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The Mets are among roughly 10 teams expressing interest in free agent 1B Carlos Santana, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Along with the Mets, the Angels, Phillies, Red Sox, Mariners, and Indians are also interested in Santana.

Santana, 31, earned $12 million last year for the Indians while hitting .259/.363/.455 with 23 HR, 37 doubles, and 79 RBI in 154 games. He was also worth 10 DRS at first base and was a finalist for the Gold Glove award.

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The Mets are among roughly 10 teams expressing interest in free agent 1B Carlos Santana, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Along with the Mets, the Angels, Phillies, Red Sox, Mariners, and Indians are also interested in Santana.

Santana, 31, earned $12 million last year for the Indians while hitting .259/.363/.455 with 23 HR, 37 doubles, and 79 RBI in 154 games. He was also worth 10 DRS at first base and was a finalist for the Gold Glove award.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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Sandy Alderson talks with reporters
Sandy Alderson talks with reporters

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sep 8, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez (28) (Jennifer Stewart)
Sep 8, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez (28) (Jennifer Stewart)

According to multiple reports, Mets GM Sandy Alderson may be able to spend between $30-40 million in new talent for 2018. In October, he told reporters he'd like to add to the bullpen and acquire a reliable, veteran starting pitcher.

Alderson will also reportedly try to add at least one consistent, everyday hitter. I suspect he'll first try to put a bat at second or third base. If he can't, he'll have no choice but to turn to the outfield. If the big hitter is a center fielder, Alderson can use Michael Conforto in right field. If the Mets end up pursuing a power hitting right fielder, they can use Conforto in center. 

The thing is, there are only three or four proven, everyday outfielders available on the open market. At the same time, the Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Indians, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Mariners, D-backs, Red Sox, and Phillies are all reportedly looking to acquire the same caliber outfielder as Alderson...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 27, 2017; Bruce (19) plays 1B for the Mets at Petco Park. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2017; Bruce (19) plays 1B for the Mets at Petco Park. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

In the NY Post, Mike Puma explains why he expects the Mets to show interest in free-agent outfielder Jay Bruce, and free-agent first basemen Logan Morrison and Adam Lind.

According to Puma, Mets officials believe Bruce could again play right field, but also serve part-time or back-up first base, where he played 91 this past season for the Mets and Indians.

Teams with interest in Bruce recently told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick that Bruce is currently asking for a five-year deal worth as much as $18 million per season.

Bruce, 30, earned $13 million this past season.

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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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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:03:17
Yankees players talk about their win in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Indians and react to the dominant pitching in the 1-0 victory.

Greg Bird broke a scoreless tie with a solo home run, Masahiro Tanaka threw seven scoreless innings and the New York Yankees avoided elimination on Sunday with a 1-0 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 ALDS at Yankee Stadium. >> Read more


Bird led off the bottom of the seventh inning by hitting Andrew Miller's 1-1 fastball 396 feet to right field to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead after Tanaka (1-0) limited the Indians to just three hits in seven innings.

Aroldis Chapman recorded a five-out save and pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the ninth inning by striking out Jay Bruce and getting Carlos Santana to fly out to center field to end the game on his 34th pitch of the night.

Tags: 2017 Yankees Playoffs, Aaron Judge, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Cleveland Indians, Greg Bird, Jay Bruce, Masahiro Tanaka, Starlin Castro
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Oct 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees in game one of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees in game one of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

Indians OF Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run, had three RBI and scored twice Thursday night during Cleveland's 4-0 win against the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALDS.

The Mets traded Bruce and the $3.7 million remaining on his contract to the Indians in early August for 22-year-old minor-league pitcher Ryder Ryan.

"I couldn't have fallen into a better situation," Bruce said after Thursday's win. "Obviously, when you get traded and you're in trade rumors, it's usually to a contender or a team that's contending at the moment. For whatever reason, I ended up here."

