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May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
May 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hopes to resume running soon as he works his way back from the DL, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday.

The Mets are in dire need of Cespedes, with Jay Bruce recently landing on the DL due to multiple injuries, and Juan Lagares out for the season. 

Brandon Nimmo has been incredible and Michael Conforto is heating up, but the other outfield position is being held together by a combination of Jose Bautista and Dominic Smith -- with Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes the only other outfield options.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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BNNY: Bautista joins the Mets 00:06:25
The BNNY panel discusses Jose Bautista signing with the Mets, and whether he is a good fit for the team this season.

The Mets have agreed to a one-year major league deal with INF/OF Jose Bautista, who was released by the Atlanta Braves this past weekend, the Mets announced Tuesday. Bautista will be available for Tuesday night's game, with Phillip Evans optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster.  

SNY's Andy Martino had reported a deal was close. 

Bautista, who was just 5-for-35 (.143) with two home runs after joining Atlanta's big-league roster on May 5, had agreed to a minor league deal in April.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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May 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an rbi single during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (30) hits an rbi single during the first inning of the game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterWhen the Mets opened their series in Philadelphia on May 11, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen spoke on SNY about how if Michael Conforto is hot, the Mets will be hot. In case you don't remember, this was the game where the Mets were losing to the Phillies, 1-0, going into the ninth. Conforto hit a bomb that just missed and landed foul. He then compensated for this by hitting a two-run home run, putting the Mets in front. He sparked a rally, with Devin Mesoraco knocking it out of the park right after him for his first homer after becoming a Met. The Mets, who were reeling at the time, desperately needed that come-from-behind win.

And Conforto needed that big hit, too, as he had hit a slump towards the end of April and beginning of May, to the point where he was kept out of the lineup twice in order to have mental health days off. That is not the Conforto any of us know, or ever want to see. Shortly before the Phillies series -- upon returning from being benched for two days, Conforto led off a Monday game against the Reds, going 2-for-5 with a solo home run, helping his team finally win a game. Not a bad way to break a slump, right?

Since then, Conforto has continued to heat up. Over his last 10 games, Conforto is hitting .333/.366/.590 with 13 hits -- including three home runs -- and seven RBI. To put things into perspective, from April 13 - May 6, Conforto was just 8-for-58, hitting .138. He's improved in a drastic, much-needed way.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets SS Amed Rosario hit two home runs Sunday and provided a glimmer in to the dynamic, smooth and powerful player he projected to be when making his debut last summer.

It would be a godsend if Rosario emerged this season as the player we all hope he can be and helped lead the Mets to a long winning streak. The thing is, he's still 22 years old. So, instead of an immediate All Star, he's been a typical young player, showing signs of amazing talent in a sea of pressure and learning curves.

I realize we live in a league where it seems every day a new phenom emerges to step in to the spotlight. But, there are far more young players who are making their debuts in line with Rosario, who has produced a career OPS well below average...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Callaway talks Lagares injury 00:00:43
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway reacts to likely losing Juan Lagares for the season due to a toe injury.

Mets CF Juan Lagares is set for surgery next week and will likely miss the remainder of the season due to a complete tear of the big toe plantar plate, the team announced Friday.

"Yeah, it's unfortunate. We got the news yesterday that he's probably going to be out the rest of the season and that was really tough. I felt really bad for him," manage Mickey Callaway said before Friday night's contest against the Diamondbacks. "I know he was on a roll, playing great and now this happens.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | This is miserable news for the Mets and miserable news for Lagares, who was hitting .339/.375/.390 in 30 games (59 at-bats) this season, and was hitting .389 in May. With Lagares likely out for the season and Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day DL due to a hip injury, the Mets now have only three legitimate outfielders -- Michael Conforto, Jay Bruce, and Brandon Nimmo -- on their roster. And Bruce has been dealing with plantar fasciitis. As of now, the Mets' backup outfielders are Wilmer Flores and Phillip Evans, which is something that can't be a thing much beyond Friday night's game.

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Callaway talks Lagares injury 00:00:43
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway reacts to likely losing Juan Lagares for the season due to a toe injury.

Mets CF Juan Lagares is set for surgery next week and will likely miss the remainder of the season due to a complete tear of the big toe plantar plate, the team announced Friday.

