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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.

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Wilmer Flores
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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.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores
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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...

Tags: Wilmer Flores
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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 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. 

To see the full box score, click here!

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

Tags: Hansel Robles, Wilmer Flores
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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. 

To see the full box score, click here!

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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Hansel Robles, Kevin Plawecki, Steven Matz, Wilmer Flores
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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.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores
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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."

Tags: TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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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.

Click below for more

Tags: Amed Rosario, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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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

Tags: Amed Rosario, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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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...

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Josh Smoker, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 1, 2016; Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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


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

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

 

Tags: Hansel Robles, Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler
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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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Alderson on the Mets' bullpen 00:06:23
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson discusses how the front office plans to address the team's bullpen this offseason.

The MLB Winter Meetings are underway in Orlando, where agents and team executives are meeting and discussing signings and trades.  

Here's what you need to know from yesterday's news and rumors from Orlando...

Tags: Matt Harvey, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) looks on during an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-6. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)
Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) looks on during an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals won 7-6. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) (Nick Wass/AP)

The Orioles are shopping 3B Manny Machado, and are seeking two young, controllable starting pitchers in return, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. However, Machado -- who is set for free agency after the 2018 season -- wants to return to shortstop this season, notes Rosenthal.

The Mets, Phillies, Braves, Giants, and Angels could make up part of the market for Machado, with the Yankees potentially on the periphery, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe noted in September. But with Machado now seeking to play shortstop, it's fair to believe his list of potential suitors could be different.

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Earlier this offseason, while tossing around outside the box Mets ideas with colleagues, one I suggested was 'trade Jacob deGrom for Manny Machado and sign one of the higher-end free agent starting pitchers to replace him.'

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores
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Callaway on possible free agents 00:06:29
Mickey Callaway discusses the Mets' starting pitching as well as the team's mindset regarding potential free agents on Mets Hot Stove.

The MLB Winter Meetings are underway in Orlando, where agents and team executives are meeting and discussing signings and trades.  

Here's what happened with the Mets on Monday in Orlando...

Tags: Matt Harvey, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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Mets Hot Stove: Gelbs & Martino 00:04:08
Steve Gelbs and Andy Martino report from the Winter Meetings and discuss the Mets' options at second base and in the bullpen.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes infielder Asrubal Cabrera will likely spend most of the 2018 season at third base despite his versatility to play each infield position.

The Mets had eight different players spend time at third base, with Cabrera logging the second-most innings to Wilmer Flores. But while Cabrera has spent most of his MLB career at shortstop and has played a significant amount of time at second base, Alderson said he thinks Cabrera would likely be New York's third baseman.

"I think his versatility gives us the option [to sign a free-agent third baseman], but at the same time, we've kind of zeroed him in at third base and we don't want to move him around, so while he gives us some flexibility, I'm not sure we want to exercise it," Alderson said at the MLB Winter Meetings on Sunday.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Matt Reynolds, TJ Rivera, Wilmer Flores
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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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Hot Stove: Wheeling and Dealing 00:09:33
The Mets Hot Stove crew try to fill the GM's shoes and explain who they would trade for this offseason, who they would deal away and why.

One trade the Mets should make this offseason was pitched by each member of the panel on Mets Hot Stove on Monday night on SNY.

Perhaps the most interesting suggestion came from Gary Apple, who said the Mets should trade LHP Steven Matz, INF Wilmer Flores, and INF prospect Luis Guillorme to the Marlins for 2B Dee Gordon.

Gordon, 29, hit .308/.341/.375 with 60 stolen bases for the Marlins this past season, and was worth 3 DRS at second base. 

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Wilmer Flores
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Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Lind (26) (Michael Owens)
Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Lind (26) (Michael Owens)

The Mets are reportedly interested in free agent 1B/OF Adam Lind, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.

The 34-year-old, lefty-swinging Lind hit .303//362/.513 with 14 HR in 116 games for the Nationals in 2017 while splitting time between first base and left field.

