Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) talks to players during batting practice one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
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After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets are searching for a new manager. Here's the latest...


Nov. 1, 3:20 PM:

Carlos Beltran has told the Mets that his ideal bench coach would be former manager Terry Collins, SNY's Andy Martino reported Friday. However, that is not something that is guaranteed to happen.

Martino reported earlier Friday that Beltran's managerial candidacy was gaining "late momentum," before a source confirmed that the Mets planned to hire him. 

When Beltran interviewed for the Yankees manager job in 2017, he made the same request regarding Collins as his potential bench coach. That manager job eventually went to Aaron Boone

Nov. 1, 12:06 PM:

Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy has been eliminated from contention for Mets manager, reports Jon Heyman. Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar was eliminated from contention on Thursday night, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

That leaves Eduardo Perez, Carlos Betlran, and Derek Shelton among the known finalists for the job.

Perez and Beltran have been serious candidates throughout the process, SNY's Andy Martino reported, adding that Perez had seemed to have an edge and noting that it's not uncommon for teams to keep a few candidates in the process while negotiations are ongoing.

Oct. 31, 10:30 PM:

Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar has been eliminated from contention by the Mets as a managerial candidate, according to a report from

Sherman reported on Wednesday that Bogar was the only finalist for the job that had yet to have his third-round interview with the team. SNY's Andy Martino noted on Thursday that Bogar, along with Eduardo Perez, had made a good impression with the team, and was considered by some involved with the search as a frontrunner for the job. 

Sherman, who had previously reported that Bogar would meet with the Mets again this week, noted that with him now seemingly out of the mix, Perez, Carlos Beltran, Pat Murphy, and Derek Shelton have now all had their chances of becoming the next Mets manager raised. 

Oct. 30, 9:05 PM:

According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar is the only finalist remaining in the Mets' managerial search who is yet to have his third-round interview with the team.

This makes sense, of course, with the Nationals going head-to-head with the Astros in the World Series. Sherman notes that Bogar will meet with the Mets again by the end of the week. 

Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, and Derek Shelton have all had their third interviews with the club, per Sherman, which primarily consist of meeting with Mets ownership. SNY's Andy Martino had previously reported that trio would all be receiving third-round interviews this week.

Oct. 29, 8:59 AM:

Tony DeFrancesco has interviewed for the Mets' managerial opening and could still be in the mix, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

DeFrancesco has been the Mets' Triple-A manager since 2018 -- in Las Vegas in 2018 and in Syracuse in 2019 after the team relocated.

In 2012, DeFrancesco had a stint as the Astros' interim manager, going 16-25 during a season where the Astros finished 55-107.

The 56-year-old DeFrancesco started his managing career in 1994 and has also coached in the majors (with the Athletics as third base coach in 2010). He was the manager for Triple-A Fresno from 2015 to 2017 (in the Astros' farm system) and won the Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year award in 2015.

Oct. 28, 4:10 PM:

Derek Shelton will be getting a third interview for Mets manager, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Along with Shelton, Tim Bogar, Eduardo Perez, and Carlos Beltran are also receiving third interviews, SNY's Andy Martino has reported, with Martino noting that there are "likely more" candidates interviewing a third time. 

Oct. 27, 5:10 PM:

According to SNY's Andy Martino, Pat Murphy is not the only "mystery candidate" in the mix.

Murphy, currently serving as the Brewers' bench coach, has had multiple interviews with the Mets, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Oct. 27, 2:31 PM:

The Mets' third round of managerial interviews will begin this week, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who notes that Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, and Carlos Beltran are among those getting another interview. 

However, the above names aren't the only ones being asked back for a third round, according to Martino. 

Oct. 25, 2:08 PM:

Tim Bogar has become a strong contender to become the Mets' next manager, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

According to Martino, finalists have been meeting this week with Mets ownership -- an indication that the process will wrap up soon.

While Bogar is said to have interviewed well, Carlos Beltran and Eduardo Perez "have backers in the Mets organization" and remain in the running for the job.

The 52-year-old Bogar, currently serving as the Nationals' first base coach, had his second interview with the Mets on Thursday. 

Oct. 25, 1:34 PM:

Astros manager A.J. Hinch is "definitely not in mix" for Mets manager "on any level," SNY's Andy Martino reported.

If the Mets tried to pry Hinch -- who is close to GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- away from the Astros, they would have to trade for him since he is under contract.

