Bartolo Colon is no ace, but he is a very strong value signing for the Mets.

The 40-year old Colon -- the 2005 Cy Young Award winner -- is round, surprisingly effective and hit the free agent market at exactly the right time. He has taken a unique path to this point. He earned his first All-Star game appearance with Cleveland in 1998, but won his first and only Cy Young Award seven years -- and five teams -- later.

After shoulder pain from a torn rotator cuff and damage to ligaments and tendons cut short his 2009 season, he had an experimental (and controversial) surgery with in which stem cells from his hip were inserted into his shoulder in March of 2010 and followed by platelet-rich plasma therapy. He missed the entire 2010 season.

The Yankees took a chance on him in 2011. After an effective year in the Bronx, he headed to Oakland in 2012 for $2 million, only to draw a 50-game ban for testing positive for testosterone. Then in 2013, he put together one of the best years of his career.

Why is his timing so good? In 2013, Colon posted a career-best 2.65 ERA in 190 1/3 innings of work for Oakland. He was very close to the same pitcher he was in 2012 for the A's when he ran a 3.43 ERA in 152 1/3 innings, but he got lucky in two key areas: he stranded runners at an abnormally high rate, and fewer fly balls turned into home runs than in the year before. Colon's FIP - Fielding Independent Pitching (which is scaled to ERA based heavily on strikeout and walk rates and normalizes batted ball events and timing) - dropped, but less dramatically so, from 3.82 in 2012 to 3.23 in 2013.

Here are Colon's key rate stats since his 2011 comeback.

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;ERA;FIP;IP;K%;BB%;LOB%;HR/FB

2011;4.00;3.83;164.1;19.5;5.8;70.0;11.4

2012;3.43;3.82;152.1;14.3;3.6;76.3;9.1

2013;2.65;3.23;190.1;15.2;3.8;80.0;6.0

MLB AVG;3.87;3.87;;19.9;7.9;73.5;10.5

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Note that Colon's strikeout rate and walk rate have both declined in the last three seasons. In fact, his walk rate is now half of the Major league average, which is excellent. Also note that his left on base percentage (LOB%), which has more to do with luck than skill, has bounced around (as it should), peaking in 2013. That high LOB%, combined with his lowest HR/FB% since his return, helped produce Colon's pretty, sub-3 ERA in 2013.

Colon's LOB% of 80.0%  was high - 8th in baseball in 2013 - but not off the charts. In theory, higher strikeout pitchers will tend to have higher strand rates because they can pitch for the strikeout with men on base if they need to. In fact, Colon's strikeout rate (as measured on a per inning basis) was the lowest of any pitcher in the top 10 in strand rate in 2013.

Home run to flyball ratio is particularly important to Colon because he is an extreme fly-ball pitcher. In 2013, his groundball percentage (the opposite of fly balls) was 41.5%, 22nd in baseball. The fact that Colon was well, lucky, in 2013 and missed a few weeks with a groin strain, does not mean he cannot be an effective pitcher in the next two years.

In 2013, Colon led Major League baseball, among all pitchers who threw enough to qualify for an ERA title, in fastball usage percentage at 85.5% according to Fangraphs. In fact, he was the only pitcher above Justin Masterson at 73.3%. However, that camoflages the fact that Colon has two different fastballs: a fourseamer that averaged 92.9 mph that he threw 32% of the time and a sinker that averaged 90 mph that he threw 52% of the time per Brooks Baseball. His slider, at 11%, is his primary breaking ball and he throws a changeup about 5% of the time.

Colon is old, heavy, and unusual, but he represents good value for the Mets.

First, examine all of the free agent contracts that pitchers and teams have signed so far this offseason. This list comes from MLB Trade Rumors. Tim Lincecum never hit free agency, but his two year, $35 million deal with the Giants sure seems like a free agent-level contract from here, so we're going to include him.

