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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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Both Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom took home some major hardware this week, and on Thursday night they followed those up by each finishing in the top 10 of NL MVP voting.

Los Angeles' Cody Bellinger was voted NL MVP on Thursday, securing 19 of the 30 first-place votes. The left-handed slugger beat out fellow finalists Christian Yelich and Anthony Rendon, who finished second and third, respectively.

Alonso, the NL Rookie of the Year, finished in seventh place, receiving two fifth-place votes and finishing with 102 points in the voting system. The slugging first baseman put up power numbers never before seen in MLB history, finishing the season with a major league rookie record 53 home runs.

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Sep 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

What has been expected is now official: Zack Wheeler has rejected the qualifying offer from the Mets and will test the free agent market.

By having extended the one-year qualifying offer that is worth $17.8 million to Wheeler, the Mets will receive a compensatory pick in June's MLB Draft if he signs elsewhere.

While it seems likely that Wheeler won't return, it hasn't been ruled out.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen reiterated on Monday what he said last week: the Mets will keep having dialogue with Wheeler regarding a potential multiyear contract -- something they engaged his camp on during the season.

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Beltran and Astros Scandal 00:01:02
SNY's Andy Martino explains how difficult it will be for MLB to discipline new Mets Manager Carlos Beltran amidst the Astros scandal.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Although Major League Baseball will interview Carlos Beltran and Alex Cora about sign-stealing allegations involving the Houston Astros, the league does not have either accusations or evidence that would point to severe discipline for either, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Beltran was a member of the 2017 World Series champs, and Cora was the bench coach. The Athletic this week quoted former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers confirming longstanding allegations that Houston uses cameras and audio signals to cheat.

The story came less than a month after SNY reported that the Yankees believed the Astros were whistling to convey signs during this year's American League Championship Series.

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Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

One amazing thing to keep in mind about Jacob deGrom winning his second Cy Young award is that at no time during his four-year minor-league career did MLB.com rank him higher than 12 on the Mets' annual top prospect list. Similarly, at no time did he ever appear among the league's Top 100 prospects. 

Crazier, he was drafted in 2010 by then-GM Omar Minaya and the Mets with the 272nd overall pick. He missed all of 2011 recovering from Tommy John surgery and made his big league debut in 2014 as a spot starter, after which then-manager Terry Collins said the organization still viewed him as a future reliever.

"Any time you draft a player, you think he's going to become a big-leaguer," Minaya once told me. "At first they all have upside, otherwise you wouldn't draft him. That being said, it doesn't always go the way you want it to go each time."

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Van Wagenen on Beltran, Astros 00:01:36
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen address the media about the recent news of the Astros sign-stealing and new manager Carlos Beltran.

Asked at the GM meetings on Thursday about the alleged involvement of Carlos Beltran in the Astros' sign-stealing in 2017, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said he hadn't yet spoken to Beltran and deferred to Major League Baseball on most questions since he didn't yet have enough information on the matter.

The questions Van Wagenen deferred to MLB included ones about potential discipline from the league.

Beltran, who played for the Astros in 2017 during the final season of his career, was among those who played a "key role in devising" the alleged camera-aided in-game sign-stealing system they used, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported.

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Now That's What I Call Mets 2019 00:01:43
Jacob deGrom not only wins Cy Young Awards, he also delivers at the plate! Check out his 2019 Greatest Hits from the batter's box!

Jacob deGrom not only wins Cy Young Awards, he also delivers at the plate! Check out his 2019 Greatest Hits from the batter's box!

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Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)
Sep 25, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) smiles after the benches clear during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Dieb)

New Mets manager Carlos Beltran was among those who played a "key role in devising the sign-stealing system" the Astros used in 2017, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

According to Rosenthal, Red Sox manager Alex Cora -- who was the Astros' bench coach in 2017 while Beltran was a player in what was the final season of his career -- was among the other members of the Astros to play a "key role" in the sign-stealing.

