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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

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

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

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

Before Edwin Jackson signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in February, he was also weighing a minor league offer from the Mets. And he would've made history if he signed there.

According to Zach Buchanan of The Athletic, "people close to Jackson" were pushing for Jackson (who had previously played for the Diamondbacks) to join the Mets instead, where he would've broken his own record for most teams played for in a major league career had he made the big league roster in 2020.

Instead, the 36-year-old Jackson signed with the Diamondbacks. And his record of teams played for will remain at 14 instead of ticking up to 15.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Dominic Smith walks between workout stations at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 18, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets outfielder Dominic Smith walks between workout stations at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

J.D. Davis, Luis Guillorme, Robert Gsellman, and Dominic Smith are all quickly approaching a make-or-break point in their respective careers. And, though they have not yet hit the typical age considered to be a player's 'prime years,' their clocks are ticking given their ages and contract status.

If they were each a public traded company, would I be buying them, selling or holding?

1) Dominic Smith >> BUY

When first promoted to the Mets during the summer of 2017, Smith was considered their second-best prospect and the top first base prospect in baseball.

Tags: Dominic Smith, JD Davis, Luis Guillorme, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Matthew Cerrone
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Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard at Mets spring training
Yoenis Cespedes and Noah Syndergaard at Mets spring training

With many Mets players still at camp in Port St. Lucie, roughly 20 of them attended a meeting held by team officials on Monday morning, reported Mike Puma of the New York Post, who added that players who are still in town are working out.

According to Puma, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Walker Lockett, Jacob Rhame, and Franklyn Kilome were among the players in attendance on Monday.

While spring training sites remain accessible to players for now, the league sent out a memo on Sunday recommending "social distancing" in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Tags: Franklyn Kilome, Jacob Rhame, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Walker Lockett, Danny Abriano
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JD Davis suited up for the first time since Feb. 25 and Noah Syndergaard had a strong showing in a 3-1 win for the Mets over the Astros. >> Box Score

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

1) J.D. Davis returned to the lineup for the Mets in their Sunday matinee contest, taking left field and batting in the fourth spot. In one plate appearance, Davis walked. Following the game, Davis said he "felt great" and had "no hesitations" in regard to the shoulder injury. Davis hadn't played since Feb. 25.

Tags: JD Davis, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano
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With Opening Day less than three weeks away, the Mets have some clear starpower in their lineup.

But their roster is filled with guys who are looking to make a major impact this upcoming season.

Here are three under-the-radar Mets you should keep an eye on to make a difference this year:

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches the ball against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

Mets reliever Seth Lugo is about to cross the final hurdle in his return from a fractured pinky toe.

Lugo, who has yet to appear in a game at spring training, will throw a simulated game on Thursday in Port St. Lucie as most of the team travels to face the Cardinals, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma.

According to Puma, Lugo was given the option of traveling with the team and pitching in Thursday's game against St. Louis or throwing a sim game in Port St. Lucie, and opted for the sim game.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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The Mets were unable to dig themselves out of an early hole and ultimately fell to the Marlins, 6-1, on Tuesday. >> Box Score

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

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

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Wilson Ramos
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The Yankees have contacted the Mets about potentially trading for Steven Matz, and the Mets are reportedly willing to listen.

But while the Mets have what looks to be a good problem right now with six starting pitchers for five rotation spots, they would be wise to hold on to Matz.

According to the New York Post, the Mets would want a big league player back from the Yanks for Matz, with the Post citing Miguel Andujar as their potential ask. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Corey Oswalt, David Peterson, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Miguel Andujar, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Walker Lockett, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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In his latest mailbag, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone answers questions about Jacob deGrom, Edwin Diaz, Steven Matz, and what the Mets' bullpen could look like on Opening Day...


Why are the Mets and Jacob deGrom working to add a new pitch to his repertoire? It seems he's been doing pretty good without it. ~ Anthony M through Facebook.

I though the same thing, Anthony.

To be clear, though, deGrom is not adding a brand new pitch. He's simply working to perfect a backdoor slider (deGrom threw his slider over 31 percent of the time in 2019).

