Many of the Mets' best prospects were promoted this weekend as the Mets added depth and a starter (hello, Dilson Herrera!) in the big leagues, and fortified the playoff rosters for their three affiliates headed to the post-season. Triple-A Las Vegas, Double-A Binghamton and Single-A Savannah are all going to the playoffs, so guys from advanced Single-A St. Lucie and short-season Single-A Brooklyn filled in gaps on those rosters.

It is basically against the rules for players to move down levels for the playoffs, but there is no prohibition on promoting players.


To: MLB

From: Triple-A

RHP Erik Goeddel

Goeddel walked over 10 percent of opposing hitters in Triple-A and his command has always been shaky as he's moved up the minors. Of his two non-intentional walk batters he faced in his first MLB appearance, he walked one and fell behind the other.

INF Josh Satin

He can still stand at first, second or third, and provide a right-handed pinch-hitting option. His spot on the 40-man roster might be shaky this winter.

C Juan Centeno

Backup catchers gonna back up catch.

From: Double-A

2B Dilson Herrera

Herrera eliminated his leg kick this year, which helped him keep his swing short and cut down on his strikeout rate. Unlike Triple-A shortstop Matt Reynolds, Herrera was Rule 5 eligible this off-season, so he was going to need to be added to the 40-man roster before November. Bringing him up now saves a roster spot.

LHP Dario Alvarez

Alvarez is simply an amazing story. He was back in Savannah on August 2, so he went from the South Atlantic League to the big leagues in a month. That should not happen.

A former Phillies' farmhand in the Dominican Summer League, he was out of affiliated baseball for three years (2010-2012). Then, this year, the Mets bounced him between the rotation and the bullpen in Savannah, where the team prioritized starts for youngsters like Miller Diaz, Robert Gsellman, John Michael Gant, Chris Flexen and Kevin McGowan over Alvarez, even sending him to the Brooklyn roster in May as part of a paper move. In all, this is a pitcher with 12 innings total above the SAL and 5 2/3 above Single-A. Through it all, Alvarez got stronger and put up video game-worthy numbers. He mostly works in the low 90s, but can get up to 94 with his fastball. He throws a big sweeping slider. MLB hitters should be able to pick it up fairly early, given its large break.  


To: Triple-A

From: Single-A

2B LJ Mazzilli 

The Mets moved Mazzilli, their fourth-round pick in 2013 straight over Double-A to help the 51s field a viable infield for their playoff run. The team needed a second baseman with Wilmer Flores, Eric Campbell and Josh Satin all in the big leagues and Zach Lutz in Japan. Mazzilli, who will turn 24 later this week, walked less in the FSL (5.8 percent) than in the SAL (10.2 percent), but compensated with more doubles (a 9.5 percent extra-base hit rate versus 6.3 percent in the cavernous Historic Grayson Stadium). The 51s started Mazzilli at second, Matt Reynolds at short and Danny Muno at third on the final day of the regular season in a likely preview of their playoff infield. In a world in which Dilson Herrera is not the Mets' second baseman on Opening Day 2015, and Daniel Murphy is still with the franchise, Mazzilli is still likelier than not ticketed for Double-A Binghamton to start 2015.

The 51s also activated Giancarlo Alvarado from the DL to give them an extra arm.


To: Double-AFrom: Advanced Single-A

SS Gavin Cecchini

With Dilson Herrera in the big leagues, the B-Mets needed another infielder. This is actually a very flexible roster, and it would not be a surprise if Cecchini does not start much in the playoffs. The B-Mets can run Wilfredo Tovar at shortstop, TJ Rivera at second or third, Dustin Lawley at third or left and Brian Burgamy at either infield corner. Will Cecchini break camp in 2015 in Double-A? He hit .236/.325/.352 in his 68 games in St. Lucie in the second half. His strike zone control numbers argue for a promotion: a 14.8 percent strikeout rate, and a 11.8 percent walk rate. However, his contact numbers, a 5.9 percent extra-base hit rate, a .259 BABIP and a .116 BABIP argue for a repeat in the FSL when he adds more strength.

C Cam Maron

Binghamton needed a backup catcher for Xorge Carillo after Juan Centeno was moved back to the big leagues. Offensively, Maron is all about contact and plate discipline after hitting .282/.387/.362 with 61 walks against 68 strikeouts in 98 games in the FSL in a repeat engagement as a 23-year-old.

