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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Michael Conforto hasn't been medically cleared to swing a bat, but he's got one in his apartment, anyway. "Just to hold," the Mets outfielder said.

"I can't swing it yet, but I just want to feel it in my hands."

That might not sound like much for a player keen on getting back to the workaday duties of his craft after left shoulder surgery. Or for the fan base that knows how desperately the Mets need Conforto next season. But it'll have to do for now, or at least until Conforto sees his surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, next week in Los Angeles...

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GEICO SportsNite: Conforto 00:00:57
Mets outfielder Michael Conforto held a Q&A with fans on Monday and stated that he still has no timeline for his injured left shoulder.

Mets OF Michael Conforto  will meet with doctors within two weeks, after which he hopes to be told he can start swinging a bat, he told reporters at the team's annual Coat Drive earlier this week.

It was reported in November that Conforto's recovery was progressing well and was expected to start swinging a bat by late January.

Conforto dislocated his shoulder toward the end of last season, after which he had surgery to repair the posterior capsule. The initial diagnoses was that it would require at least a six-month recovery.

In either case, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday he does not expect Conforto to be ready for Opening Day, despite remaining on track during his rehab.

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Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Lind (26) (Michael Owens)
Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Lind (26) (Michael Owens)

The Mets are reportedly interested in free agent 1B/OF Adam Lind, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

The 34-year-old, lefty-swinging Lind hit .303//362/.513 with 14 HR in 116 games for the Nationals in 2017 while splitting time between first base and left field.

Lind has had stark platoon splits throughout his career, slashing .288/.348/.504 against righties but just .217/.263/.329 against lefties...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores
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Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Cyber Monday is for consumers to score valuable discount deals. In that light, who from the Mets' roster are their best discount deals?

Noah Syndergaard

Thor is severely underpaid due to the team-friendly years at the onset of a baseball player's career, making him an obvious choice here. Syndergaard made just $605,000 last season, a fraction more than reliever Josh Smoker, and is under team control through arbitration until 2022...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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BNNY: Andy Martino 00:03:17
Andy Martino reports live from the GM Meetings in Orlando and speculates on players the Mets may target to re-tool for the 2018 season.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets spoke on Tuesday with the representatives for free agent first baseman Carlos Santana because that's what baseball teams do in November: they take meetings and canvas the market. The same goes for free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain and the many other names sure to trickle from loose-lipped agents in the early part of the offseason.

But, according to sources with direct knowledge of New York's thinking, Santana is very unlikely to become a Met. The team remains more focused on finding a reliever, a second baseman (via free agency or trade) and an outfielder who can also play first base. Some reasons for this approach...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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John Ricco on Mets offseason 00:00:53
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco discusses the Mets offseason from the GM Meetings in Orlando, Florida.

The Mets and Blue Jays are expressing interest in free agent CF Lorenzo Cain, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, who says the Royals are growing "increasingly more pessimistic" about re-signing Cain, 1B Eric Hosmer, or 3B Mike Moustakas.

Cain, who turns 32 years old in April, hit .300/.363/440 with 15 HR, 27 doubles, 26 stolen bases, and 49 RBI in 155 games for the Royals this past season.

He was worth 5 DRS in center field in 2017 after being worth 11 DRS in 2016 and 18 DRS in 2015.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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John Ricco on Mets offseason 00:00:53
Mets assistant general manager John Ricco discusses the Mets offseason from the GM Meetings in Orlando, Florida.

The Mets and Blue Jays are expressing interest in free agent CF Lorenzo Cain, reports Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, who says the Royals are growing "increasingly more pessimistic" about re-signing Cain, 1B Eric Hosmer, or 3B Mike Moustakas.

Cain, who turns 32 years old in April, hit .300/.363/440 with 15 HR, 27 doubles, 26 stolen bases, and 49 RBI in 155 games for the Royals this past season.

He was worth 5 DRS in center field in 2017 after being worth 11 DRS in 2016 and 18 DRS in 2015.

