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With the 2020 MLB season expected to feature the universal DH and be shortened to roughly 82 games (if and when it begins, hopefully around July 1), the Mets are one of the National League teams that could benefit the most.

If you take one quick glance at the Mets' roster, four players jump out immediately as DH candidates: Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Davis, Dominic Smith, and Robinson Cano.

During The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies on Wednesday, manager Luis Rojas, Davis, and Smith all talked about the kind of impact the universal DH this season could have on the team and on them personally.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) warms-up before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) warms-up before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Mets second baseman Robinson Cano has been in his native Dominican Republic during the coronavirus pandemic, staying ready for what he hopes will be the resumption of the 2020 season.

"I'm just hoping every morning that I just wake up, that I might get a text from Luis Rojas or Brodie (Van Wagenen) that says, 'okay, this is the day that we're gonna show up in Florida or New York to go back to spring training,'" Cano said Tuesday during a conversation that was shared by the Mets.

The league and players are now engaged in dialogue regarding the proposal for what would be a shortened (potentially 82-game) season, and Cano and his teammates have been preparing and staying in shape.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the league and owners scheduled to speak on Monday regarding the proposal for the shortened 2020 MLB season and that proposal expected to be taken to the players on Tuesday, we could soon get some clarity on how and when MLB will resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While there are still roadblocks and there could be some discord between the league and players between now and the resumption of spring training, the proposal to be discussed this week calls for the regular season to start around July 1.

The shortened season is expected to look very different, with it being roughly 80 games long, teams playing without fans in attendance, expanded playoffs, expanded rosters, and more wrinkles. One of those other wrinkles -- a rather large one -- is a universal DH, which multiple reports indicate will likely be implemented.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets are well-positioned to contend in 2020 and beyond, with a young core of high-upside offensive players and a starting rotation built around the best pitcher in baseball.

In 2021, though, things get interesting with Noah Syndergaard, Michael Conforto, and Steven Matz among the expected free agents and the expectation that a new ownership group will already be in place and looking to put their stamp on the franchise.

Meanwhile, New York also did a solid job building their farm system back up to a middle of the pack one that has a handful of legitimate blue chip pieces at the top that should be ready around 2022-23.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Franklyn Kilome, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Mark Vientos, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) stands at the plate during his at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 4, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) stands at the plate during his at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, who suffered a Grade 1 oblique strain in the second week of March, has been taking regular batting practice, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, who added that "team officials seem encouraged" by Conforto's workouts.

With a second, shortened spring training of sorts necessary before the 2020 season begins -- and players also needing time to prepare and report for that spring training -- it's hard to envision Opening Day happening before late-May or early-June.

Conforto said on March 11 that there was no timetable for his return, but it's fair to believe he'll be ready to go if/when the season resumes after the pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jun 5, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; General view of Citi Field as the sun sets during the fifth inning between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the season still paused, let's dip into the Mets mailbag...

@bigdog44K: When do the owners sell the team?

We've gotten a ton of questions over the past several weeks about how the current shutdown will impact the sale of the Mets. We can tell you that the team is still for sale -- nothing has changed there -- and at least one man is pursuing a bid. As you know, that man is named A-Rod.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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Mets star Jeff McNeil went 3-0 Sunday night during the MLB The Show Players League.

That dominance included Robinson Cano, McNeil, and others winning at Wrigley Field.

Back at home, McNeil used Pete Alonso to complete a victory at Shea Stadium before screaming for his virtual teammates to rip off virtual Alonso's shirt. Click below to watch...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) and center fielder Brett Gardner (11) take the field for warmups wearing number 42 before a game against the Boston Red Sox on Jackie Robinson Day at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 16, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) and center fielder Brett Gardner (11) take the field for warmups wearing number 42 before a game against the Boston Red Sox on Jackie Robinson Day at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

This Wednesday would've been Jackie Robinson Day across all of baseball -- a day every player and fan remembers one of the most prolific players ever to play the game. However, we all know the circumstances that currently has the season suspended for the time being. 

But that hasn't stopped MLB from celebrating. 

If you go on MLB.com and look up your favorite players' stats, you'll notice that every jersey number has changed to No. 42. Here's Aaron Judge for example: 

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

If/when the 2020 Major League Baseball season starts, it almost certainly won't look like anything we've ever seen before on a big league diamond.

As the league continues to come up with scenarios for how the season might look if there is baseball this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, we've gotten details on two of those potential scenarios.

