June has come and gone, and three months into the season, let's check on which Mets prospects have changed their prospect stock. We did this routine in May.

1. RHP Noah Syndergaard

Stock: Still the best in the system

"Thor" had a rough June that included a strain in his non-throwing shoulder (acromioclavicular joint) suffered covering home plate after a wild pitch in his first start back from a forearm strain (flexor-pronator). In four starts in June, he allowed 17 runs on 21 hits in 15 1/3 innings for a 9.98 ERA with 14 strikeouts against four walks.

He has a 5.35 ERA in a PCL where the average is 4.99. His secondary rates are still above average: he's struck out 23.5 percent of opposing hitters (the PCL average is 19.5 percent) and walked 7.6 percent (the PCL average is 8.8 percent). In a perfect Mets' world, Syndergaard would be MLB-ready by now. He's not, but he's really not that far away either.

2. C Travis d’Arnaud

Stock: Up.

Sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas, d'Arnaud had a little chat with himself and then went out and hit .436/.475/.909 with eight doubles and six home runs in 15 games. Returned to NYC, he's hit safely in each of his six games, going .348/.375/.565 with two doubles and a homer in six games. It's only a week, but it's a good week for a guy who should be a mainstay in the Mets' lineup for the foreseeable future.

3. RHP Rafael Montero

Stock: Middling

June was a lost month for Montero. In three starts in Triple-A, he allowed nine runs (four earned) on 13 hits and six walks in 8 2/3 innings. He then left his June 14th start with a left oblique strain.

4. OF Cesar Puello

Stock: Hurting

In a league where everyone hits, Puello, at age 23, has not and he is not longer playing everyday. In 63 games this year, he's hit .229/.332/.324. He's not strikiing out (37 strikeouts versus 18 walks in 188 AB). In 20 games in June, he's hit .137/.313/.255. He has not started a game since June 21 and was placed on the Las Vegas disabled list on June 24 after getting hit in the head by a throw on a play at the plate.

5. INF Wilmer Flores

Stock: Looking for an opening

The Mets brought Flores to the big leagues to push Ruben Tejada, and see Flores at the position. Then Tejada won his job back. Flores started six games at short in June and one at second for the big league club before he was optioned back to the minors at the end of the month. He hit .229/.229/.400 (8-for-35 with three doubles and a home run) in his 11 games in June. Returned to Triple-A, Flroes has played, in order: 2B, 3B, SS, 1B, 3B.

If the Mets were willing to move him around to all four of those positions in the big leagues (and use him as a platoon replacement for Lucas Duda -- a career .215/.298/.327 batter vs. LHP -- at first) he could start 5-6 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 ot Double-A Binghamton. His first 11 games in Double-A have included his first opposite field home run (watch here), a double and eight walks. He's walking at an 18.2 percent clip in Double-A, as part of a .171/.341/.286 line (6-for-35) in 11 games. He's bouncing between center and leftf ield -- first to make way for a rehabbing Juan Lagares, and then to help Darrell Ceciliani stay sharp in center as well. He'll be able to play either center or a corner in the big leagues.

7. LHP Steven Matz

Stock: Up

Two starts into his Souble-A career, Matz spun a gem in game two: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 WER, 1 BB, 9 K. At age 23, the best-left-handed pitching prospect in the system is well online for at least a 2015 MLB debut. There's some small chance, if Matz is lights out in double-A, and the Mets need arms in September, he will make his debut in 2014 since he's already on the team's 40-man roster.

8. 1B Dominic Smith

Stock: Resting comfortably

From April 24-June 30, Smith has hit .315/.381/.394 in his last 58 games with 17 doubles, 22 walks (9.2 percent) and 41 strikeouts (17 percent) while turning 19 in June. He's been driving the ball better - especially to left and center field recently - sending a few balls to the wall in centerfield at Historic Grayson Stadium. Here's a fun fact, as a 19-year old at the same level, in the same stadium in 2008, Juan Lagares hit .254/.285/.337 in 46 games as a shortstop. Obviously, Lagares has more defensive value, but Grayson Stadium is a tough place for teenage (or any age) hitters.

