The minor league regular season ended on Monday, so it's time for the final stock watch, a monthly look at the Mets pre-season Top 41 prospects. We did this routine in May and June, and July.

(Again, guys who were not on the preseason Top 41 (Matt Reynolds, Jhoan Urena, Michael Conforto, etc.) will get their own post soon.)

1. RHP Noah Syndergaard

Stock: Still the best in the system

Syndergaard's last nine games were pretty good: 2.61 ERA and 58 strikeouts (28 percent ) against 17 walks (8.2 percent) in 48 1/3 innings, while allowing opponents to hit .262/.340/.344. At 133 innings this year, plus a playoff start, most likely, Syndergaard should be up near 175 innings as his limit in 2015.

2. C Travis d’Arnaud

Stock: Up - he's graduated.

Travis d’Arnaud has hit .264/.305/.472 with 12 doubles, a triple and nine home runs with 10 walks (4.8 percent) and 29 strikeouts (13.8 percent) in 53 games since his return from Triple-A. That's a distinct, low-walk, low-strikeout profile.

3. RHP Rafael Montero

Stock: In neutral

He's bounced between Triple-A and the big leagues in the last month and for the most part done OK. It's hard to see an impact starter here, but maybe there's a MLB starter in here.

4. OF Cesar Puello

Stock: Down

In his last 12 games since August 18, Puello has hit a scorching .364/.472/.659 with five walks, four HBP, and 11 strikeouts. He still finished the season by hitting .252/.355/.393 in 104 games at age-23 in his first exposure to Triple-A. Oh, and he hit .312/.409/.532 in 127 PA against lefties. Platoon piece anyone?

5. INF Wilmer Flores

Stock: Still auditioning in the big leagues.

So, the Mets have given Flores a chance to play almost everyday and in the last 31 games, just past his 21st birthday, he has hit .247/.286/.323 with four walks and seven strikeouts.

6. CF Brandon Nimmo

Stock: Up.

After finishing up the first half at .322/.448/.458 in the Florida State League, Nimmo earned his promotion to Double-A Binghamton. Now pretty clearly the top position player in the system, the 21-year-old hit .263/.330/.394 in 26 games in August. Worth pointing out here: for the year, Nimmo hit .304/.419/.485 against righties and .232/.347/.317 against lefties.

7. LHP Steven Matz

Stock: Up

Did you realize how good Matz was in August? Did you!? In five starts, the southpaw had a 0.90 ERA, with 24 hits, four runs -- three earned -- with 32 strikeouts (28 percent) against five walks (4 percent) in 30 innings. He's worked on his command and his curveball, and he's the best Mets pitching prospect not named Noah.

8. 1B Dominic Smith

Stock: Resting comfortably

Smith did not finish particularly well, hitting .218/.306/.333 in 24 games in August, but he did show strike zone control (10 BB and 13 K) and connected for his first triple and his first hom erun. He finished his age-19 season in Savannah, at .271/.344/.338 in 126 games.

9. SS Amed Rosario

Stock: Unchanged

The teenager finished his time in Brooklyn at .289/.337/.380 with a 16 percent strikeout rate and a 6 percent walk rate he was consistent across his time in Brooklyn, running OPSes between .702 and .737 for each month as a Cyclone. He was given a chance in Savannah in May, and the game looked fast for him. Now he's back for the SAL playoffs. The teenager is very focused on hitting to the opposite field, as his heat map from makes plain.

10. 2B Dilson Herrera

Stock: Up.

He's a big leaguer! Working as the youngest position player in Double-A, Herrera hit .340/.406/.560 with a 10.4 percent walk rate and a 19 percent strikeout rate. His 166 wRC+ was second in the league to the Red Sox Mookie Bets among all batters with at least 150 PA. In short, he was ridiculously good. I wrote about the 20-year-old at more length here. There's an everyday second baseman in here, and maybe an All-Star level guy if everything clicks.

11. C Kevin Plawecki

Stock: Up

Plawecki finished with a solid August at .305/.356/.432 in 15 games to finish his first 43 games in Triple-A at .283/.345/.421 with 14 walks against 21 strikeouts. He could be a cheap backup to Travis d'Arnaud as soon as next year. The Mets seem pleased by his progress defensively as we discussed here.

12. SS Gavin Cecchini

Stock: Oh, boy.

