Mets RHP Bartolo Colon would be 'delighted' to return to the team in 2017, he recently said through an interpreter, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

"If they gave me the opportunity, I would be delighted to come back," Colon said.

He also mentioned that it would be meaningful for him to break Juan Marichal's record for Major League wins for a Dominican-born pitcher and/or Dennis Martinez' wins record for Latin American-born pitchers.

Martinez had 245 career wins, Marichal had 243, and Colon has 230.

"I know it's not something that's going to happen this year," Colon said. "But, yeah, if I caught up to either of those, it would be very meaningful. ... Any record I can break, that means a lot to me. I think, first, I'm more just chasing myself and pushing myself to do better."

Colon, 43, has posted a 3.35 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 158 2/3 innings (27 starts, one relief appearance) this season.

He is eligible for free agency after the season.

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New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will begin practicing in the outfield in an effort to add to his versatility and find ways to be in the lineup.

"It's not like I'm going to be out there a lot," Flores said, according to Newsday's David Lennon. "Just as an option. I don't want to sit on the bench. I want to play."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores
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It's weird how much of an afterthought the team's starting pitchers have become, even though we all say over and over again that they are the key to the season.

In previous spring trainings, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz would have drawn significant attention from Mets fans and photographers in camp had they been throwing together. However, their interaction and work together Monday went mostly unnoticed.

It's nice that it's pure baseball. No fanfare. Just business as usual for these guys. If I had to bet, I think they like it this way, too.

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Sights and Sounds: Monday 00:00:57
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Monday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Monday's workout at Mets spring training in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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Feb. 19, 2018: General view of FirstData Field infield practice. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY
Feb. 19, 2018: General view of FirstData Field infield practice. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY

Todd Frazier is apparently always Todd Frazier. By that, I mean, he's always acting as advertised, which was a veteran player that is happy, smiling, cheering guys on, helping people out, taking pictures with fans, and chatting up coaches... and he was doing this even on his first full day in camp.

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 (Shanna Lockwood)
(Shanna Lockwood)

Major League Baseball continues to implement new rules to increase the pace-of-play, so the game can move at a more steady pace. While the pitch clock and batter having to keep one foot in the batter's box have aided in speeding the game up, the MLB has now issued a mandate limiting the amount of mound visits for each team. 

Mound visits will be capped at six per game. The definition of a mound visit was specified by the MLB in an official announcement. 

"A manager or coach trip to the mound to meet with the pitcher shall constitute a visit," the statement read. "A player leaving his position to confer with the pitching, inlcuding a pitcher leaving the mound to confer with another player, shall also constitute a mound visit, regardless of where the visit occurs or the length of the visit..."

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Cespedes talks MVP goal 00:02:04
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes meets the media in Port St. Lucie, and talks about his goal of an MVP season in 2018.

Mets LF Yoenis Cespedes comes into the new season hoping that he can stay healthy after a tumultous season last year. 

Plagued by injuries, Cespedes saw only 81 of the 162 games last season. The Mets rely on his power bat in the lineup, and just when they though he would stay on the field for a long stretch, he was back on the IR. 

This offseason, he decided to shake up his normal training regimen, and focus on durability. Running more and even yoga has allowed him to become more flexible, which he hopes will result in staying loose all season.

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mickey Callaway addressed his team before the first full-squad practice at Port St. Lucie on Monday, and the team's expectations for the season were the main takeaways.

Every team has aspirations to make the postseason and World Series when the new year begins. And though that is an obvious goal, Callaway wants the team to focus on getting better each day, and setting their own expectations.

Turning those expectations into results is the main goal...

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (38) throws to first base during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (38) throws to first base during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Matt Harvey
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 (Jay Biggerstaff)
(Jay Biggerstaff)

The signing of veteran lefty Jason Vargas prompted GM Sandy Alderson to say the team is "pretty much where we want to be." But the signing has left some on the Mets' pitching staff wondering where they stand within the rotation. 

The Mets have always been looking for another starter this offseason, and Vargas doesn't only fill that void, but he brings with him veteran knowledge and leadership to a young talented group of pitchers in the starting rotation.

