After Sunday's game, the Mets sent three players who were not performing like big leaguers to AAA and replaced them with three players unlikely ever to contribute like big leaguers. It speaks to just how poorly the Mets are playing, and the lack of immediate Major League help that the team could execute a three-for-three swap, or four-for-four if one expands the moves by two days to include the Rick Ankiel/Kirk Nieuwenhuis swap, or five-for-five to add Collin McHugh/David Aardsma and expect to see such little return on the field. It was the first time the Mets made three MLB demotions in a day since 2004.

The TrioThe Mets sent 1B Ike Davis, OF Mike Baxter and LHP Robert Carson down to AAA Las Vegas. The plan is to select 1B Josh Satin (and add him to the 40-man roster) and recall LHP Josh Edgin and OF Colin Cowgill, who are already on the 40-man roster. This is action (the WSJ word, or a message says the Post), but the players coming to the big leagues will not materially move the Mets towards fielding a winning team.

Davis is the most important player of the six moving before the Mets begin a series Tuesday against St. Louis. Coming into 2013, his age 26 season he was a career .252/.336/.461 hitting over 339 Major League games with 58 homers and a 11% walk rate against 23% strikeout rate. The Mets were counting on him to be part of  their core group of position players moving into a more win-filled future in 2014. Instead, Davis did not just not hit like a productive 1B, he did not hit like a Major League player in 207 PA. His wRC+ of 39 (! - where 100 is MLB average) was the second-worst among qualified Major League hitters, better than only Jeff Keppinger. Overall, he was hitting .161/.242/.258 with a 9% walk rate and an unacceptable 32% strikeout rate. Davis has been a win below replacement level one third of the way through the 2013 season.

He belongs in AAA. Recall that Davis played just 10 games in AAA at the start of the 2010 season before the Mets got sick of the Mike Jacobs experiment at first base. At the time, the move made sense for a Mets' team that still thought it was a competitor. Once down in AAA, Davis has no excuse for not producing. He will be playing in one of baseball's environments most conducive to offense in a market far removed from New York both geographically and metaphorically in terms of pressure.

The 28-year-old Baxter, and one of the heroes of Johan Santana' 2012 no-hitter had not hit while working as the Mets' fourth or perhaps fifth outfielder. In 102 PA, he hit .212/.333/.282 with five extra-base and zero homeruns. He draws walks (12% walk rate) in 2013, but that's about all he has done as his .070 isolated slugging percentage is anemic. With respect to Baxter, Terry Collins' has deployed him as well as he could have, playing him nearly exclusively against righties. From 2010 through 2012, Baxter hit righties capably - .275/.370/.440 with 15 doubles and four homers in 200 AB. He never hit lefties (1-for-21; a .048/.200/.095 line) for an extreme platoon split. In 2013, Baxter is 3-for-9 against lefties, but has failed against righties (.197/.326/.276 in 76 AB). There are small sample size issues here under 100 PA, but a platoon bench-hitter who doesn't hit against the side he is supposed to menace has no big league value.

Rob Carson has just never given any indication that he can retire big league hitters. His year, he owns a 8.50 ERA, and in 18 innings has given up 19 hits, 18 runs, 17 ER, 8 (!) HR, with seven walks and seven strikeouts. Carson's size and fastball (~93 mph in 2013) got him to the big leagues where his below average secondaries and fastball command made him a late-inning gift to opposing hitters.

Coming BackSo, how about that help coming back to the Mets? Expect little.

In the outfield, the Mets are recalling Cowgill, who owns a .235/.291/.308 MLB line in 268 MLB PA over the last three years. While playing in the PCL in 2011 through 2013, he has hit .307/.381/.476 in 885 PA over his age 25-27 seasons.

In the bullpen, Edgin gave up over a run an inning his big league tour early in the season. The Mets sent him back to AA where he gave up seven runs in eight innings and was scored upon in three of his five appearances. That was good enough to earn a return trip to Las Vegas where he's allowed seven runs on 14 hits in 10.2 innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks, which is better. Yes, he's only four outings without allowing a run: that's a stretch of 4.2 innings with two hits, a HPB, a walk and 4 K. Break out the champagne. Edgin was a below replacement pitcher in 2012, and was significantly worse in 2013. Major small sample size caveat here, but the reason he moved from tolerable to intolerable was that he lost his slider which had a pitch value of +2.8 runs above average in 2012 to -1.6 in 2013.

