hosmer got an eight-year, $144 million deal, but…

M.L.B. Puts a Limit on Mound Visits Per Game

The average time of a nine-inning game was 3 hours 5 minutes last season, about 14 minutes longer than the average game in 2010. Justin Verlander, the veteran pitcher for the Houston Astros, said catchers and pitchers meet more often now to combat sign stealing, which has become more sophisticated with advanced video technology. “The…