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Mets 1B Lucas Duda swings at a pitch during a game in 2017. Credit. Jason Getz. USA Today Images
Mets 1B Lucas Duda swings at a pitch during a game in 2017. Credit. Jason Getz. USA Today Images

The Mets have little to show for a largely atrocious season so far, but they do have one thing in great supply: pending free agents. The team will turn over half the starting lineup in the offseason, so expect trade rumors galore over the next six weeks.

GM Sandy Alderson has earned his reputation for generally getting value as a seller, so they could end up being one of the more active teams in baseball at the deadline.

So who should the Mets be looking to move? 

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Maggie Wiggin
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Just how many times can we declare the Mets' season is on the brink before the calls seem hollow?

Well, here we go again.

After gaining four games on first-place Washington in a one-week span, the Mets took a step backward in Thursday's series opener against the Nationals with an 8-3 loss. The defeat dropped the Mets' record to 30-35 and left them 9½ games behind Washington in the division and 10 games back in the wild card.

Now, the Mets are slated to face Max Scherzer on Friday and Stephen Strasburg on Saturday. They will face those electric arms following the latest dispiriting flood of injury reports that includes Neil Walker estimating he will be out a month with a left hamstring tear, Noah Syndergaard being advised to wait another month before picking up a baseball because of slow healing with his lat tear, Juan Lagares suffering a fractured left thumb, and Asdrubal Cabrera landing on the DL with a left thumb sprain.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Juan Lagares, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets' injury bug strikes again! 00:03:10
The Daily News Live panel discusses the latest injuries that struck the Mets just as they finally started to play some consistent baseball.

Matt Harvey, who exited Wednesday night's game early due to 'dead arm,' will miss several weeks due to a stress injury to the scapula bone in his throwing shoulder >> Read more

Neil Walker, who exited Wednesday night's game early due to a leg injury, has been diagnosed with a partially torn hamstring. He is expected to begin rehabbing in two-to-three weeks >> Read more

The Mets are 'comfortable' with their situation on the infield and are not yet ready to promote SS prospect Amed Rosario, but that could change in the next seven-to-10 days, according to GM Sandy Alderson >> Read more

Noah Syndergaard (partially torn lat) might not start throwing for another four weeks >> Read more

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero
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Jun 13, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) forces out Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) on a fielder's choice hit by Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (not pictured) during the second inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jun 13, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) forces out Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber (12) on a fielder's choice hit by Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (not pictured) during the second inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets second baseman Neil Walker has a partially torn left hamstring and has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, the team announced Thursday.

Walker, who exited Wednesday's game due to the injury, was replaced on the 25-man roster by INF Gavin Cecchini, who was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas.

The hope is that he'll be able to begin rehabbing the injury in two or three weeks, GM Sandy Alderson said.

Tags: Gavin Cecchini, Neil Walker
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Neil Walker connects for a two-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (AP)
Neil Walker connects for a two-run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates. (AP)

Mets 2B Neil Walker was not in the starting lineup Friday for the second consecutive game.

Walker missed this past Wednesday's game with what Terry Collins said was a stiff knee.

T.J. Rivera will play second base in place of Walker.

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Mets discuss win over Pirates 00:06:25
Terry Collins, Addison Reed and Robert Gsellman discuss the Mets' 4-2 win over Pittsburgh including Gsellman's start and Reed's 6 out save.

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

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

1) Robert Gsellman turned in his third consecutive solid outing after allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings. The 23-year-old scattered seven hits, walked two and struck out six but needed 109 pitches to get 16 outs.

2) Neil Walker hit a two-run homer in the first and Jay Bruce and Wilmer Flores also went deep to account for all of New York's runs. Walker also singled and walked while Lucas Duda stayed hot with a double and a single in four at-bats.

3) Fernando SalasJerry Blevins and Addison Reed combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Salas relieved Gsellman (4-3) with runners at first and third and one out and kept Pittsburgh from scoring. Reed, who hadn't pitched since Tuesday, worked two innings for his eighth save in 10 opportunities. 

Tags: Neil Walker, Robert Gsellman
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Jun 1, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) is tagged out at home plate by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jett Bandy (47) during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 1, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) is tagged out at home plate by Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jett Bandy (47) during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets' offense scored just one run on Thursday for a second consecutive game in a 2-1 loss to the Brewers at Citi Field.
  
New York struggled against Brewers starter Chase Anderson, who tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out seven batters. Wilmer Flores finally put the Mets on the board in the eighth inning with a solo shot on the first pitch he saw from Milwaukee's Jacob Barnes, but that was the extent of the team's offensive production.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores
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New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores continued his solid hitting against right-handed pitching by going 3-for-4 in Monday's 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field.

