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Seattle Mariners Sign Catcher Chris Iannetta to 2016 Contract

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto brought in a name that he was quite familiar with over the last few years, signing free agent catcher Chris Iannetta to a 1-year contract through the 2016 season. Iannetta, 32, hit .188 with 28 runs, 10 doubles, 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 92 games with the Angels last season. (Seattle Mariners)

Yankees hitting coach sees sustainability in Ackley’s late-season improvements

There’s a reason Dustin Ackley didn’t cost much at the trade deadline. Two soon-to-be-out-of-options minor leaguers were enough to acquire a former No. 2 overall draft pick only because Ackley was hitting just .215/.270/.366 in Seattle, and his big league track record suggested he wasn’t capable of much more. (LoHud Yankees Blog)

Yankees' Adam Warren: 'I want to be a starter'

Adam Warren has made up his mind. If Warren had his way, he'd open next season in the Yankees' starting rotation — not the bullpen. "I want to be a starter," Warren said. Warren, 28, will enter spring training as a starting pitcher and will have a chance — for the fourth consecutive year — to compete for spot in what's expected to be a crowded race to enter the rotation. (NJ.com)

Why The New York Mets Would Be Foolish To Trade Matt Harvey

After a phenomenal return season which earned him the NL Comeback Player of the Year award, the world of social media has already speculated that New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is on the trading block. Seriously? Matt Harvey on the trading block? This might be the most foolish thing I have ever heard. (Elite Sports NY)

What will Matt Harvey’s 216 innings mean for next year?

In the end, Matt Harvey decimated any projected innings limitations and wanted to keep going. The Mets right-hander finished the year with 216 innings pitched, including the postseason — a number that might have seemed inconceivable in spring training when team officials were discussing a workload for Harvey in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. (New York Post)

UNC Lacrosse, Baseball Partipate In Vs. Cancer Event Saturday

This weekend will mark the third year that the UNC men’s lacrosse and baseball teams are helping with the fight against childhood cancer, joining forces with the Vs. Cancer Foundation. All proceeds will benefit UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The teams will celebrate their efforts on Saturday, November 7 when the players will all shave their heads at 10 a.m. at Tar Heel Town. (GoHeels.com)

Matt Harvey Named Comeback Player of the Year

Six weeks after starting the 2013 MLB All Star Game, Matt Harvey was diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2014 season. Harvey rebounded strongly this season, and as a result, he was recognized as the National League Comeback Players of the Year on Thursday by Major League Baseball. (MLB.com)

No more innings-limit debate for Matt Harvey and the Mets next season

For all the talk about Matt Harvey's innings this season, the lasting image will be of an inning he started and didn't finish: the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series. Because he faced two batters and did not record an out in the ninth, that inning will not appear officially in Harvey's total of 216 in the regular season and postseason. According to ESPN, that's the most any pitcher ever has thrown in the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. (Newsday)

Peter Gammons: Matt Harvey was The Guy

When it came to the start that could postpone winter, the start the Mets could not lose, Matt Harvey walked to the mound like Justin Verlander, John Smoltz or Pedro Martinez, beyond doubt, above frustration. When he finished the eighth inning in a blaze and with a 2-0 lead, it was not his arm or his innings that did in the Mets, it was that Matt Harvey was the guy, the man who wanted to do it himself. (Gammons Daily)

Matt Harvey brilliant in World Series Game 5

Even though the World Series is over and the Mets didn't win it, long after snow covers Citi Field, the memory of what Matt Harvey did Sunday night in Game 5 will live on for a very, very long time. The Mets won't be traveling the Canyon of Heroes, thanks to their 7-2, 12-inning loss to the Royals, but they had a chance into the ninth because of Harvey. (Newsday)

Mets' Matt Harvey on staying in Game 5: 'I wanted it bad'

The New York Mets completed eight innings on Sunday night in precisely the fashion they hoped they would. A pair of runs against an excellent Edinson Volquez gave the team a 2-0 lead. Matt Harvey, asked to pitch the team back to Kansas City, struck out nine over eight scoreless innings. The impressive Jeurys Familia stood ready in the bullpen. All that remained was for the door to swing open. (USA Today)

Mets manager Terry Collins second guesses decision to keep Matt Harvey in Game 5

Matt Harvey raced out of the dugout, skipped over the base path and ascended the mound to the roar of a Citi Field crowd whose chants of his name were a vocal bat symbol summoning their Dark Knight to quell the insurgent Royals’ inevitable rally before it began. (USA Today)

Matt Harvey falters in the ninth as Mets' World Series hopes die

The two words were clear to any amateur lip reader, and be honest: If you were watching this Mets game, watching the way starter Matt Harvey had tied the Royals in knots for eight brilliant innings, you were probably thinking the same thing. "No way." That is what Harvey said to manager Terry Collins in the dugout in Game 5 of the World Series. (NJ.com)

Mets' Matt Harvey can finally pitch like it's his last game — because it is

But as Harvey prepares to pitch Game 5 of the World Series, the now portion of the now-and-later balance can be assessed. And for Harvey’s part, it couldn’t have gone any better. Harvey pitched once in the National League Division Series, once in the National League Championship Series, and now faces his final start of the season on normal rest, the schedule he prefers. (USA Today)

Now would be good time for Matt Harvey to be Mr. November

The ball, the season, the hopes and dreams of the New York Mets and a fan base that has waited 29 years for a world championship — they all rest on the broad shoulders of Matt Harvey. With the Mets on death’s door, Gotham desperately needs its Dark Knight on Sunday night. It is up to Harvey to keep the Royals, 5-3 comeback winners Saturday night, from dancing on a Citi Field grave and spraying champagne all over the visiting clubhouse (New York Post)

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