Oh, wow, it's August already, huh? Four months into the season, let’s check on which Mets prospects have changed their prospect stock. We did this routine in May and June.

1. RHP Noah Syndergaard

Stock: Still the best in the system

After an injury-marred June, Thor seems to have turned a corner as July has come to a close. He's allowed one earned run or fewer in three of his last four starts. Overall, in those four, he has a 3.27 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with 26 strikeouts against eight walks against the 99 batters he's faced. It now seems possible, if not probable, that he will make his big league debut sometime in 2014.

He, Wally Backman and Frank Viola talked to Jared Diamond about his learning curve in Triple-A.

2. C Travis d’Arnaud

Stock: Up.

Travis d'Arnaud finished July at .272/.314/.481 with 10 extra-base hits in 21 games in the month. He's sitting at .288/.327/.500 in his 27 games since returning from his Triple-A exile. He's doing much better. He still has to learn a little more strike zone control as in those 27 games he's struck out 20 times and walked just five in 110 PA. There's nothing wrong with a strikeout rate of 18 percent - actually, that's really good - but a walk rate of 4.5 percent is just not going to cut it.

3. RHP Rafael Montero

Stock: In neutral

Coming off a left oblique strain on June 14, Montero made the full rehab tour stopping in with both complex affiliates in the GCL and the Florida State League, before returning to Triple-A on July 20. In his three starts this month in Triple-A, he allowed six runs on 14 hits in 15 2/3 innings with six walks and 15 strikeouts. That's solid, but hardly dominant. His 6 2/3 shutout innings on the final day of the month seems like a step in the right direction, however.

4. OF Cesar Puello

Stock: Down

Since coming off the disabled list on July 6, Puello hit a solid .282/.404/.513 in 15 games in the month with strike zone control - as he earned four walks against nine strikeouts. However, he started 13 of the 51s 24 games since his return. He lost playing time to a red-hot Matt den Dekker, Andrew Brown, Anthony Seratelli and Cory Vaughn. Even in Triple-A, plate appearances and innings pitched are investments in a team's big league future. The Mets are clearly choosing not to invest in Puello.

5. INF Wilmer Flores

Stock: Looking for an opening

He can hit in Triple-A, but he's still trying to prove he can do it in the big leagues. If the Mets were willing to move him around to all four of first, second, third and short in the big leagues (and use him as a platoon replacement for Lucas Duda — a career .215/.294/.323 batter vs. LHP — at first) he could start 4-6 games a week.

6. CF Brandon Nimmo

Stock: Up.

After finishing up the first half at .322/.448/.458 in the Florida State League, Nimmo earned his promotion to Double-A Binghamton. After a slow start, he's hit .243/.355/.447 in July with four homers and 18 walks against 25 strikeouts in 27 games. He's fine. Actually, he's better than fine, he's doing very well at age 21.

7. LHP Steven Matz

Stock: Up

Matz was roughed up a bit in his last start of the month, but he finished July with a 3.03 ERA in 29 2/3 innings with 24 (19.5 percent) strikeouts against six walks (4.9 percent). He's working on improving his curveball. As long as he's healthy, Mets fans should see him in 2015, or if there's a need in the rotation, September 2014 is a possibility too.

8. 1B Dominic Smith

Stock: Resting comfortably

Smith hit .292/.375/.333 in 26 games in July with 14 walks (12.5 percent) against 15 strikeouts (13 percent). He's doing everything good hitters do - making contact, walking and not striking out - except for hitting for power. Obviously, hitting for power is part of the job description at first, but Smith is 19 and playing in a huge ballpark to rightfield.

9. SS Amed Rosario

Stock: Unchanged

Rosario hit .286/.330/.371 in 27 games in July in the New York Penn League which is pretty close to his full-season line in the league of .289/.335/.380 in 44 games as a Cyclone as an 18-year-old. He's striking out in only 15 percent of his plate appearances, which is strong.

10. 2B Dilson Herrera

Stock: Up.

