This is the final position look at the Mets system and likely the last substantive post before we get started on my annual Top 41 prospects in the system.

The sheer number of right-handed pitchers in a system means that ordering this group helps give structure to an overall system’s ranking. However, this year, for the Mets, this is much less true than in years past, at least at the top. I have only three right-handed pitchers in the team’s overall Top 10 and five in the Top 20. The right-handers flex their muscle in the back half of my Top 41, taking over 50% of the spots between 21 and 41 at last count.

The relative weakness of the right-handed pitchers in the organization is balanced by a strong big league rotation and upper level options (Hi, Thor). Likely lurking at triple-A to start 2015 will be Noah Syndergaard, who is an elite prospect and Rafael Montero, who could probably be a back-end starter now if the team needed big league innings.

The overarching theme: starters are much more valuable than relievers. The best relievers in the big leagues were minor league starters.

Here are the other positions: lefties, centerfielders, corner outfielders, catcherfirst basesecondshortstop and third base.


RHP

Potential Starters

  1. Noah Syndergaard
The consensus top Mets prospect, Despite middling surface-level numbers in Las Vegas, Syndergaard still has front of the rotation potential. MLB.com recently ranked him as the second-best right handed pitching prospect in the game trailing only the Nationals’ Lucas Giolito. Even if it doesn’t all come together for Thor, he should be a competent member of a rotation. If it all comes together, he could be an ace. There is a BIG gap between Syndergaard and anyone else on this list.

  1. Rafael Montero
It feels like Montero is getting forgotten this winter. Given a brief big league look in 2014, he pitched at a below replacement level in 44.1 innings. The twin culprits were walks and home runs: he allowed a walk rate of 11.9% and eight dingers.

In his minor league career, before 2014, he’d been something of a command specialist. However, his walk rate jumped in triple-A in 2014 to 10.1% from 6.9% in 2013, and then again in the big leagues.

He still has the attributes that helped him to the big leagues: an averagish fastball, a short slider, and a firm fly-ball inducing changeup. The problem for Montero is that while he could keep minor league hitters at bay pitching heavily off his fastball, big leaguers put the pitch over the all five times.

There’s no star-level potential here, but Montero could fit into the back-end of a rotation, Dillon Gee style if the Mets need innings. Frankly, the perfect role for Montero might be as a long-reliever/swingman type as it’s hard to see him regularly getting through a big league lineup three times with his current stuff and teams often prize a little more velocity out of their short relievers. MLB teams don’t really carry this guy anymore though.

  1. Marcos Molina
I had read multiple glowing reports about Molina before I saw him with my own eyes in Brooklyn on August 24. The look left me a little flat. He is a good athlete with a nice 6’3” lean frame, with an unusual delivery, but I was expecting more stuff. If I was grading purely on repertoire in the New York-Penn League, for a Mets comparison, I’d put him behind Jenrry Mejia v. 2008.

I saw a guy easily slinging the his fastball up to the plate at 91-93 mph and touching 94. He showed an amusing variety of offspeed pitches from a slider that was 81-85 and a mid-80s changeup that didn’t move much, considering its firmness and a slower curveball at 79. He was clearly trying to use all of his pitches, particularly the changeup. If he was interested only in getting hitters out, he would have thrown nothing but fastballs and sliders. At times his location on his fastball was unfair, low and away on the black, for example.

His delivery deserves note. He releases the ball out of a low arm slot. Guys can make this work in the big leagues, think of say, Tyson Ross. However, extreme platoon splits could be a problem for Molina as he moves up the ladder. He also does not appear to use his legs very much at all. In theory, this will put more stress on his shoulder.

Molina was absolutely dominant in the New York-Penn League and will pitch on a full-season staff in 2015. Barring a poor spring training, I would be very tempted to start him out in St. Lucie rather than Savannah, where he will cruise to excellent numbers.

  1. Gabriel Ynoa
I view Ynoa at this point as a little bit like Montero-lite. The difference is that Ynoa is a little taller at 6’2”, with a more classic pitcher’s body and easier delivery. Both guys relied on feel, fastball command and a changeup to sail through the low minors. I have been told that Ynoa’s slider has improved, but did not see it in person in 2014. At 21 years old in double-A in 2014, he was on the low end of the league’s age spectrum.

The major concern here statistically is that his strikeout rate cratered from 26% in the Florida State League to 17% in 66.1 innings in the Eastern League. The bet is that Ynoa will pitch in the big leagues, but he must continue to improve his breaking ball to profile as a viable big league starter.

