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Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In the last 10 years, the Mets have selected an outfielder with their first pick in the first round of the MLB Draft three times.

The picks of Brandon Nimmo (2011) and Michael Conforto (2014) have worked out incredibly well, and they currently make up two thirds of the Mets' expected starting outfield.

The other outfielder the Mets most recently drafted? That would be Jarred Kelenic, who was selected in 2018 and traded to the Seattle Mariners in the deal that brought Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to Queens. Regardless of whether Diaz and/or Cano improve in Year 2 in New York, including Kelenic in that deal was unwise. And he is now a consensus top 10 prospect in baseball who will likely be in the majors by 2021.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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With the 2020 MLB season expected to feature the universal DH and be shortened to roughly 82 games (if and when it begins, hopefully around July 1), the Mets are one of the National League teams that could benefit the most.

If you take one quick glance at the Mets' roster, four players jump out immediately as DH candidates: Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Davis, Dominic Smith, and Robinson Cano.

During The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies on Wednesday, manager Luis Rojas, Davis, and Smith all talked about the kind of impact the universal DH this season could have on the team and on them personally.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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With the league and owners scheduled to speak on Monday regarding the proposal for the shortened 2020 MLB season and that proposal expected to be taken to the players on Tuesday, we could soon get some clarity on how and when MLB will resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While there are still roadblocks and there could be some discord between the league and players between now and the resumption of spring training, the proposal to be discussed this week calls for the regular season to start around July 1.

The shortened season is expected to look very different, with it being roughly 80 games long, teams playing without fans in attendance, expanded playoffs, expanded rosters, and more wrinkles. One of those other wrinkles -- a rather large one -- is a universal DH, which multiple reports indicate will likely be implemented.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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The Mets are well-positioned to contend in 2020 and beyond, with a young core of high-upside offensive players and a starting rotation built around the best pitcher in baseball.

In 2021, though, things get interesting with Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto, and Steven Matz among the expected free agents and the expectation that a new ownership group will already be in place and looking to put their stamp on the franchise.

Meanwhile, New York also did a solid job building their farm system back up to a middle of the pack one that has a handful of legitimate blue chip pieces at the top that should be ready around 2022-23.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Franklyn Kilome, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Mark Vientos, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) stands at the plate during his at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) stands at the plate during his at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, who suffered a Grade 1 oblique strain in the second week of March, has been taking regular batting practice, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, who added that "team officials seem encouraged" by Conforto's workouts.

With a second, shortened spring training of sorts necessary before the 2020 season begins -- and players also needing time to prepare and report for that spring training -- it's hard to envision Opening Day happening before late-May or early-June.

Conforto said on March 11 that there was no timetable for his return, but it's fair to believe he'll be ready to go if/when the season resumes after the pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Aug 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning of game two of a doubleheader at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Like former Mets captain David Wright, Pete Alonso just seems to get it.

Alonso's confidence, genuine nature, passion, seemingly natural leadership, connection with the fans, charitable ways, and love for the Mets are all reminiscent of Wright -- who similarly burst onto the scene as a rookie and was a star right away.

Unlike Wright, whose rise happened before Twitter existed, Alonso has an immediate front-facing way to communicate with the fans. And his impassioned missives on social media and origination of the #LFGM rallying cry have further endeared him to Mets fans.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the season still paused, let's dip into the Mets mailbag...

@bigdog44K: When do the owners sell the team?

We've gotten a ton of questions over the past several weeks about how the current shutdown will impact the sale of the Mets. We can tell you that the team is still for sale -- nothing has changed there -- and at least one man is pursuing a bid. As you know, that man is named A-Rod.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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Aaron Judge has evolved into one of baseball's young superstars, but he has been bitten by the injury bug more than a few times. Michael Conforto, meanwhile, has shown flashes of greatness but still hasn't quite been the consistent star the Mets hoped he would be. 

