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Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) singles to center allowing a runner to score during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Apr 22, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) singles to center allowing a runner to score during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Washington Nationals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

An injury-plagued Mets offense continued to struggle in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Nationals, stringing together just two hits on the day.

The Mets were held hitless until Juan Lagares' single in the sixth inning, which set up Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI single to put the Mets on the board. Cabrera's hit was the second and final one of the game for the Mets, who have dropped three straight and seven of their last eight after a five-game winning streak.

The Mets have only been able to score more than four runs one time in their last eight games, during which several players have been sidelined.

The Mets played without Yoenis CespedesWilmer FloresLucas Duda, and for the most part, Travis d'Arnaud. Cespedes missed a second straight game after departing Thursday's game with a hamstring injury, while Flores and Duda were both placed on the disabled list. D'Arnaud, dealing with a sore wrist, was not in the lineup on Saturday but pinch hit in the ninth.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Collins on Cespedes' injury 00:01:03
Mets manager Terry Collins gives an update on Yoenis Cespedes' injured hamstring.

Yoenis Cespedes had his hamstring examined by doctors on Friday and will likely miss at least a few games, Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday.

Cespedes exited Thursday night's game at the end of the fifth inning with what the Mets initially called a cramp.

He later said he felt a "shock" rather than a hamstring cramp, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Cespedes appeared to injure himself when he was on the bases, and limped off the field. 

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d'Arnaud's homer in the 16th 00:00:46
Travis d'Arnaud hits a solo home run in the top of the 16th inning to give the Mets the lead and, soon after, the win.

The Mets offense overcame a shaky start from Robert Gsellman to score nine runs off Marlins pitching in Thursday's extra-inning win in Miami.

Travis d'Arnaud had three hits and three RBI; Yoenis Cespedes and Wilmer Flores both homered, with Cespedes going deep twice; Jay Bruce had three hits; and Michael Conforto had a pinch-hit RBI double to tie the game in the eighth inning.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Collins, d'Arnaud, Smoker on win 00:05:33
Manager Terry Collins, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, and pitcher Josh Smoker discuss the grit it took to pull off the Mets' epic 16-inning win.

Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 0.69 ERA) and the Mets will play the second game of a four-game series with the Marlins tonight at 7:10 p.m.

Syndergaard gave up one earned run and struck out nine in seven innings against the Marlins on April 9. He has only given up one run in two starts this season.

Adam Conley (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will start for the Marlins. Conley gave up only one hit -- a home run -- and struck out six in five innings against the Mets on April 8.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/13 00:03:56
Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez and break down the Mets' 9-8 win in 16 innings over the Marlins.

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

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

1) Travis d'Arnaud hit a go-ahead homer leading off the 16th inning off the Marlins' scheduled starter for Friday, Adam Conley. He had a bases-loaded triple in the second and tied his career high with four hits and four RBIs.

2) The Mets trailed 4-0 in the first, rallied for seven unanswered runs and then fell behind 8-7 after five innings. Michael Conforto's pinch-hit double in the eighth tied the game, 8-8.

Tags: Robert Gsellman, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

The Mets open a four-game series against the Marlins in Miami on Thursday night at 7:10.

Here are five things to know...

  1. Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes are tied for the National League lead in home runs with four each.
  2. The Mets hit 10 home runs during their just-completed three-game series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. It was the second time in franchise history that they hit 10 or more home runs in a three-game series, with the other time coming last season in Philadelphia (12 homers from April 18-20)...
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cespedes' second homer 00:01:16
Yoenis Cespedes goes yard for the second time against the Phillies on Tuesday night.

Yoenis Cespedes hit his second, third, and fourth home runs of the season on Tuesday night during the team's 14-4 win over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

Cespedes, who also hit a double, went 4-for-5 on the night and had five RBI.

He is he 13th player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game, and the first player in team history to have four extra-base hits in a game.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra: 4/11 00:04:07
Gary Cohen and Ron Darling break down the Mets' 14-4 rout of the Phillies.

