Second base options Dee Gordon, Jason Kipnis, Ian Kinsler, Brian Dozier and Eduardo Nunez. Credit: USA Today
Second base options Dee Gordon, Jason Kipnis, Ian Kinsler, Brian Dozier and Eduardo Nunez. Credit: USA Today

Based on my own conversations, published reports, and reading between the lines, I'm convinced the Mets intend to have a new, everyday second baseman on the team next season.

The Mets held back channel talks this week with a number of teams open to trading a second baseman, including Marlins 2B Dee Gordon and Indians 2B-OF Jason Kipnis, according to MLB insiders.

Gordon is 100 percent available, according to people in contact with their new front office. However, at least for now, he still comes with a substantial price tag.

Miami's asking price for Gordon will remain this way until they have better read on their top priority, which is finding a new home for Giancarlo Stanton and his $295 million contract.



The Marlins reportedly want to cut as much as $65 million from their payroll next year, during which Stanton is due to earn $26 million. Gordon is set to be paid just $10 million.

As I mentioned here earlier this week, if Miami doesn't get (or doesn't think they'll get) enough salary relief by dealing Stanton, they may resort to giving away Gordon and Martin Prado in trade.

That said, because the Stanton market is roaring and just got started, Gordon remains on Miami's back burner, which is where he'll stay unless a team is willing to overpay in talent to get him.

In addition to Gordon and Kipnis, it's safe to assume the Mets also picked up information on Twins 2B Brian Dozier and Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler, all of whom are reportedly available in a trade.

In return for Kipnis, NY Post reporter Joel Sherman recently suggested the Mets trade Robert Gsellman and infield prospect Luis Guillorme to Cleveland, who (to get Gsellman) would need to pay a portion of Kipnis's two-year, $30 million contract.



Sherman believes a similar two-player package would be enough to acquire Dozier or Kinsler, though each may be less attractive to the Mets because they're both free agents after next season.

In the end, if the Mets don't acquire Gordon, I believe they'll find a way to get Kipnis, Kinsler, Dozier or free-agent infielders Neil Walker or Eduardo Nunez.

The point is, the Mets have options, especially since the Brewers, Blue Jays, Rays, and Angels appear to be their only competition in the market place.


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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Phillies and Giants are among teams involved in trade talks surrounding Mets RHP Jeurys Familia, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier in the week that Familia, along with RHP Zack Wheeler and 2B Asdrubal Cabrera, are most likely to be traded this month.

The Phillies might wait on a deal involving Familia until the Orioles decide what to do with Zach Britton and Manny Machado, according to Olney.

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Jul 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationalsat Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Corey Oswalt (55) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Washington Nationalsat Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Mets RHP Corey Oswalt allowed one run on two hits in five innings against the Nationals on Sunday afternoon.

After a perfect first inning, Oswalt allowed back-to-back hits to open the second inning before Anthony Rendon scored on Michael Taylor's groundout. Oswalt then settled in and went onto retire the final 11 batters to face him.

Oswalt threw 59 pitches, 40 of which were strikes. He was replaced by Seth Lugo in the sixth inning.

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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

At the All-Star break of a lost season for the Mets, uncertainty about the future is everywhere. But at least one big question appears settled: Mickey Callaway is almost certain to return as manager next season, according to major league sources.

Mets officials are well aware that Callaway has struggled during games and at news conferences, but even most of his detractors say it is too soon in his tenure to rule out improvement.

The team plans to begin interviewing external candidates for the GM vacancy in September. There remains a chance, though not a likelihood, that longtime assistant John Ricco will get the job.

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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets have finalized their starting rotation for their Subway Series matchup against the Yankees following the All-Star break.

Noah Syndergaard will get the start on Friday in the series opener against Domingo German, while Steven Matz will pitch on Saturday and Jacob deGrom will be on the mound on Sunday in the series finale. Matz will be opposed by Sonny Gray on Saturday and Masahiro Tanaka will pitch for the Yankees in the series finale. 