Oct. 23, 8:04 PM:

It doesn't sound like the Mets are in much of a rush when it comes to naming their next manager.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets may look to bring back two or three finalists for another round of interviews.

Derek Shelton, Luis Rojas, Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Tim Bogar, and Eduardo Perez all received second round interviews with the club.

MLB.com's Anthony DiComo has reported that the Mets are 'not particularly close' to naming a manager, and that the process could extend well beyond this week. 

Oct. 21, 3:48 PM:

Derek Shelton will be receiving a second interview for Mets manager, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post

According to Sherman, Skip Schumaker and Mike Bell will not be receiving second interviews. 

In addition to Shelton, Luis Rojas, Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Tim Bogar, and Eduardo Perez have also made it to the second round of the process. 

Girardi is having his second interview with the Mets on Tuesday, with Perez and Bogar having theirs on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. Beltran's interview will likely be on Friday, according to Martino.

According to Martino, there remains a high level of mystery and intrigue in the process, including a potential "bombshell candidate" yet to emerge.

Oct. 21, 8:09 AM:

The fifth candidate to receive a second interview for Mets manager will be Luis Rojas, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Rojas, 38, worked as the Mets' quality control coach in 2019 and has been working in the organization since 2007.

Oct. 20, 10:09 PM:

Among the four finalists reportedly set to advance in the Mets' managerial search, one interview will be conducted this week.

The fourth finalist, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of MLB on FOX and The Athletic, is Tim Bogar.

And according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Bogar will meet with the Mets for his second-round interview on Thursday.

Oct. 20, 9:58 PM:

The Mets have reportedly zeroed in on four finalists.

According to Ken Rosenthal of MLB on FOX and The Athletic, only a handful of the previously reported candidates will be considered going forward.

Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez and Tim Bogar are still in the running to become the next Mets manager, Rosenthal reported.

Oct. 19, 7:24 PM:

The Mets will begin their second round interviews next week, per SNY Insider Andy Martino.

Martino also noted that a decision by the end of the month is still a possibility, though the Mets are still doing some digging into names that have not surfaced yet. 

To this point, the known candidates are Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, Luis Rojas, Mike BellDerek Shelton, and Skip Schumaker. 

Oct. 18, 3:27 PM:

Skip Schumaker, currently serving as first base coach for the Padres, interviewed with the Mets on Friday, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Schumaker, 39, retired after the 2017 season after an 11-year career with the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Reds.

He has been the Padres' first base coach since 2018.

Oct. 18, 2:10 PM:

Nationals bench coach Tim Bogar will get an in-person interview for Mets manager, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

With the Nationals off until the World Series begins on Oct. 22, it's possible Bogar's interview will take place within the next few days. 

Oct. 18, 12:33 PM:

"There is word of at least one more mystery candidate" for Mets manager, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Friday, adding that a "surprise" hire is more than possible.

Martino added that the first round of interviews is winding down, but that the team is being extremely covert about the process.

The known candidates are Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, Luis Rojas, Mike Bell, and Derek Shelton

Oct. 17, 1:10 PM:

Joe Girardi's interview with the Mets has already taken place, reports SNY's Andy Martino. 

Meanwhile, Girardi, Buck Showalter, and Dusty Baker will all have second interviews with the Phillies for their manager job, reports Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer

Breen -- who reports that Girardi and Showalter are viewed as the favorites -- added that the three above candidates are believed to be the only candidates for the Phillies job, with the process expected to wrap up on Monday and a resolution expected soon after. 

Oct. 16, 6:40 PM:

Add another name into the mix for the Mets' next manager.

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar is another name to keep an eye on for the Mets job. A member of the Nats coaching staff for the past two seasons, Bogar also has coaching experience with the Rangers, Red Sox, and Rays. In 2014, he was the Rangers interim manager for 22 games, coaching the team to a 14-8 record. 

In 2015, he moved into the Angels front office as a special assistant to GM Jerry Dipoto, and he was named the Mariners GM prior to the 2016 campaign, where he remained for two seasons.

Bogar does have minor league managerial experience, and he was also a player for the Mets for 1993-96. In 297 games with the Mets, he hit .242 with six home runs and 57 RBI. 

Oct. 16, 3:19 PM:

Joe Girardi has stepped down as the manager for USA Baseball -- the team he was supposed to manage beginning on Nov. 2 in advance of the 2020 Olympics

"Joe Girardi, who was named the manager of Team USA in August, has stepped down from his role with Team USA as he pursues open managerial opportunities in Major League Baseball," USA Baseball said Wednesday in a press release.

