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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.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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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.

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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.

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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...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Travis d'Arnaud, Danny Abriano
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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. 

To see the full box score, click here!

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.

To see the full box score, click here!

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.

To see the full box score, click here!

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...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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."

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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...

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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. 

 

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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.

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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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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

This week in our offseason entertainment, we had quite some movement in terms of baseball. There's now a coaching staff, which is huge. Now, we just need a big bat, a reliever, an outfielder who can also play first base, etc etc.

Off the field, however, the Mets also kept us entertained. No, it was not another weekend of love like last weekend was with Travis d'Arnaud, Brandon Nimmo, and Mickey Jannis all walking down the aisle. But, weddings did come up this week.

Steven Matz. We all know he's engaged and getting married soon. On WOR this week when asked about which teammates he felt obligated to invite to the wedding, his response gave away two of his groomsmen, but was also a bit vague...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Michelle Ioannou
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LM: You Think This Is a Game? 00:01:39
Marc Malusis and Jon Hein discuss the Mets players who were and were not in attendance at Travis d'Arnaud's recent wedding.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | TwitterWelcome to the offseason, everyone. Most Mets fans were wishing for this after the injury-riddled 2017 season, and now that we're here, many of us are right back to missing baseball.

But in this time period between the season ending and Spring Training beginning, the Mets are staying busy off the field. Thanks to social media and the internet, all of us get to see what's going on and stay connected to our players (who we hope are also hitting the batting cages). This past weekend for instance was the weekend of Mets weddings. Travis d'Arnaud, Brandon Nimmo, and Mets Minor league knuckleballer Mickey Jannis all walked down the aisle over the weekend, inviting some of their Mets friends.

Click below for lots of pictures from this weekend's Mets adventures...

Tags: Amed Rosario, David Wright, Dominic Smith, Eric Campbell, Kevin Plawecki, Matt Harvey, Travis d'Arnaud, Michelle Ioannou
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter |  The 2017 season was not supposed to go the way that it did. Mets fans were supposed to be basking in October baseball bliss, celebrating entering the postseason for the third year in a row. Instead, all Mets fans are doing is basking in some of the much needed changes that have been made in the mere 96 hours since the season ended.

That's not a bad thing. In fact, it's a great thing to be basking in, especially after all of the injuries and other questionable decisions that happened throughout this season. MRIs not being taken, minor leaguers not being ready for the bigs even though they should be, injury after injury after injury... I don't have to go into detail, you all know how horrid this season was.

It was the opposite of how any of us thought it was supposed to go, with literally everyone thinking this was a playoff team. The pitching was there and finally together. The big bats were there, especially with Yoenis Cespedes's extended contract. No one could have expected the season to go the way it did. And if you did suspect that, you really need to go and play lotto...

Tags: Addison Reed, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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A look back on Collins in Queens 00:03:44
SNY takes a look back at Terry Collins' years in Flushing.

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and catcher Travis d'Arnaud viewed former Mets manager Terry Collins as a mentor to them as they made their MLB debuts under his reign.

Both Syndergaard, 25, and d'Arnaud, 28, reflected on their times spent with Collins, who resigned as Mets manager after Sunday's season-ending loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

"Ever since I've been in the big leagues, he's been my manager, so he's done nothing but great things for me," d'Arnaud said about Collins, 68, who went 551-582 as Mets manager since his first season in 2011. "We've had two hells of a season together, making it all the way to the World Series -- which I still can't believe that happened, what a crazy run -- and even last year, making it back to the postseason was incredible. We've been through the thick and thin."

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud
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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)

All season, the Mets had a significant problem at the catcher position. Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki were each batting under .240 with an OPS under .700 at the end of August and minimal history of success to look back on, particularly in Plawecki's case. But both have had a surge of production that may help simplify an issue for a team facing a very complicated offseason.

On September 1, d'Arnaud was sitting on a .232/.281/.394 slash line over 306 plate appearancesm -- a deeply disappointing season in which he finally seemed to be capable of staying healthy for a long stretch. Since the beginning of the month, though, he has been on fire, batting .315/.367/.741 with six home runs in 60 plate appearances, while striking out only five times.

It hasn't all been against September call-ups either -- five of his six home runs came against established major leaguers, and his OPS is seventh-best in baseball for the month. D'Arnaud's season line is still below major league average overall, but better than the average catcher, particularly in regards to power. He's not out of the woods yet, but this explosion could not have come at a better time.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Maggie Wiggin
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Jeep Pitchcast: d'Arnaud's HR 00:00:10
The Jeep Pitchcast analyzes Travis d'Arnaud's home run in the eighth inning during Tuesday night's game.

The Jeep Pitchcast analyzes Travis d'Arnaud's home run in the eighth inning during Tuesday night's game.

D'Armaud has hit four home runs over his last six games, and is hitting .321/.373/.755 with six HR, five doubles, and 16 RBI in 16 games this month, while striking out just five times.

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How does the Apple operate? 00:04:08
Kids Clubhouse takes you inside Citi Field, where we meet the people who make sure the Apple appears when the Mets hit a home run.

Citi Field home run apple doesn't rise for Travis d'Arnaud's homer until two batters later

The Citi Field home-run apple in center field did not pop up after Travis d'Arnaud's solo home run in the eighth inning, prompting fans to cheer: "App-le! App-le! We want App-le!"

Thankfully, two batters later, during a visit from the opposing manager to the pitcher's mound, the Apple appeared, drawing cheers from the crowd...