The 28-year-old Satin is 5-for-26 (.192) in his brief big league looks in 2011 and 2012. Like Cowgill, he has been a productive hitter at AAA: .297/.397/.447 in 951 PA between 2011-2013, two-thirds of which was in the International League and this season in the Pacific Coast League. The notion that he is an important part of the Mets' future at first base is laughable. Rather, he belongs, perhaps, as a right-handed bat off a bench. A collegiate second baseman, Satin has played 47 games at first for Las Vegas this year and one game in left. In the past he has played a little third, although his arm is short for the position.

Who should be playing first base? Lucas Duda. Despite a low batting average (.228) Duda, through the strength of walks (13.3%) and homers (10 in 57 games) has been an above average hitter (.336 OBP/.440 SLG and a 118 wRC+) in 2013. A star? No. A useful big league hitter? Yes. The problem is that he gives back nearly all of his offensive production with his defensive foibles in the outfield. UZR puts him an extraordinary -35 runs/150 games defensively in the outfield. If that seems too bad to be true, Total Zone puts him -19/1200 innings while BIS put him a similar -20 runs above average per 1200 innings. Lucas Duda's defense makes him unplayable in the outfield. As long as Ike Davis is in the minors, starting Duda in the outfield is a waste of time.

Younger in the OutfieldPerhaps the fourth move that should be lumped in here is the Mets' designating Rick Ankiel for assignment, which will likely foreshadow his release. Ankiel hit an entirely predictable and putrid .182/.239/.364 in 20 games for the Mets. His departure opens the way for Kirk Nieuwenhuis' return and more playing time for Juan Lagares and Jordany Valdespin. Over his last 26 games in AAA, Nieuwenhuis hit .250/.353/.550 with 9 homers and 26 strikeouts. The strikeouts will always be a problem for him in the big leagues, but at 25 years old, it makes a lot more sense to run him out there in centerfield instead of Ankiel.

 

Older in the StaffGoing all the way back to Saturday, the Mets sent Collin McHugh, who just turned 26, back to AAA and replaced him with 31-year-old David Aardsman. This pains me because I really like McHugh who is funny and insightful, but he just was not pitching well enough to stay in the big leagues (7 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 2 HR, 3 BB, 3 K). Aardsma has thrown one Major League inning in the last two years, but hey, in 2009 and 2010 he was a capable, if unspectacular reliever for the Mariners. For his career, he owns a 105+ ERA+. Perhaps he can be a non-flammable middle reliever.

 

Wither Wilmer?Fans want to see 21-year-old Wilmer Flores. After a slow opening week for AAA Las Vegas, he's been very productive. In his last 50 games, he has hit .318/.356/.512 with 27 extra-base hits (20 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR), 10 walks, and 26 strikeouts. He's played 47 games at second, two at first and one at third. He is just not an option at first base for the Mets until he plays more first in the minors. However, his value will be much, much higher if he can play second where his bat profiles better.

And for now, the Mets do not need a second baseman. Daniel Murphy is fourth overall in baseball in WAR (1.9) for 2B, part of a pack that includes Marco Scutaro (1.9), Murphy, Brandon Philips, Howie Kendrick and Jedd Gyorko (1.8 each) and Robinson Cano (1.6).  Defensive metrics are imprecise over partial seasons and some of Murphy's value comes from his +5.3 UZR, which is better than all of his peers listed above. I don't think there's any executive in the game who would take Murphy over Cano or Philips. So let's revise and instead of labeling Murphy a Top 5 second baseman, call him Top 10.

Can Flores play second? Even Las Vegas manager Wally Backman is not sure. As he told MiLB.com:

"The thing is, he turns the double play well, he has good hands," he said. "His range is a little limited, but we're working on trying to increase it as much as possible. The more he plays second base, the better he'll become. Position will be a big factor for him."
The Mets seem committed to getting Flores repetitions at second now. What's that means for Murphy? Nothing yet. One of two three scenarios is likely for Murphy and the Mets: either 1. the team trades Murphy and rolls with Flores at second, or 2. gives up on the Flores at second base idea and moves him to first, 3. moves Murphy to first to make room for Flores (and Ike Davis and Lucas Duda disappear). Three is unlikely to happen, and Murphy's offense - no seasons above a .450 slugging percentage in which he's played 50 games, just is not worth much at first. Still, Flores is hardly a finished product - he either needs to improve defensively at second or develop more power to play first. Either is possible, but there's no urgency here.

