First baseman Allan Dykstra and catcher Kevin Plawecki were named Sterling Minor League Organizational Co-Players of the Year. Gabriel Ynoa won the Sterling Pitcher of the Year award.

"The 2013 Sterling Awards are emblematic of the Most Valuable Player for each of the organization’s nine minor league affiliates," the team said.

Dykstra, 26, hit .274/.436/.503 for Double-A Binghamton. He walked 102 times in 489 plate appearances, hit 22 doubles, 21 home runs and 82 RBI.

Plawecki played for Single-A Savannah and High-A St. Lucie. The 22-year-old hit .305/.390/.448 with 38 doubles, eight home runs and 80 RBI over 125 games.

Ynoa went 15-4 for Single-A Savannah, posting a 2.72 ERA and a 1.025 WHIP over 22 starts. He struck out 106 and walked just 16 in 135 2/3 innings.

Here are the Sterling Award winners from each team:

Righthanded pitcher Rafael Montero was the Sterling recipient at Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League; righthanded pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Jeff Walters were co-winners at Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League; infielder/outfielder Dustin Lawley was honored at St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League; infielder Jayce Boyd received the award at Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League; righthanded pitcher Robert Gsellman was honored at Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League; righthanded pitcher Robert Whalen was the recipient for Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League; first baseman Dominic Smith was selected for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets; outfielder John Mora captured the award for the Dominican Summer League Mets I and lefthanded pitcher Jose Medina received the award for the Dominican Summer League Mets II.
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FLUSHING, N.Y., September 27, 2013 – The New York Mets today announced that first baseman Allan Dykstra and catcher Kevin Plawecki were named the Sterling Minor League Organizational Co-Players of the Year and righthanded pitcher Gabriel Ynoa earned Sterling Pitcher of the Year honors.

 

In addition, the Mets announced the 2013 Sterling Awards, emblematic of the Most Valuable Player for each of the organization’s nine minor league affiliates.

 

Righthanded pitcher Rafael Montero was the Sterling recipient at Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League; righthanded pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Jeff Walters were co-winners at Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League; infielder/outfielder Dustin Lawley was honored at St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League; infielder Jayce Boyd received the award at Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League; righthanded pitcher Robert Gsellman was honored at Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League; righthanded pitcher Robert Whalen was the recipient for Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League; first baseman Dominic Smith was selected for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets; outfielder John Mora captured the award for the Dominican Summer League Mets I and lefthanded pitcher Jose Medina received the award for the Dominican Summer League Mets II.

 

STERLING ORGANIZATIONAL CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR: ALLAN DYKSTRA (1B)

Height: 6-5        Weight: 215      Bats: Left   Throws: Right       Born: 5/21/87       Obtained: Acquired from San Diego on March 29, 2011 in exchange for RHP Eddie Kunz

 

Dykstra was named the 2013 Eastern League Most Valuable Player after hitting .274 (102-372) with 22 doubles, 21 home runs, 82 RBI and 56 runs scored. He led the EL in on-base percentage (.436), walks (102) and OPS (.938) and slugging percentage (.503). Dykstra was also tied for fifth in home runs and fourth in RBI. His on-base percentage was the highest in the Eastern League since 2006 and his walk rate (21.1) was also the highest in the EL since 2006. He was selected to the Eastern League postseason All-Star team and was the starting first baseman for the EL All-Star Game on July 10.

STERLING ORGANIZATIONAL CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR: KEVIN PLAWECKI (C)

Height: 6-2        Weight: 205      Bats: Right     Throws: Right          Born: 3/26/91   Obtained/Scout: Mets supplemental first round pick in 2012 First Year Player Draft/Scott Trcka

 

Plawecki combined to hit .305 (137-449) with 38 doubles, eight home runs, 80 RBI with a .390 on-base percentage and a .838 OPS in 125 games between Savannah (A) and St. Lucie (A). His .305 mark was the fourth-highest in the organization among full season minor league clubs and his 80 RBI were tied for the fifth-most. Plawecki was a mid-season South Atlantic League All-Star at Savannah where he hit .314 with 24 doubles and 43 RBI in 65 games before being promoted to St. Lucie. He batted .294 with 14 doubles and 37 RBI in 60 Florida State League games.  Plawecki was selected by the Mets in the supplemental first round (35th overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

STERLING ORGANIZATIONAL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RHP GABRIEL YNOA

Height: 6-2        Weight: 158      Bats: Right   Throws: Right       Born: 5/26/93     Obtained/Scout: Signed as a non-drafted free agent on Nov. 19, 2009/Rafael Perez, Ismael Cruz & Modesto Abreu.

