The Mets had made it a habit in recent years to value "name" players, and only those available right away. Earlier in this offseason the Mets signed Mike Cameron and Kazuo Matsui to reasonable deals, but the Mets have been skittish about expanding the payroll too much farther. The Mets have recently completed the signing of outfielder Karim Garcia to a premium deal. (Free Preview of Premium Content)
January 21, 2004
The deadline to offer contracts to arbitration-eligible players passed Saturday night at midnight, and some interesting choices were made. The Yankees didn't offer contracts to OF Karim Garcia and David Dellucci, ending their tenures with the Yankees, but they did offer contracts to some of their other players.
December 21, 2003
With the offseason well under way, some changes are likely going to be made to the Yankees in the next few months. While the 2003 season is a nice memory, it's time to start looking forward to next season. With that, I bring you the Yankees 2004 Outlook. Part two will deal with the outfielders.
November 13, 2003
The Red Sox and Yankees just can't seem to play a simple game of baseball. On the night with perhaps the most emotionally important pitching matchup, both benches cleared and Pedro Martinez knocked Don Zimmer down during the melee. The important thing though is that the Yankees defeated Boston and Pedro by a final score of 4-3, taking a two games to one lead in the ALCS.
October 11, 2003
Karim Garcia's RBI double in the top of the eighth inning sent the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Yanks bounced back from two-straight losses to the Jays behind a gutsy pitching performance from Jose Contreras. Garcia also drove in the Yankees' first run of the game in the second inning.
September 4, 2003
There had to be something wrong with the field on Tuesday. Despite a very strange defensive game, the Yankees and Andy Pettitte (15-7) picked up the team's sixth consecutive victory against the Royals. Pettitte was strong for six-plus innings and the Bombers connected on three homeruns to down Kansas City 6-3.
August 19, 2003