Syndergaard will make his second start since returning from the disabled list with a strained ligament in his finger, which forced him to miss more than two months of action.

Tags: Domingo German, Jacob deGrom, Masahiro Tanaka, Noah Syndergaard, Sonny Gray, Steven Matz
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) has Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) out but fails to complete the double play during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (13) has Washington Nationals right fielder Juan Soto (22) out but fails to complete the double play during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets (39-54) and Nationals (47-48) will conclude their four-game series on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field at 1:10 p.m.

Mets Notes...

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New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets' Yoenis Cespedes rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will play in a simulated game in St. Lucie on Monday.

Cespedes, who last played in the Majors on May 13, is slated to play five innings in left field.

Mickey Callaway said that on Saturday that Cespedes may even return as a DH for the team's series against the Yankees in the Bronx next weekend. 

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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) heads out on his three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) heads out on his three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets OF Michael Conforto helped lead the Mets' seven-run effort on Saturday night with a three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Conforto's blast, which drove in Jose Bautista and Asdrubal Cabrera, gave the Mets a 6-0 lead over the Nationals. 

"I got just enough of it," Conforto said after the game. "I think I got a good pitch to hit with two strikes, tried to stay short and put a good swing on it, not try to do too much. It's funny how that ends up turning into a home run. I'm going to try to do more of that and just keep working hard."

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Jun 19, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 19, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas (40) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Mets LHP Jason Vargas (calf strain) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings on Saturday night in a rehab start for Single-A Brooklyn.

Both runs allowed by Vargas were home runs. He threw 90 pitches, 64 of which were strikes.

Vargas last pitched on June 19 when he was shelled by the Rockies. In that start, he allowed seven runs -- including three home runs -- in just 2 1/3 innings.

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Callaway and Wheeler talk win 00:01:23
Mickey Callaway and Zack Wheeler talk about a Mets win over the Nationals and Wheeler's strong start which stretched to the eighth inning.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler is giving some credit to Mets ace Jacob deGrom for helping him find success during what has been a bounce-back season thus far.

Per SNY's Steve Gelbs, Wheeler said after Saturday's game that he has watched Jacob deGrom's bullpen sessions this season, and in the process he has gathered key takeaways and altered his routine.

DeGrom has been able to pinpoint his fastballs to the glove side, something Wheeler had difficulties with in the past. But after making adjustments, Wheeler now utilizes that pitch.

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Conforto, Wheeler shine in win 00:01:30
Michael Conforto had a big home run and Zack Wheeler delivered a solid start as the Mets beat the Nationals, 7-4.

Michael Conforto had a big home run and Zack Wheeler delivered a solid start as the Mets beat the Nationals, 7-4. 

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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler cruised for five innings before running into rough patches in the sixth and eighth innings while pitching a season-high 7 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

Wheeler allowed four runs on eight hits after limiting the Nationals to just one hit in five scoreless innings to start the game. 

Wheeler, who did not allow a hit until Adam Eaton's two-out double in the third inning, was backed by run support from the Mets' offense, which built up a seven-run lead before the Nationals could score their first run. Wheeler helped himself out on offense in the second inning when his sacrifice fly plated Kevin Plawecki.

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Gary and Keith talk Wheeler 00:02:17
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Zack Wheeler's outing and Mickey Callaway's decision to have him pitch in the eighth inning.

The Mets built a 7-0 lead for Zack Wheeler and managed to hold on for a 7-4 win over the Nationals on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to extend the team's lead.

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Jun 30, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (right) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (center) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (left) watch as the Miami Marlins celebrate their win over the Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Jun 30, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (right) and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (center) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (left) watch as the Miami Marlins celebrate their win over the Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (38-54) continue their series with division-rival Nationals (47-47) on Saturday at Citi Field at 4:10 p.m.

Mets Notes...

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Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso crushed a grand slam on Friday for the 51s, his second homer in as many days.

