MetsBlog Executive Editor

Matthew Cerrone

Matthew Cerrone started MetsBlog.com as a project in college, generated 300,000,000 page views and 30,000 posts in 10 years, partnered with SportsNet New York and turned his hobby into a career. In 2011, SNY hired Matt to be Executive Editor and Director of Digital Content for their network of team sites, video content and podcasts.

Finally on Sunday, during the team's first official full-team workout of Spring Training, David Wright and Jose Reyes were in the same place at the same time. Of course, it took a while before they stood close enough to one another to exchange words and be photographed together...

Actually, at one point, Reyes literally jobbed to a different field as Wright emerged.

"Uh oh, David's here, I need to go," he said laughing...

Reyes returned, photographers and reporters gathered, but they continued to stand apart...

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Less than a year and a half ago, MLB.com considered then 19-year-old Mets RHP Marcos Molina to be the organization's top pitching prospect. He then had Tommy John surgery, missed an entire season and dropped to fourth on MLB.com's 2016 list last summer.

Molina, now 21, tossed a bullpen session Saturday a few feet away from Dan Warthen, Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson and his staff...

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I love watching the pitchers throw their bullpen sessions on the 10-pack on the back side of Tradition Field's training complex. There are a lot of people hanging around, from media, to coaches, to front office executives, multiple pitchers throwing at one time, multiple catchers, teammates tracking pitches and side conversations about mechanics and pitch section...

In the case of right-handed, side-arm reliever Ben Rowen, who signed a free-agent, minor-league contract, it was an opportunity for Dan Warthen to talk with him about his repertoire and how he approaches right-handed batters compared to left-handed batters...

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Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith (74) watches top SS prospect Amed Rosario (61) during big-league batting practice at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith (74) watches top SS prospect Amed Rosario (61) during big-league batting practice at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario and 1B prospect Dominic Smith took batting practice together during Friday's big-league workout at Tradition Field in St. Lucie.

It was pretty cool seeing them in the same place, crushing baseballs together and talking hitting with the big-league team's assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler.

It's also worth noting they spent time intensely working on their high-five routine...

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Mets infielder Jose Reyes looks off field during batting practice in Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Mets infielder Jose Reyes looks off field during batting practice in Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

It feels like Jose Reyes never left. He looks at home here in St. Lucie.

And, despite a successful team having been built after he left for Miami, he carries himself and interacts with his current teammates as if he had been here the entire time.

In the old days, I marveled at watching Reyes field ground balls and throw to first base. It's such a routine, simple act, but he was so much more smooth -- yet also explosive -- in his movements it made the players around him look they were playing a different game...

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Yesterday was my first day in Mets camp, and -- despite this being my 10th season covering spring training -- I had a really difficult time getting my bearings on field. At first, I thought it was me. But, I quickly realized the Mets are doing things slightly different than they have in the past.

Interestingly, they are adjustments every team probably should have implemented years ago -- especially in a world where every person is holding a camera capable of live streaming information to thousands of people.

For instance, the day's workout schedule is no longer posted in public. And, whereas media had long been able to walk up and down the dirt surrounding the grass (from left field to right field to behind the backstop), we are now only allowed to be in a designated 15-20 foot area marked by yellow lines in front of the dugouts...

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Mets OF Jay Bruce speaks to the media in St. Lucie for the first time in 2017 (Photo: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Mets OF Jay Bruce speaks to the media in St. Lucie for the first time in 2017 (Photo: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Mets OF Jay Bruce walked in to the team's media room, sat down at the microphone, answered every question, said all the right things, smiled once or twice, got up and walked back in to the clubhouse. The end...

He was professional and courteous, complimented the roster and hyped the team's potential. But, he also spoke like someone dragged to a party he was not invited to attend.

"I'm here until I'm not," he said with a dry tone when asked about rumors of Sandy Alderson attempting to trade him before Spring Training.

It's a perfect response, because it's true for all of us. But the context of Bruce's short seven months in New York, it has a different meaning. It reads and sounded like someone biding his time...

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Adam Rubin announced earlier this week on Twitter that he will no longer be covering the New York Mets for ESPN.com. Instead, he is leaving journalism to work in public relations. 

