Aaron Harang ended the 2013 season saying he would be open to returning to the Mets.

Harang, 35, did a nice job for the Mets in limited action down the stretch, going 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in four starts after joining the Mets in September. He was let go by the Mariners earlier in the season after going 5-11 with a 5.76 ERA in 22 starts.

Considering the uncertainty in their rotation next season, Harang is certainly worth a look as a potential one-year option and someone to bridge the gap to Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero.

Harang didn't light up the scoreboard, but he was steady, consistent and pretty much lived up to his reputation prior to this summer. While on the Mets, he returned to being a guy who throws strikes. His walk rate actually decreased this season, but he allowed a lot of hits and 13 of the 26 home runs he allowed came with men on base. Still, he's a good fit for a large ballpark like Citi Field.

I thought he would have been a good fit for the Mets last winter as well, but the Mets were concerned about the reports they were getting during the off-season and so they stayed away. Perhaps this time around they'll see him in a different light.

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Aug 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 15, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom allowed five runs on nine hits in seven and 1/3 innings during a 5-4 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night.

DeGrom (13-6, 3.35 ERA) limited the Yankees to three runs through the first five innings, but fell victim to Gary Sanchez's home run in the sixth, as well as a sacrifice fly in the eighth. He recorded one out in the eighth inning before being replaced by Jerry Blevins.

It was the 29-year-old deGrom's third loss in four starts, despite a 1.82 ERA since June 12...

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Granderson's journey to MLB 00:06:53
Curtis Granderson discusses what it was like coming up in the minor leagues and how it felt to finally get called up to the Major Leagues.

The Mets have lost three of their last four games, including dropping the first two games of their four-game, home-and-home series with the Yankees.

They are 11 games under .500, 12 games behind the Diamondbacks for the second Wild Card Spot, and 18 games behind the Nationals in the NL East.

What's Next

The Yankees (63-55) travel to Queens to face the Mets (53-63) at Citi Field tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Jamie Garcia (5-8, 4.50 ERA) will face Robert Gsellman (5-5, 6.16 ERA), who's replacing the injured Seth Lugo.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 8/15 00:03:41
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Yankees.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Jacob deGrom allowed five runs on eight hits -- including a pair of homers -- while walking two and striking out four over 7 1/3 innings in the 100th start of his big league career. It was the most runs he's allowed since June 6 when he surrendered eight against the Rangers.

2) Dominic Smith hit the first home run of his Major League career, a two-run shot to left in the seventh inning. Amed Rosario also went deep, slamming a two-run shot to right-center off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth that brought the Mets within a run. 

3) Yoenis Cespedes beat out a pair of infield singles and walked in four plate appearances.

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Jul 4, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) throws a pitch to a Washington Nationals batter in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)
Jul 4, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (67) throws a pitch to a Washington Nationals batter in the second inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)

The Mets announced that RHP Seth Lugo was scratched from Wednesday's start due to a shoulder impingement, but Newsday reported that Lugo instead has an elbow injury that may have led to the shoulder injury.

Lugo's shoulder will be re-evaluated once he is rested, according to Newsday's sources, and Tommy John surgery is a possibility. RHP Robert Gsellman will start in his place on Wednesday.

Lugo's time on the disabled list is retroactive to August 11 when he allowed four runs on eight hits in five and 1/3 innings against the Phillies. Lugo is 5-3 with a 4.85 ERA in 12 games for the Mets this season, including 11 starts.

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Mets 1B Dominic Smith hit an opposite-field two-run homer at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night for his first career big league home run.

Smith, playing in his fifth game with the Mets, went deep off Sonny Gray in the seventh inning to put the Mets on the board.


The Amazin' Life: Keith & Hadji 00:02:49
In the latest episode of The Amazin' Life, presented by Coca-Cola, Keith Hernandez goes on a mission to make his cat as famous as he is.

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The Mets (53-63) will play the second game of a four-game set with the New York Yankees (62-55) at Yankees Stadium on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

Rafael Montero (1-8, 6.06 ERA) who took the loss in his last start against the Rangers. He allowed four runs on five hits while striking out five and walking three in three innings.

Montero has struggled in his last few starts, having made it only as far as 5.2 innings in his last three. He has let up 13 earned runs in that span.

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Syndergaard on his progress 00:01:23
Noah Syndergaard says this is the best he's ever felt, and he's anxious to get back on the field and compete.

