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Yanks and Mets share Series odds 00:03:31
Baseball Night in New York wonders whether Las Vegas made the right call by giving the Yankees and Mets the exact same World Series odds.

The Mets currently sit at 13-to-1 odds to win the World Series in 2017, the same odds as the Yankees, according to information provided by the Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas...

The Yankees finished 84-78 during 2016, but missed the playoffs by five games. The Mets, on the other hand, went 87-75 last season to win the top Wild Card spot.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud
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Jun 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Mallex Smith (17) attempts to steal second base against New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 17, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Mallex Smith (17) attempts to steal second base against New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) during the fifth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Braves have traded center fielder Mallex Smith and right-handed reliever Shae Simmons to the Mariners, who later flipped Smith in a deal to the Rays.

In late-December, major-league sources told FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal that the Mets had been semi-engaged in trade talks to acquire a new center fielder, though the move would require first trading Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson >> Read more from Dec. 20.

According to Rosenthal, though the Mets had talked with the Pirates about Andrew McCutchen, there was no momentum toward making a deal...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto
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 (Peter Aiken)
(Peter Aiken)

The Tigers are still trying to trade OF J.D. Martinez, but they've yet to find the right deal, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reported this past weekend.

According to friends in Detroit, the Mets made early calls this winter about Martinez, but backed out when they signed Yoenis Cespedes. However, earlier this week on MLB Network Radio, host Steve Phillips said he heard the Mets may still be interested. I find this hard to believe, since the last thing the Mets need right now is a one-year, home-run hitting rental player in right field. But, maybe they were simply doing follow-up calls, and just checking on what Detroit has in the works.

In either case, as it pertains to the Tigers, I recall hearing in December that they had interest in Steven Matz and Michael Conforto, not just in preliminary talks about Martinez, but also 18 months ago when negotiating for Cespedes.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 28, 2016; Blackmon (19) singles to right field at AT&T Park (Guard-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 28, 2016; Blackmon (19) singles to right field at AT&T Park (Guard-USA TODAY Sports)

I've had more than one MLB insider tell me this week that -- after brainstorming with the Mets, White Sox and Rockies -- they see the chance for a three-way deal that has probably not been discussed.

In their view, the Rockies and Mets should figure out how to send a collection of big-league players and prospects to Chicago, after which Jose Quintana and Steven Matz end up in Colorado and Charlie Blackmon lands in Queens.

Again, there's no evidence anything like this has been discussed, but it's interesting to think about and I do see the potential fit, especially if the Mets could figure out how to include David Robertson.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets looking for CF help? 00:06:04
Baseball Night in New York examines the Mets' center field situation and whether or not the team should make a trade.

The Mets have had trade talks to acquire a center fielder, but prices are high and Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson need to be traded first, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal wrote Dec. 19.

Sandy Alderson has repeatedly said on record that he doesn't see himself trading both outfielders this winter. However, last month, a Mets official told the NY Post's Kevin Kernan that it's possible...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario, Rays closer Alex Colome, Mets OF Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario, Rays closer Alex Colome, Mets OF Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Images)

The Mets contacted the Rays about trading for closer Alex Colome, but the team refused to move OF Michael Conforto or top SS prospect Amed Rosario, according to MLB reporter Peter Gammons.

Colome, 27, had 37 saves and a 1.91 ERA, while striking out 71 batters in 56.2 innings of an All-Star season for the Rays last year.

The Marlins, Nationals and Dodgers have also reportedly tried to trade for Colome this winter, according to reports posted to MLB Trade Rumors.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets outfielders Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)
Mets outfielders Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports Images)

In an article for ESPN.com, David Schoenfield lists the Mets as one of six big-league teams in need of a better, everyday center fielder.

Obviously, I agree, having written about it over and over and over again during the Baseball Winter Meetings, while wishing the Mets might trade both Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson and acquire Andrew McCutchen (Pirates), Charlie Blackmon (Rockies) or sign Dexter Fowler (who eventually reached a four-year agreement with the Cardinals).

Sadly, none of these things happened. What's worse, multiple reports continue to indicate they will never happen. And, while that's disappointing, the asking price on these players has started to give even me pause, since they're ridiculously high...

