May has come and gone, and now, two months into the season, let's check to see which Mets prospects have moved forward and backward. While there are changes, it's still only two months of baseball. The numbers reflect my preseason rankings for each player. (All stats as of June 3)

1. RHP Noah SyndergaardStock: Unchanged.

Pitching in one of the worst environments for a hurler in baseball, Thor's been just fine (4.02 ERA, 8.2 percent BB, 24.7 percent K), and actually above average in the PCL where the average ERA is 4.55 and the strikeout rate is 19.7 percent, to go with an unintentional walk rate of 8.4 percent. He's worked on using his pitches better and improving his changeup and pitch sequencing in Vegas. The stuff is there. He avoided serious trouble with his elbow, and is now scheduled to return to the Las Vegas rotation Thursday. As long as he's healthy, he'll be a Met by August.

2. Travis d’ArnaudStock: Unchanged and graduated

D'Arnaud entered the 2014 season trying to prove he could be an everyday MLB starter. He still is. The approach is there - he has a 11.9 percent walk and a 17.9 percent strikeout rate - but he has had bad luck on balls in play (a .211 BABIP) and has not hit for any power (a .103 isolated slugging percentage). Thanks to a concussion which limited him to 12 games in May, and catcher usage, he's played in only 35 of the Mets' 58 games. Fan impatience with d'Arnaud is understandable and short-sighted. I still believe d'Arnaud will be an average or better MLB catcher in short order.

3. RHP Rafael MonteroStock: unchanged and will graduate this year

Before the season, I wrote: "Montero looks poised to contribute in 2014 as a mid- to backend rotation piece." The Mets gave him that chance for a little over two weeks in May. Five home runs in 20 innings and a 12 percent walk rate later, the 23-year-old is back in Triple-A in favor of Daisuke Matsuzaka. He'll get the chance again. The Triple-A numbers presaged Montero's big league struggles. His walk rate jumped from 7 percentin  the PCL last year to over 10 percent this year. In the big leagues, Montero threw his two-seamer, inconsistent slider and changeup for a strike just 15 percent of the time. That's not going to cut it.

4. OF Cesar PuelloStock: Confused.

When he has played, Puello was a hacktastic mess early, but improved measurably in May. However, Puello has started only 39 of the 51s first 58 games. He's lost playing time to Brandon Allen, Andrew Brown, Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Anthony Seratelli.

In April, he fanned 20 times (23.5 percent) and walked just twice (2.4 percent) in 23 games. In May he improved to five strikeouts (6.3 percent) and seven walks (8.9 percent) in his 20 games. His isolated power rose from a meager .049 in April to .145 in May, a month in which he hit .291/.426/.436 overall. The Mets asked him to improve his plate discipline. Despite admitting that it was hard moving in and out of the lineup early, Puello has. It's not just that he deserves to play everyday on his own merits. He's the only real offensive help in the outfield for the Mets above Single-A. There's still a world in which Puello is starting everyday for the Mets in August (Hi Chris Young's .202/.293/.349 line) but he needs to play in Triple-A now.

5. INF Wilmer FloresStock: Up. It's a graduation year.

The Mets are still trying to figure out what to do with him (hint: play him at 1B or 2B against LHP and SS against some RHP), but he's a big leaguer now.

6. CF Brandon NimmoStock: Up.

May was a "slow" month for Nimmo and the 20-year-old still hit .278/.402/.423 with 20 walks against 25 strikeouts in 27 games. He's sitting at .325/.449/.460 for the year and starting to show more power than he did in Savannah (his iso is up from .086 to .135). Crucially, he's cut his strikeout rate from 27 percentlast year to 19 percent this year, while increasing his walk rate. He's already a disciplined on-base machine, and I think there's more power in there. He's dealt with a sprained ankle and pink eye in the last week, but he should spend this summers' warm months with the Double-A Binghamton Mets. Nimmo is starting to convert skeptics, including Jason Parks at Baseball Prospectus.

7. LHP Steven MatzStock: Similar

I touched on Matz in my Single-A pitching review. He's fourth in the Florida State League in ERA (1.73) and eighth in strikeout rate (23.9 percent). He'll be in Double-A as soon as the first half ends in the Florida State League and he gets to enjoy a short break for the FSL All-Star game.

8. 1B Dominic SmithStock: Holding

He's 18 and playing in a full-season league in Savannah, a park that's brutal on left-handed power and hitting .259/.337/.295 in 54 games overall.

