The Mets announced they have acquired INF Brandon Hicks from the A's for cash considerations.

Hicks, 27, hit .172 with three home runs and seven RBI in 64 at-bats over 22 games with the A's last season. He has combined to hit .133 with three home runs and eight RBI in 55 career major league games since 2010.

He spent most of the 2012 season with Triple-A Sacramento in the Pacific Coast League and hit .244 with a .350 OBP, 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 90 games.

Hicks can play all four infield positions - given that it's unlikely the Mets bring back Ronny Cedeno (he reportedly wants to search for a starting job), the Mets need to find depth on the infield, especially at second base and shortstop. Hicks probably won't be guaranteed a roster spot in camp, but I can see the Mets acquire more players like Hicks to create competition come February and March.

Still, I would like to see the Mets find a more established utility player, like Cedeno...

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Mar 22, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)
Mar 22, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)

RHP Seth Lugo gave up four runs on four hits while striking out seven in four innings for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic final against the United States at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday.

Lugo won his previous two starts for Puerto Rico, which included a win over Venezuela when he struck out the first 11 batters he faced before finishing with three runs allowed in 5.2 innings.

Lugo, 27, made his Major League debut in July of 2016 and finished the year with a 2.67 ERA in 17 games. The Mets went 7-1 in games he started, but he also had a 2.65 ERA in nine games as a reliever.

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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:03:31
Gary Apple, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.

Curtis Granderson homered twice and drove in five runs, but the Mets fell to the Marlins, 15-9, on Wednesday at First Data Field.

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

Three things you should know about today's game...

1) Steven Matz allowed five runs on eight hits and a walk with one strikeout in four innings.

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June 05, 2011; Flushing, NY, USA; The New York Mets logo behind home plate before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Braves 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports)
June 05, 2011; Flushing, NY, USA; The New York Mets logo behind home plate before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Braves 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Fielding-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Mets player and manager Dallas Green passed away Wednesday at the age of 82.

Green made five appearances for the Mets in 1966. He managed the club from 1993-1996, taking over for Jeff Torborg during the season. He was fired and replaced by Bobby Valentine late in the 1996 season. 

He also managed the Yankees in 1989 and the Phillies from 1979-1981, leading the franchise to its first World Series crown in 1980.

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Feb 24, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on from the dugout during the first inning at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 24, 2017; Fort Myers, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on from the dugout during the first inning at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

By tomorrow morning, the Mets will have just eight Grapefruit League games left before starting the 2017 season April 3 against the Braves at Citi Field.

"It's crunch time," Terry Collins stated Monday, when asked about the remaining schedule and decisions facing the team during their final two weeks in Florida.

Here's what has to be decided before April 3...

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Steven Matz is making his fourth Grapefruit League start. In 8.2 innings this spring, he's allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits, while striking out six batters.

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Mar 8, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (12) walks towards the dugout before a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (12) walks towards the dugout before a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Nationals failed to acquire a closer this past winter, and they've seemingly made no steps toward resolving the issue this spring training.

"We haven't really discussed it at any length," the team's manager Dusty Baker recently told the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes.

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View of the sunset as New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies play in the second inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)
View of the sunset as New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies play in the second inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets will take on their Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, at First Data Field on March 30 before departing Port St. Lucie for New York.

The following day, the Mets will welcome the Army Black Knights to Citi Field for an exhibition match at 1:10 p.m. The teams will play a seven-inning game and parking at Citi Field will be free. 

General admission tickets for Field Level seating are $10 and net proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Mets Foundation. All active and retired military members with military identification will be allowed to attend the game along with one guest for free.

The game against Army was scheduled to take place at West Point, but was moved to Citi Field this morning due to last week's snowstorm.

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Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) at bat against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) at bat against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

In the NY Times, James Wagner talks with Jay Bruce about his new-found use of advanced to statistics thanks to the team's head of research and development T.J. Barra >> Read more!