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Kim Ng on field before a game in Los Angeles. Credit: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports
Kim Ng on field before a game in Los Angeles. Credit: Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

Kim Ng is currently the Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for MLB and the highest ranking female executive in baseball. And she 100 percent should be considered by the Mets when they begin interviewing for a new GM.

In the wake of Sandy Alderson stepping down in June as GM due to health issues, his current assistants John Ricco and J.P. Ricciardi and advisor Omar Minaya were challenged by ownership to think creatively when it comes to improving the franchise.

It is expected that all three men will be considered to take over as Alderson's permanent replacement...

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

After being given a 'mental break' by manager Mickey Callaway at the end of June to work on his swing, Mets SS Amed Rosario is heating up and feeling good.

Rosario has been particularly productive over his last six games, hitting 8-18 with three doubles and three triples. This season, Rosario is hitting .249/.294/.386 with 4 HR, 22 RBI and 25 XBH.

"I try to bring energy and stay positive and swing at good pitches," Rosario said after the Mets' 4-2 win over the Nationals. "I'm feeling more confident at home plate. I'm feeling much better with the mechanics and the confidence, too."

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Veteran of the Game 00:00:48
The New York Mets honor Col. Lee Reynolds of the United States Army as the Veteran of the Game presented by First Data.

First Data and the Mets are proud to salute yesterday's veteran of the game, Col. Lee Reynolds of the United States Army.

Click here to see all of the veterans the Mets honor throughout the season.

 

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Jul 16, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera (54) makes a throw to first base in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 16, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera (54) makes a throw to first base in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets INF T.J. Rivera left his rehab game with the 51s due to discomfort in his arm. He played five innings before being removed. 

Rivera had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last September after initially trying to rehab the injury. He was previously aiming to return by May, but that was pushed back and he made his rehab debut on July 5.

"His arm was not feeling the way it should have so we're going to reevaluate him tomorrow, see what the plan is," 51s manager Tony DeFrancesco said, via Betsy Helfand.

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Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Noah Syndergaard (34) Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Noah Syndergaard is finally back in the Mets' rotation after what was a solid return on Friday night as he picked up the win. But even while he spent time on the DL, Syndergaard's name was thrown around in trade talks. 

And the Mets were listening. 

Along with ace Jacob deGrom, the Mets weren't shying away from listening to pitches on their top two arms. However, the Mets have cooled down those talks, and Syndergaard must be happy to hear that news. Though he realizes he doesn't have control on what the front office does, he still wants to be a Met...

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Thor helps Mets beat Nats 00:01:29
Noah Syndergaard returned from the disabled list and helped the Mets beat the Nationals on Friday night with his arm as well as his bat.

Noah Syndergaard returned from the disabled list and helped the Mets beat the Nationals on Friday night with his arm as well as his bat.

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Gary, Keith and Ron talk Thor 00:01:16
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling discuss Noah Syndergaard's return to the mound and break down his outing vs. the Nationals.

The Mets provided some quality run support during Noah Syndergaard's long-awaited return to Citi Field, and he repaid them by setting the tone for a 4-2 win over their division rival on Friday night. 

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

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

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Callaway on Syndergaard's start 00:01:15
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and Noah Syndergaard discuss the pitcher's performance after returning from a nearly two-month stint on the DL.

It may have been a long wait to see Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard take the mound again, but it was well worth it on Friday night. 

Syndergaard tossed one-run ball over his five strong innings in his return to Citi Field. The night began with a 1-2-3 first inning, and Thor's heater was certainly showing early as he touched triple digits at times. 

He even managed to hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second to help his own cause...

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Mets OF Brandon Nimmo has been doing it all recently, and there was no exception to that on Friday night. 

Nimmo not only went 3-for-5 with a run scored in the contest, but also capped off the Mets' win in style with a nice diving grab in center field.

