There are 15 days left before Opening Day. The Mets were trying to figure out how to construct their outfield, most of their bullpen, and fill a void in their starting rotation.

With the possibility of David Wright opening the season on the disabled list, the Mets now have to also figure out how to fill a void open at third base, even if it's only for a week.

The current options include: Justin Turner, Zach Lutz, Brian Bixler and Brandon Hicks.

Hicks is on the 40-man roster, but his defense has been inconsistent this spring, no matter which position he's played.

Bixler has shown some power this spring, although he doesn't have much of a track record. He's a career .189 hitter in 183 games since 2008, and he's played 14 games at third base over that span. He's also not on the 40-man roster, and the Mets are already lacking roster flexibility; I don't see the Mets adding him and cutting someone else to fill what could only be a short-term gap.

Lutz is healthy and can hit for power, he's on the 40-man roster, but he lacks big league experience mostly because he's spent a lot of time injured over the last couple of years. If Wright starts the season on the disabled list, I could envision a scenario where Lutz makes the club, but not as a solution to fill a hole at third base on an everyday basis just yet.

That leaves Justin Turner who, to me, is the most viable option. He has shown over the last couple of years he's a versatile utility man all around the infield; he's shown he can play all four positions at least serviceably over the course of his Mets career, and he has the most experience out of any of the other candidates.

Update - 2 p.m.: Justin Turner left Saturday's game with a right ankle sprain.

Yesterday, a lot of people asked me about Wilmer Flores, and potentially having him fill the potential void. Yes, he is on the 40-man roster and has played a lot of third base over the last couple of seasons. But a) he has never played a day above Double-A, b) from what understand, the Mets are clearly trying to see what his value is at second base, and c) I don't think it's a good idea whatsoever to use the team's only legitimate hitting prospect to fill a short-term need, even if it's for a day. The Mets have been down this road with Jenrry Mejia, and that has yet to work out for them.

The best thing to do with Flores is to stay the course, and send him to Triple-A, which is what I think will ultimately happen. That way, he can play every day at the position where there might be a long-term need for the organization. They can determine what he is defensively, and see if he can fully develop offensively without the pressures to succeed at the Major League level.

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was not told by ownership to slash payroll during this season, he said Wednesday at Citi Field.

With the team out of contention, Alderson has traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker-- all of whom are eligible for free agency after the season -- over the last few weeks, shedding $11.6 million in salary in the process.

However, the Mets did add $2.3 million in salary when they acquired RHP AJ Ramos -- who is expected to be their setup man in 2018 -- from the Marlins last month.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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We Ask Mets Fans..Trade Deadline 00:01:35
In the latest edition of We Ask Mets Fans presented by StubHub, Mets fans discuss whether they liked the team's deals at the trade deadline.

In the latest edition of We Ask Mets Fans presented by StubHub, Mets fans discuss whether they liked the team's deals at the trade deadline.

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GEICO SportsNite: David Peterson 00:00:18
David Peterson made his professional debut Friday with the Brooklyn Cyclones

The Mets have four players on FanGraphs' newest top-100 prospect list, with SS Amed Rosario at No. 2, 1B Dominic Smith ranked 53rd, SS Andres Gimenez at 75 and the recently drafted LHP David Peterson coming in at No. 81. 

Rosario was promoted to the Mets in early August and has hit .240 with five extra-base hits in 50 at-bats through 15 games. Smith, who joined the shortstop this month, collected his first big league homer at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. He's 4-for-21 to start his career. 

Gimenez has spent all of this season with Class A Columbia, compiling a .275/.345/.347 slash line with two home runs and 24 RBIs in 80 games. MLB Pipeline gives Gimenez grades of for his arm 60 arm and a 55 for fielding on the 20-80 scale. However, ESPN's Keith Law wrote in February that Gimenez was the team's sleeper prospect that has a chance to develop into a strong player. 

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Travis d'Arnaud (18) plays third base at Citi Field. Credit. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Travis d'Arnaud (18) plays third base at Citi Field. Credit. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Travis d'Arnaud and Asdrubal Cabrera rotated between playing third base and second base Wednesday because Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores were unavailable due to left rib injuries.

D'Arnaud, who had never started a game at either position, texted David Wright prior to the game to get permission to use his third basemen's glove.

"Use it well," Wright replied "Dive for everything."

In situations when a right-handed batter was at the plate, Terry Collins put D'Arnaud at second base, while Cabrera played third, where a ground ball was more likely to be hit. Then, when a left-handed batter stepped to the plate, the two infielders switched positions, again so Cabrera could be at second where he was more likely to get a ground ball.

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The New York Mets and Taiwan Tourism Bureau will host the 13th annual Taiwan Heritage Day on Sunday, August 20 at Citi Field when the Mets host the Miami Marlins at 1:10 p.m.

