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Edwin Diaz

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets left the Winter Meetings having secured two starting pitchers and after having discussions about potential moves involving Starling Marte, Jed Lowrie, Dominic Smith, and others.

But while GM Brodie Van Wagenen said on Thursday that the Mets can now focus on "wants" instead of "needs," the team still has some needs -- both in terms of players they need to bring in and players they should be looking to move on from.

Here's what should still be on their agenda with about two months to go until spring training begins in Port St. Lucie...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 3, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Mets won 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

he Winter Meetings are in full swing in San Diego, and the Mets still have a lot they need to accomplish if they hope to be one of the top contenders for the NL East title in 2020.

As Brodie Van Wagenen hopes to check off some of the Mets' needs, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone dipped into his mailbag...


Joyce Kanopka (via e-mail): I don't understand why the Mets aren't trading Edwin Diaz. What evidence is there that he can ever get back to pitching like he did for the Mariners?

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

Speaking Thursday morning at the Winter Meetings with the Mets on the verge of finalizing deals with starting pitchers Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha, GM Brodie Van Wagenen strongly suggested that his plan might not include adding any external big league relievers.

Van Wagenen could be speaking in intentionally coy terms. But if not, the Mets would likely be neglecting their main area of need while hoping for bounceback years and other positive developments.

"We can bolster our bullpen by having (Seth) Lugo and (Robert) Gsellman go back to the bullpen along with (Brad) Brach if that's how it shakes out in spring training," Van Wagenen said. "It's a good position to be in. We'll sort of adjust on the fly in terms of what other opportunities come in. We have the ability to do wants now that many of our needs are filled."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Brewers LHP Josh Hader (Jeff Curry)
Brewers LHP Josh Hader (Jeff Curry)

While the Mets and Dodgers have spoken with the Brewers about a potential trade for Josh Hader, the Yankees have been the most "active pursuer," reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Rosenthal adds that "in some cases," Milwaukee has asked for a package in return that included at least one top prospect, but that teams are reluctant to part with that level prospect for Hader.

SNY's Andy Martino reported on Dec. 2 that the Mets were one of many teams interested in trading for Hader, but that it was not yet clear if the Brewers would deal him.

Martino added that the price for the Mets would be high -- in the J.D. Davis, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil category. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Masahiro Tanaka and Noah Syndergaard
Masahiro Tanaka and Noah Syndergaard

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The long-awaited scientific findings on the 2019 baseball were released on Wednesday, and the conclusions likely aren't going to satisfy pitchers throughout the majors who were convinced MLB intentionally juiced the ball to fly farther and produce more home runs.

Yet at least there is reason to believe Noah Syndergaard wasn't crazy when he kept complaining that he couldn't throw his slider as effectively in the past -- due to a decrease in the height of the seams on some of the balls that apparently contributed to the record-breaking number of home runs.

And maybe there is now even more reason to believe the Mets should gamble on signing free-agent reliever Blake Treinen, whose fall from dominance with the A's last season was due largely to the ineffectiveness of his sinker -- thought to be at least partly related to lower seams on the ball.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, John Harper
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Masahiro Tanaka and Noah Syndergaard
Masahiro Tanaka and Noah Syndergaard

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The long-awaited scientific findings on the 2019 baseball were released on Wednesday, and the conclusions likely aren't going to satisfy pitchers throughout the majors who were convinced MLB intentionally juiced the ball to fly farther and produce more home runs.

Yet at least there is reason to believe Noah Syndergaard wasn't crazy when he kept complaining that he couldn't throw his slider as effectively in the past -- due to a decrease in the height of the seams on some of the balls that apparently contributed to the record-breaking number of home runs.

And maybe there is now even more reason to believe the Mets should gamble on signing free-agent reliever Blake Treinen, whose fall from dominance with the A's last season was due largely to the ineffectiveness of his sinker -- thought to be at least partly related to lower seams on the ball.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, John Harper
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 (Orlando Ramirez)
(Orlando Ramirez)

New Mets manager Carlos Beltran made an appearance at the Winter Meetings in San Diego Tuesday evening and discussed the upcoming season for his new ball club and what he's done in the first month since being named manager.

