According to the New York Times, MLB has approved a rule change that will make the fake-to-third, throw-to-first pickoff move a balk.

“A large majority of the managers, I mean really a good amount, wanted to eliminate it,” Joe Torre told the Times. “So we presented it. ... Just my experience, added to what they want, I made a case for it. The feeling was, you’re deceiving the runner or the hitter.”

You'll get no complaint from me, and I almost always take the pitcher's point of view. At this point, this move is more likely to get a groan from the crowd and slow down the game than it is to get anyone out.

That said, if I ever get the opportunity to throw out the first pitch in Citi Field, I still plan to do the fake-to-third, throw-to-first move before getting set again for the real throw. I've been saying it for years, and can't turn back now...

Tags: MetsBlog, Editorial Aside, Matthew Cerrone

GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:00:39
Brandon Nimmo made an appearance at the Queens Baseball Convention and addressed the Mets' failed pursuit of Andrew McCutchen.

Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Noah Syndergaard (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have had 28 different Opening Day starters in their 56-year history in the Major Leagues: how many of them can you name? 

Considering that the quiz dates all the way back to the franchise's inception in 1962, the younger crowd will have to be top Mets historians to name them all. 

In the last seven years, the Mets have had seven different Opening Day starters. More than a few will require a deep dive into Mets memories and information, even those in recent times. 

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The Mets recorded their first-ever sweep of the Yankees in 2004, taking the three-game series at Shea Stadium. John Franco picked up the victory in the Saturday afternoon affair, after the Mets scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. (AP)
The Mets recorded their first-ever sweep of the Yankees in 2004, taking the three-game series at Shea Stadium. John Franco picked up the victory in the Saturday afternoon affair, after the Mets scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. (AP)

SNY's Michelle Yu joins former Met John Franco at Trattoria Il Mulino to cook, and talk about the Mets and New York.

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New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright (5) watches from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets injured third baseman David Wright (5) watches from the dugout during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Over the past three seasons, David Wright has been able to play only 75 games due to spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine. He didn't play at all in 2017, despite holding optimism about his health. 

What began as optimism in 2017 would end with two more surgeries and now, a month away from spring training, Wright admits he's uncertain about his comeback chances. But he's going to keep trying.  

"It really hurts to say this, but I obviously can't be relied on to go out there and do what I've done throughout my career," Wright said, via Anthony DiComo of MLB.com "That is a tough thing to say..."

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Lucroy the solution behind dish? 00:02:26
Baseball Night in New York looks at the merits of the Mets upgrading the catcher position, possibly with Jonathan Lucroy as a signing.

Despite being a month away from spring training, some top name free agents remain unsigned, including C Jonathan Lucroy. 

Lucroy, a two-time All-Star, endured a down year in 2017, hitting .265/.345/.716 in 423 AB with lows in HR, 6, and RBI, 40, since his rookie season. The 32-year-old is expected to command a two-year, $10-12 million per year deal. The guys on Baseball Night in New York discussed the possibility of the Mets signing Lucroy. 

"I think it's getting overlooked for years-- FOR YEARS-- one of their biggest weaknesses has been catcher," SNY contributor Sal Licata said. "When they made the trade for Travis D'Arnaud we all thought 'hey, finally, Sandy Alderson addressed this big need and they got a catcher in here.' Well, it's 6 years later and D'Arnaud has still not been that guy..."

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Gooden on Mets' young pitchers 00:04:44
Dwight Gooden gives his perspective on why the Mets' ace pitchers have suffered with injuries of late, and how they can bounce back in 2018.

Former Mets RHP Doc Gooden weighed in on Noah Syndergaard's new training regimen, saying it's a good thing he has decided to refocus on being flexible rather than building muscle.

"Most pitchers, you like to see them more flexilble than big," Gooden said. "Pitching is about flexibility."

Gooden added that Syndergaard wanting to get bigger, stronger, and throw harder before last season should have been a red flag.

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Sep 20, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 20, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) looks on from the dugout prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Jacob deGrom will reportedly earn $7.4 million this season after he and the Mets avoided arbitration and agreed in early January to a one-year contract.

This is a bargain for a guy that has already won Rookie of the Year, pitched in the All Star Game, is 3-1 in the postseason, has made 107 career starts and has 2.88 ERA and set a career high for wins and innings pitched last season.

