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Gary Carter Trade: 30 years on 00:09:26 looks back at the pivotal trade that brought catcher Gary Carter to the Mets from the Expos.

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This month, 31 years ago, the Mets and Expos were likely knee deep in talks about a deal that would eventually send Gary Carter to Queens, where he would help them win a World Series Championship less than two years later.

''This is a banner day for the Mets,'' the team's GM Frank Cashen said after the deal was complete.

''Everyone is aware of our need for a right-handed power hitter, and they don't come any better than Gary Carter.''

In the deal, the Mets sent two every-day players and two highly regarded prospects.

''We have parted with some outstanding talent,'' Cashen said. ''But, to obtain someone of the caliber of Gary Carter, the price isn't going to come cheaply.''

It was a huge deal, to say the least. And, it's reminiscent of where the Mets are today. Their young pitching is clearly the reason the Mets will sustain success for the next few years. But, they still lack a consistent, reliable heavyweight in the middle of their lineup, someone they can count on to clear the bases and carry them in times of struggle. They had it for a couple of months in Yoenis Cespedes, but he's likely to leave as a free agent this winter. They had it for two brilliant weeks in October, when Daniel Murphy developed super-human strength to help them reach the World Series. But, he too is likely to leave as a free agent. So, here we are again, looking for that elusive 'big bat,' just like a year ago, just like four months ago.

In this interview, I talk with Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record, who was covering the Mets as a beat writer in 1984, to learn about where the Mets were 31 years ago and how it compares to today...

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Tom from Ocean City: I think the Mets should trade nothing to the Rockies for SS Jose Reyes and his remaining contract. Then, trade Lucas Duda and Zack Wheeler for Todd Frazier, and resign Daniel Murphy to play first base (and other positions when needed). What do you think?

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There is no way the Mets are reacquiring Reyes, because he just isn't the same baseball player he was a few years ago. This is exactly why Sandy Alderson didn't want to sign Reyes after the 2011 season. Yes, it was the money, but it wasn't the initial money. It was the money at the end of the deal.

I always heard Sandy had interest in keeping Reyes, but only for three, maybe four years. Alderson always acknoledged Jose's super talent, marketability and significance to the franchise. But, anything beyond three years and an option was a non-starter in any potential negotiation with the Mets. Alderson clearly had no interest in paying $20 million a year when Jose's game started to decline, which was likely to happen given his history of injuries and how much Reyes relied on his legs and speed. Jose was quickly offered a six-year deal from Miami and, understandably, took it.

The same argument can be made for David Wright, by the way, but I think they viewed David's off-field role with the franchise slightly different, and his future game (more plate discipline, less speed) played better with their offensive strategy. Unfortunately, David's spine had other ideas...

It's sad, actually. I loved watching Jose play baseball in his prime. He was such a raw, explsoive, natural, amazing talent. But, there were points last season when he actually had negative value. He looked rigid and rocky, especially in the field, where he struggled to get to routine plays. In real terms, putting him between Wright's bad back and Wilmer Flores at second base, plus putting Murphy at first, would easily result in the worst defensive infield in baseball. l love my memories of Reyes, but his time with the Mets clearly ended the day he inked that deal with the Marlins.

That said, I am intrigued by sending Lucas Duda and Wheeler to the Reds. I need more than just Todd Frazier, if Duda's in the trade, but it's something worth looking in to, no doubt - especially if Frazier will returm to playing first base.

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Mailbag: Should the Mets acquire Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe?

The Minnesota Twins may look to deal infielder Trevor Plouffe in an effort to acquire a relief pitcher, according to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo (Nov. 21, 2015).

Tony from Middletown: I think Plouffe would be a good fit for the Mets. He can essentially replace Daniel Murphy and be the team's super-utility guy at 80% the price. He can also fill in for David Wright when needed at third base. He's 29, arbitration eligible through 2017 and would likely cost Rafael Montero.

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It's hard to know what to expect from a player like Plouffe, who has had a very up-and-down career. He has played a lot of different positions, most of them not particularly well. And, while he can hold his own at the plate, he doesn't have any specific skills that jump out. He did hit 22 home runs last year, his most since 2012. But, his power hasn't been very reliable throughout his career, so it's difficult to count on any significant production from him in that area. He walks a bit, but probably not enough to make up for his low batting average. He's a little slow, though not a major liability on the basepaths.

That said, he did get much better overall when the Twins stopped trying to play him in positions where he wasn't comfortable, namely the outfield and the middle infield, where he struggled. He's been a full-time 1B-3B-DH since 2013 and it's been a positive move for him. That said, it does lower his value to the Mets a little bit since they could use a player with more flexibility. Still, he's the right kind of player to target as a backup for Wright since he doesn't have any starting-caliber tools, but won't get badly exposed if he needs to step in for a longer stretch.

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National League East rumor round-up
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Mets: They are reportedly looking to add a middle infielder, help in the bullpen and to add a center fielder to either to play full time or platoon with Juan Lagares. However, so far, they have yet to appear in any major Hot Stove rumors, aside from reaching out to agents for Darren O'Day, Denard Span and Ben Zobrist, all of whom are still unsigned.

Nationals: They may be the front-runners to land free-agent RH reliever Darren O'Day, because his wife is an on-air reporter at TV a station in Washington D.C >> Read more about the Nationals

Braves: The Cubs, Giants and Dodgers have interest in trading for Braves starting pitchers Julio Teheran and Shelby Miller ... The Braves are one of multiple teams to ask the Giants about Joe Panik and Matt Duffy, but San Francisco isn't interested in dealing either young infielder ... Last week, Atlanta traded OF Cameron Maybin to the Tigers for LH pitching prospects Ian Krol and Gabe Speier >> Read more about the Braves

Marlins: There are several teams interested in trading for 2B Dee Gordon, and Miami is at least listening to offers, though unlikely to move him ... The Mariners want to acquire OF Marcell Ozuna, but the Marlins want RHP Taijuan Walker ... Teams checking in on RHP Jose Fernandez say the Marlins not trading him >> Read more about the Marlins

Phillies: They are not likely to sign a high-priced free agent, but plan to spend the winter stabilizing their starting rotation ... In early November, they acquired pitcher Jeremy Hellickson from the D-Backs for 20-year-old RHP Sam McWilliams >> Read more about the Phillies

Reyes pleads not guilty in domestic violence case
Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes (7) fields a ground ball during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. The Rockies won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports (Chris Humphreys)

Former Mets SS Jose Reyes pleaded not guilty to allegations of abusing his wife at a Hawaii resort, according to the Associated Press (Nov. 25, 2015).

Reyes, 32, was arrested on Oct. 31 in Maui after he allegedly choked and hit his wife in a hotel room. A hotel security guard reported that his wife had injuries to her left leg and scratches on her neck, according to a recording of the 911 call released by police.

Reyes, who was traded to the Rockies last summer, was released on $1,000 bail and ordered to avoid contact with his wife for three days. 

