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Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 18, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) singles in a run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Brodie Van Wagenen promised the first move wouldn't be the Mets' last one this off-season. 

So what's the new GM's next move? 

Maybe we'll find out during baseball's Winter Meetings, which begin Monday in Las Vegas, also known as Bryce Harper's hometown. The game's annual gathering is a prime opportunity for futher roster reshaping, beyond the Mets acquisitions of Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz.

Tags: Andrew Miller, Brandon Nimmo, David Robertson, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Anthony McCarron
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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets continue contacting the Marlins about All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto.

The catcher and his agent have been vocal about wanting to be traded from the rebuilding Marlins to a winning team that could be interested in signing him to a long-term contract extension. He is likely to earn a combined $15-20 million the next two seasons, after which he'll be a free agent at age 29.

The Fish, who have traded away most of their assets under the new ownership that includes former Yankee captain Derek Jeter, have made it clear they would want a king's ransom of prospects and players in return.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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The One Where We Say Goodbye 00:00:20
It's time to say goodbye to good "friend" Wilmer Flores, as the Mets decided to non-tender the infielder on Friday.

This one might be a tearjerker for Mets fans.

The Mets announced they non-tendered INF Wilmer Flores' contract ahead of the 8 p.m. deadline on Friday. Flores was arbitration-eligible this season before becoming a free agent in 2020.

A swiss-army knife in the infield and powerful hitter against left-handers, Flores will likely find another home in the MLB. However, he has always been a fan-favorite, especially after the 2015 trade fiasco.

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Mets have questions at catcher 00:01:55
SNY's Mets Hot Stove panel discusses the deadline for the Mets to offer a contract to Travis d'Arnaud, and the team's future at catcher.

The non-tender deadline is Friday, with the Mets having nine arbitration-eligible players. 

Among those players, six -- Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, and Kevin Plawecki -- are locks to be offered arbitration.

One (Rafael Montero) is a near-lock to get non-tendered, and questions swirl around the other two -- Wilmer Flores and Travis d'Arnaud...

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Aug 27, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Russell Martin (55) double during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Aug 27, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Russell Martin (55) double during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

The catching market just gained a little more intrigue this offseason. 

The Blue Jays' Russell Martin and Pirates' Francisco Cervelli are both for sale and drawing interest from several teams, according to Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan. 

Martin and Cervelli join a crowded catcher's market, which includes free agents Yasmani Grandal, Wilson Ramos, Martin Maldonado, Robinson Chirinos, Evan Gattis, Matt Wieters, Devin Mesoraco and Jonathan Lucroy. 

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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | Why is it that the more Brodie Van Wagenen insists Travis d'Arnaud could still be a big part of the Mets' catching solution, the more I think of Bubba Crosby.

For the most part, Van Wagenen has made a good early impression in his transition from agent to the Mets' front office, and falling into GM-speak is to be expected, but one thing fans don't want to hear is that all is well on the catching front.

Yet the new GM has spoken excitedly of d'Arnaud's potential, even coming off Tommy John surgery, as if the last five seasons hadn't already happened...

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Wilson Ramos, J.T. Realmuto, and Yasmani Grandal (USA Today Sports)
Wilson Ramos, J.T. Realmuto, and Yasmani Grandal (USA Today Sports)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Getting an upgrade at catcher should be one of the main goals for the Mets this offseason, as new GM Brodie Van Wagenen looks to add to what he believes is a strong core -- with the aim being to win now.

Kevin Plawecki hit .210/.315/.370 with seven homers in 79 games in 2018 while playing average defense. That .370 slugging percentage put him in the middle of the pack for all catchers. But while he may still have some room to grow, Plawecki profiles better as a backup, and will likely be in that role in 2019 with the team potentially non-tendering Travis d'Arnaud, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The Mets don't have any answers at catcher in the upper levels of the minors, so -- if Plawecki isn't the starter -- they'll need to go outside the organization for their 2019 everyday catcher...