"It's been a lot of work trying to catch up with all the information, all the details, trying to reach out to all the players," Beltran said in his opening statement. "But it's been fun, it's been a learning experience, there is no doubt that, you know, being in the job a lot of times from the outside you think that being a manager is something that happens from one day to another, but really it takes time to catch up with all the information. The good thing is that I have a good group of guys around me that are being supportive and they've been guiding me through the process."

The Mets made additional changes to their coaching staff aside from Beltran this offseason, adding the likes of Hensley Meulens as their bench coach and Jeremy Hefner as the new pitching coach. 

Beltran noted that 'It was a team effort" in picking and finalizing this new coaching staff.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes
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The Mets enter the Winter Meetings having re-signed Brad Brach to a one-year deal with a player option for 2021 that could turn out to be a steal if Brach performs in 2020 like he has during most of his career. 

But Brach isn't nearly enough.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen speaks with reporters at the GM Meetings. (SNY)
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen speaks with reporters at the GM Meetings. (SNY)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen heads down to San Diego on Sunday for his second stint at the Winter Meetings, and SNY's Andy Martino knows what he'll be looking to come back to Flushing with. 

Martino has the Mets looking to add a back end starter as well as bullpen help. Van Wagenen is looking to fill the void left by Jason Vargas, who was traded to the Phillies before the deadline last season. Zack Wheeler is also a Phillie now after signing his multi-year deal this past week. 

Rick Porcello is a man on their list, according to Martino. But if Van Wagenen can't add someone, there is the possibility that Seth Lugo or Robert Gsellman could be starting for the Mets instead of coming out of the bullpen. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jason Vargas, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler
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Jul 16, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 16, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at the Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Sure, you're hyped for some Mets free agent or trade action at the upcoming Winter Meetings. But unless the club pulls off a surprise blockbuster move, the most newsworthy Mets stuff coming out of San Diego might be the first public appearance by a club bigwig since the announcement of sale negotiations with billionaire Steve Cohen.

When Brodie Van Wagenen steps in front of cameras and reporters, there will be lots to discuss, far beyond how to fix that horrid bullpen.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Anthony McCarron
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Brad Brach
Brad Brach

The Mets have agreed to sign reliever Brad Brach, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. 

Brach's deal will be for one year and $850,000 and also contains a player option for 2021 that is worth $1.25 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Brach, Chris Flexen was designated for assignment.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Seth Lugo
Seth Lugo

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The Phillies are buying into the same obvious potential in Zack Wheeler that convinced me last winter he'd turned a corner in 2018 and blossomed into an elite starter, so I can understand why they gave him $118 million to upgrade their starting rotation. 

But here's the thing: Wheeler didn't turn that corner, as it turned out, and while brilliant at times in 2019, he was plagued by inconsistent command and mistake-pitch home runs that negated his dominant stuff too often, especially early as he pitched to a 4.96 ERA over the first 15 starts of the season.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Blake Treinen/Kevin Pillar
Blake Treinen/Kevin Pillar

There were dozens of players across baseball who were non tendered on Monday and instanty became free agents. The following five should all come at a reasonable price and I hope will be under consideration by Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets...

Kevin Pillar, OF

The Mets are reportedly looking to add a center fielder. Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo can both play center field and their bats are needed in the lineup, so a defense-first option could make for a strong fit on the roster.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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May 27, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)
May 27, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets are already banking on a big bounce-back season from Edwin Diaz, arguably baseball's best closer in 2018. Why not double down on that approach for 2020, now that Blake Treinen is a free agent?

That way they only need to go 1-for-2 on the reliever volatility theory to fix their bullpen in spectacular fashion.

