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Jun 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Mallex Smith (17) attempts to steal second base against New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Mallex Smith (17) attempts to steal second base against New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Braves have traded center fielder Mallex Smith and right-handed reliever Shae Simmons to the Mariners, who later flipped Smith in a deal to the Rays.

In late-December, major-league sources told FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal that the Mets had been semi-engaged in trade talks to acquire a new center fielder, though the move would require first trading Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson >> Read more from Dec. 20.

According to Rosenthal, though the Mets had talked with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen, there was no momentum toward making a deal...

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Mets outfielders Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
Mets outfielders Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)

In an article for ESPN.com, David Schoenfield lists the Mets as one of six big-league teams in need of a better, everyday center fielder.

Obviously, I agree, having written about it over and over and over again during the Baseball Winter Meetings, while wishing the Mets might trade both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson and acquire Andrew McCutchen (Pirates), Charlie Blackmon (Rockies) or sign Dexter Fowler (who eventually reached a four-year agreement with the Cardinals).

Sadly, none of these things happened. What's worse, multiple reports continue to indicate they will never happen. And, while that's disappointing, the asking price on these players has started to give even me pause, since they're ridiculously high...

For instance, "the Pirates recently turned down a nice offer of prospects," for McCutchen, according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman, who says Pittsburgh is seeking major-league ready players in any deal they discuss.

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Juan Lagares left Saturday's game in Miami two innings after making a diving catch. (Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports)
Juan Lagares left Saturday's game in Miami two innings after making a diving catch. (Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets OF Juan Lagares suffered a mild right shoulder sprain diving for a ball in the Dominican Republic Winter League on Saturday, the team confirmed to multiple reporters late Monday.

Team doctors examined Lagares in New York on Monday and found no reason for concern, according to reports. He is expected to be fully healed for the start of spring training, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Lagares, who was hitting .170 through 14 games for Aguilas Cibaeñas this winter, will be entering the third year of a four-year, $23 million contract that followed a Gold Glove Award-winning season in which he hit .281

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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson mentioned free-agent OF Jose Bautista and 1B-OF Steve Pearce as the type of players he might pursue if he's unable to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes.

Alderson told WOR 710 AM radio on Wednesday that he sees three ways to get right-handed power back in to the team's lineup next season.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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The Mets haven't really commented on what their payroll will look like next seaosn. But, the way I see it, they can probably add roughly $50 million to their payroll next season, which - right now - is projected to open around $105 million when you factor in raises and players under contract.

I explained my reasoning here earlier this week, which is more or less the same conclusion reached Thursday by ESPN.com's Adam Rubin...

That $105 million does not include Yoenis Cespedes, Bartolo Colon or Neil Walker.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Tigers OF Cameron Maybin and Mets OF Juan Lagares (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
Tigers OF Cameron Maybin and Mets OF Juan Lagares (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)

In a post brainstorming trade ideas for this winter, Tigers fan and FanSided contributor Ben Rosener suggests Detroit send OF Cameron Maybin and utility-man Andrew Romine to the Mets for Juan Lagares and two prospects.Maybin, 29, hit .315 with a .383 OBP, 4 home runs, 14 doubles, 43 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 94 games for the Tigers in 2016. He is a career .259 hitter during roughly 3000 plate appearances.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Mets will activate OF Juan Lagares from the disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Twins at Citi Field, the team announced.

Lagares talked to reporters before the game and said he feels good, but is still not able to swing a bat. That said, he is more than capable of pinch running and playing in the field.

"I'm here to help and do anything I can," he said, noting that he plans to try again to swing a bat next week. "If we get in to the playoffs, I want to be ready to play."

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 (Shanna Lockwood)
(Shanna Lockwood)

During what was their final trip ever to Turner Field, the Mets won two of three games from the Braves over the weekend in Atlanta, including a 10-3 win on Sunday >> Read more

The Mets remain tied in the loss column for the second Wild Card in the National League, and two losses back of the Giants for the top spot...