He was better in May (.320/.398/.360 - 4 2B, 13 BB - 27 G) than in April (.212/.261/.247 - 3 2B, 6 BB - 25 G) and has shown an ability to stroke line drives to left field and draw a walk. His 9.3 percent walk rate and 15 percent strikeout rates are impressive for a hitter so young. He's showing pop in batting practice, but he's still looking for his first home run and has just a 3.3 percentextra-base hit rate. Scouts are starting to wonder about his power ceiling. Again, he's 18 and playing against guys 3-6 years his elder, but until he starts putting the ball over the wall, as a first baseman, it's going to be an important conversation.

9. SS Amed Rosario Stock: Unchanged.

Rosario was 0-for-5 with five strikeouts in his first game with the Gnats. He was transferred to the Brooklyn roster there after. His hand path looks a little better in batting practice, but the 18-year-old needs to play more than one game for his stock to move. The Mets have a choice coming up about what to do with Rosario in a few weeks. There will be at bats available in the Gnats' infield in the second half after guys like LJ Mazzilli (age 23) and Jeff McNeil  (age 22) are promoted. Shifting Rosario and Cecchini through short, second and third would guarantee plenty of AB for both. Or the Mets could just send Rosario to Brooklyn for the summer.

10. 2B Dilson HerreraStock: Up, a little

The 20-year-old popped 10 extra-bas hits in May (.322/.352/.438) to take his season line to .307/.352/.411 in 57 games. He's listed at 5'10", but he can hit - he's second in the FSL in hits and total bases (and first in AB and games played). There's a little bit of power and run (he's 13-for-16 stealing bases). There's also a lot of batting average in Herrera's line. Neither his isolated slugging (.104), nor his walk rate (5.7 percent) are very impressive on their own.

The Mets could certainly leave Herrera at St. Lucie for most of the year although with another month like May, that would be harder. If he were to be promoted today, he would be the youngest player in the Double-A Eastern League, and the third-youngest player in all of Double-A baseball. As it happens, the B-Mets need an infielder or two, and now with Wildredo Tovar out with a thumb sprain and Matt Reynolds dealing with back problems. If one of them comes back soon, the Mets could move 2B T.J. Rivera up as the 25-year-old has beat up on the FSL at a .358/.395/.490 rate. If both Tovar and Reynolds are out for an extended period, Herrera really should join the B-Mets. He's not going anywhere for two more weeks - until St. Lucie either clinches a first half or is eliminated (they're half a game out with 13 to play). Also, for what it's worth, Mazzilli, who began the year in Savannah looks ready for a new challenge in the FSL.

11. Kevin PlaweckiStock: Inching upward

After a slow April (.250/.300/.304), Plawecki was a monster in the month of May (.359/.378/.602 - 26 games). After going homerless with three doubles in April, he blasted five over the wall and added 10 doubles in May. A 15-extra-base hit month plays, especially at catcher. The man hits lots of line drives hard to the gaps. The one caveat in Plawecki's offensive record: his walk rate remains just 4.1 percent. It's difficult -- although not impossible -- to be a good MLB hitter and walk that infrequently. Most of the guys in MLB lineups who stay there with walk rates that low are shortstops, center fielders and/or plus defenders. He has a more aggressive approach that most fans realize, and is eager to attack early count fastballs, with the swing, skills and strength to do damage when he connects. Still, MLB, or even Triple-A pitchers, would likely exploit this aggressive approach. He's going to stay in Binghamton for a while, until he walks a little more.

12. SS Gavin CecchiniStock: Up.

There's a big leaguer in here. At age 20 in the SAL, he's showing more power and patience than he ever has before. His 9.8 percent walk rate and his .138 ISO would both be career highs and he's doing it with just a 15 percent strikeout rate. He still has room to fill out and grow stronger. He's added a leg kick to his swing in the last few years, but as long as he gets his foot down on time, it works for him. Perhaps, as he adds strength, he should be able to simplify his swing setup a little bit. Scouts have expressed concern over his range at shortstop since he's no more than an average runner. His eventual role is far from clear, but he's made solid progress.