After a ghastly July (.163/.230/.239, 3 XBH, 8 BB, 16 K in 27 games) Cecchini rebounded with a beastly August for St. Lucie: .286/.403/.459 with 10 XBH, and 21 walks against 14 strikeouts. The 20-year-old is up in Double-A for the Binghamton playoff run, and given his finish to the season, looks ready to start there in 2015.

We discussed him in the mid-season promotion feature. In short, there’s a big leaguer in here, but his bat will have to keep improving for me to think there’s an above-average everyday guy.

13. RHP Gabriel Ynoa

Stock: Holding

Ynoa finished off his first look at Double-A with three straight seven-inning starts to conclude the year. However, in 11 starts, he struck out just 42 batters in 66 1/3 innings, a scary-low rate of 15 percent for the fly-ball oriented 21-year-old. Our feature on him is here.

14. RHP Michael Fulmer

Stock: Slipping

Fulmer was solid in the FSL, and earned one start in Double-A, on August 19, which did not go well (3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 1 HR, 3 BB, 1 K). After that outing, he was diagnosed with bone chips in his right elbow that ended the former supplemental first-rounder's year.

15. RHP Vic Black

Stock: Up and gone.

He’s a big leaguer now. (Unchanged since July.)

16. RHP Jacob deGrom

Stock: Up and gone.

He’s a big leaguer now. (Unchanged since July.)

17. RHP Domingo Tapia

Stock: Down.

Repeating the FSL, Tapia struck out 56 and walked 51. It's time to put him into the bullpen and see if the results improve.

18. RHP Jeff Walters

Stock: Down

Walthers, who was added to the 40-man roster in the fall, was ineffective in Triple-A and then had Tommy John surgery. (Unchanged since July.)

19. RHP Cory Mazzoni

Stock: Down

Mazzoni ran a crazy 41/2 K/BB in August on his way to a 4.30 ERA for Las Vegas. He'll go to the Arizona Fall League to continue his 2014 after the 51s season ends, but with little record of durability or success at the minors' highest levels, I think he's headed for the bullpen for his MLB career.

20. LHP Jack Leathersich

Stock: Down

When the Mets needed a left-hander for the big league bullpen, they called on Dario Alvarez and his 5 2/3 innings above Single-A over Leathersich and his two years in Double-A. Ouch.

21. RHP Luis Mateo

Stock: Down

Mateo’s Tommy John rehab tour stalled in Brooklyn where, at last check, he was throwing “lots” of 89-90 mph fastballs. The Mets basically sent him home. Not good.

22. CF Champ Stuart

Stock: Up

Stuart had a poor August in terms of batting average, as he hit .220/.261/.321 with five walks against 39 strikeouts as he expanded the zone and chase early and often. He also let his swing get long. It felt, for a period, as though he was starting every count at 0-2. And yet, his modest isolated slugging percentage of .101 was his highest in any month of more than 10 games this year. The speedster will head to St. Lucie to begin 2015. His speed and defense could very well get him to the big leagues, and if he hits at all, he's a starting centerfielder.

I wrote about Stuart here and here.

Personal note: I enjoy watching Stuart run.

23. OF Ivan Wilson

Stock: Slipping

As I wrote in July, "Wilson is big and strong, but strikes out a ton." In 58 games in the Appalachian League, he hit .176 with 11 homers and 99 strikeouts! His pitch recognition might never improve, but I'd send him to Savannah to start 2015 to give him as many gams as possible.

His profile, about his adjustments, big and small, is here.

24. RHP Luis Cessa

Stock: Down

Cessa was good in August, striking out a batter an inning for the first time in the FSL. Still, for the year, he ran a 4.00 ERA in a pitcher-friendly league.

25. RHP Robert Gsellman

Stock: Up

Gsellman, who get the game one start in the playoffs for Savannah, did not allow a run in three of his last four appearances. His curveball made progress this year, and when it was on, he was very tough. He's a realistic back-end starter type.

26. RHP Chris Flexen

Stock: Down

Just when he was starting to figure it out, he heads under the knife to have bone chips removed and for Tommy John surgery. (Unchanged since July.)

27. RHP Casey Meisner

Stock: Wobbly

Meisner was lights out in August/September: 5 GS, 30 2/3 IP, 28 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 1.47 ERA with 4 BB against 32 strikeouts. He'll get his shot in the Savannah rotation in 2015.

Keith Law saw Meisner pitch for Brooklyn early in the year, and was unimpressed, saying he was “throwing 87-91 mph with an above-average curveball but no command or deception.”

