PECOTA's forecast for the Mets 00:00:31
Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projections have been released, and forecast the Mets finishing second in the N.L. East.

As it stands, FanGraphs.com projects the Mets to be 81-81 this season, while finishing in second place in the NL East and missing the second Wild Card by four games to the Giants.

The legendary PECOTA projections, which are published by Baseball Prospectus, also has the Mets finishing .500, in second place, and missing the second Wild Card by four games.




Following back-to-back postseason appearances in more than 15 years, the Mets finished 2017 winning just 70 games -- their lowest total since 2009.

As a result, Sandy Alderson replaced Terry Collins as manager with Mickey Callaway, who has been surrounded by several new coaches. The team also made significant changes to their medical and training staff, including hiring a Director of Performance and Sports Science to help keep tabs on the team's overall health, wellness, rehabilitation, scheduling, and recovery plans.

The Mets have also given out more than $70 million in contracts to retain Asdrubal Cabrera and Jerry Blevins and add Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Anthony Swarzak, Jose Reyes, and Adrian Gonzalez.

It has been a very good offseason. It would have been great to add Eric Hosmer or J.D. Martinez, but, according to projections by Steamer, only the Giants did more than the Mets this winter to improve their team.

I'd happily settle for a very, very good season, though, which is well within reach by signing a reliable, undeniable No. 3 starting pitcher, such as Lance Lynn or Alex Cobb

The buzz in baseball is that Lynn and Cobb are beginning to see interested teams offering more money per year, but for less seasons, than they had been looking to get at the start of the winter.



For instance, whereas both once had been asking for five-year deals worth around $15 million each season, teams are rumored to now be offering two- and three-year contracts worth around $18-to-20 million each season. The pitch to both men being the opportunity to be overpaid in the short term, while getting to camp now and no longer having to stress and wait on Darvish and Jake Arietta to set the top-tier pitching market...

The thing is, while I think the Mets might be willing to expand their 2018 budget to add pitching depth, I get no sense from insiders that they're willing to expand it by $18-20 million.

In other words, I expect Sandy Alderson to skip the above, also balk at Jason Vargas, Jaime Garcia and Andrew Cashner, and instead hook someone like Ubaldo Jiminez, Jeremy Hellickson, or R.A. Dickey with a minor-league deal.

The reality is that neither FanGraphs nor PECOTA see a significant difference between many of the above names, including between Jimenez, Lynn, and Vargas, all of whom would put the team's combined projected win total around 82 or 83, as opposed to the current 81...



This is because, to get over the top, the difference will almost certainly be less about the final pitcher added this winter and more about how the other 20 or so guys from last year's roster perform this summer.

Remember, though the standings say the Mets lost 92 games in 2017, the truth is that a combination of Triple-A Las Vegas, scrap-heap talent and a handful of actual big-league Mets lost those 92 games. 

"You can handle it if (players are injured and) only out two weeks, but they were out four months," Terry Collins told WFAN in November about how injuries hurt his team last season. "To ask guys to fill in for the Syndergaards and Harveys, it was just a lot to ask. And, we just couldn't bounce back from it. Then when we lost Yoenis Cespedes for a long time, which was a pretty big hole to fill."

The same two systems above projected the Mets to win 87 games last season, which is the same number they actually won in 2016 that enabled them to win the top Wild Card spot.

Next week, the Mets will officially kick off Spring Training with 20 of the 25 guys that were projected to be on last season's Opening Day roster, which, to repeat, was projected to win 87 games.

The difference next week will be in replacing Lucas Duda with either Adrian Gonzalez or Dominic Smith, replacing Addison Reed with Swarzak, and essentially swapping Neil Walker and Reyes for Frazier and Amed Rosario. Otherwise, the same outfield, rotation, closer, catcher, middle relief, and bench that were projected to win 87 games last season will hit St. Lucie with a projected win total of just 81.

This is confusing to me. 

In 2016, when the Mets won 87 games and the Wild Card, Bartolo Colon, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz accounted for 60 percent of the team's starts. 



With this in mind, last spring, had I told you that those same starts in 2017 would instead be made by Robert Gsellman, Rafael Montero, Tommy Milone, Chris Flexen, Tyler Pill, and Adam Wilk, how many games would you have projected the Mets to win?

