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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands near a batting cage during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands near a batting cage during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will begin practicing in the outfield in an effort to add to his versatility and find ways to be in the lineup.

"It's not like I'm going to be out there a lot," Flores said, according to Newsday's David Lennon. "Just as an option. I don't want to sit on the bench. I want to play."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores
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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (38) throws to first base during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (38) throws to first base during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

With the acquisition of Todd Frazier, the Mets' contingent of position players is largely settled. But some questions remain, including one that has plagued the team for several seasons now: who will lead off?

On Friday, new Mets hitting coach Pat Roessler mentioned Frazier, Brandon Nimmo, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Jose Reyes as potential leadoff candidates. And there should be even more candidates than the above. So, who should it be?

The classic "old school" leadoff man is whoever is fastest -- who will steal the most bases? Of the Mets' projected starters, clearly Amed Rosario fits that mold best. He is projected to steal anywhere from 15-to-25 bases in 2018, and his raw speed is clearly elite...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Maggie Wiggin
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Former WFAN host Mike Francesa says the Mets are open to trading OF Juan Lagares to the Giants for 2B Joe Panik.

"I don't know if they'll keep Lagares or not," Francesa said Tuesday on WOR. "I know the Giants want Lagares. The Mets are interested in Panik." When asked what the Mets would do with Asdrubal Cabrera if they traded for Panik, Francesa said they'd "let him play as a utility-man -- that's all. I know they like Panik a lot."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If Panik's defensive struggles last season were a one-year blip -- and if the Mets are comfortable using Nimmo in center field every day until Conforto returns -- dealing Lagares for Panik actually makes sense...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Jul 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

In their search for an infielder, the Yankees could attempt to trade for the Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera, suggests the New York Post's Joel Sherman. Among a host of other infield options available via free agency or trade, Sherman writes that "maybe even the Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera could be had via a spring training trade if necessary."

The 32-year-old Cabrera, who is expected to be the Mets' starting second baseman, will earn $8.5 million this season, after which he is eligible for free agency.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Unless the Mets are confident in Wilmer Flores as their full-time second baseman, it would seem odd for them to entertain the idea of trading Cabrera to the Yankees. And even if the Mets are comfortable with Flores at second base, putting him there would remove the option of him being the right-handed part of a platoon at first base with either Adrian Gonzalez or Dominic Smith...

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Jul 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

In their search for an infielder, the Yankees could attempt to trade for the Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera, suggests the New York Post's Joel Sherman. Among a host of other infield options available via free agency or trade, Sherman writes that "maybe even the Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera could be had via a spring training trade if necessary."

The 32-year-old Cabrera, who is expected to be the Mets' starting second baseman, will earn $8.5 million this season, after which he is eligible for free agency.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Unless the Mets are confident in Wilmer Flores as their full-time second baseman, it would seem odd for them to entertain the idea of trading Cabrera to the Yankees. And even if the Mets are comfortable with Flores at second base, putting him there would remove the option of him being the right-handed part of a platoon at first base with either Adrian Gonzalez or Dominic Smith...

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Alderson on signing Todd Frazier 00:06:13
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson breaks down the teams signing of third baseman Todd Frazier.

After introducing new 3B Todd Frazier on Wednesday at Citi Field, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Frazier will give the team the stability at third base they've lacked over the last few years. The Mets have largely been without David Wright since 2015, due to spinal stenosis and other health issues.

"We have been talking about Todd for several weeks," Alderson said, adding that he's happy those talks "finally culminated in a contract."

Noting that Frazier will give the Mets "a package" of power, plate discipline, and solid defense, Alderson said the team zeroed in on third base options after Asdrubal Cabrera expressed his preference to play second base.

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GEICO SportsNite: Todd Frazier 00:06:39
The Mets have landed a new third baseman with the signing of Todd Frazier to a two-year deal. Frazier also provides depth at first base.

The Mets will reportedly sign third baseman Todd Frazier to a two-year, $17 million deal pending a physical, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal

New York had been searching for another infielder throughout the offseason to allow them to play Asdrubal Cabrera at second base, and found that player in Frazier, who hit .213 with 27 home runs and 76 RBIs in 147 games with the Yankees and White Sox last season.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Frazier at $8.5 million per year is a tremendous get for the Mets. With the Pirates reportedly not coming off their trade demands for Josh Harrison, Frazier was the best fit -- and the Mets' patience paid off. Aside from Frazier, the Mets were reportedly considering the defensively-challenged Eduardo Nunez and old friend Neil Walker, who has had issues with injuries over the last two seasons...

