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New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets INF Wilmer Flores is back with the team after completing his DL stint for lower back soreness. The Mets have optioned Ty Kelly to the minors to make room for Flores. 

Flores was rehabbing with Single-A Port St. Lucie on Tuesday night, where he went 1-for-3 with a double. He has been on the DL since May 28 with his back injury. 

When Flores landed on the DL, assistant GM John Ricco said Flores has dealt with a "disc" issue, which caused the soreness in his lower back. 

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New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (4) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
New York Mets infielder Wilmer Flores (4) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets INF Wilmer Flores went 1-for-3 with a double in a rehab game with Single-A St. Lucie on Tuesday night.

It was the first rehab game for Flores, who has been on the disabled list since May 28 with back soreness.

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reported that the plan is for Flores to rejoin the Mets at some point during their 10-game road trip.

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Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)
Apr 27, 2018; San Diego, CA, USA; New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looks on before a game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports (Jake Roth)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said a ton during his conference call on Tuesday. In case you missed it, here's what you need to know... 


The Mets are still considering whether to demote the struggling Michael Conforto to Triple-A Las Vegas. >> READ MORE

Noah Syndergaard is getting a second opinion on his finger injury, though nothing new happened injury-wise. >> READ MORE

 

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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 (Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger)
(Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger)

According to assistant GM John Ricco, Mets INF Wilmer Flores has a "disc" issue which is causing the soreness in his lower back. 

The Mets announced on Monday that Flores hit the 10-day DL with a sore lower back. He had to leave Sunday's game after feeling lower back soreness, and manager Mickey Callaway said that he had been battling that injury last week as well. Flores traveled back to New York to have his back examined.

Flores has been playing third recently with Todd Frazier on the DL himself with a hamstring injury. Luis Guillorme, who replaced Flores at third on Sunday, could be the next-best option with Jose Reyes on the bench as well. 

 

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 (Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger)
(Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger)

According to assistant GM John Ricco, Mets INF Wilmer Flores has a "disc" issue which is causing the soreness in his lower back. 

The Mets announced on Monday that Flores hit the 10-day DL with a sore lower back. He had to leave Sunday's game after feeling lower back soreness, and manager Mickey Callaway said that he had been battling that injury last week as well. Flores traveled back to New York to have his back examined.

Flores has been playing third recently with Todd Frazier on the DL himself with a hamstring injury. Luis Guillorme, who replaced Flores at third on Sunday, could be the next-best option with Jose Reyes on the bench as well. 

 

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Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Apr 11, 2018; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki (26) celebrates with teammates after scoring a run against the Miami Marlins in the eighth inning during a MLB game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

After a slew of injurires, the Mets have recalled C Kevin Plawecki, RHP Hansel Robles, and INF Phillip Evans ahead of their doubleheader against the Braves on Monday. 

Plawecki, who has been out since April 11, returns to the Mets after rehabbing the hairline fracture in his right hand. He sustained the injury after getting hit during an at-bat. He recently caught nine innings for Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, and belted a two-run homer on Wednesday night. 

Tomas Nido was sent down to make room for Plawecki...

Tags: Hansel Robles, Kevin Plawecki, Phillip Evans, Wilmer Flores
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May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 24, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) drives in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

Mets INF Wilmer Flores left Sunday's game against the Brewers with lower back soreness. 

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May 26, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the second inning as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz (15) watches at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)
May 26, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) reacts after hitting a solo home run in the second inning as Milwaukee Brewers catcher Erik Kratz (15) watches at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports (Benny Sieu)

The Mets had some bright spots on offense in a 17-6 loss to the Brewers on Saturday afternoon.  

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Ramirez a fit for the Mets? 00:02:06
The BNNY panel discusses the recent DFA of Hanley Ramirez and if the Mets should be interested in him or not in 2018.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Word this afternoon is that the Mets are unlikely to pursue Hanley Ramirez, once the Boston Red Sox release him. The Sox designated Ramirez for assignment earlier today, and are not expected to find a trade partner, meaning that Ramirez will be a free agent after seven days.

Why not the Mets, you ask?