Would you have said, '87,' like they accomplished with Harvey, Syndergaard, Matz and Colon? Or, would you have said, '70.' I'm pretty sure you, like me, would have said, '70.'

By the way, Jeurys Familia pitched 15 percent of the team's relief innings during the first half 2016, at which time the Mets were 46-38. In comparison, Familia handled less than one percent of the work during the same span in 2017, at which point the Mets were well under .500 and Harvey, Cespedes, and Syndergaard were already on the DL.

At the same time, while the Mets stay on field, perform to expectation and get themselves in position to win more games based on their own talent, 60 percent of the teams in the NL East are still in rebuilding mode.

Frankly, by doing nothing other than watch Derek Jeter destroy the best outfield in the National League, the Mets might have seem themselves improve by five or six games next season anyway. The Mets were 7-12 against the Marlins last season. I see no reason why Callaway's pitching staff can't flip that number in 2018.



Injuries destroyed Alderson's team in 2017, after which he further destroyed them by trading away most of his veterans. I realize injuries happen and will again happen in 2018. However, the level with which they happened to the Mets (and the amount of work that Triple-A players were asked to do) in 2017 is something no team can overcome. The people that played 162 games for the Mets in 2017 should have lost 70 games. It makes sense.

Thankfully, by adding Frazier and others, plus bringing in a new, progressive manager, a new coaching staff, a new head trainer, and finally hiring a Director of High Performance to oversee health and wellness, it's hard for me accept that what happened in 2017 will happen again in 2018.

The point is, while I have nothing against Triple-A players, I'm looking forward to actually watching Syndergaard, Matz, Cespedes, Harvey, Bruce, Familia, and the real Mets. Because, even if the statistical projections expect less, I know the real Mets have the talent to win at least 87 games (if not more). I've seen most of the same people on this year's roster do it before and, with Frazier and hopefully another starting pitcher, I expect they'll do it again in 2018.


Matthew Cerrone (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Contact) is the host of SNY's MetsBlog Q&ACast and the lead writer of MetsBlog.com, which he created in 2003. His new book, The New York Mets Fans' Bucket List, details 44 things every Mets fan should experience during their lifetime. To check it out, click here!


 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets OF Michael Conforto recently began hitting off a tee and said he's "actually ahead of schedule" as he returns from shoulder surgery.

Conforto said he was cleared by doctors at the end of January start a swinging progression, and that his return could be earlier or later than the May 1 date that was projected by GM Sandy Alderson during the offseason.

"Timetable is fluid," Conforto said on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. "As of right now, I'm siwnging, I'm hitting off the tee. So that's good. I've been waiting forever to do that, and it feels great. Really makes you understand how much you love it."

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Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 19, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) during practice drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 5, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view as the sun sets over Citi Field during the second inning between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets have 12/1 odds to win the National League pennant, according to Bovada Sportsbook in Las Vegas.

The Dodgers have the best odds, at 9/4, followed by the Nationals (7/2), Cubs (15/4), Cardinals (9/1), Giants (10/1), and Diamondbacks -- who have the same 12/1 odds as the Mets.

As far as the rest of the Mets' NL East competitors, the Phillies have 50/1 odds, the Braves are at 75/1, and the Marlins are at 250/1 -- the worst odds in baseball.

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May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Tune in to Mets Hot Stove tonight at 6:30 on SNY, where GM Sandy Alderson, RHP Noah Syndergaard, 1B Dominic Smith, and catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki will be among the guests.

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Alderson reveals future plans 00:03:55
Sandy Alderson talks about why he took the Mets' general manager job and what his plans are for the future.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson, who is in his eighth year with the club, discussed his future plans and potential successor with SNY contributor Andy Martino. Regarding how much longer he wants to hold the position of GM, Alderson said it's something he thinks about "from time to time."

"Throughout my career, I've never really focused on the next thing," he said. "I've always kind of said to myself -- I tell people this, too -- focus on the job you have right now because it's the most important job you'll ever have."

Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About): If the Mets are winning and in a good spot when Alderson retires, Ricco will almost certainly get the job. He's qualified, perfect for being a modern day GM, and he's earned the gig. If the Mets are struggling and thinking they may be due for another rebuild, I'm not sure how ownership will handle the transition. It could certainly be entrusted to John, but it would also be understandable (given his connection to Alderson, Omar Minaya, and Jim Duquette) that the Wilpons would want a new perspective and voice when carving a new path...