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Latest on Mets' infield search 00:01:33
The BNNY crew give their take on who the Mets should sign and Andy Martino explains why a deal hasn't been agreed upon just yet.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson anticipates a flurry of roster moves during the next few weeks, he told reporters and fans last week outside Citi Field.

There are less than two weeks until most teams report for Spring Training, yet J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, Alex Cobb, and Lance Lynn all remain unsigned and available on the free-agent market -- as do more than 100 other players.

Meanwhile, according to Alderson, out of the 520 available big-league rosters spots, only 13 remain unfilled, which should lead to more free agents hitting the market as players get designated for assignment and released...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterIt may have been a weekend of football, but here I am to bring you some offseason Mets happenings. I mean, obviously I enjoyed a weekend of football as well, but this is not the place for me to vocalize my football opinions. You can follow me on Twitter for that!

Anyways, back to the Mets.

Noah Syndergaard (who celebrated the end of football season) and Jerry Blevins look like they'll be the bromance of the season. Also, any excuse for a Seinfeld reference, right? Helllllllo, Jerry!

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Sandy on second 00:01:35
Mets GM Sandy Alderson talks about the willingness of Asdrubal Cabrera to play second base, and how that affects other offseason moves.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Asdrubal Cabrera's desire to play second base may broaden the scope of what the team does in the market.

"Now that we know he'd be happier at second. ... it broadens the scope of what we might be able to do," Alderson said Thursday at Citi Field.

Alderson suggested earlier Thursday that the team would probably not sign free agent 3B Mike Moustakas, due to multiple factors. The Mets, who are looking to add another starting infielder, have been connected to Pirates INF/OF Josh Harrison, and free agent infielders Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, and Neil Walker...

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Alderson on the off-season 00:06:30
The BNNY crew discusses Sandy Alderson's comments in regards to the slow free agency period, the Mets' bullpen and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson suggested on Thursday that the team will not be signing free agent 3B Mike Moustakas.

Alderson, speaking with fans as the team's equipment truck departed Citi Field for Spring Training, cited the loss of a draft pick/international bonus pool money, and Moustakas's lack of versatility (he only plays third base) as two reasons against signing him.

If the Mets were to sign Moustakas, who rejected a qualifying offer from the Royals, they would be forced to surrender their third round pick in the upcoming MLB Draft...

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Oct 9, 2017; Frazier during game four of the 2017 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 9, 2017; Frazier during game four of the 2017 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets GM Sandy Alderson has placed an emphasis on adding a starting second baseman or third baseman this offseason -- with his stated preference being to bring in a second baseman in order to keep Asdrubal Cabrera at third base. Cabrera recently said he prefers to play second base, but it remains to be seen if his desire will have any impact on what the Mets do.

Here's a look at the players the Mets are reportedly considering...

3B/1B Todd Frazier, free agent

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Neil Walker, Danny Abriano
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Cabrera wants to play second 00:05:00
In an unexpected twist, Asdrubal Cabrera has told the Mets he wants to play second base in 2018, something he did not want to do last year.

Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera said he prefers to play second base as opposed to third, a new position he learned last season with New York.

"Third base is not easy," Cabrera told the New York Post's Kevin Kernan. "When they moved me over there during the season it was kind of hard for me that first month, so yeah, I prefer second base. If I had the opportunity to pick a position, I would pick second base."

Cabrera, who had spent most of his 11-year career as a shortstop but is being replaced by Amed Rosario, played 44 games at third base last season and 32 games at second. Prior to 2017, he played just one game at third base, whereas he appeared in 210 games at second base...

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There are exactly two weeks until Mets pitchers and catchers are required to report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the official start of Spring Training.

Meanwhile, there are dozens of impact free agents available on the open market and trades that can still be made as the Mets continue their search for a second baseman or third baseman and at least two pitchers willing to accept minor-league deals...

What's on second?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

There was a lot said by Mets GM Sandy Alderson and COO Jeff Wilpon Tuesday when they discussed with reporters the team's payroll and spending during a private lunch at Citi Field.

Here is Part 2 of my reaction to specific noteworthy quotes, which come by way of articles in the New York Post, Daily News, Newsday and MLB.com. CLICK HERE to read Part 1...


Have the Mets done enough to win in 2018?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Ken Blaze)
(Ken Blaze)

Free agent INF/OF Eduardo Nunez, who the Mets reportedly have interest in, recently worked out for the Red Sox in the Dominican Republic, reports Chad Jennings of the Boston Globe.