Pre-game performances start at 11:00 a.m. in the Mets plaza as contemporary Taiwanese music by Liu Sheng Ji will showcase the energy and voice of Taiwan. A traditional Taiwanese folk dance performance called Santaizi will be presented by the New York Hua Lian Tsu Hui Temple. Taiwanese mascot "Oh Bear" will appear and interact with Mr. Met and fans throughout the game and Deputy Director - General of Taiwan Tourism Bureau Wayne Liu will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Tickets are on sale for the August 20 Taiwan Heritage Day at mets.com/Taiwan, by phone at (718) 507-TIXX, or in person at the Jackie Robinson Rotunda ticket windows.

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Alderson comments on Gsellman 00:00:45
Sandy Alderson reacts to Robert Gsellman's recent comments when Gsellman stated that he doesn't care what Alderson says about him.

The Yankees scored three runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday night against Robert Gsellman, who threw a wild pitch, walked three batters and gave up four hits, including a 457-foot home run by Aaron Judge that landed in the third deck above left field.

Nevertheless, Mets manager Terry Collins said after the game that Gsellman will get another start next week, most likely at home against the Diamondbacks.

Gsellman was making his return from a hamstring injury to start in place of Seth Lugo, who was put back on the disabled list earlier this week with pain in his pitching shoulder. According to multiple reports, had Lugo not been injured, Gsellman would have remained in Triple-A, where he had been struggling to perform during his rehab assignment.

"I think he ran out of gas," Collins said about Gsellman's start Wednesday. "I thought he was fine. His changeup was outstanding. The ball had good sink."

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Collins, Gsellman after loss 00:05:54
Robert Gsellman says he spoke with Sandy Alderson to clear the air and Terry Collins spoke about the Mets' third straight loss on Wednesday.

The Mets have lost four of their last five games, including the first three games of their four-game set with the Yankees. They are now 12 games under .500 with the ninth-worst record in baseball, 18 games back in the NL East and 11 losses back in the Wild Card race. 

What's Next: 

The Mets and Yankees close out their four-game series at 7:10 p.m. on Thursday night at Citi Field. 

Steven Matz (2-6, 5.54 ERA) starts for the Mets opposite Luise Severino (9-5, 3.32 ERA). 

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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 allowed a walk and struck out one during a scoreless inning in his first rehab outing with Class A St. Lucie on Wednesday night.

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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Following Wednesday's game against the Yankees, RHP Robert Gsellman apologized for his recent comments toward GM Sandy Alderson. 

Alderson had expressed displeasure on Wednesday with Gsellman's recent remarks, which were in response to the GM saying Gsellman needed to pitch better before returning to the majors. Gsellman had initially said, "I don't care," but went back on those words after Wednesday's start. 

"I definitely need to pitch better," Gsellman told reporters. "I really care, it's my job so I definitely care. I apologized to Sandy for saying that and we talked it out." 

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:01
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 5-3 loss to the Yankees.

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

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

1) With the game tied at 3-3 in the seventh, the Yankees broke through to take the lead on Didi Gregorius's two-run double against reliever Paul Sewald

2) In his return from the disabled list, Robert Gsellman allowed three runs on four hits (including a homer to Aaron Judge) and three walks while striking out two in 5 1/3 innings of work. He would not factor into the decision. 

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Harvey makes another rehab start 00:02:04
SNY's Michelle Yu speaks with Matt Harvey following the pitcher's latest rehab start in Brooklyn for the Cyclones.

Mets pitcher Matt Harvey (scapula) tossed three scoreless innings, allowing one hit while striking out three in a rehab start with the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones on Wednesday. 

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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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New York Mets RHP Robert Gsellman (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets RHP Robert Gsellman (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets (53-64) will play the third game of a four-game set with the New York Yankees (63-55) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

Who is starting today for the Mets? 

 

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 (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Travis d'Arnaud will bat fifth and play third base for the Mets on Wednesday night against the Yankees. 

 

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 (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
(Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielders Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes have been scratched from Wednesday's lineup, as both are dealing with a sore left rib cage.

Flores had been in the lineup at third base, batting cleanup. He will be replaced at the positon by Travis d'Arnaud

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 (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
(Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

David Wright believes it's possible he could play for the Mets this season, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters before Wednesday's game.

However, Alderson said he is not 100 percent certain of Wright's status, given that he only recently resumed baseball activity in Port St. Lucie.

In either case, even if Wright returns, Alderson doesn't believe it will be enough time to learn enough about Wright's future to help him this winter.

"I don't know how many answers he will have or we will have through the end of this season," he said, noting it's possible the Mets look to acquire a full-time third baseman for next season.

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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)

Seth Lugo is not on the disabled list for reasons related to his elbow, Mets GM Sandy Alderson emphatically told reporters today at Citi Field.

"This is about his shoulder," he repeated.