13. RHP Gabriel YnoaStock: Ticking upward

Ynoa has been absolutely lights out in his last four starts: 25 IP, 1.08 ERA, 22 K/2 BB, and an opponents batting line of .250/.265/.292 in 100 PA. Ynoa has an average-ish fastball (92-94), a slider and a changeup and he can throw all three for strikes out of a nice, easy delivery. He has a pretty advanced feel for pitching and demonstrated an impressive feel for setting up hitters and locating his stuff in the zone. There's a rotation piece in here with this kind of progress.

14. RHP Michael FulmerStock: Holding

Much better in May (2.57 ERA) than in April (8.00) ERA. Discussed him in the pitching review. The next few months of his development at age 21 will be interesting and important.

15. RHP Vic BlackStock: Graduated. He's a big leaguer.

Walks are apparently always going to hold down Black's value. It's going to look bad sometimes with all of the baserunners, but 98 mph is a pretty great weapon and equalizer.

16. RHP Jacob deGromStock: The talk of NY.

There are signs of regression coming: his left on base percentage is hilariously high (93.8 percent) and his BABIP is extremely low (.203) League average LOB is 73 percentand BABIP .294. Still, enjoy it. He's a big league arm.

17. RHP Domingo TapiaStock: Slipping

He's walked more batters (22) than he's struck out (20). There's no MLB starter in here, but quite possibly a hard-throwing reliever.

18. RHP Jeff WaltersStock: Bypassed for an MLB promotion by Buddy Carlyle, Dana Eveland and various performers from Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas. He owns a 8.85 ERA in 20 1/3 innings in Triple-A, and has allowed 37 hits for Wally Backman to go along with a pedestrian 13/8 K/BB rate.

19. RHP Cory MazzoniStock: Slipping

He's been hurt again. It's hard to move up on the DL.

20. LHP Jack LeathersichStock: Slipping

The lefty is repeating Double-A with almost identical numbers to 2013 and again is walking 12.9 percent of opposing hitters, with a strikeout rate few ticks lower.

21. RHP Luis MateoStock: Same.

He's been out recovering from Tommy John. A potential MLB reliever when he returns, but its hard to move up a list on the DL.

22. CF Champ StuartStock: Same.

He still has the tools -- notably plus speed -- to play a strong center field that earned him this rank. He's raw, but improved over 2013, as the Mets have worked with him on becoming more aggressive at the plate. He's high on my list of guys to watch in the next few months.

23. OF Ivan WilsonStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

24. RHP Luis CessaStock: Slipping

Striking out just 10 percent of opposing hitters in the FSL. That's not enough.

25. RHP Robert GsellmanStock: Moving up

There's a big leaguer in here. He lost most of May to a minor hamstring strain. He had no feel for his curveball in his last start, but it looked much improved earlier in the year. For the season, he’s sitting on a 2.27 ERA with a 19.9 percent strikeout rate and a 5.4 percent walk rate overall. He throws 92-94 and has a big sturdy body. If the curve progresses he's an MLB starter, otherwise he's a potential middle reliever, and for a guy in Single-A who won't turn 21 until July, that's not a bad projection at all.

26. RHP Chris FlexenStock: Holding

Flexen was bad in April (7.11 ERA, 12 K/11 BB - 19 innings) and not much better in May (5.73 ERA, 11 K/14 BB - 22 IP), but turned in a gem in his first outing of June. The first two months, he worked behind in the count, and couldn't command any of his pitches. Against Asheville on Monday, he struck out a season high 10, walked one and allowed one run on three hits in seven innings. He showed a big league fastball and curve and the makings of a useful changeup. Flexen won't turn 20 until July 1 and Monday's outing was a monster step in the right direction.

27. RHP Casey MeisnerStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

28. RHP Andrew ChurchStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

29. C Juan CentenoStock: Same/on the road to graduation

Fulfilling his destiny as a no-power, decent backup catcher.

30. SS Wilfredo TovarStock: Same/inching up

Tovar is the same gifted defensive SS with no power he's always been. This year, he lowered his strikeout rate to a the absurdly low 5.4 percent. I still don't think there's enough bat to play everyday in the big leagues and he'll be on the DL for a while with a sprained thumb.

31. 2B LJ MazzilliStock: Up

A big month of May (.333/.433/.525, 5 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR) has put him, at age 23, on the path to a promotion to St. Lucie. His walk rate is up, and so is his power over his NYP numbers. Now, he'll have to show he can do it against more age-appropriate competition.

32. OF Jared KingStock: In a walking boot

The 22-year-old King has been out since May 11 with a broken fibula. He's displayed a great plate eye (10.6 percent K and 17.4 percent BB). On the other hand, he'll need to hit for more power to profile as a corner outfielder with no better than average defense.