 

Ynoa won 17 games, including two in the postseason to help lead Savannah to the South Atlantic League championship. The righthander led Mets minor leaguers with 15 wins, which also led the SAL. Ynoa posted a 2.72 ERA, the fourth-best mark in the SAL and was the lowest ERA among full-season Mets pitchers. He went 15-4 with a 2.72 ERA (41 earned runs/135.2 innings) in 22 regular season starts for the Sand Gnats. Ynoa was named the South Atlantic League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher. He issued only 16 walks and struck out 106. In the postseason, the 6-2, 158-pounder was 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA (two earned runs/14.2 innings) with nine strikeouts in two postseason starts. He was named to the mid-season South Atlantic League All-Star team.

2013 STERLING AWARDS

LAS VEGAS (AAA) OF THE PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE: RHP RAFAEL MONTERO

Height: 6-0        Weight: 185      Bats: Right   Throws: Right       Born: 10/17/90   Obtained/Scout: Signed as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 20, 2011/Rafael Perez, Ismael Cruz & Gerardo Cabrera.

 

Montero was named to Baseball America’s first team Minor League Baseball All-Star team. He went 12-7 with a 2.78 ERA (48 earned runs/155.1 innings) in 27 starts between Binghamton (AA) and Las Vegas (AAA). This was Montero’s third year in the organization and his third Sterling Award – he was named the Organizational Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and was the recipient at Gulf Coast in 2011. Montero, 22, led all Mets minor leaguers with 150 strikeout while allowing just six home runs and issuing 35 walks. He started the 2013 Futures Game at Citi Field and pitched a scoreless inning for the World Team. Montero became the first pitcher from any organization to make a start in the Dominican Summer League and then make a start in Triple-A two years later.

BINGHAMTON (AA) OF THE EASTERN LEAGUE: RHP NOAH SYNDERGAARD

Height: 6-5        Weight: 200      Bats: Left   Throws: Right       Born: 8/29/92      Obtained: Acquired from Toronto on Dec. 17, 2012 with John Buck, Travis d’Arnaud and Wuilmer Becerra in exchange for R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas

 

Syndergaard was 9-4 with 133 strikeouts in 117.2 innings in 23 starts between St. Lucie (A) and Binghamton (AA). He had the second-most strikeouts in the organization behind Montero and was named to the mid-season Florida State League All-Star team. He went 6-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 54.0 innings over 11 starts with the BMets. Syndergaard, 21, started and hurled a scoreless inning for Team USA in the 2013 Futures Game at Citi Field. According to FanGraphs, his 2.73 kwERA which accounts for strikeout and walk rates was the fourth-best among all minor league pitchers.

BINGHAMTON (AA) OF THE EASTERN LEAGUE: RHP JEFF WALTERS

Height: 6-3        Weight: 170      Bats: Right   Throws: Right       Born: 11/6/87        Obtained/Scout: Mets seventh round pick in the 2010 First Year Player Draft/Marlin McPhail

 

Walters set a Binghamton franchise record with 38 saves which also led all of minor league baseball in his first year as a closer. He was 4-3 with a 2.09 ERA (13 earned runs/56.0 innings) and 60 strikeouts in 53 games for the BMets. Walters was named to the mid-season and end of the year Eastern League All-Star teams. His 38 saves were the most since 2006 in the Eastern League. The Orlando, Fla. native held opponents to a .224 batting average and posted a 9.64 strikeout per nine innings rate.

