Jeff Wilpon and Omar Minaya talked with Mike Francesa for more than an hour on WFAN today.

To listen to the entire interview, go to WFAN.com.

By the way, to watch Chris Carlin’s one-on-one interview with Wilpon following today’s press conference, use the video player in the sidebar.

To read of several noteworthy moments and statements from Francesa’s interview with Wilpon and Minaya, click below:

Update, 6:40 pm:

In parting, Minaya wants Mets fans to know he and his staff are working hard, and Ownership is committed to putting the best product possible on the field.

Wilpon said, “I want to thank all of the fans who showed up to support us,” adding:

“I have faith in Omar and Jerry, otherwise they wouldn’t be back, and they have Ownership’s support.”

Update, 6:40 pm:

Wilpon said he doesn’t understand criticism from fans, who, according to Francesa, believe the Mets walk-away from big free agents because of money, when they have one of the highest payrolls in baseball.

Howard said the team is considering a ‘flexible payment plan for season-ticket holders next season.’

Wilpon said the team will not make a big-ticket move just for marketing purposes, or simply in an effort to sell tickets, concluding, “The team will be as aggressive as it has been in the past.”

Update, 6:36 pm:

Howard said the team is considering a ‘flexible payment plan for season-ticket holders next season.’

Update, 6:32 pm:

Wilpon said he demands better from the team, ‘and the fans deserve better,’ he wants Manuel and Minaya to stay, and he wants to see a Championship-caliber team competing right to the end in October.

Wilpon said they have already been talking with doctors and staff to determine why the team suffered so many injuries, and will look at all protocols, from pre-game warm ups to off-season programs to weight-training programs.

Minaya said he has already been talking with his staff and scouting department about an off-season strategy, while pointing out, “We don’t just want to compete, we want to win a Championship.”

Update, 6:18 pm:

Wilpon pointed out that the Mets paid over slot for their first-round pick in the last draft, when asked why the organization is ‘cheap with their minor-league system.’

Minaya said the Mets still have the same financial commitment towards winning that it had when he signed on to be the team’s GM.

Update, 6:15 pm:

Minaya said he doesn’t believe the team needs to be rebuilt.

Wilpon feels the team has ‘two or three holes,’ which they can fill through a combination of free-agent signings and trades.

Minaya said, in talking to other GMs, it has yet to be determined what type of free-agent market it will be, something which typically takes shape in the days following the World Series.

Wilpon says he has heard the market will be ‘soft,’ as there is typically a one-year lag in the market, meaning last season’s buyer’s market could continue.

Update, 6:05 pm:

Minaya said he will look at the trade player, to see how we can change it up,’ in an effort to improve the team, because they cannot just limit themselves to the free-agent market.

Minaya said there are core players that would be very hard for him to trade, and though there are certain guys who are special, as a whole, he must look at all ways to improve the ballclub.

Update, 6:05 pm:

Minaya still believes Oliver Perez can pitch like he did in 2007 and 2008, noting that pitching is ‘hot and cold,’ citing examples like Justin Verlander.

He said he believes ‘Daniel Murphy is getting better,’ and can be an every-day first baseman for the Mets… so long as he has more power at other positions.

Minaya likened Murphy to Boston’s situation with Kevin Youklis from a few seasons ago, saying:

“He was not the big, productive hitter that he is early on, but they surrounded him other guys who had power… So, when you put the team together, there are eight guys, and how are you going to balance that offense.”

Francesa pointed out that Youklis is a Gold-Glove first baseman, then told Wilpon Murphy cannot be an every-day player at first base for a Championship team, especially when consider the type of production the Phillies are getting from the left-side of their infield.

Minaya then informed Francesa that there have been lots of good teams in the game’s history that did not get power from first base, to which Francesa asked for examples of what Murphy does well, and Minaya said:

“What does Murphy do well?  Right now, you’re talking about a young, developing player who is learning at the major leagues and improving at first base… Now, he comes at you everyday and he gives a good effort… He has to improve with the OBP… But, we are talking about a rookie.”

Minaya said the team no longer sees Murphy as an outfielder.

Update, 5:56 pm:

We are in a results town in a results business,” Wilpon said.

Wilpon said he will give Minaya the resources he needs, ‘whatever that is,’ to put a Championship team on the field.