He just keeps hitting. In 26 games in July, he hit .340/.402/.585, with 14 extra-base hits. Sure, there's lots of batting average in there, but also a .245 isolated slugging percentage. In 37 games in Double-A, he's at .344/.404/.556. I wrote about the 20-year-old at more length here.

11. C Kevin Plawecki

Stock: Up

In a July in which he got to play in the Futures Game, Plawecki has hit .310/.383/.452 in 13 games for the 51s. He's run a 6/7 BB/K ratio in 18 games in Triple-A. The Mets have a good situation with d'Arnaud figuring it out at the big league level, and Plawecki progressing behind him. The Mets seem pleased by his progress defensively as we discussed here.

12. SS Gavin Cecchini

Stock: Oh, boy.

Cecchini earned a promotion after the first half from Savannah to advanced Single-A St. Lucie at age 20, where he has struggled, hitting .191/.246/.260 in 37 games. Some of that is BABIP - he's down to .219. But he's also not hitting for any power as evidenced by his .069 isolated slugging percentage and his 3.5 percent extra-base hit rate. Basically, he'll be repeating the FSL next year at age 21.

We discussed him in the mid-season promotion feature. In short, there’s a big leaguer in here, but his bat will have to keep improving for me to think there’s an above average everyday guy.

13. RHP Gabriel Ynoa

Stock: Up

Ynoa has been a little up and down in Double-A, but it's all worked out to a 4.08 ERA in 28 2/3 innings over five starts. He's been hittable, with 38 hits allowed and a .309 batting average against. Just 21, there might be a fly-ball oriented rotation piece in here. Our feature on him is here.

14. RHP Michael Fulmer

Stock: Slipping

In his last five starts, Fulmer owns a 2.22 ERA over 28 2/3 innings, but that overstates how well he's pitched as he's allowed six unearned runs to run his total r/9 to 4.13. However, in those five, he's fanned 30 and walked 10 for a 24 percent strikeout rate and an 8 percent walk rate, which are both very solid. So, maybe he's starting to figure it out.

15. RHP Vic Black

Stock: Up and gone.

He’s a big leaguer now.

16. RHP Jacob deGrom

Stock: Up and gone.

He’s a big leaguer now.

17. RHP Domingo Tapia

Stock: Down.

Well under the radar, Tapia put together a very solid July: 2.35 ERA, 23 IP, 21 H, 9 BB, 17 K. I still think he's a reliever in the end, but that's nice progress from a guy who had walked 31 and fanned 23 in his first three months. I love the arm, and who wouldn’t like 96-98 mph with sink and run?

18. RHP Jeff Walters

Stock: Down

Walthers, who was added to the 40-man roster in the fall, was ineffective in Triple-A and then had Tommy John surgery.

19. RHP Cory Mazzoni

Stock: Down

Mazzoni's rehab tour took him from the GCL to advanced Single-A to Triple-A. In three starts with the 51s, he's been wild: 14.1 IP, 15 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 10 BB, 8 K. Yeah, that's more walks than strikeouts. Not good. Maybe there's a big league reliever in here.

20. LHP Jack Leathersich

Stock: Barely holding

Still putting up big strikeout numbers in Double-A, while repeating the level.

21. RHP Luis Mateo

Stock: Same

Mateo's Tommy John rehab tour has stalled in Brooklyn where at last check, he was throwing "lots" of 89-90 mph fastballs.

22. CF Champ Stuart

Stock: Up

The 21-year-old hit .271/.358/.357 in 20 games in July in which he dealt with some relatively minor nagging injuries including a hip flexor and a pitch off his hand. Oh, and he was 11-for-11 stealing bases in the month. He might be the fastest player in the Mets' system now, which gives him a chance to really impact a game on the base paths and defensively in center.

I wrote about Stuart here and here.

Personal note: I enjoy watching Stuart run.

23. OF Ivan Wilson

Stock: Slipping

Wilson is big and strong, but strikes out a ton. In 22 games in July, he hit .256/.323/.360 in Kingsport with 38 strikeouts. Until he can cut down on the strikeouts, he's more great athlete, than really good baseball prospect.