Mets RHPs Matt Harvey (scapula) and Noah Syndergaard (lat) are both feeling good as they continue their respective rehabs. 

Syndergaard threw off a mound on Tuesday for the first time since hitting the DL with a torn lat in April. If all goes well, he could begin a rehab assignment soon. 

"My body has never felt better," Syndergaard told Newsday last week. "My arm is feeling really good."

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New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) throws to the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets closer Jeurys Familia will begin a minor league rehab assignment Wednesday with the Low-A Gulf Coast League, Terry Collins said on Tuesday.

Familia's assignment was pushed back a day after he was originally slated to pitch on Tuesday. He threw a bullpen session on Aug. 2, which was his first since having surgery in May to repair an arterial blood clot in his right shoulder.

He began a throwing program in Port. St. Lucie, Florida, in July, at which time Collins and GM Sandy Alderson said they would like to see him return to the mound this season.

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The Mets have announced they signed RHP Neil Wagner to a minor league contract, and acquired OF Travis Snider

Per Newsday's Marc Carig, the Mets sent cash to the Rangers for Snider. He last played in the majors in 2015 with the Orioles.

Snider's last full season was in 2014 as he hit .264 with 13 homers and 38 RBI for the Pirates. 

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New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson steps on third base after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson steps on third base after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Due to his current hot streak, teams are reportedly again becoming interested in acquiring Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson, sources recently told the NY Post's Mike Puma.

Granderson struggled in April and July, did well in May and June, and is hitting .286 with five home runs, two doubles and 10 RBI, with a .271 BABIP in 11 games during July.

According to Puma, the Nationals, who may be looking to replace the injured Bryce Harper, had a scout at Yankee Stadium on Monday.

The Brewers, who acquired Neil Walker from the Mets this past weekend, reportedly had interest in Granderson prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

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(Steve Mitchell)

Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers and is eligible to be traded to any team, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.

Passan notes that four teams have already reached out the Marlins about trading for Stanton, with one of those teams exchanging player names with the Marlins before a potential trade prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline fizzled.

One of the teams that has received information on what it would take to trade for Stanton is the Giants, with a team source telling Passan the Marlins were willing to absorb "limited money via other major leaguers' contracts" as part of a potential deal.

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Jeep Pitchcast: Montero 00:00:19
The Jeep Pitchcast breaks down the pitches that Rafael Montero delivered for six strikeouts in his start against the Yankees on Monday.

The Jeep Pitchcast breaks down the pitches that Rafael Montero delivered for six strikeouts in his start against the Yankees on Monday.

 

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Aug. 14, 2017: Robles throws a ball to first base for an out at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Hunger, USA Today Sports
Aug. 14, 2017: Robles throws a ball to first base for an out at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Hunger, USA Today Sports

Pitching in relief on Rafael Montero, Hansel Robles gave up a go-ahead home run during the eighth inning Monday night as the Mets lost, 4-2, to the Yankees.

Robles entered the game to pitch a scoreless, two-strikeout seventh inning. He returned the following inning, but immediately allowed a game-breaking home run to Aaron Hicks.

The majority of pitches thrown by Robles were either up or in the strike zone.

"If I can throw in, I'll throw in," Robles said, when asked if he's trying to throw more pitches inside. "I can only control so much."

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Mets discuss loss to Yankees 00:05:56
Terry Collins, Hansel Robles, and Rafael Montero discuss the Mets' 4-2 loss to the Yankees on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

The Mets have lost two of their last three games, including last night, 4-2, to the Yankees.

They are back to being 10 games under .500, 11 losses back of the Wild Card, 17 games back in the NL East and on pace to win just 74 games this season.

What's Next

The Mets play again at Yankee Stadium tonight at 7 pm. Jacob deGrom (13-5, 3.21 ERA) starts for Mets against Sonny Gray (6-7, 3.39 ERA), who the Yankees acquired from the A's at this year's non-waiver trade deadline.

The four-game series will move to Citi Field for match ups on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Aug. 15, 2017: Montero gets set to deliver a pitch at Yankee Stadium (Adam Hunger, USA Today)
Aug. 15, 2017: Montero gets set to deliver a pitch at Yankee Stadium (Adam Hunger, USA Today)

Mets RHP Rafael Montero allowed two runs, walked two batters, and struck out six in six innings in his start Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

"I hope it's a big step going forward," manager Terry Collins said. "The fourth inning could have been disaster for us and he hung in there and battled and got out of there with one run and I thought it was a big turnaround for him."