He did not attend his arraignment on Tuesday, and is due back in court in January for a pretrial hearing.

Reyes is subject to discipline from commissioner Rob Manfred and MLB's Joint Domestic Violence Policy.

In 116 games with the Blue Jays and Rockies, Reyes hit .271 with a .310 OBP and 37 extra-base hits. He is due $48 million over the next two seasons, after which he is eligible to be a free agent.

In case you missed it on Tuesday...

The Mets and Nationals are expected to be the high bidders for free-agent IF/OF Ben Zobrist, Tom Verducci said on the MLB Network >> Read more

The Mets signed 25-year-old RHP Stolmy Pimentel to a minor league contract that includes an invite to Major League Spring Training >> Read more

The Mets released their 2016 Spring Training schedule, which will begin on March 3 against the Nationals in Viera >> Read more

The Orioles are among the teams interested in free-agent OF Gerardo Parra, who the Mets have expressed interest in >> Read more

Mets minor league 1B Dominic Smith was named to the All-AFL team >> Read more

Mets sign ML free-agent RHP Stolmy Pimentel

The Mets have signed RHP Stolmy Pimentel to a minor league contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training.

Pimentel, 25, made eight relief appearances for the Rangers in 2015, during which he was 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA before being assigned to Triple-A for the remainder of the season.

He was originally signed by the Red Sox in 2006 and made his major league debut with the Pirates in 2013. In 2014, Pimentel made 20 relief appearances for the Pirates and posted a 2-1 record with a 5.23 ERA (19 earned runs in 32 2/3 innings).

The 2015 National League Champion Mets open their 2016 Grapefruit League schedule Thursday, March 3 against the Nationals in Viera at 1:05 p.m.


The team's first home game will be Friday, March 4 against the Marlins in Port St. Lucie, Fla. at 1:10 p.m.

The Mets will play 29 exhibition games, including against the Nationals six times, the Marlins six times, the Cardinals five times, the Braves three times, and the Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees and Astros twice.

Is Jurickson Profar ready to rejoin the MLB party?

Rangers SS Jurickson Profar was named to's All-AFL Team for this year's Arizona Fall League.

"Profar is finally beginning to look like the same player who ranked as baseball's unanimous top prospect in 2013 before a shoulder injury limited him to just 12 games over the past two seasons," explains's Mike Rosenbaum (Nov. 24, 2015).

Last winter, the Mets and Rangers reportedly had trade talks involving Dillon Gee, with one scenario involving Profar, people in baseball told reporter Chris Cotillo (MLB Daily Dish, March 2). However, it was later reported that the Mets had just limited interest Profar, and even less interest in SS Elvis Andrus, while the Rangers were asking for Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom (MetsBlog, Dec. 2014).

Profar, 22, hasn't played since 2013. He missed all of 2014 after initially injuring his shoulder, then missed all of last season after having surgery.

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I always imagined the Mets-Profar rumor from last winter sounded something like, "Hey, Profar is going to miss another year, he hasn't played since 2013, you like Gee, what if we swap them," with the Mets gambling on a total mystery and Texas getting a fifth starter. Obviously, the Rangers had no interest, likely countered by asking for deGrom or Wheeler and that was where things ended.

That said, I do think the Mets were intrigued by the 22-year-old, former top prospect. And, if they were curious last winter, they've got to be curious again having seen him look mostly healthy during the Arizona Fall League. The kid is still just 22, he has only 94 big-league games under his belt, he's arbitration eligible and under team control through 2019. This winter, the Rangers are looking to acquire a starting catcher and, of course, pitching, and Profar's name will almost certainly come up in discussions.

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Stats and Facts: Ben Zobrist 00:00:50 takes a look at free-agent second baseman and outfielder Ben Zobrist, who is a potential target for the Mets this offseason.

Update (Nov. 24): The Mets and Nationals are expected to be high bidders for free-agent IF/OF Ben Zobrist, although it has yet to be seen, according to Tom Verducci while appearing on MLB Network on Tuesday morning (Nov. 24, 2015).

Original post (Nov. 18): The Mets are "very interested" in free-agent IF/OF Ben Zobrist and had a conference call with him on Wednesday, Tim Rohan of The New York Times reports (Nov. 18. 2015).

According to Rohan, the 34-year-old Zobrist continues to seek a four-year deal and has drawn interest from roughly 10 teams, most of which are contenders.

It was reported Monday that while the Mets have interest in Zobrist, they might deem him too costly (Nov. 16. 2015).

Industry sources recently said the Yankees feel the same way, according to the New York Post (Nov. 15, 2015).

The Mets, Nationals and Royals have all reached out to Zobrist, who primarily played left field and second base for the A's and Royals last year (Nov. 15, 2015).

Zobrist hit .276 with a .359 OBP, 13 home runs, 56 RBI and .450 slugging percentage last season, after which he hit .303 in the postseason.


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Stats and Facts: Gerardo Parra 00:01:00 takes a look at free-agent outfielder Gerardo Parra as part of its Stats and Facts series.

The Orioles are interested in bringing back free-agent OF Gerardo Parra, but only if he'll accept a two-year deal, according to's Jerry Crasnick (Nov. 24, 2015).

The Mets reached out to Parra's agent in early November, industry sources told Marc Carig of Newsday (Nov. 16, 2015). Also, last summer, the Mets reportedly had talks with the Brewers about acquiring Parra before he was dealt to the Orioles in late July.

Parra, 28, who bats left-handed, hit .291 with 14 home runs and 51 RBIs last season, though he struggled after being traded. He is expected to land a new contract worth around $10 million a season for three years.

According to updates on MLB Trade Rumors, the Royals, Orioles and Mariners may also have interest in acquiring Parra this off season (Nov. 2015).

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The Mets are reportedly interested in Dexter Fowler and Denard Span, as well. Parra, of course, is expected to be the least expensive option. He's sort of considered the poor man's Carlos Gomez, which is probably why the Mets tried to acquire him last summer, when they also tried to acquire Gomez. I like Parra, he's a useful player, though I'm slightly concerned with how poorly he played down the stretch. He would have to be in a platoon with Juan Lagares. However, Parra is clearly more comfortable playing a corner outfield spot.

That said, I hear he's a great kid. The Brewers and Orioles both raved about his hustle and attitude. He's got a good arm, he's versatile, he shows up every day and on every play, and he hits well against right-handed pitching. I just don't see a perfect fit in Queens, for him. I get it from a Mets perspective, but I don't know why a 28-year-old seeking a three-year deal would accept being a part-time player, whether it's splitting time with Lagares or filling in for Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto.

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Minor League Ball grades Sandy Alderson's farm system

The Mets currently have eight prospects in their top 10 that have a good chance to enjoy successful MLB careers, according to a preliminary list published by veteran prospect guru John Sickels (Nov. 24, 2015).

According to Sickels, who has been researching and writing about prospects for more than a decade...