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Wilson Ramos, J.T. Realmuto, and Yasmani Grandal (USA Today Sports)
Wilson Ramos, J.T. Realmuto, and Yasmani Grandal (USA Today Sports)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Getting an upgrade at catcher should be one of the main goals for the Mets this offseason, as new GM Brodie Van Wagenen looks to add to what he believes is a strong core -- with the aim being to win now.

Kevin Plawecki hit .210/.315/.370 with seven homers in 79 games in 2018 while playing average defense. That .370 slugging percentage put him in the middle of the pack for all catchers. But while he may still have some room to grow, Plawecki profiles better as a backup, and will likely be in that role in 2019 with the team potentially non-tendering Travis d'Arnaud, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The Mets don't have any answers at catcher in the upper levels of the minors, so -- if Plawecki isn't the starter -- they'll need to go outside the organization for their 2019 everyday catcher...

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Feb. 2018: Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso takes BP in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog
Feb. 2018: Mets 1B prospect Peter Alonso takes BP in St. Lucie. Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog

Mets prospect Peter Alonso can sure hit the ball, but questions remain about his defense. 

However, Brodie Van Wagenen does not anticipate the Mets potentially moving the first baseman to the outfield. 

In an in-depth interview with SNY's Andy Martino on Tuesday, Van Wagenen explained that he sees the 23-year-old improving in the field. 

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Oct 10, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) for hitting a solo home run during the second inning in game two of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Oct 10, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) is congratulated by catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) for hitting a solo home run during the second inning in game two of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

The Mets announced some roster moves on Friday, that included reinstating players like Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud back to the 40-man roster. 

With MLB free agency officially beginning, it is procedure that players on the 60-day DL this season get reinstated to the roster. Other than Cespedes and d'Arnaud, Juan Lagares, T.J. Rivera, Eric Hanhold and Bobby Wahl were all placed on the roster that has been increased to 38 players. 

Also, INF Jack Reinheimer was claimed off waivers by the Cubs, while LHP P.J. Conlon was outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse. 

Tags: Jamie Callahan, Juan Lagares, Phillip Evans, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets C Travis D'Arnaud had Tommy John surgery this past April, which means the starting catcher job in 2019 is now wide open.

D'Arnaud, who will be 30 years next February, is expected to be out through the first few months of next season. He's also eligible for arbitration this winter and could end up earning as much as $4 million next season, after which he can be a free agent for the first time in his career.

My hunch is the Mets will cut d'Arnaud loose and use the saved money to hopefully help in acquiring a more -productive, proven, everyday starting catcher. Even if cut, I expect d'Arnaud will sign a lesser deal to remain with the Mets, with whom he can continue his rehab with trainers that know in St. Lucie.

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New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton loses grip of his bat as he strikes out swing to end the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton loses grip of his bat as he strikes out swing to end the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets outrighted catcher Jose Lobaton to Triple-A Las Vegas, two days after designating him for assignment, according to MetsMerized's Jacob Resnick.

Lobaton hit .152 with no home runs and three RBIs with the Mets, being replaced on the active roster by Tomas Nido's promotion to the majors and New York's acquisition of Devin Mesoraco in the Matt Harvey trade earlier this month.

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Noah Syndergaard looked strong during an inning of relief in Game 5 of the NLDS. (AP)
Noah Syndergaard looked strong during an inning of relief in Game 5 of the NLDS. (AP)

On Dec. 8, 2012, the Mets officially acquired Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, John Buck, and Wuilmer Becerra from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for reigning Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas.

5 1/2 years later, Syndergaard -- who was not the headliner in the deal -- will face his former team when he toes the rubber against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

The deal came about after talks between the Mets and Dickey regarding a potential contract extension didn't advance -- and GM Sandy Alderson determined it was in the best interest of the rebuilding club to capitalize on the huge season Dickey had just completed. 

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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mickey Callaway is doing the right thing for the Mets, it just doesn't feel like it right now because they're losing more than they're winning.

