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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 17 00:02:24
SNY's Steve Gelbs and John Harper of the NY Daily News cover Mets camp, including close looks at Travis d'Arnaud and Jose Reyes.

David Wright is tentatively scheduled to play catch on Sunday for the first time since having season-ending neck surgery last June, manager Terry Collins said >> Read more!

Jeurys Familia left camp on Friday to deal with a personal matter and is expected back Saturday.

Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario and 1B prospect Dominic Smith took batting practice together >> See pictures and read more here!

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone followed Jose Reyes, who looks like he never left the Mets for Miami >> See pictures and read more here!

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Terry Collins (10) in the dugout before the start of a game. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports
Terry Collins (10) in the dugout before the start of a game. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports

 

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media in Port St. Lucie on Friday. Here's what we learned...

Tags: David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2017; Matt Harvey (33) talks with Collins (10) during workouts at Tradition Field. Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

1) Travis d'Arnaud has a lot on shoulders as he works to improve his health, swing and throwing from behind the plate. "But, he's up for it," he knows he had a bad year in 2016 and he believes he can be better than that...

2) Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed have been told to approach spring training the same way they did last year, with Familia slotted as the closer and Reed as the team's set-up man, despite reports that Familia could be suspended to start the season...

3) David Wright is expected to start throwing a baseball later this week. There will be some activities this spring that Wright takes part in and some that he will not >> Read more.

4) Jay Bruce will get some time practicing at first base, mostly as a hedge against the potential of losing Lucas Duda's power to an injury during the season >> Read more

Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Travis d'Arnaud, Willie Reed
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Mets C Travis d'Arnaud and free-agent C Matt Wieters (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets C Travis d'Arnaud and free-agent C Matt Wieters (Credit: USA Today Images)

According to MLB.com's StatCast expert Mike Petriello, Travis d'Arnaud projects to be as good or better than free-agent C Matt Wieters in 2017.

"Ultimately, it's going to come down to health for d'Arnaud, as it always does, because the Mets are betting on upside," he explains. "With Wieters, you could spend millions and be reasonably sure you'd have a competent veteran catcher, but with little chance of a breakout, as his performance has not kept up with his name value or his salary demands."

"With d'Arnaud," he continues, "there's still the chance he'll have that big season we've seen flashes of. It might not be the popular choice, but it's an easily defensible one."

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d'Arnaud ready for spring 00:00:54
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud talks about what he needs to improve upon in 2017 as he prepares for Spring Training.

According to the NY Post and Newsday, Mets C Travis d'Arnaud has already put in work with the team's new catching instructor, Glenn Sherlock, who was hired by the organization in December.

In addition to analyzing video, Sherlock and d'Arnaud specifically worked on catching mechanics behind the plate and throwing, as well as the psychology of catching, according to both reports.

"It showed me exactly what I needed to see," d'Arnaud said, according to Newsday. "Stuff I needed to work on. Stuff I succeeded at. Stuff I didn't do well. So it's nice to get feedback like that."

The two met on multiple occasions in Scottsdale, AZ, and Los Angeles, CA, in late December and early January.

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Mets C Travis d'Arnaud and free-agent C Matt Wieters (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets C Travis d'Arnaud and free-agent C Matt Wieters (Credit: USA Today Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson has repeatedly said this winter that Travis d'Arnaud, Rene Rivera, and Kevin Plawecki will be his catchers in 2017. Meanwhile, it's Jan. 25, pitchers and catchers report in less than three weeks, and free-agent C Matt Wieters is still available on the open market.

In early-January, Mets sources told Daily News reporter John Harper that the team was not interested in spending money on a catcher, including Wieters.

However, in lieu of Tuesday night's news that Jay Bruce may be on the Opening Day roster (despite attempts to trade him all winter for a reliever), I expect fans and media will soon start contemplating signing Wieters, while trading d'Arnaud and prospects for the relief pitcher they hoped to get for Bruce.

Personally, I prefer d'Arnaud. I believe he can realize his potential, which he showed in 60 or so games during 2015. It's still possible -- catchers are notorious for developing late and he's still only 28 years old.

Tags: Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is doused by third baseman Jose Reyes (7) after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) is doused by third baseman Jose Reyes (7) after clinching a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

In order for the Mets to win 90 games in 2017, they obviously can't get hit with the injury bug like they did last season -- especially not in the starting rotation.