With Rubin no longer on the job, it's going to be a lot less noisy - and a lot less newsy - at Citi Field. 

Trust me, speaking as someone who has been writing daily about the Mets for 14 years, no one hustled harder and went further to get next-level information about the Mets than Rubin. His need to be first and do it with depth and context is an art and science that future reporters should look to when studying the craft...

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Mets Hot Stove: Addison Reed 00:01:22
Mets Hot Stove talks to Addison Reed about his preparation for Spring Training and the 2017 season.

Mets reliever Addison Reed will do whatever is asked of him by Terry Collins, including filling in at closer if Jeurys Familia is suspended for an incident of domestic violence from last year.

"I take the same mindset out there no matter what inning, I'm throwing,'' Reed told reporters at Tradition Field on Thursday. "The only thing different about the ninth inning is that it is one inning later than the eighth."

I don't see any reason to treat it differently," Reed continued. "If you are throwing the first inning you don't want any runs to score. If you are throwing the ninth inning, you don't want any runs to score."

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Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes smiles while taking questions from reporters during a news conference announcing his new $110 million, four-year contract with the Mets (Credit: Associated Press)
Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes smiles while taking questions from reporters during a news conference announcing his new $110 million, four-year contract with the Mets (Credit: Associated Press)

If available, I would be buying stock in Yoenis Cespedes.

I think he's going to be a monster this season, lead the Mets to a franchise-best third consecutive postseason and get - at least - several MVP votes.

To say I have lofty expectations for Cespedes is an understatement. The thing is, from what I'm hearing, they pale in comparison to what he expects from himself.

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Apr 13, 2015; Terry Collins (10) high-fives his team before opening day game 2016. Credit: USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2015; Terry Collins (10) high-fives his team before opening day game 2016. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

So, after four months of rumors, writing, tracking, arguing and researching, the Mets are essentially bringing back the same team they had in 2016, minus Bartolo Colon. And, I'm OK with this...

This past weekend, they reportedly reached agreements with relievers Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas, while also signing Tom Gorzelanny to a minor-league deal.

First off, Sandy Alderson and his staff deserve credit for being patient with the market for relief pitching. They had offers to trade prospects for a right-handed reliever, they could have dumped Jay Bruce for a bag of balls and overpaid Blevins, who was pressing for a multiyear deal, but instead they held firm and ended up getting two pitchers (a lefty and righty, who know the city, team and expectations) for what teams had been paying for one guy earlier in the winter.

In regards to the roster, there is something to be said for continuity. I realize it's not exciting and Alderson's offseason will not make anyone's Hot Stove winners or losers list. But, the goal isn't to get complimented in January. The goal is to win a World Series.

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This Day in Mets History 00:00:37
On this date in Mets history, the Mets completed a trade for starting pitcher Johan Santana and signed him to a six-year extension.

This date in 2008, the Mets acquired Johan Santana from the Twins for OF prospect Carlos Gomez and pitching prospects Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra.

In order to get Santana to waive his no-trade clause, the Mets had to offer him a six-year, $137.5 million contract, which he eventually accepted.

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Latest on Blevins and bullpen 00:07:11
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses the latest on the Mets pursuit of Jerry Blevins and bullpen help for the 2017 season.

To date, most reports have indicated the Mets planned to only offer one-year and minor-league deals to free-agent relief pitchers, in their effort to improve their bullpen.

However, MLB insiders say the Mets are finally talking with this group about two-year deals. And based on Tuesday night's report in the NY Post, they may be aiming to back-load the contract, which would help keep them under budget and have money available to improve the team at the trade deadline.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Matthew Cerrone
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Hot Stove on Mets in 2017 00:02:03
FanGraphs projects the Mets to win 83 games and finish in second place in the NL East for the 2017 season.

As currently constituted, FanGraphs.com projects the Mets to win just 83 games, lose the NL East by seven games and miss the Wild Card by one game...

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Mets Hot Stove talks bullpen 00:02:48
Jim Duquette and Nelson Figueroa debate what the Mets options are as they look to add solid relievers in the bullpen.

First off, I was wrong. I recently argued in favor of the Mets signing Sergio Romo, but I've changed my mind. In the last few days, I've been talked out of Romo by friends in San Francisco, a former manager and one scout that has watched him closely the last few years.

