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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The Mets (44-50) play the second game of a three-game series against the Athletics (43-53) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Zack Wheeler (4.98 ERA/4.82 FIP, 1.55 WHIP), who has lost back-to-back starts. His last came against the Cardinals where he allowed four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings. 

Though he has lost his last two starts, Wheeler has improved drastically in July. He is 6-2 with a 3.60 ERA after posting a 9.53 ERA in June.

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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

In a long-awaited return from Tommy John surgery, Zack Wheeler has had a season of ups and downs. 

Wheeler's last start was emblematic of his year as a whole. Despite having walked four, he had held the Cardinals scoreless until the sixth inning, when he gave up four runs -- and ultimately took the loss. 

At times, Wheeler has shown glimpses of the promising -- if sometimes frustrating -- hurler he was in 2013 and 2014, but at others he looks overmatched.

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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 feels "more comfortable" during his recent hot streak with high-A Port St. Lucie, per TCPalm.com's Jon Santucci

Tebow struggled with low-A Columbia to start the season, posting a .220/.311/.336 slash line. However, through each game and at-bat, he found himself feeling more comfortable by the day.

"I think I'm more comfortable seeing more pitches," Tebow said. "Playing baseball for longer, I think that helps. Also (hitting coach) Luis (Natera) and (manager) Chad (Kreuter), getting to work with them every day and just what we're doing out there -- taking pitches, seeing, tracking. I feel more comfortable with my swing, feel more comfortable with my game plan I'm having against pitchers and then just playing more baseball helps, too."

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Addison by subtraction 00:02:45
The Daily News Live panel discusses what the Mets might be able to get in return for Addison Reed at the trade deadline.

The Dodgers are exploring a possible trade for Mets RHP Addison Reed, per ESPN's Buster Olney. 

Of all the players the Mets have made available via trade, closer Addison Reed is drawing the most interest. 

There are at least six teams -- including the Brewers, Red Sox, and Nationals -- inquiring about a potential trade, according to multiple reports.

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(Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets can't win, even when they win.

Michael Conforto launched a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins stranded the bases loaded in the eighth inning en route to a five-out save as the Mets earned their third straight victory by beating Oakland, 7-5, in Friday's series opener at Citi Field. Yet the Twitter topic du jour instead focused on pregame comments from Yoenis Cespedes to the San Francisco Chronicle in which Cespedes expressed his admiration for his initial MLB stomping grounds.

Cespedes, who played for the Athletics from 2012 until getting traded to the Red Sox midway through the 2014 season, said he hoped to finish his career back with Oakland.

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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone, comedian Steve Hofstetter and SiriusXM's Rob Brender discuss the team's approach at the non-waiver, as well as...

  • The pros and cons of trading Jacob deGrom...
  • What's next for Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard...
  • Shutting down Yoenis Cespedes and his legs...
  • Tim Tebow, and if he'll ever see Double-A, let alone the big leagues...
  • Addison Reed on the Nationals? Lucas Duda on the Yankees?

To listen to the show, click play below or use this link to download...

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The Mets (44-50) have won three straight games on their current 10-game homestand, but are12.5 games behind the NL East-leading Nationals and 10 games behind the Rockies for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:09
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-5 win over the Athletics

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

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

1) Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and tied his career high with four RBIs. His second home run in the seventh gave the Mets a four-run cushion at the time and proved to be the difference in the game.

2) T.J. Rivera hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth and then raced around the bases for a Little League home run when A's third baseman Matt Chapman threw wildly towards second base. Yoenis Cespedes paced the Mets with three hits while Conforto and Rivera each had two for New York.

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(Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes would like to finish his career in Oakland, per San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.

Cespedes told former A's and current teammate Jerry Blevins that his goal is to ride off into the California sunset when his playing days are over. 

"I wish that happens," Cespedes said. "I told Blevins, 'I don't know how many years I'm going to play, but I'm going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.' I don't know if that's possible or not, but that's my goal."

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(Butch Dill)

Mets top prospect SS Amed Rosario is out for a fourth straight game as he has a bruised right finger, reports NY Post's Mike Puma. 

It was reported earlier in the week that Rosario was out of the Triple-A Las Vegas lineup due to an illness. 