"I don't live and die by it, but there are definitely numbers out there that tell a story," Bruce told Wagner. "I'm a game changer offensively and I want to do that as much as I can."

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Infielder Gavin Cecchini is ranked as the Mets third-best prospects.
Infielder Gavin Cecchini is ranked as the Mets third-best prospects.

The Mets today announced that RHP Ben Rowen and Erik Goeddel, outfielder Travis Taijeron and infielders Gavin Cecchini and Matt Reynolds have been reassigned to minor league camp.

Rowen, Goeddel, Taijeron, Cecchini and Reynolds are all expected to begin the 2017 season playing for Triple-A Las Vegas.

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MTL on rookie pranks tradition 00:02:42
The Mets Talk Live crew talks about the tradition of rookie pranks in baseball.

What's on tap for Wednesday

The Mets were off Tuesday. They return to Grapefruit League action today in St. Lucie where they'll host the Marlins at 1:10 pm.

According to the team's website, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler are both scheduled to pitch. However, the last time this situation occured, the Mets pushed Wheeler back a day so he could start instead of entering a game in relief.

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Travid d'Arnaud throwing issues 00:03:42
The guys from Mets Talk Live discuss Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud and his struggles with throwing out base runners.

With a left-handed batter in the box Sunday, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud sailed a ball in to left field while intending to throw out Dee Gordon attempting to steal third base.

The error resulted in a renewed discussion in print, on Twitter and on air about d'Arnaud's arm strength and accuracy, which is something he says he's been working to improve this spring.

In 2016, d'Arnaud caught just 22 percent of runners attempting to steal a base against the Mets. This spring, seven of eight runners have successfully stolen a base with him behind the plate...

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SI's NL predictions 00:04:35
The Mets Talk Live crew on Sports Illustrated's prediction that the Cubs will defeat the Mets in the National League Division Series.

Sports Illustrated made its annual Major League Baseball predictions, picking the Mets to lose to the Cubs in the NLDS.

SI has the Mets beating the Giants in the Wild Card game before losing to Chicago.

The magazine picks the Nationals to win the NL East before losing to the Dodgers in the NLDS...

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Mets minor-league OF Kevin Kaczmarski parked his car Monday in Jacob deGrom's spot in the player parking lot at First Data Field.

In response, deGrom closed up Kaczmarski's entire car in shrink wrap, an image of which was later posted to Twitter by their teammate, reliever Josh Smoker...

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Mar 17, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Puerto Rico pitcher Seth Lugo (67) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the United States during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Puerto Rico pitcher Seth Lugo (67) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the United States during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Mets RHP Seth Lugo will be the starting pitcher Wednesday for Puerto Rico when they face the United States or Japan during the World Baseball Classic championship game, USA Today reported early Tuesday morning.

In his most recent outing for Puerto Rico, Lugo retired the first 11 batters he faced. He eventually gave up just one hit in five innings, while striking out three batters and walking no one against Venezuela, whose lineup featured Jose Altuve, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Gonzalez and Victor Martinez, among other notable big-league players.

Lugo is expected to make the Opening Day roster with the Mets. However, whether he'll be in the starting rotation or bullpen has yet to be determined.

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Mar 20, 2017; Salas (59) throws to first during a spring game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Credit: Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2017; Salas (59) throws to first during a spring game at Joker Marchant Stadium. Credit: Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Mets reliever Fernando Salas made his first Grapefruit League appearance Monday.

He gave up one hit and threw a wild pitch, but retired the final two batters he faced during his two-thirds of an inning.

"It's good to get him back and out there," manager Terry Collins said. "He's going to get a bunch of work here in the next 10 days."

Salas missed all of the team's workouts due to a visa issue that kept him in Mexico. However, while home, he was able to pitch one inning during the World Baseball Classic.

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First day of spring 00:03:20
The guys from Mets Talk Live play a lighthearted game to celebrate the first day of spring.

What's on tap for Tuesday

The Mets are off today. They return to Grapefruit League action Wednesday in St. Lucie where they'll host the Marlins at 1:10 pm.