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New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) connects for a base hit during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) connects for a base hit during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets hope injured outfielder Juan Lagares can return in 2016 to at least be a defensive replacement and pinch runner.



Latest Update (Sept. 9, 2016):

Lagares has been cleared to swing a bat, Terry Collins told reporters Friday in Atlanta. 

Lagares, who went on the disabled list in late July with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb, is expected to take things slowly with the bat during his rehab.

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Aug 16, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins in the dugout prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)
Aug 16, 2016; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins in the dugout prior to the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports (Mark J. Rebilas)

"I don't care who is not here, there are no excuses," Mets manager Terry Collins said during a post-game rant to reporters Aug. 11, which followed an embarrassing 9-0 loss to the D-backs at Citi Field.

In response to one question, he called out his team's effort, their respect for the game and their passion to play and entertain fans. He threatened that if his team didn't begin to play better, he and GM Sandy Alderson would consider replacing them with guys on the Triple-A roster. He then stood up, took no more questions, marched out of the room and gave the same speech to his team.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Juan Lagares left Saturday's game in Miami two innings after making a diving catch. (Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports)
Juan Lagares left Saturday's game in Miami two innings after making a diving catch. (Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports)

Before the Mets take on the Rockies, check out the latest news and rumors you might have missed from Friday.

Juan Lagares will have surgery to repair the partially torn ligament in his left thumb and will miss at least six weeks. Brandon Nimmo has been called up to take his spot on the roster. >> Read more 

The Mets have an offer out for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. >> Read more

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Juan Lagares, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays
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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Jeurys Familia's blew his second-straight save and the Mets continued their struggle hitting with runners in scoring postition as they lost to the Rockies, 2-1, at Citi Field on Thursday >> Read more



The Mets have recalled outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas, with Juan Lagares likely heading to the DL >> Read more

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets pinch hitter Juan Lagares (12) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin)
New York Mets pinch hitter Juan Lagares (12) is congratulated after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin)

Latest Update

Outfielder Juan Lagares has been activated off the disabled list, the team announced. To make room on the roster for Lagares, the Mets have sent down RHP Seth Lugo to Triple-A. 

Lugo threw two shutout innings in Friday's win. 

"Right now, what we heard and the way he has payed in rehab, the discomfort doesn't bother him, he swung bat well, no issue at all," Collins said of Lagares on Saturday. "We are looking at it as a sprain and he can go play."

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GEICO SportsNite: Reyes Update 00:00:35
Jose Reyes went 1-for-4 with two RBIs in his latest start with the Binghamton Mets, as he continues his trek back to the Major Leagues.

Jose Reyes went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored Wednesday, while playing eight innings at third base, in a rehab game with Double-A Binghamton.

Sandy Alderson has said Reyes will not join the Mets until he's ready, mentally and physically, and until he's played back-to-back, nine inning games, which he has yet to do.

"If he comes up here and he's not ready to play, and he struggles, they'll say we shouldn't have signed him, and that extra pressure is put on him," Collins explained earlier in the day. "When he's ready, he'll be here. And when he gets here, I know he'll help us."

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Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) slides into second base with a double in the eighth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) slides into second base with a double in the eighth inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

In what was the first game of his rehab assignment, Juan Lagares played seven innings in center field and went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and a run scored on Tuesday for Double-A Binghamton.

Lagares has been on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb since June 16.

He played seven innings in center field. Lagares is trying to demonstrate he can play through a partially torn ligament in his left thumb and can avoid in-season surgery.

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 (Tommy Gilligan)
(Tommy Gilligan)

Noah Syndergaard blew an early 4-0 lead and the bullpen was hit hard as the Mets lost to the Nationals, 11-4, on Monday night at Nationals Park.



Steven Matz has a bone spur in his elbow, which might result in him missing his start on Wednesday >> Read more

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The Mets put outfielder Juan Lagares on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb on June 16. 