33. RHP Erik GoeddelStock: Barely holding a 40-man roster spot.

In 23 1/3 innings in Triple-A, he's fanned 24 and walked 18.

34. CF Matt den DekkerStock: On his way to graduating. Up-ish

He's going to hit much big league pitching, but he can really play centerfield enough to stick around as a fifth outfielder.

35. OF Cory VaughnStock: Enron?

Vaughn turned 25 on May 1, and has hit .176 in both April and May while repeating Double-A. He's sitting at .176/.264/.259 in 49 games this year.

36. RHP Logan VerrettStock: Holding

He's made 12 starts for Las Vegas and survived: 4.97 ERA, 67 innings, 92 hits, 11 BB, 46 K. If the Mets need an arm in an emergency, well, he has one.

37. RHP Akeel MorrisStock: Up some.

The top line numbers look really good: 0.31 ERA, 28.2 IP, 11 H, 12 BB, 45 K for a 41.3 percentstrikeout rate. But we've been here before with other SAL relievers with fastballs a tick above average and below average command and some kind of breaking ball (see also: Jack Leathersich and Bret Mitchell). Morris' 7.5 percentwalk rate in May was a big step in the right direction. Still, he must continue to improve his command to profile as a big league bullpen piece.

38. RHP Ricardo JacquezStock: Down

Jacquez gets penalized because he's still in extended spring training. I saw the stuff from him in Kingsport at 92-94 mph with a slider at 87 to get guys out in the SAL. The fact that he's not in SAL and has squandered half of a full-season is bad for his value.

39. RHP Bret MitchellStock: Down

The 25-year-old walked nine batters in 11 innings in the FSL and has been on the DL since April 27 with a right hip strain. For a guy who had hip labrum surgery, that's concerning.

40. 3B Pedro PerezStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

41. SS Luis GuillormeStock: Holding

Extended spring training is not where one increases (or loses) value.

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Front-office officials and scouting personnel consider Mets prospect Amed Rosario to be among the best defensive shortstops in the minor leagues, according to a survey conducted by MLB.com's MLBPipeline.

"He has the potential to be an all-star shortstop with Gold Glove potential," Baseball America's Matt Eddy wrote in December. "The best athlete in the Mets system, Rosario stands out most for his glove work. ... He has the easy plus range and arm strength to profile as a true impact defender."

"The Mets have Asdrubal Cabrera under contract through 2017, meaning Rosario could be the organization's full-time shortstop at some point in 2018," Eddy concludes.

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Jay Bruce's market value 00:05:01
Jim Duquette and Nelson Figueroa discuss how the offseason has shaped the market for outfielder Jay Bruce.

In case you missed it, this past weekend...

The Blue Jays are reportedly close to re-signing free-agent OF Jose Bautista. Also, the Phillies and free-agent OF Michael Saunders have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $9 million.

CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury said the Phillies had shown interest in trading for Mets OF Jay Brucebut were reluctant to deal multiple prospects to get him.

Lastly, while the Cardinals are looking for a left-handed hitting outfielder, they want him to play all three outfield positions and upgrade their defense, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com.

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May 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Craig Breslow (17) throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 6-4. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
May 6, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Craig Breslow (17) throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Marlins Park. The Marlins won 6-4. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets and Yankees are among 12-20 teams that will watch lefty reliever Craig Breslow throw a showcase on Jan. 23, reports Peter Gammons. 

According to Gammons, Breslow, who was released by the Marlins last July, has worked on lowering his arm angle and improving his breaking pitch. 

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New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores takes a curtain call after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores takes a curtain call after hitting a three-run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

The bullpen and starting pitching will be the key to success in 2017 for the Mets, infielder Wilmer Flores told SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio early Friday.

"When we got to the World Series in 2015, it's no secret that our pitching took us to the World Series," he told the hosts at 7:30 AM on route to his morning workout. "We're built on pitching and it's going to be healthy. ... So, it's going to be an interesting year."

Flores said he's proud of how the team fought through injuries to get to the Wild Card game in 2016. However, this season, he expects them to get back to the Fall Classic.

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Jul 7, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores (4) watches his three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 7, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores (4) watches his three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Wilmer Flores and the Mets did not agree to a deal before Friday's arbitration deadline and the two sides will go to a hearing to determine his 2017 salary, the team announced.