The Mets are 3-9 since starting the season 15-6. Yet, team insiders say Callaway is saying, behaving and doing the same things with his players in May that he was doing during all of April.

Regardless of wins, losses, streaks, or struggles, he has continued to press a team-first mindset, which most recently was on display when the organization DFA'd Matt Harvey and skipped Jacob deGrom in the rotation...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 20, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) and catcher Tomas Nido (3) react after defeating the Atlanta Braves in twelve innings at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 20, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) and catcher Tomas Nido (3) react after defeating the Atlanta Braves in twelve innings at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Mets need better catchers behind the plate than rookie Tomas Nido and veteran Jose Lobaton, who are hitting a combined .150. 

Lobaton is a useful second-string catcher. He should not be an everyday player or even a platoon guy. And, while Nido has the tools and talent to eventually be an everyday guy, he's too young and inexperienced to be charged with leading Mickey Callaway's pitching staff.

For instance, Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 3.09 ERA) struck out five batters, allowed two runs, six hits and four walks during his six innings Sunday against the Rockies. In his view, it was a "mediocre start," which is also how he categorized his previous three starts, during which he has a 3.20 ERA, is winless and the Mets are 1-3...

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Sep 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 26, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said six days ago that Kevin Plawecki was at least another week away from returning from a broken hand that has kept him out since April 11. Since then, there have been no new updates on Plawecki, who has been throwing but not catching or hitting as he works his way back. 

"The grip strength hasn't improved to this point," Alderson said. "There's still a little pain in the hand." Alderson noted that once Plawecki shows improvement on the grip strength, his return could happen "very rapidly."

Without Plawecki and Travis d'Arnaud (who is out for the season due to Tommy John surgery), the Mets have been using a combination of rookie Tomas Nido and veteran Jose Lobaton behind the plate...

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton (59) reacts after striking out during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 28, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets catcher Jose Lobaton (59) reacts after striking out during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton "haven't been contributing much on the offensive side" while being good defensively, and that he's open to improving the catching situation with an external acquisition.

"The situation with the catching, you can go out and look for a significant improvement, or you can look for an incremental improvement," Alderson said, noting that he has to weigh whether an incremental improvement would be worth it due to the "lack of familiarity" a new catcher will have with the pitching staff. Alderson added that the team has "looked at a significant improvement, and we just don't think that's available."

Matthew Cerrone (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Contact): I've seen reports indicating the Mets are not talking to teams about trading for a catcher, and I think that's true. That said, I have no doubt they've been in contact with free-agent C Miguel Montero, who was designated for assignment by the Nationals and declared a free agent last month...

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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets are 'kicking the tires' on trading for a catcher but aren't having much luck, according to Mike Puma of NY Post.

With Travis d'Arnaud (partially torn UCL) likely out for the season and Kevin Plawecki (fractured hand) out for a few weeks, the Mets have gone from what they hoped would be an effective platoon behind the plate to a crisis. Currently, the Mets have Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton as their catching options. 

According to Matt Ehalt of The Record, the team has made some calls but they are not willing to overpay. A popular name fans hope the Mets will turn to is Marlins C JT Realmuto, but Ehalt also notes that there is 'some hesitation as to whether Realmuto is actually available.'

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Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos during the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets reportedly have not reached out to the Boston Red Sox or Tampa Bay Rays regarding a catcher after their two starters were placed on the disabled list last week, according to the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.

New York has gone with a combination of Tomas Nido and Jose Lobaton after it placed Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki on the DL with, respectively, a partially torn UCL and a hairline fracture in Plawecki's left hand.

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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets made repeated inquiries with the Marlins this offseason about trading for catcher J.T. Realmuto, and will "at some point try to revisit the Realmuto situation," Ken Rosenthal said Monday on Fox Sports. 

Mike Puma of the NY Post reported last week that the Mets had expressed interest in Realmuto, though he didn't specify when they reached out.

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Mets GM on catcher injuries 00:02:08
Mets GM Sandy Alderson talks about the injuries to catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki, and options moving forward at the position.