For instance, "the Pirates recently turned down a nice offer of prospects," for McCutchen, according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman, who says Pittsburgh is seeking major-league ready players in any deal they discuss.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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Michael Conforto is congratulated by Curtis Granderson and Kelly Johnson after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Bill Streicher)
Michael Conforto is congratulated by Curtis Granderson and Kelly Johnson after hitting a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Bill Streicher)

Michael Conforto's representatives would prefer he not play winter ball because it poses a financial risk to his career if he's injured, ESPN.com's Adam Rubin tweeted Sunday night.

Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters in early December that he hoped to see Conforto play for a team this winter, to get at-bats and possibly more experience in center field.

In late-November, GM Sandy Alderson told WOR 710 AM radio that he wants Conforto to be an every-day player in 2017, including possibly getting time as a backup first baseman.

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Will Conforto bounce back? 00:02:02
Sal Licata and John Hein discuss the possibility of Michael Conforto's resurgence and speculate on the young outfielder's 2017 impact.
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Granderson (3) catches a fly ball in the fourth inning (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
Granderson (3) catches a fly ball in the fourth inning (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

Curtis Granderson will likely begin next season in center field, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters earlier this week at the MLB Winter Meetings.

As a result, Collins said Michael Conforto will likely spend most of his time in right field, while occasionally filling in for Granderson in center, where Juan Lagares will also get time.

In late November, general manager Sandy Alderson told WOR 710 AM radio that he wants Conforto to be an every-day player in 2017, including possibly getting time as a back-up first baseman.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Hot Stove: Winter priorities 00:03:22
The Hot Stove Panel talks about the Mets' most pressing concerns heading into this week's Winter Meetings.
Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler
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What is the ideal Mets outfield? 00:02:33
Mets Hot Stove discusses the Mets outfield options following their re-signing of slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

Mets Hot Stove discusses the team's outfield options following their re-signing of slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

Are they likelier to trade Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson?

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson mentioned free-agent OF Jose Bautista and 1B-OF Steve Pearce as the type of players he might pursue if he's unable to re-sign Yoenis Cespedes.

Alderson told WOR 710 AM radio on Wednesday that he sees three ways to get right-handed power back in to the team's lineup next season.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sep 15, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a double against the Miami Marlins during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 15, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a double against the Miami Marlins during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Mets want to see Michael Conforto be an every-day player for them in 2017, regardless of whether Yoenis Cespedes is or isn't on the team, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told WOR 710 am radio on Wednesday >> Listen Here!

"That is the plan, as we sit here today," Alderson added, noting that his role will be determined by the make up of their outfield. "For example, he might be an every-day guy against righties, and he plays half or two-thirds of the time against lefties, because maybe Curtis Granderson plays half or two-thirds of the time against lefties."

Last week at the GM Meetings, Alderson told reporters that Conforto will see action in center field and first base during spring training.

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Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)

Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that he wants to see the Mets score more runs next season, which would subsequently help lessen the load on the back of their bullpen.

"We weren't scoring a lot of runs, but still winning games, which meant we were playing close games," which led to frequently using Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia, he explained. "So, having a better offense will help us."

Alderson hopes to get free-agent Yoenis Cespedes back in a Mets uniform next season, and he's been in regular contact with the player's agent, he told reporters at the GM Meetings in Arizona on Thursday >> Read the latest on Yo here!

However, while at this week's GM Meetings in Arizona, teams also expressed interest in acquiring Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto and Curtis Grandersonsources told Newsday's Marc Carig.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Michael Conforto (30) hits during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Conforto (30) hits during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Michael Conforto will see action in center field and first base during spring training, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters in Arizona on Tuesday.

In 331 professional games, Conforto has only ever played the outfield (with the exception of four games at designated hitter in 2016).

"Conceivably, he could fit in center field," Alderson explained. "He played there both at the major league level and the minor league level. I think we were pleasantly surprised at how he adapted to the position. He's an outstanding athlete."

According to Alderson, in the event free-agent Yoenis Cespedes returns to the Mets, he will only play left field.

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Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, Rays LHP Drew Smyly and Mets OF Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, Rays LHP Drew Smyly and Mets OF Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)

Rays fan and FanSided author Althea Pashman says there is talk in Tampa that the Mets and Yankees may have interest in trading for left-handed starting pitcher Drew Smyly.Pashman feels the Rays should deal Smyly to the Mets for C Travis d'Arnaud and OF Michael Conforto.

