With closer David Robertson set to hit free agency, the Yankees are expected to make him a qualifying offer of $15.3 million before Monday's 5 p.m. deadline. If Robertson declines the offer and signs with another team, the Yankees will receive draft-pick compensation in return.
Lucas Duda will join the MLB All-Stars during their tour of Japan, the Mets announced. The All-Stars begin play on Nov. 11 and take part in five games against various Japanese squads. "It's an honor for me to be part of this team," Duda said in a release. "It should be a great experience."
Before the Nets' opener, Brook Lopez appeared to be on track to return after missing time in the preseason with a sprain in his surgically repaired right foot. But with Lopez continuing to experience discomfort, there's added concern that the center may be out for an extended time.
Daniel Murphy is no stranger to hearing his name involved in potential trades, but will these rumors turn into something more this offseason? With the emergence of Dilson Herrera, the Mets may have an expendable asset in Murphy, who is scheduled to make $8 million next season.
The Rangers' problems down the middle could be alleviated soon with the return of Derek Stepan to the lineup. The 24-year-old center practiced Thursday for the first time since fracturing his fibula on Sept. 24. Head coach Alain Vigneault believes Stepan will rejoin the team next weekend.
With a limited number of defensemen thanks to Dan Boyle's injury and John Moore's suspension, the Rangers may shake up their blue line. Normally paired with Kevin Klein, Marc Staal saw more time with Dan Girardi on Monday. That arrangement could continue Saturday vs. the Jets.
Time will tell, but the Knicks probably are not as bad as they looked Wednesday in Chicago or as good as they looked Thursday against LeBron James in Cleveland. With a new coach and a new system, the team needs time to jell before anyone rushes to judgment, good or bad.