I bet Jake is better this coming season than he was in 2017, if for no other reason than Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland almost certainly will have a positive impact on him.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Kevin McGowan (61) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Kevin McGowan (61) pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

RHP Chasen Bradford, who the Mets designated for assignment earlier this week to make room on the 40-man roster for Jay Bruce, has been claimed by the Mariners.

RHP Kevin McGowan, who was designated for assignment to make room for Adrian Gonzalez, cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Bradford, 28, had a 3.74 ERA and 1.27 WHIP with 27 strikeouts in 33.2 innings last season, during what was his major league debut.

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St. Lucie Mets first baseman Peter Alonso connects for a two-run double in the second inning against the Florida Fire Frogs at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
St. Lucie Mets first baseman Peter Alonso connects for a two-run double in the second inning against the Florida Fire Frogs at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso, who will be in major league camp during Spring Training, is No. 7 on MLB.com's list of the Top 10 first base prospects in baseball.

MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo said Alonso is the "highest riser" on the list, and wrote the following:

"Alonso entered his first full season of pro ball nowhere near the Top 10 first basemen list, even though he had hit very well during his summer debut following his second-round selection by the Mets out of the University of Florida. But then he showed that wasn't an aberration and hit his way to Double-A, with very solid hit and power tools showing up."

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Adam Fisher on Bruce, Dom Smith 00:05:18
Former Mets and Braves front office executive Adam Fisher joins Mets Hot Stove to break down Jay Bruce and the Mets' plans at first base.

Former Mets and Braves executive Adam Fisher, who left the Braves earlier this offseason amidst their front office upheaval, was on Mets Hot Stove on SNY on Thursday night to discuss the team's acquisition of Jay Bruce, and how the Adrian Gonzalez signing might impact Dominic Smith.

Fisher, who had been serving as the Mets' director of baseball operations before joining the Braves, said one of the reasons the Mets brought Bruce back was because "he showed the Mets that he had the character to succeed in this city."

"One of the biggest challenges for a front office in this market is figuring out who has the makeup and character to succeed here," Fisher said. "There were questions about whether Jay would have success here, coming in to last season after he struggled coming over from the Reds. And he completely turned around that narrative. He was a very consistent presence in the Mets' lineup, he improved his defense, and he was also a very positive person in that clubhouse."

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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Rather have Frazier or Nunez? 00:04:12
With the Mets looking to add to the infield via free agency, BNNY compares available players Todd Frazier and Eduardo Nunez.

There are 24 days until Mets pitchers and catchers are required to report to Port St. Lucie for the official start of Spring Training. That said, Yoenis Cespedes, Amed Rosario, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, and several pitchers are already in town working out at the team's complex...

In the meantime, the Mets are reportedly still in the market to acquire one more position player, which will likely be a free-agent infielder signed to a guaranteed contract.

I've heard Sandy Alderson can spend roughly $10 million more on new talent this winter, though that number could be more depending on the player.

As I explained yesterday, at this point, I think more can be gained from signing a reliable free agent number-three starting pitcher, as opposed to acquiring an infielder. However, my hunch is the Mets will do the opposite and land Eduardo Nunez, who he can play second and third base and will be less expensive ($7-8 million a year) than Neil Walker or Todd Frazier...

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Daily News Live: Tebow-Time 00:02:47
The DNL Panel discuss the news that Tim Tebow will start training camp with the Mets at major league camp in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

Mets outfielder Tim Tebow is among nine players invited to major league spring training, the team announced Friday.

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New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto one day before the 2017 All-Star Game (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto one day before the 2017 All-Star Game (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that he does not expect Michael Conforto to return from the disabled list until around May 1.

"Everything's going as planned," Alderson explained. "There's been no setbacks," however, "Right now, I don't expect him to be ready for opening day."

Conforto had season-ending surgery last summer to repair the posterior capsule in his right shoulder. The initial diagnosis was that it would require at least a six-month recovery.

Alderson is taking the right approach in lowering expectations. I've been consistently told by team insiders since last October that it will be impossible to project Conforto's return until he can be evaluated in St. Lucie and begins ramping up his rehab program...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is congratulated by center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) is congratulated by center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after hitting a home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

With the return of Jay Bruce and a hole remaining in the infield, much of the buzz around the Mets this week has centered on the possibility of trading Brandon Nimmo or Juan Lagares for a second baseman. But the Mets are still dangerously thin in the outfield and willingly dealing away what little depth they have would be a serious mistake.