  1. Robert Gsellman
A 13th round pick in 2011, Gsellman put up solid numbers in Savannah without the strikeouts one usually associates with predicting success in the big leagues. What’s to like here? He’s a big guy at 6’4”, and 200+ pounds who lives 91 mph with his fastball. He can reach back for more. He has nice feel on a changeup. His curveball will flash plus, while other nights not be a useful part of his arsenal.

A hamstring injury kept him out of action for almost a month between the middle of April and the middle of May in 2014. The Mets also shut him down for almost two weeks in August to manage his innings and keep him fresh for the playoffs. Before his shutdown, in his previous four starts from July 18 through August 9 he put together this line: 26.2 IP, 21 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 25 K with a 0.67 ERA, a 24% strikeout rate and a 4% walk rate.

He had similar results to Gant and Whalen in the Savannah rotation, but he moves in front of them based on potential and physique. He’s a good few inches taller than Whalen and built more powerfully than Gant. This helps him maintain ease in his motion and should give him better command. Also, the potential of his curve is tantalizing.

He might well be a back-end starter with a fastball a tick below average, and an average changeup and curve.


Likely Relievers with Set up Potential

  1. Cory Mazzoni
Nothing has changed since the end of August when I wrote about Mazzoni in the Arizona Fall League preview. However, the Mets decided not to send the injury prone right-hander to the desert to let him rest up and heal for the 2015 season.

Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola told the Mostly Mets Podcast that he views Mazzoni’s future as most likely in the bullpen and we agree. He throws strikes with a fastball at 90-92, although he can reach back for more, with a splitter and a slider. He’s never made it through a season healthy as a starter.

  1. Michael Fulmer
The Mets’ supplemental first round pick in 2011, Fulmer has a plus fastball (93-95) and a slider that might get to plus as well. That, but a big frame is the good. The negative is that he’s never showed the command or the changeup to be a starter.

His 2013 was marred by a knee injury, and his first half of 2014 was not particularly impressive. However, he was better in the second half for St. Lucie (2.75 ERA, 24% K-rate, 7.5% walk rate) and earned a start at the end of the year in double-A.

Even if he starts 2015 in the double-A rotation, the bet here with this ranking is that his eventual home is in a big league bullpen where he can let it fly for a few batters a time in the seventh and eighth innings.

  1. Domingo Tapia
Repeating advanced A, Tapia ran a 56-51 K-BB ratio in 109 innings in 21 starts on his way to a 3.96 ERA. He’s just not a starter. However, at 96-98 with sink and run from a low arm slot and a diving changeup will play just fine out of any bullpen. It’s time to put him in the bullpen in 2015.

  1. Hansel Robles
After 17 undistinguished starts with a 4.97 ERA in double-A in 2014, the Mets slipped Robles off to the bullpen for Binghamton after his July 13th start. The results were a revelation. Out of the bullpen in shorter stretches, his velocity jumped, to the point where he was touching 96. Compare the numbers.

IPERAH/9BB%SO%
Starter90.674.869.59.120.7
Reliever201.805.08.629.6
And in the bullpen he shall stay. He should begin 2015 in the Las Vegas 51s pen for Wally and friends.


Back-end starters, maybe (Draft pedigree)

Things start to get really murky at his point in the rankings. With just a little squinting, it’s possible to see any of the next four guys in in the back of a big league rotation.

  1. Casey Meisner
Why ranked here: Meisner got better as 2014 went on for Brooklyn. Early in the year, he was 87-91, but later, reportedly he was 90-94. I’m disappointed I didn’t see him in person. There’s a chance that he will settle in with average velocity from a 6’7” frame and an average secondary offering in his curve.

His last five starts for the Cyclones: 30.2 IP, 28 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 32 K. That’s a 1.47 ERA, a 3% walk rate and 27% strikeout rate.

Why no higher: no full season experience or plus pitch

Why no lower: Draft position. Projectability.

The Mets’ third round pick in 2011 will get his first shot at a full-season league in 2015.

  1. John Michael Gant
Why ranked here: He was very effective in a-ball with a below average fastball, funk in his delivery and a relatively easy release. He complements his mostly high-80s heat with a changeup and curveball.

Why no higher: see fastball

Why no lower: has command and will work at double-A.

  1. Andrew Church
Why ranked here: The Mets saw something in their 2013 second round pick. I saw his Appalachian League debut and I saw a very generic guy without a big league pitch. His fastball was mostly 90-91 mph. He worked with a changeup at 81-83 and a slurve at 77 mph. He struggled to locate and had plenty of effort in his delivery.

At 6’2” and a little soft, I did not see much projection left in his body to add velocity.