Well, a few hours ago I was preparing to write a column arguing for this configuration: Yoenis Cespedes in left field, Michael Conforto in center, Jay Bruce and Brandon Nimmo in right, and Bruce and Ramirez platooning at first.

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BNNY: Bautista joins the Mets 00:06:25
The BNNY panel discusses Jose Bautista signing with the Mets, and whether he is a good fit for the team this season.

The Mets have agreed to a one-year major league deal with INF/OF Jose Bautista, who was released by the Atlanta Braves this past weekend, the Mets announced Tuesday. Bautista will be available for Tuesday night's game, with Phillip Evans optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster.  

SNY's Andy Martino had reported a deal was close. 

Bautista, who was just 5-for-35 (.143) with two home runs after joining Atlanta's big-league roster on May 5, had agreed to a minor league deal in April.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 18, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his two run single against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Todd Frazier (hamstring) took batting practice on Monday for the first time since landing on the DL on May 8. The 32-year-old Frazier was eligible to return from the DL this Friday.

While Frazier is progressing, he will need to run before the Mets clear him for a rehab assignment, manager Mickey Callaway said prior to Monday night's game. 

In Frazier's absence, the Mets have been using a combination of Wilmer Flores, Luis Guillorme, and Jose Reyes at third base. 

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May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
May 15, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) hits an RBI double against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets SS Amed Rosario hit two home runs Sunday and provided a glimmer in to the dynamic, smooth and powerful player he projected to be when making his debut last summer.

It would be a godsend if Rosario emerged this season as the player we all hope he can be and helped lead the Mets to a long winning streak. The thing is, he's still 22 years old. So, instead of an immediate All Star, he's been a typical young player, showing signs of amazing talent in a sea of pressure and learning curves.

I realize we live in a league where it seems every day a new phenom emerges to step in to the spotlight. But, there are far more young players who are making their debuts in line with Rosario, who has produced a career OPS well below average...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball and throws out St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler (not pictured) during the 8th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Mar 29, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets thrid baseman Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball and throws out St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Dexter Fowler (not pictured) during the 8th inning of the game on opening day at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Todd Frazier (hamstring) told reporters on Saturday that he does not know when he will return from the disabled list.

Frazier said a rehab assignment has not yet been scheduled.

The 32-year-old Frazier, who was placed on the 10-day DL on May 8, was eligible to return from the DL on Friday.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Luis Guillorme, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores
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Callaway, Flores on Mets' skid 00:01:12
Mets manager Mickey Callaway and infielder Wilmer Flores talk about the team's recent struggles at the plate.

The Mets have gone 7-16 since starting the season 11-1. And their downward spiral culminated on Wednesday, when they lost their three-game series to the National League-worst Reds in Cincinnati.

Manager Mickey Callaway, who faced questions about the lineup snafu that cost the Mets a scoring chance in the first inning on Wednesday, said "It's tough right now," but is staying even-keeled. 

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | If the Mets had won Wednesday's game, the lineup incident would've been a funny aside. Instead, it's a main topic. But in the grand scheme of things, I couldn't give less of a damn about it. What I give a damn about is how the season has spiraled out of control with no immediate fix on the horizon...

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Apr 13, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) during first inning against Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Things got weird for the Mets in the top of the first inning against the Reds in Cincinnati on Wednesday afternoon when they batted out of order and were charged with an out -- leaving Asdrubal Cabrera at second base.

The Mets' lineup card in the dugout (and in the Reds' dugout) had Brandon Nimmo leading off, followed by Wilmer Flores second and Cabrera third. However, the lineup card the Mets delivered to the umpires before the game had Nimmo, followed by Cabrera and Flores.

After Cabrera doubled with two outs in the first inning, Reds manager Jim Riggleman alerted the umpires, who charged the Mets with an out. That wasn't the end of the confusion, though...

Tags: Adrian Gonzalez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Despite Monday night's much-needed seven-spot, put up in the hitter's paradise of Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, the Mets have a serious offense problem.

While the pitching has been a problem -- a 5.13 ERA over the last two weeks -- unless the bats can turn it on, the team is going to find itself losing a lot of games, whether it's 2-0 or 11-0.

