The Mets today announced they will honor New York City First Responders by wearing hats from the city agencies during batting practice and the National Anthem prior to next Tuesday's game at Citi Field on September 11.

Sept. 6, 5:32 pm: The Mets are telling reporters they did not ask MLB to wear these hats during this year's game.

Last season, Mets players and coaches wanted to wear the hats of New York first responders during the game, but Major League Baseball would not allow it, according to multiple reports.

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Sept. 6, 5:10 pm: The first responders in this city have been through a lot and did and do a lot for us every day, and simply taking time to honor them like this on one night is the least these players can do. MLB should let the Mets wear those hats, assuming the Mets asked to wear them in game like they did last year. Yes, they’re just hats, but I suspect it makes those departments feel good, and it shines a lot on them and reminds people who they are and what they do. Is it better than paying these men and woman more? No. Are there more significant and impactful ways of showing respect? Probably. But, if this is important to the players, and this is how they want to express themselves and show appreciation, they should just do it.

Sept. 6, 5:32 pm: ESPN New York now says the Mets didn't ask to wear the hats during the game this year. So, I assume the players didn't make a similar attempt to what they did last year. And that's fine. They do lots of work in the community, visiting fire houses, raising money for Tuesday's Children, etc., which is a huge deal. However, if they do want to wear the hats, they should... that's all I'm saying.[/sny-accordion]

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New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The agreement between the Mets and free agent OF/1B Jay Bruce became official Tuesday night when the club announced it has brought back the slugger for three years and $39 million.

Bruce will receive a signing bonus of $3 million. He'll earn $10 million in 2018 and $13 million in each of the last two seasons of the deal.

"I'm excited to return to the Mets to help finish what we set out to do at the beginning of last season and return to the postseason for the best fans in baseball," Bruce said. "We have a terrific group of guys in place and I'm excited to get back to work."

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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

There are multiple opportunities still available to help improve the Mets, despite the number of deals that have gone in down in the last few days...

In the wake of Jay Bruce signing with the Mets, Andrew McCutchen was traded to the Giants, the Twins signed Addison Reed, and the Nationals signed Howie Kendrick.

Meanwhile, Mike Moustakas, Todd Frazier, Neil Walker, Eduardo Nunez, Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, J.D. Martinez and countless mid-level relief pitchers remain available on the free-agent market. Also, Josh Harrison is still on the Pirates, and Starlin Castro is still on the Marlins, both of whom are reportedly available in trade.

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New York Mets' Jay Bruce, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Asdrubal Cabrera (13) during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 11-4. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Asdrubal Cabrera (13) during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 11-4. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

With baseball's Hot Stove cool to the touch, Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan penned a lengthy piece asking whether the sport's economic system might be broken.

The offseason's biggest moves have come via trade, with Giancarlo Stanton going to the Yankees and Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen joining the Giants. 

The Mets have agreed to a pair of free agent deals, inking RP Anthony Swarzak to a two-year, $14 million pact last month and bringing back OF Jay Bruce on a three-year, $39 million contract.

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The 2018 Hall of Fame votes 00:06:14
On Baseball Night in New York, the crew discusses the current state of Hall of Fame voting for 2018.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Yes, I know. My Hall of Fame ballot is wrong.

Heck, the only person on the planet who thinks it's right is the one typing this. And even I acknowledge there are some things I could've changed. More on that in a moment.

My ballot's first imperfection, at least according to some, stems from the fact that I'm a Big Hall guy. I've voted for 10 players -- the maximum allowed -- every year since 2013. Some believe there should be fewer players elected; I say, "What fun is that?"

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Brandon Nimmo (9) runs out an RBI single against the Chicago Cubs June 30. It was the the first RBI of Nimmo's MLB career. (Brad Penner)
Brandon Nimmo (9) runs out an RBI single against the Chicago Cubs June 30. It was the the first RBI of Nimmo's MLB career. (Brad Penner)

The Mets believe they can use Brandon Nimmo as a centerpiece of a deal for Pirates INF/OF Josh Harrison, who suggested on Tuesday that he wants to be traded, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The Mets rebuffed the Pirates' request of Nimmo in a potential deal for Andrew McCutchen, according to Rosenthal, who did not specify who else the potential deal included or if the Pirates were willing to eat part of the money owed to McCutchen.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | While acquiring McCutchen would've been a splashier move, Harrison is a better fit for the Mets -- and is under team control for three more seasons (with McCutchen set to be a free agent after this season). So, if the Mets truly think they can build a deal for Harrison around Nimmo, it will be hard to not pull the trigger...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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The latest on deGrom 00:01:01
On Baseball Night in New York, John Harper discusses what he heard from Jacob deGrom, including how he plans on winning the Cy Young Award.