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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The Mets got a clean pair of innings from Rick Porcello before ultimately falling to the Marlins 3-1 on Thursday night. >> Box Score

5 things to know from Thursday's game...

1) After pitching just one inning in his spring training debut, Rick Porcello pitched two scoreless innings on Thursday. After striking out Brian Anderson for the second out in the first inning, Porcello allowed back-to-back singles to Corey Dickerson and Jesus Aguilar, but he was able to get Garrett Cooper to ground into a force play to end the inning. Porcello then pitched a perfect second inning, forcing two ground-outs and striking out Ryan Lavarnway to end the inning. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman
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Mets RHP Michael Wacha
Mets RHP Michael Wacha

Barring injury, the Mets are expected to enter the season with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Rick Porcello in their starting rotation. But the No. 5 spot might not be as simple as deciding between Steven Matz and Michael Wacha.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, among the options the Mets are "internally discussing" is not going with a set No. 5 starter at all.

Instead, the team would choose the best matchup each time they needed the fifth starter -- which will be most of the time once the first few weeks of the season are over. 

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Sep 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Steven Matz will make his spring training debut on Sunday when the Mets face the Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie on SNY. 

Mets notes

Other than Matz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Brad Brach, Tyler Bashlor, and Franklyn Kilome are all scheduled to make an appearance on the mound. 

Tags: Franklyn Kilome, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Tyler Bashlor, Scott Thompson
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Mets reliever Seth Lugo has a small fracture in his left pinky toe that he suffered in his hotel room on Monday night, manager Luis Rojas said on Tuesday.

Rojas said there is "no concern at all" and that Lugo will refrain from throwing for roughly three days before ramping back up again.

"It's probably gonna take a little later until he starts participating in games, but we're not concerned about it. ... they're doing a padding on his spikes," Rojas added. "He was testing it walking around today and everything. It's his left foot, so landing on it the next three days we'll see how it progresses and then he'll start throwing."

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Mets manager Luis Rojas at spring training
Mets manager Luis Rojas at spring training

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Spring Training is in full swing for the Mets in Port St. Lucie, with games starting in just four days.

While every member of the team has arrived in camp, some (Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes to name two) don't appear to be on track to be ready for game action when the bell rings on Saturday.

Going by the above, listening to manager Luis Rojas talk, and reading between the lines, here's our roster prediction 3.0...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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General view of the field for the National Anthem prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
General view of the field for the National Anthem prior to the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We took our first crack at predicting the Mets' Opening Day 26-man roster about a month and a half ago. Since then, Dellin Betances has signed a free agent deal (he was in our initial prediction, so we'll give ourselves a pat on the back for that one).

Beyond the Betances signing, the Mets have made a bunch of minor league signings since then, with Matt Adams deal being the most notable.

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

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

MLB rosters expanding to 26 players for the 2020 season will help every team, but the Mets -- who could be carrying some compromised players health-wise -- could be one of the teams that benefits the most from the extra slot.

Still, that doesn't mean New York is sitting in an envious position right now.

In the words of Brodie Van Wagenen, Yoenis Cespedes is ready to go offensively. As far as Jed Lowrie is concerned, Van Wagenen recently said the 35-year-old who dealt with various injuries for most of 2019 has progressed to the point where the team is "optimistic of having him participate in a meaningful way" come spring training.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Friday is the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to come to terms on a contract for the 2020 season.

For the Mets, Marcus StromanNoah SyndergaardMichael ConfortoEdwin DiazSteven MatzSeth LugoBrandon Nimmo, Robert Gsellman, and Jake Marisnick are the players eligible for arbitration. All were tendered contracts earlier this offseason.

If a player and team are unable to come to terms, their salary will be set during an arbitration hearing later this offseason.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Mets RHP Dellin Betances
Mets RHP Dellin Betances

Brodie Van Wagenen wasn't shy on Thursday when explaining what he thinks the signing of Dellin Betances could mean for the Mets.

"This signing is different. This signing was intended to blow the cover off of our ceiling," Van Wagenen said at Citi Field while introducing Betances as the newest member of the Mets. 