Flores singled in each of his three at-bats against Brewers RHP Matt Garza, scoring on Robert Gsellman's fifth-inning sac fly that gave New York a 2-1 lead.

Since starting the season 1-for-22 against right-handed pitchers, Flores is hitting .380 with one home run and 11 RBIs against right-handers in May. It's a stark contrast from 2016, when he had a .232/.289/.353 batting line against right-handers and a .340/.383/.710 line against left-handed pitchers.

But manager Terry Collins has noticed that Flores is seeing the ball better and hitting the ball to all parts of the field. He singled to right-center field in the second inning, left field in the fifth inning and right field in the sixth inning.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Milwaukee Brewers, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores
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 (Jason Getz)
(Jason Getz)

Memorial Day typically is the first valid measuring stick for the direction of an MLB team's season. And let's just say the Mets will not be receiving rave reviews come Monday.

Even with an 8-1 win on Friday in Pittsburgh behind a two-homer, four-RBI game from Neil Walker and Jacob deGrom becoming the first starting pitcher with the Mets to exceed seven innings this season, the team possesses an unsightly 20-26 record and has spotted the Nationals a 7½-game lead in the NL East.

If you want the glass-half-full prognosis, Yoenis Cespedes began a rehab assignment on Friday with Class A St. Lucie, going 0-for-2 with a walk and playing six innings in left field, and Steven Matz and Seth Lugo make what may be their final rehab starts on Sunday for Las Vegas and Binghamton, respectively. So impact reinforcements may be on the way.

Yet while the returns of Matz and Lugo should alleviate the need for more than one start from newly promoted Tyler Pill, and should even supply an extra arm to the bullpen, the fact remains that Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia will be sidelined for months and Matt Harvey has yet to resolve his woes. So the reality is the Mets face a serious uphill battle to resurrect their season...

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:13
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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

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

1) Neil Walker homered twice and collected three hits and a season-high four RBIs to pace the Mets' 12-hit attack. Lucas Duda had two hits and drove in two runs for the second straight game. Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce drove in the other runs for New York.

2) Jacob deGrom became the first Mets hurler to pitch into the ninth inning since he tossed a complete game July 16 against the Phillies. DeGrom tossed a season-high 118 pitches over 8 1/3 innings, and allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out 10.

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Apr 20, 2017; Neil Walker (20) is congratulated in the dugout by teammates after hitting a three run home run at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 20, 2017; Neil Walker (20) is congratulated in the dugout by teammates after hitting a three run home run at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets and 2B Neil Walker have not had contract extension talks since spring training, and are not likely to talk about it again until the offseason, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal said on air Saturday.

The Mets and Walker briefly discussed the framework for a contract extension earlier this spring, but talks have seemingly been tabled >> Read more from late-February.

"There is no other place that I'd want to be," he told reporters in February, when asked about possibility of a new contract.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:06
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the 11-9 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

The Mets blew a 7-1 lead and gave up five runs in the eighth inning, including Manny Pina's go-ahead three-run home run off Addison Reed with two outs, as New York lost its fourth straight game with an 11-9 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park. >> Box score


Four Mets relievers combined to allow seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings, as the Mets were swept by the Brewers.

The Mets led 7-1 in the sixth inning and 8-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, but Jonathan Villar hit a two-run home run and Jesus Aguilar hit an RBI double to cut it to 8-6.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jacob deGrom, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Milwaukee Brewers, Neil Walker
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/13 00:03:03
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 11-4 loss to the Brewers.

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

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

1) Robert Gsellman couldn't hold a 4-2 lead and didn't retire a batter in the fifth as the Brewers scored eight runs in the inning. Gsellman (2-3), was charged with six runs (five earned) on nine hits and three walks with three strikeouts in four-plus innings. His ERA rose to 7.07.

2) Hansel Robles, who entered the game with the bases loaded, nobody out and a 14-inning scoreless streak, allowed all three of Gsellman's inherited runners to score plus four of his own in one inning of work.

Tags: Neil Walker, Robert Gsellman
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/12 00:04:02
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-4 loss to the Brewers on Friday.

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

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

1) Matt Harvey allowed five runs, including three homers, in five-plus innings and tied his career-high with five walks (one intentional) and six strikeouts, which matched a season-high. He surrendered consecutive homers in the sixth after the Mets had tied the game, 2-2, in the top half of the inning.