So, health aside, what has to happen for them to win 90?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Call to the Majors: d'Arnaud 00:01:41
In the latest installment of Call to the Majors presented by Citi, Travis d'Arnaud recalls the day he was promoted to the Major Leagues.

The Mets and C Travis d'Arnaud avoided salary arbitration last week, agreeing to terms on a one-year, $1.8 million contract for this coming season. He is eligible for arbitration in 2018 and 2019, after which he can be a free agent.

D'Arnaud played in just 75 games during 2016, while hitting .247 with four home runs and 15 RBI. He missed time early in the season with a strained rotator cufff and was idle for almost a month.

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Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) steps up to single to left during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports 
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Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) steps up to single to left during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets will avoid arbitration with C Travis d'Arnaud, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal, according to FanRag's MLB reporter Jon Heyman.

D'Arnaud, who earned the $524,000 league minimum in 2016, will earn $1.8 million next season.

He is eligible for arbitration in 2018 and 2019, after which he can be a free agent

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Mets 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Matt Harvey, C Travis d'Arnaud and RHP Jacob deGrom (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets 1B Lucas Duda, RHP Matt Harvey, C Travis d'Arnaud and RHP Jacob deGrom (Credit: USA Today Images)

The deadline for teams and unsigned arbitration-eligible players to file salary figures is January 13, after which the final salary will be determined during an arbitration hearing.

The Mets intend to take a more strict position on their potential arbitration cases than they have in past, Newsday's Marc Carig reported Thursday.

According to Carig, if the two sides cannot agree by Friday's deadline, the Mets have no issue letting the situation play out in arbitration.

This year's remaining, unsigned arbitration-eligible players for the Mets are...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Travis d'Arnaud
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Yanks and Mets share Series odds 00:03:31
Baseball Night in New York wonders whether Las Vegas made the right call by giving the Yankees and Mets the exact same World Series odds.

The Mets currently sit at 13-to-1 odds to win the World Series in 2017, the same odds as the Yankees, according to information provided by the Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas...

The Yankees finished 84-78 during 2016, but missed the playoffs by five games. The Mets, on the other hand, went 87-75 last season to win the top Wild Card spot.

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Should Mets pursue Wieters? 00:04:37
Mets Hot Stove takes a look at free-agent catcher Matt Wieters as a possible offseason target for the Mets.

Free-agent C Matt Wieters is available on the open market, but the Mets are still not interested, a team source recently told Daily News reporter John Harper.

"We're not spending our money on a catcher,'' the source said, according to Harper.

In early-November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he planned to enter Spring Training with Travis d'Arnaud, Rene Rivera, and Kevin Plawecki as his group of catchers and he that had no interest in adding someone new from outside the organization.

Alderson repeatedly made the same statement throughout December when asked by reporters about the state of the team's catching situation.

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Name That Mets Backup Catcher 00:03:54
Nelson Figueroa listens to clues and attempts to name backup Mets catchers from the past 10 years.

In early-November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he planned to enter Spring Training with Travis d'Arnaud, Rene Rivera, and Kevin Plawecki as his group of catchers and he had no interest in adding someone new from outside the organization.

Alderson made a similar statement a number of times during December.

In late November, the Mets avoided salary arbitration with Rivera, with the two sides agreeing on a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Noah Syndergaard said in mid-December that he's extremely happy that Rivera is returning in 2017, he told WOR's Pete McCarthy during an interview.

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Mets C Rene Rivera and pitcher Noah Syndergaard meet at the mound during a game in 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images) (Caylor Arnold)
Mets C Rene Rivera and pitcher Noah Syndergaard meet at the mound during a game in 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images) (Caylor Arnold)

Noah Syndergaard is extremely happy the Mets re-signed C Rene Rivera, he told WOR's Pete McCarthy during an interview this week on WOR 710 AM radio.

"That's huge, because he really helped me last year with his veteran leadership and the amount of knowledge that he has," Syndergaard explained.

The Mets avoided arbitration with Rivera in late-November, signing him to a one-year, $1.75 million deal. He joined them last season on a minor-league deal.

In early-November, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he's less interested in acquiring a new catcher from outside the organization and more focused on finding ways to help Travis d'Arnaud, Rivera and Kevin Plawecki play better in 2017.

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Alderson answers fans' questions 00:05:56
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson answers fan-submitted questions on Mets Hot Stove.

New York Mets GM Sandy Alderson talks David Wright's health, Jose Reyes' position in the lineup and what he thinks of Travis d'Arnaud when he answers fan-submitted questions on Mets Hot Stove.

