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Aug 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) (Isaiah J. Downing)
Aug 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jerry Blevins and his teammates hoped to win a World Series in 2018 even before the team replaced manager Terry Collins with Mickey Callaway and a new coaching staff.

"We still have great talent," Blevins told SiriusXM's The Leadoff Spot on MLB Network Radio. "We still feel strongly as an organization that we can put forth a championship caliber team."

That said, Blevins is looking forward to working with a manager that was once a pitcher, which is something he's never experienced before in his career.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins
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Free-agents Bryan Shaw, Brandon Morrow, Luke Gregerson, Brandon Kintzler, Matt Albers and Mike Minor. Credit: USA Today
Free-agents Bryan Shaw, Brandon Morrow, Luke Gregerson, Brandon Kintzler, Matt Albers and Mike Minor. Credit: USA Today

The Mets will attempt to sign a late-game relief pitcher, even if it means offering a multi-year deal, a source recently told Newsday's Marc Carig.

Carig believes the group being targeted by the Mets includes Addison Reed, Brandon Morrow, Mike Minor, and Bryan Shaw, among others, all of whom are projected to ink contracts in the two- to four-year range.

The willingness to sign free-agent relievers to multi-year deals is a shift in strategy for Sandy Alderson, who has mostly added to his bullpen by signing journeyman pitchers late in the offseason. However, as Carig was first to report, the Mets (like most successful MLB teams during the last few years) intend to limit most of their starting pitchers to facing the opposing lineup only two times each night.

"The teams that have the discipline to do that are getting better results out of those starting pitchers," Alderson told reporters Monday at the GM Meetings in Orlando. "They have the discipline to do it and they have the bullpen capacity.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia
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Aug 7, 2016; Detroit: Mets manager Terry Collins (10) takes the ball to relieve relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 7, 2016; Detroit: Mets manager Terry Collins (10) takes the ball to relieve relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have picked up the one-year, $7 million option on Jerry Blevins's contract for 2018, it was announced Friday.

"Jerry always takes the ball," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said in a press release. "He was a stable force in our bullpen all year long. "With Jerry, the addition of AJ Ramos and having Jeurys Familia for the entire season, we feel we have the nucleus for a much improved pen. Getting Jerry back makes me a lot more confident about the late innings as we go forward in 2018."

"I can't state how excited I am to continue my career as a member of the Mets," Blevins said. "This organization has shown it wants nothing more than to win a World Series and has made strides every step of the way to achieve that goal. I'm happy to be a part of that plan and can't wait to join my teammates in Florida. #LGM."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |  The 2017 season was not supposed to go the way that it did. Mets fans were supposed to be basking in October baseball bliss, celebrating entering the postseason for the third year in a row. Instead, all Mets fans are doing is basking in some of the much needed changes that have been made in the mere 96 hours since the season ended.

That's not a bad thing. In fact, it's a great thing to be basking in, especially after all of the injuries and other questionable decisions that happened throughout this season. MRIs not being taken, minor leaguers not being ready for the bigs even though they should be, injury after injury after injury... I don't have to go into detail, you all know how horrid this season was.

It was the opposite of how any of us thought it was supposed to go, with literally everyone thinking this was a playoff team. The pitching was there and finally together. The big bats were there, especially with Yoenis Cespedes's extended contract. No one could have expected the season to go the way it did. And if you did suspect that, you really need to go and play lotto...

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

The Mets bullpen has underperformed this season, pitching to a 4.56 ERA that ranks 24th in MLB, as well as walk and home run rates that place them in the bottom third of the league. Behind those numbers, though, are two very different seasons.

The first half Mets bullpen was one of the worst in the game -- 27th in ERA and dead last in WHIP. They had blown nearly half of their save opportunities and walked over 10% of the batters they faced. Since the All-Star break, though, they have largely righted the ship, with an ERA in the top 10 and a WHIP around the middle of the pack.

The Mets bullpen is still quite shallow and needs plenty of revamping over the offseason if the team hopes to compete in 2018, but a few notable names have been making the most of their opportunity. Here are some arms to watch over the rest of the season.