"Not only do we have another guy that can go out there and pitch effectively, we've deepened our team," manager Mickey Callaway noted. "We've added to our depth and probably strengthened our bullpen in a role. He brings a lot not just to the dynamic of our team, but team leadership."

Tags: Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler
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Feb. 19. 2018: Tim Tebow talks to New York media. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY
Feb. 19. 2018: Tim Tebow talks to New York media. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY

In 11 years experiencing Mets spring training, I have never seen dozens of human beings react to another person the way people reacted to Tim Tebow on Sunday. And, though I don't believe he'll ever see a pitch in the Major Leagues, I like that he's in big-league camp because I think just as much can be gained from his personality, positivity, and passion as can be gained from him as a player. 

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks during a press conference at CitiField in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, with Yoenis Cespedes after Cespedes signed a $75 million three-year contract with the team. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks during a press conference at CitiField in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, with Yoenis Cespedes after Cespedes signed a $75 million three-year contract with the team. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the team likely won't make another move in free agency after New York signed LHP Jason Vargas on Friday.

"With Jason's signing," Alderson said on Sunday, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, "we're pretty much where we want to be. … I would be surprised, if not shocked, if somebody else walks into this clubhouse."

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Sights and Sounds: Sunday 00:01:02
SNY.tv has the sights and sounds of Sunday's Mets workout in Port St. Lucie, with Syndergaard, Matz and more throwing live BP sessions.

SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Sunday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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

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Sights and Sounds: Tebow 00:01:02
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Tim Tebow's first workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said on Sunday that he expects Tim Tebow to play in the major leagues.

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Sep 21, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargas (51) delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Sep 21, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargas (51) delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

The Mets introduced RHP Jason Vargas in Port St. Lucie on Sunday and moved INF TJ Rivera to the 60-day DL.

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Sights and Sounds: Frazier 00:00:39
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Saturday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Saturday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

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MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone and SNY's Andy Martino wrap up the day on Spring Training Live.

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Feb. 17, 2018: General photo from grass of Field 7 at FirstData Field in St. Lucie (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)
Feb. 17, 2018: General photo from grass of Field 7 at FirstData Field in St. Lucie (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)

It was great to see Michael Conforto on the field, throwing, catching, laughing and again looking like a baseball player. In general, he appears to be less strong, but that is to be expected given the intense surgery he had on his shoulder as well as the extensive rehab that followed.

That said, he's moving fine. He did all stretches with teammates before long tossing from the foul line to center field and had no issues catching the baseball. He didn't hit, of course, but that will come...

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher AJ Ramos (44) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher AJ Ramos (44) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

In the wake of the Mets signing LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal, RHP Zack Wheeler said his focus remains on being a starting pitcher. He expressed that focus with few words.

But Wheeler regrets being so brief with his answers and understands why that might have been construed as anger, but says that any addition to the team is good.

"I shouldn't have been short about it," Wheeler said. "Anybody who comes and helps out or team is always a plus. ... I barely pitched in two and a half years. I totally understand it."

Tags: Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mickey Callaway hasn't been around David Wright all that much yet, but such an impression has been made on the new manager that he wants Wright around the team as much as his rehab will permit. 

Wright has been limited to just 75 games in the last three years due to injuries, missing all of 2017, and is fighting an uphill battle to ever take another MLB at-bat. But Callaway already knows that Wright's value goes far beyond the batter's box as his leadership is invaluable.

"Everybody knows who David Wright is and the leader that he is," Callaway said...

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David Wright injury update 00:02:01
New York Mets captain David Wright meets the media in Port St. Lucie and updates his health status and rehab as he attempts to play again.

Mets 3B David Wright is realistic about the uphill climb ahead of him, but is not giving up on his goal to return.

"When it's all said and done I want me to be able to say I did everything I could," Wright said Saturday morning in Port St. Lucie. "If it works, that's obviously the goal. And if it doesn't work, then I'll rest easy knowing that I gave it my best shot."

Wright said he's still in the rehab process, and that he's been in constant communication with his doctors about determining the progression.