2) Neil Walker homered and tied the game with an RBI single in the sixth. He also singled in the ninth for his second three-hit game of the season. T.J. Rivera had an RBI groundout in the ninth and Curtis Granderson scored on a wild pitch.

Tags: Matt Harvey, Neil Walker
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Walker, Collins on walk-off win 00:06:01
Mets second baseman Neil Walker and manager Terry Collins break down the Mets' 4-3 win after Walker's walk-off single in the ninth.

Tonight at Citi Field, Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.78 ERA) will oppose Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 5.03 ERA) at 7:10 p.m in the second game of a three-game series between the Mets and Giants.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, San Francisco Giants
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 5/8/17 00:04:11
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' dramatic win over the Giants.

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

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

1) Neil Walker's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth scored Michael Conforto to give the Mets their first walk-off win of the season. Walker also doubled home a run in the first and finished 2-for-5.

2) Jacob deGrom struck out 11 over six innings, the fourth time in five starts he's struck out 10 or more batters. He surrendered four hits, including two home runs, and three walks. DeGrom has 51 strikeouts in his last 30 2/3 innings over four starts.

 

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Asdrubal Cabrera hits a double during a game at Citi Field. Credit: Anthony Gruppuso, USA Today Sports
Asdrubal Cabrera hits a double during a game at Citi Field. Credit: Anthony Gruppuso, USA Today Sports

Mets SS Asdrubal Cabrera expressed interest in signing an extension with the team during the offseason, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The Mets, who preferred to wait on any potential extension, have a team option on Cabrera for the 2018 season that's worth $8.5 million. The option, which Heyman says the Mets are likely to pick up, has a $2 million buyout.

Cabrera, 31, is hitting .248 with a .327 OBP and .366 SLG with three HR, three doubles, and 12 RBI in 26 games this season.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Neil Walker, Danny Abriano
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Reyes' three-run double 00:00:43
Jose Reyes hits a three-run double in the eighth inning to extend the Mets' lead to 12-5 against the Braves.

The Mets scored five runs in the first three innings Wednesday against Bartolo Colon on their way to a 16-5 win over the Braves in Atlanta.

Michael Conforto, who is hitting .357, contributed yet another leadoff hit for the Mets to jump-start the offense, and Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker each had RBI doubles in the first inning to put the Mets on the board.

Curtis Granderson ended a 1-for-32 skid with an RBI double during the team's three-run third inning. Granderson finished with two hits and an RBI after getting the day off Tuesday.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker
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Granderson (3) reacts after striking out against the Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Granderson (3) reacts after striking out against the Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

There's no need to panic. Sure, if you want to nitpick, the Mets were aided by an error from Marlins catcher JT Realmuto in a three-run first inning Sunday en route to a 5-2 victory.

And, yes, the Mets rank last in the National League in batting average (.200) and on-base percentage (.271) and second-to-last in slugging percentage (.325) with one week of the season in the books. Yet it would be foolish to sound the alarm bells simply because the Mets had a quiet first week at the plate, despite posting a 3-3 record against the Braves and Marlins.

As a result, more and more Mets fans on Twitter are suddenly complaining that the team did not do enough this past winter to upgrade their offense.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets postgame 00:02:28
The Mets defeat the Miami Marlins, 6-4, despite Noah Syndergaard's rough start.

Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs on three hits while walking one and striking out four in 3 1/3 innings as the Mets beat the Marlins, 6-4, on Monday afternoon in Port St. Lucie. 

Asdrubal CabreraLucas DudaCurtis Granderson, and Neil Walker all went deep for the Mets.

To see the full boxscore, click here!

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman
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New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker throws the ball to first base for an out against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker throws the ball to first base for an out against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets second baseman Neil Walker told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo on Friday he is open to taking reps at first base "just in case."

"I just want to make sure that I'm preparing if something does happen," said Walker, who added a pair of first baseman's gloves to his locker and took grounders at first with Lucas Duda.

Several Mets have said during spring training they are willing to play first base in the regular season, including Jay Bruce. Manager Terry Collins has said David Wright could see time at first base once he's healthy, and Wilmer Flores has also backed up at first base in the past.

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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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Post Game Extra: 3/2/17 00:01:52
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 11-6 win over the Miami Marlins.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 11-6, on Thursday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.


  • OF Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-3 with a solo homer that cleared the batters eye in center field.
  • 2B Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer.
  • INF prospect Philip Evans hit a grand slam.
  • OF Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-3 with a run scored...
Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Mets second 2B Neil Walker has been pain free this spring training after he undergoing season-ending back surgery last September, he told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo this past weekend in St. Lucie.