"He's not their kind of a guy, and Sandy Alderson has to know that," one person said. "Plus, Terry would burn him out in a week."

I think this is probably right. The Mets have reportedly reached out to Romo, but I now doubt he's Alderson's top target.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 15, 2016; Bruce against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Credit: Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 15, 2016; Bruce against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Credit: Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets recently informed Jay Bruce they intend to have him be their everyday right fielder to start the 2017 season, sources told the NY Post's Ken Davidoff.

GM Sandy Alderson had reportedly been shopping Bruce for multiple prospects in an effort to create more playing time for Michael Conforto and free up money to acquire a relief pitcher.

In a recent article for the NY Post, columnist Kevin Kernan argues in favor of keeping Bruce on the roster, despite his late-summer slump and what his presence might do to Conforto's playing time...

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Who's that Bruce? 00:03:19
The panel on Mets Hot Stove play "Who's that Bruce?" using clues to guess famous people named Bruce.

Instead of trading Jay Bruce for a reliever, I'm hearing from MLB sources that Sandy Alderson's new plan may be to try and trade prospects for another team's low-cost reliever, who has experience pitching in high-leverage situations...

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Mets C Travis d'Arnaud and free-agent C Matt Wieters (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets C Travis d'Arnaud and free-agent C Matt Wieters (Credit: USA Today Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson has repeatedly said this winter that Travis d'Arnaud, Rene Rivera, and Kevin Plawecki will be his catchers in 2017. Meanwhile, it's Jan. 25, pitchers and catchers report in less than three weeks, and free-agent C Matt Wieters is still available on the open market.

In early-January, Mets sources told Daily News reporter John Harper that the team was not interested in spending money on a catcher, including Wieters.

However, in lieu of Tuesday night's news that Jay Bruce may be on the Opening Day roster (despite attempts to trade him all winter for a reliever), I expect fans and media will soon start contemplating signing Wieters, while trading d'Arnaud and prospects for the relief pitcher they hoped to get for Bruce.

Personally, I prefer d'Arnaud. I believe he can realize his potential, which he showed in 60 or so games during 2015. It's still possible -- catchers are notorious for developing late and he's still only 28 years old.

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson and OF Jay Bruce (Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
Mets GM Sandy Alderson and OF Jay Bruce (Photo Credit: USA Today Sports Images)

According to countless reports since December, the Mets have been trying to trade Jay Bruce and his salary so they can free up money to add a relief pitcher.

Bruce is due $13 million next season, after which he can be a free agent.

In the event Bruce is traded, Yoenis Cespedes is expected to start most days in left field, with Michael Conforto, Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares splitting time across center and right field.

That said, it's quite clear the Mets totally misread the market for power hitters and outfielders this winter. Or, this is a risk they were willing to accept. In either case, position players are due to report to St. Lucie in less than three weeks and Bruce is still on the roster, which is why Mets GM Sandy Alderson recently told reporters it's possible he begins spring training with all of his current outfielders, including Bruce.

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Aug 26, 2016; Collins (10) takes the ball from a starting pitcher before going to his bullpen at Citi Field. Credit: Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 26, 2016; Collins (10) takes the ball from a starting pitcher before going to his bullpen at Citi Field. Credit: Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets may stick to signing free-agent relief pitchers to only minor-league deals, Sandy Alderson suggested to reporters at Citi Field in mid-January.

"If you go back and look at our history, we haven't exactly come up cherries on signing free agent relievers and I think that has a lot to do with the volatility they represent,"Alderson explained, according to NJ.com's Matt Ehalt. "The fact is, once you commit to someone that eliminates and detracts from the flexibility we currently have right now and I think we have flexibility with quality."

This is fair. I don't disagree with Sandy's premise, but - given expectations for this season and the importance being put on their pitching - I'd say this is the year to do whatever is necessary to help make the bullpen as good as it can be.

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The Mets will wear a new alternate hat at Citi Field this season, according to uniform insider Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch.com...

The only difference is the elimination of the orange brim, which I actually kind of liked. It's also the same as the standard home cap, but with the white outline added to it, which I don't mind, but is nevertheless a strange 'update.'