"We believe that a healthy and dominant Dellin, combined with Edwin Diaz and Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson, Jeurys Familia, Brad Brach, Robert Gsellman. This collective group has the potential to be one of the best bullpens in baseball."

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Yankees RHP Dellin Betances (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If all goes well for Dellin Betances, meaning that neither last season's shoulder impingement nor Achilles tear is an issue in 2020, the Mets now have the wild card they need to have a real shot at winning the killer division that is the NL East. 

As such, the signing of Betances this week was both a necessary gamble and a desperately needed way for Brodie Van Wagenen to energize a highly skeptical fan base in an otherwise uneventful winter. 

The GM simply didn't have any credibility in trying to sell the notion that the Mets could bank on bounce-backs from Jeurys Familia and Edwin Diaz as the cure for the bullpen that wrecked their season. 

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes, John Harper
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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets, coming off their first winning season since 2016, have the makings of a team that should contend again in 2020, though that won't be easy to do in the fiercely competitve NL East.

To that end, they need to add more between now and the end of the offseason. And finding legitimate bullpen help is chief among the Mets' needs.

Still, it's likely that much of the 26-man Opening Day roster for 2020 is already in place. Factoring in the players already on the roster and what could happen between now and when things get going at Citi Field on March 26, here is our way too early 26-man roster prediction...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Apr 19, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
Apr 19, 2019; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo (67) pitches during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said multiple times earlier this offseason that Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman were options for the 2020 starting rotation. Then he signed Michael Wacha. The next day, he signed Rick Porcello.

While Van Wagenen said after those signings that Lugo and Gsellman are still options to start, it's clear that they're both destined for the bullpen since the Mets have six starters for five spots without even factoring them in.

And Lugo, who has been clear the last few seasons about his desire to start, told Mike Puma of the New York Post that he is "disappointed" to likely be headed for the bullpen again. He's also not giving up on his hope to start and become an "ace" -- whether it's in 2020 or not.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Now that the Mets have reached an agreement with Yoenis Cespedes to reduce his contract for the 2020 season, as reported by SNY's Andy Martino, what exactly could the team look to do with the extra cap space?

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Cespedes' salary for 2020 was cut from $29.5 million to less than $10 million, though he could make back $20 million via performances bonuses.

So the first question is how exactly does the Cespedes situation affect the Mets in terms of the luxury tax? Former MLB GM and current SNY analyst Jim Duquette broke down the situation on Baseball Night in New York. 

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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The Mets left the Winter Meetings having secured two starting pitchers and after having discussions about potential moves involving Starling Marte, Jed Lowrie, Dominic Smith, and others.

But while GM Brodie Van Wagenen said on Thursday that the Mets can now focus on "wants" instead of "needs," the team still has some needs -- both in terms of players they need to bring in and players they should be looking to move on from.

Here's what should still be on their agenda with about two months to go until spring training begins in Port St. Lucie...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Brodie Van Wagenen said Thursday at the Winter Meetings that the Mets have "probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball," noting that the added depth after signing Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha gives the team lots of "flexibility" when it comes to how they prepare for 2020.

As things currently stand, the Mets have Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, Porcello, and Wacha as rotation options.

They also have the ability to use Seth Lugo or Robert Gsellman in the rotation, with Van Wagenen saying the Mets are "staring at eight potential starting pitchers."

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

Speaking Thursday morning at the Winter Meetings with the Mets on the verge of finalizing deals with starting pitchers Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha, GM Brodie Van Wagenen strongly suggested that his plan might not include adding any external big league relievers.

Van Wagenen could be speaking in intentionally coy terms. But if not, the Mets would likely be neglecting their main area of need while hoping for bounceback years and other positive developments.

"We can bolster our bullpen by having (Seth) Lugo and (Robert) Gsellman go back to the bullpen along with (Brad) Brach if that's how it shakes out in spring training," Van Wagenen said. "It's a good position to be in. We'll sort of adjust on the fly in terms of what other opportunities come in. We have the ability to do wants now that many of our needs are filled."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Rick Porcello (Treated Image by SNY)
Rick Porcello (Treated Image by SNY)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In an unexpected move, the Mets have reportedly inked Rick Porcello to a one-year deal worth $10 million. While the signing itself was surprising, the potential ramifications are even more intriguing.