"Yeah, it's unfortunate. We got the news yesterday that he's probably going to be out the rest of the season and that was really tough. I felt really bad for him," manage Mickey Callaway said before Friday night's contest against the Diamondbacks. "I know he was on a roll, playing great and now this happens.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | This is miserable news for the Mets and miserable news for Lagares, who was hitting .339/.375/.390 in 30 games (59 at-bats) this season, and was hitting .389 in May. With Lagares likely out for the season and Yoenis Cespedes on the 10-day DL due to a hip injury, the Mets now have only three legitimate outfielders -- Michael Conforto, Jay Bruce, and Brandon Nimmo -- on their roster. And Bruce has been dealing with plantar fasciitis. As of now, the Mets' backup outfielders are Wilmer Flores and Phillip Evans, which is something that can't be a thing much beyond Friday night's game.

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Lagares talks toe injury 00:00:56
New York Mets outfielder Juan Lagares talks about his sprained left big toe and how he feared at first it was broken.

Mets CF Juan Lagares suffered a sprained big toe when he slammed his foot into the outfield fence after a catch in the ninth inning of Wednesday afternoon's game.

X-Rays on the toe were negative, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

Lagares has been hot lately, hitting .389/.389/.500 in May. Overall, Lagares -- who was expected to get more playing time now that Yoenis Cespedes is on the DL -- is hitting .339./375/.390 in 30 games (59 at-bats) this season.

 

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) hits a two run single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) hits a two run single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are now down Yoenis Cespedes, who was put on the disabled list Wednesday. Todd Frazier is also on the disabled list, and is eligible to return on Friday. As a result, the outfield and infield will be a bit mixed up and needing support for at least a few more days. 

That said, Jose Reyes probably shouldn't even be be on the roster -- let alone starting at third base for Frazier as he did Tuesday. Instead, especially when a left-handed starting pitcher is on the mound like Wednesday, Wilmer Flores or Luis Guillorme should be at third, with Flores or Jay Bruce at first base, and Juan Lagares always in center field.

Case in point, on a night when the Mets had 16 hits and scored 12 runs with a lefty starting the game, Reyes was 1-for-5. Flores started at first base, leaving Bruce, Brandon Nimmo, and Lagares in the outfield. Cespedes (hip) and Michael Conforto had the night off...

Tags: Jason Vargas, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Matthew Cerrone
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:01:57
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss Tuesday's Twitter poll regarding Dave Eiland's comments about Noah Syndergaard before the Mets' victory.

Juan Lagares matched his career high with four hits and drove in three runs as the Mets broke out of their offensive doldrums with a 12-2 win over the Blue Jays 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) The Mets trailed, 2-1, in the bottom of the fourth inning before erupting for eight runs over the next two frames. Lagares contributed a pair of singles that produced three runs during the onslaught. Amed Rosario doubled and finished with a career-high-tying three hits and two RBIs while Devin Mesoraco went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer, a single, three walks and four runs scored. Noah Syndergaard drove in New York's first two runs with an RBI double and a sacrifice fly.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard
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Rosario crushes double off wall 00:00:56
Mets shortstop Amed Rosario crushes an RBI double off the right field wall to give the team a 3-2 lead over the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Juan Lagares and Amed Rosario combined for seven hits and five RBI to lead the Mets on a night when the offense generated 16 hits and scored 12 runs in a blowout win over the Blue Jays.

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The Mets are in a serious rut, only one game over .500, after scoring just six runs over their last four games. In 11 games this month, they are averaging 2.4 runs per game -- by far the worst rate in baseball -- and gone 2-9 in that span.

There is talent, if not much depth, in the Mets lineup. Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier, and Asdrubal Cabrera are all strong hitters, with Brandon Nimmo showing signs of a real breakout, and Adrian Gonzalez seemingly rescuing his career from the brink. So why has a team that showed a solidly average offensive ability for the first five weeks of the season suddenly fallen off a cliff?

To begin with, they simply are not making solid contact at all this month. Their hard hit rate is under 32 percent -- dead last in MLB -- and their soft hit rate is over 21 percent -- also dead last. They are not using the whole field, which makes them vulnerable to the shift, and are hitting more pop-ups than any other team. In light of this kind of a batted ball profile, their .269 batting average on balls in play for the month of May might even be considered overperforming.