28. RHP Andrew Church

Stock: Down

Last year's second-round pick ran a 3.81 ERA in August with 19 K/8 BB in 26 innings. For the year, he fanned just 31 and walked 14 in 52 2/3 innings. There's no guarantee he makes the Savannah rotation to start 2015.

29. C Juan Centeno

Stock: Unchanged

He’s still a low-end backup catcher. (Unchanged since July.)

30. SS Wilfredo Tovar

Stock: Slipped.

Tovar returned from thumb surgery in June and hit .238/.293/.305 in the final month for the B-Mets. Now 23, maybe he's a big league bench piece, but more and more, he looks like an up-and-down guy who provides organizational depth as an emergency SS/2B.

31. 2B LJ Mazzilli

Stock: Up some

A really good August (.342/.383./459) helped Mazzilli earn a trip to Las Vegas for the playoffs to give the 51s another middle infielder. He hit for a little more pop in the FSL than he did in the SAL, but his walk rate drifted back into the dangerously low territory at 5.8 percent.

He says some advice from Yogi Berra in early May helped turn around his season. Scouts describe his work at second as mechanical, but he he’s on pace to start 2015 in Double-A.

32. OF Jared King

Stock: Down

King's August was his best month of 2014: .318/.362/.477 with nine doubles, a triple and two homers in 28 games. A broken leg kept him out for a few months, but he still only hit three home runs in 80 games between Savannah and St. Lucie.

33. RHP Erik Goeddel

Stock: Down

Goeddel was hit hard in August: 10.2 IP, 17 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 12 K. He left Vegas with a 5.32 ERA, so it's cool that he gets a month of big league money. Is he worth a 40-man roster spot this winter?

34. CF Matt den Dekker

Stock: Same

While turning 27 in August, the Mets gave den Dekker a shot to prove he could be the long half of a left field platoon. He's responded by hitting .255/.367/.314 with three doubles in 60 PA over 17 games. In other news, the Mets are still looking for a left-fielder for 2015.

35. OF Cory Vaughn

Stock: Down

In 115 games between Double-A and Triple-A, Vaughn hit .210/.305/.342 with 17 doubles and 10 home runs.

36. RHP Logan Verrett

Stock: Down

Verrett's August was pretty good, driven by an opponents' batting average of .168, he ran a 2.84 ERA in 38 innings. Maybe there's enough slider to play out of a big league bullpen, but after a 4.33 ERA in 28 starts for Vegas at age 23/24, it's hard to argue he's a big league starter.

37. RHP Akeel Morris

Stock: Up, but only a little

Morris' numbers were just sick: 0.63 ERA in 57 innings with 89 strikeouts (42 percent) against 22 (10 percent) walks. He was the best reliever in the SAL with an opponents' batting average of .103. His fastball touched 95 and his changeup was too much for SAL hitters. His breaking ball improved, although it's still spotty, at best. If Gonzalez Germen can pitch in the big leagues, Morris can too; his fastball is better.

38. RHP Ricardo Jacquez

Stock: Down

Didn't pitch at all in 2014.

39. RHP Bret Mitchell

Stock: Down

After an early injury and ineffectiveness in St. Lucie, he salvaged his season with a solid turn for Savannah (28 IP, 2.57 ERA, 8 BB, 34 K). Still down.

40. 3B Pedro Perez

Stock: Down

Moved off of third base to accommodate Eudor Garcia in Kingsport, Perez played 22 games at first for Brooklyn where he hit .193/.236/.217. Ouch.

41. SS Luis Guillorme

Stock: Up, a little

His August: .311/.349/.350. A slick defender, his skills in the field will keep him employed all the way to Double-A, and likely up to Triple-A too. His swing works, but he has to put everything he has into it to hit ordinary line drives to the outfield. He will need to add strength to profile as a big leaguer.

Tags: Analysis, Toby Hyde

 (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
(Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets take on the Tigers in Port St. Lucie on Sunday at 1:10 p.m., which will be broadcast on WPIX. 

Right-hander Chris Flexen is set to start for the Mets and will be opposed by left-hander Matt Boyd. 

Prospect Dominic Smith, who came in late during Saturday's game and drew two walks, will get the start at first base Sunday. 

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Feb 22, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL; Duda (21) takes infield practice at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 22, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL; Duda (21) takes infield practice at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is dealing with back spams and should be back on the field in a few days, he told reporters Sunday.

He received a cortisone injection in both hips on Friday after he felt soreness in his hips and back, Terry Collins told reporters Saturday. 