9. SS Amed RosarioStock: Unchanged

Rosario has hit .295/.343/.393 with five walks against 11 strikeouts in 17 games with Brooklyn in the New York-Penn League. That might not look like much, but he's doing fine: his strikeout rate (16.2 percent) is down from last year in the Appalachian League and his walk rate (7.4 percent) is up.

10. 2B Dilson Herrera

Stock: Up.

There's no magic here, just a good athlete with batspeed who has cleaned up his swing and is making lots of contact. In his first 11 games as the youngest player in the Eastern League, he has hit .365/.408/.489 (16-for-45) with three doubles, and a home run. I wrote about the 20-year-old at more length here.

11. C Kevin Plawecki

Stock: Up

He's done exactly what he's supposed to do earning a promotion to Triple-A by hitting .326/.378/.487 in 58 games in Double-A. He's 1-for-15 to begin his Triple-A career. The Mets seem pleased by his progress defensively as we discussed here.

12. SS Gavin Cecchini

Stock: Up, a little

Cecchini earned a promotion after the first half from Savannah to advanced-A St. Lucie at age 20. 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. He's off to a .256/.286/.308 start in 10 games in the FSL as he's striking out more and walking less than he did in the SAL.

13. RHP Gabriel Ynoa

Stock: Up

Ynoa will make his Double-A debut Thursday night. His last eight starts in advanced Single-A were dominant: 2.63 ERA, 51.1 IP, 47 K (23 percent), 2 BB (1 percent!) and an opponents' batting line of .260/.270/.370. He's sitting 92-94 with his fastball, his changeup flashes plus, and his slider could well get to MLB average. He turned 21 in May, and has added his curveball back into his arsenal as well. There's a pretty nice pitching prospect in here who projects toward the back of a rotation with outstanding control of his fastball, feel for his secondaries, and the intelligence to set up batters. Our feature on him is here.

14. RHP Michael Fulmer

Stock: Slipping

Fulmer made his best start of the year on June 29: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 HP, 2 BB, 8 K. The bad news is that overall, the 21-year-old's ERA is sitting at 4.43 with a strikeout rate of 17.9 percent. The good news is that his's cut his walk rate from 12.3 percent last year in the FSL to 6.9 percent this year. He needs to show more command in the second half of 2014 to show that he can remain a starting pitching prospect.

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.

This one's real simple. I love the arm and who wouldn't like 96-98 mph with sink and run, but he just hasn't thrown enough strikes. He's walked 31 batters and only struck out 23 in 58 2/3 innings.

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 made one rehab appearance on June 21 in the GCL. It's tough to progress if one is not pitching.

20. LHP Jack Leathersich

Stock: Barely holding

Leathersich is once again putting up big strikeout numbers in Double-A, which is part of the problem - he's repeating the level. Still, his walk rate is down from 16.5 percent last year to 10.6 percent this year, which is a little progress. Maybe there's a middle reliever in here.

21. RHP Luis Mateo

Stock: Same

Mateo has made three relief appearances in the GCL in the last 10 days as he works back from 2013 Tommy John surgery. There's good stuff in here and maybe a MLB middle reliever.

22. CF Champ Stuart

Stock: Up

He has a chance to be a plus defender out in center as he can really run. He has a plus arm (he threw out a potential tying run at the plate last weekend for Savannah). He needs to refine his swing (scouts are concerned about his full-effort cut), but if he hits at all, there's a big leaguer in here. He twalks a ton (16.8 percent) and is striking out less than last year (25.6 percent compared to 30.9 percent). He's making progress at age 21.

Personal note: I enjoy watching Stuart run.

23. OF Ivan Wilson

Stock: Unchanged, bias towards up...

