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 (MICHAEL MADRID)
(MICHAEL MADRID)

With the Mets playing a night game in Atlanta, and The Masters' start time moved up a couple of hours due to impending thunderstorms, Mets players had time to take in Tiger Woods' win on Sunday.

Woods captured his 15th major title -- his first such win since 2008 -- and his fifth green jacket at Augusta National. The course is approximately 160 miles from SunTrust Park, where the Mets will wrap up a four-game set against the Braves.

Todd Frazier and Robinson Cano were among members of the Mets to tweet out their congratulations.

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The Amazin' Life: From WY to NJ! 00:02:00
On the season premiere of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Todd Frazier tries to give teammate Brandon Nimmo some New Jersey style!

On the season premiere of The Amazin' Life presented by Coca-Cola, Todd Frazier tries to give teammate Brandon Nimmo some New Jersey style!

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 (DALE ZANINE)
(DALE ZANINE)

The Mets (9-4, first place in the NL East, 0.5 game up on second place Phillies) face the Braves in Atlanta on Saturday night at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what went down on Friday, in case you missed it...


In the Mets' win over the Braves, Zack Wheeler shook off his first two disastrous starts to fire 6.0 innings of two-run ball as his fastball topped out at 101 MPH. And Brandon Nimmo continued to emerge from his early-season slump >> Read more

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Keon Broxton react after defeating the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. (Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets (8-5) took sole possession of first place in the NL East by beating the Braves 6-3 in the first game of a four-game series at SunTrust Park.

They play the second game of the series on Friday at 7:20 p.m. on SNY.

Here's what happened Thursday, in case you missed it:

Tags: Aaron Judge, Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Giancarlo Stanton, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier
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Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
Sep 8, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) hits an RBI sacrifice fly against the Philadelphia Phillies during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

Among the things people expected to hear on Tuesday, Todd Frazier being an option for the Mets at shortstop was probably not high on the list. But here we are.

Frazier, who will play nine innings in a rehab game on Tuesday night, will spend four of those innings at shortstop, manager Mickey Callaway said before the Mets' game at Citi Field against the Twins.

According to Callaway, the Mets want to have "that option" of using Frazier at shortstop when he returns. And that could be soon, with the 33-year-old progressing since beginning his rehab assignment on April 2. He has been out since Feb. 26 due to a strained left oblique

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Tuesday that he is "very encouraged" by how injured infielder Jed Lowrie looks, adding that "he looks great, he's moving around great."

Callaway added that Lowrie "feels great hitting" and that there is "definite progress there."

However, Callaway is not yet ready to give a timeframe for Lowrie's potential return. 

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Mickey Callaway received criticism from fans and reporters this past Saturday morning when he revealed J.D. Davis would again be hitting cleanup, despite Davis entering the game with a .150 batting average.

Wilson Ramos, who most critics felt should bat fourth, was pushed to hitting fifth, while Michael Conforto was dropped to batting sixth.

Davis, who is said to have significant support in the front office, rewarded Callaway by hitting two solo home runs against Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, the first of which was the hardest-hit home run in MLB this season, according to StatCast...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud during spring training at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud during spring training at First Data Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Mets activated catcher Travis d'Arnaud from the injured list prior to Sunday's game at Citi Field against the Nationals, optioning catcher Tomas Nido to Triple-A Syracuse to make room on the 25-man roster.

D'Arnaud, who has not played in the majors for roughly a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, had been playing rehab games with High-A St. Lucie, where he went 2-for-7 with one walk in two games.

With d'Arnaud back, the Mets are two players (Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie) away from being at full strength. Frazier, who has been out since Feb. 26 due to a strained oblique, has also been playing rehab games with St. Lucie and is expected to return soon. Lowrie (knee) is a bit further away. 

Tags: Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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Extend Pete Alonso? 00:02:04
On the Shea Anything podcast, Doug Williams and Adam Fisher talk about the MLB extension trend, and if it could happen for Pete Alonso.