According to the team's website, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler are both scheduled to pitch. However, the last time this situation occured, the Mets pushed Wheeler back a day so he could start instead of entering a game in relief.

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GEICO SportsNite: Jeurys Familia 00:00:21
Jeurys Familia returns to Mets camp following the Dominican Republic's exit from the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia returned to St. Lucie on Monday after throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings across four appearances for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Now that Familia is back in camp, MLB is expected to soon announce whether he will be suspended for being accused of domestic violence last October.

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GEICO SportsNite: Matt Harvey 00:01:59
Matt Harvey discusses his latest Spring Training outing against Detroit.

Matt Harvey allowed three runs and seven hits, while striking out four batters and walking none, in 4 1/3 innings Monday against the Tigers.

"I kind of looked up and realized how many pitches I had, and it's been a long time since I've gone into the fifth inning," Harvey said after the game. "Overall, I'm excited."

Harvey is expected to make at least one more Grapefruit League start before transitioning toward preparation for his season debut against the Braves in April.

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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

Matt Harvey allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings while reaching 96 MPH with his fastball as the Mets lost the Tigers, 5-1, on Monday afternoon in Lakeland, FL.

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

Three things you should know about today's game...

1) Harvey allowed seven hits, struck out four, and walked none during his start. His fastball sat between 92 and 94 MPH for the first few innings before reaching 96 MPH in the third inning.

2) RH reliever Fernando Salas, who had been dealing with a visa issue, allowed one hit and struck out one in 0.2 innings during what was his Grapefruit League debut.

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Mar 1, 2017; Flores (4) chats with fans before a game at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 1, 2017; Flores (4) chats with fans before a game at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores told reporters this past weekend that he's dissatisfied with being a bench player, but will do whatever is asked of him by Terry Collins to help the team win.

"It's going to be hard if you don't play for three days and then have to go out there and do your thing," Flores said, when asked about his likely role in 2017. "I know I can play in the big leagues. I know I can play every day, but it's not my choice when it comes to making the lineup."

Terry Collins said Friday that Flores will get time playing all four infield positions this season, plus see consistent at-bats against left-handed starting pitchers.

"You don't have to like it, but you have to accept it and be ready to play," Collins concluded.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets OF prospect Tim Tebow will open the season with the Mets' Low-A affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies.

"Sending him to a full season club is what we hoped to be able to do," Mets GM Sandy Alderson told Newsday. "And based on what he's done in spring training, and his whole body of work since last fall, we feel comfortable with him going to Columbia."

"We were concerned that it might be a stretch at some point, or could be a stretch," Alderson continued. "But what he's done in spring training has convinced us that this is where he should go. And he's prepared for it."

Alderson also said it's a "bogus argument" to claim that Tebow is taking the spot of someone more deserving...

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Feb 24, 2017; Montero (50) throws a pitch at JetBlue Park. Credit: Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 24, 2017; Montero (50) throws a pitch at JetBlue Park. Credit: Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mets reliever Rafael Montero pitched two scoreless innings this past weekend against the Marlins, allowing a pair of hits, while striking out three batters and walking no one.

"He's locating his pitches, that he hasn't done in the past," manager Terry Collins said, speaking about the difference in Montero's game this spring. "He works the edges of the plate, and this year he's catching those edges. He's starting to show us things we know he's got."

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Matt Harvey is making his fourth Grapefruit League start. In his first eight innings, he's allowed nine runs (seven earned) and 11 hits, while striking out eight batters.

Josh Smoker, who is competing for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, is scheduled to pitch in relief. He has given up only one run and five hits in 9.1 innings this spring to go with nine strikeouts.

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Mets pitchers Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler, all of whom are competing for a spot on the roster (Photo Credit: USA today Sports Images)
Mets pitchers Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler, all of whom are competing for a spot on the roster (Photo Credit: USA today Sports Images)

Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz are a lock to be in the team's starting rotation when it begins their 2017 season in exactly two weeks...

