A one-year lesson in how quickly Yankees, Mets fates can change

When 2017 began the Mets had expanded to a team-record payroll to chase what for this franchise would be an unprecedented third straight playoff trip and galvanize the idea they were the team of New York. When 2017 began the Yankees had Aaron Judge coming off a failed, strikeout-prone

Stanton, Jeter and everyone else: MLB winners and losers

One enormous news conference. A few trades of note. A flurry of contracts for setup men. So much more work to be done. Yet the Winter Meetings still projected a big-event feel, which is what occurs when you hold the industry’s biggest get-together of the year. The offseason has miles

MLB investigating if spurned team leaked Shohei Ohtani info

Major League Baseball is investigating if Shohei Ohtani’s questionable medical report leaking shortly after he selected a team — and rejected 29 — is merely a coincidence. On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated reported that the “Babe Ruth of Japan” had received platelet-rich plasma injection on his right, pitching elbow. Shortly

Yankees might be happy they missed out on Shohei Ohtani

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Did the Yankees dodge a bullet by whiffing on Shohei Ohtani? At the least, they avoided adding another pitcher — another Japanese pitcher, come to think of it — who will face endless questions about the soundness of his throwing elbow. Yahoo Sports reported

Angels unveil how they will use Shohei Ohtani

ANAHEIM, Calif. — General manager Billy Eppler rose from his seat in rapturous joy when he got the phone call telling him Shohei Ohtani wanted to join the Los Angeles Angels. When Eppler attempted to sit back down, he missed his chair completely, sprawling onto the floor. Ohtani has inspired

Shohei Ohtani joining Mike Trout makes the Angels contenders

Mike Trout has played in one playoff series, won no postseason games. It is not pace of play or protective netting, but the absence of the sport’s best player from its signature events is a problem; as it would be if, say, LeBron James or Tom Brady were

Angels stunningly win the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes

The Babe Ruth of Japan is headed West. Shohei Ohtani chose the Angels over the favored Mariners and five other competitors that had the opportunity to sit down with the Japanese slugger/pitcher. “This morning, after a thorough, detailed process, Shohei Ohtani has decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels,”

Hal Steinbrenner outlines Yankees’ offseason: “No stone unturned’

The Yankees’ desire to get under the $197 million luxury-tax threshold next season won’t take them out of the free-agent market, according to managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner. “One thing my family has always done, when money is coming off payroll, wherever humanly possible, we’re gonna put it back

Two Shohei Ohtani finalists expand their wallets

MINNEAPOLIS — The Mariners and Angels each have acquired $1 million in international bonus pool money from the Twins, aiding their pursuit of Japanese outfielder and pitcher Shohei Ohtani. The teams announced the deals Wednesday night. Seattle sent minor league catcher David Banuelos to Minnesota, while the Angels traded

Shohei Ohtani turns down Yankees

Aaron Boone won’t get to manage Shohei Ohtani. The two-way Japanese star gave the Yankees the impression the biggest stage in sports on the East Coast wasn’t his preference. Sunday night at Stamford’s Heights and Lights holiday festival, Brian Cashman dropped the bombshell news that the Yankees didn’t make it

The Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes is down to seven

We knew the Yankees were out, now we know exactly who is in. The Mariners, Padres, Angels, Dodgers, Giants, Rangers and Cubs will get a chance to meet with Shohei Ohtani and his representatives in Los Angeles in the coming days, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed. The choices somewhat confirm Ohtani’s

The international studs Yankees could sign with Ohtani money free

The Yankees now know they will not land Shohei Ohtani, but Brian Cashman vowed that the $3.5 million in international pool dollars they had earmarked for the best player in Japan will be spent. “We have between now and June (the 15th to be precise) to use it and

Yankees prez on Ohtani: “Not everybody can play in New York’