After a hot start, the Mets hit a serious offensive wall in mid-April that culminated in a six-game losing streak last week during which they were shut out three times in four days. Since April 14, they have a team OPS of just .665, which ranks 28th in baseball. By that measure, the fact that they somehow managed to score 84 runs in that stretch -- 23rd in baseball -- is almost impressive.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Maggie Wiggin
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Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds.  (AP)
Jose Reyes hitting a home run against the Reds. (AP)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Jose Reyes, who is adjusting to a bench role, began the season by going 0-for-20 through April 19. Since then, he's gone 5-for-12 with a home run.

Overall, Reyes is hitting .156/.206/.250. And though his BABIP is an impossibly low .148 and some improvement on the outcomes for the balls he puts in play can be expected, it's fair to wonder how much longer the Mets will carry him.

Along with his poor offensive production, Reyes is a liability in the field -- where he was worth -25 DRS (defensive runs saved) last season while playing primarily shortstop, third base, and second base. If the Mets choose to move on from Reyes at some point this season, who could replace him? Here are the three most likely options, who are all on the 40-man roster and currently playing for Triple-A Las Vegas...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Gavin Cecchini, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Miami Marlins during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

In the wake of Jose Reyes leaving the Mets in 2011 to take a $100 million deal to join the Marlins, the Mets turned to Ruben Tejada to start at shortstop. Tejada struggled, leaving Sandy Alderson to lean on veterans like Omar Quintanilla as he searched the free agent and trade markets for an everyday middle infielder.

If you recall, there were countless posts on every New York news site under the sun pointing to connections between the Mets and Mariners, as well as the Mets and D-backs, who were reportedly looking to deal 24-year-old SS Didi Gregorius. At the time, Gregorius was a career .243 hitter with just 13 home runs, despite 191 big league games under his belt.

Arizona had been shopping Gregorius for more than a year before he was eventually sent to the Yankees in a three-way deal that sent reliever Shane Greene to Detroit...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jon Niese, Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores, Matthew Cerrone
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Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)
Apr 5, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) jogs up the firstbase line after hitting a grand slam off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. New York Mets defeated Washington Nationals 8-2. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports (Tommy Gilligan)

Jay Bruce has dusted his first base glove off recently to take reps before games, and the Mets will reportedly be using him there in at least one game this week, reports Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Bruce said before the season that he didn't expect to get time at first base unless it was an emergency, but GM Sandy Alderson said the team would be comfortable using Bruce there on a near-everyday basis if needed.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Gonzalez isn't hitting for average, he isn't getting on base at a decent clip, and he isn't hitting for power. His .317 slugging percentage is putrid. And him playing regularly at this point is untenable. I was of the opinion that Gonzalez shouldn't have been signed in the first place, but at least the Mets are seemingly willing to be proactive at first base due to his struggles -- and due to Nimmo's tremendous production...

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New York Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates with teammates (AP)
New York Mets' Asdrubal Cabrera (13) celebrates with teammates (AP)

Mets 2B Asdrubal Cabrera is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cardinals due to a right hamstring issue, manager Mickey Callaway said, noting that Cabrera has not had an MRI. 

Wilmer Flores is starting in Cabrera's place at second base.

"His hammy was a little barking yesterday, so we decided to get him out of there," Callaway said about removing Cabrera from Tuesday night's game. "I'm sure you guys can see he wasn't moving around great during the game."

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Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Wilmer Flores (4) is congratulated after scoring a run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Apr 4, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pinch hitter Wilmer Flores (4) is congratulated after scoring a run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Is it time for Wilmer to be the everyday first baseman?

I think so, yes. First off, in 55 plate appearances, Adrian Gonzalez is batting .239 with a .345 OBP and .391 slugging percentage, most of which have come against right-handed hitters. He still has a good eye, and he knows his strike zone, but it has been more than a year since he's had any sort of punch to his bat. 

Meanwhile, though he has played in 18 games, Wilmer Flores has started just seven, but all of them have been at first base. In that time, he's hitting .263 with four extra base hits, five RBI and is on pace (mostly as a bench player) to be a 1.5 WAR player this season, according to FanGraphs...

