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In this week?s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Citi, Matthew Cerrone talks with old friend and Mets fan, USA Today?s Ted Berg, about his expectations for the postseason, how the Mets should handle the rotation and bullpen in October and what happened to the Nationals...

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In this week's episode of #AskSNY, Matthew Cerrone answers questions about the?downside of re-signing Yoenis Cespedes, and discusses whether Matt Harvey?s innings limit?in impacting the Mets...

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To record a voicemail question about the Mets for Matthew Cerrone,?which may be used in our next #AskSNY podcast, call 1 (831) SNY-METS or use this (please remember to leave your name and city):

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The New York Mets' front office and?Matt Harvey's agent, Scott Boras, differ on how the Mets should handle Harvey's innings limit for the rest of the season, his first year removed from Tommy John surgery.

Assistant GM John Ricco told reporters on Friday the Mets have no intention of shutting down Harvey, who has thrown 166 innings this season, before the end of the season, whether the Mets make the playoffs or not.

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In this week?s MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Citi, MetsBlog?s Matthew Cerrone talks with NY Post reporter Kevin Kernan about the NL East race, if Terry Collins can manage his bullpen down the stretch, and the impact media and fans may have had on motivating the Mets to make deals at the trade deadline?

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MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone answers voicemail questions about the pending?six-man rotation, the future of Yoenis Cespedes, Terry Collins as a playoff manager, and whether Daniel Murphy will re-sign as a free agent...

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In this edition of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Citi, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone talks about the coming September pennant race and what's happening atop on the NL East with Nationals fan, Joe Drugan, who writes TheNatsBlog.com?...

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In the latest episode of?of #AskSNY, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone answers voicemails from fans about?handling Wilmer Flores, trading for an outfielder, and Jenrry Mejia's future with the Mets...

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MLB is planning a meeting between Mets and Brewers management to discuss the relationship between the two teams and what happened Thursday night in their reported deal for Carlos Gomez, according to a tweet from MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone (July 31, 10:45 am).

The Mets believed they were close to a deal for Brewers OF Gerardo Parra?last week before it fell apart,?sources told Newsday reporter Marc Carig (July 25, 2015).?Parra is now close to being traded to the Orioles straight up for reliever Zack Davies, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal (July 31, 7:10 am).

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There is a good chance the Padres trade OF Justin Upton, as they're gearing up to trade off a variety of players, team executives are telling ESPN.com's Jayson Stark (July 30, 7:20 pm).

Previous Reports?and Reaction

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The Mets and Brewers will not be making any trades before Friday's 4 pm non-waiver trade deadline, Brewers GM Doug Melvin told local?MLB.com reporter Andy McAlvy (July 30, 5:11 pm).

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The Blue Jays have mild interest in Mets LHP Jon Niese, an organizational source told Chris Cotillo of SBNation.com (July 30, 2:28 pm).

Last week, ESPN.com's Jayson Stark said, in order to trade Niese, the Mets told teams they would need to get back a player under contract beyond next season (July 23, 2015), specifically a slugging outfielder (July 23, 2015).?The day before, it was said the?Mets?were?not eager to move Niese, believing they could eventually secure a trade using just minor leaguers (July 21, 2015).

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The Mets have had discussions with the Brewers?and want OF Carlos Gomez, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post (July 29, 7:29 pm).

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"There has been much recent talk between the Mets and Brewers," a source told the NY Post's Mike Puma (July 29, 5:40 pm).

Previous Reports & Info.

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The Mets reached out to the Rockies about acquiring SS Troy Tulowitzki, but left talks thinking Colorado was not serious about trading him, a source told FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal (July 25, 2015).

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In this episode of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Citi, Matthew Cerrone?talks with legendary baseball writer Peter Gammons, who will be part of MLB Network?s 54 live hours of Trade Deadline coverage starting Monday, July 27 at 10am ET...

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In this episode of the MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Citi, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone plays his 15-min. appearance on Sid Rosenberg's morning radio show for 640 WMEN in Miami.

Rosenberg and Cerrone talk about how Sandy Alderson will handle the?trade deadline, whether Terry Collins is in over his head, what the future holds for David Wright, and whether?Yankees fans are finally as stressed out as?Mets fans...

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In this?episode of #AskSNY, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone answers your voicemail questions about the current trade market, July deadline and whether Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gomez, Ben Zobrist and Martin Prado will get dealt...


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You could win a 3-night trip for four to experience it all for yourself, including:

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In this week's MetsBlog Q&ACast, Matthew Cerrone talks with former Mets manager Bobby Valentine about ways to get a young team to better execute, how to keep players out of position to fail, why it's not always the best talent that wins, and why flipping buffet tables and yelling at ballplayers is overrated...


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I wonder if the Dodgers would consider trading SS Jimmy Rollins?for Mets LHP Jon Niese?

The Dodgers have interest in?Niese, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal (June 28, 2015), and the Mets expressed interest in Rollins this past winter when he was still on the Phillies (Dec. 7, 2014).?In fact, Rollins told reporters the?Mets were his No. 2 choice for where to be traded this past winter,?though Phillies and Mets sources told multiple reporters, including me, that Rollins -- who had a no-trade clause -- flat-out rejected the idea of being traded to the Mets.