 

And So...Where does this leave the Mets? Still 23-35 with the second-worst record in the National League. Swapping out Ankiel for Nieuwenhuis is a net positive and opened a spot on the team's 40-man roster. Putting Ike Davis in AAA where he has a chance to fix himself is appropriate. Adding David Aardsma over Collin McHugh is a small net gain for the bullpen, but Aardsma himself has little chance of contributing to the Mets' next winning team. In this sense, the move carries little significance.

Everything else that has happened roster-wise in the last two days is just churn. The moves all are justifiable, reasonable and well-intentioned, and even you know, right. And yet, they will not make the Mets materially better. That's a weird and sorry commentary.

Tags: Analysis, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde

Alderson on David Wright 00:06:31
Mets GM Sandy Alderson gives an update on the status of David Wright, who has been sent back to NY for further testing on his right shoulder

Mets 3B David Wright has been diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement and has been sent back to New York to be examined, GM Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday.

Wright does not have structural damage in the shoulder and surgery is not necessary. However, he will be shut down from throwing for a couple of weeks, which will put his status for Opening Day in question.

According to Alderson, Wright will soon return to Port St. Lucie and will be able to serve as a designated hitter soon after.

Wright played in his first Grapefruit League game on Saturday, going 0-for-2 as the DH during the team's 8-6 loss to the Nationals.

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Feb 27, 2017; P.J. Conlon (80) throws a pitch during a spring training game at First Data Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2017; P.J. Conlon (80) throws a pitch during a spring training game at First Data Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mets LH reliever P.J. Conlon faced major league batters Monday for the first time since being selected by the Mets during the 13th round of the 2015 draft.

Conlon, 23, who was born in Northern Ireland and attended the University of San Diego, pitched two innings Monday, giving up a hit and one walk, including a single to Astros 2B Jose Altuve.

"It was awesome, and a pretty surreal experience," Conlon said after Monday's game.

In January, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told Baseball America that Conlon is being considered, among other left-handed minor-league pitchers, for a role in this year's big-league bullpen.

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The Mets face the Marlins on Tuesday in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m.

Michael Conforto will play right field and bat third.

Top prospect Dominic Smith will get the start at first base...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo
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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard throws a bullpen session in St. Lucie (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard throws a bullpen session in St. Lucie (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The Mets will begin using their expected regular starting pitchers in Spring Training games on Thursday, the team announced Tuesday.

Robert Gsellman will pitch on Thursday, followed by Noah Syndergaard on Friday, Jacob deGrom on Saturday, Matt Harvey on Sunday, and Steven Matz on Monday.

Meanwhile, Mets manager Terry Collins said Zack Wheeler reported no issues roughly 24 hours after throwing a bullpen session this past weekend. Wheeler is next scheduled to throw live batting practice.

"If he comes out of that, I think we're gonna try to do a (simulated) game," he added.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

RHP Jeurys Familia hit 97 mph on the radar gun and gave up one run and three hits in one inning in his Grapefruit League debut during Monday's 5-2 loss to the Astros at First Data Field.

"I thought that was a pretty good first day," manager Terry Collins said after the game. "I thought he threw the ball well."

Familia said after the game that he felt good and is ready to pitch for the Dominican Republic during the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which begins in March.

The investigation into Familia's domestic violence incident from last October is still ongoing, though reports indicate MLB will make a final decision regarding a potential suspension between the end of the WBC and Opening Day.  

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Feb 22, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL; Duda (21) takes infield practice at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 22, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL; Duda (21) takes infield practice at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Lucas Duda took grounders on Monday but did not swing a bat, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters.

Duda missed all three workouts this past weekend and after getting a cortisone shot Friday in each of his hips.

"We'll take a few days now, instead of taking two weeks down the road," Duda explained, according to NJ.com. "We're just being cautious. In a couple days, I should be ready to go."

Duda, who missed more than 100 games last season due to a stress fracture in his back, said the two conditions are related, but does not expect to get another cortisone shot before getting back on field.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda
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Post Game Extra: 2/27/17 00:01:39
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling discuss the Mets' 5-2 loss to the Houston Astros.

The Mets lost to the Astros, 5-2, on Monday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.


