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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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Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Brandon Nimmo is looking forward to helping the Mets weather the early-season absence of injured fellow OF Michael Conforto

With the Mets' All-Star center fielder not expected back until May after undergoing shoulder surgery, Nimmo is ready to fill in and do whatever he can to help his club overcome Conforto's missing offense. He'll likely be part of a platoon with Gold Glover Juan Lagares in the early part of the season.

"I do have confidence in what I do and I think I can help out this team a lot," Nimmo said. "While Conforto is resting up and getting healed up, I think we can hold the fort down and do more than just hold the fort down. I think we can contribute and show the Mets why they kept us around."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto
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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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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

"In Brandon Nimmo, the Mets basically have a young, pre-injury Michael Brantley on their hands, a player with great plate discipline and good corner-outfield defense with a chance at more," writes Eno Sarris for FanGraphs.

The 24-year-old Nimmo's elite plate discipline helped him post a walk rate of 15.3 percent and a .379 OBP in 69 games for the Mets last season. And it's one of the reasons why they're reportedly not willing to trade him to the Pirates for INF/OF Josh Harrison.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | In their search for a second baseman or third baseman, the Mets are likely choosing between Harrison and free agents Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, and Neil Walker. When news of the potential Nimmo for Harrison trade first came out, I was of the opinion that the Mets should bite the bullet and do it. That isn't the case anymore...

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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 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets are "continuing dialogue" with the Pirates regarding a potential trade for INF/OF Josh Harrison, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post, who says the Mets still believe a free agent acquisition for second base is more likely.

The Mets re-signed Jose Reyes last week to be a utility player, and are still seeking a full-time second baseman. Aside from Harrison, the team has recently been linked to free agent infielders Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, and Neil Walker.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Of the infielders the Mets have been connected to, Harrison is the best fit. He's a solid offensive player who is a plus defender at second base, versatile enough to play third base and the outfield, and would give the Mets some speed. But their apparent reluctance to deal Nimmo to the Pirates means a trade would likely have to be done with the Mets dealing minor league assets -- and the Pirates, who are reportedly not looking to fully rebuild, may not have any interest if that's the case...

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Brandon Nimmo didn't know his name was being thrown around in trades when the Mets discussed a potential move with the Pirates for Andrew McCutchen. His wife, Chelsea, told him when the two were hanging out on the couch.

"Huh. I guess you were almost traded," Chelsea told Brandon, via Matt Ehalt of The Record.

Nimmo wasn't offended, either. In fact, not only was his ego not bruised, it was stroked. He was glad to be in a discussion with former NL MVP McCutchen and honored the Mets kept him...

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Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds. (AP)

The Mets signed INF Jose Reyes on Friday and designated LHP Josh Smoker for assignment.

The The deal will be worth $2 million, with Reyes being able to earn an additional $500,000 through incentives, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Smoker, 29, went 4-2 with a 5.02 ERA in 74 games for the Mets between 2016 and 2017. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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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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Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Despite Josh Harrison suggesting he wants to be traded in the wake of the Pirates trading RHP Gerrit Cole and OF Andrew McCutchen, the team may be leaning toward keeping him -- at least for the first few months of the season -- reports Peter Gammons. The belief from most in baseball was that the Pirates did not receive equal value in exchange for Cole and McCutchen, but Gammons says the "gist of opinion from the GMs" he talked to is that the Pirates did well in those trades, and may try to compete sooner than later instead of continuing to tear down.

