Supporting Actor: Derek Jeter? Here are the Baseball Oscars

It was a boring year for movies. Not at all for baseball.So our annual Baseball Oscars carry their usual wallop despite their cinematic inspiration being, well, not so inspiring.As always, we apply the actual Oscar categories — loosely, at least — to the past 365 days in baseball. And we

A guide for MLB free agents to thaw out the spending freeze

Major League Baseball, land of (relative) opportunity and parity, should be thankful The Post has to reach for an NBA analogy to aptly describe this current Hot Stove league: The owners are the Warriors of recent vintage, and the players are everyone else. Good grief, what a nuclear winter for

Predicting the next shock in MLB’s offseason of them

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The offseason officially began at 11:58 p.m. Nov. 1, when Jose Altuve flipped to Yuli Gurriel to retire Corey Seager and unleash a celebration of the Astros’ first World Series title. But forget official. The offseason really could not begin until the issues surrounding

The five-part argument for Mets making an Eric Hosmer splash

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Mets’ most direct route back to Playoffville features enough tolls to fill the Florida Turnpike from Wildwood to Florida City. Just as important, the same path will take them back to a locale (of sorts) where they have struggled mightily to establish permanent residency: Credibility. Yup,

Royals have to break up but won’t give up on everyone

The Royals knew this day was coming. Four of the everyday players from their 2014-15 AL champ/World Series championship team — Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas — are free agents, and all but Escobar were made qualifying offers that will be rejected by the

Explaining Eric Hosmer to the Red Sox and 29 other free-agent decisions

Free agency is upon us, and I’d be surprised if we got through next week’s general managers’ and owners’ meetings without some significant signings. After what transpired last January — a spending cold front that left myriad veterans settling for far less than they hoped to get —

Why Greg Bird is key to Yankees’ spending future

CLEVELAND — Brian Cashman insists he did not need the strong — healthy — late run by Greg Bird to know that he was the first baseman not just now, but moving forward. From the past, Cashman had not just Bird’s 2015 strong cameo while filling in for an injured Mark

Fantasy baseball heat turns up as MLB firesales near 

When the Marlins traded shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to the Rays on Monday, it officially put fantasy baseball owners on notice that the MLB trade deadline is approaching rapidly, and a potential shake-up in your league is imminent. If you’re in an AL- or NL-only league, you have to prepare for the