The Mets currently have five outfielders on the 40-man roster: Bruce, Nimmo, Lagares, Michael Conforto, and Yoenis Cespedes. Conforto, as reported earlier, is expected to be out at a minimum the entire month of April. Moreover, Nimmo, Lagares, and Cespedes all have lost significant time in recent years. The safe assumption is that they will be down by at least one man for the bulk of the season.

Teams have gotten by with four outfielders on the active roster for short stretches, but rarely for long stretches. And if the Mets were to have two on the sidelines at the same time -- a fairly common occurrence -- they would have no choice but to dig into their minor league depth, and that's where things start to get scary...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Mets 1B Dominic Smith and Adrian Gonzalez. Credit: USA Today
Mets 1B Dominic Smith and Adrian Gonzalez. Credit: USA Today

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThere are some mixed feelings about the Mets' signing of veteran 1B Adrian Gonzalez. Some think it's a great, low-risk move, and make valid points about that. Others think it's an unnecessary move, and I am one of those people.

I'd understand the move more if Gonzalez was going to split time with Dominic Smith and act like a mentor to him beyond Spring Training. But, that's not the case. There is no competition for the job, as Gonzalez confirmed on Thursday. Adrian Gonzalez, a 35-year-old first baseman who spent the majority of last season on the disabled list, has the job. And the young, up-and-coming first baseman, Dominic Smith, does not.

I know Alderson was not happy with Smith's performance last season. I get that. Mistakes were made that should not have been. But, last season was the time to make the mistakes and learn from them. The team literally had nothing to lose as they were so far out of the playoff race. It seems like the Mets are giving up on Smith for this upcoming season. They shouldn't be...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michelle Ioannou
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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)

New Mets 1B Adrian Gonzalez said on Thursday during a conference call that from what the team has told him, he expects to be the starting first baseman this season.

"There is somewhat of a defined role as far as starting a certain amount of games," Gonzalez said, adding that he'll serve as a mentor of sorts for Dominic Smith during Spring Training.

Gonzalez said Smith has a "beautiful swing" that "can generate a lot of power."

Tags: Dominic Smith, Danny Abriano
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Lance Lynn (Jake Roth)
Lance Lynn (Jake Roth)

The Mets have the third-best starting rotation in baseball, according to MLB executives, Buster Olney and ESPN.com's Stats & Information department. As a result, according to Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, the Mets are capable of being this year's 'see-saw team,' he said on MLB Network.

In Smoltz's opinion, if their starting rotation remains healthy, the Mets are more than capable of winning 92 games in 2018 after losing 92 games in 2017. Mets GM Sandy Alderson clearly agrees, having told SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio yesterday that he does not intend to sign another starting pitcher because he believes in the current's staff's ability to remain healthy and effective in 2018...

"We're confident we're going to see a significant difference and greater health this year," he boldly told hosts Jim Duquette and Ryan Spilborghs. "The bottom line is, if they're not healthy, we're probably not going to be competitive. It's that critical for us."

Health is important and will no doubt be a major factor in the team's success. However, I'm actually more concerned about the lack of known quantities in the rotation than I'm worried about their health...

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1B Adrian Gonzalez, whose free agent deal with the Mets became official on Thursday, tweeted about his excitement.

Click below for the tweet

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Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the team can add another significant contract to fill their infield void. Here are their potential targets...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Danny Abriano
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What's the plan with Nimmo? 00:02:22
With the news that the Mets decided to pass on Andrew McCutchen in order to hold onto Brandon Nimmo, the BNNY crew has questions.

The Mets are "not particularly enthusiastic" about trading OF Brandon Nimmo in exchange for INF/OF Josh Harrison of the Pirates, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

While the Mets have engaged the Pirates in talks for Harrison, talks are not ongoing, Puma also reported on Wednesday. The Mets believe the asking price is not consistent with Harrison's contract, according to Puma. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Bruce on reuniting with Callaway 00:06:57
Gary Apple talks with Jay Bruce, who says he's excited to reunite with Mickey Callaway in New York after both were members of the Indians.

Mets OF Jay Bruce said manager Mickey Callaway was involved in the final stages of the process before he returned to the Mets on a three-year deal worth $39 million.