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Cespedes talks MVP goal 00:02:04
New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes meets the media in Port St. Lucie, and talks about his goal of an MVP season in 2018.

Mets LF Yoenis Cespedes comes into the new season hoping that he can stay healthy after a tumultous season last year. Plagued by injuries, Cespedes saw only 81 of the 162 games last season. The Mets rely on his power bat in the lineup, and just when they though he would stay on the field for a long stretch, he was back on the IR. 

This offseason, he decided to shake up his normal training regimen, and focus on durability. Running more and even yoga has allowed him to become more flexible, which he hopes will result in staying loose all season.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterYou just can't help but smile when you hear this, right? It brings a smile to my face for a couple of reasons. Yes, of course because the thought of Yoenis Cespedes in tree pose or downward facing dog is a long way off from the image of Cespedes we usually have. But also because it shows that he is trying to be more proactive about his health...

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom is leaving Spring Training Tuesday to be with his wife, Stacey, who is scheduled to give birth to their second child on Wednesday.

DeGrom plans to return to the team on Saturday, according to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Jacob and Stacey welcomed their first child -- a boy named Jaxon -- in April of 2016.

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Alderson on Tebow's potential 00:02:01
Mets GM Sandy Alderson talks to SNY's Andy Martino about why he thinks Tim Tebow has the potential to play in the Major Leagues.

In 11 years experiencing Mets spring training, I have never seen dozens of human beings react to another person the way people reacted to Tim Tebow on Sunday. And, though I don't believe he'll ever see a pitch in the Major Leagues, I like that he's in big-league camp because I think just as much can be gained from his personality, positivity, and passion as can be gained from him as a player. 

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New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will begin practicing in the outfield in an effort to add to his versatility and find ways to be in the lineup.

"It's not like I'm going to be out there a lot," Flores said, according to Newsday's David Lennon. "Just as an option. I don't want to sit on the bench. I want to play."

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It's weird how much of an afterthought the team's starting pitchers have become, even though we all say over and over again that they are the key to the season.

In previous spring trainings, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz would have drawn significant attention from Mets fans and photographers in camp had they been throwing together. However, their interaction and work together Monday went mostly unnoticed.

It's nice that it's pure baseball. No fanfare. Just business as usual for these guys. If I had to bet, I think they like it this way, too.

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Sights and Sounds: Monday 00:00:57
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Monday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Monday's workout at Mets spring training in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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Feb. 19, 2018: General view of FirstData Field infield practice. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY
Feb. 19, 2018: General view of FirstData Field infield practice. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, SNY

Todd Frazier is apparently always Todd Frazier. By that, I mean, he's always acting as advertised, which was a veteran player that is happy, smiling, cheering guys on, helping people out, taking pictures with fans, and chatting up coaches... and he was doing this even on his first full day in camp.

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MLB's new pace of play rules 00:02:23
The Baseball Night in New York crew reacts to MLB's rule changes for 2018, which aim to increase the pace of play.

Major League Baseball continues to implement new rules to increase the pace-of-play, so the game can move at a more steady pace. While the pitch clock and batter having to keep one foot in the batter's box have aided in speeding the game up, the MLB has now issued a mandate limiting the amount of mound visits for each team. 

Mound visits will be capped at six per game. The definition of a mound visit was specified by the MLB in an official announcement. 

"A manager or coach trip to the mound to meet with the pitcher shall constitute a visit," the statement read. "A player leaving his position to confer with the pitching, inlcuding a pitcher leaving the mound to confer with another player, shall also constitute a mound visit, regardless of where the visit occurs or the length of the visit..."

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:03:23
Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo report from Mets Spring Training, where Mickey Callaway discussed his expectations for the 2018 season.

Mickey Callaway addressed his team before the first full-squad practice at Port St. Lucie on Monday, and the team's expectations for the season were the main takeaways.

Every team has aspirations to make the postseason and World Series when the new year begins. And though that is an obvious goal, Callaway wants the team to focus on getting better each day, and setting their own expectations.

Turning those expectations into results is the main goal...

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Scott Thompson
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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (38) throws to first base during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Anthony Swarzak (38) throws to first base during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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 (Jay Biggerstaff)
(Jay Biggerstaff)

The signing of veteran lefty Jason Vargas prompted GM Sandy Alderson to say the team is "pretty much where we want to be." But the signing has left some on the Mets' pitching staff wondering where they stand within the rotation. 