Randy Levine admitted to being surprised by Shohei Ohtani’s decision to eliminate the Yankees from the list of MLB teams the two-way Japanese star will consider signing with. However, the Yankees’ team president didn’t view the 23-year-old avoiding New York as a major setback. “Ohtani would have been great here,

Shohei Ohtani’s desperation for privacy runs deep

The signals existed, if you wanted to see them. On the other side of the equation stood a power that you ignore at your own risk: Common sense. In the Shohei Ohtani saga, however, common sense got McAdooed. The signals prevailed. When Brian Cashman disclosed on Sunday that the Yankees had

The solution for the Yankees’ Ohtani-less rotation

Brian Cashman did not just randomly pick a date to see Shohei Ohtani in Japan. He sat behind home plate at the Sapporo Dome to watch an Aug. 31 start. That day the Yankees began a critical four-game series in the Bronx against the Red Sox. Cashman wanted the

Shohei Ohtani to meet with MLB teams this coming week

Let the pitching begin for the pitcher-outfielder. Shohei Ohtani will meet with his major league suitors this coming week in Los Angeles, an industry source confirmed. The Yankees are expected to be among the clubs that will get an audience with the 23-year-old free agent, who is being posted

The Yankees’ questions Aaron Boone will need to answer

“He stole. He slept. He was rude to the customers. There goes the best employee a convenience store ever had.” — Apu, talking about Homer on “The Simpsons” Joe Girardi bristled — at umpires, at media questions, at inept security guards — as regularly as some people floss. He made

Brian Cashman aggressively begins recruiting Shohei Ohtani

STAMFORD, Conn. — Brian Cashman finally confirmed the worst-kept secret in baseball: The Yankees really, really want Shohei Ohtani. “We have been preparing for this and thinking through this for quite some time,” Cashman said Friday morning, of a pursuit for the Japanese pitcher-outfielder, “and we’re trying to leave no

Yankees’ biggest question may not sway Shohei Ohtani

Nowhere on Shohei Ohtani’s list of questions to all 30 MLB clubs distributed by commissioner Rob Manfred’s office Friday was an inquiry about the status of a manager. That’s understandable because 29 of the 30 teams have managers in place, with the Yankees the lone club without one as

Shohei Ohtani’s unique recruitment includes a 30-team written quiz

Big bummer for the Yankees and their fellow Major League Baseball teams: They got Thanksgiving weekend homework. In this instance, though, the extra credit is too good to blow off. An industry source confirmed that on Friday, all 30 clubs received a memo from the representative for Shohei Ohtani —

Derrick Rose is a sad sports tale of what could have been

We are besieged with the melancholy subject of “What if?” all the time in baseball, especially when it comes to pitchers. What could Mark Prior have been? Or Matt Harvey, for that matter? In some ways, that’s always an underlying reality waiting just beneath the turf. It’s worse in

What we know about what Shohei Ohtani is looking for

Now that part one of Major League Baseball’s biggest offseason mystery — Will Shohei Ohtani leave Japan? — has been solved, it is on to part two. Which team will land the guy dubbed “Japan’s Babe Ruth?” That part might be a tougher case to crack. There has been little

The chase for Shohei Ohtani is real now

Shohei Ohtani is going to be quite a Christmas gift for some team. Officials from the major leagues, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and the Players Association reached a tentative agreement Tuesday to grandfather in the old posting agreement for this offseason — which will cover Ohtani — and then

The Yankees may have a Shohei Ohtani recruiting secret weapon

Shohei Ohtani would be the most sought-after offensive player to go from Japan to the majors since Hideki Matsui in 2003, and the former Yankee hopes Ohtani is able to make the leap next season. “I’ve only been able to see him on TV, but as far as I’ve

MLB needs to embrace its own potential unicorns

Five years ago, the idea of an NBA full of 7-footers who protect the rim on one end and regularly take and make 3-pointers on the other would have seemed crazy. Except here are Kristaps Porzingis and Joel Embiid, DeMarcus Cousins and Karl-Anthony Towns, and pretty soon even veterans