Mets’ Michael Conforto reacts to pending return of Sandy Alderson, talks potential contract extension

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, whose regular season is over due to a hamstring injury, spoke Friday about the return of Sandy Alderson (pending MLB approval of Steve Cohen) and the potential of signing a contract extension. It was with Alderson at the helm that Conforto entered the organization and was eventually called up straight from Double-A during the 2015 season. With Alderson back in the fold as team president if Cohen's ownership is approved, one of the first items on the agenda could be exploring a contract extension for Conforto, who will hit free agency after the 2021 season if he isn't locked up before then.

Column: No asterisk needed for most unusual baseball season

Defying all skepticism that this was nothing more than a watered-down money grab with little chance of reaching the finish line (yep, I'm raising my hand), Major League Baseball has pulled off its two-month sprint of a regular season amid the coronavirus pandemic. With the playoffs set to begin next week, the 60-game campaign of 2020 certainly deserves a place right alongside those 162-game, six-month-long marathons of past years. ''They're probably feeling like they would if they had played 162 games, really, with the mental drain and everything else that was on 'em,'' said Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker, who guided his team to a third straight NL East title.

AP Source: Martinez, Nationals agree to extend his contract

Manager Dave Martinez and the Washington Nationals have agreed to work out a contract extension that will keep him in charge of the club beyond next season, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made. Martinez led the Nationals to the franchise's first World Series championship in 2019, his second season as the team's skipper.

Brewers’ Burnes goes on IL with strained left oblique

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes was placed on the injured list Friday with a strained left oblique, likely ending the right-hander's breakthrough season. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that if Milwaukee advances to the playoffs, Burnes would be unavailable for the first round and would be doubtful for the second round. The Brewers (27-29) are outside of playoff position but haven't been eliminated from contention yet heading into the final weekend of the regular season.