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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

This week in our offseason entertainment, we had quite some movement in terms of baseball. There's now a coaching staff, which is huge. Now, we just need a big bat, a reliever, an outfielder who can also play first base, etc etc.

Off the field, however, the Mets also kept us entertained. No, it was not another weekend of love like last weekend was with Travis d'Arnaud, Brandon Nimmo, and Mickey Jannis all walking down the aisle. But, weddings did come up this week.

Steven Matz. We all know he's engaged and getting married soon. On WOR this week when asked about which teammates he felt obligated to invite to the wedding, his response gave away two of his groomsmen, but was also a bit vague...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Michelle Ioannou
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The Mets hoped the new coaching staff would take initiative to utilize data, and "early returns have been promising," front office officials told Marc Carig of Newsday.

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Sep 9, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Mike Minor (Jeffrey Becker)
Sep 9, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Mike Minor (Jeffrey Becker)

The Mets are among the teams expressing interest in free agent LH reliever Mike Minor, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The 29-year-old Minor reinvented himself as a reliever in 2017, as he pitched in the majors for the first time since 2014, when he was a starter for the Braves.

After having shoulder surgery in 2015, Minor returned this past season with a a 2.55 ERA (2.62 FIP) and 1.02 WHIP while striking out 88 batters and walking 22 in 77 2/3 innings (65 games). He was dominant against lefties, holding them to a .163/.228/.196 line, but solid against righties as well, as they hit just .223/.281/.383 against him...

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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Free-agents Bryan Shaw, Brandon Morrow, Luke Gregerson, Brandon Kintzler, Matt Albers and Mike Minor. Credit: USA Today
Free-agents Bryan Shaw, Brandon Morrow, Luke Gregerson, Brandon Kintzler, Matt Albers and Mike Minor. Credit: USA Today

The Mets will attempt to sign a late-game relief pitcher, even if it means offering a multi-year deal, a source recently told Newsday's Marc Carig.

Carig believes the group being targeted by the Mets includes Addison Reed, Brandon Morrow, Mike Minor, and Bryan Shaw, among others, all of whom are projected to ink contracts in the two- to four-year range.

The willingness to sign free-agent relievers to multi-year deals is a shift in strategy for Sandy Alderson, who has mostly added to his bullpen by signing journeyman pitchers late in the offseason. However, as Carig was first to report, the Mets (like most successful MLB teams during the last few years) intend to limit most of their starting pitchers to facing the opposing lineup only two times each night.

"The teams that have the discipline to do that are getting better results out of those starting pitchers," Alderson told reporters Monday at the GM Meetings in Orlando. "They have the discipline to do it and they have the bullpen capacity.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia
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Sandy Alderson talks with reporters
Sandy Alderson talks with reporters

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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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Aug 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) (Isaiah J. Downing)
Aug 1, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) (Isaiah J. Downing)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

Jerry Blevins was the only Met to survive the 2017 season without missing time due to injury, without being sent down, and without being traded -- even Jacob deGrom missed a start. This of course wasn't the only reason they Mets rightfully picked up his option, but it was a strong reason as to why they should have.

Blevins has been the constant in the bullpen, the relief pitcher we can all rely on, even relied on too much by Terry Collins. It's actually pretty amazing that Blevins' arm hasn't fallen off after these last couple of seasons. And with the way the Mets' bullpen has performed, it's been good to have this sort of relief whenever we'd see Blevins come out. Plus, it's been entertaining to see his social media hysterics.

A one-year, $7 million option on Blevins was a no-brainer. The guy wants to stay on this team, too, and he's a realist, even saying that the team needs another reliable arm (which is no secret). He knows the bullpen isn't perfect, he knows that his arm has been heavily relied on, and he knows he needs help if he wants this team to get to the level they should be at (and fans want them to be at).

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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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Aug 7, 2016; Detroit: Mets manager Terry Collins (10) takes the ball to relieve relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 7, 2016; Detroit: Mets manager Terry Collins (10) takes the ball to relieve relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have picked up the one-year, $7 million option on Jerry Blevins's contract for 2018, it was announced Friday.

"Jerry always takes the ball," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said in a press release. "He was a stable force in our bullpen all year long. "With Jerry, the addition of AJ Ramos and having Jeurys Familia for the entire season, we feel we have the nucleus for a much improved pen. Getting Jerry back makes me a lot more confident about the late innings as we go forward in 2018."