ST. LUCIE (A) OF THE FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE: DUSTIN LAWLEY (3B/OF)

Height: 6-1        Weight: 195      Bats: Right   Throws: Right       Born: 4/11/89        Obtained/Scout: Mets 19th round pick in the 2011 First Year Player Draft/Tommy Jackson

 

Lawley led the organization in home runs (26) and RBI (96). Lawley led the Florida State League with 25 home runs, was second in the FSL with 92 RBI and tied for third with 33 doubles while hitting .260 (122-469) in 122 games with St. Lucie. Lawley also led the Florida State League in slugging (.512) and was fourth with a .825 OPS. He hit one home run and drove in four runs in six games with Las Vegas (AAA). He was named to the mid-season Florida State League All-Star team

SAVANNAH (A) OF THE SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE: JAYCE BOYD (INF)

Height: 6-3        Weight: 200      Bats: Right   Throws: Right       Born: 12/30/90      Obtained/Scout: Mets sixth round pick in 2012 First Year Player Draft/Jim Bryant

Boyd hit an organizational-high .330 (151-458) this year, splitting his season between Savannah (A) and St. Lucie (A).  The 6-3, 200-pound native of Cantonment, FL, hit .361 (90-249) with five home runs, 46 RBI and better than a walk per strikeout (35 walks/32 strikeouts) in 65 games for the Sand Gnats. Boyd was a South Atlantic League All-Star and earned a promotion to St. Lucie, where he hit .292 (61-209) with four home runs and 37 RBI in 58 contests. The Mets selected the 22-year-old out of Florida State University in 2012.

BROOKLYN (A) OF THE NEW YORK-PENN LEAGUE: ROBERT GSELLMAN (RHP)

Height: 6-4        Weight: 200      Bats: Right   Throws: Right       Born: 7/18/93        Obtained/Scout: Mets 13th round pick in 2011 First Year Player Draft/Chris Becerra

Gsellman pitched at three different levels this season, combining to go 6-6 with a 2.58 ERA (31 earned runs/108.0 innings) in 19 games, 19 starts at Brooklyn, Savannah and St. Lucie. The 6-4, 200-pounder began his season with St. Lucie, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA (three earned runs/9.0 innings) in two starts. He later pitched in the South Atlantic League with the Sand Gnats, making five starts and going 2-3 with a 3.72 ERA (12 earned runs/29.0 innings).  The native of Santa Monica, CA, finished his season in the New York-Penn League, compiling a 2.06 ERA (16 earned runs/70.0 innings) and a 3-3 record in 12 games, all starts. The 20-year-old was the New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week for the period ending on August 25 after he fanned a career-best 13 on August 24 at Vermont.

KINGSPORT (R) OF THE APPLACHIAN LEAGUE: ROBERT WHALEN (RHP)

Height: 6-2        Weight: 200      Bats: Right       Throws: Right      Born: 1/31/94     Obtained/Scout: Mets 12th round pick in 2012 First Year Player Draft/Mike Silvestri

Whalen’s 1.87 ERA (15 earned runs/72.1 innings) was the second-lowest in the Appalachian League and the best mark in the Mets organization.  The 19-year-old righthander finished 3-2 in 12 games, all starts, for Kingsport, and struck out better than a batter per inning (76 strikeouts/72.1 innings).  A native of Stroudsburg, PA, Whalen allowed one home run all season and allowed three earned runs or less in all but one of his starts. Whalen was the organization’s 12th round pick in the 2012 First Year Player Draft.

GULF COAST LEAGUE (R): DOMINIC SMITH (INF)

Height: 6-0        Weight: 185      Bats: Left   Throws: Left       Born: 6/15/95      Obtained/Scout: Mets first round pick (11th overall) in 2013 First Year Player Draft/Drew Toussaint

The 11th overall pick in this season’s First-Year Player Draft, Smith hit .287 (48-167) with three home runs and a .384 on-base percentage in 48 games for the GCL Mets. He earned a late season promotion to Kingsport, and had four doubles in six at-bats over three games with the K-Mets.  The 6-0, 185-pound native of Los Angeles, CA, finished the season with a combined .301 (52-173) batting average, good for seventh in the organization. The 18-year-old was drafted out of Serra High School.

METS DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE #1: JOHN MORA (OF)

Height: 5-10        Weight: 165      Bats: Left   Throws: Left       Born: 5/31/93       Obtained/Scout: Signed

as a free agent in Nov. 2, 2011/Rafael Perez, Ismael Cruz, Sandy Rosario & Camilo Pina

Mora hit a combined .310 (75-242) this season between the DSL #1 Mets and DSL #2 Mets. The 5-10, 165-pound outfielder added 20 extra-base hits (15 doubles and five triples) and 46 RBI. Mora began the season with DSL #1 and hit .297 (41-138) for in 37 games and stole 12 bases. He finished the year with DSL #2, batting .327 (34-104) in 31 games, and finished with more walks (14) than strikeouts (13).  The 20-year-old, a native San Juan de la Maguana, DR, was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2011.