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;Years;Total;AAV;3 Yr bWAR;2014 Age

Hiroki Kuroda;1;16;16;12.7;39

Bartolo Colon;2;20;10;9.8;40

Jason Vargas;4;32;8;5.8;31

Tim Hudson;2;23;11.5;5.6;38

Josh Johnson;1;8;8;4.6;30

Ricky Nolasco;4;49;12.25;4.3;31

Dan Haren;1;10;10;3.8;33

Ryan Vogelsong;1;5;5;3.2;36

Felipe Paulino;1;1.75;1.75;2.3;30

Scott Feldman;3;30;10;2.2;31

Tim Lincecum;2;35;17.5;1.9;29

Phil Hughes;3;24;8;1.1;28

Scott Kazmir;2;22;11;0.8;30

Edinson Volquez;1;5;5;-2.8;30

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In the last three years, Colon has been the second-best pitcher of this group by Baseball Reference's Wins Above Replacement and it's not really close. Hiroki Kuroda bests Colon by almost three full wins, while Colon is four wins better than Jason Vargas, who is third on the list. By average annual value, Colon's $10 million contract is part of a three-way tie for seventh-highest in the group. By total value, it is eighth.

Now, lets look forward. For all of the free agent pitchers, I added up their RA9-WAR projections for the years covered by their latest contract, according to the Oliver model hosted at Fangraphs. Now we can construct a rough estimate of the value of each contract as measured by $ per projected win. I applied a major fudge: Oliver projects Colon to be worth 2.6 wins in 2014. However, he is the only pitcher for whom there is no win projection for 2015 and beyond. For 2014, Oliver projects 190+ innings of baseball with an ERA just under four. That seems high on the innings front for Colon for the following year, when he would be 42 in 2015. To be very conservative, I slapped in a win value of 1 in 2015. This lines up with Dan Szymborski's ZiPs which projects Colon for 3.6 wins over the next two years.

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;2014;2015;2016;2017;Total;Avg;$/win

Hiroki Kuroda;3.4;;;;3.4;3.4;4.7

Scott Feldman;2.2;2.1;2;;6.3;2.1;4.8

Jason Vargas;2;1.5;1.3;1;5.8;1.5;5.5

Bartolo Colon;2.6;1;;;3.6;1.8;5.6

Tim Hudson;2.3;1.5;;;3.8;1.9;6.1

Dan Haren;1.3;;;;1.3;1.3;7.7

Josh Johnson;1;;;;1;1.0;8.0

Phil Hughes;1.1;1;0.8;;2.9;1.0;8.3

Ricky Nolasco;2.3;1.5;1.1;0.9;5.8;1.5;8.4

Felipe Paulino;0.2;;;;0.2;0.2;8.8

Ryan Vogelsong;0.5;;;;0.5;0.5;10.0

Scott Kazmir;0.9;0.9;;;1.8;0.9;12.2

Tim Lincecum;0.9;0.5;;;1.4;0.7;25.0

Edinson Volquez;0;;;;0;0.0;#DIV/0!

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By this metric, Colon's contract is the fourth-best among starting pitchers by projected $/win so far. And there are major caveats with the three ahead of him. Kuroda's deal is only for one year. Meanwhile, Scott Feldman (3/$30) and Jason Vargas (4/$32) each signed deals worth at least $10 million more than Colon's for one or two more years. It does not take much optimistic tweaking beyond flipping the estimate on 2015 from one win to two wins to make Colon's deal the top in terms of projected $/wins.

Lets step back and look at Colon's bWAR totals from the last three years: '11 - 2.1, '12 - 2.7, '13 - 5.0. Which of these things does not look like the other? The beauty of this deal for the Mets is that it does not suppose that Colon be as good or as fortunate as he was in 2013 to provide good value. Instead, he has to pitch at his more established level in 2011 and 2012.

According to Baseball Reference, there are 49 seasons in the expansion era of a pitcher earning 2.0 bWAR or better after age 41, and 30 of 2.5 bWAR or better. This is a remarkable group. The list includes knuckleballers (Phil Niekro, Charlie Hough and Tim Wakefield), spitballers (Gaylord Perry) and all-time greats (Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, Warren Spahn and Mariano Rivera), but it also includes more ordinary pitchers like David Wells and Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez and Jamie Moyer. Pitching success at age 41 and 42 is unusual, but so is success at 40, which Colon now has on his resume.