The Mets have always been looking for another starter this offseason, and Vargas doesn't only fill that void, but he brings with him veteran knowledge and leadership to a young talented group of pitchers in the starting rotation.

"Not only do we have another guy that can go out there and pitch effectively, we've deepened our team," manager Mickey Callaway noted. "We've added to our depth and probably strengthened our bullpen in a role. He brings a lot not just to the dynamic of our team, but team leadership."

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks during a press conference at CitiField in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, with Yoenis Cespedes after Cespedes signed a $75 million three-year contract with the team. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks during a press conference at CitiField in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, with Yoenis Cespedes after Cespedes signed a $75 million three-year contract with the team. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said the team likely won't make another move in free agency after New York signed LHP Jason Vargas on Friday.

"With Jason's signing," Alderson said on Sunday, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, "we're pretty much where we want to be. … I would be surprised, if not shocked, if somebody else walks into this clubhouse."

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Sights and Sounds: Sunday 00:01:02
SNY.tv has the sights and sounds of Sunday's Mets workout in Port St. Lucie, with Syndergaard, Matz and more throwing live BP sessions.

SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Sunday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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Sights and Sounds: Tebow 00:01:02
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Tim Tebow's first workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said on Sunday that he expects Tim Tebow to play in the major leagues.

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Sep 21, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargas (51) delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)
Sep 21, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Kansas City Royals pitcher Jason Vargas (51) delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Dan Hamilton)

The Mets introduced RHP Jason Vargas in Port St. Lucie on Sunday and moved INF TJ Rivera to the 60-day DL.

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Sights and Sounds: Frazier 00:00:39
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Saturday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Saturday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

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MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone and SNY's Andy Martino wrap up the day on Spring Training Live.

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Feb. 17, 2018: General photo from grass of Field 7 at FirstData Field in St. Lucie (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)
Feb. 17, 2018: General photo from grass of Field 7 at FirstData Field in St. Lucie (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)

It was great to see Michael Conforto on the field, throwing, catching, laughing and again looking like a baseball player. In general, he appears to be less strong, but that is to be expected given the intense surgery he had on his shoulder as well as the extensive rehab that followed.

That said, he's moving fine. He did all stretches with teammates before long tossing from the foul line to center field and had no issues catching the baseball. He didn't hit, of course, but that will come...

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher AJ Ramos (44) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher AJ Ramos (44) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

In the wake of the Mets signing LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal, RHP Zack Wheeler said his focus remains on being a starting pitcher. He expressed that focus with few words.

But Wheeler regrets being so brief with his answers and understands why that might have been construed as anger, but says that any addition to the team is good.

"I shouldn't have been short about it," Wheeler said. "Anybody who comes and helps out or team is always a plus. ... I barely pitched in two and a half years. I totally understand it."

Tags: Matt Harvey, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mickey Callaway hasn't been around David Wright all that much yet, but such an impression has been made on the new manager that he wants Wright around the team as much as his rehab will permit. 

Wright has been limited to just 75 games in the last three years due to injuries, missing all of 2017, and is fighting an uphill battle to ever take another MLB at-bat. But Callaway already knows that Wright's value goes far beyond the batter's box as his leadership is invaluable.

"Everybody knows who David Wright is and the leader that he is," Callaway said...

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David Wright injury update 00:02:01
New York Mets captain David Wright meets the media in Port St. Lucie and updates his health status and rehab as he attempts to play again.

Mets 3B David Wright is realistic about the uphill climb ahead of him, but is not giving up on his goal to return.

"When it's all said and done I want me to be able to say I did everything I could," Wright said Saturday morning in Port St. Lucie. "If it works, that's obviously the goal. And if it doesn't work, then I'll rest easy knowing that I gave it my best shot."

Wright said he's still in the rehab process, and that he's been in constant communication with his doctors about determining the progression.

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

Off-the-field news carried the day, and plenty of other stuff happened at Spring Training. Here's what went down, in case you missed it...


The Mets signed LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal. He will have a spot in the rotation, meaning there is an open competition for the two remaining spots. >> Read more

In light of Vargas signing, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said a six-man rotation is not likely. >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Zack Wheeler
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Sights and Sounds: Friday 00:01:02
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Friday's Mets workout in Port St. Lucie, with up-close looks at Amed Rosario and Adrian Gonzalez.

SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Friday's Mets workout in Port St. Lucie, with up-close looks at Amed Rosario and Adrian Gonzalez.

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This afternoon on Field 7, Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith, Luis Guillorme, and Amed Rosario took infield together on the same dirt for the first time. And, on Day 1, they already look in sync, smooth, and more sound than any infield I have watched in these uniforms during the last decade...

I love watching sharp, quick and snappy infield practice. Done right, as it was today by the above foursome, there's barely any talking. It's just speed and constant activity swirling in and around itself, similar to a basketball shoot-around, all functioning like clockwork...

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 (Andy Marlin)
(Andy Marlin)

With the acquisition of Todd Frazier, the Mets' contingent of position players is largely settled. But some questions remain, including one that has plagued the team for several seasons now: who will lead off?

On Friday, new Mets hitting coach Pat Roessler mentioned Frazier, Brandon Nimmo, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Jose Reyes as potential leadoff candidates. And there should be even more candidates than the above. So, who should it be?

The classic "old school" leadoff man is whoever is fastest -- who will steal the most bases? Of the Mets' projected starters, clearly Amed Rosario fits that mold best. He is projected to steal anywhere from 15-to-25 bases in 2018, and his raw speed is clearly elite...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Maggie Wiggin
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MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone and Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com wrap up the day on Spring Training Live.

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Tim Tebow is shown, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback practiced at the New York Mets' complex during his second workout as part of their instructional league team. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Wilfredo Lee/AP)
Tim Tebow is shown, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback practiced at the New York Mets' complex during his second workout as part of their instructional league team. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

The Mets would "love" to have minor league OF Tim Tebow open the season with Double-A Binghamton if he performs well during Spring Training, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

The 30-year-old Tebow received an invite to major league Spring Training earlier this offseason.

He joined the Mets organization in 2016, and played 126 combined games with Low-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie last season, hitting .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs, 52 RBI, and 126 strikeouts...

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New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, left, talks with pitching coach Dave Eiland during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey, left, talks with pitching coach Dave Eiland during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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 (Nathan Denette/AP)
(Nathan Denette/AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway couldn't officially comment on Friday on the Mets' two-year deal with LHP Jason Vargas since the deal is pending a physical. But he discussed what Vargas would bring to the table.

"I don't think you can have too much pitching," Callaway said. "In our case, that would be wonderful. ... He can pitch. He's a guy that goes out there, does his job. Tremendous teammate, and he gave us some fits when we were facing him in Cleveland."

Regarding the potential of the Mets using a six-man rotation, Callaway made it sound like that was unlikely...

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BNNY: Mets sign Jason Vargas 00:04:14
Anthony DiComo and Steve Gelbs join BNNY from Port St. Lucie to discuss the Mets giving Jason Vargas a two-year, $16 million deal.

The Mets have signed free agent LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year deal. The deal is worth $16 million over two years, and contains a third-year option, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. It also contains incentives based on innings pitched that can be worth up to $1.5 million each season, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

The Mets had maintained "solid interest" in signing Vargas, who pitched under new pitcing coach Dave Eiland last season with the Royals, Mike Puma of the NY Post reported on Thursday.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | With the uncertainty surrounding Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler -- who all dealt with serious injury issues and ineffectiveness last season -- the Mets badly needed to add some stability to their starting rotation. And with Vargas, they've done it...

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Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez bats against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets 1B Adrian Gonzalez said the back injury that ended his 2017 season prematurely has not been an issue this offseason, and that he has a "good grasp" on how to take care of it throughout this season.

Gonzalez, who said he switched his workout routine this offseason to focus more on physical therapy and pilates, believes he can be the hitter he was a few seasons ago.

"Absolutely," he said. "Last year, it's kind of like a crossout year for me."

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Todd Frazier poses at Citi Field following his official introduction by the Mets. (AP)
Todd Frazier poses at Citi Field following his official introduction by the Mets. (AP)

Newly-signed Mets third baseman Todd Frazier arrived at New York's spring training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, with a message: "It's baseball time."

Frazier, who last week signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Mets, said he was happy to return close to his New Jersey hometown and enjoyed getting back into the swing of things with a new season.

"Good to be down here in sunny Florida, meeting some new guys and talking shop," Frazier said. "It's baseball time, so it's good. That lingo coming back, meeting the new coaching staff and players, it's good."