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Off-the-field news carried the day, and plenty of other stuff happened at Spring Training. Here's what went down, in case you missed it...


The Mets signed LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal. He will have a spot in the rotation, meaning there is an open competition for the two remaining spots. >> Read more

In light of Vargas signing, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said a six-man rotation is not likely. >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Zack Wheeler
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Sights and Sounds: Friday 00:01:02
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Friday's Mets workout in Port St. Lucie, with up-close looks at Amed Rosario and Adrian Gonzalez.

SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Friday's Mets workout in Port St. Lucie, with up-close looks at Amed Rosario and Adrian Gonzalez.

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This afternoon on Field 7, Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith, Luis Guillorme, and Amed Rosario took infield together on the same dirt for the first time. And, on Day 1, they already look in sync, smooth, and more sound than any infield I have watched in these uniforms during the last decade...

I love watching sharp, quick and snappy infield practice. Done right, as it was today by the above foursome, there's barely any talking. It's just speed and constant activity swirling in and around itself, similar to a basketball shoot-around, all functioning like clockwork...

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

With the acquisition of Todd Frazier, the Mets' contingent of position players is largely settled. But some questions remain, including one that has plagued the team for several seasons now: who will lead off?

On Friday, new Mets hitting coach Pat Roessler mentioned Frazier, Brandon Nimmo, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Jose Reyes as potential leadoff candidates. And there should be even more candidates than the above. So, who should it be?

The classic "old school" leadoff man is whoever is fastest -- who will steal the most bases? Of the Mets' projected starters, clearly Amed Rosario fits that mold best. He is projected to steal anywhere from 15-to-25 bases in 2018, and his raw speed is clearly elite...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Maggie Wiggin
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MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone and Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com wrap up the day on Spring Training Live.

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Tim Tebow is shown, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback practiced at the New York Mets' complex during his second workout as part of their instructional league team. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
Tim Tebow is shown, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback practiced at the New York Mets' complex during his second workout as part of their instructional league team. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

The Mets would "love" to have minor league OF Tim Tebow open the season with Double-A Binghamton if he performs well during Spring Training, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

The 30-year-old Tebow received an invite to major league Spring Training earlier this offseason.

He joined the Mets organization in 2016, and played 126 combined games with Low-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie last season, hitting .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs, 52 RBI, and 126 strikeouts...

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New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, left, talks with pitching coach Dave Eiland during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, left, talks with pitching coach Dave Eiland during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

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

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 (Nathan Denette/AP)
(Nathan Denette/AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway couldn't officially comment on Friday on the Mets' two-year deal with LHP Jason Vargas since the deal is pending a physical. But he discussed what Vargas would bring to the table.

"I don't think you can have too much pitching," Callaway said. "In our case, that would be wonderful. ... He can pitch. He's a guy that goes out there, does his job. Tremendous teammate, and he gave us some fits when we were facing him in Cleveland."

Regarding the potential of the Mets using a six-man rotation, Callaway made it sound like that was unlikely...

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BNNY: Mets sign Jason Vargas 00:04:14
Anthony DiComo and Steve Gelbs join BNNY from Port St. Lucie to discuss the Mets giving Jason Vargas a two-year, $16 million deal.

The Mets have signed free agent LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal. The deal is worth $16 million over two years, and contains a third-year option, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. It also contains incentives based on innings pitched that can be worth up to $1.5 million each season, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

The Mets had maintained "solid interest" in signing Vargas, who pitched under new pitcing coach Dave Eiland last season with the Royals, Mike Puma of the NY Post reported on Thursday.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With the uncertainty surrounding Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler -- who all dealt with serious injury issues and ineffectiveness last season -- the Mets badly needed to add some stability to their starting rotation. And with Vargas, they've done it...

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Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets 1B Adrian Gonzalez said the back injury that ended his 2017 season prematurely has not been an issue this offseason, and that he has a "good grasp" on how to take care of it throughout this season.

Gonzalez, who said he switched his workout routine this offseason to focus more on physical therapy and pilates, believes he can be the hitter he was a few seasons ago.

"Absolutely," he said. "Last year, it's kind of like a crossout year for me."