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom says his main personal goal for 2018 is to win the Cy Young award.

"That's the main goal," deGrom told John Harper of the NY Daily News. "You set the bar high and go after it. That's what I'm striving for."

DeGrom had a 3.53 ERA (3.50 FIP) and 1.19 WHIP with a career-high 239 strikeouts in a career-high 201.1 innings in 2017. 

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Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 4, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison (5) hits an RBI single against the San Diego Padres during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Pirates INF/OF Josh Harrison suggested Tuesday that in the wake of the team trading RHP Gerrit Cole and OF Andrew McCutchen, that he would like to be traded next if the team doesn't plan to contend in 2018.

The Mets, Yankees, and Blue Jays are among the teams who have been talking with the Pirates this offseason about a potential trade for Harrison.

"Now, I am the most tenured member of the Pirates, I want to win, I want to contend, I want to win championships in 2018, 2019 and beyond," Harrison said in a statement released to The Athletic.

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New York Mets shortstop Luis Guillorme of the Scottsdale Scorpions during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Luis Guillorme of the Scottsdale Scorpions during the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game at Salt River Fields. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infield prospect Luis Guillorme, who is the team's 10th-best prospect, according to Baseball America, is the second baseman on MLB Pipeline's All Defense team. The 23-year-old Guillorme started 56 games at shortstop and 52 games at second base last season for Double-A Binghamton, while hitting .283/.376/.331 with 20 doubles and one HR.

"He could have challenged for shortstop honors if the presence of Amed Rosario in New York hadn't led the Mets to shift Guillorme to the other side of the bag last June," Jim Callis writes for MLB.com. "He's not the quickest middle infielder, but his hands, reflexes and instincts are as good as anyone's in the Minors. He has solid range and arm strength, and he would have led the Double-A Eastern League in fielding percentage at both second (.983) and short (.968) last year if he had played enough at either position to qualify."

Click below to see Guillorme's defense on display...

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Mets outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares, and infielders Amed Rosario and Wilmer Flores are working out today at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, FL.

"Work in silence and let the others make the noise," Lagares wrote as part of his caption on Instagram.

Click below for the picture of Lagares and his teammates

Tags: Amed Rosario, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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DNL: McCutchen on the move 00:02:33
The panel discusses the possible impact the Andrew McCutchen trade to San Francisco has on the Yankees' or Mets' offseason plans.

The Pirates traded former All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and $2.5 million to the San Francisco Giants for RHP Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus pool money on Monday.

The Mets were "exploring" a trade for McCutchenJohn Harper of NY Daily News said Thursday on SNY's Baseball Night in New York.

McCutchen and/or teammate INF Josh Harrison have reportedly been potential trade targets for the Mets, according to Steven Marcus of Newsday. The Mets' interest in McCutchen was first reported on Jan. 5 by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

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Sep 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Howie Kendrick (4) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Sep 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Howie Kendrick (4) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

The Nationals have signed free-agent utility man, Howie Kendrick, to a two-year, $7 million contract, first reported by USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale.

Kendrick'd deal can max out at $9.25 million over the two years, which incldues $2.25 million based on his plate appearances, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal

Kendrick played with the Nats for 52 games last year, while starting the season with the Phillies. He posted a .293/.343/.494 slash line with seven homers and 25 RBI in Washington. 

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Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

Happy Monday, Mets fans! Moves have actually been made, and whether or not you like both of them, things are at least happening, right? I for one am happy to have Jay Bruce back, and I'll just leave it at that for now and continue on to report this past week's off the field news.

There was a reunion of former Mets players in White Plains on Saturday -- just look at this iconic trio below...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Benny Sieu)
(Benny Sieu)

The Brewers are continuing their pursuit of 3B Mike Moustakas, and if they end up landing him, they might look to trade their current third baseman, Travis Shaw, per The Athletic's Jim Bowden

One of the teams Bowden mentions is the Mets, as well as the Yankees and Braves as potential trade destinations for Shaw. In his first season with the Brewers, he posted a .273/.349/.513 slash line to go along with 31 homers and 101 RBI in his best season in the MLB thus far. 