His profile, about his adjustments, big and small, is here.

24. RHP Luis Cessa

Stock: Down

Meh. He was ok in July (23 IP, 4.70 ERA, 18 K, 6 BB) but he's been ok for most of the year. It's hard to project a big league future for Cessa, although he should make it up to AA and even AAA at some point.

25. RHP Robert Gsellman

Stock: Up

Gsellman was effective in five July starts: 2.93 ERA, 30.2 IP, 13 R, 10 ER, 11 BB, 30 K.

His is a funny profile as a fastball/changeup righty. Still, at 90-92, touching 93/94 with a big body and feel for a changeup, it’s not hard to imagine Gsellman in a MLB rotation. he found the curveball in his last two starts and was untouchable: 14.2 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 16 K. Do it again, and again, and again, and I'll believe and send him shooting up the list.

26. RHP Chris Flexen

Stock: Down

Just when he was starting to figure it out, he heads under the knife to have bone chips removed and for Tommy John surgery.

27. RHP Casey Meisner

Stock: Down

Keith Law saw Meisner pitch for Brooklyn, and was unimpressed: "Meanwhile, Brooklyn starter Casey Meisner was awful, throwing 87-91 mph with an above-average curveball but no command or deception."

In five starts in July, Meisner gave up 20 runs, 16 earned in 16.1 innings with eight walks and 20 strikeouts on 27 hits. Ouch.

28. RHP Andrew Church

Stock: Down

Last year's second round pick gave up 25 hits in 18 innings in Kingsport in July and 16 runs, nine of which were earned while only striking out 11. In six starts for the K-Mets, he's allowed 42 hits in 26.2 innings.

As I wrote in June, "I got a look at Church in Kingsport, Tennessee on June 23, and the word I kept coming back to, as I watched his first star of 2014 was “flat.” Kingsport Manager Jose Leger and Pitching Coach Jonathan Hurst also called his stuff “flat” as well. The Mets’ second round pick in 2013 out of high school in Nevada sat 90-91. His changeup was firm at 83-84 and he used a slurvy slider at 79-ish sparingly. I thought he lost his release point at times as he dropped his arm. Church is not physically imposing at 6’2″, but he will pitch the entire season as a 19-year old."

29. C Juan Centeno

Stock: Unchanged

He’s still a low-end backup catcher. And he even got six games in the big leagues already this year to prove it! Now, he's back in Double-A.

30. SS Wilfredo Tovar

Stock: Unchanged.

Thumb surgery in June interrupted his season when he was hitting .313/.377/.373, 47 games in. He's rehabbing in St. Lucie and should be back up to Binghamton in short order.

31. 2B LJ Mazzilli

Stock: Holding, barely

Promoted from Savannah, Mazzilli hit .265/.318/.398 in 25 games for St. Lucie in 25 games in July in his age-23 season, so he's sitting at .281/.338/.444 in 35 games in advanced Single-A. He need to get hot in August to move up this list.

He says some advice from Yogi Berra in early May helped turn around his season. Scouts describe his work at second as mechanical, but he he’s on pace to start 2015 in Double-A.

32. OF Jared King

Stock: Down

A broken fibula has kept King out from May 11 to July 4. When he was healthy, the Mets promoted him from Savannah to St. Lucie where he's hit a punchless .239/.316/.268 in 20 games.

33. RHP Erik Goeddel

Stock: Down

Goeddel pitched better in July: 13.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 15 K after nasty control problems earlier this year. With a good August, as a 40-man guy, he might get a big league look in September.

34. CF Matt den Dekker

Stock: Same

den Dekker had a monster July in Vegas, hitting .420/.508/.630 in 29 games. He'll be 27 in August. This is his peak.

35. OF Cory Vaughn

Stock: Down

In 17 games in Triple-A, he hit .180/.281/.280 in July to take his overall line in Vegas to .229/.327/.328 in 39 games. Yup, he's playing over Cesar Puello some nights for some reason.

36. RHP Logan Verrett

Stock: Down

His July saw him allow seven home runs in 30 innings over five starts on his way to a 5.10 ERA. This could be Luis Cessa's future.