Montero, who entered Monday's game with a 6.49 ERA during his previous five starts, used just 43 pitches through the game's first three innings, during which he faced the minimum nine batters.

"He's got the stuff to pitch here," Collins concluded. "If he locates it and trusts his stuff and throws the ball in the strike zone he's got a chance to get outs and he showed that tonight."

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:25
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Monday.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Hansel Robles allowed a tie-breaking home run to Aaron Hicks leading off the eighth inning. Gary Sanchez added a solo blast off Erik Goeddel later in the frame.

2) Rafael Montero pitched six innings and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. He escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth when he surrendered only a sacrifce fly. Aaron Judge's 36th home run of the year tied the game, 2-2, in the sixth.

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Sandy Alderson on Neil Walker 00:00:50
Sandy Alderson discusses the reasoning behind the Mets' trade of Neil Walker to the Brewers.

The New York Mets saved $3 million by trading infielder Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and have cut payroll by more than $11.6 million in recent weeks.

As part of Saturday's trade, the Mets agreed to pay the Brewers $1,699,454 on Sept. 30, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. Walker was owed $4,699,454 of his $17.2 million salary at the time of the deal. He can become a free agent after the World Series. >> Read more

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The Mets (53-62) will begin another Subway Series with the New York Yankees (61-55) at Yankees Stadium on Monday at 7:05 p.m.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

Rafael Montero (1-8, 6.06 ERA) who took the loss in his last start against the Rangers. He allowed four runs on five hits while striking out five and walking three in three innings.

Montero has struggled in his last few starts, having made it only as far as 5.2 innings in his last three. He has let up 13 earned runs in that span.

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Mets rookies Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith (Credit: USA Today Images, 2017)
Mets rookies Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith (Credit: USA Today Images, 2017)

Mets rookies Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith will get their first taste of New York baseball during the next four days, when they take on the Yankees in the Bronx and Queens.

"The city is torn and split between two teams," Smith said this past weekend, according to the NY Post. "It is going to be a tough series playing a real good team. This pretty much is playing for pride and bragging rights in the city."

Smith, who has just two hits during his first 10 at bats since being promoted last week, was born in Los Angeles, CA, where he grew up a fan of the Angels.

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RHP Kevin McGowan, who was drafted in 2013 and promoted Aug. 13, 2017 (Credit: McShane, AmazinAvenue.com)
RHP Kevin McGowan, who was drafted in 2013 and promoted Aug. 13, 2017 (Credit: McShane, AmazinAvenue.com)

The Mets promoted 25-year-old RHP Kevin McGowan to replace 2B Neil Walker, who was traded to the Brewers this past weekend.

In 43 relief appearances this season in Triple-A, McGowan had a team-leading 3.94 ERA, while striking out 55 batters in 62 innings.

"Nothing can really describe it," McGowan said, when first speaking to reporters before Sunday's game against the Phillies. "It hasn't sunk in really."

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JRSportBrief: Judge or Conforto? 00:01:26
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR compares Aaron Judge to Michael Conforto as the Subway Series begins Monday

20 years after playing their first regular season, interleague series, the Mets (53-62) and Yankees (61-55) begin a four-game, home-and-home series ay Citi Field and Yankee Stadium this week.

The Yankees won the first-ever series, which was played at Yankee Stadium, though the Mets won the opening game 6-0 behind Dave Mlicki's nine-hit shutout.

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Aug 10, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Aug 10, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Jacob deGrom threw his second bullpen session Sunday morning.

He reported no issues with his arm after Sunday's game and said he expects to make his scheduled start tomorrow against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

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Mets react to Sunday's win 00:06:26
Terry Collins, Curtis Granderson and Chris Flexen break down the Mets' 6-2 win over the Phillies on Sunday

The Mets won three of four games during the series against the Phillies, yet remain nine games under .500, 10 losses back of the Rockies in the Wild Card race and 16.5 games back of the Nationals in the NL East.

What's Next

The Mets a Yankees (61-55) play a four-game, home-and-home series this week. The two teams will Monday and Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, followed by match ups on Wednesday and Thursday at Citi Field. 