  • Dominic Smith, 20, best compares to James Loney.
  • Amed Rosario, 20, will soon need to boost his OBP or power.
  • Gavin Cecchini, 21, may be looking at a shift to second base.
  • Brandon Nimmo, 22, is looking more and more like a platoon, role player.
  • Wuilmer Becerra, 21, could be a breakout candidate in 2016.

Last season, 10 of his 10 prospects for the Mets were categorized as likely to enjoy MLB success, with six getting time in the big leagues last season.

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The Mets have promoted and gotten good use out of several players from their farm system the last year or so, including their top pitchers, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto and others. So, I'm really eager to see these lists this winter, since these guys will not be on it - allowing a new crop of kids to bump up and get noticed.

I agree with Sickels, I think the next 12 months we're going to hear a lot about Becerra and Smith making waves in this farm system. However, outside of that, it's not a very exciting group. In either case, unlike the last few seasons, when it was easy to rank their pitching, these 2016 lists will consist mostly of position players, none of whom look to be at superstar potential.

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Citi Cardholders Get Priority Access to 2016 Mets Single-Game Tickets Thanks to Citi Perks

Coming off the Mets improbable run to the World Series this year, fans are anxiously awaiting the start of the 2016 season and the chance for some redemption at Citi Field. Now thanks to Citi and the Citi Perks program, which offers special benefits to Mets fans, Citi cardholders have priority access to purchase 2016 single-game tickets before the general public starting this Wednesday, November 25th at 10:00 a.m. ET through Friday, November 27th at 10:00 a.m. ET at

Tickets are available, while supplies last, for all 81 home games during the 2016 season, including a rematch series with the World Champion Kansas City Royals as well as games against the rival Yankees, Nationals, Cubs, Dodgers and many more. General public tickets sales start on Monday, November 30 at 10:00 a.m. ET, so if you're a Citi cardholder don't wait, get your tickets now to see the Mets defend their National League Pennant in 2016 at Citi Field!

DeGrom and Harvey are New York's Dynamic Duo
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches the first inning against the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom are among the top 10 starting pitchers in baseball, according to ESPN's Buster Olney (Nov. 23, 2015).

"His reputation probably climbed in 2015 more than any other starter in the majors, because of the quality of his fastball and the rapid development of his secondary stuff," Olney said of deGrom, who ranked fifth overall on his list.

If the list was a futures bet, one scout told Olney that he would pick deGrom to accomplish the most of pitchers on the list from 2016 onward.

Harvey ranked 10th on Olney's list. However, they expect more from him next season, as he will enter the 2016 season at 27 years old, his full array of pitches intact, two years removed from elbow reconstruction surgery and no innings restrictions.

In his second season in the majors, deGrom went 14-8 with a 2.54 ERA and 205 strikeouts in 191 innings. He also went 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in four playoff games for the Mets.

Harvey made 29 starts in the regular season and four starts in the playoffs after missing 2014 due to Tommy John surgery. He went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in the regular season. Including the postseason, he recorded 215 strikeouts in 217 innings.

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Dominic Smith named to All-AFL Team

Mets 20-year-old 1B prospect Dominic Smith has been named to's Arizona Fall League All-AFL Team.

Smith had a .362/.483/.511 batting line with one home run, six RBIs, four doubles and 12 walks in 14 games during the AFL.

He missed two weeks during mid-November with a strained oblique muscle. recently ranked him the organization's fifth-best prospect, as well as the 2015 MVP in the Florida State League, where he hit .305 with 33 doubles.

The Mets are the only player from the NL East to have a representative on the AFL's 13-man All-AFL team.

Mets Hot Stove: Michael Conforto 00:06:35
Gary Apple chats with outfielder Michael Conforto about what experiences he's taking into next season and what will change for him.
Mets should - again - look at Charlie Blackmon
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The Mets were among several teams in the last 12 months to ask the Rockies about OF Charlie Blackmon, who is not likely to get moved because he's under team control the next three seasons, according to MLB insiders. I understand why the Mets had interest and probably still do.

I realize the Rockies are sending signals that he's not getting dealt. But, in the right deal, for the right young pitcher, they'll listen. The Mets should ask about him again, especially after his 2015. He fits the Mets well...

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I agree. He's a left-handed centerfielder under team control. That alone makes him a valuable commodity. He's only in his first year of arbitration, so there's little urgency for them to trade him. They will be asking for pitching, which the Mets are thin at after a summer full of trades, so Sandy Alderson would have to be ready to deal someone like Gabriel Ynoa. Colorado will also probably want a decent position player prospect, such as Wuilmer Beccera.

This feels like steep price, but it's not crazy given the demand on players under team control. It's a fair deal, though I would proceed with caution. For one, at 29 years old, Blackmon is not likely to get much better. What you see is what you get and what he is is a league-average hitter (after accounting for park effects) and a middling fielder. He has some handedness splits, but a platoon with Juan Lagares should allow both to play to their strengths.

Additionally, like all Rockies, he shows strong home-away splits, which is a reason for concern. However, as more and more ex-Rockies have some success for other teams, the true reliability of those splits is being questioned. He certainly won't put up his career .887 home OPS, but he should also be better than his .653 away OPS. In a Mets uniform, I'd expect something around .750 is a realistic outcome. And if he can manage that while being an average fielder (his below-average defensive metrics are certainly impacted by playing 81 games at Coors) that's actually not bad and probably worth a package with two top-10 prospects.

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Robinson Cano would love to return to New York

Mariners 2B Robinson Cano is reportedly not happy in Seattle and would love to return to New York, John Harper of the Daily News reports (Nov. 21).

According to Harper, Cano confided in one of his friends about his displeasure in Seattle, where he signed a 10-year deal worth $240 million prior to the 2014 season.

Former Mariners hitting coach Andy Van Slyke recently called Cano the "worst everyday player" he'd ever seen, criticizing Cano's play during the first half of the 2015 season, where he hit just .251 with a .290 OBP and .370 SLG to go along with six HR and 30 RBI.

Cano, 33, played for the Yankees from 2005 to 2013, where he hit .309 with a .355 OBP and .504 SLG while hitting 204 HR before leaving via free agency.

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Now THIS would be worth looking in to, especially if the Mariners are willing to pick up some money on his deal. The only substantive change in his production is that he's hitting fewer balls in the air, and in a pitcher's park.

I don't know if he's pressing (because of the big contract and expectations) or if he's adjusting his game to hit in the ballpark (Safeco vs. Yankee Stadium). But, as is, it's fair to assume he'll continue to be a 15-20 HR guy the next few seasons. However, I'm confident being teamed back up with Kevin Long, who he worked so well with when on the Yankees, would help him improve his fly-ball rate and rediscover his power stroke.

Cano is demonstrating the same level of plate discipline as he had in the Bronx. And his fielding, which was never sensational to begin with, is similarly on par with where he has been during his career.