The Mets need for Colon to be healthy and effective at the start of 2014. If he needs a few weeks on the disabled list by the heat of summer for a muscle strain, so be it. In theory, both Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard will make their rotation debuts for the Mets in 2014. By 2015, Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner will have successfully rehabbed their Tommy John surgeries.

Colon has been very effective recently, and has followed a wildly unusual career arc which, combined with his age - 41 in 2014 - makes projecting his next two years a little more shaky than usual. Still, the commitment the Mets made to Colon in years and total dollars is less than other teams were making to lesser pitchers this winter. This has the potential to be a very shrewd signing.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Flexen pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Chris Flexen pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets have lost eight of their last nine games to fall to 16 games under .500.

What's Next

Chris Flexen (2-2, 6.55) and the Mets play the third game of a four-game series at Citi Field against Zack Godley (5-6, 3.13 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m.

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Wright on return to the field 00:04:47
David Wright discusses his return to the field as he began a rehab assignment as the designated hitter for St. Lucie on Tuesday.

Mets third baseman David Wright reached base on an error and struck out twice with High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday in his first appearance since May 2016.

"Still quite a bit to go to get to where I want to be, but certainly a good first step," Wright said after the game. "Any time you get a chance to step between the white lines to play some baseball, get some at-bats, it was a lot of fun."

Wright, who could possibly return to the majors as a pinch hitter at some point this season, according to manager Terry Collins, went 0-for-4 in St. Lucie's loss to the Charlotte Stone Crabs. 

"I've said from Day 1 that my goal would be certainly to make it back to the big club this season," Wright said, "but at this point, [I'm] just looking for baby steps for my health and looking to get better and better."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:09
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 7-4 loss to the D-backs at Citi Field on Tuesday night.

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

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

1) Tommy Milone allowed a pair of homers, including a three-run shot to J.D. Martinez in the first, and was charged with six runs -- five earned -- in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander surrendered five hits, a walk and struck out five in his first start since May 21.

2) Amed Rosario hit a solo homer and tripled in another run in the ninth. His first Major League error allowed the Diamondbacks to take a 4-0 lead in the third.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets RHP Jeurys Familia threw a 1-2-3 scoreless inning with Short-Season-A Brooklyn on Tuesday in his third rehab outing since undergoing surgery to repair a blood clot in his shoulder.

The Mets are hopeful Familia, who is also set to pitch Wednesday for the Cyclones, can return to the majors by this weekend, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma, since he went on the disabled list in May.

Familia threw seven of 10 pitches for strikes, inducing a flyout, groundout and popout in a perfect fifth inning. He totaled four strikeouts, one hit and two walks in two innings in his other two rehab outings.

The 27-year-old Familia, who was suspended 15 games at the beginning of the season under MLB's domestic violence policy, had a 3.86 ERA, three saves, one blown save and one hold in 9 1/3 innings across 11 appearances in the majors this season.

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(Joe Nicholson)

Mets OF Michael Conforto, who was originally in Tuesday night's lineup batting leadoff and playing right field, has been scratched due to a thumb issue.

He said the thumb is a little sore and that he alerted the team last night and treated it with ice.

Conforto had the thumb examined by a doctor on Tuesday, with the doctor noting that everything looked okay with the thumb and saying it was an issue of overuse that resulted in inflammation, Conforto said.

The team also had Conforto take an X-ray, where "everything looked good," said Conforto, who added that he doesn't believe he's going for any more tests on the thumb.

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The Daily News Live crew breaks down David Wright's return to the diamond tonight as he begins a rehab assignment for St. Lucie.

David Wright is serving as the DH for High-A St. Lucie on Tuesday night.

Click below to see his at-bats!