Flores has filed at $2.2 million, while the Mets have offered $1.8 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The Mets changed their stance this offseason in regard to arbitration-eligilble players, and GM Sandy Alderson said Thursday that he had no issue going to a hearing to determine a new contract if an agreement could not be reached by the Jan. 13 deadline.

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(Kathy Willen/AP)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with RHP Matt Harvey, agreeing to a deal worth $5.125 million that contains $100,000 in performance bonuses, reports James Wagner of the NY Times.

Harvey made $4.325 million last season.

He had a 4.86 ERA (3.47 FIP) and 1.46 WHIP with 76 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings (17 starts) in 2016 before Thoracic outlet syndrome that resulted in surgery ended his season after his start on July 4.

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(Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with RHP Jacob deGrom, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth $4.05 million that includes performance bonuses, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.

DeGrom, who made $607,000 last season, received a base salary that's the largest ever for a first-time abirtration-eligible starting pitcher who didn't qualify for the ERA title. 

He had a 3.04 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 143 strikeouts in 148 innings (24 starts) last season before a pinched ulnar nerve in his right elbow resulted in season-ending surgery on Sept. 20.

DeGrom told reporters in early December that he planned to soon begin his offseason throwing program and be 100 percent healthy for spring training.

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(Bill Streicher)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with closer Jeurys Familia, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth $7.425 million, reports James Wagner of the NY Times.

Familia, 27, made $4.1 million last season.

He had a 2.55 ERA (2.39 FIP) and 1.21 WHIP with 84 strikeouts in 77 2/3 innings (78 appearances) while saving a team-record 51 games.

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(Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with RH reliever Addison Reed, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth $7.75 million, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Reed, 28, made $5.3 million last season.

He had a 1.97 ERA and identical 1.97 FIP with a 0.94 WHIP while striking out 91 in 77 2/3 innings (80 games) in 2016. 

Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia
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(Brad Barr/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with LH reliever Josh Edgin, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.

The terms of the deal are not yet known.

Edgin, 30, made $625,000 last season, which was his first year back from Tommy John surgery.

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Mets pitchers Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. (Jeff Curry/USATSI)
Mets pitchers Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. (Jeff Curry/USATSI)

The Mets have not yet talked with their young starting pitchers about about multiyear-contract-extensions beyond their current deals, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters during a lunch Thursday at Citi Field.

"I don't see it as a pressing issue," Alderson said, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin.

In late-December, Alderson made a similar statement, saying he had no plans to talk contract extensions prior to spring training.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) steps up to single to left during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports 
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Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) steps up to single to left during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with C Travis d'Arnaud, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal, according to FanRag's MLB reporter Jon Heyman.

D'Arnaud, who earned the $524,000 league minimum in 2016, will earn $1.8 million next season.

He is eligible for arbitration in 2018 and 2019, after which he can be a free agent

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(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets have avoided arbitration with 1B Lucas Duda, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday.

The deal is worth $7.25 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Duda, 30, hit .229 with a .302 OBP and .412 SLG with seven HR last season while being limited to just 47 games due to a back injury.

He hit .244 with a .352 OBP and .486 SLG with 27 HR in 135 games in 2015.

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Aug 28, 2016; Flores (4) singles against the Phillies at Citi Field. Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 28, 2016; Flores (4) singles against the Phillies at Citi Field. Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores's favorite position to play is second base, he told SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio early Friday morning.

"I enjoyed playing first base too last season, it was a lot of fun," he added. "But, I'll do the job wherever they put me."

In 2016, Flores played 51 games at third base, 27 games at first base, 18 games at second base, and eight games at first base, while hitting .267 with 30 extra base hits and 49 RBI in just 307 at-bats.

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Jul 27, 2016; NFamilia (27) reacts as he heads to the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2016; NFamilia (27) reacts as he heads to the dugout at Citi Field. Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

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Jan. 13 | 8:20AM

Sandy Alderson told reporters Thursday that he does not know when MLB will make a decision about whether to suspend Jeurys Familia, who he assumed will miss at least some period of time during the 2017 season (Rubin, Jan. 12).

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Latest on Jay Bruce 00:05:04
Mets Hot Stove analyzes the Mets decision to either trade Jay Bruce or keep him on the roster.

During his lunch with reporters at Citi Field on Thursday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said it's possible he begins spring training with all of his current outfielders, including Jay Bruce.