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Michael Conforto gets congratulations in the Mets dugout after his 12th and final home run of the season. Conforto struggled through 2016, batting .220 with a .310 on-base percentage. Photo: Associated Press
Michael Conforto gets congratulations in the Mets dugout after his 12th and final home run of the season. Conforto struggled through 2016, batting .220 with a .310 on-base percentage. Photo: Associated Press

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Keith Hernandez said Conforto became too focused on hitting home runs, he got pull happy and started dropping his shoulder during his swing."He wanted to be quick, but that led to swinging at breaking balls out of the strike zone, and then worrying about the breaking ball led to him getting busted inside with the fastball," Hernandez added. "Going the other way is his strength."

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Michael Conforto (30) doubles against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Conforto (30) doubles against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Michael Conforto expects to get work at first-baseman during spring training next year, he told NY Post reporter Mike Puma at Citi Field on Thursday.

"I think it's is possible," Conforto told Puma. "We'll see what happens in spring training, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there."

In 331 professional games, Conforto has only ever played outfield.

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Thank you, Mets, for a wild season. In spring training, settling for a wild card loss would have been a major disappointment. However, at 60-62 on Aug. 19, with 70 percent of the Opening Day lineup on the disabled list, simply getting to the wild card seemed like an unrealistic goal. Nevertheless, the Mets attained it. It was an amazing run and I'm glad I got to experience watching it.


Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Daniel Murphy, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Last night was a confusing experience. It was painful to experience 1,500 innings of baseball between March through last night, only to see it all go up in flames in the span of 10 minutes. I thought a few hours sleep might help my perspective, but it didn't. I'm still unsure where to begin this post-game write up. So, here's where I'm at with the following...


Tags: Eric Campbell, James Loney, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, San Francisco Giants, Travis d'Arnaud, Ty Kelly, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Post Game Extra: Mets win 00:03:19
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 10-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer and the Mets rallied from a two-run deficit with a six-run fifth inning to win their second straight, 10-5, over the Phillies on Friday night at Citi Field.

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Campbell's clutch RBI single 00:00:43
Eric Campbell hits a clutch RBI single in the bottom of the eighth with two outs against Atlanta on Tuesday.

In the eighth inning of the New York Mets' 5-4 loss to the Atlanta Braves, manager Terry Collins pinch hit for Jay Bruce, who was the game-tying run, with Eric Campbell.

Bruce, who was 0 for 3 in the game, is hitless in his last 13 at-bats and is 3 for his last 38. He is hitting .176 since the Mets acquired him at the trade deadline.

"I always think I'm the best choice ... but he's the manager and I respect his decision," Bruce said after the game. "I don't deserve any explanation from the manager."

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Eric Campbell, Michael Conforto
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Conforto's two-run single 00:00:58
Michael Conforto drives in two runs with a base hit during the bottom of the first inning to give the Mets a 2-0 lead.

Michael Conforto started in right field Sunday and delivered a key, two-run single in the first inning that helped the Mets defeat the Twins, 3-2.

"Of all the at-bats today, that was probably the biggest one," Terry Collins said after the game. "This guy is a huge piece of the team and certainly of the future. I think today helped him for sure."

It was Conforto's first start since Sept. 4, during which he had just eight plate appearances.

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Post Game Extra: 09/18/16 00:04:43
Michael Conforto drove in a pair of runs and T.J. Rivera smacked a solo home run as the Mets completed a sweep of the Twins, 3-2.

Gabriel Ynoa pitched into the fifth inning and Michael Conforto's two-run single in the first helped the Mets complete a three-game sweep of the Twins, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.

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Mets manager Terry Collins has no plans to bench Jay Bruce, he told reporters after Wednesday's loss to the Nationals.

Bruce says he doesn't need rest to get on track, despite batting just .192 with a .271 OBP, four home runs, four doubles and 11 RBI since the Mets acquired him from the Reds on Aug. 1.

"I just told him that I didn't need any more time off," Bruce said after the game. "I told [Collins] I completely understand that he has to put a lineup on the field that gives us the best chance to win, but I also feel like I'm one of the best nine options."