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Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets third baseman David Wright played in his first Grapefruit League game on Saturday, going 0-for-2 as the DH in New York's 8-6 loss. 

It was Wright's first game action since May 27, 2016, after which he had neck surgery and missed the rest of the season.

Despite not recording a hit on the day, Wright felt the game was a positive. 

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Maggie Wiggin,

With the roster largely set, the Mets have begun looking at lineup construction to maximize the offense from a team that underperformed for much of last season. As usual for this team, one of the spots still pending a long-term answer is leadoff.

When Jose Reyes is starting, it's largely a given that he will bat leadoff, assuming his bounceback 2016 numbers continue to hold steady. With major question marks surrounding David Wright's health, this may very well resolve the leadoff issue for the bulk of the season. 

The vast majority of Reyes's career plate appearances have come out of the leadoff spot and despite no longer displaying the stolen base prowess that secured him that spot in his youth (nor the on base percentage that tends to define the classic leadoff hitter nowadays), his reputation and general offensive competence will certainly place him there for the foreseeable future...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes, Neil Walker, Maggie Wiggin
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Post Game Extra: 2/25/17 00:01:54
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' loss to the Washington Nationals.

The Mets lost to the Nationals, 8-6, on Saturday at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie.

  • Sean Gilmartin started for the Mets, allowing one run in two innings of work. 
  • Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-2 with a double. 
  • Pinch-hitting in the sixth, Michael Conforto drove in a run with a single. 
Tags: Washington Nationals
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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets host the Nationals on Saturday at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, live on SNY at 1:10 p.m.

Coverage begins on SNY at 12:30 p.m. with Mets pregame.

LHP Sean Gilmartin will get the start for the Mets, with LHP Jerry Blevins also scheduled to pitch.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Sean Gilmartin
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Conforto fighting for spot 00:03:17
Michael Conforto went 2-3 with a home run in the Mets' first spring game, and could make roster decisions difficult for Terry Collins.

The Mets beat the Red Sox, 3-2, on Friday afternoon in Fort Myers.

  • Mets pitchers took a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning.
  • OF Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • C Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-2.
  • RHP Seth Lugo, who is competing with Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot in the rotation, walked two and struck out three while allowing no hits in two scoreless innings...
Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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'Hello Jerry' with David Wright 00:06:10
Season two of #HelloJerry begins with a special guest, Mets third baseman and captain David Wright.

Season two of #HelloJerry begins with a special guest, Mets third baseman and captain David Wright

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Mets Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola wants to be on a big-league staff, despite playing a major role in the development of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.

"After being in Vegas for four years, I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't love to have an opportunity to make a difference in the big leagues," Viola recently told the NY Post. "If it happens, it happens.

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Mar 20, 2016; Red Sox DH David Murphy (18) is tagged out at home plate by Mets during a spring training game at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2016; Red Sox DH David Murphy (18) is tagged out at home plate by Mets during a spring training game at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets open their 2017 Grapefruit League schedule today at 1:05 p.m. ET against the Red Sox at JetBlue Field in Fort Myers, Fla.

The game will not be on SNY, but can be heard on radio at 710 AM WOR in New York.

Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Amed Rosario, and Travis d'Arnaud will headline the trip, while Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, Jose Reyes and the rest of the roster remain back in St. Lucie to work out in camp.

Seth Lugo will start for the Mets, after which RHP prospect Marcos Molina is expected to pitch.

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Live from Duffy's: Jose Reyes 00:04:23
Jose Reyes talks with Steve Gelbs on Mets Hot Stove about his relationships with David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera and Amed Rosario.

Jose Reyes, spending his first Spring Training back with the Mets since signing a minor league deal last summer, discussed his evolving relationship with David Wright during an appearance on Hot Stove on Thursday night.

"I've known him since 2001," Reyes said. "We're like brothers. We get along very good. ...We just enjoy the game and enjoy the fact that we're here and enjoy playing together one more time."

Reyes described coming back to Port St. Lucie like going home to the Dominican Republic. "This is home for me," he said.

On shortstop prospect Amed Rosario, Reyes said -- as someone who's been in the same position -- he's given Rosario advice on how to handle the expectations...

Tags: David Wright, Jose Reyes
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Live from Duffy's: Terry Collins 00:06:20
Mets manager Terry Collins chats with Steve Gelbs on David Wright's return and how the Mets plan on using Jose Reyes this season.

Mets manager Terry Collins is excited for the upcoming season, although he does face some unique challenges, he told Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night.

