May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The July 31 trade deadline is close, and there is increasing chatter that Noah Syndergaard could be on the move. Here is the latest...


July 31, 12:11 PM:

While attempting to trade for Syndergaard, the Padres offered the Mets four players -- including major league pieces -- but it wasn't enough, reports SNY's Andy Martino

Syndergaard has been removed from the trading block and will be staying with the Mets, according to Martino

July 30, 2:53 PM:

The Padres made what they consider to be a strong offer for Syndergaard involving major league players, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who notes that the two sides "still can't find common ground" on a deal.

July 30, 1:43 PM:

As trade rumors continue to swirl, the Mets are still planning to start Syndergaard on Tuesday night in Chicago against the White Sox, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

Syndergaard starting as scheduled on Tuesday night would seemingly be an indication that a trade is not close, since it would be odd for any team to risk injury to a player who is the subject of deep trade discussions this close to the deadline. 

July 30, 12:05 PM:

In talks with the Twins about Syndergaard, the Mets asked for OF Byron Buxton and were told no, reports LaVelle E Neal of the Star Tribune

Buxton is having a solid season -- hitting .259/.313/.502 with nine homers and 28 doubles, but has slashed just .236/.291/.411 during his five-year career. 

July 30, 11:32 AM:

While odds of a Syndergaard trade seem to be decreasing, there are "still a ton of active trade conversations" regarding Syndergaard and Edwin Diaz, reports SNY's Andy Martino

Martino notes that the Mets don't feel they have to deal either player, and that they won't do it unless they're "blown away."

July 29, 8:56 PM:

By landing Marcus Stroman, the Mets effectively set the market on starting pitching with the trade deadline fast approaching. 

As ESPN's Jeff Passan reported during the network's Braves-Nationals broadcast Monday, "the more people I speak with today, the less I feel that Noah Syndergaard is getting traded." The Mets are likely looking to recoup a much bigger haul than what they gave up for Stroman, and Passan said that if contenders were unwilling to pay a higher price than the Mets sent the Blue Jays, he's unsure how much higher they would go for Syndergaard.

July 29, 12:23 PM:

It's likelier at the moment that the Mets trade Zack Wheeler instead of Syndergaard, SNY's Andy Martino reported Sunday night

If the Mets do trade Syndergaard, though, MLB.com's Jon Morosi said during an appearance Monday on the MLB Network that the Padres are the favorite.

July 27, 2:41 PM:

If the Mets deal Syndergaard, it could help them land another ace from the rumor mill. According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Mets are exploring sending Syndergaard to the San Diego Padres and then using some of the return to then land Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays. 

July 27, 12:47 PM:

After Zack Wheeler's performance on Friday night, SNY's Andy Martino tweets that his sense is that Wheeler, not Syndergaard, is on a more certain track to be traded. 

July 26, 8:14 PM:

The Mets are 'definitely' trading Syndergaard, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman notes that while an executive who has spoken to the Mets said, "they are defintely trading Syndergaard," another mentioned that no deal was imminent.

July 26, 1:27 PM:

While lots of teams have engaged the Mets about trading for Syndergaard, their "current stance" is that only the Braves and Padres have farm systems that are loaded enough to put together an acceptable package for him, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post

According to Sherman, the Mets have let interested teams know that in addition to a few top prospects, they would also want a pitcher back in the deal that can enter their starting rotation immediately. 

July 26, 9:03 AM:

The Mets have had discussions with the Twins about a Syndergaard trade and have interest in their top two prospects -- SS Royce Lewis and OF Alex Kirilloff, reports LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune

The 20-year-old Lewis (the No. 7 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline) is currently in High-A, while the 21-year-old Kirilloff (the No. 11 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline) is in Double-A. 

July 25, 8:53 PM:

"We're discussing everyone except for Alonso, McNeil and deGrom, and that includes Noah," one team source told SNY's Andy Martino on Thursday

According to Martino, the recent combination of circumstances (including Trevor Bauer, Madison Bumgarner, and Marcus Stroman potentially being pulled off the trade market) has increased the likelihood that someone will blow the Mets away with an offer for Syndergaard

July 25, 5:04 PM:

In what would be an about-face, the Mets are considering extending Zack Wheeler and trading Syndergaard instead, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

July 19, 12:39 PM:

The Twins had a top evaluator at Thursday night's matchup of Syndergaard vs. Madison Bumgarner in San Francisco, reports Jon Morosi, who notes that Minnesota has the prospects to make a "strong play" for either pitcher.

July 19, 11:41 AM:

The Mets sent top exec Ruben Amaro Jr. to scout the Brewers on Thursday night, reports SNY's Andy Martino. The Brewers have interest in trading for Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, noted Martino, who said that the Mets have been doing legwork on various trade possibilities. 

July 11, 1:32 PM:

With a trade of Syndergaard at some point starting to feel "inevitable," SNY's Andy Martino reported that according to teams in touch with the Mets, the asking price for a July trade for Syndergaard is multiple top prospects. Rival executives say that they are skeptical Syndergaard can bring that return, given his middling performance this season.