Tags: Alejandro De Aza, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto
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Sep 15, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a double against the Miami Marlins during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 15, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) follows through on a double against the Miami Marlins during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

First round picks Michael Conforto (2014), Brandon Nimmo (2011) and Gavin Cecchini (2012) all appeared in yesterday's game at Atlanta.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time three Mets first-round picks played in the same game was September 19, 2007, when Aaron Heilman (2001), Lastings Milledge (2003) and Mike Pelfrey (2005) took the field together.

 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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Citi Pre Game Live: Conforto 00:02:26
Steve Gelbs meets with Michael Conforto to discuss being back in the Major Leagues and the impact he can make on the Mets down the stretch.

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit .493 with six HR and 13 RBI in 17 games with Triple-A Las vegas after being demoted by the Mets on Aug. 12.

He returned to the Mets on Thursday, along with C Kevin Plawecki, INF Ty Kelly and RHP Gabriel Ynoa.

"The huge emphasis was swinging at strikes and getting my approach back," Conforto told reporters before Thursday's game, during which he was 1-for-4 with a double. "I think a lot of the swing stuff is kind of ironed out a little bit. I feel much more natural up there, but really just getting that approach back, which was what made me so successful in the first place."

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Johnson's three-run double 00:01:06
Kelly Johnson smashes a bases clearing three-run double in the bottom of the eighth to put the Mets ahead 5-2 in the win over the Marlins.

Bartolo Colon allowed one run in seven innings and Kelly Johnson hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning as the Mets beat the Marlins, 5-2, on Wednesday night at Citi FIeld.

The Cardinals and Pirates lost, moving the Mets to just two losses back of the second Wild Card.


Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Kelly Johnson, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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Michael Conforto (30) reacts to striking out against the Pirates at Citi Field. Photo: Adam Hunger USA Today Sports
Michael Conforto (30) reacts to striking out against the Pirates at Citi Field. Photo: Adam Hunger USA Today Sports

The Mets will promote OF Michael Conforto, infielder Ty Kelly, RHP Gabriel Ynoa and C Kevin Plawecki when rosters expand Sept. 1, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

T.J. Rivera, who hit .289 in 13 games with the Mets this season, is not eligible to be promoted to the big leagues until 10 days after his Aug. 29 demotion to Triple-A.

Conforto, 23, who was sent down Aug. 12, is batting .450 with four home runs during his last 10 games in Las Vegas. He hit just .239 with 29 extra base hits in 84 games during two stints with the Mets this season.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Ty Kelly
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Michael Conforto (30) doubles against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Conforto (30) doubles against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 23-year-old OF Michael Conforto is hitting .684 (13-for-19) with two home runs in five games since being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 12.

Nevertheless, he is not expected to rejoin the Mets until rosters expand after Sept. 1, Sandy Alderson told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin in San Francisco.

"I'd say probably not," Alderson said. "I'm happy he's doing it, and I'm looking forward to seeing him back here."

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts to striking out against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at Citi Field. ( Adam Hunger)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts to striking out against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at Citi Field. ( Adam Hunger)

Michael Conforto has been sent to Triple-A, Terry Collins announced on Friday.

"The reason is he is hitting 167 since back -- he is pressing and expanding zone," Collins told reporters. "Down the road I want him to be everyday player." 

This will be Conforto's second demotion to Triple-A this season. Since his most recent return, he's hit .200 with a .298 OBP and .340 SLG over 57 plate appearances in 19 games.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo
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The Mets haven't won back-to-back games since July 6, yet -- with 48 games left in the season -- they are just two losses back of the Marlins for the second Wild Card in the National League...



"We're very lucky to be where we are, and we've got to take advantage of it," Terry Collins said last week, after which his team dropped two of three games to the Tigers.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) goes to first base after a walk in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto (30) goes to first base after a walk in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray)

With left-hander Matt Boyd starting for the Tigers on Saturday, Terry Collins has opted to sit OF Michael Conforto in favor of Ty Kelly. 

Conforto is just 5-for-46 this season against left-handers, collecting just one extra-base hit. 