Since the Mets now have an excess of starting pitchers and 42 players for 40 spots (and are brushing up against the luxury tax), more moves have to be coming. So what happens now?

Are the Mets going to trade a starting pitcher?

With Porcello and Michael Wacha on board, the Mets seemingly have six starting pitchers for five slots. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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On Wednesday afternoon, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen once again met with members of the media as the MLB Winter Meetings roll on in San Diego.

Van Wagenen had plenty to talk about on Wednesday. including the Mets' reported addition of veteran Michael Wacha.

Here are four takeaways from Van Wagenen's availability:

On Michael Wacha

On Wednesday, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed the Mets are working hard to finalize a one-year contract with the veteran starter Wacha.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo
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Michael Wacha (Jeff Curry)
Michael Wacha (Jeff Curry)

The Mets are 'working hard' to finalize a one-year deal with free agent Michael Wacha, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

Wacha's deal will be worth $3 million guaranteed, with an additional $7 million in potential incentives, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Wacha, 28, had a 4.76 ERA (5.61 FIP) and 1.56 WHIP in 126.2 IP in 2019 for the Cardinals as he struggled with injuries and inconsistency.

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Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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The Mets enter the Winter Meetings having re-signed Brad Brach to a one-year deal with a player option for 2021 that could turn out to be a steal if Brach performs in 2020 like he has during most of his career. 

But Brach isn't nearly enough.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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Brad Brach
Brad Brach

The Mets have agreed to sign reliever Brad Brach, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. 

Brach's deal will be for one year and $850,000 and also contains a player option for 2021 that is worth $1.25 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Brach, Chris Flexen was designated for assignment.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Danny Abriano
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In a nightmare outcome for the Mets, free agent Zack Wheeler has agreed to a five-year deal with the Phillies worth $118 million, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

Wheeler's camp circled back with the Mets before he agreed to sign with the Phillies, but the Mets did not make an offer, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

While Wheeler got paid handsomely, he actually turned down more money from the White Sox due in part to his desire to remain in close proximity to New Jersey -- where his wife is from -- reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets had nine arbitration-eligible players entering the offseason and trimmed that number to eight when they DFA'd Joe Panik.

On Monday, the team announced that they had officially tendered contracts to Marcus StromanNoah Syndergaard, Michael ConfortoEdwin Diaz , Steven MatzSeth Lugo, Brandon Nimmo, and Robert Gsellman

Once a player is offered arbitration, the team and that player's agent have until a set date -- usually at some point in February -- to come to terms on a new contract. If that doesn't happen, both sides submit salary proposals and the player's salary is determined at a hearing by independent arbitrators. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Nationals may have won the World Series but the Braves were the best team in the NL East over 162 games last season, totaling 97 wins, and they could be better in 2020 considering: 

They have the best core of age 25-and-under players in the division, as well as a Top Five farm system, and they've moved quickly this off-season to load up in the bullpen, signing Will Smith, the top reliever on the free agent market, and re-signing Chris Martin.  

All of which sets an awfully high bar for the Mets next season if they're going to deliver on the win-now expectations that have defined Brodie Van Wagenen's actions as GM.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, John Harper
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Moments after Mets first baseman Pete Alonso took home the National League Rookie of the Year Award, New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen spoke at the MLB GM meetings.

Here are the takeaways from Van Wegenen's discussion with reporters...  


Latest on Zack Wheeler contract negotiations...

"We started dialogue with his camp before the trade deadline last year. We expressed interest in having him be apart of what we're doing moving forward. Obviously he earned the right to explore free agency, he's got a decision to make later this week [on the qualifying offer the Mets extended him]. We'll certainly continue to have those discussions moving forward."