Doug Williams and Adam Fisher go in-depth on this episode about the Mets' hot start, and who will be sent down once Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie return from the IL.

Adam and Doug also examine the year of the contract extension, and if the scorching Pete Alonso will play himself into a deal like young star Ronald Acuna.

CLICK BELOW TO LISTEN

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Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets are another step closer in getting two veterans back to their roster. 

Third baseman Todd Frazier and catcher Travis d'Arnaud both said on Tuesday that the will begin rehab assignments with High-A St. Lucie on Thursday. 

The two injured veterans, who have been rehabbing in Port St. Lucie, showed up at Marlins Park in Miami before the Mets' game. 

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Update on Todd Frazier 00:00:40
Ahead of the Mets second game, Mickey Callaway gave an update on Todd Frazier's rehab process. He is making good progress.

Todd Frazier is inching closer to returning to the Mets lineup. 

The third baseman, who has been out since Feb. 26 with a strained left oblique, will begin rehab games in Port St. Lucie, Fla. within the next few days, according to manager Mickey Callaway. 

"He's getting there," Callaway told reporters before Saturday's game. 

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In the wake of making the postseason in 2015 and 2016, the Mets have gone 147-177, fired their manager, watched the face of their franchise retire, and have taken a gamble by hiring a former agent to lead their revival.

In five months, Brodie Van Wagenen has modernized the organization's front office and staff, has added five former All Stars, stabilized the depth and back end of the roster, and inked Jacob deGrom to a contract extension. At the same time, during the past two years, a shift has been created in the NL East with a large crop of young talent emerging and older players either leaving or switching teams.

The dust has settled and, to the surprise of most New York fans -- myself included -- the Mets are projected to contend for the NL East title. However, so are three other teams...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Luis Guillorme, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Mets infielder Jed Lowrie, who has been out since late-February due to a capsule sprain in his left knee, has taken a few big steps as he progresses toward a return.

There is still no shot that Lowrie (or Todd Frazier) will be ready for Opening Day this coming Thursday, he has started taking ground balls and is swinging from both sides of the plate, GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Sunday during an in-game interview with SNY. 

Lowrie had started a throwing program earlier this month. 

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Don't expect to see injured Mets veterans Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie on the field on Opening Day.

Mickey Callaway indicated on Thursday that the two infielders won't be healthy by the time the Mets open the season next week.

"I just don't see it," Callaway said. 

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Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 11, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) connects for a double against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With Opening Day one week away, things are starting to come into focus for the Mets. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 3.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  4. Steven Matz, LHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith (SNY)
Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith (SNY)

With Opening Day just over two weeks away, the Mets are dealing with injuries to two infielders and watching as their two main competitors for the first base job -- Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith -- tear the cover off the ball. 

Given the current situation, it's a near-certainty that one of Alonso or Smith will grab the Opening Day job, but the intrigue doesn't stop there -- not with both of them being so young (Smith is 23 years old, Alonso is 24) and full of promise.

Both Alonso and Smith have proven their worth in the minors, and with them appearing to be in prime position to make a big league impact, how will the Mets handle it now and in the future?

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets infielder Todd Frazier took a very big step Monday in his return from a strained oblique, with him running, playing catch, and taking grounders in Port St. Lucie, he told reporters.

Frazier had first started running last Sunday, reported NorthJersey.com's Matt Ehalt

Frazier, who has been out since Feb. 26, received a cortisone shot after the injury was diagnosed, and Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said at the time that the MRI that confirmed the injury wasn't "overly alarming."

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso (20) onnects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 28, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Pete Alonso (20) onnects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso took his baseball-demolishing tour to JetBlue Park on Saturday when the Mets visited the Red Sox, and got some high praise from Sox manager Alex Cora after the game.