Treinen, every bit as dominant for the A's in 2018 as Diaz was for the Mariners, and nearly as dreadful in 2019, was set free on Monday night when Oakland chose to non-tender him a contract rather than pay him some $8 million next season via arbitration.

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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets had nine arbitration-eligible players entering the offseason and trimmed that number to eight when they DFA'd Joe Panik.

On Monday, the team announced that they had officially tendered contracts to Marcus StromanNoah Syndergaard, Michael ConfortoEdwin Diaz , Steven MatzSeth Lugo, Brandon Nimmo, and Robert Gsellman

Once a player is offered arbitration, the team and that player's agent have until a set date -- usually at some point in February -- to come to terms on a new contract. If that doesn't happen, both sides submit salary proposals and the player's salary is determined at a hearing by independent arbitrators. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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With the Mets interested in trading for Brewers closer Josh Hader, one question is how much the Mets would have to give up in order to land him. Another question is how much they should be willing to give up.

Arguably the best reliever in baseball, the 25-year-old Hader has immense value. He is entering his first of four arbitration years, and will likely get more expensive each season from 2020 to 2023.

It can be argued that with their farm system still in the midst of being rebuilt that the Mets should be focused on the free agent market when it comes to improving the bullpen. But if they are serious about going for Hader, it could make sense to also take back Ryan Braun (and a sizable portion of what he's owed) in order to provide the Brewers even more salary relief and make what they send to Milwaukee hurt less.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Franklyn Kilome, Jeff McNeil, Mark Vientos, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Blake Treinen (David Richard)
Blake Treinen (David Richard)

As they look to cut payroll for the 2020 season, the Athletics are discussing trades of reliever Blake Treinen, infielder Jurickson Profar, and catcher Josh Phegley, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, adding that all three players are non-tender candidates.

For the Mets, who already have a potentially overcrowded infield and a starting catcher, the only player of interest here should be Treinen.

The 31-year-old Treinen was one of the best relievers in baseball in 2018 and one of the worst in 2019, and is projected to earn $7.8 million via arbitration in 2020 -- a potentially steep price for any interested team to pay in addition to giving literally anything up via trade.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Nationals may have won the World Series but the Braves were the best team in the NL East over 162 games last season, totaling 97 wins, and they could be better in 2020 considering: 

They have the best core of age 25-and-under players in the division, as well as a Top Five farm system, and they've moved quickly this off-season to load up in the bullpen, signing Will Smith, the top reliever on the free agent market, and re-signing Chris Martin.  

All of which sets an awfully high bar for the Mets next season if they're going to deliver on the win-now expectations that have defined Brodie Van Wagenen's actions as GM.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets have given every indication that improving the bullpen is going to be the priority for them this offseason, though to what extent is quite fuzzy as Brodie Van Wagenen has been making the case that he's counting on Jeurys Familia and Edwin Diaz to have bounce-back seasons.

And, oh by the way, Will Smith -- arguably the best reliever on the market -- signed with the Braves on Thursday as the NL East champs took a big step to strengthen what was an area of weakness for them in 2019.

Smith got $39 million over three years, and the Mets apparently weren't willing to spend that much, at least in part because they're already paying Familia $10 million a year for two more years.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

2019 was the worst season of Noah Syndergaard's career -- the only one of his five big league seasons where his ERA was higher than 3.24. His issues were sometimes mental, sometimes mechanical, sometimes related to bad luck. So how will he turn the page?

"I don't think it's mental," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday at the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. "I think it's just a matter of -- a lot of players will struggle with mechanics and repeatability at different points in time over the course of the year. I think Noah has had such consistent performance -- he had injuries in '17 and '18 -- but his performance was exceptionally level."

While Syndergaard's 4.28 ERA in 2019 was ghastly compared to what he did over his first four seasons, his FIP was 3.60 -- an indication that some of what went wrong was due to bad luck.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Danny Abriano
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Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has said numerous times that the team hopes to improve the bullpen (among other areas) heading into the 2020 season. What does that mean for the embattled Edwin Diaz?