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

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

1) Yoenis Cespedes blasted a three-run homer in the first and a pair of solo shots in the fourth and sixth innings. He also doubled and finished 4-for-6 with five RBIs. Cespedes entered play Tuesday 4-for-26 (.154) with a homer and an RBI. 

2) Lucas Duda hit a pair of solo homers and tied his career high with four hits, done five times previously. Asdrubal Cabrera and Travis d'Arnaud also went deep, giving the Mets seven home runs in the game. Cabrera went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and finished a triple shy of the cycle while d'Arnaud went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Every Met had at least one hit except for Matt Harvey.

Tags: Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes
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Granderson (3) reacts after striking out against the Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Granderson (3) reacts after striking out against the Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

There's no need to panic. Sure, if you want to nitpick, the Mets were aided by an error from Marlins catcher JT Realmuto in a three-run first inning Sunday en route to a 5-2 victory.

And, yes, the Mets rank last in the National League in batting average (.200) and on-base percentage (.271) and second-to-last in slugging percentage (.325) with one week of the season in the books. Yet it would be foolish to sound the alarm bells simply because the Mets had a quiet first week at the plate, despite posting a 3-3 record against the Braves and Marlins.

As a result, more and more Mets fans on Twitter are suddenly complaining that the team did not do enough this past winter to upgrade their offense.

Tags: Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes
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Aug 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) and New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrate after scoring on home run by Cespedes in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Jose Reyes (7) and New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) celebrate after scoring on home run by Cespedes in the fourth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jose Reyes said he was the first person Yoenis Cespedes called when the star outfielder was contemplating re-signing with the Mets this past off-season.

In an interview with Steve Serby of the New York Post, Reyes described how he tried to convince Cespedes to stay with the team.

Tags: Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cadillac Post Game Extra 00:03:34
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 7-2 loss to the Marlins

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

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

1) After striking out two in a perfect first, Wheeler struggled with his command and was charged with five runs on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts. He threw 80 pitches and topped out at 97 mph in his first start since Sept. 25, 2014.

2) Yoenis Cespedes homered in the eighth for his first long ball of the season. Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in the Mets' first run with an opposite-field single in the first. Rene Rivera had a double among his two hits.

Tags: Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Yoenis Cespedes during Spring Training 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Yoenis Cespedes during Spring Training 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images)

Noah Syndergaard is 8-to-1 odds to win the the National League's Cy Young award, behind Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer, according to the Las Vegas Westgate.

Similarly, Westgate puts 10-to-1 odds that Yoenis Cespedes will win the league's MVP award, the same as Giancarlo Stanton, but behind Kris Bryant, Nolan Arenado, Bryce Harper and Corey Seager.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets Rally at Grand Central 00:00:20
The Mets hosted a rally at Grand Central Terminal in anticipation of Opening Day on Sunday

The Mets begin their 56th season today at Citi Field against the Braves at 1:10 pm.

The Mets are 35-20 on Opening Day, including nine consecutive wins from 1975 to 1983, during which Tom Seaver won three times.

Noah Syndergaard will be making his first Opening Day start for the Mets. Last season, while going 14-9 with 218 strikeouts and a 2.60 ERA, he made the All-Star team and received votes for the Cy Young and MVP awards.

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Curtis Granderson, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Juan Lagares, Noah Syndergaard, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Yoenis Cespedes
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Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL; Cespedes (52) runs in from the outfield during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL; Cespedes (52) runs in from the outfield during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In a 2,300-word article for The Players Tribune, Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes details his journey to the big leagues, escaping Cuba and finally feeling at home playing for the Mets...

"The first time I put on a Mets uniform and walked onto the field in New York, the fans greeted me with so many cheers, I knew that the Mets were going to be a good fit for me. I could feel it," he said, when explaining why he signed a four-year, $110 million with the Mets this past winter.