Rosenthal added that MLB's investigation into the Astros is "virtually certain" to include interviews with current manager A.J. Hinch, Cora, and Beltran.

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Pirates OF Starling Marte
Pirates OF Starling Marte

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has made it clear he hopes to add a true center fielder this offseason via trade or free agency -- talking up the need to improve the defense -- and has spoken about using Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo primarily in the corner outfield spots.

As the Mets search for that true center fielder, they can scour the free agent market. While not completely barren, the list of free agent center fielders leaves a lot to be desired, with Brett Gardner (who could be heading back to the Yankees) and Cameron Maybin (whose 2019 might have been fool's gold) highlighting the better options.

This is where Starling Marte comes in.

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Zack Wheeler
Zack Wheeler

The Mets are open to a reunion with Zack Wheeler, who is an unrestricted free agent. Here's the latest...


Nov. 13, 10:11 PM:

As the GM meetings continue in Scottsdale, Arizona, two more teams appear to have contacted Wheeler in some capacity.

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Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former player Carlos Beltran (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman during batting practice before game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former player Carlos Beltran (left) talks to general manager Brian Cashman during batting practice before game four of the 2019 ALCS playoff baseball series against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman gave new Mets manager Carlos Beltran a glowing review Wednesday on WFAN with Mike Francesa.

The Mets hired Beltran after he spent his past year with the Yankees as Cashman's special adviser and learned about the game of baseball from the front office's perspective.

Fused with Beltran's 20 years of playing experience, including with the Mets (2005-11) and Yankees (2014-16), the nine-time All-Star's all-around experience has Cashman among the believers as he embarks on his managerial chapter.

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deGrom reacts to Cy Young win 00:04:56
Jacob deGrom joins Steve Gelbs and Doug Williams to talk about his journey to win back-to-back Cy Young awards.

As he entered the 2019 season off his first National League Cy Young award, Jacob deGrom did so with the goal of getting another one.

He ultimately reached his pinnacle Wednesday when deGrom received the honor over the Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu, but the path to the repeat wasn't smooth sailing by any means.

When he reflected on his repeat campaign, deGrom thought back to the change in mentality and approach he made after three turbulent starts at the end of April -- three straight losses to the Minnesota Twins (14-8, April 9), Atlanta Braves (7-3, April 14) and Milwaukee Brewers (10-2, April 26) in which the Mets' ace allowed 14 runs on 18 hits (five home runs) and dug himself into a hole.

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deGrom's teammates say Congrats 00:01:14
Jacob deGrom's teammates congratulate him on winning back-to-back Cy Young awards.

After the Mets saw one teammate win a National League honor Monday with first baseman Pete Alonso's Rookie of the Year, another award came New York's way Wednesday when right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom earned a second straight Cy Young.

DeGrom received 29 of the 30 first-place votes to dominate his fellow finalists in Washington Nationals righthander Max Scherzer and Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander Hyun-Jin Ryu (received one first-place vote) for the award, which was announced Wednesday and makes deGrom the first Mets pitcher ever to win the award in consecutive campaigns.

From position players such as outfielder Brandon Nimmo and third baseman Todd Frazier to pitchers like righthander Noah Syndergaard and lefthander Steven Matz, the Mets reacted accordingly after the staff's ace repeated.

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Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)

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On July 25, Jacob deGrom pitched seven shutout innings against the Padres to get his ERA under 3.00 for the first time since April, and afterward I cornered him briefly in the clubhouse to see if I could get him to confess that he'd been tipping pitches early in the season. 

We went back and forth a bit, as he admitted he'd been made aware of something he was doing in his delivery that may have explained giving up 14 runs over three starts, yet insisted he was to blame for leaving too many pitches in the middle of the plate during that brief stretch. 

Finally, I said to him, "Well, if it wasn't for those three starts, you'd have a good shot at another Cy Young Award."

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Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)

Mets ace Jacob deGrom followed up his historic 2018 with a brilliant 2019, and the result is another Cy Young award.