The team has not discussed ‘slicing payroll,’ he explained, adding:

“Whether it ends up being more or less I can’t tell you until Omar makes suggestions… We’re going to be aggressive, we have to be, whether it’s in trades or free agents… For all we know, Omar might save money, Mike.”

Update, 5:53 pm:

Wilpon said he was most frustrated this season with the team’s ability to drive in runs, despite being among the best team’s in batting average and batting average with runners in scoring position.

Minaya believes the players gave the team a good effort, but, ‘We did have a lot of players who were secondary players in their career, and were overexposed,’ and so, ‘When you have that and play them for a long time those weaknesses will show up, and that’s what happened.’

Wilpon said he liked watching Josh Thole and Nelson Figueroa, but, he added, ‘Again, it’s frustrating when you have that many guys out of your lineup for that long, knowing you could have had so-and-so up instead.’

Minaya said, ‘You have to like the way Jeff Francoeur plays the game,’ pointing he finished the season playing with a broken thumb.

Update, 5:48 pm:

Wilpon said, ‘Yankee-economic structure are unto themselves, they have their own structure and we fall much more in line with the rest of the league,’ when asked why his team does not spend money like the Yankees.

Update, 5:46 pm:

When you win you’re a smart baseball man,” Minaya explained, regarding criticism of his public speaking.  “When you lose, you’re not a smart a baseball man.”

Francesa asked Minaya to address accusations that he is only interested in bring Latino ballplayers to the Mets, to which he said:

“Look, when you’re the first Hispanic GM those accusations were going to be made.  It’s part of it.  It’s not true, it’s not fact, it’s not something I think about.  I believe in talent.  I will go after the best talent, no matter who that player is and where he is from.”

Update, 5:44 pm:

Howard said the team will continue to add Mets imagery and history to Citi Field, and they are working to develop a Mets Museum in a prominent location in the ballpark, though he would not specifically say where.

Wilpon said there will also be other ‘naming opportunities,’ in the building, that will link to the team’s history.

come on, do it, The Piazza, for the table-n-chair section below the bridge

Wilpon said, “I don’t think we did anything to slap anyone in the face.  It’s not like we said, ‘Gee, let’s honor the Brooklyn Dodgers and not honor the Mets.’ Those claims are unfair, but we’re gonna make those changes and correct it, because it is a proper criticism.’

Update, 5:40:

Wilpon said Minaya and his staff intend to always build a team around pitching, speed and defense, and so the team built a ballpark with that in mind.

Minaya said he feels it is always easier to win when playing ‘National League baseball,’ and when pitching strong.

In regards to the lack of home runs, Howard said the ballpark is not much different than Shea Stadium, noting that losing Carlos Delgado and Carlos Beltran will impact any team’s home run total, which likely exposed David Wright, who had little protection in the lineup.

Update, 5:36 pm:

Wilpon said it was Minaya’s recommendation and decision to keep Manuel as the team’s manager.

Minaya said injuries had to be considered, plus, when factoring in Manuel’s entire body of work, including his work last season, when with a healthy a team, he wanted Manuel back as manager.

Update, 5:33 pm:

Wilpon says Minaya is the GM, and his responsibilities have not changed.

Minaya said he plans to continue making changes in the front office.

He said Adam Wogan, who had been the farm director, will take on a more prominent role – the team also plans to hire a Field Coordinator, who will be in uniform, traveling the system, working with minor leaguers and reporting to Wogan.

…hmmm, i wonder if that is what Wally Backman is interviewing for

Minaya also said Assistant GM John Ricco will be more involved in working with the minor-league directors.

Update, 5:28 pm:

“I like to think in our minor-league system we have talent,” Minaya said.

Update, 5:28 pm:

Francesa asked if the Mets will have to pull back financially from their 2009 payroll, to which Wilpon said, ‘NO.’

He said the Bernie Madoff situation had no impact on the Mets.

“What happens this year between free-agents and trades and whatever Omar wants to do to get us back to a Championship-caliber team will be up to Omar,” Wilpon said, acknowledging that his team will continue to have one of the highest payrolls in baseball.

Update, 5:25 pm:

Wilpon says much of the blame for the team’s injuries are a result of relying too heavily on other team’s medical staffs when injuries occurred on the road, and did not fly players back quickly enough to be examined by their own medical team.