Wilson is off to a .268/.302/.537 start in 11 games in the Appy League with three doubles, a triple and two home runs. He's shown the defensive gifts, and power that make him such an intriguing centerfield prospect, but he's also fanned 18 times (against just 2 walks) in those 11 games. His profile, about his adjustments, big and small, is here.

24. RHP Luis Cessa

Stock: Down

Cessa's 4.43 ERA in the FSL at age 22 is unimpressive. Worse, there's no way to project to be an MLB starter's path with a 14.5% strikeout rate (41 K/67 IP). His June was not good: 7.23 ERA, 18.2 IP, 27 H, 15 R, 5 BB, 18 K.

25. RHP Robert Gsellman

Stock: Up

Working in the comfy confines of Historic Grayson Stadium, Gsellman, at age 20, is fourth in the SAL in ERA (2.49). Gsellman missed a few weeks in May with a hamstring strain, and I didn't think had his good command when he came back, but he settled down in four starts in June, working to a 2.84 ERA in 25.2 innings. Of slight concern is that he didn't miss many bats (14 K/8 BB). 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. His curveball early in the year looked better, but it has come and gone in the last few months. He needs to keep refining the offering.

26. RHP Chris Flexen

Stock: Holding

Here's his ERA - BB% - K % by month:

April - 7.11 - 11.8 - 12.9

May - 5.73 - 13.5 - 10.6

June - 2.57 - 9.9 - 19

So, yeah, he's throwing more strikes in June. He's still awfully inconsistent, (he'll try to spin his curveball too hard on two strikes for example, and end up burying it) but he turns 20 on July 1. There's an interesting arm in here with a low 90s fastball.

27. RHP Casey Meisner

Stock: Similar

The big Texan is off to a solid start (2.93 ERA, 15 K/6 BB) in 15 1/3 innings in Brooklyn.

28. RHP Andrew Church

Stock: Down

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. His line through two starts: 8.2 IP, 17 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 2 HB, 2 BB.

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!

30. SS Wilfredo Tovar

Stock: Unchanged.

Thumb surgery in June interuppted his season when he was hitting .313/.377/.373, 47 games in.

31. 2B LJ Mazzilli

Stock: Up, a little

Mazzilli has done everything asked of him at age 23. He hit his way out of the SAL, into the All-Star Game, and then up to advanced Single-A. In his first 10 games in St. Lucie he's hit .324/.390/.568 with three doubles and two home runs. 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 since May 11. At age 22, he was hitting .231/.371/.375 with one home run in 31 games in the SAL playing all but one game in the corner outfield spots or DH.

33. RHP Erik Goeddel

Stock: Down

This one is simple: 24 walks in 39 1/3 innings in 30 relief appearances in Triple-A. That's not enough to help the big league team. He's had inconsistent command all the way through the system, which has been exposed at the highest level of the minors.

34. CF Matt den Dekker

Stock: Same

This ranking basically supposed that he would get MLB time, but would not be terribly effective. At .156/.224/.200 in 17 games in MLB, that's basically been the case.

35. OF Cory Vaughn

Stock: Down

Promoted to Triple-A on June 5, Vaughn has hit .259/.355/.358 in 22 games with Las Vegas with 11 walks and 17 strikeouts. The promotion came on the heels of an unimpressive .190/.281/.293 line in 50 games with the B-Mets. Now 25 years old, he'd be a replacement level or below MLB player.

36. RHP Logan Verrett

Stock: Down

As a starter in Triple-A, he's run a 4.69 ERA in 94 innings with just 67 strikeouts - that's a strikeout rate below 16 percent. His slider is his best offering, and perhaps, he fits in an MLB bullpen as a slider specialist.