Entering his sixth season as the Mets' skipper, Collins is amazed that he's just 43 games shy of becoming the longest-tenured manager in club history. Collins called New York a "tremendous place to manage" and added that being in baseball, "you want to manage on the biggest stage, and that's where I'm at."

Collins also discussed the difficulty of getting everyone enough playing time, saying that the players "have to buy into it. We're going to be very, very good and very fun to watch. But we've got to keep our good players healthy."


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Live from Duffy's: Granderson 00:04:09
Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson stops by Mets Hot Stove to chat with Steve Gelbs on the upcoming season.

Mets OF Curtis Granderson doesn't have much of a preference where he hits in the lineup and believes that being aggressive within the strike zone is a key to his success, he told Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night.

The 34-year-old hit leadoff for a majority of the first half last season until Jose Reyes joined the Mets in early July. Granderson said that he doesn't really care where he bats and that "wherever TC puts me, I'll find a way to make myself comfortable one way or the other because the first at-bat is really the only at-bat where you're in that first position."

He also discussed the difference in his approach between 2015 and 2016, saying that "the big thing is being aggressive. I don't think the approach last year, affected, one way or the other, the walks or the power numbers." He added that he wants to "be aggressive in the zone" and that is "the philosophy here with the Mets."

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Live from Duffy's: Matt Harvey 00:06:28
Matt Harvey talks with Steve Gelbs about maintaining his intimidating presence on the mound and his recovery from surgery.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey looks forward to regaining the form he displayed during his dominant 2013 season while also helping lead the club to a World Series title, he told SNY during Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night. 

Speaking about his struggles last year, which ended in July following surgery to remove a rib after he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, Harvey said "it was a tough experience and I'm glad it's over, but I'm ready to go." Asked whether he plans on altering the style of pitching he had prior to his injuries, Harvey said "the goal is to regain 2013 form and go out there and do what I did then."

The 27-year-old also talked about bringing a championship to New York, saying he can "kind of envision the parade that we're gonna have" when he looks around the Mets' locker room.

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d'Arnaud on his expectations 00:02:41
Travis d'Arnaud joins Mets Hot Stove to discuss his expectations for himself behind the plate and at bat this season.

Glenn Sherlock may have been hired this past offseason to be the entire team's catching instructor, but he was clearly tasked with planting himself in Travis d'Arnaud's back pocket.

In the week that I've been here, I've only seen d'Arnaud out of ear shot from Sherlock once or twice, and it was walking from one field to another where Sherlock eventually ended up anyway...

Tags: Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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The Mets considered trading OF Michael Conforto for Tigers OF J.D. Martinez before re-signing Yoenis CespedesJon Heyman of FanRag sports reported.

According to Heyman, the Mets decided that one year of Martinez, who will be a free agent after this season, in exchange for Conforto, wasn't enough.

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone reported on Jan. 5 that the Mets had made calls to Detroit about the possibility of trading for Martinez before agreeing to a four-year deal with Cespedes...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

 Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Thursday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • The Mets will send outfielders Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto, infielder Wilmer Flores, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud to their Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox on Friday. 
  • The hope is that David Wright will serve as designated hitter on Saturday.
Tags: David Wright, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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Syndergaard to start Opening Day 00:05:36
Noah Syndergaaard joins Mets Hot Stove from Port St. Lucie to talk about what it means to be the Opening Day starter.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is excited about his Opening Day start, he told SNY during Mets Hot Stove on Wednesday night.

"It's an awesome feeling," he said. "I'm extremely excited that Terry instills that kind of confidence in me, and I'll rise to the occasion." 

On skipping the upcoming World Baseball Classic, Syndergaard said his "heart and soul is with the Mets and that's who I want to compete with," adding that he threw lots of innings in 2015 and 2016 and wanted to give his arm a break...

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

The Mets have signed RHP Wilfredo Boscan to a minor league deal, the team announced Thursday.

He will report to minor league camp.

Boscan, 27, had a 6.46 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 15 1/3 innings (one start, five relief appearances) for the Pirates in 2016 during what was his first major league season...

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Tradition Field, the Mets' Spring Training hjome in Port St. Lucie, has been renamed First Data Field, it was announced Thursday.

The ballpark has been the Spring Training home of the Mets since it opened in 1988, and it was announced this past November that the Mets would spend at least the next 25 years playing there...