Tags: Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier talks to relief pitcher Jeurys Familia after the eighth against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. (Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | For most of Monday's 8-6 loss to Washington, the Mets dazzled both the crowd and their opponents. From Jacob deGrom's masterful pitching to his safety squeeze in the sixth, from Juan Lagares' pair of stolen bases to Brandon Nimmo's latest triple, the team danced all over the Nationals, and looked capable of contending for a division title.

Then came the eighth inning, when the bullpen, so masterful this month, couldn't find the strike zone. The sequence ended with Jeurys Familia's first blown save of the year, ruining what could have been a magical evening. When Asdrubal Cabrera made the incomprehensible decision to dash for third with one out in the ninth, the loss turned from disappointing to ghastly.

The Mets have built up enough goodwill with their fans and in the standings to withstand a tough game, but this defeat was hardly meaningless. It arrested momentum and halted a sense of growing excitement around the team...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Andy Martino
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He'll be there for you. Wilmer Flores smashed a walk-off homer against the Brewers in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday at Citi Field as the Mets improved to 12-2.

Flores isn't new to this, as he hit a walk-off dinger against the A's last season. And his 12th inning walk-off blast against the Nationals in late-July of 2015 helped propel the Mets to a three-game sweep and eventual NL East title.

After his winner on Sunday, Flores was doused by Yoenis Cespedes. And the local papers had it covered. Click below to see Monday's back pages...

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New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores is doused by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes during a postgame interview with field reporter Steve Gelbs after hitting a walk-off solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores is doused by left fielder Yoenis Cespedes during a postgame interview with field reporter Steve Gelbs after hitting a walk-off solo home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the ninth inning at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores hit a walk-off solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers as New York's franchise-best start continued.

Flores roped Matt Albers' 1-2 sinker over the left-center field fence as the Mets improved to 12-2, the best record in the National League and second-best record in the majors.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/15 00:03:45
Ron Darling and Gary Cohen break down the Mets? 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

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

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

1) Wilmer Flores launched a two-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Mets to their ninth win in 10 games. The Brewers bullpen had retired 11 of the previous 12 batters before the homer.

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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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New York Mets' Jay Bruce runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, July 15, 2017, in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)
New York Mets' Jay Bruce runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, July 15, 2017, in New York. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

Jay Bruce said he would be surprised if he plays first base during the regular season, he told Mike Puma of the NY Post.

"I don't even think about it," Bruce said.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Bruce may not be thinking about playing first base, but he should be. Wilmer Flores will likely start at first base against left-handers, and Mets manager Mickey Callaway said he might even eat into Gonzalez's playing time against right-handers. But if Gonzalez's struggles carry over to the regular season, the Mets will have to explore the idea of using Bruce at first base on a somewhat regular basis...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores
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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

How pumped are you for Opening Day?! Extremely, right? Well, the players are too, and seeing it has just made me even more excited.

Yesterday, the team left Port St. Lucie to make their return home to New York. Thanks to social media, we were all able to experience this travel with them. Click below for some of the gems for you to see for the first time if you missed it yesterday, or just to relive it and get even more excited for Opening Day against the Cardinals -- Thursday at 1 p.m. on SNY!

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Mar 9, 2018; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball in the first inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)
Mar 9, 2018; Lakeland, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Todd Frazier (21) fields a ground ball in the first inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports (Jonathan Dyer)

The Mets have long struggled with infield defense, culminating in last year's all-around disaster. Between all four spots, they totaled an incredible -68 defensive runs saved (roughly equivalent to losing seven games more than they would have with average defense) -- a mark double that of the second worst team.

No position was better than -10 defensive runs saved, with shortstop taking the cake at -24. There was no place to go but up and thankfully, with some new faces and some positional changes, the Mets should be in line for a big step forward.

Asdrubal Cabrera was one of the worst offenders in 2017 and while he's the only starter returning, he should benefit considerably from a positional change. While he is not expected to be a defensive whiz at second base, his performance there over the course of his career has far exceeded his performance at shortstop, where he has been a major liability almost every season. In a small sample in 2017, he was still a net negative at second, but more consistent time there should help significantly...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Wilmer Flores, Maggie Wiggin
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New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Wilmer Flores was already expected to play first base against left-handed pitching, but Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday night that Flores could also start against some right-handers.

