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May 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) grimaces after catching a ball in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 16, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (12) grimaces after catching a ball in the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets are "shopping around" Juan Lagares for a potential trade, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

The 29-year-old Lagares, who is currently playing in the Dominican Winter League, had his 2018 season end in mid-May after toe surgery.

He has one year and $9 million left on his deal, along with a $9.5 million option for 2020 that can be bought out for $500,000. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto
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Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Andrew McCutchen (26) hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)
Sep 16, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Andrew McCutchen (26) hits a home run against the Toronto Blue Jays in the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports (Catalina Fragoso)

Free agent OF Andrew McCutchen has agreed to a three-year deal with the Phillies, according to multiple reports.

The deal will be worth $50 million.

While the Phillies have added an outfielder, it is not expected to take them out of the running for free agent Bryce Harper, who is visiting with teams this week along with agent Scott Boras near the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Sep 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | LAS VEGAS - As the industry trickles into the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in advance of Monday's winter meetings, the Mets' highest-profile pursuits have lost a degree of momentum, at least temporarily.

The team is highly motivated to acquire Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto, but the Marlins' steep asking price has left some Mets people feeling less optimistic about a deal getting done. Because nearly half the league wants Realmuto, the Marlins feel justified in asking for two controllable major league pieces, like Amed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo (Michael Conforto has only three years of control remaining before free agency, so he is less of a fit for the rebuilding Marlins).

Despite the tricky fit, expect GM Brodie Van Wagenen to continue to explore every possible way to make a Realmuto deal work.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Brodie Van Wagenen promised the first move wouldn't be the Mets' last one this off-season. 

So what's the new GM's next move? 

Maybe we'll find out during baseball's Winter Meetings, which begin Monday in Las Vegas, also known as Bryce Harper's hometown. The game's annual gathering is a prime opportunity for futher roster reshaping, beyond the Mets acquisitions of Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Anthony McCarron
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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets continue contacting the Marlins about All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto.

The catcher and his agent have been vocal about wanting to be traded from the rebuilding Marlins to a winning team that could be interested in signing him to a long-term contract extension. He is likely to earn a combined $15-20 million the next two seasons, after which he'll be a free agent at age 29.

The Fish, who have traded away most of their assets under the new ownership that includes former Yankee captain Derek Jeter, have made it clear they would want a king's ransom of prospects and players in return.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks during a press conference at CitiField in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, with Yoenis Cespedes after Cespedes signed a $75 million three-year contract with the team. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (Kathy Willens/AP)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks during a press conference at CitiField in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, with Yoenis Cespedes after Cespedes signed a $75 million three-year contract with the team. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |: Former Mets GM Sandy Alderson, who stepped aside in June after a recurrence of cancer, could soon be working in the game again.

Alderson's prognosis is good, and he will be at the winter meetings in Las Vegas next week to meet with several clubs about joining a front office. His Mets contract expired on Oct. 31.

Alderson could also return to MLB, where he was head of executive Vice President of baseball operations from 1998-2005. He still remains chair of the MLB's Rules Committee, and is a member of the competition committee.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Andy Martino
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | If Mets fans were looking for a sign of genuine hope on Tuesday, the most significant wasn't the donning of the jerseys by Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, but rather the stars in Jeff Wilpon's eyes when he spoke admiringly of his new GM, Brodie Van Wagenen.

Suffice it to say there could be a direct correlation to a higher payroll for 2019.

"Brodie's got his fingers in on everything right now," Wilpon said to reporters at Citi Field. "I haven't seen anybody with this much drive and determination in a long time."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, John Harper
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Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Aug 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | With the Mets enthusiastically pursuing a trade for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, the shape of their current plan is becoming more clear.

According to major league sources, the team is more likely to offer Brandon Nimmo or Michael Conforto plus prospects than Amed Rosario. Because the Mets are still not expecting to pursue Manny Machado, it would be easier to acquire Realmuto for an outfielder, then sign A.J. Pollock. Bryce Harper remains an unlikely target.

This represents the team's thinking at this moment, but as talks are ongoing, details are subject to change. It remains to be seen if the Mets will actually have the stomach for moving Conforto. And Rosario is hardly untouchable.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Andy Martino
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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said his big move to land Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz wasn't the last he would make. His agressive style this offseason will continue, and free-agent CF A.J. Pollock is a name he has shown interest in.