After a tremendous 2018 season with the Mariners, Diaz had a disastrous season in 2019 after being acquired by New York, allowing 15 homers in 58 innings while posting a 5.59 ERA (4.51 FIP) and 1.37 WHIP. He lost his closer job and was at times relegated to being one of the last options in the bullpen.

Still, Van Wagenen said Tuesday during an appearance on WFAN with Mike Francesa that the Mets expect Diaz to be pitching in high-leverage situations in 2020, adding that their "projection systems still believe in Diaz' talent and we know that we've got a guy that's gonna rebound and be an All-Star type performer for us."

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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Shortly after the 2019 season ended, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen sought to cut off any rumors about Noah Syndergaard and Edwin Diaz before they began, saying that the plan was for both of them to be part of the team in 2020.

What about Michael Conforto?

Asked on Monday at the GM meetings whether he would put Conforto on a list of basically untouchable players along with Syndergaard and Diaz, Van Wagenen indicated that he would.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has cited the bullpen, center field, and the starting rotation as key areas the team needs to address heading into the 2020 season. But could payroll limitations get in the way?

Asked on Monday at the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. if the Mets would be willing to exceed the $208 million luxury tax for 2020, Van Wagenen bobbed and weaved a bit.

"Our goal is to identify what the acquisition costs are of players and then make recommendations to the ownership group that we think are going to put the team in the best situation to succeed," Van Wagenen explained. "So we will do that. And if the luxury tax threshold becomes something we have to consider, then we will talk about it at that time."

Tags: David Wright, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Moments after Mets first baseman Pete Alonso took home the National League Rookie of the Year Award, New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen spoke at the MLB GM meetings.

Here are the takeaways from Van Wegenen's discussion with reporters...  


Latest on Zack Wheeler contract negotiations...

"We started dialogue with his camp before the trade deadline last year. We expressed interest in having him be apart of what we're doing moving forward. Obviously he earned the right to explore free agency, he's got a decision to make later this week [on the qualifying offer the Mets extended him]. We'll certainly continue to have those discussions moving forward."

"Wheeler is a good pitcher. That's why we offered him the qualifying offer, we didn't take that lightly. I think he's put himself in a position to be an attractive player. We'll continue to have dialogue."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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Red Sox OF Mookie Betts
Red Sox OF Mookie Betts

MLB executives believe at least one of Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor or Kris Bryant will be traded this offseason, according to MLB.com's Jon Morosi.

The way I see it, of the three, Betts is most likely to find a new home. And he's a good fit for the Mets.

Bryant fits the Mets, too. I'm not convinced Chicago will end up trading him, though. Like with Lindor, while it's worth it for each team to listen to offers, the Cubs and Indians have these players under contract for more than just next season.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

The annual GM Meetings take place from Nov. 11-14 in Scottsdale, Ariz. On hand will be Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff, along with representatives from the 29 other teams.

While the big event of the offseason is the Winter Meetings each December, things often start to take shape at the GM meetings.

Van Wagenen discussed the Mets' offseason plans while introducing Carlos Beltran as manager last Monday, but he didn't go into detail. Here are five questions Van Wagenen should be asked as the GM Meetings begin...

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Edwin Diaz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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On Thursday night at his Tru32 charity bowling event "Strikes with Steven", Mets pitcher Steven Matz gave his thoughts on newly hired manager Carlos Beltran.

"It's really exciting," Matz said. "He's very respected in the game. He was a great player himself. I think he brings some great leadership to the team, and he's very passionate about the game. I think we're all excited to have him as our leader."

Matz went on to talk about how Beltran's experience as a recent player should help the team a lot.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

MLB free agency is officially underway, and while there is a steep dropoff after the triumvirate of Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Stephen Strasburg, there are still dozens of quality players available.

