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Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:30:25 EDTWhen the Mets signed outfielder Yoenis Cespedes -- their top offseason priority -- last week, general manager Sandy Alderson noted that the speed with which he completed that deal could slow other pursuits. Rather than rush into a trade of Jay Bruce, for example, Alderson would have the luxury of taking things slowly.
Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:13:01 EDTIf the Mets' offense is to improve from last season, general manager Sandy Alderson said, it is going to have to be from within. The Mets may go the rest of the winter without adding another big league hitter, even on the bench. So much of the burden will fall to those who did not produce this past season. Chief among that group is catcher Travis d'Arnaud, a former blue-chip prospect who hit just .247 with a .629 OPS in 75 games.
Wed, 7 Dec 2016 19:19:45 EDTEntering the Winter Meetings this week, the Mets internally estimated their 2017 payroll at around $150 million. That's a bit of a jump for a team that only recently eclipsed the nine-figure threshold, dipping below $80 million for a time earlier this decade.
Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:45:00 EDTZack Wheeler said his right arm is as healthy as it's been since undergoing Tommy John and flexor tendon surgery in March 2015, fueling the likelihood he'll pitch again for the Mets this spring. The only question is where.
Tue, 6 Dec 2016 18:30:22 EDTOver the span of a single week in November, Terry Collins lost a pair of friends he had known since grammar school. As he mourned them, Collins, 67, got to thinking. He wondered about his own future. He considered the rest of his life.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:59:55 EDTStay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.
Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:28:12 EDTWhen the Mets decided to ship Tim Tebow out to the Arizona Fall League in October, they did so fully believing he was "overmatched" -- general manager Sandy Alderson's word -- by the competition there. But the Mets sent him anyway because they believed if Tebow were to succeed at age 29, his crash course in baseball would need to include as many actual games as possible.
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:45:31 EDTMets general manager Sandy Alderson did not hesitate Monday when asked about the identity of his third baseman heading into next season.
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:19:22 EDTAs the first day of the Winter Meetings drew to a close, the Mets reached something of an impasse regarding their desire to trade an outfielder. After spending Monday talking to the Orioles and other teams about potential deals, the Mets came away believing clubs are more interested in Curtis Granderson than Jay Bruce.
Mon, 3 Oct 2016 19:17:22 EDTWho do the Mets have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for New York's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:50:44 EDTMore than two dozen Mets employees from various sects of the organization climbed onto a Winter Meetings stage early Monday, there to provide the kind of support that late staffer Shannon Forde always did. Longtime Mets public relations executive Jay Horwitz sighed loudly as he attempted to describe the impact that Forde had on the organization.
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 15:27:07 EDTTo replace Wally Backman, their top Minor League manager for the past five seasons, the Mets on Monday promoted Pedro Lopez to Backman's former post as Triple-A Las Vegas manager. Lopez had served as Double-A Binghamton manager since 2009.
Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:36:12 EDTThe free-agent market for outfielders is thinner than usual at the dawn of the Winter Meetings. For starting pitchers, it is practically nonexistent. But the market for late-inning relievers is robust, with closers Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Mark Melancon all hitting free agency at the same time.
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:00:00 EDTSeeking to retain some veteran depth behind the plate, the Mets on Friday settled with Rene Rivera on a $1.75 million contract to avoid arbitration. Rivera will compete with Kevin Plawecki for a spot backing up starting catcher Travis d'Arnaud.
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:55:00 EDTFresh off one of the best seasons of his career, Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is set to represent his native Venezuela in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:50:53 EDTInitially, it hurt Jacob deGrom to snap his fingers. So deGrom, coming off surgery to displace a nerve in his right elbow, did what any curious pitcher would do. He continued snapping the fingers on his right hand until one day, finally, the pain disappeared.
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 15:22:39 EDTA day after generating plenty of optimism by making their Yoenis Cespedes signing official, the Mets on Thursday announced a series of 2017 Spring Training dates.
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:41:55 EDTJeff Wilpon, Jay Horwitz, Melanie LeGrande and Josh Rawitch talk about the Mets Charity Auction to benefit Shannon Forde Field at the Winter Meetings on Monday.
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:39:29 EDTdeGrom champions Syndergaard's hitting
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:15:09 EDTMajor League Baseball's players and owners have reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:26:09 EDTYoenis Cespedes climbed atop a stage at Citi Field on Wednesday for a news conference to announce his four-year, $110 million contract to return to the Mets.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:31:26 EDTYoenis Cespedes' return to the Mets was a perfect marriage in all ways but one: the Mets now have four power-hitting corner outfielders on their roster, and no place to play them all.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:45:37 EDTTo make room for Yoenis Cespedes on their 40-man roster, the Mets completed a minor trade with the Orioles on Wednesday, swapping right-hander Logan Verrett for cash.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:33:11 EDTThe Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.
Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:53:21 EDTMeet the Mets' newest outfielder
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:36:15 EDTTim Teufel will remain in the Mets' organization as their roving Minor League infield instructor and club ambassador for the 2017 season, the team announced on Friday.
Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:58:12 EDTSince the Mets bowed out of postseason play seven weeks ago, outfielder Curtis Granderson has crisscrossed the eastern United States, running charity events in both New York City and his native Chicago.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:43:07 EDTDespite his status as one of Major League Baseball's top American-born pitchers, Mets starter Noah Syndergaard will not participate in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:43:21 EDTPlay-by-play broadcaster Gary Cohen, a staple of SNY's Mets broadcasts for the past 11 seasons, will remain in the booth for the foreseeable future. Cohen has signed a multiyear contract to remain with SNY, according to a source, keeping the network's broadcast team of Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling intact. The club has not confirmed the deal.
Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:28:34 EDTAs far as the Mets are concerned, everything continues to revolve around Yoenis Cespedes. He is the centerpiece of their offseason, the starting point from which just about everything else will unfold. But neither the Mets nor Cespedes' camp expect a resolution until at least December, as the All-Star outfielder feels out his market. In the interim, let us present a Cespedes-free Inbox addressing the Mets' other issues:
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:02:50 EDTA year ago, the Mets left outfield prospect Wuilmer Becerra -- part of the 2012 trade that brought Noah Syndergaard and Travis d'Arnaud to New York for R.A. Dickey -- unprotected in advance of the Rule 5 Draft. No one selected him. But the Mets were not about to take that risk again.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:57:18 EDTAmong those who stand to be most affected by the Mets' reacquisition of Neil Walker is T.J. Rivera, a fellow second baseman whose big-league breakthrough came about largely because of Walker's season-ending back injury. It is not an ideal situation for Rivera, 28, who retains his rookie eligibility after hitting .333 with three home runs in 33 games, But things, he knows, can rapidly change.
Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:55:59 EDTThe Mets take the Mannequin Challenge up a notch