In 87 games with Las Vegas this season, Rosario is hitting .330 with seven homers and 53 RBI. 

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The Mets (43-50) open a three-game series against the Athletics (43-52) on Friday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

The Mets and Athletics played in the 1973 World Series, which Oakland won in seven games. ... The Mets have hit 28 home runs in their last 17 home games. ... The Mets are fifth in the majors with a .445 slugging percentage.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

LHP Steven Matz (4.58 ERA/5.35 FIP, 1.35 WHIP), who allowed seven runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out two in just 1.0 inning this past Sunday against the Rockies.

He allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings on July 9 against the Cardinals, after having tossed 14.0 scoreless innings over his prior two starts.

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Mets most marketable player? 00:03:02
As the trade deadline looms closer, the DNL panel discusses which Mets players could bring the biggest haul to help them compete in 2018.

Curtis Granderson isn't worried about rumors of the Mets potentially trading him, according to NY Daily News' James Miller. 

With Mets expected to be sellers before the trade deadline, Granderson is one of the players producing trade talks. However, he has been around long enough not to pay attention to rumors.

"The biggest thing with the rumors right now is that they're exactly that: just rumors," Granderson said at the New York Public Library Friday as he promoted his Grand Kids Foundation. "The one thing that I tell guys is -- because I've been rumored to be traded a lot of different times over the course of my career and I've only been traded one time and it happened in the offseason -- a lot of my teammates have been rumored to be traded a lot and that never ended up happening, so focus on what you can control."

Granderson is among many Mets players who are set to hit the free agency market following the season (Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, and Addison Reed to name a few). The Mets would prefer to move their valuable assets before they are entirely up for grabs. 

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(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets second baseman Neil Walker (hamstring tear) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Walker could return when the Mets play the Padres in San Diego beginning on Monday, manager Terry Collins said earlier this week.

In Walker's absence, Asdrubal Cabrera has shifted to second base with Jose Reyes at shortstop. Cabrera is expected to get time at third base when Walker returns.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Neil Walker
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SNY's Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com were live from the Citi Pavilion today providing the latest updates on the Mets and answering questions from fans.

Click below to watch.

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New York Mets' Lucas Duda checks the path of his third inning, two-run home run in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Monday, April 25, 2016, in New York. Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco watches. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens (Kathy Willen/AP)
New York Mets' Lucas Duda checks the path of his third inning, two-run home run in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Monday, April 25, 2016, in New York. Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco watches. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens (Kathy Willen/AP)

Despite acquiring 3B-1B Todd Frazier from the White Sox, the Yankees are still open to trading for a new first baseman, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.

Earlier this week, Feinsand reported that the Yankees were scouting the Mets at Citi Field, after which they expressed interest 1B Lucas Duda and reliever Addison Reed.

Duda, 31, who is eligible for free agency at the end of this season, is hitting .246 with a .352 OBP, .552 SLG and 17 home runs in 69 games this season for the Mets.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said July 14 that he's not opposed to trading with the Yankees, despite the two teams not connecting on a player-for-player big-league deal since swapping Mike Stanton for Felix Heredia in 2004.

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Jeep Pitchcast: Lugo's curveball 00:00:25
The Jeep Pitchcast looks at Seth Lugo and how he uses his curveball effectively, being able to throw it for both balls and strikes.

The Jeep Pitchcast looks at Seth Lugo and how he uses his curveball effectively, being able to throw it for both balls and strikes.

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July, 2017: Cabrera celebrates a win with teammates at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger, USA Today
July, 2017: Cabrera celebrates a win with teammates at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger, USA Today

Several teams, including three American League playoff contenders, are interested in acquiring Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrerasources told New York Post reporter Mike Puma.

Cabrera, who is due roughly $4 million the rest of this season, will move from second to third base when 2B Neil Walker returns from the disabled list next week. He mostly played shortstop the last 10 years.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Cleveland Indians, David Wright, Neil Walker, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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This season, during every Mets home game on SNY, you can enter for a chance to win Mets tickets and be featured as the Mets Trivia Drive contestant live on SNY.

