Mets defeat Braves, 4-3 00:01:06
Highlights of the New York Mets defeating the Braves, 4-3, for their first Spring Training victory of 2019.

The Mets opened up their first Grapefruit League game of Spring Training with a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday at First Data Field. 

Here are the takeaways from the game: 

Peter Alonso looks as advertised

The Mets' top prospect is competing for the starting first base job and wasted no time making the case in his first at-bat. 

The 24-year-old slugger crushed a first-pitch fastball over over the cameramen left of the center field wall for a game-tying, two-run home run in the second inning. 

Alonso, who had 36 home runs in the minors last year (Double and Triple-A combined), finished 1-for-2 with a walk but his defense remains a concern. 

In the top half of the second inning, Amed Rosario made a diving stop on a ground ball but Alonso was unable to scoop the low throw, which was ruled a single, but contributed to a two-run inning for the Braves. It was a ball Alonso said afterward he should have had. 

Robinson Cano picks up first hit

Perhaps the Mets' biggest acquisition this offseason, Robinson Cano, picked up his first base hit in a Mets uniform in the top of the third inning. 

Batting as the designated hitter, the lefty chopped a ball up toward short but because of the shift he was able to reach base safely by the time an infielder got to the ball. He finished 1-for-3. 

J.D. Davis starts at third

With Jed Lowrie out with a sprained capsule in his left knee, J.D. Davis manned the hot corner and showed off his range, making a diving stop on a hard-hit ground ball in the second inning but was unable to get an out on the play. He had a nice day at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a single and run scored. 

Grading Walker Lockett

The Mets' starting rotation is pretty set in stone at this point, but 24-year-old right-hander Walker Lockett had one good inning and one not-so-good inning as he tries to show he can be dependable arm if needed at some point this season. He breezed through the first by striking out Charlie Culberson to start the game and getting two groundouts but struggled in the second. 

Lockett began the second frame with the dreaded leadoff walk but followed with a force out at second before his defense let him down a bit. As mentioned above, Alonso was unable to scoop a low throw from Rosario, which should have made it two outs. Instead, Lockett had first and second and one out and allowed an infield single, sac fly and RBI line drive to center field before his day was done. 

Rymer Liriano goes deep

The 27-year-old shortstop entered camp as a non-roster invite but made his mark in the first game by smacking an opposite-field home run in the sixth inning, which proved to be the difference in the game. 


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The nightmare scenario of Manny Machado and Bryce Harper both landing with Mets rivals in the NL East is not happening. But Harper is still being linked to multiple teams in the division, with the Phillies seemingly in a staring contest with him as he and agent Scott Boras entertain offers from other teams. Here's the latest...


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Phillies owner John Middleton has left Vegas, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury, but did a deal get done? Sailsbury says talks are continuing, but USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reported the Phillies being in "deep and serious negotiations" with the All-Star. He didn't want to leave Las Vegas without a deal getting done. 

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Callaway loves Cano in lineup 00:01:00
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway saw the impact Robinson Cano can have at the plate in the Mets' 4-3 victory over the Braves.

The Mets captured their first win of the new season on Saturday -- a 4-3 victory at First Data Field over the Braves. And manager Mickey Callaway loved what he saw from his team, especially from veteran 2B Robinson Cano

"It means everything," Callaway said of Cano's veteran leadership. "We can sit there and tell the guys we think this is the best way. They have to own it and Robbie Cano went out there today and he owned and showed them how to do it."

Hector Santiago, Pete Alonso, and Walker Lockett also spoke after the Mets' win...

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It's Pete Alonso now -- that's what the Mets prospect wants to be called from here on out. And he explained why after his first Spring Training exhibition game on Saturday afternoon.

Mets PR announced the name change on Thursday, as Alonso joined Yankees Zach Britton who changed his name to Zack this season. Alonso explained that Peter just feels too formal, and he wants to break down that barrier.