"He was actually kind of the one who started the final conversations before this thing all kind of took place," Bruce told SNY's Gary Apple on Wednesday. "He gave me a call and kind of said 'we're in.'" 

Bruce added that Callaway impressed him during his time in Cleveland, when Callaway was the team's pitching coach.

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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | If you're handicapping what's next for the Mets now that they've celebrated returning free agent Jay Bruce with a Citi Field press conference, here's the way Sandy Alderson looks at the rest of the Met winter:

He'd rather sign a free agent than make a trade to improve the club. He says he could offer a potential free-agent infielder a "significant" contract. He doesn't agree with the hot takes that peg the Mets' farm system as mostly-devoid of desirable players, nor do he and his lieutenants believe the Mets need to add another bullpen arm.

Oh, and Alderson likes Brandon Nimmo's skill set an awful lot...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Anthony McCarron
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

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

"Everything's going as planned," Alderson said. "There's been no setbacks. But his schedule is such that I don't expect him back until the first of May. Any updates we have will probably be about the time we open camp. Right now, I don't expect him to be ready for opening day."

It was reported in November that Conforto's recovery was progressing well, and he was expected to start swinging a bat by late-January, but Alderson has maintained since earlier this offseason that he didn't expect Conforto to be ready for Opening Day.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Bruce talks trade, re-signing 00:07:20
Jay Bruce sheds light on what went on behind the scenes of his trade to Cleveland and return to New York.

While introducing the newly-signed Jay Bruce on Wednesday morning at Citi Field, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said there were a variety of factors that went in to bringing Bruce back.

"Strictly on the basis of performance, we're very happy to have him back," Alderson said, adding that Bruce's durability and versatility were huge things in his favor.

"Jay has proven to be versatile," Alderson said, noting that Bruce volunteered to play first base last year when injuries mounted. "Why we don't expect Jay to be a career first-baseman with the Mets," his ability to play there "gives us the confidence to move people around."

Tags: Jay Bruce, Danny Abriano
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Who's on first in 2018? 00:06:30
Baseball Night in New York breaks down the development of Dominic Smith and how he fits in with the signing of Adrian Gonzalez in 2018.

I'm trying very hard to keep an open mind and see the silver lining in the Mets signing Adrian Gonzalez to a one-year, league minimum contract.

The fact is that he's just one year removed from having a .784 OPS. And, while there's probably a less than five-percent chance he ever hits at that level again, he doesn't have to win an MVP or even bat .250 to provide meaningful, long-lasting value to the Mets. 

In late-December, when at Citi Field for a team event, 1B prospect Dominic Smith looked to be in significantly better shape than he was at the end of last season. I assume he's continuing to keep up his conditioning and new diet and is going to impress everyone when he gets to Spring Training. Nevertheless, signing Gonzalez signals the strong possibility that Smith starts next year in Triple-A.

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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)

Tune in today at 11 a.m. on SNY's Facebook page as the Mets re-introduce Jay Bruce.

The agreement between the Mets and Bruce became official Tuesday night when the club announced it has brought back the slugger for three years and $39 million.

Bruce will receive a signing bonus of $3 million. He'll earn $10 million in 2018 and $13 million in each of the last two seasons of the deal.

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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario celebrates in the dugout after being driven in on a run in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario celebrates in the dugout after being driven in on a run in the fifth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Amed Rosario, who is expected to be the Mets' starting shortstop this coming season, is already in St. Lucie working on improving his strike zone recognition and patience at the plate.

"I've been working hard, steadily, every single day,'' Rosario told The NY Post through translator Melissa Rodriguez. "Coming into this year, I've really been focusing on my strike zone, trying to make that smaller and, of course, trying not to go for some of those bad pitches."

As a 21-year-old in what was his first taste of the majors, Rosario hit .248/.271/.394 with four HR, four doubles, four triples, and seven stolen bases, but walked just three times in 170 plate appearances. He also struck out 49 times -- a rate of 28.8 percent. For comparison, Yankees OF Aaron Judge -- who was challenging the all-time strikeout record last season -- struck out 30.7 percent of the time.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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There are multiple opportunities still available to help improve the Mets, despite the number of deals that have gone in down in the last few days...

In the wake of Jay Bruce signing with the Mets, Andrew McCutchen was traded to the Giants, the Twins signed Addison Reed, and the Nationals signed Howie Kendrick.