Matt Harvey should be a lock, but has struggled this spring after last year's season-ending surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. I expect he'll make the Opening Day roster, though I do think there's a small chance he stays back in St. Lucie where he'd begin the season in extended spring training and on the disabled list.

Meanwhile, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler have all pitched well enough to be considered for the rotation's final spot.

"It's a great problem to have," Terry Collins said Sunday. "We came into this camp knowing we had depth in the rotation. ... They have stepped up and showed us we weren't wrong."

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey throws against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Matt Harvey and the New York Mets will face Jordan Zimmerman and the Detroit Tigers on Monday at Joker Marchant Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

Jacob deGrom threw 5 1/3 innings in his longest Grapefruit League outing of the spring as he and the Mets near their opening series in April against the Braves.

DeGrom gave up four runs and seven hits, throwing 72 pitches in his fourth start of the spring, as the Mets lost to the Miami Marlins 7-5. He gave up one run through the first five innings, then allowed hits to three of four batters in the sixth inning before departing.

"That last inning, I'm not real pleased with," deGrom said after the game. "Other than that, I feel good. I would say the third and fourth is whenever I started throwing the ball a little better. The first couple of innings I wasn't as comfortable as I've been in my previous ones."

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Dominican Republic infielder Jose Reyes reacts after making a force out at second base in the second inning against Venezuela during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. (Orlando Jorge Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)
Dominican Republic infielder Jose Reyes reacts after making a force out at second base in the second inning against Venezuela during the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. (Orlando Jorge Ramirez/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Mets expect infielder Jose Reyes, RHP Hansel Robles and RHP Jeurys Familia to return to camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida, on Wednesday after playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Reyes had a .278/.316/.389 batting line in four games for the Dominican Republic team, which went 4-2 overall and was eliminated by the United States on Saturday.

Robles had a 2.45 ERA in four games, giving up one run and three hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Familia struck out seven batters and gave up two hits in 3 1/3 scoreless innings across four appearances. He is likely to be suspended under MLB's domestic violence policy for an incident last October, however commissioner Rob Manfred has yet to announce Familia's discipline.

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Post Game Extra: 03/19/17 00:03:15
Jacob deGrom continued his impressive spring before running into one bad inning as the Mets came up short in a 7-5 loss to the Marlins.

The Mets scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning after falling into a 7-0 hole, but the Marlins held on to defeat the Mets on Sunday in Port St. Lucie, 7-5.

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

Three things you should know about today's win...

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Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) at bat against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) at bat against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets OF Jay Bruce was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup with a tight right hip.

Bruce was replaced by OF Travis Taijeron.

In 28 at-bats this spring, Bruce is hitting .214 with one home run and six RBI.

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Mar 14, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 14, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

RHP Jacob deGrom will make his fourth start of the spring for the Mets. So far in 10 innings pitched, deGrom has 13 strikeouts to go along with a 0.90 ERA. 

Rafael Montero and Erik Goeddel are both scheduled to pitch out of the bullpen. 

OF Jay Bruce was scratched from the Mets lineup with a tight right hip.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (12-11-1) host the Marlins (5-11-4) today at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m. ET. 

RHP Jacob deGrom (10 IP, 0.90 ERA) will start for the fourth time this spring while RHP Jose Urena (5.2 IP, 12.71 ERA) will make his second start.

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New York Mets' Curtis Granderson (3) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, June 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Curtis Granderson (3) runs the bases after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, June 16, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets OF Curtis Granderson is looking forward to the challenge of playing centerfield this season and said that it "would be cool" to return to the Mets in 2018, reports Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.

"I look forward to this challenge," he said. "Having [coach Tom Goodwin] helps me with that plan, having [Yoenis] Cespedes and [Juan Lagares] and [Jay] Bruce out there helps me with the plan. I know I am not Lagares. He is in a world of his own and has got a Gold Glove to prove it, but watching him do certain things helps me."

