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Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Relief pitcher David Robertson (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

For all of the promise their starting rotation offers in 2019, the Mets badly need to add depth there as insurance against the inevitable injuries that will occur. 

My solution? Sign David Robertson

Let me explain.

Tags: David Robertson, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, John Harper
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Sep 27, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
Sep 27, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Yankees and Mets are both in the market to beef up their respective bullpens, but neither felt strongly enough to make an offer to left-hander Andrew Miller, according to SNY's Andy Martino. 

Miller, 33, signed with the Cardinals on Friday to a two-year, $25 million deal with a vesting option for 2021. 

The Yankees and Mets both had initial interest in Miller but his durability concerns steered them away from the two-time All-Star. 

Tags: Andrew Miller, Jeurys Familia
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Sep 27, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)
Sep 27, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) pitches against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports (Jay Biggerstaff)

The Yankees and Mets are both in the market to beef up their respective bullpens, but neither felt strongly enough to make an offer to left-hander Andrew Miller, according to SNY's Andy Martino. 

Miller, 33, signed with the Cardinals on Friday to a two-year, $25 million deal with a vesting option for 2021. 

The Yankees and Mets both had initial interest in Miller but his durability concerns steered them away from the two-time All-Star. 

Tags: Andrew Miller, Jeurys Familia
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Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

The Cardinals and LHP Andrew Miller -- a Mets free agent target -- agreed to a two-year deal for next season.

According to The Athletic, Miller's deal is worth $25 million over the next two years with a vesting option for $12 million in 2021 or a $2.5 million buyout. He also has $500,000 in incentives per season.

Miller was on the Mets' wish list for numerous reasons. First, New York lacks a dominant lefty reliever with Jerry Blevins still in free agency, and he isn't at Miller's level. Also, manager Mickey Callaway had Miller on his staff in Cleveland when he was the team's pitching coach, so that connection was there as well.

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Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller delivers against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane) (Ron Schwane/AP)

The Mets have made it clear they weren't done improving their bullpen for next season, but it looks like they are about to lose out on one of the bigger names in the reliever market. 

According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Cardinals and LHP Andrew Miller are "very close" to agreeing on a deal for next season.

Miller was on the Mets' wish list for numerous reasons. First, New York lacks a dominant lefty reliever with Jerry Blevins still in free agency, and he isn't at Miller's level. Also, manager Mickey Callaway had Miller on his staff in Cleveland when he was the team's pitching coach, so that connection was there as well.

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Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Jeurys Familia said Monday that he preferred to return to the Mets to be a setup man over going to a different team to close.

"It means a lot for me, it (is) where I grew up, it's like a home for me," Familia said during a conference call. "That's why I am here today. It doesn't matter what inning I am going to pitch. I come back here to win and get a championship."

Familia added that one of his goals was to return to the Mets, and that he told his agent that if there was any possibility, to make it happen...

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It was weeks ago now, long before any of us noticed, that Brian Cashman and Brodie Van Wagenen began talking. The reason seemed simple enough -- Cashman needed pitching, and Van Wagenen had it.

But, as anyone who follows New York baseball knows, this was no small thing at all, and was in fact the beginning of a major change. For years, the Yankees and Mets simply did not believe that a significant deal between them was possible. Now, somehow, they were talking about Noah Syndergaard and others.

Syndergaard did not ultimately become a Yankee, of course. But it got closer than anyone would have thought possible, and that very fact brings major, positive ramifications for years to come. We can no longer dismiss the chance of a major blockbuster transpiring between the teams.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It was weeks ago now, long before any of us noticed, that Brian Cashman and Brodie Van Wagenen began talking. The reason seemed simple enough -- Cashman needed pitching, and Van Wagenen had it.

But, as anyone who follows New York baseball knows, this was no small thing at all, and was in fact the beginning of a major change. For years, the Yankees and Mets simply did not believe that a significant deal between them was possible. Now, somehow, they were talking about Noah Syndergaard and others.

Syndergaard did not ultimately become a Yankee, of course. But it got closer than anyone would have thought possible, and that very fact brings major, positive ramifications for years to come. We can no longer dismiss the chance of a major blockbuster transpiring between the teams.