"I can't state how excited I am to continue my career as a member of the Mets," Blevins said. "This organization has shown it wants nothing more than to win a World Series and has made strides every step of the way to achieve that goal. I'm happy to be a part of that plan and can't wait to join my teammates in Florida. #LGM."

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Mets plan to use Friday's off-day in Houston to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, according to multiple reports.

"Pretty much everyone I talked to was like, 'Yeah, I want to do something,'" Mets LHP Jerry Blevins said, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. "We've got a good group of guys here that want to help out some fellow Americans in need."

The Mets and Astros will play a doublehader Saturday in Houston and their regularly scheduled game on Sunday in the first games the Astros will play in Houston since the hurricane.

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which has caused catastrophic flooding in and around Houston, resulted in highway closures, and caused 17 deaths, was expected to force the series from Houston to Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, where the Astros shifted their current series against the Rangers to.

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 (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
(Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets intend to pick up LHP Jerry Blevins' $7 million option for 2018 rather than buy him out for $1 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The move is an obvious one, as the Mets chose to keep Blevins as they purged their roster of pending free agents by trading Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, and Curtis Granderson in recent weeks. 

Blevins was claimed and blocked on waivers earlier this month, Heyman reported.

The 31-year-old Blevins, who reportedly drew some interest prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, has a 2.72 ERA and 1.34 WHIP with 56 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings (60 appearances) this season...

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New York Mets pitcher Jerry Blevins pitches in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Jerry Blevins pitches in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets LHP Jerry Blevins was claimed and blocked on waivers, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman,

Blevins, who reportedly drew some interest prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, has a 2.78 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 35 2/3 inningsd across 53 relief appearances this season. 

GM Sandy Alderson said after the trade deadline that trading Blevins was not a priority, as the team views him as an integral part of its bullpen for 2018.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia
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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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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets began selling Thursday, with Lucas Duda shipped to Tampa Bay for reliever Drew Smith

Duda had been poised to be a free agent this winter, and the Mets would not have entertained re-signing him because of prospect Dominic Smith's readiness for the majors.

With contracts also expiring for Addison Reed ($7.75M), Fernando Salas ($3M), Curtis Granderson ($15M), Jay Bruce ($13M), Neil Walker ($17.2M), Jose Reyes ($535K), and Rene Rivera ($1.75M), and with the Mets holding team options for Asdrubal Cabrera and Jerry Blevins for next season, they should have plenty of financial flexibility this winter to retool.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker, all of whom are eligible to free agents after the 2017 season (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker, all of whom are eligible to free agents after the 2017 season (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is six days away. And given the Mets still trail by double digits in the division and wild-card races, it's unquestionable they will be sellers.

Who exactly will go? Here's a list of nine contenders, from most to least likely...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

In the middle of a Mets bullpen in constant disarray stands the stalwart Jerry Blevins. The lefty specialist has put up solid numbers in his three years in New York and is an interesting trade candidate for a team looking towards 2018.

Overall, Blevins is having a decent season, though not quite up to last year's exceptional standards. He has a 3.54 ERA, and while his strikeout rate is excellent, his walk rate has jumped to nearly 5.0 per 9 innings.

The caveat is that while it feels as though he has pitched every day (and he does in fact lead baseball with 44 appearances), his 28 innings pitched is still a small sample. And there's every chance his wildness evens out as the season wears on.

As has been the norm throughout his career, Blevins has been absolute murder on lefties. They are managing just a .401 OPS against him this season. Righties, on the other hand, are putting up a whopping 1.175 OPS against, though sample size is a major issue here as well. His career splits are .570/.741 OPS against lefties and righties respectively, which is along the lines of what to expect going forward -- and still quite good for a specialist...

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Collins, Gsellman on injuries 00:04:18
Terry Collins and Robert Gsellman discuss the injury Gsellman suffered tonight and where the Mets go from here in the rotation

It's the little things that kill a season, and the seventh inning last night felt like a microcosm of what is killing this team in 2017. I know, I know, it's the injuries too, but then it's the little things...