Why no higher: I didn’t see the stuff to justify it.

Why no lower: Still a second round pick. Lets see if he’s better in full-season ball.

  1. Josh Prevost
Why ranked here: The height of Meisner (actually Prevost might be a little taller at 6’8”) but a few years older. Prevost was mostly 89-90 in his brief time out of the Brooklyn bullpen. He showed a slider, and a very seldom used changeup.

The Mets’ 5th round pick in 2014 out of Seton Hall earned 3rd team All-America honors from Baseball America.

Why no higher: stuff doesn’t warrant it

Why no lower: He should get a shot on the rotation in Savannah and then St. Lucie at which point his projection will be much clearer.


More Potential Relievers – Replacement level variety

Here we return to an important point: starters are much more valuable than relievers.

  1. Akeel Morris
Morris had a great 2014 with the Savannah Sand Gnats in relief, pitching to a 0.63 ERA with a 42% strikeout rate and a 10.4% walk rate. He’s a little dude at roughly 6’0” who puts a lot of effort into pumping 94 mph on his fastball. He can get up to 96. His second offering is a changeup that when it’s right, dives out of the zone. His over the top release left him struggling for a consistent breaking ball.

The Mets rewarded Morris with a spot on the team’s 40-man roster in November.

Why no higher: he’s an a-ball reliever. His breaking ball is rudimentary. He walked over 10% of opposing a-ball hitters. Most big league relievers continue to start through a-ball and at higher levels.

Why no lower: he does throw hard.

  1. Erik Goeddel
Why ranked here: hey, he pitched in the big leagues in 2014. He actually was a replacement level reliever. He also worked to a 5.37 ERA at triple-A Las Vegas with 64 strikeouts against 30 walks in 63.2 innings out of the bullpen. His fastball might be a tick or two above average at 94 mph, but it’s straight. His second weapon is a curveball. His hard change doesn’t create enough contrast.

Why no higher: Results

Why no lower: Hey, he’s offered the Mets a few big league innings. He’s there. He’s basically what Akeel Morris might be unless he continues to improve.

  1. Matt Bowman
Why ranked here: Bowman just had a really solid 2014 as a starter in both double-A and triple-A. By the standards of professional baseball, he’s a little guy at 6’0”, listed below 170 lbs but he generates some leverage and deception with a mini-Tim Lincecum delivery with a rock and lean. For all of that effort, he mostly sits 89-91 as a starter. He has a curve, slider and splitter that he uses as a changeup.

Why no higher: Below average fastball as a starter, and no plus secondary big league pitch

Why no lower: He got guys out in double-A and triple-A and I’m a sucker for smart pitchers (see Princeton Economics degree).

  1. Luis Mateo
Mateo missed much of 2014 while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. When he returned, he was rather unimpressive, throwing 89-90 in July. After the Mets moved him down to Brooklyn, he was essentially sent home early because he was not putting in the work. He had the stuff, pre-surgery, to work in a big league bullpen, but did not show it in 2014.

Why no higher: injury, reduced diminished repetoire post-rehab, makeup concerns

Why no lower: a memory of what he showed in 2012 and 2013


Who knows, TJ/2014 Draftee Edition

  1. Chris Flexen
Flexen was not effective for Savannah, and just when he seemed to be putting it together, he went under the knife for Tommy John surgery and to remove loose bodies in his elbow. On the plus side, he has a lean body and can get to 94 mph.

On the negative side: everything else.

  1. Gabriel Llanes
  2. Erik Manoah
The Mets’ 11th and 13th round picks in 2014, both signed for $300,000 and then reported to the GCL. Llanes is an inch taller and a little leaner, while Manoah’s results were a little better in 2014. They’re both in the 88-92 range with their fastballs and are interesting long-term bets for the teams. Long time readers know the success rates with these types of pitchers is not great.


Longshot Starters

  1. Robert Whalen
Whalen has earned plenty of ink this off-season for a strong 2014 with Savannah in which he worked to a 2.01 ERA in 62.2 innings while allowing just 44 hits. He generally worked off an 88-91 mph fastball and threw lots and lots of sliders. That’s a fine recipe in the SAL, but upper level hitters will not be fooled as regularly by his slider-heavy pattern. His changeup did not have great separation off his heat.

A hand infection kept him out of action for the better part of two months with the Gnats and limited to 10 starts total and 62.2 innings.

Plopped in the Arizona Fall League, he walked 10 and fanned 15 in 18.1 innings on his way to a 6.87 ERA against some of the minors’ best hitters.

