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GEICO SportsNite: Matz, Callaway 00:02:00
Despite an injury-plagued 2017 season, Mets pitcher Steven Matz is finally healthy and ready to contribute to the team's success this year.

Mets LHP Steven Matz, who is scheduled to start Monday's game against the Astros, pitched through pain last season before undergoing elbow surgery in August that ended his season. And he's ready for a fresh start.

"I'm expecting to be back where I want to be as soon as I get in a game versus hitters," Matz said on Thursday. "I'm a feel guy, so I'm not the type of guy that can really ease into things. I'm gonna have to try to treat it like a game and kind of get that game speed going again so I can feel all my pitches and feel comfortable out on the mound."

And Matz has changed his delivery at the suggestion of new pitching coach Dave Eiland, with the hope that the adjustment will prevent further injury. Eiland has told Matz to be cleaner with his left arm during delivery, according to David Lennon of Newsday.

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom and his wife, Stacey, welcomed a baby girl -- Aniston Grace -- Wednesday morning.

DeGrom left Spring Training Tuesday to be with Stacey, who had been scheduled to give birth.

He plans to return to the team on Saturday, according to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Jacob and Stacey welcomed their first child -- a boy named Jaxon -- in April of 2016.

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Vargas on why he joined the Mets 00:04:43
Pitcher Jason Vargas joins Gary Apple to discuss his mindset during the slow offseason and what led to his decision to join the Mets.

LHP Jason Vargas, who agreed last week to a two-year deal worth $16 million, cited the rest of the starting rotation as one of the reasons he signed with the Mets, and said pitching after Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard could have its benefits.

"I knew that they battled a few injuries last year," Vargas said Wednesday night on Mets Hot Stove on SNY. "But you take that chance and you bank on people being healthy when you look at those decisions."

"I sure hope guys are getting speeded up and then I get to slow them down," he added about slotting in behind Syndergaard and deGrom. "We're way different."

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Is Wheeler a starting pitcher? 00:03:38
Mets manager Mickey Callaway believes that Zack Wheeler is a starting pitcher, and the panel debates whether they agree with the skipper.

In the wake of a NY Daily News report that the Mets planned to open the season with RHP Zack Wheeler in the bullpen, manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday that Wheeler is "definitely a starting pitcher."

"For us to be the best possible team we can be, we have to have him be a starter," Callaway added. "And he's gonna go out there and do everything he can to win this competition that we have going on."

Wheeler will start the Mets' Grapefruit League opener on Friday.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Wheeler has spent the better part of three years working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so his frustration last week was somewhat understandable -- even though the optics were bad. And regardless of what Callaway said on Wednesday, Wheeler is simply the most logical choice to move to the bullpen...

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Feb. 17, 2018: General photo from grass of Field 7 at FirstData Field in St. Lucie (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)
Feb. 17, 2018: General photo from grass of Field 7 at FirstData Field in St. Lucie (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)

It was great to see Michael Conforto on the field, throwing, catching, laughing and again looking like a baseball player. In general, he appears to be less strong, but that is to be expected given the intense surgery he had on his shoulder as well as the extensive rehab that followed.

That said, he's moving fine. He did all stretches with teammates before long tossing from the foul line to center field and had no issues catching the baseball. He didn't hit, of course, but that will come...

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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

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A general view of Tradition Field during the game between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. (Scott Rovak)
A general view of Tradition Field during the game between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. (Scott Rovak)

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

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Sep 19, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (37) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Sep 19, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (37) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak was asked over the weekend about a potential Subway World Series between the Mets and Yankees.

"Both teams got to be there, I know we will," Swarzak said.

The Mets, who were decimated by injuries in 2017, finished 70-92 after reaching the World Series in 2015 and the Wild Card game in 2016.

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Sep 19, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (37) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Sep 19, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (37) pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak was asked over the weekend about a potential Subway World Series between the Mets and Yankees.

"Both teams got to be there, I know we will," Swarzak said.

The Mets, who were decimated by injuries in 2017, finished 70-92 after reaching the World Series in 2015 and the Wild Card game in 2016.

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(Patrick Gorski)

As Mets players trickle into Port St. Lucie ahead of spring training officially starting, spirits are high and optimism is fresh for 2018. The Mets pitching staff, plagued with injuries in 2017, is ready to get to work for the upcoming season. But not before having some fun with each other. 