But which player is the more likely candidate to earn a contract extension? The BNNY crew discusses that topic and a whole lot more as the Lineup Card returns ...

Tags: Aaron Judge, Michael Conforto
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If/when the 2020 Major League Baseball season starts, it almost certainly won't look like anything we've ever seen before on a big league diamond.

As the league continues to come up with scenarios for how the season might look if there is baseball this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, we've gotten details on two of those potential scenarios.

The first one, known as the "Arizona plan," would mean all 30 teams playing in and around Phoenix in order to minimize travel and have everyone centrally located. And with the potential of doubleheaders being played every week and other quirks possible, it's fair to believe the universal DH could be implemented under the Arizona plan.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets are currently brushing up against the $208 million luxury tax threshold and are perhaps unlikely to reach any extensions with players of their own until they get some salary cap relief.

But that relief should come after the 2020 season, when Yoenis Cespedes, Wilson Ramos, Marcus Stroman, and others are off the books, freeing up tens of millions of dollars in 2021 and beyond.

With the above in mind, and with the goal being to win now and in the future, the Mets would be wise to lay the groundwork for potential extensions for some of the players below, with an eye on striking deals soon after the 2020 season ends...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Marcus Stroman and Rick Porcello
Marcus Stroman and Rick Porcello

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

While it is unclear when or if the 2020 MLB season will begin as the United States and rest of the world remains on various forms of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, the league and Players' Association have agreed to a deal regarding how things will shake out if there is a shortened or canceled season.

According to multiple reports, the deal between MLB and the MLBPA focuses on how a shortened season will look (including the potential of an expanded playoff field), where games will be played (including the potential of playing at neutral sites and/or in front of no fans for a period of time), and how arbitration and free agency will be impacted if the season is shortened or canceled. 

Tags: Anthony Kay, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the 2020 MLB season paused, let's dip into the mailbag and answer some Mets and Yankees questions...


@parthsrule: What do you think about doing something unorthodox and offering Syndergaard a club friendly (and now player security friendly) multi year extension?

It's not a bad idea, but the Mets are right up against the luxury tax and are unlikely to exceed it. That makes any contract extension tricky. Plus, they've never shown a desire to keep Syndergaard beyond next year.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Jacob deGrom, Jordan Montgomery, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Andy Martino
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New York Mets players weigh in on which teammates remind them of Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute and more from the hit TV show, The Office.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)

Baseball isn't just about statistics, home run totals, and wins and losses. It's also about emotions, thrills, chills and personal stories that we can invest in.

Thankfully, the Mets are never short on stories and bizarre moments worth dissecting.

That said, here are five storylines I hope to see in 2020...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Major League Baseball and all other major sports remain on hold as the United States and the rest of the world practices social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

When things start to return to normal and the 2020 baseball season -- hopefully -- begins, the Mets will have a bunch of roster and lineup decisions facing them after what will very likely be an abbreviated second spring training of sorts.

Among those decisions...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Seth Lugo, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

For the sake of conversation, with no baseball to cover anytime soon, I'm taking on a question people have asked often over the years:

"Who's your favorite player to cover?"

Tags: Alex Rodriguez, David Wright, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the shuttering of all the major sports leagues, and most people in the United States and around the world are practicing social distancing in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

Spring training is shuttered as players on the Mets and other teams continue to prepare for the season either at their home team's spring training complex (without group workouts) or elsewhere.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Luis Rojas, Brodie Van Wagenen, and Michael Conforto
Luis Rojas, Brodie Van Wagenen, and Michael Conforto

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Less than a week after Major League Baseball and all other major sports in the United States shut down due to coronavirus, the country is already a much different place.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 6,519 known coronavirus cases in the U.S., with New York (1,717 confirmed cases) having the most in the country. Some cities, including San Francisco, have ordered residents to shelter in place. And New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that the peak of the coronavirus pandemic in the city could be in early-May. 