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mickey Callaway is doing the right thing for the Mets, it just doesn't feel like it right now because they're losing more than they're winning.

The Mets are 3-9 since starting the season 15-6. Yet, team insiders say Callaway is saying, behaving and doing the same things with his players in May that he was doing during all of April.

Regardless of wins, losses, streaks, or struggles, he has continued to press a team-first mindset, which most recently was on display when the organization DFA'd Matt Harvey and skipped Jacob deGrom in the rotation...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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(Andy Marlin)

Brandon Nimmo will be in the starting lineup on Friday night when the Mets host the Rockies, manager Mickey Callaway said after Thursday's game. Nimmo, who drew a walk in his only plate appearance on Thursday, is hitting .294/.467/.529 in 20 games (45 plate appearances) this season.

Despite his tremendous production earlier this season, Nimmo has been the victim of a crowded outfield situation lately, and has started just two of the last 14 games.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With the Mets' offense sputtering, Nimmo needs to be playing regularly at this point -- no matter what the Mets need to do to get him in the lineup. Jay Bruce has been dealing with plantar fasciitis and is expected to start at least one game at first base this weekend. Beyond that, he's 1-for-11 over his last three games and has hit just one homer since April 5. He is the most logical option to either be shifted to first base or receive days off in order to make room for Nimmo...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard flips his glove in the air as he walks off the field after being removed during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, April 26, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals was difficult to swallow, especially since the Mets are now 2-4 on this road trip -- 4-7 during their last 11 games -- and have dropped three consecutive series.

Closer Jeurys Familia has blown three of his last five save opportunities. The thing is, had Juan Lagares not lost Jose Martinez's fly ball in the sun, the Mets win the game, 3-2. Instead, Tommy Pham scored to tie the game, Paul Sewald ran out of gas in the 13th inning and the Mets eventually lose.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Paul Sewald, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) makes a catch during a spring training game against the New York Yankees at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 7, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) makes a catch during a spring training game against the New York Yankees at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

With a runner on first base and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Mets were leading the Cardinals 3-2, Jose Martinez launched a deep fly ball to center field. 

Mickey Callaway set his outfield deep but Juan Lagares still had to backtrack to the warning track. With an unconvincing leap, the ball floated over Lagares' glove and off the wall. By the time he picked up the ball, he had no chance at throwing out Tommy Pham and the Cardinals tied the game.

According to Lagares, throwing out Pham wasn't the only part of the play he had no chance at.

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Mets on comeback win over Nats 00:06:26
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and players discuss Matz's start and the resiliency the club put on display in its nine-run eighth inning.

The Mets didn't want to get reverse swept by the Nationals on their home field. A nine-run eighth inning is definitely a way to avoid that. 

Down 4-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Michael Conforto and Yoenis Cespedes got things started with back-to-back singles. After an Asdrubal Cabrera single to load the bases, it was Todd Frazier that tied the game with an RBI single smashed back up the middle off Nats reliever Ryan Madson

Now tied 4-4, Juan Lagares had the bases loaded himself with two outs. With a two-strike count, he roped a double down the right field line to score two, giving the Mets their first lead of the game...

Tags: Todd Frazier, Juan Lagares, Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | For most of Monday's 8-6 loss to Washington, the Mets dazzled both the crowd and their opponents. From Jacob deGrom's masterful pitching to his safety squeeze in the sixth, from Juan Lagares' pair of stolen bases to Brandon Nimmo's latest triple, the team danced all over the Nationals, and looked capable of contending for a division title.

Then came the eighth inning, when the bullpen, so masterful this month, couldn't find the strike zone. The sequence ended with Jeurys Familia's first blown save of the year, ruining what could have been a magical evening. When Asdrubal Cabrera made the incomprehensible decision to dash for third with one out in the ninth, the loss turned from disappointing to ghastly.

The Mets have built up enough goodwill with their fans and in the standings to withstand a tough game, but this defeat was hardly meaningless. It arrested momentum and halted a sense of growing excitement around the team...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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Mets on 3-2 win over the Brewers 00:05:05
Mickey Callaway, Noah Syndergaard and Brandon Nimmo discuss the team's 3-2 walk-off win over the Brewers on Sunday.

Despite starting for only the fourth time this season, Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo continued his hot start by going 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field.

