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The Sandy Bunch: Kevin Long 00:00:36
SNY.tv takes a look at Mets hitting coach Kevin Long as a candidate to be the next Mets manager.

There's a lot of skepticism at the true impact a hitting coach can have on a swing decades in the making, but one of the few who has undeniably made his mark is Kevin Long. That talent has made him invaluable to the Mets and has pushed his name near the top of the list of managerial candidates.

Long has had a significant effect on Mets hitting since joing the team in 2015. He translated the organizational focus on plate discipline -- not necessarily with the goal of drawing walks, but with the goal of finding a pitch to drive -- in a way that clicked for many of their hitters.

Curtis Granderson, who had sung Long's praises since they worked together in the Bronx, rebounded from a rough Mets debut to put together one of the best seasons of his career. Yoenis Cespedes, Neil Walker, and Asdrubal Cabrera both saw big spikes in on base percentage working under Long as well. And Long's intense work with Daniel Murphy certainly seems to have paid off as well, albeit not for the Mets...

Tags: 2017 Mets Manager Search, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Due to Hurricane Irma, the Yankees (as the road team) opened a three-game series against the Rays at Citi Field on Monday night -- a series that was originally scheduled to be played in Tampa Bay.

The Yankees won, 5-1, with pitcher Dellin Betances saying after the game that it was a "weird" experience.

"It is weird," Betances said, according to ESPN. "Obviously, coming into the stadium, you see all the workers who have Mets gear on. Then when you look outside and you see the Rays. It is kind of different."

Tags: Dellin Betances, Lucas Duda
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GEICO SportsNite: Yankees win 00:01:53
SNY's Sweeny Murti discusses CC Sabathia's outing in the Yankees' 5-1 victory over the Rays at Citi Field.

Todd Frazier's three-run home run capped the Yankees' five-run fourth inning as New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Monday in a game played at Citi Field due to Hurricane Irma. >> Box score


After Matt Holliday reached on Trevor Plouffe's error that allowed Gary Sanchez to score and Jacoby Ellsbury reached on catcher's interference, Frazier hit Jake Odorizzi's 3-2 offering over the left-field fence to give the Yankees a four-run lead.

CC Sabathia didn't make it past the fifth inning, but David Robertson struck out four batters in 2 2/3 scoreless innings as the Yankees won for the seventh time in their last nine games.

Tags: CC Sabathia, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Lucas Duda, Matt Holliday, Tampa Bay Rays
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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets don't currently have any more trades in the works, GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday.

"There's another week or so between now and the August 31 deadline for players to be on a playoff roster. So, anything can happen," Alderson said, according to Newsday. "As of right now, there's nothing in the works."

With the team ouf of contention, the Mets have traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, and Curtis Granderson over the last few weeks.

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker
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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was not told by ownership to slash payroll during this season, he said Wednesday at Citi Field.

With the team out of contention, Alderson has traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker-- all of whom are eligible for free agency after the season -- over the last few weeks, shedding $11.6 million in salary in the process.

However, the Mets did add $2.3 million in salary when they acquired RHP AJ Ramos -- who is expected to be their setup man in 2018 -- from the Marlins last month.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Sandy Alderson on Neil Walker 00:00:50
Sandy Alderson discusses the reasoning behind the Mets' trade of Neil Walker to the Brewers.

The New York Mets saved $3 million by trading infielder Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and have cut payroll by more than $11.6 million in recent weeks.

As part of Saturday's trade, the Mets agreed to pay the Brewers $1,699,454 on Sept. 30, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. Walker was owed $4,699,454 of his $17.2 million salary at the time of the deal. He can become a free agent after the World Series. >> Read more

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Tags: Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker
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Bruce traded to the Indians 00:03:18
The Baseball Night in New York guys weigh in on Wednesday night's trade between the Mets and the Indians, sending Jay Bruce to Cleveland.

The Mets were in deep discussions with the Yankees regarding OF Jay Bruce before dealing Bruce to the Cleveland Indians for pitching prospect Ryder Ryan, according to multiple reports. 