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Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)
Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)

No. 1 Mets prospect Andres Gimenez is excelling for High-A St. Lucie, where he is more than three years younger than the average player in the league. And his stock is on the rise.

The 19-year-old shortstop, who entered the season as the 82nd-best prospect in the game according to Baseball Prospectus, has moved up to 47th on their midseason list

Gimenez's age makes his .278/.346/.430 line more impressive than it appears on the surface. He has six homers and a league-leading 26 stolen bases, and has six hits in his last 15 at-bats -- including a double and triple.

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Jul 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a single during the seventh inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) hits a single during the seventh inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets (37-54) look for redemption against the division-rival Nationals (47-46) on Friday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

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Jeff McNeil and Peter Alonso (Rick Nelson, Binghamton Rumble Ponies)
Jeff McNeil and Peter Alonso (Rick Nelson, Binghamton Rumble Ponies)

Mickey Callaway is high on Triple-A Las Vegas infielder Jeff McNeil, who he hinted could get his shot with the Mets soon.

"He's probably earned the right to have a chance up at the big leagues at some point," Callaway said about the 26-year-old, who is hitting 386/.444/636 in 22 games in Vegas after hitting .327/.402/.626 earlier this season in 57 games for Double-A Binghamton.

McNeil, who has 18 homers this season, was referred to by Callaway earlier this week as strictly a second baseman, played third base on Thursday night and is playing left field on Friday night. 

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Who should start the ASG? 00:00:22
Who do you think should start the 2018 MLB All-Star Game--Jacob deGrom or Max Scherzer?

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mets ace Jacob deGrom -- arguably the best pitcher in baseball this season -- has been selected to his second All-Star Game. And he deserves to start it over Max Scherzer of the Nationals. 

In the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter who starts the All-Star Game. But one pitcher in each league is going to be deemed worthy of the honor. And in the National League, it's deGrom who is worthy. 

Here's how deGrom stacks up with Scherzer, who will be pitching in his home ballpark...

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes rounds third against the Washington Nationals on a single by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes rounds third against the Washington Nationals on a single by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier during the eighth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes ran on Thursday and will do so again on Friday before potentially moving on to the next step toward his return, manager Mickey Callaway said.

Cespedes, who has been out since May 14 while dealing with hip/groin/heel issues, has also been practicing at first base, though Callaway said the expectation is that he'll return as a left fielder. 

The 32-year-old Cespedes played two rehab games with Binghamton in June before suffering a setback, with the Mets later classifying his health issue as chronic. 

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Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jun 10, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

On the latest episode of Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino go in-depth on Mickey Callaway's managing thus far through his first season with the Mets. Later, the guys discuss the GM search, including the chances John Ricco has of securing the job, as well as some breaking news that Andy has dug up in the past day.

Don't forget -- Doug and Andy want to hear from you! Go to SNY.tv/SheaAnything and upload a video or audio clip of your take on the Mets. Keep it to 30 seconds or less, make it good, and you may be on the show!

Click below to listen to the podcast...

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Chase Utley, who tormented the Mets as a member of the Phillies from 2003 to the middle of 2015 and broke Ruben Tejada's leg with a dirty "slide" in Game 2 of the 2015 NLDS as a Dodger, will be hanging up his cleats.

Utley, 39, will address his situation Friday afternoon at Dodger Stadium, when he plans to announce that he will retire at the end of this season, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The season after breaking Tejada's leg in the NLDS, Utley was thrown behind at Citi Field by Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. That moment led to Syndergaard's ejection and the now-infamous 'ass-in-the-jackpot' argument between crew cief Tom Hallion and then-Mets manager Terry Collins. 

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SNY's Steve Gelbs and Anthony Dicomo of MLB.com were live from the Citi Pavilion today providing the latest updates on the Mets and answering questions from fans.

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I don't care if the next GM of the Mets has or doesn't have an MBA. I don't care if he or she did or didn't go to an Ivy League school. I don't care if they're young or old, from the organization or not. I don't care if they did or didn't play baseball. He or she doesn't need to be an expert in statistical and evidence-based analysis and evaluations. And, they don't need to be from New York...