"Wheeler is a good pitcher. That's why we offered him the qualifying offer, we didn't take that lightly. I think he's put himself in a position to be an attractive player. We'll continue to have dialogue."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes
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Free agent reliever Daniel Hudson (Troy Taormina)
Free agent reliever Daniel Hudson (Troy Taormina)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Brodie Van Wagenen suggested last week that Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman might be in the 2020 rotation, he appeared to telegraph that the Mets were more likely to play in the free agent reliever market this offseason than sign a starter.

That makes sense, when you consider that a better bullpen would likely have delivered the team to the postseason.

That bit of context helps to inform our understanding of the first li'l nugget of the team's post-managerial search offseason, that the front office met Monday morning with the agency that represents both Zack Wheeler and World Series champion reliever Daniel Hudson.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Andy Martino
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

MLB free agency is officially underway, and while there is a steep dropoff after the triumvirate of Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Stephen Strasburg, there are still dozens of quality players available.

For the Mets, there are solid options on the market who could help them address their three biggest needs: The bullpen, center field, and the starting rotation. New York also has the option of going the trade route to fill some or all of their needs, but with the team in need of restocking their farm system (instead of further diminishing it), the wiser play would be to fill most of their needs via free agency.

Along the above lines, here are five free agents the Mets should consider pursuing...

Tags: Brett Gardner, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Pineda, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Mets manager Carlos Beltran and Brodie Van Wagenen (SNY)
Mets manager Carlos Beltran and Brodie Van Wagenen (SNY)

The Mets made things official on Monday, introducing Carlos Beltran as the 22nd manager in team history during a press conference at Citi Field.

In addition to Beltran's introduction and his thoughts on taking over the reins, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen spoke about the hiring process and what could be in store for the team this offeason.

Here's what happened, in case you missed it...

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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The Mets will have a gaping hole in their starting rotation if Zack Wheeler leaves via free agency, but is that hole something they could actually fill from within?

Speaking on Monday at Citi Field after introducing Carlos Beltran as the 22nd manager in franchise history, GM Brodie Van Wagenen talked up the ability of Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman as potential rotation answers.

"We've got some great players in Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman that may be considerations in the rotation," Van Wagenen told SNY's Steve Gelbs.

Tags: David Peterson, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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The Mets enter the 2019-20 offseason with a very strong core in place, but there are numerous deficiencies they'll need to address if they hope to go from an 86-win near-miss in 2019 to a playoff team in 2020.

Among the areas where the Mets should be looking to add: Starting pitching (with Zack Wheeler potentially departing via free agency), the bullpen (which was their undoing this past season), and center field.

The Mets already have a substantial amount committed to payroll for 2020, but those commitments drop significantly starting in 2021. What could that mean as they build their team for next season and beyond? Here's a deep dive...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Anthony Swarzak, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Justin Wilson (Adam Hunger)
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When Steven Matz noticed Mickey Callaway striding towards him with two on and one out in the seventh inning on Tuesday night, the lefty shook his head and cursed. His reaction was a reasonable one: The last time Callaway removed Matz from a tight game, Seth Lugo blew a lead against the Braves.

This time, of course, proved to be different. Lefty Justin Wilson pounded his cutter in on switch hitter Francisco Lindor, who was batting right-handed, and Oscar Mercado -- another righty. He struck out both.

Wilson has lately proven to be a strong offseason signing by new GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- and a major part of the team's surprising bullpen resurgence. While still shaky in spots, the Mets' pen has progressed from terrifying to stable. Or at least stable-ish. However one chooses to describe it, the facts show tangible improvements since June.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Andy Martino
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Michael Conforto (Adam Hunger)
Michael Conforto (Adam Hunger)

The Mets (65-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) continue their three-game series against the Indians at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.

Here's what happened on Tuesday, in case you missed it....


Behind a strong start from Steven Matz and a late offensive eruption, the Mets took down the Indians, 9-2, on Tuesday night >> Read more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) reacts after allowing four runs during the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Mets head toward the homestretch in the regular season, it looks like they'll be losing a bullpen piece.

According to SNY's Andy Martino, Robert Gsellman has suffered a partial lat tear. And though his timetable hasn't been determined yet, it would need to be a speedy recovery to see Gsellman back on the mound at full health this year. 

Gsellman hit the IL on Aug. 17 with right triceps tightness, but there was clearly more to his injury after tests were done. 