Lind has had stark platoon splits throughout his career, slashing .288/.348/.504 against righties but just .217/.263/.329 against lefties...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores
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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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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)

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It was a very Mets thanksgiving this week. As Mets fans were thankful for the fact that the 2017 season is in the rearview and better times are ahead, Mets players showed their gratitude as well.

To no one's surprise, Noah Syndergaard gave a special shout-out to Mrs. Met...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Wilmer Flores, Michelle Ioannou
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BNNY: Andy Martino 00:03:17
Andy Martino reports live from the GM Meetings in Orlando and speculates on players the Mets may target to re-tool for the 2018 season.

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The Mets spoke on Tuesday with the representatives for free agent first baseman Carlos Santana because that's what baseball teams do in November: they take meetings and canvas the market. The same goes for free agent outfielder Lorenzo Cain and the many other names sure to trickle from loose-lipped agents in the early part of the offseason.

But, according to sources with direct knowledge of New York's thinking, Santana is very unlikely to become a Met. The team remains more focused on finding a reliever, a second baseman (via free agency or trade) and an outfielder who can also play first base. Some reasons for this approach...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sandy Alderson talks with reporters
Sandy Alderson talks with reporters

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With a new manager in Mickey Callaway and a coaching staff in place, Sandy Alderson can now focus his full attention on the Mets' roster.

This is a significant offseason for the GM, who is in the homestretch of his tenure, and who must return the franchise to the relevance it enjoyed in 2015 and 2016.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Sep 2, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) is escorted off the field by medical staff after an apparent injury during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Sep 2, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) is escorted off the field by medical staff after an apparent injury during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

Mets INF Wilmer Flores was examined Thursday in New York regarding his broken nose and will not play again this season, the team announced.

Flores was still experiencing swelling as of Tuesday.

He suffered the broken nose and left the second game of this past Saturday's doubleheader after fouling a ball off his face. He walked off the field while holding a towel to his nose.

Flores hit a grand slam in the first game of the doubleheader and was 1-for-1 in the nightcap before leaving in the fourth inning. 

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Collins, Harvey on game 1 loss 00:04:42
Terry Collins and Matt Harvey discuss Harvey's first start in four months and what mechanical improvements he needs to make on the mound.

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

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

1) Matt Harvey allowed four runs in the first and two more in the second in his first start since June 14 and the shortest of his career. The right-hander surrendered eight hits, struck out three and did not issue a walk but hit a batter and tossed two wild pitches in two innings. Harvey needed 37 pitches to get out of the opening frame when five of the first six Astros reached safely.

2) Wilmer Flores' 18th home run was a grand slam as the Mets cut an eight-run deficit to 10-7 in the seventh. Dominic Smith hit a two-run homer while Asdrubal Cabrera had a solo homer and an RBI single. Amed Rosario and Smith had two hits apiece for New York.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson reacts after being tagged out at home plate by New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud at Nationals Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson reacts after being tagged out at home plate by New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud at Nationals Park. (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielders Amed Rosario and Asdrubal Cabrera came up clutch late to lead New York to a 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader at Nationals Park.

After Rosario hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the eighth inning to give the Mets a lead, Cabrera threw out pinch runner Edwin Jackson at the plate to end the game.

Jackson, pinch running after Adam Lind drew a two-out walk off AJ Ramos, tried to score when Daniel Murphy lined a double to right field. Juan Lagares threw to the cutoff man Cabrera, who then threw a laser to catcher Travis d'Arnaud from short right field in time for d'Arnaud to block the plate and tag Jackson out.

"It was a perfect throw from the outfield," Jackson said, according to MLB.com's Jamal Collier. "From I'm guessing the second baseman, to home, perfect throw. Got me out at home."

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Washington Nationals, Wilmer Flores
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:17
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 9-4 loss to the Washington Nationals.