  • Asdrubal Cabrera led off the game for the Mets with an opposite field home run to left field.
  • David Wright served as the designated hitter and went 1-for-2.
  • Jeurys Familia allowed three hits and one run in one inning of work in what was his first game action of Spring Training.
  • Wilmer Flores hit a solo homer in the seventh inning...
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Hansel Robles, Jeurys Familia, Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores
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Roles for Conforto and Bruce 00:06:29
Mets Talk Live looks at Michael Conforto's red-hot Spring Training and the Mets' options with Jay Bruce.

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit his second home run of the spring on Sunday, giving him five hits -- two against lefties -- in seven spring at-bats.

"I feel good," Conforto said after the game. "The work that we've been putting in, the extra swings and stuff … it's definitely paying off. I've just got to stick to the routine and hopefully keep doing what I'm doing."

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'Hello Jerry' with David Wright 00:06:10
Season two of #HelloJerry begins with a special guest, Mets third baseman and captain David Wright.

Season two of #HelloJerry begins with a special guest, Mets third baseman and captain David Wright

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Tim Tebow arrives at Mets camp 00:03:13
Tim Tebow arrives at New York Mets spring training in Port St. Lucie and talks about his goals this season as a baseball player.

Mets minor-league OF Tim Tebow spoke with the media on Monday before hitting the field for his first official day of Spring Training.

"I just want to be able to continue the process, enjoy the process, enjoy every day, get to know my teammates and have fun out there," Tebow said.

In addition to taking part in the standard drills at minor-league camp, the 29-year-old Tebow will also participate in STEP camp, which is essentially life skills and media training for the organization's most popular prospects.

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 (AP)
(AP)

The Mets host the Astros on Monday at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, live on SNY at 1:10 p.m.

David Wright will bat cleanup and serve as the designated hitter.

Follow on Gameday here

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets second 2B Neil Walker has been pain free this spring training after he undergoing season-ending back surgery last September, he told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo this past weekend in St. Lucie.

Walker, 31, said he is feeling good after making his first appearance in a game on Sunday, going 0-for-2 and playing five innings at second base during a 5-2 win over the Tigers at Tradition Field.

"I can tell as soon as I wake up in the morning that anything that I dealt with basically for four years is completely gone," Walker said. "Today was a really good day. There was no apprehension on my part. To take some full swings, to get those out of the way, those are the last kind of hurdles that make me fully feel confident in what I'm doing."

Before undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, Walker hit .282 with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in his first season with the Mets. He signed a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to remain a Met in the offseason.

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New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki throws to first base during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki throws to first base during the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Tommy Gilligan/USA TODAY Sports)

New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki is day-to-day with a bruised left knee, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Plawecki bruised his knee in Saturday's spring training game against the Washington Nationals. X-rays came back negative.

He wore a compression wrap on the knee on Sunday, according to DiComo, however he said he felt better from the day before.

Plawecki, 26, hit .197 with one home run and 11 RBIs in 48 games with the Mets last season. He is expected to start the season with Triple-A Las Vegas, where he hit .300 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs in 55 games in 2016.

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Post Game Extra: Mets top Tigers 00:03:06
Michael Conforto blasted his second homer of the spring as the Mets defeated the Tigers, 5-2, on Sunday.

The Mets beat the Detroit Tigers by a score of 5-2 in Port St. Lucie on Sunday.


  • Paul Sewald started after Chris Flexen was a late scratch. Sewald gave up no hits and no runs in two innings.
  • Addison Reed, David Rosebloom, and Ben Rowen each gave up one hit in a combined four innings of work. 
  • Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 and continued his hot start to the spring, hitting his second home run in three games. He is now 5-for-7 in the first three games of Spring Training.
  • Luis Guillorme hit a triple in the eighth inning, setting up Tomas Nido's RBI single.
  • Amed Rosario had an pinch-hit RBI single.
  • Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
  • Chasen Bradford gave up up 2 runs on 2 hits while walking one.

Next up: 

The Mets will travel to West Palm Beach on Monday to face the Astros at 1:10 p.m.

 

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 (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
(Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets take on the Tigers in Port St. Lucie on Sunday at 1:10 p.m., which will be broadcast on WPIX. 

Right-hander Chris Flexen was set to start for the Mets, but was scratched due to a sore knee, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Instead, Paul Sewald will start for the Mets. Left-hander Matt Boyd is on the mound for Detroit.