37. RHP Akeel Morris

Stock: Up, but only a little

I know in theory what he's doing in Savannah - working to repeat his delivery to refine his command and improving his curveball. However, he could probably be doing those things in advanced Single-A against better competition. For the year, he's run a 0.78 ERA in 46 innings with 72 strikeouts against 18 walks.

38. RHP Ricardo Jacquez

Stock: Down

He’s injured, and was back in Texas.

39. RHP Bret Mitchell

Stock: Down

He was injured and then walked nine in 11 innings in the Florida State League and now he’s back in the SAL where he's been largely effective with 14 strikeouts in 9.1 innings in July.

40. 3B Pedro Perez

Stock: Down

After a slow start, he hit .272/.378/.446 in 26 games in July in Kingsport while playing more games at first than third. That move across the diamond cuts into his value in a big way.

41. SS Luis Guillorme

Stock: Up, a little

His July: .253/.324/.295. A slick defender, he's never going to hit for much pop.

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Mets infield prospects Amed Rosario, Dom Smith (USA Today) and David Peterson (GoDucks.com)
Mets infield prospects Amed Rosario, Dom Smith (USA Today) and David Peterson (GoDucks.com)

Mets prospects Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith and David Peterson top the organization's mid-season prospect list, according to a recent report published by Baseball America...

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In the Season 2 premiere of The Amazin' Life, presented by Coca-Cola, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling launch a not-so-friendly competition

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Jul 7, 2017; Reed (43) celebrates with d'Arnaud (18) after a win at Busch Stadium. Credit: Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 7, 2017; Reed (43) celebrates with d'Arnaud (18) after a win at Busch Stadium. Credit: Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have discussed the idea of packaging Addison Reed with another big league player in order to improve a potential return, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

Aside from Reed, the Mets are open to trading Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, and Curtis Granderson, among others.

The Rays are one of the teams interested in Reed, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. As of July 21, there were at least six teams interested in trading Reed, according to Carig.

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FirstData Field in Port St. Lucie during March, 2017 (Credit: Cerrone, MetsBlog)
FirstData Field in Port St. Lucie during March, 2017 (Credit: Cerrone, MetsBlog)

Sixth-round pick Marcel Renteria's family has a history of high-level baseball play. One uncle, Gil Heredia, pitched for 10 seasons in the majors, primarily with Montreal and Oakland. Another uncle, Dave Oropeza, pitched for two seasons in the minors with the Expos before his career was sidetracked by Tommy John surgery.

Renteria, a 5-foot-11 right-hander, so far has made three relief appearances with the Brooklyn Cyclones since being drafted by the Mets in June.

He went a combined 12-7 with a 4.76 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 165 strikeouts in 158 2/3 innings in two seasons at New Mexico State while primarily working as a starter.

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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

The Cubs are among several teams that have expressed interest in trading for RHP Seth Lugo, but the Mets are not motivated to trade him, sources recently told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

According to Crasnick, the Cubs love Lugo's spin rate and believe he has "breakout potential."

Lugo, 27, missed the first two months of this season due to a torn UCL in his pitching elbow that he rehabbed and is pitching through in an effort to avoid Tommy John surgery.

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Mets back-up catcher Rene Rivera, who is the subject of a trade rumor (Charles LeClaire, USA Today)
Mets back-up catcher Rene Rivera, who is the subject of a trade rumor (Charles LeClaire, USA Today)

The Cubs have interest in acquiring Mets C Rene Rivera, the NY Post's Mike Puma tweeted July 25.

In addition to the Cubs, the Rockies are also looking to upgrade at catcher, according to MLB.com.

The Rockies have started asking about Jonathan Lucroy (Rangers), Kurt Suzuki (Braves) and Alex Avila (Tigers), all of whom are reportedly available in trade.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets RHP Robert Gsellman, who has been out since June 28 due to a hamstring injury, will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Thursday.

Gsellman left his start on June 27 against the Marlins in the fourth inning after suffering a left hamstring strain while running to first base.