The Mets and Yankees have been among the teams interested in trading for Harrison, but it was reported last week that the Mets are "not particularly enthusiastic" about trading OF Brandon Nimmo in exchange for Harrison -- believing the cost should be lower. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic had reported last Tuesday that the Mets had seen Nimmo as a potential centerpiece in a deal for Harrison.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Of the infielders the Mets have been connected to, Harrison is the best fit. Yes, there are other infield options on the free agent market. But there are issues that come with signing each of them. Todd Frazier would necessitate moving Asdrubal Cabrera to second base, where he's a poor defender. Eduardo Nunez is a poor defender himself. Neil Walker has dealt with back issues. And Jose Reyes is a bench piece at this point in his career...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is congratulated by center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is congratulated by center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

With the return of Jay Bruce and a hole remaining in the infield, much of the buzz around the Mets this week has centered on the possibility of trading Brandon Nimmo or Juan Lagares for a second baseman. But the Mets are still dangerously thin in the outfield and willingly dealing away what little depth they have would be a serious mistake.

The Mets currently have five outfielders on the 40-man roster: Bruce, Nimmo, Lagares, Michael Conforto, and Yoenis Cespedes. Conforto, as reported earlier, is expected to be out at a minimum the entire month of April. Moreover, Nimmo, Lagares, and Cespedes all have lost significant time in recent years. The safe assumption is that they will be down by at least one man for the bulk of the season.

Teams have gotten by with four outfielders on the active roster for short stretches, but rarely for long stretches. And if the Mets were to have two on the sidelines at the same time -- a fairly common occurrence -- they would have no choice but to dig into their minor league depth, and that's where things start to get scary...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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What's the plan with Nimmo? 00:02:22
With the news that the Mets decided to pass on Andrew McCutchen in order to hold onto Brandon Nimmo, the BNNY crew has questions.

The Mets are "not particularly enthusiastic" about trading OF Brandon Nimmo in exchange for INF/OF Josh Harrison of the Pirates, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

While the Mets have engaged the Pirates in talks for Harrison, talks are not ongoing, Puma also reported on Wednesday. The Mets believe the asking price is not consistent with Harrison's contract, according to Puma. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | If you're handicapping what's next for the Mets now that they've celebrated returning free agent Jay Bruce with a Citi Field press conference, here's the way Sandy Alderson looks at the rest of the Met winter:

He'd rather sign a free agent than make a trade to improve the club. He says he could offer a potential free-agent infielder a "significant" contract. He doesn't agree with the hot takes that peg the Mets' farm system as mostly-devoid of desirable players, nor do he and his lieutenants believe the Mets need to add another bullpen arm.

Oh, and Alderson likes Brandon Nimmo's skill set an awful lot...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Anthony McCarron
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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after making a sliding catch to end a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3 to clinch a wild-card playoff berth. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after making a sliding catch to end a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3 to clinch a wild-card playoff berth. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets are reportedly signing OF/1B Jay Bruce to a three-year deal worth $39 million, and have told him to expect to get some time at first base. The deal will likely have serious ramifications (short and long-term) for at least two current players -- and maybe more...

What happens to Juan Lagares?

The Mets have been open to trading Lagares, who is owed $6.5 million this coming season and $9 million in 2019. And the acquisition of Bruce gives them a full outfield of Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto (when he returns), and Bruce from left to right...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterIt's risky for the Mets to not acquire another outfielder. Duh, right? But it's so much more than that. Here are three reasons why the Mets' need for an outfielder is so glaring:

Michael Conforto is still recovering from his shoulder injury

Conforto is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, and his injury is a punch to the gut that I don't need to re-live. He's supposed to be the kid who can be placed anywhere in the outfield without us having to worry. He got experience in center field last season just for this reason. But the Mets are likely not going to have him on the roster when the season begins, and we're not sure for how long after that...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Sep 30, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 30, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterHappy second week of 2018, Mets fans. I wish I had more to report, but things have been quiet both in terms of on the field news. I'm happy to sit here and ramble about my week, though, but none of you care about that. I do hope that you all have survived the below-freezing temperatures and the bomb cyclone (aka blizzard).

Now on to the Mets...

Josh Smoker showed much excitement over Travis d'Arnaud. It's rare to see excitement over TdA, so this was obviously important to note...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Mets OF Brandon Nimmo, who hit .260/.379/.418 with five HR, 11 doubles, and 21 RBI in 69 games last season, lists his power and pitch-selection as things he wants to work on heading into the 2018 season.

