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GEICO SportsNite: Mets vs Braves 00:02:38
The Mets take the Saturday afternoon Spring Training game against Atlanta. Terry Collins talks about the injury that Juan Lagares suffered.

Rafael Montero went five scoreless innings in his first Grapefruit League start, but Juan Lagares had to leave in the third with an oblique strain as the Mets defeated Atlanta 3-0 in Kissimmee, Fla., Saturday.

For a full box score, click here.

Three things you should know about today's game...

Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero
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Duda's red-hot Spring Training 00:02:01
Lucas Duda keeps up his red-hot Spring Training by hitting another home run in today's game against the Miami Marlins.

In last week's Who's Hot, I focused on Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Travis d'Arnaud and Gavin Cecchini, who got off to terrific starts this spring. This week, I focused on just one hot hitter, while - unfortunately - moving Conforto to the cold side of post...

Tags: Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Jay Bruce will start at first base on Tuesday when the Mets travel to face the Astros.

Yoenis CespedesJuan Lagares, and Curtis Granderson are starting in the outfield Tuesday, from left to right. Lucas Duda is the designated hitter.

Bruce said earlier during spring training that he would be willing to play first base during the regular season -- something Neil Walker and David Wright are also open to.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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White Sox 3B Todd Frazier and Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (Credit: USA Today Sports)
White Sox 3B Todd Frazier and Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (Credit: USA Today Sports)

The Royals will look to trade center fielder Lorenzo Cain, 1B Eric Hosmer and 3B Mike Moustakas this summer if they're not contending for a playoff spot, the team's GM, Dayton Moore, told the NY Post's Joel Sherman this past weekend.

Similarly, the White Sox are likely to move 3B Todd Frazier and closer David Robertson - and possibly 1B Jose Abreu - their GM, Rick Hahn, told Sherman in a separate article for the Post.

"The long term is where the priority of the front office is right now," Hahn explained.

Tags: Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)

OF Michael Conforto: He's batting .421 with two HR, as well as six strikeouts, through 22 at-bats during eight games for the Mets this spring. He's looked outstanding at the plate. He's back to being comfortable, smooth and handling left-handed pitching like a veteran.

I still have no idea how this is going to play out for him, though. I can see a scenario where he hits .400 and crushes the ball all spring, yet, because Jay Bruce is still on the roster, Conforto starts 2017 in Triple-A. The thing is, I have no idea how the Mets will justify this move, especially if he keeps showing he's their best option in right field...

Tags: Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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GEICO SportsNite: Matz's start 00:01:14
Steven Matz coasted through two innings against the Miami Marlins in his first taste of spring ball.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 8-2, on Monday in Jupiter.


  • LHP Steven Matz made his first appearance since August of 2016, tossing two scoreless innings while allowing three hits, walking none and striking out one.
  • Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a home run -- his second of the spring.
  • Juan Lagares led off and played center field, and went 1-for-2 at the plate...
Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud
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Post Game Extra: 3/3/17 00:02:18
Gary Apple and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 11-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

The New York Mets scored 11 runs and recorded 17 hits in an 11-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


  • The Mets scored four runs in the third inning and five in the fifth inning to take a 9-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce hit RBI singles before Lucas Duda hit a two-run double to make it 4-0. In the fifth inning, Neil Walker hit a two-run home run to make it 6-0. 
  • Noah Syndergaard struck out one batter in two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut.
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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Collins on Michael Conforto 00:01:38
Terry Collins discusses another strong performance from Michael Conforto during the Mets' loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday.

The Mets lost to the Cardinals, 6-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Jupiter.


  • OF Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 and is hitting .538 this spring.
  • OF Juan Lagares went 1-for-3 and threw a runner out at the plate from center field.
  • SS prospect Amed Rosario went 2-for-3...
Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Wilmer Flores
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GEICO SportsNite: d'Arnaud 00:01:01
Terry Collins was pleased to see Travis d'Arnaud show signs of returning to form at the plate with a home run against Miami on Tuesday.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 3-1, on Tuesday afternoon in Jupiter.


  • RHP Seth Lugo got the start and allowed two hits while striking out two and walking none in three scoreless innings. He has tossed five scoreless innings so far during Spring Training.
  • LHP Josh Smoker struck out one while earning the save in a scoreless ninth inning...
Tags: Jose Reyes, Josh Smoker, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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The Mets face the Marlins on Tuesday in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m.

Michael Conforto will play right field and bat third.

Top prospect Dominic Smith will get the start at first base.

Follow on Gameday here...

 

Tags: Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo
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Roles for Conforto and Bruce 00:06:29
Mets Talk Live looks at Michael Conforto's red-hot Spring Training and the Mets' options with Jay Bruce.

Mets OF Michael Conforto hit his second home run of the spring on Sunday, giving him five hits -- two against lefties -- in seven spring at-bats.