"They deserve a championship," he continues. "And I would not be here if I did not think we could win."

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Conforto to start 2017 in majors 00:06:03
Loud Mouths weighs the benefits and detriments of Michael Conforto starting the season with the Major League club.

Michael Conforto had been preparing to begin this season at Triple-A Las Vegas, he told reporters earlier this week.

However, because Juan Lagares is likely headed to the disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle, Conforto is now at Citi Field and expected to be on the Opening Day roster.

"I am excited to be with the team and any role I'll play, I just want to win ballgames and see how far we can take this thing this year," Conforto added, according to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mar 2, 2017; Cespedes (52) looks on prior to playing the Marlins at First Data Field. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2017; Cespedes (52) looks on prior to playing the Marlins at First Data Field. Credit: Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Yoenis Cespedes has high expectations of himself and for the Mets in 2017.

"I think this entire team has come together and we all have that mentality we know we can win a World Series," Cespedes said Monday, according to the Bergen Record. "I think we are going to approach the season by taking it one game at a time, day by day."

Cespedes and the Mets agreed to a four-year, $110 million contract this past winter, which followed 2016 when he earned $27.5 million and opted out his previous deal.

"Me particularly, I'm just going to work on trying to stay healthy because I know if I can stay healthy, I can help my team out and I know I can have a very good season," he continued.

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Post Game Extra: Mets tie Cards 00:03:02
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets' 3-3 tie with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday.

 

Robert Gsellman allowed three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six in six innings as the Mets tied the Cardinals, 3-3, on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

For a full box score, click here.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Yoenis Cespedes
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Robert Gsellman allowed three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out six in six innings as the Mets tied the Cardinals, 3-3, on Tuesday afternoon at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

For a full box score, click here.

Four things you should know about today's game...

1) Gsellman struck out the side in the first inning. He allowed a three-run homer to Matt Adams in the fourth. At the plate, Gsellman -- who had not swung the bat since joining the Mets in 2016 due to a left shoulder injury-- swung the bat for the first time. He went 0-for-2, grounding out twice.

Tags: Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Robert Gsellman, Sean Gilmartin, Yoenis Cespedes
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Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL; Cespedes (52) runs in from the outfield during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL; Cespedes (52) runs in from the outfield during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In a 2,300-word article for The Players Tribune, Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes details his journey to the big leagues, escaping Cuba and finally feeling at home playing for the Mets...

"The first time I put on a Mets uniform and walked onto the field in New York, the fans greeted me with so many cheers, I knew that the Mets were going to be a good fit for me. I could feel it," he said, when explaining why he signed a four-year, $110 million with the Mets this past winter.

"They deserve a championship," he continues. "And I would not be here if I did not think we could win."

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Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL; Cespedes (52) runs in from the outfield during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 27, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL; Cespedes (52) runs in from the outfield during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Yoenis Cespedes hit his fifth home run in 10 games Tuesday, raising his batting average and OBP to .444, while slugging 1.037 during Grapefruit League action.

"He's got a chance to make the club," Terry Collins joked with reporters after the game. "He is determined to have a big year."

The Mets and Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $110 million in early December. In early March, he told the NY Post that he's set on winning an MVP award this season.

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 (Steve Mitchell)
(Steve Mitchell)

Jay Bruce will start at first base on Tuesday when the Mets travel to face the Astros.

Yoenis CespedesJuan Lagares, and Curtis Granderson are starting in the outfield Tuesday, from left to right. Lucas Duda is the designated hitter.

Bruce said earlier during spring training that he would be willing to play first base during the regular season -- something Neil Walker and David Wright are also open to.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Cespedes off to hot start 00:05:25
The Mets Talk Live crew discusses Yoenis Cespedes' hot start in Spring Training in which he has three home runs and a .526 batting average.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes wants to win the National League's MVP award, he recently told the New York Post's Dan Martin and Joel Sherman.