Granderson, who turned 36 on Thursday, indicated that he plans to remain humble as he nears the latter end of his career.

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Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets player Tim Tebow (center) goes through running drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets player Tim Tebow (center) goes through running drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets manager Terry Collins said that the team may try to give OF Tim Tebow more playing time in major league games this spring following his 1-for-3 effort on Saturday, according to Marc Carig of NJ.com.

"He's worked very hard, not only in the minor leagues but with our guys here," Collins said. "We're here to try to help him get better. I still think we'll try to get him over a few more times."

Collins added that Tebow can "get a lot" from playing at the major league level and that he hopes he can carry the experience with him to the season.

Tebow is now hitting .235 in six Grapefruit League games this spring, picking up four hits in 17 at-bats.

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Mets Talk Live talks deep bench 00:04:23
The Mets Talk Live crew examines the team's depth and the competition for a number of roles this spring.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo will be set back a few more days after bothering his hamstring again on Friday during running drills, he told reporters Saturday.

Nimmo ran at 90 percent on Thursday and said he could pinch potentially play the field on Saturday, reported Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News.

Nimmo had the hamstring examined early Wednesday, at which point it was determined the injury was not as bad as initially diagnosed.

Nimmo injured the hamstring this past weekend playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. The team's manager, Marco Mazzieri, initially told the NY Times that it was believed to be a Grade 1 strain, which would likely force Nimmo to be sidelined for at least a few weeks...

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GEICO SportsNite: Syndergaard 00:01:04
Noah Syndergaard recaps his Minor League start, saying that he'll be ready for the season. He recorded eight Ks over five innings.

Robert Gsellman pitched five solid innings as the Mets topped the Cardinals, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon. 

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

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RHP Robert Gsellman will be starting for the Mets. Gsellman has a 2.57 ERA in three appearances in Grapefruit League action.

OF Brandon Nimmo is not in the lineup and is not available for Saturday's game.

OF Tim Tebow is in the starting lineup and will play LF.

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May 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) reacts during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. The Nationals defeated the Mets 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) reacts during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. The Nationals defeated the Mets 7-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets third baseman David Wright is still about two weeks away from throwing as he continues his program to alleviate the pain from his shoulder impingement, he told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post

"When I first started throwing I could tell it was just not right because I never had that sharp, shooting pain going into my shoulder like that,'' Wright said. "There's just no way of doing what I'm capable of doing at third base and being productive for this team with the pain.''

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Sep 13, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Fernando Salas (59) pitches during the tenth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 4-3 in the tenth inning. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Fernando Salas (59) pitches during the tenth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 4-3 in the tenth inning. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Mets RHP Fernando Salas is expected to report to spring training on Sunday after dealing with visa issues following the World Baseball Classic.

Mets manager Terry Collins said he may have Salas pitch every other day before the start of the season since he will have such a late start.

Salas made one appearance in the WBC for Team Mexico, giving up one run -- a home run -- on three hits.

Salas appeared in 17 games for the Mets in 2016, posting a 2.08 ERA. He is one of four relievers expected to be a lock for opening day, according to Matt Ehalt of NJ.com

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Gsellman (65) delivers a pitch at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Gsellman (65) delivers a pitch at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets (11-11) face the Cardinals (12-6) today at Roger Dean Field in Jupiter, Fla., at 1 p.m. ET. 

RHP Robert Gsellman (7 IP, 2.57 ERA) will make his third Grapefruit League start when he faces Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha (13 IP, 1.38 ERA), who is making his fourth spring start.

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Post Game Extra: Mets win 00:02:58
Gary Apple and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 16-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Steven Matz struck out three batters in three innings, and Wilmer Flores drove in six runs, as the Mets defeated the Cardinals, 16-2, at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

To see a full boxscore and recap, click here for SNY.TV!