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Feb. 21, 2017: Mets RHP Matt Harvey gets set to throw during a bullpen session (Credit: Matthew Cerrone,
Feb. 21, 2017: Mets RHP Matt Harvey gets set to throw during a bullpen session (Credit: Matthew Cerrone,

I know, and you know, the Mets have some serious pitching talent. I actually take it for granted, I think. But, when seeing them all lined up together, throwing side by side, it takes the realization to a different level...

This morning, I watched Zack Wheeler work at length for the first time this spring. He threw free and easy and - most important - he showed no signs of discomfort or awkwardness. There was no shaking out his arm or looking at his elbow, which is what I recall earlier in camp. In today's instance, it was all business. He simply tossed a bullpen session, did it well, and that was that...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 22 00:02:25 covers the day in Mets camp that includes bullpen sessions for Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.

The Mets continued workouts at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday...

Zack Wheeler threw a bullpen session and could get his first game action on March 8 >> Read more

Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Neil Walker will be leadoff options >> Read more ...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Zack Wheeler
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It was photo day today, which is when players get in full uniform to pose for head shots, pictures and promos used across baseball...

The individual photographers and media outlets set up stations that players go through one by one, where they stop, take direction and mostly do whatever is asked of them...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Matthew Cerrone
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 (The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)
(The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)

 Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • Wednesday was the best Collins has seen RHP Zack Wheeler throw since his Tommy John surgery. Wheeler could get in to a Grapefruit League game on March 8.
  • Collins thinks RHP Noah Syndergaard is doing the right thing by not pitching in the upcoming World Baseball Classic...
Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Alderson on d'Arnaud, Conforto 00:04:32
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson dishes on some hot topics including expectations for Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto.

With the return of Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce to New York's outfield this season, along with the presence of Curtis Granderson, 23-year old Michael Conforto has seemingly lost his spot in the starting lineup.

But Mets general manager Sandy Alderson does not believe it will discourage him from coming in and having a strong spring training, something that would make the decision about the outfield significantly more difficult for the GM.

"Well I think the important thing for Michael is to have a good spring, regardless of what happens at the end," Alderson told SNY's Gary Apple. "One of the things we focus on around here is process and not results. So I think Michael is committed to having a good spring, and you know, the way things are configured now, make it tough on us."

While Conforto will be attempting to prove to Alderson he belongs in the starting lineup this spring, he is not the only Met looking to show management of improvements made since last season...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Zack Wheeler joins Hot Stove 00:02:39
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler talks injuries and rehab as he eyes a return to the Mets starting staff in 2017.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler threw another bullpen session on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, mixing curveballs in for the first time.

Wheeler could pitch in his first Grapefruit League game on March 8 against the Astros, manager Terry Collins said.

Wheeler threw about 20 pitches off a mound on Sunday for the first time since he felt some tenderness in his right elbow during a recent bullpen session.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said last Wednesday that the tenderness Wheeler felt during his bullpen session early last week was likely due to scar tissue, which remains from his Tommy John surgery...

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

When Jose Reyes doesn't start, the main options for the Mets at leadoff will be Asdrubal CabreraCurtis Granderson, and Neil Walker, manager Terry Collins said recently.

Reyes hit .267 with a .326 OBP and .443 SLG with eight HR, 13 doubles, four triples, and nine stolen bases in 60 games for the Mets last season.

He's expected to hit leadoff when he starts, but the Mets' starting infield from left to right as of now is expected to be David Wright, Cabrera, Walker, and Lucas Duda.

Granderson has had lots of experience hitting leadoff, but Collins is wary about moving him from the middle of the lineup...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker
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Wright discusses health, Reyes 00:05:03
Gary Apple and Nelson Figueroa catch up with David Wright to discuss his health, the 2017 team and playing with Jose Reyes again.

David Wright is expected to only DH - and not play in the field - this weekend when Mets begin their the Grapefruit League schedule, Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday at Tradition Field.

"He is making strides," Collins said, noting that Wright may not get time at third base until the middle of March. "He probably won't play a lot until we make sure his arm is right. ... We just don't want him overexposed where if he makes a bad throw all of a sudden it's a big story."

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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 21 00:02:35
MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone and SNY Mets analyst Nelson Figueroa discuss the day's events at Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The Mets continued workouts at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday...

The dynamic between David Wright and Jose Reyes has changed, as has their role on the Mets >> Read more

Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes, and Asdrubal Cabrera have been spending lots of time together at camp >> Read more...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Feb., 2017: David Wright and Jose Reyes taking infield at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone,
Feb., 2017: David Wright and Jose Reyes taking infield at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone,

The dynamic I see between David Wright and Jose Reyes is not what I remember from the old days. It has changed, just as I am sure they have changed as men.