"I feel good," Conforto said after the game. "The work that we've been putting in, the extra swings and stuff … it's definitely paying off. I've just got to stick to the routine and hopefully keep doing what I'm doing."

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Conforto fighting for spot 00:03:17
Michael Conforto went 2-3 with a home run in the Mets' first spring game, and could make roster decisions difficult for Terry Collins.

The Mets beat the Red Sox, 3-2, on Friday afternoon in Fort Myers.


  • Mets pitchers took a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning.
  • OF Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • C Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-2.
  • RHP Seth Lugo, who is competing with Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot in the rotation, walked two and struck out three while allowing no hits in two scoreless innings...
Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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The Mets considered trading OF Michael Conforto for Tigers OF J.D. Martinez before re-signing Yoenis CespedesJon Heyman of FanRag sports reported.

According to Heyman, the Mets decided that one year of Martinez, who will be a free agent after this season, in exchange for Conforto, wasn't enough.

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone reported on Jan. 5 that the Mets had made calls to Detroit about the possibility of trading for Martinez before agreeing to a four-year deal with Cespedes...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

 Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Thursday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • The Mets will send outfielders Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto, infielder Wilmer Flores, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud to their Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox on Friday. 
  • The hope is that David Wright will serve as designated hitter on Saturday.
Tags: David Wright, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 22 00:02:25
SNY.tv covers the day in Mets camp that includes bullpen sessions for Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler.

The Mets continued workouts at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday...


Zack Wheeler threw a bullpen session and could get his first game action on March 8 >> Read more

Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Neil Walker will be leadoff options >> Read more ...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Zack Wheeler
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Alderson on d'Arnaud, Conforto 00:04:32
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson dishes on some hot topics including expectations for Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto.

With the return of Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce to New York's outfield this season, along with the presence of Curtis Granderson, 23-year old Michael Conforto has seemingly lost his spot in the starting lineup.

But Mets general manager Sandy Alderson does not believe it will discourage him from coming in and having a strong spring training, something that would make the decision about the outfield significantly more difficult for the GM.

"Well I think the important thing for Michael is to have a good spring, regardless of what happens at the end," Alderson told SNY's Gary Apple. "One of the things we focus on around here is process and not results. So I think Michael is committed to having a good spring, and you know, the way things are configured now, make it tough on us."

While Conforto will be attempting to prove to Alderson he belongs in the starting lineup this spring, he is not the only Met looking to show management of improvements made since last season...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 20 00:02:48
SNY's Steve Gelbs and Marc Carig of Newsday cover Monday at Mets camp, including Neil Walker rumors and a close look at Amed Rosario

The New York Mets seem comfortable together in spring training as they prepare for their first game on Friday. Team morale also seems high.

Contract discussions between second baseman Neil Walker and the Mets are "probably dead."

Shortstop Amed Rosario, one of the top prospects in baseball, said he has learned a great deal from Jose Reyes.

Manager Terry Collins said he sees upside in what Rosario and outfielder Michael Conforto, and also said Fernando Salas would step into the set-up role should Addison Reed become interim closer in the event Jeurys Familia is suspended under the MLB's domestic violence policy.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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Rosario shows off personality 00:03:56
Mets prospect Amed Rosario makes an impression and shows his personality to reporters while the Mets Talk Live crew discusses his potential.

New York Mets manager Terry Collins spoke to the media on Monday in Port St. Lucie, Florida, as the team readies for its first spring training game this Friday. 

  • He said Fernando Salas would become the Mets' eighth-inning set-up man "because he has done it before, because he has been successful at it" in the event closer Jeurys Familia is suspended under the MLB's domestic violence policy. 
  • He said he was looking forward to seeing how shortstop Amed Rosario, considered one of the top prospects in baseball, will play this spring.
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Mets Spring Training kicks off 00:03:05
Mets manager Terry Collins and starting pitcher Matt Harvey address the media from Port St. Lucie as Mets Spring Training gets underway.

Mets pitchers and catchers will take the field today for their first official workout of Spring Training.

Terry Collins and David Wright are expected to address the media later in the day.

The majority of the team's position players are already in camp. However, they are not required to be there until Feb. 17, as the roster's first official full-squad workout isn't until Feb. 19...

 

Tags: David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Terry Collins on Spring Training 00:08:01
Terry Collins speaks on the feeling of Spring Training and having 52 guys returning from last season.

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Monday. Here's what we learned...

  • Regarding RHP Zack Wheeler, Collins said the team will get him ready to start games and decide at the end of Spring Training where he fits best, with the bullpen being an option.
  • Wheeler and RHPs Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo will compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
  • There is no plan to get OF Michael Conforto time at first base right now.
  • Collins sees the "fire" that he's seen in the past from RHP Matt Harvey. "You know this guy," Collins said. "This guy likes to be the number one."
Tags: David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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GEICO SportsNite: Conforto 00:00:53
Reporting to Port St. Lucie early for Spring Training, Michael Conforto chats about how he'll rebound in 2017 after a disappointing season.