For the Mets, there are solid options on the market who could help them address their three biggest needs: The bullpen, center field, and the starting rotation. New York also has the option of going the trade route to fill some or all of their needs, but with the team in need of restocking their farm system (instead of further diminishing it), the wiser play would be to fill most of their needs via free agency.

Along the above lines, here are five free agents the Mets should consider pursuing...

Tags: Brett Gardner, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Pineda, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) looks at the scoreboard in the tenth inning of game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) looks at the scoreboard in the tenth inning of game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After putting up a league-leading 57 saves and 124 strikeouts with a 1.96 ERA with the Mariners in 2018, the Mets did not get that type of production out of Edwin Diaz in his first season in Flushing. 

The Mets saw the closer's ERA balloon to 5.59 last season. That wasn't what New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen envisioned when acquiring him via trade in his first offseason at the helm. 

But enter new manager Carlos Beltran. What does the Mets skipper see for Diaz in the future? Something mirroring 2018. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Ok, let's be honest, any bold predictions for the Mets this offseason come with a qualifier, considering they are locked in already at so many positions and likely won't make the kind of big-splash moves that would raise the payroll significantly.

So while I'd love to predict that the Mets will sign free agents Anthony Rendon and Aroldis Chapman, in addition to re-signing Zack Wheeler, I don't think they'll actually make any of those moves.

Furthermore, Brodie Van Wagenen has gone public saying he won't trade either Noah Syndergaard or Edwin Diaz, and while someone could make an offer that would change his mind, I think he'll stick to that declaration. Also, with the farm system depleted at the upper levels, the Mets don't have top prospects who are close to the majors to trade, either.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Wilson Ramos, John Harper
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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) and New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) look at the scoreboard during game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) and New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) look at the scoreboard during game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The following six players (and four others) all have value to the Mets, but may also have value to other teams via trade.

I asked two rival team executives and two people in player development if the Mets should keep or push to trade each player.

Here are the results along with my reaction...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets enter the 2019-20 offseason with a very strong core in place, but there are numerous deficiencies they'll need to address if they hope to go from an 86-win near-miss in 2019 to a playoff team in 2020.

Among the areas where the Mets should be looking to add: Starting pitching (with Zack Wheeler potentially departing via free agency), the bullpen (which was their undoing this past season), and center field.

The Mets already have a substantial amount committed to payroll for 2020, but those commitments drop significantly starting in 2021. What could that mean as they build their team for next season and beyond? Here's a deep dive...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Swarzak, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

It's easy to scapegoat Edwin Diaz for the Mets missing the postseason by just four games in 2019.

However, high-leverage relievers not named Mariano Rivera have a long history of up-and-down seasons, which is exactly why Diaz should be on next year's roster.

Things change and so can Diaz -- and he doesn't have to go far to get there...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; General view of sunset behind Citi Field during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here are the key 2019 MLB offseason dates, and how they impact the Mets...


Day after World Series ends: Free agency begins

The Mets should be returning most of the 86-win team that fell three games short of a playoff spot in 2019. However, they need massive improvements in the bullpen and will also likely need to find a starting pitcher to replace Zack Wheeler, who is expected to depart via free agency. 

Among the biggest names expected to hit the free agent market: Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Marcell Ozuna, Dellin Betances, and Will Smith

The Mets' notable free agents are Wheeler, Todd Frazier, and Juan Lagares (whose contract is expected to be bought out for $500,000).

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) hits an RBI double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

These three Mets didn't have strong seasons in 2019, but there's reason to believe that the trio could turn things around in 2020 and beyond ... 

Robinson Cano

It was a tale of two seasons for Cano, who is 36 years old, under contract the next four years and due just under $80 million. The problem is, given his 2018 suspension for PEDs, his age and his up-and-down 2019, it's almost impossible to know what to expect of him in 2020. 

