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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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...

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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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 (Matthew Cerrone)
(Matthew Cerrone)

Mets 3B David Wright took grounders at third base and threw the baseball on Tuesday, two days after throwing for the first time since having season-ending neck surgery last June.

On Sunday, Wright made 30 throws from 60-70 feel on a back field at Tradition Field.

Based on the rehab plan put in place by his physical therapy team, Wright will throw every other day and increase the distance each time.

Wright said he believes he'll be ready for Opening Day...

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 (Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)
(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.

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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.

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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.

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.
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In the 10 years I've been coming to Tradition Field, I don't recall seeing so much smiling and laughing going on between the team's star players and the coaching staff.

It's nice to see. It's one of those things that - if the Mets go on to have a poor season and miss the playoffs - people will look back on and blame, saying they were too loose and not taking things seriously enough. Of course, if they steamroll the NL East and get back to the World Series, we'll look back and believe their success started in St. Lucie...

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Photo: Chris McShane
Photo: Chris McShane

Mets prospect Amed Rosario is thankful to have Jose Reyes guiding him as a mentor, the shortstop told reporters through an interpretar on Monday.

"Well I'm so thankful to God first, and then I'm so thankful that I have people like Jose," Rosario said from Tradition Field. "Jose doesn't just give me advice on the field. He really tells me how to carry myself as a person off the field. To always make the right choices, do the right thing. So that's a really great thing to have."

Rosario and Reyes spent time together in Binghamton last year as Reyes was making his way towards the majors. While Reyes appeared in only nine games for the Mets' Double-A affiliate, Rosario played in 54, hitting an impressive .341 with two home runs, 31 RBIs, and 14 doubles.

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Walker (20) watches Yoenis Cespedes in the batting cage at Tradition Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Walker (20) watches Yoenis Cespedes in the batting cage at Tradition Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Latest Update (Feb. 20)

1:25PM: The feeling from the Mets side is the Neil Walker contract extension discussions are probably dead, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

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Jose Reyes, David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes take batting practice at Tradition Field in 2017 (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Jose Reyes, David Wright, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes take batting practice at Tradition Field in 2017 (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

In his talk with the team before stretching on Sunday, Terry Collins essentially told the team that last year was an anomaly because of the injuries. He said he's proud of how they fought through adversity, but this year will be different...

In short, because I was down wind and roughly 40 feet away from where he was standing, I heard him say they will be healthy and strong and continue what they started in 2015.


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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 19 00:02:12
MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone and SNY Mets analyst Nelson Figueroa discuss the day's events at camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The Mets and Neil Walker are close to agreeing to a contract extension that could pay him roughly $40 million over three years >> Read more

David Wright threw a baseball on Sunday for the first time since having season-ending neck surgery last June >> Read more

Zack Wheeler, who dealt with elbow tenderness last week, returned to the mound on Sunday >> Read more

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Finally on Sunday, during the team's first official full-team workout of Spring Training, David Wright and Jose Reyes were in the same place at the same time. Of course, it took a while before they stood close enough to one another to exchange words and be photographed together...

Actually, at one point, Reyes literally jobbed to a different field as Wright emerged.

"Uh oh, David's here, I need to go," he said laughing...

Reyes returned, photographers and reporters gathered, but they continued to stand apart...

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Sandy Alderson: Mets are all in 00:01:28
New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson says that the team is "all in" to win a World Series in 2017, and is willing to add payroll to do so.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Sunday and credited ownership for the current payroll being as high as it is now and said the team can raise the payroll, if necessary, despite still having OF Jay Bruce on the roster.

There are currently no ongoing trade discussions at the moment, Alderson said, and that the team is preparing to enter the season with current players and make adjustments from there. He said the best possibilty is to have six outfielders hitting .400 in Spring Training

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Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Collins said in his speech to the team before Sunday's first official full-team workout of the season he told the players that they better have "swagger" and need to act like they will win in 2017, adding that he is confident the Mets will be playing in October.

Collins told reporters that players are entering camp knowing what they were still able to accomplish last year by rising up when many of the starting pitchers suffered injuries.

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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 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, reports Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News.

Prior to Sunday, Wheeler most recently threw for about 10 minutes on Thursday, but only played catch.

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

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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper reacts after a called third strike in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the 2016 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper reacts after a called third strike in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game four of the 2016 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)

In January, Nationals OF Bryce Harper posted a video of himself and his brother, Bryan, singing in excitement for Ohio State's College Football Playoff game against Clemson.

Barstool Sports shared it on their Instagram account, where Syndergaard responded in the comment section, calling Harper a "douche."

When Harper was asked about comment over the weekend at Nationals camp, the outfielder didn't exactly laugh off the incident. 