It also looks like these might be MLB's new Spring Training warm-up jerseys, which are always kind of odd, especially their love of those underarm vent patches.

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Apr 11, 2016; Rawlings presents Cespedes (52) with a Golden Glove award for 2015. Credit: Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2016; Rawlings presents Cespedes (52) with a Golden Glove award for 2015. Credit: Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is the best left fielder in baseball, anonymous MLB scouts and team executives recently told ESPN.com's Buster Olney.

In late-November, Cespedes and the Mets agreed to a four-year, $110 million contract, which -- so far -- is the only nine-figure deal given to a free agent this offseason.

"They don't have a lot of lineup depth or power, which underscores the importance of Cespedes's production for them," Olney explains. "While his defense has been in clear regression, his ability to throw still makes him a weapon."

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Mar 27, 2016; Wright (5) throws over to first base at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2016; Wright (5) throws over to first base at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mets third baseman David Wright has started baseball activity in Virginia and the team hopes to see him ready for spring training, GM Sandy Alderson told reporters in early-January.

"We won't know until we get down [to Florida] and he shows up and tells us where he's at," manager Terry Collins recently said of Wright, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. "David knows himself better than anybody, so if he feels he's ready to play games or, you know, when he's ready to get in the lineup, we're going to get him in there."

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New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores takes a curtain call after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores takes a curtain call after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The bullpen and starting pitching will be the key to success in 2017 for the Mets, infielder Wilmer Flores told SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio early Friday.

"When we got to the World Series in 2015, it's no secret that our pitching took us to the World Series," he told the hosts at 7:30 AM on route to his morning workout. "We're built on pitching and it's going to be healthy. ... So, it's going to be an interesting year."

Flores said he's proud of how the team fought through injuries to get to the Wild Card game in 2016. However, this season, he expects them to get back to the Fall Classic.

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Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) pitches during the tenth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) pitches during the tenth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Oakland A's and free-agent reliever Santiago Casilla have agreed on a two-year, $11 million deal that contains $3 million in incentives, according to multiple reports.

This is a lot of money for a 36-year-old right-handed reliever. So, if reports are accurate and the Mets are pinching pennies, then it makes sense to pass on him. That said, Casilla is the type of experienced pitcher the Mets say they have been looking for, and given their window to win and the need for bullpen help, it's disappointing to see them hold back.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters in December he would prefer to acquire a pitcher that can handle "high-leverage situations" and has experience closing games, even though the pitcher might not be considered a closer.

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Jul 27, 2016; NFamilia (27) reacts as he heads to the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2016; NFamilia (27) reacts as he heads to the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Latest Update...

Jan. 13 | 8:20AM

Sandy Alderson told reporters Thursday that he does not know when MLB will make a decision about whether to suspend Jeurys Familia, who he assumed will miss at least some period of time during the 2017 season (Rubin, Jan. 12).

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Will Jay Bruce ever be traded? 00:05:17
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the trade market for Jay Bruce and which teams he would fit the best with.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson is operating under a mandate not to spend on new players until he removes money currently on the payroll, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

While Alderson is notorious for wanting to begin the season with budget space to make in-season deals, which he has done the past two years, I hope this is not accurate considering the organization is coming off back-to-back postseason appearances.

In either case, Alderson obviously wants to trade Jay Bruce and his $13 million salary for an established, high-leverage, right-handed relief pitcher, then use his remaining money to sign a left-handed reliever and any pitcher willing to accept a minor-league deal.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Baltimore Orioles, Matthew Cerrone
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Jay Bruce (19) has dominated the Mets news cycle during the Winter Meetings (USA TODAY Sports)
Jay Bruce (19) has dominated the Mets news cycle during the Winter Meetings (USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have reportedly been trying to trade Jay Bruce for a relief pitcher or prospects, while freeing up salary to sign additional help for their bullpen.

In the last four months, the Orioles, Rangers, Blue Jays, Giants and other teams have all reportedly shown some level interest in trading for Bruce.

Here's how I would characterize each team as a possible trade partner...

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Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)
Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)

It's after Jan. 1 and freezing in New York. Thankfully, Spring Training is roughly a month away...