Van Wagenen said he believes Pollock could be a good fit for the Mets, and he has been in touch with Pollock's agent.

One potential red flag with Pollock is his injury history. Aside from 2015, when he played in 157 games, he has been impacted by injuries every season since 2013. He played 75 games in 2014, 12 in 2016, 112 in 2017 and 113 in 2018...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto
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Mets pursuing J.T. Realmuto? 00:00:47
After the Cano and Diaz deal, is J.T. Realmuto the next target for Brodie Van Wagenen? Andy Martino thinks so.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv

The theme of Tuesday morning's news conference at Citi Field was that Brodie Van Wagenen's Mets are expecting an action-packed winter, and that the new GM is exploring all possibilities.

To that end, the Mets are very much interested in Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, according to major league sources.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Andy Martino
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Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Mariners first baseman Robinson Cano hits a three-run homer against the Houston Astros during the eighth inning at Safeco Field. (Joe Nicholson/USA TODAY Sports)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | TwitterWith pretty much all of the details of the Mets' blockbuster trade with the Mariners now known, let's take a look at how the deal will impact the Mets' payroll in both the short and long-term...

What we know

The Mets will acquire Robinson CanoEdwin Diaz, and $20 million from the Mariners in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, and Gerson Bautista.

Tags: Anthony Swarzak, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets' blockbuster trade that will land them Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Mariners is one of the biggest they'll have ever made -- if it gets finalized.

And while the focus has primarily been on the enormity of Cano and Diaz coming to Flushing with Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, and another lower-tier prospect heading to Seattle, the deal could have an enormous impact on two young players who remain with the Mets: Jeff McNeil and Peter Alonso.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies. (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies. (AP)

In the midst of gushing over Jacob deGrom's "unheard of" Cy Young season, John Franco echoed something that's on the minds of many Mets fans these days:

"Hopefully," Franco said, "they work something out to keep Jake around a long time."

And Franco, who spoke Thursday evening before attending the 16th annual New York City gala to benefit Joe Torre's Safe at Home Foundation, believes it's only a matter of time before deGrom and the Mets agree on a contract extension that will keep deGrom in Queens.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Anthony McCarron
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Sep 7, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) throws to first base to retire Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer (not pictured) during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Sep 7, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) throws to first base to retire Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer (not pictured) during the third inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The Braves have a "strong offer on the table" to trade for Marlins C J.T. Realmuto, reports Craig Mish of SiriusXM.

Mish, who said the Marlins are operating as though a trade -- to the Braves or elsewhere -- is likely to happen, with the asking price reportedly being a "high-end" young pitching prospect and a position player.

The 27-year-old Realmuto is eligible for arbitration in 2019 and 2020, after which he can be a free agent. MLBTradeRumors projects Realmuto will make $6.1 million in 2019, which would be a ridiculous bargain for whoever he plays for.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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New Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and other team executives will descend on Carlsbad, California on Monday for MLB's GM meetings, which conclude Thursday.

In addition to voting for and learning about new league business (such as swapping the elimination of trade waivers while moving the trade deadline to mid-August), teams typically use this week as an opportunity to set their plan for the offseason, learn of other organization's wants and needs and basically kick start the Hot Stove Season...

According to reports and his own social media accounts, Van Wagenen has spent the past few days meeting his players and coaching staff, including manager Mickey Callaway, who he essentially said will be back for at least the start of 2019. Here are four storylines to watch this week...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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It's impossible to un-hear something. So what does Brodie Van Wagenen, the powerful CAA agent, do with the information he doubtless holds on his high-level Mets clients now that he's pulled a career change and is becoming the team's new general manager.

That's just one of the questions facing the man whom the club has picked to lead its baseball operations. There's plenty to wonder about any new exec, including the biggest question: Can you build a consistent winner? But Van Wagenen's soon-to-be previous life as an agent brings additional queries, too. 

With that in mind, here are seven questions Van Wagenen should answer as he begins his Mets tenure. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Anthony McCarron
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On Episode 10 of Rain Delay Theater: The Podcast, Steve Gelbs and Wayne Randazzo are joined by Mets outfielder Michael Conforto for the season finale of the pod! The guys talk about Conforto growing up with star athlete parents, how he became an outfielder at Oregon State, what it was like playing in the World Series as a rookie, and why getting back to form after shoulder surgery took him longer than he expected.