Shaw is also a stout defender, having only committed nine errors in 255 attempts at third base last season. He was also worth +3 in DRS as well as +10 in 2016 with the Red Sox. 

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The Mets will sign 1B Adrian Gonzalez pending a physical, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports also reported that the Mets and Gonzalez reached a deal. Nightengale had reported earlier that the Mets were engaged in "serious discussions" to acquire Gonzalez.

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Jenrry Mejia celebrates after the Mets defeated the Brewers, 3-2. Mejia recorded three strikeouts in the ninth inning en route to his 14th save of the season. (AP)
Jenrry Mejia celebrates after the Mets defeated the Brewers, 3-2. Mejia recorded three strikeouts in the ninth inning en route to his 14th save of the season. (AP)

Former Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia, who is suspended from the MLB for life after violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy three times, is expected to apply for reinstatement, according to Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com

Mejia's ban was given to him on February 12, 2016. If his appeal is successful and he is reinstated, he'd be eligible to play again on February 12, 2018. 

Recently, the Mets and Mejia agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.7 million, though he will not receive the money unless he applies for and receives reinstatement. 

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Off-beat questions with Doc 00:02:19
Former Mets pitcher Doc Gooden sits down with SNY's Gary Apple to answer some off-the-field questions.

Former Mets pitcher Doc Gooden sits down with SNY's Gary Apple to answer some off-the-field questions, including the atmosphere difference between Shea Stadium and Citi Field, advice for Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr., and the current hitter he'd most like to face.

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New York Mets pitcher Addison Reed pitches during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Addison Reed pitches during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) (Orlin Wagner/AP)

The Twins and Addison Reed have agreed on a two-year, $17 million deal pending a physical, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Reed had reportedly been a target for the Mets this offseason.

Reed, 29, was with the Mets for just under two years. The team acquired him from the Diamondbacks on August 31, 2015 before trading him to the Red Sox on July 31, 2017. 

The RHP enjoyed a career year in his one full season for the Mets in 2016. Reed had a 1.97 ERA (1.97 FIP) and 0.94 WHIP in 77 2/3 IP with 91 K. Last season between the Mets and Red Sox, Reed had a 2.84 ERA (3.67 FIP) and 1.05 WHIP over 76 IP with 76 K and 19 saves.

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Apr 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 20, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is back, and as usual, he is beaming with confidence.

The Mets underwhelmed in 2017 with a 70-92 record, but that doesn't mean anything to Syndergaard who says they'll be at the top of the division at the end of the regular season in 2018. 

"I think it's going to be an awesome year, a lot of fun competing against other guys in our division," Syndergaard told The Post's Mike Puma. "I'm pretty confident we'll come out on top."

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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The deadline for MLB teams and their arbitration-eligible players to submit salary figures for 2018 is today, Jan. 12. In the the event player and team can not reach agreement before Saturday, an arbitration hearing will be scheduled for February. However the two sides can still negotiate before going to a hearing...


9:00 p.m.: AJ Ramos reaches a $9.225 million deal with the Mets to avoid arbitration. The 31-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season. 

6:53 p.m.: Zach Wheeler filed for arbitration at $1.9 million while the Mets filed at $1.5 million, per The Post's Ken Davidoff. The Mets and Wheeler can negotiate a deal before the arbitration hearings in February. Wheeler is arbitration-eligible next season before becoming a free agent in 2020. 

 

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

As Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler come off of disappointing and injury-riddled seasons, their futures with the Mets remain hazy. Though both were highly-touted and, in Harvey's case, experienced a significant run of exceptional success, there's a chance that at least one of them will be pitching out of the bullpen by the end of next season.

Rumblings about Wheeler pitching out of the bullpen started almost as soon as his major league career. As a flamethrower with difficulty pitching deep into games, it seemed to be a natural fit, though the promise of a young pitcher reaching his full potential as a starter was enough to keep him in the rotation even after his 2015 Tommy John surgery. But promise doesn't last forever, and the 27-year-old has yet to show he can overcome his deficiencies as a starter.