"That's what I want," he said. "The first thing is to stay healthy, but these are things that I've always thought about. It's any ballplayer's dream."

After hitting 17 homers in just 57 games following his trade from Detroit in 2015, Cespedes delivered a 31-homer season a year ago, despite battling a quadriceps injury.

In seven games this spring, Cespedes is batting .526 with three home runs and a double in 19 at bats, during which he has yet to strike out or draw a walk.

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Post Game Extra: 03/09/17 00:02:28
Yoenis Cespedes and Champ Stuart each slugged two-run homers as the Mets tied the Tigers, 5-5, on Thursday afternoon.

Jacob deGrom tossed four scoreless innings, Yoenis Cespdes hit another home run, and the Mets staged a ninth-inning rally to tie the Tigers, 5-5, on Thursday at First Data Field in St. Lucie.

To see the full boxscore and read a fuller recap, click here!

The three things you should know about today's game...

1) DeGrom sailed through his four innings of work, shutting the Tigers out while allowing two hits, walking none, and striking out four. His fastball sat in the low-90s and touched 94 MPH, and his slider and changeup were used often and effectively...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes
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Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)
Michael Conforto, Gavin Cecchini, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud (Credit: USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

Tags: Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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Cespedes homers to open scoring 00:00:58
Yoenis Cespedes puts the Mets on the board with a solo home run in the first inning.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes left Sunday's game in the fifth inning with tightness in his hip and quad muscles, the Mets announced during the game.

He was examined by doctors and cleared to return to baseball activity, Terry Collins later explained.

"I took him out, he thought his quad, hip was starting to tighten up a little bit, I am sure due to the wind," Collins said. "We did base running stuff this morning, it might have tightened up. So I got him out of there. The doctors looked at him and said he's just fine."

Earlier in the game, Cespedes hit a home run off Mike Leake, which went over the scoreboard in left field. It was his second home run of the spring.

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Post Game Extra: 3/3/17 00:02:18
Gary Apple and Ron Darling break down the Mets? 11-3 victory over the Houston Astros.

The New York Mets scored 11 runs and recorded 17 hits in an 11-3 win over the Houston Astros on Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida.


  • The Mets scored four runs in the third inning and five in the fifth inning to take a 9-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera and Jay Bruce hit RBI singles before Lucas Duda hit a two-run double to make it 4-0. In the fifth inning, Neil Walker hit a two-run home run to make it 6-0. 
  • Noah Syndergaard struck out one batter in two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut.
Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Jerry Blevins, Lucas Duda, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, TJ Rivera, Yoenis Cespedes
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Post Game Extra: 3/2/17 00:01:52
Gary Cohen, Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez break down the Mets? 11-6 win over the Miami Marlins.

The Mets beat the Marlins, 11-6, on Thursday afternoon in Port St. Lucie.


  • OF Yoenis Cespedes went 1-for-3 with a solo homer that cleared the batters eye in center field.
  • 2B Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer.
  • INF prospect Philip Evans hit a grand slam.
  • OF Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-3 with a run scored...
Tags: Addison Reed, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Yoenis Cespedes
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Alderson on d'Arnaud, Conforto 00:04:32
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson dishes on some hot topics including expectations for Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto.

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

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

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

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

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mets Video Recap: Feb. 21 00:02:35
MetsBlog's Matt Cerrone and SNY Mets analyst Nelson Figueroa discuss the day's events at Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

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


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

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

Tags: Addison Reed, Asdrubal Cabrera, David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Jose Reyes, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes
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Feb. 20, 2017: Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes talk between batting practice sessions during Spring Training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Feb. 20, 2017: Yoenis Cespedes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Jose Reyes talk between batting practice sessions during Spring Training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The big-name players on the Mets are all spending way more time together on and off field than I recall seeing here in previous spring trainings. That said, Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes are close to inseparable.