AJ Ramos

A big-league reliever with closer experience, Ramos was brought in with the expectation that he will be a lock for late-inning relief in 2018. Luckily for the Mets, he has lived up to expectations and his 3.00 ERA since becoming a Met has helped stabilize a bullpen reeling from the loss of Addison Reed...

Tags: Addison Reed, Josh Smoker, Maggie Wiggin
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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets don't currently have any more trades in the works, GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday.

"There's another week or so between now and the August 31 deadline for players to be on a playoff roster. So, anything can happen," Alderson said, according to Newsday. "As of right now, there's nothing in the works."

With the team ouf of contention, the Mets have traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, and Curtis Granderson over the last few weeks.

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker
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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was not told by ownership to slash payroll during this season, he said Wednesday at Citi Field.

With the team out of contention, Alderson has traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker-- all of whom are eligible for free agency after the season -- over the last few weeks, shedding $11.6 million in salary in the process.

However, the Mets did add $2.3 million in salary when they acquired RHP AJ Ramos -- who is expected to be their setup man in 2018 -- from the Marlins last month.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Sandy Alderson on Neil Walker 00:00:50
Sandy Alderson discusses the reasoning behind the Mets' trade of Neil Walker to the Brewers.

The New York Mets saved $3 million by trading infielder Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and have cut payroll by more than $11.6 million in recent weeks.

As part of Saturday's trade, the Mets agreed to pay the Brewers $1,699,454 on Sept. 30, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. Walker was owed $4,699,454 of his $17.2 million salary at the time of the deal. He can become a free agent after the World Series. >> Read more

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Tags: Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker
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Bruce traded to the Indians 00:03:18
The Baseball Night in New York guys weigh in on Wednesday night's trade between the Mets and the Indians, sending Jay Bruce to Cleveland.

The Mets were in deep discussions with the Yankees regarding OF Jay Bruce before dealing Bruce to the Cleveland Indians for pitching prospect Ryder Ryan, according to multiple reports. 

As part of the deal, Cleveland will pay the rest of the money owed to Bruce this season. 

The Yankees were on Bruce's no-trade list, but he was reportedly willing to waive it if a deal was reached.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda
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Bruce traded to the Indians 00:03:18
The Baseball Night in New York guys weigh in on Wednesday night's trade between the Mets and the Indians, sending Jay Bruce to Cleveland.

The Mets were in deep discussions with the Yankees regarding OF Jay Bruce before dealing Bruce to the Cleveland Indians for pitching prospect Ryder Ryan, according to multiple reports. 

As part of the deal, Cleveland will pay the rest of the money owed to Bruce this season. 

The Yankees were on Bruce's no-trade list, but he was reportedly willing to waive it if a deal was reached.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda
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 (Colin E. Brale/AP)
(Colin E. Brale/AP)

According to ESPN.com's Buster Olney, Sandy Alderson and his staff deserve a B- grade for their work prior to Monday's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

While the Mets were able deal Lucas Duda and Addison Reed for four pitching prospects, they did not trade away Neil WalkerAsdrubal CabreraJay Bruce, or Curtis Granderson, all of whom are eligible to be free agents at the end of this season.

Bruce, 30, and Walker, 31, are both owed roughly $6 million for the remainder of 2017. Granderson, 36, is due around $5 million, and Cabrera, 31, who has an $8.5 million team option or $2 million buyout for next season, is owed roughly $2.5 million.

While July 31 is considered the "trade deadline," trades can and do happen through August via waivers, and the Mets will be looking to take advantage of this process...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Dilson Herrera, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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FirstData Field in Port St. Lucie during March, 2017 (Credit: Cerrone, MetsBlog)
FirstData Field in Port St. Lucie during March, 2017 (Credit: Cerrone, MetsBlog)

In return for closer Addison Reed, the Mets acquired right-handed pitching prospects Jamie CallahanGerson Bautista and Stephen Nogosek.

The Mets announced Tuesday that Nogosek and Bautista will report to Single-A St. Lucie, while Callahan will begin play with Triple-A Las Vegas.

In return for Lucas Duda, the Mets acquired right-handed pitching prospect Drew Smith, who was assigned to Double-A Binghamton last week.