Just follow @SNYtv on Twitter and during the 5th inning look for the SNY 5th Inning Sweepstakes Presented by your Local Ford Dealers question.

Tweet your answer to @SNYtv using #SNYFord5thSweepstakes to be automatically entered to win.

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Mets RHP Seth Lugo, who has been pitching with a partially torn UCL in his right elbow, says the injury hasn't been bothering him.

"No, it hasn't been an issue," Lugo said after Thursday's start, according to Newsday. "Not even really a thought process at this point. It's been feeling good, and I haven't had any issues with it."

Lugo, who allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings on Thursday, is pitching through the injury in an effort to avoid Tommy John surgery.

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Mets' mindset as deadline nears 00:05:12
The guys discuss the Mets' crowded outfield and the team's apparent belief that it can get back a valuable return by the trade deadline.

The Mets (43-50) have won four of the seven games on their current 10-game homestand, but remain nine losses behind the Rockies in the NL wild-card race with 10 days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

To win 90 games, the Mets must go 48-20 the rest of the season.

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(Noah K. Murray)

For all the hype over the years about the Mets' starting pitching, it's worth noting that Jacob deGromNoah SyndergaardMatt HarveySteven Matz, and Zack Wheeler have never pitched a rotation turn together. Not just this year. Ever.

Will it ever happen? And, as importantly, can the Mets really count on that quintet to live up to its promise before the rotation begins to break up?

The clock certainly is ticking. Syndergaard and Harvey have now resumed throwing, at least on flat ground, although their eventual returns will come too late to salvage this season.

But even if the Mets do not try to pull off a Jose Quintana-type deal for deGrom, there is an expiration date on how long this group will remain intact...

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JRSportBrief: Cespedes questions 00:01:16
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR explains why Yoenis Cespedes will not live up to his four-year contract.

In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR talks about whether Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will live up to his contract.

Cespedes, 31, agreed to a four-year deal worth $110 million during the offseason after opting out of the three-year deal he signed with the Mets after the 2015 season.

He missed over a month earlier this year due to a hamstring injury and is hitting .271 with a .323 OBP and .480 SLG with nine HR and 22 RBI in 49 games this season.

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Mets LHP Thomas Szapucki, the top pitching prospect in the organization, underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, the team announced.

Recovery time is expected to be 12-to-18 months.

Szapucki, who missed time earlier this year with a left shoulder impingement, had a 2.79 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 27 strikeouts in 29.0 innings (six starts) for Low-A Columbia this season.

The 21-year-old Szapucki appeared on multiple top prospects lists this past winter, as well as 60th on ESPN.com's Keith Law annual overall rankings.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 7/20 00:04:12
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 win over the Cardinals.

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

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

1) Jose Reyes hit what would've been an inning-ending ground out to first base in the ninth inning, but Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal was slow covering first base, allowing for Reyes to beat the throw as Yoenis Cespedes scored the winning run from third base.

2) Wilmer Flores hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning with the Mets trailing, 2-1. Lucas Duda had given the Mets a 1-0 lead when he homered to right-center field in the second inning.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores
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The Mets (42-50) go for the split of their four-game series against the Cardinals (46-48) on Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

RHP Seth Lugo (4.50 ERA/4.08 FIP, 1.45 WHIP), who allowed three runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five in 6 2/3 innings this past Saturday against the Rockies.

The Mets have won 11 of Lugo's last 13 starts dating back to Aug. 25, 2016, during which Lugo has a 3.49 ERA. Lugo has a 3.09 ERA during his career at Citi Field...

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We Ask Mets Fans...another event 00:01:42
In the latest edition of We Ask Mets Fans presented by StubHub, Mets fans choose which player they would take to another event.

In the latest edition of We Ask Mets Fans presented by StubHub, Mets fans choose which player they would take to another event.

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Josh Smoker (49) pitches against the Cubs at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Josh Smoker (49) pitches against the Cubs at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have activated LH reliever Josh Smoker off the disabled list and have designated RH reliever Neil Ramirez for assignment, the team announced Thursday. 

Smoker, who had been on the DL with a left shoulder strain, had been rehabbing with Class A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton over the last two weeks.