Tags: Gary Sanchez, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

And just like that, RHP Jeurys Familia is back.

The Mets and Familia agreed to a three-year deal, worth $30 million to bring the former closer back to their bullpen, the team officially announced on Friday.

"We are excited to bring Jeurys back to Flushing," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said in an official statement. "Jeurys is a familiar face and an accomplished, elite reliever with experience that will fit well in our clubhouse."

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Scott Thompson
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Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Brian Cashman Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Aside from a few nifty quips by Bryce Harper's agent, there was little real action on baseball's two biggest free agents at this week's Winter Meetings. Harper and Scott Boras sat down with a few clubs and Manny Machado has meet-and-greets scheduled in the coming days, but neither player seems close to a resolution. 

Instead, the best intel to come out of Las Vegas might have been about the developing bullpen market. Or further confirmation that shopping for a top-end catcher, by trade or free agency, will be pricey. 

That affects both the Yankees and Mets, who are searching for upgrades. Here's a look at the market following the week in Vegas. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony McCarron
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Brodie Van Wagenen speaks during a news conference to announce the New York Mets new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
Brodie Van Wagenen speaks during a news conference to announce the New York Mets new General Manager Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Aside from a few nifty quips by Bryce Harper's agent, there was little real action on baseball's two biggest free agents at this week's Winter Meetings. Harper and Scott Boras sat down with a few clubs and Manny Machado has meet-and-greets scheduled in the coming days, but neither player seems close to a resolution. 

Instead, the best intel to come out of Las Vegas might have been about the developing bullpen market. Or further confirmation that shopping for a top-end catcher, by trade or free agency, will be pricey. 

That affects both the Yankees and Mets, who are searching for upgrades. Here's a look at the market following the week in Vegas. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Didi Gregorius, Giancarlo Stanton, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Anthony McCarron
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This past Monday, I wrote that I expected Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen to do the following five things by end of the week's MLB Winter Meetings, which concluded Thursday.

So, what did he do, what didn't he do, and how will he approach the rest of the offseason?

1. Sign a high-end free-agent reliever

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets bringing back Jeurys Familia on a three-year, $30 million deal feels at first like a sidestep, as opposed to an upgrade.

The reality is that he's a known commodity coming off five-consecutive successful seasons, and he's a veteran reliever with experience pitching in high-leverage situations under the bright lights and pressure of New York City.

The thing is, the above credentials may not be where he provides the most value to the Mets.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matthew Cerrone
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Familia is back, what's next? 00:01:30
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen discusses Jeurys Familia, and his plans for the bullpen and the outfield following the Winter Meetings

The Mets might not be done adding high-end relievers after their reunion with Jeurys Familia, who is back on a three-year deal worth $30 million. 

And while Familia isn't a bright and shiny new toy, his signing is a damn good one. And it will remain a damn good one regardless of the moves the team makes from here.

Here are three reasons why...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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SNY's Steve Gelbs and Andy Martino discuss the Mets signing Jeurys Familia, and whether or not more bullpen help is on the way.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterAfter their reunion with free agent Jeurys Familia, the Mets might not be done adding high-end relievers to their bullpen.

With Edwin Diaz and Familia now on board to create a formidable 1-2 punch at the back-end of the pen, SNY's Andy Martino said early Thursday morning that his belief is that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen came into the offseason seeking "three bullpen pieces."

Now that Van Wagenen has two of those three pieces, the question is where he'll turn next...

Tags: David Robertson, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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New Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and other team executives will descend on Carlsbad, California on Monday for MLB's GM meetings, which conclude Thursday.

In addition to voting for and learning about new league business (such as swapping the elimination of trade waivers while moving the trade deadline to mid-August), teams typically use this week as an opportunity to set their plan for the offseason, learn of other organization's wants and needs and basically kick start the Hot Stove Season...

According to reports and his own social media accounts, Van Wagenen has spent the past few days meeting his players and coaching staff, including manager Mickey Callaway, who he essentially said will be back for at least the start of 2019. Here are four storylines to watch this week...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jeurys Familia throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jeurys Familia throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets will get a team's top 10 prospect if they deal Zack Wheeler. They'll get two guys from that team's Top 15-20 if they want multiple players. However, other than the trade for Wheeler, I expect the Mets will be hard pressed to make deals that will satisfy most fans.