Mets pitchers and catchers are required to report to Tradition Field by Feb. 12, with their first full workout coming two days later. The team's position players are not required to report until Feb. 17, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for Feb. 19.

That said, just like in previous seasons, I'm sure dozens of players will begin descending on St. Lucie in the next couple of weeks. Thanks to having their strength and conditioning consultant, Mike Barwis, in St. Lucie running his facility at Tradition Field, the pre-spring meet up essentially turns in to an official-unofficial mini camp. In other words, the reporting dates are nothing but a formality...

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Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) pitches during the tenth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) pitches during the tenth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Mets have been exploring the free-agent market for low-cost relievers since December, as they try to add to their bullpen, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters at the time.

Alderson said he would prefer to acquire a pitcher that can handle "high-leverage situations" amd who has experience closing games, even though the pitcher might not be considered a closer.

"The key is having someone who can handle a tight situation," Alderson explained.

If this is still the goal, the Mets have to eventually sign RHP Santiago Casilla or RHP Sergio Romo, both of whom have the best high-leverage results out of the remaining crop of free-agent relief pitchers.

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(Peter Aiken)

The Tigers are still trying to trade OF J.D. Martinez, but they've yet to find the right deal, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reported this past weekend.

According to friends in Detroit, the Mets made early calls this winter about Martinez, but backed out when they signed Yoenis Cespedes. However, earlier this week on MLB Network Radio, host Steve Phillips said he heard the Mets may still be interested. I find this hard to believe, since the last thing the Mets need right now is a one-year, home-run hitting rental player in right field. But, maybe they were simply doing follow-up calls, and just checking on what Detroit has in the works.

In either case, as it pertains to the Tigers, I recall hearing in December that they had interest in Steven Matz and Michael Conforto, not just in preliminary talks about Martinez, but also 18 months ago when negotiating for Cespedes.

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Mets OF Jay Bruce and free-agent LH reliever Jerry Blevins (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets OF Jay Bruce and free-agent LH reliever Jerry Blevins (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The MLB hot stove is essentially ice cold, especially within the outfield and bullpen markets, which is where the Mets are most interested in spending their time and money.

"I've never seen it like this," a veteran agent recently told the NY Post's Ken Davidoff regarding the lack of activity across all of baseball, not just the Mets.

In an order to end the "gridlock," Davidoff says team officials need to first return to work from the holidays, which will happen today. Then, as spring training nears, hopefully a handful of owners will see bargains, open their wallets and to start to spend.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Matthew Cerrone
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Terry Collins' legacy as manager 00:05:47
The BNNY crew discuss what Terry Collins' legacy will be after he's done managing the New York Mets.

This is an interesting discussion by the guys on SNY's Baseball Night in NY, and it's something I've also been thinking a lot about. In case you didn't know, I'm writing a book about being a Mets fan that is expected to publish next April. In it, I write several essays on key Mets personalities.

In regards to successful managers, I obviously wrote about Gil Hodges and Davey Johnson. But, I struggled with whether to include Terry, I think mostly because of the topic in the above video, which is his legacy, which - because he's still their active manager - is still playing itself out. I wasn't sure how to frame an essay about him, because I don't know how he'll end up being viewed by Mets fans when all is said and done.

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I expect Jeurys Familia will be suspended to start the season. If that's the case, Addison Reed will be the New York Mets' temporary closer. How the bullpen shakes out after that is still a bit of a mystery.

Will Jerry Blevins be back?

Blevins is reportedly seeking a three-year deal, probably worth $15-20 million. The Mets would love to have him back, and I'm sure he'd like to return, but there's no evidence that Sandy Alderson is interested in making this type of commitment to a relief pitcher, even Blevins.

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets' Jose Reyes (7) reacts after hitting a game-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Mets' Jose Reyes (7) reacts after hitting a game-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Mets SS Jose Reyes told SNY that he's healthy, ready for spring training and looking forward to finally taking the field with his old friend David Wright.

"I look forward to playing with my big brother, D-Wright," he said. "It's been a while, and never thought that when I signed in Miami that I'd be in this situation one more time. Hopefully, he's going to be healthy and doing a lot for this ball club."