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Oct 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees in game one of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)
Oct 5, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians right fielder Jay Bruce (32) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the New York Yankees in game one of the 2017 ALDS at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports (Ken Blaze)

The Indians indirectly poked fun at the Yankees on Twitter Thursday night when the team's official Twitter account brought up trade negotiations involving Jay Bruce.

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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees lose 00:02:46
Joe Girardi discusses Trevor Bauer's nasty curveball in his terrific start Thursday and Sonny Gray reflects on his outing after the loss.

The Yankees could only muster three hits on the night and former Met Jay Bruce drove in three runs to lead the Indians to a 4-0 shutout win in game one of the ALDS. >> Read more

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Sep 26, 2014; Alderson in the dugout before a game at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2014; Alderson in the dugout before a game at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Indians OF Jay Bruce enjoyed his time playing for Terry Collins, but he is not surprised to see the Mets looking for new leadership, he told reporters Wednesday in Cleveland.

"I don't think it was hard to see," Bruce explained, according to Newsday. "I think that a lot of times in sports they feel like a shakeup needs to happen. The old saying is you can't fire 25 guys, so a lot of times managerial changes happen. I wish Terry the best in whatever he does next."

Bruce, who was traded in August, to the Indians for low-level reliever Ryder Ryan, also said he was disappointed see anonymous teammates being critical of Collins.

"Terry and I had a great relationship," Bruce concluded. "You would like to see people, if they do have a problem, approach him about it, talk to him about it, and not let it out through the media. But losing causes a lot of that stuff. If they're back in the playoffs this year, have a good season, no one's talking about any of it. It's an unfortunate situation, but the reality is it's kind of part of the game."

Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

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

While listing the Top 25 pending free agents and guessing where they might sign, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports had the Mets connected to just two players -- 3B Todd Frazier, who he ranked 18th, and LHP CC Sabathia, who he ranked 19th.

Part of Heyman's predictions for where the top free agents might end up were sourced, where others appeared to be guesses (informed or otherwise).

Heyman did not have the Mets as potential landing spots for starting pitchers Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb, or Lance Lynn, or relievers Wade Davis or Greg Holland.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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 (David Richard)
(David Richard)

Jay Bruce's walk-off RBI double in the 10th inning on Thursday secured a 3-2 win over the Royals to extend the team's winning streak to 22 games.

The Indians trailed 2-1 in the ninth inning, but Francisco Lindor tied the game when he hit a two-out RBI double with two strikes. It marked the first extra-inning win during the team's three-week-long winning streak.

"This was probably the toughest one we've had," Bruce said after the game, according to the AP. "Nothing like it, nothing like it."

Since joining the Indians, the former Met has hit .253 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 27 games.

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 (David Richard)
(David Richard)

Jay Bruce's walk-off RBI double in the 10th inning on Thursday secured a 3-2 win over the Royals to extend the team's winning streak to 22 games.

Their 22 straight wins are an American League record, and the second-longest winning streak ever, four games shy of the 1916 Giants, who won 26 straight games. That streak includes an unofficial tie that happened after their 12th straight win. The tie was called due to rain after nine innings with the score tied, 1-1.

The Indians trailed 2-1 in the ninth inning on Thursday, but Francisco Lindor tied the game when he hit a two-out RBI double with two strikes. It marked the first extra-inning win during the team's three-week-long winning streak.

"This was probably the toughest one we've had," Bruce said after the game, according to the AP. "Nothing like it, nothing like it."

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Aug 10, 2017; Bruce (32) comes in to pinch hit at Tropicana Field. Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 10, 2017; Bruce (32) comes in to pinch hit at Tropicana Field. Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Bruce is hitting .253 with five HR and 18 RBI since being acquired by the Indians, who are 30-4 since their deal with the Mets.

His walk-off RBI double in the 10th inning on Thursday secured a 3-2 win over the Royals to extend the team's winning streak to 22 games.