The 34-year-old Wright has been hitting and throwing in St. Lucie, Mets manager Terry Collins said on Tuesday, adding that there is a scenario where Wright returns to the Mets this season as a viable infielder but also one where he returns and is only available as a pinch-hitter.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (lat) will throw live batting practice on Wednesday, manager Terry Collins said.

GM Sandy Alderson said on Monday Syndergaard is making progress but that rehab starts had not yet been planned.

"He's on track, but we're being careful with any rehab assignment, so that's still not currently scheduled," Alderson said on Monday morning, according to Newsday. "but we're making good progress."

Syndergaard threw off a mound last week for the first time since being placed on the DL with a torn lat in April.

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Harvey makes third rehab start 00:00:19
Matt Harvey makes his first start with the Mets AA affiliate, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, as he attempts to rejoin the Mets.

The Mets are projecting an early-September return for RHP Matt Harvey, manager Terry Collins said on Tuesday, adding that the team wants him to throw 80-to-85 pitches during his next rehab start.

Harvey (scapula) allowed two runs on four hits in three innings for Double-A Binghamton on Monday in his third rehab start.

His fastball during the start ranged from 89 to 93 MPH, and his breaking ball did not look very good, a scout told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The same scout added that Harvey seemed to be struggling with his release point.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv: 

The season-ending ulnar nerve surgery Steven Matz will have on his pitching elbow is the same type of surgery Jacob deGrom underwent last Sept. 20.

During the surgery, Matz' ulnar nerve will be moved in order to relieve discomfort. He has been pitching through significant pain at times season, reported Marc Carig of Newsday, who said Matz insisted on pitching through it even though his elbow was swelling up and he had to shorten bullpen sessions and skip others entirely.

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SNY's Steve Gelbs and Marc Carig of Newsday were live from the Citi Pavilion today providing the latest updates on the Mets and answering questions from fans.

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(Jake Roth)

Wilmer Flores seems to have been a Met for a very long time. Since debuting in 2013, he has amassed over 1,500 plate appearances while playing no fewer than 50 games in each of the four infield spots. Along the way, he has collected 54 home runs, 192 RBI, and one dramatic last-minute reprieve from a trade to the Brewers. No wonder it's so easy to forget that he's still just 26 years old.

Despite moving through the Mets system on the strength of his bat, Flores didn't get off to a hot start in the majors, putting up a paltry .675 OPS from 2013-15. But over the past two seasons, coinciding with the end of his experimental shortstop run, he has put together a .272/.318/.478 slash line -- not a dominant offensive performance, but above league average and the kind of line that keeps a hitter in a lineup on a regular basis. It's fairly similar to the numbers Wil Myers has put up in San Diego over the same time period, although Flores has fewer plate appearances.

Flores has seen significant handedness splits over the course of his career, with an .830 OPS against lefties and a .686 OPS against righties. As a result, he has been used largely in a platoon role. But this season, he is showing something new.

Flores' OPS against lefties is almost identical to his career split, but he has made great strides against righties - a .789 OPS along with nine of his 15 home runs. While he is still a dependable hitter against left-handed pitching, he no longer appears to be a liability against right-handers, which would be a big step forward in his development...

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Collins on Matz's injury 00:05:11
Steve Gelbs sits down with Terry Collins to discuss Steven Matz's anticipated trip to the DL and Amed Rosario's performance recently.

Mets LHP Steven Matz has been placed on the disabled list and will undergo ulnar nerve surgery on his elbow, the team announced Tuesday.

RHP Kevin McGowan has been called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Matz on the roster.

MRI and CT scans on Monday led to a diagnosis of irritation of the ulnar nerve, and surgery would reposition the nerve to address the irritation, the team said. Matz will have surgery within the coming days.

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RH reliever Jacob Rhame, who the Mets received from the Dodgers in exchange for Curtis Granderson, is now the team's No. 23 ranked prospect, according to MLB.com.

Rhame's ranking is the highest among all the prospects the Mets have received while trading Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker over the last few weeks.

"Like a number of young players we got, he's a righthanded pitcher who throws hard," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said, according to Newsday. "He's close to major-league ready. Hopefully, we'll see him either in September or spring training. We're very happy we got him."

