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Alderson characteristically patient at Meetings

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:30:25 EDT

When 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.



Mets confident d'Arnaud can turn things around

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:13:01 EDT

If 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.



To trim payroll, Mets likely to trade Bruce

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 19:19:45 EDT

Entering 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.



No pain, yet no set spot for Wheeler in 2017

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 14:45:00 EDT

Zack 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.



Collins ready to win now, assess future after '17

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 18:30:22 EDT

Over 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.



Hot Stove Tracker: Free agents and trades

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:59:55 EDT

Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.



Mets plan to assign Tebow to Minors camp

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 20:28:12 EDT

When 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.



Alderson: Wright is Mets' everyday third baseman

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 20:45:31 EDT

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson did not hesitate Monday when asked about the identity of his third baseman heading into next season.



Clubs appear to prefer Granderson over Bruce

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 19:19:22 EDT

As 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.



Mets' Top 30 prospects list

Mon, 3 Oct 2016 19:17:22 EDT

Who 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.



Play Ball auction honors late Mets staffer Forde

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:50:44 EDT

More 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.



Mets promote Lopez to manage at Triple-A

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 15:27:07 EDT

To 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.



Mets likely out on FA closers; Wheeler in 'pen?

Sun, 4 Dec 2016 19:36:12 EDT

The 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.



Mets settle with Rivera at non-tender deadline

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:00:00 EDT

Seeking 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.



Asdrubal to play for Venezuela in Classic

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:55:00 EDT

Fresh 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.



deGrom past elbow woes, sees 'window' for title

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 13:50:53 EDT

Initially, 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.



Mets schedule spring report, workout dates

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 15:22:39 EDT

A 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.



Winter Meetings interview: Mets Charity Auction

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:41:55 EDT

Jeff 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.



deGrom champions Syndergaard's hitting

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 22:39:29 EDT

deGrom champions Syndergaard's hitting



Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:15:09 EDT

Major League Baseball's players and owners have reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season.



Cespedes, Mets finalize $110M deal

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:26:09 EDT

Yoenis 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.



Mets fielding calls on Bruce, Granderson

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:31:26 EDT

Yoenis 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.



Mets send Verrett to Orioles for cash

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:45:37 EDT

To 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.



The Next Big Leaguers: Mets' Cecchini

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 12:33:11 EDT

The 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.



Meet the Mets' newest outfielder

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:53:21 EDT

Meet the Mets' newest outfielder



Teufel remains in Mets organization

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:36:15 EDT

Tim 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.



Granderson continues to give during Thanksgiving season

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:58:12 EDT

Since 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.



Thor opts to forgo WBC, stick with routine

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:43:07 EDT

Despite 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.



Source: TV voice Cohen signs multiyear deal

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:43:21 EDT

Play-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.



Inbox: Could Mets replace d'Arnaud with free agent?

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:28:34 EDT

As 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:



Becerra, Rosario among Mets' protected prospects

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:02:50 EDT

A 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.



With Walker back, T.J.'s future uncertain

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:57:18 EDT

Among 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.



The Mets take the Mannequin Challenge up a notch

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:55:59 EDT

The Mets take the Mannequin Challenge up a notch