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Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

"The Mets are fully planning to go with Travis d'Arnaud as the primary catcher in 2017 and don't foresee going the external route," ESPN.com's Adam Rubin wrote late Sunday.

According to Rubin, the Mets do not intend on pursuing free-agent C Welington Castillo, who was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks this past weekend.

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Trea Turner (7) scores after beating the throw to Rene Rivera (44) at home in the first inning at Citi Field.  (Noah K. Murray (USA Today))
Trea Turner (7) scores after beating the throw to Rene Rivera (44) at home in the first inning at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray (USA Today))

The Mets are undecided on whether to offer salary arbitration to 33-year-old catcher Rene Riveramultiple sources told Kristie Ackert of the Daily News.

Although one team source told Ackert the Mets were not likely to offer Rivera a contract next season, a second team source told her they had yet to make a final decision.

Rivera is projected to earn roughly $2 million next season, which will be his final year being eligible for salary arbitration. He earned $507,000 last season after the Mets signed him on a minor-league contract prior to the season.

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Coming off a breakout season, Travis d'Arnaud was the presumptive starter going into 2016, with Kevin Plawecki as his backup. Unfortunately, d'Arnaud missed more than half the season due to injury and struggled at the plate in his limited appearances, putting up a .629 OPS, almost 200 points below his 2015 mark.

At the same time, Plawecki's offense was worse, as he found himself back in the minors. Rene Rivera, on a minor league deal, proved to be a serviceable alternative, though his batting lingered well behind his strong defense.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Maggie Wiggin
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Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) steps up to single to left during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports 
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Sep 18, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) steps up to single to left during the sixth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

The Mets are more interested in helping Travis d'Arnaud, Rene Rivera and Kevin Plawecki play better in 2017 than acquiring a new catcher from outside the organization, GM Sandy Alderson told reporters in Arizona on Tuesday.

In early October, Terry Collins made a similar comment when talking to ESPN, saying d'Arnaud will be one of the organization's biggest projects during spring training.

"You can't go into a National League season with your eight hitter hitting what essentially your nine hitter is hitting," Alderson said, according to Newsday. "But, do we think we have the potential for improvement there? I think we do feel that way."

D'Arnaud played in just 75 games during 2016, while hitting just .247 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. He missed time early in the season with a strained rotator cuff, ending up idle for almost a month.

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The Mets haven't really commented on what their payroll will look like next seaosn. But, the way I see it, they can probably add roughly $50 million to their payroll next season, which - right now - is projected to open around $105 million when you factor in raises and players under contract.

I explained my reasoning here earlier this week, which is more or less the same conclusion reached Thursday by ESPN.com's Adam Rubin...

That $105 million does not include Yoenis Cespedes, Bartolo Colon or Neil Walker.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Bartolo Colon, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Sep 2, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) at home plate during game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 2, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos (40) at home plate during game against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Free-agent C Wilson Ramos still plans to seek a four- or five-year contract, despite having season-ending knee surgery in September, his agent told the Washington Post.In 523 plate appearances this past season, Ramos, 28, hit .307 with a career-high 22 home runs, while throwing out 37 percent of opposing base-stealers and drawing strong marks for pitch-framing, according to Baseball Prospectus.Ramos is expected to be sidelined for 6-to-8 months following surgery, and unlikely to return to a big-league roster until late in 2017.

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Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, Rays LHP Drew Smyly and Mets OF Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, Rays LHP Drew Smyly and Mets OF Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)

Rays fan and FanSided author Althea Pashman says there is talk in Tampa that the Mets and Yankees may have interest in trading for left-handed starting pitcher Drew Smyly.Pashman feels the Rays should deal Smyly to the Mets for C Travis d'Arnaud and OF Michael Conforto.

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Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Travis d'Arnaud catches at Chase Field (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Terry Collins believes C Travis d'Arnaud will be one of the organization's biggest projects when they get to Spring Training next February, the manager told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

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Last night was a confusing experience. It was painful to experience 1,500 innings of baseball between March through last night, only to see it all go up in flames in the span of 10 minutes. I thought a few hours sleep might help my perspective, but it didn't. I'm still unsure where to begin this post-game write up. So, here's where I'm at with the following...


Tags: Eric Campbell, James Loney, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, San Francisco Giants, Travis d'Arnaud, Ty Kelly, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Mets C Travis d'Arnaud is 27 years old, he's missed more than 50 percent of the last three seasons and he's now losing playing time to his backup, Rene Rivera.