METS DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE #2: JOSE MEDINA (LHP)

Height: 6-2        Weight: 180      Bats: Left   Throws: Left       Born: 8/25/96   Obtained/Scout: Signed as a non-drafted free agent in Aug. 29, 2012/Gabriel Low & Fred Mazuca

Medina made his professional debut this season and compiled a 0.35 ERA (two earned runs/52.0 innings), the lowest mark in all of the minor leagues among pitchers with at least 50.0 innings. Medina finished the year 2-0 in 12 games, all starts, allowing 35 hits while striking out 41 and walking six. The native of Culiacan Rosales, Mexico did not allow a home run, and was scored upon in four of his 12 appearances (five total runs). The 17-year-old was signed as a non-drafted free agent last year.[/sny-accordion]

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MNoah Syndergaard (34), Jacob deGrom (48) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
MNoah Syndergaard (34), Jacob deGrom (48) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have the third-best starting rotation in baseball, an anonymous group of talent evaluators told ESPN.com's Buster Olney.

The Red Sox and Cubs rank higher than the Mets mostly because of the New York staff's inability to remain healthy and be on the field at the same time.

"They need to actually get out there and do it," one executive told Olney of the Mets. "It's one thing to have a great arm, but you have to show that you can give 180-200 innings."

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Collins (left) with Jose Reyes in the dugout at Chase Field. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Collins (left) with Jose Reyes in the dugout at Chase Field. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In an effort to keep his team healthy and strong in 2017, Terry Collins told WLIE 540 AM that he plans to take a book out of Joe Maddon's 2016 playbook with the World Champion Cubs...

"The one thing we learned last year is that we've got to keep our guys healthy and one way to keep them healthy is to get them rest," Collins explained. "So, we're going to mix and match as best we can and give guys one, maybe two days a week off to keep them healthy."

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Front-office officials and scouting personnel consider Mets prospect Amed Rosario to be among the best defensive shortstops in the minor leagues, according to a survey conducted by MLB.com's MLBPipeline.

"He has the potential to be an all-star shortstop with Gold Glove potential," Baseball America's Matt Eddy wrote in December. "The best athlete in the Mets system, Rosario stands out most for his glove work. ... He has the easy plus range and arm strength to profile as a true impact defender."

"The Mets have Asdrubal Cabrera under contract through 2017, meaning Rosario could be the organization's full-time shortstop at some point in 2018," Eddy concludes.

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Jay Bruce's market value 00:05:01
Jim Duquette and Nelson Figueroa discuss how the offseason has shaped the market for outfielder Jay Bruce.

In case you missed it, this past weekend...

The Blue Jays are reportedly close to re-signing free-agent OF Jose Bautista. Also, the Phillies and free-agent OF Michael Saunders have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $9 million.

CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury said the Phillies had shown interest in trading for Mets OF Jay Brucebut were reluctant to deal multiple prospects to get him.

Lastly, while the Cardinals are looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder, they want him to play all three outfield positions and upgrade their defense, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.

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May 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Craig Breslow (17) throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 6-4. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
May 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Craig Breslow (17) throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 6-4. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets and Yankees are among 12-20 teams that will watch lefty reliever Craig Breslow throw a showcase on Jan. 23, reports Peter Gammons. 

According to Gammons, Breslow, who was released by the Marlins last July, has worked on lowering his arm angle and improving his breaking pitch. 

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New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores takes a curtain call after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores takes a curtain call after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The bullpen and starting pitching will be the key to success in 2017 for the Mets, infielder Wilmer Flores told SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio early Friday.

"When we got to the World Series in 2015, it's no secret that our pitching took us to the World Series," he told the hosts at 7:30 AM on route to his morning workout. "We're built on pitching and it's going to be healthy. ... So, it's going to be an interesting year."

Flores said he's proud of how the team fought through injuries to get to the Wild Card game in 2016. However, this season, he expects them to get back to the Fall Classic.