Tags: Travis d'Arnaud
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/25 00:03:34
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' doubleheader split with the Braves on Monday.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

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

1) Seth Lugo tossed six scoreless innings to win for only the second time in nine starts. The right-hander allowed two hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out seven. He retired the last 12 batters he faced.

2) Travis d'Arnaud homered and hit an RBI double while Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. Mark Reynolds chipped in with two hits and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in New York's other run with a groundout.

3) Jerry Blevins and Chasen Bradford pitched two scoreless innings and Jeurys Familia picked up his fifth save despite allowing two runs, two hits while also committing an error in the ninth.

Tags: Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:17
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-6 win over the Washington Nationals.

For a full box score of the game, click here.

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

1) Travis d'Arnaud homered twice and drove in four runs and Nori Aoki went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including the go-ahead double in the fifth inning as the Mets rallied from a 6-1 deficit. Asdrubal Cabrera keyed New York's five-run fifth with a two-run single and finished 2-for-2 with two walks.

2) After allowing four runs during his first blown save as a Met on Tuesday, AJ Ramos allowed a walk and a single in the ninth before he was replaced by Josh Smoker with runners at the corners and one out. Aoki's diving catch in right was the only out he recorded.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud
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 (Kamil Krzaczynski)
(Kamil Krzaczynski)

Mets SS Amed Rosario and C Travis d'Arnaud are not in Friday's lineup after both left Thursday night's game against the Cubs in Chicago due to injury.

Both are available off the bench, according to the team.

Rosario, who had a hit in his first at-bat on Thursday, left the game early due to a tight hip flexor.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Travis d'Arnaud
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Sep 14, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) scores as New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) waits for the ball during the fourth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)
Sep 14, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (44) scores as New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud (18) waits for the ball during the fourth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports (Kamil Krzaczynski)

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud and SS Amed Rosario left Thursday's game with injuries, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

D'Arnaud departed the game with a twisted knee, while Rosario suffered a tight hip flexor and left after running out of the batter's box.

D'arnaud hit a solo home run in the third inning and Rosario had a hit.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Travis d'Arnaud
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d'Arnaud homers to extend lead 00:01:05
Travis d'Arnaud crushes an offering from Nick Pivetta over the right field wall to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this week that he is comfortable again using Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki as his primary catchers in 2018.

"It's a big compliment for the both of us," d'Arnaud told reporters Wednesday. "We're working as hard as we can, especially for the pitchers to win ballgames and win series. This is all we can control."

D'Arnaud, 28, has four hits, including a home run and three RBI, during his last two games.

"Travis, over the course of the season, has improved," Alderson added. "Some of the more esoteric metrics that we look at indicate that."

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/6 00:03:55
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 6-3 win over the Phillies.

 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

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

1) Travis d'Arnaud a two-run homer and singled and Brandon Nimmo drove in two runs on a pair of sacrifice flies as the Mets scored three times in the first en route to opening up a 6-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Robert Gsellman helped himself with a run-scoring single.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 9/6 00:03:55
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 6-3 win over the Phillies.

 

For a full box score of the game, click here.

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

1) Travis d'Arnaud a two-run homer and singled and Brandon Nimmo drove in two runs on a pair of sacrifice flies as the Mets scored three times in the first en route to opening up a 6-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Robert Gsellman helped himself with a run-scoring single.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud
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Alderson watches players take batting practice in Port St. Lucie, Fla (Credit: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press)
Alderson watches players take batting practice in Port St. Lucie, Fla (Credit: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press)

MLB teams are now allowed to promote any player who's on their 40-man roster to the majors. Typically, in the case of non-contending teams like the Mets, organizations wait to promote people until after their minor league affiliates finish their respective seasons.

At that point, teams promote players already on the roster to add depth and guys that will soon have to be added to the 40-man roster due to their Rule 5 Draft eligibility.

Here are 10 players that will be talked about being promoted, only some of which will actually get the call during the next month.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jose Reyes, Kevin Plawecki, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Charles LeClaire)
(Charles LeClaire)

Though he has been in and out of the major leagues since his 2015 debut, Kevin Plawecki has yet to prove himself capable of hitting at the major league level. But the departure of Rene Rivera has given him another opportunity to show he can adjust and provide value to the Mets.

Plawecki is now 26 years old and would be considered well past the development phase of his career at any other position. But catchers do peak late and it's possible that Plawecki will earn a spot in the majors long-term.

Contrary to scouting reports early in his professional career, Plawecki has excellent defensive tools as a catcher. He has a moderately good arm and blocks well, but he excels most in pitch-framing -- the catching skill with the biggest impact on run-prevention. He consistently ranks highly among major league catchers in runs saved via pitch-framing despite having relatively few innings...

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Travis d'Arnaud, Maggie Wiggin
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Travis d'Arnaud (18) plays third base at Citi Field. Credit. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Travis d'Arnaud (18) plays third base at Citi Field. Credit. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Travis d'Arnaud and Asdrubal Cabrera rotated between playing third base and second base Wednesday because Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores were unavailable due to left rib injuries.

D'Arnaud, who had never started a game at either position, texted David Wright prior to the game to get permission to use his third basemen's glove.

"Use it well," Wright replied "Dive for everything."

In situations when a right-handed batter was at the plate, Terry Collins put D'Arnaud at second base, while Cabrera played third, where a ground ball was more likely to be hit. Then, when a left-handed batter stepped to the plate, the two infielders switched positions, again so Cabrera could be at second where he was more likely to get a ground ball.

Tags: Travis d'Arnaud
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