The Mets are comfortable at catcher for now, but that could change relatively quickly, GM Sandy Alderson said Friday at Citi Field.

"I think we're comfortable for the very short-term," Alderson said. "We'll see how things go." But the Mets will monitor and be aware of the trade market and their current comfort level "certainly could change"

With Travis d'Arnaud likely done for the season due to Tommy John surgery, and Kevin Plawecki expected to miss three-to-four weeks due to a broken left hand, the Mets have turned to Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido.

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Apr 16, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) looks on from the dugout after losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 16, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) looks on from the dugout after losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud will have Tommy John surgery next week to repair the torn UCL in his right elbow, it was announced Friday. The surgery will almost certainly end his season. Along with d'Arnaud, the Mets are without C Kevin Plawecki, who is expected to miss two-to-three weeks due to a hairline fracture to his left hand. 

To replace d'Arnaud and Plawecki on the roster, the Mets have called up Double-A Binghamton catcher Tomas Nido and Triple-A Las Vegas catcher Jose Lobaton. D'Arnaud was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Lobaton on the 40-man roster.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter | Well this just sucks. Is it possible for the Mets to go one season without a player needing Tommy John surgery? It doesn't feel like it is. Yes, the recovery from TJS is not as bad for a position player as it is for a pitcher, but still...

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Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have spoken to the Marlins about trading for catcher J.T. Realmuto, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post. Realmuto, who has not yet played this season due to a back injury, requested a trade prior to the season amidst the Marlins' recent firesale. However, the Marlins are under no obligation to obey that demand. 

The 27-year-old Realmuto will earn $2.9 million this season, and is arbitration-eligible after this season and next -- before being eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Realmuto would be a perfect fit for the Mets, regardless of how quickly Kevin Plawecki returns from his hand injury. And with the Marlins in a deep rebuild, the idea that the Mets could find enough minor league pieces to entice Miami isn't far-fetched...

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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Kevin Plawecki's left hand was described as red and swollen, but not broken, following Wednesday's win against the Marlins. But on Friday, it was revealed that the hand is indeed broken, though he is expected to miss only two-to-three weeks.

The Plawecki injury happened hours after the Mets announced Travis d'Arnaud had been diagnosed with a partially torn right UCL, which could require season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Tommy John surgery for a position player is not as devastating (in terms of time lost) as it is for a pitcher's throwing elbow. However, given the throw to second from behind the plate, the operation would certainly mean losing d'Arnaud for an extended period of time. So, what do the Mets do now? 

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Doug Williams and Andy Martino are back for another edition of Shea Anything, where the guys react to the news of Travis d'Arnaud's partially torn UCL and the latest amazing tweet from Keith Hernandez. Later, they dip into questions from Twitter and discuss Alex Rodriguez's outrageous contract demands back in 2000.

Click below to listen...

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Williams, Martino on d'Arnaud 00:02:29
On Shea Anything, Doug Williams and Andy Martino react to the injury to Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud.

The Mets have placed C Travis d'Arnaud on the 10-day DL due to a partial UCL tear in his right elbow, the team announced Wednesday. Treatment options for d'Arnaud, including potential surgery, will be determined in the coming days. He informed the Mets on Tuesday about the discomfort.

"I don't think it was a specific play," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Wednesday night's game. "Just something that started to develop. He's gonna think about getting it taken care of, and go from there."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Partial UCL tears can go a number of ways, as the Mets have seen with Seth Lugo (who rehabbed and is currently pitching with a tear) and T.J. Rivera (who had Tommy John surgery last September and hopes to return by May). For d'Arnaud, whether or not he opts for surgery will be determined by the severity of the tear. While pitchers usually need 12-to-18 months to return from TJS, position players can return in as little as six months. But while the recovery time for position players is quicker, d'Arnaud's 2018 will almost certainly be over if he needs surgery.