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Sep 8, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez (28) (Jennifer Stewart)
Sep 8, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez (28) (Jennifer Stewart)

According to multiple reports, Mets GM Sandy Alderson may be able to spend between $30-40 million in new talent for 2018. In October, he told reporters he'd like to add to the bullpen and acquire a reliable, veteran starting pitcher.

Alderson will also reportedly try to add at least one consistent, everyday hitter. I suspect he'll first try to put a bat at second or third base. If he can't, he'll have no choice but to turn to the outfield. If the big hitter is a center fielder, Alderson can use Michael Conforto in right field. If the Mets end up pursuing a power hitting right fielder, they can use Conforto in center. 

The thing is, there are only three or four proven, everyday outfielders available on the open market. At the same time, the Giants, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Indians, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Mariners, D-backs, Red Sox, and Phillies are all reportedly looking to acquire the same caliber outfielder as Alderson...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mar 2, 2017; Harvey (33), deGrom (48) and Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout at First Data Field (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The Mets opened at 20-1 odds to win the 2018 World Series, according to a list released by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

The Mets' odds were the eighth-best in the majors. The seven teams above them -- the Dodgers (5-1), Indians (6-1), Astros (6-1), Nationals (7-1), Yankees (8-1), Red Sox (10-1), and Cubs (10-1) -- all made the playoffs this past season.

Meanwhile, the Mets finished with a record of 70-92...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) talks with manager Terry Francona (17) and pitching coach Mickey Callaway (32) (Ken Blaze)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Andrew Miller (24) talks with manager Terry Francona (17) and pitching coach Mickey Callaway (32) (Ken Blaze)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Steve Karsay is a Queens kid, born and raised in New York. He pitched in the Bronx cauldron with the Yankees, serving in the same bullpen as Mariano Rivera, and even subbed at closer for Rivera during a stretch in 2002.

So Karsay has a grasp of the New York market, its pressures and strains. And Karsay, who has worked with Mickey Callaway the last few years in the Indians organization, believes the new Mets manager is suited to thrive in it, mostly because "one of his strengths is, he's a great communicator," Karsay says.

"I think he'll excel at being a manager. He'll be a players' manager, but with the stern-ness and the growth for them to learn under him."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Anthony McCarron
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July 21, 2017: Michael Conforto hits at Citi Field. Credit: Penner - USA Today Sports
July 21, 2017: Michael Conforto hits at Citi Field. Credit: Penner - USA Today Sports

Michael Conforto is doing well and experiencing no set backs during his recovery from shoulder surgery, agent Scott Boras said Monday, according to the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.

In late September, Conforto told reporters that he expects to return to baseball activities next March, at which point the surgically repaired posterior capsule in his right shoulder will be fully healed.

"It's not a set deadline," he added. "When I see the doctor again in a couple of weeks, we'll see where I'm at, see where my range of motion is, see where the strength is and kind of go from there."

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 (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)
(Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (shoulder) spoke to reporters Saturday afternoon and said he'll likely return to baseball activities in about six months. 

"The general outline is six months, that's what both doctors said," Conforto said of the timetable to return. "It's not a set deadline, I guess. When I see the doctor again in a couple of weeks, we'll see where I'm at , see where my range of motion is, see where the strength is and kind of go from there."

Conforto, who dislocated his shoulder and tore the posterior capsule during a swing on Aug. 24 against the Diamondbacks, underwent surgery in Los Angeles two weeks ago to correct the issues. 

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February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)
February 24, 2012; Wilpon and Alderson chat with Michigan coaches in St. Lucie. Credit: Barr-US PRESSWIRE (Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE)

Despite a slew of injuries to key players this season, the Mets remain committed to strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis, GM Sandy Alderson told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

"Mike is not going anywhere," Alderson said. "Mike is one of our most important staff and resources. ... The perception that some people have of what Barwis provides to the Mets is completely erroneous. He provides mostly training in the offseason."