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Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)
Jul 19, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports (Stan Szeto)

The Mets (63-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.0 GB of second Wild Card) are looking for the series win today against the Royals with Zack Wheeler on the mound. 

Here's what happened on Saturday, in case you missed it....


The Mets evened up the series with the Royals, winning 4-1 thanks to a brilliant performance from Jacob deGrom. >> Read more

 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Robert Gsellman
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Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Jun 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets (62-60, 9.0 GB in NL East, 2.5 GB in Wild Card) will face the Kansas City Royals (44-78, 30 GB in AL Central, 26.5 GB in Wild Card) on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. 

Mets Notes

J.D. Davis is second in the National League with a .379 batting average and.440 on-base percentage since the All-Star break. Davis is not in the lineup after suffering a calf injury on Friday, however, Mickey Callaway said the issue is only minor and he could pinch hit. ... The Mets placed RHP Robert Gsellman on the 10-day IL with triceps tightness and recalled RHP Walker Lockett from Triple-A Syracuse. ... Wilson Ramos is currently on an 11-game hitting streak, tied for the longest active in the majors. ... Amed Rosario had nine hits between Wednesday and Thursday, which tied a Mets two-day record.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jacob deGrom, Kansas City Royals, Robert Gsellman, Wilson Ramos
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Aug 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports  (Andy Marlin)
Aug 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) and catcher Wilson Ramos (40) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

The Mets are down an arm in the bullpen.

Manager Mickey Callaway announced before Saturday's game against the Royals that Robert Gsellman is headed to the IL with triceps tightness.

Callaway had said after Friday's game that Gsellman had not been available to pitch, and now the team will be without him for the immediate future.

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Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 5, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate after defeating the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

In many ways, the Mets' playoff run starts tonight at Citi Field against the Nationals.

The Mets have spent the better part of the past three weeks beating up on the league's worst teams, pushing them from being seven games under .500 to just a half-game back of the second Wild Card spot.

It's been a fun, wonderful run, but we will soon find out if it was a simply a summer fling or a true realization of their original expectations for 2019.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Luis Avilan, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

By keeping his best talent and replacing his No. 5 starter with an ace, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen signaled to his players, Mets fans and all of baseball that he believes his team can still find its way into the 2019 postseason.

If there is a shot at winning around 35 of their remaining 55 games, it will be because the new Fab Five of Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz consistently pitch to their potential.

"I was praying we didn't trade any of those guys that we're being rumored about," Stroman said late Wednesday. "I actually think we can have the best staff in all of baseball."

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Mike Yastrzemski (5) celebrates as he rounds the bases on a solo home run for a walk-off win against the New York Mets during the twelfth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)
Jul 21, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Mike Yastrzemski (5) celebrates as he rounds the bases on a solo home run for a walk-off win against the New York Mets during the twelfth inning at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports (Kelley L Cox)

When Mike Yastrzemski lofted a fly ball to left field off the end of his bat in the 12th inning on Sunday against the Mets, no one thought it was going to leave the ballpark. Not Yastrzemski, not Robert Gsellman (who threw the pitch), and not Mickey Callaway

But it kept carrying, Jeff McNeil ran out of room, and the ball dropped into the first row of the left field seats to give the Giants a walk-off win in the 12th inning.

After the game, Gsellman was blunt about whether he thought the ball was going to leave the park.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Robert Gsellman
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Mickey Callaway knew he'd have to rely on the Mets' bullpen on Tuesday night, and the group answered the call and then some against a potent Twins lineup, leading to a 3-2 win.

Before the game, Callaway set a 75-80 pitch limit for Steven Matz, making his return to the rotation after a brief stint in the pen. After 68 pitches over four innings from the lefty, Callaway turned the ball over to the bullpen, where six relievers combined to hold the Twins scoreless over the course of five innings.

Robert Gsellman, Luis Avilan, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz combined to keep the Twins' bats at bay, allowing a Michael Conforto fifth-inning RBI single to decide the game. Callaway said after the game that he believed this was the bullpen's best overall performance of the season.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz
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