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Yoenis Cespedes drives in the Mets' lone run against the D-Backs.  (AP)
Yoenis Cespedes drives in the Mets' lone run against the D-Backs. (AP)

In his last 13 games, Yoenis Cespedes has five home runs, 11 RBI, including a run-scoring single Monday night against the D-backs.

It's a terrific two weeks following major slump, which was proceeded by a fairly positive April. The point is, Cespedes is frustrating. He regularly lays up on fly balls, jogs to first base and tosses under hand pop ups to the field. Then, the next night, he'll hit a mammoth home run, hustle to make a sliding catch and run first base to third as well as anyone in baseball.

Similarly, this past Sunday, Cespedes missed two pop ups that MLB's Statcast said he had a 76 and 99 percent chance of catching. The next night, he hustled to make a terrific, sliding catch in left-field that he had only a 19 percent chance of catching.

According to Statcast, during his catch sensational catch Monday, Cespedes reached a sprint speed of 27.6 feet per second, which allowed him to cover 81 feet in the four seconds he needed to make the grab...

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Gelbs on J.D. Martinez career 00:01:03
Steve Gelbs takes a look at the career of D-backs outfielder J.D. Martinez and how he got to the level of play where he is at now.

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Gsellman (65) looks over his shoulder leaving the mound ay Citi Field. Credit: AP Photo, Kathy Willens
Gsellman (65) looks over his shoulder leaving the mound ay Citi Field. Credit: AP Photo, Kathy Willens

Mets RHP Robert Gsellman limited the Diamondbacks to one run on five hits in 6 and 1/3 innings Monday night. It was his second start since returning from a hamstring injury.

Arizona's only run against Gsellman came in the fourth inning when J.D. Martinez hit an RBI single. The Mets eventually tied the game, which took Gsellman off the hook for the loss.

Gsellman, who is starting in place of the injured Seth Lugo, has allowed a total of three runs in his last two starts. He allowed two earned runs in 5 and 1/3 innings against the Yankees last week in his first outing since June.

"I'm very comfortable out there right now," Gsellman said after Monday night's performance "I'm just going out and pitching."

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Mets sound off on Monday's loss 00:06:14
Terry Collins, Robert Gsellman, and Steven Matz discuss their defeat in extra innings to the D-Backs and Matz's season-ending surgery.

The Mets have lost eight of thier last 10 games, including last night's 3-2 loss to the D-backs. They are 15 games below .500 for the first time since September 28, 2013...

What's Next

Tommy Millone (1-2, 7.91 ERA) will start today as the Mets continue their series against the D-backs. Milone is filling in for Steven Matz, who will undergo surgery to adjust the ulnar nerve in his elbow.

Patrick Corbin (10-11, 4.25 ERA) will start for Arizona, who lead the NL Wild Card. 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:22
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the D-backs on Monday night.

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

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

1) Erik Goeddel allowed a two-run homer to A.J. Pollock in the 10th inning to lift the Diamondbacks. Jerry BlevinsPaul Sewald and AJ Ramos had combined to strike out four over 3 2/3 hitless innings prior Goeddel's appearance.

2) Yoenis Cespedes tied the game with a bases-loaded single in the seventh inning. Asdrubal Cabrera was thrown out at the plate on a perfect throw by Diamondbacks' left fielder David Peralta. Michael Conforto hit his 27th home run of the year leading off the bottom of the 10th.

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Aug 16, 2017; Alderson (left) talks to Collins (10) at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 16, 2017; Alderson (left) talks to Collins (10) at Citi Field. Credit: Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Despite his contract expiring at the end of this season, Mets GM Sandy Alderson is still making decisions in the best interest of next season and beyond, he recently told Newsday's David Lennon.

"My job currently entails thinking about 2018, 2019 and that doesn't change based on contract status," Alderson explained. "That's just the nature of my position. From my standpoint I'm honestly not thinking about it except when I have to respond to a question. We have a lot to do between now and the end of the season. That's what I'm focused on."