Minaya added that the team must create a protocol that will allow them to communicate to media and fans the status of the team’s injuries.

here’s a thought, how about having less injuries…

Update, 5:22 pm:

Minaya and Wilpon, plus Dave Howard, are in the studio.

Again, like he said this morning, Wilpon believes this seasons results are ‘basically unacceptable.’

unacceptable, one of the most misused words in business, as well as sports… if it’s ‘unacceptable,’ how come every one is back and being allowed to return to the project… apparently, it is acceptable…

Update, 5:18 pm:

According to Francesa, Wilpon and Minaya were stuck in traffic, but are now in the building and will remain in studio through the end of the show.

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New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets infielder Dominic Smith tosses a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith said he does not believe his strained right quad injury is too concerning considering how early it is in spring training.

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New York Mets' Jay Bruce runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, July 15, 2017, in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, July 15, 2017, in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets OF Jay Bruce, who has been held out of spring training games due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot, plans to serve as DH on Tuesday.

Bruce told reporters that his plantar fasciitis is minor and that he is taking batting practice and running the bases on Sunday. He was also able to participate in batting practice on Saturday.

With the Mets and Indians, Bruce hit .254/.324/.508 with 36 HR and 101 RBI in 2017. The 30-year-old signed a three-year, $39 million deal with the Mets this offseason.

The Mets hope to be fully healthy heading into Opening Day, when they play the Cardinals on March 29 at 1:10 p.m.

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Feb. 20. 2018: Michael Conforto goes back on a fly ball during workouts in PSL. Credit: Matthew Cerrone
Feb. 20. 2018: Michael Conforto goes back on a fly ball during workouts in PSL. Credit: Matthew Cerrone

Mets OF Michael Conforto says he expects to hit some soft toss this week, instead of just hitting off a tee, per The Post's Mike Puma.

Conforto has been wanting to move fast in his rehab, but the Mets have been giving him off days, so he doesn't do just that. They want to make sure that he progresses at a normal pace, instead of rushing through the process.

However, Conforto noted last week that he is "actually ahead of schedule" following his shoulder surgery. He said he was cleared by doctors at the end of January to start a swinging progression, and that his return could be earlier or later than the May 1 date that was projected by GM Sandy Alderson during the offseason.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Who is pitching today for the Mets? 

RHP Robert Gsellman will start, with Jeurys FamiliaJerry Blevins, A.J. RamosAnthony Swarzak, and Rafael Montero also scheduled to pitch.

Next up

The Mets go on the road to face the Astros on Monday at 1:05 p.m.

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Sep 3, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) slides safely to score a run as New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) waits for a throw during the third inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 3, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) slides safely to score a run as New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) waits for a throw during the third inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway would like to see Mets catchers demonstrate better pitch selection during spring training.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:44
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 10-5 loss to the Cardinals.

The Mets lose to the Cardinals, who they'll face on Opening Day, 10-5 as Kevin McGowan surrenders five runs. 

To see the full box score, click here!

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

1. Quick work for Seth Lugo, who needed only ten pitches to complete two innings, allowing one hit and a strikeout.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mike Piazza 00:01:10
Mike Piazza, serving as a guest instructor at Mets camp, discusses the positive energy around the club that Mickey Callaway has brought.

Mike Piazza has joined the Mets at Port St. Lucie hoping to impart some wisdom to the team and is impressed with what he's seeing from  Mickey Callaway. He also challenges Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki to improve and take the next step.

In the wide-ranging discussion, the affable Piazza spoke insightfully across many topics. He spoke about the Mets catchers, Callaway, the Italian soccer team he owns and more.

On Catchers

As a Hall of Fame catcher, Piazza was asked for his thoughts on the Mets current catching situation...

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Smith apologizes for tardiness 00:02:19
Mets first baseman Dominic Smith was late for a team meeting Friday and was then scratched from the team's first Grapefruit League game.

After being pulled from the lineup in the Mets spring training opening game on Friday for being late to a team meeting, Dominic Smith said he and Mickey Callaway had a private conversation came to an understanding. 

Smith, who started in the Mets second game on Saturday where he went 1-1 with 2 R, is ready to move forward.

"We had a private conversation and we both came to a clear understanding," Smith said. "Like I said, stuff like that can't happen. But it was yesterday, it's in the past and today's a new day."