DeGrom received 29 of the 30 first-place votes to dominate his fellow finalists in Max Scherzer and Hyun-Jin Ryu (received one first-place vote) for the award, which was announced Wednesday night, making deGrom the first Mets pitcher ever to win the award in back-to-back seasons.

DeGrom joins Tom Seaver (1969, 1973, 1975) as the only Met to win the Cy Young more than once. Other Mets to win the award are R.A. Dickey (2012), and Dwight Gooden (1985).

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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

2019 was the worst season of Noah Syndergaard's career -- the only one of his five big league seasons where his ERA was higher than 3.24. His issues were sometimes mental, sometimes mechanical, sometimes related to bad luck. So how will he turn the page?

"I don't think it's mental," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday at the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. "I think it's just a matter of -- a lot of players will struggle with mechanics and repeatability at different points in time over the course of the year. I think Noah has had such consistent performance -- he had injuries in '17 and '18 -- but his performance was exceptionally level."

While Syndergaard's 4.28 ERA in 2019 was ghastly compared to what he did over his first four seasons, his FIP was 3.60 -- an indication that some of what went wrong was due to bad luck.

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Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza gestures after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza gestures after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Twelve years removed from his 16-season playing career, Mike Piazza is back in the game.

The 1998-2005 New York Mets catcher and 2016 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee will manage the Italian national baseball team, he announced Wednesday on Twitter.

Piazza, 51, is set to lead Italy into the 2020 European Baseball Championship and the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

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Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos (40) hits a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

As the Mets embark on the 2020 offseason, there are lots of burning questions, including which free agents they should pursue, which 2019 performances were sustainable, and which players in the farm system (if any) should be untouchable...


Should the Mets sign Josh Donaldson, trade J.D. Davis and make Jeff McNeil a full-time LF?

McNeil, Davis and Jed Lowrie are capable of starting at third base. So, it's difficult to see Van Wagenen shelling out what is likely to be a three-year, $70-80 million deal to get Donaldson.

However, for all of the talk about adding a center fielder or corner outfielder, adding Donaldson would probably be the biggest bang for Van Wagenen's buck.

The fact is, Brandon Nimmo in most comparisons will likely end up being the better option in the field. At the same time, in addition to providing a major upgrade and credibility at the plate, Donaldson will likely be the best option in the field at third base.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Ronny Mauricio, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has said numerous times that the team hopes to improve the bullpen (among other areas) heading into the 2020 season. What does that mean for the embattled Edwin Diaz?

After a tremendous 2018 season with the Mariners, Diaz had a disastrous season in 2019 after being acquired by New York, allowing 15 homers in 58 innings while posting a 5.59 ERA (4.51 FIP) and 1.37 WHIP. He lost his closer job and was at times relegated to being one of the last options in the bullpen.

Still, Van Wagenen said Tuesday during an appearance on WFAN with Mike Francesa that the Mets expect Diaz to be pitching in high-leverage situations in 2020, adding that their "projection systems still believe in Diaz' talent and we know that we've got a guy that's gonna rebound and be an All-Star type performer for us."

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Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)

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We all know what we see when Mets ace Jacob deGrom pitches -- nuclear stuff delivered with competitive fire and brains from someone who just might be baseball's best pitcher.

"If he's not, he's certainly in that conversation," says Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, the former Braves and Mets lefty who won 305 games in his career.

And if deGrom wins his second consecutive NL Cy Young Award -- the voting results will be announced Wednesday evening and he is the favorite -- he'll get a different kind of next-level career validation, one that few pitchers in baseball history have enjoyed.

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Aug 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Donovan Solano (7) celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Ron Wotus (23) in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Aug 4, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Donovan Solano (7) celebrates his solo home run with third base coach Ron Wotus (23) in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

As the Mets' bench coach search rolls on, another name has emerged. Ron Wotus, whose status with the Giants is unclear after the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager, has interviewed with the Mets, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic.