"I don't know, Syndergaard does what he does and the Mets do what they do," Harper told reporters, according to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. "So we are going to worry about what we do in our clubhouse and do everything we can do win ballgames and hopefully have a better record than any team in Major League Baseball." 

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Less than a year and a half ago, MLB.com considered then 19-year-old Mets RHP Marcos Molina to be the organization's top pitching prospect. He then had Tommy John surgery, missed an entire season and dropped to fourth on MLB.com's 2016 list last summer.

Molina, now 21, tossed a bullpen session Saturday a few feet away from Dan Warthen, Terry Collins, Sandy Alderson and his staff...

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Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of the catchers gear of New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (not pictured) on the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 17, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of the catchers gear of New York Mets catcher Rene Rivera (not pictured) on the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Yoenis Cespedes told reporters that the Mets have a "great chance" to win the World Series in 2017 if the team stays healthy. He also said he feels calmer knowing that he landed a four-year contract extension with the Mets. Read more here

Metsblog's Matthew Cerrone captured photos of Matt HarveyNoah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, and Terry Collins signing autographs at the end of Saturday's practice. Harvey seemed to draw a larger crowd than Syndergaard, but all of them drew fans. See pictures and read more here

 

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Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Terry Collins spent a good chunk of time at the end of today's practice signing autographs for Mets fans...

It was quite a frenzy, especially considering Harvey and Syndergaard were signing at the same time. And, I have to say, though people were going pretty crazy to get to Syndergaard, I actually think Harvey created a bigger buzz...

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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke to reporters Saturday in Port St. Lucie. Here is what we learned... 

  • Yoenis Cespedes is "driven" and "determined" to perform up to expectations this season. 
  • Cespedes is also relaxed and in great shape this year. 
  • David Wright is on schedule to throw either on Sunday or Monday, though he is not at camp Saturday. 
  • While he is not at camp Saturday and won't be there Sunday, Jeurys Familia is expected to return Monday
  • The team has not had this much depth since Collins has been manager of the team. 
  • Collins is excited and has nervous energy for Sunday's first official full team practice. 

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Mar 30, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a double in the first inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 30, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a double in the first inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Yoenis Cespedes told reporters on Saturday that he is more comfortable heading into this season because of his contract extension and that he believes the Mets have "a great chance" to win the World Series as long as the team stays healthy.

"Having [the extension] really gives me a sense of calm knowing that I am no longer year to year and that my home is here with the Mets for the next four years," he said, adding that it gives him tranquility and he can prepare and focus better. 

 

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I love watching the pitchers throw their bullpen sessions on the 10-pack on the back side of Tradition Field's training complex. There are a lot of people hanging around, from media, to coaches, to front office executives, multiple pitchers throwing at one time, multiple catchers, teammates tracking pitches and side conversations about mechanics and pitch section...

In the case of right-handed, side-arm reliever Ben Rowen, who signed a free-agent, minor-league contract, it was an opportunity for Dan Warthen to talk with him about his repertoire and how he approaches right-handed batters compared to left-handed batters...

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Feb 14, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) fields ground balls during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) fields ground balls during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia left Tradition Field before Friday's workout and returned on Saturday morning, only to leave again, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.

Familia was originally expected to return on Saturday, but he will miss workouts for a second consecutive day due to MLB's investigation into his domestic violence arrest, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post

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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 17 00:02:24
SNY's Steve Gelbs and John Harper of the NY Daily News cover Mets camp, including close looks at Travis d'Arnaud and Jose Reyes.

David Wright is tentatively scheduled to play catch on Sunday for the first time since having season-ending neck surgery last June, manager Terry Collins said >> Read more!

Jeurys Familia left camp on Friday to deal with a personal matter and is expected back Saturday.

Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario and 1B prospect Dominic Smith took batting practice together >> See pictures and read more here!

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone followed Jose Reyes, who looks like he never left the Mets for Miami >> See pictures and read more here!

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Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning: USA TODAY Tommy Gilligan
Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning: USA TODAY Tommy Gilligan

Former major league pitcher and pitching coach Tom House believes that Noah Syndergaard could suffer an arm injury as soon as this summer, he told Bob Klapisch of The Record

House, who pitched seven years in the major leagues, said Syndergaard's adding of 17 pounds of muscle only hurts his development. 

"Unfortunately, this is an injury waiting to happen by the second week of June," House told Klapisch. "Unless you're picking up a ball while you're getting stronger, you're just adding muscle that doesn't know how to throw. It's unskilled muscle."

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. (Steve Mitchell)

Bartolo Colon, who signed a one year deal worth $12.5 million with the Braves this offseason, initially thought he was going to return to the Mets for 2017.