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Mar 4, 2017; Lagares (12) chooses a bat in the dugout during spring training. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY
Mar 4, 2017; Lagares (12) chooses a bat in the dugout during spring training. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY

For the second consecutive day, Juan Lagares isn't in the Mets' lineup. Lagares' absence is due to a tight leg but is hopeful to return to the lineup next week, according to Tim Britton of The Athletic.

Without Lagares, Brandon Nimmo is again on the lineup card, leading off and playing centerfield as the Mets take on the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday.

Lagares will have to wait to show off his new hitting adjustments after going to Craig Wallenbrock during the off-season. Wallenbrock has worked with other players such as Chris Taylor of the Dodgers and JD Martinez, both of whom saw improvements in their swing. 

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 (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)
(Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets continue their Grapefruit League schedule against the Cardinals at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m.

Who is pitching today for the Mets? 

RHP Seth Lugo will start, with Kevin McGowanMarcos Molina, P.J. ConlonCorey Taylor, and Gerson Bautista also scheduled to pitch.

Next up

The Mets host the Marlins on Sunday at 1:10 p.m., on SNY.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:37
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-2 win over the Braves.

On the strength of a six-run eighth inning that featured a game-tying double by Zach Borenstein and three bases loaded walks, the Mets beat the Braves, 6-2, in their Grapefruit League opener on Friday afternoon at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie.

To see the full box score, click here!

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

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GEICO SportsNite: Matz, Callaway 00:02:00
Despite an injury-plagued 2017 season, Mets pitcher Steven Matz is finally healthy and ready to contribute to the team's success this year.

Mets LHP Steven Matz, who is scheduled to start Monday's game against the Astros, pitched through pain last season before undergoing elbow surgery in August that ended his season. And he's ready for a fresh start.

"I'm expecting to be back where I want to be as soon as I get in a game versus hitters," Matz said on Thursday. "I'm a feel guy, so I'm not the type of guy that can really ease into things. I'm gonna have to try to treat it like a game and kind of get that game speed going again so I can feel all my pitches and feel comfortable out on the mound."

And Matz has changed his delivery at the suggestion of new pitching coach Dave Eiland, with the hope that the adjustment will prevent further injury. Eiland has told Matz to be cleaner with his left arm during delivery, according to David Lennon of Newsday.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets open their Grapefruit League schedule against the Braves at First Data Field at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Who is pitching today for the Mets? 

RHP Zack Wheeler gets the start, with Hansel RoblesChris FlexenPaul SewaldCorey OswaltJacob RhameTyler BashlorJamie Callahan, and Drew Smith also scheduled to pitch.

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Spring training is here, and Mets fans are gearing up for 2018 at Citi Field! While this season will certainly bring some changes (new faces and a new manager, to start) we know one thing that will stay the same - the Mets pride we see from fans season after season. We can't wait to see Mets fans repping the latest orange and blue gear in the stands at Citi Field - and for the second year in a row, Citi and the Mets are hosting a fan vote to pick the new exclusive Citi Perk Patrol t-shirt designed by The 7 Line.

The Mets, Citi and The 7 Line are inviting fans to vote for their favorite design starting today through March 4th. Fans can check out and vote on the designs on the Mets Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. The winning t-shirt will be announced on March 22, and by Opening Day at Citi Field on March 29, the shirts will be loaded into Citi Perk Patrol cannons and ready to be launched into the hands of lucky Mets fans all season long at Citi Field.

To get in on the action, visits the Mets Facebook, Instagram  or Twitter page and place your vote!

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Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 24, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds second base after hitting a home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Brandon Nimmo saw success for the first time in his young career in 2017, despite an unusual profile and an inconsistent role on the team. The team's outfield alignment may not have an opening for him on a regular basis but can one plus-plus tool force their hand?

Nimmo arrived in the majors with the expectation that he would get on base and he has done exactly that. Over 215 plate appearances in 2017, he put up a .379 on base percentage, which would have ranked him in the top 20 of all hitters in baseball if he qualified. A high strikeout rate held him back from a high batting average, but his 15 percent walk rate was elite and anyone getting on base that often has significant value, regardless of his other qualities.