Prospect Dominic Smith, who came in late during Saturday's game and drew two walks, will get the start at first base Sunday. 

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Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets third baseman David Wright played in his first Grapefruit League game on Saturday, going 0-for-2 as the DH in New York's 8-6 loss. 

It was Wright's first game action since May 27, 2016, after which he had neck surgery and missed the rest of the season.

Despite not recording a hit on the day, Wright felt the game was a positive. 

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Maggie Wiggin, MetsBlog.com:

With the roster largely set, the Mets have begun looking at lineup construction to maximize the offense from a team that underperformed for much of last season. As usual for this team, one of the spots still pending a long-term answer is leadoff.

When Jose Reyes is starting, it's largely a given that he will bat leadoff, assuming his bounceback 2016 numbers continue to hold steady. With major question marks surrounding David Wright's health, this may very well resolve the leadoff issue for the bulk of the season. 

The vast majority of Reyes's career plate appearances have come out of the leadoff spot and despite no longer displaying the stolen base prowess that secured him that spot in his youth (nor the on base percentage that tends to define the classic leadoff hitter nowadays), his reputation and general offensive competence will certainly place him there for the foreseeable future...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes, Neil Walker, Maggie Wiggin
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Post Game Extra: 2/25/17 00:01:54
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' loss to the Washington Nationals.

The Mets lost to the Nationals, 8-6, on Saturday at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie.


  • Sean Gilmartin started for the Mets, allowing one run in two innings of work. 
  • Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-2 with a double. 
  • Pinch-hitting in the sixth, Michael Conforto drove in a run with a single. 
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 (Jasen Vinlove)
(Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets host the Nationals on Saturday at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie, live on SNY at 1:10 p.m.

Coverage begins on SNY at 12:30 p.m. with Mets pregame.

LHP Sean Gilmartin will get the start for the Mets, with LHP Jerry Blevins also scheduled to pitch.

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Conforto fighting for spot 00:03:17
Michael Conforto went 2-3 with a home run in the Mets' first spring game, and could make roster decisions difficult for Terry Collins.

The Mets beat the Red Sox, 3-2, on Friday afternoon in Fort Myers.


  • Mets pitchers took a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning.
  • OF Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • C Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-2.
  • RHP Seth Lugo, who is competing with Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot in the rotation, walked two and struck out three while allowing no hits in two scoreless innings...
Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Mets Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola wants to be on a big-league staff, despite playing a major role in the development of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler.

"After being in Vegas for four years, I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't love to have an opportunity to make a difference in the big leagues," Viola recently told the NY Post. "If it happens, it happens.

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Mar 20, 2016; Red Sox DH David Murphy (18) is tagged out at home plate by Mets during a spring training game at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 20, 2016; Red Sox DH David Murphy (18) is tagged out at home plate by Mets during a spring training game at Tradition Field. Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets open their 2017 Grapefruit League schedule today at 1:05 p.m. ET against the Red Sox at JetBlue Field in Fort Myers, Fla.

The game will not be on SNY, but can be heard on radio at 710 AM WOR in New York.

Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Amed Rosario, and Travis d'Arnaud will headline the trip, while Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, Jose Reyes and the rest of the roster remain back in St. Lucie to work out in camp.

Seth Lugo will start for the Mets, after which RHP prospect Marcos Molina is expected to pitch.

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Live from Duffy's: Jose Reyes 00:04:23
Jose Reyes talks with Steve Gelbs on Mets Hot Stove about his relationships with David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera and Amed Rosario.

Jose Reyes, spending his first Spring Training back with the Mets since signing a minor league deal last summer, discussed his evolving relationship with David Wright during an appearance on Hot Stove on Thursday night.

"I've known him since 2001," Reyes said. "We're like brothers. We get along very good. ...We just enjoy the game and enjoy the fact that we're here and enjoy playing together one more time."

Reyes described coming back to Port St. Lucie like going home to the Dominican Republic. "This is home for me," he said.

On shortstop prospect Amed Rosario, Reyes said -- as someone who's been in the same position -- he's given Rosario advice on how to handle the expectations...

Tags: David Wright, Jose Reyes
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Live from Duffy's: Terry Collins 00:06:20
Mets manager Terry Collins chats with Steve Gelbs on David Wright's return and how the Mets plan on using Jose Reyes this season.