RHP Tim Peterson

Someone had to start for the B-Mets on the final day of the regular season, while Steven Matz and Gabriel Ynoa and friends rested for the playoffs. The bad news? Peterson lasted only one third of an inning.


To: Single-A (Savannah)From: Short-Season Single-A (Brooklyn)

The Cyclones were eliminated on the final day of the 2014 regular season, and so their three best position player prospects were promoted to Savannah to help out the Gnats.

OF Michael Conforto

The Mets first-round pick, at  No. 10 overall, began his professional life with the Brooklyn Cyclones where he hit .331/.403/.448 with 13 extra-base hits, 16 walks (8.6 percent) and 29 strikeouts (15.6 percent) in his first 42 games. Conforto should step right in and play everyday in leftfield in the Gnats' playoff run. We discussed his adjustment to keep his front elbow down to better handle inside pitches here. Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger has an almost hilarious adulatory profile of Conforto's first few months in pro ball. Conforto's stay in Savannah might be very brief as he could probably handle an assignment to advanced Single-A St. Lucie to start 2015.

SS Amed Rosario

The Mets sent Rosario to Savannah at the end of May. With Cecchini and Mazzilli's promotions to advanced Single-A pending in two weeks at the end of the first half in the middle of June, I still believe it was an open audition for Rosario to prove he belonged in Savannah in the second half. He didn't, as he hit .133/.161/.300 with 11 strikeouts against one walk in 31 plate appearances. Returned to Brooklyn, he hit .289/.337/.380 with a 16.2 percent strikeout rate, and a 5.9 percent walk rate in 68 games as an 18-year-old. He missed about a week of the season in the last two weeks of August with a sore shoulder.

It's not clear to me that Rosario is an immediate upgrade over Ruiz offensively or defensively and Guillorme is the best defender of the trio right now. However, Rosario is the guy the organization is invested in long term. Regardless of whether he plays much in these playoffs, Rosario will open 2015 with Savannah.

3B Jhoan Urena

That's pronounced Johan. Urena, who turned 20 on September 1, hit a healthy .300/.356/.431 in 75 games with Brooklyn. He's a switch-hitter with bat-to-ball ability who will need to add power as he moves up the ladder to project as an impact guy. He's a soft-bodied third baseman, who will also need to get serious about his fitness if he's going to stay at third. Urena is probably an improvement offensively and defensively over converted catcher Nelfi Zapata, who played the most third base in the second half for the Gnats, hitting a modest .236/.314/.321 in 41 games in the SAL as a 23-year-old.

Urena, regardless of how well he plays in the playoffs, will open 2015 with Savannah.

From: Rookie (Kingsport)

SS Luis Guillorme

The Mets' 10th-round pick a year ago, the team promoted Guillorme from the Appalachian League to the SAL with three days to play in the regular season. Installed at short, he was 3-for-9 with Savannah. He's a slick defender who hit .282/.337/.324 in 57 games in the Appy League. He hits line drives, but has to put his whole body into one, just for a single. Guillorme is a pretty clear improvement defensively over Yeixon Ruiz, who had started nearly every game at shortstop for the Gnats in the second half of the season. Will he play over Ruiz and Rosario in the playoffs? Or was he just moved to Savannah to be an upgrade over Ruiz in case Brooklyn made the playoffs?

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Dec 6, 2016; National Harbor, MD, USA; A sign on day two of the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 6, 2016; National Harbor, MD, USA; A sign on day two of the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Tuesday's News and Rumors...

The Mets contacted the Royals about closer Wade Davis >> Read more!

The Mets also may have interest in free-agent relievers Matt Belisle, Joe Blanton, Junichi Tazawa, Drew Storen and Boone Logan, as Jerry Blevins is seeking a three-year deal >> Read more!

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he and his staff are planning to change the workload and routine of their starting pitchers >> Read more!

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Oct 17, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis (17) and center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) celebrates after beating the Toronto Blue Jays in game two of the ALCS at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)
Oct 17, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis (17) and center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) celebrates after beating the Toronto Blue Jays in game two of the ALCS at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports (Denny Medley)

Dec 7 | 6:15 AM

The Mets asked the Royals about closer Wade Davisbut were asked to part with elite SS prospect Amed Rosario, who the team considers untouchable, according to Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert.