When a young player puts up an exceptional statistic like a 15 percent walk rate, it makes it difficult to project future seasons with accuracy. ZiPS, Steamer, and PECOTA all expect a big drop off, based on the assumption that his walk rate will fall back to earth and his power will regress...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Blevins on Callaway's style 00:03:58
Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins joins Gary Apple to discuss how Spring Training has been different thus far under Mickey Callaway.

Mets LH reliever Jerry Blevins discussed what the dynamic will be like with former pitching coach Mickey Callaway as manager.

"We'll feel that out," Blevins said Wednesday night on Mets Hot Stove on SNY. "Your pitching coach is always your guy you go to. You kind of don't want to go over anyone's head. But Mickey is so approachable and he's such an easy guy to talk to -- I'm sure a casual conversation, we'll be able to talk about pitching. But for the most part, I talk to Ricky (Bones) in the bullpen, and then Dave is the top guy. And if we need to go anywhere else, we will."

Blevins, who reiterated his belief that the team's closer by committee philosophy will work, said that he wouldn't have to change his routine. However, he noted that AJ Ramos is adjusting his routine since it used to revolve around being ready for the ninth inning.

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Todd Frazier poses at Citi Field following his official introduction by the Mets. (AP)
Todd Frazier poses at Citi Field following his official introduction by the Mets. (AP)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterIt's impossible for anyone to write a piece about Mets veterans and leadership without acknowledging David Wright. He's been the face of the franchise. He's been the guy in the clubhouse mentoring young players, both in on the field and off the field actions. He has been the guy who is great with the New York media. He has been our Captain.

But unfortunately, Wright isn't able to be the Wright we all want him to be right now. His presence is still extremely important. But his future is unknown -- he even admits this. And with the potential of Wright not being there (and having not physically been there these past couple of seasons) this is a huge void that needs to be filled.

It's been great seeing Wright in Port St. Lucie so far, training (as much as he can) with his team, and just being there with his teammates. But at the same time, it's been a bit bittersweet, as none of us know what to expect from him...

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands near a batting cage during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands near a batting cage during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced the starting lineup for tomorrow's Grapefruit League opener against the Braves, which will air on SNY at 1:10 p.m.

The lineup is as follows:

1. Brandon Nimmo, CF

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom and his wife, Stacey, welcomed a baby girl -- Aniston Grace -- Wednesday morning.

DeGrom left Spring Training Tuesday to be with Stacey, who had been scheduled to give birth.

He plans to return to the team on Saturday, according to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Jacob and Stacey welcomed their first child -- a boy named Jaxon -- in April of 2016.

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Feb. 20. 2018: Michael Conforto goes back on a fly ball during workouts in PSL. Credit: Matthew Cerrone
Feb. 20. 2018: Michael Conforto goes back on a fly ball during workouts in PSL. Credit: Matthew Cerrone

Tune in to Mets Hot Stove tonight at 6 p.m., where Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Adrian Gonzalez, and AJ Ramos will be the guests.

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Vargas on why he joined the Mets 00:04:43
Pitcher Jason Vargas joins Gary Apple to discuss his mindset during the slow offseason and what led to his decision to join the Mets.

LHP Jason Vargas, who agreed last week to a two-year deal worth $16 million, cited the rest of the starting rotation as one of the reasons he signed with the Mets, and said pitching after Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard could have its benefits.

"I knew that they battled a few injuries last year," Vargas said Wednesday night on Mets Hot Stove on SNY. "But you take that chance and you bank on people being healthy when you look at those decisions."

"I sure hope guys are getting speeded up and then I get to slow them down," he added about slotting in behind Syndergaard and deGrom. "We're way different."

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Feb, 2018: Asdrubal Cabrera waits to take BP at FirstData Field. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY
Feb, 2018: Asdrubal Cabrera waits to take BP at FirstData Field. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY

Mes 1B prospect Peter Alonso is going to make a lot of noise this summer... 

I assume he'll begin his 2018 season in Double-A Binghamton, but he'll be with Triple-A Las Vegas sooner than later. And when he gets there, with his size and strength, and being already 23, he's going to hit a ton of home runs and rattle Dominic Smith's cage a bit...

Alonso hit a ball that sounded like he jumped on a case of empty tin cans as the ball sailed over the outfield fence. The sound caught Callaway's ear, he looked up and ducked, even though the ball was easily 100 feet over his head and cruising for distance...

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Syndergaard on his offseason 00:03:47
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard joins Gary Apple to discuss his offseason preparation after his injury-shortened season in 2017.