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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) walks across the field before the start of the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Mickey Callaway, new to the Mets and new to managing altogether, arrived to expectations that he would be less inclined towards following the "old-school" guidelines than his predecessor. He is living up to those expectations in a number of ways, most notably in regards to his lineup construction, which he has varied with each of the six games so far.

The most striking way in which he has rejected traditional managerial dogma is in batting the pitcher eighth. This was something Terry Collins dabbled with briefly, but Callaway made a splash early by debuting this construction in his first game, and seems to have a clear strategy for exactly when and how to utilize it.

Callaway has a very clear goal in batting the pitcher eighth and that is to use the young Amed Rosario to his greatest potential. Rosario has the speed of a classic leadoff hitter but his low on base percentage makes him a liability high in the order. Pushing him down to ninth ensures that he sees good pitches ahead of Brandon Nimmo or whoever else is in the leadoff spot and also gives the Mets' potent top of the lineup more opportunities to drive in runs when Rosario does get on...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)
Jan. 7, 2017: Citi Field covered in snow (Credit: @Mets on Instagram)

The Mets wanna know, do you want to build a snowman? Monday night's game has been postponed due to snow, and four players took to the infield at Citi Field to make a snowman -- complete with a pepper shaker.

AJ Ramos, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, and Phil Evans then posed with their masterpiece. Or should we say, Metsterpiece.

Click below to see...

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | After scoring nine runs on Opening Day without the benefit of a home run, Travis d'Arnaud and Yoenis Cespedes both went yard as the Mets topped the Cardinals, 6-2, on Saturday afternoon at Cit Field. Here are three takeaways from the game...

DeGrom excelled despite not having his best stuff

Jacob deGrom allowed one run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven in 5.2 innings. DeGrom looked pretty sharp in the first inning, but it was clear he didn't have his best stuff -- which Travis d'Arnaud and Mickey Callaway both alluded to after the game...

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BNNY: Conforto in Port St. Lucie 00:07:10
Mets outfielder Michael Conforto was in the lineup Friday against the Cardinals and went 1-for-4 in his first Spring Training game.

The Mets enter the 2018 regular season with projected wins ranging from 80 to 83 -- a disappointing set of expectations. But projections are always rough and it's normal to have a swing of plus or minus six-to-nine wins, which would give the Mets a shot at a playoff spot if things break right.

So what are the key breaks the Mets need to make it to the postseason?

A strong return by Michael Conforto

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Maggie Wiggin
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets win 00:02:08
Matt Harvey struck out five in five strong innings as the Mets beat the Cardinals, 8-7, on Tuesday.

Matt Harvey allowed one run in 5.1 innings and the Mets used the longball to beat the Cardinals, 8-7, on Tuesday afternoon in Jupiter. 

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

Tags: Matt Harvey, Rafael Montero, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets beat O's 00:02:10
Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard comments on his win today against the Orioles and how his low pitch count helped him go the distance.

Noah Syndergaard pitched seven innings, Travis d'Arnaud hit his second homer of the spring, and the Mets held on to beat the Orioles on Sunday, 5-4.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 3/7 00:02:55
Eamon McAnaney, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 11-4 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman had strong outings before Rafael Montero trotted in from the bullpen with a gasoline can and a match in his hand as the Mets fell to the Yankees, 11-4, on Wednesday afternoon at First Data Field.

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

Tags: Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 3/7 00:02:55
Eamon McAnaney, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 11-4 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.

Zack Wheeler and Robert Gsellman had strong outings before Rafael Montero trotted in from the bullpen with a gasoline can and a match in his hand as the Mets fell to the Yankees, 11-4, on Wednesday afternoon at First Data Field.

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

Tags: Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

It has been 10 years since Travis d'Arnaud first appeared on a top prospect list in baseball.

He'll enter this season 29 years old and, again, his team's starting catcher. However, despite 11 seasons in professional baseball, he has played just 393 big league games behind the plate.

In 2016, talking specifically about d'Arnaud, Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza told me it is not always easy for a catcher to reach his potential during his early-to-mid 20s. More realistically, he said, catchers tend to need until their late 20s, early 30s before finding a successful routine and establishing their own game...