Barwis has been with the Mets since 2015. He relocated the central hub of his Barwis Methods business to newly built training facility at the team's complex St. Lucie, where Mets players (and several players from other MLB teams) spend time in the offseason training with him and his staff.

Yoenis Cespedes was filmed during the offseason doing 1,100 pound 'bear squats,' but Alderson said Barwis had nothing to do with Cespedes working with that much weight and that Cespedes trusts Barwis...

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Alderson on Conforto surgery 00:02:07
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson talks about how Michael Conforto's injury affects the offseason plans.

Mets OF Michael Conforto underwent surgery on Wednesday in Los Angeles to repair a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder, the team announced.

Conforto is expected to miss roughly six months, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday, adding that the team should know more in about a month regarding a potential timetable.

Alderson added that the dislocation Conforto suffered last month was the third he's had, with the first coming during high school and the second coming earlier this season in the batting cage.

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto reacts after injuring his shoulder at bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto reacts after injuring his shoulder at bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

The Mets are awaiting the results of the second opinion Mets OF Michael Conforto had on his shoulder on Tuesday, and do not expect to have an update before Wednesday, the team said.

Conforto was first examined on Monday before opting to also receive a second opinion.

An MRI revealed Conforto suffered a dislocated left shoulder and tore his left posterior capsule on a swing in Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks.

The Mets have said all treatments, including season-ending surgery, are on the table. It is not known how long Conforto will need to recover from the injury.

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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Jose Reyes will make his first-ever start in left field on Tuesday night when the Mets play the Reds in Cincinnati.

Juan Lagares is starting in center field with Brandon Nimmo in right field.

Reyes, who played one inning in center field earlier this year, has started 60 games at shortstop, 31 games at third base, and seven games at second base this season.

The Mets recently lost outfielders Michael Conforto (shoulder) and Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) for the season. They traded outfielders Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson earlier this month.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Familia on rehab appearance 00:00:59
Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia discusses his rehab appearance in Brooklyn and his hopes to rejoin the Mets in the near future.

Mets closer Jeurys Familia was activated from the disabled list before Friday's game against the Nationals, with OF Michael Conforto (shoulder) placed on the 60-day disabled list -- ending his season.

Familia, who had surgery in May to clear up a blood clot, pitched in relief with the Brooklyn Cyclones for the second time in two days Wednesday night. He was also suspended 15 games at the beginning of the season for violating MLB's domestic violence policy.

He said Thursday morning that he feels great, is 100 percent, and that the doctors told him everything is clear injury-wise.

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More and more Mets injuries 00:01:21
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR can't believe the number of injuries to the New York Mets.

Mets OF Michael Conforto dislocated and tore the posterior capsule in his left shoulder while swinging during his at-bat in the fifth inning on Thursday at Citi Field.

All treatment options are on the table, including season-ending surgery. 

Conforto was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Friday, ending his season, and he and the team will now decide how to proceed.

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Conforto dislocates shoulder 00:04:14
The Mets' injury bug bites again as Michael Conforto went down with a dislocated left shoulder.

Michael Conforto left Thursday's game in the fifth inning after dislocating his left shoulder swinging during an at bat against the D-backs at Citi Field.

Conforto had an MRI after the game that revealed a tear in the posterior capsule in his shoulder. The Mets have said all treatment options are on the table, including season-ending surgery.

The 24-year-old Conforto, who will be placed on the disabled list Friday, suffered a similar shoulder injury before in his Mets career started, manager Terry Collins said after the game.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:04:16
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 4-2 win over the D-backs at Citi Field on Wednesday.

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

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

1) Michael Conforto had a pair of RBI singles and Dominic Smith slugged a solo homer, his third of the season. Amed Rosario went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Brandon Nimmo doubled, walked three times and scored twice.

2) Chris Flexen allowed two runs over a career-high six innings to win for the third time in four starts. The 23-year-old surrendered six hits, four walks and struck out five.