My only requirement is that he or she understands and is willing to meet the demands of the market and fans, that they are open to ideas and 100 percent down for making big moves.

Most important, they need to able to be creative and adaptable enough so he or she can do the above over and over and over again until the team is a perennial postseason team in position to win the World Series every season. To hear me explain this in more detail, as well as discuss why I'm all for Yoenis Cespedes trying to play 1B, how I was so wrong about Brandon Nimmo, and whether Jacob deGrom or Max Scherzer should start next week's All Star Game, click play below...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Every Friday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects are faring in the minors...


Peter Alonso, 1B, Triple-A Las Vegas -- ETA 2018

The 23-year-old Alonso has an odd batting line of .188/.337/.425 since his promotion to Triple-A about a month ago. He has five homers since his promotion, including one he hit on Thursday night as he went 2-for-4 with a homer and double. With Dominic Smith potentially heading back down to the minors soon, a door could be opening soon for Alonso at the big league level. 

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The Mets have one of the worst records in baseball, and their fortunes haven't been helped by the fact that they have $97.2 million in players on the disabled list -- the highest total in the majors.

The walking wounded are Yoenis Cespedes ($29 million), David Wright ($20 million), Jay Bruce ($10 million), AJ Ramos ($9.2 million), Todd Frazier ($8 million), Juan Lagares ($6.5 million), Jason Vargas ($6 million), Travis d'Arnaud ($3.5 million), Noah Syndergaard ($2.9 million), Rafael Montero ($558K), and T.J. Rivera ($556K).

Of the 11 players above, Ramos (shoulder surgery), Lagares (toe surgery), d'Arnaud (Tommy John surgery), and Montero (Tommy John surgery) are out for the season.

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets are "now in excellent financial health," reports Jon Heyman of FanCred

Heyman cites multiple investments as part of the reason for the Mets' improved financial well-being.

The Mets entered the season with a payroll of $150.5 million, which is 11th in baseball.

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The Amazin' Life: Coaching Nimmo 00:01:53
On a new episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling try to give Brandon Nimmo "Tough Guy" training!

On a new episode of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling try to give Brandon Nimmo "Tough Guy" training!

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New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith reacts to striking out during the eighth inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith reacts to striking out during the eighth inning of the game at Citi Field. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Having gone 4-41 in his last 16 games, the Mets are considering sending 1B Dominic Smith to Triple-A, according to Matt Ehalt of Northjersey.com. Smith has only started 15 of the team's last 29 games.

Smith had waited a few months for a chance to impress Mickey Callaway and the Mets, but has struggled with his opportunities, especially of late. 

"He's been struggling at the plate. He looks indecisive at times," Callaway said

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Mets fall to Nats on Thursday 00:01:28
Steven Matz's quality start and three home runs were not enough as the Nationals beat the Mets, 5-4, on Thursday night at Citi Field.

Steven Matz's quality start and three home runs were not enough as the Nationals beat the Mets, 5-4, on Thursday night at Citi Field.

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Gary, Keith and Ron talk trades 00:01:47
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling discuss the potential trade values of Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia and Jerry Blevins.

Despite three solo homers, the Mets were unable to rally from a three-run deficit and fell to the Nationals, 5-4, on Thursday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Steven Matz was charged with three runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. He surrendered a two-run homer to Anthony Rendon in the first and a solo shot to the Nats' third baseman in the third. Matz (4-7) allowed three earned runs or fewer for the 11th time in his last 13 starts.

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Jul 12, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) looks at the score board after the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jul 12, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) looks at the score board after the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After an inauspicious start, Mets LHP Steven Matz kept his team within striking distance of Max Scherzer and the Nationals. 

Matz gave up three runs on eight hits over 6.1 innings with two walks and four strikeouts. He threw 100 pitches, 64 of which for strikes.