Update - 5:20 pm: Lagares will start a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Lagares and Jose Reyes are both expected to play for the B-Mets in Altoona on Tuesday.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Kelly Johnson, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard was dominant and the offense erupted as the Mets beat the Pirates, 11-2, on Wednesday night at Citi Field >> Read more



Juan Lagares was scratched from Wednesday's lineup and is again having his injured left thumb examined, with a possible surgery on the horizon >> Read more

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Alderson discusses Mets injuries 00:04:06
Mets GM Sandy Alderson discusses the updates on Zack Wheeler, Travis d'Arnaud, and the latest on David Wright.

GM Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins addressed a series of topics before Tuesday's game, including the manager's health after his hospital stay. Here's what they had to say:

  • Juan Lagares was expected to start on Tuesday with Michael Conforto out, but is sitting due to a "bad tooth," Collins said.
  • Travis d'Arnaud is expected to catch again on Tuesday while rehabbing with High-A St. Lucie. He will rehab with Triple-A Las Vegas over the weekend with the goal of being activated next Tuesday.
  • Zack Wheeler will throw a simulated inning with the Gulf Coast league team this week, and will begin a rehab assignment shortly after.
  • Kevin Plawecki is struggling with his part-time duties, Collins said. "He has to think he is the guy. If he does, he will play better."
  • Collins said he is fine after becoming disoriented and being taken to the hospital in Milwaukee. He noted it may have been due to dehydration, but there was no definitive explanation given to him.

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Lagares robs Ichiro with catch 00:00:37
Juan Lagares robs Ichiro with a diving catch, saving two runs in New York's 6-4 win over Miami on Saturday.

Lagares swung the bat today and "looked pretty good," Terry Collins told reporters before Thursday's game. 

Collins went on to say that Lagares may be available tonight.

Previous reports...

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

The Mets were swept by the Pirates in a doubleheader on Tuesday, losing each game by the score of 3-1 >> Read more



Juan Lagares plans to swing a bat in two or three days and hopes to avoid surgery for the torn ligament in his thumb >> Read more

Tags: Juan Lagares, Logan Verrett, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud
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Mets CF Juan Lagares has a partially torn ligament in his thumb but hopes to avoid surgery.


Video: Juan Lagares robs Ichiro Suzuki with diving catch


Updates from Tuesday, June 7

10:50 pm: Lagares said he'll attempt to swing a bat in two or three days. He also noted that he only has a partial tear of the ligament in his thumb and is hopeful of avoiding surgery.

Mets manager Terry Collins said that the outfielder's thumb was doing a little better when he arrived Monday night, but is still swollen. 

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

The Mets and Pirates were rained out in Pittsburgh on Monday night.

The game will be made up as part of a twi-night doubleheader that begins at 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday.


Tags: Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud
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Post Game Extra: 5/27/16 00:03:30
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 6-5 walk-off win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Mets blew a four-run, ninth-inning lead, but Curtis Granderson hit a walk-off home run in the bottom half of the inning to propel the Mets to a 6-5 win over the Dodgers. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.tv. 

Video: Curtis Granderson hits walk-off home run in ninth


In case you missed it…

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In the top of the eighth inning on Sunday, Juan Lagares was called out running from second to third base after he successfully avoided a tag from Nolan Arenado, who never touched Lagares and settled for an easier out at first base.

Third-base ump Carlos Torres initially said Lagares was safe at third base. However, second-base ump Rob Drake ruled that Lagares had left the baseline to avoid the tag.


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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is looked at by first base coach Tom Goodwin (22) and manager Terry Collins (10) and trainer Ray Ramirez against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning at Turner Field. (Brett Davis)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is looked at by first base coach Tom Goodwin (22) and manager Terry Collins (10) and trainer Ray Ramirez against the Atlanta Braves in the seventh inning at Turner Field. (Brett Davis)

OF Yoenis Cespedes will be out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight day.