"I had the idea that I was probably going to stay with the Mets at the end of the season," Colon told the NY Post through an interpreter. "My family is up there, but it's a business, and I had to do what was right for me and my family. This was a business decision.''

"The Mets did a lot for me,'' Colon added. "It's just one of those things.''

Colon, who turns 44 years old in May, had a 3.43 ERA (3.99 FIP) and 1.21 WHIP in 191 2/3 innings (33 starts, one relief apperance) last season for the Mets...

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Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith (74) watches top SS prospect Amed Rosario (61) during big-league batting practice at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith (74) watches top SS prospect Amed Rosario (61) during big-league batting practice at Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario and 1B prospect Dominic Smith took batting practice together during Friday's big-league workout at Tradition Field in St. Lucie.

It was pretty cool seeing them in the same place, crushing baseballs together and talking hitting with the big-league team's assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler.

It's also worth noting they spent time intensely working on their high-five routine...

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Mets infielder Jose Reyes looks off field during batting practice in Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Mets infielder Jose Reyes looks off field during batting practice in Tradition Field (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

It feels like Jose Reyes never left. He looks at home here in St. Lucie.

And, despite a successful team having been built after he left for Miami, he carries himself and interacts with his current teammates as if he had been here the entire time.

In the old days, I marveled at watching Reyes field ground balls and throw to first base. It's such a routine, simple act, but he was so much more smooth -- yet also explosive -- in his movements it made the players around him look they were playing a different game...

Tags: Jose Reyes, Matthew Cerrone
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Terry Collins (10) in the dugout before the start of a game. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports
Terry Collins (10) in the dugout before the start of a game. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports

 

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

Tags: David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Yesterday was my first day in Mets camp, and -- despite this being my 10th season covering spring training -- I had a really difficult time getting my bearings on field. At first, I thought it was me. But, I quickly realized the Mets are doing things slightly different than they have in the past.

Interestingly, they are adjustments every team probably should have implemented years ago -- especially in a world where every person is holding a camera capable of live streaming information to thousands of people.

For instance, the day's workout schedule is no longer posted in public. And, whereas media had long been able to walk up and down the dirt surrounding the grass (from left field to right field to behind the backstop), we are now only allowed to be in a designated 15-20 foot area marked by yellow lines in front of the dugouts...

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 (Derik Hamilton)
(Derik Hamilton)

Mets INF Jose Reyes has been told he'll take some fly balls in center field during Spring Training in addition to getting work at third base, shortstop, and second base.

"I don't see any problem," Reyes said about transitioning to the outfield at this stage of his career. "I feel like I'm a good athlete," he concluded.

Reyes added that he's excited to potentially play next to David Wright this season.

"I can't wait for that to happen," he said. "He's my big brother, we've got a lot of love for eachother."

Tags: David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 16 00:03:51
MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone and Ted Berg of USA Today discuss the day's events at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Mets RHP Zack Wheeler played catch Thursday, "felt good," and is aiming to throw off a mound on Saturday or Sunday, Mets manager Terry Collins said >> Read more.

Collins announced that Noah Syndergaard will start Opening Day, April 3, against the Braves at Citi Field, which the pitcher said was a huge honor >> Read more.

"I'm here until I'm not," Jay Bruce told reporters with a dry tone when asked about rumors of Sandy Alderson attempting to trade him before Spring Training >> Read more.

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)

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

  • RHP Zack Wheeler, who has been dealing with elbow tenderness, felt good Thursday after playing catch and will hopefully throw from the mound on Friday.
  • RHP Noah Syndergaard will start on Opening Day, which is April 3 against the Braves at Citi Field.
  • Collins does not yet have the starting rotation mapped out for the entire first week of the regular season.

 

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Aug 16, 2016; Syndergaard against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 16, 2016; Syndergaard against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Collins has named Noah Syndergaard the Mets' Opening Day starter.

According to Collins, Syndergaard earned the honor with the way he pitched last season.

Syndergaard said it's a "huge honor" and that he's thrilled about how much confidence Collins has in him.

The Mets begin their 2017 season on April 3 at Citi Field against the Braves...

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Mets OF Jay Bruce speaks to the media in St. Lucie for the first time in 2017 (Photo: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Mets OF Jay Bruce speaks to the media in St. Lucie for the first time in 2017 (Photo: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

Mets OF Jay Bruce walked in to the team's media room, sat down at the microphone, answered every question, said all the right things, smiled once or twice, got up and walked back in to the clubhouse. The end...

He was professional and courteous, complimented the roster and hyped the team's potential. But, he also spoke like someone dragged to a party he was not invited to attend.

"I'm here until I'm not," he said with a dry tone when asked about rumors of Sandy Alderson attempting to trade him before Spring Training.