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 (Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE)
(Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE)

Michael Conforto is on pace to have one of the best single-season offensive performances in Mets history, entering Wednesday hitting .278 with a .385 OBP and .559 SLG to go along with 27 HR in 107 games. The 24-year-old Conforto, who made his first All-Star Game appearance this season, is on pace to finish the year with 35 HR.

As Conforto comes into his own as a star, let's look back at the five best offensive seasons in team history...

Darryl Strawberry, 1987

Strawberry won the Rookie of the Year award in 1984 and was second in the MVP voting in 1988, but the 1987 campaign was arguably his best. As a 25-year-old, Strawberry hit .284/.398/.583 with 39 HR (tied for the most in his career, with 1988), 104 RBI, 32 doubles, 108 runs scored, and 36 stolen bases.

Jose Reyes, 2006

At just 23 years old, 2006 was the season Reyes put it all together as the Mets won their first N.L. East title since 1988. Reyes slashed .300/.354/.487 (the second-highest slugging percentage of his career) with 64 stolen bases, 17 triples, 19 HR, 122 runs scored, and 81 RBI. Reyes' 2007, 2008, and 2011 seasons were also incredible...

Tags: Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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 (Joe Nicholson)
(Joe Nicholson)

Mets OF Michael Conforto is back in the lineup Wednesday night after being scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to a thumb issue. 

He said on Tuesday that the thumb was a little sore and that he alerted the team Monday night and treated it with ice.

Conforto's thumb was examined by a doctor on Tuesday, with the doctor noting that everything looked okay with the thumb and saying it was an issue of overuse that resulted in inflammation, Conforto said.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:22
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday night.

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

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

1) Erik Goeddel allowed a two-run homer to A.J. Pollock in the 10th inning to lift the Diamondbacks. Jerry BlevinsPaul Sewald and AJ Ramos had combined to strike out four over 3 2/3 hitless innings prior Goeddel's appearance.

2) Yoenis Cespedes tied the game with a bases-loaded single in the seventh inning. Asdrubal Cabrera was thrown out at the plate on a perfect throw by Diamondbacks' left fielder David Peralta. Michael Conforto hit his 27th home run of the year leading off the bottom of the 10th.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes
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Jun 11, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) reacts after scoring a run at SunTrust Park. Credit: Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 11, 2017; Michael Conforto (30) reacts after scoring a run at SunTrust Park. Credit: Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Michael Conforto won't be playing third base, but he may be taking another role from Captain David Wright...

By Michelle Ioannou
(Twitter | Instagram | About Me)

Wright has been a Met his entire career. We'd all love for Conforto to be a Met his entire career as well. Both absolutely love the game of baseball, know how to step up for their team and teammates, know how to work hard, and know how to be an example to an entire fanbase...

With Wright having missed the majority of the season and Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker gone, it may be time for Conforto to step up in a leadership role.

To read the rest of this article at Rising Apple, click here!

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 (AP)
(AP)

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

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

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

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Aug 14, 2017; Stanton (27) rounds the bases at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2017; Stanton (27) rounds the bases at Marlins Park. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

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

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

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

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

Tags: Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has stayed hot at the plate since the All-Star break and is developing into a leader as New York trades several players in waiver deals.

Conforto hit his 11th home run over his last 26 games in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the team's second game since trading second baseman Neil Walker to the Milwaukee Brewers and fourth since trading outfielder Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians.

After the Mets recalled top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith from the minors earlier this month, Conforto said he has tried to channel what Bruce and Walker taught him in helping other players transition into the majors by becoming more of a leader.

"There are a lot of young guys coming up and now, I guess to them, I am kind of the veteran," Conforto, 24, said, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:07
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies

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

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

1) Curtis Granderson led the Mets on offense with three hits, three RBIs, and two runs scored. He doubled in the first, hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and added a single in the seventh inning. Michael Conforto hit his 26th home run and had two RBIs, while Jose Reyes had two hits and scored twice. Wilmer Flores also had two hits, including an RBI single in the seventh inning.