"I think things I can work on are power, average, and then obviously I think I can get better at swinging at more good pitches consistently," Nimmo told SNY's Steve Gelbs. "I felt like curveballs are something I can hop on a bit more."

Nimmo, who saw regular playing time from August through the end of the season, also talked about improving his first-step quickness in the outfield and when it comes to stealing bases.

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 (Teddy Aviles)
(Teddy Aviles)

The Mets are hosting their annual Holiday party for local children at Citi Field this afternoon.

Santa Claus is being played by Brandon Nimmo.

His elves are Noah Syndergaard, Kevin Plawecki, and Jerry Blevins.

Click below for photo

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Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)
Juan Lagares (left) steals second while Dee Gordon waits for the throw during the seventh inning. (AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. - With Sandy Alderson set to report to the GM meetings on Monday morning, he will have his first opportunity of the offseason to chat in person with his counterparts from rival teams, and see if he can lay the groundwork for trades. But Mets people know that they will have to get creative in order to actually pull off an impactful deal -- the way this roster is constructed, trading won't be easy.

As detailed in yesterday's column, the Mets are seeking a late-inning reliever, a second baseman, a corner infielder/first baseman, and possibly a back-end starter. Free agency will be the easiest route to fill as many of those needs as possible, because the team knows that its farm system lacks the high-end trading chips of years gone by (and even then, Alderson tended to hold onto his prospects).

The Mets have players on their major league roster that would bring back value, but I'm told that the team is highly reluctant to move most of them. The loss of so many starting pitchers to injury last year spooked the front office, providing yet another reminder that no amount of rotation depth is adequate.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Moore, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Nimmo's solo homer off Scherzer 00:00:48
Brandon Nimmo takes Washington's Max Scherzer deep for a solo home run in the first inning.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo hit a solo home run Sunday against two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. The ball landed in the second deck at Citi Field.

Nimmo, who was not known for his power in the minor leagues, told reporters Sunday that he's not surprised to see himself hitting home runs in the big leagues.

"I can definitely hit home runs," said Nimmo, who has been working with the coaching staff to simplify his swing. "I think when I find the barrel more often, you're going to see that happen more."

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Nimmo's solo homer off Scherzer 00:00:48
Brandon Nimmo takes Washington's Max Scherzer deep for a solo home run in the first inning.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo hit a solo home run Sunday against two-time Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. The ball landed in the second deck at Citi Field.

Nimmo, who was not known for his power in the minor leagues, told reporters Sunday that he's not surprised to see himself hitting home runs in the big leagues.

"I can definitely hit home runs," said Nimmo, who has been working with the coaching staff to simplify his swing. "I think when I find the barrel more often, you're going to see that happen more."

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Nimmo's solo homer 00:00:41
Brandon Nimmo pulls a fly ball just fair of the right field foul pole and over the wall for a solo home run in the top of the seventh.

In his last 16 games, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo is hitting .308 with a .433 OBP, 12 walks, three home runs, 11 RBI and nine runs scored.

"I take a lot of pride in my whole game," Nimmo said after Wednesday's loss, during which he hit a solo home run. "A part of my game is getting on base. I feel like I command the zone pretty well … and I am proud of that."

Nimmo has swung at 16.5 percent of pitches thrown to him outside of the strike zone, which is the fifth-best percentage in baseball. He ranks eighth best on pitches thrown in the strike zone...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:05
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 9-2 loss to the Marlins in Miami.

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

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

1) Rafael Montero allowed five runs in four innings to suffer his second straight loss after winning three straight. The right-hander surrendered seven hits, two walks and struck out two. 