37. RHP Akeel Morris

Stock: Up, but only a little

His numbers have been terrific in the SAL: 0.25 ERA, 36.2 IP, 14 H, 1 R, 15 BB (10.7 percent), 57 K (40.1 percent). He has a live arm, and mostly succeeds off his fastball. His curveball comes and goes. Maybe there's an MLB middle reliever in here. Remember when Jack Leathersich and Bret Mitchell were putting up great numbers in the SAL?

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.

40. 3B Pedro Perez

Stock: Down

I liked the young third baseman's size, but he's been passed on the organizational depth chart at third by Eudor Garcia and Jhoan Urena. He's hit .194/.256/.278 in his first 10 games in the Appy League this year while repeating the league.

41. SS Luis Guillorme

Stock: Up, a little

I saw a little of Guillorme up in Kingsport. He's a slick defender at short, who is going to move up the system. He has well below average power, but a decent line drive swing.

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Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)

What is the ideal Mets outfield? 00:02:33
Mets Hot Stove discusses the Mets outfield options following their re-signing of slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

Mets Hot Stove discusses the team's outfield options following their re-signing of slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

Are they likelier to trade Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson?

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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

MLB's 2016 Winter Meetings will begin Monday, Dec. 5, from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C.

The Meetings conclude Thursday morning after the Rule 5 Draft.

In short, the MLB Winter Meetings is a three-and-a-half day conference at a large hotel, where MLB executives, their staffs and managers meet with agents, players and other team's executives, staffs and managers in hopes of working on or completing ways to improve their team. There is also a trade expo and job fair for people looking to work in baseball.

The buzz around the game points to more trades next week than free-agent signings...

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Wally Backman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
Wally Backman (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Pedro Lopez will succeed Wally Backman as the Triple-A Las Vegas manager, reports ESPN's Adam Rubin. Lopez had been the Double-A manager of Binghamton.

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Daily News Live discusses Jacob deGrom's recovery and debate who the ace of the Mets starting rotation will be.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom expects to begin throwing soon, he told reporters Friday at Citi Field.

DeGrom also said the Mets have not yet approached him about a contract extension. He is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason and is under team control through the 2020 season.

He earned $607,000 last season and is projected to make $4.5 million in 2017.

DeGrom 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.

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

Mets INF Asdrubal Cabrera will play for Venezuela during the World Baseball Classic, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The WBC begins on March 6 and ends with the championship on March 22.

Cabrera, 31, played through a left knee injury for the majority of the second half of last season.

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(Jeff Curry)

The Mets have avoided arbitration with C Rene Rivera, agreeing with him on a one-year deal worth $1.75 million, the team announced Friday.

Today is the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. Head here to see the other Mets who are eligible >> Read more!

Rivera, 33, hit .222 with a .291 OBP and .341 SLG with six HR and 26 RBI in 65 games last season.

He threw out 30 percent of would-be base-stealers.

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Owners, players, MLB officials and the Major League Baseball Players Association reached an agreement Wednesday night on new a five-year collective bargaining agreement, the league announced Friday afternoon.

The deal includes revised rules for free-agent and qualifying offer compensation, the international amateur market and luxury tax threshold.

In the previous labor deal, teams were fined for payrolls exceeding $189 million. In the new agreement, the luxury tax threshold will rise annually from $195 million to $210 million. Teams that repeatedly exceed the payroll threshold by a certain rate will be subject to increasing tax rates, which could reach as high as 90 percent. 

Teams will still lose their first-round pick for signing a free agent that turned down a one-year qualifying offer. However, this rule changes after next season, at which time compensation will include a variety of picks and be based on whether the signing team is under the luxury-tax threshold.

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Mets C Rene Rivera and 1B Lucas Duda (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets C Rene Rivera and 1B Lucas Duda (Credit: USA Today Images)

The Mets and MLB teams have until midnight tonight to decide whether to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players.

If they decide to tender (offer, guarantee) a contract, the Mets retain team control over that player, after which the two sides are free to begin negotiating his 2016 salary. If the Mets decide to non-tender the player, he immediately becomes a free agent and can sign with any team.