One of the issues that has always made Wheeler a frustrating pitcher to watch is his difficulty going deep into games. He has yet to average 6 innings per start in a season, and 2017 was his worst yet, averaging just over 5. Converting him into a reliever would instantly eliminate one of his biggest weaknesses, though it's questionable whether it would address the primary cause of that weakness -- his sky-high walk rate. It would also likely add some velocity to his fastball, which could potentially boost his strikeout numbers. And the smaller workload could preserve his arm health, which is in serious question right now...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Maggie Wiggin
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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets C Travis d'Anruad was "ecstatic" after getting a text from his dad telling him Jay Bruce was returning.

"I literally jumped and almost hit my head on the ceiling, I was so excited," d'Arnaud told SNY on Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night. "I'm so happy he's back."

D'Arnaud said Bruce, who reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth $39 million, is a huge clubhouse presence.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Seth Lugo pitches at Citi Field.  (Brad Penner (USA Today))
Seth Lugo pitches at Citi Field. (Brad Penner (USA Today))

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Seth Lugo can't quite get used to the idea that the kids now at his old high school sometimes call him "sir" when they see him at the gym. "Hey," Lugo says, "I'm still a player. Don't call me 'sir.'"

After a moment's reflection, though, Lugo admits, "Maybe I am 'sir.'"

The students at Parkway High in Bossier City, La. might be on to something, considering the Met pitcher's career arc. A former 34th-round pick, Lugo missed his first full pro season because of spinal surgery, made a splash as a surprise contributor to the Mets' 2016 run to the NL Wild Card Game, starred in the World Baseball Classic last year, and then faced a serious elbow injury that he knows he'll "have to stay on top of the rest of my career."

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Gooden breaks down Harvey 00:02:49
New York Mets legend Doc Gooden discusses what to expect from Matt Harvey in 2018 and the importance of Harvey starting the season strong.

Former Mets RHP Doc Gooden believes RHP Matt Harvey has a lot of baseball left in him, and that he has more than enough velocity to have success.

"If he's throwing 94, 95, as opposed to 98, 100, that's still okay," Gooden told SNY. "Getting ahead of hitters and trusting your fastball, and not worrying about trying to trick guys. Still go with your strength, and make those guys beat your strength."

If he's healthy, and knowing that it's okay -- you can get away with 94 -- it don't have to be 98. I think Matt's going to be fine. I know he has a desire and a fire to win, and that's why I have a lot of confidence in Matt."

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BNNY on Bruce's return to Mets 00:05:47
The Baseball Night in New York crew break down Jay Bruce returning to the Mets and how this impacts the team going forward.

Sandy Alderson intends to acquire at least one more position player, but can add only an additional $10 million in salary this winter, according to sources.

By the way, as it pertains to payroll, MLB agents expect nearly every team will end up cutting payroll by at least 10 percent, which is about where the Mets will end up as well.

I keep hearing that the Mets are still open to doing something meaningful, be it trading Juan Lagares, acquiring an everyday center fielder, or freeing up money to bring in a bonafide third baseman or second baseman. However, with so few impact prospects to deal, just $10 million left to spend, only 33 days until pitchers and catchers, and still so much gridlock in the market place (see below), it's growing increasingly difficult for Alderson to knock down dominoes and make an ideal surgical strike.

This is why I think the Mets will soon end up signing a less-than $10 million per year infielder, like Howie Kendrick, declare themselves essentially done, and then shift to luring in position and pitching depth using minor-league deals.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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Lucas Duda (Laurence Kesterson)
Lucas Duda (Laurence Kesterson)

The Mets are considering a reunion with free agent 1B Lucas Duda, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Duda, 31, was traded by the Mets to the Rays last July 27 in exchange for RH reliever Drew Smith. He hit .217/.322/.496 with 30 HR in 126 games last season with the Mets and Rays For his career -- which has been spent enitrely with the Mets aside from the last two months of the 2017 season -- Duda has hit .242/.340/.457 with 138 HR in eight seasons.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | A reunion between Lucas Duda and the Mets at this point would be puzzling, unless they are intent on trading Dominic Smith or having him spend the majority of the season with Triple-A Las Vegas...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto
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 (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are ready to grant 50 Cent another chance at throwing out the first pitch. 