Alderson's current three-year contract concludes at the end of this season. He will be 70 years old at the start of next season.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia (blood clot surgery) will pitch for Low-A Brooklyn on Tuesday and Wednesday as he continues his rehab assignment.

Familia pitched a scoreless eighth inning for High-A St. Lucie on Saturday night in his latest rehab apperance.

He allowed a hit and a walk while striking out three batters. It was his second appearance of the week after pitching a scoreless inning for St. Lucie on Wednesday night.

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

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

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

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

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Jun 11, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) reacts after scoring a run at SunTrust Park. Credit: Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) reacts after scoring a run at SunTrust Park. Credit: Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Michael Conforto won't be playing third base, but he may be taking another role from Captain David Wright...

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Wright has been a Met his entire career. We'd all love for Conforto to be a Met his entire career as well. Both absolutely love the game of baseball, know how to step up for their team and teammates, know how to work hard, and know how to be an example to an entire fanbase...

With Wright having missed the majority of the season and Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker gone, it may be time for Conforto to step up in a leadership role.

To read the rest of this article at Rising Apple, click here!

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JRSportBrief: Good luck Curtis 00:01:32
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why he's rooting for the newest Dodger, Curtis Granderson.

The Mets traded OF Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers in exchange for RH reliever Jacob Rhame over the weekend.

The 36-year-old Granderson was in the final year of a four-year, $60 million deal.

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Aug 20, 2017;Collins (10) takes out deGrom (48) at Citi Field. Credit: Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2017;Collins (10) takes out deGrom (48) at Citi Field. Credit: Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

In the seventh inning, with Jacob deGrom on the mound, rookie SS Amed Rosario scooped up a routine grounder and double tapped the ball to his glove before making a casual throw to first base.

The batter, Dee Gordon, who is among the fastest runners in the league, was safe.

"I am learning from all these small mistakes," Rosario said. "I knew he could run well, but I got a little overconfident on that play. ... I really do feel bad about that error."

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Aug 20, 2017; DeGrom (48) pitches in the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2017; DeGrom (48) pitches in the first inning at Citi Field. Credit: Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Mets ace Jacob deGrom allowed five earned runs for the second straight start as the Mets lost, 6-4, to the Marlins at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon.

In the span of 11 starts between June 13 and Aug. 10, deGrom was 9-2 with a 1.82 ERA, during which he struck out 85 batters in 79 innings. However, in his last two starts (Yankees, Marlins), he has given up 19 hits and 10 runs.

"At this point in the season, after missing what he did last year at the end of the season, we are going to be careful with him down the stretch," Collins said. "There might be a little fatigue in there."

DeGrom, who has said he would like to top 200 innings pitched this season, has currently throw 165. His career best was 191 innings in 2015.

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Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets  (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

Mets pitching prospect Drew Smith struck out seven of eight hitters he faced on Saturday for Double-A Binghamton as he continues to roll with his new team. 

Smith, 23, who arrived from the Rays in the Lucas Duda trade, has a 1.00 ERA and 0.67 WHIP with 10 strikeouts over nine innings since joining Binghamton on July 27.

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Citi Pre Game: Conforto leader? 00:02:24
Eamon McAnaney reports from Citi Field and discusses Terry Collins wanting Michael Conforto to finish the season strong and not leading.

The Mets have lost six of their last seven games, including Sunday's seires finale against Marlins. With 40 games left to play, the Mets are 14 games under .500 and on pace to win just 71 games, their lowest total since 2004.

What's Next

Robert Gsellman (5-5, 5.98 ERA) and the Mets begin a four-game seires Monday at Citi Field against Taijuan Walker (6-7, 3.83 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m.

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In the latest episode of SNY's Meet the MetsCast, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone, SiriusXM's Rob Brender and comedian Steve Hofstetter discuss Sandy Alderson's recent comments on shedding payroll, and whether the money will be reinvested, such as trading for Giancarlo Stanton...

To listen to the show, click play below or use this link to download...