As part of the deal, Cleveland will pay the rest of the money owed to Bruce this season. 

The Yankees were on Bruce's no-trade list, but he was reportedly willing to waive it if a deal was reached.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda
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Bruce traded to the Indians 00:03:18
The Baseball Night in New York guys weigh in on Wednesday night's trade between the Mets and the Indians, sending Jay Bruce to Cleveland.

The Mets were in deep discussions with the Yankees regarding OF Jay Bruce before dealing Bruce to the Cleveland Indians for pitching prospect Ryder Ryan, according to multiple reports. 

As part of the deal, Cleveland will pay the rest of the money owed to Bruce this season. 

The Yankees were on Bruce's no-trade list, but he was reportedly willing to waive it if a deal was reached.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda
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 (Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)
(Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Mets first baseman Lucas Duda wrote a goodbye to the Mets and their fans on the Players' Tribune, specifically thanking Curtis Granderson and the 7 Line Army. 

Duda, who came up to the Mets in 2010, was joined by Granderson in 2014 when the outfielder signed a four-year deal. Although Duda may not have loved the @WeFollowLucasDuda Instagram account Granderson created, the two quickly connected both on and off the field.

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 (Colin E. Brale/AP)
(Colin E. Brale/AP)

According to ESPN.com's Buster Olney, Sandy Alderson and his staff deserve a B- grade for their work prior to Monday's July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

While the Mets were able deal Lucas Duda and Addison Reed for four pitching prospects, they did not trade away Neil WalkerAsdrubal CabreraJay Bruce, or Curtis Granderson, all of whom are eligible to be free agents at the end of this season.

Bruce, 30, and Walker, 31, are both owed roughly $6 million for the remainder of 2017. Granderson, 36, is due around $5 million, and Cabrera, 31, who has an $8.5 million team option or $2 million buyout for next season, is owed roughly $2.5 million.

While July 31 is considered the "trade deadline," trades can and do happen through August via waivers, and the Mets will be looking to take advantage of this process...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Dilson Herrera, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Smith on playing in Las Vegas 00:03:29
Dominic Smith talks about the experience of playing for the Las Vegas 51's and about his hopes of joining the Major League club.

Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith, currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, "shouldn't be far behind" joining SS Amed Rosario in Queens, GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday.

The 22-year-old Smith, who is hitting .340 with a .394 OBP and .594 SLG with 16 HR, 33 doubes, and 72 RBI for Las Vegas, will certainly be up at some point in August, Alderson added.

Smith was the Mets' first round pick (11th overall) in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Danny Abriano
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Smith on playing in Las Vegas 00:03:29
Dominic Smith talks about the experience of playing for the Las Vegas 51's and about his hopes of joining the Major League club.

Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith, currently with Triple-A Las Vegas, "shouldn't be far behind" joining SS Amed Rosario in Queens, GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday.

The 22-year-old Smith, who is hitting .340 with a .394 OBP and .594 SLG with 16 HR, 33 doubes, and 72 RBI for Las Vegas, will certainly be up at some point in August, Alderson added.

Smith was the Mets' first round pick (11th overall) in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Danny Abriano
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Alderson joins Loud Mouths 00:11:14
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the show to discuss the decision to finally call up Amed Rosario amongst other various trade deadline moves.

In addition to announcing Amed Rosario will make his major league debut tonight, Mets GM Sandy Alderson also offered the following noteworthy insights about his intentions for the remainder of this season and beyond...

1. Don't discount an August trade

The Mets could deal Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, or Jay Bruce to any team this month provided the player clears waivers. Players with bigger contracts, such as Cabrera, Granderson and Bruce, typically clear waivers, since teams seeking to block a trade are reluctant to put in a claim. After all, if a team claimed a Mets veteran, Alderson conceivably could dump the contract on the claiming team, even if no trade is completed...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Alderson joins Loud Mouths 00:11:14
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the show to discuss the decision to finally call up Amed Rosario amongst other various trade deadline moves.