2) Chris Flexen struck out a career-high five batters and limited the Phillies to two runs on six hits in five innings to earn his second big league win. Chasen Bradford, Jerry Blevens, Paul Sewald, and AJ Ramos each pitched scoreless innings in relief to close out the win for the Mets.

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New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares attempts to make a catch against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares attempts to make a catch against the Atlanta Braves in the third inning at SunTrust Park. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

With Jay Bruce traded to the Cleveland Indians and Curtis Granderson set to be a free agent at season's end, that allows the Mets to move Michael Conforto to right field in 2018.

So where do team officials turn for a center fielder next season? After all, a platoon of Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares in that position (with Yoenis Cespedes and Conforto in the corners) really does not seem like the best-case scenario.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Mets OF Michael Conforto will hit in the middle of the order going forward this season, manager Terry Collins said on Thursday.

Conforto has hit primarily leadoff this season. The last time he started a game not in the leadoff spot was July 20, when he hit third.

He is hitting fourth on Thursday night, with Yoenis Cespedes third. Curtis Granderson is leading off.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets and the rest of Major League Baseball will have nicknames on the backs of special jerseys during "Players Weekend" from Aug. 25-27 as the team plays the Nationals in Washington, D.C.

Orange caps will also be worn.

Click below for images

 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, TJ Rivera
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:38
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 5-4 win over Texas.

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

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

1) Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud homered in the first two innings as the Mets jumped out to 4-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera had an RBI double in the seventh after the Rangers had cut the deficit to, 4-3. Conforto walked twice and reached safely three times.

2) Chris Flexen was charged with three runs over a career-high 5 2/3 innings to notch his first Major League win in his Citi Field debut. The right-hander allowed four hits -- including a pair of solo homers to Joey Gallo and Adrian Beltre -- and three walks with four strikeouts. He also picked up his first big league hit with a double in the fifth.

3) Erik Goeddel allowed an inherited runner to score in the sixth, but combined with Jerry Blevins to toss 2 1/3 scoreless innings. AJ Ramos allowed a solo homer to Robinson Chirinos in the ninth but picked up his 21st save of the season and first with the Mets.

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 (Isaiah J. Downing)
(Isaiah J. Downing)

Mets SS Amed Rosario has impressed his manager and teammates during his first week in the majors.

Rosario, who made his Mets debut last Tuesday against the Rockies in Colorado, has gone 4-for-22 with two triples and has been smooth at shortstop.

"In five or six games, you can see that this kid's going to be a very good player," Collins told Newsday on Sunday. "Obviously, there's a lot of things he's going to learn how to do and he'll do it on his own because he's a sharp kid."

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto
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 (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Jay Bruce is interested in returning to the Mets next season, but he's also open to all opportunities and offers, he recently told the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.

Bruce is eligible to be a free agent and intends to test the open market this winter for the first time since being drafted by the Reds in 2005. 

"I feel great. I feel comfortable. I love the guys here,'' he added. However, he continued, "I'm not dismissing any type of opportunity that I have here in the future, but I'm also not assuming that that's going to be the case either. People work a long time to get to free agency and I think that's important. This most definitely will be a viable option for me. We'll just have to wait and see.''

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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Terry Collins talks with Sandy Alderson at Citi Field. (Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE)
Terry Collins talks with Sandy Alderson at Citi Field. (Credit: John Munson/The Star-Ledger via US PRESSWIRE)

Terry Collins is in the final year of a two-year extension he signed at the end of 2015.

To date, there have been no reports that he and the Mets have discussed a contract extension.

"That his situation remains unresolved is just one indication that there doesn't seem to be a clamoring within the Mets organization to retain Collins, and it may well be that -- after seven years of managing the Mets -- he's ready to move on to something else," ESPN.com's Buster Olney wrote this past weekend. "Nobody has said anything out loud, one way or the other."

Tags: David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Alderson joins Loud Mouths 00:11:14
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the show to discuss the decision to finally call up Amed Rosario amongst other various trade deadline moves.