"He played a great game,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters after the game.

Nimmo, starting for the first time since April 4, singled and scored in the first inning, tripled in the fourth and hit a game-tying home run to lead off the sixth inning as the Mets improved to 12-2, their best start in franchise history.

"You have to just try and help out the team however you can,'' said Nimmo, who has a .400/.571/.800 batting line in 15 at-bats this season.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Milwaukee Brewers, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jay Bruce, who said two weeks ago that he wasn't even thinking about the potential of playing first base this season, took grounders at first base prior to Tuesday night's game against the Marlins in Miami. 

Bruce has only played the outfield so far this season, though Mets GM Sandy Alderson said last month that Bruce could play first base on a "reasonably every day basis" if it came to it. After having not played first base since 2014, Bruce graded out as average in 91 innings at the position in 2017.

The timing of Bruce taking grounders was interesting, as one of the reasons for him playing first base would be to get Brandon Nimmo in the lineup -- the same Brandon Nimmo who was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas earlier on Tuesday...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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BNNY: Mets outfield analysis 00:03:12
The Baseball Night in New York panel analyzes the strength of the Mets' outfield and where it ranks among the league's best.

Brandon Nimmo is currently the odd-man out due to the return of Michael Conforto, and while he wants to be starting, he said the Mets' current outfield glut is a "great problem to have."

"I am a competitor, so I want to be out there," Nimmo said Thursday, according to Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News. "But I also want this team to win, whatever they feel like is best to win, if that's me coming off the bench, if that's me starting that day, then that's what I am gonna do. I definitely want to succeed in whatever they ask me to do, so I am going to work hard and do that."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Nimmo is right that the Mets' current outfield depth is a great problem to have. But it also isn't one they need to have. It's been said before, but unless Adrian Gonzalez rediscovers his power stroke, the Mets' best configuration has Nimmo, Conforto, Cespedes, and Bruce in the lineup at the same time. And the only way to do that is by moving someone to the infield. And that person should be Bruce, who can move to first base...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael dal Colle, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Apr 3, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets have a lot to be satisfied with at this early point in the season, with the second-best batting average in baseball and an overall offense in the top third of the league. But behind those numbers are some very different stories -- some good and some not so good.

While it's still early to come to any conclusions, let's take a look at the trends emerging for the 2018 Mets...

The Good

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Maggie Wiggin
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Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Michael Conforto is well ahead of schedule in his return from shoulder surgery, is in New York, and could be activated from the DL on Thursday -- the first day he's eligible. 

Conforto potentially returning this early is a great thing, as is the outfield depth the Mets are about to have. But with four starting-caliber players for three spots, and Juan Lagares also needing playing time, the Mets will have some decisions to make.

So, what could they do? And what should they do? Here are some options...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets' Juan Lagares smiles as he waits to enter the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Juan Lagares smiles as he waits to enter the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

For the Mets' second game of the season, Mickey Callaway opted to start Juan Lagares over Brandon Nimmo while Amed Rosario is batting behind the pitcher again.

Nimmo reached base four times on Opening Day, going 2-3 with a walk and HBP, scoring two runs. Callaway, at his pregame news conference ahead of the game against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on SNY, explained what went into his lineup decisions. 

"We thought it was a decent matchup for Lagares with their starting pitcher," Callaway said...

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

How pumped are you for Opening Day?! Extremely, right? Well, the players are too, and seeing it has just made me even more excited.

Yesterday, the team left Port St. Lucie to make their return home to New York. Thanks to social media, we were all able to experience this travel with them. Click below for some of the gems for you to see for the first time if you missed it yesterday, or just to relive it and get even more excited for Opening Day against the Cardinals -- Thursday at 1 p.m. on SNY!

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets game 00:01:41
Michelle Yu breaks down Monday's intrasquad game for the Mets as the team gets set to leave Port St. Lucie and head north.

Michael Conforto hit a solo homer off teammate Paul Sewald during the Mets' intrasquad game on Monday in what was their final tuneup before Opening Day at Citi Field this Thursday >> CLICK HERE for the full boxscore

The game ended after 6 1/2 innings.

Conforto, who is ahead of schedule as he recovers from shoulder surgery, was a candidate to be on the team's Opening Day roster as a pinch-hitter, but will remain in extended Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

Along with Conforto, all of the Mets' everyday players participated in Monday's game -- with half playing for the 'Mets' and the other half playing for the 'Las Vegas 51s.'