"It's one of those things that everyone calls me Pete in the clubhouse, everyone on the coaching staff," he said. "Pretty much if anyone sees me out on the street or something like that, everyone calls me Pete. So I just think it's good to be on a first-name basis like that. It's more informal. I think I'm very approachable and I think I'm a nice guy. So anyone can call me Pete."

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Mets last out vs. Braves 00:00:18
New York Mets force a ground out to defeat the Braves, 4-3 for their first Spring Training victory in 2019.

The Mets opened their Grapefruit League games this spring against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field on Saturday.

Follow SNY for more highlights throughout the game below:

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Sep 25, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Denard Span (4) hits a two-run double against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 25, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Denard Span (4) hits a two-run double against the Oakland Athletics during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

Spring Training commenced on Saturday throughout the league, but the Mets could still be in the market to add another outfielder. 

Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported that the Mets are among possible destinations for free agent Denard Span

Span, who turns 35 next week, hit .261/.341/.419 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI in 137 games last year with the Mariners and Rays. 

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I'm home from Port St. Lucie. This past week was my 11th time covering and attending workout week during Spring Training. I want to say camp was laid back and more quiet than usual, but I can't say with confidence that this statement is true.

Instead, it could just be a byproduct of how Tim Tebow and Brodie Van Wagenen (as well as Mike FrancesaAlex Rodriguez and a snake) pulled the attention of fans and media.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Bryce Harper, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Tim Tebow, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Lowrie updates media on injury 00:00:37
New York Mets infielder Jed Lowrie updates media on his knee injury. He doesn't confirm a timetable or if he'll be ready opening day.

Jed Lowrie and the Mets tried to clear up some lingering questions on the extent of the infielder's sore left knee on Saturday, announcing the official diagnosis as a capsule sprain. 

The 34-year-old had an MRI earlier this week that revealed no structural damage while manager Mickey Callaway repeatedly said on Friday that the injury was "not that serious."

Lowrie, however, has not resumed baseball activities yet and said on Saturday before the Mets' Grapefruit League game against the Braves he has "no timetable" on when that would be or if he would be ready by Opening Day. 

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Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (left) walks with teammate Robinson Cano (right) at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (left) walks with teammate Robinson Cano (right) at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Baseball is back as the Mets kick off their 2019 Spring Training schedule with a matchup against the division-rival Braves at 1:05 p.m. at First Data Field on SNY.

Mets notes

T.J. Rivera and Jed Lowrie are officially out for the Mets in this one, while the Braves don't have any injured players. ...

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BNNY discusses Bryce Harper saga 00:03:09
The crew on BNNY offer their opinions on where Bryce Harper will eventually sign

Manny Machado is officially a Padre, but Bryce Harper remains a free agent heading into the start of Spring Training games this weekend.

What's stopping a Harper-Phillies union? Can the Nationals be counted out? Would he like to be out West? The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses where Harper will end up signing.

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BNNY talks utility guys 00:02:52
The BNNY crew debate who signed the best utility player available this off-season

Following the Twins' Friday signing of Marwin Gonzalez to a two-year, $21 million contract, which team had the best utility signing ahead of the 2019 season? The Twins, the Mets, who signed Jed Lowrie to a two-year, $20 million deal, or the Yankees, who signed DJ LeMahieu to a two-year, $24 million deal?

The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses which player is the best bet.

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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mickey Callaway was flawless in his execution of the official message on Friday, repeating several times that Jed Lowrie's injury was "not serious." That was the line, and he was sticking to it.

The manager offered little additional information; we know only that the MRI on Lowrie's left knee showed no structural damage, the Mets are terming the injury "soreness behind his left knee," and Lowrie hasn't yet spoken publicly since returning to New York.

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Jacob deGrom talks 2019 goals 00:01:02
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is fresh off his 2018 Cy Young campaign and has lofty goals for 2019.

Mets ace Jacob deGrom enters Spring Training as the reigning Cy Young Award winner after an absolutely dominant 2018 season. So what changed last year that elevated deGrom's game to arguably be the best pitcher in the league?