"Wilmer deserves to play, and not just against lefties," Callaway said.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Flores is a career .274/.318/.520 hitter against left-handers, and crushed them in 2017 -- hitting .291/.309/.553 against them. And while he struggled against right-handers earlier in his career, he posted very respectable numbers against them in 2017, hitting .262/.306/.459 with 11 HR in 233 at-bats. Translation? He's likely a better option than Adrian Gonzalez, whether it's a lefty or righty who's on the mound.

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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:54
Gary Apple, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 12-5 win over the Nationals in Port St. Lucie.

Yoenis Cespedes launched two home runs as the Mets scored 12 straight runs to blow out the Nationals, 12-5, on Thursday night at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie.

To see the full box score, click here!

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

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets win 00:02:08
Matt Harvey struck out five in five strong innings as the Mets beat the Cardinals, 8-7, on Tuesday.

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

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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:01:09
Mets pitcher Anthony Swarzak and manager Mickey Callaway discusses Saturday's win against the Nationals which ended a losing streak.

Wilmer Flores enjoyed a productive day at the plate during his first appearance in the outfield as the Mets come back to defeat the Nationals 9-7. 

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New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Through five seasons in the MLB, Wilmer Flores has proved to be positionally fluid. He's made at least 38 starts at each of first base, second base, third base and shortstop. 

Then, this spring, Flores began taking outfield fielding drills. Now, for the first time, Flores will be starting in left field against the Nationals on Saturday...

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New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (left), right fielder Jay Bruce (center) and left fielder Brandon Nimmo (right) celebrate their win over the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (left), right fielder Jay Bruce (center) and left fielder Brandon Nimmo (right) celebrate their win over the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets OF Michael Conforto told the NY Post that he expects to play in a Grapefruit League game at some point next week as he continues to work his way back from last summer's shoulder surgery.

The Mets and Sandy Alderson had been saying all winter that Conforto was not likely to return to the team's roster until at least May 1. I believe this is still the targeted return date, despite Conforto looking to be slightly ahead of schedule in his rehab.

In Conforto's absence, Brandon Nimmo and Juan Lagares are expected to rotate in and out of center field, while Jay Bruce handles right field. Upon his return, I'm told Conforto will ease in to playing center field, while rotating in and out of right and left field with Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes.

The thing is, with no obvious answer to handle first base right now, the Mets may want to revisit getting Bruce time there...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Matthew Cerrone
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:01:54
Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz and manager Mickey Callaway break down Matz's Spring Training start on Friday against the Tigers.

The Mets tie the Tigers 8-5 as Steven Matz threw four scoreless innings, Hansel Robles imploded with four earned runs, and Wilmer Flores and Kevin Plawecki each had a homer. 

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Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) grounds out in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Mar 1, 2018; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (23) grounds out in the first inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

There are a few questions I have while sitting here basking in the fun of Spring Training. I know it's fake baseball and that the games don't count. But, still, there are some questions and thoughts, especially when it comes to first base.

I have been #TeamDom from the beginning, and I've already advocated about how he should have had a shot to contend for first base. But things aren't looking so good this spring for him. From not being in the lineup for the first game due to being late, to a strained quad, he's not getting the reps he needs.

This likely means Adrian Gonzalez is a shoe-in for the starting role at first. But, should Gonzalez be trusted to take on this role full-time? He says that he is, but what does his playing say? Is he too old for a starting role, or for handling first?

Tags: Jay Bruce, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores during practice drills at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will begin practicing in the outfield in an effort to add to his versatility and find ways to be in the lineup.

"It's not like I'm going to be out there a lot," Flores said, according to Newsday's David Lennon. "Just as an option. I don't want to sit on the bench. I want to play."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores
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BNNY: Walk-Off 00:01:06
The Baseball Night in New York panel wonders how Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores might perform in the outfield for the Mets this season.

With their outfield depth on the 40-man roster thin, the Mets will be giving Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores reps in the outfield during Spring Training, according to the team's beat reporters.