In the early days of their relationship, they were the two young guys called up to Shea Stadium at roughly the same time. The team was built around them. They were always paired together in photo shoots, on magazine covers and on the same side of the field...

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Feb. 20, 2017: Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes talk between batting practice sessions during Spring Training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone,
Feb. 20, 2017: Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes talk between batting practice sessions during Spring Training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone,

The big-name players on the Mets are all spending way more time together on and off field than I recall seeing here in previous spring trainings. That said, Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes are close to inseparable.

They stretch together, they hit in the same groups, they eat together before and after practice, and they joke around in the field and at the cage. They're clearly doubling down on the friendship they began building last summer.

Hopefully, that escalation doesn't end in St. Lucie, but continues to grow and fuel the team's run production like it did during the second half in 2016...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • 3B David Wright will likely serve as a designated hitter initially during Grapefruit League games.
  • If RHP Jeurys Familia is suspended for his domestic violence incident, Collins is not worried about him keeping himself in shape during the time away from the team.
  • OF Jay Bruce will not take fly balls in center field during Spring Training.
  • The Mets have seen the potential of C Travis d'Arnaud, who is "extremely dangerous" when he's swigning well. "Everybody is allowed to have a bad year," Collins said about d'Arnaud's performance in 2016...
Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Rafael Montero, Travis d'Arnaud
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 (Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)
(Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent C Matt Wieters is close to signing what will likely be a two-year deal with the Nationals that contains an opt-out after the first year, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The deal will be worth $21 million, with $10 million paid in 2017, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Wieters, 30, hit .243 with a .302 OBP and .409 SLG with 17 HR and 66 RBI in 124 games last season for the Orioles.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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Reed on becoming Mets closer 00:04:28
Reliever Addison Reed joins Mets Hot Stove to discuss his outlook for the 2017 season.

In the event Jeurys Familia begins the season under suspension, Addison Reed will be the team's closer and Fernando Salas will be his set-up man, Terry Collins said Monday.

"As of today, he would be that guy, because he has done it before and he's been successful at it," Collins said of Reed, who had a 1.97 ERA and identical 1.97 FIP in 80 games last season.

He and the Mets avoided salary arbitration in December, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.75 million, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

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Feb. 21, 2017: The sun rises over Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie (Credit: Matthew Cerrone,
Feb. 21, 2017: The sun rises over Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie (Credit: Matthew Cerrone,

It was not photo day Tuesday morning. I wish I knew that, because I thought it was and got to Tradition Field at 6:55 am ET. No worries, though, since it was a great opportunity to watch the sunrise and catch the ballpark get started for the day...

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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 20 00:02:48
SNY's Steve Gelbs and Marc Carig of Newsday cover Monday at Mets camp, including Neil Walker rumors and a close look at Amed Rosario

The New York Mets seem comfortable together in spring training as they prepare for their first game on Friday. Team morale also seems high.

Contract discussions between second baseman Neil Walker and the Mets are "probably dead."

Shortstop Amed Rosario, one of the top prospects in baseball, said he has learned a great deal from Jose Reyes.

Manager Terry Collins said he sees upside in what Rosario and outfielder Michael Conforto, and also said Fernando Salas would step into the set-up role should Addison Reed become interim closer in the event Jeurys Familia is suspended under the MLB's domestic violence policy.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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Rosario shows off personality 00:03:56
Mets prospect Amed Rosario makes an impression and shows his personality to reporters while the Mets Talk Live crew discusses his potential.

New York Mets manager Terry Collins spoke to the media on Monday in Port St. Lucie, Florida, as the team readies for its first spring training game this Friday. 

  • He said Fernando Salas would become the Mets' eighth-inning set-up man "because he has done it before, because he has been successful at it" in the event closer Jeurys Familia is suspended under the MLB's domestic violence policy. 
  • He said he was looking forward to seeing how shortstop Amed Rosario, considered one of the top prospects in baseball, will play this spring.
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In the 10 years I've been coming to Tradition Field, I don't recall seeing so much smiling and laughing going on between the team's star players and the coaching staff.

It's nice to see. It's one of those things that - if the Mets go on to have a poor season and miss the playoffs - people will look back on and blame, saying they were too loose and not taking things seriously enough. Of course, if they steamroll the NL East and get back to the World Series, we'll look back and believe their success started in St. Lucie...