Rivera, 33, started Tuesday night. However, he also started the next afternoon. Typically like most managers, Terry Collins swaps catchers when playing a day game after a night game. But with d'Arnaud hitting just .238 during the last week, and Rivera going 3-for-8 the previous two days, the rules clearly changed.

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Aug 24, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jay Bruce (19) walks off the field with manager Terry Collins (10) and a trainer after suffering an injury during the first inning against the Cardinals: Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 24, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jay Bruce (19) walks off the field with manager Terry Collins (10) and a trainer after suffering an injury during the first inning against the Cardinals: Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Jay Bruce left Wednesday's game with a cramp in his right calf, which he and his manager, Terry Collins, both later said was only a minor injury.

"It felt like a cramp that wouldn't let up," said Bruce, who expects to play on Thursday.

He hit a double in the second inning off Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez, but Collins pulled him from the game after seeing him look hurt.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Post Game Extra: Mets lose 00:03:12
Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron darling break down the Mets' 8-6 loss to the San Diego Padres on Friday night at Citi Field.

Ryan Schimpf hit two of the Padres' four homers off Logan Verrett, who allowed five runs in the first inning as the Mets dropped their fourth straight game, 8-6, on Friday night at Citi Field.

In case you missed it…

  • Verrett was torched for eight runs - all on four homers - while allowing six hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings. Over his last two starts, he has surrendered 14 runs and 13 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
  • New York rallied back with six unanswered runs, three in the sixth on Matt Reynolds' RBI double, Ty Kelly's RBI single and an RBI groundout by Wilmer Flores.
  • Seth Lugo, Erik Goeddel and Hansel Robles combined to retire the final 19 Padres after Verrett was lifted with two outs in the third.
  • Travis d'Arnaud snapped out of a 1-for-18 skid with a 3-for-4 night. He got New York on the board with a two-run homer, his fourth of the season.

To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.

Quotes…

Terry Collins on his club: "Tonight I thought the energy was good, there was energy on the bench all night. Once in a while you got to shake some things up, so [Thursday] I tried to shake some things up. Today it didn't work to our advantage, but I thought we played better."

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Noah Syndergaard and Rene Rivera meet on the mound.  (Caylor Arnold (USA Today))
Noah Syndergaard and Rene Rivera meet on the mound. (Caylor Arnold (USA Today))



Earlier this week, I wrote about my fear that the stolen base - and other little things - would needle the Mets season in to oblivion. And the last three days didn't help in easing my fears...

The D-backs stole 13 bases during their painful sweep of the Mets, which is the most ever allowed in a three-game series, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"They have good baserunners all around the lineup," Mets C Rene Rivera said. "This is going to happen. They picked stuff up on our pitchers, and they took advantage of it."

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Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) delivers a pitch in the first inning. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

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This season, opposing runners have stolen 94 bases against the Mets, which is tied with the Cubs for the most in the National League. Last night, the D-Backs stole five bases, helping them push across the go-ahead and winning runs later in the game.

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Post Game Extra: 8/6/16 00:02:07
Gary Apple and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Logan Verrett gave up five runs in the fourth inning and Jay Bruce was thrown out at the plate for the final out in the ninth inning as the Mets' rally fell short in a 6-5 loss to the Tigers Saturday night at Comerica Park.


In case you missed it…

  • The Mets trailed 6-1 after Verrett gave up five runs in the fourth. He hit a batter and allowed four hits in the inning, including a two-run single by Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Jon Niese relieved Verrett and gave up a two-run single to Miguel Cabrera, but the runs were charged to Verrett.
  • Verrett (3-7) allowed six runs and seven hits and threw 82 pitches in 3 2/3 innings. In his past six starts he's 0-2 with a 5.61 ERA.
  • Wilmer Flores was 2-for-4 with two RBIs; Bruce and Curtis Granderson homered.
  • The Mets had three singles off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth, by Bruce, Alejandro De Aza and Travis d'Arnaud. Bruce headed for home on d'Arnaud's short single to right fielder J.D. Martinez, but was called out and replays showed he barely missed the plate on his slide and was tagged out by catcher Saltamacchia.
  • The Mets had 14 hits, but hit into three double plays, were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and failed to take advantage of three Detroit errors.
  • To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.