Walker, 31, said he is feeling good after making his first appearance in a game on Sunday, going 0-for-2 and playing five innings at second base during a 5-2 win over the Tigers at Tradition Field.

"I can tell as soon as I wake up in the morning that anything that I dealt with basically for four years is completely gone," Walker said. "Today was a really good day. There was no apprehension on my part. To take some full swings, to get those out of the way, those are the last kind of hurdles that make me fully feel confident in what I'm doing."

Before undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, Walker hit .282 with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in his first season with the Mets. He signed a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to remain a Met in the offseason.

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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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Maggie Wiggin, MetsBlog.com:

With the roster largely set, the Mets have begun looking at lineup construction to maximize the offense from a team that underperformed for much of last season. As usual for this team, one of the spots still pending a long-term answer is leadoff.

When Jose Reyes is starting, it's largely a given that he will bat leadoff, assuming his bounceback 2016 numbers continue to hold steady. With major question marks surrounding David Wright's health, this may very well resolve the leadoff issue for the bulk of the season. 

The vast majority of Reyes's career plate appearances have come out of the leadoff spot and despite no longer displaying the stolen base prowess that secured him that spot in his youth (nor the on base percentage that tends to define the classic leadoff hitter nowadays), his reputation and general offensive competence will certainly place him there for the foreseeable future...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jose Reyes, Neil Walker, Maggie Wiggin
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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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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

When Jose Reyes doesn't start, the main options for the Mets at leadoff will be Asdrubal CabreraCurtis Granderson, and Neil Walker, manager Terry Collins said recently.

Reyes hit .267 with a .326 OBP and .443 SLG with eight HR, 13 doubles, four triples, and nine stolen bases in 60 games for the Mets last season.

He's expected to hit leadoff when he starts, but the Mets' starting infield from left to right as of now is expected to be David Wright, Cabrera, Walker, and Lucas Duda.

Granderson has had lots of experience hitting leadoff, but Collins is wary about moving him from the middle of the lineup...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker
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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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Walker (20) watches Yoenis Cespedes in the batting cage at Tradition Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Walker (20) watches Yoenis Cespedes in the batting cage at Tradition Field. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Latest Update (Feb. 20)

1:25PM: The feeling from the Mets side is the Neil Walker contract extension discussions are probably dead, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

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David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The Mets and Neil Walker are close to agreeing to a contract extension that could pay him roughly $40 million over three years >> Read more

David Wright threw a baseball on Sunday for the first time since having season-ending neck surgery last June >> Read more

Zack Wheeler, who dealt with elbow tenderness last week, returned to the mound on Sunday >> Read more

Jeurys Familia was absent from camp on Friday and Saturday dealing with MLB's ongoing investigation into his domestic violence incident >> Read more ...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 15 00:02:43
SNY's Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com discuss the day at Mets camp, including news about Jeurys Familia and Neil Walker.

SNY's Steve Gelbs and Anthony DiComo of MLB.com discuss the day at Mets camp, including news about Jeurys Familia and Neil Walker.

Earlier today, Steve and Anthony answered fan questions on Facebook during Spring Training Live, which you can watch here.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker
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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday. Here's what we learned...

  • If closer Jeurys Familia is suspended for the beginning of the season, the Mets will "have to go outside the box" at times -- including potentially using LHP Jerry Blevins -- when it comes to closing games.
  • OF Michael Conforto is "too good a player" to continue to struggle.
  • If everyone is healthy, there will likely be two spots open in the bullpen, and the team could "very easily" take three left-handers...
Tags: Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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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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TJ Rivera launches two-run homer 00:00:34
TJ Rivera takes Atlanta's Aaron Blair deep with a two-run home run to left field in the fourth inning of Monday night's loss to the Braves.

With Neil Walker returning to the Mets after accepting the team's qualifying offer, T.J. Rivera could be the odd-man out in the infield to start 2017. 

Rivera, who played 26 games at second base for the Mets down the stretch last season, hit .333 with a .345 OBP and .476 SLG, helping the Mets reach the National League Wild Card Game. 

Tags: Neil Walker, TJ Rivera
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Can Wright contribute? 00:06:03
Mets Hot Stove talks about how David Wright factors into the team's future plans.

The Mets need to be realistic about what to expect from David Wright in 2017, GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday night.

"I think that we're very hopeful he's gonna be able to come back and be productive," Alderson said during an interview on WOR 710. "I think we have to be realistic about how many games we can expect him to perform."

Wright, who turns 34 in December and hasn't yet resumed baseball activity, had season-ending neck surgery in June after playing just 37 games.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Lucas Duda, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores
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Hot Stove on Walker returning 00:03:52
Mets Hot Stove on what Neil Walker's return to Flushing means for the 2017 season.