The 24-year-old Gsellman has a 6.16 ERA and 1.62 WHIP and has allowed 97 hits while sgtriking out 57 and walking 26 in 76.0 innings (14 starts, three relief appearances) this season.

He had a 2.42 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings (seven starts, one relief appearance) in 2016, during what was his rookie season.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler
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Duda (21) doubles against the Pirates at Citi Field. Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Duda (21) doubles against the Pirates at Citi Field. Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays have interest in Lucas Duda and Addison Reed, the NY Post's Mike Puma tweeted July 25.

Duda, Yonder Alonso (A's), and Justin Bour (Marlins) are considered the top first basemen available on the trade market, according to a recent post on MLB Trade Rumors.

Despite acquiring Todd Frazier, the Yankees are still interested in all three, MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported last week. However, local reports indicate Bour will soon head to the disabled list after straining an oblique muscle during Monday night's game. It would be his second DL stint this season.

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Jul 4, 2017; Asdrubal Cabrera (13) hits at Nationals Park. Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 4, 2017; Asdrubal Cabrera (13) hits at Nationals Park. Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Sox reportedly had interest in trading for Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.

However, they instead acquired 3B Eduardo Nunez from the Giants in exchange for RH pitching prospects Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos, the two teams announced Tuesday.

Nevertheless, by twice playing third base this week, "a solid market has developed for Cabrera, leading to optimism that the Mets may find a trade partner before the deadline," sources told Newsday's Marc Carig.

The Mariners and Indians remain among multiple teams interested in Cabrera, a major league source said July 25, according to NY Post reporter Mike Puma.

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Yoenis Cespedes gets a Little League home run on a check-swing, two-RBI triple as the Padres make an error on the throw to third base.

Yoenis Cespedes was removed before the eighth inning Tuesday after legging out a triple, and sprinting home, on what he later described a 'Little League home run.'

Prior to leaving the game, Cespedes hit a triple, double and a home run, scored twice and drove in three runs, as Mets defeated the Padres, 6-5, in San Diego.

"I'm not too worried," Cespedes later said of his sore legs. "I don't think it's going to be an impediment for playing tomorrow."

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Terry Collins, Curtis Granderson, Seth Lugo and Yoenis Cespedes discuss their second straight win over the San Diego Padres.

The Mets have won eight of their last 12 games, and six of their last seven, including a 6-5 win against the Padres last night in San Diego.

However, with five days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they remain under .500, 12 back of the Nationals and seven losses back of the Rockies for the last Wild Card spot.

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

Mets closer Jeurys Familia will soon throw off a mound, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Familia started a throwing program in Port. St. Lucie earlier this month and Mets manager Terry Collins said he will return this season.

The 27-year-old underwent surgery in May after suffering an arterial blood clot in his right shoulder. He went 1-1 with three saves and a 3.86 ERA before he was placed on the 60-day disabled list.

Familia also missed 15 games to start the season after he was suspended for violating the league's domestic violence policy.

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New York Mets' Seth Lugo delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
New York Mets' Seth Lugo delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

The Mets (46-51) play the second game of a four-game set with the San Diego Padres (43-56) on Tuesday at Petco Park at 10:10 p.m. on SNY

Mets Padres
Curtis Granderson, CF Jose Pirela, LF
Asdrubal Cabrera, 3B Carlos Asuaje, 2B
Yoenis Cespedes, CF Wilm Myers, 1B
Jay Bruce, RF Hector Sanchez, C
TJ Rivera, 2B Hunter Renfroe, RF
Lucas Duda, 1B Cory Spangenberg, 3B
Jose Reyes, SS Manuel Margot, CF
Travis d'Arnaud, C Allen Cordoba, SS
Seth Lugo, P Kyle Lloyd, P

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Seth Lugo (4.05 ERA/3.87 FIP, 1.35 WHIP ) who earned a no-decision in his last outing against the Cardinals. He allowed just one run on four hits while striking out five and walking one in 6.2 innings. 

Lugo owns a 4.73 ERA while on the road compared to a 3.15 home ERA. He has had a good start to the second half of the season, posting a 2.70 ERA and .220 opponent batting average in 13.1 innings. 

