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Josh Smoker on his journey 00:06:21
Mets pitcher Josh Smoker calls into Mets Hot Stove to discuss his journey through the minors and his expectations for the 2017 season.

Thanks to Mets minor league coach Phil Regan, Mets LHP Josh Smoker has traded a bit of velocity for a lot more command, Kevin Kernan explains in a report for the NY Post.

Smoker, who is expected to compete for a spot in this year's bullpen, now features a 95-98 mph fastball instead of consistently hitting 100 mph as he did earlier in his career.

"In the past, I've always been kind of a wild child as far as where the ball was going," Smoker told Kernan. "Now I can spot my fastball."

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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.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Josh Smoker on his journey 00:06:21
Mets pitcher Josh Smoker calls into Mets Hot Stove to discuss his journey through the minors and his expectations for the 2017 season.

Mets LHP Josh Smoker, who made his big league debut this past season, discussed that and more with SNY earlier this week.

Smoker was a first-round pick of the Nationals in the 2007 MLB Draft, but numerous injuries and surgeries -- including ones for a torn rotator cuff and labrum -- led to his much-delayed major league debut.

"After everything that I had been through, just to know that I had finally made it was definitely something that I waited my whole life for," Smoker said.

Smoker, who credited Triple-A Las Vegas pitching coach Frank Viola and former Triple-A manager Wally Backman with helping him reach the majors, wants to improve his numbers against left-handers in 2017.

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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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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...

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Matthew Cerrone
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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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Jonathan Mayo explains how the Mets built their current roster using a blended use of the draft, trades, free agency and international signings. >> Read more.

Anthony DiComo looks back at five moments that shaped the 2016 season, including Aug. 19, when the Mets hit rock bottom and turned everything around. >> Read more.

DiComo also writes about how Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo are two X-Factors who are ready to have fun in the postseason. >> Read more.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Josh Smoker, Noah Syndergaard, San Francisco Giants
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Left-handed batters are hitting .196 against Mets right-handed reliever Addison Reed. They're batting .381 against left-handed reliever Josh Smoker. Yet, last night in the eighth inning, with the Mets up 3-2, Terry Collins pulled Reed in favor of Smoker to face the left-handed hitting Freddie Freeman.

Tags: Addison Reed, Atlanta Braves, James Loney, Jeurys Familia, Josh Smoker
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T.J. Rivera hit a go-ahead home run in the 10th inning after Jeurys Familia -- with just one ball leaving the infield -- blew a 3-1 lead in the ninth as the Mets beat the Nationals, 4-3, in Washington D.C. on Tuesday night >> Read more

The Mets remained tied in the loss column for the second wild card with the Cardinals, who beat the Cubs.


Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Josh Smoker, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores
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New York Mets manager Terry Collins, right, talks to pitcher Josh Smoker during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins, right, talks to pitcher Josh Smoker during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

LH reliever Josh Edgin has been demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Triple-A LH reliever Josh Smoker is set to take his place on the roster Friday.


In his first season back from Tommy John surgery, Edgin, 29, appeared in five games for the Mets after being recalled in early August. 

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