So, really, it simply comes down to his ability to drive the ball and put it in the air more. If he can do that, 2015 will likely wind up being his weakest season, with improvement expected over the next three-to-five years. The catch? He's under contract for eight seasons, and who knows what he'll be doing those last few years when making $24 million a season...

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Clayton Kershaw reportedly wants Dodgers to trade Yasiel Puig
August 15, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cincinnati Reds against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports August 15, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports (Gary A. Vasquez)

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw told his team's GM to trade OF Yasiel Puig, former MLB OF and coach Andy Van Slyke said on CBS Radio in St. Louis (Nov. 20, 2015).

Nevertheless, a team source says the Dodgers aren't likely to trade Puig, despite a rough last two seasons, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times (Nov. 21, 2015).

Van Slyke's son, Scott, is an outfielder on the Dodgers and teammates with Kershaw.

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I'd explore a deal for Puig, who will earn an affordable $20 million during the three years. This contract is actually fair value for the disappointing year he had in 2015. It's a bargain if he can return to being even half the player he was the year before. He is clearly in need of a change of scenery. He has so much baggage in Los Angeles. He's a hold-over from the previous administration and clogging up the outfield, and doing it with chaos, for incoming rookie manager Dave Roberts. In 2014, Puig played 60 games in center field, where he was adequate enough to justify a return to the position.

I have no idea what he'd cost in a trade, or what I'm comfortable parting with to get him. Frankly, I'm not even sure it's a wise move, given his recent injuries and off-field drama. But, he has the potential to be a super star, the Dodgers may be motivated to move him, he deserves a big market, the Mets need a loud bat, and he's making reasonable money, so it's something that should be explored...

By the way, what's up with Van Slyke? Yikes. Dude, shut your mouth. The Dodgers GM asked Kershaw about the roster, Kershaw said trade Puig. Kershaw told some teammates, including Scott Van Slyke, who confided in his dad, who then blabbed about the whole thing on radio. Wow. Well played, Dad, nice work. Ugh...

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Stats and Facts: Ben Zobrist 00:00:50 takes a look at free-agent second baseman and outfielder Ben Zobrist, who is a potential target for the Mets this offseason.

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Free agent infielder Ben Zobrist and reliever Darren O'Day are holding up the hot stove, according to MLB insiders.

The Mets are reportedly interested in both free agents.

Frankly, it's been really quiet around baseball since the GM Meetings.

Typically, teams meet that week, get a sense of who wants what and how much it'll cost, then they get to work. There is usually a good level of activity the week before Thanksgiving, followed by a lull through the holiday, and then a big push through the Winter Meetings, which are scheduled this year Dec. 7 to the 11th. However, in the two weeks since the GM Meetings in early November, it's been close to silent across the news and rumor mill.

Why? Zobrist, who hit .276 with 13 home runs and 56 RBIs last season for the A's and Royals, is reportedly seeking a four-year deal. Ten teams have made him an offer, but as many 20 teams initially contacted his agent.

Similarly, O'Day, a middle reliever who recorded a 1.52 ERA and struck out 82 batters in 65 1/3 innings with the Orioles last season, has reportedly received multiple four-year offers, but eight teams put in a bid and up to 15 teams expressed early interest in acquiring him.

In other words, more than half the league is interested in a utility player and a relief pitcher that could combine to earn $25 million a season. I've heard both players intend to use the Thanksgiving holiday to make a final decision, which both want to wrap up before the Winter Meetings.

Once they pick a landing spot, the rest of the league can cross them off their lists and begin shifting their priorities elsewhere.

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Dodgers hire Dave Roberts, not Bob Geren

The Dodgers will hire Dave Roberts to be the team's manager, a league source confirmed to's Jerry Crasnick.

The Dodgers interviewed Mets bench coach Bob Geren during their search, according to Newsday's Marc Carig (Nov. 8, 2015). They also interviewed Gabe Kapler, Darin Erstad and Bud Black.

Geren, 54, managed the Athletics from 2007 to 2011, during which current Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi was an assistant to Billy Beane. Geren joined Terry Collins's bench after the 2011 season.

Roberts, who spent 10 years in the majors, served as Padres' bench coach the past two seasons and managed one game on an interim basis after San Diego fired Black and named Pat Murphy interim manager.

The Dodgers had been searching for a new manager after parting ways with Don Mattingly, who has since joined the Marlins as their new manager.

Nats join in chase for O'Day as closer

The Nationals are now in the race to sign free agent reliever Darren O'Day as a closer, a source told Jerry Crasnick of (Nov. 22, 2015).

The Braves and Dodgers also have interest in O'Day to be their closer, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman (Nov. 21, 2015)

O'Day, 33, is asking for four-year deal worth $28-$36 million, according to's Ken Rosenthal (Nov. 18. 2015).

The side-arming reliever has a 1.92 ERA during his last 263 innings spanning four seasons.

The Mets (Nov. 8, 2015), as well as Red Sox, Tigers, Nationals, Royals, and Cubs (Nov. 9. 2015) all reportedly have early interest in O'Day, who had a 1.53 ERA in 68 appearances for the O's last season.

It's expected he will be the first big-name free-agent reliever to sign a new deal this offseason (Nov. 19).

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Well, this changes things. I mean, if teams are pursuing him to be a closer, while the Mets want him to be a set-up man, it's hard to imagine him choosing New York. I've also heard, while he got mostly three-year offers during the GM Meetings, he has since seen a few four-year offers come rolling in...

My hunch is he's weighing whether to be a closer on a three-year deal against being a set-up man with a four-year deal, along with where he believes he'll best thrive and have a chance to win. I'm sure that's not as easy as it seems, and it's not 100% about money. I want him on the Mets, but that's a cloudy situation and he's clearly in the driver's seat. I bet he makes an announcement sooner than later.

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Ruben Tejada's salary could make him a non-tender candidate
Ruben Tejada hits a sacrifice fly to score Wilmer Flores during the 18th inning. The Mets won, 3-1. (AP)

The Mets will have 11 players eligible for salary arbitration this offseason, including Ruben Tejada.

MLB Trade Rumors projects Tejada, who earned $1.8 million this past season, will earn $2.3 million through arbitration next year, after which he can become a free agent for the first time in his career (Oct. 6, 2015).

Similarly, the award-winning team at Pace Law School determined that Tejada can expect to earn slightly less, $2.5 million, would most likely exceed his value on the open market (Nov. 21, 2015).

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There is a distinct chance that Tejada gets non-tendered, after which the Mets could look to bring him back. It'll be a difficult decision, largely based on whether or not Ben Zobrist's chooses to sign with them. The Mets felt most comfortable going with Tejada at shortstop during the postseason, but that was mostly because of how Wilmer Flores had been hitting down the stretch.

Next season, I think they hope to have different, more versatile options on the infield, which, when coupled with Tejada's salary, could make him expendable. Also, though they praised him a bit toward the end of the last season, Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins have been really, really hard on Ruben the last few years.