"That was something we tried to address a while ago when we said, 'hey, look, there's a fine line you got to walk here,'" Collins said to reporters Saturday.  "Are we going to develop guys or put the best lineup we think is going to allow us to win? Right now we need to win some games.

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Bruce looks forward with Mets 00:03:57
Jay Bruce is excited to jump into a playoff chase and play meaningful baseball after joining the Mets in a trade with the Reds.

In bringing in Jay Bruce, the Mets have acquired what they hope is a lifeline. Their season is on the brink. They are 7.5 games out of first in the National League East and 2.5 games back of the second wild card spot as one of five teams chasing it. This is not a short-sighted deal, of course, but it is geared to bringing short-term benefits.

With the nagging quad injury saddling Yoenis Cespedes, Bruce has become the Mets' marquee bat until last year's trade deadline snag can reclaim an everyday spot in the lineup.

If there is a belief that Bruce can bring about as much impact as Cespedes did last season, even general manager Sandy Alderson laughed at the thought of the new slugger alone facilitating last summer's rocket-ship flight to the postseason. The Mets can hope and dream but the circumstances of this Mets team and last year's are different.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Dilson Herrera, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Starlin Castro (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
Starlin Castro (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Starlin Castro hit a sac fly in the 10th inning off Seth Lugo to drive in Jacoby Ellsbury, and Dellin Betances escaped a 10th-inning jam to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 win over the New York Mets on Monday at Citi Field. >> Read more...

  • The Yankees loaded the bases off Lugo (0-1) with nobody out on a walk, a single and a bunt for a fielder's choice. Ben Gamel laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Lugo's throw to third base was a split second late. Two batters later, Castro hit a deep sac fly to right field to break a 5-5 tie.
  • Betances struck out Curtis Granderson with runners on second and third to end the game to record his first save since Oct. 1, 2015. James Loney led off the 10th inning with a double and advanced to third on a sac bunt. Betances hit Alejandro de Aza, who advanced to second on a groundout. Betances struck out Granderson on three pitches.
  • Adam Warren (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the win.
  • Didi Gregorius tied the game with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the eighth inning off Addison Reed. The Yankees had runners on the corners with two outs, but a wild pitch allowed pinch runner Ronald Torreyes to advance to second and score on Gregorius' single.
  • Matt Reynolds hit a three-run home run off CC Sabathia in the sixth inning that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 Mets lead.
  • Brett Gardner broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in the fifth inning, then scored on Ellsbury's RBI single that gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead.
  • Michael Conforto made it 3-2 with an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth.
  • Sabathia allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. 
  • Logan Verrett gave up three runs, four hits and three walks in five innings.
  • Wilmer Flores homered in the second inning to give the Mets an early 1-0 lead.
  • Ellsbury scored on a Verrett wild pitch that tied the game at 1 in the fourth inning.

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A new era may have begun in the Yankees organization, but the 2016 squad still needs to compete. They did just that, battling back to tie the score in the eighth inning, and taking the lead in the 10th inning with the eventual winning run.

Tags: Adam Warren, Addison Reed, Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, Jacoby Ellsbury, Logan Verrett, Matt Reynolds, Michael Conforto, Ronald Torreyes, Seth Lugo, Starlin Castro, Wilmer Flores
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Juan Lagares has been put on the disabled list and will have surgery to repair the partially torn ligament in his left thumb, Terry Collins told reporters.

According to Collins, Lagares will miss at least six weeks.

Lagares missed several games in June with the same condition, which he initially suffered making a diving catch on June 1.

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New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)
New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell)

A year ago, the New York Mets had an eventful first homestand after the All-Star break.

The Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kerhsaw nearly threw a perfect game against the Mets, who called up their top prospect, made three trades and vaulted into first place in the National League East.

New York will hope its first homestand of this year after the All-Star will be filled with wins. The Mets kick off the home portion of the second-half scheduled Monday with the opener of a three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Tags: Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Toby Hyde and Rob Brender are joined by MetsBlog's Maggie Wiggin to discuss the options in the Mets' outfield now that Michael Conforto has rejoined the team.

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Mets OF Michael Conforto has been doing pre-game work in center field, at the request of Terry Collins.



Most Recent Update...