With deGrom having discussed his thoughts on his contract situation in a press conference last week and not much changing on that front, he took time to reflect on 2018 in a 1-on-1 with SNY's Steve Gelbs. DeGrom said having a short memory when he made mistakes helped him stay locked in at all times this past year.

"I think just looking back at those starts that I let get out of hand and kinda what happened in those," deGrom said. "I go back to 2017, I think I had a seven and eight-run start, back-to-back and kinda watching what I did: bad body language, speeding up, not trying to control what I can control. I had already given up some runs and I was still thinking about them instead of focusing on the pitch I was about to throw."

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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo had some good news to report on his sore right shoulder on Friday. 

Nimmo told reporters he underwent tests and they all came back clean, signaling that it should not be a serious injury. 

The 25-year-old referred to it as "early-season soreness" this week and spent Friday at the bunting station during the Mets' simulated game, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. 

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Mets simulated game highlights 00:00:32
The New York Mets play a simulated game as they prepare for their first Spring Training game against the Atlanta Braves.

MLB pitchers are on the clock. Literally, now. 

The league announced Friday the deployment of a 20-second pitch clock during all Spring Training games this year. 

MLB has yet to declare whether the rule will apply to the regular season, so it's safe to say the use of the clock this spring will serve as a quasi trial period. 

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks on as his players warm up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks on as his players warm up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Jed Lowrie will not play in Saturday's Spring Training game against the Braves despite revealing on Thursday there is no structural damage in his sore left knee. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway downplayed the 34-year-old's injury on Friday but with several veterans north of 30 years old, Callaway stressed that the team's depth and how they use is it is more important than ever. 

"That's exactly why we brought in depth," he said.

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Some of the best movies ever -- including some of the best sports movies ever -- have been filmed in and/or take place in New York. Here is our ranking of the 10 best...

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Mets Hot Stove from Duffy's 00:03:42
It was a jam-packed finale of Mets Hot Stove from Duffy's. Take a look at the fun and see questions answered by Cano, Van Wagenen and more.

It was a jam-packed season finale of Mets Hot Stove Thursday live from Duffy's Sports Grill as the SNY crew spoke with Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen, Robinson Cano, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil

With Spring Training kicking into high gear this week and the Mets' first Grapefruit League game coming up Saturday, Van Wagenen and his players discuss their goals for the 2019 season and how camp is going so far.

"We have to come together as a team," Van Wagenen said. "We can't let adversity dissuade us from our belief that we can win. And if we do that, then we can overcome injuries, we can overcome regression from certain players. But we know we have enough talent around us to be able to stand tall at the end of the season."

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McNeil, Zeile talk versatility 00:03:01
For Jeff McNeil being ready to play anywhere is nothing new. He chats about gloves, his upbringing and more with Todd Zeile.

Jeff McNeil will primarily be an outfielder for the Mets in 2019 after being an infielder throughout his professional career, but he's ready to play wherever the Mets put him after playing both infield and outfield at Long Beach State.

"Freshman year it was mostly second and left, sophomore year it was mostly second and junior year it was mostly outfield," McNeil said in a sitdown with SNY's Todd Zeile.

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What's Frazier's role in 2019? 00:01:36
Todd Frazier is part of a crowded Mets infield, Doug Williams and Nelson Figueroa talk Frazier's possible role on the Shea Anything podcast.

This season, Mets veteran INF Todd Frazier is going to have to get used to playing across the diamond at first base. And, of course, Spring Training will help him get used to the position once again.

Frazier is no stranger to first base, having played 94 games at the position over his career. But he hasn't played there since 2017, while he was with the White Sox before being traded to the Yankees. 

As he takes his reps down in Spring Training, Frazier knows he needs to not only get used to the new glove at first, but also the responsibilities the position requires.

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Conforto hits cages with Zeile 00:04:39
Michael Conforto and Todd Zeile hit the batting cages together for a demonstration of Conforto's new and improved ways at the plate.