Instead, the Cubs are close to acquiring Davis for 24-year-old OF Jorge Soleraccording to multiple reports on MLB Trade Rumors.

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Aug 4, 2016; Bruce (19) celebrates a three run home run with Granderson (3) (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 4, 2016; Bruce (19) celebrates a three run home run with Granderson (3) (Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Dec 6 | 6:15PM

The Mets are definitively trying to trade OF Jay Bruce, not Curtis Grandersonrival team executives told MLB reporter Jon Heyman late Tuesday.

Unfortunately for the Mets, current offers for Bruce have been 'underwhelming,' Newsday's Marc Carig tweeted earlier in the day.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce
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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets are not yet willing to pay some of Curtis Granderson's $15 million salary or Jay Bruce's $13 million salary to help trade them during this week's Winter Meetings.

"Not at this point," Alderson said Monday, when specifically asked about the scenario.

Alderson is not usually this vague, though, which makes me think he'll eventually give in. However, right now, it's early enough in the off season that he isn't feeling desperate. Instead, I'm hearing they're more likely to give up a prospect or two in the deal, so the acquiring team is incentivized to absorb Bruce's $13 million.

Remember, the goal here is to a acquire as many relief pitchers as possible before the start of spring training, and I see Alderson eventually getting his men one of the following ways...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) talks during the World Series victory rally in Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)
Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) talks during the World Series victory rally in Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports (Dennis Wierzbicki)

The Mets are not trading both Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce so they can sign free-agent OF Dexter Fowlera high-ranking team official told SNY's Steve Gelbs.

This is disappointing, if true. I'm sure it is, but I also know Mets GM Sandy Alderson and his front office tend to make statements based on what's happening at that specific moment, and it does not necessarily recognize where things are headed.

Remember, Alderson and his staff repeatedly told reporters that the Mets wouldn't release Jason Bay, Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, nor would they be trading Carlos Beltran and RA Dickey, and they eventually did all of the above. I'm not saying the Mets will sign Fowler, or trade both Bruce or Granderson, I'm simply suggesting that we all take what they say with a grain of salt... because things have a way of changing as the environment changes around them...

That said, this is exactly the move I want to see the Mets make.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Matthew Cerrone
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MNoah Syndergaard (34), Jacob deGrom (48) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
MNoah Syndergaard (34), Jacob deGrom (48) and Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

For the second time this offseason, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he and his staff are planning to change the workload and routine of their starting pitchers, he told reporters Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.

Last month, Alderson said he is open to occasionally using a six-man rotation and mixing in spot starters so guys can get extended rest between appearances.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Teams have asked about RHP Robert Gsellman, but Sandy Alderson has told them he's not available, sources told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

Gsellman, 23, had a 2.42 ERA (2.63 FIP) and 1.27 WHIP, while striking out 42 batters in 44 2/3 innings, during seven starts and one relief appearance for the Mets in 2016.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Free-agent relievers Fernando Salas, Brad Ziegler, Joaquin Benoit and Joe Smith (Credit: USA Today Images)
Free-agent relievers Fernando Salas, Brad Ziegler, Joaquin Benoit and Joe Smith (Credit: USA Today Images)

Dec 6 | 4:00PM

Free-agent LH reliever Jerry Blevins is seeking a three-year deal worth $5-6 million a season, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reported on Twitter.

"If Blevins is willing to do a two-year deal, maybe Sandy Alderson can reel him back," MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone wrote Nov. 22. "But, if Blevins finds himself eventually weighing three-year offers, I bet Alderson passes and, instead, signs a veteran or two on minor-league deals."

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Tebow during an Arizona Fall League game at Camelback Ranch (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas via USA Today)
Tebow during an Arizona Fall League game at Camelback Ranch (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas via USA Today)

The Mets haven't decided whether OF Tim Tebow will be invited to play in big league games during Spring Training, GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday.

"That's a decision we'll make some time in the near future," Alderson said, adding that there's "no benefit" to having him in big league camp.

Mets manager Terry Collins said earlier Tuesday that Tebow would play for the Mets during Grapefruit League games this spring, even if he's in minor-league camp

However, late last month, Tebow would not say if he plans to attend Spring Training.