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has stayed hot at the plate since the All-Star break and is developing into a leader as New York trades several players in waiver deals.

Conforto hit his 11th home run over his last 26 games in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the team's second game since trading second baseman Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and fourth since trading outfielder Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians.

After the Mets recalled top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith from the minors earlier this month, Conforto said he has tried to channel what Bruce and Walker taught him in helping other players transition into the majors by becoming more of a leader.

"There are a lot of young guys coming up and now, I guess to them, I am kind of the veteran," Conforto, 24, said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:07
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about today's game...

1) Curtis Granderson led the Mets on offense with three hits, three RBIs, and two runs scored. He doubled in the first, hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and added a single in the seventh inning. Michael Conforto hit his 26th home run and had two RBIs, while Jose Reyes had two hits and scored twice. Wilmer Flores also had two hits, including an RBI single in the seventh inning.

2) Chris Flexen struck out a career-high five batters and limited the Phillies to two runs on six hits in five innings to earn his second big league win. Chasen Bradford, Jerry Blevens, Paul Sewald, and AJ Ramos each pitched scoreless innings in relief to close out the win for the Mets.

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Amed Rosario after hitting his first Major League home run.  (AP)
Amed Rosario after hitting his first Major League home run. (AP)

Mets SS Amed Rosario was just 13 years old when Mets' then-Dominican Republic supervisor Gerardo Cabrera first tried to convince Mets' director of international scouting Chris Becerra to take a look at the budding shortstop, writes Matt Ehalt of NorthJersey.com.

"I told him basically every day to come to the Dominican Republic to see him play, and the sooner the better because a lot of teams were interested in him," Cabrera said, according to Ehalt. "I really loved that kid. …The way he played for that age was unbelievable."

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Feb 22, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Kevin McGowan (83) poses for a photo during photo day at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 22, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Kevin McGowan (83) poses for a photo during photo day at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets promoted RHP Kevin McGowan from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace 2B Neil Walker, who was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

The 25-year-old reliever will make his major league debut after spending the duration of the season in Triple-A, where he went 5-4 with a 4.06 ERA and had four saves in 44 games. He was drafted by the Mets in the 13th round in 2013 and started his professional career with Single-A Brooklyn.

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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (52-62) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (43-71) in the final game of a four-game series on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

Chris Flexen (1-1, 8.49 ERA) who recorded his first major league win in his last start against the Rangers. He allowed three runs on four hits in 5.2 innings. It was Flexen's longest outing so far in his early career. He only lasted three innings in his previous two starts.

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Aug 12, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Aug 12, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

Mets LHP Steven Matz carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and limited the Phillies to two runs, but received little run support in the Mets' 3-1 loss to the Phillies on Saturday.

Matz allowed four hits, two walks, and struck out a batter. He has now lost five consecutive outings, with his last win being on June 28. He had posted an 11.03 ERA in his last six starts entering the night.

Manager Terry Collins liked what he saw saying Matz "was much, much better." 

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Aug 12, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches the ball after hitting a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola, not pictured, during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Aug 12, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches the ball after hitting a solo home run off Philadelphia Phillies' Aaron Nola, not pictured, during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

The Mets have won three of their last five games. However, they sit 17 games back of the Nationals in the NL East standings, and 12 games back of the Rockies for the second Wild Card spot.

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May 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) and second baseman Neil Walker (20) high-five after scoring runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
May 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) and second baseman Neil Walker (20) high-five after scoring runs against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Mets traded Neil Walker and cash to the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later, the Brewers announced.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was the first to report on Saturday that a deal was imminent.

Walker was participating in batting practice on Saturday and was in the lineup at second base, but was scratched shortly before the game started. He was replaced at second base by Jose Reyes.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:56
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Steven Matz pitched four hitless innings but allowed two runs and four hits in the fifth, including two straight two-out RBI singles. He allowed two runs on four hits and two walks with one strikeout in 5 2/3 innings, which stretched his winless streak to eight starts.

2) Yoenis Cespedes gave the Mets a 1-0 lead with his second homer in as many days in the fourth. He struck out on three pitches with two runners on to end the eighth inning. Amed Rosario had a double in the third, but he was thrown out to end the inning trying to steal home on the front end of a double steal.

 

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Harvey on his rehab assignment 00:00:44
Matt Harvey discusses how he felt after his rehab assignment with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday afternoon.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey allowed one run on one hit and walked one batter in his rehab start for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday. It was Harvey's first outing since landing on the disabled list June 15.