Last season, Mets OF Michael Conforto had a pretty rough first half, hitting .216 with 11 homers and 30 RBI. But he picked things up after the All-Star break, as he collected a .273 average with 17 homers and 52 RBI.

Conforto finished strong, and this offseason, he worked on a few drills to make sure he carries that over into 2019.

SNY's Todd Zeile jumped into the cage with the young outfielder down in Port St. Lucie to see what he looks to do off the cage. They also discussed Conforto's 2017 shoulder injury, and what he is looking to do every time he steps up to the plate...

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Jed Lowrie speaks on knee injury 00:00:41
New York Mets infielder Jed Lowrie speaks for the first time about feeling constant pain behind his knee.

Good news came the Mets' way on Thursday following Jed Lowrie's MRI in New York.

Dealing with soreness in the back of his left knee, Lowrie made the trek north to see if there was anything concerning. Luckily, the MRI showed no structural damage, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said on WCBS 880. Van Wagenen added that the team will be cautious with Lowrie, and will "bring him along slowly."

Lowrie, whom the Mets signed to a two-year, $20 million contract, hasn't been participating in all activities...

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 (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)
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Mets management repeatedly said Jeff McNeil would be a super-utility guy this coming season getting time in the outfield. I always had a difficult time picturing how this would work, though, and during my four days in camp nothing has changed.

I've only seen him on the infield. And today, with news that Jed Lowrie is in New York getting an MRI, McNeil worked one on one with coaches on on tagging runners sliding in to third base and later on his transfer turning double plays at second...

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Update on deGrom contract talks 00:01:27
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen joined Steve Gelbs at Duffys for Mets Hot Stove and gave an update on talks for a Jacob deGrom extension.

PORT ST. LUCIE - Jacob deGrom's new representative at CAA, Jeff Berry, was in Mets camp on Thursday, part of the usual rounds that agents make this time of year. Berry dined with a different client, Tim Tebow, on Wednesday, and surely checked in with other players.

But with deGrom's opening day deadline looming, and his threat to self-impose an innings limit hanging in the air, Berry's visit generated significantly more interest than usual.

Still, the Mets and deGrom are no closer to reaching an agreement on the contract extension that the pitcher wants, and that Brodie Van Wagenen wants to give him...

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Mets outfield drills and live BP 00:01:01
The Mets camp is in full swing with live BP. Highlights from New York Mets Spring Training workouts in Port St. Lucie.

With Mets camp in full swing, check out Thursday's highlights from Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, which had everything from picture day to live batting practice to an appearance from The Sports Pope himself, Mike Francesa. 

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 (Matthew Cerrone/SNY)
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Here in St. Lucie, you'll find veterans Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie, but most players, coaches and team executives view the young Brandon Nimmo as having the best pitch recognition in camp.

"It was always important to my dad and coaches growing up that I swing at strikes and lay off pitches not in the zone," Nimmo told SNY, stating what seems like the obvious. "It has been a focus here, too, at least since I was drafted."

The thing is, while it may be obvious to swing at only pitches in the strike zone, Nimmo does it almost as well as anyone in baseball. According to FanGraphs.com, he swung last season at roughly 16 percent of pitches outside the strike zone, which was fifth-best among qualifying players.

Interestingly, to get as good as he is, he told me, it was more about playing catch than hitting...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets first baseman Peter Alonso during the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game at Surprise Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Peter Alonso during the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game at Surprise Stadium. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Peter Alonso will not be debuting with the Mets this season, because Peter Alonso is no longer his name.

The man formerly known as Peter will now go by Pete, as the Mets prospect joins a long list of baseball players who have decided to change their name.

Earlier this offseason, Yankees reliever Zach Britton changed his name to Zack, and Melvin Upton changed his name back to B.J.

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Jacob deGrom's agents from CAA, including lead agent Jeff Berry, have arrived at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie as deGrom's Opening Day deadline to work out a contract extension looms.

SNY's Andy Martino reports that there has still been no official offer made during the negotiations, but the sides will keep talking all spring.