Mets manager Terry Collins is excited for the upcoming season, although he does face some unique challenges, he told Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night.

Entering his sixth season as the Mets' skipper, Collins is amazed that he's just 43 games shy of becoming the longest-tenured manager in club history. Collins called New York a "tremendous place to manage" and added that being in baseball, "you want to manage on the biggest stage, and that's where I'm at."

Collins also discussed the difficulty of getting everyone enough playing time, saying that the players "have to buy into it. We're going to be very, very good and very fun to watch. But we've got to keep our good players healthy."

 

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Live from Duffy's: Granderson 00:04:09
Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson stops by Mets Hot Stove to chat with Steve Gelbs on the upcoming season.

Mets OF Curtis Granderson doesn't have much of a preference where he hits in the lineup and believes that being aggressive within the strike zone is a key to his success, he told Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night.

The 34-year-old hit leadoff for a majority of the first half last season until Jose Reyes joined the Mets in early July. Granderson said that he doesn't really care where he bats and that "wherever TC puts me, I'll find a way to make myself comfortable one way or the other because the first at-bat is really the only at-bat where you're in that first position."

He also discussed the difference in his approach between 2015 and 2016, saying that "the big thing is being aggressive. I don't think the approach last year, affected, one way or the other, the walks or the power numbers." He added that he wants to "be aggressive in the zone" and that is "the philosophy here with the Mets."

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Live from Duffy's: Matt Harvey 00:06:28
Matt Harvey talks with Steve Gelbs about maintaining his intimidating presence on the mound and his recovery from surgery.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey looks forward to regaining the form he displayed during his dominant 2013 season while also helping lead the club to a World Series title, he told SNY during Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night. 

Speaking about his struggles last year, which ended in July following surgery to remove a rib after he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, Harvey said "it was a tough experience and I'm glad it's over, but I'm ready to go." Asked whether he plans on altering the style of pitching he had prior to his injuries, Harvey said "the goal is to regain 2013 form and go out there and do what I did then."

The 27-year-old also talked about bringing a championship to New York, saying he can "kind of envision the parade that we're gonna have" when he looks around the Mets' locker room.

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d'Arnaud on his expectations 00:02:41
Travis d'Arnaud joins Mets Hot Stove to discuss his expectations for himself behind the plate and at bat this season.

Glenn Sherlock may have been hired this past offseason to be the entire team's catching instructor, but he was clearly tasked with planting himself in Travis d'Arnaud's back pocket.

In the week that I've been here, I've only seen d'Arnaud out of ear shot from Sherlock once or twice, and it was walking from one field to another where Sherlock eventually ended up anyway...

Tags: Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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The Mets considered trading OF Michael Conforto for Tigers OF J.D. Martinez before re-signing Yoenis CespedesJon Heyman of FanRag sports reported.

According to Heyman, the Mets decided that one year of Martinez, who will be a free agent after this season, in exchange for Conforto, wasn't enough.

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone reported on Jan. 5 that the Mets had made calls to Detroit about the possibility of trading for Martinez before agreeing to a four-year deal with Cespedes...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

 Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Thursday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • The Mets will send outfielders Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto, infielder Wilmer Flores, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud to their Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox on Friday. 
  • The hope is that David Wright will serve as designated hitter on Saturday.
Tags: David Wright, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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Syndergaard to start Opening Day 00:05:36
Noah Syndergaaard joins Mets Hot Stove from Port St. Lucie to talk about what it means to be the Opening Day starter.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard is excited about his Opening Day start, he told SNY during Mets Hot Stove on Wednesday night.

"It's an awesome feeling," he said. "I'm extremely excited that Terry instills that kind of confidence in me, and I'll rise to the occasion." 

On skipping the upcoming World Baseball Classic, Syndergaard said his "heart and soul is with the Mets and that's who I want to compete with," adding that he threw lots of innings in 2015 and 2016 and wanted to give his arm a break...

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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

The Mets have signed RHP Wilfredo Boscan to a minor league deal, the team announced Thursday.

He will report to minor league camp.

Boscan, 27, had a 6.46 ERA and 1.43 WHIP in 15 1/3 innings (one start, five relief appearances) for the Pirates in 2016 during what was his first major league season...

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Tradition Field, the Mets' Spring Training hjome in Port St. Lucie, has been renamed First Data Field, it was announced Thursday.