Luis Rojas, another Mets managerial candidate, is still scheduled to manage the Dominican Republic team in the lead up to 2020. 

Oct. 15, 4:12 PM:

Some sources see Mike Bell as a dark horse candidate to become the Mets' manager because of a strong relationship with GM Brodie Van Wagenen, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

Martino also spoke with Aaron Boone, who said he viewed Eduardo Perez as a "great candidate."

Oct. 15, 10:39 AM:

Joe Girardi's interview with the Mets is happening soon, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Tuesday, adding that Eduardo Perez and Carlos Beltran are other serious candidates for the job.

According to Martino, there is "heat" around the trio of Girardi, Perez, and Beltran.

Oct. 14, 3:28 PM:

Eduardo Perez is in New York on Monday for what is his second interview for the Mets' vacant managerial job, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

Perez, who has asked Yankees manager Aaron Boone for advice about the interview process, had his first interview over the phone. 

The 50-year-old Perez played for seven different teams during his major league career from 1993 to 2006. He also played one year in Japan -- with Hanshin in 2001. 

Since retiring, Perez has managed in Puerto Rico (where he was named 2008 Manager of the Year), managed Colombia in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, served as hitting coach for the Marlins (2011-12), and as bench coach for the Astros (2013).

Perez is currently an analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM.

He joins Carlos Beltran (who interviewed last week), Joe Girardi, Luis Rojas, Mike Bell, and Derek Shelton as candidates who will or have been interviewed.

Oct. 13, 6:57 PM:

Carlos Beltran spoke with the media Saturday for the first time since the Mets interviewed him Thursday, as SNY's Andy Martino reported.

While Beltran did not confirm that he interviewed, sources told Martino that his interview with the Mets "went well."

Also, Beltran said, the Mets are the only team he is considering to become a manager for, according to Nathalie Alonso of MLB's Spanish site, LasMayores.

Beltran declined managerial interviews with the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres, solely prioritizing the Mets.

Oct. 13, 3:51 PM:

The Phillies had just fired Gabe Kapler last week, and they're already starting their interview process. And a certain interviewee just so happens to be someone on the Mets list as well. 

Joe Girardi is reportedly interviewing with Philadelphia in the New York area on Monday, per NBC Sports' Jim SalisburyBuck Showalter is also expected to interview on Monday, while Dusty Baker will interview later this week. 

The Mets also have Girardi reportedly set for an interview this week, while already having Carlos Beltran in last Thursday. It will be a fight for these NL East rivals to see who gets the right manager.

Oct. 11, 8:33 PM:

The Mets in-person interviews have begun.

According to SNY Insider Andy Martino, the team interviewed Carlos Beltran on Thursday, per a source.

Beltran has previously said that he'd "have to listen" if the Mets came calling, and now he is apparently the first candidate to interview in person with the team. He currently works as a special advisor to Yankees GM Brian Cashman

Martino also notes that GM Brodie Van Wagenen has been conducting preliminary telephone interviews with other candidates.

Oct. 11, 12:52 PM:

The Mets have had internal discussions regarding John Gibbons, though the team has yet to contact him, according to SNY's Andy Martino

Gibbons compiled a 793-789 record in parts of 11 seasons as the Blue Jays manager, split across two separate stints in the Toronto dugout. The Blue Jays let him go following the 2018 season. He also had a brief major league career as a player, appearing in 18 games for the Mets, including eight during the 1986 championship season. 

Oct. 10, 10:27 PM:

According to SNY Insider Andy Martino, Joe Girardi is set to interview with the Mets next week.

The former Yankees and Marlins manager has already interviewed with the Cubs.

Martino has previously reported that Girardi wants to manage again, and will consider the Mets' opening. Girardi said on WFAN Tuesday "Again, I hope I get an opportunity to do it again. ...I'll be in New York next week doing studio work, and we'll see what happens."

Oct. 10, 12:54 PM:

The Mets will have Twins bench coach Derek Shelton for an in-person interview for their vacant manager role, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. He joins Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran and Mike Bell in that category of the interview process.

The news was first reported by Joel Sherman of the NY Post, who notes the Pirates may also be looking into Shelton for their managerial search.

Shelton has served as the Twins bench coach for the past two seasons, including the Twins 101-win campaign in 2019 with Rocco Baldelli at the helm. Before his time with the Twins, he spent one season as the Blue Jays quality control coach. He also served as the Indians hitting coach for five seasons and the Rays hitting coach for one year.