The first one, known as the "Arizona plan," would mean all 30 teams playing in and around Phoenix in order to minimize travel and have everyone centrally located. And with the potential of doubleheaders being played every week and other quirks possible, it's fair to believe the universal DH could be implemented under the Arizona plan.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Anthony Causi. Photo by Teddy Aviles, SNY (Teddy Aviles, SNY)
Anthony Causi. Photo by Teddy Aviles, SNY (Teddy Aviles, SNY)

New York Post sports photographer Anthony Causi, who died on Sunday due to coronavirus, was beloved by colleagues and the players whose images he captured.

On Monday, Mets players remembered Causi.

"This is devastating," Noah Syndergaard said. "Anthony was one of the best in the business. A true professional. He was kind, genuine, and good personal friend. He will be missed by all who knew him."

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Brodie Van Wagenen's first big move as Mets general manager was orchestrating a trade that brought Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets. Both had their share of struggles in 2019, though. 

On the latest edition of Loud Mouths: The Great Debate, SNY's Gary Apple and Maria Marino discuss which player the Mets will need a better 2020 season from ...

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano
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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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The Mets took care of the St. Louis Cardinals 7-3 on Wednesday afternoon, with Jacob deGrom pitching four strong innings. >> Box Score

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

1) Jacob deGrom looked every bit the reigning two-time NL Cy Young winner, retiring the first 10 hitters he faced in order, including a perfect opening three frames. Matt Carpenter tagged him with a solo home run in the fourth to break the streak, but that would be the only hit deGrom allowed over 4.0 innings of work. He struck out three hitters without a walk and lowered his spring ERA to 1.29.

Tags: Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano
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Michael Conforto was diagnosed Tuesday with a right oblique strain.

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff talked with teams about trading for an outfielder, ideally a center fielder, this past offseason. However, understandable confidence in Brandon Nimmo and Conforto, as well as having J.D. Davis and Jeff McNeil -- not to mention the possible return of Yoenis Cespedes -- allowed him to give up his search when a perfect deal failed to come to fruition.

Unfortunately for Conforto, while oblique strains tend to seemingly resolve quickly, they're easy to re-aggravate, which often results in a stop-and-go, longer-than-expected return to big-league action.

Regardless of when Conforto returns, third base or one of the two corner outfield spots will continue to bounce between Davis and McNeil.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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On Monday, MLB announced (along with the NBA, NHL, and MLS) that "all team locker rooms and clubhouses will be open only to players and essential personnel until further notice" due to the spread of coronavirus.

As the Mets and Astros faced off Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Fla., a few Mets players addressed the growing concern.

"It seems like they have it under control the way that they would like right now, as far as major league goes for the season," said Brandon Nimmo. "I know the virus might not be under control the way everyone would like, but it seems that things are going to go on as normal. We're just going to try to limit the exposure of the players so we can play those games without any hindrance." 

"It is what it is," added Robinson Cano. "If you get it, you get it, but you can't live with that in your mind every day, walking in, walking out. You just hope nobody gets it and just hope it goes away soon."

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The Mets beat the Astros, 7-4, on Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Fla. >> Box Score

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

1) Rick Porcello got the start for the Mets and was solid, though he gave up nine hits in just 4.2 innings pitched. He limited the damage, though, allowing just two runs while walking none and striking out one. His spring training ERA in four starts is 2.53.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, JD Davis, Rene Rivera, Robinson Cano, 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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The Mets mustered just five hits as a team, falling 5-0 to the Washington Nationals on Saturday afternoon. >> Box Score

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

1) Steven Matz had a stellar outing on the mound. The lefty, looking to secure a spot in the starting rotation, tossed three perfect innings against the Nats, striking out three batters along the way. Matz's spring ERA is now down to 1.50.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz
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Mar 1, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Michael Wacha (45) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports  (Sam Navarro)
Mar 1, 2020; Jupiter, Florida, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Michael Wacha (45) delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

Michael Wacha heads to the mound again Friday as the Mets go on the road to take on the Astros in West Palm Beach, Fla. at 6:05 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets and Cardinals tied 3-3 in their last time out despite a dominant performance from Rick Porcello, who pitched three shutout innings and allowed two hits, while walking one and striking out four. He also lowered his spring training ERA to 1.50 in the process. Pete Alonso had arguably his best game of the spring after going 2-3, but Robinson Cano couldn't get anything going, finishing his day 0-3 at the plate.

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 (Jim Rassol)
(Jim Rassol)

Rick Porcello gets his third start of spring training as the Mets take on the Cardinals for the second-straight day, this time on the road in Jupiter, Fla. on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.