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Paul Sewald
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Could the Mets trade Lagares? 00:04:17
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses opposing teams' continued interest in trading for elite defensive outfielder Juan Lagares.

The Mets have not ruled out trading OF Juan Lagares, who has drawn recent interest, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Lagares, who is currently expected to be part of a platoon in center field with Brandon Nimmo, was the subject of trade rumors earlier this offseason. The 28-year-old will earn $6.5 million this season and $9 million in 2019, after which he is eligible for free agency.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With Brandon Nimmo's strong showing in 2017 and what he's displayed so far in Spring Training, he's earned the right to be the long end of a center field platoon with Lagares. And as a left-handed hitter, that means Nimmo will get the bulk of the at-bats. So where does that leave Lagares?

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mar 5, 2018; Nimmo (9) connects for a HR at First Data Field. Credit: USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 5, 2018; Nimmo (9) connects for a HR at First Data Field. Credit: USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

If the season needed to start today, it would be hard to argue against Mickey Callaway using Brandon Nimmo in center field more than Juan Lagares, especially since this spring Nimmo is showing himself to be an ideal leadoff hitter...

"He definitely fits a mold of what you'd be looking for in that leadoff spot," Mets manager Mickey Callaway recently said when asked if Nimmo was in line for such a role this season.

Frankly, this isn't new for Brandon. In the 68 at bats he's had during his career when leading off an inning, Nimmo is hit .350 with a .426 OBP, including seven extra base hits. Even better, he's been the first batter of a game 11 times, during which he reached base six times.

Clearly, this is a super, super small sample size, but it doesn't feel wrong.

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BNNY: Nimmo leading off? 00:05:15
Doug Williams, Marc Malusis and Nelson Figueroa break down Brandon Nimmo's case to start in center field and lead off for the Mets.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo went 1-for-3 with a home run and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot in Monday's 4-2 Grapefruit League win over the Detroit Tigers, and manager Mickey Callaway believes Nimmo could succeed out of that role.

"We're looking for certain qualities in hitters in certain spots," Callaway told reporters on Monday. "He definitely fits a mold of what you'd be looking for in that leadoff spot."

Nimmo had a .276/.412/.429 batting line in eight games as the leadoff hitter. He believes his approach makes him a good option to bat first in the lineup.

"I definitely am comfortable in the leadoff spot. It's a place that yeah, I think suits my approach," Nimmo said.

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Mets Spring Training injuries 00:03:34
The Baseball Night in New York crew break down the abundance of injuries that have taken place for the Mets so far this spring.

The Mets are dealing with some injuries to key players.

"I would say most of them are just being cautious," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday. "The things that some of them have, they'd be playing right through during the regular season."

Here's the rundown...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets' Juan Lagares smiles as he waits to enter the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Juan Lagares smiles as he waits to enter the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets OF Juan Lagares will make his Spring Training debut Friday when the Mets host the Nationals at 1:10 p.m., manager Mickey Callaway said after Thursday's game.

Lagares, who did baserunning drills on Wednesday, has been dealing with a tight hamstring.

The 28-year-old revamped his swing this offseason while working with the hitting coach who did the same for J.D. Martinez.

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New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The Mets are dealing with some injuries to key players.

"I would say most of them are just being cautious," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said on Tuesday. "The things that some of them have, they'd be playing right through during the regular season."

Here's the rundown...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets' Jay Bruce runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, July 15, 2017, in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, July 15, 2017, in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jay Bruce (plantar fasciitis in his left foot) will make his Spring Training debut today when he serves as the DH as the Mets face the Astros at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Bruce said Sunday that reporters shouldn't be wasting time covering his plantar fasciitis due to the minor nature of it, adding that he ran the bases on Sunday and planned to serve as the DH today.

It was expected that Juan Lagares (strained left hamstring), might also make his debut today, but he remains out. Manager Mickey Callaway said over the weekend that Lagares would be playing if it was the regular season.

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Mar 4, 2017; Lagares (12) chooses a bat in the dugout during spring training. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY
Mar 4, 2017; Lagares (12) chooses a bat in the dugout during spring training. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY

For the second consecutive day, Juan Lagares isn't in the Mets' lineup. Lagares' absence is due to a tight leg but is hopeful to return to the lineup next week, according to Tim Britton of The Athletic.