He will head to St. Lucie rotation to begin the 2015 season.

  1. Corey Oswalt
Oswalt was 88-90 in Bklyn, with a slider 10 mph off that, giving it below average velocity and an flat changeup around 82 mph. He should be a fine a-ball starter.

  1. Luis Cessa
A converted infielder, Cessa worked to an ERA of 4.00 in the Florida State League in 20 starts. Armed with a low-90s fastball, Cessa’s strikeout rate plunged to 17.5% in the FSL in 2014. He just does not miss enough bats to go through upper level orders multiple times.


Fastball only Goofs

All of these guys throw hard – up to 94 or higher, in the cases of Bashlor and Buchmann. However none have the secondary stuff to be starters. I would bet on one or two of these guys becoming effective relievers at least at double-A.

  1. Matt Koch
  2. Kevin McGowan
  3. Miller Diaz
  4. Tyler Bashlor
  5. Connor Buchmann
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Robinson Cano did not get off to the start he'd hoped for last season in his first year with the Mets after spending a lot of time on the IL, but it seems like he's doing all he can to make sure he stays on the field in 2020.

Speaking to the media Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Cano, who played in just 107 games in 2019 in part due to a partially torn left hamstring, said he's working on keeping his lower body in shape.

"I just need to stay healthy," Cano said on how he can be the player he normally is. "I've been working on my legs back home and something I'm going to continue doing here."

"You've just got to prevent what's happened in the past, you've got to get those parts of your body stronger so that I don't go back again and get injured."

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Marcus Stroman has always been driven to prove the doubters wrong. It's in his DNA as someone who has defied huge odds by becoming a major league starting pitcher at the height of 5-foot-7, and people who know him say it explains why he talks such a big game. 

In his first comments of spring training, for example, Stroman told reporters in Port St. Lucie, Fla. this week that he has "the best sinker in the league" and that he is "pretty much unstoppable" when he's in a good place mentally, among other things.

Strong stuff for a guy who didn't quite live up to expectations upon arriving in the midst of the Mets' wild-card push last August, via the trade from the Blue Jays, before finishing strong in September.

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Mets' Tim Tebow spoke to media for the first time at Spring Training on Sunday, and was asked if he heard anything from the XFL.

"Yeah there was some communication," Tebow said. "We had a couple conversations... I love what they're doing, and I think it has a chance to have success, and I think that's great.

"I think there needs to be a place for a lot of players that are really good, and should and could be playing in the NFL, and are better than a lot of NFL players. There's a chance they're going to be seen. So I think it's awesome, and I think it's good for a lot of guys that are going to get a spot on an NFL roster because they're going to show a team they're worth it. But for me, this is what I wanted to do and pursue it, and be all in."

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On Sunday, Mets infielder Jed Lowrie arrived at Spring Training wearing a knee brace on his left leg during workouts.

When asked about the knee brace, Lowrie didn't get into specifics.

"This is just a brace that alleviates my symptoms and makes me feel like myself," Lowrie said. "Like I said, I'm wearing this brace to alleviate my symptoms and so I can feel like myself... I don't want to get into specifics of symptoms."

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Mets prospect Matthew Allan (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets prospect Matthew Allan (Treated Image by SNY)

Here's everything you need to know about Mets prospect Matthew Allan...


The Skinny

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 225 lbs

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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Saturday, in case you missed it...


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Pete Alonso said, "I want to be celebrating on a parade float, drunk as hell, celebrating with my boys," when talking about wanting to win a World Series >> Read More

 

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view of a New York Mets hat and glove on the grass during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Former Yankees and Mets infielder Tony Fernandez passed away on Saturday at the age of 57 after suffering a brain stroke that came with complications from polycystic kidney disease.

Fernandez is most notably known as a Blue Jays legend, winning four Gold Gloves, going to five All Star games and winning a World Series title during his time in Toronto, but he did spend two stints in New York -- in both Queens and The Bronx.

Leaving the Padres after two seasons, Fernandez joined the Mets in 1993, but the stay was short lived. After a disappointing start to the season, he was traded back up to Toronto, where he played a big role in the Blue Jays winning the World Series later that season.

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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon recently took part in a Q&A email exchange with the New York Post.

In the exchange with Steve Serby, Wilpon touched on a wide variety of topics, from the 2020 team outlook, the Steve Cohen deal falling through, Mickey Callaway's tenure as Mets manager, Pete Alonso's potential, and much more.

Here are a few of Wilpon's answers from some of the many topics discussed:

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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa made headlines on Saturday, telling The Athletic that part of the reason why Jose Altuve didn't want his jersey ripped off after hitting a walk-off home run in the ALCS against the Yankees was that "he's got an unfinished tattoo on his collarbone that honestly looked terrible."