Video: Granderson homers to right-center field

Video: Bruce crushes a game-tying home run in the fourth

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Jonathan Lucroy hits a home run off the Chicago Cubs. (AP)
Jonathan Lucroy hits a home run off the Chicago Cubs. (AP)

The Mets were reportedly still trying to acquire Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy up until the last hour of Monday's non-waiver trade deadlibe.

However, he was eventually traded to the Rangers with reliever Jeremy Jeffress for a relief pitcher and top prospects Lewis Brinson and Luis Ortiz.

According to Milwaukee reporter Tom Haudricourt, in addition to Travis d'Arnaud, the Mets were being asked to part with SS Amed Rosario or 1B Dominic Smith.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Jeurys Familia's blew his second-straight save and the Mets continued their struggle hitting with runners in scoring postition as they lost to the Rockies, 2-1, at Citi Field on Thursday >> Read more



The Mets have recalled outfielder Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas, with Juan Lagares likely heading to the DL >> Read more

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy drives in a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy drives in a run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at PNC Park. (Charles LeClaire/USA Today Sports Images)

Update...

Mets GM Sandy Alderson called an unspecified trade rumor "dead on arrival" on Monday afternoon.

Previous Reports...

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Mike Piazza works with Mets catchers during training camp Sunday (Andrew Vazzano)
Mike Piazza works with Mets catchers during training camp Sunday (Andrew Vazzano)

Where have you gone Mike Piazza?

OK, we know exactly where the former Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins (for five games), New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Oakland A's catcher will be Sunday afternoon -- getting inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

But we meant "where have you gone Mike Piazza" in the larger sense, as in, is there an heir apparent to his title as a great hitting catcher?

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Mets C Travis d'Arnaud grew up idolizing Mike Piazza, who will be wearing a Mets hat when he's inducted in to the baseball Hall of Fame this Saturday.

"I pretty much just tried to do everything like him, and imitate him in every way possible," d'Arnaud told MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

D'Arnaud has been able to work one-on-one during Spring Training with Piazza, who the Mets have invited to camp to be a special catching instructor.

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New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores (4) runs out his three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)
New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores (4) runs out his three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner)

Wilmer Flores hit a game-deciding three-run homer as the Mets beat the Nationals, 9-7, on Thursday night at Citi Field >> Read more



Matt Harvey is deciding whether to have season-ending surgery or a non-surgical injection in his shoulder >> Read more

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Collins, Cespedes, Harvey on win 00:05:51
Mets manager Terry Collins, outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and pitcher Matt Harvey discuss the Mets' 8-6 come-from-behind win over the Marlins.

The New York Mets completed the fourth-largest comeback in franchise history with an 8-6 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday at Citi Field.

The Mets trailed 6-0 after manager Terry Collins pulled Matt Harvey after he allowed six runs (five earned) and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

New York tied the game at 6 in the seventh inning on a Wilmer Flores sac fly, then took the lead on Yoenis Cespedes' two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Kelly Johnson, Matt Harvey, Miami Marlins, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Collins and Walker on Mets win 00:06:12
Terry Collins and Neil Walker comment on the Mets' 4-3 win Saturday night and discuss their desire to complete the sweep Sunday afternoon.

Neil Walker hit a two-run homer in the first and Travis d'Arnaud added a two-out, two-run single in the fourth as the Mets defeated Jake Arrieta and the Cubs for a third straight day at Citi Field, 4-3, on Saturday night.

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Michael Conforto (30) singles during the eighth inning. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Conforto (30) singles during the eighth inning. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Conforto bruised his left knee when he crashed into the outfield wall making a catch to end the fourth inning in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Braves.

"It locked up, which gave me a little bit of a fright, but it loosened up pretty quick after that," said Conforto, who limped off the field but remained in the game. "It's just skinned up a little bit, bruised up. It feels OK now, we'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Later, in the seventh inning, he made a sensational throw to peg Emilio Bonifacio at home plate.

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Collins and players on loss 00:06:28
Terry Collins, Addison Reed, Michael Conforto, Matt Harvey, and Noah Syndergaard speak following the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Braves.

Reliever Addison Reed surrendered a go-ahead two-run home run to Atlanta's Adonis Garcia in the eighth inning as the New York Mets lost to the Braves, 4-3, on the road Thursday night.

Reed had not allowed a run in 16 appearances from early May to early June. Since, he has allowed six runs and eight hits in his last six innings of work, raising his ERA from 1.63 to to 2.70 in fewer than two weeks.