Without Lagares, Brandon Nimmo is again on the lineup card, leading off and playing centerfield as the Mets take on the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday.

Lagares will have to wait to show off his new hitting adjustments after going to Craig Wallenbrock during the off-season. Wallenbrock has worked with other players such as Chris Taylor of the Dodgers and JD Martinez, both of whom saw improvements in their swing. 

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Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Brandon Nimmo saw success for the first time in his young career in 2017, despite an unusual profile and an inconsistent role on the team. The team's outfield alignment may not have an opening for him on a regular basis but can one plus-plus tool force their hand?

Nimmo arrived in the majors with the expectation that he would get on base and he has done exactly that. Over 215 plate appearances in 2017, he put up a .379 on base percentage, which would have ranked him in the top 20 of all hitters in baseball if he qualified. A high strikeout rate held him back from a high batting average, but his 15 percent walk rate was elite and anyone getting on base that often has significant value, regardless of his other qualities.

When a young player puts up an exceptional statistic like a 15 percent walk rate, it makes it difficult to project future seasons with accuracy. ZiPS, Steamer, and PECOTA all expect a big drop off, based on the assumption that his walk rate will fall back to earth and his power will regress...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Feb., 2018: Mickey Callaway glares back at a bullpen session at FirstData Field (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)
Feb., 2018: Mickey Callaway glares back at a bullpen session at FirstData Field (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)

After announcing the pitching schedule for the first three Grapefruit League games, Mets manager Mickey Callaway discussed the shape Dominic Smith is in, why Juan Lagares will lead off a lot during Spring Training games, and more while speaking on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.

"Lagares is going through some swing changes, so you might see him leading off a lot in Spring Training," Callaway said. "Just to make sure he gets as many at-bats as possible."

\Watch Callaway's full talk with reporters below

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands near a batting cage during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands near a batting cage during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Former WFAN host Mike Francesa says the Mets are open to trading OF Juan Lagares to the Giants for 2B Joe Panik.

"I don't know if they'll keep Lagares or not," Francesa said Tuesday on WOR. "I know the Giants want Lagares. The Mets are interested in Panik." When asked what the Mets would do with Asdrubal Cabrera if they traded for Panik, Francesa said they'd "let him play as a utility-man -- that's all. I know they like Panik a lot."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If Panik's defensive struggles last season were a one-year blip -- and if the Mets are comfortable using Nimmo in center field every day until Conforto returns -- dealing Lagares for Panik actually makes sense...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan lagares (12) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan lagares (12) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets OF Juan Lagares has had an opportunity to display his new swing in Port St. Lucie after working with Craig Wallenbrock during the off-season, and he says his teammates -- including OF Yoenis Cespedes -- are starting to take notice.

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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan lagares (12) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan lagares (12) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets OF Juan Lagares has had an opportunity to display his new swing in Port St. Lucie after working with Craig Wallenbrock during the off-season, and he says his teammates -- including OF Yoenis Cespedes -- are starting to take notice.

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Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets OF Brandon Nimmo is looking forward to helping the Mets weather the early-season absence of injured fellow OF Michael Conforto

With the Mets' All-Star center fielder not expected back until May after undergoing shoulder surgery, Nimmo is ready to fill in and do whatever he can to help his club overcome Conforto's missing offense. He'll likely be part of a platoon with Gold Glover Juan Lagares in the early part of the season.

"I do have confidence in what I do and I think I can help out this team a lot," Nimmo said. "While Conforto is resting up and getting healed up, I think we can hold the fort down and do more than just hold the fort down. I think we can contribute and show the Mets why they kept us around."

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Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

Well, to no one's surprise (as I've already spoken about), Jose Reyes is back. Obviously, he took to social media to show his gratitude and excitement over staying with his beloved team.

His bestie Amed Rosario also took to social media to show his gratitude that his bffl is back.

Click below for more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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There are exactly two weeks until Mets pitchers and catchers are required to report to Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the official start of Spring Training.

Meanwhile, there are dozens of impact free agents available on the open market and trades that can still be made as the Mets continue their search for a second baseman or third baseman and at least two pitchers willing to accept minor-league deals...