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Alderson joins Loud Mouths 00:11:14
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the show to discuss the decision to finally call up Amed Rosario amongst other various trade deadline moves.

In addition to announcing Amed Rosario will make his major league debut tonight, Mets GM Sandy Alderson also offered the following noteworthy insights about his intentions for the remainder of this season and beyond...

1. Don't discount an August trade

The Mets could deal Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, or Jay Bruce to any team this month provided the player clears waivers. Players with bigger contracts, such as Cabrera, Granderson and Bruce, typically clear waivers, since teams seeking to block a trade are reluctant to put in a claim. After all, if a team claimed a Mets veteran, Alderson conceivably could dump the contract on the claiming team, even if no trade is completed...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Alderson joins Loud Mouths 00:11:14
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the show to discuss the decision to finally call up Amed Rosario amongst other various trade deadline moves.

In addition to announcing Amed Rosario will make his major league debut tonight, Mets GM Sandy Alderson also offered the following noteworthy insights about his intentions for the remainder of this season and beyond...

1. Don't discount an August trade

The Mets could deal Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, or Jay Bruce to any team this month provided the player clears waivers. Players with bigger contracts, such as Cabrera, Granderson and Bruce, typically clear waivers, since teams seeking to block a trade are reluctant to put in a claim. After all, if a team claimed a Mets veteran, Alderson conceivably could dump the contract on the claiming team, even if no trade is completed...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Duquette evaluates Reed deal 00:08:48
Jim Duquette evaluates the three pitching prospects the Mets will receive from Boston for Addison Reed.

The Mets have traded closer Addison Reed to the Red Sox for right-handed pitching prospcts Jamie CallahanGerson Bautista and Stephen Nogosek, it was announced Monday.

The Red Sox will pay the all of the roughly $3 million remaining on Reed's current contract...

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Relief pitcher AJ Ramos (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
Relief pitcher AJ Ramos (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Newly-acquired Mets reliever AJ Ramos admitted he was surprised when New York acquired him from the Miami Marlins via trade Friday, but said he is looking forward to spending the rest of this season and next season as a Met.

"I am just looking forward to the baseball stuff. All the other stuff is just talk and this and that," Ramos said prior to his Mets debut on Sunday, according to NorthJersey.com's Matt Ehalt. "I am ready to go out there and play a game that is still the same as in Miami and anywhere else. I am going to go out there and play and get that started and all the other stuff doesn't really matter as much."

Ramos, who is under team control for the rest of this season and for 2018, gave up two runs, two hits, one walk and threw two wild pitches in his first outing as a Met in Sunday's 9-1 loss. 

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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Playing out the string while largely out of contention is not proving to be dull for the Mets.

On a whirlwind Friday, the Mets placed T.J. Rivera on the DL with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow that ideally will calm without the need for Tommy John surgery, activated Neil Walker and Brandon Nimmo from the disabled list, defeated the Mariners 7-5 behind two homers from Michael Conforto in his return to his native Seattle, and acquired reliever A.J. Ramos from the Marlins with an eye toward reconstructing their bullpen for 2018.

And, soon, top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith should be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets began selling Thursday, with Lucas Duda shipped to Tampa Bay for reliever Drew Smith

Duda had been poised to be a free agent this winter, and the Mets would not have entertained re-signing him because of prospect Dominic Smith's readiness for the majors.

With contracts also expiring for Addison Reed ($7.75M), Fernando Salas ($3M), Curtis Granderson ($15M), Jay Bruce ($13M), Neil Walker ($17.2M), Jose Reyes ($535K), and Rene Rivera ($1.75M), and with the Mets holding team options for Asdrubal Cabrera and Jerry Blevins for next season, they should have plenty of financial flexibility this winter to retool.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker, all of whom are eligible to free agents after the 2017 season (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker, all of whom are eligible to free agents after the 2017 season (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is six days away. And given the Mets still trail by double digits in the division and wild-card races, it's unquestionable they will be sellers.

Who exactly will go? Here's a list of nine contenders, from most to least likely...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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Addison by subtraction 00:02:45
The Daily News Live panel discusses what the Mets might be able to get in return for Addison Reed at the trade deadline.