I'd like to think Niese has more value than an overpaid, out-of-favor, over-the-hill veteran who the Dodgers want to move to make room for an inexpensive, elite, top infield prospect. However,?most teams appear skeptical of Niese's shoulder and they see him as a back-up plan. He's a gamble. The Mets have been trying to trade a starting pitcher since early June, and yet nothing has happened. If they had a strong offer for Niese (or Dillon Gee for that matter) they'd have done it. It's possible Niese's value could increase as we get closer to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but it's also possible more pitchers (and competition in the trade market) could become available as well.

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In this week's MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Citi, Matthew Cerrone talks with LHP prospect Steven Matz, who will reportedly?join the Mets rotation and make his big-league debut Sunday against the Reds at Citi Field.

The interview was conducted Thursday, only a few?hours before the team notified Matz of his promotion. He and?Cerrone discuss life in Triple-A, whether his?Tommy John surgery turned out to be a blessing, waiting for the phone to ring from Citi Field, and preparing mentally for?his first big league start...


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In this week?s MetsBlog Q&ACast, presented by Citi, Matthew Cerrone talks with Russ Cohen, author of ?Numbers Don?t Lie: Mets,? which takes a statistical and graphical look at 56 different moments in Mets history >> Learn more about the book here.


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In this week's #AskSNY podcast, MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone?answers listener voicemails about Daniel Murphy's trade value, what to do with Jenrry Mejia,?Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada, and what's available on the trade market at?shortstop...


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In this week?s MetsBlog Q&A Cast, presented by Citi, Matthew Cerrone talks with?Ted Berg?of USA Today's For the Win?about better days at Shea Stadium, the state of the Mets, and whether the team can get back to how they were playing in April...


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Noah Syndergaard will start Tuesday against the Cubs in Chicago, as Dillon Gee is placed on the?disabled list with a groin strain, Sandy Alderson announced Friday.

Gee said he initially felt pain during the?final inning of his last outing, which may have been triggered by having?to run the bases the previous half-inning.

"That last inning I got in the stretch and that's when it really started grabbing me," he explained. "I was pretty sore the next day and it got a lot better. So, I was hopeful, but it's kind of just plateaued. It hasn't really completely gone away."

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In this week?s MetsBlog Q&Acast, presented by Citi, Matthew Cerrone chats with comedian and Mets fan Jim Breuer about his popular post game recaps on Facebook, his love for Bartolo Colon, why he is a Mets fan, and the memorable time he met George Steinbrenner...

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Matthew Cerrone:?There is a distinct possibility Syndergaard or?Matz get a big-league start at some point toward the end of May, since the Mets are about to begin a stretch of 21 games in 21 days (May 8, 10:52 am).

In talking to people in?the organization, if it's going to happen at all, I'd bet on it being some time around the team's weekend trip to Pittsburgh or at?home the following week against the Phillies.?The way it stands,?Syndergaard and Harvey are on pace to both have starts Sunday, May 23, in Pittsburgh. I don't know if this matters, or if it will hold up, but this strikes me as a good day to get Syndergaard some action on the road, while getting Harvey an extra day of rest.

The point is, it's getting close. It's not a matter of will we see these guys, but when...

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The Mets and Yankees take center stage this Sunday on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball with coverage starting at 7 pm ET.

In this week's MetsBlog Q&A Cast, presented by Citi, ESPN's Buster Olney talks with MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone about how the MLB views the Mets these days, given the team's hot start.

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Sandy Alderson is thankful for the depth of his farm system,?especially given recent injuries to David Wright, Zack Wheeler, Travis d'Arnaud, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin and Vic Black.

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In this week's MetsBlog Q&Acast, presented by Citi, Matthew Cerrone talks with Steve Kettmann about his book on Sandy Alderson, "Baseball Maverick," which details Alderson's rise through MLB, blazing a trail for the modern, analytical GM up to his work with the New York Mets.

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This spring, the Mets are 18-11 and have outscored opponents 169 to 115, while having a?Grapefruit League-leading .856 OPS as a team.

?There is sort of a group dynamic going on,?? Mets GM Sandy Alderson told NY Post reporter Kevin Kernan (April 1). ?These at-bats are interrelated, because these guys are all talking about what they?re doing, what they are trying to do, so the cumulative effect has really been excellent so far."

The Mets hired new hitting coach Kevin Long in October, 2014, after he had spent the previous eight seasons with the Yankees.

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The Mets head to Viera to face the Nationals on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.

The game will not air on local TV or radio.

Jon Niese gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Gio Gonzalez for?the Nationals.

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The Rockies told Troy Tulowitzki they discussed him in trades this winter, and they'll continue to do so throughout the season, though no deal was ever close, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale (March 27).

"We had conversations this winter, and Tulowitzki has an understanding what we're thinking,'' Rockies GM Jeff Bridich told Nightengale.

Tulowitzki told Nightengale that, in a perfect world, he stays in Colorado and wins with the Rockies.