Again, knowing this is a pretty pragmatic, unemotional front office, if the Mets need the roster spot, money or have better options, Tejada is toast. If he's the better fit, they'll keep him around for a final season. It's that basic...

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Howie Rose wins an Esurance MLB Award for Best Radio Call
Although the crowds were smaller and less lively than the Mets were accustomed to, the team's offense remained hot. Yoenis Cespedes' fifth-inning double broke the game open, giving starter Bartolo Colon ample run support. (AP)

WOR's Howie Rose was awarded the Esurance MLB Award for Best Radio Call for how he relayed Bartolo Colon's go-ahead RBI double on May 31 this past season >> Watch and Listen Here

The Esurance MLB Awards annually honor baseball's greatest moments and achievements, which are determined by an industry-wide balloting process that includes media, front-office personnel, retired players and fans voting.

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I love Howie and Josh Lewin on radio. They're an awesome team that I hope never breaks up. I've said it before, but they're a great contrast to SNY's TV team.

Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling are terrific when looking for deep, experience and insight in to the game. Darling and Hernandez are the best at explaining the game, giving insight in to why things are happening. They frequently put on a masterclass in baseball, while also being funny and affable.

Howie and Josh, however, create a more casual, passionate experience, which is reminiscent of watching the game with really smart friends, who may have never played the game professionally, but who really know the team inside and out. Again, it's a great dynamic.

I often watch the game on MLB.TV just so I can flip between audio feeds, while watching the SNY visual broadcast. It's a nice feature. Because if something great happens, I can first get Keith and Ronnie, then rewind and flip the audio to get Howie and Josh. It's great, and highly recommended.

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Outfielder Cameron Maybin traded from Braves to Tigers
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The Detroit Tigers have acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for left-handers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier.

The 28-year-old Maybin returns to the organization that drafted him. The Tigers took Maybin in the first round in 2005, and he made his major league debut for Detroit in 2007 before being traded to the Marlins as a key prospect in the deal that brought Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers.

Maybin hit .267 with 10 homers, 59 RBIs and 23 steals for the Braves this year.

Krol made 33 relief appearances for the Tigers in 2015, going 2-3 with a 5.79 ERA. Speier pitched in 33 games this year for Class A West Michigan, going 4-2 with a 2.86 ERA.

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Maybin is the kind of lateral move the Mets should definitely avoid this offseason. His "good" year in Atlanta amounted to a sub-.700 OPS and as a right-handed bat, he's not a candidate to platoon with righty Juan Lagares. He walks a little, but has no power and his defense has been up-and-down (mostly down).

The Mets need a better hitter in center than Lagares, but Maybin was not that guy.

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Asdrubal Cabrera drawing interest from four teams
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There are four teams current showing interest in free-agent 2B-SS Asdrubal Cabrera, according to SBNation's Chris Cotillo (Nov. 20, 2015).

To date, there have been no specific teams linked to Cabrera in updates this off season on MLB Trade Rumors (Nov. 20, 2015).

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There is no evidence of the Mets being one of the four teams, but they should be. He's not perfect, but he fits them well. Cabrera eventually took a one-year deal last winter, when the Mets had a bit of interest. In the end, they passed and determined Wilmer Flores was a better bet, but they kept tabs on him deep in to the offseason...

Cabrera struggled during the first half of last season, but got himself together after the All-Star break. In the second half, he struck out less, hit with more power and played better than expected in the field. Basically, after a rough 18 months, he looked like the player he was in 2011 and 2012, which is a guy that plays slightly below-average defense, but makes up for it by driving the ball hard and for occasional power.

He's on par with Wilmer, who, if the Mets wanted to do it, could remain at shortstop, while Cabrera takes over at second. In either case, they'd be an offense-first, defense-challenged middle infield, but it could actually work well for this team depending on the rest of the lineup and if the starting pitchers keep striking people out.

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Mets add Nimmo, Lugo, Walters and Gsellman to 40-man roster

The Mets have added prospects OF Brandon Nimmo, RHPs Seth Lugo, Jeff Walters and Roberts Gsellman to their 40-man roster, the team announced.

If they didn't add them to the 40-man roster by midnight, they were at risk them being selected by a new team in the Rule 5 draft, which you can learn more about here.

Left-handed reliever Josh Smoker would have been eligible, but he was added to the team's 40-man roster late last season.

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Obviously, the Mets added Nimmo, who will start his season in Triple-A Las Vegas and likely make his big-league debut later in the season. They talked highly of Matt Bowman last spring training and could include him in the mix for next year's bullpen. 

Gsellman is 22-years-old and viewed more like a middle reliever or back-of-the-rotation starter. He doesn't strike a lot of guys out. Instead, he's more of a sinker, ground ball guy, perfect for the team's current bullpen in contrast to its hard-throwing rotation. I'd like to see him stick and remain in the mix next spring.

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What happened to Rafael Montero?
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Mike in East Hampton: What happened to Rafael Montero? He was a top prospect, hyped as much as Noah Syndergaard. Yet, we hear nothing about him any more. Can he at least be a factor in the bullpen?


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The official diagnosis was tendinitis in his shoulder, the team said, when explaining why Montero essentially missed an entire season last year. It was initially described as stiffness, but became tendinitis in August. There was a point when Terry Collins actually stopped in Port St. Lucie on an off-day, they said, to talk with him. Reporters said it was to essentially kick Montero in the butt, hoping to motivate him to get it together and return to the team. That, to me, was rather alarming, but nothing ever came of it, the story died, Montero remained on the sidelines and the postseason run took over. So, I really have no idea what happened...

That said, at the GM Meetings, the Mets talked about Montero like he was healthy, ready to contribute and would again be part of the bullpen competition next spring. I still believe he's always been destined for the bullpen, even when he was being hyped as a starting pitcher. His repertoire and style lend him to a relief role so well, especially when entering a game with runners on base. He had great command in the minor leagues, he keeps the ball down and doesn't allow many hard hit balls. Frankly, he and Jenrry Mejia really messed up the team's plan for last year's bullpen. The combination of Jeurys Familia, Montero and Mejia would have been great to close out games. However, Montero's shoulder mysteriously sidelined him, and Mejia's stupidity got him suspended... twice.

Montero is capable of being a secret weapon if he's healthy and able to elevate to the kind of pitcher the Mets always hoped he could be. If he can do it, he solves a major need without anyone having to lift a finger...

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Cubs and Yankees talking Starlin Castro for Brett Gardner trade
Starlin Castro hits an RBI infield single in the 11th inning. The Cubs won, 2-0. (AP)

The Yankees and Cubs have discussed a deal that would send SS-2B Starlin Castro to the Bronx and OF Brett Gardner to Chicago, a source told Daily News reporter Mark Feinsand (Nov. 20, 2015).

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"The Mets are poking around for a shortstop via trade, which potentially could push Wilmer Flores to second base," according to beat reporter Adam Rubin (Nov. 19, 2015).