In an interview with Ken Rosenthal, Correa said that Altuve's wife didn't like seeing him shirtless on national TV, but also that Altuve's "terrible" tattoo played a key role in Altuve telling his teammates to leave his jersey intact.

"The second reason - he doesn't want me to talk about this, but I'm going to say it, is because he's got an unfinished tattoo on his collarbone that honestly looked terrible," Correa said. "It was a bad tattoo, and he didn't want nobody to see it. He didn't want to show it at all."

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Luis Rojas spoke to reporters in Port St. Lucie Fla. on Saturday on the heels of Pete Alonso's arrival at Spring Training, and as expected the new Mets manager was all smiles when he talked about the team's slugger.

But just as Alonso mentioned that his personal goal in 2020 was not to hit even more home runs, but rather win a Gold Glove, Rojas said the 25-year-old isn't focused on offensive numbers as he enters his second big-league season.

"You can't set goals as far numbers and try to do better than he did last year," Rojas said of Alonso. "I don't think he's going to give himself a number to hit. I know that he's got himself ready."

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Mets pitchers and catchers continued to work out in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Saturday.

Check out some of the action, as Noah Syndergaard and Edwin Diaz were among the pitchers to hit the practice fields ...

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Pete Alonso, coming off one of the most prolific rookie seasons in baseball history, arrived at Mets spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. on Saturday.

After working out on the field with his teammates, Alonso took to the podium to answer questions about his personal goals for the 2020 season, playing for Luis Rojas, and much more.

Here are five key takeaways from Alonso's first media availability of the new season:

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Pete Alonso has officially arrived at Mets camp and sure seemed happy to see his teammates.

After arriving at Clover Park, Alonso had hugs for Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard and other Mets players and staff. 

He quickly got to work, getting loose before taking part in infield drills and getting in some batting practice. He finished up his first day of camp by signing autographs for Mets fans young and old.

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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout in the during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) in the dugout in the during game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Noah Syndergaard reported to Mets spring training last week and has spent a lot of his time on the field without his shirt on. 

On Saturday, the rest of his team followed suit.


A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it...


Brodie Van Wagenen jabs back at Zack Wheeler >> Read more

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In his latest Mets mailbag, Matthew Cerrone weighs in on the outfield situation, Yoenis Cespedes, what Edwin Diaz' role should be, and more...


What's the opening day outfield? ~ @JoeBacci

Barring a blockbuster trade, which for an outfielder at this point is improbable, the outfield is set up to be J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto.

Yoenis Cespedes is the wild card. If Cespedes is jacking the ball, running well and showing strength, I think he and Davis platoon from the start of the season, with Davis also backing up Jeff McNeil at third base.

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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

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So much of the Mets' 2020 season already feels as if it's dependent upon Edwin Diaz re-discovering the form that made him arguably baseball's best reliever two years ago in Seattle. 

As one scout this week told me, "They'll win 90-95 games easy if Diaz figures it out again. And they should have a championship bullpen."

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Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)
Aug 31, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway walks back to the dugout after making a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports (James Lang)

New Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway spoke about his former managerial job at Spring Training in Tempe, Ariz. on Friday.

When asked if he took time to reflect on what went wrong with the Mets, Callaway was quick to respond in a joking manner.

"I had PTSD," Callaway said.

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Alex Rodriguez (Mark J. Rebilas)

Alex Rodriguez, who grew up a Mets fan and has spoken in the past about idolizing the 1986 World Series team, has emerged as a "potential suitor" to buy the team, reports Thornton McEnery of the New York Post.

According to McEnery, Rodriguez is "kicking the tires" about the idea of buying the Mets, though sources told McEnery that any bid from Rodriguez would be "a long shot" that would require Rodriguez putting together "an ownership group of even wealthier investors."

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon released a statement last week after the potential sale to Steve Cohen fell through, saying the team is "moving forward to find a new transaction."

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A few hours after J.D. Davis said he was ashamed for his role in the Astros sign-stealing scandal, former Astro and current Mets teammate Jake Marisnick also expressed remorse.

"I feel terribly about it," Marisnick said in his opening statement. "There's a line and it was definitely crossed. I want to say sorry to the fans, Major League Baseball, my peers, and anybody else who was affected by this."

Asked about his role, Marisnick expressed regret about not speaking up and putting a stop to what was going on.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen swung back at Zack Wheeler on Friday, a day after the former Met took a shot at the team for not trying harder to re-sign him this offseason before he went to the Phillies.