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Sandy Alderson, Terry Collins, David Wright and Matt Harvey talked with hosts Casey Stern and Jim Bowden as part of?MLB Network Radio's trip to?Mets camp Tuesday.

Here are nine things we learned about the Mets listening to the four interviews...


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SNY.tv's Robert Brender got put through a New York Mets-style workout by Mike Barwis of Barwis Methods...

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Tune in on Monday to see if he survives...

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Terry Collins says his bullpen is 'unsettled,' as no one has really 'stood out,' he told reporters on Tuesday.

Sandy Alderson indicated Tuesday that Rafael Montero?is now?likely to make the Opening Day bullpen, now that Dillon?Gee is in the rotation.

Here are Mets reliever results after 15 Grapefruit League games this spring....

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Sandy Alderson invited Billy Bean, MLB's ambassador of inclusion, to Mets camp Tuesday, during which?Bean told his story of how he hid his homosexuality during his?eight-year, big-league career.

"I disagree with his lifestyle," Daniel Murphy later told reporter Mike Vorkunov (NJ.com, Mar. 3). "I do disagree with the fact that Billy is a homosexual. That doesn't mean I can't still invest in him and get to know him.?I don't think the fact that someone is a homosexual should completely shut the door on investing in them in a relational aspect."

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Robert Brender of SNY.tv spoke to Mets catcher prospect Kevin Plawecki. Here's what we learned...

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1) Plawecki said that he and Travis d'Arnaud are good friends, and he learns as much as possible from the major league catcher.

2) He's working on staying as consistent as possible with his hitting approach this spring.

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The?Mets are working to?limit Juan Lagares' throwing this spring, in an effort to monitor the strained elbow that ended his season early last year, Terry Collins said Monday (Daily News, Mar. 2).

?We?re watching all the throwing he does right now, watching it intently,? Collins said. ?We?ll monitor it during the season, you know the pregame stuff and the throwing programs. We?re telling him to save those bullets for games."


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1) Realistically, the Mets could win up to 89 wins this season. "I think the team has the capacity to do that. We have the potential to do that without having to have super seasons from everyone," Alderson said.

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2) Matt Harvey will have a "normal spring" and start the season as the team's planned.

3) Wilmer Flores will have every opportunity to win the starting job at shortstop, but, Alderson said, "there are a few guys in camp who could challenge him."

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Michael?Cuddyer may end up playing more left field with Curtis Granderson in right >> Read and hear more from Terry Collins

Daniel Murphy is driving the ball more, while using his lower body, thanks to Kevin Long >> Read more

Terry Collins said he has no problem with Jays SS?Jose Reyes being critical of Ruben Tejada >> Read more

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March 1, 2015, 9:00 am

New Mets hitting coach Kevin Long already has Daniel Murphy using the lower-half of his body and driving the ball more, the All-Star second baseman told SNY's Mets Hot Stove on Saturday night.

"It's been awesome, to tell you the truth," Murphy said about working with Long. "He's got me getting back in to my legs. I have really good hands and eyes, which can sometimes be a detriment with how I attack the ball because I just use my hands and not my lower body.?Now I'm really driving my back leg in to the ground, which has made me a little more efficient and given me more time to see the ball and it's carrying more in batting practice."

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March 1, 2015, 6:40 am

Dodgers SS Jimmy Rollins said Saturday that the Mets were his No. 2 choice for where to be traded this winter by the Phillies, according to reporter Jerry Crasnick (ESPN, Mar. 1).

Rollins, who is eligible for free agency next winter, told Crasnick he believes New York's future is 'pretty bright.'

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February 28, 2015, 6:45 am

Mets players report to camp Saturday for 7 am's Photo Day, after which they're expected to hold a standard full-day workout, assuming the weather clears up. It was pouring rain earlier the morning, with rain remaining in the forecast throughout the day.

In the event the team does practice, batters will finally be swinging against teammates?throwing BP, as opposed to tracking pitches as they've done the first two days of camp.

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The Mets will continue full-squad workouts in Port St. Lucie on Friday, during which the?the forecast?calls?for wind and morning?rain.

Matt Harvey is scheduled to face hitters tracking pitches during batting practice for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.



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Kirk Nieuwenhuis,?Wilmer Flores, John Mayberry Jr., Jenrry Mejia, Cesar Puello, Ruben Tejada and Carlos Torres are all out of options (Rubin, Feb. 19).

In other words, if they do not make the 25-man Opening Day roster, they would need to pass through?waivers before being sent to the minors.

In addition, RH reliever Buddy Carlyle, who was signed to a minor-league deal in January,?has an out clause in his contract that he can exercise by Opening Day (Carig, Feb. 19).

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Jon Niese should have started 2014?on the disabled list, he told reporters Thursday in St. Lucie.

"There was a sharp pain in there," Niese said about his shoulder pain from a?year ago.?"I think I got off the mound way too early, before I got my arm in shape and kind of screwed things up in there."

Niese eventually missed time in 2014?with pain in the?AC joint in his shoulder,?elbow inflammation and sore triceps, all of which is likely connected to the partially torn rotator cuff in his pitching arm. He was also?pulled from a late-season start with?an elevated heart rate for the second time in three years.

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