Tags: Dellin Betances, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jacob deGrom and Pete Alonso each had exceptional seasons in 2019. And yet, despite their incredible performances, the Mets at 86-76 still missed the postseason by three games.

In addition to deGrom and Alonso continuing to be awesome, I see success for the Mets in 2020 hinging on the performance of the following five players...


Amed Rosario

He struggled so much to begin 2019 that there was a question in June about whether Rosario should moved to the outfield or even be sent back to Triple-A. Then, seemingly overnight, he got himself stable and performing well in the field, he started swinging at fewer pitches out of the strike zone, and swinging at more pitches in it. He started making better contact, getting on base more, the Mets started winning, and his entire season turned around.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes
Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes

With the rest of spring training suspended and the start of the regular season pushed back at least two weeks, there's plenty of time to answer some Mets questions ...


1) Now that the start of baseball is pushed back several weeks, will Yoenis Cespedes be given a pass on the extra innings he needs to achieve his $10 million in incentives? ~ Text from Jan in St. Lucie

I doubt it, though typically any sort of anomaly like this will no doubt involve the MLB Players Union and/or is already is addressed in the contract -- especially given the man injured himself in an incident with a boar.

That said, overall it is an advantage for him and the Mets because it means he'll be needed for fewer games and allows more time for him to rehab, which is a good thing for everyone involved. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Clover Park
Clover Park

Despite spring training games being cancelled, there was still plenty going on in Mets land. Here's what happened, in case you missed it...


The Mets released a statement on Friday to fans, thanking them for their patience in such a fliuid time >> Read more

Mets' director of player personnel and community engagement Donovan Mitchell Sr. tests negative for coronavirus >> Read more

Jeff McNeil is playing Monopoly in his spare time >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto
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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) stands at the plate in the first inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) stands at the plate in the first inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Before the MLB season was suspended, Mets' outfielder Brandon Nimmo was listed as one of 15 players that was "turning scouts' heads" in spring training, according to Baseball America.

Nimmo was limited to just 69 games last year due to a neck injury. But in his first season as a full-time player in 2018, Nimmo and his fan-favorite smile posted a .404 on-base percentage, the fifth-highest in baseball. Despite hitting just .221 in his abbreviated 2019, Nimmo still posted a .375 on-base percentage.

In 11 spring training games, Nimmo was red hot, posting a slashline of .379/.455/.552.

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Mets OF Michael Conforto
Mets OF Michael Conforto

Michael Conforto's status for Opening Day was very much in doubt before Major League Baseball canceled the remainder of spring training and delayed the start of the regular season by at least two weeks due to coronavirus.

While Conforto could now potentially return by Opening Day (which will be no earlier than April 9), it's still unclear how the oblique injury he suffered will impact his 2020 season and -- potentially -- his future with the Mets.

According to one agent and a rival team executive who spoke with MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone, Conforto's injury could jeopardize the chances of the Mets soon making him a lucrative contract extension offer.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

How does Michael Conforto's oblique injury impact any potential contract talks with the Mets? MLB agents and execs weighed in on that topic, as well as whether or not the Mets should bring in another outfielder. Plus, a look around the NL East, and more ...


Financial impact of Conforto's oblique

Michael Conforto's recent oblique injury certainly puts the Mets in a difficult position when looking at their early-season roster. Additionally, according to one agent and a rival team executive, it also could jeopardize the chance of the Mets making a lucrative contract extension offer. 

Extrapolated across a full season's worth of games, Conforto's production through 109 games in 2017 fueled hope he was turning a corner and capable of soon producing a 6.0 WAR season (if not more). He then took a dip, down to the mid 3's, and slightly improved from 2018 to 2019, playing at least 150 games in each season. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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J.D. Davis and Robinson Cano
J.D. Davis and Robinson Cano

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Wednesday, in case you missed it...