The Dodgers are exploring a possible trade for Mets RHP Addison Reed, per ESPN's Buster Olney. 

Of all the players the Mets have made available via trade, closer Addison Reed is drawing the most interest. 

There are at least six teams -- including the Brewers, Red Sox, and Nationals -- inquiring about a potential trade, according to multiple reports.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:12
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 win over the Cardinal

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Jose Reyes hit what would've been an inning-ending ground out to first base in the ninth inning, but Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal was slow covering first base, allowing for Reyes to beat the throw as Yoenis Cespedes scored the winning run from third base.

2) Wilmer Flores hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning with the Mets trailing, 2-1. Lucas Duda had given the Mets a 1-0 lead when he homered to right-center field in the second inning.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores
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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

It's feeling like the Mets may be missing the moment to make a trade. Admittedly, I started today worried they may botch the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, end up stuck with pending free agents and lose out on acquiring prospects and players who could help next season.

However, after talking to people around baseball, I'm slightly less pessimistic.

For starters, according to Ken Rosenthal, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and the Mets are willing to include cash in trades to get better prospects back in deals, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking said.

This is good news. It'll help push things through. And, I'm glad Alderson was able to convince ownership of this approach when the front office held a strategy session earlier this week.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets dealing Duda and Reed? 00:05:40
At what price does it make sense for the Mets to trade Lucas Duda and Addison Reed to the New York Yankees?

The Yankees have reached out to the Mets to express interest in 1B Lucas Duda and closer Addison Reedreports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The Yankees, who are interested in acquiring a first baseman and late-inning reliever, were scouting the Mets on Monday night at Citi Field, according to the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.

The Mets are reportedly open to dealing any player who is not under team control beyond next season, including Reed and Duda.

Sandy Alderson said July 14 that he's not opposed to trading with the Yankees, despite the two teams not connecting on a player-for-player big-league deal since swapping Mike Stanton for Felix Heredia in 2004.

Tags: Addison Reed, Lucas Duda
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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees have reached out to the Mets to express interest in 1B Lucas Duda and closer Addison Reedreports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The Yankees, who are interested in acquiring a first baseman and late-inning reliever, were scouting the Mets on Monday night at Citi Field, according to the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.

The Mets are reportedly open to dealing any player who is not under team control beyond next season, including Reed and Duda.

Tags: Addison Reed, Lucas Duda
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday that he would be willing to make a trade with the Yankees.

The Mets and Yankees haven't made a player-for-player trade since 2004, when Mike Stanton was traded for Felix Heredia. RH reliever Gonzalez Germen was traded from the Mets to the Yankees in 2014 in exchange for cash considerations.

The Yankees have interest in LH reliever Jerry Blevinsaccording to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, and are reportedly interested in acquring additional late-inning relief help and a first baseman -- even though they just dealt for Brewers minor league 1B Garrett Cooper.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia reacts after allowing four runs in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia reacts after allowing four runs in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia has started a throwing program as he rehabs from surgery to remove a blood clot from his right shoulder, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Familia underwent surgery in May and it was reported at the time that he was in danger of missing the remainder of the season.

Before suffering the injury, Familia had a 3.86 ERA and 1.61 WHIP with 10 strikeouts and eight walks in 9 1/3 innings (11 appearances). 

He missed the first 15 games of the season while serving a suspension stemming from the alleged domestic violence incident he was involved in during the offseason.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia
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Mets are sellers 00:05:05
Jon Hein and Dan Graca react to the news that the Mets are making Curtis Granderson, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce and Asdrubal Cabrera available.

One constant at the trade deadline is that pitching is always in demand. Contenders looking to plug rotation holes and bolster bullpens offer far more valuable packages in July than in January. The Mets don't have an especially deep cache of arms to offer up, but there are a few names to watch for.

Addison Reed has largely righted his ship after a difficult start to 2017 and now has a 2.59 ERA dating back to 2015. His 4.89 strikeouts-to-walks ratio is the 10th best in baseball over the span and his 2.58 FIP is 13th best.