Robert Gsellman was asked if he put extra emphasis on his athleticism and flexibility this offseason as Noah Syndergaard did. Gsellman took the opportunity as an opening to poke some fun at Syndergaard.

"No, (Noah) is just not athletic," Gsellman joked, via Laura Albanese of Newsday. "He's like a fat guy running in flip-flops."

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Blevins on benefit of Callaway 00:00:48
Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins talks about how new manager Mickey Callaway will help the team's pitching staff.

Mets LHP Jerry Blevins, like his bullpen-mates, is on board with new manager Mickey Callaway's idea of not having a designated closer.

"As long as our manager and our pitching coach are honest and open about what we need to do -- which they have been -- we'll be ready," Blevins said.

"We've had some talks inside and he's spoken to the media about. ... putting us in the bullpen in the best chance to succeed. ...whether it's getting guys up and not putting them in. Whether it's them not being prepared in a certain inning. I think we're trying to avoid all those things."

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets pitchers 00:03:34
Jacob deGrom talks about getting back to business and the goal to stay healthy as the Mets' starting pitchers threw in Port St. Lucie.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom said the goal for this season is for the Mets to win the World Series, and didn't flinch when he was asked a follow-up about whether it's a realistic goal.

"Definitely," deGrom said. "Last year, we had so many injuries. We got Cespedes healthy, Conforto will be healthy, Harvey, Noah, Steve (Matz), Wheeler. Look at everybody who was hurt last year. And you put those guys back on the field, that makes a big difference."

Regarding specific personal goals, deGrom said he wants to win the Cy Young award, reach the 200-inning mark again, and help get the team where it wants to go.

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Sep 30, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (L) and pitcher Jacob deGrom (R) share a light moment before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 30, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (L) and pitcher Jacob deGrom (R) share a light moment before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Mets RHPs Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom have reported to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, FL, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

On Monday, Syndergaard threw his final bullpen session before reporting to Spring Training. 

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Assessing the Mets' offseason 00:05:08
With the Mets signing of Todd Frazier, the Baseball Night in New York crew discusses the team's offseason up to this point.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets have been one of the most active teams in a free agent market that has been so stagnant that a prominent player agent recently threatened a player boycott of Spring Training. By signing Todd Frazier (to go along with the signings of Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, and Anthony Swarzak), the Mets have done a solid job. But if they want to enter the 2018 season as a legitimate contender, they can't stop now.

While GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this offseason that starting pitching was fourth on his list of three needs, SNY contributor and former Mets GM Jim Duquette said last week that the team was starting to consider making a play for free agent starting pitchers Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, or Jason Vargas. And after signing Frazier, reports indicated that the Mets are still interested in signing one of the above pitchers if the price is right.

To put it simply, Lynn and Cobb are on a different level than Vargas. And with the market in its current state, it's Lynn or Cobb who the Mets should sign to put an exclamation point on their offseason. Here's why...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 17, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) (Patrick Gorski)
Sep 17, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (31) (Patrick Gorski)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets have been one of the most active teams in a free agent market that has been so stagnant that a prominent player agent recently threatened a player boycott of Spring Training. By signing Todd Frazier (to go along with the signings of Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, and Anthony Swarzak), the Mets have done a solid job. But if they want to enter the 2018 season as a legitimate contender, they can't stop now.

While GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this offseason that starting pitching was fourth on his list of three needs, SNY contributor and former Mets GM Jim Duquette said last week that the team was starting to consider making a play for free agent starting pitchers Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb, or Jason Vargas. And after signing Frazier, reports indicated that the Mets are still interested in signing one of the above pitchers if the price is right.

To put it simply, Lynn and Cobb are on a different level than Vargas. And with the market in its current state, it's Lynn or Cobb who the Mets should sign to put an exclamation point on their offseason. Here's why...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Latest on Mets' infield search 00:01:33
The BNNY crew give their take on who the Mets should sign and Andy Martino explains why a deal hasn't been agreed upon just yet.

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

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

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

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Sep 30, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (L) and pitcher Jacob deGrom (R) share a light moment before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Sep 30, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (L) and pitcher Jacob deGrom (R) share a light moment before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Noah Syndergaard is No. 7 on MLB.com's Top 10 starting pitchers list for 2018, but his teammate Jacob deGrom did not make the list. Syndergaard ranked No. 9 on the 2017 list.

