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Travid d'Arnaud throwing issues 00:03:42
The guys from Mets Talk Live discuss Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud and his struggles with throwing out base runners.

With a left-handed batter in the box Sunday, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud sailed a ball in to left field while intending to throw out Dee Gordon attempting to steal third base.

The error resulted in a renewed discussion in print, on Twitter and on air about d'Arnaud's arm strength and accuracy, which is something he says he's been working to improve this spring.

In 2016, d'Arnaud caught just 22 percent of runners attempting to steal a base against the Mets. This spring, seven of eight runners have successfully stolen a base with him behind the plate...

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Piazza optimistic for 2017 Mets 00:00:52
Mike Piazza speaks with the media about the Mets chances in 2017 from Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Mike Piazza joined the Mets on Tuesday in St. Lucie where he talked with reporters and said he's excited about what's in store for the organization in 2017...

"I think they have some real positives, and they know how to win now," he explained. "The way they came back in the last month last year, it's exciting to watch. Hopefully they'll get off to a better start and put themselves in a good position for the postseason again."

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Mar 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 3, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Noah Syndergaard, who is still dealing with the flu, was sent home early on Thursday by Mets manager Terry Collins, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Syndergaard allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings on Wednesday.

Along with Syndergaard, Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud have been dealing with a virus this week...

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Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)

OF Michael Conforto: He's batting .421 with two HR, as well as six strikeouts, through 22 at-bats during eight games for the Mets this spring. He's looked outstanding at the plate. He's back to being comfortable, smooth and handling left-handed pitching like a veteran.

I still have no idea how this is going to play out for him, though. I can see a scenario where he hits .400 and crushes the ball all spring, yet, because Jay Bruce is still on the roster, Conforto starts 2017 in Triple-A. The thing is, I have no idea how the Mets will justify this move, especially if he keeps showing he's their best option in right field...

Tags: Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Feb 28, 2017; Travis d'Arnaud (18) connects for a solo home run at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Travis d'Arnaud (18) connects for a solo home run at Roger Dean Stadium. Credit: Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Mets C Travis d'Arnaud hit his second home run of the spring during Monday's 8-2 win against the Marlins in Jupiter, Fla.

Throughout his career, d'Arnaud's swing had included a pronounced wrapping of his bat over his helmet, which would make his swing too long, hitting coach Kevin Long explained to the NY Post in February. By eliminating the 'bat wrap,' Long believes d'Arnaud will regain his quickness and consistency at the plate.

In 20 at-bats this spring, d'Arnaud is hitting .450 and has four RBI.

"We set out for him to do one thing, and that's to repeat his swing," Long said Monday, according to Newsday's Marc Carig. "He's done exactly that. ... So, hopefully we can keep him in that lane and - if he does that - we know what he can do."

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GEICO SportsNite: Matz's start 00:01:14
Steven Matz coasted through two innings against the Miami Marlins in his first taste of spring ball.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 8-2, on Monday in Jupiter.


  • LHP Steven Matz made his first appearance since August of 2016, tossing two scoreless innings while allowing three hits, walking none and striking out one.
  • Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a home run -- his second of the spring.
  • Juan Lagares led off and played center field, and went 1-for-2 at the plate...
Tags: Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud
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GEICO SportsNite: d'Arnaud 00:01:01
Terry Collins was pleased to see Travis d'Arnaud show signs of returning to form at the plate with a home run against Miami on Tuesday.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 3-1, on Tuesday afternoon in Jupiter.


  • RHP Seth Lugo got the start and allowed two hits while striking out two and walking none in three scoreless innings. He has tossed five scoreless innings so far during Spring Training.
  • LHP Josh Smoker struck out one while earning the save in a scoreless ninth inning...
Tags: Jose Reyes, Josh Smoker, Michael Conforto, Seth Lugo, TJ Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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Conforto fighting for spot 00:03:17
Michael Conforto went 2-3 with a home run in the Mets' first spring game, and could make roster decisions difficult for Terry Collins.

