The excitement of the draft has come and gone and the Mets, like every team in baseball, have been busy signing their draft picks. At this point, they have signed all of their selections from the top 10 rounds. Under the new CBA, teams have a very good idea what it will take to sign a player before the draft, and it is generally in the players' interest to sign quickly to head out and begin their professional career.

Thursday, Jim Callis broke word that the Mets agreed to terms with first rounder Michael Conforto for $2,970,800, the exact value of the slot for the #10 overall pick. Immediately thereafter, Conforto, who is being advised by Scott Boras, tweeted that he was still in Redmond, WA and had not signed yet. That's to be expected of course. First the Mets and the Boras Corp. representatives agree, and then Conforto signs the deal.

Conforto's signing is important not just because when he signs the Mets will have added a very good hitting prospect, but for who else the Mets might be able to sign from their draft class. In the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, which took effect between the 2011 and 2012 seasons, teams must manage their total cap amount to fit their players in. The Mets took few risks in terms of signability, and have managed their money in a very similar way to last year.

Here is the Mets' bonus chart for 2014.

RoundSlotBonusPlayer +/- BonusAs % of Slot
12,970,8002970800Michael Conforto0100.0
2None
3651,700750,000Milton Ramos98,300115.1
4453,600305,000Eudor Garcia-Pacheco-148,60067.2
5339,600100,000Josh Prevost-239,60029.4
6254,300280,000Tyler Moore25,700110.1
7190,600100,000Brad Wieck-90,60052.5
8159,600175,000Dash Winningham15,400109.6
9149,000100,000Michael Katz-49,00067.1
10139,10010,000Kelly Secrest-129,1007.2
11Connor Buchmann0
12Alex Durham0
13100,000300,000Erik Manoah200,000300.0
28Keaton McKinney
Total5,408,3005,090,800-317,500
After Conforto's signing, the Mets are right where they were before, $317,500 under their slot allocation from Major League baseball. Before this year, under the new CBA, they signed each of their draftees from the first three rounds under the recommended slot. The last two first rounders - Gavin Cecchini and Dominic Smith - signed for about a quarter of a million dollars under slot. Conforto signing for the full first round slot value is a departure from that course and perhaps a reflection of Scott Boras' bargaining prowess. It also limits the Mets' ability to spend more on players later in the draft. In fact, both of the players the Mets picked in the top three rounds, Conforto and Milton Ramos, signed for slot, or a little more. In the last two years, each player in the top four rounds signed under slot. This year, five of the Mets top 10 round picks signed for under slot.

Still, there are strategies the Mets have repeated. It's the third year in a row that the Mets have signed a college senior for $10,000 or less. This year, the guy was 10th rounder Kelly Secrest, out of UNC Wilmington, who signed for $10,000. In 2013, OF Patrick Biondi signed for $10,00 in the ninth round. In 2012, the Mets went value twice, signing Richie Rodriguez for $10,000 in the 9th round and RHP Paul Sewald for $1,000 in the 10th. Secrest is the first Mets draftee from UNC Wilmington since Brad Holt in the supplemental first round in 2008.

Three players among the Mets' top 10 round selections this year have signed for over slot, but none more than $100,000 over. This is consistent with the last few years. In 2013, four players among the top Ten 10 signed over slot deals, with Matt Oberste farthest over at $139,300 relative to his $185,700 slot. In 2012, two players in the top 10 signed above slot deals - Cory Oswalt and Tomas Nido - both high schoolers. Oswalt signed for $328,400 over slot in the 7th round and Nido for $113,100 over in the eighth.

Just as they have done the last two years, the Mets went overslot immediately after the 10th round. Every pick after the 10th round carries a slot bonus of $100,000. Anything above that counts against a team's pool. Remember, if a pick in the top 10 rounds does not sign, the team loses that pool money, so it is important to draft a few college seniors in the top 10 rounds to ensure some bonuses well below slot. Picks after the top 10 rounds do not carry that incentive. Anyway, this year's biggest over-slot bonus so far is for 13th rounder RHP Erik Manoah, who signed for $300,000. In 2013, the Mets paid RHP Tyler Bashlor $550,000 in the 11th round and in 2012, they signed Logan Taylor for $150,00 in the 11th. Manoah, who was committed to FIU, is 6'1", 2010, and Baseball America praised him for his pitchability. Per BA, threw 87-90 this spring, but was 89-92 last fall and his "curveball flashed plus potential in the fall but played at fringe-average this spring."

The Mets are $317,500 under their allocated cap. Will they spend that money?

The team took four high school players in the later rounds with the talent to go higher, but who were committed to college and came with significant bonus demands. This quartet includes 18th rounder OF Rafael Ramirez (Pace Academy, ATL/NC State Commit), 21st rounder OF Luke Bonfield (IMG Academy/Arkansas), 26th rounder C Tommy Pincin (Upland HS (CA)/SDSU) and 28th rounder RHP Keaton McKinney (Ankeny (IA) HS/Arkansas). (What is it with the Mets and Arkansas recruits? They pulled Brand Nimmo and Michael Fulmer away from Arkansas committments in 2011, drafted Matt Reynolds from Arkansas in 2012, and could not come to terms with Razorback commit Teddy Stankiewicz in the second round in 2012.)