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Jul 7, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores (4) watches his three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 7, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores (4) watches his three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Wilmer Flores and the Mets did not agree to a deal before Friday's arbitration deadline and the two sides will go to a hearing to determine his 2017 salary, the team announced.

Flores has filed at $2.2 million, while the Mets have offered $1.8 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The Mets changed their stance this offseason in regard to arbitration-eligilble players, and GM Sandy Alderson said Thursday that he had no issue going to a hearing to determine a new contract if an agreement could not be reached by the Jan. 13 deadline.

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(Kathy Willen/AP)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with RHP Matt Harvey, agreeing to a deal worth $5.125 million that contains $100,000 in performance bonuses, reports James Wagner of the NY Times.

Harvey made $4.325 million last season.

He had a 4.86 ERA (3.47 FIP) and 1.46 WHIP with 76 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings (17 starts) in 2016 before Thoracic outlet syndrome that resulted in surgery ended his season after his start on July 4.

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(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with RHP Jacob deGrom, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth $4.05 million that includes performance bonuses, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.

DeGrom, who made $607,000 last season, received a base salary that's the largest ever for a first-time abirtration-eligible starting pitcher who didn't qualify for the ERA title. 

He had a 3.04 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 143 strikeouts in 148 innings (24 starts) last season before a pinched ulnar nerve in his right elbow resulted in season-ending surgery on Sept. 20.

DeGrom told reporters in early December that he planned to soon begin his offseason throwing program and be 100 percent healthy for spring training.

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(Bill Streicher)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with closer Jeurys Familia, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth $7.425 million, reports James Wagner of the NY Times.

Familia, 27, made $4.1 million last season.

He had a 2.55 ERA (2.39 FIP) and 1.21 WHIP with 84 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings (78 appearances) while saving a team-record 51 games.

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(Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with RH reliever Addison Reed, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth $7.75 million, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Reed, 28, made $5.3 million last season.

He had a 1.97 ERA and identical 1.97 FIP with a 0.94 WHIP while striking out 91 in 77 2/3 innings (80 games) in 2016. 

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(Brad Barr/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with LH reliever Josh Edgin, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.

The terms of the deal are not yet known.

Edgin, 30, made $625,000 last season, which was his first year back from Tommy John surgery.

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Mets pitchers Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. (Jeff Curry/USATSI)
Mets pitchers Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. (Jeff Curry/USATSI)

The Mets have not yet talked with their young starting pitchers about about multiyear-contract-extensions beyond their current deals, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters during a lunch Thursday at Citi Field.

"I don't see it as a pressing issue," Alderson said, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.

In late-December, Alderson made a similar statement, saying he had no plans to talk contract extensions prior to spring training.

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Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) steps up to single to left during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports 
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Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) steps up to single to left during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with C Travis d'Arnaud, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal, according to FanRag's MLB reporter Jon Heyman.

D'Arnaud, who earned the $524,000 league minimum in 2016, will earn $1.8 million next season.

He is eligible for arbitration in 2018 and 2019, after which he can be a free agent

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets have avoided arbitration with 1B Lucas Duda, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday.

The deal is worth $7.25 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Duda, 30, hit .229 with a .302 OBP and .412 SLG with seven HR last season while being limited to just 47 games due to a back injury.

He hit .244 with a .352 OBP and .486 SLG with 27 HR in 135 games in 2015.

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Aug 28, 2016; Flores (4) singles against the Phillies at Citi Field. Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 28, 2016; Flores (4) singles against the Phillies at Citi Field. Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores's favorite position to play is second base, he told SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio early Friday morning.

"I enjoyed playing first base too last season, it was a lot of fun," he added. "But, I'll do the job wherever they put me."

In 2016, Flores played 51 games at third base, 27 games at first base, 18 games at second base, and eight games at first base, while hitting .267 with 30 extra base hits and 49 RBI in just 307 at-bats.

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Jul 27, 2016; NFamilia (27) reacts as he heads to the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2016; NFamilia (27) reacts as he heads to the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

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Jan. 13 | 8:20AM

Sandy Alderson told reporters Thursday that he does not know when MLB will make a decision about whether to suspend Jeurys Familia, who he assumed will miss at least some period of time during the 2017 season (Rubin, Jan. 12).

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Latest on Jay Bruce 00:05:04
Mets Hot Stove analyzes the Mets decision to either trade Jay Bruce or keep him on the roster.