He had fluid drained from his knee by doctors in New York on Monday, Terry Collins told reporters.

"There are bruises you get and there's a lot swelling," Collins said, noting that the fluid being drained will hopefully reduce the swelling in the outfielder's knee. "He probably needs tonight, and then we'll see how he feels."

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Lagares shines on defense 00:00:37
Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares takes a home run away from Maikel Franco to end the eighth inning.

Juan Lagares robbed Phillies 3B Maikel Franco of at least a double - and maybe a home run - by making a leaping catch, above and against the center field wall in Citizen's Bank Park during Tuesday's 11-1 win against the Phillies.

"I went at it with everything I have," Lagares said. "I feel 100 percent right now, and I think that's very important. I feel 100 percent. I feel strong. … I feel like I can make those catches again."

Lagares won a Gold Glove Award in 2014.

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The Mets hit six home runs and Logan Verrett tossed six shutout innings as they beat the Phillies, 11-1 >> Read more

RHPJacob deGrom is scheduled to return on Sunday against the Braves in Atlanta >> Read more

RHP Noah Syndergaard is like a video-game character >> Read more

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Post Game Extra: 04/19/16 00:04:25
The Mets blasted six home runs, including a pair by Neil Walker in an 11-1 rout of the Phillies on Tuesday night.

New York connected for six home runs and Logan Verrett tossed six shutout innings for the second straight outing as the Mets moved over the .500 mark with an 11-1 drubbing of Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday night >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.tv

In case you missed it...

  • Logan Verrett turned in another sterling outing filling in for Jacob deGrom, tossing six scoreless innings. The right-hander has a 2.36 ERA in six Major League starts. Verrett also doubled in the top of the fifth for his first big league hit.
  • Neil Walker went deep twice on Tuesday and has five homers in his last five games. He leads New York with six home runs and has hit three as a right-handed batter already this season. He entered 2016 with six career long-balls from the right side.
  • Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Lucas Duda and Curtis Granderson joined the home run parade for the Mets, who have hit 17 home runs through the first five games of this road trip. Duda and Walker's blasts were back-to-back shots, the second consecutive game they've done so.
  • David Wright doubled and scored on Conforto's home run in the first, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 21 straight games. All 11 of New York's runs on Tuesday came courtesy of the longball.
  • Of the 33 runs they Mets have scored on this road trip, 26 have come via the home run (79 percent).

Brian Erni, SNY.TV Twitter | Archive Posts

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

The Mets host the Nationals at Tradition Field at 12:10 p.m. ET. on SNY.

RHP Matt Harvey will start for the Mets, opposed by Max Scherzer for Washington.

After the game, the Mets will travel to Las Vegas, where they'll play against the Cubs on Thursday and Friday.

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) warms up in the outfield during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) warms up in the outfield during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets managed just two hits against the Marlins, with their last 19 batters being retired in order to end the game, as they fell 1-0 on Tuesday.

  • Sean Gilmartin started for Matt Harvey and let up one earned run on three hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three.
  • Logan Verrett allowed two hits over 3 2/3 innings of shutout baseball. Jim Henderson, Jerry Blevins and Addison Reed each threw scoreless outings.
  • Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares, starting in left field and center field respectively, each singled for the Mets only two hits.

News & Notes

  • Wilmer Flores started at first base.

What's Next

The Mets finish out their Florida games with a 12 p.m. start in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals. 

Tags: Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins, Juan Lagares, Logan Verrett, Sean Gilmartin, Yoenis Cespedes

New York Mets relief pitcher Logan Verrett throws during spring training work out drills at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets relief pitcher Logan Verrett throws during spring training work out drills at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

In their split-squad game against Boston, the Mets lost 4-1.

In case you missed it…

  • Logan Verrett pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. He struck out one.
  • Sean Gilmartin allowed two earned runs over three innings of work. He let up four hits, walked one and struck out four.
  • Erik Goeddel, in his first spring training appearance, allowed two earned runs in one inning.
  • The Mets only run came on an Matt Reynolds ground ball to the shortstop, scoring Eric Campbell.