Cora, who has some MVP candidates on his roster, said Alonso is "Probably the best hitter in Florida right now," according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald

That praise came after Alonso sent a homer clear out of the ballpark...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Peter Alonso, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Jeff McNeil (6) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Mar 8, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets infielder Jeff McNeil (6) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets' plans for Jeff McNeil are changing out of necessity.

With veteran infielders Jed Lowrie and Todd Frazier both nursing injuries, McNeil -- who's only played infield as a professional but was set to primarily be an outfielder in 2019 -- will now take more reps at third base, Mickey Callaway said Friday. McNeil will split his time between third and left field and will start at third base Sunday against the Cardinals.

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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With Opening Day three weeks away, the Mets are dealing with injuries to Jed Lowrie and Todd Frazier, getting terrific Spring Training production from a refreshed Dominic Smith, and slowly working Travis d'Arnaud back into the swing of things. Here's how we see things shaking out in our 25-man Roster Prediction 2.0...

Starting Rotation (5)

  1. Jacob deGrom, RHP
  2. Noah Syndergaard, RHP
  3. Steven Matz, LHP
  4. Zack Wheeler, RHP
  5. Jason Vargas, LHP
Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Drew Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jacob Rhame, Jason Vargas, Jeff McNeil, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Justin Wilson, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Paul Sewald, Peter Alonso, Robert Gsellman, Robinson Cano, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Tyler Bashlor, Wilson Ramos, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)
Jed Lowrie (Mark Flamini, SNY)

Mets infielders Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie are both making progress as they rehab their respective injuries, but it seems likely that at least one -- and maybe both -- will not be ready for Opening Day on March 28.

Lowrie, who is working his way back from a sprained capsule in his left knee, said Thursday that he's making good progress and hopes to begin baseball activty soon.

But when asked about his potential Opening Day availability, Lowrie took the long-view.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 18, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) throws during drills at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets are closer to getting one of their infielders back.

Todd Frazier, who had been inactive since Feb. 26 due to a strained left oblique, has started "some movements mimicing a swing" and expects to begin running again this week, reports NorthJersey.com's Matt Ehalt

Frazier received a cortisone shot after the injury was diagnosed, and Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said at the time that the MRI that confirmed the injury wasn't "overly alarming."

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Pete Alonso (SNY)
Pete Alonso (SNY)

In a perfect world, best case scenario, the Mets' ideal lineup produces roughly 20.0 WAR, according to projections made by FanGraphs.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway hasn't announced an official Opening Day lineup. To date, the only clue he has given is that Brandon Nimmo will hit leadoff, Wilson Ramos will hit in the heart of the order and Amed Rosario will bat eighth in front of the pitcher. The rest of the lineup will likely depend on matchups, rest and hot and cold streaks. In either case, we know it will almost always include Michael Conforto, Jed Lowrie, Robinson Cano and -- if healthy -- Todd Frazier. When facing a right-handed starting pitcher, the lineup is also expected to include Jeff McNeil.

The wild card will be center field -- especially when the team faces left-handed starting pitchers. And, given they have four options in camp (Juan Lagares, Keon Broxton, Carlos Gomez and Rajai Davis) and room for only two of these men on the roster, it's hard to say how this one spot will play out during the next few weeks, let alone Opening Day...

Tags: Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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J.D. Davis hits a Home Run 00:00:11
J.D. Davis hits a home run to deep left center, as the Mets take on the Marlins on Wednesday in Port St. Lucie.

J.D. Davis had a strong chance of making the Mets' 25-man roster when Spring Training began. Now, he might have a strong chance to be in the Opening Day lineup.

Due to injuries to Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie -- with both uncertain for Opening Day -- and the status of T.J. Rivera's surgically-repaired elbow, Davis may be thrust into a starting role to start the season -- either at third base or first base.

"J.D. is a versatile offensive talent," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement after acquiring Davis from the Astros earlier this offseason. "He's young, had success against lefties and he'll provide depth at the corner positions."