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Photo: Chris McShane
Photo: Chris McShane

Mets prospect Amed Rosario is thankful to have Jose Reyes guiding him as a mentor, the shortstop told reporters through an interpretar on Monday.

"Well I'm so thankful to God first, and then I'm so thankful that I have people like Jose," Rosario said from Tradition Field. "Jose doesn't just give me advice on the field. He really tells me how to carry myself as a person off the field. To always make the right choices, do the right thing. So that's a really great thing to have."

Rosario and Reyes spent time together in Binghamton last year as Reyes was making his way towards the majors. While Reyes appeared in only nine games for the Mets' Double-A affiliate, Rosario played in 54, hitting an impressive .341 with two home runs, 31 RBIs, and 14 doubles.

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Walker (20) watches Yoenis Cespedes in the batting cage at Tradition Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Walker (20) watches Yoenis Cespedes in the batting cage at Tradition Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Latest Update (Feb. 20)

1:25PM: The feeling from the Mets side is the Neil Walker contract extension discussions are probably dead, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

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Jose Reyes, David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes take batting practice at Tradition Field in 2017 (Credit: Matthew Cerrone,
Jose Reyes, David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes take batting practice at Tradition Field in 2017 (Credit: Matthew Cerrone,

In his talk with the team before stretching on Sunday, Terry Collins essentially told the team that last year was an anomaly because of the injuries. He said he's proud of how they fought through adversity, but this year will be different...

In short, because I was down wind and roughly 40 feet away from where he was standing, I heard him say they will be healthy and strong and continue what they started in 2015.

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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 19 00:02:12
MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone and SNY Mets analyst Nelson Figueroa discuss the day's events at camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The Mets and Neil Walker are close to agreeing to a contract extension that could pay him roughly $40 million over three years >> Read more

David Wright threw a baseball on Sunday for the first time since having season-ending neck surgery last June >> Read more

Zack Wheeler, who dealt with elbow tenderness last week, returned to the mound on Sunday >> Read more

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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...

Tags: David Wright, Jose Reyes, Matthew Cerrone
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Sandy Alderson: Mets are all in 00:01:28
New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson says that the team is "all in" to win a World Series in 2017, and is willing to add payroll to do so.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Sunday and credited ownership for the current payroll being as high as it is now and said the team can raise the payroll, if necessary, despite still having OF Jay Bruce on the roster.

There are currently no ongoing trade discussions at the moment, Alderson said, and that the team is preparing to enter the season with current players and make adjustments from there. He said the best possibilty is to have six outfielders hitting .400 in Spring Training

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Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Collins said in his speech to the team before Sunday's first official full-team workout of the season he told the players that they better have "swagger" and need to act like they will win in 2017, adding that he is confident the Mets will be playing in October.

Collins told reporters that players are entering camp knowing what they were still able to accomplish last year by rising up when many of the starting pitchers suffered injuries.

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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper reacts after a called third strike in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the 2016 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper reacts after a called third strike in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the 2016 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

In January, Nationals OF Bryce Harper posted a video of himself and his brother, Bryan, singing in excitement for Ohio State's College Football Playoff game against Clemson.

Barstool Sports shared it on their Instagram account, where Syndergaard responded in the comment section, calling Harper a "douche."

When Harper was asked about comment over the weekend at Nationals camp, the outfielder didn't exactly laugh off the incident. 

"I don't know, Syndergaard does what he does and the Mets do what they do," Harper told reporters, according to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. "So we are going to worry about what we do in our clubhouse and do everything we can do win ballgames and hopefully have a better record than any team in Major League Baseball." 

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Less than a year and a half ago, 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'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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Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of the catchers gear of New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (not pictured) on the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of the catchers gear of New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (not pictured) on the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Yoenis Cespedes told reporters that the Mets have a "great chance" to win the World Series in 2017 if the team stays healthy. He also said he feels calmer knowing that he landed a four-year contract extension with the Mets. Read more here

Metsblog's Matthew Cerrone captured photos of Matt HarveyNoah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, and Terry Collins signing autographs at the end of Saturday's practice. Harvey seemed to draw a larger crowd than Syndergaard, but all of them drew fans. See pictures and read more here


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Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Terry Collins spent a good chunk of time at the end of today's practice signing autographs for Mets fans...

It was quite a frenzy, especially considering Harvey and Syndergaard were signing at the same time. And, I have to say, though people were going pretty crazy to get to Syndergaard, I actually think Harvey created a bigger buzz...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler
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