News & Notes…

  • This was Goeddel's first game action this spring, as he has been battling a lat strain.
  • Juan Lagares went 0-3 with three strikeouts.
  • Travis Taijeron had the only extra base hit for the Mets, a double.

What's Next…

  • The Mets host the Cardinals on Friday at 1:10 p.m. Noah Syndergaard takes the mound for the Mets, while Michael Wacha starts for St. Louis.
Tags: Eric Campbell, Erik Goeddel, Juan Lagares, Logan Verrett, Sean Gilmartin

Bartolo Colon takes the mound on Wednesday for the Mets against the Blue Jays.  (Steve Mitchell)
Bartolo Colon takes the mound on Wednesday for the Mets against the Blue Jays. (Steve Mitchell)

In today's game, the Mets travel to face the Blue Jays with Bartolo Colon on the hill.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Jacob deGrom gets the start when the Mets face Jarred Cosart and the Marlins at Tradition Field at 1:10 p.m. ET on SNY.  

In case you missed it this weekend...

3B David Wright made his Grapefruit League debut on Friday and also played on Sunday >> Read more

RHP Noah Syndergaard will start the Mets' second game of the season against the Royals >> Read more

Tags: David Wright, Erik Goeddel, Jacob deGrom, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Ruben Tejada, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes connects for an RBI double during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes connects for an RBI double during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Manager Terry Collins said he may have Juan Lagares play left field and Yoenis Cespedes in center field.

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Noah Syndergaard takes the hill for the Mets today against Miami.  (USA Today)
Noah Syndergaard takes the hill for the Mets today against Miami. (USA Today)

RHP Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets will hit the road to take on the Miami Marlins on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. in Jupiter, Florida. 

Mets Marlins
Juan Lagares, CF Dee Gordon, 2B
Wilmer Flores, SS Marcell Ozuna, CF
Travis d'Arnaud, DH Christian Yelich, LF
Kevin Plawecki, C Giancarlo Stanton, RF
Eric Campbell, 3B Justin Bour, 1B
Marc Krauss, 1B Martin Prado, 3B
Travis Taijeron, RF Ichiro Suzuki, DH
T.J. Rivera, 2B Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
Roger Bernadina, LF Jeff Mathis, C
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Matz on performance vs. Nats 00:01:48
Mets left-handed pitcher Steven Matz talks about his performance in Friday's Spring Training start against the Nationals.

Stephen Strasburg threw three solid innings in his second spring training start as the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets 9-5 on Friday.

Strasburg gave up one run on three hits. The only ball that was struck solidly was a lead-off double by former Washington teammate Roger Bernadina in the third inning. Bernadina would score on a ground ball up the middle by Juan Lagares.

New York starter Steven Matz gave up three runs in two-plus innings of work.

Washington closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was sent home sick on Thursday, struggled with his control and gave up four runs (three earned) in the ninth before being removed by manager Dusty Baker.

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Herrera's inside-the-park HR 00:01:06
Dilson Herrera hits an inside-the-park home run in the ninth inning to tie Friday's game against the Marlins, 4-4.

Marcell Ozuna had a double and two singles to improve to 5 for 5 in spring training, helping a Miami Marlins' split squad tie the New York Mets 4-4 Friday.

Ozuna has a home run and two doubles in his first two exhibition games.

Travis d'Arnaud scored a run for the Mets and Neil Walker had a single in his Mets spring training debut after seven seasons with Pittsburgh. Mets prospect Dilson Herrera was 2 for 2, including a tying, inside-the-park homer in the ninth.

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The Mets worked on defending against the bunt this morning. It is usually a fairly routine drill. However, this year they have to switch things up.

In previous seasons, Daniel Murphy and Bob Geren played an integral role during situations when a bunt or pickoff might be in order. What's more, as bench coach, Geren often relayed the sign from the dugout to Murphy, who would have playing shortstop or third base. Now, Murphy is on the Nationals and Geren is with the Dodgers.