The left-hander has a 7.45 ERA and 1.86 WHIP with 17 walks and 36 strikeouts in 29 innings (22 games) this season for the Mets. He last pitched for the Mets on June 13 against the Cubs, when he allowed three runs in four innings.

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Mets' mindset as deadline nears 00:05:12
The guys discuss the Mets' crowded outfield and the team's apparent belief that it can get back a valuable return by the trade deadline.

The Mets, who would reportedly rather deal Curtis Granderson, have not talked with Jay Bruce about being traded, Kristie Ackert reported July 20 in the Daily News.

Bruce still has a partial no-trade clause in his current contract, which expires at the end of this season, a source recently told James Wagner of the New York Times.

"I came here as a hired gun," Bruce said, according to Ackert. "I know what I am and what situation I am in. This is a business. Don't get me wrong, I love playing the game, I always will. But this is my job. I am a hired gun and I go where I am needed."

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Jeep Pitchcast: deGrom cruises 00:00:24
Gary and Ron look at how Jacob deGrom controlled the game with his first-pitch fastballs against St. Louis.

Gary and Ron look at how Jacob deGrom controlled Wednesday night's game with his first pitch fastballs against St. Louis. 

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Collins on infield shakeup 00:02:11
Terry Collins says the return of Neil Walker may result in Asdrubal Cabrera being shifted to third base.

Mets infielders Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker will begin taking ground balls at third base, Terry Collins told reporters Thursday. 

Walker (hamstring) will begin practicing at the position once he comes back from the disabled list. However, Cabrera won't play third until Walker returns to the lineup, according to Collins. Cabrera told reporters that he is willing to slide over to third, a position he's only played once in his major league career.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has heard the chatter surrounding him and a potential trade, but is tuning it out.

"I guess it's a good thing if other teams want you," deGrom told reporters Wednesday night. "But I've got a job to do here, and that's my main focus right now."

After tossing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball on Wednesday night, deGrom has a 3.37 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 144 strikeouts -- a career-best 10.3 per nine innings -- in 125 2/3 innings (19 starts) this season. He is arbitration-eligible and under team control through 2020, after which he can file for free agency.

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Mets approaching trade deadline 00:05:15
With the trade deadline approaching, Jon and Eamon discuss what the Mets strategy should be going forward on Loud Mouths

The Mets have informed their players - and teams interested in acquiring them - that they plan to rotate their outfielders to balance playing time through the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, multiple sources recently told Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

According Rosenthal, the Mets prefer to trade Curtis Granderson over Jay Bruce, who they could hold on to and make a qualifying offer that could potentially net them a compensatory draft pick if he signs with a new team in the offseason. However, for now, Rosenthal adds, neither Granderson or Bruce have drawn significant interest in the trade market.

"If they have the chance to make their organization better by trading me, they would be crazy not to do it," Bruce said on Wednesday, according to the NY Daily News. "I know that they have to look out for their future here. I expect they will do that if they have the chance. I know what can happen."

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GEICO SportsNite: Trade deGrom? 00:06:18
On tonight's GEICO SportsNite, the BNNY panel recaps Jacob deGrom's dominant outing and debates whether or not the Mets should trade him

The Mets (42-50) have won just four of their last 12 games, including last night's 7-3 win against the Cardinals at Citi Field. With 11 days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they are 10 losses back of the D-backs, who lead the final Wild Card spot and are on pace to win 92 games.

To reach 92 wins, the Mets must go 50-20 (.714) the rest of the season.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:15
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-3 win over the Cardinals

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings to win a career-high seventh consecutive start. The right-hander surrendered seven hits, walked one and struck out three. DeGrom (11-3) failed to complete seven innings for the first time in eight starts.

2) The Mets scored three runs in the first and four more in the second. Yoenis Cespedes singled, doubled and drove in two runs. Jose Reyes had two hits, including a two-run single that capped New York's four-run second inning. Jay BruceLucas Duda and Wilmer Flores had RBI hits. 

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The Mets (41-50) play the third game of a four-game series against the Cardinals (46-47) on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Jacob deGrom (3.48 ERA/3.74 FIP, 1.18 WHIP), who is looking for his seventh straight win. He allowed two runs, one earned on four hits while striking out 11 and walking one in eight innings against the Rockies in his last start. 