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(Adam Hunger)

The response to and emotions shown to David Wright Saturday after his likely final game with the Mets was a rare occurrence in sports, let alone for the Mets. 

Since they have Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, Jacob deGrom and others, the Mets will not be without leadership next season just because Wright is gone. The fact is, despite his reputation always hovering above the team, any physical leadership he provided the past few years was done mostly from afar.

That said, despite three other players having the potential to be the next homegrown player that achieves great things, makes us proud and does it only ever wearing a Mets uniform, only one guy has the necessary tools needed to be like Wright...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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The guys talk deGrom 00:02:42
Gary, Ron and Keith try to put Jacob deGrom's historic performance this season in perspective

Jacob deGrom capped his remarkable season with eight dazzling innings as the Mets blanked the Braves, 3-0, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) DeGrom (10-9) cemented his status as the favorite for the N.L. Cy Young Award after allowing two hits while striking out 10, his 11th double-digit strikeout performance of the season. He retired the last 20 batters he faced and finished 2018 with a 1.70 ERA, the lowest by a National League hurler since Zack Greinke posted a 1.66 mark for the Dodgers in 2015 and the second-lowest figure in club history behind Dwight Gooden in 1985 (1.53). It was the 29th consecutive start which deGrom held opponents to three runs or fewer and the 18th time in 32 starts he surrendered one run or less.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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The guys talk Jeff McNeil 00:01:39
Gary and Keith discuss the tremendous success Jeff McNeil has had since his recall and whether he will be the starting 2nd baseman in 2019

Michael Conforto drove in three runs and Jeff McNeil finished with four hits as the Mets defeated the Nationals, 8-6, in their final road game of the season on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park.

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

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

1) Conforto's bases-loaded triple capped a four-run fourth that put the Mets ahead one inning after they failed to score despite having the bags juiced and nobody out. Jay Bruce's sacrifice fly -- his fifth RBI in three games -- put New York on top on the first. Washington rallied for three runs in the third to take a 3-1 lead off an ineffective Steven Matz. McNeil's RBI single cut the lead to 3-2 and Conforto followed with his first triple of the season to give New York a 5-3 edge.

 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals
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The guys talk Mets bullpen 00:01:24
Gary, Ron, and Keith discuss the up and coming prospects in the Mets bullpen who are getting their opportunities as the season winds down.

Jose Lobaton's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the 12th inning lifted the Mets past the Nationals, 5-4, on Thursday night at Nationals Park.

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

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

1) New York loaded the bases on a single and two walks in front of Lobaton, who collected his first RBI since April 27 during his first big league plate appearance in more than three months. The Mets led 3-0 in the sixth and 4-2 in the eighth, but Anthony Swarzak allowed a single and a walk to begin the frame. Daniel Zamora battled Bryce Harper for nine pitches before getting him to fly out to the right-field fence, but Robert Gsellman surrendered an RBI groundout to Rendon and game-tying double to Juan Soto. Both runs were charged to Swarzak.

 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Michael Conforto, Washington Nationals
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Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is showing signs that he has picked up where he left off before dislocating his shoulder during the second half of last season.

He's been especially on fire since September 4, hitting .345 with five doubles, six HR and 20 RBI during 12 games and 55 at bats.

"This is the Michael Conforto that everybody wants to see," manager Mickey Callaway said after Monday night's game, during which Conforto had a career-high six RBI...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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The guys talk Conforto 00:01:44
Gary & Ron discuss the return to form of Michael Conforto and his red-hot September at the plate

Michael Conforto homered and collected a career-high six RBIs as the Mets defeated the Phillies, 9-4, on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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

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

1) Conforto had a two-run single in the fourth, a tie-breaking double in the seventh and a three-run shot in the ninth. It was his fifth multi-RBI effort in 16 games this month during which he's gone deep seven times while driving in a Major League-best 22 runs. Conforto has 15 homers and 45 RBIs in 56 games since the All-Star break. 

 

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Sep 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the fifth inning during game two at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) hits a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the fifth inning during game two at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets rallied from an early deficit and defeated the Marlins, 5-2, to complete a sweep of Thursday's doubleheader at Citi Field.