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New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws a bullpen session during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws a bullpen session during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets RHP Seth Lugo is uniquely qualified to become this team's version of Indians reliever Andrew Miller, who made headlines last postseason for his ability to fill multiple bullpen roles.

Lugo is far from a household name. Unfortunately for the Mets, that is likely to change when baseball fans watch him start Friday night for Puerto Rico against Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

I'm very interested to see how people react to his curve ball, which you and I know can be amazing.

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LHP Steven Matz will make his third start of the spring Friday. Through five innings, Matz has allowed one run (zero earned) on six hits, three strikeouts and zero walks.



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Mets left-handed relievers Josh Edgin and Josh Smoker (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets left-handed relievers Josh Edgin and Josh Smoker (Credit: USA Today Sports)

It's possible the Mets put three left-handed relievers in their Opening Day bullpen, sources recently told the NY Post's Mike Puma.

According to Puma, lefties Josh Smoker and Josh Edgin are being considered for the 25-man roster, which is expected to also include LHP Jerry Blevins, who signed a two-year deal with the Mets this past winter.

"Smoker's success this spring against righties makes him a possible crossover option who wouldn't be considered a pure lefty specialist," Puma explains. "Edgin has also had success against righties."

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Mar 2, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch in the game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch in the game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jeurys Familia's is expected to get only a short suspension for being accused of domestic violence last October, league sources recently told FanRag's Jon Heyman.

MLB has reportedly concluded its investigation in to the situation and likely reduced the punishment due to a lack of physical evidence in the case and because charges were eventually dropped.

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Matz throws a bullpen session during spring training workouts in St. Lucie. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Matz throws a bullpen session during spring training workouts in St. Lucie. Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets (10-11) face the Cardinals (12-5) today from First Data Field at 1 p.m. ET on SNY. 

LHP Steven Matz (5 IP, 0.00 ERA) will make his third Grapefruit League start as RHP Adam Wainwright (9 IP, 3.00 ERA) will get the start for the Cardinals.

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Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL; Cespedes (52) runs in from the outfield during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL; Cespedes (52) runs in from the outfield during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In a 2,300-word article for The Players Tribune, Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes details his journey to the big leagues, escaping Cuba and finally feeling at home playing for the Mets...

"The first time I put on a Mets uniform and walked onto the field in New York, the fans greeted me with so many cheers, I knew that the Mets were going to be a good fit for me. I could feel it," he said, when explaining why he signed a four-year, $110 million with the Mets this past winter.

"They deserve a championship," he continues. "And I would not be here if I did not think we could win."

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Zack Wheeler is ready to pitch 00:03:54
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler discusses his outing Thursday and is happy to be healthy and ready to pitch in 2017.

In his start Thursday against the Nationals, Mets RHP Zack Wheeler pitched 2 1/3 innings, during which he allowed two runs and three hits, walked one and struck out two of 11 batters.

"I'm ready to move on and pitch with these guys during the season," said Wheeler, who will be limited to throwing roughly 125 innings this season.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets' loss 00:03:48
All the latest Mets news from Spring Training and a breakdown of their loss against the Washington Nationals on Thursday.

Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out two in 2 1/3 innings as the Mets lost to the Nationals, 3-1, on Thursday afternoon. 

To see the full boxscore, click here!

Three things to know about today's game

Wheeler's fastball sat between 92 and 95 MPH and touched 97 multiple times. He also featured an impressive slider. It was his second Grapefruit League start...

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Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario and 1B Dominic Smith (Photo Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario and 1B Dominic Smith (Photo Credit: USA Today Sports)

Earlier this week, the Mets reassigned their two highest-rated position prospects -- SS Amed Rosario and 1B Dominic Smith -- to Minor League camp, reducing the number of players in big-league camp competing to be on the Opening Day roster.

Mets manager Terry Collins later said that while Smith may be in need of more work, Rosario is very capable of making his big-league debut with the Mets this season.

"I don't think there's any question," he stated.

I agree, TC. I don't think it's guaranteed to happen, but I do think there's a chance.

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