This year's arbitration eligible players for the Mets include...

Tags: Lucas Duda, Rene Rivera
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Steven Matz joins Steve Gelbs on Mets Hot Stove to examine his injury history and moving forward with his career.

Mets LHP Steven Matz has been cleared by the Mets and team doctors to proceed with his normal offseason routine, he told WOR radio Thursday.

"The doctors said, 'You're good to go,'" he told WOR's Pete McCarthy.

Matz had surgery in late September to remove a large bone spur from his pitching elbow. He ended his season early due to a rotator cuff impingement, which Sandy Alderson said in November did not require surgery. Instead, Matz received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left shoulder.

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Apr 20, 2016; Duda (21), Cabrera (13), Wright (5) and Walker (20) during a pitching change (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 20, 2016; Duda (21), Cabrera (13), Wright (5) and Walker (20) during a pitching change (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)

After years of injuries and ineffectiveness leading to a middle-infield-merry-go-round, the Mets find themselves entering the 2017 season with a stable tandem of shortstop and second base. Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker are both coming off strong performances in 2016 and - ideally - they will provide a stable presence to an infield with question marks in the corners.

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Mets Hot Stove: Matt Harvey 00:04:12
The Mets Hot Stove panel discusses Matt Harvey's injury rehab and their expectations from the right-handed hurler in 2017.

In July, 2016, Mets RHP Matt Harvey had season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, which was done to restore feeling in his pitching arm and fingers.

According to former Mets GM and SNY analyst Jim Duquette, Harvey is not yet throwing off a mound, but he's feeling strong, on schedule with his post-surgery, off-season throwing program and will be 100% ready for spring training.

"He's had a great deal of time to work out and focus on his body and strength. We expect him to come back and be the Matt Harvey of old," his agent, Scott Boras, told reporters in early November at MLB's GM Meetings. "He's throwing free and easy and he's strong."

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Mets pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, FL on Feb. 12, the team announced Thursday.

Position players are required to report by Feb. 17.

Earlier this month, the Mets today their official 2017 Spring Training Grapefruit League schedule, which begins Friday, February 24 against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, FL

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McCutchen (22) at bat at PNC Park (Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
McCutchen (22) at bat at PNC Park (Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Pirates are shopping OF Andrew McCutchen, with the Nationals in pursuit and hoping to acquire him before Friday, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.

"Of all the big names available in trade, McCutchen might be the most likely to go," FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal added last night.

In addition to the Nationals, the Giants, Rangers, Mariners, Blue Jays, Orioles and Dodgers, among others, have all reportedly expressed interest in acquiring an outfielder this winter.

The Blue Jays, Giants and Orioles have been linked in rumor to Mets outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson, who the team would like to deal for at least a relief pitcher.

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Mets relievers Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
Mets relievers Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)

Sandy Alderson has repeatedly said this offseason that he'd like to add at least one reliever to his bullpen before the start of spring training.

"There are some questions in the bullpen that we are going to have to answer, either internally or from external sources," he reiterated during Wednesday's press conference to announce the signing of Yoenis Cespedes.

Alderson said in early November that he has no interest in signing free-agent closers Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon or Kenley Jansen, who similarly have little interest in the Mets because Jeurys Familia is already the team's closer.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) during spring training at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) during spring training at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)

The Mets have discussed using RHP Zack Wheeler in the bullpen to start the season, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Wheeler, who had Tommy John surgery during March, 2015, was shut down in early September after being examined by Dr. James Andrew and diagnosed with a mild flexor strain in his pitching arm.

Wheeler went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA for the Mets in 2014. In addition to the flexor strain, his return to action was also delayed in 2016 after having an undissolved stitch surgically removed. He also had an anti-inflammatory injection to treat nerve pain...