As far as Jeurys Familia, who outranked Brad Hand on MLBTradeRumors.com's recent list of the Top 50 Trade Candidates, there were a few things that weren't working in the Mets' favor. 

Unfortunately for them, Familia is earning $8 million this season and will be a free agent after the season. On the other hand (pun intended), Hand is earning $3.5 million this season and isn't a free agent until 2021...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matthew Cerrone
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Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jeurys Familia throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)
Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Jeurys Familia throws a pitch in the eighth inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)

Jeurys Familia was two years removed from his 51-save season, and last week the Mets traded him to the Oakland A's for two prospects and additional international bonus pool money.

Familia, who went down in franchise history as one of the best closers the Mets ever had, only had three outings in which he pitched longer than one inning this season, his first after missing most of 2017 with a blood clot in his shoulder. But in each of his two appearances with the A's, Familia has pitched two scoreless innings. 

Since his June 27 meltdown against the Pirates in which he allowed four runs and three hits without retiring a batter, Familia ended his Mets tenure with a string of seven consecutive scoreless innings.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Oakland Athletics
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Jeurys Familia was traded to the Athletics over the weekend, ending (at least for now) his Mets career. 

Familia gets a lot of flak (some warranted, most not) about his postseason performances -- Game 1 of the 2015 World Series was on him, while Game 4 and Game 5 were most certainly not. But where does he rank among the best Mets closers of all-time?

6. Billy Wagner

Wagner's time with the Mets was brief (2006 to 2008, with two appearances in 2009), but his 2006 was one of the best ever for a Mets closer. As the Mets ran away with the NL East, Wagner had a 2.24 ERA (2.84 FIP) and 1.10 WHIP while striking out 11.7 per 9 and saving 40 games.

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Bobby Wahl (63) Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Bobby Wahl (63) Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia has been officially traded to the Athletics, and in turn, New York's return includes two prospects and international bonus money. 

The prospects included in the deal were RHP Bobby Wahl and INF William Toffey. So just how good is this return?

Starting with Wahl, this 26-year-old has been one of the best relievers in the A's farm system before he was sent away. Over 39.2 innings in Triple-A this season, he owns a 2.27 ERA/2.52 FIP with a 0.86 WHIP as well. 

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Callaway and Matz on Familia 00:00:46
Mickey Callaway and Steven Matz talk about Jeurys Familia being traded to the Oakland Athletics.

The Mets have finalized a trade for RHP Jeurys Familia with the Oakland A's. 

Familia is being sent to the A's for two prospects and $1 million in international slot money. MLB.com's Jane Lee was first to report that the trade went final. SNY's Andy Martino reported Friday night that the A's were likely the landing spot for Familia. 

One of the players the A's are sending the Mets is No. 17 overall prospect 3B Will Toffey, 23, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. The other is 26-year-old RHP Bobby Wahl.

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Familia to the Oakland A's 00:01:52
Taylor Rooks and Andy Martino look back at the complicated legacy of Jeurys Familia's Mets tenure.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets have not finalized a trade of Jeurys Familia, and he will be unavailable to pitch on Saturday for the second straight day. 

The Mets are working to finalize a deal to send Familia to Oakland, according to major league sources. The expectation is that the Mets will get lower level prospects back from Oakland.

The deal has not been finalized, but was advanced enough to keep Familia out of Friday's game. Typically, that means that teams are going through medicals of the players involved...

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Post Game Extra: Cespedes 00:01:25
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling discuss how the return of Yoenis Cespedes will impact the likes of Michael Conforto.

The Mets' bullpen faltered a little, but stayed strong to get their first win of the second half over the Yankees, 7-5, in the Bronx Friday night. 

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

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

 

 

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets have gotten to the point of exchanging names with teams on potential Jeurys Familia trades, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

Martino adds that nothing is imminent but to bet on Familia moving well before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Seven-to-eight teams have shown varying degrees of interest in Familia, and plenty of scouts will be on hand to see him tonight when the Mets face the Yankees in the Bronx. 

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After the Padres traded lefthander Brad Hand to Cleveland on Thursday, teams seeking to add or shed relievers expect that market to accelerate rapidly, in ways that will impact both New York teams.