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Gelbs sits down with Nimmo 00:04:15
Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo took a break from Spring Training to talk with SNY's Steve Gelbs about his preparation for the 2018 season.

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo took a break from Spring Training to talk with SNY's Steve Gelbs about his preparation for the 2018 season.


New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run against the Oakland Athletics during the sixth inning at Citi Field. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

Technically speaking, Jay Bruce is a new addition to the Mets. But he doesn't feel that way.

Of course, the slugger was with the Mets until August of last season when he was traded to the Indians. He had been with the Mets since August of the prior season when he came to the team a trade from the Reds. Now, having arrived in Port St. Lucie for spring training, Bruce says it feels comfortable to be back-- like he never left.

"It was very, very comfortable," Bruce said. "It was honestly like I never left. Obviously, I went and had a lot of fun and had some great experiences over in Cleveland, but I'm back here now and hopefully here for the long haul..."

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What team will Vargas sign with? 00:05:21
In the wake of the Jaime Garcia and Andrew Cashner signings, the Baseball Night in NY panel talks possible landing spots for Jason Vargas.

The Mets have "solid interest" in signing free agent LHP Jason Vargas, who pitched under new pitcing coach Dave Eiland last season with the Royals, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post, who said the team also had interest in LHP Jaime Garcia.

However, the 31-year-old Garcia signed with the Blue Jays late Thursday afternoon on a one-year deal worth $8 million.

Vargas, 35, remains on the board. He had a 4.16 ERA (4.67 FIP) and 1.33 WHIP with 134 strikeouts in 179.2 innings (32 starts) in 2017.

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Feb., 2018: Mickey Callaway glares back at a bullpen session at FirstData Field (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)
Feb., 2018: Mickey Callaway glares back at a bullpen session at FirstData Field (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)

New manager Mickey Callaway looks like he can still pitch in a big-league game. I say this not because I have seen him throw a baseball, but because he looks the part.

He stands like a player. He's built like a veteran player. He spits like a player. And, he clearly walks and talks like a wise, veteran player -- and that is how his players look at him...

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

SNY's Steve Gelbs and Matt Ehalt of The Record wrap up the day on Spring Training Live.

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Sights and Sounds: Thursday 00:01:00
SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Thursday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

SNY.tv captures the sights and sounds of Thursday's workout at Mets Spring Training in Port St. Lucie.

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Callaway and Harvey on 2018 00:06:48
On Baseball Night in New York, Matt Harvey discusses his expectations for himself coming off a disappointing 2017 season.

Mets RHP Matt Harvey, who dealt with serious injury issues in 2016 and 2017, is aiming to again be the dominant pitcher he was in 2013 and 2015. 

"Going in to this year, I strive to be better than I was before," Harvey said on Thursday morning while speaking for the first time since last season. "There's no reason why I can't. I'm still 28, 29 years old. There's a lot left in the tank. I'm ready to go, I'm excited. The ball is coming out better than it has in a long time. I'm just excited."

Harvey returned from Thoracic Outlet surgery last season, and also dealt with an injury to his scapula that kept him out of action from June 15 to Sept. 2. And Harvey said he might have tried to do too much too soon...

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard reiterated on Thursday that he had a "very different lifting method" this offseason in an effort to be more lean than last season -- when added muscle perhaps contributed to the lat injury that kept him out for most of the year.

"Overall, body feels great," Syndergaard said. "Feels lean, explosive."

Syndergaard also discussed new manager Mickey Callaway, and more...

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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Today's sights and sounds from Port St. Lucie. We'll be updating throughout the day, with the most recent updates at the top...

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Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard
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Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 14, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) warms up during a workout at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday morning that RHP Matt Harvey can break the bad mechanical habits that pitching coach Dave Eiland said he got into last season.

"He can definitely fix it," Callaway said. "And a lot of it is confidence, and the ability to go out there and throw the ball where you want to. One of the things that comes along with the issues that he was having physically, is the feel of the baseball. And when you can't feel the baseball the right way, and don't trust that it's gonna go where you want, then you become a more mechanical person, and not be the athlete that you wan't to be. He can definitely fix those bad habits for sure."

Harvey, who returned from Thoracic Outlet surgery last season, couldn't feel his fingers at times in 2016 before the surgery. And was not 100 percent back physically while pitching last season...

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