The yearly ranking "takes into account player performance over the last two seasons. ... both advanced Statcast data and traditional numbers, and expert analysis by the MLB Network research team," according to MLB.com.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | It's hard to take any list seriously that includes Kyle Hendricks and omits Jacob deGrom. Yes, Hendricks is a damn good pitcher. But his advanced stats (which the list takes into account) show a pitcher who hasn't been nearly as dominant as his ERA suggests, and who has benefited greatly from the Cubs' stellar infield defense...

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deGrom on Mets' new manager 00:05:39
Jacob deGrom calls into the Mets Hot Stove to discuss his first managerial change as a professional and being ready for the spring.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom called in to Mets Hot Stove, presented by GEICO, on Thursday night, and discussed a potential multi-year extension, the protocol under new manager Mickey Callaway, and more.

"There had been a little bit of talks before we agreed on a one-year arbitration deal," deGrom said about the potential extension. "And it never really went anywhere, so we decided to go one year. And then I had heard that it could go into Spring Training or possibly into the season, but honestly haven't talked that much about it."

Regarding Callaway, deGrom said he recently met him for the first time and that they've been on the same page about his offseason throwing program. 

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Alderson on rotation, bullpen 00:01:55
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson chats with SNY about the team's need for depth in the rotation and roles in the bullpen.

In response to a question regarding whether the Mets might add another starting pitcher, GM Sandy Alderson said the team has "quite a bit" of depth.

"I think we've got quite a bit of depth," Alderson told SNY. "We had similar depth last year and we zipped right through it. The key to our season is going to be our pitching -- both our starting pitching and our bullpen. So it's important for us to have the depth, but it's also important for us to have better health among our frontline guys."

The Mets, under new manager Mickey Callaway, have revamped their training staff and overhauled their strength and conditioning plan. They have also had more oversight on how the pitchers are training in the offseason -- which Alderson said is already paying dividends.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Jul 24, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Jul 24, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom will be on Mets Hot Stove, presented by GEICO, tonight at 10 p.m. on SNY.

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What's Mets' biggest need now? 00:03:54
Loud Mouths debate whether the Mets should continue to pursue infield help, or turn towards bolstering the pitching staff in free agency.

The Mets are reportedly intent on adding a second baseman or third baseman, with Pirates INF/OF Josh Harrison, and free agent infielders Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, and Neil Walker the names being considered.

But should they be adding a free agent starting pitcher instead? MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone thinks so, and Jon Hein and Dan Graca weighed in on the subject Tuesday night on Loud Mouths on SNY.

"Lance Lynn is a guy who takes the ball every five days, he makes over 30 starts a year, he's dependable," Graca said. "And the Mets could use a guy like that. ... look to fortify the pitching staff, because you're going to need more than six, seven starters in a season -- it's inevitable."

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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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New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Mets LHP Steven Matz says the irritation in his elbow is gone following surgery last August to reposition the ulnar nerve, and that it was his decision to pitch through pain last season.

"I don't blame the Mets for anything," Matz told John Harper of the NY Daily News. "If I would have gone in there (at that time) and told them my elbow was hurting or whatever, they would have taken care of it.

"It was my decision. The MRI came back clean, so there was nothing structurally wrong. I was sick of being on the disabled list and I was trying to push through it. So I don't think anything was handled poorly. I think the Mets did a fine job."

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Sep 20, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 20, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Before agreeing to a one-year, $7.4 million deal to avoid arbitration for 2018, Jacob deGrom and the Mets opened talks about an extension. DeGrom says he's open to a contract extension as he enjoys playing for the Mets.

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone reported that MLB executives told him that the Mets should offer deGrom a four-year deal in the range of $50-60 million, with two option years each worth $16-17 million.  

"We're taking it as it comes," deGrom said, via Kristie Ackert of NY Daily News. "I enjoy playing here so if they talk and we can agree on something that we feel is fair then I'd be open to doing that. As of right now, it looks like it's going to be a year to year thing. I got this year and two more. I am still going to be here a little while. If they want to extend past that, then we'll see where it goes..."