Reyes learned to play the outfield last season, but was only used there twice -- once in center field (for 1 inning), and another time in left field (for 5.1 innings).

Flores has never played anywhere but the infield.

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Where will Flores, Rivera fit? 00:05:47
Mets Hot Stove examines the Mets' surplus of infielders and speculates on where Wilmer Flores and T.J. Rivera will play.

The Mets' starting infield is expected to be Todd Frazier, Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Adrian Gonzalez from left to right. So, where does that leave Wilmer Flores and the still-rehabbing T.J. Rivera?

While Gonzalez (if healthy) is expected to start the bulk of the games at first base, Flores could see time as the right-handed part of a first base platoon. 

"I think he does have a place, and I think he's carved it out pretty nicely for himself and that he is that platoon guy -- every single time the Mets face a left-handed starter," MLB.com's Anthony DiComo said Thursday night on Mets Hot Stove on SNY. "You're talking about one of the best platoon guys in the game when it comes to hitting left-handed pitchers."

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Latest on Mets' infield search 00:01:33
The BNNY crew give their take on who the Mets should sign and Andy Martino explains why a deal hasn't been agreed upon just yet.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson anticipates a flurry of roster moves during the next few weeks, he told reporters and fans last week outside Citi Field.

There are less than two weeks until most teams report for Spring Training, yet J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nunez, Alex Cobb, and Lance Lynn all remain unsigned and available on the free-agent market -- as do more than 100 other players.

Meanwhile, according to Alderson, out of the 520 available big-league rosters spots, only 13 remain unfilled, which should lead to more free agents hitting the market as players get designated for assignment and released...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 6, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and infielder Jose Reyes (7) (Wendell Cruz)

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

Well, to no one's surprise (as I've already spoken about), Jose Reyes is back. Obviously, he took to social media to show his gratitude and excitement over staying with his beloved team.

His bestie Amed Rosario also took to social media to show his gratitude that his bffl is back.

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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

There was a lot said by Mets GM Sandy Alderson and COO Jeff Wilpon Tuesday when they discussed with reporters the team's payroll and spending during a private lunch at Citi Field.

Here is Part 2 of my reaction to specific noteworthy quotes, which come by way of articles in the New York Post, Daily News, Newsday and MLB.com. CLICK HERE to read Part 1...


Have the Mets done enough to win in 2018?

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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GEICO SportsNite: Mets 00:00:39
Brandon Nimmo made an appearance at the Queens Baseball Convention and addressed the Mets' failed pursuit of Andrew McCutchen.

Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

It was quite the week for Mets fans. Well, to be more specific, it was quite the weekend for Mets fans, as the Queens Baseball Convention was on Saturday.

For those of you who weren't there, those of us in attendance fell in love with Brandon Nimmo a little bit, myself included...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jay Bruce, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes, Michelle Ioannou
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Mets outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Juan Lagares, and infielders Amed Rosario and Wilmer Flores are working out today at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, FL.

"Work in silence and let the others make the noise," Lagares wrote as part of his caption on Instagram.

Click below for the picture of Lagares and his teammates

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Michelle Ioannou, MetsBlog | Twitter

Happy Monday, Mets fans! Moves have actually been made, and whether or not you like both of them, things are at least happening, right? I for one am happy to have Jay Bruce back, and I'll just leave it at that for now and continue on to report this past week's off the field news.

There was a reunion of former Mets players in White Plains on Saturday -- just look at this iconic trio below...

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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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Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds (15) turns a double play. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Once the Mets' three-year deal with free agent OF/1B Jay Bruce is final -- which may not be until next week -- they will have to clear a spot on the already-full 40-man roster for him.

The Mets recently added minor league RHPs Tyler Bashlor (who struck out 84 batters in 49.2 innings last season between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton) and Gerson Bautista (who they acquired from the Red Sox last season in the Addison Reed trade) to the 40-man. So it's a safe bet the two of them are safe.

And unless the Mets are dropping a pitcher such as Rafael Montero or Chris Flexen -- which they absolutely should not be doing given their lack of starting pitching depth -- it's hard to see a pitcher being removed from the roster at this point.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Jay Bruce, Matt Reynolds, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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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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