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

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

1) After belting a game-tying homer in the ninth inning in the first game, Michael Conforto doubled, singled and drove in three runs in the nightcap. He hit .333 (10-for-30) with four homers, two doubles and 10 RBIs in seven games during the homestand. His 11 home runs since Aug. 12 are tied with the Braves Ronald Acuna for the most in the Majors in that span.

 

Tags: Jason Vargas, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto
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Gary, Keith, and Ron on deGrom 00:02:05
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling discuss an amazing season for Jacob deGrom, as he continues to pitch well without winning.

Jacob deGrom allowed two runs in seven innings, but the Mets' offense turned in its usual subpar performance with their ace on the mound during a 5-3 loss to the Marlins Tuesday night at Citi Field.For a full box score of the game, click here.

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

1) DeGrom (8-9) set the Major League record by allowing three runs or less for the 26th consecutive start within the same season. The Cubs' Leslie "King" Cole held the previous mark of 25 in 1910. DeGrom surrendered two hits and two walks while strikeing out nine during his 106-pitch outing. He allowed a two-run double to Lewis Brinson in the fourth when Marlins collected all three hits against him. His Major League-best ERA inched up from 1.68 to 1.71.

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Miami Marlins, Michael Conforto
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Conforto leads Mets to win 00:01:27
Michael Conforto had 4 RBI's and 5 Mets pitchers combined to beat the Phillies, 6-4, on a rainy Sunday afternoon and Citi Field

Michael Conforto drove in four runs to lead the Mets to a 6-4 win over the Phillies on Sunday at Citi Field.

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Sep 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto (30) hits a three-run home run during the fifth inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Michael Conforto homered and drove in four runs as the Mets overcame scratching Jacob deGrom to defeat the Phillies, 6-4, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Conforto singled home the Mets' first run in the opening frame and hit a three-run homer -- originally ruled a double -- during the club's four-run fifth inning. The 25-year-old went deep for the second straight day and for the fifth time in his last 12 games, during which he's collected 11 RBIs. Conforot has nine homers and 23 RBIs in his last 28 games.

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New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws to Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy) (AP)
New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws to Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy) (AP)

Zack Wheeler struck out nine over seven innings and Amed Rosario had three hits as the Mets took the rubber game of the series with the Dodgers, 7-3, Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.

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

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

1) Wheeler (10-7) won for the eighth time in nine starts after allowing three runs on three hits -- including two homers -- and two walks. The right-hander retired the first 11 batters he faced before a Justin Turner line drive ricocheted off his chest for an infield single. Max Muncy followed with a monstrous two-run homer. Wheeler surrendered more than two runs in a game for the first time in nine starts.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Los Angeles Dodgers, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Los Angeles Dodgers' Austin Barnes during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy))
New York Mets starting pitcher Jason Vargas reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Los Angeles Dodgers' Austin Barnes during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy))

Early homers from Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto weren't enough as the Dodgers bludgeoned Jason Vargas and Corey Oswalt, sending the Mets to an 11-4 defeat on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

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

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

1) Bruce opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second inning, and Conforto followed up with a two-run shot of his own in the third, putting New York ahead 4-0.

2) After Austin Barnes homered to make it 4-2 in the bottom of the third, L.A. pulled ahead in the fourth when Brian Dozier knocked in Barnes -- and knocked out Vargas. The veteran lefty allowed five runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings. Barnes had reached on an error by Todd Frazier, meaning that the go-ahead run was unearned.

Tags: Corey Oswalt, Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Los Angeles Dodgers, Michael Conforto
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Gary and Keith talk Thor 00:02:21
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Noah Syndergaard's first career complete game and the importance of starters going deeper in games.

Noah Syndergaard matched his season-high with 11 strikeouts during the first complete game of his career as the Mets topped the Giants, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park.

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

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

1) Syndergaard (10-3) surrendered a run on two hits and a walk while throwing 114 pitches, including a career-high 87 strikes. The previous longest outing of his career came against the Pirates on June 15, 2016 when he tossed 8 1/3 innings. Syndergaard did not allow a hit after the fourth inning and retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced. Jay Bruce's throwing error allowed Brandon Belt to reach safely with one out in the seventh.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, San Francisco Giants
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Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates with left fielder Michael Conforto (30) after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

The Mets had an offensive outburst on Wednesday against the Cubs, and Jose Reyes was a part of it. 