2) Erik Goeddel retired one batter in the eighth and allowed three home runs, including Giancarlo Stanton's Major League-leading 56th. Justin Bour went deep for the second straight night off Montero in the third.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Rafael Montero
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Nimmo's second homer of night 00:00:54
Brandon Nimmo smacks a two-run home run to deep center field, his second of the game.

Batting cleanup for just the second time in his career, Brandon Nimmo looked the part last night, slugging two home runs and a double. But, while this unexpected power surge might not last forever, he is showing a steady glove and, most notably, legitimately elite plate discipline...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Maggie Wiggin
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:29
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Brandon Nimmo recorded the first multi-home run game of his career and drove in three runs. He also doubled, walked and scored three times.

2) Jose Reyes gave New York the lead with a two-run run single in the fourth. Juan Lagares and Nimmo went back-to-back in the fifth while Dominic Smith added an RBI single. Asdrubal Cabrera had a home run taken away on an umpire review but finished with a double and a single, his third straight multi-hit effort.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Matt Harvey
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Breaking down Nimmo at the plate 00:02:13
Gary Apple and Nelson Figueroa look at Brandon Nimmo's recent plate appearances and what he can do to improve his at bats.

Sandy Alderson told reporters Tuesday that he'll need to know more about Michael Conforto's recovery from shoulder surgery before determining whether to acquire another outfielder this winter.

"I think that's to be determined," Alderson said, after announcing Conforto will have the torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder repaired Wednesday. "We'll know more in about a month or so with respect to Conforto's timetable, and I think we'll know more about Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/4 00:03:05
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 11-7 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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

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

1) The Mets opened up a 10-0 lead, capped by a six-run fourth inning which included home runs from Jose Reyes and Asdrubal CabreraGavin Cecchini added a two-run single while Brandon Nimmo and Reyes each had RBI singles in the frame. Juan Lagares opened the scoring with a run-scoring single in the second. Nori Aoki had an RBI groundout and Nimmo added a second RBI single in the sixth.

2) Nimmo matched a career high with three hits and also walked for the sixth time in three games. Reyes walked twice in addition to his 10th homer and RBI single. Lagares and Plawecki each had two hits

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Rafael Montero
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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Jose Reyes will make his first-ever start in left field on Tuesday night when the Mets play the Reds in Cincinnati.

Juan Lagares is starting in center field with Brandon Nimmo in right field.

Reyes, who played one inning in center field earlier this year, has started 60 games at shortstop, 31 games at third base, and seven games at second base this season.

The Mets recently lost outfielders Michael Conforto (shoulder) and Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) for the season. They traded outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson earlier this month.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Gelbs on Nimmo's approach 00:02:06
On Citi Pre Game Live, Steve Gelbs talks about Brandon Nimmo's approach at the plate that has led to a .406 OBP over his last ten games.

There's a youth movement afoot in Queens. The mass exodus of pending free agent veterans has left holes all over the field, and young players are jumping at the chance -- for some perhaps their last -- to prove their worth to a team in transition. While none have the pedigree of Amed Rosario or Dominic Smith, some former early-round draft picks are going to become familiar faces over the next 5 weeks.

Selected in the first round of the 2011 Draft as a raw center fielder with a good eye at the plate, Brandon Nimmo had the misfortune of being yet another lefty outfielder on a team overflowing with them. The departures of Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson have left the door wide open, though, and he should get a long look as a potential fourth outfielder for 2018.

While Nimmo has shown little power in his professional career, his 13.6 percent walk rate in the minors shows he has the potential to get on base at an elite rate. Early indicators suggest this approach is translating at the major league level, though the hit tool needs to continue to develop in order to justify the lack of power and vulnerability to strikeouts...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, Matt Reynolds, Maggie Wiggin
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Aug 27, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) throws against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)
Aug 27, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) throws against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports (Aaron Doster)

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

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

1) Leading 3-2 in the sixth, Hansel Robles allowed a single and then walked three consecutive batters to force in the tying run. Chasen Bradford entered the game and pushed across the go-ahead marker with New York's fourth straight free pass.

