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Jeff McNeil

On Episode 3 of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies with J.D. Davis and Dom Smith, fellow club member Jeff McNeil joins the show, and big secrets are revealed!

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Mets third baseman Jeff McNeil, joined by his wife, Tatiana, and their dog, Willow, issued a message of thanks to healthcare workers who are doing everything they can to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets are currently brushing up against the $208 million luxury tax threshold and are perhaps unlikely to reach any extensions with players of their own until they get some salary cap relief.

But that relief should come after the 2020 season, when Yoenis Cespedes, Wilson Ramos, Marcus Stroman, and others are off the books, freeing up tens of millions of dollars in 2021 and beyond.

With the above in mind, and with the goal being to win now and in the future, the Mets would be wise to lay the groundwork for potential extensions for some of the players below, with an eye on striking deals soon after the 2020 season ends...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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As you practice social distancing and self-isolation, you might need some new shows to binge while staying at home. Luckily for you, the Mets have you covered. 

Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis, and more give you their favorite TV shows to choose from...

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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Jeff McNeil and his Mets teammates were supposed to be at Citi Field right now facing the Nationals in Opening Day.

Instead?

McNeil, who is still in Florida, spent part of his Thursday chasing a snake out of his backyard/pool area, where Willow (his dog) and Mac (his cat) were trying to have a relaxing afternoon. Click below to see...

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New York Mets players weigh in on which teammates remind them of Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute and more from the hit TV show, The Office.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Major League Baseball and all other major sports remain on hold as the United States and the rest of the world practices social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

When things start to return to normal and the 2020 baseball season -- hopefully -- begins, the Mets will have a bunch of roster and lineup decisions facing them after what will very likely be an abbreviated second spring training of sorts.

Among those decisions...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Seth Lugo, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Right now, we're all finding ways to keep ourselves entertained while at home.

When it comes to Jeff McNeil, we've already seen him playing some Toy Story monopoly, which he boastfully claimed he won, and now ... ping pong.

It's no shock at all that McNeil looks like a natural with the paddle, effortlessly switching between forehand and backhand. As for his cat, Mac, well, that's a different story.

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Jeff McNeil
Jeff McNeil

Hitting for average is seemingly a lost art in today's MLB.

"These guys (current players) are entirely focused on power, things like exit velocity," a minor-league hitting instructor recently told me. "They almost never talk about batting average."

And then there's Jeff McNeil...

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The coronavirus pandemic has led to the shuttering of all the major sports leagues, and most people in the United States and around the world are practicing social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Spring training is shuttered as players on the Mets and other teams continue to prepare for the season either at their home team's spring training complex (without group workouts) or elsewhere.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Unfortunately, It feels like it could be a long time before we'll have actual baseball to talk about again. 

So with that in mind, though the potential coronavirus ramifications have more real-world importance, I'm going to offer one last look at the optimism I felt oozing from Mets' camp before the interruption.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Clover Park
Clover Park

Despite spring training games being cancelled, there was still plenty going on in Mets land. Here's what happened, in case you missed it...


The Mets released a statement on Friday to fans, thanking them for their patience in such a fliuid time >> Read more

Mets' director of player personnel and community engagement Donovan Mitchell Sr. tests negative for coronavirus >> Read more

Jeff McNeil is playing Monopoly in his spare time >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto
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The Mets took care of the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 on Wednesday afternoon, with Jacob deGrom pitching four strong innings. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Jacob deGrom looked every bit the reigning two-time NL Cy Young winner, retiring the first 10 hitters he faced in order, including a perfect opening three frames. Matt Carpenter tagged him with a solo home run in the fourth to break the streak, but that would be the only hit deGrom allowed over 4.0 innings of work. He struck out three hitters without a walk and lowered his spring ERA to 1.29.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano
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Injured Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, whose status for Opening Day on March 26 is very much in doubt, spoke on Wednesday at spring training about his status.

Conforto, who suffered a grade 1 oblique strain on Saturday when he twisted his body to make a catch in right field while shielding his eyes from the sun, said that while there's currently no timetable for his return, he already feels better. 