Mets notes

The Mets beat the Cardinals, 4-1, on Wednesday, as Marcus Stroman threw 3.0 scoreless innings and Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored. Amed Rosario and Robinson Cano will start as the middle infielders, with Dominic Smith playing first base and Luis Guillorme at third base. Pete Alonso will be the DH after going 1-for-3 on Wednesday.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Nolan Arenado
Nolan Arenado

A version of this article was originally published on Dec. 20, 2019


Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets had trade discussions earlier this season with the Indians about Francisco Lindor and discussions with the Astros about Carlos Correa. Both of those players are tremendous talents, with Lindor offering more certainty and Correa being a player you can dream on. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez and Brett Baty.
Mets prospects Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez and Brett Baty.

The Mets' farm system took hits last offseason and again during the 2019 season when a bunch of highly-rated prospects were traded away in deals for immediate fixes. But their farm system entering the 2020 season is in solid shape, according to Keith Law of The Athletic.

Law, whose rankings of all 30 MLB farm systems were released on Monday, ranked the Mets No. 16 overall, noting that despite the trades of so many of their top prospects, the Mets' recent drafts and international signings (with many of those signings producing right away after coming stateside) have kept them afloat.

"I can understand Met fans' concerns that their elite prospects will be traded for short-term help in the majors, but there's enough in the second tier of guys - after Ronny Mauricio and Francisco Alvarez and the 2019 draftees - to help patch the roster in July as needed," Law writes.

Tags: Anthony Kay, Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Robinson Cano gave the Mets an early 2-0 nothing with a two-run double in the first inning. It was Cano's first hit of the spring...

Tim Tebow, on the other hand, collected another hit in his spring, fighting off a fastball on his hand and using his muscle to push it into center field for a single...

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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) stands at the plate in the first inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) stands at the plate in the first inning during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Friday, in case you missed it...


Brandon Nimmo opened up on his recent cardiac tests as he got cleared and returned to spring training action >> Read more

Mickey Callaway reacted to the Mets' hiring of Luis Rojas and discussed his potential as a manager in MLB >> Read more

In an interview with WFAN, Brodie Van Wagenen discussed the pros of hiring Rojas and the Mets' pitching depth >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Robinson Cano
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Mets second baseman Robinson Cano suited up for his first Grapefruit League game of the season on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals, as he drew a walk in his first at-bat and finished the game 0-for-1.

During the game, Cano spoke with SNY's Steve Gelbs in the dugout about his offseason workout routine and what's it like being a mentor to younger players on the team.

"I just have to focus more this year on my legs," Cano said. "This offseason that's something that I did... It feels good today, it's good to be back."

 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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Infield prospect Andres Gimenez blasted a solo homer to right field to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning as the Mets beat the Cardinals, 3-2, on Friday afternoon at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie. >> Box Score


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

1) Brandon Nimmo returned to the lineup after missing two games to undergo cardiac tests (he's fine). Nimmo got the start in center field, singled in his first at-bat, and finished 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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The Mets and Cardinals got things going early in their Friday afternoon matchup, each scoring a run in the first inning.

After Marcus Stroman gave up a solo home run to Paul Goldschmidt in the top of the first, the Mets found themselves in a two on,-two out situation in the bottom frame.

With Brandon Nimmo at second after singling to right and Robinson Cano at first after a walk, Dominic Smith hit a line drive perfectly in between the first and second basemen into right field, and it was enough to bring Nimmo home to tie up the score.

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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes
Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes

A version of this story was originally published on Jan. 21, 2020


Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When the offseason began, the thought of Yoenis Cespedes contributing to the 2020 Mets was a pipe dream. Then, he started hitting bombs. Then, his contract was restructured to incentivize him making it back on the field. Then, he started running.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Mets LHP David Peterson (Jim Rassol)
Mets LHP David Peterson (Jim Rassol)

Mets Spring Training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Monday, in case you missed it...


Wilson Ramos credited his performance against the Nats on Monday to offseason changes >> Read more

Along with Ramos, pitching prospect David Peterson was one of the standouts on Monday >> Read more

After the Mets' win over the Nats, Luis Rojas talked about his developing relationship with Terry Collins >> Read more

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Dominic Smith, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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As the Mets' 2020 season comes more into focus, it's only natural to start thinking about how the everyday lineup will look under new manager Luis Rojas.

And that lineup intrigue starts right at the top. 

Perhaps Jeff McNeil, who was in play for the NL batting title last season, is the perfect choice. SNY's John Harper recently spoke to scouts about whether or not McNeil will be an on-base machine again or whether he could see an uptick in power numbers.