In addition to announcing Amed Rosario will make his major league debut tonight, Mets GM Sandy Alderson also offered the following noteworthy insights about his intentions for the remainder of this season and beyond...

1. Don't discount an August trade

The Mets could deal Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, or Jay Bruce to any team this month provided the player clears waivers. Players with bigger contracts, such as Cabrera, Granderson and Bruce, typically clear waivers, since teams seeking to block a trade are reluctant to put in a claim. After all, if a team claimed a Mets veteran, Alderson conceivably could dump the contract on the claiming team, even if no trade is completed...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (AP)
(AP)

Mets OF Curtis Granderson has completed a trade of the @WeFollowLucasDuda Instagram account to the Rays, Granderson said on Sunday.

Duda was traded to the Rays on Thursday in exchange for RHP Drew Smith.

Granderson jokingly said the Instagram trade would include the Mets acquiring a sting ray, but added that the deal will include the donation of Rays tickets to a community group of Duda's choosing.

Click below for Granderson's Instagram post

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

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

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

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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 (David Kohl)
(David Kohl)

RH reliever Drew Smith, who the Mets acquired from the Rays on Thursday night in exchange for Lucas Duda, has setup man potential, according to a scouting report from MLB.com.

Smith was assigned to Double-A Binghamton but could be in line for a callup later this season.

"Smith is largely a fastball/breaking ball short reliever," MLB.com's scouting report says. "His heater will sit comfortably in the 92-95 mph range, and he can reach back for more, all from a clean and easy delivery. He'll show an above-average curveball at times with really good snap to it, but not consistently."

Tags: Lucas Duda, Danny Abriano
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Smith on playing in Las Vegas 00:03:29
Dominic Smith talks about the experience of playing for the Las Vegas 51's and about his hopes of joining the Major League club.

In the wake of the Mets trading first baseman Lucas Duda, the team will not promote their No. 2 prospect, Dominic Smith, on Friday night when the team opens a weekend series against the Mariners in Seattle, SNY contributor Adam Rubin said on Twitter.

Smith, who is hitting .337/.390/.524 with 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 102 games with Triple-A Las Vegas, is considered the organization's No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com and Baseball America, and the second-best first base prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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JRSportBrief: Lucas Duda traded 00:01:09
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR looks at which Met could be the next to go after the Lucas Duda trade.

The Mets traded first baseman Lucas Duda to the Tampa Bay Rays for pitching prospect Drew Smith, the team announced prior to Thursday's loss to the Padres.

Smith, a projected late-game reliever, is 1-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 31 appearances this season between Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A. He has spent most of the season pitching for Single-A Charlotte.

He will report to Double-A Binghamton, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

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 (AP)
(AP)

INF Neil Walker and OF Brandon Nimmo, but not Triple-A Las Vegas 1B Dominic Smith, are expected to join the Mets on Friday for the start of their series against the Mariners in Seattle, according to SNY contributor Adam Rubin.

The Mets traded 1B Lucas Duda to the Rays on Thursday night for reliever Drew Smith, with Jay Bruce getting the start at first base against the Padres.

Dominic Smith, 22, is hitting .337 with a .390 OBP and .524 SLG with 15 HR, 30 doubles, and 68 RBI in 102 games this season for Las Vegas.

The Mets likely want to showcase Bruce and OF Curtis Granderson between now and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, meaning a callup of Dominic Smith will likely have to wait.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Danny Abriano
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Lucas Duda (Laurence Kesterson)
Lucas Duda (Laurence Kesterson)

The Mets traded Lucas Duda to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday amid speculation that the Yankees were among several teams interested in acquiring him.

The Rays sent pitching prospect Drew Smith to the Mets. TYonder Alonso (A's) and Justin Bour (Marlins) are considered the top first basemen available on the trade market, according to a recent post on MLB Trade Rumors.

Despite acquiring Todd Frazier, the Yankees are still interested in the available players, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported last week. However, local reports indicate Bour will soon head to the disabled list after straining an oblique muscle during Monday night's game. It would be his second DL stint this season.