"Definitely feel better than a couple of days ago," Conforto said. "My symptoms weren't all that crazy. After a couple of days of treatment, I felt quite a bit better. So right now I feel pretty good."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) started the game against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) started the game against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Jacob deGrom once again gets the ball for the Mets, as they take on the Cardinals at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

Jeff McNeil is back in the lineup, and he will look to continue his hot spring. He's slashing .435/.458/.696 with a homer and three doubles over nine games. The Mets also gave an update on Michael Conforto's status on Tuesday, saying the veteran outfielder has an oblique strain that leaves Opening Day in doubt. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Michael Conforto was diagnosed Tuesday with a right oblique strain.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff talked with teams about trading for an outfielder, ideally a center fielder, this past offseason. However, understandable confidence in Brandon Nimmo and Conforto, as well as having J.D. Davis and Jeff McNeil -- not to mention the possible return of Yoenis Cespedes -- allowed him to give up his search when a perfect deal failed to come to fruition.

Unfortunately for Conforto, while oblique strains tend to seemingly resolve quickly, they're easy to re-aggravate, which often results in a stop-and-go, longer-than-expected return to big-league action.

Regardless of when Conforto returns, third base or one of the two corner outfield spots will continue to bounce between Davis and McNeil.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Five Mets were ranked among ESPN's top 100 MLB players list 2020, a list that was compiled by polling 40 "writers, analysts, contributors, and insiders."

The Mets who made the list:

Michael Conforto, No. 100

Jeff McNeil, No. 76

Noah Syndergaard, No. 51

Pete Alonso, No. 20

Jacob deGrom, No. 3

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith
Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

A scenario where the middle of the Mets' lineup does not feature Michael Conforto is not one the team wants to think about, but it's one they're possibly facing now that Conforto's status is in doubt due to a side injury he suffered on Saturday.

Conforto, who has returned to New York for further evaluation after receiving an MRI in Port St. Lucie, will hope for good news. But even if the news is good, it's fair to believe his status for Opening Day (on March 26) and beyond could be in doubt.

Fortunately for the Mets, Conforto is the only key player who is currently dealing with a new injury. And unless his absence is months-long, they should be able to withstand it.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets' Dom Smith (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Dom Smith (Treated Image by SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If Dominic Smith were to be completely honest, he might say that he was hoping to get traded over the winter. 

After all, even after something of a breakthrough season with the bat in 2019, his playing time is blocked every which way as a Met, with Pete Alonso at first base and a crowded outfield that might once again include Yoenis Cespedes

But Smith offered no hint of any such desire when I spoke to him last week in Port St. Lucie, and good for him for trying to make the best of what could be a frustrating situation. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes
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With Opening Day less than three weeks away, the Mets have some clear starpower in their lineup.

But their roster is filled with guys who are looking to make a major impact this upcoming season.

Here are three under-the-radar Mets you should keep an eye on to make a difference this year:

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 5, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Rick Porcello (22) throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports  (Jim Rassol)
Mar 5, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Rick Porcello (22) throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

The Mets and Cardinals finished in a 7-7 tie on Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Thursday's game...

1) Rick Porcello got the start for the Mets and was dominant, tossing 3.0 shutout innings while allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out four as he lowered his spring training ERA to 1.50.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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 (Jim Rassol)
(Jim Rassol)

Rick Porcello gets his third start of spring training as the Mets take on the Cardinals for the second-straight day, this time on the road in Jupiter, Fla. on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 4-1, on Wednesday, as Marcus Stroman threw 3.0 scoreless innings and Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored. Amed Rosario and Robinson Cano will start as the middle infielders, with Dominic Smith playing first base and Luis Guillorme at third base. Pete Alonso will be the DH after going 1-for-3 on Wednesday.

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Mets spring training brought some different buzz Wednesday at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where New York's 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals came with an all-access broadcast by ESPN.

Players wore earpieces during the game and communicated with the ESPN broadcast crew up in the booth, providing an in-depth perspective into a professional game as the action unfolded.

With the Mets, there were light moments -- a lot of them -- too. Below is a sampling of the Mets' all-access ESPN broadcast.