July 10, 1:35 PM:

The Padres "recently" checked in regarding Syndergaard's availability, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com.

The Mets, Padres, and Marlins discussed a three-team trade last December that would have sent Syndergaard to San Diego and J.T. Realmuto to the Mets, reported SNY's Andy Martino

If the Mets and Padres engage on Syndergaard without a third team involved, San Diego could be one of the best fits due to their terrific farm system. San Diego has eight of the top 100 prospects in baseball, according to MLB.com's rankings. That includes LHP Mackenzie Gore (No. 3 overall), INF Luis Urias (No. 20), RHP Luis Patino (No. 40), and LHP Adrian Morejon (No. 49). 

July 10, 8:35 AM:

Syndergaard is drawing interest from the Brewers, while some with the Astros are "intrigued" at the possibility of dealing for him, reports MLB.com's Jon Morosi.

SNY's Andy Martino reported recently that it is far more likely the Mets explore trading Syndergaard this winter, but that he isn't a total lock to be a Met beyond the July 31 trade deadline.

The 26-year-old Syndergaard is under Mets control through the 2021 season, so the Mets shouldn't be in any rush to deal him -- especially since his career-worst ERA this season means New York would be trading him at his lowest value.

While Syndergaard has struggled this season, his peripherals paint a rosier picture than his ERA. His FIP is 3.98 and his walk rate is close to what it was in 2018. But the inability to throw his slider as an out-pitch this season has changed the kind of pitcher Syndergaard is -- at least temporarily. 

As far as what the Astros and Brewers could potentially offer for Syndergaard, Houston had the sixth-best farm system before the season, according to MLB.com, while Milwaukee was middle of the pack.

A few intriguing prospects on the Astros are RHP Forrest Whitley and OF Kyle Tucker, viewed by most as two of the Top 15 prospects in all of baseball. The Brewers have one consensus Top 50 prospect -- 2B Keston Hiura -- but he is already excelling in the majors and it's hard to see him being available. 

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Jun 25, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third base coach Gary Disarcina (10) exchanges lineups with Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler (19) at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Jun 25, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets third base coach Gary Disarcina (10) exchanges lineups with Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler (19) at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Despite making a change to their bench boss as the Mets brought Carlos Beltran on this offseason, one might stick around.

According MLB Network, Gary DiSarcina, 52, will be back with the Mets "in some capacity" in 2020. 

DiSarcina handled third base coaching duties for the Mets and has been with the organization since 2018. 

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The bulk of the Mets' impact prospects are in the lower levels of the minors -- highlighted by Brett Baty, Matthew Allan, and Josh Wolf, all selected in the 2019 MLB Draft -- but they do have a handful of prospects who should be ready to contribute this coming season.

While the state of the Mets' farm system is less than ideal due to most of their blue chip prospects being further away and recent trades that saw Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Anthony Kay, and Simeon Woods Richardson shipped off, there are five interesting players to keep an eye on who could make an impact in 2020...

David Peterson, LHP

The 24-year-old Peterson, who profiles as a back of the rotation starting pitcher, was the Mets' top pick -- 20th overall -- in the 2017 MLB Draft.

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Will be hard to suspend Beltran 00:01:56
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss the Astros scandal and what it could mean for Mets' Carlos Beltran

Doug Williams and Andy Martino are back with an all-new episode of the Shea Anything podcast! The guys dive in deep on what Andy learned at the GM Meetings about the Mets offseason strategy and what areas they will target.

They also discuss the Astros sign-stealing scandal and what it could mean for manager Carlos Beltran.

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN

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Alonso's 53 Homers in 1 Spot 00:04:23
Re-live Pete Alonso's extraordinary Rookie of the Year season with all 53 of the Polar Bear's home runs in 1 video!

The NL Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso was said to have insane power entering his first season in the bigs. But he did more than showcase a couple of long balls this season. 

Instead, he set the new rookie record for homers, breaking Aaron Judge's 52 mark. So, in honor of Pete, we've put together every single long ball No. 20 hit this season...

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Mar 6, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach Joey Cora (28) looks on between innings of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 6, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates third base coach Joey Cora (28) looks on between innings of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Another name has emerged for the Mets' bench coach job, with Joey Cora viewed as a "strong candidate" to get it, reports Jon Heyman

The 54-year-old Cora -- the older brother of Red Sox manager Alex Cora -- has been a coach for the Pirates since 2017, and served as their third base coach this past season.

Cora has also coached in the majors for the Marlins (2012) and White Sox (2004 to 2011), and has minor league managerial experience in the Mets and Pirates systems. 