They Mets have been connected to Castro in trade rumors before, but I don't think he's ever been a front-burner option for them. In return for Castro, the Cubs are rumored to want an experienced, young, cost-controlled pitcher who can immediately slot in their rotation next season. For instance, last season, I hear they repeatedly asked the Padres for Tyson Ross.

For the Mets, this would be Zack Wheeler. I actually think the Mets would be overpaying in this situation. I'd want something back in the deal, either another player or money to offset the $38 million due to Castro over the next four seasons. However, if the Mets aren't offering Wheeler, or someone else from the young rotation, I don't see a deal happening.

I suppose there could be something to discuss with Jon Niese. But, I don't think the Mets are all that enamored with Castro enough, and do I think the Cubs are dying to get their hands on Niese, so that's probably not appealing even though it could be a match.

In terms of the player, Castro is athletic and has good hands, but he is known for making weird mistakes in the field. He's a free swinger, but open to suggestion. He puts balls in play and will never be a high OBP guy, but when he's locked in he can be a dynamic hitter. He got benched last season by Joe Maddon, but then played his way back in the lineup. In other words, he's a total enigma. A change of scenery could be exactly what he is needing. I'm intrigued, but I'm not overpaying to get him...

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Noah Syndergaard loves New York and wants to be a Met for life
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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard loves New York and wants to be with the Mets for the rest of his career, he said Thursday, according to Daily news reporter Kristie Ackert (Nov. 19. 2015).

Instead of quickly returning to his home in Mansfield, TX, Syndergaard said he wanted to remain in New York for a few weeks after the season.

"I wanted to just experience all I could of it," he explained. "I wanted to do things I couldn't do in the season and I am having a lot of fun. ... I want to be a Met for life. I love it."

In addition to trips to restaurants, Central Park and other New York landmarks, Syndergaard has been attending local sporting events, frequently photographing himself laying on the field, court and ice...

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It's great to see him embracing the city and all it has to offer, because I want him to be with the organization forever. He's going to be a huge star. He gets it. He has fun with the world around him, and he doesn't take himself too seriously, which is what separates him from Matt Harvey.

I'm sorry to say that if Harvey went on a tour like this, photographing himself out on the town, it would treated in a totally different way. This is unfair. It shouldn't be this way. They're just young guys, on top of the world, making good money and having fun. There is nothing wrong with that. However, though I have zero problem with Harvey's life off the field - in fact I think it's pretty awesome - I suspect other people think he's too bold or cocky, mostly because of comments he's made in interviews earlier in his career. He talked about wanting to be the best in New York, about wanting to be like Derek Jeter, he appeared in fashion spreads, had an ESPN documentary made about him, he's publicly dated models, and all of it likely rubbed his haters the wrong the way.

To be honest, those people are either jealous or angry at themselves for missing chances in life, and they take it out on his public persona. This is also not fair, but it's part of what he can expect going forward. He's that guy now, like it or not. Meanwhile, Noah just smiles with his long hair and goofy, wide-eyed grin. He doesn't show anything more than an appreciation for the city, and off he goes...

Again, the reality is that these are just two guys in their early 20's living their lives in New York, eating out, going to restaurants, taking in a sporting event, etc... But, because of how they first approached their initial fame, they're judged in two totally different ways.

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I'm not eager to see the Mets deal Zack Wheeler. But, if they're going to trade anyone to help upgrade the offense, it should be him over Steven Matz, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom.

In the below podcast, SNY.TV's Andrew Vazzano answer voicemails from Mets fans debating whether Wheeler should or shouldn't be traded, which, in the end, seems it all comes down to timing and value...

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Bryce Harper wins NL MVP, tips his cap to the Mets
Oct 4, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) hits a double in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was a unanimous selection to win the National League's MVP award on Thursday, and when discussing the honor, credited the Mets for winning the NL East and the pennant (Nov. 19).

The 23-year-old Harper was tied for the National League lead with 42 home runs, ranked second with a .330 batting average, drove in 99 runs and led the league with a 9.9 WAR for the Nationals, who finished in second place in the division to the Mets.

While the Nationals led the division by three games on July 31, the Mets had two critical sweeps of the Nationals: three games at home from July 31 to Aug. 2 that tied the division and a three-game sweep on the road from Sept. 7 to Sept. 9 that pushed New York's division lead from four games to seven with 23 games to play.

"I think a lot of people saw what the National League East was about -- how much pitching we had, how much competition we had in that aspect with [Matt] Harvey and [Jacob] deGrom and [Noah] Syndergaard, those three guys were unbelievable this year," Harper said. "So I tip my cap to them and the Mets organization."

After the Nationals were eliminated from playoff contention, Harper hoped the Mets would win the World Series.

"I hope they win it all," Harper said (Sept. 26). "Good luck to them."

The Mets finished the season at 90-72, winning their first division title since 2006 by seven games, and lost the World Series to the Royals in five games.

Collins to receive Lasorda Achievement Award
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The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation announced Thursday that it will honor Terry Collins with its Tommy Lasorda Managerial Achievement Award during a dinner in January.

Collins, 66, won the Sporting News Manager of the Year Award and finished third for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's National League Manager of the Year.

In early November, the Mets announced a new two-year deal for Collins, who will be at the helm through 2017.

In 2016, Collins will manage the National League's All-Star team in San Diego because he took his team to the World Series last season.

In case you missed it on Thursday...
New York Mets mascots Mr. Met and Mrs. Met perform in the 7th inning against the Kansas City Royals in game five of the World Series at Citi Field. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets' 2016 season-opener in Kansas City was moved from Monday, April 4 to Sunday, April 3 >> Read more

The Mets are interested in upgrading shortstop via trade and moving Wilmer Flores to second base >>Read more

Closer Jeurys Familia can expect to earn roughly $3.8 million via arbitration next season >>Read more

RH reliever Addison Reed can expect to earn roughly $5.8 million via arbitration next season >>Read more

Free-agent RH reliever Darren O'Day, who the Mets are interested, will likely be the first big-name reliever to sign >>Read more

The Mets lost LH reliever Jack Leathersich off waivers to the Cubs. Leathersich underwent Tommy John surgery in late-July >>Read more

Cubs claim LHP Jack Leathersich from Mets

The Cubs have claimed LH reliever Jack Leathersich off waivers from the Mets, the team announced Thursday.

Leathersich, 25, underwent Tommy John surgery in late-July. In his last game prior to surgery, Leathersich threw 57 pitches for Triple-A Las Vegas.

In 17 appearances for the Mets in 2015, Leathersich had a 2.31 ERA and 1.63 WHIP in 11 2/3 innings.

In a tweet, Leathersich thanked the Mets' organization and the fans for the opportunity.

Mets will open 2016 season on Sunday, April 3
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey throws during the first inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)

The Mets' first game of the 2016 season in Kansas City against the Royals has been moved from Monday, April 4 to Sunday, April 3.