They stretch together, they hit in the same groups, they eat together before and after practice, and they joke around in the field and at the cage. They're clearly doubling down on the friendship they began building last summer.

Hopefully, that escalation doesn't end in St. Lucie, but continues to grow and fuel the team's run production like it did during the second half in 2016...

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jose Reyes, Yoenis Cespedes, Matthew Cerrone
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David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
David Wright and Jose Reyes wait to hit during spring training (Credit: Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

The Mets and Neil Walker are close to agreeing to a contract extension that could pay him roughly $40 million over three years >> Read more

David Wright threw a baseball on Sunday for the first time since having season-ending neck surgery last June >> Read more

Zack Wheeler, who dealt with elbow tenderness last week, returned to the mound on Sunday >> Read more

Jeurys Familia was absent from camp on Friday and Saturday dealing with MLB's ongoing investigation into his domestic violence incident >> Read more ...

Tags: Bartolo Colon, David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Feb 14, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) walks to the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) walks to the field during spring training workouts at Tradition Field. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Mets manager Terry Collins spoke to reporters Saturday in Port St. Lucie. Here is what we learned... 

  • Yoenis Cespedes is "driven" and "determined" to perform up to expectations this season. 
  • Cespedes is also relaxed and in great shape this year. 
  • David Wright is on schedule to throw either on Sunday or Monday, though he is not at camp Saturday. 
  • While he is not at camp Saturday and won't be there Sunday, Jeurys Familia is expected to return Monday
  • The team has not had this much depth since Collins has been manager of the team. 
  • Collins is excited and has nervous energy for Sunday's first official full team practice. 

Tags: David Wright, Jeurys Familia, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mar 30, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a double in the first inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 30, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a double in the first inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Yoenis Cespedes told reporters on Saturday that he is more comfortable heading into this season because of his contract extension and that he believes the Mets have "a great chance" to win the World Series as long as the team stays healthy.

"Having [the extension] really gives me a sense of calm knowing that I am no longer year to year and that my home is here with the Mets for the next four years," he said, adding that it gives him tranquility and he can prepare and focus better. 

 

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) watches batting practice before action against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. (Bill Streicher)

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

  • RHP Zack Wheeler, who has been dealing with elbow tenderness, felt good Thursday after playing catch and will hopefully throw from the mound on Friday.
  • RHP Noah Syndergaard will start on Opening Day, which is April 3 against the Braves at Citi Field.
  • Collins does not yet have the starting rotation mapped out for the entire first week of the regular season.

 

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Mets Spring Training kicks off 00:03:05
Mets manager Terry Collins and starting pitcher Matt Harvey address the media from Port St. Lucie as Mets Spring Training gets underway.

Mets pitchers and catchers will take the field today for their first official workout of Spring Training.

Terry Collins and David Wright are expected to address the media later in the day.

The majority of the team's position players are already in camp. However, they are not required to be there until Feb. 17, as the roster's first official full-squad workout isn't until Feb. 19...

 

Tags: David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Terry Collins on Spring Training 00:08:01
Terry Collins speaks on the feeling of Spring Training and having 52 guys returning from last season.

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

  • Regarding RHP Zack Wheeler, Collins said the team will get him ready to start games and decide at the end of Spring Training where he fits best, with the bullpen being an option.
  • Wheeler and RHPs Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo will compete for the fifth spot in the starting rotation.
  • There is no plan to get OF Michael Conforto time at first base right now.
  • Collins sees the "fire" that he's seen in the past from RHP Matt Harvey. "You know this guy," Collins said. "This guy likes to be the number one."
Tags: David Wright, Jerry Blevins, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Mets GM Sandy Alderson and OF Yoenis Cespedes (Image Credits: USA Today Sports)
Mets GM Sandy Alderson and OF Yoenis Cespedes (Image Credits: USA Today Sports)

Sandy Alderson recently told the New York Post that he has no issue with Yoenis Cespedes playing golf during the season, since it has no impact on his ability to play baseball.