Nunez suffered a knee injury last season while playing for Boston, but has been medically cleared.

At least eight teams -- including the Yankees and Blue Jays -- have been in contact with Nunez.

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BNNY: Mets' payroll 00:06:12
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the Mets' payroll and speculates on New York's intentions for the remainder of the offseason.

Earlier today, I wrote that the Mets would be better off signing Mike Moustakas to play third base, while starting rookie Luis Guillorme at second instead of Asdrubal Cabrera.

Here's a more detailed explanation and why I actually think such a swap is possible...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Once the Mets' three-year deal with free agent OF/1B Jay Bruce is final -- which may not be until next week -- they will have to clear a spot on the already-full 40-man roster for him.

The Mets recently added minor league RHPs Tyler Bashlor (who struck out 84 batters in 49.2 innings last season between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton) and Gerson Bautista (who they acquired from the Red Sox last season in the Addison Reed trade) to the 40-man. So it's a safe bet the two of them are safe.

And unless the Mets are dropping a pitcher such as Rafael Montero or Chris Flexen -- which they absolutely should not be doing given their lack of starting pitching depth -- it's hard to see a pitcher being removed from the roster at this point.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jay Bruce, Matt Reynolds, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (Peter Aiken)
Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (Peter Aiken)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterJ.D. Martinez, Mike Moustakas, and Lorenzo Cain are among 12 of the top 15 free agents -- as listed by MLB Trade Rumors -- who remain unsigned.

Of those top 15, Masahiro Tanaka (who was ranked No. 5) never officially became a free agent, meaning only two of the top 15 free agents have signed. Those players? Carlos Santana (Phillies) and Wade Davis (Rockies).

Earlier this offseason, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the team was seeking a first baseman who could also play corner outfield, a second baseman, bullpen help (they have since signed Anthony Swarzak), and rotation depth. Since then, though, he has seemingly dialed back expectations, expressing optimism in Dominic Smith (who he had been critical of) and listing starting pitching help as fourth on his list of three needs...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier (29) hits a three run home run during the second inning aHouston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Oct 16, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier (29) hits a three run home run during the second inning aHouston Astros during game three of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

The Mets have been "curious" about free agent 3B Todd Frazier, reports The Post's Joel Sherman.

Sherman adds that the Mets may even be aggressive in trying to sign the 31-year-old who split time with the White Sox and Yankees last season, noting that Frazier could allow Asdrubal Cabrera to move around the infield, and also provide insurance to 1B Dominic Smith

"It's possible but it's not a scenario right now that I foresee," Alderson said Wednesday about acquiring a player whose presence would mean Cabrera doesn't play third base regularly. "It could change. ... we're trying to be flexible -- responding to opportunities. ... we're trying to be flexible and open-minded about it."

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Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) looks on during an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-6. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) looks on during an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-6. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Orioles are shopping 3B Manny Machado, and are seeking two young, controllable starting pitchers in return, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. However, Machado -- who is set for free agency after the 2018 season -- wants to return to shortstop this season, notes Rosenthal.

The Mets, Phillies, Braves, Giants, and Angels could make up part of the market for Machado, with the Yankees potentially on the periphery, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe noted in September. But with Machado now seeking to play shortstop, it's fair to believe his list of potential suitors could be different.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Earlier this offseason, while tossing around outside the box Mets ideas with colleagues, one I suggested was 'trade Jacob deGrom for Manny Machado and sign one of the higher-end free agent starting pitchers to replace him.'

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores
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Mets Hot Stove: Gelbs & Martino 00:04:08
Steve Gelbs and Andy Martino report from the Winter Meetings and discuss the Mets' options at second base and in the bullpen.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes infielder Asrubal Cabrera will likely spend most of the 2018 season at third base despite his versatility to play each infield position.

The Mets had eight different players spend time at third base, with Cabrera logging the second-most innings to Wilmer Flores. But while Cabrera has spent most of his MLB career at shortstop and has played a significant amount of time at second base, Alderson said he thinks Cabrera would likely be New York's third baseman.

"I think his versatility gives us the option [to sign a free-agent third baseman], but at the same time, we've kind of zeroed him in at third base and we don't want to move him around, so while he gives us some flexibility, I'm not sure we want to exercise it," Alderson said at the MLB Winter Meetings on Sunday.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Matt Reynolds, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThe Mets have not put acquiring a starting pitcher at the top of their list, according to multiple reports. This is a bit of a tough pill to swallow after last season -- when the Mets went in banking on their starters, talking about World Series contention because of their starters… and then all of their starters (minus Jacob deGrom) went down during the season.