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

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

1) Robert Gsellman allowed four runs in the first aided by his own error and an ill-advised throw home by Amed Rosario. All told, the right-hander was charged with six runs -- two earned -- on nine hits and two walks with one strikeout in four innings.

2) Wilmer Flores went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and fell a triple shy of completing the cycle. Juan Lagares had an RBI single while Jose Reyes and Kevin Plawecki collected two hits apiece.

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 (Jake Roth)
(Jake Roth)

Wilmer Flores seems to have been a Met for a very long time. Since debuting in 2013, he has amassed over 1,500 plate appearances while playing no fewer than 50 games in each of the four infield spots. Along the way, he has collected 54 home runs, 192 RBI, and one dramatic last-minute reprieve from a trade to the Brewers. No wonder it's so easy to forget that he's still just 26 years old.

Despite moving through the Mets system on the strength of his bat, Flores didn't get off to a hot start in the majors, putting up a paltry .675 OPS from 2013-15. But over the past two seasons, coinciding with the end of his experimental shortstop run, he has put together a .272/.318/.478 slash line -- not a dominant offensive performance, but above league average and the kind of line that keeps a hitter in a lineup on a regular basis. It's fairly similar to the numbers Wil Myers has put up in San Diego over the same time period, although Flores has fewer plate appearances.

Flores has seen significant handedness splits over the course of his career, with an .830 OPS against lefties and a .686 OPS against righties. As a result, he has been used largely in a platoon role. But this season, he is showing something new.

Flores' OPS against lefties is almost identical to his career split, but he has made great strides against righties - a .789 OPS along with nine of his 15 home runs. While he is still a dependable hitter against left-handed pitching, he no longer appears to be a liability against right-handers, which would be a big step forward in his development...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Neil Walker, Wilmer Flores, Maggie Wiggin
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 8/19 00:04:19
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 8-1 win over the Miami Marlins.

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

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

1) Kevin Plawecki and Wilmer Flores hit two-run homers during a seven-run sixth inning for the Mets. Asdrubal Cabrera tied the game, 1-1, with a sacrifice fly. Miguel Rojas' error allowed two runs to score which gave the Mets a 3-1 lead. Dominic Smith hit his first Citi Field home run in the eighth.

2) Rafael Montero snapped a seven-start winless streak that dated back to June 25. He allowed a run over six innings, scattering six hits and three walks with five strikeouts. 

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Rafael Montero, Wilmer Flores
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:02:14
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday night at Citi Field.

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

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

1) Chris Flexen (2-2) allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings, including a two-run homer to J.T. Realmuto in the second. The right-hander scattered five hits and walked four while striking out one.

2) All seven of New York's hits were singles. Wilmer Flores drove in the Mets' only run with a two-out hit in the third. Asdrubal Cabrera and Amed Rosario each singled twice. Rosario also stole his third base of the season.

3) One night after tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees, the Mets' bullpen kept the Marlins off the board for 3 2/3 frames.

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New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson speaks to reporters after the trade deadline before a game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was not told by ownership to slash payroll during this season, he said Wednesday at Citi Field.

With the team out of contention, Alderson has traded Lucas Duda, Addison Reed, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker-- all of whom are eligible for free agency after the season -- over the last few weeks, shedding $11.6 million in salary in the process.

However, the Mets did add $2.3 million in salary when they acquired RHP AJ Ramos -- who is expected to be their setup man in 2018 -- from the Marlins last month.

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Danny Abriano
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 (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
(Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

Mets infielders Wilmer Flores and Jose Reyes have been scratched from Wednesday's lineup, as both are dealing with a sore left rib cage.

Flores had been in the lineup at third base, batting cleanup. He will be replaced at the positon by Travis d'Arnaud

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 (Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
(Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

Travis d'Arnaud will bat fifth and play third base for the Mets on Wednesday night against the Yankees. 

 

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