Free-agent 2B Neil Walker will return to the Mets in 2017 after accepting their one-year, $17.2 million offer...

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Free-agent 2B Neil Walker must decide by 5 pm today whether to accept or decline a one-year, $17.2 million offer from the Mets...


Walker (20) hits an RBI triple to deep right during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports


Most Recent Updates

Nov 13 | 9:30 pm

Walker and the Mets have not had substantive discussions regarding a contract extension, according to the New York Post's Ken Davidoff.

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The Mets spoke with the agent for free agent 2B Neil Walker on Wednesday, GM Sandy Alderson said, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

"Nothing asked, nothing offered," Alderson said about the discussion.

Earlier this week, Alderson made a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer to Walker, who has until Monday, Nov. 14, to accept or decline.

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 (Richard Mackson)
(Richard Mackson)

The Dodgers are open to trading IF/OF Howie Kendrickreports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports

Rosenthal notes that the Phillies have interest in Kendrick and says it isn't clear whether a deal is close.

Kendrick, 33, hit .255 with a .326 OBP and .366 SLG with eight HR and 40 RBI in 146 games, while getting starts at second base, third base, first base, and left field.

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The Mets have made one-year qualifying offers to outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and second baseman Neil Walker on Monday...

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The Mets haven't really commented on what their payroll will look like next seaosn. But, the way I see it, they can probably add roughly $50 million to their payroll next season, which - right now - is projected to open around $105 million when you factor in raises and players under contract.

I explained my reasoning here earlier this week, which is more or less the same conclusion reached Thursday by ESPN.com's Adam Rubin...

That $105 million does not include Yoenis Cespedes, Bartolo Colon or Neil Walker.

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Mets LHP Jerry Blevins, RHPs Bartolo Colon and Fernando Salas, 1B James Loney, infielders Kelly Johnson and Neil Walker, and OF Alejandro De Aza.

The Mets would like to retain Blevins, 33, but expect him to receive a multiyear offer elsewhere, Adam Rubin of ESPN reported Wednesday.

The 43-year-old Colon and the Mets have interest in reuniting, though Colon might be looking for a two-year deal.

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With free agent Neil Walker recovering from season-ending back surgery, the Mets will have to decide how they want to handle second base this offseason.

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Neil Walker greets Yoenis Cespedes at the dugout after a two run home run against Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field.  (Noah K. Murray - USA Today)
Neil Walker greets Yoenis Cespedes at the dugout after a two run home run against Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray - USA Today)

MLB announced that the qualifying offer will be $17.2 million this offseason.

Teams have until five days after the World Series ends to extend the offer to players that qualify.

The Mets will need to decide whether to make the one-year, $17.2 million offer to Neil Walker, as well as Yoenis Cespedes (if he opts out of his contract within his three-day window after the World Series).

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It's going to be a busy, argumentative and stressful offseason. I can see it coming a mile away. There is plenty of reason to be hopeful because of the young rotation. However, because of their injuries, and the team being home on Oct. 6, it feels like the Mets took a step in the wrong direction during 2016.

Therefore, there will be lots of pressure this winter (inside and outside the organization) to be sure they're in a much better position when they hit Port St. Lucie, Florida in four months.

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Jul 31, 2016; Neil Walker (20) hits an RBI triple to deep right during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 31, 2016; Neil Walker (20) hits an RBI triple to deep right during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mets 2B Neil Walker said that while he's enjoyed his time playing with the Mets, he hopes to explore other options when he becomes a free agent this offseason.

"Everything is an option right now. We're looking at several different options," Walker said, according to Daily News reporter Kristie Ackert. "Like I said, this is a good fit and this looks good, but we don't know what else is out there. We don't know where teams might be coming from. The free agent market is kind of weak, especially at the infield position, so you never know what could happen."

Walker, 31, hit .282 with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 113 games during his first season with the Mets before his season ended due to a back injury, which eventually required surgery.

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(Shanna Lockwood)

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports early guess is that Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes will receive a four-year deal worth $100 million this offseason.

Heyman cites a source who said there's "zero chance" Cespedes will not exercise his opt-out clause.

Cespedes, 30, agreed to a three-year deal worth $75 million with the Mets last offseason that includes an opt out after this season.

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Mets second baseman Neil Walker underwent season-ending surgery for a herniated disc in his back on Thursday.



Latest Update (Fri, Sept. 9):

3:45 p.m.: Walker underwent lumbar microdiscectomy procedure on Thursday and it went as expected, the Mets announced.

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