The ballpark has been the Spring Training home of the Mets since it opened in 1988, and it was announced this past November that the Mets would spend at least the next 25 years playing there...

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Feb. 21, 2017: Mets RHP Matt Harvey gets set to throw during a bullpen session (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb. 21, 2017: Mets RHP Matt Harvey gets set to throw during a bullpen session (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

I know, and you know, the Mets have some serious pitching talent. I actually take it for granted, I think. But, when seeing them all lined up together, throwing side by side, it takes the realization to a different level...

This morning, I watched Zack Wheeler work at length for the first time this spring. He threw free and easy and - most important - he showed no signs of discomfort or awkwardness. There was no shaking out his arm or looking at his elbow, which is what I recall earlier in camp. In today's instance, it was all business. He simply tossed a bullpen session, did it well, and that was that...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 22 00:02:25
SNY.tv covers the day in Mets camp that includes bullpen sessions for Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.

The Mets continued workouts at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday...


Zack Wheeler threw a bullpen session and could get his first game action on March 8 >> Read more

Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Neil Walker will be leadoff options >> Read more ...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Zack Wheeler
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It was photo day today, which is when players get in full uniform to pose for head shots, pictures and promos used across baseball...

The individual photographers and media outlets set up stations that players go through one by one, where they stop, take direction and mostly do whatever is asked of them...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Matthew Cerrone
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(The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)

 Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • Wednesday was the best Collins has seen RHP Zack Wheeler throw since his Tommy John surgery. Wheeler could get in to a Grapefruit League game on March 8.
  • Collins thinks RHP Noah Syndergaard is doing the right thing by not pitching in the upcoming World Baseball Classic...
Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Alderson on d'Arnaud, Conforto 00:04:32
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson dishes on some hot topics including expectations for Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto.

With the return of Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce to New York's outfield this season, along with the presence of Curtis Granderson, 23-year old Michael Conforto has seemingly lost his spot in the starting lineup.

But Mets general manager Sandy Alderson does not believe it will discourage him from coming in and having a strong spring training, something that would make the decision about the outfield significantly more difficult for the GM.

"Well I think the important thing for Michael is to have a good spring, regardless of what happens at the end," Alderson told SNY's Gary Apple. "One of the things we focus on around here is process and not results. So I think Michael is committed to having a good spring, and you know, the way things are configured now, make it tough on us."

While Conforto will be attempting to prove to Alderson he belongs in the starting lineup this spring, he is not the only Met looking to show management of improvements made since last season...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Zack Wheeler joins Hot Stove 00:02:39
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler talks injuries and rehab as he eyes a return to the Mets starting staff in 2017.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler threw another bullpen session on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, mixing curveballs in for the first time.

Wheeler could pitch in his first Grapefruit League game on March 8 against the Astros, manager Terry Collins said.

Wheeler threw about 20 pitches off a mound on Sunday for the first time since he felt some tenderness in his right elbow during a recent bullpen session.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen said last Wednesday that the tenderness Wheeler felt during his bullpen session early last week was likely due to scar tissue, which remains from his Tommy John surgery...

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(Noah K. Murray)

When Jose Reyes doesn't start, the main options for the Mets at leadoff will be Asdrubal CabreraCurtis Granderson, and Neil Walker, manager Terry Collins said recently.

Reyes hit .267 with a .326 OBP and .443 SLG with eight HR, 13 doubles, four triples, and nine stolen bases in 60 games for the Mets last season.

He's expected to hit leadoff when he starts, but the Mets' starting infield from left to right as of now is expected to be David Wright, Cabrera, Walker, and Lucas Duda.

Granderson has had lots of experience hitting leadoff, but Collins is wary about moving him from the middle of the lineup...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker
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Wright discusses health, Reyes 00:05:03
Gary Apple and Nelson Figueroa catch up with David Wright to discuss his health, the 2017 team and playing with Jose Reyes again.

David Wright is expected to only DH - and not play in the field - this weekend when Mets begin their the Grapefruit League schedule, Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday at Tradition Field.

"He is making strides," Collins said, noting that Wright may not get time at third base until the middle of March. "He probably won't play a lot until we make sure his arm is right. ... We just don't want him overexposed where if he makes a bad throw all of a sudden it's a big story."