He has never been in the top tier of relief aces alongside such names as Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, but he has been surprisingly close. As a pending free agent capable of setting up or closing, he should garner plenty of interest from contenders with weak bullpens, such as, unfortunately, the Nationals...

Tags: Addison Reed, Aroldis Chapman, Jerry Blevins, Maggie Wiggin
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Mets selling at the deadline 00:02:58
Jonas Schwartz, John Harper, Sal Licata and Willie Colon discuss the Mets' recent decision to become sellers at the trade deadline.

The Mets are ready to listen to trade offers for their pending free agents, such as Jay BruceAddison ReedCurtis Granderson, and Asdrubal Cabrerareports Buster Olney of ESPN.

The 31-41 Mets are 12.0 games behind the Nationals for first place in the N.L. East and 14.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot.

Bruce, Reed, and Granderson are all set to become free agents after the season.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce
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Jun 10, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitchers against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Jun 10, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitchers against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Robert Gsellman allowed just three hits in six and 2/3 scoreless innings and earned his fifth victory of the year in the Mets' 6-1 win over the Braves in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader at SunTrust Park.

Gsellman (5-3) walked two batters and struck out four. He lowered his ERA to 4.95 on the season and has now limited his opponents to three runs or fewer in four consecutive starts. 

Tags: Addison Reed, Robert Gsellman
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Jun 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Robert Gsellman earned the win on Saturday after allowing two runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings against the Pirates, while Addison Reed pitched a six-out save to secure the win for the Mets.

Gsellman (4-3, 5.53 ERA) struck out six batters and walked two. He allowed runs in the second and third innings, but limited the damage thereafter despite throwing a season-high 109 pitches less than a week after he threw a then-season-high 105 pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Tags: Addison Reed, Robert Gsellman
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Collins, Wheeler, Reed on loss 00:06:21
Mets manager Terry Collins, starting pitcher Zack Wheeler and closer Addison Reed react to the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) John Jaso tied the game in the bottom of the ninth and came through with the game-winning single in the 10th. Addison Reed blew his second save of the season and Josh Edgin couldn't get out of a bases-loaded jam that rookie Tyler Pill created in the 10th.

2) Zack Wheeler allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings. He was removed after developing a blister on his pitching hand.

Tags: Addison Reed, Zack Wheeler
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 (Jason Getz)
(Jason Getz)

Memorial Day typically is the first valid measuring stick for the direction of an MLB team's season. And let's just say the Mets will not be receiving rave reviews come Monday.

Even with an 8-1 win on Friday in Pittsburgh behind a two-homer, four-RBI game from Neil Walker and Jacob deGrom becoming the first starting pitcher with the Mets to exceed seven innings this season, the team possesses an unsightly 20-26 record and has spotted the Nationals a 7½-game lead in the NL East.

If you want the glass-half-full prognosis, Yoenis Cespedes began a rehab assignment on Friday with Class A St. Lucie, going 0-for-2 with a walk and playing six innings in left field, and Steven Matz and Seth Lugo make what may be their final rehab starts on Sunday for Las Vegas and Binghamton, respectively. So impact reinforcements may be on the way.

Yet while the returns of Matz and Lugo should alleviate the need for more than one start from newly promoted Tyler Pill, and should even supply an extra arm to the bullpen, the fact remains that Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia will be sidelined for months and Matt Harvey has yet to resolve his woes. So the reality is the Mets face a serious uphill battle to resurrect their season...

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Paul Sewald (51) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Adam Hunger-USA Today
Paul Sewald (51) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Adam Hunger-USA Today

Mets rookie RHP Paul Sewald continued his stellar pitching Thursday night, throwing three scoreless innings.

Sewald, who turns 27 today, entered in the top of the fourth inning after starting pitcher Rafael Montero was pulled from the game. Sewald allowed just one hit and one walk, while racking up four strikeouts in three innings. 

Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Seth Lugo
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May 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
May 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on four hits in five-plus innings and earned his third win of the season in the Mets' 7-5 victory over the Angels at Citi Field on Saturday.

Wheeler (3-2, 3.76 ERA) started his outing with five shutout innings, but was pulled in the sixth after loading the bases and hitting a batter. He was replaced by Fernando Salas, who finished the inning after allowing an inherited run to score. 

