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Bartolo Colon, who signed a one year deal worth $12.5 million with the Braves this offseason, initially thought he was going to return to the Mets for 2017.

"I had the idea that I was probably going to stay with the Mets at the end of the season," Colon told the NY Post through an interpreter. "My family is up there, but it's a business, and I had to do what was right for me and my family. This was a business decision.''

"The Mets did a lot for me,'' Colon added. "It's just one of those things.''

Colon, who turns 44 years old in May, had a 3.43 ERA (3.99 FIP) and 1.21 WHIP in 191 2/3 innings (33 starts, one relief apperance) last season for the Mets...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler
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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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Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)
Mets pitchers Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman (USA TODAY Images)

Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and Zack Wheeler will compete in Spring Training to determine who will be the team's fifth starting pitcher, Terry Collins told reporters Monday.

Gsellman and Lugo were a combined 8-3 with a 2.65 ERA in 15 starts last season filling in for Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz.

Wheeler hasn't pitched in the majors since having Tommy John surgery in 2014.

"We aren't sure how many innings he's going to be able to pitch," Collins said of Wheeler, who was 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in 2014. "So, do you burn those innings early, or do you burn those innings late? And that is certainly a discussion we will have as we go through Spring Training."

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, 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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Mets Hot Stove talks bullpen 00:02:48
Jim Duquette and Nelson Figueroa debate what the Mets options are as they look to add solid relievers in the bullpen.

First off, I was wrong. I recently argued in favor of the Mets signing Sergio Romo, but I've changed my mind. In the last few days, I've been talked out of Romo by friends in San Francisco, a former manager and one scout that has watched him closely the last few years.

"He's not their kind of a guy, and Sandy Alderson has to know that," one person said. "Plus, Terry would burn him out in a week."

I think this is probably right. The Mets have reportedly reached out to Romo, but I now doubt he's Alderson's top target.

Tags: Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Photo: Chris McShane
Photo: Chris McShane

Five Mets were named to Keith Law of ESPN's Top 100 Prospects list, which was recently released.

SS Amed Rosario, who ranked 3rd, "has MVP potential as a true shortstop who will be above average defensively and projects to hit .300 with some walks and power." >> Read more about Rosario!

1B Dominic Smith, who ranked 29th, "is an extraordinarily disciplined, calm hitter, striking out in just 13 percent of his plate appearances last year, showing an advanced two-strike approach and willingness to use the whole field." >> Read more about Smith!

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Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Mets RHP Robert Gsellman is the 76th-best prospect in baseball, according to a recent list published by ESPN.com's Keith Law.

Gsellman, 23, had a 2.42 ERA (2.63 FIP) and 1.27 WHIP, while striking out 42 batters in 44 2/3 innings, during seven starts and one relief appearance for the Mets in 2016.

Baseball America recently ranked Gsellman as the organization's second-best pitching prospect behind Justin Dunn, who Law ranked No. 84 overall in baseball.

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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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Could Mets re-sign Blevins? 00:02:38
Baseball Night in New York discusses Jerry Blevins' impact on the Mets and where he could end up for the 2017 season.

Closer Greg Holland, right-handed relievers Neftali Feliz, Sergio Romo, and Joe Blanton and left-handed relievers Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins are getting the most attention right now on the free-agent market for relievers, according to MLB insiders.

According to the same sources, the Mets are among 10-12 teams looking to add a left-handed reliever, and they're among the 15 or so teams still in the market for a right-handed reliever.

I believe there are more teams interested in Logan than Blevins, with the Mets interested in both. I believe these two men will get guaranteed deals, especially when considering supply and demand. But, as the NY Post's Ken Davidoff pointed out Tuesday, one of the two may want to take a one-year deal so he can be in position for a longer-term deal next winter. In that scenario, Sandy Alderson and the Mets may be that pitcher's best option.

Tags: Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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I expect Jeurys Familia will be suspended to start the season. If that's the case, Addison Reed will be the New York Mets' temporary closer. How the bullpen shakes out after that is still a bit of a mystery.

Will Jerry Blevins be back?

Blevins is reportedly seeking a three-year deal, probably worth $15-20 million. The Mets would love to have him back, and I'm sure he'd like to return, but there's no evidence that Sandy Alderson is interested in making this type of commitment to a relief pitcher, even Blevins.