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The Nationals will not be adding Chris Sale, who is about to be traded to the Red Sox for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech and two other prospects, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

Earlier Tuesday, Rosenthal said the Nationals would have included RHP prospects Lucas Giolito and Victor Robles in a deal with Chicago. However, they've been reluctant to put them in a deal for Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen, who they've reportedly been pursuing since last summer.

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In honor of Mets media relation executive Shannon Forde, who lost her long, difficult battle with breast cancer last March, MLB announced Monday it will renovate a youth field in Forde's honor in her hometown of Little Ferry, N.J.

"I think a picture says a thousand words," Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said at a press conference at the Winter Meetings. "This is the group that loves and misses Shannon every day."

To raise money for the project, which is part of their annual Play Ball program, MLB is auctioning off a number of unique opportunities, including a pitching lesson from Johnny Cueto, player and manager meet-and-greets, a dinner with Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez.

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David Wright waits during batting practice before facing the San Diego Padres. (AP)
David Wright waits during batting practice before facing the San Diego Padres. (AP)

David Wright will be the team's primary third baseman entering spring training, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Monday during the Winter Meetings.

According to Alderson, Wright is on track to start baseball activities during December.

Last month, Alderson told WOR 710 AM radio that, while he's hopeful that Wright will return, the Mets need to be realistic about what to expect from him in 2017.

"I think that we're very hopeful he's gonna be able to come back and be productive," Alderson said. However, "I think we have to be realistic about how many games we can expect him to perform."

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New York Mets' Jose Reyes (7) reacts after hitting a game-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Mets' Jose Reyes (7) reacts after hitting a game-tying, two-run home run in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

The Mets will work out Jose Reyes in the outfield during Spring Training, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters Monday at the MLB Winter Meetings.

"We didn't want to do it last year, because we didn't want him working out at multiple new positions," Alderson explained about when the Mets acquired Reyes last summer.

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Alderson answers fans' questions 00:05:56
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson answers fan-submitted questions on Mets Hot Stove.

New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson talks David Wright's health, Jose Reyes' position in the lineup and what he thinks of Travis d'Arnaud when he answers fan-submitted questions on Mets Hot Stove.

Tags: David Wright, Jose Reyes, Travis d'Arnaud
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McCutchen (22) at bat at PNC Park (Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
McCutchen (22) at bat at PNC Park (Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers, Dodgers, Nationals, Mariners and a 'mystery team' have all recently asked about trading for Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, according to reports on MLB Trade Rumors.

The Nationals have pursuing him since July, Jayson Stark of ESPN recently said to Twitter. However, in addition to the above teams, the Mets, Orioles, Blue Jays, Giants, Phillies and Cardinals have all reportedly expressed interest in acquiring a center fielder this off season.

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SNY at MLB Winter Meetings 00:19:03
Andy Martino and Steve Gelbs discuss all the up-to-date topics with the Mets and everything else in the league at the Winter Meetings.

Earlier today, also on Facebook, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone answered questions during a Live Q&A about the overall hot stove, and what's next for the Mets >> To watch Cerrone's Q&A, click here!

Cerrone will be doing another Facebook Live Q&A for SNY tomorrow around 11 AM ET, after which Gelbs and Martino will return at 1:30 PM ET with another Winter Meetings Live from Washington, DC.

SNY will be live streaming Sandy Alderson's mid-day talk with reporters on their Facebook page each day at 3:30 PM during the Winter Meetings, which you can follow here.

Lastly, later tonight, Cerrone and co-host Robert Brender will be recording their second Winter Meetings Podcast, recapping the day and looking forward to what's on tap for Tuesday. 

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Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

"The Mets are fully planning to go with Travis d'Arnaud as the primary catcher in 2017 and don't foresee going the external route," ESPN.com's Adam Rubin wrote late Sunday.

According to Rubin, the Mets do not intend on pursuing free-agent C Welington Castillo, who was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks this past weekend.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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Photo: Chris McShane
Photo: Chris McShane

The Mets' top prospect for 2017 is 21-year-old SS Amed Rosario, according an organizational Top 10 list by Baseball America..

The team recently added Rosario, RHP Marcos Molina, OF Wuilmer Becerra, RHP Chris Flexen, and Nido to their 40-man roster, which will protect them from December's Rule 5 Draft.

According to TPG Mets, no other players on BA's top 10 list are eligible.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Gavin Cecchini, Robert Gsellman
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