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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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BNNY: deGrom extension? 00:05:08
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses a potential contract extension between the New York Mets and Jacob deGrom.

The Mets discussed a potential long-term extension with RHP Jacob deGrom before agreeing one a one-year, $7.4 million deal to avoid arbitration, GM Sandy Alderson told the team's beat writers on Tuesday during a luncheon. 

The 29-year-old deGrom had a 3.53 ERA (3.50 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP with a career-high 239 strikeouts in a career-high 201.1 innings in 2017. He is eligible for arbitation again in 2019 and 2020, after which he is eligible for free agency.

Matthew Cerrone (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Contact): MLB executives recently told me he should be offered a four-year, $50-60 million deal, with two option years each worth $16-17 million...

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Sep 20, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 20, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jacob deGrom will reportedly earn $7.4 million this season after he and the Mets avoided arbitration and agreed in early January to a one-year contract.

This is a bargain for a guy that has already won Rookie of the Year, pitched in the All Star Game, is 3-1 in the postseason, has made 107 career starts and has 2.88 ERA and set a career high for wins and innings pitched last season.

I bet Jake is better this coming season than he was in 2017, if for no other reason than Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland almost certainly will have a positive impact on him.

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The latest on deGrom 00:01:01
On Baseball Night in New York, John Harper discusses what he heard from Jacob deGrom, including how he plans on winning the Cy Young Award.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom says his main personal goal for 2018 is to win the Cy Young award.

"That's the main goal," deGrom told John Harper of the NY Daily News. "You set the bar high and go after it. That's what I'm striving for."

DeGrom had a 3.53 ERA (3.50 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP with a career-high 239 strikeouts in a career-high 201.1 innings in 2017. 

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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

The deadline for MLB teams and their arbitration-eligible players to submit salary figures for 2018 is today, Jan. 12. In the the event player and team can not reach agreement before Saturday, an arbitration hearing will be scheduled for February. However the two sides can still negotiate before going to a hearing...


9:00 p.m.: AJ Ramos reaches a $9.225 million deal with the Mets to avoid arbitration. The 31-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season. 

6:53 p.m.: Zach Wheeler filed for arbitration at $1.9 million while the Mets filed at $1.5 million, per The Post's Ken Davidoff. The Mets and Wheeler can negotiate a deal before the arbitration hearings in February. Wheeler is arbitration-eligible next season before becoming a free agent in 2020. 

 

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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...

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Mar 9, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 9, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) throws against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

New Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland is encouraged to hear his pitchers are doing well with the team's new off-season throwing program. 

"They are all working hard," Eiland recently told the NY Post's Mike Puma. "They like the program, like the structure of it, they have something to work from. You can't be with them during the winter, so the best you can do is send them a program and stay in contact with them and check in."

Instead of doing things the way it had been done under Terry Collins, Eiland told Puma that he and new Mets manager Mickey Callaway created the program so their staff could arrive to spring training in "pitching shape."

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Now a senior advisor to the MLB Players' Association, Omar Minaya returned to Citi Field on Tuesday night. (AP)
Now a senior advisor to the MLB Players' Association, Omar Minaya returned to Citi Field on Tuesday night. (AP)

Former Mets GM Omar Minaya said he is looking forward to returning to the organization and helping with scouting and player development after the franchise announced Minaya will take on a new role as special assistant to current GM Sandy Alderson.

"Christmas came earlier than expected," Minaya said on a conference call Friday afternoon.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Sandy Alderson said before the offseason began that the Mets -- coming off a 92-loss season where the team was ravaged by injuries -- were aiming to return to immediate contention in 2018.

Since then, their only player move of note was signing RH reliever Anthony Swarzak to a two-year deal worth $14 million. Prior to signing Swarzak, Alderson tempered expectations, suggesting the team would not add a third baseman (relying on Asdrubal Cabrera instead), would not add a first baseman/outfielder who would block Dominic Smith, and that acquiring a starting pitcher was fourth on his list of three needs. After signing Swarzak, he said the team was not focused on adding additional bullpen help.

The Mets have been expected to add a second baseman and were in talks to acquire Jason Kipnis from the Indians, but those talks have since stalled, reports Marc Carig of Newsday, who noted that he can foresee the Mets' second base acquisition being Jose Reyes...

