The only team that has paid a luxury tax in each of the 18 seasons it has existed said 2018 would be different. Then Giancarlo Stanton became available.
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Sandy Alderson, the Mets’ general manager, had criticized Smith last month but said the team was still “very high on Dominic.”
Giancarlo Stanton is no longer available, but with the winter meetings set to begin, deals for other players could soon develop. Think Manny Machado or Josh Harrison.
The former teammates with the Detroit Tigers were elected by the modern era committee and will be enshrined in Cooperstown together on July 29.
Manager Mike Scioscia said the team definitely plans to use Ohtani as a pitcher and batter, but the details must be worked out for Ohtani’s first season outside Japan.
The Yankees’ business model depends on must-see superstars. We have seen big acquisitions like Giancarlo Stanton’s before in the Bronx, but titles do not always follow.
Best known for the elbow surgery that is named after him, John now awaits the results of a vote on Sunday that could get him in the door at Cooperstown.
The National League’s most valuable player adds another powerful bat to a lineup that already has Judge. But Stanton also brings a huge contract with him.
The Marlins slugger used his no-trade clause to block potential deals with the Giants and Cardinals but is said to be willing to play for the Dodgers, Cubs, Astros or Yankees.
Seven major league teams made the final round in the bidding, and then the 23-year-old Ohtani made his decision. The losers included the Mariners, Dodgers and Cubs.
The signing of Japan’s best player could be a turning point for the Angels, a team still seeking the first playoff game of Trout’s career.
On the last day of the 1961 season, Roger Maris hit a Stallard fastball into Yankee Stadium’s right-field seats, breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs.
And now the questions to go with his signing: Is it Otani or Ohtani? Is he really a pitcher and a hitter? Is there precedent for such a player?
By agreeing to take Gordon’s salary off the books of the Miami Marlins, Seattle got an extra $1 million for their pursuit of Japan’s Shohei Ohtani.
Like several other current managers, Boone has no previous major league managing experience. But his broadcasting tenure may prove just as helpful.
He is 53 now and wore a red suit, a wig and a beard as part of a publicity stunt at a Manhattan nightclub that provided him with some extra money for the holidays.
Just about every major league club was interested in Ohtani, but he is said to have narrowed his options to seven clubs, five of which are on the West Coast.