He started well, hitting .270 with three home runs through the end of April, and then everything fell apart. He looked out of sync at the plate and totally out of gas during May and June. Then came random injuries, issues with Mickey Callaway about running out ground balls and what seemed like a a trip to the injured list caused partially by spite.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

After two years at the helm, Mickey Callaway was relieved of his duties as Mets manager on Thursday. After making the decision, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen talked about the managerial search and much more...


Van Wagenen discussed the decision to move on from Callaway and said the team already has an "expansive" list of potential replacements that they'll begin reaching out to in the coming days >> Read more

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon talked about the Mets' unfulfilling season, saying "It hurts watching those games on TV right now" >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

After the Mets announced on Thursday that the team had relieved manager Mickey Callaway of his duties, GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon discussed the move and answered questions on a conference call with media.

Van Wagenen gave some insight on the team's trade for Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano from the Seattle Mariners on Dec. 3, 2018.

"From my standpoint on the Diaz and the Cano trade, I would say first off that every move that we made last off-season and hopefully every move we'll make going forward is rooted in wanting to win in this current season, and wanting to continue to win in subsequent seasons," Van Wagenen said.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano
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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In the end, Mickey Callaway gave the Mets no choice. The in-game mistakes continued to be too glaring for a team that expects to contend next season, and so GM Brodie Van Wagenen made the proper call by firing his manager with a year remaining on the contract.

Sure, you can make the case that Callaway was sabotaged by the back end of the bullpen, and could well have guided the Mets to the playoffs with even decent seasons from Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia.

But that would have been overlooking Callaway's obvious flaws. In year two on the job, he simply offered no indication that he was ever going to develop the feel that good managers have for situations, for strategy, for everything that goes with making important decisions and explaining them afterward.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, John Harper
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) and teammates walk to the dugout after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and COO Jeff Wilpon didn't just discuss why they decided to move on from Mickey Callaway as their manager. They also highlighted what they though about the 2019 Mets season as a whole. 

It obviously wasn't the result Van Wagenen, Wilpon, or anyone inside the organization wanted to see. Their second-half surge was all for naught, falling short of the second Wild Card spot. And though they were 10 games over .500, the Mets still finished third in their division behind the Braves and Nationals -- both postseason teams. 

To fall short yet again of a playoff berth, especially with the expectations the franchise set for themselves this season, had Wilpon describe the season like this: 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard's name was out there in trade rumors last offseason and again this past season, and Edwin Diaz joined him in the rumor mill during the summer. But don't expect their names to be out there this winter.

Speaking Thursday after discussing the decision to move on from manager Mickey Callaway, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- unprompted -- all but guaranteed that Syndergaard and Diaz will be on the Mets when the 2020 season begins. 

"I know it hasn't been asked necessarily, but there's been speculation that we would be trading some of the players off of our roster," Van Wagenen said. "Two in particular that were talked heavily about at the trade deadline I presume we'll be asked about here in the offseason. But before all those questions come I think this group should be aware that Edwin Diaz is gonna be on our team next year. That's our full expectation. And Noah Syndergaard is gonna be on our team next year."

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Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom
Pete Alonso, Mickey Callaway and Jacob deGrom

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Rarely has a season ended with such a strong feeling about what might have been. The Mets went 46-26 in the second half, looking every bit the part of a playoff team with Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson doing the heavy lifting at the back end of the bullpen.

Yet they were realistically out of the Wild Card chase with a week to go in the season, and they weren't even close in the NL East, 11 games behind the first-place Braves and seven back of the Nationals.

It's no mystery as to what went wrong, of course, most of it during a 40-50 first half. Edwin Diaz set a major-league record by giving up 15 ninth-inning home runs, while Jeurys Familia allowed 42 walks in 60 innings -- the two of them turning the Mets' bullpen into a dumpster fire for much of the season.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Pete Alonso
Pete Alonso

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Early Sunday afternoon, when Pete Alonso was still basking in the glow of Saturday night's historic 53rd home run -- the most ever for a major-league rookie -- he was telling SNY's Steve Gelbs in a pre-game interview that one of his primary goals going into next season is to improve his defense at first base.