In four-run seventh inning, Reyes belted a 2-2 pitch to right-center field for a two-run triple.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Chicago Cubs during the second inning at Wrigley Field. (Patrick Gorski/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hit the franchise's longest home run in the Statcast era with a 472-foot homer in the second inning off Jon Lester in Tuesday's game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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New York Mets' Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with third base coach Glenn Sherlock after hitting a three-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco GiantsTuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with third base coach Glenn Sherlock after hitting a three-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco GiantsTuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is batting eighth on Thursday for the first time since 2016 as the Mets face the Giants and left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

Conforto has arguably been the Mets' best hitter since the All-Star break, hitting .287/.360/.516 with seven homers and seven doubles in 32 games (122 at-bats)

He has hits in each of his last three games, including a homer on Tuesday night...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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It's possible the next GM of the Mets will decide it's best to trade Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard for inexpensive, young position players that can start Opening Day next season.

If this happens, though it will initially feel wrong, it should not be viewed as a rebuild because the new additions will be joining an established core of young position players. 

In Michael Conforto, Brandon Nimmo and Amed Rosario, the Mets have three foundational players around which two or three more hitters can create a productive and nimble lineup...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 21, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 21, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrates with New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (68) after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets were trailing 2-0 in the seventh inning when they went on score six runs over two innings thanks to Jeff McNeil's four-hit game and Michael Conforto's four-RBI effort. 

McNeil got the ball rolling in the seventh with a leadoff single before Wilmer Flores doubled, Conforto hit a sacrifice fly, and Austin Jackson tied the game with an RBI single. 

In the eighth inning, Jose Reyes hit a leadoff triple and McNeil drove him in with a two-out double. After Flores was intentionally walked, Conforto blasted a three-run homer to left center to put the Mets in front, 6-2.

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It was roughly one year ago that Michael Conforto's All-Star season with the Mets was interrupted after dislocating his shoulder on a swing at Citi Field.

Finally, after months of struggling to get going, it appears Conforto is back to being the intense, competitive, classic left-handed No. 3 hitter the Mets took pride in last summer.

Since his batting average dropped to a season low .216 on July 15, Conforto is batting .320 with a .400 BABIP, a .400 OBP, .570 slugging percentage, six HR, seven doubles and 17 RBI in 26 games, during which the Mets are 13-13...

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The guys talk Conforto 00:02:16
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez discuss Michael Conforto's big offensive display in Thursday's doubleheader against the Phillies.

Steven Matz was roughed up in his return from the disabled list as the Phillies earned a doubleheader split with a 9-6 win on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park.

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1) Matz's return from a stint on the DL was not much better than his start that preceded it. After being handed a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the 27-year-old allowed a three-run homer to Rhys Hoskins in the bottom of the inning and three more runs in the second, aided by his own throwing error. Matz (5-10) was lifted after surrendering six runs -- four earned -- on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts and two home runs allowed in two innings.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 13, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the New York Yankees during the third inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets hit a season-high five homers to back Jacob deGrom, who struck out 12 during an 8-5 win over the Yankees on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.

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1) Amed Rosario started the Mets' home run barrage with his first career leadoff blast. Jose Bautista and Todd Frazier also went deep before Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto connected on consecutive homers in the seventh. The Mets entered Monday's game with 10 home runs in 11 games this month. Jeff McNeil added an RBI single in the Mets' two-run opening frame. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto
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Mets rock Severino on Monday 00:00:36
Yankees manager Aaron Boone talks about Luis Severino's rough stretch on the mound and why he still has confidence in the team's ace.

Luis Severino and A.J. Cole combined to surrender five home runs as the Yankees lost to the Mets 8-5 on Monday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score


1) Severino (15-6) allowed a leadoff homer to Amed Rosario and a two-run home run to Jose Bautista, giving up four runs and seven hits in four innings, his shortest outing of the season.