DeGrom spoke at length last Thursday about his desire for an extension, seemingly upset with the fact that no official offer had come. He then refused to rule out placing a self-imposed limit on his workload this season if a deal isn't reached...

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Jacob deGrom live BP highlights 00:00:53
New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is having fun throwing live BP sessions to his teammates at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie.

Jacob deGrom -- the defending Cy Young award winner -- is having fun throwing live BP sessions to his teammates at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie.

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Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches from the dugout during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches from the dugout during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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TAMPA -- Having missed all of last season with surgery in April to remove bone spurs on both of his heels, Troy Tulowitzki seemed to have something of a message for Yoenis Cespedes:

Good luck.

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Callaway on Jed Lowrie's injury 00:02:41
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway goes into detail on Jed Lowrie's injury, a recruiting trip with Alex Rodriguez and Michael Conforto.

Mickey Callaway is setting the bar high for Michael Conforto.

The Mets' manager believes so much in the soon-to-be 26-year-old outfielder's potential that he feels Conforto can be among the game's elite.

"I think he can be one of the best left-handed hitters in the league, myself," Callaway said Wednesday. "Just the way he approaches his at-bats, the swing, the pitches that he covers, it's special. A lot of guys can't just take a ball and go the opposite field and drive it the way he does, and that's not the only place he has power. He's able to stay on the breaking ball that misses down and drive it out to the pull side as well. So he covers a lot of pitches."

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Wednesday's Mets Highlights 00:01:13
Mets highlights at Spring Training from Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. Alex Rodriguez paid a visit to Mets camp.

The Mets had a special guest at their practice down in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday as Alex Rodriguez joined GM Brodie Van Wagenen at the team's facility. 

As he made his rounds talking to everyone from fans to former teammate Robinson Cano, Rodriguez watched as Mets ace Jacob deGrom threw another live batting practice session...

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Great vibes from Mets camp 00:01:44
With Andy Martino in Port St. Lucie, the Shea Anything crew discusses how Mets camp under Brodie Van Wagenen has differed from years past.

Doug Williams, Nelson Figueroa and Andy Martino have an all-new episode of the Shea Anything podcast. They discuss how the good the vibe is at this year's Mets camp compared to years past.

They also dive into Manny Machado's deal with the Padres being a good thing as well as Bryce Harper also possibly leaving the NL East.

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Sep 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)
Sep 16, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports (Adam Hagy)

It's unclear how big a contract the Giants will or have offered to free agent Bryce Harper, but there is a continued sense Wednesday that they have a shot at signing him, with the Phillies having a tough road to get it done, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

Harper, who is seeking more than the $300 million Manny Machado got from the Padres, has turned down multiple offers worth more than $300 million in recent weeks, reports FanCred's Jon Heyman.

Martino reported Tuesday after Machado landed with the Padres that Harper to the Phillies was not a sure thing...

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Best of Mets Hot Stove 00:02:14
Wednesday's Mets Hot Stove guests from Port St. Lucie included Mickey Callaway, Tim Tebow, Edwin Diaz and Zack Wheeler as guests.

After another full team workout down in Port St. Lucie, manager Mickey Callaway as well as some players joined Gary Apple and Todd Zeile on "Mets Hot Stove."

During his interview with Apple, Callaway touched on the vibe going around Mets camp this year, and how much different it feels.

"We were excited last year coming in, but there's a different feel this year and it's palpable. It's not just 'We're excited to be here' and rah rah. It's a focused, it's a prepared, it's an experienced vibe that we're getting."

Callaway also touched on how Robinson Cano is already impacting the team, while Edwin Diaz and Tim Tebow stopped by as well...

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A-Rod meets the Mets 00:00:41
Baseball legend Alex Rodriguez stops by Mets camp in Port St. Lucie and catches up with the players and team personnel.

I was wrong. Tim Tebow is a big deal, but Alex Rodriguez is clearly on another level.