Baltimore's Zach Britton, in whom the Yankees have shown interest, will be traded soon, according to major league sources. Scouts have determined that he is healthy, and the Orioles don't want to wait. As many as 8-10 teams are in on Britton.

Jeurys Familia has slightly less value, in the estimation of many scouts, but will be traded before long. Interested teams consider it unlikely that the Mets will get back a top-ten prospect, but there will be several teams bidding on Familia. Multiple teams will send scouts to Yankee Stadium Friday specifically to see Familia

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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Phillies and Giants are among teams involved in trade talks surrounding Mets RHP Jeurys Familia, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier in the week that Familia, along with RHP Zack Wheeler and 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, are most likely to be traded this month.

The Phillies might wait on a deal involving Familia until the Orioles decide what to do with Zach Britton and Manny Machado, according to Olney.

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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Zack Wheeler has joined Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera as the Mets most likely to be traded this month, although surprises remain possible, and no one is untouchable.

Familia and Cabrera are the obvious trade candidates, because both are free agents at the end of the season. Wheeler has one additional year of control, and teams are showing interest. If the Mets can get, say, a top ten prospect and another depth piece, they will likely move him. Wilmer Flores has less value, but could also go. The Yankees have checked in on Wheeler - but, as always, it's hard to imagine the teams actually working out a deal...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Here is a collection of relevant  trade rumors based on my recent conversations with rival team executives, MLB insiders, local reporters, and people connected to the Mets...

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets have moved past the idea of trading Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard and are instead focusing on trading Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.

However, in addition to Matz and Wheeler, teams looking for a mid-rotation starting pitcher are also looking at Tyson Ross (Padres), Marco Estrada (Blue Jays), Mike Minor (Rangers) and at least a handful of other more experienced and reliable arms...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Gary Apple and Ron Darling discuss Seth Lugo's solid performance out of the bullpen in the Mets' 6-3 win over Toronto.

The Mets had the lead again in Toronto, but this time, they kept it to the end as the split the two-game series with the Blue Jays after a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night. 

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Corey Oswalt, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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Apple and Darling on Mets' win 00:01:46
Gary Apple and Ron Darling discuss Seth Lugo's solid performance out of the bullpen in the Mets' 6-3 win over Toronto.

The Mets had the lead again in Toronto, but this time, they kept it to the end as the split the two-game series with the Blue Jays after a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night. 

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Corey Oswalt, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Remember that talk a few weeks ago about the Mets were undecided about whether to be buyers or sellers this season?  

At the risk of reporting the obvious, that is no longer the case. The team is now ready to get serious about trading its free-agents-to-be, and I get the sense that closer Jeurys Familia in particular could go sooner than later. Asdrubal Cabrera is another candidate to be traded in the short term. 

No one around the Mets is talking about contending in 2018 anymore, and rightfully so. The team's three interim GMs, John Ricco, Omar Minaya, and J.P. Ricciardi, have been charged with thinking creatively and being aggressive. If they have ideas that Alderson wouldn't have endorsed, they'll be empowered to pursue those now.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Andy Martino
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Gary and Ron on Mets bullpen 00:02:17
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the failure of the Mets bullpen to protect a ninth-inning lead in the loss to the Pirates on Wednesday.

Jeurys Familia did not retire any of the four batters he faced in the ninth inning and the Pirates rallied for four runs to defeat the Mets, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Familia (3-4) surrendered hits to the first three batters and then walked the fourth before he was removed from the game. He was charged with four runs, two after he left in favor of Anthony Swarzak, who allowed a go-ahead two-run single on his first pitch. The Mets' bullpen leads the Majors with 21 losses.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Zack Wheeler
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Jeurys Familia (27) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jeurys Familia (27) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets were three outs away from back-to-back wins over the Pirates. But shady pitching and questionable managerial calls resulted in a dreadful four-run ninth inning.

Jeurys Familia got the save opportunity to begin the inning, but what transpired was three straight hits that brought one run home. After a walk to Gregory Polanco, manager Mickey Callaway finally came out to the mound to take the ball from the struggling Familia, and Anthony Swarzak came in to clean up the mess. 