The Mets signed Reyes as a free agent last summer, after he was released by the Rockies. He will earn the league minimum in 2017, after which he's eligible to again be a free agent.

Tags: David Wright, Jose Reyes, Matthew Cerrone
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Free-agent sluggers Mark Trumbo, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Free-agent sluggers Mark Trumbo, Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The Indians will sign free-agent 1B-DH Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million deal, according to multiple reports, meaning the Orioles, Rangers and Blue Jays are likely still searching of a power-hitting corner outfielder.

There are multiple teams with at least some interest in trading for Mets OF Jay Bruce -- such as the Mariners, Cardinals and Giants. However, when all is said done, MLB insiders continue to tell me that Texas, Baltimore and Toronto will be Sandy Alderson's best trade target.

The return in a deal for Bruce is not going to be exciting, they say. Instead, I'm told to still expect a low-cost, low-ceiling reliever or one or two minor leaguers, with the acquiring team picking up the bulk of Bruce's $13 million salary.

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Jul 24, 2016; Bruce hits a three-run home run at Great American Ball Park (Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)
Jul 24, 2016; Bruce hits a three-run home run at Great American Ball Park (Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)

In the last few days, I've seen several unsourced rumors by non-traditional reporters and outlets indicating the Mets have been including Jay Bruce in potential trades for a center fielder.

For instance, FanSided's Blog Red Machine believes Bruce has been offered back to the Reds in a deal that would send Billy Hamilton to the Mets, which has created quite a stir in Cincinnati because the story was picked up and published on FoxSports.com.

For the record, I haven't heard any such chatter from people I know in baseball. That said, I wanted to post this because the idea has popped up in enough places that it seemed worth mentioning, and it also makes a certain amount of sense for both teams.

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Sep 28, 2016; Blackmon (19) singles to right field at AT&T Park (Guard-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 28, 2016; Blackmon (19) singles to right field at AT&T Park (Guard-USA TODAY Sports)

I've had more than one MLB insider tell me this week that -- after brainstorming with the Mets, White Sox and Rockies -- they see the chance for a three-way deal that has probably not been discussed.

In their view, the Rockies and Mets should figure out how to send a collection of big-league players and prospects to Chicago, after which Jose Quintana and Steven Matz end up in Colorado and Charlie Blackmon lands in Queens.

Again, there's no evidence anything like this has been discussed, but it's interesting to think about and I do see the potential fit, especially if the Mets could figure out how to include David Robertson.

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Mets looking for CF help? 00:06:04
Baseball Night in New York examines the Mets' center field situation and whether or not the team should make a trade.

The Mets have had trade talks to acquire a center fielder, but prices are high and Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson need to be traded first, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal wrote Dec. 19.

Sandy Alderson has repeatedly said on record that he doesn't see himself trading both outfielders this winter. However, last month, a Mets official told the NY Post's Kevin Kernan that it's possible...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Jose of all trades 00:04:58
Steve Gelbs goes 1-on-1 with Jose Reyes to talk about how happy he is to have returned to the Mets this past season.

 

Jose Reyes should take note of how Joe Maddon used Ben Zorbist in 2016, because it's very much how Terry Collins will be using him next season...

Mets GM Sandy Alderson reportedly pushed hard for Zobrist last winter. However, Zobrist turned down more money from the Mets to sign with the Cubs, with whom he played 20 games at all three outfield positions last season, started more than 100 times at second base, hit from seven different spots in the batting order, played some first base and shortstop and picked up four at-bats as a pinch hitter.

Tags: Jose Reyes, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) hits a single during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Orioles, Rangers, and Blue Jays continue to be talked about as the most likely destination for Jay Bruce, according to several MLB insiders.

There are other teams with interest, and other teams that make sense for Bruce -- such as the Mariners, Indians, Cardinals and Giants. However, the current buzz points to Texas, Baltimore and Toronto ending up as the best fit when all is said and done.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario, Rays closer Alex Colome, Mets OF Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario, Rays closer Alex Colome, Mets OF Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Images)

The Mets contacted the Rays about trading for closer Alex Colome, but the team refused to move OF Michael Conforto or top SS prospect Amed Rosario, according to MLB reporter Peter Gammons.