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Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker, all of whom are eligible to free agents after the 2017 season (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker, all of whom are eligible to free agents after the 2017 season (Credit: USA Today Sports)

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

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

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/22 00:03:57
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-5 win over the Oakland Athletics.

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

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

1) Down 5-0, the Mets scored four runs in the sixth, tied the game in the eighth, and walked off in the ninth. Jay Bruce put the Mets on the board with a two-run homer in the sixth, Lucas Duda hit a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning to tie the game at 5-5, and Wilmer Flores completed the rally with a walk-off home run in the ninth.

2) Jose Reyes went 2-for-4 with two triples, Travis d'Arnaud went 3-for-3 with an RBI, and Michael Conforto had two hits and an RBI. 

3) Zack Wheeler allowed a home run to the first batter he faced and never recovered. He allowed five runs on seven hits --- including two home runs -- and walked four batters in five innings.  Josh SmokerJosh Edgin, and Hansel Robles combined to pitch four scoreless innings in relief to prevent the Athletics from doing any further damage. Robles earned his sixth win of the year.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets' Lucas Duda checks the path of his third inning, two-run home run in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Monday, April 25, 2016, in New York. Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco watches. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens (Kathy Willen/AP)
New York Mets' Lucas Duda checks the path of his third inning, two-run home run in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Monday, April 25, 2016, in New York. Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco watches. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens (Kathy Willen/AP)

Despite acquiring 3B-1B Todd Frazier from the White Sox, the Yankees are still open to trading for a new first baseman, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Earlier this week, Feinsand reported that the Yankees were scouting the Mets at Citi Field, after which they expressed interest 1B Lucas Duda and reliever Addison Reed.

Duda, 31, who is eligible for free agency at the end of this season, is hitting .246 with a .352 OBP, .552 SLG and 17 home runs in 69 games this season for the Mets.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said July 14 that he's not opposed to trading with the Yankees, despite the two teams not connecting on a player-for-player big-league deal since swapping Mike Stanton for Felix Heredia in 2004.

Tags: Lucas Duda
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

Despite acquiring Todd Frazier and moving Chase Headley to first base, the Yankees remain open to acquiring a first baseman, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The Yankees, who were scouting the Mets on Monday night at Citi Field earlier this week, reached out to the Mets shortly after to express interest in 1B Lucas Duda earlier this week, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com

Duda, 31, is hitting .246 with a .352 OBP and .552 SLG with 17 home runs in 69 games this season.

He is eligible for free agency after the season.

Tags: Chase Headley, Lucas Duda
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:12
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 win over the Cardinal

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

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

1) Jose Reyes hit what would've been an inning-ending ground out to first base in the ninth inning, but Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal was slow covering first base, allowing for Reyes to beat the throw as Yoenis Cespedes scored the winning run from third base.

2) Wilmer Flores hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning with the Mets trailing, 2-1. Lucas Duda had given the Mets a 1-0 lead when he homered to right-center field in the second inning.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores
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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

It's feeling like the Mets may be missing the moment to make a trade. Admittedly, I started today worried they may botch the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, end up stuck with pending free agents and lose out on acquiring prospects and players who could help next season.

However, after talking to people around baseball, I'm slightly less pessimistic.

For starters, according to Ken Rosenthal, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and the Mets are willing to include cash in trades to get better prospects back in deals, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking said.

This is good news. It'll help push things through. And, I'm glad Alderson was able to convince ownership of this approach when the front office held a strategy session earlier this week.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets dealing Duda and Reed? 00:05:40
At what price does it make sense for the Mets to trade Lucas Duda and Addison Reed to the New York Yankees?

The Yankees have reached out to the Mets to express interest in 1B Lucas Duda and closer Addison Reedreports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The Yankees, who are interested in acquiring a first baseman and late-inning reliever, were scouting the Mets on Monday night at Citi Field, according to the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.