Amid coronavirus concerns, Mets Opening Day on March 26 at Citi Field is on for now >> Read more

In the wake of Michael Conforto's injury, J.D. Davis is open to a move to right field if needed >> Read more

Conforto has no timeline for a return, but feels "pretty good" >> Read more

Tags: Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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The Mets already have moved J.D. Davis between 3B and LF, but if they need the 26-year-old to take up a third position into his rotation, he's open.

New York's potential decision with Davis comes on the heels of RF Michael Conforto's Grade 1 oblique strain from over the weekend Saturday.

As Conforto's status for Opening Day March 26 remains in jeopardy, Davis said that he's open to adding RF onto his resume. Any tweak is dependent on the 27-year-old Conforto's reevaluation.

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Injured Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, whose status for Opening Day on March 26 is very much in doubt, spoke on Wednesday at spring training about his status.

Conforto, who suffered a grade 1 oblique strain on Saturday when he twisted his body to make a catch in right field while shielding his eyes from the sun, said that while there's currently no timetable for his return, he already feels better. 

"Definitely feel better than a couple of days ago," Conforto said. "My symptoms weren't all that crazy. After a couple of days of treatment, I felt quite a bit better. So right now I feel pretty good."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) started the game against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Mar 1, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) started the game against the Washington Nationals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Jacob deGrom once again gets the ball for the Mets, as they take on the Cardinals at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m.

Mets Notes

Jeff McNeil is back in the lineup, and he will look to continue his hot spring. He's slashing .435/.458/.696 with a homer and three doubles over nine games. The Mets also gave an update on Michael Conforto's status on Tuesday, saying the veteran outfielder has an oblique strain that leaves Opening Day in doubt. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Scott Thompson
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Mar 10, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) singles in two runs in the second inning of the spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 10, 2020; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) singles in two runs in the second inning of the spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Tuesday, in case you missed it...


Michael Conforto was diagnosed with an oblique strain, putting his status for Opening Day in doubt >> Read more

Here are roster scenarios for the Mets with Conforto's status in up in the air, and here's how the Mets should adjust to Conforto's potential absence.

Rick Porcello talked with SNY contributor John Harper about how Boston's analytics strategy sunk his 2019 season >> Read more

Tags: Michael Conforto, Danny Abriano
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Michael Conforto was diagnosed Tuesday with a right oblique strain.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff talked with teams about trading for an outfielder, ideally a center fielder, this past offseason. However, understandable confidence in Brandon Nimmo and Conforto, as well as having J.D. Davis and Jeff McNeil -- not to mention the possible return of Yoenis Cespedes -- allowed him to give up his search when a perfect deal failed to come to fruition.

Unfortunately for Conforto, while oblique strains tend to seemingly resolve quickly, they're easy to re-aggravate, which often results in a stop-and-go, longer-than-expected return to big-league action.

Regardless of when Conforto returns, third base or one of the two corner outfield spots will continue to bounce between Davis and McNeil.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has a right oblique strain and will be reassessed next week, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said after Tuesday's spring training game.

Conforto tweaked his side after making a catch during the Mets' game against the Nationals on Saturday and flew back to New York Monday to with the team physician, Dr. David Altchek, after already undergoing an MRI in Florida.

Conforto made a last minute shift to the left in order to make the catch after shielding his eyes from the sun, and left the game before the start of the sixth inning.

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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Five Mets were ranked among ESPN's top 100 MLB players list 2020, a list that was compiled by polling 40 "writers, analysts, contributors, and insiders."

The Mets who made the list:

Michael Conforto, No. 100

Jeff McNeil, No. 76

Noah Syndergaard, No. 51

Pete Alonso, No. 20

Jacob deGrom, No. 3

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Danny Abriano
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Mar 5, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Rick Porcello (22) throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports  (Jim Rassol)
Mar 5, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Rick Porcello (22) throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Rick Porcello gets the ball once again as the Mets face the Astros on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. 