"Our health and performance department, our coaches all contributed and helped him parlay two good half seasons over the last five years into $118 million, Van Wagenen said, according to David Lennon of Newsday. "So I'm proud of what our group was able to help him accomplish. I'm happy he was rewarded for it."

Van Wagenen, who said he was "surprised" and "disappointed" by Wheeler's comments, also disputed the notion from Wheeler that there were "crickets" coming from the Mets' side this offseason, telling SNY's Steve Gelbs that the Mets had contact with Wheeler's agent up until a week before Wheeler signed with Philadelphia.

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Mets OF/IF J.D. Davis, who was on the Astros in 2017 and 2018, spoke candidly on Friday about his role in the sign-stealing scandal and backtracked from comments he made on the matter earlier this offseason.

"Back in December we had that same question, and I spoke a little bit prematurely," Davis said, alluding to comments he made suggesting he wasn't aware of what was going on in Houston. "I spoke before the MLB or during the investigation. And so again, I was a rookie and I was going up and down the system and I was fighting for my life. MLB called and I cooperated with them. I made my statements. Again, back to the December comment and the interview -- I spoke prematurely."

Asked if he was "embarrassed" by his role, Davis called it a fair question.

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Mets outfielder Tim Tebow is spotted doing some early outfield drills before the team fully reports to Spring Training.

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Need some last-minute help with this year's Valentine's Day plans?

Well, we've got just the person to help you manage your special day this year.

Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine is here to help you with all of your Valentine's Day needs, from what to wear, dinner plans, and much more ...

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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it...


Luis Rojas talked about Seth Lugo's desire to be a starter, the MLB rules changes, and more >> Read more

Marcus Stroman talked 2020 expectations: "I think I should be dominant" >> Read more

MLB Network ranked Jacob deGrom behind Gerrit Cole on its top 100 players list for 2020 >> Read more

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Jacob deGrom, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On Thursday, the MLB Network put out their list of the Top 100 players in baseball right now.

Coming in at No. 8 overall is Mets star pitcher Jacob deGrom.

In 2019, deGrom won his second-straight NL Cy Young Award, going 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA and 255 strikeouts in just 204 IP.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 22, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Rajai Davis (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Met Rajai Davis announced on Thursday night that he will be playing pro ball in Mexico in 2020.

Davis, 39, tweeted out that he is joining Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League, saying "Going South of the border to play this game I love so much. Thanks to @AcererosOficial and @JoseMelendez123 for this opportunity to continue to play ball."

The veteran outfielder signed with the Mets in December 2018, and then spent the beginning portion of the season with the Triple-A Syracuse Mets. 

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Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) goes to the dugout between innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) goes to the dugout between innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

On Wednesday, former Met Zack Wheeler talked about his Cy Young and World Series aspirations with the Phillies.

But on Thursday, Wheeler seemingly took a parting shot at the Mets.

According to Greg Joyce of the New York Post, Wheeler said he wasn't surprised to not hear back from the Mets before signing with the Phillies "because it's them. It's how they roll."

Wheeler, who played his first seven years in the big leauges with the Mets (though he missed two seasons due to injury), signed a lucrative five-year, $118 million deal with Philadelphia in December, joining Aaron Nola at the top of the Phillies' rotation.

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Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts, and Starling Marte
Francisco Lindor, Mookie Betts, and Starling Marte

It's tempting during the rumor frenzy of the Hot Stove to become desperate for a blockbuster trade. The avalanche of news that a deal is getting done, seeing it announced, realizing the rumors were true and watching an elite player put on your favorite team's uniform is inspiring.

However, as is often said, sometimes the best deal is the one you don't make. And this certainly applies to situations recently presented to Brodie Van Wagenen.

In the end, in each instance, he erred on the side of caution. And, while this may not be as exciting as a realized trade rumor, he made the right decision.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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On Thursday, Mets manager Luis Rojas spoke to media at Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Florida about relief pitcher Seth Lugo, getting to know Marcus Stroman, and the recent MLB rule changes.

On Seth Lugo wanting to be in the starting rotation...

"Well I had Lugo as a starter in the minor leagues," Rojas said. "I remember in the championship year in Savannah, he was one of our starters, and he actually made a key start for us to win the championship. Seth, we've had conversations, and they have been about being in our bullpen. But, he's always had the mentality of being a starter, just because that's how he developed in the organization. It wouldn't surprise me, having conversations with Seth before with somebody about being a starter or wanting to be a starter. That's the mentality that he developed with."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Seth Lugo
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Mets RHP Marcus Stroman wasn't dominant last season after being acquired from the Blue Jays in July, but he was pretty good after a bit of a shaky start, posting a 3.77 ERA in 59 innings while striking out 9.1 batters per 9.