Wotus joins Jerry Narron and Fredi Gonzalez as known candidates for the Mets' bench coach job.

Terry Collins was the preference of new manager Carlos Beltran to be his bench coach, but the Mets will be going in a different direction -- with Collins staying on as a special adviser to GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

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Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis (54) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis (54) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have agreed with Chili Davis on a multi-year deal to bring him back as the team's hitting coach, sources told SNY's Andy Martino.

Tom Slater, who has been the team's assistant hitting coach since 2017, is also being brought back on a multi-year deal, per Martino.

Davis, who was the Mets' hitting coach in 2019, had been a finalist to become Phillies hitting coach, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

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With Day 2 of the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. taking place, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen took the time to speak with WFAN's Mike Francesa on what the team has done to set up their managerial staff and on what's to come on filling out the rest of their coaching staff.

The Mets have many moves to come as they continue to shore up their coaching staff, as well as dealing with free agency. Plus, they just hired Carlos Beltran as their new manager less than two weeks ago, so this team's got a lot going on this offseason.

Speaking of Beltran, Van Wagenen spoke on what the former Met did to separate himself from the other candidates for the manager position: "From Day 1 and all the way till the end of the process, he was the same guy--he never came across like he was selling, he never came across like he was trying to search for the answers that I wanted to hear, he was Carlos Beltran. And he maintained that throughout the whole process and I respected it and the authenticity will play well to our players."

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BVW could bolster bullpen more 00:01:28
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen feels comfortable in his second offseason and is all for adding talented arms to their bullpen

It is Day 2 at the GM Meetings out in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen once again discussed multiple topics regarding his team heading into the offseason. 

Here's what you need to know about what Van Wagenen touched on...

Amed Rosario won't make the outfield shift

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Carlos Beltran on Terry Collins 00:01:43
Carlos Beltran talks to Steve Gelbs about his relationship with Terry Collins and whether Collins will serve as his bench coach

Fredi Gonzalez has now joined the discussion to be the next bench coach for the Mets, it was reported by The New York Post's Mika Puma on Tuesday afternoon.

Gonzalez, who has been the third base coach for the Marlins over the last three seasons, is expected to meet with team officials back in New York once the GM meetings are over. 

Gonzalez has been coaching or managing in the majors since 1999, starting his career as a third base coach with the Marlins before moving on to the Braves in 2003. 

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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Shortly after the 2019 season ended, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen sought to cut off any rumors about Noah Syndergaard and Edwin Diaz before they began, saying that the plan was for both of them to be part of the team in 2020.

What about Michael Conforto?

Asked on Monday at the GM meetings whether he would put Conforto on a list of basically untouchable players along with Syndergaard and Diaz, Van Wagenen indicated that he would.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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DeGrom is back for a sequel 00:01:02
They didn't think he could win the Cy Young Award the first time, now Jacob deGrom returns, and is back in the biggest sequel of the summer!

They didn't think he could win the Cy Young Award the first time, now Jacob deGrom returns, and is back in the biggest sequel of the summer!

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What should the Mets prioritize? 00:01:45
Andy Martino breaks down what he's hearing at the GM meetings. Is starting pitching or bullpen help a priority for the Mets?

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has cited the bullpen, center field, and the starting rotation as key areas the team needs to address heading into the 2020 season. But could payroll limitations get in the way?

Asked on Monday at the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. if the Mets would be willing to exceed the $208 million luxury tax for 2020, Van Wagenen bobbed and weaved a bit.

"Our goal is to identify what the acquisition costs are of players and then make recommendations to the ownership group that we think are going to put the team in the best situation to succeed," Van Wagenen explained. "So we will do that. And if the luxury tax threshold becomes something we have to consider, then we will talk about it at that time."

Tags: David Wright, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Pete wants to keep winning in NY 00:06:20
Pete Alonso joined Gary Apple and Doug Williams after winning NL Rookie of the Year. The first baseman says winning a World Series is next.