Shelton managed in the Yankees minor league system for three seasons in the early 2000s.

Oct. 9, 3:03 PM:

The Mets are ramping up their interview process for the managerial job, and that will begin with some phone interviews. However, there are some in-person interviews already set in place. 

SNY's Andy Martino confirmed that Carlos Beltran will be getting one of those interviews, which many expected. Though it came out that Beltran didn't want to get into managing, he quickly debunked that claim saying "you'd have to listen." He currently works as a special advisor to Yankees GM Brian Cashman

Other than Beltran, Joe Girardi is another given in the in-person interview column. But Mike Bell, the younger brother of Reds manager David Bell, is also expected to get an in-person interview, says The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. He currently works as the Diamondbacks minor league director, but has interviewed for the Rangers and Orioles' manager jobs last season. 

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Robinson Cano did not get off to the start he'd hoped for last season in his first year with the Mets after spending a lot of time on the IL, but it seems like he's doing all he can to make sure he stays on the field in 2020.

Speaking to the media Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Cano, who played in just 107 games in 2019 in part due to a partially torn left hamstring, said he's working on keeping his lower body in shape.

"I just need to stay healthy," Cano said on how he can be the player he normally is. "I've been working on my legs back home and something I'm going to continue doing here."

"You've just got to prevent what's happened in the past, you've got to get those parts of your body stronger so that I don't go back again and get injured."

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Marcus Stroman has always been driven to prove the doubters wrong. It's in his DNA as someone who has defied huge odds by becoming a major league starting pitcher at the height of 5-foot-7, and people who know him say it explains why he talks such a big game. 

In his first comments of spring training, for example, Stroman told reporters in Port St. Lucie, Fla. this week that he has "the best sinker in the league" and that he is "pretty much unstoppable" when he's in a good place mentally, among other things.

Strong stuff for a guy who didn't quite live up to expectations upon arriving in the midst of the Mets' wild-card push last August, via the trade from the Blue Jays, before finishing strong in September.

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Mets' Tim Tebow spoke to media for the first time at Spring Training on Sunday, and was asked if he heard anything from the XFL.

"Yeah there was some communication," Tebow said. "We had a couple conversations... I love what they're doing, and I think it has a chance to have success, and I think that's great.

"I think there needs to be a place for a lot of players that are really good, and should and could be playing in the NFL, and are better than a lot of NFL players. There's a chance they're going to be seen. So I think it's awesome, and I think it's good for a lot of guys that are going to get a spot on an NFL roster because they're going to show a team they're worth it. But for me, this is what I wanted to do and pursue it, and be all in."

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On Sunday, Mets infielder Jed Lowrie arrived at Spring Training wearing a knee brace on his left leg during workouts.

When asked about the knee brace, Lowrie didn't get into specifics.

"This is just a brace that alleviates my symptoms and makes me feel like myself," Lowrie said. "Like I said, I'm wearing this brace to alleviate my symptoms and so I can feel like myself... I don't want to get into specifics of symptoms."

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Mets prospect Matthew Allan (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets prospect Matthew Allan (Treated Image by SNY)

Here's everything you need to know about Mets prospect Matthew Allan...


The Skinny

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 225 lbs

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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Saturday, in case you missed it...


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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Former Yankees and Mets infielder Tony Fernandez passed away on Saturday at the age of 57 after suffering a brain stroke that came with complications from polycystic kidney disease.

Fernandez is most notably known as a Blue Jays legend, winning four Gold Gloves, going to five All Star games and winning a World Series title during his time in Toronto, but he did spend two stints in New York -- in both Queens and The Bronx.

Leaving the Padres after two seasons, Fernandez joined the Mets in 1993, but the stay was short lived. After a disappointing start to the season, he was traded back up to Toronto, where he played a big role in the Blue Jays winning the World Series later that season.

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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon recently took part in a Q&A email exchange with the New York Post.

In the exchange with Steve Serby, Wilpon touched on a wide variety of topics, from the 2020 team outlook, the Steve Cohen deal falling through, Mickey Callaway's tenure as Mets manager, Pete Alonso's potential, and much more.

Here are a few of Wilpon's answers from some of the many topics discussed:

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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa made headlines on Saturday, telling The Athletic that part of the reason why Jose Altuve didn't want his jersey ripped off after hitting a walk-off home run in the ALCS against the Yankees was that "he's got an unfinished tattoo on his collarbone that honestly looked terrible."