Colome, 27, had 37 saves and a 1.91 ERA, while striking out 71 batters in 56.2 innings of an All-Star season for the Rays last year.

The Marlins, Nationals and Dodgers have also reportedly tried to trade for Colome this winter, according to reports posted to MLB Trade Rumors.

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

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

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

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

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

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 15, 2016; Bruce hits at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 15, 2016; Bruce hits at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In early November, the Mets could have paid $1 million to cut ties with outfielder Jay Bruce, making him a free agent, and adding $12 million to their offseason budget.

Instead, it's December, Bruce and his $13 million are still on the Mets, who are in a budget crunch, there's no need for him on their roster and he's being largely ignored by the trade market.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets Santa Clause Curse 00:01:57
On the day when Noah Syndergaard plays Santa Clause, the BNNY panel overreacts to the alleged Mets Santa Clause Curse.

Have you heard of the Curse of the Santa Suit? It began in 2004, when Mike Cameron played Santa Claus at the team's Kids Holiday Party after joining the Mets. 

The next season, an outfield collision with Carlos Beltran gave him a concussion and broke his nose and cheekbones.

This was only the beginning... 

Tags: David Wright, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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DNL Sound Off: Mets 00:05:49
Daily News Live breaks down Sandy Alderson's comments on David Wright and Zack Wheeler and discusses Jose Reyes' offseason preparations.

David Wright has still not swung a bat this winter, though he has started simulating baseball activity indoors, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters at the team's Holiday Party at Citi Field on Tuesday.

Wright, who turns 34 this month, had season-ending neck surgery in June after playing just 37 games. He was already managing his chronic lumbar spinal stenosis, which limited him to just 38 games in 2015. The two conditions are unrelated, Wright and team doctors have repeatedly said.

According to Alderson, Wright is expected to begin full baseball activity in January.

Tags: David Wright, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 18, 2015; Holland (56) pitches at Comerica Park (Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 18, 2015; Holland (56) pitches at Comerica Park (Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

I'm 90 percent certain free-agent RHP Gregg Holland met with the Mets last week during the Baseball Winter Meetings, but he was adamant on getting a chance to be the team's full-time closer and not a set-up man.

The Brewers, who do not have an established closer, also met with Holland, their GM David Stearns confirmed during an interview with MLB.com.

The Mets and Brewers, as well as the Nationals, Yankees and Phillies, were among roughly 18 teams who reportedly had a scout on hand in Arizona during Holland's showcase in November.

Holland, 31, had Tommy John surgery in October of 2015. He was non-tendered by the Royals and became a free agent last winter.

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Granderson (3) catches a fly ball in the fourth inning (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
Granderson (3) catches a fly ball in the fourth inning (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

Curtis Granderson will likely begin next season in center field, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters earlier this week at the MLB Winter Meetings.

As a result, Collins said Michael Conforto will likely spend most of his time in right field, while occasionally filling in for Granderson in center, where Juan Lagares will also get time.

In late November, general manager Sandy Alderson told WOR 710 AM radio that he wants Conforto to be an every-day player in 2017, including possibly getting time as a back-up first baseman.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Alderson on Mets moving forward 00:03:03
Sandy Alderson chats with Steve Gelbs from the last day of the Winter Meetings and where the team stands on a number of areas.

It was a newsless Winter Meetings for the Mets, as it was for most teams, but it certainly wasn't quiet. In the end, the Mets held a lot of meetings where they talked with agents and team representatives for a variety of relief pitchers open to accepting major- and minor-league deals.

In an effort to free up a roster spot, raise money and have fewer left-handed hitting outfielders, the Mets spent time talking with teams about Jay Bruce, though they reportedly saw more interest in Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto, which is understandable.

In the end, I expect the Mets will eventually trade Bruce and one of two things will happen, 1) They'll get back a big-league reliever making a decent salary, after which they'll use the difference to sign one or two more low-cost relievers, or 2) They'll trade Bruce for nothing, and use his entire $13 million to sign someone like Brad Ziegler, as well as one or two more low-cost relievers.

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The Mets did not add or lose any players during the Major-League phase of this Thursday's annual Rule 5 Draft, which is the final event each year the Winter Meetings.

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