Lugo missed the first 10 weeks of this season recovering from a sore elbow related to his ulnar collateral ligament.

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 (AP)
(AP)

Young slugger Aaron Judge makes his Citi Field debut Wednesday night when the Yankees play the Mets, but he will be met by fellow All-Star Michael Conforto, whose star-making 2017 is quickly climbing the list of best Mets seasons ever.

Still just 24 years old, Conforto began his third MLB season looking to put aside the memory of his disappointing sophomore effort -- and he has succeeded in a big way. His .957 OPS is 10th-best in baseball and is the seventh-best season mark in Mets history, alongside such names as Mike Piazza, David Wright, and Darryl Strawberry. He trails Judge's 1.029 mark for 2017, but is rapidly closing the gap -- and hasn't had the luxury of playing in cozy Yankee Stadium, nor the luxury of playing at his natural position.

Once scouted as a 15-to-20 home run bat, Conforto has found his power stroke in a way few Mets his age ever have. With six weeks of baseball left, he has knocked 26 home runs, tying David Wright's 2006 total for fifth-most among Mets under 25. He should easily smash the record of 30, also held by Wright. And Conforto is only getting better as the season heats up, with 12 home runs in the second half...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Michael Conforto, Maggie Wiggin
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Aug 14, 2017; Stanton (27) rounds the bases at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2017; Stanton (27) rounds the bases at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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

According to Passan, four teams, including the Giants, have already reached out the Marlins, with having already exchanged player names prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

Stanton, 27, is hitting .283 with a .374 OBP, while leading the league in home runs (43) and slugging percentage (.640).

He is in the third year of a 13-year, $325 million contract, which contains a no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. The deal also includes a $25 million team option for 2028.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Matz, deGrom travel in a Ford 00:01:32
SNY's Steve Gelbs chats with Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom as the guys catch a ride in a Ford to Yankee Stadium

SNY's Steve Gelbs chats with Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom as the guys catch a ride in a Ford to Yankee Stadium.

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Apr 19, 2009; Snider (45) bats against at the Rogers Centre. Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 19, 2009; Snider (45) bats against at the Rogers Centre. Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Prior to Tuesday's game, the Mets traded cash considerations to the Rangers for 29-year-old, minor-league OF Travis Snider, who will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

In 2009, Baseball America ranked Snider the league's sixth-best prospect. However, in 242 sporadic games in four seasons, he hit only .248 with 31 home runs.

The Blue Jays eventually traded him to the Pirates in 2012, where he was mostly a fourth outfielder, after which he signed with the Orioles in 2015. He inked a free agent minor-league deal with the Rangers this past winter.

Snider was batting .294 with nine home runs and an .810 OPS in 100 games at Triple-A before being acquired by the Mets.

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FirstData Field in Port St. Lucie during March, 2017 (Credit: Cerrone, MetsBlog)
FirstData Field in Port St. Lucie during March, 2017 (Credit: Cerrone, MetsBlog)

Single-A RHP Matt Blackham recently was recognized as the South Atlantic League's Relief Pitcher of the Month for July. His success certainly has been more rewarding after missing all of last season recovering from procedures to repair a fractured tip of his pitching elbow as well as to reposition the arm's ulnar nerve.

Blackham, a 29th-round pick in 2014 out of Middle Tennessee State, is 4-2 with a 1.62 ERA and four saves in 33 relief appearances with Class A Columbia this season. He has struck out 74 batters and has a 1.04 WHIP and .190 opponent batting average in 50 innings.

"At first I was kind of scared," Blackham said about his return to action. "I was ready to get it over with and get the first game out of the way. It had been two years."

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets and Yankees played their first regular season series in 1997 at Yankee Stadium as interleague play debuted throughout Major League Baseball.

Since then, there have been tons of memorable moments for the Mets as Queens has battled the Bronx.

Here are the top five...

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Aug 15, 2017; Smith (22) and Rosario (1) run off the field at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 15, 2017; Smith (22) and Rosario (1) run off the field at Yankee Stadium. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

In front of 46,474 fans at Yankee Stadium, Mets rookies Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario each hit home runs during last night's 5-4 loss to the Yankees.

"Me and Amed, we came up together. He's my little brother," Smith said of the duo. "We just like to see each other do well. We root for each other. We push each other to become better ballplayers. It's just good to be up here with him."

In the seventh inning, Smith, 22, hit a two-run home off Yankees RHP Sonny Gray, who entered the inning pitching a shutout.

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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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Collins and Smith after loss 00:06:32
Terry Collins breaks down Jacob deGrom's outing and Dominic Smith reflects on his first Major League homer.

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 22-year-old rookie now has four hits since his promotion last week. He collected his first big league hit against Phillies starter Nick Pivetta on Friday at Citizens Bank Park.

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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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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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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.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Rafael Montero, Yoenis Cespedes
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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.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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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.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto
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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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