July 20, 1:29 pm: Terry Collins said Wednesday it is possible Conforto could see time in center field during the team's three-game series against the Marlins in Miami this weekend.

However, it's more likely Conforto plays corner outfield in Miami then makes a move to center field when the team returns home next week to play the Cardinals.

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Michael Conforto makes a catch during the first inning. Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images
Michael Conforto makes a catch during the first inning. Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images

Playing his first career game in right field Tuesday night, Michael Conforto made a terrific throw to get Jake Arrieta trying to score at home plate.

Home-plate umpire Eric Cooper initially called Arrieta safe, but the play was overturned as the Mets went on to beat the Cubs, 2-1.

"It was a great throw," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "He's got a good arm and we know he's an accurate thrower. We've seen it in the past."

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 (Caylor Arnold)
(Caylor Arnold)

Jeurys Familia escaped a bases loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday as the Mets beat the Cubs, 2-1, at Wrigley Field >> Read more



Lucas Duda, who has been out since May due to a back injury, resumed baseball activity on Monday in St. Lucie >> Read more

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) react after winnig a baseball game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Conforto (30) and center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) react after winnig a baseball game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Conforto practiced fielding fly-balls in center field before Monday's game, Terry Collins told reporters in Chicago.

Conforto has only played left and right field during his three-year professional career.

"I think he's a better outfielder than people give him credit for," Collins said of Conforto. "And, we've got two veteran guys who are alongside him. I think they can help him."

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The Mets took two of three games from the Phillies over the weekend, including a 5-0 win on Sunday, while the Nationals and Marlins each won two of three during their respective series >> Read more 



The Mets will promote OF Michael Conforto from Triple-A Las Vegas and demote OF Brandon Nimmo prior to Monday's game >> Read more

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto reacts after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Turner Field. (Dale Zanine/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto reacts after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Turner Field. (Dale Zanine/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Mets will recall outfielder Michael Conforto from the minors and option Brandon Nimmo to Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced after Sunday's game.

Conforto, 23, was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in late June after he was hitting .107 with two home runs and six RBIs in 25 games from May 24 through June 24.

Through 65 games overall, he had a .222/.296/.431 batting line with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs. In the minors, he hit .344 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 16 games.

Nimmo, 23, hit .235 with one home run and four RBIs in 16 games in the majors.

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New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto makes a catch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets left fielder Michael Conforto makes a catch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said he does not know when outfielder Michael Conforto will return to the majors after he was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas in late June.

The Mets demoted the 23-year-old Conforto on June 25 after he had a .119/.182/.237 batting line in the month. In 13 games with Triple-A Las Vegas, he has a .340/.411/.580 batting line with three home runs and 13 RBIs. He is 6 for 13 with four RBIs against left-handed pitchers.

Collins said he hasn't spoken to Las Vegas manager Wally Backman in four days and does not have a progress report on Conforto.

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The Mets put outfielder Juan Lagares on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb on June 16. 


Update - 5:20 pm: Lagares will start a rehab assignment with Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Lagares and Jose Reyes are both expected to play for the B-Mets in Altoona on Tuesday.

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Michael Conforto speaks about being sent down to Triple-A and what he will need to work on at the plate while in the minors.

The Mets have sent down outfielder Michael Conforto and have called up outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas, the team announced Saturday. 


Nimmo will join the team Saturday in Atlanta and will wear No. 9. 

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he expects Conforto to be in the minor leagues for a short period time, so he can work on getting his swing adjusted. Alderson also noted that this move was unrelated to the signing of Jose Reyes

"I think in talking with the coaching staff and the manager, we just felt that, look, this is counterproductive and what we need to do is get him to Las Vegas, get his swing back, and then hopefully get him back here within a relatively short period of time," Alderson said on a conference call Saturday. 

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Michael Conforto (30) singles during the eighth inning. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Conforto (30) singles during the eighth inning. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Conforto bruised his left knee when he crashed into the outfield wall making a catch to end the fourth inning in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Braves.

"It locked up, which gave me a little bit of a fright, but it loosened up pretty quick after that," said Conforto, who limped off the field but remained in the game. "It's just skinned up a little bit, bruised up. It feels OK now, we'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Later, in the seventh inning, he made a sensational throw to peg Emilio Bonifacio at home plate.

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