Callaway backed his decision to keep Familia in the game by suggesting a closer shouldn't be on a tight leash. 

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jeurys Familia, Scott Thompson
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The benches and bullpens emptied for the Mets and Pirates on Tuesday night when Josh Harrison's slide in to second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera in the eighth inning broke up a would-be inning-ending double play.

From the mound, Jeurys Familia started screaming at Harrison, who jawed back. And as players rushed in from the dugouts and bullpens, Cabrera's first move was to ... hug Harrison.

Familia left the ballpark without addressing reporters, but Cabrera and Harrison both felt the slide was a good, clean baseball play. And they were right. 

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New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets winning pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Jeurys Familia is among the Mets expected to be dangled in advance of the trade deadline, but don't expect much back in return.

The recent Kelvin Herrera trade netted the Royals only one highly thought of prospect from the Nationals. That's a sign that the relief market isn't what is was a few years ago -- when the Yankees landed Gleyber Torres as part of a deal for a half season of Aroldis Chapman.

As Chris Cotillo of Mass Live notes, teams are far more reluctant to trade key prospects for relievers. And the relief market is also saturated...

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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The Mets will be pitched by teams looking to acquire Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. However, despite all the buzz, I expect both pitchers will continue being Mets at least through the next two seasons.

Frankly, the only way I see either of these two pitchers being traded is if a new GM and front office takes the wheel. Otherwise, it's ride or die with deGrom and Syndergaard for Sandy Alderson. 

Similarly, while there will be interest in (and it's worth listening to offers for) Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, my hunch is Alderson would prefer to keep them as well -- especially given the delicate state of his rotation.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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Familia gone before deadline? 00:04:31
Should the Mets consider trading Jeurys Familia before the trade deadline, and how would this benefit the team?

The Nationals acquired reliever Kelvin Herrera from the Royals earlier this week for three prospects, though only one of them -- Blake Perkins at No. 8 -- was on ESPN's Nationals Top 10 Prospects list.

So, how does this impact the Mets and the potential that they could trade Jeurys Familia? Does it impact them at all?

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | If this deal impacts Familia's value, that's bad news for the Mets. But realistically, the team can't hope to get a top prospect for a closer with shoulder issues, who has not been consistently healthy or effective for nearly two years.

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Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 7, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets activated RHP Jeurys Familia from the DL for Sunday's game against the D-Backs and RHP Jacob Rhame was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Familia had been on the disabled list since June 7 with soreness in his right shoulder.

The 28-year-old Familia has a 2.48 ERA with 14 saves and 33 strikeouts this season. His last save was on May 28 when he struck out three batters in two innings of work against the Braves.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets injuries 00:02:21
Andy Martino joins the show to discuss the Mets' injury woes this season and the hamstring injury Masahiro Tanaka suffered Friday night.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Opening night of the 2018 Subway Series began in Metsian fashion, with injury announcements regarding two key pitchers -- Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia.

By the middle of the evening, the plague had spread to the other team, when Masahiro Tanaka left after five innings with soreness in two hamstrings. Yes, you read that correctly. The hamstrings in both legs.

Before the night was over, the Yankees' trainer would visit Aroldis Chapman, and Jacob deGrom would have his heart broken yet again. It was not a good night to be a pitcher in New York.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Andy Martino
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Jeurys Familia hits the DL 00:00:47
SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino reacts to the news that closer Jeurys Familia is going on the DL, and shares what he?s heard about the injury.

The Mets have lost their closer, with Jeurys Familia heading to the 10-day DL due to a sore right shoulder.

Familia started reporting the issue in his last outing," according to SNY's Andy Martino, who said the injury is not expected to be serious.

Familia's DL stint is backdated to June 7, meaning he is eligible to return on June 17.

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Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Led by Jacob deGrom and his 13 strikeouts, the Mets broke a franchise record with 24 strikeouts in their 7-1 loss to the Cubs on Saturday night.

The Mets broke the previous record of 20 strikeouts, which was set on August 1, 1999 in a 13-inning game against the Cubs.

DeGrom racked up six strikeouts in the first three innings and recorded back-to-back strikeouts in the sixth to help him avoid futher damage in the inning.