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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PORT ST. LUCIE -- Live from first base, it's Pete Alonso

And won't this be entertaining. On a day when ESPN mic'd up Mets' players for its telecast of the Cardinals-Mets game, Alonso announced that he has agreed to let MLB Network put a microphone at first base at Citi Field to capture some of his conversations with opponents. 

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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 4-1, on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Wednesday's game...

1) Marcus Stroman got the start for the Mets and was dominant, striking out the side in the second inning while tossing 3.0 scoreless innings. Overall, he allowed one hit, walked one and struck out four. He has a 2.70 ERA so far in spring training.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Nolan Arenado
Nolan Arenado

A version of this article was originally published on Dec. 20, 2019


Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets had trade discussions earlier this season with the Indians about Francisco Lindor and discussions with the Astros about Carlos Correa. Both of those players are tremendous talents, with Lindor offering more certainty and Correa being a player you can dream on. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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The Mets were unable to dig themselves out of an early hole and ultimately fell to the Marlins, 6-1, on Tuesday. >> Box Score

6 things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard got the start for the Mets and had an up-and-down performance Tuesday. Despite striking out five batters in 3.0 innings on the mound, Syndergaard gave up two earned runs on two hits -- which ended up being too much for the Mets to come back from.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Wilson Ramos
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Jeff McNeil has picked up right where he left off last season, and that continued on Tuesday when he hit a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the first inning in Port St. Lucie.

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May 8, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) throws to first base on a ground out by San Diego Padres left fielder Hunter Renfroe (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)
May 8, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) throws to first base on a ground out by San Diego Padres left fielder Hunter Renfroe (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)

J.D. Davis, who is ahead of schedule as he works his way back from a shoulder injury, has been hitting in the batting cage for the last few days, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reported on Tuesday.

Davis suffered the injury last Tuesday when he dove for a ball at third base, and had an MRI the next day.

"It sounds like we're in a pretty good spot with it overall," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said last week, noting that the MRI revealed what looked like an old labrum injury but no new damage.

NorthJersey.com's Justin Toscano reported late last week that Davis -- who began rehabbing the day after suffering the injury -- was taking ground balls in the outfield, playing catch, and working on one-arm swings with his right hand. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mets OF Michael Conforto
Mets OF Michael Conforto

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto enters the 2020 season at 27 years old in what is his second-to-last year of arbitration. If an extension isn't reached before the end of the 2021 season, Conforto will be a free agent. And the Mets shouldn't let things get to that point.

Conforto, whose breakout season in 2017 (.279/.384/.555) ended after 109 games due to a shoulder injury that required surgery and negatively impacted his start to the 2018 season, has been tagged as "too streaky" by some and seemingly disappointed others who think his career batting average (a stat that doesn't matter nearly as much as it used to) is too low.

While the "streakiness" thing is debatable since every hitter is streaky to an extent (scope out Mike Trout and Christian Yelich's month-by-month breakdowns), here's what we know Conforto is:

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Yankees have contacted the Mets about potentially trading for Steven Matz, and the Mets are reportedly willing to listen.

But while the Mets have what looks to be a good problem right now with six starting pitchers for five rotation spots, they would be wise to hold on to Matz.

According to the New York Post, the Mets would want a big league player back from the Yanks for Matz, with the Post citing Miguel Andujar as their potential ask. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Corey Oswalt, David Peterson, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Walker Lockett, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)
Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)

The Yankees' starting rotation is already reeling ahead of Opening Day, with Luis Severino (Tommy John surgery) out for the season and James Paxton (back surgery to remove cyst) absent for the start of the 2020 season. Because of that, GM Brian Cashman is already looking to discuss trades with teams to add another rotation piece. 

According to The Post's Ken Davidoff and Mike Puma, the Yankees have contacted the Mets about potentially trading for LHP Steven Matz, and the Mets are "willing to listen."

However, SNY's Andy Martino is saying not to hold your breath, as multiple sources are telling him "there is no reason to think it will progress or that anything will happen there."

Tags: Gio Urshela, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Miguel Andujar, Steven Matz, Scott Thompson
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Mar 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning of a spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

With the Yankees' starting rotation decimated by injury and the Mets currently having six starting pitchers for five spots, the Yanks have contacted the Mets about potentially trading for Steven Matz, reports Mike Puma and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.