In addition to announcing Amed Rosario will make his major league debut tonight, Mets GM Sandy Alderson also offered the following noteworthy insights about his intentions for the remainder of this season and beyond...

1. Don't discount an August trade

The Mets could deal Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, or Jay Bruce to any team this month provided the player clears waivers. Players with bigger contracts, such as Cabrera, Granderson and Bruce, typically clear waivers, since teams seeking to block a trade are reluctant to put in a claim. After all, if a team claimed a Mets veteran, Alderson conceivably could dump the contract on the claiming team, even if no trade is completed...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Alderson joins Loud Mouths 00:11:14
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the show to discuss the decision to finally call up Amed Rosario amongst other various trade deadline moves.

In addition to announcing Amed Rosario will make his major league debut tonight, Mets GM Sandy Alderson also offered the following noteworthy insights about his intentions for the remainder of this season and beyond...

1. Don't discount an August trade

The Mets could deal Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, or Jay Bruce to any team this month provided the player clears waivers. Players with bigger contracts, such as Cabrera, Granderson and Bruce, typically clear waivers, since teams seeking to block a trade are reluctant to put in a claim. After all, if a team claimed a Mets veteran, Alderson conceivably could dump the contract on the claiming team, even if no trade is completed...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Sergio Estrada)
(Sergio Estrada)

Playing out the string while largely out of contention is not proving to be dull for the Mets.

On a whirlwind Friday, the Mets placed T.J. Rivera on the DL with a partially torn UCL in his throwing elbow that ideally will calm without the need for Tommy John surgery, activated Neil Walker and Brandon Nimmo from the disabled list, defeated the Mariners 7-5 behind two homers from Michael Conforto in his return to his native Seattle, and acquired reliever A.J. Ramos from the Marlins with an eye toward reconstructing their bullpen for 2018.

And, soon, top prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith should be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-5 win over the Mariners in Seattle

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

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

1) Michael Conforto's second solo homer of the game tied the score in the eighth and New York tacked on two more on RBI singles by Neil Walker and Curtis Granderson to give the Mets a come-from-behind win after blowing an early 4-0 lead.

2) Jay Bruce's two-run homer in the first, Conforto's first solo shot in the third and Wilmer Flores' sacrifice fly later in the inning gave the Mets a 4-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera singled three times and scored three runs, including the go-ahead tally in the eighth.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Mets began selling Thursday, with Lucas Duda shipped to Tampa Bay for reliever Drew Smith

Duda had been poised to be a free agent this winter, and the Mets would not have entertained re-signing him because of prospect Dominic Smith's readiness for the majors.

With contracts also expiring for Addison Reed ($7.75M), Fernando Salas ($3M), Curtis Granderson ($15M), Jay Bruce ($13M), Neil Walker ($17.2M), Jose Reyes ($535K), and Rene Rivera ($1.75M), and with the Mets holding team options for Asdrubal Cabrera and Jerry Blevins for next season, they should have plenty of financial flexibility this winter to retool.

Tags: Addison Reed, Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Michael Conforto (30) fields a single by Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (not pictured) in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Conforto (30) fields a single by Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (not pictured) in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Michael Conforto has increased his playing time in center field and would not mind playing the position over an extended period, he told the New York Daily News

"I think as long as I can play there, I would definitely enjoy playing there. If you're asking me, I'd love to play out there every day. It'd be awesome," Conforto said Saturday. "But I don't know what the plans are for me or for the team moving forward. I guess from my standpoint all I can do is try to play as well as I can out there, show that I can cover some ground and be effective out there. But I definitely enjoy playing out there, that's for sure. So we'll see what happens."

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Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-5 win over the Athletics

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

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

1) Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and tied his career high with four RBIs. His second home run in the seventh gave the Mets a four-run cushion at the time and proved to be the difference in the game.