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Steve Gelbs interviews Cespedes 00:03:25
SNY's Steve Gelbs caught up with Yoenis Cespedes after the press conference announcing his deal with the Mets on Wednesday.

The Mets reintroduced OF Yoenis Cespedes during a press conference at Citi Field on Wednesday afternoon.

"The last two years in Mets history have been about winning," GM Sandy Alderson said. "It has been clear that when Yoenis Cespedes plays for the Mets, the Mets win."

After COO Jeff Wilpon presented him with a Mets jersey, Cespedes weighed in on his return, saying he was "very proud to once again be back with the New York Mets."

Cespedes said Mets fans have "made New York feel like home," adding that his "goal will be to bring back another World Series championship to this team, to the fans, and the organization"

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BNNY on Cespedes deal 00:06:48
The BNNY panel discusses the ramifications of the Mets' deal with Yoenis Cespedes, who agreed to a four-year, $110-million deal.

The Mets have announced their four-year deal with OF Yoenis Cespedes and will hold a press conference on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Citi Field, which will air live on SNY.

The deal will be worth $110 million, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

"Yoenis is a dynamic player who can beat you in many ways," Mets manager Terry Collins said in a press release. "It's a great holiday present for the Mets to know he'll be in the middle of our lineup. He makes everyone around him better."

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(Rick Osentoski)

The Mets have trade RHP Logan Verrett to the Orioles for cash considerations, the team announced.

The trade frees up a 40-man roster spot for recently re-signed OF Yoenis Cespedes.

Verrett, 26, had a 5.20 ERA and 1.56 WHIP while striking out 66 batters in 91 2/3 innings (12 starts, 23 relief appearances) for the Mets last season.

He had a 3.03 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in 38 2/3 innings for the Mets in 2015.

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Aug 1, 2016; Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 1, 2016; Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are expected to turn their attention to "reconfiguring the outfield," and, "adding to the bullpen," as a source recently told me, now that Yoenis Cespedes is back in the fold.

Also, though it's far from a top priority, I expect the Mets to explore finding a new every-day catcher, "specifically a veteran to handle their pitching staff," as a rival team described it.

How do the Mets reconfigure the outfield?

According to multiple reports since early November, the Mets are open to dealing Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson to eliminate a left-handed bat, open a spot in the outfield and save money on payroll. Alderson has been asked a lot about Michael Conforto, but the Mets are unlikely to deal him because he's got a ton of potential as a hitter, plus he's athletic enough to center field and first base.

The Mets will use next week's MLB Winter Meetings to pin down a deal for Bruce or Granderson. However, because there are several teams in the market for a corner outfielder, I think Alderson could find himself in a situation where he may be able to trade both of these guys, add speed and a reliever and either upgrade at catcher or save money.

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Sandy Alderson (left) talks with Wilpon at Citi Field (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson (left) talks with Wilpon at Citi Field (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

According to multiple sources and reports, the Mets want to keep their Opening Day payroll around $140 million, which would leave money in reserve for mid-season acquisitions.

However, their current projected payroll already sits around $145 million when including upcoming raises, players under contract and after bringing back Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker.

At the same time, the Mets will likely save on part of Jeurys Familia's estimated $8.5 million salary, because they don't have to pay him during a potential suspension. Also, trading away Jay Bruce's $13 million would free up additional money.

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USATSI)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer warms up before a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher/USATSI)

The Twins announced on Monday that they've hired Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins as special assistants in the team's baseball operations department.

The trio will work with Twins executives and coaches to ensure development in player understanding of culture, talent evaluation and organizational vision, as well as be available as a resource for players and coaches in the mental and fundamental aspects of the game, the team said in a press release.

Cuddyer played for the Mets in 2015, after which he officially retired from baseball with one year left on his contract.

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Tim Teufel will stay with the Mets as a roving infield instructor and club ambassador, the team announced Friday.

Teufel was replaced as third base coach by Glenn Sherlock on Nov. 15.

