2017 Rangers Report Card: Jeff Gorton; Knicks pick up Porzingis’ 2018-19 team option and more

2017 Rangers Report Card: Jeff Gorton – A five-game playoff elimination is disheartening for any team, and the New York Rangers felt that loss when they fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the quarterfinals last year. The Rangers craved change after their elimination and the onus was on general manager Jeff Gorton to remedy it. That offseason, and all through this past season, he made changes to this roster an effort to better their chances in front of their generational talent in net, Henrik Lundqvist – the question is whether he did that adequately. Here’s the thing, a player signing or trade has to be judged on whether it fulfilled their need at the time of the acquisition – not in hindsight. Take Keith Yandle two seasons […]

Knicks pick up Porzingis’ 2018-19 team option – New York Knicks forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas and forward Kristaps Porzingis react after scoring a basket against the Detroit Pistons during first half at Madison Square Garden. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images) The New York Knicks picked up the 2018-19 team option on forward Kristaps Porzingis, according to Real GM’s Keith Smith. Porzingis, 22, scored 18.1 points and averaged 7.2 rebounds in 66 games in his second year in the league last season. As a rookie, the former No. 4 pick averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. The Knicks had until Oct. 31 to pick up team options for the 2018-19 season, according to Smith. Porzingis will earn $4.5 million this season and $5.7 million next season. Porzingis will also […]

Mets: Jerry Blevins claimed and blocked on waivers – NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 08: Jerry Blevins Mets designate Fernando Salas for assignment by JT. TeranMets NewsJerry Blevins was claimed on waivers and blocked by the New York Mets as reported by Jon Heyman. That means the Mets cannot trade him and will as expected, have him in the fold for 2018. Blevins has a $7 million club option for next season.The 33-year old southpaw reportedly drew some interest before the non-waiver deadline. However, Sandy Alderson has maintained all along that trading Blevins wasn’t a priority. This season, Blevins has pitched in 53 games and recorded a 2.78 ERA. He has 50 strikeouts in just 35.2 innings (12.6 per nine innings).Blevins has been an integral part of the Mets’ bullpen in […]

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