He threw 18 pitches, seven of which were strkes.

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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (52-61) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (42-71) in the third game of a four-game series on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Seth Lugo (5-3, 4.55 ERA) is 1-1 with a 5.94 ERA in his last three starts, giving up 12 runs (11 earned) and 20 hits in 16 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old is 4-2 with a 5.26 ERA in seven road appearances (six starts) this season. He has faced the Phillies once in his career, giving up three runs in five innings last September.

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New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen has a mound conference with catcher Travis d'Arnaud and pitcher Steven Matz in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen has a mound conference with catcher Travis d'Arnaud and pitcher Steven Matz in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Steven Matz's midseason return to the Mets began with much promise, as he posted a 2.12 ERA over his first five starts. Even with impressive results, though, he was showing many red flag, and unfortunately it has all come crumbling down since. 

In 23 2/3 innings since July 9, he has allowed 29 runs, ballooning his season ERA to 5.77. He has allowed a career-high home run rate, and his hard-contact rate, formerly one of his strengths, has skyrocketed.

These are things that he also faced earlier in the season, but survived with a combination of an exceptionally high strand rate and a low batting average on balls in play. Both of these were expected to regress to league norms and they have indeed come plummeting back to earth. 

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Rosario's go-ahead home run 00:00:57
Amed Rosario smacks his first career home run to right-center field in the top of the ninth to put the Mets ahead of the Phillies for good.

The night was supposed to belong to Dominic Smith. He didn't mind sharing the stage with fellow ballyhooed prospect Amed Rosario.

Highlighting a game in which Smith made his major league debut, Rosario -- a veteran of 11 days in the big leagues -- launched a tiebreaking, solo homer in the ninth inning as the Mets continued their dominance of the Phillies with a 7-6 win on Friday at Citizens Bank Park.

"I've been seeing that stuff all year," Smith said about Rosario's decisive long ball.

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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers against the Washington Nationals during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 16, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers against the Washington Nationals during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 16, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP)

The Mets have won three of their last four games, but remain nine games below .500, 16 games behind the Nationals in the NL East, and 11 games behind the Diamondbacks for the second wild card spot in the National League.

What's Next

The Mets will look to take the third straight game from the Phillies at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday. 

Steven Matz (2-5, 5.77 ERA) will start for the Mets against Aaron Nola (8-7, 3.12 ERA)...

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:23
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

Things you should know about tonight's game...

1) Amed Rosario hit a tie-breaking solo homer leading off the ninth for his first career long ball. The 21-year-old finished 3-for-4 for his first multi-hit game and scored three times.

2) Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer and added an RBI single in the fifth. Michael Conforto homered for the second straight game and Neil Walker added two hits, including an RBI single. 

Tags: Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (Steven Bisig/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets starting pitcher Seth Lugo (Steven Bisig/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (51-61) take on the Philadelphia Phillies (42-70) in the second game of a four-game series on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Citizens Bank Park.

Who is starting tonight for the Mets? 

Seth Lugo (5-3, 4.55 ERA) is 1-1 with a 5.94 ERA in his last three starts, giving up 12 runs (11 earned) and 20 hits in 16 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old is 4-2 with a 5.26 ERA in seven road appearances (six starts) this season. He has faced the Phillies once in his career, giving up three runs in five innings last September.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Seth Lugo
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 (Rick Osentoski)
(Rick Osentoski)

Miami Marlins owner, Jeffrey Loria, has agreed to sell his team to the group involving former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. 

Loria will sell the franchise for $1.2 billion to the group comprised of about 16 investors. Bruce Sherman, who was the former chairman of Private Captial Management, will have the majority control over the franchise with Jeter having the say in baseball and business sides of the organizaiton. 

The agreement is expected to be completed Friday, and sent to the MLB offices in New York for review. Officials are not expected to vote on the purchase at an owners meeting in Chicago next week, but it will be a topic to discuss. The closing of the deal is expected to be completed by October. 

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Mets First Pitch: Dominic Smith 00:03:36
Dominic Smith reacts to being promoted to the Major Leagues and Gary Apple and Jim Duquette break down what to expect from the rookie.

Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith will start at first base and make his big-league debut when the Mets play the Phillies tonight at Citizens Bank Park, GM Sandy Alderson announced Thursday.