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Mets Winter Meetings Preview 00:04:08
The Mets Hot Stove crew breaks down which players the Mets should prioritize at the Winter Meetings in Florida this week.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said starting pitching is not one of New York's major priorities heading into the MLB Winter Meetings despite the fact their rotation had the 27th-ranked ERA as a team last year.

"I'd say that, as it stands right now, [starting pitching] would probably be fourth on a list of three," Alderson told reporters on Sunday, indicating the team is instead focusing on bolstering the bullpen, adding a bat to the lineup and solidifying its situation at first base and in the outfield.

Mets starters went 49-64 last season with a 5.14 ERA, which was the second-worst among all National League teams. They combined to throw the fourth-fewest innings among all 30 teams.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Noah Syndergaard breaks down his goals for the 2018 season and talks about building a relationship with the Mets' new coaching staff.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard said he is excited to see Japanese two-way free agent Shohei Ohtani come to the MLB and set a precedent for an elite starting pitcher to also be a position player.

If given the chance to be a position player, Syndergaard said he would prefer to play right field.

"I would love to show off the arm," Syndergaard told WOR 710 AM's Pete MacCarthy during Thursday's team holiday party. "I'd like to think I'm more athletic than some or most right fielders. And I feel like if I put as much work in to hitting as I do pitching that I would be alright."

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Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

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

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Friday, Dec. 1 is the deadline for teams to offer contracts for 2018 to their arbitration-eligible and pre-arbitration players. Any player who is not tendered a contract will become a free agent.

Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Wilmer Flores, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, and Hansel Robles are all eligible for arbitration.

The Mets are expected to tender contracts to all of the above players, with the only uncertainty surrounding Harvey. However, GM Sandy Alderson has said multiple times that he expects Harvey to be retained for 2018...

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Cyber Monday is for consumers to score valuable discount deals. In that light, who from the Mets' roster are their best discount deals?

Noah Syndergaard

Thor is severely underpaid due to the team-friendly years at the onset of a baseball player's career, making him an obvious choice here. Syndergaard made just $605,000 last season, a fraction more than reliever Josh Smoker, and is under team control through arbitration until 2022...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers against the Washington Nationals during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 16, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers against the Washington Nationals during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 16, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets LHP Steven Matz, whose 2017 season ended due to ulnar nerve surgery, is "really excited" with the way his arm has recovered, but he's taking nothing for granted heading in to next season.

"Dealing with failure on a personal level as well as with the team, it was tough," Matz said recently on WOR radio. "I'm not taking anything for granted, even as far as my position coming out of spring training. As far as I'm concerned, I've got to earn my spot."

"This is a really big year for me. I know what I'm capable of."

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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. - Mets GM Sandy Alderson is set to report to these GM meetings Monday morning. Here, 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 groundwork for trades. However, Mets people know they will have to get creative in order to pull off an impact deal. because the way this roster is constructed, trading won't be easy...

The Mets are seeking a late-inning reliever, a second baseman, a corner infielder or strict first baseman, and possibly a back-end starting pitcher. 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 type of high-end trading chips Alderson had a few years ago (and even then he tended to hold onto his prospects).

The Mets have players on their major league roster that would bring back value, but I'm told they are highly reluctant to move most of them...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz
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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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Sep 20, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 20, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has found advantages to having shorter hair.

The Mets' starter got a haircut after the season ended and said the shorter hair could have an impact on his pitching.

"I did some research and I found that shorter hair actually will speed up my delivery and add two more miles to my fastball," he wryly said, according to the New York Daily News.

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 New York Mets third baseman David Wright at the baseball winter meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Wright signed a contract extension with the New York Mets through 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey/AP)
New York Mets third baseman David Wright at the baseball winter meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Wright signed a contract extension with the New York Mets through 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey/AP)

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

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Troy Taormina)
(Troy Taormina)

Though this may have been unthinkable just a year ago, it's undeniable that the Mets are in desperate need of starting pitching. Their 5.14 ERA ranked 27th in baseball and going into 2018, and only Jacob deGrom (and Noah Syndergaard, if healthy) can be reasonably counted on to be major contributors.

The Mets need to improve the rotation fast, and the best way to do that is with a big fish. This offseason, the biggest fish out there is Yu Darvish and if the Mets are serious about contending in 2018, they should have every intention of bringing him to Queens.