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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

RHP Jacob deGrom, who skipped his bullpen session on Monday due to a sore leg, was back on the mound on Wednesday >> Read more

3B David Wright feels a bit behind schedule but isn't concerned >> Read more

Terry Collins said the Mets need to hold Wright back a bit to keep him healthy and that reliever Addison Reed needs to take the eighth-inning job >> Read more

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Mets outfielder Juan Lagares talked to reporters in St. Lucie and said he's lost around 20 pounds since last winter, made possible in part to working hard this winter alongside friend and Rockies SS Jose Reyes.

Lagares battled elbow pain the last two seasons, but says he is pain free and ready to work harder this spring than he was able to last season.

"I'm 100 percent," he said. "I'm ready."

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 (Chris Humphreys)
(Chris Humphreys)

Expectations were high as Mets camp offically got underway >> Read more

Terry Collins said OF Juan Lagares reported to camp in tremendous shape >> Read more

Collins had his first Spring Training gathering with the media >> Read more

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Collins on Lagares and catchers 00:02:13
Mets manager Terry Collins discusses expectations for Juan Lagares and talks about the team's catching depth.

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Juan Lagares reported to spring training in "unbelievable shape" after a poor 2015, Terry Collins said on Thursday.

Lagares, who will see his time in the outfield diminish with Yoenis Cespedes in the fold, is ready to fight for playing time, Collins said.

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Sandy Alderson expects Yoenis Cespedes to be in center field for most, if not all, of the Mets games this season.

"I think he's going to be out there quite a bit," Alderson said. "It's not easy to get him out of the lineup."

The GM did indicate that Cespedes is a player they will need to "rest a bit" during the year, though he pointed to added depth at the major league level. Juan Lagares, and possibly Alejando De Aza, will likely see time in center this season.

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San Francisco Giants left fielder Alejandro De Aza singles in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Matt Kartozian/USA Today Sports Images)
San Francisco Giants left fielder Alejandro De Aza singles in the seventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. (Matt Kartozian/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest Update

Rangers OF Josh Hamilton is again dealing with injuries, so Texas is keeping tabs on the trade market for Mets OF Alejandro de Aza, according to FoxSports.com reporter Jon Paul Morosi.

In addition to de Aza, Texas is maintaining contact with free agents David Murphy and Will Venable.

Previous Reports and Reaction

Feb. 16: The Mets could eventually try to trade de Aza, who they signed in the offseason, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets' Juan Lagares (12) and Curtis Granderson (3) celebrate after Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in New York. (David J. Phillip/AP)
New York Mets' Juan Lagares (12) and Curtis Granderson (3) celebrate after Game 1 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, in New York. (David J. Phillip/AP)

New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson spoke with the media following a press conference to formally announce the re-signing of outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. He fielded questions as to how the Mets will use their outfield corps next season.

The Mets projected outfield has Michael Conforto in left, Cespedes in center and Curtis Granderson in right. With outfielders Juan Lagares and Alejandro De Aza serving as the fourth and fifth options off the bench.

Aldserson was asked who would serve as the teams other options in right field behind Granderson. He replied that they will "play it by ear," but did add that Conforto and De Aza will see time there during Spring Training.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Tim Reilly
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Juan Lagares (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Juan Lagares (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

In an article for MLB.com, Mike Petriello reminds Mets fans that Juan Lagares was seen as a building block a year ago and few rough months to start last season shouldn't change that >> Read more.

"He's not Cespedes," Petriello explains. However, "what he is is a perfectly capable starting Major League center fielder, anchoring a perfectly solid Major League outfield," and, "Those are harder to find than you might think."


Travis d'Arnaud and his friends took an RV from California to Port St. Lucie, where he is preparing for 2016 working out at the Barwis training camp at the club's spring complex >> Read more.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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