Just moments after being named the NL Rookie of the Year, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso joined SNY's Baseball Night in New York to talk about his historic first season as big leaguer. 

But when he was asked about his goals for 2020 and beyond, the 24-year-old unsurprisingly kept his answer team-oriented.

"I'm really happy with the season I had," Alonso said. "But the ultimate goal is to win a World Series. I want to win a World Series and help the New York mets hoist that trophy at the end of the year.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen already said he's going to take a look at what can be done to improve the team's bullpen this offseason. 

Could that start with someone in their own backyard? 

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets are looking at Yankees' free agent Dellin Betances as an option to bolster their bullpen. 

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Van Wagenen plans for year two 00:02:28
Brodie Van Wagenen joins Andy Martino to discuss what the GM hopes to accomplish at his second GM meetings and this offseason as a whole

After speaking with the media at MLB's GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz., Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen chatted with SNY's Andy Martino

The two touched on what the second-year general manager is hoping to get accomplished both at the meetings this week, and the offseason as a whole.

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Van Wagenen on Wheeler and Ramos 00:01:26
Brodie Van Wagenen commented on various free agency scenarios including Zack Wheeler, the catching situation and the Mets priorities.

Moments after Mets first baseman Pete Alonso took home the National League Rookie of the Year Award, New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen spoke at the MLB GM meetings.

Here are the takeaways from Van Wegenen's discussion with reporters...  


Latest on Zack Wheeler contract negotiations...

"We started dialogue with his camp before the trade deadline last year. We expressed interest in having him be apart of what we're doing moving forward. Obviously he earned the right to explore free agency, he's got a decision to make later this week [on the qualifying offer the Mets extended him]. We'll certainly continue to have those discussions moving forward."

"Wheeler is a good pitcher. That's why we offered him the qualifying offer, we didn't take that lightly. I think he's put himself in a position to be an attractive player. We'll continue to have dialogue."

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Alonso's reaction to winning 00:00:32
Watch Pete Alonso and his family and friend's reaction to winning NL Rookie of the Year. Pete's the first Met since deGrom in 2014 to win

Pete Alonso was surrounded by family and friends as he learned he was named the National League Rookie of the Year from his parents house in Tampa, Fla. 

Take a look and watch the celebration as Alonso learned he was the sixth Met in franchise history to win the award.

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Alonso's teammates say congrats 00:01:15
Pete Alonso's teammates react to him winning NL Rookie of the Year. Noah Syndergaard, Dom Smith, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz give praise.

After Pete Alonso was named National League Rookie of the Year on Monday, the congratulations from Mets teammates poured in.

Check out Noah Syndergaard, Dom Smith, Michael Conforto and Steven Matz all took the time to offer their congratulations to Alonso, who came just one vote shy of winning the award unanimously

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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Pete Alonso became the sixth Met to win NL Rookie of the Year on Monday, and was just one vote shy of doing so unanimously. 

Coincidentally, Jacob deGrom also got 29 out of 30 first place votes when he was named the Cy Young Award winner last season, when the San Diego Union Tribune's John Maffei voted for Max Scherzer over deGrom. 

Maffei infamously was uninterested in discussing his decision, hanging up on WFAN's Steve Somers when the radio host attempted to find some kind of explanation for not voting for deGrom.

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Pete Alonso
Pete Alonso

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If there was a moment that perfectly summed up Pete Alonso's momentous season, one that was capped off Monday with the announcement of his National League Rookie of the Year Award, I would argue that it wasn't one of his record-breaking 53 home runs, eye-popping as some of them were. 

Instead I'd say it was his bases-loaded walk, of all things, in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sept. 6 that forced home the game-winning run against the Phillies -- largely because it left him doing TV interviews on SNY and then MLB Network shirtless, after his jersey was ripped off him by teammates in celebration.

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Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)

What has been a fait accompli since the 2019 MLB season ended is now official: Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year. 