"Obviously the market for certain players, certain free agents and therefore trade candidates has been slow at best, nonexistent at worst," Alderson said, according to NJ.com. "What we continue to do is reassess where we are and what our options are going forward, and those options range from doing something soon, which is possible or was possible, is possible, or doing nothing."

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Mets 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Matt Harvey, C Travis d'Arnaud and RHP Jacob deGrom (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Matt Harvey, C Travis d'Arnaud and RHP Jacob deGrom (Credit: USA Today Images)

The deadline for teams and unsigned arbitration-eligible players to file salary figures is January 13, after which the final salary will be determined during an arbitration hearing.

The Mets intend to take a more strict position on their potential arbitration cases than they have in past, Newsday's Marc Carig reported Thursday.

According to Carig, if the two sides cannot agree by Friday's deadline, the Mets have no issue letting the situation play out in arbitration.

This year's remaining, unsigned arbitration-eligible players for the Mets are...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Travis d'Arnaud
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(Kim Klement)

The Mets have signed LH reliever Adam Wilk to a minor league deal that includes an invite to major league Spring Training, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Wilk, 29, last pitched in the majors in 2015, allowing one run in 2.0 innings for the Angels.

He has also pitched for the Tigers, appearing in five games in 2011 and three games in 2012.

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Wally Backman speaks out 00:06:32
Baseball Night in New York looks into Wally Backman's recent negative comments about Mets general manager Sandy Alderson.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he hasn't been contacted by other teams about former Mets minor league manager Wally Backman, who recently told the Bergen Record's Bob Klapisch that he's being blackballed across Major League Baseball by Alderson.

Alderson, who said Backman is a "good baseball man," added that "Wally did a good job for us at Las Vegas. ...Nobody has called about Wally," according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Backman, 57, had been coaching within the Mets minor league system since 2009, most recently serving as manager for their Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas from 2013-16. However, resigned from his role after last season in order to pursue other opportunities.

"It's not Sandy's nature" to be this vindictive, a non-Mets baseball executive told Klapisch...

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Yanks and Mets share Series odds 00:03:31
Baseball Night in New York wonders whether Las Vegas made the right call by giving the Yankees and Mets the exact same World Series odds.

The Mets currently sit at 13-to-1 odds to win the World Series in 2017, the same odds as the Yankees, according to information provided by the Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas...

The Yankees finished 84-78 during 2016, but missed the playoffs by five games. The Mets, on the other hand, went 87-75 last season to win the top Wild Card spot.

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(Steve Mitchell)

The Mets will conclude their Spring Training game schedule on March 31 against Army at West Point, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Mets pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, FL on Feb. 12, with position players required to report by Feb. 17.

Their Grapefruit League schedule begins Friday, February 24 against the Red Sox in Fort Myers, FL.

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Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) pitches during the tenth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Sep 24, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo (54) pitches during the tenth inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

The Oakland A's and free-agent reliever Santiago Casilla have agreed on a two-year, $11 million deal that contains $3 million in incentives, according to multiple reports.

This is a lot of money for a 36-year-old right-handed reliever. So, if reports are accurate and the Mets are pinching pennies, then it makes sense to pass on him. That said, Casilla is the type of experienced pitcher the Mets say they have been looking for, and given their window to win and the need for bullpen help, it's disappointing to see them hold back.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters in December he would prefer to acquire a pitcher that can handle "high-leverage situations" and has experience closing games, even though the pitcher might not be considered a closer.

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws in the spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws in the spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Tradition Field. (Brad Barr)

Zack Wheeler and the Mets avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $800,000 deal on Wednesday, the team announced. 

Wheeler underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2015 and missed each of the past two years. The 26-year-old last pitched in 2014 when he had a 3.54 ERA and 1.32 WHIP while striking out 187 batters in 185 1/3 innings.

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 (Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)
(Reinhold Matay/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets have invited 13 minor leaguers to big league Spring Training, the team announced Wednesday.

Top 1B prospect Dominic Smith highlights the list.

The other invites are RHPs Chase BradfordKevin McGowanPaul SewaldCorey Taylor, and Logan Taylor, LHPs P.J. Conlon and David Roseboom, C Xorge Carrilllo, infielders Phillip Evans and Luis Guillorme, and outfielders Champ Stuart and Travis Taijeron.