Having a new, solid starter coming into 2018 would only be beneficial - we need more reliability than just deGrom.

But let's remember that there have been several times where reports tell us one thing, and the Mets do something else (ie hiring Mickey Callaway when everyone else thought Kevin Long or Alex Cora was going to get the job)...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

It was a very Mets thanksgiving this week. As Mets fans were thankful for the fact that the 2017 season is in the rearview and better times are ahead, Mets players showed their gratitude as well.

To no one's surprise, Noah Syndergaard gave a special shout-out to Mrs. Met...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

This week in our offseason entertainment, we had quite some movement in terms of baseball. There's now a coaching staff, which is huge. Now, we just need a big bat, a reliever, an outfielder who can also play first base, etc etc.

Off the field, however, the Mets also kept us entertained. No, it was not another weekend of love like last weekend was with Travis d'Arnaud, Brandon Nimmo, and Mickey Jannis all walking down the aisle. But, weddings did come up this week.

Steven Matz. We all know he's engaged and getting married soon. On WOR this week when asked about which teammates he felt obligated to invite to the wedding, his response gave away two of his groomsmen, but was also a bit vague...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Michelle Ioannou
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New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (54) doubles in a run in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets INF T.J. Rivera, who had Tommy John surgery on his injured right elbow on Sept. 14, is hoping to return around the beginning of next season.

While pitchers usually miss between 12 and 18 months recovering from Tommy John surgery, position players can return in as little as six months.

Mets officials foresee Rivera returning this coming summer, but his goal is to get back sooner...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, TJ Rivera, Danny Abriano
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BNNY: Andy Martino 00:03:17
Andy Martino reports live from the GM Meetings in Orlando and speculates on players the Mets may target to re-tool for the 2018 season.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets spoke on Tuesday with the representatives for free agent first baseman Carlos Santana because that's what baseball teams do in November: they take meetings and canvas the market. The same goes for free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain and the many other names sure to trickle from loose-lipped agents in the early part of the offseason.

But, according to sources with direct knowledge of New York's thinking, Santana is very unlikely to become a Met. The team remains more focused on finding a reliever, a second baseman (via free agency or trade) and an outfielder who can also play first base. Some reasons for this approach...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sandy Alderson talks with reporters
Sandy Alderson talks with reporters

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With a new manager in Mickey Callaway and a coaching staff in place, Sandy Alderson can now focus his full attention on the Mets' roster.

This is a significant offseason for the GM, who is in the homestretch of his tenure, and who must return the franchise to the relevance it enjoyed in 2015 and 2016.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)

Amed Rosario wants Jose Reyes -- the Mets' only major league free agent -- to return to the team in 2018.

"There's no words to it," Rosario, through an interpreter, told NJAM about his relationship with Reyes. "He's more than a friend, he's a brother and I've learned a lot from him."

"If it's God's will, he will be next year," Rosario added about Reyes being on the Mets.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jose Reyes, Matt Reynolds, TJ Rivera, Danny Abriano
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 New York Mets third baseman David Wright at the baseball winter meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Wright signed a contract extension with the New York Mets through 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey/AP)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright at the baseball winter meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Wright signed a contract extension with the New York Mets through 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey/AP)

In an article for the Daily News, columnist John Harper makes projections on where the top free agents will sign and how much they will be paid.

"The Mets do figure to be plenty active in this free-agent market, with holes to fill and more than $60 million in expiring contracts coming off last season's payroll," Harper notes. However, he continues, "indications are they won't be in on the big-ticket items," such as JD Martinez, Wade Davis and other elite free agents.

Instead, Harper projects that the Mets end up signing outfielder Jay Bruce, infielder Eduardo Nunez and relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets picked up the one-year, $8.5 million option on Asdrubal Cabrera's contract instead of buying him out for $2 million, the team announced Friday.

"Asdrúbal can help us all around the infield," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said in a press release. "The season didn't end the way we wanted but that didn't stop him from playing hard right to the very last out of the season. Asdrúbal is a great tutor to our younger players and a leader in the clubhouse. We're happy to have him back."

Cabrera wanted the Mets to bring him back, his agent recently told Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert.

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The Sandy Bunch: Kevin Long 00:00:36
SNY.tv takes a look at Mets hitting coach Kevin Long as a candidate to be the next Mets manager.