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April 29, 2007; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets pitcher (13) Billy Wagner pitches against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning at RFK stadium in Washington, DC. The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 1-0. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports Copyright © James Lang (James Lang-USA TODAY Sports)
April 29, 2007; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets pitcher (13) Billy Wagner pitches against the Washington Nationals in the ninth inning at RFK stadium in Washington, DC. The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 1-0. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports Copyright © James Lang (James Lang-USA TODAY Sports)

This article was first published in its original form on Dec. 16, 2018

Former Mets closer Billy Wagner received just 17.9 percent of 425 possible votes one year ago when he again missed out on being elected to the Hall of Fame, and his name is back on the ballot again this year.

Sadly, Wagner has consistently fallen short of the 75-percent threshold needed for an induction. He received just 10.7 percent in 2017.

In 16 seasons, Wagner pitched for the Astros, Mets, Phillies, Red Sox, and Braves, for whom he collected 422 saves with a 2.31 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 1,196 strikeouts in 903 innings. The opposition hit just .187 against him, while striking out 33 percent of the time, both of which are the most all-time among pitchers who have thrown at least 800 innings during their careers.

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Feb 22, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers bullpen catcher Steve Karsay poses during media day at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)
Feb 22, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers bullpen catcher Steve Karsay poses during media day at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports (Rick Scuteri)

As the Mets fill out their coaching staff under first-time manager Carlos Beltran, they have a new candidate for pitching coach.

New York is set to interview Milwaukee Brewers bullpen coach Steve Karsay, according to Joel Sherman of The New York Post.

Karsay previously worked within the Cleveland Indians orgranization from 2012-18, starting as a pitching coach for the Rookie Level AZL Indians before assuming the same position with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 2016.

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The Mets introduce Carlos Beltran as their 22nd manager.
The Mets introduce Carlos Beltran as their 22nd manager.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Joe Torre knows all about being a first-timer piloting the Mets. It's where he started his managerial career in 1977, where he navigated the pitfalls of a new challenge and learned and learned and learned.

And he's got some vital wisdom for Carlos Beltrán, who just took over that same gig: Beltrán, like every first-time manager ever, is going to make mistakes. It's what happens afterward that is important.

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J.D. Davis
J.D. Davis

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

J.D. Davis was a tremendous hitter for the Mets in 2019, was an integral part of a loose and fun clubhouse that was a breath of fresh air, and is under team control through 2024. But where does he fit? 

The above is something Brodie Van Wagenen might have to wrestle with this offseason as he builds the team for 2020, with a focus on improving the bullpen and defense. He'll also have a hole to fill in the starting rotation if the continued dialogue with free agent Zack Wheeler is not fruitful.

When it comes to Davis, the likely scenarios Van Wagenen has laid out so far make it seem like he might be a man without a position.

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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)
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)

Evidence against the Astros in regard to accusations of their sign-stealing had an e-mail tossed into the fire. 

According to a new report from The Athletic, an e-mail was obtained in which an executive from the team's front office asked scouts to attempt to steal signs. 

The message also suggested cameras be used to help obtain information. 

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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 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)

Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman announced on Twitter that he'll be wearing No. 0 for the 2020 season.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

As MLB investigators intensify their probe into allegations of high-tech cheating against the Yankees, Mets and other clubs, a key element of their process will be comparing the accounts of interviewees, and searching for inconsistencies in the various testimonies, according to people familiar with the investigation.

As SNY reported, Mets manager Carlos Beltran and Red Sox manager Alex Cora will be interviewed but appear unlikely to be suspended. The Athletic reported that MLB has also contacted former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, who alleged that the Astros used cameras to steal signs in 2017.

However, if the accounts offered by Beltran, Cora or any other witness contain inconsistencies or falsehoods, they and any other witness could end up facing harsher discipline.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets have given every indication that improving the bullpen is going to be the priority for them this offseason, though to what extent is quite fuzzy as Brodie Van Wagenen has been making the case that he's counting on Jeurys Familia and Edwin Diaz to have bounce-back seasons.

And, oh by the way, Will Smith -- arguably the best reliever on the market -- signed with the Braves on Thursday as the NL East champs took a big step to strengthen what was an area of weakness for them in 2019.

Smith got $39 million over three years, and the Mets apparently weren't willing to spend that much, at least in part because they're already paying Familia $10 million a year for two more years.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

So Theo Epstein is open for business, seemingly determined to shake up a roster that has fallen short of expectations since the Cubs' curse-busting championship in 2016.

He told reporters at the GM Meetings in Arizona this week that "change is not always easy but it's necessary," and declared "there are no untouchables" when it comes to the possibility of a trade this offseason.

Yes, with his once-youthful core of position players now speeding toward free agency, and a payroll that went over the luxury-tax threshold this season, Epstein apparently is ready to consider any and all deals that could save the Cubs some money while still giving them a shot in 2020 at another championship.

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brandon Nimmo, Brett Gardner, Didi Gregorius, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Jeff McNeil, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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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."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Kay, Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Murphy, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jacob deGrom, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Matthew Cerrone
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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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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

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Jacob deGrom (Treated Image by SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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.

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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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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

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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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