2) Trailing 2-0 in the sixth, Juan Lagares stroked an RBI double and Brandon Nimmo went deep for his first home run of the season to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with an RBI single in the ninth while Lagares and Nimmo had two hits apiece for New York.

3) Seth Lugo returned from the disabled list and tossed three scoreless frames before faltering in the fourth. He was lifted after 70 pitches and was charged with two runs on four hits and no walks with five strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Hansel Robles, Seth Lugo
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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."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares attempts to make a catch against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares attempts to make a catch against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

With Jay Bruce traded to the Cleveland Indians and Curtis Granderson set to be a free agent at season's end, that allows the Mets to move Michael Conforto to right field in 2018.

So where do team officials turn for a center fielder next season? After all, a platoon of Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares in that position (with Yoenis Cespedes and Conforto in the corners) really does not seem like the best-case scenario.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, 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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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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Gelbs on Rosario, Reed trade 00:04:46
Steve Gelbs breaks down the Mets' moves at the trade deadline, including sending Addison Reed to Boston for prospects.

The Mets did not trade infielder Asdrubal Cabrera or outfielders Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson prior to Monday's 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline.

"We really did not come close to moving any of those players," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said on a conference call.

Although the Mets did not trade Cabrera to clear room in the infield, the Mets will call up 21-year-old shortstop prospect Amed Rosario, who is hitting .328 with a .367 OBP and .466 SLG with seven home runs, 19 doubles, seven triples, 66 runs scored, 58 RBIs and 19 stolen bases for Triple-A Las Vegas, on Tuesday.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Danny Abriano
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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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The Mets activated OF Brandon Nimmo from the disabled list on Friday and optioned RHP Tyler Pill to Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced.

Nimmo, who is hitting .350 with a .458 OBP and .400 SLG in 15 games for the Mets this season, has been on the DL since July 8 due to a collapsed lung.

Pill, who was called up earlier this week, has a 5.32 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with 16 strikeouts in 22.0 innings (three starts, four relief appearances) for the Mets this season, during what is his rookie campaign.

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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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(AP)

INF Neil Walker and OF Brandon Nimmo, but not Triple-A Las Vegas 1B Dominic Smith, are expected to join the Mets on Friday for the start of their series against the Mariners in Seattle, according to SNY contributor Adam Rubin.

The Mets traded 1B Lucas Duda to the Rays on Thursday night for reliever Drew Smith, with Jay Bruce getting the start at first base against the Padres.

Dominic Smith, 22, is hitting .337 with a .390 OBP and .524 SLG with 15 HR, 30 doubles, and 68 RBI in 102 games this season for Las Vegas.

The Mets likely want to showcase Bruce and OF Curtis Granderson between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, meaning a callup of Dominic Smith will likely have to wait.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo hits against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo hits against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and played seven innings in center field in the first game of his rehab assignment from a partially collapsed lung.

Nimmo, who last played in a game July 4, was cleared last week to take batting practice. He was hospitalized and underwent X-rays during New York's road trip to St. Louis after he complained about how he felt.

He said earlier this month he wasn't sure what caused the partially collapsed lung.

Nimmo was hitting .350 with no home runs and two RBIs in 15 games with the Mets this season. In the minors, he was hitting .223 with four home runs and 20 RBIs.

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Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of the catchers gear of New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (not pictured) on the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of the catchers gear of New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (not pictured) on the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets LHP David Peterson, the team's first-round pick in the 2017 draft, was ranked New York's No. 3 prospect in Baseball America's midseason top 10 and in MLB.com's midseason prospect rankings.

Shortstop Amed Rosario, who was ranked MLB.com's No. 2 overall prospect and Baseball America's No. 4 overall prospect, was ranked the organization's top prospect by both outlets.