It's a perfect response, because it's true for all of us. But the context of Bruce's short seven months in New York, it has a different meaning. It reads and sounded like someone biding his time...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets RHPs Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard threw side-by-side bullpen sessions on Thursday in Port St. Lucie.

Click below to watch

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 (Brad Penner (USA Today))
(Brad Penner (USA Today))

Mets OF Jay Bruce had a "pretty easy time" with the trade rumors during the offseason, he said Thursday in Port St. Lucie.

"I'm here until I'm not," Bruce explained, adding that he's been going through trade rumors for two years and didn't concern himself with them.

The Mets picked up Bruce's option after the season, but efforts to trade him failed. He was then told last month that the plan was for him to be the team's everyday right fielder.

Regarding the possibility of getting time at first base, Bruce said he hasn't been told anything yet but that if the Mets want him to, he'll "bust his ass" to make sure he does what he can at first base...

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Mets video recap: Feb. 15 00:02:43
SNY's Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com discuss the day at Mets camp, including news about Jeurys Familia and Neil Walker.

SNY's Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com discuss the day at Mets camp, including news about Jeurys Familia and Neil Walker.

Earlier today, Steve and Anthony answered fan questions on Facebook during Spring Training Live, which you can watch here.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker
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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. Here's what we learned...

  • If closer Jeurys Familia is suspended for the beginning of the season, the Mets will "have to go outside the box" at times -- including potentially using LHP Jerry Blevins -- when it comes to closing games.
  • OF Michael Conforto is "too good a player" to continue to struggle.
  • If everyone is healthy, there will likely be two spots open in the bullpen, and the team could "very easily" take three left-handers...
Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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 (Andrew Fielding-US PRESSWIRE)
(Andrew Fielding-US PRESSWIRE)

The Mets will play an exhibition game against the Army baseball team at West Point on March 31, it was announced Wednesday.

It will be the ninth time the Mets have played at West Point, with the last meeting coming in 1984.

The game will be the Mets' final one before Opening Day at Citi Field on April 3 against the Braves.

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Sep 27, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Erik Goeddel throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park. The Mets won 8-1. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sport (David Kohl)
Sep 27, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Erik Goeddel throws against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park. The Mets won 8-1. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sport (David Kohl)

Mets reliever Erik Goeddel had off-season surgery to remove a bone spur in his pitching elbow, he told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo on Tuesday in St. Lucie.

According to Goeddel, the bone spur caused him periodic pain throughout last season.

In 36 appearances (35 2/3 innings) for the Mets last season, Goeddel, 28, was 2-2 with a 4.54 ERA (4.21 FIP) and 1.31 WHIP while striking out 36 batters.

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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 14 00:02:22
SNY's Steve Gelbs and Dave Lennon of Newsday discuss the day's events at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

Terry Collins talked to reporters and said Travis d'Arnaud has a lot of work to do, and it's business as usual for Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed >> Listen and Read more!

Familia reported to Tradition Field after briefly being delayed at his home in the Dominican Republic due to a visa issue >> Read and See More!

David Wright is hitting and fielding, but he won't start throwing until later this week >> Read more!

Jay Bruce will get some work at first base this spring >> Read more!

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Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

1) Travis d'Arnaud has a lot on shoulders as he works to improve his health, swing and throwing from behind the plate. "But, he's up for it," he knows he had a bad year in 2016 and he believes he can be better than that...

2) Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed have been told to approach spring training the same way they did last year, with Familia slotted as the closer and Reed as the team's set-up man, despite reports that Familia could be suspended to start the season...

3) David Wright is expected to start throwing a baseball later this week. There will be some activities this spring that Wright takes part in and some that he will not >> Read more.

4) Jay Bruce will get some time practicing at first base, mostly as a hedge against the potential of losing Lucas Duda's power to an injury during the season >> Read more

Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Travis d'Arnaud, Willie Reed
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 (Brad Penner (USA Today))
(Brad Penner (USA Today))

Mets OF Jay Bruce will get at least "some" time fielding ground balls at first base, Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

According to Collins, because Lucas Duda is coming off an injury-shortened season, he'd like to see Bruce get exposure to first base, in the event Duda ends up injured again.

That said, Collins noted, "We're not pushing it on him."

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Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)
Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)

Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler will compete in Spring Training to determine who will be the team's fifth starting pitcher, Terry Collins told reporters Monday.

Gsellman and Lugo were a combined 8-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 15 starts last season filling in for Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz.

Wheeler hasn't pitched in the majors since having Tommy John surgery in 2014.

"We aren't sure how many innings he's going to be able to pitch," Collins said of Wheeler, who was 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in 2014. "So, do you burn those innings early, or do you burn those innings late? And that is certainly a discussion we will have as we go through Spring Training."

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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