Tags: Dominic Smith, Danny Abriano
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Todd Frazier poses at Citi Field following his official introduction by the Mets. (AP)
Todd Frazier poses at Citi Field following his official introduction by the Mets. (AP)

Newly-signed Mets third baseman Todd Frazier arrived at New York's spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, with a message: "It's baseball time."

Frazier, who last week signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Mets, said he was happy to return close to his New Jersey hometown and enjoyed getting back into the swing of things with a new season.

"Good to be down here in sunny Florida, meeting some new guys and talking shop," Frazier said. "It's baseball time, so it's good. That lingo coming back, meeting the new coaching staff and players, it's good."

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Gelbs sits down with Nimmo 00:04:15
Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo took a break from Spring Training to talk with SNY's Steve Gelbs about his preparation for the 2018 season.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo took a break from Spring Training to talk with SNY's Steve Gelbs about his preparation for the 2018 season.


New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Technically speaking, Jay Bruce is a new addition to the Mets. But he doesn't feel that way.

Of course, the slugger was with the Mets until August of last season when he was traded to the Indians. He had been with the Mets since August of the prior season when he came to the team a trade from the Reds. Now, having arrived in Port St. Lucie for spring training, Bruce says it feels comfortable to be back-- like he never left.

"It was very, very comfortable," Bruce said. "It was honestly like I never left. Obviously, I went and had a lot of fun and had some great experiences over in Cleveland, but I'm back here now and hopefully here for the long haul..."

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What team will Vargas sign with? 00:05:21
In the wake of the Jaime Garcia and Andrew Cashner signings, the Baseball Night in NY panel talks possible landing spots for Jason Vargas.

The Mets have "solid interest" in signing free agent LHP Jason Vargas, who pitched under new pitcing coach Dave Eiland last season with the Royals, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post, who said the team also had interest in LHP Jaime Garcia.

However, the 31-year-old Garcia signed with the Blue Jays late Thursday afternoon on a one-year deal worth $8 million.

Vargas, 35, remains on the board. He had a 4.16 ERA (4.67 FIP) and 1.33 WHIP with 134 strikeouts in 179.2 innings (32 starts) in 2017.

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Feb., 2018: Mickey Callaway glares back at a bullpen session at FirstData Field (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)
Feb., 2018: Mickey Callaway glares back at a bullpen session at FirstData Field (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)

New manager Mickey Callaway looks like he can still pitch in a big-league game. I say this not because I have seen him throw a baseball, but because he looks the part.

He stands like a player. He's built like a veteran player. He spits like a player. And, he clearly walks and talks like a wise, veteran player -- and that is how his players look at him...

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

SNY's Steve Gelbs and Matt Ehalt of The Record wrap up the day on Spring Training Live.

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Sights and Sounds: Thursday 00:01:00
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Thursday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Thursday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

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Callaway and Harvey on 2018 00:06:48
On Baseball Night in New York, Matt Harvey discusses his expectations for himself coming off a disappointing 2017 season.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey, who dealt with serious injury issues in 2016 and 2017, is aiming to again be the dominant pitcher he was in 2013 and 2015. 

"Going in to this year, I strive to be better than I was before," Harvey said on Thursday morning while speaking for the first time since last season. "There's no reason why I can't. I'm still 28, 29 years old. There's a lot left in the tank. I'm ready to go, I'm excited. The ball is coming out better than it has in a long time. I'm just excited."

Harvey returned from Thoracic Outlet surgery last season, and also dealt with an injury to his scapula that kept him out of action from June 15 to Sept. 2. And Harvey said he might have tried to do too much too soon...

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard reiterated on Thursday that he had a "very different lifting method" this offseason in an effort to be more lean than last season -- when added muscle perhaps contributed to the lat injury that kept him out for most of the year.

"Overall, body feels great," Syndergaard said. "Feels lean, explosive."

Syndergaard also discussed new manager Mickey Callaway, and more...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard
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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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

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Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard
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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday morning that RHP Matt Harvey can break the bad mechanical habits that pitching coach Dave Eiland said he got into last season.