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 3, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) slides safely to score a run as New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) waits for a throw during the third inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 3, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) slides safely to score a run as New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) waits for a throw during the third inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway would like to see Mets catchers demonstrate better pitch selection during spring training.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud
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GEICO SportsNite: Mike Piazza 00:01:10
Mike Piazza, serving as a guest instructor at Mets camp, discusses the positive energy around the club that Mickey Callaway has brought.

Mike Piazza has joined the Mets at Port St. Lucie hoping to impart some wisdom to the team and is impressed with what he's seeing from  Mickey Callaway. He also challenges Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki to improve and take the next step.

In the wide-ranging discussion, the affable Piazza spoke insightfully across many topics. He spoke about the Mets catchers, Callaway, the Italian soccer team he owns and more.

On Catchers

As a Hall of Fame catcher, Piazza was asked for his thoughts on the Mets current catching situation...

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May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
May 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Tune in to Mets Hot Stove tonight at 6:30 on SNY, where GM Sandy Alderson, RHP Noah Syndergaard, 1B Dominic Smith, and catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki will be among the guests.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Kevin Plawecki, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud
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Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 25, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) is congratulated by first baseman Kevin Plawecki (26) after hitting the game winning home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway expressed optimism on Tuesday that a platoon between catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki can work this season, adding that he knows how hard it is to be a catcher.

"I think what we are going to do with the catching is going to be very important," Callaway said. "And I know how stressful it is to be a catcher. I sat next to catchers the last five years and constantly talked to them about what they need to do on a daily basis. And it is a lot."

And Callaway weighed in on the offensive potential of the two catchers, noting that they each bring something different to the table...

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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BNNY: Frazier joining Mets 00:06:00
The Baseball Night in New York crew breaks down Todd Frazier signing with the Mets on a two-year deal worth $17 million.

Todd Frazier's new Mets teammates are excited about the acqusition of the third baseman, who agreed to a two-year deal worth $17 million earlier this week.

Amed Rosario, who will share the left side of the infield with Frazier, is eager to learn from him.

"I feel really good because he's a veteran guy and I can learn a lot from him," Rosario said, according to the NY Daily News. "I'm probably going to pick his brain out."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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BNNY: Plawecki on doubters 00:03:37
The Baseball Night in New York crew discusses Kevin Plawecki's comments about Mets fans heavily underestimating him and Travis d'Arnaud.

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | Kevin Plawecki knows there are folks out there who hold low expectations for the Mets' catching tandem. And, yes, he's aware that some baseball pundits have suggested this winter that backstop is still an area of real Met need, that it should be fixed by bringing in free agent Jonathan Lucroy or another catcher.

But Plawecki, who split duties with Travis d'Arnaud at the end of last season, believes he and his teammate are being misjudged. It's part annoying, part motivating.

"I think we're very underestimated," Plawecki said in a telephone interview with SNY.tv. "But that comes with the territory of playing in New York. They underestimate a lot of things...

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Anthony McCarron
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Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds. (AP)

The Mets signed INF Jose Reyes on Friday and designated LHP Josh Smoker for assignment.

The The deal will be worth $2 million, with Reyes being able to earn an additional $500,000 through incentives, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag.

Smoker, 29, went 4-2 with a 5.02 ERA in 74 games for the Mets between 2016 and 2017. 

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The deadline for MLB teams and their arbitration-eligible players to submit salary figures for 2018 is today, Jan. 12. In the the event player and team can not reach agreement before Saturday, an arbitration hearing will be scheduled for February. However the two sides can still negotiate before going to a hearing...


9:00 p.m.: AJ Ramos reaches a $9.225 million deal with the Mets to avoid arbitration. The 31-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season. 

6:53 p.m.: Zach Wheeler filed for arbitration at $1.9 million while the Mets filed at $1.5 million, per The Post's Ken Davidoff. The Mets and Wheeler can negotiate a deal before the arbitration hearings in February. Wheeler is arbitration-eligible next season before becoming a free agent in 2020. 