Due to timing, I happened to be in the media room Wednesday when Rodriguez was getting wired up and prepping for what will be a walk-and-talk with Brodie Van Wagenen for ESPN. Indoors, he slunk in his chair, headphone always in, arms relaxed. This was just another day at the office, despite being surrounded by 7-10 production people and me, looking like a nervous teenager.

I said hello, because I had to do it. He understandably couldn't care less, but was not disrespectful. I'm not going to lie, my hands were shaking too much to take a picture with him. I'm a dork. But, the point being, it was not difficult to sense what would happen next...

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Michael Conforto in the cage 00:00:33
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto explains how he's improved his swing this offseason to Todd Zeile.

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto explains to Todd Zeile how he's improved his swing this offseason.

To see the full interview, check out Mets Hot Stove at 5:30 p.m. on SNY.

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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

It's not that Tim Tebow is a local legend and brings with him an enormous crowd that make his autograph sensations so unique. Mike Piazza drew similar crowds, as did David Wright.

The difference between Piazza and Wright and Tebow is that, when any fan is lucky enough to be chosen by Tebow and gets their item signed, the fan immediately turns around and is visibly giddy. 

In the case of Wright or Piazza, obviously fans were pumped to get the autograph, but they'd remain focused looking to see if there was another player coming down the line. In the case of Tebow, the selected glow, become frozen and childlike, looking as if they don't know what to do next...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Steven Matz, Tim Tebow, Matthew Cerrone
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No surprises here. 

MLB Pipeline released a new list of the Mets' top 30 prospects ahead of the 2019 season, and the first two names should come as little surprise for Mets fans. They've been hearing plenty about Peter Alonso and Andres Gimenez over the last few months, so it makes sense the duo are the first- and second-ranked prospects in the system, respectively. 

Alonso is closer to the Major Leagues than Gimenez, who finished last season with Double-A Binghamton. Alonso is currently competing for a spot on the Opening Day roster, but the expectation is that he will begin the season in the Minors until the Super-2 deadline passes, which would give the Mets an extra year of control over the University of Florida product. 

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Best of Mets Hot Stove 00:02:21
Mets Hot Stove had some marquee guests with Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz and Wilson Ramos. Watch the best of their interviews.

Wilson Ramos, Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard and Seth Lugo all stop by Mets Hot Stove to talk baseball and expectations for the 2019 season with SNY's Gary Apple.

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Mickey Callaway mic'd up 00:00:56
Mickey Callaway is mic'd up at Mets Spring Training. Hear what he has to say to Edwin Diaz after a bullpen session and about Mets fans.

The Mets are out in full force down in Port St. Lucie for another year of Spring Training. As usual, fans flocked to the team's facility down in sunny Florida to see their Mets in action -- up close and personal.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway absolutely loves it.

SNY was able to mic up Callaway during one of the team's sessions, and he confessed his appreciation for how loyal Mets fans are as he enters his second season leading the squad. He also checks out his new closer Edwin Diaz put some work in out in the bullpen...

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Last spring, Jose Reyes (at 34 years old) and Amed Rosario (at 22 years old) looked and behaved like brothers. When Reyes laughed at a joke, Rosario laughed at the joke. Where Jose stretched, Amed stretched. If Jose was at shortstop, Rosario was at shortstop. It all made sense. They had similar builds, similar energy, similar stories and similar expectations when entering the big leagues.

The two openly discussed talking and texting during off seasons with Reyes essentially playing the role of life coach, which is a major reason why advisors pushed Sandy Alderson to keep him around most of last season.

This time last year, Reyes, Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes were inseparable, with Amed looking like the young pup pushing to be in the with the big dogs. That was then, though. This is now...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Matthew Cerrone
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What Machado deal means for Mets 00:00:51
Manny Machado agreed to a 10-year, $300 Million to play for the Padres but what does this deal mean for the Mets going forward?

SNY's Andy Martino and Todd Zeile analyze the Manny Machado deal from a Mets perspective and explain why this is good news for them. 