"I've gone through way worse stretches than this," Reed said after the game. "This is part of the game. You can't be perfect, so I'll forget about it and be ready to go tomorrow."

Tags: Addison Reed, Atlanta Braves, Travis d'Arnaud
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Familia pitches final out 00:00:22
Jeurys Familia strikes out Brett Eibner for the last out in Mets' 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.

Hansel Robles, Erik Goeddel, Jerry Blevins, Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia combined to throw 8 2/3 innings of one-run ball after Bartolo Colon left the game after one batter with a bruised thumb in the New York Mets' 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.

Once Colon left after a line drive struck his thumb, manager Terry Collins brought in Robles, who threw a career-high 65 pitches in 3 2/3 innings. Robles pitched into the fifth inning and struck out six batters.

"We were short tonight," manager Terry Collins said after the game. "So, I just said he's got to be the guy, let's see if he can get us to the fifth inning."

Tags: Addison Reed, Bartolo Colon, Erik Goeddel, Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) swings against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Turner Field. (Brett Davis)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (7) swings against the Atlanta Braves in the second inning at Turner Field. (Brett Davis)

After Terry Collins told reporters following Sunday's loss to the Braves that he "may shake some things up," the Mets have announced a pair of roster moves on Tuesday. New York has activated Travis d'Arnaud from the disabled list and optioned Kevin Plawecki to Las Vegas. The team has also placed Jim Henderson on the DL and recalled Sean Gilmartin from Triple-A.

D'Arnaud has been out since April 25 with a strained rotator cuff. In 13 games before the injury, d'Arnaud was hitting .196 (9-for-46) with three doubles and one RBI.

During his 11 game rehab assignment, d'Arnaud hit .317.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Sean Gilmartin, Travis d'Arnaud
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Michael Conforto (30) hits a home run in the first inning against the Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Conforto (30) hits a home run in the first inning against the Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets OF Michael Conforto is unlikely to get sent back to the minor leagues, team officials told ESPN.com's Adam Rubin.

"They would not swear to that decision late Monday, but acknowledged the only shakeup when the Mets resume play on Tuesday against the Royals at Citi Field may be Travis d'Arnaud's return from the disabled list," Rubin wrote.

"You don't want to panic early, but, right now, with what's going on, we may shake some things up," manager Terry Collins told reporters this past weekend. "We have to start playing better, so we'll see what we can do."

Tags: Dilson Herrera, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports Images)

Latest update

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud will catch nine innings on both Saturday and Sunday as part of his rehab, Terry Collins said Saturday. 

Collins also said the Mets expect to use d'Arnaud fairly regularly when he returns to the majors, which the team hopes is next Tuesday. 

"When he gets back we are throwing him out there," Collins said. "Does that mean we will go four in a row? May not be. See how he plays."

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Mets catchers not named Travis d'Arnaud are currently batting .197 with a .291 OBP and .283 slugging, which ranks 27th in MLB. They've combined for just nine extra base hits and, while they're drawing walks at a slightly above average rate, it's not enough to overcome their awful batting averages.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Maggie Wiggin
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Alderson discusses Mets injuries 00:04:06
Mets GM Sandy Alderson discusses the updates on Zack Wheeler, Travis d'Arnaud, and the latest on David Wright.

GM Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins addressed a series of topics before Tuesday's game, including the manager's health after his hospital stay. Here's what they had to say:

  • Juan Lagares was expected to start on Tuesday with Michael Conforto out, but is sitting due to a "bad tooth," Collins said.
  • Travis d'Arnaud is expected to catch again on Tuesday while rehabbing with High-A St. Lucie. He will rehab with Triple-A Las Vegas over the weekend with the goal of being activated next Tuesday.
  • Zack Wheeler will throw a simulated inning with the Gulf Coast league team this week, and will begin a rehab assignment shortly after.
  • Kevin Plawecki is struggling with his part-time duties, Collins said. "He has to think he is the guy. If he does, he will play better."
  • Collins said he is fine after becoming disoriented and being taken to the hospital in Milwaukee. He noted it may have been due to dehydration, but there was no definitive explanation given to him.

Tags: Juan Lagares, Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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 (Benny Sieu)
(Benny Sieu)

The Mets split their four-game series with the Brewers, losing Saturday and Sunday >> Read more



Terry Collins was hospitalized prior to Sunday's game in Milwaukee, where he will remain overnight. Bench coach Dick Scott took over as the team's manager >> Read more

Tags: Erik Goeddel, Logan Verrett, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud
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