The Mets beat the Red Sox, 3-2, on Friday afternoon in Fort Myers.


  • Mets pitchers took a combined no-hitter into the seventh inning.
  • OF Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with a home run.
  • C Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-2.
  • RHP Seth Lugo, who is competing with Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler for the fifth spot in the rotation, walked two and struck out three while allowing no hits in two scoreless innings...
Tags: Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin, Michael Conforto, Rafael Montero, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

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

  • The Mets will send outfielders Juan Lagares and Michael Conforto, infielder Wilmer Flores, and catcher Travis d'Arnaud to their Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox on Friday. 
  • The hope is that David Wright will serve as designated hitter on Saturday.
Tags: David Wright, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores
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d'Arnaud on his expectations 00:02:41
Travis d'Arnaud joins Mets Hot Stove to discuss his expectations for himself behind the plate and at bat this season.

Glenn Sherlock may have been hired this past offseason to be the entire team's catching instructor, but he was clearly tasked with planting himself in Travis d'Arnaud's back pocket.

In the week that I've been here, I've only seen d'Arnaud out of ear shot from Sherlock once or twice, and it was walking from one field to another where Sherlock eventually ended up anyway...

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Alderson on d'Arnaud, Conforto 00:04:32
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson dishes on some hot topics including expectations for Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto.

With the return of Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce to New York's outfield this season, along with the presence of Curtis Granderson, 23-year old Michael Conforto has seemingly lost his spot in the starting lineup.

But Mets general manager Sandy Alderson does not believe it will discourage him from coming in and having a strong spring training, something that would make the decision about the outfield significantly more difficult for the GM.

"Well I think the important thing for Michael is to have a good spring, regardless of what happens at the end," Alderson told SNY's Gary Apple. "One of the things we focus on around here is process and not results. So I think Michael is committed to having a good spring, and you know, the way things are configured now, make it tough on us."

While Conforto will be attempting to prove to Alderson he belongs in the starting lineup this spring, he is not the only Met looking to show management of improvements made since last season...

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)
(The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports)

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

  • Wednesday was the best Collins has seen RHP Zack Wheeler throw since his Tommy John surgery. Wheeler could get in to a Grapefruit League game on March 8.
  • Collins thinks RHP Noah Syndergaard is doing the right thing by not pitching in the upcoming World Baseball Classic...
Tags: Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Zack Wheeler
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 21 00:02:35
MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone and SNY Mets analyst Nelson Figueroa discuss the day's events at Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The Mets continued workouts at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday...


The dynamic between David Wright and Jose Reyes has changed, as has their role on the Mets >> Read more

Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes, and Asdrubal Cabrera have been spending lots of time together at camp >> Read more...

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with the media on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie. Here's what we learned...

  • 3B David Wright will likely serve as a designated hitter initially during Grapefruit League games.
  • If RHP Jeurys Familia is suspended for his domestic violence incident, Collins is not worried about him keeping himself in shape during the time away from the team.
  • OF Jay Bruce will not take fly balls in center field during Spring Training.
  • The Mets have seen the potential of C Travis d'Arnaud, who is "extremely dangerous" when he's swigning well. "Everybody is allowed to have a bad year," Collins said about d'Arnaud's performance in 2016...
Tags: David Wright, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Rafael Montero, Travis d'Arnaud
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 (Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)
(Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports)

Free agent C Matt Wieters is close to signing what will likely be a two-year deal with the Nationals that contains an opt-out after the first year, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The deal will be worth $21 million, with $10 million paid in 2017, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Wieters, 30, hit .243 with a .302 OBP and .409 SLG with 17 HR and 66 RBI in 124 games last season for the Orioles.

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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.

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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.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud
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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.

Tags: Rene Rivera, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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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."

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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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.

Tags: Steven Matz, Travis d'Arnaud
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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

Tags: Logan Verrett, Travis d'Arnaud
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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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