 

Tags: San Diego Padres, Seth Lugo
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:07
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 6-5 win over the San Diego Padres.

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

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

1) Yoenis Cespedes hit a tie-breaking triple and scored on a throwing error by Padres first baseman Wil Myers during the same sequence in the seventh. The Mets' outfielder also delivered an RBI double and slugged a solo homer in the opening frame, his first long ball in 87 at-bats dating back to June 23. Cespedes left the game as a precaution following the top of the seventh after feeling tightness in his quad.

2) New York fell behind 3-1 but rallied to tie the game on RBI doubles by Cespedes in the fourth and Asdrubal Cabrera in the fifth. Travis d'Arnaud's run-scoring single plated Cabrera to give the Mets a brief 4-3 lead. Curtis Granderson reached base three times on a single, double and a walk.

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Mar 6, 2017; Rosario (61) forced out Destin Hood (68) at second base during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2017; Rosario (61) forced out Destin Hood (68) at second base during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mets prospect Amed Rosario could be called up to the major leagues within the next week or just after the trade deadline, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Rosario went 1-for-4 on Monday in his first game since July 17 after recovering from gastroenteritis and dehydration. The 21-year-old is hitting .329 with seven home runs, 55 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases in 88 games for Triple-A Las Vegas this season.

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Jose Reyes steals his 500th base in the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Monday night.

Mets SS Jose Reyes recorded the 500th stolen bases of his career when he swiped second during the eighth inning Monday night against the Padres in San Diego.

Immediately after the game, as the team congratulated itself for defeating the Padres, Reyes unlocked second base and kept it as a souvenir.

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In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR demands that the Mets make changes after news of Zack Wheeler's arm injury.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a stress reaction in his right arm, the team announced Monday.

"I sort of expected bumps in the road coming back this year," Wheeler, who missed the previous two seasons due to Tommy John surgery, told reporters on Monday. "It's just unfortunate because everything else feels awesome -- elbow, shoulder, everything feels great. And that's why it's so frustrating for me. The surgery repair feels great. This is something stupid and small that I can't help. I just want to go out there and pitch, but this is holding me back for a bit."

Wheeler said only the bone was irritated as opposed to a fracture. The team has not yet given a timetable for when Wheeler would return, however Wheeler told reporters he would take matters slowly.

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Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker, all of whom are eligible to free agents after the 2017 season (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Addison Reed and Neil Walker, all of whom are eligible to free agents after the 2017 season (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is six days away. And given the Mets still trail by double digits in the division and wild-card races, it's unquestionable they will be sellers.

Who exactly will go? Here's a list of nine contenders, from most to least likely...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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SNY.tv takes a look at the excellent season from outfielder Jay Bruce after struggling for parts of 2016.

With less than a week until the trade deadline, Jay Bruce is still not drawing significant interest from teams looking to acquire an outfielder, a source recently told Newsday's Marc Carig.

Bruce, 30, is tied for fourth in the National League with 25 home runs putting him on pace to hit 42 this season, which would be the most of his career.

He is due roughly $5 million through the rest of this season, after which he will be a free agent.

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Breaking down Conforto's year 00:02:28
Nelson Figueroa breaks down Michael Conforto's resurgence at the plate which led to his first All-Star Game nod earlier in the year.

The Mets are now five games below .500 after winning seven of their last 11 games.

With six days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they are eight losses back of the Rockies for the final Wild Card spot in the National League.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:40
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom allowed two runs on five hits over eight innings to win his eighth consecutive start. The right-hander walked two and struck out eight, including the first four batters of the game.

2) Jay Bruce drove in two runs and Wilmer Flores homered for the second time in three games. Yoenis Cespedes had an RBI triple and Travis d'Arnaud delivered a run-scoring single. Asdrubal Cabrera (3-for-4, BB), Lucas Duda (2-for-4, 2B) and Bruce (2-for-4) paced New York's 12-hit effort.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

The non-waiver trade deadline is on July 31, with the Mets expected to make a flurry of moves between now and then.