2) Cole, meanwhile, allowed a solo home run to Todd Frazier in the sixth inning and back-to-back home runs to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto in the seventh inning that made it 7-3.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Luis Severino, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar
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Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) singles against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets are taking on the Marlins down in Miami on Friday night, and Zack Wheeler once again was dominating to start the game. All the Mets needed was a couple runs to back him up. 

Leave that to Michael Conforto

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Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Jun 18, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after his inside the park home run in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Brandon Nimmo hits his third double of the game, driving in two runs to give the Mets a commanding 7-0 lead against the Reds on Wednesday at Citi Field.

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With center field in 2019 and beyond an uncertainty, the Mets have "had some internal conversations" about trying Amed Rosario in center field, reports Kevin Kernan of the New York Post.

According to Kernan, though the Mets have kicked the idea around, putting it into action is "not on the table" at the moment. That's a good thing, since it's a fantastically bad idea. Here are three reasons why...

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New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets assistant general manager John Ricco looks on before facing the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

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It's the calm before the Mets storm. Enjoy it while it lasts. In a few weeks, the conversation around the Mets will quickly turn from hypothesizing about GM candidates to getting real news about where ownership intends to take their franchise and who is going to get them there...

As it stands, assistant John Ricco and advisors Omar Minaya and J.P. Ricciardi are essentially splitting the job after Sandy Alderson stepped down in June due to health issues...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)
May 19, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) (Noah K. Murray)

Mets OF Michael Conforto made a diving catch on Wednesday afternoon in Washington, D.C. to rob Matt Adams of extra bases.

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Jul 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts as he walks off the field after the top of the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) reacts as he walks off the field after the top of the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): As expected, the Mets did not trade Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard before the trade deadline, despite both pitchers being capable of bringing back a collection of top prospects.

The lack of action could mean the Mets did not see an offer worth accepting. Or, after doing their due diligence, they decided to keep their best two pitchers because they can have them through the 2020 season, sign them to long-term extensions, or look to trade them this winter with more teams involved in the bidding.

During the past few weeks, the Dodgers, Yankees, Padres, Phillies, and Braves were all reportedly looking for an elite starting pitcher under team control. More importantly, all five of the above teams had the necessary prospects required by the Mets. None of them landed a top pitcher, but the Pirates came out of nowhere to trade for No. 2 type starter Chris Archer with about 30 minutes to go before the deadline. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Swarzak, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Justus Sheffield, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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In the midst of a second straight lost season for the Mets, Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario have been bright spots lately.

Conforto, who returned way ahead of schedule after serious shoulder surgery, had been struggling to get in gear -- especially when it came to generating power. But he's finally showing signs of starting to break out in that department.

The 25-year-old is hitting .333 with a .667 SLG and .1099 OPS with three homers and nine RBI over his last nine games, and is now on pace to finish the season with 21 homers...

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Mets blast past Padres, 6-3 00:01:05
The offense stepped up to the plate as Devin Mesoraco and Michael Conforto helped the Mets beat the Padres, 6-3, on Tuesday.

Zack Wheeler turned in seven strong innings and Michael Conforto homered as the Mets topped the Padres, 6-3, on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) heads out on his three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Jul 14, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) heads out on his three run home run to right during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Mets OF Michael Conforto helped lead the Mets' seven-run effort on Saturday night with a three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Conforto's blast, which drove in Jose Bautista and Asdrubal Cabrera, gave the Mets a 6-0 lead over the Nationals. 

"I got just enough of it," Conforto said after the game. "I think I got a good pitch to hit with two strikes, tried to stay short and put a good swing on it, not try to do too much. It's funny how that ends up turning into a home run. I'm going to try to do more of that and just keep working hard."

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Apple and Darling on Mets' win 00:01:46
Gary Apple and Ron Darling discuss Seth Lugo's solid performance out of the bullpen in the Mets' 6-3 win over Toronto.

The Mets had the lead again in Toronto, but this time, they kept it to the end as the split the two-game series with the Blue Jays after a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night. 

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Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Corey Oswalt, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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Apple and Darling on Mets' win 00:01:46
Gary Apple and Ron Darling discuss Seth Lugo's solid performance out of the bullpen in the Mets' 6-3 win over Toronto.

The Mets had the lead again in Toronto, but this time, they kept it to the end as the split the two-game series with the Blue Jays after a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night. 

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Corey Oswalt, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Todd Frazier
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