For instance, Travis d'Arnaud tied last night's game with a home run in the top of the seventh inning. Neil Ramirez then entered in relief for the Mets and began the bottom of the inning by walking Miami's leadoff batter, J.T. RealmutoJT Riddle then followed with a single to give the Marlins runners on first and third with no one out.

In relief of Ramirez, Jerry Blevins was called on to face pinch hitter Ichiro Suzuki, who slapped a single on the ground to left field. Dee Gordon moved the runners up with a hit, and Giancarlo Stanton was intentionally walked to load the bases. Christian Yelich then hit a a 2-2 pitch up the middle to drive in two more runs and extend Miami's lead to 6-3, which would end up being the final score.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Matthew Cerrone
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Hello Jerry 00:04:55
Mets reliever Jerry Blevins answers non-baseball questions from fans on the latest edition of "Hello Jerry".

According to FoxSport.com's Ken Rosenthal, among the team's pending free agents, Mets LHP reliever Jerry Blevins is the least likely to be traded.

Blevins, 33, is earning $5.5 million this season. The Mets hold a $7 million club option for 2018 or can make him a free agent by paying a $1 million buyout.

In 38 appearances this season, he is 4-0 with a 2.13 ERA (2.66 FIP), while holding left-handed hitters to a .113 average.

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Hello Jerry 00:04:55
Mets reliever Jerry Blevins answers non-baseball questions from fans on the latest edition of "Hello Jerry".

Mets LHP Jerry Blevins answers non-baseball questions from fans on the latest edition of 'Hello Jerry.'

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Mets are sellers 00:05:05
Jon Hein and Dan Graca react to the news that the Mets are making Curtis Granderson, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce and Asdrubal Cabrera available.

One constant at the trade deadline is that pitching is always in demand. Contenders looking to plug rotation holes and bolster bullpens offer far more valuable packages in July than in January. The Mets don't have an especially deep cache of arms to offer up, but there are a few names to watch for.

Addison Reed has largely righted his ship after a difficult start to 2017 and now has a 2.59 ERA dating back to 2015. His 4.89 strikeouts-to-walks ratio is the 10th best in baseball over the span and his 2.58 FIP is 13th best.

He has never been in the top tier of relief aces alongside such names as Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, but he has been surprisingly close. As a pending free agent capable of setting up or closing, he should garner plenty of interest from contenders with weak bullpens, such as, unfortunately, the Nationals...

Tags: Addison Reed, Aroldis Chapman, Jerry Blevins, Maggie Wiggin
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New York Mets RHP Robert Gsellman (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets RHP Robert Gsellman (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Hours after GM Sandy Alderson said RHP Robert Gsellman would move back to the bullpen once the Mets activate two pitchers off the disabled list, Gsellman threw seven strong innings to lead New York to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday at Citi Field.

Gsellman (3-3) gave up two runs (one earned) and three hits, and also recorded two RBIs on a sac fly and a bases-loaded walk as the Mets won for the third time in their last four games.

"That's the guy we saw last year," manager Terry Collins said. "That's the guy we know he can be. He threw the ball very well."

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jerry Blevins, Milwaukee Brewers, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills)

Josh EdginHansel RoblesJerry BlevinsAddison Reed, and Jeurys Familia combined to throw four innings of scoreless baseball during the team's win Monday in Atlanta.

Robert Gsellman lasted only five-plus innings, allowing five earned runs and six hits, after which the bullpen locked down the game's final 12 outs.

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Robert Gsellman
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(AP)

In a tie game to start the 12th inning, Mets reliever Rafael Montero let up a single and walked two batters (one intentional) before Matt Kemp hit a two-run double to give the Braves the lead.

The Mets got the tying run to the plate during their next at-bat, but eventually lost the game, 3-1.

In total, Montero was charged with the loss, as well as two runs, three hits and three walks in his first 1.2 innings of the season. Hansel Robles entered the game with a 1-0 lead thanks to six scoreless innings from Jacob deGrom. However, Robles allowed a run to score that tied the game, while being charged with a blown save in the seventh inning...

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Rafael Montero
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/5/17 00:03:08
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-1 loss to the Braves.

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

Five things you should know about today's game...

1) Jacob deGrom allowed two hits and a walk while striking out six over six scoreless innings in his first start since undergoing offseason elbow surgery.