According to the Post, the Mets are "willing to listen," but there is skepticism that a deal will ultimately get done.

In a trade of Matz, the Post reports that the Mets would want a big league player -- potentially Miguel Andujar -- in return. However, Puma and Davidoff report that the Yankees aren't "desperate enough for a pitcher" in order to trade Andujar.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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The Mets took down the defending champion Nationals, 3-1, in a split-squad spring training matchup in Port St. Lucie on Sunday. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Sunday's game...

1) Jacob deGrom picked up right where he left off last year, tossing three scoreless innings in his spring debut. The back-to-back Cy Young Award winner allowed just one hit and punched out two batters in 33 pitches. He retired the first four batters he faced in just eight pitches. The only hit he allowed was a single to Andrew Stevenson.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

Right-hander Michael Wacha will make his second start of the spring in Jupiter, Fla. against the Marlins at 1:05 p.m.

Mets notes

Amed Rosario will hit leadoff and start at shortstop for the Mets. Rosario has yet to reach base in his nine at bats this spring, but he did turn the corner last season. In his final 89 games, Rosario slashed .322/.353/.453 and belted seven homers while driving in 36 runs. Along with Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo, Rosario is an option to hit leadoff once Opening Day rolls around. Dominic Smith made the trip, as well, and will play first base and hit third.

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J.D. Davis (Reinhold Matay)
J.D. Davis (Reinhold Matay)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen gave everyone a big sigh of relief when he said last Wednesday that J.D. Davis' shoulder injury was nothing to worry about. 

And Davis' work on Sunday in Port St. Lucie proves that. 

Van Wagenen said that Davis' injury, which came from diving for a grounder in a spring training game last Tuesday, would have him sit out of any baseball activity for a week before being re-evaluated. But, according to NorthJersey.com's Justin Toscano, Davis is taking ground balls in the outfield, playing catch, and working on one-arm swings with his right hand. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 29, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) takes first base against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Saturday, in case you missed it...


Dellin Betances voices his frustrations about having to sit and watch the rest of his teammates play, but says he'll be ready for Opening Day. >> Read More

 

Tags: Dellin Betances, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Scott Thompson
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There's a very strong chance Jeff McNeil finds his name at the top of the batting lineup come Opening Day, and if he does, it's probably a decent bet that he'll be swinging first pitch.

In 2019, McNeil established himself as a player who loves to be aggressive early in the count, taking advantage of pitchers trying to sneak across easy, early strikes.

On Wednesday, McNeil caught up with SNY's Steve Gelbs to talk about his aggressive approach at the plate.

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Infield prospect Andres Gimenez blasted a solo homer to right field to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning as the Mets beat the Cardinals, 3-2, on Friday afternoon at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie. >> Box Score


5 things to know about Friday's game...

1) Brandon Nimmo returned to the lineup after missing two games to undergo cardiac tests (he's fine). Nimmo got the start in center field, singled in his first at-bat, and finished 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway (Joe Camporeale)
Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway (Joe Camporeale)

Former Mets manager Mickey Callaway, now the pitching coach for the Angels, recently spoke with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic about the hire of Luis Rojas as the team's new manager.

"He's going to do just fine," Callaway told Rosenthal. "He's very prepared. Great baseball mind.

"Managing and coaching in the minor leagues is nothing like managing in the major leagues, but he has the familiarity with the players on his side. He's not going to have to sit there for half a season and get to know what makes these guys tick. That's going to be so valuable to him."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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The Mets got a good start from Noah Syndergaard, but a shaky Edwin Diaz outing ultimately led to a 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday in Port. St. Lucie. >> Box Score

5 things to know from Wednesday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard had exactly the kind of performance Mets fans were hoping to see. After an up-and-down 2019 campaign, Syndergaard pitched two scoreless innings in his 2020 spring debut. He allowed one hit and struck out two batters, showcasing that nasty slider that seemed to avoid him for large stretches of last season. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Mets INF/OF J.D. Davis had an MRI on his injured left shoulder that did not reveal "a ton of inflammation" or "new structural damage," and will begin rehabbing on Wednesday, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said.