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New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera doubles to shallow left advancing a man during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets third baseman T.J. Rivera doubles to shallow left advancing a man during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

Infielder T.J. Rivera is the latest Mets infielder to deal with an injury as he said he felt discomfort in his elbow.

"I had a little discomfort," said Rivera, who missed the 2018 season due to Tommy John surgery, "so I'm just trying to make sure that I'm almost back to 100 percent before I go out there in a game and speed things up and go out there and compete consistently."

Rivera, 30, said he hadn't had any issues this spring and that the discomfort "just popped up."

Tags: Jeff McNeil, TJ Rivera, Todd Frazier
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Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports  (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 15, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) during spring training at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets (1-3-1) host the Marlins (2-2) on Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie.

Mets Notes...

Peter Alonso gets a day off after playing the first four days of the Mets' Grapefruit League schedule. ... With Jed Lowrie and Todd Frazier both out due to injury and both questionable for Opening Day, Jeff McNeil remains in left field. ... Steven Matz gets the start in what is his Grapefruit League debut...

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Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Brodie Van Wagenen (Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | : PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A couple of hours after Todd Frazier had officially joined Jed Lowrie as an early injury casualty, GM Brodie Van Wagenen stood in the sun, Ray Bans on, making the case to reporters that he'd essentially accounted for just this possibility.

"This was part of the design," he said, "to make sure we had versatility and depth to cover whatever comes our way."

That's certainly one way of looking at it, and indeed the new GM made a point of addressing depth this offseason to protect against injuries in ways the Mets had not the last couple of years.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, John Harper
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Feb 24, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (15) at bat Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Feb 24, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Tim Tebow (15) at bat Houston Astros at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Months ago, WFAN host Mike Francesa derided the notion Tim Tebow would make the Major Leagues in 2019 with the Mets. 

But on Tuesday, the "Sports Pope" flipped the script and posited that, with recent injuries to veteran infielders Jed Lowrie (knee) and Todd Frazier (oblique), the former Heisman Trophy winner has a shot of making the Mets' Opening Day roster.

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Frazier talks oblique injury 00:00:37
New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier addresses the strain on his left oblique and his recovery outlook.

Add Todd Frazier to the list of injured Mets infielders.

Frazier has been diagnosed with a strained left oblique and is heading back to New York for a cortisone shot, the team said Tuesday, with GM Brodie Van Wagenen saying the MRI wasn't "overly alarming."

Speaking with reporters Tuesday, Frazier said he felt tightness in his left side during his live batting practice session on Monday. An MRI later revealed the strain...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo had some good news to report on his sore right shoulder on Friday. 

Nimmo told reporters he underwent tests and they all came back clean, signaling that it should not be a serious injury. 

The 25-year-old referred to it as "early-season soreness" this week and spent Friday at the bunting station during the Mets' simulated game, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. 

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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks on as his players warm up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway looks on as his players warm up before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (David Zalubowski/AP)

Jed Lowrie will not play in Saturday's Spring Training game against the Braves despite revealing on Thursday there is no structural damage in his sore left knee. 

Mets manager Mickey Callaway downplayed the 34-year-old's injury on Friday but with several veterans north of 30 years old, Callaway stressed that the team's depth and how they use is it is more important than ever. 

"That's exactly why we brought in depth," he said.

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Mets Hot Stove from Duffy's 00:03:42
It was a jam-packed finale of Mets Hot Stove from Duffy's. Take a look at the fun and see questions answered by Cano, Van Wagenen and more.

It was a jam-packed season finale of Mets Hot Stove Thursday live from Duffy's Sports Grill as the SNY crew spoke with Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen, Robinson Cano, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil

With Spring Training kicking into high gear this week and the Mets' first Grapefruit League game coming up Saturday, Van Wagenen and his players discuss their goals for the 2019 season and how camp is going so far.