"He can definitely fix it," Callaway said. "And a lot of it is confidence, and the ability to go out there and throw the ball where you want to. One of the things that comes along with the issues that he was having physically, is the feel of the baseball. And when you can't feel the baseball the right way, and don't trust that it's gonna go where you want, then you become a more mechanical person, and not be the athlete that you wan't to be. He can definitely fix those bad habits for sure."

Harvey, who returned from Thoracic Outlet surgery last season, couldn't feel his fingers at times in 2016 before the surgery. And was not 100 percent back physically while pitching last season...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Danny Abriano
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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (38) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (38) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RH reliever Anthony Swarzak, who was born and raised in Broward County, FL -- where Wednesday's mass shooting took the lives of 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School -- discussed the shooting on Thursday morning. Swarzak's sister and cousins attended the school where the shooting happened, and his cousins still live in the area.

"I just started making phone calls to friends in the area," Swarzak said. "I grew up with some people that are baseball coaches down there. They know a lot of those Stoneman Douglas kids. From what I heard, all the baseball team is accounted for down there. That's not the case for some of the coaches and stuff, but, it's a time to reflect and to hopefully grow as a community. And try to get better at, just loving eachother."

"I played against that school growing up," Swarzak continued. "My sister went to that school, I have two cousins that graduated from that school. My heart -- it aches for those families, for all of Broward county, for all the United States.This is a sad time that we're living in. We all have to find a way to rise above it. Love conquers all. It really does. And it's a really sad thing."

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May 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Matt den Dekker (21) rounds third base against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)
May 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Matt den Dekker (21) rounds third base against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports (Geoff Burke)

The Mets have signed OF Matt den Dekker to a minor league deal that contains an invite to big league Spring Training, the team announced Thursday.

The 30-year-old den Dekker, who plays all three outfield positions, appeared in four games last season for the Tigers after spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Nationals. He began his career with the Mets, playing for them in 2013 and 2014.

He has hit .234/.316/.354 with seven HR in 158 games during his five-year career.

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Apr 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout during the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Noah Syndergaard took time out of his Spring Training routine to wish a Happy Valentine's Day to a very special person: Mrs. Met.

The Mets' right-hander and Mr. Met have sparred over Twitter for more than a year, including last Valentine's Day when Syndergaard made a veiled reference that he would be spending the day with the team's 56-year-old mascot's better half.

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Forecasting Rosario's future 00:02:58
The Baseball Night in NY panel discusses Mickey Callaway's comparison of Amed Rosario to Cleveland's All-Star shortstop, Francisco Lindor.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said SS Amed Rosario's talent is "right on par" with Francisco Lindor's, who was on the 2015-17 Indians teams while Callaway served as pitching coach.

The 24-year-old Lindor is a career .293/.349/.474 hitter with the Indians, and has been a plus defender at shortstop all three seasons.

"I've gotten to see a lot (of Rosario)," Callaway said Wednesday. "Unbelievable athlete. I think, obviously, right on par with (Francisco) Lindor. Extreme athletes can move around really well -- go left, right, good arm. He has all the tools."

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Sights and Sounds: Wednesday 00:01:00
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Wednesday's Mets workout in Port St. Lucie, with up-close looks at Syndergaard, Matz and more.

SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Wednesday's Mets workout in Port St. Lucie, with up close looks at Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and more.

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Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Saying he's "never been around a collection of talent" like the pitching talent the Mets have, new pitching coach Dave Eiland was specifically asked on Wednesday about Matt Harvey, who he said got in some bad habits mechanically last season.

"Well, mechanically, I'll be honest with you," Eiland said. "It looks to me like he got in some bad habits, simply because he had some injuries. And he was probably doing something -- it looks to me like he was doing something with his lower half, to help his upper half -- which is his arm. So he got in some bad habits. He's aware of it. We've talked about it. We've looked at film."

The 28-year-old Harvey had a 6.70 ERA and 1.69 WHIP with just 67 strikeouts in 97.2 innings last season as he returned from Thoracic Outlet surgery. He also dealt with an injury to his scapula that kept him out of action from June 15 to Sept. 2. 

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