 

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) hits a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets C Travis d'Anruad was "ecstatic" after getting a text from his dad telling him Jay Bruce was returning.

"I literally jumped and almost hit my head on the ceiling, I was so excited," d'Arnaud told SNY on Mets Hot Stove on Thursday night. "I'm so happy he's back."

D'Arnaud said Bruce, who reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth $39 million, is a huge clubhouse presence.

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Feb 28, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 28, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) connects for a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson is happy with how Travis d'Arnaud is progressing in his career, despite reports last week that the team was recently in contact with free-agent C Jonathan Lucroy.

"I couldn't be happier with Travis' progress,'' Alderson said in an e-mail to Newsday's Steve Marcus. "Last year he had a career high in home runs, RBIs and games played. Glenn Sherlock has helped him tremendously with his footwork behind the plate. I look for him to continue to make progress in all these areas again in 2018.''

In what was his fifth big-league season, D'Arnaud, 28, hit .244 with 35 extra base hits last year. However, during the team's final 32 games, he batted .293 with a .343 OBP, six HR, eight doubles and 20 RBI.

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Sep 30, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 30, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws a pitch during the second inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterHappy second week of 2018, Mets fans. I wish I had more to report, but things have been quiet both in terms of on the field news. I'm happy to sit here and ramble about my week, though, but none of you care about that. I do hope that you all have survived the below-freezing temperatures and the bomb cyclone (aka blizzard).

Now on to the Mets...

Josh Smoker showed much excitement over Travis d'Arnaud. It's rare to see excitement over TdA, so this was obviously important to note...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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MHS: Plawecki on his development 00:02:36
SNY's Steve Gelbs sits down with Kevin Plawecki to discuss his gradual improvement and what he hopes to contribute to the Mets in 2018.

Mets C Kevin Plawecki is confident that a 50/50 platoon with him and Travis d'Arnaud is sustainable over an entire season.

"Yeah, I do think so," Plawecki told SNY's Steve Gelbs. "I think it's important for both of us to stay healthy and just kind of giving eachother a break every couple of days is nice. We kind of feed off eachother as well. We like to compete against eachother."

The 26-year-old Plawecki finished the season strong after being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas, hitting .364/.440/.591 in August and .283/.406/.434 in September. Overall in 2017, he hit .260/.364/.400 in 37 games.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud
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Jul 4, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton (59) looks on in the second inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)
Jul 4, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Jose Lobaton (59) looks on in the second inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick McDermott)

The Mets have signed C Jose Lobaton to a minor league deal with an invite to major league Spring Training, the team announced Friday.

Lobaton, 33, hit .170/.248/.277 with four HR in 51 games last season for the Nationals

He has hit .218/.295/.324 with 21 HR in eight seasons, while playing for the Padres, Rays, and Nationals.

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Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Syndergaard (34), Matz (32) and deGrom (48) during national anthem at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterThe Mets have not put acquiring a starting pitcher at the top of their list, according to multiple reports. This is a bit of a tough pill to swallow after last season -- when the Mets went in banking on their starters, talking about World Series contention because of their starters… and then all of their starters (minus Jacob deGrom) went down during the season.

Having a new, solid starter coming into 2018 would only be beneficial - we need more reliability than just deGrom.

But let's remember that there have been several times where reports tell us one thing, and the Mets do something else (ie hiring Mickey Callaway when everyone else thought Kevin Long or Alex Cora was going to get the job)...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 7, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Friday, Dec. 1 is the deadline for teams to offer contracts for 2018 to their arbitration-eligible and pre-arbitration players. Any player who is not tendered a contract will become a free agent.

Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Wilmer Flores, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, and Hansel Robles are all eligible for arbitration.

The Mets are expected to tender contracts to all of the above players, with the only uncertainty surrounding Harvey. However, GM Sandy Alderson has said multiple times that he expects Harvey to be retained for 2018...

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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