DeGrom has a 1.53 ERA over his last six starts and has a 2.03 ERA in 47 career starts at Citi Field. DeGrom's career home ERA is second-best in the majors since 2014, behind only Clayton Kershaw, who has a 1.72 ERA at Dodger Stadium.

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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)

First baseman Jeremy Vasquez is off to a solid start to his professional career.

Vasquez, who turned 21 years old on Monday, is hitting .342 (27-for-79) with four homers and 22 RBI and has a .443 on-base percentage through 21 games with Kingsport. He was drafted in the 28th round last month out of Nova Southeastern University, which had won the 2016 Division II national title.

"All my success so far in Kingsport is all because of the head coach at Nova -- just everything he's taught me this past year," Vasquez said, referring to Greg Brown, a former Astros scout who once signed J.D. Martinez. "Everything I've learned from those guys over there I've translated over here to Kingsport. I'm hitting the ball as well as I've ever hit it. He talks to J.D. Martinez and [Padres infielder] Carlos Asuaje all the time about hitting. I would just say the main thing he taught is using the big part of the field and trying to drive the ball -- not trying to pull everything."

Vasquez has another strong influence in his baseball career. His 24-year-old brother James Vasquez, also a lefty-hitting, lefty-fielding first baseman, was drafted by the Reds in the 25th round in 2015 out of the University of Central Florida. James was promoted to high-A Daytona a month ago and is hitting .275 with six doubles and three RBI in 22 games since arriving in the Florida State League...

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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)

It's feeling like the Mets may be missing the moment to make a trade. Admittedly, I started today worried they may botch the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, end up stuck with pending free agents and lose out on acquiring prospects and players who could help next season.

However, after talking to people around baseball, I'm slightly less pessimistic.

For starters, according to Ken Rosenthal, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and the Mets are willing to include cash in trades to get better prospects back in deals, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking said.

This is good news. It'll help push things through. And, I'm glad Alderson was able to convince ownership of this approach when the front office held a strategy session earlier this week.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 8, 2015; Cespedes (52) celebrates with Collins (10) against the Washington. Credit: Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 8, 2015; Cespedes (52) celebrates with Collins (10) against the Washington. Credit: Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Yoenis Cespedes has struck out twice and is hitless in nine at-bats since missing Sunday's game with the same sore hip that forced him to leave a game early the day before.

It has been 66 at-bats and nearly a month since Cespedes last hit a home run.

Cespedes, 31, missed 37 games earlier this season due to a sore quad and a strained hamstring. He also missed time last season with a sore quad, which he initially tried to play through before ending up on the disabled list.

"There's a little concern there," Terry Collins admitted Tuesday, when asked about how Cespedes has struggled this season. "Obviously, power is huge from the legs. Just looking at the swings, the lower half seems to be fine. He's just not getting the bat out in front."

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New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman T.J. Rivera (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

The Red Sox are looking to acquire a third baseman and have interest in Mets infielders Wilmer Flores, Asdrubal Cabrera and T.J. Riveraaccording to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The Sox have also recently been linked in rumor to Martin Prado (Marlins), Jed Lowrie (A's), Yangervis Solarte (Padres), and Josh Harrison (Pirates).

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Jul 18, 2017; Reyes reacts after failing to complete the double play. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 18, 2017; Reyes reacts after failing to complete the double play. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets were charged with three errors, which led to three unearned runs, during Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Cardinals at Citi Field.

By the end of the game, T.J. Rivera had committed two errors, Jose Reyes misplayed a ground ball and bungled a double-play ball, Asdrubal Cabrera confused his feet on two throws to second, Yoenis Cespedes let a fly ball drift over his head and Lucas Duda dropped a pop up in foul ground. He also struggled to scoop several short hops at first base, but that is mostly due to the consistently poor throws coming to him from Rivera and Reyes.

"It was kind of ugly for us in the beginning," Reyes said.

The beginning? Try the middle and the end, too, Jose...

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Collins, Montero on the loss 00:05:29
Terry Collins and Rafael Montero discuss the rough pitching that has led to back-to-back losses to the Cardinals at Citi Field.