"We have to come together as a team," Van Wagenen said. "We can't let adversity dissuade us from our belief that we can win. And if we do that, then we can overcome injuries, we can overcome regression from certain players. But we know we have enough talent around us to be able to stand tall at the end of the season."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier
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What's Frazier's role in 2019? 00:01:36
Todd Frazier is part of a crowded Mets infield, Doug Williams and Nelson Figueroa talk Frazier's possible role on the Shea Anything podcast.

This season, Mets veteran INF Todd Frazier is going to have to get used to playing across the diamond at first base. And, of course, Spring Training will help him get used to the position once again.

Frazier is no stranger to first base, having played 94 games at the position over his career. But he hasn't played there since 2017, while he was with the White Sox before being traded to the Yankees. 

As he takes his reps down in Spring Training, Frazier knows he needs to not only get used to the new glove at first, but also the responsibilities the position requires.

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 (Matthew Cerrone, SNY)
(Matthew Cerrone, SNY)

Mets management repeatedly said Jeff McNeil would be a super-utility guy this coming season getting time in the outfield. I always had a difficult time picturing how this would work, though, and during my four days in camp nothing has changed.

I've only seen him on the infield. And today, with news that Jed Lowrie is in New York getting an MRI, McNeil worked one on one with coaches on on tagging runners sliding in to third base and later on his transfer turning double plays at second...

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Amed Rosario, Todd Frazier, Matthew Cerrone
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 (Matthew Cerrone/SNY)
(Matthew Cerrone/SNY)

Here in St. Lucie, you'll find veterans Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie, but most players, coaches and team executives view the young Brandon Nimmo as having the best pitch recognition in camp.

"It was always important to my dad and coaches growing up that I swing at strikes and lay off pitches not in the zone," Nimmo told SNY, stating what seems like the obvious. "It has been a focus here, too, at least since I was drafted."

The thing is, while it may be obvious to swing at only pitches in the strike zone, Nimmo does it almost as well as anyone in baseball. According to FanGraphs.com, he swung last season at roughly 16 percent of pitches outside the strike zone, which was fifth-best among qualifying players.

Interestingly, to get as good as he is, he told me, it was more about playing catch than hitting...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Todd Frazier, Wilson Ramos, Matthew Cerrone
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As he left his position as prominent agent and head of baseball at CAA, Brodie Van Wagenen entered his new job as General Manager of the Mets surrounded by countless questions. However, while some people continue to wonder about his preparedness and potential conflicts of interest, one thing is clear, he isn't short on confidence. 

"I think 84 wins is light," Van Wagenen told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Monday. "If we do the things we're capable of, we're going to win. We're not afraid of the competition outside of the division, and we're certainly not afraid of the teams inside the division. We will and should be a playoff team."

The confidence emitting from Van Wagenen isn't just limited to fans, players and media, but is also being noticed by rival executives. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Todd Frazier, Travis d'Arnaud, Matthew Cerrone
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New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)  (Jeff Roberson/AP)
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway speaks during a news conference ahead of the official start of spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) (Jeff Roberson/AP)

Mets manager Mickey Callaway had his ups and downs in his first year as the team's skipper in 2018. After an 11-1 start to the season, the Amazin's looked destined for the postseason. But a horrendous June month washed away that hope, even after the team put together a strong finish to the season. 

Since then, the Mets have entered a win-now mode, spearheaded by its new GM in Brodie Van Wagenen. The former agent has brought in the necessary pieces to see the Mets compete for a division title in what is expected to be a tough NL East. And they still tout arguably the best starting rotation in the game.

With Van Wagenen already stirring the pot this offseason by saying "come get us" to the Mets' rivals, Callaway has some lofty expectations on his shoulder to produce a postseason-quality club. So, with that in mind, here are some questions he should be facing from the media in his first presser down in Port St. Lucie...