Absent from the list is OF Tim Tebow, who signed with the Mets over the summer and played in the Arizona Fall League.

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Nov 3, 2016; Tebow with the Mets against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game. Credit: USA TODAY Sports
Nov 3, 2016; Tebow with the Mets against the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow considered sticking with football, but instead chose baseball to take on a new challenge, he told ESPN's 'First Take" on Tuesday.

"I wanted to do something I wanted to do, that would be fun for me, a challenge for me," Tebow told host Max Kellerman. "That's why I chose to pick up a baseball bat."

Tebow, who signed a $100,000 contract to join the Mets this past summer, hit .194 with a .296 OBP, no home runs, three doubles and 20 strikeouts in 19 games during October's Arizona Fall League.

"At a certain point, it's not about what other people want you to do it's about what you want to do," he reitterated to Kellerman, parroting a line he frequently used during his book tour last November. "It's your life, not everybody else's life. I could go play football at another position, but why settle. Life isn't about settling, life is about striving."

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New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field in 2015. (Brad Barr)
New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) throws against the Miami Marlins during the spring training baseball game at Tradition Field in 2015. (Brad Barr)

Suspended relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia and the Mets went through the formality Tuesday of agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1,976,000, money he will not ever receive. 

Mejia was given a lifetime ban from baseball last Feb. 12 after his third positive test under the major league drug program. He remains on the Mets roster on the restricted list, and because he has four years of major league service he was eligible for salary arbitration. However, players serving drug suspensions do not get paid. 

Mejia's salary was cut the maximum 20 percent from his $2.47 million salary last year - money he also did not receive. 

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Will Jay Bruce ever be traded? 00:05:17
The Baseball Night in New York panel discusses the trade market for Jay Bruce and which teams he would fit the best with.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson is operating under a mandate not to spend on new players until he removes money currently on the payroll, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

While Alderson is notorious for wanting to begin the season with budget space to make in-season deals, which he has done the past two years, I hope this is not accurate considering the organization is coming off back-to-back postseason appearances.

In either case, Alderson obviously wants to trade Jay Bruce and his $13 million salary for an established, high-leverage, right-handed relief pitcher, then use his remaining money to sign a left-handed reliever and any pitcher willing to accept a minor-league deal.

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Mets infielder Jose Reyes received advice on hitting today from his friend, former Mets OF and current Astros DH Carlos Beltran.

"You're never too old to take advice," Reyes wrote on Instagram after working out with Beltran at the Bomberville Indoor Baseball Facility in the Bronx...

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Jay Bruce (19) has dominated the Mets news cycle during the Winter Meetings (USA TODAY Sports)
Jay Bruce (19) has dominated the Mets news cycle during the Winter Meetings (USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets have reportedly been trying to trade Jay Bruce for a relief pitcher or prospects, while freeing up salary to sign additional help for their bullpen.

In the last four months, the Orioles, Rangers, Blue Jays, Giants and other teams have all reportedly shown some level interest in trading for Bruce.

Here's how I would characterize each team as a possible trade partner...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 9, 2016; Kelly Johnson (55) hits a RBI double at Turner Field. Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 9, 2016; Kelly Johnson (55) hits a RBI double at Turner Field. Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Braves are interested in signing free-agent infielder Kelly Johnsonaccording to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Johnson signed with the Braves as a free agent prior to each of the past two seasons and was traded to the Mets both years.

In 2015, the Mets acquired Johnson and Juan Uribe for minor leaguers John Gant and Robert Whalen. Last season, they acquired Johnson in return for RHP prospect Akeel Morris.

In 131 games with the Mets during that time, Johnson, 34, hit .260 with a .319 OBP, 14 home runs, 14 doubles, 25 stolen bases and 37 RBIs, while playing all four infield positions and left field.

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Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)
Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)

It's after Jan. 1 and freezing in New York. Thankfully, Spring Training is roughly a month away...

Mets pitchers and catchers are required to report to Tradition Field by Feb. 12, with their first full workout coming two days later. The team's position players are not required to report until Feb. 17, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for Feb. 19.

That said, just like in previous seasons, I'm sure dozens of players will begin descending on St. Lucie in the next couple of weeks. Thanks to having their strength and conditioning consultant, Mike Barwis, in St. Lucie running his facility at Tradition Field, the pre-spring meet up essentially turns in to an official-unofficial mini camp. In other words, the reporting dates are nothing but a formality...

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