First baseman Dominic Smith was ranked the No. 2 prospect by both outlets, the No. 41 overall by MLB.com and No. 49 overall by Baseball America. RHP Justin Dunn was ranked fourth in the organization (No. 100 overall by Baseball America).

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Robert Gsellman
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Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters tags out New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo at home plate in the eighth inning at Nationals Park. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters tags out New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo at home plate in the eighth inning at Nationals Park. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)

An X-ray on Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo's partially collapsed lung revealed less air in his chest cavity, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma.

Nimmo, who went on the disabled list Saturday afternoon, complained about how he felt following New York's series in St. Louis and went to the hospital for further evaluations. He told reporters on Saturday he didn't know exactly what caused the partially collapsed lung.

"To be honest, there is no real cause," manager Terry Collins said, according to NJ.com's Abbey Mastracco. "It just happens. The doctors said there are certain athletes where once in a while, it just happens. It's not caused by anything except it just pops up once in a while." 

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Walker, Collins on walk-off win 00:06:01
Mets second baseman Neil Walker and manager Terry Collins break down the Mets' 4-3 win after Walker's walk-off single in the ninth.

Tonight at Citi Field, Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.78 ERA) will oppose Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 5.03 ERA) at 7:10 p.m in the second game of a three-game series between the Mets and Giants.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, San Francisco Giants
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Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after an injury in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 27, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after an injury in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets will try to get back on track Friday as they open a three-game series with the Washington Nationals in D.C. at 7:05 p.m. on SNY.

Jacob deGrom (0-1, 2.55 ERA) will face off Max Scherzer (3-1, 1.95 ERA) for the second consecutive outing. DeGrom walked six batters against Washington on Sunday, but also struck out 10 batters. Scherzer gave up three runs on five hits in eight innings against the Mets on Sunday.

The Mets will be without Yoenis Cespedes, who left Thursday's game with a hamstring strain and is scheduled to have an MRI. Manager Terry Collins said he expects Cespedes to land on the disabled list.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Washington Nationals, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Harvey and the New York Mets will face Jordan Zimmerman and the Detroit Tigers on Monday at Joker Marchant Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET.

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New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo connects for a base hit against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo connects for a base hit against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo strained his right hamstring playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. He is currently on his way back to Port St. Lucie where he will be re-evaluated.

Nimmo will be out a few weeks with what is diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain, Italy manager Marco Mazzieri told the James Wagner of the New York Times

Nimmo, 23, was drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft.

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The future of Major League Baseball was on display at Great American Ballpark on Sunday afternoon, and the future is bright, especially for the Mets. Outfield prospects?Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto scored and saved runs during Team USA's?10-1 win over Team World.

Conforto was 2-for-2 and had a spectacular throw from left field in the top of the third, which kept Team World's Ketel Marte from scoring. Nimmo went?1-for-2 with an RBI.

Tags: arbattif, avsny, Brandon Nimmo, futures game, lizzynielsen, Mets, MetsBlog, michael conforto
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After going 4-for-4 with a double, and a home run last night, Brandon Nimmo is hitting .407/.530/.549 in 24 games in the Florida State League.

As he told MiLB.com about his big night, Monday:

"I felt good up at the plate, just swinging and having fun and happened to get into a few balls. It's just one of those nights you look back and think, thank God for that one. I'm kind of going through it all, and at the end of the night, I thought, 'That was a pretty dang good night.'"
He has five doubles, a triple and two homers to go along with 24 walks against 20 strikeouts. The two home runs?already equal his season output from 2013 in Savannah, and his five doubles are over 30 percent of his way to last year's total of 16.

Tags: Analysis, Brandon Nimmo, Hot Sheet, Toby Hyde
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Q: Scott writes:

Toby, did Akeel Morris really strike out ALL NINE batters he faced in 3 innings of work the other night? ?Can you make even a brief post on what you saw and how he managed to do that? ?Thanks.

Tags: Akeel Morris, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Mailbag, Toby Hyde
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