The Mets are reportedly open to dealing any player who is not under team control beyond next season, including Reed and Duda.

Sandy Alderson said July 14 that he's not opposed to trading with the Yankees, despite the two teams not connecting on a player-for-player big-league deal since swapping Mike Stanton for Felix Heredia in 2004.

Tags: Addison Reed, Lucas Duda
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 (Frank Franklin II/AP)
(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Yankees have reached out to the Mets to express interest in 1B Lucas Duda and closer Addison Reedreports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The Yankees, who are interested in acquiring a first baseman and late-inning reliever, were scouting the Mets on Monday night at Citi Field, according to the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.

The Mets are reportedly open to dealing any player who is not under team control beyond next season, including Reed and Duda.

Tags: Addison Reed, Lucas Duda
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New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees first baseman Greg Bird against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird underwent surgery on his right ankle on Tuesday morning and released a statement through his agent afterwards.

This morning I underwent a successful procedure to remove the os trigonum from my right ankle. After trying to play through the injury, I recently sought the opinion of Dr. Martin O'Malley at Hospital for Special Surgery, who provided an accurate diagnosis and performed the required surgery.
In nearly four months since first injuring my ankle, it had been increasingly frustrating to have only questions and no answers. All this time, I have wanted nothing more than to be out there playing the game I love as a member of the New York Yankees.
My season is not over. I plan to do everything in my power to return and help our team win in 2017.

Bird had been shut down since May 1 after he went on the disabled list with what was diagnosed then as a bone bruise, however it did not heal the way the team thought it would, so Bird saw additional specialists.

Tags: Greg Bird, Lucas Duda
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/17 00:03:33
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.

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

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

1) Zack Wheeler breezed through four innings before struggling in the fifth and falling apart in the sixth. The right-hander was charged with four runs on seven hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth but allowed a two-run homer to Paul DeJong in the sixth and an RBI double by Adam Wainwright before he was removed from the game.

2) Hansel Robles allowed a three-run homer to Tommy Pham on his second pitch after his recall from Triple-A Las Vegas following Sunday's game. 

Tags: Lucas Duda, Zack Wheeler
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/15 00:02:57
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 9-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.

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

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

1) Jay Bruce put the Mets on the board in the first inning with a three-run homer, the first of three home runs on the night for New York. Seth Lugo hit his first career home run in the third inning and Jose Reyes added a solo shot in the eighth inning to extend the Mets' lead to 9-3. Lucas Duda had a double and two RBIs, Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with an RBI, and T.J. Rivera added a hit and RBI for the Mets.

2) Lugo allowed three runs on seven hits in six and 2/3 innings to earn his fourth win of the season. He held the Rockies scoreless for the first five innings before allowing a pair of runs in the sixth and another in the seventh. Paul SewaldJerry Blevins, and Addison Reed were perfect in relief.

3) Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the sixth inning after sliding awkwardly on a ball hit to the outfield. 

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said on Friday that he would be willing to make a trade with the Yankees.

The Mets and Yankees haven't made a player-for-player trade since 2004, when Mike Stanton was traded for Felix Heredia. RH reliever Gonzalez Germen was traded from the Mets to the Yankees in 2014 in exchange for cash considerations.

The Yankees have interest in LH reliever Jerry Blevinsaccording to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, and are reportedly interested in acquring additional late-inning relief help and a first baseman -- even though they just dealt for Brewers minor league 1B Garrett Cooper.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Danny Abriano
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Where is Amed Rosario? 00:02:22
Jon Hein and Dan Graca wonder why the Mets have yet to call up top prospect Amed Rosario.

The Mets have the worst infield defense in baseball, as measured by Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), tweeted Mark Simon of ESPN.

The Mets' -32 DRS are far worse than the second-worst team on the list (the Padres), who have -22 DRS.

Using the Defensive Runs Saved metric, the Cubs -- with 46 DRS -- have the best infield defense in baseball.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores
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 ( Adam Hunger)
( Adam Hunger)

The Mets offense fueled a key seventh-inning rally on Saturday, scoring four runs to overcome a 6-3 deficit in the team's 7-6 win over the Phillies.