Anthony Rendon gave Scherzer a 2-0 lead before the ace threw a pitch, knocking a two-run home run off Matz in the first. Matz danced around trouble in the second inning, stranding runners on second and third base...

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A general view from the press box of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))
A general view from the press box of First Data Field, home of the St. Lucie Mets (Jasen Vinlove (USA Today))

Switch-hitting 17-year-old Mets shortstop prospect Ronny Mauricio has played in 20 professional games, and he has a hit in every single one of them. 

Mauricio, who the Mets signed for $2.1 million as an international free agent last July, is hitting .354/.341/.549 with two homers, six doubles, and two triples this season for the Rookie League GCL Mets.

Ben Badler of Baseball America wrote before the season that Mauricio was a potential breakout prospect

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Throwback Thursday: Syndergaard 00:00:49
In the first installment of Throwback Thursday, Noah Syndergaard prepares to start the 2013 Futures Game at Citi Field.

In the first installment of Throwback Thursday, Noah Syndergaard prepares to start the 2013 Futures Game at Citi Field.

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May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports  (Noah K. Murray)
May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets kick off a four-game series with the Nationals on Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. at Citi Field.

Mets Notes...

The Mets have gone 15 straight series without a series victory dating to their sweep of Arizona from May 18-20 at Citi Field. ... The Mets last three wins have come via walk-off fashion (Jose Bautista walk-off grand slam on July 6 vs. Tampa, Wilmer Flores walk-off homer on July 9 vs. Philadelphia and Brandon Nimmo walk-off homer Wednesday night vs. Philadelphia). ... The Mets have lost 19 of their last 24 home games and are 17-30 at home this year.

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May 30, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates a run off of a single by New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (not pictured) in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)
May 30, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates a run off of a single by New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (not pictured) in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports (Jason Getz)

With Nationals ace Max Scherzer on the mound at Citi Field on Thursday night, the Mets are sitting Amed Rosario to protect him.

"I think that Rosario is in a really good spot," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said before the game. "Not that Rosario couldn't hit Max Scherzer, but Scherzer is one of the toughest guys in the big leagues against righties. That's just a fact. Rather than make it a little harder on him today, we figured we could get some good work in before the game."

When asked if part of the reasoning behind sitting Rosario was that he had been playing well lately and the Mets don't want to mess that up against Scherzer, Callaway said yes. 

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Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Apr 10, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) prior to the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Yoenis Cespedes recently told the Mets he'd be willing to learn to play first base, a source told NY Post reporter Joel Sherman.

According to Sherman, in addition to taking fly balls during his current rehab in St. Lucie, Cespedes has already started taking ground balls at first base.

I've seen Cespedes often taking ground balls at third base and shortstop during spring training and before games. He's adept with the glove and we know he has a terrific arm. But, I have no idea how he'd handle the unique footwork, stretching and understanding of situational positioning that comes with playing first base...

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield throws a pitch during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets had a scout in attendance this past weekend for Yankees pitching prospect Justus Sheffield's start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, reports Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

The Yankees and Mets have been in touch, according to SNY's Andy Martino, who says the Yanks checked in on Zack Wheeler but aren't a likely landing spot for him. Regarding the Mets trading Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard (to anyone), Martino says the chances are slim.

Meanwhile, the Yankees have reportedly made an offer to the Orioles for Manny Machado that doesn't include Sheffield.

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Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Zack Wheeler (45) Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Zack Wheeler has joined Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera as the Mets most likely to be traded this month, although surprises remain possible, and no one is untouchable.

Familia and Cabrera are the obvious trade candidates, because both are free agents at the end of the season. Wheeler has one additional year of control, and teams are showing interest. If the Mets can get, say, a top ten prospect and another depth piece, they will likely move him. Wilmer Flores has less value, but could also go. The Yankees have checked in on Wheeler - but, as always, it's hard to imagine the teams actually working out a deal...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jeurys Familia, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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