Mets notes

The Mets are still awaiting word on Michael Conforto, who returned to New York for further evaluation after receiving an MRI in Port St. Lucie. The veteran suffered a side injury on Saturday during a game. 

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Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith
Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, and Dominic Smith

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

A scenario where the middle of the Mets' lineup does not feature Michael Conforto is not one the team wants to think about, but it's one they're possibly facing now that Conforto's status is in doubt due to a side injury he suffered on Saturday.

Conforto, who has returned to New York for further evaluation after receiving an MRI in Port St. Lucie, will hope for good news. But even if the news is good, it's fair to believe his status for Opening Day (on March 26) and beyond could be in doubt.

Fortunately for the Mets, Conforto is the only key player who is currently dealing with a new injury. And unless his absence is months-long, they should be able to withstand it.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets shortstop Amed Rosario
Mets shortstop Amed Rosario

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Monday, in case you missed it...


Michael Conforto is returning to New York to meet with the Mets' medical director after tweaking his side on Saturday >> Read more

Major League Baseball is among four leagues that will be closing their clubhouses to media due to the coronavirus >> Read more

Seth Lugo made his spring training debut >> Read more

Tags: Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Michael Conforto is on his way to New York to meet with Mets' medical director Dr. David Altchek, according to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen. The outfielder tweaked his side making a catch on Saturday, received an MRI in Florida, but will now return to New York for further testing.

Conforto logged five innings in Saturday's game against the Nationals, going 1-for-2. The injury may have occurred in the fourth inning as he was battling the sun attempting to make a catch on a ball hit by Andrew Stephenson.

Conforto was shielding his eyes and may have briefly lost sight of the ball, causing him to lunge to his left at the last second to make the catch. He remained in the game for the fifth inning, where he dealt with the sun to make another catch, and was replaced along with other Mets starters at the start of the sixth.

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 (Jim Rassol)
(Jim Rassol)

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Friday, in case you missed it...


Brandon Nimmo had two hits, but the Mets fell to the Astros, 3-2. >> Read more

Examining what a possible contract extension for Michael Conforto could look like >> Read more

The Mets made their first cuts of the spring, including re-assigning Tim Tebow to minor-league camp >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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The Mets took an early 2-0 lead on the Astros, but Houston was able to come back for a 3-2 win on Friday night. >> Box Score

5 things to know about Friday's game...

1) Michael Wacha gave the Mets 2.2 innings of workHe allowed five hits, but he scattered them enough to allow just one earned run. He also struck out two and walked just one hitter, lowering his ERA to 1.07 for the spring, making a strong case for the Mets' fifth starter job.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Wilson Ramos
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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) rounds third base in front of Miami Marlins third baseman Starlin Castro (13) after hitting a two run home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) rounds third base in front of Miami Marlins third baseman Starlin Castro (13) after hitting a two run home run against the Miami Marlins during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, who is set to become a free agent after the 2021 season, told SNY contributor John Harper on Wednesday that while he's open to discussing an extension, he's also willing to bet on himself.

Still, Conforto said the decision will be his -- not one made by agent Scott Boras.

"Those are big decisions and it can become a distraction," Conforto said. "If I go out there and play the way I'm capable of, everything will take care of itself. Scott's got my best interests in mind but at the end of the day it's my decision."

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Mar 5, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher David Peterson takes the mound in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Mar 5, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher David Peterson takes the mound in the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it...


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Mets OF Michael Conforto, who is eligible to be a free agent after the 2021 season, spoke with SNY contributor John Harper about his future and whether he'd be open to an extension.

"At this point I'm just looking at being excited about this season," Conforto said. "It would be nice to have the future set but it's gotta make sense for me to do that. Maybe the conversation gets a little different next year but right now I'm just locked in on 2020. 

"Those are big decisions and it can become a distraction. If I go out there and play the way I'm capable of, everything will take care of itself. Scott's got my best interests in mind but at the end of the day it's my decision."