Their 22 straight wins are an American League record, and the second-longest winning streak ever, four games shy of the 1916 Giants, who won 26 straight games. That streak includes an unofficial tie that happened after their 12th straight win. The tie was called due to rain after nine innings with the score tied, 1-1.

"I pretty much went from the least fun situation in baseball to the most fun," Bruce told reporters Wednesday following Cleveland's 21st straight win. "That's no slight to the Mets. ... I just wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself."

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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

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

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

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Cleveland Indians outfielder Jay Bruce said he would "absolutely" consider re-joining the Mets in free agency after New York traded him earlier this month, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Bruce, who was among several Mets traded over the past month, told DiComo "we'll see what happens," although the interest is mutual. Mets GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this month he would not rule out re-acquiring Bruce in the offseason.

"From our standpoint, we had a great relationship, he was productive in New York and we'll keep the lines of communication open once its appropriate, as we will with most free agents," Alderson said.

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has stayed hot at the plate since the All-Star break and is developing into a leader as New York trades several players in waiver deals.

Conforto hit his 11th home run over his last 26 games in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the team's second game since trading second baseman Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and fourth since trading outfielder Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians.

After the Mets recalled top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith from the minors earlier this month, Conforto said he has tried to channel what Bruce and Walker taught him in helping other players transition into the majors by becoming more of a leader.

"There are a lot of young guys coming up and now, I guess to them, I am kind of the veteran," Conforto, 24, said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

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New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares attempts to make a catch against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares attempts to make a catch against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Gelbs and DiComo on transactions 00:03:20
Anthony DiComo joins Steve Gelbs on Mets First Pitch to discuss the Jay Bruce trade and how it allows the Mets to promote Dominic Smith.

A Mets official reportedly blasted the Yankees organization for backing out of one deal involving Neil Walker prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and for not reaching a compromise on a potential Jay Bruce trade this past week.

The Mets reportedly had a deal in place that would have sent Walker to the Yankees in late July, but the Yankees backed out over concerns about Walker's medical record, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. The Mets reportedly believe, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma, that the Yankees used Walker's medicals as an excuse to back out on the deal and instead pursue Sonny Gray, whom they eventually acquired from the Oakland A's.

Earlier this week, instead of trading Bruce to the Yankees, the Mets dealt the outfielder to the Indians, who agreed to pay all of Bruce's remaining $3.7 million salary, in return for low-level minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan. The Yankees reportedly wanted the Mets to pay a portion of Bruce's salary, but the Mets wanted a better return in prospects than the two low-level pitchers the Yankees were reportedly offering.

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 (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets were set to trade Neil Walker to the Yankees on July 31, but the Yankees backed out of the deal ahead of the deadline because of medicals, sources told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Recently, the Yankees have again expressed interest in trading for Mets INF Neil Walker, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker
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BREAKING: Jay Bruce traded 00:02:49
John Harper calls in to discuss the breaking news that Mets outfielder Jay Bruce has been traded to the Cleveland Indians for Ryder Ryan.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson is not ruling out the idea of bringing free agent-to-be Jay Bruce back to the Mets after the season.

"Right now he is the property of the Cleveland Indians," Alderson said on Thursday. "From our standpoint, we had a great relationship, he was productive in New York, and we'll keep the lines of communication open once its appropriate, as we will with most free agents."

The Mets traded outfielder Jay Bruce to the Indians in exchange for pitching prospect Ryder Ryan, the team announced Wednesday night. As part of the deal, Cleveland will pay the rest of the money owed to Bruce this season. FanRag's Jon Heyman reports the Yankees were in talks to acquire the outfielder but wanted the Mets to pay some of Bruce's contract.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the Yankees offered multiple prospects in an attempt to land Bruce, but the Mets preferred Cleveland's deal.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets OF Michael Conforto will hit in the middle of the order going forward this season, manager Terry Collins said on Thursday.