Meanwhile, Mike Moustakas, Todd Frazier, Neil Walker, Eduardo Nunez, Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, J.D. Martinez and countless mid-level relief pitchers remain available on the free-agent market. Also, Josh Harrison is still on the Pirates, and Starlin Castro is still on the Marlins, both of whom are reportedly available in trade.

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New York Mets' Jay Bruce, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Asdrubal Cabrera (13) during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 11-4. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Asdrubal Cabrera (13) during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 11-4. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

With baseball's Hot Stove cool to the touch, Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan penned a lengthy piece asking whether the sport's economic system might be broken.

The offseason's biggest moves have come via trade, with Giancarlo Stanton going to the Yankees and Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen joining the Giants. 

The Mets have agreed to a pair of free agent deals, inking RP Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14 million pact last month and bringing back OF Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract.

Tags: Jay Bruce
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Jul 29, 2017; Cooperstown, NY, USA; The National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, NY. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 29, 2017; Cooperstown, NY, USA; The National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, NY. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Yes, I know. My Hall of Fame ballot is wrong.

Heck, the only person on the planet who thinks it's right is the one typing this. And even I acknowledge there are some things I could've changed. More on that in a moment.

My ballot's first imperfection, at least according to some, stems from the fact that I'm a Big Hall guy. I've voted for 10 players -- the maximum allowed -- every year since 2013. Some believe there should be fewer players elected; I say, "What fun is that?"

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The latest on deGrom 00:01:01
On Baseball Night in New York, John Harper discusses what he heard from Jacob deGrom, including how he plans on winning the Cy Young Award.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom says his main personal goal for 2018 is to win the Cy Young award.

"That's the main goal," deGrom told John Harper of the NY Daily News. "You set the bar high and go after it. That's what I'm striving for."

DeGrom had a 3.53 ERA (3.50 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP with a career-high 239 strikeouts in a career-high 201.1 innings in 2017. 

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Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Pirates INF/OF Josh Harrison suggested Tuesday that in the wake of the team trading RHP Gerrit Cole and OF Andrew McCutchen, that he would like to be traded next if the team doesn't plan to contend in 2018.

The Mets, Yankees, and Blue Jays are among the teams who have been talking with the Pirates this offseason about a potential trade for Harrison.

"Now, I am the most tenured member of the Pirates, I want to win, I want to contend, I want to win championships in 2018, 2019 and beyond," Harrison said in a statement released to The Athletic.

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New York Mets shortstop Luis Guillorme of the Scottsdale Scorpions during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Luis Guillorme of the Scottsdale Scorpions during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infield prospect Luis Guillorme, who is the team's 10th-best prospect, according to Baseball America, is the second baseman on MLB Pipeline's All Defense team. The 23-year-old Guillorme started 56 games at shortstop and 52 games at second base last season for Double-A Binghamton, while hitting .283/.376/.331 with 20 doubles and one HR.

"He could have challenged for shortstop honors if the presence of Amed Rosario in New York hadn't led the Mets to shift Guillorme to the other side of the bag last June," Jim Callis writes for MLB.com. "He's not the quickest middle infielder, but his hands, reflexes and instincts are as good as anyone's in the Minors. He has solid range and arm strength, and he would have led the Double-A Eastern League in fielding percentage at both second (.983) and short (.968) last year if he had played enough at either position to qualify."

Click below to see Guillorme's defense on display...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Danny Abriano
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Mets outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares, and infielders Amed Rosario and Wilmer Flores are working out today at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, FL.

"Work in silence and let the others make the noise," Lagares wrote as part of his caption on Instagram.

Click below for the picture of Lagares and his teammates

Tags: Amed Rosario, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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DNL: McCutchen on the move 00:02:33
The panel discusses the possible impact the Andrew McCutchen trade to San Francisco has on the Yankees' or Mets' offseason plans.

The Pirates traded former All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and $2.5 million to the San Francisco Giants for RHP Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus pool money on Monday.

The Mets were "exploring" a trade for McCutchenJohn Harper of NY Daily News said Thursday on SNY's Baseball Night in New York.