Wheeler had five strikeouts on the night, but walked a season-high five batters. He had pitched six innings in each of his last two starts prior to Saturday night, and has pitched seven innings just once this season as he works his way back from missing two seasons due to Tommy John surgery and further setbacks.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Addison Reed (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Addison Reed (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets allowed 11 runs for the second consecutive game and were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers with an 11-9 loss Sunday at Miller Park.

New York, which entered Sunday with the highest team ERA in the majors, blew a 7-1 lead and gave up five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, including Manny Pina's go-ahead three-run home run off Addison Reed that turned a 9-8 Mets lead into a two-run deficit.

"It's frustrating, but that's baseball," Reed said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "Stuff is going to happen. Gone through a lot worse times than this."

The Mets fell to four games under .500 and 7 1/2 games back of the NL East-leading Washington Nationals after losing their fourth straight game.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Milwaukee Brewers
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Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the 11-9 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

The Mets blew a 7-1 lead and gave up five runs in the eighth inning, including Manny Pina's go-ahead three-run home run off Addison Reed with two outs, as New York lost its fourth straight game with an 11-9 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park. >> Box score


Four Mets relievers combined to allow seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings, as the Mets were swept by the Brewers.

The Mets led 7-1 in the sixth inning and 8-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, but Jonathan Villar hit a two-run home run and Jesus Aguilar hit an RBI double to cut it to 8-6.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jacob deGrom, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Milwaukee Brewers, Neil Walker
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

The Pirates could make closer Tony Watson available via trade later this season, surmises Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The 31-year-old Watson -- a left-hander -- has a 1.32 ERA (4.12 FIP) and 1.39 WHIP with five walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings (12 games) this season while converting seven of eight save opportunities.

Watson, who is making $5.6 million in 2017, is eligible for free agency after the season.

He has held left-handers to a .206/.273/.287 slashline during his career, while right-handers have hit .211/.283/.351 against him...

Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia
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Terry Collins (10) pulls relief pitcher Addison Reed at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Terry Collins (10) pulls relief pitcher Addison Reed at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

There is no issue between Terry Collins and Addison Reed, the two said, following what appeared to be a confrontation in the team's dugout Wednesday night in Atlanta.

Reed pitched a perfect seventh inning, but did not return to pitch the eighth, which is typically Reed's responsibility when the Mets are winning.

According to Collins, he was simply explaining his decision...

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New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills)

Josh EdginHansel RoblesJerry BlevinsAddison Reed, and Jeurys Familia combined to throw four innings of scoreless baseball during the team's win Monday in Atlanta.

Robert Gsellman lasted only five-plus innings, allowing five earned runs and six hits, after which the bullpen locked down the game's final 12 outs.

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Robert Gsellman
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SNY breaks down Addison Reed's arm angle and pitch location with his fastball.

Mets RH reliever Addison Reed, who filled in at closer during Jeurys Familia's absence, has been terrific so far in 2017.

Reed has a 3.09 ERA and 0.69 WHIP with no walks and 15 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings (11 games) this season.

He struck out the side during his inning against the Braves on Thursday afternoon, and SNY's Ron Darling had the following to say about Reed's arm angle:

"He raises that front arm. And when he throws the ball away from right-handers, it's very hard to catch up. ... He steps acrsos his body, then fires it to the other side of the plate -- glove side of the plate."

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Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 7-5 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Yoenis Cespedes limped off the field in the fourth inning after injuring the same hamstring that kept him out for three games recently.

2) Matt Harvey looked great in the first inning and looked like a mess thereafter, as his command vanished and his fastball velocity dipped as low as 90 MPH. He limited the damage until the fifth, when he was done in by a three-run homer by Kurt Suzuki that ended his day...

Tags: Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice during pre game warmups of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice during pre game warmups of an MLB spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. (Reinhold Matay)

Mets manager Terry Collins addressed the team following Sunday's loss to the Marlins, which marked the end of New York's first road trip of the season.