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia
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Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run as New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (51) looks away during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run as New York Mets relief pitcher Paul Sewald (51) looks away during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets played incredibly undermanned in the bullpen on Friday night and paid for it, when Paul Sewald -- one of only three relievers who was legitimately available -- imploded during his 1.2 innings of work in the Mets' 7-4 loss to the Cubs.

Sewald, who has struggled mightily lately and had a 5.29 ERA in May, had allowed runs in his last two appearances before Friday night. That the Mets had to turn to him to protect a 2-0 lead -- the night after going to Hansel Robles in a scoreless game -- was less than ideal. 

Sewald allowed both of the runners he inherited from Zack Wheeler to score in the seventh inning, and allowed a run of his own as the Cubs went ahead, 3-2. Sewald then allowed three runs in the eighth inning...

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Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on seven hits in six-plus innings against the Cubs on Friday night at Citi Field before the bullpen gave up five runs in a 7-4 loss.

Wheeler had allowed baserunners in each of the four innings without allowing a run, but the Cubs' offense finally broke through in the seventh inning when he allowed back-to-back hits. After he was pulled, Wheeler's baserunners came around to score against Paul Sewald, tying the game at 2-2. 

Wheeler finished the night with four strikeouts and two walks in a no-decision. He has now reached six innings in seven of 10 starts this season and turned in his fifth quality start of the season...

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets, Lugo 00:01:50
On GEICO SportsNite, Andy Martino breaks down if Seth Lugo has a chance to stay in the Mets' starting pitching rotation this season.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Seth Lugo wants to be in the Mets' starting rotation, and he fired four scoreless innings Thursday night in his potentially-brief return to the rotation. But in the Mets' "ideal world," Lugo won't be staying in the rotation.

"I think [Lugo] can definitely start," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said after Thursday night's game, before adding a caveat: "For us, in an ideal world, he's still in the bullpen helping our bullpen and some of the other guys are in the rotation."

The "some of the other guys" Callaway is referring to are Jason Vargas, Zack Wheeler, and Steven Matz...

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Jason Vargas, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mickey Callaway's bullpen usage has been a topic of fascination all season, and that didn't stop on Wednesday night, when the manager called on Jeurys Familia to pitch the eighth inning, and Robert Gsellman to close.

This was in part a fulfilment of Callaway's offseason promise to be flexible with bullpen roles according to situations and matchups -- but it was also a hint about Gsellman's ascension and possible future as the team's closer. 

Remember, Familia is a free agent after this season. And his four blown saves this year have hardly inspired faith; even on Tuesday, Familia needed a spectacular play from shortstop Amed Rosario to escape a jam...

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 (Jason Getz)
(Jason Getz)

Though disarray has swept the Mets over this eight-game road trip, one positive light has certainly been the play of young SS Amed Rosario.

And his play was more than just great on Wednesday night. It was game-changing.

In the bottom of the eighth with a 3-1 lead, the Mets sent Jeurys Familia to the mound to face the Braves' heart of the lineup. After getting one out, Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman had back-to-back hits to put runners on the corners...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia, Scott Thompson
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(Gregory Fisher)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before the season began that he wasn't going to use his bullpen conventionally, and he owned up to that on Wednesday night. 

Jeurys Familia was handed the ball in the eighth inning, and Robert Gsellman took over in the ninth for the Mets. Familia got himself into a jam with runners on the corners with one outs. However, Amed Rosario helped him out with a great diving play to start a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.

Gsellman recorded a perfect 1-2-3 inning to pick up his second save on the season.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

After striking out eight batters and allowing one run in seven innings on Monday, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has an ERA of 0.94 in his last eight outings.

However, the Mets have only won two of those starts.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Matt Eisenberg
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom shown in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

After striking out eight batters and allowing one run in seven innings on Monday, Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has an ERA of 0.94 in his last eight outings.

However, the Mets have only won two of those starts.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Matt Eisenberg
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May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing two runs to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after allowing two runs to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jeurys Familia entered the ninth inning Wednesday night with 1-0 lead. However, four hits and one intentional walk later put Mets behind and on their way to a 2-1 loss to the Marlins.

"Everything went good in the bullpen," Familia said after the game. "It's just one of those days." 

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