Noah Syndergaard is impressed by the passion of new pitching coach Dave Eiland, specifically how he emphasizes owning the inside part of the plate.

"One of my attributes I use in pitching is being able to establish the inside part of the plate," Syndergaard said Tuesday night on Mets Hot Stove on SNY. "That's something he advocates quite a bit. Just listening to him talk about throwing inside kind of just fires him up, which fires me up on the inside as well."

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Feb. 20. 2018: Michael Conforto goes back on a fly ball during workouts in PSL. Credit: Matthew Cerrone
Feb. 20. 2018: Michael Conforto goes back on a fly ball during workouts in PSL. Credit: Matthew Cerrone

Juan Lagares looks older and heavier, yet stronger and somehow quicker that I remember him being during previous spring trainings. The same can be said for Yoenis Cespedes, who at first glance doesn't appear in great shape, but is without question moving better and significantly more agile.

This was on display today during a drill run on the main field by Ruben Amaro Jr., whom the Mets hired over the winter to work with the team's outfielders and coach first base.

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Sights and Sounds: Syndergaard 00:01:01
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Wednesday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Wednesday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

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Feb. 15, 2018; Parkland, FL, USA; People mourn together during a candlelight vigil at Pine Trails Park after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday that took 17 lives. Mandatory Credit: Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News via USA TODAY NETWORK (Dorothy Edwards)
Feb. 15, 2018; Parkland, FL, USA; People mourn together during a candlelight vigil at Pine Trails Park after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday that took 17 lives. Mandatory Credit: Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News via USA TODAY NETWORK (Dorothy Edwards)

The Mets will wear the caps of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school baseball team during their Grapefruit League opener on Friday at First Data Field, the team announced.

Players and coaches will then sign the caps to be auctioned in support of those affected by the mass shooting at the school in Parkland, Florida last week that left 17 people (14 students and three faculty members) dead.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Tuesday that all teams would wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas caps prior to their Spring Training openers, and that teams would also have the option to wear the caps in-game.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (right) throws over to second base as Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (left) reacts during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (right) throws over to second base as Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera (left) reacts during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone and David Lennon of Newsday wrap up the day on Spring Training Live.


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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (right) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway announced the starting pitchers and relievers for the first three Grapefruit League games.

Zack Wheeler will start on Friday against the Braves at 1:10 p.m. on SNY, with Hansel Robles, Chris Flexen, Paul SewaldCorey Oswalt, Jacob Rhame, Tyler Bashlor, Jamie Callahan, and Drew Smith also scheduled to pitch.

Seth Lugo will start on Saturday against the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. on WPIX, with Kevin McGowan, Marcos Molina, P.J. Conlon, Corey Taylor, and Gerson Bautista also scheduled to pitch.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Paul Sewald, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Feb., 2018: Mickey Callaway glares back at a bullpen session at FirstData Field (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)
Feb., 2018: Mickey Callaway glares back at a bullpen session at FirstData Field (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)

After announcing the pitching schedule for the first three Grapefruit League games, Mets manager Mickey Callaway discussed the shape Dominic Smith is in, why Juan Lagares will lead off a lot during Spring Training games, and more while speaking on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.

"Lagares is going through some swing changes, so you might see him leading off a lot in Spring Training," Callaway said. "Just to make sure he gets as many at-bats as possible."

\Watch Callaway's full talk with reporters below

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Is Wheeler a starting pitcher? 00:03:38
Mets manager Mickey Callaway believes that Zack Wheeler is a starting pitcher, and the panel debates whether they agree with the skipper.

In the wake of a NY Daily News report that the Mets planned to open the season with RHP Zack Wheeler in the bullpen, manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday that Wheeler is "definitely a starting pitcher."

"For us to be the best possible team we can be, we have to have him be a starter," Callaway added. "And he's gonna go out there and do everything he can to win this competition that we have going on."

Wheeler will start the Mets' Grapefruit League opener on Friday.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Wheeler has spent the better part of three years working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so his frustration last week was somewhat understandable -- even though the optics were bad. And regardless of what Callaway said on Wednesday, Wheeler is simply the most logical choice to move to the bullpen...