Conforto has hit primarily leadoff this season. The last time he started a game not in the leadoff spot was July 20, when he hit third.

He is hitting fourth on Thursday night, with Yoenis Cespedes third. Curtis Granderson is leading off.

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 (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees have expressed interest in trading for Mets INF Neil Walker, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Curtis Granderson all cleared waivers earlier this month and are eligible to be traded.

The Mets were in talks with the Yankees regarding a potential trade for Jay Bruce, but opted to instead trade Bruce to the Indians on Wednesday night.

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 (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
(Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets OF Juan Lagares has been activated from the disabled list and will take the recently-traded Jay Bruce's spot on the roster, the team announced Thursday.

Lagares began his rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton last Tuesday and hit .241 (7-for--29) in eight rehab games .

He has been out since June 15, is working his way back from surgery for a fractured thumb.

Lagares is hitting .269 with two home runs, five doubles, and one triple in 47 games for the Mets this season.

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson and Yankees GM Brian Cashman talk to reporters. Credit: USA Today Images
Mets GM Sandy Alderson and Yankees GM Brian Cashman talk to reporters. Credit: USA Today Images

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The Mets dealt Jay Bruce to the Indians for pitching prospect Ryder Ryan on Wednesday night, reportedly turning down the Yankees' offer of two prospects.

The Yankees, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, offered $1 million in salary relief, while the Indians assumed the entire $3.7 million owed to Bruce. But that's not all that was at play...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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(Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)

 

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May 30, 2017; Walker (20) applauds from the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 30, 2017; Walker (20) applauds from the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 2B Neil Walker started at first base for the first time in his career Tuesday night.

Walker played first base late in a game this past weekend, during which he also started at third base for the first time in his career.

"I'm sure it is," Walker said after Tuesday's game, when asked if he thinks he's being showcased for a potential trade. "For me, it's adding to things that I can do."

Walker, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, and Curtis Granderson have reportedly all cleared waivers and are free to be traded to any team during August...

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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

Mets SS Amed Rosario has impressed his manager and teammates during his first week in the majors.

Rosario, who made his Mets debut last Tuesday against the Rockies in Colorado, has gone 4-for-22 with two triples and has been smooth at shortstop.

"In five or six games, you can see that this kid's going to be a very good player," Collins told Newsday on Sunday. "Obviously, there's a lot of things he's going to learn how to do and he'll do it on his own because he's a sharp kid."

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 (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Jay Bruce is interested in returning to the Mets next season, but he's also open to all opportunities and offers, he recently told the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.

Bruce is eligible to be a free agent and intends to test the open market this winter for the first time since being drafted by the Reds in 2005. 

"I feel great. I feel comfortable. I love the guys here,'' he added. However, he continued, "I'm not dismissing any type of opportunity that I have here in the future, but I'm also not assuming that that's going to be the case either. People work a long time to get to free agency and I think that's important. This most definitely will be a viable option for me. We'll just have to wait and see.''

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Mets outfielder Jay Bruce (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Mets outfielder Jay Bruce (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Jay Bruce is not in the lineup for the second straight game due to a stiff neck.

Bruce, who also missed Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, is not expected to miss an extended period of time, as the injury is not considered serious.

The Mets' lineup for Sunday night's game features Yoenis Cespedes in left field, Michael Conforto in center field, Curtis Granderson in right field and Wilmer Flores at first base.

The 30-year-old Bruce is hitting .260 with 29 home runs and 75 RBIs this season.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Yankees are not expected to trade for Mets OF/1B Jay Bruce, who can be traded this month if he's placed on and clears waivers.

One Yankees official "shot down any notion" that the team would trade for Bruce, while speaking with Bob Klapisch of NJ.com, citing the fact that owner Hal Steinbrenner has frozen the payroll for the remainder of the season.

The Yankees are currently without first basemen Greg Bird and Tyler Austin, and have primarily been using Chase Headley at first base recently.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Yankees are not expected to trade for Mets OF Jay Bruce, who can be traded this month if he's placed on and clears waivers.