Smith, 22, had been hitting .330 with 16 home runs, 34 doubles, two triples, and 76 RBIs in 114 games for Triple-A Las Vegas this season. He was recently named his Triple-A league's Player of the Month for July, during which he hit .385 (42-for-109) and led the Pacific Coast League with 28 runs scored, while ranking second in extra-base hits (21), total bases (79) and OPS (1.162).

"Smith continues to show outstanding defensive ability at first, with very good footwork and excellent hands," MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo wrote earlier this season. "With his run-producing ability showing up more consistently, he is looking more and more like the everyday first baseman the Mets saw when they drafted him."

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Former top-100 prospect Travis d'Arnaud has been an enigma for the Mets, showing flashes of offensive prowess while struggling to stay on the field. As the Mets look ahead to an offseason of question marks, he is working diligently to prove he isn't one of them.

D'Arnaud's biggest strike against him has been an inability to stay healthy. And while he has not avoided the disabled list completely, his three-week stint in May is a minor blip compared to the long stretches of missed time in prior years. While many of his injuries have been considered "freak," he still shows a tendency towards bone injuries beyond what would be expected of someone at his position.

The persistence of his lost time has suggested there's something more than bad luck in play, but this season has arguably been a step in the right direction...

Tags: Travis d'Arnaud, Maggie Wiggin
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New York Mets pitcher Jerry Blevins pitches in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets pitcher Jerry Blevins pitches in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. (Wendell Cruz/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets LHP Jerry Blevins was claimed and blocked on waivers, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman,

Blevins, who reportedly drew some interest prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, has a 2.78 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 35 2/3 inningsd across 53 relief appearances this season. 

GM Sandy Alderson said after the trade deadline that trading Blevins was not a priority, as the team views him as an integral part of its bullpen for 2018.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia
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Jun 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) watches his two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) watches his two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Rob Brender and Steve Hofstetter celebrate Episode 20 of Meet the MetsCast - with the Top 5 best and worst Mets to wear No. 20 on their backs.

They also declare whether or not they'd be willing to trade with the Yankees, and pick something to root for as the 2017 season heads to the finish line.

To listen to the show, click play below or use this link to download...

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New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares attempts to make a catch against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares attempts to make a catch against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

With Jay Bruce traded to the Cleveland Indians and Curtis Granderson set to be a free agent at season's end, that allows the Mets to move Michael Conforto to right field in 2018.

So where do team officials turn for a center fielder next season? After all, a platoon of Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares in that position (with Yoenis Cespedes and Conforto in the corners) really does not seem like the best-case scenario.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Gelbs and DiComo on transactions 00:03:20
Anthony DiComo joins Steve Gelbs on Mets First Pitch to discuss the Jay Bruce trade and how it allows the Mets to promote Dominic Smith.

A Mets official reportedly blasted the Yankees organization for backing out of one deal involving Neil Walker prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and for not reaching a compromise on a potential Jay Bruce trade this past week.

The Mets reportedly had a deal in place that would have sent Walker to the Yankees in late July, but the Yankees backed out over concerns about Walker's medical record, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. The Mets reportedly believe, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma, that the Yankees used Walker's medicals as an excuse to back out on the deal and instead pursue Sonny Gray, whom they eventually acquired from the Oakland A's.

Earlier this week, instead of trading Bruce to the Yankees, the Mets dealt the outfielder to the Indians, who agreed to pay all of Bruce's remaining $3.7 million salary, in return for low-level minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan. The Yankees reportedly wanted the Mets to pay a portion of Bruce's salary, but the Mets wanted a better return in prospects than the two low-level pitchers the Yankees were reportedly offering.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Neil Walker
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Mar 5, 2016; Smith (74) bats during a spring training game at Osceola County Stadium. Credit: Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2016; Smith (74) bats during a spring training game at Osceola County Stadium. Credit: Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets have won two of their last three games, but remain 10 games below .500, 16.5 games behind the Nationals in the NL East, and 11 games behind the Diamondbacks for the second wild card spot in the National League.

What's Next

Dominic Smith will make his big-league debut tonight as the Mets (51-61) continue their four-game series with Phillies (42-70) at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Seth Lugo (5-3, 4.55 ERA) will start for the Mets against Nick Pivetta (4-7, 5.89 ERA)...

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