What's on second?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) is congatulated after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) is congatulated after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

In retirement, Juan Lagares will look back on this coming season as the turning point in his career. He probably thought it would end up being 2014, when he won a Gold Glove and inked a four-year, $23 million contract at age 25. He was wrong. This is it...

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Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds. (AP)

The Mets signed INF Jose Reyes on Friday and designated LHP Josh Smoker for assignment.

The The deal will be worth $2 million, with Reyes being able to earn an additional $500,000 through incentives, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Smoker, 29, went 4-2 with a 5.02 ERA in 74 games for the Mets between 2016 and 2017. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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BNNY: Mets' payroll 00:06:12
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the Mets' payroll and speculates on New York's intentions for the remainder of the offseason.

Earlier today, I wrote that the Mets would be better off signing Mike Moustakas to play third base, while starting rookie Luis Guillorme at second instead of Asdrubal Cabrera.

Here's a more detailed explanation and why I actually think such a swap is possible...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Despite Josh Harrison suggesting he wants to be traded in the wake of the Pirates trading RHP Gerrit Cole and OF Andrew McCutchen, the team may be leaning toward keeping him -- at least for the first few months of the season -- reports Peter Gammons. The belief from most in baseball was that the Pirates did not receive equal value in exchange for Cole and McCutchen, but Gammons says the "gist of opinion from the GMs" he talked to is that the Pirates did well in those trades, and may try to compete sooner than later instead of continuing to tear down.

The Mets and Yankees have been among the teams interested in trading for Harrison, but it was reported last week that the Mets are "not particularly enthusiastic" about trading OF Brandon Nimmo in exchange for Harrison -- believing the cost should be lower. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic had reported last Tuesday that the Mets had seen Nimmo as a potential centerpiece in a deal for Harrison.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Of the infielders the Mets have been connected to, Harrison is the best fit. Yes, there are other infield options on the free agent market. But there are issues that come with signing each of them. Todd Frazier would necessitate moving Asdrubal Cabrera to second base, where he's a poor defender. Eduardo Nunez is a poor defender himself. Neil Walker has dealt with back issues. And Jose Reyes is a bench piece at this point in his career...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:00:39
Brandon Nimmo made an appearance at the Queens Baseball Convention and addressed the Mets' failed pursuit of Andrew McCutchen.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

It was quite the week for Mets fans. Well, to be more specific, it was quite the weekend for Mets fans, as the Queens Baseball Convention was on Saturday.

For those of you who weren't there, those of us in attendance fell in love with Brandon Nimmo a little bit, myself included...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jay Bruce, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is congratulated by center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is congratulated by center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

With the return of Jay Bruce and a hole remaining in the infield, much of the buzz around the Mets this week has centered on the possibility of trading Brandon Nimmo or Juan Lagares for a second baseman. But the Mets are still dangerously thin in the outfield and willingly dealing away what little depth they have would be a serious mistake.

The Mets currently have five outfielders on the 40-man roster: Bruce, Nimmo, Lagares, Michael Conforto, and Yoenis Cespedes. Conforto, as reported earlier, is expected to be out at a minimum the entire month of April. Moreover, Nimmo, Lagares, and Cespedes all have lost significant time in recent years. The safe assumption is that they will be down by at least one man for the bulk of the season.

Teams have gotten by with four outfielders on the active roster for short stretches, but rarely for long stretches. And if the Mets were to have two on the sidelines at the same time -- a fairly common occurrence -- they would have no choice but to dig into their minor league depth, and that's where things start to get scary...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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What's the plan with Nimmo? 00:02:22
With the news that the Mets decided to pass on Andrew McCutchen in order to hold onto Brandon Nimmo, the BNNY crew has questions.

The Mets are "not particularly enthusiastic" about trading OF Brandon Nimmo in exchange for INF/OF Josh Harrison of the Pirates, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

While the Mets have engaged the Pirates in talks for Harrison, talks are not ongoing, Puma also reported on Wednesday. The Mets believe the asking price is not consistent with Harrison's contract, according to Puma. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares, and infielders Amed Rosario and Wilmer Flores are working out today at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, FL.

"Work in silence and let the others make the noise," Lagares wrote as part of his caption on Instagram.

Click below for the picture of Lagares and his teammates

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