McCutchen and/or teammate INF Josh Harrison have reportedly been potential trade targets for the Mets, according to Steven Marcus of Newsday. The Mets' interest in McCutchen was first reported on Jan. 5 by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares
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Sep 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Howie Kendrick (4) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Sep 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Howie Kendrick (4) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

The Nationals have signed free-agent utility man, Howie Kendrick, to a two-year, $7 million contract, first reported by USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale.

Kendrick'd deal can max out at $9.25 million over the two years, which incldues $2.25 million based on his plate appearances, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal

Kendrick played with the Nats for 52 games last year, while starting the season with the Phillies. He posted a .293/.343/.494 slash line with seven homers and 25 RBI in Washington. 

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Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

Happy Monday, Mets fans! Moves have actually been made, and whether or not you like both of them, things are at least happening, right? I for one am happy to have Jay Bruce back, and I'll just leave it at that for now and continue on to report this past week's off the field news.

There was a reunion of former Mets players in White Plains on Saturday -- just look at this iconic trio below...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Benny Sieu)
(Benny Sieu)

The Brewers are continuing their pursuit of 3B Mike Moustakas, and if they end up landing him, they might look to trade their current third baseman, Travis Shaw, per The Athletic's Jim Bowden

One of the teams Bowden mentions is the Mets, as well as the Yankees and Braves as potential trade destinations for Shaw. In his first season with the Brewers, he posted a .273/.349/.513 slash line to go along with 31 homers and 101 RBI in his best season in the MLB thus far. 

Shaw is also a stout defender, having only committed nine errors in 255 attempts at third base last season. He was also worth +3 in DRS as well as +10 in 2016 with the Red Sox. 

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The Mets will sign 1B Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports also reported that the Mets and Gonzalez reached a deal. Nightengale had reported earlier that the Mets were engaged in "serious discussions" to acquire Gonzalez.

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Jenrry Mejia celebrates after the Mets defeated the Brewers, 3-2. Mejia recorded three strikeouts in the ninth inning en route to his 14th save of the season. (AP)
Jenrry Mejia celebrates after the Mets defeated the Brewers, 3-2. Mejia recorded three strikeouts in the ninth inning en route to his 14th save of the season. (AP)

Former Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia, who is suspended from the MLB for life after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy three times, is expected to apply for reinstatement, according to Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com

Mejia's ban was given to him on February 12, 2016. If his appeal is successful and he is reinstated, he'd be eligible to play again on February 12, 2018. 

Recently, the Mets and Mejia agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.7 million, though he will not receive the money unless he applies for and receives reinstatement. 

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Off-beat questions with Doc 00:02:19
Former Mets pitcher Doc Gooden sits down with SNY's Gary Apple to answer some off-the-field questions.

Former Mets pitcher Doc Gooden sits down with SNY's Gary Apple to answer some off-the-field questions, including the atmosphere difference between Shea Stadium and Citi Field, advice for Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr., and the current hitter he'd most like to face.

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New York Mets pitcher Addison Reed pitches during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Addison Reed pitches during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)

The Twins and Addison Reed have agreed on a two-year, $17 million deal pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Reed had reportedly been a target for the Mets this offseason.

Reed, 29, was with the Mets for just under two years. The team acquired him from the Diamondbacks on August 31, 2015 before trading him to the Red Sox on July 31, 2017. 

The RHP enjoyed a career year in his one full season for the Mets in 2016. Reed had a 1.97 ERA (1.97 FIP) and 0.94 WHIP in 77 2/3 IP with 91 K. Last season between the Mets and Red Sox, Reed had a 2.84 ERA (3.67 FIP) and 1.05 WHIP over 76 IP with 76 K and 19 saves.

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

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is back, and as usual, he is beaming with confidence.

The Mets underwhelmed in 2017 with a 70-92 record, but that doesn't mean anything to Syndergaard who says they'll be at the top of the division at the end of the regular season in 2018. 

"I think it's going to be an awesome year, a lot of fun competing against other guys in our division," Syndergaard told The Post's Mike Puma. "I'm pretty confident we'll come out on top."

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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The deadline for MLB teams and their arbitration-eligible players to submit salary figures for 2018 is today, Jan. 12. In the the event player and team can not reach agreement before Saturday, an arbitration hearing will be scheduled for February. However the two sides can still negotiate before going to a hearing...


9:00 p.m.: AJ Ramos reaches a $9.225 million deal with the Mets to avoid arbitration. The 31-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season. 