2) Handed a 1-0 lead, Hansel Robles faced five batters in the seventh and retired just one before leaving with the bases loaded and the game tied. Jerry Blevins retired the next two batters to keep the score, 1-1.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Rafael Montero
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Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2017; Fans enter Citi Field through the Jackie Robinson rotunda on Opening Day. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It's me again. After 14 seasons as a Mets beat reporter, for the Daily News and then ESPN, I joined the New York Institute of Technology in February as its assistant athletic director for strategic communications, promoting the Old Westbury school's Division I baseball team as well as a dozen other sports competing at the Division II level.

The job involves pitching stories to media about the program, plus ensuring the school's athletics website -- NYITBears.com --and social media have solid content.

Still, when SNY graciously asked if I would be interested in contributing to its website on a part-time basis, I couldn't resist. I will be providing analysis pieces about the Mets, as well as popular staples from my days as a beat reporter, including the "Farm Report," which contains a feature and notes about Mets minor leaguers. We plan to launch our weekly minor-league content next Wednesday and continue it for the duration of the season.

Thank you to SNY's Fred Harner and Matthew Cerrone for making this happen.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Mets First Pitch: Granderson 00:04:30
The Mets First Pitch panel gives their confidence level in Curtis Granderson being able to play centerfield for the entire season.

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media prior to Monday's season-opening game against the Braves at Citi Field. Here's what we learned...


  • The Mets need to embrace the expectations. The team is filled with players who have won and know what it takes.
  • Collins hasn't thought about the fact that lots of players are in their walk-year, but adds those players should be 'doubly motivated.'
  • Noah Syndergaard has matured a great deal as a pitcher, learning to command his stuff and control his demeanor...
Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Noah Syndergaard
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Post Game Extra: 3/3/17 00:02:18
Gary Apple and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 11-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

The New York Mets scored 11 runs and recorded 17 hits in an 11-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


  • The Mets scored four runs in the third inning and five in the fifth inning to take a 9-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce hit RBI singles before Lucas Duda hit a two-run double to make it 4-0. In the fifth inning, Neil Walker hit a two-run home run to make it 6-0. 
  • Noah Syndergaard struck out one batter in two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut.
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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Rivera on Gsellman's skill set 00:02:50
Mets catcher Rene Rivera joins Steve Gelbs to discuss Robert Gsellman's maturity level since joining the big league club and his makeup.

The Mets face the Marlins on Thursday in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Jose Reyes will play third base and lead off.

RHP Robert Gsellman gets the start for the Mets, with RHPs Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Hansel Robles, and Erik Goeddel, and LHPs Tom Gorzelanny and Jerry Blevins also scheduled to pitch.

Follow on Gameday here...

 

Tags: Addison Reed, Erik Goeddel, Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman
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'Hello Jerry' with David Wright 00:06:10
Season two of #HelloJerry begins with a special guest, Mets third baseman and captain David Wright.

Season two of #HelloJerry begins with a special guest, Mets third baseman and captain David Wright

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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets host the Nationals on Saturday at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, live on SNY at 1:10 p.m.

Coverage begins on SNY at 12:30 p.m. with Mets pregame.

LHP Sean Gilmartin will get the start for the Mets, with LHP Jerry Blevins also scheduled to pitch.

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Conforto fighting for spot 00:03:17
Michael Conforto went 2-3 with a home run in the Mets' first spring game, and could make roster decisions difficult for Terry Collins.

The Mets beat the Red Sox, 3-2, on Friday afternoon in Fort Myers.


  • Mets pitchers took a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning.
  • OF Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • C Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-2.
  • RHP Seth Lugo, who is competing with Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot in the rotation, walked two and struck out three while allowing no hits in two scoreless innings...
Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. Here's what we learned...

  • If closer Jeurys Familia is suspended for the beginning of the season, the Mets will "have to go outside the box" at times -- including potentially using LHP Jerry Blevins -- when it comes to closing games.
  • OF Michael Conforto is "too good a player" to continue to struggle.
  • If everyone is healthy, there will likely be two spots open in the bullpen, and the team could "very easily" take three left-handers...
Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Mets Spring Training kicks off 00:03:05
Mets manager Terry Collins and starting pitcher Matt Harvey address the media from Port St. Lucie as Mets Spring Training gets underway.