2) T.J. Rivera hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth and then raced around the bases for a Little League home run when A's third baseman Matt Chapman threw wildly towards second base. Yoenis Cespedes paced the Mets with three hits while Conforto and Rivera each had two for New York.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 3-2 win over the Cardinal

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

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

1) Jose Reyes hit what would've been an inning-ending ground out to first base in the ninth inning, but Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal was slow covering first base, allowing for Reyes to beat the throw as Yoenis Cespedes scored the winning run from third base.

2) Wilmer Flores hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning with the Mets trailing, 2-1. Lucas Duda had given the Mets a 1-0 lead when he homered to right-center field in the second inning.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores
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Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)
Sandy Alderson is surrounded by reporters during the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings (Credit: Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

It's feeling like the Mets may be missing the moment to make a trade. Admittedly, I started today worried they may botch the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, end up stuck with pending free agents and lose out on acquiring prospects and players who could help next season.

However, after talking to people around baseball, I'm slightly less pessimistic.

For starters, according to Ken Rosenthal, Mets GM Sandy Alderson and the Mets are willing to include cash in trades to get better prospects back in deals, sources with knowledge of the team's thinking said.

This is good news. It'll help push things through. And, I'm glad Alderson was able to convince ownership of this approach when the front office held a strategy session earlier this week.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Steven Matz, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 14-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.

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

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

1) Jacob deGrom allowed one earned run over eight innings to win a career-high sixth consecutive start. The right-hander allowed four hits and walked one while striking out 11. DeGrom also went 2-for-4 with an RBI to raise his average to .286.

2) Michael Conforto homered and matched his career high with four RBIs. T.J. Rivera also went deep and tied his personal best by plating three runs. Yoenis Cespedes snapped out of a 6-for-46 slump with a double and four hits, and Jose Reyes went 3-for-5 with a double to pace a 19-hit attack. Every Met except Jay Bruce and Travis d'Arnaud had multi-hit efforts.

3) Asdrubal Cabrera drove in three runs while Cespedes, Reyes and d'Arnaud chipped in with RBIs. New York broke the game open with six runs in the third inning.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Though the red-hot Jacob deGrom  threw yet another gem, the Mets bats ran rampant in their 14-2 win over the Rockies Friday. 

The All-Star break must have had the Mets anxious to hit as they put up 19 hits on the board, including three doubles and two home runs. 

The Mets' only All-Star, Michael Conforto, lead the team in RBIs with four after launching a three-run, opposite field homer for his 15th of the year. He finished the night 2-for-4 with two walks as well.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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In this week's Meet the MetsCast, comedian Steve Hofstetter and SiriusXM's Rob Brender check in during the All-Star break for a first half wrap, featuring:

  • A quick look at Michael Conforto at the All-Star Game in Miami
  • The best, worst, funniest, saddest, and strangest moments of the first half
  • A few trade deadline ideas
  • And the question…is this the last stand for Terry Collins?

To listen to the show, click play below or use this link to download...

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

Mets OF Michael Conforto says he's seen improvement from minor league OF Tim Tebow, currently playing with High-A St. Lucie.

"I actually was down in high-A for a rehab assignment, and I played with him. One thing I'll say about him is he always takes good at-bats," Conforto said, according to Brett Bodner of the NY Daily News. "He's got a good eye, he doesn't chase, and I think really that's half the battle in the game of baseball as far as being a good hitter."

"He's still got a long way to go, but I think I've seen a lot of improvement out of him. From spring to the one day I got to see him when I went down on Thursday (July 6), he looks like a much better player already," Conforto said. "If he just keeps getting better, who knows?"

Tags: Michael Conforto, Tim Tebow
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The Mets' Michael Conforto talks about the amazing experience he had playing in his first All-Star Game.

Michael Conforto went 1-for-2 with a single and a strikeout in his first MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night.

Conforto replaced Marcell Ozuna in left field in the sixth inning, and an inning later he caught Avisail Garcia's line drive. In the bottom of the seventh, he lifted a bloop single into center field to pick up his first hit as an All-Star.

In his next at-bat, with the game tied in the ninth, Conforto struck out with two runners in scoring position to send the game into extra innings.

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