Or maybe Brandon Nimmo is the right man for the Mets' leadoff spot. The left-handed hitting outfielder has started 106 games as the Mets' leadoff hitter over his career, by far the most time he's seen anywhere in the order. He also has a career OBP of .387, so even with a career average of just .254, he's still done a great job at getting on base over his first four years.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano
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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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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before a workout during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom warms-up before a workout during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Mets spring training is in full swing in Port St. Lucie. Here's what happened Sunday, in case you missed it...


Jed Lowrie showed up at spring training wearing an enormous brace on his knee, would not comment on what his specific ailment is, and would not commit to being ready for Opening Day >> Read more

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Robinson Cano did not get off to the start he'd hoped for last season in his first year with the Mets after spending a lot of time on the IL, but it seems like he's doing all he can to make sure he stays on the field in 2020.

Speaking to the media Sunday in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Cano, who played in just 107 games in 2019 in part due to a partially torn left hamstring, said he's working on keeping his lower body in shape.

"I just need to stay healthy," Cano said on how he can be the player he normally is. "I've been working on my legs back home and something I'm going to continue doing here."

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In his latest Mets mailbag, Matthew Cerrone weighs in on the outfield situation, Yoenis Cespedes, what Edwin Diaz' role should be, and more...


What's the opening day outfield? ~ @JoeBacci

Barring a blockbuster trade, which for an outfielder at this point is improbable, the outfield is set up to be J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto.

Yoenis Cespedes is the wild card. If Cespedes is jacking the ball, running well and showing strength, I think he and Davis platoon from the start of the season, with Davis also backing up Jeff McNeil at third base.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Tomas Nido, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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The temptation is to say things should settle down now that spring training is opening this week and actual baseball takes center stage, but over the years I've learned never to bet against calamities arising at any moment around the Mets -- now more than ever it seems. 

Still, it would have to be a doozy of a spring in Port St. Lucie to top the chaos of an offseason that saw Carlos Beltran hired and fired as manager before ever putting on the full uniform, Yoenis Cespedes stripped of millions of dollars due to a contract violation involving some type of confrontation with a wild boar, and the team being sold and then un-sold in the space of two months. 

We'll see. At least the focus turns toward the field now, with young Luis Rojas overseeing his first spring training as manager of a ballclub that has championship potential -- if all the ifs go their way, starting with the bullpen.

Tags: David Wright, Dellin Betances, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes, John Harper
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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard is three seasons removed from his peak, Cy Young-worthy season in 2016.

His 2017 season was derailed by multiple injuries.

In 2018 and 2019, Syndergaard returned to being a mostly-dominant, top-of-the-rotation pitcher producing the sixth-most WAR in the NL. However, I can't stop seeing those results from 2016.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Rene Rivera, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Matthew Cerrone
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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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The Mets had serious interest in making a Starling Marte trade with the Pirates work, but GM Brodie Van Wagenen had a strict line he wouldn't cross. 

Andy Martino reported on Wednesday night on Baseball Night in New York on SNY about three separate deals the Mets said no to. One centered around J.D. Davis, one revolved around Brandon Nimmo, and another would have included two top prospects.

"There was a package offered to them that was centered around J.D. Davis, the Mets said no," Martino said. "I don't believe that's been reported. There was another package centered around Brandon Nimmo, which we knew, but the Mets said 'no, we're not willing to trade Nimmo for Marte.' And then there was another ask which was like two top prospects -- say two out of the top five top prospects in the system. And that was a no."

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, JD Davis, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Sep 29, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

You can make a case for a dozen or more Mets having plenty to prove going into the 2020 season, from the high of Pete Alonso looking to validate his historic rookie season to the low of Edwin Diaz needing to bounce back from his abysmal first year in New York.

With input from scouts I spoke to on Wednesday, here are the five I consider most interesting -- in part because of their uncertainty -- and potentially most impactful.

1) Yoenis Cespedes

The intrigue level in spring training alone will be sky-high as Cespedes tries to prove he's not just a punch line for wild boar jokes at this point, attempting at age 34 to come back from double-heel surgery and a broken ankle, while having played in only 38 games the last two seasons.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Noah Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, John Harper
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Mike Piazza and David Wright
Mike Piazza and David Wright

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The designated hitter possibly coming to the National League by 2021 or 2022 would be great news for the Mets, who currently have a handful of players who could be better off in that role than they are playing the field.

Looking back through the Mets' history, which players would have made the most sense to fill the DH role had the NL adopted it along with the AL in 1973? This is not an exhaustive list, so feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, David Wright, JD Davis, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, and Ronny Mauricio
Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, and Ronny Mauricio

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There was buzz before the 2019 season that the DH could soon be implemented in the National League, with some speculating that the DH coming to the NL could've been one of the reasons why the Mets were comfortable taking on five seasons of then-36-year-old Robinson Cano.