Alonso beat out finalists Mike Soroka of the Braves and Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres for the award. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes, with the other one going to Soroka. Yordan Alvarez won AL Rookie of the Year unanimously.

"I am so grateful to the Baseball Writers' Association for their recognition," Alonso said. "I'm truly blessed and humbled to be part of a group of some of the best to ever play the game. This season was the most special time I've ever had on a baseball field. I'm extremely thankful to the Mets for allowing me the opportunity to prove myself at the major league level this year. I can't wait to get back to work in the spring and make a push for the postseason in 2020."

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Jun 20, 2019; Omaha, NE, USA; Michigan Wolverines pitching coach Chris Fetter looks on during team practice at Creighton University. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)
Jun 20, 2019; Omaha, NE, USA; Michigan Wolverines pitching coach Chris Fetter looks on during team practice at Creighton University. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)

After meeting with the Mets in at MLB's GM Meetings in Scottsdale on Monday, Chris Fetter has emerged as a "strong candidate," according to SNY's Andy Martino

Fetter, 33, currently serves as pitching coach at the University of Michigan and is widely considered to be one of the hot coaching names around the industry He interviewed for the Yankees pitching coach job earlier this month, but eventually lost out to Matt Blake.

He also has experience coaching at the professional level and was the Dodgers' minor league pitching coordinator before leaving to join Michigan's coaching staff.

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Red Sox OF Mookie Betts
Red Sox OF Mookie Betts

MLB executives believe at least one of Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor or Kris Bryant will be traded this offseason, according to MLB.com's Jon Morosi.

The way I see it, of the three, Betts is most likely to find a new home. And he's a good fit for the Mets.

Bryant fits the Mets, too. I'm not convinced Chicago will end up trading him, though. Like with Lindor, while it's worth it for each team to listen to offers, the Cubs and Indians have these players under contract for more than just next season.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Pete Alonso's memorable moments 00:01:14
Relive some of New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso's most memorable moments from first MLB season.

With Pete Alonso on the verge of winning the National League's Rookie of the Year award, we took a look at the Mets first baseman's most memorable moments of the season. 

From his record-breaking blast to the Polar Bear stripping down (kind of), here they are and watch the video above:


April 1:  Alonso hits his first major-league blast, a three-run shot while on the road in Miami.

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Mets 1B Pete Alonso
Mets 1B Pete Alonso

It's fully expected that Mets first baseman Pete Alonso will win the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year award on Monday night over Mike Soroka and Fernando Tatis Jr., with any actual suspense over it revolving around whether he will take it home in unanimous fashion.

When Alonso is officially crowned, the Polar Bear will become just the sixth Met to win Rookie of the Year.

A look at the other five...

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Free agent reliever Daniel Hudson (Troy Taormina)
Free agent reliever Daniel Hudson (Troy Taormina)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Brodie Van Wagenen suggested last week that Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman might be in the 2020 rotation, he appeared to telegraph that the Mets were more likely to play in the free agent reliever market this offseason than sign a starter.

That makes sense, when you consider that a better bullpen would likely have delivered the team to the postseason.

That bit of context helps to inform our understanding of the first li'l nugget of the team's post-managerial search offseason, that the front office met Monday morning with the agency that represents both Zack Wheeler and World Series champion reliever Daniel Hudson.

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Feb 22, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (45) poses for a photo on photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 22, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (45) poses for a photo on photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

One rival GM predicted the Mets will hire Jeremy Hefner to be their next pitching coach, SNY's Andy Martino noted on Monday, with that GM expressing regret over missing out on hiring Hefner. 

Hefner, who is viewed as a rising star in the industry, is having his interview with the Mets on Monday at the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to The Athletic's Marc Carig.

The 33-year-old Hefner served as the assistant pitching coach for the Twins this past season. He joined Minnesota as a scout in 2017.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

The annual GM Meetings take place from Nov. 11-14 in Scottsdale, Ariz. On hand will be Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff, along with representatives from the 29 other teams.