"It sounds like we're in a pretty good spot with it overall," Van Wagenen added, noting that the MRI did reveal what looked like an old labrum injury.

While Davis will begin rehabbing immediately, he will refrain from baseball activity for a week before being reevaluated.

Davis spoke roughly an hour after Van Wagenen, saying he was relieved that the damage revealed by the MRI was old.

Tags: JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes
Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes

A version of this story was originally published on Jan. 21, 2020


Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When the offseason began, the thought of Yoenis Cespedes contributing to the 2020 Mets was a pipe dream. Then, he started hitting bombs. Then, his contract was restructured to incentivize him making it back on the field. Then, he started running.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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The Mets took down their NL East-rival Nationals, 2-1, for their first spring training win on Monday.  >> Box Score

5 things to know from Monday's game...

1) Top pitching prospect David Peterson got the start for the Mets, and looked pretty good in his first spring outing. He let up just one single, but no runs. MLB.com's Anthony DiComo also pointed out that the radar gun had his fastball sitting around 93-94 mph, which is up from his previous seasons. That's a good sign for the lefty.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Paul Sewald, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Scott Thompson
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez fields ground balls during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez fields ground balls during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

The following are insights, ideas and notes gathered from recent conversations with team sources, rival executives, reporters, front office assistants, and talent evaluators...


Based on conversations with team insiders, at this early point in the spring, it sounds to me like Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil will 100 percent be kicking off Luis Rojas' lineup in April.

After that, expect Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto and some flip-flopping between Wilson Ramos and Robinson Cano. Amed Rosario seems destine to hit eighth or maybe even ninth on certain occasions, while the J.D. Davis/Yoenis Cespedes situation will impact left field and the heart of the lineup in a way that can't be known yet.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher David Peterson (77) waits to do defensive drills during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher David Peterson (77) waits to do defensive drills during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Minor League prospect David Peterson gets the start for the Mets down in Florida at 1:05 p.m. against the reigning World Seres champion Washington Nationals.

Mets notes

Jeff McNeil and Brandon Nimmo will bat first and second in for the Mets, while Pete Alonso bats third as a DH and former Yankee Eduardo Nunez is in the lineup hitting seventh.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso
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J.D. Davis had a breakout 2019 season in his first year with the Mets, batting .307 with 22 home runs in 140 games. The Mets acquired him from the Houston Astros on Jan. 6, 2019 after he played just 66 games in two seasons with the team.

Davis spoke to SNY's Steve Gelbs on Sunday during the Mets' 3-3 tie with the St. Louis Cardinals about how he was a different person before coming to New York.

"Me, learning from how I was with the Astros, and my personality, I was kind of the quiet guy," Davis said. "I was a fly on the wall. I tried to blend in, not have any attention towards myself. Coming in here, I wasn't as happy as I was with the Astros. I wasn't really expressing myself. I remember just coming in and being free and loose, and just wanting to at least have a relationship with these guys. And these guys have the same kind of desire as well.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto
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The Mets fell to the Miami Marlins 5-3 in a split-squad outing in Port St. Lucie on Saturday, but the offense looked strong to get things started.

In the top of the first inning, Jeff McNeil slapped a single to left field to get things going, setting the table out of the leadoff spot. After loading the bases, Wilson Ramos drove in a pair with a wind-blown ground-rule double down the right-field line.

Check out the full highlights from Saturday's game with the Marlins...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Wilson Ramos
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The Mets' split squad in Port St. Lucie got this year's spring training schedule started with a 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins. >> Box Score

5 things to know from Saturday's game...

1) Rick Porcello got the first spring training start for the Mets in Port St. Lucie. The right-hander pitched only the first inning, with some mixed results. Porcello allowed a single to Monte Harrison with one out, and after stealing second, Harrison came around to score on a Garrett Cooper single. He did strikeout Isan Diaz on three pitches in the inning as well.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it...


With Mets Spring Training kicking off, we're about to go from "best shape of his life" stories that often don't matter to game results that never matter >> Read more

Yoenis Cespedes and Jacob deGrom faced off against each other in live BP >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes
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