Addison ReedJay BruceLucas DudaAsdrubal Cabrera, and Curtis Granderson, among others, could be on the move this year. 

As we await the Mets' potential moves, here are the five biggest trade deadline deals in team history...

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Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of the catchers gear of New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (not pictured) on the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of the catchers gear of New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (not pictured) on the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets LHP David Peterson, the team's first-round pick in the 2017 draft, was ranked New York's No. 3 prospect in Baseball America's midseason top 10 and in MLB.com's midseason prospect rankings.

Shortstop Amed Rosario, who was ranked MLB.com's No. 2 overall prospect and Baseball America's No. 4 overall prospect, was ranked the organization's top prospect by both outlets.

First baseman Dominic Smith was ranked the No. 2 prospect by both outlets, the No. 41 overall by MLB.com and No. 49 overall by Baseball America. RHP Justin Dunn was ranked fourth in the organization (No. 100 overall by Baseball America).

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New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo hits against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo hits against the Washington Nationals in the second inning at Nationals Park. (Patrick McDermott/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and played seven innings in center field in the first game of his rehab assignment from a partially collapsed lung.

Nimmo, who last played in a game July 4, was cleared last week to take batting practice. He was hospitalized and underwent X-rays during New York's road trip to St. Louis after he complained about how he felt.

He said earlier this month he wasn't sure what caused the partially collapsed lung.

Nimmo was hitting .350 with no home runs and two RBIs in 15 games with the Mets this season. In the minors, he was hitting .223 with four home runs and 20 RBIs.

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The Mets embark on a 10-game road trip beginning with a four-game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on Monday at 10:10 p.m.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Jacob deGrom (11-3, 3.37 ERA) looks to win his eighth straight start. He has pitched at least seven innings in six of his past seven starts, going 7-0 with a 1.51 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings in that span.

DeGrom is 5-1 with a 4.63 ERA in nine road starts, however he is 6-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 10 starts at Citi Field. He has faced the Padres three times in his MLB career, going 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA.

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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario fields a ground ball against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario fields a ground ball against the Boston Red Sox at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets top prospect Amed Rosario went 1-for-4 with an RBI double as he returned to the Las Vegas 51s' lineup on Monday for the first time since July 17 due to a stomach issue.

Rosario was hospitalized Saturday due to gastroenteritis and dehydration, but had been recovering Sunday, 51s manager Pedro Lopez told the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Betsy Helfand. The issue was likely related to something Rosario had eaten earlier in the week, according to Helfand.

Rosario, 21, is hitting .330 with seven home runs and 53 RBIs in 87 games with Triple-A Las Vegas this season. He was ranked the Mets' top organizational prospect and the No. 4 prospect in the game in Baseball America's midseason top 100.

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Minor league RHP Chris Flexen will be called up from Double-A Binghamton to start Thursday's game against the San Diego Padres in place of Zack Wheeler, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Flexen, who is 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA in seven starts with Double-A Binghamton, is 32-21 in 78 career minor-league games (74 starts) since the Mets drafted him in the 14th round in 2012. Baseball America ranked him the No. 10 prospect in the organization.

The Mets placed Wheeler on the disabled list on Monday due to a stress reaction in his right arm. They called up RHP Tyler Pill to replace him on the 25-man roster.

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(Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets signed RHP Jonathan Albaladejo to a minor-league deal on Monday, the team announced.

Albaladejo, who last pitched in the majors in 2012, will report to and start for Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.

The 34-year-old Albaladejo had seven wins, a 4.44 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 99 1/3 innings for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League.

In Albaladejo's MLB career, which began in 2007, he went 6-3 with a 4.34 ERA in 66 relief appearances, pitching for the Washington Nationals, New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks.

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This season, thanks to Citi, each time the home run apple goes up at Citi Field, another step is taken in the fight against childhood hunger.

For each Mets home run at Citi Field this season, Citi has pledged to donate $2,000 to No Kid Hungry. Every dollar donated provides 10 healthy meals, meaning each Citi donation provides up to 20,000 meals to kids in need in NYC and throughout the U.S. Learn more at NoKidHungry.org/onedollar.