First pitch is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. ET on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.

After playing on Sunday night, the Mets will have Monday off before playing the Royals again on Tuesday, April 5. They will then have two days off before playing their home opener against the Phillies on Friday, April 8. 

Mets are poking around the market for shortstops
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"The Mets are poking around for a shortstop via trade, which potentially could push Wilmer Flores to second base," according to beat reporter Adam Rubin (Nov. 19, 2015).

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There are other options. However, the way I see it, their realistic options are going to be either free agents Ian Desmond and Asdrubal Cabrera, or trading for the Cubs SS Starlin Castro or the Braves SS Erick Aybar.

In the end, I'd make a move for Aybar, assuming Desmond will not take a one-year deal. Aybar is not great, but he's stable, which is what I want most at shortstop. I think this pitching staff deserves an experienced guy at the infield's most important position. And, though not great, he's quintessential, experienced and capable of a 1-2 WAR season. He and Flores (or Dilson Herrera) will do fine on the middle infield together...

However, if the Braves refuse to deal Aybar in the division, I guess I would have to sign Cabrera for two years and $20 million, knowing he could also play second base and maybe even third. I don't have the guts to deal Wheeler for Castro and Desmond is too costly for that level unknown.

Last week, I ran the following poll about the above options, which returned these results... 

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Darren O'Day is seeking a four-year deal
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The Mets have interest in free-agent RH reliever Darren O'Day, a source told Newsday reporter Marc Carig (Nov. 8, 2015).

Latest Update

It's expected that O'Day will be the first big-name free-agent reliever to sign, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports (Nov. 19).

The Dodgers are one of the teams most interested in O'Day, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN (Nov. 19).

Previous Reports & Reaction

O'Day, 33, is asking for four-year deal worth $28-$36 million, according to's Ken Rosenthal (Nov. 18. 2015). The side-arming reliever has a 1.92 ERA during his last 263 innings spanning four seasons.

The Red Sox, Tigers, Nationals, Royals, Dodgers and Cubs also have early interest in O'Day (Nov. 9. 2015), who had a 1.53 ERA in 68 appearances for the O's last season.

The Mets selected O'Day in the Rule 5 Draft before 2008. He made their roster out of spring training, but was sent back to his original team after two weeks to make room on the roster for Nelson Figueroa.

Addison Reed can expect to earn $5.8 million in 2016

The Mets will have 11 players eligible for salary arbitration this offseason, including RH reliever Addison Reed, who the team acquired from the Diamondbacks in August.

MLB Trade Rumors projects Reed, who earned just over $4 million this past season and won't be eligible for free agency until 2018, will earn $5.7 million through arbitration next year (Oct. 6, 2015).

Similarly, the award-winning team at Pace Law School determined that Reed can expect to earn slightly more, $5.8 million, which is still less than he would've earned had he remained a closer (Nov. 19, 2015).

Reed, 26, posted a 1.17 ERA and 1.04 WHIP to go along with 17 strikeouts in 15 1/3 innings (17 appearances) during the 2015 regular season after being traded to the Mets.

Reed posted a 6.43 ERA in 7.0 postseason innings, including giving up the eventual winning runs in the 12th inning of Game 5 of the World Series.

Jeurys Familia can expect to earn $3.8M in 2016
New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia throws during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)

The Mets will have 11 players eligible for salary arbitration this offseason, including closer Jeurys Familia.

MLB Trade Rumors projects Familia, who earned $614,625 this past season and won't be eligible for free agency until 2019, will earn $3.3 million through arbitration next year (Oct. 6, 2015).

Similarly, the award-winning team at Pace Law School determined that Familia can expect to earn slightly more, $3.8 million, because of superior platform year and contributions to his team's World Series run (Nov. 19, 2015).

Familia did not blow a save through the final two months of the regular season. However, he went on to became the first player in history to blow three saves in the World Series.

Is it time to move David Wright to 1B?
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The Reds have let teams know they are open for business," according to the NY Post's Joel Sherman (Nov. 11, 2015), and 3B Todd Frazier may be available (Nov. 16, 2015).

According to Stark, in deals for Frazier the Reds will be seeking young, Major League-ready talent.

In an effort to find a match,'s David Schoenfield suggests trading Frazier to the Mets for Zack Wheeler, at which point the Mets could move David Wright to first base and trade Lucas Duda for a center fielder or relief pitcher.

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I don't think the idea is totally bananas, especially dealing Wheeler for a proven, impact player, and dealing Duda for help at a different position. Interestingly, this deal would likely end in a financial wash, plus help this season and 2017, which would have to be appealing to the Mets. It's not bad. However, I have no idea where David stands on moving positions.

Wright's future on the field has to have been discussed. I mean, it was only a few months ago that the guy worried he might have to retire because of his lumbar spinal stenosis. So, in a moment like that, I bet every option was discussed, including how playing third base instead of, say, first, or outfield, might impact him physically. In this scenario, though, why can't Frazier just play first? In fact, of the two, Frazier is the only one who has actually played first base, where he started 43 games in 2014. He also has experience playing left field, by the way.

In time, I do think Wright will need to transition to another place on the diamond. But, I don't know that we are there yet, especially since Frazier isn't exactly Brooks Robinson and can play other positions. And, if now is the time to move David to first, either because of pain or another player being acquired, we have no idea how he feels about it...

In 1998, Frazier hit a memorable home run to help Toms River, NJ, win the Little League World Series. "Before I retire, it would be cool to be in New York," Frazier told last summer (June, 2015).

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In case you missed it on Wednesday...
New York Mets' Daniel Murphy celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of Game 2 of the National League baseball championship series against the Chicago Cubs Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

The Mets are planning to make a legitimate bid to re-sign free agent IF Daniel Murphy, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported >> Read more

The Mets are reportedly very interested in free-agent IF/OF Ben Zobrist and had a conference call with him on Wednesday >> Read more

Free agent RH reliever Darren O'Day, who the Mets have interest in, is seeking a four-year deal worth between $28 million and $36 million >> Read more

Free agent RH reliever Joakim Soria, another player the Mets are interested in, is said to be seeking a three-year contract worth roughly $27 million >> Read more

Mets expected to make 'legitimate bid' for Daniel Murphy
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Daniel Murphy rejected the Mets' $15.8 million one-year qualifying offer, but the Mets are expected to make a "legitimate" attempt to re-sign him, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports (Nov. 18).

According to Rubin, the Mets believe that Murphy might return to the Mets even if the team isn't the highest bidder, due to the fact that Murphy enjoyed his time with the organization and in New York.

While Murphy rejected the Mets' qualifying offer, the team can negotiate a new deal with him if they so choose.

If Murphy signs elsewhere, the Mets will receive a compensatory draft pick between the first and second round of the 2016 Amateur Draft.

MLB Trade Rumors has predicted that Murphy will ultimately sign a four-year deal worth $56 million.