6:53 p.m.: Zach Wheeler filed for arbitration at $1.9 million while the Mets filed at $1.5 million, per The Post's Ken Davidoff. The Mets and Wheeler can negotiate a deal before the arbitration hearings in February. Wheeler is arbitration-eligible next season before becoming a free agent in 2020. 

 

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

As Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler come off of disappointing and injury-riddled seasons, their futures with the Mets remain hazy. Though both were highly-touted and, in Harvey's case, experienced a significant run of exceptional success, there's a chance that at least one of them will be pitching out of the bullpen by the end of next season.

Rumblings about Wheeler pitching out of the bullpen started almost as soon as his major league career. As a flamethrower with difficulty pitching deep into games, it seemed to be a natural fit, though the promise of a young pitcher reaching his full potential as a starter was enough to keep him in the rotation even after his 2015 Tommy John surgery. But promise doesn't last forever, and the 27-year-old has yet to show he can overcome his deficiencies as a starter.

One of the issues that has always made Wheeler a frustrating pitcher to watch is his difficulty going deep into games. He has yet to average 6 innings per start in a season, and 2017 was his worst yet, averaging just over 5. Converting him into a reliever would instantly eliminate one of his biggest weaknesses, though it's questionable whether it would address the primary cause of that weakness -- his sky-high walk rate. It would also likely add some velocity to his fastball, which could potentially boost his strikeout numbers. And the smaller workload could preserve his arm health, which is in serious question right now...

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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets C Travis d'Anruad was "ecstatic" after getting a text from his dad telling him Jay Bruce was returning.

"I literally jumped and almost hit my head on the ceiling, I was so excited," d'Arnaud told SNY on Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night. "I'm so happy he's back."

D'Arnaud said Bruce, who reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth $39 million, is a huge clubhouse presence.

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Seth Lugo pitches at Citi Field.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Seth Lugo pitches at Citi Field. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Seth Lugo can't quite get used to the idea that the kids now at his old high school sometimes call him "sir" when they see him at the gym. "Hey," Lugo says, "I'm still a player. Don't call me 'sir.'"

After a moment's reflection, though, Lugo admits, "Maybe I am 'sir.'"

The students at Parkway High in Bossier City, La. might be on to something, considering the Met pitcher's career arc. A former 34th-round pick, Lugo missed his first full pro season because of spinal surgery, made a splash as a surprise contributor to the Mets' 2016 run to the NL Wild Card Game, starred in the World Baseball Classic last year, and then faced a serious elbow injury that he knows he'll "have to stay on top of the rest of my career."

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Gooden breaks down Harvey 00:02:49
New York Mets legend Doc Gooden discusses what to expect from Matt Harvey in 2018 and the importance of Harvey starting the season strong.

Former Mets RHP Doc Gooden believes RHP Matt Harvey has a lot of baseball left in him, and that he has more than enough velocity to have success.

"If he's throwing 94, 95, as opposed to 98, 100, that's still okay," Gooden told SNY. "Getting ahead of hitters and trusting your fastball, and not worrying about trying to trick guys. Still go with your strength, and make those guys beat your strength."

If he's healthy, and knowing that it's okay -- you can get away with 94 -- it don't have to be 98. I think Matt's going to be fine. I know he has a desire and a fire to win, and that's why I have a lot of confidence in Matt."

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BNNY on Bruce's return to Mets 00:05:47
The Baseball Night in New York crew break down Jay Bruce returning to the Mets and how this impacts the team going forward.

Sandy Alderson intends to acquire at least one more position player, but can add only an additional $10 million in salary this winter, according to sources.

By the way, as it pertains to payroll, MLB agents expect nearly every team will end up cutting payroll by at least 10 percent, which is about where the Mets will end up as well.

I keep hearing that the Mets are still open to doing something meaningful, be it trading Juan Lagares, acquiring an everyday center fielder, or freeing up money to bring in a bonafide third baseman or second baseman. However, with so few impact prospects to deal, just $10 million left to spend, only 33 days until pitchers and catchers, and still so much gridlock in the market place (see below), it's growing increasingly difficult for Alderson to knock down dominoes and make an ideal surgical strike.

This is why I think the Mets will soon end up signing a less-than $10 million per year infielder, like Howie Kendrick, declare themselves essentially done, and then shift to luring in position and pitching depth using minor-league deals.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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