There's a lot of skepticism at the true impact a hitting coach can have on a swing decades in the making, but one of the few who has undeniably made his mark is Kevin Long. That talent has made him invaluable to the Mets and has pushed his name near the top of the list of managerial candidates.

Long has had a significant effect on Mets hitting since joing the team in 2015. He translated the organizational focus on plate discipline -- not necessarily with the goal of drawing walks, but with the goal of finding a pitch to drive -- in a way that clicked for many of their hitters.

Curtis Granderson, who had sung Long's praises since they worked together in the Bronx, rebounded from a rough Mets debut to put together one of the best seasons of his career. Yoenis Cespedes, Neil Walker, and Asdrubal Cabrera both saw big spikes in on base percentage working under Long as well. And Long's intense work with Daniel Murphy certainly seems to have paid off as well, albeit not for the Mets...

Tags: 2017 Mets Manager Search, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Jul 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that hasn't decided yet whether to retain infielder Asdrubal Cabrera by picking up the infielder's $8.5 million team option for 2018.

Alderson can decline the option by paying Cabrera a $2 million buyout.

In late September, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo said the Mets were nearly certain to bring Cabrera back next season, instead cutting ties with fellow utility infielder Jose Reyes.

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Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

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

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

1) Asdrubal Cabrera collected four hits and four RBIs, including a go-ahead three-run homer in the 11th inning. Brandon Nimmo had a two-run triple and Amed Rosario drove in New York's first run with a double. Kevin Plawecki reached base five times on two singles and three walks while Nori Aoki walked three times and scored three runs.

2) The Mets' bullpen combined to allow two runs and one hit in seven innings. Jeurys Familia fanned two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the 12th to collect his sixth save.

3) Seth Lugo allowed two runs and six hits over four innings in his final start of the season. The right-hander struck out four and didn't walk a batter while tossing 74 pitches. Lugo surrendered five of the six hits through the first two innings.

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 (Seth Wenig/AP)
(Seth Wenig/AP)

The Mets are "nearly certain" to pick up INF Asdrubal Cabrera's $8.5 million option for 2018, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The decision is really a $6.5 million one, since the Mets would have to buy out Cabrera for $2 million if they don't pick up his option.

Cabrera and pending free agent Jose Reyes both want to return to the Mets, with Reyes saying after Wednesday night's game at Citi Field that "a lot of stuff went through his head" during it because he was unsure whether it was his final game ever in front of the home fans.

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Sept. 2016: Reyes and Cabrera celebrate scoring a run at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA Today
Sept. 2016: Reyes and Cabrera celebrate scoring a run at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA Today

It is unlikely that infielders Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes are both back with the Mets next season, an anonymous team official told Newsday beat reporter Marc Carig.

"Probably unlikely, but possible," the source said.

According to Carig, of the two, Cabrera is more likely to be back than Reyes, though team officials acknowledge that both men could have value next season as utility players.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have two veteran infielders who are having good second halves -- Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera. With the way the roster is currently constructed, one of them will probably find himself with the team next year, possibly even with a starting role. Which one has the better case?

Asdrubal Cabrera

Cabrera followed up a stellar 2016 campaign as the Mets' starting shortstop with a rough first half of 2017. At the All-Star break, he had just a .736 OPS, and his defense was terrible. Moreover, he had made headlines by asking to be traded after the team asked him to move off shortstop. At the time, it seemed highly unlikely he would remain a Met much longer, despite a team option that would allow him to return in 2018 for just $6.5 million...

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Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.

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

1) Robert Gsellman took a shutout into the seventh inning and finished by allowing an unearned run on three hits and no walks. The right-hander struck out three, didn't walk a batter and fell victim to consecutive errors in the seventh by Amed Rosario which set up the Braves' run.

2) Nori Aoki went 3-for-4 with a triple and a walk and scored the game's opening run on Jose Reyes' first-inning triple. The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the first against Julio Teheran and added a second tally on Rosario's groundout. 

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Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Braves.

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

1) Rafael Montero could not escape the fifth inning after allowing two runs and was replaced with the bases loaded and two outs. The 26-year-old was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out six during his 108-pitch effort.

2) Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Dominic Smith gave the Mets a 2-1 lead with an RBI double in the third, but he flied out with two runners on in the eighth. Jose Reyes drove in New York's other run with a fielder's choice. Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, New York loaded the bases with one out, but Juan Lagares grounded into an inning-ending double play.

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New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

In his last nine games, Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera is batting .500 with six doubles and just one strikeout during 25 plate appearances. He's batting .387 since Aug. 25.