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Scott Thompson
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Frazier upset with free agency 00:00:57
New York Mets infielder Todd Frazier joined Mets Hot Stove and discussed how free agency in baseball is trending in the 'wrong direction'

With only a few days left until pitchers and catchers report for spring training, there are still numerous free agents who have yet to reach a deal with a new team for the 2019 season. And Mets 3B Todd Frazier isn't happy about it.

Speaking on "Mets Hot Stove" at the team's facility in Port St. Lucie, Frazier indulged on this offseason and the lack of teams pouncing on the top free agents still waiting on the market. 

"These last two years this seems to happen where guys -- you got over 100 guys still that haven't signed. It's s shame," he said. "Baseball is going in the wrong direction with this and the fans want the best possible players out there and they're not getting them. So our focus with the union and everything else, we got a lot of work to do.

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Will Frazier start at first? 00:01:18
New York Mets infielder Todd Frazier is excited to get back onto the field for Spring Training but will it be consistently at third base?

All Mets players are expected to be in Port St. Lucie by Feb. 16, but veteran Todd Frazier has gotten a headstart as he was seen getting some swings and field work in on Tuesday. 

Normally for an established veteran, spring training is a month of preparation to get the kinks and rust of the offseason out, and prime for the grind of the regular season. But, for Frazier, this spring training will be a true fight for his job at third base with the infield depth new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen brought to the team. 

The first was Robinson Cano in Van Wagenen's first big move in his new role, and then Jed Lowrie came later on this offseason. Add in J.D Davis, and Frazier has some good competition in the hot corner. 

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Syndergaard throws from mound 00:01:20
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard throws a solid bullpen session on Day 2 of Spring Training early arrivals.

Spring Training hasn't officially started, but plenty of Mets are already getting ready in Port St. Lucie, including Noah Syndergaard and Todd Frazier.

On Tuesday, Syndergaard threw a bullpen session and Frazier talked about first base -- where he might find himself spending the most time this season.

Click below to watch

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Sep 28, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) bats in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)
Sep 28, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) bats in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports (Russell Lansford)

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon explained Thursday why the team was unlikely to pursue free agents Bryce Harper or Manny Machado

"We have two pretty good lefty outfielders and we're pretty full on the infield," Wilpon told reporters -- including Tim Britton of The Athletic -- during a luncheon for the team's beat writers which was also attended by GM Brodie Van Wagenen. "And then the price from a value point of view, I don't think they've come to me and said, 'We should really do this because it's come down to a point where the cost has value.' We do have a $29 million outfielder on the roster that we hope to come back sometime this year and be productive."

Wilpon was alluding to the idea of adding Machado or Harper to a roster that already includes Yoenis Cespedes, who is due $29 million this coming season and $29.5 million in 2020...

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Todd Frazier, Danny Abriano
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Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)
Mar 18, 2017; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (83) connects for a base hit against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Rovak)

Andres Gimenez, viewed by most as the top prospect in the Mets' system, has been honored as the shortstop on MLB Pipeline's All-Defense team for 2019.

"Gimenez reached Double-A as a teenager, partially because of an advanced approach at the plate, but also because of his glovework at the premium position," MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo wrote. "He has the hands, arms, range and internal clock to play the position long-term, even if he has to slide over to second in deference to Amed Rosario."

The 20-year-old Gimenez was one of the youngest players in Double-A when he was promoted in the middle of the 2018 season, and the expectation is that he will open the 2019 season there. If he performs well, a promotion to Triple-A and/or the big leagues at some point in 2019 could be in the cards.

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Lowrie signing makes sense 00:00:54
Andy Martino argues while the Lowrie signing might seem puzzling at first, it fits with Brodie Van Wagenen's offseason moves.

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Upon first hearing the Mets were closing in on a two-year, $20 million deal with Jed Lowrie, my first reaction was, what?