That strikeout rate was a huge increase from what it was earlier in 2019 with the Blue Jays, and continuing to ring guys up is something Stroman is focusing on in 2020.

He'll also be trying to cut down on his walks, with too many of them late last season helping to lead to a 1.47 WHIP during his time with the Mets.

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Mets general
Mets general

SNY, the official television home of the New York Mets, today announced its 2020 spring training schedule for the Mets featuring more than 100 hours of exclusive programming, plus complete daily coverage of the team on SNY.tv and across SNY's Facebook (facebook.com/SNY), Instagram (@snytv) and Twitter (@snytv) platforms.

Mets baseball swings back into action on PIX11 Saturday, February 22 at 1:10 PM as the Mets host the Miami Marlins and on SNY Sunday, February 23rd at 1:10 PM as the Mets take on the St. Louis Cardinals. The network's Emmy Award-winning broadcast team of Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and field reporter Steve Gelbs will call all the action live from Port St. Lucie. Full schedule is listed below.

SNY's Mets Hot Stove will re-locate to the newly renovated Clover Park - Tuesday, February 18th and Wednesday, February 19th and will culminate with SNY's annual LIVE one-hour show from Duffy's Sports Grill Thursday, February 20th at 6:00 p.m. Mets players scheduled to appear at Duffy's include Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and Marcus Stroman. 

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A true dual threat, J.D. Davis can hit and pitch.

While he was used strictly as an offensive player for the Mets in 2019, he has experience pitching in the bigs (albeit limited experience) with the Astros and was a pitcher and hitter throughout college.

On Thursday at Mets camp, he showed off his windup.

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Carlos Beltran lost his job as Mets manager partly due to concern that further details about his involvement in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal would emerge. 

On Tuesday, a new report in The Athletic painted Beltran as not only one of the ringleaders of the scheme, but someone who intimidated players who were against it.

On Thursday, Beltran's former teammate Carlos Correa called BS on those allegations.

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As Mets spring training rolled on, Marcus StromanNoah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom were among the early arrivals at camp on Thursday.

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Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (right) talks with Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (left) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (right) talks with Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (left) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Wednesday, in case you missed it...


Luis Rojas talked about Jacob deGrom, Dominic Smith, and lots more during Wednesday's presser >> Read more

Before Mookie Betts was traded to the Dodgers, the Mets engaged the Red Sox in trade talks and discussed several different proposals >> Read more

DeGrom talked about his desire for a third-straight Cy Young award and advice he got last season from Pedro Martinez >> Read more

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Spring Training is about to be in full swing for the Mets, and one metric already predicted an NL East title for New York's 2020 season.

Baseball Prospectus released its annual projections Tuesday, pegging the Mets atop the division with 88 wins -- one game ahead of the second-place Nationals and five games ahead of the third-place Braves -- leading to Wednesday's discussion on SNY's Mets Hot Stove.

After the simulations saw the Mets leading the pack at 88-74, followed by the Nationals (87-75) and Braves (83-79), Jim Duquette provided context behind the numbers.

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This past offseason, Zack Wheeler signed a big contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, and on Wednesday he explained that his goals with his new team are just as big.

Wheeler, who spent his seven big-league seasons as a Met (though he missed two full seasons due to injuries), signed a five-year, $118 million deal with the Phillies, and he wants to take his game to the next level with the Mets' NL East rivals.

"I just want to go out there and do the best I possibly can. I think I've done well over the past few years, but I think I could take that next step, and that's the ultimate goal," Wheeler said at Phillies spring training. "I want to go out there and win a Cy Young or two and make the All-Star team and carry us into the playoffs. That's my goal now. 

"What happened this offseason has sort of passed. I've reached that level of my career and now that's past and I want bigger and better things. Like I said, Cy Youngs, going to the playoffs, winning the World Series and that type of stuff. It's a good group here to do it with, and I think we have the opportunity."

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Perhaps no one was more excited to get going with the Mets' first Spring Training workout than Luis Rojas. The new Mets manager revealed as much while meeting with the media after New York's return to the field Wednesday morning in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

"Getting here today early, I joked and told the guys earlier, I've been wearing this uniform since like 5:30 in the morning," Rojas said with a laugh. "So it's been a really exciting day for me and that's probably the most fun, just getting here and getting all the guys in one room, being able to talk to them, communicate about what we're going to be doing out there and then going out there and executing it. I mean, I've got to give credit to the coaches. They did such a good job just keeping the stations that we had going on active. From the sides, from the throwing program and to the defensive stations that we had, they were all very energetic and they were all very well coordinated. Time wise, it was a great job by the coaching staff today."