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Sep 28, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) bats in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)
Sep 28, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) bats in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)

Now that Manny Machado has agreed to sign a megadeal with the Padres, the Phillies have lost out on their first choice as they aim to spend "stupid money." Their second choice is Bryce Harper, but landing him isn't a sure thing.

"Although their pursuit of him is serious, word around Harper is that he remains unsure if he wants to play in Philadelphia," reports SNY's Andy Martino, who says the Phillies must convince him to sign there if they want to "save face."

Martino adds that Harper's inconsistency and defensive decline has scared off many suitors, including the Yankees...

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Alonso talks with Steve Gelbs 00:01:37
New York Mets prospect Peter Alonso shares why he wanted to face reigning CY Young winner Jacob deGrom in a live BP session

Mets prospect Peter Alonso faced Jacob deGrom during live batting practice earlier this week. And while he didn't make any hard contact (Alonso told SNY's Steve Gelbs the ball still looks like a grain of rice to him), he enjoyed the challenge.

"If I want to be on time and ready to go, why not face the Cy Young winner?"

Alonso, who is spending his second year at Mets camp, said his taste of camp in 2018 was "invaluable," and just wants "to be a sponge" while learning from the veterans...

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Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 26, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Yankees' Luis Severino took a bit of a jab at Mets ace Jacob deGrom on Sunday over deGrom's potential self-imposed innings restriction if he doesn't get an extension by Opening Day. On Monday, Severino claimed he "wasn't saying anything" about deGrom's situation after he clearly did just that. 

On Tuesday, deGrom responded.

"Everybody is entitled to their own opinions," deGrom told Matt Ehalt of NJ.com. "...the business side of the game is why you have agents. ... they're looking out for my best interest and advising me."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Danny Abriano
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First Data Field (SNY)
First Data Field (SNY)

The Mets and St. Lucie (Florida) County reached an agreement Tuesday to renovate First Data Field, where the Mets spend spring training, and keep the team there until 2042, according to the TC Palm's Keona Gardner.

Amid a report last week that indicated the Mets could have "blown up" their stadium renovation deal, the two sides were to bring forth a contract to county commissioners on Tuesday that outlines the renovation project, according to Gardner.

"We're pleased with today's outcome," the Mets said in a statement. "Thanks to the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners and the county legal team that worked with our team over the holiday. We are thankful for the continued support of our fans and the local businesses."

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Mets target 2019 post-season 00:01:13
Mickey Callaway and Todd Frazier comment on Callaway's forceful spring training speech to the team and their playoff aspirations

Mets manager Mickey Callaway told players and coaches to stand up if they have ever been to the playoffs.

"It was more than none," third baseman Todd Frazier said with a smile.

Callaway, entering his second season leading the Mets, has a mission for his club to make the playoffs in 2019 after a disappointing 77-85 season. And Frazier is among those who believe in the team.

"I think that was exciting to see and I think everybody's getting that itch to get back in the playoffs," Frazier said on Monday.

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Busy day for Robinson Cano 00:00:48
Watch a sizzle of the best moments of Robinson Cano's first official day at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie

It's the same, but different every year at Mets camp. Same uniforms. Same fields. Same drills. Same sun, fans and heat. However, protocol and the general vibe in camp often changes from year to year.

For instance, under Willie Randolph, camp was very serious, disciplined and focused on business and professionalism. The Terry Collins years were more upbeat, peppy and chatty.

Last year, which was Mickey Callaway's first spring ever running his own camp, things were a bit sporadic, with his looking more like a player getting to know people than a manager leading a team.

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Jacob deGrom (SNY)
Jacob deGrom (SNY)

Luis Severino claims he wasn't specifically discussing Jacob deGrom's situation (despite saying "$17 million" and, you know, his name).

During an interview with SNY on Monday, the Yankees ace was informed that his comments about the National League Cy Young winner were getting a lot of attention. 

"Nobody has said anything to me about it," he told SNY contributor John Harper.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino
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