In an interview with Ken Rosenthal, Correa said that Altuve's wife didn't like seeing him shirtless on national TV, but also that Altuve's "terrible" tattoo played a key role in Altuve telling his teammates to leave his jersey intact.

"The second reason - he doesn't want me to talk about this, but I'm going to say it, is because he's got an unfinished tattoo on his collarbone that honestly looked terrible," Correa said. "It was a bad tattoo, and he didn't want nobody to see it. He didn't want to show it at all."

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Luis Rojas spoke to reporters in Port St. Lucie Fla. on Saturday on the heels of Pete Alonso's arrival at Spring Training, and as expected the new Mets manager was all smiles when he talked about the team's slugger.

But just as Alonso mentioned that his personal goal in 2020 was not to hit even more home runs, but rather win a Gold Glove, Rojas said the 25-year-old isn't focused on offensive numbers as he enters his second big-league season.

"You can't set goals as far numbers and try to do better than he did last year," Rojas said of Alonso. "I don't think he's going to give himself a number to hit. I know that he's got himself ready."

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Mets pitchers and catchers continued to work out in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Saturday.

Check out some of the action, as Noah Syndergaard and Edwin Diaz were among the pitchers to hit the practice fields ...

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Pete Alonso, coming off one of the most prolific rookie seasons in baseball history, arrived at Mets spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Saturday.

After working out on the field with his teammates, Alonso took to the podium to answer questions about his personal goals for the 2020 season, playing for Luis Rojas, and much more.

Here are five key takeaways from Alonso's first media availability of the new season:

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Pete Alonso has officially arrived at Mets camp and sure seemed happy to see his teammates.

After arriving at Clover Park, Alonso had hugs for Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard and other Mets players and staff. 

He quickly got to work, getting loose before taking part in infield drills and getting in some batting practice. He finished up his first day of camp by signing autographs for Mets fans young and old.

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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout in the during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout in the during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Noah Syndergaard reported to Mets spring training last week and has spent a lot of his time on the field without his shirt on. 

On Saturday, the rest of his team followed suit.


A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it...


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In his latest Mets mailbag, Matthew Cerrone weighs in on the outfield situation, Yoenis Cespedes, what Edwin Diaz' role should be, and more...


What's the opening day outfield? ~ @JoeBacci

Barring a blockbuster trade, which for an outfielder at this point is improbable, the outfield is set up to be J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto.

Yoenis Cespedes is the wild card. If Cespedes is jacking the ball, running well and showing strength, I think he and Davis platoon from the start of the season, with Davis also backing up Jeff McNeil at third base.

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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

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So much of the Mets' 2020 season already feels as if it's dependent upon Edwin Diaz re-discovering the form that made him arguably baseball's best reliever two years ago in Seattle. 

As one scout this week told me, "They'll win 90-95 games easy if Diaz figures it out again. And they should have a championship bullpen."

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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

New Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway spoke about his former managerial job at Spring Training in Tempe, Ariz. on Friday.

When asked if he took time to reflect on what went wrong with the Mets, Callaway was quick to respond in a joking manner.

"I had PTSD," Callaway said.

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Alex Rodriguez (Mark J. Rebilas)

Alex Rodriguez, who grew up a Mets fan and has spoken in the past about idolizing the 1986 World Series team, has emerged as a "potential suitor" to buy the team, reports Thornton McEnery of the New York Post.

According to McEnery, Rodriguez is "kicking the tires" about the idea of buying the Mets, though sources told McEnery that any bid from Rodriguez would be "a long shot" that would require Rodriguez putting together "an ownership group of even wealthier investors."

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon released a statement last week after the potential sale to Steve Cohen fell through, saying the team is "moving forward to find a new transaction."

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A few hours after J.D. Davis said he was ashamed for his role in the Astros sign-stealing scandal, former Astro and current Mets teammate Jake Marisnick also expressed remorse.

"I feel terribly about it," Marisnick said in his opening statement. "There's a line and it was definitely crossed. I want to say sorry to the fans, Major League Baseball, my peers, and anybody else who was affected by this."

Asked about his role, Marisnick expressed regret about not speaking up and putting a stop to what was going on.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen swung back at Zack Wheeler on Friday, a day after the former Met took a shot at the team for not trying harder to re-sign him this offseason before he went to the Phillies.