While the big event of the offseason is the Winter Meetings each December, things often start to take shape at the GM meetings.

Van Wagenen discussed the Mets' offseason plans while introducing Carlos Beltran as manager last Monday, but he didn't go into detail. Here are five questions Van Wagenen should be asked as the GM Meetings begin...

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 (Wendell Cruz)
(Wendell Cruz)

As the only Mets position player to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award, advice from Darryl Strawberry goes a long way for Pete Alonso.

The franchise's former right fielder from 1983-90, Strawberry's 17-year career started in New York, where he earned seven of his eight All-Star appearances and helped led the Mets to the 1986 World Series championship.

So with the NL Rookie of the Year Award set to be announced Monday on MLB Network -- Alonso, Atlanta Braves right-handed pitcher Mike Soroka and San Diego Padres shortshop Fernando Tatis are the three finalists -- Strawberry offered advice for the Mets first baseman Sunday through the New York Post's Kevin Kernan.

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Mets' Pete Alonso and Yankees' Aaron Judge
Mets' Pete Alonso and Yankees' Aaron Judge

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We'll be talking about Pete Alonso and Aaron Judge for years to come, especially if their careers keep soaring from here. How lucky are we to have dueling sluggers with personality plus tearing up the same baseball town at the same time? 
 
Alonso, who broke Judge's rookie home run record last season, likely will add another connection to Judge on Monday, when the National League Rookie of the Year is announced. The Mets first baseman must be the choice, unless there is a significant tear in the space-time continuum or something similarly seismic. Judge won the AL Award in 2017 when he set the homer record Alonso (53 homers) eventually beat by one. 
 
With all these links between the two, comparisons are natural. Who's better? Where will their careers end up? SNY asked some baseball brains to talk about the similarities and differences between the sluggers and we looked at some numbers from their respective rookie seasons. 

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Feb 22, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (45) poses for a photo on photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 22, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (45) poses for a photo on photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Former Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner will interview for the Mets vacant pitching coach position on Monday, it was reported by The Athletic's Marc Carig late Saturday night.

Hefner will meet with team officials at the general manager's meetings in Scottsdale Arizona, looking to become the second former Mets player to join the staff this offseason, with the team hiring Carlos Beltran to be their new manager earlier this month.

The 33-year-old was the assistant pitching coach for the Twins this past season after having joined the team back in 2017 as an advanced scout.

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Mets manager Terry Collins is not a candidate to be Carlos Beltran's bench coach, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed Saturday.

The news was first reported by Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Beltran, who was named the Mets' 22nd manager last week, had previously told the team that Collins would be his ideal bench coach, according to Martino. A source told John Harper that Collins would have accepted the job if offered.

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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

Former Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon was recently spotted working out in the gym in a video posted by MLB insider Hector Gomez.

The 46-year-old Colon, who played for the Mets from 2014 to 2017, has yet to officially retire from the MLB, despite not pitching since 2018 with the Texas Rangers.

With MLB free agency starting up in December, Colon could possibly be preparing for his 22nd MLB season if there's a team looking for pitching help.

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Mets INF/OF Sam Haggerty (Noah K. Murray)
Mets INF/OF Sam Haggerty (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets farm system as a whole is in a bit of a transition phase. They traded high level prospects Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Anthony Kay, and Simeon Woods-Richardson over the last 12 months. But they also had a great 2019 MLB Draft where they landed three big time prospects.

New York does not currently have a lot as far as top prospects who are on the verge of making a big league impact. I won't be writing here about the Andres Gimenez types or the David Peterson types who I believe are likely to contribute to the Mets in 2020 but are highly regarded prospects in the system.

Instead, the focus here will be on prospects who might come from out of nowhere a bit to make a contribution to the big league team next season. Here are three under-the-radar prospects I believe you could see contributing in Queens in 2020...

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