During his lunch with reporters at Citi Field on Thursday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said it's possible he begins spring training with all of his current outfielders, including Jay Bruce.

"Obviously the market for certain players, certain free agents and therefore trade candidates has been slow at best, nonexistent at worst," Alderson said, according to NJ.com. "What we continue to do is reassess where we are and what our options are going forward, and those options range from doing something soon, which is possible or was possible, is possible, or doing nothing."

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Mets 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Matt Harvey, C Travis d'Arnaud and RHP Jacob deGrom (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Matt Harvey, C Travis d'Arnaud and RHP Jacob deGrom (Credit: USA Today Images)

The deadline for teams and unsigned arbitration-eligible players to file salary figures is January 13, after which the final salary will be determined during an arbitration hearing.

The Mets intend to take a more strict position on their potential arbitration cases than they have in past, Newsday's Marc Carig reported Thursday.

According to Carig, if the two sides cannot agree by Friday's deadline, the Mets have no issue letting the situation play out in arbitration.

This year's remaining, unsigned arbitration-eligible players for the Mets are...

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(Kim Klement)

The Mets have signed LH reliever Adam Wilk to a minor league deal that includes an invite to major league Spring Training, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Wilk, 29, last pitched in the majors in 2015, allowing one run in 2.0 innings for the Angels.

He has also pitched for the Tigers, appearing in five games in 2011 and three games in 2012.

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Wally Backman speaks out 00:06:32
Baseball Night in New York looks into Wally Backman's recent negative comments about Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he hasn't been contacted by other teams about former Mets minor league manager Wally Backman, who recently told the Bergen Record's Bob Klapisch that he's being blackballed across Major League Baseball by Alderson.

Alderson, who said Backman is a "good baseball man," added that "Wally did a good job for us at Las Vegas. ...Nobody has called about Wally," according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Backman, 57, had been coaching within the Mets minor league system since 2009, most recently serving as manager for their Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas from 2013-16. However, resigned from his role after last season in order to pursue other opportunities.

"It's not Sandy's nature" to be this vindictive, a non-Mets baseball executive told Klapisch...

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Yanks and Mets share Series odds 00:03:31
Baseball Night in New York wonders whether Las Vegas made the right call by giving the Yankees and Mets the exact same World Series odds.

The Mets currently sit at 13-to-1 odds to win the World Series in 2017, the same odds as the Yankees, according to information provided by the Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas...

The Yankees finished 84-78 during 2016, but missed the playoffs by five games. The Mets, on the other hand, went 87-75 last season to win the top Wild Card spot.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

The Mets will conclude their Spring Training game schedule on March 31 against Army at West Point, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Mets pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, FL on Feb. 12, with position players required to report by Feb. 17.

Their Grapefruit League schedule begins Friday, February 24 against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, FL.

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Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) pitches during the tenth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) pitches during the tenth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Oakland A's and free-agent reliever Santiago Casilla have agreed on a two-year, $11 million deal that contains $3 million in incentives, according to multiple reports.

This is a lot of money for a 36-year-old right-handed reliever. So, if reports are accurate and the Mets are pinching pennies, then it makes sense to pass on him. That said, Casilla is the type of experienced pitcher the Mets say they have been looking for, and given their window to win and the need for bullpen help, it's disappointing to see them hold back.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters in December he would prefer to acquire a pitcher that can handle "high-leverage situations" and has experience closing games, even though the pitcher might not be considered a closer.

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws in the spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws in the spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)

Zack Wheeler and the Mets avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 deal on Wednesday, the team announced. 

Wheeler underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2015 and missed each of the past two years. The 26-year-old last pitched in 2014 when he had a 3.54 ERA and 1.32 WHIP while striking out 187 batters in 185 1/3 innings.

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 (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)
(Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets have invited 13 minor leaguers to big league Spring Training, the team announced Wednesday.

Top 1B prospect Dominic Smith highlights the list.

The other invites are RHPs Chase BradfordKevin McGowanPaul SewaldCorey Taylor, and Logan Taylor, LHPs P.J. Conlon and David Roseboom, C Xorge Carrilllo, infielders Phillip Evans and Luis Guillorme, and outfielders Champ Stuart and Travis Taijeron.