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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Wednesday, in case you missed it...


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Mets' Michael Conforto (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Michael Conforto (Treated Image by SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

PORT ST. LUCIE _ Upon hearing that Christian Yelich was closing in on a nine-year, $215 million contract extension with the Brewers, as first reported by The Athletic, it was only natural to think a similar deal at a slightly lower cost might make sense for the Mets and Michael Conforto. 

After all, like Yelich, Conforto is two years away from free agency, yet there is no indication that he or the ballclub is thinking in terms of an extension. 

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Michael Conforto
Michael Conforto

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

PORT ST. LUCIE - Keith Hernandez has famously swooned at the sight of Michael Conforto's stylish swing since seeing it in 2015, but if you think he was the first person to go ga-ga over it, well, perhaps on TV, yes. 

But the first ever? Conforto was all of eight years old when that happened.

"It was my first Little League tryout," Conforto recalled with a laugh. "Someone who was working the pitching machine. I was miserable because I fouled everything off. But the guy came up to me and said, 'you have the most beautiful swing here. Just keep doing what you're doing."

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Nolan Arenado
Nolan Arenado

A version of this article was originally published on Dec. 20, 2019


Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets had trade discussions earlier this season with the Indians about Francisco Lindor and discussions with the Astros about Carlos Correa. Both of those players are tremendous talents, with Lindor offering more certainty and Correa being a player you can dream on. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets OF/3B J.D. Davis, who is working his way back from a shoulder injury, took batting practice on Tuesday and said he expects to be ready for Opening Day.

"Yeah, I feel like I'm ready enough to be ready for Opening Day and everything," Davis said. "I have no setbacks or anything right now. So feeling good, feeling strong. All the strength is there, all the range of motion is there. It's just easing it back in and I think the next thing is just live ABs, hit off the machine and maybe work on diving back to the bag and sliding. But, other than that, we're looking good right now."

Davis jammed his shoulder last week when he dove for a ball at third base, and has been rehabbing since the day after the injury -- first doing non-baseball work and then resuming baseball activity.

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The Mets were unable to dig themselves out of an early hole and ultimately fell to the Marlins, 6-1, on Tuesday. >> Box Score

6 things to know about Tuesday's game...

1) Noah Syndergaard got the start for the Mets and had an up-and-down performance Tuesday. Despite striking out five batters in 3.0 innings on the mound, Syndergaard gave up two earned runs on two hits -- which ended up being too much for the Mets to come back from.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Wilson Ramos
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May 8, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) throws to first base on a ground out by San Diego Padres left fielder Hunter Renfroe (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)
May 8, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) throws to first base on a ground out by San Diego Padres left fielder Hunter Renfroe (not pictured) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports (Orlando Ramirez)

J.D. Davis, who is ahead of schedule as he works his way back from a shoulder injury, has been hitting in the batting cage for the last few days, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reported on Tuesday.

Davis suffered the injury last Tuesday when he dove for a ball at third base, and had an MRI the next day.

"It sounds like we're in a pretty good spot with it overall," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said last week, noting that the MRI revealed what looked like an old labrum injury but no new damage.

NorthJersey.com's Justin Toscano reported late last week that Davis -- who began rehabbing the day after suffering the injury -- was taking ground balls in the outfield, playing catch, and working on one-arm swings with his right hand. 

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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Monday, in case you missed it...


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Chili Davis enters spring training preparing for his second season as Mets' hitting coach. He took over last season and oversaw an historic rookie season for Pete Alonso and a breakout season for Jeff McNeil. As a team, the Mets had an OPS of .770, good for sixth in the National League.

Davis spoke with SNY's Steve Gelbs about being more familiar with his hitters as he works in Port St. Lucie for the second time.

"For me, last year a big part of spring training was trying to get to know the players," Davis said. "Just their personalities, their makeup, Hoping they would tell me a little about themselves, and I could work off of that. 

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