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New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera makes the throw to first base to complete the double play against Miami Marlins first baseman Tyler Moore in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera makes the throw to first base to complete the double play against Miami Marlins first baseman Tyler Moore in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

Other teams are showing more interest in Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabera, according to Newsday's Marc Carig, as New York continues to sell during the waiver period.

Cabrera, who cleared waivers earlier this month, could be the sixth player traded by the Mets since late July, as New York has also dealt reliever Addison Reed, outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson, and infielders Lucas Duda and Neil Walker.

The 31-year-old Cabrera is hitting .261 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs this season. He has an $8.5 million team option for next season with a $2 million buyout.

Excluding the Granderson deal, the Mets have saved more than $11.6 million by becoming sellers.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:04
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom allowed five runs for the second consecutive start, punctuated by Giancarlo Stanton's Major League-leading 45th home run, a three-run shot in the seventh. DeGrom surrendered 10 hits and didn't walk a batter while striking out eight over 6 1/3 innings.

2) Yoenis Cespedes homered, doubled and drove in two runs. Wilmer Flores had a sacrifice fly and Travis d'Arnaud singled in a run during the Mets' three-run eighth. New York entered the frame with three hits and two walks against Marlins starter Adam Conley, who struck out a career-high 11 over seven innings.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes
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Granderson on being traded 00:05:34
Curtis Granderson reacts to being traded to the Dodgers, when he found out, and how he will miss his time with the Mets.

The Mets have acquried minor league reliever Jacob Rhame in the trade that sent Curtis Granderson to the Dodgers, the team announced on Sunday.

In 41 games for the Dodgers' Triple-A team this season, Rhame pitched in 41 games, posting a 4.31 ERA while earning two saves in four opportunities. All 210 of his appearances in his minor league career have come in relief, and he has a career 3.11 ERA. 

Rhame was drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round of the June Amateur Draft in 2013.

Meanwhile, Granderson, 36, is in the final year of a four-year, $60 million deal.

Tags: Curtis Granderson
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The Amazin' Life: Keith & Hadji 00:02:49
In the latest episode of The Amazin' Life, presented by Coca-Cola, Keith Hernandez goes on a mission to make his cat as famous as he is.

For more of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, CLICK HERE.

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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

With Curtis Granderson out of the Mets' clubhouse, Michael Conforto has emerged as the new voice of leadership, per NY Daily News' Daniel Popper.

Though this is only his third season in the majors, Conforto is now one of the more experienced Mets in the locker room. Granderson joined Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, and Jay Bruce as veteran to be sent off to contenders this year. 

However, manager Terry Collins believes Conforto should just focus on finishing out his season strong instead of worrying about leading at the moment. 

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Jacob deGrom (Julie Jacobson)
Jacob deGrom (Julie Jacobson)

The Mets snapped their five-game losing streak on Saturday. They are 13 games below .500, 19 games back in the NL East and 12 games back in the Wild Card. 

What's Next

The Mets play the rubber game of a three-game series with the Marlins today at 1:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Jacob deGrom (13-6, 3.35 ERA) will face Adam Conley (5-5, 5.32 ERA).

Tags: Jacob deGrom
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tAug 19, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero (50) pitches against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
tAug 19, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero (50) pitches against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero turned in his second straight quality start Saturday night, allowing one run on six hits in six innings during the Mets' 8-1 win over the Marlins at Citi Field.

Montero kept the Marlins off the board until the sixth inning when Marcell Ozuna's RBI single plated Dee Gordon for the Marlins' only run of the game. In the end, Montero struck out five batters and walked three as he picked up his second win of the year. 

Montero's outing came five days after he earned no-decision against the Yankees when he allowed two earned runs and struck out six batters across six innings of work. Over the last two starts, Montero has posted a 2.25 ERA with 11 strikeouts and five walks. 

The 26-year-old is 2-8 with a 5.47 ERA in 24 games for the Mets this season.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 8/19 00:04:19
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-1 win over the Miami Marlins.