Bruce has been playing first base for the Mets along with right field.

One Yankees official "shot down any notion" that the team would trade for Bruce, while speaking with Bob Klapisch of NJ.com, citing the fact that owner Hal Steinbrenner has frozen the payroll for the remainder of the season.

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 (Colin E. Brale/AP)
(Colin E. Brale/AP)

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

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

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

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

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Dilson Herrera, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Jay Bruce is happy to still be with the Mets, but told reporters he understands he could still be traded through waivers later this month.

"It just doesn't seem like the position-player market ever materialized," Bruce told the NY Post. "I knew this was a possibility. I am happy to still be here and nothing changes. We'll see what happens. Obviously, the August trade deadline is still there."

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Monday that there's a strong possibility the team will trade Bruce, Curtis Granderson, and/or Asdrubal Cabrera this month after potentially passing them through waivers.

"We have probably more outfielders than we can adequately utilize," Alderson added, saying the team wants to find playing time for Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares, who should soon return from the disabled list...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:13
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Rockies

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

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

1) Amed Rosario's long-awaited debut included a 1-for-4 showing but two misplays in the field -- one on the penultimate play in the ninth. Moving towards second with the runner from first going, Rosario could not handle a hard grounder on the backhand moving in the other direction. Nolan Arenado followed with a blooper to center that won the game.

2) The Mets took an early 2-0 lead on RBI doubles by Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce. Trailing 3-2 in the seventh, Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game with a sacrifice fly and Bruce's solo homer gave New York a 4-3 lead in the eighth.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Steven Matz
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Smith on playing in Las Vegas 00:03:29
Dominic Smith talks about the experience of playing for the Las Vegas 51's and about his hopes of joining the Major League club.

Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith, currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, "shouldn't be far behind" joining SS Amed Rosario in Queens, GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday.

The 22-year-old Smith, who is hitting .340 with a .394 OBP and .594 SLG with 16 HR, 33 doubes, and 72 RBI for Las Vegas, will certainly be up at some point in August, Alderson added.

Smith was the Mets' first round pick (11th overall) in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Danny Abriano
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Smith on playing in Las Vegas 00:03:29
Dominic Smith talks about the experience of playing for the Las Vegas 51's and about his hopes of joining the Major League club.

Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith, currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, "shouldn't be far behind" joining SS Amed Rosario in Queens, GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday.

The 22-year-old Smith, who is hitting .340 with a .394 OBP and .594 SLG with 16 HR, 33 doubes, and 72 RBI for Las Vegas, will certainly be up at some point in August, Alderson added.

Smith was the Mets' first round pick (11th overall) in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Danny Abriano
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Alderson joins Loud Mouths 00:11:14
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the show to discuss the decision to finally call up Amed Rosario amongst other various trade deadline moves.

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

1. Don't discount an August trade

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

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

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

1. Don't discount an August trade

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

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Gelbs on Rosario, Reed trade 00:04:46
Steve Gelbs breaks down the Mets' moves at the trade deadline, including sending Addison Reed to Boston for prospects.

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

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Danny Abriano
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Asdrubal Cabrera looks into the crowd after flying out in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Asdrubal Cabrera looks into the crowd after flying out in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and outfielder Jay Bruce said they are trying not to focus on trade rumors as Monday's 4 p.m. deadline nears.

"There's nothing I can do," Cabrera said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "I am not waiting around to find out. If something happens, it happens."

Cabrera and Bruce have been the subject of trade rumors over the past couple of weeks leading up to the non-waiver trade deadline. The Indians and Mariners have reportedly showed interest in Cabrera, while Bruce reportedly hasn't drawn significant interest from teams.

The Mets are off Monday, traveling from Seattle to begin a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday. Bruce admitted he will "probably check more than I should," but added that it doesn't do much for him.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce
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