He was also offered the position of Triple-A Las Vegas manager, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported.

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The Rays would like to bring back free-agent 1B-OF Steve Pearce, who they traded to the Orioles last summer, according to their local beat reporter Marc Topkin.

Last week, Mets GM Sandy Alderson mentioned Pearce and free-agent OF Jose Bautista as the type of players he might pursue if the Mets are unable to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws during the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets starter Noah Syndergaard will not participate in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, his agent, Ryan Hamill, said in a statement Tuesday.

"Noah feels his performance the past two years is, in large part, due to his offseason and spring workout routines," Hamill explained. "After consulting with the Mets, and given the injuries that plagued their rotation last year, and his role on the team moving forward, both Noah and the Mets feel it is important to stay in his established routine."

Syndergaard, 24, was diagnosed with a bone spur in his elbow earlier in the season, which did not impact his performance and does not require surgery, Sandy Alderson said in early November.

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April 1990: Mets LHP Frank Viola starts at Shea Stadium (Associated Press via MLB.com)
April 1990: Mets LHP Frank Viola starts at Shea Stadium (Associated Press via MLB.com)

The Orioles, who had interest in Frank Viola for their pitching coach vacancy, have hired Roger McDowell for the position, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Viola has been the pitching coach for Triple-A Las Vegas since 2014. He interviewed for, but did not get, the Twins' pitching coach job after the 2014 season.

McDowell, who pitched for the Mets from 1985 to 1989, had spent the last 11 seasons as the pitching coach for the Braves.

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It's a weak market for free-agent relievers. So, free-agent LH reliever Jerry Blevins must have smiled earlier this week when the Cardinals gave LH reliever Brett Cecil a four-year, $30.5 million deal. Because, if that's the high mark for a left-handed reliever, Blevins will be justified asking for at least two years... maybe even three years guarenteed...

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The Mets have talked to multiple teams about trading for an established reliever, under team control, with experience pitching late in games, according to MLB insiders.

The same people say the Rays, White Sox and Padres have been the most aggressive teams offering up relievers that fit this mold, specifically Dave Robertson and Alex Colome.

Why do the Mets want a late-game reliever?

The Mets anticipate their closer, Jeurys Familia, will eventually miss time next season serving a suspension by MLB for domestic violence, despite it looking like those charges may be dropped. If you recall, similar charges against Jose Reyes were dropped a year ago, yet MLB still found enough evidence to suspend him 51 games. The Mets must believe the same could happen to Familia...

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Former-Mets LHP Johan Santana, who turns 38 years old in March, will attempt a comeback this coming season, reports Chris Cotillo of SB Nation.

Santana has not pitched in the majors since 2012. He had anterior capsule shoulder surgery in 2013 and tore his Achilles tendon in 2014.

He attempted comebacks with the Blue Jays in 2014 and Orioles in 2015 but suffered setbacks that prevented him from returning.

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Jeurys Familia's wife has asked for the simple assault charge against the closer to be dropped, the prosecutor told Jim Baumbach of Newsday.

Familia (27) reacts during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field (USA TODAY Sports)

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Nov. 19 | 8:55 PM

Familia's wife, now identified as the victim, asked for the charges to be dropped and does not have any concerns about her safety. 

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Amed Rosario plays in the Futures Game in San Diego July 10 (Gary A. Vasquez)
Amed Rosario plays in the Futures Game in San Diego July 10 (Gary A. Vasquez)

The Mets have added SS Amed Rosario, RHP Marcos Molina, OF Wuilmer Becerra, RHP Chris Flexen, and C Tomas Nido to the 40-man roster, which will protect them from December's Rule 5 Draft.

The deadline for teams to file their list of minor-league players that will be protected was today.

"Generally speaking, college players drafted in 2013 and high school players drafted in 2012 are Rule 5 Draft eligible this offseason," Joe Rodgers of the Sports News recently explained.

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