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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 21 00:02:35
MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone and SNY Mets analyst Nelson Figueroa discuss the day's events at Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The Mets continued workouts at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday...


The dynamic between David Wright and Jose Reyes has changed, as has their role on the Mets >> Read more

Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes, and Asdrubal Cabrera have been spending lots of time together at camp >> Read more...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Feb., 2017: David Wright and Jose Reyes taking infield at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb., 2017: David Wright and Jose Reyes taking infield at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The dynamic I see between David Wright and Jose Reyes is not what I remember from the old days. It has changed, just as I am sure they have changed as men.

In the early days of their relationship, they were the two young guys called up to Shea Stadium at roughly the same time. The team was built around them. They were always paired together in photo shoots, on magazine covers and on the same side of the field...

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Feb. 20, 2017: Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes talk between batting practice sessions during Spring Training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb. 20, 2017: Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes talk between batting practice sessions during Spring Training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The big-name players on the Mets are all spending way more time together on and off field than I recall seeing here in previous spring trainings. That said, Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes are close to inseparable.

They stretch together, they hit in the same groups, they eat together before and after practice, and they joke around in the field and at the cage. They're clearly doubling down on the friendship they began building last summer.

Hopefully, that escalation doesn't end in St. Lucie, but continues to grow and fuel the team's run production like it did during the second half in 2016...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • 3B David Wright will likely serve as a designated hitter initially during Grapefruit League games.
  • If RHP Jeurys Familia is suspended for his domestic violence incident, Collins is not worried about him keeping himself in shape during the time away from the team.
  • OF Jay Bruce will not take fly balls in center field during Spring Training.
  • The Mets have seen the potential of C Travis d'Arnaud, who is "extremely dangerous" when he's swigning well. "Everybody is allowed to have a bad year," Collins said about d'Arnaud's performance in 2016...
Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Rafael Montero, Travis d'Arnaud
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(Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent C Matt Wieters is close to signing what will likely be a two-year deal with the Nationals that contains an opt-out after the first year, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The deal will be worth $21 million, with $10 million paid in 2017, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Wieters, 30, hit .243 with a .302 OBP and .409 SLG with 17 HR and 66 RBI in 124 games last season for the Orioles.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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Reed on becoming Mets closer 00:04:28
Reliever Addison Reed joins Mets Hot Stove to discuss his outlook for the 2017 season.

In the event Jeurys Familia begins the season under suspension, Addison Reed will be the team's closer and Fernando Salas will be his set-up man, Terry Collins said Monday.

"As of today, he would be that guy, because he has done it before and he's been successful at it," Collins said of Reed, who had a 1.97 ERA and identical 1.97 FIP in 80 games last season.

He and the Mets avoided salary arbitration in December, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $7.75 million, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia
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Feb. 21, 2017: The sun rises over Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb. 21, 2017: The sun rises over Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

It was not photo day Tuesday morning. I wish I knew that, because I thought it was and got to Tradition Field at 6:55 am ET. No worries, though, since it was a great opportunity to watch the sunrise and catch the ballpark get started for the day...

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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 20 00:02:48
SNY's Steve Gelbs and Marc Carig of Newsday cover Monday at Mets camp, including Neil Walker rumors and a close look at Amed Rosario

The New York Mets seem comfortable together in spring training as they prepare for their first game on Friday. Team morale also seems high.

Contract discussions between second baseman Neil Walker and the Mets are "probably dead."

Shortstop Amed Rosario, one of the top prospects in baseball, said he has learned a great deal from Jose Reyes.

Manager Terry Collins said he sees upside in what Rosario and outfielder Michael Conforto, and also said Fernando Salas would step into the set-up role should Addison Reed become interim closer in the event Jeurys Familia is suspended under the MLB's domestic violence policy.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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Rosario shows off personality 00:03:56
Mets prospect Amed Rosario makes an impression and shows his personality to reporters while the Mets Talk Live crew discusses his potential.

New York Mets manager Terry Collins spoke to the media on Monday in Port St. Lucie, Florida, as the team readies for its first spring training game this Friday. 

  • He said Fernando Salas would become the Mets' eighth-inning set-up man "because he has done it before, because he has been successful at it" in the event closer Jeurys Familia is suspended under the MLB's domestic violence policy. 
  • He said he was looking forward to seeing how shortstop Amed Rosario, considered one of the top prospects in baseball, will play this spring.
Tags: Michael Conforto
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