In 2014, the Queens native was scheduled to throw out the first pitch. 50 Cent very loosely performed the act of throwing a pitch and his pitching ability became a laughing stock on social media, because the internet is forever. 

On Monday, 50 Cent reflected on that moment with Newsday's Neil Best. He was able to joke about himself. 

"Listen, no one warned me," 50 Cent told Best. "No one said: 'Risk versus reward!' I would have kept my [expletive] in the stands. This is never going away."

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Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Once the Mets' three-year deal with free agent OF/1B Jay Bruce is final -- which may not be until next week -- they will have to clear a spot on the already-full 40-man roster for him.

The Mets recently added minor league RHPs Tyler Bashlor (who struck out 84 batters in 49.2 innings last season between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton) and Gerson Bautista (who they acquired from the Red Sox last season in the Addison Reed trade) to the 40-man. So it's a safe bet the two of them are safe.

And unless the Mets are dropping a pitcher such as Rafael Montero or Chris Flexen -- which they absolutely should not be doing given their lack of starting pitching depth -- it's hard to see a pitcher being removed from the roster at this point.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jay Bruce, Matt Reynolds, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Apr 29, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) is congratulated by catcher Rene Rivera (44) after earning a save against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Apr 29, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) is congratulated by catcher Rene Rivera (44) after earning a save against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Mets are not currently looking to add to their bullpen or starting rotation, sources recently told NY Post reporter Mike Puma.

Earlier in the offseason, Mets GM Sandy Alderson indicated he might pursue up to two relievers and a Bartolo Colon-type starting pitcher for the back-end of the rotation.

The team's bullpen projects to include Jeurys Familia, Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos, Hansel Robles, Paul Sewald, Josh Smoker and Anthony Swarzak, who was signed to a two-year, $14 million deal in December. Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz make up the team's projected starting rotation.

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BNNY: Starlin Castro 00:01:38
Following rumors that Starlin Castro wants out of Miami, The BNNY panel discusses why the Mets should seriously consider pursuing him.

Marlins INF Starlin Castro wants to be traded, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who says Castro does not want to be part of the rebuilding process.

Castro was traded to the Marlins by the Yankees last month in the Giancarlo Stanton deal. It was reported shortly after by the NY Daily News' Kristie Ackert that the Mets would reach out to the Marlins about Castro. The 27-year-old Castro hit .300/.338/.454 with 16 HR in 112 games last season for the Yankees.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Starlin Castro looks good on the surface, but a deeper look at his numbers tell a different story -- with his home/road splits over the last two seasons at the forefront...

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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after making a sliding catch to end a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3 to clinch a wild-card playoff berth. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with center fielder Juan Lagares (12) after making a sliding catch to end a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3 to clinch a wild-card playoff berth. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | The Mets are reportedly signing OF/1B Jay Bruce to a three-year deal worth $39 million, and have told him to expect to get some time at first base. The deal will likely have serious ramifications (short and long-term) for at least two current players -- and maybe more...

What happens to Juan Lagares?

The Mets have been open to trading Lagares, who is owed $6.5 million this coming season and $9 million in 2019. And the acquisition of Bruce gives them a full outfield of Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto (when he returns), and Bruce from left to right...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Aug 15, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) hits a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)
Aug 15, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis (22) hits a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports (Jesse Johnson)

The Mets and Indians agreed on a trade earlier this offseason that would've brought 2B Jason Kipnis to New York, but the deal fell apart at the last minute, SNY contributor Andy Martino said last Friday on Baseball Night in New York.

Meanwhile, the Mets are reportedly bringing former-Indian (and Met) Jay Bruce back on a three-year deal worth $39 million, while the Indians currently plan to hold on to Kipnis, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported last week.

However, with the Mets still seeking a second baseman, they could re-visit a trade for Kipnis, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported on Thursday.

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Jul 27, 2017; Bruce (19) plays 1B for the Mets at Petco Park. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2017; Bruce (19) plays 1B for the Mets at Petco Park. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets will sign free agent OF-1B Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million deal, which will pay him just $10 million in 2018, according to multiple reports.

This is good news, not great news. The Mets are better today than yesterday. But, still a lot has to be done to get their offense where it has to be for Opening Day. But, one thing at a time...