The Mets (41-50) have lost three consecutive games, eight of their last 11 and are 2-3 on their 10-game home stand. With 12 days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, they are nine losses back of the Rockies, who lead the final Wild Card spot and are on pace to win 92 games.

To reach 92 wins, the Mets must go 51-20 the rest of this season.

Tags: Jacob deGrom
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:41
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

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

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

1) Two errors and several misplays helped the Cardinals score four times in the first two innings off Rafael Montero. The 26-year-old was charged with two earned runs on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in six innings.

2) The Mets committed as many errors in the game -- three, including two by T.J. Rivera -- as hits. Yoenis Cespedes had a first-inning single and Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double and a single.

3) Cardinals starter Michael Wacha allowed three hits, one walk and struck out eight in the first complete game and shutout of his career.

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The Mets (41-49) play the second game of a four-game series against the Cardinals (45-47) on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field on SNY.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

RHP Rafael Montero (5.77 ERA/3.52 FIP, 1.90 WHIP), who suffered a loss in his last start against the Phillies. He allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out six and walking two in 6.1 innings. 

Montero has had trouble controlling his pitches this season as he allowed 5.5 walks per nine innings pitched. 

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Mets dealing Duda and Reed? 00:05:40
At what price does it make sense for the Mets to trade Lucas Duda and Addison Reed to the New York Yankees?

The Yankees have reached out to the Mets to express interest in 1B Lucas Duda and closer Addison Reedreports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The Yankees, who are interested in acquiring a first baseman and late-inning reliever, were scouting the Mets on Monday night at Citi Field, according to the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.

The Mets are reportedly open to dealing any player who is not under team control beyond next season, including Reed and Duda.

Sandy Alderson said July 14 that he's not opposed to trading with the Yankees, despite the two teams not connecting on a player-for-player big-league deal since swapping Mike Stanton for Felix Heredia in 2004.

Tags: Addison Reed, Lucas Duda
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June 16, 2012; Daniel Murphy (28) and Justin Turner (2) talk during batting practice. Credit: Penner-US PRESSWIRE
June 16, 2012; Daniel Murphy (28) and Justin Turner (2) talk during batting practice. Credit: Penner-US PRESSWIRE

Sandy Alderson was ahead of the curve back in the 1980s with Oakland, embracing sabermetrics at a time when it wasn't widely accepted in baseball. Now, is Alderson a step behind?

As this team's homestand opened, Alderson stuck to his long-held belief that defense should not be a primary emphasis when constructing a team. His reasoning: Wins are based on runs produced minus runs allowed. And fielding capability is only a fraction of run prevention, dwarfed by pitching.

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Collins on Cespedes' struggles 00:03:19
Mets manager Terry Collins discusses Yoenis Cespedes' recent struggles at the plate, shares an update on Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard.

Yoenis Cespedes returned to the lineup Monday night and was hitless, going 0-for-5, after resting his sore hip the previous game.

Trailing 6-3 with two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth inning, Cespedes came to the plate with a chance to tie the game. However, he swung in a 3-0 count and grounded into a game-ending double play.

"He's the home-run hitter, he's the big guy on our team you turn to, and you got him in a great count," manager Terry Collins said after the game. "He's got to get something good to hit, and he just didn't hit it."

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Collins, Wheeler on the loss 00:05:21
Terry Collins and Zack Wheeler discuss what went wrong in the 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.

Zack Wheeler was unable to pitch out of trouble in the sixth inning when he allowed four of five batters to reach base during Monday's 6-3 loss to the Cardinals at Citi Field.

"It was my fault," Wheeler later explained. "I should have made my pitches and gotten out of that. Our bullpen, I trust them in every situation. Today, we just couldn't get the job done when we needed to."

After escaping a two-on, two-out jam in the third inning, as well as a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the fifth, Wheeler (3-7) gave up a two-run home run to Paul DeJong and an RBI double to Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright before getting pulled from the game.

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GEICO SportsNite: BNNY on Mets 00:04:02
The Baseball Night in New York crew analyzes the Mets' 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.

The Mets (41-49) have lost seven of their last 10 games, including a 6-3 loss to the Cardinals last night. They are eight losses back of a Wild Card spot with 13 days until the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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