"Our health and performance department, our coaches all contributed and helped him parlay two good half seasons over the last five years into $118 million, Van Wagenen said, according to David Lennon of Newsday. "So I'm proud of what our group was able to help him accomplish. I'm happy he was rewarded for it."

Van Wagenen, who said he was "surprised" and "disappointed" by Wheeler's comments, also disputed the notion from Wheeler that there were "crickets" coming from the Mets' side this offseason, telling SNY's Steve Gelbs that the Mets had contact with Wheeler's agent up until a week before Wheeler signed with Philadelphia.

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Mets OF/IF J.D. Davis, who was on the Astros in 2017 and 2018, spoke candidly on Friday about his role in the sign-stealing scandal and backtracked from comments he made on the matter earlier this offseason.

"Back in December we had that same question, and I spoke a little bit prematurely," Davis said, alluding to comments he made suggesting he wasn't aware of what was going on in Houston. "I spoke before the MLB or during the investigation. And so again, I was a rookie and I was going up and down the system and I was fighting for my life. MLB called and I cooperated with them. I made my statements. Again, back to the December comment and the interview -- I spoke prematurely."

Asked if he was "embarrassed" by his role, Davis called it a fair question.

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Mets outfielder Tim Tebow is spotted doing some early outfield drills before the team fully reports to Spring Training.

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Need some last-minute help with this year's Valentine's Day plans?

Well, we've got just the person to help you manage your special day this year.

Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine is here to help you with all of your Valentine's Day needs, from what to wear, dinner plans, and much more ...

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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it...


Luis Rojas talked about Seth Lugo's desire to be a starter, the MLB rules changes, and more >> Read more

Marcus Stroman talked 2020 expectations: "I think I should be dominant" >> Read more

MLB Network ranked Jacob deGrom behind Gerrit Cole on its top 100 players list for 2020 >> Read more

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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On Thursday, the MLB Network put out their list of the Top 100 players in baseball right now.

Coming in at No. 8 overall is Mets star pitcher Jacob deGrom.

In 2019, deGrom won his second-straight NL Cy Young Award, going 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA and 255 strikeouts in just 204 IP.

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May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Met Rajai Davis announced on Thursday night that he will be playing pro ball in Mexico in 2020.

Davis, 39, tweeted out that he is joining Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League, saying "Going South of the border to play this game I love so much. Thanks to @AcererosOficial and @JoseMelendez123 for this opportunity to continue to play ball."

The veteran outfielder signed with the Mets in December 2018, and then spent the beginning portion of the season with the Triple-A Syracuse Mets. 

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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) goes to the dugout between innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) goes to the dugout between innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On Wednesday, former Met Zack Wheeler talked about his Cy Young and World Series aspirations with the Phillies.

But on Thursday, Wheeler seemingly took a parting shot at the Mets.

According to Greg Joyce of the New York Post, Wheeler said he wasn't surprised to not hear back from the Mets before signing with the Phillies "because it's them. It's how they roll."

Wheeler, who played his first seven years in the big leauges with the Mets (though he missed two seasons due to injury), signed a lucrative five-year, $118 million deal with Philadelphia in December, joining Aaron Nola at the top of the Phillies' rotation.

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Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts, and Starling Marte
Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts, and Starling Marte

It's tempting during the rumor frenzy of the Hot Stove to become desperate for a blockbuster trade. The avalanche of news that a deal is getting done, seeing it announced, realizing the rumors were true and watching an elite player put on your favorite team's uniform is inspiring.

However, as is often said, sometimes the best deal is the one you don't make. And this certainly applies to situations recently presented to Brodie Van Wagenen.

In the end, in each instance, he erred on the side of caution. And, while this may not be as exciting as a realized trade rumor, he made the right decision.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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On Thursday, Mets manager Luis Rojas spoke to media at Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Florida about relief pitcher Seth Lugo, getting to know Marcus Stroman, and the recent MLB rule changes.

On Seth Lugo wanting to be in the starting rotation...

"Well I had Lugo as a starter in the minor leagues," Rojas said. "I remember in the championship year in Savannah, he was one of our starters, and he actually made a key start for us to win the championship. Seth, we've had conversations, and they have been about being in our bullpen. But, he's always had the mentality of being a starter, just because that's how he developed in the organization. It wouldn't surprise me, having conversations with Seth before with somebody about being a starter or wanting to be a starter. That's the mentality that he developed with."