Now, the buzz is back, with Jim Bowden of The Athletic reporting Monday that there is a "growing belief" among some general managers that the DH could come to the NL as soon as 2021. While the NL adding the DH as soon as next season is possible, SNY's Andy Martino believes it could be more likely to happen for the 2022 season.

Either way, unless the Mets trade Cano between now and then, they will be one of the teams to benefit the most from the NL adopting the DH. But the positive ripple effects for the Mets wouldn't stop with how it might impact Cano. Among the scenarios...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Baseball Prospectus has three Mets on their new top 101 prospects list for 2020, with INF Ronny Mauricio (No. 48), C Francisco Alvarez (No. 88) and INF Andres Gimenez (No. 90) making the cut.

RHP prospect Matthew Allan literally just missed the cut, with BP writing that he would've been No. 102 had the list extended that far.

OF Jarred Kelenic, who was traded along with Justin Dunn to the Mariners last offseason in the deal that brought Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to the Mets, was No. 7 on BP's list.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Edwin Diaz
Edwin Diaz

There is a secret weapon for Mets reliever Edwin Diaz when it comes to him potentially rebounding in 2020.

"Once I started throwing this offseason and putting in the work, I was kind of able to pick up on a few different things," Diaz explained Saturday through Mets translator Alan Suriel about how he has worked on correcting his mechanics. "I had a few friends who were able to kind of pinpoint what exactly was going on."

One of those friends? Former Met and Hall-of-Famer Pedro Martinez.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Dellin Betances, Edwin Diaz, Jeff McNeil, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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With the wildly different takes on Luis Rojas that have surfaced during a week of reporting rolling around in my head, it was hard to form an opinion on the Mets' managerial choice. 

Then, during SNY's breaking news coverage, Keith Hernandez summed it up in a way that finally made sense: "I'm going to need at least 24 hours to digest this."

Keith was on the right track there. Our only amendment to his take is that we might need even more time -- 24 weeks maybe? -- to formulate an informed take on the news.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Andy Martino
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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

As they do every year, Baseball America has released its new Top 100 prospects in the game list heading into the 2020 season. And two Mets have made the cut. 

Shortstop Ronny Mauricio and catcher Francisco Alvarez have come in at No. 66 and 67, respectively, on the list. 

The outlet already had Mauricio as its top prospect in the Mets organization, as the 18-year-old has shown tremendous progress in just two seasons of pro ball. He slashed .268/.307/.357 with four homers and 37 RBI over 116 games with Low-A Columbia last season. If he continues that growth, Mauricio has a chance to find himself in Double-A at some point this year. 

Tags: Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Scott Thompson
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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes
Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes

When the offseason began, the thought of Yoenis Cespedes contributing to the 2020 Mets was a pipe dream. Then he started hitting bombs. Then his contract was restructured to incentivize him making it back on the field. Then he started running.

Now, the idea that the 34-year-old Cespedes will trot out to left field in in the top of the first inning on March 26 against the Nationals at Citi Field before toting his lumber to the batter's box in the bottom of the first seems downright plausible.

Yes, Cespedes still needs to prove he can handle a full nine innings in left field. And yes, he still needs to get through the rest of the offseason without suffering any setbacks. But after roughly two seasons on the shelf, Yo is close. And his healthy return could have serious ripple effects on the 2020 Mets...

A very crowded situation in left field

In a world without a healthy Cespedes, the Mets would likely enter the 2020 season with J.D. Davis, Brandon Nimmo, and Michael Conforto as their starting outfielders from left to right.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view at First Data Field prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view at First Data Field prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets still have a lot of work to do when it comes to building their farm system back up after the recent Edwin Diaz/Robinson Cano and Marcus Stroman trades, but they're making strides.

INF Andres Gimenez dominated in the AFL and could be getting close to his big league debut. The Mets also have four younger blue chip prospects, including recently-drafted RHP Matthew Allan and 3B Brett Baty, and INF Ronny Mauricio.

The Mets' other highly-touted prospect who is still years away is C Francisco Alvarez, who is MLB Pipeline's pick for New York's breakout prospect of 2020.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 23, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the ninth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

As the Mets look to take the next step, the ZiPS projections for the 2020 season are bullish on their chances.

The annual projections from Dan Szymborski/FanGraphs see a dominant season coming from Edwin Diaz, another tremendous year from Pete Alonso (43 homers and a .551 slugging percentage), and a bounceback from Noah Syndergaard coming.

Their projections for Robinson Cano (.260/.316/.405 triple slash) and Brandon Nimmo (a slugging percentage of just .420) are not as rosy.

Tags: David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Danny Abriano
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