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

The Mets’ new signing priority after locking down Jay Bruce

In the grand scheme, the Mets expected to have their infield vacancy filled before circling back to the outfield, but here they are with Jay Bruce returning and still trying to solve the second base — or is it third base? — mystery. As the Mets await Bruce passing

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

Inside the Mets’ $20 million payroll cut, and what’s next

The Mets’ payroll — more than public statement — often best reveals what team decision-makers actually believe of their chances to win. Coming off consecutive playoff berths and with what they thought was a powerhouse rotation, the Mets last year set a franchise record for an Opening Day payroll

Yankees accidentally helped Todd Frazier’s market value

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — When the Yankees acquired Todd Frazier in July, they made him the third baseman over Chase Headley because they thought he was the better overall fielder. But within that, the Yanks believed Frazier would be far better within their shifting. Often until two strikes

Where Mets will focus as GM meetings begin

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Mets can use an upgrade just about everywhere, but their priorities appear set. Over the next four days at the general managers’ meetings, Sandy Alderson and his staff will discuss remedies for the starting rotation and infield, but those two items on the agenda take

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 —

“One game’ means something very different now for Yankees

HOUSTON — And suddenly, the mantra is flipped. One game, Joe Girardi has preached, from the very first hour of October, because that’s when it first applied. One game. Don’t worry about consequence. Don’t worry about ramification. Don’t fret over anything other than the nine innings at hand, the 27 outs

Yankees reveal the strategy they used to beat Dallas Keuchel

To defeat their greatest nemesis, the Yankees focused on the middle. One more win against these potentially glass-jawed Astros, and they can expand their vision all the way from The Bronx to Southern California (probably). From the Canyon of Heroes to Cooperstown. Ding Dong, Dallas Keuchel’s dominance of the Yankees is dead,

Chase Headley turns a flub into “biggest play in the game’

This was one mistake Chase Headley would not take back. Never has a fall helped so much. Without it, there’s no telling what would have happened in the eighth inning Tuesday night, if the Yankees would have rallied for a 6-4 victory. Trailing the Astros by two runs in Game 4 of

Starlin Castro — and his glove — can exhale

Lost in the excitement of the Yankees’ pulsating 6-4 victory over the Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday night was Starlin Castro’s glove almost costing them a chance to stage that thrilling comeback. The first of two errors by the second baseman didn’t hurt too much but, at

The weirdest Todd Frazier blast rocked Yankee Stadium

The Yankees had scored all of two runs in the first two games of the ALCS when Todd Frazier came to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the second of Monday night’s Game 3. And with one mighty swing of the bat — all right, not mighty …

This is the high of the Yankees’ Aaron Judge roller coaster

Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth inning and instantly the full house at Yankee Stadium picked up on the implication. Bases loaded. Aaron Judge coming up. The 49,373 stood and cheered, trying to will magic here. In the top of the inning, when the

Frazier: Robin Ventura would be a “great manager’ for Mets

Of the names prominently mentioned in the Mets’ managerial derby, the best combination of playing career and managing experience belongs to Robin Ventura. A two-time All-Star selection at third base, Ventura spent five seasons managing the White Sox and earned his players’ respect with a laid-back yet forceful approach. “He’s a great

Todd Frazier finally got Yankees moment he always dreamed of

Todd Frazier never forgot what a playoff game at Yankee Stadium felt like. For so many years, he hoped he could be part of such an electric environment again. Monday night, Frazier made the throwback atmosphere in The Bronx — and an incredible series comeback — possible. Frazier, who as a 9-year-old

Yankees have made the Indians no longer seem like juggernaut

The Sinatra sing-a-long had a little more juice this time around. The 27th out, a fastball that Tommy Kahnle whipped past Lonnie Chisenhall, was greeted with an extra dash of thunder. The walk back to the parking lot didn’t seem quite as melancholy; suddenly it seemed this might not be

Severino dominates as Yankees force winner-take-all Game 5

When the Yankees arrived home after losing the first two games of the ALDS to the Indians in Cleveland, they were nine innings away from taking the kids to school, golfing, hunting, fishing or other things players do when the season runs out of road. Now, after two victories at Yankee

The 13 defining moments of the Yankees’ 2017 season

In a season that was once thought of as a potential rebuilding year, the Yankees turned 162 games into a roller-coaster ride that arrived in the playoffs. The journey included some jaw-dropping rookie moments, broken records, trades and even unifying brawls. Here are 13 of the defining moments that shaped

Yankees clinch home wild-card game, move closer to Red Sox

The Yankees clinched at least home-field advantage for next Tuesday’s wild-card game with a 6-1 win over the Rays on Tuesday, which is good news for a team that has the best home record in the American League. But they may not stop there. Coupled with Boston’s loss to Toronto, the Yankees

Yankees are back in the playoffs

TORONTO — Aaron Judge dug a bottle of iced champagne out of a bin in the middle of the Yankees’ clubhouse and eyed CC Sabathia standing a few feet away near his plastic protected locker. Judge, easily the Yankees’ MVP, didn’t need many steps to get to Sabathia and is one

Todd Frazier nabbed on wrong end of hidden-ball trick

While the Yankees try to work their magic number down to zero, the Blue Jays used a little sleight of hand themselves to get in the way. Todd Frazier was tagged out to end the top of the third inning Friday night after Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins pretended to throw

Masahiro Tanaka shelled as Yankees playoff pursuit stalls

TORONTO — The Yankees’ only losing record to an AL East team is the worst one. With their slim chances of catching the first-place Red Sox quickly running out of track, the Yankees opened a three-game series against the last-place Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Friday night needing a win

Yankees reduced to tears after little girl struck by foul ball

A young fan is “doing OK” after she was hit in the face by a foul ball during the fifth inning of an 11-3 Yankees win over the Twins on Wednesday in the Bronx. Joe Girardi gave the positive update after the game, saying he had heard from Stadium security. The game

This MLB fan-danger problem should’ve been fixed 47 years ago

Every time we see a fresh version of the same terrifying picture, we hear the same thing from relieved broadcasters, fans, ballplayers. Every time a baseball leaves a bat — screaming at 100 miles an hour — and invades the seats where spectators are swilling sodas, scarfing nachos or texting

Yankees reduced to tears after kid struck by foul ball

A scary scene developed at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, as a ball hit by Todd Frazier struck a fan down the left-field line. With no outs in the bottom of the fifth, Frazier lined a ball that hit a fan seated outside of the protective net area. The fan was carried

Greg Bird returns with a bang

Greg Bird started for the first time since being scratched with back tightness before Monday’s game, and he homered Friday in the eighth inning of the Yankees’ 8-2 win over Baltimore. It was Bird’s first extra-base hit since he homered in back-to-back games on Aug. 30 and Aug. 31. “It was good