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Mets RHP Marcus Stroman wasn't dominant last season after being acquired from the Blue Jays in July, but he was pretty good after a bit of a shaky start, posting a 3.77 ERA in 59 innings while striking out 9.1 batters per 9.

That strikeout rate was a huge increase from what it was earlier in 2019 with the Blue Jays, and continuing to ring guys up is something Stroman is focusing on in 2020.

He'll also be trying to cut down on his walks, with too many of them late last season helping to lead to a 1.47 WHIP during his time with the Mets.

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Mets general
Mets general

SNY, the official television home of the New York Mets, today announced its 2020 spring training schedule for the Mets featuring more than 100 hours of exclusive programming, plus complete daily coverage of the team on SNY.tv and across SNY's Facebook (facebook.com/SNY), Instagram (@snytv) and Twitter (@snytv) platforms.

Mets baseball swings back into action on PIX11 Saturday, February 22 at 1:10 PM as the Mets host the Miami Marlins and on SNY Sunday, February 23rd at 1:10 PM as the Mets take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The network's Emmy Award-winning broadcast team of Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and field reporter Steve Gelbs will call all the action live from Port St. Lucie. Full schedule is listed below.

SNY's Mets Hot Stove will re-locate to the newly renovated Clover Park - Tuesday, February 18th and Wednesday, February 19th and will culminate with SNY's annual LIVE one-hour show from Duffy's Sports Grill Thursday, February 20th at 6:00 p.m. Mets players scheduled to appear at Duffy's include Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and Marcus Stroman. 

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A true dual threat, J.D. Davis can hit and pitch.

While he was used strictly as an offensive player for the Mets in 2019, he has experience pitching in the bigs (albeit limited experience) with the Astros and was a pitcher and hitter throughout college.

On Thursday at Mets camp, he showed off his windup.

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Carlos Beltran lost his job as Mets manager partly due to concern that further details about his involvement in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal would emerge. 

On Tuesday, a new report in The Athletic painted Beltran as not only one of the ringleaders of the scheme, but someone who intimidated players who were against it.

On Thursday, Beltran's former teammate Carlos Correa called BS on those allegations.

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As Mets spring training rolled on, Marcus StromanNoah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom were among the early arrivals at camp on Thursday.

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Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (right) talks with Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (left) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (right) talks with Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (left) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Wednesday, in case you missed it...


Luis Rojas talked about Jacob deGrom, Dominic Smith, and lots more during Wednesday's presser >> Read more

Before Mookie Betts was traded to the Dodgers, the Mets engaged the Red Sox in trade talks and discussed several different proposals >> Read more

DeGrom talked about his desire for a third-straight Cy Young award and advice he got last season from Pedro Martinez >> Read more

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Spring Training is about to be in full swing for the Mets, and one metric already predicted an NL East title for New York's 2020 season.

Baseball Prospectus released its annual projections Tuesday, pegging the Mets atop the division with 88 wins -- one game ahead of the second-place Nationals and five games ahead of the third-place Braves -- leading to Wednesday's discussion on SNY's Mets Hot Stove.

After the simulations saw the Mets leading the pack at 88-74, followed by the Nationals (87-75) and Braves (83-79), Jim Duquette provided context behind the numbers.

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This past offseason, Zack Wheeler signed a big contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, and on Wednesday he explained that his goals with his new team are just as big.

Wheeler, who spent his seven big-league seasons as a Met (though he missed two full seasons due to injuries), signed a five-year, $118 million deal with the Phillies, and he wants to take his game to the next level with the Mets' NL East rivals.

"I just want to go out there and do the best I possibly can. I think I've done well over the past few years, but I think I could take that next step, and that's the ultimate goal," Wheeler said at Phillies spring training. "I want to go out there and win a Cy Young or two and make the All-Star team and carry us into the playoffs. That's my goal now. 

"What happened this offseason has sort of passed. I've reached that level of my career and now that's past and I want bigger and better things. Like I said, Cy Youngs, going to the playoffs, winning the World Series and that type of stuff. It's a good group here to do it with, and I think we have the opportunity."

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Perhaps no one was more excited to get going with the Mets' first Spring Training workout than Luis Rojas. The new Mets manager revealed as much while meeting with the media after New York's return to the field Wednesday morning in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

"Getting here today early, I joked and told the guys earlier, I've been wearing this uniform since like 5:30 in the morning," Rojas said with a laugh. "So it's been a really exciting day for me and that's probably the most fun, just getting here and getting all the guys in one room, being able to talk to them, communicate about what we're going to be doing out there and then going out there and executing it. I mean, I've got to give credit to the coaches. They did such a good job just keeping the stations that we had going on active. From the sides, from the throwing program and to the defensive stations that we had, they were all very energetic and they were all very well coordinated. Time wise, it was a great job by the coaching staff today."