Tags: Addison Reed, Hansel Robles, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)
Robert Gsellman pitches against the Braves last Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Kathy Willens/AP)

Teams have asked about RHP Robert Gsellman, but Sandy Alderson has told them he's not available, sources told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

Gsellman, 23, had a 2.42 ERA (2.63 FIP) and 1.27 WHIP, while striking out 42 batters in 44 2/3 innings, during seven starts and one relief appearance for the Mets in 2016.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler
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Photo: Chris McShane
Photo: Chris McShane

The Mets' top prospect for 2017 is 21-year-old SS Amed Rosario, according an organizational Top 10 list by Baseball America..

The team recently added Rosario, RHP Marcos Molina, OF Wuilmer Becerra, RHP Chris Flexen, and Nido to their 40-man roster, which will protect them from December's Rule 5 Draft.

According to TPG Mets, no other players on BA's top 10 list are eligible.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Gavin Cecchini, Robert Gsellman
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Bartolo Colon recently signed a one-year, $12.5 million deal to pitch for the Braves next season, where he will join R.A. Dickey in 2017.

Nevertheless, even without Colon, the Mets are still set up to have a terrific starting rotation next season, able to lean on Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman. However, their depth beyond them is a bit of a question mark...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Maggie Wiggin
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Mets pitching prospect Robert Gsellman sat down and spoke with SNY.tv on Saturday.

Gsellman thought his 2015 season, which he split between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, went well and hopes to improve in 2016.

Gsellman's K/9 rate was 7.1 in 2014, but dropped to 5.4 in 2015. While he said he was unable to put away batters like he had in the past, he was able to induce ground balls. 

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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 5?

Batting second, and playing CF, Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a strikeout.

TJ Rivera's fifth inning grand slam snapped a 2-2 tie and put St. Lucie ahead for good. The 25-year-old Rivera played his first professional game at first base in this one, while going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and 5 RBI. This will be the third separate season Rivera has played at St. Lucie after earning a promotion from Savannah in 2012. I thought coming into this year, that Rivera had a chance to break spring training as a backup middle infielder in AA, but the BMets are only carrying two middle infielders: Wilfredo Tovar and Matt Reynolds. Rivera is probably a more productive hitter in advanced-A than Cole Frenzel or the recently released Chris Garcia.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Robert Gsellman, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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The minor league season begins tonight and it brings three of my Top 25 Mets prospects to the mound to make starts for their teams.

Each affiliate's starter is listed in bold.

AAA: Rafael Montero

Tags: Darin Gorski, Gabriel Ynoa, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Toby Hyde
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Both of these pitchers have upsides as guys who can pitch at the back of a big league rotation and both showed me that they could get outs in a-ball. They are both above 6'3" and are solidly built (again, adding to the case that they can be rotation pieces down the road). On the other hand, they have incomplete arsenals at the moment, and their raw statistics could overstate their prospect profile.

 

#24 RHP Luis Cessa

Tags: Luis Cessa, Robert Gsellman, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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A+: St. Lucie Mets 8, @ Dunedin Blue Jays 5?

Two things and only two things matter from this box score: Jenrry Mejia's rehab and another Aderlin Rodriguez homer.

Mejia: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. It was his second official rehab appearance. He should be headed back to the Las Vegas rotation soon.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Jenry Mejia, Robert Gsellman, Toby Hyde
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A+: St. Lucie Mets 7, @ Tampa Yankees 1?

The most interesting thing here is that Robert Gsellman made the spot start for St. Lucie with RHP Hansel Robles placed on the disabled list. The Mets picked Gsellman in the 13th round in the 2011 draft out of high school in southern California. He made five starts and six relief appearances for Kingsport last year and was likely headed for Brooklyn this season. I suspect he got the nod tonight because he was in extended spring training and the most ready of any of the XST guys to help St. Lucie out now and that he will last in the rotation only until reinforcements arrive either from the DL (Michael Fulmer) or from Savannah.

At the time of his selection, Mets' scouting director Chad McDonald said:

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 2, @ Aberdeen Ironbirds (BAL) 1?

The Cyclones stayed 2.5 games up on the Batavia Muckdogs with a win in which they picked up four hits Monday.

The star was RHP Rainy Lara. The 21-year old tossed six shutout innings with three hits, a walk and four strikeouts. In 61 innings, he now has a 6.9 K/BB ratio (69 K/10 BB). That's good. At times this year, he has sat at 93 mph, so there's some velocity in this 6'4" package. I missed seeing Lara this summer, and I'm still fuzzy on what he can be.

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Rainy Lara, Robert Gsellman, Toby Hyde
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