Lowrie is an excellent player, but he was the A's second baseman last year, and the Mets have Robinson Cano. But upon further digging, it made more sense: According to sources, the Mets view Lowrie as an everyday-quality player who will serve in a super-utility role.

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Sep 25, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Jed Lowrie (8) hits an RBI-single against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)
Sep 25, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Jed Lowrie (8) hits an RBI-single against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Nicholson)

The Mets brought in another vetearn infielder this offseason, signing Jed Lowrie to a two-year deal on Thursday, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

According to Martino, the deal is worth $20 million over the two years for the 34-year-old.

Lowrie had his first All-Star season in 2018, with a .267/.353/.448 slash line, a career-high 23 homers and 99 RBI over 157 games with the Oakland A's...

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Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) tips his helmet after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)
Aug 29, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) tips his helmet after hitting a grand slam home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Young-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Young)

Mets captain David Wright may no longer be around, but that does not mean the team is void of leadership.

Enter Todd Frazier

The veteran third baseman, whom Mickey Callaway has already declared the starter over Jeff McNeil, plans to take rookie first baseman Peter Alonso under his wing and has requested that the 24-year-old's locker be placed next to his this spring training, he told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post. 

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This past Monday, I wrote that I expected Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen to do the following five things by end of the week's MLB Winter Meetings, which concluded Thursday.

So, what did he do, what didn't he do, and how will he approach the rest of the offseason?

1. Sign a high-end free-agent reliever

Tags: Amed Rosario, Asdrubal Cabrera, Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Todd Frazier, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Callaway talks infield makeup 00:00:57
New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway discusses how Jeff McNeil will be utilized in 2019 and Amed Rosario?s development at the plate.

Mickey Callaway was asked Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas if Jeff McNeil could potentially push Todd Frazier to become the starter at third base entering the season, His answer was succinct. 

"Frazier is our starter at third base right now," Callaway told reporters. "As we stand here today, Todd Frazier is going to be standing at third base."

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter | Callaway could be echoing the sentiments of Brodie Van Wagenen and the front office when it comes to the plan for McNeil in 2019 or he could be saying the above on his own. But if McNeil proves himself to be a better option than Frazier to start at third base, the conventional wisdom has to be that he'll supplant him....

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Too many prospects for Cano? 00:03:12
SNY's DNL crew chats about the status of the Mets trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, and whether they spent too much in prospects.

John Harper, for SNY.tv | Twitter | -- OK, I know that even fans who hadn't heard of Jarred Kelenic until Thursday are now convinced he's the next Ted Williams, and there are plenty of scouts who will swear to that, but let's start with the bright side: 

The Mets are going to be better in 2019 for acquiring Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz in the still-to-be-finalized trade with the Mariners, and maybe a lot better if Brodie Van Wagenen's first-ever deal kicks off a series of off-season moves, as anticipated.

For that matter, you can probably say the same thing about 2020 as well. 

 

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Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Josh Donaldson (27) bats during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)
Sep 30, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Josh Donaldson (27) bats during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports (Peter Aiken)

The Braves have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent 3B Josh Donadlson on a one-year deal worth $23 million, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who says the deal is pending a physical. 

Donaldson, who turns 33 years old in December, hit .246/.352/.449 with eight home runs and 23 RBI for the Blue Jays and Indians in 2018 while being limited to just 52 games due to injury. 

MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone wrote earlier this month that Donaldson would have been a fit for the Mets, with MLB sources telling Cerrone that the deal Donaldson eventually signed could be a "prove it" deal where he attemps to reestablish his value before hitting the market again in 2019. 

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Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) is greeted by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) as he crosses the plate after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Sep 4, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) is greeted by New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier (21) as he crosses the plate after hitting a two run home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

The Mets should be looking to improve their bullpen, as well as add an everyday catcher, at least one impact hitter and depth beneath the entire roster.

Here are the latest headlines and rumblings from each of the above markets, followed by my take on how things may shake out...

MLB may be swapping headaches again

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