While all position players set to join the pitchers, catchers and others already on the ground at Clover Park, the Mets are already off and running. Rojas recapped the opening day's slate and looked forward to the rest of the week, with the following takeaways from Wednesday's press conference setting the scene.

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Jacob deGrom, who will be looking to secure his third straight NL Cy Young Award, arrived at the Mets' spring training facility in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. And Amed Rosario was right behind him. 

Meanwhile, deGrom threw some pitches in a bullpen session as well. Here's a look at deGrom's work on Wednesday ...

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After spending his first four seasons with the Mets, catcher Kevin Plawecki was traded to the Cleveland Indians in January 2019.

Entering 2020, Plawecki, now 28 years old, finds himself with another new team in the Boston Red Sox.

On Wednesday, Plawecki spoke about starting a new season with a new team, and also discussed how he's handled what the Red Sox have gone through this offseason since Alex Cora was fired for his involvement in the Astros' scandal.

"I don't pay attention to background noise anymore. Fifth year now, that's all it is, background noise," said Plawecki. "You can't really worry about it, can't think about it, because there's nothing you can do about it. It's been a little bit of a different offseason, but at the same time we're here, and I'm excited. I'm ready to go."

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Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts

Before Mookie Betts was traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers, the Mets "made numerous calls and exchanged several various concepts" with Boston, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

According to Sherman, the Mets were unwilling to give up Jeff McNeil (who was "integral' to the Red Sox) in any deal for Betts due to the fact that Betts only had one year of team control left.

Instead, the Mets offered packages that revolved around one of Brandon Nimmo or J.D Davis plus one of prospects Andres Gimenez or Ronny Mauricio, according to Sherman.

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Mets ace Jacob deGrom spoke Wednesday at spring training, meeting the media for the first time since arriving in Port St. Lucie.

One of the things on deGrom's mind -- which he also touched on in late-January during the Mets' Fan Fest at Citi Field -- is winning a third-straight Cy Young award.

"Any time you're at your best personally, you're gonna help the team," deGrom said. "You set personal goals. I've said that the last couple of years. That (winning another Cy Young) is definitely another personal goal of mine, but (this is) most importantly a team game -- want to win a World Series. But any time you're at your best, you help the team."

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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes, who is continuing to work his way back but has no timetable for a return, worked out on the field Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.

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Carlos Beltran (Treated Image by SNY)
Carlos Beltran (Treated Image by SNY)

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TAMPA -- On Wednesday morning, when one good friend of Carlos Beltran's saw the back page of the New York Post, which labeled Beltran "The Godfather," he felt physically ill.

"I almost threw up," the friend said.

Many people around the game maintain a strong affection for Beltran. Even Yankees officials, who have been annoyed about Beltran's role in the Astros' 2017 sign-stealing scheme, have felt that the demonization of their former employee has gone too far.

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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Tuesday, in case you missed it...


Luis Rojas covered a bunch of topics during his first presser of spring training, including there not yet being a timetable for Yoenis Cespedes >> Read more

Noah Syndergaard thinks his vaunted slider, which was missing for most of the 2019 season, is back >> Read more

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On Tuesday evening, more details came to light about Carlos Beltran's involvement in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

Beltran was the only player mentioned by name in the MLB report on the Astros' investigation, and a new report from The Athletic has gone into more detail regarding Beltran's role.

Here are some findings of the report, which was written by Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich, with reporting from Marc Carig:

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Pete Alonso seems more than ready to follow up his record-setting rookie season with another big year in Queens.

With Mets Spring Training officially starting this week in Port. St. Lucie, Alonso shared a photo of himself on Instagram, taking a friendly jab at Noah Syndergaard in the process.

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard's vaunted slider abandoned him for most of the 2019 season, with him unable to generate the movement and velocity that made the pitch one of the best weapons in baseball from 2016 to 2018.

Whether it was due to the new ball (with lower seams and a slicker feel that hampered certain pitchers), something mental, or a combination of things, Syndergaard's slider in 2019 was mostly bad -- averaging 89.1 mph after averaging 92.0 mph the year prior.

Speaking Tuesday at Mets camp, Syndergaard said his nasty slider seems to be back.

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