While all position players set to join the pitchers, catchers and others already on the ground at Clover Park, the Mets are already off and running. Rojas recapped the opening day's slate and looked forward to the rest of the week, with the following takeaways from Wednesday's press conference setting the scene.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Jacob deGrom, Luis Guillorme
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Jacob deGrom, who will be looking to secure his third straight NL Cy Young Award, arrived at the Mets' spring training facility in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. And Amed Rosario was right behind him. 

Meanwhile, deGrom threw some pitches in a bullpen session as well. Here's a look at deGrom's work on Wednesday ...

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After spending his first four seasons with the Mets, catcher Kevin Plawecki was traded to the Cleveland Indians in January 2019.

Entering 2020, Plawecki, now 28 years old, finds himself with another new team in the Boston Red Sox.

On Wednesday, Plawecki spoke about starting a new season with a new team, and also discussed how he's handled what the Red Sox have gone through this offseason since Alex Cora was fired for his involvement in the Astros' scandal.

"I don't pay attention to background noise anymore. Fifth year now, that's all it is, background noise," said Plawecki. "You can't really worry about it, can't think about it, because there's nothing you can do about it. It's been a little bit of a different offseason, but at the same time we're here, and I'm excited. I'm ready to go."

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Mookie Betts
Mookie Betts

Before Mookie Betts was traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers, the Mets "made numerous calls and exchanged several various concepts" with Boston, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

According to Sherman, the Mets were unwilling to give up Jeff McNeil (who was "integral' to the Red Sox) in any deal for Betts due to the fact that Betts only had one year of team control left.

Instead, the Mets offered packages that revolved around one of Brandon Nimmo or J.D Davis plus one of prospects Andres Gimenez or Ronny Mauricio, according to Sherman.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Mets ace Jacob deGrom spoke Wednesday at spring training, meeting the media for the first time since arriving in Port St. Lucie.

One of the things on deGrom's mind -- which he also touched on in late-January during the Mets' Fan Fest at Citi Field -- is winning a third-straight Cy Young award.

"Any time you're at your best personally, you're gonna help the team," deGrom said. "You set personal goals. I've said that the last couple of years. That (winning another Cy Young) is definitely another personal goal of mine, but (this is) most importantly a team game -- want to win a World Series. But any time you're at your best, you help the team."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Danny Abriano
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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes, who is continuing to work his way back but has no timetable for a return, worked out on the field Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.

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Carlos Beltran (Treated Image by SNY)
Carlos Beltran (Treated Image by SNY)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

TAMPA -- On Wednesday morning, when one good friend of Carlos Beltran's saw the back page of the New York Post, which labeled Beltran "The Godfather," he felt physically ill.

"I almost threw up," the friend said.

Many people around the game maintain a strong affection for Beltran. Even Yankees officials, who have been annoyed about Beltran's role in the Astros' 2017 sign-stealing scheme, have felt that the demonization of their former employee has gone too far.

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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Tuesday, in case you missed it...


Luis Rojas covered a bunch of topics during his first presser of spring training, including there not yet being a timetable for Yoenis Cespedes >> Read more

Noah Syndergaard thinks his vaunted slider, which was missing for most of the 2019 season, is back >> Read more

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Dellin Betances, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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On Tuesday evening, more details came to light about Carlos Beltran's involvement in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

Beltran was the only player mentioned by name in the MLB report on the Astros' investigation, and a new report from The Athletic has gone into more detail regarding Beltran's role.

Here are some findings of the report, which was written by Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich, with reporting from Marc Carig:

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Pete Alonso seems more than ready to follow up his record-setting rookie season with another big year in Queens.

With Mets Spring Training officially starting this week in Port. St. Lucie, Alonso shared a photo of himself on Instagram, taking a friendly jab at Noah Syndergaard in the process.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso
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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard's vaunted slider abandoned him for most of the 2019 season, with him unable to generate the movement and velocity that made the pitch one of the best weapons in baseball from 2016 to 2018.

Whether it was due to the new ball (with lower seams and a slicker feel that hampered certain pitchers), something mental, or a combination of things, Syndergaard's slider in 2019 was mostly bad -- averaging 89.1 mph after averaging 92.0 mph the year prior.

Speaking Tuesday at Mets camp, Syndergaard said his nasty slider seems to be back.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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