By signing Bruce, I expect Sandy Alderson's next set of moves will be to either trade for a center fielder, trade for a second baseman, or sign a free-agent third baseman (or all of the above). I've heard the Mets have a two-year offer out to Addison Reed, but so do lots of teams.

 

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets' Jay Bruce follows the flight of his solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chris Rusin in the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. The Rockies won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce follows the flight of his solo home run off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Chris Rusin in the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, Denver. The Rockies won 5-4. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Mets pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Josh Smoker reacted on Twitter to reports that the Mets have signed Jay Bruce to a three-year, $39 million contract on Wednesday night.

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Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Penner)
Aug 23, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) and right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Juan Lagares (12) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterIt's risky for the Mets to not acquire another outfielder. Duh, right? But it's so much more than that. Here are three reasons why the Mets' need for an outfielder is so glaring:

Michael Conforto is still recovering from his shoulder injury

Conforto is not expected to be ready for Opening Day, and his injury is a punch to the gut that I don't need to re-live. He's supposed to be the kid who can be placed anywhere in the outfield without us having to worry. He got experience in center field last season just for this reason. But the Mets are likely not going to have him on the roster when the season begins, and we're not sure for how long after that...

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Yoenis Cespedes hitting a three-run home run against the Phillies.  (AP)
Yoenis Cespedes hitting a three-run home run against the Phillies. (AP)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is the third-best left fielder in the National League, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney, MLB talent evaluators and the team at ESPN Stats & Info.

However, Olney adds, if Cespedes can play 150 games, he would be number one.

"Tool-for-tool, he's as good as anybody in baseball," former Mets manager Terry Collins told WFAN in November. "He has the ability to turn the league upside down if he wants to."

In September, Cespedes told reporters he intended to do more running this off-season in an effort to keep his legs more healthy.

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BNNY: Where will Frazier sign? 00:06:21
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses the latest on free agent Todd Frazier, who has been in contact with both New York teams.

According to MLB insiders, free-agent 3B Todd Frazier would prefer to sign with Mets or Yankees.

However, I hear the Yankees do not want to give him a long-term deal. And, while I believe the Mets are open to giving him a two-year offer, my hunch is they prefer to spend their money on a second baseman and keep Asdrubal Cabrera at third base.

The Mets signaling a willingness to us Cabrera at second base, but they would much rather have a more experienced defender standing between Amed Rosario and whomever is playing first base on a given day.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Noah Syndergaard is feeling better than he's ever felt before, he recently told MLB.com's David Adler.

"The offseason's been a lot of fun, it's gone by quick, but I got some quality work in and I'm ready to hit the ground running in the 2018 season," Syndergaard added. 

Syndergaard missed nearly five months in 2017 after suffering a partially torn lat muscle. He returned to make two starts at the end of the season. He reported gaining 17 pounds of muscle between 2016 and 2017 with hopes of building more strength and increasing velocity on his fastball.

"I realized how jacked up my body was last year, and I've been working extra hard to make sure it's loose and it's limber and as mobile as it can possibly be," Syndergaard said, according to Adler.

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Feb 28, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 28, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson is happy with how Travis d'Arnaud is progressing in his career, despite reports last week that the team was recently in contact with free-agent C Jonathan Lucroy.

"I couldn't be happier with Travis' progress,'' Alderson said in an e-mail to Newsday's Steve Marcus. "Last year he had a career high in home runs, RBIs and games played. Glenn Sherlock has helped him tremendously with his footwork behind the plate. I look for him to continue to make progress in all these areas again in 2018.''

In what was his fifth big-league season, D'Arnaud, 28, hit .244 with 35 extra base hits last year. However, during the team's final 32 games, he batted .293 with a .343 OBP, six HR, eight doubles and 20 RBI.

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Will Moustakas be a Met in 2018? 00:05:56
Andy Martino, John Harper and Nelson Figueroa consider the possibility of Mike Moustakas ending up in a Mets uniform come Opening Day.

This past weekend, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking told Daily News reporter John Harper that Mets GM Sandy Alderson intends to do more this offseason than has been reported.

Similarly, also this past weekend, former GM Jim Bowden said in the The Athletic that it appears the Mets intend to sign at least one top free agent.