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Mets prospect Amed Rosario and SS Jose Reyes. Credit: USA Today Images
Mets prospect Amed Rosario and SS Jose Reyes. Credit: USA Today Images

Jose Reyes told the NY Post's Ethan Sears that he is excited to see the Mets eventually promote top SS prospect Amed Rosario, despite them playing the same position.

"He's a good friend of mine," Reyes told Sears. "We speak on the phone almost every day, so I'd say we have a very good relationship."

In 87 games with Las Vegas this season, Rosario is hitting .330 with seven home runs and 53 RBI. He had been batting .435 during his last 10 games, after which he's missed roughly a week due to a bruised finger and stomach illness.

According to Reyes, he and Rosario talk more about life than baseball...

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The Mets and First Data salute Sergeant Robert Reilly of the US Marine Corps.

US Marine Corps Sgt. Robert Reilly was Sunday's First Data Veteran of the Game at Citi Field. 

Click here to see all of the veterans the Mets honor throughout the season.

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Jul 13, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets designated hitter Tim Tebow (15) connects for a walk off solo home run to defeat the against the Daytona Tortugas at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jul 13, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets designated hitter Tim Tebow (15) connects for a walk off solo home run to defeat the against the Daytona Tortugas at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets prospect OF Tim Tebow homered for High-A St. Lucie on Sunday -- his fourth homer since being promoted from Low-A Columbia.

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Michael Conforto (30) fields a single by Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (not pictured) in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Conforto (30) fields a single by Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (not pictured) in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Conforto has increased his playing time in center field and would not mind playing the position over an extended period, he told the New York Daily News

"I think as long as I can play there, I would definitely enjoy playing there. If you're asking me, I'd love to play out there every day. It'd be awesome," Conforto said Saturday. "But I don't know what the plans are for me or for the team moving forward. I guess from my standpoint all I can do is try to play as well as I can out there, show that I can cover some ground and be effective out there. But I definitely enjoy playing out there, that's for sure. So we'll see what happens."

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Doug Williams and Jim Duquette discuss how much of an impact Sunday's loss could have on the Mets.

The Mets, who took two of three from the A's this past weekend, have won six of their last 10 games, but remain nine losses back of the Rockies and D-backs for the final NL Wild Card spot.

There are seven days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. To win 90 games this season, the Mets must finish the year going 45-21 (.681).

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New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a three-run home run against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce hits a three-run home run against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Outfielder Jay Bruce and infielder Asdrubal Cabrera discussed the possibility they could have played their last games at Citi Field as Mets following Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics, New York's last home game prior to the July 31 trade deadline.

"The fact being brought up that this could be the last home game for a lot of us here," Bruce said, according to the New York Post's Howie Kussoy, "it's something that's a bit odd, but nothing happens until it happens. We don't know for sure, and we'll just see how it goes."

As the Mets begin a 10-game road trip on Monday -- their next home game is Aug. 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers -- Bruce and Cabrera have both been the subject of trade rumors as the trade deadline nears.

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(Butch Dill)

Mets prospect Amed Rosario is recovering from a stomach issue that landed him in the hospital on Saturday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Betsy Helfand.

Rosario was dehydrated and had gastroenteritis, Las Vegas 51s manager Pedro Lopez told Helfand, and the issue was likely related to something Rosario had eaten earlier in the week.

While Rosario, 21, hadn't played since July 17, Lopez said Rosario is feeling better and is expected back in the lineup on Monday. 

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New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero lost for the third time in his last four starts by allowing a season-high three home runs in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field.

Montero allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings, surrendering solo home runs to Marcus Semien in the first inning, Khris Davis in the fourth inning and a tie-breaking shot to Matt Chapman in the seventh inning.

"I need to keep the ball a bit lower," Montero said through an interpreter, according to the New York Post's Brian Lewis. "That's really where I got into some trouble and there was damage done against me. When those home runs occurred it was because I kept the ball too high."

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