"I want to win a Gold Glove," he said.

Suffice it to say that spoke not only to Alonso's pursuit of greatness, but the outlook for the Mets in the years to come.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Sep 22, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)
Sep 22, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports (David Kohl)

The Mets (83-76, 6.0 GB for second Wild Card) start their final series of the season with the Braves (97-62, 7.0 GA in NL East) at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Mets Notes

The Mets lost 4-2 to the Marlins on Thursday night, despite Zack Wheeler throwing seven scoreless innings. The righty had a rough eighth inning, allowing three runs on two home runs. Wheeler even helped his own cause, driving in an RBI single with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. The Marlins extended their lead to 4-2 in the ninth inning after Edwin Diaz gave up another home run... it's the 15th homer that Diaz has allowed in the ninth inning this season. Robinson Cano exited the game after getting hit by a pitch on his right hand, as he avoided injury, but is not in the starting lineup for Friday's game.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler
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Mets RHP Zack Wheeler
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler

The Mets (83-76) open a season-ending three-game series against the Braves at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it....


Zack Wheeler was brilliant for seven innings but gave up a pair of homers in the eighth (one after a missed strike-three call) as the Marlins beat the Mets, 4-2, on Thursday night at Citi Field >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 8, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

With the Marlins up 3-2 in the top of the ninth inning, relief pitcher Edwin Diaz entered the game for the Mets, hoping to hold the Marlins lead to just one run.

Instead, Diaz gave up his 15th ninth inning home run of the season. It's the most home runs allowed by a Mets pitcher in the ninth inning in a single season, and matches the total number of home runs that Diaz has allowed in the previous two seasons combined.

After the game, manager Mickey Callaway spoke on the former All-Star closer's struggles this season.

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The Mets struggled to get much going on offense, losing 4-2 to the Marlins on Thursday night. >> Box score

Five Takeaways from Thursday's game

1) In what could be his final appearance as member of the Mets, Zack Wheeler pitched one of his best games of the season. The righty allowed three earned runs on just five hits, while striking out 10 batters. Wheeler had allowed just two hits heading into the eighth inning, but gave up two home runs, including a two-run blast from Tyler Heineman -- the first of his career. The other homer was hit by former Met, Curtis Granderson (12). Wheeler hadn't given up a home run since Aug. 24 against the Atlanta Braves.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler
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While the Mets' 2019 season wound up with them missing the playoffs, the emergence of a young core of offensive players meant all was not lost amidst the wreckage of the bullpen carnage that was the main reason the team will be sitting home in October.

The emergence of that core will mean some good problems regarding playing time in 2020. And the struggles of the bullpen will mean some tough decisions regarding how to fix it.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo

The Mets (82-75, 5.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their four-game series against the Marlins at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Here's what happened Tuesday, in case you missed it....


Noah Syndergaard had another mediocre outing, but the Mets -- with Michael Conforto blasting a pair of two-run homers -- rallied from a 4-0 deficit before a literal walk-off in the 11th inning >> Read more

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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The 2019 regular season has not been kind to Edwin Diaz.

The 25-year-old righty went from the MLB's best in 2018 with the Seattle Mariners to a liability for most of his first year in New York, battling through ups and downs as he assumed the Mets' closer role.

Despite a 2-7 record and 5.59 ERA in 56.1 innings over 64 games on the season, Diaz has bounced back recently and hopes to parlay his late-September success into a comeback campaign for 2020.

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RHP Marcus Storman battled into his way into the fifth inning before he exited Sunday's game early, leaving the final four-plus frames in the hands of the bullpen and putting the Mets' series finale in jeopardy.

The four Mets relievers, however, collectively answered the call for Stroman and manager Mickey Callaway.

With insurance home runs on solo shots from OFs J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo, the Mets kept control of the lead established off the offense's four-run first inning and recorded the 6-3 win to secure the three-game set against the Reds (73-83).

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo
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