T.J. Rivera led off the seventh with a solo home run and Wilmer Flores hit a pinch-hit RBI single later in the inning. With two runs already in, Asdrubal Cabrera hit the team's second home run of the inning -- a two-run homer -- to give the Mets a 7-6 lead.

Cabrera's home run, his eighth of the year, marked the fifth time this season that he hit a home run that either tied the game or gave the Mets the lead. He also has eight home runs in his 27 games against the Phillies since joining the Mets.

 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Jun 6, 2017; Lucas Duda (21) on the field in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Heitman-USA TODAY
Jun 6, 2017; Lucas Duda (21) on the field in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Heitman-USA TODAY

Mets 1B Lucas Duda was in Friday night's original lineup but was scratched roughly 90 minutes before first pitch because he's still feeling sick, the team said. He was replaced by T.J. Rivera.

He is recovering from the flu and also missed Thursday's game.

Duda had played in 38 out of the team's 41 games since returning from the disabled list May 12.

In 78 at-bats during June, he has a .356 OBP, with five HR, eight doubles and 11 RBI in 25 games.

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Jun 23, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) is congratulated by third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)
Jun 23, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson (3) is congratulated by third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) after scoring against the San Francisco Giants during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports (Neville E. Guard)

The Mets tallied 20 hits, two home runs, and seven doubles in an 11-run effort on Friday in San Francisco.

New York's offense immediately came alive with three hits in the first inning, and Wilmer Flores' RBI single yielded the team's first run. In the second inning, the Mets broke out and scored six runs -- including Yoenis Cespedes' two-out, two-run home run to extend New York's lead to 5-1.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets 1B Lucas Duda swings at a pitch during a game in 2017. Credit. Jason Getz. USA Today Images
Mets 1B Lucas Duda swings at a pitch during a game in 2017. Credit. Jason Getz. USA Today Images

The Mets have little to show for a largely atrocious season so far, but they do have one thing in great supply: pending free agents. The team will turn over half the starting lineup in the offseason, so expect trade rumors galore over the next six weeks.

GM Sandy Alderson has earned his reputation for generally getting value as a seller, so they could end up being one of the more active teams in baseball at the deadline.

So who should the Mets be looking to move? 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Maggie Wiggin
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Jun 6, 2017; Lucas Duda (21) on the field in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Heitman-USA TODAY
Jun 6, 2017; Lucas Duda (21) on the field in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Heitman-USA TODAY

Lucas Duda may end up being the most likely position player to be traded by the Mets, assuming Sandy Alderson decides to trade away an asset or two in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

In 48 games this season, Duda has 12 home runs and 21 RBI, while batting .244, but with a ..353 OBP and 0.8 WAR, according to FanGraphs.com. Also, by the time the deadline rolls around, he will only be due roughly $3-4 million through the rest of this season, after which he's eligible to be a free agent.

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Jun 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) follows through on a home run in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 2, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) follows through on a home run in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Lucas Duda hit two home runs on Friday for the second time this season and is now tied with Ed Kranepool for 10th place on the Mets' all-time home run list.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:57
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 12-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

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

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

1) Handed a three-run lead, Matt Harvey could not record an out in the sixth and Paul Sewald retired one of the eight batters he faced during Pittsburgh's seven-run inning. Pirates rookie catcher Elias Diaz drove in a career-high six runs.

2) Harvey was charged with six runs on five on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts in five-plus frames. Sewald surrendered five runs, five hits and walked in a run and was saddled with his first Major League loss.

2) Lucas Duda homered twice for the second time this season and drove in three runs. Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer -- his team-leading 14th -- and Neil Walker added an RBI triple -- played poorly by Pirates right fielder Gregory Polanco -- during New York's five-run fifth. Travis d'Arnaud was the only other Met with two hits.

