New York Teams

Greg Wyshynski ESPN 

The Nick Holden trade is a nice little move for both the New York Rangers and the Boston Bruins. Holden, 30, has a low cap hit ($1.65 million) and an expiring contract. He bolsters the Bruins' left side on defense, perhaps to avoid asking Matt Grzelcyk to do too much in his first postseason. The third-round pick the Rangers get for this rental adds another selection to an important draft board this June. If Rob O'Gara, 24, becomes something more than the AHL defenseman he appears to be at this point, all the better. He goes RFA this summer.

Brian Franey ESPN Producer 

Just a small line of fans waiting to enter Steinbrenner Field for Spring Training.

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BBTN: Mound Visit Rules, Martinez Signing

Before a chat with Astros P Lance McCullers Jr. about his frustration with mound visitation rules (22:54), Buster Olney talks to Tim Kurkjian (6:25) and Jon Sciambi (28:41) about the rule, Boston's signing of J.D. Martinez and more. Plus, Sarah Langs stops by with the first "Numbers Game" of the season (37:33).

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks and Troy Williams have agreed on a 10-day contract, per sources, and Williams is expected to join the Knicks this week. ESPN earlier reported the Knicks' interest in Williams, who was recently released by Houston. The Knicks are looking for young, athletic players to develop and they found one in the 23-year-old Williams, a 6-7 small forward who has elite athleticism but will need to improve his shot and develop consistency on defense. The agreement was first reported by The Athletic. New York has an open roster spot to add Williams.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Today is the first day teams can apply the franchise tag. This is a non-issue for the Jets, as none of their prospective free agents is worth the tag. Truth is, they probably won't have a franchise-tag candidate until 2020, when Leonard Williams is eligible for free agency (if he plays out his fifth-year option).

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks and Troy Williams have agreed on a 10-day contract, per sources. Williams will join the Knicks this week. ESPN earlier reported the Knicks' interest in Williams, who was recently released by Houston. The agreement was first reported by The Athletic. New York has an open roster spot to add Williams, a 23-year-old wing.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The Knicks are one of several teams who have expressed interest in free agent Troy Williams, per league sources. Williams is expected to make a decision on his next destination soon. The 23-year-old 6-7 wing was waived by Houston last week to make room for veteran Joe Johnson. The Knicks have an open roster spot at the moment.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

The Jets apparently will let OT Ben Ijalana test free agency. They have yet to exercise a $500,000 option bonus and the deadline was today, according to the NFL Network. The option would've triggered a $4.5 million base salary (non-guaranteed). The move saves the Jets $4.7 million on the cap. Ijalana, 28, has value because he can play left and right tackle. The Jets could try to re-sign him as a free agent.

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Stanton mashes during BP in pinstripes (0:29)

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

NYK's probably going to play younger players like Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay & others more often between now & the end of the year. Here's part of GM Scott Perry's answer from earlier this month on playing younger players more often:

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

NYK's probably going to play younger players like Frank Ntilikina, Trey Burke, Emmanuel Mudiay & others more often between now & the end of the year. Here's part of GM Scott Perry's answer from earlier this month on playing younger players more often:

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Stanton all smiles on Day 1 of spring training (0:45)

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Giancarlo Stanton on being enthusiastically greeted by the fans during BP: "The moment we hit the dirt they were buzzing." He said there wasn't pressure to hit home runs. "I know they're here for the entertainment, but we have to get our work in. The real entertainment begins in six weeks."

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

With all the position players in camp, Aaron Boone addressed the entire Yankees team for the first time. "It meant a lot to me," he said. "It's something I'll never forget." His speech included some video and a simple message: "I wanted them to leave that room knowing the expectations are there and we're ready to embrace that."

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Players and fans alike marvel at Stanton's BP (0:27)
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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

Giancarlo Stanton gets a standing ovation after his first BP session.

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