Darvish is coming off a solid season, his first full year since he underwent Tommy John in spring of 2015. He brought the same nearly unhittable stuff that has been his hallmark throughout his career, putting up a strikeout ratio of over 10 batters per 9 innings, a mark he has hit every year in the majors. And while control has sometimes been a challenge for him, his walk ratio was well below his career average. He did experience an uptick in home runs allowed, but it was proportionate to the MLB norm in this power-heavy year and certainly not enough to be considered a red flag...

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Jacob deGrom emerged as the only starting pitcher in the Mets rotation who did not miss a substantial amount of time due to injury in 2017. In fact, it proved another strong season for him. DeGrom appeared in 31 games and accumulated a career-high 201 1/3 innings. He finished with a 15-10 record, 3.53 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.

As a second-time arbitration-eligible pitcher coming off a salary of $4.05 million, deGrom most likely will be compared with Doug Fister (2013), Garrett Richards (2015), and Stephen Strasburg (2014).

Fister had a similar year in 2013 when he had equivalent MLB service time. He started 32 games and logged 208 2/3 innings. Although Fister has a slight advantage in innings pitched, he had a 3.67 ERA and 1.31 WHIP, which are both inferior to deGrom's 2017 season. Neither pitcher suffered major injuries during that year, although deGrom has had a Tommy John surgery in the past, unlike Fister. Fister's salary increased by $3.125 million, which is the lower end of the kind of raise deGrom should expect to see...

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The Mets are more than capable of contending again in 2018, their new manager Mickey Callaway told reporters Monday at Citi Field.

In 2015 and 2016, Terry Collins and the Mets won 177 games and made the postseason each year, including a trip to the World Series. However, due in large part to rampant injuries, they lost 90 games in 2017, finished in fourth place and fired their manager.

"In our situation, short-term, pitching is everything," Sandy Alderson declared Monday, reiterating a theme he has put forth the last few seasons.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) talks with manager Terry Francona (17) and pitching coach Mickey Callaway (32) (Ken Blaze)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) talks with manager Terry Francona (17) and pitching coach Mickey Callaway (32) (Ken Blaze)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Steve Karsay is a Queens kid, born and raised in New York. He pitched in the Bronx cauldron with the Yankees, serving in the same bullpen as Mariano Rivera, and even subbed at closer for Rivera during a stretch in 2002.

So Karsay has a grasp of the New York market, its pressures and strains. And Karsay, who has worked with Mickey Callaway the last few years in the Indians organization, believes the new Mets manager is suited to thrive in it, mostly because "one of his strengths is, he's a great communicator," Karsay says.

"I think he'll excel at being a manager. He'll be a players' manager, but with the stern-ness and the growth for them to learn under him."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Anthony McCarron
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Sep 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up six runs against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout after being taken out of the game after giving up six runs against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

As the Mets cleaned out their lockers after the regular season, RHP Jacob deGrom showed up with a new look: short hair.

DeGrom told GQ last year it took "a little over a year" to grow out his hair.

He said he gets a haircut only "a couple times a year," while Noah Syndergaard typically cuts his hair every two months.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman
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 (Adam Hagy)
(Adam Hagy)

Jacob deGrom carried the burden this season of being the most valuable player on his team by far, and is the closest thing the Mets have to a sure bet going into 2018. Though some of his stats took a hit in a season that was strange for pitching in general, he was out there every five days, amassing 200 innings, 15 wins, and showing the consistency that has made him the centerpiece of the team.

Despite his relatively high ERA of 3.53 (still significantly better than most of the league), deGrom did some of the best pitching of his professional career this season.

He struck out a dazzling 239 batters -- fifth-most in baseball, and did so at a rate of nearly 11 batters per 9 innings, by far a career-best and good for seventh in the league. He also put up the best swinging strike rate and the best soft contact rate of his MLB career...

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 (Adam Hagy)
(Adam Hagy)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has gastroenteritis (stomach flu) and will not pitch again this season, the team said on Friday.

He had been scheduled to start on Saturday in Philadelphia. Seth Lugo will start in his place.

DeGrom's start last Friday was pushed to Sunday after he dealt with nausea/an upset stomach on Wednesday. He was treated at the ballpark in Miami before returning to New York with the team.

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