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Jun 1, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) is tagged out at home plate by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jett Bandy (47) during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) is tagged out at home plate by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jett Bandy (47) during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets' offense scored just one run on Thursday for a second consecutive game in a 2-1 loss to the Brewers at Citi Field.
  
New York struggled against Brewers starter Chase Anderson, who tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out seven batters. Wilmer Flores finally put the Mets on the board in the eighth inning with a solo shot on the first pitch he saw from Milwaukee's Jacob Barnes, but that was the extent of the team's offensive production.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/23 00:05:02
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling recap the Mets' 9-3 win over the Padres.

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

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

1) The Mets scored seven runs on eight hits in the first inning, bookended by Michael Conforto's leadoff homer and two-run single. Curtis Granderson and Wilmer Flores had a sacrifice fly and RBI single, respectively, and Lucas Duda hit a two-run double. Conforto went deep again in the fourth and Duda added an RBI single in the seventh.

2) Conforto notched his second multi-homer game of the season and drove in a career-high four runs. He and Duda both finished 3-for-4, while Flores and Neil Walker had two hits apiece.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets have hit 58 home runs this season -- the fifth-most in the National League and 11th-most in all of baseball.

Here are the five longest, according to ESPN's Home Run Tracker:

  1. Lucas Duda: 450 feet on April 11 against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
  2. Travis d'Arnaud: 449 feet on April 29 against the Nationals at Nationals Park...
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New York Mets' Lucas Duda (21) follows on a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Saturday, April 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Lucas Duda (21) follows on a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins Saturday, April 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets 1B Lucas Duda (hyperextended elbow) was activated from the disabled list prior to Friday night's game.

RHP Jeurys Familia was placed on the 10-day disabled list to make room on the roster.

Duda served as DH and went 1-for-3 with a home run and strikeout in a rehab game for High-A St. Lucie on Wednesday.

Wednesday's game was the third rehab appearance for Duda. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets' issues 00:04:58
Anthony McCarron, Nelson Figueroa and Justine Ward discuss Jeurys Familia's injury, the Mets problems and the idea of trading for a closer.

The Mets were off yesterday after taking two of three from the Giants. They begin a three-game series with the Brewers tonight in Milwaukee at 8:10 p.m. EST on SNY.

Matt Harvey will make his first start since returning from a three-game suspension.

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Rene Rivera extends Mets' lead 00:01:00
Mets catcher Rene Rivera doubles to deep center field to drive in Jose Reyes and extend the Mets' lead over the Giants.

Mets infielder T.J. Rivera had three hits, including an RBI double and a run scored, during Tuesday night's 6-1 win against the Giants at Citi Field.

It was Rivera's third multi-hit game during the last week.

In 11 games since playing everyday in place of the injured Lucas Duda, Rivera is batting .381 with a .458 OBP, one home run, seven doubles and seven RBI.

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Conforto, Collins talk win 00:06:13
Zack Wheeler and Terry Collins break down Wheeler's start against San Francisco, while Michael Conforto discusses his two-hit game.

Zack Wheeler (2-2) gave up one run and two hits in six innings Tuesday against the Giants.

It was his second-longest outing of the season and the first time he pitched at least six innings and allowed three or fewer runs since Sept. 19, 2014.

"Very, very impressed," Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game. "I think he's taken another giant step forward. In his last start he only threw 50 pitches. So, I thought 95 was good enough for tonight. But, he could have certainly gone back out and given us another one."

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Apr 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) hits a home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The New York Mets won 14-4. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Apr 11, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) hits a home run during the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The New York Mets won 14-4. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Mets 1B Lucas Duda is slated to get some at-bats in extended spring training games this weekend before joining single-A St. Lucie for rehab games next week, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

Mets manager Terry Collins said on Tuesday that Duda starting taking dry swings as he works his way back from a hyperextended elbow. 

Duda was initially supposed to return from the disabled list on Monday but was shut down after experiencing soreness in the elbow.

The team said Duda felt a twinge in his arm during his first rehab game with Single-A St. Lucie last Friday.

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