Cespedes posted a photo of himself golfing last summer as he was simultaneously missing time on field with a leg injury that eventually landed him on the disabled list.

"Last year there was an unfortunate juxtaposition between the golf and the leg injury that didn't sit well with some fans, and wasn't looked on favorably by the media," Alderson explained in a lengthy interview with Steve Serby. "I don't think there was any real connection between the two."

The Mets and Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $110 million deal earlier this offseason.

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Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes smiles while taking questions from reporters during a news conference announcing his new $110 million, four-year contract with the Mets (Credit: Associated Press)
Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes smiles while taking questions from reporters during a news conference announcing his new $110 million, four-year contract with the Mets (Credit: Associated Press)

If available, I would be buying stock in Yoenis Cespedes.

I think he's going to be a monster this season, lead the Mets to a franchise-best third consecutive postseason and get - at least - several MVP votes.

To say I have lofty expectations for Cespedes is an understatement. The thing is, from what I'm hearing, they pale in comparison to what he expects from himself.

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Alderson talks Mets offseason 00:05:50
Mets GM Sandy Alderson joins the BNNY panel to discuss the moves he made in the offseason.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson was a guest on Tuesday night's edition of Baseball Night in New York on SNY.

Alderson addressed several topics from what he called an "unusual" offseason.

When asked how he felt the team might improve this season given he will be bringing back essentially the same roster, Alderson pointed to health playing a key role. He specifically cited the health of the starting rotation, with Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom each coming off surgeries and Steven Matz missing time last season.

Tags: David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Yoenis Cespedes
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Should Mets trade Lagares? 00:02:58
Jon Hein and Marc Malusis debate if the Mets should trade Juan Lagares.

Teams are interested in trading for Mets OF Juan Lagaresaccording to Mike Puma of the NY Post.

Lagares, 27, will make $4.5 million this season and is owed an additional $25 million through 2020, after which he can be a free agent.

He hit .239 with a .301 OBP and .380 SLG in 79 games last season while missing time due to a thumb injury that required surgery.

Lagares also suffered a mild right shoulder sprain diving for a ball in the Dominican Republic Winter League, the team confirmed to multiple reporters in November. Team doctors later examined him in New York and found no reason for concern. He is expected to be fully healed for the start of spring training, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

Tags: Curtis Granderson, Jay Bruce, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes
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Mar 30, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a double in the first inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 30, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) connects for a double in the first inning during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes told NY Post reporter Kevin Kernan that he was in a lot of pain last season while playing through the leg injury that eventually sent him to the disabled list.

However, he's 100 percent healthy, happy, and ready for 2017.

"I am the only one who knew how much pain I was in,'' Cespedes admitted to Kernan. "I was trying to mask it, trying to play through it and do as much as I could to help the team. After the games, I was icing to try to be on the field as much as I could.''

In addition to playing less golf this winter, Cespedes has already been doing personalized workouts with the team's senior advisor of strength and conditioning, Mike Barwis, in Port St. Lucie.

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Yoenis Cespedes arrives at Port St.Lucie for an early start to Spring Training.

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is already working out with teammates at the organization's training facility at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

The Mets and Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $110 million deal earlier this offseason.

He told SNY on Wednesday that he's happy to finally have a multi-year deal, and he's looking forward to playing hard and no longer worrying about his future.

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Cespedes and his Lamborghini 00:01:08
Yoenis Cespedes rolls into Mets camp Wednesday in a customized Lamborghini Aventador.

Last spring training, Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes put on a personal, custom car show in the team's parking lot, which quickly became the talk of camp, as well as throughout the baseball world.

Cespedes drove seven different modes of transportation, including a horse, to Tradition Field from his home in Vero Beach. The parade also included a Ford F-250, two custom Polaris Slingshots, a Lamborghini Aventador, Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and a Jeep Wrangler, all customized by Alex Vega, owner of The Auto Firm in Doral, Florida.