"The Mets have sent mixed signals on what their intentions are, but their actions with agents indicate they will sign at least one significant free agent," according to Bowden, who is also the weekday host of Power Alley on MLB Network Radio.

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New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field in 2015. (Brad Barr)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field in 2015. (Brad Barr)

The Mets agreed to a one-year contract with RH reliever Jenrry Mejia -- who is banned for life from baseball -- in what was a formality, according to the Associated Press.

Mejia agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.7 million, though he will not receive the money unless he applies for and receives reinstatement. 

The Mets and Mejia went through the same formality prior to last season, when he received a one-year deal worth $1.97 million.

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Dec 12, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Michey Callaway talks with media during MLB winter meetings at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Dec 12, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Michey Callaway talks with media during MLB winter meetings at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

New Mets manager Mickey Callaway is not a believer in playing the "hot hand," though he is open to using a platoon in certain situations, he said Thursday on Orange & Blue Thing.

"Hot handedness is something that is probably just an illusion," the 42-year-old Callaway explained. "It's such a small sample size that it might not make much sense to do because a guy is going to get cold at some point. You want to keep them all as hot as possible."

According to Callaway, instead of defaulting to putting a hitter in the lineup simply because he is hitting well, he intends to use analytics to be sure hitters are facing pitchers they're best set up to face. Otherwise, a hitter risks ending a hot streak when inevitably ending up in a bad match up.

"You don't want to take a hot player, say Wilmer Flores for example, and play him against Corey Kluber, who is going to come in and spin him three breaking balls to strike him out in front of the world and put him in a slump after Wilmer was going good," he concluded.

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Sep 30, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 30, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterHappy second week of 2018, Mets fans. I wish I had more to report, but things have been quiet both in terms of on the field news. I'm happy to sit here and ramble about my week, though, but none of you care about that. I do hope that you all have survived the below-freezing temperatures and the bomb cyclone (aka blizzard).

Now on to the Mets...

Josh Smoker showed much excitement over Travis d'Arnaud. It's rare to see excitement over TdA, so this was obviously important to note...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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Aug 28, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third basemen Mike Moustakas (8) at bat during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
Aug 28, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third basemen Mike Moustakas (8) at bat during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

The Mets' "actions with agents indicate they will sign at least one significant free agent," reports Jim Bowden of The Athletic.

Bowden notes that the Mets have sent "mixed signals" regarding what they plan to do -- a likely reference to Joel Sherman of the NY Post's December report that the team had planned to cut payroll by roughly $20 million -- which would have left them with just $10 million to spend for the remainder of the offseason.

It was reported last week by John Harper of the NY Daily News, and then Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jon Morosi of MLB.com, that the Mets were monitoring the markets of some of the upper-echelon free agents, including 3B Mike Moustakas.

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Sep 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Howie Kendrick (4) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)
Sep 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Howie Kendrick (4) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports (John Geliebter)

The Mets believe free agent Howie Kendrick could be a "potential fit" at second base, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

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Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison turns the double play as Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales slides into second base in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. (Kevin Sousa/USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison turns the double play as Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales slides into second base in the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. (Kevin Sousa/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are reportedly unlikely to acquire second baseman Josh Harrison from the Pirates via trade, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma.

New York was among several teams, including the Yankees and Blue Jays, who contacted Pittsburgh about the 30-year-old second baseman, however the lack of depth in the Mets' farm system would reduce their changes of landing a second baseman via trade, according to Puma. Such issues have also presented issues in a possible trade that would involve Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

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MyTopSportsbooks.com is setting 12-to-1 odds that Noah Syndergaard will win the NL's Cy Young Award next season, according to a report in the Daily News.

The site sets 20-to-1 odds that the Mets will win the World Series.

Syndergaard missed nearly five months in 2017 after suffering a partially torn lat muscle. He returned to make two starts at the end of the season. He reported gaining 17 pounds of muscle between 2016 and 2017 with hopes of building more strength and increasing velocity on his fastball.

He told reporters in December that pain in his shoulder and the lat injury were not related to the previous winter's weight lifting . However, the missed time helped inspire him to revisit and retool his training program this offseason.

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Jul 29, 2017; Cooperstown, NY, USA; The National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, NY. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jul 29, 2017; Cooperstown, NY, USA; The National Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, NY. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Former Mets RHP Tom Seaver was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on this day in 1992.

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