After a disappointing 2016 season, outfielder Michael Conforto is in better shape and looking forward to having a positive impact this year, he told reporters down in Port St. Lucie on Friday. 

Conforto started off last season hitting .365 with a .442 OBP through the first 21 games, but he struggled after, finishing the season with a .220 average and .310 OBP. Yet despite the negatives, Conforto said he's learned from the experience.

"I've been through a lot," Conforto said. "Last year was a huge growing experience for me. It definitely helped me grow up and mature a little bit. Having the offseason to reflect on everything and let the mind settle a little bit, I feel fresh and ready to go, ready to get after it."

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What's Conforto's future? 00:05:01
BNNY breaks down the Michael Conforto situation, where there is disagreement about how to best develop the young outfielder.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was a guest on Tuesday's episode of Baseball Night in New York. Alderson addressed the current logjam in the outfield and what that could mean for Michael Conforto in 2017.

"I think he has the potential to be a very versatile player," Alderson said of Conforto. "He can be a very good offensive player across the board."

When asked what role Conforto might play next season, Alderson remarked that he still considers him a "long-term asset" and will not be "pieced together" in a platoon situation. If a clear avenue is not available for every day playing time at the end of Spring Training, Alderson said he'll determine where the best place for him to begin the season will be.

 

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Should Mets trade Lagares? 00:02:58
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis debate if the Mets should trade Juan Lagares.

Teams are interested in trading for Mets OF Juan Lagaresaccording to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Lagares, 27, will make $4.5 million this season and is owed an additional $25 million through 2020, after which he can be a free agent.

He hit .239 with a .301 OBP and .380 SLG in 79 games last season while missing time due to a thumb injury that required surgery.

Lagares also suffered a mild right shoulder sprain diving for a ball in the Dominican Republic Winter League, the team confirmed to multiple reporters in November. Team doctors later examined him in New York and found no reason for concern. He is expected to be fully healed for the start of spring training, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Hot Stove talks Conforto in 2017 00:02:26
Mets Hot Stove discusses what outfielder Michael Conforto's role will be this season and if he'll possibly start the year in Triple-A.

Agent Scott Boras, who represents Michael Conforto, says the Mets outfielder deserves the chance to prove his ability in the major leagues next season. 

Despite the Mets reportedly trying to deal right fielder Jay Bruce this offseason, the team has informed Bruce that he will start as the team's right fielder, which could leave Conforto as the odd-man out. 

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto
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Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Alex Colome throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)
Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Alex Colome throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA Today Sports Images)

The Rays are still getting trade proposals for closer Alex Colome, but they're not eager to deal him, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

The Mets contacted the Rays about Colome in December, but were asked to give up 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 Nationals were also among teams that tried to trade for Colome earlier this winter, according to reports posted to MLB Trade Rumors.

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Call to the Majors: Conforto 00:02:31
In the latest installment of Call to the Majors presented by Citi, Michael Conforto remembers the day he was promoted to the Major Leagues.

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

Conforto hit .337 with 15 extra base hits and 18 RBI during his first 23 games this past season. He then entered a 20-for-133 (.150) slump that led to him being demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas in late-June. He bounced between the Mets and Las Vegas two more times before the end of the season, never hitting better than .240 during either stint with the Mets.

Alderson also said he is not too concerned with how Conforto struggled after May 1, because it coincided with the rest of team struggling, as well.

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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)

During his lunch with reporters at Citi Field last week, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said it's possible he begins spring training with all of his current outfielders in camp, including Jay Bruce.

"Obviously the market for certain players, certain free agents and therefore trade candidates has been slow at best, nonexistent at worst," Alderson said, according to NJ.com. "What we continue to do is reassess where we are and what our options are going forward, and those options range from doing something soon, which is possible or was possible, is possible, or doing nothing."

Alderson indicated it would be difficult to trade Curtis Granderson, instead of Bruce, because the Mets need Granderson to play center field.

In the event Bruce starts the season in a Mets uniform, he'll presumably remain a midseason trade candidate. However, for at least a couple of the month, Terry Collins may find himself with a jam-packed outfield. How might they juggle four every day players - Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Granderson and Bruce - for three spots? And, do it in a way that maximizes their production?

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is doused by third baseman Jose Reyes (7) after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is doused by third baseman Jose Reyes (7) after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

In order for the Mets to win 90 games in 2017, they obviously can't get hit with the injury bug like they did last season -- especially not in the starting rotation.

So, health aside, what has to happen for them to win 90?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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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.
Tags: Michael Conforto

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.

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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.


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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...


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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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