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

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

1) Kevin Plawecki and Wilmer Flores hit two-run homers during a seven-run sixth inning for the Mets. Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game, 1-1, with a sacrifice fly. Miguel Rojas' error allowed two runs to score which gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. Dominic Smith hit his first Citi Field home run in the eighth.

2) Rafael Montero snapped a seven-start winless streak that dated back to June 25. He allowed a run over six innings, scattering six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. 

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores
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Aug 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith's is happy to play in the New York spotlight and hopes to serve as a role model for kids, he said in a wide-ranging interview with Steve Serby of the New York Post.

Smith, who was called up to the big leagues earlier this month, said his parents struggled with drug addiction before he was born and it was difficult for his family to make ends meet at times. He hopes to use his own experiences to provide inspiration to others.

Tags: Dominic Smith
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 (Brad Mills)
(Brad Mills)

The Mets (53-67) play the second game of a three-game series against the Miami Marlins (59-61) at Citi Field on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. 

Mets Marlins
Brandon Nimmo, CF Dee Gordon, 2B
Asdrubal Cabrera, 2B Giancarlo Stanton, RF
Yoenis Cespedes, LF Christian Yelich, CF
Michael Conforto, RF Marcell Ozuna, LF
Wilmer Flores, 3B J.T. Realmuto, C
Dominic Smith, 1B Derek Dietrich, 3B
Amed Rosario, SS Tyler Moore, 1B
Kevin Plawecki, C Miguel Rojas, SS
Rafael Montero, P Vance Worley, P
Tags: Rafael Montero
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Mets back-up catcher Rene Rivera, who is the subject of a trade rumor (Charles LeClaire, USA Today)
Mets back-up catcher Rene Rivera, who is the subject of a trade rumor (Charles LeClaire, USA Today)

The Mets have announced that C Rene Rivera was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs.

In 54 games this season, the 34-year-old is hitting .230 with eight homers and 23 RBI. 

With Curtis Granderson traded to the Dodgers as well, the Mets have recalled LHP Tommy Milone and C Kevin Plawecki.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Tommy Milone
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You can win access to some the best seats in Citi field, along with free food and beverage - and all it takes are the keys to your Honda.

Tonight at Citi Field, a few lucky fans will have their seats upgraded to the Honda Clubhouse, located in right field at field level. They will enjoy an unparalleled view of the game from their own corner of Citi Field and unlimited food and beverage.

So how do you enter? It's simple.

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 (Reinhold Matay)
(Reinhold Matay)

At the owner's quarterly meetings Thursday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he will not be implementing electronic umpires anytime soon, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. 

Some believe that technology should be used to get the call right every time, like Cubs Ben Zobrist who openly said he wants an electronic strike zone. 

However, Manfred isn't going to accomondate those demands as he believes baseball needs to stay as human as possible. 

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The Mets have lost six of their last seven games. They have fallen to 14 games below .500, 20 games back in the NL East and 13 losses back in the Wild Card. 

What's Next

The Mets play the second game of a three-game set with the Marlins on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field. Vance Worley (2-2, 4.97 ERA) will start for the Marlins. Rafael Montero (1-8, 5.80 ERA) starts for the Mets. 

 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:14
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Chris Flexen (2-2) allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings, including a two-run homer to J.T. Realmuto in the second. The right-hander scattered five hits and walked four while striking out one.

2) All seven of New York's hits were singles. Wilmer Flores drove in the Mets' only run with a two-out hit in the third. Asdrubal Cabrera and Amed Rosario each singled twice. Rosario also stole his third base of the season.

3) One night after tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees, the Mets' bullpen kept the Marlins off the board for 3 2/3 frames.

Tags: Wilmer Flores
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The Mets (53-66) begin a three-game series against the Miami Marlins (58-61) at Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. 

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

Chris Flexen (2-1, 7.02 ERA), who earned the win in his last start against the Phillies. He allowed two runs on six hits while striking out five and walking four in five innings pitched. Flexen now has a two-game win streak. 

However, Flexen has been walking many batters since making his big league debut. He is currently averaging 1.5 walks per nine innings, and he has walked seven batters in his last two starts.

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