Murphy, 30, hit .281 with a .322 OBP and .449 SLG to go along with 14 HR and 73 RBI during the 2015 regular season.

In the postseason, Murphy hit home runs in six consecutive games to help propel the Mets to a World Series berth.


Joakim Soria is seeking a three-year contract
Could Joakim Soria be someone Sandy Alderson is interested in signing? (AP)

The Mets are among teams with reported interest in free agent RH reliever Joakim Soria.

Latest Update

Soria is looking for a contract that is worth roughly $27 million over three years, Jayson Stark of ESPN reports (Nov. 18, 2015).

Previous Reports

Soria has yet to be made a formal offer, but has seen interest from the Mets, Royals, Angels, Red Sox, Tigers, and Rangers, according to SBNation's Chris Cotillo (Nov. 12, 12:22 pm).

Soria, 31, made $7 million, while posting a 2.53 ERA and 1.09 WHIP and striking out 64 batters in 67 2/3 innings split between the Tigers and Pirates, this past season.

The pros and cons of Terry Collins
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I understand why Terry Collins got a new, two-year contract at the end of the season, and why he came in third during yesterday's NL Manager of the Year voting. He's a strong man, who is very nice, and I'm OK with him at the helm. However, as I've said before, if something goes off track during the next 18 months, if Collins loses the team or things aren't working out, the Mets need to make a change.

The Pros

Collins did his best work in 2015, so I understand why he was up for the award. He kept a very flawed and young team focused through a difficult summer on their way to the postseason. The Mets played hard all year, from before spring training to their final game, and clearly they care about and respect him - and he feels the same about them. This is very important.

The Mets could easily find a better in-game tactician than Collins. It would not be difficult. However, will that person be able to manage the New York media and connect with these specific players like Collins has done so well. Maybe, maybe not. But, it would be a gamble to switch it up, especially in favor a manager with a big personality. I think people who are not on the field before a game, in the clubhouse and around the team discount just how important and strong his off-field skills are to the success of this squad. The last thing they need is a manager that draws attention or disrupts the environment he and Sandy Alderson have worked hard to create the last few years, especially if it is expected to continue.

That said, Alderson and his staff have to do something about how Collins handles the team on field during the game.

The Cons

There were games this past season when his choices bordered on terrible, and head-scratching at best, specifically when it comes to how he uses his bench and middle relievers. I realize this could have as much to do with the talent he's being asked to handle. However, I've seen plenty of managers do more with less, so I'm reluctant to put this all on Alderson.

I will always believe the baseball manager is massively overrated. However, they do have an impact, and it's often in ways that people don't realize - such as wasting outs, mishandling high-leverage moments and overusing relievers in spots when they have no business being in the game. The best way for a manager to best impact the game is to keep his players out of position to fail. The opposite is actually easier, which is why it is focused on and something people often compliment. However, it's far more important and impactful when reducing potential damage.


It's status quo for me as far as how Collins handles his players before and after the game. He's done an outstanding job. He also works great with his coaching staff, leaning on them for intel and carrying out his message. He's also terrific with reporters, with whom he's forced to talk at least two times a day for 250 days.

In regards to the game on the field, he says last season and the postseason helped underscore mistakes he was making in games. He says he's learned from it and will be better in 2016. I want to believe him. I hope he's right. However, whether it's sending messages to him during a game, loading him and his coaching staff with more pre-game information or simply getting players that better fit the team's overall approach, Alderson has to find a way to keep Collins out of position to fail on field during games so he can do the same for his players. Otherwise, his team will continue to waste opportunities, miss ways to scrape together runs and struggle to find a consistent bullpen, especially in situations that matter most...

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In case you missed it on Tuesday...

Terry Collins finished third in National League Manager of the Year voting, behind Joe Maddon of the Cubs and Mike Matheny of the Cardinals >> Read more

The Mets have interest in free-agent IF/OF Ben Zobrist, but they might deem him too costly >> Read more

The Mets have reached out to the agent for free-agent OF Gerardo Parra >> Read more

1B Lucas Duda can expect to earn $6.7 million in 2016 via arbitration >> Read more

RHP Zack Wheeler is throwing at 120 feet as he continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery >> Read more

Toby Hyde and Rob Brender put themselves in Sandy Alderson's chair, each presenting a realistic offseason action plan that will help the Mets return to the postseason in 2016...

Mets 1B prospect Dom Smith returns from oblique injury
Jun 12, 2013; Gardena, CA, USA; Gardena Serra first baseman Dominic Smith poses at portrait session at Serra High. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets 1B prospect Dominic Smith returned to action in the Arizona Fall League Tuesday after two weeks with an oblique injury.

Smith, 20, had two singles and left the game for a pinch runner in the eighth inning. He entered the night hitting .385 with a .519 OBP, one HR, four doubles and five RBI through 12 games. recently ranked him the organization's fifth-best prospect.

"He has excellent hand-eye coordination and an advanced approach at the plate,"'s Jonathan Mayo wrote in his report. "He hasn't shown a ton of extra-base pop, but it started to show up more in his second full season. ... The Mets feel the power will eventually come as Smith matures and that he'll continue to move in that direction."

In an on-air interview during Monday's game, Smith said the Mets recently told me him not to focus on hitting home runs. Instead, they want him to keep hitting the ball hard and focus on using the entire field.

Lucas Duda can expect to earn $6.7M next season
Lucas Duda hits a two-run double against the Cubs. (AP)

The Mets will have 11 players eligible for salary arbitration this offseason, including Lucas Duda.

MLB Trade Rumors projects Duda, who earned $4.2 million this past season and won't be eligible for free agency until after 2017, will earn $6.8 million through arbitration next year (Oct. 6, 2015).

Similarly, the award-winning team at Pace Law School determined that Duda can expect to earn $6.7 million (Nov. 17, 2015).

In Spring Training earlier this year, the Mets tried to sign Duda to a three-year extension, with a team option for 2018, according to's Jon Heyman (May 1, 2015). However, the two sides quickly agreed postpone contract talks until this offseason.

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There have been no reports or rumors that the Mets will again talk with Duda about an extension, though I suppose it's still a possibility. Frankly, after his inconsistent 2015, I think there is as good of chance he is traded as there is that they ink him to an extension. I like Lucas, and I believe in his ability, but I'd explore moving him. I'm uncomfortable knowing that the overwhelming majority of his stats will come in the span of three or four weeks scattered across a six-month season, five of which will be spent with him trying to find his timing. The Mets do not have a deep enough lineup to afford that type of instability.

Duda would be fun to watch in a hitter's park, especially when he's locked in. So, at just $6.7 million and under team control, there will be teams with interest in acquiring him. Again, I'm OK keeping him. I'll love him when he's on fire, but I can't ignore those months when he's no place to be found. If the Mets can find a taker, and use the opportunity to create a more consistent lineup, I'd do it...

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