McKinney would be a nearly impossible sign. The Arkansas commit's seven figure asking price dropped him to day three of the draft, and he says he's happy to go to Arkansas in part because he thinks he will be a first-round pick in three years. He does not expect the Mets to make a serious attempt at signing him, describing the pick as a "courtesy" and telling the Des Moines Register, the Mets "don't have the amount of money to sign me." Lets assume that McKinney is referring the Mets' bonus pools for draft signings and not the team's financial situation.

He's almost surely right. Teams are allowed to exceed their bonus pools by up to 5% before forfeiting a draft pick. There is however, a 75% tax on any overage. Five percent of the Mets' $5,308,300 is $265,415. The Mets' maximum possible offer to McKinney in this scenario is $682,915 (the $100,000 that does not count against the cap, the underage, and the 5% overage). He's not going to sign for that. Moreover, the Mets would pay a tax on the overage, so that offer would cost the team $881,976.

Bonfield has at least retweeted a few Mets fans asking if he will sign, so he's not totally opposed to the idea.

Now that Conforto has come to terms, the Mets have the $100,00 each late round pick carries and $317K left. Will that be enough to bring in another guy or two?

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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)

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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

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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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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."

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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...

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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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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...

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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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SNY's Steve Gelbs and James Wagner of the New York Times wrap up the day on Spring Training Live.

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Click below to watch Mets manager Mickey Callaway's full press conference from Wednesday at Spring Training, where he discussed the new culture, Amed Rosario, the center field competition, and more...

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 (Noah K. Murray)
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Mets OF Michael Conforto has resumed baseball activity, and was long-tossing on Wednesday at Spring Training, MLB.Com's Anthony DiComo tweeted.

Conforto reported to camp last week, and there have not yet been reports of him swinging a bat. 

He has not had a setback as he recovers from shoulder surgery, but GM Sandy Alderson said in January that the team does not expect him back until around May 1. 

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Apr 19, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) tosses his bat on his way to first base on a walk in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 19, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) tosses his bat on his way to first base on a walk in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes "has promised the team he will not play golf during the season," former WFAN host Mike Francesa said Tuesday night on WOR. 

Cespedes' golfing has been a topic of debate since his Mets tenure began.

He posted a photo of himself golfing during the 2016 season as he was simultaneously missing time on the field with a leg injury that eventually landed him on the disabled list.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)

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


Noah Syndergaard signs autographs...

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Former WFAN host Mike Francesa says the Mets are open to trading OF Juan Lagares to the Giants for 2B Joe Panik.

"I don't know if they'll keep Lagares or not," Francesa said Tuesday on WOR. "I know the Giants want Lagares. The Mets are interested in Panik." When asked what the Mets would do with Asdrubal Cabrera if they traded for Panik, Francesa said they'd "let him play as a utility-man -- that's all. I know they like Panik a lot."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If Panik's defensive struggles last season were a one-year blip -- and if the Mets are comfortable using Nimmo in center field every day until Conforto returns -- dealing Lagares for Panik actually makes sense...

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Mets at work in Port St. Lucie 00:02:32
Steve Gelbs recaps new Mets manager Mickey Callaway's first meeting with the media at Spring Training.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway had his first press conference of Spring Training on Tuesday, and some other tidbits came out as well. In case you missed it...


Callaway expressed confidence in Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki, calling them "catchers that can get the job done." >> Read more

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BNNY: Walk-Off 00:01:06
The Baseball Night in New York panel wonders how Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores might perform in the outfield for the Mets this season.

With their outfield depth on the 40-man roster thin, the Mets will be giving Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores reps in the outfield during Spring Training, according to the team's beat reporters.

Reyes learned to play the outfield last season, but was only used there twice -- once in center field (for 1 inning), and another time in left field (for 5.1 innings).

Flores has never played anywhere but the infield.

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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway expressed optimism on Tuesday that a platoon between catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki can work this season, adding that he knows how hard it is to be a catcher.

"I think what we are going to do with the catching is going to be very important," Callaway said. "And I know how stressful it is to be a catcher. I sat next to catchers the last five years and constantly talked to them about what they need to do on a daily basis. And it is a lot."

And Callaway weighed in on the offensive potential of the two catchers, noting that they each bring something different to the table...

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Travis d'Arnaud congratulates Jeurys Familia after Familia earned his 36th save of the season. (AP)
Travis d'Arnaud congratulates Jeurys Familia after Familia earned his 36th save of the season. (AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway reiterated Tuesday that he does not plan to have a designated closer this season, instead choosing to deploy his relievers in the situations that put them and the team in the best position to succeed.

"I don't know who's going to come up (for the opposing team) in the ninth inning," Callaway added, explaining that the idea of choosing the closer in advance "seems kind of silly."

However, Callaway knows he has a challenge ahead of him...

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