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands near a batting cage during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands near a batting cage during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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Feb. 19. 2018: Adrian Gonzalez takes a breather during infield drills. Credit: Matthew Cerrone
Feb. 19. 2018: Adrian Gonzalez takes a breather during infield drills. Credit: Matthew Cerrone

Adrian Gonzalez is the boss of the infield -- there is no getting around it. Dominic Smith has been nowhere to be found on field around first base this week during infield drills.

Instead, Monday it was just Gonzalez and Tuesday it was Gonzalez and Wilmer Flores.

Smith handled first base, but both days it was with the minor league players invited to camp...

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Alderson on free-agent market 00:04:33
General manager Sandy Alderson joins the show to discuss the approach to the offseason and how the slow free-agent market helped the Mets.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson told SNY on Tuesday that he's "very happy" with the way the team's offseason turned out.

"I think that we benefited from the slow market," Alderson said. "It allowed us to make a deal, absorb it, think about it, move on to the next thing. And it gave us plenty of time to get through six or seven acquisitions."

The Mets signed RH reliever Anthony Swarzak, OF Jay Bruce, 1B Adrian Gonzalez, 3B Todd Frazier, and LHP Jason Vargas, and re-signed INF Jose Reyes.

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Feb. 19. 2018: David Wright & Tim Teufel during stretching at FirstData Field. Credit: Matthew Cerrone
Feb. 19. 2018: David Wright & Tim Teufel during stretching at FirstData Field. Credit: Matthew Cerrone

It was nice to see David Wright on field stretching with his teammates Tuesday, but he's clearly pushing himself just to be out there.

He did some stretches, but avoided others. In one instance, it looked like he needed to create leverage on a teammates shoulder to push himself up after doing squats. This is all to be expected, but an indicator of where he's at in his rehab.

That said, right now, he's a pair of sunglasses and a one fungo bat away from looking more like a coach than a player...

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Billy Bean joins BNNY 00:06:13
VP and Special Assistant to the Commissioner Billy Bean joins Baseball Night in New York to discuss some hot topics in the Major Leagues.

Former MLB player Billy Bean, who now works as the league's Ambassador for Inclusion, joined BNNY on Wednesday night to talk about his role and experiences.

Bean, who is the only openly gay major league baseball player (current or former), also discussed his relationship with former-Met Daniel Murphy, who said a few years ago that he disagreed with Bean's lifestyle -- shortly after Mets GM Sandy Alderson had invited Bean to Mets camp.

"We all know conflict is more interesting than harmony and acceptance, and I think the person that asked Daniel that question knew the type of person he is -- the type of family man, what his value system is," Bean said about Murphy's comments at the time, adding that he and Murphy have maintained a dialogue.

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New York Mets pinch hitter Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a three run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pinch hitter Dominic Smith (22) is congratulated by left fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a three run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the seventh inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets 1B Dominic Smith is confident that his new, slimmed-down frame could help him hit more home runs this season.

"I know I have more power than I had last year," Smith said, per the New York Post. "I worked on my swing, too, so I actually improved my mechanics and that is going to help me elevate the ball easier."

Smith lost roughly 30 pounds during the off-season following his first stint in the major leagues. The 22-year-old hit just .198 but had nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 49 big-league games last season.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Family is everything, and for Mets 3B Todd Frazier, baseball what his family is all about. 

Todd's father, Charlie, was present to watch his son practice with the Mets on Tuesday as he was staying at his vacation home. The home is shared with two other families that grew up playing Little League ball with Todd, which is why it is fitting he now plays for the Mets. 

Signing a two-year deal to stay around his Toms River, NJ hometown, and conveniently having a vacation home just minutes from the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie makes this new journey for Todd feel right. 

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New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, left, talks with pitching coach Dave Eiland during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, left, talks with pitching coach Dave Eiland during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets pitching coach Dave Eiland is concerned that new rules regarding mound visit limitations could impact the way players determine signs on the field.

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Familia talks 2018 Mets bullpen 00:05:53
New York Mets reliever Jeurys Familia talks to SNY's Steve Gelbs about the 2018 season, and manager Mickey Callaway's plans for the bullpen.

Mets reliever Jeurys Familia talked to SNY's Steve Gelbs about the upcoming 2018 season.

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May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Tune in to Mets Hot Stove tonight at 6:30 on SNY, where GM Sandy Alderson, RHP Noah Syndergaard, 1B Dominic Smith, and catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki will be among the guests.

