Well, here's a piece of news that could have serious implications in the NL East. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the New York Mets are moving on from Yoenis Cespedes after just half-a-season, as the talented outfielder has priced himself way out of their range.
Heyman says the Mets are still seeking a right-handed outfielder, but it will not be Cespedes. He described their hopes of re-signing him as "over."
Barring something unforeseen, it appears the Mets are going to be losing their best hitter. Cespedes, 30, was traded to New York at the deadline in July from the Detroit Tigers. He made an immediate impact and ended up batting .287 with 17 homers and 44 RBI in 57 games with the Mets.
New York was a good team before they acquired Cespedes, but offense was their biggest weakness. He helped transform their lineup into one of the best in baseball and one that set a franchise record for home runs in the month of August.
Losing Cespedes would change the dynamic for a Mets team that has plenty of pitching, but faces uncertainty in their lineup. Daniel Murphy is also a free agent and does not appear to be heading back to New York. Unless they replace Cespedes and Murphy with comparable pieces, there will be a drop-off.
There are still two months left in the offseason and over three months left until Opening Day, so things can change. But right not it looks like the Mets could be letting one of their most important players walk this winter.
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Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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