Earlier this week, Vega posted the following to Twitter and Instagram, teasing what he and Cespedes might have in the works this year when players arrive in to camp next month...

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Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes and his brother, Yoelkis (Credit: ElNuevoHerald.com)
Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes and his brother, Yoelkis (Credit: ElNuevoHerald.com)

Yoelkis Cespedes, the 19-year-old brother of New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, is slated to play for Cuba in the Caribbean Series, which begins Feb. 1 in Mexico.

Yoelkis has played in Cuba for much of his young career, scouts told the New York Post's Dan Martin, and the series is likely the first time he will get international exposure.

The Caribbean series features teams from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. The championship is on Feb. 7.

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Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Yoenis Cespedes during Spring Training 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images)
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Yoenis Cespedes during Spring Training 2016 (Credit: USA Today Images)

 

Yoenis Cespedes ranked second on MLB Network's Top 10 Left Fielders Right Now!, which premiered Sunday on the MLB Network.

Noah Syndergaard ranked ninth on their Top 10 Starting Pitchers Right Now!

Cespedes finished one spot ahead of Starling Marte (Pirates) and one spot behind Ryan Braun (Brewers), while Syndergaard finished between Zack Greinke (D-backs) and Johnny Cueto (Giants).

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Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)
Mets left-handed hitting outfielders Jay Bruce, Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto (Credit: USA Today Sports)

During his lunch with reporters at Citi Field last week, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said it's possible he begins spring training with all of his current outfielders in camp, including Jay Bruce.

"Obviously the market for certain players, certain free agents and therefore trade candidates has been slow at best, nonexistent at worst," Alderson said, according to NJ.com. "What we continue to do is reassess where we are and what our options are going forward, and those options range from doing something soon, which is possible or was possible, is possible, or doing nothing."

Alderson indicated it would be difficult to trade Curtis Granderson, instead of Bruce, because the Mets need Granderson to play center field.

In the event Bruce starts the season in a Mets uniform, he'll presumably remain a midseason trade candidate. However, for at least a couple of the month, Terry Collins may find himself with a jam-packed outfield. How might they juggle four every day players - Yoenis Cespedes, Michael Conforto, Granderson and Bruce - for three spots? And, do it in a way that maximizes their production?

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

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

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

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Michael Conforto, Neil Walker, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler
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Apr 11, 2016; Rawlings presents Cespedes (52) with a Golden Glove award for 2015. Credit: Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2016; Rawlings presents Cespedes (52) with a Golden Glove award for 2015. Credit: Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes is the best left fielder in baseball, anonymous MLB scouts and team executives recently told ESPN.com's Buster Olney.

In late-November, Cespedes and the Mets agreed to a four-year, $110 million contract, which -- so far -- is the only nine-figure deal given to a free agent this offseason.

"They don't have a lot of lineup depth or power, which underscores the importance of Cespedes's production for them," Olney explains. "While his defense has been in clear regression, his ability to throw still makes him a weapon."

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Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Based on two popular projection systems (Steamer and ZiPS), as well as comparable players during the last 50 years, Yoenis Cespedes should perform well during his four-year contract with the Mets, which is probably why they were comfortable giving him $110 million.

ZiPS projects Cespedes for 4.0 WAR in 2017. Similarly, his comparable players stayed productive all four seasons averaging .275, a .339 OBP and .484 slugging each year.

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Granderson (3) catches a fly ball in the fourth inning (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
Granderson (3) catches a fly ball in the fourth inning (Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)

Curtis Granderson will likely begin next season in center field, Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters earlier this week at the MLB Winter Meetings.

As a result, Collins said Michael Conforto will likely spend most of his time in right field, while occasionally filling in for Granderson in center, where Juan Lagares will also get time.

In late November, general manager Sandy Alderson told WOR 710 AM radio that he wants Conforto to be an every-day player in 2017, including possibly getting time as a back-up first baseman.

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