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Courtesy: Oregon Live: The Oregon Ducks take on the Stanford Cardinal at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on April 21, 2017 (Eric Evans Photography)
Courtesy: Oregon Live: The Oregon Ducks take on the Stanford Cardinal at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on April 21, 2017 (Eric Evans Photography)

SS Andres Gimenez and LHP David Peterson are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on MLB.com's Top 30 Mets Prospects list.

They are followed by RHP Justin Dunn, 1B Peter Alonso, LHP Thomas Szapucki, SS Mark Vientos, OF Desmond Lindsay, RHP Marcos Molina, RHP Chris Flexen, and INF Luis Guillorme.

"Longer-term, the Mets do have some possible impact talent coming, largely via the international market," writes MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. "Top prospect Andres Gimenez is a future Top 100 candidate as he matures, even if he has to slide over to second in deference to (Amed) Rosario."

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Sights and Sounds: Tuesday 00:01:00
SNY.tv delivers the sights and sounds of Tuesday's Mets workout in Port St. Lucie, with up close looks at Wheeler, Ramos, Reyes and more.

SNY.tv delivers the sights and sounds of Tuesday's Mets workout in Port St. Lucie, with up close looks at Zack Wheeler, AJ Ramos, Jose Reyes and more.

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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 minor league LHP P.J. Conlon, who is transitioning to the bullpen full-time, could be an option as a second left-hander to complement Jerry Blevins.

Conlon, 24, had a 3.38 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 108 strikeouts in 136 innings (22 starts, six relief appearances) for Double-A Binghamton last season. That included a 2.53 ERA and 1.05 WHIP with 36 strikeouts in 42.2 innings against lefties, who he has been working on refining his changeup against.

"It's kind of been my pitch for the last two seasons," Conlon recently told the AP. "When I started to come out of the `pen last year, I made it a goal of mine to start throwing it against lefties more."

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Feb. 19, 2018: Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson watch and talk at Mets camp (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY)
Feb. 19, 2018: Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson watch and talk at Mets camp (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY)

Terry Collins spent part of Tuesday afternoon perched up high with Sandy Alderson and John Ricco in the organization's viewing tower, which is located in the middle of the complex's training fields.

First off, Collins looks fantastic. He looked 80 after the last game of last season. He's 68, but now looks at most like he's 60. It's interesting what a peaceful winter home with family not worrying about the roster and lineup will do for a man...

Obviously, he isn't and shouldn't be down on field. This is Mickey Callaway's first camp and no new manager needs his immediate predecessor kibitzing with players from the previous season. Collins is a stand-up, old-school guy and I'm sure he knows he should be exactly where he was today, which is up high, watching over, available for input when needed...

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Mets Hot Stove: A.J. Ramos 00:01:49
A.J. Ramos prepares for his career after baseball as he takes the opportunity to try his hand at being a member of the media for a day.

AJ Ramos puts on an SNY shirt to crash a Michael Conforto presser, and asks some interesting questions.

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GEICO SportsNite: Conforto 00:01:58
Mets outfielder Michael Conforto updates the media on how his rehab has been progressing so far this year.

Mets OF Michael Conforto recently began hitting off a tee and said he's "actually ahead of schedule" as he returns from shoulder surgery.

Conforto said he was cleared by doctors at the end of January to start a swinging progression, and that his return could be earlier or later than the May 1 date that was projected by GM Sandy Alderson during the offseason.

"Timetable is fluid," Conforto said on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. "As of right now, I'm swinging, I'm hitting off the tee. So that's good. I've been waiting forever to be able to do that, and it feels great. Really makes you understand how much you love it."

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands near a batting cage during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway stands near a batting cage during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway discussed Michael Conforto's recovery, the schedule for the starting pitchers, and more while speaking with reporters on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie.

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have 12/1 odds to win the National League pennant, according to Bovada Sportsbook in Las Vegas.

The Dodgers have the best odds, at 9/4, followed by the Nationals (7/2), Cubs (15/4), Cardinals (9/1), Giants (10/1), and Diamondbacks -- who have the same 12/1 odds as the Mets.

As far as the rest of the Mets' NL East competitors, the Phillies have 50/1 odds, the Braves are at 75/1, and the Marlins are at 250/1 -- the worst odds in baseball.

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