Absent from the list is OF Tim Tebow, who signed with the Mets over the summer and played in the Arizona Fall League.

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Nov 3, 2016; Tebow with the Mets against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game. Credit: USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2016; Tebow with the Mets against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow considered sticking with football, but instead chose baseball to take on a new challenge, he told ESPN's 'First Take" on Tuesday.

"I wanted to do something I wanted to do, that would be fun for me, a challenge for me," Tebow told host Max Kellerman. "That's why I chose to pick up a baseball bat."

Tebow, who signed a $100,000 contract to join the Mets this past summer, hit .194 with a .296 OBP, no home runs, three doubles and 20 strikeouts in 19 games during October's Arizona Fall League.

"At a certain point, it's not about what other people want you to do it's about what you want to do," he reitterated to Kellerman, parroting a line he frequently used during his book tour last November. "It's your life, not everybody else's life. I could go play football at another position, but why settle. Life isn't about settling, life is about striving."

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New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field in 2015. (Brad Barr)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field in 2015. (Brad Barr)

Suspended relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia and the Mets went through the formality Tuesday of agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,976,000, money he will not ever receive. 

Mejia was given a lifetime ban from baseball last Feb. 12 after his third positive test under the major league drug program. He remains on the Mets roster on the restricted list, and because he has four years of major league service he was eligible for salary arbitration. However, players serving drug suspensions do not get paid. 

Mejia's salary was cut the maximum 20 percent from his $2.47 million salary last year - money he also did not receive. 

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Will Jay Bruce ever be traded? 00:05:17
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the trade market for Jay Bruce and which teams he would fit the best with.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson is operating under a mandate not to spend on new players until he removes money currently on the payroll, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

While Alderson is notorious for wanting to begin the season with budget space to make in-season deals, which he has done the past two years, I hope this is not accurate considering the organization is coming off back-to-back postseason appearances.

In either case, Alderson obviously wants to trade Jay Bruce and his $13 million salary for an established, high-leverage, right-handed relief pitcher, then use his remaining money to sign a left-handed reliever and any pitcher willing to accept a minor-league deal.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Baltimore Orioles, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets infielder Jose Reyes received advice on hitting today from his friend, former Mets OF and current Astros DH Carlos Beltran.

"You're never too old to take advice," Reyes wrote on Instagram after working out with Beltran at the Bomberville Indoor Baseball Facility in the Bronx...

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Jay Bruce (19) has dominated the Mets news cycle during the Winter Meetings (USA TODAY Sports)
Jay Bruce (19) has dominated the Mets news cycle during the Winter Meetings (USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have reportedly been trying to trade Jay Bruce for a relief pitcher or prospects, while freeing up salary to sign additional help for their bullpen.

In the last four months, the Orioles, Rangers, Blue Jays, Giants and other teams have all reportedly shown some level interest in trading for Bruce.

Here's how I would characterize each team as a possible trade partner...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 9, 2016; Kelly Johnson (55) hits a RBI double at Turner Field. Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2016; Kelly Johnson (55) hits a RBI double at Turner Field. Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves are interested in signing free-agent infielder Kelly Johnsonaccording to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Johnson signed with the Braves as a free agent prior to each of the past two seasons and was traded to the Mets both years.

In 2015, the Mets acquired Johnson and Juan Uribe for minor leaguers John Gant and Robert Whalen. Last season, they acquired Johnson in return for RHP prospect Akeel Morris.

In 131 games with the Mets during that time, Johnson, 34, hit .260 with a .319 OBP, 14 home runs, 14 doubles, 25 stolen bases and 37 RBIs, while playing all four infield positions and left field.

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Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)
Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)

It's after Jan. 1 and freezing in New York. Thankfully, Spring Training is roughly a month away...

Mets pitchers and catchers are required to report to Tradition Field by Feb. 12, with their first full workout coming two days later. The team's position players are not required to report until Feb. 17, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for Feb. 19.

That said, just like in previous seasons, I'm sure dozens of players will begin descending on St. Lucie in the next couple of weeks. Thanks to having their strength and conditioning consultant, Mike Barwis, in St. Lucie running his facility at Tradition Field, the pre-spring meet up essentially turns in to an official-unofficial mini camp. In other words, the reporting dates are nothing but a formality...

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