Mets pitchers and catchers will take the field today for their first official workout of Spring Training.

Terry Collins and David Wright are expected to address the media later in the day.

The majority of the team's position players are already in camp. However, they are not required to be there until Feb. 17, as the roster's first official full-squad workout isn't until Feb. 19...

 

Tags: David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Terry Collins on Spring Training 00:08:01
Terry Collins speaks on the feeling of Spring Training and having 52 guys returning from last season.

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Monday. Here's what we learned...

  • Regarding RHP Zack Wheeler, Collins said the team will get him ready to start games and decide at the end of Spring Training where he fits best, with the bullpen being an option.
  • Wheeler and RHPs Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo will compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
  • There is no plan to get OF Michael Conforto time at first base right now.
  • Collins sees the "fire" that he's seen in the past from RHP Matt Harvey. "You know this guy," Collins said. "This guy likes to be the number one."
Tags: David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Jul 15, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) pulls a hair out of the helmet of catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Jul 15, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) pulls a hair out of the helmet of catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Jerry Blevins returned to the Mets last week by signing a one-year, $5.5 million contract, which reportedly includes a $7 million team option for 2018 with a $1-million buyout.

As a free agent this winter, Blevins had been rumored to be seeking a $6-8 million salary, but with as much as a three-year commitment.

The guaranteed salary of $6.5 million put Blevins roughly in line with what Mike Dunn is making per year.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jerry Blevins 00:02:14
John Harper discusses the Mets re-signing Jerry Blevins, Fernando Salas and what this means for the team's bullpen in 2017.

The Mets announced their one-year deal with LH reliever Jerry Blevins and designated INF/OF Ty Kelly for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

The deal, which was reported last week, will pay Blevins $5.5 million in 2017 and contains a $7 million team option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag. Blevins can also earn $100,000 in incentives each season.

Blevins, 33, came back to the Mets in 2016 after pitching just five innings with the club in 2015 before he fractured and re-fractured his left arm. 

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Latest on Blevins and bullpen 00:07:11
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses the latest on the Mets pursuit of Jerry Blevins and bullpen help for the 2017 season.

To date, most reports have indicated the Mets planned to only offer one-year and minor-league deals to free-agent relief pitchers, in their effort to improve their bullpen.

However, MLB insiders say the Mets are finally talking with this group about two-year deals. And based on Tuesday night's report in the NY Post, they may be aiming to back-load the contract, which would help keep them under budget and have money available to improve the team at the trade deadline.

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Mets Hot Stove talks bullpen 00:02:48
Jim Duquette and Nelson Figueroa debate what the Mets options are as they look to add solid relievers in the bullpen.

First off, I was wrong. I recently argued in favor of the Mets signing Sergio Romo, but I've changed my mind. In the last few days, I've been talked out of Romo by friends in San Francisco, a former manager and one scout that has watched him closely the last few years.

"He's not their kind of a guy, and Sandy Alderson has to know that," one person said. "Plus, Terry would burn him out in a week."

I think this is probably right. The Mets have reportedly reached out to Romo, but I now doubt he's Alderson's top target.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

The Mets have signed LH reliever Adam Wilk to a minor league deal that includes an invite to major league Spring Training, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Wilk, 29, last pitched in the majors in 2015, allowing one run in 2.0 innings for the Angels.

He has also pitched for the Tigers, appearing in five games in 2011 and three games in 2012.

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Could Mets re-sign Blevins? 00:02:38
Baseball Night in New York discusses Jerry Blevins' impact on the Mets and where he could end up for the 2017 season.

Free agent LH reliever Jerry Blevins is seeking a three-year deal, according to multiple reports.

However, Ken Davidoff of the NY Post wrote earlier this week that Blevins and other relievers who are still on the market could potentially take a one or two-year deal.

Blevins, 33, had a 2.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while striking out 52 batters in 42 innings (73 appearances) for the Mets in 2016, while holding left-handers to a .229/.295/.331 line.

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Could Mets re-sign Blevins? 00:02:38
Baseball Night in New York discusses Jerry Blevins' impact on the Mets and where he could end up for the 2017 season.

Closer Greg Holland, right-handed relievers Neftali Feliz, Sergio Romo, and Joe Blanton and left-handed relievers Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins are getting the most attention right now on the free-agent market for relievers, according to MLB insiders.