"He's really swinging well right now," Mets manager Terry Collins said after Wednesday night's loss to the Cubs. "He's a good hitter, he's a good baseball player. He's a knowledgeable guy, he's on top of the game. You watch balls in the dirt he seems he gets as good a jump as anybody off the bases."

Prior to his current hot streak, Cabrera hit just .262 during the preceding 51 games, during which he was put at second base for the first time since 2014.

Cabrera reacted to the position switch by telling reporters he would prefer to be traded. However, shortly after, he became open to the switch when realizing it would increase his value to teams interested in possibly acquiring him in trade...

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Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 8-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

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

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

1) The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the fourth, but it would be short-lived. The Cubs pounced on Robert Gsellman in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four runs -- including a two-out homer by Kris Bryant.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Josh Smoker, Robert Gsellman, Tommy Milone
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Asdrubal Cabrera left Sunday's game against the Reds after being hit by a pitch in the right ankle in the sixth inning. The Mets said Cabrera had a contusion and X-rays showed no damage. 

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Mets INF Asdrubal Cabrera will receive an MRI Friday morning after leaving Thursday's game with a tight right hamstring.

"It's not too bad," Cabrera said after the game, according to the Daily News. "I just feel it in that moment and think that I prefer to come out of the game and get checked. I hope it's not a big deal."

Cabrera nearly hit a home run in the game, but it was overturned after review. He had a double and a single in the game, marking the third consecutive time he has had multiple hits in as many games.

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New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets IF Asdrubal Cabrera will likely remain with the Mets through the rest of the season and there is mutual interest in his return next season, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson reacts after being tagged out at home plate by New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud at Nationals Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson reacts after being tagged out at home plate by New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud at Nationals Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielders Amed Rosario and Asdrubal Cabrera came up clutch late to lead New York to a 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader at Nationals Park.

After Rosario hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the eighth inning to give the Mets a lead, Cabrera threw out pinch runner Edwin Jackson at the plate to end the game.

Jackson, pinch running after Adam Lind drew a two-out walk off AJ Ramos, tried to score when Daniel Murphy lined a double to right field. Juan Lagares threw to the cutoff man Cabrera, who then threw a laser to catcher Travis d'Arnaud from short right field in time for d'Arnaud to block the plate and tag Jackson out.

"It was a perfect throw from the outfield," Jackson said, according to MLB.com's Jamal Collier. "From I'm guessing the second baseman, to home, perfect throw. Got me out at home."

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Yoenis Cespedes (52), Jose Reyes (7) and Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrate a win at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Yoenis Cespedes (52), Jose Reyes (7) and Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrate a win at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Mets veterans Jose Reyes, Yoenis Céspedes, and Asdrubal Cabrera led a hitters-only meeting prior to Wednesday night's win against the D-backs at Citi Field, Cespedes told Newsday.

The goal, Cespedes said, was to remind their teammates that every game, every at-bat counts, even if they're unlikely to make the postseason.

"We understand what the team's situation is, and how it's not necessarily our year," Cespedes said. "But these games are very important, because we're here to play, to try to win, and the fans spend their money to see us."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Many of the Mets' youngest players played key roles at the plate, on the field, and on the mound in the team's 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

Michael Conforto had two RBI singles to lead the offense, while Dominic Smith hit his third home run and Amed Rosario had two hits and an RBI. Brandon Nimmo hit a double and reached base four times. On the mound, Chris Flexen pitched six innings for the first time in his career and earned his third win of the season. 

"It's fun for me because I played with these guys coming up," Conforto said after the game. "It's cool that now they're here with me. I think right now they're in the part where they're just getting their feet wet... I think they're doing a great job so far and when the time comes I'll give them some knowledge if need be."

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New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera makes the throw to first base to complete the double play against Miami Marlins first baseman Tyler Moore in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera makes the throw to first base to complete the double play against Miami Marlins first baseman Tyler Moore in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Other teams are showing more interest in Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabera, according to Newsday's Marc Carig, as New York continues to sell during the waiver period.

Cabrera, who cleared waivers earlier this month, could be the sixth player traded by the Mets since late July, as New York has also dealt reliever Addison Reed, outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson, and infielders Lucas Duda and Neil Walker.

The 31-year-old Cabrera is hitting .261 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs this season. He has an $8.5 million team option for next season with a $2 million buyout.

Excluding the Granderson deal, the Mets have saved more than $11.6 million by becoming sellers.

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