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

Mets turn their attention toward acquiring a bat

The Mets ideally would like to add three bats and call it a winter. But with free agency throughout the industry moving at a glacial pace, team officials remain in no hurry to make acquisitions, preferring instead to let the laws of supply and demand dictate their moves. This much

David Robertson the litmus test for Yankees’ tax mandate

The Yankees — to some degree because they are the Yankees — remain linked to star-level players such as Yu Darvish (via free agency) and Manny Machado (through trade), and as the Giancarlo Stanton acquisition proved once again, never say never with this organization. But with anything the Yankees

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 —

Future is now for these fantasy baseball keeper prospects

Whether you are planning your championship lineups or you’re focusing on your upcoming fantasy chess boxing league, it never is too early to start planning for 2018. Chances are you had your sights set on this season as well as next, especially if you’re in a keeper or dynasty league. Though it

Finding a Mets third baseman, from status quo to flipping Matz

Sandy Alderson publicly acknowledged the obvious this week — that you cannot assemble a contender with hope and heart. David Wright failed to conquer his spinal stenosis enough to play regularly as a productive third baseman in 2017, and Alderson stated the Mets would not wait around for a baseball miracle

There’s just one thing everyone wants to see in Home Run Derby

This year, the All-Star Game doesn’t count. Home-field advantage isn’t on the line, and nobody seems to mind. After all, almost everyone’s attention is fixated on Monday night’s activities at Marlins Park — the highly anticipated Home Run Derby featuring strapping sluggers Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins and Aaron Judge of

Altuve to Judge to Kershaw: Your 1st-half fantasy baseball all-stars

We are at the intermission of this injury-plagued, roller coaster of a first act — when power and unexpected contributions from unlikely sources took center stage. Since we have some time before the second act, with the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, now is a good time to take a look

This redemption story could be secret fantasy baseball star

Though Hollywood has managed to romanticize the notion of a struggling baseball player’s demotion to the minor leagues and subsequent re-education as to why he started playing the game in the first place, few players take kindly to the degradation of professional status. Rookies have an understanding that struggles at the

Ex-GM has some ideas for Mets, Yankees at the trade deadline

Longtime Rockies general manager and current MLB Network analyst Dan O’Dowd theorizes how the Yankees and Mets will approach the trade deadline with The Post’s Justin Terranova. Q: What are the Yankees’ biggest needs as the deadline approaches? A: They can make a case that they are as good as any team

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

Are the Cubs going to be OK?

I have long thought Joe Torre’s dynastic Yankees would be appreciated more with the perspective of history than they were in real time. The four championships won in five seasons from 1996-2000 were often downgraded with a shorthand that those titles were bought – though the roster mainly was built from

Analyzing 3rd-base trade market Yankees now may explore

In light of Monday’s startlingly terrible news about Gleyber Torres, the Yankees’ approach to third base has been simplified. It’s Chase, or chase. If Chase Headley can’t continue his recent push into respectability, and if the Yankees stay afloat in the playoff race despite such theoretical incompetence from the hot corner, then

Analyzing 3rd-base trade market Yankees now may explore

In light of Monday’s startlingly terrible news about Gleyber Torres, the Yankees’ approach to third base has been simplified. It’s Chase, or chase. If Chase Headley can’t continue his recent push into respectability, and if the Yankees stay afloat in the playoff race despite such theoretical incompetence from the hot corner, then