According to the same sources, the Mets are among 10-12 teams looking to add a left-handed reliever, and they're among the 15 or so teams still in the market for a right-handed reliever.

I believe there are more teams interested in Logan than Blevins, with the Mets interested in both. I believe these two men will get guaranteed deals, especially when considering supply and demand. But, as the NY Post's Ken Davidoff pointed out Tuesday, one of the two may want to take a one-year deal so he can be in position for a longer-term deal next winter. In that scenario, Sandy Alderson and the Mets may be that pitcher's best option.

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Mets OF Jay Bruce and free-agent LH reliever Jerry Blevins (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets OF Jay Bruce and free-agent LH reliever Jerry Blevins (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The MLB hot stove is essentially ice cold, especially within the outfield and bullpen markets, which is where the Mets are most interested in spending their time and money.

"I've never seen it like this," a veteran agent recently told the NY Post's Ken Davidoff regarding the lack of activity across all of baseball, not just the Mets.

In an order to end the "gridlock," Davidoff says team officials need to first return to work from the holidays, which will happen today. Then, as spring training nears, hopefully a handful of owners will see bargains, open their wallets and to start to spend.

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I expect Jeurys Familia will be suspended to start the season. If that's the case, Addison Reed will be the New York Mets' temporary closer. How the bullpen shakes out after that is still a bit of a mystery.

Will Jerry Blevins be back?

Blevins is reportedly seeking a three-year deal, probably worth $15-20 million. The Mets would love to have him back, and I'm sure he'd like to return, but there's no evidence that Sandy Alderson is interested in making this type of commitment to a relief pitcher, even Blevins.

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) pitches during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports  (Anthony Gruppuso)
Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (39) pitches during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Rockies and free-agent left-handed reliever Mike Dunn have agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal, according to multiple reports, which is the same type deal being requested by free-agent LHP Jerry Blevins.

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It's a weak market for free-agent relievers. So, free-agent LH reliever Jerry Blevins must have smiled earlier this week when the Cardinals gave LH reliever Brett Cecil a four-year, $30.5 million deal. Because, if that's the high mark for a left-handed reliever, Blevins will be justified asking for at least two years... maybe even three years guarenteed...

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 (Laurence Kesterson/AP)
(Laurence Kesterson/AP)

Mets LHP Jerry Blevins, RHPs Bartolo Colon and Fernando Salas, 1B James Loney, infielders Kelly Johnson and Neil Walker, and OF Alejandro De Aza.

The Mets would like to retain Blevins, 33, but expect him to receive a multiyear offer elsewhere, Adam Rubin of ESPN reported Wednesday.

The 43-year-old Colon and the Mets have interest in reuniting, though Colon might be looking for a two-year deal.

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The Mets would like to retain pending free agent left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins, but expect him to get "a sizable multiyear offer elsewhere," reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Rubin says that might price the Mets out on the 33-year-old Blevins.

Blevins had a 2.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP with 52 strikeouts in 42 innings (73 appearances) for the Mets this past season, while left-handers hit .255 with a .313 OBP and .324 SLG against him.

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It's going to be a busy, argumentative and stressful offseason. I can see it coming a mile away. There is plenty of reason to be hopeful because of the young rotation. However, because of their injuries, and the team being home on Oct. 6, it feels like the Mets took a step in the wrong direction during 2016.

Therefore, there will be lots of pressure this winter (inside and outside the organization) to be sure they're in a much better position when they hit Port St. Lucie, Florida in four months.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at AT&T Park. (John Hefti/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the sixth inning at AT&T Park. (John Hefti/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets LHP Jerry Blevins struck out Daniel Murphy with the game-tying run on first base to seal the Mets' 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday at Nationals Park.

After Jeurys Familia blew the save in the bottom of the ninth inning, manager Terry Collins brought in Fernando Salas for the save. Salas retired the first two batters before allowing a Jayson Werth single, and Collins brought in Blevins for the lefty-lefty matchup.

Murphy, who leads the majors in batting average, was hitting over .400 against the Mets this year. He found himself down in the count 0-2 before working it full.

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The Mets were off on Monday.

They will enter Tuesday's series-opener in St. Louis trailing the Cardinals by 4.5 games for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.


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