"I just told the guys, 'We came on this road [trip] .500, we're going home above .500,'" Collins revealed to Mike Puma of the New York Post. "We've got to take that as a positive, not a negative. Should we have won more? Maybe. But we didn't. Can't worry about that."

The Mets departed Citi Field with a 3-3 record last week. They began the road trip with a three-game sweep of the Phillies before continuing their success with a 16-inning marathon win Thursday night against the Marlins. But New York went on to lose the next three games in Miami, with the Marlins taking the lead in their final at-bats in all three losses.

Tags: Addison Reed, Josh Edgin
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Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) J.T. Riddle hit his first big league homer, a walk-off blast with two outs in the bottom of the ninth off Addison Reed, to spoil a valiant Mets' comeback in the top of the inning. Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera temporarily saved the day, combining on a perfect relay to nail Marcel Ozuna at the plate to temporarily keep the game tied.

2) Traililng 2-0 in the ninth, singles by Travis d'Arnaud and Wilmer Flores, plus an error on Marlins right-fielder Giancarlo Stanton, put runners and second and third with two outs in the ninth. Cabrera stroked a pinch-hit single to tie the game, making him 6-for-7 with seven RBIs with runners in scoring position.

3) The Mets were held without a hit until Neil Walker singled off Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler with two outs in the eighth. Yoenis Cespedes followed with another single.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Matt Harvey
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia, who is suspended for the first 15 games of the season due to the alleged domestic violence incident he was involved with in October, will likely begin a rehab assignment on Friday to tune up for his return, manager Terry Collins said.

Barring any postponed games, Familia will be eligible to return to the Mets on April 20 against the Phillies at Citi Field.

Addison Reed has been the Mets' closer in Familia's absence, with Fernando Salas serving in a setup role.

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Terry Collins takes the ball from Hansel Robles. Credit: Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Terry Collins takes the ball from Hansel Robles. Credit: Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Collins said early Sunday that his relief pitchers need to throw more strikes, otherwise their early-season struggles are likely to continue.

"We're behind in counts," Collins continued. "You're asking for trouble, especially when you're behind in the game against a good team with an outstanding lineup."

In 20 1/3 innings this season, his bullpen is 1-1 with a 4.43 ERA, during which they have combined to walk 15 batters compared to 22 strike outs.

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Josh Smoker
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(AP)

In a tie game to start the 12th inning, Mets reliever Rafael Montero let up a single and walked two batters (one intentional) before Matt Kemp hit a two-run double to give the Braves the lead.

The Mets got the tying run to the plate during their next at-bat, but eventually lost the game, 3-1.

In total, Montero was charged with the loss, as well as two runs, three hits and three walks in his first 1.2 innings of the season. Hansel Robles entered the game with a 1-0 lead thanks to six scoreless innings from Jacob deGrom. However, Robles allowed a run to score that tied the game, while being charged with a blown save in the seventh inning...

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Rafael Montero
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Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It's me again. After 14 seasons as a Mets beat reporter, for the Daily News and then ESPN, I joined the New York Institute of Technology in February as its assistant athletic director for strategic communications, promoting the Old Westbury school's Division I baseball team as well as a dozen other sports competing at the Division II level.

The job involves pitching stories to media about the program, plus ensuring the school's athletics website -- NYITBears.com --and social media have solid content.

Still, when SNY graciously asked if I would be interested in contributing to its website on a part-time basis, I couldn't resist. I will be providing analysis pieces about the Mets, as well as popular staples from my days as a beat reporter, including the "Farm Report," which contains a feature and notes about Mets minor leaguers. We plan to launch our weekly minor-league content next Wednesday and continue it for the duration of the season.

Thank you to SNY's Fred Harner and Matthew Cerrone for making this happen.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Gsellman (65) delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Gsellman (65) delivers a pitch at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Mets closer Jeurys Familia is suspended the first 15 games of the season, and Seth Lugo is on the disabled list, yet the team's bullpen looked solid during Monday's 6-0 win to start the 2017 season.

Noah Syndergaard left the game after the sixth inning with a blister on his right middle finger, after which Robert Gsellman, Hansel Robles and Fernando Salas tossed three scoreless innings.

Tags: Addison Reed, Robert Gsellman
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